My Retro November 1968 Charts

3rd November 1968

It’s 3 weeks on top for the epic Eloise, holding off the equally epic Wichita Lineman and highest new entry I Heard It Through The Grapevine, the timeless original version from Marvin Gaye, finally put out by Motown as a single, for a 60% Motown top 5. Eloise makes it a double as Barry Ryan also tops my “wot I liked at the time” chart which was totally based on the UK top 30 on Fluff Freeman’s Pick Of The Pops show. Judy Collins gets a first top 10 with Joni Mitchell’s great song: the song would be back in my top 10 2 years later for Glen Campbell but Judy never had another chart that high.

Bonzo Dog enter at 16 with one I was mad on at the time, it was fun, catchy, and mentioned Spacemen in the lyrics, so that was all I needed from the witty Neil Innes, later of The Rutles and more. Barbra Streisand has a new album out as I type, her first proper album in 15 years, so it’s only fair one of her great moments should shoot up to 20, more recently as showcased nicely on Glee. Edwin Starr and Gene Chandler bring some funk into the 40, and Demis Roussos and Vangelis both debut at 46 with Rain And Tears. My fave track of the band is still 4 years away (Break, not actually a song by either of them, rather their bandmate the forgotten Loukas Sideras, produced by Vangelis) but this will do nicely till then.

Two total faves in my 10-year-old days enter lower down, Lily The Pink and I’m A Tiger appealed very much to my age demographic, The Scaffold were beloved by kids, as was Lulu – who frankly wasn’t that much older than us anyway! These days, they have a certain nostalgic charm, but I wouldn’t put them on repeat listen more often than a couple of times a year. Unlike the dramatic funk of Cloud Nine, signalling the new era of The Temptations, edgier funk moving towards social commentary, which bears repeat plays, in at 57, the touching cover of Bob Dylan’s I Shall Be Released by The Band, and two new-to-me old soul/blues tracks from Bobby Bland and Barbara Acklin.

1 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 2 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
3 ( 3 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
4 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
5 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
6 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 7 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
8 ( 11 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
9 ( 5 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
10 ( 8 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration

11 ( 9 ) ELENORE The Turtles
12 ( 10 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
13 ( 15 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
14 ( 13 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
15 ( 14 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
16 ( NEW ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
17 ( 16 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
18 ( 17 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
19 ( 12 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
20 ( 49 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand

21 ( 20 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
22 ( 22 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
23 ( 19 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
24 ( 18 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
25 ( 25 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
26 ( 24 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
27 ( 21 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
28 ( 23 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
29 ( 30 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
30 ( 26 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson

31 ( 32 ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
32 ( 27 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
33 ( 33 ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
34 ( 28 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
35 ( 29 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
36 ( 38 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
37 ( 53 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
38 ( 40 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
39 ( 52 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
40 ( 31 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard

41 ( 36 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
42 ( 37 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
43 ( 35 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
44 ( 34 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Royal Guardsmen
45 ( 55 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
46 ( NEW ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
47 ( 44 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
48 ( 41 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
49 ( NEW ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
50 ( 48 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor

51 ( 47 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
52 ( 43 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
53 ( 39 ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
54 ( 69 ) AQUARIUS (FROM “HAIR” ORIGINAL BROADWAY ALBUM) Ronnie Dyson
55 ( 46 ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers
56 ( NEW ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
57 ( NEW ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
58 ( 59 ) SHAME SHAME The Magic Lanterns
59 ( 45 ) MARY IN THE MORNING Glen Campbell
60 ( 63 ) THE PORPOISE SONG The Monkees

61 ( 58 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
62 ( 57 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
63 ( 42 ) LALENA Donovan
64 ( 61 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
65 ( 71 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Booker T & The MG’s
66 ( 62 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
67 ( 68 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS (THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG) Betty Everett
68 ( 65 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
69 ( 54 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
70 ( 51 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Bobby Goldsboro

71 ( NEW ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Band
72 ( 72 ) TOO WEAK TO FIGHT Clarence Carter
73 ( NEW ) JUST AIN’T NO LOVE Barbara Acklin
74 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ IN THE SAME OLD BOAT Bobby Bland
75 ( 50 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker


3rd Nov Retro-Then

1 ( 9 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
4 ( 2 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
5 ( 3 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
6 ( 12 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
7 ( 17 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 7 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
9 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
10 ( 11 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
11 ( 5 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
12 ( 15 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
13 ( NEW ) ELENORE The Turtles
14 ( 10 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
15 ( 8 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
16 ( NEW ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
17 ( 16 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 ( NEW ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
19 ( 14 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
20 ( NEW ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience

 

 

10th November 1968

It’s Glen Campbell getting a second chart-topper with another Jimmy Webb song, the eternal Wichita Lineman holding off a Beatles invasion in the week that The Beatles double album was released, and 50 years later a mega-version of alternate takes comes out for the first time, including tracks that turned up on later albums but were recorded then. Restricting myself to the original sprawling, patchy album, there is nevertheless 7 new entries from it, none of them singles at the time, though covers (Ob-La-Di, Dear Prudence), later singles (Back In The USSR), lush stage alternate orchestral versions (While My Guitar Gently Weeps) and ongoing popularity in the 20th century (Blackbird) have made them feel like hits anyway in retrospect. The remainder, the full-on hippie murderer anthem Helter Skelter had its reputation tarnished but y’know, give or take The Kinks You Really Got Me, this is where Heavy Metal and Thrash started as far as I’m concerned. All of the above are musically varied, nothing in common, which is why of course the Fabs are the greatest pop act of all-time still, inventing new genres and working on what had gone before, regardless of where it had come from. The highest new entry, though, is the obscure Ringo-sung Good Night: This a beautiful, gentle, melodic throwback to the early 20th century ballads, and is just gorgeous.

The Bonzos break into the 10, and Dusty enters into the 20, knocking herself out of it, with her Memphis-recorded soul classic, Son Of A Preacher Man. Aphrodite’s Child and Rain & Tears get big climbs into the 40, which is pretty good going as most shouldabeen-climbers get stalled or drop due to the Beatles invasion. Elvis’ showstopping anthem If I Can Dream enters at 50, while The Mamas & The Papas do a very different version of Bobby Freeman’s 1958 song Do You Wanna Dance, better known in versions by Cliff or The Beach Boys, but I prefer this one, or the entirely different song with that title by Barry Blue. Sly & The family Stone enter with the future Arrested Development hit, Everyday People, with its still-relevant ode to tolerance, and Nancy Sinatra gets her monthly new entry with Good Time Girl. Meanwhile, back in the day, 15 of the songs I liked then are also in my new top 20, or already have been there, but chart peaks for 5 of the rest continue to be way lower.

1 ( 2 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
2 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
4 ( 5 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
5 ( 3 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
6 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 8 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
8 ( 7 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
9 ( NEW ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
10 ( 16 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

11 ( 9 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
12 ( 11 ) ELENORE The Turtles
13 ( 10 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
14 ( NEW ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
15 ( 12 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
16 ( 14 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
17 ( 20 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
18 ( NEW ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
19 ( 15 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
20 ( 22 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon

21 ( 17 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
22 ( 18 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
23 ( 21 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
24 ( NEW ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
25 ( 46 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
26 ( 13 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
27 ( 29 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
28 ( 23 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
29 ( NEW ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
30 ( 26 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin

31 ( 36 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
32 ( 19 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
33 ( 24 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
34 ( 30 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
35 ( 31 ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
36 ( 37 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
37 ( 27 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
38 ( 28 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
39 ( 39 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
40 ( 57 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations

41 ( 25 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
42 ( 32 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
43 ( 35 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
44 ( 34 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
45 ( 45 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
46 ( 41 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
47 ( 42 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
48 ( 49 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
49 ( 33 ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
50 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley

51 ( 38 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
52 ( 47 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
53 ( 54 ) AQUARIUS (FROM “HAIR” ORIGINAL BROADWAY ALBUM) Ronnie Dyson
54 ( NEW ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
55 ( 50 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
56 ( 56 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
57 ( 51 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
58 ( NEW ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
59 ( NEW ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
60 ( 40 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard

61 ( 71 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Band
62 ( 65 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Booker T & The MG’s
63 ( NEW ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
64 ( 43 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
65 ( 61 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
66 ( 62 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
67 ( 67 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS (THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG) Betty Everett
68 ( 64 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
69 ( 74 ) ROCKIN’ IN THE SAME OLD BOAT Bobby Bland
70 ( 48 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight

71 ( 44 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Royal Guardsmen
72 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
73 ( 73 ) JUST AIN’T NO LOVE Barbara Acklin
74 ( 66 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
75 ( NEW ) GOOD TIME GIRL Nancy Sinatra


RETRO THEN

1 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 3 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
3 ( 2 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
4 ( 13 ) ELENORE The Turtles
5 ( 4 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
6 ( 7 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
7 ( NEW ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
8 ( 12 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
9 ( 5 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
10 ( NEW ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 8 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
12 ( 6 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
13 ( 16 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
14 ( 9 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
15 ( 11 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
16 ( 18 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
17 ( 10 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
18 ( 20 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
19 ( 14 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
20 ( NEW ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts

 

17th November 1968

It’s a 4th week (back) at 1 for Eloise, eliminating even the classic Wichita Lineman after just one week on top. It’s also a week of more anecdotes (sorry! Music just relates to my life, always!) as The Beatles 1976 chart-topper Back In The USSR Beach Boys pastiche heads top 10, as all the Fabs tracks climb. My Xmas 1975 prezzie was the very expensive and brilliant Beatles 1967-70 blue double album, so I already had some of the tracks in my chart, and for Xmas 1976? Beatles 1962-66 red double album. Filling in gaps took considerable time and money back in those days.

Highest new entry is The Gun and their still-exciting Race With The Devil, manic and mad in a good way, love the riffs, in at 16. In at 28, shockingly low for a chart-topper in my actual real-as-compiled-at-the-time charts, it’s The Foundations party classic Build Me Up Buttercup. I saw Mike D’Abo do it with Manfreds 2 weeks ago (his song, of course, so he’s entitled) for the 3rd time, and to be honest the track is hugely popular and well-known these days thanks to a key 90’s There’s Something About Mary film moment. I felt gratified as it had become increasingly obscure and forgotten prior to that – I played the 12″ EP to my college room-mate in 1977, I asked him how fab was it, and he replied “sounds a bit dated” coming right after his Oxygene album – which it was. Yet here I was 2 months ago singing along with a karaoke version in Gran Canaria in Shenanigans pub. Timeless…but I’ve overdosed on it the last couple of decades.

Soulful Strut, new at 47, is the tune to Dusty’s forthcoming brilliant version of Am I The Same Girl, and as covered just as well by Swing Out Sister. Written by The Chi-Lites’ Eugene Record, and it can’t be long before they start charting with their own classics in the retro charts. Glen Campbell gets a second entry with album track cover of The Straight Life at 54 – another Singapore radio fave, sung better than Bobby Goldsboro’s version, Glen never misses a prolonged note, unlike Bobby. Two Archies album tracks also enter, both meant a big deal to me in 1970: Archie’s Theme was the jolly theme tune to the TV show and on my first ever EP, while Catching Up On Fun was part of a great bit of product placement for kids with no money to buy singles: Alpha Bits USA cereal boxes had a plastic vinyl record printed onto the back of the cardboard box, and it actually played! Not brilliant quality, but better than not having the song, which I adored. Written by Mark Barkan. Who? The writer/producer behind the Banana Splits song and TV show (surprisingly funky and cool for men in funny costumes, helped by Barry White! among others), many an Archies track, and ooh the odd song like Pretty Flamingo – refer back to The Manfred’s and Paul Jones singing it 2 weeks ago – and Warm This Winter xmas song. He also wrote the songs for Olivia Newton-John’s debut movie. Not Grease. Toomorrow, 1970, sci-fi cheese. It had a pop group in London and aliens, bombed (it was awful) but I saw it in our local RAF cinema chain, where flop movies went to get a small audience they otherwise never would have had, to fill in the nights before the 6-month-old blockbusters arrived.

Talking of kiddie stuff, Des is back with his tuneful old-fashioned pop nursery-rhyme, beloved by me at the time, 1-2-3 O’Leary. Saw him having fun the other week on a repeat panel show. Still good-natured and funny. Starred in the greatest Morecambe & Wise sketch ever back in the day – when they take the proverbial out of his latest album and he walks on stage. Still hilarious. Meanwhile greedily grabbing second entries on my chart: Aretha Franklin, and Jimi Hendrix. Which reminds me of another anecdote (groan!): Picture this: Boston, Mass. Logan Airport 1989, me and 2 mates stranded after getting bumped by a US airline on our way back to Gatwick. The next flight developed mechanical trouble while we were on the runway, and they had to fly in parts. That meant we had to disembark at 4am, 18 hours in the airport, and get ferried by taxi with our luggage in the early hours of the morning to a posh hotel across Boston to get a couple of hours sleep, breakfast and a shower. The taxi driver was in a hurry to get back to the hordes of passengers and was hyper, driving at high speed on deserted streets like a maniac and blaring out at full volume a track from “dead Jimi” as he affectionately called his hero. Crosstown Traffic was never more appropriate, and never will be anything else for me.

That leaves a handful of 60’s soul legends doing covers, and The Flirtations debuting – the girls were all over the place in the early 70’s on UK TV, often kiddie pop shows like Lift Off, or I would hazard a guess, Dave Cash’s Music Box.

1 ( 2 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 1 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
3 ( 4 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
4 ( 3 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
5 ( 5 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
6 ( 7 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
7 ( 9 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
8 ( 14 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
9 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
10 ( 10 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
11 ( 8 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

12 ( 18 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
13 ( 11 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
14 ( 12 ) ELENORE The Turtles
15 ( 13 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
16 ( NEW ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
17 ( 24 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
18 ( 15 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
19 ( 25 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
20 ( 29 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles

21 ( 16 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
22 ( 17 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
23 ( 19 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
24 ( 27 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
25 ( 21 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
26 ( 22 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
27 ( 23 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
28 ( NEW ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
29 ( 20 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
30 ( 31 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive

31 ( 40 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
32 ( 26 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
33 ( 30 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
34 ( 28 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
35 ( 54 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
36 ( 58 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
37 ( 63 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
38 ( 32 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
39 ( 34 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
40 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley

41 ( 33 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
42 ( 38 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
43 ( 37 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
44 ( 36 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
45 ( 48 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
46 ( 35 ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
47 ( NEW ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
48 ( 59 ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
49 ( 56 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
50 ( 42 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones

51 ( 39 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
52 ( 46 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
53 ( 47 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
54 ( NEW ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell
55 ( 44 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
56 ( 45 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
57 ( 72 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
58 ( NEW ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
59 ( 43 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
60 ( 52 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees

61 ( 55 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
62 ( 62 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Booker T & The MG’s
63 ( 57 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
64 ( NEW ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
65 ( 51 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
66 ( NEW ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
67 ( 61 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Band
68 ( NEW ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
69 ( 69 ) ROCKIN’ IN THE SAME OLD BOAT Bobby Bland
70 ( NEW ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies

71 ( NEW ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
72 ( NEW ) WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE The Sweet Sensations
73 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
74 ( NEW ) NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE The Flirtations
75 ( NEW ) GOING UP THE COUNTRY Canned Heat


retro 70’s

1 ( 4 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( 3 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
4 ( 7 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
5 ( 2 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
6 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
7 ( 8 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
8 ( 6 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
9 ( 5 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
10 ( 13 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone

11 ( NEW ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
12 ( 9 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
13 ( 16 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
14 ( 20 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
15 ( 11 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
16 ( 14 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
17 ( 12 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
18 ( NEW ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican
19 ( 17 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
20 ( 18 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience

 

24th November 1968

It’s a first chart-topper for Marvin Gaye, with his career-defining classic I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Hard to believe Berry Gordy failed to realise the genius of it when it was originally recorded before the Gladys Knight cover. Dusty’s Preacher man goes top 10, as does The Gun ahead of the highest equally-frantic-rocking-ness of Love Sculpture’s fab Sabre Dance. Dave Edmunds was one of my teen heroes 4 or 5 years in the future. Saw him a couple of years back still rocking it.

Second-highest new entry is the great cover of the fab Madeline Bell minor UK hit, I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, with the 21st-century trend-setting multi-artist billing of Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations, albeit no “featuring” or “with”. Both the acts “feature” elsewhere on the chart though, “with” Love Child and Cloud 9. The Delfonics keep the Philly hits coming, in at 26 with the future 1971 UK hit, while Jerry Butler also enters lower down with a Gamble & Huff effort.

Gene Pitney’s back with a decent ballad, Classics IV return with a bit of Stormy-ness, aka Spooky Part 3, The Impressions keep the Curtis Mayfield vocal hits at a furious pace, this one with that future Move On Up riffness about it. Obscure The Crystal mansion pop in with a record that sounds just like Jamie Cullum. It really does! Meanwhile Dave Clark 5 bounce back with a chanty Live In The Sky, and The Equals bring Eddie Grant some more early chart action.

1 ( 3 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
2 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( 2 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
4 ( 7 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
5 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
6 ( 5 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
7 ( 8 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
8 ( 12 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
9 ( 10 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
10 ( 16 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun

11 ( 6 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
12 ( 9 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
13 ( NEW ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
14 ( 11 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
15 ( 17 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
16 ( 20 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
17 ( 13 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
18 ( 14 ) ELENORE The Turtles
19 ( 15 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
20 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations

21 ( 28 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
22 ( 19 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
23 ( 18 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
24 ( 24 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
25 ( 21 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
26 ( NEW ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
27 ( 31 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
28 ( 23 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
29 ( 35 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
30 ( 37 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas

31 ( 25 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
32 ( 26 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
33 ( 27 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
34 ( 36 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
35 ( 22 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
36 ( 47 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
37 ( 40 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
38 ( 48 ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
39 ( 29 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
40 ( 54 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell

41 ( 33 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
42 ( 34 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
43 ( 45 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
44 ( 39 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
45 ( 32 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
46 ( 49 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
47 ( 30 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
48 ( 58 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
49 ( 57 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
50 ( 66 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin

51 ( 38 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
52 ( 43 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
53 ( 41 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
54 ( 68 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
55 ( 64 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
56 ( 52 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
57 ( 53 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
58 ( 42 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
59 ( NEW ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
60 ( 70 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies

61 ( 71 ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
62 ( 60 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
63 ( 61 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
64 ( 75 ) GOING UP THE COUNTRY Canned Heat
65 ( 73 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
66 ( NEW ) STORMY Classics IV
67 ( 63 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
68 ( NEW ) ARE YOU HAPPY Jerry Butler
69 ( 74 ) NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE The Flirtations
70 ( 72 ) WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE The Sweet Sensations

71 ( 44 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
72 ( NEW ) THIS IS MY COUNTRY The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
73 ( NEW ) THE THOUGHT OF LOVING YOU The Crystal Mansion
74 ( NEW ) LIVE IN THE SKY Dave Clark Five
75 ( NEW ) SOFTLY SOFTLY The Equals

What I actually liked this week in 1968:

1 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 11 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
3 ( 6 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
4 ( 3 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
5 ( 2 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
6 ( 10 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 7 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
8 ( 13 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
9 ( 4 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
10 ( 5 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro

11 ( 8 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
12 ( 9 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
13 ( 14 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
14 ( 18 ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican
15 ( 15 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
16 ( 12 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
17 ( 16 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
18 ( NEW ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
19 ( NEW ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
20 ( 17 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry

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My Retro July 1968 Charts

6th July 1968

It’s 2 weeks on top for the epic Last Night In Soho, holding off a challenge from the equally epic Dusty Springfield song I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten, my all-time fave Dusty song of many close challengers. Not only are these 2 of my fave songs of 1968, the 60’s, but easily right up there in my all-time list. How much do I love the music of this period? Well, Jackie Wilson enters at only 17 with the brilliant my-actual-chart 1972 top 10, 1975 top 30 and 1987 chart-topper, I Get The Sweetest Feeling. Mama Cass topped my chart in 1997 and is only at 6, Steppenwolf did it in the 90’s and yet can only hold at 18. Just fantastic records all.

In at 34, a song I’ve always loved – but never heard the original before! In comes Jerry Jeff Walker at 34, it’s writer. Robbie Williams did a fab cover, among many like Sammy Davis Jr. Martha Reeves and The O’Jays have good climbs into the 40 as the lower end of the chart is awash with goodies new to me, and familiar both. Tammy Wynette scrapes into the 50 – it did slightly better in 1975 when I only compiled a 50 so that’s a handy yardstick for 1968 retro charts. P.P. Arnold’s good, but not as good as Merrilee Rush’s, version of Angel Of The Morning is in at 58, Bobby Vinton’s good, but not as good as Bully Fury’s, version of Goffin & King’s Halfway To Paradise is in at 68, and The Nice’s ELP-ish (not surprisingly) good, but not as good as the movie soundtrack’s, version of America is at 73, and Otis Redding’s, and just as good as The Black Crowe’s, version of Hard To Handle is at 72.

Some familiar fab soul from The Four Tops enters at 62, and unfamiliar enters at 64 for Curtis Mayfield & chums, and some Stevie “sounding familiar but not” Wonder at 75, leaving just some brand new to me Bubblegum from 1910 Fruitgum Co. at 70. I think I’ve overdosed on Simon Says over the 50 years, cos 1, 2, 3 Red Light sounds much fresher, and makes me feel 10 years old without having ever heard it in 1968. Bizarre!

1 ( 1 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( NEW ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
3 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
4 ( 2 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
5 ( 3 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
6 ( 12 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
7 ( 4 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
8 ( 9 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
9 ( 13 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
10 ( 5 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

11 ( 7 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
12 ( 8 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
13 ( 20 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
14 ( 11 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
15 ( 17 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
16 ( 10 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
17 ( NEW ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
18 ( 18 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
19 ( 15 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
20 ( 16 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis

21 ( 14 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
22 ( 19 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
23 ( 32 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
24 ( 21 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
25 ( 22 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
26 ( 23 ) NEXT Scott Walker
27 ( 24 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
28 ( 28 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
29 ( 27 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
30 ( 39 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s

31 ( 25 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
32 ( 26 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
33 ( 31 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
34 ( NEW ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
35 ( 34 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
36 ( 35 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
37 ( 33 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes
38 ( 54 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
39 ( 60 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
40 ( 38 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells

41 ( 36 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
42 ( 30 ) BOY Lulu
43 ( 37 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
44 ( 29 ) ONE MORE DANCE Esther & Abi Ofarim
45 ( 47 ) WITH PEN IN HAND Billy Vera
46 ( 40 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
47 ( 49 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A SONG Elvis Presley & Nancy Sinatra
48 ( 44 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
49 ( 45 ) VALLERI The Monkees
50 ( 56 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette

51 ( 41 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
52 ( 59 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
53 ( 58 ) THE SNAKE Al Wilson
54 ( 52 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
55 ( 46 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
56 ( 63 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
57 ( 42 ) YOUNG BOY Barbara Greene featuring The Dells
58 ( NEW ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold
59 ( 70 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
60 ( 57 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

61 ( 43 ) WHERE IS TOMORROW Cilla Black
62 ( NEW ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
63 ( 66 ) HERE COMES THE JUDGE Pigmeat Markham
64 ( NEW ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
65 ( 67 ) THE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL The Turtles
66 ( 75 ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( 71 ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
68 ( NEW ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
69 ( 69 ) (LOVE IS LIKE A) BASEBALL GAME The Intruders
70 ( NEW ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.

