My February 1987 Charts

4th February 1987

It’s a first week on top for Aretha’s first-ever chart-topper (after trying for 19 years) and George Michael gets a 5th, including Wham!. Carly Simon gets her 5th top 10, and The Christians debut at 15 from nowhere with the brilliant Forgotten Town, the Christian brothers from Liverpool followed in the tradition of The Real Thing’s early stuff for me, great soul records. China Crisis, The Mission and Lou Reed all go top 40 again – Lou hadn’t done that since 1973! Talking about oldies, a remix of Rock Your Baby brings George McCrae back after a gap of 12 years, while remixes is the theme of the week as recent flops from Stacey Q, This Island Earth, join Freeez and Hot Choc in the charts.

Geldof, Europe, Paul Young all follow-up with minor entries, Springsteen does his own Pointer Sisters gift 8 years late, Slade join their annual Xmas oldie with a newie, which gives them 16 years of entries, and Tina Turner makes it 14 years of chart hits as album title track Break Every Rule enters before I realised it wasn’t a single and excluded it. As I now include album tracks at least I know it’s position is fair and so I am keeping it!

1 ( 2 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
2 ( 1 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
3 ( 4 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
4 ( 8 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
5 ( 5 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
6 ( 6 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
7 ( 3 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
8 ( 10 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
9 ( 14 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
10 ( 16 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon

11 ( 12 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
12 ( 13 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
13 ( 19 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
14 ( 9 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
15 ( NEW ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
16 ( 24 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
17 ( 11 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
18 ( 23 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
19 ( 25 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
20 ( 36 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy

21 ( 15 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
22 ( 35 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
23 ( 7 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
24 ( 18 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
25 ( 32 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
26 ( 17 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
27 ( 44 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
28 ( 28 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
29 ( 31 ) IT DIDN’T MATTER The Style Council
30 ( 40 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela

31 ( 20 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
32 ( 21 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
33 ( 47 ) WASTELAND The Mission
34 ( 34 ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
35 ( 60 ) IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY The Blow Monkeys
36 ( 22 ) CANDY Cameo
37 ( 72 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
38 ( 38 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
39 ( 50 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
40 ( 26 ) CRY WOLF a-ha

41 ( 27 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
42 ( 29 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
43 ( 33 ) KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
44 ( 45 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
45 ( NEW ) ROCK YOUR BABY (REMIX) George McCrae
46 ( 42 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
47 ( 43 ) HUMAN Human League
48 ( 30 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
49 ( 68 ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
50 ( 61 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets

51 ( 37 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
52 ( NEW ) TWO OF HEARTS (Q MIX) Stacey Q
53 ( 41 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
54 ( 62 ) TROUBLE Heaven 17
55 ( 46 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
56 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 55 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
58 ( 39 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
59 ( 59 ) KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF Georgia Satellites
60 ( 52 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna

61 ( 74 ) HEART OF THE SUN Red Box
62 ( 63 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
63 ( 64 ) STRANGER ON THE SHORE OF LOVE Stevie Wonder
64 ( NEW ) SEE THAT GLOW (REMIX) This Island Earth
65 ( NEW ) LOVE LIKE A ROCKET Bob Geldof
66 ( NEW ) ROCK THE TOWN Europe
67 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 69 ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
69 ( NEW ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
70 ( NEW ) DON’T COME TO STAY Hothouse

71 ( 51 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
72 ( NEW ) WHY DOES A MAN HAVE TO BE STRONG Paul Young
73 ( 48 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
74 ( NEW ) FIRE Bruce Springsteen
75 ( NEW ) STILL THE SAME Slade

4th Feb
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 HOLD YOUR HEAD UP Argent
2 NO FEAR NO HATE NO PAIN Eurythmics
3 ADORATIONS Killing Joke

11th February 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for George & Aretha as they preside over a busy top 10, a middling middle, and a busy bottom end with lots of new entries. Carly Simon gets her highest-charting record to date, The Christians a first top 5, Berlin a second top 10, The Blow Monkeys a 2nd top 10 and a big climb, Randy Crawford a second top 10, and China Crisis a 3rd top 10. Highest new entry is Eurythmics dropping the synths and opting for gospel rock, at 30. It’s chart returns for Duran, the Nana’s, The Damned making it 8 years of chart entries, The Smiths petering out ahead of the big bust-up never to return, Spandau 7 years and still going, Five Star, Big Audio Dynamite, Anita baker & George Benson making it, ooh 12 years since Supership.

1 ( 1 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
2 ( 2 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
3 ( 10 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
4 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
5 ( 15 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
6 ( 11 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
7 ( 35 ) IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY The Blow Monkeys
8 ( 16 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
9 ( 5 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
10 ( 27 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis

11 ( 6 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
12 ( 7 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
13 ( 19 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
14 ( 18 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
15 ( 4 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
16 ( 20 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
17 ( 8 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
18 ( 22 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
19 ( 25 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
20 ( 14 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop

21 ( 13 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
22 ( 12 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
23 ( 33 ) WASTELAND The Mission
24 ( 17 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
25 ( 30 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela
26 ( 39 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
27 ( 37 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
28 ( 9 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
29 ( 43 ) KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
30 ( NEW ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics

31 ( 21 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
32 ( 34 ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
33 ( 44 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
34 ( 23 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
35 ( 62 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
36 ( 38 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
37 ( 28 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
38 ( 26 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
39 ( 50 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
40 ( 32 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon

41 ( 49 ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
42 ( 36 ) CANDY Cameo
43 ( 45 ) ROCK YOUR BABY (REMIX) George McCrae
44 ( 40 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
45 ( 52 ) TWO OF HEARTS (Q MIX) Stacey Q
46 ( 41 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
47 ( 47 ) HUMAN Human League
48 ( 65 ) LOVE LIKE A ROCKET Bob Geldof
49 ( 31 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
50 ( 46 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin

51 ( 66 ) ROCK THE TOWN Europe
52 ( 61 ) HEART OF THE SUN Red Box
53 ( 24 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
54 ( NEW ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
55 ( 42 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( NEW ) GIGOLO The Damned
58 ( 57 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( NEW ) SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE The Smiths
60 ( 60 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna

61 ( NEW ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
62 ( 29 ) IT DIDN’T MATTER The Style Council
63 ( NEW ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
64 ( 55 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
65 ( 51 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
66 ( 72 ) WHY DOES A MAN HAVE TO BE STRONG Paul Young
67 ( NEW ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
68 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 69 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
70 ( NEW ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet

71 ( 53 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
72 ( NEW ) V13 Big Audio Dynamite
73 ( 58 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
74 ( NEW ) TEASER George Benson
75 ( NEW ) CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE Anita Baker

Playlist oldies of that week
1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 NO PROMISES Icehouse
3 THESE DREAMS Heart

17th February 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for Aretha & George as The Blow Monkeys reach number 2 again, copying Digging Your Scene – always the Bridesmaids! – and then there are 2 classic 60’s soul oldies from an advert (Percy Sledge) & a film of the same name (Ben E. King). When A man Loves A Woman had long been popular on Radio One Top 100 Singles lists, and Stand By Me had already topped my charts in 1975 for the cover by John Lennon which was almost as great as Ben’s version.

Mental As Anything finally make the top 20 months after first charting, Duran Duran get a big climb for their relatively floppy single, and the camp Male Stripper exposes itself at 36, a good 20 years ahead of me getting grabbed by the first of three strippers on different occasions. I think it’s my grinning not leering that makes me a target, oops! Simply Red are back and well into a long run of future success, clearly onto the Right Thing, Level 42 also return, and World Party pop back with possibly their best record, Ship Of Fools, in at 68.

It’s a rap! The Beastie Boys fighting debut was bad news for Volkswagen owners across the country, including my mate who got fed up with his car badge getting nicked, and white rappers became the new thing – if one discounts Debbie Harry, Adam Ant, Billie Davies in the 60’s, and any number of other music acts who’d already dabbled as opposed to making a career out of 80’s urban rap. Talking of Debbie harry – she’s back at 75, Iggy Pop has a second current chart entry at 73, and View From A Hill get a follow-up entry.

1 ( 1 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
2 ( 7 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
3 ( NEW ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
4 ( NEW ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
5 ( 5 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
6 ( 3 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
7 ( 2 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
8 ( 6 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
9 ( 10 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
10 ( 8 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford

11 ( 14 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
12 ( 4 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
13 ( 11 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
14 ( 9 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
15 ( 19 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
16 ( 13 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
17 ( 18 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
18 ( 33 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
19 ( 12 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
20 ( 25 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela

21 ( 16 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
22 ( 29 ) THE KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
23 ( 54 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
24 ( 26 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
25 ( 35 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
26 ( 30 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
27 ( 27 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
28 ( 39 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
29 ( 20 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
30 ( 17 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees

31 ( 15 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
32 ( 24 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
33 ( 21 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
34 ( 22 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
35 ( 51 ) ROCK THE NIGHT Europe
36 ( NEW ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
37 ( 57 ) GIGOLO The Damned
38 ( 23 ) WASTELAND The Mission
39 ( 61 ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
40 ( 28 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley

41 ( 31 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
42 ( 34 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
43 ( 48 ) LOVE LIKE A ROCKET Bob Geldof
44 ( 38 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
45 ( 59 ) SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE The Smiths
46 ( 42 ) CANDY Cameo
47 ( 63 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
48 ( 40 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
49 ( 47 ) HUMAN Human League
50 ( NEW ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red

51 ( 37 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
52 ( 46 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
53 ( 50 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
54 ( 32 ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
55 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( NEW ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
57 ( 44 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
58 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( 70 ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet
60 ( 60 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna

61 ( 36 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
62 ( 41 ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
63 ( 43 ) ROCK YOUR BABY (REMIX) George McCrae
64 ( 64 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
65 ( 74 ) TEASER George Benson
66 ( 67 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
67 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( NEW ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
69 ( 65 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
70 ( 53 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band

71 ( NEW ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
72 ( NEW ) I’M NO REBEL View From A Hill
73 ( NEW ) SHADES Iggy Pop
74 ( 49 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
75 ( NEW ) FREE TO FALL Debbie Harry

Playlist oldies of the week
1 HOUND DOG Elvis Presley
2 SOMEBODY Brilliant
3 ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry

25th February 1987

It’s a first week on top for Ben E. King 12 years since John Lennon took his version of Stand By Me to the top of my charts, and 26 years since it came out, making it the longest wait from release to topping my chart to date, and the second-oldest track to top my charts since 1959’s Oh Carol reissue for Neil Sedaka topped in 1972, a mere 13 years old. Live It Up finally breaks into the top 10, The Jets Crush their way in too, Eurythmics tell us not to mess with the Missionary Man as they add another top 10 to their growing total, and Curiosity catwalk their way to 10, not for the last time.

Highest new entry is the fab You Are My World, one of The Communards best records that wasn’t the big hit I hoped, at 11, with a-ha continuing their streak with the glorious Manhattan Skyline at 27, pure class, though I under-appreciated it a little for a time. Two great climbs for Westworld and World Party (THEME!) and The Smiths, Geldof, the Nana’s and Simply Red all go top 40.

New entries lower down include Bruce Willis, fresh off the fabulous Moonlighting TV comedy-drama (still one of the greatest TV shows of all-time) taking a soul cover-version diversion of The Staple Singers’ Respect Yourself, closely followed by 2 future UK chart-toppers, Mel & Kim’s fab Respectable (THEME!), and Boy George’s reggae cover of Ken Boothe’s UK chart-topping reggae cover of Bread’s original Everything I Own. It’s not as good as either version, but pleasant enough. The Big Supreme get a second entry, Please Yourself said Frankie Howard, Gwen Guthrie makes it 3, Paul Simon makes it 3 off Graceland, and The Icicle Works are back after a short time out in the freezing cold.

1 ( 3 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
2 ( 1 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
3 ( 4 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
4 ( 5 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
5 ( 2 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
6 ( 18 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
7 ( 6 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
8 ( 28 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
9 ( 26 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
10 ( 15 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat

11 ( NEW ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
12 ( 7 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
13 ( 9 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
14 ( 10 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
15 ( 23 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
16 ( 25 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
17 ( 8 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
18 ( 24 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
19 ( 11 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
20 ( 13 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil

21 ( 20 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela
22 ( 14 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
23 ( 47 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
24 ( 12 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
25 ( 16 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
26 ( 36 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
27 ( NEW ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
28 ( 19 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
29 ( 68 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
30 ( 17 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie

31 ( 21 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
32 ( 50 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
33 ( 29 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
34 ( 30 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
35 ( 35 ) ROCK THE NIGHT Europe
36 ( 66 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
37 ( 32 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
38 ( 43 ) LOVE LIKE A ROCKET Bob Geldof
39 ( 39 ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
40 ( 45 ) SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE The Smiths

41 ( 31 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
42 ( 22 ) THE KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
43 ( 37 ) GIGOLO The Damned
44 ( 33 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
45 ( 27 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
46 ( 56 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
47 ( 40 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
48 ( 46 ) CANDY Cameo
49 ( 49 ) HUMAN Human League
50 ( 75 ) FREE TO FALL Debbie Harry

51 ( 41 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
52 ( 42 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
53 ( 59 ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet
54 ( NEW ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
55 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 53 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
57 ( RE ) STILL THE SAME Slade
58 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( 71 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
60 ( 34 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

61 ( 44 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
62 ( 72 ) I’M NO REBEL View From A Hill
63 ( 60 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
64 ( NEW ) GOOD TO GO LOVER Gwen Guthrie
65 ( 73 ) SHADES Iggy Pop
66 ( 64 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
67 ( 48 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
68 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
70 ( NEW ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon

71 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY Freddie Jackson
72 ( NEW ) WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING Paul Johnson
73 ( NEW ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
74 ( NEW ) EVANGELINE The Icicle Works
75 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George

Oldies Playlist
1 EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne
2 ADORATIONS Killing Joke
3 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney

 

 

My January 1987 Charts

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6th January 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for Madonna as Slade get a post-christmas high entry at 2, a new peak for the track 13 years late in one of it’s many festive appearances until I got so sick of it I can’t bear charting it any more. I’ve not gone mad, oldies only made my charts if they made the UK singles chart, at the time, and Slade sneaked in in the published charts over the Christmas period, so the delay is due to that.

Elkie Brooks gets her first top 10 since Sunshine After The Rain a decade earlier, David Cassidy has a live EP of his biggest 70’s UK singles enter at 17, and by this time I was well into 70’s nostalgia, the lead track turning out to be the under-appreciated (by me) version of How Can I Be Sure, now one of my all-time fave records and better even then Dusty’s version (the roiginal 1972 studio version that is, not this live cover).

Little Richard is back with his first ballad to make my charts, 30 years since his heyday predating me never mind my charts! Siouxsie covers This Wheel’s On Fire nicely, albeit not as classic as the original, for 9 years of hits, Swing Out Sister get a soundalike follow-up, UB40 change lead vocalist for the rat in the iamspamspamami Dead Or Alive keep the string of SAW-pop hits coming 2 years on, The Bangles sneak in with a lesser track, and Lou Reed covers Sam n Dave’s Soul Man, and brings along Sam to boot…

1 ( 1 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
2 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
3 ( 4 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
4 ( 2 ) CANDY Cameo
5 ( 9 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
6 ( 7 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
7 ( 5 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
8 ( 8 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
9 ( 15 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
10 ( 6 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones

11 ( 3 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
12 ( 14 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
13 ( 10 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
14 ( 12 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
15 ( 11 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
16 ( 16 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
17 ( NEW ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
18 ( 13 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
19 ( 19 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
20 ( 18 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper

21 ( 17 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
22 ( 21 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
23 ( 25 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
24 ( 26 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
25 ( 29 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
26 ( 27 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
27 ( 32 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
28 ( 22 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
29 ( 33 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
30 ( 34 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

31 ( 20 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
32 ( 47 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
33 ( 36 ) DREAMING Status Quo
34 ( 23 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
35 ( 40 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh
36 ( 28 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
37 ( 24 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
38 ( 38 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
39 ( 30 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
40 ( 50 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 31 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
44 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
45 ( 35 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( NEW ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
47 ( 39 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
48 ( 55 ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
49 ( 46 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
50 ( 65 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore

51 ( 43 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 45 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
54 ( 60 ) BIG IN AMERICA The Stranglers
55 ( 48 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 71 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
58 ( 49 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
59 ( NEW ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
60 ( 61 ) NO ROPE AS LONG AS TIME Latin Quarter

61 ( 54 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
62 ( 44 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
63 ( 63 ) GOLDMINE The Pointer Sisters
64 ( 53 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
65 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
66 ( 58 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
67 ( NEW ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
68 ( 68 ) HE SAID LOVE Barclay james Harvest
69 ( 62 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
70 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive

71 ( 51 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
72 ( NEW ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles
73 ( 72 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
74 ( 74 ) BALLERINA GIRL Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore

6th Jan
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 ROCK AND ROLL (Live at the BIC) Gary Glitter
2 MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
3 DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro

13th January 1987

It’s a first week on top for David Cassidy since 1972 when he had 2 of 3 chart-toppers with The Partridge Family, but my residual affection for his solo singles – none of them topped my chart – is enough for these lesser versions to top my chart in combination by way of compensation in particular for How Can I Be Sure which remains one of my tear-jerking singles in the original version, but which fell short of my top 10 at the time. a-ha keep the top 10’s coming, Paul Simon makes it 2 in a row for the first time in 14 years, and Alison Moyet gets a 4th solo or 7th in total.

A big climb for Siouxsie’s Wheel into the 20, Little Richard goes top 40, and Randy Crawford is the highest new entry 8 years since she had her Streetlife with The Crusaders debut a run of solo follow-ups. In at 44, it’s annoying Jacking sparking off – obviously I quite liked it at first, but it led to dross and this off-spin of House got annoying quickly. Steve Silk Hurley’s minute in the sun. At 53, it’s 5-years since her last hit so it must be Carly Simon: check out the dates: 1972/1977/1982/1987 are all debuts or comebacks regular as clockwork!

In at 58 it’s Drum Theatre who I think supported the Human League who I saw at the Poole Arts Centre (now The Lighthouse, despite not being any such thing) this week, which explains their tracks going back up, and my listing of my fave tracks that night (they were fab, despite me being quite high at the back and having to watch the girls legs only when they sang on a raised platform at the back of the stage) has a lovely co-incidence: Rock & Roll was my top Gary Glitter track the week before for his annual Xmas/New Year gig (it was always hits-packed party-time) and the same song was done good by Phil & co, the Human League being the current regular reliably fab hits-packed party time leading up to christmas most years for the last couple of decades. Happily you can still say you like the Human League.

1 ( 17 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
2 ( 1 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
3 ( 3 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
4 ( 5 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
5 ( 4 ) CANDY Cameo
6 ( 9 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
7 ( 2 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
8 ( 12 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
9 ( 19 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
10 ( 16 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet

11 ( 7 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
12 ( 6 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
13 ( 8 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
14 ( 10 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
15 ( 15 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
16 ( 29 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
17 ( 25 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
18 ( 23 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
19 ( 46 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
20 ( 30 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

21 ( 13 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
22 ( 11 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
23 ( 26 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
24 ( 44 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
25 ( 14 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
26 ( 18 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
27 ( 22 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
28 ( 20 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
29 ( 40 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
30 ( 59 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister

31 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
32 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
33 ( 33 ) DREAMING Status Quo
34 ( 21 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
35 ( 27 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
36 ( NEW ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
37 ( 28 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
38 ( 57 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
39 ( 38 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
40 ( 50 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore

41 ( 34 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
42 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 24 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
44 ( NEW ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
45 ( 45 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( 48 ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
47 ( 36 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
48 ( 67 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
49 ( 31 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
50 ( 37 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush

51 ( 47 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( NEW ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
54 ( 49 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 74 ) BALLERINA GIRL Lionel Richie
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 39 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
58 ( NEW ) EL DORADO Drum Theatre
59 ( 71 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
60 ( 35 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh

61 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
62 ( 53 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
63 ( 51 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
64 ( 65 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
65 ( 70 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
66 ( 62 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
67 ( 75 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
68 ( 58 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
69 ( 72 ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles
70 ( NEW ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope

71 ( 55 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
72 ( 61 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
73 ( NEW ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
74 ( NEW ) FACTS AND FIGURES Hugh Cornwell
75 ( 73 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star

Human League at Poole Arts Centre
1 LOVE ACTION (I BELIEVE IN LOVE)
2 THE LEBANON
3 ROCK AND ROLL

20th January 1987

It’s a first week on top for the highest entry, a remix of Hot Chocolate’s 12-year-old goodie which failed to top my charts first-time round, despite being a huge Hot Choc fan, and becomes a belated 5th number one for them. Lots of yet more 70’s new entries from The Doobie Brothers 1979 top tenner, cashing in on Michael McDonald’s recent big hits, in at 9, Freeez’ remixed 1983 top 10 enters lower down, the late Phil Lynott’s 1980 track is back, Barbara Jones reggae cover of Olivia Newton-John’s 1975 top 30 track sneaks in, Age Of Chance sort-of cover Prince ahead of Art Of Noise, and the chart goes ballistic as 1987 arrives with a bang and 18 new entries, and big climbs into the top 10 for Robbie Nevil, Little Richard and an instant new entry for Aretha & George on a fab duet, Aretha’s best track since her glorious Atlantic days, and George’s best track since his previous record.

Dead Or Alive rocket into the 20, Carly Simon into the 30, and new entries galore between 42 and 75, the most notable being the fab debut of Curioisty Killed The Cat bringing jazzpop into teen idol branding, The Style Council returning, the bouncy pop of The Jets, Rosie Vela’s delicious sultry Magic Smile, The Blow Monkeys brilliant It Doesn’t Have To be This Way (note sax very much the thing in 1987), and another Jack-track for Raze, who would return in a year with the fab Break 4 Love. Stevie Wonder makes it 19 years of charting in my charts, and Kool & The Gang a mere 8 years.

1 ( NEW ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
2 ( 1 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
3 ( 6 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
4 ( 17 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
5 ( 2 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
6 ( 24 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
7 ( 10 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
8 ( 3 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
9 ( NEW ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
10 ( NEW ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael

11 ( 5 ) CANDY Cameo
12 ( 16 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
13 ( 4 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
14 ( 8 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
15 ( 19 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
16 ( 18 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
17 ( 65 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
18 ( 20 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
19 ( 23 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
20 ( 13 ) SOMETIMES Erasure

21 ( 9 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
22 ( 14 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
23 ( 11 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
24 ( 15 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
25 ( 7 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
26 ( 30 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
27 ( 53 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
28 ( 29 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
29 ( 12 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
30 ( 33 ) DREAMING Status Quo

31 ( 36 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
32 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
33 ( 38 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
34 ( NEW ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
35 ( 44 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
36 ( 22 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
37 ( 40 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
38 ( 27 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
39 ( 26 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
40 ( 48 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40

41 ( 31 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( NEW ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
43 ( 21 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
44 ( 70 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
45 ( NEW ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
46 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
47 ( 61 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
48 ( 55 ) BALLERINA GIRL Lionel Richie
49 ( 25 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
50 ( NEW ) IT DIDN’T MATTER The Style Council

51 ( 45 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 73 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
54 ( 74 ) FACTS AND FIGURES Hugh Cornwell
55 ( 28 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
56 ( 34 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
57 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 58 ) EL DORADO Drum Theatre
59 ( 39 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
60 ( 69 ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles

61 ( NEW ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
62 ( NEW ) KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
63 ( 37 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
64 ( 67 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
65 ( NEW ) KISS Age Of Chance
66 ( NEW ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela
67 ( 64 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 54 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
69 ( NEW ) IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY The Blow Monkeys
70 ( NEW ) PLEASE MISTER PLEASE Barbara Jones

71 ( NEW ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
72 ( NEW ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
73 ( NEW ) STRANGER ON THE SHORE OF LOVE Stevie Wonder
74 ( NEW ) WASTELAND The Mission
75 ( NEW ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze

Playlist oldies
1 SECONDS Human League
2 LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
3 NIGHT IN THE CITY E.L.O.

27th January 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for Hot Choc as Aretha gets her highest chart position since 1971, and her highest to date, and George almost makes it his 5th chart-topper. Dead Or Alive grab yet another top 10 single, having not missed at all since Spin Me Round, and Iggy Pop gets his first ever. Siouxsie adds to her long list of top 10’s over 9 years, and Steve Hurley jacks it up to 14, surprising me at how much I liked it when I thought I didn’t rate it. Memory is such a fickle thing!

Lots of big climbs this week from the rush of new entries last week, and before, including UB40 into the 20, Style Council, Curiosity, Phil Lynott, Rosie Vela into the 40, while new entries from China Crisis, Heaven 17, Red Box and Stevie Winwood extends their runs of entries, but more interesting are the debuts from Georgia Satellites, and Timbuk 3, both goodies. I was clearly into a rock frame of mind when it comes to spinning singles in my bedroom, especially the Wishing Well remix which I’d not charted, having missed it when it came out, but which is fab Free at their best.

1 ( 1 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
2 ( 10 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
3 ( 2 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
4 ( 17 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
5 ( 3 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
6 ( 4 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
7 ( 6 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
8 ( 9 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
9 ( 12 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
10 ( 15 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees

11 ( 5 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
12 ( 16 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
13 ( 18 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
14 ( 35 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
15 ( 8 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
16 ( 27 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
17 ( 7 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
18 ( 19 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
19 ( 40 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
20 ( 26 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister

21 ( 21 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
22 ( 11 ) CANDY Cameo
23 ( 33 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
24 ( 31 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
25 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
26 ( 14 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
27 ( 20 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
28 ( 28 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
29 ( 22 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
30 ( 13 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins

31 ( 50 ) IT DIDN’T MATTER The Style Council
32 ( 45 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
33 ( 62 ) KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
34 ( 34 ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
35 ( 47 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
36 ( 42 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
37 ( 24 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
38 ( 44 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
39 ( 23 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
40 ( 66 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela

41 ( 25 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
42 ( 38 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
43 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
44 ( NEW ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
45 ( 53 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
46 ( 36 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
47 ( 74 ) WASTELAND The Mission
48 ( 39 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
49 ( 60 ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles
50 ( 64 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore

51 ( 29 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
52 ( 46 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
53 ( 54 ) FACTS AND FIGURES Hugh Cornwell
54 ( 37 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
55 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
56 ( 65 ) KISS Age Of Chance
57 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 58 ) EL DORADO Drum Theatre
59 ( NEW ) KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF Georgia Satellites
60 ( 69 ) IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY The Blow Monkeys

61 ( 61 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
62 ( NEW ) TROUBLE Heaven 17
63 ( NEW ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
64 ( 73 ) STRANGER ON THE SHORE OF LOVE Stevie Wonder
65 ( 43 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
66 ( 51 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
67 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 72 ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
69 ( 71 ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
70 ( 30 ) DREAMING Status Quo

71 ( 63 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
72 ( 75 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
73 ( 68 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
74 ( NEW ) HEART OF THE SUN Red Box
75 ( NEW ) BACK IN THE HIGHLIFE AGAIN Stevie Winwood

Oldies Playlist of that week
1 WISHING WELL (REMIX) Free
2 SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
3 FIREBALL Deep Purple

My Retro August 1968 Charts

 

3rd August 1968

It’s a first chart-topper for Harry Nilsson and his heartbreaking future-Midnight Cowboy soundtrack gem, just gorgeous through and through with or without the movie. Highest new  entry is the definitive version of Bacharach/David’s I Say A Little Prayer, and a track off the oft-mentioned 16 Big Hits which dad bought in Singapore a year later and which was the soundtrack to late 1969 for me. The vastly under-rated Johnny Nash enters at 12 with the blissful Hold Me Tight, soft reggae is formally introduced to the pop charts right here, or Lover’s Rock as it became better-known, and Johnny was also the man who introduced Bob Marley songs to the charts in 1972. He may have been American but he knew a reggae great when he saw one, and could pen a fab tune himself.

Ray Stevens takes his non-comic social-commentary into the 20, still great, and obscure sadly, as The Hump gets his well-known album track into my Quando charts, Fats Domino debuts with a song written in his style by Macca, so that’s only fair, The Moody’s are back with a minor UK hit – wrong choice of single for me though.

 

1 ( 4 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
2 ( 2 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
3 ( 1 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 3 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
5 ( NEW ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
6 ( 7 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
7 ( 5 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
8 ( 10 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
9 ( 8 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
10 ( 6 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues

11 ( 9 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
12 ( NEW ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
13 ( 18 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
14 ( 11 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
15 ( 14 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
16 ( 12 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
17 ( 35 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
18 ( 19 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
19 ( 13 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
20 ( 38 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens

21 ( 15 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
22 ( 17 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
23 ( 25 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
24 ( 28 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
25 ( 22 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
26 ( 16 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
27 ( 20 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
28 ( 23 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
29 ( 21 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
30 ( 24 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops

31 ( 26 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
32 ( 44 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
33 ( 29 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
34 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
35 ( 37 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
36 ( 30 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold
37 ( 27 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
38 ( 33 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
39 ( 31 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
40 ( 32 ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames

41 ( 36 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
42 ( 49 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
43 ( 46 ) DAYS The Kinks
44 ( 45 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
45 ( 41 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
46 ( 39 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
47 ( NEW ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck
48 ( 42 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
49 ( 54 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
50 ( 72 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis

51 ( 40 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
52 ( 64 ) MAGIC BUS The Who
53 ( 43 ) NEXT Scott Walker
54 ( 48 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
55 ( 51 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
56 ( 52 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
57 ( 53 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
58 ( 58 ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
59 ( 66 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
60 ( 68 ) I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

61 ( 57 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
62 ( 47 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
63 ( NEW ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues
64 ( NEW ) LADY MADONNA Fats Domino
65 ( 60 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.
66 ( 75 ) M’LADY Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( 67 ) HUSH Deep Purple
68 ( 69 ) WORKIN’ ON A GROOVY THING Patti Drew
69 ( 63 ) VALLERI The Monkees
70 ( 73 ) TIME HAS COME TODAY The Chambers Brothers

71 ( 55 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
72 ( 74 ) THE WEIGHT Jackie De Shannon
73 ( NEW ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
74 ( NEW ) THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT Aretha Franklin
75 ( NEW ) THAT OLD TIME FEELIN’ Dean Martin

 

10th August 1968

Aretha franklin, probably the greatest female vocalist in soul and pop music of all-time, died today, so it’s only right and fitting that she should top my 50-years-ago revisit and discovery of music available that week, with her finest recording, a complete reinvention of Dionne Warwick’s version of I Say A Little Prayer. Bacharach & David write heavenly songs, this is one of several to top my charts in 1967/8, and their go-to-girl is no slouch in the vocal department herself – and she duly also enters with 2 more tracks, one I don’t know, and one I adored and easily topped my “wouldabeen” chart in 1964 for Sandie Shaw, Always Something There To Remind Me. Sometimes Dionne cuts the definitive version (Walk On By) and sometimes she don’t. Aretha walks all over her.

Highest new entry at 7 is another absolute fave of mine in 1968, as will become obvious in 3 weeks when I start posting my original retro charts, as it spent weeks at number 2 in them: Jesamine, The Casuals hugely melodic goodie. Which reminds me – why did nobody remind me to chart Abergavenny earlier in the year for Marty Wilde! Belated new entry next week. In at 12, one I didnt get to hear until 1975 on the Sunday 5-years-ago charts rundown, being as it was a belated UK huge hit for Don Fardon: The fabulous Indian Reservation. At 18, another massive late ’68 UK hit fave for Jeannie C. Riley and Harper Valley PTA, which hit my top 5. I scoured record shops in the mid-70’s as a student buying up any of these 1968 faves I could find.

