My 1995 Charts – August

6th August 1995

So what was happening in my charts in the summer of 95? 2 weeks on top, the Deuce you say! On The Bible I will swear! That leaves a nice top 10 climb for the AIDS lament classic, Waterfalls, almost as sad and beautiful as the Boy George Il Adore. Marc Almond gets a second top 10 solo in a row as he was a bit of an Idol, Soul II Soul have Love Enuff to go top 10 as well, a nice groove, but not one I actually recalled until I Youtubed it. Oops!

Julian Cope Try tries again and is rewarded with a huge leap to 13, 14 years after the mighty Teardrop Explodes Reward debuted, Michael Jackson’s R. Kelly song also rockets to 15, though these days I’m not fussed about You Are Not Alone. Highest new entry? You Oughta Know! Yes, that bitterly angry woman-scorned classic from that classic album Jagged Little Pill, and Alanis Morissette arrives with a bang at 20.

Not far behind, the tender bluegrass cover of Baby Now That I’ve Found, The Foundations 1967 classic, enters at 22 and a debut for Alison Krauss who made me love Country Music again after falling out with it during the country-rock years dominated by Garth Brooks. She’s back in my current charts with 2 covers of a similar style as I type in April 2017, 22 years on.

Michelle Gayle has a big leap, obviously Happy Just To Be With You, at 23, while Suggs’ Beatles cover and Black Grape both go top 40. Blue Monday proves you can never chart enough times as New Order return remixed yet again, The Connells fab 74-75 returns after a week away, and Matt Goss gets a solo new entry, Bros no more.

1 ( 1 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
2 ( 4 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
3 ( 3 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
4 ( 2 ) IL ADORE Boy George
5 ( 5 ) PANINARO ’95/INTO THE NIGHT ’95 Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 7 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
7 ( 12 ) WATERFALLS TLC
8 ( 15 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
9 ( 10 ) NEVER FORGET Take That
10 ( 16 ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul

11 ( 6 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
12 ( 8 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
13 ( 46 ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
14 ( 14 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
15 ( 57 ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
16 ( 11 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
17 ( 9 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
18 ( 17 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
19 ( 20 ) SHY GUY Diana King
20 ( NEW ) YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette

21 ( 13 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
22 ( NEW ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Alison Krauss
23 ( 72 ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
24 ( 27 ) TONGUE REM
25 ( 21 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
26 ( 26 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
27 ( 22 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
28 ( 18 ) FINE TIME Cast
29 ( 31 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
30 ( 30 ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 19 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
32 ( 38 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY/ I’LL BE THERE Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
33 ( 24 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
34 ( 23 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
35 ( 41 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
36 ( 29 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
37 ( NEW ) KEEP WARM Jinny
38 ( 25 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
39 ( 74 ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
40 ( 59 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs

41 ( 28 ) STARS Dubstar
42 ( NEW ) BLUE MONDAY ’95 New Order
43 ( 34 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
44 ( 40 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
45 ( 49 ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
46 ( 48 ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
47 ( 32 ) DAYS Kirsty MacColl
48 ( 44 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
49 ( 36 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
50 ( 35 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka

51 ( 47 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
52 ( RE ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
53 ( 33 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
54 ( 51 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
55 ( 55 ) SKY HIGH Newton
56 ( 68 ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish
57 ( 39 ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
58 ( 42 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
59 ( 43 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
60 ( 69 ) HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

61 ( 37 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
62 ( 62 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
63 ( 56 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
64 ( 45 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
65 ( NEW ) EVIDENCE Faith No More
66 ( 66 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( NEW ) HOPE STREET The Levellers
69 ( 64 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
70 ( NEW ) THE HELL EP Tricky vs The Gravediggaz

71 ( 71 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
72 ( 60 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
73 ( 73 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
74 ( NEW ) HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena
75 ( NEW ) THE KEY Matt Goss

13th August 1995

What the Deuce! 3 weeks on top, holding off a host of mid-90’s classics from the top spot. Hey ho, it’s a great pop record, honest! Madonna just misses adding to her growing batch of chart-toppers and has to be content with equalling Into The Groove at 2. TLC are up to 3 with their brilliant track, Take That grab a 4th top 5, and Alanis Morissette does what she failed to do in the UK & US charts (I think) and go top 5 almost immediately with that vitriolic masterpiece. Julian Cope has another top 10 14 years after his Teardrop Explodes first, and one-hit wonders The Connells shoot up 42 places to 10 with the nostalgic and lovely 74-75. I was juuuust the right age for the nostalgia-fest at the time, a bit like (for example) someone getting all misty-eyed for the music scene of 96-97 back when they were 16 or 17 years old.

In at 19, highest new entry is a fun track, as Blair explains – NOT Tony I must say with relief. Black Grape shoot up to the top 20, The Levellers rocket into the 30, and there’s something moist at 25. Just Youtubing it, as it’s all a little hazy having not heard it for 22 years. Ahhh, likeable grunge. No, not an oxymoron! Morten harket goes solo from a-ha and gets a very good ballad new into the 40, a decade on from Take On Me, while also new The Shamen, and Ali Campbell sounding uncannily like a UB40 reggae cover hit 15 years after they debuted – it’s not as good as The Pioneers original though.

Danielle Brisboix never made it, sadly, as she was good, in at 43, Utah Saints sneak in with one I’ve forgotten, Ohio, and Ash debut with that Girl From Mars.

1 ( 1 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
2 ( 6 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
3 ( 7 ) WATERFALLS TLC
4 ( 9 ) NEVER FORGET Take That
5 ( 20 ) YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette
6 ( 2 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
7 ( 5 ) PANINARO ’95/INTO THE NIGHT ’95 Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 3 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
9 ( 13 ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
10 ( 52 ) 74 – ’75 The Connells

11 ( 4 ) IL ADORE Boy George
12 ( 12 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
13 ( 11 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
14 ( 23 ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
15 ( 15 ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
16 ( 22 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Alison Krauss
17 ( 10 ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
18 ( 8 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
19 ( NEW ) HAVE FUN GO MAD Blair
20 ( 39 ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape

21 ( 16 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
22 ( 68 ) HOPE STREET The Levellers
23 ( 19 ) SHY GUY Diana King
24 ( 14 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
25 ( NEW ) PUSH Moist
26 ( 21 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
27 ( 17 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
28 ( 18 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
29 ( 40 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs
30 ( 30 ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 26 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
32 ( 37 ) KEEP WARM Jinny
33 ( NEW ) A KIND OF CHRISTMAS CARD Morten Harket
34 ( 27 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
35 ( 35 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
36 ( NEW ) DESTINATION ESCHATON The Shamen
37 ( 28 ) FINE TIME Cast
38 ( 25 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
39 ( 45 ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
40 ( NEW ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH Ali Campbell

41 ( 24 ) TONGUE REM
42 ( 42 ) BLUE MONDAY ’95 New Order
43 ( NEW ) GIMME SOME SIGN Danielle Brisboix
44 ( NEW ) WRONG OR RIGHT Sabre featuring President Brown
45 ( 29 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
46 ( 46 ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
47 ( 70 ) THE HELL EP Tricky vs The Gravediggaz
48 ( 56 ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish
49 ( 74 ) HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena
50 ( 33 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest

51 ( 31 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
52 ( NEW ) LOVE HANGOVER Scarlet
53 ( 48 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
54 ( 75 ) THE KEY Matt Goss
55 ( 51 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
56 ( 38 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
57 ( 54 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
58 ( 50 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
59 ( 55 ) SKY HIGH Newton
60 ( 49 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp

61 ( 44 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
62 ( 36 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
63 ( 32 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY/ I’LL BE THERE Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
64 ( 62 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 34 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
66 ( NEW ) GIRL FROM MARS Ash
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 66 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
69 ( 41 ) STARS Dubstar
70 ( 58 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

71 ( 71 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
72 ( 63 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
73 ( 72 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
74 ( 73 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
75 ( NEW ) OHIO Utah Saints

20th August 1995

A genuine 90’s social-commentary r’n’b classic gives TLC a number one, deservedly, as Michelle Gayle takes a touch of Eastenders into the top 5. Donna Summer is remixed (again) and is back in at 7, keeping up I Feel Love’s regular appearances in the top 10 each decade – but the 1977 original remains the breath-taking groundbreaking and influential classic. Moist push their way into the 10, and Blur at last take a Country House leap into the 20, leap-frogging Oasis, much as they did in the UK singles chart.

Smokie’s 70’s goodie (Living Next Door To Alice) a Chinn-Chapman song and production (originally for New World in 1972, but also for Smokie in 1976), is massacred by a crude comic, but has enough of the original in it to merit (that may not be the right word) an entry at 30. It’s awful. Stick to the charming original. Prince’s band in at 33, Matt Goss into the 40, The Original enters surprisingly low for a good record, Chaka Khan extends her chart run to 21 years, and Rod Stewart to 24 years, but neither of these tracks rings a bell to me, being as I havent heard them for 20 years.

Squeeze are back in the chart with This Summer, one of their very best singles 17 years into their career (and that also applies to 2016, when they topped my chart finally after 37 years of just missing out). Lloyd Cole is still sneaking in some 11 years on, and CJ Lewis’ surprisingly long run of reggae chart entries for a short period of time (on here at least) is running out of steam with diminishing returns.

1 ( 3 ) WATERFALLS TLC
2 ( 1 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
3 ( 2 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
4 ( 4 ) NEVER FORGET Take That
5 ( 14 ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
6 ( 7 ) PANINARO ’95/INTO THE NIGHT ’95 Pet Shop Boys
7 ( NEW ) I FEEL LOVE ’95 Donna Summer
8 ( 10 ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
9 ( 25 ) PUSH Moist
10 ( 5 ) YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette

11 ( 9 ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
12 ( 12 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
13 ( 19 ) HAVE FUN GO MAD Blair
14 ( 46 ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
15 ( 6 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
16 ( 16 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Alison Krauss
17 ( 22 ) HOPE STREET The Levellers
18 ( 39 ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
19 ( 21 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
20 ( 13 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

21 ( 8 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
22 ( 11 ) IL ADORE Boy George
23 ( 17 ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
24 ( 36 ) DESTINATION ESCHATON The Shamen
25 ( 29 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs
26 ( 40 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH Ali Campbell
27 ( 18 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
28 ( 15 ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
29 ( 20 ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
30 ( NEW ) ALICE WHO THE F*** IS ALICE Smokie featuring some git

31 ( 23 ) SHY GUY Diana King
32 ( 32 ) KEEP WARM Jinny
33 ( NEW ) THE GOOD LIFE The New Power Generation
34 ( 43 ) GIMME SOME SIGN Danielle Brisboix
35 ( 30 ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper
36 ( NEW ) SUMMERTIME HEALING Eusebe
37 ( 27 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
38 ( 26 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
39 ( 48 ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish featuring George Michael
40 ( 54 ) THE KEY Matt Goss

41 ( 28 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
42 ( 34 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
43 ( 31 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
44 ( 37 ) FINE TIME Cast
45 ( 45 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
46 ( 38 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
47 ( NEW ) I LUV U BABY The Original
48 ( NEW ) WATCH WHAT YOU SAY Guru featuring Chaka Khan
49 ( 33 ) A KIND OF CHRISTMAS CARD Morten Harket
50 ( NEW ) LADY LUCK Rod Stewart

51 ( 35 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
52 ( 24 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
53 ( NEW ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Kenny Thomas
54 ( 66 ) GIRL FROM MARS Ash
55 ( 60 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
56 ( 53 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
57 ( 44 ) WRONG OR RIGHT Sabre featuring President Brown
58 ( NEW ) THIS SUMMER Squeeze
59 ( 55 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
60 ( NEW ) FREEDOM Shiva

61 ( 57 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
62 ( NEW ) LIKE LOVERS DO Lloyd Cole
63 ( 59 ) SKY HIGH Newton
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 58 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
66 ( NEW ) R TO A C.J. Lewis
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
69 ( 49 ) HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena
70 ( 70 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

71 ( NEW ) SON OF A GUN JX
72 ( 74 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
73 ( 71 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
74 ( 42 ) BLUE MONDAY ’95 New Order
75 ( NEW ) COME AND GET YOUR LOVE The Real McCoy

27th August 1995

One of those chart-toppers I haven’t heard in years from Michelle Gayle, it was a decent popfunk single but in retrospect most of the rest of the top 10 would have been a better choice, hey ho, that’s what I liked best that week, prob the 70’s vibes had me going all nostalgic. Highest new entry is Simply Red’s best single, by far, the superb Fairground, not least thanks to the backbone sample from Goodmen’s Give It Up, while Blur at last make the top 10 with a Blur song that took a while to grow on me – and not one they rate themselves.

In at 18, and Mariah Carey at her peak at this time, courtesy of a Tom Tom Club-sampling Fantasy, it was pretty much all downhill after this, bar the odd return to a bit of quality. Squeeze have a massive climb into the 20 with the gorgeous This Summer 17 years since they first went top 20 with Take Me I’m Yours, probably still their best record, though this one came close. In at 27, and Diana Ross is back with Take Me Higher, one I’d forgotten, but nice to see Ms Ross still charting some 27 years since she first appeared in my charts (the epic Love Child) and 31 years since I first would have charted her (Baby Love was a childhood fave in ’64).