71 ( 50 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
72 ( NEW ) HARD TO HANDLE Otis Redding
73 ( NEW ) AMERICA The Nice
74 ( 53 ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
75 ( NEW ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder

 

13th July 1968

It’s a first week on top for Dusty Springfield’s most fabulous vocal performance and melodramatic song – in my very first retro chart compiled when I got hold of a book of charts in the 70’s – Sept 1968 was my starting point – Dusty was still hanging in the UK charts and so started off at 2 before dropping out as she fell out of the UK charts (strictly based on the UK charts in those days). Most likely she would have had a good 5 chart-toppers by this point had I started earlier. Rival girliepop chanteuse Petula is back again with another of her classic Hatch/Trent tunes in at 4, quite probably my all-time fave of hers give or take Downtown or in recent years the fab cool Cut Copy which topped my chart a few years back. An obsession of mine from Singapore reel-to-reel days, Don’t Give Up is all sweeping strings and stirring melody.

Jackie Wilson enters my top 10 with the ever-recurrent classic, The Moody Blues get a 2nd top 10 with one I didn’t know until recently, and one of The Beach Boys best late-60’s post-Brian tracks is in at 22, Do It Again, nostalgia slipping in for the old surfer days. Tom Jones is also back again with another goodie, at 32, Help Yourself was upbeat and jolly and ol Tom flung ’em out with ease those days. Big climbs into the 40 for The Four Tops, The Toys and P. P. Arnold replacing the original Angel Of the Morning.

A Fleetwood Mac blues classic enters at 42, a future Kirsty MacColl hit enters at 46 for The Kinks – remarkably a record I don’t associate with 1968 at all, just don’t recall it being around then. One I very much DO associate with the Summer of ’68 is Sunshine Girl at 48 for Herman’s Hermits. There was an alternate playground version which ran rampant in the Junior School and area I lived in at the time. It went “Sunshine Girl I’m Looking down your bra, I see 2 round things, I wonder what they are, will you invite me, to squeeze them tightly – not bloody likely, my Sunshine Girl!” You had to be 10 years old, I guess…..

Some fab James Brown, some fab Bill Medley, some good Archie Bell, some good Ray Stevens, and some decent enough Bobby Vancouver, Nancy Sinatra & The Rascals bring them all back into my charts. That leaves a debut from Flavor. Who? No idea but they sound like Spencer Davis’ Gimme Some Lovin’ morphed with bubblegum, and that’s a reasonable reason to chart it.

1 ( 2 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
2 ( 1 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
4 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
5 ( 6 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
6 ( 5 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
7 ( 4 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
8 ( 8 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
9 ( 17 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
10 ( 23 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues

11 ( 7 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
12 ( 13 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
13 ( 18 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
14 ( 15 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
15 ( 12 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
16 ( 11 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
17 ( 10 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 ( 9 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
19 ( 14 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
20 ( 19 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert

21 ( 16 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
22 ( NEW ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
23 ( 20 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
24 ( 22 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
25 ( 21 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
26 ( 30 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
27 ( 25 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
28 ( 24 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
29 ( 34 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
30 ( 28 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie

31 ( 26 ) NEXT Scott Walker
32 ( NEW ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
33 ( 38 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
34 ( 29 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
35 ( 62 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
36 ( 27 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
37 ( 39 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
38 ( 58 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold
39 ( 52 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
40 ( 35 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell

41 ( 36 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
42 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
43 ( 40 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
44 ( 64 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
45 ( 33 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
46 ( NEW ) DAYS The Kinks
47 ( 32 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
48 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
49 ( 31 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
50 ( 48 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

51 ( 49 ) VALLERI The Monkees
52 ( 68 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
53 ( 59 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
54 ( 37 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes
55 ( 56 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
56 ( 66 ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone
57 ( 67 ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
58 ( 46 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
59 ( NEW ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
60 ( 54 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love

61 ( 60 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
62 ( 42 ) BOY Lulu
63 ( NEW ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
64 ( 75 ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder
65 ( 41 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
66 ( 70 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.
67 ( 51 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
68 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STOP DANCING Archie Bell & The Drells
69 ( NEW ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
70 ( 72 ) HARD TO HANDLE Otis Redding

71 ( NEW ) I AM YOUR MAN Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
72 ( 43 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
73 ( NEW ) SALLY HAD A PARTY Flavor
74 ( NEW ) HAPPY Nancy Sinatra
75 ( NEW ) PEOPLE GOT TO FREE The Rascals

 

20th July 1968

It’s a second week on top for Dusty in a quiet week for new entries, thankfully, giving great songs a chance to reach at least a chart position that is more deserving than the one’s they are being forced to accept. Most of my top 20 has been, or would have been if reissued, chart-toppers as oldies. It’s not just the sheer volume of great tracks, it’s the variety musically, something that modern streaming-based charts lack. I suspect growing up in an era of innovative new music across a whole spectrum, and coming across music from a wide variety of cultures in Singapore, is the reason i find the one-dimensional nature of the worldwide streaming hits a bit frustrating. Still great records in there, but many more don’t become hits like they used to.

Steppenwolf go top 10, as does Roy Orbison, technically for the first time, though it really isn’t as Pretty Woman would have topped my 6-year-old-me charts for weeks, I was obsessed with it. The Beach Boys go top 20, as is the norm, as they Do It Again, and Andy Williams covers The Impossible Dream, following in the shoes of Glen Campbell, from his then-latest album and a 2017 TV advert backdrop which worked very well. Andy was pure class when he did covers (as he usually did), crooning with style and it’s a great dramatic song and performance.

Fleetwood Mac soar into the 30, and James Brown calms down the funk to my approval, a sort of 50’s retro soul combo which works well as it cries it’s way into the 40. Bill Medley hits the emotional power soul button and leaps up too, as Bobby Vinton’s sweet cover of Halfway To Paradise isn’t far behind. Another week, another Marvin & Tammi new entry, and another great one: one of the big surprises to me of doing these retro charts is just how many hits they had, and how good they were. Pretty much from my 70’s onwards viewpoint it was The bloody Onion Song and that was it, until a few acts started covering them. Outrageous that they should hit big with one of their most annoying records in the UK.

Ray Stevens gets a 2nd chart entry hot on the heels of his serious re-record of Funny Man. Mr. Businessman was a nice spot of social commentary for the time, and still remains ideologically relevant. Canned Heat debut with On The Road Again – one I quite liked at the time, but always had slight problems with the vocal style. I’ve grown to like the late Alan Wilson vocals these days, tragically dead in 1970. Timebox cover the Four Seasons – well, who hasn’t – and Beggin’ went from being quite obscure to being one of their most-famous songs in the 21st century, following Jersey Boys and a Madcon hit cover version. Fab song, this version is decent enough. Patti Drew debuts, groovily, and lastly Nirvana grab a second much-lesser track on the chart. It’s OK but no Rainbow Chaser.

1 ( 1 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
2 ( 2 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 ( 4 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
4 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
5 ( 5 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
6 ( 10 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
7 ( 9 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
8 ( 6 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
9 ( 13 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
10 ( 12 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison

11 ( 7 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
12 ( 14 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
13 ( 11 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
14 ( 22 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
15 ( 15 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
16 ( 8 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
17 ( 17 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 ( 16 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
19 ( 18 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
20 ( 20 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert

21 ( 19 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
22 ( 21 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
23 ( 23 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
24 ( 35 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
25 ( 32 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
26 ( 29 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
27 ( NEW ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
28 ( 42 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
29 ( 37 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
30 ( 38 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold

31 ( 24 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
32 ( 27 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
33 ( 59 ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
34 ( 63 ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
35 ( 28 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
36 ( 30 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
37 ( 31 ) NEXT Scott Walker
38 ( 52 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
39 ( 39 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
40 ( 25 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones

41 ( 44 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
42 ( 34 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
43 ( 26 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
44 ( 36 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
45 ( 48 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
46 ( 46 ) DAYS The Kinks
47 ( 40 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
48 ( 41 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
49 ( 53 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
50 ( 43 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells

51 ( 55 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
52 ( 33 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
53 ( 56 ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone
54 ( 50 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
55 ( 45 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
56 ( NEW ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
57 ( 57 ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
58 ( NEW ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
59 ( 51 ) VALLERI The Monkees
60 ( 64 ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder

61 ( 69 ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
62 ( 66 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.
63 ( 61 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
64 ( 73 ) SALLY HAD A PARTY Flavor
65 ( 60 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
66 ( 71 ) I AM YOUR MAN Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
67 ( 47 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
68 ( 68 ) I CAN’T STOP DANCING Archie Bell & The Drells
69 ( NEW ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
70 ( 70 ) HARD TO HANDLE Otis Redding

71 ( NEW ) BEGGIN’ Timebox
72 ( NEW ) WORKIN’ ON A GROOVY THING Patti Drew
73 ( 58 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
74 ( 74 ) HAPPY Nancy Sinatra
75 ( NEW ) PENTECOST HOTEL Nirvana

 

27th July 1968

It’s back up to number one for Last Night In Soho, epic melodrama of the first order, and a record I never get bored with, not ever. 3 weeks on top, and so under-rated (or rather, unknown) in the wider world. When I started this re-charting, I assumed in the final weeks leading up to the point that my own charts started (with Hey Jude) that The Bee Gees and The Beach Boys would be straight in at 1, just as they topped the UK charts. Oops! The actual competition is way harder than that, so the Bee Gees enter at 7 with their classic story of a man on death row (a popular 60’s theme), and The Beach Boys are idling at 10, both records topped my charts in later decades.

One that has never been a reissued classic re-entry is in at 4 for Nilsson, the future Midnight Cowboy classic stiffed almost everywhere this week in 1968 in terms of charts, but Everybody’s Talking is one of the most beautiful and haunting songs of all-time, so good the Beautiful South had a good old go at it too in the 90’s. Nilsson’s 2nd top 10, following on from One. Andy Williams cover of The Impossible Dream follows Glen Campbell’s cover into the 20, and The O’Jays get a first top 20, and very much not the last. Big climbs for Marvin & Tammi, as always into the 40, and Ray Stevens’ Mr. Businessman.

New entries lower down for Amen Corner’s High In The Sky, still bold and brassy and uptempo, and one I liked a lot at the time, The Who with Magic Bus, their best track since I Can See For Miles, Deep Purple debut with their hit US cover of Hush, all psychedelic as opposed to blues rock like Billy Joe Royal’s version. Martha Reeves & co drop out the chart – but also enter with I Can’t Dance To That Music You’re Playing, a future UK hit for Betty Boo & Beastmasters, Billie Davis is back and charts a 3rd version of Angel Of The Morning inside the 75, a song that it’s hard to ruin and is open to any interpretation. The Chambers Brothers big (future) Viet-Nam psychedelic anthem pops in, Jackie De Shannon covers The Band and beats them to it, and Sly & co replace Life with M’Lady.

1 ( 2 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( 1 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
3 ( 3 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
4 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
5 ( 4 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
6 ( 6 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
7 ( NEW ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
8 ( 5 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
9 ( 7 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
10 ( 14 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys

11 ( 8 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
12 ( 11 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
13 ( 10 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
14 ( 13 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
15 ( 9 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
16 ( 12 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
17 ( 15 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
18 ( 27 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
19 ( 29 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
20 ( 16 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel

21 ( 17 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
22 ( 20 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
23 ( 18 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
24 ( 24 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
25 ( 25 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
26 ( 26 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
27 ( 21 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
28 ( 28 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
29 ( 19 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
30 ( 30 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold

31 ( 22 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
32 ( 33 ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
33 ( 23 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
34 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
35 ( 56 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
36 ( 32 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
37 ( 38 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
38 ( 58 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
39 ( 31 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
40 ( 41 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield

41 ( 36 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
42 ( 35 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
43 ( 37 ) NEXT Scott Walker
44 ( NEW ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
45 ( 45 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
46 ( 46 ) DAYS The Kinks
47 ( 51 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
48 ( 40 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
49 ( 49 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
50 ( 39 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys

51 ( 47 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
52 ( 48 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
53 ( 50 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
54 ( 69 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
55 ( 44 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
56 ( 42 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
57 ( 54 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
58 ( 61 ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
59 ( 60 ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder
60 ( 62 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.

61 ( 43 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
62 ( 64 ) SALLY HAD A PARTY Flavor
63 ( 59 ) VALLERI The Monkees
64 ( NEW ) MAGIC BUS The Who
65 ( 68 ) I CAN’T STOP DANCING Archie Bell & The Drells
66 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
67 ( NEW ) HUSH Deep Purple
68 ( NEW ) I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
69 ( 72 ) WORKIN’ ON A GROOVY THING Patti Drew
70 ( 71 ) BEGGIN’ Timebox

71 ( 55 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
72 ( NEW ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
73 ( NEW ) TIME HAS COME TODAY The Chambers Brothers
74 ( NEW ) THE WEIGHT Jackie De Shannon
75 ( NEW ) M’LADY Sly & The Family Stone

My Sept-Dec 2018 Charts

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29th December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

23rd December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

17th December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

9th December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2nd December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

25th November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

18th November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

11th November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

4th November 2018

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

28th October 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21st October 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

14th October 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

7th October 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drop outs:

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

 

 

30th September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

23rd September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16th September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

9th September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

2nd September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My 2016 Charts May-Aug

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London from the Tate Modern
28th August 2016

It’s Dusty for a second week on top keeping off ABC grabbing a second chart-topper of the year, ABC is just pure class, but Dusty is an anthem! That leaves Frances sneaking into the top 10, Richard Ashcroft getting a second top 20 of the year, and Banks having a good move into the 20. Highest new entry at 26 is Dua Lipa, following up number one Hotter Than Hell, (Mwah!), sounds like a hit to me!

At 29 it’s the sultry soul of a very Prince-ish Gallant and Bourbon, while new at 36 it’s BETSY, not unlike Cher vocally, which is a good thing in my book. Big jumps for Florence and Petula Clark outside the 40, and debuts for the critically lauded RAT BOY at 56, not far ahead of another superhero-sounding Rag’n’Bone Man, presumably one turns into a rat, the other does superhero clothes for cash. RAT BOY has gone for a 70’s-funk-styled rap & singing chorus, and it’s fab too. Billy Fury pops in with another childhood oldie I didn’t know I knew till I caught up with again the other week, very Up On The Roof-ish, and one I must have loved as a kid cos it’s very familiar to me yet I don’t recall hearing it much since. Lastly, welcome back Empire Of The Sun after a break, and Frank Ocean’s most-commercial track off his new album, featuring Beyonce. He even samples The actual Beatles on the album, that’s rare! Rare they allow it. The meanie won’t let me download individual tracks though.

1 1 1 25 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 661050
2 5 2 5 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 277800
3 2 2 5 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 354200
4 4 4 2 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 130000
5 9 5 2 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 105000
6 6 6 3 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 128400
7 3 1 17 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 903550
8 7 1 7 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 648000
9 11 1 16 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1007200
10 16 10 4 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 106000

11 12 11 3 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 97000
12 14 12 5 TROUBLE Offaiah 118600
13 22 13 4 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 88750
14 8 3 7 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 356250
15 25 15 2 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 45750
16 19 16 7 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 114950
17 10 1 15 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 717700
18 20 9 6 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 187250
19 33 19 4 GEMINI FEED Banks 59700
20 24 20 4 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 75800

21 17 1 14 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1188050
22 15 15 3 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 68500
23 23 23 5 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 64550
24 13 6 6 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 177800
25 30 25 2 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 36750
26 NEW 26 1 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 18500
27 29 27 4 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 71800
28 28 2 10 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 474800
29 NEW 29 1 BOURBON Gallant 18200
30 32 30 4 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 55900

31 31 31 3 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 53600
32 26 26 5 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 63300
33 18 10 7 HEY Willa 171500
34 21 14 6 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 115350
35 36 35 2 FALL ON ME Kitten 34900
36 NEW 36 1 LOST & FOUND BETSY 17400
37 52 37 2 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 28800
38 48 38 2 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 29500
39 49 39 2 ARCADE SUMMER FM-84 29200
40 35 1 16 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1102550

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41 44 41 10 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 112600
42 41 1 11 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 618650
43 34 13 8 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 157450
44 38 38 2 I DO I DO SYMPHOBIA 30450
45 27 12 7 PORCELAIN Skott 148900
46 50 46 2 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 24750
47 58 47 3 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 24900
48 37 37 6 FINAL SONG MO 74500
49 40 40 5 MOMBASA Stadium X 51050
50 74 50 2 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 17200

51 43 3 15 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 541450
52 39 14 7 WILD WEST Lissie 113500
53 67 53 4 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 27250
54 89 54 2 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 13200
55 55 1 20 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 596500
56 NEW 56 1 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 10600
57 46 6 20 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 552200
58 RE 58 3 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 13200
59 59 59 5 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 36200
60 60 60 3 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 27000

61 51 4 15 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 362350
62 42 22 6 TILTED Christine And The Queens 88900
63 NEW 63 1 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 7200
64 65 64 4 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 24500
65 66 65 2 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 13800
66 56 32 6 CLOSER Josef Salvat 79800
67 53 35 7 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 78850
68 76 1 20 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 938050
69 47 3 10 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 332600
70 70 70 2 GHOST Matilda 12000

71 57 47 6 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 44000
72 78 72 4 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 16600
73 93 73 2 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 7100
74 64 1 18 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 762400
75 61 32 6 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 73500

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76 54 38 6 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 52100
77 84 77 2 ILUMBARADA Ortiga 7800
78 NEW 78 1 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 4400
79 73 30 9 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 95200
80 80 1 19 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 463750

81 45 33 7 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 81500
82 82 27 9 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 113650
83 83 10 13 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 227600
84 92 84 2 A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 5000
85 NEW 85 1 CONCRETE Tom Odell 3000
86 91 86 2 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 4700
87 87 26 9 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 93250
88 90 88 2 HOME Henri Pfr 4400
89 NEW 89 1 YOUTH Glass Animals 2200
90 88 14 13 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 209050

91 NEW 91 1 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 1900
92 94 92 2 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 3400
93 NEW 93 1 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 1700
94 95 94 2 WATER FROZEN TWRR 3100
95 96 95 2 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 2900
96 NEW 96 1 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 1400
97 99 97 2 I WENT TOO FAR (MK REMIX) AURORA 2400
98 71 34 7 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 58300
99 100 99 2 T SHIRT Thomas Rhett 2100
100 NEW 100 1 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 1000

DROP OUTS
62 3 14 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 485300
63 45 6 PALMS Rationale 60900
68 68 17 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 74800
69 69 2 HERO Namie Amuro 12400
72 4 15 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 477500
75 36 5 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 69000
77 77 3 GIVE LOVE A TRY Aelyn 9200
79 20 7 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 95450
81 21 8 HIGH Jesper Jenset 114700
85 5 17 PARADISE Josef Salvat 386700
86 86 2 ALL I WANNA DO Martin Jensen 5600
97 73 5 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 17900
98 90 3 COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO 5200

21st Aug 2016

It’s Dusty’s 1966 classic finally topping my chart 50 years late. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me topped the UK chart that year, but predated my charts (though she would have certainly topped my fictional chart in 1964, cos I was mad as a hatter for I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself age 6, which topped as an album track eventually). It’s therefore her 7th Number One since she first did it with the Pet Shop Boys in 1987.

Highest new entry is at 4 for FMLYBND, very in the synth pop tradition of a few years back, and fab, while in at 9 it’s Francis & The Lights joining Fitz & The Tantrums in the top 10, with some help from Bon Iver (and in the video Kanye West), and terrific new single, Friends. Fab. GLADES jumps into the 10, Kungs replace themselves in the top 40 with a great new track that seems to have a Lightning Seeds riff in it, and the producer Roberto Rosan of German-based classical-pop act Sweetbox (hit in 1997 with Everything’s Gonna Be Alright and active onwards since then) has a new project SYMPHOBIA who have dabbled with a bit of Tchaikovski also to good hip hop effect, I Do I Do believe.

In a deluge of new acts, I’ve had to expand my chart once again to 100, just when I was hoping to chop it down to 75! Doh! Happily that means room for new singles from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, 14 years on since she murdered the dancefloor on top of my charts, not to mention Spiller, Florence + The Machine, and an oldie from Herb Alpert (a light-hearted instrumental jazz cover of the 1965 hit A Walk In The Black Forest – another track I was big on at the time, as done by German Horst Jankowski). I was only 7 but I loved a good pop tune! Talking of golden oldies, Petula Clark is back at the age of 83 with a good contemporary-sounding ballad 4 years after topping my charts for the second time, and the oldest person to do that with new material (Cut Copy Me). Pet was having hits before I was born, hard as that is to believe, and I intend to see her in concert later this year to enjoy the new and recent stuff and the huge list of golden 60’s singles (I hope). Legend!