Even later than Jeannie, Judy Clay & William Bell was an early 1969 goodie hit in the UK, but just a minor US hit at this time, and duly in at 31, making space for even more faves in 1969 when I chart them. Billie Davis gets the 3rd rapid-fire version of Angel Of The Morning to amke the top 40, Randy Newman climbs into the 30 as the lovely song just gets better the more I play it. Understated.

The Delfonics are back with another soul smoothie, Anita Harris covers Mama Cass and gets away with it, just about, Gladys Knight covers The Temptations and is just as good, more fiery than sad, while Andy Kim gets a second hit with a dubiously lyric-ed piece of pop fluff. 3 weeks to go till comparisons to what I liked then (strictly UK charts only in my top 20 charts) and now…..

1 ( 5 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
2 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
3 ( 3 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 2 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
5 ( 6 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
6 ( 4 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
7 ( NEW ) JESAMINE The Casuals
8 ( 12 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
9 ( 7 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
10 ( 8 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys

11 ( 9 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
12 ( NEW ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
13 ( 10 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
14 ( 14 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
15 ( 11 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
16 ( 13 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
17 ( 15 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
18 ( NEW ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
19 ( 24 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
20 ( 16 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration

21 ( 18 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
22 ( 19 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
23 ( 17 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
24 ( 21 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
25 ( 22 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
26 ( 20 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
27 ( 23 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
28 ( 25 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
29 ( 32 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
30 ( 42 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman

31 ( NEW ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
32 ( 35 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
33 ( 28 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
34 ( 29 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
35 ( 27 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
36 ( 50 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
37 ( 33 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
38 ( 38 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
39 ( 44 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
40 ( 47 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck

41 ( 26 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
42 ( 37 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
43 ( 41 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
44 ( 30 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
45 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
46 ( 49 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
47 ( 45 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
48 ( 59 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
49 ( 31 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
50 ( 52 ) MAGIC BUS The Who

51 ( 48 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
52 ( 36 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold
53 ( 39 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
54 ( 43 ) DAYS The Kinks
55 ( 64 ) LADY MADONNA Fats Domino
56 ( 60 ) I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
57 ( 40 ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
58 ( 46 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
59 ( 63 ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues
60 ( 55 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell

61 ( 57 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
62 ( 56 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
63 ( NEW ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
64 ( 61 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
65 ( 53 ) NEXT Scott Walker
66 ( 66 ) M’LADY Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( NEW ) (THERE’S) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE (TO REMIND ME) Dionne Warwick
68 ( NEW ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
69 ( NEW ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Anita Harris
70 ( 72 ) THE WEIGHT Jackie De Shannon

71 ( 73 ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
72 ( 54 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
73 ( NEW ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
74 ( 67 ) HUSH Deep Purple
75 ( NEW ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim

 

17th August 1968

It’s 2 weeks on top for the late great Aretha, keeping the Bacharach-David songs totalling 5 as another Herb Alpert new entry joins the previous one, with 2 Dionne’s climbing. Marty Wilde climbs into the top 5 as songwriter of Jesamine, and enters belatedly at 14 with huge 10-year-old-me fave Abergavenny, from earlier in the year but as a flop everywhere it wasn’t flagged in the Spring, so here it is now. His most charming record I think. Another late new entry for Boyce & Hart, Monkees-songwriters and an act in thier own right, with the theme tune to a minor little film fave I saw in the RAF Swinderby camp cinema. Back in those days every RAF base had it’s own cinema, operated by RAF staff in the evenings, and Saturday mornings. Films that had been and gone in the main town cinemas, or never got a major release, did the rounds a year or two or three later, around 4 or 5 films a week. That’s how I got to see Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows, a 1968 follow-up to teen-movie The Trouble With Angels. That’s also how I got to see Olivia Newton-John’s cheesy brit sci-fi musical film Toomorrow years earlier than Grease, which wasn’t her movie debut at all!

Don Fardon enters my top 10 2 years earlier than the UK, and Jeannie C. Riley a few months early, and Leapy Lee debuts inside the 40 with Little Arrows, an early pop success for songwriter, and future pop star, Albert Hammond, and Mike Hazlewood, with many a classic song to come over the next decade or so. I saw Albert the other year in concert, very enjoyable hearing that back catalogue. The Grass Roots go top 40 with a US hit goodie, and a minor US hit enters at 55 for Avant-Garde, a bit of a period weird-ey, but one I liked when I first heard it yesterday, even nicking a bit of the James Bond theme strings.

Well-known pop-rock entries for Status Quo, The Band, and The Rolling Stones, just beating new ones from The Sweet Inspirations (Whitney’s mom back again, this time covering Unchained Melody) and Lou Rawls, who still had 8 years to wait for his brilliant UK hit.

1 ( 1 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
2 ( 2 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
3 ( 3 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 4 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
5 ( 7 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
6 ( 6 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
7 ( 12 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
8 ( 8 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
9 ( 5 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
10 ( 18 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley

11 ( 9 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
12 ( 10 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
13 ( 11 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
14 ( NEW ) ABERGAVENNY Marty Wilde
15 ( 14 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
16 ( 16 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
17 ( 13 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
18 ( 23 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
19 ( 17 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
20 ( 29 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner

21 ( 15 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
22 ( 31 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
23 ( 19 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
24 ( 21 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
25 ( 20 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
26 ( 22 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
27 ( 25 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
28 ( 36 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
29 ( 24 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
30 ( 40 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck

31 ( 27 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
32 ( 28 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
33 ( 26 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
34 ( 33 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
35 ( 30 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
36 ( 63 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
37 ( NEW ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
38 ( 35 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
39 ( 34 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
40 ( 48 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots

41 ( 32 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
42 ( 38 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
43 ( 37 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
44 ( 44 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
45 ( 43 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
46 ( 46 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
47 ( 42 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
48 ( 47 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
49 ( 55 ) LADY MADONNA Fats Domino
50 ( 50 ) MAGIC BUS The Who

51 ( 41 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
52 ( 59 ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues
53 ( 51 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
54 ( 73 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
55 ( NEW ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
56 ( 56 ) I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
57 ( NEW ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
58 ( 39 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
59 ( 66 ) M’LADY Sly & The Family Stone
60 ( 67 ) (THERE’S) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE (TO REMIND ME) Dionne Warwick

61 ( NEW ) THE WEIGHT The Band
62 ( NEW ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
63 ( 60 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
64 ( 61 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
65 ( 62 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
66 ( 68 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
67 ( 64 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
68 ( 69 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Anita Harris
69 ( 71 ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
70 ( 58 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris

71 ( NEW ) TO WAIT FOR LOVE Herb Alpert
72 ( NEW ) WHERE ANGELS GO, TROUBLE FOLLOWS Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
73 ( 75 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
74 ( NEW ) UNCHAINED MELODY The Sweet Inspirations
75 ( NEW ) DOWN HERE ON THE GROUND Lou Rawls

 

25th August 1968

It’s the calm before a storm in a quiet week and the late great Aretha on top for a 3rd week, and a bit of jostling about until you get to jumps into the 40 for Avant-Garde’s Bond-flavoured hippie goodie, The Stones rockin’ it and Quo icy cool.

Another fave from The Mamas & The Papas pops in as the highest new entry, one of the tracks featured on their 1973/74 budget album compilations that I played to death, For The Love Of Ivy. I also always had a soft spot for the tuneful harmony bubblegum pop of Vanity Fair, and they aren’t far behind with I Live For The Sun. Marvin’s joining himself in the charts again, solo this time, with a Motown goodie in Chained, The Impressions get a 4th of the year for Curtis Mayfield, The Cowsills get a 4th as well, sounding ever-more like the Partridge Family (unsurprisingly), and The O’Jays also enter with one still inside the top 30.

Next week is where my charting days started in 1968 (sort of) so it will be more volatile as I post what I like now (these retro charts) and compare with what I liked at the time (as judged a few years later when memories were still fresh and my musical tastes hadn’t changed that much and just based on the UK singles chart only)…

1 ( 1 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
2 ( 3 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 ( 4 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
4 ( 2 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
5 ( 5 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
6 ( 7 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
7 ( 8 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
8 ( 6 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
9 ( 10 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
10 ( 9 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees

11 ( 11 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
12 ( 12 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
13 ( 13 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
14 ( 18 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
15 ( 15 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
16 ( 22 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
17 ( 23 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 20 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
19 ( 14 ) ABERGAVENNY Marty Wilde
20 ( 16 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams

21 ( 17 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
22 ( 28 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
23 ( 30 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck
24 ( 21 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
25 ( 37 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
26 ( 19 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
27 ( 36 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
28 ( 25 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
29 ( 27 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
30 ( 24 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays

31 ( 29 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
32 ( 26 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
33 ( 55 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
34 ( 32 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
35 ( 62 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
36 ( 31 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
37 ( 57 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
38 ( 34 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
39 ( 33 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
40 ( 40 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots

41 ( 38 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
42 ( NEW ) FOR THE LOVE OF IVY The Mamas & The Papas
43 ( 39 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
44 ( 54 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
45 ( 35 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
46 ( 42 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
47 ( 45 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
48 ( 49 ) LADY MADONNA Fats Domino
49 ( 60 ) (THERE’S) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE (TO REMIND ME) Dionne Warwick
50 ( 52 ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues

51 ( 48 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
52 ( 47 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
53 ( 44 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
54 ( 43 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
55 ( 56 ) I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
56 ( NEW ) I LIVE FOR THE SUN Vanity Fair
57 ( 53 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
58 ( NEW ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
59 ( 41 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
60 ( 46 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat

61 ( 61 ) THE WEIGHT The Band
62 ( 50 ) MAGIC BUS The Who
63 ( 51 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
64 ( 59 ) M’LADY Sly & The Family Stone
65 ( 69 ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
66 ( 66 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
67 ( 63 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
68 ( 64 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
69 ( 71 ) TO WAIT FOR LOVE Herb Alpert
70 ( 65 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

71 ( 73 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
72 ( 67 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
73 ( NEW ) FOOL FOR YOU The Impressions
74 ( NEW ) POOR BABY The Cowsills
75 ( NEW ) THE CHOICE The O’Jays

My January 1986 Charts

7th January 1986

It’s new in at 1 with another oldie – the 20 year anniversary reissue recharting Beatles double A side classic, keeping up the run of charting oldies, mostly. That means the actual top new track, West End Girls, has still only had 1 week on top in what otherwise would have been a 6 week-run on top if not for oldies.

A-ha rocket into the top 10 for 2 in a row, The Cars do it for the 3rd time, and Go West shoot into the 20 for the 3rd time. Highest new track is Pat Benatar, while Steve Harley, 12 years on from Judy Teen, teams up with ex-1978 chart-topper Sarah Brightman, now a serious musical star, for the Phantom duet. Fine Young Cannibals cover Elvis, Dire Straits dig deeper into Brothers In Arms, ABC enter a bit blue, and Grace Jones is besides herself at being a new entry with an old Edith Piaf French classic ballad. Literally. As is kate Bush, literally beside herself.

1 ( NEW ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
3 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 3 ) RUSSIANS Sting
5 ( 22 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
6 ( 4 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
7 ( 6 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
8 ( 8 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
9 ( 9 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
10 ( 12 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars

11 ( 13 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
12 ( 5 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
13 ( 7 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
14 ( 19 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
15 ( 25 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
16 ( 10 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
17 ( 17 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
18 ( 15 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
19 ( 14 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
20 ( 42 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West

21 ( 18 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
22 ( 39 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
23 ( 40 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
24 ( 16 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
25 ( 27 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
26 ( 11 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
27 ( 29 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
28 ( 28 ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
29 ( 34 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
30 ( 24 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads

31 ( 23 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
32 ( 21 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
33 ( 20 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
34 ( 38 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
35 ( NEW ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
36 ( 36 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
37 ( 26 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
38 ( 47 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
39 ( 31 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
40 ( 37 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey

41 ( 33 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
42 ( 45 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
43 ( 43 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
44 ( 30 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
45 ( 32 ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
46 ( NEW ) NAUGHTY NAUGHTY John Parr
47 ( 67 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
48 ( 35 ) OH LOUISE Junior
49 ( 55 ) WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones
50 ( 41 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon

51 ( 49 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
52 ( 48 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 50 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
55 ( 51 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
56 ( 46 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
57 ( 57 ) EASIER SAID THAN DOWN Jon Anderson
58 ( NEW ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
59 ( 59 ) RAISE THE ROOF The Conway Brothers
60 ( NEW ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals

61 ( 60 ) DRIVE The Cars
62 ( 75 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
63 ( 54 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
64 ( 63 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
65 ( NEW ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
66 ( 52 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
67 ( 61 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( NEW ) OCEAN BLUE ABC
70 ( 58 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda

71 ( 44 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry
72 ( NEW ) LA VIE EN ROSE Grace Jones
73 ( 73 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
74 ( 71 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
75 ( 74 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush

Oldies playlist

1 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black
2 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
3 SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture

 

 

14th January 1986

It’s back on top after a break of over a month, to give Pet Shop Boys one week on top in both 1985 and 1986 – it’s unusual for records to do that in my chart, but hey it’s a classic! Even holding off a brand new classic at 2 from a-ha. Go West get a second top 10 and Eurythmics an umpteenth, rare that they didn’t hit my top 10. Broken Wings gets a big climb into the 20, and highest “new” entry is Radio Africa starting the theme of flops becoming hits second time round in 1986, and for this week the trend of loads of re-entries which get called “new” because it’s a new year and I like to see chart runs in different years with as not part of the initial run.

King have yet another top 40 track – who recalled they had so many! Steve Harley and Sarah Brightman both get a first top 40 hit in years, thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber (never hurts to have your hubbie write the songs), and Full Force rocket into the 30 with Alice, hip-hopping away, in mood if not literally. Fine Young Cannibals cover Elvis – Pet Shop Boys please take note! Sade overtakes Slade, new at 45 – that only works if you pronounce Slade as Slahday – and a famous Billy Ocean chart-topper debuts quite low-down: Romancing The Stone was the film, and indeed, at a 2017 Uptown Country Park 80’s festival, Billy in fine voice, I decided to get going as it was getting tough anticipating the rush for the exit as his encore arrived.

Stevie Nicks fabulous I Can’t Wait is new in at 58, as good as a Mac track, 5 Star’s best single is at 61, give or take Rain Or Shine, Alexander O’Neal is in with Cherrelle – he will be back quite a lot, she won’t. Talking of films, Eddie Murphy has a decent stab at a pop career, the recently sad loss of Phil Lynnot brings 19 into the chart, and Timmy Thomas is back for his only other chart entry that wasn’t his awesome 1973 classic Why Can’t We Live Together – as covered by Sade, in fact, on her album but never a single. A Remix would top my chart for Timmy in 1990.

1 ( 3 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 5 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
3 ( 1 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
4 ( 2 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
5 ( 7 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
6 ( 8 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
7 ( 4 ) RUSSIANS Sting
8 ( 20 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
9 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
10 ( 15 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics

11 ( 9 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
12 ( 6 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
13 ( 34 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
14 ( 13 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
15 ( 22 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
16 ( NEW ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
17 ( 23 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
18 ( 10 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
19 ( 19 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
20 ( 12 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

21 ( 17 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
22 ( 11 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
23 ( 14 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
24 ( 16 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
25 ( 18 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
26 ( 47 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
27 ( 62 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
28 ( 21 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
29 ( 29 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
30 ( 24 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney

31 ( 25 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
32 ( NEW ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
33 ( NEW ) TORTURE King
34 ( 58 ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
35 ( 35 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
36 ( 38 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
37 ( 28 ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
38 ( 30 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
39 ( 46 ) NAUGHTY NAUGHTY John Parr
40 ( 60 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals

41 ( 36 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
42 ( 27 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
43 ( 40 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
44 ( 42 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
45 ( NEW ) IS IT A CRIME Sade
46 ( 43 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
47 ( 65 ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
48 ( 32 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
49 ( NEW ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
50 ( 26 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon

51 ( 41 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
52 ( 52 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 39 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
55 ( 31 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
56 ( 54 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
57 ( 51 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
58 ( NEW ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
59 ( 37 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
60 ( 50 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon

61 ( NEW ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
62 ( 61 ) DRIVE The Cars
63 ( 69 ) OCEAN BLUE ABC
64 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
65 ( 64 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
66 ( NEW ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
67 ( 55 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
68 ( NEW ) SATURDAY LOVE Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
69 ( 72 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
70 ( 33 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN/ MY HOMETOWN Bruce Springsteen

71 ( NEW ) PARTY ALL THE TIME Eddie Murphy
72 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
73 ( NEW ) THE OAK TREE Morris Day
74 ( NEW ) 19’ Phil Lynnot
75 ( NEW ) NEW YORK EYES Nicole with Timmy Thomas

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON Frida
2 IT’S A MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S WORLD Brilliant
3 BABY BOOMERANG T.Rex

 

21st January 1986

It’s a first week on top for a-ha’s brilliant Sun Always Shines On TV, proper epic pop, and their second chart-topper in a row. Highest new entry is a return for a great flop track from 1985 (theme of the year again and again), Belouis Some’s Imagination at 3, as Mr. Mister make the top 5. Another ’85 flop hits the top 10, for Latin Quarter, Todd Rundgren is back at 23 with his biggest “hit” since the brilliant Hello It’s Me went top 5 12 years earlier, and the equally brilliant I Saw The Light started his chart career in 1972.

Madonna’s back with another minor hit back bigger, 1984’s Borderline, Double’s charming single enters at 31, and Five Star, Grace Jones, and Stevie Nicks all get deserved big leaps into the 40, and it’s a 1979 Rapper’s Return as the one that kick-started a whole genre returns at 44, while fellow early rap pioneer Kurtis Blow finally follows up his Christmas Rapping with If I Ruled The World just over 6 years on.

Drum Theatre were a good support band I saw at the time, and enter at 48, with the great Talk Talk single in at 50, Life’s What You Make It making it 4 years of good singles. James Brown’s last big hit is in with Living In America, a decade on since his last chart entry – though his song is still on my playlist as done by Brilliant. Gloria Estefan does the Conga, though not getting billing yet 2 years on from Dr. Beat, John Cougar is also back 4 years on from Jack And Diane, with extra unnecessary Mellencamp, and Clannad have a fab duet with Bono.

1 ( 2 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
2 ( 1 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( NEW ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
4 ( 9 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
5 ( 13 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
6 ( 3 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
7 ( 4 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
8 ( 10 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
9 ( 16 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
10 ( 5 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo

11 ( 15 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
12 ( 6 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
13 ( 8 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
14 ( 7 ) RUSSIANS Sting
15 ( 26 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
16 ( 17 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
17 ( 12 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
18 ( 32 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
19 ( 27 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
20 ( 11 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess

21 ( 14 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
22 ( 33 ) TORTURE King
23 ( NEW ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
24 ( 23 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
25 ( 19 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
26 ( 34 ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
27 ( NEW ) BORDERLINE Madonna
28 ( 18 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
29 ( 20 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
30 ( 24 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid

31 ( NEW ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR HEART Double
32 ( 61 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
33 ( 29 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
34 ( 21 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
35 ( 69 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
36 ( 39 ) NAUGHTY NAUGHTY John Parr
37 ( 28 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
38 ( 40 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals
39 ( 58 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
40 ( 49 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean

41 ( 47 ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
42 ( 25 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
43 ( 68 ) SATURDAY LOVE Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
44 ( NEW ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
45 ( 45 ) IS IT A CRIME Sade
46 ( 43 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
47 ( 41 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
48 ( NEW ) LIVING IN THE PAST Drum Theatre
49 ( 38 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
50 ( NEW ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk

51 ( 31 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
52 ( 30 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
53 ( NEW ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
54 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
55 ( 22 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
56 ( 63 ) OCEAN BLUE ABC
57 ( 46 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
58 ( 52 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
59 ( NEW ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
60 ( NEW ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield with Aled Jones

61 ( 35 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
62 ( 71 ) PARTY ALL THE TIME Eddie Murphy
63 ( 36 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
64 ( 56 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
65 ( 62 ) DRIVE The Cars
66 ( NEW ) CONGA Miami Sound Machine
67 ( 65 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
68 ( NEW ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad featuring Bono
69 ( 37 ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
70 ( NEW ) SMALLTOWN John Cougar Mellencamp

71 ( 60 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
72 ( 57 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
73 ( 72 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
74 ( NEW ) ONE NATION Masquerade
75 ( NEW ) IF I RULED THE WORLD Kurtis Blow

OLDIES PLAYLIST
1 DREAM WEAVER Gary Wright
2 IT’S A MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S WORLD Brilliant
3 HARD WOMAN Mick Jagger

 

28th January 1986

2 weeks on top for the classic a-ha shining on, heading a relatively static top 10, though Eurythmics get another top 5 the same week Aretha follows up her Eurythmics top 10 with a solo effort. Five Star get a big climb into the 20, Madonna finally gets Borderline into the 20, and Grace Jones does Edith Piaf chanson and funk both for a big climb. I prefer La Vie En Rose these days.

Top go Alexander O’Neal for the first time, Talk Talk for the 4th time (ish), James Brown for the second time, and Clannad and Bono (U2 having had several over 5 years). New in are The Damned with a decent cover of Barry Ryan’s classic histrionic ambitious epic chart-topper (for me) from 1968, Eloise at 26. At 37, Russ Ballard debuts with Voices, a great obscure track that gives him a solo chart career of 11 years, or 14 years including Argent. In the interim he wrote loads of classic songs like So You Win Again for Hot Chocolate, and Substitute for Clout.

Fra Lippo Lippi overcome a silly name to enter, Elvis Costello hides unsuccessfully behind a pseudonym for an Animals cover, Nana Mouskouri enters with her only ever chart song – though had I been charting in the early 60’s her fabulous Greek-themed White Rose Of Athens would have been big, cos it’s still a fab toon. Divas are the order of the day down the tail-end and playlist, though, as Diana Ross gets a Bee Gees gift and a half for a Chain Reaction smash, Whitney has a hum ho follow-up, and Nancy, Shirley and Abba grab my playlist oldies. Vinyl playlist, though call it Streaming had it been invented. 2 70’s fave acts return: Betty Wright clean-up woman is back 11 years on from Shoorah Shoorah and Where Is The Love, and Peter Frampton has a 10-year span of hits since topping with Show Me The Way – or 19 years had I been charting in 1967 when The Herd emerged with a teen vocalist.

1 ( 1 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
2 ( 3 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
3 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 5 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
5 ( 8 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
6 ( 9 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
7 ( 4 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
8 ( 7 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
9 ( 6 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
10 ( 11 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin

11 ( 31 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR HEART Double
12 ( 32 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
13 ( 27 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
14 ( 15 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
15 ( 23 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
16 ( 12 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
17 ( 10 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
18 ( 35 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
19 ( 19 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
20 ( 14 ) RUSSIANS Sting

21 ( 13 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
22 ( 43 ) SATURDAY LOVE Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
23 ( 26 ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
24 ( 50 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
25 ( 17 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
26 ( NEW ) ELOISE The Damned
27 ( 40 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
28 ( 36 ) NAUGHTY NAUGHTY John Parr
29 ( 16 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
30 ( 38 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals

31 ( 20 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
32 ( 22 ) TORTURE King
33 ( 39 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
34 ( 21 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
35 ( 18 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
36 ( 59 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
37 ( NEW ) VOICES Russ Ballard
38 ( 41 ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
39 ( 29 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
40 ( 68 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad featuring Bono

41 ( 24 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
42 ( 25 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
43 ( 30 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
44 ( 42 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
45 ( 37 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
46 ( 28 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
47 ( NEW ) SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT Fra Lippo Lippi
48 ( 48 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Drum Theatre
49 ( 33 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
50 ( 46 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey

51 ( 44 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
52 ( NEW ) PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD The Costello Show (Elvis Costello)
53 ( 47 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
54 ( 62 ) PARTY ALL THE TIME Eddie Murphy
55 ( 54 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 56 ) OCEAN BLUE ABC
57 ( 75 ) IF I RULED THE WORLD Kurtis Blow
58 ( NEW ) CUT ME DOWN Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
59 ( 34 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
60 ( NEW ) ONLY LOVE Nana Mouskouri

61 ( 49 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
62 ( RE ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
63 ( 74 ) ONE NATION Masquerade
64 ( 58 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
65 ( 70 ) SMALLTOWN John Cougar Mellencamp
66 ( 65 ) DRIVE The Cars
67 ( RE ) NEW YORK EYES Nicole with Timmy Thomas
68 ( 64 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
69 ( NEW ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
70 ( 57 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys

71 ( 67 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
72 ( NEW ) PAIN Betty Wright
73 ( NEW ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
74 ( 55 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
75 ( NEW ) LYING Peter Frampton

Playlist Oldies of the Week
1 YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE Nancy Sinatra
2 AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME Shirley Bassey
3 SOS Abba

My Sept-Dec 2018 Charts

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29th December 2018

It’s Carpenters on top for a 5th total week (3rd for the 2018 revamp) as the UK singles chart looks a bit like my Christmas 1972 charts when the Carpenters also featured along with The Jackson 5 and John & Yoko, and a bit like xmas 1973 when Elton, Wizzard, Slade featured, and 1974 when Mud & John & Yoko featured, and 1975 when Queen, Greg Lake, John & Yoko featured and….so on and so on. My charts though are having a huge Xmas clearout sale in tribute to HMV, RIP, end of an era if there is no rescue, last shop standing from my youth that sold records. To herald the Mariah-Carey-free dominance of the world for another 10 months, there’s an inrush of fresh new music, hooray!

Coldplay and Pharrell add to their already long list of top 10’s, Coldplay more than Pharrell as they approach 2 decades of ’em, Ava Max finally breaks the 40, Morrissey takes a 1982 Pretenders song back into the 40 for a grand total of 35 years since This Charming Man broke into my top 10 (and still his best record), while The Faces have taken a mere 45 years to get Ooh La La top 40 (though to be fair to me, I only did a top 20 in 1973 and didn’t allow album tracks or anything that wasn’t UK top 30 to be listed).

Top newie is yet another Alan Walker track, off his new debut album, giving him 2 on the list, as has Billie Eilish debuting with 2 at once, how greedy! Both lovely though. Albin Lee Medau also debuts (who!?) apparently a Swedish artist keeping the Scandi-tracks strong along with Alan Walker, and Mercury Rev are back! It’s been 13 years since they last charted, 20 years since Goddess On A Hiway went top 10, and nearly 18 years since the gorgeous The Dark Is Rising topped my chart. They are back with a reinvention of the cult debut 1967 album by dark country act Bobbie Gentry, of Ode To Billie-Joe fame. Bobbie topped my chart in 1969 with the 4th single I ever bought, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, she released another album in 1970, had duet success with huge fave of mine Glen Campbell – and that was that! Despite acclaim, awards, and success, she pretty much decided to retire from the music biz and has stuck with it, one of the huge losses to country music IMHO. 76 years old now, talk about going out on top in your 20’s! Well done Mercury Rev bringing her back, sort of.

Trevor Horn debuts at 53. Actually he debuted in 1979 as a Buggle, and hit in the 80’s as part of Yes, and had there been producer-artist labels in those days he would have featured alongside Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ABC, Dollar, Seal, Pet Shop Boys with his trademark synth-wall-of-sound epic symphonies. Technically, though it’s his solo debut, covering Tears For Fears thrice chart-topper, helped by an orchestra and…. Robbie Williams! So, 40 years for Trev and 27 years for Robbie, give or take as we are virtually in 2019 now. The Robster also worked with Pet Shop Boys, who can be expected to chart next week as I finally get around to playing the next PSB deluxe album that charted in the UK album charts a year ago or so, and cherry-pick the best previously-uncharted tracks.

Jade Bird debuts, young British singer who sounds pretty fab to me, veteran T.Rex producer Tony Visconti has been impressed with her, so that’s good enough for me! He knew a great pop single when he made one. Santigold is back, hooray, always interesting, and now over a decade since Les Artistes went top 10 for me. Tame Impala are back with Theophilus London – didn’t he used to be Lenny Henry? (Checks – no he’s Trinidad-American. I used to love learning about the Caribbean islands in geography when I was 10, we even had actual BBC TV shows in b&w during the lesson so our young supply teacher could have a sit-down, & Trinidad & Tobago was one of my faves). Lenny was a Theophilus P Wildebeest sex god.

Paul Weller makes it a 3rd lush track off his latest album, 41 years since his noisy Jam debut, Grimes debuts at last, Adelphi Music Factory bring some 90’s House anthem-stylee music in, Khalid and Tom walker both return as featurings, Boyzone get a second new track in 20-odd years on from debut, and Thomas Rhett gets a 6th entry since his 2015 fab Crash & Burn.

1 1 1 4 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 625000
2 2 2 5 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 326050
3 3 3 5 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 300200
4 8 4 5 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 193000
5 4 1 11 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 769500
6 6 1 6 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 500000
7 9 7 6 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 176000
8 17 8 4 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 101650
9 13 1 9 SHADOWS Black Atlass 662000
10 10 6 8 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 356800

11 11 7 9 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 342000
12 12 4 11 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 446000
13 7 7 4 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 156000
14 5 5 7 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 214850
15 18 15 7 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 129800
16 19 16 6 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 113800
17 14 1 8 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 742000
18 16 8 6 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 190000
19 15 10 7 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 192500
20 23 20 5 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 76750

21 20 15 6 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 131750
22 21 9 6 RISE Raaginder 164250
23 32 23 3 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 49050
24 24 13 9 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 183900
25 26 25 10 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 154400
26 27 26 8 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 120700
27 25 3 8 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 313400
28 28 28 4 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 64500
29 33 29 8 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 110300
30 38 30 8 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 114450

31 29 4 12 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 387100
32 48 32 7 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 63300
33 43 33 5 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 60800
34 37 34 5 DREAM ON Aerosmith 50500
35 50 35 4 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 46100
36 30 20 8 ALGORITHM Muse 137900
37 39 37 6 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 82700
38 42 38 6 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 82950
39 22 22 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 66400
40 49 40 7 OOH LA LA The Faces 70300

41 34 8 11 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 266200
42 36 3 12 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 347800
43 NEW 43 1 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 13500
44 44 25 10 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 150850
45 NEW 45 1 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 13000
46 46 2 7 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 341050
47 NEW 47 1 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 12500
48 41 12 9 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 205300
49 NEW 49 1 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 12100
50 31 18 4 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 71650

51 45 1 14 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 679350
52 55 52 4 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 40600
53 NEW 53 1 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 11250
54 58 54 5 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 44300
55 NEW 55 1 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 10800
56 53 1 28 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1987600
57 NEW 57 1 COO COO COO Santigold 10400
58 64 58 5 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 35100
59 62 59 5 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 36500
60 51 45 7 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 74050

61 NEW 61 1 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 7500
62 35 35 3 A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh 31100
63 NEW 63 1 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 7200
64 54 2 15 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 607300
65 NEW 65 1 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 7000
66 NEW 66 1 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 6800
67 NEW 67 1 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 6600
68 40 40 2 MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD Boney M 23400
69 56 20 9 LOVE Boyzone 131350
70 60 46 7 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 66750

71 61 53 6 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 52650
72 NEW 72 1 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 5400
74 52 41 6 SAIL AWOLNATION 60100
75 NEW 75 1 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 5000

DROP OUTS
47 47 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 12500
57 57 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 22900
59 59 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 26800
63 63 1 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 7200
65 60 3 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 24200
66 66 3 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 17800
67 67 3 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 19000
68 68 2 WHAT WOULD SANTA DO The Monkees 12800
69 56 3 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 27000
70 70 2 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 12000
71 30 7 JAPAN Plastician 96550
72 72 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 5600
73 73 1 YOU MAKE IT FEEL CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 5400
74 48 7 MAPACHE Cari Cari 64300
75 75 1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes 5000

 

 

23rd December 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top (4 in total) for the Carpenters, just holding off Mark Ronson from grabbing a second chart-topper. As I was in Gran Canaria enjoying the sun last week I heard no new songs at all, just xmas oldies everywhere – so there’s a mini-invasion of oldies, but the highest xmas track is The Fizz at 5, an actual new song of all things! Pity no-one’s playing it. Chainsmokers get yet another top 10, at least a 5th, as their former musical partners Coldplay got top 20 with a leap for E-LO, and top 30 with Timbuktu. Highest Xmas oldie, as is the norm, is Chris Rea’s classic at 22, charting for the 15th time and about to overhaul Band Aid (which hasn’t charted for years here) in my million sellers list.

