My June 1987 Charts

2nd June 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for T.Rex as another golden oldie is straight in at 2 – Tom Jones is reactivated chart-wise and a hit all over again is his signature tune, It’s Not Unusual – a track I loved as a kid and would def have topped my charts had I been compiling them in 1965. Better late than never! After 4 weeks at 4 Wet Wet Wet finally drop, but it’s better than some chart-toppers in 1987, and just to prove the point the over-rated Whitney monster gives her a second top 10, ahead of it suffering 32 years of over-playing. U2 OTOH is a classic, and up to 6, and still fresh.

Herb Alpert & Tina Turner both bound into the 20, 24 Carat Diamonds, and Breaking Every Rule still being chart successful 2 decades on. In at 30, errr, Star Trekkin’. It was amusing the first couple of times, and anything Star Trek would meet with my approval. Until I got quickly sick of it and grew to dislike it. Ah, well, proof I liked it for a while. A bunch of old covers enter the 40, The Beastie Boys get a second top 40, and Suzanne Vega gets a second too. Pepsi & Shirlie get a second chart entry minus the Wham! boys, Erasure keep on with the run, Boy George is back, Living In A Box get a quick foillow-up, LL Cool J returns, Alison Moyet has a subdued entry, Billy Idol’s fab gentle Sweet Sixteen is a change in direction for him, The Kane Gang are back 3 years on, and The BLow Monkeys team up with soul legend Curtis Mayfield 2 years after his stage fall left him paralysed for the rest of his life. He first charted in 1971 with Move On Up.


1 ( 1 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
2 ( NEW ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
3 ( 2 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
4 ( 5 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
5 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
6 ( 20 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
7 ( 7 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
8 ( 3 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
9 ( 6 ) SHAME OMD
10 ( 22 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston

11 ( 10 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
12 ( 17 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
13 ( 8 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
14 ( 30 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 19 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
16 ( 18 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
17 ( 9 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 66 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
19 ( 50 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
20 ( 13 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre

21 ( 37 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
22 ( 11 ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
23 ( 34 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
24 ( 12 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
25 ( 27 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
26 ( 14 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
27 ( 24 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
28 ( 16 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
29 ( 29 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
30 ( NEW ) STAR TREKKIN’ The Firm

31 ( 39 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
32 ( 15 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
33 ( 21 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
34 ( 68 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
35 ( 44 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
36 ( 25 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
37 ( 41 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
38 ( NEW ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
39 ( 57 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
40 ( NEW ) JACK MIX II Mirage

41 ( 31 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE The Fall
42 ( 33 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
43 ( 40 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
44 ( 23 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
45 ( 45 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
46 ( 36 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
47 ( 35 ) LOW RIDER (REMIX) War
48 ( 63 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
49 ( 48 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
50 ( NEW ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley

51 ( 73 ) INFIDELITY Simply Red
52 ( 32 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
53 ( NEW ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
54 ( 49 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
55 ( 70 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
56 ( 55 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
57 ( NEW ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
58 ( 58 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
59 ( 72 ) INCOMMUNICADO Marillion
60 ( NEW ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box

61 ( 28 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
62 ( 26 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
63 ( 54 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
64 ( 62 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
65 ( NEW ) I’M BAD LL Cool J
66 ( 64 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
67 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
69 ( 60 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
70 ( 65 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge

71 ( NEW ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
72 ( NEW ) GET READY Carol Hitchcock
73 ( 71 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
74 ( NEW ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
75 ( NEW ) (CELEBRATE) THE DAY AFTER YOU The Blow Monkeys & Curtis Mayfield

2nd June
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
2 WHAT AM I DOING HANGING ROUND? The Monkees
3 LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

 

9th June 1987

It’s a first week at one for U2, their first chart-topper with the brilliant I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, IMHO the jewel in the crown that is The Joshua Tree. The video was shot in Las Vegas, where I was heading in 3 months time back then, doubling up the nostalgia-quotient for my 1979 trip there. Vegas is unrecognisable these days from those days! In at 4 it’s a re-recorded version of In Dreams from Roy Orbison, one of his key tracks, and the start of his comeback period – it’s not as awesome as the original, but decent-enough.

Highest new song is It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys back with a bang, a hint of Cat Stevens Wild World about the melody, but high on the epic scale, in at 18, and cementing their status as my fave new 80’s act, well on their way to being my Must-Buy act of the last 34 years – a run no other act comes close to. A big climb for The Kane Gang to 21, and 2 great new entries for Heart and that mega-ballad Alone at 28, and XTC’s most-provocative single Dear God in at 29, some 8 cynical years on since Making Plans For Nigel.

Talking of provocative, gender-bending Prince is in at 38 with If I Was Your Girlfriend, starting to mine Sign O The Times for singles, and Run-DMC get a second top 40. Janet Jackson pops in with her Pleasure Principle, joining herself on Herb Alpert’s Diamonds for a 2nd chart track, Elton John has another of his periodic duets, this one with Jennifer Rush. Flames Of Paradise doesn’t feature in his Rocketman movie biog, just as well given the greats that also don’t feature. Just another 3 or 4 years of his self-abuse years to go, before he cleans up and enters his largely-musically-dull sober-but-happy years.

Diana Ross is giving me Dirty Looks – possibly because her brilliant Ain’t No Mountain High Enough 1970 reissue has just dropped out the chart, to be replaced by one that is errr…not. Curiosity & co are back for a third try – and their best track to date, Misfit, Wang Chung scrape a brief comeback with Let’s Go – and they did pretty much that evermore, Terence Trent D’Arby is back with his Wishing Well, a bit less classic than the Free song of the same name, and Genesis keep churning out the forgettable pedestrian hits. I mean none of those in this paragraph are bad, just a bit bland in comparison to previous highs (bar Misfit).

1 ( 6 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
2 ( 1 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
3 ( 2 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
4 ( NEW ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
5 ( 7 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
6 ( 10 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
7 ( 5 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
8 ( 4 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
9 ( 8 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
10 ( 3 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box

11 ( 21 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
12 ( 15 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
13 ( 9 ) SHAME OMD
14 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 18 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
16 ( 11 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
17 ( 25 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
18 ( NEW ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
19 ( 19 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
20 ( 31 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC

21 ( 74 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
22 ( 12 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
23 ( 13 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
24 ( 38 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
25 ( 30 ) STAR TREKKIN’ The Firm
26 ( 37 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
27 ( 16 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
28 ( NEW ) ALONE Heart
29 ( NEW ) DEAR GOD XTC
30 ( 34 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore

31 ( 35 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
32 ( 20 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
33 ( 17 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
34 ( 33 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
35 ( 40 ) JACK MIX II Mirage
36 ( 39 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
37 ( 27 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
38 ( NEW ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
39 ( 26 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
40 ( 48 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC

41 ( 57 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
42 ( 50 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
43 ( 68 ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
44 ( 51 ) INFIDELITY Simply Red
45 ( 45 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
46 ( 43 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
47 ( NEW ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
48 ( 53 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
49 ( 49 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
50 ( 71 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol

51 ( 29 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
52 ( 28 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
53 ( 22 ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
54 ( 36 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
55 ( 59 ) INCOMMUNICADO Marillion
56 ( 24 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
57 ( 75 ) (CELEBRATE) THE DAY AFTER YOU The Blow Monkeys & Curtis Mayfield
58 ( 60 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
59 ( 54 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
60 ( NEW ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush

61 ( 23 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
62 ( NEW ) DISTANT LAND (DA DOO BOM BOM) Radio Earth
63 ( 58 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
64 ( NEW ) DIRTY LOOKS Diana Ross
65 ( 56 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
66 ( 64 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
68 ( 55 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
69 ( NEW ) YEARS GO BY Stan Campbell
70 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( 66 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
72 ( NEW ) LET’S GO Wang Chung
73 ( 46 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
74 ( NEW ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
75 ( NEW ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
2 LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
3 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Mama Cass

 

16th June 1987

It’s all about the 60’s as Tom Jones childhood fave goes to the very top (as it would have done back in the day if I’d been charting), his first chart-topper either way 19 years since debuting. Quite the wait. Just to keep the 60’s vogue going, all my fave oldies of that week are from the 60’s – Andy and Walker Brothers have both gone on to top my charts in later decades, when I changed the rules to allow album tracks that had never charted (eg on Greatest Hits that were in the UK album charts) and re-issues of singles once again.

Prince has a massive climb to 3 as a posthumous album of original versions of gifted songs are forced out of his locked vault, most of them not as good as the covers, oddly. Sometimes other acts can find the magic and focus on it more than the writer can! ABC get their first top 10 in 3 years, Pet Shop Boys make it 100% top 10 to date (these days it’s about 198% as they rarely fail with official singles, but tend to get loads of album tracks that also go top 10), and Jody watley gets her first top 10 since Shalamar’s last goodie in 1983, but she makes it 8 years in top 10 span.

In at 16 it’s George Michael, and I had to buy the single to bloody get to hear it thanks to the BBC banning it – ridiculous of course, it’s mild compared to the stuff in the charts these days when blatant sexual references and swearwords are obligatory, albeit usually bleeped on the radio (wouldn’t want to lose cash income for “artistic integrity” would we…). I’m not a prude, I swear all the time, and when it’s got an artistic purpose (like I Want Your Sex did, at least in the video), fine. Mostly it’s just superfluous and pointless though.

A huge climb For Curiosity into the 20, with Janet not far behind, in fact lots of top 40 climbers as there is a sudden massive drop to some tracks as I realise they are pretty naff (Star Trekkin, Live Springsteen) so fingers-crossed the penny drops on Whitney next week! In at 36 another decent single from a slagged-off album, and a rather disappointing Glass Spider tour that I saw, Time Will Crawl – and it did! At 44, Shaky does Glitter: somehow think that’s never going to happen ever again, anyone covering Gary Glitter. Gary Numan is back with Radio Heart again, just look at the Gary’s around in those days before one of them killed the name stone dead. Alexander O’Neal keep sup the classic run of Jam & Lewis singles with Fake, The Christians return with another social commentary song, always good, and it’s Chris Montez with Let’s Dance. Rea! I mean Rea. Not the same song. Unfortunately.

1 ( 3 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
2 ( 1 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
3 ( 38 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
4 ( 6 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
5 ( 4 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
6 ( 11 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
7 ( 2 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
8 ( 20 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
9 ( 18 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 17 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley

11 ( 15 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
12 ( 9 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
13 ( 5 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
14 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 7 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
16 ( NEW ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
17 ( 21 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
18 ( 8 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
19 ( 10 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
20 ( 67 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat

21 ( 47 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
22 ( 16 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
23 ( 19 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
24 ( 24 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
25 ( 12 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
26 ( 13 ) SHAME OMD
27 ( 31 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
28 ( 28 ) ALONE Heart
29 ( 29 ) DEAR GOD XTC
30 ( 36 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega

31 ( 40 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
32 ( 50 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
33 ( 42 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
34 ( 23 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
35 ( 34 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
36 ( NEW ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
37 ( 41 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
38 ( 43 ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
39 ( 60 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
40 ( 48 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure

41 ( 22 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
42 ( 32 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
43 ( 37 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
44 ( NEW ) A LITTLE BOOGIE WOOGIE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( 58 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
46 ( 39 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
47 ( RE ) GET READY Carol Hitchcock
48 ( 74 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
49 ( 46 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
50 ( NEW ) LONDON TIMES Radio Heart & Gary Numan

51 ( 35 ) JACK MIX II Mirage
52 ( 33 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
53 ( 49 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
54 ( 27 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
55 ( 62 ) DISTANT LAND (DA DOO BOM BOM) Radio Earth
56 ( 26 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
57 ( 30 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
58 ( NEW ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal
59 ( 25 ) STAR TREKKIN’ The Firm
60 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY IT FEELS Two Nations

61 ( 69 ) YEARS GO BY Stan Campbell
62 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP ME NOW Samantha Fox
63 ( 59 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
64 ( NEW ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
65 ( 63 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
66 ( NEW ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
67 ( RE ) I’M BAD LL Cool J
68 ( 66 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
69 ( 65 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
70 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( 75 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
72 ( 71 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
73 ( NEW ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
74 ( NEW ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds
75 ( NEW ) RED HOT Princess

Playlist oldies of the week
1 ALMOST THERE Andy Williams
2 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers
3 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark

23rd June 1987

It’s U2 back up on top for a second week at 1, as Pet Shop Boys go up to 2 with It’s A Sin, Curiosity get a first top 10 with Misfit at 6, Herb Alpert gets his 4th top 10 19 years after his first, Janet Jackson gets a 3rd with a 4th a whisker away, and XTC get a second 8 years on from their debut hit Making Plans For Nigel, the flop Dear God.

Bowie has a big climb into the 20 with Time Will Crawl by virtue of this being the week I saw his Glass Spider Tour at Wembley where he heavily plugged the new album, along with loads of dancers, climbing up ropes, swinging from bars, hoisting left right and centre in front of a massive actual glass spider all lit up. Sadly I was sat right at the back of the stadium, there was a delay in the sound, and I felt totally removed from the experience. I came to the conclusion, reinforced the next time I saw him, that Bowie was most definitely not a Stadium act – Stadium acts need to get throbbing excitement going on, U2 being a prime example, they command totally, as does Madonna. Being cerebral doesn’t work at that scale. My top rated track of the night? Not anywhere near my fave Bowie track, but Modern Love worked best. Thumping Chic rhythms, says it all. Day In Day Out? Not so much.

Cliff is back with a decent new album, and a catchy first single in My Pretty One at 31, Errol Brown debuts with his solo single now that Hot Chocolate’s record of 14 consecutive years of hit singles is history, yet still not as big as their oldie remixes, sadly, as I loved Errol in his heyday. King Sun D Moet gets a second entry, lower down, Echo & The Bunnymen keep the run going, Atlantic Starr return as Always, a-ha do the Bond theme well and sneak in, shaken not stirred, and The Whispers are back 7 years after And The Beat Goes On debuted, and 6 years since they last charted.

1 ( 2 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
2 ( 9 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
4 ( 1 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
5 ( 6 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
6 ( 20 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
7 ( 11 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
8 ( 8 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
9 ( 4 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
10 ( 29 ) DEAR GOD XTC

11 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
12 ( 21 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
13 ( 12 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
14 ( 16 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
15 ( 36 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
16 ( 15 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
17 ( 17 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
18 ( 13 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
19 ( 10 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
20 ( 7 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex

21 ( 30 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
22 ( 24 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
23 ( 5 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
24 ( 33 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
25 ( 22 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
26 ( 32 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
27 ( 18 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
28 ( 28 ) ALONE Heart
29 ( 39 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
30 ( 37 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George

31 ( NEW ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
32 ( 19 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
33 ( 48 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
34 ( NEW ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
35 ( 58 ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal
36 ( 40 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
37 ( 23 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
38 ( 66 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
39 ( 73 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
40 ( 34 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna

41 ( 26 ) SHAME OMD
42 ( 25 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
43 ( 50 ) LONDON TIMES Radio Heart & Gary Numan
44 ( 44 ) A LITTLE BOOGIE WOOGIE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( 45 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
46 ( 35 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
47 ( 55 ) DISTANT LAND (DA DOO BOM BOM) Radio Earth
48 ( 64 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
49 ( 43 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
50 ( 62 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP ME NOW Samantha Fox

51 ( 49 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
52 ( 75 ) RED HOT Princess
53 ( 31 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
54 ( 27 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
55 ( 42 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
56 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( NEW ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
58 ( 46 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
59 ( NEW ) THE GAME Echo & The Bunnymen
60 ( 60 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT FEELS Two Nations

61 ( 61 ) YEARS GO BY Stan Campbell
62 ( 47 ) GET READY Carol Hitchcock
63 ( 38 ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
64 ( 67 ) I’M BAD LL Cool J
65 ( NEW ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
66 ( 74 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds
67 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( 63 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
69 ( NEW ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
70 ( 65 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael

71 ( 71 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
72 ( 69 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
73 ( 68 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) ROCKSTEADY The Whispers
75 ( 72 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party

Oldies Playlist
1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 MODERN LOVE (Live At Wembley) David Bowie
3 I JUST WANT TO STAY HERE Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme

30th June 1987

It’s a first week on top for the epic sounds of It’s A Sin, Pet Shop Boys’ 4th chart-topper, and the 3rd in a row. In at 2 it’s the 3rd reissued oldie smash for the late Jackie Wilson, as Higher And Higher is back at a new peak of 2: the US hit record was already two years old when it made the UK charts in the Summer of ’69, and it featured in my first batch of actual charts aged 11 years old. Then it was a double-A reissued hit again in the Summer of ’75, when I was 17 – and here I was in my late 20’s and it was a hit yet again – so essentially the first record to chart for me in 3 decades.

Herb Alpert gets his 3rd top 5, Bowie’s list of top 5’s runs to 15 years, and Janet J gets two consecutive top 10’s. Cliff has a big top 20 climb, and Jive Talking is back – another Summer Of ’75 track: only it’s not The Bee Gees, it’s George Michael, his second cousin, Andros Georgiou ,Nick Heyward & Mick Talbot (of Style Council), and it’s in at 13. George’s ex-Wham! backing singers are up to 17, Pepsi & Shirley, his previous Wham! singer Dee C. Lee having run off with Paul Weller, also of Style Council. I enjoy a good link.

Roger Daltrey’s back for a chart run of 14 years solo, 18 years including the Who. Who’s That Girl? Madonna’s back with her latest film theme. No, nobody went to see it, but the record was good. Lone Justice return with the fab Shelter, Robbie Nevil grabs a 3rd, the Nana’s come back with a blisteringly good SAW track, I Heard A Rumour, soul vets recently in the charts both return: Percy Sledge & Ben E. King, Hue & Cry debut, The Mac are looking at Seven Wonders an 19 years of hits, and if you wanted to Catch The Cure you should have been watching the Glasto coverage last night when they closed the festival a mere 32 years later….

1 ( 2 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
2 ( NEW ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
3 ( 1 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
4 ( 7 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
5 ( 15 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
6 ( 6 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
7 ( 8 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
8 ( 5 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
9 ( 4 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
10 ( 12 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson

11 ( 3 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
12 ( 31 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
13 ( NEW ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High featuring George Michael
14 ( 11 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 13 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
16 ( 17 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
17 ( 24 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
18 ( 10 ) DEAR GOD XTC
19 ( 22 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
20 ( 26 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol

21 ( 9 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
22 ( 33 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
23 ( 29 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
24 ( 16 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
25 ( 39 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
26 ( 28 ) ALONE Heart
27 ( 18 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
28 ( 20 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
29 ( 19 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
30 ( 35 ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal

31 ( 21 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
32 ( 38 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
33 ( 34 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
34 ( NEW ) HEARTS ON FIRE Roger Daltrey
35 ( NEW ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
36 ( 25 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
37 ( 65 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
38 ( NEW ) SHELTER Lone Justice
39 ( 14 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
40 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett

41 ( NEW ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
42 ( 27 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
43 ( 45 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
44 ( NEW ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
45 ( 40 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
46 ( 23 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
47 ( 48 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
48 ( 57 ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
49 ( NEW ) COVER ME Percy Sledge
50 ( 66 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds

51 ( 52 ) RED HOT Princess
52 ( 51 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
53 ( 59 ) THE GAME Echo & The Bunnymen
54 ( 32 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
55 ( 37 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
56 ( NEW ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
57 ( 41 ) SHAME OMD
58 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
59 ( 49 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
60 ( NEW ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 69 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
62 ( 46 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
63 ( 73 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
64 ( NEW ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
65 ( 30 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
66 ( 36 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
67 ( 71 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
68 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( NEW ) HEAD TO TOE Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
70 ( 58 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned

71 ( NEW ) CATCH The Cure
72 ( 55 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
73 ( NEW ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
74 ( 43 ) LONDON TIMES Radio Heart & Gary Numan
75 ( NEW ) SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME Ben E. King

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 I WANT TO STAY HERE Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme
2 PILLOW TALK Sylvia
3 PANINARO Pet Shop Boys

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My April 1986 Charts

1st April 1986

It’s a first week on top for the brilliant E=MC2, presiding over a rapid-moving upper-chart and sluggish lower-end. George Michael rockets up to 8 with his gorgeously touching A Different Corner, as 50’s oldie Peter Gunn gives Duane Eddy an updated 80’s top 10, his first since 1975, while Sam Cooke gets his first top 10 with the Jeans-advert oldie, and still definitive version of the much-covered song.

Stevie Wonder is Overjoyed at just missing the top 10, and Queen are magic at 13, with Stevie Nicks making it 2 top 20’s in a row. Heart get that elusive top 40 at last, as Bryan Adams adds to his, and Atlantic Starr leap up. Highest new entry is a Shellshocked New Order, as Tom Waits gruffly enters in the neighbourhood, trombones blazing. Jim Diamond extends his run to 4 years since PhD topped the chart, a-ha get a third, Bronski Beat a 5th-ish, Julian Lennon a 4th (or so), and Jermaine Jackson a 6th or 7th or 8th solo (I can’t be arsed to look it up) but a whole plethora of Jackson 5 tracks on top of that.

1 ( 8 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
2 ( 1 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
3 ( 3 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
4 ( 6 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
5 ( 5 ) LIVIN’ DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
6 ( 2 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
7 ( 4 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
8 ( 62 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
9 ( 22 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
10 ( 23 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke

11 ( 26 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
12 ( 9 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 38 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
14 ( 16 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
15 ( 11 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
16 ( 12 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
17 ( 18 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
18 ( 7 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
19 ( 21 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
20 ( 10 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross

21 ( 17 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
22 ( 30 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
23 ( 29 ) TOUCH ME Samantha Fox
24 ( 14 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
25 ( 15 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
26 ( 20 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
27 ( 19 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
28 ( 28 ) CANDYMAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
29 ( 36 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
30 ( 25 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears

31 ( 13 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
32 ( 32 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
33 ( 24 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
34 ( 40 ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills
35 ( 35 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
36 ( 27 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
37 ( 45 ) THESE DREAMS Heart
38 ( 31 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
39 ( 42 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
40 ( 66 ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr

41 ( 41 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
42 ( 33 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
43 ( 64 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
44 ( 44 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
45 ( 34 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
46 ( 39 ) ELOISE The Damned
47 ( NEW ) SHELLSHOCK New Order
48 ( 43 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
49 ( 50 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
50 ( 37 ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson

51 ( 49 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
52 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
53 ( 46 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall
54 ( 75 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
55 ( 51 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
56 ( 48 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
57 ( 59 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
58 ( 58 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
59 ( NEW ) IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Tom Waits
60 ( 60 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean

61 ( 52 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
62 ( 70 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
63 ( 57 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle
64 ( 61 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
65 ( 68 ) COME HELL OR WATERS HIGH Dee C. Lee
66 ( NEW ) HI HO SILVER Jim Diamond
67 ( NEW ) HELLO DARLING Tippa Irie
68 ( NEW ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
69 ( 71 ) UNDER A RAGING MOON Roger Daltrey
70 ( 69 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!

71 ( 74 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
72 ( 63 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
73 ( NEW ) C’MON C’MON Bronski Beat
74 ( NEW ) STICK AROUND Julian Lennon
75 ( NEW ) DO YOU REMEMBER ME Jermaine Jackson

1st April Playlist Oldies

1 TEENAGE DREAM T.Rex
2 I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
3 HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN John Kongos

 

8th April 1986

It’s an utter gem on top as George takes his greatest track to the top for a second solo chart-topper, and a 4th in total (unless you count his contribution to David Cassidy’s The Last Kiss, in which case 5th). It’s a fab top 40, with Queen up to 5 for 12 years of top 5’s, and Bowie’s fab Absolute Beginners gives him 14 years of top 10’s, and 5 years since both of them topped my chart together. The Style Council make it 3 years of top 20’s as Have You Ever Had It Blue whoops up the chart 39 spots, and Sam Fox inexplicably makes my top 20.

It’s Immaterial have the highest new entry with the fab Driving Away From Home in at 21, and the fab Wax debut at 24 with the cruelly-flopped Right Between The Eyes. It’s a terrific pop track with impeccable credentials, being as it’s a joint Andrew Gold & Graham Gouldman effort. That’ll be 9 years since Lonely Boy for Andrew, and 20 pre-chart years since teenage Graham wrote a bunch of 60’s classics like Bus Stop, or 14 years since 10CC debuted with chart-topper Donna.

New Order and a-ha both are a bit shellshocked at riding the train into the top 30, and Bryan Ferry cruises smoothly in to boot, also 14 years on since he first did it. Spirit of 72! Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis were already making great smooth, classy dance tracks, and this week they underlined they were the sound of the mid-80’s dance soul with Janet Jackson debuting with one of theirs, and the SOS Band returning with another cheek to cheek at 36 and 35 proving they The Finest.

Lower down another reggae stalwart debut from Maxi Priest, always smooth n tuneful, a nice soul tune I’d forgotten from Lonnie Hill, a great Simple Minds stormer, and a very Jim Steinman-ish Bonnie Tyler effort. That’ll be because he produced it. If it sounds like Bon Jovi’s You Give Love A Bad Name (which it totes does) that’ll be because Desmond Child rewrote for them after he wasn’t happy with the original song. Kerching!

Oldies faves of the week, my all-time fave Baker Street, the fab Rod Argent song from late 1971 when I first heard it on Fluff Freeman’s Pick Of The Pops, and the South African tribal gem from John Kongos of the same time – influenced his sons if no-one else, happily, check out the good recent KONGOS singles.

1 ( 8 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
2 ( 1 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
3 ( 2 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 4 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
5 ( 13 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
6 ( 6 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
7 ( 10 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
8 ( 3 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
9 ( 9 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
10 ( 14 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie

11 ( 11 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
12 ( 19 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
13 ( 12 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 7 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
15 ( 54 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
16 ( 17 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
17 ( 5 ) LIVING DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
18 ( 23 ) TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) Samantha Fox
19 ( 15 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
20 ( 20 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross

21 ( NEW ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
22 ( 35 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
23 ( 16 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
24 ( NEW ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
25 ( 47 ) SHELLSHOCK New Order
26 ( 68 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
27 ( 18 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
28 ( 43 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
29 ( 34 ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills
30 ( 37 ) THESE DREAMS Heart

31 ( 26 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
32 ( 25 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
33 ( 24 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
34 ( 40 ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr
35 ( NEW ) THE FINEST SOS Band
36 ( NEW ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
37 ( 22 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
38 ( 49 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
39 ( 30 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
40 ( 33 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles

41 ( 21 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
42 ( 61 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
43 ( 27 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
44 ( 38 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
45 ( 29 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
46 ( 28 ) CANDYMAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
47 ( 62 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
48 ( NEW ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
49 ( 66 ) HI HO SILVER Jim Diamond
50 ( 36 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin

51 ( 31 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
52 ( 32 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
53 ( 52 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 51 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 44 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
56 ( 74 ) STICK AROUND Julian Lennon
57 ( 42 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
58 ( 45 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
59 ( 67 ) HELLO DARLING Tippa Irie
60 ( 46 ) ELOISE The Damned

61 ( 41 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
62 ( 57 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
63 ( 58 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
64 ( 48 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
65 ( 39 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
66 ( NEW ) GALVESTON BAY Lonnie Hill
67 ( 59 ) IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Tom Waits
68 ( 73 ) C’MON C’MON Bronski Beat
69 ( 56 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
70 ( 53 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall

71 ( NEW ) LOOK AWAY Big Country
72 ( NEW ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
73 ( 60 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
74 ( NEW ) IF YOU WERE A WOMAN (AND I WAS A MAN) Bonnie Tyler
75 ( 55 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
2 HOLD YOUR HEAD UP Argent
3 TOKOLOSHE MAN John Kongos

 

15th April 1986

It’s a second week on top for George Michael as Falco and Queen move closer, It’s Immaterial get a fab top 10 worthy slot and Stevie Nicks gets her first solo top 10, though she had already been there before with Dreams, Gypsy and Sara amongst her many classic Mac tracks. Janet Jackson almost makes it a Jam & Lewis top 10, as do Andrew Gold & Graham Gouldman waxing lyrical.

Simple Minds rocket into the 20, up 54 places, while the highest new entry is Five Star’s Can’t Wait Another Minute at 28. Bonnie Tyler takes future Bon Jovi smash You Give Love A Bad Name If You Were A Woman into the 40, and Tavares get a decade-old belated new entry with It Only Takes A Minute, never a hit because I never got to hear it first-time round – though it did top my chart in the violin-riff-led version by Jonathan King working under an alias (100 Ton & A Feather) in 1976. Talking of JK, much of the chart was pushed by his No Limits show, and guess what – he’s also back in the pseudonym game covering It’s All In The Game in at 45, giving him 16 years-worth of chart action. Or 21 years if I had been charting in 1965 with kiddie fave Everyone’s Gone To The Moon.

In at 48, it’s another charity effort, a metal band get-together featuring stars like Rob Halford of Judas Priest. Check out the video, I guarantee you will never see a greater show of permed hair in your life in a music video, it’s the Olympic Event of 80’s hairdressing. Icehouse are back, with the fab No Promises – such an under-rated band – as is Sheila E with her latest Prince record, A Love Bizarre. Pretty much a Prince duet and joint songwriting credit. ZZ Top are back with their most touching track, and a fab scifi video, and Billy Ocean adds to his 12 years of hits with one of his most mundane singles. That leaves Gary Glitter and Girlschool, a cover of his 1973 top 10 (in my charts) – I can’t imagine what attracted Gary to want to duet with a band called Girlschool, but I’d suggest sticking to the original or preferably playing the HeadSchool duet Please Don’t Touch instead..

1 ( 1 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
2 ( 2 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
3 ( 4 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
4 ( 5 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
5 ( 3 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
6 ( 9 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
7 ( 7 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
8 ( 21 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
9 ( 12 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
10 ( 6 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys

11 ( 36 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
12 ( 24 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
13 ( 8 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
14 ( 15 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
15 ( 10 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
16 ( 11 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
17 ( 13 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
18 ( 72 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
19 ( 26 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
20 ( 14 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush

21 ( 35 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
22 ( 22 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
23 ( 16 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
24 ( 28 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
25 ( 25 ) SHELLSHOCK New Order
26 ( 38 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
27 ( 19 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
28 ( NEW ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
29 ( 20 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
30 ( 18 ) TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) Samantha Fox

31 ( 17 ) LIVING DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
32 ( 47 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
33 ( 27 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
34 ( 34 ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr
35 ( 74 ) IF YOU WERE A WOMAN (AND I WAS A MAN) Bonnie Tyler
36 ( 31 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
37 ( NEW ) IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE Tavares
38 ( 23 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
39 ( 48 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
40 ( 32 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares

41 ( 39 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
42 ( 29 ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills
43 ( 33 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
44 ( 40 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
45 ( NEW ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Man (aka Jonathan King)
46 ( 44 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
47 ( 30 ) THESE DREAMS Heart
48 ( NEW ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
49 ( 37 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
50 ( 59 ) HELLO DARLING Tippa Irie

51 ( 45 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
52 ( 43 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 54 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 49 ) HI HO SILVER Jim Diamond
56 ( 71 ) LOOK AWAY Big Country
57 ( 41 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
58 ( 68 ) C’MON C’MON Bronski Beat
59 ( 55 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
60 ( 50 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin

61 ( 58 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
62 ( 57 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
63 ( 62 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
64 ( 63 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
65 ( 42 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
66 ( NEW ) NO PROMISES Icehouse
67 ( 46 ) CANDYMAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
68 ( 60 ) ELOISE The Damned
69 ( NEW ) A LOVE BIZARRE Sheila E
70 ( 52 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything

71 ( 51 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
72 ( NEW ) I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG Gary Glitter & Girlschool
73 ( 66 ) GALVESTON BAY Lonnie Hill
74 ( NEW ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
75 ( NEW ) THERE’LL BE SAD SONGS Billy Ocean

PLAYLIST OLDIES OF THE WEEK

1 EMMA Hot Chocolate
2 I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
3 GET IT ON T.Rex

 

22nd April 1986

It’s an otherwise hectic chart as George grabs a 3rd week on top, chased suddenly by a 1967 classic released as a single in the USA in 1968 and topped the UK chart in 1969. I Heard It Through The Grapevine made my top 5 that year but never got as high as 2 – with this jeans advert classic replacing the same company’s Sam Cooke track in the top 10. Levi 501’s I think. Everyone was wearing them. I know I was. Nick Kamen getting his kit off in the laundrette was enough for no-one to realise that the songs used were tatty soundalikes, not the originals.

Janet Jackson gets a first top 5, one of many, and Simple Minds keep their hot streak going with another top 10, and Five Star snatch a second in a row. New at 26, Madonna’s low-key debut single off the forthcoming True Blue album is the highest new song, Live To Tell being far and away her best ballad to date, what with being classy and all rather than dirge-like. Hear’n’Aid go top 30, which is ironically what several of the metal members now need after decades of ear abuse. The Grange Hill Cast also enter high – in my defence I enjoyed the show, and it was a good cause, and good advice that no-one heeded as the Aceeeeed generation loomed.

Princess gets another newie, Whitney covers George Benson, replacing jazz subtlety with foghorn volume, 9 years since the original made my top 30, and the ever-good OMD keep the initial-for-group-name flag flying with the sweet If You Leave, and PIL join in with Home giving them 8 years of action, and OMD 6 years. The Force MD’s debut with a nice soul number, and INXS storm in with a debut great, What You Need. Michael Hutchence was one of the great frontmen of all-time, and INXS’ funked-up rock anthems were just fab – I saw them in concert only once, in Bournemouth, but my word that man was a star and the band were rock-funking.

John Cougar is also back, with a goodie, albeit a superfluous Mellencamp – his original decision to drop the surname was the right one. Depeche Mode keep the sombre entries going, Fine Young Cannibals keep The Beat flag flying, and The Bangles get a 3rd top 75. Surprisingly, one of the lower debuts is for an absolute belting classic with a famous video – Sledgehammer, and Peter Gabriel peaking after 9 years of chart action solo, and 12 years including Genesis.

1 ( 1 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
2 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
3 ( 2 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
4 ( 11 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
5 ( 8 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
6 ( 3 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
7 ( 18 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
8 ( 6 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
9 ( 4 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
10 ( 28 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star

11 ( 5 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
12 ( 12 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
13 ( 7 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
14 ( 26 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
15 ( 10 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
16 ( 19 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
17 ( 21 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
18 ( 22 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
19 ( 9 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
20 ( 13 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing

21 ( 14 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
22 ( 17 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
23 ( 20 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
24 ( 16 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
25 ( 15 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
26 ( NEW ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
27 ( 48 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
28 ( 39 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
29 ( 32 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
30 ( 74 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top

31 ( 23 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
32 ( 24 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
33 ( 35 ) IF YOU WERE A WOMAN (AND I WAS A MAN) Bonnie Tyler
34 ( 45 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Man (aka Jonathan King)
35 ( 37 ) IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE Tavares
36 ( NEW ) JUST SAY NO Grange Hill Cast
37 ( 25 ) SHELLSHOCK New Order
38 ( NEW ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
39 ( 29 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
40 ( 27 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club

41 ( 41 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
42 ( 33 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
43 ( 36 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
44 ( NEW ) I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU Princess
45 ( NEW ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
46 ( 40 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
47 ( NEW ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
48 ( 30 ) TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) Samantha Fox
49 ( NEW ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
50 ( 46 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star

51 ( 56 ) LOOK AWAY Big Country
52 ( 43 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 54 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 38 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
56 ( NEW ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
57 ( 44 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
58 ( 69 ) A LOVE BIZARRE Sheila E
59 ( NEW ) HOME PIL
60 ( 31 ) LIVING DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones

61 ( 66 ) NO PROMISES Icehouse
62 ( NEW ) A QUESTION OF LUST Depeche Mode
63 ( 42 ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills
64 ( 34 ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr
65 ( NEW ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
66 ( 63 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
67 ( 64 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
68 ( 58 ) C’MON C’MON Bronski Beat
69 ( NEW ) THIS IS LOVE Gary Numan
70 ( 75 ) THERE’LL BE SAD SONGS Billy Ocean

71 ( 59 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
72 ( 57 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
73 ( 49 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
74 ( NEW ) FUNNY HOW LOVE IS Fine Young Cannibals
75 ( NEW ) IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles

Oldies
1 THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
2 SUNSHINE The Archies
3 THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

 

29th April 1986

It’s a first week on top, making it over 17 years from debut to topping the chart, a new record for Marvin Gaye. Simple Minds get a second top 3, Wax get a first top 10 as a duo, or rather Andrew Gold gets one 9 years after his first, and Graham Gouldman 14 years after his first. The Big Sky bangs right in at 9, giving Kate 4 in a row off The Hounds Of Love album, and 8 years of ’em. a-ha get a 3rd top 10 in a row.

Whitney outdoes George Benson’s original in chart performance as she hits the 20, Maxi Priest gets a first top 20, and Shalamar return A Night To Remember 4 years on from the first time it hit my top 10. From here-on the chart gets mega-volatile as last-week’s deluge of new entries climb, while a deluge of 20 enter this week, meaning loads of tracks plummet, including classics. OMD go top 30 in a big climb, ditto PIL, and Icehouse, as Peter Gabriel swoops into the 40. Newies include Blancmange extending their run to 4 years, The Cure re-doing a great oldie that didn’t hit, as Boys Don’t Cry joins Rough Boys and Bad Boys – the latter giving Miami Sound Machine, or Gloria Estefan as they essentially were by this stage, another chart hit ahead of her actual solo launch. One and the same, same vocalist, same husband writer-producer, same success.

ELO are seriously back for a last time for a few decades (at least with Jeff Lynne), Fuzzbox debut with a longer band name and more of an indie vibe, Elaine Page gets another Chess musical song in my chart, so that’s Benny & Bjorn of Abba making it two – Swedish protogee’s Gemini enter with Just Like That, the 1982 Abba song that was never released in a finished form (though it did top my chart a decade later when a shortened version was released). Ted Chippington amusingly talks a Beatles classic into a laidback entry, Jean-Michel Jarre is another Spirit of 1977 to return, since his debut Oxygene Part VI peaked at 2. Only another 40 years to wait to top my chart (with Cyndi Lauper)…

Patti Labelle has dropped the girls of Lady Marmalade, and the shiny spacesuits, now opting 11 years on for a smooth soul duet with Michael MacDonald, now Doobie-less, and On My Own is just beautifully sad and beautifully sung by both. Annabella covers Peggy Lee’s Fever a decade ahead of Madonna, Doctor & The Medics sneak in with a camp soundalike cover of Spirit In The Sky, 16 years on from the classic Norman Greenbaum, Level 42 start the great period rolling with Lessons In Love, Van Halen are David Lee Roth-less, and a bit toothless for me, and Limahl manages to drag another chart entry out 3 years on from Kajaverygoogooey acrimoniously splitting. Kaja who?