1 11 1 24 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 491050
2 2 2 4 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 269200
3 1 1 16 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 853550
4 NEW 4 1 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 65000
5 8 5 4 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 162800
6 27 6 2 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 73400
7 4 1 6 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 600000
8 3 3 6 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 327250
9 NEW 9 1 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 45000
10 5 1 14 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 694700

11 6 1 15 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 962200
12 16 12 2 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 60000
13 13 6 5 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 158800
14 15 14 4 TROUBLE Offaiah 83600
15 18 15 2 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 49000
16 19 16 3 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 64000
17 7 1 13 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1168300
18 10 10 6 HEY Willa 153800
19 20 19 6 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 89950
20 9 9 5 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 165250

21 14 14 5 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 97750
22 25 22 3 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 56750
23 23 23 4 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 45300
24 26 24 3 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 55800
25 NEW 25 1 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 18750
26 29 26 4 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 45500
27 12 12 6 PORCELAIN Skott 135900
28 17 2 9 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 456500
29 30 29 3 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 53400
30 NEW 30 1 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 18000

31 32 31 2 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 35700
32 43 32 3 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 37900
33 36 33 3 GEMINI FEED Banks 38700
34 21 13 7 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 143950
35 28 1 15 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1085550
36 NEW 36 1 FALL ON ME Kitten 17400
37 39 37 5 FINAL SONG MO 62200
38 NEW 38 1 I DO I DO SYMPHOBIA 17200
39 31 14 6 WILD WEST Lissie 102000
40 51 40 4 MOMBASA Stadium X 38950

41 40 1 10 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 604900
42 22 22 5 TILTED Christine And The Queens 81500
43 24 3 14 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 529700
44 49 44 9 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 98850
45 33 33 6 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 76700
46 37 6 19 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 541800
47 34 3 9 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 326400
48 NEW 48 1 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 12300
49 NEW 49 1 ARCADE SUMMER FM-84 12100
50 NEW 50 1 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 12000

51 41 4 14 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 354850
52 NEW 52 1 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 11500
53 35 35 6 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 72250
54 38 38 5 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 47300
55 53 1 19 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 585700
56 56 32 5 CLOSER Josef Salvat 73000
57 47 47 5 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 38200
58 89 58 2 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 12400
59 60 59 4 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 26100
60 65 60 2 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 17000

61 48 32 5 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 68500
62 42 3 14 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 485300
63 45 45 6 PALMS Rationale 60900
64 59 1 17 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 757200
65 67 65 3 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 17400
66 NEW 66 1 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 6800
67 74 67 3 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 16000
68 68 68 17 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 74800
69 69 69 2 HERO Namie Amuro 12400
70 NEW 70 1 GHOST Matilda 6000

71 46 34 6 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 57100
72 55 4 15 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 477500
73 61 30 8 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 91000
74 NEW 74 1 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 5200
75 50 36 5 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 69000

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76 63 1 19 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 931650
77 88 77 3 GIVE LOVE A TRY Aelyn 9200
78 83 78 3 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 11000
79 52 20 7 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 95450
80 76 1 18 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 459750
81 54 21 8 HIGH Jesper Jenset 114700
82 57 27 8 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 110050
83 70 10 12 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 224200
84 NEW 84 1 ILUMBARADA Ortiga 3200
85 71 5 17 PARADISE Josef Salvat 386700
86 86 86 2 ALL I WANNA DO Martin Jensen 5600
87 62 26 8 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 90650
88 58 14 12 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 207050
89 NEW 89 1 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 2200
90 NEW 90 1 HOME Henri Pfr 2000
91 NEW 91 1 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 1900
92 NEW 92 1 A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 1800
93 NEW 93 1 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 1700
94 NEW 94 1 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 1600
95 NEW 95 1 WATER FROZEN TWRR 1500
96 NEW 96 1 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 1400
97 73 73 5 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 17900
98 90 90 3 COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO 5200
99 NEW 99 1 I WENT TOO FAR (MK REMIX) AURORA 1100
100 NEW 100 1 T SHIRT Thomas Rhett 1000

DROP OUTS
44 22 5 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 87850
64 30 10 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 108500
66 39 5 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 60700
72 72 5 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 20400
75 75 4 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 12600
77 16 12 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 187000
78 17 12 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 162900
79 7 11 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 316400
80 8 14 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 333050
81 25 4 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 55050
82 54 7 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 41300
84 68 5 INTO YOU Ariana Grande 24000
85 46 5 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 37050
87 87 2 WHERE WE ARE Ryos featuring Karra 4800

14th August 2016

It’s Dua Lipa with Hotter Than hell finally topping chart after 15 weeks, a very long time for a record to hit my top spot, but it just still sounds so fab, fresh. Should have been a bigger UK chart hit, at least it made the top 10 on sales. Shooting up to 2 is my Buzzjack Song Contest entry, the clappy happy Fitz & The Tantrums, while highest new entry is also from the BJSC, Morgxn, and a fab Years And Years-ish remix of Love With The Lights On, while ditto for new at 18 High Contrast with Clare Maguire gracing my top 20 not for the first time, but this time with a dance stormer.

It’s a big climb for Twenty One Pilots’ Suicide Squad Track (yay Harley!) leapfrogging the other one (I Started A Joke), with big climbs for Vaults and Banks as they both pull a heist of my chart, with Timeflies always there in any heist. Ouch! Further down, with some penguins, it’s octogenarian legend, Beatles widow, and avant-garde Japanese musician and artist Yoko Ono, back again some 35 years since she topped my chart solo with Walking On Thin Ice, the final track she worked on with husband John Lennon the night he was murdered. Together they both first topped my chart as the Plastic Ono Band with the timeless chant Give Peace A Chance in 1969, giving her a span of 47 years of hits – and she was already in her 30’s then!

http://youtube.com/v/fEOyePhElr4

1 3 1 15 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 768550
2 19 2 3 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 154200
3 4 3 5 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 279250
4 1 1 5 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 550000
5 5 1 13 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 652700
6 7 1 14 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 925200
7 2 1 12 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1145300
8 8 8 3 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 102800
9 9 9 4 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 145250
10 14 10 5 HEY Willa 131800

http://youtube.com/v/Y2V6yjjPbX0

fitz

11 12 11 23 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 321050
12 17 12 5 PORCELAIN Skott 117500
13 6 6 5 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 158800
14 20 14 4 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 78000
15 16 15 3 TROUBLE Offaiah 54600
16 NEW 16 1 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 25000
17 11 2 8 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 438200
18 NEW 18 1 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 22000
19 30 19 2 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 39000
20 33 20 5 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 68950

http://youtube.com/v/1N5_YeLbYZU

High contrast

21 15 13 6 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 126350
22 23 22 4 TILTED Christine And The Queens 67750
23 77 23 3 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 26050
24 10 3 13 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 516200
25 26 25 2 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 37250
26 28 26 2 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 36800
27 NEW 27 1 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 18400
28 21 1 14 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1068050
29 70 29 3 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 27000
30 38 30 2 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 35200

http://youtube.com/v/SeKy5XG8RwA

polina

31 13 14 5 WILD WEST Lissie 84900
32 NEW 32 1 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 17800
33 40 33 5 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 63700
34 18 3 8 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 313900
35 37 35 5 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 61000
36 82 36 2 GEMINI FEED Banks 21000
37 29 6 18 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 529050
38 48 38 4 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 36300
39 50 39 4 FINAL SONG MO 44900
40 31 1 9 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 590900

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41 25 4 13 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 343100
42 24 3 13 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 477950
43 67 43 2 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 20100
44 22 22 5 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 87850
45 47 45 5 PALMS Rationale 53700
46 34 34 5 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 51300
47 64 47 4 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 27800
48 43 32 4 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 61000
49 49 49 8 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 85600
50 36 36 4 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 64000

51 69 51 3 MOMBASA Stadium X 21950
52 27 20 6 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 91250
53 53 1 18 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 574900
54 45 21 7 HIGH Jesper Jenset 110900
55 55 4 14 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 471900
56 32 32 4 CLOSER Josef Salvat 62400
57 44 27 7 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 106450
58 46 14 11 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 204650
59 59 1 16 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 750100
60 80 60 3 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 16000

61 52 30 7 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 85600
62 42 26 7 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 88050
63 60 1 18 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 926850
64 76 30 10 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 108500
65 NEW 65 1 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 7000
66 39 39 5 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 60700
67 81 67 2 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 10400
68 71 68 16 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 68400
69 NEW 69 1 HERO Namie Amuro 6200
70 61 10 11 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 220800

71 58 5 16 PARADISE Josef Salvat 383700
72 RE 72 5 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 20400
73 75 73 4 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 16600
74 79 74 2 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 9400
75 86 75 4 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 12600

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76 72 1 17 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 455750
77 63 16 12 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 187000
78 65 17 12 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 162900
79 57 7 11 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 316400
80 51 8 14 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 333050

81 41 25 4 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 55050
82 66 54 7 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 41300
83 84 83 2 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 6600
84 68 68 5 INTO YOU Ariana Grande 24000
85 83 46 5 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 37050
86 NEW 86 1 ALL I WANNA DO Martin Jensen 2800
87 88 87 2 WHERE WE ARE Ryos featuring Karra 4800
88 89 88 2 GIVE LOVE A TRY Aelyn 4600
89 NEW 89 1 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 2200
90 90 90 2 COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO 4000

DROP OUTS
35 35 4 RISE Katy Perry 69300
54 54 4 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 32400
56 56 6 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 34700
62 50 9 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 62400
73 33 4 BLUSH TP4Y 50850
74 25 6 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 92350
78 32 7 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 72050
85 28 8 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 83200
87 3 15 VIVA LOVE ABC 386050

 

 

7th August 2016

It’s ABC for a second week on top as another great track from The Lexicon Of Love II, Kiss Me Goodbye, rockets up 58 places to 8, giving them a 3rd top 10 of the year. It’s gorgeous and I hope it’s the next single. Meanwhile, their 5th chart entry of the year and also from the album sneaks in at 67, Ten Below Zero. Highest climber is Offaiah, up 71 and causing Trouble at 16.

Highest new entry is Richard Ashcroft, They Don’t Own Me at 26, giving him 2 inside the 30, while at 28 is a cut from the new Suicide Squad movie from ConfidentialMX, a haunting semi-orchestral version of the Bee Gees brilliant I Started A Joke. Probably their most under-rated 60’s song, it’s already topped my chart for The Bee Gees and in a cover from Pet Shop Boys, both this century. Fingers-crossed this version takes it to a wider audience!

Others: Frances gets a 3rd chart entry at 30, the lovely Say It Again, Blossoms enter at 38 with Charlemagne, Bieber sneaks in twice at the lower end guesting for DJ Snake and Major Lazer: he certainly knows which way his dance-producer bread is buttered, though to be honest he could record himself farting into a microphone, set it to a 2016 production and his fans would make it number one. Just saying….. smile.gifThat leaves a newie from golden oldie Dolly Parton, giving her a span of 40 years of charting, and an oldie from Nancy Sinatra, her version of Neil Diamond’s 60’s Holly Holy, probably the best version I’ve heard, even over the previously charted Junior Walker & The All Stars (1973) and UB40 (1998) and Neil’s original. Nancy has an official chart run of 45 years, but it should be 50 years (cos These Boots would have topped my imaginary chart in 1966, being as I was mad on it aged 8).

1 1 1 4 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 485000
2 2 1 11 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1095300
3 4 2 14 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 598550
4 6 4 4 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 194250
5 3 1 12 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 592700
6 7 6 4 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 126800
7 9 1 13 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 870200
8 66 8 2 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 54800
9 10 9 3 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 100250
10 8 3 12 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 497200

http://youtube.com/v/TrJP2vnc37A

ABC

11 5 2 7 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 415200
12 14 12 22 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 284050
13 15 14 4 WILD WEST Lissie 67000
14 16 15 4 HEY Willa 89800
15 13 13 5 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 106600
16 87 16 2 TROUBLE Offaiah 27600
17 17 17 4 PORCELAIN Skott 82500
18 11 3 7 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 296300
19 29 19 2 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 39200
20 30 20 3 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 49000

http://youtube.com/v/_9zLg08v6aI

Offaiah

21 12 1 13 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1049750
22 22 22 4 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 74600
23 24 23 3 TILTED Christine And The Queens 48250
24 18 3 12 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 464200
25 19 4 12 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 329100
26 NEW 26 1 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 18500
27 20 20 5 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 79750
28 NEW 28 1 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 18300
29 21 6 17 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 511750
30 NEW 30 1 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 18000

http://youtube.com/v/gOdeIP-Wxuo

ConfidentialMX

31 23 1 8 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 573900
32 40 32 3 CLOSER Josef Salvat 51800
33 44 33 4 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 48950
34 46 34 4 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 38550
35 35 35 4 RISE Katy Perry 69300
36 36 36 3 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 52000
37 49 37 4 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 43500
38 NEW 38 1 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 17200
39 39 39 4 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 53900
40 55 40 4 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 46000

http://youtube.com/v/WBtVjjLtEY8

Blossoms

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41 25 25 3 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 51250
42 26 26 6 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 80650
43 32 32 3 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 48700
44 27 27 6 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 96050
45 45 21 6 HIGH Jesper Jenset 99900
46 31 14 10 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 194450
47 52 47 4 PALMS Rationale 40700
48 77 48 3 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 19100
49 57 49 7 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 73500
50 60 50 3 FINAL SONG MO 27800

51 28 8 13 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 329050
52 43 30 6 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 78100
53 51 1 17 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 563650
54 62 54 4 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 32400
55 37 4 13 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 461100
56 63 56 6 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 34700
57 38 7 10 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 312200
58 53 5 15 PARADISE Josef Salvat 377900
59 47 1 15 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 740000
60 58 1 17 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 919650

61 48 10 10 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 214800
62 50 50 9 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 62400
63 33 16 11 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 182400
64 74 64 3 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 15300
65 34 17 11 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 158500
66 54 54 6 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 37700
67 NEW 67 1 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 6600
68 68 68 4 INTO YOU Ariana Grande 20800
69 80 69 2 MOMBASA Stadium X 10200
70 86 70 2 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 8800

71 71 71 15 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 62000
72 70 1 16 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 449950
73 41 33 4 BLUSH TP4Y 50850
74 42 25 6 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 92350
75 79 75 3 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 11200

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

76 65 30 9 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 101400
77 89 77 2 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 6800
78 59 32 7 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 72050
79 NEW 79 1 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 4200
80 90 80 2 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 6000

81 NEW 81 1 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 3800
82 NEW 82 1 GEMINI FEED Banks 3600
83 72 46 4 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 34050
84 NEW 84 1 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 3200
85 69 28 8 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 83200
86 88 86 3 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 7600
87 64 3 15 VIVA LOVE ABC 386050
88 NEW 88 1 WHERE WE ARE Ryos featuring Karra 2400
89 NEW 89 1 GIVE LOVE A TRY Aelyn 2200
90 NEW 90 1 COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO 2000

DROP OUTS
56 48 6 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 44600
61 43 2 PAZZO! Pet Shop Boys 21000
67 67 3 JUMP START Turin Brakes 14800
73 73 5 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 16200
75 75 4 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 14800
76 33 5 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 60250
78 8 13 INNER SANCTUM/12 INCH MIXES Pet Shop Boys 265050
81 7 14 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 250050
82 1 22 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 748500
83 60 5 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 34400
84 36 5 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 47700
85 77 5 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 15400

 

31st July 2016

It’s ABC burning Flames of Desire over 34 years since The Look Of Love gave them their only other chart topper. Pure class. Up 25 places to 7 it’s Kwamie Liv, Danish Singer-songwriter with her sultry gorgeous Higher. A real grower. Meanwhile the under-rated American solo singer Max Jury gets his 2nd top 10 with the lovely Love That Grows Old, rocketing to 10 from 44.

Another under-rated act for some years is American singer-songwriter Lissie, she’s had quite a few charts entries with me, and a couple of top 10’s, but is yet to taste real chart success. Lissie, Max and Kwamie all have vocal passion, something that seems out of fashion give or take Adele, at least in the singles charts. Christine And The Queens shoot into the top 40, side by side with another French act, while highest new entry is from Fitz And The Tantrums, HandClap, is a fab slice of indiepop EDM from the L.A. band.

http://youtube.com/v/96Xz6G8l8Lc

ABC

1 3 1 3 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 315000
2 2 1 10 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 980300
3 1 1 11 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 532700
4 7 2 13 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 513550
5 4 2 6 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 378200
6 6 6 3 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 129250
7 32 7 3 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 71800
8 5 3 11 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 455200
9 11 1 12 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 820200
10 44 10 2 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 55250

http://youtube.com/v/ERLwV_FSeAI

Max

11 9 3 6 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 274300
12 10 1 12 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1030000
13 15 13 4 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 79600
14 19 14 21 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 249050
15 74 15 3 WILD WEST Lissie 35000
16 29 16 3 HEY Willa 60800
17 24 17 3 PORCELAIN Skott 59500
18 12 3 11 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 445200
19 14 4 11 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 310350
20 23 20 4 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 61350

http://youtube.com/v/PbCaoEsHX0M

Lissie

21 13 6 16 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 493550
22 28 22 3 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 55100
23 21 1 7 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 556000
24 60 24 2 TILTED Christine And The Queens 29000
25 26 25 2 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 37250
26 35 26 5 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 66900
27 27 27 5 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 82800
28 8 8 12 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 317300
29 NEW 29 1 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 18200
30 54 30 2 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 29000

http://youtube.com/v/Y2V6yjjPbX0

Fitz

31 20 14 9 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 181700
32 36 32 2 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 35200
33 16 16 10 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 175200
34 17 17 10 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 151500
35 37 35 3 RISE Katy Perry 51800
36 38 36 2 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 34600
37 18 4 12 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 450300
38 22 7 9 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 301800
39 39 39 3 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 36800
40 40 40 2 CLOSER Josef Salvat 34000

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

41 33 33 3 BLUSH TP4Y 45450
42 25 25 5 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 87150
43 30 30 5 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 66600
44 45 44 3 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 31250
45 31 21 5 HIGH Jesper Jenset 86900
46 70 46 3 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 20950
47 34 1 14 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 729900
48 41 10 9 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 207300
49 49 49 3 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 26200
50 50 50 8 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 55000

51 47 1 16 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 552400
52 59 52 3 PALMS Rationale 28200
53 51 5 14 PARADISE Josef Salvat 367700
54 64 54 5 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 30900
55 55 55 3 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 29000
56 48 48 6 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 44600
57 58 57 6 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 61400
58 53 1 16 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 909650
59 42 32 6 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 67650
60 71 60 2 FINAL SONG MO 15800

61 43 43 2 PAZZO! Pet Shop Boys 21000
62 65 62 3 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 21400
63 63 63 5 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 24100
64 62 3 14 VIVA LOVE ABC 383450
65 81 30 8 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 96600
66 NEW 66 1 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 6800
67 75 67 3 JUMP START Turin Brakes 14800
68 79 68 3 INTO YOU Ariane Grande 14400
69 52 28 7 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 80200
70 67 1 15 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 444350

71 73 71 14 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 56200
72 46 46 3 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 30650
73 82 73 5 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 16200
74 85 74 2 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 8200
75 78 75 4 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 14800

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

76 66 33 5 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 60250
77 89 77 2 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 6800
78 56 8 13 INNER SANCTUM/12 INCH MIXES Pet Shop Boys 265050
79 90 79 2 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 6200
80 NEW 80 1 MOMBASA Stadium X 4000

81 69 7 14 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 250050
82 72 1 22 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 748500
83 76 60 5 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 34400
84 RE 36 5 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 47700
85 RE 77 5 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 15400
86 NEW 86 1 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 2800
87 NEW 87 1 TROUBLE Offaiah 2600
88 88 88 2 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 4800
89 NEW 89 1 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 2200
90 NEW 90 1 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 2000

DROP OUTS
57 10 12 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 239100
61 40 8 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 65400
68 68 20 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 71100
77 71 7 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 22000
80 57 7 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 31800
83 9 10 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 203050
84 30 7 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 90800
86 1 19 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 879500
87 87 2 ALL IN MY HEAD (FLEX) Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap 5000

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24th July 2016

It’s Javiera Mena after 10 weeks charting on top, I’ve been a little bit obsessed with her Otra Era this week, the subtle, insistent, tuneful Chilean vibes are juuuuust gorgeous. I still love Salt Ashes almost as much though, even though it’s at 2, and ABC go up to 3, their 3rd top 3. The exciting No Wyld shoot up to 6, and there’s a few Pet Shop Boys tracks in and back and about, following their storming Royal Opera House concert. Not bad for 30 years in the biz!

Olly Murs has a nice top 20 leap, and Dusty’s classic at long last also makes the 20 50 years on. Highest new entry is a classy French language delight from Vendredi sur Mer at 26, and French act Christine And The Queens at 60, with other returnees being Max Jury, Josef Salvat on a roll – 3 top 40’s in a row – Selena Gomez, and Beverley Knight extending her run to over 20 years with a song that I first charted over 47 years ago in its’ original version: Private Number hit my top 10 for William Bell & Judy Clay in early 1969.

http://youtube.com/v/NUCZG09ehLM

javiera

1 20 1 10 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 447700
2 1 1 9 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 865300
3 5 3 2 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 145000
4 2 2 5 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 318200
5 3 3 10 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 407200
6 23 6 2 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 74250
7 4 2 12 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 448550
8 8 8 11 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 299000
9 6 3 5 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 237300
10 9 1 11 BURN Pet Shop Boys 995000

http://youtube.com/v/cAU7zsnH3Go

olly

11 7 1 11 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 775200
12 12 3 10 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 423200
13 13 6 15 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 473800
14 11 4 10 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 289350
15 36 15 3 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 47600
16 16 16 9 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 157500
17 17 17 9 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 133900
18 18 4 11 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 433000
19 29 19 20 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 220050
20 14 14 8 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 163800

http://youtube.com/v/M1n3TcYYJIc

vendredi

21 10 1 6 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 536750
22 15 7 8 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 284600
23 26 23 3 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 41350
24 35 24 2 PORCELAIN Skott 36500
25 25 25 4 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 73400
26 NEW 26 1 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 18500
27 27 27 4 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 64400
28 37 28 2 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 35600
29 34 29 2 HEY Willa 35800
30 30 30 4 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 53100

31 21 21 4 HIGH Jesper Jenset 73900
32 80 32 2 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 21800
33 42 33 2 BLUSH TP4Y 31450
34 24 1 13 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 717400
35 39 35 4 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 48400
36 NEW 36 1 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 17400
37 40 37 2 RISE Katy Perry 34300
38 NEW 38 1 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 17200
39 87 39 2 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 19700
40 NEW 40 1 CLOSER Josef Salvat 17000

http://youtube.com/v/SbYV5FZIDqU

dreamcatcher

41 22 10 8 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 195000
42 32 32 5 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 57550
43 NEW 43 1 PAZZO! Pet Shop Boys 13500
44 NEW 44 1 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 13250
45 75 45 2 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 18000
46 48 46 2 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 25050
47 44 1 15 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 540650
48 50 48 5 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 34000
49 90 49 2 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 14100
50 63 50 7 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 43000

51 38 5 13 PARADISE Josef Salvat 356450
52 28 28 6 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 74000
53 45 1 15 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 899450
54 NEW 54 1 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 11000
55 62 55 2 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 18200
56 RE 8 12 INNER SANCTUM/12 INCH MIXES Pet Shop Boys 260650
57 31 10 12 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 239100
58 58 58 5 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 51000
59 67 59 2 PALMS Rationale 16700
60 NEW 60 1 TILTED Christine And The Queens 10000

61 51 40 8 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 65400
62 46 3 13 VIVA LOVE ABC 376350
63 70 63 4 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 16900
64 74 64 4 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 19900
65 65 65 2 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 14000
66 33 33 4 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 55450
67 61 1 14 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 438350
68 68 68 20 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 71100
69 54 7 13 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 246250
70 89 70 2 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 8200

71 NEW 71 1 FINAL SONG MO 5800
72 66 1 21 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 744900
73 73 73 13 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 50400
74 86 74 2 WILD WEST Lissie 8000
75 84 75 2 JUMP START Turin Brakes 8200

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

76 60 60 4 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 31000
77 71 71 7 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 22000
78 83 78 3 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 9800
79 81 79 2 INTO YOU Ariane Grande 8000
80 57 57 7 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 31800

81 RE 30 7 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 89600
82 82 82 4 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 10800
83 41 9 10 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 203050
84 53 30 7 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 90800
85 NEW 85 1 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 3000
86 RE 1 19 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 879500
87 88 87 2 ALL IN MY HEAD (FLEX) Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap 5000
88 NEW 88 1 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 2400
89 NEW 89 1 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 2200
90 NEW 90 1 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 2000

DROP OUTS
19 19 28 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 347550
43 15 21 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 240900
47 28 5 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 61300
49 49 3 NO SOY COMO TU CREES Ana Mena 28500
52 14 8 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 132800
55 22 6 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 102650
56 24 13 KISS Prince 192050
59 36 4 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 44500
64 40 7 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 55800
69 26 7 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 94300
72 8 12 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 267000
76 7 17 VENUS Frankie Avalon 376600
77 77 4 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 12400
78 78 3 MAKE YOUR MOVE Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan 9800
79 6 10 SAY YAY! Barei 279950
85 39 9 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 79150

17th July 2016

It’s 3 weeks at 1 for the fab Salt Ashes, holding off Grace, Richard Ashcroft and the highest new entry from ABC, the next single from the sophisticated Lexicon Of Love II album, the lovely The Flames Of Desire makes it 2 top 5 in a row for Martin Fry for the first time in 34 years. Pet Shop Boys meantime make it 5 from Super to go top 10, as Twenty Something hits 8 ahead of my Royal Opera House concert live performance. I say “my”, I mean “their”.

