My November 1987 Charts

1st November 1987

It’s a 3rd week on top for Fleetwood Mac’s Little Lies, and The Christians manage to break up the top 5 a bit, no finger-pointing but it’s their second top 5. Sly & The Family Stone reach a new peak for Family Affair 15 years on, but Runnin’ Away originally peaked at 2. The Nana’s make it 2 top 10’s in a SAW row, and George Michael gets his first solo top 10 since A Different Corner and his 3rd in total. Cliff makes it 3 top 20’s in a row as Remember Me shoots up to 14. Ironically, I remember it much less well than the first 2 singles, though the album they came from was probably his best one since I’m Nearly Famous.

There’s a rock top 20 invasion from Aerosmith, Whitesnake, a 60’s vet as George Harrison gets his first in a few years, Donna Summer ditto, and Bryan Ferry still manages to keep the 20’s going with the right stuff 15 years on from Virginia Plain – the last time he made my chart was with an actual ’20’s styled cover of Love Is The Drug. T’Pau replace themselves in my 40, and highest new entry is from The Party Boys. It’s Alan Lancaster ex-Quo and some Aussie mates, and their stomping cover of the brilliant tribal John Kongos 1971 hit. Either version is better than the spaced-out Happy Mondays most-famous version Step On, which is limp in comparison.

Future Olympic themed-reissued hit Barcelona pops in for Freddie Mercury doing a double diva operatic effort, Cher rocks it up and is most-welcome-returnee after a bit of a drought music-wise (not that she was bovvered what with the acting career and all), as she finds someone, and Bryan Adams, Dream Academy, Rick Astley, and Wax all follow-up in minor ways. Nina Simone brings a jazz oldie into the charts, her first appearance since 1969 in my charts, missed out the 70’s entirely! Cybill “Moonlighting” Shepherd covers 1934 classic ballad Blue Moon, following co-star Bruce Willis into my chart, and much-covered over the decades – but this was the first version to chart.

Rush are back after a lengthy gap, Earth, Wind & Fire go all late 80’s in sound and it doesn’t quite work as well as the 70’s disco funk-outs, and I am clearly playing my USA holiday albums again as my playlist lists The Way You Make Me Feel for the first time, possibly aware it’s the next single, and brings back One More Chance for the Pet Shop Boys, and Another Part Of Me for MJ for the 5th time – yet it wouldn’t be a single for knocking-on 2 years!

1 ( 1 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
3 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 5 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 7 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
6 ( 13 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
7 ( 4 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
8 ( 15 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
9 ( 9 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
10 ( 12 ) FAITH George Michael

11 ( 8 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
12 ( 6 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
13 ( 11 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
14 ( 48 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
15 ( 23 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
16 ( 27 ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
17 ( 53 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
18 ( 26 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
19 ( 22 ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40
20 ( 39 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison

21 ( 20 ) BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics
22 ( 17 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
23 ( 19 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
24 ( 33 ) SILVERMAC Westworld
25 ( 10 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
26 ( 34 ) THE CIRCUS Erasure
27 ( 30 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
28 ( 16 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
29 ( 21 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
30 ( 18 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J

31 ( 31 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
32 ( 24 ) THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Stephen Dante
33 ( 14 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
34 ( 43 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
35 ( NEW ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN The Party Boys
36 ( 29 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
37 ( 25 ) JUST LIKE HEAVEN The Cure
38 ( 46 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
39 ( 28 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
40 ( 50 ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic

41 ( 35 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
42 ( 38 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
43 ( 63 ) WANTED The Style Council
44 ( 41 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
45 ( 52 ) DANCE LITTLE SISTER Terence Trent D’Arby
46 ( 32 ) MONY MONY Amazulu
47 ( 37 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
48 ( 36 ) WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was)
49 ( 45 ) SKELETONS Stevie Wonder
50 ( 72 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre

51 ( 47 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
52 ( 61 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
53 ( 68 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
54 ( 67 ) I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr
55 ( NEW ) BARCELONA Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe
56 ( 44 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
57 ( 40 ) BETCHA SAY THAT Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
58 ( NEW ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
59 ( 54 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
60 ( 51 ) SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES Dusty Springfield & Richard Carpenter

61 ( 59 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
62 ( 70 ) SO THE STORY GOES Living In A Box
63 ( NEW ) VICTIM OF LOVE Bryan Adams
64 ( 64 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
65 ( 62 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( NEW ) INDIAN SUMMER Dream Academy
68 ( NEW ) BLUE MOON Cybill Shepherd
69 ( 75 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White
70 ( NEW ) WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY Rick Astley

71 ( NEW ) TIME STAND STILL Rush
72 ( 65 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
73 ( NEW ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone
74 ( NEW ) AMERICAN ENGLISH Wax
75 ( NEW ) SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL Earth, Wind & Fire
76 ( RE ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
77 ( RE ) ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys
78 ( NEW ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson

 

 

8th November 1987

It’s back on top for The Bee Gees, winning again for the 3rd week in total spread out over 6 weeks as George Harrison gets his first top 5 in 6 years, since All Those Years Ago topped my chart – that was in effect a Beatles record, it had Paul & Ringo on it and it was about John. Bananarama make it 2 top 5’s in a row, Whitesnake get a first (and last) top 10, and Donna Summer adds to her total of top 10’s which started in 1977.

