My Sept-Dec 2019 Charts

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Parasailing along the Gran Canaria coast – errr not me, I was on the boat between Puerto De Mogan and Arguineguin
29th December 2019

It’s Sparks up to the top slot for the final chart of the decade, the brotherly duo getting a second number one 45 years and 7 months since getting This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us to 1 on debut. The boys have been consistently good over the years since but have never peaked higher than 2 in the interim, and with Please Don’t F**k Up My World (a sentiment that applies in more than one sense) they finally get that deserved elusive 2nd chart-topper, which gives them the biggest gap between number ones with new material by quite a few years, and also the longest stretch of chart-toppers in my chart by virtue of no-one who topped my chart between 1968 and 1974 having topped my chart in the last 6 years. Granted very few of them are still active! Sparks are though, i saw them supporting Beck the other year and fab they still were with then-new album Hippopotamus.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons finally go top 10 with The Night 47 years late, having missed out in 1975 as a belated Northern Soul reissued smash, Harry Styles make it a 3rd top 10 in a row in 4 months – that’s just greedy! Pet Shop Boys keep their top 10 run of official singles intact with Burning The Heather as B side Decide enters at 60. I think only 2 official singles have failed to make my top 10. Probably. One day I’ll check when I get my 20th century charts on spreadsheets finally done.

Highest new entry at 18 is another good single from the late Avicii, Fades Away, with great vocal support from Mishcatt, Kim Wilde enters the top 20 with Hope as another of hers exits from the Winter Songbook album, and in at 39, one of Rod Stewart’s great songs, done over by the RPO – The Killing Of Georgie was a groundbreaking song in 1976, and was based on the murder of a gay friend, making it the first overtly gay-supporting hit record. Sir Rod, like all his best records, wrote it himself. We had previously had My Girl Bill in 1974, which got Rod’s bestie Elton all excited when he reviewed it for Record Mirror – till writer Jim Stafford sneakily stuck a comma in at the end and dashed expectations, cos she’s my girl, Bill. Incidentally, I have a bone to pick with Elton – here I am thinking I’ve possibly got the longest-running personal chart in the world and he goes and announces he still does his own charts too, and must have started long before I did! Outrageous. Publish them Elton!

Down at t’other end of the chart, Kim Wilde gets another track in, Coldplay get a 3rd off the new album, and Travis return for the first time in 6 years and increase their span of entries to 22 years. And that was the 2010’s that was. I now have 5 complete decades of charts, hope to compile my Top 100 of 2019, the 2010’s and the 21st Century, before long….

1 18 1 2 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 192000
2 1 1 3 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 400000
3 3 1 8 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 649100
4 4 1 11 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1275100
5 7 5 4 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 152600
6 11 6 4 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 123500
7 5 3 6 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 278200
8 37 8 4 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 83600
9 20 9 6 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 114850
10 8 3 9 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 460400

11 9 8 9 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 271100
12 2 2 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 150000
13 26 13 7 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 102700
14 15 14 6 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 124200
15 10 1 9 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 919000
16 12 9 6 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 186500
17 14 4 12 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 505400
18 NEW 18 1 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 22000
19 39 19 3 HOPE Kim Wilde 48300
20 6 4 3 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 32000

21 25 14 8 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 125200
22 22 16 6 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 117000
23 16 4 9 TOMIE GHOST DATA 359450
24 23 1 18 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1040650
25 19 7 6 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 219750
26 21 10 8 MONSTERS James Blunt 196050
27 17 17 6 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 91200
28 32 28 9 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 126700
29 35 29 4 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 59100
30 13 13 4 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 106000

31 24 8 10 ORPHANS Coldplay 276000
32 27 23 8 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 115250
33 47 33 5 CLEAN Hey Violet 51350
34 28 28 9 THE TRUTH James Blunt 118400
35 30 1 16 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 913150
36 38 36 7 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 89600
37 29 29 7 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 72250
38 31 18 10 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 156700
39 NEW 39 1 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17100
40 33 24 12 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 159900

41 34 34 8 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 108100
42 36 36 7 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 91450
43 48 43 4 HAMMER Louise 41400
44 41 33 9 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 109250
45 44 9 13 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 295350
46 49 15 13 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 236800
47 56 47 4 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 39900
48 53 48 5 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 46050
49 52 49 6 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 58900
50 54 50 5 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 48800

51 40 40 2 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 28750
52 43 8 13 ECHOES Lola Marsh 329400
53 50 1 22 I TRANCE Agnes 1643400
54 59 54 4 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 32700
55 55 55 3 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 28700
56 42 10 15 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 299150
57 70 57 4 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 27200
58 46 3 12 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 458850
59 61 59 5 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 36400
60 NEW 60 1 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 10000

61 45 25 6 HEYO The Makemakes 72200
62 62 62 7 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 44100
63 64 63 6 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 37700
64 57 2 14 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 585850
65 NEW 65 1 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 7000
66 68 66 4 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 24000
67 58 45 9 PUMP IT UP Endor 87800
68 72 68 3 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 17000
69 63 6 14 YOU. Lucy Daydream 371750
70 65 19 13 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 195650

71 75 71 3 THE LOOK Roxette 15000
72 NEW 72 1 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 5600
73 74 73 4 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 19200
74 67 18 10 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 157700
75 NEW 75 1 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 5000

DROP OUTS
51 51 2 NEW LIFE Kim Wilde 18350
60 39 5 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 64100
66 66 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Kim Wilde 10800
69 69 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 6200
71 20 8 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 130450
73 73 3 THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John & Gladys Knight 14600

22nd December 2019

It’s a first week on top, and second in total some 6 years on, for the remix of Roxette’s fab The Sweet Hello The Sad Goodbye, a Xmas tribute to the sad loss of the Marie Fredriksson, and originally a 1991 B side that has charted 3 times for me now. That keeps off a Christmas classic that I just keep coming back to each year, heartwarming as ever to remind me that the stress horror that is Xmas each year is for a good reason, Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas first made my top 10 in 1986, hit a new peak of 4 in 1994, and finally hit the top spot in 2017 its 13th chart year, and its 7th top appearance.

Sparks enter with a christmass-ish new track with a fab theme for everyone. The title says it all. That’s Sparks 45th year of top 20’s, since they topped my chart in 1974. Doris Day gets a christmas top 30 with a 60’s track, Andy Burrows is back with his charming The Snowman And The Snowdog song, Mud also return with their 1974 UK chart-topper which topped my chart in 1985 and pops back from time to time when I’m in a wistful, whimsical mood, the song was both a sad Xmas song and a pastiche of Elvis Presley doing a sad Xmas song, so its always mixed emotions a bit.

1 2 1 2 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 285000
2 NEW 2 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 115000
3 5 1 7 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 564100
4 1 1 10 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1210100
5 3 3 5 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 228200
6 4 4 2 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 120000
7 11 7 3 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 92600
8 7 3 8 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 418400
9 8 8 8 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 234900
10 6 1 8 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 892000

11 21 11 3 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 68500
12 9 9 5 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 161500
13 14 13 3 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 88000
14 12 4 11 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 482400
15 17 15 5 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 95200
16 10 4 8 TOMIE GHOST DATA 340200
17 20 17 5 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 72800
18 NEW 18 1 PLEASE DON’T F**K UP MY WORLD Sparks 22000
19 13 7 5 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 201000
20 25 20 5 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 69850

21 15 10 7 MONSTERS James Blunt 177550
22 16 16 5 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 97500
23 18 1 17 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1021650
24 19 8 9 ORPHANS Coldplay 258100
25 22 14 7 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 105450
26 30 26 6 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 70700
27 23 23 7 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 97450
28 29 28 8 THE TRUTH James Blunt 100800
29 53 29 6 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 54950
30 27 1 15 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 895650

31 26 18 9 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 139500
32 36 32 8 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 108400
33 24 24 11 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 142900
34 34 34 7 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 94100
35 38 35 3 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 40900
36 37 36 6 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 77700
37 47 37 3 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 35600
38 39 38 6 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 72200
39 58 39 2 HOPE Kim Wilde 27300
40 NEW 40 1 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 17000

41 33 33 8 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 96000
42 28 10 14 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 288550
43 31 8 12 ECHOES Lola Marsh 317900
44 32 9 12 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 282350
45 35 25 5 HEYO The Makemakes 64700
46 40 3 11 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 448650
47 51 47 4 CLEAN Hey Violet 33650
48 55 48 3 HAMMER Louise 27900
49 42 15 12 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 224050
50 44 1 21 I TRANCE Agnes 1632150

51 67 51 2 NEW LIFE Kim Wilde 18350
52 54 52 5 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 46800
53 59 53 4 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 33750
54 57 54 4 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 36800
55 64 55 2 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 17900
56 60 56 3 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 27400
57 41 2 13 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 578750
58 45 45 8 PUMP IT UP Endor 81200
59 68 59 3 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 21700
60 43 39 5 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 64100

61 63 61 4 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 26300
62 62 62 6 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 36700
63 46 6 13 YOU. Lucy Daydream 365550
64 66 64 5 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 30500
65 49 19 12 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 189650
66 80 66 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Kim Wilde 10800
67 50 18 9 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 152500
68 69 68 3 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 17200
69 NEW 69 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 6200
70 71 70 3 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 16800

71 48 20 8 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 130450
72 75 72 2 FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette 10600
73 76 73 3 THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John & Gladys Knight 14600
74 77 74 3 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 13800
75 79 75 2 THE LOOK Roxette 9200

DROP OUTS
52 44 7 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 67800
56 50 7 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 64100
61 4 16 THE BEACH The Makemakes 489650
65 16 12 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 189900
70 23 8 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 111600
72 47 7 GLORYBOX (773500) Portishead 64550
73 57 3 LAZY The Vaccines & Kylie Minogue 22200
74 14 15 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 210200
78 9 10 LONELY Noah Cyrus 274750

15th December 2019

It’s a 4th week on top for Sigma and Jack Savoretti, who were nearly overhauled by the return of Roxette’s 2013 remixed chart-topper at 2 – it was their 3rd and final number one, following It Must Have Been Love and the double A Look Into My Heart/Dangerous in 1990. Marie Fredriksson sadly lost her battle with cancer this week, and a couple of other singles that under-performed in my charts also enter lower down (if you can call peaking at 2 for Fading Like a Flower under-performing), but the chart-toppers had at least 2 runs each.

I also saw Kim Wilde in acoustic concert with her bruv Ricky and his daughter Scarlett this week, and they were doing intimate low-key Christmas themed hits featuring the Wilde Winter Songbook, assorted Xmas classics, and acoustic covers of her biggest hits for a totally charming, flawless gig, very different from the 3 previous full-on rockpop gigs I’ve caught her at. Just fab, and that’s why there’s a bunch of new entries for non-charting tracks, and 2 re-entries headed by the lovely Isobel’s Dream, back for a 3rd Xmas and a new chart peak of 4. Kim has been having chart entries for almost 39 years, and Ricky (as songwriter-producer of all her stuff) for 47 years – he debuted in 1972 with I Am An Astronaut, a sort of charming pre-teen kiddie novelty single that came out for xmas 1972 and flopped in the UK charts.

The Weeknd leaps up Blindingly to 11, in stark contrast with the non-charting Heartless, which I must be to exclude it. Frankie Valli’s 1972 oldie, 1975 UK hit, The Night returns to the top 30 after being away for 44 years, thanks to an advert, Billie Eilish gets another top 40, and Noel Gallagher gets his 4th of 2019 as his Xmas song wanders upwards like a star. There’s a lot of Xmas tracks in the chart – but not the usual suspects that chart in the UK charts each year, though Last Christmas is here via Kim Wilde’s cover. I count 9 of ’em, but there’s still time for Chris Rea and others to return, assuming I actually hear them. I’m not on my usual pre-xmas holiday this year so I’m not out and about seeing xmas videos and karaoke in the pub.

1 1 1 9 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1145100
2 NEW 2 1 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 115000
3 5 3 4 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 168200
4 NEW 4 1 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 65000
5 2 1 6 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 479100
6 3 1 7 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 850000
7 6 3 7 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 370400
8 13 8 7 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 189900
9 9 9 4 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 126500
10 4 4 7 TOMIE GHOST DATA 315200

11 72 11 2 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 42600
12 8 4 10 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 453400
13 7 7 4 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 180000
14 15 14 2 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 56000
15 10 10 6 MONSTERS James Blunt 157800
16 16 16 4 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 78000
17 17 17 4 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 68200
18 12 1 16 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1002400
19 11 8 8 ORPHANS Coldplay 239100
20 30 20 4 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 49800

21 51 21 2 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 31500
22 14 14 6 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 86700
23 24 23 6 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 79050
24 26 24 10 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 125200
25 40 25 4 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 49850
26 18 18 8 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 121600
27 23 1 14 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 877650
28 19 10 13 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 274800
29 29 29 7 THE TRUTH James Blunt 82500
30 45 30 5 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 52200

31 20 8 11 ECHOES Lola Marsh 304400
32 25 9 11 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 269000
33 35 33 7 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 82000
34 37 34 6 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 76500
35 32 25 4 HEYO The Makemakes 51700
36 41 36 7 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 90600
37 38 37 5 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 60300
38 69 38 2 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 23400
39 43 39 5 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 55000
40 22 3 10 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 435900

41 21 2 12 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 568350
42 36 15 11 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 211950
43 39 39 4 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 54100
44 31 1 20 I TRANCE Agnes 1620150
45 46 45 7 PUMP IT UP Endor 71000
46 28 6 12 YOU. Lucy Daydream 358350
47 71 47 2 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 18300
48 27 20 7 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 124650
49 34 19 11 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 182650
50 33 18 8 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 145900

51 73 51 3 CLEAN Hey Violet 21150
52 44 44 7 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 67800
53 59 53 5 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 36750
54 54 54 4 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 35300
55 76 55 2 HAMMER Louise 15600
56 50 50 7 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 64100
57 60 57 3 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 25800
58 NEW 58 1 HOPE Kim Wilde 10200
59 63 59 3 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 22500
60 66 60 2 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 16800

61 48 4 16 THE BEACH The Makemakes 489650
62 64 62 5 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 29300
63 65 63 3 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 18800
64 NEW 64 1 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 7100
65 49 16 12 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 189900
66 67 66 4 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 23400
67 NEW 67 1 NEW LIFE Kim Wilde 6600
68 74 68 2 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 11600
69 77 69 2 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 10800
70 42 23 8 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 111600

71 75 71 2 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 10800
72 47 47 7 GLORYBOX Portishead 64550
73 57 57 3 LAZY The Vaccines & Kylie Minogue 22200
74 68 14 15 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 210200
75 NEW 75 1 FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette 5000
76 78 76 2 THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John & Gladys Knight 9200
77 80 77 2 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 8600
78 55 9 10 LONELY Noah Cyrus 274750
79 NEW 79 1 THE LOOK Roxette 4200
80 NEW 80 1 LAST CHRISTMAS Kim Wilde 4000

ROP OUTS
52 33 9 FREEDOM Rayelle 88000
53 25 11 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 159200
56 56 2 CRUCIFIED Army Of Lovers 18100
58 15 11 HERE COMES THE SUN (760950) The Beatles 205000
61 31 7 ARABESQUE Coldplay 91150
62 49 7 I AM Club Yoko 69900
70 32 9 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 105750
79 1 30 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1884700

8th December 2019

It’s back up for a 3rd week on top for Sigma & Jack Savoretti, a track with legs that really should be charting considering how much tosh there is in streaming charts and this one isn’t. Hey ho. Harry Styles gets a second consecutive top 5 with his watermelons, and greedily has a new single lower down to boot entering at 71. Fall Out Boy make it two top 10’s in a row. Highest new entry is a spruced-up even-more festive-sounding of The Fizz’ recent Christmas offering which should also by now have become a modern standard, being as it’s one of the best of the decade, along with the likes of Gwen Stefani. Hey ho. Ageism.

Robbie’s new Xmas offering goes top 30, The Makemakes make it 2 top 40’s in a row, and Pet Shop Boys replace themsleves in the 40 as Burning The Heather makes progress without setting the chart alight. I’m sure that’s what they would want. FRankie Valli’s Four Seasons 1975 UK hit of a Northern Soul scene oldie dating from the 60’s is back 44 years on, it’s selling for some reason on itunes and I dont need much of an excuse to add some more Northern Soul to my list.

Ella Henderson gets 2 featuring new entries at once, 5 years since she was ghosted, with Sigala and Jax Jones adding to their lists. Noel gallagher gets his 4th of 2019, The Weeknd is blindingly back after a gap of a year or two, Sting continues his recent “unlikely collabs” entries, this time Steve Aoki, and makes it close on 41 years of chart entries. Louise also pops back with another 2019 entry, Halsey drops by, and 2 from 1985 re-chart following itunes action – REO Speedwagon is due to Bastille’s cover, but not sure why the Aids charity single is selling for Dionne & friends again, but it was very worthy then, and still is now.

1 2 1 8 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 975100
2 1 1 5 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 419100
3 3 1 6 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 795000
4 4 4 6 TOMIE GHOST DATA 273200
5 24 5 3 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 83200
6 5 3 6 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 320400
7 7 7 3 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 148000
8 6 4 9 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 418400
9 16 9 3 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 81500
10 10 10 5 MONSTERS James Blunt 130800

11 8 8 7 ORPHANS Coldplay 218100
12 9 1 15 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 980400
13 11 11 6 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 141900
14 19 14 5 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 67200
15 NEW 15 1 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 27000
16 30 16 3 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 53000
17 29 17 3 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 45200
18 18 18 7 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 103100
19 14 10 12 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 256500
20 15 8 10 ECHOES Lola Marsh 286500

21 12 2 11 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 554350
22 13 3 9 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 418900
23 17 1 13 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 859250
24 35 24 5 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 59800
25 21 9 10 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 251200
26 40 26 9 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 106200
27 20 20 6 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 112350
28 28 6 11 YOU. Lucy Daydream 345600
29 32 29 6 THE TRUTH James Blunt 64300
30 66 30 3 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 29800

31 26 1 19 I TRANCE Agnes 1606900
32 56 25 3 HEYO The Makemakes 34200
33 22 18 7 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 133900
34 31 19 10 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 171550
35 37 35 6 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 64300
36 36 15 10 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 198200
37 38 37 5 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 58900
38 47 38 4 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 43000
39 39 39 3 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 40600
40 59 40 3 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 31100

41 41 41 6 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 73200
42 23 23 7 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 105600
43 50 43 4 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 37900
44 46 44 6 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 56300
45 60 45 4 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 34200
46 53 46 6 PUMP IT UP Endor 58000
47 48 47 6 GLORYBOX Portishead 58950
48 43 4 15 THE BEACH The Makemakes 482150
49 44 16 11 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 182900
50 54 50 6 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 53500

51 NEW 51 1 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 11750
52 33 33 9 FREEDOM Rayelle 88000
53 25 25 11 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 159200
54 64 54 3 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 24300
55 34 9 9 LONELY Noah Cyrus 270350
56 61 56 2 CRUCIFIED Army Of Lovers 18100
57 68 57 2 LAZY The Vaccines & Kylie Minogue 16800
58 27 15 11 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 205000
59 71 59 4 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 25500
60 73 60 2 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 15400

61 45 31 7 ARABESQUE Coldplay 91150
62 49 49 7 I AM Club Yoko 69900
63 74 63 2 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 12400
64 70 64 4 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 21900
65 77 65 2 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 11600
66 NEW 66 1 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 6800
67 72 67 3 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 16600
68 58 14 14 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 205000
69 NEW 69 1 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 6200
70 52 32 9 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 105750

71 NEW 71 1 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 5800
72 NEW 72 1 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 5600
73 80 73 2 CLEAN Hey Violet 9400
74 NEW 74 1 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 5000
76 NEW 76 1 HAMMER Louise 4800
77 NEW 77 1 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 4600
78 NEW 78 1 THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John & Gladys Knight 4400
79 75 1 30 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1884700
80 NEW 80 1 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 4000

DROP OUTS
42 29 6 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 90150
51 1 12 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 798200
55 24 9 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 130400
57 2 17 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 741800
62 9 12 SANREMO Mika 283750
63 20 10 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 132500
65 38 5 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 56300
67 67 3 SWIMMERS Zero 7 featuring Jem Cooke 16800
69 34 6 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 81500
76 76 1 DER KOMMISSAR After The Fire 4800
78 40 9 GO The Black Keys 90050
79 79 1 SCARY KISSES Voice Of The Beehive 4200

1st December 2019

It’s a first week on top for the late George Michael, almost 3 years since he died, his first posthumous single, his 10th solo chart-topper, or his 12th including duets with Aretha & Whitney, or his 14th including Wham!, or his 16th including his uncredited contributions to Band Aid and David Cassidy’s The Last Kiss. Take your pick. James Blunt gets his 2nd top 10 of the year as he simultaneously gets his 3rd top 40. It’s his 6th top 10.

Lots of big climbers this week as the top 40 blockage fragments bigly, Fall Out Boy literally beside themselves with joy taking Bob Dylan to 16, for an 8th top 20, AU/RA staying happy as she rockets to 19, Harry Styles gets a 2nd top 40 as his previous is still top 10, Efisio Cross climbs 50 places to make it the 3rd instrumental in the 40, Bastille get a 3rd top 30 (and a second cover), Collard gets a second top 40, Jonas Blue, Broken Bells and Liam Payne add to their list, while Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder Feel Love at 39 under the pseudonym Sam Smith. That’s their 4th top 40 not including guest contributions on much better chart-topping material: La La La.

Some oldies drop out the chart and some oldies enter the chart: 3rd-time round for Army Of Lovers’ Crucified after a gap of 27 years or so, After The Fire return with Der Kommisar 36 years later, and Voice Of The Beehive have Scary Kisses 23 years on. INXS’ Never Tear Us Apart has been covered by Paloma Faith in the interim, but also returns after 31 years. New entries from Celine Dion, her 2nd of 2019, extending her chart run to 30 years give or take, The Vaccines & Kylie from the Sean The Sheep movie, the lads getting a 4th chart entry 6 years since the last one, while Kylie is never out the chart and hasn’t been since 1988. AWOLNATION finally get a chart entry that isn’t Sail, 6 years on, and Hey Violet return for the first time since their 2016 top 20.

1 3 1 4 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 304100
2 2 1 7 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 805100
3 1 1 5 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 710000
4 5 4 5 TOMIE GHOST DATA 208200
5 4 3 5 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 265400
6 6 4 8 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 370400
7 8 7 2 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 98000
8 9 8 6 ORPHANS Coldplay 181100
9 7 1 14 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 945400
10 19 10 4 MONSTERS James Blunt 88800

11 16 11 5 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 109900
12 11 2 10 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 534600
13 12 3 8 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 399400
14 10 10 11 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 235500
15 13 8 9 ECHOES Lola Marsh 266500
16 52 16 2 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 36500
17 17 1 12 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 840000
18 24 18 6 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 81100
19 67 19 4 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 38200
20 23 20 5 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 93950

21 14 9 9 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 232450
22 18 18 6 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 116200
23 26 23 6 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 91850
24 79 24 2 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 23200
25 27 25 10 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 147950
26 22 1 18 I TRANCE Agnes 1589000
27 15 15 10 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 194800
28 20 6 10 YOU. Lucy Daydream 327300
29 80 29 2 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 22200
30 60 30 2 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 28000

31 35 19 9 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 153950
32 47 32 5 THE TRUTH James Blunt 46100
33 34 33 8 FREEDOM Rayelle 76500
34 21 9 8 LONELY Noah Cyrus 259550
35 56 35 4 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 40800
36 25 15 9 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 180800
37 43 37 5 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 46800
38 45 38 4 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 41600
39 68 39 2 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 23500
40 42 40 8 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 87700

41 44 41 5 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 59200
42 29 29 6 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 90150
43 30 4 14 THE BEACH The Makemakes 469850
44 28 16 10 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 170800
45 31 31 6 ARABESQUE Coldplay 83650
46 49 46 5 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 43050
47 61 47 3 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 25800
48 51 48 5 GLORYBOX Portishead 46450
49 50 49 6 I AM Club Yoko 62500
50 65 50 3 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 24400

51 36 1 12 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 798200
52 32 32 8 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 99750
53 55 53 5 PUMP IT UP Endor 45250
54 57 54 5 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 41500
55 33 24 9 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 130400
56 71 56 2 HEYO The Makemakes 16400
57 46 2 17 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 741800
58 39 14 13 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 198600
59 RE 59 2 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 14100
60 66 60 3 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 21200

61 NEW 61 1 CRUCIFIED Army Of Lovers 7500
62 40 9 12 SANREMO Mika 283750
63 37 20 10 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 132500
64 69 64 2 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 13300
65 38 38 5 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 56300
66 75 66 2 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 11800
67 72 67 3 SWIMMERS Zero 7 featuring Jem Cooke 16800
68 NEW 68 1 LAZY The Vaccines & Kylie Minogue 6400
69 41 34 6 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 81500
70 77 70 3 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 14800

71 76 71 3 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 15400
72 78 72 2 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 10000
73 NEW 73 1 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 5400
74 NEW 74 1 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 5200
75 70 1 29 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1680500
76 NEW 76 1 DER KOMMISSAR After The Fire 4800
77 NEW 77 1 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 4600
78 58 40 9 GO The Black Keys 90050
79 NEW 79 1 SCARY KISSES Voice Of The Beehive 4200
80 NEW 80 1 CLEAN Hey Violet 4000

DROP OUTS
48 4 11 STRANGE Celeste 379500
53 46 5 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 47150
54 42 5 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 51350
59 6 13 COLD James Blunt 315000
62 5 14 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 406800
63 30 7 LOVER Taylor Swift 92900
64 21 12 INSTANTANE Paradis 166850
73 5 13 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 254350
74 1 15 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 699750

24th November 2019

It’s 3 weeks on top for the gorgeous One Shy Morning as the late George Michael gets his biggest charting hit since 2002 when his Human League sampling Shoot The Dog topped my charts. The highest new entry is actually the oldest Northern Soul track to chart for me, a mere 54 years old and a debut for what is considered to be a key track for the Northern Soul scene – those too young to know, it was an early 70’s scene based around Wigan featuring largely US soul-dance tracks, and unusually was heavily male-centric with athletic prowess being a thing. This track was withdrawn by Frank before release, the masters destroyed, after an argument with Motown owner Berry Gordy. Demand built, and it finally came out in the UK in 1979. On Saturday it featured in a great dance routine on Strictly Come Dancing, and has bounded into the itunes sales chart as a result.

Coldplay add to their top 10’s, and Bob Dylan is new at 52. Actually he’s not, he hasn’t recorded anything I’ve liked since the Traveling Wilburys, which at least shows consistency over decades, but he is the title of the follow-up to Fall Out Boy’s chart-topping single. At 60 it’s a cover of an REO Speedwagon 80’s rockballad – I always preferred Keep On Loving You which topped my charts in 1981, but have to say the new cover by Bastille and an orchestra shows Can’t Fight This Feeling is actually a pretty strong song too. Sounds like a christmas smash to me. At least in a chart where sales count rather than background playlists.

Sam Smith covers Donna Summer. That takes a lot of nerve, given the groundbreaking brilliance of the original, a record which literally can’t be improved on, one which blew my mind the first moment I heard it, an instant number one that sounded like it had dropped out of the 21st century somehow back in 1977. Sam gets away with it though, thanks to that great voice, and the sheer relief that it’s not the usual whining dollop of dreariness that has dominated since La La La.