In at 23, the fab dramatic No Wyld with Let Me Know, a bit early 2000’s in style, while Katy Perry has an Olympic return, and she is High straight into the 40, some 8 years or so since she kissed a girl and a couple of chart-toppers in between. Yasmin has previously topped my chart in 2011 with Finish Line, this time she’s back with Infinity Ink at 30. At 37, it’s in an advert, and it’s in the trailer for DC/warners new Suicide Squad film, which gives me an excuse to rechart my 1973 number one from The Sweet. Ballroom Blitz is glamtastic fab and I’m 15 years old all over again.

http://youtube.com/v/r8pYpii2Atg

Elsewhere, The Monkees re-do a 60’s duet with the very late Harry Nilsson, using his vocals on his song for them, giving them 3, and Harry his first “new” entry since 1977. One of his songs has topped my chart in recent years though for Order Of Era, one I entered into Buzzjack Song Contest, as I have with Firebeatz, at 26. Fall Out Boy keep ’em coming, a reinvention of Ghostbusters with Missy Elliot, now into her 3rd decade of hits in not much under 20 years. It’s from the movie of course. That Missy comment also applies to Britney Spears who’s back too, 18 years since she was in her school outfit asking to be belted.

1 1 1 8 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 750300
2 2 2 4 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 253200
3 9 3 9 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 347200
4 4 2 11 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 398550
5 NEW 5 1 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 60000
6 3 3 4 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 192300
7 5 1 10 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 738200
8 11 8 10 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 251000
9 8 1 10 BURN Pet Shop Boys 953000
10 7 1 5 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 517000

http://youtube.com/v/96Xz6G8l8Lc

ABC

11 13 4 9 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 260350
12 12 3 9 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 388200
13 6 6 14 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 441800
14 17 14 7 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 143800
15 10 7 7 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 265100
16 21 16 8 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 132500
17 22 17 8 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 110900
18 18 4 10 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 411000
19 27 19 28 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 347550
20 20 6 9 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 277700

http://youtube.com/v/2d4VvEVeau0

Rochelle

21 25 21 3 HIGH Jesper Jenset 56000
22 14 10 7 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 181000
23 NEW 23 1 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 19250
24 16 1 12 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 699800
25 26 25 3 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 54650
26 82 26 2 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 22100
27 38 27 3 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 46000
28 29 28 5 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 62500
29 34 29 19 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 199050
30 48 30 3 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 35100

http://youtube.com/v/kGIgqwv7dxQ

No Wyld

31 19 10 11 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 228700
32 35 32 4 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 43800
33 33 33 3 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 48650
34 NEW 34 1 HEY Willa 17600
35 NEW 35 1 PORCELAIN Skott 17500
36 84 36 2 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 20600
37 NEW 37 1 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 17300
38 23 5 12 PARADISE Josef Salvat 344700
39 54 39 3 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 30900
40 NEW 40 1 RISE Katy Perry 17000

http://youtube.com/v/lFIIMEe2Ht0

Katy Perry

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41 30 9 9 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 199650
42 NEW 42 1 BLUSH TP4Y 13750
43 15 15 21 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 240900
44 43 1 14 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 528150
45 39 1 14 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 888200
46 37 3 12 VIVA LOVE ABC 368950
47 28 28 5 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 61300
48 NEW 48 1 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 12300
49 50 49 3 NO SOY COMO TU CREES Ana Mena 28500
50 67 50 4 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 21700

51 44 40 7 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 57900
52 32 14 8 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 132800
53 42 30 6 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 87600
54 47 7 12 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 240050
55 31 22 6 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 102650
56 24 24 13 KISS Prince 192050
57 59 57 6 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 27800
58 58 58 4 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 40800
59 36 36 4 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 44500
60 60 60 3 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 26200

http://youtube.com/v/2AQ44nPrRTM

Fall Out Boy

61 56 1 13 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 431750
62 NEW 62 1 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 7400
63 66 63 6 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 31000
64 40 40 7 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 55800
65 NEW 65 1 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 7000
66 63 1 20 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 739300
67 NEW 67 1 PALMS Rationale 6600
68 69 68 19 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 64700
69 41 26 7 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 94300
70 87 70 3 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 9700

71 74 71 6 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 17400
72 49 8 12 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 267000
73 73 73 12 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 45000
74 75 74 3 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 12800
75 NEW 75 1 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 5000

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

76 51 7 17 VENUS Frankie Avalon 376600
77 77 77 4 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 12400
78 80 78 3 MAKE YOUR MOVE Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan 9800
79 53 6 10 SAY YAY! Barei 279950
80 NEW 80 1 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 4000

81 NEW 81 1 INTO YOU Ariane Grande 3800
82 88 82 3 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 7200
83 90 83 2 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 5400
84 NEW 84 1 JUMP START Turin Brakes 3200
85 72 39 9 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 79150
86 NEW 86 1 WILD WEST Lissie 2800
87 NEW 87 1 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 2600
88 NEW 88 1 ALL IN MY HEAD (FLEX) Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap 2400
89 NEW 89 1 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 2200
90 NEW 90 1 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 2000

DROP OUTS
45 45 4 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 36500
46 17 7 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 110950
52 52 12 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 106300
55 38 9 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 78000
57 57 7 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 39700
61 40 7 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 72100
62 45 6 HOLD UP Beyonce 51950
64 17 12 ALPHABET STREET Prince 203000
65 65 15 VICTIMS Culture Club 86000
68 1 26 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1453650
70 70 7 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 28000
71 71 12 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 34600
76 22 9 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 144350
78 12 11 UP&UP Coldplay 173400
79 65 5 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 25800
81 81 4 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 14400
83 3 9 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 306450
85 1 17 NIRVANA Squeeze 644500
86 86 3 LET ME ROLL IT Paul McCartney & Wings 6800
89 89 3 LET’S STICK TOGETHER Bryan Ferry 4800

 

10th July 2016

It’s Salt Ashes for a second week with the fab Save It, just ahead of Grace leaping to 8 and her second top 5 following You Don’t Own Me. She’s a Hell Of A Girl, but When The Night Comes it’s ELO I turn to, with their highest charting of the year, and extending Jeff Lynne’s top 10 run to just over 44 years.

As I at long last take advantage of only 3 new entries to chop my chart to 90, fingers crossed I can get it back to 75 soon! Olly Murs is back, but that’s nothing compared to The Stone Roses chart return after a gap of 20 odd years, and 27 years since debuting. Inside the 40, going up is Rick Astley grabbing his 2nd top 40 of the year, Alan Walker does the same, while Bob Marley’s Is This Love is back inside the 40 after a gap of 38 years, albeit remix stylee. Bob has now had more remixed and reissued chart entries since he died than hits when he was alive. Rihanna’s Star Trek movie theme does better than any of her latest album tracks in my chart, and returns her to the 40, just as well as it’s unheard of for any of her previous albums not to have at least ONE top 40 track.

1 1 1 7 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 580300
2 18 2 3 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 138200
3 12 3 3 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 137300
4 2 2 10 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 333550
5 4 1 9 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 688200
6 6 6 13 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 409800
7 3 1 4 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 475000
8 5 1 9 BURN Pet Shop Boys 908000
9 9 4 8 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 262200
10 7 7 6 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 238100

http://youtube.com/v/0KCVmOQ1q6Y

Pet Shop Boys

11 14 11 9 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 203000
12 8 3 8 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 353200
13 13 4 8 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 223350
14 10 10 6 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 161500
15 17 15 20 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 227400
16 15 1 11 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 680800
17 19 17 6 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 114800
18 16 4 9 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 389000
19 11 10 10 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 210800
20 20 6 8 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 257700

http://youtube.com/v/mbf6HbKZSMk

The Monkees

21 25 21 7 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 107500
22 28 22 7 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 87900
23 23 5 11 PARADISE Josef Salvat 327500
24 27 24 12 KISS Prince 181450
25 35 25 2 HIGH Jesper Jenset 36250
26 36 26 2 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 35900
27 34 27 27 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 326550
28 32 28 4 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 48800
29 37 29 4 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 44200
30 21 9 8 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 185650

http://youtube.com/v/ynFTWGub5VA

Sweet Coffee

31 22 22 5 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 91850
32 24 14 7 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 121300
33 44 33 2 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 30950
34 39 34 18 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 180850
35 66 35 3 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 26000
36 54 36 3 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 34400
37 31 3 11 VIVA LOVE ABC 356200
38 57 38 2 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 27600
39 33 1 13 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 875200
40 52 40 6 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 48700

http://youtube.com/v/BXhIT4MpRis

Rihanna

41 26 26 6 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 88100
42 30 30 5 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 76350
43 42 1 13 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 514900
44 40 40 6 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 46150
45 47 45 4 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 36500
46 29 17 7 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 110950
47 41 7 11 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 229050
48 76 48 2 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 17100
49 43 8 11 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 261400
50 78 50 2 NO SOY COMO TU CREES Ana Mena 16400

51 46 7 16 VENUS Frankie Avalon 371800
52 53 52 12 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 106300
53 49 6 9 SAY YAY! Barei 275750
54 86 54 2 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 13800
55 38 38 9 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 78000
56 55 1 12 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 424250
57 60 57 7 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 39700
58 58 58 3 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 30600
59 83 59 5 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 17400
60 69 60 2 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 16200

61 50 40 7 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 72100
62 45 45 6 HOLD UP Beyonce 51950
63 61 1 19 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 732500
64 62 17 12 ALPHABET STREET Prince 203000
65 67 65 15 VICTIMS Culture Club 86000
66 68 66 5 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 23800
67 93 67 3 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 9700
68 63 1 26 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1453650
69 72 69 18 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 58300
70 70 70 7 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 28000

71 71 71 12 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 34600
72 64 39 8 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 76150
73 73 73 11 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 39600
74 89 74 5 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 11600
75 87 75 2 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 7600

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76 51 22 9 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 144350
77 94 77 3 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 7800
78 56 12 11 UP&UP Coldplay 173400
79 65 65 5 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 25800
80 96 80 2 MAKE YOUR MOVE Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan 5400

81 81 81 4 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 14400
82 NEW 82 1 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 3600
83 59 3 9 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 306450
84 NEW 84 1 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 3200
85 84 1 17 NIRVANA Squeeze 644500
86 90 86 3 LET ME ROLL IT Paul McCartney & Wings 6800
87 99 87 2 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 3700
88 98 88 2 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 3600
89 95 89 3 LET’S STICK TOGETHER Bryan Ferry 4800
90 NEW 90 1 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 2000

http://youtube.com/v/OKxq85v39Vw

Firebeatz

DROP OUTS
48 21 11 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 208550
74 26 7 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 92050
75 50 7 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 40400
77 2 11 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 410700
79 15 11 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 177550
80 2 15 YES McAlmont & Butler 359750
82 1 11 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 414600
85 85 2 GOODBYE GIRL Squeeze 6000
88 1 20 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1087250
91 4 11 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 234000
92 6 29 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 461050
97 35 8 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 61300
100 100 2 TVC15 David Bowie 2000

3rd July 2016

It’s Salt Ashes on top, hopefully a future smash, such a fab dance track, and their second top 20 hit, just ahead of Dua Lipa climbing from 13 to 2. ELO get another top 20, they’ve not been on this form (or rather Jeff Lynne hasn’t been) since 1981! Neil Sedaka takes his Deadpool oldie into the 20 giving him his first oldie in my top 20 since Oh Carol in 1972, and his first since 1975. Meanwhile Grace gets a second top 20 as Hell Of A Girl rockets up 80 places.

Highest entry is Jesper Jenset just pipping Celtic Woman and their celtic goodie, as Kylie grabs another top 40 28 years on from her debut, this time with the second version of This Wheels On Fire to chart (Siouxsie & The Banshees was the last one, the classic cover from Julie Driscoll & co is yet to chart), from the Ab Fab movie.

http://youtube.com/v/vPo1ehHrrQE

1 5 1 6 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 410300
2 13 2 9 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 268550
3 1 1 3 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 425000
4 3 1 8 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 628200
5 2 1 8 BURN Pet Shop Boys 860000
6 7 6 12 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 354800
7 9 7 5 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 196100
8 8 3 7 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 318200
9 4 4 7 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 217200
10 11 10 5 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 132500

http://youtube.com/v/fEOyePhElr4

11 10 10 9 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 189800
12 37 12 2 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 52300
13 6 4 7 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 181350
14 18 14 8 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 166000
15 15 1 10 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 655800
16 16 4 8 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 367000
17 25 17 19 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 200400
18 98 18 2 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 23200
19 19 19 5 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 91800
20 20 6 7 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 237700

http://youtube.com/v/YYrdW4EFAto

21 12 9 7 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 167650
22 23 22 4 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 73950
23 22 5 10 PARADISE Josef Salvat 308250
24 14 14 6 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 103500
25 30 25 6 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 87750
26 26 26 5 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 74100
27 28 27 11 KISS Prince 162450
28 29 28 6 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 68400
29 17 17 6 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 98200
30 34 30 4 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 62600

31 24 3 10 VIVA LOVE ABC 338900
32 54 32 3 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 30500
33 27 1 12 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 858100
34 35 34 26 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 308150
35 NEW 35 1 HIGH Jesper Jenset 17500
36 NEW 36 1 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 17400
37 66 37 3 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 26000
38 45 38 8 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 67200
39 44 39 17 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 163250
40 62 40 5 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 32900

http://youtube.com/v/mabaKE-xNUo

41 32 7 10 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 216550
42 41 1 12 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 501400
43 31 8 10 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 249300
44 NEW 44 1 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 13250
45 47 45 5 HOLD UP Beyonce 44550
46 43 7 15 VENUS Frankie Avalon 360050
47 60 47 3 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 23500
48 21 21 11 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 208550
49 33 6 8 SAY YAY! Barei 264500
50 40 40 6 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 64600

51 38 22 8 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 139550
52 57 52 5 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 31700
53 53 53 11 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 94800
54 70 54 2 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 17000
55 49 1 11 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 413650
56 42 12 10 UP&UP Coldplay 169000
57 NEW 57 1 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 10400
58 58 58 2 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 20400
59 46 3 8 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 303050
60 61 60 6 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 29300

61 48 1 18 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 725300
62 52 17 11 ALPHABET STREET Prince 195900
63 56 1 25 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1447050
64 39 39 7 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 70550
65 65 65 4 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 21600
66 93 66 2 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 8500
67 67 67 14 VICTIMS Culture Club 79000
68 71 68 4 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 17000
69 NEW 69 1 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 6200
70 74 70 6 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 22000

71 73 71 11 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 28800
72 72 72 17 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 52100
73 75 73 10 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 34200
74 51 26 7 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 92050
75 50 50 7 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 40400

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76 NEW 76 1 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 4800
77 64 2 11 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 410700
78 NEW 78 1 NO SOY COMO TU CREES Ana Mena 4400
79 55 15 11 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 177550
80 68 2 15 YES McAlmont & Butler 359750

81 81 81 3 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 10600
82 77 1 11 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 414600
83 95 83 4 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 7300
84 78 1 16 NIRVANA Squeeze 641500
85 85 85 2 GOODBYE GIRL Squeeze 6000
86 NEW 86 1 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 2800
87 NEW 87 1 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 2600
88 69 1 20 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1087250
89 89 89 4 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 6400
90 90 90 2 LET ME ROLL IT Paul McCartney & Wings 4000

91 82 4 11 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 234000
92 83 6 29 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 461050
93 96 93 2 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 3100
94 94 94 2 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 3200
95 99 95 2 LET’S STICK TOGETHER Bryan Ferry 2600
96 NEW 96 1 MAKE YOUR MOVE Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan 1400
97 86 35 8 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 61300
98 NEW 98 1 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 1200
99 NEW 99 1 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 1100
100 100 100 2 TVC15 David Bowie 2000

DROP OUTS
36 36 10 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 164750
59 3 9 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 375650
63 38 9 EMPTY Garbage 78700
76 25 10 WAITING Alice Boman 114450
79 8 11 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 258500
80 34 8 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 72500
84 66 7 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 26200
87 87 4 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 7600
88 37 9 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 71500
91 10 8 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 146500
92 9 14 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 224150
97 97 2 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 2400

26th June 2016

It’s fabulous Bread on top for a second week as the country tries to turn the clock back 46 years to join Bread in 1970. That can only turn out well as there is no actual thing as a time machine. Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the top 10, only the 4th time they’ve done that, By The Way, and The Zephyr Song both peaked at 4 in 2002, and, Universally Speaking in 2003 hit 8, so it’s been 13 years waiting! Dua Lipa finally breaks into the 20 cos she’s Hotter Than Hell, while Deadpool on DVD Bluray boosts Neil Sedaka and Juice Newton.

Hot off Glastonbury, 70’s legend and huge fave of mine, Jeff Lynne has the highest ELO entry at 37, When The Night Comes being the 4th off his current album to make my 40. Back in the Vinyl Age, he first charted with The Move and a Brontosaurus, in 1970. The Beach Boys 1966 classic Pet Sounds is specially editioned back into the album charts, and that allows the fab track You Still Believe In Me to chart 50 years on. The boys were number 2 in my first ever chart in 1968, behind The Beatles and ahead of Dusty Springfield. Whaddya know, they all in my chart still with uncharted 60’s classics!

Rick Astley gets his second comeback chart entry, a Squeeze oldie from 1978 joins their current former chart-topper, as Macca enters with another track off Pure McCartney with another Band On The Run track, Let Me Roll It, which leaves only 3 of the tracks off that 1974 classic album yet to chart. Another 1978 oldie is back, in remixed form, for Bob Marley – Is This Love.

http://youtube.com/v/K4R93xnKink

Bread

1 1 1 2 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 340000
2 2 1 7 BURN Pet Shop Boys 800000
3 3 1 7 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 563200
4 6 4 6 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 172100
5 5 5 5 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 240300
6 4 4 6 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 149350
7 8 7 11 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 299800
8 7 3 6 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 270200
9 10 9 4 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 146100
10 13 10 8 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 152800

http://youtube.com/v/Q0oIoR9mLwc

Chili Peppers

11 20 11 4 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 95500
12 9 9 6 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 147900
13 33 13 8 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 153550
14 17 14 5 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 84500
15 15 1 9 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 628800
16 11 4 7 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 342000
17 23 17 5 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 80000
18 18 18 7 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 137000
19 19 19 4 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 70800
20 12 6 6 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 217700

http://youtube.com/v/eS_korRhTDk

lemaitre

21 21 21 10 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 196250
22 16 5 9 PARADISE Josef Salvat 289000
23 29 23 3 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 54450
24 14 3 9 VIVA LOVE ABC 321000
25 31 25 18 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 177400
26 27 26 4 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 55600
27 24 1 11 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 840400
28 30 28 10 KISS Prince 144050
29 45 29 5 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 50100
30 43 30 5 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 69000

31 22 8 9 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 235800
32 32 7 9 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 202550
33 28 6 7 SAY YAY! Barei 252400
34 40 34 3 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 44600
35 37 35 25 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 290550
36 36 36 10 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 164750
37 NEW 37 1 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 17300
38 39 22 7 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 127800
39 47 39 6 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 63450
40 50 40 5 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 52600

http://youtube.com/v/aZfCNLRsNBU

ELO

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

41 41 1 11 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 487650
42 26 12 9 UP&UP Coldplay 158400
43 25 7 14 VENUS Frankie Avalon 347300
44 48 44 16 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 146150
45 54 45 7 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 50000
46 38 3 7 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 292950
47 53 47 4 HOLD UP Beyonce 31550
48 55 1 17 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 717800
49 46 1 10 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 402850
50 69 50 6 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 35400

51 34 26 6 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 86850
52 49 17 10 ALPHABET STREET Prince 188500
53 56 53 10 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 83550
54 93 54 2 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 12700
55 35 15 10 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 173350
56 52 1 24 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1439850
57 71 57 4 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker 20200
58 NEW 58 1 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 10200
59 44 3 9 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 375650
60 RE 60 2 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 11000

61 75 61 5 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 19300
62 72 62 4 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 15900
63 51 38 9 EMPTY Garbage 78700
64 61 2 10 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 406100
65 73 65 3 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 14600
66 91 66 2 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 8700
67 70 67 13 VICTIMS Culture Club 72400
68 67 2 14 YES McAlmont & Butler 355750
69 65 1 19 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1084850
70 NEW 70 1 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 6000

71 88 71 3 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 10600
72 77 72 16 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 46500
73 81 73 10 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 23000
74 84 74 5 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 16000
75 80 75 9 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 28800

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76 57 25 10 WAITING Alice Boman 114450
77 74 1 10 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 411000
78 76 1 15 NIRVANA Squeeze 638300
79 59 8 11 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 258500
80 64 34 8 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 72500

81 85 81 2 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 6800
82 79 4 10 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 232100
83 87 6 28 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 459250
84 66 66 7 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 26200
85 NEW 85 1 GOODBYE GIRL Squeeze 3000
86 63 35 7 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 60000
87 90 87 4 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 7600
88 62 37 9 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 71500
89 100 89 3 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 4200
90 NEW 90 1 LET ME ROLL IT Paul McCartney & Wings 2000

91 68 10 8 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 146500
92 82 9 14 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 224150
93 NEW 93 1 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 1700
94 NEW 94 1 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 1600
95 97 95 3 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 3900
96 NEW 96 1 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 1400
97 99 97 2 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 2400
98 NEW 98 1 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 1200
99 NEW 99 1 LET’S STICK TOGETHER Bryan Ferry 1100
100 NEW 100 1 TVC15 David Bowie 1000

DROP OUTS
42 29 9 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 155350
58 54 21 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 156200
60 60 9 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 68900
78 47 6 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 46550
83 43 5 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 42900
86 86 4 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 8300
89 74 5 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 18200
92 92 2 LOVE IS A LONELY DANCER Antony & Cleopatra 3000
94 1 42 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2926900
95 95 2 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 3000
96 12 14 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 182800
98 1 18 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 876700

19th June 2016

 

It’s a classic ballad from 1970 on top, a gorgeous song that peaked at 2 in my charts of the time, and one which topped my chart in a over by Let Loose 20 years ago. Make It With You is being heavily featured in an advert and has duly made the UK sales top 100 – not the streaming chart, the one I actually still care about where old folk like me still buy with actual money and the number ones are way better. I always loved the song so 46 years late it climbs one spot higher to give Bread, and main singer-songwriter girlie heart-throb David Gates his first chart-topper. Bread never made the uk trek to TOTP back in the day so they charted on the song, and I never got see Bread at their peak. Looking back now, he was quite the good-looker wholesome teen appeal on top of the songwriting talent and angelic voice.

