My Charts 2018 Jan-April

29th april 2018
Its a first week on top for Built By Titan and fab bhangra-stylee rhythms in the lush pop mix, leaping up 18 places for a Buzzjack Song Contest top 2. Foster The People get a second top 5 a few years late and Kylie still has 2 songs climbing inside the 20. Human leap into the 20, as do calvin n dua in the 40. New entries are lesser this week, lots of oldies from World Record Day pushing them into the UK sales top 100, including Soft Cell back with the original fab version of Say Hello 36 years after peaking at 2, Aladdin Sane album track Cracked Actor 45 years on for Bowie, the original Prince version of Nothin Compares, and The Small Faces oldie which technically charted for me in 1976 on reissue, but actually if id started compiling my charts a few months earlier in 1968 it would easy have been a top 5 then.
1 19 1 2 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 191000
2 2 1 9 BEND Ria Mae 626511300
3 1 1 4 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 485000
4 23 4 2 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 84250
5 4 1 6 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 493000
6 5 4 7 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 366000
7 7 7 4 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 157000
8 3 3 2 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 133000
9 9 9 2 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 90000
10 6 1 4 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 352000
11 17 11 4 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 101000
12 15 12 2 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 62000
13 8 8 4 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 146300
14 10 10 4 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 131000
15 16 15 13 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 260600
16 12 1 13 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 987350
17 11 1 12 BEST DAYS Lissie 840000
18 14 7 7 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 223300
19 24 19 4 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 69600
20 13 10 4 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 111400
21 18 13 5 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 125500
22 25 22 4 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 65950
23 27 23 2 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 37650
24 26 24 4 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 66900
25 29 25 4 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 58000
26 21 3 14 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 635350
27 20 20 4 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 77150
28 30 28 8 VINCENT Don McLean 134700
29 64 29 2 HIGHER Human 25200
30 33 30 6 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 95100
31 22 9 5 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 140400
32 32 32 2 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 35600
33 45 33 2 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 30700
34 39 34 2 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 34700
35 49 35 2 THE NIGHTS Avicii 29600
36 38 36 4 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 62100
37 28 20 4 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 74100
38 65 38 2 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 24200
39 3110 8 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 213750
40 42 40 5 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 65600
41 35 1 12 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 918700
42 43 42 4 CASTLES Lissie 53750
43 34 4 12 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 431300
44 NEW 44 1 SAY HELLO WAVE HOODBYE Soft Cell 13250
45 36 15 7 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 113050
46 37 37 8 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 106500
47 40 18 6 10 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 321700
48 44 10 11 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 242950
49 41 11 8 SANCTIFY Years & Years 188050
50 48 5 15 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 421050
51 47 27 7 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 102250
52 52 1 21 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1040250
53 53 1 14 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 738000
54 68 54 3 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 22600
55 50 18 8 LUCID DREAM Owl City 124500
56 56 56 5 LADY POWERS Vera Blue featuring Kodie Blue 43400
57 72 57 2 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 16000
58 58 58 4 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 36700
59 59 59 2 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 20200
60 55 5 14 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 380650
61 61 3 19 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 750850
62 62 12 12 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 214000
63 57 6 910 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 280600
64 60 2 13 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 520800
65 NEW 65 1 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 7000
66 NEW 66 1 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 6800
67 67 67 2 SEXY BOY Air 13200 
68 70 68 3 I WANT A LOVER Pet Shop Boys 17400
69 NEW 69 1 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 6000
71 71 71 2 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 11600
72 NEW 72 1 LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces 5600
73 NEW 73 1 NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Prince 5400
74 NEW 74 1 THE ARCHITECT Jane Weaver 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LET ME Zayn 5000
DROP OUTS
46 36 18 5 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 89650
51 35 35 4 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 64250
54 28 14 9 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 164900
63 38 31 4 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 60200
66 69 66 3 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 18200
69 NEW 69 1 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 6200
73 NEW 73 1 WAWWA (WOLFGANG LOHR REMIX) Bart&Bake featuring Billy Bros Orchestra 5400
74 45 9 8 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 176050
75 NEW 75 1 SAFARI Serena 5000

 

22nd April 2018

It’s Kylie on top with album track country ho-down A Lifetime To Repair, MUST be a future single surely! It’s the 2nd time she’s taken an album track on top (Aphrodite in 2011 was the previous one), and the 12th time on top. Bizarrely it took her 6 years of singles to grab one (1994 Put Yourself In My Place) and another 6 years to wait for a second one (Kids, with Robbie) before the floodgates opened – 2001, 2 in 2002, 2005, 2 in 2010, 2014, and most recently 2017 as guest vocalist with Zoot Woman. Meanwhile her new version of Stop Me From Falling with added Gente De Zona and Spanish lyrics ahead of my Spanish holiday next week does what it says on the tin – stops her from falling, and it climbs back into the top 5, helped by a Queen’s birthday performance.

That stops Abba from grabbing the top with 1978 chart-topper Summer Night City, back out for World Record Day, which leads a mini-invasion of vinyl-retro-reissues from The Undertones (1979 under-appreciated gem), William De Vaughan (ditto 1974 gem back with the original version 44 years on), Boz Scaggs 1977 top 10 great, Holland-Dozier’s post-Motown goodie a full 46 years since it last made my top 20, and 1998 chart-topper from Air, Sexy Boy.

Highest new track is from Built By Titan at 19, with Foster The People (2011 former chart-toppers) back after a 4-year gap with their already second-biggest chart hit at 23, and Miles Kane is back with his first solo entry in 5 years, and some 7 years on from his top 10 Rearrange. Plus he gives Lana Del Ray a second chart presence. Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande add to their list of entries, while Calvin Harris extends his run to 11 years including 2 chart-toppers in 2013 and 2015.

Another DJ superstar-producer died tragically young at 28 this week, which explains the several returns for Swedish Tim Bergling aka Avicii. His best track remains Hey Brother for me, one of 4 top 10’s, though he also worked with Benny & Bjorn of Abba for a Eurovision collaboration, and belatedly his recent hit with Rita Ora enters my chart for the first time as I caught the video at the end of a music video tribute show.

1 2 1 3 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 400000
2 1 1 8 BEND Ria Mae 511300
3 NEW 3 1 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 85000
4 4 1 5 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 433000
5 12 4 6 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 311000
6 3 1 3 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 310000
7 9 7 3 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 107000
8 8 8 3 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 114300
9 NEW 9 1 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 45000
10 11 10 3 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 102000

11 5 1 11 BEST DAYS Lissie 816000
12 6 1 12 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 961350
13 10 10 3 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 91400
14 7 7 6 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 201300
15 NEW 15 1 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 27000
16 16 16 12 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 229600
17 17 17 3 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 64000
18 13 13 4 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 105750
19 NEW 19 1 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 21000
20 20 20 3 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 58750

21 15 3 13 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 616750
22 14 9 4 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 122500
23 NEW 23 1 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 19250
24 24 24 3 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 48600
25 34 25 3 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 46450
26 27 26 3 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 47900
27 NEW 27 1 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 18400
28 26 20 3 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 56800
29 55 29 3 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 39200
30 30 30 7 VINCENT Don McLean 116400

31 25 10 7 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 196650
32 NEW 32 1 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 17800
33 33 33 5 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 77100
34 19 4 11 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 417800
35 29 1 11 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 904700
36 23 15 6 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 100050
37 37 37 7 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 93700
38 42 38 3 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 44700
39 NEW 39 1 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 17100
40 18 6 10 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 309100

41 21 11 7 SANCTIFY Years & Years 175850
42 48 42 4 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 48600
43 44 43 3 CASTLES Lissie 40000
44 22 10 10 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 230550
45 NEW 45 1 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 13000
46 36 18 5 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 89650
47 32 27 6 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 90500
48 40 5 14 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 409050
49 NEW 49 1 THE NIGHTS Avicii 12100
50 41 18 7 LUCID DREAM Owl City 113700

51 35 35 4 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 64250
52 49 1 20 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1028750
53 51 1 13 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 726750
54 28 14 9 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 164900
55 47 5 13 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 370650
56 59 56 4 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 32800
57 31 6 9 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 273400
58 60 58 3 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 26400
59 NEW 59 1 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 10100
60 54 2 12 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 513700

61 52 3 18 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 743350
62 57 12 11 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 206600
63 38 31 4 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 60200
64 NEW 64 1 HIGHER Human 7100
65 NEW 65 1 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 7000
66 69 66 3 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 18200
67 NEW 67 1 SEXY BOY Air 6600
68 74 68 2 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 11600
69 NEW 69 1 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 6200
70 75 70 2 I WANT A LOVER Pet Shop Boys 11000

71 NEW 71 1 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 5800
72 NEW 72 1 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 5600
73 NEW 73 1 WAWWA (WOLFGANG LOHR REMIX) Bart&Bake featuring Billy Bros Orchestra 5400
74 45 9 8 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 176050
75 NEW 75 1 SAFARI Serena 5000

DROP OUTS
39 3 5 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 231350
43 20 4 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 69950
46 25 6 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 96850
50 50 5 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 47400
53 53 4 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 37750
56 12 8 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 174250
58 58 4 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 29400
61 28 7 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 104700
62 62 4 PARADISE George Ezra 27400
63 49 5 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 38400
64 42 6 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 71450
65 5 29 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 763050
66 53 4 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 35500
67 18 11 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 191350
68 68 3 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 18000
70 4 10 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 328050
71 71 2 SPACE COWBOY Kacey Musgraves 10800
72 1 21 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1024700
73 25 7 SLIDE LPX 88000

15th April 2018

It’s Canadian Ria Mae on top with the classy and clever EDM of Bend heading off the mighty singalong yee haw of Kylie’s A Lifetime To Repair, surely it must be a single! Of last week’s deluge of album tracks, Eels leapfrog themselves to grab a second top 10 of 2018, and that surely must be the next single. Lana Del Ray’s definitively touching version of You Must Love Me gives her a 6th top 10, 3 of them covers – Blue Velvet from the 60’s, You Must Love Me from the 90’s, and Disney’s Once Upon A Dream from 1959. It’s rare that I like covers better than the originals, but Lana has a knack for it.