2 When I Think Of You’s side by side at 31 and 32, Janet J’s remix of her fab 1986 track entering, as The Charlatans pop in, and Hootie & The Blowfish are back with their best track at 50. Yes the whole world went Hootie mad (except the UK) in 1995, and they were paid the ultimate belated “compliment” by featuring around a Friends episode (a concert ticket). Co-incidentally the Friends theme tune is also in at 70. These days Hootie is not a band to throw around if you want 90’s street-cred. Happily I’ve never felt the need to have street-cred, and they were OK – if vastly over-rated in the States.

1 ( 5 ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
2 ( 7 ) I FEEL LOVE ’95 Donna Summer
3 ( 1 ) WATERFALLS TLC
4 ( 2 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
5 ( 3 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
6 ( 8 ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
7 ( NEW ) FAIRGROUND Simply Red
8 ( 14 ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
9 ( 10 ) YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette
10 ( 13 ) HAVE FUN GO MAD Blair

11 ( 4 ) NEVER FORGET Take That
12 ( 6 ) PANINARO ’95/INTO THE NIGHT ’95 Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 19 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
14 ( 12 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
15 ( 18 ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
16 ( 9 ) PUSH Moist
17 ( 30 ) ALICE WHO THE F*** IS ALICE Smokie featuring some git
18 ( NEW ) FANTASY Mariah Carey
19 ( 58 ) THIS SUMMER Squeeze
20 ( 25 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs

21 ( 16 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Alison Krauss
22 ( 20 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
23 ( 15 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
24 ( 11 ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
25 ( 34 ) GIMME SOME SIGN Danielle Brisboix
26 ( 26 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH Ali Campbell
27 ( NEW ) TAKE ME HIGHER Diana Ross
28 ( 28 ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
29 ( 17 ) HOPE STREET The Levellers
30 ( 36 ) SUMMERTIME HEALING Eusebe

31 ( 53 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Kenny Thomas
32 ( NEW ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU (REMIX) Janet Jackson
33 ( 21 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
34 ( 22 ) IL ADORE Boy George
35 ( 23 ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
36 ( 24 ) DESTINATION ESCHATON The Shamen
37 ( 31 ) SHY GUY Diana King
38 ( RE ) OHIO Utah Saints
39 ( 48 ) WATCH WHAT YOU SAY Guru featuring Chaka Khan
40 ( 75 ) COME AND GET YOUR LOVE The Real McCoy

41 ( 40 ) THE KEY Matt Goss
42 ( 37 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
43 ( 38 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
44 ( NEW ) JUST WHEN YOU’RE THINKING THINGS OVER The Charlatans
45 ( 43 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
46 ( 42 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
47 ( 47 ) I LUV U BABY The Original
48 ( 27 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
49 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY Clock
50 ( NEW ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Hootie & The Blowfish

51 ( 29 ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
52 ( 33 ) THE GOOD LIFE The New Power Generation
53 ( 32 ) KEEP WARM Jinny
54 ( 35 ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper
55 ( 44 ) FINE TIME Cast
56 ( 66 ) R TO A C.J. Lewis
57 ( 41 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
58 ( 39 ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish featuring George Michael
59 ( 56 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
60 ( 62 ) LIKE LOVERS DO Lloyd Cole

61 ( 45 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
62 ( 61 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
63 ( 59 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 46 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
66 ( 55 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( NEW ) ROUGH WITH THE SMOOTH Shara Nelson
69 ( 68 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
70 ( NEW ) I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU The Rembrandts

71 ( 50 ) LADY LUCK Rod Stewart
72 ( 72 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
73 ( 73 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
74 ( 63 ) SKY HIGH Newton
75 ( 70 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

Because I can, here’s a new feature: the tracks that dropped out of my charts in August 1995 with highest position, weeks on chart and my “sales” attached.

A KIND OF CHRISTMAS CARD Morten Harket 33 2 29800
TRY ME OUT Corona 35 5 70750
DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South 14 4 88500
GIRL FROM MARS Ash 54 2 17800
WRONG OR RIGHT Sabre featuring President Brown 44 2 23650
FREEDOM Shiva 60 1 10000
RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka 7 12 314200
HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena 49 3 23500
SON OF A GUN JX 71 1 5800
BLUE MONDAY ’95 New Order 42 2 32700
TONGUE REM 24 3 51400
THE HELL EP Tricky vs The Gravediggaz 47 2 18500
MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest 10 9 205600
WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall 19 10 139750
LOVE HANGOVER Scarlet 52 1 11500
SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream 25 8 112350
I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF 10 9 201250
HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown 20 6 100750
YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY/ I’LL BE THERE Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige 32 4 49400
WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue 18 6 91450
STARS Dubstar 15 6 97550
DREAMER Livin’ Joy 3 14 352900
MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza 5 12 347250
BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant 14 12 236350
DAYS Kirsty MacColl 32 2 30300
SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People 27 9 131700
GRAPEVINE Brownstone 17 4 69000
BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics 8 12 210450
HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 60 2 16200
YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller 37 6 82450
WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock 9 8 178450
EVIDENCE Faith No More 65 1 7000
TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown 4 18 594400
I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners 10 9 223300
I GO WILD The Rolling Stones 30 4 52500
IT’S LULU Boo Radleys 53 2 18350
RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow 36 4 57400
LIVE FOREVER Oasis 20 6 88850
IF I WAS Aswad 54 2 18500
(EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D 17 12 199250
HAPPY MN8 37 4 43250
JOY IN LUST The Wildhearts 70 1 6000
TAKE A BOW Madonna 1 37 1474550

My 1994 Charts – November

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6th November 1994

It’s an unexpected unheard track from Abba, under 2 minutes long, that gets them another Number One, their 4th since their initial run of singles ended in 1983, and in doing so giving them an unbroken run of chart-toppers since 1976 when Mamma Mia hit the top, plus Waterloo in 1974. It’s short and very sweet, and takes the best bits from a less-good extended version of the song. I was just over-joyed to have an Abba song I didn’t know from their abruptly-ended late period…

Terrorvision and Aerosmith bring some rock into the 10, while various veteran rock artists invade the 20: Clapton, Sting, Elton, Pink Floyd, and errr Eternal. Pink Floyd get their first top 20 hit since Another Brick In The Wall 15 years earlier, Keep talkin’ being the better of the two tracks, almost classic Dark Side Of The Wall Floyd-sounding. Big moves for Brand New Heavies funky retro jazz Spend Some Time up at 24, while 1969 Bond Theme flop finally gets to be a hit thanks to an advert: We Have All The Time In The World belatedly gives the great Louis Armstrong a hit, he was a big star when I was a child and I remember hearing he’d died in 1970, What A Wonderful World being a classic fave in particular, but just missing out on my charts starting by 6 months. In at 35, and still fab.

At 36, Donna Summer has a very 90’s-sounding dance top 40 new hit to stretch her run back to 1976 – though not as classic sounding, her voice is still great. Oasis get that third Top 40 hit as Fags and Booze T.Rex riff-nicker sneaks in at last, while Kylie’s back, and with a just goooooorgeous ballad, complete with gravity-defying space-capsule ballet video for Put Yourself In My Place, her best record to date in what was becoming a shockingly long run of great pop singles. M People also are back with a nifty catchy soulpop track, well they sure are a sight for sore eyes at 51! Finally, sneaking in, Kate Bush, And So Is Love, one I’d forgotten, an understated ballad with rock guitar moments.

1 ( 5 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
2 ( 1 ) STARS China Black
3 ( 2 ) GOSP LWS
4 ( 6 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
5 ( 7 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
6 ( 9 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
7 ( 3 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
8 ( 4 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
9 ( 17 ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
10 ( 11 ) CRAZY Aerosmith

11 ( 18 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
12 ( 13 ) SENSE Terry Hall
13 ( 8 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
14 ( 12 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
15 ( 10 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
16 ( 16 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
17 ( 25 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
18 ( 15 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
19 ( 26 ) KEEP TALKIN’/ HIGH HOPES Pink Floyd
20 ( 30 ) OH BABY I Eternal

21 ( 14 ) SLY Massive Attack
22 ( 22 ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
23 ( 33 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
24 ( 59 ) SPEND SOME TIME Brand New Heavies
25 ( 28 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
26 ( 47 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
27 ( 37 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
28 ( 44 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
29 ( 20 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
30 ( 21 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton

31 ( 19 ) SECRET Madonna
32 ( 23 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
33 ( 27 ) CONNECTION Elastica
34 ( 24 ) STEAM East 17
35 ( NEW ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
36 ( 52 ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
37 ( 40 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
38 ( 32 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER PJ and Duncan
39 ( 29 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
40 ( 51 ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis

41 ( 31 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
42 ( 36 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
43 ( 39 ) STAY (I MISSED YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
44 ( NEW ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
45 ( 34 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
46 ( 35 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
47 ( 49 ) SURE Take That
48 ( 48 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 38 ) NEW BORN FRIEND Seal
50 ( 58 ) BANG AND BLAME REM

51 ( NEW ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
52 ( 45 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN The Red Hots
53 ( 75 ) OUT OF THE SINKING Paul Weller
54 ( 43 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
55 ( 53 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
56 ( NEW ) NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS Salt ‘n’ Pepa
57 ( 50 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
58 ( RE ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
59 ( NEW ) MOVE IT UP Capella
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 55 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
62 ( NEW ) THIS DJ Warren G
63 ( 56 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
64 ( 64 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
65 ( 62 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
66 ( 72 ) YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY Chris Rea
67 ( 70 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 68 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
69 ( 73 ) SOME GIRLS Ultimate Kaos
70 ( NEW ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush

71 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 41 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
73 ( 46 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
74 ( 61 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
75 ( 54 ) “977” The Pretenders


13th November 1994

New Order’s 1987 classic finally gets them that elusive chart-topper after 14 years of trying, more or less, as True Faith (remixed and not destroyed) bounces up on top. It’s a great record. Also bouncing back, a future world hit from Edwyn Collins reaches a new peak of 4 with the brilliant A Girl Like You. Terry hall also takes his Sense back into the top 10, not quite as good as the Lightning Seeds chart-topper with his duet version, but pretty good.

Louis Armstrong, leaps his world to 10, the Real McCoy go top 20 again with another dance track, Sheryl Crow gets her first meanwhile, as Kylie goes Top 40 )of course she does!). Highest new entry is another oldie, this time Sandie Shaw’s flop single Nothing Less Than Brilliant, which still flopped second-time around, both times very undeservedly! Written by Sandie and her 60’s songwriter Chris Andrews, it’s very Lloyd Cole and The Smiths, and fab.

Warren G gets a second laid-back rap top 40 hit, while highest-placed newest song to enter is Echo And The Bunnymen – more or less – with Zephyr at 44, known here as Electrafixion. At 58, Blur keep the hits coming with the under-rated End Of A Century, while Luther Vandross covers Stephen Stills Love The One You’re With. Not only is it not anywhere near as good, it’s also not anywhere as good as Bucks Fizz’ mid-80’s version. Lulu’s back to add another entry to her 26 year span of varied hits, at 62 with a little help from Kim Wilde, while Suede slide in at 71 with The Wild Ones.

1 ( 7 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
2 ( 2 ) STARS China Black
3 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
4 ( 13 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
5 ( 6 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
6 ( 5 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
7 ( 4 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
8 ( 3 ) GOSP LWS
9 ( 12 ) SENSE Terry Hall
10 ( 35 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong

11 ( 11 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
12 ( 17 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
13 ( 27 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
14 ( 8 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
15 ( 23 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
16 ( 15 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
17 ( 37 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
18 ( 9 ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
19 ( 20 ) OH BABY I Eternal
20 ( 24 ) SPEND SOME TIME Brand New Heavies

21 ( 28 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
22 ( 26 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
23 ( 14 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
24 ( 10 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
25 ( 36 ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
26 ( 18 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
27 ( 44 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
28 ( 25 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
29 ( 16 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
30 ( 47 ) SURE Take That

31 ( NEW ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
32 ( 22 ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
33 ( 31 ) SECRET Madonna
34 ( 30 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton
35 ( 62 ) THIS DJ Warren G
36 ( 66 ) YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY Chris Rea
37 ( 21 ) SLY Massive Attack
38 ( 19 ) KEEP TALKIN’/ HIGH HOPES Pink Floyd
39 ( 32 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 51 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People

41 ( 29 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
42 ( 34 ) STEAM East 17
43 ( 38 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER PJ and Duncan
44 ( NEW ) ZEPHYR Electrafixion (ian McCulloch)
45 ( 53 ) OUT OF THE SINKING Paul Weller
46 ( 39 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
47 ( 50 ) BANG AND BLAME REM
48 ( 41 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
49 ( 42 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
50 ( 70 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush

51 ( 57 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
52 ( 56 ) NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS Salt ‘n’ Pepa
53 ( 48 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
54 ( 43 ) STAY (I MISSED YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
55 ( 58 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
56 ( 33 ) CONNECTION Elastica
57 ( 55 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
58 ( NEW ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
59 ( 45 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( NEW ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross
62 ( NEW ) EVERY WOMAN KNOWS Lulu
63 ( 40 ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis
64 ( 64 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
65 ( 46 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
66 ( 65 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
67 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 68 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
69 ( 61 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
70 ( 52 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN The Red Hots

71 ( NEW ) THE WILD ONES Suede
72 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
73 ( 54 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
74 ( NEW ) SMALL BIT OF LOVE The Saw Doctors
75 ( 74 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds


20th November 1994

It’s an instant number one for Madonna with her classy, melodic fab ballad Take A Bow, her first number one for 2 years and that’s over a dozen in total 10 years into her chart career. A huge American Number One I was utterly mystified how this became her first Top 10 flop in the UK, lost in the xmas ballad rush. Kylie meanwhile is another career diva on ballad form as Put Yourself In My Place shoots up to 9, and Sheryl Crow gets her first top 10, well it’s all I wanna do…!