Elton John gets his first top 5 with new material since he topped the chart uncredited a decade ago with Scissor Sisters I Dont Feel Like Dancing, this time assisting Bright Light Bright Light. You can see the Elton influence on both pop gems which makes me wonder why his solo albums are so dreary year after year. He’s down with current music trends – he just avoids them on his recordings. He needs a kick up the ass. Meanwhile another old 70s star who also needs a kickstart is back up – I’m supporting Bob Geldofs showdown of the loathesome racist Nigel Farage, drowning him out with the original version of The In Crowd on the River Thames, and as done definitively here from 1974 and Bryan Ferrys version.

1 NEW 1 1 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 170000
2 2 1 6 BURN Pet Shop Boys 685000
3 1 1 6 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 478200
4 46 4 5 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 94350
5 5 5 4 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 180300
6 15 6 5 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 107100
7 3 3 5 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 222200
8 9 8 10 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 249800
9 13 9 5 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 112900
10 10 10 3 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 101100

11 4 4 6 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 317000
12 6 6 5 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 197700
13 18 13 7 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 110800
14 8 3 8 VIVA LOVE ABC 302000
15 11 1 8 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 601800
16 31 5 8 PARADISE Josef Salvat 269500
17 32 17 4 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 55500
18 19 18 6 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 115000
19 27 19 3 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 49800
20 20 20 3 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 58500

21 21 21 9 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 176500
22 12 8 8 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 217900
23 25 23 4 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 57000
24 14 1 10 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 822000
25 7 7 13 VENUS Frankie Avalon 333800
26 16 12 8 UP&UP Coldplay 144650
27 38 27 3 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 37100
28 22 6 6 SAY YAY! Barei 234700
29 39 29 2 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 35200
30 34 30 9 KISS Prince 125750

31 33 31 17 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 158650
32 24 7 8 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 185050
33 44 24 7 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 121550
34 26 26 5 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 75100
35 23 15 9 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 162550
36 36 36 9 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 147350
37 40 37 24 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 273050
38 30 3 6 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 280200
39 28 22 6 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 110600
40 60 40 2 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 27000

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41 41 1 10 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 473650
42 29 29 9 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 155350
43 43 43 4 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 51000
44 37 3 8 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 365550
45 59 45 4 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 31900
46 42 1 9 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 390750
47 56 47 5 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 46350
48 49 48 15 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 132900
49 17 17 9 ALPHABET STREET Prince 177000
50 50 50 4 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 35600

51 51 38 8 EMPTY Garbage 715000
52 52 1 23 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1429250
53 67 53 3 HOLD UP Beyonce 19050
54 65 54 6 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 37000
55 55 1 16 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 705500
56 58 56 9 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 72300
57 45 25 9 WAITING Alice Boman 109650
58 54 54 21 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 156200
59 77 8 10 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 254300
60 62 60 9 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 68900

61 53 2 9 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 399000
62 48 37 8 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 69100
63 35 35 6 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 57200
64 64 34 7 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 68500
65 57 1 18 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1078650
66 72 66 6 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 23000
67 66 2 13 YES McAlmont & Butler 329350
68 61 10 7 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 144600
69 69 69 5 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 23400
70 70 70 12 VICTIMS Culture Club 65800

71 85 71 3 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker 9800
72 91 72 3 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 8500
73 89 73 2 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 7600
74 68 1 9 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 406400
75 81 75 4 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 11800

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

76 71 1 14 NIRVANA Squeeze 633900
77 80 77 15 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 40900
78 47 47 6 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 46550
79 78 4 9 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 228500
80 83 80 8 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 23800

81 87 81 9 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 17600
82 82 9 13 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 222350
83 63 43 5 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 42900
84 84 84 4 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 10800
85 NEW 85 1 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 3000
86 86 86 4 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 8300
87 79 6 27 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 455850
88 88 88 2 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 4800
89 74 74 5 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 18200
90 93 90 3 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 4800

91 NEW 91 1 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 1900
92 98 92 2 LOVE IS A LONELY DANCER Antony & Cleopatra 3000
93 NEW 93 1 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 1700
94 92 1 42 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2926900
95 95 95 2 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 3000
96 96 12 14 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 182800
97 99 97 2 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 2400
98 90 1 18 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 876700
99 NEW 99 1 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 1100
100 100 100 2 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 2000

DROP OUTS
73 12 8 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 145700
75 74 5 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 23400
76 76 8 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 32600
94 3 22 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 635650
97 97 1 A/B MACHINES Sleigh Bells 1300

P1070833
12th June 2016

It’s 67-year-old Jean-Michel Jarre electronica legend and 80’s quirky popstress 62-year-old Cyndi Lauper on top with the cool, and soon to be a single, Swipe To The Right, something we all do daily these days. It’s a banging dance choon and the first chart-topper for both acts, Cyndi’s been waiting patiently over 32 years, and Jean-Michel hanging in there 39 years since his classic Oxygene Part IV peaked at 2 when I just started Uni. Meanwhile 50’s popstar Frankie Avalon finally gets his 1959 Venus into my top 10, so that’s the oldest duo to top my chart, the oldest track to hit my top 10 (57 years old), and with The Monkees at 10, the oldest band to hit my top 10 with new material (Micky is 71, Peter 74 and Mike 73), and the last time Mike was in my top 10 solo was the year Jean-Michel Jarre debuted – 1977. Had I been charting in 1967 they would also have the longest span of top 10 hits, 50 years give or take. They also enter the top 40 with their official single,

Talking of 60’s veterans, and bangin’ EDM pensioners, back in at 13 is 73-year-old Paul McCartney’s 1974 album track, Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five as re-imagined by Timo Maas and James Teej, that’s the 5th track off Band On The Run to make my top 20. Paul slips out obscure dance tracks under his pseudonym The Fireman, with producer-partner Youth, of 80’s fab dance-synthpop act Brilliant who never made it, but charted with me several times. Not a lot of people know that. 90’s veteran Richard Ashcroft returns to the top 20 with the fab Hold On, up there with his best material solo and with The Verve. Other 90’s veterans Red Hot Chili Peppers do the same with one of their best tracks, Dark Necessities is a grower.

Top 40 entries for Primal Scream, yet another 90’s veteran act (with Jean-Michel), Protoje gets a 2nd top 40, and OneRepublic extend their run back 8 years or so. Just behind them is someone who’s been absent for 7 years as an act – RedOne debuted with Lady Gaga with chart-topper Just Dance, and now is back with yet more 90’s veterans Enrique Iglesias and Shaggy. They have all topped my chart. Greedy Enrique also enters with his Latin monster Duele El Corazon, featuring Wisin.

http://youtube.com/v/MJmS5cCwUQk

Jean Michel & Cyndi

1 2 1 5 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 393200
2 1 1 5 BURN Pet Shop Boys 570000
3 6 3 4 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 172200
4 5 4 5 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 280000
5 10 5 3 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 120300
6 9 6 4 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 162700
7 13 7 12 VENUS Frankie Avalon 315000
8 3 3 7 VIVA LOVE ABC 273000
9 14 9 9 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 201800
10 39 10 2 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 59100

http://youtube.com/v/XoUiJR2vBrA

Macca

11 4 1 7 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 574800
12 8 8 7 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 198400
13 RE 13 4 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 67900
14 11 1 9 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 803000
15 28 15 4 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 52100
16 12 12 7 UP&UP Coldplay 126050
17 17 17 8 ALPHABET STREET Prince 164800
18 27 18 6 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 78800
19 19 19 5 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 93000
20 26 20 2 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 38500

http://youtube.com/v/YMjgA_EslBY

Richard Ashcroft

21 21 21 8 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 156750
22 7 6 5 SAY YAY! Barei 216500
23 15 15 8 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 144650
24 23 7 7 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 167250
25 35 25 3 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 37750
26 30 26 4 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 57500
27 57 27 2 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 28800
28 22 22 5 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 93500
29 29 29 8 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 141600
30 16 3 5 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 263000

31 18 5 7 PARADISE Josef Salvat 244500
32 49 32 3 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 32500
33 47 33 16 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 140750
34 40 34 8 KISS Prince 107750
35 48 35 5 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 49900
36 36 36 8 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 129950
37 20 3 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 352300
38 95 38 2 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 18700
39 NEW 39 1 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 17100
40 45 40 23 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 255750

http://youtube.com/v/6fBZBntjEOA
RedOne

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41 31 1 9 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 459650
42 32 1 8 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 377950
43 50 43 3 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 37500
44 24 24 6 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 103850
45 25 25 8 WAITING Alice Boman 99250
46 52 46 4 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 29350
47 53 47 5 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 42150
48 37 37 7 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 61700
49 51 49 14 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 120500
50 58 50 3 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 23600

51 38 38 7 EMPTY Garbage 59750
52 46 1 22 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1417750
53 41 2 8 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 391500
54 56 54 20 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 145900
55 55 1 15 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 694700
56 59 56 4 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 33750
57 44 1 17 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1071650
58 60 58 8 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 61700
59 68 59 3 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 18900
60 NEW 60 1 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 10000

61 33 10 6 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 138200
62 62 62 8 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 58900
63 43 43 4 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 39500
64 34 34 6 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 61400
65 70 65 5 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 26000
66 64 2 12 YES McAlmont & Butler 322750
67 98 67 2 HOLD UP Beyonce 7800
68 66 1 8 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 401200
69 72 69 4 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 17200
70 73 70 11 VICTIMS Culture Club 59800

71 69 1 13 NIRVANA Squeeze 629100
72 80 72 5 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 16200
73 63 12 8 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 145700
74 75 74 4 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 16000
75 77 74 5 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 23400

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

76 78 76 8 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 32600
77 67 8 9 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 244200
78 71 4 8 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 224300
79 79 6 26 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 453250
80 81 80 14 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 36300

81 92 81 3 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 6800
82 74 9 12 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 218750
83 85 83 7 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 19800
84 88 84 3 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 7600
85 97 85 2 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker 4300
86 96 86 3 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 5500
87 89 87 8 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 13800
88 NEW 88 1 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 2400
89 NEW 89 1 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 2200
90 83 1 17 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 875500

91 100 91 2 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 2900
92 87 1 41 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2925300
93 99 93 2 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 2800
94 90 3 22 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 635650
95 NEW 95 1 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 1500
96 93 12 13 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 181400
97 NEW 97 1 A/B MACHINES Sleigh Bells 1300
98 NEW 98 1 LOVE IS A LONELY DANCER Antony & Cleopatra 1200
99 NEW 99 1 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 1100
100 NEW 100 1 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 1000

DROP OUTS
42 33 4 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 33650
54 37 6 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 69350
61 36 4 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 59100
65 8 22 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 460600
76 68 11 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 65600
82 19 8 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 106200
84 5 11 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 346950
86 51 8 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 54150
91 10 8 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 195800
94 57 6 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 27600

5th June 2016

It’s the Pet Shop Boys Burn-ing on top for a second week, and holding off the joint challenge of Jean-Michel Jarre (who they join with at 22 themselves) and Cyndi Lauper. That’s Jean-Michel’s 2nd number 2 39 years since the first, and Cyndi’s first in 32 years of trying. Sigma grab another top 10 with Cry, which also gives Take That another year of top 10’s 23 years since the first, Pray.

Highest new entry at 26 is from an advert, Lemaitre turning up a year late in my chart, though not as late as another advert song, at 99, for The Vogues – Five O’Clock World was an American 60’s hit that flopped in the UK, but one which I regularly used to hear on Florida’s then-60s-oldies radio station on my regular Florida holidays in the 90’s. The advert reminded me I never did manage to find a compilation CD in the States with it on, so it’s in my download basket right now.

Talking of the 60’s, I can’t understate my surprise to see a new album turn up from The Monkees. It’s literally been 30 years since their last one, and that was basically just Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. The new one has the late Davy Jones on an unreleased 60’s track, but otherwise features Micky, Peter and Mike “Michael” Nesmith – and a host of guest stars writing them songs. Best of the tracks are the ex-XTC Andy Partridge song You Bring The Summer, in at 57, and a Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher joint 60’s psychedelic-sounding song, in at 39 for the fab gear Birth Of An Accidental Hipster. Now, 49 years ago I was a pre-teen, and I was mad on The Monkees records and the TV sitcom-with-music quirky antics. The Beatles were fans, the press loathed them (being dicks) and a generation of musicians were influenced by them anyway, despite the snotty music critics. Cos they were genuinely good! So, 30 years since the first and last time they had a new track in my chart, they are back. The Monkees have topped my chart loads of times with oldies, though, starting in 1974, as their singles chart career just pre-dated my chart starting up in 1968. Phew!

1 1 1 4 BURN Pet Shop Boys 455000
2 8 2 4 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 223200
3 4 3 6 VIVA LOVE ABC 225000
4 2 1 5 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 537800
5 5 5 4 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 215000
6 18 6 3 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 87200
7 6 6 4 SAY YAY! Barei 197000
8 12 8 6 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 163400
9 9 9 3 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 107700
10 28 10 2 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 60300

http://youtube.com/v/vPo1ehHrrQE

salt ashes

11 10 1 8 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 774000
12 14 12 6 UP&UP Coldplay 101050
13 13 13 11 VENUS Frankie Avalon 265000
14 16 14 8 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 156800
15 15 15 7 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 125400
16 7 3 4 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 245000
17 17 17 7 ALPHABET STREET Prince 141800
18 11 5 6 PARADISE Josef Salvat 226600
19 19 19 4 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 72000
20 3 3 6 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 335000

http://youtube.com/v/JnRPl4uQIUQ

prince

21 21 21 7 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 137000
22 22 22 4 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 75200
23 20 7 6 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 148250
24 26 24 5 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 90600
25 29 25 7 WAITING Alice Boman 86250
26 NEW 26 1 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 18500
27 30 27 5 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 56800
28 71 28 3 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 25100
29 31 29 7 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 123400
30 32 30 3 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 39000

http://youtube.com/v/eS_korRhTDk

Lemaitre

31 25 1 8 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 445650
32 27 1 7 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 364200
33 24 10 5 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 130700
34 35 34 5 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 54300
35 95 35 2 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 19000
36 38 36 7 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 112550
37 49 37 6 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 49400
38 55 38 6 EMPTY Garbage 48000
39 NEW 39 1 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 17100
40 42 40 7 KISS Prince 90150

http://youtube.com/v/oX_8YLY9OFk

The Monkees
**********************41 23 2 7 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 380250
42 33 33 4 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 33650
43 45 43 3 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 32300
44 39 1 16 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1061250
45 46 45 22 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 238750
46 40 1 21 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1406250
47 48 47 15 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 123050
48 54 48 4 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 32400
49 87 49 2 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 14700
50 50 50 2 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 2400051 51 51 13 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 108400
52 80 52 3 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 16600
53 58 53 4 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 29650
54 37 37 6 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 69350
55 47 1 14 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 683900
56 56 56 19 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 134900
57 NEW 57 1 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 10400
58 96 58 2 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 11600
59 53 53 3 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 23150
60 61 60 7 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 5150061 36 36 4 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 59100
62 62 62 7 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 51500
63 41 12 7 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 140300
64 52 2 11 YES McAlmont & Butler 315950
65 34 8 22 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 460600
66 43 1 7 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 394800
67 44 8 8 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 239600
68 88 68 2 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 8800
69 59 1 12 NIRVANA Squeeze 623300
70 76 70 4 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 1900071 63 4 7 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 219900
72 79 72 3 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 11000
73 73 73 10 VICTIMS Culture Club 53800
74 57 9 11 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 215150
75 81 75 3 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 10800*************************76 68 68 11 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 65600
77 74 74 4 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 18400
78 78 78 7 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 27800
79 75 6 25 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 449050
80 85 80 4 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 1060081 82 81 13 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 32300
82 60 19 8 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 106200
83 64 1 16 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 873500
84 77 5 11 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 346950
85 86 85 6 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 16400
86 70 51 8 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 54150
87 83 1 40 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2923500
88 90 88 2 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 4400
89 91 89 7 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 11200
90 84 3 21 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 63405091 66 10 8 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 195800
92 98 92 2 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 3000
93 93 12 12 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 180000
94 65 57 6 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 27600
95 NEW 95 1 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 1500
96 97 96 2 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 2700
97 NEW 97 1 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker 1300
98 NEW 98 1 HOLD UP Beyonce 1200
99 NEW 99 1 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 1100
100 NEW 100 1 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 100067 67 4 FLY Andy Bell 22400
69 16 5 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 83950
72 72 5 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 16600
89 89 2 DON’T TOUCH ME THERE The Tubes 3800
92 92 3 MIDNIGHT GOLD Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitas 4500
94 4 15 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 399250
99 30 8 WILD HORSES Birdy 89900
100 100 1 NO DEGREE OF SEPARATION Francesca Michielin 1000

29th May 2016

It’s the Pet Shop Boys with their 3rd chart-topper of 2016. It’s a great dance anthem, and I’m nothing if not loyal. Shame the actual single is up to only 19, with the Jean-Michel Jarre combo up to 22 for the lads. Jean-M J is up to 8 and 54 with 80’s veteran Cyndi and 90’s veterans Primal Scream. ABC get their first (or rather Martin Fry does, as it is only he these days) top 5 since 1987, tha fab Viva Love while their Gary Barlow combo is into the top 30. Gary’s new combo with Sigma leaps into the 20 with his Take That mates, giving the lads 24 years of top 20’s.

Big climbs for Javiera Mena, Coldplay, Laura Tesoro, Kungs vs Cookin (hooray an actual UK hit for a great single in a rubbish chart dominated by the album tracks and singles of tedious superstars to the exclusion of everyone else. Hi to the awful Drake who deserves all of the criticism he gets from fellow rappers, dull Rihanna, the long-overstayed-his-welcome Justin Bieber and a host of other singles which stopped selling ages ago but hang around due to obsessive fans still streaming them. Stop it! It’s not clever, and you should be embarrassed, play something else and give us all a break! PLEASE!).

Highest new entry the excellent Salt Ashes at 28, while OneRepublic return after a break.

1 2 1 3 BURN Pet Shop Boys 285000
2 1 1 4 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 472800
3 5 3 5 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 315000
4 12 4 5 VIVA LOVE ABC 140000
5 7 5 3 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 155000
6 6 6 3 SAY YAY! Barei 147000
7 3 3 3 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 220000
8 10 8 3 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 108200
9 33 9 2 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 62700
10 4 1 7 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 737000

http://youtube.com/v/cNQH3QeZoL8

frankie avalon

11 8 5 5 PARADISE Josef Salvat 204600
12 16 12 5 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 115400
13 14 13 10 VENUS Frankie Avalon 233000
14 32 14 5 UP&UP Coldplay 66050
15 17 15 6 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 98400
16 31 16 7 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 127800
17 19 17 6 ALPHABET STREET Prince 118800
18 58 18 2 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 32200
19 30 19 3 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 51000
20 9 7 5 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 129000

http://youtube.com/v/BPNTC7uZYrI

coldplay

21 21 21 6 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 117250
22 24 22 3 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 55700
23 15 2 6 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 366250
24 13 10 4 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 113000
25 18 1 7 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 427750
26 27 26 4 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 71600
27 20 1 6 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 346400
28 NEW 28 1 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 18300
29 35 29 6 WAITING Alice Boman 67500
30 40 30 4 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 38400

http://youtube.com/v/2Y6Nne8RvaA

Kungs

31 34 31 6 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 105200
32 84 32 2 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 21000
33 69 33 3 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 19900
34 11 8 21 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 453600
35 63 35 4 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 36700
36 39 36 3 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 51600
37 44 37 5 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 58350
38 38 38 6 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 95150
39 36 1 15 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1048000
40 37 1 20 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1393500

http://youtube.com/v/0KCVmOQ1q6Y

Pet Shop Boys

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

41 26 12 6 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 133100
42 48 42 6 KISS Prince 73150
43 22 1 6 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 388000
44 25 8 7 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 233000
45 71 45 2 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 18800
46 46 46 21 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 225750
47 42 1 13 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 673100
48 49 48 14 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 110550
49 55 49 5 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 32100
50 NEW 50 1 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 12000

51 52 51 12 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 96650
52 45 2 10 YES McAlmont & Butler 308850
53 92 53 2 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 13050
54 64 54 3 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 20100
55 60 55 5 EMPTY Garbage 30800
56 56 56 18 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 124300
57 23 9 10 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 209950
58 66 58 3 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 18400
59 47 1 11 NIRVANA Squeeze 617100
60 29 19 7 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 102600

61 61 61 6 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 41500
62 62 62 6 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 44100
63 43 4 6 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 214100
64 50 1 15 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 870100
65 57 57 5 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 26000
66 28 10 7 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 193900
67 67 67 4 FLY Andy Bell 22400
68 68 68 10 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 60800
69 41 16 5 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 83950
70 51 51 7 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 51350

71 100 71 2 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 6800
72 72 72 5 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 16600
73 73 73 9 VICTIMS Culture Club 48400
74 77 74 3 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 13800
75 75 6 24 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 444850

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76 76 76 3 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 13000
77 53 5 10 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 343750
78 78 78 6 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 23400
79 98 79 2 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 5400
80 99 80 2 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 5100

81 90 81 2 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 5800
82 83 82 12 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 28700
83 80 1 39 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2920900
84 74 3 20 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 632050
85 88 85 3 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 6600
86 86 86 5 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 13400
87 NEW 87 1 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 2600
88 NEW 88 1 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 2400
89 94 89 2 DON’T TOUCH ME THERE The Tubes 3800
90 NEW 90 1 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 2000

91 91 91 6 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 9000
92 93 92 3 MIDNIGHT GOLD Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitas 4500
93 59 12 11 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 178300
94 70 4 15 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 399250
95 NEW 95 1 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 1500
96 NEW 96 1 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 1400
97 NEW 97 1 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 1300
98 RE 98 1 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 1200
99 79 30 8 WILD HORSES Birdy 89900
100 NEW 100 1 NO DEGREE OF SEPARATION Francesca Michielin 1000

DROP OUTS
54 30 5 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 61850
65 3 6 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 205400
81 7 13 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 275100
82 18 5 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 79350
85 36 6 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 56500
87 87 3 A SIMPLE GAME Billy Ocean 5900
89 44 6 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 47150
95 95 2 SLOW DOWN Douwe Bob 2600
96 93 3 DADDY LESSONS Beyonce 4800
97 97 2 THE LAST OF OUR KIND Rykka 2600

 

 

22nd May 2016

It’s Justin for a second week on top, holding off the highest new entry, the best album track not charted from the Pet Shop Boys Super, Burn, an EDM disco gem, and a much better choice of single (as would number 4) than the official single up to 30. Even Jean-Michel Jarre’s collaboration is at 24, outperforming it. Talking of J-MJ, his Cyndi Lauper track hits the top 10, his first (I think) in 39 years, and Cyndi’s first over 20 years. The top 10 is eurovision dominated, Dami Im at 3, Barei up to 6, and Poli Genova up to 7 swapping with Amir at 9.