Chris De Burgh amazingly takes his Spaceman into my top 40 some 32 years on from its’ debut, spurred on by selling quite well thanks to a current cover version. It hasn’t charted in the 21st century before. Unlike the highest new entry at 40, Boney M’s festive perennial which peaked at 2 in 1978 just ahead of my 21st birthday, when it was topping the UK charts. Mary’s Boy Child also topped the charts the day I was born, because I’m special (by Harry Belafonte). Probably. Mud also return, under-performing in 1974 after a string of chart-toppers, but eventually topping my chart on reissue in 1985.

Kim Wilde’s lovely Isobel’s Dream is also back after a few years away, not really a Christmas song as such but a winter seasonal song, while early 80’s minor-hit Christmas Wrapping outdoes most of it’s chart contemporaries at the time and The Waitresses keep on popping back year after year. Last year’s Xmas track from Gwen Stefani gets a good chance of a regular comeback as it returns, leaving her and Leona Lewis as the only 21st century xmas songs that come back, while 60’s chestnut Sleigh Ride by The Ronettes is back some 44 years since it first charted, though it is fairly regular in it’s returns.

1 1 1 3 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 455000
2 4 2 4 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 211050
3 5 3 4 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 215200
4 2 1 10 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 709500
5 8 5 6 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 185850
6 3 1 5 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 445000
7 10 7 3 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 124000
8 14 8 4 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 128000
9 16 9 5 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 126000
10 6 6 7 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 314800

11 11 7 8 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 305000
12 7 4 10 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 411000
13 12 1 8 SHADOWS Black Atlass 617000
14 9 1 7 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 719000
15 15 10 6 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 171500
16 13 8 5 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 168000
17 36 17 3 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 53650
18 19 18 6 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 102800
19 25 19 5 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 88800
20 17 15 5 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 112000

21 18 9 5 RISE Raaginder 144750
22 28 22 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 49300
23 30 23 4 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 56750
24 24 13 8 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 164900
25 23 3 7 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 295000
26 27 26 9 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 135650
27 31 27 7 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 102200
28 35 28 3 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 46200
29 22 4 11 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 369200
30 20 20 7 ALGORITHM Muse 120500

31 21 18 3 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 59650
32 50 32 2 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 29800
33 33 33 7 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 92100
34 26 8 10 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 252200
35 69 35 2 A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh 23700
36 29 3 11 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 334050
37 72 37 4 DREAM ON Aerosmith 32900
38 38 38 7 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 96450
39 39 39 5 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 65400
40 NEW 40 1 MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD Boney M 17000

41 37 12 8 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 193000
42 42 42 5 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 65750
43 47 43 4 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 43100
44 34 25 9 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 137600
45 40 1 13 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 667600
46 32 2 6 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 328300
47 NEW 47 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 12500
48 66 48 6 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 45500
49 52 49 6 OOH LA LA The Faces 53300
50 57 50 3 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 28600

51 45 45 6 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 64050
52 41 41 5 SAIL AWOLNATION 54900
53 49 1 27 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1977000
54 48 2 14 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 600200
55 55 55 3 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 29100
56 43 20 8 LOVE Boyzone 125150
57 64 57 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 22900
58 58 58 4 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 33300
59 59 59 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 26800
60 46 46 6 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 60750

61 53 53 5 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 46850
62 63 62 4 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 26400
63 NEW 63 1 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 7200
64 65 64 4 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 24900
65 60 60 3 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 24200
66 71 66 3 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 17800
67 67 67 3 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 19000
68 68 68 2 WHAT WOULD SANTA DO The Monkees 12800
69 56 56 3 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 27000
70 70 70 2 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 12000

71 44 30 7 JAPAN Plastician 96550
72 NEW 72 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 5600
73 NEW 73 1 YOU MAKE IT FEEL CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 5400
74 61 48 7 MAPACHE Cari Cari 64300
75 NEW 75 1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes 5000

DROP OUTS
51 25 6 39 Queen 101800
54 54 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23600
62 33 10 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 139750
73 37 7 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 78800
74 74 1 PROMISES Buzzcocks 5200
75 75 1 ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Brenda Lee 5000

 

 

17th December 2018

It’s Christmaaaaaaaas! No, not Slade on top, it’s Carpenters’ classic 1972 Goodbye To Love done Royal Philharmonic stylee, and it duly returns to the top spot for the first time in 46 years for a 3rd week at number one. I was 14 years old when I last charted it. Yes, 14. Still love that guitar juxtaposed with Karen’s angelic voice and lushness galore. As it’s Christmas another 1972 classic returns for an 8th time (in the 21st century!) – John & Yoko’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over) was the first Xmas record I ever bought, and is a major classic, and it was the trigger for all those subsequent classic rock era xmas goodies. Prior to that Xmas songs were dreadful novelty things or else crooner ballads from the 40’s and 50’s, bar the odd Brenda Lee here and there (who also returns). It has topped my charts for a total of 13 weeks and charted throughout the decades, though not every year.

Mark Ronson gets another biggie top 10 a decade on from his first, and ditto Miley really, though she’s had several top 10’s. The Fizz knock themselves out of the top 10 with their official xmas single 37 years on from The Land Of Make Believe, and that’s nothing – The Monkees return again with new stuff, including a cover of Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime which is actually better than his overly-jolly overly-busy perennial – it’s more laid-back and restrained and the song is the better for it. They also have a new track debut which sounds to my ears like a Weezer song – that’ll be cos Rivers Cuomo wrote it for them then! So that makes it 44 years of official Monkees chart-spanning, but really it’s 52 years as I would have had loads of Monkees chart-toppers had I been charting as a 9-year-old. They have all topped my charts anyway in the years since.

Other than the oldies Xmas re-entries, though, it’s a quiet week for new stuff which gives a welcome opportunity for some records to climb to a chart position more representative of my affections for them. Favela is the biggest climb of new tracks non-Xmas-related, excluding Coldplay tracks aka Los Unidades.

1 2 1 2 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 285000
2 1 1 9 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 644500
3 3 1 4 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 390000
4 32 4 3 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 96050
5 5 5 3 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 130200
6 6 6 6 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 272800
7 4 4 9 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 376000
8 17 8 5 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 125850
9 7 1 6 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 690000
10 13 10 2 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 74000

11 11 7 7 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 268000
12 9 1 7 SHADOWS Black Atlass 585000
13 8 8 4 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 143000
14 14 14 3 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 80000
15 10 10 5 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 144500
16 16 16 4 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 81000
17 15 15 4 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 92000
18 12 9 4 RISE Raaginder 125000
19 27 19 5 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 80800
20 26 20 6 ALGORITHM Muse 102500

21 18 18 2 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 41750
22 19 4 10 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 351000
23 20 3 6 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 276250
24 22 13 7 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 145400
25 33 25 4 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 67800
26 23 8 9 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 234600
27 28 27 8 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 117150
28 52 28 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 29800
29 24 3 10 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 316650
30 49 30 3 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 37500

31 39 31 6 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 83800
32 21 2 5 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 315550
33 37 33 6 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 74400
34 38 25 8 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 124350
35 57 35 2 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 27900
36 44 36 2 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 30650
37 29 12 7 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 179000
38 40 38 6 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 79250
39 46 39 4 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 48300
40 34 1 12 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 654600

41 45 41 4 SAIL AWOLNATION 43400
42 43 42 4 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 52000
43 35 20 7 LOVE Boyzone 114550
44 30 30 6 JAPAN Plastician 90750
45 51 45 5 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 52300
46 55 46 5 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 50750
47 60 47 3 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 29600
48 41 2 13 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 589200
49 47 1 26 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1965750
50 NEW 50 1 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 12000

51 25 25 6 39 Queen 101800
52 59 52 5 OOH LA LA The Faces 41200
53 56 53 4 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 39350
54 65 54 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23600
55 61 55 2 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 18300
56 58 56 2 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 20800
57 69 57 2 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 16600
58 64 58 3 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 23100
59 67 59 2 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 16700
60 63 60 2 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 17200

61 48 48 6 MAPACHE Cari Cari 59100
62 42 33 10 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 139750
63 68 63 3 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 19000
64 73 64 2 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 12500
65 72 65 3 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 17800
66 66 66 5 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 33200
67 71 67 2 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 12400
68 NEW 68 1 WHAT WOULD SANTA DO The Monkees 6400
69 NEW 69 1 A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh 6200
70 NEW 70 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 6000

71 74 71 2 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 11000
72 75 72 3 DREAM ON Aerosmith 15600
73 54 37 7 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 78800
74 NEW 74 1 PROMISES Buzzcocks 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Brenda Lee 5000

DROP OUTS
31 10 5 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 137900
36 14 5 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 103000
50 36 5 SHELTER Monkey Safari 59600
53 12 9 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 184400
62 7 9 GRAVITY Paul Weller 283550
70 70 2 ABOVE THE LAW The O’Jays 12000

 

 

9th December 2018

It’s been a 2-month climb, but Alan Walker gets his 2nd chart-topper almost 3 years since Faded topped for 4 weeks, and just ahead of a new entry, from yet another Royal Philharmonic Orchestral track. It’s a wonder they get time to perform in concert these days! Goodbye To Love, though, was scored by Richard Carpenter so fair enough, and this is not only their greatest record with that epic guitar extended outro, it’s the track on the new album that is least mucked about with, giving it a first chart appearance since it topped my charts 46 years ago. I loved it then, I love it now, I’ve never stopped loving it.

It’s a huge leap for Don Diablo into the top 5, a first for him in the top 10, and an 8th for Emeli Sande (including a number one) since her first in 2011. Great vibes to it, and nothing like any other dance-based track around, which is quite a miracle in these identikit-chartpop times. The Fizz grab another top 10, giving them a sweet 37 years of ’em, give or take a Bucks. The Fizz also have the biggest new xmas track at 17, as loads of fave oldies return lower down, most notably Kate Bush who has been getting some radio play for December Will Be Magic Again with the release of her remastered works, and which gives me an excuse to chart it again for the first time in 38 years.

We sadly lost the amiable Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks fame this week, which has spear-headed a mini-invasion of his best singles, topped by an unreleased mash-up of Abba’s 1979 Does Your Mother Know and his 1981 Homosapien solo single. Both used the same rhythms so they work really well together, hence Does The Homosapien Know in at 13, and Buzzcocks best single Everybody’s happy Nowadays at 18. I was going to chart a Four Seasons mini-invasion as I saw the truly legendary 84-year-old Frankie Valli in concert this week – he was fabulous, still got the voice, a great backing band and backing singers, and so many hits half of them had to be dropped. Jersey Boys had brought him a whole new audience, totally deserved for his final tour. The oldest act I’ve ever seen sing live, but maybe if xmas gets less busy for new tracks there’ll be space for some Four Seasons showstoppers like Who Loves You and Beggin’.

Coldplay are back with 2 tracks using a pseudonym, E-Lo aided by Pharrell Williams, both of them extending long chart runs from 2000 and 2003 respectively. X-Factor has as usual chosen an already-covered classic oldie to ruin, so in protest Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s original The Power Of Love is selling on itunes as well, and I’ve charted the only great version of it again. Morrissey does a cover! Quite rare, and it’s a good choice – The Pretenders 1982 Back On The Chain Gang, Chrissie Hynde’s tribute to bandmates who died within 2 days of each other that year. The original line-up I’d seen in concert only a year before, rocking it big-time. So, even when Morrissey picks a cover it’s dark!

1 2 1 8 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 629500
2 NEW 2 1 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 115000
3 1 1 3 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 305000
4 4 4 8 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 326000
5 58 5 2 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 70200
6 6 6 5 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 217800
7 3 1 5 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 645000
8 10 8 3 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 111000
9 5 1 6 SHADOWS Black Atlass 550000
10 12 10 4 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 117500

11 7 7 6 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 231000
12 9 9 3 RISE Raaginder 103000
13 NEW 13 1 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 32000
14 18 14 2 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 51000
15 17 15 3 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 69000
16 26 16 3 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 56000
17 23 17 4 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 77850
18 NEW 18 1 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 22000
19 14 4 9 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 331500
20 11 3 5 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 257000

21 8 2 4 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 297750
22 13 13 6 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 126400
23 19 8 8 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 216100
24 21 3 9 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 298450
25 27 25 5 39 Queen 90050
26 29 26 5 ALGORITHM Muse 82500
27 28 27 4 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 59800
28 30 28 7 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 98750
29 16 12 6 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 161700
30 31 30 5 JAPAN Plastician 77500

31 15 10 5 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 137900
32 44 32 2 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 31050
33 39 33 3 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 48050
34 24 1 11 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 637600
35 20 20 6 LOVE Boyzone 101050
36 22 14 5 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 103000
37 45 37 5 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 56700
38 25 25 7 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 106750
39 42 39 5 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 65900
40 40 40 5 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 62050

41 35 2 12 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 576900
42 33 33 9 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 132350
43 46 43 3 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 38250
44 NEW 44 1 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 13250
45 55 45 3 SAIL AWOLNATION 29400
46 53 46 3 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 31200
47 47 1 25 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1953650
48 54 48 5 MAPACHE Cari Cari 51600
49 62 49 2 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 19500
50 36 36 5 SHELTER Monkey Safari 59600

51 51 51 4 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 39300
52 NEW 52 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 11500
53 32 12 9 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 184400
54 37 37 6 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 73400
55 56 55 4 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 38000
56 57 56 3 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 28100
57 NEW 57 1 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 10400
58 NEW 58 1 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 10200
59 63 59 4 OOH LA LA The Faces 29700
60 64 60 2 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 17100

61 NEW 61 1 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 7500
62 34 7 9 GRAVITY Paul Weller 283550
63 NEW 63 1 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 7200
64 71 64 2 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 12900
65 72 65 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 12600
66 67 66 4 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 26400
67 NEW 67 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 6600
68 73 68 2 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 11800
69 NEW 69 1 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 6200
70 70 70 2 ABOVE THE LAW The O’Jays 12000

71 NEW 71 1 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 5800
72 74 72 2 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 10800
73 NEW 73 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 5200
75 75 75 2 DREAM ON Aerosmith 10000

DROP OUTS
38 2 10 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 439450
41 36 6 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 84800
43 25 6 VENOM Eminem 86250
48 3 10 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 421850
49 49 5 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 42300
50 15 7 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 131700
52 1 9 SHE Charles Aznavour 515900
59 59 4 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 31500
60 5 8 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 279500
61 61 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 15000
65 57 4 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 37700
66 66 3 PURE SHORES All Saints 18000
68 68 2 MANIAC The Beat featuring Ranking Roger 12400
69 69 4 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 21800

 

2nd December 2018

Buddy Holly finally tops my chart almost 60 years since he died, with the song that he recorded in his final recording session in 1958 along with his two other best tracks, True Love Ways, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore and Raining In My Heart. All were released posthumously, True Love Ways in 1960, and indicate he was an artist just getting into his creative stride. The new version is pristine, it sounds like it was recorded yesterday and does away with my problem with most 50’s tracks: they sounded old even when I was a kid such was the improvement in recording techniques by the late 60’s. It’s not actually the oldest release to top my chart – that’s Neil Sedaka’s Oh Carol which topped my chart in 1972, a mere 13 years later. That’s the equivalent of a 14-year-old getting into a reissue of, say, Scissor Sisters, Britney Spears or Gwen Stefani right now – acts who topped my chart in 2004! It is, though, the oldest recorded record to top my chart, and only the second track from the fifties.

Highest new entry is track selling on itunes right now following a Proclaimers programme on BBC4, the gorgeous Sunshine On Leith, 30 years on from first making top 10, but well under-appreciated chart-wise in the UK at the time. Now it’s a movie title based on Proclaimers songs! Highest new track is Mark Ronson back, giving him 11 years of chart entries, while Miley Cyrus joins her sister in my chart, 10 years after starting her chart career with a trio of top 10’s before becoming less consistent. Don Diablo returns, along with Emeli Sande, who is making it a 7-year-run. The Crystals bring their 60’s Christmas classic back for the 3rd time in 5 years, and 44 years since Da Doo Ron Ron made my charts a decade late, Aerosmith’s 70’s track Dream On finally charts 40 years late as for some reason it’s selling on itunes and I’ve never charted it. Return of the week, though, are The O’Jays, huge faves of mine in the early 70’s with Philly classics topping my chart like Backstabbers in 1972 and Love Train in 1973. Now a duo, they return with new social-minded material, as their best stuff was, and get a first appearance in my chart since 1984, a whopping absence of 34 years. To put that in dark perespective, Eddie Levert’s two sons had a chart career as Levert in the interim, and both died in the noughties, while Eddie is still recording and touring with The O’Jays 50 years since starting his chart career.

1 7 1 2 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 220000
2 4 2 7 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 459500
3 1 1 4 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 595000
4 5 4 7 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 261000
5 3 1 5 SHADOWS Black Atlass 495000
6 8 6 4 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 162800
7 11 7 5 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 194000
8 2 2 3 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 278000
9 17 9 2 RISE Raaginder 68000
10 19 10 2 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 63000

11 6 3 4 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 237000
12 18 12 3 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 75500
13 15 13 5 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 106900
14 9 4 8 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 310500
15 10 10 4 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 120000
16 12 12 5 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 143500
17 24 17 2 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 42000
18 NEW 18 1 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 22000
19 13 8 7 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 196850
20 22 20 5 LOVE Boyzone 83550

21 16 3 8 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 279450
22 14 14 4 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 85600
23 27 23 3 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 54850
24 20 1 10 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 620000
25 28 25 6 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 89550
26 47 26 2 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 31000
27 29 27 4 39 Queen 71300
28 49 28 3 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 41400
29 30 29 4 ALGORITHM Muse 64000
30 34 30 6 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 80450

31 40 31 4 JAPAN Plastician 59500
32 21 12 8 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 173150
33 33 33 8 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 118600
34 23 7 8 GRAVITY Paul Weller 276150
35 31 2 11 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 562900
36 45 36 4 SHELTER Monkey Safari 47600
37 43 37 5 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 62400
38 26 2 10 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 439450
39 44 39 2 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 30350
40 53 40 4 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 45050

41 36 36 6 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 84800
42 46 42 4 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 48800
43 32 25 6 VENOM Eminem 86250
44 NEW 44 1 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 13250
45 48 45 4 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 39400
46 50 46 2 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 24750
47 42 1 24 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1941150
48 39 3 10 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 421850
49 58 49 5 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 42300
50 37 15 7 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 131700

51 60 51 3 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 27550
52 41 1 9 SHE Charles Aznavour 515900
53 63 53 2 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 18450
54 54 54 4 MAPACHE Cari Cari 39300
55 72 55 2 SAIL AWOLNATION 16400
56 56 56 3 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 27200
57 64 57 2 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 17500
58 NEW 58 1 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 10200
59 62 59 4 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 31500
60 35 5 8 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 279500
61 61 61 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 15000
62 NEW 62 1 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 7400
63 65 63 3 OOH LA LA The Faces 19600
64 NEW 64 1 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 7100
65 57 57 4 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 37700
66 69 66 3 PURE SHORES All Saints 18000 857300
67 67 67 3 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 19600
68 70 68 2 MANIAC The Beat featuring Ranking Roger 12400
69 73 69 4 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 21800
70 NEW 70 1 ABOVE THE LAW The O’Jays 6000
71 NEW 71 1 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 5400
74 NEW 74 1 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DREAM ON Aerosmith 5000

DROP OUTS
25 19 3 SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen 60750
38 15 5 RADIO GAGA Queen 103600
51 39 6 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 65150
52 9 9 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 240500
55 44 4 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 42950
59 59 3 STAR Kiki Dee 21700
66 5 15 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 450700
68 18 6 I’M STILL HERE Sia 104450
71 10 13 THE DARK SIDE Muse 236050
74 74 1 THE PIANO MAN Billy Joel 5200
75 75 1 WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen 5000

 

 

25th November 2018

It’s a 3rd week on top (and 7 weeks in total) for the symphonic Cars, keeping off the symphonic Beatles at 2, and just when you think it can’t get any more symphonic – it does! Yes even more symphonic covers of oldies are out for the christmas gifting market aimed at people of a “certain age” – hi! Most of them do nothing much to the originals, but those that make an effort turn up as new entries: at 7 – Buddy Holly’s highest-ever chart position, a really lovely version of True Love Ways finally getting him into my top 10 charts 60 years after he died, and 50 years after I started charting, just missing his extended posthumous chart career. At 19 it’s Cilla’s best non-cover, a song gifted by Lennon-McCartney (mostly Paul, I think), It’s For You – this one though by the Liverpool Philharmonic, which although not as great as George Martin’s original production, doesn’t detract from the others in quite the same way as most of the re-imagined Cilla tracks. It previously went top 5 a decade ago or so.

Highest new entry proper is Raaginda, at 17, a lovely Eastern-flavoured instrumental, while a key drama TV show spot has highlighted the gorgeousness of a long-forgotten Connie Francis track, in at 24. That’s her 3rd chart entry, all in the 21st century, so belated appreciation from me! Other charting oldies due to adverts, films, TV spots, TV performances: they have all made the itunes 200 so I’m counting them as valid: The Love Affair, the only UK hit version never to chart, and the best version, of Everlasting Love from 1968; Streets Of London from a 1969 album, a re-recorded hit in 1974, and recently re-recorded again for a 3rd time round; See The Day, Dee C. Lee’s lovely 1985 biggie, joining her ex Paul Weller in my chart; AWOLNATION back 5 years on; Billy Joel back again 43 years after it first charted in my charts and in the USA; Queen’s Highlander single from 1986.

Actual new stuff: Chainsmokers are back, with Kelsea Ballerini in tow, both adding to their hits total; Jean-Michel Jarre’s best track off his new album, extending his chart run to 41 years; DNCE return assisting chart debuts from Merk & Kremont; The Beat and Ranking Roger are back with new charting material for the first time in decades, a decent bit of retro-ska, giving them a chart expanse of 39 years, hooray!

1 1 1 3 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 510000
2 2 2 2 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 230000
3 4 1 4 SHADOWS Black Atlass 435000
4 5 3 6 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 344500
5 6 5 6 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 196000
6 3 3 3 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 200000
7 NEW 7 1 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 50000
8 10 8 3 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 107800
9 7 4 7 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 281500
10 14 10 3 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 93000

11 9 9 4 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 144000
12 12 12 4 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 118500
13 8 8 6 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 175850
14 22 14 3 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 66100
15 18 15 4 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 74900
16 11 3 7 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 259700
17 NEW 17 1 RISE Raaginder 23000
18 26 18 2 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 40500
19 NEW 19 1 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 21000
20 16 1 9 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 601000

21 20 12 7 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 155350
22 23 22 4 LOVE Boyzone 63550
23 13 7 7 GRAVITY Paul Weller 258550
24 NEW 24 1 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 19000
25 19 19 3 SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen 60750
26 17 2 9 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 422250
27 38 27 2 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 35600
28 28 28 5 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 70800
29 34 29 3 39 Queen 52900
30 36 30 3 ALGORITHM Muse 45800

31 21 2 10 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 545400
32 25 25 5 VENOM Eminem 72750
33 33 33 7 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 100900
34 41 34 5 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 62450
35 24 5 7 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 269500
36 37 36 5 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 70800
37 31 15 6 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 119700
38 15 15 5 RADIO GAGA Queen 103600
39 29 3 9 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 409550
40 48 40 3 JAPAN Plastician 41600

41 27 1 8 SHE Charles Aznavour 504400
42 35 1 23 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1928650
43 43 43 4 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 45100
44 NEW 44 1 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 13250
45 50 45 3 SHELTER Monkey Safari 30200
46 49 46 3 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 35050
47 NEW 47 1 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 12500
48 61 48 3 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 26400
49 54 49 2 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 23100
50 NEW 50 1 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 12000

51 39 39 6 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 65150
52 40 9 9 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 240500
53 57 53 3 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 28050
54 59 54 3 MAPACHE Cari Cari 28300
55 44 44 4 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 42950
56 70 56 2 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 16600
57 58 57 3 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 30700
58 62 58 4 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 30200
59 69 59 3 STAR Kiki Dee 21700
60 71 60 2 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 15800

61 NEW 61 1 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 7500
62 65 62 3 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 21400
63 NEW 63 1 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 7200
64 NEW 64 1 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 7100
65 73 65 2 OOH LA LA The Faces 12400
66 55 5 15 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 450700
67 68 67 2 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 13000
68 42 18 6 I’M STILL HERE Sia 104450
69 75 69 2 PURE SHORES All Saints 11200
70 NEW 70 1 MANIAC The Beat featuring Ranking Roger 6000

71 60 10 13 THE DARK SIDE Muse 236050
72 NEW 72 1 SAIL AWOLNATION 5600
73 74 73 3 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 15600
74 NEW 74 1 THE PIANO MAN Billy Joel 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen 5000

DROP OUTS
30 1 10 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 465650
32 32 4 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 45300
45 9 8 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 159050
46 29 6 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 71300
47 11 7 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 158300
51 22 5 RUN T’Pau 75850
52 6 10 SECRETS P!nk 328150
53 53 4 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 43050
56 54 5 APPEALS Bayonne 37600
63 53 5 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 46900
64 64 4 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 28400
66 66 4 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 26800
67 24 11 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 165900
72 25 6 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 78200

 

 

18th November 2018

It’s a second week on top for The Cars re-invention of Drive and a total of 6 weeks over 3 seperate years at number one, the orchestral lushness being a bit of theme this week, as The Beatles enter at 2 with the lushly orchestrated Good Night. 50 years ago, the sprawling, patchy The Beatles (White Album) came out, and now it’s back in the charts even more sprawling, but the gems remain gems. All of the tracks I rate have previously charted – bar one: The Ringo sung Good Night. After, let me frank, 56 years of living with Beatles music it’s a bit an ask to find something new and fresh to me, but that’s how this one feels to me. I’d mildly liked it over recent years but not really noticed it much tacked away on the end of the album, it’s hard to get to that stage and still be feeling unfrazzled. The George Martin production, though, is just gorgeous for this old-fashioned lullaby, and now I play it out the album it stands out on it’s own.

Ice Cube is angry at Trump, and so am I, fabulous at 3, Friendly Fires go top 10, as does Ariana Grande with her second or third top 10, and Clean Bandit’s umpteenth top 20. Back in pre-Christmas 1988 Freiheit topped my charts with the lush, orchestral melodic Paul McCartney-ey Keeping The Dream Alive, and now Bucks Fizz are back again with a Xmas album cover of it disguised as The Fizz. What’s more they also enter the top 40 with their official Xmas single, for my first 2 new Chrimbo tracks of 2018, a full 46 years on since my first one ever: John & Yoko’s Happy Xmas War Is Over. I love a Beatles link.

Camelphat are back again, so is Kendrick Lamar guesting, best current rapper for me, and a couple of oldies manage to breakout of the oldies pack hanging around outside my top 75 waiting for a gap from other oldies exiting the chart: All Saints 2000 chart-topper Pure Shores, and one that has never charted: Ooh La La, The Faces 1973 album track that Rod Stewart didn’t sing on (it was a Ronnie Lane song) but which he covered decades later for a minor hit (and a top 10 hit for me), and which is now (like so many old greats) featuring in pre-xmas adverts and selling on itunes. The Faces are nestling appropriately next to Rod Stewart’s new track, and it’s actually their first chart appearance, barring re-issues, since early 1975, almost 44 years ago. Gulp! I was 17…..aaaghhh!

1 1 1 2 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 340000
2 NEW 2 1 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 115000
3 5 3 2 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 145000
4 2 1 3 SHADOWS Black Atlass 350000
5 3 3 5 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 279500
6 9 6 5 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 136000
7 4 4 6 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 236500
8 12 8 5 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 143850
9 10 9 3 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 107000
10 32 10 2 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 59800

11 8 3 6 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 234700
12 14 12 3 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 83500
13 7 7 6 GRAVITY Paul Weller 239300
14 18 14 2 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 51000
15 17 15 4 RADIO GAGA Queen 86400
16 13 1 8 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 581000
17 11 2 8 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 403750
18 26 18 3 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 47900
19 19 19 2 SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen 42000
20 15 12 6 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 135600

21 21 2 9 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 527500
22 34 22 2 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 37100
23 24 23 3 LOVE Boyzone 44050
24 16 5 6 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 252000
25 33 25 4 VENOM Eminem 54950
26 NEW 26 1 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 18500
27 20 1 7 SHE Charles Aznavour 490400
28 36 28 4 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 52500
29 23 3 8 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 392450
30 6 1 10 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 465650

31 22 15 5 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 102400
32 35 32 4 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 45300
33 37 33 6 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 83200
34 39 34 2 39 Queen 34700
35 31 1 22 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1914900
36 57 36 2 ALGORITHM Muse 27800
37 38 37 4 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 53400
38 NEW 38 1 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 17200
39 43 39 5 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 53400
40 30 9 8 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 229000

41 42 41 4 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 44850
42 28 18 5 I’M STILL HERE Sia 98050
43 49 43 3 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 31600
44 47 44 3 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 32150
45 25 9 8 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 159050
46 29 29 6 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 71300
47 27 11 7 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 158300
48 48 48 2 JAPAN Plastician 24600
49 58 49 2 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 22300
50 74 50 2 SHELTER Monkey Safari 17200

51 40 22 5 RUN T’Pau 75850
52 41 6 10 SECRETS P!nk 328150
53 56 53 4 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 43050
54 NEW 54 1 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 11000
55 45 5 14 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 443900
56 54 54 5 APPEALS Bayonne 37600
57 68 57 2 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 16800
58 59 58 2 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 20300
59 63 59 2 MAPACHE Cari Cari 17300
60 44 10 12 THE DARK SIDE Muse 230250

61 67 61 2 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 14100
62 62 62 3 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 20000
63 53 53 5 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 46900
64 64 64 4 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 28400
65 65 65 2 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 14000
66 66 66 4 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 26800
67 50 24 11 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 165900
68 NEW 68 1 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 6400
69 73 69 2 STAR Kiki Dee 11600
70 NEW 70 1 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 6000

71 NEW 71 1 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 5800
72 51 25 6 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 78200
73 NEW 73 1 OOH LA LA The Faces 5400
74 75 74 2 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 10200
75 NEW 75 1 PURE SHORES All Saints 5000

DROP OUTS
46 13 7 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 140250
52 16 7 CLEAN EYES SYML 113550
55 28 7 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 85700
60 60 2 YESTERDAY ONCE MORE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17000
61 4 9 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 285900
69 15 7 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 111100
70 70 3 I WANT YOU TO FREAK Rak-Su 16800
71 71 3 OVER YOU Macy Gray 16600
72 11 8 SHAME Elle King 178750

 

 

11th November 2018

It’s straight in at 1 for a 3rd time on top for The Cars and Drive, their 1984 hauntingly moving song about mental illness, which became the spine-tingling moment at Live Aid in 1985 when it became a hit all over again when matched with famine footage. The odd mix made it heartbreaking all over again, and it topped for a second time. This time round it’s a new orchestral version from an album of 80’s classics re-imagined as orchestral works. It doesn’t work with all of the choices, but 3 of the more radical and tasteful versions that it suits all chart again – another 1984/5 chart-topper from Foreigner, and Bronski Beat also from 1984. They join Radio Gaga, Queen’s ’84 chart-topper which climbs into the 20 following a viewing of the Bohemian Rhapsody movie where it was the re-made Live Aid footage that showcased it again. Queen also enter with Seven Seas Of Rhye, a 1974 chart-topper for me, We Will Rock You, 1977 former chart-topper, and others including 2 new entries from A Night At The Opera, which has re-entered the UK charts is response to the movie: Love Of My Life has never charted before, and neither has the fab ’39 – in at 39.

