My Dec 1985 Charts

3rd December 1985

2 weeks on top for Wham! just holding off another top British duo, and Pet Shop Boys hit 2 with the classic West End Girls. Yoko Ono gets her first top solo hit in 5 years, since Walking On Thin Ice topped my chart, the final record she & John were working on the night of his murder, and John goes up one to 8. Sun City protest song hits 6, Madonna ends the year with a 6th top 10, and Whitney Houston gets a debut top 10.

Grant n Graham just miss out on a 2nd top 10 together, 5 years since David first had his Lynx, and Dionne Warwick is back in the top 20 3 years on from the last time, Dee C. Lee finally scrapes into the 20 with a great ballad that took me time to warm to, and Slade make their run of top 20’s 14 years. Julian Lennon follows his dad into the 40, The Cult make it a hat-trick, and highest new entry is a christmas classic, as done by Broooooce, at 32, Santa Clause Is Coming To Town. Brucie’s sax player gets his own debut at 60, Clarence Clemons bringing along Jackson Browne who first made my charts 13 years earlier with Doctor My Eyes.

The Cars return for a 3rd hit of the year, at 40, while at 66 it’s another pop duet, as Bonnie Tyler extends her run of chart entries to 9 years, in hand with the fab Todd Rundgren who first made my charts with the fab I Saw The Light in 1972. The song and production is a Jim Steinman epic, as they all are in his style, but only hit big in Portugal, though Meatloaf finally got around to doing his version with Jim in 2016.

Bronski Beat have a new lead singer, Junior keeps popping in, Evelyn King hasn’t dropped the Champagne, 7 years on from her first Shame, and Mr. Mister debut with a great song Broken Wings.

1 ( 1 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
2 ( 6 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 2 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
4 ( 3 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
5 ( 7 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
6 ( 15 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
7 ( 14 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
8 ( 9 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
9 ( 18 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
10 ( 10 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads

11 ( 26 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
12 ( 8 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
13 ( 4 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
14 ( 5 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
15 ( 11 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
16 ( 30 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
17 ( 21 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
18 ( 12 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
19 ( 25 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
20 ( 33 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee

21 ( 13 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
22 ( 24 ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals
23 ( 58 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
24 ( 17 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
25 ( 37 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
26 ( 36 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
27 ( 29 ) RUSSIANS Sting
28 ( 44 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
29 ( 32 ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure
30 ( 39 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship

31 ( 16 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
32 ( NEW ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 19 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
34 ( 23 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
35 ( 43 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
36 ( 22 ) NIKITA Elton John
37 ( 54 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
38 ( 48 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
39 ( 28 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
40 ( NEW ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars

41 ( 20 ) ONE VISION Queen
42 ( 45 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
43 ( 34 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
44 ( 60 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
45 ( 69 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
46 ( 38 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
47 ( 57 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
48 ( 71 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
49 ( 35 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
50 ( 66 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin

51 ( 47 ) DRIVE The Cars
52 ( 31 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
53 ( 27 ) JUST FOR MONEY Paul Hardcastle
54 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
55 ( 42 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
56 ( 68 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
57 ( 52 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
58 ( 53 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
59 ( 51 ) UNCLE SAM Madness
60 ( NEW ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne

61 ( 41 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
62 ( 46 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
63 ( 40 ) LOSE YOUR LOVE Blancmange
64 ( 64 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
65 ( 59 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
66 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOTTA
DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
67 ( NEW ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
68 ( 74 ) THE HIGHEST HIGH China Crisis
69 ( 75 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
70 ( 70 ) LET THE BELLS RING OUT FOREVER The New Seekers

71 ( NEW ) OH LOUISE Junior
72 ( 61 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
73 ( NEW ) YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King
74 ( NEW ) WHAT’S GONE WRONG The Untouchables
75 ( NEW ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister

PLAYLIST OLDIES OF THE WEEK

1 MOON RIVER Greyhound
2 EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
3 IF NOT YOU Dr. Hook

10th December 1985

On top for the first time, and the first of dozens, it’s Chris & Neil – dum dum dum dum-de-dum-dum. Holding off a reissued 1984 Band Aid chart-topper, still fresh and undimmed by 30-odd years of never-ending Christmas overkill. Sting shoots up Russians to 4, a sort of dark christmassy mood and his biggest solo hit to date. Julian Lennon gets a second top 10 and knocks out his dad.

Cameo enter at 19 with strange, but fab, song, ahead of the codpiece – it would eventually chart in the UK. A Mick Jagger album track joins the Yoko album track – veterans were now starting to opt out of singles off new albums, something which became huge business in the States in the 90’s as physical singles died out to push album sales to new heights. Money money money! Mick’s missus, of course, used to go out with Bryan Ferry – and he is also in looking Windswept. Fortunately Rupert Murdoch doesn’t feature in the chart, though I did tweet him this week when he commented unbelievingly on global warming while flying over ice-swept northern hemispheres – IN MID-WINTER. What a dick. At least I can only assume that’s why Jerry married the ageing multibillionaire.

No memory whatsoever of the Spacelings – one to youtube! However another overplayed christmas classic debuts at 60 – it’s Shaky, with one of his occasional chart entries (in my charts, that is, 5 years non-stop in the UK charts). You all know it. Sheena Easton also has 5 years of occasional chart entries continued but her best Prince-days were still ahead. Another Christmas UK number one enters at 71 – well the song at any rate, for the Isley Brothers (sort of) 16 years into a chart career, and one year pre-Housemartins. That leaves comebacks for Mike Oldfield (topped my chart two times in 1974 with two albums – allowed because they were one track, essentially), and Joni Mitchell (1974 was also her best chart year for me) 15 years on from Big Yellow Taxi.

1 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
2 ( NEW ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
3 ( 1 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
4 ( 27 ) RUSSIANS Sting
5 ( 6 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
6 ( 7 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
7 ( 9 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
8 ( 5 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
9 ( 23 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
10 ( 4 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40

11 ( 11 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
12 ( 10 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
13 ( 8 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
14 ( 16 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
15 ( 3 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
16 ( 12 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
17 ( 19 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
18 ( 20 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
19 ( NEW ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
20 ( 15 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys

21 ( 17 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
22 ( 13 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
23 ( 28 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
24 ( 40 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
25 ( 30 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
26 ( 26 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
27 ( 35 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
28 ( 14 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
29 ( 38 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
30 ( 18 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

31 ( 37 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
32 ( 32 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 21 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
34 ( 24 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
35 ( 45 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
36 ( NEW ) HARD WOMAN Mick Jagger
37 ( 47 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
38 ( 42 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
39 ( 67 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
40 ( 48 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John

41 ( 33 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
42 ( 25 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
43 ( 36 ) NIKITA Elton John
44 ( 44 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
45 ( NEW ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry
46 ( 50 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
47 ( 71 ) OH LOUISE Junior
48 ( 34 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
49 ( NEW ) LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM The Spacelings
50 ( 22 ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals

51 ( 60 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
52 ( 56 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
53 ( 39 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
54 ( 43 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
55 ( 66 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
56 ( 54 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 51 ) DRIVE The Cars
58 ( 31 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
59 ( 41 ) ONE VISION Queen
60 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens

61 ( 29 ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure
62 ( 75 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
63 ( 46 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
64 ( NEW ) HEART OF LOTHIAN Marillion
65 ( 69 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
66 ( NEW ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
67 ( 57 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 64 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( NEW ) DO IT FOR LOVE Sheena Easton
70 ( NEW ) FOREVER BE Sal Solo

71 ( NEW ) CARAVAN OF LOVE Isley Jasper isley
72 ( NEW ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield
73 ( 55 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
74 ( 62 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
75 ( NEW ) GOOD FRIENDS Joni Mitchell

PLAYLIST OLDIES
1 KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
2 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
3 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

17th December 1985

It’s only one week on top for West End Girls, as a recent Christmas Classic enters back on top, Wham! very nearly replacing themselves at 1 but for Pet Shop Boys. Cameo go top 10, She’s Strange that one, and Shaky’s xmas now-perennial leaps into the 40 for the first time. Lots of climbers due to a lack of new entries, which back in the day was the norm. Or now, in fact, bar the oldies xmas invasions that I used to do in my own charts and now happens in the actual official charts everywhere.

Amii Stewart has a new duetting partner for her old Johnny Bristol hit mash-up of 2 Smokey Robinson songs, My Guy My Girl and Sophie George is too Girlie Girlie, too. A forgotten xmas song from Bryan Adams, I doubt I’ve heard Christmas Time in 32 years….! On the other hand, Walking In The Air and Aled Jones were regular xmas airplay and TVplay oldies – and here they are – but not quite as you might guess. I never liked Aled’s version of Walking In The Air, so it’s the original TV “Snowman” soundtrack that enters, while Aled gives Mike Oldfield a festive hand. Mike, of course, has had several xmas hits, none of them actually mentioning xmas at all, preferring a more traditional solstice theme.

1 ( NEW ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( 1 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 4 ) RUSSIANS Sting
4 ( 2 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
5 ( 3 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
6 ( 7 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
7 ( 6 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
8 ( 9 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
9 ( 19 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
10 ( 11 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham

11 ( 5 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
12 ( 10 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
13 ( 12 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
14 ( 17 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
15 ( 25 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
16 ( 18 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
17 ( 27 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
18 ( 29 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
19 ( 8 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
20 ( 13 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon

21 ( 16 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
22 ( 15 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
23 ( 20 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
24 ( 24 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
25 ( 32 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
26 ( 14 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
27 ( 31 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
28 ( 39 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
29 ( 60 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
30 ( 35 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu

31 ( 26 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
32 ( 22 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
33 ( 38 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
34 ( 21 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
35 ( 40 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
36 ( 28 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
37 ( 37 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
38 ( 47 ) OH LOUISE Junior
39 ( 46 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
40 ( 45 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry

41 ( 33 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
42 ( 34 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
43 ( 36 ) HARD WOMAN Mick Jagger
44 ( 42 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
45 ( 51 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
46 ( 23 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
47 ( 52 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
48 ( 49 ) LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM The Spacelings
49 ( 30 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
50 ( 55 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren

51 ( 62 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
52 ( 43 ) NIKITA Elton John
53 ( NEW ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
54 ( 64 ) HEART OF LOTHIAN Marillion
55 ( 65 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
56 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 66 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
58 ( 57 ) DRIVE The Cars
59 ( 54 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
60 ( 41 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits

61 ( 48 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
62 ( NEW ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophie George
63 ( 53 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
64 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
65 ( 59 ) ONE VISION Queen
66 ( 44 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
67 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 69 ) DO IT FOR LOVE Sheena Easton
70 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE AIR Peter Auty & The Sinfonia Of London

71 ( 72 ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield with Aled Jones
72 ( 73 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
73 ( 58 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
74 ( NEW ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
75 ( 74 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council

Pre-Xmas Oldies playlist:

1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
3 WE CAN WORK IT OUT The Beatle

24th December 1985

It’s a new entry at 1 for a Xmas classic that charted in 1974 but never made my top 10. That was something of a shock for me as Mud had made my top 3 (and had 4 number ones) with all their previous singles, yet this Elvis pastiche ballad sorta disappointed me as a 16-year-old. Roll on 11 years and nostalgia and regular annual radio plays, and hey presto I love it. In fact so many Xmas classics come back my chart looks like the Xmas 2017 singles charts! Not saying I was ahead of the game….OK I am. That also explains why I don’t usually rechart them, cos frankly after getting on for 30 to 45 years one gets over-familiar with most of them. Glad to see new generations love them though!

Bizarrely the Shaky Xmas classic is only 20, and it was brand new (well a year-old and held-back to avoid Band Aid and Wham!, rather wisely). Macca’s back with his frogs, Bing’s 40’s standard is back having first charted in 1977, Slade are back again, by this time making it an annual event. Wizzard aren’t but they did it the previous year. Nowadays they beat Slade every xmas in the UK charts. This year both were beaten by fellow ’73 minor hit Step Into Xmas, as Elton gets a higher spot on the Spotify playlists.

Feargal Sharkey’s follow-up single is actually the answer-song to A Good Heart, as the break-up song from the female half of a songwriting romantic duo is followed by the male reply. Benmont Tench (from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) wrote it, Eurythmics Dave Stewart produced it, and Maria McKee is the subject matter, writer of A Good Heart which had a pop at Tench.

1 ( NEW ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
2 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
4 ( 3 ) RUSSIANS Sting
5 ( 6 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
6 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
7 ( 9 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
8 ( 5 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
9 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
10 ( 8 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon

11 ( 7 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
12 ( 16 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
13 ( 18 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
14 ( 12 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
15 ( 17 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
16 ( 24 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
17 ( 10 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
18 ( NEW ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
19 ( 13 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
20 ( 29 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens

21 ( 15 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
22 ( 11 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
23 ( 28 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
24 ( 25 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
25 ( 31 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
26 ( 14 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
27 ( 21 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
28 ( 22 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
29 ( 20 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
30 ( 40 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry

31 ( 45 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
32 ( 23 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
33 ( 39 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
34 ( 27 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
35 ( 35 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
36 ( 19 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
37 ( 57 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
38 ( 53 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
39 ( 51 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
40 ( 55 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin

41 ( 26 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
42 ( 30 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
43 ( 36 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
44 ( 42 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
45 ( 41 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
46 ( 32 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
47 ( NEW ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
48 ( 62 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
49 ( 38 ) OH LOUISE Junior
50 ( 34 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout

51 ( 33 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
52 ( 44 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
53 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 61 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
55 ( 74 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
56 ( 64 ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
57 ( 37 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
58 ( 49 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
59 ( NEW ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
60 ( 58 ) DRIVE The Cars

61 ( 46 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
62 ( 52 ) NIKITA Elton John
63 ( 59 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
64 ( 47 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
65 ( 50 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
66 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones
67 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 71 ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield with Aled Jones
70 ( NEW ) WHAT’S YOUR NAME? Zinno

71 ( NEW ) GO HOME Stevie Wonder
72 ( 72 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
73 ( NEW ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
74 ( 63 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
75 ( NEW ) RAISE THE ROOF The Conway Brothers

Oldies Playlist
1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 WE CAN WORK IT OUT The Beatles
3 DAY TRIPPER The Beatles

31st December 1985

A second week on top for Mud, and a fourth week at 2 for Pet Shop Boys in total – if not for oldies it would have had 5 weeks on top. Had my chart rules been different though, it’s likely Gene Pitney’s I’m Gonna Be Strong would have topped for some of that as I was seriously mad on it. Wizzard would also have recharted and the Win single on my playlist I thought should be treated as an oldie, but it would chart in 1986.