Kylie gets a 4th top 10 of the year with Jack Savoretti, a 6th top 20, and a 7th top 30, and it’s only April. I don’t know how many times she’s featured in my charts (my stats are not anywhere near complete yet) but she’s had at least 55 since 1997, and I’m guessing at least 25 prior to that so well on the way to 100. Not bad from someone I dismissed as a weedy-voiced SAW novelty soap-star 30 years ago, and who I’m paying £80 to see in September (again).

The Weeknd replaces himself in my top 20, his 3rd of the year, Kacey Musgraves goes top 30, Florence is back in the 40, her 19th chart entry in 9 years. There are only 2 new entries, at 74 another single from P!nk (wrong choice though, Where We Go was the commercial one) and yet another Pet Shop Boys album track from their debut Please, and the last one lined up to debut in my chart. Actually will get attention next, the deluxe version.

1 5 1 7 BEND Ria Mae 396300
2 2 2 2 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 230000
3 1 1 2 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 255000
4 3 1 4 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 368000
5 4 1 10 BEST DAYS Lissie 779000
6 6 1 11 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 926350
7 7 7 5 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 172300
8 28 8 2 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 66300
9 50 9 2 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 57000
10 36 10 2 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 59400

11 17 11 2 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 60000
12 8 4 5 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 251000
13 13 13 3 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 83750
14 9 9 3 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 103000
15 12 3 12 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 597000
16 19 16 11 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 204600
17 30 17 2 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 41000
18 11 6 9 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 292100
19 16 4 10 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 400200
20 25 20 2 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 38750

21 14 11 6 SANCTIFY Years & Years 161850
22 10 10 9 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 217300
23 15 15 5 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 82650
24 56 24 2 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 29600
25 18 10 6 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 178750
26 20 20 2 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 38500
27 54 27 2 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 29400
28 21 14 8 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 153900
29 24 1 10 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 887200
30 32 30 6 VINCENT Don McLean 98400

31 22 6 8 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 263000
32 27 27 5 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 78000
33 37 33 4 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 59400
34 59 34 2 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 27700
35 35 35 3 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 52500
36 26 18 4 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 76900
37 40 37 6 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 76400
38 31 31 3 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 53000
39 23 3 5 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 231350
40 39 5 13 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 396750

41 29 18 6 LUCID DREAM Owl City 101700
42 42 42 2 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 27500
43 33 20 4 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 69950
44 44 44 2 CASTLES Lissie 26500
45 34 9 7 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 170850
46 38 25 6 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 96850
47 41 5 12 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 359850
48 55 48 3 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 34850
49 49 1 19 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1017250
50 52 50 5 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 47400

51 48 1 12 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 715500
52 47 3 17 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 735850
53 RE 53 4 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 37750
54 43 2 11 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 503700
55 58 55 2 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 21000
56 45 12 8 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 174250
57 57 12 10 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 199200
58 66 58 4 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 29400
59 64 59 3 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 22200
60 69 60 2 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 16200

61 46 28 7 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 104700
62 62 62 4 PARADISE George Ezra 27400
63 63 49 5 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 38400
64 51 42 6 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 71450
65 65 5 29 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 763050
66 53 53 4 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 35500
67 RE 18 11 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 191350
68 RE 68 3 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 18000
69 74 69 2 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 11400
70 60 4 10 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 328050

71 75 71 2 SPACE COWBOY Kacey Musgraves 10800
72 68 1 21 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1024700
73 73 25 7 SLIDE LPX 88000
74 NEW 74 1 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I WANT A LOVER Pet Shop Boys 5000

DROP OUTS
61 46 6 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 52100
67 14 8 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 165550
70 63 4 STORM SuRie 25600
71 39 4 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 49150
72 20 8 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 108700

 

8th April 2018

It’s straight in for a 40th anniversary vinyl picture disc reissue on top – or rather the B side of Take A Chance On Me – just ahead of World Record Day when another Abba 1978 classic gets that treatment. Back in the day I didn’t allow Abba B sides and album tracks in my charts (or any other acts) because my top 10’s would have been Ed Sheeran invasions and there was too much to love equally as much. Well now streaming has pooed on that in the real charts, so have I changed my rules. So a huge fave in 1978 finally gets it’s own chance to shine, having previously popped into my top 10 in 1999 during an Abba invasion sparked by a Box-set of rarity singles. I’m A Marionette was the key track in a mini-musical of The Album and The Movie. It would sound great in Mamma Mia 2, is all I’m suggesting…

So 44 years of Abba chart-toppers (pretty much all singles and as many album tracks) which stops a gloriously singalong cheesy country track from Kylie doing it (A Lifetime To Repair), but gives her a 3rd top 10 off Golden – along with another 3 new ones, making it a very greedy 6 scattered around the chart – it is a very good album though, most of the tracks stand out as potential singles. That’s not all, though, it’s been a very good week for new albums, 2 big ones from The Weeknd enter, 2 biggies from Eels, 2 from Lissie (all now having 3 in the list), 2 from Lisa Stansfield, and 2 from Kacey Musgraves. Phew!

I saw Kim Wilde headlining her first tour in decades with a new album Hear Come The Aliens, on Saturday, and rather fab she was too, really rocking it family-style with bruv Ricky and niece Scarlet. Some of the new stuff sounded as fab as the old classics, which gives a boost to Kandy Krush into the 20 some 37 years since show-closer stormer Kids In America. She is still as engaging as ever and a great back-catalogue to boot.

The mass invasion is bad news for a lot of records which fall or drop out prematurely when they should be climbing, but hey that’s chart-life, if it’s chockablock there’s only 75 spots available! Meanwhile another album track (Lloyd Webber at 70) from Lana Del Ray enters, covering the Evita add-on for Madonna’s film version, and I must say I much prefer Lana’s reading. Meanwhile Florence covers Tiny Dancer for an Elton/Bernie multi-artist effort, a fab song that was not a hit single in the early 70’s, and she has the best track on the album. That leaves only Alice Merton returning her No Roots to the chart a year on as it finally becomes a UK radio/chart presence. Better late than never.

1 NEW 1 1 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 170000
2 NEW 2 1 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 115000
3 1 1 3 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 303000
4 2 1 9 BEST DAYS Lissie 719000
5 5 5 6 BEND Ria Mae 226300
6 3 1 10 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 871350
7 8 7 4 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 122300
8 4 4 4 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 216000
9 14 9 2 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 74000
10 15 10 8 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 197800

11 6 6 8 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 270100
12 12 3 11 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 570000
13 21 13 2 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 51750
14 11 11 5 SANCTIFY Years & Years 142100
15 30 15 4 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 63400
16 9 4 9 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 379200
17 NEW 17 1 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 23000
18 10 10 5 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 160000
19 19 19 10 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 179600
20 NEW 20 1 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 20000

21 17 14 7 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 135600
22 13 6 7 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 245100
23 7 3 4 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 214250
24 16 1 9 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 869000
25 NEW 25 1 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 18750
26 18 18 3 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 59500
27 29 27 4 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 60200
28 NEW 28 1 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 18300
29 22 18 5 LUCID DREAM Owl City 87700
30 NEW 30 1 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 18000

31 31 31 2 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 35800
32 32 32 5 VINCENT Don McLean 80400
33 20 20 3 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 56450
34 24 9 6 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 157850
35 35 35 2 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 35000
36 NEW 36 1 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 17400
37 37 37 3 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 41700
38 25 25 5 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 84100
39 23 5 12 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 379750
40 40 40 5 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 59100

41 27 5 11 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 347350
42 NEW 42 1 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 13750
43 33 2 10 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 492700
44 NEW 44 1 CASTLES Lissie 13250
45 26 12 7 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 163650
46 28 28 6 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 97200
47 44 3 16 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 724350
48 41 1 11 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 703750
49 47 1 18 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1005150
50 NEW 50 1 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 12000

51 42 42 5 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 64350
52 52 52 4 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 35400
53 53 53 3 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 28700
54 NEW 54 1 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 11000
55 51 51 2 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 22550
56 NEW 56 1 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 10600
57 34 12 9 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 188800
58 NEW 58 1 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 10200
59 NEW 59 1 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 10100
60 36 4 9 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 322050

61 46 46 6 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 52100
62 62 62 3 PARADISE George Ezra 20000
63 49 49 4 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 31200
64 75 64 2 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 12100
65 50 5 28 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 756050
66 66 66 3 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 19200
67 38 14 8 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 165550
68 60 1 20 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1019100
69 NEW 69 1 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 6200
70 63 63 4 STORM SuRie 25600

71 39 39 4 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 49150
72 48 20 8 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 108700
73 55 25 6 SLIDE LPX 82600
74 NEW 74 1 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SPACE COWBOY Kacey Musgraves 5000

DROP OUTS
43 33 4 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 62200
45 18 10 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 184750
54 10 11 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 297900
56 56 3 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 26500
57 22 7 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 109350
58 8 12 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 273350
59 29 6 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 83400
61 1 19 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 672250
64 33 5 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 65650
65 65 4 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 24000
67 67 1 STAY Shakespear’s Sister 6600
68 68 2 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 11600
69 24 6 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 85450
70 70 1 KOTO Cloze 6000
71 71 1 FLY TO PARADISE Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4 5800
72 60 5 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 36200
73 56 5 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 35500
74 74 1 FEDERKLEID FAUN 5200

 

1st april 2018

It’s a first week on top for the haunting You’re So Cool, giving New Zealander Jonathan Bree his first solo hit and first chart-topper. He’s actually made my chart before, as co-vocalist & producer on Princess Chelsea’s The Cigarette Song a couple of years ago, both tracks also having fab arty videos which he was behind. Talented! Meanwhile Paloma Faith grabs yet another quick top 10 hit with her lively version of Mama Cass’ 1969 minor hit up 30 places to 8.