In at 33 it’s the cool Otra Era from Javiera Mena, a lovely EDM gem from the Chilean female EDM artist. Keeping the music international Yothu Yindi has a dance mix of his aboriginal-based Treaty up into the 75. Red Hot Chili Peppers go top 40 for the first time in years, extending their run to over 20 years, while there’s a sudden release surprising me, Sigma and Take That, who knew! It’s good though. ABC get a second chart entry, this one from Take That’s Gary Barlow’s project to the Eddie The Eagle Movie, Fly. Living Inside My Heart joins Viva Love at 12, to give ABC a Lexicon Of Love-stylee revival just as I paid a fortune for good seats for their Orchestral tour of the original album and it’s forthcoming sequel. Also from that album, Howard Jones returns for the first time in over 20 years too at 90, Eagle Will Fly Again, while Ricard Ashcroft is back 19 years since his debut number one, first of 3 (2 with The Verve, one solo). Finally, The Tubes get an uncharted oldie some 36 years since their last new one and 39 years since their first chart hit.

http://youtube.com/v/b1nUIN_Vp3c

PSB’s

1 1 1 2 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 187800
2 NEW 2 1 BURN Pet Shop Boys 115000
3 3 3 2 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 170000
4 2 1 6 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 695000
5 5 5 4 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 230000
6 11 6 2 SAY YAY! Barei 92000
7 9 7 2 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 95000
8 6 5 4 PARADISE Josef Salvat 167600
9 7 7 4 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 109000
10 29 10 2 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 60200

http://youtube.com/v/jBmkNzFZUW4

Barei

11 8 8 20 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 436000
12 20 12 4 VIVA LOVE ABC 75000
13 10 10 3 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 94000
14 14 14 9 VENUS Frankie Avalon 201000
15 4 2 5 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 347000
16 24 16 4 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 80400
17 28 17 5 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 71400
18 15 1 6 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 409000
19 23 19 5 ALPHABET STREET Prince 95800
20 17 1 5 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 328000

http://youtube.com/v/o1KWG3yRd2k

Audien

21 21 21 5 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 97500
22 12 1 5 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 374500
23 18 9 9 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 199550
24 38 24 2 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 36200
25 16 8 6 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 219750
26 22 12 5 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 119000
27 34 27 3 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 53100
28 13 10 6 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 187100
29 19 19 6 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 92600
30 50 30 2 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 30000

31 36 23 6 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 102800
32 51 32 4 UP&UP Coldplay 37050
33 NEW 33 1 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 17700
34 35 34 5 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 87300
35 37 35 5 WAITING Alice Boman 49300
36 26 1 14 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1030900
37 33 1 19 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1376500
38 40 38 5 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 77950
39 39 39 2 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 34200
40 88 40 3 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 20400

http://youtube.com/v/NUCZG09ehLM

Javiera

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41 25 16 4 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 77750
42 42 1 12 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 660600
43 27 4 5 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 206900
44 48 44 4 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 41050
45 44 2 9 YES McAlmont & Butler 297350
46 47 46 20 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 213000
47 41 1 10 NIRVANA Squeeze 607000
48 49 48 5 KISS Prince 59400
49 52 49 13 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 98250
50 32 1 14 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 863000

51 54 51 6 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 45350
52 55 52 11 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 84900
53 31 5 9 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 339150
54 30 30 5 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 61850
55 75 55 4 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 20000
56 56 56 17 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 113700
57 78 57 4 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 19000
58 NEW 58 1 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 10200
59 53 12 10 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 176600
60 74 60 4 EMPTY Garbage 20000

61 64 61 5 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 34000
62 62 62 5 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 36700
63 66 63 3 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 19200
64 90 64 2 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 9100
65 45 3 6 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 205400
66 96 66 2 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 8200
67 72 67 3 FLY Andy Bell 15800
68 68 68 9 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 54400
69 70 69 2 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 12200
70 60 4 14 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 397650

71 NEW 71 1 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 5800
72 89 72 4 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 11000
73 73 73 8 VICTIMS Culture Club 43000
74 69 3 19 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 628850
75 81 6 23 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 439850

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

76 83 76 2 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 8200
77 80 77 2 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 8600
78 79 78 5 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 19000
79 43 30 7 WILD HORSES Birdy 88800
80 67 1 38 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2917500

81 61 7 13 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 275100
82 46 18 5 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 79350
83 84 83 11 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 25100
84 NEW 84 1 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 3200
85 57 36 6 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 56500
86 87 86 4 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 10600
87 92 87 3 A SIMPLE GAME Billy Ocean 5900
88 98 88 2 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 3600
89 59 44 6 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 47150
90 NEW 90 1 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 2000

91 95 91 5 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 7100
92 NEW 92 1 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 1800
93 100 93 2 MIDNIGHT GOLD Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitas 2700
94 NEW 94 1 DON’T TOUCH ME THERE The Tubes 1600
95 99 95 2 SLOW DOWN Douwe Bob 2600
96 93 93 3 DADDY LESSONS Beyonce 4800
97 97 97 2 THE LAST OF OUR KIND Rykka 2600
98 NEW 98 1 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 1200
99 NEW 99 1 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Lights Bright Lights featuring Elton John 1100
100 NEW 100 1 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 1000

DROP OUTS
58 33 12 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 182300
63 38 5 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 49400
65 8 10 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 215150
71 39 3 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 35900
76 50 6 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 39500
77 77 12 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 32000
82 59 8 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 43700
85 8 10 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 237750
86 86 2 DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME Frances 4400
91 27 7 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 68500
94 94 3 AIN’T YOUR MAMA Jennifer Lopez 3900

15th May 2016

It’s Justin Timberlake at 1, fresh off Eurovision and sealing the Eurovision invasion of my chart following a great contest, highly entertaining, if it was marred by a rubbish new voting system which robbed the real winners (Australia or Russia, depending on whether you choose the previous system or the public vote). Justin has already had 3 solo toppers, 1 with Madonna, and one with ‘NSync, for a total of 6 in 16 years. Australian Dami Im is in at 3 with the highest new entry Sound Of Silence, an awesome vocal performance at Eurovision, with France’s Amir leaping to 7, Bulgaria’s Poli Genova at 9 and Spain’s Barei at 11. Kygo gets another top 10, as do the Beatles, 49 years late (it was never a single, and I’ve never charted the classic Sgt Pepper track before) and 48 years since they topped my first chart. The act that just keeps on giving half a century on!

ABC go top 20, a run of 35 years, and it’s both a Jean-Michel Jarre and Pet Shop Boys mini-invasion, the PSB’s with their new single at 50, and also with JMJ at 38, one of the best tracks off Jean-Michel’s new album. It’s 39 years since Oxygene Part IV peaked at 2, and he has 3 new entries this week, with Cyndi lauper’s thumping EDM track at 29, and a quirky semi-novelty with Primal Scream lower down. Calvin Harris and Rihanna return with a single that’s an improvement on Rihanna’s recent stuff, at 39.

http://youtube.com/v/2EG_Jtw4OyU

1 32 1 2 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 187800
2 1 1 5 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 630000
3 NEW 3 1 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 85000
4 2 2 4 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 320000
5 6 5 3 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 170000
6 5 5 3 PARADISE Josef Salvat 119600
7 58 7 3 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 64000
8 11 8 19 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 399000
9 NEW 9 1 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 45000
10 20 10 2 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 62000

http://youtube.com/v/boYQovCybYQ

11 NEW 11 1 SAY YAY! Barei 37000
12 3 1 4 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 355000
13 10 10 5 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 168800
14 14 14 8 VENUS Frankie Avalon 172000
15 9 1 5 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 387000
16 8 8 5 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 201000
17 7 1 4 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 308000
18 15 9 8 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 180300
19 19 19 5 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 74400
20 28 20 3 VIVA LOVE ABC 40000

http://youtube.com/v/yKsNfccUTuk

21 21 21 4 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 77750
22 12 12 4 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 100500
23 23 23 4 ALPHABET STREET Prince 74800
24 29 24 3 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 55400
25 16 16 3 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 63750
26 13 1 13 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1013500
27 4 4 4 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 193400
28 31 28 4 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 48400
29 NEW 29 1 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 18200
30 37 30 4 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 50850

http://youtube.com/v/m_JNV8_h_vg

31 17 5 8 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 327900
32 22 1 13 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 851000
33 24 1 18 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1359200
34 39 34 2 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 34700
35 35 35 4 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 69700
36 25 23 5 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 84900
37 67 37 4 WAITING Alice Boman 31800
38 NEW 38 1 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 17200
39 NEW 39 1 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 17100
40 40 40 4 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 60750

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41 26 1 9 NIRVANA Squeeze 594500
42 34 1 11 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 646850
43 30 30 6 WILD HORSES Birdy 84600
44 41 2 8 YES McAlmont & Butler 284350
45 27 3 5 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 198400
46 18 18 4 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 75750
47 47 47 19 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 200250
48 48 48 3 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 27800
49 49 49 4 KISS Prince 47100
50 NEW 50 1 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 12000

51 70 51 3 UP&UP Coldplay 19250
52 52 52 12 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 86150
53 42 12 9 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 165500
54 64 54 5 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 33600
55 60 55 10 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 73400
56 56 56 16 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 103100
57 36 36 5 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 53500
58 33 33 12 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 182300
59 44 44 5 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 44950
60 43 4 13 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 391650

61 54 7 12 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 271300
62 62 62 4 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 29300
63 38 38 5 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 49400
64 65 64 4 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 26500
65 46 8 10 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 215150
66 74 66 2 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 12000
67 61 1 37 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2913500
68 69 68 8 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 48000
69 55 3 18 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 623650
70 NEW 70 1 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 6000

71 45 39 3 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 35900
72 82 72 2 FLY Andy Bell 9200
73 73 73 7 VICTIMS Culture Club 37600
74 88 74 3 EMPTY Garbage 10000
75 86 75 3 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 9200

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76 50 50 6 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 39500
77 79 77 12 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 32000
78 89 78 3 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 8600
79 80 79 4 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 14600
80 NEW 80 1 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 4000

81 81 6 22 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 434850
82 59 59 8 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 43700
83 NEW 83 1 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 3400
84 85 84 10 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 21700
85 66 8 10 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 237750
86 94 86 2 DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME Frances 4400
87 87 87 3 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 7800
88 100 88 2 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 3400
89 90 89 3 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 5400
90 NEW 90 1 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 2000

91 71 27 7 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 68500
92 95 92 2 A SIMPLE GAME Billy Ocean 3300
93 93 93 2 DADDY LESSONS Beyonce 3400
94 97 94 3 AIN’T YOUR MAMA Jennifer Lopez 3900
95 96 95 4 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 5200
96 NEW 96 1 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 1400
97 NEW 97 1 THE LAST OF OUR KIND Rykka 1300
98 NEW 98 1 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 1200
99 NEW 99 1 SLOW DOWN Douwe Bob 1100
100 NEW 100 1 MIDNIGHT GOLD Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitas 1000

DROP OUTS
51 4 4 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 114300
53 16 9 REAL LOVE Florrie 131400
57 6 10 ONE STRIKE All Saints 313100
63 5 12 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 308400
68 68 3 10,000 LUCHTBALLONEN K3 18400
72 72 4 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 19800
75 5 17 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 419950
76 28 4 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 47100
77 72 4 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 20800
78 20 13 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 198050
83 9 13 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 246750
84 6 10 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 231650
91 91 2 SOUR CANDY Bleached 3800
92 92 3 MELLOW BRICK ROAD Pogo 5400
98 98 2 BIRDLAND Weather Report 2300
99 99 1 ILYSB LANY 1100

8th May 2016

It’s the Pet Shop Boys with a spot of revenge on top – back in 1988 Left To My Own Devices knocked off I Wish U Heaven from the top spot (back up to 4 28 years later), and in 1989 Sheena Easton (and Prince’s) 101 knocked off the Pet Shop Boys It’s Alright from the top spot. Now 101 gets knocked off by the Pet Shop Boys Say It To Me, and the Pet Shop Boys hold off Sign O’ The Times at 2 – the second time it has hit 2.

Biggest climber is up 72 places to give Josef Salvat a second top 40 and first top 5, with the fab Paradise. In at 20 Kygo is back for a 6th time, this time with Kodaline Raging in. Joining the 80’s acts, ABC leap from 93 to 28 with Viva Love, as Andy Bell of Erasure becomes the latest “Fly” album veteran to grab a return, at 82. 90’s veterans also join the club, Justin Timberlake at 32 with CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! No need to shout Justin, I noticed it..! 19 years of entries for JT, Red Hot Chili Peppers are also back and dark and now well over 26 years into a chart run, albeit only at 100 so far.

Beyonce is also into her 18th year, and grabs another entry to join her other Lemonade track, Daddy Lessons is the new one. Beyonce samples Andy Williams’ Can’t Get Used To Losing You on her biggest UK singles hit from the album Hold Up, but Andy outdoes her (quite rightly) with his version of the classic song The Impossible Dream – currently featuring in an advert – from the musical Man Of La Mancha. Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine last charted with it over 20 years ago. Another advert song (and movie, thanks to Ryan Reynolds) from obscure early 70’s act Penny And The Quarters hits the top 50, it’s quite lovely, sounds older, and was never released until the 21st century, making unlikely success for the surviving then-teenage non-pop-star band members.

Vaults is also back (with Gorgon City) following her chart-topper, and Billy Ocean returns after a break of over 20 years (barring oldies) with a cover of a Moody Blues 60’s classic album track which was a UK hit for the The Four Tops in a brilliant 1971 version. (A) Simple Game topped my chart that year, Billy’s version isn’t up to that, but good to have him back 42 years since his chart debut – he made my top 10 twice in 1974 with On The Run, under the band-name Scorched Earth, a fantastic track that remains obscure but is as good as anything he has recorded, a terrific vocal performance and a dramatic rock melodrama.

http://youtube.com/v/J50nLCeTHIk

1 2 1 4 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 515000
2 3 2 3 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 255000
3 1 1 3 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 320000
4 7 4 3 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 175000
5 77 5 2 PARADISE Josef Salvat 64600
6 6 6 2 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 110000
7 4 1 3 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 285000
8 8 8 4 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 176000
9 5 1 4 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 360000
10 10 10 4 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 136800

11 16 11 18 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 351000
12 17 12 3 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 81000
13 11 1 12 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 995000
14 18 14 7 VENUS Frankie Avalon 143000
15 9 9 7 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 158300
16 20 16 2 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 45000
17 12 5 7 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 310000
18 19 18 3 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 63000
19 24 19 4 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 53400
20 NEW 20 1 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 20000

http://youtube.com/v/ZhzN7-Q00KU

21 21 21 3 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 58000
22 14 1 12 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 833200
23 28 23 3 ALPHABET STREET Prince 55550
24 22 1 17 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1341500
25 23 23 4 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs 67500
26 15 1 8 NIRVANA Squeeze 580500
27 13 3 4 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 185400
28 93 28 2 VIVA LOVE ABC 20000
29 29 29 2 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 36400
30 30 30 5 WILD HORSES Birdy 71100

http://youtube.com/v/xLlaq4zGYwg

31 65 31 3 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 30100
32 NEW 32 1 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 17800
33 33 33 11 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 172100
34 26 1 10 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 633100
35 35 35 3 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 52200
36 37 36 4 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 43100
37 46 37 3 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 32850
38 40 38 4 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 42200
39 NEW 39 1 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 17100
40 42 40 3 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 43750

http://youtube.com/v/p5RobDomh5U

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41 38 2 7 YES McAlmont & Butler 271100
42 25 12 8 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 154250
43 31 4 12 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 381650
44 45 44 4 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 34850
45 39 39 2 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 30100
46 27 8 9 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 208150
47 47 47 18 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 187750
48 84 48 2 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 15500
49 49 49 3 KISS Prince 35000
50 52 50 5 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 34700

51 32 4 4 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 114300
52 53 52 11 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 74650
53 34 16 9 REAL LOVE Florrie 131400
54 43 7 11 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 263800
55 51 3 17 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 617450
56 58 56 15 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 92500
57 36 6 10 ONE STRIKE All Saints 313100
58 81 58 2 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 14000
59 59 59 7 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 40100
60 60 60 9 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 62600

61 56 1 36 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2906900
62 62 62 3 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 21900
63 48 5 12 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 308400
64 64 64 4 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 22600
65 67 65 3 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 19400
66 50 8 9 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 234750
67 68 67 3 WAITING Alice Boman 14500
68 70 68 3 10,000 LUCHTBALLONEN K3 18400
69 69 69 7 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 41600
70 95 70 2 UP&UP Coldplay 7500

71 41 27 6 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 66600
72 76 72 4 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 19800
73 73 73 6 VICTIMS Culture Club 32200
74 NEW 74 1 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 5200
75 61 5 17 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 419950

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76 66 28 4 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 47100
77 72 72 4 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 20800
78 54 20 13 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 198050
79 79 79 11 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 27400
80 83 80 3 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 10400

81 78 6 21 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 431050
82 NEW 82 1 FLY Andy Bell 3600
83 71 9 13 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 246750
84 82 6 10 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 231650
85 86 85 9 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 18500
86 96 86 2 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 4200
87 87 87 2 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 5200
88 88 88 2 EMPTY Garbage 4800
89 90 89 2 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 4200
90 98 90 2 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 3200

91 91 91 2 SOUR CANDY Bleached 3800
92 92 92 3 MELLOW BRICK ROAD Pogo 5400
93 NEW 93 1 DADDY LESSONS Beyonce 1700
94 NEW 94 1 DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME Frances 1600
95 NEW 95 1 A SIMPLE GAME Billy Ocean 1500
96 97 96 3 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 3700
97 100 97 2 AIN’T YOUR MAMA Jennifer Lopez 2300
98 99 98 2 BIRDLAND Weather Report 2300
99 NEW 99 1 ILYSB LANY 1100
100 NEW 100 1 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 1000

DROP OUTS
44 10 11 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 206700
55 10 9 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 169900
57 5 11 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 265250
63 37 8 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 71700
74 25 6 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 76700
75 30 4 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 57800
80 40 4 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 40350
85 85 3 AMANECER Edurne 6800
89 89 1 ONE DANCE Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla 2200
94 65 7 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 31800

1st May 2016

It’s the Pet Shop Boys…at 2 for a 3rd week! Prince replaces himself on top, sort of, with his fabulous gift to Sheena Easton, one hundred nights without you babe, just won’t do. Still love it. So it gets a second week on top of my chart after a gap of 27 years. In the week when rumours about the death of Prince surfaced – and given his recent health and chest problems and religious convictions, I suspected that the reference in Sign O’ The Times (up to 3) to a big disease with a skinny name might become a sad reference – he continues to dominate my chart. I Wish U Heaven, Prince.

Highest new entry at 6 is Clare Maguire with Elizabeth Taylor. Not featuring the late great Liz, of course, she didn’t sing much as far as I know, but it’s a great ballad. Clare is just (DJ) Fresh off a hit record (How Love Begins, which went top 10 here) but was sadly uncredited for her vocals, but she’s charted before dating back to 2011 and The Shield And The Sword. Gwen Stefani grabs another quick top 10 with her album track (and hopefully future single) Where Would I Be – skatastic. There’s another faded entering the top 20 – Kallay Saunders Band – as Above And Beyond do what it says on the label, and shoot up into the 40, as do Lady Antebellum, new with a dance guest vocal for Audien.

