My Sept-Dec 2018 Charts

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29th December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

23rd December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

17th December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

9th December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2nd December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

25th November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

18th November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

11th November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

4th November 2018

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

28th October 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21st October 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

14th October 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

7th October 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drop outs:

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

 

 

30th September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

23rd September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16th September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

9th September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

2nd September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My 2015 Charts May to Aug

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30th August 2015

It’s Niia just edging out Royksopp, and her so lovely Body. Not far behind though there’s a brace of girlies all challenging with big jumps into the 10: Selena Gomez, Foxes and Nerina Pallot. It’s not Nerina’s first time in the top 5 by any means, and as I’m generally a fan I hope it’s not the last time either. The highest new entry at 8 is a bizarrely beautiful track from Kishi Bashi, Japanese American classical violinist with avant-garde electronic tendencies.

Maroon 5 and Jess Glynne both grab another top 10 of several, the very Joan Armatrading-sounding Rationale shoots up to 11 (he may not thank for that comparison though), while the Sugarhill Gang get a 2nd top 20 record at long last. Talking of veteran old skool rap, Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis are back with a huge supporting cast, notably Melle Mel making his first appearance in 20 years, and lengthening his run to 31 years since the classic White Lines. Duran Duran (at 5) also covered White Lines in 1995 with a top version with assistance from an original rapper or two. It’s a sprawling show-piece of Mark Ronson-style retro rap delight. No bragging about long they can keep it up and how*, you can hear the words, and no swearing. Just like the cliche-free old days!

(I choose to view “going downtown” as completely innocent in content, as this was certainly nothing Pet Clark had in mind when she went downtown!

Dusty shoots up as the soulful delight of Spooky makes my serious playlist along with former friend and duet partner Cilla’s remixed version of Step Inside Love, a song I loved in 1968 just before my charts started, and written by Paul McCartney for Cilla and her new TV show. Long overdue a chart position by about ooh 47 years. a-ha return too, for a second comeback hit, more uptempo despite the title, Simply Red also pop back with a another to add to the long list, and look see – it’s a Pink Floyd-er getting a new chart entry for the first time in about 20-odd years: Dave Gilmour with a bunch of singing convicts. I’m not kidding….! Oldies: the late Lynn Anderson pops back in 44 years on, as a goodbye tribute, and Elton John’s Tiny Dancer (as previously sampled by Ironik) is back in the UK top 100 sales chart (though not in the made-up chart that most people don’t care about anymore, and don’t even notice) thanks to an advert. Never made my chart in the 70’s, as it was fairly obscure at that time.

1 3 1 3 BODY Niia 290000
2 1 1 5 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 436500
3 15 3 3 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 33400
4 26 4 2 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 83500
5 2 1 9 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 573600
6 25 6 3 BODY TALK Foxes 79550
7 7 7 3 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 177000
8 NEW 8 1 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 48000
9 11 9 5 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 115400
10 20 10 5 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 91600

11 33 11 2 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 54700
12 5 5 7 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 257700
13 22 13 3 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 69100
14 6 6 6 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 162500
15 4 1 12 SHINE Years And Years 1122450
16 24 16 3 OH MY LOVE The Score 55000
17 12 12 10 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 165200
18 NEW 18 1 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 22000
19 9 9 6 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 187200
20 10 2 9 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 661000

21 8 2 9 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 522950
22 64 22 10 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 77400
23 19 8 7 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 229250
24 13 5 8 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 277000
25 37 25 3 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 42050
26 16 4 9 WHEN M+A 378400
27 23 10 6 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 159650
28 28 28 4 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 60100
29 17 8 5 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 155200
30 14 14 4 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 85200

31 18 18 6 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 91850
32 34 32 3 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 42900
33 38 33 3 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING AND ANYTHING AT ALL Kylie Minogue 40100
34 36 34 3 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 41200
35 35 35 6 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 79000
36 21 16 5 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 92150
37 NEW 37 1 THE GATES Young Empires 17300
38 55 38 2 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 28000
39 NEW 39 1 THE WAKE a-ha 17100
40 NEW 40 1 90’s LOVE (ACID PT. II) The Caulfield Beats 17000

41 44 3 9 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 350450
42 NEW 42 1 STEP INSIDE LOVE (ALMIGHTY RADIO EDIT) CIlla Black 13750
43 30 30 6 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 82400
44 52 44 2 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 24750
45 27 18 10 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 154300
46 32 32 3 NIGHTS LIKE THIS W. Darling 43050
47 58 47 2 I WANT YOU Wrabel 22700
48 66 48 3 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 25900
49 43 2 14 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 618100
50 60 50 3 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 28600

51 47 1 18 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1547500
52 49 1 12 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 569900
53 57 53 7 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 57850
54 53 1 17 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 552050
55 54 1 25 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1032950
56 31 17 7 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 117000
57 69 57 2 GOOD TIMES Ella Eyre featuring Sigma 16600
58 40 40 6 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 56600
59 NEW 59 1 I AM Leona Lewis 10100
60 41 25 7 ORGAN The Hardkiss 86250

61 39 39 4 WATERFALL Vok 46700
62 61 1 17 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 710300
63 56 10 19 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 330300
64 70 64 3 INSTANT CRUSH Natalie Imbruglia 18100
65 73 65 3 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 17600
66 NEW 66 1 INTOXICATED Martin Solveig and GTA 6800
67 74 67 2 HAPPY DAYS Squeeze 11800
68 71 68 2 KING GRADES 12200
69 NEW 69 1 TINY DANCER Elton John 6200
70 75 70 2 RESTLESS New Order 11000

71 68 4 20 HOME Max Jury 442450
72 NEW 72 1 (I NEVER PROMISED YOU A) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson 5600
73 NEW 73 1 RATTLE THAT LOCK David Gilmour 5400
74 46 20 7 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 111200
75 NEW 75 1 GHOST OF LOVE Simply Red 5000

29 29 3 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 53100
42 4 10 COME AND GET IT John Newman 348700
45 25 4 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 67350
48 36 5 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 59700
50 50 3 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART Brandon Flowers 32200
51 7 8 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 233050
59 10 9 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 214500
62 17 7 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 120800
63 34 5 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 67550
65 43 5 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 54700
67 67 1 SEARCH PARTY Sam Bruno 6600
72 72 1 SAVAGES Five Knives 5400


23rd August 2015

It’s Royksopp getting their first ever chart-topper after over a decade of not coming close before, and following in the tradition of Norwegian bands like, err a-ha who are also back lower down, and at unofficial position of 76 with new single The Wake – there just aren’t enough chart places for another 20 tracks this week! Somebody explain to me how this brilliant track has not been a hit! American singer Niia meanwhile is at 3 with the gorgeous Body. Here’s a shocking statistic (for me) – the fabulous Gladys Knight has only had 2 previous top 10 songs in my charts, Van McCoy’s Baby Don’t Change Your Mind hit 3 in 1977 and the Bond Theme Licence To Kill hit 7 in 1989, so this classic oldie is long overdue at 6 – If I Were Your Woman hits 6, her 19th chart hit in 43 years and her 2nd biggest hit. What?! So many other oldies of hers could do the same.

Big climbs for Selena Gomez, Maroon 5, Foxes, Madcon, Woolf And The Wondershow, eccentric alternative act Ezra Furman, Carly Rae Jepsen and Kylie Minogue getting a second top 40 hit in the same week. New at 26, Nerina Pallot is back philosophising about Rousseau for a 9th year of chart action which includes a number one for herself, and one written for Kylie – Aphrodite, criminally never a single. Down the bottom end of the chart, 2 veterans return relatively quietly after not being together some years: New Order stretch their run of hits (including 2 chart-toppers) to 34 years, and Squeeze have a run of 37 years, with not even a sniff of a number one amongst a quality songbook – Take Me I’m Yours in 1978 came closest when it went top 3.

1 3 1 4 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 321300
2 1 1 8 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 513600
3 12 3 2 BODY Niia 120000
4 2 1 11 SHINE Years And Years 1095450
5 5 5 6 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 222700
6 14 6 5 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 133500
7 7 7 3 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 127000
8 4 2 8 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 503200
9 9 9 5 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 166200
10 6 2 8 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 641000

11 19 11 4 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 70400
12 22 12 9 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 142200
13 11 5 7 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 258000
14 20 14 3 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 67200
15 68 15 2 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 33400
16 13 4 8 WHEN M+A 359900
17 8 8 4 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 137000
18 23 18 5 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 73950
19 10 8 6 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 210000
20 40 20 4 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 49600

21 16 16 4 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 74750
22 34 22 2 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 37100
23 15 10 5 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 141250
24 54 24 2 OH MY LOVE The Score 30000
25 71 25 2 BODY TALK Foxes 24550
26 NEW 26 1 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 18500
27 18 18 9 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 141300
28 31 28 3 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 41800
29 33 29 3 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 53100
30 30 30 5 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 68900

31 17 17 6 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 106400
32 47 32 2 NIGHTS LIKE THIS W. Darling 30300
33 NEW 33 1 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 17700
34 61 34 2 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 25100
35 50 35 5 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 61500
36 69 36 2 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 23600
37 70 37 2 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 23300
38 73 38 2 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING AND ANYTHING AT ALL Kylie Minogue 22400
39 39 39 3 WATERFALL Vok 39200
40 60 40 5 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 46400

41 25 25 6 ORGAN The Hardkiss 76250
42 21 4 10 COME AND GET IT John Newman 348700
43 26 2 13 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 606000
44 24 3 8 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 336450
45 32 25 4 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 67350
46 41 20 6 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 106000
47 37 1 17 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1535750
48 36 36 5 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 59700
49 38 1 11 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 558400
50 58 50 3 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART Brandon Flowers 32200

51 28 7 8 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 233050
52 NEW 52 1 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 11500
53 48 1 16 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 541050
54 49 1 24 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1022150
55 NEW 55 1 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 10800
56 46 10 18 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 323200
57 57 57 6 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 46600
58 NEW 58 1 I WANT YOU Wrabel 10200
59 42 10 9 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 214500
60 67 60 2 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 16600

61 56 1 16 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 703100
62 29 17 7 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 120800
63 44 34 5 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 67550
64 64 64 9 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 57900
65 45 43 5 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 54700
66 66 66 2 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 13600
67 NEW 67 1 SEARCH PARTY Sam Bruno 6600
68 59 4 19 HOME Max Jury 436650
69 NEW 69 1 GOOD TIMES Ella Eyre featuring Sigma 6200
70 75 70 2 INSTANT CRUSH Natalie Imbruglia 11000

71 NEW 71 1 KING GRADES 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SAVAGES Five Knives 5400
73 74 73 2 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 10600
74 NEW 74 1 HAPPY DAYS Squeeze 5200
75 NEW 75 1 RESTLESS New Order 5000

DROP OUTS
27 27 12 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 173150
35 35 4 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson featuring Heir 59600
43 7 20 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 330750
51 22 6 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 92700
52 6 17 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 504000
53 42 5 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 51750
55 55 4 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 31700
62 24 8 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 111900
63 16 6 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 103200
65 3 12 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 481450
72 56 4 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 28800


16th August 2015

It’s finally a new number one and it’s Duran Duran, Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers keeping the pressure on for years and years, and toppling them. It’s the Durannies 4th number one, spanning 31 years since their first Wild Boys – appropriately that was produced by Nile Rodgers (and no doubt he would’ve had a featuring credit if they did that in those days). For all their classics, Chic never climbed higher than 2, though Sister Sledge managed it with Lost In Music with a bit of help from Duran Duran on a remix 12” for a reissue of it around about Wild Boys time. They are all Nile Rodgers of course. Duran Duran had 2 more chart-toppers in 1993 so it’s a been a 22-year wait for another one. Janelle Monae almost made the top with fun. and We Are Young, and they did it with the follow-up without her assistance, so it’s only fair she gets one at last too! It’s a great single, sounding both contemporary and yet also sounds like it could have been the follow-up to Wild Boys.

Royksopp get their biggest hit after a decade of trying, the fab I Had This Thing at 3, and Galantis outdo the previous top 10 single, as does Major Lazer at 9. Highest new entry is the cool Niia at 12, a sultry delight, and Jess Glynne leaps up 50 places to 19 for one of her bigger hits, while in at 34 it’s a 33-year-old track being featured in an ad for confused.com with some robots. Apache has already topped my chart as an instrumental oldie for The Shadows, still one of the 3 or 4 oldest records (in terms of year-of-release) dating from 1960, this version came out in 1982 for the Sugarhill Gang, the boys who were ground zero for rap in the charts, Rapper’s Delight hitting the top 10 in 1979, having borrowed Niles Rodgers’ Chic backing track to Good Times for the record. They never really managed to follow it up though, sadly, even with this great track, so belatedly here it is, and at over 35 years wait for a follow-up hit that’s one of the longest waits ever to avoid being a one-chart-hit-wonder.

Other oldies returning: Donovan’s back with the first-time entry for 60’s classic Mellow Yellow (thanks to the Minions soundtrack), though all of his singles would have charted had I been charting before 1968, but he has to make do with a mere 46 years of chart entries. Kylie’s back, with a new (movie) track, giving her 2 at once in the chart, and Natalie Imbruglia is back after ages away for a 17-year run of chart entries. Austastic.

1 4 1 7 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 398600
2 1 1 10 SHINE Years And Years 1030450
3 8 3 3 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 151300
4 2 2 7 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 465200
5 12 5 5 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 162700
6 3 2 7 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 599000
7 15 7 2 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 77000
8 9 8 3 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 114000
9 13 9 4 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 121200
10 11 8 5 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 189000

11 5 5 6 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 226000
12 NEW 12 1 BODY Niia 35000
13 6 4 7 WHEN M+A 334900
14 19 14 4 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 78500
15 10 10 4 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 122000
16 24 16 3 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 55000
17 21 17 5 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 88500
18 26 18 8 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 123000
19 69 19 3 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 33400
20 29 20 2 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 38200

21 7 4 9 COME AND GET IT John Newman 334950
22 28 22 8 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 107200
23 31 23 4 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 51950
24 16 3 7 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 323200
25 35 25 5 ORGAN The Hardkiss 62250
26 18 2 12 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 592500
27 30 27 12 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 173150
28 14 7 7 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 221300
29 17 17 6 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 113400
30 39 30 4 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 50900

31 72 31 2 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 23500
32 25 25 3 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 54350
33 38 33 2 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 34900
34 NEW 34 1 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 17600
35 37 35 4 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson featuring Heir 59600
36 40 36 4 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 47400
37 33 1 16 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1523250
38 32 1 10 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 546300
39 75 39 2 WATERFALL Vok 22100
40 RE 40 3 THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT Maroon 5 29600

41 20 20 5 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 93250
42 27 10 8 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 204400
43 23 7 20 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 330750
44 34 34 4 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 60350
45 43 43 4 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 47700
46 44 10 17 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 312600
47 NEW 47 1 NIGHTS LIKE THIS W. Darling 12500
48 47 1 15 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 529800
49 48 1 23 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1011150
50 50 50 4 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 44000

51 42 22 6 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 92700
52 45 6 17 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 504000
53 53 42 5 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 51750
54 NEW 54 1 OH MY LOVE The Score 11000
55 59 55 4 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 31700
56 54 1 15 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 695600
57 63 57 5 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 36200
58 60 58 2 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART Brandon Flowers 20200
59 55 4 18 HOME Max Jury 430250
60 65 60 4 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 29400

61 NEW 61 1 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 7500
62 36 24 8 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 111900
63 41 16 6 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 103200
64 64 64 8 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 50800
65 46 3 12 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 481450
66 NEW 66 1 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 6800
67 NEW 67 1 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 6600
68 NEW 68 1 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 6400
69 NEW 69 1 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 6200
70 NEW 70 1 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 6000

71 NEW 71 1 BODY TALK Foxes 5800
72 56 56 4 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 28800
73 NEW 73 1 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING AND ANYTHING AT ALL Kylie Minogue 5200
74 NEW 74 1 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 INSTANT CRUSH Natalie Imbruglia 5000

DROP OUTS
22 9 17 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 385500
49 31 4 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 59600
51 5 8 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 237550
52 2 14 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 583200
57 57 7 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 71800
58 38 4 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 49900
61 33 4 ANNIE Neon Indian 44300
62 47 4 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 42600
66 50 4 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 35400
67 3 13 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 476350
68 68 3 CURE Disa 16800
70 1 27 SPEED KILLS 10CC 707000
71 71 2 FIRE MEET GASOLINE SIA 10800
73 9 8 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 185950
74 74 1 BITCH I’M MADONNA Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj 5200

9th August 2015

It’s still Years And Years who have been on top for years and years (or 5 weeks) presiding over a static top 3, while Sigala take the Jackson 5 sample of ABC 2 places higher than the original managed 45 years ago. Royksopp celebrate 14 years of chart entries with a top 10 climber, and the late Cilla Black moves up to 9 with If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind, her 7th top 10 and belatedly giving a hat-trick of top 10 singles from 1969 48 years after Surround Yourself With Sorrow peaked at 2. As Cilla enters the sales chart for the 3rd time with her two UK chart-toppers, that’s enough excuse for me to chart them for the 3rd time too and they both enter the top 40 (or re-enter, if you like but I like to count tracks that chart in individual years as separate chart runs).

Kylie notches up 27 years of top 10’s, Jake Shears has 11 years, Niles Rodgers has 37 years thanks to NERVO. Highest new entry is from Benjamin, who appears to be a young Scandipop singer, Young And Reckless sounds like a hit single to me. Gladys Knight gets her first top 20 in 26 years with a 45-year-old soul classic of hers, and Norah Jones is welcomed back into the top 40 along with Danger Mouse. Elsewhere, both Brandon Flowers and Madonna add to their rather large run of entries from their latest albums, just a shame none of them have been big hits because the singles chart is stupidly ignoring anyone who looks more than 16 years old. Hey ho…


1 1 1 9 SHINE Years And Years 915450
2 2 2 6 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 400200
3 3 2 6 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 544000
4 5 4 6 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 228600
5 10 5 5 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 189000
6 6 4 6 WHEN M+A 302900
7 4 4 8 COME AND GET IT John Newman 315200
8 28 8 2 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 66300
9 19 9 2 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 66000
10 13 10 3 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 95000

11 8 8 4 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 147000
12 16 12 4 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 102700
13 15 13 3 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 76200
14 7 7 6 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 203000
15 NEW 15 1 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 27000
16 11 3 6 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 304200
17 17 17 5 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 95200
18 12 2 11 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 574000
19 40 19 3 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 49500
20 20 20 4 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 79250

21 21 21 4 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 65500
22 9 9 17 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 385500
23 14 7 19 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 317250
24 54 24 2 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 30000
25 32 25 2 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 36550
26 26 26 7 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 101000
27 18 10 7 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 190650
28 29 28 7 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 87700
29 NEW 29 1 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 18200
30 30 30 11 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 154750

31 62 31 3 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 32700
32 22 1 9 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 529100
33 23 1 15 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1505950
34 35 34 3 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 47100
35 58 35 4 ORGAN The Hardkiss 43500
36 24 24 7 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 104500
37 37 37 3 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson featuring Heir 42100
38 NEW 38 1 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 17200
39 55 39 3 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 32900
40 63 40 3 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 30000

41 25 16 5 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 96000
42 27 22 5 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 80950
43 56 43 3 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 34700
44 43 10 16 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 298850
45 41 6 16 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 492500
46 36 3 11 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 474450
47 45 1 14 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 517500
48 46 1 22 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 999050
49 31 31 4 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 59600
50 60 50 3 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 32000

51 39 5 8 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 237550
52 34 2 14 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 583200
53 42 42 4 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 40500
54 49 1 14 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 685000
55 51 4 17 HOME Max Jury 420150
56 65 56 3 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 23200
57 57 57 7 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 71800
58 38 38 4 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 49900
59 73 59 3 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 20900
60 NEW 60 1 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART Brandon Flowers 10000

61 33 33 4 ANNIE Neon Indian 44300
62 47 47 4 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 42600
63 66 63 4 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 25800
64 64 64 7 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 43700
65 68 65 3 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 19400
66 50 50 4 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 35400
67 53 3 13 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 476350
68 74 68 3 CURE Disa 16800
69 69 69 2 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 12400
70 70 1 27 SPEED KILLS 10CC 707000

71 75 71 2 FIRE MEET GASOLINE SIA 10800
72 NEW 72 1 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 5600
73 52 9 8 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 185950
74 NEW 74 1 BITCH I’M MADONNA Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WATERFALL Vok 5000

DROP OUTS
44 28 6 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 80500
48 48 6 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 53600
59 1 17 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 734850
61 3 11 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 483150
67 40 4 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 48600
71 34 3 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 30500
72 45 4 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 41200


2nd August 2015

4 weeks for Shine, Years and Years look being on top that long, holding off Conrad Sewell at 2, and Duran Duran who go up to 5 for the first time in 20-odd years. In at 19, it’s Cilla Black following her shock death today, very unexpected following on from the great TV series “Cilla” showcasing her singing career and back catalogue. Cilla has been a lovely, likeable mainstay in my life since I was 6 years old, and I will miss her. If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind was one I missed at the time it was a UK hit in late 1969, as I was living in Singapore, but one I grew to love after Agnetha Faltskog covered it and took it to number one in my charts a decade ago. Most of Cilla’s greatest hits have already made my charts as oldies, but this one has missed out, so here it is.

Others: Royksopp return at 28, The Maccabees are at 32, and Danger Mouse is back at 54 with the help of Norah Jones – Norah has had 13 years of chart hits, far outdoing her dad Ravi Shankar who had only 5 years of charting from 1969 to 1974, though he did have a chart-topper and she hasn’t yet; Danger Mouse has also topped my chart with Cee-Lo, as Gnarls Barkley, Crazy in 2006, and had a top 5 as part of Broken Bells.