1 ( 2 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
2 ( 1 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
3 ( 7 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
4 ( 4 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
5 ( 3 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
6 ( 6 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
7 ( 12 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
8 ( 10 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
9 ( NEW ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
10 ( 16 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha

11 ( 5 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
12 ( 14 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
13 ( 8 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
14 ( 9 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
15 ( 27 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
16 ( 38 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
17 ( 17 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
18 ( 28 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
19 ( NEW ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
20 ( 11 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra

21 ( 13 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
22 ( 45 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
23 ( 26 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
24 ( 61 ) NO PROMISES Icehouse
25 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE IT Blancmange
26 ( 30 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
27 ( 36 ) JUST SAY NO Grange Hill Cast
28 ( 15 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
29 ( 59 ) HOME PIL
30 ( NEW ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure

31 ( 20 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
32 ( 18 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
33 ( NEW ) BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
34 ( 49 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
35 ( 23 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
36 ( 19 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
37 ( 47 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
38 ( NEW ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
39 ( 65 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
40 ( 44 ) I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU Princess

41 ( 34 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Man (aka Jonathan King)
42 ( 22 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 41 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
44 ( 31 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
45 ( 25 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
46 ( NEW ) SWEETEST THING Gene Loves Jezebel
47 ( 21 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
48 ( NEW ) XX SEX We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
49 ( 62 ) A QUESTION OF LUST Depeche Mode
50 ( 24 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder

51 ( 29 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
52 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S SIDE Elaine Page
53 ( 43 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
54 ( 56 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
55 ( 39 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
56 ( NEW ) RENDEZVOUS Jean-Michel Jarre
57 ( 42 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
58 ( 58 ) A LOVE BIZARRE Sheila E
59 ( 46 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
60 ( NEW ) GODSTAR Psychic TV

61 ( 40 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
62 ( NEW ) SHE LOVES YOU Ted Chippington
63 ( NEW ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
64 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
65 ( 54 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
66 ( 32 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
67 ( NEW ) FEVER Annabella
68 ( 69 ) THIS IS LOVE Gary Numan
69 ( NEW ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
70 ( 33 ) IF YOU WERE A WOMAN (AND I WAS A MAN) Bonnie Tyler

71 ( NEW ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
72 ( NEW ) WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
73 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE THAT Gemini
74 ( NEW ) MASUKA DAN The Flaming Mussolinis
75 ( NEW ) LOVE IN YOUR EYES Limahl

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 YOU SEND ME Sam Cooke
2 (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
3 SCHOOL LOVE Barry Blue

My 1980 Charts – August

5th August 1980

Abba stay on top with the classic classy The Winner Takes It All, as Nile Rodgers goes up to 2 with Diana Ross. That’s Upside Down isn’t it? ELO go top 5, and highest new entry is Olivia Newton-John’s fab moody ballad Magic – that’s just greedy, cos Xanadu from both of ‘em is still top 3! Such a shame the film wasn’t as good as the music. The Undertones tunefully marvellous Wednesday Week goes top 10, and Leo Sayer gets a top 20 for the first time in 3 years, Billy Joel his third, and Sheena Easton her first.

Roxy Music hit the top 30, Oh Yeah they do, while duetting Johnny Bristol and Amii Stewart take the old Motown classics into the 40 for a final chart time for Johnny and the last for a while for Amii. Ultravox sleepwalk into a debut top 40 entry, Racey get the last of their 4 or 5, and the Piranhas fun 50’s cover steams jollily up to 36, ooh hark at them! New in, well, 10 years late, Deep Purple’s Black Night overshadows other newer tracks, such as George Benson demanding the Night, his return after a couple of goodies in 1977 and another in 1975. Ray Gomez covers Lovin’ Spoonful’s 60‘s classic Summer In The City to lesser effect, at 50, and Don McLean covers the 50’s doowop classic Since I Don’t Have You a year after Art Garfunkel did the same, both versions sweet enough for me. Sue Wilkinson hustles in at 64, Nick Straker walks in at 69, and everything works for Cheap Trick’s 2nd hit at 72. It’s another old-sounding track, sort of punk surfer, and a spot of Summer Fun for the Barracudas, totally endearing at 73 while The Manhattans are smoothly back with Shining Star, 4 years on from Kiss And Say Goodbye.

1 ( 1 ) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
2 ( 3 ) UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross
3 ( 2 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 4 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
5 ( 6 ) ALL OVER THE WORLD E.L.O.
6 ( NEW ) MAGIC Olivia Newton-John
7 ( 9 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
8 ( 5 ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
9 ( 10 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
10 ( 18 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones

11 ( 13 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
12 ( 7 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
13 ( 11 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
14 ( 12 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
15 ( 15 ) MARIANA The Gibson Brothers
16 ( 20 ) SANTA ANA WINDS The Beach Boys
17 ( 22 ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
18 ( 8 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
19 ( 23 ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel
20 ( 36 ) 9 TO 5 (MY BABY TAKES THE MORNING TRAIN) Sheena Easton

21 ( 35 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
22 ( 16 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
23 ( 17 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
24 ( 25 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
25 ( 24 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
26 ( 14 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
27 ( 28 ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD The Gap Band
28 ( 21 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
29 ( 29 ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
30 ( 63 ) OH YEAH Roxy Music

31 ( 33 ) NEON KNIGHTS Black Sabbath
32 ( 68 ) MY GUY/MY GIRL Amii Stewart and Johnny Bristol
33 ( 19 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
34 ( 46 ) SLEEPWALKING Ultravox
35 ( 47 ) REST OF YOUR LIFE Racey
36 ( 64 ) TOM HARK The Piranhas
37 ( 37 ) MY GIRL The Whispers
38 ( 40 ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler
39 ( 42 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
40 ( 27 ) CRYING Don McLean

41 ( 26 ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
42 ( 31 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
43 ( 54 ) FUNKIN’ FOR JAMAICA Tom Browne
44 ( 34 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
45 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
46 ( 43 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
47 ( NEW ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
48 ( 30 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
49 ( NEW ) GIVE ME THE NIGHT George Benson
50 ( NEW ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Ray Gomez

51 ( 44 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
52 ( 66 ) GIRLFRIEND Michael Jackson
53 ( 38 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
54 ( 41 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
55 ( 55 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
56 ( 51 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
57 ( NEW ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Don McLean
58 ( 39 ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes
59 ( 71 ) BURNING CAR John Foxx
60 ( 52 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH

61 ( 62 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 61 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 48 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
64 ( NEW ) YOU GOTTA BE A HUSTLER Sue Wilkinson
65 ( 45 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY (BLUES BAND EP) The Blues Band
66 ( 57 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
67 ( 50 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
68 ( 49 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
69 ( NEW ) A WALK IN THE PARK Nick Straker Band
70 ( 59 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

71 ( 60 ) EASY LIFE The Bodysnatchers
72 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING WORKS Cheap Trick
73 ( NEW ) SUMMER FUN The Barracudas
74 ( 69 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
75 ( NEW ) SHINING STAR The Manhattans

TV 26th Jul-2nd Aug

1 Olympics
2 Parkinson
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Soap
5 Rhoda
6 Guyana Tragedy
7 Des O’Connor
8 Taxi
9 Superstar Profile
10 The Banana Splits

12th August 1980
It’s a 3rd week at 1 for the Abba classic, and a Xanadu movie 3,4,5, as The Gibson Brothers get a 4th top 10 in a row, and New Musik make it 3 in a row. Billy Joel still thinks it Rock ‘n’ Roll to him, and grabs his first actual top 10 after 5 years of chart entries with his US chart-topper. Leaping into the 20 50’s oldie Tom Hark is revived by a fishy band, while Lip Up fatty displays Bad Manners in the top 20 for the 2nd time. Roxy, though, make it 8 years of top 20 entries, which is all of their singles to date, and most of Bryan Ferry’s solo singles. Oh Yeah!

George Benson gets his biggest chart peak since 1977, and highest new entry is veteran 60’s Brit pop star Mike Berry, starring then in sitcom Are You Being Served, in at 27 with oldie Sunshine Of Your Smile. He had previously covered a Billy Swan cover of an Elvis classic which had hit my top 10 in 1972 for The Berries (formerly Rockin’ Berries) – Don’t Be Cruel made my top 20 in 1975, and you will never ever hear the Berries cover, as it was a novelty cover featuring an impression of paedophile DJ Jimmy Savile. Not that they knew that then, as it wouldn’t have been that amusing. This song, though, was positively archaic, published in 1913 in the UK of British songwriters, covered by many from 1914 onwards, though not covered by anyone still-well-known until Frank Sinatra did it in 1941, almost 30 years later. So, this version was an amazing 67 years old, which was historical to me at that time, and I rather took to the sweet old-fashioned-ness of it.

At 28, Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry returns a decade after In The Summertime and many others – well, at least his song returns him, as he donates it to Kelly Marie, Feels Like I’m In Love pure disco cheese, and a bit of fluff fun. Tom Browne funks into the 40, and Sheena Easton gets a 2nd top 40 with previous flop single Modern Girl entering at 35 as 9 to 5 goes up to 19. Modern Girl is better. Sue Wilkinson hustles into the 40, too, and Don McLean gets his 5th – Since I Don’t Have You does what Art Garfunkel’s did the year before. Finally Bowie is back with a bang, a hot new single and video and image, the Steve Strange-featuring New Romantic masterpiece that is Ashes To Ashes at 40.

Other new entries: The Clash at 50 with Bankrobber, all moody and dub reggae, and for me their best single to date – I was very much in the minority though, at the time, to think that. Another oldie song, Just Like Eddie, a tribute 60’s song from Heinz referencing Eddie Cochran, is covered synth-style by the Silicon Teens in a decent version at 63. Jermaine Jackson returns and he’s Burning Hot at 65 – well at least he was quite warm – and Elton is showing off his Sartorial Eloquence at 67, a decent ballad. Roger Daltrey gets his first solo entry in 3 years, and 7 years since his first outside of The Who, a song from a prison drama movie McVicar which he starred in, Free Me at 70. Girlschool debut at 73 with a cover of 60’s rock classic Race With The Devil, The Village People are back for the 4th time at 74, and a new lead singer, also from a movie of the same name: Can’t Stop The Music. I didn’t rate the record much, and the somewhat camp film (to understate the case) was directed by comic actor Nancy Walker, who I was a huge fan of in her roles in Rhoda (see my TV list she appears at 2) and McMillan & Wife. Finally, Late In The Evening, and sneaking in at 75, Paul Simon extends his run to 11 years of many classics with a jazzy mellow upbeat US hit.

1 ( 1 ) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
2 ( 2 ) UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross
3 ( 3 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 5 ) ALL OVER THE WORLD E.L.O.
5 ( 6 ) MAGIC Olivia Newton-John
6 ( 15 ) MARIANA The Gibson Brothers
7 ( 4 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
8 ( 11 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
9 ( 8 ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
10 ( 19 ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel

11 ( 7 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
12 ( 36 ) TOM HARK The Piranhas
13 ( 9 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
14 ( 16 ) SANTA ANA WINDS The Beach Boys
15 ( 24 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
16 ( 30 ) OH YEAH Roxy Music
17 ( 10 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
18 ( 12 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
19 ( 20 ) 9 TO 5 (MY BABY TAKES THE MORNING TRAIN) Sheena Easton
20 ( 21 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones

21 ( 49 ) GIVE ME THE NIGHT George Benson
22 ( 13 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
23 ( 27 ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD The Gap Band
24 ( 17 ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
25 ( 29 ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
26 ( 32 ) MY GUY/MY GIRL Amii Stewart and Johnny Bristol
27 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR SMILE Mike Berry
28 ( NEW ) FEELS LIKE I’M IN LOVE Kelly Marie
29 ( 14 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
30 ( 18 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon

31 ( 43 ) FUNKIN’ FOR JAMAICA Tom Browne
32 ( 28 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
33 ( 26 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
34 ( 34 ) SLEEPWALKING Ultravox
35 ( NEW ) MODERN GIRL Sheena Easton
36 ( 23 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
37 ( 22 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
38 ( 64 ) YOU GOTTA BE A HUSTLER Sue Wilkinson
39 ( 57 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Don McLean
40 ( NEW ) ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie

41 ( 35 ) REST OF YOUR LIFE Racey
42 ( 33 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
43 ( 40 ) CRYING Don McLean
44 ( 25 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
45 ( 39 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
46 ( 50 ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Ray Gomez
47 ( 47 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
48 ( 31 ) NEON KNIGHTS Black Sabbath
49 ( 46 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
50 ( NEW ) BANKROBBER The Clash

51 ( 38 ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler
52 ( 73 ) SUMMER FUN The Barracudas
53 ( 42 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
54 ( 44 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
55 ( 55 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
56 ( 41 ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
57 ( 69 ) A WALK IN THE PARK Nick Straker Band
58 ( 51 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
59 ( 45 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
60 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.

61 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 48 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
63 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE EDDIE Silicon Teens
64 ( 56 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
65 ( NEW ) BURNING HOT Jermaine Jackson
66 ( 53 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
67 ( NEW ) SARTORIAL ELOQUENCE Elton John
68 ( 60 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
69 ( 37 ) MY GIRL The Whispers
70 ( NEW ) FREE ME Roger Daltrey

71 ( 52 ) GIRLFRIEND Michael Jackson
72 ( 72 ) EVERYTHING WORKS Cheap Trick
73 ( NEW ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL Girlschool
74 ( NEW ) CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC The Village People
75 ( NEW ) LATE IN THE EVENING Paul Simon

MY TV CHART
Aug 3- Aug 9
1 Soap
2 Rhoda
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 The New Avengers
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Doctor Who (Tues)
7 The Rockford Files
8 Taxi
9 Doctor Who (Fri)
10 The Kelly Monteith Show
11 Laverne & Shirley
12 Doctor Who (Thurs)
13 Newsnight (Fri)
14 Jupiter
15 Film Greats


On TV American sitcom heaven for me, plus some old episodes of Doctor Who featuring Lallah Ward’s debut. In my life I was getting stressed about getting nowhere in terms of deciding about career decisions, mum was improving in hospital, which was a relief, and granddad & grandma were round helping dad with a new loft-ladder, then we took them back and had tea. At the cinema to see The Black Hole, Disney’s attempt to cash-in on sci-fi blockbuster action. My review: “the good points: Roddy McDowell & the humour of the robot; some of the effects; a theoretically good cast. The bad points: the rest of it!!!” I ranted on for a while about it, but essentially concluded it was garbage. It’s not repeated much on TV these days…

I passed my time with Record Mirror, Smash Hits, and buying a load of cheap-ex-chart singles (as usual) and the new-look much-improved Top Of The Pops, and TV special on planet Jupiter, being as Voyager had amazing photos from the last year which had actually focused attention on the planet-sized Galilean moons, they were far more interesting than Jupiter, not least the tantalising ice-world Europa and it’s potential sub-surface ocean which was mind-bogglingly exciting. I also spent a whopping £19 (huge amount in those days) on a blank video to record Star Trek and The Martian Chronicles (the TV series based on my absolutely adored Ray Bradbury collection of short stories which I first read in 1970), both about to air on TV: that also meant I got to start my selective recording of pop music videos and TV clips from this day on, and re-watch fave TV shows many times. This was pure science-fiction joy!

 

19th August 1980

4 weeks on top for Abba’s classic, with ELO as so often in support at 2, from Xanadu and All Over The World. Shooting up to 3, though it’s Bowie’s Ashes To Ashes, his first top 3 since Sound And Vision in 1977, while Billy Joel hits a new peak of 7, and Tom Hark slips into the top 10. Highest new entry is an absolute stormer from New Zealand band Split-Enz, who featured among the line-up future members of Crowded House, brothers Tim Finn and Neil Finn. Split-Enz were sort of New Wave sounding and rockabilly looking, and were consistently good. I Got You remains their best record, and it’s epic and very under-rated.

Up into the 20 it’s Kelly Marie doing Mungo Jerry, and it feels like I’m in love in the summertime, George Benson demands the night, and Racey wish to be with someone for the rest of their life, a pretty decent song by Racey standards. New at 30, Cliff is back with a good Dreaming pop song that sounded like an old standard Cliff song done new-stylee, but wasn’t, while The Clash are robbin’ banks at 33 a couple of years on from fighting the law and calling London. There’s big climbs for both Roger Daltrey and Elton John into the 40, 7 years on from Giving It All Away for Rog (or 11 years on from Pinball Wizard if you count The Who records), and 9 years on for Elton from Your Song.

A measly 2 other new entries at 44, Hazel O’Connor debuting with the New Wave movie Breaking Glass soundtrack hit Eighth Day, and at 71 it’s Bow Wow Wow, fronted by 13-year-old Annabella Lwin and managed by Malcolm McLaren. Rather naughtily Malcolm nicked Adam & The Ants, minus Adam, and their drumbeat burundi sound, and took the rather young Annabella into the charts with a song pushing the latest teenage music format, the cassette, C-30 C-60 C-90 Go. Happily Adam re-grouped with new musicians and wasn’t far behind….

1 ( 1 ) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
2 ( 4 ) ALL OVER THE WORLD E.L.O.
3 ( 40 ) ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie
4 ( 5 ) MAGIC Olivia Newton-John
5 ( 2 ) UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross
6 ( 3 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
7 ( 10 ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel
8 ( 12 ) TOM HARK The Piranhas
9 ( 6 ) MARIANA The Gibson Brothers
10 ( 27 ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR SMILE Mike Berry

11 ( 8 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
12 ( NEW ) I GOT YOU Split-Enz
13 ( 7 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
14 ( 9 ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
15 ( 28 ) FEELS LIKE I’M IN LOVE Kelly Marie
16 ( 16 ) OH YEAH Roxy Music
17 ( 21 ) GIVE ME THE NIGHT George Benson
18 ( 15 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
19 ( 41 ) REST OF YOUR LIFE Racey
20 ( 20 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones

21 ( 35 ) MODERN GIRL Sheena Easton
22 ( 13 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
23 ( 11 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
24 ( 18 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
25 ( 31 ) FUNKIN’ FOR JAMAICA Tom Browne
26 ( 38 ) YOU GOTTA BE A HUSTLER Sue Wilkinson
27 ( 17 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
28 ( 34 ) SLEEPWALKING Ultravox
29 ( 23 ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD The Gap Band
30 ( NEW ) DREAMING Cliff Richard

31 ( 24 ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
32 ( 14 ) SANTA ANA WINDS The Beach Boys
33 ( 50 ) BANKROBBER The Clash
34 ( 22 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
35 ( 32 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
36 ( 25 ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
37 ( 39 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Don McLean
38 ( 19 ) 9 TO 5 (MY BABY TAKES THE MORNING TRAIN) Sheena Easton
39 ( 70 ) FREE ME Roger Daltrey
40 ( 67 ) SARTORIAL ELOQUENCE Elton John

41 ( 33 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
42 ( 30 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
43 ( 48 ) NEON KNIGHTS Black Sabbath
44 ( NEW ) EIGHTH DAY Hazel O’Connor
45 ( 29 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
46 ( 52 ) SUMMER FUN The Barracudas
47 ( 43 ) CRYING Don McLean
48 ( 63 ) JUST LIKE EDDIE Silicon Teens
49 ( 36 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
50 ( 57 ) A WALK IN THE PARK Nick Straker Band

51 ( 42 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
52 ( 26 ) MY GUY/MY GIRL Amii Stewart and Johnny Bristol
53 ( 46 ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Ray Gomez
54 ( 49 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
55 ( 55 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
56 ( 37 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
57 ( 45 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
58 ( 75 ) LATE IN THE EVENING Paul Simon
59 ( 74 ) CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC The Village People
60 ( 44 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division

61 ( 60 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 61 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 53 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
64 ( 54 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
65 ( 47 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
66 ( 58 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
67 ( 51 ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler
68 ( 64 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
69 ( 59 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
70 ( 62 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra

71 ( NEW ) C30 C60 C90 GO Bow Wow Wow
72 ( 56 ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
73 ( 73 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL Girlschool
74 ( 68 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
75 ( 65 ) BURNING HOT Jermaine Jackson

MY Top TV 10th-15th Aug 1980
1 Star Trek: By Any Other Name
2 Soap
3 Top Of The Pops
4 The Martian Chronicles
5 Rhoda
6 Laverne & Shirley
7 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
8 The Outer Limits
9 The Awakening Land
10 Taxi
11 Carry On Up The Jungle
12 The Phil Silvers Show
13 Superstar Profile
14 CHIPS
15 Summer Holiday

 

26th August 1980

It’s a new number as David Bowie’s groundbreaking video for Ashes To Ashes takes him to the top of my charts for the 3rd time, 5 years since he last topped with Space Oddity. UK chart-topper Kelly Marie sneaks her Ray Dorset way into my top 10, The Clash rob da bank at 12, a new chart peak for them, for me, and Modern Girl outdoes 9 to 5 for Sheena.

Highest new entry is The Jam, and Start, in at 14 and off the back of a chart-topper, Going Underground, a great single following a fab single. Cliff is into the 20 for the umpteenth time in the week he appears on Rosko’s Roundtable to review new singles, and Bow Wow Wow’s cassette-single, a sign of the times, rockets up to 25. In at 32, Gary Numan makes it 5 top 40‘s in a row, as I Die You Die keeps him hot, a great single. In at 40, it’s the decade-old Paranoid: I’d missed the original run, out of the country, so this was like a new old gem and only the second chart hit for Black Sabbath, 2 years on from Neon Knights. Ozzy Osbourne’s biggest days, of course, still lay 25 years into the future. Who woulda thought!

New at 42, it’s Shaky’ second hit, Marie Marie, very singalongaElvis, as the Korgis lovely third hit, If It’s Alright With You Baby, pops in. At 53, The Selecter keep the short run of singles cracking out, this one The Whisper, shhhh don’t tell anyone! Best Friend, another ska hit, also keeps The Beat’s profile going at 59, and a good 4th single for Secret Affair is in at 65, Sound Of Confusion. The Skids run of hits is nearing an end as Circus Games scrapes in at 74, and Peter Gabriel’s song for South African activist Stephen Biko takes up the last new spot.

1 ( 3 ) ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie
2 ( 1 ) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
3 ( 4 ) MAGIC Olivia Newton-John
4 ( 2 ) ALL OVER THE WORLD E.L.O.
5 ( 8 ) TOM HARK The Piranhas
6 ( 7 ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel
7 ( 15 ) FEELS LIKE I’M IN LOVE Kelly Marie
8 ( 6 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
9 ( 10 ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR SMILE Mike Berry
10 ( 5 ) UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross

11 ( 12 ) I GOT YOU Split-Enz
12 ( 33 ) BANKROBBER The Clash
13 ( 21 ) MODERN GIRL Sheena Easton
14 ( NEW ) START The Jam
15 ( 9 ) MARIANA The Gibson Brothers
16 ( 16 ) OH YEAH Roxy Music
17 ( 20 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
18 ( 30 ) DREAMING Cliff Richard
19 ( 14 ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
20 ( 17 ) GIVE ME THE NIGHT George Benson

21 ( 11 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
22 ( 13 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
23 ( 25 ) FUNKIN’ FOR JAMAICA Tom Browne
24 ( 28 ) SLEEPWALKING Ultravox
25 ( 71 ) C30 C60 C90 GO Bow Wow Wow
26 ( 26 ) YOU GOTTA BE A HUSTLER Sue Wilkinson
27 ( 50 ) A WALK IN THE PARK Nick Straker Band
28 ( 18 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
29 ( 22 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
30 ( 46 ) SUMMER FUN The Barracudas

31 ( 24 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
32 ( NEW ) I DIE YOU DIE Gary Numan
33 ( 44 ) EIGHTH DAY Hazel O’Connor
34 ( 23 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
35 ( 29 ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD The Gap Band
36 ( 40 ) SARTORIAL ELOQUENCE Elton John
37 ( 31 ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
38 ( 34 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
39 ( 19 ) REST OF YOUR LIFE Racey
40 ( NEW ) PARANOID Black Sabbath

41 ( 32 ) SANTA ANA WINDS The Beach Boys
42 ( NEW ) MARIE MARIE Shakin’ Stevens
43 ( 41 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
44 ( 37 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Don McLean
45 ( 35 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
46 ( 42 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
47 ( 38 ) 9 TO 5 (MY BABY TAKES THE MORNING TRAIN) Sheena Easton
48 ( 47 ) CRYING Don McLean
49 ( 59 ) CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC The Village People
50 ( 39 ) FREE ME Roger Daltrey

51 ( NEW ) IF IT’S ALRIGHT WITH YOU BABY The Korgis
52 ( 27 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
53 ( NEW ) THE WHISPER The Selecter
54 ( 54 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
55 ( 55 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
56 ( 49 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
57 ( 58 ) LATE IN THE EVENING Paul Simon
58 ( 45 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
59 ( NEW ) BEST FRIEND The Beat
60 ( 51 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 43 ) NEON KNIGHTS Black Sabbath
64 ( 57 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
65 ( NEW ) SOUND OF CONFUSION Secret Affair
66 ( 48 ) JUST LIKE EDDIE Silicon Teens
67 ( 66 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
68 ( 63 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
69 ( 64 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
70 ( 56 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones

71 ( 60 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
72 ( 53 ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Ray Gomez
73 ( 68 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
74 ( NEW ) CIRCUS GAMES The Skids
75 ( NEW ) BIKO Peter Gabriel

TV 16th-22nd Aug

1 Star Trek: Return To Tomorrow
2 The Martian Chronicles
3 Top Of The Pops
4 Laverne & Shirley
5 The Awakening Land
6 Rhoda
7 Doctor Who (Tues)
8 The New Avengers
9 Taxi
10 Kelly Monteith
11 The Time Of Their Lives
12 The Outer Limits
13 WKRP In Cincinatti
14 Ray Bradbury Profile
15 Doctor Who (Mon)

On TV, The Martian Chronicles and Star Trek kept my sci-fi fixes going, while the writer of the brilliant sci-fi book of connected short stories The Martian Chronicles (or The Silver Locusts as I knew it), the poetic, dark, inventive, wistful and admirable Ray Bradbury gets a TV profile. There’s a great Top Of The Pops episode, and I’m into TV sitcom cheese as Laverne & Shirley get my chuckles.

My Charts Jan-Apr 2016

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23rd April 2016

It’s a Prince invasion following the shocking news of his sudden death, one of the giants of music – he may never have had the universal appeal of his contemporaries Madonna and Michael Jackson but he was a significant influence and prolific writer/musician/producer/live sensation/one-man business. I was a fan. In at 1 it’s therefore his greatest single, When Doves Cry, no bassline and brilliant, peaking at 2 originally in 1984 in my chart it at last goes one better. This isn’t the reason to re-chart it I’d hoped for though.

That leaves Pet Shop Boys stalled at 2 as more Prince records enter the top 10, including at 4 a record that is a Prince record in all but name – he wrote it, produced it and gave it away to Sheena Easton where it has languished in obscurity ever since. The brilliant 101 topped my chart in 1989, I Wish U Heaven topped my chart in 1988, back now at 5, and Sign O’ The Times peaked at 2 in 1987, back at 6. All are brilliant, and I’ve added video links to youtube which probably wont be there long – Prince on Youtube is a no-no so younger folk may not even have seen these videos. In the case of I Wish U Heaven I doubt anyone’s heard it’s Second Summer Of Love brilliant vibe before as the single isn’t on compilations and is only available as part of the album Lovesexy – Prince infuriated me when he released the album as a continuous track, there were no track dividers, and when I wanted to play the track I had to fast forward the whole bloody album. It’s still like that. Just one of the many fan-piss-off decisions he made!

http://youtube.com/v/j60p78OvxQY

Highest non-Prince entry is Adore Delano and Take Me There at 17, before we head back to more Prince tracks. In at 20, Starfish And Coffee, one of his best album tracks, one that should have been a single off the fab Sign O’ The Times album, a period when Prince was on fire. In at 26, Raspberry Beret, one I under-rated at the time (1985), at 30 Alphabet Street (number 1 in 1988), and Sheena’s back with Prince at 38 on U Got The Look (top 10 in 1987). Outside the 40: I Would Die 4 U, Kiss, If I Was Your Girlfriend, Let’s Go Crazy, Little Red Corvette, Take Me With U, Purple Rain, and I Wanna Be Your Lover. Phew! Good thing I expanded my chart to 100 this year, no sign of it returning to 75 anytime soon.

http://youtube.com/v/pYVOrzv61Yg

1 NEW 1 1 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 170000
2 2 2 2 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 230000
3 1 1 2 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 255000
4 NEW 4 1 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 65000
5 NEW 5 1 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 60000
6 NEW 6 1 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 55000
7 3 3 2 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 135000
8 13 8 2 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 80000
9 5 1 6 NIRVANA Squeeze 535000
10 9 1 10 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 784700

http://youtube.com/v/ObzoKryyAi8

11 11 1 10 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 926000
12 32 12 2 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 52800
13 7 5 5 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 252000
14 14 1 15 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1303000
15 15 15 5 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 86300
16 6 1 8 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 597000
17 NEW 17 1 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 23000
18 8 8 7 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 177000
19 19 19 16 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 289000
20 NEW 20 1 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 20000

http://youtube.com/v/cl_t6efp8zA

21 4 4 2 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 84750
22 20 4 10 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 351250
23 12 12 6 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 121750
24 24 24 5 VENUS Frankie Avalon 92000
25 16 16 7 REAL LOVE Florrie 102550
26 NEW 26 1 RASPBERRY BERET Prince 18500
27 28 27 4 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 46800
28 38 28 2 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 35500
29 17 6 8 ONE STRIKE All Saints 285300
30 NEW 30 1 ALPHABET STREET Prince 18000

31 10 2 5 YES McAlmont & Butler 239900
32 18 10 8 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 159100
33 30 30 3 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 52800
34 21 8 7 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 215950
35 50 35 2 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs 29500
36 36 36 9 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 136700
37 39 37 7 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 64500
38 NEW 38 1 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 17200
39 25 10 10 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 193450
40 48 40 3 WILD HORSES Birdy 35100

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41 22 7 9 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 239300
42 31 5 10 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 288900
43 35 5 10 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 254850
44 26 9 11 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 237550
45 NEW 45 1 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 13000
46 40 40 3 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 36350
47 49 47 16 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 162750
48 99 48 2 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 13400
49 44 3 15 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 594900
50 42 1 34 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2888800

51 23 12 10 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 129050
52 46 5 15 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 407450
53 33 25 5 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 71500
54 54 54 5 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 38300
55 NEW 55 1 KISS Prince 10800
56 43 6 8 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 224850
57 34 20 11 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 182650
58 41 11 6 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 138500
59 29 29 6 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 67700
60 60 60 13 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 71700

61 61 61 9 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 51900
62 62 62 7 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 42600
63 45 12 6 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 130100
64 NEW 64 1 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 7100
65 67 65 6 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 30200
66 58 58 9 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 27800
67 74 67 5 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 19900
68 89 68 2 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 8600
69 69 69 5 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 29200
70 NEW 70 1 10,000 LUCHTBALLONEN K3 6000
71 NEW 71 1 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince 5800
72 75 72 2 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 10600
73 73 73 4 VICTIMS Culture Club 21400
74 NEW 74 1 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 5200
75 83 75 2 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 8400

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76 77 76 2 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 9400
77 82 77 3 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 11200
78 65 6 19 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 422850
79 79 79 2 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 8400
80 80 80 2 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 8000

81 52 19 10 THE GREATEST KING 152100
82 NEW 82 1 LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince 3600
83 84 83 9 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 19000
84 51 10 10 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 193850
85 NEW 85 1 TAKE ME WITH U Prince 3000
86 NEW 86 1 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 2800
87 NEW 87 1 PURPLE RAIN Prince & The Revolution 2600
88 88 88 7 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 12700
89 55 55 6 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 34400
90 86 86 3 100 PERSONALITIES Wildflowers 6800

91 91 91 2 AMANECER Edurne 3800
92 NEW 92 1 MELLOW BRICK ROAD Pogo 1800
93 93 93 2 FEELING BB Diamond 3400
94 95 94 2 PARTY FEARS TWO The Associates 3100
95 NEW 95 1 WAITING Alice Boman 1500
96 NEW 96 1 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince 1400
97 71 71 6 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 22500
98 NEW 98 1 NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor 1200
99 92 34 6 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 60300
100 NEW 100 1 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 1000

DROP OUTS
27 27 14 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 202000
37 13 14 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 236550
47 30 5 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 59500
53 28 6 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 61550
56 28 7 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 91000
57 37 5 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 68150
59 24 5 PRAY Heaven 17 74600
63 1 13 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 731700
64 7 10 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 219800
66 19 8 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 105900
68 5 14 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 412750
70 49 6 PRAY Haelos 44000
72 72 5 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 17800
76 48 5 DETERMINATION Go West 42100
78 57 6 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 33800
81 81 7 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 18000
85 49 5 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 43200
87 87 2 ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO Santana 5200
90 55 3 ONE WOMAN MAN All Saints 18200
94 16 9 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 139650
96 96 1 EMPIRE Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman x Tom Staar 1400
97 59 8 MISSING YOU All Time Low 34900
98 67 5 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 21800
100 100 1 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 1000

 

 

17th August 2016

It’s a shocking 4 new entries in the top 4 of my chart! I’m not sure that has ever happened before, but it’s a unique clear-out post-holiday – I played recent faves quite a lot so they were less fresh, and got back from Gran Canaria on Record Store Day which means a bunch of classic oldies released – top of the list: Wichita Lineman, the Jimmy Webb classic song as definitively sung by Glen Campbell. It went top 5 for me in 1969, it was on the first album I had bought for me by my parents in 1970 (and would have charted again if I’d thought of it), it was a reissued oldies chart 1977 topper for me and now it’s out again on vinyl almost 40 years later to mark Glen’s 80th birthday. It’s also regularly named as one of the greatest records of all-time. Because it is!

In at 2, the best track on Super, the Pet Shop Boys new album, Say It To Me, helping to knock their 2 other top 10’s down a bit, while in at 38 another track, Undertow, is dragged in. At 3, it’s a 1990 chart-topper for me, the Trevor Horn-produced flop by Inga Humpe, Riding Into Blue (Cowboy Song), which I’ve stuck into the Buzzjack Song Contest just because it’s sweet and I still love those layered synthy melodic harmonies and the cowboy yeehah’s! Finally, at 4, it’s Native American band Redbone back, originally charting in 1974 it topped my chart 2 years ago as featured in Guardians Of The Galaxy – Come And Get Your Love is now backdrop to a show-stopping SKY advert featuring Quicksilver, soon to feature again in the next X-Men film having stolen the previous movie via the Time In A Bottle sequence.

All of Bryan Ferry’s early solo singles are out for Record Store Day, first to chart is his 1974 top 10 cover of The ‘In’ Crowd. Ferry was just awesome back in the early 70’s, both with Roxy Music, and with his solo projects reinventing fave old songs in new exciting sax-heavy ways. This one under-performed in my very hectic Top 30 in 1974, so it’s overdue a proper chart run. Big climbers: AlunaGeorge and Popcaan, into the top 30, while Zayn, sorry ZAYN, finally hits my 40. Buzzjack song Ulay Oh is lovely and in at 32, which leaves new entries for Kungs, Roxette back and charting after 28 years and ongoing, P!NK back and 18 years on, Elle King, Fifth Harmony (at last), with Above And Beyond and Sigala also returning with new tracks. Finally, Amanacer features twice – that’s “dawn” in Spanish, the fab Bomba Estereo song at 20 being not the same as the OTT Spanish Eurovision entry from 2015 from Edurne which is back cos I watched the video on my hols!

http://youtube.com/v/nlro9eS0Wek

1 NEW 1 1 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 170000
2 NEW 2 1 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 115000
3 NEW 3 1 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 85000
4 NEW 4 1 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 65000
5 3 1 5 NIRVANA Squeeze 490000
6 1 1 7 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 572000
7 5 5 4 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 220000
8 9 8 6 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 155000
9 4 1 9 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 742700
10 2 2 4 YES McAlmont & Butler 222000

http://youtube.com/v/J50nLCeTHIk

11 6 1 9 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 889000
12 14 12 5 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 102500
13 NEW 13 1 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 32000
14 7 1 14 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1274000
15 24 15 4 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 69300
16 22 16 6 REAL LOVE Florrie 83800
17 8 6 7 ONE STRIKE All Saints 267100
18 10 10 7 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 141300
19 19 19 15 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 268000
20 21 4 9 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 331750

http://youtube.com/v/2D3VS2_F7k4

21 11 8 6 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 198350
22 15 7 8 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 225300
23 12 12 9 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 117300
24 27 24 4 VENUS Frankie Avalon 73000
25 18 10 9 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 176350
26 16 9 10 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 224300
27 29 27 14 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 202000
28 64 28 3 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 28400
29 33 29 5 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 57600
30 39 30 2 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 35100

http://youtube.com/v/JvqMvxdZTVE

31 23 5 9 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 275150
32 NEW 32 1 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 17800
33 25 25 4 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 60250
34 20 20 10 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 172250
35 26 5 9 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 241350
36 36 36 8 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 119300
37 13 13 14 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 236550
38 NEW 38 1 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 17200
39 50 39 6 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 47200
40 67 40 2 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 23600

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41 17 11 5 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 128300
42 38 1 33 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2876800
43 41 6 7 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 214250
44 43 3 14 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 582800
45 31 12 5 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 122900
46 45 5 14 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 395950
47 30 30 5 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 59500
48 71 48 2 WILD HORSES Birdy 18100
49 51 49 15 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 150250
50 NEW 50 1 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs 12000

51 32 10 9 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 190650
52 34 19 9 THE GREATEST KING 148300
53 28 28 6 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 61550
54 58 54 4 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 27300
55 56 55 5 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 32200
56 47 28 7 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 91000
57 37 37 5 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 68150
58 66 58 3 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 21000
59 42 24 5 PRAY Heaven 17 74600
60 62 60 12 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 61700

61 61 61 8 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 44400
62 65 62 6 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 35200
63 52 1 13 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 731700
64 53 7 10 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 219800
65 60 6 18 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 418450
66 80 19 8 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 105900
67 74 67 5 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 23200
68 63 5 14 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 412750
69 69 69 4 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 23000
70 70 49 6 PRAY Haelos 44000

71 72 71 5 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 21200
72 77 72 5 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 17800
73 73 73 3 VICTIMS Culture Club 16000
74 79 74 4 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 13300
75 NEW 75 1 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 5000

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76 48 48 5 DETERMINATION Go West 42100
77 NEW 77 1 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 4600
78 RE 57 6 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 33800
79 NEW 79 1 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 4200
80 NEW 80 1 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 4000

81 82 81 7 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 18000
82 85 82 2 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 6600
83 NEW 83 1 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 3400
84 84 84 8 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 15600
85 49 49 5 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 43200
86 90 86 2 100 PERSONALITIES Wildflowers 4800
87 87 87 2 ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO Santana 5200
88 88 88 6 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 10300
89 NEW 89 1 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 2200
90 55 55 3 ONE WOMAN MAN All Saints 18200

91 NEW 91 1 AMANECER Edurne 1900
92 57 34 5 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 59200
93 NEW 93 1 FEELING BB Diamond 1700
94 44 16 9 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 139650
95 NEW 95 1 PARTY FEARS TWO The Associates 1500
96 NEW 96 1 EMPIRE Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman x Tom Staar 1400
97 59 59 8 MISSING YOU All Time Low 34900
98 RE 67 5 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 21800
99 NEW 99 1 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 1100
100 NEW 100 1 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 1000

DROP OUTS
35 2 13 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 345900
40 40 13 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 137000
46 30 8 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 73050
54 54 10 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 98000
68 37 4 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 47000
75 75 2 STRONGER THAN EVER Raleigh Ritchie 7200
76 76 12 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 33700
78 3 13 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 370700
81 9 9 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 204950
83 1 23 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1442050
86 34 7 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 67850
89 89 1 IN BITS Pet Shop Boys 2200

10th April 2016
Its Juice Newton getting that Deadpool chart topper after a 35 year wait. Yes I do feel better, yes I do I feel alright, cos i’m on holiday in gran canaria and McAlmont & Butler are almost back on top 21 years later. I call it epic and one of the greatest records of the 90s. Laura Mvula gets a 2nd top 10 and aha their umpteenth, 31 years of ’em, but Nile Rodgers can best that – 38 years worth. DMX also gets an oldie Deadpool and Melissa McCarthy lipsync battle boost. Both hilarious. Im long bored with pop stars selling music by putting swear words in it then doing clean versions to make it pointless in the first place. If ya gonna do it though do it DMX style and make it the whole angry point!