Fifth Harmony finally get a top 40 hit here, and Paul McCartney’s great track from his best album (1974’s Band On The Run) is about to get a full release remixed drastically by Timo Maas and James Teej, complete with dance buzz around it. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five is fab. There are two Eurovision new entries from 2016 joining the Spanish entry from 2015 (Amir, Joe and Jake, and Edurne respectively), as old faves garbage return, Josef Salvat gets a second entry, and 80’s classic faves ABC return to their polished class soul sound (sadly minus Trevor Horn, who would have really done the business – as can be seen on Inga Humpe’s track higher up). That gives them a sweet 35 years of hits. J-Lo is back after a gap, and there’s a debut for Weather Report, and their 1977 jazz classic Birdland. It wasn’t eligible for my chart at the time, but my College room-mate in 1977 played their album. So, almost 40 years late, but better late than never, though the song did chart in the early 80’s in a vocal version for Manhattan Transfer.

http://youtube.com/v/1BBk78WFJPA

1 4 1 2 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 235000
2 2 2 3 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 345000
3 6 3 2 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 140000
4 1 1 2 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 235000
5 3 1 3 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 315000
6 NEW 6 1 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 55000
7 5 5 2 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 110000
8 8 8 3 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 128000
9 15 9 6 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 131300
10 12 10 3 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 94800

http://youtube.com/v/CAID_2iKO5Y

11 11 1 11 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 963000
12 13 5 6 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 287000
13 7 3 3 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 167000
14 10 1 11 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 813700
15 9 1 7 NIRVANA Squeeze 562000
16 19 16 17 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 314000
17 17 17 2 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 46000
18 24 18 6 VENUS Frankie Avalon 114000
19 20 19 2 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 41000
20 NEW 20 1 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 20000

http://youtube.com/v/NycIHcifSxI

21 26 21 2 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 38250
22 14 1 16 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1322500
23 35 23 3 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs 48750
24 48 24 3 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 32400
25 23 12 7 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 140500
26 16 1 9 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 615500
27 18 8 8 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 195400
28 30 28 2 ALPHABET STREET Prince 36300
29 NEW 29 1 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 18200
30 40 30 4 WILD HORSES Birdy 53100

31 22 4 11 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 368150
32 21 4 3 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 102550
33 36 33 10 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 154400
34 25 16 8 REAL LOVE Florrie 120150
35 38 35 2 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 34700
36 29 6 9 ONE STRIKE All Saints 302700
37 75 37 3 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 25700
38 31 2 6 YES McAlmont & Butler 257100
39 NEW 39 1 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 17100
40 80 40 3 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 25000

41 27 27 5 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 60800
42 45 42 2 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 26750
43 41 7 10 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 252800
44 39 10 11 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 206700
45 68 45 3 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 21600
46 86 46 2 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 15550
47 47 47 17 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 175250
48 42 5 11 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 301200
49 55 49 2 KISS Prince 22900
50 34 8 8 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 227950

51 49 3 16 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 606650
52 77 52 4 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 22700
53 61 53 10 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 63150
54 57 20 12 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 193650
55 32 10 9 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 169900
56 50 1 35 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2899400
57 43 5 11 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 265250
58 60 58 14 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 81900
59 67 59 6 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 30000
60 62 60 8 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 52600

61 52 5 16 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 414950
62 64 62 2 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 14500
63 37 37 8 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 71700
64 79 64 3 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 15500
65 74 65 2 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 12200
66 28 28 3 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 42300
67 71 67 2 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince 12400
68 95 68 2 WAITING Alice Boman 7900
69 69 69 6 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 35400
70 70 70 2 10,000 LUCHTBALLONEN K3 12000

71 44 9 12 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 243350
72 72 72 3 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 16200
73 73 73 5 VICTIMS Culture Club 26800
74 53 25 6 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 76700
75 33 30 4 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 57800
76 76 76 3 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 14200
77 NEW 77 1 PARADISE Josef Salvat 4600
78 78 6 20 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 427250
79 83 79 10 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 23200
80 46 40 4 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 40350

http://youtube.com/v/rQfYmvzBXqU

81 NEW 81 1 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 3800
82 56 6 9 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 228450
83 85 83 2 TAKE ME WITH U Prince 6400
84 NEW 84 1 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 3200
85 91 85 3 AMANECER Edurne 6800
86 88 86 8 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 15500
87 NEW 87 1 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 2600
88 NEW 88 1 EMPTY Garbage 2400
89 NEW 89 1 ONE DANCE Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla 2200
90 NEW 90 1 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 2000

91 NEW 91 1 SOUR CANDY Bleached 1900
92 92 92 2 MELLOW BRICK ROAD Pogo 3600
93 NEW 93 1 VIVA LOVE ABC 1700
94 65 65 7 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 31800
95 NEW 95 1 UP&UP Coldplay 1500
96 NEW 96 1 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 1400
97 100 97 2 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 2300
98 NEW 98 1 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 1200
99 NEW 99 1 BIRDLAND Weather Report 1100
100 NEW 100 1 AIN’T YOUR MAMA Jennifer Lopez 1000

DROP OUTS
51 12 10 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 129050
54 54 5 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 38300
58 11 6 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 138500
59 29 6 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 67700
63 12 6 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 130100
66 58 9 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 27800
81 19 10 THE GREATEST KING 152100
82 82 1 LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince 3600
84 10 10 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 193850
87 87 1 PURPLE RAIN Prince & The Revolution 2600
89 55 6 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 34400
90 86 3 100 PERSONALITIES Wildflowers 6800
93 93 2 FEELING BB Diamond 3400
94 94 2 PARTY FEARS TWO The Associates 3100
96 96 1 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince 1400
97 71 6 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 22500
98 98 1 NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor 1200
99 34 6 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 60300

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My 1990 Charts – June

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1990 pop vids


3rd June 1990

2 weeks on top for Talk Talk, well, It’s My chartLife! Dirty Cash grooves brilliantly to 4, and Dusty gets a 4th consecutive top 5 hit, though a hat-trick of previous chart-toppers is a lot to live up to, but she’s got the Reputation if anyone has. In at 6, it’s a 25-year-old Beach Boys summer classic that has popped up on B Sides before, but never charted in it’s own right, and Wouldn’t It Be Nice if it entered at 6? Good, cos it has, giving them 22 years of chart action and another top 10 to add to the lengthening list. Astoundingly, it’s also the first track from the classic album Pet Sounds to make my charts (even allowing for the fact that it predates my charts by 2 years). “Classic” is an over-used word these days, but by any standard Pet Sounds IS Classic with a capital C. It was so groundbreaking that it spurred The Beatles on to up their game to put one over on their main creative rivals of the time – and that led to a little album that quietly slipped out called Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Bee Gees were also in my first ever chart along with the Beach Boys, and The Beatles, so it’s good to see them back in with another new one, Bodyguard, albeit it very laid-back that stiffed in the UK.

Roxette leap into the 20 with It Must Have Been Love, as a new entry from 1970 oldie Venus is remixed and is Shocking Blue back in the charts just ahead of Don Pablo’s Animals re-versioning dance-stylee of the same song, and which they borrow to greater effect. Betty Boo is Doin’ The Do inside the 20, and Gary Moore still got the blues enough to hit 20, leaving Billy Joel heading down The Downeaster Alexa at 23, a spiritual sequel (of sorts, to my ears) to Gordon Lightfoot’s The Wreck Of The Edmond Fitzgerald . There’s a Yaaaah! at 29, as D. Shake goes Techno Trance and the brilliant The Only One I Know leaps inside the 40 for The Charlatans. Ditto Black Box and Englandneworder, while The Beloved are having a non-Lauper Time After Time new at 40. That leaves a new entry from Elton John. I say “new” actually Sacrifice was in the chart last week, as it has been since the previous autumn, but it had been reissued after flopping in the UK along with his other flop Healing hands. Both had topped my chart and now are new, technically, together. Elsewhere MC Hammer debuts with a cover of a Rick James classic. I say “cover”. The words are new, and the baggy trousers shout out U Can’t Touch This. He’s a Superfreak I guess!


1 ( 1 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
2 ( 2 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
3 ( 3 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
4 ( 8 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
5 ( 9 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
6 ( NEW ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
7 ( 4 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
8 ( 7 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
9 ( 11 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
10 ( 5 ) TEXAS Chris Rea

11 ( 6 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
12 ( 32 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
13 ( NEW ) VENUS (REMIX) Shocking Blue
14 ( 16 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
15 ( 27 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
16 ( 10 ) ROAM The B52’s
17 ( 17 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
18 ( 12 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
19 ( 13 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
20 ( 25 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore

21 ( 19 ) KISSING GATE Sam Brown
22 ( 15 ) VOGUE Madonna
23 ( NEW ) THE DOWNEASTER ALEXA Billy Joel
24 ( 14 ) THE POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode
25 ( 20 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
26 ( 21 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
27 ( 38 ) HOLD ON En Vogue
28 ( 35 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
29 ( NEW ) YAAAH/ TECHNO TRANCE D. Shake
30 ( 18 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton

31 ( 65 ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
32 ( 22 ) THE POWER Snap!
33 ( 43 ) EVERYBODY EVERYBODY Black Box
34 ( NEW ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
35 ( 55 ) WORLD IN MOTION England New Order
36 ( 31 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
37 ( 37 ) STAR Erasure
38 ( 24 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
39 ( 36 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
40 ( NEW ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved

41 ( 28 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
42 ( 29 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
43 ( 23 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
44 ( 45 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
45 ( 42 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
46 ( 70 ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants
47 ( 33 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
48 ( 26 ) LOVE THING The Pasadenas
49 ( 46 ) LOADED Primal Scream
50 ( 50 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s

51 ( RE ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
52 ( 51 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
53 ( 49 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
54 ( 41 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
55 ( NEW ) HEAR THE DRUMMER (GO WICKED) Chad Jackson
56 ( 52 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
57 ( 62 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
58 ( 64 ) JOY AND HEARTBREAK Movement 98 featuring Carroll Thompson
59 ( 66 ) GIVE IT UP Hothouse Flowers
60 ( 40 ) A DREAM’S A DREAM Soul II Soul

61 ( 30 ) WHAT DID I DO FOR YOU Lisa Stansfield
62 ( 39 ) ANGEL Eurythmics
63 ( 44 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
64 ( 63 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( NEW ) U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
66 ( 54 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
67 ( 47 ) SPRINGTIME FOR THE WORLD Blow Monkeys
68 ( 71 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Miki Howard
69 ( 58 ) MAYBE FOR SURE Deborah Harry
70 ( 53 ) HEAVEN GIVE ME WORDS Propaganda

71 ( 69 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
72 ( 68 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
73 ( 61 ) TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
74 ( 72 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
75 ( NEW ) MESSAGE IN THE BOX World Party

I bought a David Shepherd limited edition artwork of a Dormouse for £57 this week. Still got it, though it should be worth a bit more these days. Bob advised me on that, and let me know that the Fleetwood Mac tickets we’d ordered he’d still pay for his as he now had to go to a mate’s wedding instead. Oops! On Saturday I drove to London to go to my first Comics mart. I sold some comics to 30th Century Comics, who are still going strong in Putney, fanzine friends running the business, and I met fanzine members, but I felt very out of it meeting groups of people who already knew each other and wandered off to look around. For the first time in 20 years I had the very odd experience of talking about comic characters out loud to other human beings!

I chatted to various young members of Apa-247 and heard about previous fanzine Inertron, a Legion fanzine that had become a general comics fanzine when most of the Legion fans broke away after a spat. I found out all the gossip about it. I won’t repeat it here, though I’m sure it would be interesting to do that, sorry! We still meet up 25 years later and older, some have passed away tragically young, but it’s still great meeting up. That’s pretty damn impressive, really, and the only organisation in my life I have joined up with socially and stuck with. As Groucho Marx said, I wouldn’t want to belong to any organisation that would have me as a member. Except comic fans. I bid adieu to everyone though, went to HMV and bought The Mind Robber (my fave 60’s Doctor Who episodes) on video, 20 years since I saw it last and as fresh and familiar as if it were just a few years! I enjoyed myself enough to decide to go to another meeting with the apa fans, so result all round!


10th June 1990

Elton John’s newly-doubled-up Sacrifice and Healing Hands top the chart again together, having done it solo in 1989, as they did in the UK singles chart in 1990 having flopped in 1989. “I told you so” is such a childish phrase….! Elton’s career had been in the doldrums for a few years, but this pushed him right back into the big league again, as he finally got his long-awaited UK singles chart solo number one. These days I much prefer Healing Hands as I overdosed on Sacrifice eventually. Gary Moore gets a second top 10, his first for 5 years, and Roxette grab a 3rd as It Must Have Been Love sneaks up a bit.

The Chimes smoothly slide into the 20, as D-Shake rave it on up, hey Yaaah! Highest new entry is Snap!’s follow-up to The Power, and it’s a Gap Band song 10 years on, Ooops! Just walking behind them, like an Egyptian, The Bangles get a return to the top 40 4 years on from first-time round, Diana Ross returns I’m Still Waiting in remixed form 19 years on, and Chad Jackson hears a drummer go wicked inside the 40, too. Lower down, Bruce Dickinson gets a second solo entry with his Mott The Hoople cover of All The Young Dudes, and The Pretenders pop in briefly at 62, though Chrissie insists she’d Never Do That. Jason Donovan and Bobby Brown are back too, and at 68 it’s a bangin’ dance rave-rap track, The Only Rhyme That Bites, as MC Tunes and 808 State get together over the theme to The Big Country sample to pretty good effect.

1 ( 34 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
2 ( 1 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
3 ( 2 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
4 ( 3 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
5 ( 5 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
6 ( 6 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
7 ( 4 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
8 ( 20 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore
9 ( 8 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
10 ( 12 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette

11 ( 17 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
12 ( 7 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
13 ( 15 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
14 ( 28 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
15 ( 11 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
16 ( 16 ) ROAM The B52’s
17 ( 9 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
18 ( 18 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
19 ( 29 ) YAAAH/ TECHNO TRANCE D-Shake
20 ( 10 ) TEXAS Chris Rea

21 ( 13 ) VENUS (REMIX) Shocking Blue
22 ( 14 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
23 ( 23 ) THE DOWNEASTER ALEXA Billy Joel
24 ( 19 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
25 ( 31 ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
26 ( 27 ) HOLD ON En Vogue
27 ( 40 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
28 ( 22 ) VOGUE Madonna
29 ( 35 ) WORLD IN MOTION England New Order
30 ( 37 ) STAR Erasure

31 ( 26 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
32 ( 25 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
33 ( NEW ) OOOPS UP Snap!
34 ( NEW ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
35 ( 30 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
36 ( 55 ) HEAR THE DRUMMER (GO WICKED) Chad Jackson
37 ( NEW ) I’M STILL WAITING (REMIX) Diana Ross
38 ( 36 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
39 ( 32 ) THE POWER Snap!
40 ( 39 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair

41 ( 21 ) KISSING GATE Sam Brown
42 ( 38 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
43 ( 41 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
44 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY EVERYBODY Black Box
45 ( 46 ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants
46 ( 24 ) THE POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode
47 ( 51 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
48 ( 45 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
49 ( NEW ) ALL THE YOUNG DUDES Bruce Dickinson
50 ( 49 ) LOADED Primal Scream

51 ( 50 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
52 ( 52 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
53 ( 42 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
54 ( 47 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
55 ( NEW ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF CICCIOLINA Pop Will Eat Itself
56 ( 44 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
57 ( 53 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
58 ( 56 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( NEW ) CLOUD 8 Frazier Chorus
60 ( 43 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand

61 ( 65 ) U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
62 ( NEW ) NEVER DO THAT The Pretenders
63 ( 57 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
64 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NIGHT Jason Donovan
66 ( 68 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Miki Howard
67 ( 54 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
68 ( NEW ) THE ONLY RHYME THAT BITES MC Tunes vs 808 State
69 ( NEW ) FREE-STYLE MEGAMIX Bobby Brown
70 ( 48 ) LOVE THING The Pasadenas

71 ( 66 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
72 ( 71 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
73 ( 72 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( 74 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
75 ( 63 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More

PLAYLIST OLDIES

1. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO – The Chi-Lites
2. LIGHT MY FIRE – Jose Feliciano
3. MUSIC – John Miles


In my oldies playlist, The Chi-Lites disco classic from 1976 joins John Miles Music, and the 1968 spanish acoustic guitar version of The Doors’ Light My Fire from Jose Feliciano which I loved age 10. Will Young eventually copied this version for a UK 21st Century singles chart topper. In my life, I continued working for Bournemouth Borough Council, but I started my new full-time job as Contracts Monitor for Parks. First up, was checking the grounds maintenance for the local schools, Colleges, Community Arts and Police stations. Played badminton with Peter, won 4-2, for a change. Oh, and I’d officially stopped eating meat by now en route to eventually becoming a vegetarian.


17th June 1990

It’s a rare brand new entry in at 1 from nowhere. Big Fun and Sonia, with a sax assist from Gary Barnacle. This was a charity record for Childline featuring the two most annoying of the pop stars from the Stock Aitken Waterman hit machine, and was written and produced by SAW. Given all of that, it would be a surprise for me to like it a lot. For me to instantly fall in love with the record is a miracle, it’s rare that new tracks do that in my charts, unheard of for acts I’ve been a bit “meh” over. For it to become one of the least-successful charity records is a travesty, it’s pure soul brilliance, heavily-inspired by Junior Walker And The All Stars’ “What Does It Take”. The lyrics match the intended sentiment and the boys and girl give great vocals, and that sax is fantastic. Under-rated much.

Roxette get a 3rd top 5 track, and the B52’s a third as Roam finally hits 5 after months of yo-yo-ing. Betty Boo gets a first top 10 do, and The Chimes take U2’s song back into the 10 3 years on, all soulful. The Charlatans get a first top 20 hit, and the new entry at 16 is a hark back to childhood TV excitement as Thunderbirds Are Go with FAB and MC Parker. Parker?! Yus M’lady! Actually there’s a fair bit of Stingray in there too, so that’s even better for a mash-up of the theme tune dance-stylee. FAB! My faves were Parker, Lady Penelope, Alan and Tintin. The track is both amusing and nostalgic great fun. In at 20, Jeff Lynne has a belated solo single debut after 20 years of hits with The Move and ELO, and it’s pretty good. Every Little Thing sounds like an ELO record, of course. Fine by me cos it’s also fab!

Bruce Dickinson out-peaks every single Iron Maiden single at 23, as his cover of All The Young Dudes pops into the 40, along with another cover – of Sister Sledge’s Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards song Thinking Of You – from Maureen Walsh. Kim Wilde calls Time, in at 26, Blow Monkeys spring back at 40, and Gloria Estefan, They Might Be Giants and MC Hammer all go top 40. New lower down, another Aussie soap star covers Mona, and it’s a good version from Craig McClaghlan, Double Trouble take a 3rd version of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore into the 75, Maxi Priest is back with a good new single Close To You, Paul Young covers the Chi_lites 1972 chart-topper Oh Girl, and at 75 Luciano Pavarotti, the world’s top classical tenor covers Puccini’s Nessun Dorma (from Turandot) for the football World Cup and becomes a sensation immortalising the song for the masses for the next 25 years (so far). One of the better football songs, I ponder!


1 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
2 ( 1 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
3 ( 2 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
4 ( 10 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
5 ( 16 ) ROAM The B52’s
6 ( 3 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
7 ( 4 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
8 ( 13 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
9 ( 14 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
10 ( 6 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys

11 ( 9 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
12 ( 7 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
13 ( 5 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
14 ( 25 ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
15 ( 12 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
16 ( NEW ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
17 ( 8 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore
18 ( 11 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
19 ( 33 ) OOOPS UP Snap!
20 ( NEW ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne

21 ( 34 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
22 ( 19 ) YAAAH/ TECHNO TRANCE D-Shake
23 ( 49 ) ALL THE YOUNG DUDES Bruce Dickinson
24 ( 17 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
25 ( NEW ) THINKING OF YOU Maureen Walsh
26 ( NEW ) TIME Kim Wilde
27 ( 27 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
28 ( 15 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
29 ( 18 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
30 ( 56 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan

31 ( 20 ) TEXAS Chris Rea
32 ( 24 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
33 ( 31 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
34 ( 28 ) VOGUE Madonna
35 ( 32 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
36 ( 36 ) HEAR THE DRUMMER (GO WICKED) Chad Jackson
37 ( 45 ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants
38 ( 22 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
39 ( 61 ) U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
40 ( RE ) SPRINGTIME FOR THE WORLD Blow Monkeys

41 ( 38 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
42 ( 39 ) THE POWER Snap!
43 ( NEW ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
44 ( 23 ) THE DOWNEASTER ALEXA Billy Joel
45 ( 37 ) I’M STILL WAITING (REMIX) Diana Ross
46 ( 43 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
47 ( 26 ) HOLD ON En Vogue
48 ( 40 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
49 ( NEW ) MONA Craig McClaghlan
50 ( 42 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40

51 ( 21 ) VENUS (REMIX) Shocking Blue
52 ( 48 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
53 ( 29 ) WORLD IN MOTION England New Order
54 ( 55 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF CICCIOLINA Pop Will Eat Itself
55 ( 50 ) LOADED Primal Scream
56 ( 52 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
57 ( 68 ) THE ONLY RHYME THAT BITES MC Tunes vs 808 State
58 ( 60 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
59 ( 51 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
60 ( 53 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

61 ( 54 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
62 ( 57 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
63 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
64 ( 63 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
65 ( 65 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Jason Donovan
66 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
67 ( 69 ) FREE-STYLE MEGAMIX Bobby Brown
68 ( 35 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
69 ( NEW ) CLOSE TO YOU Maxi Priest
70 ( 30 ) STAR Erasure

71 ( NEW ) OH GIRL Paul Young
72 ( 59 ) CLOUD 8 Frazier Chorus
73 ( NEW ) GIRL TO GIRL The 49‘ers
74 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) NESSUN DORMA Luciano Pavarotti


I was busy hiring Star Trek: The Next Generation first season videos from video shops at this time, it seems unthinkable that a hot new American TV show with a mass cult appeal behind it could remain unaired on British television 3 years on – but that was the times, if the 2 broadcasters passed on it then you were stuffed. Sky TV of course took up the slack eventually which meant you had to pay out anyway and buy a satellite dish. At work, lots of school grounds checking, which meant associating with headmasters and introducing myself. Having joined the fanzine, I mused that my writing style was pretty crap actually, limited vocabulary and it takes SO long to type out a single page of comments and articles! I did some artwork for my fanzine, updating some stuff I’d drawn 13 years earlier.

24th June 1990

2 weeks on top for You’ve Got A Friend as the highest new entry is a 1966 classic from The Rolling Stones, and quite possibly their best record, Paint It, Black, re-issued after featuring in Vietnam War TV series Tour Of Duty, and a chart entry in the UK and chart-topper in the Netherlands. Dark, inventive use of the sitar (shortly after George Harrison brought it into western pop music) and aggressive, it never gets boring, which is why it still periodically enters the UK singles charts. Into the top 10, Don Pablo’s Animals get the 3rd top 10 version of Venus, and Jeff Lynne keeps his run going (for most ELO singles releases, and The Move singles dating back to 1971.

Meanwhile, Diana Ross’ period-common oldies remix (usually with a Soul II Soul shuffle beat) brings I’m Still Waiting back into the 20 for the 3rd time, though the pedestrian dance version isn’t a patch on the lush orchestral original arrangement that hit my top spot in 1976 on re-issue 5 years after first charting. That could also apply to Promised Land and their cover of Something In The Air, the 1969 Thunderclap Newman number one that was also my 3rd ever purchased single. The Bangles actual original version also goes top 20, I’m relieved to say, as they keep on walking like an Egyptian.

In at 31, it’s a charity cover version of the 1949 Hank Snow record Nobody’s Child, though the version I knew was Karen Young’s 1969 hit cover. George Harrison also recorded it with Tony Sheridan and George’s mates John and Paul. Tom Petty is also a new entry at 48 with Yer So Bad, as well as a Wilbury, and ditto Jeff Lynne at 10 and as a Wilbury. MC Tunes vs 808 State hit the 40 along with Maxi Priest, and also Craig McClaghlan, while lower down Bob Geldof gets a solo entry 5 years since his first one, and 13 years after his debut Boomtown Rats entry, but he seems indifferent about it.