That means just one week on top for Black Atlass after entering last week, as veteran rapper Ice Cube, known mostly for his brilliant It Was A Good Day social commentary song from 1989, returns with his career-best new song Arrest The President. It’s brilliant, pure vitriolic poetry spouting so many truths in clever ways it should become a “How To Do It” study. The last time a great record slagged-off a sitting President it was Stevie Wonder’s You Haven’t Done Nothin’ in 1974, which a more generalised critique: this is one is very very specific, and doesn’t let other younger more successful rappers get away with their stupidity either, telling it like it is. Reminds me of when I loved rap, when it was saying something, not self-ego-boosting money-chasing sexist cliches, as some less talented artists have tended to drift into.

It’s a hugely busy week, 18 new entries pushing out loads of tracks early and abruptly, and many big falls and climbs amid the changes: Rhys shoots into the 40 at 9, The Knocks and Sofi Tukker go top 10, Boyzone leap into the top 30 as Take That climb and Backstreet Boys enter at 59, their first new track in 13 years to chart, and helping to knock out New Kids On The Block and preventing an 80’s boyband reunion. If you had said in 1998 that I would be simultaneously charting new tracks by the aforementioned in 2018 I would have been incredulous. And yet what were the Chances?

Ariana Grande’s good UK chart-topper enters the 40 her 3rd of the year, Muse also grab a 3rd of the year, Meghan Trainor also grabs a 3rd, and there are returns from Ariana & The Rose, a top5 act from a few years back, ditto Nicky Romero, Walk Off The Earth, X Amabassadors, and oldie Star, from Kiki Dee, is back following some itunes sales TV ad-pushed action, a top 10 from early 1981.

1 NEW 1 1 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 170000
2 1 1 2 SHADOWS Black Atlass 285000
3 4 3 4 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 219500
4 6 4 5 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 186500
5 NEW 5 1 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 60000
6 2 1 9 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 447650
7 7 7 5 GRAVITY Paul Weller 207300
8 3 3 5 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 197700
9 43 9 4 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 81000
10 20 10 2 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 62000

11 5 2 7 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 380750
12 13 12 4 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 95850
13 8 1 7 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 556000
14 21 14 2 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 48500
15 12 12 5 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 115600
16 9 5 5 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 233000
17 27 17 3 RADIO GAGA Queen 59400
18 NEW 18 1 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 22000
19 NEW 19 1 SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen 21000
20 10 1 6 SHE Charles Aznavour 472000

21 17 2 8 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 507750
22 15 15 4 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 84500
23 11 3 7 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 374250
24 71 24 2 LOVE Boyzone 24800
25 14 9 7 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 146050
26 62 26 2 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 25900
27 16 11 6 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 145800
28 18 18 4 I’M STILL HERE Sia 84300
29 35 29 5 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 58550
30 19 9 7 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 212000

31 24 1 21 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1897400
32 NEW 32 1 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 17800
33 48 33 3 VENOM Eminem 36200
34 NEW 34 1 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 17600
35 75 35 3 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 27500
36 54 36 3 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 34200
37 38 37 5 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 65500
38 49 38 3 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 36100
39 NEW 39 1 39 Queen 17100
40 22 22 4 RUN T’Pau 64100

41 23 6 9 SECRETS P!nk 316650
42 52 42 3 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 30850
43 57 43 4 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 36300
44 33 10 11 THE DARK SIDE Muse 220250
45 39 5 13 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 433100
46 26 13 7 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 140250
47 68 47 2 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 18900
48 NEW 48 1 JAPAN Plastician 12300
49 70 49 2 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 18100
50 37 24 10 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 159300

51 25 25 5 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 72600
52 29 16 7 CLEAN EYES SYML 113550
53 53 53 4 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 39700
54 58 54 4 APPEALS Bayonne 37600
55 28 28 7 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 85700
56 56 56 3 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 31800
57 NEW 57 1 ALGORITHM Muse 10400
58 NEW 58 1 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 10200
59 NEW 59 1 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 10100
60 65 60 2 YESTERDAY ONCE MORE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17000

61 34 4 9 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 285900
62 74 62 2 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 12600
63 NEW 63 1 MAPACHE Cari Cari 7200
64 64 64 3 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 21300
65 NEW 65 1 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 7000
66 66 66 3 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 20000
67 NEW 67 1 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 6600
68 NEW 68 1 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 6400
69 30 15 7 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 111100
70 73 70 3 I WANT YOU TO FREAK Rak-Su 16800

71 72 71 3 OVER YOU Macy Gray 16600
72 44 11 8 SHAME Elle King 178750
73 NEW 73 1 STAR Kiki Dee 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SHELTER Monkey Safari 5200
75 NEW 75 1 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 5000

DROP OUTS
31 1 7 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 646900
32 23 7 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 111750
36 6 11 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 321800
40 40 5 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 58800
41 36 4 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 60700
42 10 12 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 241850
45 45 7 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 67900
46 37 3 80’s BABY New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson 40450
47 2 12 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 702950
50 50 3 GIRLS GO WILD LP 30000
51 13 8 GTFO Mariah Carey 148050
55 27 8 TRANZ Gorillaz 111400
59 59 3 DEEP WATER American Authors 26100
60 60 1 THE TIME WARP Little Nell, Patricia Quinn & Richard O’Brien 10000
61 24 11 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 149950
63 1 16 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 891500
67 67 2 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 13200
69 69 3 IM NIN’ALU Ofra Haza 17200

 

 

4th November 2018

It’s a brand new entry and debut for Black Atlass, a fellow-Canadian signing of The Weeknd, former chart-topper here too. Moody, moving and soulful, pretty much like most of my current top 10. That keeps off 2005 oldie Need You Tonite at 3, Judie Tzuke peaking originally at 13 in 1979 with the lushly orchestrated Stay With Me Till Dawn fabness, finally getting the chart position it deserves as part of the backbone to the track. The Knocks get a second top 20, as do Sofi Tukker. Or should that be as does Sofi Tukker? Grammar and band names gets to be SO confusing sometimes. F’rinstance I just found out 48 years late that the Carpenters’ are actually Carpenters. No “the” unless you are referring to the family members of the band as opposed to a recording brand, presumably. One doesn’t after all say The Abba, or The U2 or The Queen. So, Carpenters have a new RPO strings-pottered new album coming out and the 1973 Yesterday Once More returns 45 years later to my chart after peaking at 2 first-time round, and Carpenters join Eurythmics and Pet Shop Boys as just a few of the bands that keep getting the superflous “the” when being talked about on the radio and in life generally.

In at 21, it’s Paramour drummer Zac Farro under a pseudonym. Or should that be The Paramour’s drummer…? I give up! Jonas Blue gets 2 top 40 entries in one fell swoop, while Meghan Trainor nearly does it too. Or should that be MEGHAN TRAINOR as it says on the label? Sorry MEGHAN I’m bored with shouty text unless it’s the song title (to differentiate it from the act, as was once the traditional norm in music press song charts back when I started charting, unless bold was used instead, song first, act second) or an acronym or initials. Thus endeth the historical English lesson.

In at 60, The Rocky Horror Picture Show classic, some 43 years late, but one I hear most years and about time it charted, courtesy of selling on itunes for Halloween. Clean Bandit pull in Marina for some Luis Fonzi-themed Spanish-flavoured delight, or Henry Winkler as he used to be known on Happy Days about the same time as Rocky Horror debuted. Probably. Heyyyyyy! Co-star Ron Howard just Directed Solo: A Star Wars story. I think Clean Bandit also did the theme tune to that one…. Probably. Two 90’s boybands both return, Take That not unexpectedly as they’ve had loads of chart entries here over the years, Boyzone less so: it’s been 5 years since the last one. The Prodigy are another returning 90’s act, with the very early-The-Prodigy-sounding We Live Forever. Don’t forget the “The” on Prodigy or the name makes less sense. Finally, Panic! At The Disco get a 4th chart entry of the year (that exclamation mark really should be at the end of the name if it’s a description statement, though if it’s an order surely (At The Disco) should be in brackets?). Act of the year either way, Brendan Urie has even managed to put a The Greatest Showman song into my chart now – I have yet to see the film and have resisted all of the hit songs from it to date, but Brendan knows how to do musicals to my tastes. Melodrama! OTT! Panic! (At The Disco).

 

1 NEW 1 1 SHADOWS Black Atlass 170000
2 1 1 8 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 392650
3 10 3 4 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 149700
4 7 4 3 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 134500
5 2 2 6 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 343750
6 16 6 4 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 121500
7 8 7 4 GRAVITY Paul Weller 157300
8 3 1 6 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 524000
9 6 5 4 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 208000
10 4 1 5 SHE Charles Aznavour 45200011 5 3 6 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 355000
12 14 12 4 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 88600
13 25 13 3 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 60850
14 9 9 6 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 127300
15 15 15 3 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 65000
16 17 11 5 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 127400
17 11 2 7 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 488000
18 18 18 3 I’M STILL HERE Sia 66000
19 13 9 6 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 194000
20 NEW 20 1 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 2000021 NEW 21 1 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 19500
22 40 22 3 RUN T’Pau 47100
23 12 6 8 SECRETS P!nk 302650
24 22 1 20 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1879500
25 26 25 4 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 60850
26 20 13 6 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 127500
27 30 27 2 RADIO GAGA Queen 36400
28 44 28 6 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 74900
29 21 16 6 CLEAN EYES SYML 102050
30 19 15 6 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 10490031 24 1 7 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 646900
32 23 23 7 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 111750
33 27 10 10 THE DARK SIDE Muse 207000
34 28 4 8 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 278400
35 53 35 4 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 40350
36 31 6 11 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 321800
37 39 24 9 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 147300
38 48 38 4 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 48200
39 34 5 12 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 420100
40 49 40 5 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 5880041 36 36 4 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 60700
42 32 10 12 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 241850
43 47 43 3 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 36000
44 38 11 7 SHAME Elle King 173150
45 45 45 7 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 67900
46 37 37 3 80’s BABY New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson 40450
47 33 2 12 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 702950
48 69 48 2 VENOM Eminem 18500
49 66 49 2 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 18900
50 55 50 3 GIRLS GO WILD LP 3000051 29 13 8 GTFO Mariah Carey 148050
52 72 52 2 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 17100
53 57 53 3 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 28450
54 71 54 2 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 16800
55 35 27 8 TRANZ Gorillaz 111400
56 56 56 2 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 21200
57 65 57 3 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 22800
58 58 58 3 APPEALS Bayonne 26600
59 60 59 3 DEEP WATER American Authors 26100
60 NEW 60 1 THE TIME WARP Little Nell, Patricia Quinn & Richard O’Brien 1000061 52 24 11 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 149950
62 NEW 62 1 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 7400
63 42 1 16 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 891500
64 64 64 2 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 14200
65 NEW 65 1 YESTERDAY ONCE MORE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 7000
66 68 66 2 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 13200
67 67 67 2 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 13200
68 NEW 68 1 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 6400
69 70 69 3 IM NIN’ALU Ofra Haza 17200
70 NEW 70 1 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 600071 NEW 71 1 LOVE Boyzone 5800
72 74 72 2 OVER YOU Macy Gray 10800
73 73 73 2 I WANT YOU TO FREAK Rak-Su 10800
74 NEW 74 1 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 5200
75 75 75 2 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 10000DROP OUTS
41 29 6 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 102300
43 24 7 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 116850
46 5 8 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 249050
50 30 7 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 105200
51 5 11 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 352150
54 6 8 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 203750
59 1 23 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1367150
61 22 8 KONG Neneh Cherry 105200
62 62 3 1999 Charli XCX & Troye Sivan 19000
63 63 4 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 37600

 

 

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Katy Perry Paula Saint Jordi Barcelona 2018, I was there, though she’s not in my charts..

28th October 2018

It’s one of the greatest and most important songs of the 60’s Civil Rights Movement on top, a record that is even more relevant in the disintegrating world political movements away from rights acquired through struggle over decades and centuries in some democracies, as the internet stokes hatred, lies and bitterness, not love, truth, peace and tolerance. I felt strongly about these things a child and I still do. Sam Cooke was before my time, by and large, though I was aware of his songs as a child, so unsurprisingly this is his first chart-topper 54 years late. That stops Gallant getting a second consecutive number one, which is a shame as he is a great modern soul singer, and Noah Cyrus outdoes her sis by peaking at 2 with Mad At You.

Alan Walker gets a second top 10, and Gabrielle gets a first top 10 since 2007, when she hit 7 with Paul Weller on Why. Both sit at 8 and 9. I love co-incidences. Mylo gets a second top 10 14 years after the first with a song from 2004, and gives Judy Tzuke the honour of finally getting a top 10 39 years on from the original (Stay With Me Till Dawn) peaking just outside the top 10. Biggest climbers are Shawn Mendes into the 20, and Friendly Fires into the 30, with Jess Glynne jumping into the 20 too.

Highest new entry is 1984 chart-topper Radio Ga Ga, which was my top-rated song when I moved to Dorset from Nottinghamshire. Spurred by Queen tracks selling bucketloads on itunes and albums from the Freddie Mercury Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, it is the highest of several oldie Queen tracks to re-chart. I haven’t seen the movie yet, as I went to see The Band instead, a Take That back catalogue musical which was pretty decent. Around the time Judy Tzuke was charting I went to Paris on a Uni/College Art Trip (we were both art students, and he was a drama student to boot) and shared a French B&B room with the bloke directing The Band and many other stage shows and musicals (via his production company). I just found this out when I saw his name in the credits and googled to confirm. A claim to fame I never knew! No Take That entries though, as it wasn’t them singing….

A host of 80’s stars get a first top 40 in 25 years, too numerous to mention, while new entries comebacks from Train, extending their run to close on 2 decades, Eminem (ditto), and Macy Gray (ditto) round off the rundown. Macy has been absent for 10 years.

1 6 1 7 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 277650
2 4 2 5 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 283750
3 1 1 5 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 476000
4 2 1 4 SHE Charles Aznavour 410000
5 3 3 5 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 318000
6 5 5 3 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 163000
7 22 7 2 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 69500
8 10 8 3 GRAVITY Paul Weller 107300
9 26 9 5 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 98300
10 37 10 3 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 64700

11 8 2 6 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 465000
12 7 6 7 SECRETS P!nk 283400
13 9 9 5 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 173000
14 34 14 3 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 53600
15 54 15 2 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 38000
16 17 16 3 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 66500
17 11 11 4 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 102400
18 18 18 2 I’M STILL HERE Sia 44000
19 15 15 5 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 86900
20 13 13 5 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 109000

21 16 16 5 CLEAN EYES SYML 83850
22 14 1 19 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1860500
23 23 23 6 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 93950
24 12 1 6 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 629000
25 59 25 2 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 28850
26 40 26 3 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 42100
27 21 10 9 THE DARK SIDE Muse 189300
28 20 4 7 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 260800
29 19 13 7 GTFO Mariah Carey 136300
30 NEW 30 1 RADIO GAGA Queen 18000

31 25 6 10 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 304400
32 39 10 11 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 228100
33 30 2 11 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 690450
34 31 5 11 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 403000
35 27 27 7 TRANZ Gorillaz 100600
36 38 36 3 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 46700
37 57 37 2 80’s BABY New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson 27700
38 33 11 6 SHAME Elle King 159900
39 35 24 8 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 130000
40 56 40 2 RUN T’Pau 27600

41 29 29 6 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 102300
42 32 1 15 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 884300
43 24 24 7 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 116850
44 46 44 5 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 56600
45 45 45 6 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 54900
46 28 5 8 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 249050
47 60 47 2 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 22500
48 48 48 3 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 31000
49 49 49 4 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 41800
50 36 30 7 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 105200

51 43 5 11 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 352150
52 62 24 10 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 142250
53 71 53 3 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 22850
54 47 6 8 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 203750
55 63 55 2 GIRLS GO WILD LP 18000
56 NEW 56 1 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 10600
57 66 57 2 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 17200
58 69 58 2 APPEALS Bayonne 16400
59 55 1 23 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1367150
60 70 60 2 DEEP WATER American Authors 16000

61 61 22 8 KONG Neneh Cherry 105200
62 68 62 3 1999 Charli XCX & Troye Sivan 19000
63 50 63 4 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 37600
64 NEW 64 1 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 7100
65 73 65 2 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 12400
66 NEW 66 1 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 6800
67 NEW 67 1 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 6600
68 NEW 68 1 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 6400
69 NEW 69 1 VENOM Eminem 6200
70 75 70 2 IM NIN’ALU Ofra Haza 11000

71 NEW 71 1 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 5800
72 NEW 72 1 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 5600
73 NEW 73 1 I WANT YOU TO FREAK Rak-Su 5400
74 NEW 74 1 OVER YOU Macy Gray 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 5000

DROP OUTS
41 36 5 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 74750
42 25 10 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 166800
44 31 5 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 76450
51 21 7 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 123050
52 23 7 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 101750
53 44 8 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 67100
58 14 7 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 141750
64 64 5 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 33400
65 18 10 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 169550
67 67 6 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 35600
72 35 7 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 84450
74 7 12 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 314000

21st October 2018

It’s a first chart-topper for Gallant after a few years of trying, as he also hits 4 with his second biggest-track. TOOGOODTOBETRUE is just gorgeous and it also gives Sufjan Stevens a second chart-topper less than 2 years after his first, and 13 years since frist going top 10. Sam Cooke hit 11 around that time with A Change Is Gonna Come, written for the Civil Rights movement of the 60’s in the USA, which meant a lot to me at the time (the cause, that is, the song came years later as Sam Cooke was dead before I even knew who he was). The Doctor Who Rosa Parks episode struck a chord with me, and boosted this 50-odd-year-old track into my top 10 for the first time, Sam Cooke’s first since 1986’s Wonderful World advert reisssue.

Paul Weller gets his first top 10 in a couple of years, and extends his run of top 10’s to 40 years since he was down in the tube station at midnight. Sia gets a 3rd simultaneous track with the highest new entry at 18 – I’m Still Here she sings. I don’t think we had any doubt about that, her songs are everywhere! Alan Walker is back for a 4th top 40, Mylo is back after a decade-long absence with Judie Tzuke also in the 40 after a gap of oohhh, 38 years or so. Rod makes it 47 years of top 40’s.

Shawn Mendes & Zedd are both returning, T’Pau’s Carol Decker is back after a gap of well-over 2 decades with her best single in 25 years, Spock’s Vulcan religious/political matriarch was called T’Pau. Staying with the 80’s theme, it’s not just T’Pau…a mega-artist collab enters for the touring 80’s package acts New Kids On The Block, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Salt-n-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, and it’s nicely got that late 80’s vibe about it. Most of them havent bothered my charts since the early 90’s, bar Jordan Knight (NKOTB) and Salt-N-Pepa who carried it on to the late 90’s. Friendly Fires and LP both return, Laibach debut after decades of raucous shouty metal – with something completely opposite, classy orchestral works, and the late fab Ofra Haza returns with her signature tune 30-years-on.

1 2 1 4 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 391000
2 1 1 3 SHE Charles Aznavour 345000
3 3 3 4 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 258000
4 5 4 4 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 168750
5 8 5 2 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 108000
6 40 6 6 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 107650
7 6 6 6 SECRETS P!nk 248400
8 7 2 5 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 428000
9 9 9 4 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 141000
10 37 10 2 GRAVITY Paul Weller 59300

11 11 11 3 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 79400
12 4 1 5 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 610000
13 15 13 4 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 89000
14 12 1 18 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1841000
15 22 15 4 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 65900
16 23 16 4 CLEAN EYES SYML 64100
17 26 17 2 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 41500
18 NEW 18 1 I’M STILL HERE Sia 22000
19 13 13 6 GTFO Mariah Carey 118100
20 14 4 6 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 242500

21 18 10 8 THE DARK SIDE Muse 170900
22 NEW 22 1 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 19500
23 27 23 5 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 74700
24 28 24 6 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 103350
25 10 6 9 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 286500
26 33 26 4 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 53300
27 32 27 6 TRANZ Gorillaz 83100
28 17 5 7 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 236300
29 31 29 5 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 88300
30 16 2 10 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 672750

31 20 5 10 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 385400
32 21 1 14 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 870550
33 19 11 5 SHAME Elle King 142700
34 65 34 2 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 24600
35 24 24 7 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 112900
36 38 30 6 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 93200
37 73 37 2 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 22700
38 49 38 2 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 29300
39 59 10 10 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 210300
40 67 40 2 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 23600

41 36 36 5 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 74750
42 25 25 10 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 166800
43 30 5 10 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 340400
44 34 31 5 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 76450
45 48 45 5 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 41900
46 50 46 4 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 43350
47 35 6 7 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 192750
48 68 48 2 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 18700
49 57 49 3 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 29700
50 54 50 3 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 30400

51 29 21 7 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 123050
52 43 23 7 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 101750
53 44 44 8 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 67100
54 NEW 54 1 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 11000
55 46 1 22 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1357050
56 NEW 56 1 RUN T’Pau 10600
57 NEW 57 1 80’s BABY New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson 10400
58 39 14 7 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 141750
59 NEW 59 1 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 10100
60 NEW 60 1 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 10000

61 45 22 7 KONG Neneh Cherry 97700
62 41 24 9 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 130750
63 NEW 63 1 GIRLS GO WILD LP 7200
64 64 64 5 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 33400
65 42 18 10 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 169550
66 NEW 66 1 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 6800
67 70 67 6 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 35600
68 74 68 2 1999 Charli XCX & Troye Sivan 11600
69 NEW 69 1 APPEALS Bayonne 6200
70 NEW 70 1 DEEP WATER American Authors 6000

71 71 71 2 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 11600
72 47 35 7 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 84450
73 NEW 73 1 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 5400
74 58 7 12 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 314000
75 NEW 75 1 IM NIN’ALU Ofra Haza 5000

DROP OUTS
51 16 7 LOSING IT FISHER 119050
52 6 10 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 253400
53 40 6 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 62650
55 15 9 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 161950
56 45 6 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 54700
60 60 4 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 33000
61 5 14 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 479950
62 47 8 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 60200
63 1 9 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 446550
66 4 12 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 271600
69 29 6 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 85150
72 6 14 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 351450
75 75 2 DON’T LIE TO ME Barbra Streisand 10000

 

14th October 2018

It’s the late Charles Aznavour on top for the first time 44 years after She topped the Uk charts and failed to chart in mine, and 2 years after a 60’s gem of his Emmenez Moi made my top 20. He was great, just took me decades to realise it. Holding off at 2 is Gallant, getting his 3rd top 10, and simultaneous second top 5, one with Sufjan Stevens hitting a new peak, and one with Noah Cyrus hitting a new peak for her, her second top 10. Olly Murs gets a 9th top 10 and Snoop Dogg prob about the same.

Highest new entry is SAVEUS, I’m very into dramatic or gentle soul/blues/gospel-influenced tracks this week! Highest climber is a whoppping 62 places for Bunt. Important not to mis-type that one. for KING & COUNTRY enter the 40 with Joy. Paul Weller joins himself inside the 40 with Gravity. Gabrielle makes it 2 inside the 40 this year, and SYML and Portugal. The Man get a second and 4th respectively. Two Jonas Blue’s enter lower down, Jess Glynne belatedly enters, Rod makes it 2 in a row, and Judie Tzuke is sampled on an oldie and enters my chart some 39 years after the gorgeous Stay With Me Till Dawn first charted.

1 5 1 2 SHE Charles Aznavour 230000
2 3 2 3 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 221000
3 4 3 3 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 173000
4 1 1 4 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 575000
5 16 5 3 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 103750
6 7 6 5 SECRETS P!nk 198400
7 2 2 4 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 380000
8 NEW 8 1 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 48000
9 14 9 3 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 96000
10 6 6 8 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 267750

11 73 11 2 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 42400
12 12 1 17 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1812000
13 17 13 5 GTFO Mariah Carey 97100
14 9 4 5 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 222500
15 20 15 3 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 57000
16 8 2 9 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 654750
17 10 5 6 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 218000
18 18 10 7 THE DARK SIDE Muse 151150
19 11 11 4 SHAME Elle King 125000
20 15 5 9 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 367500

21 13 1 13 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 852750
22 41 22 3 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 38900
23 44 23 3 CLEAN EYES SYML 39100
24 27 24 6 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 95400
25 26 25 9 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 153050
26 NEW 26 1 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 18500
27 38 27 4 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 55450
28 28 28 5 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 84350
29 21 21 6 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 111300
30 19 5 9 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 326900

31 34 31 4 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 70100
32 32 32 5 TRANZ Gorillaz 64700
33 59 33 3 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 34800
34 31 31 4 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 63200
35 22 6 6 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 180250
36 37 36 4 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 60750
37 NEW 37 1 GRAVITY Paul Weller 17300
38 30 30 5 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 75800
39 23 14 6 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 131550
40 48 40 5 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 52650

41 24 24 8 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 123350
42 29 18 9 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 162550
43 25 23 6 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 90250
44 50 44 7 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 55850
45 33 22 6 KONG Neneh Cherry 90200
46 43 1 21 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1346250
47 35 35 6 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 78850
48 71 48 4 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 28900
49 NEW 49 1 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 12100
50 52 50 3 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 30600

51 36 16 7 LOSING IT FISHER 119050
52 39 6 10 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 253400
53 40 40 6 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 62650
54 62 54 2 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 18400
55 42 15 9 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 161950
56 45 45 6 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 54700
57 63 57 2 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 17600
58 49 7 11 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 308800
59 RE 10 9 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 193200
60 60 60 4 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 33000

61 53 5 14 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 479950
62 47 47 8 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 60200
63 54 1 9 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 446550
64 65 64 4 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 26300
65 NEW 65 1 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 7000
66 61 4 12 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 271600
67 NEW 67 1 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 6600
68 NEW 68 1 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 6400
69 51 29 6 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 85150
70 70 70 5 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 29000

71 NEW 71 1 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 5800
72 56 6 14 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 351450
73 NEW 73 1 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 5400
74 NEW 74 1 1999 Charli XCX & Troye Sivan 5200
75 75 75 2 DON’T LIE TO ME Barbra Streisand 10000

DROP OUTS
46 20 8 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 145100
55 4 11 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 279300
57 1 8 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 510150
58 26 5 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 70700
64 1 21 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 844250
66 1 12 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 649200
67 52 2 AIN’T NO PLEASING YOU Chas & Dave 18100
68 54 5 AFTER ALL All Saints 44800
69 59 5 TRY Rick Astley 39900
72 72 3 VENUS LOON T.Rex 16000
74 8 10 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 210400

 

 

7th October 2018

3 weeks on top for classic Pet Shop Boys as the late Charles Aznavour belatedly enters my charts 44 years overdue with the fabulous She. I didnt like it at the time as it was a tv theme tune that appealed to older people and i was a sniffy 16 year old more into less MOR tracks. It took an Elvis Costello cover to change my mind, its a great song. New big climbs for new lovely tracks from Gallant and The O’My’s into the top 5, and Mariah Carey gets into my 20 after quite a non-xmas gap and Jungle get a 2nd one. Soft Cell are back with their first new entry in 34 years, following a one-off O2 reunion and back catalogue push, though Marc Almond has dotted my charts over those years. Barbra Streisand has meanwhile a first new entry in yonks and extends her run to 47 years since the brilliant Stoney End debuted.

1 1 1 3 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 510000
2 2 2 3 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 330000
3 19 3 2 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 106000
4 17 4 2 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 88000
5 NEW 5 1 SHE Charles Aznavour 60000
6 8 8 7 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 225750
7 7 7 4 SECRETS P!nk 143400
8 3 2 8 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 629750
9 4 4 4 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 193500
10 5 5 5 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 195000

11 12 12 3 SHAME Elle King 105000
12 13 1 16 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1777000
13 6 1 12 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 833000
14 18 18 2 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 51000
15 11 5 8 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 347500
16 25 25 2 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 43750
17 35 35 4 GTFO Mariah Carey 65100
18 10 10 6 THE DARK SIDE Muse 129150
19 9 5 8 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 308900
20 60 20 2 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 30000

21 21 21 5 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 93100
22 15 6 5 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 162750
23 14 14 5 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 114450
24 24 24 7 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 109350
25 23 23 5 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 76800
26 28 26 8 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 134400
27 32 27 4 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 76400
28 30 28 4 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 65950
29 26 18 8 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 148700
30 33 33 4 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 58600

31 34 34 4 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 63100
32 39 39 4 TRANZ Gorillaz 46900
33 22 22 5 KONG Neneh Cherry 77200
34 37 34 3 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 52200
35 38 35 5 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 66350
36 16 16 6 LOSING IT FISHER 107300
37 42 42 3 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 43350
38 46 38 3 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 37050
39 26 6 9 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 241900
40 50 40 5 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 51400

41 73 41 2 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 19400
42 31 15 8 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 151150
43 41 1 20 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1333500
44 67 44 2 CLEAN EYES SYML 19850
45 56 45 5 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 44100
46 20 20 8 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 145150
47 48 47 6 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 52900
48 51 48 4 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 35750
49 40 7 10 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 298700
50 68 50 6 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 42600

51 29 29 5 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 78950
52 64 52 2 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 18600
53 45 5 13 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 472450
54 49 1 8 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 439350
55 44 4 11 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 279300
56 53 6 13 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 345850
57 43 1 8 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 510150
58 36 26 5 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 70700
59 65 59 2 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 17100
60 63 60 3 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 23000

61 58 4 11 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 264800
62 NEW 62 1 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 7400
63 NEW 63 1 5 DOLLARS Christine and the Queens 7200
64 62 1 20 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 844250
65 66 65 3 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 19200
66 47 1 12 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 649200
67 52 52 2 AIN’T NO PLEASING YOU Chas & Dave 18100
68 54 54 5 AFTER ALL All Saints 44800
69 59 59 5 TRY Rick Astley 39600
70 70 70 4 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 23000

71 71 71 3 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 16600
72 74 72 3 VENUS LOON T.Rex 16000
73 NEW 73 1 ON MY WAY BUNT. featuring Leah Haywood
74 57 8 9 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 210400
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T LIE TO ME Barbra Streisand 5000

Drop outs:

75 50 20 11 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 150700
72 46 18 8 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 126500
69 49 10 11 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 288200
61 47 32 5 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 69150
55 41 6 18 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 456850

 

 

30th September 2018

It’s a 2nd week on top, and 3rd in total, for 1988 chart-topper Left To My Own Devices, all 8 minutes and 17 seconds of the Pet Shop Boys epic. That keeps off newcomer trip-hop-ish Snoh Aelegra from the top so far, at 2, while P!nk gets a 12th top 10 as she heads towards her 20th anniversary of top 10’s. Her peak position to date is still 2, one of the few big acts still waiting to top my charts. Muse meanwhile make it 2 top 10’s in a row, another act never to top my chart.

3 new tracks enter consecutively, one pop, two what we used to call soul back in the day – Urban is the current label, probably. Olly Murs has been quiet of late, but he’s back with a splash at 18, bringing along Snoop for a quarter century of chart entries. Meanwhile The O’My’s, a Chicago duo, draft in Chance The Rapper to enter at 17, while Gallant gets greedy – the Maryland singer enters with Sufjan Stevens, both on their 3rd entry, Gallant went top 10 in 2016, Sufjan did it in 2006 and a decade later. Gallant supports Noah Cyrus on her 3rd too, so his 4th, at 25.