Tiffany leaps up and overtakes the other Tommy James cover, as loads of US hits that had charted for me in September start to hit in the UK or get airplay and re-enter, Cutting Crew at 27, Expose at 30, Jellybean at 20 reaching a new peak, leaving the highest actual new track from Heartbeat entitled Tears From Heaven – I had to youtube this one as it’s been utterly lost from my memory banks, and it was even a hit!

At 37, the brilliant Jam & Lewis track for Alexander O’Neal, worthy of no Criticism whatsoever, and Aztec Camera get another sweet ballad in at 49. Eric B & Rakim debut with the unusual and fab Paid In Full, heavy on sampling and a sign of hip-hop things to come, Voice Of The Beehive start a great little run of singles, of which I shall Say Nothing yet. Double get that follow-up entry and it’s pretty good, The Smiths sneak in with something they couldn’t finish, and isn’t that just so Morrissey?! Maxi Priest also starts a good run with the 3rd cover (reggae this time) of Some Guys Have All The Luck, all very different, and all in a 5-year period.

The La’s debut 2 years before their classic is released, and The Proclaimers debut with their best track (excepting the gorgeous Sunshine On Leith) the storming Letter From America, Glen Goldsmith pops in tears-free, and Pet Shop Boys enter with the top album track of the week Heart – future remixed single in 1988, but I’d somehow not spotted it’s potential up to this point. It would, had I allowed album tracks higher than 76, in all likelihood have been topping the chart this week – which Rent singularly had failed to do for the first time since Love Comes Quickly also didn’t get on top.


1 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
2 ( 1 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 8 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
5 ( 20 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
6 ( 4 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 10 ) FAITH George Michael
8 ( 17 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
9 ( 7 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
10 ( 15 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer

11 ( 5 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
12 ( 14 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
13 ( 6 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
14 ( 13 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
15 ( 39 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
16 ( 11 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
17 ( 27 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
18 ( 9 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
19 ( 12 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
20 ( RE ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo

21 ( 38 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
22 ( 50 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
23 ( 22 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
24 ( 34 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
25 ( NEW ) TEARS FROM HEAVEN Heartbeat
26 ( 23 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
27 ( RE ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
28 ( 16 ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
29 ( 35 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN The Party Boys
30 ( RE ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose

31 ( 25 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
32 ( 47 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
33 ( 33 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
34 ( 43 ) WANTED The Style Council
35 ( 18 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
36 ( 36 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
37 ( NEW ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
38 ( 29 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
39 ( 31 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
40 ( 71 ) TIME STAND STILL Rush

41 ( 24 ) SILVERMAC Westworld
42 ( 28 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
43 ( 19 ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40
44 ( 40 ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic
45 ( 52 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
46 ( 30 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
47 ( 54 ) I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr
48 ( 26 ) THE CIRCUS Erasure
49 ( NEW ) DEEP AND WIDE AND TALL Aztec Camera
50 ( 69 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White

51 ( 53 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
52 ( 21 ) BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics
53 ( 44 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
54 ( 42 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
55 ( 51 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
56 ( 41 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
57 ( 70 ) WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY Rick Astley
58 ( 67 ) INDIAN SUMMER Dream Academy
59 ( 32 ) THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Stephen Dante
60 ( NEW ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim

61 ( 55 ) BARCELONA Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe
62 ( 58 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
63 ( NEW ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
64 ( 73 ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone
65 ( 64 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
66 ( 61 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
67 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
69 ( NEW ) I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN’T FINISH The Smiths
70 ( 59 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp

71 ( NEW ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
72 ( 65 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
73 ( NEW ) WAY OUT The La’s
74 ( NEW ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
75 ( NEW ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
76 ( NEW ) HEART Pet Shop Boys

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN John Kongos
3 UNION SILVER Middle Of The Road

 

 

15th November 1987

It’s 4 weeks on top for The Bee Gees as the top 3 stranglehold continues with Mac & Jacko for the 7th week in a row, it’s rare that the same 3 dominate for that long in my charts. Donna Summer gets her first top 5 since McArthur Park in 1978, discounting the remix of I Feel Love, and Alexander O’Neal rockets into the top 10 league with Criticize up 31 to 6, and Eric B & Rakim outdo that with a 50-place climb to 10. That keeps out a remix of The Pretenders’ fab 1979 top 10 track Kid, in at 11, as Labi Siffre gets his 5th top 20 in 16 years.