Sabrina Carpenter raises her thumbs again after a couple of years off the chart, The Makemakes make it 2 in a row, Robbie Williams gets the first actual new christmas record of 2019 into my chart, thereby extending his run to 23 years solo, Stormzy gets only his 2nd chart entry, and Harry Styles gets his 2nd of the year with a slice of Watermelon, Sugar. Don’t call me Sugar, Harry!


1 1 1 4 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 625000
2 2 1 6 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 690100
3 10 3 3 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 134100
4 3 3 4 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 205400
5 5 5 4 TOMIE GHOST DATA 143200
6 4 4 7 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 315400
7 7 1 13 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 900400
8 NEW 8 1 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 48000
9 13 9 5 ORPHANS Coldplay 133100
10 11 10 10 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 206500

11 8 2 9 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 499600
12 6 3 7 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 367400
13 12 8 8 ECHOES Lola Marsh 239500
14 9 9 8 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 212700
15 17 15 9 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 176400
16 18 16 4 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 72900
17 16 1 11 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 817000
18 19 18 5 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 97700
19 27 19 3 MONSTERS James Blunt 46800
20 14 6 9 YOU. Lucy Daydream 309000

21 15 9 7 LONELY Noah Cyrus 241950
22 20 1 17 I TRANCE Agnes 1570500
23 26 23 4 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 73950
24 31 24 5 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 59100
25 21 15 8 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 163400
26 29 26 5 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 72600
27 32 27 9 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 129200
28 22 16 9 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 157550
29 38 29 5 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 76400
30 30 4 13 THE BEACH The Makemakes 456350

31 35 31 5 ARABESQUE Coldplay 70650
32 36 32 7 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 88250
33 24 24 8 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 119600
34 37 34 5 FREEDOM Rayelle 58800
35 47 19 8 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 136050
36 28 1 11 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 786450
37 23 20 9 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 125300
38 45 38 4 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 49300
39 39 14 12 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 188400
40 33 9 11 SANREMO Mika 276350

41 34 34 5 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 75300
42 44 42 7 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 70700
43 67 43 4 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 29500
44 51 44 4 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 45200
45 66 45 3 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 24400
46 40 2 16 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 731400
47 70 47 4 THE TRUTH James Blunt 28300
48 25 4 11 STRANGE Celeste 379500
49 63 49 4 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 30300
50 54 50 5 I AM Club Yoko 50400

51 57 51 4 GLORYBOX Portishead 34150
52 NEW 52 1 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 11500
53 46 46 5 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 47150
54 42 42 5 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 51350
55 56 55 4 PUMP IT UP Endor 34000
56 64 56 3 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 23300
57 61 57 4 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 30500
58 52 40 8 GO The Black Keys 85650
59 41 6 13 COLD James Blunt 315000
60 NEW 60 1 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 10000

61 71 61 2 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 13300
62 59 5 14 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 406800
63 43 30 7 LOVER Taylor Swift 92900
64 50 21 12 INSTANTANE Paradis 166850
65 73 65 2 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 12400
66 78 66 2 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 11200
67 68 67 3 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 17200
68 NEW 68 1 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 6400
69 NEW 69 1 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 6200
70 60 1 28 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1675500

71 NEW 71 1 HEYO The Makemakes 5800
72 77 72 2 SWIMMERS Zero 7 featuring Jem Cooke 10200
73 49 5 13 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 254350
74 62 1 15 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 699750
75 NEW 75 1 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 5000
76 76 76 2 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 9600
77 79 77 2 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 8800
78 NEW 78 1 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 4400
79 NEW 79 1 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 4200
80 NEW 80 1 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 4000

DROP OUTS
48 33 6 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 78300
53 25 5 RIGHT ON! (890650) Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 79700
55 13 13 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 240200
58 18 12 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 176400
65 65 5 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 30000
69 56 6 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 48500
72 22 8 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 104100
74 74 3 AVEM (THE AVIATION THEME) Alan Walker 14000
75 75 3 WOMAN IN LOVE Barbra Streisand 13000
80 80 1 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 4000

17th November 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Amon Tobin, as fellow ambient track GHOST DATA is up 24 places to 5, leaving only Dua Lipa popping up the top 5, her 3rd top 3. The late much-missed George Michael is getting high into the 10 from 64, the biggest climber, and posthumously his first new top 10 since 2006, and extends his solo run to 35 years. James Blunt replaces himself in the top 40 with new emotionally-touching ballad Monsters, Pete Tong gets a 3rd top in 3 years, and Boy George a first top 40 in 5 years, extending his solo run to 32 years.

New entries include another track from Pet Shop Boys forthcoming Hotspots album, House Of Pain jumping around for the first time in 27 years or so, another Billie Eilish low-key track, Zero 7 returning to chart action after a 15-year-gap with new material and an 18-year span of charting. Taylor Swift combines with Andrew Lloyd-Webber for a movie theme from Cats, and carries it off, and Train and Skylar Grey both return in combo – a 14th for Train, and a 3rd for Skylar who first debuted in 2011, Train in 2001. That leaves our first new Christmas song – well, new to me at any rate. Doris Day’s I’ll Be Home For Christmas dates from 1964 and is about to be upgraded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, so she pops in in anticipation.

1 1 1 3 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 455000
2 2 1 5 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 575100
3 7 3 3 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 140400
4 5 4 6 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 260400
5 29 5 3 TOMIE GHOST DATA 83200
6 3 3 6 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 332400
7 6 1 12 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 850400
8 4 2 8 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 462600
9 10 9 7 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 183700
10 64 10 2 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 49100

11 12 11 9 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 164500
12 8 8 7 ECHOES Lola Marsh 207500
13 19 13 4 ORPHANS Coldplay 88100
14 11 6 8 YOU. Lucy Daydream 289000
15 9 9 6 LONELY Noah Cyrus 222200
16 13 1 10 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 794000
17 18 17 8 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 149400
18 27 18 3 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 47900
19 22 19 4 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 75700
20 17 1 16 I TRANCE Agnes 1551000

21 15 15 7 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 144650
22 16 16 8 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 139250
23 20 20 8 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 108000
24 26 24 7 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 101900
25 14 4 10 STRANGE Celeste 367200
26 28 26 3 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 54700
27 62 27 2 MONSTERS James Blunt 25800
28 21 1 10 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 769050
29 30 29 4 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 54100
30 24 4 12 THE BEACH The Makemakes 438350

31 60 31 4 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 40100
32 34 32 8 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 110800
33 23 9 10 SANREMO Mika 259350
34 37 34 4 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 61300
35 38 35 4 ARABESQUE Coldplay 51750
36 42 36 6 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 70450
37 47 37 4 FREEDOM Rayelle 41200
38 39 38 4 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 58200
39 25 14 11 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 171300
40 32 2 15 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 718650

41 31 6 12 COLD James Blunt 304900
42 50 42 4 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 40350
43 35 30 6 LOVER Taylor Swift 85700
44 45 44 6 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 56950
45 48 45 3 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 32100
46 51 46 4 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 35900
47 36 19 7 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 118550
48 33 33 6 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 78300
49 40 5 12 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 248950
50 44 21 11 INSTANTANE Paradis 159750

51 59 51 3 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 31950
52 49 40 7 GO The Black Keys 75450
53 41 25 5 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 79700
54 55 54 4 I AM Club Yoko 38400
55 43 13 13 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 240200
56 65 56 3 PUMP IT UP Endor 23200
57 70 57 3 GLORYBOX Portishead 22400
58 46 18 12 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 176400
59 53 5 13 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 399400
60 54 1 27 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1669500

61 66 61 3 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 20100
62 58 1 14 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 694550
63 71 63 3 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 18200
64 72 64 2 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 12700
65 67 65 5 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 30000
66 77 66 2 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 11400
67 74 67 3 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 16000
68 79 68 2 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 10600
69 56 56 6 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 48500
70 75 70 3 THE TRUTH James Blunt 15800

71 NEW 71 1 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 5800
72 52 22 8 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 104100
73 NEW 73 1 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 5400
74 78 74 3 AVEM (THE AVIATION THEME) Alan Walker 14000
75 80 75 3 WOMAN IN LOVE Barbra Streisand 13000
76 NEW 76 1 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 4800
77 NEW 77 1 SWIMMERS Zero 7 featuring Jem Cooke 4600
78 NEW 78 1 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 4400
79 NEW 79 1 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 4200
80 NEW 80 1 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 4000

DROP OUTS
57 9 12 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 250100
61 4 13 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 542650
63 14 12 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 229050
68 15 11 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 186350
69 19 11 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 155650
73 7 12 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 347950
76 8 12 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 308300

 

 

 

 

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unflattering selfie, Puerto De Mogan, Gran Canaria Oct 2019

10th November 2019

It’s a first week on top for Brazilian producer Amon Tobin with the lovely ambient One Shy Morning, with another ambient instrumental rocketing up to 29 for GHOST DATA, but the highest climber is Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now up to 7 from 73, giving her a 6th Top 10. RUFUS DU SOL get a 3rd top 40, and Pet Shop Boys get a current 3rd top 40 track and Coldplay a 2nd.

Not many new entries, as the chart is jam-packed already with stuff on the way up, just James Blunt grabbing 3 charting tracks off his new album with the touching song Monsters leaping over his own The Truth. George Michael also returns with posthumous new material, as a new movie featuring his songs is about to be released, and his first new-charting track for 5 years, extending his run to 37 years.

Liam Payne pops in, bringing the total of One Direction acts in my chart to 4, including Harry Styles top 5. Never would have predicted that 5 years ago. C’mon Louis pull your finger out quick you’ve a new album due, I need a full set!

1 2 1 2 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 285000
2 1 1 4 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 460200
3 4 3 5 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 287400
4 3 2 7 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 414600
5 6 5 5 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 195400
6 5 1 11 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 800400
7 73 7 2 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 55400
8 8 8 6 ECHOES Lola Marsh 172500
9 9 9 5 LONELY Noah Cyrus 195200
10 13 10 6 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 138700

11 10 6 7 YOU. Lucy Daydream 260000
12 20 12 8 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 127500
13 11 1 9 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 769000
14 7 4 9 STRANGE Celeste 348450
15 15 15 6 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 124900
16 16 16 7 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 119750
17 14 1 15 I TRANCE Agnes 1531000
18 22 18 7 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 126400
19 27 19 3 ORPHANS Coldplay 56100
20 24 20 7 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 88750

21 12 1 9 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 750750
22 29 22 3 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 54700
23 18 9 9 SANREMO Mika 241650
24 17 4 11 THE BEACH The Makemakes 420350
25 19 14 10 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 154200
26 26 26 6 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 82900
27 61 27 2 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 25900
28 32 28 2 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 36100
29 75 29 2 TOMIE GHOST DATA 23200
30 45 30 3 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 36000

31 21 6 11 COLD James Blunt 290900
32 23 2 14 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 701650
33 33 33 5 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 66000
34 35 34 7 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 93000
35 30 30 5 LOVER Taylor Swift 72200
36 28 19 6 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 106050
37 37 37 3 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 44600
38 53 38 3 ARABESQUE Coldplay 34250
39 39 39 3 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 41000
40 31 5 11 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 236850

41 25 25 4 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 68450
42 47 42 5 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 53050
43 36 13 12 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 229400
44 38 21 10 INSTANTANE Paradis 147750
45 55 45 5 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 43700
46 34 18 11 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 166200
47 63 47 3 FREEDOM Rayelle 23900
48 66 48 2 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 19100
49 40 40 6 GO The Black Keys 63950
50 62 50 3 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 26600

51 65 51 3 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 23150
52 41 22 7 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 98500
53 48 5 12 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 389300
54 51 1 26 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1659500
55 60 55 3 I AM Club Yoko 27400
56 58 56 5 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 42300
57 42 9 12 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 250100
58 54 1 13 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 687150
59 59 59 2 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 20200
60 69 60 3 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 22200

61 46 4 13 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 542650
62 NEW 62 1 MONSTERS James Blunt 7400
63 49 14 12 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 229050
64 NEW 64 1 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 7100
65 72 65 2 PUMP IT UP Endor 12600
66 71 66 2 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 12600
67 68 67 4 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 23000
68 44 15 11 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 186350
69 43 19 11 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 155650
70 70 70 2 GLORYBOX Portishead 12000

71 74 71 2 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 11000
72 NEW 72 1 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 5600
73 52 7 12 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 347950
74 79 74 2 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 9400
75 76 75 2 THE TRUTH James Blunt 9800
76 56 8 12 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 308300
77 NEW 77 1 STACK IT UP Liam Payne 4600
78 78 78 2 AVEM (THE AVIATION THEME) Alan Walker 8800
79 NEW 79 1 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 4200
80 80 80 2 WOMAN IN LOVE Barbra Streisand 8000

DROP OUTS
50 35 8 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 115700
57 10 13 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 257500
64 2 15 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 531900
67 30 10 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 99650
77 77 1 LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners 4600

 

 

3rd November 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Sigma & Jack Savoretti, just holding off the highest new entry from Amon Tobin, a gorgeous ambient instrumental from the Brazilian producer who describes it as Margot Robbie riding a unicorn. I look forward to the next Suicide Squad film then with Harley atop a horny horse. Harry Styles gets his first ever top 10 as he Lights Up the upper end, and Israeli indie band Lola Marsh Echo that.

Ariana, Miley & Lana all notch up another top 20 with the Charlie’s Angels track that is better than it’s swift real-world chart-dropping would suggest, SHAED return at 32 with Trampoline – with ZAYN on tow this time for the former early 2019 goodie, making it 3 One Directioners listed, 2 to go then for a full house. Gwen Stefani’s 2004 chart-topper What You Waiting For is back following some itunes sales action, in at 59, tick tock tick tock; RUFUS DU SOL get another chart entry with No Place at 61, their 3rd for the Aussie act, following their top 5 debut in 2014 with Sundream – presumably where the Du Sol came from for the former RUFUS which prob got the elbow from Chaka Khan’s former hitmakers.

5 years MIA, La Roux is back with her 6th entry and 10 years of chart entries – once Bulletproof, that must be why she’s now an International Woman Of Leisure. 1995 chart-topper Glorybox also brings Portishead back to the chart after itunes sales, while 1980 hits Lip Up Fatty gives Bad Manners a boost, and Barbra Streisand’s Bee Gees song Woman In Love does the same as both pop up in the itunes too. Any excuse for oldies….! I once reviewed Bad Manners concert in Record Mirror, a much-missed music paper.

Tame Impala have a second track off the forthcoming album enter, a 9th chart appearance in 4 years, Endor’s Club Chart-topping hypnotic beats debut a full 42 years since Star-Wars-related product topped my charts (Endor is a planet in the franchise), Dua Lipa’s back fresh off Graham Norton, Of Monsters & Men get a 5th entry since their chart-topping debut in 2012, James Blunt makes it 2 off the new album, while Alan Walker & Jonas Blue both return for some chart action, Alan Walker having topped my charts previously, Jonas Blue, err not, though he did take a Polaroid with a 4th One Directioner, Liam Payne.


1 1 1 3 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 345200
2 NEW 2 1 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 115000
3 2 2 6 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 349600
4 5 4 4 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 202400
5 3 1 10 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 745400
6 11 6 4 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 135400
7 4 4 8 STRANGE Celeste 319450
8 13 8 5 ECHOES Lola Marsh 124500
9 9 9 4 LONELY Noah Cyrus 150200
10 6 6 6 YOU. Lucy Daydream 223000

11 7 1 8 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 737000
12 8 1 8 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 731000
13 15 13 5 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 96700
14 10 1 14 I TRANCE Agnes 1508000
15 16 15 5 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 97900
16 20 16 6 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 94750
17 12 4 10 THE BEACH The Makemakes 401350
18 14 9 8 SANREMO Mika 222400
19 19 14 9 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 135450
20 24 20 7 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 92500

21 17 6 10 COLD James Blunt 273000
22 29 22 6 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 104400
23 18 2 13 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 682850
24 27 24 6 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 68750
25 30 25 3 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 54450
26 26 26 5 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 64400
27 33 27 2 ORPHANS Coldplay 35100
28 25 19 5 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 88650
29 40 29 2 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 35200
30 32 30 4 LOVER Taylor Swift 54700

31 21 5 10 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 219850
32 NEW 32 1 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 17800
33 36 33 4 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 48300
34 23 18 10 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 153450
35 39 35 6 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 75400
36 28 13 11 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 215900
37 60 37 2 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 27300
38 38 21 9 INSTANTANE Paradis 134500
39 66 39 2 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 23900
40 50 40 5 GO The Black Keys 51850

41 22 22 6 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 87000
42 34 9 11 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 239700
43 31 19 10 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 149450
44 37 15 10 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 179950
45 75 45 2 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 18000
46 41 4 12 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 535150
47 54 47 4 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 39300
48 46 5 11 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 378050
49 49 14 11 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 221850
50 35 35 8 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 115700

51 43 1 25 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1648500
52 45 7 11 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 342550
53 71 53 2 ARABESQUE Coldplay 17050
54 52 1 12 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 676950
55 62 55 4 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 30700
56 47 8 11 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 303500
57 48 10 13 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 257500
58 59 58 4 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 31700
59 NEW 59 1 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 10100
60 67 60 2 I AM Club Yoko 16600

61 NEW 61 1 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 7500
62 63 62 2 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 14600
63 79 63 2 FREEDOM Rayelle 11400
64 56 2 15 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 531900
65 78 65 2 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 11400
66 NEW 66 1 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 6800
67 51 30 10 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 99650
68 74 68 3 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 16400
69 70 69 2 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 12200
70 NEW 70 1 GLORYBOX Portishead 6000

71 NEW 71 1 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 5800
72 NEW 72 1 PUMP IT UP Endor 5600
73 NEW 73 1 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 5200
75 NEW 75 1 TOMIE GHOST DATA 5000
76 NEW 76 1 THE TRUTH James Blunt 4800
77 NEW 77 1 LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners 4600
78 NEW 78 1 AVEM (THE AVIATION THEME) Alan Walker 4400
79 NEW 79 1 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 4200
80 NEW 80 1 WOMAN IN LOVE Barbra Streisand 4000

DROP OUTS
42 3 11 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 584050
44 18 7 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 109550
53 17 10 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 176100
55 55 4 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 36400
57 57 5 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 45800
58 58 4 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 32400
61 9 13 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 265300
64 58 5 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 34700
65 65 5 GOODBYE The Beatles 30400
68 3 22 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 834400
69 69 3 LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress 17200
72 61 6 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 34000
73 44 5 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 49950
76 76 3 WHY DO YOU LOVE Charlotte Lawrence 13800
77 77 4 OVER YOU Lily Moore 17000
80 80 2 DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) (267400) Simple Minds 8000

 

 

27th October 2019

It’s the biggest climb ever to top my chart, I think, up from 74 to 1 for Sigma and Jack Savoretti’s You And Me As One, all moody drum’n’bass dance. That’s a second chart-topper for Sigma, following 2014’s Changing with Paloma Faith – yes I didn’t think it was 5 years ago either! It’s also their 5th Top 10 in 6 years, all of them collaborations. Jack Savoretti has been releasing most of the tracks off his latest album as singles at a furious pace, seemingly, Candelight going top 10, as did his Kylie duet, which makes this his 5th top 10 in 4 years and first chart-topper.

Mountains hasn’t quite reached the summit, sadly, while a showstopping performnace on Jools Holland helps Celeste climb to 4 – just piano and her voice. Amazing. Harry Styles is on the verge of the top 10, having never previously made the top 40, and out-performing every single One Direction track by hitting 11. PNAU get a second top 40 of the year, their 8th in total not including other projects, Liam Gallagher was also on Jools Holland and gets a 3rd top 40 of the year, just behind Bruv, while the highest new entry is Coldplay, back with Orphans at 33, and Arabesque at 71, hot off the new album due shortly. They seem to be following in the uncredited World Music project they’ve been involved in recently, soundwise, rather than traditional Coldplay, and are diving into social commentary too.

Pet Shop Boys release a single of Dreamland remixes and another with B sides – as always, I opt for the extra tracks not extended more-of-the-same – with An Open Mind at 40, the lads still in social commentary mode, and ditto for the song written for the musical My Beautiful Laundrette, based on the early 80’s film, with No Boundaries sneaking in with Asian sounds at the lower end. Rick Astley is back with another vocal stormer at 60, 32 years into his career while Never Gonna Give You Up is probably more popular than ever these days as a classic oldie – it was featured at my brother’s 60th Saturday, along with Dance Monkey and Everywhere, 3 charting tracks played by the DJ. My voice is now croakey from 4 hours of singing and talking, not used to it these days smile.gif

First Aid Kit return with 2014’s My Silver Lining, selling well currently, while Galantis finally follow-up their 2017 chart-topper True Feeling, by calling on Dolly Parton for their 5th charter in 4 years, Mr Probz gets a second, and Dolly Parton gets her first new material since her movie theme song with Sia last year, her 18th of the 21st century, and a chart career going back to top 10 Jolene in 1976. 43 years ain’t bad, and driving a bus to boot in the new video.


1 74 1 2 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 175200
2 4 2 5 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 264600
3 1 1 9 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 685400
4 6 4 7 STRANGE Celeste 269450
5 5 5 3 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 137400
6 7 6 5 YOU. Lucy Daydream 181000
7 3 1 7 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 700000
8 2 1 7 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 696000
9 10 9 3 LONELY Noah Cyrus 105200
10 8 1 13 I TRANCE Agnes 1479000

11 16 11 3 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 80400
12 9 4 9 THE BEACH The Makemakes 378350
13 20 13 4 ECHOES Lola Marsh 76500
14 11 9 7 SANREMO Mika 200400
15 21 15 4 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 64700
16 17 16 4 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 70900
17 12 6 9 COLD James Blunt 253250
18 13 2 12 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 663600
19 14 14 8 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 114450
20 23 20 5 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 69750

21 15 5 9 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 201950
22 24 22 5 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 73000
23 18 18 9 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 135850
24 30 24 6 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 72500
25 19 19 4 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 70350
26 47 26 4 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 45900
27 51 27 5 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 49750
28 22 13 10 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 198500
29 34 29 5 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 84900
30 33 30 2 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 35700

31 31 19 9 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 135950
32 49 32 3 LOVER Taylor Swift 36700
33 NEW 33 1 ORPHANS Coldplay 17700
34 25 9 10 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 225950
35 35 35 7 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 103700
36 62 36 3 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 30600
37 26 15 9 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 166700
38 29 21 8 INSTANTANE Paradis 117300
39 42 39 5 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 57900
40 NEW 40 1 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 17000

41 27 4 11 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 522400
42 28 3 11 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 584050
43 41 1 24 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1636750
44 32 18 7 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 109550
45 37 7 10 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 331050
46 46 5 10 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 365750
47 39 8 10 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 292900
48 36 10 12 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 247100
49 43 14 10 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 209750
50 53 50 4 GO The Black Keys 34850

51 38 30 9 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 93050
52 48 1 11 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 665950
53 40 17 10 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 176100
54 56 54 3 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 26800
55 55 55 4 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 36400
56 45 2 14 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 524800
57 57 57 5 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 45800
58 60 58 4 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 32400
59 66 59 3 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 21500
60 NEW 60 1 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 10000

61 54 9 13 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 265300
62 64 62 3 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 19900
63 NEW 63 1 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 7200
64 58 58 5 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 34700
65 65 65 5 GOODBYE The Beatles 30400
66 NEW 66 1 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 6800
67 NEW 67 1 I AM Club Yoko 6600
68 59 3 22 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 834400
69 70 69 3 LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress 17200
70 NEW 70 1 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 6000

71 NEW 71 1 ARABESQUE Coldplay 5800
72 61 61 6 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 34000
73 44 44 5 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 49950
74 76 74 2 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 10000
75 NEW 75 1 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 5000
76 77 76 3 WHY DO YOU LOVE Charlotte Lawrence 13800
77 78 77 4 OVER YOU Lily Moore 17000
78 NEW 78 1 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 4400
79 NEW 79 1 FREEDOM Rayelle 4200
80 80 80 2 DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds 8000

DROP OUTS
50 50 5 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 44000
52 52 10 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 98000
63 20 9 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 114700
67 44 8 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 69750
68 29 7 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 86200
69 13 12 FRIENDS Dido 238000
71 55 5 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 42900
72 48 6 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 45000
73 41 5 LET’S GO The Cars 54250
75 75 3 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 13400
79 79 1 THAT’S LIFE Frank Sinatra 4200

 

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London Film & Comic Con where I got autographs of sci-fi stars, reverted to 10 years-old, and enjoyed Jason Isaacs Q&A.

20th October 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for The S.L.P. ahead of his Jools Holland slot, and the laid-back grooves of Nobody Else holding off a host of tracks, notably Jeff Lynne taking his ELO back into the top 5 for the first time in 3 years. Jeff invariably goes top 10 more often than not and has being doing that since 1970 when in The Move, and since ELO’ first chart-topper in 1972 with 10538 Overture – pretty much a fan from Day One, From Out Of Nowhere sounding much like it could be a track off Out Of The Blue 40 years back.

Noah Cyrus gets another top 10, her 3rd or so, joining Celeste in the top 10 sparse ballad section, as a bunch of tracks go top 20 in a changeover at the top end, notably Harry Styles leapfrogging his ol’ mucker Niall Horan, Kylie adding to her vast number, as Riton & Oliver Heldens get the highest leap into the 40 at 21 borrowing from Yazoo. Highest new entry is 2001 chart-topper Right On!, a fab oldie from Silicone Soul that wasn’t the big hit it should have been, back at 33, while the unlikely partnership of Sigma and Jack Savoretti sneak in at 74, Meduza & GOODBOYS return with Becky Hill drafted in on the follow-up, and Frank Sinatra benefits from some Joker exposure, well That’s Life, and a touring Simple Minds pushes them back in the charts 34 years on from the film theme first exploding worldwide and hitting my top 10.