1 1 1 8 SHINE Years And Years 745450
2 3 2 5 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 285200
3 2 2 5 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 459000
4 4 4 7 COME AND GET IT John Newman 265200
5 7 5 5 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 163600
6 5 4 5 WHEN M+A 247900
7 8 7 5 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 174000
8 10 8 3 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 110000
9 14 9 16 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 366000
10 13 10 4 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 129000

11 6 3 5 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 279200
12 9 2 10 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 552000
13 19 13 2 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 53000
14 11 7 18 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 298000
15 38 15 2 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 44200
16 16 16 3 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 67700
17 18 17 4 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 72200
18 12 10 6 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 172250
19 NEW 19 1 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 21000
20 20 20 3 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 59250

21 26 21 3 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 45750
22 15 1 8 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 511300
23 17 1 14 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1488250
24 25 24 6 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 87100
25 21 16 4 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 82000
26 29 26 6 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 82500
27 22 22 4 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 67200
28 NEW 28 1 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 18300
29 30 29 6 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 69400
30 33 30 10 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 136750

31 37 31 3 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 47500
32 NEW 32 1 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 17800
33 47 33 3 ANNIE Neon Indian 36800
34 23 2 13 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 571700
35 50 35 2 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 29500
36 24 3 10 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 461700
37 61 37 2 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson featuring Heir 24800
38 48 38 3 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 39700
39 27 5 7 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 225800
40 52 40 2 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 28500

41 34 6 15 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 479500
42 59 42 3 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 29250
43 39 10 15 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 285600
44 28 28 6 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 80500
45 43 1 13 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 505000
46 42 1 21 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 986750
47 49 47 3 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 35200
48 53 48 6 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 53600
49 44 1 13 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 674000
50 55 50 3 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 28600

51 36 4 16 HOME Max Jury 409350
52 32 9 7 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 180550
53 35 3 12 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 469750
54 NEW 54 1 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 11000
55 75 55 2 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 15800
56 56 56 2 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 21200
57 57 57 6 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 61400
58 58 58 3 ORGAN The Hardkiss 26000
59 46 1 17 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 734850
60 60 60 2 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 20000

61 31 3 11 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 483150
62 62 62 2 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 14800
63 71 63 2 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 13000
64 64 64 6 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 36600
65 72 65 2 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 12600
66 66 66 3 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 18600
67 40 40 4 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 48600
68 70 68 2 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 12400
69 NEW 69 1 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 6200
70 69 1 26 SPEED KILLS 10CC 701000

71 RE 34 3 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 30500
72 45 45 4 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 41200
73 73 73 2 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 10800
74 74 74 2 CURE Disa 10400
75 NEW 75 1 FIRE MEET GASOLINE SIA 5000

DROP OUTS
41 6 7 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 199400
51 10 6 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 163050
54 8 6 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 146900
63 63 2 DON’T WAIT UP Robert DeLong 14400
65 17 9 THANK YOU Will Young 121750
67 67 2 SHADOW LEV 12200
68 60 3 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 22800

26th July 2015

It’s Years And Years for a 3rd week at one, still keeping the fantastic Tame Impala at 2, and holding off a rising Conrad Sewell with his biggest track to date, Hold Me Up. In a hectic, packed chart it’s a terrific top 20 and all records under-perform except for the record on top, of course. Duran Duran get a cool 34 years of Top 10 singles, not to mention Nile Rodgers extending his run to 37 years as he simultaneously assists NERVO to enter at 19, as the Aussie twin lady DJ’s come back with Kylie in tow, for her 2nd guest vocal of the year (after Giorgio Moroder hit 2 with her help), and Jake Spears gets his first solo credit outside Scissor Sisters for 11 years of top 20 tracks since they hit 1 with Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb, not to mention co-writing a number for Kylie, I Believe In You. Phew!

Avicii adds to his run of big singles at 10, as Simon Aldred, and Janelle Monae (with Duran) add to their’s after a bit of a gap. Elsewhere: Galantis, Kove, Sigma have big leaps while Major Lazer enter over themselves, Diplo-matically, and Lianne La Havas, Moncarchy (with a Beloved cover), Carly Rae Jepsen, Rod Stewart, and some ex-boy-band-ers in Aston Merrygold and Nathan Sykes newly pop in for a visit.


1 1 1 7 SHINE Years And Years 575450
2 2 2 4 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 374000
3 5 3 4 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 170200
4 6 4 6 COME AND GET IT John Newman 200200
5 4 4 4 WHEN M+A 192900
6 3 3 4 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 242200
7 24 7 4 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 103600
8 11 8 4 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 124000
9 9 2 9 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 517000
10 20 10 2 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 62000

11 7 7 17 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 269000
12 10 10 5 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 150250
13 13 13 3 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 87000
14 14 14 15 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 321000
15 8 1 7 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 491800
16 33 16 2 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 42700
17 12 1 13 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1469000
18 18 18 3 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 49200
19 NEW 19 1 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 21000
20 23 20 2 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 39250

21 16 16 3 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 63250
22 26 22 3 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 48800
23 17 2 12 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 554100
24 19 3 9 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 444000
25 25 25 5 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 68100
26 61 26 2 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 26000
27 15 5 6 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 208700
28 28 28 5 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 67250
29 49 29 5 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 64000
30 36 30 5 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 51200

31 21 3 10 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 475650
32 22 9 6 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 169050
33 37 33 9 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 118750
34 29 6 14 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 465500
35 30 3 11 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 458500
36 31 4 15 HOME Max Jury 397600
37 48 37 2 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 29600
38 NEW 38 1 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 17200
39 44 10 14 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 272100
40 45 40 3 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 42000

41 27 6 7 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 199400
42 42 1 20 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 974000
43 43 1 12 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 492000
44 41 1 12 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 661900
45 50 45 3 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 35600
46 39 1 16 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 724750
47 66 47 2 ANNIE Neon Indian 19100
48 58 48 2 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 22500
49 56 49 2 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 22700
50 NEW 50 1 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 12000

51 32 10 6 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 163050
52 NEW 52 1 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 11500
53 53 53 5 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 41300
54 35 8 6 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 146900
55 71 55 2 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 16600
56 NEW 56 1 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 10600
57 57 57 5 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 51000
58 RE 58 2 ORGAN The Hardkiss 15800
59 73 59 2 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 15500
60 NEW 60 1 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 10000

61 NEW 61 1 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson 7500
62 NEW 62 1 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 7400
63 63 63 2 DON’T WAIT UP Robert DeLong 14400
64 67 64 5 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 29500
65 65 17 9 THANK YOU Will Young 121750
66 75 66 2 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 11800
67 72 67 2 SHADOW LEV 12200
68 60 60 3 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 22800
69 68 1 25 SPEED KILLS 10CC 695000
70 NEW 70 1 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 6000

71 NEW 71 1 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 5800
72 NEW 72 1 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 5600
73 NEW 73 1 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 5400
74 NEW 74 1 CURE Disa 5200
75 NEW 75 1 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 5000

DROP OUTS
34 34 2 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 24700
38 29 7 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 89150
40 9 11 ROADS Lawson 202800
46 19 5 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 82050
47 22 7 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 121500
51 9 8 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 222550
52 20 7 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 84000
54 43 3 TIME Jungle 31950
55 4 10 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 333500
59 38 8 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 85950
62 53 4 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 35850
64 37 6 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 70700
69 69 2 MERCY Muse 11200
70 60 4 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 32400
74 10 14 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 212350


19th July 2015

A second week for Years And Years on top, with Shine, which may have been cruelly pipped at the post in the UK singles chart, but at least they got a number one album out of it. Conrad Sewell gets his 2nd top 10, and Kacey Musgraves her first, as Pharrell Williams rockets into the 20 screaming Freedom, well over a decade since he first did it with NERD. That includes quite a few biggies along the way… meanwhile highest new entry is Avicii, keeping his run of big singles alive at 20, with uncredited vocal duties from Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost, who have previously topped my charts with Mathematics in 2007, before getting the Birdy cover treatment (People Help The People).

In at 23, just ahead of fellow 80’s act Duran Duran’s new single, it’s a-ha with a lush new ballad, Under The Makeup, and an incredible 30 years since they topped my chart with Take On Me and The Sun Always Shines On TV. Lots of new acts and acts following up big hits entering lower down, but in at 75 it’s a childhood fave Happy Together from The Turtles, a fab 1967 single which predates my charts by a year, so it’s about time it was an entry and the new Minions movie features it over the title credits to give me a great excuse. The Turtles did, however, hit my number one in late 1968 with Elenore, so technically speaking that gives them a nice run of singles: 2. While they appeared in the interim as guests on other big name singles as Flo and Eddie (Get It On by T.Rex being just one), and their songs have been covered by Jason Donovan, The Lightning Seeds and Salt ‘n’ Pepa (among others) that means that they by far are the act who have had to wait the longest for a second hit, and a follow-up to a number one (they were the first One-Hit Wonders in my chart) – 46 and a half years. What?!! Surely it was just a couple of decades ago….

1 1 1 6 SHINE Years And Years 405450
2 2 2 3 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 259000
3 3 3 3 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 187200
4 7 4 3 WHEN M+A 132900
5 20 5 3 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 85200
6 8 6 5 COME AND GET IT John Newman 135200
7 10 7 16 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 232000
8 4 1 6 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 464800
9 5 2 8 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 472000
10 15 10 4 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 115250

11 18 11 3 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 76000
12 6 1 12 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1446000
13 17 13 2 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 55000
14 16 14 14 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 292000
15 11 5 5 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 190300
16 26 16 2 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 43500
17 9 2 11 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 534850
18 74 18 2 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 27200
19 13 3 8 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 425000
20 NEW 20 1 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (Of Cherry Ghost) 20000

21 12 3 9 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 457750
22 21 9 5 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 151250
23 NEW 23 1 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 19250
24 37 24 3 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 53600
25 33 25 4 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 49350
26 55 26 2 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 29300
27 14 6 6 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 185400
28 35 28 4 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 48950
29 25 6 13 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 447900
30 30 3 10 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 441000

31 28 4 14 HOME Max Jury 380200
32 22 10 5 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 151300
33 NEW 33 1 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 17700
34 64 34 2 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 24700
35 19 8 5 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 135900
36 RE 36 4 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 33200
37 48 37 8 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 101050
38 29 29 7 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 89150
39 31 1 15 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 712000
40 24 9 11 ROADS Lawson 202800

41 39 1 11 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 648650
42 42 1 19 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 960250
43 41 1 11 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 478500
44 23 10 13 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 258000
45 50 45 2 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 25000
46 32 19 5 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 82050
47 36 22 7 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 121500
48 NEW 48 1 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 12300
49 49 49 4 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 45800
50 56 50 2 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 22600

51 27 9 8 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 222550
52 34 20 7 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 84000
53 66 53 4 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 30050
54 RE 43 3 TIME Jungle 31950
55 43 4 10 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 333500
56 NEW 56 1 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 10600
57 59 57 4 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 40600
58 NEW 58 1 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 10200
59 38 38 8 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 85950
60 68 60 2 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 16400

61 NEW 61 1 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 7500
62 65 53 4 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 35850
63 NEW 63 1 DON’T WAIT UP Robert DeLong 7200
64 40 37 6 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 70700
65 52 17 8 THANK YOU Will Young 114750
66 NEW 66 1 ANNIE Neon Indian 6600
67 71 67 4 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 22400
68 67 1 24 SPEED KILLS 10CC 688800
69 75 69 2 MERCY Muse 11200
70 60 60 4 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 32400

71 NEW 71 1 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SHADOW LEV 5600
73 NEW 73 1 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 5400
74 63 10 14 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 212350
75 NEW 75 1 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 5000

DROP OUTS
44 39 6 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 64900
45 23 4 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 62450
46 5 28 ALFIE Cilla Black 401150
47 16 6 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 87100
51 11 8 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 196100
53 36 5 MONTANA James Taylor 61950
54 28 4 DREAMS Beck 65600
57 29 5 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 75600
58 20 7 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 101750
61 19 13 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 162700
62 25 12 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 157100
69 6 8 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 189050
70 57 2 INDIAN SUMMER Jai Wolf 16400
72 72 1 ORGAN The Hardkiss 5600
73 1 25 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 991400


12th July 2015

It’s Years And Years getting a second number one of 2015, equalling Brandon Flowers, with the fab Shine which rockets to the top. They should have been the UK number one but wuz robbed by a few sales by a much lesser record, and it’s going to happen again this week. Hey ho. Tame Impala also get a second of the year – number 2 that is, as Cause I’m A Man follows Feels Like We Only Go Backwards in the runners-up slot. Tame Impala are a positively joyous hotchpotch of old records for me, albeit in an EDM stylee – The Beatles, Hot Chocolate, Mercury Rev all leap out at me, and there’s been one bugging me about Cause I’m A Man – it’s The Delfonics Didn’t I Blow My Mind vocal and melody very much inspiring this one. Fab. Up 35 spots in a top 3 clearout, there’s X Ambassadors and Renegades, a fab track if ever I heard one. If it’s not a UK chart hit I will complain.

Big jumps for Petite Meller finally hitting the 10 after 15 weeks, for John Newman with another top 10, and a top 10 debut for M+A’s lush track. Mmmm. Highest new entry is Sigala sampling dance record Easy Love, which has more than a bit of The Jackson 5’s ABC at 17. Conrad Sewell is also back shooting up to 20, fresh from his previous “featuring” credit with Kygo’s Firestone. Other artists coming back: Gavin DeGraw, Andy Grammer, Tinie Tempah, Jess Glynne, Pharrell Williams and Muse.


1 35 1 5 SHINE Years And Years 235450
2 14 2 2 CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 144000
3 38 3 2 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 102200
4 1 1 5 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 416800
5 3 2 7 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 427000
6 2 1 11 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1411000
7 31 7 2 WHEN M+A 67900
8 30 8 4 COME AND GET IT John Newman 80200
9 4 2 10 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 511850
10 65 10 15 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 182000

11 5 5 4 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 163300
12 7 3 8 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 438000
13 11 3 7 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 404000
14 6 6 5 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 167000
15 15 15 3 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 73250
16 16 16 13 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 263000
17 NEW 17 1 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 23000
18 40 18 2 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 39000
19 8 8 4 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 118400
20 74 20 2 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 25200

21 9 9 4 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 131750
22 10 10 4 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 133500
23 17 10 12 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 244750
24 24 9 10 ROADS Lawson 185800
25 21 6 12 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 429700
26 NEW 26 1 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 18500
27 12 9 7 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 210800
28 22 4 13 HOME Max Jury 362300
29 29 29 6 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 71950
30 18 3 9 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 423000

31 25 1 14 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 694900
32 19 19 4 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 69300
33 64 33 3 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 30600
34 20 20 6 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 72500
35 46 35 3 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 30650
36 27 22 6 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 109000
37 37 37 2 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 34600
38 44 38 7 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 75850
39 32 1 10 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 634650
40 43 37 5 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 63600

41 41 1 10 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 465000
42 42 1 18 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 946500
43 33 4 9 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 322700
44 39 39 6 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 64900
45 23 23 4 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 62450
46 13 5 28 ALFIE Cilla Black 401150
47 26 16 6 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 87100
48 48 48 7 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 83750
49 55 49 3 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 33700
50 NEW 50 1 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 12000

51 34 11 8 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 196100
52 52 17 7 THANK YOU Will Young 107750
53 36 36 5 MONTANA James Taylor 61950
54 28 28 4 DREAMS Beck 65600
55 NEW 55 1 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 10800
56 NEW 56 1 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 10600
57 50 29 5 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 75600
58 51 20 7 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 101750
59 59 59 3 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 30200
60 60 60 3 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 26400

61 45 19 13 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 162700
62 58 25 12 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 157100
63 54 10 13 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 207150
64 NEW 64 1 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 7100
65 53 53 3 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 28450
66 70 66 3 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 18800
67 67 1 23 SPEED KILLS 10CC 682400
68 NEW 68 1 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 6400
69 61 6 8 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 189050
70 57 57 2 INDIAN SUMMER Jai Wolf 16400

71 75 71 3 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 15800
72 NEW 72 1 ORGAN The Hardkiss 5600
73 69 1 25 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 991400
74 NEW 74 1 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MERCY Muse 5000

DROP OUTS
47 36 8 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 95500
49 45 3 ONE LAST TIME Ariana Grande 32200
56 9 8 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 182650
62 62 3 TREASURED SOUL Michael Calfan 21700
63 63 3 SHUT UP AND DANCE WALK THE MOON 20000
66 2 13 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 563300
68 68 2 THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT Maroon 5 12600
71 29 9 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 102200
72 35 5 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 57550
73 73 3 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 15800


5th July 2015

Back yesterday from a week in the Gran Canaria sun, battery recharging, and last night from seeing the amazing 71-year-old Gladys Knight in concert (see my review), and just now sitting through the last ever UK Top 40 show on a Sunday – I first listened to Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman’s Pick Of The Pops in September 1968, age 10, and became instantly hooked on the chart show right up to the point when streaming was incorporated into the singles rundown. From then on it became mired in increasing dullness as nothing much ever happened apart from record-company held-back instant number ones. I’ll believe the new On-Air On-Sale World Friday release promises when I see them, but it’s not so much the start of a new era for me, so much as a mercy killing. The chart of course still has a handful of fresh new good singles, but mostly it’s tracks that have long outstayed their welcome, with some that were never welcomed in in the first place. The UK Top 100 sales chart is more interesting and more representative of active music fans, just as it’s always been, as opposed to casual passive music fans content to stick with familiar stuff for months on end.

Thankfully, my charts are more changeable, only Brandon Flowers I Can Change has ironically been around for a 6-week run on top and 10 weeks in my upper rundown. This week he’s replaced by Giorgio Moroder and Britney Spears cover of Suzanne Vega’s Tom’s Diner, that’s Giorgio’s first ever as a credited lead artist (though of course I Feel Love did it in 1977, and many since as producer or writer), so at 75 years old I reckon that makes him the oldest artist to have a first chart-topper with new product, and a mere 38 year wait since his first chart hit with From Here To Eternity, not to mention a full 43 years since he first had chart action as producer/writer of Chicory Tip and actual synthesisers wrapped up as the main appeal of the hit singles. Pioneer!

Britney, a comparatively recent hit-maker has only 16 years of hits, but it’s a chart span of 16 years of chart-toppers since ..Baby One More Time started the ball rolling. Followed up with Lucky, Toxic and Everytime for her 5th number one in 3 consecutive decades. At 16, oldie of the week is Os Mutantes Portuguese psychedelic rock fabness. Play it on youtube! Madonna scrapes into the 10 from Holiday to Joan Of Arc, 1984 to 2015, and never straying far from it even if her actual new single from the album has yet to chart. Highest new entry is fromTame Impala, giving them 2 in the 20, top-notch varied retro Aus rock, and Holly Johnson like Madonna stretches a run back to 1984 of top 20 tracks. Even more veteran Duran Duran are back with Nile Rodgers at 37, giving the lads 34 years of good singles since Planet Earth, and Nile 37 years since he first charted with Chic, Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah). Hooray!


1 2 1 4 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 351800
2 1 1 10 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1356000
3 3 2 6 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 367000
4 4 2 9 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 466850
5 8 5 3 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 126300
6 14 6 4 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 138000
7 7 3 7 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 403000
8 13 8 3 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 97400
9 10 9 3 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 112000
10 11 10 3 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 114000

11 6 3 6 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 372000
12 9 9 6 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 192400
13 5 5 27 ALFIE Cilla Black 388400
14 NEW 14 1 CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 29000
15 23 15 2 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 46250
16 18 16 12 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 238000
17 20 10 11 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 225500
18 15 3 8 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 405000
19 30 19 3 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 51500
20 33 20 5 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 54900

21 12 6 11 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 410950
22 17 4 12 HOME Max Jury 344000
23 31 23 3 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 49450
24 24 9 9 ROADS Lawson 166800
25 19 1 13 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 677000
26 16 16 5 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 74600
27 27 22 5 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 91600
28 28 28 3 DREAMS Beck 54600
29 46 29 5 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 53750
30 RE 30 3 COME AND GET IT John Newman 32200

31 NEW 31 1 WHEN M+A 17900
32 26 1 9 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 617550
33 22 4 8 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 309200
34 21 11 7 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 184350
35 35 35 4 SHINE Years And Years 65450
36 39 36 4 MONTANA James Taylor 50700
37 NEW 37 1 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 17300
38 NEW 38 1 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 17200
39 53 39 5 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 51650
40 NEW 40 1 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 17000

41 34 1 9 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 451000
42 41 1 17 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 932750
43 37 37 4 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 46600
44 38 38 6 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 58650
45 25 19 12 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 155200
46 57 46 2 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 23150
47 36 36 8 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 95500
48 48 48 6 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 71450
49 45 45 3 ONE LAST TIME Ariana Grande 32200
50 29 29 4 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 65200

51 32 20 6 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 91550
52 42 17 6 THANK YOU Will Young 96250
53 58 53 2 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 21450
54 51 10 12 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 199950
55 55 55 2 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 21600
56 40 9 8 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 182650
57 NEW 57 1 INDIAN SUMMER Jai Wolf 10400
58 52 25 11 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 149700
59 60 59 2 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 20100
60 68 60 2 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 16400

61 44 6 7 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 182650
62 62 62 3 TREASURED SOUL Michael Calfan 21700
63 63 63 3 SHUT UP AND DANCE WALK THE MOON 20000
64 71 64 2 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 12900
65 74 20 14 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 140000
66 54 2 13 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 563300
67 67 1 22 SPEED KILLS 10CC 675800
68 69 68 2 THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT Maroon 5 12600
69 65 1 24 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 986000
70 70 70 2 FIRE IN ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 12000

71 43 29 9 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 102200
72 RE 35 5 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 57550
73 73 73 3 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 15800
74 NEW 74 1 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 5200
75 75 75 2 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 10000

DROP OUTS
47 40 5 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 53000
49 33 6 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 72000
50 50 6 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 58700
56 1 12 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 580500
59 19 8 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 129750
61 27 7 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 73950
64 64 2 HEY MAMA David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj Bebe Rexha & Afrojack 13100
66 1 18 KING Years And Years 725600
72 26 6 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 82700


28th June 2015

It’s still Brandon Flowers for a 6th week on top, a run not seen since Keane’s Disconnected did 7 weeks, and one week short of Brandon’s Crossfire! Giorgio Moroder gets a second number 2 of the year, still short of a number one as an act, technically – though of course had producers been given artist credit back in the day may as well say I Feel Love the first actual EDM track (if one ignores the more novelty Hot Butter instrumental Popcorn from 1972) in 1977 was Giorgio Moroder featuring Donna Summer. Let’s be honest, it’s no different from Calvin Harris or David Guetta in any way whatsoever, excepting that Giorgio invented the genre. Britney gets her highest chart placing since Everytime and Toxic topped the chart in succession, while Cilla Black gets yet another oldie top 5 entry, the third in the last year – this time it’s Burt Bacharach’s classic film theme Alfie, which pre-dated my first chart (but which would have been a big chart hit cos I loved Cilla when I wuz a kiddie).

