My January-April 2019 Charts

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Gran Canaria, Las Palmas view (& a mate)

28th April 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

21st April 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

14th April 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

7th April 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31st March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25th March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

17th March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

10th March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3rd March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

24th February 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

17th February 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

10th February 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

3rd February 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

27th January 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DROP OUTS

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

 

 

20th January 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

13th January 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

6th January 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My September 1970 Charts

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122F Tanah Merah Besar – now under the new Changi Prison I think, tragically. Note no tree at the front of the house. By the time we left it was 2 or 3m tall. 

 

1st September 1970

1 year to the day since leaving for Singapore and Desmond Dekker tops my chart for a second week – when I left it was It Mek that I was just getting in to before cruelly not being able to hear it for another few years! This one though got some radio airplay. 2 new entries, Canadians The Poppy Family became better known as Terry Jacks – well, one of them did anyway. Bobby Bloom pops in with another Caribbean-flavoured song for 1970, following Mary Hopkin’s Temma Harbour.

1 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
6 ( 9 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
9 ( 6 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 11 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board

11 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 17 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
15 ( NEW ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
16 ( 14 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
17 ( NEW ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
18 ( 15 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
19 ( 16 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
20 ( 19 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

 

8th September 1970

3 weeks on top for Desmond, 3 weeks at 2 for Hot Chocolate, 4 weeks at 3 for Bread… not much happening!

The Poppy Family leap into the top 5, and Bobby Bloom to 7, but the big news is THREE new entries, whooo! At 12, Jimmy Cliff’s lovely Cat Stevens cover is in, It’s A, It’s A, It’s A Wild World as Jonathan King covered it post-Pet Shop Boys not-guilty but not entirely dissimilar It’s A Sin. Holland-Dozier-Holland, ex-Motown Masterminds of brilliance (or Tamla Motown as we called the label in the UK in those days, let’s be accurate about it) set up their new label/production company Invictus – Chairmen Of The Board and Freda Payne were on it – cue the sheer brilliant Band Of Gold, a heart-rending tale of a newly-wed who’s husband isn’t up to the job on the wedding night, or thereafter. Gotta feel for her, what a rat! That leaves Three Dog Night, back with a Randy Newman cover. Like all their covers it’s not as good as the original. Or any other cover, though it’s a close call in this case with the Tom Jones and Stereophonics 90’s hit cover.

1 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 15 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
6 ( 8 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
7 ( 17 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
8 ( 7 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 10 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
10 ( 9 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies

11 ( 11 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
13 ( 14 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
14 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
15 ( NEW ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
16 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
17 ( 16 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
18 ( 20 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( 18 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
20 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Three Dog Night

 

15th September 1970

There’s some actual chart movement as the Tremeloes enter at 1 with the fab stomping guitar-riffed Me And My Life, their only chart-topper, though I’d known the band for years – ironically this was pretty much their last fling as far as big hits were concerned, though they had further chart hits with me for another 4 years. Jimmy Cliff climbs to 6, his biggest hit here, and Diana Ross not only covers Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell’s song, she turns it into a monster dramatic ballad and gets her second solo hit. It’s an epic version that sets the template for the next 2 years of fab singles, and another 4 years of lesser singles before an abrupt change was called for.

2 metal classics enter at 15 and 20, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, both of them to chart again in 1980. Paranoid is the best of the two, and Deep Purple aren’t technically debuting as in my “retro” charts of 1967 and 1968 (ie ones I’m doing now to comprehensively survey the weekly music scenes of that era) they more or less charted as Episode Six (with Morning Dew) and also with a cover of Joe South’s Hush, a bigger hit for Kula Shaker into the future.

1 ( NEW ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
3 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
6 ( 12 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
7 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
8 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
9 ( 10 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 6 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
12 ( 15 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
13 ( 11 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
14 ( 9 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
15 ( NEW ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
16 ( 7 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
17 ( 14 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
18 ( 16 ) LOLA The Kinks
19 ( 13 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
20 ( NEW ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple

Life then…
A week or so into yet again playing the “new boy” at yet another school, this time RAF Changi Grammar, with my new brown leather school bag for all the extra books and work I had to do (much more homework at this school, so I had to up my game to do well, rather than just comfortably coast). I was in the second year, and fellow RAF Seletar transferee Stephen Mears joined at the same time, the two new boys in Mr Chapman’s form. My best friend at Seletar (Stephen Game) was sporty, so that the was the gang I hung in, new friend Stephen was more into chess – so that was the gang I hung in here. Suited me, as apart from running, rounders, volleyball, swimming, team games really didn’t agree with me, rugby and cricket in particular. Another new mate called Stephen (bit of a trend here!) who I knew from 2 terms at Seletar was also here, he was taller and a bit clumsy, not at all sporty, and also into chess and Snagglepuss impressions – so that was it really, I was in with what they called “the swots” in those days, rather than “one of the boys”. To be fair, though, there was very little bullying going on in either RAF school, which completely left me blissfully unaware of the reality of the average British non-forces Secondary Schools. Frankly one of the teachers was more scary…but that’s another tale.