Big leaps from low to just outside the 10 from Blur and Kate Bush, keeping the artier side of pop present and correct, while Snap hit a new peak after oscillating wildly, at 15. Rozalla keeps her string of hits coming at 20, Sandie Shaw returns to the 40, and new in at 27 it’s a xmas classic from East 17, Stay Another Day? Stay another 20 years more like! Teddy Pendergrass (despite the remix from consistently not-great KWS) gets a welcome chart return 21 years after his run of Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes soul classics, almost all of them more famous in inferior cover versions – especially his definitive passionate original of Don’t Leave Me This Way – and years after being paralysed in a car crash. The More I Get The More I Want is a 1977 track.

Urge Overkill enter at 30 with a moody cover of Neil Diamond’s Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon, starting the reappraisal of his fabulous song back catalogue and wiping away the memories of the MOR years. Talking of MOR, the ultimate easy-listening group return at 32, even though poor much-missed Karen had been gone 11 years by then, with unreleased track Tryin’ To Get The Feelin’ Again. The Carpenters, often the object of rock loathing in their heyday, just kept on with the quality pop and in the end Cool became cool again, and there they have stayed. REM and Lulu got top 40, Sophie B. Hawkins has a good follow-up at 45 – Don’t Don’t Tell Me No! Billie Ray Martin, ex-Electribe 101, debuts at 75, and you better think twice…yes it’s Celine Dion, years after Eurovision and 6 years after debuting in my charts, in at 71 with the record that made her massive – eventually. It took months to top the UK charts, and was written by Hill and Sinfield: yes, former King Crimson, ex-Eurovision winning songwriters for Bucks Fizz who wrote and produced a long run of varied and classy pop singles for Bucks Fizz for almost a decade, until they got fed up with diminishing returns and lack of critical respect, and moved over to big divas instead: that’ll be Cher and Dion then…

1 ( NEW ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
2 ( 2 ) STARS China Black
3 ( 1 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
4 ( 3 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
5 ( 5 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
6 ( 10 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
7 ( 4 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
8 ( 6 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
9 ( 27 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
10 ( 15 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow

11 ( 58 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
12 ( 50 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush
13 ( 13 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
14 ( 17 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
15 ( 28 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
16 ( 7 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
17 ( 8 ) GOSP LWS
18 ( 21 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
19 ( 22 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
20 ( 9 ) SENSE Terry Hall

21 ( 14 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
22 ( 35 ) THIS DJ Warren G
23 ( 12 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
24 ( 16 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
25 ( 11 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
26 ( 31 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
27 ( NEW ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
28 ( 19 ) OH BABY I Eternal
29 ( NEW ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass
30 ( NEW ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill

31 ( 26 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
32 ( NEW ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELIN’ AGAIN The Carpenters
33 ( 40 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
34 ( 47 ) BANG AND BLAME REM
35 ( 23 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
36 ( 24 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
37 ( 52 ) NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS Salt ‘n’ Pepa
38 ( 62 ) EVERY WOMAN KNOWS Lulu
39 ( 18 ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
40 ( 44 ) ZEPHYR Electrafixion (ian McCulloch)

41 ( 25 ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
42 ( 29 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
43 ( 20 ) SPEND SOME TIME Brand New Heavies
44 ( 39 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
45 ( NEW ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
46 ( 33 ) SECRET Madonna
47 ( 61 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross
48 ( 34 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton
49 ( 46 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
50 ( 71 ) THE WILD ONES Suede

51 ( 49 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
52 ( 51 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
53 ( 41 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
54 ( 55 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
55 ( 32 ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
56 ( 48 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
57 ( 36 ) YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY Chris Rea
58 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
59 ( 37 ) SLY Massive Attack
60 ( 59 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi

61 ( 57 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
62 ( 42 ) STEAM East 17
63 ( NEW ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
64 ( 68 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 64 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
66 ( 53 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
67 ( 54 ) STAY (I MISSED YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
68 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 66 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
70 ( 30 ) SURE Take That

71 ( NEW ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
72 ( 38 ) KEEP TALKIN’/ HIGH HOPES Pink Floyd
73 ( 72 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 43 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER PJ and Duncan
75 ( NEW ) YOUR LOVING ARMS Billie Ray Martin

27th November 1994

Kylie knocks off Madonna after only one week on top, that’s how much I loved Put Yourself In My Place and her first number one. Gorgeous! Very much in a pre-xmas ballad groove over-all in fact, as East 17 leap to a Stay Another Day 3, Louis goes top 5, and highest new entry at 8 is Gloria Estefan with a 50’s ballad cover, the lovely Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me originally a US 1952 hit.

Load of other high new entries invade the chart, too, with Erasure at 10 with I Love Saturday. Well, don’t we all! 8 years of regular Top 10’s for Erasure, 13 years for Vince Clarke. Actor Jimmy Nail had a 1992 number one with the terrific Ain’t No Doubt 7 years after getting Rose Royce lyrics wrong on his cover of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore. Now dabbling with country, he snaps in with Crocodile Shoes at 13. Baby D at 17 and a future UK chart-topper, cos it’s a a great dance track – Let Me Be Your Fantasy, indeed.

Roxette drop in at 18, and those top 20 hits just seem to keep coming for them, 6 years and counting as they run to you. Sophie B. Hawkins gets a 5th top 20 entry, Celine Dion rapidly asserts herself at 28, not even thinking twice, and Jamiroquai slips in at 33 half the man he will be when his career really gets going. Janet Jackson also ponders, you want this? Not as much your earlier singles, dear, is the answer (though love that Love Child sample, now that’s a classic Diana Ross & The Supremes record). The final top 40 new entry is Joni Mitchell, back after a break, and 20 years after her first run of chart hits (in my charts at any rate), along with Seal, man of the moment.

Others: Primal Scream cry themselves blind at 50, Jaki Graham covers Rufus and Chaka Khan, Ain’t Nobody else done that. Not. Sinead O’Connor is feeling grateful at 56, the Rolling Stones return at 75 out of tears, while the more recent and absent other Stones (Roses) come back with a limp spreading love at 67. That leaves only Ace Of Base living in danger with a slice of reggae pop preferable to more venerated artists, so I’ll link that one instead!

1 ( 9 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
2 ( 1 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
3 ( 27 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
4 ( 3 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
5 ( 6 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
6 ( 2 ) STARS China Black
7 ( 5 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
8 ( NEW ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
9 ( 4 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
10 ( NEW ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure

11 ( 7 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
12 ( 12 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush
13 ( NEW ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
14 ( 8 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
15 ( 10 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
16 ( 11 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
17 ( NEW ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
18 ( NEW ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
19 ( 45 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
20 ( 29 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass

21 ( 13 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
22 ( 16 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
23 ( 20 ) SENSE Terry Hall
24 ( 24 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
25 ( 30 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
26 ( 14 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
27 ( 19 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
28 ( 71 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
29 ( 15 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
30 ( 33 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People

31 ( 21 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
32 ( 32 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELIN’ AGAIN The Carpenters
33 ( 63 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
34 ( 38 ) EVERY WOMAN KNOWS Lulu
35 ( 23 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
36 ( 17 ) GOSP LWS
37 ( 54 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
38 ( 22 ) THIS DJ Warren G
39 ( 18 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
40 ( NEW ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal

41 ( 35 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
42 ( 47 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross
43 ( 28 ) OH BABY I Eternal
44 ( 50 ) THE WILD ONES Suede
45 ( 25 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
46 ( 31 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
47 ( 26 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
48 ( 34 ) BANG AND BLAME REM
49 ( 44 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
50 ( NEW ) CRY MYSELF BLIND Primal Scream

51 ( 36 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
52 ( 39 ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
53 ( 51 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
54 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOBODY Jaki Graham
55 ( 40 ) ZEPHYR Electrafixion (ian McCulloch)
56 ( NEW ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor
57 ( 37 ) NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS Salt ‘n’ Pepa
58 ( 49 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
59 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
60 ( 46 ) SECRET Madonna

61 ( 48 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton
62 ( 53 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
63 ( 61 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
64 ( RE ) NEW BORN FRIEND Seal
65 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 65 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
67 ( NEW ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
68 ( 67 ) STAY (I MISSED YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
69 ( 68 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
70 ( 69 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

71 ( 42 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
72 ( 60 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
73 ( NEW ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
74 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
75 ( NEW ) OUT OF TEARS The Rolling Stones

My 1994 Charts – September

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4th September 1994

So much competition for the top spot that absolute classics are just grabbing one week, so poor Sophie drops down to make room for Seal’s Kiss From A Rose, a track that didn’t really take off for another year in the UK. It had a gorgeous Middle-Ages vibe to it, and that’s not something you can say very often. Seal’s first solo topper, or his second if including Killer in 1990 (with Adamski), though Crazy had a long run at 2. Pet Shop Boys new single has to make do with runner-up, though Blur get another Top 10 with Park Life, Prince replaces himself in the Top 10 with Letitgo, Oasis get their first with Live Together, Lulu extends her run of Top 10’s to 26 years, and Robert Palmer has another of his occasional Top 10’s up a whopping 62 places. Phew!

Michelle Gayle is pure Sweetness, highest new entry at 24, while Jackson Browne returns at 27, just ahead of Terrorvision’s Pretend Best Friend at 31, keeping up their manic pop metal run of hits. Shawn Colvin covers The Police at 38, and debuts, while Shara Nelson is Inside Out at 47, Eternal claim to be So Good at 48 (hmmm) and Inner Circle reggae back with a cover at 53. A bunch of veterans claim entries in the bottom 5 (after D:Ream’s latest) as daryl Hall keeps his solo entries going, Peter gabriel has a live EP, Crowded House invent a new fruit-based insult, Oi, Pineapple Head, and Billy Idol’s theme from the fab new movie Speed pops in 15 years since Gen X.

Speed made a fave of Sandra Bullock, and a new buffed-up Keanu Reeves set himself up as leading man material. Nonsense plot of course, but great fun. On TV, I was well into Deep Space 9, X Files, and Newhart – Bob Newhart’s latest sitcom with the terrific Henry Mancini theme tune.

1 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
2 ( 4 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 1 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
4 ( 2 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
5 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
6 ( 11 ) PARK LIFE Blur
7 ( 19 ) LETITGO Prince
8 ( 18 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
9 ( 14 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
10 ( 72 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer

11 ( 5 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
12 ( 28 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
13 ( 9 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
14 ( 7 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
15 ( 25 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
16 ( 8 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
17 ( 13 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
18 ( 38 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
19 ( 21 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
20 ( 35 ) FIREWORKS Roxette

21 ( 26 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians
22 ( 12 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
23 ( 10 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
24 ( NEW ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
25 ( 16 ) SEARCHING China Black
26 ( 15 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
27 ( RE ) EVERYWHERE I GO Jackson Browne
28 ( 17 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
29 ( 32 ) BOP GUN (ONE NATION) Ice Cube featuring George Clinton
30 ( 23 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

31 ( NEW ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision
32 ( 27 ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
33 ( 44 ) THE PRETTIEST EYES The Beautiful South
34 ( 47 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
35 ( 29 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
36 ( 22 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
37 ( 56 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
38 ( NEW ) EVERY LITTLE THING HE DOES IS MAGIC Shawn Colvin
39 ( 24 ) SHINE Aswad
40 ( 20 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies

41 ( 31 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
42 ( 42 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
43 ( 33 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
44 ( 34 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
45 ( 65 ) GAL WINE Chaka Demus and Pliers
46 ( 60 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
47 ( NEW ) INSIDE OUT Shara Nelson
48 ( NEW ) SO GOOD Eternal
49 ( 43 ) STANDING AT THE ALTAR Margie Cox
50 ( 74 ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Sean Maguire

51 ( 37 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
52 ( 71 ) TROUBLE Shampoo
53 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Inner Circle
54 ( 48 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
55 ( 39 ) BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden
56 ( 41 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
57 ( 54 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
58 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( 36 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
60 ( 59 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

61 ( 50 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
62 ( 40 ) THE WAY SHE LOVES ME Richard Marx
63 ( 30 ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie
64 ( 64 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
65 ( 61 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 75 ) WARRIORS Aswad
68 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 62 ) TO THE END Blur
70 ( 73 ) THE RIGHT KINDA LOVER Patti Labelle

71 ( NEW ) BLAME IT ON ME D:Ream
72 ( NEW ) WILDFIRE Daryl Hall
73 ( NEW ) SW LIVE EP Peter Gabriel
74 ( NEW ) SPEED Billy Idol
75 ( NEW ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House

[b]11th September 1994[/b]

It’s an amazing 18th Number One in almost 9 years for Pet Shop Boys, and the 5th in a row from album Very, albeit remixed. Mad? Yesterday When I Was Mad on them, that is. Still am. Tough on Kylie, as her exotic confiding has to make do with a peak at 2 just short of that elusive number one. Prince and Lightning Seeds both add to the list of Top 5’s, Lisa Loeb gets her only Top 10 hit, and Dave Stewart shows he doesn’t need Annie to grab a top 10 hit either, 15 years on from The Tourists.