Highest new entry is pop goodie from Robinson at 14, while Kylie gets a second in the 40 with grat track and obvious future single Raining Glitter in at 21. Kim Wilde gets a 2nd top 40 of 2018, I am hoping to see her at the weekend again, and Robbie is back with the lead track off his fan-club-only album of bonus tracks B sides & bits n pieces. Sia’s back with David Guetta, Flames isn’t quite Titanium, but it’s not bad for over half-a-decade on.

1 8 1 2 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 218000
2 1 1 8 BEST DAYS Lissie 654000
3 2 1 9 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 816350
4 6 4 3 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 168000
5 7 5 5 BEND Ria Mae 166300
6 9 6 7 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 243100
7 3 3 3 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 195000
8 38 8 3 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 72300
9 4 4 8 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 354200
10 10 10 4 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 138000

11 11 11 4 SANCTIFY Years & Years 113100
12 5 3 10 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 535000
13 13 6 6 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 225600
14 NEW 14 1 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 29000
15 15 15 7 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 155800
16 12 1 8 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 850000
17 14 14 6 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 115850
18 24 18 2 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 41000
19 19 19 9 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 158600
20 25 20 2 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 38750

21 NEW 21 1 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 19750
22 18 18 4 LUCID DREAM Owl City 69500
23 16 5 11 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 362650
24 17 9 5 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 149250
25 28 25 4 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 66900
26 21 12 6 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 150650
27 20 5 10 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 333350
28 30 28 5 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 84450
29 40 29 3 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 41800
30 50 30 3 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 36400

31 NEW 31 1 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 17900
32 32 32 4 VINCENT Don McLean 62600
33 22 2 9 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 479200
34 26 12 8 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 178400
35 NEW 35 1 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 17500
36 31 4 8 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 312050
37 64 37 2 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 24400
38 23 14 7 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 158950
39 44 39 3 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 43350
40 48 40 4 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 42100

41 29 1 10 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 691450
42 43 42 4 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 52600
43 33 33 4 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 62200
44 34 3 15 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 711850
45 39 18 10 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 184750
46 53 46 5 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 44600
47 45 1 17 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 993050
48 37 20 7 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 103100
49 66 49 3 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 24000
50 62 5 27 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 749050

51 NEW 51 1 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 11750
52 68 52 3 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 23900
53 69 53 2 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 17450
54 35 10 11 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 297900
55 36 25 5 SLIDE LPX 77200
56 59 56 3 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 26500
57 42 22 7 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 109350
58 49 8 12 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 273350
59 41 29 6 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 83400
60 57 1 19 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1012700

61 58 1 19 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 672250
62 75 62 2 PARADISE George Ezra 12400
63 63 63 3 STORM SuRie 19600
64 46 33 5 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 65650
65 70 65 4 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 24000
66 72 66 2 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 12400
67 NEW 67 1 STAY Shakespear’s Sister 6600
68 74 68 2 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 11600
69 52 24 6 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 85450
70 NEW 70 1 KOTO Cloze 6000

71 NEW 71 1 FLY TO PARADISE Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4 5800
72 60 60 5 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 36200
73 56 56 5 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 35500
74 NEW 74 1 FEDERKLEID FAUN 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 5000

DROP OUTS
27 27 2 SUBURBIA (THE FULL HORROR) Pet Shop Boys 35900
47 3 10 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 395500
51 7 9 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 289450
54 54 4 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 39200
55 49 4 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 43700
61 51 4 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 41100
65 65 5 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 33200
67 34 6 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 71600
71 4 12 WHERE WE GO P!nk 329400
73 3 18 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 603050

 

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25th March 2018

It’s a first chart-topper for Lissie and her fab fab melody and vocal, as 2 great videos charge Ria Mae up to 8, and a new entry from Jonathan Bree which has to be seen, 60’s pastiche and a haunting song. Beca goes top 10 with me and no-one else in the world who does personal charts (I expect!) which is a shame.

The rest of the chart is Paloma and Pet Shop Boys oldies chock-a-block, Panic! At The Disco are back for a 12th year of chart-bothering, and Mai Lan gets a solo entry to add to her big top 3 track 2 years ago with M83.

1 2 1 7 BEST DAYS Lissie 539000
2 1 1 8 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 731350
3 5 3 2 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 145000
4 4 4 7 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 309200
5 3 3 9 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 500000
6 8 6 2 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 103000
7 22 7 4 BEND Ria Mae 106300
8 NEW 8 1 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 48000
9 10 9 6 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 188100
10 13 10 3 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 96000

11 18 11 3 SANCTIFY Years & Years 76100
12 7 1 7 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 825000
13 6 6 5 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 193600
14 20 14 5 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 92850
15 16 15 6 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 128800
16 11 5 10 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 343400
17 9 9 4 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 130250
18 30 18 3 LUCID DREAM Owl City 50000
19 29 19 8 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 137600
20 12 5 9 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 314950

21 15 12 5 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 132150
22 17 2 8 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 461500
23 14 14 6 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 141750
24 NEW 24 1 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 19000
25 NEW 25 1 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 18750
26 19 12 7 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 160800
27 35 27 2 SUBURBIA (THE FULL HORROR) Pet Shop Boys 35900
28 39 28 3 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 48150
29 23 1 9 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 677450
30 38 30 4 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 66150

31 21 4 7 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 294650
32 42 32 3 VINCENT Don McLean 44800
33 40 33 3 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 48700
34 27 3 14 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 697600
35 24 10 10 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 286900
36 25 25 4 SLIDE LPX 66400
37 28 20 6 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 90700
38 64 38 2 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 24300
39 26 18 9 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 171750
40 67 40 2 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 23600

41 31 29 5 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 73300
42 32 22 6 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 98950
43 44 43 3 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 38850
44 45 44 2 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 26250
45 41 1 16 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 980450
46 33 33 4 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 58550
47 34 3 10 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 395500
48 66 48 3 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 25100
49 37 8 11 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 263150
50 68 50 2 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 18400

51 36 7 9 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 289450
52 47 24 5 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 79250
53 60 53 4 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 31800
54 56 54 4 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 39200
55 49 49 4 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 43700
56 61 56 4 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 30100
57 54 1 18 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1002700
58 46 1 18 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 664750
59 71 59 2 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 15900
60 62 60 4 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 30600

61 51 51 4 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 41100
62 59 5 26 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 737050
63 74 63 2 STORM SuRie 12400
64 NEW 64 1 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 7100
65 65 65 5 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 33200
66 75 66 2 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 11800
67 48 34 6 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 71600
68 70 68 2 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 12400
69 NEW 69 1 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 6200
70 72 70 3 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 17000

71 52 4 12 WHERE WE GO P!nk 329400
72 NEW 72 1 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 5600
73 58 3 18 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 603050
74 NEW 74 1 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PARADISE George Ezra 5000

DROP OUTS
43 8 17 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 361000
50 36 6 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 80200
53 19 8 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 131450
55 13 9 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 184200
57 26 8 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 107400
63 50 7 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 59650
69 5 18 PHASES Alma & French Montana 561350
73 73 2 DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Sting featuring Shaggy 10400

 

18th March 2018

It’s a 3rd week on top for Kendrick and SZA, still sounding great, as are the whole top 10, all of them lower than they deserve (bar one). Lissie gets her highest-ever peak of 2, and JT goes top 3 for a full 20 years of ’em. In at 5 it’s the original B side to the new entry at 35 for the Pet Shop Boys – Paninaro was equally loved by me in 1986 as A side and chart-topper Suburbia, but I didnt allow B sides and album tracks in those to avoid swamping my charts with fave acts like Abba and Pet Shop Boys. These days, since Sheeran & the stupid streaming takeovers of the UK & US charts, I’ve said sod it, I’m doing the same – so as Please (one of 3 deluxe 80’s album versions to chart last week) is back I’m recharting tracks I would have charted (but didn’t). That means the banging 12″ mix of Paninaro (Italian fashion movement) enters at 5, having peaked in the top 5 in the mid 90’s in a belated inferior remake, and Suburbia is back again also in an 8 minute plus extended version. In The Night also enters (better known as The Clothes Show TV theme tune back in the day), while Two Divided By Zero climbs.

They aren’t the only act taking over the charts though – Paloma Faith’s chart-topper drops out, but two new ones enter giving her 4 tracks: Til I’m Done revives in my CD playlists, love the manic ending and her vocal, back up to 11 leapfrogging the top 20 combo with Sigala. Another duet, with Sia, and clearly a Sia OTT ballad for a Game or something, enters at 45 (not available to buy) as an advert track (I think) also enters at 64: Paloma’s version of the fab Mama Cass 1969 hit of the Barry Mann & Cynthia Weill song. Kylie meanwhile keeps the dance yee-haws a-coming at jumps straight in at 8 for 2 top 10’s in a row.