A-ha are the highest new entry at 22 with a classic epic track that’s even better than Take On Me, followed closely by a forgotten Eurythmics gem, It’s Alright. Jon Anderson pops in, both missing Vangelis and bandmates Yes to get his debut solo entry some 8 years since Wondrous Stories made my top 10 for Yes.

1 ( 1 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
2 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 4 ) RUSSIANS Sting
4 ( 3 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
5 ( 9 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
6 ( 7 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
7 ( 5 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
8 ( 8 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
9 ( 13 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
10 ( 6 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid

11 ( 10 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
12 ( 16 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
13 ( 18 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
14 ( 11 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
15 ( 17 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
16 ( 25 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
17 ( 20 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
18 ( 14 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
19 ( 23 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
20 ( 24 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen

21 ( 12 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
22 ( NEW ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
23 ( 21 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
24 ( 19 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
25 ( NEW ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
26 ( 15 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
27 ( 35 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
28 ( 59 ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
29 ( 38 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
30 ( 31 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne

31 ( 26 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
32 ( 47 ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
33 ( 22 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
34 ( 37 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
35 ( 49 ) OH LOUISE Junior
36 ( 27 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
37 ( 28 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
38 ( 39 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
39 ( 40 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
40 ( 48 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George

41 ( 29 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
42 ( 34 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
43 ( 32 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
44 ( 30 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry
45 ( 54 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
46 ( 33 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
47 ( 55 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
48 ( 44 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
49 ( 43 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
50 ( 45 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees

51 ( 42 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
52 ( 41 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 46 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
55 ( 66 ) WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones
56 ( 56 ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
57 ( NEW ) EASIER SAID THAN DOWN Jon Anderson
58 ( 52 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
59 ( 75 ) RAISE THE ROOF The Conway Brothers
60 ( 60 ) DRIVE The Cars

61 ( 58 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
62 ( 50 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
63 ( 63 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
64 ( NEW ) MR DJ The Concept
65 ( 51 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
66 ( 57 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
67 ( 73 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 71 ) GO HOME Stevie Wonder
70 ( 61 ) REVOLUTION The Cult

71 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
72 ( 62 ) NIKITA Elton John
73 ( 74 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
74 ( 72 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
3 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard

My 1984 Charts – December

the front drive before the TPO tree became a monster

the front drive before the TPO tree became a monster


4th December 1984

2 weeks on top for Frankie, as Band Aid debut from out of nowhere really, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure organising the world-famous charity christmas record, about to become the UK’s biggest-selling single, pretty much overnight, convincing the biggest stars to turn up on the day. Still the best charity record, still the best version, and the money raised through this and Live Aid really did save lives in famine-stricken Ethiopa. Cynics whinge about pop stars doing stuff like this. Cynics of course doing f*ck-all themselves to help needy people, just slagging-off anyone with good intentions. The only ones in a position to criticise are those who DO actually work for charity organisations, or spend their voluntary time to do what they can, the rest are just mealy-mouthed hypocrites who can just go f*ck themselves. 30 years on and the record still makes the UK charts every year. So there!

In at 5, overshadowed, but it’s The Beatles and a record I bought in 1976 and was mad on: I Feel Fine was the single where The Beatles really started to experiment with sounds, and the songs started to become more sophisticated – still melodic, still love songs, but sounding more adult. 20 years old at the time, it’s breath-taking to me (cos I remember seeing them on TV at the time) to realise this is now 50 years old. Gulp! It also nicely keeps Paul McCartney’s frog chorus out of the top 5, is that irony or just me being realistic? Alvin Stardust gets his 6th top 10, Nik Kershaw his 3rd, and Madonna ponts on up to 12 from 66, cavorting most unlike a virgin. 30 years on as I write, and she’s topping my charts for the 20th time with Ghosttown. Not bad for a disposable dancepopstar, as she appeared to be at the time.

Big climbs for Kool And The Gang, Shaky (!), Dead Or Alive, The Cars and Strawberry Switchblade, with a high new entry for 1982 single The Voice, from The Moody Blues – saw them do it live 2013, and still fab. 14 years of hits. At 59, Ave Maria gets the Indian treatment, an unusual crossing of genres for an extended dance track, while at 66 Tears For Fears are back with a Shout! A fantastic record, and the video is SO appropriate to my life as it was filmed in and around scenic Lulworth Cove in Dorset, where I was working surveying roads, including the one running down to the cove. There be fossils in them thar cliffs, they be, as a local might (or might not) say. At 68 it’s a quick 3 out of 3 for Alison Moyet with the excellent Invisible, as other pop stars enter with more forgettable tracks.

1 ( 1 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( NEW ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
3 ( 3 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
4 ( 2 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
5 ( NEW ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
6 ( 16 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
7 ( 7 ) LOUISE Human League
8 ( 12 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
9 ( 5 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
10 ( 11 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw

11 ( 4 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
12 ( 66 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
13 ( 9 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
14 ( 6 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
15 ( 10 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
16 ( 25 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
17 ( 23 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
18 ( 18 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
19 ( 8 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
20 ( 24 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club

21 ( 17 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
22 ( 75 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
23 ( 13 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
24 ( 15 ) DRIVE The Cars
25 ( 21 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
26 ( NEW ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
27 ( 27 ) DAVE The Boomtown Rats
28 ( 22 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
29 ( 35 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
30 ( 38 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner

31 ( 14 ) HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
32 ( 57 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
33 ( 19 ) FREEDOM Wham!
34 ( 20 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
35 ( 46 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) Art Of Noise
36 ( 54 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
37 ( 64 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
38 ( 26 ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
39 ( 32 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
40 ( 31 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder

41 ( 28 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
42 ( 29 ) DESERT MOON Dennis De Young
43 ( 30 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVING Z.Z. TOP
44 ( 44 ) RATTLESNAKES Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
45 ( 33 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
46 ( 73 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
47 ( 41 ) I’M SO EXCITED The Pointer Sisters
48 ( 48 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
49 ( 37 ) LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox
50 ( 45 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge

51 ( 34 ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
52 ( 42 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
53 ( 59 ) HOTLINE TO HEAVEN Bananarama
54 ( NEW ) TROUBLE Rod Stewart
55 ( 40 ) THE WANDERER Status Quo
56 ( 51 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
57 ( NEW ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
58 ( 36 ) GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT Eugene Wilde
59 ( NEW ) AVE MARIA West India Company
60 ( 53 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael

61 ( NEW ) RIDDLE ME UB40
62 ( 63 ) BODY The Jacksons
63 ( 52 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
64 ( 39 ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
65 ( 60 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
66 ( NEW ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
67 ( 58 ) THE GAY CABALLEROS Steve Wright
68 ( NEW ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
69 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 65 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( NEW ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
72 ( 70 ) BILLIE-JEAN Michael Jackson
73 ( 47 ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde
74 ( NEW ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
75 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young

TV:
1. Star Trek: Errand Of Mercy
2. Hill Street Blues
3. Logan’s Run: film
4. Tenko
5. The Phil Silvers
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7. MASH
8. Top Of The Pops
9. Carry On Camping: film
10. Soap
11. The Rockford Files
12. The Avengers
13. The Addams Family
14. Dungeons And Dragons
15. Hardcastle and McKormick


At work, had an argument with Boss-man about flying saucers (!) – maybe it was that sparking a setback for me, but I fell into a depression of sorts again in the evening for the whole week. Bob helped, as we bantered quite a bit at work. On TV the Band Aid video debuted, Friday lunch was the pub at Anstey (The Fox) where Boss-man tried to convince me Bob had spiked my coke. Arse. Bob assured me he wouldn’t (and he wouldn’t I can say now with some confidence after 30 years of friendship) it was just an attempt to stop us getting on so well by the boss cos he was an arse. I ended the week still very down, mood-wise.


11th December 1984

Band Aid get to number one with their christmas perennial, and guess what? The record it famously held at 2, the biggest-selling record never to top the UK charts, Last Christmas is new at 9, Wham!’s 6th top 10, and George’s 7th, and clearly his best record to date, it just punched all the right christmas buttons, had a fab tune, and George and Andrew donated profits to the Band Aid charity too.

The Beatles hit 3, not bad for a 20-year-old track, and I Feel Fine about it! Madonna gets her second top 10, after Holiday, it’s Like A Virgin. Touched for the very first time, indeed. Bob Marley’s 4-year-old Top 10 hit bounces back at 17, the great Could You Be Loved, as Alison Moyet makes it 3 in a row inside the 20, Invisible up 49 places to 19. Spandau are Round And Round, inoffensively at 39, and a host of christmas songs (yes actual NEW ones, no oldies!) drop in, one of them once upon a time a perennial xmas regular, and now banished forever: yes it must be Gary Glitter and the jolly Another Rock And Roll Christmas at 72, overshadowed for the moment by Queen’s middling try at a christmas song, and forgotten ones from Alvin Stardust and Captain Sensible.

The Stranglers are back, so is Ian McCulloch for the moment ex-of the Bunnymen, with September Song, Kurt Weil’s 1930’s standard. At 46, The Thompson Twins Lay Your Hands On Me is one of their not bad hits, while Prince’s brilliant Purple Rain track, I Would Die For U is in at 48, the 4th track to chart despite only 2 singles being released to date (and of course no youtube video for anything Prince-related). Bowie and Lennon (Julian) return with lesser follow-ups, and ditto Big Country and Stevie Wonder.

1 ( 2 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
2 ( 1 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 5 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
5 ( 6 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
6 ( 12 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
7 ( 4 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
8 ( 10 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
9 ( NEW ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
10 ( 11 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan

11 ( 7 ) LOUISE Human League
12 ( 8 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
13 ( 22 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
14 ( 9 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
15 ( 17 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
16 ( 14 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
17 ( NEW ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
18 ( 20 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
19 ( 68 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
20 ( 15 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago

21 ( 13 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
22 ( 29 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
23 ( 26 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
24 ( 18 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
25 ( 25 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
26 ( 21 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
27 ( 16 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
28 ( 32 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
29 ( 19 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
30 ( 37 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars

31 ( 24 ) DRIVE The Cars
32 ( 35 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) Art Of Noise
33 ( 28 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
34 ( 30 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
35 ( 23 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
36 ( 36 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
37 ( 66 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
38 ( 27 ) DAVE The Boomtown Rats
39 ( NEW ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
40 ( 39 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond

41 ( 34 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
42 ( 46 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
43 ( 33 ) FREEDOM Wham!
44 ( 52 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
45 ( 48 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
46 ( NEW ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
47 ( 40 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
48 ( NEW ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
49 ( 75 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
50 ( 50 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge

51 ( 45 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
52 ( 31 ) HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
53 ( 38 ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
54 ( 57 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
55 ( NEW ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
56 ( NEW ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
57 ( NEW ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
58 ( 56 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
59 ( 59 ) AVE MARIA West India Company
60 ( 71 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination

61 ( 54 ) TROUBLE Rod Stewart
62 ( NEW ) TONIGHT David Bowie
63 ( 41 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
64 ( NEW ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
65 ( 60 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
66 ( NEW ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
67 ( 74 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
68 ( 43 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVING Z.Z. TOP
69 ( NEW ) THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
70 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

71 ( 65 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
72 ( NEW ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
73 ( NEW ) LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT Stevie Wonder
74 ( 61 ) RIDDLE ME UB40
75 ( NEW ) SEPTEMBER SONG Ian McCulloch

1. Tenko
2. Star Trek: The Alternative Factor
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Monday)
4. Fame: film
5. MASH
6. Hill Street Blues
7. The Phil Silvers Show
8. Rising Damp
9. The Addams Family
10. The Betty White Show
11. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (wed)
12. Top Of The Pops
13. Soap
14. The Rockford Files
15. Entertainment USA


At work, my young car share driver was back following her dad’s suicide, and tried to help her talking about her terrible year: as bad as 1984 was for me, it was worse for her. Surveying the lovely hilly countryside at Bulbarro again, and a little more optimistic than the previous week moodwise. The boss took one of my light-hearted banter lunchtimes with Bob the wrong way and got nasty. Mum and dad were suffering from overwork and illness, looking tired. I had a dream about meeting Paul and Linda McCartney and getting an autograph! Well I hardly ever dream about celebrities, but if you gonna do it, may as well go for the top…! This weekend , went to Southampton, looking for music computers with ambitions to have a go at making demos. Optimist!


Thursday 6th December: Nik Kershaw at The BIC (Bournemouth International Centre), live in concert.

Went with Bob, and we marvelled at all the wacky haircuts in the audience, we felt well out of place and old, being over 21 as we were (but not by much) – but these days I’m glad we didn’t go the Flock Of Seagulls hair-gel route for the sake of old 80’s photos. The support band were Scary Thieves (impressive but lacked songs), but Nik got the girls screaming as he strode on, affable always, themed around the “excellent” (I noted) current hit The Riddle. Also good were Wouldn’t It Be Good, I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, and album track Bogart, which should have been a single. Some lesser tracks were a bit samey, or else it may have the back-ache developing from standing in the same position for so long – one of those “standing-concert” things you put up with, though happily less of a problem (very oddly) as I got older. Rating: “a nice change but not a classic gig” . Nik was in Christchurch the other month (2014) doing great low-key gigs by accounts I’ve heard from a friend who went. I saw Nik again in 1989, supporting Elton John.


18th December 1984

Wham! get their first number one, the christmas classic Last Christmas knocking off Band Aid, and being chased by an 11-years-old 4th-time-round christmas classic I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday from Wizzard new in at 2, having previously topped my chart in 1973, 1974, and 1981. You can’t have Wizzard without Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, of course, in at 15 and charting for the 5th time, and yet to top the chart, Slade of course on a roll in 1984 with two top 10’s already. Wham! it should be remembered, was new, and George had already had a solo number one, and the other side of the double A side was hardly getting any airplay at all – Everything She Wants was completely overshadowed by Last Christmas.

Alison Moyet gets a 2nd solo top 10, and her 5th including Yazoo, Tears For Fears shout up into the 20 for the 4th time, Gary Glitter joins the xmas festivities rock and rolling for the 2nd-time in 1984, and umpteenth since his first hit the brilliant Rock And Roll Part 2 (on which he doesn’t actually sing) in 1972. The fab Strawberry Switchblade go top 40, as Dead Or Alive shock drop out of the 40 (it’ll be back!), and new entries come from Z.Z. Top’s Sharp Dressed Man, back after sneaking briefly in a year earlier, at a much more assertive 28, and just ahead of a bonafide rock ballad classic from Foreigner, 6 years after a decent run of 70’s rock singles, the gospel-tinged I Want To Know What Love Is.