Gorillaz shoot up into the 40 with Tranz, and the late Chas Hodges returns for a finale with the Chas & Dave 1982 goodie Ain’t No Pleasing You, while Kylie – who I saw at the O2 on Friday, fab show – gets the new single version of her album track chart-topper A Lifetime To Repair back into the 40, cos it went down a storm. Jungle are back, Heavy, so are Don Diablo and Alex Clare, Gabrielle, SYML, and Portugal. The Man – meaning few actual debuts this week apart from The O’My’s and Rebecca Sugar.

1 1 1 2 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 340000
2 9 2 2 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 215000
3 2 2 7 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 581750
4 4 4 3 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 148500
5 8 5 4 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 153000
6 3 1 11 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 801000
7 11 7 3 SECRETS P!nk 93400
8 10 8 6 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 170750
9 5 5 7 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 287900
10 19 10 5 THE DARK SIDE Muse 107150

11 12 5 7 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 320500
12 13 12 2 SHAME Elle King 67000
13 7 1 15 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1742000
14 14 14 4 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 95200
15 6 6 4 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 143250
16 16 16 5 LOSING IT FISHER 89900
17 NEW 17 1 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 23000
18 NEW 18 1 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 22000
19 NEW 19 1 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 21000
20 20 20 7 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 132350

21 27 21 4 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 73350
22 32 22 4 KONG Neneh Cherry 59500
23 43 23 4 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 58000
24 24 24 6 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 90350
25 NEW 25 1 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 18750
26 18 18 7 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 130600
27 17 6 8 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 224800
28 28 28 7 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 115800
29 30 29 4 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 67200
30 40 30 3 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 47750

31 15 15 7 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 137400
32 36 32 4 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 58000
33 33 33 3 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 40600
34 35 34 3 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 45200
35 38 35 3 GTFO Mariah Carey 42100
36 26 26 4 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 60500
37 37 37 2 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 34600
38 44 38 4 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 48850
39 69 39 3 TRANZ Gorillaz 29100
40 22 7 9 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 286500

41 39 1 19 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1320000
42 48 42 2 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 26050
43 23 1 7 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 499750
44 21 4 10 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 268500
45 29 5 12 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 461200
46 64 46 2 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 19850
47 31 1 11 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 642400
48 66 48 6 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 40300
49 34 1 7 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 428350
50 58 50 4 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 34400

51 67 51 3 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 23350
52 NEW 52 1 AIN’T NO PLEASING YOU Chas & Dave 11500
53 42 6 12 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 335250
54 57 54 4 AFTER ALL All Saints 38400
55 41 6 18 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 456850
56 62 56 4 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 31100
57 25 8 9 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 205200
58 45 4 10 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 257300
59 60 59 4 TRY Rick Astley 33700
60 NEW 60 1 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 10000

61 47 32 5 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 69150
62 59 1 20 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 837150
63 71 63 2 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 13000
64 NEW 64 1 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 7100
65 NEW 65 1 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 7000
66 73 66 2 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 12200
67 NEW 67 1 CLEAN EYES SYML 6600
68 68 68 5 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 30600
69 49 10 11 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 288200
70 72 70 3 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 17000

71 75 71 2 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 10800
72 46 18 8 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 126500
73 NEW 73 1 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 5400
74 74 74 2 VENUS LOON T.Rex 10400
75 50 20 11 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 150700

DROP OUTS
51 9 9 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 228500
52 1 5 HEY JUDE The Beatles 295800
53 53 4 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 35600
54 10 8 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 167500
55 39 7 NO DANGER The Delgados 75700
56 3 16 SINNER Deaf Havana 625650
61 1 14 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 772450
63 13 8 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 161250
65 6 10 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 289700
70 14 11 FRIENDS RAYE 189450

 

 

23rd September 2018

It’s straight in on top for the 30-year-old extended album version of Left To My Own Devices, 30 years since the single edit grabbed an epic-sounding Trevor Horn produced week on top. Several tracks from the Introspective album have charted for the first time, following it’s extended reissue and remaster earlier in the year, which made the UK album charts, but which I’ve only just got round to listening to. I still have the original vinyl version.

Kodaline get a first top 5, and highest new entry is from Swedish-Persian descended Snoh Aalegra coming over all Portishead 90’s trip-hop in at 9 with Nothing Burns Like The Cold. P!nk has another good track off her latest album shoot up to 11, Secrets, and Elle King is back with another goodie at 13, aiming for the heights of Ex’s & Oh’s. Dolly Parton & Sia leap into the 40, giving Sia a second simultaneously, while Lana Del Ray, Sigala, Mariah Carey and Suede all return to the 40.

New at 48 is a new version of Bob Dylan’s classic-as-done-by-Hendrix All Along The Watchtower from Afterhere, a new duo project from Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17, making a heavenly 36 years of charting, jointly with new singer/keyboardist Berenice Scott grabbing her first. Contemporaries Tears For Fears sneak in at 75 with the Donnie Darko soundtrack classic, and the 44-year-old Venus Loon features on a new T.Rex compilation hitting the top 10, my fave album track from the Zinc Alloy album which my mate played obsessively at the time, being as he was an obsessive T.Rex fan. I always thought it should have been a single instead of the later 1974 actual singles which ended Marc Bolan’s run of top 20 hits. So, 44-years-late, but got into my charts at last.

1 NEW 1 1 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 170000
2 2 2 6 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 496750
3 1 1 10 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 746000
4 26 4 2 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 83500
5 6 5 6 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 242900
6 7 6 3 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 116250
7 3 1 14 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1710000
8 12 8 3 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 93000
9 NEW 9 1 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 45000
10 11 10 5 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 122750

11 68 11 2 SECRETS P!nk 43400
12 5 5 6 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 283500
13 NEW 13 1 SHAME Elle King 32000
14 15 14 3 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 66200
15 16 15 6 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 119500
16 17 16 4 LOSING IT FISHER 64900
17 9 6 7 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 206400
18 18 18 6 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 112100
19 23 19 4 THE DARK SIDE Muse 65150
20 20 20 6 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 112350

21 4 4 9 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 255250
22 13 7 8 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 269500
23 10 1 6 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 486250
24 25 24 5 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 71350
25 8 8 8 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 194850
26 27 26 3 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 43100
27 30 27 3 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 53600
28 28 28 6 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 97500
29 19 5 11 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 448200
30 35 30 3 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 49000

31 14 1 10 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 629900
32 49 32 3 KONG Neneh Cherry 40000
33 74 33 2 ALL I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 22900
34 21 1 6 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 416250
35 59 35 2 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 27600
36 50 36 3 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 40200
37 NEW 37 1 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 17300
38 62 38 2 GTFO Mariah Carey 24600
39 33 1 18 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1306000
40 46 40 2 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 29750

41 22 6 17 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 446050
42 24 6 11 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 324000
43 44 43 3 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 38750
44 54 44 3 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 31650
45 29 4 9 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 247100
46 31 18 7 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 120900
47 32 32 4 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 61650
48 NEW 48 1 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 12300
49 36 10 10 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 282000
50 34 20 10 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 145700

51 42 9 9 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 228500
52 37 1 5 HEY JUDE The Beatles 295800
53 53 53 4 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 35600
54 47 10 8 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 167500
55 39 39 7 NO DANGER The Delgados 75700
56 51 3 16 SINNER Deaf Havana 625650
57 60 57 3 AFTER ALL All Saints 27400
58 63 58 3 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 22400
59 56 1 19 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 829750
60 65 60 3 TRY Rick Astley 23600

61 38 1 14 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 772450
62 64 62 3 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 20500
63 43 13 8 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 161250
64 NEW 64 1 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 7100
65 40 6 10 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 289700
66 72 66 5 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 28000
67 75 67 2 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 11600
68 69 68 4 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 24200
69 71 69 2 TRANZ Gorillaz 12000
70 70 14 11 FRIENDS RAYE 189450

71 NEW 71 1 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 5800
72 73 72 2 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 11000
73 NEW 73 1 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 5400
74 NEW 74 1 VENUS LOON T.Rex 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 5000

DROP OUTS
41 8 9 ALWAYS Panama 211250
45 45 5 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 56450
48 37 6 MISSING U Robyn 65200
52 19 5 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 88000
55 55 3 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin 28800
57 57 3 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 31200
58 35 4 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 52300
61 47 5 THINK Aretha Franklin 53200
66 35 5 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 66750
67 36 10 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 124250

16th September 2018

It’s 90’s Belgium band Hooverphonic on top with their cinematic Romantic, which is very romantic despite all claims to the contrary. Paul Macca gets his first top 10 with new material for 5 years giving him 50 years of top 10’s in my charts. Huge climbs for up and coming Grace Carter, from Brighton, and Paul Weller modpunk main man 40 years on from his first top 20, and throbbing dance act Fisher. Highest new entry is from Kodaline, just ahead of a big climb from Manic Street Preachers, giving a bit of a veteran rock theme to the charts. Talking of which Suede are back with a goodie, the majestic Life Is Golden giving the former chart-toppers a highest chart position for 16 years. Returns from Lana Del Ray, P!nk, sweary Mariah Carey back after 5 years away (yes I know sweary is usually in front of P!nk songs), Gorillaz and Dolly Parton with a Sia movie theme duet.

1 4 1 9 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 661000
2 2 2 5 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 381750
3 1 1 13 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1660000
4 9 4 8 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 235500
5 5 5 5 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 248500
6 7 6 5 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 182900
7 53 7 2 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 61250
8 12 8 7 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 176100
9 6 6 6 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 183400
10 3 1 5 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 467000

11 21 11 4 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 80750
12 60 12 2 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 45000
13 10 7 7 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 250000
14 8 1 9 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 612000
15 58 15 2 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 37200
16 24 16 5 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 92500
17 52 17 3 LOSING IT FISHER 39900
18 19 18 5 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 90100
19 14 5 10 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 430000
20 23 20 5 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 92350

21 11 1 5 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 396750
22 17 6 16 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 432050
23 33 23 3 THE DARK SIDE Muse 44150
24 15 6 10 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 310250
25 36 25 4 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 52350
26 NEW 26 1 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 18500
27 69 27 2 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 24600
28 28 28 5 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 79200
29 16 4 8 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 234100
30 38 30 2 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 35200

31 18 18 6 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 108150
32 34 32 3 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 49150
33 27 1 17 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1288900
34 20 20 9 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 133700
35 43 35 2 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 31000
36 22 10 9 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 269900
37 13 1 4 HEY JUDE The Beatles 284300
38 30 1 13 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 764950
39 42 39 6 NO DANGER The Delgados 64900
40 29 6 9 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 282700

41 31 8 9 ALWAYS Panama 211250
42 25 9 8 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 216750
43 32 13 7 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 154050
44 50 44 2 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 25250
45 45 45 5 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 56450
46 NEW 46 1 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 12750
47 26 10 7 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 156500
48 37 37 6 MISSING U Robyn 65200
49 59 49 2 KONG Neneh Cherry 22200
50 55 50 2 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 22800

51 39 3 15 SINNER Deaf Havana 615050
52 40 19 5 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 88000
53 64 53 3 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 24350
54 62 54 2 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 18400
55 56 55 3 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin 28800
56 54 1 18 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 819650
57 57 57 3 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 31200
58 35 35 4 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 52300
59 NEW 59 1 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 10100
60 65 60 2 AFTER ALL All Saints 17000

61 47 47 5 THINK Aretha Franklin 53200
62 NEW 62 1 GTFO Mariah Carey 7400
63 75 63 2 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 12200
64 70 64 2 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 13100
65 67 65 2 TRY Rick Astley 13600
66 44 35 5 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 66750
67 41 36 10 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 124250
68 NEW 68 1 SECRETS P!nk 6400
69 71 69 3 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 17800
70 51 14 10 FRIENDS RAYE 183450

71 NEW 71 1 TRANZ Gorillaz 5800
72 74 72 4 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 21200
73 NEW 73 1 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 5400
74 NEW 74 1 ALL I AM Dolly Parton & Sia 5200
75 NEW 75 1 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 5000

DROP OUTS
46 26 5 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 86950
48 20 9 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 148200
49 40 8 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 87800
61 10 12 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 281050
63 16 8 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 143150
66 66 3 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys 19200
68 20 9 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 125100
72 72 2 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 11200
73 73 2 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Aretha Franklin 10400

 

9th September 2018

It’s back up for a 5th week on top for PATD, and a host of new entries, half of them as we used to say in the old days “Various Artists”. and headed by Jason Derulo’s cover of the Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli brilliance that is Time To Say Goodbye. Some veterans pop in, Chic, Macca, Weller, Astley, Manics, Mavis, All Saints, Craig David, but the only that has been MIA is Neneh Cherry, who hasnt featured on any new stuff since 2000, though her daughter Mabel is doing well these days.

1 3 1 12 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1575000
2 2 2 4 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 266750
3 1 1 4 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 425000
4 8 3 8 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 491000
5 5 5 4 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 188500
6 7 6 5 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 138400
7 11 7 4 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 127900
8 9 1 8 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 583000
9 14 9 7 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 170500
10 10 7 6 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 218000

11 6 1 4 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 377000
12 21 12 6 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 128100
13 4 1 3 HEY JUDE The Beatles 267000
14 12 5 9 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 409000
15 15 6 9 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 291250
16 16 4 7 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 215900
17 13 6 15 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 412550
18 20 18 5 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 90250
19 34 19 4 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 68100
20 28 20 8 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 116100

21 38 21 3 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 43750
22 17 10 8 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 252500
23 29 23 4 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 72350
24 30 24 4 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 67500
25 19 9 7 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 203000
26 18 10 6 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 144000
27 27 1 16 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1271200
28 32 28 4 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 60900
29 22 6 8 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 265700
30 23 1 12 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 747750

31 24 8 8 ALWAYS Panama 197250
32 26 13 6 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 140550
33 63 33 2 THE DARK SIDE Muse 24900
34 42 34 2 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 31350
35 39 35 3 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 42100
36 60 36 3 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 33600
37 49 37 5 MISSING U Robyn 52900
38 NEW 38 1 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 17200
39 33 3 14 SINNER Deaf Havana 603300
40 25 19 4 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 76500

41 36 36 9 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 117650
42 44 42 5 NO DANGER The Delgados 47800
43 NEW 43 1 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 13500
44 35 35 4 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 59950
45 48 45 4 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 43450
46 31 26 5 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 86950
47 47 47 4 THINK Aretha Franklin 45700
48 37 20 9 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 148200
49 40 40 8 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 87800
50 NEW 50 1 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 12000

51 41 14 9 FRIENDS RAYE 177450
52 73 52 2 LOSING IT FISHER 16900
53 NEW 53 1 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 11250
54 46 1 17 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 809050
55 NEW 55 1 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 10800
56 62 56 2 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin 18000
57 57 57 2 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 20800
58 NEW 58 1 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 10200
59 NEW 59 1 KONG Neneh Cherry 10100
60 NEW 60 1 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 10000

61 51 10 12 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 281050
62 NEW 62 1 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 7400
63 45 16 8 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 143150
64 70 64 2 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 13100
65 NEW 65 1 AFTER ALL All Saints 7000
66 66 66 3 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys 19200
67 NEW 67 1 TRY Rick Astley 6600
68 43 20 9 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 125100
69 NEW 69 1 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 6200
70 NEW 70 1 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 6000

71 71 71 2 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 11600
72 72 72 2 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 11200
73 75 73 2 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Aretha Franklin 10400
74 74 74 3 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 15600
75 NEW 75 1 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 5000

DROP OUTS
50 32 8 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 120450
52 26 9 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 139300
53 3 8 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 302500
54 30 9 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 134600
55 34 6 ON U NOTIMES 79150
56 29 7 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 99000
58 36 6 SHINE Gabrielle 75700
59 52 5 WARRIOR Paloma Faith 49900
61 58 5 LIE LIKE ME Ward Thomas 44900
64 1 8 FOREVER MORE Moloko 402450
65 65 4 CRUEL GAME (VANZETTI & SACCO REMIX) Nouvelle Phenomene 24200
67 23 8 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 106700
68 19 12 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 162700
69 2 20 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 809750

 

 

2nd September 2018

It’s Aretha’s heavenly version of Carole King’s Natural Woman on top, 51 years old and still fab. It’s her 4th chart-topper, and second posthumously. Aretha has many tracks climbing this week and two more new entries, one of them that topped my chart in the new Orchestral version over Christmas, after first charting in 1974, and the other, a cover of Bridge Over Troubled Water, has never charted before. That just keeps off number one a big climb for Set Mo, an Aussie act with their fab track White Dress. There’s also a second top 10 for both Alan Walker and Au/Ra, replacing herself in the top 10, as Darkside shoots up.

Err, that’s about it actually, in a very quiet chart week, as I’ve been too busy to listen to much new music. I don’t like stale charts so will be searching about this week for hot new tracks! Highest new entry is In My Mind by two people Ive never heard of, another Muse new track, 5 Seconds Of Summer popping in, a bit late, a Bastille Marshmallow, or something like that, and a booming dance track from FISHER. Plus some more (probably X Factor) itunes oldies coming back again.

1 3 1 3 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 340000
2 21 2 3 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 151750
3 4 1 11 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1405000
4 1 1 2 HEY JUDE The Beatles 235000
5 6 5 3 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 128500
6 2 1 3 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 340000
7 29 7 4 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 83400
8 8 3 7 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 426000
9 5 1 7 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 535000
10 7 7 5 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 176000

11 17 11 3 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 77900
12 11 5 8 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 380000
13 9 6 14 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 389550
14 16 14 6 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 125500
15 15 6 8 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 264250
16 14 4 6 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 190900
17 12 10 7 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 233000
18 10 10 5 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 125500
19 13 9 6 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 184250
20 22 20 4 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 68250

21 25 21 5 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 93100
22 18 6 7 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 247500
23 20 1 11 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 729750
24 24 8 7 ALWAYS Panama 197250
25 19 19 3 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 59500
26 23 13 5 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 122750
27 27 1 15 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1253800
28 28 28 7 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 96100
29 32 29 3 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 53100
30 35 30 3 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 48500

31 26 26 4 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 73200
32 39 32 3 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 41900
33 30 3 13 SINNER Deaf Havana 586200
34 40 34 3 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 47100
35 38 35 3 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 46700
36 53 36 8 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 103650
37 34 20 8 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 135900
38 66 38 2 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 24000
39 61 39 2 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 24600
40 50 40 7 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 75700

41 41 14 8 FRIENDS RAYE 165700
42 NEW 42 1 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 13750
43 31 20 8 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 118700
44 63 44 4 NO DANGER The Delgados 34050
45 33 16 7 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 135950
46 44 1 16 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 798050
47 56 47 3 THINK Aretha Franklin 33200
48 51 48 3 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 30450
49 52 49 4 MISSING U Robyn 35600
50 37 32 8 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 120450

51 45 10 11 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 273550
52 43 26 9 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 139300
53 48 3 8 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 302500
54 36 30 9 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 134600
55 46 34 6 ON U NOTIMES 79150
56 47 29 7 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 99000
57 NEW 57 1 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 10400
58 49 36 6 SHINE Gabrielle 75700
59 57 52 5 WARRIOR Paloma Faith 49900
60 69 60 2 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 16200

61 58 58 5 LIE LIKE ME Ward Thomas 44900
62 NEW 62 1 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin 7400
63 NEW 63 1 THE DARK SIDE Muse 7200
64 59 1 8 FOREVER MORE Moloko 402450
65 70 65 4 CRUEL GAME (VANZETTI & SACCO REMIX) Nouvelle Phenomene 24200
66 72 66 2 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys 12400
67 62 23 8 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 106700
68 54 19 12 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 162700
69 64 2 20 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 809750
70 NEW 70 1 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 6000

71 NEW 71 1 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 5800
72 NEW 72 1 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 5600
73 NEW 73 1 LOSING IT FISHER 5400
74 74 74 2 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 10400
75 NEW 75 1 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Aretha Franklin 5000

DROP OUTS
42 42 3 SHOW ME THE WAY Suzi Island 39250
55 55 4 LEVEL UP Ciara 35400
60 6 11 I ADORE U Adore Delano 352350
65 10 11 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 216300
67 67 2 SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin 12400
68 7 13 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 272800
71 17 10 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 147250
73 73 3 ALL WE DO Oh Wonder 15400
75 75 1 DON’T ACT LIKE A STRANGER Cathedrals 5000

My Retro September 1967 Charts

2nd September 1967

3 weeks for Keith west on top, Lulu goes top 5 and Mike Nesmith piggybacks back into the top 10. Highest new entry is the Radio One signature tune from The Move, future hero Roy Wood making himself known to me. There’s a host of familiar songs entering – just not by the artists who had the bigger hit covers: Robert Knight’s original Everlasting Love at 26 (a hit in 1974 eventually), Traffic’s Hole In My Shoe, Brenda Holloway’s second entry of the year with You’ve Made Me So Very Happy, Tony Bennett’s chart debut (here) with For Once In My Life, My White Bicycle from Tomorrow, and Sam And Dave’s Soul Man. Points for naming the UK hit covers…

1 ( 1 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
2 ( 2 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 ( 3 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
4 ( 5 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
5 ( 11 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
6 ( 4 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
7 ( 10 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
8 ( 9 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
9 ( 7 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
10 ( 15 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith

11 ( 8 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
12 ( 6 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
13 ( 19 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
14 ( 17 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
15 ( 18 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
16 ( 22 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
17 ( 12 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
18 ( 21 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
19 ( 13 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
20 ( NEW ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move

21 ( 24 ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
22 ( 16 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
23 ( 28 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
24 ( 23 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
25 ( 14 ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra
26 ( NEW ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
27 ( 27 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
28 ( NEW ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
29 ( 36 ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
30 ( 20 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel

31 ( 26 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
32 ( NEW ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
33 ( 25 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
34 ( 38 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
35 ( 30 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
36 ( 31 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
37 ( 33 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
38 ( 40 ) (I WANNA) TESTIFY The Parliaments featuring George Clinton (aka Funkadelic)
39 ( 34 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
40 ( 52 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas

41 ( 29 ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
42 ( 54 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
43 ( 32 ) THERE IS A MOUNTAIN Donovan
44 ( 48 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
45 ( 35 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
46 ( 56 ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
47 ( 55 ) LANDSLIDE Tony Clarke
48 ( 49 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
49 ( 43 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
50 ( 42 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles

51 ( 41 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
52 ( 45 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
53 ( 47 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
54 ( 37 ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews
55 ( 64 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
56 ( 39 ) YOU’VE GOT TO PAY THE PRICE Al Kent
57 ( NEW ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
58 ( 62 ) MORNING GLORY Tim Buckley
59 ( NEW ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
60 ( 63 ) YOU CAN’T DO THAT Nilsson

61 ( 46 ) WORDS The Monkees
62 ( 69 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU The Impressions (featuring Curtis Mayfield)
63 ( 44 ) I DIG ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MUSIC Peter, Paul & Mary
64 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
65 ( NEW ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
66 ( 70 ) LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONG Martha & The Vandellas
67 ( 67 ) IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Ray Charles
68 ( 53 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
69 ( 57 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
70 ( NEW ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Tomorrow

71 ( 71 ) IT’S GOT TO BE MELLOW Leon Haywood
72 ( 58 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
73 ( 61 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
74 ( NEW ) SPREADIN HONEY The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band
75 ( NEW ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Tony Bennett

 

9th September 1967

4 weeks on top for A Teenage Opera, chased only by Lulu’s movie theme up to 2, inexplicably a UK B side. The Youngbloods grab a top 10 with a cover of The Kingston Trio’s 1964 original folk version, while the highest new entry at 16 is young Peter Frampton, 8 years ahead of his topping my chart solo, and 20 years ahead of me seeing him play with David Bowie at Wembley. From The Underworld is written by Alan Blaikley, co-mastermind behind the very under-rated Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, and is fab.

Big climbs for Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, into the top 30 like previous 1967 tracks, and future hits. The Mamas & The Papas B side overtakes the A side in the 40, and Elvis gets his first top 40 since Crying In The Chapel (had I been compiling charts then). At 66, Hush! It’s Billy Joe Royal, later more-well-known hit versions from Deep Purple and Kula Shaker lay ahead, Georgie Fame enters a bit lower, just ahead of Albert King, a Doors classic (covered by Echo & The Bunnymen one fine day), and Cher covers Hendrix at 74.

1 ( 1 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
2 ( 5 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
3 ( 2 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
4 ( 3 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
5 ( 4 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
6 ( 8 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
7 ( 7 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
8 ( 6 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
9 ( 12 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
10 ( 14 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods

11 ( 9 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
12 ( 10 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
13 ( 15 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
14 ( 11 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
15 ( 16 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
16 ( NEW ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
17 ( 28 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
18 ( 18 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
19 ( 20 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
20 ( 26 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight

21 ( 21 ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
22 ( 13 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
23 ( 23 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
24 ( 17 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
25 ( 19 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
26 ( 29 ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
27 ( 32 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
28 ( 55 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
29 ( 59 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
30 ( 34 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew

31 ( 24 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
32 ( 22 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
33 ( 27 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
34 ( 44 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
35 ( 48 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
36 ( 42 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
37 ( 46 ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
38 ( 40 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
39 ( 31 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
40 ( 47 ) LANDSLIDE Tony Clarke

41 ( 30 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
42 ( 33 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
43 ( 35 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
44 ( 36 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
45 ( 37 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
46 ( 25 ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra
47 ( 57 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
48 ( 39 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
49 ( 43 ) THERE IS A MOUNTAIN Donovan
50 ( 41 ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys

51 ( 38 ) (I WANNA) TESTIFY The Parliaments featuring George Clinton (aka Funkadelic)
52 ( 64 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
53 ( 45 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
54 ( 65 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
55 ( 53 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
56 ( 50 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
57 ( 49 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
58 ( 52 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
59 ( 54 ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews
60 ( 66 ) LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONE Martha & The Vandellas

61 ( 62 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU The Impressions (featuring Curtis Mayfield)
62 ( 51 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
63 ( 71 ) IT’S GOT TO BE MELLOW Leon Haywood
64 ( 58 ) MORNING GLORY Tim Buckley
65 ( 60 ) YOU CAN’T DO THAT Nilsson
66 ( NEW ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
67 ( 70 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Tomorrow
68 ( 75 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Tony Bennett
69 ( NEW ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
70 ( 74 ) SPREADIN HONEY The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band

71 ( NEW ) BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN Albert King
72 ( 61 ) WORDS The Monkees
73 ( NEW ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors
74 ( NEW ) HEY JOE Cher
75 ( NEW ) TRAIN TO SKAVILLE The Ethiopians

DROP OUTS:
YOU’VE GOT TO PAY THE PRICE Al Kent
I DIG ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MUSIC Peter, Paul & Mary
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Ray Charles
MORNING DEW Episode Six
A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays

 

16th September 1967

It’s a first week on top for Lulu’s best ballad, To Sir With Love, still a teenager and 3 years or so since Shout would have topped my chart (probably), what 60’s kid didn’t love that one!? In at 2, and matching previous single To Love Somebody in one go, it’s the track that featured on 12 Big Hits, a 1968 stereo Australian hits compilation, an album I absolutely nagged my dad to buy while he was thinking about whether it was worth the money (albums weren’t cheap) at Changi market, Singapore, Oct 1969: Massachussets. There were too many gems I obsessively loved on it to pass up, and mum loved The Bee Gees.

The Herd stampede into the top 5, The Young Rascals outdo the 1972 David Cassidy cover in my charts (peaked at 12) but not my affections (a live version by now-ailing darlin’ David topped my chart in 1987), and the also fab Dusty version is yet to chart (one I missed in 1970, being as I lived in Singapore then). In at 18, the highest of 3 tracks off Scott, Scott Walker’s first solo album, and one he wrote himself – the other 2 being Jacques Brel covers. Moody and magnificent.

Nancy’s back, before she’s even left my chart, a bit more uptempo, The Seekers return, Booker T covers the Young Rascals, and a big American hit, very much of it’s time, is in at 73 – obscure in the UK though.

1 ( 2 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
2 ( NEW ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
3 ( 1 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
4 ( 3 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
5 ( 16 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
6 ( 4 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
7 ( 17 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
8 ( 5 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
9 ( 6 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
10 ( 8 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry

11 ( 7 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
12 ( 13 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
13 ( 10 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
14 ( 9 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
15 ( 11 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
16 ( 20 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
17 ( 19 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
18 ( NEW ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
19 ( 28 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
20 ( 29 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

21 ( 14 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
22 ( 18 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
23 ( 12 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
24 ( 27 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
25 ( 15 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
26 ( 35 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
27 ( 23 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
28 ( 38 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
29 ( 21 ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
30 ( 36 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli

31 ( 34 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
32 ( 30 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
33 ( 26 ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
34 ( 37 ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
35 ( 25 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
36 ( 22 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
37 ( 24 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
38 ( 40 ) LANDSLIDE Tony Clarke
39 ( 52 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
40 ( 47 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway

41 ( 31 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
42 ( 60 ) LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONE Martha & The Vandellas
43 ( 32 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
44 ( 69 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
45 ( 39 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
46 ( 33 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
47 ( 43 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
48 ( 44 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
49 ( 45 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
50 ( 54 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave

51 ( 41 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
52 ( 42 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
53 ( 66 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
54 ( 71 ) BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN Albert King
55 ( NEW ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
56 ( 63 ) IT’S GOT TO BE MELLOW Leon Haywood
57 ( 48 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
58 ( 67 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Tomorrow
59 ( 46 ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra
60 ( 68 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Tony Bennett

61 ( 55 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
62 ( 49 ) THERE IS A MOUNTAIN Donovan
63 ( 50 ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
64 ( NEW ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
65 ( 56 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
66 ( 57 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
67 ( 58 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
68 ( NEW ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
69 ( 73 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors
70 ( 53 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones

71 ( 75 ) TRAIN TO SKAVILLE The Ethiopians
72 ( 74 ) HEY JOE Cher
73 ( NEW ) INCENSE AND PEPPERMINT The Strawberry Alarm Clock
74 ( NEW ) WHEN WILL THE GOOD APPLES FALL The Seekers
75 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ Booker T & The MG’s

DROP OUTS
(I WANNA) TESTIFY The Parliaments featuring George Clinton (aka Funkadelic)
CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews
I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU The Impressions (featuring Curtis Mayfield)
JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
MORNING GLORY Tim Buckley
YOU CAN’T DO THAT Nilsson
SPREADIN HONEY The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band
WORDS The Monkees

 

23rd September 1967

It’s a first week on top for the fab Bee Gees’ Massachussets, as the almost-as-fab Gibb brothers’ (and friends) Holiday pops in at 24, both showcasing Robin Gibb’s fragile but effective lead vocals. Peter Frampton is up to 3, and the highest new entry is at 7, a future tender top 10 cover (in my charts) by Alison Krauss, Baby Now That I’ve Found You, The Foundations debut with the late Clem Curtis’ triff vocals. A great UK pop song, and just behind it a great US pop song fromThe Cowsills, daft title or not it sparked a TV show inspired by the family group (The Partridge Family). 5 brothers, 1 sister, 1 mother, and another fab track 2 years in the future.

Aretha replaces herself in the top 20, the gorgeous Caroie King song You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman keeping up her run of 1967 chart entries at a frantic pace. This is her pearl in the ’67 shell, though, a version even better than Carole King’s Tapestry brilliance. Scott Walker bounds into the 20 with Mathilde, giving him 2 consecutive dramatic ballads, and few do that better than Scott. Georgie Fame goes top 30 with a sweet track, the best version of Hush goes top 40 (the lyrics actually make sense as sung by Billy, rather than one-level in the covers), and the good South African Pata Pata brings Miriam Makeba to international note.