Paul Weller gets another top 10 to add to his long list of ’em, stretching back to 1978 and The Jam, while the highest new entry is from country star Kacey Musgraves, finally getting a biggie in my charts. Holly Johnson has a welcome loooooong overdue top 40 return (say, 25 years or so), though Frankie stuff has charted in the interim many a time. James Taylor also hasn’t troubled my top 40 since the 80’s, most likely – I still have no access to my old chartfile, doh! Meanwhile I saw the classic Rumour’s Fleetwood Mac line-up this week at the O2, and they were fab, fab, fab, so Songbird, the closing track, much-covered pops in. There aren’t many tracks off that album that haven’t made my charts, as each time it enters the UK album chart it gives me another excuse to chart another one. Yay!


1 1 1 9 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1241000
2 5 2 3 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 181800
3 2 2 5 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 282000
4 4 2 8 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 401850
5 20 5 26 ALFIE Cilla Black 356400
6 3 3 5 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 335000
7 6 3 6 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 353000
8 28 8 2 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 66300
9 10 9 5 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 157400
10 16 10 2 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 67000

11 12 11 2 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 72000
12 7 6 10 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 391200
13 36 13 2 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 49400
14 14 14 3 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 83000
15 8 3 7 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 383000
16 26 16 4 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 56100
17 17 4 11 HOME Max Jury 324500
18 18 18 11 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 213000
19 15 1 12 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 658250
20 24 10 10 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 202500

21 11 11 6 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 166750
22 13 4 7 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 291500
23 NEW 23 1 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 19250
24 9 9 8 ROADS Lawson 147800
25 19 19 11 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 142200
26 21 1 8 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 599750
27 22 22 4 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 73200
28 30 28 2 DREAMS Beck 36300
29 35 29 3 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 53200
30 47 30 2 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 30500

31 48 31 2 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 30200
32 27 20 5 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 79800
33 68 33 4 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 34900
34 31 1 8 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 437000
35 38 35 3 SHINE Years And Years 47950
36 39 36 7 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 83000
37 60 37 3 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 33100
38 69 38 5 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 45400
39 56 39 3 MONTANA James Taylor 33300
40 23 9 7 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 172050

41 41 1 16 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 919000
42 25 17 5 THANK YOU Will Young 84750
43 29 29 8 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 96400
44 34 6 6 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 175150
45 64 45 2 ONE LAST TIME Ariana Grande 20100
46 54 46 4 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 35550
47 40 40 5 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 53000
48 49 48 5 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 59150
49 33 33 6 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 72000
50 57 50 6 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 58700

51 50 10 11 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 188950
52 55 25 10 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 139500
53 59 53 4 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 34550
54 43 2 12 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 556500
55 NEW 55 1 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 10800
56 45 1 12 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 580500
57 NEW 57 1 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 10400
58 NEW 58 1 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 10200
59 42 19 8 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 129750
60 NEW 60 1 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 10000

61 44 27 7 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 73950
62 65 62 2 TREASURED SOUL Michael Calfan 14300
63 72 63 2 SHUT UP AND DANCE WALK THE MOON 12800
64 70 64 2 HEY MAMA David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj Bebe Rexha & Afrojack 13100
65 62 1 23 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 979800
66 63 1 18 KING Years And Years 725600
67 66 1 21 SPEED KILLS 10CC 669200
68 NEW 68 1 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 6400
69 NEW 69 1 THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT Maroon 5 6200
70 NEW 70 1 FIRE IN ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 6000

71 NEW 71 1 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 5800
72 32 26 6 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 82700
73 75 73 2 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 10400
74 74 20 13 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 133000
75 NEW 75 1 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 5000

DROP OUTS
37 37 5 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 73350
46 12 8 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 160950
51 16 9 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 169900
52 52 1 HERE FOR YOU (Slovenia) Maraaya 11500
53 43 3 TIME Jungle 31950
58 38 7 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 73200
61 49 4 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 35500
67 46 5 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 46850
71 61 3 AMERICA’S SWEETHEART Elle King 19500
73 7 16 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 364400


21st June 2015

It’s Brandon Flowers on top for a 5th week, he says he can change but no change here, he’s even seen off himself and Hurts who are at 2 for the their second-biggest hit. I Can Change is now only 2 weeks short of the run on top that Crossfire had. Highest new track is a re-entry for Giorgio Moroder and Britney Spears at 5, making a second top 10 appearance for Tom’s Diner (last time was DNA and Suzanne Vega in 1990), a second top 10 for Giorgio in 2015, while his 3rd track with SIA breaks into the 20. Britney gets her highest chart position for a decade, though she has made the top 10 in the interim, most recently with will.i.am, and it extends her run of hits to 17 years.

Talking of long-running female hitmakers, Madonna’s back with another track off her latest album at 12, the fab Joan Of Arc, her 5th top 20 of the year and 31 years of chart entries, she must be pushing closer and closer to 100 hits, as she’s had 75 UK top 75 entries, and quite a number of American-only singles and album tracks and non-hits have charted for me. In at 16, Jack Savoretti has a quick top 20 follow-up with Written In Scars, Paul Weller picks the wrong first single from Saturns Pattern and the one that should have been first is in at 28, Going My Way giving him 38 Style Jam-tastic years of chart entries. Beck’s also back for the first time in years with a great new single, Dreams at 30, for 21 years since he was first a Loser.

Some more Eurovision entries as I belatedly play them more, and that also applies to a bunch of UK top 40 tracks that have been pottering around outside my top 75 for a while. Finally Marvin Gaye’s at 10, but he’s also at 75 – as a song title. It’s not the first time he’s featured in song (Diana Ross, and The Commodores both did it in 1985) though he’s not had his name as the title before. Marvin The Paranoid Android had a hit with Marvin, though. Brain the size of a planet and here I am handing out trivia….or something like that!


1 1 1 8 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1071000
2 4 2 4 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 197000
3 3 3 4 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 280000
4 2 2 7 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 336850
5 RE 5 2 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 66800
6 6 3 5 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 303000
7 7 6 9 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 359200
8 8 3 6 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 356000
9 15 9 7 ROADS Lawson 128800
10 10 10 4 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 112400

11 11 11 5 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 147000
12 NEW 12 1 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 35000
13 12 4 6 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 272000
14 16 14 2 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 54000
15 9 1 11 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 637200
16 NEW 16 1 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 25000
17 13 4 10 HOME Max Jury 301500
18 19 18 10 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 191000
19 23 19 10 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 123450
20 25 20 25 ALFIE Cilla Black 296400

21 5 1 7 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 599750
22 29 22 3 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 54800
23 14 9 6 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 155050
24 18 10 9 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 182500
25 17 17 4 THANK YOU Will Young 71000
26 63 26 3 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 31100
27 20 20 4 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 62000
28 NEW 28 1 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 18300
29 32 29 7 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 82900
30 NEW 30 1 DREAMS Beck 18000

31 21 1 7 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 419400
32 26 26 5 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 77100
33 36 33 5 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 59900
34 28 6 5 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 161900
35 35 35 2 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 35000
36 NEW 36 1 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 17400
37 37 37 5 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 73350
38 44 38 2 SHINE Years And Years 30450
39 54 39 6 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 65600
40 48 40 4 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 40500

41 41 1 15 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 905000
42 24 19 7 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 119650
43 22 2 11 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 545500
44 27 27 6 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 66450
45 34 1 11 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 569900
46 30 12 8 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 160950
47 NEW 47 1 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 12500
48 NEW 48 1 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 12300
49 50 49 4 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 46850
50 40 10 10 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 177200

51 33 16 9 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 169900
52 NEW 52 1 HERE FOR YOU (Slovenia) Maraaya 11500
53 43 43 3 TIME Jungle 31950
54 70 54 3 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 22800
55 42 25 9 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 128000
56 72 56 2 MONTANA James Taylor 16200
57 57 57 5 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 46700
58 38 38 7 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 73200
59 67 59 3 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 23300
60 71 60 2 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 15800

61 49 49 4 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 35500
62 52 1 22 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 972800
63 53 1 17 KING Years And Years 718800
64 NEW 64 1 ONE LAST TIME Ariana Grande 7100
65 NEW 65 1 TREASURED SOUL Michael Calfan 7000
66 66 1 20 SPEED KILLS 10CC 662600
67 46 46 5 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 46850
68 RE 68 3 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 17200
69 74 56 4 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 28200
70 NEW 70 1 HEY MAMA David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj Bebe Rexha & Afrojack 6000

71 61 61 3 AMERICA’S SWEETHEART Elle King 19500
72 NEW 72 1 SHUT UP AND DANCE WALK THE MOON 5600
73 RE 7 16 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 364400
74 RE 20 12 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 127800
75 NEW 75 1 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 5000

DROP OUTS
31 10 19 HERE I GO AGAIN (959900) Archie Bell And The Drells 433400
39 26 4 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 61000
45 34 7 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 84200
47 35 8 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 99650
51 16 6 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 105900
55 31 6 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 87050
56 8 12 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 220500
58 32 4 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 57800
59 9 9 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 220900
60 30 4 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 53000
62 8 10 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 237200
64 64 2 COME AND GET IT John Newman 14200
65 65 3 BREAK THE RULES (AQUOSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 18800
68 25 5 SORRY Meg Myers 68200
69 11 9 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 160550
73 35 4 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 51950
75 9 15 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 256000


14th June 2015

It’s Brandon Flowers versus Brandon Flowers for the top spot, but I Can Change just edges out Lonely Town as it returns for a 4th week on top, Lonely Town peaking at 2 so far. Tame Impala hit 3 and Hurts rocket to 4 to claim their biggest of several top 10 singles, bar the number one with Calvin Harris. Kygo remixes Marvin Gaye, and Sexual Healing goes top 10 for the first time since 1982.

Highest new entry at 16? Portuguese 1960’s psychedelic rock classic? Ring a bell? You may know the cover by the Bees, but I prefer the original quirky fab original, having discovered it the other week. So it’s new to me, even though it’s 47 years old or so. Love that guitar riff! Imagine Dragons have some Shots inside the 20, as per usual for them, while among the new entries is James Taylor, singer-songwriter veteran who once upon a time had some Fire and Rain, and noted You’ve Got A Friend back in 1971. Montana is getting plays on Radio 2, for a cool 44 years of new chart entries in my poptastic chartfreak lists.

1 2 1 7 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 901000
2 3 2 6 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 271850
3 4 3 3 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 195000
4 60 4 3 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 82000
5 1 1 6 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 580000
6 5 3 4 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 248000
7 8 6 8 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 309200
8 6 3 5 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 308000
9 7 1 10 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 610200
10 18 10 3 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 70400

11 13 11 4 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 110000
12 12 4 5 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 240000
13 11 4 9 HOME Max Jury 278500
14 9 9 5 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 135800
15 15 15 6 ROADS Lawson 83800
16 NEW 16 1 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 25000
17 23 17 3 THANK YOU Will Young 52250
18 17 10 8 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 163500
19 20 19 9 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 169000
20 36 20 3 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 43600

21 21 1 6 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 401500
22 22 2 10 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 532000
23 37 23 9 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 102450
24 19 19 6 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 105900
25 27 25 24 ALFIE Cilla Black 276400
26 32 26 4 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 59300
27 29 27 5 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 53200
28 14 6 4 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 144300
29 39 29 2 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 35300
30 24 12 7 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 148200

31 10 10 19 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 433400
32 38 32 6 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 64700
33 16 16 8 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 157150
34 28 1 10 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 556900
35 NEW 35 1 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 17500
36 47 36 4 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 42200
37 44 37 4 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 56050
38 40 38 6 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 63000
39 26 26 4 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 61000
40 33 10 9 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 165200

41 41 1 14 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 891000
42 25 25 8 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 117200
43 63 43 2 TIME Jungle 20700
44 NEW 44 1 SHINE Years And Years 13250
45 34 34 7 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 84200
46 58 46 4 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 40250
47 35 35 8 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 99650
48 72 48 3 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 23500
49 59 49 3 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 28000
50 52 50 3 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 34750

51 43 16 6 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 105900
52 49 1 21 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 965400
53 50 1 16 KING Years And Years 711600
54 56 54 5 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 48500
55 31 31 6 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 87050
56 45 8 12 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 220500
57 57 57 4 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 36300
58 48 32 4 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 57800
59 42 9 9 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 220900
60 30 30 4 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 53000

61 69 61 2 AMERICA’S SWEETHEART Elle King 13700
62 54 8 10 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 237200
63 RE 63 2 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 12600
64 64 64 2 COME AND GET IT John Newman 14200
65 RE 65 3 BREAK THE RULES (AQUOSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 18800
66 66 1 19 SPEED KILLS 10CC 655800
67 67 67 2 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 13200
68 46 25 5 SORRY Meg Myers 68200
69 53 11 9 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 160550
70 71 70 2 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 11800

71 NEW 71 1 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 5800
72 NEW 72 1 MONTANA James Taylor 5600
73 51 35 4 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 51950
74 RE 56 3 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 22000
75 75 9 15 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 256000

DROP OUTS
55 7 8 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 169800
61 2 9 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 429500
62 1 10 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 599550
65 1 18 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 703150
68 62 5 SHINE ON Simply Red 29800
70 70 2 KILLING ALL MY DARLINGS Maria Hazell 11200
73 73 2 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 10800
74 1 25 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 981800


7th June 2015

Hot Chocolate get their 2nd topper of the year with an oldie, for the late Errol Brown, their first hit from 1970 which I charted but never got it’s just dues as I barely heard it until 1975, due to living In Singapore when it was a hit. I love it, still, and it’s their 8th number one. Brandon Flowers gets knocked down to 2 – but he’s also up to 3 with Lonely Town, his 3rd top 3 of the year, and a previous number one holds at 7, and a 4th goes up to 31. Good thing I haven’t bought the album yet or the chart might get invaded!

Tame Impala sounding like Beatles circa 1966 are at 4, cos it’s fab gear, while Lawson return with a bang hitting the roads at 15. Kygo leapfrogs himself (times 2) as his remix of Marvin Gaye shoots up to 18, 33 years since the original was last in the 20. Highest actual new entry is Jason Derulo at 39, Jungle come back a year after it was last in my chart (with Time, a long enough break for it to qualify as a new hit rather than re-entry: I mean you HAVE to have some point in time to stop calling them re-entries, as it just doesn’t make sense once there are 2 very different chart runs separated by years. Others; Rita Ora, Taylor Swift and John Newman are all back with new hits, with or without the obligatory featuring credit.

1 2 1 5 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 520000
2 1 1 6 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 731000
3 15 3 5 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 156850
4 9 4 2 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 110000
5 3 3 3 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 193000
6 5 3 4 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 260000
7 7 1 9 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 565200
8 8 6 7 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 259200
9 16 9 4 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 106800
10 11 10 18 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 415500

11 4 4 8 HOME Max Jury 246500
12 6 4 4 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 205000
13 14 13 3 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 73000
14 10 6 3 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 126000
15 RE 15 5 ROADS Lawson 56800
16 17 16 7 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 139450
17 12 10 7 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 141500
18 68 18 2 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 28400
19 24 19 5 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 86900
20 23 20 8 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 148000

21 13 1 5 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 381750
22 19 2 9 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 512500
23 60 23 2 THANK YOU Will Young 29250
24 18 12 6 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 130200
25 30 25 7 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 103450
26 27 26 3 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 43900
27 29 27 23 ALFIE Cilla Black 257650
28 20 1 9 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 539300
29 67 29 4 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 34800
30 34 30 3 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 43000

31 33 31 5 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 76250
32 36 32 3 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 40800
33 22 10 8 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 148200
34 39 34 6 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 71200
35 37 35 7 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 87150
36 69 36 2 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 23600
37 47 37 8 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 83200
38 49 38 5 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 46900
39 NEW 39 1 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 17100
40 50 40 5 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 45800

41 41 1 13 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 877000
42 21 9 8 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 210800
43 28 16 5 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 94150
44 46 44 3 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 38750
45 26 8 11 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 209900
46 25 25 4 SORRY Meg Myers 61800
47 64 47 3 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 24800
48 32 32 3 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 47600
49 44 1 20 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 953900
50 42 1 15 KING Years And Years 700350

51 35 35 3 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 46550
52 53 52 2 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 22750
53 31 11 8 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 154350
54 45 8 9 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 229800
55 43 7 8 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 169800
56 56 56 4 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 37500
57 59 57 3 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 25900
58 52 52 3 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 27500
59 71 59 2 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 15900
60 65 60 2 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 17000

61 48 2 9 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 429500
62 40 1 10 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 599550
63 NEW 63 1 TIME Jungle 7200
64 NEW 64 1 COME AND GET IT John Newman 7100
65 58 1 18 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 703150
66 66 1 18 SPEED KILLS 10CC 649000
67 NEW 67 1 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 6600
68 RE 62 5 SHINE ON Simply Red 29800
69 NEW 69 1 AMERICA’S SWEETHEART Elle King 6200
70 74 70 2 KILLING ALL MY DARLINGS Maria Hazell 11200

71 NEW 71 1 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamarr 5800
72 72 72 2 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 11200
73 73 73 2 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 10800
74 70 1 25 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 981800
75 63 9 14 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 251000

DROP OUTS
38 20 6 ARE YOU READY Texas 97350
51 14 11 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 238850
54 15 8 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 170700
55 55 3 CUT ME LOOSE LYON 27600
57 4 12 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 312500
61 51 3 ON A TRAIN Northbrook 29350
62 38 10 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 114000
75 75 1 TROUBLE Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson 5000


31st May 2015

3 weeks for Brandon Flowers, I Can Change, but I don’t want to I still love it to bits, fab song, fab Bronski Beat samples and fab Neil Tennant voicemail message in it. Just for the record Pet Shop Boy Neil has featured on other chart-toppers outside the band by Liza Minelli, Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, and now Brandon. Of course I love it! Both of them have impeccable taste in music! Brandon now has 3 tracks in the top 15, 4 in the 40.

That leaves the Swedish Eurovision winner up to 3, Heroes, and a very Beatles/John Lennon track I missed the other year as highest new entry at 9 from Australia’s Tame Impala, Feels Like We Only Go Backwards. In at 53 it’s a record that dropped out of my charts 43 years ago – and it was already a few years old by then! It’s currently getting a featuring credit for Rod Stewart, though it’s really Python Lee Jackson (Rod didn’t even get a credit as he was hired in for the track before he became famous), and the track using it is not in my chart (A$AP Rocky, and Everyday). I’ll take the original, which was reissued on World Record Store Day a few weeks back, and is thus eligible to chart again.

Others back: Will Young getting all interesting with his new album tracks, Hurts back after a longish gap, Kygo getting a 3rd entry as remixer of the Marvin Gaye soul classic, Imagine Dragons keeping the chart entries coming (though not the UK single), and Holly Johnson is back again. Frankie Says About Time!