Bronski Beat cover Gershwin, very bizarrely for a pop hit, but nicely, cos It Ain’t Necessarily So at 36. Bobby G, of Bucks Fizz, sings a TV show theme into 46th slot. Kim Wilde is touched at 60, hey, so is Madonna up to 5 for the very first time. Sal Solo, ex-Classix Nouveau singer is back with the good San Damiano, and Pat Benatar is back with We Belong, another decent single from her.

1 ( 9 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( NEW ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
3 ( 1 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
4 ( 5 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
5 ( 6 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
6 ( 2 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 ( 4 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
8 ( 8 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
9 ( 7 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
10 ( 19 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet

11 ( 3 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
12 ( 13 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
13 ( 17 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
14 ( 37 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
15 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
16 ( 11 ) LOUISE Human League
17 ( 10 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
18 ( 12 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
19 ( 14 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
20 ( 72 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter

21 ( 15 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
22 ( 16 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
23 ( 42 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
24 ( 18 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
25 ( 20 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
26 ( 28 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
27 ( 21 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
28 ( NEW ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
29 ( NEW ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
30 ( 30 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars

31 ( 46 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
32 ( 25 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
33 ( 39 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
34 ( 34 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
35 ( 26 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
36 ( NEW ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
37 ( 22 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
38 ( 45 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
39 ( 49 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
40 ( 33 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl

41 ( 23 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
42 ( 57 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
43 ( 31 ) DRIVE The Cars
44 ( 66 ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
45 ( 24 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
46 ( NEW ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
47 ( 27 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
48 ( 48 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
49 ( 29 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
50 ( 62 ) TONIGHT David Bowie

51 ( 32 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) Art Of Noise
52 ( 56 ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
53 ( 40 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
54 ( 35 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
55 ( 55 ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
56 ( 64 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
57 ( 44 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
58 ( 69 ) THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
59 ( 50 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
60 ( NEW ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde

61 ( 38 ) DAVE The Boomtown Rats
62 ( 47 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
63 ( 36 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
64 ( NEW ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
65 ( 67 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
66 ( 73 ) LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT Stevie Wonder
67 ( NEW ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
68 ( 58 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
69 ( 51 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
70 ( RE ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior

71 ( 70 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
72 ( NEW ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
73 ( 75 ) SEPTEMBER SONG Ian McCulloch
74 ( NEW ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
75 ( 41 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge

1. Star Trek: City On The Edge Of Forever
2. Tenko
3. MASH
4. Hill Street Blues
5. The Phil Silvers Show
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7. Carry On…Don’t Lose Your Head
8. Murder By Death: film
9. The Addams Family
10. Top Of The Pops
11. Rising Damp
12. Terrahawks
13. Soap
14. Entertainment USA
15. The Rockford Files

On TV Star Trek still topping my weeklies lists, but this is THE Star Trek, the greatest episode, and the one that regularly featured in Cult TV Greatest Episodes of TV Shows lists, City On The Edge Of Forever, written by Harlan Ellison, a time-travel tragic love story starring Joan Collins, who was never better, and rather young-looking! Certainly a candidate still for my most-favoritist-episode-ever..
Also, the award-winning Chuckles The Clown hilarious episode of Mary Tyler Moore Show was on, Mary finds the unusual death of TV show work colleague Chuckles The Clown dressed as a peanut, killed by an elephant trying to shell him, not funny – till the funeral. Watch it! Also the final episode of the generally great Tenko, as the survivors leave the prison camp for home.

At work, I got exasperated at the torturously slow speed colleagues worked at (I just took to computers right away and have a good memory) but especially He Who Be In Charge. To brighten up my day, the van broke down which oddly cheered me up and tickled my funny bone to the annoyance of the other 2 – I was nominated to stay stuck on cold country roads with the van while they walked to Sturminster Newton. An hour later, nothing. So I got the van jerkily jumping sort-of working and rolled down the road till I found them and parked it in a pub car park. Much more civil place to wait for the garage man to arrive at 7.15, home by 8pm. The next day, my car-share driver nearly hit a car on a roundabout, still driving fast, and now on anti-depressants. I was not comfortable with the situation at all. At work, Paul downloaded our data to Dorchester via phone line and commented “I’m still waiting for my print-outs to arrive”. “Never mind,” I quipped “some day your prints will come.” Snow White? No? Please yourself, I thought it was funny!

On the news, the shock news of a coach crash which had left Mike Nolan of Bucks Fizz in critical condition with head injuries, when he hadn’t seemed that seriously injured earlier (along with Jay Aston, he’d gone through the windscreen). Touch and go for a few days, he recovered but was left with problems from hereon, and Bucks Fizz were never quite the unit they were again. Xmas shopping, and then new movie Dune at the cinema – visually stunning, good cast, characters lacking. I was not a fan of the actor (hero) Kyle MachLachlan, rather ironically given his future era-defining (and also David Lynch creation) TV series Twin Peaks. I saw it as a flawed film, as you don’t develop any love of the thinly defined characters. Next up, straight into the Ghostbusters film! The kids in the audience really got into it, I enjoyed it, some good gags and special effects, engaging cast,: rating: “good, well-made fun” but “maybe not classic stuff” but preferred it to Dune.

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25th December 1984

Wizzard take everyday Christmas wishing to the top for the 3rd time, and just to make the top 10 look like it’s Christmas 1973 again even more, Slade are at 10, Gary Glitter leaps to 7, and Paul McCartney is at 3 (both of them on the friday pub lunch jukebox at work in Anstey). To keep it all very festive, a bunch of christmas songs make the top 40 (none of them that great to be honest, at best OK), while forgotten naughty oddity I’m A Little Christmas Cracker whimsically bounces in for some alleged Czecks – it’s a pun. It’s actually quite sweet if you ignore the double-entendres, or amusing if you don’t.

Tears For Fears hit the 10, and Ashford and Simpson return with a solid record a few weeks after a short run, and hit a new height at 29. Seeing the movie obviously boosts Ghostbusters as it returns to the top 40 after dropping out my charts entirely, and Toto are also back again with Stranger In Town. The highest actual new record is The Adventures, as always still the bridesmaids of the UK charts, never the brides, with the good Send My Heart. Sal Solo brings some Latin christian cheer to the top 40, as The Toy Dolls update an early childhood toon: Nellie The Elephant was fondly remembered by those of who were first aware of music in the 60’s, so this stomping version was a bit of a larf. At least for the first few plays.

The Council Collective do some electioneering at 50, courtesy largely of Paul Weller and mates like Jimmy Ruffin, Junior, and missus Dee C. Lee. The Labour Party political party broadcast was OK, but it’s hard to see any current pop or rock stars doing a star-studded mini-gathering for, errr, ANY current political parties, except perhaps the SNP. This Island Earth go up a few places, a forgotten decent pop song that never really made it, sadly, and very very 1984-sounding.

On TV it’s a christmas bonanza of classic fave movies, recent and old, dotted about with some pop music shows (TOTP of course) and the final-ever episode of MASH, double-length and one of the biggest-ever non-sporting viewer ratings of all-time in the USA. It was a sad day when MASH ended, and the final episode was more disturbing than celebrating, but it had lasted 9 years longer than the actual Korean War did!

1 ( 2 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
2 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
3 ( 4 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
4 ( 3 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
5 ( 7 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
6 ( 6 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 ( 20 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
8 ( 5 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
9 ( 14 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
10 ( 15 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

11 ( 10 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
12 ( 23 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
13 ( 13 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
14 ( 9 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
15 ( 8 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
16 ( 12 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
17 ( 17 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
18 ( 31 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
19 ( 11 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
20 ( 29 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner

21 ( 16 ) LOUISE Human League
22 ( 18 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
23 ( 19 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
24 ( 26 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
25 ( 28 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
26 ( 39 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
27 ( 33 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
28 ( 25 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
29 ( RE ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
30 ( 22 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran

31 ( 70 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
32 ( 36 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
33 ( 67 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
34 ( 21 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
35 ( RE ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
36 ( 64 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
37 ( 44 ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
38 ( NEW ) SEND MY HEART The Adventures
39 ( 42 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
40 ( 52 ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust

41 ( 27 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
42 ( 24 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
43 ( 46 ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
44 ( 32 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
45 ( 66 ) LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT Stevie Wonder
46 ( 35 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
47 ( 60 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
48 ( 38 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
49 ( 30 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
50 ( NEW ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective

51 ( 41 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
52 ( 34 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
53 ( 65 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
54 ( 43 ) DRIVE The Cars
55 ( 56 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
56 ( 40 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
57 ( 58 ) THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
58 ( 37 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
59 ( 53 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
60 ( 48 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince

61 ( 47 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
62 ( 45 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
63 ( 59 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
64 ( 72 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
65 ( NEW ) I’M A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CRACKER The Bouncing Czecks
66 ( 55 ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
67 ( 50 ) TONIGHT David Bowie
68 ( 57 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
69 ( 74 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
70 ( 68 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren

71 ( 71 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
72 ( 62 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
73 ( 73 ) SEPTEMBER SONG Ian McCulloch
74 ( NEW ) NEVER LET HER SLIP AWAY Trevor Walters
75 ( 49 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode

TV

1. Raiders Of The Lost Ark: film
2. Airplane: film
3. MASH – Goodbye Farewell and Amen
4. The Man With The Golden Gun: film
5. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6. Some LIke It Hot: film
7. Top Of The Pops
8. Wogan
9. The Best/ Worst of Entertainment USA
10. Star Wars to Jedi
11. Mary Poppins: film
12. Porridge
13. Pop Quiz
14. Dallas
15. Hi De Hi


At work had an argument with Him over the north/south divide (these things are still facts in the UK, and not really a matter of opinion – the South does much better, always has!), while my car share almost had a second accident driving far too fast. “Watch out!” I cried, and she carried on speeding. “I’ll be a nervous wreck if I don’t get my own transport” I noted. Next morning, talk about prophetic: she finally hit another vehicle, 70mph hitting a tractor moving into the fast lane of the dual carriageway. She just didn’t see it. I was breathless gasping with disbelief and couldn’t get a word out in warning, how on Earth anyone could NOT see two tractors indicating to pull out (granted they shouldn’t have till it was clear, but she assumed they were going past a bike!) and still keep on going before slamming the break on violently at the last minute so my side of the car was gouged by a tractor and the front wheel crushed! I tell you it was my first lesson (but not my last, sadly) on just how many people there are on the roads determined to do me (and others) in. I also learnt to trust my own instincts when it comes to people…

She cried a lot, the tractor driver actually knew her and changed her car wheel, she didn’t exchange details, I suggested she go home rather than drive to work in her current state, where she was very upset on the phone to work. I made her a cup of tea to try and calm her down, I was oddly calm throughout, and arranged to get picked up in the works van on it’s way on site, on my walk home I finally got a bit shaky about it all, but was also rather relieved that it wasn’t serious: “she had to have an accident sooner or later…” I decided I needed a moped/motorbike soonish. Bob and boss were sympathetic, and next morning she drove more like a normal driver, hooray! The other surveying team team had disappeared, though, with no info on whereabouts when asked by the Big Boss in Dorchester. This caused a major team blow-out in the afternoon, acrimony much! Seems they felt they didn’t need to keep colleagues up to date on whereabouts, bit of a health and safety issue at the least, hey ho, I was a bit more blase about stuff given the events of the previous day, though saw the Boss’ viewpoint as the right one, which he appreciated and was quite nice for a few days.

Saturday, off to Mansfield with mum, dad and the cat for christmas with my brother’s family, and seeing everybody after our 10 months away, both dad’s family, and sister-in-law’s family, before settling down in coal-mining Blidworth where they lived, coal fire, cold and damp house like going back “to the Dark Ages of Liverpool in the 60’s. No wonder they like to stay in Poole.” Niece, I noted, was very active, quick on her feet and clever (15 months old). She, of course, interrupted sleep later on – it became a bit of a habit for oooh the next 5 or 6 years! Christmas Eve? Christmas Day? Shopping madness in jampacked town, sat about smelling watching TV (no hot water bathroom facilities), off to grandparents again, and Aunty’s. Christmas prezzies with toddler Vicki all excited next morning, dinner, and then big movies on TV after christmas Top Of The Pops. And relax….

My 2014 Charts – October to December

me sitges 2014

me sitges 2014

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28th December 2014

It’s Mark Ronson hitting the top spot for the first time, with Bruno Mars getting his 3rd chart-topper, and the fabulous funky Uptown Funk! The top end of the chart looks like Halloween with devils and ghosts, lower down it’s a christmas bonanza as the ghosts of xmas past enter drop climb or drop out. Not to mention movie themes from SIA (Annie’s You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile) and The Weeknd climbing to 12 and entering at 7 with his theme to 50 Shades Of Grey, Earned It – greedy The Weeknd has 2 in the 10 (and his 3rd in total), and so has Madonna as Devil Pray enters at 9, and Ghosttown climbs to 4 proving she’s back on form, and with most of the album and singles yet to be released. For the record, that’s pretty much Top 10’s from 1984 for 30 years barring 10 or 15 or so that underperfomed, and Hanky Panky which is unlistenable these days.

Meanwhile Paul McCartney re-enters the top 40 with his computer game track, just behind ex-partner John Lennon back for the millionth time with Happy Xmas War Is Over, first hitting my number one in 1972, the first ever christmas chart-topper, the one that has hit the top spot way more times than any other record, and the one that has charted several times in every decade since with a grand total of chart points only beaten by 1 or 2 tracks, Abba’s Dancing Queen and on a par (I need to check after this run) with California Dreamin’ from The Mamas And The Papas.

Talking of Lennon and McCartney, Joe Cocker’s brilliant With A Little Help From My Friends returns at 5 with his epic version of The Beatles song, which first hit my top 10 46 years ago, but never quite made the top 5, and following his sad death last week. He now has two notable feats: one of the very rare covers of a Beatles song that improves on the original, I still recall being surprised and attracted and repulsed simultaneously when I first heard it on Top Of The Pops with his strange singing and body gyrations. The others: longest gap between leaving the charts and returning, almost exactly 46 years, and the longest time taken to reach a chart peak (46 years 2 months).