Highest new entry is Tom Robinson’s Days That Changed The World, a mellow track that you’ll be lucky to find anywhere online. I’ve tried. Shara and Cyndi get another top 40 each, while The Wonder Stuff claim to be unbreakable at 36, REM pose a query about frequencies to Kenneth at 39, and an inferior remix of Atomic brings Blondie back 14 years on from hitting my top spot, at 38.

At 52 it’s a great dance track from Corona, Rhythm Of The Night, which should have been bigger (though it did well in the Uk charts), and at 67 a massive US hit record that you’ll find in the dictionary linked to the word “overrated”. Or is it “Over-rated”? Either way, it’s BoyzIIMen’s End Of The Road part 2. Talking of huge hits, it’s Saturday Night at 72, about to knock off Wet Wet Wet from the top of the UK singles chart. Of the two, I’d rather listen to Whigfield. Deedee nananana.

1 ( 2 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 5 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
3 ( 3 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
4 ( 7 ) LETITGO Prince
5 ( 16 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
6 ( 6 ) PARK LIFE Blur
7 ( 4 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
8 ( 1 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
9 ( 18 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
10 ( 12 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories

11 ( 15 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
12 ( 19 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
13 ( 11 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
14 ( 14 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
15 ( 8 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
16 ( 10 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
17 ( 20 ) FIREWORKS Roxette
18 ( 21 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
19 ( 17 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
20 ( 9 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu

21 ( 24 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
22 ( NEW ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson
23 ( 13 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
24 ( 37 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
25 ( 22 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
26 ( 42 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
27 ( RE ) LUCAS WITH THE LID OFF Lucas
28 ( 25 ) SEARCHING China Black
29 ( 34 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
30 ( 31 ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision

31 ( 47 ) INSIDE OUT/ DOWN THAT ROAD Shara Nelson
32 ( 35 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
33 ( 45 ) GAL WINE Chaka Demus and Pliers
34 ( 32 ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
35 ( 53 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Inner Circle
36 ( NEW ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff
37 ( 26 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
38 ( NEW ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
39 ( NEW ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
40 ( 50 ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Sean Maguire

41 ( 38 ) EVERY LITTLE THING HE DOES IS MAGIC Shawn Colvin
42 ( 30 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
43 ( 28 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
44 ( 23 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
45 ( 41 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
46 ( 29 ) BOP GUN (ONE NATION) Ice Cube featuring George Clinton
47 ( 44 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
48 ( 27 ) EVERYWHERE I GO Jackson Browne
49 ( 39 ) SHINE Aswad
50 ( 36 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc

51 ( 33 ) THE PRETTIEST EYES The Beautiful South
52 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
53 ( 43 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
54 ( 48 ) SO GOOD Eternal
55 ( NEW ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun
56 ( 71 ) BLAME IT ON ME D:Ream
57 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
58 ( 64 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 60 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
60 ( 57 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma

61 ( 61 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
62 ( 67 ) WARRIORS Aswad
63 ( 55 ) BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden
64 ( 75 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
65 ( NEW ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( NEW ) I’LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU BoyzIIMen
68 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 74 ) SPEED Billy Idol
70 ( 51 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis

71 ( 46 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
72 ( NEW ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
73 ( 69 ) TO THE END Blur
74 ( NEW ) YESTERDAY ONCE MORE Redd Kross
75 ( NEW ) BODY AND SOUL Anita Baker

18th September 1994

2 weeks for Chris n Neil on top, and Cyndi takes the reworking of Girls Just Want To Have Fun to 4, beating (bizarrely) it’s original peak a decade earlier. I’m sure everyone recalls Bad Boys Inc second top 10, Love Here I Come? No, me neither! How embarrassing to see it shoot up from 65 to 8 and have no memory of it. Just Youtubed it, still drawing a blank! Roxette meanwhile bring Fireworks back to the top 10, exploding for a 5th year into the heights.

Aswad and Crowded House have big leaps into the 30, Corona and D:Ream into the 40, and the highest new entry is Terry Hall’s own version of his Lightning Seeds number one, the glorious Sense at 38, giving him 15 years of hits (with The Specials, Fun Boy 3, Colourfield and solo). East 17 Steam into 52, and Saint Etienne Hug My Soul at 58, reliably good at any stage of their career. Bon Jovi’s monster hit Always pops in at 70, while the Stones grab bottom place, but hey 75 is better than nothing.

1 ( 1 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 3 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
3 ( 2 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
4 ( 26 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
5 ( 6 ) PARK LIFE Blur
6 ( 4 ) LETITGO Prince
7 ( 10 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
8 ( 65 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
9 ( 9 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
10 ( 17 ) FIREWORKS Roxette

11 ( 18 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
12 ( 11 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
13 ( 7 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
14 ( 13 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
15 ( 5 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
16 ( 16 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
17 ( 8 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
18 ( 24 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
19 ( 21 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
20 ( 14 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

21 ( 12 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
22 ( 22 ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson
23 ( 62 ) WARRIORS Aswad
24 ( 64 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
25 ( 15 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
26 ( 36 ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff
27 ( RE ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
28 ( 19 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
29 ( 38 ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
30 ( 20 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu

31 ( 52 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
32 ( 32 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
33 ( 39 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
34 ( 56 ) BLAME IT ON ME D:Ream
35 ( 35 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Inner Circle
36 ( 25 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
37 ( 30 ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision
38 ( NEW ) SENSE Terry Hall
39 ( 28 ) SEARCHING China Black
40 ( 54 ) SO GOOD Eternal

41 ( 23 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
42 ( 31 ) INSIDE OUT/ DOWN THAT ROAD Shara Nelson
43 ( 34 ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
44 ( 29 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
45 ( 27 ) LUCAS WITH THE LID OFF Lucas
46 ( 69 ) SPEED Billy Idol
47 ( 37 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
48 ( 45 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
49 ( 55 ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun
50 ( 42 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

51 ( 33 ) GAL WINE Chaka Demus and Pliers
52 ( NEW ) STEAM East 17
53 ( 43 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
54 ( 47 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
55 ( 72 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
56 ( 40 ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Sean Maguire
57 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
58 ( NEW ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
59 ( 59 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
60 ( 58 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 60 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
62 ( 71 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
63 ( 53 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
64 ( 75 ) BODY AND SOUL Anita Baker
65 ( 49 ) SHINE Aswad
66 ( 67 ) I’LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU BoyzIIMen
67 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE THING HE DOES IS MAGIC Shawn Colvin
70 ( NEW ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi

71 ( 61 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
72 ( NEW ) ELEGANTLY AMERICAN: ONE NIGHT/MOVING M People
73 ( 50 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
74 ( NEW ) SWEET SENSUAL LOVE Big Mountain
75 ( NEW ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones

25th September 1994

3 weeks for the Petties on top, and Edie Brickell gets her biggest hit, the fab Good Times at 3, with more than a bit of a hand from Barry White, who also gets his highest ever chart placing to date after 21 years of hits. Corona take that rhythm to 7, and Michelle takes her sweetness to 9. Saint Etienne are the big climbers though, hugging number 14 from 58.

Suede get the highest new entry, rather modestly claiming they are the pigs. Surely not! East 17 steam up 26, Billy Idol speeds up to 28 and C.J. Lewis has yet another oldie reggae cover in the top 40 at 33. Other newies: Snap! welcome tomorrow at 44, Madonna’s got a Secret (shhh she’s only 48), Seal’s newborn friend arrives at 54, and some well-known biggies plop in lower down: Irish reggae act Pat O’Banton borrows UB40 and covers Eddy Grant – not as well as The Equals, it must be said (and Eddy was in the band so that’s fair) but gets in at 58; The Lion King standard Circle Of Life was just a pleasant Elton John single 20 years ago, in at 59, and Take That seem Sure of going higher than 65 – or will they!? Answer in a few weeks…

1 ( 1 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
3 ( 11 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
4 ( 7 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
5 ( 3 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
6 ( 4 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
7 ( 31 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
8 ( 8 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
9 ( 19 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
10 ( 6 ) LETITGO Prince

11 ( 5 ) PARK LIFE Blur
12 ( 14 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
13 ( 10 ) FIREWORKS Roxette
14 ( 58 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
15 ( 20 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
16 ( 9 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
17 ( 13 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
18 ( 15 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
19 ( 24 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
20 ( 23 ) WARRIORS Aswad

21 ( 16 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
22 ( 12 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
23 ( NEW ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
24 ( 32 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
25 ( 17 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
26 ( 52 ) STEAM East 17
27 ( 25 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
28 ( 46 ) SPEED Billy Idol
29 ( 21 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
30 ( 18 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman

31 ( 22 ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson
32 ( 28 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
33 ( NEW ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
34 ( 49 ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun
35 ( 62 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
36 ( 29 ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
37 ( 26 ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff
38 ( 33 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
39 ( 27 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
40 ( 30 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu

41 ( 39 ) SEARCHING China Black
42 ( 38 ) SENSE Terry Hall
43 ( 36 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
44 ( NEW ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
45 ( 70 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
46 ( 55 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
47 ( 34 ) BLAME IT ON ME D:Ream
48 ( NEW ) SECRET Madonna
49 ( 37 ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision
50 ( NEW ) FOOTSTEPS Stiltskin

51 ( 35 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Inner Circle
52 ( 75 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones
53 ( 48 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
54 ( NEW ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
55 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
56 ( 50 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
57 ( 54 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
58 ( NEW ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
59 ( NEW ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
60 ( 59 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

61 ( 41 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
62 ( 60 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
63 ( 61 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
64 ( 43 ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
65 ( NEW ) SURE Take That
66 ( 47 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 42 ) INSIDE OUT/ DOWN THAT ROAD Shara Nelson
70 ( 65 ) SHINE Aswad

71 ( 53 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
72 ( 63 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
73 ( NEW ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
74 ( 64 ) BODY AND SOUL Anita Baker
75 ( 71 ) SWAMP THING The Grid

My 1994 Charts – August

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7th August 1994

2 weeks for Youssou n neneh, classic. Another classic at 2, Kissing that Rose and equalling his biggest solo hit Crazy, it’s Seal. A massive leap for the gorgeous Sophie 50 to 5, to give her a 2nd Top 5 hit, and a hat trick of Top 10’s for Enigma in 1994, in at 7 with another laid-back track off their great New Age album. Late in their career, Level 42 join Enigma in their peaceful Top 10 world for 11 years worth of occasional big hits (and lots of lesser ones).

Will Smith’s summer anthem pops back again 3 years on, as do Whitesnake 5 years or so on, while Swing Out Sister show that something good came out of Four Weddings And A Funeral – a lovely cover of the Delfonics 1971 smash La La Means I Love You, and new at 20 as their terrific retro sounds keep on.

Others: Janet Jackson’s back and on and on, Bobby Womack goes Top 40, and entering at 40 it’s the Jesus and Mary Chain and a melodic duet, at 47 Morrissey and Siouxsie duetting Interlude a bit hauntingly, and Quo apparently didnt mean it. Not Sure I believe them, but hey ho, that’s 21 years of hits to date.