The Hollies are back again, as ever, Jackie DeShannon pops in with an oldie (her cover to be covered by The Four Tops) – which she frankly didn’t need to do: pause for breath…byt his stage she had dated Elvis, toured with and inspired The Beatles, wrote songs like When You Walk In The Room, Breakaway, Bette Davis Eyes, When You Walk In The Room, and co-wrote with Led Zep Jimmy Page, Randy Newman, and had hits herself with Put A Little Love In Your Heart and What The World Needs Now Is Love. Legend, and still going strong! Oh, yes, mustn’t forget that Hendrix fellow with a good track that was, cough, to be an “inspiration”, cough, for Cozy Powell’s Dance With The Devil (splutter, a better record, sacrilege!).

1 ( 2 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
2 ( 1 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
3 ( 5 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
4 ( 3 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
5 ( 7 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
6 ( 4 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
7 ( NEW ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
8 ( NEW ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
9 ( 6 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
10 ( 12 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops

11 ( 8 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
12 ( 16 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
13 ( 9 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
14 ( 10 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
15 ( 18 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
16 ( 17 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
17 ( NEW ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
18 ( 64 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
19 ( 14 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
20 ( 20 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

21 ( 11 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
22 ( 19 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
23 ( 13 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
24 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
25 ( 15 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
26 ( 26 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
27 ( 24 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
28 ( 28 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
29 ( 21 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
30 ( 44 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame

31 ( 31 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
32 ( 23 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
33 ( 39 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
34 ( 22 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
35 ( 40 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
36 ( 25 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
37 ( 30 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
38 ( 27 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
39 ( 53 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
40 ( 35 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees

41 ( 29 ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
42 ( 34 ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
43 ( 32 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
44 ( 50 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
45 ( 33 ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
46 ( 36 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
47 ( 68 ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
48 ( 41 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
49 ( 54 ) BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN Albert King
50 ( 55 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra

51 ( 45 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
52 ( NEW ) PATA PATA Miriam Makeba
53 ( 47 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
54 ( 48 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
55 ( 37 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
56 ( 49 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
57 ( 43 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
58 ( 58 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Tomorrow
59 ( 38 ) LANDSLIDE Tony Clarke
60 ( 42 ) LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONE Martha & The Vandellas

61 ( NEW ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions
62 ( 56 ) IT’S GOT TO BE MELLOW Leon Haywood
63 ( 46 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
64 ( 69 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors
65 ( 71 ) TRAIN TO SKAVILLE The Ethiopians
66 ( 72 ) HEY JOE Cher
67 ( 74 ) WHEN WILL THE GOOD APPLES FALL The Seekers
68 ( NEW ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies
69 ( 61 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
70 ( NEW ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME Jackie De Shannon

71 ( 73 ) INCENSE AND PEPPERMINT The Strawberry Alarm Clock
72 ( 57 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
73 ( 75 ) GROOVIN’ Booker T & The MG’s
74 ( NEW ) GET ON UP The Esquires
75 ( NEW ) THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN The Jimi Hendrix Experience

DROP OUTS

FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra
FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Tony Bennett
THERE IS A MOUNTAIN Donovan
HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones

 

30th September 1967

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Bee Gees as The Who leap in seeing for miles and miles – presumably all the way to Massachussets – and it’s their biggest hit to date. That also goes for Aretha, up to 9, and Harry Nilsson’s instant entry at 16 with the gorgeous Without Her. Gene Pitney’s future UK chart-topper (with Marc Almond) is in at 20 with his original and definitive version of Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart. Procol Harum follow-up a classic with a whimper, and a few other 1967 chart regulars pop in with more lesser tracks.

1 ( 1 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
2 ( 2 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
3 ( 3 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
4 ( 7 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
5 ( 5 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
6 ( 8 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
7 ( 4 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
8 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
9 ( 17 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
10 ( 6 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes

11 ( 12 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
12 ( 20 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
13 ( 16 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
14 ( 15 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
15 ( 9 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
16 ( NEW ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
17 ( 14 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
18 ( 18 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
19 ( 11 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
20 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney

21 ( 19 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
22 ( 22 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
23 ( 24 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
24 ( 13 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
25 ( 21 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
26 ( 30 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
27 ( 23 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
28 ( 10 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
29 ( 39 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
30 ( 25 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre

31 ( 33 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
32 ( 29 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
33 ( 35 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
34 ( 28 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
35 ( 32 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
36 ( 27 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
37 ( 31 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
38 ( 50 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
39 ( 52 ) PATA PATA Miriam Makeba
40 ( 44 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave

41 ( 40 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
42 ( 36 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
43 ( 38 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
44 ( 26 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
45 ( 34 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
46 ( 47 ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
47 ( 49 ) BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN Albert King
48 ( 37 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
49 ( 46 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
50 ( 43 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
51 ( 48 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell

52 ( 51 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
53 ( 41 ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
54 ( 61 ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions
55 ( 45 ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
56 ( 64 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors
57 ( 53 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
58 ( 54 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
59 ( 66 ) HEY JOE Cher
60 ( 65 ) TRAIN TO SKAVILLE The Ethiopians

61 ( 55 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
62 ( 56 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
63 ( 67 ) WHEN WILL THE GOOD APPLES FALL The Seekers
64 ( 57 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
65 ( 68 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies
66 ( 58 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Tomorrow
67 ( 42 ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
68 ( 74 ) GET ON UP The Esquires
69 ( NEW ) LOVELY RITA The Beatles
70 ( 69 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles

71 ( 63 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
72 ( NEW ) YOU’VE NOT CHANGED Sandie Shaw
73 ( NEW ) HOMBURG Procol Harum
74 ( 75 ) THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN The Jimi Hendrix Experience
75 ( NEW ) (LONELINESS MADE ME REALIZE) IT’S YOU THAT I NEED The Temptations

My May-Aug 2018 Charts

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Glorious panorama Gran Canaria 2018

26th August 2018

It’s a Hey Jude! 50 years ago today The Beatles greatest single was released and sometime during the following chart week my dad came home from work at RAF Swinderby and told me The Beatles had gone to Number One. That sparked my interest in the pop charts, I discovered Alan Freeman’s Sunday Pick Of The Pops chart rundown, and from then on I became obsessed with music charts. I had been obsessed by pop music for at least 4 years already. Sometime later in 1968 I did my first personal chart, and a few more followed in 1969, but they weren’t weekly. By 1971 they WERE weekly, by 1972 I was doing 4 or 5 a week as I went chart mad. However, once I managed to buy the first published book of pop singles charts, which gave me access to information on the 60’s and early 70’s, I decided that the start point was Hey Jude, and retrospectively compiled charts based on what I liked at the time for all missing weeks – which was still more or less what I liked in the early/mid 70’s. So the “week-ending date for this chart (if I followed the UK singles chart) would be 1st Sept 1968, near enough as dammit 50 years since my charts “started”.

So Happy Anniversary To Me, and Happy 50th Beatles Hey Jude! Still an epic single which has charted in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 00’s in the UK charts and mine both, and now in the teenies too. It hit the top everytime in my charts cos I’m a bit of a fan. Aretha Franklin’s I Say A Little Prayer was also in the very first chart and is number 2 this week. Very appropriate, albeit for tragic reasons, and she adds another entry lower down, with another waiting in the wings.

Biggest climber is Calvin Harris & Sam Smith, up to a promising 6 – Calvin Harris’ 6th top 10 including 2 chart-toppers, and Sam’s 4th including one chart-topper with Naughty Boy. Keeping up with the kiddie oldies theme The Partridge Family TV theme, as featured in Ant-Man & The Wasp, becomes their 10th top, David Cassidy’s 16th including solo hits. Alan Walker gets a 4th top 40, Madonna’s Like A Prayer gives her a 60th birthday top 40, Pet Shop Boys original version of Eighth Wonder’s I’m Not Scared (aka Patsy Kensit) charts for the first time 30 years late, and Ariana Grande gets a second hit of the year, her 10th in all, including chart-topper Love Me Harder.

1 NEW 1 1 HEY JUDE The Beatles 170000
2 1 1 2 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 285000
3 3 3 2 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 170000
4 2 1 10 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1320000
5 4 1 6 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 490000
6 43 6 2 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 68500
7 7 7 4 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 134000
8 5 3 7 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 426000
9 6 6 13 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 357550
10 18 10 4 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 103500

11 9 5 7 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 345000
12 14 10 6 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 210000
13 12 9 5 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 163250
14 8 4 5 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 165900
15 10 6 7 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 237250
16 17 16 5 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 96500
17 31 17 2 VELVET ELVIS Stacey Musgraves 40900
18 15 6 6 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 228000
19 21 19 2 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 40750
20 11 1 10 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 710500

21 40 21 2 WHITE DRESS Set Mo 36750
22 25 22 3 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 48350
23 13 13 4 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 104250
24 16 8 6 ALWAYS Panama 178250
25 28 25 4 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 73350
26 27 26 3 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 55300
27 19 1 14 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1235400
28 37 28 6 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 77800
29 60 29 3 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 33400
30 22 3 12 SINNER Deaf Havana 568500

31 20 20 7 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 105200
32 39 32 2 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 34900
33 23 16 6 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 122950
34 24 20 7 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 118600
35 45 35 2 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 30500
36 30 30 8 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 123600
37 32 32 7 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 108450
38 50 38 2 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 29200
39 65 39 2 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 24100
40 47 40 2 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 29500

41 26 14 7 FRIENDS RAYE 151700
42 46 42 3 SHOW ME THE WAY Suzi Island 39250
43 29 26 8 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 127800
44 42 1 15 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 785300
45 35 10 10 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 261800
46 34 34 5 ON U NOTIMES 68350
47 33 29 6 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 88400
48 38 3 7 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 291250
49 36 36 5 SHINE Gabrielle 65300
50 67 50 6 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 58700

51 68 51 2 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 18150
52 69 52 3 MISSING U Robyn 23500
53 48 40 7 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 86250
54 44 19 11 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 156300
55 55 55 4 LEVEL UP Ciara 35800
56 59 56 2 THINK Aretha Franklin 20700
57 52 52 4 WARRIOR Paloma Faith 39800
58 58 58 4 LIE LIKE ME Ward Thomas 37600
59 41 1 7 FOREVER MORE Moloko 395350
60 51 6 11 I ADORE U Adore Delano 352350

61 NEW 61 1 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 7500
62 49 23 7 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 100100
63 66 63 3 NO DANGER The Delgados 20800
64 57 2 19 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 803550
65 53 10 11 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 216300
66 NEW 66 1 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 6800
67 71 67 2 SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin 12400
68 61 7 13 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 272800
69 NEW 69 1 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 6200
70 72 70 3 CRUEL GAME (VANZETTI & SACCO REMIX) Nouvelle Phenomene 17200

71 54 17 10 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 147250
72 NEW 72 1 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys 5600
73 75 73 3 ALL WE DO Oh Wonder 15400
74 NEW 74 1 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T ACT LIKE A STRANGER Cathedrals 5000

DROP OUTS
56 15 9 PALO SANTO Years & Years 168850
62 50 6 ONLY YOU Cheat Codes & Little Mix 58700
63 60 3 DIDN’T I Rod Stewart featuring Bridget Cady 22400
64 49 6 FERNANDO Cher & Andy Garcia 43400
70 70 3 CONFIDENCE Candi Staton 17400
73 16 9 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 144700
74 14 12 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 220000

and here’s that first chart – spot the acts still in my chart this week. Errr, 3. All oldies. I was 10 years old and so was Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson.

1 HEY JUDE The Beatles
2 GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
3 KEEP ON Bruce Channel
4 HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
5 THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
6 HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
7 THIS GUYS IN LOVE Herb Alpert
8 SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
9 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
10 LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee

11 I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
12 HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
13 DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
14 DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
15 MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
16 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
17 LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 I PRETEND Des O’Connor
19 JEZAMINE The Casuals
20 FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

 

19th August 2018

It’s the late, great Aretha on top, probably the greatest female vocalist of all-time, though I rate her huge fan Dusty just as much, and both are in my chart this week. It’s an Aretha invasion following her sad passing, led by her 1968 definitive version of I Say A Little Prayer, a song I loved as 10-year-old, and played to death on a various artists hits album in Singapore as an 11-year-old (my dad bought it), and which finally topped my charts in 2011. The Bacharach/David song is therefore justifiably back on top for a 2nd week just ahead of her brilliant version of Carole King’s You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman) which both artists have charted before this century, as album track oldies, and which reaches a new peak of 3. Elsewhere, Spanish Harlem was a top 10 hit for me in 1971 when I was charting proper, Angel criminally never made my charts as it was strictly UK top 30 hits only in those days as a silly chart rule, Think has never charted (predating my charts) and Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves is back 33 years after going top 10 with Eurythmics.

Elsewhere Santigold gets her first top 10 since 2008’s Les Artistes, Cher rockets Abba into the 40, Stacey Musgraves gets a different Velvet Elvis song to Alex Winston’s 2013 chart-topper into the 40, Calvin & Sam enter, Sam Smith’s highest-charting track since Like I Can went top 10 2 years ago. Janet Jackson is back! It’s been 12 years since she last troubled my charts, 14 years since she got as high as 45, and 17 years since she last topped my chart with Someone To Call My Lover, a great under-rated single, the last of 5 number ones. Talking of old chart-toppers, The Beloved’s 1993 classic is back because it is selling on itunes, and so is Like A Prayer for Madonna, presumably in celebration of her 60th birthday. The end of that sentence just seems unreal and SO wrong.

1 NEW 1 1 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 170000
2 2 1 9 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1255000
3 NEW 3 1 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 85000
4 1 1 5 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 430000
5 5 3 6 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 378000
6 7 6 12 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 312550
7 19 7 3 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 84000
8 4 4 4 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 136900
9 8 5 6 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 308000
10 6 6 6 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 210250

11 3 1 9 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 690500
12 9 9 4 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 131250
13 13 13 3 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 85000
14 10 10 5 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 175000
15 11 6 5 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 206000
16 12 8 5 ALWAYS Panama 159250
17 22 17 4 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 71500
18 18 18 3 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 61500
19 15 1 13 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1217000
20 25 20 6 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 87400

21 NEW 21 1 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 19750
22 17 3 11 SINNER Deaf Havana 550500
23 16 16 5 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 105250
24 20 20 6 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 101000
25 59 25 2 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 28850
26 14 14 6 FRIENDS RAYE 137700
27 27 27 2 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 36800
28 28 28 3 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 54600
29 26 26 7 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 114300
30 30 30 7 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 106200

31 NEW 31 1 VELVET ELVIS Stacey Musgraves 17900
32 32 32 6 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 91150
33 29 29 5 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 75900
34 43 34 4 ON U NOTIMES 55600
35 24 10 9 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 248800
36 37 36 4 SHINE Gabrielle 53200
37 39 37 5 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 59500
38 21 3 6 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 278950
39 NEW 39 1 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 17100
40 NEW 40 1 WHITE DRESS Set Mo 17000

41 23 1 6 FOREVER MORE Moloko 385250
42 41 1 14 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 772050
43 NEW 43 1 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 13500
44 44 19 10 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 145300
45 NEW 45 1 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 13000
46 46 46 2 SHOW ME THE WAY Suzi Island 25500
47 NEW 47 1 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 12500
48 40 40 6 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 75000
49 31 23 6 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 92700
50 NEW 50 1 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 12000

51 34 6 10 I ADORE U Adore Delano 342350
52 52 52 3 WARRIOR Paloma Faith 29400
53 35 10 10 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 209300
54 33 17 9 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 141450
55 64 55 3 LEVEL UP Ciara 25000
56 36 15 9 PALO SANTO Years & Years 168850
57 47 2 18 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 796450
58 58 58 3 LIE LIKE ME Ward Thomas 27400
59 NEW 59 1 THINK Aretha Franklin 10100
60 74 60 2 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 15200

61 48 7 12 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 266400
62 50 50 6 ONLY YOU Cheat Codes & Little Mix 58700
63 60 60 3 DIDN’T I Rod Stewart featuring Bridget Cady 22400
64 49 49 6 FERNANDO Cher & Andy Garcia 43400
65 NEW 65 1 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 7000
66 66 66 2 NO DANGER The Delgados 13600
67 53 53 5 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 46700
68 NEW 68 1 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 6400
69 71 69 2 MISSING U Robyn 12000
70 70 70 3 CONFIDENCE Candi Staton 17400

71 NEW 71 1 SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin 5800
72 72 72 2 CRUEL GAME (VANZETTI & SACCO REMIX) Nouvelle Phenomene 11200
73 51 16 9 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 144700
74 56 14 12 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 220000
75 75 75 2 ALL WE DO Oh Wonder 10000

DROP OUTS
38 7 13 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 341750
42 2 10 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 541300
45 29 4 LOVE THE LIE Call Me Loop 46400
54 54 4 RE:MEMBER Olafur Arnalds 43600
55 55 4 U ALREADY KNOW Keys N Krates 35500
57 57 3 ANGEL EYES Abba 21400
61 32 6 EVERYBODY NEEDS A KISS Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker 79250
62 6 11 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 325400
63 9 11 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 267750
65 5 12 GIVIN UP One EskimO 438300
67 1 28 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1180900
68 68 3 OVER MY SKIN Tiffany Young 18200
69 18 8 LOW Lenny Kravitz 120150
73 73 2 HYPOCRITE Jean-Michel Blais & CFCF 10400

 

12th August 2018

Blonde and Bryn Christopher both get a first chart-topper, it’s only taken Bryn a decade! The Chainsmokers get a second top 10 of the year, meanwhile it’s struggling in the charts but loved on radio. Go figure! Santigold shoots into the 20, a song I’ve known for 43 years, the best moments in the film are the lesser-known tracks like this one. And Cher, all soft focus and scene stealing. Former chart-toppers Oh Wonder, Robyn and Alan Walker are all back, AU/RA gets a second entry.

1 4 1 4 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 365000
2 2 1 8 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1140000
3 1 1 8 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 653500
4 31 4 3 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 88900
5 3 3 5 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 318000
6 6 6 5 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 168250
7 7 7 11 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 257550
8 5 5 5 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 263000
9 13 9 3 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 96250
10 10 10 4 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 146000

11 9 6 4 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 179000
12 8 8 4 ALWAYS Panama 134250
13 19 13 2 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 53000
14 14 14 5 FRIENDS RAYE 119200
15 11 1 12 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1196000
16 18 16 4 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 86000
17 12 3 10 SINNER Deaf Havana 531000
18 35 18 2 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 39500
19 45 19 2 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 34000
20 20 20 5 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 82000

21 15 3 5 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 261750
22 27 22 3 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 48500
23 16 1 5 FOREVER MORE Moloko 371250
24 22 10 8 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 231300
25 39 25 5 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 67400
26 28 26 6 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 96100
27 NEW 27 1 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 18400
28 30 28 2 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 36300
29 34 29 4 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 58200
30 38 30 6 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 88200

31 23 23 5 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 80600
32 33 32 5 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 72350
33 17 17 8 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 130450
34 24 6 9 I ADORE U Adore Delano 330600
35 25 10 9 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 198050
36 26 15 8 PALO SANTO Years & Years 158250
37 48 37 3 SHINE Gabrielle 35800
38 21 7 13 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 341750
39 49 39 4 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 42200
40 40 40 5 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 62700

41 36 1 13 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 758300
42 37 2 10 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 541300
43 44 43 3 ON U NOTIMES 38000
44 32 19 9 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 132050
45 29 29 4 LOVE THE LIE Call Me Loop 46400
46 NEW 46 1 SHOW ME THE WAY Suzi Island 12750
47 42 2 17 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 786050
48 56 7 11 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 258900
49 67 49 5 FERNANDO Cher & Andy Garcia 36300
50 50 50 5 ONLY YOU Cheat Codes & Little Mix 51300

51 41 16 8 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 139300
52 68 52 2 WARRIOR Paloma Faith 17900
53 53 53 4 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 40100
54 54 54 4 RE:MEMBER Olafur Arnalds 43600
55 55 55 4 U ALREADY KNOW Keys N Krates 35500
56 47 14 11 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 214800
57 71 57 3 ANGEL EYES Abba 21400
58 65 58 2 LIE LIKE ME Ward Thomas 17200
59 NEW 59 1 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 10100
60 74 60 2 DIDN’T I Rod Stewart featuring Bridget Cady 15200

61 46 32 6 EVERYBODY NEEDS A KISS Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker 79250
62 59 6 11 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 325400
63 51 9 11 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 267750
64 64 64 2 LEVEL UP Ciara 14200
65 52 5 12 GIVIN UP One EskimO 438300
66 NEW 66 1 NO DANGER The Delgados 6800
67 66 1 28 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1180900
68 70 68 3 OVER MY SKIN Tiffany Young 18200
69 63 18 8 LOW Lenny Kravitz 120150
70 73 70 2 CONFIDENCE Candi Staton 11400

71 NEW 71 1 MISSING U Robyn 5800
72 NEW 72 1 CRUEL GAME (VANZETTI & SACCO REMIX) Nouvelle Phenomene 5600
73 75 73 2 HYPOCRITE Jean-Michel Blais & CFCF 10400
74 NEW 74 1 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ALL WE DO Oh Wonder 5000

DROP OUTS
43 7 8 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 185200
57 42 4 EYES OPEN Kris James 42450
58 23 6 PENDULUM Katy Perry 90750
60 29 5 THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC 70850
61 30 4 GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE (BIG, BOLD BRASSY MIX) Rollo Goes Camping 61300
62 62 2 LOST IN ISTANBUL Brianna 14600
69 69 2 BELIEVER CYN 11200
72 5 13 DELICATE Taylor Swift 347100

 

5th August 2018

It’s a first week on top for a solo Lee Hazelwood and his moving 1966 track about growing older (and he was actually quite young at the time), pushing Panic! off the top. He first charted with Nancy Sinatra with the naughty Did You Ever in 1971, and has topped my chart in between with more old duets with her, but never done it solo. That makes it one of the oldest new-to-me records to ever top my chart. That leaves a big climb for Kungs & Stargate, both returning to the top 10 after a break, and a big climb for Au/Ra & Camelphat after 10 weeks climbing slowly. Muse return to my top 10 for the first time in 6 years, as LeAnn Rimes makes my top 20 for the first time in 20 years!

Highest new entry is from The Vamps, their first ever in 5 years of minor chart pottering about, and 2 oldies debut following a feature in the new Antman & The Wasp movie – Dusty Springfield’s definitive cover of Spooky is back after hitting 15 3 years ago, while The Partridge Family and David Cassidy’s TV theme tune got a prime spot in the movie, and gladdened my nostalgic heart, and is in at 35 – it def would have charted 47 years ago if I’d thought to allow TV theme tunes into my charts. A huge jump for Chainsmokers, about to overtake their oldie Paris, and a new entry for Santigold giving her a decade of entries, albeit as Santogold back then.

Ciara’s been away for 9 years, but now extends her run to 13 years, which is hard to believe it’s been that long! Enjoying some old-stylee rhythms m’self, anything that isn’t blippety bloppety autotuned Tropical House-ish Urban-ish blatant-chart-aimed construction is such a relief! In the olden days (pre-streaming) the singles charts allowed all sorts of music in, bit of a genre-duoculture these days. Not that there arent great chart hits (there are) just a bit lacking in variety. Moan over. Ward Thomas return with tunefull country, Paloma Faith has dropped the songwriter Sia from her previously charted Warrior, and returns, Rod Stewart is back writing his own stuff again, thank goodness, and is rewarded with another chart entry 46 years since Maggie May failed to impress me much at the time (love it now). That leaves Candi Staton having a soulfunk comeback – apart from Radio 2 presenting, she hasn’t bothered me much since 1999 when she last charted, and her chart run extends to 42 years, and Young Hearts Run Free.

1 2 1 7 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 568500
2 1 1 7 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1025000
3 4 3 4 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 258000
4 3 3 3 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 195000
5 5 5 4 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 215000
6 22 6 4 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 113250
7 19 7 10 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 207550
8 13 8 3 ALWAYS Panama 99250
9 6 6 3 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 142000
10 12 10 3 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 104000

11 11 1 11 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1169000
12 8 3 9 SINNER Deaf Havana 508000
13 23 13 2 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 51250
14 18 14 4 FRIENDS RAYE 90200
15 9 3 4 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 242000
16 10 1 4 FOREVER MORE Moloko 352000
17 27 17 7 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 112750
18 20 18 3 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 61000
19 NEW 19 1 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 21000
20 31 20 4 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 62000

21 7 7 12 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 324550
22 14 10 7 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 212300
23 25 23 4 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 62700
24 16 6 8 I ADORE U Adore Delano 313000
25 17 10 8 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 180550
26 15 15 7 PALO SANTO Years & Years 140850
27 56 27 2 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 29000
28 28 28 5 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 77600
29 60 29 3 LOVE THE LIE Call Me Loop 33400
30 NEW 30 1 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 18000

31 70 31 2 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 23900
32 24 19 8 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 118800
33 33 33 4 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 54550
34 40 34 3 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 40000
35 NEW 35 1 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 17500
36 34 1 12 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 744300
37 26 2 9 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 527550
38 38 38 5 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 70200
39 44 39 4 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 48650
40 47 40 4 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 45700

41 21 16 7 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 127550
42 37 2 16 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 773550
43 29 7 8 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 185200
44 53 44 2 ON U NOTIMES 24500
45 NEW 45 1 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 13000
46 32 32 5 EVERYBODY NEEDS A KISS Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker 71750
47 39 14 10 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 204200
48 69 48 2 SHINE Gabrielle 18500
49 62 49 3 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 25100
50 58 50 4 ONLY YOU Cheat Codes & Little Mix 39300

51 35 9 10 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 260550
52 36 5 11 GIVIN UP One EskimO 431300
53 57 53 3 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 28850
54 54 54 3 RE:MEMBER Olafur Arnalds 32600
55 64 55 3 U ALREADY KNOW Keys N Krates 24700
56 45 7 10 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 246600
57 42 42 4 EYES OPEN Kris James 42450
58 41 23 6 PENDULUM Katy Perry 90750
59 43 6 10 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 318000
60 51 29 5 THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC 70850

61 30 30 4 GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE (BIG, BOLD BRASSY MIX) Rollo Goes Camping 61300
62 63 62 2 LOST IN ISTANBUL Brianna 14600
63 46 18 7 LOW Lenny Kravitz 113950
64 NEW 64 1 LEVEL UP Ciara 7100
65 NEW 65 1 LIE LIKE ME Ward Thomas 7000
66 65 1 27 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1174300
67 67 67 4 FERNANDO Cher & Andy Garcia 24200
68 NEW 68 1 WARRIOR Paloma Faith 6400
69 75 69 2 BELIEVER CYN 11200
70 71 70 2 OVER MY SKIN Tiffany Young 11800

71 74 71 2 ANGEL EYES Abba 11000
72 55 5 13 DELICATE Taylor Swift 347100
73 NEW 73 1 CONFIDENCE Candi Staton 5400
74 NEW 74 1 DIDN’T I Rod Stewart featuring Bridget Cady 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HYPOCRITE Jean-Michel Blais & CFCF 5000

DROP OUTS
48 40 9 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 101500
49 49 3 ENOUGH SONOIO 33300
50 50 4 LIKE SUGAR Chaka Khan 42900
52 4 12 FUEGO Elena Foureira 418500
59 8 9 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 251800
61 37 6 SOLO Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato 72900
66 10 10 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 200450
68 68 4 THERE’S A REASON WHY (I NEVER RETURNED YOUR CALLS) Blossoms 23200
72 19 10 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 164350
73 73 1 GOLDCHAINS Tyde Levi 5400

 

29th July 2018

It’s a 4th week on top for Hey Look Ma, matching High Hopes’ run on top, and giving Panic! At The Disco 8 of the last 9 weeks at 1. Sheryl Crow gets her 2nd biggest track of her career, and Petula Clark gets into the top 10 for the first time since Cut Copy topped my chart. Au/Ra and Camelphat take 9 weeks to make my top 20 – about the same as it has in the UK charts to go top 40, ditto High Hopes which has just entered. Things are looking up!

Abba tracks have started selling on itunes again – but not the usual suspects! Thanks to Mamma Mia 2 some album tracks are charting on sales, which has given me a chance to chart them belatedly (I excluded album tracks back in the day to avoid an Abba takeover, as the idea of one act completely taking over a chart just struck me as ridiculous – even my own. If only I’d restricted it to 3…..). That means 1980’s Andante Andante is highest new entry at 23. 1976’s My Love My Life is a bit lower, and Angel Eyes returns in it’s own right for the first time ever – Voulez Vous was always the classic side.

Biggest climber is Hayden James, at 40, Gabrielle gets a 2nd chart entry of the year, and Chainsmokers join themselves in the chart with oldie Paris still up high, and newie Side Effects down the lower end.

1 1 1 6 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 910000
2 4 2 6 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 398500
3 9 3 2 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 130000
4 5 4 3 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 173000
5 7 5 3 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 155000
6 10 6 2 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 97000
7 11 7 11 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 304800
8 8 3 8 SINNER Deaf Havana 473000
9 3 3 3 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 215000
10 2 1 3 FOREVER MORE Moloko 327000

11 6 1 10 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1132000
12 15 12 2 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 62000
13 23 13 2 ALWAYS Panama 51250
14 12 10 6 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 192800
15 17 15 6 PALO SANTO Years & Years 122350
16 13 6 7 I ADORE U Adore Delano 294000
17 14 10 7 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 161800
18 18 18 3 FRIENDS RAYE 61200
19 25 19 9 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 157550
20 24 20 2 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 39000

21 16 16 6 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 113550
22 20 20 3 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 58250
23 NEW 23 1 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 19250
24 19 19 7 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 101100
25 26 25 3 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 43450
26 21 2 8 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 510250
27 37 27 6 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 89750
28 30 28 4 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 59300
29 22 7 7 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 171700
30 31 30 3 GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE (BIG, BOLD BRASSY MIX) Rollo Goes Camping 53800

31 33 31 3 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 42000
32 34 32 4 EVERYBODY NEEDS A KISS Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker 59000
33 42 33 3 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 36850
34 32 1 11 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 726900
35 28 9 9 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 248800
36 27 5 10 GIVIN UP One EskimO 419800
37 35 2 15 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 759800
38 38 38 4 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 53000
39 39 14 9 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 191700
40 73 40 2 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 22400

41 29 23 5 PENDULUM Katy Perry 80550
42 47 42 3 EYES OPEN Kris James 32050
43 36 6 9 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 307900
44 48 44 3 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 31550
45 44 7 9 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 236000
46 41 18 6 LOW Lenny Kravitz 106750
47 54 47 3 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 28700
48 40 40 9 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 101500
49 55 49 3 ENOUGH SONOIO 33300
50 51 50 4 LIKE SUGAR Chaka Khan 42900

51 43 29 4 THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC 60850
52 46 4 12 FUEGO Elena Foureira 418500
53 NEW 53 1 ON U NOTIMES 11250
54 56 54 2 RE:MEMBER Olafur Arnalds 21600
55 52 5 12 DELICATE Taylor Swift 341500
56 NEW 56 1 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 10600
57 63 57 2 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 17600
58 59 58 3 ONLY YOU Cheat Codes & Little Mix 27300
59 50 8 9 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 251800
60 74 60 2 LOVE THE LIE Call Me Loop 15200

61 45 37 6 SOLO Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato 72900
62 72 62 2 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 13000
63 NEW 63 1 LOST IN ISTANBUL Brianna 7200
64 66 64 2 U ALREADY KNOW Keys N Krates 13900
65 65 1 26 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1167500
66 60 10 10 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 200450
67 70 67 3 FERNANDO Cher & Andy Garcia 17600
68 71 68 4 THERE’S A REASON WHY (I NEVER RETURNED YOUR CALLS) Blossoms 23200
69 NEW 69 1 SHINE Gabrielle 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 6000

71 NEW 71 1 OVER MY SKIN Tiffany Young 5800
72 53 19 10 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 164350
73 NEW 73 1 GOLDCHAINS Tyde Levi 5400
74 NEW 74 1 ANGEL EYES Abba 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BELIEVER CYN 5000

DROP OUTS
49 8 5 PENNY LANE The Beatles 140850
57 27 6 LIGHT IN PLACES Peaches featuring Empress Stah 100300
58 58 3 TILL THE WORLD FALLS Nile Rodgers, Chic & Mura Masa featuring Cosha & Vic Mensa 30400
61 28 6 THE FATHER PROJECT Tooji 93000
62 62 4 MY NAME IS MARS Capital Cities 26800
64 35 8 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 94700
67 18 9 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 156150
68 1 14 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 817700
69 3 19 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 747950
75 9 14 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 259400

 

 

22nd July 2018

It’s back up to 1 for a 3rd week on top for Hey Look Ma, giving Panic! At The Disco 7 of the last 8 weeks dominating my chart. Blonde get the highest new entry, and a second top 10 four years since the first one. Bryn Christopher gets a 3rd, a decade since his first 2, that’s patient! In at 10, it’s 8 years since Sheryl Crow last troubled my top 10, love the guitar work on the new track. Her previous top 10 was in 1997, though she’s had loads of chart entries in between and since and before, dating back to 1994 and her first debut hit and top 10 All I Wanna Do.