Big climbs for Years & Years, and Owl City, the latter getting a second top 30 hit, and Lykke Li covers the 1973 Jim Croce classic Time In A Bottle which topped my chart thanks to an X-Men movie sequence a couple or 3 years back. Kim Wilde’s new album is out, and she grabs another chart entry out of it, Sade return for the first time in 7 years, and 34 years on from Your Love Is King jazzing up the charts, and the UK Eurovision song sneaks in as the Finland entry drops a bit at the top end of my chart. Expect that ratio to be repeated on the day…

1 1 1 7 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 626350
2 3 2 6 BEST DAYS Lissie 369000
3 4 3 8 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 440000
4 5 4 6 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 244200
5 NEW 5 1 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 60000
6 6 6 4 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 161600
7 2 1 6 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 790000
8 NEW 8 1 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 48000
9 9 9 3 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 107250
10 10 10 5 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 143100

11 31 5 9 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 318400
12 7 5 8 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 294950
13 18 13 2 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 54000
14 14 14 5 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 122500
15 12 12 4 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 112400
16 16 16 5 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 101800
17 11 2 7 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 442000
18 39 18 2 SANCTIFY Years & Years 39100
19 15 12 6 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 142300
20 21 20 4 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 63850

21 13 4 6 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 276750
22 27 22 3 BEND Ria Mae 56300
23 19 1 8 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 659250
24 17 10 9 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 269400
25 25 25 3 SLIDE LPX 49000
26 26 18 8 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 154650
27 23 3 13 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 680000
28 20 20 5 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 73400
29 30 29 7 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 116600
30 60 30 2 LUCID DREAM Owl City 28000

31 29 29 4 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 59300
32 22 22 5 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 85200
33 33 33 3 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 45800
34 24 3 9 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 383000
35 NEW 35 1 SUBURBIA (THE FULL HORROR) Pet Shop Boys 17500
36 28 7 8 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 277700
37 32 8 10 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 251050
38 38 38 3 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 48150
39 46 39 2 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 29850
40 41 40 2 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 31000

41 37 1 15 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 967450
42 44 42 2 VINCENT Don McLean 27000
43 8 8 17 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 361000
44 49 44 2 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 25350
45 NEW 45 1 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 13000
46 42 1 17 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 654550
47 35 24 4 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 67750
48 34 34 5 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 65000
49 55 49 3 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 32900
50 36 36 6 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 80200

51 51 51 3 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 33600
52 43 4 11 WHERE WE GO P!nk 323600
53 40 19 8 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 131450
54 53 1 17 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 992300
55 47 13 9 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 184200
56 58 56 3 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 28200
57 45 26 8 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 107400
58 52 3 17 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 597650
59 56 5 25 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 729650
60 72 60 3 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 20600

61 67 61 3 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 19500
62 62 62 3 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 20600
63 50 50 7 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 59650
64 NEW 64 1 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 7100
65 68 65 4 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 26200
66 70 66 2 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 12800
67 NEW 67 1 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 6600
68 NEW 68 1 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 6400
69 63 5 18 PHASES Alma & French Montana 561350
70 NEW 70 1 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 5800
72 73 72 2 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 11000
73 75 73 2 DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Sting featuring Shaggy 10400
74 NEW 74 1 STORM SuRie 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 5000

DROP OUTS
48 40 5 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 58950
54 30 6 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 92150
57 1 11 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 582450
59 2 8 DANCING Kylie Minogue 450850
61 49 5 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 48800
64 1 28 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1177200
65 65 3 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 18600
66 23 7 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 99050
69 50 7 WAIT Turin Brakes 58800
71 55 4 MIDNIGHT X River 34000
74 6 10 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 213350

 

11th March 2018

It’s a second week on top for Kendrick Lamarr and SZA, a great movie song for the closing credits, leading a static top 4, all still sounding fab. The Partridge Family’s 1970 album track and TV show performance finally makes my top 10, err, 47 years late – the episode featured around a Black urban area show for charity, so fits in nicely with a blockbuster black superhero movie. In 1971 (when I first saw the TV show) I was into DC comics with social conscience themes, like Teen Titans and many others. It was a time of optimism that things were changing.

Killer makes the top 10 for the 3rd time for Seal, all versions different, and The Fratellis make it a 4th top 10, while highest new entry is from a newish US singer called Beca who popped up on my twitter with her new mid-80’s sounding track, We exchanged some messages, I bought it, and here it is in at 18, ironically ahead of the lead track from Pet Shop Boys first album – it’s sort of late 80’s Pet Shop Boys-sounding in some respects with the synth chords. The PSB’s have 3 reissues with bonus tracks, giving me an opportunity to own them on CD as well as vinyl, charting in the UK top 75, and a chance to chart all those tracks that I excluded because I didnt let album tracks into my charts once I started buying Abba albums – or else the chart would have been Ed-Sheeran-ed to death.

Big climbs for LPX and Meghan Trainor, Years & Years return, Don McLean’s classic 1972 UK chart-topper is back for the first time in 46 years as it re-enters the UK top 75 sales chart this week, giving me a perfect reason to let it have a decent chart run – I preferred American Pie at the time, and it was much better than I rated it at the time. Vincent isn’t about me (my middle name), but is about Van Gogh. His great great nephew lives locally running a transport service: Vincent Van Hire. Maybe.

Others: Leona Lewis is back, Owl City is back, both after breaks, Rainbow Kitten Surprise is not as cuddly as it sounds at all, alt-rock pretty much, but good, and in at the bottom end it’s Sting back with an assist from Shaggy. Some have commented on the Youtube video that they are surprised at the pairing, never saw that one coming, and the like. Being old, I’m more surprised it took this long for them to pair up: Sting had non-stop reggae-rock monsters for 3 years in The Police, almost 40 years ago, and by 1993 when Shaggy was huge, so was reggae huge again, including Sting having more reggae hits with reggae acts on loan. The new one’s more gentle and less gutsy or poppy than the older ones, but nice to have them both back.

1 1 1 6 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 456350
2 2 1 5 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 740000
3 3 3 5 BEST DAYS Lissie 254000
4 4 4 7 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 355000
5 6 5 5 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 179200
6 9 6 3 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 106600
7 5 5 7 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 259950
8 11 8 16 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 347500
9 23 9 2 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 62250
10 16 10 4 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 101100

11 7 2 6 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 419000
12 13 12 3 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 85400
13 8 4 5 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 257000
14 15 14 4 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 93500
15 12 12 5 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 121300
16 19 16 4 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 76800
17 10 10 8 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 250400
18 NEW 18 1 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 22000
19 14 1 7 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 640000
20 29 20 4 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 55100

21 28 21 3 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 43850
22 26 22 4 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 67400
23 21 3 12 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 661600
24 17 3 8 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 365400
25 52 25 2 SLIDE LPX 30250
26 18 18 7 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 136150
27 27 27 2 BREAK Ria Mae 36800
28 20 7 7 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 260300
29 38 29 3 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 41400
30 35 30 6 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 98400

31 22 5 8 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 281400
32 25 8 9 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 233750
33 57 33 2 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 28100
34 36 34 4 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 52700
35 24 24 3 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 55250
36 37 36 5 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 68200
37 33 1 14 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 953450
38 42 38 2 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 30950
39 NEW 39 1 SANCTIFY Years & Years 17100
40 30 19 7 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 120200

41 NEW 41 1 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 14000
42 31 1 16 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 641800
43 32 4 10 WHERE WE GO P!nk 312100
44 NEW 44 1 VINCENT Don McLean 13250
45 34 26 7 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 97000
46 NEW 46 1 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 12750
47 39 13 8 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 173400
48 40 40 5 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 58950
49 NEW 49 1 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 12100
50 53 50 6 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 52450

51 59 51 2 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 21850
52 44 3 16 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 587450
53 51 1 16 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 981300
54 43 30 6 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 92150
55 60 55 2 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 20800
56 45 5 24 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 719550
57 46 1 11 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 582450
58 62 58 2 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 17600
59 41 2 8 DANCING Kylie Minogue 450850
60 NEW 60 1 LUCID DREAM Owl City 10000

61 49 49 5 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 48800
62 71 62 2 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 13200
63 56 5 17 PHASES Alma & French Montana 555150
64 61 1 28 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1177200
65 67 65 3 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 18600
66 48 23 7 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 99050
67 73 67 2 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 12000
68 68 68 3 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 19200
69 50 50 7 WAIT Turin Brakes 58800
70 NEW 70 1 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 55 55 4 MIDNIGHT X River 34000
72 75 72 2 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 10600
73 NEW 73 1 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 5400
74 58 6 10 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 213350
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Sting featuring Shaggy 5000

DROP OUTS
47 10 7 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 183900
54 24 7 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 109600
63 9 9 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 179600
64 27 7 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 98850
65 28 8 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 108450
66 3 21 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 608400
69 20 6 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 95700
70 10 9 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 190000
72 72 3 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 16000
74 46 7 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 71500

 

4th March 2018

It’s a first chart-topper for Kendrick Lamar and SZA as they leapfrog Kendrick’s other Black Panther soundtrack hit with The Weeknd who has to be content with yet another number 2 peak. Lissie goes up to 3 with her 6th chart entry, beating the 6 peak of When I’m Alone in 2010, and Hailee Steinfeld gets a first top 10, and a 2nd top 20 in one fell swoop. Florida Georgia Line similarly get a first top 10 and almost get a second one in the same week.

Janelle Monae gets her 3rd top 10 in 6 years since she hit 2 with fun. but her first solo entry with the very Prince-inspired and highest-climbing Make Me Feel. Funktastic. The Fratellis get their 5th top 20 entry, the first for 11 years, while highest new entry has gone all Pete Tong – as he turns into a Killer with his 2nd top 40 classic dance cover, featuring Seal, who thus gets a 3rd version of the 1990 Adamski chart-topper into my charts. He got no credit for what is essentially his own song, sung by himself (how times have changed, these days you get a label credit for farting in the background accidentally). He did record his own hit version a few years later but it wasn’t as good, though he did get another 2 chart-toppers himself alone in the 90’s. Just to rub it in, his 1990 classic debut hit, Crazy, has been covered in a very different style by Think Up Anger, and renamed Mutiny. No idea why Crazy isn’t the title.

New act Ria Mae is the highest new song, at 27, as Sigala and Paloma Faith both add to their list of top 40 tracks as Lullaby rockets into the 30. Alan Walker gets a 3rd top 40, Noah Cyrus a second, Imagine Dragons 4 out of 4 from the new album, and Rosemary Martins covers Donna Summer reggae-style spearheading a reggae-presence of 3 as UB40 also cover Stevie Wonder to get a 2nd in the chart. Or 2 UB20’s (almost, 3 members at any rate) which adds up to UB40 pretty much, given the actual vocalist Ali is singing.