1 ( 1 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
2 ( 4 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
3 ( 2 ) SEARCHING China Black
4 ( 5 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
5 ( 50 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
6 ( 3 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
7 ( NEW ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
8 ( 8 ) SHINE Aswad
9 ( 9 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
10 ( 17 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42

11 ( 7 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
12 ( 12 ) LIBIAMO/ LA DONNA E MOBILE Carreras Domingo Pavarotti
13 ( 23 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
14 ( 30 ) BLACK BOX EYC
15 ( 6 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
16 ( 10 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
17 ( NEW ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
18 ( 20 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
19 ( 14 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies
20 ( NEW ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister

21 ( 21 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
22 ( 11 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
23 ( 13 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
24 ( 25 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
25 ( 26 ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
26 ( 22 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
27 ( NEW ) AND ON AND ON Janet Jackson
28 ( 15 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
29 ( 29 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
30 ( 16 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

31 ( 31 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
32 ( 63 ) FOREVER LOVE Bobby Womack
33 ( 19 ) WIPEOUT/ MAH NA MAH NA The Muppets featuring Animal
34 ( 34 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
35 ( 39 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies
36 ( 36 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
37 ( 27 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
38 ( 38 ) ADORE Joe Roberts
39 ( 24 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
40 ( NEW ) SOMETIMES ALWAYS The Jesus And Mary Chain

41 ( NEW ) THIS TIME I FOUND LOVE Rozalla
42 ( 18 ) THE MAN I LOVE Kate Bush and Larry Adler
43 ( 28 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
44 ( 37 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
45 ( 43 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
46 ( 40 ) TO THE END Blur
47 ( NEW ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie
48 ( 33 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public
49 ( 35 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
50 ( NEW ) NO MORE (I CAN’T STAND IT) Maxx

51 ( 51 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
52 ( 47 ) WORD UP Gun
53 ( 42 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
54 ( 41 ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown
55 ( 46 ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
56 ( 55 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
57 ( NEW ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
58 ( 32 ) EVERYWHERE I GO Jackson Browne
59 ( NEW ) I DIDN’T MEAN IT Status Quo
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 48 ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That
62 ( 59 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) HIT BY LOVE Ce Ce Peniston
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 66 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( 73 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
67 ( 65 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
68 ( 44 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
69 ( 45 ) HARD Tom Robinson
70 ( NEW ) I LIFT MY CUP Gloworm

71 ( 68 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
72 ( NEW ) WHAT’S UP DJ Miko
73 ( 72 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
74 ( 56 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
75 ( NEW ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader

14th August 1994

Enigma’s 3rd of the year, and 4th number one in total. I really did like them back then! To be fair I was expanding my musical horizons to the the world, and so was the record-buying public. If only the current UK music-selling scene could say the same! Sophie at 2 ands she’s Right Beside You, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince second-time round take their growing pop classic back into the 10, and Blur re-enter as a proper single now at 15 with the ever-so-Brit-pop anthem Park Life.

Joe Cocker converts to a double A side and leaps into the 20, for a chart span of 26 years, while joining him is Lulu at 38 to do exactly the same. Terry Hall, solo, at 39, and he’s having 15 years of hits and counting. A cover of the Dream Girls classic from 1982 drops by for Donna Giles at 46, while the Manics Revol in at 52. Eh? Revol? A couple of classics lower down though, Kylie surprises all with a sultry growing up and Confide In Me slides in at 55, with Oasis’ 2nd hit the fabulous Live Forever at 75. Finally, the sweet Lisa Loeb hit is at 67.

1 ( 7 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
2 ( 5 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
3 ( 1 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
4 ( 2 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
5 ( 3 ) SEARCHING China Black
6 ( 4 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
7 ( 10 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
8 ( 6 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
9 ( 14 ) BLACK BOX EYC
10 ( 17 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

11 ( 13 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
12 ( 8 ) SHINE Aswad
13 ( 18 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
14 ( 21 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
15 ( RE ) PARK LIFE Blur
16 ( 20 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
17 ( 9 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
18 ( 55 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
19 ( 16 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
20 ( 11 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

21 ( 12 ) LIBIAMO/ LA DONNA E MOBILE Carreras Domingo Pavarotti
22 ( 15 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
23 ( 25 ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
24 ( 23 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
25 ( 27 ) AND ON AND ON Janet Jackson
26 ( 50 ) NO MORE (I CAN’T STAND IT) Maxx
27 ( 29 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
28 ( 26 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
29 ( 40 ) SOMETIMES ALWAYS The Jesus And Mary Chain
30 ( 19 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies

31 ( 35 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies
32 ( 24 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
33 ( 57 ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
34 ( 34 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
35 ( 72 ) WHAT’S UP DJ Miko
36 ( 36 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
37 ( 68 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
38 ( NEW ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
39 ( NEW ) FOREVER J Terry Hall
40 ( 22 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders

41 ( 32 ) FOREVER LOVE Bobby Womack
42 ( 28 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
43 ( 31 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
44 ( 39 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
45 ( 41 ) THIS TIME I FOUND LOVE Rozalla
46 ( NEW ) AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Donna Giles
47 ( 45 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
48 ( 59 ) I DIDN’T MEAN IT Status Quo
49 ( 37 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
50 ( 30 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

51 ( 33 ) WIPEOUT/ MAH NA MAH NA The Muppets featuring Animal
52 ( NEW ) REVOL The Manic Street Preachers
53 ( 38 ) ADORE Joe Roberts
54 ( 46 ) TO THE END Blur
55 ( NEW ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
56 ( 56 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
57 ( RE ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
58 ( 47 ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie
59 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
60 ( NEW ) THE WAY SHE LOVES ME Richard Marx

61 ( NEW ) LUCAS WITH THE LID OFF Lucas
62 ( 75 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
63 ( 51 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 62 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
66 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
67 ( NEW ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
68 ( 66 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
69 ( NEW ) DO IT Tony Di Bart
70 ( RE ) I SWEAR All 4 One

71 ( NEW ) TRUE SPIRIT Carleen Anderson
72 ( 67 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
73 ( 73 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
74 ( 43 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
75 ( NEW ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis

21st August 1994

2 weeks for Enigma on top as Level 42 get their highest-ever chart placing at 5. Just look at Kylie though, 55 to 6, loving those eastern-sounds, and giving her yet another Top 10 hit, 6 years and counting. The Lightning Seeds also continue their run of Top 10 fabtastic pop singles, Lucky You! Swing Out Sister also break into the 10 for the last time (I think), with their 70’s soul cover.

Highest new entry, though, is a remixed version of the album track Yesterday When I Was Mad, in at 13. What are the chances of it being the 5th Very album track Pet Shop Boys number one? Very good! Morrissey and Siouxsie meanwhile take their Interlude from 58 to 16, that’s 16 years of Top 20’s for Siouxsie and 11 years for Smiler. Lulu spits on both statistics though, joining Joe Cocker on 26 years of Top 20 hits, while Prince grabs another Top 20 as simultaneously album track (and future single) Letitgo enters at 34.

Oasis, though get their first ever Top 20 hit as Live Forever rockets 75 to 18, PJ & Duncan finally break into the 30, and The Bee Gees join the album track listers with Blue Island at 32. Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun isn’t Supermassive, but 52 isn’t bad, and the Rev Al Green duets with country star Lyle Lovett for a new entry at 71. I think that’s all very varied!

1 ( 1 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
2 ( 2 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
3 ( 4 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 3 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
5 ( 7 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
6 ( 55 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 6 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
8 ( 14 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
9 ( 5 ) SEARCHING China Black
10 ( 16 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister

11 ( 9 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
12 ( 18 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
13 ( NEW ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 15 ) PARK LIFE Blur
15 ( 8 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
16 ( 58 ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie
17 ( 38 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
18 ( 75 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
19 ( 12 ) SHINE Aswad
20 ( 27 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye

21 ( 10 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
22 ( 11 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
23 ( 31 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies
24 ( 13 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
25 ( 17 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
26 ( 26 ) NO MORE (I CAN’T STAND IT) Maxx
27 ( 36 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
28 ( 24 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
29 ( 19 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
30 ( 20 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

31 ( 22 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
32 ( NEW ) BLUE ISLAND The Bee Gees
33 ( 35 ) WHAT’S UP DJ Miko
34 ( NEW ) LETITGO Prince
35 ( 39 ) FOREVER J Terry Hall
36 ( 23 ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
37 ( 34 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
38 ( 28 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
39 ( 61 ) LUCAS WITH THE LID OFF Lucas
40 ( 25 ) AND ON AND ON Janet Jackson

41 ( 29 ) SOMETIMES ALWAYS The Jesus And Mary Chain
42 ( 52 ) REVOL The Manic Street Preachers
43 ( 21 ) LIBIAMO/ LA DONNA E MOBILE Carreras Domingo Pavarotti
44 ( 46 ) AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Donna Giles
45 ( 32 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
46 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
47 ( 44 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
48 ( 30 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies
49 ( 69 ) DO IT Tony Di Bart
50 ( 47 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma

51 ( NEW ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
52 ( NEW ) BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden
53 ( 33 ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
54 ( 37 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
55 ( 54 ) TO THE END Blur
56 ( 56 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
57 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
58 ( 60 ) THE WAY SHE LOVES ME Richard Marx
59 ( 40 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
60 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sounds Of Blackness

61 ( 43 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
62 ( 62 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
63 ( 42 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
64 ( 49 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
65 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 57 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
67 ( 66 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 65 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
69 ( 41 ) FOREVER LOVE Bobby Womack
70 ( 48 ) I DIDN’T MEAN IT Status Quo

71 ( NEW ) FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY Al Green and Lyle Lovett
72 ( 67 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
73 ( 73 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
74 ( 63 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
75 ( 50 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

28th August 1994

Sophie B. Hawkins gets her one and only chart-topper, but what a corker it is. I still love it to bits, and it really should be a radio classic, or featuring in a 90’s retro megamovie. Sophie was endearingly quirky, and I wish she was still as successful, though she is still active, hooray! Pet Shop Boys of course are mad at 4, and its a hot hot hot new (old) entry as the 10-year-old minor hit comes back bigger and remixed at 9. Prince gets another Top 10 hit and a top 20 hit, though he was using a squiggle and a pompous assertion that he isn’t Prince anymore as a name at various times from 1993 onwards. Way to kill your career Prince!

Ian McNabb (of The Icicle Works) has a 10 year comeback at 25, and just below Edie Brickell’s best single (albeit lesser known) the gorgeous Good Times at 26. Lisa Loeb leaps alliteratively into the 30, and Ice Cube reactivates George Clinton of Funkadelic and Parliament fame with their Bop Gun at 32. Pause for breath, now, cos there’s a whopping 21 new entries clearing out the charts – Roxette’s latest Fireworks explode at 35, driving Aerosmith Crazy at 36 (an album track, and future hit ballad single), while Eurythmic Dave Stewart has a Heart Of Stone at 38, and Cyndi Lauper radically re-invents her 1984 debut hit at 42. Hey Now!! It’s good, but not AS good.

Others: Soundgarden make 39, The Beautiful South make eyes from 44, John Mellencamp is 60, UB40 63, Robert Palmer 72, Aswad 75 keep the hits coming, while comebacks of sorts from Patti Labelle at 73, and newer entries from Shed 7 and Shampoo. Uh oh we’re in trouble!

1 ( 2 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
2 ( 1 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
3 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 13 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 7 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
6 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 4 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
8 ( 8 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
9 ( NEW ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
10 ( 20 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye

11 ( 14 ) PARK LIFE Blur
12 ( 12 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
13 ( 5 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
14 ( 17 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
15 ( 10 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
16 ( 9 ) SEARCHING China Black
17 ( 11 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
18 ( 18 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
19 ( 34 ) LETITGO Prince
20 ( 23 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies

21 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
22 ( 15 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
23 ( 21 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
24 ( 19 ) SHINE Aswad
25 ( NEW ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
26 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians
27 ( 51 ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
28 ( 72 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
29 ( 24 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
30 ( 16 ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie

31 ( 31 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
32 ( NEW ) BOP GUN (ONE NATION) Ice Cube featuring George Clinton
33 ( 28 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
34 ( 30 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
35 ( NEW ) FIREWORKS Roxette
36 ( NEW ) CRAZY Aerosmith
37 ( 25 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
38 ( NEW ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
39 ( 52 ) BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden
40 ( 58 ) THE WAY SHE LOVES ME Richard Marx

41 ( 22 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
42 ( NEW ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
43 ( NEW ) STANDING AT THE ALTAR Margie Cox
44 ( NEW ) THE PRETTIEST EYES The Beautiful South
45 ( 46 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
46 ( 26 ) NO MORE (I CAN’T STAND IT) Maxx
47 ( 62 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
48 ( 27 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
49 ( 33 ) WHAT’S UP DJ Miko
50 ( 38 ) SWAMP THING The Grid

51 ( 32 ) BLUE ISLAND The Bee Gees
52 ( 29 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
53 ( 49 ) DO IT Tony Di Bart
54 ( 50 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
55 ( 37 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
56 ( NEW ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
57 ( 35 ) FOREVER J Terry Hall
58 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( 56 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
60 ( NEW ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello

61 ( 47 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
62 ( 55 ) TO THE END Blur
63 ( NEW ) REGGAE MUSIC UB40
64 ( 68 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
65 ( NEW ) GAL WINE Chaka Demus and Pliers
66 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 44 ) AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Donna Giles
68 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 61 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
70 ( NEW ) SPEAKEASY Shed 7

71 ( NEW ) TROUBLE Shampoo
72 ( NEW ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
73 ( NEW ) THE RIGHT KINDA LOVER Patti Labelle
74 ( NEW ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Sean Maguire
75 ( NEW ) WARRIORS Aswad

My 1994 Charts – June

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5th June 1994

No more World Music at the top, it’s grunge, or at least the advert-related version of it, which is pretty terrific anyway. Loved those crashing guitars in Stiltskin’s day Inside and astride the charts. Exciting stuff. Bad news for Guns ‘n’ Roses who get stuck at 2, their highest spot since topping 5 years earlier with Sweet Child ‘o’ Mine – it’s the highest charting version of Since I Don’t Have You though. Roxette recall their glory 1989 chart-topping days too as they Crash! at 4. Boom! Bang!