T’Pau get a 2nd top 20, and that Dirty Dancing blockbuster hits 20 for a Righteous Brother getting his first for 18 years, and Jennifer Warnes getting a first in 10 years of trying. Mirage Jack in at 37, The Housemartins career continues to Build (though not for that much longer) at 40, and ABC get a 3rd great track off Alphabeat City at 48 – King Without A Crown. Donny Osmond is Grooving in at 57, and a chart return for the first time as an adult – that’ll be 11 years away, and a chart career stretching back to 1972. It would be fair to say that Donny, who I stood next to in Bournemouth when he opened the branch of HMV that I still shop in, had been on the same road as David Cassidy – as in a teen idol comeback inspired by George Michael’s music.

There’s another ex-Beatle in the chart, as Paul joins George, Once Upon A Long Ago. George’s is the better one. Prince gets another Sign O’ The Times track in, the good I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man, Martha’s Harbour genteel goth enters with In The Clouds, and Alison Moyet does another classic cover, in Love Letters, a hit for Ketty Lester and Elvis among others pre-dating my charts. Sneaking briefly in at the bottom end it’s the fab Chris Isaak and fab Blue Hotel. It would take just over 3 years to chart in the UK and get a top 10 slot here, after Wicked Game paves the way. Boy George has a low-key start for a fabulous touching sweeping ballad that never got the success it deserved, and Soho drop in at 75. No idea either, but they were on the RAK record label, I still adore that blue yacht logo.

1 ( 1 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
2 ( 2 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 5 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
5 ( 10 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
6 ( 37 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
7 ( 8 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
8 ( 4 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
9 ( 6 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 60 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim

11 ( NEW ) KID The Pretenders
12 ( 15 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
13 ( 7 ) FAITH George Michael
14 ( 22 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
15 ( 9 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
16 ( 20 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
17 ( 24 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
18 ( 14 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
19 ( 30 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
20 ( 45 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley

21 ( 11 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
22 ( 13 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
23 ( 23 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
24 ( 12 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
25 ( 16 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
26 ( 27 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
27 ( 29 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN The Party Boys
28 ( 19 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
29 ( 17 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
30 ( 50 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White

31 ( 21 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
32 ( 26 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
33 ( 18 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
34 ( 68 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
35 ( 63 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
36 ( 69 ) I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN’T FINISH The Smiths
37 ( NEW ) JACK MIX IV Mirage
38 ( 71 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
39 ( 49 ) DEEP AND WIDE AND TALL Aztec Camera
40 ( NEW ) BUILD The Housemartins

41 ( 25 ) TEARS FROM HEAVEN Heartbeat
42 ( 33 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
43 ( 36 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
44 ( 31 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( 35 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
46 ( 32 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
47 ( 38 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
48 ( NEW ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC
49 ( 74 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
50 ( 64 ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone

51 ( 39 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
52 ( 40 ) TIME STAND STILL Rush
53 ( 28 ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
54 ( 51 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
55 ( 34 ) WANTED The Style Council
56 ( 44 ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic
57 ( NEW ) GROOVE Donny Osmond
58 ( 54 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
59 ( 53 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
60 ( 55 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett

61 ( 61 ) BARCELONA Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe
62 ( 42 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
63 ( 73 ) WAY OUT The La’s
64 ( NEW ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
65 ( 65 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
67 ( NEW ) IN THE CLOUDS Martha’s Harbour
68 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 75 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
70 ( NEW ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet

71 ( 66 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) BLUE HOTEL Chris Isaak
73 ( NEW ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
74 ( 56 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
75 ( NEW ) MONA LISA SMILE Soho

Playlist oldies of the week
1 HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART The Bee Gees
2 YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Pearls
3 CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells

 

 

 

22nd November 1987

So, for the 9th week in a row the top 3 is the same acts – it’s Little Lies returning to the top slot for a 4th week, meaning essentially that Bad, Little Lies and You Win Again would ordinarily all have had a 9-week run on top of my charts if they hadn’t collided release schedules – except that Bad would anyway have been overtaken after 8 weeks by another album track, The Way You Make Me Feel re-entering at 3.

The Pretenders hit the top 10 for the second time with Kid, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes get their only name-check on a top 10, and The Proclaimers rocket up with a letter from America. First Class post presumably, up to 18 from outside the 40. Fab. Barry White gets his first top 20 since Just The Way You Are in 1979, Sho You Right just happy to have him back, albeit not in the same league as his string-drenched classics.

Highest new entry is Pet Shop Boys cover of Elvis’ cover of Always On My Mind, originally just a contribution to a TV show of artists covering Elvis hits to celebrate his 10th deathiversary. The great reaction convinced them to record it and release it as a single, and it enters at 24. The song was originally recorded by B.J. Thomas who Elvis had a habit of grabbing UK hit single covers from – B.J. only ever had one UK hit, but over a decade of singles successes in the USA.