Meghan Trainor is back, ditto Marshmello, Anne-Marie, and Gary Numan – Gazza has been absent since 2002, so he now extends his chart career to 39 years since Are ‘Friends’ Electric topped my chart in the summer of ’79. My Name Is Ruin is his best effort in a decade and a half.

1 3 1 5 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 286350
2 1 1 4 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 625000
3 9 3 4 BEST DAYS Lissie 169000
4 6 4 6 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 290000
5 5 5 6 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 209950
6 13 6 4 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 119200
7 2 2 5 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 382000
8 4 4 4 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 226000
9 67 9 2 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 51600
10 10 10 7 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 227400

11 12 11 15 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 289500
12 17 12 4 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 94300
13 27 13 2 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 50400
14 7 1 6 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 619000
15 20 15 3 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 64500
16 39 16 3 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 59100
17 8 3 7 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 346400
18 18 18 6 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 117650
19 32 19 3 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 51800
20 11 7 6 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 242000

21 15 3 11 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 642350
22 14 5 7 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 263500
23 NEW 23 1 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 19250
24 25 24 2 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 37750
25 16 8 8 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 215950
26 36 26 3 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 47900
27 NEW 27 1 BREAK Ria Mae 18400
28 71 28 2 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 24100
29 59 29 3 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 35100
30 19 19 6 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 103200

31 24 1 15 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 628050
32 22 4 9 WHERE WE GO P!nk 298600
33 29 1 13 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 936150
34 26 26 6 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 84000
35 35 35 5 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 80400
36 49 36 3 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 35100
37 40 37 4 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 50800
38 70 38 2 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 23200
39 28 13 7 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 160900
40 46 40 4 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 46650

41 21 2 7 DANCING Kylie Minogue 440750
42 NEW 42 1 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 13750
43 30 30 5 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 81150
44 34 3 15 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 575950
45 33 5 23 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 708950
46 38 1 10 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 572050
47 31 10 7 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 183900
48 23 23 6 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 92250
49 50 49 4 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 41300
50 58 50 6 WAIT Turin Brakes 52600

51 47 1 15 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 970050
52 NEW 52 1 SLIDE LPX 11500
53 57 53 5 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 40450
54 37 24 7 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 109600
55 55 55 3 MIDNIGHT X River 28200
56 45 5 16 PHASES Alma & French Montana 547950
57 NEW 57 1 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 10400
58 42 6 9 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 208150
59 NEW 59 1 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 10100
60 NEW 60 1 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 10000

61 56 1 27 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1170100
62 NEW 62 1 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 7400
63 43 9 9 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 179600
64 52 27 7 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 98850
65 44 28 8 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 108450
66 65 3 21 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 608400
67 75 67 2 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 11600
68 68 68 2 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 12800
69 41 20 6 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 95700
70 53 10 9 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 190000

71 NEW 71 1 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 5800
72 73 72 3 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 16000
73 NEW 73 1 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 5400
74 51 46 7 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 71500
75 NEW 75 1 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 5000

DROP OUTS
48 37 6 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 72700
54 38 5 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 68100
60 60 5 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 35800
61 26 6 17 MK 82100
62 26 7 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 91050
63 9 10 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 207050
64 28 7 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 80550
66 59 6 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 44800
69 69 4 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 23200
72 1 20 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 783350
74 10 10 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 190150

 

25th february 2018

It’s Saara Aalto on top for a 3rd week, chasing by 2 Black Panther tracks (which I saw this week), giving Kendrick Lamar 2 of the top 3. No relation to Austrian inventor and movie actress Hedy Lamarr, who basically invented bluetooth in the 30’s (sort of) as part of a radio-wave missile-guidance system for allied troops and then became a gorgeous movie star in Hollywood. I can however listen to Kendrick Lamar now via bluetooth, so sort of linked. No relation in either case to fictional Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles. Hedy had a film-worthy life, though.

Florida Georgia Line and Hailee Steinfeld both have 2 top 20, and top 40, respectively, while CAIN (who?!) have the highest new entry with an unavailable Witchhouse track. Janelle Monae is back 3 years from her last chart entry – with Duran Duran – and 6 years since her monster fun. track. I now have a complete 1997-2017 database so can quote accurate stats from my charts during that period. Just 1968-1996 to add now…

5 Seconds of Summer get a second chart entry 4 years since the first, Imagine Dragons make it 4 off the latest album, Paloma Faith links with Sigala to give her 3 on the chart, and 23 in total. Sigala have had 4, and Franz Ferdinand get their 11th chart entry 9 years on from the last one (excluding their FFS project with Sparks).

1 1 1 3 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 510000
2 2 2 4 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 332000
3 25 3 4 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 116350
4 4 4 3 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 178000
5 8 5 5 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 149950
6 6 4 5 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 225000
7 3 1 5 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 590000
8 5 3 6 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 323400
9 15 9 3 BEST DAYS Lissie 84000
10 10 10 6 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 185400

11 7 7 5 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 222000
12 13 12 14 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 252500
13 18 13 3 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 64200
14 9 5 6 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 244000
15 12 3 10 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 622600
16 14 8 7 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 197200
17 28 17 3 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 59300
18 21 18 5 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 95650
19 20 19 5 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 85200
20 35 20 2 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 37500

21 11 2 6 DANCING Kylie Minogue 426750
22 17 4 8 WHERE WE GO P!nk 280800
23 27 23 5 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 79950
24 16 1 14 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 610150
25 NEW 25 1 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 18750
26 32 26 5 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 66400
27 NEW 27 1 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 18400
28 19 13 6 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 143800
29 23 1 12 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 918450
30 30 30 4 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 67650

31 22 10 6 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 171400
32 45 32 2 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 30800
33 29 5 22 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 695950
34 31 3 14 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 562700
35 36 35 4 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 62900
36 50 36 2 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 29400
37 24 24 6 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 98600
38 26 1 9 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 559300
39 40 39 2 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 34100
40 52 40 3 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 33500

41 34 20 5 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 89500
42 39 6 8 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 197950
43 38 9 8 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 172200
44 33 28 7 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 101450
45 42 5 15 PHASES Alma & French Montana 537350
46 55 46 3 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 30650
47 43 1 14 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 958300
48 37 37 6 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 72700
49 72 49 2 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 17700
50 57 50 3 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 29200

51 46 46 6 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 66300
52 44 27 6 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 91750
53 47 10 8 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 184000
54 48 38 5 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 68100
55 67 55 2 MIDNIGHT X River 17400
56 53 1 26 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1162600
57 66 57 4 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 29200
58 60 58 5 WAIT Turin Brakes 40600
59 65 59 2 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital farm Animals 17100
60 63 60 5 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 35800

61 41 26 6 17 MK 82100
62 51 26 7 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 91050
63 56 9 10 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 207050
64 58 28 7 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 80550
65 62 3 20 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 601600
66 59 59 6 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 44800
67 NEW 67 1 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 6600
68 NEW 68 1 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 6400
69 71 69 4 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 23200
70 NEW 70 1 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 6000

71 NEW 71 1 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 5800
72 69 1 20 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 783350
73 75 73 2 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 10400
74 64 10 10 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 190150
75 NEW 75 1 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 5000

DROP OUTS
49 30 5 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 72300
54 36 5 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 74450
61 44 6 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 55050
68 18 7 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 111550
70 1 21 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 967900
73 1 24 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 1003050
74 1 16 AMEN The Fizz 901350

 

18th February 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top for the Eurovision hopeful, as Al Green gets a first top 5 since Let’s Stay Together in 1972 (and it’s reissue in 2010 when it topped my chart). He last made my top 10 with new material in 2008, and would have been charting for 50 years had I compiled charts in early 1968. The Eels grab a 5th top 10 some 21 years after the first one, while Lissie gets a top 20 8 years on from her first rocketing up 35 places.

Hailee Steinfeld gets greedy, up 40 spots into the 20, while also entering at 45 with BloodPop assisting, t’other assistants Florida Georgia Line leapfrog themselves. Kendrick Lamar joins himself in the 30, SZA gets a second top 40. Highest new entry is MIKA, last in my top 10 in 2013, and first in with Grace Kelly in 2007, in between topping with flop Rain in 2009. The Fratellis also enter, having been absent for almost a decade, but having 3 top 10’s in 2006/7. Kishi Bashi grabs a 7th chart hit, Alan Walker a 3rd, Noah Cyrus a second, and sneaking in with an unreleased track (at least until friday) is Mel & Kim. Poor Mel died at a very young age at the height of their success, and are owed another bit of chart success, as it’s not bad at all from what I’ve heard so far, 30 years on.