Another welcome return to a veteran as Linda Lewis is back after a very long break of about 15 years, thanks to a plug on Never Mind The Buzzcocks where Phil Jupetus knew instantly who she was in the mystery line-up, as do I for a long-time fave. For those who know her not, she was originally a British singer-songwriter albums artist who never quite made it big, but grabbed a hit with Rock A Doodle Doo in 1973, with it’s soul/folk sounds and her incredible vocal range. The new entry is a recently released archive BBC version, and it’s great to have her back. To check out her Mariah-Carey-ish vocal range have a look at It’s In His Kiss her 1975 disco hit cover of The Shoop Shoop Song. It pisses over every other version from a great height.


1 2 1 2 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 270000
2 1 1 6 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 429900
3 3 1 10 THESE DAYS Take That 731000
4 28 4 2 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 83200
5 NEW 5 1 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 60000
6 4 4 4 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 151750
7 NEW 7 1 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 50000
8 5 5 8 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 264300
9 NEW 9 1 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 45000
10 14 3 5 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 252000

11 7 7 5 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 128000
12 25 12 5 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 98150
13 8 8 2 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 80000
14 17 14 4 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 107000
15 22 13 8 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 153600
16 9 9 10 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 227250
17 6 1 10 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 610100
18 12 9 6 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 156200
19 11 4 7 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 234600
20 10 10 5 DESIRE Years And Years 136100

21 13 5 7 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 256750
22 15 2 7 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 310000
23 26 23 27 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 343750
24 37 24 4 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 58800
25 34 25 2 SOMETHING I NEED Ben Haenow 36350
26 16 1 9 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 581100
27 31 27 13 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 155000
28 23 1 10 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 508550
29 NEW 29 1 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 18200
30 24 1 9 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 616000

31 21 1 10 DUST HALOS 589150
32 50 32 4 REAL LOVE Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 45500
33 20 20 4 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 59700
34 RE 34 3 COOL KIDS Echosmith 28000
35 18 18 2 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 39500
36 33 19 9 ADRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 129800
37 64 37 3 BAILANDO Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona 29500
38 40 38 2 SHAKE THAT Danssun and Marlon Hofstadt 34200
39 NEW 39 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 17100
40 RE 40 3 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 30200

41 30 5 17 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 493850
42 NEW 42 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 13750
43 19 19 3 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 53750
44 27 12 11 SOS Indila 204400
45 32 26 6 WAIT ON ME Rixton 74100
46 46 32 5 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE Cat Stevens 73250
47 45 1 20 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 943050
48 42 4 10 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 295150
49 49 49 3 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 36500
50 55 50 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 22800

51 48 12 11 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 234950
52 44 5 12 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN James Blunt 276600
53 43 6 9 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 229950
54 57 54 9 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 73900
55 54 1 17 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 587650
56 69 56 2 HOME AGAIN Ashley Campbell 16800
57 29 29 4 YOU GIVE ME LOVE Idris Elba featuring Maverick Sabre 54000
58 60 58 6 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 48300
59 68 59 2 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 16500
60 53 1 21 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1154950

61 61 1 42 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 826150
62 59 1 13 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 675650
63 65 63 7 MY GENERATION The Who 46600
64 NEW 64 1 7/11 Beyonce 7100
65 41 15 8 27 CLUB Chloe Black 154900
66 66 66 2 I’M AN ALBATROZ AronChupa 13600
67 NEW 67 1 THINKING ABOUT IT Just Kiddin 6600
68 67 1 20 CALL Francesco Yates 714200
69 52 52 2 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 17700
70 NEW 70 1 DIAMONDS Josef Salvat 6000

71 71 71 2 REBEL HEART Madonna 11600
72 NEW 72 1 IT DON’T MEAN A THING Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga 5600
73 73 1 26 BECOME Midge Ure 977600
74 74 8 13 HELLO GOODNIGHT Mamas Gun 251950
75 NEW 75 1 JEALOUS Labrinth 5000

DROP OUTS
35 27 6 I DON’T CARE Cheryl 83200
36 27 3 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 53200
38 38 3 CADILLAC, CADILLAC Train 44800
39 20 8 ANIMALS Maroon 5 106550
47 35 5 BLUE SMOKE Dolly Parton 81800
51 39 3 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 41350
56 7 13 IF YOU LET ME GO Salt Ashes 290450
58 58 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 10200
62 16 10 REASON Erasure 180700
63 45 3 SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO Jools Holland Rhythm n Blues Orchestra featuring Kylie Minogue 32600
70 70 1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes 6000
72 72 1 TOCA TOCA Fly Project 5600
75 75 2 FLY ME TO THE MOON Julie London 10000

me, dec 2014

me, dec 2014

21st December 2014

Ariane Grande and The Weeknd both get their first tuneful number one, holding off Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars new retrotastic entry at 2 by a whisker. Uptown Funk! Olly Murs gets another top 10 hit, aided by Demi Lovato getting her first. Great video too.

Calvin Harris also gets yet another top 10, ditto Ellie Golding, up to 7 together, just ahead of Gary Barlow’s duet with Agnetha Faltskog, giving her 31 years of solo hits or 40 years with Abba. Abba meanwhile keep on slipping upwards with 1980’s Our Last Summer to 26.

Loads of Christmas oldies pop back again, the order changes, some don’t make it this year, but only one that has never charted before, the anti-xmas Sparks track from 1974 at 20. Madonna gets two new entries, the highest one is a leaked album track Ghosttown which sounded pretty good to me on one listen!

OneRepublic cover from Ben X-Factor Haenow pops in, just ahead of some Spanish club tunes like Shake That at 40. Finally, Ashley Campbell, Glen’s daughter joins her father in the charts too, off the same EP as Glen’s number one and The Band Perry’s cover of Gentle On My Mind.

1 2 1 5 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 314900
2 NEW 2 1 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 100000
3 1 1 9 THESE DAYS Take That 646000
4 21 4 3 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 96750
5 5 5 7 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 216300
6 3 1 9 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 587100
7 29 7 4 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 90900
8 NEW 8 1 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 48000
9 11 9 9 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 202250
10 10 10 4 DESIRE Years And Years 116100

11 4 4 6 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 213600
12 9 9 5 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 134200
13 7 5 6 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 237000
14 6 3 4 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 210000
15 8 2 6 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 290500
16 12 1 8 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 562600
17 14 14 3 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 78000
18 NEW 18 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 22000
19 23 19 2 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 40250
20 40 20 3 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 42000

21 15 1 9 DUST HALOS 571250
22 13 13 7 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 126600
23 16 1 9 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 490250
24 17 1 8 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 598000
25 25 25 4 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 63150
26 28 26 26 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 324050
27 18 12 10 SOS Indila 191150
28 NEW 28 1 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 18200
29 30 29 3 YOU GIVE ME LOVE Idris Elba featuring Maverick Sabre 43500
30 22 5 16 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 479850

31 33 31 12 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 136600
32 26 26 5 WAIT ON ME Rixton 61100
33 19 19 2 ADRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 38700
34 NEW 34 1 SOMETHING I NEED Ben Haenow 17600
35 27 27 6 I DON’T CARE Cheryl 83200
36 36 27 3 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 53200
37 52 37 3 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 39800
38 38 38 3 CADILLAC, CADILLAC Train 44800
39 20 20 8 ANIMALS Maroon 5 106550
40 NEW 40 1 SHAKE THAT Danssun and Marlon Hofstadt 17000

41 24 15 7 27 CLUB Chloe Black 147900
42 31 4 9 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 282850
43 34 6 8 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 218700
44 41 5 11 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN James Blunt 265100
45 44 1 19 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 930550
46 32 32 4 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE Cat Stevens 60500
47 35 35 5 BLUE SMOKE Dolly Parton 81800
48 37 12 10 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 223200
49 49 49 2 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 24400
50 59 50 3 REAL LOVE Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 27700

51 39 39 3 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 41350
52 NEW 52 1 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 11500
53 42 1 20 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1144950
54 54 1 16 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 576850
55 NEW 55 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 10800
56 51 7 13 IF YOU LET ME GO Salt Ashes 290450
57 57 57 8 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 62900
58 NEW 58 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 10200
59 53 1 12 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 668250
60 60 60 5 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 38100

61 61 1 41 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 818650
62 48 16 10 REASON Erasure 180700
63 45 45 3 SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO Jools Holland Rhythm n Blues Orchestra featuring Kylie Minogue 32600
64 RE 64 1 BAILANDO Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona 7100
65 65 65 6 MY GENERATION The Who 39400
66 NEW 66 1 I’M AN ALBATROZ AronChupa 6800
67 64 1 19 CALL Francesco Yates 706800
68 NEW 68 1 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 6400
69 NEW 69 1 HOME AGAIN Ashley Campbell 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes 6000

71 NEW 71 1 REBEL HEART Madonna 5800
72 NEW 72 1 TOCA TOCA Fly Project 5600
73 72 1 25 BECOME Midge Ure 972200
74 66 8 12 HELLO GOODNIGHT Mamas Gun 246750
75 75 75 2 FLY ME TO THE MOON Julie London 10000

DROP OUTS
43 9 8 MALACHITE Lydia Ainsworth 180700
46 29 6 LOUDER THAN WORDS Pink Floyd 80350
47 10 13 A PLACE WITH NO NAME Michael Jackson 253400
50 11 5 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 116750
55 8 15 CHIMES Hudson Mohawke 266850
56 22 6 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 102400
58 58 1 SISSY THAT WALK RuPaul 10200
62 2 11 GLOW Ella Henderson 454450
63 49 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 19300
67 67 2 DYNAMO Johnny Marr 13200
68 68 2 THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE Shirley Bassey 12800
69 69 1 COLA SONG Inna featuring J Balvin 6200
70 70 2 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 12000
71 71 1 THINKING OUT LOUD Ed Sheeran 5800
73 73 2 REAL HOPE Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 10800
74 74 2 COOL KIDS Echosmith 10400


14th December 2014

It’s Take That on top for the 4th time in 21 years, following Pray, Back For Good, and The Flood, though Mark Owen also has one solo, putting him ahead of Gary Barlow, but not missing Robbie. For some inexplicable reason Ariana Grande’s best record has failed to go top 40, so I’m sure it’s small consolation that she’s shot up to 2 with her Love Me Harder, which also gives The Weeknd a second number 2 – an act who also just never seems to get the hits he deserves.

Pink Floyd finally go top 5 with Emily, and The Pierces get yet another top 5, yet never quite top the chart. Years and Years at 10, a re-entry for the fab floppy Wisin Adrenalina latin dance track at 19, one I wanted to enter into Buzzjack, and still getting played over here in the Canaries in the clubs. As is Inna, RuPaul, and a bunch of others, including Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off which pops back up in response to me shaking it off along with her in the video. Good thing I look cool dancing a bit, not at all like a dancing dad. I don’t move enough for that unless I’m drunk.

The X-Factor pushes a few records in and up, most notably Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud which has finally charted after being ignored by me for 6 months. Ben has a much less whiny overly-emotive voice than Ed, which allowed the actual song to come through better. Paloma Faith is back again, Sissy That Walk sounded good in the club in a thumping dance mix, so also belatedly enters my chart after being ignored in Buzzjack Song Contest, and giving RuPaul a 3rd or 4th hit some 22 years on from the first. Going top 40, Quo, Sparks and Train add to their lists of hits.

1 2 1 8 THESE DAYS Take That 561000
2 28 2 4 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 144900
3 1 1 8 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 532100
4 7 4 5 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 175600
5 8 5 6 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 156300
6 3 3 3 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 182000
7 5 5 5 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 205000
8 4 2 5 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 263500
9 9 9 4 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 99200
10 18 10 3 DESIRE Years And Years 74100

11 15 11 8 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 157250
12 10 1 7 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 537600
13 14 13 6 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 107100
14 16 14 2 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 55000
15 13 1 8 DUST HALOS 551500
16 6 1 8 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 471000
17 11 1 7 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 579000
18 12 12 9 SOS Indila 172750
19 RE 19 1 ADRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 21000
20 23 20 7 ANIMALS Maroon 5 89450

21 50 21 2 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 31750
22 41 5 15 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 461850
23 NEW 23 1 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 19250
24 17 15 6 27 CLUB Chloe Black 133900
25 25 25 3 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 44350
26 43 26 4 WAIT ON ME Rixton 43300
27 32 27 5 I DON’T CARE Cheryl 65700
28 30 28 25 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 305450
29 38 29 3 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 40900
30 62 30 2 YOU GIVE ME LOVE Idris Elba featuring Maverick Sabre 25400

31 19 4 8 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 269100
32 34 32 3 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE Cat Stevens 47700
33 40 33 11 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 118700
34 20 6 7 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 205200
35 35 35 4 BLUE SMOKE Dolly Parton 69200
36 27 27 2 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 35800
37 22 12 9 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 210800
38 57 38 2 CADILLAC, CADILLAC Train 27600
39 47 39 2 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 29600
40 75 40 2 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 22000

41 21 5 10 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN James Blunt 251850
42 31 1 19 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1133700
43 26 9 8 MALACHITE Lydia Ainsworth 180700
44 42 1 18 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 917550
45 48 45 2 SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO Jools Holland Rhythm n Blues Orchestra featuring Kylie Minogue 25300
46 29 29 6 LOUDER THAN WORDS Pink Floyd 80350
47 39 10 13 A PLACE WITH NO NAME Michael Jackson 253400
48 37 16 9 REASON Erasure 173300
49 NEW 49 1 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 12100
50 24 11 5 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 116750

51 51 7 12 IF YOU LET ME GO Salt Ashes 279850
52 54 52 2 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 22500
53 45 1 11 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 658150
54 53 1 15 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 565850
55 55 8 15 CHIMES Hudson Mohawke 266850
56 33 22 6 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 102400
57 58 57 7 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 52600
58 NEW 58 1 SISSY THAT WALK RuPaul 10200
59 72 59 2 REAL LOVE Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 15700
60 64 60 4 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 28100

61 60 1 40 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 811150
62 52 2 11 GLOW Ella Henderson 454450
63 49 49 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 19300
64 61 1 18 CALL Francesco Yates 700200
65 66 65 5 MY GENERATION The Who 32400
66 63 8 11 HELLO GOODNIGHT Mamas Gun 241550
67 67 67 2 DYNAMO Johnny Marr 13200
68 68 68 2 THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE Shirley Bassey 12800
69 NEW 69 1 COLA SONG Inna featuring J Balvin 6200
70 70 70 2 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 12000

71 NEW 71 1 THINKING OUT LOUD Ed Sheeran 5800
72 69 1 24 BECOME Midge Ure 966800
73 73 73 2 REAL HOPE Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 10800
74 74 74 2 COOL KIDS Echosmith 10400
75 NEW 75 1 FLY ME TO THE MOON Julie London 5000

DROP OUTS
36 36 3 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS (2014) Band Aid 30 41500
44 10 6 HIDE FROM THE SUN GOAT 157350
46 26 6 GUST OF WIND Pharrell Williams 86950
56 24 7 CLOSER Rae Morris 108200
59 19 6 I LIVED OneRepublic 104200
65 25 6 THE ONE Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 86050
71 71 3 NO ENEMIESZ Kiesza 16600

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!