Blur’s glorious To The End up to 7 with a bullet, ahead of the Frampton reggae-tastic Big Mountain at 9, and Eddi Reader getting her biggest solo hit at 10, 6 years on since her last one (with Fairground Attraction). Dawn Penn also rockets to 21 with the fab reggae No No No. Yes Yes Yes! More reggae? How about highest new entry from Aswad, Shine catches them at their very poptastic best, and leaps Ace Of Base’s version of their Don’t Turn Around – which, essentially is also reggae-ish.

Non-reggae new stuff from Primal Scream at 33, Janet Jackson at 36, and lower-but-better The Prodigy’s fab No Good, Pulp’s Babies, and assorted Crowded House, Arrested Development and Pearl Jam tracks. Only one of those last 3 will be in next week’s charts…

1 ( 2 ) INSIDE Stiltskin
2 ( 3 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
3 ( 1 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
4 ( 15 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
5 ( 4 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano
6 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
7 ( 22 ) TO THE END Blur
8 ( 8 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
9 ( 19 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
10 ( 26 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader

11 ( 14 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
12 ( 6 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
13 ( 7 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm
14 ( 9 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
15 ( 12 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
16 ( 10 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
17 ( 11 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
18 ( 13 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
19 ( 20 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
20 ( 24 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies

21 ( 54 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
22 ( 23 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
23 ( 30 ) TAKE IT BACK Pink Floyd
24 ( 63 ) THE REAL THING 2 Unlimited
25 ( NEW ) SHINE Aswad
26 ( 16 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada
27 ( 40 ) PAST THE MISSION Tori Amos
28 ( 35 ) LOST IN AMERICA Alice Cooper
29 ( 33 ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)
30 ( 18 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson

31 ( 17 ) REACH Judy Cheeks
32 ( 32 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
33 ( NEW ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream
34 ( 36 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
35 ( 34 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart
36 ( NEW ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE Janet Jackson
37 ( 37 ) PRAYER FOR THE DYING Seal
38 ( 27 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
39 ( RE ) GETTING INTO SOMETHING Alison Moyet
40 ( 25 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers

41 ( 28 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
42 ( 31 ) IN THE NAVY (REMIX) The Village People
43 ( 29 ) UNDER THE BRIDGE Red Hot Chili Peppers
44 ( 21 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE THE REAL THING Elton John and Marcella Detroit
45 ( 51 ) MAMA SAID Carleen Anderson
46 ( 43 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
47 ( 64 ) I SWEAR All 4 One
48 ( 48 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
49 ( 41 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
50 ( 39 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones

51 ( NEW ) NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) The Prodigy
52 ( 44 ) ALWAYS Erasure
53 ( 70 ) SHOOP Salt ‘n’ Pepa
54 ( 50 ) SILENT SCREAM Richard Marx
55 ( 38 ) NOBODY Shara Nelson
56 ( 46 ) NUMBER ONE EYC
57 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
58 ( NEW ) BABIES Pulp
59 ( 45 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green
60 ( 61 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin

61 ( RE ) LIGHT MY FIRE Clubhouse
62 ( 55 ) LUCKY LUCKY ME Marvin Gaye
63 ( NEW ) SWAMP THING The Grid
64 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 66 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( 69 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
67 ( 62 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
68 ( 60 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
69 ( NEW ) FINGERS OF LOVE Crowded House
70 ( 58 ) WHISPERING YOUR NAME Alison Moyet

71 ( NEW ) EASE MY MIND Arrested Development
72 ( NEW ) DISSIDENT Pearl Jam
73 ( 56 ) LIKE A MOTORWAY Saint Etienne
74 ( 73 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
75 ( 75 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys

12th June 1994

Blur knock off grunge from the top, their first chart-topper 5 years on from their debut, and what an epic track it is. To The End is pure tearful earnestness wrapped up in a gorgeous wrapping. Brilliant. Knocking on the Blur door, though Dawn Penn’s insistent stylish reggae is at 3, while Aswad’s pop sunny pop reggae just misses the 10. My chartnote says “hot weather at last” which means, I guess, a late summer, and a reason for reggae to feature big, so summer-sounding.

Pet Shop Boys Ab Fab semi-novelty pops up to 12 and saves it from becoming their lowest-placed single, ever. One peaked even lower, circa 1991! 2 Unlimited get another top 20 hit, Primal Scream ditto, and Aretha Franklin keeps a run of Top 20 hits spanning 26 years as Willing To Forgive leaps to 20 after pottering around the lower reaches.

Ace of Base at 22, The Prodigy at 24, Danii Minogue new at 29 (unexpectedly), and Tom Robinson looking Hard at 32 (17 years on from a motorway fling) all brighten up the Top 40 a bit. Chuck in another D:Ream hit, another Faster Manics hit, night-bound Pretenders at 44, and Huey Lewis sneaking in 11 years on, and most of the rest can be ignored. Note Wet Wet Wet drop without ever making the Top 20. Oops!

1 ( 7 ) TO THE END Blur
2 ( 1 ) INSIDE Stiltskin
3 ( 21 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
4 ( 2 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
5 ( 4 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
6 ( 3 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
7 ( 6 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
8 ( 10 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
9 ( 5 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano
10 ( 9 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain

11 ( 25 ) SHINE Aswad
12 ( 29 ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)
13 ( 8 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
14 ( 11 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
15 ( 15 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
16 ( 24 ) THE REAL THING 2 Unlimited
17 ( 14 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
18 ( RE ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
19 ( 33 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream
20 ( 60 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin

21 ( 12 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
22 ( 48 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
23 ( 13 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm
24 ( 51 ) NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) The Prodigy
25 ( 16 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
26 ( 17 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
27 ( 36 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE Janet Jackson
28 ( 18 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
29 ( NEW ) GET INTO YOU Danii Minogue
30 ( 19 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue

31 ( 20 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
32 ( NEW ) HARD Tom Robinson
33 ( 22 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
34 ( 63 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
35 ( 55 ) NOBODY Shara Nelson
36 ( NEW ) TAKE ME AWAY D:Ream
37 ( 26 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada
38 ( NEW ) FASTER The Manic Street Preachers
39 ( 47 ) I SWEAR All 4 One
40 ( 69 ) FINGERS OF LOVE Crowded House

41 ( 32 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
42 ( 28 ) LOST IN AMERICA Alice Cooper
43 ( 58 ) BABIES Pulp
44 ( NEW ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
45 ( 23 ) TAKE IT BACK Pink Floyd
46 ( 40 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
47 ( 31 ) REACH Judy Cheeks
48 ( 35 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart
49 ( 46 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
50 ( 27 ) PAST THE MISSION Tori Amos

51 ( 38 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
52 ( 30 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
53 ( 37 ) PRAYER FOR THE DYING Seal
54 ( 34 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
55 ( 39 ) GETTING INTO SOMETHING Alison Moyet
56 ( 49 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
57 ( 41 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
58 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( 59 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green
60 ( 43 ) UNDER THE BRIDGE Red Hot Chili Peppers

61 ( 44 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE THE REAL THING Elton John and Marcella Detroit
62 ( 50 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
63 ( 52 ) ALWAYS Erasure
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
68 ( 54 ) SILENT SCREAM Richard Marx
69 ( NEW ) I AIN’T MOVIN’ Des’ree
70 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY THANG Melanie Williams

71 ( 67 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
72 ( NEW ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey
73 ( NEW ) SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL Huey Lewis & The News
74 ( NEW ) MORE TO THIS WORLD Bad Boys Inc
75 ( 42 ) IN THE NAVY (REMIX) The Village People

 

19th June 1994

2 weeks for Blur, and Roxette move into runners-up big ballad slot, which is fair enough as Blur is much better and they’ve had 3 number ones! Big Mountain take Baby I Love Your Way MUCH higher than anyone else, even Peter Frampton (though he also has had a previous number one, so no worries). Of more import, though 7 Seconds leaps to 9 after going up and down for weeks, and what a classic it is. Neneh Cherry fans may have given up hope of seeing her with a big hit again, 5 years on from her last one, but here she is with fab Youssou.

Tom Robinson’s jump to 12 is his biggest hit since War Babies in 1983. Gosh! That’s Hard. First mention for The Grid, here, as Swamp Thing makes it a Top 20 thang, and Pulp go Top 40. Newies? Let Loose, sounding (unsurprisingly) a bit Nik Kershaw-ey, catchy pop boyband, Gun cover Cameo as well as nicking the band name from Race With The Devil hitsters. Talk about unoriginal! Bonnie Raitt gets a hit, Elton John has a Lion King entry (and UK hit) at 60, the very sweet Can You Feel The Love Tonight, for 23 years of hits, while Alice Cooper gets a quick chart-entry follow-up for 22 years of hits. I’m nothing if not loyal to pop stars I like.

1 ( 1 ) TO THE END Blur
2 ( 5 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
3 ( 10 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
4 ( 3 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
5 ( 4 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
6 ( 2 ) INSIDE Stiltskin
7 ( 11 ) SHINE Aswad
8 ( 7 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
9 ( 41 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
10 ( 8 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader

11 ( 6 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
12 ( 32 ) HARD Tom Robinson
13 ( 9 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano
14 ( 13 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
15 ( 14 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
16 ( 19 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream
17 ( 34 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
18 ( 20 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
19 ( 12 ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)
20 ( 18 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown

21 ( 24 ) NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) The Prodigy
22 ( 22 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
23 ( 15 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
24 ( 16 ) THE REAL THING 2 Unlimited
25 ( 25 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
26 ( 67 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
27 ( 21 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
28 ( 17 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
29 ( 44 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
30 ( 23 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm

31 ( 27 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE Janet Jackson
32 ( 28 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
33 ( 26 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
34 ( 43 ) BABIES Pulp
35 ( 36 ) TAKE ME AWAY D:Ream
36 ( 59 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green
37 ( 37 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada
38 ( 31 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
39 ( 39 ) I SWEAR All 4 One
40 ( 40 ) FINGERS OF LOVE Crowded House

41 ( 33 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
42 ( NEW ) WORD UP Gun
43 ( NEW ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
44 ( 29 ) GET INTO YOU Danii Minogue
45 ( 30 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
46 ( NEW ) BACK TO LOVE Brand New Heavies
47 ( 35 ) NOBODY Shara Nelson
48 ( NEW ) YOU Bonnie Raitt
49 ( 49 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
50 ( 38 ) FASTER The Manic Street Preachers

51 ( 46 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
52 ( 47 ) REACH Judy Cheeks
53 ( RE ) JUST A STEP FROM HEAVEN Eternal
54 ( 48 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart
55 ( 42 ) LOST IN AMERICA Alice Cooper
56 ( 56 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
57 ( 51 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
58 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( 52 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
60 ( NEW ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John

61 ( RE ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
62 ( 72 ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey
63 ( 57 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
67 ( 62 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
68 ( 73 ) SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL Huey Lewis & The News
69 ( 60 ) UNDER THE BRIDGE Red Hot Chili Peppers
70 ( NEW ) OMEN III Magic Affair

71 ( 71 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
72 ( 63 ) ALWAYS Erasure
73 ( 68 ) SILENT SCREAM Richard Marx
74 ( NEW ) IT’S ME Alice Cooper
75 ( 53 ) PRAYER FOR THE DYING Seal

 

26th June 1994

In a beautiful case of poetic justice Aswad claim the number one spot with the great Shine, the week that the song they took to number one in the UK singles chart (but not mine) gets to 20 for Ace Of Base. Quite a bit of action at the top generally, too, as 7 Seconds claims runners-up, while The Boomtown Rats 15-year-old classic I Don’t Like Mondays enters at 3, trying to re-claim that number one spot.

Tom Robinson gets his 3rd Top 10 hit at 8, ahead of the great Nina Simone’s definitive version of Feelin’ Good, a classic that has never achieved the UK chart position it deserves, but enters at 9 in mine, 25 years after she had a number one in my chart with Ain’t Got No…I Got Life. Hey, when you’re right, you’re right…! The Pretenders add another Top 20 to the list, General Public (sort of bits of The Beat) come back with a cover of the Staple Singers number 3 hit from 1972, and grab a 23 hit out of it, their biggest. Bonnie Raitt also does the same at 27, while Yazz makes a comeback with a cover of the Korgis 1980 classic.