1 1 1 8 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 600400
2 2 1 6 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 648000
3 3 1 6 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 650000
4 5 4 4 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 149600
5 36 5 2 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 77400
6 6 6 6 STRANGE Celeste 204450
7 8 7 4 YOU. Lucy Daydream 126000
8 11 1 12 I TRANCE Agnes 1437000
9 4 4 8 THE BEACH The Makemakes 343350
10 29 10 2 LONELY Noah Cyrus 60200

11 9 9 6 SANREMO Mika 171400
12 7 6 8 COLD James Blunt 230250
13 12 2 11 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 641600
14 23 14 7 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 93450
15 10 5 8 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 182200
16 27 16 2 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 43400
17 26 17 3 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 45900
18 24 18 8 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 116600
19 20 19 3 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 51600
20 31 20 3 ECHOES Lola Marsh 44500

21 46 21 3 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 37700
22 13 13 9 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 180200
23 33 23 4 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 49750
24 38 24 4 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 53500
25 17 9 9 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 208350
26 16 15 8 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 149400
27 14 4 10 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 508400
28 15 3 10 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 570300
29 21 21 7 INSTANTANE Paradis 100100
30 35 30 5 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 53500

31 19 19 8 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 118050
32 18 18 6 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 96300
33 NEW 33 1 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 17700
34 34 34 4 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 66700
35 37 35 6 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 86200
36 22 10 11 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 234800
37 25 7 9 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 318050
38 30 30 8 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 81300
39 28 8 9 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 280400
40 32 17 9 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 164850

41 40 1 23 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1623250
42 53 42 4 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 40800
43 39 14 9 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 197650
44 45 44 4 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 44450
45 42 2 13 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 514200
46 41 5 9 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 353000
47 59 47 3 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 27400
48 44 1 10 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 654450
49 66 49 2 LOVER Taylor Swift 18900
50 50 50 5 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 44000

51 63 51 4 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 31350
52 52 52 10 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 98000
53 65 53 3 GO The Black Keys 22850
54 47 9 12 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 257800
55 62 55 3 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 25600
56 74 56 2 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 15800
57 60 57 4 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 35400
58 68 58 4 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 27600
59 54 3 21 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 828000
60 67 60 3 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 22200

61 64 61 5 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 28400
62 71 62 2 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 13200
63 48 20 9 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 114700
64 73 64 2 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 12500
65 70 65 4 GOODBYE The Beatles 23400
66 77 66 2 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 11400
67 49 44 8 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 69750
68 56 29 7 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 86200
69 57 13 12 FRIENDS Dido 238000
70 75 70 2 LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress 11000

71 55 55 5 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 42900
72 58 48 6 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 45000
73 51 41 5 LET’S GO The Cars 54250
74 NEW 74 1 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 5200
75 79 75 3 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 13400
76 NEW 76 1 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 4800
77 78 77 2 WHY DO YOU LOVE Charlotte Lawrence 9000
78 80 78 3 OVER YOU Lily Moore 12400
79 NEW 79 1 THAT’S LIFE Frank Sinatra 4200
80 NEW 80 1 DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds 4000

DROP OUTS
43 10 4 DRIVE The Cars 101500
61 46 9 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 83800
69 15 10 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 164700
72 19 10 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 146100
76 1 16 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 493650

 

 

13th October 2019

It’s a first week on top for any member of Kasabian – aka Sergio from the band on a side project. He’ll be on Jools Holland any day now along with new act Celeste, who is up to 6 with the hauntingly fab Strange. I’m hoping for bigger things for both after they get the TV plug. Big Mountain climbs for Bjorn and Arcteec, up to 5, while Lucy Daydream’s about You. At 8. It’s basically Wicked Game with the notes in a slightly different order.

Niall Horan gets his first ever top 20 hit, and that includes One Direction tracks, while his old mucker Harry Styles gets his biggest ever track too, both of them getting the highest new entries of the last 2 weeks, Harry at 27. For such a disposable band career they’ve all done alright solo. Who’da thunk it! Noah Cyrus decides to join sis Miley in the chart, both of them doing really interesting stuff musically these days.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO is back again – his new stuff hot on the heels of his comeback album: you wait 30 years for a new album and then 2 come along at once! From Out Of Nowhere is typical ELO, and as usual the mp3 itunes download is poor sound quality, he’s determined to try and force me to buy the album! Taylor Swift gets a 3rd simultaneous, and 6th track off Lover, this time the title track, Liam Gallagher gets a 3rd off his album, Broken Bells return after after a break of 5 years since peaking at 2 with Holding On For Life, and 9 years since the fab THe High Road hit 7 – though Dangermaus has also charted in between.

Xenomania pop in with a new protoge, as the good Girls Aloud chart years fade and they now struggle, last having success with other acts with Pet Shop Boys. Simply Red also return as they knock out the previous single from the chart, some 34 years since Money was too tight to mention, beating Pet Shop Boys into the chart by a few months, who drop off the top spot.

1 2 1 7 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 430400
2 1 1 5 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 533000
3 3 1 5 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 565000
4 4 4 7 THE BEACH The Makemakes 298350
5 38 5 3 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 84600
6 12 6 5 STRANGE Celeste 149450
7 6 6 7 COLD James Blunt 195250
8 36 8 3 YOU. Lucy Daydream 76000
9 9 9 5 SANREMO Mika 134400
10 5 5 7 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 155200

11 10 1 11 I TRANCE Agnes 1389000
12 11 2 10 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 609600
13 14 13 8 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 160700
14 8 4 9 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 490000
15 7 3 9 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 552000
16 15 15 7 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 130900
17 13 9 8 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 189600
18 18 18 5 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 78500
19 19 19 7 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 100150
20 56 20 2 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 30600

21 21 21 6 INSTANTANE Paradis 81900
22 16 10 10 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 217400
23 30 23 6 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 64450
24 26 24 7 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 94600
25 17 7 8 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 300750
26 78 26 2 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 22900
27 NEW 27 1 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 18400
28 20 8 8 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 263300
29 NEW 29 1 LONELY Noah Cyrus 18200
30 39 30 7 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 64100

31 67 31 2 ECHOES Lola Marsh 24500
32 22 17 8 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 147850
33 65 33 3 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 30500
34 35 34 3 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 49100
35 63 35 4 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 35500
36 NEW 36 1 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 17400
37 37 37 5 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 68700
38 47 38 3 WHY DON’T YOU JUST GET ME Antony & Cleopatra 34500
39 28 14 8 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 184150
40 34 1 22 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1609250

41 23 5 8 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 340250
42 32 2 12 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 501200
43 24 10 4 DRIVE The Cars 101500
44 31 1 9 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 642150
45 45 45 3 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 31200
46 74 46 2 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 17950
47 25 9 11 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 246800
48 27 20 8 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 107500
49 44 44 7 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 63150
50 50 50 4 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 32000

51 41 41 4 LET’S GO The Cars 48850
52 52 52 9 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 86500
53 58 53 3 COME AND GET IT The Beatles 27050
54 43 3 20 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 817900
55 55 55 4 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 37100
56 29 29 6 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 78800
57 40 13 11 FRIENDS Dido 231800
58 48 48 5 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 39400
59 76 59 2 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 14900
60 61 60 3 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 25000

61 46 46 9 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 83800
62 62 62 2 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 14800
63 69 63 3 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 19600
64 73 64 4 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 20900
65 77 65 2 GO The Black Keys 11600
66 NEW 66 1 LOVER Taylor Swift 6800
67 72 67 2 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 12200
68 68 68 3 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 17400
69 49 15 10 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 164700
70 70 70 3 GOODBYE The Beatles 16400

71 NEW 71 1 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 5800
72 42 19 10 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 146100
73 NEW 73 1 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 5400
74 NEW 74 1 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress 5000
76 60 1 16 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 493650
77 NEW 77 1 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 4600
78 NEW 78 1 WHY DO YOU LOVE Charlotte Lawrence 4400
79 79 79 2 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 8400
80 80 80 2 OVER YOU Lily Moore 8000

DROP OUTS
33 33 8 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 102800
51 38 7 TIME Sophia Bel 75300
53 43 7 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 67450
54 54 4 SMALL TALK Katy Perry 34200
57 26 10 FALLING LEON 151050
59 20 10 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 162050
64 64 3 JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars 17900
66 16 10 I’M GOOD Wafia 159200
71 10 10 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 232350
75 75 3 RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang 14600

 

6th October 2019

It’s a first week on top for Pet Shop Boys, 3 years since their last hat-trick of toppers, 34 years since West End Girls did the trick and dozens of number ones ago before Dreamland. Years And Years also get a third chart-topper, since King and Shine did the trick in 2015. Big climbs for PJ Brennan who is inhabiting the Land Of Make Believe rhythms, James Blunt gets his 6th top 10, Mika his 10th. Snakehips shoot up into the 20, Tove Lo & Kylie into the 40, as does John Newman, all having been there before, in the case of Kylie having been there a lot!

New entries from Niall Horan with a jolly decent track is a surprise highest new entry, his first solo was 2 years ago and peaked at 23, while elsewhere The Black Keys return, Oliver Heldens sneaks back in, PNAU have a quick follow-up to a top 10, Papa Zeus re-do Ce Ce Peniston’s classic Finally, and 2 70’s tracks return: OMD finally get there debit single into my charts 40 years late, and the sad death of lead singer of Eddie & The Hot Rods, Barrie Masters, brings their best track back – Do Anything You Want To Do from the summer of 77 – actually I have sad memories attached to it as my beloved pet budgie died while it was on TV, he’d not been well a few days and had one last mad flutter, I gently picked him up and he just went then and there. It might not sound like much, but I was upset, he’d been part of the family for 5 years and loved getting his own way, not afraid of anything much.

1 2 1 4 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 418000
2 6 2 6 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 260400
3 1 1 4 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 480000
4 7 4 6 THE BEACH The Makemakes 233350
5 26 5 6 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 113200
6 13 6 6 COLD James Blunt 145250
7 3 3 8 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 525000
8 4 4 8 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 461000
9 19 9 4 SANREMO Mika 89400
10 5 1 10 I TRANCE Agnes 1352000

11 8 2 9 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 574600
12 18 12 4 STRANGE Celeste 94450
13 9 9 7 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 166600
14 16 14 7 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 128700
15 22 15 6 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 105900
16 10 10 9 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 197900
17 12 7 7 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 282000
18 40 18 4 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 56500
19 23 19 6 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 79150
20 14 8 7 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 245000

21 36 21 5 INSTANTANE Paradis 62150
22 17 17 7 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 130050
23 11 5 7 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 326250
24 15 10 3 DRIVE The Cars 88000
25 25 9 10 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 234300
26 30 26 6 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 75600
27 20 20 7 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 95200
28 21 14 7 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 167050
29 29 29 5 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 68200
30 65 30 5 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 45200

31 24 1 8 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 628900
32 28 2 11 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 487450
33 35 33 8 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 102800
34 27 1 21 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1592250
35 41 35 2 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 31500
36 56 36 2 YOU Lucy Daydream 28000
37 39 37 4 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 51400
38 62 38 2 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 24600
39 58 39 6 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 46100
40 34 13 10 FRIENDS Dido 221400

41 45 41 3 LET’S GO The Cars 37100
42 31 19 9 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 140500
43 37 3 19 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 806900
44 50 44 6 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 51050
45 74 45 2 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 18200
46 48 46 8 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 76300
47 76 47 2 WHY DON’T YOU JUST GET ME Antony & Cleopatra 17300
48 64 48 4 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 29200
49 33 15 9 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 158500
50 80 50 3 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 20000

51 38 38 7 TIME Sophia Bel 75300
52 52 52 8 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 75000
53 43 43 7 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 67450
54 54 54 4 SMALL TALK Katy Perry 34200
55 59 55 3 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 26300
56 NEW 56 1 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 10600
57 42 26 10 FALLING LEON 151050
58 72 58 2 COME AND GET IT The Beatles 15800
59 32 20 10 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 162050
60 60 1 15 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 488850

61 61 61 2 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 15000
62 NEW 62 1 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 7400
63 70 63 3 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 18000
64 68 64 3 JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars 17900
65 71 65 2 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 12800
66 46 16 10 I’M GOOD Wafia 159200
67 NEW 67 1 ECHOES Lola Marsh 6600
68 77 68 2 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 11000
69 69 69 2 FEEL LOVE Feed Me 12400
70 78 70 2 GOODBYE The Beatles 10400

71 44 10 10 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 232350
72 NEW 72 1 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 5600
73 79 73 3 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 13800
74 NEW 74 1 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 5200
75 75 75 3 RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang 14600
76 NEW 76 1 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 4800
77 NEW 77 1 GO The Black Keys 4600
78 NEW 78 1 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 4400
79 NEW 79 1 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 4200
80 NEW 80 1 OVER YOU Lily Moore 4000

DROP OUTS
47 34 7 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 104600
49 30 9 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 130550
51 20 6 VISIONS OF GIDEON Sufjan Stevens 97850
53 20 6 I’LL BE THERE Walk Off The Earth 94550
55 10 9 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 195600
57 48 6 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis 59700
63 40 9 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 90100
66 8 14 MAD LOVE Mabel 305400
67 67 4 HAVE IT ALL Cosmo’s Midnight featuring Age.Sex.Location 22400
73 73 3 HOME Cavetown 14600

 

 

22nd September 2019

It’s a first week on top for Fall Out Boy and Wyclef-Jean, a first for both acts after a decade of attempts from the boys, and 23 years from Wyclef. Patience is rewarded! Pet Shop Boys are up to 3, The S.L.P. Kasabian spin-off is rocketing up to 6, and The Cars have 4 oldies enter following the sad death of Ric Okasek, the highest at 10 for the heart-rendingly perfect Drive at 10. It would have been higher if it hadn’t topped my chart recently in orchestral version, for the third time.

Lana Del Ray gets her 4th top 20 of the year and also enters another from a movie, along with Miley and Ariana. James Blunt makes it 14 years of top 20’s, while Mika leaps again into the 40 this year, with Sanremo, also 14 years of chart entries here. New entries are thin on the ground, just Hailee Steinfeld and Ina Wrolsden, but there will be more pending soon as a gap appears!

1 6 1 2 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 225000
2 1 1 8 I TRANCE Agnes 1250000
3 8 3 2 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 133000
4 3 3 6 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 390000
5 4 4 6 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 348000
6 39 6 4 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 90400
7 5 5 5 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 270000
8 2 2 7 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 489600
9 9 9 4 THE BEACH The Makemakes 118350
10 NEW 10 1 DRIVE The Cars 42000

11 10 7 5 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 224000
12 13 12 7 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 130900
13 11 8 5 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 196000
14 14 14 5 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 129000
15 7 1 6 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 592000
16 18 16 5 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 89600
17 12 9 8 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 196800
18 29 18 4 COLD James Blunt 58250
19 30 19 5 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 74700
20 21 20 8 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 134150

21 33 21 2 STRANGE Celeste 37450
22 23 22 5 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 87550
23 15 2 9 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 451350
24 19 19 7 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 108850
25 17 1 19 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1556250
26 37 26 4 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 59400
27 38 27 5 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 56800
28 24 15 7 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 128700
29 22 13 8 FRIENDS Dido 186800
30 26 26 8 FALLING LEON 126900

31 16 10 8 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 214300
32 72 32 2 SANREMO Mika 23400
33 27 3 17 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 776100
34 36 34 6 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 92100
35 62 35 4 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 34700
36 58 36 3 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 31800
37 60 37 4 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 38900
38 20 20 5 VISIONS OF GIDEON Sufjan Stevens 86100
39 44 39 6 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 67600
40 59 40 4 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 39100

41 65 41 3 INSTANTANE Paradis 25000
42 55 42 5 TIME Sophia Bel 46350
43 25 16 8 I’M GOOD Wafia 138650
44 35 30 8 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 118450
45 28 20 5 I’LL BE THERE Walk Off The Earth 83300
46 32 10 8 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 184800
47 57 47 5 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 42700
48 50 48 5 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis 49300
49 73 49 2 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 17500
50 40 40 8 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 82900

51 34 26 8 GREYHOUND Collard 130550
52 31 18 8 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 139700
53 54 53 6 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 51250
54 47 47 8 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 77750
55 43 8 13 MAD LOVE Mabel 298600
56 56 56 6 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 52000
57 67 57 2 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 17000
58 63 58 4 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 25800
59 NEW 59 1 LET’S GO The Cars 10100
60 52 1 13 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 468850

61 41 19 10 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 140700
62 76 62 2 SMALL TALK Katy Perry 12200
63 45 4 19 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 661750
64 71 64 4 IF THEY ONLY KNEW Black Atlass 21700
65 70 65 5 COMPROMISE JeanGa & George featuring Eartha Kitt 26200
66 66 66 3 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 20200
67 77 67 4 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 18800
68 68 68 5 FALLING DEEP IN LOVE (JOEY NEGRO DISCO BLEND) Horse Meat Disco & Kathy Sledge 26800
69 48 10 11 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 222700
70 75 70 3 HAVE IT ALL Cosmo’s Midnight featuring Age.Sex.Location 15800

71 46 9 13 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 305500
72 79 72 2 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 9800
73 NEW 73 1 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 5400
74 80 74 2 HOME Cavetown 9200
75 61 1 20 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 1021750
76 NEW 76 1 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 4800
77 NEW 77 1 RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang 4600
78 NEW 78 1 JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars 4400
79 NEW 79 1 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 4200
80 NEW 80 1 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 4000

DROP OUTS
42 1 13 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 1160900
49 20 7 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 118400
51 47 7 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 69050
53 40 7 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 76500
64 5 17 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 484500
69 7 17 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 404250
74 29 7 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 100450
78 52 7 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 54300

 

 

 

15th September 2019

It’s Agnes back on top for a 6th week, the longest run for 3 years, as Paul Kalkbrenner is close behind at 2. I hope to be dancing a bit next week in Spain, all being well. Highest new entry is… not the Pet Shop Boys! Yes, their Years & Years collab could “only” manage 8, though it is great and the boys are on TV tonight BBC4 live in concert. I have my next ticket for the Greatest Hits tour. So who beats them? Fall Out Boy! Pet Shop Boys lead tracks off new studio albums always always always go top 10 for me (34 years and counting), but Fall Out Boys don’t always go top 10 – they hit 3 in 2007 with the Arms Race track, 2 in 2013 with My Songs Know/ In The Dark track, the Munsters-sampling Uma Thurman hit 7 in 2015 and in 2017 they hit 7 again with Hold Me Tight Or Don’t. So they get the third-highest chart-peak 12 years on with Dear Future Self, draft in the Munsters rhythms again, and feature Wyclef Jean who hit 4 21 years ago with Gone Till November, Fugee’d it up earlier than that, and also peaked at 4 with Shakira and Hips Don’t Lie – so this is his 3rd solo credit top 10, one a decade on average.

The Makemakes get a big climb to 9, Celeste debuts at 33, new and looking good for future success, Noel Gallagher gets his 3rd of the year as bro Liam hits 3, Mika has a swift return after his Savoretti duet, Snakehips are back featuring in Anna Of The North who also return, Katy Perry sneaks her 2nd of the year in, and the Goo Goo Dolls are back! Last seen 20 years ago when Iris made my top 40, and has since gone on to be something of an ever-popular anthem. Nice to see 90’s rock again.


1 2 1 7 I TRANCE Agnes 1135000
2 3 2 6 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 441600
3 4 3 5 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 325000
4 5 4 5 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 288000
5 6 5 4 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 220000
6 NEW 6 1 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 55000
7 1 1 5 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 565000
8 NEW 8 1 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 48000
9 39 9 3 THE BEACH The Makemakes 73350
10 7 7 4 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 187000

11 8 8 4 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 164000
12 9 9 7 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 173700
13 17 13 6 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 95900
14 14 14 4 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 100000
15 11 2 8 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 432100
16 10 10 7 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 196400
17 12 1 18 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1537500
18 24 18 4 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 64600
19 23 19 6 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 89850
20 22 20 4 VISIONS OF GIDEON Sufjan Stevens 68900

21 29 21 7 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 114150
22 13 13 7 FRIENDS Dido 168600
23 25 23 4 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 68050
24 15 15 6 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 110400
25 16 16 7 I’M GOOD Wafia 125150
26 27 26 7 FALLING LEON 108900
27 19 3 16 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 758400
28 20 20 4 I’LL BE THERE Walk Off The Earth 70300
29 42 29 3 COLD James Blunt 36250
30 32 30 4 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 53700

31 18 18 7 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 128200
32 21 10 7 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 172050
33 NEW 33 1 STRANGE Celeste 17700
34 26 26 7 GREYHOUND Collard 118800
35 30 30 7 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 105200
36 36 36 5 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 74500
37 45 37 3 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 40900
38 50 38 4 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 38400
39 55 39 3 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 35400
40 43 40 7 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 72900

41 28 19 9 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 133200
42 35 1 13 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 1160900
43 34 8 12 MAD LOVE Mabel 287800
44 44 44 5 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 50500
45 31 4 18 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 654550
46 33 9 12 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 299700
47 48 47 7 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 66750
48 38 10 10 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 216500
49 37 20 7 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 118400
50 57 50 4 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis 37000

51 47 47 7 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 69050
52 41 1 12 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 458850
53 40 40 7 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 76500
54 54 54 5 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 40000
55 58 55 4 TIME Sophia Bel 32600
56 56 56 5 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 41400
57 60 57 4 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 30200
58 79 58 2 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 14400
59 65 59 3 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 22100
60 66 60 3 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 21600

61 53 1 19 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 1016750
62 70 62 3 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 17200
63 74 63 3 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 15600
64 51 5 17 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 484500
65 80 65 2 INSTANTANE Paradis 11000
66 67 66 2 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 13400
67 NEW 67 1 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 6600
68 68 68 4 FALLING DEEP IN LOVE (JOEY NEGRO DISCO BLEND) Horse Meat Disco & Kathy Sledge 20400
69 59 7 17 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 404250
70 71 70 4 COMPROMISE JeanGa & George featuring Eartha Kitt 19200

71 73 71 3 IF THEY ONLY KNEW Black Atlass 14600
72 NEW 72 1 SANREMO Mika 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 5400
74 46 29 7 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 100450
75 76 75 2 HAVE IT ALL Cosmo’s Midnight featuring Age.Sex.Location 9800
76 NEW 76 1 SMALL TALK Katy Perry 4800
77 77 77 3 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 12200
78 52 52 7 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 54300
79 NEW 79 1 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 4200
80 NEW 80 1 HOME Cavetown 4000

DROP OUTS
49 23 9 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 131750
61 3 13 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 597500
62 18 13 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 216050
63 6 14 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 382950
64 5 10 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 304600
69 10 18 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 344100
72 12 11 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 230300
75 23 10 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 145500
78 59 5 LITTLE HELP The BossHoss featuring Mimy & Josy 29900

 

 

 

1st September 2019

It’s 5 weeks on top for Agnes, the longest run since Panic! At The Disco’s Look Ma did 5 weeks last year, and it’s 50 years ago today that I flew on an RAF VC-10 plane to Singapore to live. My first view of life outside England & Wales was coming in to land on a stop-over in the Indian Ocean – the RAF island base of Gan, a tropical paradise, shimmering green, a sea of blue, sunshine, and tropical reefs from the air. Just gorgeous. Still my idea of paradise. My fave song was In The Year 2525 by Zager & Evans – always looking to the future, me!

The top 9 songs jostle places, still loving them all, Emeli Sande gets a big climb into the 20 with Nana Rogues, Walk Off The earth shoot into the 30, as do Jonas Brothers and Sufjan Stevens, while OMD tick off another top 40 – I havent counted but they have probably averaged well over one a year over 40 years. Highest new entry is from The Makemakes, I’d rather be on The Beach actually, myself. At 61, a Kasabian member side-project is a goodie, Yves V helps Icona Pop back into the charts after a break, Black Atlass belatedly follows-up his chart-topper form late 2018, Ariana adds another to her total, and John Newman gets a second of the year.


1 1 1 5 I TRANCE Agnes 850000
2 2 2 3 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 345000
3 3 3 4 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 241600
4 5 4 3 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 175000
5 6 5 3 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 163000
6 7 6 2 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 105000
7 9 7 2 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 95000
8 4 2 6 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 368100
9 8 1 16 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1479500
10 11 10 2 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 79000

11 16 11 5 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 129400
12 19 12 5 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 93700
13 15 13 5 FRIENDS Dido 117100
14 10 10 5 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 134500
15 12 3 14 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 719000
16 39 16 2 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 42100
17 26 17 4 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 64400
18 22 18 5 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 88300
19 24 19 7 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 100900
20 27 20 5 I’M GOOD Wafia 81400

21 13 4 16 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 623650
22 14 9 10 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 269250
23 17 8 10 MAD LOVE Mabel 256700
24 45 24 2 I’LL BE THERE Walk Off The Earth 32000
25 20 20 5 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 89000
26 28 26 5 GREYHOUND Collard 82700
27 54 27 2 VISIONS OF GIDEON Sufjan Stevens 29400
28 18 10 8 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 187000
29 34 29 5 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 82500
30 43 30 4 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 40900

31 21 1 11 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 1129650
32 35 32 5 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 76200
33 33 33 5 FALLING LEON 72000
34 37 34 4 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 49600
35 38 35 5 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 69700
36 23 23 8 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 119650
37 46 37 2 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 30050
38 68 38 2 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 23600
39 50 39 3 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 39700
40 29 5 15 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 465650

41 32 1 10 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 433350
42 25 3 12 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 590000
43 78 43 2 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 17900
44 30 18 12 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 208650
45 31 12 10 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 224700
46 47 46 5 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 48250
47 44 1 17 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 998000
48 40 7 15 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 387950
49 36 6 13 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 375750
50 55 50 5 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 42400

51 52 51 5 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 41950
52 41 5 9 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 297500
53 NEW 53 1 THE BEACH The Makemakes 11250
54 42 23 9 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 140500
55 56 55 5 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 44800
56 NEW 56 1 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 10600
57 51 10 17 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 337900
58 60 58 5 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 38400
59 66 59 4 LITTLE HELP The BossHoss featuring Mimy & Josy 25500
60 62 60 3 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 24000

61 NEW 61 1 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 7500
62 63 62 2 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis 14600
63 65 63 3 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 20200
64 59 1 20 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 906600
65 69 65 3 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 18000
66 48 48 7 CASTLES Freya Ridings 54550
67 67 67 3 HOLA (RADIO EDIT) Dario G 17200
68 76 68 2 TIME Sophia Bel 11600
69 49 49 6 FADE OUT Seeb & Olivia O’Brien & Space Primates 55800
70 70 70 4 TRUTH Mark Ronson featuring Alicia Keys & The Last Artful, Dodgr 23400

71 80 71 2 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 9800
72 53 53 5 MONEY Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch 45450
73 81 73 2 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 9200
74 58 26 12 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 155500
75 NEW 75 1 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 5000
76 NEW 76 1 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 4800
77 84 77 2 FALLING DEEP IN LOVE (JOEY NEGRO DISCO BLEND) Horse Meat Disco & Kathy Sledge 7800
78 NEW 78 1 COLD James Blunt 4400
79 79 79 3 HUNGRY HEART Bruce Springsteen 12600
80 83 80 2 COMPROMISE JeanGa & George 7400

81 NEW 81 1 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 3800
82 57 57 6 HOW GLAD I AM Chrissie Hynde with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble 46800
83 NEW 83 1 IF THEY ONLY KNEW Black Atlass 3400
84 NEW 84 1 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 3200
85 NEW 85 1 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 3000

DROP OUTS
61 8 14 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 291450
64 36 5 SOMEONE LIKE YOU (ATARI HERO REMIX) The Sugarhill Gang Grandmaster Mele Mel & SCORPIO Furious5 featuring Barshon 61900
71 71 4 MINE RIGHT NOW Sigrid 20400
72 29 8 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 104500
73 48 6 SCHOOL’S OUT (572100) Alice Cooper 60300
74 74 4 MEN BEHAVING BADLY Chiedu Oraka & Deezkid featuring Jacob Aaron 19000
75 50 7 CAN WE PRETEND Pink featuring Cash Cash 56000
77 10 8 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 163700
82 3 16 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 611500
85 85 1 BECAUSE THE NIGHT Bruce Springsteen 3000

 

My 2017 Charts Oct-Dec

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31st December 2017

It’s Aretha Franklin’s orchestral oldie on top, almost exactly 44 years since the gorgeous Stevie Wonder song first charted for me, and it’s been a week of oldies xmas invasions, as a refuge from the stress of having a father unexpectedly in hospital from xmas eve (and still there) while caring for a mother who needs help with everything. Lots of TV playlist oldies has created a nostalgic xmas chart invasion, belatedly, some of them having charted dozens of times before, some just a couple or a few times.

The Fizz make it 2 top 10’s with the christmassy Home For My Heart, and also give Rick Wakeman his first ever top 10 singles chart credit – though he was tinkling the ivories in my top 10 way back in the early 70’s on many records. Paloma gets a second top 10 of the year, Streets Of London incredibly makes my top 20 for the first ever time, criminal for such a great song! Joe Goddrad heavily samples a 70’s disco soul flop from Brainstorm, one I didn’t know at the time (or since) so I’ve given them credit, cos it’s great.