1 1 1 5 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 616000
2 2 2 4 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 350000
3 8 3 2 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 133000
4 5 4 7 HOME Max Jury 209500
5 3 3 3 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 205000
6 4 4 3 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 170000
7 7 1 8 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 515200
8 11 6 6 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 211200
9 NEW 9 1 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 45000
10 6 6 2 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 97000

11 13 11 17 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 373500
12 10 10 6 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 118500
13 9 1 4 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 362000
14 50 14 2 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 41000
15 21 15 4 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 71850
16 22 16 3 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 61800
17 18 17 6 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 114450
18 12 12 5 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 111200
19 15 2 8 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 493000
20 19 1 8 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 521000

21 17 9 7 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 197050
22 14 10 7 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 130500
23 25 23 7 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 128000
24 24 24 4 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 65900
25 28 25 3 SORRY Meg Myers 49050
26 26 8 10 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 196900
27 65 27 2 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 25400
28 16 16 4 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 79650
29 32 29 22 ALFIE Cilla Black 239250
30 30 30 6 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 84700

31 20 11 7 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 143100
32 35 32 2 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 35300
33 36 33 4 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 58350
34 62 34 2 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 25000
35 37 35 2 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 34800
36 72 36 2 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 23000
37 49 37 6 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 69650
38 23 20 6 ARE YOU READY Texas 97350
39 45 39 5 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 53600
40 27 1 9 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 592150

41 39 1 12 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 863000
42 42 1 14 KING Years And Years 688350
43 43 7 7 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 159000
44 40 1 19 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 941800
45 34 8 8 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 218800
46 46 46 2 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 25500
47 56 47 7 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 65900
48 33 2 8 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 422000
49 63 49 4 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 29700
50 68 50 4 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 28800

51 29 14 11 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 238850
52 71 52 2 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 17300
53 NEW 53 1 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 11250
54 38 15 8 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 170700
55 57 55 3 CUT ME LOOSE LYON 27600
56 59 56 3 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 26900
57 31 4 12 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 312500
58 54 1 17 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 696150
59 73 59 2 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 15500
60 NEW 60 1 THANK YOU Will Young 10000

61 51 51 3 ON A TRAIN Northbrook 29350
62 52 38 10 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 114000
63 58 9 13 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 246000
64 74 64 2 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 12300
65 NEW 65 1 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 7000
66 64 1 17 SPEED KILLS 10CC 642200
67 75 67 3 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 16600
68 NEW 68 1 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 6400
69 NEW 69 1 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 6200
70 66 1 24 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 976600

71 NEW 71 1 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 5800
72 NEW 72 1 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 5600
73 NEW 73 1 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 5400
74 NEW 74 1 KILLING ALL MY DARLINGS Maria Hazell 5200
75 NEW 75 1 TROUBLE Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson 5000

DROP OUTS
41 9 5 THE WAY YOU ARE (Denmark) Anti Social Media 126250
44 13 7 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 174750
47 28 5 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 71800
48 15 11 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 182550
53 53 2 NEVER LET YOU GO Dash Berlin and John Dahlback featuring BullySongs 18350
55 55 3 SOMEONE NEW Hozier 27400
60 60 4 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 32400
61 61 2 STATE LINES The Shires 14100
67 20 3 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 40600
69 56 2 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 16800
70 70 2 BREAK THE RULES (AQOUSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 11800


24th May 2015

It’s Brandon Flowers fantastic I Can Change grabbing a second week at 1, and holding off the mass onslaught of classic Hot Chocolate (Love Is Life peaking at 2 for the second time 45 years on) and Grace’s revamp of You Don’t Own Me, the song hitting the top 3 for the second time this year. Not to mention Jax Jones at 4, two new Eurovision entries from Belgium and Sweden (the winner) inside the top 10, and Max Jury a 21-year-old singer-songwriter currently supporting Rufus Wainwright at 5 with the gorgeous atmospheric Home. Lean On also belatedly goes top 10, as I finally get hooked on Major Lazer’s goodie.

Fair to say my chart is totally dominated by two song contests, Eurovision and online Buzzjack, the UK singles chart now having less and less effect by the week, being as I don’t bother listening to it anymore now that brilliant top 40 sales hits barely scrape into the 75 as the terminally dull months and months runs in the charts of some singles from streaming make it unlistenable. Which will of course make the charts even worse as people hook onto the few new entries late in the day and make them hang around even longer. For example I just bought the Whiz Khalifa single weeks late as I don’t get to hear it much and it took a while to sink in. Ah well, the record industry only has itself to blame….

1 1 1 4 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 446000
2 3 2 3 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 235000
3 5 3 2 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 145000
4 7 4 2 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 115000
5 17 5 6 HOME Max Jury 144500
6 NEW 6 1 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 55000
7 4 1 7 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 465200
8 NEW 8 1 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 48000
9 2 1 3 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 330000
10 40 10 5 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 83500

11 6 6 5 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 163200
12 15 12 4 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 89200
13 14 13 16 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 336500
14 10 10 6 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 111000
15 8 2 7 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 472000
16 25 16 3 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 61350
17 13 9 6 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 177300
18 18 18 5 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 91450
19 9 1 7 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 501000
20 11 11 6 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 125200

21 34 21 3 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 44850
22 37 22 2 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 36800
23 20 20 5 ARE YOU READY Texas 80150
24 32 24 3 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 46900
25 27 25 6 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 108750
26 26 8 9 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 178400
27 19 1 8 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 575150
28 50 28 2 SORRY Meg Myers 30300
29 22 14 10 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 227100
30 30 30 5 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 66700

31 16 4 11 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 302100
32 35 32 21 ALFIE Cilla Black 221050
33 12 2 7 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 409700
34 29 8 7 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 205800
35 NEW 35 1 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 17500
36 44 36 3 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 40650
37 NEW 37 1 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 17300
38 23 15 7 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 159700
39 31 1 11 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 849000
40 33 1 18 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 928550

41 21 9 5 THE WAY YOU ARE (Denmark) Anti Social Media 126250
42 39 1 13 KING Years And Years 674600
43 36 7 6 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 145750
44 24 13 7 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 174750
45 47 45 4 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 36500
46 NEW 46 1 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo
47 28 28 5 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 71800
48 61 15 11 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 182550
49 53 47 5 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 52350
50 NEW 50 1 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 12000

51 59 51 2 ON A TRAIN Northbrook 21850
52 38 38 9 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 106600
53 64 53 2 NEVER LET YOU GO Dash Berlin and John Dahlback featuring BullySongs 18350
54 49 1 16 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 685950
55 55 55 3 SOMEONE NEW Hozier 27400
56 65 50 6 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 53400
57 68 57 2 CUT ME LOOSE LYON 16800
58 58 9 12 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 238800
59 69 59 2 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 16300
60 60 60 4 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 32400

61 67 61 2 STATE LINE The Shires 14100
62 NEW 62 1 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 7400
63 74 63 3 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 17600
64 63 1 16 SPEED KILLS 10CC 635400
65 NEW 65 1 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 7000
66 57 1 23 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 970600
67 41 20 3 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 40600
68 73 68 3 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 16800
69 56 56 2 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 16800
70 71 70 2 BREAK THE RULES (AQOUSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 11800

71 NEW 71 1 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 5800
72 NEW 72 1 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 5400
74 NEW 74 1 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 5200
75 75 75 2 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 10000

DROP OUTS
42 19 8 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 142200
43 37 5 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 78500
45 27 5 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 72600
46 35 6 CURTAINS Last Lynx 92350
48 4 9 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 328400
51 36 5 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 68400
52 4 9 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 339750
54 43 6 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 50000
62 62 4 SHINE ON Simply Red 23400
66 54 4 ROADS Lawson 39800
70 7 15 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 359000
72 72 1 SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel 5600


17th May 2015

It’s Brandon Flowers second number one of the year, his 3rd solo topper, and his 4th in total including the Killers, with the fabulous Bronski Beat sampling I Can Change, which means Jimmy Somerville not only had to wait 31 years to get a number one from his debut Smalltown Boy, he then only had to wait another 3 weeks for a second (sort of) based loosely around said first hit. Hot Chocolate, and the late Errol Brown, get knocked off the top only to go up to join themselves in the top 3 with the 1970 Love Is Life, as they push out Brandon Flowers previous number one to 4. Just to keep the repeat themes going, and the tributes, the late Lesley Gore hit number one a couple of months ago with You Don’t Own me, her fab 60’s defiant girl-power ballad, and now it’s back updated by Grace, the highest new entry at 5.

Jax Jones enters at 7 with a Massive Attack-borrowed riff, the soulful fabulous Yeah Yeah Yeah, the vocal hook sampling Nina Simone’s 50-year-old Be My Husband, which was co-incidentally written by her then-husband. As I’ve given Nina a featuring credit (I always do where the main vocal of a song is a key sample, but not where the hook is more of a template, so nothing for Massive Attack or Jimmy Somerville) that also means she has a 47-year span of new chart entries (she hit number one for me in late 68 with Ain’t Got No..I Got Life, before it took 30-odd years to come back big again). That makes Nina the new record-holder if I discount Paul McCartney as part of The Beatles.

Freemasons get another top 10, having had 2 previous chart-toppers in the noughties, and FFS hit 15, giving Franz Ferdinand their biggest hit in years, and Sparks a run of 41 years of top 20 hits. They hit the top 20 in every decade since topping in 1974. Never huge, but always consistent and always back with interesting stuff. Elsewhere: 4 Brandon tracks in the charts, Leona Lewis is back with one of her better singles, and Quo keep the 1974 theme going as their hit from the spring of 74 returns acoustic and live, Break The Rules, boys!


1 2 1 3 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 276000
2 1 1 2 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 285000
3 6 3 2 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 120000
4 3 1 6 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 415200
5 NEW 5 1 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 60000
6 8 6 4 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 126200
7 NEW 7 1 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 50000
8 4 2 6 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 445000
9 5 1 6 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 480000
10 30 10 5 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 82050

11 19 11 5 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 105200
12 10 2 6 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 392000
13 9 9 5 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 154300
14 14 14 15 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 304500
15 40 15 3 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 54200
16 7 4 10 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 284200
17 17 17 5 HOME Max Jury 84500
18 23 18 4 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 69450
19 11 1 7 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 556750
20 29 20 4 ARE YOU READY Texas 60900

21 12 9 4 THE WAY YOU ARE (DENMARK) Anti Social Media 112250
22 18 14 9 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 208900
23 15 15 6 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 142500
24 13 13 6 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 161500
25 34 25 2 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 36350
26 22 8 8 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 159900
27 28 27 5 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 90000
28 RE 28 4 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 59300
29 16 8 6 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 188200
30 33 30 4 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 48700

31 24 1 10 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 831900
32 59 32 2 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 27900
33 31 1 17 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 911550
34 61 34 2 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 25100
35 38 35 20 ALFIE Cilla Black 203250
36 25 7 5 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 122250
37 NEW 37 1 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 17300
38 49 38 8 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 95100
39 21 1 12 KING Years And Years 660850
40 55 40 4 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 41500

41 20 20 2 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 34000
42 26 19 8 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 142200
43 37 37 5 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 78500
44 60 44 2 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 23250
45 27 27 5 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 72600
46 35 35 6 CURTAINS Last Lynx 92350
47 70 47 3 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 23500
48 32 4 9 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 328400
49 46 1 15 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 674950
50 NEW 50 1 SORRY Meg Myers 12000

51 36 36 5 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 68400
52 42 4 9 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 339750
53 47 47 4 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 40250
54 43 43 6 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 50000
55 71 55 2 SOMEONE NEW Hozier 16600
56 NEW 56 1 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 10600
57 48 1 22 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 963800
58 52 9 11 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 228600
59 NEW 59 1 ON A TRAIN Northbrook 10100
60 66 60 3 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 22400

61 41 15 10 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 170250
62 72 62 4 SHINE ON Simply Red 23400
63 62 1 15 SPEED KILLS 10CC 628300
64 NEW 64 1 NEVER LET YOU GO Dash Berlin and John Dahlback featuring BullySongs 7100
65 50 50 5 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 42800
66 54 54 4 ROADS Lawson 39800
67 NEW 67 1 STATE LINE The Shires 6600
68 NEW 68 1 CUT ME LOOSE LYON 6400
69 NEW 69 1 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 6200
70 57 7 15 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 359000

71 NEW 71 1 BREAK THE RULES (AQOUSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel 5600
73 75 73 2 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 10400
74 74 74 2 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 10400
75 NEW 75 1 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 5000

DROP OUTS
39 10 6 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 132100
44 1 12 LOST STARS Adam Levine 663400
45 12 8 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 201750
51 4 9 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 334400
53 24 5 EGO Tove Styrke 62250
56 25 5 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 79350
58 42 4 SHY Stacey Solomon 35750
63 20 10 SUGAR DADDY Spada 156350
64 38 5 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 62900
65 48 5 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 38700
67 67 3 TETHER Eric Prydz vs Chvrches 18600
68 20 11 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 122600
69 2 15 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 673000
73 73 1 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 5400


10th May 2015

It’s Hot Chocolate’s 1977 classic So You Win Again in at 1, in tribute to the late great Errol Brown, one of pop music’s good people, and the lead singer of one of the most consistent acts of the 70’s and half the 80’s. there were so many faves I could have gone for as tribute, but this is the one really that deserves it. It originally peaked at 2 in my chart, even though I adored it, because it came up against a little music-changing ditty called I Feel Love. It was also written by a great songwriter (not Errol this time) Russ Ballard of Argent. The other Errol track was one of his, the first Hot Chocolate hit from 1970 while he was a hit songwriter for Mickie Most, the fantastic Love Is Life, a track I largely missed while living in Singapore, so now I’m paying just dues. It also has a positive message while I’m not feeling at all positive, not helped by the awful General Election result in the UK. So You Win Again just had to top my chart, cos “here I stand the loser” indeed. My very difficult home-caring duties and home-working life is about to become impossible once the Tories get their hatchets going. Not that I get any practical help anyway (though I am eligible for a free cinema ticket to have a night out on the taxpayer, whoopee), but I’m sure they’ll find a way to make it worse. I loathe most politicians and the 2 I had time for both got booted out. Happy days….

All of which overshadows the Brandon Flowers invasion, as all four advance tracks chart, his number one from last week dropping to 3 as new track I Can Change catapults from 70 to 2, and samples Jimmy Somerville heavily, (Bronski Beat’s Smalltown Boy) as Jimmy is knocked down to 5 himself. Alesso gets another top 10, following Number One Under Control with Calvin Harris and Hurts, and Parson James gets 2 top 40 entries as featured vocalist, one with Kygo (who also has 2 in the 40) and one with Audien. The late Ben E. King also returns to the chart for the 4th time with 1987 chart-topper classic Stand By Me, a song that had previously hit number one as a cover by John Lennon in 1975. What can I say, it’s a great song, and even the timeless Lennon can’t improve on Ben’s original.

Sparks are back in the 40, 41 years on, as FFS with Franz Ferdinand youngsters of only a decade or so, and both having had one previous chart-topper each. Florence is back with a ship to wreck, another goodie inside the top 40, and that’s about that…

1 NEW 1 1 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 170000
2 70 2 2 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 106000
3 1 1 5 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 350200
4 2 2 5 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 397000
5 3 1 5 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 435000
6 NEW 6 1 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 55000
7 4 4 9 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 259200
8 32 8 3 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 71200
9 10 9 4 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 122300
10 5 2 5 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 357000

11 6 1 6 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 535750
12 9 9 3 THE WAY YOU ARE (DENMARK) Anti Social Media 92500
13 13 13 5 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 142500
14 16 14 14 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 275500
15 15 15 5 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 123250
16 14 8 5 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 170000
17 26 17 4 HOME Max Jury 61500
18 18 14 8 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 189400
19 20 19 4 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 68200
20 NEW 20 1 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 20000

21 17 1 11 KING Years And Years 643750
22 8 8 7 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 141400
23 30 23 3 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 47450
24 12 1 9 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 814000
25 7 7 4 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 104850
26 19 19 7 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 128450
27 29 27 4 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 59600
28 28 28 4 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 71600
29 37 29 3 ARE YOU READY Texas 40900
30 53 30 4 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 40050

31 27 1 16 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 893850
32 11 4 8 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 316100
33 63 33 3 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 30700
34 NEW 34 1 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 17600
35 35 35 5 CURTAINS Last Lynx 79600
36 44 36 4 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 56650
37 38 37 4 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 65000
38 39 38 19 ALFIE Cilla Black 185750
39 21 10 6 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 132100
40 58 40 2 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 27200

41 46 15 9 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 162750
42 22 4 8 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 328250
43 64 43 5 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 39000
44 31 1 12 LOST STARS Adam Levine 663400
45 23 12 8 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 201750
46 34 1 14 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 662850
47 52 47 3 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 29000
48 33 1 21 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 953400
49 50 49 7 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 77900
50 55 50 4 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 35800

51 36 4 9 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 334400
52 40 9 10 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 218400
53 24 24 5 EGO Tove Styrke 62250
54 54 54 3 ROADS Lawson 33000
55 61 55 3 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 24500
56 41 25 5 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 79350
57 69 7 14 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 353000
58 42 42 4 SHY Stacey Solomon 35750
59 NEW 59 1 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 10100
60 NEW 60 1 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 10000

61 NEW 61 1 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 7500
62 60 1 14 SPEED KILLS 10CC 621100
63 25 20 10 SUGAR DADDY Spada 156350
64 49 38 5 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 62900
65 48 48 5 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 38700
66 72 66 2 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 12400
67 RE 67 3 TETHER Eric Prydz vs Chvrches 18600
68 68 20 11 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 122600
69 62 2 15 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 673000
70 75 70 2 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 11000

71 NEW 71 1 SOMEONE NEW Hozier 5800
72 74 72 3 SHINE ON Simply Red 16000
73 NEW 73 1 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 5400
74 NEW 74 1 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 5000

DROP OUTS
43 18 5 PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ABC 90750
45 45 6 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 61400
47 7 8 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 242900
51 27 7 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 109250
56 35 6 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 85200
57 57 2 GERONIMO Sheppard 17900
59 59 2 CRYSTALS Of Monsters And Men 20200
65 40 3 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 41000
66 66 1 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 6800
67 6 16 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 418700
71 71 1 SOMETHING’S MISSING Sheppard 5800
73 4 10 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 255650


3rd May 2015

Brandon Flowers gets his 2nd solo chart-topper and 3rd including The Killers, keeping poor ol’ Will Young at 2. Mumford go top 5, Spada replace themselves in the top 20 and even go top 10 to boot. Giorgio Moroder is also replacing himself lower down the chart, SIA and Kylie swapping places inside the 60 while Britney joins him for a new entry and cover of Suzanne Vega’s DNA version of Tom’s Diner, last in the top 10 25 years ago. Markus Feehily does what Westlife managed once (got into the top 10), but Love Is A Drug is better than Bop Bop Baby.

The top early Eurovision fave from me is Denmark, up to 9, Ali Campbell is back in the 40 35 years after debuting with UB40, ditto Texas but a mere 26 years, while FFS enter inside the 60. Who? It’s Franz Ferdinand and Sparks combining on an album project, Johnny Delusional being very much in the Sparks tradition, quirky now lo these 41 years of love from me.


1 5 1 4 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 265200
2 2 2 4 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 332000
3 1 1 4 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 375000
4 9 4 8 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 209200
5 6 2 4 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 315000
6 3 1 5 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 498750
7 26 7 3 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 86100
8 RE 8 6 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 121900
9 47 9 2 THE WAY YOU ARE (DENMARK) Anti Social Media 57500
10 32 10 3 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 77300

11 4 4 7 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 288300
12 7 1 8 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 795000
13 13 13 4 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 110500
14 8 8 4 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 145000
15 16 15 4 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 96250
16 17 16 13 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 246500
17 11 1 10 KING Years And Years 624000
18 14 14 7 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 167400
19 19 19 6 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 109950
20 39 20 3 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 47200

21 10 10 5 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 115000
22 12 4 7 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 314500
23 22 12 7 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 188750
24 30 24 4 EGO Tove Styrke 51000
25 20 20 9 SUGAR DADDY Spada 149150
26 60 26 3 HOME Max Jury 38500
27 28 1 15 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 875950
28 34 28 3 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 53300
29 50 29 3 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 41200
30 58 30 2 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 28200

31 23 1 11 LOST STARS Adam Levine 650150
32 RE 32 2 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 23200
33 24 1 20 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 941100
34 31 1 13 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 650100
35 37 35 4 CURTAINS Last Lynx 62100
36 15 4 8 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 322650
37 73 37 2 ARE YOU READY Texas 22700
38 40 38 3 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 47700
39 42 39 18 ALFIE Cilla Black 168550
40 36 9 9 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 206900

41 25 25 4 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 68750
42 66 42 3 SHY Stacey Solomon 25550
43 21 18 5 PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ABC 90750
44 44 44 3 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 39250
45 45 45 6 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 61400
46 29 15 8 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 148750
47 18 7 8 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 242900
48 65 48 4 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 31700
49 38 38 4 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 55800
50 51 50 6 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 65800

51 33 27 7 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 109250
52 75 52 2 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 16500
53 72 53 3 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 22050
54 54 54 2 ROADS Lawson 22000
55 63 55 3 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 23800
56 35 35 6 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 85200
57 61 57 2 GERONIMO Sheppard 17900
58 NEW 58 1 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 10200
59 59 59 2 CRYSTALS Of Monsters And Men 20200
60 53 1 13 SPEED KILLS 10CC 613700

61 69 61 2 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 13700
62 41 2 14 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 666800
63 71 63 2 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 13000
64 67 64 4 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 25500
65 RE 40 3 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 41000
66 NEW 66 1 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 6800
67 48 6 16 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 418700
68 RE 20 10 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 116200
69 49 7 13 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 342600
70 NEW 70 1 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 6000

71 NEW 71 1 SOMETHING’S MISSING Sheppard 5800
72 NEW 72 1 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 5600
73 46 4 10 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 255650
74 74 74 2 SHINE ON Simply Red 10400
75 NEW 75 1 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 5000

DROP OUTS
27 27 8 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 113950
43 12 6 FAITH IN YOU Lulu 124850
52 52 4 YE ISHQ HAI Shreya Ghoshal 39400
55 55 2 WHEN I FOUND YOU Franceso Yates 21000
56 56 3 THIEF The Beach 28300
57 57 5 LONESOME STREET Blur 46800
62 62 3 WABI SABI The Ting Tings 20500
64 64 4 BAD TO ME Marc Almond 23900
68 68 2 TETHER Eric Prydz vs Chvrches 12000
70 70 2 RUN COIN 12000
60 60 4 MY HEART WOULD TAKE YOU BACK Shayne Ward 33400
33 14 5 GOLD Andreya Triana 110800

My 2014 Charts – October to December

me sitges 2014

me sitges 2014

to view Glen and Neil’s videos click here…


28th December 2014

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

me, dec 2014

me, dec 2014

21st December 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


14th December 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!


7th December 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


30th November 2014

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23rd November 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16th November 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9th November 2014

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2nd November 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26th October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19th October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12th October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5th October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DROP OUTS
29 29 6 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) – Rupert Holmes 105400
41 22 6 I AM THE WORLD – Robin Gibb 94650
45 17 4 POP 101 – Marianas Trench barely featuring Anami Vice 76900
51 39 6 MAPS – Maroon 5 72550
54 4 12 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 429650
56 9 13 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 261150
59 59 2 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 17300
64 5 13 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 252500
69 69 1 OH CECILIA (BREAKING MY HEART) – The Vamps featuring Shawn Mendes 6200
72 3 11 MUSIC – John Miles 251350
73 73 1 GLASS HEART – Eagles For Hands featuring Holly Partridge 5400
75 75 1 BAILANDO – Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona 5000
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My 1969 Charts – August

AUG 1969

On TV, it was the changing of the guard for me – Patrick Troughton’s final episodes bringing to an end the domination of Doctor Who in my affections, because by now a brand new American Science-fiction TV show had debuted in the UK. It was called Star Trek, and it blew my fecking mind. I became obsessed by the show immediately, but the shocking thing is to realise that the number of episodes I saw were very minimal, but oh they left a strong impact on me! The biggest was the first broadcast, Where No Man Has Gone Before, with Kirk, Spock and 2 characters who died, but I loved them both! MASH’s Sally Kellerman and 2001’s Gary Lockwood had telekinetic powers and telepathic powers like my beloved Saturn Girl from my beloved Legion Of Super-Heroes. Their eyes glowed and it was SO cool. And tragic that they died! I’m convinced I also saw the Jeffrey Hunter episodes too, but regardless, one of my first major disappointments on getting to Singapore was Star Trek was not broadcast. I’d have to make do with books for the next 2 years! Doh!

On the plus side, I got to see the Patrick Troughton Doctor Who episodes all over again cos they WERE being broadcast in Singapore. Hooray! It was just frustrating that I never got to see the final episode till the 80’s, cos just as they were getting near it in Singapore, we were leaving! Doh! These things mattered to me! Home: the house was emptied of our stuff, leaving only the RAF furniture and dishes etc all ready for inspection on leaving (everything had to be spick and span or you got charged for the cleaning), cases were being packed, I was saying sad goodbyes to friends, especially Ann Barber my friend from over the road, who looked so sad I was going. I felt sad, for her and for me. The cat and kittens were dropped off with my grandma in Liverpool, mum’s mum who wasn’t looking forward to us going away at all, and I’m fairly sure around this time Aunty Eileen and Uncle Tony got married in Mansfield, so that was a big family do and get together for the last time in 2 years, and some sad goodbyes to mum and dad’s elderly relatives, cos 2 years was a long time.

That’s a lot of goodbyes for 11 years old! Then, in the last week of August, the start of the adventure began: we saw the Flying Scotsman at Newark. We went to London and stayed with some RAF friends – The Deebanks – who had been posted from Swinderby, me and my brother had to share the bunkbeds with the younger kids. Then we went to Swindon, and dropped by the Railway Museum, which made an impact on my younger brother more than me, because I was already in 7th Heaven: we’d gone by a newsagent, an old corner shop affair, and they had a rack of American Comics. I pestered dad because I absolutely HAD to have a Legion Of Super Heroes comic they had, Adventure Comics 373, The Tornado Twins, and it was goooorgeous looking. I got it! I still have it! As bonus, dad also bought some Giant bumper DC comics, Supergirl (which had the Legion!), Superman, and some black and white 50’s pulp sci-fi comic reprints. I wasn’t allowed to read any of them, though, they were for the aeroplane. It was 31st August, we stopped over night at RAF Brize Norton and tomorrow was a very new day….

TBC

5th August 1969

Music: 2 weeks for Thunderclap Newman on top, and Joe Dolan almost gets to the top, chased by 2 of my fave girl singers of the moment, Clodagh and Cilla. The Love Affair go top 10, as the similarly-sounding Vanity Fayre enter at 17 with the melodic and catchy Early In The Morning, a tune I loved. Like all of the new records from here-on, my access to new records was limited, and very much cut short, it was like going into withdrawal as I loved them and couldn’t get to hear them in September and beyond, for the most part. That goes in spades for the record at 19, Zager And Evans, the utimate one-hit wonders, with the very futuristic sci-fi social commentary song In The Year 2525. Not to mention folkies Fairport Convention’s version (en Francais) of Dylan’s If You Gotta Go Go Now, Si Tu Dois Partir. As I’d been doing French at school over the last year, it was fun working out some of the words….

1 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
2 ( 4 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
3 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 12 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
5 ( 16 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
6 ( 2 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
7 ( 10 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
8 ( 6 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
9 ( 17 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
10 ( 5 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones

11 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
12 ( 8 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
13 ( 9 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
14 ( 11 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
15 ( 19 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
16 ( 20 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees
17 ( NEW ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
18 ( 14 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
19 ( NEW ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
20 ( NEW ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention

12th Aug 1969

Elvis is back up on top! Well, it is great! Vanity Fayre and Stevie Wonder’s gorgeous My Cherie Amour (keeping up the French-language theme) both go Top 10, Donovan pops back in, and Marvin Gaye enters with Too Busy Thinking Bout My Baby, a song which meant much more to me in a cover version in the early 70’s.

1 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 2 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
3 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
4 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
5 ( 4 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
6 ( 5 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
7 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
8 ( 17 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
9 ( 8 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
10 ( 15 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder

11 ( 20 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
12 ( 9 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
13 ( 10 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
14 ( 19 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
15 ( 12 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
16 ( 14 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
17 ( 13 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
18 ( 18 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
19 ( RE ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group
20 ( NEW ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye

19th Aug 1969

4 weeks for Elvis at 1, and only one new entry, snuggling up to Robin Gibb at 6…are his brothers, The Bee Gees lovely country song Don’t Forget To Remember. I still preferred Robin’s Saved By The Bell, but only just! This was my last official chart of the 60’s, as I had no access to new UK music (though I got to follow the Top 30 in Daily Mirror bumper packages delivered as a mega-book to the Forces, they were songs and titles tempting me, but out of reach).

1 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
3 ( 11 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
4 ( 8 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
5 ( 4 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
6 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
7 ( 14 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
8 ( 2 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 10 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
10 ( 9 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner

11 ( 7 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
12 ( 6 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
13 ( 5 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
14 ( 15 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
15 ( 12 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
16 ( 17 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
17 ( 13 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
18 ( 20 ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye
19 ( 18 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
20 ( 19 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

26th Aug 1969

And my last chart in the UK for 2 years has my record of the moment on top, the epic In The Year 2525. This was the first record I intended to buy with the 10 shillings my great grandparents had given me (now Singapore dollars) but it wasn’t available so I had only the memory of my love for it bar the occasional play on 2-way family favourites Forces radio show. Aaaagh! I still love it though. Robin Gibb, at 2, my mum bought though a few weeks later, and I still love that one.

The Equals, future hit-maker Eddy Grant, have a big new entry with Viva Bobby Joe, which I loved, and a host of other great singles, Bad Moon Rising (which I would get to hear again, and find the lyrics hand-written to, inside a Just William library book at my new school. Don’t remember the book, very much recall finding the lyrics. I had my priorities right, even then!) was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 2nd hit, Engelbert was back again, and The Dells had a heavy version of 2 very MOR songs – Cilla and others had sung I Can Sing A Rainbow, and Eurovision’s Love Is Blue (Vicky Leandros) had become a standard within 2 years thanks to the instrumental hit version by Paul Mauriat. A tune I’d learnt to play on my melodica. Melodica’s were all the rage, a sort of mouth-organ-piano-synth, and girls in particular had them. If only I’d hung onto it I might have become the first world-famous melodican pop star. Hey ho!

Tommy Roe, my hero, managed to get a new record out just as I left the country, I don’t think I heard it more than once or twice, but I really liked the tune anyway, and enters here at 17, just behind a song I really WAS mad on, that glibby glib gloopy hook was heaven on earth to me, I loved the ticking, the crystal-clear instruments and Oliver’s fab vocals. I didn’t even know Good Morning Starshine was from Hair, I suspect, following on from previous chart biggies Nina Simone and Fifth Dimension. I played the tune over and over in my head for weeks so I wouldn’t forget it, till I could get to hear it again. I can’t describe how pleasurable it is getting to hear a song you love again after you’ve been deprived of it for years. Fab! And that, as they say, is the end of the UK music scene, as I entered a cut-down family-friendly version of it on the 1st September…

TBC

1 ( 7 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 5 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 4 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
4 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
5 ( 6 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
6 ( 9 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
7 ( NEW ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 3 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
10 ( 12 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black

11 ( 13 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
12 ( 17 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
13 ( 11 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
14 ( NEW ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
16 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
17 ( NEW ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
18 ( NEW ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck
19 ( NEW ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells
20 ( 18 ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye

My 2014 Charts – July to Sept

28th September 2014

Sigma get their first number one, and Paloma Faith gets her 3rd, and 2nd of the year, 5 years after New York became her first. Rather shockingly, it also might well be the first drum n bass track to top my chart since 2002’s Kosheen had a 6-week run with Harder. Keeping up the fab female vocalist theme as Kate drops to 3, it’s a new entry at 2 for Cilla, thanks to the fab gear ITV drama, as Anyone Who Had A Heart reactivates in the UK charts, and pops back into my chart for the second time in 2 years – it grabbed a week on top in 2012, 48 years after it would have first topped my chart if I’d been compiling them then. I was 6, and I was mad on the record and Cilla. The record is still brilliant, much better than Dionne Warwick’s smooth original, and the TV show brilliantly captures the times – it’s not understating the case to say that Bobby’s home-life was pretty much what Liverpool was to me and my family in 1964-66 when we lived there and went to 2 schools. We were very poor, and that’s exactly how we lived and how Liverpudlians spoke and acted, it’s spot-on. It also brings Cilla her long-overdue kudos after becoming a mumsy TV host kind of took it all away in popular memory.

Elsewhere, G.R.L.’s great pop track hits 4, Taylor Swift gets a 2nd Top 10 hit, and Hozier gets into the top 20 again with Take Me To Church a year after first doing it. A couple of European biggies enter lower down (Alle Farben and Robin Schulz) courtesy of my week in Sitges, Spain, amongst others climbing as a result. I was very happy to hear Dirty Vegas’ popchartfreak topper from february also getting played, never thought I’d ever hear it anywhere. Hooray!

1 2 1 8 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 395800
2 NEW 2 1 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART – Cilla Black 115000
3 1 1 4 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 357000
4 8 4 3 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 118400
5 3 3 10 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 455800
6 12 6 16 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 327250
7 7 6 5 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 245000
8 6 1 12 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 891800
9 20 9 4 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 100600
10 14 10 5 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 108900

11 4 1 8 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 716900
12 11 4 8 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 319800
13 5 2 8 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 344200
14 28 14 5 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 101900
15 18 15 18 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 261500
16 9 9 6 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 158450
17 10 10 5 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 126800
18 13 7 7 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 246400
19 15 4 7 CALL – Francesco Yates 263750
20 16 7 7 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont featuring Yolande 208000

21 29 21 2 (I ALWAYS KILL) THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld 37950
22 24 22 13 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 161550
23 19 1 10 ONE – Order Of Era 601450
24 35 24 2 CENTURIES – Fall Out Boy 36500
25 17 17 7 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 126050
26 26 26 2 U GOT ALL I’M LOOKING 4 – Summer Heart 37000
27 27 27 2 GAY 4 IT – $WAGGOT 36800
28 33 28 4 CREATION – The Pierces 66950
29 34 29 6 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) – Rupert Holmes 105400
30 44 30 6 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 72450

31 23 1 13 BECOME – Midge Ure 861150
32 25 1 9 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 520300
33 37 33 17 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 207250
34 67 34 4 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 68600
35 21 19 5 SUPERHEROES – The Script 88250
36 36 36 2 SNOWSHIP (THOMAS JACK REMIX) – Benjamin Franklin Leftwich 34800
37 30 1 17 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1575800
38 40 38 3 ACROSS 110TH STREET – Bobby Womack 51200
39 48 39 2 HELP OUR SOULS (URBAN CONTACT REMIX) – NIHILS 29400
40 50 40 2 MOONWALK AWAY (MOONLANDING MIX) – Goldfish 29000

41 22 22 6 I AM THE WORLD – Robin Gibb 94650
42 32 15 9 ELEVATION – Erasure 171950
43 43 43 3 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 39100
44 38 6 13 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 398650
45 31 17 4 POP 101 – Marianas Trench barely featuring Anami Vice 76900
46 49 46 4 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 45750
47 42 9 9 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 177200
48 56 48 3 I ALWAYS KILL THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld featuring Claudia Brucken 29500
49 73 49 2 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 17500
50 52 50 14 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 132250

51 39 39 6 MAPS – Maroon 5 72550
52 NEW 52 1 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) – Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 11500
53 46 1 29 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 700750
54 41 4 12 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 429650
55 64 55 3 NEVERMIND – Claudia Brucken 23500
56 53 9 13 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 261150
57 NEW 57 1 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 10400
58 57 9 11 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 219750
59 63 59 2 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 17300
60 59 1 18 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 870150

61 47 47 3 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 32500
62 66 62 2 LOW – Inna 14200
63 65 63 4 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 25400
64 60 5 13 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 252500
65 75 65 2 BLAME IT ON ME – George Ezra 12000
66 69 66 3 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 19200
67 NEW 67 1 IN YOUR EYES – Michael Woods featuring Lauren Dyson 6600
68 68 1 58 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1085750
69 NEW 69 1 OH CECILIA (BREAKING MY HEART) – The Vamps featuring Shawn Mendes 6200
70 NEW 70 1 WHY CAN’T I BE YOU – R.A.B.B.I.I. 6000

71 71 1 22 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 998750
72 72 3 11 MUSIC – John Miles 251350
73 NEW 73 1 GLASS HEART – Eagles For Hands featuring Holly Partridge 5400
74 74 74 2 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 10400
75 NEW 75 1 BAILANDO – Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona 5000

DROP OUTS
45 35 4 FIGURE IT OUT – Royal Blood 46500
51 37 4 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME – Dolly Parton 59650
54 4 8 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE – Elvin Bishop 264400
55 6 9 PERFUME – Sparks 210700
58 58 4 BLACK WIDOW – Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora 32000
61 5 12 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 372500
62 18 10 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 147000
70 70 1 WHEN IT’S BUSY EARNING – Jungle 6000

21st September 2014

It’s Kate Bush returning to number one with Hounds Of Love 28 years after dropping off the top slot. Partly it’s the Archive charting of it, but it’s also cos London readers Wyfes played it at Duckies Sitges as “our most favourite record in the world” as is traditional with one great oldie. I sang along like a madman in the opera-house venue and had a fab time dancing till 3am. Yes at my age, outrageous. Smiths, Bowie, Icona Pop, Gossip, Fifth Dimension, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, zillions of others and also the classic song shooting up to 24 which had everyone singing along, and Stealers Wheel going back up to 46.

Bad news for Sigma and Paloma who have to make do with 2, but Paloma’s already had a chart-topper this year, and 2 is pretty good! G.R.L. rocket from 73 to 8 with a great pop song, it’s got actual good lyrics and a great tune, while a bit of rock joins KONGOS in the top 10 as Tom Petty gets one of his rare Top 10 hits. Tom tends not to have big ones but he’s been charting now since 1977 with a long list of lesser hits. In the week that co-writer Bob Crewe died, Frankie Valli’s Can’t take My Eyes Off You hits 24, while The Real Tuesday Weld smooth tune charts twice, once with Claudia Brucken, who also has two on the climb. Fall Out Boy keep up the run of Top 40 hits, running Centuries, and U2 also have 2 from the new album pottering about lower down.

1 5 1 3 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
2 16 2 7 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith
3 3 3 9 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS Train
4 1 1 7 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C.
5 2 2 7 COME WITH ME NOW KONGOS
6 4 1 11 LOVE RUNS OUT OneRepublic
7 6 6 4 THE CHAMBER Lenny Kravitz
8 73 8 2 UGLY HEART G.R.L.
9 14 9 5 FORGOTTEN MAN Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
10 11 10 4 DAYS WITH YOU Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett

11 8 4 7 LOVERS ON THE SUN David Guetta featuring Sam Martin
12 12 12 15 SUMMER IN THE CITY The Lovin’ Spoonful
13 9 7 6 RED CASSETTE Mamas Gun
14 20 14 4 NATURE’S CALL Shaun Escoffery
15 15 4 6 CALL Francesco Yates
16 7 7 6 WON’T LOOK BACK Duke Dumont featuring Yolande
17 22 17 6 CHIMES Hudson Mohawke
18 18 18 17 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
19 10 1 9 ONE Order Of Era
20 27 20 3 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift

21 19 19 4 SUPERHEROES The Script
22 23 22 5 I AM THE WORLD Robin Gibb
23 13 1 12 BECOME Midge Ure
24 44 24 12 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
25 21 1 8 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone
26 NEW 26 1 U GOT ALL I’M LOOKING 4 Summer Heart
27 NEW 27 1 GAY 4 IT $WAGGOT
28 28 28 4 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier
29 NEW 29 1 (I ALWAYS KILL) THE THINGS I LOVE The Real Tuesday Weld
30 25 1 16 COLOURS IN THE SKY Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD

31 17 17 3 POP 101 Marianas Trench barely featuring Anami Vice
32 24 15 8 ELEVATION Erasure
33 33 33 3 CREATION The Pierces
34 34 34 5 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
35 NEW 35 1 CENTURIES Fall Out Boy
36 NEW 36 1 SNOWSHIP (THOMAS JACK REMIX) Benjamin Franklin Leftwich
37 38 37 16 MISTY BLUE Dorothy Moore
38 30 6 12 MY TYPE Saint Motel
39 39 39 5 MAPS Maroon 5
40 40 40 2 ACROSS 110TH STREET Bobby Womack

41 29 4 11 HOME Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans
42 32 9 8 SWEETNESS ALIVE Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou
43 49 43 2 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN Billy Idol
44 36 36 5 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
45 35 35 4 FIGURE IT OUT Royal Blood
46 60 1 28 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel
47 47 47 2 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT U2
48 NEW 48 2 HELP OUR SOULS (URBAN CONTACT REMIX) NIHLS
49 55 49 3 BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
50 NEW 50 1 MOONWALK AWAY (MOONLANDING MIX) Goldfish

51 37 37 4 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Dolly Parton
52 52 52 13 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba
53 26 9 12 OPEN DOORS Electric Lady Lab
54 31 4 8 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE Elvin Bishop
55 43 6 9 PERFUME Sparks
56 67 56 2 (I ALWAYS KILL) THE THINGS I LOVE The Real Tuesday Weld featuring Claudia Brucken
57 48 9 10 DOSES AND MIMOSAS Cherub
58 58 58 4 BLACK WIDOW Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora
59 54 1 17 TIME IN A BOTTLE Jim Croce
60 46 5 12 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

61 42 5 12 SUNDREAM RUFUS
62 50 18 10 GHOSTCITY Thomas Azier
63 NEW 63 1 IF YOU LET ME GO Salt Ashes
64 72 64 2 NEVERMIND Claudia Brucken
65 71 65 3 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES Kate Bush
66 NEW 66 1 LOW Inna
67 57 40 3 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS Meghan Trainor
68 68 1 57 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
69 69 69 2 SUNLIGHT The Magician featuring Years and Years
70 NEW 70 1 WHEN IT’S BUSY EARNING Jungle

71 62 1 21 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS Paloma Faith
72 63 3 10 MUSIC John Miles
73 NEW 73 1 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) U2
74 NEW 74 1 PLACE WITH NO NAME Michael Jackson
75 NEW 75 1 BLAME IT ON ME George Ezra

DROP OUTS
41 27 5 STARING AT THE SUN Anastacia
45 45 4 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
51 14 7 PROBLEM Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
53 30 7 YOUR LOVE Nicole Scherzinger
56 36 5 SILHOUETTE Ali Campbell
59 10 6 UNITED KIDS OF THE WORLD Headhunterz featuring Krewella

61 39 11 WRONG CLUB The Ting Tings
64 33 4 MUST BE LOVE Christina Grimmie
65 65 2 DOWN THE WRONG WAY Chrissie Hynde and Neil Young
66 10 9 BOOM CLAP Charli XCX
70 25 6 CHERRY BOMB The Runaways
74 74 1 AS GOOD AS GONE Andy Burrows
75 75 1 PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD Jamie Cullum featuring Gregory Porter

14th September 2014

It’s a 2nd week for classic 10CC on top, 3rd in total, and well deserved. KONGOS is fab too though just edging out Train this week which Ive yet to download and Kate Bush which I may well hear on my holiday in a week in an 80’s club that lurves Kate Bush.

Big climbs for Snakehips, very smooth, and The Script also go top 20 (not The Call as I mistyped for some reason) with Superheroes joining all the Guardians Of The Galaxy oldies! Appropriate. Talking of oldies, highest new entry is the late Bobby Womack’s 1972 minor US hit, which I only heard for the first time the other week, incredibly, as it’s featured in 2 movies (neither of which I’ve seen). It’s fab.

Meanwhile rock veterans return, U2 courtesy of a free album download, and the best track on it, and Billy Idol, back after a couple of decades away, and 35 years after his Generation X charting days. U2, in comparison have a mere 33 years of chart hits. Pah! Finally Claudia Brucken pops in with 2 new tracks, greedy girl, one with someone claiming to be the Real Tuesday Weld, I’m fairly sure that’s not true as she was a pin-up actress over 50 years ago…


1 1 1 6 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 614900
2 5 2 6 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 252200
3 3 3 8 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 310800
4 2 1 10 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 788800
5 10 5 2 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 102000
6 8 6 3 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 145000
7 9 7 5 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont featuring Yolande 163000
8 4 4 6 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 247800
9 11 7 5 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 192400
10 6 1 8 ONE – Order Of Era 561200

11 32 11 3 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 61800
12 16 12 14 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 237350
13 13 1 11 BECOME – Midge Ure 824000
14 19 14 4 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 88250
15 7 4 5 CALL – Francesco Yates 215750
16 20 16 6 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 110800
17 17 17 2 POP 101 – Marianas Trench barely featuring Anami Vice 46000
18 21 18 16 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 212500
19 30 19 3 SUPERHEROES – The Script 51000
20 26 20 3 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 37900

21 14 1 7 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 483750
22 18 18 5 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 84300
23 24 23 4 I AM THE WORLD – Robin Gibb 61150
24 15 15 7 ELEVATION – Erasure 140400
25 25 1 15 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1540500
26 35 9 11 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 239300
27 38 27 2 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 35600
28 28 28 3 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 54600
29 34 4 10 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 404650
30 12 6 11 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 368200

31 22 4 7 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE – Elvin Bishop 253400
32 23 9 7 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 150950
33 44 33 2 CREATION – The Pierces 30950
34 36 34 4 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) – Rupert Holmes 69600
35 54 35 3 FIGURE IT OUT – Royal Blood 33500
36 57 36 4 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 41200
37 39 37 3 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME – Dolly Parton 47900
38 41 38 15 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 172250
39 55 39 4 MAPS – Maroon 5 43700
40 NEW 40 1 ACROSS 110TH STREET – Bobby Womack 17000

41 27 27 5 STARING AT THE SUN – Anastacia 74900
42 33 5 11 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 365000
43 29 6 8 PERFUME – Sparks 199900
44 45 44 11 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 123050
45 47 45 4 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE – Sam Smith 43600
46 31 5 11 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 235400
47 NEW 47 1 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 12500
48 48 9 9 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 199150
49 NEW 49 1 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 12100
50 50 18 9 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 139600

51 37 14 7 PROBLEM – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea 129450
52 53 52 12 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 108750
53 49 30 7 YOUR LOVE – Nicole Scherzinger 76950
54 52 1 16 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 850050
55 59 55 2 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 20900
56 43 36 5 SILHOUETTE – Ali Campbell 60850
57 40 40 2 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 44400
58 70 58 3 BLACK WIDOW – Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora 21800
59 42 10 6 UNITED KIDS OF THE WORLD – Headhunterz featuring Krewella 145350
60 60 1 27 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 676750

61 46 39 11 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 97500
62 58 1 20 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 987150
63 63 3 9 MUSIC – John Miles 240150
64 51 33 4 MUST BE LOVE – Christina Grimmie 54250
65 75 65 2 DOWN THE WRONG WAY – Chrissie Hynde and Neil Young 12000
66 66 10 9 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 170550
67 NEW 67 1 I ALWAYS KILL THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld featuring Claudia Brucken 6600
68 68 1 56 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1072950
69 NEW 69 1 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 6200
70 64 25 6 CHERRY BOMB – The Runaways 79050

71 73 71 2 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 11200
72 NEW 72 1 NEVERMIND – Claudia Brucken 5600
73 NEW 73 1 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 5400
74 NEW 74 1 AS GOOD AS GONE – Andy Burrows 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD – Jamie Cullum featuring Gregory Porter 5000

DROP OUTS
56 48 4 ONE DAY (VANDAAG) – Bakermat 41400
61 26 4 MEANT TO BE KIND – Hannah Grace 58250
62 62 3 CRY FOR FREEDOM – Jay Dabhi and Moises Modesto 21600
65 18 4 STRANGE ENOUGH – VERITE 59600
67 67 3 I DIDN’T BELIEVE – Flight Facilities featuring Elizabeth Rose 19400
69 19 6 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 85600
71 37 3 SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT – Maria Hazell 40400
72 72 1 RIGHT HERE – Jess Glynne 5600
74 74 2 ULTRAVIOLENCE – Lana Del Ray 10400

7th September 2014

A little late this week, but not as late as I’m Not In Love, the first song in Guardians Of The Galaxy, and ending a 39-year wait for 10CC to get that second week at number one, their 3rd of 5 number ones, and a multi-tracked harmony classic. Godley and Creme featured on 4 of the number ones, but grabbed a further two for themselves in the 80’s. All 4 members were brilliant.

A very competitive chart this week, any of the top 10 could have been a contender to top, really, but biggest mover is KONGOS, sons of John Kongos now matching their dad in grabbing a top 5 hit a few months after it peaked at 19, but now on full release and the tribal rock charms bang on my car cd beautifully. Another number one pops in at 10 for Kate Bush, 1986 number one, and one of three (The Man With The Child In His Eyes, and Babooshka being lower). The only reason there isn’t a Kate invasion is a) I didn’t get tickets and b) the other UK charting tracks have already had extra chart runs in the last few years.

In at 17, Canadian rockers Marianas Trench do a great hatchet job on formula, mass-produced, record company cash-making, committee-designed dance pop. That’s not to say there aren’t great pop songwriters about (see Ryan Tedder at 2), but really, it’s all becoming a bit incestuous and back-scratching now. You know, artist can’t write a decent pop song, so hires rentasongwriter to spruce it up a bit while making sure they get songwriting royalties. Anyway, it’s a very funny track.

At 24, the late Robin Gibb’s poignant reworking of a 50-year-old very 1960’s Bee Gees song leaps up, and Taylor Swift pops into the Top 40 with one of her catchiest popsongs.

1 2 1 5 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 444900
2 1 1 9 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 723800
3 3 3 7 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 235800
4 5 4 5 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 199800
5 RE 5 5 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 137200
6 4 1 7 ONE – Order Of Era 519200
7 6 4 4 CALL – Francesco Yates 188750
8 10 8 2 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 90000
9 14 9 4 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont featuring Yolande 113000
10 NEW 10 1 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 42000

11 7 7 4 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 147400
12 8 6 10 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 350200
13 12 1 10 BECOME – Midge Ure 792000
14 9 1 6 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 464000
15 17 15 6 ELEVATION – Erasure 121400
16 18 16 13 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 202350
17 NEW 17 1 POP 101 – Marianas Trench barely featuring Anami Vice 23000
18 29 18 4 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 64800
19 22 19 3 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 59250
20 20 20 5 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 85800

21 31 21 15 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 190500
22 13 4 6 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE – Elvin Bishop 235500
23 11 9 6 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 133150
24 55 24 3 I AM THE WORLD – Robin Gibb 41900
25 19 1 14 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1521750
26 32 26 2 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 17900
27 27 27 4 STARING AT THE SUN – Anastacia 60900
28 30 28 2 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 36300
29 16 6 7 PERFUME – Sparks 186400
30 50 30 2 SUPERHEROES – The Call 30000

31 21 5 10 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 222650
32 65 32 2 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 24800
33 23 5 10 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 351250
34 34 4 9 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 386450
35 35 9 10 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 220800
36 36 36 3 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) – Rupert Holmes 52000
37 24 14 6 PROBLEM – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea 117700
38 NEW 38 1 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 17200
39 43 39 2 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME – Dolly Parton 30600
40 40 40 2 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 34000

41 41 41 14 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 155050
42 15 10 5 UNITED KIDS OF THE WORLD – Headhunterz featuring Krewella 135250
43 42 36 4 SILHOUETTE – Ali Campbell 50250
44 NEW 44 1 CREATION – The Pierces 13250
45 45 45 10 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 109800
46 39 39 10 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 90000
47 47 47 3 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE – Sam Smith 30600
48 44 9 8 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 186850
49 49 30 6 YOUR LOVE – Nicole Scherzinger 65700
50 RE 18 8 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 127600

51 33 33 3 MUST BE LOVE – Christina Grimmie 47150
52 46 1 15 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 839050
53 54 53 11 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 97250
54 75 54 2 FIGURE IT OUT – Royal Blood 16000
55 56 55 3 MAPS – Maroon 5 26600
56 48 48 4 ONE DAY (VANDAAG) – Bakermat 41400
57 66 57 3 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 23800
58 52 1 19 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 979750
59 NEW 59 1 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 10100
60 59 1 26 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 666750

61 26 26 4 MEANT TO BE KIND – Hannah Grace 58250
62 64 62 3 CRY FOR FREEDOM – Jay Dabhi and Moises Modesto 21600
63 60 3 8 MUSIC – John Miles 232950
64 25 25 5 CHERRY BOMB – The Runaways 73050
65 28 18 4 STRANGE ENOUGH – VERITE 59600
66 51 10 8 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 163750
67 68 67 3 I DIDN’T BELIEVE – Flight Facilities featuring Elizabeth Rose 19400
68 67 1 55 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1066550
69 38 19 6 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 85600
70 72 70 2 BLACK WIDOW – Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora 11600

71 37 37 3 SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT – Maria Hazell 40400
72 NEW 72 1 RIGHT HERE – Jess Glynne 5600
73 NEW 73 1 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 5400
74 74 74 2 ULTRAVIOLENCE – Lana Del Ray 10400
75 NEW 75 1 DOWN THE WRONG WAY – Chrissie Hynde and Neil Young 5000

DROP OUTS
53 45 3 WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING – Within Temptation featuring Dave Pirner 34450
57 15 9 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 152000
58 52 3 CIRCLES – Vanic x Machineheart 31700
61 61 3 FIVE HOURS – Deorro 22500
62 62 5 GIANT IN MY HEART – Kiesza 34600
63 24 7 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART – Rixton 94650
69 69 2 THE SHIP – Black Rivers 12400
70 70 2 I BELIEVE IN YOU (2013) – Kylie Minogue 12000
71 71 2 FADED – Zhu 11000
73 73 2 I WANT IT THAT WAY – Backstreet Boys 10400

31st August 2014

It’s OneRepublic for a 2nd week on top, though 10CC’s summer love classic holds at 2 as Guardians Of The Galaxy charts all over Europe, and the soundtrack is in a lot of cinema lobbies. Train get yet another Top 3 hit, but have yet to top the chart – it’s looking good though as it’s not available yet and this is on radio plays alone.

Highest new entry is Lenny Kravitz at 10, a cracking new single that is also not yet available to buy in the UK, and his biggest hit for 15 years, and his 4th Top 10 in 24 years. Big climb for Sigma and Paloma Faith, and that will also one day be available to buy, along with Duke Dumont next week’s UK number one. Hozier is back a year on with the great Take Me To Church. It would be nice if it was a hit this time but I won’t hold my breath as you can’t dance to it and it doesn’t have Ed Sheeran on the credit.

enjoy:)

1 1 1 8 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 608800
2 2 2 4 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 274900
3 20 3 6 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 160800
4 3 1 6 ONE – Order Of Era 464200
5 5 5 4 LOVERS IN THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 134800
6 4 4 3 CALL – Francesco Yates 138750
7 10 7 3 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 110400
8 6 6 9 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 315200
9 7 1 5 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 435000
10 NEW 10 1 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 42000

11 9 9 5 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 113900
12 8 1 9 BECOME – Midge Ure 760000
13 14 4 5 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE – Elvin Bishop 216000
14 22 14 3 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont 68000
15 12 10 4 UNITED KIDS OF THE WORLD – Headhunterz featuring Krewella 121500
16 13 6 6 PERFUME – Sparks 168200
17 17 17 5 ELEVATION – Erasure 94400
18 21 18 12 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 177350
19 15 1 13 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1503000
20 57 20 4 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 65800

21 11 5 9 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 204750
22 25 22 2 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 38250
23 16 5 9 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 333550
24 19 14 5 PROBLEM – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea 100400
25 27 25 4 CHERRY BOMB – The Runaways 65950
26 26 26 3 MEANT TO BE KIND – Hannah Grace 50750
27 35 27 3 STARING AT THE SUN – Anastacia 42500
28 18 18 3 STRANGE ENOUGH – VERITE 52600
29 29 29 3 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 42800
30 NEW 30 1 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 18000

31 34 31 14 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 170750
32 NEW 32 1 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffrey 17800
33 33 33 2 MUST BE LOVE – Christina Grimmie 35400
34 23 4 8 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 368850
35 31 9 9 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 203300
36 38 36 2 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) – Rupert Holmes 34600
37 37 37 2 SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT – Maria Hazell 34600
38 24 19 5 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 79400
39 46 39 9 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 77250
40 NEW 40 1 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 17000

41 41 41 13 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 141050
42 36 36 3 SILHOUETTE – Ali Campbell 36750
43 NEW 43 1 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME – Dolly Parton 13500
44 28 9 7 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 174550
45 47 45 9 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 96800
46 43 1 14 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 827550
47 72 47 2 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE – Sam Smith 18100
48 48 48 3 ONE DAY (VANDAAG) – Bakermat 30800
49 30 30 5 YOUR LOVE – Nicole Scherzinger 53600
50 NEW 50 1 SUPERHEROES – The Call 12000

51 32 10 7 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 156950
52 42 1 18 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 969550
53 45 45 3 WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING – Within Temptation featuring Dave Pirner 34450
54 56 54 10 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 86000
55 49 49 2 I AM THE WORLD – Robin Gibb 22900
56 RE 56 2 MAPS – Maroon 5 15800
57 39 15 9 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 152000
58 52 52 3 CIRCLES – Vanic x Machineheart 31700
59 58 1 25 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 656750
60 54 3 7 MUSIC – John Miles 225750

61 61 61 3 FIVE HOURS – Deorro 22500
62 62 62 5 GIANT IN MY HEART – Kiesza 34600
63 44 24 7 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART – Rixton 94650
64 64 64 2 CRY FOR FREEDOM – Jay Dabhi and Moises Modesto 14200
65 65 65 3 NO OTHER WAY EP – Sinead Harnett featuring Snakehips 19000
66 67 66 2 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 13400
67 66 1 54 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1060150
68 68 68 2 I DIDN’T BELIEVE – Flight Facilities featuring Elizabeth Rose 12800
69 69 69 2 THE SHIP – Black Rivers 12400
70 70 70 2 I BELIEVE IN YOU (2013) – Kylie Minogue 12000

71 74 71 2 FADED – Zhu 11000
72 NEW 72 1 BLACK WIDOW – Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora 5600
73 75 73 2 I WANT IT THAT WAY – Backstreet Boys 10400
74 NEW 74 1 ULTRAVIOLENCE – Lana Del Ray 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FIGURE IT OUT – Royal Blood 5000

DROP OUTS
40 3 11 CHANDELIER – SIA 376250
50 18 7 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 115600
51 35 5 CRAZY STUPID LOVE – Cheryl Cole featuring Tinie Tempah 56700
53 38 5 I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN – Rita Ora 56650
55 5 8 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) – Example 194100
59 40 4 WOULD YOU FIGHT FOR MY LOVE – Jack White 51400
60 39 7 AM I WRONG – Nico And Vinz 79500
63 36 4 TRY – Dolly Parton 51900
71 71 2 TELL HER – Rizzle Kicks 11600
73 1 31 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 1002500

24th August 2014

A bit late this week, as I was bank holidaying it in Kent.

After 8 Top 10 attempts, Onerepublic finally get that elusive chart-topper, with the stomping thumping Love Runs Out, just keeping off 1975 Number One I’m Not In Love at 2 for 10CC. That song is from Guardians Of The Galaxy, of course, as a 7th track enters at 38 for Rupert Holmes, a Top 10 hit from 1979 for me, Escape (The Pina Colada Song) was a huge American hit while I was on my first adventure holiday in the States that year. The album of the soundtrack has done very well, and despite all the hoopla about Ed Sheeran having weeks at number one, it wasn’t the best selling album for the last few weeks: the latest Now album was, and at one point it was out-sold by Guardians Of The Galaxy, and several of the tracks were in the Archive Top 40 last week, amongst all those Streaming-dominated tracks older than 12 months which make up most of the chart. So there!

Francesco Yates is an 18-year-old Canadian with a gorgeous pop record, and leaps up to 4 with Call, just ahead of one mighty leap for David Guetta as he returns yet again to the top 5, up a whopping 57 places with Sam Martin. David has had 2 previous chart-toppers. Mamas Gun also leap into the Top 10, the London band’s fab retro Red Cassette up 17 places. Train get a 7th Top 20 hit, while Tom Petty is highest new entry at 25 with his 2nd Top 40 hit of the year, 37 years of hits and counting. The late Robin Gibb, meanwhile is in at 49 with one of his last recordings, giving him an amazing 45 years of chart entries solo, 46 years as a Bee Gee, including my first chart in 1968.

1 2 1 7 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 438800
2 15 2 3 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 159900
3 1 1 5 ONE – Order Of Era 399200
4 25 4 2 CALL – Francesco Yates 83750
5 62 5 3 LOVERS IN THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 74800
6 11 6 8 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 267200
7 3 1 4 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 390000
8 8 1 8 BECOME – Midge Ure 725000
9 9 9 4 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 76900
10 27 10 2 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 60400

11 5 5 8 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 185000
12 10 10 3 UNITED KIDS OF THE WORLD – Headhunterz featuring Krewella 94500
13 6 6 5 PERFUME – Sparks 143200
14 4 4 4 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE – Elvin Bishop 184000
15 12 1 12 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1482000
16 13 5 8 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 314300
17 17 17 4 ELEVATION – Erasure 71400
18 48 18 2 STRANGE ENOUGH – VERITE 34300
19 14 14 4 PROBLEM – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea 81400
20 29 20 5 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 85800

21 21 21 11 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 155350
22 22 22 2 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont 39000
23 7 4 7 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 351250
24 19 19 4 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 62200
25 NEW 25 1 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 18750
26 42 26 2 MEANT TO BE KIND – Hannah Grace 32250
27 30 27 3 CHERRY BOMB – The Runaways 47200
28 16 9 6 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 161300
29 68 29 2 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 24600
30 59 30 4 YOUR LOVE – Nicole Scherzinger 41500

31 26 9 8 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 185800
32 20 10 6 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 145200
33 NEW 33 1 MUST BE LOVE – Christina Grimmie 17700
34 37 34 13 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 152850
35 67 35 2 STARING AT THE SUN – Anastacia 24100
36 72 36 2 SILHOUETTE – Ali Campbell 23000
37 NEW 37 1 SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT – Maria Hazell 17300
38 NEW 38 1 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) – Rupert Holmes 17200
39 18 15 8 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 141600
40 23 3 11 CHANDELIER – SIA 376250

41 43 41 12 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 127050
42 34 1 17 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 958050
43 41 1 13 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 814800
44 31 24 6 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART – Rixton 87450
45 58 45 2 WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING – Within Temptation featuring Dave Pirner 23200
46 50 46 8 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 60150
47 49 47 8 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 83800
48 69 48 2 ONE DAY (VANDAAG) – Bakermat 18500
49 NEW 49 1 I AM THE WORLD – Robin Gibb 12100
50 24 18 7 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 115600

51 35 35 5 CRAZY STUPID LOVE – Cheryl Cole featuring Tinie Tempah 56700
52 60 52 2 CIRCLES – Vanic x Machineheart 21500
53 38 38 5 I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN – Rita Ora 56650
54 44 3 6 MUSIC – John Miles 215750
55 28 5 8 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) – Example 194100
56 56 56 9 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 75000
57 33 33 3 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 45800
58 57 1 24 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 646650
59 40 40 4 WOULD YOU FIGHT FOR MY LOVE – Jack White 51400
60 39 39 7 AM I WRONG – Nico And Vinz 79500

61 61 61 2 FIVE HOURS – Deorro 15000
62 63 62 4 GIANT IN MY HEART – Kiesza 27200
63 36 36 4 TRY – Dolly Parton 51900
64 NEW 64 1 CRY FOR FREEDOM – Jay Dabhi and Moises Modesto 7100
65 74 65 2 NO OTHER WAY – Sinead Harnett featuring Snakehips 12000
66 65 1 53 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1053550
67 NEW 67 1 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 6600
68 NEW 68 1 I DIDN’T BELIEVE – Flight Facilities featuring Elizabeth Rose 6400
69 NEW 69 1 THE SHIP – Black Rivers 6200
70 NEW 70 1 I BELIEVE IN YOU (2013) – Kylie Minogue 6000

71 71 71 2 TELL HER – Rizzle Kicks 11600
72 NEW 72 1 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE – Sam Smith 5600
73 73 1 31 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 1002500
74 NEW 74 1 FADED – Zhu 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I WANT IT THAT WAY – Backstreet Boys 5000

DROP OUTS
32 5 6 BULLIT – Watermat 257800
45 20 8 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 117200
46 8 7 GOOD KISSER – Usher 184550
47 26 5 URL BADMAN – Lily Allen 66100
51 18 4 GATES – Speak 52700
52 52 3 JUNGLE (REMIX) – X Ambassadors and Jamie N Common featuring Jay-Z 28500
53 30 6 COMING OF AGE – Foster The People 76850
54 54 4 RUDE – MAGIC! 38000
55 55 2 DON’T – Ed Sheeran 17400
64 64 1 MILLION QUESTIONS – Urban Contact 7100
66 34 4 WHEN I LOOK – Bobmo featuring Shaun J. Wright 55000
70 70 2 LOUDER – Neon Jungle 12000
75 75 1 IT’S MY BIRTHDAY – will.i.am featuring Cody 5000

17th August 2014

It’s OneRepublic vs Guardians Of The Galaxy vs AXE advert.

It’s the advert! If you’ve been to the cinema there’s an epic advert showing a couple through the ages fated to meet in the modern world. It’s terrific, sells male deodorant and features a cover version of a brilliant Harry Nilsson record that is just as good as the original, One (Is The Loneliest Number). I presume the estate of Nilsson weren’t playing ball…

There are 5 tracks in the Top 30, and 3 in the top 5, from Guardians Of The Galaxy, the soundtrack was outselling all albums on itunes last week, bar the Now album, and that includes Sheeran, so hooray for good taste and a great compilation album that shows invention and love for less-obvious oldies. The only other place in my top 5 is for OneRepublic, stopping at 2, and frustratingly close to that elusive number one with a record that easily deserves to be on top, it’s stomping, stonking, tuneful and fab.

Sparks go up to 6, their equal 5th biggest hit, and 8 years late. better late than never! Goldroom and Say Lou Lou, join Headhunterz and Krewella inside the top 10, which seems to cover USA, Australia, Sweden and the Netherlands in one fell swoop. How very cosmopolitan! 10CC bide their time, up to 15, Erasure keep the run of top 20 entries at 28 years (Vince 33 years), Michael Jackson, very late, but still getting new Top 20 hits 45 years on.

Highest new entry is Duke Dumont, with a Black Box-a-like track that even has a vocalist sounding uncannily like Loleatta Holloway. Pity there’s no featuring credit. Rita Ora and Cheryl Cole finally go top 40, OK I give in! They’re in! Lower down Anastacia, Rizzle Kicks, will.i.am and Ali Campbell all return. Ali was the lead singer of UB40 who had an unbroken run of chart entries till he left the band really, starting in 1980. The band, now his brother on lead, returned earlier in the year, and now Ali (with a couple of UB40 mates) returns, giving him a 19-year-span as solo “hit”-maker, and 34 years as chart-er.

1 2 1 4 ONE – Order Of Era 314200
2 3 2 6 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 268800
3 1 1 3 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 340000
4 4 4 3 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE – Elvin Bishop 155000
5 8 5 7 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 148000
6 10 6 4 PERFUME – Sparks 111200
7 11 4 6 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 332000
8 5 1 7 BECOME – Midge Ure 677000
9 28 9 4 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 76900
10 35 10 2 UNITED KIDS OF THE WORLD – Headhunterz featuring Krewella 59500

11 13 7 7 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 212200
12 6 1 11 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1455000
13 7 5 7 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 289300
14 19 14 3 PROBLEM – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea 60400
15 31 15 2 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 44900
16 9 9 5 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 143000
17 27 17 3 ELEVATION – Erasure 48400
18 15 15 7 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 124500
19 40 19 3 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 43200
20 14 10 5 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 127400

21 21 21 10 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 135600
22 NEW 22 1 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont 19500
23 12 3 10 CHANDELIER – SIA 359250
24 18 18 6 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 103600
25 NEW 25 1 CALL – Francesco Yates 18750
26 23 9 7 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 167900
27 NEW 27 1 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 18400
28 16 5 7 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) – Example 183300
29 RE 29 4 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 65800
30 55 30 2 CHERRY BOMB – The Runaways 28800

31 24 24 5 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART – Rixton 74200
32 17 5 6 BULLIT – Watermat 257800
33 33 33 2 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 35400
34 32 1 16 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 944300
35 53 35 4 CRAZY STUPID LOVE – Cheryl Cole featuring Tinie Tempah 44950
36 38 36 3 TRY – Dolly Parton 44700
37 42 37 12 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 135250
38 50 38 4 I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN – Rita Ora 45400
39 39 39 6 AM I WRONG – Nico And Vinz 69500
40 48 40 3 WOULD YOU FIGHT FOR MY LOVE – Jack White 41300

41 41 1 12 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 801300
42 NEW 42 1 MEANT TO BE KIND – Hannah Grace 13750
43 46 43 11 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 113050
44 22 3 5 MUSIC – John Miles 204750
45 20 20 8 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 117200
46 29 8 7 GOOD KISSER – Usher 184550
47 26 26 5 URL BADMAN – Lily Allen 66100
48 NEW 48 1 STRANGE ENOUGH – VERITE 12300
49 52 49 7 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 71300
50 RE 50 7 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 47400

51 25 18 4 GATES – Speak 52700
52 54 52 3 JUNGLE (REMIX) – X Ambassadors and Jamie N Common featuring Jay-Z 28500
53 30 30 6 COMING OF AGE – Foster The People 76850
54 56 54 4 RUDE – MAGIC! 38000
55 67 55 2 DON’T – Ed Sheeran 17400
56 60 56 8 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 64400
57 57 1 23 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 636450
58 NEW 58 1 WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING – Within Temptation featuring Dave Pirner 10200
59 63 59 3 YOUR LOVE – Nicole Scherzinger 23500
60 NEW 60 1 CIRCLES – Vanic x Machineheart 10000

61 NEW 61 1 FIVE HOURS – Deorro 7500
62 62 62 2 LOVERS IN THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 14800
63 66 63 3 GIANT IN MY HEART – Kiesza 19800
64 NEW 64 1 MILLION QUESTIONS – Urban Contact 7100
65 64 1 52 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1046750
66 34 34 4 WHEN I LOOK – Bobmo featuring Shaun J. Wright 55000
67 NEW 67 1 STARING AT THE SUN – Anastacia 6600
68 NEW 68 1 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 6400
69 NEW 69 1 ONE DAY (VANDAAG) – Bakermat 6200
70 70 70 2 LOUDER – Neon Jungle 12000

71 NEW 71 1 TELL HER – Rizzle Kicks 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SILHOUETTE – Ali Campbell 5600
73 72 1 30 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 997100
74 NEW 74 1 NO OTHER WAY – Sinead Harnett featuring Snakehips 5200
75 NEW 75 1 IT’S MY BIRTHDAY – will.i.am featuring Cody 5000

DROP OUTS
36 6 5 HURRICANE – Chassio 186400
37 26 5 TIME – Jungle 89100
43 19 8 CLASSIC – MKTO 108250
44 5 9 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 259050
45 25 5 ONE IN A MILLION – Paul Carrack 64000
47 6 11 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 328450
49 24 4 FOOL – Pamela Myburgh 56100
51 10 3 THE SWEET SONG (FUKUSHIMA MON AMOUR) – The Penelopes 74750
58 58 2 THERE’S A BEAST AND WE ALL FEED IT – Jake Bugg 16800
59 2 12 SING – Ed Sheeran 497000
61 20 5 U GET ME HIGH – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 81800
65 40 4 ARGENTINA (PARTS I, II, III) – Tokyo Police Club 52250
68 68 2 HITTING THE FAN – David Buckley 11800
69 69 2 TWO WEEKS – FKA twigs 11400
71 71 2 OVERDRIVE – Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill 10800
73 73 1 TROUBLE WITH MY BABY – Paloma Faith 5400
74 74 1 MAPS – Maroon 5 5200
75 75 1 ISTANBUL – Morrissey 5000

10th August 2014

It’s Redbone, from Guardians Of The Galaxy which I saw again, and enjoyed even more. As a result, Elvin Bishop’s gorgeous 1976 oldie is 4, 10CC’s 1975 number one I’m Not In Love is in at 31 and The Runaways (aka Joan Jett) are in at 55 with Cherry Bomb, first time to chart. Redbone have one previous Number One, Witch Queen Of New Orleans, which charted in 1971 and then topped my chart in 1977. Come And Get Your Love has had to wait 40 years to finally get there after charting in 1974, one of the longest waits in my charts.

My charts meanwhile go mad with big climbers and fallers, leading with the Harry Nilsson track One, used in advert as recorded by Order Of Era. Fab, One is the loneliest number… Onerepublic keep on with the top 5 hits, but have yet to go all the way, but 3 is pretty good! Marvin & Tammi finally get a Top 10 hit 45 years after their first, and 44 years since Tammi died tragically of a brain tumor and 31 years since Marvin was tragically shot dead by his father. Sparks, meanwhile, go top 10 yet again with a fairly recent oldie that I somehow missed, so Ive put that right! 40 years of top 10 hits, pretty much throughout the decades.

Other advert and film tracks: Hercules (X Ambassadors), ads: Lovin Spoonful, Goldroom,

1 3 1 2 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 255000

2 38 2 3 ONE – Order Of Era 144200

3 20 3 5 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 153800

4 16 4 2 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE – Elvin Bishop 90000

5 1 1 6 BECOME – Midge Ure 629000

6 2 1 10 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1420000

7 9 5 6 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 257300

8 29 8 6 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 88000

9 14 9 4 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 118000

10 64 10 3 PERFUME – Sparks 56200

11 4 4 5 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 282000

12 8 3 9 CHANDELIER – SIA 340000

13 7 7 6 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 175200

14 10 10 4 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 107400

15 15 15 6 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 102500

16 5 5 6 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) – Example 165000

17 6 5 5 BULLIT – Watermat 240000

18 28 18 5 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 84600

19 57 19 2 PROBLEM – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea 31400

20 33 20 7 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 104200

21 27 21 9 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 115850

22 11 3 4 MUSIC – John Miles 191500

23 17 9 6 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 149400

24 39 24 4 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART – Rixton 56300

25 18 18 3 GATES – Speak 40950

26 32 26 4 URL BADMAN – Lily Allen 53600

27 65 27 2 ELEVATION – Erasure 25400

28 66 28 3 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 31900

29 12 8 6 GOOD KISSER – Usher 171800

30 35 30 5 COMING OF AGE – Foster The People 65600

31 NEW 31 1 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 17900

32 22 1 15 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 926700

33 NEW 33 1 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 17700

34 34 34 3 WHEN I LOOK – Bobmo featuring Shaun J. Wright 48200

35 NEW 35 1 UNITED KIDS OF THE WORLD – Headhunterz featuring Krewella 17500

36 13 6 5 HURRICANE – Chassio 186400

37 26 26 5 TIME – Jungle 89100

38 59 38 2 TRY – Dolly Parton 27300

39 48 39 5 AM I WRONG – Nico And Vinz 52400

40 RE 40 2 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 22200

41 37 1 11 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 787300

42 43 42 11 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 117950

43 30 19 8 CLASSIC – MKTO 108250

44 23 5 9 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 259050

45 25 25 5 ONE IN A MILLION – Paul Carrack 64000

46 47 46 10 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 99550

47 21 6 11 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 328450

48 50 48 2 WOULD YOU FIGHT FOR MY LOVE – Jack White 24300

49 24 24 4 FOOL – Pamela Myburgh 56100

50 58 50 3 I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN – Rita Ora 28200

51 19 10 3 THE SWEET SONG (FUKUSHIMA MON AMOUR) – The Penelopes 74750

52 52 52 6 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 59200

53 55 53 3 CRAZY STUPID LOVE – Cheryl Cole featuring Tinie Tempah 27450

54 70 54 2 JUNGLE (REMIX) – X Ambassadors and Jamie N Common featuring Jay-Z 17000

55 NEW 55 1 CHERRY BOMB – The Runaways 10800

56 56 56 3 RUDE – MAGIC! 27000

57 54 1 22 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 626050

58 67 58 2 THERE’S A BEAST AND WE ALL FEED IT – Jake Bugg 16800

59 36 2 12 SING – Ed Sheeran 497000

60 60 60 7 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 53800

61 31 20 5 U GET ME HIGH – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 81800

62 NEW 62 1 LOVERS IN THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 7400

63 69 63 2 YOUR LOVE – Nicole Scherzinger 13400

64 63 1 51 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1039750

65 40 40 4 ARGENTINA (PARTS I, II, III) – Tokyo Police Club 52250

66 71 66 2 GIANT IN MY HEART – Kiesza 12600

67 NEW 67 1 DON’T – Ed Sheeran 6600

68 73 68 2 HITTING THE FAN – David Buckley 11800

69 74 69 2 TWO WEEKS – FKA twigs 11400

70 NEW 70 1 LOUDER – Neon Jungle 6000

71 75 71 2 OVERDRIVE – Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill 10800

72 72 1 29 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 991700

73 NEW 73 1 TROUBLE WITH MY BABY – Paloma Faith 5400

74 NEW 74 1 MAPS – Maroon 5 5200

75 NEW 75 1 ISTANBUL – Morrissey 5000

41 14 8 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 154700

42 17 7 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) – Michael Franti and Spearhead 114500

44 30 4 SUNSHINE – The Teddybears 54250

45 37 3 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 47600

46 39 4 USED TO BE MY FRIEND – Odysseus featuring Ruby Goe 53150

49 38 4 LOST YOU – Zeds Dead featuring Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy 49000

51 26 4 SHATTER ME – Lindsey Sterling featuring Lzzy Hale 55750

53 20 5 HERO – Family Of The Year 78000

61 2 9 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 434500

62 10 9 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 182200

68 4 20 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 568700

3rd August 2014

It’s Midge for a second week on top, a synthpop return to form most welcome. Highest new entry at 3 though is native american band Redbone and the terrific 1974 hit and US smash hit (in my charts peaking at 27 or so) Come And Get Your Love. It’s their second Top 10 following the even-better smash-UK hit from 1971 Witch Queen Of New Orleans. Featured in the “Guardians Of The Galaxy” movie, I’m really getting into these great obscure 70’s and 80’s revivals in blockbuster movies – Blue Swede and Jim Croce have already charted from 1974 alone this year. Joining them, Elvin Bishop and Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s singles as featured in the same movie, Ain’t No Mountain having previously topped for Diana Ross, and been a minor 2010 reissued hit at 55 in my chart for the original Marvin & Tammi version. Elvin also charted back in 1976 or so.

Saint Motel is among the tracks still not available to download, as Nico and Vinz is finally out today after hitting it big in every single country in the world long ago. I like it but I’m not buying it in protest as the tosspot record companies holding back music from the UK and no other nation. They can piss off as far as I’m concerned. It’s a pity everyone else doesn’t follow suit as it’s guaranteed to be number one after years of being held back.

Jack White is the highest new track to chart, but lots of advert-related stuff, and chart hits lower down, while Erasure extend their run of hits and Dolly Parton does the same, since debuting in 1976 with Jolene.

1 1 1 5 BECOME – Midge Ure 569000

2 2 1 9 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1365000

3 NEW 3 1 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 85000

4 4 4 4 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 245000

5 9 5 5 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) – Example 140000

6 5 5 4 BULLIT – Watermat 217000

7 12 7 5 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 143200

8 7 3 8 CHANDELIER – SIA 305000

9 11 5 5 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 207300

10 14 10 3 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 78400

11 3 3 3 MUSIC – John Miles 172000

12 8 8 5 GOOD KISSER – Usher 153600

13 6 6 4 HURRICANE – Chassio 169000

14 15 14 3 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 73000

15 33 15 5 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 75500

16 NEW 16 1 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE – Elvin Bishop 25000

17 21 9 5 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 130150

18 58 18 2 GATES – Speak 32200

19 10 10 2 THE SWEET SONG (FUKUSHIMA MON AMOUR) – The Penelopes 63000

20 41 20 4 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 68800

21 13 6 10 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 315950

22 16 1 14 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 908900

23 17 5 8 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 245800

24 24 24 3 FOOL – Pamela Myburgh 44000

25 25 25 4 ONE IN A MILLION – Paul Carrack 51000

26 28 26 4 TIME – Jungle 71800

27 29 27 8 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 96100

28 32 28 4 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 62600

29 RE 29 5 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 40000

30 19 19 7 CLASSIC – MKTO 94750

31 20 20 4 U GET ME HIGH – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 74300

32 48 32 3 URL BADMAN – Lily Allen 35100

33 27 27 6 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 84200

34 45 34 2 WHEN I LOOK – Bobmo featuring Shaun J. Wright 30600

35 35 35 4 COMING OF AGE – Foster The People 47600

36 22 2 11 SING – Ed Sheeran 486900

37 23 1 10 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 773300

38 50 38 2 ONE – Order Of Era 29200

39 59 39 3 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART – Rixton 37300

40 40 40 3 ARGENTINA (PARTS I, II, III) – Tokyo Police Club 45250

41 34 14 8 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 154700

42 31 17 7 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) – Michael Franti and Spearhead 114500

43 44 43 10 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 104200

44 30 30 4 SUNSHINE – The Teddybears 54250

45 37 37 3 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 47600

46 39 39 4 USED TO BE MY FRIEND – Odysseus featuring Ruby Goe 53150

47 49 47 9 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 86800

48 66 48 4 AM I WRONG – Nico And Vinz 35300

49 38 38 4 LOST YOU – Zeds Dead featuring Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy 49000

50 NEW 50 1 WOULD YOU FIGHT FOR MY LOVE – Jack White 12000

51 26 26 4 SHATTER ME – Lindsey Sterling featuring Lzzy Hale 55750

52 56 52 5 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 47700

53 42 20 5 HERO – Family Of The Year 78000

54 53 1 21 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 615650

55 73 55 2 CRAZY STUPID LOVE – Cheryl Cole featuring Tinie Tempah 16200

56 71 56 2 RUDE – MAGIC! 16400

57 NEW 57 1 PROBLEM – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea 10400

58 70 58 2 I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN – Rita Ora 16200

59 NEW 59 1 TRY – Dolly Parton 10100

60 65 60 6 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 43800

61 43 2 9 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 434500

62 54 10 9 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 182200

63 62 1 50 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1032650

64 64 64 2 PERFUME – Sparks 14200

65 NEW 65 1 ELEVATION – Erasure 7000

66 67 66 2 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 13600

67 NEW 67 1 THERE’S A BEAST AND WE ALL FEED IT – Jake Bugg 6600

68 57 4 20 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 568700

69 NEW 69 1 YOUR LOVE – Nicole Scherzinger 6200

70 NEW 70 1 JUNGLE – XAmbassadors featruing Jamie N Common 6000

71 NEW 71 1 GIANT IN MY HEART – Kiesza 5800

72 72 1 28 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 986100

73 NEW 73 1 HITTING THE FAN – David Buckley 5400

74 NEW 74 1 TWO WEEKS – FKA twigs 5200

75 NEW 75 1 OVERDRIVE – Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill 5000

DROP OUTS

18 18 5 ANOTHER STAR – Stevie Wonder 97400

36 36 4 DIRTY CASH (ALAN FITZPATRICK JADED VOCAL MIX) – The Adventures Of Stevie V 54500

46 4 8 CRYSTALLIZE – Kylie Minogue 264500

47 6 9 GHOST – Ella Henderson 195150

51 27 8 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 93650

52 6 12 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 304400

55 6 10 JUBEL – Klingande 326700

60 60 2 MAKE BELIEVE – Meghan And Lucas 16000

61 38 4 MEANWHILE UP IN HEAVEN – Kaiser Chiefs 48100

63 63 6 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 35400

68 68 1 DANGEROUS LOVE – Fuse ODG featuring Sean Paul 6400

69 69 2 I BELIEVE – Bright Light Bright Light 11800

74 74 1 WIGGLE – Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg 5200

75 75 1 MOLDING OF A FOOL – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot 5000

27th July 2014

It’s Midge Ure, getting his second solo number one 29 years after his last one. That’s got to be one of the biggest gaps between chart-toppers of all-time (with new material) – Pet Shop Boys started their run of 40 number ones just after If I Was in late 1985, by way of comparison.

John Miles gets his 3rd Top 3 (oldie) hit, and Example gets a top 10 hit again, his first since his Pet Shop Boys duet hit the top last year. In at 10, it’s back again for The Penelopes, after they went Top 40 in 2013, thanks to being runner-up in Unknown Pleasures song comp, while Charli XCX (kisses not a bad Roman Numeral) gets her first solo Top 20 hit. MKTO get their 2nd, and Tom Petty gets his umpteenth. Paul Carrack’s run of Top 40 hits extends to almost 40 years. How Long? Not ‘Arf!

Foster The People get another Top 40 hit, while in at 50, and from an advert, a cover of the great Harry Nilsson’s One Is The Loneliest Number. A Sparks (fairly recent) oldie also pops in thanks to another Buzzjacker, while a clutch of UK chart hits finally pop into the chart after bubbling under for ages. Just not enough room for them till now!

1 2 1 4 BECOME – Midge Ure 399000

2 1 1 8 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1250000

3 7 3 2 MUSIC – John Miles 135000

4 4 4 3 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 180000

5 5 5 3 BULLIT – Watermat 162000

6 6 6 3 HURRICANE – Chassio 137000

7 3 3 7 CHANDELIER – SIA 257000

8 10 8 4 GOOD KISSER – Usher 118600

9 34 9 4 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) – Example 80000

10 NEW 10 1 THE SWEET SONG (FUKUSHIMA MON AMOUR) – The Penelopes 42000

11 8 5 4 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 162300

12 12 12 4 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 93200

13 9 6 9 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 296200

14 62 14 2 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 36400

15 40 15 2 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 44000

16 15 1 13 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 889400

17 14 5 7 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 226550

18 19 18 5 ANOTHER STAR – Stevie Wonder 97400

19 25 19 6 CLASSIC – MKTO 76750

20 29 20 3 U GET ME HIGH – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 56400

21 13 9 4 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 107150

22 16 2 10 SING – Ed Sheeran 469500

23 21 1 9 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 756000

24 70 24 2 FOOL – Pamela Myburgh 25000

25 64 25 3 ONE IN A MILLION – Paul Carrack 32250

26 26 26 3 SHATTER ME – Lindsey Sterling featuring Lzzy Hale 44000

27 39 27 5 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 66500

28 35 28 3 TIME – Jungle 53300

29 31 29 7 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 77700

30 30 30 3 SUNSHINE – The Teddybears 41000

31 17 17 6 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) – Michael Franti and Spearhead 100750

32 44 32 3 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 44300

33 57 33 4 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 48500

34 18 14 7 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 140700

35 67 35 3 COMING OF AGE – Foster The People 30100

36 36 36 4 DIRTY CASH (ALAN FITZPATRICK JADED VOCAL MIX) – The Adventures Of Stevie V 54500

37 37 37 2 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 34600

38 47 38 3 LOST YOU – Zeds Dead featuring Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy 36900

39 48 39 3 USED TO BE MY FRIEND – Odysseus featuring Ruby Goe 40400

40 53 40 2 ARGENTINA (PARTS I, II, III) – Tokyo Police Club 28250

41 33 33 3 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 48800

42 20 20 4 HERO – Family Of The Year 66750

43 22 2 8 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 427000

44 46 44 9 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 90700

45 NEW 45 1 WHEN I LOOK – Bobmo featuring Shaun J. Wright 13000

46 24 4 8 CRYSTALLIZE – Kylie Minogue 264500

47 23 6 9 GHOST – Ella Henderson 195150

48 75 48 2 URL BADMAN – Lily Allen 17300

49 50 49 8 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 74300

50 NEW 50 1 ONE – Order Of Era 12000

51 27 27 8 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 93650

52 28 6 12 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 304400

53 52 1 20 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 604650

54 45 10 8 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 174800

55 43 6 10 JUBEL – Klingande 326700

56 56 56 4 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 36200

57 49 4 19 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 562300

58 NEW 58 1 GATES – Speak 10200

59 59 59 2 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART – Rixton 20200

60 RE 60 2 MAKE BELIEVE – Meghan And Lucas 16000

61 38 38 4 MEANWHILE UP IN HEAVEN – Kaiser Chiefs 48100

62 61 1 49 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1025450

63 71 63 6 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 35400

64 NEW 64 1 PERFUME – Sparks 7100

65 65 65 5 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 33800

66 55 55 3 AM I WRONG – Nico And Vinz 23000

67 NEW 67 1 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 6600

68 NEW 68 1 DANGEROUS LOVE – Fuse ODG featuring Sean Paul 6400

69 72 69 2 I BELIEVE – Bright Light Bright Light 11800

70 NEW 70 1 I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN – Rita Ora 6000

71 NEW 71 1 RUDE – MAGIC! 5800

72 68 1 27 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 980500

73 NEW 73 1 CRAZY STUPID LOVE – Cheryl Cole featuring Tinie Tempah 5400

74 NEW 74 1 WIGGLE – Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg 5200

75 NEW 75 1 MOLDING OF A FOOL – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot 5000

DROP OUTS

11 1 4 A HORSE WITH NO NAME – America 276000

32 19 6 PILLS ‘N’ POTIONS – Nicki Minaj 111900

41 12 6 AROUND TOWN – The Kooks 142650

42 3 9 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 389250

51 36 6 BUDAPEST – George Ezra 90650

54 10 10 MOVING ON – James 225100

58 58 2 SOMEBODY TO YOU – The Vamps featuring Demi Levato 17300

60 10 12 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 251450

63 16 7 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 114950

66 66 1 LAY ME DOWN – Avicii 6800

69 17 7 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 112100

73 1 19 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1259400

74 74 1 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 5200

20th July 2014

Back up to 1 for a 6th week for Miami Horror and CLEOPOLD, it’s such a toon. Which means it’s runner-up for Midge Ure, his second-biggest solo single after If I Was hit 1 in 1985. His other toppers were with Visage, Ultravox and Band Aid, and you should know which ones they are….if not, google Midge Ure!

Chassio goes Top 10, singalong pop for the summer, while a TV show on BBC for the Commonwealth Games lets the show-closer back into the Top 10 for the first time in 38 years, Music, at 7. If a song ever had lyrics that summed up my life, it’s that one. A bit of an epic, and it’s great to have John Miles back and sounding in great voice.

Usher gets his 4th Top 10 hit, with Good Kisser, one of his best records, and I’m not generally a fan, much less so his earlier stuff. Saint Motel isn’t out for some weeks (like numbers 4, 5, 6, 14 and many many more in my chart) but it leaps to 12 on radio play. Shatter Me cracks up to 26, Sunshine lights up at 30, while Train keep up the run of consecutive Top 40 hits with new song Angel In Blue Jeans at 37. That’s 8 or so hits over 14 years, not that many, but 7 of them were top 10’s, so they tend to be biggies.

1 2 1 7 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1135000

2 3 2 3 BECOME – Midge Ure 229000

3 4 3 6 CHANDELIER – SIA 207000

4 7 4 2 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 115000

5 10 5 2 BULLIT – Watermat 102000

6 15 6 2 HURRICANE – Chassio 82000

7 NEW 7 1 MUSIC – John Miles 50000

8 5 5 3 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 125300

9 6 6 8 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 264200

10 34 10 3 GOOD KISSER – Usher 70600

11 1 1 4 A HORSE WITH NO NAME – America 276000

12 32 12 3 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 58200

13 9 9 3 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 87400

14 8 5 6 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 203550

15 12 1 12 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 864400

16 16 2 9 SING – Ed Sheeran 450000

17 21 17 5 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) – Michael Franti and Spearhead 82850

18 14 14 6 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 123100

19 24 19 4 ANOTHER STAR – Stevie Wonder 75400

20 22 20 3 HERO – Family Of The Year 53000

21 13 1 8 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 736750

22 11 2 7 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 413500

23 17 6 8 GHOST – Ella Henderson 182650

24 18 4 7 CRYSTALLIZE – Kylie Minogue 251750

25 30 25 5 CLASSIC – MKTO 55750

26 65 26 2 SHATTER ME – Lindsey Sterling featuring Lzzy Hale 25500

27 27 27 7 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 81900

28 20 6 11 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 292900

29 29 29 2 U GET ME HIGH – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 36400

30 75 30 2 SUNSHINE – The Teddybears 23000

31 48 31 6 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 59500

32 19 19 6 PILLS ‘N’ POTIONS – Nicki Minaj 111900

33 39 33 2 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 34800

34 56 34 3 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) – Example 35000

35 35 35 2 TIME – Jungle 35000

36 43 36 3 DIRTY CASH (ALAN FITZPATRICK JADED VOCAL MIX) – The Adventures Of Stevie V 37100

37 NEW 37 1 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 17300

38 40 38 3 MEANWHILE UP IN HEAVEN – Kaiser Chiefs 40600

39 45 39 4 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 48100

40 NEW 40 1 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 17000

41 23 12 6 AROUND TOWN – The Kooks 142650

42 25 3 9 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 389250

43 33 6 9 JUBEL – Klingande 315900

44 44 44 2 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 26500

45 26 10 7 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 163500

46 50 46 8 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 77450

47 63 47 2 LOST YOU – Zeds Dead featuring Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy 19700

48 54 48 2 USED TO BE MY FRIEND – Odysseus featuring Ruby Goe 23300

49 41 4 18 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 551900

50 55 50 7 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 62200

51 36 36 6 BUDAPEST – George Ezra 90650

52 51 1 19 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 593400

53 NEW 53 1 ARGENTINA (PARTS I, II, III) – Tokyo Police Club 11250

54 38 10 10 MOVING ON – James 225100

55 73 55 2 AM I WRONG – Nico And Vinz 16200

56 61 56 3 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 25600

57 57 57 3 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 30800

58 64 58 2 SOMEBODY TO YOU – The Vamps featuring Demi Levato 17300

59 NEW 59 1 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART – Rixton 10100

60 58 10 12 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 251450

61 60 1 48 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1018050

62 NEW 62 1 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 7400

63 28 16 7 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 114950

64 68 64 2 ONE IN A MILLION – Paul Carrack 13500

65 67 65 4 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 26800

66 NEW 66 1 LAY ME DOWN – Avicii 6800

67 RE 67 2 COMING OF AGE – Foster The People 12600

68 66 1 26 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 974900

69 31 17 7 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 112100

70 NEW 70 1 FOOL – Pamela Myburgh 6000

71 71 71 5 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 28200

72 NEW 72 1 I BELIEVE – Bright Light Bright Light 5600

73 52 1 19 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1259400

74 NEW 74 1 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 5200

75 NEW 75 1 URL BADMAN – Lily Allen 5000

DROP OUTS

37 37 5 WORLD OF DREAMS – Galavant featuring Mary Jane Smith 60700

42 20 6 LET ME DOWN (TUBE & BERGER REMIX) – Daniel Steinberg 100750

46 8 6 ON MY MIND – Somethingalamode featuring DWNTWN 168250

47 47 3 CHANGE – Mapei 29600

49 20 6 LET IT GO – Felix Cartal featuring Lily Elise 90850

53 33 5 NOW – Chicago 69150

59 8 11 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 234800

62 23 4 BREAK OF DAWN – Out Of Office 70450

69 6 9 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 242300

70 70 1 MAKE BELIEVE – Meghan And Lucas 6000

72 72 4 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 21800

74 1 12 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 535050

13th July 2014

It’s a 43-year-old oldie at the top. Hang on that can’t be right….2014 minus 1971 equals errr agghhhh! Yes 43 years. It’s a record that nicked Neil Young’s sweet folk sound, by a band of American teens in the UK with their USAF fathers, so they happened in the UK first, and I recall seeing them on Top Of The Pops for the first time around New Year 1972. They went on to make some great records for over a decade, none of them big in the UK, but the USA took to them more. Anyway, thanks to an advert it re-charted in 2014, hooray, and it finally beats it’s original number 5 peak to top my charts.

The rest of the chart goes frantic, with massive clear-outs and chart jumps, Midge Ure gets his first Top 10 since 2001’s Under A Spielberg Sky, and his biggest hit since topping in 1985 (If I Was). SIA gets her first solo Top 5 hit since 2000 when Taken For Granted peaked at 4, though in the interim she’s had several with others including massive Number One (twice) with Titanium (David Guetta). Dance act RUFUS go top 10, and Naughty Boy is the highest new entry at 7, chasing his 2013 classic Number One La La La.

Lots of new dancepop new entries and climbers, some 2013 biggies are back (Family Of The Year, Thomas Azier) and MKTO get their second Top 40 hit, after the great Top 5 single Thank You. Fingers-crossed it gets reissued cos it deserves to be a UK hit. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, meanwhile, get their first (Beatles-sounding) chart entry for 20 years, and now stretch back to 1977 for 37 years of hits. eek! Talking of long chart runs, Paul Carrack’s back, he’s never far away from my charts or Radio 2 airplay, first gracing my charts in 1974 with How Long (as singer-writer for band Ace), so 40 years of hits, official!

1 11 1 3 A HORSE WITH NO NAME – America 239000

2 1 1 6 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 965000

3 14 3 2 BECOME – Midge Ure 29000

4 25 4 5 CHANDELIER – SIA 122000

5 37 5 2 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 77300

6 9 6 7 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 219200

7 NEW 7 1 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 50000

8 5 5 5 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 174550

9 57 9 2 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 55400

10 NEW 10 1 BULLIT – Watermat 42000

11 3 2 6 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 394000

12 7 1 11 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 837400

13 2 1 7 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 717000

14 24 14 5 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 101100

15 NEW 15 1 HURRICANE – Chassio 27000

16 4 2 8 SING – Ed Sheeran 425000

17 6 6 7 GHOST – Ella Henderson 163400

18 8 4 6 CRYSTALLIZE – Kylie Minogue 232750

19 22 19 5 PILLS ‘N’ POTIONS – Nicki Minaj 94100

20 10 6 10 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 274600

21 26 21 4 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) – Michael Franti and Spearhead 59850

22 42 22 2 HERO – Family Of The Year 33000

23 15 12 5 AROUND TOWN – The Kooks 128650

24 28 24 3 ANOTHER STAR – Stevie Wonder 54400

25 13 3 8 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 375500

26 12 10 6 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 150500

27 39 27 6 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 63500

28 16 16 6 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 107750

29 NEW 29 1 U GET ME HIGH – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 18200

30 RE 30 4 CLASSIC – MKTO 37000

31 17 17 6 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 105900

32 73 32 2 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 23200

33 21 6 8 JUBEL – Klingande 302450

34 54 34 2 GOOD KISSER – Usher 28600

35 NEW 35 1 TIME – Jungle 17500

36 38 36 5 BUDAPEST – George Ezra 78900

37 RE 37 5 WORLD OF DREAMS – Galavant featuring Mary Jane Smith 60700

38 18 10 9 MOVING ON – James 214100

39 NEW 39 1 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 17100

40 68 40 2 MEANWHILE UP IN HEAVEN – Kaiser Chiefs 23400

41 31 4 17 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 539800

42 29 20 6 LET ME DOWN (TUBE & BERGER REMIX) – Daniel Steinberg 100750

43 69 43 2 DIRTY CASH (ALAN FITZPATRICK JADED VOCAL MIX) – The Adventures Of Stevie V 19700

44 NEW 44 1 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 13250

45 50 45 3 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 31000

46 19 8 6 ON MY MIND – Somethingalamode featuring DWNTWN 168250

47 RE 47 3 CHANGE – Mapei 29600

48 58 48 5 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 41600

49 20 20 6 LET IT GO – Felix Cartal featuring Lily Elise 90850

50 52 50 7 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 64700

51 49 1 18 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 581900

52 34 1 18 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1254000

53 33 33 5 NOW – Chicago 69150

54 NEW 54 1 USED TO BE MY FRIEND – Odysseus featuring Ruby Goe 11000

55 55 55 6 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 50200

56 66 56 2 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) – Example 17400

57 60 57 2 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 20400

58 46 10 11 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 241450

59 41 8 11 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 234800

60 59 1 47 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1010550

61 61 61 2 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 15000

62 23 23 4 BREAK OF DAWN – Out Of Office 70450

63 NEW 63 1 LOST YOU – Zeds Dead featuring Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy 7200

64 NEW 64 1 SOMEBODY TO YOU – The Vamps featuring Demi Levato 7100

65 NEW 65 1 SHATTER ME – Lindsey Sterling featuring Lzzy Hale 7000

66 64 1 25 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 968500

67 67 67 3 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 19800

68 NEW 68 1 ONE IN A MILLION – Paul Carrack 6400

69 27 6 9 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 242300

70 NEW 70 1 MAKE BELIEVE – Meghan And Lucas 6000

71 71 71 4 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 22400

72 72 72 4 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 21800

73 NEW 73 1 AM I WRONG – Nico And Vinz 5400

74 51 1 12 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 535050

75 NEW 75 1 SUNSHINE – The Teddybears 5000

DROP OUTS

30 19 8 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 114000

32 10 4 I WANT U – Alison Wonderland 114550

35 7 17 KINGS – The Pierces 392700

36 36 5 EEZ-EH – Kasabian 68200

40 40 2 SILVER LADY – David Soul 34000

43 14 5 I TRY TO TALK TO YOU – Hercules and Love Affair featuring John Grant 90700

44 29 6 SALUTE – Little Mix 78700

45 16 5 THE LAST SLED – Tuomas Holopainen 100600

47 47 13 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 100800

48 11 4 YOUR SOUL – RHODES 100050

53 43 5 GOLDEN – Brett 43750

56 46 3 BLOOD – Archis 30550

62 7 20 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 397400

63 63 3 FEELS GOOD – Healyum 20600

65 65 2 TAKE A MINUTE – Sharon Corr 12400

70 70 1 COMING OF AGE – Foster The People 6000

74 74 1 BAILANDO – Enrique Iglesias 5200

75 75 2 PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) – The Offspring 10000

6th July 2014

5 weeks on top for Miami Horror, and another BJSC entry goes top 5 – Sultan and Ned Shepard. I’m on holiday in Sitges, Spain till tomorrow (weekend break) and all of the wall-to-wall Kylie tracks in the bars here have had an effect – she’s dropped! Hey ho… Not that many current dance tracks on show in the clubs, which is a pity.

Highest new entry is Midge Ure in 80’s vogue, his biggest hit for some years, and stretches his run of hits to 38 years when he first charted as singer of boyband Slik (Forever And Ever) in 1976. He then had Rich Kids power-pop, New Romantic Visage (number 1 Fade To Grey) and Ultravox, Band Aid, and of course solo hits including number one If I Was. Good to have him back with a pretty current-sounding track, of sorts.

Others: SIA goes top 40 again, she’s had a surprisingly long span of hits too for someone who’s suddenly hot again (thanks to Titanium). Ditto Usher, back 19 years into his run of hits. Family Of The Year and Pharrell oldies from 2013 pop back again, both still popular on radio.

1 1 1 5 COLOURS IN THE SKY Miami Horror
2 2 1 6 TIME IN A BOTTLE Jim Croce
3 3 2 5 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT Hang The DJ
4 5 2 7 SING Ed Sheeran
5 14 5 4 ALL THESE ROADS Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin
6 8 6 6 GHOST Ella Henderson
7 7 1 10 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS Paloma Faith
8 4 4 5 CRYSTALLIZE Kylie Minogue
9 9 9 6 WASTED Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma
10 6 6 9 DO IT AGAIN Royksopp and Robyn

11 13 11 2 A HORSE WITH NO NAME America
12 10 10 5 LIVING WITHOUT YOU Monarchy
13 11 3 7 LET ME DOWN EASY Paolo Nutini
14 NEW 14 1 BECOME Midge Ure
15 12 12 4 AROUND TOWN The Kooks
16 22 16 5 COLD Rae Morris featuring Fryars
17 35 17 5 LIAR LIAR Cris Cab
18 16 10 8 MOVING ON James
19 17 8 5 ON MY MIND Somethingalamode featuring DWNTWN
20 25 20 5 LET IT GO Felix Cartal featuring Lily Elise

21 15 6 7 JUBEL Klingande
22 26 22 4 PILLS ‘N’ POTIONS Nicki Minaj
23 28 23 3 BREAK OF DAWN Out Of Office
24 18 18 4 HALF LIGHT Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane
25 44 25 4 CHANDELIER SIA
26 54 26 3 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) Michael Franti and Spearhead
27 24 6 8 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit
28 39 28 2 ANOTHER STAR Stevie Wonder
29 20 20 5 LET ME DOWN (TUBE & BERGER REMIX) Daniel Steinberg
30 19 19 8 WILD WOMAN Imelda May

31 23 4 16 HIDEAWAY Kiesza
32 21 10 4 I WANT U Alison Wonderland
33 33 33 4 NOW Chicago
34 31 1 17 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE Molly
35 32 7 17 KINGS The Pierces
36 36 36 5 EEZ-EH Kasabian
37 NEW 37 1 SUNDREAM RUFUS
38 38 38 4 BUDAPEST George Ezra
39 50 39 5 NICE AND SLOW Boy George
40 40 40 2 SILVER LADY David Soul

41 30 8 10 KISS THE DEVIL Bel Heir
42 NEW 42 1 HERO Family Of The Year
43 27 14 5 I TRY TO TALK TO YOU Hercules and Love Affair featuring John Grant
44 29 29 6 SALUTE Little Mix
45 34 16 5 THE LAST SLED Tuomas Holopainen
46 37 10 10 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake
47 49 47 13 IT DON’T COME EASY Ringo Starr
48 42 11 4 YOUR SOUL RHODES
49 48 1 17 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel
50 70 50 2 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN La Roux

51 47 1 11 STAY HIGH Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage
52 55 52 6 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
53 43 43 5 GOLDEN Brett
54 NEW 54 1 GOOD KISSER Usher
55 57 55 5 MISTY BLUE Dorothy Moore
56 46 46 3 BLOOD Archis
57 NEW 57 1 OPEN DOORS Electric Lady Lab
58 61 58 4 SUMMER IN THE CITY The Lovin’ Spoonful
59 58 1 46 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
60 NEW 60 1 HERE FOR YOU Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh

61 NEW 61 1 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
62 RE 7 20 HAPPY Pharrell Williams
63 63 63 3 FEELS GOOD Healyum
64 62 1 24 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE Percy Faith
65 RE 65 2 TAKE A MINUTE Sharon Corr
66 NEW 66 1 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) Example
67 67 67 2 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba
68 NEW 68 1 MEANWHILE UP IN HEAVEN Kaiser Chiefs
69 NEW 69 1 DIRTY CASH (ALAN FITZPATRICK JADED VOCAL MIX) The Adventures Of Stevie V
70 NEW 70 1 COMING OF AGE Foster The People

71 73 71 3 WRONG CLUB The Ting Tings
72 72 72 3 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
73 NEW 73 1 MY TYPE Saint Motel
74 NEW 74 1 BAILANDO Enrique Iglesias
75 75 75 2 PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) The Offspring

DROP OUTS
41 35 7 YOU OR NO ONE Chrissie Hynde
45 45 4 WORLD OF DREAMS Galavant featuring Mary Jane Smith
51 3 8 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) The Common Linnets
52 52 4 KID FROM LONDON Ulla Nova
53 53 3 SNAP OUT OF IT The Arctic Monkeys
56 30 4 SMOKE Lisa Lois
59 20 6 STAY WITH ME Sam Smith
60 60 2 CHANGE Mapei
64 4 11 I WAS GONNA CANCEL Kylie Minogue
65 65 3 CLASSIC MKTO
66 26 11 ADDICTED TO YOU Avicii
68 68 1 STOLEN DANCE Milky Chance
69 6 8 UNDO (SWEDEN) Sanna Nielsen
71 5 12 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
74 74 1 LOVE IS A CAMERA Sophie Ellis-Bextor