ABC make it 3 top 40 hits in ’87, Paul McCartney gets to be the second Beatle in the 40, and Donny Osmond gets his biggest solo single since errr Why in 1972. Yes, I didn’t rate most of his solo singles beyond 1972 even the big ones. Johnny Hates Jazz a 3rd time, The Hooters flash their satellite, and soulpop acts Janet, Whitney and Luther all get minor entries. 2 of them would eventually duet together to bigger and better effect. Not Whitney. Finally, veterans bunch together: Sting, Errol Brown, Peter Gabriel with his old song done live, and and Joe Cocker covering Ray Charles.

1 ( 2 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 1 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
3 ( RE ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
4 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
5 ( 6 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
6 ( 5 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
7 ( 4 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
8 ( 10 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
9 ( 11 ) KID The Pretenders
10 ( 20 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley

11 ( 14 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
12 ( 17 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
13 ( 7 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
14 ( 9 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
15 ( 16 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
16 ( 26 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
17 ( 8 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
18 ( 49 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
19 ( 18 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
20 ( 30 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White

21 ( 13 ) FAITH George Michael
22 ( 15 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
23 ( 12 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
24 ( NEW ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
25 ( 23 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
26 ( 21 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
27 ( 48 ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC
28 ( 38 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
29 ( 57 ) GROOVE Donny Osmond
30 ( 36 ) I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN’T FINISH The Smiths

31 ( 22 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
32 ( 34 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
33 ( 64 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
34 ( 35 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
35 ( 37 ) JACK MIX IV Mirage
36 ( 40 ) BUILD The Housemartins
37 ( 32 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
38 ( 19 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
39 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes
40 ( 28 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones

41 ( 29 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
42 ( 25 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
43 ( 66 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
44 ( 27 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN The Party Boys
45 ( 50 ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone
46 ( 24 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
47 ( 69 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
48 ( 73 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
49 ( 33 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
50 ( 43 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher

51 ( 42 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
52 ( NEW ) ON FIRE Blue Zone
53 ( NEW ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
54 ( NEW ) CITY LIGHTS William Pitt
55 ( 31 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
56 ( 44 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
57 ( RE ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
58 ( 47 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
59 ( NEW ) SATELLITE The Hooters
60 ( 54 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC

61 ( 67 ) IN THE CLOUDS All About Eve
62 ( 58 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
63 ( 60 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
64 ( 59 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
65 ( 70 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
66 ( 65 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) SO AMAZING Luther Vandross
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( NEW ) FUNNY HOW TIME FLIES Janet Jackson
70 ( NEW ) SO EMOTIONAL Whitney Houston

71 ( NEW ) BIKO (LIVE) Peter Gabriel
72 ( NEW ) WE’LL BE TOGETHER Sting
73 ( NEW ) UNCHAIN MY HEART Joe Cocker
74 ( 74 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
75 ( NEW ) BODY ROCKIN’ Errol Brown

playlist oldies
1 PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
2 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
3 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
4 UNION SILVER Middle Of The Road

 

 

29th November 1987

It’s Michael Jackson’s 2nd topper from Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel is a great single, all rhythm and yelps, and his 7th solo number one, or his 10th including The Jackson 5/Jacksons, or his 11th if you also count his uncredited everything on Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching You. Billy Idol meanwhile leaps back up to a new peak of 5 with Mony Mony due to my buying the Hung Like A Pony 12″. So to speak. Pet Shop Boys get out-performed because it still wasn’t available to buy, at 6 keeping their top 10 run intact at 100%, T’Pau get a 2nd top 10, and The Proclaimers a first.

Macca joins ol mucker George in the 20, Alison Moyet takes some Love Letters by airmail to 27, close to catching a Satellite, and Cher gets her first top 40 action in 5 years – since her annoyingly uncredited duet with Meatloaf went top 10 in 1982. Highest new entry is another Tango In The Night track, Family Man entering at 37 as Little Lies drops from the top for the final time for Fleetwood Mac. Close behind are REM, The One I Love giving them an instant top 40, and Johnny hates jazz makes it 3 top 40 from 3.

The Tams enter with an obscure 60’s soul track, a hit mostly because it was banned by the BBC for mentioning the word “Shag” even though The Shag was a 60’s dance, the record was innocent, and it’s no different from saying “making love”, albeit less romantic, even if it did mean having a shag. Which it didn’t. The Tams had almost topped my charts in 1971 with the brilliant 60’s oldie Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me topping the UK charts as Northern Soul was big. They pretty much averaged one hit a decade to date. I bought this one because I used to get annoyed being told what was offensive by the BBC (when it wasn’t).

Belinda Carlisle is back, 5 years on from her Gogo’s days, with her breakthrough smash Heaven Is A Place On Earth, giving her a great solo career for the next 5 years or so, and Shaky covers an obvious early 60’s cover, so obvious it was hard to believe he had left it 6 years before getting round to it. The Christians have an Ideal World for Christmas enter while their fingers were still pointing down from above, Madonna drops her Look Of Love single that I always forget about when chucking off lists of her songs, Wet Wet Wet go all ballady on the reasonably nice Angel Eyes, a harbinger of horrors to come. And though still at 2, The Bee Gees sneak in with the latest album title track at 75.

1 ( 3 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
2 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
3 ( 1 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 5 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
5 ( 49 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol
6 ( 24 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 9 ) KID The Pretenders
8 ( 4 ) BAD Michael Jackson
9 ( 12 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
10 ( 18 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers

11 ( 8 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
12 ( 15 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
13 ( 11 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
14 ( 10 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
15 ( 6 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
16 ( 16 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
17 ( 7 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
18 ( 20 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White
19 ( 27 ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC
20 ( 33 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney

21 ( 13 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
22 ( 19 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
23 ( 14 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
24 ( 43 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
25 ( 25 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
26 ( 59 ) SATELLITE The Hooters
27 ( 65 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
28 ( 57 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
29 ( 29 ) GROOVE Donny Osmond
30 ( 39 ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes

31 ( 28 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
32 ( 34 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
33 ( 22 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
34 ( 17 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
35 ( 36 ) BUILD The Housemartins
36 ( 47 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
37 ( NEW ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
38 ( NEW ) THE ONE I LOVE REM
39 ( 53 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
40 ( 31 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone

41 ( 26 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
42 ( 32 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
43 ( 21 ) FAITH George Michael
44 ( 48 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
45 ( 37 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
46 ( 23 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
47 ( 30 ) I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN’T FINISH The Smiths
48 ( 54 ) CITY LIGHTS William Pitt
49 ( NEW ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams
50 ( 40 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones

51 ( 51 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
52 ( 52 ) ON FIRE Blue Zone
53 ( NEW ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
54 ( NEW ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
55 ( 38 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
56 ( 50 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
57 ( 35 ) JACK MIX IV Mirage
58 ( 62 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
59 ( 41 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 70 ) SO EMOTIONAL Whitney Houston

61 ( 42 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
62 ( 67 ) SO AMAZING Luther Vandross
63 ( 45 ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone
64 ( 60 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
65 ( 63 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
66 ( 66 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 64 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
70 ( 73 ) UNCHAIN MY HEART Joe Cocker

71 ( NEW ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
72 ( 56 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
73 ( NEW ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
74 ( 58 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
75 ( NEW ) ESP The Bee Gees
76 ( RE ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
2 ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
3 I’LL BE THERE The Jackson 5

My October 1987 Charts

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Me in the back garden 1987. It’s all mature trees everywhere around here now…

 

6th October 1987

It’s a post-holiday chart-topper for The Bee Gees, You Win Again giving them a first number one in 8 years, and a 3rd in total after Night Fever and Tragedy – though earlier 60’s singles would have also topped my charts had I started them then, and they had more number 2’s than just about any act to this point. ABC make it two top 10’s in a row, their 6th, and new in at 12 it’s a 12″ extended EP of 2 classic reissued 1972 tracks from Sly & The Family Stone and 2 non-listed extended mixes of other singles (that I never got to hear, so not listed), The Christians shoot into the top 20 yet again, no pointing fingers!

Lloyd Cole gets his biggest mover since Lost Weekend, the criminally-ignored My Bag, up 51 places to 20, Westworld also move fast with the criminally-ignored fab Silvermac, into the 30, while the criminally-ignored-in-the-UK Expose go top 40. Level 42 also climb nicely, it’s not over till it’s over! Smokey Robinson makes it 18 years of top 40’s Richard Carpenter 17 years, and Dusty gets 2 in the 40 19 years since she started in my debut chart.

Highest new track comes from Sisters Of Mercy at 44 with This Corrosion, The Communards sneak back Tomorrow, The Pointer Sisters are being there 8 years on, though they bubbled under in 1972 with Yes We Can Can. Positive attitude! Fellow 70’s hitmakers The Fatback Band also return having found lovin’, and a raft of rock acts rock the lower end of the charts, Kiss 8 years on from their much better disco phase oops, Aerosmith have the fab Dude (looks Like A Lady), and Def Leppard are sweet as sugar.

1 ( 5 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
2 ( 1 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 4 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 6 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
5 ( 7 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
6 ( 2 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
7 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
8 ( 10 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
9 ( 12 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
10 ( 11 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka

11 ( 13 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
12 ( NEW ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
13 ( 8 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
14 ( 9 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
15 ( 37 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
16 ( 16 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
17 ( 15 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
18 ( 14 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
19 ( 23 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
20 ( 71 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

21 ( 21 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
22 ( 24 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
23 ( 17 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
24 ( 19 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
25 ( 29 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
26 ( 28 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
27 ( 27 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
28 ( 48 ) SILVERMAC Westworld
29 ( 22 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
30 ( 18 ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna

31 ( 20 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
32 ( 25 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
33 ( 39 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
34 ( 34 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
35 ( 46 ) ONE HEARTBEAT Smokey Robinson
36 ( 30 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
37 ( 54 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
38 ( 59 ) IT’S OVER Level 42
39 ( 41 ) VALERIE Steve Winwood
40 ( 73 ) SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES Dusty Springfield & Richard Carpenter