Buckingham McVie return for 5th track off the Mac-side-project album, Oh Wonder get a second chart single, Taylor Swift gets her first of the year, and Jose Feliciano’s xmas oldie finally charts – largely because I keep hearing it, having spent the best part of 45 years never having come across the 1970 track at all. Jose Feliciano had a top 10 fab hit with me in my first charting days in late 1968, with the Doors song, Light My Fire – a stylised version covered by Will Young more recently – and then…nothing. Never made my chart again, not even his current Jools Holland stuff. So, a new chart record – albeit with an oldie – for Jose, as his 49-year-drought comes to an end and he finally gets a follow-up.

1 2 1 4 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 455000
2 1 1 5 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 332300
3 3 1 6 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 740000
4 4 4 6 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 258200
5 5 1 9 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 817000
6 6 5 7 PHASES Alma & French Montana 322400
7 7 2 9 AMEN The Fizz 780000
8 10 8 6 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 157150
9 27 9 3 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 80900
10 12 10 7 GUILTY Paloma Faith 155600

11 9 9 17 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 399500
12 16 12 8 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 151400
13 8 8 7 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 224400
14 25 14 2 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 47750
15 15 3 12 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 492000
16 32 16 2 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 42800
17 17 17 6 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 119950
18 30 18 2 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 40000
19 29 19 2 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 39200
20 40 20 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 37000

21 13 10 7 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 171200
22 11 7 7 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 204900
23 18 1 12 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 683750
24 26 24 5 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 79250
25 36 25 2 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 36150
26 14 4 9 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 377400
27 23 1 18 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1044650
28 22 5 6 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 208800
29 75 29 2 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 23200
30 20 20 4 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 74850

31 19 19 8 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 114850
32 28 17 9 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 169750
33 24 8 7 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 187700
34 21 8 8 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 259850
35 31 3 14 READY TO GO Hurts 604700
36 39 36 4 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 61800
37 34 4 21 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 464300
38 49 38 6 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 60500
39 65 39 2 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 24100
40 33 1 14 WAIT UP Hurts 783850

41 41 1 7 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 326600
42 37 1 14 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 898400
43 35 24 8 GO BANG PNAU 127600
44 38 17 9 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 164200
45 43 1 17 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 941150
46 44 10 12 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 254000
47 54 47 3 RUT The Killers 28500
48 45 1 17 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 917950
49 56 49 3 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 27900
50 NEW 50 1 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 12000

51 48 6 20 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 478550
52 46 15 8 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 150150
53 51 18 10 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 180900
54 NEW 54 1 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN Johnny Mathis 11000
55 55 1 26 DREAMS Grace Slick 720700
56 RE 5 14 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 498800
57 70 57 3 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 22400
58 58 19 13 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 179600
59 59 59 3 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 30200
60 42 37 6 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 87350

61 47 40 6 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 59100
62 50 16 7 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 121800
63 63 34 7 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 84500
64 NEW 64 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 7100
65 NEW 65 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band (with the Harlem Community Choir) 7000
66 66 3 17 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 475250
67 67 1 42 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1024350
68 68 29 11 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 123350
69 NEW 69 1 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 6200
70 NEW 70 1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 6000

71 RE 45 4 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 36200
72 NEW 72 1 LIFETIME Oh Wonder 5600
73 NEW 73 1 FELIZ NAVIDAD Jose Feliciano 5400
74 NEW 74 1 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 5000

DROP OUTS
52 7 9 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 261500
53 40 7 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 75950
57 48 7 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 67300
60 29 4 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 58950
61 4 12 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 346850
62 34 10 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 133950
64 8 14 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 327050
69 47 5 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 52350
71 12 16 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 261150
72 14 17 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 252350
73 10 19 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 319200
74 30 11 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 133500

24th December 2017

It’s Chris Rea on top, at long last, as he cancels his tour from ill health, but continues to have the most heart-warming annual christmas fave with his 1988 classic. The song made my top 10 then, and hit 4 in 1994, before hitting a new peak of 3 in 2007. All of them in years when the UK singles chart was unwelcoming to the song, to say the least. It finally makes the UK top 20 this week, and in celebration it not only makes my top 10 for the 7th time, it finally hits the top spot 29 years on. No record has charted so many times before topping my chart, nor had so many weeks on the chart before topping my chart.

Craig David gets his first top 10 since 2010, and his 5th in total, including 2 number ones (Hot Stuff in 2007 and Walking Away in 2000). The Partridge Family make my top 20 for the first time in 44 years, with an old album track, and the highest new entry is also an old Sister Sledge (Chic-produced) album track from 1980, one I’ve never heard before until Radio 2 played it for the surviving sisters talking about a new tour. Pretty Baby is much better than any of the singles off the album, and is therefore their best new entry on my chart since Lost In Music in 1979 (ignoring reissues and remixes).

Empire Of The Sun replace themselves in my chart, with a song containing “home” in it, very much the theme of the chart, on top, and new entries from Joe Goddard, a climber for The Fizz, someone ironic considering the charity new entry at 40 – Ralph McTell’s new version of his classic Streets Of London is in aid of the homeless, and it’s rather a good version, helped along by Annie Lennox. That’s Annie’s first chart credit here in 8 years, and Ralph’s first, cough, in 42 years. That’s one hell of an absence! Streets Of London was already a few years old when it charted at Christmas 1974, as was another oldie, Hey There Lonely Girl from Eddie Holman. Eddie hasn’t troubled my chart since, until now – purely because an oldie I was listening to on youtube ended and this track started up next, one from 1966 I’d never heard of. An instant retro fave for me and lovely to see Ralph & Eddie entering together 43 years since they last both hit my top 40.

1 16 1 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 217300
2 2 2 3 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 285000
3 1 1 5 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 655000
4 4 4 5 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 193200
5 3 1 8 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 757000
6 5 5 6 PHASES Alma & French Montana 267400
7 6 2 8 AMEN The Fizz 730000
8 11 8 6 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 182400
9 9 9 16 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 362500
10 18 10 5 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 109150

11 7 7 6 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 185400
12 20 12 6 GUILTY Paloma Faith 113600
13 10 10 6 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 151450
14 8 4 8 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 358900
15 19 3 11 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 465000
16 29 16 7 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 116400
17 22 17 5 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 96950
18 15 1 11 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 664500
19 30 19 7 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 96950
20 23 20 3 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 56850

21 14 8 7 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 242250
22 13 5 5 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 190500
23 17 1 17 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1026250
24 12 8 6 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 170000
25 NEW 25 1 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 18750
26 26 26 4 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 60250
27 35 27 2 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 35900
28 21 17 8 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 151950
29 NEW 29 1 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 18200
30 NEW 30 1 HOME Joe Goddard 18000

31 28 3 13 READY TO GO Hurts 587200
32 NEW 32 1 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 17800
33 31 1 13 WAIT UP Hurts 766850
34 25 4 20 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 447100
35 24 24 7 GO BANG PNAU 114100
36 NEW 36 1 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 17400
37 32 1 13 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 887400
38 33 17 8 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 150950
39 39 39 3 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 44400
40 NEW 40 1 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 17000

41 34 1 6 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 312600
42 37 37 5 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 77350
43 43 1 16 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 928150
44 44 10 11 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 241250
45 41 1 16 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 905650
46 36 15 7 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 138650
47 40 40 5 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 51600
48 45 6 19 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 466800
49 50 49 5 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 43300
50 27 16 6 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 114400

51 42 18 9 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 169650
52 38 7 9 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 261500
53 47 40 7 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 75950
54 75 54 2 RUT The Killers 16000
55 55 1 25 DREAMS Grace Slick 709900
56 74 56 2 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 15800
57 48 48 7 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 67300
58 58 19 12 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 169400
59 60 59 2 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 20100
60 46 29 4 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 58950

61 51 4 12 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 346850
62 49 34 10 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 133950
63 52 34 6 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 77300
64 53 8 14 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 327050
65 NEW 65 1 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 7000
66 63 3 16 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 468450
67 67 1 41 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1017750
68 65 29 10 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 116950
69 59 47 5 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 52350
70 70 70 2 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 12000

71 54 12 16 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 261150
72 69 14 17 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 252350
73 73 10 19 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 319200
74 62 30 11 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 133500
75 NEW 75 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 5000

DROP OUTS
56 56 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23000
57 35 5 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 70400
61 22 8 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 117600
64 31 7 DRIVEWAY culpriit 94000
66 66 2 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 12600
68 1 25 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1098300
71 1 23 TRUE FEELING Galantis 993350
72 72 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 5600

17th December 2017

How Can I Be Sure is back on top for a second week for the late David Cassidy, just holding off the strings-laden soul classic Stevie Wonder song as done by Aretha Franklin, finally getting the chart peak it deserved first time round when it was battling Glam Rock classics, Cher, Wings & Barry White. I just turned sweet 16.

Tame Impala get a 3rd top 5, Roy Orbison gets his biggest of the year, and the RPO get 2 in the top 10. Steely Dan return to the top 10 42 years later, and Chris Rea gets a top 20 xmas classic return for the umpteenth time without ever topping my chart. Yes there’s a bit of a dearth of new material as Christmas takes over – though Kim Wilde gets a second christmas song in the chart some 38 years since the last one.

The Fizz enter the chart as the highest new entry, with assist from prog legend Rick Wakeman who was tinkling the ivories for Bowie and others over 45 years ago, and anyone who could have forseen a 2017 link-up with Bucks Fizz would be truly living in a world of alternate universes. It works though!

1 2 1 4 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 570000
2 6 2 2 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 170000
3 1 1 7 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 697000
4 9 4 4 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 128200
5 5 5 5 PHASES Alma & French Montana 212400
6 3 2 7 AMEN The Fizz 680000
7 7 7 5 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 148400
8 4 4 7 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 329900
9 12 9 15 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 317500
10 18 10 5 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 119450

11 15 10 5 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 134400
12 8 8 5 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 151000
13 11 5 4 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 171000
14 10 8 6 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 222500
15 13 1 10 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 642500
16 37 16 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 47300
17 14 1 16 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1007000
18 22 18 4 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 67150
19 17 3 10 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 438000
20 28 20 5 GUILTY Paloma Faith 78600

21 19 17 7 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 133650
22 25 22 4 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 73950
23 34 23 2 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 36850
24 35 24 6 GO BANG PNAU 96600
25 21 4 19 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 429500
26 44 26 3 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 41750
27 16 16 5 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 102400
28 20 3 12 READY TO GO Hurts 569300
29 36 29 6 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 91400
30 46 30 6 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 75950

31 23 1 12 WAIT UP Hurts 749150
32 32 1 12 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 870100
33 33 17 7 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 133750
34 24 1 5 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 298600
35 NEW 35 1 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 17500
36 26 15 6 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 125900
37 48 37 4 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 62600
38 31 7 8 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 250000
39 58 39 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 27300
40 59 40 4 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 39100

41 30 1 15 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 892650
42 27 18 8 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 157900
43 42 1 15 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 914650
44 41 10 10 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 228000
45 49 6 18 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 454500
46 29 29 3 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 48950
47 40 40 6 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 64700
48 53 48 6 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 56900
49 39 34 9 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 126550
50 62 50 4 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 31200

51 43 4 11 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 339350
52 38 34 5 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 70100
53 52 8 13 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 319950
54 50 12 15 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 255350
55 55 1 24 DREAMS Grace Slick 699100
56 63 56 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23000
57 45 35 5 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 70400
58 RE 19 11 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 159200
59 47 47 4 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 46150
60 NEW 60 1 F U KRISTMAS Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 10000

61 54 22 8 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 117600
62 56 30 10 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 128300
63 61 3 15 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 461650
64 57 31 7 DRIVEWAY culpriit 94000
65 65 29 9 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 110550
66 71 66 2 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 12600
67 67 1 40 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1011150
68 66 1 25 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1098300
69 69 14 16 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 246750
70 NEW 70 1 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammar 6000

71 68 1 23 TRUE FEELING Galantis 993350
72 NEW 72 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 5600
73 70 10 18 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 313800
74 NEW 74 1 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 5200
75 NEW 75 1 RUT The Killers 5000

DROP OUTS
51 25 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 141750
60 49 7 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 66400
64 16 7 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 113500
72 72 4 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 22200
73 39 4 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 47000
74 74 1 MIAMI (PARROT AND COCKER TOO MIX) Baxter Dury 5200
75 75 1 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard 5000

10th December 2017

It’s Sufjan Stevens at 1, getting his first chart-topper at long last over a decade since debuting (and me buying his Illinois album). I was listening to this gorgeous low-key classy ballad as I drove in London traffic heading home with snow gently falling. How very Christmassy! Almost Driving Home For Christmas (Hi Chris Rea yet again in my top 40), except for I’m flying to the Canaries tomorrow morning. An actual new Christmas song pops in for Gwen Stefani, helped by Blake Shelton, and a good jolly effort it is, giving Gwen 20 years of chart entries, no doubt about it!

Another Xmas classic returns 44 years on – Wizzard’s annual festive hit doesn’t usually chart due to over-familiarity. I was insanely mad on it in 1973, had the picture sleeve vinyl and Roy Wood was coming off 4 consecutive number ones in my chart, plus some pre-fating Wizzard, as was my teen hero aged 15/16. I got to see him in Basingstoke on Tuesday, probably 20 years on since I last saw. He can still put on a good show, even if he needs a hand with the song order these days. I’ve used that as an excuse to allow a quirky track that played as I walked into The Anvil venue, one off Boulders his first album that I played rather a lot.

Highest new entry, though, is another RPO classic combo, this time Aretha Franklin gets the treatment with her brilliant Stevie Wonder cover from 1974 – it very much underperformed in my charts in the January/February as Wizzard dropped down my charts from the top. Roy Wood knocked himself off the top, with solo hit song Forever, that never gets played these days – not even by Roy in concert.

Big climbs for Tame Impala, back in the top 10, and ditto Fall Out Boy. Finally, a debut for Ian Dury’s boy, so, Reasons To Be Cheerful there.

1 3 1 6 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 612000
2 2 1 3 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 400000
3 1 2 6 AMEN The Fizz 625000
4 7 4 6 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 281900
5 6 5 4 PHASES Alma & French Montana 152400
6 NEW 6 1 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philaharmonic Orchestra 55000
7 20 7 4 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 98400
8 15 8 4 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 116000
9 45 9 3 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 63200
10 8 8 5 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 193500

11 5 5 3 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 139000
12 12 12 14 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 272500
13 9 1 9 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 615500
14 11 1 15 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 984000
15 10 10 4 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 97400
16 19 16 4 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 84000
17 16 3 9 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 417000
18 21 18 4 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 77450
19 27 17 6 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 113900
20 17 3 11 READY TO GO Hurts 551000

21 4 4 18 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 410750
22 23 22 3 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 45150
23 14 1 11 WAIT UP Hurts 731250
24 13 1 4 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 281000
25 28 25 3 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 54450
26 26 15 5 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 108500
27 25 18 7 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 144150
28 29 28 4 GUILTY Paloma Faith 58600
29 30 29 2 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 36200
30 18 1 14 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 878650

31 31 7 7 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 232800
32 22 1 11 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 852300
33 33 17 6 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 116050
34 NEW 34 1 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 17600
35 24 24 5 GO BANG PNAU 77600
36 37 36 5 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 73200
37 75 37 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 22300
38 34 34 4 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 58600
39 42 34 8 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 114450
40 40 40 5 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 52200

41 41 10 9 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 214750
42 38 1 14 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 901150
43 36 4 10 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 327600
44 60 44 2 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 23250
45 35 35 4 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 60000
46 39 39 5 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 57950
47 48 47 3 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 36050
48 50 48 3 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 45300
49 44 6 17 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 441500
50 43 12 14 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 244350

51 32 25 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 141750
52 46 8 12 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 308700
53 53 53 5 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 44600
54 51 22 7 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 110100
55 55 1 23 DREAMS Grace Slick 688300
56 56 30 9 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 120900
57 54 31 6 DRIVEWAY culpriit 86900
58 NEW 58 1 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 10200
59 65 59 3 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 22100
60 49 49 7 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 66400

61 57 3 14 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 454450
62 70 62 3 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 19200
63 74 63 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 12400
64 59 16 7 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 113500
65 62 29 8 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 103550
66 66 1 24 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1091900
67 67 1 39 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1004550
68 63 1 22 TRUE FEELING Galantis 987550
69 69 14 15 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 240550
70 64 10 17 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 308400

71 NEW 71 1 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 5800
72 72 72 4 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 22200
73 RE 39 4 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 47000
74 NEW 74 1 MIAMI (PARROT AND COCKER TOO MIX) Baxter Dury 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard 5000

DROP OUTS
47 20 8 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 142900
52 52 4 LET YOU DOWN NF 32700
58 50 3 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 33000
61 29 4 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 57000
68 19 10 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 149000
71 10 13 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 202950
73 3 17 DRINK UP Train 648900

2nd December 2017

It’s a first week on top for the fab Amen, (Bucks) Fizz’ best record since Heart Of Stone or New Beginnings, possibly since My Camera Never Lies! It’s either their first number one (for the new bloke and the band under that name) or their 6th (for Cheryl and Mike) or a 5th (for Jay). Whatever, it’s been a gap of 31 years between chart-toppers with new material, so that’s pretty much up there with the longest gaps.

David Cassidy drops to 2 with his classic 1972 UK chart-topper, but climbs to 5 with his 1973 gorgeous I’m A Clown, which peaked at 3 originally for me. Another late fave, Glen Campbell hits 4 with his version of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now. Glen’s version is my fave version, though I love others too. I was 13 when I first loved it. I was 14 when I first loved Steely Dan’s Do It Again, and 13 when I loved The Partridge Family’s I Think I Love You. All my teen faves dying is so sad.

Cola is top 10, better late than never, Craig David & Bastille jointly outdo their recent solo stuff for me, on a track that I shouldn’t have liked on paper, but actually do! Best thing either has done in quite a while. Pet Shop Boys are in yet again, this time with a track I didn’t know off their recharting Fundamental unreleased or obscure tracks, Fugitive at 30. Clean Bandit and Tame Impala have big climbs, Nick Jonas is back, one of the few new entries that is actually new, and 2 Xmas oldies sneak in as the tinsel appears everywhere!

1 3 2 5 AMEN The Fizz 540000
2 1 1 2 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 285000
3 2 2 5 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 442000
4 13 4 17 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 391000
5 10 5 2 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 102000
6 20 6 3 PHASES Alma & French Montana 92400
7 4 4 5 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 216900
8 8 8 4 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 151500
9 6 1 8 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 583500
10 19 10 3 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 70400

11 7 1 14 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 955000
12 16 12 13 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 237500
13 5 1 3 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 262000
14 9 1 10 WAIT UP Hurts 712000
15 18 15 3 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 68000
16 11 3 8 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 394000
17 12 3 10 READY TO GO Hurts 531000
18 14 1 13 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 860650
19 23 19 3 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 59000
20 28 20 3 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 48400

21 29 21 3 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 55450
22 17 1 10 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 834500
23 68 23 2 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 25650
24 33 24 4 GO BANG PNAU 60100
25 24 18 6 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 125750
26 22 15 4 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 90000
27 26 17 5 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 92900
28 36 28 2 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 35700
29 39 29 3 GUILTY Paloma Faith 40300
30 NEW 30 1 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 18000

31 15 7 6 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 214900
32 25 25 8 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 130000
33 31 17 5 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 98350
34 38 34 3 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 41400
35 40 35 3 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 47000
36 27 4 9 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 314100
37 41 37 4 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 55800
38 32 1 13 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 887400
39 RE 39 4 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 45200
40 65 40 4 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 35200

41 30 10 8 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 200750
42 34 34 7 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 97350
43 35 12 13 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 232350
44 44 6 16 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 429400
45 74 45 2 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 18200
46 37 8 11 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 297200
47 21 20 8 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 142900
48 53 48 2 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 23550
49 49 49 6 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 56400
50 54 50 2 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 33000

51 46 22 6 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 99100
52 58 52 4 LET YOU DOWN NF 32700
53 59 53 4 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 33350
54 47 31 5 DRIVEWAY culpriit 76500
55 55 1 22 DREAMS Grace Slick 677500
56 45 30 8 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 110300
57 48 3 13 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 446950
58 50 50 3 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 33000
59 42 16 6 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 106400
60 NEW 60 1 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 10000

61 43 29 4 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 57000
62 57 29 7 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 96550
63 61 1 21 TRUE FEELING Galantis 981150
64 RE 10 16 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 302400
65 75 65 2 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 12000
66 66 1 23 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1085100
67 67 1 38 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 997950
68 64 19 10 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 149000
69 69 14 14 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 234350
70 71 70 2 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 11800

71 51 10 13 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 202950
72 72 72 3 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 16600
73 56 3 17 DRINK UP Train 648900
74 NEW 74 1 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 5000

DROP OUTS
52 35 4 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 63500
60 9 11 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 249300
62 44 4 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 44150
63 13 12 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 230100
70 46 5 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 52800
73 73 2 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 10600

26th November 2017

It’s the sadly late David Cassidy belatedly topping my chart 45 years on with his best record, the fab version of The Young Rascals How Can I Be Sure topped the UK chart but was more modestly appreciated by me at the time. By 1987 I had loved it enough to top it in a live version, but the original remains the best and it was one of my “broken-heart turn to” tracks in the noughties, guaranteed to cry bucketloads to it. I loved The Partridge Family records as 13-year-old, and this track sums up his teen appeal to the girls: sensitive boy-next-door just looking for the right one. Teens couldn’t resist. In at 10, I’m A Clown is his other best solo record, with a sprinkling of others lower down the chart, though not I Think I Love You and his other 4 chart-toppers in my charts as they have had great chart runs already.

That’s bad news for Sufjan Stevens stuck at 2 again behind an oldie, but there are big climbs into the 20 for Cola and Phases. Fall Out Boy also bound into the 30, and Paloma Faith the 40, while U2 out-peak the previous single in one week on the chart already. Craig David’s chart revival has left me feeling unmoved until this joint Bastille record. Neither of them have been what you call chart fave regulars for me (though Craig has topped my chart), but I was persuaded by the Friday TV spot when his response to a nasty prank involving a fake mean-spirited granny was just so admirable. A man you can trust your granny with!

1 NEW 1 1 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 170000
2 2 2 4 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 357000
3 6 2 4 AMEN The Fizz 370000
4 4 4 4 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 166900
5 1 1 2 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 230000
6 3 1 7 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 538500
7 8 1 13 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 918000
8 10 8 3 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 103500
9 9 1 9 WAIT UP Hurts 683000
10 NEW 10 1 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 42000

11 5 3 7 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 369000
12 12 3 9 READY TO GO Hurts 508000
13 13 13 16 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 326000
14 14 1 12 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 838650
15 7 7 5 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 197000
16 23 16 12 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 202500
17 11 1 9 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 815000
18 24 18 2 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 41000
19 62 19 2 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 28400
20 36 23 2 PHASES Alma & French Montana 37400

21 22 20 7 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 130400
22 15 15 3 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 71500
23 25 23 2 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 38000
24 18 18 5 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 107000
25 26 25 7 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 112200
26 17 17 4 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 74500
27 16 4 8 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 296700
28 59 28 2 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 28400
29 35 29 2 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 35700
30 19 10 7 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 186750

31 20 17 4 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 80650
32 27 1 12 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 870200
33 40 33 3 GO BANG PNAU 41100
34 34 34 6 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 83600
35 21 12 12 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 218850
36 NEW 36 1 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 17400
37 30 8 10 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 284450
38 67 38 2 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 23800
39 75 39 2 GUILTY Paloma Faith 22100
40 47 40 2 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 29500

41 45 41 3 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 38500
42 28 16 5 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 96300
43 29 29 3 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 49500
44 33 6 15 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 416150
45 39 30 7 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 99700
46 32 22 5 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 87350
47 38 31 4 DRIVEWAY culpriit 65500
48 41 3 12 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 436550
49 50 49 5 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 44300
50 55 50 2 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 22800

51 31 10 12 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 197150
52 37 35 4 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 63500
53 NEW 53 1 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 11250
54 NEW 54 1 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 11000
55 54 1 21 DREAMS Grace Slick 666700
56 48 3 16 DRINK UP Train 643500
57 53 29 6 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 89150
58 71 58 3 LET YOU DOWN NF 21200
59 69 59 3 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 22100
60 42 9 11 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 249300

61 52 1 20 TRUE FEELING Galantis 973950
62 44 44 4 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 44150
63 43 13 12 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 230100
64 56 19 9 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 142600
65 72 65 3 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 18200
66 61 1 22 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1078300
67 66 1 37 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 991350
68 NEW 68 1 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 6400
69 46 14 13 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 228150
70 51 46 5 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 52800

71 NEW 71 1 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 5800
72 73 72 2 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 11000
73 74 73 2 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 10600
74 NEW 74 1 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 5000

DROP OUTS
49 27 10 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125300
57 1 18 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 874000
58 19 7 WORD UP The BossHoss 119850
60 34 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 69950
63 63 3 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 19900
64 10 8 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 187000
65 10 15 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 295300
68 6 13 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 320350
70 59 4 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 29700

19th November 2017

It’s straight in at 1 for OMD’s best record, Maid Of Orleans peaked at 2 in my charts in 1982, but was still the star moment at the concert last week, so following a sort-of request to include it (Hi Simon!) it’s overdue getting to number one, as Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark make it an 8th time on top. It’s about Joan Of Arc, that old pop song cliche subject matter that everyone writes about all the time…

That means Sufjan Stevens gorgeous and touching gentle movie song is at 2 for now, as by contrast the exciting Written By Wolves packs it up to 4 and Led Zep’s hard rocking Immigrant Song is up to 7 – just behind The Fizz. I do enjoy being perverse in my music tastes laugh.gif Golden Slumbers is in twice – Elbow’s new cover, and advert song, pops in, but the short and very sweet original Abbey Road track is in at 24 – The final short track of the trilogy (really they are a medley) The End, entered my chart earlier in the year, so that only leaves Carry that Weight to go. As itunes doesn’t sell them together though, they don’t qualify, but The Beatles Golden Slumbers does as it has also made the UK sales chart.

Alma’s back, going through Phases as she pushes herself out the 40, Pnau shoot up into the 40 for the second time this year, followed closely by a subtle remix of the new Empire Of The Sun – Pnau’s partner-act, really – which I prefer to the single mix. Speaking of new mixes, or new versions, Yazoo are back again with a delicious 2017 version of Only You which should push it over a “million” in my sales soon – 1982 rules this week! – which slows it down and removes the blippety-blop synths which detract from the quality of the song.

Another Roy O track enters from his new album. Most of the classic oldies have already had good chart runs, but Blue Angel is a doo-wop 50’s styled delight that I’ve never really noticed before, but sounds quite lush with the LSO on hand. Katie Melua is back, well over a decade into her chart career, with Sting’s golden fields oldie, Fall Out Boy and Paloma Faith pop back fairly quickly with new ones, and an old Kate Bush album track, and Jeff Lynne’s live version of his 1980 chart-topper (minus luvverly Livvie) sneaks in.