1 ( 1 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
2 ( 2 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
3 ( NEW ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
4 ( 4 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
5 ( 3 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
6 ( 9 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
7 ( 6 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
8 ( 18 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
9 ( 7 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
10 ( 20 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne

11 ( 8 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
12 ( 11 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
13 ( 16 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
14 ( 5 ) ROAM The B52’s
15 ( 12 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
16 ( 19 ) OOOPS UP Snap!
17 ( 45 ) I’M STILL WAITING (REMIX) Diana Ross
18 ( 10 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
19 ( 21 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
20 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Promised Land

21 ( 25 ) THINKING OF YOU Maureen Walsh
22 ( 13 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
23 ( 14 ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
24 ( 17 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore
25 ( 15 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
26 ( 26 ) TIME Kim Wilde
27 ( 39 ) U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
28 ( 43 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
29 ( 29 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
30 ( 23 ) ALL THE YOUNG DUDES Bruce Dickinson

31 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S CHILD The Traveling Wilburys
32 ( 35 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
33 ( 33 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
34 ( 24 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
35 ( 40 ) SPRINGTIME FOR THE WORLD Blow Monkeys
36 ( 49 ) MONA Craig McClaghlan
37 ( 27 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
38 ( 57 ) THE ONLY RHYME THAT BITES MC Tunes vs 808 State
39 ( 28 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
40 ( 69 ) CLOSE TO YOU Maxi Priest

41 ( 41 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
42 ( 32 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
43 ( 34 ) VOGUE Madonna
44 ( 42 ) THE POWER Snap!
45 ( 31 ) TEXAS Chris Rea
46 ( 38 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
47 ( 46 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
48 ( NEW ) YER SO BAD Tom Petty
49 ( 30 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
50 ( 75 ) NESSUN DORMA Luciano Pavarotti

51 ( 22 ) YAAAH/ TECHNO TRANCE D-Shake
52 ( NEW ) THE MASTERPLAN Diana Brown and Barrie K. Sharpe
53 ( 58 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
54 ( 52 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
55 ( 55 ) LOADED Primal Scream
56 ( 63 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
57 ( 56 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
58 ( 48 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
59 ( 71 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
60 ( 50 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40

61 ( 67 ) FREE-STYLE MEGAMIX Bobby Brown
62 ( 36 ) HEAR THE DRUMMER (GO WICKED) Chad Jackson
63 ( RE ) MESSAGE IN THE BOX World Party
64 ( 62 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
65 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
66 ( 59 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
67 ( 64 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
68 ( 60 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
69 ( 37 ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants
70 ( NEW ) WHO’S LAW IS IT ANYWAY Guru Josh

71 ( NEW ) MOVE AWAY JIMMT BLUE Del Amitri
72 ( NEW ) GREAT SONG OF INDIFFERENCE Bob Geldof
73 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( 61 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
75 ( NEW ) STEP BY STEP New Kids On The Block


In real life, the niece and nephew were back at home with me and their mum, and Vicki said she missed me when they were away (aaah, sweet!). Having wasted my money on an MSX music computer 5 years earlier which was neither one thing nor the other, I opted for a new Amstrad 9512 for the hugely expensive price of £576 – bear in mind they were glorified typewriters in those days and that would be like paying a couple of thousand for one now while on low wages! Ouch!

My 1990 Charts – May

Florida

I had two holidays here (Florida) that year…

1990 videos included here…


6th May 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


13th May 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


20th May 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


27th May 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

My 1990 Charts – January

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7th January 1990

A new decade, and Distant Cousins return to the top for a second soulful week, and Jason Donovan goes back up to 2, too. The 49‘ers Touch Me at 6, Soul II Soul Get A Life and a third top 10 at 9, Wet Wet Wet meanwhile have Broke Away at 8, returning them to the top 10 3 years since Wishing I Was Lucky started the ball rolling. Band Aid II belatedly get their christmas charity cover into the 10, as Kylie also gets the highest new entry at 14 with a decent cover of a much better 1950’s classic: Tears On My Pillow promoted her movie, but I never loved it as much I loved the Little Anthony & The Imperials version. Still don’t.

D Mob are back, with a reworking of an O’Jays song, at 23, so Put Your Hands Together, though De La Soul think 24 is the Magic Number now that it’s a double A with Buddy. Some classic new entries lower, though, headed by Cher following up her big return (If I Could Turn Back Time) with the fantastic cowboy-inspired rock track Just Like Jesse James, a song written by Diane Warren and Desmond Child. Desmond of late had been writing hits for Bon Jovi and Aerosmith, among others, Diane for, well, EVERYTHING! She’s done Eurovision with Andrew Lloyd-Webber, written a million-seller for Aerosmith, got awards and movie songs coming out of her ears, Paloma Faith’s latest single (Feb 2015) is one of hers, so is Cher’s previous hit, and one of her biggest accolades (for me) Pet Shop Boys recorded her brilliant song Numb, the playout song England went out of the world cup with to dramatic effect. Pet Shop Boys just don’t record other people’s songs, except as covers, so that was pretty rare. Take a google at the list of songs, and acts recording them, from Roy Orbison to Rihanna, and gasp for breath.

Talking of brilliant songwriters, Prince. Sinead O’Connor follows up Mandinka with a heart-breaking cover of Prince’s Nothin’ Compares 2 U, complete with world-dominating tearful video, and instant world-wide fame. Classic? Absolutely! In at 57 in the first chart of the year, not a bad start. Rod Stewart meanwhile covers Tom Waits, Downtown Train, and unusually for a Rod cover it’s not bad at all, though Tom is another songwriter (like Prince) who can be, shall we say, uniquely protective when it comes to their own work? That would be worth pursuing if one were immortal, but copyright is harder to govern from beyond the grave. Unless you’re the estate of Elvis Presley.

Returning, Smokie, 15 years on, without lead singer Chris Singer, instead it was Black Lace singer Alan Barton on lead, and who died a couple of years later on a Smokie tour coach crash, effectively ending their career, barring the Roy Chubby Brown monstrosity version of Living Next Door To Alice. Candidate for the worst record ever that one, not because of the song though. Finally, a legend returns: Quincy Jones having been dumped by Michael Jackson as producer (and ending his classic period to boot) had some time on his hands, so got Ray Charles and Chaka Khan on featuring vocals. As you do. As he does anyway. I’ll Be Good To You is good.

1 ( 2 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
2 ( 5 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
3 ( 4 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
4 ( 3 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
5 ( 1 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
6 ( 13 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
7 ( 8 ) WORDS The Christians
8 ( 11 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
9 ( 17 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
10 ( 12 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II

11 ( 6 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
12 ( 7 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
13 ( 9 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
14 ( NEW ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
15 ( 34 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
16 ( 16 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
17 ( 14 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
18 ( 20 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends
19 ( 10 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
20 ( 28 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

21 ( 56 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
22 ( 15 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
23 ( NEW ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob
24 ( 43 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
25 ( 19 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
26 ( 38 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
27 ( 35 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
28 ( 18 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
29 ( 55 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
30 ( 21 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward

31 ( 24 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
32 ( 25 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
33 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
34 ( 29 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
35 ( NEW ) QUEEN OF THE NEW YEAR Deacon Blue
36 ( 46 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
37 ( 26 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
38 ( 23 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
39 ( 32 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
40 ( 53 ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty

41 ( 33 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
42 ( 42 ) LAY ME DOWN EASY Sinitta
43 ( 37 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
44 ( 31 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
45 ( 40 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
46 ( 22 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
47 ( 41 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
48 ( 30 ) SISTER Bros
49 ( 48 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
50 ( 50 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

51 ( 47 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
52 ( 39 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
53 ( 44 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
54 ( NEW ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
55 ( 27 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams
56 ( 51 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
57 ( NEW ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
58 ( 45 ) MY LOVE The London Boys
59 ( NEW ) BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS Smokie
60 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( NEW ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
62 ( 52 ) SMOKE ON THE WATER Rock Aid Armenia
63 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 49 ) INNER CITY MAMMA Neneh Cherry
65 ( 61 ) OH WELL Oh Well
66 ( 63 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
67 ( 67 ) BRITE SIDE Deborah Harry
68 ( 36 ) (SEXUAL) HEALING ’89 Marvin Gaye
69 ( 68 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
70 ( 58 ) I’LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE The Beautiful South

71 ( 59 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
72 ( 69 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
73 ( 65 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
74 ( 74 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
75 ( 75 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh

For me the new decade started on several sleepless nights, missing grandma on the first birthday without her, both her birthday and my 32nd. At home, the smoking and general upheaval of kids in the house was getting to me a bit, too. On TV, The Road To Singapore (Hope and Crosby movie), David Attenborough dinosaurs programme (who doesn’t love dinosaurs!), and worried about being too old for the new squash courses I’d joined. 32, old? Pah!



14th January 1990

3 weeker for Distant Cousins at 1, and a quiet chart otherwise, bar a batch of mostly uneventful new entries. Happily, though, Cher’s shooting her 6-guns at 6 with one of her great records, and Sinead O’Connor cries her way up into the top 40. Kylie gets her 4th Top 10, and De la Soul find 12 is this week’s magic number. Living In A Box stop yo-yo-ing and make a firm dive into the 20, their 4th time.

New entries start with the Mission at 41, and the good Butterfly On A Wheel, more melodic than usual for them, while just behind is Lloyd Cole and the pretty No Blue Skies, 6 years on and without his Commotions anymore. Cyndi Lauper’s Heading West for one solitary chart week at 49 – oops! – and so might Everything But The Girl be, as they are Driving at 52, and like Lloyd Cole part of the Class of ’84 still plugging away classily, if not exactly on fire. A bit more lively, UB40 cover Al Green, and do a nice enough reggae version of a great soul song, Here I Am (Come And Take Me), giving them a cool decade of pretty much non-stop chart entries.

Best new entry by far though is Mantronix featuring Wondress and rthe sublime Got To Have Your Love, one of the few contemporary dance tracks in the chart that doesn’t sound horribly dated. At 61, The Happy Mondays Hallelujah is in remix form (apparently), but I’m sticking with the original on the video, as it has Kirsty MaColl on Top Of The Pops with them, and that’s good enough for me! Eurythmics are back with a spot of lesser royalty, just below them, Phil Collins is hoping for some rain, 9 years on from In The Air Tonight, and no comparison. Megadeth take on Alice Cooper and lose, of course. Fish’s Marillion days are in the past, but he swims in briefly with a Big Wedge. Finally janet Jackson’s latest Rhythm Nation track is a sweet ballad, Come Back To Me at 75.

1 ( 1 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
2 ( 2 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
3 ( 6 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
4 ( 3 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
5 ( 4 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
6 ( 33 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
7 ( 9 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
8 ( 7 ) WORDS The Christians
9 ( 5 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
10 ( 14 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue

11 ( 11 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
12 ( 24 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
13 ( 16 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
14 ( 44 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
15 ( 15 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
16 ( 18 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends
17 ( 23 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
18 ( 21 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
19 ( 8 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
20 ( 27 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia

21 ( 20 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
22 ( 26 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
23 ( 12 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
24 ( 10 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
25 ( 17 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
26 ( 13 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
27 ( 22 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
28 ( 29 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
29 ( 19 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
30 ( 25 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield

31 ( 35 ) QUEEN OF THE NEW YEAR Deacon Blue
32 ( 36 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
33 ( 34 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
34 ( 31 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
35 ( 40 ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
36 ( 32 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
37 ( 57 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
38 ( 39 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
39 ( 54 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
40 ( 30 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward

41 ( NEW ) BUTTERFLY ON A WHEEL The Mission
42 ( 37 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
43 ( 43 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
44 ( 28 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
45 ( 49 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 41 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
47 ( 50 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
48 ( NEW ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
49 ( NEW ) HEADING WEST Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 45 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

51 ( 51 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
52 ( NEW ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
53 ( 53 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
54 ( NEW ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40
55 ( 59 ) BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS Smokie
56 ( 61 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
57 ( 46 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
58 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
59 ( 56 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress

61 ( NEW ) HALLELUJAH (REMIX) The Happy Mondays
62 ( NEW ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
63 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 52 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
65 ( 38 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
66 ( NEW ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
67 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
68 ( NEW ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
69 ( 65 ) OH WELL Oh Well
70 ( NEW ) NO MORE MR NICE GUY Megadeth

71 ( 66 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
72 ( 74 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
73 ( NEW ) BIG WEDGE Fish
74 ( 75 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
75 ( NEW ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson

In the 1990 world, still not sleeping at night, feeling my life isn’t my own and having bouts of lowness and anxiety, not helped by a good news bad news situation at work: good news Parks were giving me a permanent job (yay!) along with Andy and Cathy, bad news it was a salary drop of £1300, quite a bit of cash, which made the likelihood of getting my own place more difficult. The new Tower Park cinema/bowls/ice-skating/swimming/clubs/food outlets was great though for me – I went off to see Back To The Future 2 again, my top film of 1989.


21st January 1990

Cher finally grabs another solo chart-topper 16 years after Dark Lady got there, and her third in total (one with Sonny in 1972). Just Like Jesse James is fab, Cher is at her best when she’s being mega dramatic. Up from 37 to 6, Sinead O’Connor is finding not much compares 2 her, and a well deserved even bigger hit for her than Mandinka. Jimmy Somerville follows Sylvester’s original into the Top 10, while the highest new entry at 9, wham bam thank you ma’am, it’s Lisa Stansfield’s follow-up to a classic number one, this one Live Together almost as good.

In at 16, Stock Aitken Waterman’s production-line keeps on churning out hits, with Lonnie Gordon the happy beneficiary of one of their better songs, Happenin’ All Over Again, Silver Bullet go top 20 with the good 20 Seconds To Comply, going all rap Robocop with attitude, and one second less than a future less good UK number one. Good climbs for Mantronix and Quincy Jones into the 40, but the best news is The Beloved returning with a terrific slow-groove funky list of celebrities, Hello at 30: Leslie Crowther, as they say, come on down! Great record.

Another great new entry at 39, the not-that-well-known (but fab) House Of Love’s Shine On, summoning up the spirit of classic Lloyd Cole and The Smiths, jangly indie rock that needs revisiting. Meanwhile Terry Hall is back with yet another collaboration of new mates, this time as Terry, Blair and Anoushka. Ultra Modern Nursery Rhymes, and not bad at 74. At 64, Dion is back, his late 50’s and early 60’s teen heart-throb doowop pop far behind him now, as Written On The Subway Wall is more Springsteen than his 1976 revived biggie The Wanderer. Produced by the great Dave Edmunds, that can only be a good thing.

1 ( 6 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
2 ( 3 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
3 ( 1 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
4 ( 4 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
5 ( 2 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
6 ( 37 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
7 ( 10 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
8 ( 15 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
9 ( NEW ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
10 ( 17 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice

11 ( 5 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
12 ( 7 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
13 ( 9 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
14 ( 12 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
15 ( 8 ) WORDS The Christians
16 ( NEW ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
17 ( 11 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
18 ( 22 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
19 ( 32 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
20 ( 13 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister

21 ( 14 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
22 ( 60 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
23 ( 56 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
24 ( 20 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
25 ( NEW ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
26 ( 61 ) HALLELUJAH (REMIX) The Happy Mondays
27 ( NEW ) COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO Halo James
28 ( 52 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
29 ( 18 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
30 ( NEW ) HELLO The Beloved

31 ( 19 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
32 ( 39 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
33 ( 16 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends
34 ( 54 ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40
35 ( 30 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
36 ( 23 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
37 ( 41 ) BUTTERFLY ON A WHEEL The Mission
38 ( 25 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
39 ( NEW ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
40 ( 38 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box

41 ( 27 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
42 ( 33 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
43 ( 31 ) QUEEN OF THE NEW YEAR Deacon Blue
44 ( 29 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
45 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 34 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
47 ( 47 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
48 ( 48 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
49 ( 36 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
50 ( 21 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

51 ( 26 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
52 ( 66 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
53 ( 28 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
54 ( 68 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
55 ( 51 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
56 ( 70 ) NO MORE MR NICE GUY Megadeth
57 ( 35 ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
58 ( 62 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
59 ( 58 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect

61 ( 59 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
62 ( NEW ) I CALLED U Lil Louis
63 ( 40 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
64 ( NEW ) WRITTEN ON THE SUBWAY WALL Dion
65 ( RE ) HOUSE OF FIRE Alice Cooper
66 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 73 ) BIG WEDGE Fish
68 ( 67 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
69 ( 75 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
70 ( 53 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams

71 ( 24 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
72 ( 46 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
73 ( NEW ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
74 ( NEW ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
75 ( 72 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies


In life, surveying Bournemouth’s parks still, and at home teaching the kids how to draw. Buying loads of albums in sales and raving about the forgotten UK historical sit-com Chelmsford 1-2-3, a Roman invasion laugh starring Jimmy Mulville and Rory McGrath. It deserves to be better remembered as it’s still funny, and being period set it doesn’t date! Played an actual game of squash with cool Peter from work – and lost. Fun though. Had a strange dream about Janet Jackson, which if nothing else is a pop culture reference! Saw When Harry Met Sally at the cinema, a pleasant romcom, and decided to myself it was time I started looking around at possibly maybe moving out and sort of maybe getting into a relationship, as I wasn’t especially happy with my lot in life. Maybe. On the other hand, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one this century if I were you…!


28th January 1990

2 weeks for Cher at 1, and The 49‘ers at 2, leaving Lisa Stansfield as the next bet to replace Cher at 4, Live Together making it a 3rd cool top 5 for Lisa. Sinead O’Connor also moves to 5 with her Prince cover classic. FPI Project’s Odyssey cover is at 7, showing their roots, and Mantronix just miss the top 10 at 11.

Quincy Jones, The Beloved (Hello!) and Rod’s train all chug in to the 20, as Janet Jackson gets another top 30 hit with ballad Come Back To Me. Highest new entry, though, is at 27 and it’s the band who made the song that became an anthem for the London Special Olympics: Public Enemy who Welcome you To The Terrordome, not Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Pleasuredome. A hugely influential rap act, but not a band I ever became passionate about so it comes as a pleasant surprise to see Public Enemy managed to beat out the competition for at least one week! There’s another welcome, albeit a dance welcome, too, at 29, from Gino Latino.

Sybil! Sybil!! No it’s not Fawlty Towers, it’s a dance soul shuffle cover of Dionne Warwick’s definitive version of Bacharach/David’s Walk On By. It’s a song that is impossible to ruin, so classic is it, but it’s also a song where no-one can better the cool heartbreak of the original, though Sybil does a fine job at 32. In the week that I went to see an Ex-Beatle live in concert, he drops by with a tuneful optmistic new ditty, Put It There Macca mate, at 49! It’s a spot of awesome though at 55, as Depeche Mode enter with their finest moment a full 9 years into their career, Enjoy The Silence is moody, tuneful, mysterious and brilliant, the Mode hitting new mature career highs worldwide and setting themselves up to be another influential act. Finally, it’s yet another dance cover at 59 – but this one’s different: Beats International was Norman Cook evolving his solo dance music career ex-Housemartins into a rave-dance DJ legend, starting with this very good cover of The SOS Band’s Jam & Lewis brilliant Just Be Good To Me. Dub Be Good To Me isn’t quite as good, but it does the job and tops the UK chart!

1 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
2 ( 2 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
3 ( 3 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
4 ( 9 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
5 ( 6 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
6 ( 4 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
7 ( 18 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
8 ( 8 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
9 ( 7 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
10 ( 5 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan

11 ( 22 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
12 ( 16 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
13 ( 10 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
14 ( 23 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
15 ( 30 ) HELLO The Beloved
16 ( 25 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
17 ( 17 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
18 ( 13 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
19 ( 12 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
20 ( 32 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart

21 ( 11 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
22 ( 27 ) COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO Halo James
23 ( 28 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
24 ( 14 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
25 ( 69 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
26 ( 20 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
27 ( NEW ) WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME Public Enemy
28 ( 15 ) WORDS The Christians
29 ( NEW ) WELCOME Gino Latino
30 ( 34 ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40

31 ( 39 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
32 ( NEW ) WALK ON BY Sybil
33 ( 19 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
34 ( 60 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
35 ( 54 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
36 ( 74 ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
37 ( 52 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
38 ( 62 ) I CALLED U Lil Louis and The World
39 ( 29 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
40 ( 56 ) NO MORE MR NICE GUY Megadeth

41 ( 40 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
42 ( 35 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
43 ( 48 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
44 ( 21 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
45 ( 24 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
46 ( 47 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
47 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
48 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( NEW ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
50 ( 38 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner

51 ( 36 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
52 ( 58 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
53 ( 42 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
54 ( 33 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends
55 ( NEW ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
56 ( 26 ) HALLELUJAH (REMIX) The Happy Mondays
57 ( 31 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
58 ( 55 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
59 ( NEW ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
60 ( 41 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic

61 ( 46 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
62 ( 44 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
63 ( 61 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
64 ( 43 ) QUEEN OF THE NEW YEAR Deacon Blue
65 ( 65 ) HOUSE OF FIRE Alice Cooper
66 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 66 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
68 ( 73 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
69 ( 68 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
70 ( NEW ) BLUE SKY MINE Midnight Oil

71 ( NEW ) NRG Adamski
72 ( 49 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
73 ( 51 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
74 ( NEW ) THE FACE And Why Not
75 ( NEW ) WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Joe Cocker

London Wembley Arena Paul McCartney Live In Concert January 24th 1990

Took my mum to see an Ex-Beatle, Ex-Wings legend after a day at Oxford Street record stores shopping and the like, or PAUL MCCARTNEY!!!! as I noted it in my diary. We weren’t too far from the stage, on the flat, but a 12-foot-tall woman was sat in front of me which was very annoying. Tall people should be made to sit or stand at the back, and tickets should be issued on a height-proximity-to-stage basis! Large numbers of old people in the crowd, I age-istly noted (some of them must have been, ooh pushing 50, I guess, speaking now as someone who pushed 50 some time ago!). Not the most exciting concert I’d been to, but it was “certainly the largest collection of classic songs you’ll ever see this century” as Paul ran through Beatles classics, and fab solo Macca grooves, with revolving platforms for Paul and for the now-much-missed Linda, some 60’s psychedelic backdrop videos and some nostalgic eye-moistening from me over 2 and a half hours.

Ignoring a few Flowers In The Dirt album tracks which were a bit out of place amongst the jewels, songs like Fool On The Hill, Eleanor Rigby, Let It Be, and the like, though some uptempo numbers would have been even better, to add to Sgt Pepper, Jet, Got To Get You Into My Life etc. Live And Let Die came over powerfully, and Hey Jude was spine-tingling, though the crowd singalong was somewhat interrupted by a bloke just behind fainting and causing a commotion. Admittedly it was a very special moment for me – my first ever memory of record getting to UK number one, the first to top my own personal charts, and a Beatles highlight – but fainting is going one step too far for me! The encore? Yesterday (bit of a biggie that one), Get Back (brilliant), and Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/ The End. I wished I’d had a better seat, and a delayed drive back to moan about, but all in all… it was one of The Beatles! yay!

1st: Hey Jude
2nd: Live And Let Die
3rd: Sgt. Pepper
4th: Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End
5th: Can’t Buy Me Love
6th: Jet
7th: Back In The USSR
8th: Band On The Run
9th: Get Back
10th: Eleanor Rigby/This One/My Brave Face/Fool On The Hill/Let It Be

Phew! That’s quite a line-up of songs!

In the real world, I showed my gratitude at being given a full-time job by getting wound-up about the drop in wages and starting a meeting about the new role going straight to the point. I’d forgotten how stroppy I could be when stressed! Turns out they agreed to keep me on the same wage, which then pissed off colleagues. Oh dear! Had another game of squash (lost) with Peter, and at work Andy and I were dealing with tree damage from storms as we went out in the lashing rain and wind to note what needed attention in various parks. At home, I took the neice and nephew into the neighbouring woods to see all of the trees that had come down in the high winds. On TV: Whose Line Is It Anyway, The Golden Girls, A Day At The Races (Marx Brothers), Chelmsford 1-2-3…