Others: Terrorvision, Utah Saints, Roachford, Cappella, Daryl Hall (and the Sounds Of Blackness), Spin Doctors Stevie Nicks (yay!) and a great follow-up single from Crash Test Dummies announces some coffeespoons in the afternoon at 75….

1 ( 7 ) SHINE Aswad
2 ( 9 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
3 ( NEW ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
4 ( 3 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
5 ( 1 ) TO THE END Blur
6 ( 4 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
7 ( 2 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
8 ( 12 ) HARD Tom Robinson
9 ( NEW ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone
10 ( 8 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South

11 ( 5 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
12 ( 17 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
13 ( 6 ) INSIDE Stiltskin
14 ( 16 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream
15 ( 29 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
16 ( 11 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
17 ( 10 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
18 ( 18 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
19 ( 26 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
20 ( 22 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base

21 ( 14 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
22 ( 15 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
23 ( NEW ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public
24 ( 13 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano
25 ( 23 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
26 ( 43 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
27 ( 48 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt
28 ( 19 ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)
29 ( 20 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
30 ( 21 ) NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) The Prodigy

31 ( 25 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
32 ( 28 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
33 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME Yazz
34 ( 27 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
35 ( NEW ) U + ME Cappella
36 ( 46 ) BACK TO LOVE Brand New Heavies
37 ( 32 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
38 ( 60 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
39 ( 39 ) I SWEAR All 4 One
40 ( NEW ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Roachford

41 ( 33 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
42 ( 42 ) WORD UP Gun
43 ( RE ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
44 ( 30 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm
45 ( 31 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE Janet Jackson
46 ( 37 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada
47 ( NEW ) I STILL THINK OF YOU Utah Saints
48 ( 41 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
49 ( 35 ) TAKE ME AWAY D:Ream
50 ( 36 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green

51 ( 49 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
52 ( 38 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
53 ( 45 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
54 ( 44 ) GET INTO YOU Danii Minogue
55 ( 62 ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey
56 ( 24 ) THE REAL THING 2 Unlimited
57 ( 51 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
58 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( NEW ) CLEOPATRA’S CAT The Spin Doctors
60 ( 34 ) BABIES Pulp

61 ( NEW ) MIDDLEMAN Terrorvision
62 ( 40 ) FINGERS OF LOVE Crowded House
63 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
64 ( 56 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
65 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
67 ( 61 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
68 ( NEW ) GLORYLAND Daryl Hall featuring The Sounds Of Blackness
69 ( 47 ) NOBODY Shara Nelson
70 ( 54 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart

71 ( 71 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
72 ( 57 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
73 ( NEW ) MAYBE LOVE (REMIX) Stevie Nicks
74 ( 67 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
75 ( NEW ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies

My 1994 Charts – May

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1st May 1994

After 3 weeks at 2, Pet Shop Boys finally overhaul the Bee Gees with the gorgeous Liberation, 4th Number One in a row from Very. I saw a 3D version of the video at the much-hated IMAX building in Bournemouth (years later), which was pretty amazing – if you’ve never seen it check it out, awesome. Up to 4, The Pretenders most-touching ballad, a truly great record and sentiment. Prince getting to 6, and then it’s all about a deluge of new entries headed by 2 world music follow-ups, Deep Forest at 12 and Enigma at 13, sounding much like the previous ones, but still good.

Other genres? Dance at 17 from Gloworm, slacker-rock from Red Hot Chili Peppers at 25 (the revered Under The Bridge), jazz funk from Level 42 at 24, big ballad from the always-there Wet Wet Wet cover of the Troggs great original at 35. As opposed to grate. MOR from la Streisand at 59 (Lloyd-webber, I think), Blur kick-starting Britpop proper with album track Parklife popping in at 61, and what a classic it is, still fresh. Eternal, as opposed to the group who somehow slide in at 65.

1 ( 2 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 1 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
3 ( 3 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
4 ( 11 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
5 ( 4 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
6 ( 10 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
7 ( 5 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
8 ( 6 ) ALWAYS Erasure
9 ( 12 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart
10 ( 8 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base

11 ( 7 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
12 ( NEW ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forset
13 ( NEW ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
14 ( 9 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
15 ( 47 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green
16 ( 36 ) SILENT SCREAM Richard Marx
17 ( NEW ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm
18 ( 13 ) WHISPERING YOUR NAME Alison Moyet
19 ( 19 ) LUCKY LUCKY ME Marvin Gaye
20 ( 25 ) THE RED SHOES Kate Bush

21 ( 27 ) ROCK MY HEART Haddaway
22 ( 14 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
23 ( 17 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE Bitty McLean
24 ( NEW ) ALL OVER YOU Level 42
25 ( NEW ) UNDER THE BRIDGE Red Hot Chili Peppers
26 ( 18 ) I’LL REMEMBER Madonna
27 ( 15 ) OBLIVION Terrorvision
28 ( NEW ) DREAMS The Cranberries
29 ( 20 ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree
30 ( 16 ) SORRY BUT I’M GONNA HAVE TO PASS The Coasters

31 ( 33 ) 100% PURE LOVE Crystal Waters
32 ( 22 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
33 ( NEW ) BECOMING MORE LIKE GOD Jah Wobbles Invaders Of The Heart
34 ( 23 ) ROCKS Primal Scream
35 ( NEW ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
36 ( NEW ) MR JONES Counting Crows
37 ( 43 ) WE WAIT AND WE WONDER Phil Collins
38 ( 38 ) CRAZY Bob Geldof
39 ( 32 ) SHAPES THAT GO TOGETHER a-ha
40 ( 60 ) LONELY SYMPHONY (WE WILL BE FREE) Frances Ruffelle

41 ( 65 ) MISLED Celine Dion
42 ( 31 ) PRETTY GOOD YEAR Tori Amos
43 ( 24 ) WORLD IN YOUR HANDS Culture Beat
44 ( 26 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Blur
45 ( 21 ) ANOTHER SAD LOVE SONG (REMIX) Toni Braxton
46 ( 35 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
47 ( NEW ) UNIFORM The Inspiral Carpets
48 ( 39 ) BACK IN MY ARMS Joe Roberts
49 ( NEW ) BIG GAY HEART The Lemonheads
50 ( 45 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall

51 ( 40 ) HOW GEE Black Machine
52 ( 29 ) BROTHER SISTER Urban Species
53 ( 28 ) KEEP GIVIN’ ME LOVE Ce Ce Peniston
54 ( 51 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
55 ( 49 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
56 ( 46 ) DOOP Doop
57 ( 30 ) I LIKE 2 MOVE IT Reel 2 Real
58 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( NEW ) AS IF WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE Barbra Streisand
60 ( 64 ) EVERYTHING CHANGES Take That

61 ( NEW ) PARKLIFE Blur
62 ( 61 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
63 ( 48 ) I’LL WAIT Taylor Dayne
64 ( 66 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE THE REAL THING Elton John and Mareclla Detroit
65 ( NEW ) JUST A STEP FROM HEAVEN Eternal
66 ( 63 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
67 ( 55 ) LOVER Joe Roberts
68 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
69 ( 68 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
70 ( NEW ) COME ON YOU REDS Manchester United Football Club and Status Quo

71 ( NEW ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
72 ( 34 ) LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR Honky
73 ( NEW ) LIGHT MY FIRE Clubhouse
74 ( NEW ) IT WILL BE YOU Paul Young
75 ( NEW ) 13 STEPS LEAD ON Elvis Costello

 

8th May 1994

Back up at 1 for a 4th and final week, the Bee Gees, with Enigma getting to 2 trying for a 3rd Number One. Straight in is classic 80‘s oldie, Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm going Top 10 for the second time (1985 being the first). New act Nick Green never got any further in any chart other than Top 10 in my chart, which is basically James Blunt/Nick Drake vocally and it’s sweeping strings-tastic. Writes music for TV shows now I think. Highest new entry proper is Judy Cheeks at 12, a bit of gospel diva dance. Great singer.

Phil Collins suddenly jumps to 13 with a pleasant ballad, Crystal Waters gets a second Top 20 hit, and TV advert theme tune Inside from grunge-rock act Stiltskin shoot in at 23. Those riffs were fantastic. Eurovision time? That’ll be Frances Ruffelle at 28 then, one of the UK’s best 90’s entries. Classic oldie Listen To The Music is back 20 years on, remixed of course at 29 as per recent Doobies hits. Baby I Love Your way is back for the third time – reggae this time, and probably the best cover of it since Peter Frampton’s original 1976 hit.

Jah Wobble, of Public Image Limited fame, is at 22 with indie-reaggae and featuring vocalist Anneli Drecker, who charted last year with a great oldie in my charts from a few years back. Jon Secada’s back, The Lemonheads are back with a big gay (country) heart at 39 and some lyrics not radio-friendly, and Elvis Costello is never far away from my charts, here at 49 steppin up.
1 ( 2 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
2 ( 13 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
3 ( 1 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 4 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
5 ( 3 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
6 ( 5 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
7 ( NEW ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
8 ( 15 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green
9 ( 12 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forset
10 ( 10 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base

11 ( 7 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
12 ( NEW ) REACH Judy Cheeks
13 ( 37 ) WE WAIT AND WE WONDER Phil Collins
14 ( 16 ) SILENT SCREAM Richard Marx
15 ( 17 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm
16 ( 6 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
17 ( 9 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart
18 ( 8 ) ALWAYS Erasure
19 ( 31 ) 100% PURE LOVE Crystal Waters
20 ( 28 ) DREAMS The Cranberries

21 ( 11 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
22 ( 33 ) BECOMING MORE LIKE GOD Jah Wobbles Invaders Of The Heart
23 ( NEW ) INSIDE Stiltskin
24 ( 14 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
25 ( 25 ) UNDER THE BRIDGE Red Hot Chili Peppers
26 ( 19 ) LUCKY LUCKY ME Marvin Gaye
27 ( 22 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
28 ( 40 ) LONELY SYMPHONY (WE WILL BE FREE) Frances Ruffelle
29 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
30 ( 18 ) WHISPERING YOUR NAME Alison Moyet

31 ( 41 ) MISLED Celine Dion
32 ( 20 ) THE RED SHOES/ SHOEDANCE Kate Bush
33 ( 59 ) AS IF WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE Barbra Streisand
34 ( 24 ) ALL OVER YOU Level 42
35 ( 35 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
36 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
37 ( 26 ) I’LL REMEMBER Madonna
38 ( 48 ) BACK IN MY ARMS Joe Roberts
39 ( 49 ) BIG GAY HEART The Lemonheads
40 ( NEW ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada

41 ( 23 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE Bitty McLean
42 ( 70 ) COME ON YOU REDS Manchester United Football Club and Status Quo
43 ( 30 ) SORRY BUT I’M GONNA HAVE TO PASS The Coasters
44 ( 32 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
45 ( 29 ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree
46 ( RE ) TAKE IT BACK Pink Floyd
47 ( 21 ) ROCK MY HEART Haddaway
48 ( 72 ) LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR Honky
49 ( 75 ) 13 STEPS LEAD ON Elvis Costello
50 ( 34 ) ROCKS Primal Scream

51 ( 27 ) OBLIVION Terrorvision
52 ( 39 ) SHAPES THAT GO TOGETHER a-ha
53 ( 71 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
54 ( 65 ) JUST A STEP FROM HEAVEN Eternal
55 ( 54 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
56 ( 50 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
57 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
58 ( 55 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
59 ( 36 ) MR JONES Counting Crows
60 ( 46 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black

61 ( 42 ) PRETTY GOOD YEAR Tori Amos
62 ( 45 ) ANOTHER SAD LOVE SONG (REMIX) Toni Braxton
63 ( 62 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
64 ( 64 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE THE REAL THING Elton John and Mareclla Detroit
65 ( 44 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Blur
66 ( 73 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Clubhouse
67 ( 69 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
69 ( 66 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
70 ( NEW ) MUST BE THE MUSIC Hysterix

71 ( NEW ) MILLENIUM Killing Joke
72 ( NEW ) HOLD THAT SUCKER DOWN O.T. Quartet
73 ( 47 ) UNIFORM The Inspiral Carpets
74 ( 38 ) CRAZY Bob Geldof
75 ( NEW ) PLEASE MR. POSTMAN The Backbeat Band

oldies
1. The 2 Of Us – The Beatles
2. Move On – Abba
3. Don’t Give Up – Petula Clark

15th May 1994

Third number one for Enigma, and second in a row from the same album, keeping off The Pretenders from the top spot – in retrospect they are the wrong way round, I much prefer I’ll Stand By You these days! The Doobie Brothers finally go top 10 with Listen To The Music after almost doing it in 1974 (but the original version is the best, regardless). Grunge and passionate gospeldance meanwhile go top 10, courtesy of Stiltskin and Gloworm, both terrific tracks.