Tame Impala get a 4th top 20, Adam Lambert and Thomas Rhett a 2nd top 40, and hang on shorely shome mishtake! Rick Astley back in the top 40 after a gap of 28 years?! With a great new record?! Thats why I love the pop biz, never write anyone off. Rick always had a great voice, it was his material that did him in. Before anyone knew he was white Black US radio stations played Never Gonna Give You Up he just never looked like he sounded!

Lower down Birdy has another good newie and ZAYN finally makes my chart follwing the melissa lipsync battle which made me like it quite a bit. Santana are back over 12 years on, and Natalie Merchant 25 years on with a 2001ish oldie i heard for the first time.
1 6 1 6 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 517000
2 10 2 3 YES McAlmont & Butler 180000
3 1 1 4 NIRVANA Squeeze 430000
4 4 1 8 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 697700
5 5 5 3 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 170000
6 3 1 8 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 852000
7 7 1 13 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1245000
8 8 6 6 ONE STRIKE All Saints 244100
9 17 9 5 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 107000
10 14 10 6 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 119300

11 9 8 5 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 178600
12 67 12 8 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 98050
13 23 13 13 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 219250
14 28 14 4 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 67500
15 16 7 7 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 205800
16 12 9 9 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 205800
17 11 11 4 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 114300
18 13 10 8 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 157600
19 26 19 14 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 247000
20 20 20 9 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 154650

21 15 4 8 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 311750
22 22 22 5 REAL LOVE Florrie 58800
23 19 5 8 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 257250
24 35 24 3 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 42300
25 32 25 3 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 42550
26 21 5 8 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 223850
27 31 27 3 VENUS Frankie Avalon 54000
28 50 28 5 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 50300
29 36 29 13 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 183600
30 38 30 4 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 47000

31 18 12 4 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 109900
32 29 10 8 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 178900
33 61 33 4 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 39400
34 27 19 8 THE GREATEST KING 136800
35 2 2 13 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 345900
36 40 36 7 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 101900
37 37 37 4 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 57750
38 33 1 32 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2863050
39 NEW 39 1 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 17100
40 44 40 13 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 137000

****************

41 25 6 6 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 200750
42 46 24 4 PRAY Heaven 17 64500
43 39 3 13 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 569550
44 24 16 8 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 138050
45 43 5 13 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 383200
46 30 30 8 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 73050
47 41 28 6 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 80400
48 55 48 4 DETERMINATION Go West 37300
49 49 49 4 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 40200
50 66 50 5 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 30100

51 52 51 14 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 138150
52 45 1 12 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 724500
53 42 7 9 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 212700
54 56 54 10 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 98000
55 73 55 2 ONE WOMAN MAN All Saints 16200
56 70 56 4 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 21400
57 34 34 4 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 57400
58 78 58 3 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 16300
59 62 59 7 MISSING YOU All Time Low 33600
60 60 6 17 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 411450

61 65 61 7 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 36900
62 64 62 11 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 51700
63 53 5 13 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 406350
64 85 64 2 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 10100
65 68 65 5 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 27800
66 80 66 2 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 10800
67 NEW 67 1 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 6600
68 47 37 4 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 47000
69 71 69 3 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 16800
70 59 49 5 PRAY Haelos 38000

71 NEW 71 1 WILD HORSES Birdy 5800
72 75 72 4 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 15400
73 74 73 2 VICTIMS Culture Club 10600
74 69 69 4 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 16600
75 89 75 2 STRONGER THAN EVER Raleigh Ritchie 7200

*********************

76 79 76 12 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 33700
77 82 77 4 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 12200
78 54 3 13 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 370700
79 87 79 3 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 8100
80 51 19 7 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 99100

81 63 9 9 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 204950
82 84 82 6 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 14200
83 81 1 23 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1442050
84 88 84 7 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 12400
85 NEW 85 1 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 3000
86 57 34 7 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 67850
87 NEW 87 1 ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO Santana 2600
88 90 88 5 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 7900
89 NEW 89 1 IN BITS Pet Shop Boys 2200
90 NEW 90 1 100 PERSONALITIES Wildflowers 2000

DROP OUTS
48 48 9 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 96150
58 8 11 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 250050
72 6 10 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 283350
76 34 8 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 79850
77 16 12 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 188400
83 3 24 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 841500
86 35 5 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 44000

3rd April 2016

It’s Squeeze finally getting that elusive chart-topper, the tuneful, retro, and classy Nirvana, almost samba stylee and with a hint of Band Of Gold’s twangy guitar and strings. Fab. They’ve only had to wait 38 years to top my charts, I’m sure they feel it was worth the wait! That leaves yet another Bowie classic leaping into the top 5, The Jean Genie had a good chart run first time round in 1972, but never quite made it into my top 10 as I saw it as a bit lesser than John I’m Only Dancing, his previous single. That mighty riff has grown with the years though, and so peaks so far at 2, same as the UK singles chart.

Pet Shop Boys get 2 simultaneous tracks off the now-released Super, as B side to The Pop Kids, One-Hit Wonder, enters the 40. McAlmont & Butler return to the top 10, Yes they do, 21 years on, and Yes it’s still Fab. Tame Impala have a leap into my top 30 for the 5th time, and Chairlift finally grab a top 40 spot after climbing slowly for weeks. Gwen Stefani makes it 2 in the 40 as delightfully retro-ska album track, Where Would I Be?, is my highlight off her latest. Midge Ure adds to his total of top 40’s, a cool 40 years since he debuted as lead singer of Slik, all teen-pop and monk chanting.

A lack of new entries allows me to chop the chart down to 90 at long-last, hoping to drop some more down to 75 in the next week or two, but newies are left to Culture Club’s classic Victims, back 33 years on from topping my chart; All Saints album track One Woman Man, The Chainsmokers and Rozes, AlunaGeorge popping back with Popcaan. He probably goes down well at the cinema. Lastly, Raleigh Ritchie replaces himself in my chart as he does a terrific Graham Norton performance. About time he broke big, I say.

1 2 1 3 NIRVANA Squeeze 345000
2 15 2 12 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 328400 302500
3 1 1 7 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 797000
4 3 1 7 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 632700
5 7 5 2 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 110000
6 4 2 5 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 347000
7 5 1 12 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1195000
8 6 6 5 ONE STRIKE All Saints 196100
9 8 8 4 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 141600
10 17 10 2 YES McAlmont & Butler 65000

http://youtube.com/v/nlro9eS0Wek

11 11 11 3 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 91300
12 9 9 8 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 180800
13 10 10 7 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 135600
14 20 14 5 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 77300
15 14 4 7 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 292000
16 13 7 6 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 178800
17 22 17 4 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 62000
18 12 12 3 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 92000
19 18 5 7 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 238000
20 23 20 8 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 134650

http://youtube.com/v/vWaRiD5ym74

21 16 5 7 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 205350
22 35 22 4 REAL LOVE Florrie 39300
23 26 23 12 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 187250 309900
24 21 16 7 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 124800
25 19 6 5 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 186750
26 30 26 13 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 226000
27 27 19 7 THE GREATEST KING 119200
28 58 28 3 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 38500
29 25 10 7 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 161100
30 52 30 7 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 60300

http://youtube.com/v/sBzrzS1Ag_g

31 33 31 2 VENUS Frankie Avalon 35600
32 70 32 2 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 23800
33 31 1 31 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2845850
34 36 34 3 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 47000
35 71 35 2 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 23300
36 40 36 12 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 165400 19400
37 46 37 3 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 40450
38 68 38 3 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 29000
39 39 3 12 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 556050
40 41 40 6 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 84500

http://youtube.com/v/D8m8Z-zRPrc

41 28 28 5 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 67900
42 29 7 8 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 201450
43 43 5 12 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 370200
44 45 44 12 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 120000 432600
45 38 1 11 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 713000
46 24 24 3 PRAY Heaven 17 50750
47 37 37 3 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 40600
48 48 48 9 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 96150
49 57 49 3 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 28100
50 55 50 4 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 32000

51 32 19 6 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 95100
52 53 52 13 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 126400
53 50 5 12 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 399150
54 47 3 12 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 366300
55 60 55 3 DETERMINATION Go West 25000
56 56 56 9 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 87000
57 34 34 6 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 65050
58 54 8 11 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 250050
59 49 49 4 PRAY Haelos 32000
60 63 6 16 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 401450

61 64 61 3 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 21700
62 73 62 6 MISSING YOU All Time Low 23500
63 44 9 8 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 201150
64 65 64 10 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 44300
65 69 65 6 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 29400
66 66 66 4 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 18100
67 62 37 7 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 63050
68 74 68 4 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 20800
69 87 69 3 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 11400
70 83 70 3 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 10800

71 76 71 2 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 10600
72 42 6 10 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 283350
73 NEW 73 1 ONE WOMAN MAN All Saints 5400
74 NEW 74 1 VICTIMS Culture Club 5200
75 84 75 3 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 9800

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76 51 34 8 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 79850
77 59 16 12 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 188400
78 93 78 2 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 6100
79 80 79 11 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 28900
80 NEW 80 1 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 4000

81 81 1 22 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1438650
82 85 82 3 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 7600
83 78 3 24 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 841500
84 89 84 5 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 10600
85 NEW 85 1 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 3000
86 61 35 5 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 44000
87 97 87 2 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 3900
88 92 88 6 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 9200
89 NEW 89 1 STRONGER THAN EVER Raleigh Ritchie 2200
90 96 90 4 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 5500

DROP OUTS
67 17 19 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 240700
72 23 8 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 101350
75 75 4 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 15400
77 39 6 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 59150
79 47 9 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 97000
82 2 11 CHANGES David Bowie 420450
86 8 9 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 195050
88 4 17 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 482650
90 78 5 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 13700
91 12 11 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 188900
94 9 10 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 194600
95 70 5 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 19100
98 17 10 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 142000
99 59 5 PLUMMET tiasu 33600
100 100 1 TELL HIM The Exciters 1000

 

27th March 2016

It’s a 3rd week for Vaults holding off the all-time bridesmaids Squeeze – who have been stuck at 2 in 1978, 1995 and now 2016. The always-good Chris and Glen almost hit the top every other decade it seems. Fingers crossed they don’t get leapfrogged by another duo Chris and Neil who Squeeze have jumped over, but who enter at 7 with their 3rd top 10 of the year – Pet Shop Boys new track one off the new album Super is a fab marmite dance-yeehaw-country slab of fun guaranteed to annoy a lot of people. Hooray Happiness! Primal Scream and Gwen Stefani both add to their tally of top 10 entries with quality singles.

OMD just miss out on adding to their tally at 11, though oddly this one is sung not by another golden duo (Paul and Andy) but by actor Taron Egerton (assisted by Hugh Jackman) who does a great job from movie Fly. Talking of movies, 3 classic oldies enter my charts for the first time thanks to spooky drama 10 Cloverfield Lane – Frankie Avalon’s teen-classic Venus gives him a chart entry for the first time in 38 years, since Grease’s Beauty School Dropout , while Tommy James has his first since Mony Mony was reissued in 1975, though the song I Think We’re Alone Now was big for Tiffany in 1987.

Also back after 21 years, McAlmont & Butler’s classic Yes, which I saw high on itunes yesterday – I’m guessing it was on The Voice (haven’t seen it yet) – and which topped my chart in 1995. A big climb for Florrie into the 40, and new tracks by Gwen Stefani, Pet Shop Boys, Nick Jonas and Tove Lo (her second in the chart, and Nick joining brother Joe in DNCE), and Zara Larsson as I at long last give in and chart Lush Life.

1 1 1 6 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 712000
2 5 2 2 NIRVANA Squeeze 175000
3 2 1 6 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 567700
4 3 2 4 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 292000
5 4 1 11 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1145000
6 8 6 4 ONE STRIKE All Saints 138100
7 NEW 7 1 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 50000
8 10 8 3 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 96600
9 14 9 7 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 145800
10 18 10 6 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 103600

http://youtube.com/v/QLPP0nAJxBo

11 37 11 2 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 54300
12 12 12 2 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 70000
13 7 7 5 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 153800
14 9 4 6 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 265000
15 20 15 11 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 213400
16 15 5 6 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 185600
17 NEW 17 1 YES McAlmont & Butler 23000
18 13 5 6 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 217000
19 11 6 4 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 168000
20 28 20 4 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 48300

http://youtube.com/v/CcRPBoGmC4I

21 16 16 6 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 105800
22 35 22 3 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 39000
23 29 23 7 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 114650
24 24 24 2 PRAY Heaven 17 38000
25 25 10 6 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 142900
26 30 26 11 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 168000
27 27 19 6 THE GREATEST KING 100800
28 39 28 4 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 53900
29 17 7 7 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 187700
30 33 30 12 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 207500

http://youtube.com/v/L7u9FpJJtEQ

31 23 1 30 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2828150
32 19 19 5 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 83350
33 NEW 33 1 VENUS Frankie Avalon 17700
34 44 34 5 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 54650
35 98 35 3 REAL LOVE Florrie 19800
36 50 36 2 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 29400
37 55 37 2 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 28100
38 32 1 10 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 690000
39 34 3 11 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 538950
40 43 40 11 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 148000

http://youtube.com/v/S9lkxJFLZ5w

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41 41 41 5 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 67500
42 6 6 9 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 277750
43 38 5 11 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 356700
44 22 9 7 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 193950
45 47 45 11 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 106750
46 57 46 2 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 23150
47 31 3 11 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 355300
48 49 48 8 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 83850
49 70 49 3 PRAY Haelos 21900
50 26 5 11 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 387900

51 36 34 7 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 75050
52 58 52 6 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 42300
53 53 53 12 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 114900
54 40 8 10 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 239850
55 66 55 3 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 20000
56 56 56 8 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 76400
57 72 57 2 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 16000
58 60 58 2 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 20200
59 45 16 11 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 183800
60 79 60 2 DETERMINATION Go West 14200

61 54 35 4 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 41200
62 46 37 6 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 56450
63 62 6 15 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 391450
64 64 64 2 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 14200
65 68 65 9 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 37200
66 85 66 3 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 11300
67 21 17 19 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 240700
68 73 68 2 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 11800
69 71 69 5 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 22400
70 NEW 70 1 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 NEW 71 1 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 5800
72 48 23 8 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 101350
73 80 73 5 MISSING YOU All Time Low 16100
74 77 74 3 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 14400
75 75 75 4 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 15400

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76 NEW 76 1 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 4800
77 51 39 6 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 59150
78 69 3 23 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 838100
79 52 47 9 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 97000
80 82 80 10 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 24700

81 74 1 21 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1434850
82 67 2 11 CHANGES David Bowie 420450
83 96 83 2 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 4800
84 94 84 2 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 4800
85 100 85 2 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 4000
86 65 8 9 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 195050
87 87 87 2 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 5200
88 63 4 17 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 482650
89 89 89 4 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 7400
90 78 78 5 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 13700

91 86 12 11 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 188900
92 95 92 5 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 6800
93 NEW 93 1 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 1700
94 81 9 10 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 194600
95 76 70 5 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 19100
96 99 96 3 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 3500
97 NEW 97 1 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 1300
98 84 17 10 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 142000
99 88 59 5 PLUMMET tiasu 33600
100 NEW 100 1 TELL HIM The Exciters 1000

DROP OUTS
42 29 15 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 163500
59 36 5 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 68400
61 40 7 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 71600
83 10 10 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 207450
90 90 4 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 6400
91 57 4 XPANDER Sasha 20200
92 50 7 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 51700
93 7 14 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 304300
97 1 19 WINGS Hurts 1678400

 

 

20th March 2016

It’s Vaults for a 2nd week ahead of a resurgent Pet Shop Boys and a very 80’s chart. Not only are there actual 80’s tracks, there are many a regular 70‘s/80’s veteran in the chart doing well – just count all the acts who were around then but with new material! – but thanks to the soundtrack to Fly (the Eddie The Eagle movie) Gary Barlow has worked with a whole album-worth of 80’s acts on new material for the film. That leads most noticeably to the first chart return in over 20 years for Go West (who I saw in concert last year), Midge Ure, OMD (both have topped my chart in recent years), and in at 24 with their first chart entry with new material in a whopping 30 years, Heaven 17. That’s the length of time contemporaries Pet Shop Boys have been having number ones in my charts!

That’s not all, though, Squeeze are back and new at 5 with the highest new entry, a sort of fab mellow almost-bossa-nova nirvana. That’s their first top 10 in over 20 years, and 38 years since their first. All Saints get a first top in 10 years, Bo Saris leaps to 10 from 67 thanks to a car advert, and Primal Scream grab another top 20 26 years on from their first. The veterans are back on form collectively for sure, as ELO and Bryan Adams (also Jeff Lynne) pop in, Gwen Stefani gets another top 10 almost 2 decades on, a-ha leap into the 30 30 years on, and Nile Rodgers just keeps adding to his long list of featuring’s with Laura Mvula grabbing a second top 40. James also replace themselves in the chart, just to rub it in. Oh, and Westlife’s Markus Feehily gets a second big top 40 entry as he decides passion is better than stools on stage.

http://youtube.com/v/0fidOiAFXK0

1 1 1 5 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 542000
2 4 1 5 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 482700
3 2 2 3 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 227000
4 3 1 10 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1085000
5 NEW 5 1 NIRVANA Squeeze 60000
6 9 6 8 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 264000
7 7 7 4 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 121800
8 16 8 3 ONE STRIKE All Saints 83100
9 10 4 5 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 236000
10 67 10 2 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 48600

http://youtube.com/v/RtHDIC0EW0k

11 6 6 3 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 147000
12 NEW 12 1 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 35000
13 5 5 5 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 195000
14 28 14 6 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 100800
15 8 5 5 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 160600
16 24 16 5 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 86050
17 11 7 6 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 169500
18 38 18 5 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 61600
19 25 19 4 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 194700
20 22 20 10 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 186400

http://youtube.com/v/JC77NtzW7U4

21 17 17 18 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 234100
22 14 9 6 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 180700
23 18 1 29 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2810250
24 NEW 24 1 PRAY Heaven 17 19000
25 12 10 5 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 124150
26 13 5 10 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 375900
27 19 19 5 THE GREATEST KING 82400
28 72 28 3 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 28300
29 32 29 6 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 95400
30 31 30 10 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 149500

http://youtube.com/v/0uljUDtv1Kw

31 15 3 10 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 342800
32 20 1 9 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 672800
33 33 33 11 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 189500
34 23 3 10 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 521850
35 90 35 2 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 19500
36 34 34 6 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 63300
37 NEW 37 1 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 17300
38 30 5 10 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 343200
39 48 39 3 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 35600
40 21 8 9 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 228850

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41 44 41 4 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 53500
42 29 29 15 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 163500
43 43 43 10 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 131000
44 60 44 4 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 37050
45 26 16 10 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 173700
46 37 37 5 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 49050
47 49 47 10 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 93750
48 27 23 7 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 95750
49 52 49 7 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 71550
50 NEW 50 1 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 12000

51 39 39 5 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 54550
52 47 47 8 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 92800
53 54 53 11 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 103650
54 35 35 3 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 33700
55 NEW 55 1 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 10800
56 56 56 7 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 65800
57 NEW 57 1 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 10400
58 66 58 5 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 30800
59 36 36 5 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 68400
60 NEW 60 1 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 10000

61 40 40 7 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 71600
62 51 6 14 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 384250
63 42 4 16 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 480250
64 NEW 64 1 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 7100
65 41 8 8 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 192250
66 88 66 2 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 9200
67 53 2 10 CHANGES David Bowie 416850
68 71 68 8 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 30200
69 58 3 22 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 833700
70 81 70 2 PRAY Haelos 9800

71 74 71 4 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 16200
72 NEW 72 1 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 5600
73 NEW 73 1 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 5400
74 69 1 20 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1431050
75 84 75 3 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 10400

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76 70 70 4 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 17600
77 77 77 2 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 9200
78 83 78 4 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 11700
79 NEW 79 1 DETERMINATION Go West 4200
80 85 80 4 MISSING YOU All Time Low 10700

81 61 9 9 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 193000
82 82 82 9 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 20700
83 45 10 10 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 207450
84 46 17 9 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 140800
85 95 85 2 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 4500
86 62 12 10 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 187000
87 NEW 87 1 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 2600
88 59 59 4 PLUMMET tiasu 32500
89 91 89 3 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 5200
90 92 90 4 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 6400

91 57 57 4 XPANDER Sasha 20200
92 50 50 7 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 51700
93 76 7 14 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 304300
94 NEW 94 1 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 1600
95 97 95 4 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 5000
96 NEW 96 1 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 1400
97 87 1 19 WINGS Hurts 1678400
98 99 98 2 REAL LOVE Florrie 2300
99 100 99 2 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 2100
100 NEW 100 1 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 1000

DROP OUTS
55 19 7 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 118250
63 63 5 TO MY SURPRISE James 28200
64 64 3 CHILDREN OF THE SUN Thomas Bergersen featuring Merethe Soltvedt 20500
65 53 3 MIRROR MIRROR Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams 24250
68 25 9 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 145250
73 63 5 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 25200
75 75 3 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 12400
78 18 5 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 74300
79 63 4 BONBON Era Istrefi 22000
80 6 12 WISH Hurts 308000
86 77 4 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 13200
89 89 2 YOU CAN NOW LET GO We Are Temporary 4000
93 84 4 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 9800
94 94 3 GIMME THE LOVE Jake Bugg 4300
96 96 1 UNICORN TAI and Le Shuuk 1400
98 71 3 YEAH! COSBY 8300

 

13th March 2016

It’s Vaults with their first chart-topper, and the best new song from a movie in 2015 (though I’ve yet to see 50 Shades Of Grey), the fab One Last Night. It’s another movie theme at 2, the brilliant intro sequence to Deadpool, Juice Newton’s 1981 cover of Angel Of The Morning finally getting the kudos it missed at the time (from me). Mike Posner pops Ibiza into the 10, biggest climber is All Saints up a whopping 43 places to give them a first top 20 entry since 2006, a whole decade away!

In the week Beatles Producer the great George Martin passed away, The Beatles get a 4th entry with the appropriate In My Life (it was bubbling inside the itunes top 200) while the other 3 go up. Philip George & Dragonette go top 40, Gwen Stefani gets a second quick top 40, and Great Good Fine OK also get a second top 40 entry after a bit of a gap. Highest new entry is an advert song from Bo Saris, very Plan B/Prince, while Dusty’s classic UK chart-topper at long long last makes my charts for the first time as her hits CD enters the charts. Only 50 years overdue (It would have charted in 1966 pretty highly if I’d been compiling charts then)! Other returns: Haelos (former chart-toppers), Laura Mvula & Nile Rodgers, Thomas Rhett, Jess Glynne. Don’t play the naughty record at 96. OK do, it’s very funny, OTT and catchy.

http://youtube.com/v/NDfrS-uvI0Q

1 2 1 4 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 372000
2 15 2 2 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 142000
3 3 1 9 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1020000
4 1 1 4 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 367700
5 8 5 4 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 163000
6 6 6 2 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 110000
7 27 7 3 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 71800
8 5 5 4 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 133600
9 9 9 7 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 209000
10 4 4 4 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 191000

11 7 7 5 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 146500
12 10 10 4 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 105400
13 14 5 9 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 357400
14 13 9 5 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 161200
15 11 3 9 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 324900
16 59 16 2 ONE STRIKE All Saints 35100
17 25 17 17 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 214350
18 18 1 28 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2791000
19 19 19 4 THE GREATEST KING 64000
20 12 1 8 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 655000

http://youtube.com/v/8pQ0gX-fjKE

21 17 8 8 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 211850
22 22 22 9 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 166400
23 20 3 9 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 504250
24 30 24 4 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 61050
25 28 25 3 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 44550
26 16 16 9 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 160700
27 23 23 6 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 83450
28 32 28 5 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 71800
29 29 29 14 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 149750
30 24 5 9 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 326000

31 34 31 9 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 131500
32 35 32 5 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 77200
33 37 33 10 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 171800
34 39 34 5 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 146700
35 74 35 2 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 22700
36 36 36 4 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 58300
37 38 37 4 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 36300
38 55 38 4 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 39600
39 40 39 4 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 42800
40 48 40 6 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 64100

http://youtube.com/v/ah0UstVUSSU

*********************************

41 21 8 7 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 185250
42 26 4 15 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 473050
43 43 43 9 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 117500
44 44 44 3 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 39500
45 33 10 9 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 204250
46 31 17 8 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 137600
47 49 47 7 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 81300
48 69 48 2 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 18500
49 51 49 9 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 81250
50 50 50 6 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 49900

51 45 6 13 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 366850
52 52 52 6 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 59450
53 41 2 9 CHANGES David Bowie 410250
54 56 54 10 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 92400
55 46 19 7 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 118250
56 57 56 6 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 55200
57 70 57 3 XPANDER Sasha 18300
58 54 3 21 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 827500
59 60 59 3 PLUMMET tiasu 30100
60 65 60 3 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 23800

61 47 9 8 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 189200
62 42 12 9 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 184200
63 72 63 5 TO MY SURPRISE James 28200
64 66 64 3 CHILDREN OF THE SUN Thomas Bergersen featuring Merethe Soltvedt 20500
65 53 53 3 MIRROR MIRROR Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams 24250
66 71 66 4 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 20600
67 NEW 67 1 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 6600
68 58 25 9 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 145250
69 62 1 19 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1425850
70 73 70 3 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 12800

http://youtube.com/v/0Kq_o-ezxeE

71 76 71 7 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 23800
72 78 72 2 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 10000
73 68 63 5 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 25200
74 82 74 3 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 10400
75 75 75 3 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 12400

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76 64 7 13 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 302600
77 NEW 77 1 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 4600
78 61 18 5 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 74300
79 63 63 4 BONBON Era Istrefi 22000
80 67 6 12 WISH Hurts 308000

81 NEW 81 1 PRAY Haelos 3800
82 85 82 8 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 17100
83 88 83 3 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 7300
84 89 84 2 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 5400
85 90 85 3 MISSING YOU All Time Low 6700
86 77 77 4 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 13200
87 79 1 18 WINGS Hurts 1677100
88 NEW 88 1 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 2400
89 92 89 2 YOU CAN NOW LET GO We Are Temporary 4000
90 NEW 90 1 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 2000

91 99 91 2 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 3000
92 96 92 3 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 4400
93 84 84 4 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 9800
94 94 94 3 GIMME THE LOVE Jake Bugg 4300
95 NEW 95 1 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 1500
96 NEW 96 1 UNICORN TAI and Le Shuuk 1400
97 98 97 3 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 3500
98 97 71 3 YEAH! COSBY 8300
99 NEW 99 1 REAL LOVE Florrie 1100
100 NEW 100 1 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 1000

DROP OUTS
80 80 2 THE LOOK Metronomy 5300
81 78 4 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 14100
83 50 8 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 84400
86 86 3 DANGEROUS Frances Rose 8000
87 5 10 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 338800
91 13 19 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 258450
93 12 8 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 78900
95 1 8 HEROES David Bowie 254650
100 100 1 MONSTER LEAD ME HOME Sara Hartman 1000

6th March 2016It’s a 41st Number one for Pet Shop Boys, sounding very late 90’s-period PSB’s, smooth EDM. Neil and Chris have never had more than a 2 or 3 year gap between chart-toppers since first doing it over 30 years ago with West End Girls. The previous topper was with Example, it was on a Thursday. Vaults get runners-up with the gorgeous One Last Night, and FKA Twigs grabs her first top 5 with the lovely Good To Love. Highest new entry at 6 is a track to be played at a funeral this week, a track from 2000 that I knew, and loved, but was somehow unable to find out who or what it was. It’s a chill-out classic, you will likely know it, but you may not know that you know it. The orchestral hook is taken from a 1968 Engelbert Humperdinck record and re-worked by Kinobe. So 16 years late it finally charts.

Talking of charting at new peaks belatedly, thanks to Deadpool (which I saw again, fab film) Juice Newton’s 1981 minor version (in my charts) of Angel In The Morning enters at 15. It kicks off the movie beautifully, and is a power-country-ballad version of a song that first charted for Mary Mason in 1977 for me. So, 35 years late, it hits a new peak. As does another track from Deadpool, X Gon Give It To Ya, which DMX took to a measly 68 in 2003, but which finally hits the top 40 13 years late. DJ Fresh and Dizzee grab another top 10, as do Mott & Bowie’s Dudes back in the top 10 after a 44-year absence.

Sammy Davis Jnr gets his first-ever top 10 hit, 44 years after he was denied The Candy Man doing it (in 1972 I only allowed UK charting singles in my chart, but his USA chart-topper was a fave). Justice at last! Biggest climber is pill popping Mike Posner, the late Viola Beach make my top 30, and Elvis gets If I Can Dream into the chart for a 4th time (albeit a new version), 1969 it went top 5, and most recently in 2007 it also went top 5. New entries outside the 40: All saints are back with One Strike, hooray! Nearly 20 years since they started a run of a dozen hits or so. a-ha are also back lengthening their run to over 30 years, and Kate Bush is back again with This Woman’s Work (thanks to The Voice) which will help it rise inside my top 800 listing (given it away!).

1 2 1 3 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 302700
2 5 2 3 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 202000
3 1 1 8 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 935000
4 4 4 3 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 149000
5 20 5 3 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 85600
6 NEW 6 1 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 55000
7 17 7 4 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 109500
8 12 8 3 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 103000
9 14 9 6 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 164000
10 15 10 3 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 70400

http://youtube.com/v/oonHquCgFl4

11 3 3 8 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 297900
12 7 1 7 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 635000
13 11 9 4 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 132200
14 6 5 8 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 325400
15 NEW 15 1 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 27000
16 16 16 8 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 142200
17 19 8 7 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 192100
18 10 1 27 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2769000
19 24 19 3 THE GREATEST KING 53000
20 9 3 8 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 485000

http://youtube.com/v/HTzGMEfbnAw

21 8 8 6 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 171250
22 22 22 8 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 146900
23 30 23 5 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 65050
24 18 5 8 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 308000
25 28 25 16 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 191350
26 21 4 14 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 459300
27 83 27 2 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 21800
28 61 28 2 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 25800
29 29 29 13 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 131550
30 44 30 3 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 42050

http://youtube.com/v/foE1mO2yM04

31 26 17 7 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 124850
32 38 32 4 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 53500
33 23 10 8 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 191250
34 40 34 8 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 113600
35 35 35 4 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 59400
36 39 36 3 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 40900
37 37 37 9 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 154100
38 92 38 3 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 19000
39 62 39 4 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 129100
40 64 40 3 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 104000

http://youtube.com/v/fGx6K90TmCI

41 13 2 8 CHANGES David Bowie 399000
42 32 12 8 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 176800
43 43 43 8 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 104000
44 45 44 2 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 26250
45 34 6 12 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 355100
46 31 19 6 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 107450
47 33 9 7 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 181700
48 48 48 5 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 47100
49 49 49 6 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 68800
50 58 50 5 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 37900

51 51 51 8 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 69150
52 53 52 5 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 47950
53 70 53 2 MIRROR MIRROR Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams 17250
54 42 3 20 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 817300
55 69 55 3 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 22400
56 56 56 9 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 81400
57 57 57 5 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 44600
58 25 25 8 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 138850
59 NEW 59 1 ONE STRIKE All Saints 10100
60 60 60 2 PLUMMET tiasu 20000

http://youtube.com/v/q6c4JyUmVSc

61 27 18 4 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 69900
62 41 1 18 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1419650
63 65 63 3 BONBON Era Istrefi 17800
64 55 7 12 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 297800
65 66 65 2 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 13800
66 67 66 2 CHILDREN OF THE SUN Thomas Bergersen featuring Merethe Soltvedt 13400
67 36 6 11 WISH Hurts 304000
68 63 63 4 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 19800
69 NEW 69 1 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 6200
70 91 70 2 XPANDER Sasha 7900

71 73 71 3 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 13800
72 74 72 4 TO MY SURPRISE James 21000
73 96 73 2 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 6800
74 NEW 74 1 FEEL LIKE TONIGHT Philip George And Dragonette 5200
75 88 75 2 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 7400

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76 82 76 6 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 18000
77 77 77 3 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 10400
78 NEW 78 1 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 4400
79 46 1 17 WINGS Hurts 1674500
80 97 80 2 THE LOOK Metronomy 5300

81 78 78 4 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 14100
82 94 82 2 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 5200
83 50 50 8 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 84400
84 84 84 3 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 8100
85 87 85 7 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 13500
86 86 86 3 DANGEROUS Frances Rose 8000
87 47 5 10 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 338800
88 95 88 2 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 3900
89 NEW 89 1 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 2200
90 93 90 2 MISSING YOU All Time Low 3700

91 85 13 19 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 258450
92 NEW 92 1 YOU CAN NOW LET GO We Are Temporary 1800
93 89 12 8 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 78900
94 99 94 2 GIMME THE LOVE Jake Bugg 2700
95 76 1 8 HEROES David Bowie 254650
96 98 96 2 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 2600
97 71 71 2 YEAH! COSBY 7100
98 100 98 2 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 2200
99 NEW 99 1 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 1100
100 NEW 100 1 MONSTER LEAD ME HOME Sara Hartman 1000

DROP OUTS
52 12 24 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 376200
54 47 5 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 48450
59 11 8 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 156550
68 58 4 SANCTUARY Allie X 28000
72 39 4 MOVIES Rykka 38100
75 35 6 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 88150
79 32 6 BORROWED TIME Frances 57300
80 80 3 DESI YAAR Benny Dhaliwal featuring Harj Nagra 6400
81 57 5 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 29400
90 90 3 LIFE ON MARS Rick Wakeman 5500

 

28th February 2016

It’s a 4th week for Faded, that’s the whole of February on top, but there are 4 top 5 climbers hot on it’s heels. Pet Shop Boys first official single from Super replaces Inner Sanctum in the top 10, up 31 places to 2. Not many PSB singles peak at 2, so next week should see if they can keep up the chart-toppers. David Bowie gets yet another classic in the top 3 as Oh You Pretty Things replaces Changes in the top 3, appropriately all very Hunky Dory. Bomba Estereo groove to 4, up 20 places, and Vaults vaults 10 to 5 with the movie soundtrack song, her first top 10. Not seen the film yet.

Up 81 places, probably the biggest jump ever in my charts (being as I rarely have a top 100!) it’s the very late Sammy Davis Jr with the help of a fab Sky advert landing at 15, his highest ever chart placing and 4 years since Rhythm Of Life charted. There are, depressingly, a plethora of late music stars in my charts. Of the new ones, FKA Twigs gets her first top 20 with a lovely toon, and King (not the 80’s pop stars) go top 30 with the lovely The Greatest. Josef Salvat gets his first top 30, and Primal Scream and Holly Johnson return to the top 40 with new tracks, Holly’s is his biggest since the 80’s!

Others: I’ve been to see the fab Deadpool, which has a great soundtrack of oldies, 4 of them enter (Chordettes Back To The Future classic Mister Sandman; DMX; Neil Sedaka; Ray Charles), while there’s a song contest invasion of new stuff, and a few non-BJSC new tracks, including a welcome return to 6-years-absent Corinne Bailey Rae, who last hit my top 10 in 2010.

http://youtube.com/v/NDfrS-uvI0Q

1 1 1 7 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 850000
2 33 2 2 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 132700
3 7 3 7 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 260900
4 24 4 2 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 84000
5 15 5 2 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 87000
6 6 5 7 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 296400
7 3 1 6 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 600000
8 10 8 5 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 151500
9 5 3 7 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 465000
10 4 1 26 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2747000

11 9 9 3 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 100200
12 20 12 2 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 55000
13 2 2 7 CHANGES David Bowie 385000
14 14 14 5 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 119000
15 96 15 2 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 28400
16 16 16 7 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 117200
17 26 17 3 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 59500
18 11 5 7 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 289000
19 8 8 6 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 169100
20 72 20 2 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 25600

http://youtube.com/v/8Tq0HzgDcNc

21 28 4 13 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 440800
22 23 22 7 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 127400
23 13 10 7 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 173550
24 45 24 2 THE GREATEST KING 32000
25 25 25 7 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 128650
26 17 17 6 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 106950
27 18 18 3 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 62400
28 36 28 15 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 172600
29 46 29 12 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 113350
30 65 30 4 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 45800

http://youtube.com/v/UbpSV3gBRfk

31 31 19 5 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 94700
32 22 12 7 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 163050
33 19 9 6 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 169200
34 34 6 11 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 342100
35 40 35 3 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 41900
36 21 6 10 WISH Hurts 297400
37 38 37 8 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 136800
38 49 38 3 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 35700
39 68 39 2 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 23500
40 41 40 7 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 96000

http://youtube.com/v/AXiMS5XW6kA

41 30 1 17 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1412250
42 29 3 19 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 806300
43 44 43 7 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 90500
44 55 44 2 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 24050
45 NEW 45 1 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 13000
46 32 1 16 WINGS Hurts 1670300
47 27 5 9 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 337200
48 48 48 4 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 34800
49 51 49 5 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 56700
50 50 50 7 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 81000

51 53 51 7 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 57400
52 12 12 24 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 376200
53 54 53 4 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 36450
54 47 47 5 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 48450
55 35 7 11 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 290700
56 57 56 8 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 70800
57 59 57 4 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 34200
58 60 58 4 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 25900
59 37 11 8 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 156550
60 NEW 60 1 PLUMMET tiasu 10000

61 NEW 61 1 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 7500
62 86 62 3 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 11200
63 79 63 3 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 13400
64 94 64 2 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 8700
65 82 65 2 BONBON Era Istrefi 10600
66 NEW 66 1 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 6800
67 NEW 67 1 CHILDREN OF THE SUN Thomas Bergersen featuring Merethe Soltvedt 6600
68 58 58 4 SANCTUARY Allie X 28000
69 73 69 2 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 11600
70 NEW 70 1 MIRROR MIRROR Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams 6000

71 NEW 71 1 YEAH! COSBY 5800
72 39 39 4 MOVIES Rykka 38100
73 87 73 2 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 8000
74 74 74 3 TO MY SURPRISE James 15400
75 42 35 6 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 88150

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76 70 1 7 HEROES David Bowie 253150
77 98 77 2 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 5800
78 80 78 3 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 10300
79 43 32 6 BORROWED TIME Frances 57300
80 97 80 3 DESI YAAR Benny Dhaliwal featuring Harj Nagra 6400

81 66 57 5 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 29400
82 85 82 5 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 13200
83 NEW 83 1 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 3400
84 93 84 2 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 4900
85 56 13 18 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 256550
86 88 86 2 DANGEROUS Frances Rose 5200
87 89 87 6 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 10500
88 NEW 88 1 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 2400
89 78 12 7 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 77200
90 90 90 3 LIFE ON MARS Rick Wakeman 5500

91 NEW 91 1 XPANDER Sasha 1900
92 NEW 92 1 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 1800
93 NEW 93 1 MISSING YOU All Time Low 1700
94 NEW 94 1 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 1600
95 NEW 95 1 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 1500
96 NEW 96 1 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 1400
97 NEW 97 1 THE LOOK Metronomy 1300
98 NEW 98 1 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 1200
99 NEW 99 1 GIMME THE LOVE Jake Bugg 1100
100 NEW 100 1 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 1000

DROP OUTS

52 18 8 AMAZING Foxes 126050
61 34 5 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 54800
62 14 5 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 96100
63 40 5 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 58550
64 47 3 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire 32100
67 7 7 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 165000
69 1 6 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 278950
71 21 5 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 74300
75 75 4 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 16200
76 43 5 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 54600
77 50 5 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 39200
81 30 6 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 85800
83 7 12 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 269900
84 84 2 I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan 6000
91 22 15 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 120450
92 6 15 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 370100
95 43 8 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 46100
99 3 21 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 463200
100 100 1 BLITZ Digitalism 1000

21st February 2016

It’s Faded for a 3rd week on top as Changes hits number 2, a new peak since it first charted in 1975 for David Bowie, and the same for Oh! You Pretty Things, which has never charted before, both dating from 1971 originally, when I lived in Singapore and had no idea who Bowie was…! Highest new entry is a second hit for Vaults, at 15, from a naughty movie, it’s fab, while a hot new track enters at 20 for Flume featuring Kai. A Spanish language dance goodie from Colombian band Bomba Estereo is in at 24, quite probably only the 2nd act from that country to make my charts (Shakira obviously the likely first), and in at 33 it’s the new official single from Pet Shop Boys joining the next album debut track Inner Sanctum inside the top 40. Of course! I was, in actual fact, a Pop Kid. I like to think Neil wrote the lyric for me… tongue.gif

Others: the tragically late young band Viola Beach enter with a good track, Holly ‘Frankie Goes To Hollywood’ Johnson is back over 30 years on with a movie soundtrack song not entirely unlike The Power Of Love. That’s a good thing. FKA Twigs gets a second entry, Gwen Stefani keeps the 20 year-run (nearly) of hits going, albeit starting with No Doubt, no doubt. Elvis is back with a re-imagining of his 1969 top 5 belter If I Can Dream, one I loved as an 11-year-old but less so these days, and finally Sammy Davis Jr is being used in a SKY TV ad, good enough excuse for me to chart it (along with itunes) especially as it’s a song I knew in my distant youth but never really noticed much. Sammy was fab.