1 1 1 2 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 340000
2 3 2 3 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 217000
3 2 1 4 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 540000
4 8 4 2 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 113000
5 4 3 5 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 275400
6 5 4 4 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 230000
7 7 7 4 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 185000
8 23 8 4 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 89950
9 9 5 5 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 215000
10 10 10 5 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 143400

11 6 2 5 DANCING Kylie Minogue 407000
12 12 3 9 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 595600
13 16 13 13 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 217500
14 14 8 6 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 172200
15 50 15 2 BEST DAYS Lissie 39000
16 11 1 13 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 591150
17 15 4 7 WHERE WE GO P!nk 261300
18 58 18 2 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 32200
19 13 13 5 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 125500
20 22 20 4 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 64200

21 24 21 4 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 73650
22 17 10 5 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 153500
23 18 1 11 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 900250
24 25 24 5 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 81300
25 62 25 3 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 31350
26 19 1 8 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 542100
27 34 27 4 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 60700
28 30 28 2 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 36300
29 21 5 21 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 678250
30 31 30 3 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 49650

31 20 3 13 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 545100
32 45 32 4 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 47900
33 28 28 6 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 88200
34 27 20 4 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 75500
35 NEW 35 1 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 17500
36 41 36 3 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 45400
37 47 37 5 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 60400
38 29 9 7 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 158700
39 39 6 7 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 184200
40 NEW 40 1 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 17000

41 26 26 5 17 MK 74600
42 33 5 14 PHASES Alma & French Montana 524350
43 43 1 13 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 945800
44 32 27 5 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 80250
45 NEW 45 1 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 13000
46 48 46 5 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 54550
47 40 10 7 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 172750
48 38 38 4 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 57100
49 37 30 5 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 72300
50 NEW 50 1 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 12000

51 35 26 6 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 83650
52 75 52 2 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 16500
53 49 1 25 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1152000
54 36 36 5 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 74450
55 64 55 2 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 17900
56 46 9 9 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 199850
57 66 57 2 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 17200
58 42 28 6 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 73450
59 61 59 5 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 38000
60 63 60 4 WAIT Turin Brakes 30400

61 44 44 6 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 55050
62 55 3 19 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 594600
63 67 63 4 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 25800
64 54 10 9 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 184950
65 NEW 65 1 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital farm Animals 7000
66 70 66 3 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 18800
67 NEW 67 1 MIDNIGHT X River 6600
68 51 18 7 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 111550
69 57 1 19 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 777750
70 65 1 21 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 967900

71 72 71 3 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 17000
72 NEW 72 1 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 5600
73 69 1 24 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 1003050
74 52 1 16 AMEN The Fizz 901350
75 NEW 75 1 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 5000

DROP OUTS
53 46 5 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 56000
56 38 6 STRANGERS Sigrid 73800
59 59 3 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 24400
60 50 3 IDGAF Dua Lipa 34000
68 7 13 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 287250
71 71 2 SPANISH SEA Toto 10800
73 19 14 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 186700
74 7 9 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 205500

 

11th February 2018

Straight in at 1 it’s a record from Saara Alto, Finnish runner-up in X-Factor UK, and former The Voice Finland candidate. That makes her twice a song contest fave, but I have to say I don’t watch either shows anywhere these days. That makes it pretty extraordinary that a record I’d never heard until yesterday enters on top. Essentially, she’s engaging, and it sounds like a Eurovision Song Contest winning track – if only the BBC could come up with one like it. I rarely have singing competition singers top my chart (excluding Eurovision), and usually it’s well into their career when they do: Adam Lambert did it in 2017, Olly Murs in 2013, Agnes in 2009, Girls Aloud did it twice in 2007, and that’s about it for the 21st Century, none of them doing so with the first single after appearing. There is precedence though – Mary Hopkin won multiple weeks in a 60’s show called Opportunity Knocks, Paul McCartney signed her up to Apple Records, and she had 3 chart-toppers in 1968, 1969 and 1970 – only missing out on making it 3 in a row thanks to being the UK singer for Eurovision in 1970 with a cheesy entry, which slipped in before her final one.

Elsewhere, Florida Georgia Line get a double debut, both as featuring act, The Weeknd rockets to 3 with his Black Panther single, the film not even out yet, and giving him 5 years of top 3’s since Twenty Eight hit 2, and including a chart-topper with Ariana Grande. Disclosure eclipse their Sam Smith 2012 Latch single (peaked at 10) in one fell swoop by sampling the brilliant Al Green, one of the greatest soul singers of all-time. Lissie’s back after a slight gap, UB40 (or at least 3/8ths of them) string out a chart run to a whopping 38 years, and a six-year-old Mexican political track sneaks in at the bottom.

1 NEW 1 1 MONSTERS Saara Alto 170000
2 1 1 3 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 455000
3 40 3 2 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 102000
4 3 3 4 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 215400
5 4 4 3 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 175000
6 2 2 4 DANCING Kylie Minogue 370000
7 7 7 3 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 135000
8 NEW 8 1 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 48000
9 5 5 4 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 170000
10 14 10 4 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 101400

11 9 1 12 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 566150
12 12 3 8 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 560600
13 13 13 4 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 104500
14 8 8 5 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 143200
15 6 4 6 WHERE WE GO P!nk 238300
16 16 16 12 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 185500
17 10 10 4 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 134000
18 15 1 10 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 881000
19 11 1 7 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 523600
20 18 3 12 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 527200

21 17 5 20 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 660050
22 22 22 3 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 44200
23 35 23 3 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 41950
24 33 24 3 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 53900
25 25 25 4 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 62300
26 29 26 4 17 MK 60600
27 20 20 3 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 57900
28 34 28 5 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 70500
29 19 9 6 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 141500
30 NEW 30 1 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 18000

31 42 31 2 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 31650
32 27 27 4 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 67000
33 21 5 13 PHASES Alma & French Montana 510600
34 37 34 3 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 42300
35 26 26 5 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 71900
36 36 36 4 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 63450
37 30 30 4 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 60100
38 38 38 3 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 44800
39 23 6 6 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 167100
40 24 10 6 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 160250

41 41 41 2 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 28000
42 28 28 5 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 63250
43 32 1 12 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 932300
44 57 44 5 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 47550
45 60 45 3 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 30100
46 44 9 8 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 189250
47 47 47 4 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 43100
48 48 48 4 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 41800
49 43 1 24 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1140750
50 NEW 50 1 BEST DAYS Lissie 12000

51 31 18 6 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 105150
52 45 1 15 AMEN The Fizz 896150
53 46 46 5 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 56000
54 39 10 8 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 177850
55 49 3 18 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 587200
56 51 38 6 STRANGERS Sigrid 73800
57 55 1 18 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 771550
58 NEW 58 1 LET ME GO Halee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 10200
59 61 59 3 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 24400
60 50 50 3 IDGAF Dua Lipa 34000

61 62 61 4 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 27900
62 74 62 2 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 12600
63 65 63 3 WAIT Turin Brakes 20400
64 NEW 64 1 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 7100
65 63 1 20 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 961900
66 NEW 66 1 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 6800
67 68 67 3 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 18600
68 58 7 13 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 287250
69 67 1 23 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 997650
70 70 70 2 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 12000

71 75 71 2 SPANISH SEA Toto 10800
72 72 72 2 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 11200
73 64 19 14 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 186700
74 71 7 9 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 205500
75 NEW 75 1 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 5000

DROP OUTS
52 35 8 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 90800
53 40 5 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 60800
54 1 14 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 942750
56 37 5 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 53450
59 14 11 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 227250
66 66 3 ALONE Jessie Ware 18000
69 69 3 MAGIC Simple Minds 16800
73 73 3 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 15400

 

4th February 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top for the Irma Thomas 1964 soul gem fresh from Black Mirror. That keeps Kylie in her place as Revivalists have a god climb to 3 leapfrogging Justin Timberlake’s under-rated new track and Paloma’s 3rd single from the album. Kim Wilde rockets with Ricky to 22 from 74 – Ricky’s biggest chart credit since Mrs Malinski made my top 30 in 1974. No you don’t have to pretend you know it and it won’t be on Spotify. His voice has dropped quite a bit since then! Mine too.

The Eels return to my top 40 for the first time in 13 years, quite a gap, while Camilla Cabello outdoes Havana here and becomes her 2nd top 40. The Weeknd has an instant top 40 highest new entry, aided by Kendrick Lamar, who also enters lower with another track, both songs from the forthcoming 50 Shades film. Fleetwood Mac’s classic Rhiannon is well over 40 years old, and was last in my charts exactly 40 years ago – this is the album version, though, so the new Fleetwood Mac deluxe has given me an excuse to chart this uncharted version. Fab. Finally, Toto are back after a 30-year gap (bar reissues) with a souped-up version of an old unreleased very Rosanna period Toto, sadly I would prefer Hold The Line-period Toto, though Africa was fab.

1 1 1 2 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 340000
2 2 2 3 DANCING Kylie Minogue 315000
3 8 3 3 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 150400
4 7 4 2 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 115000
5 6 5 3 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 125000
6 4 4 5 WHERE WE GO P!nk 211300
7 12 7 2 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 85000
8 10 8 4 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 114200
9 3 1 11 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 529150
10 11 10 3 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 111000

11 5 1 6 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 502600
12 9 3 7 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 327800
13 17 13 3 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 72500
14 27 14 3 NEVER Embrace 59400
15 13 1 9 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 859000
16 20 16 11 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 160500
17 14 5 19 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 640300
18 15 3 11 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 507200
19 16 9 5 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 123300
20 22 20 2 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 39500

21 21 5 12 PHASES Alma & French Montana 492900
22 74 22 2 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 24700
23 23 6 5 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 150000
24 19 10 5 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 143250
25 33 25 3 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 43550
26 28 26 4 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 54400
27 32 27 3 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 49200
28 30 28 4 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 49500
29 31 29 3 17 MK 42100
30 34 30 3 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 42800

31 18 18 5 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 93400
32 24 1 11 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 918800
33 38 33 2 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 34900
34 39 34 4 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 52200
35 63 35 2 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 24700
36 36 36 3 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 46050
37 62 37 2 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 24700
38 57 38 2 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 27600
39 25 10 7 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 166850
40 NEW 40 1 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 17000

41 NEW 41 1 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 14000
42 NEW 42 1 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 13750
43 37 1 23 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1128650
44 26 9 7 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 176500
45 43 1 14 AMEN The Fizz 884650
46 47 46 4 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 44750
47 52 47 3 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 30600
48 54 48 3 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 29500
49 41 3 17 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 576400
50 50 50 2 IDGAF Dua Lipa 24000

51 45 38 5 STRANGERS Sigrid 63200
52 35 35 8 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 90800
53 40 40 5 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 60800
54 42 1 14 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 942750
55 48 1 17 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 761150
56 46 37 5 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 53450
57 58 57 4 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 34300
58 51 7 12 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 280850
59 29 14 11 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 227250
60 64 60 2 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 17100

61 66 61 2 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 14300
62 67 62 3 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 20400
63 60 1 19 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 954900
64 56 19 13 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 181300
65 69 65 2 WAIT Turin Brakes 13200
66 71 66 3 ALONE Jessie Ware 18000
67 61 1 22 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 991450
68 72 68 2 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 12000
69 73 69 3 MAGIC Simple Minds 16800
70 NEW 70 1 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 6000

71 49 7 8 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 200300
72 NEW 72 1 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 5600
73 75 73 3 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 15400
74 NEW 74 1 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SPANISH SEA Toto 5000

DROP OUTS
44 21 6 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 107650
53 4 12 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 312650
55 13 6 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 123750
59 20 6 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 103800
65 8 11 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 295450
68 30 8 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 90900
70 26 2 LINGER The Cranberries 24500

 

28th January 2018

It’s in at 1 for a record I didn’t know a week ago – Irma Thomas’ brilliant 1964 soul ballad fresh from use in an episode of Black Mirror (via Buzzjack Song Contest). Hauntingly fab. That stops Kylie grabbing another chart-topper, but she adds to her long list of 2’s anyway. Paloma Faith gets a 3rd top 10 a in a row in a frantic chart, up 54 places. It’s been a long time since so many tracks were climbing at a pace like this, and bar the number one they are all new or recent-ish. That means a clear-out of 2017 tracks.

In at 7, highest new song is the first good track off Justin T’s forthcoming album, while The Revivalists shoot up to 8, and Liam Payne gets more solo top 10’s than One Direction managed, joined by Rita Ora getting a rare one. At 12, SSion, is a video mix of a ballad, pop song and pyscho Jesus & Mary Chain/Jesus Jones Info freako-ish popchartfreakout. Epic. Fall Out Boy get a 2nd top 20 in a row, Rudimental are back with Macklemore and Jess Glynne in tow, Dua Lipa doesn’t give a … about being late into my chart, ditto Tom walker, Eminem and Camilla cabello. Oldies Eels are back for over 20 years of hits including a chart-topper with Last Stop: This Time. Turin Brakes return, but it’s nothing next to Kim Wilde’s 37 year run aided by bruv (as ever) who gets a credit for the first time as he’s actually singing. Ricky first charted in 1972 with his flop (but well-played) pre-teen track I Am An Astronaut, and hit my top 10 with Teen Wave in 1974, a template for Kim’s 80’s smashes (sort of). So, Rick makes it 46 years (gasp!) and he’s younger than me…!

1 NEW 1 1 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 170000
2 3 2 2 DANCING Kylie Minogue 200000
3 1 1 10 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 484150
4 8 4 4 WHERE WE GO P!nk 156300
5 2 1 5 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 465600
6 60 6 2 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 65000
7 NEW 7 1 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 50000
8 36 8 2 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 65400
9 4 3 6 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 292800
10 27 10 3 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 66200

11 13 11 2 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 69000
12 NEW 12 1 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 35000
13 5 1 8 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 832000
14 7 5 18 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 617300
15 6 3 10 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 485200
16 9 9 4 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 102300
17 35 17 2 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 40500
18 18 18 4 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 75500
19 10 10 4 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 124250
20 24 20 10 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 135500

21 12 5 11 PHASES Alma & French Montana 473150
22 NEW 22 1 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 19500
23 11 6 4 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 130750
24 15 1 10 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 901000
25 20 10 6 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 149750
26 17 9 6 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 163250
27 50 27 2 NEVER Embrace 30400
28 56 28 3 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 35900
29 14 14 10 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 217150
30 66 30 3 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 31200

31 70 31 2 17 MK 23900
32 45 32 2 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 30800
33 64 33 2 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 24800
34 63 34 2 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 24800
35 40 35 7 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 79300
36 53 36 2 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 28650
37 33 1 22 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1115150
38 NEW 38 1 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 17200
39 57 39 3 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 34600
40 44 40 4 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 49550

41 28 3 16 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 564300
42 19 1 13 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 931750
43 23 1 13 AMEN The Fizz 871650
44 21 21 6 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 107650
45 38 38 4 STRANGERS Sigrid 51450
46 37 37 4 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 42850
47 49 47 3 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 32000
48 31 1 16 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 750350
49 22 7 7 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 194500
50 NEW 50 1 IDGAF Dua Lipa 12000

51 34 7 11 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 270650
52 67 52 2 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 18100
53 16 4 12 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 312650
54 69 54 2 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 17200
55 25 13 6 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 123750
56 42 19 12 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 174200
57 NEW 57 1 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 10400
58 61 58 3 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 23900
59 29 20 6 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 103800
60 52 1 18 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 947700

61 54 1 21 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 984850
62 NEW 62 1 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 7400
63 NEW 63 1 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 7200
64 NEW 64 1 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 7100
65 32 8 11 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 295450
66 NEW 66 1 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 6800
67 68 67 2 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 13000
68 30 30 8 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 90900
69 NEW 69 1 WAIT Turin Brakes 6200
70 26 26 2 LINGER The Cranberries 24500

71 73 71 2 ALONE Jessie Ware 11200
72 NEW 72 1 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 5600
73 74 73 2 MAGIC Simple Minds 10600
74 NEW 74 1 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 5200
75 75 75 2 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 10000

DROP OUTS
39 10 10 GUILTY Paloma Faith 216450
41 9 20 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 453800
43 33 6 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 76100
46 34 4 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 59450
47 4 24 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 504800
48 24 8 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 127950
51 3 17 READY TO GO Hurts 650750
55 4 12 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 423100
58 58 3 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 26700
59 1 17 WAIT UP Hurts 820950
62 10 10 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 209850
65 8 11 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 296800
71 1 45 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1043350
72 52 4 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 34550

 

 

21st January 2018

It’s back into the top 10 for the 3rd time and all the way to the top for Craig David and Bastille, one of those tracks that doesn’t pall with repeat hearings. It’s the 3rd chart-topper for Craig (Walking Away and Hot Stuff, the former based on U2’s One, the latter Bowie’s Let’s Dance) and Bastille’s first. Hot on their heels though, Kylie’s back with a contemporary-sounding dance-country crossover and she’s Dancing to enter at 3, giving her a sweet 30 years of top 10 hits since I Should Be So Lucky hit 6.

Portugal. The Man are also back into the top 7 months on with Feel It Still, and also with new track Live In The Moment, sandwiching P!nk at 8 – her second top 10 off the new album and a sweet 18 years since There You Go hit 9. New at 13 it’s The Straw Hats – well, actually it’s Troyboi, but the Norwegian dance troupe have done a fab video for the short-but-sweet dance track in a Japanese-stylee. Appropriating culture or taking it to a wider audience? Actually most modern pop music is appropriated culture, and that includes Japanese acts, so whatever it looks terrific.

As a load of oldies depart the chart, some also pop in, topped by the late Dolores O’Riordan’s Cranberries, and their best record, Linger. Dolores died suddenly, and far too young, last week. The Revivalists is a couple or 3 years old, but one I missed, and Fall Out Boy are new in at 35 with the new album track, and are besides themselves. Amongst the deluge of new tracks, The Chainsmokers return, as does Noel Gallagher, that’ll be 24 years-worth of entries then.

Paloma Faith sneaks in with a dance track, for a hat-trick, Embrace enter 21 years since All You Good Good People hit 10 (and 14 years since they topped my chart with Gravity), Imagine Dragons keep the new entries coming 6 years since topping with Radioactive (well, nearer 5, but hey, it was 2012), as The Manics make it at least 25 years of newies, Bruno makes it 8 years (including 2 chart-toppers in Grenade and Marry You), Simple Minds return with only the one chart-topper in 1995 (She’s A River) but 36 years of hits. Finally, Mavis Staples pops in solo, after assisting Gorillaz last year, having been helped by Prince in 1991 with Melody Cool and on his tours wot-I-saw, and 46 years since I’ll Take You There hit my number 3 for The Staple Singers, Mavis’ sisters and dad.

1 11 1 9 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 399150
2 1 1 4 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 405600
3 NEW 3 1 DANCING Kylie Minogue 85000
4 3 3 5 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 247800
5 2 1 7 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 800000
6 5 3 9 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 458200
7 19 5 17 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 588300
8 16 8 3 WHERE WE GO P!nk 91300
9 20 9 3 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 77300
10 10 10 3 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 103250

11 6 6 3 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 111500
12 8 5 10 PHASES Alma & French Montana 453400
13 NEW 13 1 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 32000
14 15 14 9 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 198950
15 7 1 9 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 882000
16 4 4 11 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 301400
17 9 9 5 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 144750
18 22 18 3 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 53500
19 12 1 12 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 918000
20 14 10 5 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 131000

21 21 21 5 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 94400
22 13 7 6 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 182400
23 18 1 12 AMEN The Fizz 858250
24 27 24 9 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 115500
25 17 13 5 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 112950
26 NEW 26 1 LINGER The Cranberries 18500
27 71 27 2 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 24200
28 24 3 15 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 550300
29 26 20 5 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 93700
30 32 30 7 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 84500

31 29 1 15 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 738050
32 23 8 10 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 288450
33 31 1 21 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1098150
34 30 7 10 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 258900
35 NEW 35 1 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 17500
36 NEW 36 1 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 17400
37 66 37 3 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 30100
38 53 38 3 STRANGERS Sigrid 38450
39 25 10 10 GUILTY Paloma Faith 216450
40 50 40 6 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 61800

41 28 9 20 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 453800
42 35 19 11 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 163600
43 33 33 6 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 76100
44 48 44 3 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 32550
45 NEW 45 1 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 13000
46 34 34 4 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 59450
47 41 4 24 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 504800
48 36 24 8 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 127950
49 62 49 2 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 19500
50 NEW 50 1 NEVER Embrace 12000

51 40 3 17 READY TO GO Hurts 650750
52 42 1 17 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 937400
53 NEW 53 1 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 11250
54 49 1 20 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 977350
55 39 4 12 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 423100
56 65 56 2 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 17600
57 64 57 2 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 17500
58 59 58 3 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 26700
59 43 1 17 WAIT UP Hurts 820950
60 NEW 60 1 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 10000