Jon Secada gets another Top 20 2 years after his debut number 2 hit, and Phyllis Nelson’s 1985 smooth soul oldie comes back at 21. More surprisingly Red Hot Chili Peppers go top 20 and Wet Wet Wet don’t. I’ll take that as right… Sudden spurts after ottering about a bit for veterans Pink Floyd and Elton John (with Marcella Detroit), both into the 40, and Parklife re-enters at 36 now out as a single. Nilsson’s classic Without You is joined by his classic Everybody’s Talking, albeit courtesy The Beautiful South who do a lovely version. Let’s be clear though, the Nilsson versions of songs are always the definitive versions, the man was a great.

Outside the 40, and a great reggae big hit for Dawn Penn pops in at 49, a cover of Summer n Streisand hits 52 by 2 current dance divas, and Neneh Cherry is back 5 years on with Youssou N’Dour, also 5 years since his debut, and the absolutely classic and haunting Seven Seconds. Just brilliant.

1 ( 2 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
2 ( 4 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
3 ( 1 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
4 ( 29 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
5 ( 9 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forset
6 ( 3 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 23 ) INSIDE Stiltskin
8 ( 15 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm
9 ( 5 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
10 ( 7 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones

11 ( 6 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
12 ( 8 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green
13 ( 10 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
14 ( 12 ) REACH Judy Cheeks
15 ( 13 ) WE WAIT AND WE WONDER Phil Collins
16 ( 20 ) DREAMS The Cranberries
17 ( 40 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada
18 ( 25 ) UNDER THE BRIDGE Red Hot Chili Peppers
19 ( 11 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
20 ( 16 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince

21 ( NEW ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
22 ( 14 ) SILENT SCREAM Richard Marx
23 ( 21 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
24 ( 17 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart
25 ( 18 ) ALWAYS Erasure
26 ( 35 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
27 ( 19 ) 100% PURE LOVE Crystal Waters
28 ( 53 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
29 ( 36 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
30 ( 46 ) TAKE IT BACK Pink Floyd

31 ( 64 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE THE REAL THING Elton John and Mareclla Detroit
32 ( 27 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
33 ( 24 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
34 ( 38 ) BACK IN MY ARMS Joe Roberts
35 ( 30 ) WHISPERING YOUR NAME Alison Moyet
36 ( RE ) PARKLIFE Blur
37 ( 54 ) JUST A STEP FROM HEAVEN Eternal
38 ( 39 ) BIG GAY HEART The Lemonheads
39 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
40 ( 34 ) ALL OVER YOU Level 42

41 ( 42 ) COME ON YOU REDS Manchester United Football Club and Status Quo
42 ( 22 ) BECOMING MORE LIKE GOD Jah Wobbles Invaders Of The Heart featuring Annili Drecker
43 ( 26 ) LUCKY LUCKY ME Marvin Gaye
44 ( 37 ) I’LL REMEMBER Madonna
45 ( 41 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE Bitty McLean
46 ( 49 ) 13 STEPS LEAD DOWN Elvis Costello
47 ( 66 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Clubhouse
48 ( 32 ) THE RED SHOES/ SHOEDANCE Kate Bush
49 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
50 ( 31 ) MISLED Celine Dion

51 ( 44 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
52 ( NEW ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
53 ( 28 ) LONELY SYMPHONY (WE WILL BE FREE) Frances Ruffelle
54 ( 33 ) AS IF WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE Barbra Streisand
55 ( NEW ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
56 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
57 ( NEW ) NUMBER ONE EYC
58 ( 55 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
59 ( 59 ) MR JONES Counting Crows
60 ( 52 ) SHAPES THAT GO TOGETHER a-ha

61 ( 58 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
62 ( 48 ) LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR Honky
63 ( 56 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
64 ( 63 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
65 ( 61 ) PRETTY GOOD YEAR Tori Amos
66 ( NEW ) NAZIS 1994 Roger Taylor
67 ( NEW ) SET YOU FREE N Trance
68 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
69 ( 68 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
70 ( NEW ) SATURDAY NIGHT SUNDAY MORNING T Empo

71 ( NEW ) OBJECTS IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR Meatloaf
72 ( NEW ) LEAN ON ME Michael Bolton
73 ( NEW ) YOUR BODY’S CALLIN’ R Kelly
74 ( 69 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
75 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv 8

22nd May 1994

2 weeks on top for Enigma, holding off Deep Forest and confirming that this month, at least, I was being a new age hippie. Re-entering, and high, at 6, is Guns ‘n’ Roses version of 50’s oldie Since I Don’t Have You. I love the song, I’ll be honest it’s not the definitive version (see Don McLean or the original 1958 The Skyliners doo-wop version), but it’s only their second Top 10 hit 5 years on from the first (Sweet Child ‘o Mine).

Lots of new entries, including some album tracks, as I was allowing one track per new album now – good news for Blur as the epic To The End enters, but also bad news for Blur as Parklife is pushed out under the rules. Highest new entry is Maxx at 10 with their European dance smash. East 17 and Elton John go top 20 (Elton’s a cover of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s 60’s classic, an Ashford & Simpson song), while Neneh & Youssou climb to 27 in a bit longer than 7 seconds.

Returning: Shara Nelson, Joe Roberts, Pet Shop Boys (with novelty Ab Fab track), Ace Of Base (a cover of Aswad’s UK 1988 number one, itself a cover of a Tina Turner B side written by Diane Warren and Albert “dad of The Strokes Albert hammond Jnr” Hammond), Daryl Hall (for 18 years of hits), Seal, Eddi Reader (another 1988 UK number one act) of Fairground Attraction, Alison Moyet (12 years of hits), 2 Unlimited, Tori Amos, The Levellers and Aretha Franklin (26 years of hits to date). Phew! New act Galliano was a goodie too.
1 ( 1 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
2 ( 5 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
3 ( 2 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
4 ( 3 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
5 ( 4 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
6 ( RE ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
7 ( 7 ) INSIDE Stiltskin
8 ( 8 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm
9 ( 21 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
10 ( NEW ) GET-A-WAY Maxx

11 ( 6 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
12 ( 11 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
13 ( 14 ) REACH Judy Cheeks
14 ( 17 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada
15 ( 9 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
16 ( 39 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
17 ( 28 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
18 ( 18 ) UNDER THE BRIDGE Red Hot Chili Peppers
19 ( 13 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
20 ( 31 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE THE REAL THING Elton John and Marcella Detroit

21 ( 10 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
22 ( 12 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green
23 ( 26 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
24 ( 19 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
25 ( 20 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
26 ( 24 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart
27 ( 55 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
28 ( 16 ) DREAMS The Cranberries
29 ( 29 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
30 ( 30 ) TAKE IT BACK Pink Floyd

31 ( 37 ) JUST A STEP FROM HEAVEN Eternal
32 ( 15 ) WE WAIT AND WE WONDER Phil Collins
33 ( 23 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
34 ( 34 ) BACK IN MY ARMS Joe Roberts
35 ( 27 ) 100% PURE LOVE Crystal Waters
36 ( NEW ) TO THE END Blur
37 ( 22 ) SILENT SCREAM Richard Marx
38 ( NEW ) NOBODY Shara Nelson
39 ( 57 ) NUMBER ONE EYC
40 ( 25 ) ALWAYS Erasure

41 ( 32 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
42 ( 43 ) LUCKY LUCKY ME Marvin Gaye
43 ( NEW ) THE ‘ADORE Joe Roberts
44 ( 73 ) YOUR BODY’S CALLIN’ R Kelly
45 ( NEW ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)
46 ( 35 ) WHISPERING YOUR NAME Alison Moyet
47 ( 33 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
48 ( NEW ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
49 ( NEW ) HELP ME FIND A WAY TO YOUR HEART Daryl Hall
50 ( NEW ) PRAYER FOR THE DYING Seal

51 ( 38 ) BIG GAY HEART The Lemonheads
52 ( 52 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
53 ( 36 ) PARKLIFE Blur
54 ( 49 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
55 ( 44 ) I’LL REMEMBER Madonna
56 ( 56 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
57 ( 51 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
58 ( NEW ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
59 ( 58 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
60 ( 71 ) OBJECTS IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR Meatloaf

61 ( 41 ) COME ON YOU REDS Manchester United Football Club and Status Quo
62 ( NEW ) GETTING INTO YOU Alison Moyet
63 ( 40 ) ALL OVER YOU Level 42
64 ( 61 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
65 ( 64 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( NEW ) THE REAL THING 2 Unlimited
67 ( NEW ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
68 ( 68 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
69 ( 69 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
70 ( 72 ) LEAN ON ME Michael Bolton

71 ( NEW ) PAST THE MISSION Tori Amos
72 ( 63 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
73 ( NEW ) JULIA The Levellers
74 ( NEW ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano
75 ( 74 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys

 

29th May 1994

3 weeks Enigma, they do seem to get long runs on top when they happen! New Age starting to make way for new rock though, with Guns n Roses and Stiltskin in the top 3. Never say I’m predictable, even Bruce Dickinson manages a new entry (I like him, though not keen on Iron Maiden generally)!

Lookit Galliano rocket, though, from 74 to 4! Who?! It’s a fab jazzfunk 60’s vibe version of Crosby Stills and Nash’s Long Time Gone. Love it. Joined by another cover at 5 (Everybody’s Talking, Beautiful South’s return to the top 5), for 3 out 5 old songs. East 17 sneak quietly into the Top 10 and highest new entry? Crash! Boom! Bang! Roxette are back! Three number ones and lots of hits later, 5 years on they are still on a roll.

Deacon Blue have their Dignity. Back at 20, that is, much higher than first time round, while Wet Wet Wet still struggle to get into the Top 20. I think it’s fair to assume it’s not heading for a 15 week run on top of MY charts! Hooray! Alice Cooper’s also back, as he was wont do for, lo, these 22 years so far. Much much older though, and guess what? Another cover! Thankfully it’s a quirky one as the movie The Flintstones gives the B52’s an excuse to have some fun (and a hit) with the TV show theme tune, which I loved as a very very young boy, and continue to love as a not so young boy. Boys remain boys at heart. The ones that don’t have no heart at all!

Others: Carleen “Brand New Heavies” Anderson, Saint “fab” Etienne, All 4 “yawn” One, Salt ‘n’ Pepa (Shoop)….
1 ( 1 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
2 ( 7 ) INSIDE Stiltskin
3 ( 6 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
4 ( 74 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano
5 ( 16 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
6 ( 2 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
7 ( 8 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm
8 ( 3 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
9 ( 17 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
10 ( 5 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers

11 ( 4 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
12 ( 10 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
13 ( 11 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 12 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
15 ( NEW ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
16 ( 14 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada
17 ( 13 ) REACH Judy Cheeks
18 ( 9 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
19 ( 29 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
20 ( NEW ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue

21 ( 20 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE THE REAL THING Elton John and Marcella Detroit
22 ( 36 ) TO THE END Blur
23 ( 23 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
24 ( 24 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
25 ( 15 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
26 ( 58 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
27 ( 25 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
28 ( 19 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
29 ( 18 ) UNDER THE BRIDGE Red Hot Chili Peppers
30 ( 30 ) TAKE IT BACK Pink Floyd

31 ( NEW ) IN THE NAVY (REMIX) The Village People
32 ( 27 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
33 ( 45 ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)
34 ( 26 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart
35 ( NEW ) LOST IN AMERICA Alice Cooper
36 ( NEW ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
37 ( 50 ) PRAYER FOR THE DYING Seal
38 ( 38 ) NOBODY Shara Nelson
39 ( 21 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
40 ( 71 ) PAST THE MISSION Tori Amos

41 ( 33 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
42 ( 31 ) JUST A STEP FROM HEAVEN Eternal
43 ( 41 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
44 ( 40 ) ALWAYS Erasure
45 ( 22 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green
46 ( 39 ) NUMBER ONE EYC
47 ( 32 ) WE WAIT AND WE WONDER Phil Collins
48 ( 48 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
49 ( 35 ) 100% PURE LOVE Crystal Waters
50 ( 37 ) SILENT SCREAM Richard Marx

51 ( NEW ) MAMA SAID Carleen Anderson
52 ( 28 ) DREAMS The Cranberries
53 ( 70 ) LEAN ON ME Michael Bolton
54 ( 54 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
55 ( 42 ) LUCKY LUCKY ME Marvin Gaye
56 ( NEW ) LIKE A MOTORWAY Saint Etienne
57 ( 56 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
58 ( 46 ) WHISPERING YOUR NAME Alison Moyet
59 ( 34 ) BACK IN MY ARMS Joe Roberts
60 ( 47 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen

61 ( 67 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
62 ( 59 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
63 ( 66 ) THE REAL THING 2 Unlimited
64 ( NEW ) I SWEAR All 4 One
65 ( 69 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
67 ( 44 ) YOUR BODY’S CALLIN’ R Kelly
68 ( 57 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
69 ( 68 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
70 ( NEW ) SHOOP Salt ‘n’ Pepa

71 ( NEW ) TEARS OF THE DRAGON Bruce Dickinson
72 ( 49 ) HELP ME FIND A WAY TO YOUR HEART Daryl Hall
73 ( 64 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
74 ( 43 ) THE ‘ADORE Joe Roberts
75 ( 75 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys