My Retro July 1970 Charts

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More Singapore popcorn transfers – 60’s Irwin Allen TV sci-fi show Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea (by the looks of it not necessarily officially sanctioned as they bear only a passing resemblance to actual actors) and Safari animals which may or may not be due to TV show Daktari’s popularity.

 

4th July 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for Anne Murray in a static top 4, with War up to 5 for Edwin Starr, and the highest new entry in at 9 for Marmalade, Rainbow very much in the groove of Reflections Of My Life and the bubblegum pop now a thing of the past as Junior Campbell got more involved in songwriting 2 years ahead of his solo career. Actually at this stage they were still The Marmalade but it just sounds wrong when you’ve known them as Marmalade for 48 years, though not as wrong as The Gaylords, an earlier incarnation with a name that wouldn’t have sounded so good on Top Of The Pops. The good B side also enters lower down, at 71 for Ballad Of Cherry Flavar.

New in at 12, it’s a brand new band name for Tony Orlando getting his second-wind in his career, after early 60’s solo success, and previous chart entries here solo and with Wind (Groovin’ With Mr Bloe), and big Singapore-era fave of mine at the time Dawn’s Candida, a great pop song with an unfortunate title for those with an aversion to fungal skin infections. A bit like having a love called Chlamydia, sounds great till you realise…

Junior Walker keeps his run of top 20’s going, Neil Diamond has a big climb with Solitary Man into the 30, as does Lord Creator with his fab Kingston Town. Warm Earth enter at 42 with a totally kicking funkrock version of The Temptations I Know I’m Losing You, as Motown labelmates it must have had their approval, and it has mine. Clarence Carter enters with his tale of personal tragedy Patches, sung earnestly, and which teeters on the edge of parody it’s so depressing, but just avoids tipping over. At 56, another banging discovery for me, Ten Wheel Drive with a belting vocal from Genya Ravan. Yup, neither of them have ever been heard of before this week.

Chicago’s 25 or 6 To 4 rocks in at 58, a world away from the MOR ballads dominating their long career, and Kiki Dee debuts with a Motown single that didn’t hit – The Day Will Come Between Sunday And Monday starting her chart career 3 years before Amoureuse broke through with help from Elton John. The Supremes follow-up Up The Ladder with a US single that I never spotted, more  a track off the album than a showcase release, The Chi-Lites return with another of many many to come, Joe Cocker covers The Box Tops to lesser effect, Yvonne Fair debuts a full 6 years earlier than her showstopping It Should Have Been Me cover, and Andy Fairweather-Low scrapes in with a song I’ve never had much time for, despite seeing him sing it in concert, loving Amen Corner, and his later solo tracks like 1974’s Reggae Tune.

1 ( 1 ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray # 1
2 ( 2 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 1
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
4 ( 4 ) LOLA The Kinks # 4
5 ( 8 ) WAR Edwin Starr # 5
6 ( 6 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
7 ( 9 ) IT’S A SHAME The (Detroit) Spinners # 7
8 ( 5 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
9 ( NEW ) RAINBOW Marmalade # 9
10 ( 7 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1

11 ( 10 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
12 ( NEW ) CANDIDA Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 12
13 ( 12 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 9
14 ( 11 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
15 ( 18 ) SUNSHINE The Archies # 15
16 ( 14 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
17 ( 16 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
18 ( 34 ) DO YOU SEE MY LOVE (FOR YOU GROWING) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 18
19 ( 15 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
20 ( 25 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 20

21 ( 13 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 13
22 ( 17 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 8
23 ( 48 ) SOLITARY MAN Neil Diamond # 23
24 ( 22 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
25 ( 21 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
26 ( 32 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs # 26
27 ( 20 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 20
28 ( 19 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 10
29 ( 37 ) SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) Stevie Wonder # 29
30 ( 27 ) THE WITCH The Rattles # 27

31 ( 23 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 23
32 ( 28 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
33 ( 29 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
34 ( 43 ) OVER AND OVER The Archies # 34
35 ( 26 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 20
36 ( 31 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 31
37 ( 24 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 17
38 ( 46 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin # 38
39 ( 63 ) KINGSTON TOWN Lord Creator # 39
40 ( 30 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 30

41 ( 33 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 33
42 ( NEW ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU Warm Earth # 42
43 ( 49 ) SUSIE-Q Jose Feliciano # 43
44 ( 35 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Peggy Lipton # 35
45 ( 52 ) LIGHTS OF TUCSON Jim Campbell # 45
46 ( 41 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
47 ( 36 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
48 ( 55 ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 48
49 ( 66 ) BLACK FOX Freddy Robinson # 49
50 ( 53 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey # 50

51 ( NEW ) PATCHES Clarence Carter # 51
52 ( 40 ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 40
53 ( 38 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Nicky Thomas # 38
54 ( 50 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
55 ( 58 ) DOWN BY THE RIVER Buddy Miles & The Freedom Express # 55
56 ( NEW ) MORNING MUCH BETTER Ten Wheel Drive with Genya Ravan # 56
57 ( 65 ) EVERYTHING A MAN COULD EVER NEED Glen Campbell # 57
58 ( NEW ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago # 58
59 ( 44 ) I’LL BE THERE Cissy Houston # 44
60 ( 64 ) I FOUND THAT GIRL The Jackson 5 # 60

61 ( 69 ) APARTMENT 21 Bobbie Gentry # 61
62 ( 71 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Marvin Gaye # 62
63 ( 59 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
64 ( 60 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
65 ( 67 ) IT’S YOUR LIFE Andy Kim # 65
66 ( 70 ) WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO MY LOVE? Brotherhood Of Man # 66
67 ( 39 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 14
68 ( 68 ) PAPER MACHE Dionne Warwick # 68
69 ( 72 ) AFTER THE FEELING IS GONE Lulu with The Dixie Flyers # 69
70 ( 74 ) GET UP (I FEEL LIKE BEING A) SEX MACHINE James Brown # 70

71 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF CHERRY FLAVAR Marmalade # 71
72 ( 73 ) TELL IT ALL BROTHER Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 72
73 ( 75 ) (IT’S LIKE A) SAD OLD KINDA MOVIE Pickettywitch # 73
74 ( NEW ) THE DAY WILL COME BETWEEN SUNDAY AND MONDAY Kiki Dee # 74
75 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S GOT THE RIGHT TO LOVE The Supremes # 75
76 ( NEW ) I LIKE YOUR LOVIN’ (DO YOU LIKE MINE?) The Chi-Lites # 76
77 ( 42 ) SHE CRIED The Lettermen # 30
78 ( NEW ) THE LETTER Joe Cocker # 78
79 ( NEW ) STAY JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER Yvonne Fair # 79
80 ( NEW ) NATURAL SINNER Fairweather # 80

Wot I Liked Then
1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
3 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
4 ( 5 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 4 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
6 ( 10 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
7 ( 6 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
8 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
9 ( 7 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
10 ( NEW ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley

11 ( 8 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
12 ( 9 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
13 ( 12 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
14 ( NEW ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 14 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
16 ( 18 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross
17 ( 15 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
18 ( 19 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
19 ( NEW ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
20 ( 16 ) WHO’S YOUR BABY?/SENORITA RITA The Archies

 

 

11th July 1970

It’s 3 weeks on top for the pretty Snowbird, holding off the controversial Lola at 2, and The Temptations going back up to a new peak of 9 as I played it loud in the car and it still kicks mightily. That’s a second top for them, after I Can’t Get Next To You, or a third including with The Supremes & Diana Ross. Dawn meanwhile get a first top 10 with Candida. Jim Campbell takes his lights of Tucson into the 30, not bad for a track I’d never heard in my life a month ago, Warm Earth and Freddy Robinson both climb into the 40 for the first time, Jose Feliciano for the 3rd time, all cover versions nothing like the originals, B.J. Thomas for the 5th time, and Shirley Bassey for the first time in the retro reviews – though it wouldn’t be her first time if I went back further than 1967 – Goldfinger and As Long As He Needs Me, and maybe Big Spender, would also have done it.

Highest new entry is freshly-solo Ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith with his lovely Joanne, never a UK hit sadly, in at 34 while another album track from him also pops in at 76 – Calico Girlfriend. I love Mike Nesmith songs, including chart-topper Different Drum for The Stone Poneys, or Monkees-charting songs like Listen To The Band and What Am I Doing Hangin’ Round? Including Monkees tracks, Joanne is his 22nd Top 40 and Calico his 29th in total to chart from 1967 through 1970. Still a fan. New at 35 is that tropical fab Bobby Bloom hit, Montego Bay, later less effectively covered by Amazulu, while at 54 it’s a great version of Julie Do Ya Love Me from late 60’s US teen idol Bobby Sherman that I’ve never heard before, and didn’t realise pre-dated the rather bland bigger UK hit version by White Plains. Sherman had already appeared in the Monkees TV show as surfer Frankie Catalina, so I’m already predisposed to prefer it to a version of the song I’d never rated much.

The O’Jays are back again with another very O’Jays-sounding track (that’s a very good thing) Looky Looky, Mama Cass keeps the solo hits coming with another I don’t know, A Song That Never Comes living up to it’s billing, and Esther Phillips gets a second chart “hit” with her version of Set Me Free, sung in her own unique style as ever, with support from The Dixie Flyers, who get a second chart appearance with their Lulu assist also climbing. If they were still going, no doubt they would be changing their name right now a la the former Dixie Chicks.

1 ( 1 ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray # 1
2 ( 4 ) LOLA The Kinks # 2
3 ( 2 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 1
4 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
5 ( 5 ) WAR Edwin Starr # 5
6 ( 7 ) IT’S A SHAME The (Detroit) Spinners # 6
7 ( 9 ) RAINBOW Marmalade # 7
8 ( 6 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
9 ( 21 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 9
10 ( 12 ) CANDIDA Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 10

11 ( 8 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
12 ( 18 ) DO YOU SEE MY LOVE (FOR YOU GROWING) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 12
13 ( 11 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
14 ( 10 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
15 ( 15 ) SUNSHINE The Archies # 15
16 ( 13 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 9
17 ( 14 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
18 ( 23 ) SOLITARY MAN Neil Diamond # 18
19 ( 20 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 19
20 ( 16 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1

21 ( 26 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs # 21
22 ( 19 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
23 ( 17 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
24 ( 24 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
25 ( 25 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
26 ( 34 ) OVER AND OVER The Archies # 26
27 ( 36 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 27
28 ( 39 ) KINGSTON TOWN Lord Creator # 28
29 ( 29 ) SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) Stevie Wonder # 29
30 ( 45 ) LIGHTS OF TUCSON Jim Campbell # 30

31 ( 42 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU Warm Earth # 31
32 ( 38 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin # 32
33 ( 49 ) BLACK FOX Freddy Robinson # 33
34 ( NEW ) JOANNE Michael Nesmith & The First National Band # 34
35 ( NEW ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom # 35
36 ( 32 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
37 ( 33 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
38 ( 43 ) SUSIE-Q Jose Feliciano # 38
39 ( 50 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey # 39
40 ( 48 ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 40

41 ( 22 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 8
42 ( 51 ) PATCHES Clarence Carter # 42
43 ( 28 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 10
44 ( 56 ) MORNING MUCH BETTER Ten Wheel Drive with Genya Ravan # 44
45 ( 27 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 20
46 ( 31 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 23
47 ( 55 ) DOWN BY THE RIVER Buddy Miles & The Freedom Express # 47
48 ( 58 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago # 48
49 ( 30 ) THE WITCH The Rattles # 27
50 ( 60 ) I FOUND THAT GIRL The Jackson 5 # 50

51 ( 46 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
52 ( 35 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 20
53 ( 57 ) EVERYTHING A MAN COULD EVER NEED Glen Campbell # 53
54 ( NEW ) JULIE DO YA LOVE ME Bobby Sherman # 54
55 ( 37 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 17
56 ( 61 ) APARTMENT 21 Bobbie Gentry # 56
57 ( 65 ) IT’S YOUR LIFE Andy Kim # 57
58 ( 62 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Marvin Gaye # 58
59 ( 47 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
60 ( 54 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2

61 ( 40 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 30
62 ( 68 ) PAPER MACHE Dionne Warwick # 62
63 ( 44 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Peggy Lipton # 35
64 ( 71 ) THE BALLAD OF CHERRY FLAVAR Marmalade # 64
65 ( 66 ) WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO MY LOVE? Brotherhood Of Man # 65
66 ( 69 ) AFTER THE FEELING IS GONE Lulu with The Dixie Flyers # 66
67 ( 74 ) THE DAY WILL COME BETWEEN SUNDAY AND MONDAY Kiki Dee # 67
68 ( 63 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
69 ( 64 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
70 ( 70 ) GET UP (I FEEL LIKE BEING A) SEX MACHINE James Brown # 70

71 ( 41 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 33
72 ( 73 ) (IT’S LIKE A) SAD OLD KINDA MOVIE Pickettywitch # 72
73 ( NEW ) LOOKY LOOKY (LOOK AT ME GIRL) The O’Jays # 73
74 ( 75 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT THE RIGHT TO LOVE The Supremes # 74
75 ( 76 ) I LIKE YOUR LOVIN’ (DO YOU LIKE MINE?) The Chi-Lites # 75
76 ( NEW ) CALICO GIRLFRIEND Michael Nesmith & The First National Band # 76
77 ( 78 ) THE LETTER Joe Cocker # 77
78 ( NEW ) A SONG THAT NEVER COMES Mama Cass Elliot # 78
79 ( 79 ) STAY JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER Yvonne Fair # 79
80 ( NEW ) SET ME FREE Esther Phillips with The Dixie Flyers # 80

RETRO Wot I Liked That Week THEN
1 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
2 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
3 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
4 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 8 ) LOLA The Kinks
6 ( 6 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
7 ( 5 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 10 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
9 ( 7 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
10 ( 9 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie

11 ( 14 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( NEW ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 11 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
14 ( 12 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
15 ( 13 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
16 ( 18 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
17 ( 15 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
18 ( 19 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
19 ( 16 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross
20 ( 17 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe

 

18th July 1970

It’s a 4th week on top for Snowbird, holding off Lola at 2, as Neil Diamond gets a second top 10 with Solitary Man, and Junior Walker also grabs a 2nd top 10. This week Denmark beat Italy 2-0 in the first World female Soccer championship. No, I don’t remember it either, not have I seen any anniversary mentions of it. This month Kasey Kasem’s long-running American Top 40 show debuted on US radio – not only was he the voice of Shaggy, but I used to tune into the American Forces network around 1973/4/5 to listen to Kasey. It was great.

Back in my retro charts, Cliff drops from a peak of 26 despite topping my charts of the time, I mean I’m still fond of Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha, but it’s not my top track 50 years on! MIke Nesmith gets his 1st solo top 20, 10CC get their first (or at least 7.5CC do), and the highest new entry is from Rodriguez at 37, with Sugar Man. I had no idea who he was a week ago, like most of the world, but thanks to Railiverpool I do now. Quite the Nick Drake word-of-mouth success long after a short career ended, huge in South Africa, and even a film documentary about the unknown American singer-songwriter. Very fab, so good the first single off that album also enters lower down, Inner City Blues.

Chairmen Of The Board assemble for a 3rd time with Everything’s Tuesday, and still 4 years of singles to run, Elton John’s B side (Grey Seal) pops in, ahead of it’s 1973 revamp for the Yellow Brick Road album, Rod Stewart debuts a future Elkie Brooks chart entry with Gasoline Alley, and he’ll be back err for the next 50 years! Ditto Elton! Toots & The Maytals get a second chart entry, Madeline Bell sneaks though a second chart solo entry in the wake of her Blue Mink success, The Gentrys get a second, and Tommy james scrapes in at 80 as his Tighter Tighter gift song does much better than his own.

 

1 ( 1 ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray # 1
2 ( 2 ) LOLA The Kinks # 2
3 ( 4 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
4 ( 3 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 1
5 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade # 5
6 ( 6 ) IT’S A SHAME The (Detroit) Spinners # 6
7 ( 5 ) WAR Edwin Starr # 5
8 ( 10 ) CANDIDA Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 8
9 ( 18 ) SOLITARY MAN Neil Diamond # 9
10 ( 12 ) DO YOU SEE MY LOVE (FOR YOU GROWING) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 10

11 ( 8 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
12 ( 15 ) SUNSHINE The Archies # 12
13 ( 34 ) JOANNE Michael Nesmith & The First National Band # 13
14 ( 11 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
15 ( 9 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 9
16 ( 21 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs # 16
17 ( 19 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 17
18 ( 13 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
19 ( 30 ) LIGHTS OF TUCSON Jim Campbell # 19
20 ( 14 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1

21 ( 28 ) KINGSTON TOWN Lord Creator # 21
22 ( 16 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 9
23 ( 17 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
24 ( 26 ) OVER AND OVER The Archies # 24
25 ( 31 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU Warm Earth # 25
26 ( 20 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
27 ( 22 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
28 ( 29 ) SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) Stevie Wonder # 28
29 ( 24 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
30 ( 35 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom # 30

31 ( 25 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
32 ( 23 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
33 ( 33 ) BLACK FOX Freddy Robinson # 33
34 ( 39 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey # 34
35 ( 38 ) SUSIE-Q Jose Feliciano # 35
36 ( 42 ) PATCHES Clarence Carter # 36
37 ( NEW ) SUGAR MAN Rodriguez # 37
38 ( 50 ) I FOUND THAT GIRL The Jackson 5 # 38
39 ( 48 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago # 39
40 ( 47 ) DOWN BY THE RIVER Buddy Miles & The Freedom Express # 40

41 ( 36 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
42 ( 37 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
43 ( 44 ) MORNING MUCH BETTER Ten Wheel Drive with Genya Ravan # 43
44 ( 32 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin # 32
45 ( 57 ) IT’S YOUR LIFE Andy Kim # 45
46 ( 27 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 27
47 ( 73 ) LOOKY LOOKY (LOOK AT ME GIRL) The O’Jays # 47
48 ( 54 ) JULIE DO YA LOVE ME Bobby Sherman # 48
49 ( 56 ) APARTMENT 21 Bobbie Gentry # 49
50 ( 58 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Marvin Gaye # 50

51 ( 40 ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 40
52 ( 41 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 8
53 ( 53 ) EVERYTHING A MAN COULD EVER NEED Glen Campbell # 53
54 ( 76 ) CALICO GIRLFRIEND Michael Nesmith & The First National Band # 54
55 ( 51 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
56 ( 67 ) THE DAY WILL COME BETWEEN SUNDAY AND MONDAY Kiki Dee # 56
57 ( 64 ) THE BALLAD OF CHERRY FLAVAR Marmalade # 57
58 ( 62 ) PAPER MACHE Dionne Warwick # 58
59 ( 43 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 10
60 ( 78 ) A SONG THAT NEVER COMES Mama Cass Elliot # 60

61 ( 70 ) GET UP (I FEEL LIKE BEING A) SEX MACHINE James Brown # 61
62 ( 72 ) (IT’S LIKE A) SAD OLD KINDA MOVIE Pickettywitch # 62
63 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING’S TUESDAY Chairmen Of The Board # 63
64 ( 60 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
65 ( 45 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 20
66 ( 75 ) I LIKE YOUR LOVIN’ (DO YOU LIKE MINE?) The Chi-Lites # 66
67 ( 74 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT THE RIGHT TO LOVE The Supremes # 67
68 ( 79 ) STAY JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER Yvonne Fair # 68
69 ( 80 ) SET ME FREE Esther Phillips with The Dixie Flyers # 69
70 ( NEW ) GREY SEAL Elton John # 70

71 ( 77 ) THE LETTER Joe Cocker # 71
72 ( 68 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
73 ( 69 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
74 ( NEW ) SWEET INSPIRATION Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon # 74
75 ( NEW ) GASOLINE ALLEY Rod Stewart # 75
76 ( NEW ) PRESSURE DROP Toots & The Maytals # 76
77 ( NEW ) INNER CITY BLUES Rodriguez # 77
78 ( NEW ) WE’RE SO MUCH IN LOVE Madeline Bell # 78
79 ( NEW ) HE’LL NEVER LOVE YOU The Gentrys # 79
80 ( NEW ) BALL & CHAIN Tommy James # 80

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
3 ( 1 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
4 ( 6 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
5 ( 8 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
6 ( 5 ) LOLA The Kinks
7 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
9 ( 9 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
10 ( 10 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie

11 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 18 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
13 ( NEW ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
14 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
15 ( 15 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
16 ( 13 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
17 ( 17 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
18 ( NEW ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
19 ( 16 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
20 ( NEW ) (IT’S LIKE A) SAD OLD KINDA MOVIE Pickettywich

 

 

25th July 1970

It’s straight in at 1 for Diana Ross’ first solo chart-topper, her sprawling, epic, building cover of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. I adore it, I love an emotional record that builds to a crescendo climax, and Di came close to being this good many times in her solo career, but never exceeded it. Including Supremes records it’s her 3rd number one, and the 4th in a row for what was termed “East Listening” at the time, the kiss of death for an artist’s critical acclaim. Critics, though, including music critics, have a poor record with confusing “popular” as “mass-low-brow” and miss the point as often as not.

Talking of Easy Listening, The New Seekers debut at 8 with What Have They Done To My Song, Ma, Melanie’s quirky album track soon to be bunged on the B side of Ruby Tuesday, though both versions made the UK charts any month now. Expect Melanie’s version next week. Rodriguez leaps into the top 10 as I get severely into this new track (to me), and the classic Smokey Robinson album track finally gets a single release and enters at 15 – in the UK! I would have included it in my 1967 charts if I’d remembered it 3 years ago, but I didn’t twig, just as I forgot to chart a guaranteed number one for R.Dean Taylor’s There’s A Ghost In My House. More from R. Dean Taylor next week, too (not Ghost though, that’ll wait for 1974 now).

There’s a fab Curtis Mayfield song as Major Lance debuts with Stay Away From Me at 62 – 5 years ahead of his bigger hits – while Ron Dante joins himself in the charts (3 this week) in solo capacity rather than with The Archies or The Cufflinks, on a track that was a hit in South Africa. Aretha’s back, adding to her long list of chart entries with Don’t Play That Song, Andy Williams is back with another Easy Listening effortless singalong, It’s So Easy (he makes it look). Creedence quickly shoot off another double A side, but just the one track charting here, while Dave Dee is absent from the D,B,M & T single as it sneaks in. That leaves just Elvis, a track from his Live Vegas album that came out in 1973 in the UK as a hit single, a cover of Tony Joe White’s Polk Salad Annie. It’s OK, at least I don’t hate it anymore like I did it in 1973 when I didn’t realise it was a 3-year-old album track.

1 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross # 1
2 ( 1 ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray # 1
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
4 ( 6 ) IT’S A SHAME The (Detroit) Spinners # 4
5 ( 4 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 1
6 ( 2 ) LOLA The Kinks # 2
7 ( 5 ) RAINBOW Marmalade # 5
8 ( NEW ) WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO MY SONG, MA The New Seekers # 8
9 ( 9 ) SOLITARY MAN Neil Diamond # 9
10 ( 37 ) SUGAR MAN Rodriguez # 10

11 ( 8 ) CANDIDA Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 8
12 ( 13 ) JOANNE Michael Nesmith & The First National Band # 12
13 ( 7 ) WAR Edwin Starr # 5
14 ( 10 ) DO YOU SEE MY LOVE (FOR YOU GROWING) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 10
15 ( NEW ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 15
16 ( 11 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
17 ( 19 ) LIGHTS OF TUCSON Jim Campbell # 17
18 ( 16 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs # 16
19 ( 14 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
20 ( 21 ) KINGSTON TOWN Lord Creator # 20

21 ( 12 ) SUNSHINE The Archies # 12
22 ( 24 ) OVER AND OVER The Archies # 22
23 ( 25 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU Warm Earth # 23
24 ( 15 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 9
25 ( 18 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
26 ( 17 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 17
27 ( 20 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
28 ( 30 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom # 28
29 ( 23 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
30 ( 22 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 9

31 ( 26 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
32 ( 27 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
33 ( 29 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
34 ( 36 ) PATCHES Clarence Carter # 34
35 ( 31 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
36 ( 28 ) SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) Stevie Wonder # 28
37 ( 32 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
38 ( 33 ) BLACK FOX Freddy Robinson # 33
39 ( 39 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago # 39
40 ( 47 ) LOOKY LOOKY (LOOK AT ME GIRL) The O’Jays # 40

41 ( 35 ) SUSIE-Q Jose Feliciano # 35
42 ( 50 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Marvin Gaye # 42
43 ( 34 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey # 34
44 ( 45 ) IT’S YOUR LIFE Andy Kim # 44
45 ( 48 ) JULIE DO YA LOVE ME Bobby Sherman # 45
46 ( 41 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
47 ( 42 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
48 ( 38 ) I FOUND THAT GIRL The Jackson 5 # 38
49 ( 40 ) DOWN BY THE RIVER Buddy Miles & The Freedom Express # 40
50 ( 53 ) EVERYTHING A MAN COULD EVER NEED Glen Campbell # 50

51 ( 43 ) MORNING MUCH BETTER Ten Wheel Drive with Genya Ravan # 43
52 ( 54 ) CALICO GIRLFRIEND Michael Nesmith & The First National Band # 52
53 ( 49 ) APARTMENT 21 Bobbie Gentry # 49
54 ( 57 ) THE BALLAD OF CHERRY FLAVAR Marmalade # 54
55 ( 70 ) GREY SEAL Elton John # 55
56 ( 56 ) THE DAY WILL COME BETWEEN SUNDAY AND MONDAY Kiki Dee # 56
57 ( 60 ) A SONG THAT NEVER COMES Mama Cass Elliot # 57
58 ( 68 ) STAY JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER Yvonne Fair # 58
59 ( 66 ) I LIKE YOUR LOVIN’ (DO YOU LIKE MINE?) The Chi-Lites # 59
60 ( 61 ) GET UP (I FEEL LIKE BEING A) SEX MACHINE James Brown # 60

61 ( 55 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
62 ( NEW ) STAY AWAY FROM ME (I LOVE YOU TOO MUCH) Major Lance # 62
63 ( 63 ) EVERYTHING’S TUESDAY Chairmen Of The Board # 63
64 ( 46 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 27
65 ( 67 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT THE RIGHT TO LOVE The Supremes # 65
66 ( NEW ) LET ME BRING YOU UP Ron Dante # 66
67 ( NEW ) DON’T PLAY THAT SONG Aretha Franklin # 67
68 ( 69 ) SET ME FREE Esther Phillips with The Dixie Flyers # 68
69 ( 77 ) INNER CITY BLUES Rodriguez # 69
70 ( 75 ) GASOLINE ALLEY Rod Stewart # 70

71 ( NEW ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams # 71
72 ( 74 ) SWEET INSPIRATION Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon # 72
73 ( 64 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
74 ( 76 ) PRESSURE DROP Toots & The Maytals # 74
75 ( 51 ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 40
76 ( 78 ) WE’RE SO MUCH IN LOVE Madeline Bell # 76
77 ( 52 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 8
78 ( NEW ) LOOKIN’ OUT MY BACK DOOR Creedence Clearwater Revival # 78
79 ( NEW ) POLK SALAD ANNIE Elvis Presley # 79
80 ( NEW ) MR. PRESIDENT D, B, M & T # 80

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 2 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
3 ( 4 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 5 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 3 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
6 ( 8 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
7 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 6 ) LOLA The Kinks
9 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

10 ( 9 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

11 ( 10 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
12 ( NEW ) RAINBOW Marmalade
13 ( 13 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
14 ( NEW ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
15 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
16 ( 12 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
17 ( 18 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
18 ( 15 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( NEW ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( 17 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys

My September 1990 Charts

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Me pretending to work. Note desks in those days had no computers, and calculators were huge.

3rd September 1990

It’s George Michael on top for a 1st week with the spine-tingling Praying For Time, so good it was released without a pop video as that would distract from the words, and gives the much-missed George an 8th chart-topper. Betty Boo gets a 2nd solo top 10, and the fab Deee-Lite leap up to 8, with late 60’s psychedelic clothes and imagery that warmed my nostalgic heart. Talking of nostalgia, Talk Talk’s 4-year-old top 10 is back at 10, Life’s What You Make It should have been bigger both times in the UK charts. Maria McKee’s car-race movie theme, and future UK chart-topper that stiffed in the USA, enters at 14, Show Me Heaven, while a huge leap for Bass-o-Matic’s Dizzy-sampling gem from 57 to 16 gives William Orbit early success as both artist and producer, before he settles more for producing the likes of Madonna by the end of the decade.

The lovely Cocteau Twins Iceblink Luck enters at 19, and Sonia goes top 20 with an old 60’s fave song, End Of The World is just a marvellous song though I’ll take Skeeter Davis’ version overall. New Kids are top 20 the very week as I type (Nov 2018) they have returned with a long list of 90’s acts into my top 40. Mavis Staples is also around my current charts as she enters with a Prince-supporting Melody Cool at 50. Jason Donovan also has a 60’s oldie song I liked a lot in at 26, Rhythm Of The Rain, DNA climb into the 40, INXS enter with the sadly-titled Suicide Blonde, at 56, S’Express have Nothing To Lose at 48, Richard Marx is back, Soul II Soul’s Caron Wheeler goes solo, and a bonus song (due to a miscount omission of Mariah Carey higher up the chart I discovered 3 weeks later. Fancy forgettin’ her – GTFO as she currently sings in my current chart!) at 76 it’s David Grant back for a Linx-inclusive chart-run of 10 years.

1 ( 5 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
2 ( 1 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
3 ( 3 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
4 ( 6 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
5 ( 4 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
6 ( 12 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
7 ( 2 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
8 ( 21 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
9 ( 9 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
10 ( NEW ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk

11 ( 8 ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
12 ( 7 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
13 ( 10 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
14 ( NEW ) SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
15 ( 11 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
16 ( 57 ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
17 ( 13 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
18 ( 35 ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
19 ( NEW ) ICE BLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins
20 ( 30 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

21 ( 25 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
22 ( 15 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
23 ( 26 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
24 ( 36 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
25 ( 18 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
26 ( NEW ) RHTHYM OF THE RAIN Jason Donovan
27 ( 16 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
28 ( 19 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
29 ( 23 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
30 ( 17 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips

31 ( 20 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
32 ( 38 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
33 ( 40 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac
34 ( 74 ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
35 ( 24 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
36 ( 14 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
37 ( 22 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
38 ( 28 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
39 ( 46 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
40 ( 27 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved

41 ( 48 ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
42 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 42 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
44 ( 33 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
45 ( 60 ) NOW YOU’RE GONE Whitesnake
46 ( 34 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
47 ( 44 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
48 ( NEW ) NOTHING TO LOSE S’Express
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( NEW ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples

51 ( 43 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
52 ( 47 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
53 ( 31 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
54 ( 29 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton featuring Janet Kay
55 ( 32 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
56 ( NEW ) SUICIDE BLONDE INXS
57 ( 39 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
58 ( 61 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
59 ( 56 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
60 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode

61 ( NEW ) HARD TO HANDLE The Black Crowes
62 ( 37 ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
63 ( 54 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
64 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( 50 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
66 ( NEW ) ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS/ HOLD ON TO THE NIGHTS Richard Marx
67 ( 65 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
68 ( 59 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
69 ( NEW ) TERRIFYING The Rolling Stones
70 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher

71 ( 55 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
72 ( NEW ) LOVE AND AFFECTION Sinitta
73 ( NEW ) LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT Caron Wheeler
74 ( 69 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
75 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
76 ( NEW ) LIFE ’90 David Grant

PLAYLIST OLDIES

1 THE QUESTION OF U Prince
2 5-7-0-5 City Boy
3 LIVING IN HARMONY Cliff Richard

My mate Bob is still pissed-off he had to go to a Uni friend’s wedding and miss the Concert I went to this week at Wembley Stadium: Fleetwood Mac plugging their first Post-Lindsey Buckingham album, but happily including a stash of Buckingham-era greats. Support was Hall & Oates, so a twofer me. The Mac were fab, and having both Stevie & Christine still in the band helped compensate for not having Lindsey. And here I stand 28 years later not buying tickets to the latest Lindsey-free version playing Wembley again in 2019. I’ve seen 2 versions with Lindsey back and Christine missing, and finally got the Big Five all together for the last tour. It’s disappointing they have gone all acrimonious and law-suitey with each other again just when we got Christine back and she and Lindsey had done some good stuff together. But this was a great gig, and these were the highlights….

FLEETWOOD MAC/HALL & OATES AT WEMBLEY STADIUM 1st SEPT 1990

1 GO YOUR OWN WAY Fleetwood Mac
2 LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
3 DON’T STOP Fleetwood Mac
4 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
5 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac
6 SHE’S GONE Daryl Hall & John Oates
7 MANEATER Daryl Hall & John Oates
8 RHIANNON Fleetwood Mac
9 DREAMS Fleetwood Mac
10 I CAN’T GO FOR THAT (NO CAN DO) Daryl Hall & John Oates

 

 

9th September 1990

It’s 2 weeks on top for George Michael’s brilliant Praying For Time in a quiet week for new entries. Bass-O-Matic aka rhythm track to the first single I ever bought (Dizzy by Tommy Roe) shoots up to 2, Fascinating Rhythm is totally right, while Groove certainly is In The Heart at 3. Maria McKee goes top 10, and quite rightly, with the highest new entry at 12 being a remix of a top 10 Philly Soul classic from 1973 for The Detroit Spinners as we called ’em in the UK. I’d actually forgotten to include Mariah Carey in my chart that week, and added her in later, which pushed everything below 20 down one slot, so I had a top 76 – and in my playlist chart of that week were 2 new album tracks.

I excluded album tracks from my charts back then, but as I have an odd number anyway, I’ve slotted them in at the bottom – they would actually featured much higher, top 20 most likely, but as I can’t prove where they resided in my affection then they just get the mention at 77 and 78 as it’s only fair they get a chart credit: Prince’s 1985 album track on his new Graffiti Bridge album, having caught the tour earlier – with Mavis Staples as support also going up with her Prince-gifted song at 33. Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation album has multiple tracks on the chart, including the new one and best non-single in at 78 for Love Will Never Do Without You, while Black Cat goes top 40. The album is half-terrific. The songs are terrific, the vocal interruption tracks are excruciatingly awful.

Faith No More’s fab Epic enters at 38, INXS, S’Express join Roxette in bringing the letter X into prominence inside the top 40, while another X-Man Maxi Priest has another Lovers Rock message new at 50, Loose Ends make it 5 years of chart entries, World Party not far behind, Adamski doesn’t have a killer follow-up, or does he! Finally Londonbeat are back at 76, giving vocalist Jimmy Helms a sweet 17 years of chart hits, being as he UK hit-charted with Gonna Make You An Offer You Can’t Refuse, along with a follow-up or two (in my charts, not the UK singles chart): I’ve Been Thinking About You is even better.


1 ( 1 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
2 ( 16 ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
3 ( 8 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
4 ( 6 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
5 ( 3 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
6 ( 14 ) SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
7 ( 2 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
8 ( 9 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
9 ( 5 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
10 ( 4 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 7 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
12 ( NEW ) GHETTO CHILD (REMIX) The Detroit Spinners
13 ( 10 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
14 ( 12 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King AKA JK25
15 ( 13 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
16 ( 18 ) ICE BLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins
17 ( 18 ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
18 ( 24 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
19 ( 23 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
20 ( 21 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey

21 ( 15 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
22 ( 11 ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
23 ( 26 ) RHTHYM OF THE RAIN Jason Donovan
24 ( 39 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
25 ( 17 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
26 ( 32 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
27 ( 48 ) NOTHING TO LOSE S’Express
28 ( 34 ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
29 ( 25 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
30 ( 33 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 41 ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
32 ( 22 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
33 ( 50 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
34 ( 29 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
35 ( 28 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
36 ( NEW ) EPIC Faith No More
37 ( 20 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
38 ( 56 ) SUICIDE BLONDE INXS
39 ( 40 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
40 ( 38 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John

41 ( 35 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
42 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 43 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
44 ( 27 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
45 ( 30 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
46 ( 31 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
47 ( 73 ) LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT Caron Wheeler
48 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( 47 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
50 ( NEW ) PEACE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD Maxi Priest

51 ( 37 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
52 ( 36 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
53 ( 51 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
54 ( 46 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
55 ( 52 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
56 ( 61 ) HARD TO HANDLE The Black Crowes
57 ( 55 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
58 ( 69 ) TERRIFYING The Rolling Stones
59 ( 60 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
60 ( 59 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys

61 ( 44 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
62 ( 72 ) LOVE AND AFFECTION Sinitta
63 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
64 ( 75 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
65 ( 66 ) ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS/ HOLD ON TO THE NIGHTS Richard Marx
66 ( 63 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
67 ( 67 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
68 ( NEW ) DON’T BE A FOOL Loose Ends
69 ( 65 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
70 ( 57 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton

71 ( 70 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
72 ( 54 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton featuring Janet Kay
73 ( NEW ) WAY DOWN NOW World Party
74 ( 58 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
75 ( NEW ) THE SPACE JUNGLE Adamaski
76 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU Londonbeat
77 ( 77 ) THE QUESTION OF U Prince
78 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL NEVER DO WITHOUT YOU Janet Jackson

PLAYLIST ODLIES/ALBUM TRACKS
1 RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
2 THE QUESTION OF U Prince
3 DAYDREAMING Dusty Springfield
4 LOVE WILL NEVER DO WITHOUT YOU Janet Jackson

 

 

 

16th September 1990

It’s a first week on top for the fab Bass-O-Matic aka William Orbit + Dizzy’s rhythm track (the Tommy Roe actual-first-single-I-ever-bought), it does what it says on the tin rhythm-wise. The Detroit Spinners 1973 Philly soul classic is back in the top 5, The KLF get a first top 20, and the highest new entry is (natch) from the Pet Shop Boys who are so hard. Ironic as ever eh, lads? Lead single off forthcoming album Behaviour, it set up expectations for jolly catchy pop. Oops, so not! Actually, my least fave single from them to date, but everything is relative, I was very much a big fan by then, going to see them on their debut tour and all.

Janet Jackson and INXS have big climbs into the 20, and Bobby Vinton debuts at 20 with the moody early 60’s US hit, Blue Velvet, a UK hit at long last due to the film. A bit of a teen crooner, I knew little about him or the tune till the film, but hey, it’s great! Caron Wheeler gets her own top 40 single, minus Soul II Soul, Londonbeat rocket up to 28, and AC/DC return with one of their best non-Bon-Scott tracks, Thunderstruck at 37 giving them 12 years of chart entries – or 18 years for Brian Johnson including Geordie tracks.

Depeche Mode get a 3rd charting track off the album, World In Your Eyes straight into the 40, off their chart-topper, as Beats International return with Burundi Blues. The Farm debut, chugging along on their Groovy Train, very Madchester in tone, The Christians make it 5 years of chartness, Bell Biv Devoe return to keep the New Edition flag flying 7 years on, but never as high profile as Bobby Brown of course. Red Hot Chili Peppers debut with Higher Ground – the 1973 Stevie Wonder gem – though later in the decade they opt for lower ground (in fact under the bridge), and The Stone Roses pop in quietly with the song of the Madchester movement, Fool’s Gold. Very pleasant and all, but the reverence for it, and them, has always passed me by a bit. Finally, Electribe 101 sneak in at 76 – the extended chart due to me forgetting about Mariah Carey and adding her in afterwards. Punchlines insert here….and I’ll just say that the adoration for Mariah in US chart-terms has also always passed me by too, give or take half-a-dozen tracks.


1 ( 2 ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
2 ( 1 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
3 ( 3 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
4 ( 6 ) SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
5 ( 12 ) GHETTO CHILD (REMIX) The Detroit Spinners
6 ( 4 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
7 ( 5 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
8 ( 8 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
9 ( 7 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
10 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 9 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
12 ( 14 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King AKA JK25
13 ( 13 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
14 ( 26 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
15 ( 16 ) ICE BLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins
16 ( NEW ) SO HARD Pet Shop Boys
17 ( 11 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
18 ( 31 ) BLACK CAT Janet Jackson
19 ( 38 ) SUICIDE BLONDE INXS
20 ( NEW ) BLUE VELVET Bobby Vinton

21 ( 28 ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
22 ( 21 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
23 ( 23 ) RHTHYM OF THE RAIN Jason Donovan
24 ( 15 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
25 ( 27 ) NOTHING TO LOSE S’Express
26 ( 33 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
27 ( 47 ) LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT Caron Wheeler
28 ( 76 ) I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU Londonbeat
29 ( 17 ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
30 ( 19 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream

31 ( 29 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
32 ( 18 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
33 ( 22 ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
34 ( 36 ) EPIC Faith No More
35 ( 34 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
36 ( 32 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
37 ( NEW ) THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC
38 ( NEW ) WORLD IN MY EYES Depeche Mode
39 ( 25 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
40 ( 40 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John

41 ( 20 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
42 ( 35 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
43 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
44 ( 43 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( NEW ) BURUNDI BLUES Beats International
46 ( 39 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
47 ( 50 ) PEACE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD Maxi Priest
48 ( 48 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( NEW ) GROOVY TRAIN The Farm
50 ( 41 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher

51 ( 49 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
52 ( 24 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
53 ( 37 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
54 ( NEW ) GREENBANK DRIVE The Christians
55 ( 58 ) TERRIFYING The Rolling Stones
56 ( 56 ) HARD TO HANDLE The Black Crowes
57 ( 53 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
58 ( 55 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
59 ( 45 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
60 ( 59 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode

61 ( 62 ) LOVE AND AFFECTION Sinitta
62 ( 68 ) DON’T BE A FOOL Loose Ends
63 ( 63 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
64 ( 60 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
65 ( 64 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
66 ( NEW ) DO ME Bell Biv Devoe
67 ( 44 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
68 ( 30 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac
69 ( 67 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
70 ( NEW ) HIGHER GROUND Red Hot Chili Peppers

71 ( 75 ) THE SPACE JUNGLE Adamaski
72 ( 73 ) WAY DOWN NOW World Party
73 ( 46 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
74 ( NEW ) FOOL’S GOLD The Stone Roses
75 ( 51 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
76 ( NEW ) YOU’RE WELCOME Electribe 101

Playlist/ Oldies
1 LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE (album) George Michael
2 REPUTATION (album) Dusty Springfield
3 THE DEFINITIVE HIT ALBUM VOL 3 Cliff Richard

 

 

23rd September 1990

It’s a first week on top for Maria McKee, just beating out Deee-Lite who sadly peak at 2. It’s not Maria’s first chart-topper – she also wrote Feargal Sharkey’s fab 1985 cover of A Good Heart, and presides over a hectic chart of 18 new or re-entries, loads of big droppers and climbers, and all because I was in Paris this week with 2 mates, sampling the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, The Louvre and so on. We were sat eating near the Notre Dame and heard a loud bang, like gunfire. When we left I noticed what looked like a whole trail of fresh drops of blood over the footpath on the bridge. Not saying it WAS a shooting, just saying it was a bit odd…

Anyway, that’s why Bananarama re-enter to a new peak with Only Your Love, at 11, it was the song of the holiday for me, along with new track and European hit, What’s A Woman by Vaya Con Dios. Other re-entries are due to that too. Pet Shop Boys are so hard at 5, co-incidentally they are 5 in my current charts still having some Money Business. Consistency. Londonbeat go top 10, and Snap! have the highest new entry with Cult Of Snap, proving they got the power! AC/DC are Thunderstruck to be at 12 in my charts, only Touch Too Much from the Bon Scott days had been higher, a decade before.

Africa, Toto’s 1983 number 2, has proved to be a perennial seller and golden oldie in the 21st century for some reason, appealing to new generations of music fans. I blame Steve Wright playing it week-in week-out on his radio shows for the last 37 years, but at any rate I can claim to be ahead of the game as it comes back at 20. Captain Hollywood debuts, Kim Wilde gets 9 years of top 30 entries at 29 and also is in my current chart at 21 with a spot of Xmas Hope. Consistency. I’m loyal! Another veteran, Billy Idol, pops in 11 years on with LA Woman.

Kylie turns a critical corner, is influenced by INXS’ Michael Hutchence, and revamps herself into a disco diva with the classic Better The Devil You Know in at 33. It’s still SAW behind it, but the adult image and gutsier dance-style is the main reason she’s still hear today getting chart-topping albums and sell-out tours. I didn;t know that then, of course, I just thought it was a great move away from disposable kiddiepop. Don Pablo covers a Doobie Brothers classic, just ahead of a Bananarama much-better cover version and the Doobie’s own better remix, Paul Simon returns with a goodie, The Obvious Child, some 18 years since his first solo, and 21 years since Simon & Garfunkel were high in my charts. Monie Love does a decent cover of a Spinners soul goodie, and MC Hammer actually murders another soul classic. U Can’t Touch This? If only he hadn’t touched Have You Seen Her!

1 ( 4 ) SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
2 ( 3 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
3 ( 1 ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
4 ( 2 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
5 ( 16 ) SO HARD Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 5 ) GHETTO CHILD (REMIX) The Detroit Spinners
7 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
8 ( 6 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
9 ( 28 ) I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU Londonbeat
10 ( NEW ) CULT OF SNAP Snap!

11 ( RE ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
12 ( 37 ) THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC
13 ( 8 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
14 ( 9 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
15 ( 19 ) SUICIDE BLONDE INXS
16 ( 7 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
17 ( 12 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King AKA JK25
18 ( 20 ) BLUE VELVET Bobby Vinton
19 ( 11 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
20 ( NEW ) AFRICA Toto

21 ( 21 ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
22 ( 13 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
23 ( NEW ) WHAT’S A WOMAN Vaya Con Dios
24 ( 14 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
25 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STAND IT Twenty 4 Seven featuring Captain Hollywood
26 ( 27 ) LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT Caron Wheeler
27 ( 18 ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
28 ( 15 ) ICE BLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins
29 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET ENOUGH Kim Wilde
30 ( RE ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40

31 ( 17 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
32 ( 34 ) EPIC Faith No More
33 ( NEW ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
34 ( 25 ) NOTHING TO LOSE S’Express
35 ( 31 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
36 ( 45 ) BURUNDI BLUES Beats International
37 ( 49 ) GROOVY TRAIN The Farm
38 ( 38 ) WORLD IN MY EYES Depeche Mode
39 ( 35 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
40 ( 22 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band

41 ( 40 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
42 ( 43 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 24 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
44 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 36 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
46 ( 42 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
47 ( 48 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
48 ( NEW ) TUNES SPLITS THE ATOM MC Tunes vs 808 State
49 ( 33 ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
50 ( 54 ) GREENBANK DRIVE The Christians

51 ( 51 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
52 ( 39 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
53 ( NEW ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ Don Pablo’s Animals
54 ( 26 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
55 ( NEW ) THEN The Charlatans
56 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Sydney Youngblood
57 ( 46 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
58 ( 74 ) FOOL’S GOLD The Stone Roses
59 ( NEW ) THE OBVIOUS CHILD Paul Simon
60 ( 23 ) RHTHYM OF THE RAIN Jason Donovan

61 ( 60 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
62 ( 57 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
63 ( 66 ) DO ME Bell Biv Devoe
64 ( 63 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( 50 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
66 ( NEW ) IT’S A SHAME (MY SISTER) Monie Love featuring True Image
67 ( 58 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
68 ( 30 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
69 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER MC Hammer
70 ( 65 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush

71 ( 56 ) HARD TO HANDLE The Black Crowes
72 ( NEW ) SO CLOSE Daryl Hall & John Oates
73 ( 64 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
74 ( NEW ) COLD HEARTED (REMIX) Paula Abdul
75 ( NEW ) LA WOMAN Billy Idol

OLDIES PLAYLIST CHART
1 SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison
2 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
3 LOVE SHACK The B52’s

 

 

 

30th September 1990

It’s a 2 week on top for Maria McKee as Bobby Vinton’s Blue Velvet, almost 30 years old, hits the top 10 – a track I’d never heard of before the reissue – and Captain Hollywood can’t stand it that he’s at 10. Keeping up with the plethora of oldies (I’ve ALWAYS liked oldies!) The Animals 25+-year-old classic enters at 16, to give them a second chart entry 18 years after House Of The Rising Sun was a 1972 hit all over again. Monie Love’s cover of The Detroit Spinners 20-year-old hit shoots into the 40, just ahead of The Charlatans Next hit.

Highest new track is Hi Tek 3 featuring the actual voice of Pump Up The Jam, Ya Kid K, in at 34, with Belinda back with an instant top 40, cos We Want The Same Thing – Ms. Carlisle back on form! The Cure drop in with Never enough at 51, for a decade of entries since their debut, The Soup Dragons follow-up with Mother Universe, Cliff covers From A Distance as I demonstrate in my playlist oldies that I prefer his early 70’s tracks, and 1972 Supercop movie theme Superfly is revamped by Curtis Mayfield with added Ice-T. Elton drops in with a lesser track after his monster chart-topper.

1 ( 1 ) SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
2 ( 3 ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
3 ( 5 ) SO HARD Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 2 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
5 ( 10 ) CULT OF SNAP Snap!
6 ( 4 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
7 ( 6 ) GHETTO CHILD (REMIX) The Detroit Spinners
8 ( 9 ) I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU Londonbeat
9 ( 18 ) BLUE VELVET Bobby Vinton
10 ( 25 ) I CAN’T STAND IT Twenty 4 Seven featuring Captain Hollywood

11 ( 12 ) THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC
12 ( 20 ) AFRICA Toto
13 ( 7 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
14 ( 8 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
15 ( 15 ) SUICIDE BLONDE INXS
16 ( NEW ) WE’VE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE The Animals
17 ( 13 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
18 ( 11 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
19 ( 14 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
20 ( 16 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette

21 ( 17 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King AKA JK25
22 ( 19 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
23 ( 29 ) CAN’T GET ENOUGH Kim Wilde
24 ( 24 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
25 ( 26 ) LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT Caron Wheeler
26 ( 30 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
27 ( 66 ) IT’S A SHAME (MY SISTER) Monie Love featuring True Image
28 ( 55 ) THEN The Charlatans
29 ( 22 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
30 ( 40 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band

31 ( 21 ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
32 ( 38 ) WORLD IN MY EYES Depeche Mode
33 ( 33 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
34 ( NEW ) SPIN THAT WHEEL Hi Tek 3 featuring Ya Kid K
35 ( 50 ) GREENBANK DRIVE The Christians
36 ( 37 ) GROOVY TRAIN The Farm
37 ( 35 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
38 ( 23 ) WHAT’S A WOMAN Vaya Con Dios
39 ( NEW ) (WE WANT) THE SAME THING Belinda Carlisle
40 ( 39 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle

41 ( 41 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
42 ( 31 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
43 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
44 ( 32 ) EPIC Faith No More
45 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
46 ( 48 ) TUNES SPLITS THE ATOM MC Tunes vs 808 State
47 ( 27 ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
48 ( 47 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( 34 ) NOTHING TO LOSE S’Express
50 ( 28 ) ICE BLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins

51 ( NEW ) NEVER ENOUGH The Cure
52 ( 51 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
53 ( 53 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ Don Pablo’s Animals
54 ( 46 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
55 ( 36 ) BURUNDI BLUES Beats International
56 ( 45 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
57 ( 49 ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
58 ( 58 ) FOOL’S GOLD The Stone Roses
59 ( 59 ) THE OBVIOUS CHILD Paul Simon
60 ( 43 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

61 ( NEW ) MOTHER UNIVERSE The Soup Dragons
62 ( 61 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
63 ( 72 ) SO CLOSE Daryl Hall & John Oates
64 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( 62 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
66 ( 74 ) COLD HEARTED (REMIX) Paula Abdul
67 ( 67 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
68 ( NEW ) FROM A DISTANCE Cliff Richard
69 ( 57 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
70 ( 70 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush

71 ( 54 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
72 ( NEW ) SUPERFLY 1990 Curtis Mayfield & Ice-T
73 ( NEW ) YOU GOT TO LOVE SOMEONE Elton John
74 ( 65 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
75 ( 73 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys

playlist oldies
1 LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE (album) George Michael
2 LIVING IN HARMONY Cliff Richard
3 TAKE ME HIGH Cliff Richard

 

My May-Aug 2018 Charts

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26th August 2018

It’s a Hey Jude! 50 years ago today The Beatles greatest single was released and sometime during the following chart week my dad came home from work at RAF Swinderby and told me The Beatles had gone to Number One. That sparked my interest in the pop charts, I discovered Alan Freeman’s Sunday Pick Of The Pops chart rundown, and from then on I became obsessed with music charts. I had been obsessed by pop music for at least 4 years already. Sometime later in 1968 I did my first personal chart, and a few more followed in 1969, but they weren’t weekly. By 1971 they WERE weekly, by 1972 I was doing 4 or 5 a week as I went chart mad. However, once I managed to buy the first published book of pop singles charts, which gave me access to information on the 60’s and early 70’s, I decided that the start point was Hey Jude, and retrospectively compiled charts based on what I liked at the time for all missing weeks – which was still more or less what I liked in the early/mid 70’s. So the “week-ending date for this chart (if I followed the UK singles chart) would be 1st Sept 1968, near enough as dammit 50 years since my charts “started”.

So Happy Anniversary To Me, and Happy 50th Beatles Hey Jude! Still an epic single which has charted in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 00’s in the UK charts and mine both, and now in the teenies too. It hit the top everytime in my charts cos I’m a bit of a fan. Aretha Franklin’s I Say A Little Prayer was also in the very first chart and is number 2 this week. Very appropriate, albeit for tragic reasons, and she adds another entry lower down, with another waiting in the wings.

Biggest climber is Calvin Harris & Sam Smith, up to a promising 6 – Calvin Harris’ 6th top 10 including 2 chart-toppers, and Sam’s 4th including one chart-topper with Naughty Boy. Keeping up with the kiddie oldies theme The Partridge Family TV theme, as featured in Ant-Man & The Wasp, becomes their 10th top, David Cassidy’s 16th including solo hits. Alan Walker gets a 4th top 40, Madonna’s Like A Prayer gives her a 60th birthday top 40, Pet Shop Boys original version of Eighth Wonder’s I’m Not Scared (aka Patsy Kensit) charts for the first time 30 years late, and Ariana Grande gets a second hit of the year, her 10th in all, including chart-topper Love Me Harder.

1 NEW 1 1 HEY JUDE The Beatles 170000
2 1 1 2 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 285000
3 3 3 2 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 170000
4 2 1 10 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1320000
5 4 1 6 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 490000
6 43 6 2 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 68500
7 7 7 4 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 134000
8 5 3 7 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 426000
9 6 6 13 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 357550
10 18 10 4 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 103500

11 9 5 7 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 345000
12 14 10 6 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 210000
13 12 9 5 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 163250
14 8 4 5 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 165900
15 10 6 7 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 237250
16 17 16 5 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 96500
17 31 17 2 VELVET ELVIS Stacey Musgraves 40900
18 15 6 6 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 228000
19 21 19 2 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 40750
20 11 1 10 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 710500

21 40 21 2 WHITE DRESS Set Mo 36750
22 25 22 3 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 48350
23 13 13 4 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 104250
24 16 8 6 ALWAYS Panama 178250
25 28 25 4 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 73350
26 27 26 3 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 55300
27 19 1 14 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1235400
28 37 28 6 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 77800
29 60 29 3 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 33400
30 22 3 12 SINNER Deaf Havana 568500

31 20 20 7 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 105200
32 39 32 2 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 34900
33 23 16 6 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 122950
34 24 20 7 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 118600
35 45 35 2 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 30500
36 30 30 8 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 123600
37 32 32 7 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 108450
38 50 38 2 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 29200
39 65 39 2 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 24100
40 47 40 2 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 29500

41 26 14 7 FRIENDS RAYE 151700
42 46 42 3 SHOW ME THE WAY Suzi Island 39250
43 29 26 8 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 127800
44 42 1 15 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 785300
45 35 10 10 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 261800
46 34 34 5 ON U NOTIMES 68350
47 33 29 6 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 88400
48 38 3 7 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 291250
49 36 36 5 SHINE Gabrielle 65300
50 67 50 6 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 58700

51 68 51 2 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 18150
52 69 52 3 MISSING U Robyn 23500
53 48 40 7 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 86250
54 44 19 11 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 156300
55 55 55 4 LEVEL UP Ciara 35800
56 59 56 2 THINK Aretha Franklin 20700
57 52 52 4 WARRIOR Paloma Faith 39800
58 58 58 4 LIE LIKE ME Ward Thomas 37600
59 41 1 7 FOREVER MORE Moloko 395350
60 51 6 11 I ADORE U Adore Delano 352350

61 NEW 61 1 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 7500
62 49 23 7 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 100100
63 66 63 3 NO DANGER The Delgados 20800
64 57 2 19 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 803550
65 53 10 11 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 216300
66 NEW 66 1 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 6800
67 71 67 2 SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin 12400
68 61 7 13 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 272800
69 NEW 69 1 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 6200
70 72 70 3 CRUEL GAME (VANZETTI & SACCO REMIX) Nouvelle Phenomene 17200

71 54 17 10 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 147250
72 NEW 72 1 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys 5600
73 75 73 3 ALL WE DO Oh Wonder 15400
74 NEW 74 1 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T ACT LIKE A STRANGER Cathedrals 5000

DROP OUTS
56 15 9 PALO SANTO Years & Years 168850
62 50 6 ONLY YOU Cheat Codes & Little Mix 58700
63 60 3 DIDN’T I Rod Stewart featuring Bridget Cady 22400
64 49 6 FERNANDO Cher & Andy Garcia 43400
70 70 3 CONFIDENCE Candi Staton 17400
73 16 9 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 144700
74 14 12 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 220000

and here’s that first chart – spot the acts still in my chart this week. Errr, 3. All oldies. I was 10 years old and so was Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson.

1 HEY JUDE The Beatles
2 GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
3 KEEP ON Bruce Channel
4 HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
5 THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
6 HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
7 THIS GUYS IN LOVE Herb Alpert
8 SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
9 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
10 LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee

11 I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
12 HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
13 DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
14 DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
15 MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
16 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
17 LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 I PRETEND Des O’Connor
19 JEZAMINE The Casuals
20 FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

 

19th August 2018

It’s the late, great Aretha on top, probably the greatest female vocalist of all-time, though I rate her huge fan Dusty just as much, and both are in my chart this week. It’s an Aretha invasion following her sad passing, led by her 1968 definitive version of I Say A Little Prayer, a song I loved as 10-year-old, and played to death on a various artists hits album in Singapore as an 11-year-old (my dad bought it), and which finally topped my charts in 2011. The Bacharach/David song is therefore justifiably back on top for a 2nd week just ahead of her brilliant version of Carole King’s You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman) which both artists have charted before this century, as album track oldies, and which reaches a new peak of 3. Elsewhere, Spanish Harlem was a top 10 hit for me in 1971 when I was charting proper, Angel criminally never made my charts as it was strictly UK top 30 hits only in those days as a silly chart rule, Think has never charted (predating my charts) and Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves is back 33 years after going top 10 with Eurythmics.

Elsewhere Santigold gets her first top 10 since 2008’s Les Artistes, Cher rockets Abba into the 40, Stacey Musgraves gets a different Velvet Elvis song to Alex Winston’s 2013 chart-topper into the 40, Calvin & Sam enter, Sam Smith’s highest-charting track since Like I Can went top 10 2 years ago. Janet Jackson is back! It’s been 12 years since she last troubled my charts, 14 years since she got as high as 45, and 17 years since she last topped my chart with Someone To Call My Lover, a great under-rated single, the last of 5 number ones. Talking of old chart-toppers, The Beloved’s 1993 classic is back because it is selling on itunes, and so is Like A Prayer for Madonna, presumably in celebration of her 60th birthday. The end of that sentence just seems unreal and SO wrong.

1 NEW 1 1 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 170000
2 2 1 9 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1255000
3 NEW 3 1 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 85000
4 1 1 5 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 430000
5 5 3 6 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 378000
6 7 6 12 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 312550
7 19 7 3 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 84000
8 4 4 4 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 136900
9 8 5 6 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 308000
10 6 6 6 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 210250

11 3 1 9 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 690500
12 9 9 4 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 131250
13 13 13 3 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 85000
14 10 10 5 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 175000
15 11 6 5 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 206000
16 12 8 5 ALWAYS Panama 159250
17 22 17 4 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 71500
18 18 18 3 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 61500
19 15 1 13 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1217000
20 25 20 6 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 87400

21 NEW 21 1 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 19750
22 17 3 11 SINNER Deaf Havana 550500
23 16 16 5 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 105250
24 20 20 6 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 101000
25 59 25 2 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 28850
26 14 14 6 FRIENDS RAYE 137700
27 27 27 2 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 36800
28 28 28 3 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 54600
29 26 26 7 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 114300
30 30 30 7 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 106200

31 NEW 31 1 VELVET ELVIS Stacey Musgraves 17900
32 32 32 6 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 91150
33 29 29 5 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 75900
34 43 34 4 ON U NOTIMES 55600
35 24 10 9 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 248800
36 37 36 4 SHINE Gabrielle 53200
37 39 37 5 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 59500
38 21 3 6 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 278950
39 NEW 39 1 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 17100
40 NEW 40 1 WHITE DRESS Set Mo 17000

41 23 1 6 FOREVER MORE Moloko 385250
42 41 1 14 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 772050
43 NEW 43 1 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 13500
44 44 19 10 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 145300
45 NEW 45 1 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 13000
46 46 46 2 SHOW ME THE WAY Suzi Island 25500
47 NEW 47 1 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 12500
48 40 40 6 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 75000
49 31 23 6 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 92700
50 NEW 50 1 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 12000

51 34 6 10 I ADORE U Adore Delano 342350
52 52 52 3 WARRIOR Paloma Faith 29400
53 35 10 10 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 209300
54 33 17 9 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 141450
55 64 55 3 LEVEL UP Ciara 25000
56 36 15 9 PALO SANTO Years & Years 168850
57 47 2 18 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 796450
58 58 58 3 LIE LIKE ME Ward Thomas 27400
59 NEW 59 1 THINK Aretha Franklin 10100
60 74 60 2 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 15200

61 48 7 12 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 266400
62 50 50 6 ONLY YOU Cheat Codes & Little Mix 58700
63 60 60 3 DIDN’T I Rod Stewart featuring Bridget Cady 22400
64 49 49 6 FERNANDO Cher & Andy Garcia 43400
65 NEW 65 1 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 7000
66 66 66 2 NO DANGER The Delgados 13600
67 53 53 5 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 46700
68 NEW 68 1 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 6400
69 71 69 2 MISSING U Robyn 12000
70 70 70 3 CONFIDENCE Candi Staton 17400

71 NEW 71 1 SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin 5800
72 72 72 2 CRUEL GAME (VANZETTI & SACCO REMIX) Nouvelle Phenomene 11200
73 51 16 9 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 144700
74 56 14 12 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 220000
75 75 75 2 ALL WE DO Oh Wonder 10000

DROP OUTS
38 7 13 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 341750
42 2 10 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 541300
45 29 4 LOVE THE LIE Call Me Loop 46400
54 54 4 RE:MEMBER Olafur Arnalds 43600
55 55 4 U ALREADY KNOW Keys N Krates 35500
57 57 3 ANGEL EYES Abba 21400
61 32 6 EVERYBODY NEEDS A KISS Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker 79250
62 6 11 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 325400
63 9 11 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 267750
65 5 12 GIVIN UP One EskimO 438300
67 1 28 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1180900
68 68 3 OVER MY SKIN Tiffany Young 18200
69 18 8 LOW Lenny Kravitz 120150
73 73 2 HYPOCRITE Jean-Michel Blais & CFCF 10400

 

12th August 2018

Blonde and Bryn Christopher both get a first chart-topper, it’s only taken Bryn a decade! The Chainsmokers get a second top 10 of the year, meanwhile it’s struggling in the charts but loved on radio. Go figure! Santigold shoots into the 20, a song I’ve known for 43 years, the best moments in the film are the lesser-known tracks like this one. And Cher, all soft focus and scene stealing. Former chart-toppers Oh Wonder, Robyn and Alan Walker are all back, AU/RA gets a second entry.

1 4 1 4 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 365000
2 2 1 8 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1140000
3 1 1 8 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 653500
4 31 4 3 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 88900
5 3 3 5 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 318000
6 6 6 5 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 168250
7 7 7 11 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 257550
8 5 5 5 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 263000
9 13 9 3 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 96250
10 10 10 4 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 146000

11 9 6 4 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 179000
12 8 8 4 ALWAYS Panama 134250
13 19 13 2 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 53000
14 14 14 5 FRIENDS RAYE 119200
15 11 1 12 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1196000
16 18 16 4 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 86000
17 12 3 10 SINNER Deaf Havana 531000
18 35 18 2 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 39500
19 45 19 2 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 34000
20 20 20 5 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 82000

21 15 3 5 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 261750
22 27 22 3 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 48500
23 16 1 5 FOREVER MORE Moloko 371250
24 22 10 8 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 231300
25 39 25 5 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 67400
26 28 26 6 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 96100
27 NEW 27 1 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 18400
28 30 28 2 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 36300
29 34 29 4 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 58200
30 38 30 6 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 88200

31 23 23 5 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 80600
32 33 32 5 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 72350
33 17 17 8 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 130450
34 24 6 9 I ADORE U Adore Delano 330600
35 25 10 9 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 198050
36 26 15 8 PALO SANTO Years & Years 158250
37 48 37 3 SHINE Gabrielle 35800
38 21 7 13 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 341750
39 49 39 4 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 42200
40 40 40 5 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 62700

41 36 1 13 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 758300
42 37 2 10 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 541300
43 44 43 3 ON U NOTIMES 38000
44 32 19 9 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 132050
45 29 29 4 LOVE THE LIE Call Me Loop 46400
46 NEW 46 1 SHOW ME THE WAY Suzi Island 12750
47 42 2 17 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 786050
48 56 7 11 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 258900
49 67 49 5 FERNANDO Cher & Andy Garcia 36300
50 50 50 5 ONLY YOU Cheat Codes & Little Mix 51300

51 41 16 8 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 139300
52 68 52 2 WARRIOR Paloma Faith 17900
53 53 53 4 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 40100
54 54 54 4 RE:MEMBER Olafur Arnalds 43600
55 55 55 4 U ALREADY KNOW Keys N Krates 35500
56 47 14 11 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 214800
57 71 57 3 ANGEL EYES Abba 21400
58 65 58 2 LIE LIKE ME Ward Thomas 17200
59 NEW 59 1 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 10100
60 74 60 2 DIDN’T I Rod Stewart featuring Bridget Cady 15200

61 46 32 6 EVERYBODY NEEDS A KISS Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker 79250
62 59 6 11 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 325400
63 51 9 11 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 267750
64 64 64 2 LEVEL UP Ciara 14200
65 52 5 12 GIVIN UP One EskimO 438300
66 NEW 66 1 NO DANGER The Delgados 6800
67 66 1 28 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1180900
68 70 68 3 OVER MY SKIN Tiffany Young 18200
69 63 18 8 LOW Lenny Kravitz 120150
70 73 70 2 CONFIDENCE Candi Staton 11400

71 NEW 71 1 MISSING U Robyn 5800
72 NEW 72 1 CRUEL GAME (VANZETTI & SACCO REMIX) Nouvelle Phenomene 5600
73 75 73 2 HYPOCRITE Jean-Michel Blais & CFCF 10400
74 NEW 74 1 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ALL WE DO Oh Wonder 5000

DROP OUTS
43 7 8 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 185200
57 42 4 EYES OPEN Kris James 42450
58 23 6 PENDULUM Katy Perry 90750
60 29 5 THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC 70850
61 30 4 GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE (BIG, BOLD BRASSY MIX) Rollo Goes Camping 61300
62 62 2 LOST IN ISTANBUL Brianna 14600
69 69 2 BELIEVER CYN 11200
72 5 13 DELICATE Taylor Swift 347100

 

5th August 2018

It’s a first week on top for a solo Lee Hazelwood and his moving 1966 track about growing older (and he was actually quite young at the time), pushing Panic! off the top. He first charted with Nancy Sinatra with the naughty Did You Ever in 1971, and has topped my chart in between with more old duets with her, but never done it solo. That makes it one of the oldest new-to-me records to ever top my chart. That leaves a big climb for Kungs & Stargate, both returning to the top 10 after a break, and a big climb for Au/Ra & Camelphat after 10 weeks climbing slowly. Muse return to my top 10 for the first time in 6 years, as LeAnn Rimes makes my top 20 for the first time in 20 years!

Highest new entry is from The Vamps, their first ever in 5 years of minor chart pottering about, and 2 oldies debut following a feature in the new Antman & The Wasp movie – Dusty Springfield’s definitive cover of Spooky is back after hitting 15 3 years ago, while The Partridge Family and David Cassidy’s TV theme tune got a prime spot in the movie, and gladdened my nostalgic heart, and is in at 35 – it def would have charted 47 years ago if I’d thought to allow TV theme tunes into my charts. A huge jump for Chainsmokers, about to overtake their oldie Paris, and a new entry for Santigold giving her a decade of entries, albeit as Santogold back then.

Ciara’s been away for 9 years, but now extends her run to 13 years, which is hard to believe it’s been that long! Enjoying some old-stylee rhythms m’self, anything that isn’t blippety bloppety autotuned Tropical House-ish Urban-ish blatant-chart-aimed construction is such a relief! In the olden days (pre-streaming) the singles charts allowed all sorts of music in, bit of a genre-duoculture these days. Not that there arent great chart hits (there are) just a bit lacking in variety. Moan over. Ward Thomas return with tunefull country, Paloma Faith has dropped the songwriter Sia from her previously charted Warrior, and returns, Rod Stewart is back writing his own stuff again, thank goodness, and is rewarded with another chart entry 46 years since Maggie May failed to impress me much at the time (love it now). That leaves Candi Staton having a soulfunk comeback – apart from Radio 2 presenting, she hasn’t bothered me much since 1999 when she last charted, and her chart run extends to 42 years, and Young Hearts Run Free.

1 2 1 7 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 568500
2 1 1 7 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1025000
3 4 3 4 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 258000
4 3 3 3 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 195000
5 5 5 4 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 215000
6 22 6 4 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 113250
7 19 7 10 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 207550
8 13 8 3 ALWAYS Panama 99250
9 6 6 3 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 142000
10 12 10 3 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 104000

11 11 1 11 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1169000
12 8 3 9 SINNER Deaf Havana 508000
13 23 13 2 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 51250
14 18 14 4 FRIENDS RAYE 90200
15 9 3 4 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 242000
16 10 1 4 FOREVER MORE Moloko 352000
17 27 17 7 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 112750
18 20 18 3 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 61000
19 NEW 19 1 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 21000
20 31 20 4 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 62000

21 7 7 12 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 324550
22 14 10 7 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 212300
23 25 23 4 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 62700
24 16 6 8 I ADORE U Adore Delano 313000
25 17 10 8 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 180550
26 15 15 7 PALO SANTO Years & Years 140850
27 56 27 2 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 29000
28 28 28 5 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 77600
29 60 29 3 LOVE THE LIE Call Me Loop 33400
30 NEW 30 1 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 18000

31 70 31 2 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 23900
32 24 19 8 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 118800
33 33 33 4 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 54550
34 40 34 3 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 40000
35 NEW 35 1 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 17500
36 34 1 12 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 744300
37 26 2 9 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 527550
38 38 38 5 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 70200
39 44 39 4 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 48650
40 47 40 4 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 45700

41 21 16 7 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 127550
42 37 2 16 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 773550
43 29 7 8 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 185200
44 53 44 2 ON U NOTIMES 24500
45 NEW 45 1 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 13000
46 32 32 5 EVERYBODY NEEDS A KISS Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker 71750
47 39 14 10 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 204200
48 69 48 2 SHINE Gabrielle 18500
49 62 49 3 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 25100
50 58 50 4 ONLY YOU Cheat Codes & Little Mix 39300

51 35 9 10 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 260550
52 36 5 11 GIVIN UP One EskimO 431300
53 57 53 3 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 28850
54 54 54 3 RE:MEMBER Olafur Arnalds 32600
55 64 55 3 U ALREADY KNOW Keys N Krates 24700
56 45 7 10 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 246600
57 42 42 4 EYES OPEN Kris James 42450
58 41 23 6 PENDULUM Katy Perry 90750
59 43 6 10 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 318000
60 51 29 5 THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC 70850

61 30 30 4 GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE (BIG, BOLD BRASSY MIX) Rollo Goes Camping 61300
62 63 62 2 LOST IN ISTANBUL Brianna 14600
63 46 18 7 LOW Lenny Kravitz 113950
64 NEW 64 1 LEVEL UP Ciara 7100
65 NEW 65 1 LIE LIKE ME Ward Thomas 7000
66 65 1 27 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1174300
67 67 67 4 FERNANDO Cher & Andy Garcia 24200
68 NEW 68 1 WARRIOR Paloma Faith 6400
69 75 69 2 BELIEVER CYN 11200
70 71 70 2 OVER MY SKIN Tiffany Young 11800

71 74 71 2 ANGEL EYES Abba 11000
72 55 5 13 DELICATE Taylor Swift 347100
73 NEW 73 1 CONFIDENCE Candi Staton 5400
74 NEW 74 1 DIDN’T I Rod Stewart featuring Bridget Cady 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HYPOCRITE Jean-Michel Blais & CFCF 5000

DROP OUTS
48 40 9 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 101500
49 49 3 ENOUGH SONOIO 33300
50 50 4 LIKE SUGAR Chaka Khan 42900
52 4 12 FUEGO Elena Foureira 418500
59 8 9 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 251800
61 37 6 SOLO Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato 72900
66 10 10 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 200450
68 68 4 THERE’S A REASON WHY (I NEVER RETURNED YOUR CALLS) Blossoms 23200
72 19 10 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 164350
73 73 1 GOLDCHAINS Tyde Levi 5400

 

29th July 2018

It’s a 4th week on top for Hey Look Ma, matching High Hopes’ run on top, and giving Panic! At The Disco 8 of the last 9 weeks at 1. Sheryl Crow gets her 2nd biggest track of her career, and Petula Clark gets into the top 10 for the first time since Cut Copy topped my chart. Au/Ra and Camelphat take 9 weeks to make my top 20 – about the same as it has in the UK charts to go top 40, ditto High Hopes which has just entered. Things are looking up!

Abba tracks have started selling on itunes again – but not the usual suspects! Thanks to Mamma Mia 2 some album tracks are charting on sales, which has given me a chance to chart them belatedly (I excluded album tracks back in the day to avoid an Abba takeover, as the idea of one act completely taking over a chart just struck me as ridiculous – even my own. If only I’d restricted it to 3…..). That means 1980’s Andante Andante is highest new entry at 23. 1976’s My Love My Life is a bit lower, and Angel Eyes returns in it’s own right for the first time ever – Voulez Vous was always the classic side.

Biggest climber is Hayden James, at 40, Gabrielle gets a 2nd chart entry of the year, and Chainsmokers join themselves in the chart with oldie Paris still up high, and newie Side Effects down the lower end.

1 1 1 6 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 910000
2 4 2 6 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 398500
3 9 3 2 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 130000
4 5 4 3 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 173000
5 7 5 3 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 155000
6 10 6 2 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 97000
7 11 7 11 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 304800
8 8 3 8 SINNER Deaf Havana 473000
9 3 3 3 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 215000
10 2 1 3 FOREVER MORE Moloko 327000

11 6 1 10 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1132000
12 15 12 2 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 62000
13 23 13 2 ALWAYS Panama 51250
14 12 10 6 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 192800
15 17 15 6 PALO SANTO Years & Years 122350
16 13 6 7 I ADORE U Adore Delano 294000
17 14 10 7 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 161800
18 18 18 3 FRIENDS RAYE 61200
19 25 19 9 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 157550
20 24 20 2 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 39000

21 16 16 6 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 113550
22 20 20 3 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 58250
23 NEW 23 1 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 19250
24 19 19 7 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 101100
25 26 25 3 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 43450
26 21 2 8 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 510250
27 37 27 6 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 89750
28 30 28 4 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 59300
29 22 7 7 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 171700
30 31 30 3 GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE (BIG, BOLD BRASSY MIX) Rollo Goes Camping 53800

31 33 31 3 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 42000
32 34 32 4 EVERYBODY NEEDS A KISS Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker 59000
33 42 33 3 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 36850
34 32 1 11 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 726900
35 28 9 9 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 248800
36 27 5 10 GIVIN UP One EskimO 419800
37 35 2 15 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 759800
38 38 38 4 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 53000
39 39 14 9 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 191700
40 73 40 2 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 22400

41 29 23 5 PENDULUM Katy Perry 80550
42 47 42 3 EYES OPEN Kris James 32050
43 36 6 9 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 307900
44 48 44 3 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 31550
45 44 7 9 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 236000
46 41 18 6 LOW Lenny Kravitz 106750
47 54 47 3 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 28700
48 40 40 9 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 101500
49 55 49 3 ENOUGH SONOIO 33300
50 51 50 4 LIKE SUGAR Chaka Khan 42900

51 43 29 4 THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC 60850
52 46 4 12 FUEGO Elena Foureira 418500
53 NEW 53 1 ON U NOTIMES 11250
54 56 54 2 RE:MEMBER Olafur Arnalds 21600
55 52 5 12 DELICATE Taylor Swift 341500
56 NEW 56 1 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 10600
57 63 57 2 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 17600
58 59 58 3 ONLY YOU Cheat Codes & Little Mix 27300
59 50 8 9 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 251800
60 74 60 2 LOVE THE LIE Call Me Loop 15200

61 45 37 6 SOLO Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato 72900
62 72 62 2 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 13000
63 NEW 63 1 LOST IN ISTANBUL Brianna 7200
64 66 64 2 U ALREADY KNOW Keys N Krates 13900
65 65 1 26 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1167500
66 60 10 10 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 200450
67 70 67 3 FERNANDO Cher & Andy Garcia 17600
68 71 68 4 THERE’S A REASON WHY (I NEVER RETURNED YOUR CALLS) Blossoms 23200
69 NEW 69 1 SHINE Gabrielle 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 6000

71 NEW 71 1 OVER MY SKIN Tiffany Young 5800
72 53 19 10 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 164350
73 NEW 73 1 GOLDCHAINS Tyde Levi 5400
74 NEW 74 1 ANGEL EYES Abba 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BELIEVER CYN 5000

DROP OUTS
49 8 5 PENNY LANE The Beatles 140850
57 27 6 LIGHT IN PLACES Peaches featuring Empress Stah 100300
58 58 3 TILL THE WORLD FALLS Nile Rodgers, Chic & Mura Masa featuring Cosha & Vic Mensa 30400
61 28 6 THE FATHER PROJECT Tooji 93000
62 62 4 MY NAME IS MARS Capital Cities 26800
64 35 8 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 94700
67 18 9 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 156150
68 1 14 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 817700
69 3 19 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 747950
75 9 14 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 259400

 

 

22nd July 2018

It’s back up to 1 for a 3rd week on top for Hey Look Ma, giving Panic! At The Disco 7 of the last 8 weeks dominating my chart. Blonde get the highest new entry, and a second top 10 four years since the first one. Bryn Christopher gets a 3rd, a decade since his first 2, that’s patient! In at 10, it’s 8 years since Sheryl Crow last troubled my top 10, love the guitar work on the new track. Her previous top 10 was in 1997, though she’s had loads of chart entries in between and since and before, dating back to 1994 and her first debut hit and top 10 All I Wanna Do.

It at 15 with a new sound, much poppier than recent darker efforts, it’s Muse, back in the top 20 for the first time since 2012, and for the 10th time in total since debuting in 2000. Hard to believe it’s 18 years! Miles Kane is back with a very Glam Rock track. I mean, it totally references Ballroom Blitz, and sounds like a Barry Blue hook, and it would have sold well in 1973 as boys n girls loved that sound then. Prob not so much these days, but hey, great to have a new Glam Rock record for us oldies!

Big climbs for Freya Ridings, RAYE, Claptone, Blue October, Moodoid. Imagine Dragons join themselves in the chart, that run of singles is getting quite long! Jake Shears enters without his Scissor Sisters, not his first solo billing, but his first solo track some 14 years since his first Pink Floyd-cover chart-topping song in the band.

1 2 1 5 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 740000
2 1 1 2 FOREVER MORE Moloko 285000
3 3 3 2 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 170000
4 6 3 5 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 283500
5 8 5 2 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 108000
6 4 1 9 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1095000
7 9 7 2 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 95000
8 5 3 7 SINNER Deaf Havana 425000
9 NEW 9 1 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 45000
10 NEW 10 1 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 42000

11 12 11 10 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 254800
12 11 10 5 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 163800
13 7 6 6 I ADORE U Adore Delano 269000
14 10 10 6 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 138800
15 NEW 15 1 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 27000
16 16 16 5 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 93800
17 17 17 5 PALO SANTO Years & Years 95350
18 38 18 2 FRIENDS RAYE 39200
19 19 19 6 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 92100
20 25 20 2 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 38750

21 13 2 7 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 491750
22 14 7 6 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 153500
23 NEW 23 1 ALWAYS Panama 19250
24 NEW 24 1 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 19000
25 28 25 8 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 136550
26 69 26 2 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 24700
27 15 5 9 GIVIN UP One EskimO 402400
28 18 9 8 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 231300
29 23 23 4 PENDULUM Katy Perry 66550
30 32 30 3 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 41000

31 31 31 2 GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE (BIG, BOLD BRASSY MIX) Rollo Goes Camping 35800
32 26 1 10 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 709300
33 68 33 2 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 24100
34 36 34 3 EVERYBODY NEEDS A KISS Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker 41200
35 30 2 14 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 742500
36 20 6 8 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 294400
37 40 37 5 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 71350
38 50 38 3 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 35800
39 21 14 8 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 174600
40 43 40 8 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 89200

41 24 18 5 LOW Lenny Kravitz 94000
42 73 42 2 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 19150
43 29 29 3 THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC 49100
44 27 7 8 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 223000
45 37 37 5 SOLO Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato 65400
46 35 4 11 FUEGO Elena Foureira 407000
47 71 47 2 EYES OPEN Kris James 18300
48 70 48 2 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 18300
49 22 8 5 PENNY LANE The Beatles 140850
50 33 8 8 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 241700

51 51 51 3 LIKE SUGAR Chaka Khan 30900
52 42 5 11 DELICATE Taylor Swift 330700
53 39 19 9 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 158750
54 74 54 2 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 16200
55 57 55 2 ENOUGH SONOIO 21200
56 NEW 56 1 RE:MEMBER Olafur Arnalds 10600
57 34 27 6 LIGHT IN PLACES Peaches featuring Empress Stah 100300
58 59 58 3 TILL THE WORLD FALLS Nile Rodgers, Chic & Mura Masa featuring Cosha & Vic Mensa 30400
59 65 59 2 ONLY YOU Cheat Codes & Little Mix 17100
60 45 10 9 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 193650

61 41 28 6 THE FATHER PROJECT Tooji 93000
62 64 62 4 MY NAME IS MARS Capital Cities 26800
63 NEW 63 1 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 7200
64 48 35 8 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 94700
65 62 1 25 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1160500
66 NEW 66 1 U ALREADY KNOW Keys N Krates 6800
67 49 18 9 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 156150
68 52 1 14 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 817700
69 55 3 19 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 747950
70 75 70 2 FERNANDO Cher & Andy Garcia 11000

71 72 71 3 THERE’S A REASON WHY (I NEVER RETURNED YOUR CALLS) Blossoms 16800
72 NEW 72 1 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 5600
73 NEW 73 1 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 5400
74 NEW 74 1 LOVE THE LIE Call Me Loop 5200
75 58 9 14 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 259400

DROP OUTS
44 32 8 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 115150
46 26 5 KING’S CROSS Pet Shop Boys 85650
47 34 4 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC (F9 REMIX) Paloma Faith 60200
53 1 15 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 836300
54 45 7 SHOW ME Gabrielle 65700
56 56 4 BLACKBIRD The Beatles 33400
60 37 5 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME Rex Orange County & Randy Newman 50850
61 27 7 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 110850
63 1 20 BEND Ria Mae 931700
66 49 4 SHOTGUN George Ezra 34500
67 57 6 FUN FUN FUN The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 45600

15th July 2018

It’s new at 1 for 2003 chart-topper (in my charts at least, and nowhere else) Forever More, a slice of Moloko brilliance that was a very minor UK chart hit, outrageously. The video is fab too. Loved it for 15 years non-stop. Singer Roisin Murphy has had 4 solo hits in the years since, but it was great to end a band career on a high. Cher also last charted with a number one – I Walk Alone in 2014, and she’s back with Mamma Mia’s Fernando cover at the tail-end of the chart, giving her a full actual 47-year solo career in my charts, though really it’s 53 years as I Got You Babe was a huge kiddie fave back when I was 7 years old.

Yvonne Fair had her only hit, a Motown diva cover that had echoes of histrionics on a par with the equally brilliant Lorraine Ellison’s Stay With Me Baby and Jennifer Holliday’s And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going. Top 5 in 1976 for me, it started selling last week following a youtube video of a drag act “interrupting” a gay wedding with this song. Giving me a reason to finally rechart it. Loads of new actual songs this week too, highest of which is Hooverphonic at 8. It neither sucks nor blows, is melodically fab, with nice strings, for the Belgium band. Just behind is extended Moby getting his 4th top 10 in 25 years, 20 years since getting his first.

Kungs & Stargate are both back, together this time, 90’s flop Rollo Goes Camping, all Italian House-ey, is in at 31, and Kim Wilde gets the highest climber at 32 for her 3rd top 40 of the year, with Birthday. It sounded great in concert, as did Katy Perry’s Pendulum, the other week in Barcelona, also climbing. A good top 40 entry for RAYE, lower for Cheat Codes & Little Mix, while Italian SONOIO (not real name) part-time Nine-Inch-Nails touring member, takes time-out for some Goldfrapp-ish delight.

1 NEW 1 1 FOREVER MORE Moloko 170000
2 1 1 4 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 570000
3 NEW 3 1 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 85000
4 2 1 8 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1040000
5 4 3 6 SINNER Deaf Havana 377000
6 3 3 4 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 218500
7 6 6 5 I ADORE U Adore Delano 237000
8 NEW 8 1 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 48000
9 NEW 9 1 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 45000
10 15 10 5 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 109800

11 10 10 4 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 128800
12 12 12 9 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 217800
13 5 2 6 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 472000
14 7 7 5 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 134000
15 11 5 8 GIVIN UP One EskimO 384000
16 19 16 4 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 68800
17 17 17 4 PALO SANTO Years & Years 72350
18 13 9 7 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 213000
19 24 19 5 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 71100
20 9 6 7 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 277000

21 14 14 7 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 157500
22 8 8 4 PENNY LANE The Beatles 128750
23 39 23 3 PENDULUM Katy Perry 48350
24 18 18 4 LOW Lenny Kravitz 80000
25 NEW 25 1 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 18750
26 20 1 9 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 691500
27 23 7 7 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 209750
28 30 28 7 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 117800
29 36 29 2 THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC 35600
30 25 2 13 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 725000

31 NEW 31 1 GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE (BIG, BOLD BRASSY MIX) Rollo Goes Camping 17900
32 74 32 2 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 23000
33 16 8 7 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 229700
34 27 27 5 LIGHT IN PLACES Peaches featuring Empress Stah 89900
35 21 4 10 FUEGO Elena Foureira 394250
36 69 36 2 EVERYBODY NEEDS A KISS Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker 23600
37 38 37 4 SOLO Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato 52400
38 NEW 38 1 FRIENDS RAYE 17200
39 22 19 8 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 147500
40 40 40 4 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 54050

41 28 28 5 THE FATHER PROJECT Tooji 85500
42 33 5 10 DELICATE Taylor Swift 319200
43 43 43 7 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 72200
44 32 32 8 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 115150
45 31 10 8 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 183650
46 26 26 5 KING’S CROSS Pet Shop Boys 85650
47 34 34 4 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC (F9 REMIX) Paloma Faith 60200
48 35 35 7 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 87600
49 29 18 8 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 149550
50 67 50 2 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 18600

51 62 51 2 LIKE SUGAR Chaka Khan 19150
52 41 1 13 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 811300
53 46 1 15 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 836300
54 45 45 7 SHOW ME Gabrielle 65700
55 50 3 18 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 741750
56 60 56 4 BLACKBIRD The Beatles 33400
57 NEW 57 1 ENOUGH SONOIO 10400
58 52 9 13 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 254400
59 59 59 2 TILL THE WORLD FALLS Nile Rodgers, Chic & Mura Masa featuring Cosha & Vic Mensa 20200
60 37 37 5 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME Rex Orange County & Randy Newman 50850

61 42 27 7 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 110850
62 55 1 24 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1153500
63 56 1 20 BEND Ria Mae 931700
64 64 64 3 MY NAME IS MARS Capital Cities 19400
65 NEW 65 1 ONLY YOU Cheat Codes & Little Mix 7000
66 49 49 4 SHOTGUN George Ezra 34500
67 57 57 6 FUN FUN FUN The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 45600
68 NEW 68 1 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 6400
69 NEW 69 1 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 6200
70 NEW 70 1 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 6000

71 NEW 71 1 EYES OPEN Kris James 5800
72 73 72 2 THERE’S A REASON WHY (I NEVER RETURNED YOUR CALLS) Blossoms 11000
73 NEW 73 1 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FERNANDO Cher & Andy Garcia 5000

DROP OUTS
44 13 5 I JUST WANNA DANCE (2002 REMIX) Wayne G featuring Alison Jiear 91700
47 47 6 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 51100
48 9 12 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 279400
51 22 8 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 131700
53 9 11 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 258350
54 54 3 ISLAND OF SIN Donovski featuring Caytlin Scarlett 25800
58 58 4 IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE Pet Shop Boys 29600
61 14 8 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 132200
63 10 11 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 215500
65 24 7 MONTANA Owl City 110400
66 1 16 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 697900
68 30 7 COLORS Beck 106650
70 28 9 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 118850
71 71 3 COME ON TO ME Paul McCartney 16800
72 37 5 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 49350
75 35 8 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 91450

 

8th July 2018

2 weeks on top for Hey Look Ma, and 6 weeks in a row for Panic! At The Disco. Still exciting, still fab. Lee Hazelwood gets me all slushy & beautifully melancholic at growing older, The Beach Boys new version gets Don’t Worry Baby a second top 10 run, and Rick Astley gets his 2nd top 10. The first one was Never Gonna Give You Up in 1987. A mere 31 years waiting…!

Meghan leaps into the 20, AC/DC return to my charts thanks to a sci-fi movie soundtrack – back after a gap of 28 years, oops! Thunderstruck, I am! Chic & Nile Rodgers extend the comeback chart entries, for a satisfying 40 years Dance Dance Dance-ing in my charts (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah!), while Chaka Khan returns and gets her a chart run of 44 years since Tell Me Something Good, with a bit of an assist from Stevie Wonder, brought Rufus & Chaka into my charts when I was sweet 16. The other golden oldie is Kim Wilde back with a 3rd Alien track, and a 37-year-run.

1 1 1 3 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 455000
2 2 1 7 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 975000
3 5 3 3 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 163500
4 3 3 5 SINNER Deaf Havana 317000
5 4 2 5 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 440000
6 6 6 4 I ADORE U Adore Delano 187000
7 11 7 4 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 134000
8 10 8 3 PENNY LANE The Beatles 109250
9 8 6 6 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 257000
10 18 10 3 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 81800

11 7 5 7 GIVIN UP One EskimO 357000
12 14 12 8 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 182800
13 9 9 6 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 191000
14 15 14 6 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 137750
15 26 15 4 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 67800
16 13 8 6 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 212000
17 23 17 3 PALO SANTO Years & Years 49350
18 22 18 3 LOW Lenny Kravitz 61000
19 32 19 3 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 43800
20 12 1 8 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 673000

21 16 4 9 FUEGO Elena Foureira 376750
22 19 19 7 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 130400
23 17 7 6 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 191350
24 39 24 4 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 50100
25 20 2 12 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 707000
26 27 26 4 KING’S CROSS Pet Shop Boys 72900
27 28 27 4 LIGHT IN PLACES Peaches featuring Empress Stah 72300
28 30 28 4 THE FATHER PROJECT Tooji 71500
29 21 18 7 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 137450
30 33 30 6 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 99500

31 24 10 7 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 170650
32 38 32 7 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 101900
33 25 5 9 DELICATE Taylor Swift 305450
34 34 34 3 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC (F9 REMIX) Paloma Faith 47700
35 36 35 6 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 75300
36 NEW 36 1 THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC 17400
37 40 37 4 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME Rex Orange County & Randy Newman 40850
38 49 38 3 SOLO Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato 35100
39 50 39 2 PENDULUM Katy Perry 29100
40 44 40 3 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 37050

41 35 1 12 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 799800
42 37 27 6 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 103350
43 55 43 6 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 58700
44 29 13 5 I JUST WANNA DANCE (2002 REMIX) Wayne G featuring Alison Jiear 91700
45 47 45 6 SHOW ME Gabrielle 54700
46 43 1 14 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 825050
47 57 47 6 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 51100
48 31 9 12 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 279400
49 58 49 3 SHOTGUN George Ezra 27700
50 46 3 17 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 730950

51 41 22 8 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 131700
52 45 9 12 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 244200
53 42 9 11 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 258350
54 RE 54 3 ISLAND OF SIN Donovski featuring Caytlin Scarlett 25800
55 53 1 23 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1146100
56 54 1 19 BEND Ria Mae 924500
57 60 57 5 FUN FUN FUN The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 39000
58 65 58 4 IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE Pet Shop Boys 29600
59 NEW 59 1 TILL THE WORLD FALLS Nile Rodgers, Chic & Mura Masa featuring Cosha & Vic Mensa 10100
60 67 60 3 BLACKBIRD The Beatles 22800

61 56 14 8 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 132200
62 NEW 62 1 LIKE SUGAR Chaka Khan 7400
63 52 10 11 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 215500
64 74 64 2 MY NAME IS MARS Capital Cities 12300
65 48 24 7 MONTANA Owl City 110400
66 64 1 16 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 697900
67 NEW 67 1 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 6600
68 51 30 7 COLORS Beck 106650
69 NEW 69 1 EVERYBODY NEEDS A KISS Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker 6200
70 63 28 9 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 118850

71 71 71 3 COME ON TO ME Paul McCartney 16800
72 62 37 5 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 49350
73 NEW 73 1 THERE’S A REASON WHY (I NEVER RETURNED YOUR CALLS) Blossoms 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 5200
75 66 35 8 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 91450

DROP OUTS
59 59 4 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? (EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield 29500
61 35 5 WALK LIKE A PANTHER Rick Astley 67500
68 47 5 ASHES Celine Dion 47250
69 69 3 FLY TONIGHT RuPaul featuring Frankmusik 18200
70 36 5 WE CAN DO BETTER Matt Simons 58300
72 42 6 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 75500
73 29 9 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 107900
75 75 1 ONE OF US (LIve at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona) Katy Perry 5000

 

1st July 2018

It’s Panic! At The Disco on top for the 5th week in a row – but a first week on top for Hey Look Ma, I Made It. Several acts have knocked themselves off my top spot, Beatles, John Lennon, Pet Shop Boys, Roy Wood, Glen Campbell, Abba to name six, but it’s not that common because records don’t tend to have long enough runs for follow-up singles to knock them off – though since I allowed album tracks into my chart about 15 years ago it’s become more common, but still rare.

Lee Hazelwood gets a first ever (Posthumous) top 10 solo, only been waiting 50 years or so, no rush. Kylie adds another top 10 to her massive list – her 6th of the year. That’s just greedy as Golden the track and album hit my charts hard. Penny Lane is also back in the 10 for The Beatles for the 4th time, Rick Astley adds to his top 20 stash, Years & Years outperform their current big single hit with the title track of the album, by quite some margin, and Meghan Trainor is the highest climber, ALL THE WAYS into the 40.

This last week I’ve been in Sitges and Barcelona in Spain, scorching hot & sunny, and I also got to see Katy Perry, and support Hailee Steinfeld in concert at the Palau Sant Jordi, a bit like Wembley Arena. Hailee was very good, and Katy was fab, a show in the style and ambition of a Madonna & a Kylie, with a touch of the Pet Shop Boys. We’re talking sitting on a flying saucer over my head, dancing with a rubber whale, giant puppets, basketball hoops and a brief tour of the solar system and Pluto. Can’t go wrong really! Most of the big hits were there, as were some album tracks from the very underperforming Witness. The encore track was Pendulum, followed by finale Fireworks, though the best-sounding tracks were the newer ones oddly enough, Swish Swish, Chained To The Rhythm, and a one-off-for-this-concert-only cover of Joan Osborne’s One Of Us 90’s smash. The music played in the intervals was mostly 80’s big hits, one of which got the whole audience (of mostly young Spanish, kids & parents, teens & 20’s and a sprinkling of gay older men) singing along: Take On Me has given a-ha a bit of immortality cos everyone knows it!

Anyway that explains the very low number of new entries, not heard much new music…

1 2 1 2 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 285000
2 1 1 6 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 860000
3 4 3 4 SINNER Deaf Havana 252000
4 3 2 4 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 380000
5 26 5 2 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 78500
6 7 6 3 I ADORE U Adore Delano 132000
7 5 5 6 GIVIN UP One EskimO 320000
8 6 6 5 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 210000
9 12 9 5 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 159000
10 23 10 2 PENNY LANE The Beatles 61250

11 15 11 3 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 84000
12 8 1 7 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 653000
13 10 8 5 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 187000
14 17 14 7 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 147800
15 16 15 5 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 108750
16 11 4 8 FUEGO Elena Foureira 357000
17 13 7 5 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 172100
18 32 18 2 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 39800
19 24 19 6 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 110900
20 14 2 11 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 688250

21 18 18 6 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 119250
22 22 22 2 LOW Lenny Kravitz 39000
23 64 23 2 PALO SANTO Years & Years 26350
24 19 10 6 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 152750
25 20 5 8 DELICATE Taylor Swift 287750
26 37 26 3 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 40800
27 29 27 3 KING’S CROSS Pet Shop Boys 54400
28 31 28 3 LIGHT IN PLACES Peaches featuring Empress Stah 53900
29 21 13 4 I JUST WANNA DANCE (2002 REMIX) Wayne G featuring Alison Jiear 78450
30 30 30 3 THE FATHER PROJECT Tooji 53200

31 9 9 11 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 267100
32 75 32 2 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 22800
33 33 33 5 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 81500
34 47 34 2 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC (F9 REMIX) Paloma Faith 30100
35 28 1 11 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 785800
36 45 36 5 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 57800
37 27 27 5 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 89600
38 39 38 6 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 84100
39 65 39 3 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 31100
40 46 40 3 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME Rex Orange County & Randy Newman 23550

41 25 22 7 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 119950
42 34 9 10 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 247100
43 36 1 13 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 812300
44 66 44 2 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 20050
45 42 9 11 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 232700
46 40 3 16 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 718950
47 58 47 5 SHOW ME Gabrielle 41700
48 35 24 6 MONTANA Owl City 103400
49 71 49 2 SOLO Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato 17900
50 NEW 50 1 PENDULUM Katy Perry 12000

51 38 30 6 COLORS Beck 100250
52 41 10 10 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 208300
53 51 1 22 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1135300
54 48 1 18 BEND Ria Mae 913900
55 55 55 5 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 45200
56 50 14 7 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 124700
57 60 57 5 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 38600
58 73 58 2 SHOTGUN George Ezra 15600
59 63 59 4 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? (EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield 29500
60 62 60 4 FUN FUN FUN The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 28600

61 43 35 5 WALK LIKE A PANTHER Rick Astley 67500
62 44 37 4 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 43750
63 52 28 8 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 112850
64 61 1 15 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 691100
65 67 65 3 IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE Pet Shop Boys 19400
66 49 35 7 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 86450
67 69 67 2 BLACKBIRD The Beatles 12800
68 54 47 5 ASHES Celine Dion 47250
69 70 69 3 FLY TONIGHT RuPaul featuring Frankmusik 18200
70 57 36 5 WE CAN DO BETTER Matt Simons 58300

71 74 71 2 COME ON TO ME Paul McCartney 11000
72 53 42 6 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 75500
73 56 29 9 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 107900
74 NEW 74 1 MY NAME IS MARS Capital Cities 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ONE OF US (LIve at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona) Katy Perry 5000

DROP OUTS
59 33 6 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 82000
68 68 3 HUNGER Florence + The Machine 18000
72 72 2 THROW THAT BOY PUSSY DANCE MIX Fit Young Red 11200

 

24th June 2018

It’s four weeks on top for Panic! At The Disco, just holding themselves off the top as the fab Hey Look Ma, I Made It enters at 2, so that’s 3 hits in 2018 and 2 tracks to enter straight into the top 3. It’s unusual for acts who aren’t megastars to occupy the top 2 simultaneously in my chart – time they broke big I say! The last 4 weeker on top was VINAI in 2017, and they brings Chainsmokers Paris belatedly into my top 40, the remix having a bit more oomph than the hit version for me.

Holland-Dozier & Lamont finally get into my top 10 only a mere 46 years after they almost made it first time round. Back in the day, had producer writers billed themselves as modern acts do they would have been superstars: Holland-Dozier-Holland featuring The Four Tops, The Supremes for a start, among many others. Lenny Kravitz gets his first entry in 4 years at 22, not Low at all, and extends his run to 27 years, though that is peanuts compared to Paul McCartney.

Macca has his first new material for 3 years hot off a James Corden Liverpool boost, which also boosted Beatles tracks into the itunes charts, so in comes Blackbird for a second minor run and Penny Lane for its 4th run. Hey Jude topped the British charts when I discovered the Singles Chart Sunday run-down, so that’s where I started my chart as Chart Number One (retrospectively a few years later – my first actual personal chart was at the end of 1968), with Hey Jude topping my first chart, and thus giving Macca almost 50-years of new material. Surprisingly other acts in that first chart still active are several: Barry Gibb, Tom Jones, Brian Wilson, and it’s not unthinkable that Aretha Franklin might still do new stuff.

The late Lee Hazelwood has a first solo entry with an oldie about being an oldie, a track Ive just come across, lush and haunting, he’s had loads of entries with Nancy Sinatra dating back to 1971. Rick Astley replaces himself in the top 40 with his fab new disco track, 31 years and counting Rick is still Rolling. Trust me, not one music critic in 1987/88 would have bet a pound on Kylie & Rick being still a thing in the 2010’s. Me neither! Years & Years get a Mrs Brown boost, and enter with the new title album track, LeAnn Rimes has over 20 years of entries, joined with Stevie Nicks extending her solo billing to 37 years, or Mac-career to 42 years.

1 1 1 5 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 745000
2 NEW 2 1 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 115000
3 2 2 3 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 315000
4 4 4 3 SINNER Deaf Havana 167000
5 5 5 5 GIVIN UP One EskimO 270000
6 6 6 4 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 162000
7 15 7 2 I ADORE U Adore Delano 77000
8 3 1 6 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 618000
9 12 9 10 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 249200
10 8 8 4 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 155000

11 11 4 7 FUEGO Elena Foureira 332000
12 14 12 4 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 114000
13 7 7 4 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 149100
14 9 2 10 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 668250
15 20 15 2 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 47000
16 16 16 4 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 81750
17 19 17 6 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 118800
18 18 18 5 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 99500
19 10 10 5 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 133750
20 17 5 7 DELICATE Taylor Swift 269000

21 13 13 3 I JUST WANNA DANCE (2002 REMIX) Wayne G featuring Alison Jiear 60250
22 NEW 22 1 LOW Lenny Kravitz 19500
23 NEW 23 1 PENNY LANE The Beatles 19250
24 26 24 5 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 89900
25 22 22 6 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 105950
26 NEW 26 1 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 18500
27 28 27 4 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 72300
28 23 1 10 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 768300
29 32 29 2 KING’S CROSS Pet Shop Boys 36000
30 38 30 2 THE FATHER PROJECT Tooji 35200

31 33 31 2 LIGHT IN PLACES Peaches featuring Empress Stah 35600
32 NEW 32 1 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 17800
33 36 33 4 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 63800
34 25 9 9 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 233350
35 24 24 5 MONTANA Owl City 91100
36 27 1 12 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 798800
37 75 37 2 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 22300
38 30 30 5 COLORS Beck 88500
39 39 39 5 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 66900
40 29 3 15 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 706200

41 34 10 9 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 196800
42 21 9 10 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 219700
43 35 35 4 WALK LIKE A PANTHER Rick Astley 60000
44 37 37 3 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 36350
45 50 45 4 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 40400
46 55 46 2 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME Rex Orange County & Randy Newman 23550
47 NEW 47 1 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC (F9 REMIX) Paloma Faith 12500
48 43 1 17 BEND Ria Mae 902900
49 44 35 6 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 79650
50 46 14 6 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 114100

51 49 1 21 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1124050
52 52 28 7 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 105650
53 42 42 5 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 69900
54 47 47 4 ASHES Celine Dion 40850
55 57 55 4 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 34400
56 56 29 8 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 102500
57 51 36 4 WE CAN DO BETTER Matt Simons 52300
58 63 58 4 SHOW ME Gabrielle 29200
59 48 33 6 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 82000
60 67 60 4 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 28200

61 53 1 14 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 684000
62 69 62 3 FUN FUN FUN The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 18600
63 66 63 3 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? (EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield 19400
64 NEW 64 1 PALO SANTO Years & Years 7100
65 65 65 2 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 14000
66 NEW 66 1 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 6800
67 71 67 2 IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE Pet Shop Boys 12400
68 68 68 3 HUNGER Florence + The Machine 18000
69 NEW 69 1 BLACKBIRD The Beatles 6200
70 70 70 2 FLY TONIGHT RuPaul featuring Frankmusik 12000

71 NEW 71 1 SOLO Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato 5800
72 72 72 2 THROW THAT BOY PUSSY DANCE MIX Fit Young Red 11200
73 NEW 73 1 SHOTGUN George Ezra 5400
74 NEW 74 1 COME ON TO ME Paul McCartney 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ALL THE WAYS Meghan Trainor 5000

DROP OUTS
31 1 5 CHIQUITITA Abba 383900
40 40 8 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 99900
41 6 5 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN (716650) Joan Baez 143150
45 45 2 ONE MORE CHANCE (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 25500
54 1 11 I’M A MARIONETTE (665500) Abba 488500
58 58 3 RISE Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack 27200
59 59 4 BEHAVE You In Mind 28900
60 38 7 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 83700
61 15 9 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 149150
62 62 2 ISLAND OF SIN Donovski featuring Caytlin Scarlett 14800
64 64 3 HELPLESS The Regrettes 21300
73 73 1 RENT (ALBUM VERSION) (554600) Pet Shop Boys 5400
74 74 1 FOUR ETHERS SERPENTWITHFEET 5200

 

17th June 2018

It’s 3 weeks on top for Panic! At The Disco still holding off Pet Shop Boys, who retaliate with 3 more entries from the Actually album, as Deaf Havana seem to have caused a bit of fan-base moaning by making a great pop single. How very dare they! Gorillaz get a 4th top 10, George Benson a 3rd (probably) and London Grammar a third.

Highest new entry is the very passionate Adore Delano at 15, holding off The Beach Boys jiggled up (but inferior) version of Don’t Worry Baby, a former chart-topper in the noughties at 20. Blossoms get a first top 20, Peaches enters at 33, her 4th chart appearance since her debut in 2002, Rex Orange County gets a 2nd chart entry by pairing with Randy Newman for his Toy Story charming classic, sweet song, Martin Garrix is back, RuPaul is also back some 25 years on from debuting, and Chainsmokers missed my chart with Paris (it sorta passed me by) but I heard it in a shop on saturday and decided I should have bought at least one version of it – VINAI remix as it happens, who topped my chart with Into The Fire.

1 1 1 4 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 575000
2 2 2 2 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 230000
3 3 1 5 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 570000
4 11 4 2 SINNER Deaf Havana 102000
5 6 5 4 GIVIN UP One EskimO 210000
6 15 6 3 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 107000
7 7 7 3 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 117100
8 10 8 3 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 113000
9 4 2 9 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 639250
10 13 10 4 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 112750

11 5 4 6 FUEGO Elena Foureira 295000
12 12 12 9 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 204200
13 26 13 2 I JUST WANNA DANCE (2002 REMIX) Wayne G featuring Alison Jiear 40500
14 14 14 3 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 79000
15 NEW 15 1 I ADORE U Adore Delano 27000
16 17 16 3 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 56750
17 8 5 6 DELICATE Taylor Swift 249000
18 23 18 4 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 77500
19 24 19 5 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 95800
20 NEW 20 1 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 20000

21 9 9 9 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 205950
22 22 22 5 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 87200
23 21 1 9 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 750000
24 27 24 4 MONTANA Owl City 73600
25 16 9 8 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 215750
26 30 26 4 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 70900
27 18 1 11 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 781400
28 29 28 3 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 53900
29 20 3 14 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 689200
30 31 30 4 COLORS Beck 71300

31 19 1 5 CHIQUITITA Abba 383900
32 NEW 32 1 KING’S CROSS Pet Shop Boys 17800
33 NEW 33 1 LIGHT IN PLACES Peaches featuring Empress Stah 17700
34 28 10 8 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 182800
35 40 35 3 WALK LIKE A PANTHER Rick Astley 46500
36 38 36 3 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 46100
37 RE 37 2 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 23100
38 NEW 38 1 THE FATHER PROJECT Tooji 17200
39 48 39 4 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 49800
40 41 40 8 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 99900

41 25 6 5 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN Joan Baez 143150
42 44 42 4 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 58400
43 32 1 16 BEND Ria Mae 890600
44 35 35 5 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 67550
45 47 45 2 ONE MORE CHANCE (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 25500
46 34 14 5 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 102100
47 51 47 3 ASHES Celine Dion 29850
48 33 33 5 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 71900
49 42 1 20 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1112300
50 57 50 3 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 27400

51 36 36 3 WE CAN DO BETTER Matt Simons 41900
52 37 28 6 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 94150
53 46 1 13 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 676500
54 49 1 11 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 488500
55 NEW 55 1 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME Rex Orange County & Randy Newman 10800
56 50 29 7 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 91900
57 65 57 3 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 23600
58 60 58 3 RISE Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack 27200
59 63 59 4 BEHAVE You In Mind 28900
60 72 38 7 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 83700

61 45 15 9 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 149150
62 62 62 2 ISLAND OF SIN Donovski featuring Caytlin Scarlett 14800
63 67 63 3 SHOW ME Gabrielle 19000
64 64 64 3 HELPLESS The Regrettes 21300
65 NEW 65 1 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 7000
66 73 66 2 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? (EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield 12200
67 71 67 3 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 18200
68 74 68 2 HUNGER Florence + The Machine 11600
69 75 69 2 FUN FUN FUN The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 11200
70 NEW 70 1 FLY TONIGHT RuPaul featuring Frankmusik 6000

71 NEW 71 1 IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE Pet Shop Boys 5800
72 NEW 72 1 THROW THAT BOY PUSSY DANCE MIX Fit Young Red 5600
73 NEW 73 1 RENT (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 5400
74 NEW 74 1 FOUR ETHERS SERPENTWITHFEET 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 5000

DROP OUTS
39 13 5 DR MABUSE Propaganda 111100
43 5 10 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 350000
52 7 6 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 156450
53 48 3 DEVIL The Wandering Hearts 35850
54 47 5 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 53100
55 8 10 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 273350
56 38 7 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 58850
58 58 4 SANGRIA WINE Pharrell Williams x Camila Cabello 29200
59 6 8 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) (355000) The Undertones 275600
61 9 10 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 231550
66 3 20 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 717500
68 68 3 HOLD ME LIKE A HEAVEN Manic Street Preachers 17800
69 28 8 HIGHER Human 117700
70 60 4 I’LL BE THERE Jess Glynne 33600

 

10th June 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top for Panic! At The Disco so exciting it’s kept off a new entry from Pet Shop Boys’ album version of their 1988 5-week chart-topper Heart. Pet Shop Boys Actually album deluxe version charted 3 months and I finally got around to re-acquainting myself with the first album of theirs I bought (and soundtracked a West Coast USA holiday in 1987), plus the bonus tracks I didn’t have or know. As I didn’t allow album tracks in those days (doh!) I’m now charting those tracks that missed out on 1987 chart action over the next couple of weeks. That means One More Chance, and a remix of What Have I Done this week.

All Saints rocket into the top 10, their 9th (including 2 chart-toppers in Rock Steady and Pure Shores), as Calvin Harris (6th top 10 including 2 chart-toppers in Under Control and Pray To God) and Dua Lipa (5th top 10 & 1 chart-topper in Hotter Than Hell) finally get a One Kiss top 10. Highest new entry is Deaf Havana at 11, a Norfolk Alternative band, while London Grammar and Florida Georgia Line add to their top 20’s. In at 26, gay scene dance remix anthem (still unreleased) from Alison Jiear (who I’ve seen twice) I Just Wanna f***in’ Dance, from the Jerry Springer Musical, finally enters belatedly. Finally The Beach Boys get the orchestral treatment – if one band didn’t need their back catalogue not messing around it with it’s them, Brian Wilson’s productions are already perfect. The early stuff less so, so I’ve allowed Fun Fun Fun to chart as it’s never charted before.

1 1 1 3 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 405000
2 NEW 2 1 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 115000
3 2 1 4 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 485000
4 3 2 8 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 594250
5 4 4 5 FUEGO Elena Foureira 258000
6 7 6 3 GIVIN UP One EskimO 150000
7 39 7 2 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 67100
8 8 5 5 DELICATE Taylor Swift 226000
9 12 9 8 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 186200
10 17 10 2 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 65000

11 NEW 11 1 SINNER Deaf Havana 37000
12 15 12 8 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 169200
13 22 13 3 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 70750
14 19 14 2 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 50000
15 16 15 2 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 52000
16 14 9 7 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 197000
17 25 17 2 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 31750
18 10 1 10 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 763000
19 5 1 4 CHIQUITITA Abba 366000
20 11 3 13 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 671000

21 9 1 8 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 730750
22 29 22 4 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 67700
23 23 23 3 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 55500
24 24 24 4 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 74800
25 6 6 4 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN Joan Baez 129150
26 NEW 26 1 I JUST WANNA f***IN’ DANCE (2002 REMIX) Alison Jiear 18500
27 27 27 3 MONTANA Owl City 54600
28 18 10 7 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 165200
29 36 29 2 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 35600
30 37 30 3 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 52400

31 32 31 3 COLORS Beck 53300
32 20 1 15 BEND Ria Mae 877100
33 34 33 4 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 59600
34 21 14 4 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 89350
35 43 35 4 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 54300
36 46 36 2 WE CAN DO BETTER Matt Simons 30150
37 28 28 5 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 82650
38 52 38 2 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 28700
39 13 13 5 DR MABUSE Propaganda 111100
40 50 40 2 WALK LIKE A PANTHER Rick Astley 29000

41 41 41 7 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 82900
42 33 1 19 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1100200
43 26 5 10 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 350000
44 54 44 3 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 44650
45 31 15 8 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 141650
46 30 1 12 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 665250
47 NEW 47 1 ONE MORE CHANCE (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 12500
48 58 48 3 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 32700
49 40 1 10 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 477500
50 49 29 6 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 81300

51 72 51 2 ASHES Celine Dion 17350
52 38 7 6 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 156450
53 48 48 3 DEVIL The Wandering Hearts 35850
54 47 47 5 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 53100
55 42 8 10 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 273350
56 44 38 7 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 58850
57 75 57 2 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 15400
58 67 58 4 SANGRIA WINE Pharrell Williams x Camila Cabello 29200
59 35 6 8 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 275600
60 65 60 2 RISE Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack 17000

61 55 9 10 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 231550
62 NEW 62 1 ISLAND OF SIN Donovski featuring Caytlin Scarlett 7400
63 70 63 3 BEHAVE You In Mind 18800
64 64 64 2 HELPLESS The Regrettes 14200
65 69 65 2 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 13200
66 57 3 20 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 717500
67 74 67 2 SHOW ME Gabrielle 11800
68 68 68 3 HOLD ME LIKE A HEAVEN Manic Street Preachers 17800
69 45 28 8 HIGHER Human 117700
70 60 60 4 I’LL BE THERE Jess Glynne 33600

71 71 71 2 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 11600
72 RE 38 6 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 73700
73 NEW 73 1 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? (EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield 5400
74 NEW 74 1 HUNGER Florence + The Machine 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FUN FUN FUN The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 5000

DROP OUTS
51 30 7 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 118850
53 37 6 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 76850
56 1 17 BEST DAYS Lissie 917550
59 19 9 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 145500
61 49 6 LET ME Zayn 52300
62 62 3 1999 Arrhult 19600
63 63 3 2002 Anne-Marie 21400
66 44 4 DANCE YOU OFF Benjamin Ingrosso 45800
73 1 17 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 974650

 

 

3rd June 2018

It’s a first week on top for Panic! At The Disco’s first chart-topper, I had High Hopes it would do well! Fab. If only tracks like this made the singles chart. No chance, Spotify would explode… Meanwhile highest new entry is Gorillaz with a bit of George Benson help in at 16. I always love the variety of acts they use/collaborate with, and George Benson first charted here in 1975, kick-starting a long run of mostly-jazz-disco entries for a decade or so. This is his first mention for well over 25 years…

Talking of 1975, Judy Collins A Little Night Music musical cover version of Send In The Clowns did well that year, and it’s finally back again as a song for Faultline and Lisa Hannigan, currently backdropping a horrible car advert, but showcasing this fab version. Kylie’s got another single – none of the ones I’d wanted as next choice, but it’s a goodie anyway, fits in with her 50th, and Kylie usually doesn’t pick my preferred album tracks.

Florida Georgia Line return solo, as their big collaboration drops out, in at 25, Sparks enter at 36 with the track they started their set with last Bank Holiday Monday when I finally saw them in concert. I’m not exaggerating when I say I instantly went mad on them in 1974, have admired them throughout their ongoing career, and loved the concert (I was near the front singing along to their recent stuff – not many others were!). Still got it, and I’ve waited a whopping 44 years to see them, and now a 44-year career span of new material. Not bad for a couple of one-time American art-glam-rockers.

All saints are back! 21 years chart-span on and off, and 2 years after their last top 10 – UK chart flop so I wasnt optimistic there’d be another release, but hooray there is. Rick Astley has a cover of the All Seeing I and Tony Christie 90’s cult-goodie for a new Brit movie. It’s soundalike but good. It’s 5 years since Celine Dion popped up in my charts, but a bit of Deadpool2 action is enough to convince me, giving her 28 years of chart action, while Gabrielle is also back after a 5-year gap, and a chart span of 25 years!

1 3 1 2 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 235000
2 1 1 3 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 400000
3 4 2 7 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 529250
4 6 4 4 FUEGO Elena Foureira 198000
5 2 1 3 CHIQUITITA Abba 345000
6 11 6 3 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN Joan Baez 110400
7 9 7 2 GIVIN UP One EskimO 95000
8 5 5 4 DELICATE Taylor Swift 178000
9 7 1 7 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 711000
10 10 1 9 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 741000

11 8 3 12 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 651000
12 17 12 7 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 141200
13 16 13 4 DR MABUSE Propaganda 94400
14 12 9 6 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 172000
15 19 15 7 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 134200
16 NEW 16 1 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 25000
17 NEW 17 1 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 23000
18 15 10 6 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 146900
19 NEW 19 1 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 21000
20 13 1 14 BEND Ria Mae 859300

21 14 14 3 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 71750
22 23 22 2 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 38750
23 40 23 2 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 36250
24 24 24 3 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 55800
25 NEW 25 1 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 18750
26 18 5 9 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 336500
27 32 27 2 MONTANA Owl City 36200
28 29 28 4 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 65350
29 30 29 3 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 48200
30 22 1 11 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 652500

31 25 15 7 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 128650
32 34 32 2 COLORS Beck 35400
33 27 1 18 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1086450
34 35 34 3 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 41900
35 20 6 7 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 265500
36 NEW 36 1 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 17400
37 39 37 2 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 34400
38 21 7 5 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 144950
39 NEW 39 1 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 17100
40 31 1 9 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 465400

41 41 41 6 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 68900
42 26 8 9 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 262550
43 47 43 3 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 36800
44 38 38 6 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 48250
45 28 28 7 HIGHER Human 111500
46 NEW 46 1 WE CAN DO BETTER Matt Simons 12750
47 52 47 4 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 42100
48 48 48 2 DEVIL The Wandering Hearts 24600
49 42 29 5 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 69300
50 NEW 50 1 WALK LIKE A PANTHER Rick Astley 12000

51 33 30 7 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 118850
52 NEW 52 1 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 11500
53 37 37 6 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 76850
54 57 54 2 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 21400
55 45 9 9 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 224050
56 43 1 17 BEST DAYS Lissie 917550
57 46 3 19 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 710700
58 58 58 2 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 20400
59 50 19 9 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 145500
60 60 60 3 I’LL BE THERE Jess Glynne 27400

61 49 49 6 LET ME Zayn 52300
62 63 62 3 1999 Arrhult 19600
63 64 63 3 2002 Anne-Marie 21400
64 NEW 64 1 HELPLESS The Regrettes 7100
65 NEW 65 1 RISE Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack 7000
66 44 44 4 DANCE YOU OFF Benjamin Ingrosso 45800
67 69 67 3 SANGRIA WINE Pharrell Williams x Camila Cabello 19000
68 75 68 2 HOLD ME LIKE A HEAVEN Manic Street Preachers 11400
69 NEW 69 1 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 6200
70 72 70 2 BEHAVE You In Mind 11600

71 NEW 71 1 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 5800
72 NEW 72 1 ASHES Celine Dion 5600
73 55 1 17 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 974650
74 NEW 74 1 SHOW ME Gabrielle 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 5000

DROP OUTS
36 18 6 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 118050
51 9 6 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 175500
53 10 8 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 183100
54 54 2 IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher 22000
56 38 2 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 27800
59 59 3 MERCY Madame Monsieur 25200
61 1 25 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1080250
62 62 2 WE BELONG Pat Benatar 12800
65 1 18 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 776800
66 66 2 ALL OUT OF LOVE Air Supply 12600
67 60 3 ALREADY THERE Ary 23600
68 7 11 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 280450
70 10 8 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 204900
71 71 1 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 5800
73 73 2 WHERE DID YOU GO TO? Gilbert O’Sullivan 10600
74 4 16 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 473750

27th May 2018

It’s a second week on top for Woodkid 6 years on from the last time, what a cracking track it still is, witness it’s use as backdrop to all manner of things without ever making the UK top 40. Panic! At The Disco get a second 2018 top 20, a second top 10 4 years on from Girl/Girl/Boy (or was it Boy/Boy/Girl? Gender fluid title…. laugh.gif ) and 6 years of entries. High Hopes is exciting.

My latest car CD of new itunes tracks has a theme: strings dominate, headed by One Eskimo in at 9. I’m a sucker for strings, they give music gravitas when done right. Joan Baez’ classic folk oldie from 1971 is back in the top 20, along with Propaganda’s 1984 number 2, and Holland-Dozier’s 1972 top 20 – it’s chart run was cut chort back then as my charts were based solely on the UK top 30 singles chart and it only had a week or two in the UK chart (and mine). I was young….

London grammar return with a strings-laden haunting goodie, Rui Da Silva gets his second top 40 almost 2 decades late, Owl City is back with the best song ever to feature the state Montana in it’s title. Possibly the only one… I’m seeing Beck tonight, supported by Sparks, so Colors is a refreshing return to form, Johnny Marr is also back sounding quite Smiths-ey, his guitar still rings beautifully, and gives him nearly 35 years of chart entries.

1 2 1 2 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 285000
2 1 1 2 CHIQUITITA Abba 285000
3 NEW 3 1 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 85000
4 4 2 6 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 444250
5 7 5 3 DELICATE Taylor Swift 130000
6 6 6 3 FUEGO Elena Foureira 133000
7 3 1 6 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 666000
8 5 3 11 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 614000
9 NEW 9 1 GIVIN UP One EskimO 45000
10 10 1 8 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 699000

11 27 11 2 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN Joan Baez 55400
12 9 9 5 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 143000
13 8 1 13 BEND Ria Mae 839300
14 17 14 2 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 52000
15 13 10 5 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 124900
16 24 16 3 DR MABUSE Propaganda 62400
17 19 17 6 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 106200
18 14 5 8 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 318000
19 25 19 6 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 107200
20 12 6 6 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 248000

21 11 7 4 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 127750
22 16 1 10 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 634500
23 NEW 23 1 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 19250
24 32 24 2 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 36800
25 15 15 6 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 110750
26 20 8 8 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 248800
27 22 1 17 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1068750
28 28 28 6 HIGHER Human 98500
29 34 29 3 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 47050
30 50 30 2 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 30000

31 26 1 8 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 448400
32 NEW 32 1 MONTANA Owl City 17800
33 30 30 6 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 107100
34 NEW 34 1 COLORS Beck 17600
35 66 35 2 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 24300
36 18 18 6 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 118050
37 37 37 5 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 65600
38 43 38 5 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 55000
39 NEW 39 1 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 17100
40 NEW 40 1 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 17000

41 48 41 5 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 54900
42 29 29 4 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 57200
43 36 1 16 BEST DAYS Lissie 906950
44 44 44 3 DANCE YOU OFF Benjamin Ingrosso 39000
45 23 9 8 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 213250
46 40 3 18 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 700300
47 55 47 2 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 23300
48 NEW 48 1 DEVIL The Wandering Hearts 12300
49 49 49 5 LET ME Zayn 44800
50 35 19 8 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 135400

51 21 9 6 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 175500
52 52 52 3 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 29600
53 33 10 8 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 183100
54 54 54 2 IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher 22000
55 45 1 16 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 969250
56 38 38 2 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 27800
57 NEW 57 1 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 10400
58 NEW 58 1 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 10200
59 59 59 3 MERCY Madame Monsieur 25200
60 62 60 2 I’LL BE THERE Jess Glynne 17400

61 57 1 25 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1080250
62 73 62 2 WE BELONG Pat Benatar 12800
63 75 63 2 1999 Arrhult 12200
64 64 64 2 2002 Anne-Marie 14200
65 58 1 18 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 776800
66 71 66 2 ALL OUT OF LOVE Air Supply 12600
67 60 60 3 ALREADY THERE Ary 23600
68 42 7 11 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 280450
69 69 69 2 SANGRIA WINE Pharrell Williams x Camila Cabello 12400
70 31 10 8 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 204900

71 NEW 71 1 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 5800
72 NEW 72 1 BEHAVE You In Mind 5600
73 74 73 2 WHERE DID YOU GO TO? Gilbert O’Sullivan 10600
74 53 4 16 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 473750
75 NEW 75 1 HOLD ME LIKE A HEAVEN Manic Street Preachers 5000

DROP OUTS
39 22 7 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 118950
41 10 16 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 331100
46 9 8 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 184000
47 13 8 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 172900
51 24 7 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 105900
56 56 5 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 38600
61 45 2 NOBODY BUT YOU Cesar Sampson 20400
63 63 2 WE GOT LOVE Jessica Mauboy 13200
65 30 9 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 131600
67 20 7 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 112500
68 10 11 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 242850
70 70 3 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Fat Boy Slim 16800
72 50 6 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 50300

20th May 2018

It’s Abba’s 1979 glorious Chiquitita back on top for a 3rd week after seeing it in the Three Billboards movie (along with Joan Baez’s cover of The Band’s Dixie at 27, back after 47 years MIA, a former top 5). Hordes of oldies this week thanks to Deadpool and adverts. Like Woodkid’s 2012 chart-topper here, and former Buzzjack Song Contest winner, back in at 2 as it heads into the itunes chart thanks to an ad. Still sounds exciting, and that drum pattern has been borrowed a bit by ARCHIS at 9.

Cyprus’ Eurovision runner-up is up to 6, and Taylor Swift gets her first top 10 since Shake it Off 3 years ago. Highest new entry is the Backstreet Boys, shockingly in at 17 from nowhere, their first new track in 13 years, and the first top 20 since 2001’s The Call. They had 3 number ones in my charts, so I certainly did like them when they were on fire, less so on the dirge-y ballads.

Petula Clark’s 1966 fab track debuts, thanks to featuring on the itunes chart – I’m guessing it’s an advert, but don’t actually know why it was selling! Ben E. King is easier, the Royal wedding is the reason it’s selling. Back yet again for Stand By Me. Rui Da Silva hasn’t had a follow-up hit to his sole 2001 chart entry Touch Me – better 17 years late than never! Cher is in Deadpool 2 (the song that is) and bounces back in almost 30 years on, Air Supply 38 years on from topping my chart (also Deadpool), and also Pat Benatar 1986-era top 10.

Gilbert O’Sullivan is back after a decade away from my charts (with new stuff), and extends his chart run to 48 years (phew!), while Pharrell has a piffling 12 years of charting – or 16 counting NERD. Jess Glynne is just a baby with the 4 years….

1 NEW 1 1 CHIQUITITA Abba 170000
2 NEW 2 1 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 115000
3 1 1 5 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 616000
4 2 2 5 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 379250
5 3 3 10 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 566000
6 17 6 2 FUEGO Elena Foureira 78000
7 20 7 2 DELICATE Taylor Swift 70000
8 8 1 12 BEND Ria Mae 807300
9 14 9 4 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 108000
10 4 1 7 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 657000

11 7 7 3 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 108000
12 6 6 5 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 228000
13 10 10 4 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 97900
14 5 5 7 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 296000
15 15 15 5 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 92000
16 11 1 9 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 615000
17 NEW 17 1 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 23000
18 18 18 5 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 101650
19 23 19 5 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 83200
20 13 8 7 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 230300

21 9 9 5 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 163750
22 22 1 16 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1050350
23 12 9 7 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 200250
24 27 24 2 DR MABUSE Propaganda 37400
25 25 25 5 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 86200
26 16 1 7 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 430500
27 NEW 27 1 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN Joan Baez 18400
28 28 28 5 HIGHER Human 80200
29 29 29 3 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 43500
30 30 30 5 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 89400

31 19 10 7 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 198900
32 NEW 32 1 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 17800
33 21 10 7 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 171850
34 53 34 2 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 28850
35 31 19 7 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 123400
36 32 1 15 BEST DAYS Lissie 893450
37 43 37 4 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 48300
38 NEW 38 1 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 17200
39 33 22 7 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 118950
40 34 3 17 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 687550

41 26 10 16 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 331100
42 35 7 10 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 274050
43 52 43 4 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 37800
44 47 44 2 DANCE YOU OFF Benjamin Ingrosso 25750
45 44 1 15 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 958450
46 39 9 8 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 184000
47 40 13 8 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 172900
48 50 48 4 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 40900
49 57 49 4 LET ME Zayn 32700
50 NEW 50 1 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 12000

51 38 24 7 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 105900
52 67 52 2 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 18100
53 46 4 15 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 468550
54 NEW 54 1 IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher 11000
55 NEW 55 1 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 10800
56 60 56 5 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 38600
57 55 1 24 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1072750
58 56 1 17 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 769800
59 75 59 2 MERCY Madame Monsieur 15100
60 65 60 2 ALREADY THERE Ary 17000

61 45 45 2 NOBODY BUT YOU Cesar Sampson 20400
62 NEW 62 1 I’LL BE THERE Jess Glynne 7400
63 70 63 2 WE GOT LOVE Jessica Mauboy 13200
64 NEW 64 1 2002 Anne-Marie 7100
65 48 30 9 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 131600
66 NEW 66 1 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 6800
67 51 20 7 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 112500
68 58 10 11 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 242850
69 NEW 69 1 SANGRIA WINE Pharrell Williams x Camila Cabello 6200
70 73 70 3 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Fat Boy Slim 16800

71 NEW 71 1 ALL OUT OF LOVE Air Supply 5800
72 59 50 6 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 50300
73 NEW 73 1 WE BELONG Pat Benatar 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WHERE DID YOU GO TO? Gilbert O’Sullivan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 1999 Arrhult 5000

DROP OUTS
24 24 10 VINCENT Don McLean 173200
36 36 3 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 48050
37 3 4 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 170050
41 35 4 THE NIGHTS Avicii 60900
42 24 6 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 98150
49 34 4 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 64400
54 36 6 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 87100
61 42 6 CASTLES Lissie 84250
62 62 4 SEXY BOY Air 28000
63 40 7 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 85550
64 20 6 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 93500
66 66 3 THE ARCHITECT Jane Weaver 18200
68 6 13 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 339500
69 5 17 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 438050
71 15 9 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 130600
72 11 10 SANCTIFY Years & Years 203550
74 3 21 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 763050

 

13th May 2018

It’s 3 weeks on top for Built By Titan as Kylie reaches a new peak with Gente after 9 weeks on the chart, quite rare to be a grower that long. The Detroit Spinners get a first top 10 since 1980, and reach a new chart peak 42 years late, thanks to me seeing the new Avengers epic film again. William De Vaughan enters the top 10 again 44 years on since peaking at 8, and Post Precious rocket up to 10 from 39.

Highest new entry is the best Eurovision song (apart from poor unloved Finland), a Cyprus bop at 17, while Taylor Swift patches up with Katy Perry and is rewarded with her first top 20 track off the new album, in at 20 for Delicate. A classic 1984 track comes back, having originally peaked at 2 for Propaganda, thanks to being entered in the Buzzjack Song Contest, and Naughty Boy shoots up into the 30 for the 6th time as lead act, including his chart-topper La La La, and extends his chart run to 8 years.

Kodaline enter and extend their run to 5 years, some more Eurovision tracks dot around between 41 and 75 – but very much not including the awful clucking winner.

1 1 1 4 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 531000
2 2 2 4 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 314250
3 6 3 9 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 506000
4 4 1 6 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 615000
5 7 5 6 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 267000
6 8 6 4 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 193000
7 19 7 2 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 71000
8 3 1 11 BEND Ria Mae 759300
9 11 9 4 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 144000
10 39 10 3 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 65900

11 5 1 8 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 590000
12 9 9 6 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 181000
13 13 8 6 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 210300
14 15 14 3 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 63000
15 18 15 4 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 65000
16 12 1 6 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 412000
17 NEW 17 1 FUEGO Elena Foureira 23000
18 20 18 4 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 79650
19 14 10 6 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 181000
20 NEW 20 1 DELICATE Taylor Swift 20000

21 17 10 6 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 154150
22 16 1 15 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1030850
23 25 23 4 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 62200
24 26 24 10 VINCENT Don McLean 173200
25 30 25 4 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 67450
26 10 10 15 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 317100
27 NEW 27 1 DR MABUSE Propaganda 18400
28 28 28 4 HIGHER Human 61900
29 64 29 2 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 25300
30 32 30 4 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 71400

31 27 19 6 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 105900
32 23 1 14 BEST DAYS Lissie 876050
33 29 22 6 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 101850
34 33 3 16 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 670550
35 22 7 9 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 260300
36 36 36 3 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 48050
37 21 3 4 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 170050
38 24 24 6 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 94150
39 42 9 7 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 171250
40 31 13 7 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 160400

41 37 35 4 THE NIGHTS Avicii 60900
42 35 24 6 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 98150
43 49 43 3 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 31000
44 43 1 14 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 945450
45 NEW 45 1 NOBODY BUT YOU Cesar Sampson 13000
46 44 4 14 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 457300
47 NEW 47 1 DANCE YOU OFF Benjamin Ingrosso 12500
48 38 30 8 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 124600
49 34 34 4 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 64400
50 57 50 3 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 28600

51 40 20 6 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 105900
52 66 52 3 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 24300
53 NEW 53 1 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 11250
54 41 36 6 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 87100
55 53 1 23 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1062350
56 54 1 16 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 759600
57 74 57 3 LET ME Zayn 20600
58 47 10 10 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 236450
59 50 50 5 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 44700
60 68 60 4 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 28000

61 45 42 6 CASTLES Lissie 84250
62 62 62 4 SEXY BOY Air 28000
63 46 40 7 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 85550
64 48 20 6 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 93500
65 NEW 65 1 ALREADY THERE Ary 7000
66 69 66 3 THE ARCHITECT Jane Weaver 18200
67 NEW 67 1 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 6600
68 52 6 13 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 339500
69 55 5 17 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 438050
70 NEW 70 1 WE GOT LOVE Jessica Mauboy 6000

71 51 15 9 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 130600
72 60 11 10 SANCTIFY Years & Years 203550
73 73 73 2 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Fat Boy Slim 10800
74 65 3 21 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 763050
75 NEW 75 1 MERCY Madame Monsieur 5000

DROP OUTS
56 56 5 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 47200
58 10 12 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 253050
59 27 8 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 112350
61 18 9 LUCID DREAM Owl City 132000
63 37 9 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 113700
67 67 2 LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces 12200
70 5 15 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 386650
71 12 13 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 219800
72 72 1 ROXANNE The Police 5600
75 75 1 SUBSTITUTE Gloria Gaynor 5000

 

6th May 2018

It’s a second week on top for Built By Titan, and fresh back from a bit of standing around in outdoor clubs in Gran Canaria (my big toe has been damaged, so not much more than weight-jiggling-leg-to-leg possible), and some newies and oldies played, my chart is still in World Record Store day mode. Foster The People almost get a second chart-topper, Kylie gets a 5th top 10 of the year, and Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon finally makes my top 10 40 years late from going top 20.

A huge 50-place climb for ARCHIS – I was hoping they would be The Archies, but no such luck – and a massive climb into the 20 for the fourth time for Ariana Grande, including her 2014 chart-topper with The Weeknd Love Me Harder. Highest new entry is an oldie – Rubberband Man featured prominently in the brilliant new Avengers movie, in the Guardians Of The Galaxy segment, a 1976 Detroit Spinners hit, which went top 10 for me that year, as the Spinners usually did, being as their brilliant producer/co-writer Thom Bell had a good decade of Philly/soul hits for a number of acts (Stylistics, Delfonics and more), many of them much-covered since.

Highest actual new track is Naughty Boy gone reggae with RAY BLK and Wyclef – ex of The Fugees, who had a chart-topper with afore-mentioned Thom Bell’s Ready Or Not, the old Delfonics hit. Wyclef has now had 22 years of chart entries, or 20 years solo. I do enjoy a good chart link. Gloria Gaynor’s old disco cover of the Clout-hit-cover of the ex-Argent songwriter Russ Ballard’s Substitute also sneaks in some 40 years late as well.

1 1 1 3 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 361000
2 4 2 3 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 199250
3 2 1 10 BEND Ria Mae 711300
4 3 1 5 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 550000
5 5 1 7 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 553000
6 6 4 8 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 421000
7 7 7 5 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 207000
8 9 8 3 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 138000
9 11 9 5 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 146000
10 15 10 14 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 298600

11 12 11 3 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 99000
12 10 1 5 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 387000
13 13 8 5 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 178300
14 14 10 5 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 160000
15 65 15 2 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 34000
16 16 1 14 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1011350
17 20 10 5 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 134400
18 57 18 3 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 38000
19 NEW 19 1 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 21000
20 23 20 3 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 57650

21 8 3 3 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 152750
22 18 7 8 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 242800
23 17 1 13 BEST DAYS Lissie 858250
24 25 24 5 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 76950
25 38 25 3 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 42950
26 28 26 9 VINCENT Don McLean 154200
27 19 19 5 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 88000
28 29 28 3 HIGHER Human 43600
29 22 22 5 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 84150
30 33 30 3 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 48700

31 21 13 6 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 143400
32 32 32 3 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 53400
33 26 3 15 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 652950
34 34 34 3 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 52300
35 24 24 5 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 84400
36 44 36 2 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 30650
37 35 35 3 THE NIGHTS Avicii 46900
38 30 30 7 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 112300
39 66 39 2 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 23900
40 27 20 5 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 94150

41 36 36 5 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 76100
42 31 9 6 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 154150
43 41 1 13 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 932200
44 43 4 13 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 444550
45 42 42 5 CASTLES Lissie 66750
46 40 40 6 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 78350
47 39 10 9 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 226250
48 37 20 5 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 86400
49 73 49 2 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 17500
50 54 50 4 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 34600

51 45 15 8 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 124800
52 47 6 12 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 333100
53 52 1 22 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1051550
54 53 1 15 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 749000
55 50 5 16 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 431850
56 58 56 5 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 47200
57 69 57 2 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 16600
58 48 10 12 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 253050
59 51 27 8 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 112350
60 49 11 9 SANCTIFY Years & Years 197950

61 55 18 9 LUCID DREAM Owl City 132000
62 67 62 3 SEXY BOY Air 20600
63 46 37 9 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 113700
64 NEW 64 1 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 7100
65 61 3 20 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 757850
66 70 66 2 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 12800
67 72 67 2 LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces 12200
68 71 68 3 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 18000
69 74 69 2 THE ARCHITECT Jane Weaver 11400
70 60 5 15 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 386650

71 62 12 13 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 219800
72 NEW 72 1 ROXANNE The Police 5600
73 NEW 73 1 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Fat Boy Slim 5400
74 75 74 2 LET ME Zayn 10200
75 NEW 75 1 SUBSTITUTE Gloria Gaynor 5000

DROP OUTS
56 56 5 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 43400
59 59 2 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 20200
63 6 10 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 280600
64 2 13 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 520800
68 68 3 I WANT A LOVER Pet Shop Boys 17400

 

My 1980 Charts – March

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monastir, tunisia

4th March 1980

2 weeks Atomic blasting for Blondie on top, with Peter Gabriel (plus Kate) climbing big-ly to 3 with a bit of political commentary, and Cliff managing another top 5 to add to his list – actually only his 6th in 12 years! The Gibson brothers get another top 10 (Cuba) and The Police make it 5 in a row as So Lonely hits 10. Highest new entry is Sammy Hagar at 18, who has done, it seems, everything for you, and presides over a mini-metal invasion as AC/DC hit 19 and Rainbow return to the 20 a second time with All Night Long.

The Beat return to the 40 with a second single, and Bowie’s back with a bizarre cover of Kurt Weil’s 1927 Alabama Song and a stark cover of his own Space Oddity tucked away on the B side. 36 is quite generous for what you might call Bowie’s least-commercial single outside of Tin Machine. At 43, The Vapors re-enter a bit higher this time, and at 46, the very pleasant Take A Little Rhythm, very US-radio-friendly pop from Ali Thompson. Squeeze have another nail for my heart new at 59, uptempo, clever pop as always, even if they tended not to have big hits from here on.

At 64, a fondly-recalled Canadian new-wave classic for Martha And The Muffins, Echo Beach just seems to have struck a chord with that generation including me. The Detroit Spinners enter at 66 with a cover of a little-known Four Seasons single (at that time) Working My Way Back To You, and they do it justice, on it’s way to the UK number one 7 years after debuting with the fab Could It Be I’m Falling In Love. At 70 it’s Kenny Loggins, and it’s not Footloose (still 4 years in the future), at 71 the absolutely gorgeous Longer, from Dan Fogelberg, gentle, classy, imacculate balladry. The Lambrettas mod-ify 50’s classic Poison Ivy at 72, The Eagles go out on a minor hit, but one of their best singles, I Can’t Tell You Why, a lovely country-rock ballad at 73, and M grab a 3rd chart entry at 75 – that’s the way the money goes!

1 ( 1 ) ATOMIC Blondie
2 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
3 ( 16 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
4 ( 5 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
5 ( 6 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
6 ( 10 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
7 ( 3 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
8 ( 4 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
9 ( 32 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
10 ( 28 ) SO LONELY The Police

11 ( 7 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
12 ( 8 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
13 ( 24 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
14 ( 15 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
15 ( 9 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
16 ( 22 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
17 ( 11 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
18 ( NEW ) I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU Sammy Hagar
19 ( 34 ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC
20 ( 40 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow

21 ( 12 ) MY GIRL Madness
22 ( 17 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
23 ( 18 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
24 ( 19 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
25 ( 13 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
26 ( 14 ) SAVE ME Queen
27 ( 30 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones
28 ( 39 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
29 ( 21 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
30 ( 48 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat

31 ( 26 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
32 ( 29 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
33 ( 33 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
34 ( 66 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
35 ( 20 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
36 ( NEW ) ALABAMA SONG/ SPACE ODDITY David Bowie
37 ( 27 ) BABE Styx
38 ( 25 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
39 ( 23 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
40 ( 36 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues

41 ( 35 ) DANCE STANCE Dexy’s Midnight Runners
42 ( 43 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
43 ( RE ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
44 ( 31 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
45 ( 65 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
46 ( NEW ) TAKE A LITTLE RHYTHM Ali Thompson
47 ( 41 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
48 ( 45 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
49 ( 60 ) ON THE RADIO Donna Summer
50 ( 53 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

51 ( 51 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
52 ( 52 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
53 ( 54 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
54 ( 50 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
55 ( NEW ) AT THE EDGE Stiff Little Fingers
56 ( 38 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
57 ( 44 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
58 ( 57 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
59 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
60 ( 75 ) RUNNING FREE Iron Maiden

61 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 49 ) SINGING THE BLUES Dave Edmunds
64 ( NEW ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
65 ( 42 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
66 ( NEW ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
67 ( 64 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
68 ( 68 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
69 ( 37 ) TV The Flying Lizards
70 ( NEW ) THIS IS IT Kenny Loggins

71 ( NEW ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
72 ( NEW ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
73 ( NEW ) I CAN’T TELL YOU WHY The Eagles
74 ( 46 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
75 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY THE MONEY GOES M

TV Feb 22-29
1 The Kenny Everett Video Show
2 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
3 British Rock and Pop Awards
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Blake’s 7
6 MASH
7 The Rockford Files
8 Film 80
9 Marooned
10 The Two Ronnies

College days, and the usual crowd for chats, quizzes, snooker and lectures. Fab! Had to read out a poem, called Pastoral, which went down rather well in English Lit, surprisingly. I didn’t even get embarrassed once. The new UK charts, I noted, were “excellent”: I stand by that opinion! Kenny Everett & Rockford Files were good on TV. The BRITS (aka British Rock & Pop Awards) were fab: The Police, Boomtown rats, Cliff, Macca, Specials, Gary Numan, Kate Bush. On Thursday I slaughtered all-comers at lunchtime snooker and crowed about it, I must have been giddy at it all as that’s just not me! In art I was working on supasized photos cut up and glued together on raised blocks for a 3D effect. Seemed like a good idea at the time….

The weekend was a hired car, and a group off for another 21st birthday bash (Jane Deacey), with a band playing, and with a group of college girl friends of hers, which would have been in Wolverhampton. Apparently. I actually have no memory of it, which is very sad to contemplate, I seem to have lost a day, even with photos I took – I must have them somewhere, but that might take a bit of researching! We stopped off for Nottingham shopping on the way back to Lincoln, which was eventful: I finally got hold of a copy of Zager & Evans’ In The Year 2525 after 11 years of trying, and also found a copy of a long-lost Legion of Super heroes comic I’d stupidly sold in 1972 – Adventure Comics 375. Hooray! The ten-pin bowling alley was closed, though, so doh! Back in my dorm room, my tape recorder and my record player turntable were on the joint failure, double disaster for me – at least I now had a cassette recorder player as back-up, I do believe in spares as a motto in life….



11th March 1980

3 weeks for Blondie bombing the competition, and Rock With You hits 2 for Michael Jackson. They both have returned to the singles charts in the years since, so I feel justified, yay! I look at the top 10 and I see a complete range of genres and styles that would be inconceivable in the current UK charts – New Wave, disco soul, showtune, carribbean, progrock, metal, reggaerock, synthballad, band pop, MOR pop. Awesome. The Tourists get a second top 10 hit, and AC/DC their first, the fabulous Touch Too Much.

Captain & Tennille return to the 20 for the first time in 4 years, their third trip to date, while the Beat get a second visit, and Liquid Gold a first. The Vapours finally start making moves, to 21, and Echo Beach crashes upwards in waves to 25, just ahead of Scotland’s Ali Thomson, Squeeze, B.A. Robertson and The Detroit Spinners. Few new entries this week, just Secret Affair’s best single at 48, the storming My World (play loud!), Rupert Holmes classy MOR Him at 58 (his 3rd hit) and another ska band debuting at 67 – the ever-fun and loveable Bad Manners, fronted by the unforgettable Buster Bloodvessel, and the tongue-twistingly funtastic Ne-Ne-Na-Na-Na-Na-Nu-Nu. The final new entry is a return for the Brothers Johnson, 3 or 4 years on from the fantastic Strawberry Letter 23, the almost-as-good Stomp. Fab.

1 ( 1 ) ATOMIC Blondie
2 ( 4 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
3 ( 6 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
4 ( 9 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
5 ( 3 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
6 ( 10 ) SO LONELY The Police
7 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
8 ( 13 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
9 ( 14 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
10 ( 19 ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC

11 ( 20 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
12 ( 28 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
13 ( 5 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
14 ( 30 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
15 ( 18 ) I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU Sammy Hagar
16 ( 16 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
17 ( 7 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
18 ( 34 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
19 ( 8 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
20 ( 11 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx

21 ( 43 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
22 ( 15 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
23 ( 17 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
24 ( 12 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
25 ( 64 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
26 ( 46 ) TAKE A LITTLE RHYTHM Ali Thomson
27 ( 23 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
28 ( 21 ) MY GIRL Madness
29 ( 59 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
30 ( 24 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees

31 ( 66 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
32 ( 22 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
33 ( 36 ) ALABAMA SONG/ SPACE ODDITY David Bowie
34 ( 32 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
35 ( 31 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
36 ( 33 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
37 ( 25 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
38 ( 27 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones
39 ( 29 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
40 ( 45 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson

41 ( 55 ) AT THE EDGE Stiff Little Fingers
42 ( 40 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
43 ( 42 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
44 ( 35 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
45 ( 37 ) BABE Styx
46 ( 26 ) SAVE ME Queen
47 ( 38 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
48 ( NEW ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
49 ( 50 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
50 ( 51 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.

51 ( 39 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
52 ( 52 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
53 ( 53 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
54 ( 54 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
55 ( 75 ) THAT’S THE WAY THE MONEY GOES M
56 ( 60 ) RUNNING FREE Iron Maiden
57 ( 72 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
58 ( NEW ) HIM Rupert Holmes
59 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( 58 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie

61 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 47 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
63 ( 48 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
64 ( 71 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
65 ( 49 ) ON THE RADIO Donna Summer
66 ( 44 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
67 ( NEW ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
68 ( 70 ) THIS IS IT Kenny Loggins
69 ( 41 ) DANCE STANCE Dexy’s Midnight Runners
70 ( 73 ) I CAN’T TELL YOU WHY The Eagles

71 ( 57 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
72 ( 68 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
73 ( NEW ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
74 ( 67 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
75 ( 56 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell

1st-7th march 1980 TV
1 The Kenny Everett Video Show
2 Soap
3 Blake’s 7
4 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5 Butterflies
6 Holocaust (part 4)
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Phil Silvers Show
9 Chopper Squad
10 Film 80
11 Tomorrow’s World
12 Barney Miller
13 New Maverick
14 Hanging By A Thread
15 Dallas


On TV Kenny Everett was still ruling the comedy world (with a fab assist from Cliff Richard being game for a laugh), followed by ground-breaking madcap sitcom Soap, Blake’s 7 was topping British drama for me, Dallas was building and building towards it’s classic year, and a remake of classic 50’s western Maverick, which made the brilliant James Garner a star, debuts with him returning along with the next generation of Maverick’s.

At college, lectures, snooker, various gang member combo chats as everyone still came, went, stayed, returned from teaching practice, while my world remained static and they revolved around me (from my point of view!) Pete, Ian, Sue, Julie, Paul, Jane, Bev, Alan and lesser peripheral friends. Jane, one night late, stayed to chat, and she’s such a good listener I admitted all my freaky obsessive pop-chart-compiling and other hobbies. Which I now post here!

This was also the week I hypochondriac’d myself to the college matron in the middle of the night with chronic stomache pains, panicking it was appendicitis, when it was most likely stress from running to get a deposit back to the garage we hired the weekend car from, and other stuff, like being faced with talking about looking for gainful employment before long. Wuss! The doctor called it a mild attack of gastro-enteritis. Didn’t feel mild!


18th March 1980

Lots of connections in the new chart, starting off with Daydream Believer entering twice, in at 1 as part of the Monkees EP of 4 big 60’s hits, I’m A Believer (already topped my chart in 1974 reissued), Last Train To Clarksville and A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You, and also in at 74 as covered by Anne Murray. Both acts are long-time faves, Anne for 10 years since I went mad on Snowbird, and The Monkees since 1967, when their groundbreaking pop group madcap sitcom was a huge fave of mine. I loved all of their records, almost all of them would have hit the top spot in charts I hypothetically might have compiled while passing happy days at RAF Valley on the glorious Isle Of Anglesey, through to RAF Swinderby near Lincoln. By 1974 when I bought their hits albums, there were many many album tracks which would have done the same. So it was only right this should have jumped in at 1, being a UK hit all over again. As John Peel commented on Roundtable at the time, in the late 60’s like most of the hippie rock fraternity and British media, The Monkees were regarded as manufactured and dismissed. By 1980, he admitted they’d dated way better than his beloved hippie records, and to boot had been influential on the next gen of rock stars. They also played their own instruments and wrote their own songs, admittedly after the initial batch of success. All four tracks are 10/10 brilliant, two of them Neil Diamond songs.

Captain And Tennille get a 3rd Top 10, Brothers Johnson stomp their way into it, and The Vapors even turn Japanese to break into the Top 10. Squeeze go up to 19, which lets me mention a future temporary member of Squeeze, Paul Carrack (Tempted), who was to later become a part of Mike + The Mechanics along with Sad Cafe lead singer Paul Young. Sad cafe get a 3rd hit in at 63, my oh my! Just to round it off, Mike himself is in at 70 with a solo entry just one spot of ahead of his band Genesis and their fabulous Turn It On Again. Former member of Genesis Peter gabriel is at 13, and Phil Collins was only months away from a solo classic. That concludes the Genesis Family Tree.

Some good disco at 23, Narada Michael Walden’s Tonight I’m Alright, Earth Wind & Fire at 50 are written in the stone, Suzi Quatro grabs another quick chart entry and Rush debut with classic metal anthem Spirit Of Radio at 56. Babs Dickson is back after a gap, for 4 years of hits with the sweet January February at 60, there’s Bodysnatchers girlgroup ska going Rocksteady at 61, and Jimmy Buffet debuts his Carribbean rock stylee at 62, as the Volcano blows, though it would be Maragaritaville that would become the karaoke classic, and he’s still going strong in Florida, having had a recent US hit with It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere. Pat Benatar also debuts with Heartbreaker, UB40 debut with the first of a very very long run of hits (see this weeks chart as I write March 2015) the double A King and the fantastic Food For Thought. Finally The Dooleys are back with a decent pop track, and Siouxsie has a happy house, and proves it by sounding distinctly unhappy at 75, but always good.

1 ( NEW ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
2 ( 1 ) ATOMIC Blondie
3 ( 4 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
4 ( 6 ) SO LONELY The Police
5 ( 12 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
6 ( 11 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
7 ( 3 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
8 ( 8 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
9 ( 73 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
10 ( 21 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors

11 ( 2 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
12 ( 18 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
13 ( 5 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
14 ( 14 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
15 ( 7 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
16 ( 31 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
17 ( 13 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
18 ( 25 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
19 ( 29 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
20 ( 9 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists

21 ( 16 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
22 ( 10 ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC
23 ( NEW ) TONIGHT I’M ALRIGHT Narada Michael Walden
24 ( 33 ) ALABAMA SONG/ SPACE ODDITY David Bowie
25 ( 17 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
26 ( 48 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
27 ( 22 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
28 ( 64 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
29 ( 15 ) I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU Sammy Hagar
30 ( 58 ) HIM Rupert Holmes

31 ( 19 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
32 ( 20 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
33 ( 23 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
34 ( 26 ) TAKE A LITTLE RHYTHM Ali Thomson
35 ( 27 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
36 ( 24 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
37 ( 57 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
38 ( NEW ) HOLDIN’ ON Tony Rallo
39 ( 41 ) AT THE EDGE Stiff Little Fingers
40 ( 36 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police

41 ( 35 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
42 ( 28 ) MY GIRL Madness
43 ( 30 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
44 ( 34 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
45 ( 32 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
46 ( NEW ) I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Suzi Quatro
47 ( 67 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
48 ( 42 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
49 ( 43 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
50 ( NEW ) IN THE STONE Earth Wind And Fire

51 ( 55 ) THAT’S THE WAY THE MONEY GOES M
52 ( 39 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
53 ( 49 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
54 ( 50 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
55 ( 37 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
56 ( NEW ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
57 ( 52 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
58 ( 53 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
59 ( 54 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
60 ( NEW ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson

61 ( NEW ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
62 ( NEW ) VOLCANO Jimmy Buffet
63 ( NEW ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
64 ( 60 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
65 ( 45 ) BABE Styx
66 ( NEW ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
67 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
68 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
69 ( NEW ) WARHEAD The UK Subs
70 ( NEW ) WORKING IN LINE Mike Rutherford

71 ( NEW ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
72 ( NEW ) LOVE PATROL The Dooleys
73 ( NEW ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
74 ( NEW ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER Anne Murray
75 ( NEW ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees

TV 8th Mar – 14th Mar
1 The Kenny Everett Video Show
2 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
3 MASH
4 Blake’s 7
5 Butterflies
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Film 80
8 Barney Miller
9 The Phil Silvers Show
10 Happy Days
11 Life On Earth
12 Fuzz: film
13 Parkinson: Robert Redford
14 Hollywood
15 Harry O: Such Dust As Dreams Are Made Of

On TV a brilliant Kenny Everett episode, Panorama on the very topical nuclear issues, a growing concern for all sane people, had a discussion with Pete & Ian over whether films can be called good or bad, or whether it’s just a personal response. I say a crap film is crap by any assessment! Jane round to watch Life On Earth, David Attenborough’s ground-breaking series on life, the planet and everything. Fantastic. Had to fight to watch MASH during an evening of Ice Skating finals that everyone had come round to watch, on my TV – funny! Bumped into old schoolmate Pete Lambert in town, chat to catch up on stuff and others from school – one was in a band, some had failed their degree, some were working. I’d missed their company actually, I decided.


25th March 1980

2 weeks on top for the Monkees, track featured this time being Neil Diamond’s under-rated A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You, and Davy’s terrific vocals atop a classy pop production. Fab. Highest new entry, though, is The Jam, Going Underground at 10 and already outdoing all previous Jam singles bar Down In The Tube Station At Midnight, cos it was fab and they were on fire. The Detroit Spinners get their first top 10 since the reissue of Could It Be I’m Fallin’ In Love in 1977, also their first top 10 in 1973. Rush, literally, rush to 7, from 56 as Spirit Of Radio strikes a chord with me, a metal chord. From one Canadian act to another: Martha & The Muffins also pop in at 8, Echo Beach still fab.

The Bodysnatchers rocket-steady up pronto to 14, ah-hah, ah-hah, as the gorgeous Longer by Dan Fogelberg falls in just behind, and Barbara Dickson also belatedly for March, sings about January february at 25. BA Robertson is back in his Kaftan at 30, after inexplicably dis-robing for a week, and UB40’s sultry stylish reggae is fresh at 32. Bad Manners ne ne na na new new in the top 40 at 35, Genesis Turn it On Again at 39, and Suzi Quatro is at 37, I’ve Never Been In Love she says, I don’t believe you, says I as The Dooleys patrol a bit around about 40. Leaving few new entries, but Gerry Rafferty scrapes in at 75, bringing it home again and his 3rd in the chart, and The Motors return 2 years after Airport topping, Love And Loneliness not quite as classic, but decent enough.

1 ( 1 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) ATOMIC Blondie
3 ( 10 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
4 ( 5 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
5 ( 16 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
6 ( 9 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
7 ( 56 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
8 ( 18 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
9 ( 12 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
10 ( NEW ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam

11 ( 3 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
12 ( 6 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
13 ( 4 ) SO LONELY The Police
14 ( 61 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
15 ( 28 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
16 ( 19 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
17 ( 7 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
18 ( 14 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
19 ( 8 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
20 ( 13 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel

21 ( 23 ) TONIGHT I’M ALRIGHT Narada Michael Walden
22 ( 11 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
23 ( 26 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
24 ( 15 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
25 ( 60 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
26 ( 17 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
27 ( 30 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
28 ( 50 ) IN THE STONE Earth Wind And Fire
29 ( 37 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
30 ( RE ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson

31 ( 24 ) ALABAMA SONG/ SPACE ODDITY David Bowie
32 ( 73 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
33 ( 38 ) HOLDIN’ ON Tony Rallo
34 ( 39 ) AT THE EDGE Stiff Little Fingers
35 ( 47 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
36 ( 27 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
37 ( 46 ) I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Suzi Quatro
38 ( 20 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
39 ( 71 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
40 ( 72 ) LOVE PATROL The Dooleys

41 ( 21 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
42 ( 35 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
43 ( 40 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
44 ( 41 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
45 ( 25 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
46 ( 63 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
47 ( 44 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
48 ( 36 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
49 ( 33 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
50 ( 69 ) WARHEAD The UK Subs

51 ( 22 ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC
52 ( 49 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
53 ( 48 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
54 ( 43 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
55 ( 32 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
56 ( 31 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
57 ( 66 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
58 ( 53 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 54 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
60 ( 42 ) MY GIRL Madness

61 ( 62 ) VOLCANO Jimmy Buffet
62 ( 59 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
63 ( 58 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 57 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
65 ( 29 ) I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU Sammy Hagar
66 ( 75 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
67 ( 70 ) WORKING IN LINE Mike Rutherford
68 ( NEW ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
69 ( 68 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
70 ( 67 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

71 ( NEW ) LOVE AND LONELINESS The Motors
72 ( 64 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
73 ( 34 ) TAKE A LITTLE RHYTHM Ali Thomson
74 ( 74 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER Anne Murray
75 ( NEW ) BRING IT ALL HOME Gerry Rafferty

TV 15th – 22nd Mar
1 Soap
2 The Kenny Everett Video Show
3 Monte Carlo Or Bust: film
4 Barney Miller
5 Not The Least Of The 9 o’clock News
6 TISWAS
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Phil Silvers Show
9 Blake’s 7
10 Friday Night Saturday Morning
11 Wonder Woman
12 Mork And Mindy
13 Film 80
14 Life On Earth
15 Butterflies
16 Chopper Squad
17 Private Eye
18 British Academy Awards
19 Tomorrow’s World
20 The World About Us


In the real world, it snowed all day on Monday, as I received careers advice on how to get into radio – to be honest it’s still the only job I want to do, and still waiting (but not presenting)! In college, we had a gang snow-ball fight, soon-to-be teachers and me, and it was fun. Oh yes it was! In art I was cutting up my mega Eiffel Tower print, in the UK chart world The Jam entered at 1, first time anyone had done that for 7 years, so that was news. Denise, one of the mature art students gave a talk on her friend Carla Lane – of The Liver Birds and Butterflies sitcom writer fame. Wish I’d tried to get sitcom writing advice through her now, another ambition never realised! At the Uni movie night it was One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, a powerful drama, and I got to get to know better Paul’s new first-year friend Jane, not a shy girl, but likeable. She died within a very few years, which was so tragic and unexpected. I have a photo of her smiling sat on my bed from around this time, my lasting image of her. For some sadistic reason the college decided to hold a 6.45 am fire drill, the gits, so it was an early breakfast on friday. Chatted a lot with Ian who was missing his school days, athletics featuring big for him. He was kinda left out a lot as he was a day student, even though he only lived round the corner that was enough to miss out on a lot of socialising and I think he regretted that for the whole 3 years. Then it was home for easter break, mum and dad fetching me in the car, me reverting back into stroppy morose ungrateful teenager for a weekend in Mansfield with mum, dad, Mark, Sue and my tropical fish and budgies, and babysitting for lil’ cousins Rachel & Lisa saturday night. On Sunday the topic of Christening came up (ie for me), not sure why but maybe related to brothers forthcoming wedding, but in any case I put a firm, and short “No!” boot in the idea of that. Never had been, and it would have been hypocritical to do it now when I had no religious convictions one way or another. Happy to respect others convictions, but my views of the universe are more large-scale and generalised.

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