7th December 2014

It’s a 2nd week on top for The Veronicas, just holding off Take That who get to runners-up, and bronze spot for The Hunger Games song. The Pierces run of top 10 sungles remains unbroken as the latest pops up to 8, and Taylor Swift gets 2 in a row as number 3 hovers just outside the top 10! Highest new entry is Sam Smith, Like I Can belatedly giving him his best position in a while, he might have had some number ones, and my top record of 2013 (La La La) but his ballad overdose this year has become annoying, as they just will NOT go away.

Lots of jumping up of chart stuff, some Christmas songs (as usual) but one “not a christmas song” from Sparks 1974 album which is getting a proper single release, making it the 5th off Kimono My House to chart since This Town Ain’t Big Enough hit number one over 40 years ago. Status Quo do an acoustic version of debut classic psychedelic pop 1968 hit Pictures Of Matchstick Men, Kylie does Clash with Jools, Olly Murs replaces his own underperforming first single off the album, aided by Demi Lovato, Train are back and also replacing themselves in the chart, Johnny Marr gets a solo hit some 31years after This Charming Man announced The Smiths, and Idris Elba, actor/musician/all-round talent enlists Maverick Sabre for a chart entry. Idris not only does adverts, he appears in everything these days, American and British, but I especially like him in the Avengers/Thor films and Prometheus, just because that’s my thing.

1 1 1 7 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 447100
2 3 2 7 THESE DAYS Take That 391000
3 10 3 2 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 127000
4 2 2 4 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 215500
5 5 5 4 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 155000
6 4 1 7 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 446000
7 9 7 4 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 110600
8 20 8 5 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 96300
9 11 9 3 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 54200
10 6 1 6 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 501600

11 8 1 6 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 556000
12 15 12 8 SOS Indila 150750
13 7 1 7 DUST HALOS 524500
14 28 14 5 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 75100
15 16 15 7 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 119250
16 NEW 16 1 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 25000
17 23 15 5 27 CLUB Chloe Black 114900
18 59 18 2 DESIRE Years And Years 32100
19 12 4 7 BUSY Jungle 251200
20 13 6 6 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 187600

21 17 5 9 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN James Blunt 237850
22 24 12 8 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 193500
23 30 23 6 ANIMALS Maroon 5 69450
24 14 11 4 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 104700
25 66 25 2 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 25550
26 19 9 7 MALACHITE Lydia Ainsworth 167200
27 NEW 27 1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 18400
28 71 28 3 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 29900
29 29 29 5 LOUDER THAN WORDS Pink Floyd 67600
30 34 30 24 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 287250

31 21 1 18 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1119950
32 50 32 4 I DON’T CARE Cheryl 47300
33 33 22 5 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 91800
34 48 34 2 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE Cat Stevens 29900
35 38 35 3 BLUE SMOKE Dolly Parton 51700
36 40 36 3 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS (2014) Band Aid 30 41500
37 21 16 8 REASON Erasure 161000
38 72 38 2 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 22800
39 18 10 12 PLACE WITHOUT NO NAME Michael Jackson 244900
40 44 40 10 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 101000

41 25 5 14 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 442350
42 41 1 17 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 904300
43 56 43 3 WAIT ON ME Rixton 24700
44 31 10 6 HIDE FROM THE SUN GOAT 157350
45 27 1 10 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 646900
46 26 26 6 GUST OF WIND Pharrell Williams 86950
47 NEW 47 1 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 12500
48 NEW 48 1 SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO Jools Holland Rhythm n Blues Orchestra featuring Kylie Minogue 12300
49 NEW 49 1 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 12100
50 NEW 50 1 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 12000

51 37 7 11 IF YOU LET ME GO Salt Ashes 268100
52 43 2 10 GLOW Ella Henderson 447050
53 52 1 14 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 554850
54 NEW 54 1 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 11000
55 55 8 14 CHIMES Hudson Mohawke 256050
56 32 24 7 CLOSER Rae Morris 108200
57 NEW 57 1 CADILLAC, CADILLAC Train 10400
58 62 58 6 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 42200
59 39 19 6 I LIVED OneRepublic 104200
60 60 1 39 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 803650

61 58 1 17 CALL Francesco Yates 693100
62 NEW 62 1 YOU GIVE ME LOVE Idris Elba featuring Maverick Sabre 7400
63 51 8 10 HELLO GOODNIGHT Mamas Gun 234750
64 70 64 3 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 18100
65 36 25 6 THE ONE Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 86050
66 67 66 4 MY GENERATION The Who 25400
67 NEW 67 1 DYNAMO Johnny Marr 6600
68 NEW 68 1 THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE Shirley Bassey 6400
69 65 1 23 BECOME Midge Ure 961200
70 NEW 70 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 6000

71 73 71 3 NO ENEMIESZ Kiesza 16600
72 NEW 72 1 REAL LOVE Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 5600
73 NEW 73 1 REAL HOPE Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 5400
74 NEW 74 1 COOL KIDS Echosmith 5200
75 NEW 75 1 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 5000


30th November 2014

It’s The Veronicas! 5 years after debut hit Untouched peaked at 29 for the Aussies, the delayed follow-up goes all the way to 1, a fab ballad mystifyingly not getting airplay. Given the turgid ballads getting dreary play after dreary play on British radio and streaming sites, month after endless month, it’s time to shout out loud, ENOUGH! Give the airplay instead to this one, and the fab number 2 cover version of The Beatles 1996 hit – Tom Odell has outdone the Fabs in my charts!

Glen Campbell’s EP is now downloaded and he heads back upwards along with another track, The Band Perry’s version of his Gentle On My Mind, the third version to go top 5, and 45 years since Dean Martin took it there first. Pink Floyd finally get another Top 10, 35 years on from number one Another Brick In The Wall, and it’s their first 60’s single, the terrific psychedelic pop of See Emily Play, up 47 to 9, just ahead of the highest new entry, yes it’s Jennifer Lawrence’s powerful performance of the song from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 at 10. Haunting.

Taylor Swift has to make do with 11 for now (Blank Space) and 28 (Welcome To New York), while Blonde are back at a new peak of 16, ahead of UK single release, and The Pierces keep up their top 20 record with every single so far. Cat Stevens is back for the first time in well over 35 years, with a blues cover version at 48 – OK, technically he has charted in the interim as Yusuf, and with oldies, but it’s great to have the brand name back in use.


1 6 1 6 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 277100
2 26 2 3 REAL LOVE – Tom Odell 150500
3 4 3 6 THESE DAYS – Take That 276000
4 12 1 6 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 391000
5 18 5 3 GENTLE ON MY MIND – The Band Perry 95000
6 2 1 6 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 459600
7 1 1 6 DUST – >HALOS< 492500
8 3 1 5 WHO'S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL) – Neil Young 518000
9 56 9 3 SEE EMILY PLAY – Pink Floyd 60600
10 NEW 10 1 THE HANGING TREE – James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 42000

11 38 11 2 BLANK SPACE – Taylor Swift 54200
12 5 4 6 BUSY EARNING – Jungle 230250
13 8 6 5 SAVE ME NOW – Billy Idol 167600
14 11 11 4 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 85700
15 17 15 7 S.O.S. – Indila 115750
16 63 16 6 I LOVED YOU – Blonde featuring Melissa Steel 92250
17 7 5 8 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 218100
18 10 10 11 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 227800
19 9 9 6 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 148700
20 49 20 4 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT – The Pierces 48300

21 16 16 7 REASON – Erasure 143700
22 15 15 4 27 CLUB – Chloe Black 91900
23 14 1 17 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1102050
24 13 12 7 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 174000
25 20 5 13 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 428350
26 32 26 5 GUST OF WIND – Pharrell Williams 74200
27 21 1 9 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 633900
28 50 28 4 WELCOME TO NEW YORK – Taylor Swift 46100
29 55 29 4 LOUDER THAN WORDS – Pink Floyd 49400
30 44 30 5 ANIMALS – Maroon 5 50250

31 19 10 5 HIDE FROM THE SUN – GOAT 141200
32 24 24 6 CLOSER – Rae Morris 97800
33 22 22 4 SADNESS DISEASE – Urban Cone 74100
34 34 34 23 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 269250
35 27 27 6 DANGEROUS – Rumer 91700
36 36 25 5 THE ONE – Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 79050
37 23 7 10 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 256350
38 40 38 2 BLUE SMOKE – Dolly Parton 34200
39 25 19 5 I LIVED – OneRepublic 94100
40 65 40 2 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? (2014) – Band Aid 30 24000

41 41 1 16 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 890550
42 30 30 8 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 94200
43 31 2 9 GLOW – Ella Henderson 435550
44 46 44 9 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 84000
45 29 29 5 AND IT’S BETTER NOW – Status Quo 72100
46 33 20 5 STEPPING STONE – Paul Carrack 79850
47 61 47 5 16″ – Dreamshow 48500
48 NEW 48 1 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE – Cat Stevens 12300
49 54 49 4 READY FOR THE GOOD LIFE – Paloma Faith 38600
50 57 50 3 I DON’T CARE – Cheryl 29500

51 42 8 9 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 227550
52 51 1 13 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 543600
53 28 26 6 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 88150
54 45 45 3 BLACK SWEAT – Prince 30400
55 59 8 13 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 245250
56 72 56 2 WAIT ON ME – Rixton 11200
57 52 3 19 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 702600
58 58 1 16 CALL – Francesco Yates 685600
59 NEW 59 1 DESIRE – Years and Years 10100
60 60 1 38 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 793650

61 35 35 8 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 90900
62 66 62 5 SONG FOR THE ASKING – Simon & Garfunkel 32000
63 37 26 5 LUCIFER’S EYES – T.O.L.D. 78600
64 68 64 5 WRAPPED UP – Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy 30300
65 64 1 22 BECOME – Midge Ure 954000
66 NEW 66 1 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE – SIA 6800
67 70 67 3 MY GENERATION – The Who 18600
68 NEW 68 1 ONE WAY – Paolo Nutini 6400
69 69 69 2 STEVIE – Kasabian 12400
70 75 70 2 SOMEBODY TO LOVE – Queen 11000

71 71 71 2 LOVE ME HARDER – Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 11600
72 NEW 72 1 OUTSIDE – Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding 5600
73 73 73 2 NO ENEMIESZ – Kiesza 10800
74 NEW 74 1 SOMETHING FROM NOTHING – Foo Fighters 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I – Kendrick Lamarr 5000

DROP OUTS
39 39 4 GUNSHOT – Lykke Li 44100
43 18 6 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 88300
47 4 8 LET IT BE – Labrinth 291000
48 34 3 GHOSTS – Higher Self featuring Lauren Mason 42000
53 3 11 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 363150
62 47 4 I WISH I WAS A GIRL LIKE YOU – Deacon Blue 42900
67 43 4 PLATEAU – r.e.l. 50600
74 74 2 FEET ON THE GROUND – Nicky Romero featuring Anouk 10400

23rd November 2014

HALOS take the top spot with the haunting Dust, and I expect to hear HALOS happening in 2015. Or else! Up 50 places and The Veronicas outdo their earlier hits from 5 years back, now at 6, while Noel Gallagher almost makes it at 11, edged out by Michael Jackson, still grabbing top 10 hits, despite being inconveniently late, and 44 years on from the first ones.

The Band Perry take Gentle On My Mind into the top 20, classy country, and the 3rd time the song has done that, since Dean Martin had the first entry back in 1969. Taylor Swift has another new entry in the 75, Blank Space popping in at 38, just ahead of veteran Dolly with her Blue Smoke. Band Aid 30 becomes the 4th version to chart, I support the cause strongly, and had a long blurb in response to Janet Street-Porter’s article and all the slaggers-off. End of the day, it’s a response to save lives, nothing else matters, if anyone is offended or embarrassed by pop stars trying to do something, tough, if you’ve got anything better to suggest RIGHT NOW (as in, not leaving it months until more people have died) then speak up or shut up with the petty whingeing. Hypocrites. Geldof is a mouthy, arrogant SOB, and always has been, but he’s invariably spot on with his observations on situations, and does what has to be done, even if that means swallowing his pride and going on X-Factor, because that’s not important in the scheme of things. Saving lives is. Nuff said. PS the UN asked him to do it because only 3 countries have responded so far in any significant way. UK, USA, France.

1 3 1 5 DUST – >HALOS< 442500
2 1 1 5 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 404600
3 2 1 4 WHO'S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL) – Neil Young 470000
4 9 4 5 THESE DAYS – Take That 191000
5 4 4 5 BUSY EARNING – Jungle 195250
6 56 6 5 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 107100
7 5 5 7 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 195100
8 6 6 4 SAVE ME NOW – Billy Idol 135600
9 11 9 5 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 127700
10 12 10 10 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 205800

11 47 11 3 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 56700
12 7 1 5 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 326000
13 16 12 6 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 155000
14 8 1 16 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1082800
15 15 15 3 27 CLUB – Chloe Black 72400
16 18 16 6 REASON – Erasure 123950
17 23 17 6 S.O.S. – Indila 88750
18 45 18 2 GENTLE ON MY MIND – The Band Perry 35000
19 10 10 4 HIDE FROM THE SUN – GOAT 123300
20 17 5 12 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 409600

21 13 1 8 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 615500
22 22 22 3 SADNESS DISEASE – Urban Cone 56400
23 14 7 9 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 239050
24 24 24 5 CLOSER – Rae Morris 80000
25 19 19 4 I LIVED – OneRepublic 77000
26 40 26 2 REAL LOVE – Tom Odell 35500
27 27 27 5 DANGEROUS – Rumer 74200
28 RE 26 5 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 76900
29 29 29 4 AND IT’S BETTER NOW – Status Quo 59100
30 36 30 7 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 80450

31 21 2 8 GLOW – Ella Henderson 422050
32 37 32 4 GUST OF WIND – Pharrell Williams 55700
33 20 20 4 STEPPING STONE – Paul Carrack 67100
34 38 34 22 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 251650
35 39 35 7 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 83400
36 25 25 4 THE ONE – Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 61650
37 26 26 4 LUCIFER’S EYES – T.O.L.D. 71400
38 NEW 38 1 BLANK SPACE – Taylor Swift 17200
39 49 39 4 GUNSHOT – Lykke Li 44100
40 NEW 40 1 BLUE SMOKE – Dolly Parton 17000

41 41 1 15 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 876550
42 32 8 8 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 215800
43 31 18 6 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 88300
44 65 44 4 ANIMALS – Maroon 5 32250
45 RE 45 2 BLACK SWEAT – Prince 19400
46 54 46 8 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 70750
47 35 4 8 LET IT BE – Labrinth 291000
48 34 34 3 GHOSTS – Higher Self featuring Lauren Mason 42000
49 57 49 3 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT – The Pierces 28300
50 58 50 3 WELCOME TO NEW YORK – Taylor Swift 27800

51 46 1 12 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 532100
52 44 3 18 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 692200
53 42 3 11 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 363150
54 59 54 3 READY FOR THE GOOD LIFE – Paloma Faith 26500
55 RE 55 3 LOUDER THAN WORDS – Pink Floyd 31200
56 75 56 2 SEE EMILY PLAY – Pink Floyd 15600
57 64 57 2 I DON’T CARE – Cheryl 17500
58 52 1 15 CALL – Francesco Yates 675400
59 RE 8 12 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 234450
60 60 1 37 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 783650

61 53 53 4 16″ – Dreamshow 36000
62 51 47 4 I WISH I WAS A GIRL LIKE YOU – Deacon Blue 42900
63 RE 26 5 I LOVED YOU – Blonde featuring Melissa Steel 67250
64 62 1 21 BECOME – Midge Ure 947000
65 NEW 65 1 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? (2014) – Band Aid 30 7000
66 66 66 4 SONG FOR THE ASKING – Simon & Garfunkel 24600
67 43 43 4 PLATEAU – r.e.l. 50600
68 68 68 4 WRAPPED UP – Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy 23200
69 NEW 69 1 STEVIE – Kasabian 6200
70 70 70 2 MY GENERATION – The Who 12000

71 NEW 71 1 LOVE ME HARDER – Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WAIT ON ME – Rixton 5600
73 NEW 73 1 NO ENEMIESZ – Kiesza 5400
74 74 74 2 FEET ON THE GROUND – Nicky Romero featuring Anouk 10400
75 NEW 75 1 SOMEBODY TO LOVE – Queen 5000

DROP OUTS:
28 5 10 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 263200
30 30 11 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 151650
33 10 7 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 158250
48 48 11 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 103100
50 50 4 BLAME IT ON ME – George Ezra 29800
55 55 2 CHEAP SUNGLASSES – RAC featuring Matthew Koma 18200
61 54 2 PEOPLE LOVING PEOPLE – Garth Brooks 18500
63 35 5 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 57950
67 67 1 RESONANCE – Luvbug featuring Talay Riley 6600
69 69 1 BREAK THE RULES – Charlie XCX 6200
71 71 1 LOOP DE LI – Bryan Ferry 5800
72 72 1 MR SANDMAN – Bette Midler 5600
73 73 1 DRUNK AND INCAPABLE – Krishane featuring Melissa Steel 5400

16th November 2014

It’s a new number one from Cosmonaut Grechko, Russian retro dance producer, love those laid back 70’s soul vibes in Anytime. Jungle go top 5, funk class, and James Blunt gets his 5th top 5 hit 8 years since the last one, in fact all of his top 5 hits peaked at 5, except for Wisemen which hit 3. Billy Idol can do better, though, he hasn’t made the top 10 since 1988 when Hot In the City (remixed) became his 7th, and only Mony Mony (5) has done better since Eyes Without A face hit 1 in 1984.

Take That have had loads of top 10 hits over the last 22 years of course, so it’s no surprise for their new single to be at 9, and Paul carrack has had plenty of top 20 hits over 40 years, so ditto! Pharrell gets another top 40 entry, and so does Tom Odell covering The Beatles rework of John Lennon’s demo cassette vocal, Real Love is the last ever Beatles recording, and it’s great to see it getting belated recognition after having largely been forgotten for almost 20 years.

The Band Perry cover Glen Campbell’s Gentle On My Mind for the tribute EP which includes number 7 I’m Not Gonna Miss You, and it’s a really good version at 45. Down the bottom end, Bryan Ferry extends his run to over 42 years of hits, while Bette Midler covers the gorgeous 50’s song Mr Sandman (made immortal in Back To The Future) on her covers album, giving her one of her very occasional chart entries that date back to 1977.

1 4 1 4 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 289600
2 1 1 3 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL) – Neil Young 385000
3 2 2 4 DUST – >HALOS< 272500
4 9 4 4 BUSY EARNING – Jungle 135250
5 16 5 6 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 145100
6 18 6 3 SAVE ME NOW – Billy Idol 87600
7 3 1 4 I'M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 291000
8 5 1 15 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1053800
9 13 9 4 THESE DAYS – Take That 126000
10 10 10 3 HIDE FROM THE
SUN – GOAT 102300

11 19 11 4 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 82700
12 15 12 9 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 163800
13 6 1 7 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 595750
14 7 7 8 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 219800
15 27 15 2 27 CLUB – Chloe Black 45400
16 12 12 5 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 123000
17 17 5 11 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 389600
18 20 18 5 REASON – Erasure 98950
19 25 19 3 I LIVED – OneRepublic 58250
20 39 20 3 STEPPING STONE – Paul Carrack 49400

21 11 2 7 GLOW – Ella Henderson 404150
22 36 22 2 SADNESS DISEASE – Urban Cone 36900
23 33 23 5 S.O.S. – Indila 65750
24 30 24 4 CLOSER – Rae Morris 61000
25 28 25 3 THE ONE – Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 44250
26 26 26 3 LUCIFER’S EYES – T.O.L.D. 54100
27 40 27 4 DANGEROUS – Rumer 55800
28 14 5 10 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 263200
29 37 29 3 AND IT’S BETTER NOW – Status Quo 40900
30 34 30 11 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 151650

31 22 18 5 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 74800
32 21 8 7 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 202050
33 23 10 7 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 158250
34 49 34 2 GHOSTS – Higher Self featuring Lauren Mason 29700
35 24 4 7 LET IT BE – Labrinth 278500
36 46 36 6 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 62450
37 56 37 3 GUST OF WIND – Pharrell Williams 37900
38 38 38 21 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 234050
39 45 39 6 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 65900
40 NEW 40 1 REAL LOVE – Tom Odell 17000

41 41 1 15 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 862550
42 35 3 10 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 351900
43 43 43 3 PLATEAU – r.e.l. 44000
44 31 3 17 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 680700
45 NEW 45 1 GENTLE ON MY MIND – The Band Perry 13000
46 44 1 11 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 520350
47 63 47 2 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 19700
48 48 48 11 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 103100
49 61 49 3 GUNSHOT – Lykke Li 27000
50 RE 50 4 BLAME IT ON ME – George Ezra 29800

51 47 47 3 I WISH I WAS A GIRL LIKE YOU – Deacon Blue 35500
52 42 1 14 CALL – Francesco Yates 665200
53 53 53 3 16″ – Dreamshow 28500
54 55 54 7 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 58000
55 62 55 2 CHEAP SUNGLASSES – RAC featuring Matthew Koma 18200
56 RE 38 4 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 52100
57 71 57 2 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT – The Pierces 16200
58 RE 58 2 WELCOME TO NEW YORK – Taylor Swift 15800
59 73 59 2 READY FOR THE GOOD LIFE – Paloma Faith 15500
60 60 1 36 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 773650

61 54 54 2 PEOPLE LOVING PEOPLE – Garth Brooks 18500
62 59 1 20 BECOME – Midge Ure 939900
63 51 35 5 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 57950
64 NEW 64 1 I DON’T CARE – Cheryl 7100
65 69 65 3 ANIMALS – Maroon 5 19000
66 70 66 3 SONG FOR THE ASKING – Simon & Garfunkel 17800
67 NEW 67 1 RESONANCE – Luvbug featuring Talay Riley 6600
68 74 68 3 WRAPPED UP – Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy 16800
69 NEW 69 1 BREAK THE RULES – Charlie XCX 6200
70 NEW 70 1 MY GENERATION – The Who 6000

71 NEW 71 1 LOOP DI LI – Bryan Ferry 5800
72 NEW 72 1 MR SANDMAN – Bette Midler 5600
73 NEW 73 1 DRUNK AND INCAPABLE – Krishane featuring Melissa Steel 5400
74 NEW 74 1 FEET ON THE GROUND – Nicky Romero featuring Anouk 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SEE EMILY PLAY – Pink Floyd 5000

DROP OUTS
8 8 23 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 366300
29 19 3 TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA – Tin Tin 58700
32 15 9 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 130000
50 9 11 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 232700
52 10 6 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 139500
57 13 6 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 110150
58 58 2 LOUDER THAN WORDS – Pink Floyd 20400
64 64 1 MISTAKES I’VE MADE – Eelke Kleijn 7100
65 65 2 SOMEBODY’S TALKING – The Preatures 13200
66 66 2 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE – Paul McCartney 13600
67 67 1 SEA OF VOICES – Porter Robinson 6600
68 68 1 BLACK SWEAT – Prince 6400
72 72 1 AQUA VITAE – Future World Music 5600
75 75 1 LULLABY – Professor Green featuring Tori Kelly 5000

9th November 2014

It’s Neil Young, a modern orchestral hippie anthem, which is fine by lil ol tree-hugger me, giving Neil his first ever chart-topper a whopping 42 years after debuting in my chart. That beats Petula Clark’s 41-year gap to top my chart with new material (though oldies did it earlier). HALOS have to settle for runners-up with the haunting Dust, for now. Dorothy Moore has also taken a large 38 years to finally make my top 10 with Misty Blue, after peaking a fair bit lower first time round – got there in the end!

Jungle and GOAT also get their first Top 10’s. Blunt’y’s back at 16 with a track that almost made the UK Top 40 sales chart, but completely failed to make the “Official” UK chart. That’s the shit, boring Streaming-dominated heap of steaming manure that induces anyone listening to it to fall into a long coma. Other new sales hits like Queen also miss out.

Billy Idol gets a quick second Top 20 hit, his singles back on form, love that riff. Status Quo keep the Top 40 hits coming, too, as does Rumer and Paul Carrack. Garth Brooks, country legend that never did much for me finally gets another hit over 20 years later, as he returns to recording with rather a good song. Nice bloke. Noel Gallagher also returns, but he’s had hits throughout the last 20 years, unlike Garth. Prince also sneaks in, keeping his comeback up, too.


1 2 1 2 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL) – Neil Young 270000
2 6 2 3 DUST – >HALOS< 187500
3 1 1 3 I'M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 241000
4 8 4 3 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 119600
5 3 1 14 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1005800
6 5 1 6 SHE'S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 563750
7 7 7 7 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 189800
8 14 8 23 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 366300
9 23 9 3 BUSY EARNING – Jungle 70250
10 28 10 2 HIDE FROM THE SUN – GOAT 60300

11 4 2 6 GLOW – Ella Henderson 384400
12 15 12 4 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 98000
13 13 13 3 THESE DAYS – Take That 81000
14 9 5 9 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 244900
15 17 15 8 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 128400
16 46 16 5 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 85100
17 16 5 10 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 366600
18 56 18 2 SAVE ME NOW – Billy Idol 32600
19 34 19 3 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 45700
20 20 20 4 REASON – Erasure 76950

21 12 8 6 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 184250
22 18 18 4 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 56900
23 10 10 6 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 140550
24 11 4 6 LET IT BE – Labrinth 261000
25 26 25 2 I LIVED – OneRepublic 37250
26 39 26 2 LUCIFER’S EYES – T.O.L.D. 35600
27 NEW 27 1 27 CLUB – Chloe Black 18400
28 63 28 2 THE ONE – Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 25500
29 19 19 3 TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA – Tin Tin 58700
30 32 30 3 CLOSER – Rae Morris 42000

31 21 3 16 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 667450
32 22 15 9 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 130000
33 38 33 4 S.O.S. – Indila 46500
34 37 34 10 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 133650
35 24 3 9 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 351900
36 NEW 36 1 SADNESS DISEASE – Urban Cone 17400
37 73 37 2 AND IT’S BETTER NOW – Status Quo 22700
38 40 38 20 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 216850
39 48 39 2 STEPPING STONE – Paul Carrack 29400
40 RE 40 3 DANGEROUS – Rumer 37400

41 41 1 14 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 848550
42 29 1 13 CALL – Francesco Yates 653700
43 65 43 2 PLATEAU – r.e.l. 20500
44 42 1 10 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 507600
45 49 45 5 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 48800
46 61 46 5 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 45050
47 53 47 2 I WISH I WAS A GIRL LIKE YOU – Deacon Blue 23750
48 50 48 10 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 90800
49 NEW 49 1 GHOSTS – Higher Self featuring Lauren Mason 12100
50 33 9 11 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 232700

51 35 35 4 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 50750
52 30 10 6 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 139500
53 70 53 2 16″ – Dreamshow 17250
54 NEW 54 1 PEOPLE LOVING PEOPLE – Garth Brooks 11000
55 57 55 6 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 47000
56 60 56 2 GUST OF WIND – Pharrell Williams 20600
57 27 13 6 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 110150
58 58 58 2 LOUDER THAN WORDS – Pink Floyd 20400
59 55 1 19 BECOME – Midge Ure 932500
60 59 1 35 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 763650

61 62 61 2 GUNSHOT – Lykke Li 14900
62 NEW 62 1 CHEAP SUNGLASSES – RAC featuring Matthew Koma 7400
63 NEW 63 1 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 7200
64 NEW 64 1 MISTAKES I’VE MADE – Eelke Kleijn 7100
65 69 65 2 SOMEBODY’S TALKING – The Preatures 13200
66 66 66 2 HOPE – Paul McCartney 13600
67 NEW 67 1 SEA OF VOICES – Porter Robinson 6600
68 NEW 68 1 BLACK SWEAT – Prince 6400
69 71 69 2 ANIMALS – Maroon 5 12000
70 75 70 2 SONG FOR THE ASKING – Simon & Garfunkel 11000

71 NEW 71 1 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT – The Pierces 5800
72 NEW 72 1 AQUA VITAE – Future World Music 5600
73 NEW 73 1 READY FOR THE GOOD LIFE – Paloma Faith 5400
74 74 74 2 WRAPPED UP – Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy 10400
75 NEW 75 1 LULLABY – Professor Green featuring Tori Kelly 5000

DROP OUTS
25 6 7 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 212250
31 23 5 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 73600
36 16 8 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 143250
43 28 6 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 88850
44 26 4 I LOVED YOU – Blonde 60050
45 4 4 YOU’RE MY WORLD – Cilla Black 178000
47 26 4 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 58600
51 1 17 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 978650
52 12 9 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 179950
54 5 9 BULLIT – Watermat 299600
64 38 3 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 41500
67 67 1 MURMURS – Hundred Waters 6600
68 17 5 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 89400
72 72 1 WELCOME TO NEW YORK – Taylor Swift 5600

2nd November 2014

It’s Glen Campbell at number one for the 12th time with his last heart-breaking record, the lyrics say it all, his vocal adds more, and it’s a brilliant way to say goodbye. Glen has Alzheimers, like my mum who also has loved Glen for as long as me. It was mum’s 76th birthday last week and I took her to my brothers in Weymouth for his 55th, playing her my current playlist records. She liked Ariana Grande best (up to 18 from 60) among several and tried to singalong. Still cool at 76.

Glen’s 78, and highest of 23 incredible new entries at 2 is a sprightly 69-year-old with his biggest hit ever, despite charting now for 42 years on and off. It’s Neil Young, and his new sweeping orchestral “State Of The World Today” themed record. I believe in the message of this record, and have done since I was a kid buying Save The World themed songs. They get more relevant with every passing year. The chart, meanwhile is highly volatile, records dropping out from high to make way for the invasion of the new.

HALOS shoot up to 6 with haunting Dust, and the laid-back retro groove of the gorgeous Cosmonaut Grechko just sends me (man) up 59 places to 8. Take That get another big hit 21 years on, at 13, Michael Jackson borrows heavily from Horse (Place) With No Name to climb to 17 and Jungle re-enter at 23 with a terrific Busy single. Others: OneRepublic bounce back, GOAT offer some Swedish psychedelia rock which I happily take, Rae Morris goes top 40, Paul Carrack has 40 years of hits this month, Deacon Blue are back again, ditto Billy Idol, and stunningly Pink Floyd have a classic-period new old track out in at 58 louder than words. If you can follow that sentence you’re doing well! Finally, at 75, one of the 3 uncharted tracks off possibly the greatest album of all-time (Bridge Over Troubled Water, back in the UK charts nearly 45 years on)! Gorgeous.

1 19 1 2 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 166000
2 NEW 2 1 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL) – Neil Young 100000
3 2 1 13 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 945800
4 3 2 5 GLOW – Ella Henderson 347400
5 1 1 5 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 503750
6 35 6 2 DUST – >HALOS< 72500
7 10 7 6 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 139800
8 67 8 2 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 54600
9 5 5 8 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 215900
10 14 10 5 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 121300

11 4 4 5 LET IT BE – Labrinth 242000
12 8 8 5 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 164500
13 40 13 2 THESE DAYS – Take That 49000
14 16 14 22 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 318300
15 30 15 3 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 63000
16 7 5 9 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 343600
17 36 17 7 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 101400
18 60 18 3 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 37400
19 22 19 2 TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA – Tin Tin 40500
20 25 20 3 REASON – Erasure 56950

21 13 3 15 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 649550
22 15 15 8 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 112200
23 RE 23 2 BUSY – Jungle 25250
24 12 3 8 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 334400
25 11 6 7 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 212250
26 NEW 26 1 I LIVED – OneRepublic 18500
27 18 13 5 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 99750
28 NEW 28 1 HIDE FROM THE SUN – GOAT 18300
29 17 1 12 CALL – Francesco Yates 639950
30 20 10 5 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 128000

31 23 23 5 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 73600
32 69 32 2 CLOSER – Rae Morris 24000
33 29 9 10 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 220700
34 64 34 2 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 24700
35 52 35 3 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 39000
36 21 16 8 CAN'T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 143250
37 42 37 9 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 116050
38 71 38 3 S.O.S. – Indila 28800
39 NEW 39 1 LUCIFER'S EYES – T.O.L.D. 17100
40 44 40 19 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 199650

41 31 1 13 I'M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 834550
42 34 1 9 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 494350
43 28 28 6 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 88850
44 37 26 4 I LOVED YOU – Blonde 60050
45 9 4 4 YOU'RE MY WORLD – Cilla Black 178000
46 46 37 4 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 60100
47 26 26 4 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 58600
48 NEW 48 1 STEPPING STONE – Paul Carrack 12300
49 59 49 4 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 35800
50 54 50 9 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 78500

51 41 1 17 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 978650
52 39 12 9 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 179950
53 NEW 53 1 I WISH I WAS A GIRL LIKE YOU – Deacon Blue 11250
54 32 5 9 BULLIT – Watermat 299600
55 51 1 18 BECOME – Midge Ure 922500
56 NEW 56 1 SAVE ME NOW – Billy Idol 10600
57 61 57 5 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 36200
58 NEW 58 1 LOUDER THAN WORDS – Pink Floyd 10200
59 57 1 34 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 753650
60 NEW 60 1 GUST OF WIND – Pharrell Williams 10000

61 RE 55 4 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 32300
62 NEW 62 1 GUNSHOT – Lykke Li 7400
63 NEW 63 1 THE ONE – Lane 8 (featuring Patrick Baker) 7200
64 38 38 3 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 41500
65 NEW 65 1 PLATEAU – r.e.l. 7000
66 NEW 66 1 HOPE – Paul McCartney 6800
67 NEW 67 1 MURMURS – Hundred Waters 6600
68 24 17 5 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 89400
69 NEW 69 1 SOMEBODY'S TALKING – The Preatures 6200
70 NEW 70 1 16" – Dreamshow 6000

71 NEW 71 1 ANIMALS – Maroon 5 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WELCOME TO NEW YORK – Taylor Swift 5600
73 NEW 73 1 AND IT'S BETTER NOW – Status Quo 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WRAPPED UP – Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SONG FOR THE ASKING – Simon & Garfunkel 5000

DROP OUTS:
6 6 17 CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 312550
27 22 2 THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS – Queen and Michael Jackson 37900
33 33 3 COME BACK – Ella Eyre 45500
43 43 3 XTC – Liz 32000
45 10 9 NATURE'S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 191200
47 10 9 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 190600
48 8 11 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 224350
49 49 1 BABY DON'T LIE – Gwen Stefani 12100
50 30 3 GOD ONLY KNOWS – Brian Wilson and Various Artists 44000
53 40 3 HONEST TOWN – Simple Minds 45250
55 55 2 MY FLOWER – IAmDotter 16800
56 1 14 ONE – Order Of Era 656300
58 58 2 DANGEROUS – Rumer 20400
62 9 10 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 214150
63 63 2 TRIGGER – Maluca Lala 14400
65 1 21 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1614150
66 1 13 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE (594100) – Redbone 558900
68 9 15 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 250150
70 1 22 TIME IN A BOTTLE (969050) – Jim Croce 897350
72 49 2 HOLD ON – Minx featuring Hannah Joy 17700
73 1 62 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD (3160100) – Tears For Fears 1108550
74 74 3 SOMETHING BLUE – Neil Diamond 10600
75 75 2 BEAUTIFUL – Mali Music 10000

26th October 2014

It’s Jenny Lewis again on top for a second week, produced by Ryan Adams and some fab guitar work and strings. Great song, great singer, and an actress who’s been in Pleasantville and American Dad. Immaculate. U2 kick themselves out of the top 10 with the best track on their great (slagged-off) album, subtle and dark, quirky and inventive, giving them their first Top 5 hit for 8 years. Just cos it’s free doesn’t mean it’s not a great album (it is).

Frankie Valli gets the long-awaited Top 10 hit with Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – it was Andy Williams who had the UK hit. And Boystown Gang. And Pet Shop Boys in a hilariously brilliant mix with U2’s Where The Streets Have No Name, easily as good as both originals, if not much better. Andy and Pet Shop Boys both got a number one out of it, but the Four Seasons had to wait for the latest hits album following the movie of the hit stage show Jersey Boys – it’s basically a Four Seasons record.

There’s some song contest mystery records in the chart – all will be revealed eventually – but the highest new entry isn’t available in the UK: it’s Glen Campbell’s final record, recorded before he became based in a care home with alzheimers, and a heartbreaking final farewell to his loved ones, charting in the Hot 100 following a youtube video and documentary.

At 22, Tin Tin enters. Not Herge, it’s an Australian band from 1971 with a Maurice Gibb-pushed 60’s psychedelic pop track I heard for the first time on Steve Wright’s show this week. It’s fab. Take That are back at 40. Well, 60% of Take That are back. Gwen Stefani’s back at 49 after a long absence (apart from No Doubt tracks), with a record I can’t buy till January in the UK. Bet it ends up being March.

1 1 1 4 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 443750
2 3 1 12 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 860800
3 2 2 4 GLOW – Ella Henderson 282400
4 5 4 4 LET IT BE – Labrinth 205000
5 12 5 7 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 170900
6 11 6 17 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 312550
7 8 5 8 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 318600
8 9 8 4 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 129500
9 4 4 3 YOU’RE MY WORLD – Cilla Black 165000
10 27 10 5 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 89800

11 6 6 6 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 193500
12 15 3 7 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 315400
13 14 3 14 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 629800
14 19 14 4 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 79300
15 18 15 7 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 92700
16 20 16 21 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 289300
17 7 1 11 CALL – Francesco Yates 621750
18 13 13 4 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 81350
19 NEW 19 1 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 21000
20 10 10 4 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 110000

21 16 16 7 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 125850
22 NEW 22 1 TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA – Tin Tin 19500
23 23 23 4 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 55700
24 17 17 4 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 83000
25 29 25 2 REASON – Erasure 36950
26 35 26 3 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 46100
27 22 22 2 THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS – Queen and Michael Jackson 37900
28 28 28 5 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 75350
29 31 9 9 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 203000
30 30 30 2 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 36000

31 21 1 12 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 820550
32 45 5 8 BULLIT – Watermat 288600
33 34 33 3 COME BACK – Ella Eyre 45500
34 24 1 8 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 480600
35 NEW 35 1 DUST – >HALOS< 17500
36 36 36 6 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 78400
37 26 26 3 I LOVED YOU – Blonde 46800
38 38 38 2 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 34400
39 25 12 8 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 168450
40 NEW 40 1 THESE DAYS – Take That 17000

41 33 1 16 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 966900
42 44 42 8 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 98750
43 43 43 3 XTC – Liz 32000
44 46 44 18 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 182650
45 32 10 9 NATURE'S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 191200
46 37 37 3 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 47350
47 42 10 9 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 190600
48 39 8 11 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 224350
49 NEW 49 1 BABY DON'T LIE – Gwen Stefani 12100
50 41 30 3 GOD ONLY KNOWS – Brian Wilson and Various Artists 44000

51 48 1 17 BECOME – Midge Ure 911700
52 60 52 2 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 21500
53 40 40 3 HONEST TOWN – Simple Minds 45250
54 59 54 8 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 66500
55 70 55 2 MY FLOWER – IAmDotter 16800
56 50 1 14 ONE – Order Of Era 656300
57 56 1 33 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 743550
58 58 58 2 DANGEROUS – Rumer 20400
59 66 59 3 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 23700
60 73 60 2 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 15400

61 64 61 4 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 25800
62 47 9 10 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 214150
63 63 63 2 TRIGGER – Maluca Lala 14400
64 NEW 64 1 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 7100
65 61 1 21 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1614150
66 62 1 13 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 558900
67 NEW 67 1 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 6600
68 68 9 15 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 250150
69 NEW 69 1 CLOSER – Rae Morris 6200
70 67 1 22 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 897350

71 71 71 2 S.O.S. – Indila 11600
72 49 49 2 HOLD ON – Minx featuring Hannah Joy 17700
73 72 1 62 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1108550
74 74 74 3 SOMETHING BLUE – Neil Diamond 10600
75 75 75 2 BEAUTIFUL – Mali Music 10000

DROP OUTS
51 6 8 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 297950
52 31 6 ACROSS 110TH STREET – Bobby Womack 98300
53 15 5 U GOT ALL I'M LOOKING 4 – Summer Heart 92950
54 54 1 THE YEARS (PROLOGUE) – The Midnight 11000
55 35 3 CENTRAL PARK ARREST – Lynsey De Paul 45500
57 4 11 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 362950
65 28 5 SNOWSHIP (THOMAS JACK REMIX) – Benjamin Franklin Leftwich 77900
69 69 3 PLEASE DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD – Jamie Cullum featuring Gregory Porter 17300

19th October 2014

It’s Jenny by the slimmest of margins, the gorgeous melody just pipped Ella’s dramatic epic, but both are great. Mama’s Gun get a 2nd Top 10 in a row, while Calvin harris and John Newman finally break into the 20, and Ella Eyre into the 40.

The big news though is the release, after decades of waiting, and long after the deaths of both singers, of the Queen and Michael Jackson duet There Must Be More To Life Than This. Jacko of course has another one climbing further down, and no doubt plenty more in the vaults, but this may well be the last Queen scoop left unreleased. I like it on one hearing quite a bit!

Erasure get another Top 40 hit, 2 in quick succession, while The Veronicas bang in on one hearing at 38, ruining me with that tune. Rumer and Indila are both back with classy ballads, and that’s about that!

1 3 1 3 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 273750
2 4 2 3 GLOW – Ella Henderson 197400
3 1 1 11 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 745800
4 6 4 2 YOU’RE MY WORLD – Cilla Black 120000
5 9 5 3 LET IT BE – Labrinth 140000
6 10 6 5 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 156500
7 2 2 10 CALL – Francesco Yates 598750
8 5 5 7 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 268600
9 24 9 3 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 81500
10 15 10 3 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 90000

11 11 11 16 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 257550
12 16 12 6 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 110900
13 23 13 3 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 61350
14 8 3 13 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 597800
15 7 3 6 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 280400
16 18 16 6 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 106100
17 17 17 3 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 64000
18 36 18 6 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 65700
19 26 19 3 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 50300
20 25 20 20 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 264300

21 14 1 11 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 802650
22 NEW 22 1 THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS – Queen and Michael Jackson 19500
23 50 23 3 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 36450
24 13 1 7 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 463000
25 12 12 7 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 151350
26 54 26 2 I LOVED YOU – Blonde 29500
27 49 27 4 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 47800
28 39 28 4 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 57050
29 NEW 29 1 REASON – Erasure 18200
30 NEW 30 1 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 18000

31 20 9 8 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 184800
32 22 10 8 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 178200
33 27 1 15 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 952900
34 58 34 2 COME BACK – Ella Eyre 27800
35 59 35 2 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 27600
36 38 36 5 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 62000
37 37 37 2 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 34600
38 NEW 38 1 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 17200
39 19 8 10 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 212150
40 40 40 2 HONEST TOWN – Simple Minds 34000

41 30 30 2 GOD ONLY KNOWS – Brian Wilson and Various Artists 32000
42 32 10 8 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 178100
43 75 43 2 XTC – Liz 18500
44 45 44 7 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 85000
45 RE 5 7 BULLIT – Watermat 270800
46 48 46 17 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 169400
47 34 9 9 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 206750
48 46 1 16 BECOME – Midge Ure 899950
49 NEW 49 1 HOLD ON – Minx featuring Hannah Joy 12100
50 42 1 13 ONE – Order Of Era 645700

51 29 6 8 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 297950
52 31 31 6 ACROSS 110TH STREET – Bobby Womack 98300
53 33 15 5 U GOT ALL I’M LOOKING 4 – Summer Heart 92950
54 NEW 54 1 THE YEARS (PROLOGUE) – The Midnight 11000
55 35 35 3 CENTRAL PARK ARREST – Lynsey De Paul 45500
56 55 1 32 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 733150
57 44 4 11 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 362950
58 NEW 58 1 DANGEROUS – Rumer 10200
59 60 59 7 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 55500
60 NEW 60 1 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 10000

61 56 1 20 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1607150
62 57 1 12 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 552100
63 NEW 63 1 TRIGGER – Maluca Lala 7200
64 69 64 3 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 18300
65 28 28 5 SNOWSHIP (THOMAS JACK REMIX) – Benjamin Franklin Leftwich 77900
66 66 66 2 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 13600
67 64 1 21 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 891350
68 62 9 14 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 243750
69 70 69 3 PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD – Jamie Cullum featuring Gregory Porter 17300
70 NEW 70 1 MY FLOWER – IAmDotter 6000

71 NEW 71 1 S.O.S. – Indila 5800
72 71 1 61 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1103150
73 NEW 73 1 BREAK FREE – Ariane Grande featuring Zedd 5400
74 74 74 2 SOMETHING BLUE – Neil Diamond 10400
75 NEW 75 1 BEAUTIFUL – Mali Music 5000

DROP OUTS
21 2 3 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART – Cilla Black 184750
41 7 9 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont featuring Yolande 241000
43 2 10 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 376950
47 7 9 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 276500
51 39 4 HELP OUR SOULS (URBAN CONTACT REMIX) – NIHILS 58250
52 37 5 NEVERMIND – Claudia Brucken 52300
53 21 4 (I ALWAYS KILL) THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld 67100
61 46 5 I ALWAYS KILL THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld featuring Claudia Brucken 49750
63 6 15 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 416250
65 30 8 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 91450
67 24 4 CENTURIES – Fall Out Boy 56600
68 26 5 MEANT TO BE KIND – Hannah Grace 64650
72 72 1 I KNOW – Sh1ft K3y 5600
73 1 24 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 1009550

12th October 2014

It’s back on top for Sigma and Paloma, 2 weeks in total, holding an invasion by the girls, Jenny Lewis’s great 90’s-stylee ballad leaping up to 3 just ahead of Ella Henderson’s terrific military-rhythmed follow-up Glow, lighting up my chart at 4, 32 places jumping. The highest new entry is Cilla again, and again a record I was mad on aged 6, though it any case had two runs topping my chart in 1977 and 2003: You’re My World. It would have peaked at 74 in the singles chart (sales) giving Cilla 2 chart hits at the same time, and of course due to ITV’s Cilla. The BBC also get some action in too, with The Beach Boys multi-star cover recording of God Only Knows. It’s a great video, and it’s for charity, but I stick with my previous quote: God Only Knows is a perfect record (having topped my chart twice), an all-time classic, with intricate melodies and harmonies, and heart-warming lyrics and it’s impossible to cover without sounding vastly inferior.

James Blunt’s back with another corker, Simple Minds add to the 32 years of hits with a goodie, Lillywood finally makes my top 40, but my word what a bitter lyric, get over yourself dear, what did he do, murder your family! Oh, and Neil Diamond’s back with a new track, that’s 44 years of hits in my chart…That’s not bad!

1 2 1 10 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 680800
2 1 2 9 CALL – Francesco Yates 548750
3 25 3 2 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 103750
4 36 4 2 GLOW – Ella Henderson 82400
5 5 5 6 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 220600
6 NEW 6 1 YOU’RE MY WORLD – Cilla Black 55000
7 3 3 5 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 253400
8 4 3 12 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 568800
9 12 9 2 LET IT BE – Labrinth 80000
10 10 10 4 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 101500

11 18 11 15 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 220550
12 14 12 6 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 132600
13 6 1 6 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 444000
14 11 1 10 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 782900
15 19 15 2 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 48000
16 27 16 5 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 75900
17 30 17 2 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 41000
18 20 18 5 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 81100
19 8 8 9 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 195050
20 9 9 7 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 166900

21 7 2 3 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART – Cilla Black 184750
22 13 10 7 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 160400
23 59 23 2 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 29350
24 35 24 2 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 36500
25 28 25 19 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 244300
26 55 26 2 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 29300
27 16 1 14 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 935200
28 32 28 4 SNOWSHIP (THOMAS JACK REMIX) – Benjamin Franklin Leftwich 70900
29 17 6 7 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 286200
30 NEW 30 1 GOD ONLY KNOWS – Brian Wilson and Various Artists 18000

31 33 31 5 ACROSS 110TH STREET – Bobby Womack 86800
32 21 10 7 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 164350
33 15 15 4 U GOT ALL I’M LOOKING 4 – Summer Heart 81700
34 29 9 8 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 194250
35 38 35 2 CENTRAL PARK ARREST – Lynsey De Paul 34700
36 64 36 5 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 43700
37 NEW 37 1 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 17300
38 40 38 4 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 44600
39 53 39 3 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 38750
40 NEW 40 1 HONEST TOWN – Simple Minds 17000

41 24 7 9 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont featuring Yolande 241000
42 26 1 12 ONE – Order Of Era 633700
43 23 2 10 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 376950
44 22 4 10 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 352550
45 45 45 6 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 71750
46 42 1 15 BECOME – Midge Ure 887650
47 34 7 9 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 276500
48 49 48 16 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 156650
49 RE 49 3 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 29400
50 74 50 2 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 17200

51 39 39 4 HELP OUR SOULS (URBAN CONTACT REMIX) – NIHILS 58250
52 37 37 5 NEVERMIND – Claudia Brucken 52300
53 31 21 4 (I ALWAYS KILL) THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld 67100
54 NEW 54 1 I LOVED YOU – Blonde 11000
55 54 1 31 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 722550
56 44 1 19 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1599650
57 41 1 11 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 544700
58 NEW 58 1 COME BACK – Ella Eyre 10200
59 NEW 59 1 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 10100
60 60 60 6 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 45400

61 46 46 5 I ALWAYS KILL THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld featuring Claudia Brucken 49750
62 58 9 13 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 237350
63 57 6 15 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 416250
64 61 1 20 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 884750
65 50 30 8 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 91450
66 NEW 66 1 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 6800
67 43 24 4 CENTURIES – Fall Out Boy 56600
68 RE 26 5 MEANT TO BE KIND – Hannah Grace 64650
69 75 69 2 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 11200
70 RE 70 2 PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD – Jamie Cullum featuring Gregory Porter 11000

71 70 1 60 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1097550
72 NEW 72 1 I KNOW – Sh1ft K3y 5600
73 73 1 24 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 1009550
74 NEW 74 1 SOMETHING BLUE – Neil Diamond 5200
75 NEW 71 1 XTC – Liz 5000

DROP OUTS
47 15 19 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 274000
48 28 5 CREATION – The Pierces 79250
51 27 3 GAY 4 IT – $WAGGOT 48550
52 52 2 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) – Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 23000
56 40 3 MOONWALK AWAY (MOONLANDING MIX) – Goldfish 39600
62 62 3 LOW – Inna 21600
63 9 10 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 184400
65 6 17 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 334250
66 66 2 WHY CAN’T I BE YOU – R.A.B.B.I.I. 12800
67 67 2 IN YOUR ARMS – Michael Woods featuring Lauren Dyson 13200
68 15 10 ELEVATION – Erasure 178350
69 19 6 SUPERHEROES – The Script 94650
71 65 3 BLAME IT ON ME – George Ezra 17800
72 72 2 AS GOOD AS GONE – Andy Burrows 10800

5th October 2014

It’s an 18-year old Canadian who’s played on Pharrell’s records, and who has a stunning voice. In a pop scene crowded by emotionless teeniepop singers, Francesco Yates is the real deal. Looks like a boy, sounds mature, this track just grows, and why it’s not a worldwide smash (yet) is mystifying. It’s another buzzjack song contest non-winner and everyone who didn’t vote for it needs a slap!

GRL is also a great pop song, up at 3, Sigma is still brilliant at 2, and Taylor Swift goes top 5 with the song that just gets catchier week on week. Hudson Hawke (Ugh!) has no lyrics (Ugh!) but is another Buzzjack choon and a half that didn’t even make the semis: more slaps please! U2 get a double leaping, the single up at 10 with all those terrif riffs, and the subtle album track up to 27. To all the whingers annoyed at getting something for free – just no pleasing some folk, it’s a great album.

Highest new entry, Labrinth goes gospel experimental and is instantly in at 12, great stuff. Huge smash megan’s up to 14 with her bass, and Billy Idol goes Top 20 for the first time in 2 decades with a great frantic guitarpop track. Mamas Gun get 2 in the 40, Ella Henderson has a good follow-up at 36, and finally two fab Lynsey de Paul songs which were hits for The Fortunes and Thunderthighs sneak in to my chart, as they never charted, and I’ve changed my chart rules to allow never-charted stuff as a last goodbye to departing favourites. Lynsey was a fave of mine from age 14, largely for her songwriting, and had number ones with Storm In A Teacup and Sugar Me in 1972.

1 19 2 8 CALL – Francesco Yates 433750
2 1 1 9 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 510800
3 4 3 4 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 203400
4 5 3 11 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 520800
5 9 5 5 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 160600
6 3 1 5 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 412000
7 2 2 2 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART – Cilla Black 165000
8 25 8 8 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 174050
9 14 9 6 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 146900
10 49 10 3 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 59500

11 11 1 9 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 753900
12 NEW 12 1 LET IT BE – Labrinth 35000
13 10 10 6 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 140900
14 34 14 5 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 97600
15 26 15 3 U GOT ALL I’M LOOKING 4 – Summer Heart 64000
16 8 1 13 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 916800
17 7 6 6 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 268000
18 22 18 14 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 183550
19 NEW 19 1 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 21000
20 43 20 4 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 59100

21 17 10 6 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 146550
22 12 4 9 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 339300
23 13 2 9 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 363450
24 20 7 8 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont featuring Yolande 227000
25 NEW 25 1 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 18750
26 23 1 11 ONE – Order Of Era 619950
27 61 27 4 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 50900
28 33 28 18 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 225550
29 16 9 7 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 176650
30 NEW 30 1 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 18000

31 21 21 3 (I ALWAYS KILL) THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld 55850
32 36 32 3 SNOWSHIP (THOMAS JACK REMIX) – Benjamin Franklin Leftwich 52600
33 38 33 4 ACROSS 110TH STREET – Bobby Womack 68900
34 18 7 8 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 264000
35 NEW 35 1 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 17500
36 NEW 36 1 GLOW – Ella Henderson 17400
37 55 37 4 NEVERMIND – Claudia Brucken 40800
38 NEW 38 1 CENTRAL PARK ARREST – Lynsey De Paul 17200
39 39 39 3 HELP OUR SOULS (URBAN CONTACT REMIX) – NIHILS 46500
40 74 40 3 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 27400

41 32 1 10 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 534300
42 31 1 14 BECOME – Midge Ure 874900
43 24 24 3 CENTURIES – Fall Out Boy 50000
44 37 1 18 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1589050
45 46 45 5 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 58750
46 48 46 4 I ALWAYS KILL THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld featuring Claudia Brucken 42250
47 15 15 19 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 274000
48 28 28 5 CREATION – The Pierces 79250
49 50 49 15 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 144350
50 30 30 7 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 84450

51 27 27 3 GAY 4 IT – $WAGGOT 48550
52 52 52 2 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) – Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 23000
53 57 53 2 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 21650
54 53 1 30 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 711750
55 NEW 55 1 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 10800
56 40 40 3 MOONWALK AWAY (MOONLANDING MIX) – Goldfish 39600
57 44 6 14 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 409050
58 58 9 12 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 229950
59 NEW 59 1 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 10100
60 63 60 5 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 35400

61 60 1 19 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 877650
62 62 62 3 LOW – Inna 21600
63 47 9 10 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 184400
64 66 64 4 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 26300
65 6 6 17 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 334250
66 70 66 2 WHY CAN’T I BE YOU – R.A.B.B.I.I. 12800
67 67 67 2 IN YOUR ARMS – Michael Woods featuring Lauren Dyson 13200
68 42 15 10 ELEVATION – Erasure 178350
69 35 19 6 SUPERHEROES – The Script 94650
70 68 1 59 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1091750

71 65 65 3 BLAME IT ON ME – George Ezra 17800
72 RE 72 2 AS GOOD AS GONE – Andy Burrows 10800
73 71 1 23 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 1004150
74 NEW 74 1 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 5200
75 NEW 75 1 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 5000

DROP OUTS
29 29 6 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) – Rupert Holmes 105400
41 22 6 I AM THE WORLD – Robin Gibb 94650
45 17 4 POP 101 – Marianas Trench barely featuring Anami Vice 76900
51 39 6 MAPS – Maroon 5 72550
54 4 12 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 429650
56 9 13 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 261150
59 59 2 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 17300
64 5 13 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 252500
69 69 1 OH CECILIA (BREAKING MY HEART) – The Vamps featuring Shawn Mendes 6200
72 3 11 MUSIC – John Miles 251350
73 73 1 GLASS HEART – Eagles For Hands featuring Holly Partridge 5400
75 75 1 BAILANDO – Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona 5000
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