1 1 1 6 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 680000
2 6 2 6 CHANGES David Bowie 353000
3 2 1 5 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 550000
4 4 1 25 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2705000
5 3 3 6 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 420000
6 5 5 6 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 241400
7 9 7 6 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 185900
8 8 8 5 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 148100
9 29 9 2 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 63200
10 11 10 4 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 103500

http://youtube.com/v/ESjzB0m_60E

11 7 5 6 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 267000
12 13 12 23 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 364700
13 10 10 6 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 154300
14 14 14 4 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 90000
15 NEW 15 1 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 27000
16 26 16 6 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 92200
17 17 17 5 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 88450
18 18 18 2 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 44000
19 16 9 5 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 151500
20 NEW 20 1 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 20000

http://youtube.com/v/-KPnyf8vwXI

21 15 6 9 WISH Hurts 280000
22 12 12 6 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 145250
23 23 23 6 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 107900
24 NEW 24 1 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 19000
25 25 25 6 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 109900
26 30 26 2 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 36500
27 19 5 8 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 324700
28 22 4 12 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 421050
29 27 3 18 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 792550
30 28 1 16 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1398250

http://youtube.com/v/zPB8Ba5BJ7w

31 31 19 4 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 76800
32 21 1 15 WINGS Hurts 1657550
33 NEW 33 1 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 17700
34 33 6 10 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 324500
35 24 7 10 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 279900
36 37 36 14 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 154300
37 20 11 7 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 146450
38 39 38 7 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 119500
39 60 39 3 MOVIES Rykka 32500
40 62 40 2 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 24400

http://youtube.com/v/7JF3Gj8U0YA

41 42 41 6 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 79000
42 35 35 5 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 83150
43 32 32 5 BORROWED TIME Frances 53100
44 44 44 6 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 77000
45 NEW 45 1 THE GREATEST KING 13000
46 46 46 11 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 95150
47 53 47 4 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 37450
48 65 48 3 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 22500
49 68 49 2 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 18500
50 52 50 6 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 69000

51 51 51 4 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 44600
52 48 18 8 AMAZING Foxes 126050
53 58 53 6 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 45650
54 63 54 3 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 25200
55 NEW 55 1 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 10800
56 45 13 17 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 253550
57 59 57 7 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 60200
58 67 58 3 SANCTUARY Allie X 21600
59 64 59 3 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 23800
60 78 60 3 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 15700

61 34 34 5 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 54800
62 38 14 5 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 96100
63 40 40 5 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 58550
64 47 47 3 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire 32100
65 55 55 3 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 27800
66 57 57 4 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 25600
67 36 7 7 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 165000
68 NEW 68 1 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 6400
69 41 1 6 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 278950
70 56 1 6 HEROES David Bowie 248350

71 54 21 5 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 74300
72 NEW 72 1 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 5600
73 NEW 73 1 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 5400
74 75 74 2 TO MY SURPRISE James 10200
75 77 75 4 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 16200

*******************************************

76 43 43 5 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 54600
77 50 50 5 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 39200
78 74 12 6 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 75000
79 90 79 2 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 6200
80 91 80 2 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 5900

81 49 30 6 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 85800
82 NEW 82 1 BONBON Era Istrefi 3600
83 66 7 12 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 269900
84 86 84 2 I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan 6000
85 88 85 4 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 9600
86 100 86 2 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 3800
87 NEW 87 1 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 2600
88 NEW 88 1 DANGEROUS Frances Rose 2400
89 92 89 5 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 7900
90 95 90 2 LIFE ON MARS Rick Wakeman 3500

91 89 22 15 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 120450
92 73 6 15 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 370100
93 NEW 93 1 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 1700
94 NEW 94 1 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1600
95 94 43 8 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 46100
96 NEW 96 1 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 1400
97 99 97 2 DESI YAAR Benny Dhaliwal featuring Harj Nagra 2400
98 NEW 98 1 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 1200
99 96 3 21 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 463200
100 NEW 100 1 BLITZ Digitalism 1000

DROP OUTS
61 37 5 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY David Bowie 48250
69 8 9 LAZARUS David Bowie 163300
70 70 7 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 37600
71 40 4 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 41900
72 34 4 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 47600
76 19 9 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 124300
79 69 4 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 16100
80 71 5 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 22200
81 24 7 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 93800
82 50 3 DON’T BE SHY (FILATOV & KARAS REMIX) Imany 27350
83 83 4 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 11000
84 10 17 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 234250
85 28 5 STARMAN David Bowie 39500
87 87 2 BRIGHTEST LIGHT FDVM featuring Josh Wantie 5200
93 93 2 TEQUILA Doop 2800
97 25 5 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 84150
98 3 13 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 451250

 

 

14th February 2016

2 weeks on top for the gorgeous Faded, not fading at all, along with the top 4. Pet Shop Boys finally get into the Inner Sanctum of the top 10, I think only 2 PSB singles have ever failed to do that, though some album tracks pottered around lower as well. Aphrodite’s Child and several Bowie’s keep the oldies climbing, while the highest new entry is a buzz: Timothy Bloom and V Bozeman, a great soul duet (or r’n’b if you prefer) that hasn’t even been released in the UK streaming or itunes, and there’s an over-18 adult video to go along with it – or Arty, as I prefer to think of it, it’s lovely if you don’t have hang-ups about the beautiful human body. The edited version though is linked…

In at 29, it’s cult and 60’s sounding Cat’s Eyes with the super-hero named Chameleon Queen, it’s part opera singer Rachel Zeffira, and part The Horror’s Farid Badwan, and part fab. In at 30 DJ Fresh and Dizzee Rascal do what the rubbish streaming charts wouldn’t allow let them do – get a bonafide top 40 entry. On UK sales they are top 20, but as it’s Ministry Of Sound (as in not streamed) it’s barely inside the top 75 combined chart. I bet Ministry Of Sound made more money from their sales-alone chart position last week than half the records placed higher thanks to streaming.

Lower down and welcomes back to Primal Scream and James, both veterans of the early 90’s, and both former chart-toppers here and nowhere else in the real-singles-sales-chart world, criminally. Enya’s even more veteran, late 80’s and still going strong with a second chart entry in 2016, while most-veteran of all is Rick Wakeman, once of Yes, prog rock king, album chart-topper, funny, intelligent, and loveable man, and player of many a session, including David Bowie’s Life On Mars – which he did for the BBC as an instrumental following Bowie’s death, and now released. So he’s actually in the chart twice with the same song, yay for Rick. Most incredibly of all, I think is this his first ever entry in my singles charts solo. Now that really is 45 years overdue!!!

1 1 1 5 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 510000
2 2 1 4 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 465000
3 3 3 5 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 360000
4 4 1 24 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2640000
5 6 5 5 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 186400
6 8 6 5 CHANGES David Bowie 238000
7 5 5 5 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 230000
8 17 8 4 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 100100
9 10 9 5 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 135900
10 14 10 5 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 122300

http://youtube.com/v/lNLkcOqQSBM

11 31 11 3 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 61500
12 12 12 5 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 125750
13 15 13 22 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 329700
14 18 14 3 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 61000
15 20 6 8 WISH Hurts 260250
16 9 9 4 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 130500
17 25 17 4 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 65450
18 NEW 18 1 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V Bozeman 22000
19 7 5 7 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 306300
20 11 11 6 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 129150

http://youtube.com/v/np_dW7yzhM8

21 13 1 14 WINGS Hurts 1639750
22 23 4 11 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 402750
23 36 23 5 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 88650
24 24 7 9 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 262400
25 26 25 5 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 91150
26 29 26 5 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 67200
27 27 3 17 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 774350
28 28 1 15 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1380250
29 NEW 29 1 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 18200
30 NEW 30 1 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 18000

http://youtube.com/v/ZzFdvdMG1Ao

31 19 19 3 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 58900
32 56 32 4 BORROWED TIME Frances 39600
33 33 6 9 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 306900
34 34 34 4 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 47300
35 35 35 4 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 69400
36 16 7 6 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 158400
37 42 37 13 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 136900
38 22 14 4 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 88700
39 39 39 6 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 102300
40 41 40 4 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 51350

http://youtube.com/v/1SVlqcTVQdk

******************************

41 21 1 5 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 272750
42 44 42 5 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 65000
43 48 43 4 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 49800
44 46 44 5 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 63750
45 45 13 16 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 242950
46 51 46 10 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 82400
47 47 47 2 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire 25000
48 32 18 7 AMAZING Foxes 114550
49 38 30 5 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 82000
50 57 50 4 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 34600

51 54 51 3 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 32850
52 52 52 5 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 57000
53 RE 53 3 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 24950
54 30 21 4 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 68500
55 60 55 2 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 20800
56 53 1 5 HEROES David Bowie 242350
57 62 57 3 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 18800
58 58 58 5 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 34400
59 59 59 6 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 49800
60 73 60 2 MOVIES Rykka 15400

61 37 37 5 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY David Bowie 48250
62 NEW 62 1 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 7400
63 65 63 2 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 14200
64 67 65 2 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 13700
65 84 65 2 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 10200
66 55 7 11 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 266500
67 76 67 2 SANCTUARY Allie X 11400
68 NEW 68 1 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 6400
69 43 8 9 LAZARUS David Bowie 163300
70 71 70 7 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 37600

71 40 40 4 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 41900
72 49 34 4 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 47600
73 61 6 14 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 368300
74 72 12 5 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 70600
75 NEW 75 1 TO MY SURPRISE James 5000

**********************************************

76 68 19 9 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 124300
77 78 77 3 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 11200
78 97 78 2 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 5700
79 69 69 4 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 16100
80 79 71 5 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 22200

81 64 24 7 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 93800
82 50 50 3 DON’T BE SHY (FILATOV & KARAS REMIX) Imany 27350
83 83 83 4 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 11000
84 75 10 17 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 234250
85 80 28 5 STARMAN David Bowie 39500
86 NEW 86 1 I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan 2800
87 87 87 2 BRIGHTEST LIGHT FDVM featuring Josh Wantie 5200
88 89 88 3 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 6600
89 85 22 14 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 118550
90 NEW 90 1 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 2000

91 NEW 91 1 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 1900
92 92 92 4 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 5700
93 99 93 2 TEQUILA Doop 2800
94 100 43 7 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 44600
95 NEW 95 1 LIFE ON MARS Rick Wakeman 1500
96 91 3 20 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 462100
97 66 25 5 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 84150
98 63 3 13 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 451250
99 NEW 99 1 DESI YAAR Benny Dhaliwal featuring Harj Nagra 1100
100 NEW 100 1 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 1000

DROP OUTS
70 32 4 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 55100
74 3 22 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 550150
77 16 4 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 47100
81 46 6 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 42650
82 9 12 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 242400
86 37 7 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 54350
88 9 8 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 177300
90 2 20 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 869600
93 93 4 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 5900
94 86 3 THRESHOLD Redlight featuring Melisa Whiskey 7200
95 95 4 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 5700
96 96 3 NEW KID IN TOWN The Eagles 3900
98 98 2 QUEEN BITCH David Bowie 2400

 

 

7th February 2016

It’s the oh-so-earworm fragile vocals of Iselin Solheim on Alan Walker’s Faded that just pips the sultry vocals of Bishop on Zonderling’s Crazy For You. Steve Aoki gets his first top 3, and Walk Off The Earth get their second, as Florence gets a 23rd consecutive top 4 run. Turin Brakes equal their previous biggest, 2003’s Pain Killer at 5. Lukas Graham go top 10, the lovely 7 Years, and David Bowie joins himself in the top 10 with Oh You Pretty Things, a song I knew long long ago in a hit version by Peter Noone, lead singer of Herman’s Hermits, Bowie’s superior original at long last charts big, as does his original version of All The Young Dudes, gifted to Mott The Hoople to classic effect. Bowie’s stripped-back version isn’t a patch on his production for Mott – happily they’ve released the Mott Backing track with Bowie’s vocals, and Ian Hunter’s backing singing, which tributes Mott’s late drummer as well as Bowie.

Talking of late, another week, another loss, this time Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire who get 2 of their best tracks back in my chart, while back in the land of the land, more scandipop (sort of) as Postiljonen get a 3rd top 20 with The Open Road. Pet Shop Boys keep the top 20 run secure, as Raleigh Ritchie climbs into the 30, the top 40 chart still Bowie-full, as some dropping down and out are replaced by two Blackstar tracks. Up to 47, Demis Roussos and Vangelis aka Aphrodite’s Child late 60’s gentle pyschedelic Greek prog rock. If you can’t imagine a slim, good-looking, hip and cool Demis Roussos take a look!

1 2 1 4 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 340000
2 1 1 3 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 350000
3 4 3 4 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 275000
4 3 1 23 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2575000
5 6 5 4 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 180000
6 13 6 4 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 126400
7 5 5 6 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 285300
8 9 8 4 CHANGES David Bowie 183000
9 10 9 3 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 105500
10 33 10 4 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 90900

http://youtube.com/v/kAwSQq44O_U

11 16 11 5 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 109150
12 30 12 4 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 90750
13 8 1 13 WINGS Hurts 1620000
14 23 14 4 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 80300
15 15 15 21 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 297700
16 7 7 5 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 141000
17 24 17 3 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 52100
18 60 18 2 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 32000
19 20 19 2 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 41000
20 12 6 7 WISH Hurts 233250

http://youtube.com/v/e6KPdi7lcak

21 11 1 4 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 258750
22 14 14 3 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 71500
23 19 4 10 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 383250
24 17 7 8 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 243400
25 35 25 3 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 42450
26 28 26 4 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 72400
27 27 3 16 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 755950
28 31 1 14 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1361950
29 40 29 4 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 48700
30 21 21 3 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 57500

http://youtube.com/v/MrnCnCmUrE8
31 67 47 2 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 24500
32 18 18 6 AMAZING Foxes 102250
33 22 6 8 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 289200
34 49 34 2 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 29700
35 37 35 3 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 51900
36 36 36 4 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 69400
37 53 37 4 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY David Bowie 40750
38 38 30 4 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 69900
39 39 39 5 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 85200
40 48 40 3 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 36100

41 44 41 3 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 34350
42 42 42 12 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 119600
43 41 8 8 LAZARUS David Bowie 157100
44 45 44 4 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 51250
45 29 13 15 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 229950
46 46 46 4 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 50500
47 NEW 47 1 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire 12500
48 50 48 3 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 36300
49 34 34 3 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 42000
50 51 50 2 DON’T BE SHY (FILATOV & KARAS REMIX) Imany 23750

http://youtube.com/v/YQyxCL1uMlU

51 54 51 9 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 69650
52 52 52 4 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 45500
53 26 1 4 HEROES David Bowie 231750
54 59 54 2 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 21100
55 32 7 10 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 259700
56 70 56 3 BORROWED TIME Frances 21800
57 69 57 3 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 22600
58 72 58 4 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 24200
59 62 59 5 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 39700
60 NEW 60 1 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 10000

61 55 6 13 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 362900
62 100 62 2 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 8400
63 57 3 12 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 450050
64 47 24 6 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 90000
65 NEW 65 1 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 7000
66 25 25 4 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 82850
67 NEW 67 1 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 6600
68 56 19 8 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 119500
69 75 69 3 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 12900
70 43 32 4 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 55100

71 71 71 6 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 31600
72 63 12 4 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 65400
73 NEW 73 1 MOVIES Rykka 5400
74 61 3 22 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 550150
75 79 10 16 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 231050

**********************************************

76 NEW 76 1 SANCTUARY Allie X 4800
77 73 16 4 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 47100
78 89 78 2 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 6600
79 77 71 4 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 18200
80 80 28 4 STARMAN David Bowie 36500

81 64 46 6 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 42650
82 76 9 12 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 242400
83 83 83 3 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 7600
84 NEW 84 1 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 3200
85 88 22 13 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 116350
86 92 37 7 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 54350
87 NEW 87 1 BRIGHTEST LIGHT FDVM featuring Josh Wantie 2600
88 58 9 8 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 177300
89 90 89 2 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 4200
90 82 2 20 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 869600

91 85 3 19 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 460700
92 99 92 3 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 3900
93 94 93 4 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 5900
94 86 86 3 THRESHOLD Redlight featuring Melisa Whiskey 7200
95 96 95 4 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 5700
96 97 96 3 NEW KID IN TOWN The Eagles 3900
97 NEW 97 1 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 1300
98 98 98 2 QUEEN BITCH David Bowie 2400
99 NEW 99 1 TEQUILA Doop 1100
100 91 43 6 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 43000

DROP OUTS
65 65 6 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 30800
66 37 5 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 56800
68 16 9 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 125600
74 55 3 BAD HABITS The Last Shadow Puppets 22000
78 57 3 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie with Pet Shop Boys 25200
81 3 11 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 412900
84 6 10 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 262400
87 87 3 ONLY YOU Chris Lee 5200
93 65 5 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 27300
95 95 3 MAGIC DANCE David Bowie 4000

31st January 2016

It’s Zonderling at 1, with BISHOP, that’s a male Deep House duo and female DJ/Singer, who seem to have collided with major impact for me on the fab Crazy For You, just holding off the Must-be-huge-in-the-UK-sometime-soon Faded, from Alan Walker, a big Euro-hit. Florence holds at 3, that’s an unprecedented 21 consecutive top 3 weeks and one week at 4. The epic drama of the track just does not fade for me!

Chris Lee gives China a top 10 act crossed over with UK PCMusic, while The Shanghai Restoration project are a bit lower down, giving a modern Chinese-American version of a 1930’s Chinese movie tune (I think!). TheFatRat have a real mish-mash of musical styles that works at 10, and highest new entry is Nimmo at 20, a London 5-piece band with a thumping good dance groove.

Pet Shop Boys keep up the top 40 consecutive record – they have never missed once since debuting in 1985 – with Inner Sanctum, while all of David Bowie’s new tracks (except Lazarus) climb, including the 10-minute long experimental Blackstar, along with new entries for Bowie singing on his production of his song for Mott The Hoople, along with lead singer Ian Hunter: All The Young Dudes, a much better version than his own version. Queen Bitch also enters to swap places with China Girl and Ashes To Ashes which drop out, love ‘em, but they have had great chart runs already.

The late Colin Vearncombe returns with his classic Wonderful Life, as Black, while the late Glenn Frey goes top 40 for the second time with his Miami Vice hit, and the late Demis Roussos gets a belated tribute first entry for 60’s goodie Rain And Tears, with Aphrodite’s Child.

1 4 1 2 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 235000
2 8 2 3 FADED Alan Walker 170000
3 3 1 22 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2510000
4 5 4 3 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 190000
5 7 5 5 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 235300
6 10 6 3 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 120000
7 16 7 4 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 116000
8 2 1 12 WINGS Hurts 1588000
9 9 9 3 CHANGES David Bowie 135000
10 26 10 2 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 60500

http://youtube.com/v/60ItHLz5WEA

11 1 1 3 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 239000
12 6 6 6 WISH Hurts 213250
13 19 13 3 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 71400
14 17 14 2 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 52000
15 18 15 20 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 270700
16 21 16 4 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 72150
17 12 7 7 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 224400
18 20 18 5 AMAZING Foxes 84450
19 11 4 9 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 364000
20 NEW 20 1 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 20000

http://youtube.com/v/qWJ_egyc_mQ

21 25 21 2 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 39500
22 14 6 7 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 271500
23 28 23 3 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 51300
24 59 24 2 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 29100
25 29 25 3 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 76050
26 13 1 3 HEROES David Bowie 220500
27 27 3 15 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 737550
28 31 28 3 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 53900
29 33 13 14 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 216950
30 24 24 3 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 55750

http://youtube.com/v/pFptt7Cargc

31 23 1 13 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1343650
32 22 7 9 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 248900
33 38 33 3 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 48900
34 48 34 2 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 29900
35 69 35 2 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 23700
36 36 36 3 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 52000
37 39 37 2 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 34400
38 30 30 3 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 52700
39 40 39 4 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 68100
40 52 40 3 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 30500

41 15 8 7 LAZARUS David Bowie 143600
42 46 42 11 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 105850
43 32 32 3 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 49100
44 64 44 2 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 20350
45 45 45 3 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 38000
46 47 46 3 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 37750
47 41 24 5 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 82900
48 66 48 2 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 19100
49 NEW 49 1 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 12100
50 50 50 2 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 24000

http://youtube.com/v/kszLwBaC4Sw

51 NEW 51 1 DON’T BE SHY (FILATOV & KARAS REMIX) Imany 11750
52 53 52 3 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 34000
53 60 53 3 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY David Bowie 23450
54 56 54 8 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 57900
55 43 6 12 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 355400
56 35 19 7 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 113100
57 42 3 11 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 442850
58 37 9 7 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 174900
59 NEW 59 1 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 10100
60 NEW 60 1 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 10000

61 51 3 21 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 544950
62 62 62 4 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 29600
63 34 12 3 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 59800
64 91 46 5 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 38850
65 65 65 6 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 30800
66 44 37 5 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 56800
67 NEW 67 1 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 6600
68 54 16 9 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 125600
69 70 69 2 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 12200
70 74 70 2 BORROWED TIME Frances 11200

71 75 71 5 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 25800
72 79 72 3 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 14000
73 49 16 3 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 42500
74 55 55 3 BAD HABITS The Last Shadow Puppets 22000
75 93 75 2 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 6700

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76 61 9 11 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 238800
77 71 71 3 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 14000
78 57 57 3 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie with Pet Shop Boys 25200
79 84 10 15 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 226050
80 58 28 3 STARMAN David Bowie 32500

81 72 3 11 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 412900
82 87 2 19 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 867600
83 92 83 2 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 5200
84 76 6 10 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 262400
85 85 3 18 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 458800
86 86 86 2 THRESHOLD Redlight featuring Melisa Whiskey 5600
87 94 87 3 ONLY YOU Chris Lee 5200
88 80 22 12 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 113350
89 NEW 89 1 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 2200
90 NEW 90 1 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 2000

91 63 43 5 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 42000
92 82 37 6 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 51550
93 68 65 5 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 27300
94 95 94 3 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 4200
95 97 95 3 MAGIC DANCE David Bowie 4000
96 96 96 3 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 4200
97 98 97 2 NEW KID IN TOWN The Eagles 2500
98 NEW 98 1 QUEEN BITCH David Bowie 1200
99 100 99 2 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 2100
100 NEW 100 1 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 1000

DROP OUTS
67 18 6 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 81850
73 73 2 CHINA GIRL David Bowie 10800
77 5 28 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 463300
78 60 2 ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie 14400
81 5 10 HOT POWERS 329300
83 29 6 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 86200
88 88 1 WILD HORSES BISHOP 2400
89 35 6 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 63900
90 15 9 GIVE IT ALL Foals 132350
99 6 12 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 307050

 

 

 

24th January 2016

It’s another David Bowie oldie on top, one I like to think he wrote for me (I’m John, and he’s only dancing, so that’s fine). This is the 3rd time it’s made my top 5, in 1972, in 1980 (in an alternate 1972 version) and now again. There was also that other double A side version (Again) which is the worst of all the various versions – it’s like Bowie was never quite satisfied with it, leaving off his big albums, I think bizarrely so. It’s pretty obscure as a result of that decision, but it’s much better than many of the tracks that made it on to Ziggy and Aladdin. Play loud and it all makes sense. His 12th chart-topper, and only a 44-year wait from entering my chart to do it – a new chart record.

It’s a manic chart, stuffed with fabulous hot new singles, and still Hurts and Florence won’t shift, cos I love them so, still. Florence is now 2nd biggest record of the 21st century and Hurts are in the top 10. In at 4, it’s an unusual banging dance track, the producers seem to have purposely shifted it slightly off the beat, which is totally bizarre-sounding but soooo obsessive for me. Zonderling and Bishop are new to me, and this track is FAB. Alan Walker and Turin Brakes both go top 10, and the theme tune to David Bowie’s 80’s movie, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence is back for Ryuchi Sakamoto, it’s still lovely and haunting, in at 17. Ryuchi first made my chart in 1980 with Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Invaders Theme, which I’ve been playing a lot lately too.

Talking of Bowie, some drop out, some enter, some go up, such as Tis A Pity She Was A Whore, experimental industrial rock, almost, and into the 40 along with the gorgeous The Prettiest Star. New tracks, the marathon title track to Blackstar is into the 75, all jazzy, an Aladdin Sane album track, Panic In Detroit, and also a live performance of Pink Floyd’s Arnold Layne with David Gilmour, which I never charted – I must have been on holiday out of the country and missed it when it went UK top 20. David’s Pet Shop Boys Hallo Spaceboy (final part of the Major Tom referenced trilogy) stays static, but Pet Shop Boys have released a new track from a forthcoming new album and it sits amongst a bunch of Bowie tracks, I think appropriately. Inner Sanctum is pure dance, pretty much, and enters unusually low for a PSB track, for me.

There are loads of tracks re-entering, or entering again as new (it’s a new year, so a new entry if they exited the chart in 2015 in my version of chart worlds) thanks to the hideously slow UK singles chart finally getting behind tracks that were in my charts last year – though some it must be said did chart in the UK Sales chart as opposed to combined streaming chart – or else Radio 1 and 2 have suddenly got behind them. So X Ambassadors, Tame Impala, Elle King, 99 Souls, Thomas Rhett are on the up again. Finally, Glenn Frey died this week, and I’ve had to chuck out Lemmy and Natalie Cole tracks to make way for solo Glenn and Eagles tracks, but I stuck with ones that were 100% Glenn that underperformed in my charts.

http://youtube.com/v/6VrqCBsbeuc

1 13 1 2 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 202000
2 2 1 11 WINGS Hurts 1540000
3 3 1 21 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2425000
4 NEW 4 1 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 65000
5 4 4 2 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 125000
6 6 6 5 WISH Hurts 178250
7 5 5 4 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 175300
8 15 8 2 FADED Alan Walker 55000
9 9 9 2 CHANGES David Bowie 90000
10 17 10 2 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 65000

http://youtube.com/v/A1CKiO8CbEs

11 11 4 8 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 343000
12 7 7 6 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 201400
13 1 1 2 HEROES David Bowie 202000
14 10 6 6 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 252000
15 8 8 6 LAZARUS David Bowie 129600
16 19 16 3 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 66000
17 NEW 17 1 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 23000
18 18 18 19 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 243700
19 27 19 2 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 39400
20 23 20 4 AMAZING Foxes 62450

21 36 21 3 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 47150
22 14 7 8 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 231100
23 22 1 12 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1325750
24 25 24 2 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 37750
25 NEW 25 1 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 18750
26 NEW 26 1 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 18500
27 21 3 14 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 719150
28 42 28 2 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 32050
29 48 29 2 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 57300
30 35 30 2 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 35500

http://youtube.com/v/-zF2tsBJnpk

31 33 31 2 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 35600
32 32 32 2 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 35600
33 55 13 13 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 198750
34 12 12 2 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 52600
35 29 19 6 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 102500
36 38 36 2 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 34600
37 20 9 6 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 164700
38 41 38 2 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 31200
39 NEW 39 1 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 17100
40 40 40 3 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 51000

41 24 24 4 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 70400
42 26 3 10 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 432450
43 34 6 11 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 344600
44 37 37 4 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 50000
45 50 45 2 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 25000
46 49 46 10 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 92100
47 47 47 2 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 25000
48 NEW 48 1 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 12300
49 16 16 2 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 37100
50 NEW 50 1 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 12000

http://youtube.com/v/j4ueaD22hg8

51 31 3 20 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 537450
52 90 52 2 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 13500
53 53 53 2 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 22500
54 30 16 8 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 119200
55 70 55 2 BAD HABITS The Last Shadow Puppets 16800
56 56 56 7 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 46900
57 57 57 2 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie with Pet Shop Boys 20800
58 28 28 2 STARMAN David Bowie 28500
59 NEW 59 1 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 10100
60 89 60 2 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING David Bowie 12200

http://youtube.com/v/lNLkcOqQSBM

61 39 9 10 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 234000
62 62 62 3 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 22200
63 43 43 4 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 40100
64 NEW 64 1 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 7100
65 68 65 5 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 23800
66 NEW 66 1 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 6800
67 44 18 6 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 81850
68 65 65 4 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 25600
69 NEW 69 1 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 6200
70 NEW 70 1 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 6000

71 82 71 2 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 9400
72 45 3 10 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 409100
73 73 73 2 CHINA GIRL David Bowie 10800
74 NEW 74 1 BORROWED TIME Frances 5200
75 75 75 4 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 20000

*****************************************************

76 46 6 9 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 259200
77 58 5 28 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 463300
78 60 60 2 ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie 14400
79 79 79 2 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 8400
80 52 22 11 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 110950

81 61 5 10 HOT POWERS 329300
82 59 37 5 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 49750
83 54 29 6 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 86200
84 RE 10 14 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 221850
85 81 3 17 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 455800
86 NEW 86 1 THRESHOLD Redlight featuring Melisa Whiskey 2800
87 RE 2 18 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 864000
88 NEW 88 1 WILD HORSES BISHOP 2400
89 63 35 6 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 63900
90 51 15 9 GIVE IT ALL Foals 132350

91 64 46 4 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 31750
92 NEW 92 1 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 1800
93 NEW 93 1 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 1700
94 100 94 2 ONLY YOU Chris Lee 2600
95 99 95 2 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 2600
96 96 96 2 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 2800
97 98 97 2 MAGIC DANCE David Bowie 2500
98 NEW 98 1 NEW KID IN TOWN The Eagles 1200
99 69 6 12 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 307050
100 NEW 100 1 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 1000

DROP OUTS
66 26 23 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 277800
67 17 8 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 137700
71 36 9 FOCUS Ariana Grande 80750
72 47 10 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 66900
74 74 1 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 5200
76 39 3 SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 39000
77 4 14 HEY BOY Take That 371750
78 33 5 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 58700
80 10 9 FAST LANE Rationale 217400
83 15 3 ACE OF SPADES Motorhead 42900
84 32 3 UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole and Nat ‘King’ Cole 38800
85 48 3 I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU Billy Fury 26550
86 16 10 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 128800
87 71 3 HOLLOW Tori Kelly featuring Big Sean 14200
88 88 1 UNDER PRESSURE David Bowie and Queen 2400
91 45 7 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 40700
92 3 19 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 506750
93 93 1 FAME David Bowie 1700
94 67 4 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 20600
95 95 1 MODERN LOVE David Bowie 1500
97 63 5 HISTORY One Direction 26200

17th January 2016

Yes it’s Heroes (or “Heroes”) on top for the first time, after a 39 year wait. Bowie is a legend, and Heroes was underestimated by everyone, including me, when it came out in 1977. Donna Summer had just blown everyone away with I Feel Love, Oxygene and Magic Fly were in the charts sounding like the future, and punk rock was all the rage, Bowie himslef had already done the synth pop thing earlier in the year with Sound And Vision, and Heroes just seemed very low-key. It made my top 20, and then eventually top 5 in 2012, and now becomes David Bowie’s 11th chart topper. 25 Bowie tracks old and new enter my expanded chart (I had to do it again, it would have been unfair to chop the bottom 25 out), while his final single while alive Lazarus shoots up to 8.

Highest of the actual new entries is Steve Aoki, and Walk Off The Earth, their second top 10 single, while Turin Brakes radio mix gives them a very 2016 sound and a welcome top 20 return after 11 years away and 15 years after debuting. I’m gratified to see a lot of tracks in the UK charts at last, months after charting in mine (or mere weeks in some cases) and two of them duly climb back up (X Ambassadors and Shawn Mendes), but this chart is all about David Bowie, Music Legend and a real Hero of mine.

http://youtube.com/v/Tgcc5V9Hu3g

1 NEW 1 1 HEROES David Bowie 170000
2 1 1 10 WINGS Hurts 1425000
3 2 1 20 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2340000
4 NEW 4 1 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 65000
5 8 5 3 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 125300
6 12 6 4 WISH Hurts 123250
7 7 7 5 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 166400
8 28 8 5 LAZARUS David Bowie 102600
9 NEW 9 1 CHANGES David Bowie 45000
10 6 6 5 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 223000

http://youtube.com/v/kAwSQq44O_U

11 4 4 7 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 306000
12 NEW 12 1 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 35000
13 NEW 13 1 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 32000
14 14 7 7 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 211600
15 NEW 15 1 FADED Alan Walker 27000
16 NEW 16 1 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 25000
17 NEW 17 1 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 23000
18 18 18 18 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 221700
19 20 19 1 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 41000
20 9 9 5 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 147400

http://youtube.com/v/Ui_ECC1s-o8

21 13 3 13 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 700750
22 11 1 11 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1306500
23 34 23 3 AMAZING Foxes 42450
24 24 24 3 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 56400
25 NEW 25 1 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 18750
26 10 3 9 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 418700
27 NEW 27 1 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 18400
28 NEW 28 1 STARMAN David Bowie 18300
29 19 19 5 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 85000
30 16 16 7 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 108200

http://youtube.com/v/60ItHLz5WEA

31 3 3 19 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 525700
32 NEW 32 1 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 17800
33 NEW 33 1 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 17700
34 23 6 10 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 331100
35 NEW 35 1 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 17500
36 60 36 2 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 27400
37 44 37 3 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 36750
38 NEW 38 1 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 17200
39 17 9 9 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 226500
40 40 40 2 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 34000

41 NEW 41 1 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 14000
42 NEW 42 1 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 13750
43 50 43 3 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 32900
44 27 18 5 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 75250
45 25 3 9 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 403500
46 31 6 8 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 254400
47 NEW 47 1 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 12500
48 NEW 48 1 TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 12300
49 53 49 9 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 79350
50 NEW 50 1 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 12000

51 21 15 8 GIVE IT ALL Foals 130350
52 22 22 10 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 106950
53 NEW 53 1 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 11250
54 29 29 5 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 82800
55 55 13 12 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 181050
56 56 56 6 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 36300
57 NEW 57 1 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie with The Pet Shop Boys 10400
58 5 5 27 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 458700
59 37 37 4 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 46150
60 NEW 60 1 ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie 10000

61 30 5 9 HOT POWERS 325500
62 62 62 2 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 14800
63 35 35 5 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 61700
64 46 46 3 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 29850
65 65 65 3 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 19200
66 26 26 23 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 277800
67 33 17 8 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 137700
68 73 68 4 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 16800
69 51 6 11 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 305950
70 NEW 70 1 BAD HABITS The Last Shadow Puppets 6000

71 36 36 9 FOCUS Ariana Grande 80750
72 47 47 10 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 66900
73 NEW 73 1 CHINA GIRL David Bowie 5400
74 NEW 74 1 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 5200
75 75 75 3 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 15000

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76 39 39 3 SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 39000
77 42 4 14 HEY BOY Take That 371750
78 43 33 5 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 58700
79 NEW 79 1 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 4200
80 38 10 9 FAST LANE Rationale 217400

81 59 3 16 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 452800
82 NEW 82 1 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 3600
83 15 15 3 ACE OF SPADES Motorhead 42900
84 32 32 3 UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole and Nat ‘King’ Cole 38800
85 48 48 3 I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU Billy Fury 26550
86 54 16 10 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 128800
87 71 71 3 HOLLOW Tori Kelly featuring Big Sean 14200
88 NEW 88 1 UNDER PRESSURE David Bowie and Queen 2400
89 NEW 89 1 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING David Bowie 2200
90 NEW 90 1 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 2000

91 45 45 7 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 40700
92 70 3 19 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 506750
93 NEW 93 1 FAME David Bowie 1700
94 67 67 4 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 20600
95 NEW 95 1 MODERN LOVE David Bowie 1500
96 NEW 96 1 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 1400
97 63 63 5 HISTORY One Direction 26200
98 NEW 98 1 MAGIC DANCE David Bowie 1200
99 NEW 99 1 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 1100
100 NEW 100 1 ONLY YOU Chris Lee 1000

DROP OUTS
41 18 8 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 116450
49 15 7 1/M/T Mirror Talk 135050
52 9 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (742450) Chris Rea 92100
57 11 10 SAX Fleur East 197650
58 1 12 HELLO Adele 575200
61 43 4 YOU BELONG TO ME Bryan Adams 44500
64 64 2 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 13700
66 8 18 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 297150
68 68 2 OVERKILL Motorhead 12800
69 6 16 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 256200
72 40 4 SWEET LOVIN’ Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher 56600
74 19 8 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 99000

10th January 2016

It’s Hurts for a 5th week on top, as Florence stays at 2, 19 weeks none of them lower than 4, and now well inside my all-time top 75 chart pointers! The Cowsills harmony overdrive 1969 goodie is at 3, as The Turtles 1967 classic pop track is at 5, one of 2 from Minions. Here’s the video:

http://youtube.com/v/Tvu3xiFmfDU

Nero and Charli XCX both return to the top 10, Nero with a dancefloor bound, and a fabulous female vocal. Motorhead make the top 20 for the 3rd time, as the late Lemmy peaks in the UK charts having hit my top 3 long ago. In the basence of fresh new music, lots of oldies re-enter, or debut, or climb, including two Beatles album track classics thanks to the streaming album chart entries – just limited it to those that made the Top 100 though to avoid a Beatles invasion yet again! Neither John Lennon’s Across The Universe nor his A Day In The Life have charted before: unbelievable!!

Chinese singer Chris Lee has gone all techno techno techno, and she has a new image to match her arty pop, part of a double A side single, this is the track I prefer in at 20, Real Love (and not John Lennon’s Real Love). The other will enter next week, love the traditional Chinese music influences in it.

1 1 1 9 WINGS Hurts 1310000
2 2 1 19 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2255000
3 5 3 18 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 507800
4 4 4 6 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 269000
5 10 5 26 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 448500
6 8 6 4 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 181000
7 9 7 4 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 116400
8 37 8 2 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 65300
9 12 9 4 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 127400
10 6 3 8 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 400200

http://youtube.com/v/ugrFTySNeQk

11 3 1 10 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1287000
12 20 12 3 WISH Hurts 68250
13 11 3 12 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 681000
14 7 7 6 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 182600
15 47 15 2 ACE OF SPADES Motorhead 39500
16 22 16 6 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 90200
17 14 9 8 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 209400
18 25 18 17 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 199700
19 19 19 4 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 66800
20 NEW 20 1 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 20000

http://youtube.com/v/WfRByws6l6o

21 16 15 7 GIVE IT ALL Foals 118600
22 31 22 9 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 95450
23 23 6 9 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 313500
24 27 24 2 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 37400
25 13 3 8 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 390500
26 26 26 22 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 271000
27 18 18 4 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 62000
28 30 28 4 LAZARUS David Bowie 54600
29 29 29 4 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 71800
30 15 5 8 HOT POWERS 318000

31 21 6 7 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 241650
32 32 32 2 UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole and Nat ‘King’ Cole 35600
33 17 17 7 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 131100
34 72 34 2 AMAZING Foxes 23200
35 41 35 4 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 54500
36 36 36 8 FOCUS Ariana Grande 74950
37 46 37 3 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 36050
38 24 10 8 FAST LANE Rationale 213400
39 39 39 2 SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 34200
40 NEW 40 1 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 17000

41 35 18 8 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 116450
42 34 4 13 HEY BOY Take That 367150
43 33 33 4 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 54300
44 69 44 2 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 19450
45 45 45 6 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 38800
46 60 46 2 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 22750
47 57 47 9 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 61300
48 53 48 2 I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU Billy Fury 23550
49 38 15 7 1/M/T Mirror Talk 135050
50 62 50 2 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 19400

51 44 6 10 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 299750
52 28 9 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 92100
53 55 53 8 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 67250
54 54 16 9 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 126000
55 51 13 11 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 170250
56 58 56 5 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 25700
57 48 11 10 SAX Fleur East 197650
58 52 1 12 HELLO Adele 575200
59 59 3 15 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 449000
60 NEW 60 1 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 10000

61 43 43 4 YOU BELONG TO ME Bryan Adams 44500
62 NEW 62 1 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 7400
63 64 63 4 HISTORY One Direction 24900
64 67 64 2 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 13700
65 74 65 2 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 12200
66 RE 8 18 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 297150
67 RE 67 3 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 19000
68 68 68 2 OVERKILL Motorhead 12800
69 RE 6 16 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 256200
70 66 3 18 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 504950

71 71 71 2 HOLLOW Tori Kelly featuring Big Sean 11600
72 40 40 4 SWEET LOVIN’ Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher 56600
73 RE 73 3 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 10400
74 56 19 8 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 99000
75 75 75 2 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 10000

DROP OUTS
42 38 7 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 61350
49 49 3 I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne 34100
50 20 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 35200
61 61 1 FUN Coldplay featuring Tove Lo 7500
63 63 3 ALIVE SIA 19600
65 43 7 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 49800
70 8 10 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 257500
73 73 1 THIS WILL BE Natalie Cole 5400

 

 

3rd January 2016

It can’t still be same 3 records on top can it ? Oh yes it can, all stay as they were, a 4th week for Hurts on top and a million seller, as Florence is now inside the all-time top 80 and Coldplay leap 3 of their own inside the all-time 400. Coldplay, Florence and Hurts just can’t stop being greedy as they are also 4, 7, and 20 respectively with newer tracks, while Adele is 6 and 17. As the chart is cut back down to a Top 75 at last there is a mass exodus of 2015 tracks and christmas songs, and still there are 18 new entries, headed by Anastacia and her Army Of Me at 27. The sad deaths of Lemmy and Natalie Cole, give some comeback chart hits for Motorhead, Natalie, and Hawkwind, while other oldies from childhood fave Billy Fury and recent musical theme tune wot I saw, Beautiful, the Carole King story.

The Turtles get their first top 10 since 1968 with Minions track Happy Together – that seems a record to last! – as Kim Wilde gets her latest actual new top 10 stretching hers to 35 years. Lower down, new for Nero, Olly, Andy Grammer, Taylor, Foxes and The Weeknd, all having been there before on more than one occasion. Coldplay meanwhile enter with Tove Lo for a bit of Fun, as they also climb to 45.

1 1 1 8 WINGS Hurts 1140000
2 2 1 18 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2140000
3 3 1 9 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1250000
4 5 4 5 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 204000
5 7 5 17 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 422800
6 4 3 7 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 358200
7 10 7 5 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 153600
8 6 6 3 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 126000
9 27 9 3 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 66400
10 12 10 25 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 388500

11 8 3 11 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 649000
12 14 12 3 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 82400
13 21 3 7 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 371750
14 13 9 7 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 186400
15 11 5 7 HOT POWERS 300000
16 23 15 6 GIVE IT ALL Foals 98850
17 19 17 6 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 113400
18 24 18 3 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 43600
19 34 19 3 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 45800
20 44 20 2 WISH Hurts 33250

21 16 6 6 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 223750
22 22 22 5 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 65200
23 17 6 8 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 294250
24 15 10 7 FAST LANE Rationale 196200
25 41 25 16 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 177700
26 31 26 21 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 252500
27 NEW 27 1 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 18400
28 9 9 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 80600
29 29 29 3 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 53600
30 37 30 3 LAZARUS David Bowie 36300

31 39 31 8 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 75950
32 NEW 32 1 UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole and Nat ‘King’ Cole 17800
33 33 33 3 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 40800
34 28 4 12 HEY BOY Take That 353400
35 18 18 7 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 102450
36 51 36 7 FOCUS Ariana Grande 57550
37 NEW 37 1 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 17300
38 26 15 6 1/M/T Mirror Talk 122950
39 NEW 39 1 SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 17100
40 40 40 3 SWEET LOVIN’ Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher 51000

41 52 41 3 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 37000
42 38 38 7 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 61350
43 43 43 3 YOU BELONG TO ME Bryan Adams 37000
44 25 6 9 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 288000
45 75 45 5 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 25800
46 70 46 2 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 18750
47 NEW 47 1 ACE OF SPADES Motorhead 12500
48 50 11 9 SAX Fleur East 187250
49 54 49 3 I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne 34100
50 20 20 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 35200

51 35 13 10 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 159450
52 47 1 11 HELLO Adele 565000
53 NEW 53 1 I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU Billy Fury 11250
54 45 16 8 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 115000
55 57 55 7 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 56000
56 36 19 7 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 93800
57 65 57 8 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 48800
58 88 58 4 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 15100
59 59 3 14 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 438900
60 NEW 60 1 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 10000

61 NEW 61 1 FUN Coldplay featuring Tove Lo 7500
62 NEW 62 1 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 7400
63 63 63 3 ALIVE SIA 19600
64 68 64 3 HISTORY One Direction 17700
65 71 43 7 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 49800
66 64 3 17 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 498950
67 NEW 67 1 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 6600
68 NEW 68 1 OVERKILL Motorhead 6400
69 NEW 69 1 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 6200
70 49 8 10 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 257500

71 NEW 71 1 HOLLOW Tori Kelly featuring Big Sean 5800
72 NEW 72 1 AMAZING Foxes 5600
73 NEW 73 1 THIS WILL BE Natalie Cole 5400
74 NEW 74 1 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 5000

DROP-OUTS
30 30 5 DOWN LOW Alex Winston 73800
32 18 7 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 133400
42 36 4 RIVER LEA Adele 55950
46 26 3 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 49250
48 5 14 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 434100
53 20 5 HIGHLAND One More Time 88250
55 30 4 EVERY DAY’S LIKE CHRISTMAS (A STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN REMIX) Kylie Minogue 41000
56 19 8 SORRY Justin Bieber 126000
58 39 4 GLITTER & GOLD Barns Courtney 44300
60 5 10 CIRCLES Truls 346100
61 3 18 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 540500
62 50 4 DIRT SLEDDING The Killers featuring Ryan Pardey & Richard Dreyfuss 27700
66 43 5 HAPPY ALONE Matrix & Futurebound featuring V. Bozeman 43800
67 51 6 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 44750
69 69 2 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 12400
72 24 9 GO! Postiljonen 137800
73 39 7 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 63000
74 74 2 ECHOES OF MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 10200
76 49 4 STAY Kygo featuring Maty Noyes 33500
77 32 5 NOTHING’S GONNA HURT YOU BABY Cigarettes After Sex 67100
78 10 13 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 218650
79 79 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 8000
80 9 13 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 256100
81 16 10 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 169500
82 4 16 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 368500
83 2 17 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 861400
84 84 2 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 5000
85 70 6 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 23800
86 86 2 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 5600
87 87 4 SAINT CECILIA Foo Fighters 7100
89 9 10 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 203050
90 3 11 HAPPINESS IAMX 336750
91 8 17 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 290350
92 6 15 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 250000
93 93 5 TUSK (07/19/79 VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 7100
94 27 8 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 88200
95 57 5 TIRED OF TALKING LEON 23500
96 54 5 JESUS MADE ME BAD Lao Ra 26600
97 97 3 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 3600
98 56 6 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 31100
99 5 15 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 326100
100 100 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 1000

My 1985 Charts – June

me n the dog

me n the dog

june 1985 videos here…..

4th June 1985

1st week on top for American EDM act Animotion, or synthpop as was. It had taken The Americans a few years to catch up with the pop movement, but this one was on a par with a great Human League track. Fab. Rocketing up to 3 with their 8th top 5 hit in 5 years, it’s the wonderful OMD and a terrific record that mysteriously was only a minor UK hit, and I can only put it down to them being in the States as they belatedly took off there 5 years late and with most of their great 80‘s records behind them. Happily there were great ones in subsequent decades too. Scritti Politti get a 3rd top 10, Word Girl, as Phil Lynott and Gary Moore go top 10 for the first time since Yellow Pearl in 1982 (Phil), or KIller On The Loose (Thin Lizzy) in 1980 depending on how you look at it.

Up to 13, Mai Tai’s terrific History beats strongly upwards, just ahead of the even greater leaping of Duel, as Propaganda get that 2nd top 20. History will show which one wins the Duel! Stephen Duffy gets a 2nd top 20, which must be the icing on the cake for him, and Depeche Mode add to their long list of top 20 tracks, a disease they just can’t shake off. Highest new entry is the theme to a big Eddie Murphy movie Beverley Hills Cop, the instrumental synth novelty of Axel F from German Howard Faltemeyer, in at 22. I say novelty, I mean catchy, the real novelty nightmare came 20 years later when an obnoxious and irritating cartoon frog covered it. It’s the closest I’ve ever come to wanting to exterminate an amphibian.

At 23, new in and debuting it’s Modern Talking another German pop act, this time a synth duo with a gorgeously cheesy EDM tune which flopped in the UK, though they hit with their next record. This was the better song though, You’re My Heart You’re My Soul. Bryan Adams gets a 3rd top 40, he’s in heaven about it, as are Five Star all falling down while loving David Bowie’s alien, all together with new entries from New Order (give us a Perfect Kiss, then) at 39, and at 40 The Beach Boys return with their best record of the 80’s Getcha Back giving them a clear run of 17 years of top 40 singles, since they appeared in my very first chart ever with Do It Again.

Elsewhere, Nick Heyward keeps the run of solo singles charting with Laura at 53, The Crowd cover You’ll Never Walk Alone to raise money for victims of the Bradford City FC terrible fire disaster. The main man was still Gerry Marsden, of Gerry And The Pacemakers who hit the UK number one with it in 1963 as part of their famous chart debut hat-trick, still the best version of the show tune and musical offcut from Carousel. It’s still rousing and eventually topped my chart on one if it’s UK chart re-entries in the 21st century, and pretty much would have topped my chart in 1963 along with I Like It and How Do You Do, and also Ferry Cross The Mersey, cos I loved them all, and the River Mersey and Liverpool was a constant in in my life on and off for the first 30 years or so. This was a well-meaning version, with a choir of pop stars and celebrities such as Colin Blunstone, Tony Christie, Kiki Dee, Graham Gouldman of 10CC and Phil Lynott getting his second simultaneous chart hit, and UK chart-topper, months before his early death.

At 60, Roy Wood, me old fave, is back at 60 Under Fire, as Bruce is back and he’s actually On Fire at 63 with a fab ballad and an over-rated anthem Born In The USA which went over the heads of many people who took it literally as a patriotic flag-waving opportunity and ruined the social commentary of US politics, the Viet-Nam war veteran treatment, and the working man under the foot of the rich right-wing. Just shows people don’t always listen to the lyrics, not even President Reagan who missed the point completely. At 67, Sister Sledge are back with an actual non-Chic new track. Sadly, it’s the monster UK hit Frankie which doesn’t take many repeat listens to annoy. Pat Benatar also drops by again, and so Elton John (14 years and counting) and Millie Jackson who rather amazingly debuts some 13 years late, as My Man Is A Sweet Man and other early 70’s singles didn’t chart. Act Of War is a good vocal battle though, and Millie wins on a knockout, you don’t mess with her!


1 ( 2 ) OBSESSION Animotion
2 ( 1 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
3 ( 26 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
4 ( 6 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
5 ( 5 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
6 ( 9 ) CALL ME Go West
7 ( 3 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
8 ( 12 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
9 ( 4 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
10 ( 14 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott

11 ( 8 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
12 ( 7 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
13 ( 36 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
14 ( 52 ) DUEL Propaganda
15 ( 15 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
16 ( 18 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
17 ( 40 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
18 ( 11 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
19 ( 22 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
20 ( 10 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables

21 ( 17 ) CRY Godley And Creme
22 ( NEW ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
23 ( NEW ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
24 ( 13 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
25 ( 39 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
26 ( 29 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
27 ( 19 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
28 ( 28 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
29 ( 16 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
30 ( 66 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams

31 ( 21 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
32 ( 20 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
33 ( 47 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
34 ( 23 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
35 ( 35 ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
36 ( 38 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
37 ( 24 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
38 ( 70 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
39 ( NEW ) THE PERFECT KISS New Order
40 ( NEW ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys

41 ( 41 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner
42 ( 25 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
43 ( 53 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC (LIVE) Gary Numan
44 ( 34 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 31 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
46 ( 27 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
47 ( 57 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury And The Blockheads
48 ( 48 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
49 ( 33 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
50 ( 68 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr

51 ( 46 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
52 ( 37 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
53 ( NEW ) LAURA Nick Heyward
54 ( 58 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
55 ( 30 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) The Power Station
56 ( NEW ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
57 ( 32 ) BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE A Taste Of Honey
58 ( RE ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin
59 ( 43 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
60 ( NEW ) UNDER FIRE Roy Wood

61 ( 56 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
62 ( 49 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
63 ( NEW ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
64 ( 44 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
65 ( 75 ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
66 ( 64 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
67 ( NEW ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
68 ( NEW ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
69 ( 59 ) GREEN SHIRT Elvis Costello
70 ( NEW ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson

71 ( 50 ) SECOND NATURE Dan Hartman
72 ( 62 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
73 ( NEW ) JET SET Alphaville
74 ( 60 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
75 ( NEW ) REMEMBER I LOVE YOU Jim Diamond

This week in 1985 I recorded myself singing, curious to hear what I sound like. As it turns out, I sung all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order. Anything vocally demanding turned into the flattest thing created since the crispy pizza. I mused I could cope with mellow songs like Love Hurts (Jim Capaldi version, not the impossible-to-match Roy Orbison) Tie A Yellow Ribbon, or laid-back Cat Stevens songs. I have never done Karaoke in public, but if I got drunk one night I would insist on Tie A Yellow Ribbon as it’s the least-demanding song vocally I can come up with. I would need two mates dressed in mini-skirts as back up though for the female fade-out, Morecambe & Wise stylee. Or dressed as Nana Mouskouri, one or t’other.

In Belgium, some Liverpool football hooligans killed over 38 people and made us all ashamed to be British, as they made football matches a nightmare for everyone on an ongoing fascist racist aggressive regime. In my life, my moped rear light fell off, I went back to pick it up just as a car ran over it. Doh! I felt a bit depressed and sorry for myself all week, whining about not having enough time for all my interests and ambitions. Actually, compared to my life now, I had bags of time, didn’t know how good I had it! Whinger! Babysat for our yorkie for 2 hours, it just wouldn’t stop crying, so I guess a bit like me then.



11th June 1985

2 weeks for Animotion at 1, the top 3 all static as Mai Tai and Propaganda go top 5. Modern Talking and Marillion jump into the top 10, and Axel F do-do-de-d-d-d-do-do’s it’s way into the 20. REO Speedwagon get another top 20 entry 4 years on from chart-topper Keep On Loving You, helped in no small part by the ambitious amusing Arthur/Merlin-inspired video. One Lonely “knight” in the 20th century as it were. Another good video from Bowie helps Loving The Alien hit the 20 for a 13th year, and Five Star fall down while going up, a good trick if you can do it.

The Crowd enter the top 40, and Narada Michael Walden gets a very 1985-sounding Gimme Gimme Gimme at 30, and it’s nothing to do with the classic Abba single. Happily. The sweet Laura hits 32 for Nick Heyward, and the rocking Bruce 33, and theirs a great chart debut from Fine Young Cannibals, essentially half of The Beat plus new singer Roland Gift and a lot of style. Johnny Come Home is pretty fine and doesn’t sound dated. Skipworth And Turner finally break into the 40 after meandering about just outside, ditto China Crisis’s King, and it’s a fast-pass for Frankie and Sister Sledge to 39.

New at 47, Madonna chalks up another chart entry with the famous Crazy For You, a film theme tune and a rather ponderous ballad who’s ongoing appeal passes me by, by far my least-fave Madonna single to date. Also back with another in their run of hits, and coming off the back of 2 big singles (the previous single being one of my all-time faves), tears For Fears are at 66 with the under-rated (by me) Head Over Heels. It all changed after it was used very effectively in the fantastic film Donnie Darko, I love it now. At 68, Nils Lofgren, steady working musician who never quite broke through enters with some street secrets, At 70 Paul Young is back with the rather good Tomb Of Memories, while Dollar’s Thereze Bazar gets a solo entry with another of 3 “Kiss” titles in the chart, at 72 and some 10 years since she was first a Doll in Guys And Dolls, from Doll to Dollar. Squeeze are back 7 years on from first and biggest single Take Me I’m Yours, at 75 with Last Time Forever. The lads are back together this very week with new material as I type (August 2015), hooray!

1 ( 1 ) OBSESSION Animotion
2 ( 2 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
3 ( 3 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
4 ( 13 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
5 ( 14 ) DUEL Propaganda
6 ( 6 ) CALL ME Go West
7 ( 8 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
8 ( 10 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
9 ( 23 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
10 ( 26 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion

11 ( 5 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
12 ( 17 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
13 ( 25 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
14 ( 4 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
15 ( 38 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
16 ( 22 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
17 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
18 ( 9 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
19 ( 19 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
20 ( 33 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star

21 ( 7 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
22 ( 12 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
23 ( 40 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
24 ( 30 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
25 ( 15 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
26 ( 28 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
27 ( 16 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
28 ( 56 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
29 ( 18 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
30 ( 58 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin

31 ( 21 ) CRY Godley And Creme
32 ( 53 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
33 ( 63 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
34 ( NEW ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
35 ( 20 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
36 ( 27 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
37 ( 24 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
38 ( 41 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner
39 ( 67 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
40 ( 48 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis

41 ( 54 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
42 ( 42 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
43 ( 32 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
44 ( 31 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
45 ( 50 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
46 ( 29 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
47 ( NEW ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
48 ( 34 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
49 ( 37 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
50 ( 70 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson

51 ( 44 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
52 ( 35 ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
53 ( 51 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 39 ) THE PERFECT KISS New Order
55 ( 46 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
56 ( 65 ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
57 ( 36 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
58 ( 68 ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
59 ( 52 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
60 ( 69 ) GREEN SHIRT Elvis Costello

61 ( 43 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC (LIVE) Gary Numan
62 ( 45 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
63 ( 49 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
64 ( 61 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
65 ( 59 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
66 ( NEW ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
67 ( 47 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK (REMIX) Ian Dury And The Blockheads
68 ( NEW ) SECRET IN THE STREET Nils Lofgren
69 ( 66 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
70 ( NEW ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young

71 ( 62 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
72 ( NEW ) THE BIG KISS Thereze Bazaar
73 ( 55 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) The Power Station
74 ( 60 ) UNDER FIRE Roy Wood
75 ( NEW ) LAST TIME FOREVER Squeeze


With the reduced TV charts I’m adding in my occasional oldies playlist short-list, topped by 60’s then-new discovery form Gary Lewis & The Playboys, This Diamond Ring. Son of movie actor Jerry Lewis, I went a bundle on their Greatest Hits and especially this 20-year-old track at the time. Had I allowed random oldies it would have topped my chart.

Went to see Starman at the cinema, a sweet sci-fi movie starring Jeff Bridges, a bit of a love story between an alien in human form and Karen Allen, fresh-ish from Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Jeff stole the film with his choice of unusually stilted but endearing style, and directed (amazingly) by John Carpenter not his usual style at all. I rated it as the best film I’d seen since Star Trek III and among my top 40 faves of all-time (since dropped out as it never gets shown on TV and I haven’t seen it in decades). It spawned a decent TV series starring Robert Hayes (from Airplane).



18th June 1985

OMD get their 3rd number one 5 years since the first one, Messages, the under-rated So In Love. The Beach Boys go top 10 for the first time in 6 years, and Bowie keeps his run going 13 years on from Starman doing it first, Starman to Alien, and still loving them. Bryan Adams gets another top 20, it’s Heaven, and Springsteen makes it 10 years of top 20’s, and Prince makes it 3 years of top 20’s, with his Paisley Park going through a continuing purple patch, so to speak. Fine Young Cannibals still call fro Johnny at 20.

Into the 40 Madonna is Crazy For You, and Cherish that cos Kool And The Gang also go top 40 with a title she liked so much she re-used it 4 years later, to much better effect. All the new entries are low in the chart, from a Paul Hardcastle recent track, a debut from new band Simply Red, the great Money’s Too Tight (To mention), and that ginger-haired lead singer has quite the soul voice. Mick Hucknall, of course! Steve Harley is back with the Rebels and he’s still irresistible 11 years on from Judy Teen, and look who’s back too – Roy Orbison.

That needs several exclamation marks!!! Roy had been far-too-long absent from the music scene charts, and incredibly makes a chart debut in mine for the simple reason that all of his great records pre-date my charts – Roy, and I say this without over-stating the case, was the greatest male vocalist in pop music of the 20th Century. He just was, so there! His run of singles comprise the greatest batch of heart-breaking tortured dramatic lost love songs. Wild Hearts wasn’t a hit, but it did turn on his 1992 posthumous album of leftovers following his major comeback with Traveling Wilbury’s and Jeff Lynne-produced Mystery Girl album, and tragic death in between those two projects.

Also new, Jesus And Mary Chain bring low-fi 60’s-influenced Velvet Underground sounds into the 80’s You Trip Me Up, and Sting offers some good advice, directly to make up for Every Breath You Take’s creepy controlling message (which passed most people by). It wasn’t as good, though, sadly.


1 ( 3 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
2 ( 1 ) OBSESSION Animotion
3 ( 4 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
4 ( 5 ) DUEL Propaganda
5 ( 2 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
6 ( 10 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
7 ( 9 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
8 ( 7 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
9 ( 23 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
10 ( 15 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie

11 ( 12 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
12 ( 13 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
13 ( 6 ) CALL ME Go West
14 ( 16 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
15 ( 24 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
16 ( 8 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
17 ( 33 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
18 ( 26 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
19 ( 20 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
20 ( 34 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals

21 ( 17 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
22 ( 39 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
23 ( 11 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
24 ( 28 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
25 ( 47 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
26 ( 14 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
27 ( 43 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
28 ( 18 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
29 ( 32 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
30 ( 42 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves

31 ( 21 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
32 ( 19 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
33 ( 22 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
34 ( 41 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
35 ( 31 ) CRY Godley And Creme
36 ( 29 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
37 ( 40 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
38 ( 27 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
39 ( 25 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
40 ( 44 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge

41 ( 36 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
42 ( 45 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
43 ( 75 ) LAST TIME FOREVER Squeeze
44 ( 37 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
45 ( 50 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
46 ( 30 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin
47 ( 58 ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
48 ( 35 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
49 ( 48 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
50 ( 66 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears

51 ( 51 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
52 ( 52 ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
53 ( NEW ) RAIN FOREST Paul Hardcastle
54 ( 38 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner
55 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 56 ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
57 ( 49 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
58 ( NEW ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
59 ( 70 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
60 ( NEW ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

61 ( 55 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
62 ( 46 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
63 ( 59 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
64 ( 64 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
65 ( 68 ) SECRETS IN THE STREET Nils Lofgren
66 ( 57 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
67 ( NEW ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
68 ( NEW ) WILD HEARTS Roy Orbison
69 ( NEW ) EL VINO COLLAPSO Black Lace
70 ( 65 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham

71 ( NEW ) WHERE OUR LOVE BEGINS David Grant
72 ( NEW ) YOU TRIP ME UP Jesus And Mary Chain
73 ( 69 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
74 ( NEW ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE SET THEM FREE Sting
75 ( NEW ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah

TV 15th-22nd June
1 Star Trek: The Man Trap
2 The Young Ones
3 MASH
4 Lou Grant
5 Top Of The Pops
6 The Phil Silvers Show
7 Ready Steady Go
8 Dallas
9 Bewitched
10 Taxi

On TV classic 60’s ITV pop show Ready Steady Go was being repeated to my great joy, and at work I got a young new assistant, 18-year-old Nick, who turned up, very good-looking, fit and outward-going, and in a suit – which I suggested might not work in a van in the countryside, but he did make the effort! Bob the driver was also back after a week off with twisted err, thingies. I taught Nick the main codes and technique of the hand-held husky computer and we went out measuring near Stalbridge. He was very keen to get started, so let him, mostly mistake-free which put the other team’s noses out-of-joint who were slow-going about stuff like that. Nick was lively and into pop music, and brightened up my fairly now-dull work-life. His main hobbies were girls, girls, girls….and cars.

On Wogan Abba’s Benny & Bjorn were with Tim Rice talking about Chess (the Musical) and Bob geldof was on about Live Aid tickets, his new project for Band Aid charity cash. I bought myself baggy jeans, after years of tight drainpipe jeans and before that tight oxford bags and flares, and before that tight bell-bottoms. Boys fashions were pretty tight, really, then for the next 20 years it was all about baggy…



25th June 1985

2 weeks for OMD on top, holding off Mai Tai at 2 to make History. Hall & Oates make a swift reissued comeback with a record that was massive in the USA and not in the UK, while the lesser follow-up was a UK hit. It still didn’t work, though, Out Of Touch just didn’t connect with the UK charts, but it did with me, so is the highest new entry at 4, their 4th Top 5. Elton & Millie War their way into the 20, and Madonna also gets another one, as Crazy For You scrapes in. Paul Young’s good Tomb Of Memories hits the 40, along with the great Tears For Fears Head Over Heels, and Edwin Starr’s retro sounds of It Ain’t Fair, and Simply Red’s soulful Money’s Too Tight.

1 ( 1 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
2 ( 3 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
3 ( 9 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
4 ( NEW ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
5 ( 2 ) OBSESSION Animotion
6 ( 4 ) DUEL Propaganda
7 ( 7 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
8 ( 6 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
9 ( 5 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
10 ( 14 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer

11 ( 18 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
12 ( 8 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
13 ( 17 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
14 ( 22 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
15 ( 10 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
16 ( 13 ) CALL ME Go West
17 ( 11 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
18 ( 45 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
19 ( 20 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
20 ( 25 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna

21 ( 12 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
22 ( 16 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
23 ( 30 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
24 ( 24 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
25 ( 34 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
26 ( 15 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
27 ( 19 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
28 ( 21 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
29 ( 59 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
30 ( 23 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy

31 ( 37 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
32 ( 50 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
33 ( 27 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
34 ( 29 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
35 ( 28 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
36 ( 36 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
37 ( 35 ) CRY Godley And Creme
38 ( 42 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
39 ( 26 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
40 ( 58 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red

41 ( 31 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
42 ( 32 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
43 ( 43 ) LAST TIME FOREVER Squeeze
44 ( 33 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
45 ( 41 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
46 ( 75 ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah
47 ( 47 ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
48 ( NEW ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
49 ( 53 ) RAIN FOREST Paul Hardcastle
50 ( 51 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood

51 ( 38 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
52 ( 40 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
53 ( 60 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
54 ( 44 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
55 ( 39 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
56 ( 74 ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
57 ( NEW ) WAYS TO BE WICKED Lone Justice
58 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
59 ( NEW ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
60 ( 67 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones

61 ( 49 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
62 ( 48 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
63 ( NEW ) BEN Marti Webb
64 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
65 ( 64 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
66 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T NEED A REASON Phil Fearon & Galaxy
67 ( 57 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
68 ( 61 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
69 ( NEW ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
70 ( 63 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles

71 ( 46 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin
72 ( NEW ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
73 ( 56 ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
74 ( 70 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
75 ( NEW ) ENDICOTT Kid Creole And The Coconuts

OLDIES PLAYLIST
1. MARRAKESH EXPRESS – Crosby, Stills & Nash
2. THIS DIAMOND RING – Gary Lewis & The Playboys
3. RANDY – Blue Mink

TV 22nd-28th June

1 Star Trek: The Naked Time
2 The Young Ones
3 Cheers
4 Rhoda
5 Ready Steady Go
6 Dallas
7 Batman
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Taxi


At work, young Nick’s fairly extreme views came out while travelling on and off sites in Dorset, though also he’d been in hospital over 2 years in a life and death situation, with the scars to prove it, and ongoing medication. Of course, when I hear views I don’t agree with I have to butt in. I just do! Going home, I came off my moped again, in the rain, starting to really piss me off at how lethal it is. Nick & Bob tried to get me to join them clubbing for girl-chasing. I semi-politely declined…

Marvelled at how dated the fashions of the 60’s looked on Ready Steady Go (though the music energetic and exciting), after only 2 decades. On Sunday I met mate Bob’s fiancee Annette, pleasant and chatty I thought, as she was looking for a place and job nearer Bournemouth.

My 2015 Charts – Sept to Dec

Me in Puerto Mogan GC 2015 and where I want to be again soon!

Me in Puerto Mogan GC 2015 and where I want to be again soon!

27th Dec 2015

For the 3rd time in 5 weeks it’s Hurts back on top, with the epic Wings – in fact the whole top 3 is an Epic lock-out as Coldplay and Florence refuse to drop even against challenges from their other new top 10 tracks. Queen Of Peace is now firmly inside my all-time Top 100 chart points hits and it’s still at 2! SIA gets yet another top 10 track, with the very latino-rhythm Cheap Thrills, as yet another kiddie chorus joins in the upper chart singing (see POWERS). Meanwhile, a record I didn’t know at all in the 60’s, or 70’s, or 80’s is up to 7 with it’s fab harmonies, for actual singing mother and kids, The Cowsills.

Oldies featured in Minions go up a bit more (just watched the DVD), and it’s christmas, as the best of the regular xmas chart entries in the UK hits my top 10 yet again for the umpteenth time, the gorgeous Driving Home For Christmas, which is sentimentally spot-on with the fab husky voice of Chris Rea. The best christmas song of the 21st century is also back at 20, it’s Leona Lewis, give it a few years and it’ll be charting every christmas along with Mariah & Co. Charli XCX is back in my 20, The Prodigy & David Bowie have huge leaps, giving 20-odd years for the former, 44 years the latter, both are pretty fab and non-pop. Kim Wilde too does the same with a lovely christmassy ballad, for almost 35 years of chart action.

Star Wars is out, and the theme and extended incidental music is into the 40 for the first time since Meco’s version topped in 1977, Tame Impala have a single edit out of Let It Happen, getting some radio play at last, and shoots back up, while highest new entry is Hurts. No holding them down this year! I Wish it chart luck!

1 2 1 7 WINGS Hurts 970000
2 4 1 17 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2025000
3 1 1 8 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1165000
4 3 3 6 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 303200
5 6 5 4 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 139000
6 17 6 2 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 78000
7 9 7 16 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 362800
8 8 3 10 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 612000
9 37 9 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 62300
10 13 10 4 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 103600

11 7 5 6 HOT POWERS 273000
12 14 12 24 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 346500
13 12 9 6 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 157400
14 27 14 2 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 47400
15 10 10 6 FAST LANE Rationale 177200
16 11 6 5 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 204000
17 16 6 7 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 275000
18 23 18 6 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 84950
19 21 19 5 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 90400
20 84 20 2 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 23200

21 5 3 6 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 339750
22 29 22 4 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 45700
23 15 15 5 GIVE IT ALL Foals 73850
24 87 24 2 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 21600
25 20 6 8 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 274750
26 22 15 5 1/M/T Mirror Talk 105750
27 85 27 2 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 21400
28 24 4 11 HEY BOY Take That 335800
29 38 29 2 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 35400
30 35 30 5 DOWN LOW Alex Winston 73800

31 33 31 20 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 234000
32 18 18 7 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 133400
33 73 33 2 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 23100
34 63 34 2 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 24800
35 90 13 9 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 147700
36 19 19 6 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 83200
37 100 37 2 LAZARUS David Bowie 18300
38 56 38 6 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 47600
39 47 39 7 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 58050
40 40 40 2 SWEET LOVIN’ Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher 34000

41 42 41 15 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 158950
42 36 36 4 RIVER LEA Adele 55950
43 60 43 2 YOU BELONG TO ME Bryan Adams 23500
44 NEW 44 1 WISH Hurts 13250
45 25 16 7 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 104000
46 26 26 3 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 49250
47 41 1 10 HELLO Adele 553500
48 28 5 14 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 434100
49 31 8 9 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 251500
50 44 11 8 SAX Fleur East 174950

51 55 51 6 FOCUS Ariana Grande 40150
52 52 52 2 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 23000
53 34 20 5 HIGHLAND One More Time 88250
54 54 54 2 I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne 22000
55 30 30 4 EVERY DAY’S LIKE CHRISTMAS (A STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN REMIX) Kylie Minogue 41000
56 32 19 8 SORRY Justin Bieber 126000
57 58 57 6 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 45200
58 39 39 4 GLITTER & GOLD Barns Courtney 44300
59 53 3 13 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 428800
60 45 5 10 CIRCLES Truls 346100

61 46 3 18 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 540500
62 50 50 4 DIRT SLEDDING The Killers featuring Ryan Pardey & Richard Dreyfuss 27700
63 74 63 2 ALIVE SIA 12400
64 59 3 16 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 492150
65 65 65 7 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 38400
66 RE 43 5 HAPPY ALONE Matrix & Futurebound featuring V. Bozeman 43800
67 61 51 6 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 44750
68 79 68 2 HISTORY One Direction 10600
69 69 69 2 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 12400
70 NEW 70 1 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 6000

71 43 43 6 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 42800
72 51 24 9 GO! Postiljonen 137800
73 48 39 7 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 63000
74 75 74 2 ECHOES OF MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 10200
75 80 75 4 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 12800

**************************************************

76 49 49 4 STAY Kygo featuring Maty Noyes 33500
77 57 32 5 NOTHING’S GONNA HURT YOU BABY Cigarettes After Sex 67100
78 78 10 13 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 218650
79 81 79 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 8000
80 66 9 13 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 256100

81 62 16 10 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 169500
82 RE 4 16 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 368500
83 77 2 17 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 861400
84 92 84 2 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 5000
85 70 70 6 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 23800
86 86 86 2 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 5600
87 89 87 4 SAINT CECILIA Foo Fighters 7100
88 96 88 3 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 4900
89 71 9 10 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 203050
90 72 3 11 HAPPINESS IAMX 336750

91 91 8 17 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 290350
92 94 6 15 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 250000
93 93 93 5 TUSK (07/19/79 VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 7100
94 83 27 8 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 88200
95 RE 57 5 TIRED OF TALKING LEON 23500
96 82 54 5 JESUS MADE ME BAD Lao Ra 26600
97 97 97 3 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 3600
98 RE 56 6 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 31100
99 98 5 15 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 326100
100 NEW 100 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 1000

20th December 2015

Yes it’s Coldplay back at 1 for the third time and the 5th week, hotly pursued by Adele at 3 and Coldplay (with an assist from Beyonce on backing vocals so I’m giving her credit!) up to 6 from 50 with what I hope is the next single Hymn For The Weekend. Ditto Adele’s Water Under The Bridge, hoping it’s the next single. Highest new entry is SIA, at 17, and isn’t she greedy!? Looking for Cheap Thrills, she’s also Alive in at 74 and banging her head with David Guetta again at 29.

There’s a bunch of oldies and newies xmas songs entering or climbing, Charli XCX and Sigala are back, Star Wars makes an impact (the original John Williams score has never charted, even though the disco version by Meco topped my chart in 1977), and must mention Manfred Mann getting a Prodigy credit along with Public Enemy, who have been sampled along with the Manfred Mann re-sample. Manfred Mann were a pre-teen fave pop band of mine, and morphed into Manfred Mann’s Earthband in the 70’s, and have been away from my charts for quite some time! Manfred had 4 chart-toppers in both versions, and they now have a chart span of 47 years since they first hit my number one with Fox On The Run at Xmas 1968. I was mad on that record

1 2 1 7 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1080000
2 1 1 6 WINGS Hurts 800000
3 7 3 5 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 238200
4 4 1 16 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1910000
5 3 3 5 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 320000
6 50 6 3 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 79000
7 5 5 5 HOT POWERS 236000
8 8 3 9 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 564000
9 11 9 15 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 312800
10 10 10 5 FAST LANE Rationale 150200

11 6 6 4 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 179000
12 9 9 5 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 125400
13 15 13 3 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 61600
14 14 14 23 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 311500
15 26 15 4 GIVE IT ALL FOALS 54600
16 12 6 6 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 252000
17 NEW 17 1 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 23000
18 18 18 6 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 115600
19 19 19 5 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 65800
20 13 6 7 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 256000

21 27 21 4 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 69400
22 21 15 4 1/M/T Mirror Talk 87250
23 28 23 5 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 62950
24 17 4 10 HEY BOY Take That 317500
25 16 16 6 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 91000
26 30 26 2 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 36500
27 NEW 27 1 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 18400
28 23 5 13 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 421800
29 75 29 3 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 26200
30 58 30 3 EVERY DAY’S LIKE CHRISTMAS (A STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN REMIX) Kylie Minogue 30200

31 22 8 8 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 239400
32 25 19 7 SORRY Justin Bieber 115400
33 34 33 19 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 216100
34 20 20 4 HIGHLAND One More Time 77000
35 43 35 4 DOWN LOW Alex Winston 55800
36 48 36 3 RIVER LEA Adele 42200
37 NEW 37 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 17300
38 NEW 38 1 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 17200
39 40 39 3 GLITTER & COLD Barns Courtney 44300
40 NEW 40 1 SWEET LOVIN’ Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher 17000

41 35 1 9 HELLO Adele 541000
42 44 42 14 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 144950
43 46 43 5 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 37000
44 31 11 7 SAX Fleur East 162950
45 37 5 9 CIRCLES Truls 336100
46 29 3 17 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 533000
47 53 47 6 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 40950
48 39 39 6 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 57600
49 49 49 3 STAY Kygo featuring Maty Noyes 28700
50 68 50 3 DIRT SLEDDING The Killers featuring Ryan Pardey & Richard Dreyfuss 20300

51 24 24 8 GO! Postiljonen 132200
52 NEW 52 1 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 11500
53 45 3 12 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 418700
54 NEW 54 1 I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne 11000
55 62 55 5 FOCUS Ariana Grande 28400
56 59 56 5 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 30400
57 32 32 4 NOTHING’S GONNA HURT YOU BABY Cigarettes After Sex 62500
58 60 58 5 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 34800
59 57 3 15 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 485050
60 NEW 60 1 YOU BELONG TO ME Bryan Adams 10000

61 51 51 5 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 38150
62 33 16 9 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 165700
63 NEW 63 1 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 7200
64 36 36 6 PAINT ME LIKE A FRENCH GIRL Breakdlaw featuring The Glitchfox 55100
65 65 65 6 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 31400
66 42 9 12 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 252100
67 61 57 6 INDULGE Jones 45800
68 38 16 6 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 112350
69 NEW 69 1 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 6200
70 70 70 5 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 20800

71 47 9 9 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 201850
72 52 3 10 HAPPINESS IAMX 334750
73 NEW 73 1 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 5400
74 NEW 74 1 ALIVE SIA 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ECHOES OF MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 5000

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76 41 20 6 ONLY YOU Kylie Minogue with James Corden 96000
77 64 2 16 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 858000
78 67 10 12 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 214050
79 NEW 79 1 HISTORY One Direction 4200
80 87 80 3 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 7800

81 NEW 81 1 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 3800
82 54 54 4 JESUS MADE ME BAD Lao Ra 25200
83 71 27 7 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 86600
84 NEW 84 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 3200
85 NEW 85 1 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 3000
86 NEW 86 1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 2800
87 NEW 87 1 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 2600
88 55 28 12 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 147000
89 97 89 3 SAINT CECILIA Foo Fighters 4500
90 73 13 8 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 130200

91 88 8 16 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 288450
92 NEW 92 1 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 1800
93 95 93 4 TUSK (07/19/79 VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 5400
94 90 6 13 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 248200
95 89 1 18 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 579200
96 99 96 2 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 2500
97 100 97 2 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 2300
98 98 5 14 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 325000
99 82 3 15 LIGHTS Hurts 324100
100 NEW 100 1 LAZARUS David Bowie 1000

13th DEC 2015

Its Hurts back on top for a second week as destinys child and brandy return to my top 10 over a decade on from the last times. Im on holiday away from uk radio and media so my charts grt a breather from new entries, hooray! With a bit of luck i can drop back to 75 in the new year, assuming only xmas tracks popup again next week laugh.gif

florence gets another big climb into the 20, duran get a 3rd this year, and kylies up up up and down accordingly. Ditto adele mostly as she gets yet another new entry. FOALS climb high lots of rebound tracks and thats that. TTFN

1 2 1 5 WINGS Hurts 685000
2 1 1 6 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 910000
3 4 3 4 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 260000
4 3 1 15 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1845000
5 5 5 4 HOT POWERS 186000
6 9 6 3 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 142000
7 7 7 4 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 153200
8 8 3 8 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 516000
9 16 9 4 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 90400
10 10 10 4 FAST LANE Rationale 108200

11 14 11 13 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 267800
12 6 6 5 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 227000
13 11 6 6 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 236000
14 33 14 22 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 282500
15 87 15 2 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 29600
16 23 16 5 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 74250
17 17 4 9 HEY BOY Take That 298500
18 27 18 5 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 93600
19 38 19 4 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 44800
20 20 20 3 HIGHLAND One More Time 59500

21 15 15 3 1/M/T Mirror Talk 67750
22 18 8 7 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 221500
23 12 5 12 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 403500
24 26 24 7 GO! Postiljonen 120450
25 19 19 6 SORRY Justin Bieber 97600
26 71 26 3 GIVE IT ALL FOALS 27600
27 30 27 3 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 49650
28 35 28 4 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 43700
29 29 3 16 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 520150
30 NEW 30 1 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 18000

31 13 11 6 SAX Fleur East 149700
32 37 32 3 NOTHING’S GONNA HURT YOU BABY Cigarettes After Sex 52100
33 28 16 8 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 158300
34 40 34 18 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 198400
35 22 1 8 HELLO Adele 527000
36 RE 36 5 PAINT ME LIKE A FRENCH GIRL Breakdlaw featuring The Glitchfox 48000
37 25 5 8 CIRCLES Truls 323100
38 21 16 5 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 105950
39 60 39 5 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 45300
40 58 40 2 GLITTER & COLD Barns Courtney 27200

41 24 20 5 ONLY YOU Kylie Minogue with James Corden 91200
42 39 9 11 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 245300
43 46 43 3 DOWN LOW Alex Winston 38300
44 45 44 13 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 131200
45 32 3 11 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 407450
46 67 46 4 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 23500
47 34 9 8 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 196050
48 48 48 2 RIVER LEA Adele 24800
49 78 49 2 STAY Kygo featuring Maty Noyes 16600
50 50 50 2 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay 24000

51 55 51 4 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 30650
52 31 3 9 HAPPINESS IAMX 329150
53 94 53 5 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 28450
54 66 54 3 JESUS MADE ME BAD Lao Ra 21600
55 79 28 11 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 144600
56 56 56 5 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 29900
57 52 3 14 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 474950
58 90 58 2 EVERY DAY’S LIKE CHRISTMAS (A STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN REMIX) Kylie Minogue 12200
59 63 59 4 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 19800
60 65 60 4 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 24600

61 61 57 5 INDULGE Jones 39200
62 62 62 4 FOCUS Ariana Grande 17600
63 43 13 8 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 156450
64 53 2 15 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 853400
65 69 65 5 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 24400
66 41 30 7 CHEYENNE Jason Derulo 91900
67 47 10 11 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 209650
68 91 68 2 DIRT SLEDDING The Killers featuring Ryan Pardey & Richard Dreyfuss 8300
69 44 33 7 I LIKE IT We The Kings 80750
70 74 70 4 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 14800

71 51 27 6 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 83200
72 49 27 7 IMMORTALS Jean-Michel Jarre & f*** Buttons 100000
73 54 13 7 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 128200
74 36 36 8 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 82300
75 85 75 2 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 8000

76 68 47 6 KISS ME Olly Murs 49900
77 42 15 8 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 144400
78 57 57 4 TIRED OF TALKING LEON 22000
79 64 64 5 LOVE GAVE ME MORE Simply Red 32300
80 59 36 6 YOUNG AND UNAFRAID The Moth And The Flame 61250

81 81 60 5 CAN’T SLEEP LOVE Pentatonix 28600
82 76 3 14 LIGHTS Hurts 323000
83 72 33 5 I COULD BE Shane Filan with Nadine Coyle 55450
84 RE 43 4 HAPPY ALONE Matrix & Futurebound featuring V. Bozeman 37000
85 73 4 15 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 364900
86 89 86 5 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 10600
87 98 87 2 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 3800
88 77 8 15 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 286550
89 83 1 17 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 577700
90 82 6 12 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 246600

91 92 91 5 THE WANDERER Dion 7800
92 97 92 3 SHACKLES (PRAISE YOU) Mary Mary 4100
93 93 93 2 HOME Chelsea Lankes 3400
94 84 84 5 THE CRAZY ONES Paloma Faith 12000
95 99 95 3 TUSK (07/19/79 VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 3700
96 80 20 12 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 172000
97 100 97 2 SAINT CECILIA Foo Fighters 2300
98 86 5 13 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 323800
99 NEW 99 1 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 1100
100 NEW 100 1 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 1000

 

6th Dec 2015

It’s Coldplay, back up for a 4th week, and a new entry just outside the 40, and inside the 100, with Adele grabbing a second top 10, this year, a 3rd top 40, a 5th top 75 and that’s just greedy for both of them!

Rationale gets a 2nd top 10, while Kygo gets a 4th hit of the year, David Guetta pops back aftyer a break, Florence has a new track joining Queen Of Peace which refuses to budge from the top 3, and Kylie has a Stock Aitken Waterman track new in – yes it’s new! It’s also her 4th track in the chart and 8th of the year – Kylie is also greedy! Joining The Killers with a Santa track, it’s actor Richard Dreyfuss, of Close Encounters, Jaws and many a fab movie. Who’da thought it!

1 2 1 5 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 795000
2 1 1 4 WINGS Hurts 515000
3 3 1 14 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1780000
4 5 4 3 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 175000
5 9 5 3 HOT POWERS 126000
6 7 6 4 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 192000
7 12 7 3 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 103200
8 4 3 7 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 468000
9 10 9 2 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 87000
10 39 10 3 FAST LANE Rationale 66200

11 8 6 5 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 204000
12 6 5 11 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 384250
13 11 11 5 SAX Fleur East 131800
14 41 14 12 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 229800
15 19 15 2 1/M/T Mirror Talk 48000
16 38 16 3 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 45400
17 17 4 8 HEY BOY Take That 275500
18 14 8 6 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 202000
19 29 19 5 SORRY Justin Bieber 78800
20 22 20 2 HIGHLAND One More Time 39500

21 16 16 4 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 88750
22 13 1 7 HELLO Adele 509500
23 18 18 4 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 49250
24 20 20 4 ONLY YOU Kylie Minogue with James Corden 77200
25 15 5 7 CIRCLES Truls 305800
26 28 26 6 GO! Postiljonen 101450
27 32 27 4 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 71600
28 23 16 7 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 140600
29 61 3 15 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 502050
30 44 30 2 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 31250

31 21 3 8 HAPPINESS IAMX 317650
32 27 3 10 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 394450
33 35 33 21 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 254500
34 24 9 7 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 183450
35 67 35 3 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 25500
36 45 36 7 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 77100
37 40 37 2 NOTHING’S GONNA HURT YOU BABY Cigarettes After Sex 34300
38 75 38 3 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 23800
39 31 9 10 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 231550
40 43 40 17 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 180800

41 30 30 6 CHEYENNE Jason Derulo 85100
42 25 15 7 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 139800
43 26 13 7 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 149250
44 33 33 6 I LIKE IT We The Kings 74550
45 46 45 12 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 117950
46 50 46 2 DOWN LOW Alex Winston 24800
47 42 10 10 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 203050
48 NEW 48 1 RIVER LEA Adele 12400
49 34 27 6 IMMORTALS Jean-Michel Jarre & f*** Buttons 94400
50 NEW 50 1 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay 12000

51 51 27 5 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 77400
52 48 3 13 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 464550
53 49 2 14 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 846300
54 37 13 6 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 122800
55 65 55 3 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 18900
56 69 56 4 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 19300
57 77 57 3 TIRED OF TALKING LEON 17600
58 NEW 58 1 GLITTER & COLD Barns Courtney 10200
59 36 36 5 YOUNG AND UNAFRAID The Moth And The Flame 57250
60 62 60 4 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 28200

61 57 57 4 INDULGE Jones 31700
62 91 62 3 FOCUS Ariana Grande 10300
63 97 63 3 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 9700
64 54 64 4 LOVE GAVE ME MORE Simply Red 28100
65 74 65 3 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 14600
66 81 66 2 JESUS MADE ME BAD Lao Ra 10600
67 88 67 3 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 10700
68 47 47 5 KISS ME Olly Murs 45100
69 76 69 4 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 17400
70 70 70 2 WICKED SON Lincoln Jesser 12000

71 84 71 2 GIVE IT ALL FOALS 9000
72 53 33 4 I COULD BE Shane Filan with Nadine Coyle 51850
73 55 4 14 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 361900
74 92 74 3 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 8800
75 82 75 4 EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Panic! At The Disco 14800

76 63 3 13 LIGHTS Hurts 319400
77 64 8 14 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 284150
78 NEW 78 1 STAY Kygo featuring Maty Noyes 4400
79 58 28 10 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 133800
80 59 20 11 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 170600

81 60 60 4 CAN’T SLEEP LOVE Pentatonix 24800
82 72 6 11 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 244600
83 80 1 16 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 575500
84 86 84 4 THE CRAZY ONES Paloma Faith 10400
85 NEW 85 1 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 3000
86 71 5 12 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 322600
87 NEW 87 1 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 2600
88 52 20 8 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 116250
89 90 89 4 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 7800
90 NEW 90 1 EVERY DAY’S LIKE CHRISTMAS (A STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN REMIX) Kylie Minogue 2000

91 NEW 91 1 DIRT SLEDDING The Killers featuring Ryan Pardey & Richard Dreyfuss 1900
92 95 92 4 THE WANDERER Dion 5900
93 NEW 93 1 HOME Chelsea Lankes 1700
94 73 73 4 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 17200
95 68 33 7 SECOND HAND HEART Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson 64250
96 56 56 6 EYES SHUT Years And Years 38800
97 100 97 2 SHACKLES (PRAISE YOU) Mary Mary 2300
98 NEW 98 1 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 1200
99 99 99 2 TUSK (07/19/79 VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 2200
100 NEW 100 1 SAINT CECILIA Foo Fighters 1000

29th November 2015

It’s Hurts, finally getting their first solo chart-topper, after having previously done it with Calvin Harris, and their Wings were big enough to knock Coldplay off their perch after 3 weeks. It’s still a brilliant chart for me, and a fab top 10, even old fave Sonny & Cher can only manage 5, and Dinah Washington is back after a long gap with yet another advert-related gem, this time What A Diffrence A Day Made highest new entry at 10, having previously done the trick with Mad About The Boy over 20 years ago. The song previously made my top 10 in a brilliant disco version by Esther Philips in 1975, but Dinah’s is the older and best version.

There are still too many new records around for me to wind down my top 100 listing yet, many that should have been top 75 have dropped out already without making the 75, and plenty more still lining up. Adele has a good jump to 12 and enters with another album track at 44, Life Of Dillon get a big ol’ climb into the top 20, a second hit for them, not just in their Dreams, while highest new track is Mirror Talk at 19 with very 80’s retro 1/M/T. That stands for Oner More Time. One More Time, the band, featuring Abba’s Benny Andersson’s lad and missus, are back at 22 after a 23-year gap, with the great Highland, which went top 10 first time round. Also back, Grace and her fab Lesley Gore cover of Buzzjack entry You Don’t Own Me, which has finally made the UK charts some months after peaking at 3 in mine. I do love it when songs I love become hits. Lesley Gore’s version also topped my charts early in the year following her death, so yay, recognition!

1 2 1 3 WINGS Hurts 400000
2 1 1 4 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 625000
3 4 1 13 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1695000
4 3 3 6 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 420000
5 7 5 2 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 110000
6 5 5 10 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 349250
7 9 7 3 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 137000
8 6 6 4 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 167000
9 19 9 2 HOT POWERS 66000
10 NEW 10 1 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 42000

11 12 11 4 SAX Fleur East 99800
12 29 12 2 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 53200
13 8 1 6 HELLO Adele 490000
14 14 8 5 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 180000
15 10 5 6 CIRCLES Truls 287000
16 16 16 3 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 69000
17 25 4 7 HEY BOY Take That 252500
18 69 18 3 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 30000
19 NEW 19 1 1/M/T Mirror Talk 21000
20 20 20 3 ONLY YOU Kylie Minogue with James Corden 58200

21 11 3 7 HAPPINESS IAMX 299750
22 NEW 22 1 HIGHLAND One More Time 19500
23 23 16 6 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 122300
24 18 9 6 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 165750
25 15 15 6 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 126050
26 13 13 6 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 135750
27 21 3 9 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 376650
28 31 28 5 GO! Postiljonen 82950
29 39 29 4 SORRY Justin Bieber 57800
30 30 30 5 CHEYENNE Jason Derulo 71100

31 24 9 9 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 214450
32 32 32 3 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 53200
33 40 33 5 I LIKE IT We The Kings 61300
34 34 27 5 IMMORTALS Jean-Michel Jarre & f*** Buttons 82200
35 37 35 20 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 236800
36 42 36 4 YOUNG AND UNAFRAID The Moth And The Flame 47150
37 22 13 5 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 111800
38 84 38 2 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 20400
39 64 39 2 FAST LANE Rationale 24200
40 NEW 40 1 NOTHING’S GONNA HURT YOU BABY Cigarettes After Sex 17000

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41 17 17 11 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 200800
42 26 10 9 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 190450
43 45 43 16 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 163800
44 NEW 44 1 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 13250
45 50 45 6 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 59700
46 49 46 11 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 104950
47 59 47 4 KISS ME Olly Murs 38700
48 46 3 12 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 453050
49 38 2 13 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 835050
50 NEW 50 1 DOWN LOW Alex Winston 12000

51 27 27 4 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 65650
52 28 20 7 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 113850
53 33 33 3 I COULD BE Shane Filan with Nadine Coyle 46250
54 67 54 3 LOVE GAVE ME MORE Simply Red 21000
55 41 4 13 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 356500
56 58 56 5 EYES SHUT Years And Years 37400
57 62 57 3 INDULGE Jones 24200
58 35 28 9 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 129600
59 36 20 10 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 166600
60 63 60 3 CAN’T SLEEP LOVE Pentatonix 21000

61 RE 3 14 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 483850
62 66 62 3 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 18200
63 55 3 12 LIGHTS Hurts 314600
64 51 8 13 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 279550
65 99 65 2 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 8100
66 43 43 3 HAPPY ALONE Matrix & Futurebound featuring V. Bozeman 33800
67 96 67 2 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 8000
68 44 33 6 SECOND HAND HEART Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson 62750
69 95 69 3 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 8700
70 NEW 70 1 WICKED SON Lincoln Jesser 6000

71 53 5 11 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 319800
72 60 6 10 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 241000
73 73 73 3 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 15600
74 88 74 2 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 7600
75 94 75 2 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 6600

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76 83 76 3 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 11200
77 87 77 2 TIRED OF TALKING LEON 7200
78 52 52 6 THE HILLS The Weeknd featuring Eminem 50400
79 71 4 9 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 279850
80 72 1 15 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 572100

81 NEW 81 1 JESUS MADE ME BAD Lao Ra 3800
82 82 82 3 EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Panic! At The Disco 9800
83 NEW 83 1 SLEEP WHEN WE’RE DEAD ItaloBrothers 3400
84 NEW 84 1 GIVE IT ALL FOALS 3200
85 54 54 4 PAINT ME LIKE A FRENCH GIRL Breakdlaw featuring The Glitchfox 30600
86 89 86 3 THE CRAZY ONES Paloma Faith 7200
87 56 10 10 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 204400
88 93 88 2 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 4100
89 74 6 12 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 250000
90 91 90 3 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 5600

91 100 91 2 FOCUS Ariana Grande 2900
92 92 92 2 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 3600
93 47 35 6 WHAT DO YOU MEAN Justin Bieber 64500
94 57 57 4 WRITING’S ON THE WALL Sam Smith 26500
95 97 95 3 THE WANDERER Dion 4100
96 65 22 6 RESONATE Avec Sans 62700
97 98 97 2 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 2500
98 75 6 14 THE GATES Young Empires 311400
99 NEW 99 1 TUSK (07/19/79 VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 1100
100 NEW 100 1 SHACKLES (PRAISE YOU) Mary Mary 1000

22nd November 2015

3 weeks on top for Coldplay, and 2 weeks at 2 for Hurts, and 3 weeks at 3 for Shaun Frank and KSHMR featuring Delaney, still in Heaven. Highehst new entry at 7 is a 1966 classic from Sonny & Cher, pre-dating my chart, but one I’ve loved for over 50 years, all gypsy charm used to later great effect by Cher in her solo records, Little Man was a big European hit and now is used by Amazon in an advert. Not that I love tax-dodging mega-corporations, but hey it gives me an excuse to chart it at last, giving Sonny & Cher a run of 43 years since All I Ever Need Is You topped my chart in 1972. They would, of course, have topped with I Got You Babe in 1965 cos I loved it as a toddler.

Fleur East jumps up 26 places, Noel Gallagher makes the 20 for the 3rd time this year, and Kylie does it for the 5th time with Only You, as the highest new record is at 19, and it’s HOT. No, it is, a great dance track. Adele’s world-domination is upon us, and the best track from the album on first hearing is in at 29, Water Under The Bridge joining Hello in the chart. In the 40 Justin Bieber replaces himself, and says Sorry, while lower down Rationale gets a second entry, 99 Souls bring back Destiny’s Child and Brandy to my chart, Duran Duran and Mumford & Sons return with new singles, and The Beatles come back for the third time with I Want To Hold Your Hand, thanks to the 1 album/dvd return, which I’ve finally bought now I can get all of the promos in one place. Hooray! Like Sonny & Cher, The Beatles woulda topped my charts in the 60’s, twice, as it was among the first batch of singles my dad bought in 1966 for a brand new record player, and which I played to death over the rest of the decade, pre-teen. Still missing that official chart-topper with it though…

1 1 1 3 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 510000
2 2 2 2 WINGS Hurts 230000
3 3 3 5 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 355000
4 4 1 12 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1610000
5 6 5 9 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 294250
6 9 6 3 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 119000
7 NEW 7 1 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 50000
8 5 1 5 HELLO Adele 458000
9 10 9 2 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 87000
10 7 5 5 CIRCLES Truls 260000

11 8 3 6 HAPPINESS IAMX 280000
12 38 12 3 SAX Fleur East 62800
13 18 13 5 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 117250
14 11 8 4 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 151000
15 15 15 5 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 107300
16 24 16 2 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 44000
17 17 17 10 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 186800
18 12 9 5 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 146750
19 NEW 19 1 HOT POWERS 21000
20 29 20 2 ONLY YOU Kylie Minogue with James Corden 38200

21 14 3 8 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 358250
22 13 13 4 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 94500
23 16 16 5 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 103050
24 22 9 8 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 196550
25 21 4 6 HEY BOY Take That 229500
26 19 10 8 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 176700
27 30 27 3 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 53900
28 20 20 6 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 102350
29 NEW 29 1 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 18200
30 32 30 4 CHEYENNE Jason Derulo 53100

31 31 31 4 GO! Postiljonen 64650
32 34 32 2 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 35400
33 37 33 2 I COULD BE Shane Filan with Nadine Coyle 35000
34 27 27 4 IMMORTALS Jean-Michel Jarre & f*** Buttons 64600
35 28 28 8 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 119400
36 26 20 9 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 156500
37 39 37 19 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 219300
38 25 2 12 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 822950
39 49 39 3 SORRY Justin Bieber 39600
40 50 40 4 I LIKE IT We The Kings 43600
41 23 4 12 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 345700
42 58 42 3 YOUNG AND UNAFRAID The Moth And The Flame 29750
43 43 43 2 HAPPY ALONE Matrix & Futurebound featuring V. Bozeman 27000
44 33 33 5 SECOND HAND HEART Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson 56350
45 47 45 15 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 150300
46 41 3 11 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 440750
47 35 35 5 WHAT DO YOU MEAN Justin Bieber 62800
48 36 36 7 LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran 80300
49 55 49 10 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 92200
50 60 50 5 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 46700

51 40 8 12 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 272450
52 56 52 5 THE HILLS The Weeknd featuring Eminem 46000
53 48 5 10 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 314000
54 57 54 3 PAINT ME LIKE A FRENCH GIRL Breakdlaw featuring The Glitchfox 27600
55 53 3 11 LIGHTS Hurts 307400
56 42 10 9 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 201800
57 62 57 3 WRITING’S ON THE WALL Sam Smith 24900
58 72 58 4 EYES SHUT Years And Years 26800
59 59 59 3 KISS ME Olly Murs 26200
60 45 6 9 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 235400

61 44 6 12 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 254400
62 68 62 2 INDULGE Jones 13800
63 81 63 2 CAN’T SLEEP LOVE Pentatonix 11000
64 NEW 64 1 FAST LANE Rationale 7100
65 54 22 5 RESONATE Avec Sans 61300
66 80 66 2 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 10800
67 83 67 2 LOVE GAVE ME MORE Simply Red 10000
68 67 48 5 BETTER LOVE Foxes 43550
69 92 69 2 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 8000
70 46 7 10 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 269550

71 63 4 8 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 275650
72 70 1 14 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 568100
73 76 73 2 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 10200
74 64 6 11 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 247800
75 61 6 13 THE GATES Young Empires 310200
76 52 52 5 SATURDAY NIGHT Yukon Blonde 44600
77 51 14 8 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 150700
78 66 60 5 HOTLINE BLING Drake 33000
79 71 14 9 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 141700
80 65 23 6 PRETTY LITTLE GANGSTER Ryder 72150

81 78 38 4 WHEN I STOP DREAMING Don Henley featuring Dolly Parton 42400
82 87 82 2 EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Panic! At The Disco 6200
83 85 83 2 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 6400
84 NEW 84 1 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 3200
85 90 85 2 TAKE ME HOME Jess Glynne 5000
86 69 66 5 THE AUSTERITY OF LOVE Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott 28800
87 NEW 87 1 TIRED OF TALKING LEON 2600
88 NEW 88 1 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 2400
89 89 89 2 THE CRAZY ONES Paloma Faith 4400
90 75 75 3 RULE THE WORLD Walk Off The Earth 12000

91 93 91 2 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 3600
92 NEW 92 1 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 1800
93 NEW 93 1 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 1700
94 NEW 94 1 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 1600
95 100 95 2 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 2500
96 NEW 96 1 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 1400
97 97 97 2 THE WANDERER Dion 2600
98 NEW 98 1 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 1200
99 NEW 99 1 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 1100
100 NEW 100 1 FOCUS Ariana Grande 1000

 

22nd November 2015

3 weeks on top for Coldplay, and 2 weeks at 2 for Hurts, and 3 weeks at 3 for Shaun Frank and KSHMR featuring Delaney, still in Heaven. Highehst new entry at 7 is a 1966 classic from Sonny & Cher, pre-dating my chart, but one I’ve loved for over 50 years, all gypsy charm used to later great effect by Cher in her solo records, Little Man was a big European hit and now is used by Amazon in an advert. Not that I love tax-dodging mega-corporations, but hey it gives me an excuse to chart it at last, giving Sonny & Cher a run of 43 years since All I Ever Need Is You topped my chart in 1972. They would, of course, have topped with I Got You Babe in 1965 cos I loved it as a toddler.

Fleur East jumps up 26 places, Noel Gallagher makes the 20 for the 3rd time this year, and Kylie does it for the 5th time with Only You, as the highest new record is at 19, and it’s HOT. No, it is, a great dance track. Adele’s world-domination is upon us, and the best track from the album on first hearing is in at 29, Water Under The Bridge joining Hello in the chart. In the 40 Justin Bieber replaces himself, and says Sorry, while lower down Rationale gets a second entry, 99 Souls bring back Destiny’s Child and Brandy to my chart, Duran Duran and Mumford & Sons return with new singles, and The Beatles come back for the third time with I Want To Hold Your Hand, thanks to the 1 album/dvd return, which I’ve finally bought now I can get all of the promos in one place. Hooray! Like Sonny & Cher, The Beatles woulda topped my charts in the 60’s, twice, as it was among the first batch of singles my dad bought in 1966 for a brand new record player, and which I played to death over the rest of the decade, pre-teen. Still missing that official chart-topper with it though…

1 1 1 3 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 510000
2 2 2 2 WINGS Hurts 230000
3 3 3 5 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 355000
4 4 1 12 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1610000
5 6 5 9 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 294250
6 9 6 3 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 119000
7 NEW 7 1 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 50000
8 5 1 5 HELLO Adele 458000
9 10 9 2 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 87000
10 7 5 5 CIRCLES Truls 260000

11 8 3 6 HAPPINESS IAMX 280000
12 38 12 3 SAX Fleur East 62800
13 18 13 5 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 117250
14 11 8 4 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 151000
15 15 15 5 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 107300
16 24 16 2 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 44000
17 17 17 10 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 186800
18 12 9 5 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 146750
19 NEW 19 1 HOT POWERS 21000
20 29 20 2 ONLY YOU Kylie Minogue with James Corden 38200

21 14 3 8 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 358250
22 13 13 4 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 94500
23 16 16 5 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 103050
24 22 9 8 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 196550
25 21 4 6 HEY BOY Take That 229500
26 19 10 8 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 176700
27 30 27 3 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 53900
28 20 20 6 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 102350
29 NEW 29 1 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 18200
30 32 30 4 CHEYENNE Jason Derulo 53100

31 31 31 4 GO! Postiljonen 64650
32 34 32 2 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 35400
33 37 33 2 I COULD BE Shane Filan with Nadine Coyle 35000
34 27 27 4 IMMORTALS Jean-Michel Jarre & f*** Buttons 64600
35 28 28 8 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 119400
36 26 20 9 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 156500
37 39 37 19 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 219300
38 25 2 12 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 822950
39 49 39 3 SORRY Justin Bieber 39600
40 50 40 4 I LIKE IT We The Kings 43600

41 23 4 12 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 345700
42 58 42 3 YOUNG AND UNAFRAID The Moth And The Flame 29750
43 43 43 2 HAPPY ALONE Matrix & Futurebound featuring V. Bozeman 27000
44 33 33 5 SECOND HAND HEART Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson 56350
45 47 45 15 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 150300
46 41 3 11 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 440750
47 35 35 5 WHAT DO YOU MEAN Justin Bieber 62800
48 36 36 7 LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran 80300
49 55 49 10 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 92200
50 60 50 5 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 46700

51 40 8 12 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 272450
52 56 52 5 THE HILLS The Weeknd featuring Eminem 46000
53 48 5 10 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 314000
54 57 54 3 PAINT ME LIKE A FRENCH GIRL Breakdlaw featuring The Glitchfox 27600
55 53 3 11 LIGHTS Hurts 307400
56 42 10 9 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 201800
57 62 57 3 WRITING’S ON THE WALL Sam Smith 24900
58 72 58 4 EYES SHUT Years And Years 26800
59 59 59 3 KISS ME Olly Murs 26200
60 45 6 9 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 235400

61 44 6 12 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 254400
62 68 62 2 INDULGE Jones 13800
63 81 63 2 CAN’T SLEEP LOVE Pentatonix 11000
64 NEW 64 1 FAST LANE Rationale 7100
65 54 22 5 RESONATE Avec Sans 61300
66 80 66 2 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 10800
67 83 67 2 LOVE GAVE ME MORE Simply Red 10000
68 67 48 5 BETTER LOVE Foxes 43550
69 92 69 2 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 8000
70 46 7 10 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 269550

71 63 4 8 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 275650
72 70 1 14 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 568100
73 76 73 2 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 10200
74 64 6 11 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 247800
75 61 6 13 THE GATES Young Empires 310200

76 52 52 5 SATURDAY NIGHT Yukon Blonde 44600
77 51 14 8 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 150700
78 66 60 5 HOTLINE BLING Drake 33000
79 71 14 9 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 141700
80 65 23 6 PRETTY LITTLE GANGSTER Ryder 72150

81 78 38 4 WHEN I STOP DREAMING Don Henley featuring Dolly Parton 42400
82 87 82 2 EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Panic! At The Disco 6200
83 85 83 2 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 6400
84 NEW 84 1 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 3200
85 90 85 2 TAKE ME HOME Jess Glynne 5000
86 69 66 5 THE AUSTERITY OF LOVE Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott 28800
87 NEW 87 1 TIRED OF TALKING LEON 2600
88 NEW 88 1 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 2400
89 89 89 2 THE CRAZY ONES Paloma Faith 4400
90 75 75 3 RULE THE WORLD Walk Off The Earth 12000

91 93 91 2 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 3600
92 NEW 92 1 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 1800
93 NEW 93 1 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 1700
94 NEW 94 1 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 1600
95 100 95 2 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 2500
96 NEW 96 1 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 1400
97 97 97 2 THE WANDERER Dion 2600
98 NEW 98 1 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 1200
99 NEW 99 1 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 1100
100 NEW 100 1 FOCUS Ariana Grande 1000

5th November 2015
2 weeks at 1 for the brilliant Coldplay new single, nothing like any of their previous singles, it’s so intricate and joyously irresistible, multiple hooks galore both instrumental and the main vocal melodies. Straight in at 2, it’s the perennial British bridesmaids, Hurts, with a glorious power ballad, Wings, and their 3rd in a row to hit my top 3 in 2015. Hugely popular in parts of Europe, fabulous live, great albums, and the UK remains stubbornly ignorant of one of our best acts of this century, which, given the drivel that occupies a fair portion of the singles chart, makes me rather peed off. Staying at 3, it’s the fabulous Heaven, with that sexy throbbing teasing class dance track from Shaun Frank, KSHMR and Delaney.

To be honest, in normal times any of the top 10 could be topping my chart quite happily, while the track at 40 would be around 15 spots higher, and the one at 75 should be scraping on the doors of the top 40. So many great records around that I’ve bought, I’ve had to give up and admit defeat and expand my chart to 100 for the first time since 1983 to catch good tracks that just can’t get into the 75 after weeks of hanging around. The number 100 would generally be inside the top 75 comfortably. Sigma and Rita Ora move into the 10, ELO get a 2nd top 10 of the year with the very 70’s ELO sounding One Step At A Time – if I have one complaint, it’s my MP3 download sounds like it’s been recorded with ear muffs around the mixing deck.

Which brings me to another complaint I have with MP3’s from itunes: so many tracks start and continue with what sounds like vinyl record hiss, clicks and pops, and it is really pissing me off – there is no need for all of this fake extraneous pretentious background noise, and I’m going to stop buying any artist that insists on doing it, it’s not clever and it’s doesn’t make them sound “classic”, just annoying. So there, naming names Olly Murs, CeeLo, Selena Gomez, Breakdlaw, and other assorted pop and dance tracks.

New entries: Noel Gallagher gets another high flying new entry off his latest album, while also oldie Oasis charting in the UK thanks to John Lewis, Half The World Away, is in belatedly at 95. It’s a very Kylie early Christmas too, with 3 new entries, a sweet cover of Yazoo’s 1982 chart-topper Only You at 29 with comedian/host/actor James Corden, a song new to me, but classic xmas sounding, at 34 White December, and finally 100 degrees with sister Dannii returning after a long break at 81. It’s a dance number and if anyone can tell which one is which, got better ears than me!

Others: Shane Filan and Nadine Coyle have a duet, Matrix & Futurebound are back, ditto Simply Red’s 70’s soul groove, and Panic! At The Disco’s rocking out, not to mention crazy Paloma Faith’s theme toon, Life Of Dillon’s return, and oldies from Stevie Wonder, For Once In My Life is back after first charting in 1969, 1960’s oldie The Wanderer is back for Dion thanks to an advert for some computer game or other, and charting for the first time since 1976, while the Back To The Future 30th “anniversary” got Huey Lewis into the UK sales charts, and a bit late into mine, 30 years on since it last exited.

1 1 1 2 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 340000
2 NEW 2 1 WINGS Hurts 115000
3 3 3 4 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 270000
4 2 1 11 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1545000
5 4 1 4 HELLO Adele 410000
6 7 6 8 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 234250
7 5 5 4 CIRCLES Truls 218000
8 6 3 5 HAPPINESS IAMX 243000
9 24 9 2 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 64000
10 NEW 10 1 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 42000

11 8 8 3 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 122000
12 9 9 4 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 124750
13 16 13 3 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 75000
14 11 3 7 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 338500
15 28 15 4 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 80300
16 17 16 4 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 83800
17 19 17 9 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 163800
18 18 18 4 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 85250
19 13 10 7 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 158200
20 21 20 5 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 84050

21 10 4 5 HEY BOY Take That 210750
22 15 9 7 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 177550
23 12 4 11 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 331700
24 NEW 24 1 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 19000
25 14 2 11 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 805750
26 20 20 8 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 139100
27 30 27 3 IMMORTALS Jean-Michel Jarre & f*** Buttons 47000
28 29 28 7 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 101900
29 NEW 29 1 ONLY YOU Kylie Minogue featuring James Corden 18200
30 35 30 2 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 35500

31 39 31 3 GO! Postiljonen 46750
32 48 32 3 CHEYENNE Jason Derulo 35100
33 54 33 4 SECOND HAND HEART Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson 43100
34 NEW 34 1 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 17600
35 36 35 4 WHAT DO YOU MEAN Justin Bieber 50300
36 40 36 6 LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran 68000
37 NEW 37 1 I COULD BE Shane Filan with Nadine Coyle 17300
38 56 38 2 SAX Fleur East 27800
39 41 39 18 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 202000
40 33 8 11 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 260700

41 22 3 10 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 428000
42 23 10 8 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 191200
43 NEW 43 1 HAPPY ALONE Matrix & Futurebound featuring V. Bozeman 13500
44 25 6 11 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 246900
45 27 6 8 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 225400
46 32 7 9 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 263550
47 49 47 14 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 137300
48 42 5 9 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 302750
49 57 49 2 SORRY Justin Bieber 22500
50 61 50 3 I LIKE IT We The Kings 26600

51 26 14 7 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 146100
52 53 52 4 SATURDAY NIGHT Yukon Blonde 39800
53 46 3 10 LIGHTS Hurts 296600
54 34 22 4 RESONATE Avec Sans 54300
55 55 55 9 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 80100
56 59 56 4 THE HILLS The Weeknd featuring Eminem 34500
57 69 57 2 PAINT ME LIKE A FRENCH GIRL Breakdlaw featuring The Glitchfox 16600
58 71 58 2 YOUNG AND UNAFRAID The Moth And The Flame 16000
59 70 59 2 KISS ME Olly Murs 16100
60 63 52 4 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 34700

61 47 6 12 THE GATES Young Empires 305200
62 64 62 2 WRITING’S ON THE WALL Sam Smith 14500
63 31 4 7 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 269850
64 43 6 10 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 242600
65 37 23 5 PRETTY LITTLE GANGSTER Ryder 68150
66 60 60 4 HOTLINE BLING Drake 28600
67 65 48 4 BETTER LOVE Foxes 37150
68 NEW 68 1 INDULGE Jones 6400
69 66 66 4 THE AUSTERITY OF LOVE Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott 25400
70 45 1 13 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 562500

71 44 14 8 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 137500
72 72 72 3 EYES SHUT Years And Years 16600
73 76 73 2 REDEMPTION Sigma featuring Diztortion 10200
74 NEW 74 1 HUNDRED MILES Yall featuring Gabriela Richardson 5200
75 75 75 2 RULE THE WORLD Walk Off The Earth 10000
76 NEW 76 1 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 4800
77 NEW 77 1 LEAVES Baile & Felicia Douglass 4600
78 38 38 3 WHEN I STOP DREAMING Don Henley featuring Dolly Parton 38600
79 50 5 12 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 320300
80 NEW 80 1 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 4000

81 NEW 81 1 CAN’T SLEEP LOVE Pentatonix 3800
82 51 10 11 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 286650
83 NEW 83 1 LOVE GAVE ME MORE Simply Red 3400
84 58 24 9 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 117100
85 NEW 85 1 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 3000
86 62 16 9 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 139850
87 NEW 87 1 EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Panic! At The Disco 2600
88 52 33 9 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 120250
89 NEW 89 1 THE CRAZY ONES Paloma Faith 2200
90 NEW 90 1 TAKE ME HOME Jess Glynne 2000

91 73 73 2 CRADLE TO THE GRAVE Squeeze 7300
92 NEW 92 1 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 1800
93 NEW 93 1 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 1700
94 68 68 3 BAD Lost Kings featuring Jessame 13200
95 NEW 95 1 HALF THE WORLD AWAY Oasis 1500
96 67 67 5 LEVELS Nick Jonas 25400
97 NEW 97 1 THE WANDERER Dion 1300
98 74 74 2 PERFECT One Direction 6400
99 NEW 99 1 THE POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis and The News 1100
100 NEW 100 1 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 1000

8th November 2015

It’s Coldplay, on an Adventure Of A Lifetime straight in at number one with their 6th chart-topper over a 10-year period and 15 years of chart entries. It’s been a while since a new record came in at 1 in my charts, tracks tended to grow over a period of weeks thanks to radio airplay, but the great advantage of the world release day OAOS is that it’s freshened up the music scene no end, a record can just turn up unnanounced, you can buy it instantly and 2 days later (my chart is still Sunday-based) it’s topping my chart. I now actively scour through new releases on fridays and buy the ones I like the sound of based on itunes clips. It also means my charts are highly competitive compared to some years in previous decades, what with Buzzjack Song Contest bringing batches of great new songs every month. Records get ejected far too early…

Shaun Frank snuggles up to Florence at 2, Shreya Ghoshal & friends go back up to 7 as I go Bollywood again, and Enya grabs another top 10 for her list. Ditto CeeLo. Tame Impala make it 3 top 20, Selena Gomez 2, and the gorgeous Orenda Fink track leaps back up to 20. 2nd highest new entry at 24 is Sigma, back again big with Rita Ora in drum n bass tow – their other track is thus kept out of my chart at 76 (with Diztortion) by themselves. Jean-Michel Jarre is back in the 30, and Elvis is back at 35 with an orchestral reimagining of one of his few great 70’s singles, Burning Love, which hit my top 10 in 1972, 43 years ago. I was 14 and Elvis was there all my life and still only 37. 5 years later he was dead and now he’s been dead almost as long as he was alive, but it doesn’t stop the chart entries!

Justin Bieber has been much ignored in my charts, bar one or two tracks, but I’va been forced to admit I like his latest two singles, Sorry, What do you mean!? Up to 36 while his new one is in at 57. He’s still not the greatest singer in the world, but that never held Bob Dylan back. I’ve also relented on Sam Smith, in the context of the movie Spectre, the track works and pops in at 64. Postiljonen get a 3rd top 40, X Factor chuck out another act (Fleur East) heavily borrowing from Mark Ronson/ Bruno Mars, and wholesale sampling Shake Your Body’s riff. I’m sure Jacko would approve, as long as he got writing credit, so I hope they ran it through co-writer Randy Jackson before proceeding….! Other newies, Olly’s back, ditto One Direction, Squeeze, and Walk Off The Earth. Only half of them are former X factor acts, phew!


1 NEW 1 1 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 170000
2 2 1 10 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1480000
3 6 3 3 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 185000
4 1 1 3 HELLO Adele 350000
5 5 5 3 CIRCLES Truls 168000
6 3 3 4 HAPPINESS IAMX 195000
7 31 7 7 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 179250
8 11 8 2 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 85000
9 13 9 3 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 89750
10 4 4 4 HEY BOY Take That 191000

11 7 3 6 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 309500
12 17 4 10 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 312450
13 10 10 6 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 137200
14 8 2 10 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 787000
15 9 9 6 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 158050
16 30 16 2 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 43000
17 26 17 3 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 58800
18 18 18 3 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 63250
19 20 19 8 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 140800
20 47 20 7 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 120600

21 24 21 4 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 64050
22 14 3 9 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 414000
23 15 10 7 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 177450
24 NEW 24 1 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 19000
25 12 6 10 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 233650
26 16 14 6 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 134350
27 19 6 7 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 212400
28 35 28 3 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 53300
29 29 29 6 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 83600
30 56 30 2 IMMORTALS Jean-Michel Jarre & f*** Buttons 28600

31 21 4 6 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 262650
32 25 7 8 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 250800
33 27 8 10 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 243700
34 22 22 3 RESONATE Avec Sans 43300
35 NEW 35 1 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17500
36 57 36 3 WHAT DO YOU MEAN Justin Bieber 32800
37 23 23 4 PRETTY LITTLE GANGSTER Ryder 61150
38 40 38 2 WHEN I STOP DREAMING Don Henley featuring Dolly Parton 34200
39 51 39 2 GO! Postiljonen 28850
40 54 40 5 LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran 50600

41 42 41 17 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 184900
42 28 5 8 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 290450
43 32 6 9 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 235500
44 50 14 7 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 131700
45 39 1 12 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 556500
46 36 3 9 LIGHTS Hurts 285350
47 38 6 11 THE GATES Young Empires 297700
48 75 48 2 CHEYENNE Jason Derulo 17300
49 49 49 13 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 124800
50 34 5 11 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 316100

51 37 10 10 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 283050
52 33 33 8 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 117850
53 53 53 3 SATURDAY NIGHT Yukon Blonde 28300
54 62 54 3 SECOND HAND HEART Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson 25400
55 55 55 8 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 69300
56 NEW 56 1 SAX Fleur East 10600
57 NEW 57 1 SORRY Justin Bieber 10400
58 43 24 8 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 113900
59 65 59 3 THE HILLS The Weeknd featuring Eminem 23900
60 69 60 3 HOTLINE BLING Drake 21800

61 64 61 2 I LIKE IT We The Kings 14600
62 45 16 8 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 137050
63 52 52 3 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 24700
64 NEW 64 1 WRITING’S ON THE WALL Sam Smith 7100
65 48 48 3 BETTER LOVE Foxes 30550
66 66 66 3 THE AUSTERITY OF LOVE Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott 19200
67 67 67 4 LEVELS Nick Jonas 24000
68 74 68 2 BAD Lost Kings featuring Jessame 11600
69 NEW 69 1 PAINT ME LIKE A FRENCH GIRL Breakdlaw featuring The Glitchfox 6200
70 NEW 70 1 KISS ME Olly Murs 6000

71 NEW 71 1 YOUNG AND UNAFRAID The Moth And The Flame 5800
72 73 72 2 EYES SHUT Years And Years 11000
73 NEW 73 1 CRADLE TO THE GRAVE Squeeze 5400
74 NEW 74 1 PERFECT One Direction 5200
75 NEW 75 1 RULE THE WORLD Walk Off The Earth 5000

DROP OUTS
41 25 7 R U MINE (LOST KINGS REMIX) ROZES 111050
44 8 8 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 204000
46 43 5 JOY Will Young 50450
58 49 5 FEVER Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Michael Buble 55400
59 1 14 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 684950
60 1 12 BODY Niia 638400
61 61 2 UGLY Drew 12700
63 2 11 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 499300
68 68 2 I FEEL GOOD Thomas Rhett featuring Lunchmoney Lewis 11600
70 70 1 WORDS CAN BREAK YOUR HEART Don Henley 6000
71 1 21 SHINE Years And Years 1235100
72 1 34 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1107050


1st November 2015

It’s Adele knocking off Florence after 7 weeks at 1, so she equals the 21st century record of Keane’s Disconnected, Take That’s The Flood and Brandon Flowers’ Crossfire, but falls just one week short of the record-holder Princess Of China, Coldplay and Rihanna’s 8 week topper (in 2 runs). Adele gets a second number one, way back to debut Chasing Pavements and nothing since, till now. Hello! IAMX spit venom up to 3, Kygo and Ella Henderson get their 2nd top 10 of the year, though their first together, and Elle King gets her first ever.

Highest new entry at 11 is Enya. Enya! Yes it’s been 6 years since she last charted, and 15 years since she was in the top 10 with Only Time, not to mention 27 years since Orinoco Flow gave her a first top 10. Echoes In Rain sounds like it could easily have been the follow-up, a bit late. CeeLo is up to 13, his first top 20 in 3 years, Avec Sans have a big climber into the 40, and Tame Impala get a third top 40 entry at 30, Let It Happen! Greedy Don Henley has 2 new entries, the highest a lovely country duet with Dolly Parton at 40, and Postiljonen return with Go! Both Don and Postiljonen have previously hit the top spot with Boys Of Summer and Supreme, respectively. Jean-Michel Jarre is also back after a 15-year gap, in partnership with F Buttons (as I call ‘em), giving the synth legend a cool 38 years of chart action, since Oxygene Part 4 almost topped my chart in 1977. It sounded futuristic at the time – cos it was! We The Kings get a third chart entry 4 years on from the first one, while Lost Kings pop in with a large borrow of Carl Carlton’s 80‘s hit She’s A Bad Mama Jama, and Years And Years and Jason Derulo both add to their chart entry list.

1 2 1 2 HELLO Adele 285000
2 1 1 9 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1365000
3 7 3 3 HAPPINESS IAMX 140000
4 4 4 3 HEY BOY Take That 149000
5 8 5 2 CIRCLES Truls 108000
6 9 6 2 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 100000
7 3 3 5 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 272500
8 5 2 9 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 758000
9 15 9 5 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 131050
10 18 10 5 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 105200

11 NEW 11 1 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 37000
12 6 6 9 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 215900
13 46 13 2 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 44750
14 11 3 8 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 394500
15 10 10 6 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 158200
16 16 14 5 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 115850
17 21 4 9 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 277450
18 23 18 2 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 41250
19 13 6 6 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 194000
20 26 20 7 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 119800

21 12 4 5 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 244750
22 69 22 2 RESONATE Avec Sans 25700
23 48 23 3 PRETTY LITTLE GANGSTER Ryder 43850
24 32 24 3 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 44300
25 14 7 7 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 233000
26 37 26 2 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 35800
27 17 8 9 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 226000
28 19 5 7 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 276700
29 40 29 5 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 65400
30 NEW 30 1 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 18000

31 20 9 6 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 129250
32 22 6 8 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 222000
33 33 33 7 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 106350
34 34 5 10 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 304100
35 35 35 2 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 35000
36 29 3 8 LIGHTS Hurts 372600
37 30 10 9 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 271300
38 31 6 10 THE GATES Young Empires 285200
39 39 1 11 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 543500
40 NEW 40 1 WHEN I STOP DREAMING Don Henley featuring Dolly Parton 17000

41 25 25 7 R U MINE (LOST KINGS REMIX) ROZES 111050
42 44 42 16 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 170900
43 24 24 7 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 103700
44 28 8 8 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 204000
45 27 16 7 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 129650
46 43 43 5 JOY Will Young 50450
47 36 28 6 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 100600
48 53 48 2 BETTER LOVE Foxes 23550
49 52 49 12 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 112700
50 38 14 6 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 118450

51 NEW 51 1 GO! Postiljonen 11750
52 70 52 2 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 17500
53 71 53 2 SATURDAY NIGHT Yukon Blonde 17050
54 60 54 4 LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran 33600
55 57 55 7 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 58500
56 NEW 56 1 IMMORTALS Jean-Michel Jarre & F**k Buttons 10600
57 75 57 2 WHAT DO YOU MEAN Justin Bieber 15400
58 49 49 5 FEVER Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Michael Buble 55400
59 51 1 14 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 684950
60 50 1 12 BODY Niia 638400

61 74 61 2 UGLY Drew 12700
62 65 62 2 SECOND HAND HEART Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson 14400
63 45 2 11 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 499300
64 NEW 64 1 I LIKE IT We The Kings 7100
65 66 65 2 THE HILLS The Weeknd featuring Eminem 13800
66 72 66 2 THE AUSTERITY OF LOVE Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott 12400
67 73 67 3 LEVELS Nick Jonas 17400
68 RE 68 2 I FEEL GOOD Thomas Rhett featuring Lunchmoney Lewis 11600
69 RE 69 2 HOTLINE BLING Drake 11800
70 NEW 70 1 WORDS CAN BREAK YOUR HEART Don Henley 6000

71 64 1 21 SHINE Years And Years 1235100
72 68 1 34 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1107050
73 NEW 73 1 EYES SHUT Years And Years 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BAD Lost Kings featuring Jessame 5200
75 NEW 75 1 CHEYENNE Jason Derulo 5000

DROP OUTS
41 20 3 LUVAROTORRRRRY! Reol featuring nqrse 51500
42 23 8 ALL SHE WANTS MIKA 132050
47 34 6 LET IT ALL GO RHODES & Birdy 83700
54 35 4 TAKE THIS CHANCE Anastacia 52250
55 10 9 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 208400
56 33 5 RIVERS Thomas Jack 66800
58 49 2 WAKE UP The Vamps 22300
59 15 9 THE WAKE a-ha 172750
61 10 11 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 239600
62 46 6 HELP IS COMING Crowded House 53550
63 43 3 PLAYING WITH FIRE Andreya Triana 30900
67 1 25 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 615050

2015

2015


25th October 2015

It’s a 7-week run on top for Florence, equalling Keane’s longest-running number one of the 2010’s, and the competition is absolutely intense in the top 10, making it all the more remarkable. 10 weeks in a row is the all-time record, so just 3 to go, or will she give in to highest new entry Adele, who’s stunning new ballad is in at 2, Hello? That’s her second-biggest hit, trailing only number one Chasing Pavements. Take That grabbed another chart-topper in 2014, and now they are shooting up into the top 5 again 22 years after Pray topped my chart. XYConstant go top 10, IAMX’s powerful Happiness is 68 places, and 2 new entries for Truls and Shaun Frank & KSHMR straight into the top 10 just ahead of Kishi Bashi’s second of the year means a massive clear-out at the top end of the chart.

Elle King goes top 20, Gwen Stefani is back at 23 18 years or so since No Doubt debuted, and 16 years since Gwen had her first solo credit in my top 20 with Moby (Southside), and before going on to get 2 solo chart-toppers in the noughties. New Order get a second chart entry of 2015 with help from Brandon Flowers, fresh off a string of big hits and 2 number ones in 2015, over a decade of hits for Brandon, 35 years for New Order, more or less. Others: Selena gets a quick second hit, Cee-Lo is back after a gap busy with legal affairs, so to speak, Foxes keeps the run of singles going, Kelly Clarkson is on a decade plus in tow with Ben Haenow back again, and The Weeknd gets his 3rd of the year with an assist from Eminem and 16 years-worth of singles. Ellie Goulding, and Justin Bieber, sneak in, while part of The Beautiful South get another hit at 72 with some wordplay as always.

1 1 1 8 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1250000
2 NEW 2 1 HELLO Adele 115000
3 3 3 4 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 222500
4 24 4 2 HEY BOY Take That 84000
5 2 2 8 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 710000
6 17 6 8 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 180900
7 75 7 2 HAPPINESS IAMX 55000
8 NEW 8 1 CIRCLES Truls 48000
9 NEW 9 1 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 45000
10 12 10 5 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 131200

11 4 3 7 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 365500
12 5 4 4 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 225000
13 6 6 5 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 173000
14 10 7 6 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 214250
15 18 15 4 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 86050
16 14 14 4 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 90850
17 15 8 8 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 207600
18 30 18 4 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 63200
19 7 5 6 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 258400
20 9 9 5 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 111350

21 25 4 8 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 254250
22 11 6 7 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 204200
23 NEW 23 1 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 19250
24 29 24 6 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 90200
25 28 25 6 R U MINE (LOST KINGS REMIX) ROZES 97050
26 26 26 6 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 99800
27 16 16 6 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 116650
28 8 8 7 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 190750
29 13 3 7 LIGHTS Hurts 355200
30 19 10 8 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 254000

31 22 6 9 THE GATES Young Empires 268000
32 61 32 2 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 25300
33 38 33 6 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 88650
34 27 5 9 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 286500
35 NEW 35 1 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 17500
36 36 28 5 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 88100
37 NEW 37 1 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 17300
38 21 14 5 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 106450
39 32 1 10 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 526400
40 45 40 4 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 47200

41 20 20 3 LUVAROTORRRRRY! Reol featuring nqrse 51500
42 23 23 8 ALL SHE WANTS MIKA 132050
43 50 43 4 JOY Will Young 37700
44 44 44 15 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 157150
45 31 2 10 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 492100
46 NEW 46 1 MUSIC TO MY SOUL Cee-Lo Green 12750
47 34 34 6 LET IT ALL GO RHODES & Birdy 83700
48 48 48 2 PRETTY LITTLE GANGSTER Ryder 24600
49 53 49 4 FEVER Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Michael Buble 45200
50 41 1 11 BODY Niia 628400

51 42 1 13 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 674850
52 52 52 11 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 100600
53 NEW 53 1 BETTER LOVE Foxes 11250
54 35 35 4 TAKE THIS CHANCE Anastacia 52250
55 39 10 9 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 208400
56 33 33 5 RIVERS Thomas Jack 66800
57 57 57 6 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 47700
58 49 49 2 WAKE UP The Vamps 22300
59 37 15 9 THE WAKE a-ha 172750
60 63 60 3 LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran 22600

61 47 10 11 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 239600
62 46 46 6 HELP IS COMING Crowded House 53550
63 43 43 3 PLAYING WITH FIRE Andreya Triana 30900
64 54 1 20 SHINE Years And Years 1229300
65 NEW 65 1 SECOND HAND HEART Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson 7000
66 NEW 66 1 THE HILLS The Weeknd featuring Eminem 6800
67 67 1 25 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 615050
68 66 1 33 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1101450
69 NEW 69 1 RESONATE Avec Sans 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 6000

71 NEW 71 1 SATURDAY NIGHT Yukon Blonde 5800
72 NEW 72 1 THE AUSTERITY OF LOVE Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott 5600
73 73 73 2 LEVELS Nick Jonas 10800
74 NEW 74 1 UGLY Drew 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WHAT DO YOU MEAN Justin Bieber 5000

DROP OUTS
40 40 5 OCEAN tiny deaths 63100
51 40 5 HEART OF OAK Richard Hawley 67500
55 6 10 BODY TALK Foxes 276100
56 37 5 FOR A BETTER DAY Avicii featuring Alex Ebert 61000
58 3 10 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 270200
59 32 5 BODY ON ME Rita Ora featuring Chris Brown 71300
60 60 3 BRAND NEW DAY Bryan Adams 22500
62 23 7 COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Above And Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes 106750
64 5 14 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 371900
65 65 2 TALK TO ME Nick Brewer featuring Bibi Bourelly 12200
68 68 3 TIRING GAME John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson 17400
69 28 7 COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato 91500
70 12 10 OH MY LOVE The Score 173200
71 71 2 LEAVE A TRACE CHVRCHES 10800
72 72 2 SOLACE Fyfe 11200
74 74 1 UP IN FLAMES Ruelle 5200

18th Oct 2015

It’s florence getting the longest run on top since keane did 7 weeks 3 years back, at 6 weeks we are getting into all-time territory! That also applies to thomas rhett’s 5 week run at 2. Very few records have had 5 consecutive weeks at 2 in my charts, and pretty much that have failed to reach number one. Ex cops fab track is 3 and highest new entry is from take that in at 24.

Its a short commentary from me cos i am on hols and going out to the bars. Hooray! Heaven doing nothing.

1 1 1 7 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1080000
2 2 2 7 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 650000
3 12 3 3 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 137500
4 3 3 6 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 328500
5 4 4 3 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 190000
6 10 6 4 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 141000
7 5 5 5 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 237400
8 9 8 6 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 172450
9 19 9 4 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 91350
10 7 7 5 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 185250

11 6 6 6 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 184700
12 16 12 4 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 89200
13 8 3 6 LIGHTS Hurts 337000
14 23 14 3 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 65850
15 11 8 7 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 184600
16 18 16 5 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 98250
17 33 17 7 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 125900
18 21 18 3 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 59050
19 13 10 7 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 236000
20 35 20 2 LUVAROTORRRRRY! Reol featuring nqrse 37500

21 14 14 4 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 89250
22 15 6 8 THE GATES Young Empires 250100
23 25 23 7 ALL SHE WANTS MIKA 118300
24 NEW 24 1 HEY BOY Take That 19000
25 17 4 7 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 234500
26 29 26 5 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 91300
27 20 5 8 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 268900
28 28 28 5 R U MINE (LOST KINGS REMIX) ROZES 78300
29 48 29 5 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 71200
30 36 30 3 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 41200

31 22 2 9 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 479100
32 24 1 9 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 509300
33 37 33 4 RIVERS Thomas Jack 56200
34 40 34 5 LET IT ALL GO RHODES & Birdy 71200
35 42 35 3 TAKE THIS CHANCE Anastacia 41250
36 32 28 4 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 70700
37 30 15 8 THE WAKE a-ha 162650
38 38 38 5 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 70950
39 39 10 8 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 197600
40 43 40 5 OCEAN tiny deaths 63100

41 31 1 10 BODY Niia 616400
42 34 1 12 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 663100
43 58 43 2 PLAYING WITH FIRE Andreya Triana 23700
44 47 44 14 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 143900
45 60 45 3 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 30200
46 57 46 5 HELP IS COMING Crowded House 46150
47 45 10 10 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 232100
48 NEW 48 1 PRETTY LITTLE GANGSTER Ryder 12300
49 NEW 49 1 WAKE UP The Vamps 12100
50 67 50 3 JOY Will Young 24200

51 41 40 5 HEART OF OAK Richard Hawley 67500
52 55 52 10 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 89100
53 53 53 3 FEVER Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Michael Buble 33100
54 52 1 19 SHINE Years And Years 1222200
55 46 6 10 BODY TALK Foxes 276100
56 56 37 5 FOR A BETTER DAY Avicii featuring Alex Ebert 61000
57 61 57 5 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 37300
58 50 3 10 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 270200
59 49 32 5 BODY ON ME Rita Ora featuring Chris Brown 71300
60 64 60 3 BRAND NEW DAY Bryan Adams 22500

61 NEW 61 1 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 7500
62 51 23 7 COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Above And Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes 106750
63 73 63 2 LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran y
64 54 5 14 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 371900
65 74 65 2 TALK TO ME Nick Brewer featuring Bibi Bourelly 12200
66 65 1 32 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1095050
67 66 1 24 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 608450
68 71 68 3 TIRING GAME John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson 17400
69 59 28 7 COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato 91500
70 68 12 10 OH MY LOVE The Score 173200

71 75 71 2 LEAVE A TRACE CHVRCHES 10800
72 72 72 2 SOLACE Fyfe 11200
73 NEW 73 1 LEVELS Nick Jonas 5400
74 NEW 74 1 UP IN FLAMES Ruelle 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HAPPINESS IAMX 5000

DROP OUTS
26 15 16 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 218900
27 19 7 TINY DANCER Elton John 108850
44 9 11 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 284300
62 39 6 TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS Don Henley 61900
63 25 5 FEED YOUR HEAD (RADIO EDIT) Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Jefferson Airplane 62200
69 36 4 TWO MINDS NERO 51200
70 7 11 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 234350

11th October 2015

It’s a whopping 5-week run on top for the unstoppable machine that is Florence, Queen Of Peace, Queen Of Charts, so many challengers for the crown but to be honest none come close. That’s still bad news for Thomas Rhett and a very unlucky 4th week at 2, still crashing still burning, while PHASES and their fab video go up to 3. Jack Savoretti gets a 3rd top 10 of 2015, Duran Duran get a 2nd top 10 of 2015 too and Kiesza her 2nd in total, and Jeff Lynne aka ELO makes it a good mostly-non-stop run of Top 10 singles for 43 years, albeit missing with new material (but not with old material) for 25 years.

Kishi Bashi has 2 in the 20, MIKA has an about-face and hits a new peak of 25 with a sweet song with charmingly bitter lyrics, in an affectionate amusing stylee. Pity he’s no longer flavour of the month in the fickle pop biz. At least I’m loyal to good old pop stars! Highest new entry at 35 is Japanese anime cheesy stomping dance pop, LUVORATORRRRRY! Huge bit of fun which obsessed me during the week, it might not last but it’s fast food and tasty. Elle King, eh? Oh! She’s in the 40 with her bunch of exes in speedos and not much else. Not many new entries this week, so I’ll just say a buzzjack sorry i Ive not commented on your charts yet, been away this weekend and busy sorting a friend on hols in Mafia country who found himself suddenly passport, cheque cards and cash-less, not to mention no mobile top-up and no mobile charger. If you’re gonna do it, do it well…..

1 1 1 6 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 910000
2 2 2 6 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 535000
3 5 3 5 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 263500
4 4 4 2 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 130000
5 6 5 4 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 187400
6 12 6 5 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 147700
7 7 7 4 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 143250
8 3 3 5 LIGHTS Hurts 305000
9 18 9 5 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 124450
10 16 10 3 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 86000

11 8 8 6 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 157600
12 35 12 2 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 52500
13 10 10 6 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 215000
14 17 14 3 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 69500
15 9 6 7 THE GATES Young Empires 230600
16 24 16 3 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 54200
17 21 4 6 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 215750
18 20 18 4 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 73250
19 25 19 3 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 46350
20 13 5 7 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 250500

21 37 21 2 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 37050
22 11 2 8 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 461200
23 34 23 2 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 36850
24 14 1 8 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 491500
25 58 25 6 ALL SHE WANTS MIKA 99050
26 15 15 16 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 218900
27 19 19 7 TINY DANCER Elton John 108850
28 30 28 4 R U MINE (LOST KINGS REMIX) ROZES 60000
29 29 29 4 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 72800
30 23 15 7 THE WAKE a-ha 145350

31 22 1 9 BODY Niia 602400
32 28 28 3 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 53300
33 43 26 6 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 102900
34 26 1 11 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 649350
35 NEW 35 1 LUVAROTORRRRRY! Ver Reoru featuring nqrse 17500
36 71 36 2 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 23200
37 41 37 3 RIVERS Thomas Jack 38500
38 42 38 4 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 53750
39 27 10 7 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 180500
40 48 40 4 LET IT ALL GO RHODES & Birdy 53600

41 40 40 4 HEART OF OAK Richard Hawley 55750
42 60 42 2 TAKE THIS CHANCE Anastacia 23750
43 46 43 4 OCEAN tiny deaths 46100
44 36 9 11 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 284300
45 39 10 9 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 219600
46 31 6 9 BODY TALK Foxes 265200
47 47 47 13 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 130650
48 38 38 4 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 53000
49 32 32 4 BODY ON ME Rita Ora featuring Chris Brown 61200
50 33 3 9 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 260000

51 44 23 6 COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Above And Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes 99350
52 49 1 18 SHINE Years And Years 1211200
53 56 53 2 FEVER Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Michael Buble 21850
54 45 5 13 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 364800
55 55 55 9 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 77600
56 53 37 4 FOR A BETTER DAY Avicii featuring Alex Ebert 50400
57 59 57 4 HELP IS COMING Crowded House 33400
58 NEW 58 1 PLAYING WITH FIRE Andreya Triana 10200
59 52 28 6 COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato 85300
60 63 60 2 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 17200

61 62 61 4 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 26900
62 61 39 6 TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS Don Henley 61900
63 54 25 5 FEED YOUR HEAD (RADIO EDIT) Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Jefferson Airplane 62200
64 73 64 2 BRAND NEW DAY Bryan Adams 12500
65 64 1 31 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1088250
66 65 1 23 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 601850
67 72 67 2 JOY Will Young 12200
68 50 12 9 OH MY LOVE The Score 167200
69 57 36 4 TWO MINDS NERO 51200
70 51 7 11 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 234350

71 74 71 2 TIRING GAME John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson 11000
72 NEW 72 1 SOLACE Fyfe 5600
73 NEW 73 1 LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran 5400
74 NEW 74 1 TALK TO ME Nick Brewer featuring Bibi Bourelly 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LEAVE A TRACE CHVRCHES 5000

DROP OUTS
66 56 4 SOCKETS Slaves 29800
67 10 11 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 225100
68 1 14 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 656950
69 20 5 WRITTEN IN THE WATER Gin Wigmore 70350
70 70 3 HIGH BY THE BEACH Lana Del Ray 17000
75 75 1 VICTORIOUS Panic! At The Disco 5000

4th October 2015

It’s Florence for a 4th fabulous week, I just get so exasperated at what makes the charts these streaming days. 4 or 5 years ago this record would have been a monster, quite deservedly. Epic. Bad news for Thomas Rhett who gets 3 weeks stuck at 2, still love it. Look who’s in at 4!! A week ago I wouldnt have put any money on Miley Cyrus punching in at 4 from nowhere, but this theme tune to a new gay-themed movie is just a ballad anthem, best thing she’s done.

Kylie gets a 3rd top 10 hit this year, Pink gets a good jump to keep her run of non-consecutive top 20 hits going, 15 years and counting. Big leaps into the 40 for Kishi Bashi, one of 2, and Shreya Ghoshal (her biggest), while quirky new entries for a new blues clapalong Son Of A Bitch (Pure Elvis outdoing Elvis), some Ex Cops, Kygo getting his 3rd of the year, ditto Ella Henderson. Elvis is back, he hasn’t left the building – it’s an orchestral version with Michael Buble duetting on one of his good early tracks, Fever. Madonna and Peggy Lee had better known versions, but Elvis’ is pretty good too, and the new version is well done, meaning of course that being dead for nearly 40 years hasn’t stopped The King having new hit records. He was actually alive and brilliant for the start of my charts, and then less good for the next few years, but spans 46 years now.

Anastacia is also back after a gap, having had a previous number one in my chart (Sick And Tired), and since I now have access to my old charts I’ll post her biggest hits just because I can! Bryan Adams is also back 30 years on, with a track that suspiciously sounds like a Jeff Lynne production – because it is. So he’s got two in the chart. Elle King gets a fab glamrock-flavoured synth stomper new entry a year late, but I missed this one and I didn’t know her dad is actor-comedian Rob Schneider. Finally, so many tracks are still being forced out of my charts due to the intense competition, even after only one week, and I’ve downloaded them all, and more that have yet to chart, so I thought I’d also list those yet to chart, hanging about waiting….


1 1 1 5 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 740000
2 2 2 5 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 420000
3 3 3 4 LIGHTS Hurts 257000
4 NEW 4 1 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 65000
5 7 5 4 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 178500
6 6 6 3 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 127400
7 13 7 3 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 93250
8 17 8 5 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 120600
9 8 6 6 THE GATES Young Empires 203600
10 10 10 5 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 183000

11 4 2 7 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 441700
12 12 12 4 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 92700
13 5 5 6 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 230500
14 9 1 7 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 472500
15 16 15 15 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 200400
16 24 16 2 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 44000
17 35 17 2 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 40500
18 19 18 4 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 79450
19 20 19 6 TINY DANCER Elton John 90450
20 25 20 3 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 51250

21 11 4 5 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 192750
22 14 1 8 BODY Niia 584500
23 15 15 6 THE WAKE a-ha 127350
24 58 24 2 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 29200
25 67 25 2 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 25350
26 21 1 10 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 631750
27 18 10 6 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 163400
28 38 28 2 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 35500
29 29 29 3 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 54600
30 33 30 3 R U MINE (LOST KINGS REMIX) ROZES 41700

31 22 6 8 BODY TALK Foxes 251950
32 32 32 3 BODY ON ME Rita Ora featuring Chris Brown 49100
33 31 3 8 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 248000
34 NEW 34 1 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 17600
35 NEW 35 1 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 17500
36 23 9 10 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 271050
37 NEW 37 1 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 17300
38 51 38 3 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 40700
39 27 10 8 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 206600
40 42 40 3 HEART OF OAK Richard Hawley 41750

41 63 41 2 RIVERS Thomas Jack 21200
42 50 42 3 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 36550
43 26 26 5 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 85200
44 34 23 5 COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Above And Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes 87600
45 37 5 12 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 353800
46 46 46 3 OCEAN tiny deaths 32600
47 47 47 12 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 118150
48 48 48 3 LET IT ALL GO RHODES & Birdy 36600
49 43 1 17 SHINE Years And Years 1199700
50 40 12 8 OH MY LOVE The Score 160800

51 30 7 10 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 228350
52 28 28 5 COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato 75200
53 53 37 3 FOR A BETTER DAY Avicii featuring Alex Ebert 39800
54 41 25 4 FEED YOUR HEAD (RADIO EDIT) Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Jefferson Airplane 55000
55 55 55 8 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 66800
56 NEW 56 1 FEVER Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Michael Buble 10600
57 36 36 3 TWO MINDS NERO 45000
58 39 30 5 ALL SHE WANTS MIKA 80300
59 64 59 3 HELP IS COMING Crowded House 23000
60 NEW 60 1 TAKE THIS CHANCE Anastacia 10000

61 49 39 5 TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS Don Henley 54500
62 66 62 3 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 19400
63 NEW 63 1 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 7200
64 60 1 30 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1081250
65 61 1 22 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 595050
66 56 56 4 SOCKETS Slaves 29800
67 59 10 11 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 225100
68 45 1 14 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 656950
69 57 20 5 WRITTEN IN THE WATER Gin Wigmore 70350
70 70 70 3 HIGH BY THE BEACH Lana Del Ray 17000

71 NEW 71 1 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 5800
72 NEW 72 1 JOY Will Young 5600
73 NEW 73 1 BRAND NEW DAY Bryan Adams 5400
74 NEW 74 1 TIRING GAME John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson 5200
75 NEW 75 1 VICTORIOUS Panic! At The Disco 5000

DROP OUTS
44 5 12 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 344650
52 40 4 THIS TOWN Kacey Musgraves 52100
54 20 5 STEP INSIDE LOVE (ALMIGHTY RADIO EDIT) CIlla Black 83750
62 49 2 SPRING/SUN/WINTER/DREAD Everything Everything 19500
65 58 2 SOMETHING RIGHT Molly Pettersson Hammar 17200
68 7 7 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 233050
69 29 4 WHERE I BELONG HomeTown 55600
71 71 1 DITMAS Mumford & Sons 5800
72 72 1 HOTLINE BLING Drake 5600
73 73 1 WONDERFUL LIFE Katie Melua 5400
74 74 1 I FEEL GOOD Thomas Rhett featuring Lunchmoney Lewis 5200
75 75 1 HONEY, HONEY Tom Jones featuring Imelda May 5000

BUBBLING UNDERS:

LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran
PLAYING WITH FIRE Andreya Triana
PYSCHO Muse
WAKE UP The Vamps
TALK TO ME Nick Brewer featuring Bibi Bourelly
LEAVE A TRACE CHVRCHES
HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Squeeze
DREAMS Life Of Dillon
NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES
SNAKESKIN Deerhunter
GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE The Beatles
FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
SHACKLES (PRAISE YOU) Mary Mary
BEAUTIFUL Carole King
CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat
LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black
CHANGES David Bowie
RIDE-O-ROCKET Brothers Johnson


ANASTACIA’S TOP 10

1 1 19 SICK AND TIRED 1012200 (2004)
2 3 22 LEFT OUTSIDE ALONE 713200 (2004)
3 2 16 I’M OUTTA LOVE 627550 (2000)
4 19 20 ONE DAY IN YOUR LIFE 277700 (2002)
5 14 13 WELCOME TO MY TRUTH 166400 (2005)
6 28 7 WHY’D YOU LIE TO ME 90600 (2002)
7 35 5 PAID MY DUES 72900 (2001)
8 40 5 BOOM 61500 (2002)
9 43 5 NOT THAT KIND 54900 (2001)
10 30 4 COWBOYS AND KISSES 53550 (2001)

27th September 2015

3 weeks on top for Florence, as Thomas Rhett sticks at 2 and Hurts hit the top 3 for the second time this year. Kishi Bashi goes back up to a new peak of 5, as his new track enters at 58, neither song has a title that makes you think “Oh I’ve heard that title before”. Big jumps for Noonie Bao, Jack Savoretti on his 3rd top 20 of the year, and Kylie on her 3rd too, though Shaggy (also on the record) hits the 20 for the first time in over a decade and takes his run to 22 years.

So many records enter and go up, and there’s so much competition, that records that should by rights be climbing are dropping, and indeed falling out of the charts entirely just cos there’s not enough room for them. Doh! Highest new entry is ELO. Or Jeff Lynne. Or both. When I Was A Boy is a sweet “Free As A Bird”-influenced ballad (which he produced for the Beatles) full of nostalgia, and Jeff’s first actual new material in ooh over 15 years or so. As I’m a huge fan, I say a big YAY! and note that ELO first hit my charts with number one 10538 Overture in 1972, and just kept on going really, through his solo years, Traveling Wilbury-dom, and producing others. As a member of The Move, too, Jeff now has 45 sweet years in my charts.

Elsewhere: P!NK’s back with another goodie, that’ll be over 15 years of goodies then; Orenda Fink enters with a totally Twin Peaks-sounding haunting guitar ballad (fab); Tom Jones has an old-sounding country song that isn’t, aided by Imelda May, and which extends The Voice’s span of chart entries to an incredible 47 years. Incredible Tom is still knocking ‘em out, and incredible I’ve been charting them that long! Katie Melua covers Black, nice enough version, Thomas Rhett is back with some lunchmoney book-ending the chart bar one track at either end, while Drake speeds up the classic Timmy Thomas riff from Why Can’t We Live Together, huge gospel blues song for me from 1973, and infinitely superior to this other-wise decent re-use of it. Finally Shreya Ghoshal gets a second entry of the year, also from a movie, a Bollywood bit of fun along with Kumar Sanu and Sajid-Wajid. The video is fun.

1 1 1 4 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 570000
2 2 2 4 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 305000
3 4 3 3 LIGHTS Hurts 172000
4 3 2 6 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 404700
5 22 5 5 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 198500
6 36 6 2 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 72400
7 7 7 3 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 118500
8 6 6 5 THE GATES Young Empires 158600
9 5 1 6 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 443500
10 12 10 4 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 141000

11 8 4 4 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 173000
12 33 12 3 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 57700
13 53 13 2 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 43250
14 9 1 7 BODY Niia 565000
15 15 15 5 THE WAKE a-ha 108100
16 16 16 14 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 173400
17 19 17 4 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 72600
18 10 10 5 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 145000
19 23 19 3 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 57450
20 21 20 5 TINY DANCER Elton John 69450

21 11 1 9 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 613250
22 13 6 7 BODY TALK Foxes 234050
23 14 9 9 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 253650
24 NEW 24 1 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 19000
25 47 25 2 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 31250
26 27 26 4 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 71700
27 17 10 7 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 189500
28 31 28 4 COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato 63700
29 29 29 2 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 36400
30 18 7 9 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 216600

31 24 3 7 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 230300
32 43 32 2 BODY ON ME Rita Ora featuring Chris Brown 31300
33 70 33 2 R U MINE (LOST KINGS REMIX) ROZES 23700
34 26 23 4 COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Above And Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes 74350
35 NEW 35 1 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 17500
36 38 36 2 TWO MINDS NERO 34600
37 32 5 11 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 340800
38 NEW 38 1 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 17200
39 30 30 4 ALL SHE WANTS MIKA 70100
40 28 12 7 OH MY LOVE The Score 148800

41 25 25 3 FEED YOUR HEAD (RADIO EDIT) Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Jefferson Airplane 44000
42 54 42 2 HEART OF OAK Richard Hawley 24750
43 41 1 16 SHINE Years And Years 1187600
44 34 5 12 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 344650
45 35 1 13 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 649850
46 64 46 2 OCEAN tiny deaths 19850
47 48 47 11 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 105650
48 50 48 2 LET IT ALL GO RHODES & Birdy 24300
49 39 39 4 TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS Don Henley 47000
50 55 50 2 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 22800

51 51 51 2 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 23500
52 40 40 4 THIS TOWN Kacey Musgraves 52100
53 37 37 2 FOR A BETTER DAY Avicii featuring Alex Ebert 28550
54 20 20 5 STEP INSIDE LOVE (ALMIGHTY RADIO EDIT) CIlla Black 83750
55 56 55 7 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 56000
56 68 56 3 SOCKETS Slaves 23000
57 42 20 4 WRITTEN IN THE WATER Gin Wigmore 64150
58 NEW 58 1 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 10200
59 44 10 10 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 218500
60 57 1 29 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1074150

61 61 1 21 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 588050
62 49 49 2 SPRING/SUN/WINTER/DREAD Everything Everything 19500
63 NEW 63 1 RIVERS Thomas Jack 7200
64 71 64 2 HELP IS COMING Crowded House 12900
65 58 58 2 SOMETHING RIGHT Molly Pettersson Hammar 17200
66 74 66 2 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 12000
67 NEW 67 1 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 6600
68 46 7 7 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 233050
69 45 29 4 WHERE I BELONG HomeTown 55600
70 75 70 2 HIGH BY THE BEACH Lana Del Ray 11000

71 NEW 71 1 DITMAS Mumford & Sons 5800
72 NEW 72 1 HOTLINE BLING Drake 5600
73 NEW 73 1 WONDERFUL LIFE Katie Melua 5400
74 NEW 74 1 I FEEL GOOD Thomas Rhett featuring Lunchmoney Lewis 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HONEY, HONEY Tom Jones featuring Imelda May 5000

DROP OUTS
52 32 5 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 74700
59 59 2 HEER/ GOLDEN MOMENT Howard Goodall & The Original London Bend It Like Beckham Cast (Rekha Sawnhey) 16500
60 4 12 WHEN M+A 416650
62 8 10 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 266850
63 3 12 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 383900
65 1 21 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1572600
66 1 20 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 731200
67 67 1 ON FIRE Stefanie Heinzmann 6600
69 69 3 LONG WAY HOME Kerri Watt 18400
72 67 3 HAPPY DAYS Squeeze 17200
73 66 2 JITTER Grace Mitchell 12200

20th September 2015

It’s Florence for a second week on top, and well deserved as she’s held off a batch of records that could easily be my number one this week, the competition is extraordinarily fierce, as there are about 25 tracks not in my chart which ought to be, and consequently tracks that are at 75 are about 25 places too low, top 40 about 15 places too low, 20 about 10 places too low, and top 10 should all be easily top 5. That’s bad for Thomas Rhett who crashes and burns at 2, but it’s a great countrypop track anyway. Hurts get another top 5 to add to their growing list, and Young Empires and PHASES are neck and neck just outside the top 5 both with fab videos too.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis finally get into the 10, giving Melle Mel his first for 31 years, and a-ha make it 2 top 20’s this year, not bad 30 years on, and just ahead of Duran Duran who have an even longer run. It at 29, it’s 1969 American biggie, UK flop, The Cowsills, a family pop group who had a TV series based on their career (The Partridge Family) after hitting big with Hair and this one, the melodic charming The Rain The Park And Other Things. Jack Savoretti gets a 3rd top 40 entry as the UK charts continue to ignore him, boo hiss! Don Henley gets his first solo top 40 in a couple of decades or so, I think, while loads of current stars get more new entries lower down, including one (BORNS) which pops back after a break now Radio One are pushing it. Kylie’s rate of singles at the moment is break-neck, her 3rd in 3 or 4 months (collaborations and film themes), lengthening her long 27-year run! Some odlies at the lower end, Carla Thomas’ fab original of Gee Whiz is over 50 years old, and she followed her dad into the pop charts as a teenager with this – her dad is Rufus Thomas. Finally Crowded House have a charity-inspired entry, proceeds going to a worthy cause to help refugee children.

1 1 1 3 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 400000
2 7 2 3 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rett 190000
3 2 2 5 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 339700
4 18 4 2 LIGHTS Hurts 87000
5 3 1 5 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 398500
6 19 6 4 THE GATES Young Empires 110600
7 26 7 2 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 68500
8 4 4 3 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 136000
9 5 1 6 BODY Niia 520000
10 11 10 4 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 123000

11 6 1 8 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 593500
12 13 12 3 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 99000
13 8 6 6 BODY TALK Foxes 214550
14 9 9 8 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 234400
15 22 15 4 THE WAKE a-ha 81100
16 16 16 13 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 148400
17 10 10 6 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 171100
18 12 7 8 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 198600
19 27 19 3 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 49600
20 21 20 4 STEP INSIDE LOVE (ALMIGHTY RADIO EDIT) Cilla Black 72750

21 39 21 4 TINY DANCER Elton John 49450
22 14 8 4 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 138500
23 38 23 2 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 36450
24 15 3 6 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 212400
25 53 25 2 FEED YOUR HEAD (RADIO EDIT) Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Jefferson Airplane 30000
26 23 23 3 COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Above And Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes 56750
27 33 27 3 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 53200
28 17 12 6 OH MY LOVE The Score 131800
29 NEW 29 1 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 18200
30 30 30 3 ALL SHE WAS MIKA 53000

31 35 31 3 COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato 45400
32 24 5 10 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 323500
33 75 33 2 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 22700
34 28 5 11 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 331400
35 25 1 12 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 636850
36 NEW 36 1 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 17400
37 NEW 37 1 FOR A BETTER DAY Avicii featuring Alex Ebert 17300
38 NEW 38 1 TWO MINDS NERO 17200
39 50 39 3 TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS Don Henley 34900
40 40 40 3 THIS TOWN Kacey Musgraves 40600

41 31 1 15 SHINE Years And Years 1174100
42 20 20 3 WRITTEN IN THE WATER Gin Wigmore 53750
43 NEW 43 1 BODY ON ME Rita Ora featuring Chris Brown 13500
44 34 10 9 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 208400
45 29 29 3 WHERE I BELONG HomeTown 49400
46 36 7 6 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 226650
47 NEW 47 1 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 12500
48 52 48 10 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 93150
49 NEW 49 1 SPRING/SUN/WINTER/DREAD Everything Everything 12100
50 NEW 50 1 LET IT ALL GO RHODES & Birdy 12000

51 NEW 51 1 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 11750
52 32 32 5 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 74700
53 NEW 53 1 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 11250
54 NEW 54 1 HEART OF OAK Richard Hawley 11000
55 NEW 55 1 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 10800
56 60 56 6 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 45200
57 57 1 28 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1064150
58 NEW 58 1 SOMETHING RIGHT Molly Pettersson Hammar 10200
59 68 59 2 HEER/ GOLDEN MOMENT Howard Goodall & The Original London Bend It Like Beckham Cast (Rekha Sawnhey) 16500
60 46 4 12 WHEN M+A 416650

61 58 1 20 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 580550
62 47 8 10 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 266850
63 45 3 12 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 383900
64 NEW 64 1 OCEAN tiny deaths 7100
65 61 1 21 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1572600
66 65 1 20 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 731200
67 NEW 67 1 ON FIRE Stefanie Heinzmann 6600
68 70 68 2 SOCKETS Slaves 12400
69 69 69 3 LONG WAY HOME Kerri Watt 18400
70 NEW 70 1 R U MINE (LOST KINGS REMIX) ROZES 6000

71 NEW 71 1 HELP IS COMING Crowded House 5800
72 RE 67 3 HAPPY DAYS Squeeze 17200
73 66 66 2 JITTER Grace Mitchell 12200
74 NEW 74 1 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HIGH BY THE BEACH Lana Del Ray 5000

DROP OUTS
37 37 3 I AM Leona Lewis 39400
41 2 11 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 554750
42 12 12 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 197700
43 6 8 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 194400
44 2 11 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 691850
48 25 5 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 72350
49 9 8 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 216500
51 28 6 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 90150
54 54 3 THE GHOST OF LOVE Simply Red 22200
55 45 4 GOOD TIMES Ella Eyre featuring Sigma 40400
56 56 4 RESTLESS New Order 31700
59 8 7 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 178050
62 32 5 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 64050
63 34 5 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 62400
64 50 5 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 46700
67 48 5 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 39900
71 71 2 GUEST LIST Ward Thomas 11000
72 72 3 (I NEVER PROMISED YOU A) ROSE GARDEN (total 956700) Lynn Anderson 16800
73 73 3 RATTLE THAT LOCK David Gilmour 16200
74 74 2 DRAG ME DOWN One Direction 10200

13th September 2015

Florence does it at long last, having peaked as high as 2 before – and it’s a marathon (and flop) single that does it, I don’t understand why it wasn’t the lead single, Queen Of Peace is easily up there with her best work. Fab. That means Rationale has to settle for runners-up, with the fantastic Fuel To The Fire, while Taylor Swift hits 4 and one of her biggest chart hits in my world, and again I wonder why it was left to be umpteenth track off the album 1989. Hey ho. Thomas Rett goes top 10, (ooh! ahh!) as Sugarhill gang finally get that elusive top 10 track 33 years late.

Highest new entry are Hurts at 18, following up a number 2 pretty quickly. Lights is fab. Young Empires open up The Gates at 19, PHASES are in at 26, great video to that one, and Duke Dumont gets a huge climb to 27 with Ocean Drive and an acid house guest vocalist. Demi Lovato gets a top 40, she has after all been UP recently, and now she’s Cool For The Summer. Weren’t we all in the UK! Wet, too. Duran Duran get a 2nd top 40 hit at 38, this time with an assist from Kiesza, her 4th chart entry. Elton John’s Tiny Dancer was pretty obscure back in the 70’s, these days it’s his 2nd-biggest downloaded track, and it’s reward is to finally make my top 40 with a leap.

Kacey Musgraves get a charming 2nd top 40 this year, and a sampled dance track of Grace Slick, taken from Jefferson Airplane’s UK flop, US hit, White Rabbit, hits 53 for Paul Kalkbrenner. They first charted in my charts in 1980, top 5 with Jane, though the Airplane had been swapped for a Starship by then. Eventually Jefferson got dropped too, along with song quality, and they were rewarded with their biggest hits later in the 80’s. Grace’s finest moment was in 1980, solo, an epic record called Dreams.

1 5 1 2 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 230000
2 3 2 4 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 254700
3 1 1 4 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 338500
4 17 4 2 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 88000
5 2 1 5 BODY Niia 465000
6 4 1 7 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 556500
7 16 7 2 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rett 75000
8 6 6 5 BODY TALK Foxes 182550
9 9 9 7 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 205400
10 11 10 5 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 148100

11 18 11 3 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 81000
12 7 7 7 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 176600
13 13 13 2 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 64000
14 10 8 3 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 119000
15 8 3 5 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 193400
16 19 16 12 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 123400
17 12 12 5 OH MY LOVE The Score 113000
18 NEW 18 1 LIGHTS Hurts 22000
19 37 19 3 THE GATES Young Empires 55600
20 20 20 2 WRITTEN IN THE WATER Gin Wigmore 40000

21 23 21 3 STEP INSIDE LOVE (ALMIGHTY RADIO EDIT) CIlla Black 52750
22 35 22 3 THE WAKE a-ha 54100
23 24 23 2 COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Above And Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes 38250
24 14 5 9 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 305700
25 15 1 11 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 619350
26 NEW 26 1 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 18500
27 58 27 2 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 28600
28 26 5 10 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 313800
29 29 29 2 WHERE I BELONG HomeTown 36400
30 40 30 2 ALL SHE WAS MIKA 35000

31 21 1 14 SHINE Years And Years 1160100
32 36 32 4 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 63200
33 39 33 2 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 34800
34 31 10 8 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 195150
35 60 35 2 COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato 27500
36 22 7 5 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 213900
37 50 37 3 I AM Leona Lewis 39400
38 NEW 38 1 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 17200
39 68 39 3 TINY DANCER Elton John 29700
40 67 40 2 THIS TOWN Kacey Musgraves 23600

41 32 2 11 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 554750
42 25 12 12 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 197700
43 27 6 8 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 194400
44 34 2 11 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 691850
45 44 3 11 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 376700
46 43 4 11 WHEN M+A 404650
47 33 8 9 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 259450
48 30 25 5 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 72350
49 38 9 8 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 216500
50 71 50 2 TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS Don Henley 17800

51 28 28 6 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 90150
52 52 52 9 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 80850
53 NEW 53 1 FEED YOUR HEAD (RADIO EDIT) Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Jefferson Airplane 11250
54 69 54 3 THE GHOST OF LOVE Simply Red 22200
55 45 45 4 GOOD TIMES Ella Eyre featuring Sigma 40400
56 59 56 4 RESTLESS New Order 31700
57 57 1 27 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1053750
58 55 1 19 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 573050
59 46 8 7 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 178050
60 65 60 5 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 34600

61 56 1 20 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1565600
62 42 32 5 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 64050
63 41 34 5 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 62400
64 54 50 5 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 46700
65 64 1 19 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 724400
66 NEW 66 1 JITTER Grace Mitchell 6800
67 62 48 5 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 39900
68 NEW 68 1 HEER/ GOLDEN MOMENT Howard Goodall & The Original London Bend It Like Beckham Cast (Rekha Sawnhey) 6400
69 70 69 2 LONG WAY HOME Kerri Watt 12200
70 NEW 70 1 SOCKETS Slaves 6000

71 74 71 2 GUEST LIST Ward Thomas 11000
72 72 72 3 (I NEVER PROMISED YOU A) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson 16800
73 73 73 3 RATTLE THAT LOCK David Gilmour 16200
74 75 74 2 DRAG ME DOWN One Direction 10200
75 NEW 75 1 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 5000

DROP OUTS
47 33 4 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING AND ANYTHING AT ALL Kylie Minogue 52600
48 14 5 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 97500
49 18 7 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 103950
51 35 7 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 90750
53 18 11 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 165550
61 40 2 90’s LOVE (ACID PT. II) The Caulfield Beats 24500
63 2 15 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 625300
66 66 2 INTOXICATED Martin Solveig and GTA 13600

6th September 2015

It’s Nerina Pallot getting her second chart-topper 4 years on since Turn Me On Again did the trick. Rousseau is following me following me delightfully buzzing about in my head. Rationale climbs up to 3, adding fuel to the fire for the race for next week’s chart-topper, cos there’s a deluge of new songs entering high up, led by Florence And The Machine getting their (or her) biggest since Shake It Out. She’s had a handful of big singles in my charts but has yet to crack the top slot, but coming in at 5 is a good start, with Queen Of Peace, gorgeous.

Marlon Roudette returns with a second top 20 hit, Everybody feeling Something? I know I am. There’s some country jamming (ugh! ahhh! see the youtube!) as Thomas Rett enters at 16 just ahead of Taylor Swift pushing yet another 1989 track, and this one is actually better than a couple of the previous ones, in my Wildest Dreams. Gin Wigmore also gets a second top 20, Above And Beyond a second top 40, and MIKA returns yet again with a sweet 8 and a half years of top 40 tracks, non-stop pretty much. Lower down, Eagles man Don Henley drops a new track to give him 33 years of solo hits and 43 years of Eagles hits. Not a bad run really….

1 4 1 3 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 253500
2 1 1 4 BODY Niia 405000
3 11 3 3 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 139700
4 2 1 6 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 501500
5 NEW 5 1 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 60000
6 6 6 4 BODY TALK Foxes 134550
7 10 7 6 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 141600
8 3 3 4 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 166400
9 9 9 6 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 160400
10 8 8 2 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 90000

11 13 11 4 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 106100
12 16 12 4 OH MY LOVE The Score 90000
13 NEW 13 1 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 32000
14 12 5 8 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 286700
15 5 1 10 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 600600
16 NEW 16 1 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rett 25000
17 NEW 17 1 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 23000
18 18 18 2 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 44000
19 22 19 11 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 98400
20 NEW 20 1 WRITTEN IN THE WATER Gin Wigmore 20000

21 15 1 13 SHINE Years And Years 1142200
22 7 7 4 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 196500
23 42 23 2 STEP INSIDE LOVE (ALMIGHTY RADIO EDIT) CIlla Black 33000
24 NEW 24 1 COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Above And Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes 19000
25 17 12 11 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 183950
26 24 5 9 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 295500
27 14 6 7 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 180900
28 28 28 5 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 78400
29 NEW 29 1 WHERE I BELONG HomeTown 18200
30 25 25 4 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 60050

31 27 10 7 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 177550
32 21 2 10 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 540750
33 23 8 8 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 246950
34 20 2 10 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 678600
35 39 35 2 THE WAKE a-ha 34600
36 38 36 3 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 45400
37 37 37 2 THE GATES Young Empires 34600
38 19 9 7 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 204400
39 NEW 39 1 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 17100
40 NEW 40 1 ALL SHE WAS MIKA 17000

41 34 34 4 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 55200
42 32 32 4 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 56650
43 26 4 10 WHEN M+A 391900
44 41 3 10 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 363700
45 57 45 3 GOOD TIMES Ella Eyre featuring Sigma 29600
46 29 8 6 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 167950
47 33 33 4 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING AND ANYTHING AT ALL Kylie Minogue 52600
48 30 14 5 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 97500
49 31 18 7 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 103950
50 59 50 2 I AM Leona Lewis 22100

51 35 35 7 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 90750
52 53 52 8 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 69350
53 45 18 11 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 165550
54 50 50 4 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 39600
55 54 1 18 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 562850
56 51 1 19 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1558100
57 55 1 26 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1043350
58 NEW 58 1 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont 10200
59 70 59 3 RESTLESS New Order 21100
60 NEW 60 1 COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato 10000

61 40 40 2 90’s LOVE (ACID PT. II) The Caulfield Beats 24500
62 48 48 4 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 33300
63 49 2 15 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 625300
64 62 1 18 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 717400
65 65 65 4 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 24600
66 66 66 2 INTOXICATED Martin Solveig and GTA 13600
67 NEW 67 1 THIS TOWN Kacey Musgraves 6600
68 69 68 2 TINY DANCER Elton John 12600
69 75 69 2 THE GHOST OF LOVE Simply Red 11200
70 NEW 70 1 LONG WAY HOME Kerri Watt 6000

71 NEW 71 1 TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS Don Henley 5800
72 72 72 2 (I NEVER PROMISED YOU A) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson 11200
73 73 73 2 RATTLE THAT LOCK David Gilmour 10800
74 NEW 74 1 GUEST LIST Ward Thomas 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DRAG ME DOWN One Direction 5000

DROP OUTS
36 16 5 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 92150
43 30 6 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 82400
44 44 2 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 24750
46 32 3 NIGHTS LIKE THIS W. Darling 43050
47 47 2 I WANT YOU Wrabel 22700
52 1 12 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 569900
56 17 7 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 117000
58 40 6 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 56600
60 25 7 ORGAN The Hardkiss 86250
61 39 4 WATERFALL Vok 46700
63 10 19 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 330300
64 64 3 INSTANT CRUSH Natalie Imbruglia 18100
67 67 2 HAPPY DAYS Squeeze 11800
68 68 2 KING GRADES 12200
71 4 20 HOME Max Jury 442450
74 20 7 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 111200

My 1975 Charts – March

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4th March 1975

6th and final week for Helen Reddy’s Angie Baby on top, but who will topple her – Wigan’s Chosen Few play footsie at 2, Shirley says Shame Shame Shame at only going up to 3, and there are 2 big new entries: Gloria Gaynor follows up her big number one with a cover of a Motown classic in at 4, the Four Tops Reach Out I’ll Be There, and it’s a thumping frantic disco anthem, for me the best version apart from the original. At 5, it’s a long-missing 50’s guitar instrumental legend, Duane Eddy, who gets some help from a chorus of girl Rebelettes to twang along in the 70’s: Play Me Like Your Guitar is great, though not as great as his old classics like Peter Gunn, Rebel Rouser and Because They’re Young. Close thing, though.

Bowie goes top 20 with his funky Young Americans, ditto Supertramp and Moments and Whatnauts, while in at 26 it’s a 60’s Northern Soul-inspired hit for Gary Lewis And The Playboys, My Heart’s Symphony. They had a whole run of big US hits, and were notable for Gary being the son of comedian Jerry Lewis, and being pretty good pop, especially the fab This Diamond Ring, which was never a UK hit (like almost their entire career). The strings on this one add a bit of 60’s pop interest and I still love it, should have been bigger. Meanwhile Hamilton Bohannon smoothly funks his way to 28, the Average White Band do the same at 29, and Sweet return with their first self-written hit Fox On The Run, and it’s pretty good, in at 30! Giving them 4 years of hits, non-stop.

In at 43, it’s Barry Manilow debuting with the OTT Mandy, a cover of the much-better original sitting at 10 for Scott English – Brandy. It just came over as a bland, if mildly pleasant version of a great song, to me at the time. At 44, the Bay City Rollers ditch their songwriters and go it alone – by covering a Four Seasons non-UK-hit, Bye Bye Baby – they do it effectively, and the song wasn’t that well known in the UK, but it was the start of a loooooong list of acts getting much bigger hits than the brilliant Four Seasons originals in the UK – in the USA it was the other way round, for the most part. Which leaves Helen Reddy getting a follow-up entry as she drops off the top, Free And Easy, and Nosmo King and The Javells getting another chart entry (albeit unlikely) at 46. Finally Jim Stafford has a 3rd entry, with Your Bulldog Drinks Champagne – he certainly never was predictable!

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( 3 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
3 ( 4 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
4 ( NEW ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( NEW ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
6 ( 2 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
7 ( 6 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
8 ( 7 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
9 ( 8 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
10 ( 9 ) BRANDY Scott English

11 ( 11 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry
12 ( 5 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
13 ( 13 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
14 ( 14 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
15 ( 24 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
16 ( 10 ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson
17 ( 12 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
18 ( 26 ) DREAMER Supertramp
19 ( 23 ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
20 ( 18 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon

21 ( 20 ) REMEMBER THE DAYS OF THE OLD SCHOOL YARD Linda Lewis
22 ( 36 ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
23 ( 17 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
24 ( 16 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
25 ( 15 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
26 ( NEW ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
27 ( 27 ) I’M ON MY WAY Dean Parrish
28 ( 44 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
29 ( 43 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
30 ( NEW ) FOX ON THE RUN Sweet

31 ( 19 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
32 ( 33 ) GAMES UP Hello
33 ( 21 ) I’LL TAKE A MELODY The Hues Corporation
34 ( 22 ) I’M HER FOOL Billy Swan
35 ( 25 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
36 ( 30 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
37 ( 28 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta
38 ( 29 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
39 ( 46 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
40 ( 45 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)

41 ( 31 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
42 ( 32 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive
43 ( NEW ) MANDY Barry Manilow
44 ( NEW ) BYE BYE BABY The Bay City Rollers
45 ( NEW ) FREE AND EASY Helen Reddy
46 ( NEW ) LOVIN’ YOU IS EASY Nosmo King and The Javells
47 ( 40 ) LEGO SKANGA Rupie Edwards
48 ( 41 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows
49 ( 42 ) DOCTOR LOVE The Pearls
50 ( NEW ) YOUR BULLDOG DRINKS CHAMPAGNE Jim Stafford


11th March 1975

Gloria Gaynor gets her 2nd chart-topper in a row, Reach Out I’ll Be There getting there in 2 weeks flat, and a new disco queen arrives. Not me, no. It’s all about Gloria’s vocal, the fab percussion, the backing singers and especially the heavy drumbeat on the chorus. Excited me no end at the time, and still does. Shooting up to 2, Supertramp’s best record Dreamer, it still sounds fresh, urgent and original, well beyond the normal single format. Duane Eddy has a veteran top 3 hit when few from the 50’s were still going, bar the odd Cliff and Elvis. Bowie gets his first top 10 since Sorrow, and his 7th to date, while The Rubettes get a 3rd, cos they can do it. The Rollers rocket up to 12, rather unexpectedly, as my early love for the Rollers in 1971-73 was well on the turn to annoyance what with all the screaming pre-teen girls all over the place, and Gary Lewis gets a 9-years-late top 20 hit.

It’s all about the 19 new entries though, as the music scene hits overdrive and my chart has an almost 40% clearout. 19 is a new record, and is headed by an old-fashioned Eurovision-styled boy-girl singalong, and it’s fab – There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving is schmaltzy, overdoses on the backing singers and strings, and has a killer chorus…yes it’s a real guilty pleasure! The group had TV host Bruce Forsyth’s daughter in it, not to mention Thereza Bazar and David Van Day, future hit duo Dollar. Talking of Eurovision, Radio Luxembourg was busy plugging Geraldine’s English-language version (You) of her French-language entry, Toi, and here it is at 28, making it 4 years in a row that Luxembourg had charted. It’s also one place higher than the UK’s entry, the last one under the system where an established act is chosen to sing 6 songs, then the public vote – and this time Cliff’s backing band, and UK instrumental heroes The Shadows join Duane Eddy on the comeback trail and also get a debut rare vocal hit, Let Me Be The One. It’s not bad at all.

At 30, a dance cover of The Beatles’ George Harrison song Something, from The Miracle Workers, gives it 3 hit versions in 6 years, while a Dutch duo cover of the 60’s childhood fave of mine Swinging On A Star (by Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva, itself a 40’s Bing Crosby cover) enters at 41 for the badly-named Spooky And Sue. An actual 60’s song I liked enters at 47 for The McCoys, Hang On Sloopy, while a 40’s styled gorgeous gentle ballad (and tribute to Fred Astaire) enters at 35 for Don McLean, his first hit in 3 years – Wonderful Baby.

At 32 and 33, two big US hits for two big UK-based stars, and two big UK-flops as they moved to the States and got ignored by UK record-buyers. Idiots. ELO’s Can’t Get It Out Of My Head is a touching emotive ballad, and a singles departure for the band that eventually charted 3 years later on an EP in the UK, while Olivia Newton-John was moving out of country into melodic pop ballads, and one of her best: Have You Never Been Mellow, lovely. At 34 a late glam rock entrant from Shabby Tiger (too late for the UK to chart it, but not in Europe), Slow Down is decent enough, and at 36 The Goodies get a thrid hit with a Funky Gibbon. Yes, well, hmmm, it was catchy for a couple of weeks! David Bowie’s guitarist, the legendary Mick Ronson gets a quirky solo entry at 45, Billy Porter, Alice Cooper gets 3 years of chart entries at 48, Department Of Youth. Also 3 years on, Peter Skellern gets a follow-up entry at 50, the laid-back Hold On To Love, and 2 years on ex-teacher Clifford T. Ward keeps the gentle folk ballads coming, gets a 4th entry with the delightful Jigsaw Girl at 49.

Phew! That leaves just the great new ones, from K.C. And The Sunshine Band, and a third hit (and a 6th song) with Get Down Tonight, as the fabulous funky dance grooves get notched a peg or two, even over chart-topper Queen Of Clubs. The basis of more than one future sampled hit, and still brilliant, and in at 37. Then there’s Elton John, with a Band attached, a new sound of Philadelphia, strings, soul, fabulousness, and a song dedicated to gay tennis player Billie-Jean King, Philadelphia Freedom. In at 42, 4 years of chartdom, and Elton had yet to miss the chart since Rocket Man hit 2, and was followed up by 2 number one’s in Crocodile Rock and Bennie And The Jets in 1972 and 1974. Elton, it should be stressed, was the biggest star in the world at this point and could do no wrong, especially in the USA, and was mightily prolific, 2 albums a year, and singles not necessarily on albums, and album tracks that should have been singles but weren’t. Phew!

1 ( 4 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 18 ) DREAMER Supertramp
3 ( 5 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
4 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
5 ( 2 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
6 ( 3 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
7 ( 15 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
8 ( 13 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
9 ( NEW ) THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF LOVING Guys and Dolls
10 ( 11 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry

11 ( 6 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
12 ( 44 ) BYE BYE BABY The Bay City Rollers
13 ( 26 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
14 ( 14 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
15 ( 19 ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
16 ( 8 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
17 ( 9 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 10 ) BRANDY Scott English
19 ( 20 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
20 ( 7 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox

21 ( 30 ) FOX ON THE RUN Sweet
22 ( 29 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
23 ( 28 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
24 ( 22 ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
25 ( 31 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
26 ( 12 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
27 ( NEW ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
28 ( NEW ) YOU Geraldine
29 ( NEW ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
30 ( NEW ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers

31 ( 32 ) GAMES UP Hello
32 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
33 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
34 ( NEW ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
35 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL BABY Don McLean
36 ( NEW ) FUNKY GIBBON The Goodies
37 ( NEW ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
38 ( 17 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
39 ( 25 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
40 ( 23 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters

41 ( NEW ) SWINGING ON A STAR Spooky And Sue
42 ( NEW ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
43 ( 43 ) MANDY Barry Manilow
44 ( 41 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
45 ( NEW ) BILLY PORTER Mick Ronson
46 ( NEW ) SWEET MUSIC Showaddywaddy
47 ( NEW ) HANG ON SLOOPY The McCoys
48 ( NEW ) DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH Alice Cooper
49 ( NEW ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
50 ( NEW ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern


18th March 1975

After the deluge of last week, only 2 new entries and Gloria Gaynor gets 2 weeks reaching out on top. The rest of the chart is busy though, Elton up 40 places to 2 outdoing all his previous singles bar 3, just lovin’ that Philadelphia Freedom. Bowie also does better here than any other chart, hitting 5 with Young Americans – Bowie fans struggled with the new “plastic soul” sound, but not me, loved it. The Sweet get an 11th Top 10 hit, Neil Sedaka stops yo-yo-ing and hits 8 for his annual top 10 hit, now allied with Elton John on his label, and ELO get a 4th top 10.

The 2 Eurovision songs keep pace with each other at 14 and 15, Geraldine still having the edge, while Livvy goes top 20, and Shabby Tiger slow down at 19. New at 44 it’s Polly Brown getting a second solo hit, dialling L for Love, though it’s now 5 years since she debuted with Pickettywich. Finally, at 48, The Hues Corporation have a 4th chart entry with the Love Corporation, diminishing returns but they still sound good.

1 ( 1 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 42 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
3 ( 3 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
4 ( 2 ) DREAMER Supertramp
5 ( 7 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
6 ( 9 ) THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF LOVING Guys and Dolls
7 ( 21 ) FOX ON THE RUN Sweet
8 ( 25 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
9 ( 32 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
10 ( 4 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy

11 ( 5 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
12 ( 6 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
13 ( 8 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
14 ( 28 ) YOU Geraldine
15 ( 29 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
16 ( 13 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
17 ( 15 ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
18 ( 33 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
19 ( 34 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
20 ( 10 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry

21 ( 11 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
22 ( 19 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
23 ( 37 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
24 ( 36 ) FUNKY GIBBON The Goodies
25 ( 12 ) BYE BYE BABY The Bay City Rollers
26 ( 22 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
27 ( 27 ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
28 ( 30 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
29 ( 20 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
30 ( 31 ) GAMES UP Hello

31 ( 16 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
32 ( 17 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
33 ( 18 ) BRANDY Scott English
34 ( 23 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
35 ( 35 ) WONDERFUL BABY Don McLean
36 ( 26 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
37 ( 14 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
38 ( 46 ) SWEET MUSIC Showaddywaddy
39 ( 39 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
40 ( 40 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters

41 ( 41 ) SWINGING ON A STAR Spooky And Sue
42 ( 45 ) BILLY PORTER Mick Ronson
43 ( 50 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
44 ( NEW ) DIAL ‘L’ FOR LOVE Polly Brown
45 ( 49 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
46 ( 47 ) HANG ON SLOOPY The McCoys
47 ( 24 ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
48 ( NEW ) LOVE CORPORATION The Hues Corporation
49 ( 43 ) MANDY Barry Manilow
50 ( 38 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel

In Gloucester days, I was seriously buying every vinyl single I could get afford and find, and every old and new DC comic I could find. I scoured all the record shops (and there were plenty in those days) and newsagents that stocked American comics, and had a weekly Saturday bus ride, or walk of a few miles (to have extra money to spend on them) to do the rounds, especially the second-hand bookstore Toby’s which had stocks of recent DC comics printed with their name on the cover – much cheaper for me and I picked up loads I’d missed. Hooray! We also had a family ride, after some snowfall, to see our Singapore family friends the Wainwrights, after not seeing them for a year or so – I have the trip there fixed in my mind to some of the Radio 1 playlist tracks of the time, so I associate them with crisp snow and sunshine, for instance Fox On The Run and Young Americans, and especially Philadelphia Freedom. Odd the things that stick in the mind sometime. It was great seeing them all again.


25th March 1975 part 1 (Eurovision)

It’s a new number one, but dropping from 6 and completely out of the chart it’s Guys & Dolls with one of the shortest ever chart runs for a record that peaked at 6 – 2 weeks, peak, and out! It’s a guilty pleasure, but one that I got over quickly, until a decent amount of time had passed by (years), and then I loved it again. Anyway, new at 1 it’s Elton, yay! His 3rd number one in 4 years, a brilliant Philly soul record by a white British rock star, joining Bowie in crossing some genre boundaries, and also commenting at the time about his domination on USA radio where his singles just would not leave the chart – he wished they would stop playing them and let them leave the chart, even he was getting fed up of it! This, of course, is now how the whole music business works: overkill, monotony, and dominated by a huge few stars. Elton was also presiding over another chart invasion, though, chock full of good new singles, led by the Eurovision winner, Teach-In, at 10. Ding A Dong! Or Dinge Dong, take your pick. It was an immediate hit with me while I babysat, and my clear favourite, though the chart placing just ahead of the UK and Luxembourg might say otherwise. The Shadows did well, and Geraldine, Toi, so there’s a mini-1975 Eurovision section to enjoy. Or ‘enjoy’! The Netherlands deserved to win though, and they had clearly learnt the Abba lesson and gone uptempo pop. So here the three are…


25th March 1975 (part 2)

Back in March 1975, 25th, and K.C. is up to 3 for his 3rd successive top 3 hit, with one of the great instant instrumental funk intros, do a little dance make a little love, get down tonight! The Sweet hit 4, fox-chasing, and Olivia hits 6 with her biggest ever hit in 4 years, so she must have been feeling pretty mellow about that. The second highest new entry is the record that came 2nd in the Radio 1 All-Time Top 100 singles, as compiled in 1974 – Young Girl won it (and charted all over again) but runner-up was Bobby Goldsboro’s 1968 UK number 2, which was reissued in the UK and hit 2 again, having been 2 on the 100. A case of the 2’s if ever I heard it! The sickly-sweet sentimental tragedy song enters at 14 here. It’s both touching and OTT laughable, depending on mood. It fit in with tragic news of the death of a classmate in a motorbike accident, Martin Milliard, who’d been getting interviews with football clubs. His best mate Davvy was a mate at school, and I was shocked and sad all round for Davvy and Milli’s family. The song came up in group classroom conversation, and Davvy took it’s side, so did I.

In at 16, Jim Gilstrap’s lovely gospel soul shuffler Swing Your Daddy, and in at 17 another Wigan band, Wigan’s Ovation with an actual NEW recording and northern soul cover hit, the Invitations’ Skiing In The Snow. Northern Soul was cool in the working class circles. Lulu’s back with another image change at 26, this time soul funk, one style she was to return to most frequently over the years. The record? Take You Mama For A Ride, and 7 years of hits. Missing for 2 years, and it’s a welcome return for Middle Of The Road, with the flop single Hitchin’ A Ride In The Moonlight, which managed to grab a couple of plays on Radio Luxembourg, and nothing in the UK, but it gives them an 8th bubblegum chart entry for me. I haven’t heard it for decades, and it’s not on itunes, boo!

Ralph McTell’s back at 34 with a forgotten, non-itunes, follow-up El Progresso, not that folky, while Hot Chocolate return with new single Blue Night, in the style of Emma at 48. Pretty good, a flop, no airplay, but it had a B Side you may have heard of, a ditty called You Sexy Thing. Come back in 7 months when it gets flipped, and Blue Night is the B Side. 49, Caston And Majors, a Motown act, and a fantastic record in Child Of Love, fab song, should have been a hit. Finally, at 50, it’s another oldie reissue from the late Jim Croce, one which would have charted in 1972 had my charts allowed non-UK-chart records: Bad Bad Leroy Brown. Big US hit.

1 ( 2 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
2 ( 1 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 23 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
4 ( 7 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
5 ( 3 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
6 ( 18 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
7 ( 9 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
8 ( 4 ) DREAMER Supertramp
9 ( 5 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
10 ( NEW ) DING A DONG Teach-In

11 ( 15 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
12 ( 14 ) YOU Geraldine
13 ( 16 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
14 ( NEW ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
15 ( 19 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
16 ( NEW ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
17 ( NEW ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
18 ( 10 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
19 ( 11 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
20 ( 12 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company

21 ( 28 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
22 ( 8 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
23 ( 27 ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
24 ( 13 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
25 ( 45 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
26 ( NEW ) TAKE YOUR MAMA FOR A RIDE Lulu
27 ( NEW ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
28 ( 21 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
29 ( RE ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson
30 ( 22 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon

31 ( 31 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
32 ( 32 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
33 ( 33 ) BRANDY Scott English
34 ( NEW ) EL PROGRESSO Ralph McTell
35 ( 43 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
36 ( 24 ) FUNKY GIBBON The Goodies
37 ( 35 ) WONDERFUL BABY Don McLean
38 ( 26 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
39 ( 34 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
40 ( 29 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox

41 ( 39 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
42 ( 40 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
43 ( 44 ) DIAL ‘L’ FOR LOVE Polly Brown
44 ( 20 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry
45 ( 42 ) BILLY PORTER Mick Ronson
46 ( 41 ) SWINGING ON A STAR Spooky And Sue
47 ( 48 ) LOVE CORPORATION The Hues Corporation
48 ( NEW ) BLUE NIGHT Hot Chocolate
49 ( NEW ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
50 ( NEW ) BAD BAD LEROY BROWN Jim Croce