1 NEW 1 1 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 170000
2 3 2 3 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 242000
3 1 1 6 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 483500
4 26 4 3 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 101900
5 4 3 6 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 332000
6 2 2 3 AMEN The Fizz 285000
7 11 7 4 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 170000
8 7 1 12 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 868000
9 5 1 8 WAIT UP Hurts 638000
10 43 10 2 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 55500

11 6 1 8 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 792000
12 8 3 8 READY TO GO Hurts 473000
13 15 13 15 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 294000
14 9 1 11 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 809650
15 16 15 2 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 52000
16 14 4 7 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 278300
17 21 17 3 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 56000
18 18 18 4 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 88000
19 13 10 6 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 168750
20 17 17 3 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 62750

21 12 12 11 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 201350
22 23 20 6 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 110650
23 25 23 11 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 177500
24 NEW 24 1 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 19000
25 NEW 25 1 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 18750
26 36 26 6 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 93450
27 24 1 11 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 852400
28 20 16 4 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 82550
29 32 29 2 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 36000
30 19 8 9 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 267150

31 10 10 11 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 185400
32 22 22 4 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 74600
33 33 6 14 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 402900
34 34 34 5 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 66000
35 NEW 35 1 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17500
36 NEW 36 1 PHASES Alma & French Montana 17400
37 35 35 3 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 52000
38 31 31 3 DRIVEWAY culpriit 53000
39 30 30 6 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 86700
40 68 40 2 GO BANG PNAU 23400

41 28 3 11 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 424250
42 29 9 10 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 239300
43 38 13 11 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 222900
44 47 44 3 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 36750
45 52 45 2 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 24500
46 37 14 12 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 221950
47 NEW 47 1 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 12500
48 39 3 15 DRINK UP Train 632900
49 27 27 10 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125300
50 62 50 4 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 32200

51 46 46 4 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 46800
52 49 1 19 TRUE FEELING Galantis 966450
53 41 29 5 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 78750
54 55 1 20 DREAMS Grace Slick 655900
55 NEW 55 1 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 10800
56 40 19 8 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 135500
57 50 1 18 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 874000
58 44 19 7 WORD UP The BossHoss 119850
59 NEW 59 1 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 10100
60 42 34 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 69950

61 57 1 21 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1071500
62 NEW 62 1 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 7400
63 64 63 3 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 19900
64 45 10 8 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 187000
65 58 10 15 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 295300
66 65 1 36 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 984750
67 NEW 67 1 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 6600
68 61 6 13 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 320350
69 71 69 2 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 12000
70 59 59 4 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 29700

71 74 71 2 LET YOU DOWN NF 11000
72 72 72 2 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 11200
73 NEW 73 1 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 5400
74 NEW 74 1 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 5200
75 NEW 75 1 GUILTY Paloma Faith 5000

DROP OUTS
48 30 6 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 90300
51 39 3 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 41600
53 37 5 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 55750
54 8 14 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 315350
56 33 8 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 86300
60 60 2 PART X1V Prequell featuring Rae Morris 20000
63 10 13 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 261600
66 44 8 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 66050
67 67 2 SPACE AGE LOVE SONG A Flock Of Seagulls 11600
69 12 11 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 248200
70 1 22 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 829900
73 7 14 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 311250
75 75 1 TAKE ME HOME Delta Goodrem 5000

5th November 2017

It’s Tears For Fears shooting up to 1, the melody finally got through to me today, fab and Roland & Curt’s 4th chart-topper, Mad World, Everybody Wants To Rule The World (3 times) and Sowing The Seeds Of Love being the others. That’s bad news for Bucks Fizz who were out of nowhere and the highest new entry – OK, The Fizz if we want to be picky – in at 2 with the great 80’s pop sound of Amen, fighting for their 6th chart-topper a whole 31 years since the last one, and 29 years since they last made the top 10. Who woulda thought it!?

I do like stats. Led Zep make the top 10 for the 3rd time, all of them long after they stopped existing at a recording unit, Whole Lotta Love hit 10 in 1997, Stairway To heaven topped my chart in 2007, and very neatly Immigrant Song makes it a satisfying decade later for a number 8. 2027 for the next one? How about a stat like…ooh, Sufjan Stevens has had just the one chart entry, Chicago in 2006 which peaked at 10 – well he equals that right off the bat 11 years on with a movie theme tune, the lovely Mystery Of Love. Number 10 next in 2028?

RUFUS is the highest newish act at 21, while Written By Wolves bring some more rock into the chart, culpriit revisit Nu-Shuz I Can’t Wait as a backdrop and nick another melody for a fab pop record, while Rita Ora is back after a gap – most of her recent hits have left me unimpressed, but this one has a proper hook in amongst the obligatory 2017 squiggly computer noises. Meanwhile, actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg enters at 54 with a very credible dance track, debuting at the age of 46, and may well be the longest wait ever between pop stars having a hit (naughty Je Ta’ime..Moi Non Plus topped my charts in January 1975 for her parents Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin) and a daughter entering my charts. She was 4 at the time. There’s still time for Sean Lennon to take that record – his parents topped my chart in 1969, just before Charlotte’s topped the UK chart.

1 14 1 4 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 228500
2 NEW 2 1 AMEN The Fizz 115000
3 1 1 6 WAIT UP Hurts 533000
4 4 1 6 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 700000
5 2 1 9 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 735650
6 3 3 4 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 207000
7 5 3 6 READY TO GO Hurts 390000
8 12 8 2 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 83000
9 7 1 10 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 770000
10 NEW 10 1 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 42000

11 6 4 5 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 224300
12 8 8 7 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 228150
13 10 10 4 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 115750
14 16 14 8 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 146600
15 15 15 13 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 235000
16 23 16 2 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 44250
17 11 1 9 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 815000
18 18 18 2 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 44000
19 9 9 8 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 207350
20 20 20 4 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 71900

21 NEW 21 1 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 19750
22 32 22 2 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 37300
23 13 3 9 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 391950
24 21 6 12 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 367500
25 25 25 9 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 139500
26 17 3 13 DRINK UP Train 603500
27 NEW 27 1 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 18400
28 19 19 6 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 107900
29 29 29 3 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 53500
30 22 14 10 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 191900

31 NEW 31 1 DRIVEWAY culpriit 17900
32 24 13 9 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 192200
33 37 33 4 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 51600
34 34 34 3 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 46200
35 26 10 6 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 166900
36 38 36 4 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 57550
37 50 37 4 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 44500
38 NEW 38 1 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 17200
39 46 39 2 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 29850
40 27 19 5 WORD UP The BossHoss 96400

41 30 30 5 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 78000
42 28 8 13 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 304350
43 33 33 7 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 75700
44 NEW 44 1 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 13250
45 54 45 3 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 30800
46 31 10 12 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 254400
47 39 1 16 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 851600
48 42 1 17 TRUE FEELING Galantis 942850
49 58 49 2 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 22300
50 44 44 7 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 59250

51 35 12 10 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 242000
52 45 6 11 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 306450
53 51 1 18 DREAMS Grace Slick 634100
54 NEW 54 1 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 11000
55 55 1 19 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1053600
56 40 4 14 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 532050
57 36 36 5 KAAMOS Tom Fall 66750
58 48 48 3 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 28900
59 41 7 13 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 305850
60 NEW 60 1 PART X1V Prequell featuring Rae Morris 10000

61 49 10 13 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 278100
62 56 56 3 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 28100
63 65 63 3 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 21200
64 63 1 34 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 971950
65 67 65 2 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 13600
66 70 66 2 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 12800
67 60 60 6 HEROES David Bowie 44800
68 43 18 9 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 163650
69 68 1 21 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 823900
70 47 14 8 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 149100

71 53 19 15 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 226300
72 NEW 72 1 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 5600
73 52 27 10 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 148200
74 59 9 13 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 259600
75 NEW 75 1 SPACE AGE LOVE SONG A Flock Of Seagulls 5000

DROP OUTS
57 35 4 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 58000
61 8 20 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 404600
62 8 15 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 364750
64 13 11 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 221550
66 50 6 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 51000
69 33 9 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 125300
71 71 2 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 11600
72 72 4 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 21600
73 73 2 FAITH George Michael 10800
74 53 5 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 39550
75 8 16 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 381200

29th October 2017

Even later than usual this week, life is so manic I barely have time to breathe. Anyway Hurts get a second chart-topper in 3 weeks with the lovely sultry Wait Up, it’s their 4th in total. Pet Shop Boys, the other prolific duo in my chart, go to 3 with the tropical laid-back gorgeousness of Between Two Islands. The tracks they didn’t put on the Release album would have made a much more satisfying (if very varied) album than the actual sparse laid-back album itself.

Another duo have a big climb – Tears For Fears get a first top 20 hit with new material in 12 years, and stretch over 35 years. Highest new entry is a debut for classic album track Immigrant Song, Led Zep’s banger that has never been a single, but is now featured strongly in Thor: Ragnarok to great effect and now belatedly charts here for a rare Led Zep single entry (they didn’t release singles so they never qualified until I changed my rules). Marlon Roudette is back with another goodie, at 18, and Noel Gallagher pushes out his kid brother from my chart with his Mott The Hoople-ish glamstomper (It’s very The Golden Age Of Rock ‘n’ Roll crossed with Rocky Martin’s She Bangs).

Matt maltese debuts with a haunting track, as does Rex Orange County with a sweet one, and Elkie Brooks returns with another 2017 entry and 40 years on from Sunshine After The Rain going top 10.

1 2 1 5 WAIT UP Hurts 448000
2 1 1 8 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 676650
3 10 3 3 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 152000
4 3 1 5 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 635000
5 5 3 5 READY TO GO Hurts 340000
6 4 4 4 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 187300
7 7 1 9 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 725000
8 8 8 6 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 193150
9 9 9 7 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 186350
10 18 10 3 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 83750

11 6 1 8 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 792000
12 NEW 12 1 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 35000
13 12 3 8 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 372700
14 40 14 3 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 58500
15 17 15 12 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 208000
16 24 16 7 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 117600
17 13 3 12 DRINK UP Train 585000
18 NEW 18 1 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 22000
19 20 19 5 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 89700
20 27 20 3 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 51900

21 11 6 11 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 348500
22 22 14 9 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 173900
23 NEW 23 1 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 19250
24 16 13 8 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 174400
25 25 25 8 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 120750
26 14 10 5 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 149400
27 19 19 4 WORD UP The BossHoss 79400
28 15 8 12 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 290600
29 39 29 2 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 35300
30 30 30 4 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 64000

31 21 10 11 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 241650
32 NEW 32 1 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 17800
33 36 33 6 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 62200
34 54 34 2 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 28600
35 26 12 9 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 230250
36 37 36 4 KAAMOS Tom Fall 56350
37 57 37 3 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 33900
38 46 38 3 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 40150
39 31 1 15 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 839100
40 28 4 13 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 521450

41 29 7 12 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 295750
42 34 1 16 TRUE FEELING Galantis 930650
43 23 18 8 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 157250
44 56 44 6 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 47250
45 33 6 10 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 294950
46 NEW 46 1 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 12750
47 32 14 7 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 143100
48 68 48 2 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 18700
49 41 10 12 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 270600
50 60 50 3 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 27200

51 49 1 17 DREAMS Grace Slick 622850
52 38 27 9 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 142800
53 47 19 14 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 220500
54 66 54 2 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 17800
55 55 1 18 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1042800
56 59 56 2 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 20700
57 35 35 4 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 58000
58 NEW 58 1 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 10200
59 44 9 12 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 254400
60 62 60 5 HEROES David Bowie 38200

61 45 8 20 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 404600
62 51 8 15 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 364750
63 63 1 33 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 964850
64 42 13 11 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 221550
65 65 65 2 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 14000
66 50 50 6 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 51000
67 NEW 67 1 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 6600
68 67 1 20 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 817700
69 43 33 9 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 125300
70 NEW 70 1 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 6000

71 71 71 2 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 11600
72 72 72 4 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 21600
73 73 73 2 FAITH George Michael 10800
74 53 53 5 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 39550
75 58 8 16 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 381200

DROP OUTS
48 37 8 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 92700
52 38 3 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 41200
61 33 8 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 91550
64 42 7 CHASING HIGHS Alma 63650
69 69 3 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 17600
70 38 6 TENSION CENTVRIES 73000
74 74 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 10200
75 75 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 5000

22nd October 2017

Evangeline finally gets on top, holding off another Hurts challenger, the soulful Wait Up. My Kingdom was entered into Buzzjack Song Contest 98 and failed to make the final. I wasn’t in that semi, sadly, cos I don’t know what substances everyone was one to ignore this brilliant track, the sexiest track of the year – that’s sexy tingly passion not rapper “sexy” sweary-naughty-words which are not remotely sexy or passionate. This one builds, a great melody, a convincing vocal to match the tastefully passionate lyrics, and then that driving beat getting louder with rising passions right through to the “drop” as I believe the youngsters call it, and frenzied electrobeats. Perfectly constructed. Obviously all too young to know what it’s about laugh.gif

Sparks shoot up into the top 10 with Edith Piaf. That’s the song, not a duet with a French ghost chanteuse. That gives the boys 43 years of top 10’s and around about a dozen at least to date, I reckon, probably more, with another cantering a bit lower with the Macbeths, reality TV stylee. Class! Pet Shop Boys get another top 10 with a non-charted oldie, we are really closing in on 70 or 80 top 10’s for that UK duo, the biggest by far outpacing the US nearest version – Sparks.

There’s a load of new entries following the George Michael TV show (which I haven’t seen yet) as they all charted in the sales chart, so they may yet go up when I watch it. Another UK duo are also back – it’s OMD, and I think they may must be the 2nd biggest duo in my charts of all-time. Can’t think of any other that would rival, barring Erasure, but OMD have 5 years start on them.

1 2 1 7 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 561650
2 3 2 4 WAIT UP Hurts 278000
3 1 1 4 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 570000
4 7 4 3 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 132300
5 5 3 4 READY TO GO Hurts 280000
6 4 1 7 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 755000
7 6 1 8 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 675000
8 11 8 5 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 145150
9 27 9 6 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 141350
10 16 10 2 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 67000

11 9 6 10 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 328750
12 12 3 7 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 340700
13 15 3 11 DRINK UP Train 562000
14 10 10 4 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 130900
15 8 8 11 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 272300
16 13 13 7 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 155400
17 22 17 11 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 181000
18 21 18 2 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 41750
19 19 19 3 WORD UP The BossHoss 61000
20 20 20 4 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 68700

21 17 10 10 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 223750
22 14 14 8 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 154400
23 18 18 7 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 143750
24 24 24 6 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 92600
25 35 25 7 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 102000
26 26 12 8 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 212750
27 43 27 2 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 31900
28 25 4 12 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 504450
29 23 7 11 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 281750
30 40 30 3 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 46000

31 28 1 14 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 822000
32 32 14 6 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 130600
33 30 6 9 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 281950
34 31 1 15 TRUE FEELING Galantis 916900
35 39 35 3 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 47600
36 61 36 5 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 44500
37 53 37 3 KAAMOS Tom Fall 38950
38 29 27 8 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 131300
39 NEW 39 1 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 17100
40 47 40 2 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 29500

41 44 10 11 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 258500
42 34 13 10 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 214450
43 33 33 8 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 119100
44 41 9 11 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 244300
45 36 8 19 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 397100
46 58 46 2 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 22950
47 45 19 13 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 209250
48 37 37 8 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 92700
49 49 1 16 DREAMS Grace Slick 611100
50 54 50 5 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 44200

51 46 8 14 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 357350
52 38 38 3 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 41200
53 59 53 4 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 34350
54 NEW 54 1 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 11000
55 55 1 17 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1032000
56 62 56 5 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 34000
57 69 57 2 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 16600
58 51 8 15 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 376200
59 NEW 59 1 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 10100
60 74 60 2 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 15200

61 42 33 8 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 91550
62 65 62 4 HEROES David Bowie 28200
63 63 1 32 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 957650
64 48 42 7 CHASING HIGHS Alma 63650
65 NEW 65 1 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 7000
66 NEW 66 1 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 6800
67 66 1 19 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 811300
68 NEW 68 1 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 6400
69 70 69 3 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 17600
70 50 38 6 TENSION CENTVRIES 73000

71 NEW 71 1 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 5800
72 73 72 3 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 16000
73 NEW 73 1 FAITH George Michael 5400
74 75 74 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 10200
75 NEW 75 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 5000

DROP OUTS
52 27 10 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 134900
56 19 9 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 137950
57 22 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 117000
60 1 10 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 746550
64 64 2 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 13100
67 8 11 DARTH VADER Dragonette 233250
68 60 3 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 23400
71 71 2 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 10800
72 48 2 MASTERPIECE NONONO 17900

15th October 2017

3 weeks for Hurts on top, as they challenge themselves with the soulful Wait Up up to 3, and a massive leap for Burak Yeter up 30 spots to 7. Hurts new album has peaked at 21 in the UK chart which is ludicrously low for such a great band. Two Pet Shop Boys from the recharting extended Release CD set, both I already knew but hadn’t charted before, dating from 2002-4-ish. The album excluded any (much better) tracks that didn’t fit into the mood, including these two gems, one latin-tinged, one banger singalong.

Two new revamped tracks a la Elvis for Roy Orbison gives us 2 late lamented Traveling Wilburys in the chart, as well as the band itself. Love Hurts has been much-covered over the years (Nazereth and Jim Capaldi for two hit versions, for a start) so about time Roy charted his original. Chaka Khan gets a credit, which allows me to claim her charting in my charts for 43 years, starting with Rufus’ Tell Me Something Good in 1974.

1 1 1 3 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 485000
2 2 2 6 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 391650
3 6 3 3 WAIT UP Hurts 163000
4 4 1 6 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 700000
5 3 3 3 READY TO GO Hurts 220000
6 5 1 7 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 625000
7 37 7 2 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 67300
8 9 8 10 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 245300
9 7 6 9 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 291750
10 10 10 3 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 101900

11 12 11 4 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 97150
12 8 3 6 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 305700
13 14 13 6 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 130400
14 15 14 7 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 134900
15 11 3 10 DRINK UP Train 530000
16 NEW 16 1 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 25000
17 13 10 9 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 204000
18 18 18 6 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 124500
19 24 19 2 WORD UP The BossHoss 40000
20 26 20 3 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 48700

21 NEW 21 1 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 19750
22 28 22 10 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 158000
23 16 7 10 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 263550
24 29 24 5 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 73600
25 17 4 11 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 486150
26 23 12 7 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 194250
27 19 19 5 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 96350
28 25 1 13 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 804100
29 32 27 7 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 114100
30 30 6 8 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 264250

31 27 1 14 TRUE FEELING Galantis 899300
32 20 14 5 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 112800
33 34 33 7 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 105600
34 21 13 9 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 200700
35 40 35 6 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 83250
36 22 8 18 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 384100
37 39 37 7 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 80400
38 47 38 2 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 29700
39 45 39 2 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 30100
40 54 40 2 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 28000

41 31 9 10 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 233050
42 33 33 7 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 84050
43 NEW 43 1 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 13500
44 35 10 10 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 244500
45 36 19 12 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 196750
46 38 8 13 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 345600
47 NEW 47 1 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 12500
48 42 42 6 CHASING HIGHS Alma 56550
49 49 1 15 DREAMS Grace Slick 599000
50 41 38 5 TENSION CENTVRIES 67000

51 43 8 14 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 366000
52 50 27 10 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 134900
53 57 53 2 KAAMOS Tom Fall 21650
54 58 54 4 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 32200
55 53 1 16 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1021200
56 44 19 9 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 137950
57 46 22 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 117000
58 NEW 58 1 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 10200
59 67 59 3 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 23100
60 51 1 10 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 746550

61 63 61 4 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 27100
62 71 62 4 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 23400
63 62 1 31 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 950450
64 70 64 2 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 13100
65 65 65 3 HEROES David Bowie 20800
66 64 1 18 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 804700
67 56 8 11 DARTH VADER Dragonette 233250
68 60 60 3 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 23400
69 NEW 69 1 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 6200
70 73 70 2 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 11400

71 RE 71 2 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 10800
72 48 48 2 MASTERPIECE NONONO 17900
73 75 73 2 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 10400
74 NEW 74 1 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 5000

DROP OUTS
52 26 6 MERMAID Skott 81450
55 20 6 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 100750
59 4 13 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 509850
61 40 8 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 98100
66 53 5 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 40250
68 36 6 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 77350
69 69 2 DOWN Andrew Belle 12200
72 8 14 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 322150
74 37 6 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 65800

 

8th October 2017

It’s 2 weeks weeks on top for the fabulous almost-festive singalong ballad from Hurts (MUST be a December single surely!?), followed closely by the fab Evangeline pumping dance single, My Kingdom. Hurts hold at 3, and rise to 6 with the Prince-flavoured Wait Up for half of the top 6! Two dance bangers enter the top 10, and Sophie Tucker hits 12, sorry I mean Sofi Tukker. Force of habit for old folk.

In at 24, highest new entry is the 2004 track featured in the new Kingsman film to great effect – Cameo’s Word Up done hillbilly style by a German country covers band, The BossHoss. Fun! P!nk leapfrogs herself as Beautiful Trauma jaunts into the 30, and Burak Yeter & Ryan Ribak enter into the 40. Following the sad death of Tom Petty there are a sprinkling of Wilburys and Heartbreakers tracks entering. It was 40 years ago that Tom debuted in my chart, so it’s nice to see a selection back for a nice bloke.

Morrissey is also back 34 years on from This Charming Man, and it’s a good offering too, while Motiv8 and Angie Brown finally get a second week on my chart – 23 years after peaking at 75. Maybe I was out the country at the time, or maybe I was getting fed up with jaunty piano house tunes dominating the charts, but it’s decent and deserved better.

1 1 1 2 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 315000
2 4 2 5 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 276650
3 3 3 2 READY TO GO Hurts 160000
4 2 1 5 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 635000
5 5 1 6 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 570000
6 17 6 2 WAIT UP Hurts 78000
7 7 6 8 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 246750
8 6 3 5 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 270700
9 32 9 9 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 197300
10 31 10 2 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 59900

11 8 3 9 DRINK UP Train 503000
12 25 12 3 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 60150
13 10 10 8 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 181000
14 16 14 5 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 98400
15 15 15 6 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 105900
16 9 7 9 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 244300
17 11 4 10 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 467400
18 18 18 5 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 102500
19 20 19 4 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 77950
20 14 14 4 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 95000

21 13 13 8 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 183100
22 12 8 17 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 366700
23 21 12 6 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 175750
24 NEW 24 1 WORD UP The BossHoss 19000
25 22 1 12 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 785850
26 58 26 2 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 28700
27 19 1 13 TRUE FEELING Galantis 881400
28 30 28 9 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 138500
29 39 29 4 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 54600
30 23 6 7 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 246250

31 24 9 9 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 219050
32 27 27 6 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 95900
33 34 33 6 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 70300
34 37 34 6 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 87900
35 28 10 9 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 231250
36 33 19 11 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 183750
37 NEW 37 1 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 17300
38 29 8 12 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 332850
39 49 39 6 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 63100
40 40 40 5 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 65750

41 38 38 4 TENSION CENTVRIES 55000
42 54 42 5 CHASING HIGHS Alma 44250
43 35 8 13 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 354250
44 36 19 8 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 127350
45 NEW 45 1 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 13000
46 26 22 6 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 106600
47 NEW 47 1 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 12500
48 NEW 48 1 MASTERPIECE NONONO 12300
49 48 1 14 DREAMS Grace Slick 586900
50 41 27 9 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 123400

51 45 1 9 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 736550
52 42 26 6 MERMAID Skott 81450
53 46 1 15 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1010400
54 NEW 54 1 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 11000
55 44 20 6 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 100750
56 52 8 10 DARTH VADER Dragonette 226650
57 NEW 57 1 KAAMOS Tom Fall 10400
58 71 58 3 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 21200
59 50 4 13 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 509850
60 65 60 2 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 17000

61 47 40 8 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 98100
62 61 1 30 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 943250
63 69 63 3 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 19600
64 62 1 17 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 797900
65 66 65 2 HEROES David Bowie 13800
66 53 53 5 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 40250
67 68 67 2 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 13000
68 51 36 6 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 77350
69 70 69 2 DOWN Andrew Belle 12200
70 NEW 70 1 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 6000

71 74 71 3 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 16000
72 55 8 14 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 322150
73 NEW 73 1 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 5400
74 57 37 6 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 65800
75 NEW 75 1 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 5000

DROP OUTS
43 8 8 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 212500
56 14 6 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 133400
59 59 3 THE WOLF SIAMES 22100
60 19 7 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 98800
63 49 7 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 58400
64 64 3 YALLA Inna 19100
67 3 16 THE MAN The Killers 528750
72 48 7 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 68700
73 10 11 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 215250
75 75 1 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 5000

1st October 2017

It’s Hurts in at 1 from nowhere – I hadn’t heard it before today when I checked out the new album, which looks pretty good, but has 2 fab future singles (I hope) and 2 current singles. Magnificent is another showstopping power ballad from the lads, fab and knocks off Footsteps from the top. Here’s hoping they make it the next single (as Pet Shop Boys should have done with Footsteps). In at 3 it’s the single proper, and Ready To Go is the upbeat current Radio 2 playlist single for Hurts. That leaves the Prince-inspired funk of Wait Up in at 17, with a great hook. 3 instant top 20 tracks.

Martin Solveig and Alma have a good climb, into the 20, as Sparks add a top 20 to their 43-year-long list of them. Sofi Tukker, the US duo, have a massive climb into the 30 with an unusual upbeat track, while the highest non-Hurts track to enter is from ARLE, both a district of Cheltenham and a new moody dance banger. P!nk has a quick follow up Beautiful Trauma as her current biggie is yet to drop much, as does Jaira Burns grabbing a quick second entry. Brighton band The RPM’s round out the new stuff.

1 NEW 1 1 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 145000
2 1 1 4 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 570000
3 NEW 3 1 READY TO GO Hurts 75000
4 4 4 4 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 161650
5 2 1 5 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 510000
6 3 3 4 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 222700
7 6 6 7 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 196750
8 5 3 8 DRINK UP Train 466000
9 7 7 8 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 219300
10 10 10 7 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 149050

11 9 4 9 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 444400
12 8 8 16 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 347200
13 15 13 7 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 163350
14 16 14 3 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 75000
15 31 15 5 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 78900
16 20 16 4 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 69400
17 NEW 17 1 WAIT UP Hurts 23000
18 18 18 4 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 80500
19 11 1 12 TRUE FEELING Galantis 863000
20 23 20 3 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 56950

21 12 12 5 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 156500
22 14 1 11 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 767100
23 13 6 6 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 228250
24 19 9 8 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 201150
25 68 25 2 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 25150
26 22 22 5 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 93850
27 29 27 5 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 78100
28 24 10 8 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 213750
29 21 8 11 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 315650
30 33 30 8 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 120200

31 NEW 31 1 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 17900
32 45 14 8 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 152300
33 42 19 10 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 166350
34 43 34 5 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 52600
35 27 8 12 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 339850
36 25 19 7 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 114100
37 39 37 5 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 70300
38 38 38 3 TENSION CENTVRIES 41000
39 48 39 3 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 36400
40 44 40 4 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 48750

41 34 27 8 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 111400
42 26 26 5 MERMAID Skott 79950
43 17 8 8 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 212500
44 28 20 5 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 89950
45 37 1 8 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 724800
46 35 1 14 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 999150
47 40 40 7 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 90600
48 46 1 13 DREAMS Grace Slick 574800
49 53 49 5 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 46000
50 30 4 12 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 499750

51 36 36 5 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 70950
52 50 8 9 DARTH VADER Dragonette 216050
53 62 53 4 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 33450
54 64 54 4 CHASING HIGHS Alma 30500
55 51 8 13 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 316550
56 32 14 6 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 133400
57 41 37 5 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 60600
58 NEW 58 1 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 10200
59 66 59 3 THE WOLF SIAMES 22100
60 52 19 7 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 98800

61 61 1 29 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 935850
62 57 1 16 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 790800
63 49 49 7 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 58400
64 65 64 3 YALLA Inna 19100
65 NEW 65 1 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 7000
66 NEW 66 1 HEROES David Bowie 6800
67 56 3 16 THE MAN The Killers 528750
68 NEW 68 1 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 6400
69 69 69 2 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 12400
70 NEW 70 1 DOWN Andrew Belle 6000

71 74 71 2 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 11000
72 59 48 7 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 68700
73 72 10 11 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 215250
74 75 74 2 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 10200
75 NEW 75 1 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 5000

DROP OUTS
47 7 11 MR SANDMAN Syml 281400
54 5 7 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 259250
55 26 6 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 95850
58 56 6 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 52800
60 49 4 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 46300
63 4 12 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 341200
67 67 2 LOVE IN RUINS Gryffin featuring Sinead Harnett 12400
70 20 10 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 149950
71 71 3 YOU’RE THE BEST THING ABOUT ME U2 16400
73 1 48 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1154100

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My 1990 Charts – May

Florida

I had two holidays here (Florida) that year…

1990 videos included here…


6th May 1990

Yet another new one weeker as Jane Child brings her US hit into the UK charts in a minor way, but as Florida holiday memory it sounded great to me, Don’t Wanna Fall In Love. Adamski and Seal shoot up to 3 with a Killer of a tune, Heart sneak up to 4, and UB40 get 10 years of top 5 entries. Bros’ career is in it’s dying throws, but reach a peak on my charts as the rather decent Madly In Love hits 8, and Faith No More just miss out on the top 10, From Out Of Nowhere.

Dirty Cash enters the top 20, as Kylie prefers the Devil she knows and rockets up to 18 in no time at all, and The Bee Gees have their Bodyguard assist them to 20. Into the 40, Chris Rea drives from Texas, the B52’s Roam on back to re-enter at 31 as their Love Shack falls down to 32, and Beats International cover Norman Cook (how convenient!) and then Won’t Talk About It. How rude!

Highest new entry is Dusty Springfield and the fab Reputation at 46 – not Pet Shop Boys this time, but a good single from a terrific new album. Gloria Estefan, like Dusty, is following up some number ones, and drops by at 48, as it Cuts Both Ways. Marc Almond thinks on The Desperate Hours as he clocks in at 53, for 9 years of chart success, and Phil Collins is on his way to Heaven at 56 for an even longer 9 year run if you count Genesis – then it’ll be 16 years since I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe). Fleetwood Mac are in at 59 with Save Me, and that’ll be 14 years of the classic Mac line-up, or 22 years if you count Albatross. Which I do. At 75, Depeche Mode keep the resurgence strong as Policy Of Truth keeps the run running at 9 years. 1981 was a busy year for new acts….!

1 ( 3 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
2 ( 1 ) VOGUE Madonna
3 ( 28 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
4 ( 5 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
5 ( 7 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
6 ( 2 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
7 ( 9 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
8 ( 34 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
9 ( 4 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
10 ( 6 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair

11 ( 16 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
12 ( 11 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
13 ( 8 ) THE POWER Snap!
14 ( 10 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
15 ( 13 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
16 ( 31 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
17 ( 15 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
18 ( 65 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
19 ( 14 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
20 ( 33 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees

21 ( 12 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
22 ( 17 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
23 ( 20 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
24 ( 19 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
25 ( 22 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
26 ( 49 ) TEXAS Chris Rea
27 ( 18 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
28 ( 39 ) A DREAM’S A DREAM Soul II Soul
29 ( 47 ) TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
30 ( 45 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Sinitta

31 ( RE ) ROAM The B52’s
32 ( 23 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
33 ( 21 ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
34 ( 38 ) ANGEL Eurythmics
35 ( 72 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
36 ( 37 ) LOADED Primal Scream
37 ( 25 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
38 ( 30 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
39 ( 59 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
40 ( 40 ) THE SEX OF IT Kid Creole And The Coconuts

41 ( 27 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
42 ( 32 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
43 ( 62 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
44 ( 41 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
45 ( 54 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER David Grant
46 ( NEW ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
47 ( 60 ) CRADLE OF LOVE Billy Idol
48 ( NEW ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
49 ( 36 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
50 ( 24 ) RAG DOLL Aerosmith

51 ( 35 ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne
52 ( 52 ) BOO HOO HOO Distant Cousins
53 ( NEW ) THE DESPERATE HOURS Marc Almond
54 ( 26 ) CAN’T SET RULES ABOUT LOVE Adam Ant
55 ( 44 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
56 ( NEW ) SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN Phil Collins
57 ( 42 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
58 ( 56 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
59 ( NEW ) SAVE ME Fleetwood Mac
60 ( RE ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton

61 ( 29 ) DON’T MISS THE PARTYLINE Bizz Nizz
62 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( 70 ) WHAT DID I DO FOR YOU Lisa Stansfield
64 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Sydney Youngblood
65 ( NEW ) DIRTY MIND Shakespear’s Sister
66 ( 58 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
67 ( 66 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
68 ( NEW ) BETTER WORLD Rebel MC
69 ( 67 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
70 ( 46 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake

71 ( 71 ) TATTOOED MILLIONAIRE Bruce Dickinson
72 ( 51 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
73 ( 64 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( 74 ) NOVEMBER SPAWNED A MONSTER Morrissey
75 ( NEW ) POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode


At work, I was doing overtime to try and meet deadlines preparing tendering contracts, and that meant surveying parks and gardens, drawing up plans and measuring areas. No pressure no stress…not. Played squash. Lost. The weather continued to be scorching, and we had a work jolly to Bristol for contracts work-stuff conference, where I bumped into John, our ex-team-mate now back in Wales. It was great to see him again, and catch up for long chat over dinner, and to meet the interesting people on the course all preparing for monitoring roles in local government.


I took my mum to see Glen Campbell Live In Concert on Saturday 4th May at Bournemouth Pavilion, as Glen commented the town was swarming with Leeds United drunken rioting fans. Not the welcome he was expecting! Glen was witty and engaging as ever, and in the middle of a career lull really, but he had the back catalogue and nostalgia from me for his fantastic back catalogue from when I was a huge pre-teen fan of his. He promptly went into them all, Wichita Lineman through Rhinestone Cowboy leaving the second half for some obscure country stuff, enlivened by the track that caused his split with Capitol records, Highwayman. Worse, he then did a batch of covers of other peoples songs, even having bagpipes for Mull Of Kintyre (Scottish roots of course). His guitar playing impressed throughout, but his backing band were a bit pedestrian, and his choice of material suspect. I count my blessings I caught him again 15 and 20 years later when he was suffering from alzheimer’s and promoting fantastic new material as well as the re-born classics, it was a very different experience.

Just to be greedy I had another concert: Heart Live at Bournemouth International Centre 5th May 1990 (with Thunder). Bob, Jason and I went into Thunder, who had a classic rock Led Zep/Free groove to them which came over very well, I thought, despite a lack of great songs. “I think they could be big” I opined. Well, they did do well in the 90’s as it turned out, if not quite Big. Heart, sadly were pretty dull for 45 minutes, suffering from the usual pop star curse: “let’s plug the new album and get the audience to pay us to hear it”. If you have a great new album this can be electric, if you have a plodding new album, it tends to be yawnsome. The last half hour had all the big hits, though, so the saving grace was encore tracks Never and What About Love, and great singles Alone, All I Wanna Do and These Dreams. I felt the band were just going through the pedestrian motions though, overall, despite liking the Wilson sisters a lot.


13th May 1990

Killer is on top, Adamski and the very unfairly uncredited Seal – at least until he re-recorded his own (less-good) version. One of the classic tracks of 1990, without doubt, it still sounds fresh and throbbingly exciting, and Seal’s vocals are fantastic. Adamski never really managed a career, but happily Seal had some classic stuff ahead. Shooting up to 3 it’s Chris Rea’s highest charting record, Texas (and one of his very minor hits) which had a widescreen twangy guitar charm for me, though since overtaken in my affections by Tell Me There’s A Heaven and Driving Home For Christmas. The fabulous Ghetto Heaven and even more fabulous Dirty Cash (Money Talks) bot go top 10, and Beats International top 20.

David Grant, Michael Bolton, Billy Idol and Gloria Estefan all make a break for the 40, as the highest new entry is from Sam Brown at 35, back hoping someone will meet her at the Kissing Gate. How very rural, how very sweet. The Pasadenas are also back with a Love Thing at 57, while the even more funky En Vogue debut at 74 with Hold On. That leaves last week’s in concert band Thunder sneaking in with Back Street Symphony at 65, and Betty Boo debuting at 63 with the very fun-tastic Doin’ The Do. Had copyright not been an issue she would have had an extra, more credible, “p” to hang on at the end of the Boo. Betty Boop is still selling, bizarrely, considering the ancient cartoons haven’t been seen in decades anywhere, especially in Universal Studios Theme Parks merchandise.

1 ( 3 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
2 ( 1 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
3 ( 26 ) TEXAS Chris Rea
4 ( 2 ) VOGUE Madonna
5 ( 7 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
6 ( 6 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
7 ( 4 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
8 ( 5 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
9 ( 16 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
10 ( 15 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand

11 ( 8 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
12 ( 18 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
13 ( 13 ) THE POWER Snap!
14 ( 14 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
15 ( 20 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
16 ( 17 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
17 ( 9 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
18 ( 10 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
19 ( 12 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
20 ( 35 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International

21 ( 11 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
22 ( 31 ) ROAM The B52’s
23 ( 28 ) A DREAM’S A DREAM Soul II Soul
24 ( 19 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
25 ( 25 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
26 ( 23 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
27 ( 36 ) LOADED Primal Scream
28 ( 24 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
29 ( 39 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
30 ( 30 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Sinitta

31 ( 21 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
32 ( 34 ) ANGEL Eurythmics
33 ( 27 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
34 ( 45 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER David Grant
35 ( NEW ) KISSING GATE Sam Brown
36 ( 32 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
37 ( 22 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
38 ( 60 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
39 ( 47 ) CRADLE OF LOVE Billy Idol
40 ( 48 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan

41 ( 29 ) TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
42 ( 46 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
43 ( 42 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
44 ( 37 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
45 ( 53 ) THE DESPERATE HOURS Marc Almond
46 ( 44 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
47 ( 56 ) SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN Phil Collins
48 ( 38 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
49 ( 59 ) SAVE ME Fleetwood Mac
50 ( 68 ) BETTER WORLD Rebel MC

51 ( 74 ) NOVEMBER SPAWNED A MONSTER Morrissey
52 ( 41 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
53 ( 33 ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
54 ( 63 ) WHAT DID I DO FOR YOU Lisa Stansfield
55 ( 64 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Sydney Youngblood
56 ( 58 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
57 ( NEW ) LOVE THING The Pasadenas
58 ( NEW ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Pat & Mick
59 ( 43 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
60 ( NEW ) BAKERMAN Laid Back

61 ( 57 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
64 ( 49 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
65 ( NEW ) BACK STREET SYMPHONY Thunder
66 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
67 ( RE ) SOFTLY WHISPERING I LOVE YOU Paul Young
68 ( 67 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
69 ( 69 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
70 ( 70 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake

71 ( 55 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
72 ( 75 ) POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode
73 ( 40 ) THE SEX OF IT Kid Creole And The Coconuts
74 ( NEW ) HOLD ON En Vogue
75 ( 51 ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne


Working on the Bank Holiday Monday, and then the deadline pressures eased, with relief for a relatively mellow week at work. The hot weather ended, and on TV I was watching MASH, Dallas, The Comic Strip Presents, I Love Lucy, Top Of The Pops, Cheers, LA Law, The Invaders and Get Smart. My music charts were diverting quite a bit from the UK singles chart, as I was still much in USA Florida music mode.


20th May 1990

Another week another new chart-topper, this time it’s Wilson Phillips great Hold On, a very Californian-sounding ballad in the tradition of their musical families, and one which had a new lease of life in recent years thanks to hit comedy movie Bridesmaids. My charts were still absolutely dominated by Florida-holiday hits bringing back fond recent memories, but also just because the US pop music scene was more to my taste than the more one-off faceless dance acts that were making UK chart inroads. Kylie’s classic Better The Devil You Know goes top 5, and single-handedly changed my overall opinion of Kylie, now more saucy, and with better songs, starting to look more long-term than her previous pre-teen appeal had suggested.

Beats International make it 2 top 10’s in a row, and Janet Jackson gets another to add to her total, as Alright keeps the rhythm nation dancing. Highest new entry at 12 is previous minor 1984 hit It’s My Life from Talk Talk, now sounding much more substantial in the 1990 music scene, and just keeping ahead of Dusty Springfield’s reputation – which is pretty high! The B52’s Roam at last goes top 20 again, while Michael Bolton also hits the 20 – one I conveniently mis-remembered liking that much. How Can We Be Lovers? Get a haircut and stop shouting, for a start…! The Pasadenas and Depeche Mode both hit top 40 under the new policy of truth, while another great film hit pops in – Roxette’s It Must Have Been Love enters at 34, from Pretty Woman. At 35, Propaganda are Claudia-less, and the Kim Wilde-alike replacement singer for Heaven Give Me Words is fine, though they should have called it Turn To Stone as that’s the track I was searching for weeks for, after hearing it on Florida radio. Found it in the end.

At 43, The Chimes debut with a fantastic cover of U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, all soulful and slowed, with a great vocal by soon-to-be-solo singer Pauline Henry, and at 44 Erasure have a Star. Blow Monkeys also return with a new song, Springtime For The World, a positive sound and message (equality, gay and otherwise) which didn’t quite register, the band also need more youtube hits I say, under-rated. At 62 the terrific blues-revival wailing guitar sounds of Gary Moore, who’s Still Got The Blues 11 years on from his Parisenne Walkway, and finally Black Box are Everybody at 66, while Joan Armatrading states there’s more than one kind of love (oh yes there is) at 74 14 years since she showed us her marvelous love and affection.

1 ( 5 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
2 ( 2 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
3 ( 3 ) TEXAS Chris Rea
4 ( 1 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
5 ( 12 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
6 ( 4 ) VOGUE Madonna
7 ( 7 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
8 ( 9 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
9 ( 20 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
10 ( 28 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson

11 ( 15 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
12 ( NEW ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
13 ( 42 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
14 ( 6 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
15 ( 8 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
16 ( 13 ) THE POWER Snap!
17 ( 22 ) ROAM The B52’s
18 ( 38 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
19 ( 17 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
20 ( 16 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson

21 ( 18 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
22 ( 10 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
23 ( 11 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
24 ( 14 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
25 ( 35 ) KISSING GATE Sam Brown
26 ( 57 ) LOVE THING The Pasadenas
27 ( 72 ) POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode
28 ( 24 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
29 ( 26 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
30 ( 19 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones

31 ( 21 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
32 ( 32 ) ANGEL Eurythmics
33 ( 23 ) A DREAM’S A DREAM Soul II Soul
34 ( NEW ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
35 ( NEW ) HEAVEN GIVE ME WORDS Propaganda
36 ( 47 ) SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN Phil Collins
37 ( 25 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
38 ( 40 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
39 ( NEW ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
40 ( 54 ) WHAT DID I DO FOR YOU Lisa Stansfield

41 ( 27 ) LOADED Primal Scream
42 ( 33 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
43 ( NEW ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
44 ( NEW ) STAR Erasure
45 ( 36 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
46 ( 43 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
47 ( 31 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
48 ( 29 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
49 ( NEW ) SPRINGTIME FOR THE WORLD Blow Monkeys
50 ( 46 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode

51 ( 44 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
52 ( 63 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
53 ( 30 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Sinitta
54 ( 41 ) TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
55 ( 56 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
56 ( NEW ) CIRCLESQUARE The Wonder Stuff
57 ( 34 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER David Grant
58 ( 67 ) SOFTLY WHISPERING I LOVE YOU Paul Young
59 ( 37 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
60 ( 74 ) HOLD ON En Vogue

61 ( NEW ) JUST A FRIEND Biz Markie
62 ( NEW ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore
63 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
64 ( 48 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
65 ( 65 ) BACK STREET SYMPHONY Thunder
66 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY EVERYBODY Black Box
67 ( 66 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
68 ( 60 ) BAKERMAN Laid Back
69 ( 61 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
70 ( 68 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

71 ( 52 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
72 ( 69 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
73 ( NEW ) GIVE IT UP Hothouse Flowers
74 ( NEW ) MORE THAN ONE KIND OF LOVE Joan Armatrading
75 ( 39 ) CRADLE OF LOVE Billy Idol


At work Chris left, as everyone found out he’d be going out with Cathy for some time. The leaving do was in Pumphreys, work colleagues all present, plus Lucy came back from Christchurch Council for the evening drinks, great to see her. The music got louder, the fag smoke gave me a sore throat and so I left at 10, everyone else very merry by then, or left. On saturday I rather naughtily caught some baby river fish fry from the River Stour in a jar and took them home for my pond – not at all suitable for ponds, and they got rather large rather quickly, till they started trying to exit the pond when grown up and the remainder got eaten by a bast*rd heron along with my mature goldfish a few years later. I watched The Thin Man and The Cat And The Canary, classic old Hollywood movies you never see on TV anymore. Modern kids can’t handle black and white movies, apparently. Sod ‘em, I say they’re great films.


27th May 1990

The revolving door on top keeps spinning as the first 80’s oldie to top my chart in the 90’s hits the top spot 6 years late, Talk Talk’s fab It’s My Life has a climb from 14 as it becomes a bigger UK singles chart hit than it was in 1984. Kylie hits 4 and a new to-date best chart peak for Kylie, apart from the Jason Donovan duet Especially For You which hit 2. Dusty gets a 4th top 10 in a row, and 6th in total since 1968, her reputation improves with age. B52’s roam up to 10, too, their second top 10 of the year and third in total in 11 years of chart entries.

Depeche make it 3 top 20’s in a row, 4 if you count Personal Jesus having 2 chart runs, while highest new entry is in at 16 for Was (Not Was), back with a new soulful lead singer, and their 3rd top 20 in 6 years with The Temptations classic Papa Was A Rolling Stone, only 3 years since it was a dance remixed top 10 for the Temps, more of the template for this funked reworking than the original epic soul ballad version. Talking of covers, Don Pablo’s Animals sort of cover Shocking Blue’s Venus instrumental riff dance stylee at 17, after entering at 39 last week.

Into the 40 goes Gary Moore, Betty Boo, The Chimes, Erasure and En Vogue, while new at 55 it’s New Order and some England Football Squad rap and vocal interjections. Despite that World In Motion is still one of the best football World Cup records. Not that there was a lot of competition prior to this one, but this one opened up the pop floodgates for the obligatory World Cup popstar/football crossovers every 4 years. At 58 Debbie Harry’s back again, Maybe For Sure, 9 years of solo chart entries and 12 with Blondie, while at 64 a classical sample from Erik Satie’s 19th century Les Trois Gymnopedies, an ambient music pioneer, is apparently the basis for Movement 98 (that’s the bpm) and a soulgroove fusion Joy And Heartbreak.

In at 65 the brilliant The Only One I Know from The Charlatans, one of the key tracks of the growing indie band scene, or Madchester, or whatever label was applied it was a great 60’s retro organ-flavoured poprock shuffle. In at 70, follow to a quirky Birdhouse, the equally quirky history lesson from They Might Be Giants, Istanbul (Not Constantinople). I love whimsy, it’s under-rated. At 71, Stevie Wonder’s Until You Come Back To Me gets yet another cover, from Miki Howard, but none will ever beat Aretha’s. Finally a couple of minor follow-up’s from Mantronix and New Kids On The Block nip in briefly for a week in the 70’s.

1 ( 12 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
2 ( 1 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
3 ( 2 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
4 ( 5 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
5 ( 3 ) TEXAS Chris Rea
6 ( 9 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
7 ( 4 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
8 ( 8 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
9 ( 13 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
10 ( 17 ) ROAM The B52’s

11 ( 11 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
12 ( 10 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
13 ( 7 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
14 ( 27 ) THE POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode
15 ( 6 ) VOGUE Madonna
16 ( NEW ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
17 ( 39 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
18 ( 18 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
19 ( 25 ) KISSING GATE Sam Brown
20 ( 14 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles

21 ( 20 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
22 ( 16 ) THE POWER Snap!
23 ( 22 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
24 ( 15 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
25 ( 62 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore
26 ( 26 ) LOVE THING The Pasadenas
27 ( 52 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
28 ( 24 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
29 ( 19 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
30 ( 40 ) WHAT DID I DO FOR YOU Lisa Stansfield

31 ( 28 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
32 ( 34 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
33 ( 23 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
34 ( 29 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
35 ( 43 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
36 ( 21 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
37 ( 44 ) STAR Erasure
38 ( 60 ) HOLD ON En Vogue
39 ( 32 ) ANGEL Eurythmics
40 ( 33 ) A DREAM’S A DREAM Soul II Soul

41 ( 30 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
42 ( 37 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
43 ( 66 ) EVERYBODY EVERYBODY Black Box
44 ( 31 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
45 ( 38 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
46 ( 41 ) LOADED Primal Scream
47 ( 49 ) SPRINGTIME FOR THE WORLD Blow Monkeys
48 ( 36 ) SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN Phil Collins
49 ( 46 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
50 ( 45 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s

51 ( 55 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
52 ( 50 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
53 ( 35 ) HEAVEN GIVE ME WORDS Propaganda
54 ( 42 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
55 ( NEW ) WORLD IN MOTION England New Order
56 ( 48 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
57 ( 58 ) SOFTLY WHISPERING I LOVE YOU Paul Young
58 ( NEW ) MAYBE FOR SURE Deborah Harry
59 ( 47 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
60 ( 61 ) JUST A FRIEND Biz Markie

61 ( 54 ) TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
62 ( 51 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
63 ( 63 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
64 ( NEW ) JOY AND HEARTBREAK Movement 98 featuring Carroll Thompson
65 ( NEW ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
66 ( 73 ) GIVE IT UP Hothouse Flowers
67 ( 59 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
68 ( 67 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
69 ( 70 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
70 ( NEW ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants

71 ( NEW ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Miki Howard
72 ( 72 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
73 ( NEW ) TAKE YOUR TIME Mantronix featuring Wondress
74 ( 56 ) CIRCLESQUARE The Wonder Stuff
75 ( NEW ) COVER GIRL New Kids On The Block


I was having car problems, my Metro was only a few years old but they stopped producing them once everyone realised they were crap and went rusty at the drop of a hat. On the plus side, Radio One went FM, it was Ab Fab being able to listen to current music without it fading in and out, and sounding generally rubbish. It only took the BBC 23 years to get round to it, no need to rush, 23 years isn’t a long time when you’re 9 years old is it? I played Peter at Badminton for a change, and I actually won. Shock!

My 1990 Charts – February

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3 weeks for Cher on top, as the great Lisa Stansfield hits 3, and fabulous Sinead 4. The wonderful under-rated House Of Love’s Shine On gleams at 8, brightening up the top 10, and Hello! So do The Beloved, at 10, and a trio of veterans, Ray, Chaka and Quincy at 9. Leaving the highest new entry at 13 for a less-good but similar-sounding Technotronic follow-up, only this time Ya Kid K gets the justly-deserved featuring credit, not a model pretending to be her.

At 16, Chris Rea enters with a lush, cinematic, heart-breaking gentle song. If you’ve never heard Tell Me There’s A Heaven, click on the Youtube link and pay attention to the words, essentially a child dealing with death. It’s tender and affecting, and just plain gorgeously sad. Pure class. As is Paul McCartney’s under-stated up-beat ballad Put It There, up 35 spots to 14. Sybil, meanwhile Walks On By into the 20, Driving past Everything But The Girl and Janet Jackson.

Lloyd Cole goes Top 30, and Madonna enters at 35 with one of the best tracks on Like A Prayer, another lushly-orchestrated and sad-themed bit of class, Oh Father. Not a UK single until 1996, it was out in the USA in 1989 instead of Dear Jessie, and didn’t make the Top 10 in either country, sadly. Cos it’s fab. At 39, it’s a new return from Gilbert O’Sullivan, 20 years since debuting, in a contemporary dance stylee – pushed out on a white label to DJ’s with no artist credit, I think, which gave him a buzz he hadn’t had since 1972/3. It’s one of his best records, actually, and has a great video with the late lovely long-time comic actor Eric Sykes lending a hand. Gilbert changed the music biz the next year when he sued and won a case against Biz Markie for sampling Alone Again (Naturally) – since then people rightly pay for sampling.

Barry Manilow’s at 50 with Elvis’ 1969 Top 10 huge ballad, If I Can Dream, giving Bazza 15 years of covering other people’s songs. Another cover, from Tina Turner, at 56, as she brings Tony Joe’s bluesy swamprock great Steamy Windows into the charts but keeps the feel just right. One of her best solo records too. Fab. At 60, Faith No More enter with the raprocking Epic, a terrific blend of the genres, insistent and exciting. Seduction’s good US girl dance hit Two To Make It Right enters at 62, The Stranglers cover ? And The Mysterions (pronounced Question Mark!) the delightfully organtastic odd 1966 hit 96 Tears, and do it very well. Cliff’s at 69, though he’s Stronger Than That, while 5 years since his last hit Adam Ant’s got a room at the top, but it’s located at the bottom – 75.

1 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
2 ( 2 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
3 ( 4 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
4 ( 5 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
5 ( 7 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
6 ( 9 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
7 ( 11 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
8 ( 31 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
9 ( 14 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
10 ( 15 ) HELLO The Beloved

11 ( 12 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
12 ( 6 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
13 ( NEW ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
14 ( 49 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
15 ( 3 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
16 ( NEW ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
17 ( 32 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
18 ( 13 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
19 ( 25 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
20 ( 23 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl

21 ( 17 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
22 ( 10 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
23 ( 8 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
24 ( 35 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
25 ( 18 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
26 ( 20 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
27 ( 43 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
28 ( 19 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
29 ( 16 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
30 ( 34 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect

31 ( 21 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
32 ( 28 ) WORDS The Christians
33 ( 29 ) WELCOME Gino Latino
34 ( 26 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
35 ( NEW ) OH FATHER Madonna
36 ( 36 ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
37 ( 37 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
38 ( NEW ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
39 ( NEW ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
40 ( 52 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics

41 ( 71 ) NRG Adamski
42 ( 22 ) COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO Halo James
43 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
44 ( 57 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
45 ( 27 ) WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME Public Enemy
46 ( 46 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
47 ( 42 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
48 ( 41 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
49 ( 55 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
50 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow

51 ( 47 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
52 ( 59 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
53 ( 24 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
54 ( 30 ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40
55 ( NEW ) BEACH BUMP Baby Ford
56 ( NEW ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
57 ( 58 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
58 ( 68 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
59 ( 39 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
60 ( NEW ) EPIC Faith No More

61 ( 33 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
62 ( NEW ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
63 ( NEW ) TENDER LOVE Babyface
64 ( 62 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
65 ( NEW ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 74 ) THE FACE And Why Not
68 ( 67 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
69 ( NEW ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
70 ( NEW ) MY DOCS Kiss AMC

71 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( NEW ) ALL 4 LOVE Raze
73 ( NEW ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
74 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
75 ( NEW ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant


At work, there was lots of storm tree damage and lots of inspecting of parks and open spaces to do, having to make decisions on which trees needed attention which was a bit daunting. Got some good photos of fallen trees in the woods round and about home, and took the kids to look at them. Even more gales and storms made it a busy time! This was one of those “once in a generation” storm events that was actually the second time in 3 years. Played squash with Peter (lost of course)and a good chat after, popped round Bob’s for a chat, and watched a lot of TV: Chelmsford 123, Cheers, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Golden Girls, TOTP etc.


11th February 1990

Straight in at number 1, it’s the single release of an album track I already loved (bought the album in the States Autumn 1989) Here We Are, Gloria Estefan’s second chart-topper. I really did like her a lot, nice singer, lovely person, and was very happy to see Latino music get a big push through her and hubby Emilio’s Miami Sound Machine, 6 years on since Doctor Beat. It’s a sweetly sad ballad. Lonnie Gordon takes SAW back into the 10, and Rod Stewart gets his biggest hit in 6 years or so, as Downtown Train hits 8, just ahead of Sybil (Basil!) and Macca. Put It There, Paul!

Lloyd Cole returns to the 20 after a 3-year gap, No Blue Skies is another good ballad, so many of them dotted around the chart! Beats International rocket to 19, as Dub Be Good To Me gives Norman Cook his biggest post-Housemartins track, chasing the position of the SOS Band original. Seduction slide sultrily into the 40, showing it takes two to make it right at 23, and Depeche Mode’s classic Enjoy The Silence is right behind at 24, quietly working their way up. More loudly, Faith No More’s Epic is 26. Tina’s getting steamy at 38, as windows do when you get sweaty.

Next new entry is a 1990 dance remix of classic 1977 rock hit Black Betty, from Ram Jam at 31, ahead of Tears For Fears’ good Advice For The Young At Heart. I think I followed that advice, at 33, and also did a bit of gardening as Lenny Kravitz enters at 37, I Built This Garden For Us, bringing him chart-bound not for the last-time. I’m Not Satisfied, exclaim the Fine Young Cannibals, oh well, says I, noting they are in at 53 and have a decade of hits (with The Beat), and move on to Marc Almond’s A Lover Spurned, all drama at 61, 9 years on since Tainted Love. At 65, a great rock new entry from Aerosmith, who rightly warn us that Janie’s Got A Gun, and finally Spandau Ballet do a spot of crashing into love at 75. More like a very slight bump, actually.

1 ( NEW ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
2 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
3 ( 3 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
4 ( 2 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
5 ( 8 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
6 ( 11 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
7 ( 7 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
8 ( 26 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
9 ( 17 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
10 ( 14 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney

11 ( 5 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
12 ( 19 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
13 ( 13 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
14 ( 16 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
15 ( 6 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
16 ( 4 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
17 ( 10 ) HELLO The Beloved
18 ( 27 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
19 ( 52 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
20 ( 9 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan

21 ( 39 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
22 ( 12 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
23 ( 62 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
24 ( 49 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
25 ( 21 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
26 ( 60 ) EPIC Faith No More
27 ( 18 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
28 ( 38 ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
29 ( 22 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
30 ( 40 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics

31 ( NEW ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
32 ( 37 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
33 ( NEW ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
34 ( 25 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
35 ( 20 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
36 ( 30 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
37 ( NEW ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
38 ( 56 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
39 ( 15 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
40 ( 23 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville

41 ( 31 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
42 ( 44 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
43 ( 34 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
44 ( 32 ) WORDS The Christians
45 ( 28 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
46 ( 35 ) OH FATHER Madonna
47 ( 43 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
48 ( 46 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
49 ( 29 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
50 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow

51 ( 48 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
52 ( 47 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
53 ( NEW ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
54 ( 24 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
55 ( 55 ) BEACH BUMP Baby Ford
56 ( 51 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
57 ( 58 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
58 ( 36 ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
59 ( 69 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
60 ( 57 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

61 ( NEW ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
62 ( NEW ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
63 ( 33 ) WELCOME Gino Latino
64 ( 65 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
65 ( NEW ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
66 ( 67 ) THE FACE And Why Not
67 ( 72 ) ALL 4 LOVE Raze
68 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 68 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
70 ( 63 ) TENDER LOVE Babyface

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 73 ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
73 ( 75 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
74 ( 64 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet


At home, big Bob (driver from work of 5 years back) and his new girlfriend dropped by, and overlapped into the chart show, oops! Nice to catch up on news, and to see him get a girl after years of good-natured trying. More gales, rain, flooding, as we got measuring at work, for plans for a big Council reorganisation, the first of millions I’ve gone through since. Every new administration or leader likes to stamp their authority by changing things, cutting things, finding it backfires, doesn’t save money, and then hire in expensive temps to do the work that cheaper pissed-off staff used to do. It’s endlessly circular because the councillors who make these sort of decisions are not experts, largely they are morons with a vision who fail to listen to people who know better. I digress, 5-year-old Gavin was sick over mum’s bed, I watched TV Horizon shows on Neptune and Triton, as more and more images and knowledge of the planets gripped my imagination. I cancelled a works ice-skating evening due to apathy from confirmees changing their minds. Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison, giving some brightness and optimism to a world where injustice seemed to rule. I swore at the previous South African regimes, at this point, so I won’t repeat, but optimistically noted “Thatcher to go must be a possibility now”. When you’re right, you’re right….


18th February 1990

2 weeks for Gloria, here we are… as Lisa Stansfield almost gets a second number one – doh! Ram Jam bring up the spirit of ’77 as Black Betty goes top 5 for the second time, the remix admittedly not as good as the original, but good enough for 3. Paul McCartney is on a top 5 roll, as the third track from Flowers In The Dirt goes top 5, all of them under-appreciated in the world at large. Pah! Depeche Mode are also on a roll, a second consecutive top 10, Enjoy The Silence giving them a bit of consistency of chart position unseen since 1984, and their 10th top 10.

Faith No More hit 13, Gilbert O’Sullivan hits 14, his highest-ranked since 1974. So what? Well, a 16-year gap, that’s what. Back at 19, having been a less big chart hit in 1989, suddenly Love Shack takes off in the UK (hooray!) and gives The B52’s their first top 20 since the reissue of Rock Lobster in 1985, and 11 years of chart activity. It’s a party classic, still, but took some time to grow on everyone. Fine Young Cannibals are unsatisfied with their final record of note, more or less – they pretty much split at the top of their game, shockingly.

The Stranglers 96 Tears don’t dampen by appreciation of a good cover version, it suited them perfectly at 27, and Black Box come back with a new single – I don’y know anybody else either. 3 veterans scrape inside the 40: Cliff, Marc and Adam, but not their finest hours, truth be told, my preference these days is for A Lover Spurned of the 3. Leaving Kate Bush, Love And Anger, and The Creatures, Billy Fury Eyes as new entries – OK I”m just wishful thinking The Creatures had called it that, and done a 60’s styled version instead of opting for the dance sound of the time, which has dated badly.

1 ( 1 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
2 ( 3 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
3 ( 31 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
4 ( 2 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
5 ( 10 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
6 ( 5 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
7 ( 8 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
8 ( 9 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
9 ( 24 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
10 ( 6 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon

11 ( 4 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
12 ( 14 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
13 ( 26 ) EPIC Faith No More
14 ( 21 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
15 ( 19 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
16 ( 13 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
17 ( 7 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
18 ( 12 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
19 ( NEW ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
20 ( 23 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

21 ( 18 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
22 ( 11 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
23 ( 53 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
24 ( 16 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
25 ( 33 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
26 ( 17 ) HELLO The Beloved
27 ( 64 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
28 ( 38 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
29 ( 25 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
30 ( 15 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue

31 ( 20 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
32 ( 22 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
33 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
34 ( 37 ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
35 ( 27 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
36 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
37 ( 34 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
38 ( 59 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
39 ( 61 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
40 ( 73 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant

41 ( 32 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
42 ( 28 ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
43 ( 30 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
44 ( 42 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
45 ( 36 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
46 ( 35 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
47 ( 39 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
48 ( 47 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 41 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
50 ( 43 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister

51 ( 40 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
52 ( 48 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
53 ( RE ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 52 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
55 ( 51 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
56 ( 57 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
57 ( 56 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
58 ( 65 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
59 ( NEW ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
60 ( 60 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

61 ( 44 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 62 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
63 ( 45 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
64 ( 49 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
65 ( 72 ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
66 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow
67 ( NEW ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
68 ( 68 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 69 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
70 ( NEW ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 54 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
73 ( 75 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) FURY EYES The Creatures


A flat tyre to sort for my car, a room shift about at work, lost at squash 4-2, then chatted to Peter afterwards about his life, and at home caught a new TV show, Quantum Leap, which promised much with it’s premise of being sent back in time as other people. The BRITS were on, and I went to see Honey I Shrunk The Kids at the new impressive UCI cinema at the new Tower Park, Rick Moranis and Matt Frewer I enjoyed, good-humoured movie too, but some stupid plotting made it a bit too silly.


25th February 1990

The second album track to enter at 1 in a row – this time off the Pet Shop Boys-produced fabulous Results album, for Liza Minelli, it’s her version of Yvonne Elliman’s 70’s disco classic Love Pains. Yvonne is still waiting to chart with it, as it was one that bypassed radio of the time, clubs only, so I never got to hear the song until Hazell Dean covered it, and charted in the mid-80’s. Needless to say, it’s Liza, it’s Chris n Neil, it’s a great song, it’s fab. Also, a big huge new entry at 4 for Erasure, the beautifully melodic Blue Savannah, their best track since Sometimes hit 1 in 1986, and hot on the heels of Depeche Mode shooting up to 2 with the sublime Enjoy The Silence for their biggest chart hit to date.

Beats International take Just (Dub) Be Good To Me into the top 10, just as did the SOS Band in 1984, while Tina Turner cracks another top tenner with Steamy Windows, and Chris Rea gets only his 3rd or 4th in 12 years with his best record, Tell Me There’s A Heaven. In at 22, it’s Aerosmith with their best record, the immensely exciting and horn-ey Dude (Looks Like A Lady) – watch the video right to the end, it’s just sooo great. Into the top 40, Electribe 101 get cool dance vibes blending with a snatch of Mission: Impossible’s TV theme tune, laid back, smokin’. Kate Bush also gets top 40 bound, just behind a cover of Lou Reid’s 1973 classic Walk On The Wild Side. Which leaves minor entries for 80’s acts, Shaky, Carmel, It Bites and Brother Beyond, and a great buzzing dance track, so good it was remixed and big all over again in the 21st century, Guru Josh’ Infinity. Time For The Guru!

1 ( NEW ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
2 ( 9 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
3 ( 1 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
4 ( NEW ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
5 ( 2 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
6 ( 3 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
7 ( 4 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
8 ( 15 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
9 ( 28 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
10 ( 12 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea

11 ( 19 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
12 ( 7 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
13 ( 5 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
14 ( 14 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
15 ( 6 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
16 ( 8 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
17 ( 23 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
18 ( 11 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
19 ( 27 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
20 ( 10 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon

21 ( 16 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
22 ( NEW ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
23 ( 17 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
24 ( 25 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
25 ( 24 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
26 ( 13 ) EPIC Faith No More
27 ( 39 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
28 ( 18 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
29 ( 38 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
30 ( 20 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

31 ( 67 ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
32 ( 29 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
33 ( 33 ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
34 ( 62 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
35 ( 40 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
36 ( 22 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
37 ( 21 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
38 ( 26 ) HELLO The Beloved
39 ( 70 ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan
40 ( 59 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush

41 ( 32 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
42 ( RE ) OH FATHER Madonna
43 ( 36 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
44 ( 30 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
45 ( 37 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
46 ( 31 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
47 ( 35 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
48 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 34 ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
50 ( 50 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister

51 ( 44 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
52 ( 52 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
53 ( 53 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 49 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
55 ( 60 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
56 ( 68 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
57 ( 55 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
58 ( 54 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
59 ( 43 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
60 ( 57 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush

61 ( 61 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 46 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
63 ( NEW ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites
64 ( 47 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
65 ( NEW ) INFINITY Guru Josh
66 ( 73 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
67 ( 41 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
68 ( 69 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
69 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
70 ( 51 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville

71 ( 45 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
72 ( NEW ) I MOVE YOU Carmel
73 ( NEW ) TRUST Brother Beyond
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens


Spandau Ballet Live At Bournemouth International Centre 22nd February 1990

The audience were now averaging mid-20’s, 10-years on from starting their run of hits, Bob’s fave band of the 80’s, I’d seen Spandau before despite not being much of a fan, as Bob went to see Pet Shop Boys and I went to see Spandau, covering each other’s faves. Not much to say, it says in my notes, as they got off to a good start with Raw and Highly Strung before descending into the usual Pop Star Live Disease. Yes, that means sitting through a 45-minute advert for the latest album. This can work out well if it’s a classic album. Sadly, when it’s dreary it kills the mood stone-dead, nil audience participation, and so mundane. Gold livened things up a bit, but still a slowed-down version, and Through The Barricades was the highlight of the concert, only rivalled by the encore songs: To Cut A Long Story Short, and Chant Number 1. They also did True. Never mind.

My brother paid a rare visit for this time, having relationship and financial issues, with stuff he’d taken from grandma’s flat following a visit to her partner Jack, mainly sentimental stuff we’d given her, like Singapore cushion covers. I regretted not taking all of the stuff she’d badgered me to take for a couple of years, as it meant a lot to her, but I didn’t want to admit to myself she was getting to the age where she might pass away, and put it off. At the weekend, both niece Vicki and nephew Gavin were sick, Gavin throwing up in the middle of the night, and I decided my small bedroom was full up with stuff. 30-years on, I’ve spilled out into 2 other rooms, and they are all full to brimming. Mostly music, magazines, books…

My 1994 Charts – December

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4th December 1994

2 weeks for Kylie on top as the christmas new entries (actual NEW christmas songs) keep a coming, but the biggest challenger is in at 2 for Cliff’s double A side. Actually, not so much a double A side as a new Everly Brothers cover piggy-backing on the brilliant breathy 1976 single that changed everything for Cliff, and started off a run of credibility that lasted about 10 years. The gorgeous Miss You Nights was under-appreciated by me first time round, but justice is served and it’s in at 2. 26 years of big hits and counting…

The big news is Mariah Carey, generally a shrieking harpy with no subtlety to speak of, manages to add to her short list of great hits (Fantasy, Dreamlover) with a 3rd self-written retro instantly classic-sounding christmas song as All I Want For Christmas enters at 19. Of course, once downloads started counting towards charts it became an annual visitor to the top 20 charts in the UK (and the US top 50), and hearing it endlessly for 20 years without relief for one single christmas has rubbed some of the charm off, but it is a bonafide christmas classic.

The other xmas song is Bon Jovi’s bloated version of Please Come Home For Christmas at 47, thanks mostly to the great song, cos I will take both the original 1959 Charles Brown original or the 1979 Eagles cover over this much more famous version. Jon Bon Jovi, despite being a handsome devil, and having got backstage at a live gig in Bournemouth, tends to sound as if he’s straining too much, and that can only lead to hemorrhoids! Talking of piles, Rednex pop in with some Scandinavian hee-haw country pop, Cotton Eye Joe getting the dance treatment, and it IS genuinely intentionally funny, not to mention catchy, so I forgive it and love it. Even though I know I shouldn’t.

At 28, the Human League are back with an on-form bang with Tell Me When 4 years since they last had a minor UK hit (and number 2 popchartfreak hit) and 14 years since first charting with a Gary Glitter cover. A new boyband cover an old boyband, fortunately the Johnny Bristol song is strong enough to cope with the less-good cover and it enters at 29 for Boyzone, actually already outdoing the original Osmonds version of Love Me For A Reason, which is one I sniffed my nose at in 1974 when I was too cool for boybands anymore, but which is actually harmonically and melodically pretty damn fine.

At 31 it’s Elkie Brooks. Actually it’s her 1977 hit song butchered and repeated rather a lot, a template for some modern dance pop hits which avoid superfluous choruses, lyrics, vocals and bridges at all costs, and bung in a crap quick rap instead and add little else of much interest. Not against that in principle, just when it’s done badly. This one’s not bad. Another soul boyband return, BoyzIImen at 37. On bended knee, they were starting to sound a bit samey by now and it was wearing thin. To be honest it was pretty thin to begin with, despite a number one with End Of The Road and a couple of other good Top 10 singles. After the record-breaking (for tediousness) run forever atop the US singles chart Hot 100 in 1994 all they needed was months on top with Mariah Carey warbling away in duet to make me loathe them. Happily I’m sure neither party would be that cruel would they?

Others: a genre-varied bunch of new entries actually; grungy Pearl Jam, Under The Bridge Chili Pepper cover from The Flying Pickets, back after 11 years (!!), Youssou N’Dour, Carter, Bomb The Bass and Robert Palmer. And C.J. Lewis. Try and find a unifying theme there, I challenge it!

1 ( 1 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
2 ( NEW ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard
3 ( 2 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
4 ( 3 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
5 ( 5 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
6 ( 4 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
7 ( 13 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
8 ( 8 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
9 ( 10 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
10 ( 7 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly

11 ( 17 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
12 ( 6 ) STARS China Black
13 ( 18 ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
14 ( 14 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
15 ( 11 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
16 ( 9 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
17 ( 28 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
18 ( 19 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
19 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
20 ( 16 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur

21 ( 33 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
22 ( NEW ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
23 ( 15 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
24 ( 25 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
25 ( 12 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush
26 ( 21 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
27 ( 24 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
28 ( NEW ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
29 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
30 ( 20 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass

31 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN New Atlantic
32 ( 50 ) (I’M GONNA) CRY MYSELF BLIND Primal Scream
33 ( 23 ) SENSE Terry Hall
34 ( 22 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
35 ( 29 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
36 ( 37 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
37 ( NEW ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIImen
38 ( 26 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
39 ( 56 ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor
40 ( 42 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross

41 ( 30 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
42 ( NEW ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
43 ( 31 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
44 ( 43 ) OH BABY I Eternal
45 ( 27 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
46 ( 75 ) OUT OF TEARS The Rolling Stones
47 ( NEW ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
48 ( 46 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
49 ( 32 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELIN’ AGAIN The Carpenters
50 ( 35 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting

51 ( 39 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
52 ( 41 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
53 ( 49 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
54 ( 40 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
55 ( 38 ) THIS DJ Warren G
56 ( 36 ) GOSP LWS
57 ( 53 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( NEW ) DARKSTAR Bomb The Bass
59 ( 34 ) EVERY WOMAN KNOWS Lulu
60 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( NEW ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
62 ( NEW ) LET’S GET TATTOOS Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
63 ( 62 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
64 ( NEW ) SPIN THE BLACK CIRCLE Pearl Jam
65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 63 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
67 ( 66 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 72 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
69 ( 67 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
70 ( 69 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( NEW ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
72 ( NEW ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour
73 ( 74 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 70 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
75 ( NEW ) UNDER THE BRIDGE The Flying Pickets


11th December 1994

3 weeks for Kylie on top in slow-moving pre-xmas chart. Mariah shoots up to 4 and Celine to 6, both future actual Million sellers in the UK, while 2wo third3 and their annoyingly jumbled name rocket up to 9 from a quiet 42 new entry with I Want To Alone. Ooooh Greta Garbo getyouuuu. It’s campy ’94-sounding dancepop with 80’s roots, not bad. Bon Jovi meanwhile warble up to 19 about coming home for christmas.

The Stone Roses and The Rolling Stones both go top 40, while a mellow Bomb The Bass take their reggae Dark Heart to 27, and Robert Palmer has 16 years of chart hits at 37, really? You blow me away! Youssou N’Dour meanwhile hooks up with Neneh Cherry again, and throws in Deep Forest into the bargain, though I remain Undecided at 46. Need I mention The Power Rangers? Good, thought not. 50. Mike Oldfield sneaks in with a bit of new age at 74, Hibernaculum, giving him a cool 20 years of hits since Tubular Bells hit my number one spot, the only album to qualify for my singles charts, apart from Hergest Ridge. Also Oldfield.

1 ( 1 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
2 ( 2 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS Cliff Richard
3 ( 3 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
4 ( 19 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
5 ( 4 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
6 ( 17 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
7 ( 9 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
8 ( 8 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
9 ( 42 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
10 ( 6 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order

11 ( 5 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
12 ( 7 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
13 ( 10 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
14 ( 11 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
15 ( 12 ) STARS China Black
16 ( 18 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
17 ( 14 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
18 ( 29 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
19 ( 47 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
20 ( 15 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins

21 ( 22 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
22 ( 16 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
23 ( 13 ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
24 ( 69 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
25 ( 26 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
26 ( 20 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
27 ( 58 ) DARK HEART Bomb The Bass
28 ( 28 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
29 ( 23 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
30 ( 37 ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIImen

31 ( 31 ) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN New Atlantic
32 ( 21 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
33 ( 54 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
34 ( 39 ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor
35 ( 24 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
36 ( 27 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
37 ( 61 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
38 ( 71 ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
39 ( 30 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass
40 ( 46 ) OUT OF TEARS The Rolling Stones

41 ( 34 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
42 ( 33 ) SENSE Terry Hall
43 ( 25 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush
44 ( 32 ) (I’M GONNA) CRY MYSELF BLIND Primal Scream
45 ( 38 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
46 ( 72 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
47 ( 35 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
48 ( 41 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
49 ( 44 ) OH BABY I Eternal
50 ( NEW ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Power Rangers

51 ( 40 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross
52 ( 52 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
53 ( 43 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
54 ( 48 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
55 ( 53 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
56 ( 36 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( RE ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
59 ( 50 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( NEW ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC
62 ( 45 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
63 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON As We Speak
64 ( NEW ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ and Duncan
65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 66 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 51 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
69 ( 63 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
70 ( 70 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( 49 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELIN’ AGAIN The Carpenters
72 ( NEW ) YABBA DABBA DO Darkman
73 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( NEW ) HIBERNACULUM Mike Oldfield
75 ( 74 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal


18th December 1994

Cliff’s 1976 classic finally gets to the top 18 years late, but then Miss You Nights was up against Bo Rap, Mamma Mia, Evil Woman, December 63 and others so it stood no chance! It’s his 4th Number one, and a span of 24 years, though he would have had others in the 60’s. Lower down, Cotton Eye Joe shoots his way up to 7, he got married a long time ago, where did he come from where did he go? Better ask Rednex! Bon Jovi meanwhile cover xmas up to 8, for a second top 10 hit of the year 8 years of chart entries on, as The Carpenters do an about-turn and rocket up to 9 giving them over 24 years of top 10’s since Close To You hit 1 in 1970.

I have no memory of Boyzone making my top 10 with Love Me For A Reason, but there it is, staring me in the face, I actually did like the soft-shuffle version after all! Human League go top 20, and highest new entry is Riverdance. Yes, things Oirish, and dancin’ were all the rigid-armed vogue, and it was refreshingly different for a time. A short time. At 25, Oasis dismiss the memory of the previous “whatever” single, with an actual Beatlestasticish classic: Whatever! Fab! Meanwhile The Stone Roses go top 20, as the Rolling Stones drop, to be replaced by Guns ‘n’ Roses version of their Sympathy For The Devil at 50.

Watch out, cos here comes the hotstepper, murderer, an american gangster – no it’s not it’s Ini Kamoze at 30, just ahead of Led Zeppelin at 32 with Gallows Pole. Well, as good as, really, 50% is better than none and it’s a cover of the 100% Led Zep. The late Joe Cocker enters at 36, with Let The Healing Begin, and the fab Lightning Seeds are all Change at 38. Even more unlikely than Riverdance, it’s George Formby When I’m Cleaning Windows, missus, at 45 courtesy of 2 In A Tent cheesy dance version. At 56, Siouxsie and The Banshees still have it, 16 years on from Hong Kong Garden, O Baby!

1 ( 2 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS Cliff Richard
2 ( 3 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
3 ( 1 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
4 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
5 ( 6 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
6 ( 9 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
7 ( 21 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
8 ( 19 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
9 ( 71 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
10 ( 18 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

11 ( 5 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
12 ( 11 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
13 ( 8 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
14 ( 28 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
15 ( 10 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
16 ( 13 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
17 ( 7 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
18 ( 24 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
19 ( 12 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
20 ( 14 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D

21 ( NEW ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
22 ( 15 ) STARS China Black
23 ( 50 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Power Rangers
24 ( 37 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
25 ( NEW ) WHATEVER Oasis
26 ( 20 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
27 ( 16 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
28 ( 17 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
29 ( 22 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
30 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze

31 ( 27 ) DARKSTAR Bomb The Bass
32 ( NEW ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
33 ( 25 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
34 ( 29 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
35 ( 38 ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
36 ( NEW ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
37 ( 26 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
38 ( NEW ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
39 ( 23 ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
40 ( 61 ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC

41 ( 33 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
42 ( 34 ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor
43 ( 36 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
44 ( 32 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
45 ( NEW ) WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS 2 In A Tent featuring George Formby
46 ( 31 ) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN New Atlantic
47 ( 35 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
48 ( 41 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
49 ( 30 ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIImen
50 ( NEW ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses

51 ( 39 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass
52 ( 42 ) SENSE Terry Hall
53 ( 52 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
54 ( 44 ) (I’M GONNA) CRY MYSELF BLIND Primal Scream
55 ( 45 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
56 ( NEW ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( 55 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 64 ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ and Duncan
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 40 ) OUT OF TEARS The Rolling Stones
62 ( 46 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
63 ( 48 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
64 ( NEW ) I’LL FIND YOU Michelle Gayle
65 ( 53 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
66 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 66 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
69 ( NEW ) CRAZY Eternal
70 ( 70 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NIGHT Whigfield
72 ( 69 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
73 ( NEW ) TEXAN COWBOYS The Grid
74 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
75 ( 75 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal


25th December 1994

The Christmas number one is the unthinkable – Mariah Carey tops my chart, who would have thought!? A great record though, even holding off the terrific Madonna at 2 for yet another week. In at 4 it’s a double A oldie, both equally marvellous, the never-big-but-soon-to-be-classic feel-good perennial christmas song from 1988 Driving Home For Christmas, making my top 10 for the second time, and Chris Rea’s heartbreakingly touching Tell Me There’s A Heaven. His two best records together.

The rest of the chart is fairly quiet, though Human League go top 10, Lightning Seeds go top 20, and Sting enters at 29 with This Cowboy Song – and it’s not a depressing ballad! Wow! The days of The Police were over a decade earlier, and Sting just failed to excite for the most part afterwards. Anything with a bit of vitality was a relief! At 30, it’s a cover of another xmas perennial from The Peaches, a pretty good but identical cover of The Waitresses 1981 flop.

1 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
2 ( 2 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
3 ( 3 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
4 ( NEW ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
5 ( 1 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS Cliff Richard
6 ( 7 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
7 ( 14 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
8 ( 5 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
9 ( 6 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
10 ( 10 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

11 ( 21 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
12 ( 8 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
13 ( 12 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
14 ( 38 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
15 ( 9 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
16 ( 13 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
17 ( 25 ) WHATEVER Oasis
18 ( 11 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
19 ( 24 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
20 ( 23 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Power Rangers

21 ( 15 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
22 ( 16 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
23 ( 20 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
24 ( 19 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
25 ( 17 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
26 ( 22 ) STARS China Black
27 ( 30 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
28 ( 18 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
29 ( NEW ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
30 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Peaches

31 ( 29 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
32 ( 32 ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
33 ( 36 ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
34 ( 26 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
35 ( 28 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
36 ( 33 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
37 ( 45 ) WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS 2 In A Tent featuring George Formby
38 ( NEW ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
39 ( 40 ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC
40 ( 27 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins

41 ( 35 ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
42 ( 69 ) CRAZY Eternal
43 ( 34 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
44 ( 31 ) DARKSTAR Bomb The Bass
45 ( 56 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
46 ( 37 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
47 ( 43 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
48 ( 50 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
49 ( 39 ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
50 ( 59 ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ and Duncan

51 ( 48 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
52 ( 41 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
53 ( 53 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
54 ( 52 ) SENSE Terry Hall
55 ( 44 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
56 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
57 ( 47 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
58 ( 58 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
60 ( 55 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South

61 ( 64 ) I’LL FIND YOU Michelle Gayle
62 ( 46 ) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN New Atlantic
63 ( 63 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
64 ( 51 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass
65 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 71 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Whigfield
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 68 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
69 ( 70 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
70 ( 65 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks

71 ( 74 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 72 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
73 ( 75 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
74 ( RE ) SEARCHING China Black
75 ( 42 ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor

My 1989 Charts – October

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1st October 1989

5 weeks sowing them seeds on top, with Cher going top 5 18 years since Gypsies Tramps And Thieves first did it (if only she could turn back time!), Belinda’s light is still on with yet another top 10 single, and Billy Joel gets his first since 1983. Curiosity Killed The Cat get a third Top 20 hit, and Technotronic pump up that jam 35 places to 18.

Milli Vanilli get another Top 40 entry, somehow, while Roxette more understandably grab another as Listen To Your Heart starts to bite. New Kids On The Block get 2 simultaneous top 40 entries as Hangin’ Tough pops in. Trust me, that will never happen again! Highest new entry at 38 is a good Erasure single, Drama! At 55 Living In A Box get a second great single, a ballad and nothing like their eponymous number one. Wax sneak back 2 years after 2 great pop singles, anchors aweigh at 65, Bros and Bobby Brown follow-up better singles, The Wonder Stuff have a debut at 72, with more to come from them in the years that followed, ABC make it 7 years of chart entries at 75, it’s The Real Thing. Finally, Debbie Harry’s back with another solo hit, cos she Wants That Man – essentially a Thompson Twins record, written and produced by Alannah Currie and Tom Bailey, pretty much their last hurrah.

Post American-holiday, I remained jetlagged, caught up on new pop music, watched TV (Sledge Hammer, a great redneck cop comedy series; Juke Box Jury (Jools Holland and Julian Clary slagged off Sinitta, though it hardly hurt any of their careers); Time Tunnel and Batman 60’s classics; Blackadder Goes Forth; Police Squad. At work, the car broke down on the way in so I had to call for help from Frizzells Road Rescue. Parks boss Mr Hunt gave me a hard time, interrupting our Parks measuring on a mis-filed old plans wild-goose-chase. Popped round to Bob’s on Sunday to swap holiday photos, and his mum and dad, Ray and Iris, liked them too – some stunning shots amongst them of New York, Niagara and so on. At home, got fed up with all the second-hand smoke choking me and the kids going through a rowdy phase, but gave the go-ahead to mum and dad to organise a trip to Florida with the kids and me.

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 2 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
3 ( 14 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
4 ( 3 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
5 ( 10 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
6 ( 30 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
7 ( 5 ) CHERISH Madonna
8 ( 23 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
9 ( 9 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
10 ( 17 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express

11 ( 4 ) ONE The Bee Gees
12 ( 26 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
13 ( 19 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
14 ( 6 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
15 ( 18 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
16 ( 8 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
17 ( 7 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
18 ( 53 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
19 ( 21 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
20 ( 11 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

21 ( 13 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
22 ( 15 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
23 ( 12 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
24 ( 43 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
25 ( 25 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
26 ( 39 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
27 ( 27 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
28 ( 16 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
29 ( 41 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
30 ( 34 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith

31 ( 20 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
32 ( 60 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette
33 ( 22 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
34 ( 50 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
35 ( 28 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
36 ( 40 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan
37 ( 32 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
38 ( NEW ) DRAMA Erasure
39 ( 29 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
40 ( 45 ) AFRO DIZZI ACK Cry Sisco!

41 ( 24 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
42 ( 31 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
43 ( NEW ) SECRET RENDEZVOUS Karyn White
44 ( 38 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
45 ( 48 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
46 ( 44 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
47 ( 73 ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
48 ( 33 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
49 ( 65 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
50 ( RE ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika

51 ( 37 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
52 ( NEW ) ROCK WITCHA Bobby Brown
53 ( 66 ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
54 ( 35 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
55 ( NEW ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
56 ( 56 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( 54 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
58 ( NEW ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
59 ( 42 ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
60 ( 58 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles

61 ( 51 ) TROUBLE ME 10000 Maniacs
62 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( 63 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
64 ( 57 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
65 ( NEW ) ANCHORS AWEIGH Wax
66 ( NEW ) CHOCOLATE BOX Bros
67 ( 36 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
68 ( 55 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
69 ( 68 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
70 ( 47 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones

71 ( 69 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
72 ( NEW ) DON’T LET ME DOWN GENTLY The Wonder Stuff
73 ( NEW ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
74 ( NEW ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
75 ( NEW ) THE REAL THING ABC

me in ottawa 1989

me in ottawa 1989

8th October 1989

6 weeks for Tears For Fears, 2 for Sydney Youngblood at 2, and Cher gets het first Top 3 since Dark Lady hit 1 in 1974. In the charts that same week was Devil Gate Drive, and Suzi Quatro tops my playlist chart this week ahead of Pet Shop Boys I Get Excited, which wasn’t chart-eligible (B sides and album tracks had been excluded by 1989 till I saw the error of my ways). It would pretty much certainly have been a top 10 track, though.

Pump Up The Jam hits 6, and the sublime Personal Jesus gives Depeche Mode a top 10 hit for the first time in 5 years (Blasphemous Rumours being the last time) and for the 9th time in total. I, too, suffered from Milli Vanilli madness, along with the world, at 10, while the Pet Shop Boys are at 16, as sung by Liza Minelli. Cliff rockets 50 places to 13 with his best record in 2 years, and most likely his last great pop single, though he had 21 years of big hits in my charts by then, not to mention an extra 6 years had I been charting as a nipper, as it’s absolutely certain that tracks like Bachelor Boy, Summer Holiday, All My Love and The Day I Met Marie would have been chart-toppers being as I was mad on them age 5, 6, 7, 8, 9…

Highest new entry, soul great Al Green’s back again 18 years on, this time with hip-hop biggie Arthur Baker, and as suits his Reverend status, The Message Is Love. Oh Well. Yes, it’s Fleetwood Mac’s 60’s rock classic done 80’s club stylee, and in at 37. Oh Well. Oh dear! Shakespear’s Sister’s follow-up runs free at 42, Frankie’s Holly has a spot of heaven at 46, and Lisa Stansfield’s 3rd hit is THE big one, All Around The World, massive in all it’s sexy mid-Atlantic Barry White strings-tastic gorgeousness. I love it, but occasionally I enjoy singing along to it in Lisa’s natural Rochdale accent: Avv bin aroun’t worrld and ah cahn’t fahnd me barebih.

The Thompson Twins get Debbie Harry up to 40, and for good measure get themselves in a bit lower at 64 with a Sugar Daddy. The Jackson 5 also had a minor hit with Sugar Daddy in my 1972 charts, and they pop back (well minus the two most-important singers Michael and Jermaine) at 75.

At home, I started an evening course in garden design (more for work reasons than actual interest, I had an eye on a career in Parks if nothing else came along). Clive, the hippie lecturer showed a tedious video on the history of gardening, but by then sadly I’d already paid and couldn’t back out of the dullness. Monty Python’s great Graham Chapman died this week, I commented: No more Python sadly. Well, 30 years on, and that’s not quite so accurate now, the recent live shows were fun (on TV, I couldn’t get tickets). Hooray! On TV, it was MASH, Red Dwarf, Police Squad, Top Of The Pops, Blackadder Goes Forth, Doctor Who (the best episode in 3 years), and over the weekend I planted up my new pond, and bought a small eucalyptus to plant next to it. Oh was that an expensive mistake when the bloody thing grew and grew when I didn’t bother pruning it – tree surgeons eventually cut it down.

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 2 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
3 ( 5 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
4 ( 3 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
5 ( 6 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
6 ( 18 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
7 ( 8 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
8 ( 13 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
9 ( 7 ) CHERISH Madonna
10 ( 24 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli

11 ( 9 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
12 ( 4 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
13 ( 63 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
14 ( 14 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
15 ( 11 ) ONE The Bee Gees
16 ( 45 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
17 ( 19 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
18 ( 12 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
19 ( 10 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
20 ( 25 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys

21 ( 16 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
22 ( 17 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
23 ( 68 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
24 ( 15 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
25 ( 26 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
26 ( 20 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
27 ( 27 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
28 ( 21 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
29 ( 22 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
30 ( 43 ) SECRET RENDEZVOUS Karyn White

31 ( 38 ) DRAMA Erasure
32 ( 23 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
33 ( 47 ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
34 ( NEW ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples featuring Al Green
35 ( 53 ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 28 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
37 ( NEW ) OH WELL Oh Well
38 ( 55 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
39 ( 66 ) CHOCOLATE BOX Bros
40 ( 73 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry

41 ( 30 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
42 ( NEW ) RUN WILD RUN FREE Shakespear’s Sister
43 ( 31 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
44 ( 32 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette
45 ( 35 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
46 ( NEW ) HEAVEN’S HERE Holly Johnson
47 ( 39 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
48 ( 44 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
49 ( 34 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
50 ( 50 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika

51 ( 52 ) ROCK WITCHA Bobby Brown
52 ( 33 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
53 ( 29 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
54 ( 46 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
55 ( 58 ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
56 ( 56 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( NEW ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
58 ( 36 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan
59 ( 37 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
60 ( 57 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson

61 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 60 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
63 ( 49 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
64 ( NEW ) SUGAR DADDY The Thompson Twins
65 ( NEW ) FACTS OF LIFE Climie Fisher
66 ( 64 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
67 ( NEW ) THIS LOVE AFFAIR Stefan Dennis
68 ( NEW ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
69 ( 69 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
70 ( NEW ) IT’S THE SAME OLD SONG Third World

71 ( 71 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
72 ( 42 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
73 ( NEW ) CAN’T FORGET YOU Sonia
74 ( NEW ) I FEEL FOR YOU (REMIX) Chaka Khan
75 ( NEW ) 2300 JACKSON STREET The Jacksons

NON-CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST
1 DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
2 I GET EXCITED Pet Shop Boys
3 PINBALL Brian Protheroe

that shirt again in Canada 1989

that shirt again in Canada 1989

15th October 1989

It’s a new number one as Sydney Youngblood’s catchy soulpop dance tune knocks off Tears For Fears after 6 weeks on top, and Belinda Carlisle gets her 2nd-biggest hit (behind number one Circle In The Sand) at 3. Cliff does what he used to do so often – go top 10 – while Grayson Hugh’s fab gospel pop tune shoots up to 7, an American hit if not the UK. Living In A Box have plenty of room in their heart to go up 13, and Al Green keeps the top 20 hits running on for 18 years, yes Love IS the Message. In at 18 with a bluesy gnarl, it’s the Road To Hell, probably Chris Rea’s best record, and 11 years after his previous best record Fool (If You Think It’s Over). Biggest climber is our Lisa at 21, she’s been all around the world….or at least from number 57.

Re-entries, at 20 for Eurythmics single finally out in the UK – Don’t Ask Me Why it wasn’t sooner, and Soul Sister’s bouncy The Way To Your Heart at 31. Double Trouble are Street Tuff into the 40, with the Rebel MC in tow, Bros haven’t mentioned the chocolate box yet, but there it is, at 29 and doing quite well for my charts! De La Soul are welcome back with the good Eye Know at 38, Fuzzbox do a decent cover of Yoko Ono’s classic 1981 Number One, at 48, while Fresh Four don’t so the same to Rose Royce’s 1978 classic Wishing On A Star. Queen continue their string of minor hits, Scandal at 54, really for the first time since 1982 Queen not really grabbing me with their singles off an album.

The Adventures pop back from Washington, 5 years after their debut hits now, and The Creatures take a break, as they do occasionally, from Siouxsie And The Banshees, and hit 63 just Standing There! 10 years on and Rickie Lee Jones has swapped Chuck E for a Satellite, so can’t grumble. Jive Bunny make my charts purely for the Hawaii 5-0 segment, The Blow Monkeys are slaves no more at 71, Prince and Sheena are back together again with the hit ballad The Arms Of Orion from Batman – it’s not a patch on 101 or U Got The Look though, in at 74, just ahead of Alice Cooper resting on a bed of nails.

1 ( 2 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
2 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
3 ( 5 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
4 ( 6 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
5 ( 3 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
6 ( 13 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
7 ( 23 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
8 ( 10 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
9 ( 9 ) CHERISH Madonna
10 ( 4 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush

11 ( 7 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
12 ( 8 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
13 ( 38 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
14 ( 11 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
15 ( 34 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples featuring Al Green
16 ( 16 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
17 ( 12 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
18 ( NEW ) THE ROAD TO HELLPART 2 Chris Rea
19 ( 15 ) ONE The Bee Gees
20 ( RE ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

21 ( 57 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
22 ( 18 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
23 ( 14 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
24 ( 19 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
25 ( 37 ) OH WELL Oh Well
26 ( 21 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
27 ( 22 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
28 ( 31 ) DRAMA Erasure
29 ( 39 ) CHOCOLATE BOX Bros
30 ( 17 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan

31 ( RE ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
32 ( 40 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
33 ( 24 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
34 ( 68 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
35 ( 35 ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 25 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
37 ( 20 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
38 ( NEW ) EYE KNOW De La Soul
39 ( 42 ) RUN WILD RUN FREE Shakespear’s Sister
40 ( 28 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF

41 ( 26 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
42 ( 36 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
43 ( 43 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
44 ( 55 ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
45 ( NEW ) WISHING ON A STAR Fresh Four featuring Lizz E
46 ( 27 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
47 ( 30 ) SECRET RENDEZVOUS Karyn White
48 ( NEW ) WALKING ON THIN ICE Fuzzbox
49 ( 32 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
50 ( NEW ) LET THE DAY BEGIN The Call

51 ( 29 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
52 ( 48 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
53 ( 47 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
54 ( NEW ) SCANDAL Queen
55 ( 33 ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
56 ( 46 ) HEAVEN’S HERE Holly Johnson
57 ( 56 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
58 ( 45 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
59 ( 41 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
60 ( NEW ) WASHINGTON DECEASED The Adventures

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 60 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
63 ( NEW ) STANDING THERE The Creatures
64 ( 64 ) SUGAR DADDY The Thompson Twins
65 ( 62 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
66 ( 50 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
67 ( 73 ) CAN’T FORGET YOU Sonia
68 ( NEW ) SATELLITE Rickie Lee Jones
69 ( 69 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
70 ( NEW ) C’MON EVERYBODY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers

71 ( NEW ) SLAVES NO MORE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
72 ( 71 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
73 ( 54 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
74 ( NEW ) THE ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
75 ( NEW ) BED OF NAILS Alice Cooper

NON-CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST
1 THE WEDDING Julie Rogers
2 I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU MIchael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
3 FOREVER Cliff Richard

Ottawa

Ottawa

22nd October 1989

A return to the top gives the brilliant Sowing The Seeds Of Love a rare 7th week at number one, just ahead of a massive high new entry at 2 for Elton John, with his sweet, affecting ballad Sacrifice, follow-up to Number One Healing Hands. The Uk public were unmoved by both till they were re-issued as a double A side in 1990, at which point the UK agreed with me and made them a chart-topper, the record that reinvigorated Elton’s unfairly unfashionable and declining popularity. Since then, of course, he’s made a career out of back catalogue classics getting to number one!

Elsewhere: Oh Well up to 8. Oh well. Soul Sister leap to 11 with a bouncy track, Expose and Lisa Stansfield go top 20, Queen top 30, and new at 31 Norman Cook is back with the good For Spacious Lies. Who needs The Housemartins, eh, Norman? At 36 Sybil updates the lesser-known (and brilliant) Dionne Warwick/ Burt Bacharach song Don’t Make Me Over, and it’s not bad. Raze are back again with Break 4 Love re-charting at 38, while Martika takes Carole King’s lovely I Feel The Earth Move and removes all passion, but you can dance to it at 39, ditto D Mob debuting Cathy Dennis at 40 with C’mon And Get My Love. Two of the above went on to be successful song-writers, of many a pop and dance classic of the 90’s and 00’s: Clue: it’s Fatboy Slim and Cathy Dennis.

The Temptations, or at least a few of the original line-up, are back at 56 with All I Want Is You 21 years on from their first hit, Janet Jackson ‘s second single from Rhythm Nation, the Jam n Lewis-tastic album (ignoring the annoying spoken mini-tracks) marches forcefully in at 67, and Adeva’s back at 74. I Thank You. On TV? New sitcom “Nutt House” which I’ve forgotten all about – wikipedia reminds me it was 12-episode Mel Brooks series with the fabulous Brooks faves Harvey Korman and Cloris Leachman as the stars. That’s good enough for me! I now need to buy them…sadly not available, of course! Julian Clary’s Sticky Moment’s funny, and Doctor Who another goodie, frustratingly about to be cancelled thanks to a nonce Exec.

In life, mum was poorly with bad flu, I was irritable from woken up by the nephew and niece at 6am every morning, and because mum was ill I opted out of going to my cousin’s wedding in Weymouth, which caused guilt and family ill-will. Quite rightly actually, I should have gone. Tit. At worked, tried to pep up a depressed friend/colleague Peter, who was wondering what was the point in life, generally speaking. For the wonders, and art, if nothing else, suggested I, life is it’s own point. Joined the Broadstone gymn, hired a squash court to try and improve before playing others, and was brave enough to use male changing-room shower facilities, something I wouldn’t have done 10 years earlier, what with all the hang-ups I had. The way to deal with hang-ups is to confront them and get over them, seemed to work pretty well with that one, as I don’t give a toss these days!

In news: San Fransisco earthquake happened, big news obviously, while at home I got the kids teas ready while Sue at the doctors. Vicki said “I don’t like you looking after me”, humph, so I told her she was being horrible, and let her eat what she wanted. Made her happier. Parenting skills, eh?! Gardening evening course at Bournemouth Uni again with mature lady students, enjoyed the Uni bar though, still miss student days, much better than working for a living in every way bar one: money. Heavy weekend rain, and took mum to see new movie Star Trek V: The Final Frontier: Shatner did OK with the direction, but the slow script and ageing cast “need young folks to help things along”. In the comics world, it’s the debut of of the “5-year gap” Legion of Super-Heroes issue 1, all grim and gritty and mysterious, but well-written, our heroes now well into their late 20’s and 30’s, keeping up with my real age, unique in the comics world by ageing along with their readership.

1 ( 2 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( NEW ) SACRIFICE Elton John
3 ( 4 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
4 ( 1 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
5 ( 3 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
6 ( 6 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
7 ( 7 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
8 ( 25 ) OH WELL Oh Well
9 ( 13 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
10 ( 5 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher

11 ( 31 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
12 ( 18 ) THE ROAD TO HELLPART 2 Chris Rea
13 ( 8 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
14 ( 9 ) CHERISH Madonna
15 ( 15 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples featuring Al Green
16 ( 11 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
17 ( 21 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
18 ( 10 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
19 ( 36 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
20 ( 20 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

21 ( 12 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
22 ( 14 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
23 ( 50 ) LET THE DAY BEGIN The Call
24 ( 38 ) EYE KNOW De La Soul
25 ( 32 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
26 ( 17 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
27 ( 19 ) ONE The Bee Gees
28 ( 54 ) SCANDAL Queen
29 ( 34 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
30 ( 26 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John

31 ( NEW ) FOR SPACIOUS LIES Norman Cook featuring Lester
32 ( 22 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
33 ( 45 ) WISHING ON A STAR Fresh Four featuring Lizz E
34 ( 27 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
35 ( 16 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
36 ( NEW ) DON’T MAKE ME OVER Sybil
37 ( 24 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
38 ( NEW ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
39 ( 66 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
40 ( NEW ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis

41 ( 30 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
42 ( 23 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
43 ( 63 ) STANDING THERE The Creatures
44 ( 44 ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
45 ( 42 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
46 ( 29 ) CHOCOLATE BOX Bros
47 ( 39 ) RUN WILD RUN FREE Shakespear’s Sister
48 ( 48 ) WALKING ON THIN ICE Fuzzbox
49 ( NEW ) REAL WILD HOUSE Raul Orellano
50 ( 28 ) DRAMA Erasure

51 ( 40 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
52 ( 60 ) WASHINGTON DECEASED The Adventures
53 ( 33 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
54 ( 52 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
55 ( 43 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
56 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT FROM YOU The Temptations
57 ( 57 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
58 ( 35 ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
59 ( 74 ) THE ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
60 ( 75 ) BED OF NAILS Alice Cooper

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( RE ) ANCHORS AWEIGH Wax
63 ( 53 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
64 ( 62 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
65 ( 71 ) SLAVES NO MORE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
66 ( 59 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
67 ( NEW ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
68 ( 70 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
69 ( 65 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
70 ( 69 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield

71 ( 37 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
72 ( 72 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
73 ( 46 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
74 ( NEW ) I THANK YOU Adeva
75 ( 58 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli

NON-CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST
1 MYSTERY GIRL (LP) Roy Orbison
2 SLEEPING WITH THE PAST (LP) Elton John
3 I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston

Ottawa 89 and me

Ottawa 89 and me

29th October 1989

Elton John’s second topper of the year, Sacrifice becomes his 8th Number One, and the last one before his voice changed, I loved young Elton’s soulful vocals, not so much a fan of deeper-voiced later-Elton. All change at the top end, as Living In A Box climb to 3, and Grayson Hugh’s great track at 4. Lisa Stansfield gets her 3rd top 10 in a row, and Eurythmics just miss out by a whisker with a good ballad. Liza Minelli bounces back, must be bouncing bombs at 15! Debbie Harry gets another top 20 solo hit while Imagination remix an illusion at 26, new 7 years on from the original. This is long before I got a kiss and hug from Leee John, so no bias involved!

Another actual oldie enters at 34, and it’s a rare fifties classic, the 1956 doowop UK number one Why Do Fools Fall In Love, which was back out, and purchased by me in 12inch vinyl format. I always did like this one (despite Diana Ross’ 1981 massacre), though a lot of fifties tracks tended to pass me by until I got older, they sounded too old in the 70’s and 80’s as production values improved. These days, I appreciate the period charm of many of ‘em, though. At 38, great moody The Sun Rising enters for The Beloved, the first of quite a few. Rod Stewart’s back with a cover of his own cover of an Isley Brothers classic – This Old Heart Of Mine – along with Ronald Isley, at 49. The good news is it’s better than his 1975 turgid version, the bad news is it’s not a patch on the earnest gorgeousness of the 1966 Motown original which hit my Top 5 in 1968, and number one in 1976.

Boy George is back, this time as Jesus Loves You, after the love hits 53, Tina Turner’s back with I Don’t Want To Lose You at 57, Simply Red are back 63, yes you’ve got it, and The Bangles claim they’ll set you free at 66. That’s not all, though, The Eagles Don Henley gets another entry with New York Minute, a sprawling classy cinematic ballad, at 69, New Kids get a third hit with The Right Stuff (so they claim), Luther Vandross finally charts Never Too Much, remixed, and Bob Dylan lengthens his run of hits to 20 years cos everything, apparently, is broken.


On My playlist, I’d rediscovered a little-heard ballad from 1972 by Middle Of The Road that stiffed, the very touching and politically correct Union Silver, a sad ballad if ever there was one, and very under-rated to say the least. At home, planting a willow tree in the back garden, poor old 5-years-dead budgie got dug up – he’d been put into a plastic bag. Ick! The final Entertainment USA on TV, busy videoing Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes season 1 as I got hold of them, not exactly classic Trek but a good substitute add-on at this stage. Squash at the gymn, the last week at work for the team leader Kevin, who’d found gainful (better paid) employment outside the Council, and we bought him an Erasure album as a going away prezzie (Wild). We all missed him, and as a consequence of his going I got made up to unofficial team-leader (no extra cash or written responsibility of course). Sent a card to Aunty Eileen, off into hospital for an operation, went to Uni evening course, which was of no long-term consequence in my life, and joined up following an invitation to Apa247, the new Legion Of Super-Heroes fanzine, which meant I had to get back into writing (every two months) and which opened up new lifestyle changes and gave me a great group of friends for 25 years. We had our 25th anniversary do the other week, perhaps not as young and gorgeous as were back in 89, and with four tragically having passed away far too young, but still having a ball every 2 months thankfully. Hooray!

1 ( 2 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
2 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
3 ( 9 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
4 ( 7 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
5 ( 3 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
6 ( 8 ) OH WELL Oh Well
7 ( 17 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
8 ( 4 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
9 ( 5 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
10 ( 11 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soulsister

11 ( 20 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
12 ( 12 ) THE ROAD TO HELLPART 2 Chris Rea
13 ( 6 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
14 ( 15 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples featuring Al Green
15 ( 35 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
16 ( 10 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
17 ( 14 ) CHERISH Madonna
18 ( 13 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
19 ( 25 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
20 ( 29 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC

21 ( 16 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
22 ( 24 ) EYE KNOW De La Soul
23 ( 23 ) LET THE DAY BEGIN The Call
24 ( 28 ) SCANDAL Queen
25 ( 19 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
26 ( NEW ) JUST AN ILLUSION (’89) Imagination
27 ( 18 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
28 ( 36 ) DON’T MAKE ME OVER Sybil
29 ( 31 ) FOR SPACIOUS LIES Norman Cook featuring Lester
30 ( 40 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis

31 ( 26 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
32 ( 21 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
33 ( 22 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
34 ( NEW ) WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
35 ( 49 ) REAL WILD HOUSE Raul Orellano
36 ( 30 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
37 ( 39 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
38 ( NEW ) THE SUN RISING The Beloved
39 ( 68 ) THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
40 ( 27 ) ONE The Bee Gees

41 ( 67 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
42 ( 34 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
43 ( 33 ) WISHING ON A STAR Fresh Four featuring Lizz E
44 ( 38 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
45 ( 48 ) WALKING ON THIN ICE Fuzzbox
46 ( 56 ) ALL I WANT FROM YOU The Temptations
47 ( 50 ) DRAMA Erasure
48 ( 44 ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
49 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
50 ( 45 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan

51 ( 59 ) THE ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
52 ( 32 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
53 ( NEW ) AFTER THE LOVE Jesus Loves You
54 ( 62 ) ANCHORS AWEIGH Wax
55 ( 37 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
56 ( 74 ) I THANK YOU Adeva
57 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
58 ( 57 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
59 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( 42 ) THE BEST Tina Turner

61 ( 41 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
62 ( 54 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
63 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT IT Simply Red
64 ( 52 ) WASHINGTON DECEASED The Adventures
65 ( NEW ) DRIVE ON Brother Beyond
66 ( NEW ) I’LL SET YOU FREE The Bangles
67 ( 70 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
68 ( 64 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
69 ( NEW ) NEW YORK MINUTE Don Henley
70 ( 69 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
72 ( NEW ) NEVER TOO MUCH (’89) Luther Vandross
73 ( 72 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
74 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS BROKEN Bob Dylan
75 ( 55 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

NON-CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST
1 IF I WAS Midge Ure
2 UNION SILVER Middle Of The Road
3 THE YEAR OF THE CAT Al Stewart