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RAF Changi Grammar School, the building is still there. The art block is at the front near the road, the school hall just behind it. It had aircon! This was a step up from RAF Seletar Secondary Modern which still had outlying classrooms with no aircon and just room fans, some along the sports pitch, some on some land to the rear of the bus gathering area. My concentration wandered when I was sweating profusely. My form room was to the right of the entrance on the first floor I think, above the library which was adjacent the school hall. 

 

22nd September 1970

2 weeks on top for The Trems, as The Carpenters debut at with the Bacharach/David gem Close To You. Just. Gorgeous. Karen’s angelic voice just fit into Singapore culture and radio beautifully, being as it was regarded as “Easy Listening” as they called it in those days. Class, I call it. Ditto Simon & Garfunkel having the fourth top 10 off possibly the greatest album of all-time, which my neighbours had, and had loaned to dad to record the top tracks, including this definitive version – note not the UK hit version by Julie Felix. Freda Payne goes top 10, as I hadn’t actually rated it as highly as I do now.

1 ( 1 ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 2 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
3 ( NEW ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU The Carpenters
4 ( 8 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
5 ( NEW ) EL CONDOR PASA Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
7 ( 3 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
8 ( 6 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
9 ( 9 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 12 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne

11 ( 15 ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
12 ( 7 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
13 ( 5 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
14 ( 11 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
15 ( 13 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16 ( 20 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
17 ( 17 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
18 ( 14 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
19 ( 16 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
20 ( 19 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams

Back at RAF Changi, it was getting to know the teachers and schoolmates, like outgoing and assertive Lee Kleinhans, a kid from South Africa, my best friend next-door was also there, in the first year, along with his older sister a couple of years up from me. Short Gary was likeable – the same couldn’t be said for the fearsome Mr Mynett, the Physics teacher, who put the fear of God into kids with his OTT Sgt-Major-styled methods – short and sharp in appearance and nature. Mr. Magnet we called him. Put me off Physics pretty much. I preferred the nice Biology teacher lady, though I am still waiting for an answer to a question I asked (I never asked questions in class) when she said all fruits had seeds and I asked about bananas. “I’ll tell you later” she said, and never did.

Kids remember these things!

 

29th September 1970

3 weeks on top for The Trems, rather amazingly their only chart-topper in my charts, even in my retrospective charts (I’ve started from January 1967 charting songs new to me and old to me, comprehensively top 50’s – and they don’t come close even though I loved them as a kid). The Carpenters are up to 2, and Simon & Garfunkel at 3 with the track covered by Julie Felix, and highest new entry is at 6 – The Archies are back with a minor US hit, and a track I adored at the time (taping it off their TV show) the joyous bubblegum of Sunshine, which deserves to be better known – or rather known at all. Written by Jeff Barry and Bobby Bloom, that’ll be Sugar Sugar and the chap at number 16 with the also-tropical-sounding Montego Bay.

Black Sabbath are a bit Paranoid at being leap-frogged by a cartoon band, but then they DID have their own cartoon character in Ozzy…. In at 17, the soul-funk powerful social commentary of The Temptations’ Ball Of Confusion, Chicago pop back in at 19, and in at 20 one of my recent raves Our World. Blue Mink were fab, but tend to be under-appreciated, quite unfairly as they had a variety of singles, all great quality – this track was written by Herbie Flowers, later of “Grandad” success and Walk On The Wild Side bassline fame, and Kenny Pickett. Madeline Bell did the original version of I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, pre-Diana Ross & Co, which has made my retro 1968 charts – see my wordpress popchartfreak account for those shortly.

1 ( 1 ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 3 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU The Carpenters
3 ( 5 ) EL CONDOR PASA Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 2 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
5 ( 4 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
6 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE The Archies
7 ( 11 ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
8 ( 10 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
9 ( 6 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
10 ( 7 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

11 ( 8 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
12 ( 13 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
13 ( 12 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
14 ( 16 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
15 ( 15 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16 ( 19 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
17 ( NEW ) BALL OF CONFUSION The Temptations
18 ( 18 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
19 ( RE ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( NEW ) OUR WORLD Blue Mink

My Sept-Dec 2018 Charts

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29th December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

23rd December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

17th December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

9th December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2nd December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

25th November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

18th November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

11th November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

4th November 2018

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

28th October 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21st October 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

14th October 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

7th October 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drop outs:

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

 

 

30th September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

23rd September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16th September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

9th September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

2nd September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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