It at 15 with a new sound, much poppier than recent darker efforts, it’s Muse, back in the top 20 for the first time since 2012, and for the 10th time in total since debuting in 2000. Hard to believe it’s 18 years! Miles Kane is back with a very Glam Rock track. I mean, it totally references Ballroom Blitz, and sounds like a Barry Blue hook, and it would have sold well in 1973 as boys n girls loved that sound then. Prob not so much these days, but hey, great to have a new Glam Rock record for us oldies!

Big climbs for Freya Ridings, RAYE, Claptone, Blue October, Moodoid. Imagine Dragons join themselves in the chart, that run of singles is getting quite long! Jake Shears enters without his Scissor Sisters, not his first solo billing, but his first solo track some 14 years since his first Pink Floyd-cover chart-topping song in the band.

1 2 1 5 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 740000
2 1 1 2 FOREVER MORE Moloko 285000
3 3 3 2 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 170000
4 6 3 5 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 283500
5 8 5 2 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 108000
6 4 1 9 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1095000
7 9 7 2 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 95000
8 5 3 7 SINNER Deaf Havana 425000
9 NEW 9 1 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 45000
10 NEW 10 1 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 42000

11 12 11 10 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 254800
12 11 10 5 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 163800
13 7 6 6 I ADORE U Adore Delano 269000
14 10 10 6 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 138800
15 NEW 15 1 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 27000
16 16 16 5 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 93800
17 17 17 5 PALO SANTO Years & Years 95350
18 38 18 2 FRIENDS RAYE 39200
19 19 19 6 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 92100
20 25 20 2 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 38750

21 13 2 7 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 491750
22 14 7 6 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 153500
23 NEW 23 1 ALWAYS Panama 19250
24 NEW 24 1 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 19000
25 28 25 8 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 136550
26 69 26 2 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 24700
27 15 5 9 GIVIN UP One EskimO 402400
28 18 9 8 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 231300
29 23 23 4 PENDULUM Katy Perry 66550
30 32 30 3 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 41000

31 31 31 2 GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE (BIG, BOLD BRASSY MIX) Rollo Goes Camping 35800
32 26 1 10 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 709300
33 68 33 2 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 24100
34 36 34 3 EVERYBODY NEEDS A KISS Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker 41200
35 30 2 14 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 742500
36 20 6 8 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 294400
37 40 37 5 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 71350
38 50 38 3 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 35800
39 21 14 8 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 174600
40 43 40 8 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 89200

41 24 18 5 LOW Lenny Kravitz 94000
42 73 42 2 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 19150
43 29 29 3 THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC 49100
44 27 7 8 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 223000
45 37 37 5 SOLO Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato 65400
46 35 4 11 FUEGO Elena Foureira 407000
47 71 47 2 EYES OPEN Kris James 18300
48 70 48 2 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 18300
49 22 8 5 PENNY LANE The Beatles 140850
50 33 8 8 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 241700

51 51 51 3 LIKE SUGAR Chaka Khan 30900
52 42 5 11 DELICATE Taylor Swift 330700
53 39 19 9 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 158750
54 74 54 2 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 16200
55 57 55 2 ENOUGH SONOIO 21200
56 NEW 56 1 RE:MEMBER Olafur Arnalds 10600
57 34 27 6 LIGHT IN PLACES Peaches featuring Empress Stah 100300
58 59 58 3 TILL THE WORLD FALLS Nile Rodgers, Chic & Mura Masa featuring Cosha & Vic Mensa 30400
59 65 59 2 ONLY YOU Cheat Codes & Little Mix 17100
60 45 10 9 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 193650

61 41 28 6 THE FATHER PROJECT Tooji 93000
62 64 62 4 MY NAME IS MARS Capital Cities 26800
63 NEW 63 1 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 7200
64 48 35 8 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 94700
65 62 1 25 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1160500
66 NEW 66 1 U ALREADY KNOW Keys N Krates 6800
67 49 18 9 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 156150
68 52 1 14 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 817700
69 55 3 19 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 747950
70 75 70 2 FERNANDO Cher & Andy Garcia 11000

71 72 71 3 THERE’S A REASON WHY (I NEVER RETURNED YOUR CALLS) Blossoms 16800
72 NEW 72 1 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 5600
73 NEW 73 1 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 5400
74 NEW 74 1 LOVE THE LIE Call Me Loop 5200
75 58 9 14 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 259400

DROP OUTS
44 32 8 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 115150
46 26 5 KING’S CROSS Pet Shop Boys 85650
47 34 4 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC (F9 REMIX) Paloma Faith 60200
53 1 15 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 836300
54 45 7 SHOW ME Gabrielle 65700
56 56 4 BLACKBIRD The Beatles 33400
60 37 5 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME Rex Orange County & Randy Newman 50850
61 27 7 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 110850
63 1 20 BEND Ria Mae 931700
66 49 4 SHOTGUN George Ezra 34500
67 57 6 FUN FUN FUN The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 45600

15th July 2018

It’s new at 1 for 2003 chart-topper (in my charts at least, and nowhere else) Forever More, a slice of Moloko brilliance that was a very minor UK chart hit, outrageously. The video is fab too. Loved it for 15 years non-stop. Singer Roisin Murphy has had 4 solo hits in the years since, but it was great to end a band career on a high. Cher also last charted with a number one – I Walk Alone in 2014, and she’s back with Mamma Mia’s Fernando cover at the tail-end of the chart, giving her a full actual 47-year solo career in my charts, though really it’s 53 years as I Got You Babe was a huge kiddie fave back when I was 7 years old.

Yvonne Fair had her only hit, a Motown diva cover that had echoes of histrionics on a par with the equally brilliant Lorraine Ellison’s Stay With Me Baby and Jennifer Holliday’s And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going. Top 5 in 1976 for me, it started selling last week following a youtube video of a drag act “interrupting” a gay wedding with this song. Giving me a reason to finally rechart it. Loads of new actual songs this week too, highest of which is Hooverphonic at 8. It neither sucks nor blows, is melodically fab, with nice strings, for the Belgium band. Just behind is extended Moby getting his 4th top 10 in 25 years, 20 years since getting his first.

Kungs & Stargate are both back, together this time, 90’s flop Rollo Goes Camping, all Italian House-ey, is in at 31, and Kim Wilde gets the highest climber at 32 for her 3rd top 40 of the year, with Birthday. It sounded great in concert, as did Katy Perry’s Pendulum, the other week in Barcelona, also climbing. A good top 40 entry for RAYE, lower for Cheat Codes & Little Mix, while Italian SONOIO (not real name) part-time Nine-Inch-Nails touring member, takes time-out for some Goldfrapp-ish delight.

1 NEW 1 1 FOREVER MORE Moloko 170000
2 1 1 4 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 570000
3 NEW 3 1 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 85000
4 2 1 8 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1040000
5 4 3 6 SINNER Deaf Havana 377000
6 3 3 4 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 218500
7 6 6 5 I ADORE U Adore Delano 237000
8 NEW 8 1 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 48000
9 NEW 9 1 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 45000
10 15 10 5 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 109800

11 10 10 4 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 128800
12 12 12 9 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 217800
13 5 2 6 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 472000
14 7 7 5 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 134000
15 11 5 8 GIVIN UP One EskimO 384000
16 19 16 4 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 68800
17 17 17 4 PALO SANTO Years & Years 72350
18 13 9 7 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 213000
19 24 19 5 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 71100
20 9 6 7 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 277000

21 14 14 7 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 157500
22 8 8 4 PENNY LANE The Beatles 128750
23 39 23 3 PENDULUM Katy Perry 48350
24 18 18 4 LOW Lenny Kravitz 80000
25 NEW 25 1 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 18750
26 20 1 9 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 691500
27 23 7 7 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 209750
28 30 28 7 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 117800
29 36 29 2 THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC 35600
30 25 2 13 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 725000

31 NEW 31 1 GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE (BIG, BOLD BRASSY MIX) Rollo Goes Camping 17900
32 74 32 2 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 23000
33 16 8 7 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 229700
34 27 27 5 LIGHT IN PLACES Peaches featuring Empress Stah 89900
35 21 4 10 FUEGO Elena Foureira 394250
36 69 36 2 EVERYBODY NEEDS A KISS Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker 23600
37 38 37 4 SOLO Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato 52400
38 NEW 38 1 FRIENDS RAYE 17200
39 22 19 8 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 147500
40 40 40 4 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 54050

41 28 28 5 THE FATHER PROJECT Tooji 85500
42 33 5 10 DELICATE Taylor Swift 319200
43 43 43 7 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 72200
44 32 32 8 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 115150
45 31 10 8 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 183650
46 26 26 5 KING’S CROSS Pet Shop Boys 85650
47 34 34 4 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC (F9 REMIX) Paloma Faith 60200
48 35 35 7 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 87600
49 29 18 8 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 149550
50 67 50 2 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 18600

51 62 51 2 LIKE SUGAR Chaka Khan 19150
52 41 1 13 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 811300
53 46 1 15 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 836300
54 45 45 7 SHOW ME Gabrielle 65700
55 50 3 18 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 741750
56 60 56 4 BLACKBIRD The Beatles 33400
57 NEW 57 1 ENOUGH SONOIO 10400
58 52 9 13 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 254400
59 59 59 2 TILL THE WORLD FALLS Nile Rodgers, Chic & Mura Masa featuring Cosha & Vic Mensa 20200
60 37 37 5 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME Rex Orange County & Randy Newman 50850

61 42 27 7 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 110850
62 55 1 24 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1153500
63 56 1 20 BEND Ria Mae 931700
64 64 64 3 MY NAME IS MARS Capital Cities 19400
65 NEW 65 1 ONLY YOU Cheat Codes & Little Mix 7000
66 49 49 4 SHOTGUN George Ezra 34500
67 57 57 6 FUN FUN FUN The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 45600
68 NEW 68 1 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 6400
69 NEW 69 1 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 6200
70 NEW 70 1 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 6000

71 NEW 71 1 EYES OPEN Kris James 5800
72 73 72 2 THERE’S A REASON WHY (I NEVER RETURNED YOUR CALLS) Blossoms 11000
73 NEW 73 1 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FERNANDO Cher & Andy Garcia 5000

DROP OUTS
44 13 5 I JUST WANNA DANCE (2002 REMIX) Wayne G featuring Alison Jiear 91700
47 47 6 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 51100
48 9 12 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 279400
51 22 8 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 131700
53 9 11 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 258350
54 54 3 ISLAND OF SIN Donovski featuring Caytlin Scarlett 25800
58 58 4 IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE Pet Shop Boys 29600
61 14 8 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 132200
63 10 11 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 215500
65 24 7 MONTANA Owl City 110400
66 1 16 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 697900
68 30 7 COLORS Beck 106650
70 28 9 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 118850
71 71 3 COME ON TO ME Paul McCartney 16800
72 37 5 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 49350
75 35 8 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 91450

 

8th July 2018

2 weeks on top for Hey Look Ma, and 6 weeks in a row for Panic! At The Disco. Still exciting, still fab. Lee Hazelwood gets me all slushy & beautifully melancholic at growing older, The Beach Boys new version gets Don’t Worry Baby a second top 10 run, and Rick Astley gets his 2nd top 10. The first one was Never Gonna Give You Up in 1987. A mere 31 years waiting…!

Meghan leaps into the 20, AC/DC return to my charts thanks to a sci-fi movie soundtrack – back after a gap of 28 years, oops! Thunderstruck, I am! Chic & Nile Rodgers extend the comeback chart entries, for a satisfying 40 years Dance Dance Dance-ing in my charts (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah!), while Chaka Khan returns and gets her a chart run of 44 years since Tell Me Something Good, with a bit of an assist from Stevie Wonder, brought Rufus & Chaka into my charts when I was sweet 16. The other golden oldie is Kim Wilde back with a 3rd Alien track, and a 37-year-run.

1 1 1 3 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 455000
2 2 1 7 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 975000
3 5 3 3 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 163500
4 3 3 5 SINNER Deaf Havana 317000
5 4 2 5 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 440000
6 6 6 4 I ADORE U Adore Delano 187000
7 11 7 4 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 134000
8 10 8 3 PENNY LANE The Beatles 109250
9 8 6 6 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 257000
10 18 10 3 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 81800

11 7 5 7 GIVIN UP One EskimO 357000
12 14 12 8 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 182800
13 9 9 6 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 191000
14 15 14 6 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 137750
15 26 15 4 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 67800
16 13 8 6 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 212000
17 23 17 3 PALO SANTO Years & Years 49350
18 22 18 3 LOW Lenny Kravitz 61000
19 32 19 3 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 43800
20 12 1 8 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 673000

21 16 4 9 FUEGO Elena Foureira 376750
22 19 19 7 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 130400
23 17 7 6 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 191350
24 39 24 4 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 50100
25 20 2 12 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 707000
26 27 26 4 KING’S CROSS Pet Shop Boys 72900
27 28 27 4 LIGHT IN PLACES Peaches featuring Empress Stah 72300
28 30 28 4 THE FATHER PROJECT Tooji 71500
29 21 18 7 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 137450
30 33 30 6 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 99500

31 24 10 7 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 170650
32 38 32 7 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 101900
33 25 5 9 DELICATE Taylor Swift 305450
34 34 34 3 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC (F9 REMIX) Paloma Faith 47700
35 36 35 6 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 75300
36 NEW 36 1 THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC 17400
37 40 37 4 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME Rex Orange County & Randy Newman 40850
38 49 38 3 SOLO Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato 35100
39 50 39 2 PENDULUM Katy Perry 29100
40 44 40 3 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 37050

41 35 1 12 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 799800
42 37 27 6 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 103350
43 55 43 6 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 58700
44 29 13 5 I JUST WANNA DANCE (2002 REMIX) Wayne G featuring Alison Jiear 91700
45 47 45 6 SHOW ME Gabrielle 54700
46 43 1 14 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 825050
47 57 47 6 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 51100
48 31 9 12 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 279400
49 58 49 3 SHOTGUN George Ezra 27700
50 46 3 17 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 730950

51 41 22 8 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 131700
52 45 9 12 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 244200
53 42 9 11 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 258350
54 RE 54 3 ISLAND OF SIN Donovski featuring Caytlin Scarlett 25800
55 53 1 23 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1146100
56 54 1 19 BEND Ria Mae 924500
57 60 57 5 FUN FUN FUN The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 39000
58 65 58 4 IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE Pet Shop Boys 29600
59 NEW 59 1 TILL THE WORLD FALLS Nile Rodgers, Chic & Mura Masa featuring Cosha & Vic Mensa 10100
60 67 60 3 BLACKBIRD The Beatles 22800

61 56 14 8 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 132200
62 NEW 62 1 LIKE SUGAR Chaka Khan 7400
63 52 10 11 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 215500
64 74 64 2 MY NAME IS MARS Capital Cities 12300
65 48 24 7 MONTANA Owl City 110400
66 64 1 16 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 697900
67 NEW 67 1 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 6600
68 51 30 7 COLORS Beck 106650
69 NEW 69 1 EVERYBODY NEEDS A KISS Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker 6200
70 63 28 9 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 118850

71 71 71 3 COME ON TO ME Paul McCartney 16800
72 62 37 5 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 49350
73 NEW 73 1 THERE’S A REASON WHY (I NEVER RETURNED YOUR CALLS) Blossoms 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 5200
75 66 35 8 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 91450

DROP OUTS
59 59 4 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? (EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield 29500
61 35 5 WALK LIKE A PANTHER Rick Astley 67500
68 47 5 ASHES Celine Dion 47250
69 69 3 FLY TONIGHT RuPaul featuring Frankmusik 18200
70 36 5 WE CAN DO BETTER Matt Simons 58300
72 42 6 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 75500
73 29 9 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 107900
75 75 1 ONE OF US (LIve at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona) Katy Perry 5000

 

1st July 2018

It’s Panic! At The Disco on top for the 5th week in a row – but a first week on top for Hey Look Ma, I Made It. Several acts have knocked themselves off my top spot, Beatles, John Lennon, Pet Shop Boys, Roy Wood, Glen Campbell, Abba to name six, but it’s not that common because records don’t tend to have long enough runs for follow-up singles to knock them off – though since I allowed album tracks into my chart about 15 years ago it’s become more common, but still rare.

Lee Hazelwood gets a first ever (Posthumous) top 10 solo, only been waiting 50 years or so, no rush. Kylie adds another top 10 to her massive list – her 6th of the year. That’s just greedy as Golden the track and album hit my charts hard. Penny Lane is also back in the 10 for The Beatles for the 4th time, Rick Astley adds to his top 20 stash, Years & Years outperform their current big single hit with the title track of the album, by quite some margin, and Meghan Trainor is the highest climber, ALL THE WAYS into the 40.

This last week I’ve been in Sitges and Barcelona in Spain, scorching hot & sunny, and I also got to see Katy Perry, and support Hailee Steinfeld in concert at the Palau Sant Jordi, a bit like Wembley Arena. Hailee was very good, and Katy was fab, a show in the style and ambition of a Madonna & a Kylie, with a touch of the Pet Shop Boys. We’re talking sitting on a flying saucer over my head, dancing with a rubber whale, giant puppets, basketball hoops and a brief tour of the solar system and Pluto. Can’t go wrong really! Most of the big hits were there, as were some album tracks from the very underperforming Witness. The encore track was Pendulum, followed by finale Fireworks, though the best-sounding tracks were the newer ones oddly enough, Swish Swish, Chained To The Rhythm, and a one-off-for-this-concert-only cover of Joan Osborne’s One Of Us 90’s smash. The music played in the intervals was mostly 80’s big hits, one of which got the whole audience (of mostly young Spanish, kids & parents, teens & 20’s and a sprinkling of gay older men) singing along: Take On Me has given a-ha a bit of immortality cos everyone knows it!

Anyway that explains the very low number of new entries, not heard much new music…

1 2 1 2 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 285000
2 1 1 6 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 860000
3 4 3 4 SINNER Deaf Havana 252000
4 3 2 4 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 380000
5 26 5 2 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 78500
6 7 6 3 I ADORE U Adore Delano 132000
7 5 5 6 GIVIN UP One EskimO 320000
8 6 6 5 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 210000
9 12 9 5 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 159000
10 23 10 2 PENNY LANE The Beatles 61250

11 15 11 3 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 84000
12 8 1 7 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 653000
13 10 8 5 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 187000
14 17 14 7 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 147800
15 16 15 5 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 108750
16 11 4 8 FUEGO Elena Foureira 357000
17 13 7 5 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 172100
18 32 18 2 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 39800
19 24 19 6 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 110900
20 14 2 11 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 688250

21 18 18 6 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 119250
22 22 22 2 LOW Lenny Kravitz 39000
23 64 23 2 PALO SANTO Years & Years 26350
24 19 10 6 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 152750
25 20 5 8 DELICATE Taylor Swift 287750
26 37 26 3 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 40800
27 29 27 3 KING’S CROSS Pet Shop Boys 54400
28 31 28 3 LIGHT IN PLACES Peaches featuring Empress Stah 53900
29 21 13 4 I JUST WANNA DANCE (2002 REMIX) Wayne G featuring Alison Jiear 78450
30 30 30 3 THE FATHER PROJECT Tooji 53200

31 9 9 11 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 267100
32 75 32 2 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 22800
33 33 33 5 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 81500
34 47 34 2 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC (F9 REMIX) Paloma Faith 30100
35 28 1 11 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 785800
36 45 36 5 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 57800
37 27 27 5 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 89600
38 39 38 6 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 84100
39 65 39 3 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 31100
40 46 40 3 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME Rex Orange County & Randy Newman 23550

41 25 22 7 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 119950
42 34 9 10 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 247100
43 36 1 13 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 812300
44 66 44 2 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 20050
45 42 9 11 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 232700
46 40 3 16 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 718950
47 58 47 5 SHOW ME Gabrielle 41700
48 35 24 6 MONTANA Owl City 103400
49 71 49 2 SOLO Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato 17900
50 NEW 50 1 PENDULUM Katy Perry 12000

51 38 30 6 COLORS Beck 100250
52 41 10 10 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 208300
53 51 1 22 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1135300
54 48 1 18 BEND Ria Mae 913900
55 55 55 5 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 45200
56 50 14 7 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 124700
57 60 57 5 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 38600
58 73 58 2 SHOTGUN George Ezra 15600
59 63 59 4 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? (EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield 29500
60 62 60 4 FUN FUN FUN The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 28600

61 43 35 5 WALK LIKE A PANTHER Rick Astley 67500
62 44 37 4 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 43750
63 52 28 8 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 112850
64 61 1 15 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 691100
65 67 65 3 IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE Pet Shop Boys 19400
66 49 35 7 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 86450
67 69 67 2 BLACKBIRD The Beatles 12800
68 54 47 5 ASHES Celine Dion 47250
69 70 69 3 FLY TONIGHT RuPaul featuring Frankmusik 18200
70 57 36 5 WE CAN DO BETTER Matt Simons 58300

71 74 71 2 COME ON TO ME Paul McCartney 11000
72 53 42 6 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 75500
73 56 29 9 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 107900
74 NEW 74 1 MY NAME IS MARS Capital Cities 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ONE OF US (LIve at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona) Katy Perry 5000

DROP OUTS
59 33 6 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 82000
68 68 3 HUNGER Florence + The Machine 18000
72 72 2 THROW THAT BOY PUSSY DANCE MIX Fit Young Red 11200

 

24th June 2018

It’s four weeks on top for Panic! At The Disco, just holding themselves off the top as the fab Hey Look Ma, I Made It enters at 2, so that’s 3 hits in 2018 and 2 tracks to enter straight into the top 3. It’s unusual for acts who aren’t megastars to occupy the top 2 simultaneously in my chart – time they broke big I say! The last 4 weeker on top was VINAI in 2017, and they brings Chainsmokers Paris belatedly into my top 40, the remix having a bit more oomph than the hit version for me.

Holland-Dozier & Lamont finally get into my top 10 only a mere 46 years after they almost made it first time round. Back in the day, had producer writers billed themselves as modern acts do they would have been superstars: Holland-Dozier-Holland featuring The Four Tops, The Supremes for a start, among many others. Lenny Kravitz gets his first entry in 4 years at 22, not Low at all, and extends his run to 27 years, though that is peanuts compared to Paul McCartney.

Macca has his first new material for 3 years hot off a James Corden Liverpool boost, which also boosted Beatles tracks into the itunes charts, so in comes Blackbird for a second minor run and Penny Lane for its 4th run. Hey Jude topped the British charts when I discovered the Singles Chart Sunday run-down, so that’s where I started my chart as Chart Number One (retrospectively a few years later – my first actual personal chart was at the end of 1968), with Hey Jude topping my first chart, and thus giving Macca almost 50-years of new material. Surprisingly other acts in that first chart still active are several: Barry Gibb, Tom Jones, Brian Wilson, and it’s not unthinkable that Aretha Franklin might still do new stuff.

The late Lee Hazelwood has a first solo entry with an oldie about being an oldie, a track Ive just come across, lush and haunting, he’s had loads of entries with Nancy Sinatra dating back to 1971. Rick Astley replaces himself in the top 40 with his fab new disco track, 31 years and counting Rick is still Rolling. Trust me, not one music critic in 1987/88 would have bet a pound on Kylie & Rick being still a thing in the 2010’s. Me neither! Years & Years get a Mrs Brown boost, and enter with the new title album track, LeAnn Rimes has over 20 years of entries, joined with Stevie Nicks extending her solo billing to 37 years, or Mac-career to 42 years.

1 1 1 5 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 745000
2 NEW 2 1 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 115000
3 2 2 3 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 315000
4 4 4 3 SINNER Deaf Havana 167000
5 5 5 5 GIVIN UP One EskimO 270000
6 6 6 4 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 162000
7 15 7 2 I ADORE U Adore Delano 77000
8 3 1 6 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 618000
9 12 9 10 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 249200
10 8 8 4 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 155000

11 11 4 7 FUEGO Elena Foureira 332000
12 14 12 4 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 114000
13 7 7 4 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 149100
14 9 2 10 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 668250
15 20 15 2 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 47000
16 16 16 4 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 81750
17 19 17 6 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 118800
18 18 18 5 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 99500
19 10 10 5 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 133750
20 17 5 7 DELICATE Taylor Swift 269000

21 13 13 3 I JUST WANNA DANCE (2002 REMIX) Wayne G featuring Alison Jiear 60250
22 NEW 22 1 LOW Lenny Kravitz 19500
23 NEW 23 1 PENNY LANE The Beatles 19250
24 26 24 5 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 89900
25 22 22 6 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 105950
26 NEW 26 1 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 18500
27 28 27 4 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 72300
28 23 1 10 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 768300
29 32 29 2 KING’S CROSS Pet Shop Boys 36000
30 38 30 2 THE FATHER PROJECT Tooji 35200

31 33 31 2 LIGHT IN PLACES Peaches featuring Empress Stah 35600
32 NEW 32 1 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 17800
33 36 33 4 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 63800
34 25 9 9 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 233350
35 24 24 5 MONTANA Owl City 91100
36 27 1 12 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 798800
37 75 37 2 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 22300
38 30 30 5 COLORS Beck 88500
39 39 39 5 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 66900
40 29 3 15 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 706200

41 34 10 9 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 196800
42 21 9 10 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 219700
43 35 35 4 WALK LIKE A PANTHER Rick Astley 60000
44 37 37 3 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 36350
45 50 45 4 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 40400
46 55 46 2 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME Rex Orange County & Randy Newman 23550
47 NEW 47 1 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC (F9 REMIX) Paloma Faith 12500
48 43 1 17 BEND Ria Mae 902900
49 44 35 6 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 79650
50 46 14 6 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 114100

51 49 1 21 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1124050
52 52 28 7 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 105650
53 42 42 5 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 69900
54 47 47 4 ASHES Celine Dion 40850
55 57 55 4 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 34400
56 56 29 8 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 102500
57 51 36 4 WE CAN DO BETTER Matt Simons 52300
58 63 58 4 SHOW ME Gabrielle 29200
59 48 33 6 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 82000
60 67 60 4 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 28200

61 53 1 14 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 684000
62 69 62 3 FUN FUN FUN The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 18600
63 66 63 3 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? (EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield 19400
64 NEW 64 1 PALO SANTO Years & Years 7100
65 65 65 2 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 14000
66 NEW 66 1 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 6800
67 71 67 2 IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE Pet Shop Boys 12400
68 68 68 3 HUNGER Florence + The Machine 18000
69 NEW 69 1 BLACKBIRD The Beatles 6200
70 70 70 2 FLY TONIGHT RuPaul featuring Frankmusik 12000

71 NEW 71 1 SOLO Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato 5800
72 72 72 2 THROW THAT BOY PUSSY DANCE MIX Fit Young Red 11200
73 NEW 73 1 SHOTGUN George Ezra 5400
74 NEW 74 1 COME ON TO ME Paul McCartney 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 5000

DROP OUTS
31 1 5 CHIQUITITA Abba 383900
40 40 8 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 99900
41 6 5 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN (716650) Joan Baez 143150
45 45 2 ONE MORE CHANCE (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 25500
54 1 11 I’M A MARIONETTE (665500) Abba 488500
58 58 3 RISE Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack 27200
59 59 4 BEHAVE You In Mind 28900
60 38 7 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 83700
61 15 9 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 149150
62 62 2 ISLAND OF SIN Donovski featuring Caytlin Scarlett 14800
64 64 3 HELPLESS The Regrettes 21300
73 73 1 RENT (ALBUM VERSION) (554600) Pet Shop Boys 5400
74 74 1 FOUR ETHERS SERPENTWITHFEET 5200

 

17th June 2018

It’s 3 weeks on top for Panic! At The Disco still holding off Pet Shop Boys, who retaliate with 3 more entries from the Actually album, as Deaf Havana seem to have caused a bit of fan-base moaning by making a great pop single. How very dare they! Gorillaz get a 4th top 10, George Benson a 3rd (probably) and London Grammar a third.

Highest new entry is the very passionate Adore Delano at 15, holding off The Beach Boys jiggled up (but inferior) version of Don’t Worry Baby, a former chart-topper in the noughties at 20. Blossoms get a first top 20, Peaches enters at 33, her 4th chart appearance since her debut in 2002, Rex Orange County gets a 2nd chart entry by pairing with Randy Newman for his Toy Story charming classic, sweet song, Martin Garrix is back, RuPaul is also back some 25 years on from debuting, and Chainsmokers missed my chart with Paris (it sorta passed me by) but I heard it in a shop on saturday and decided I should have bought at least one version of it – VINAI remix as it happens, who topped my chart with Into The Fire.

1 1 1 4 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 575000
2 2 2 2 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 230000
3 3 1 5 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 570000
4 11 4 2 SINNER Deaf Havana 102000
5 6 5 4 GIVIN UP One EskimO 210000
6 15 6 3 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 107000
7 7 7 3 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 117100
8 10 8 3 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 113000
9 4 2 9 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 639250
10 13 10 4 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 112750

11 5 4 6 FUEGO Elena Foureira 295000
12 12 12 9 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 204200
13 26 13 2 I JUST WANNA DANCE (2002 REMIX) Wayne G featuring Alison Jiear 40500
14 14 14 3 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 79000
15 NEW 15 1 I ADORE U Adore Delano 27000
16 17 16 3 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 56750
17 8 5 6 DELICATE Taylor Swift 249000
18 23 18 4 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 77500
19 24 19 5 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 95800
20 NEW 20 1 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 20000

21 9 9 9 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 205950
22 22 22 5 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 87200
23 21 1 9 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 750000
24 27 24 4 MONTANA Owl City 73600
25 16 9 8 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 215750
26 30 26 4 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 70900
27 18 1 11 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 781400
28 29 28 3 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 53900
29 20 3 14 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 689200
30 31 30 4 COLORS Beck 71300

31 19 1 5 CHIQUITITA Abba 383900
32 NEW 32 1 KING’S CROSS Pet Shop Boys 17800
33 NEW 33 1 LIGHT IN PLACES Peaches featuring Empress Stah 17700
34 28 10 8 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 182800
35 40 35 3 WALK LIKE A PANTHER Rick Astley 46500
36 38 36 3 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 46100
37 RE 37 2 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 23100
38 NEW 38 1 THE FATHER PROJECT Tooji 17200
39 48 39 4 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 49800
40 41 40 8 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 99900

41 25 6 5 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN Joan Baez 143150
42 44 42 4 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 58400
43 32 1 16 BEND Ria Mae 890600
44 35 35 5 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 67550
45 47 45 2 ONE MORE CHANCE (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 25500
46 34 14 5 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 102100
47 51 47 3 ASHES Celine Dion 29850
48 33 33 5 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 71900
49 42 1 20 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1112300
50 57 50 3 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 27400

51 36 36 3 WE CAN DO BETTER Matt Simons 41900
52 37 28 6 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 94150
53 46 1 13 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 676500
54 49 1 11 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 488500
55 NEW 55 1 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME Rex Orange County & Randy Newman 10800
56 50 29 7 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 91900
57 65 57 3 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 23600
58 60 58 3 RISE Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack 27200
59 63 59 4 BEHAVE You In Mind 28900
60 72 38 7 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 83700

61 45 15 9 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 149150
62 62 62 2 ISLAND OF SIN Donovski featuring Caytlin Scarlett 14800
63 67 63 3 SHOW ME Gabrielle 19000
64 64 64 3 HELPLESS The Regrettes 21300
65 NEW 65 1 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 7000
66 73 66 2 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? (EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield 12200
67 71 67 3 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 18200
68 74 68 2 HUNGER Florence + The Machine 11600
69 75 69 2 FUN FUN FUN The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 11200
70 NEW 70 1 FLY TONIGHT RuPaul featuring Frankmusik 6000

71 NEW 71 1 IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE Pet Shop Boys 5800
72 NEW 72 1 THROW THAT BOY PUSSY DANCE MIX Fit Young Red 5600
73 NEW 73 1 RENT (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 5400
74 NEW 74 1 FOUR ETHERS SERPENTWITHFEET 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 5000

DROP OUTS
39 13 5 DR MABUSE Propaganda 111100
43 5 10 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 350000
52 7 6 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 156450
53 48 3 DEVIL The Wandering Hearts 35850
54 47 5 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 53100
55 8 10 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 273350
56 38 7 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 58850
58 58 4 SANGRIA WINE Pharrell Williams x Camila Cabello 29200
59 6 8 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) (355000) The Undertones 275600
61 9 10 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 231550
66 3 20 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 717500
68 68 3 HOLD ME LIKE A HEAVEN Manic Street Preachers 17800
69 28 8 HIGHER Human 117700
70 60 4 I’LL BE THERE Jess Glynne 33600

 

10th June 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top for Panic! At The Disco so exciting it’s kept off a new entry from Pet Shop Boys’ album version of their 1988 5-week chart-topper Heart. Pet Shop Boys Actually album deluxe version charted 3 months and I finally got around to re-acquainting myself with the first album of theirs I bought (and soundtracked a West Coast USA holiday in 1987), plus the bonus tracks I didn’t have or know. As I didn’t allow album tracks in those days (doh!) I’m now charting those tracks that missed out on 1987 chart action over the next couple of weeks. That means One More Chance, and a remix of What Have I Done this week.

All Saints rocket into the top 10, their 9th (including 2 chart-toppers in Rock Steady and Pure Shores), as Calvin Harris (6th top 10 including 2 chart-toppers in Under Control and Pray To God) and Dua Lipa (5th top 10 & 1 chart-topper in Hotter Than Hell) finally get a One Kiss top 10. Highest new entry is Deaf Havana at 11, a Norfolk Alternative band, while London Grammar and Florida Georgia Line add to their top 20’s. In at 26, gay scene dance remix anthem (still unreleased) from Alison Jiear (who I’ve seen twice) I Just Wanna f***in’ Dance, from the Jerry Springer Musical, finally enters belatedly. Finally The Beach Boys get the orchestral treatment – if one band didn’t need their back catalogue not messing around it with it’s them, Brian Wilson’s productions are already perfect. The early stuff less so, so I’ve allowed Fun Fun Fun to chart as it’s never charted before.

1 1 1 3 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 405000
2 NEW 2 1 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 115000
3 2 1 4 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 485000
4 3 2 8 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 594250
5 4 4 5 FUEGO Elena Foureira 258000
6 7 6 3 GIVIN UP One EskimO 150000
7 39 7 2 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 67100
8 8 5 5 DELICATE Taylor Swift 226000
9 12 9 8 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 186200
10 17 10 2 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 65000

11 NEW 11 1 SINNER Deaf Havana 37000
12 15 12 8 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 169200
13 22 13 3 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 70750
14 19 14 2 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 50000
15 16 15 2 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 52000
16 14 9 7 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 197000
17 25 17 2 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 31750
18 10 1 10 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 763000
19 5 1 4 CHIQUITITA Abba 366000
20 11 3 13 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 671000

21 9 1 8 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 730750
22 29 22 4 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 67700
23 23 23 3 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 55500
24 24 24 4 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 74800
25 6 6 4 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN Joan Baez 129150
26 NEW 26 1 I JUST WANNA f***IN’ DANCE (2002 REMIX) Alison Jiear 18500
27 27 27 3 MONTANA Owl City 54600
28 18 10 7 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 165200
29 36 29 2 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 35600
30 37 30 3 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 52400

31 32 31 3 COLORS Beck 53300
32 20 1 15 BEND Ria Mae 877100
33 34 33 4 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 59600
34 21 14 4 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 89350
35 43 35 4 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 54300
36 46 36 2 WE CAN DO BETTER Matt Simons 30150
37 28 28 5 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 82650
38 52 38 2 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 28700
39 13 13 5 DR MABUSE Propaganda 111100
40 50 40 2 WALK LIKE A PANTHER Rick Astley 29000

41 41 41 7 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 82900
42 33 1 19 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1100200
43 26 5 10 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 350000
44 54 44 3 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 44650
45 31 15 8 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 141650
46 30 1 12 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 665250
47 NEW 47 1 ONE MORE CHANCE (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 12500
48 58 48 3 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 32700
49 40 1 10 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 477500
50 49 29 6 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 81300

51 72 51 2 ASHES Celine Dion 17350
52 38 7 6 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 156450
53 48 48 3 DEVIL The Wandering Hearts 35850
54 47 47 5 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 53100
55 42 8 10 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 273350
56 44 38 7 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 58850
57 75 57 2 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 15400
58 67 58 4 SANGRIA WINE Pharrell Williams x Camila Cabello 29200
59 35 6 8 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 275600
60 65 60 2 RISE Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack 17000

61 55 9 10 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 231550
62 NEW 62 1 ISLAND OF SIN Donovski featuring Caytlin Scarlett 7400
63 70 63 3 BEHAVE You In Mind 18800
64 64 64 2 HELPLESS The Regrettes 14200
65 69 65 2 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 13200
66 57 3 20 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 717500
67 74 67 2 SHOW ME Gabrielle 11800
68 68 68 3 HOLD ME LIKE A HEAVEN Manic Street Preachers 17800
69 45 28 8 HIGHER Human 117700
70 60 60 4 I’LL BE THERE Jess Glynne 33600

71 71 71 2 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 11600
72 RE 38 6 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 73700
73 NEW 73 1 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? (EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield 5400
74 NEW 74 1 HUNGER Florence + The Machine 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FUN FUN FUN The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 5000

DROP OUTS
51 30 7 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 118850
53 37 6 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 76850
56 1 17 BEST DAYS Lissie 917550
59 19 9 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 145500
61 49 6 LET ME Zayn 52300
62 62 3 1999 Arrhult 19600
63 63 3 2002 Anne-Marie 21400
66 44 4 DANCE YOU OFF Benjamin Ingrosso 45800
73 1 17 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 974650

 

 

3rd June 2018

It’s a first week on top for Panic! At The Disco’s first chart-topper, I had High Hopes it would do well! Fab. If only tracks like this made the singles chart. No chance, Spotify would explode… Meanwhile highest new entry is Gorillaz with a bit of George Benson help in at 16. I always love the variety of acts they use/collaborate with, and George Benson first charted here in 1975, kick-starting a long run of mostly-jazz-disco entries for a decade or so. This is his first mention for well over 25 years…

Talking of 1975, Judy Collins A Little Night Music musical cover version of Send In The Clowns did well that year, and it’s finally back again as a song for Faultline and Lisa Hannigan, currently backdropping a horrible car advert, but showcasing this fab version. Kylie’s got another single – none of the ones I’d wanted as next choice, but it’s a goodie anyway, fits in with her 50th, and Kylie usually doesn’t pick my preferred album tracks.

Florida Georgia Line return solo, as their big collaboration drops out, in at 25, Sparks enter at 36 with the track they started their set with last Bank Holiday Monday when I finally saw them in concert. I’m not exaggerating when I say I instantly went mad on them in 1974, have admired them throughout their ongoing career, and loved the concert (I was near the front singing along to their recent stuff – not many others were!). Still got it, and I’ve waited a whopping 44 years to see them, and now a 44-year career span of new material. Not bad for a couple of one-time American art-glam-rockers.

All saints are back! 21 years chart-span on and off, and 2 years after their last top 10 – UK chart flop so I wasnt optimistic there’d be another release, but hooray there is. Rick Astley has a cover of the All Seeing I and Tony Christie 90’s cult-goodie for a new Brit movie. It’s soundalike but good. It’s 5 years since Celine Dion popped up in my charts, but a bit of Deadpool2 action is enough to convince me, giving her 28 years of chart action, while Gabrielle is also back after a 5-year gap, and a chart span of 25 years!

1 3 1 2 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 235000
2 1 1 3 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 400000
3 4 2 7 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 529250
4 6 4 4 FUEGO Elena Foureira 198000
5 2 1 3 CHIQUITITA Abba 345000
6 11 6 3 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN Joan Baez 110400
7 9 7 2 GIVIN UP One EskimO 95000
8 5 5 4 DELICATE Taylor Swift 178000
9 7 1 7 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 711000
10 10 1 9 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 741000

11 8 3 12 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 651000
12 17 12 7 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 141200
13 16 13 4 DR MABUSE Propaganda 94400
14 12 9 6 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 172000
15 19 15 7 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 134200
16 NEW 16 1 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 25000
17 NEW 17 1 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 23000
18 15 10 6 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 146900
19 NEW 19 1 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 21000
20 13 1 14 BEND Ria Mae 859300

21 14 14 3 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 71750
22 23 22 2 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 38750
23 40 23 2 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 36250
24 24 24 3 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 55800
25 NEW 25 1 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 18750
26 18 5 9 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 336500
27 32 27 2 MONTANA Owl City 36200
28 29 28 4 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 65350
29 30 29 3 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 48200
30 22 1 11 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 652500

31 25 15 7 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 128650
32 34 32 2 COLORS Beck 35400
33 27 1 18 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1086450
34 35 34 3 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 41900
35 20 6 7 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 265500
36 NEW 36 1 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 17400
37 39 37 2 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 34400
38 21 7 5 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 144950
39 NEW 39 1 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 17100
40 31 1 9 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 465400

41 41 41 6 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 68900
42 26 8 9 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 262550
43 47 43 3 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 36800
44 38 38 6 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 48250
45 28 28 7 HIGHER Human 111500
46 NEW 46 1 WE CAN DO BETTER Matt Simons 12750
47 52 47 4 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 42100
48 48 48 2 DEVIL The Wandering Hearts 24600
49 42 29 5 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 69300
50 NEW 50 1 WALK LIKE A PANTHER Rick Astley 12000

51 33 30 7 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 118850
52 NEW 52 1 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 11500
53 37 37 6 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 76850
54 57 54 2 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 21400
55 45 9 9 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 224050
56 43 1 17 BEST DAYS Lissie 917550
57 46 3 19 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 710700
58 58 58 2 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 20400
59 50 19 9 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 145500
60 60 60 3 I’LL BE THERE Jess Glynne 27400

61 49 49 6 LET ME Zayn 52300
62 63 62 3 1999 Arrhult 19600
63 64 63 3 2002 Anne-Marie 21400
64 NEW 64 1 HELPLESS The Regrettes 7100
65 NEW 65 1 RISE Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack 7000
66 44 44 4 DANCE YOU OFF Benjamin Ingrosso 45800
67 69 67 3 SANGRIA WINE Pharrell Williams x Camila Cabello 19000
68 75 68 2 HOLD ME LIKE A HEAVEN Manic Street Preachers 11400
69 NEW 69 1 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 6200
70 72 70 2 BEHAVE You In Mind 11600

71 NEW 71 1 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 5800
72 NEW 72 1 ASHES Celine Dion 5600
73 55 1 17 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 974650
74 NEW 74 1 SHOW ME Gabrielle 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 5000

DROP OUTS
36 18 6 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 118050
51 9 6 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 175500
53 10 8 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 183100
54 54 2 IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher 22000
56 38 2 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 27800
59 59 3 MERCY Madame Monsieur 25200
61 1 25 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1080250
62 62 2 WE BELONG Pat Benatar 12800
65 1 18 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 776800
66 66 2 ALL OUT OF LOVE Air Supply 12600
67 60 3 ALREADY THERE Ary 23600
68 7 11 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 280450
70 10 8 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 204900
71 71 1 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 5800
73 73 2 WHERE DID YOU GO TO? Gilbert O’Sullivan 10600
74 4 16 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 473750

27th May 2018

It’s a second week on top for Woodkid 6 years on from the last time, what a cracking track it still is, witness it’s use as backdrop to all manner of things without ever making the UK top 40. Panic! At The Disco get a second 2018 top 20, a second top 10 4 years on from Girl/Girl/Boy (or was it Boy/Boy/Girl? Gender fluid title…. laugh.gif ) and 6 years of entries. High Hopes is exciting.

My latest car CD of new itunes tracks has a theme: strings dominate, headed by One Eskimo in at 9. I’m a sucker for strings, they give music gravitas when done right. Joan Baez’ classic folk oldie from 1971 is back in the top 20, along with Propaganda’s 1984 number 2, and Holland-Dozier’s 1972 top 20 – it’s chart run was cut chort back then as my charts were based solely on the UK top 30 singles chart and it only had a week or two in the UK chart (and mine). I was young….

London grammar return with a strings-laden haunting goodie, Rui Da Silva gets his second top 40 almost 2 decades late, Owl City is back with the best song ever to feature the state Montana in it’s title. Possibly the only one… I’m seeing Beck tonight, supported by Sparks, so Colors is a refreshing return to form, Johnny Marr is also back sounding quite Smiths-ey, his guitar still rings beautifully, and gives him nearly 35 years of chart entries.

1 2 1 2 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 285000
2 1 1 2 CHIQUITITA Abba 285000
3 NEW 3 1 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 85000
4 4 2 6 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 444250
5 7 5 3 DELICATE Taylor Swift 130000
6 6 6 3 FUEGO Elena Foureira 133000
7 3 1 6 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 666000
8 5 3 11 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 614000
9 NEW 9 1 GIVIN UP One EskimO 45000
10 10 1 8 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 699000

11 27 11 2 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN Joan Baez 55400
12 9 9 5 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 143000
13 8 1 13 BEND Ria Mae 839300
14 17 14 2 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 52000
15 13 10 5 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 124900
16 24 16 3 DR MABUSE Propaganda 62400
17 19 17 6 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 106200
18 14 5 8 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 318000
19 25 19 6 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 107200
20 12 6 6 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 248000

21 11 7 4 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 127750
22 16 1 10 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 634500
23 NEW 23 1 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 19250
24 32 24 2 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 36800
25 15 15 6 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 110750
26 20 8 8 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 248800
27 22 1 17 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1068750
28 28 28 6 HIGHER Human 98500
29 34 29 3 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 47050
30 50 30 2 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 30000

31 26 1 8 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 448400
32 NEW 32 1 MONTANA Owl City 17800
33 30 30 6 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 107100
34 NEW 34 1 COLORS Beck 17600
35 66 35 2 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 24300
36 18 18 6 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 118050
37 37 37 5 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 65600
38 43 38 5 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 55000
39 NEW 39 1 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 17100
40 NEW 40 1 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 17000

41 48 41 5 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 54900
42 29 29 4 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 57200
43 36 1 16 BEST DAYS Lissie 906950
44 44 44 3 DANCE YOU OFF Benjamin Ingrosso 39000
45 23 9 8 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 213250
46 40 3 18 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 700300
47 55 47 2 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 23300
48 NEW 48 1 DEVIL The Wandering Hearts 12300
49 49 49 5 LET ME Zayn 44800
50 35 19 8 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 135400

51 21 9 6 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 175500
52 52 52 3 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 29600
53 33 10 8 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 183100
54 54 54 2 IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher 22000
55 45 1 16 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 969250
56 38 38 2 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 27800
57 NEW 57 1 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 10400
58 NEW 58 1 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 10200
59 59 59 3 MERCY Madame Monsieur 25200
60 62 60 2 I’LL BE THERE Jess Glynne 17400

61 57 1 25 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1080250
62 73 62 2 WE BELONG Pat Benatar 12800
63 75 63 2 1999 Arrhult 12200
64 64 64 2 2002 Anne-Marie 14200
65 58 1 18 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 776800
66 71 66 2 ALL OUT OF LOVE Air Supply 12600
67 60 60 3 ALREADY THERE Ary 23600
68 42 7 11 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 280450
69 69 69 2 SANGRIA WINE Pharrell Williams x Camila Cabello 12400
70 31 10 8 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 204900

71 NEW 71 1 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 5800
72 NEW 72 1 BEHAVE You In Mind 5600
73 74 73 2 WHERE DID YOU GO TO? Gilbert O’Sullivan 10600
74 53 4 16 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 473750
75 NEW 75 1 HOLD ME LIKE A HEAVEN Manic Street Preachers 5000

DROP OUTS
39 22 7 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 118950
41 10 16 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 331100
46 9 8 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 184000
47 13 8 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 172900
51 24 7 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 105900
56 56 5 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 38600
61 45 2 NOBODY BUT YOU Cesar Sampson 20400
63 63 2 WE GOT LOVE Jessica Mauboy 13200
65 30 9 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 131600
67 20 7 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 112500
68 10 11 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 242850
70 70 3 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Fat Boy Slim 16800
72 50 6 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 50300

20th May 2018

It’s Abba’s 1979 glorious Chiquitita back on top for a 3rd week after seeing it in the Three Billboards movie (along with Joan Baez’s cover of The Band’s Dixie at 27, back after 47 years MIA, a former top 5). Hordes of oldies this week thanks to Deadpool and adverts. Like Woodkid’s 2012 chart-topper here, and former Buzzjack Song Contest winner, back in at 2 as it heads into the itunes chart thanks to an ad. Still sounds exciting, and that drum pattern has been borrowed a bit by ARCHIS at 9.

Cyprus’ Eurovision runner-up is up to 6, and Taylor Swift gets her first top 10 since Shake it Off 3 years ago. Highest new entry is the Backstreet Boys, shockingly in at 17 from nowhere, their first new track in 13 years, and the first top 20 since 2001’s The Call. They had 3 number ones in my charts, so I certainly did like them when they were on fire, less so on the dirge-y ballads.

Petula Clark’s 1966 fab track debuts, thanks to featuring on the itunes chart – I’m guessing it’s an advert, but don’t actually know why it was selling! Ben E. King is easier, the Royal wedding is the reason it’s selling. Back yet again for Stand By Me. Rui Da Silva hasn’t had a follow-up hit to his sole 2001 chart entry Touch Me – better 17 years late than never! Cher is in Deadpool 2 (the song that is) and bounces back in almost 30 years on, Air Supply 38 years on from topping my chart (also Deadpool), and also Pat Benatar 1986-era top 10.

Gilbert O’Sullivan is back after a decade away from my charts (with new stuff), and extends his chart run to 48 years (phew!), while Pharrell has a piffling 12 years of charting – or 16 counting NERD. Jess Glynne is just a baby with the 4 years….

1 NEW 1 1 CHIQUITITA Abba 170000
2 NEW 2 1 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 115000
3 1 1 5 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 616000
4 2 2 5 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 379250
5 3 3 10 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 566000
6 17 6 2 FUEGO Elena Foureira 78000
7 20 7 2 DELICATE Taylor Swift 70000
8 8 1 12 BEND Ria Mae 807300
9 14 9 4 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 108000
10 4 1 7 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 657000

11 7 7 3 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 108000
12 6 6 5 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 228000
13 10 10 4 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 97900
14 5 5 7 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 296000
15 15 15 5 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 92000
16 11 1 9 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 615000
17 NEW 17 1 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 23000
18 18 18 5 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 101650
19 23 19 5 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 83200
20 13 8 7 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 230300

21 9 9 5 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 163750
22 22 1 16 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1050350
23 12 9 7 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 200250
24 27 24 2 DR MABUSE Propaganda 37400
25 25 25 5 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 86200
26 16 1 7 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 430500
27 NEW 27 1 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN Joan Baez 18400
28 28 28 5 HIGHER Human 80200
29 29 29 3 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 43500
30 30 30 5 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 89400

31 19 10 7 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 198900
32 NEW 32 1 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 17800
33 21 10 7 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 171850
34 53 34 2 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 28850
35 31 19 7 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 123400
36 32 1 15 BEST DAYS Lissie 893450
37 43 37 4 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 48300
38 NEW 38 1 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 17200
39 33 22 7 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 118950
40 34 3 17 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 687550

41 26 10 16 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 331100
42 35 7 10 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 274050
43 52 43 4 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 37800
44 47 44 2 DANCE YOU OFF Benjamin Ingrosso 25750
45 44 1 15 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 958450
46 39 9 8 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 184000
47 40 13 8 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 172900
48 50 48 4 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 40900
49 57 49 4 LET ME Zayn 32700
50 NEW 50 1 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 12000

51 38 24 7 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 105900
52 67 52 2 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 18100
53 46 4 15 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 468550
54 NEW 54 1 IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher 11000
55 NEW 55 1 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 10800
56 60 56 5 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 38600
57 55 1 24 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1072750
58 56 1 17 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 769800
59 75 59 2 MERCY Madame Monsieur 15100
60 65 60 2 ALREADY THERE Ary 17000

61 45 45 2 NOBODY BUT YOU Cesar Sampson 20400
62 NEW 62 1 I’LL BE THERE Jess Glynne 7400
63 70 63 2 WE GOT LOVE Jessica Mauboy 13200
64 NEW 64 1 2002 Anne-Marie 7100
65 48 30 9 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 131600
66 NEW 66 1 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 6800
67 51 20 7 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 112500
68 58 10 11 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 242850
69 NEW 69 1 SANGRIA WINE Pharrell Williams x Camila Cabello 6200
70 73 70 3 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Fat Boy Slim 16800

71 NEW 71 1 ALL OUT OF LOVE Air Supply 5800
72 59 50 6 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 50300
73 NEW 73 1 WE BELONG Pat Benatar 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WHERE DID YOU GO TO? Gilbert O’Sullivan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 1999 Arrhult 5000

DROP OUTS
24 24 10 VINCENT Don McLean 173200
36 36 3 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 48050
37 3 4 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 170050
41 35 4 THE NIGHTS Avicii 60900
42 24 6 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 98150
49 34 4 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 64400
54 36 6 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 87100
61 42 6 CASTLES Lissie 84250
62 62 4 SEXY BOY Air 28000
63 40 7 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 85550
64 20 6 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 93500
66 66 3 THE ARCHITECT Jane Weaver 18200
68 6 13 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 339500
69 5 17 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 438050
71 15 9 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 130600
72 11 10 SANCTIFY Years & Years 203550
74 3 21 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 763050

 

13th May 2018

It’s 3 weeks on top for Built By Titan as Kylie reaches a new peak with Gente after 9 weeks on the chart, quite rare to be a grower that long. The Detroit Spinners get a first top 10 since 1980, and reach a new chart peak 42 years late, thanks to me seeing the new Avengers epic film again. William De Vaughan enters the top 10 again 44 years on since peaking at 8, and Post Precious rocket up to 10 from 39.

Highest new entry is the best Eurovision song (apart from poor unloved Finland), a Cyprus bop at 17, while Taylor Swift patches up with Katy Perry and is rewarded with her first top 20 track off the new album, in at 20 for Delicate. A classic 1984 track comes back, having originally peaked at 2 for Propaganda, thanks to being entered in the Buzzjack Song Contest, and Naughty Boy shoots up into the 30 for the 6th time as lead act, including his chart-topper La La La, and extends his chart run to 8 years.

Kodaline enter and extend their run to 5 years, some more Eurovision tracks dot around between 41 and 75 – but very much not including the awful clucking winner.

1 1 1 4 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 531000
2 2 2 4 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 314250
3 6 3 9 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 506000
4 4 1 6 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 615000
5 7 5 6 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 267000
6 8 6 4 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 193000
7 19 7 2 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 71000
8 3 1 11 BEND Ria Mae 759300
9 11 9 4 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 144000
10 39 10 3 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 65900

11 5 1 8 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 590000
12 9 9 6 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 181000
13 13 8 6 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 210300
14 15 14 3 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 63000
15 18 15 4 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 65000
16 12 1 6 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 412000
17 NEW 17 1 FUEGO Elena Foureira 23000
18 20 18 4 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 79650
19 14 10 6 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 181000
20 NEW 20 1 DELICATE Taylor Swift 20000

21 17 10 6 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 154150
22 16 1 15 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1030850
23 25 23 4 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 62200
24 26 24 10 VINCENT Don McLean 173200
25 30 25 4 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 67450
26 10 10 15 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 317100
27 NEW 27 1 DR MABUSE Propaganda 18400
28 28 28 4 HIGHER Human 61900
29 64 29 2 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 25300
30 32 30 4 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 71400

31 27 19 6 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 105900
32 23 1 14 BEST DAYS Lissie 876050
33 29 22 6 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 101850
34 33 3 16 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 670550
35 22 7 9 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 260300
36 36 36 3 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 48050
37 21 3 4 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 170050
38 24 24 6 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 94150
39 42 9 7 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 171250
40 31 13 7 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 160400

41 37 35 4 THE NIGHTS Avicii 60900
42 35 24 6 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 98150
43 49 43 3 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 31000
44 43 1 14 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 945450
45 NEW 45 1 NOBODY BUT YOU Cesar Sampson 13000
46 44 4 14 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 457300
47 NEW 47 1 DANCE YOU OFF Benjamin Ingrosso 12500
48 38 30 8 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 124600
49 34 34 4 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 64400
50 57 50 3 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 28600

51 40 20 6 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 105900
52 66 52 3 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 24300
53 NEW 53 1 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 11250
54 41 36 6 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 87100
55 53 1 23 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1062350
56 54 1 16 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 759600
57 74 57 3 LET ME Zayn 20600
58 47 10 10 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 236450
59 50 50 5 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 44700
60 68 60 4 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 28000

61 45 42 6 CASTLES Lissie 84250
62 62 62 4 SEXY BOY Air 28000
63 46 40 7 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 85550
64 48 20 6 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 93500
65 NEW 65 1 ALREADY THERE Ary 7000
66 69 66 3 THE ARCHITECT Jane Weaver 18200
67 NEW 67 1 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 6600
68 52 6 13 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 339500
69 55 5 17 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 438050
70 NEW 70 1 WE GOT LOVE Jessica Mauboy 6000

71 51 15 9 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 130600
72 60 11 10 SANCTIFY Years & Years 203550
73 73 73 2 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Fat Boy Slim 10800
74 65 3 21 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 763050
75 NEW 75 1 MERCY Madame Monsieur 5000

DROP OUTS
56 56 5 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 47200
58 10 12 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 253050
59 27 8 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 112350
61 18 9 LUCID DREAM Owl City 132000
63 37 9 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 113700
67 67 2 LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces 12200
70 5 15 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 386650
71 12 13 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 219800
72 72 1 ROXANNE The Police 5600
75 75 1 SUBSTITUTE Gloria Gaynor 5000

 

6th May 2018

It’s a second week on top for Built By Titan, and fresh back from a bit of standing around in outdoor clubs in Gran Canaria (my big toe has been damaged, so not much more than weight-jiggling-leg-to-leg possible), and some newies and oldies played, my chart is still in World Record Store day mode. Foster The People almost get a second chart-topper, Kylie gets a 5th top 10 of the year, and Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon finally makes my top 10 40 years late from going top 20.

A huge 50-place climb for ARCHIS – I was hoping they would be The Archies, but no such luck – and a massive climb into the 20 for the fourth time for Ariana Grande, including her 2014 chart-topper with The Weeknd Love Me Harder. Highest new entry is an oldie – Rubberband Man featured prominently in the brilliant new Avengers movie, in the Guardians Of The Galaxy segment, a 1976 Detroit Spinners hit, which went top 10 for me that year, as the Spinners usually did, being as their brilliant producer/co-writer Thom Bell had a good decade of Philly/soul hits for a number of acts (Stylistics, Delfonics and more), many of them much-covered since.

Highest actual new track is Naughty Boy gone reggae with RAY BLK and Wyclef – ex of The Fugees, who had a chart-topper with afore-mentioned Thom Bell’s Ready Or Not, the old Delfonics hit. Wyclef has now had 22 years of chart entries, or 20 years solo. I do enjoy a good chart link. Gloria Gaynor’s old disco cover of the Clout-hit-cover of the ex-Argent songwriter Russ Ballard’s Substitute also sneaks in some 40 years late as well.

1 1 1 3 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 361000
2 4 2 3 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 199250
3 2 1 10 BEND Ria Mae 711300
4 3 1 5 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 550000
5 5 1 7 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 553000
6 6 4 8 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 421000
7 7 7 5 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 207000
8 9 8 3 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 138000
9 11 9 5 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 146000
10 15 10 14 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 298600

11 12 11 3 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 99000
12 10 1 5 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 387000
13 13 8 5 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 178300
14 14 10 5 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 160000
15 65 15 2 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 34000
16 16 1 14 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1011350
17 20 10 5 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 134400
18 57 18 3 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 38000
19 NEW 19 1 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 21000
20 23 20 3 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 57650

21 8 3 3 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 152750
22 18 7 8 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 242800
23 17 1 13 BEST DAYS Lissie 858250
24 25 24 5 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 76950
25 38 25 3 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 42950
26 28 26 9 VINCENT Don McLean 154200
27 19 19 5 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 88000
28 29 28 3 HIGHER Human 43600
29 22 22 5 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 84150
30 33 30 3 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 48700

31 21 13 6 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 143400
32 32 32 3 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 53400
33 26 3 15 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 652950
34 34 34 3 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 52300
35 24 24 5 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 84400
36 44 36 2 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 30650
37 35 35 3 THE NIGHTS Avicii 46900
38 30 30 7 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 112300
39 66 39 2 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 23900
40 27 20 5 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 94150

41 36 36 5 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 76100
42 31 9 6 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 154150
43 41 1 13 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 932200
44 43 4 13 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 444550
45 42 42 5 CASTLES Lissie 66750
46 40 40 6 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 78350
47 39 10 9 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 226250
48 37 20 5 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 86400
49 73 49 2 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 17500
50 54 50 4 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 34600

51 45 15 8 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 124800
52 47 6 12 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 333100
53 52 1 22 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1051550
54 53 1 15 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 749000
55 50 5 16 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 431850
56 58 56 5 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 47200
57 69 57 2 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 16600
58 48 10 12 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 253050
59 51 27 8 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 112350
60 49 11 9 SANCTIFY Years & Years 197950

61 55 18 9 LUCID DREAM Owl City 132000
62 67 62 3 SEXY BOY Air 20600
63 46 37 9 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 113700
64 NEW 64 1 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 7100
65 61 3 20 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 757850
66 70 66 2 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 12800
67 72 67 2 LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces 12200
68 71 68 3 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 18000
69 74 69 2 THE ARCHITECT Jane Weaver 11400
70 60 5 15 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 386650

71 62 12 13 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 219800
72 NEW 72 1 ROXANNE The Police 5600
73 NEW 73 1 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Fat Boy Slim 5400
74 75 74 2 LET ME Zayn 10200
75 NEW 75 1 SUBSTITUTE Gloria Gaynor 5000

DROP OUTS
56 56 5 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 43400
59 59 2 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 20200
63 6 10 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 280600
64 2 13 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 520800
68 68 3 I WANT A LOVER Pet Shop Boys 17400