61 69 61 2 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 13700
62 44 10 10 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 209850
63 NEW 63 1 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 7200
64 NEW 64 1 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 7100
65 46 8 11 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 296800
66 68 66 2 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 13200
67 NEW 67 1 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 6600
68 NEW 68 1 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 6400
69 NEW 69 1 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 6200
70 NEW 70 1 17 MK 6000

71 67 1 45 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1043350
72 52 52 4 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 34550
73 NEW 73 1 ALONE Jessie Ware 5400
74 NEW 74 1 MAGIC Simple Minds 5200
75 NEW 75 1 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 5000

DROP OUTS
37 5 8 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 243800
38 1 7 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 369250
45 1 9 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 352850
47 17 11 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 199650
51 46 5 RUT The Killers 53000
54 17 11 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 186700
55 1 28 DREAMS Grace Slick 742300
56 8 9 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 210400
57 1 19 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 939350
58 6 22 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 499350
60 10 14 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 274100
61 18 12 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 195900
63 24 10 GO BANG PNAU 145000
70 29 13 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 135550
72 19 15 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 191000
73 73 1 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST David Bowie 5400
74 3 19 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 485650
75 15 10 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 162550

 

 

14th January 2018

It’s Oh Wonder on top in an otherwise quiet chart week, their second chart entry, and a fab record, it borrows somewhat from Elton John’s fantastic Benny & The Jets, which topped my charts 44 years ago – at least the backbone of the record anyway. Midge Ure is also back in the top 10 with the same track 23 years on, a good version of Breathe. Sister Sledge make it a 5th top 10, 33 years on since the last one (albeit a 38-year-old record). Naughty Boy adds to his list of top 10’s (his 5th, including a number one – La La La), P!nk gets a 3rd top 20 in a row off the album, and Portugal. The Man get 2 top 20 entries – Feel It Still is back over 6 months later, and new track Live In The Moment is just below it.

Big climb for Jessie Ware, Bleachers finally got top 40, and Blondie are back again a very sweet 40 years from their debut with Denis (almost) and with Joan Jett in tow some 36 years since I Love Rock N Roll. She hasn’t troubled my charts since ILRNR was reissued in 1994, and not with new material since the 80’s! Lily Allen returns, not before time, 12 years since her debut and still yet to top my chart. Lana Del Ray and Anna Of The North return, and Wolf Alice get a debut at last.

1 2 1 3 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 290600
2 1 1 6 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 740000
3 6 3 4 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 182800
4 5 4 10 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 276400
5 3 3 8 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 403200
6 22 6 2 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 74500
7 4 1 8 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 855000
8 8 5 9 PHASES Alma & French Montana 418400
9 14 9 4 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 121750
10 23 10 2 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 61250

11 12 8 8 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 229150
12 9 1 11 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 897000
13 7 7 5 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 162900
14 10 10 4 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 111000
15 17 15 8 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 169950
16 28 16 2 WHERE WE GO P!nk 43300
17 13 13 4 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 94200
18 11 1 11 AMEN The Fizz 839000
19 26 5 16 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 538300
20 48 20 2 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 32300

21 25 21 4 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 74650
22 50 22 2 YOUR DOMINO Jesse Ware 31500
23 15 8 9 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 270650
24 19 3 14 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 532000
25 16 10 9 GUILTY Paloma Faith 199350
26 20 20 4 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 75500
27 34 27 8 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 96500
28 18 9 19 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 439800
29 29 1 14 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 720150
30 27 7 9 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 241300

31 31 1 20 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1080450
32 47 32 6 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 66500
33 40 33 5 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 62600
34 39 34 3 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 46700
35 35 19 10 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 149850
36 24 24 7 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 115650
37 33 5 8 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 243800
38 21 1 7 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 369250
39 32 4 11 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 412300
40 37 3 16 READY TO GO Hurts 639000

41 41 4 23 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 492300
42 42 1 16 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 925900
43 43 1 16 WAIT UP Hurts 810850
44 30 10 9 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 202450
45 44 1 9 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 352850
46 38 8 10 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 289800
47 36 17 11 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 199650
48 65 48 2 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 19300
49 45 1 19 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 966350
50 57 50 5 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 44800

51 46 46 5 RUT The Killers 53000
52 53 52 3 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 28950
53 60 53 2 STRANGERS Sigrid 21250
54 52 17 11 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 186700
55 55 1 28 DREAMS Grace Slick 742300
56 49 8 9 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 210400
57 54 1 19 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 939350
58 56 6 22 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 499350
59 68 59 2 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 16500
60 59 10 14 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 274100

61 61 18 12 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 195900
62 NEW 62 1 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 7400
63 58 24 10 GO BANG PNAU 145000
64 NEW 64 1 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 7100
65 NEW 65 1 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 7000
66 70 66 2 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 12800
67 67 1 44 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1037550
68 NEW 68 1 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 6400
69 NEW 69 1 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 6200
70 69 29 13 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 135550

71 NEW 71 1 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 5800
72 71 19 15 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 191000
73 NEW 73 1 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST David Bowie 5400
74 74 3 19 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 485650
75 62 15 10 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 162550

DROP OUTS
51 20 5 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 86600
63 59 4 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 37400
64 54 2 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN Johnny Mathis 18100
66 29 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 30000
72 39 3 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 29700
73 34 8 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 89900
75 36 5 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 66800

7th January 2018

It’s a second week for the lush Aretha Franklin ballad 44 years on, just holding off a massive 70-place leap for Oh Wonder, now getting well-deserved Radio 2 support. Radio 2 seems to have gone full on-board with the sort of new tracks that Radio 1 would have played a few years ago, which is good news. It’s a mass xmas song drop-out week, as 3 songs with Home in the title are in my top 10, ironically, as I’m still trapped at home caring for my mum with dad back in hospital, and me unable to get to work.

Midge Ure’s 1995 UK flop (but big with me) Breathe is back, in the orchestral vogue, which suits it better than some of the bigger hits on the album, while Naughty Boy is back with a Jonas brother in tow at 23, leaping over another Jonas brother at 24. Both doing better than any actual Jonas Brothers records ever did in my charts. Portugal. The Man’s 2017 oldie is back in the 40, as their new one enters at 48.

P!nk has a 3rd top 40 off the latest album, Lindsey & Christine get a 3rd of 5 album tracks to hit the 40, Pet Shop Boys version of their Girls Aloud/Xenomania hit belatedly pops in, Shed Seven return for over 20 years of entries, and Jessie ware has a welcome return.

1 1 1 5 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 625000
2 72 2 2 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 120600
3 4 3 7 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 343200
4 3 1 7 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 805000
5 12 5 9 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 211400
6 16 6 3 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 97800
7 9 7 4 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 130900
8 6 5 8 PHASES Alma & French Montana 370400
9 5 1 10 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 862000
10 18 10 3 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 82000

11 7 1 10 AMEN The Fizz 817000
12 8 8 7 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 192150
13 19 13 3 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 71200
14 14 14 3 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 76750
15 13 8 8 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 251400
16 10 10 8 GUILTY Paloma Faith 180600
17 17 17 7 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 142950
18 11 9 18 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 421500
19 15 3 13 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 513000
20 20 20 3 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 57000

21 2 1 6 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 352050
22 NEW 22 1 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 19500
23 NEW 23 1 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 19250
24 24 24 6 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 98250
25 25 25 3 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 54900
26 56 5 15 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 517300
27 22 7 8 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 223300
28 NEW 28 1 WHERE WE GO P!nk 18300
29 23 1 13 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 701950
30 21 10 8 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 189200

31 27 1 19 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1062550
32 26 4 10 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 395200
33 28 5 7 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 226500
34 38 34 7 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 78100
35 31 19 9 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 132350
36 32 17 10 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 187150
37 35 3 15 READY TO GO Hurts 622000
38 34 8 9 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 277050
39 50 39 2 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 29100
40 49 40 4 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 44900

41 37 4 22 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 478300
42 42 1 15 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 912150
43 40 1 15 WAIT UP Hurts 797350
44 41 1 8 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 339850
45 45 1 18 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 954150
46 47 46 4 RUT The Killers 41250
47 71 45 5 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 48700
48 NEW 48 1 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 12300
49 33 8 8 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 199800
50 NEW 50 1 YOUR DOMINO Jesse Ware 12000

51 30 20 5 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 86600
52 44 17 10 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 175700
53 69 53 2 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 17450
54 48 1 18 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 928950
55 55 1 27 DREAMS Grace Slick 731500
56 51 6 21 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 489150
57 57 57 4 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 32800
58 43 24 9 GO BANG PNAU 137800
59 46 10 13 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 264100
60 NEW 60 1 STRANGERS Sigrid 10000

61 53 18 11 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 188400
62 52 15 9 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 157550
63 59 59 4 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 37400
64 54 54 2 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN Johnny Mathis 18100
65 NEW 65 1 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 7000
66 29 29 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 30000
67 67 1 43 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1030950
68 NEW 68 1 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 6400
69 68 29 12 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 129550
70 NEW 70 1 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 6000

71 58 19 14 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 185400
72 39 39 3 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 29700
73 63 34 8 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 89900
74 66 3 18 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 480450
75 36 36 5 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 66800

DROP OUTS
60 37 6 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 87350
61 40 6 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 59100
62 16 7 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 121800
64 64 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 7100
65 65 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band (with the Harlem Community Choir) 7000
70 70 1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 6000
73 73 1 FELIZ NAVIDAD Jose Feliciano 5400
74 74 1 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 5200
75 75 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 5000

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My 2017 Charts Oct-Dec

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31st December 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24th December 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17th December 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10th December 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2nd December 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26th November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19th November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5th November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29th October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22nd October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15th October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

8th October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1st October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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