41 ( 26 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
42 ( 31 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
43 ( 40 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
44 ( NEW ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
45 ( 65 ) WHO WILL YOU RUN TO Heart
46 ( 38 ) ALONE Heart
47 ( 32 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
48 ( 50 ) TOUCH OF GREY The Grateful Dead
49 ( 49 ) FULL METAL JACKET (I WANNA BE A DRILL INSTRUCTOR) Abigail Mead & Nigel Goulding
50 ( 44 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna

51 ( 33 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
52 ( 51 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
53 ( NEW ) TOMORROW The Communards
54 ( 36 ) CASANOVA Levert
55 ( 53 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
56 ( 35 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
57 ( 42 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
58 ( 63 ) THAT GIRL Freddie McGregor
59 ( 45 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
60 ( 60 ) HUMAN Human League

61 ( 58 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
62 ( 68 ) WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was)
63 ( NEW ) BE THERE The Pointer Sisters
64 ( NEW ) I FOUND LOVIN’ The Fatback Band
65 ( 62 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
66 ( 66 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
67 ( NEW ) HOUSE NATION Housemaster Boyz
68 ( 67 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
69 ( 70 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
70 ( 75 ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40

71 ( 47 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
72 ( NEW ) CRAZY CRAZY NIGHTS Kiss
73 ( NEW ) THE CIRCUS Erasure
74 ( NEW ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
75 ( NEW ) POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME Def Leppard
76 ( RE ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
77 ( RE ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson

6th Oct
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 SHOULD I LAUGH OR CRY Abba

11th October 1987

It’s a first week on top for the title track from Bad for Michael Jackson, giving him a total of 5 tracks in the chart as his duet with Stevie Wonder sneaks in the lower end thanks to the playlist of most-liked non-chart stuff which I’ve retrospectively stuck on the end of the chart – though all 3 tracks at 76, 77, 78 would in reality have been much higher.

LL Cool J goes top 10, and Sly & The Family Stone take both 1972 hits back into the top 10 15 years on. Highest new entry is Pet Shop Boys 3rd single from Actually, Rent at 14, and a change of pace with a low-key moody song later covered (and produced-by Pet Shop Boys) by Liza Minelli Broadway-style. Sisters Of Mercy shoot into the 20, This Corrosion just ahead of Expose at 19.

The Dirty Dancing massive ballad Time Of My Life gives Jennifer Warnes a welcome chart return after her Leonard Cohen cover had dropped out, and Bill Medley gets his first post-Righteous Brothers solo billing – though he first charted with You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ in 1969, 4 years after it’s chart-topping UK and US run, and again in 1975, and again in the future-charts from 1987 perspective. Debbie Gibson returns at a new chart peak for Only In My Dreams at 28, teen rival Tiffany debuts inside the 40 with the Tommy James cover I Think We’re Alone Now, making 2 Shondells covers inside the 40 with Mony Mony a bit higher.

Jellybean gets a second chart entry, this time with Stephen Dante, George Michael’s massive Faith modestly enters at 53, and Eurythmics oddity Beethoven slips in a bit lower than George – both of them having had Aretha Franklin duets recently. Donna Summer adds to her 11 years of hits with Dinner With Gershwin – I think Brenda Russell wrote it, her of Piano In The Dark – and her most Broadway-styled track since I Remember Yesterday in 1977. Bryan Ferry also returns after a break – giving him 14 years of solo entries, and 15 years of hits including Roxy Music. Obv got The Right Stuff. Finally Los Lobos sneak in with another La Bamba cover.

1 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
2 ( 1 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
3 ( 2 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 4 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
5 ( 5 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
6 ( 8 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
7 ( 9 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
8 ( 11 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
9 ( 12 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
10 ( 6 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

11 ( 7 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
12 ( 15 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
13 ( 16 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
14 ( NEW ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
15 ( 19 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
16 ( 20 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
17 ( 14 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
18 ( 44 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
19 ( 37 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
20 ( 17 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau

21 ( 10 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
22 ( 22 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
23 ( 18 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
24 ( 28 ) SILVERMAC Westworld
25 ( NEW ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
26 ( 13 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
27 ( 27 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
28 ( RE ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
29 ( 38 ) IT’S OVER Level 42
30 ( 40 ) SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES Dusty Springfield & Richard Carpenter

31 ( 21 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
32 ( 24 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
33 ( 23 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
34 ( 35 ) ONE HEARTBEAT Smokey Robinson
35 ( NEW ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
36 ( 53 ) TOMORROW The Communards
37 ( 39 ) VALERIE Steve Winwood
38 ( 45 ) WHO WILL YOU RUN TO Heart
39 ( 29 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
40 ( 36 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett

41 ( 25 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
42 ( 48 ) TOUCH OF GREY The Grateful Dead
43 ( 26 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
44 ( 31 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
45 ( 62 ) WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was)
46 ( 43 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
47 ( 30 ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
48 ( 41 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
49 ( NEW ) THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Stephen Dante
50 ( 32 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys

51 ( 46 ) ALONE Heart
52 ( 73 ) THE CIRCUS Erasure
53 ( NEW ) FAITH George Michael
54 ( 64 ) I FOUND LOVIN’ The Fatback Band
55 ( 52 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
56 ( NEW ) BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics
57 ( 55 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
58 ( 50 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
59 ( 34 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
60 ( 70 ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40

61 ( NEW ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic
62 ( 60 ) HUMAN Human League
63 ( 33 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
64 ( NEW ) STRONG AS STEEL Five Star
65 ( 69 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
66 ( 74 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
67 ( 72 ) CRAZY CRAZY NIGHTS Kiss
68 ( NEW ) RAIN IN THE SUMMERTIME The Alarm
69 ( 66 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
70 ( 68 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

71 ( NEW ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
72 ( 42 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
73 ( NEW ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
74 ( NEW ) HUNGRY TOWN Big Pig
75 ( NEW ) COME ON LET’S GO Los Lobos
76 ( 76 ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
77 ( 77 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
78 ( NEW ) JUST GOOD FRIENDS Michael Jackson & Stevie Wonder

18th October 1987

It’s back up on top for a second week for The Bee Gees fab You Win Again, as the Big 5 maintain a vice-like grip for a 3rd week, and Pet Shop Boys get 2 going up to threaten it, Rent modestly keeping their top 10 rate at 100%. Sisters Of Mercy also got top 10 with This Corrosion, and Jan Hammer’s tuneful Crockett’s Theme is at 8, The Christians make it a 3rd top 10. Billy Idol takes his double Mony Mony into the 20 as Amazulu enter at 75 with their own typically perfunctory cover version.

Eurythmics bound into the 20 with one big leap of Beethoven, who’d been there before as a Fifth Of Beethoven with future Family Guy soundtracker Walter Murphy in 1976, and intro-ing ELO’s Roll Over Beethoven in 1973. George Michael takes a big leap of Faith into the 30 (I’ve been saving that one for over 30 years), as Jellybean sees The Real Thing – well, so have I, twice. The Fatback Band return to the 40 after a long gap, chased by DJ Steve Walsh covering I Found Lovin’: signs of the future, hit DJ’s.

Highest new entry is The Cure, just ahead of Stevie Wonder extending his chart run to 19 years with some Skeletons in his closet, while INXS are back with a monster track, the brilliant Need You Tonight Kick-starting the new classic album, an all-time funkrock great album and single, and showcasing what a great live act the band were – Michael Hutchence was an awesome frontman, one of the great live gigs I’ve seen. George Harrison returns with a corker, courtesy of Jeff Lynne productions, after a lengthy gap, 17 years on from My Sweet Lord, and joining his Beatles in the chart with his 50’s cover. Chic jack-up Le Freak. Yes, they really do jack it up, but Nile Rodgers is finally forgiven in 20 years or so.

Other than that, lots of chart regulars all return, and I note that all 3 of my playlist oldies that week were future chart-toppers in the 80’s, 90’s and 10’s respectively.


1 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
2 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 1 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 4 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
5 ( 5 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
6 ( 10 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
7 ( 18 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
8 ( 15 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
9 ( 14 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 12 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians

11 ( 8 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
12 ( 27 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
13 ( 13 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
14 ( 11 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
15 ( 6 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
16 ( 16 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
17 ( 7 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
18 ( 9 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
19 ( 28 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
20 ( 56 ) BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics

21 ( 29 ) IT’S OVER Level 42
22 ( 22 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
23 ( 17 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
24 ( 20 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
25 ( 25 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
26 ( 53 ) FAITH George Michael
27 ( 49 ) THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Stephen Dante
28 ( 23 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
29 ( 19 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
30 ( 32 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama

31 ( 33 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
32 ( 24 ) SILVERMAC Westworld
33 ( 35 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
34 ( 54 ) I FOUND LOVIN’ The Fatback Band
35 ( 38 ) WHO WILL YOU RUN TO Heart
36 ( 21 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
37 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE HEAVEN The Cure
38 ( 31 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
39 ( NEW ) SKELETONS Stevie Wonder
40 ( 45 ) WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was)

41 ( 52 ) THE CIRCUS Erasure
42 ( 26 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
43 ( 40 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
44 ( 60 ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40
45 ( 64 ) STRONG AS STEEL Five Star
46 ( 39 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
47 ( 30 ) SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES Dusty Springfield & Richard Carpenter
48 ( NEW ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
49 ( 65 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
50 ( RE ) BETCHA SAY THAT Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

51 ( 37 ) VALERIE Steve Winwood
52 ( 46 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
53 ( 66 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
54 ( 48 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
55 ( 71 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
56 ( 73 ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
57 ( 44 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
58 ( NEW ) DON’T MAKE ME WAIT FOR LOVE Kenny G
59 ( 55 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison

61 ( 61 ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic
62 ( 51 ) ALONE Heart
63 ( 62 ) HUMAN Human League
64 ( 57 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
65 ( 68 ) RAIN IN THE SUMMERTIME The Alarm
66 ( NEW ) BRILLIANT DISGUISE Bruce Springsteen
67 ( NEW ) JACK LE FREAK Chic
68 ( NEW ) I FOUND LOVIN’ Steve Walsh
69 ( NEW ) DANCE LITTLE SISTER Terence Trent D’Arby
70 ( NEW ) WANTED The Style Council

71 ( NEW ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
72 ( 34 ) ONE HEARTBEAT Smokey Robinson
73 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU WANT ME Jody Watley
74 ( NEW ) I DON;T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr
75 ( NEW ) MONY MONY Amazulu

Playlist oldies of the week
1 LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
2 EAGLE Abba
3 LIVIN’ THING ELO

25th October 1987

It’s back on top after a few weeks off for Fleetwood Mac, giving Little Lies a second week on top, keeping the top 4 shuffling about amongst themselves for the 4th week, and only Pet Shop Boys’ Rent able to break into the top 5 to try and break-up the chart monopoly of the Big 4. Billy Idol gets a 5th or 6th top 10, as the Amazulu version of Mony Mony makes it 3 top 40 versions in total, including the Tommy James original on re-issue in 1975. Shaky gets a rare top 10 with his good Supremes cover, only his 4th in 7 years of trying, and there are big climbs for George Michael, Bananarama, both into the 20, UB40, Donna Summer, Aerosmith 3 years early for the UK top 40 charts, INXS 1 year early for the UK top 40 charts, George Harrison & Gloria Estefan all adding to their top 40 totals.

T’Pau get the highest new entry with China In Your Hands at 43, and it’s still not overtaken the brilliant Heart And Soul which should have been the one to top the charts for weeks in my opinion. Meanwhile at 46 The Communards cover the brilliant Gloria Gaynor chart-topping 1974 disco cover of the brilliant Jackson 5 1971 ballad which hit 2 – and falls far short, it being nothing more than a pedestrian shrill karaoke effort. Whitesnake revamp their 80’s Here I Go Again and are rewarded with a hit, being as it’s their best record by far, Living In A Box make it 4 listings, Labi Siffre makes it a second hit of the year as he marks the 16th anniversary of me first hearing It Must Be Love, Shakatak add to their chart list, just, and Barry White stages a comeback minus the lush disco sounds. Sho You Right, Bazza, 14 years on from his top 10 debut, or 15 years if you count Love Unlimited and his guest vocals on his own song and own production of the group that featured his own wife. That leaves oldies The Champs to make a chart debut, La Bamba film-related I’ll wager, some 29 years late, with Tequila. I’ll drink to that! It seemed very long ago at the time – but it’s less old than 1987 is in 2019. Oops! Time flies!

1 ( 2 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 1 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
3 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 4 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
5 ( 9 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 5 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
7 ( 10 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
8 ( 8 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
9 ( 12 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
10 ( 13 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens

11 ( 6 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
12 ( 26 ) FAITH George Michael
13 ( 18 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
14 ( 16 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
15 ( 49 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
16 ( 7 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
17 ( 14 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
18 ( 11 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
19 ( 15 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
20 ( 20 ) BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics

21 ( 17 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
22 ( 44 ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40
23 ( 55 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
24 ( 27 ) THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Stephen Dante
25 ( 37 ) JUST LIKE HEAVEN The Cure
26 ( 53 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
27 ( 56 ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
28 ( 33 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
29 ( 22 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
30 ( 48 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS

31 ( 31 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
32 ( 75 ) MONY MONY Amazulu
33 ( 32 ) SILVERMAC Westworld
34 ( 41 ) THE CIRCUS Erasure
35 ( 24 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
36 ( 40 ) WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was)
37 ( 19 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
38 ( 28 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
39 ( 60 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
40 ( 50 ) BETCHA SAY THAT Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

41 ( 30 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
42 ( 45 ) STRONG AS STEEL Five Star
43 ( NEW ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
44 ( 23 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
45 ( 39 ) SKELETONS Stevie Wonder
46 ( NEW ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
47 ( 43 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
48 ( 71 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
49 ( 34 ) I FOUND LOVIN’ The Fatback Band
50 ( 61 ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic

51 ( 47 ) SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES Dusty Springfield & Richard Carpenter
52 ( 69 ) DANCE LITTLE SISTER Terence Trent D’Arby
53 ( NEW ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
54 ( 38 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
55 ( 36 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
56 ( 29 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
57 ( 35 ) WHO WILL YOU RUN TO Heart
58 ( 58 ) DON’T MAKE ME WAIT FOR LOVE Kenny G
59 ( 52 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
60 ( 21 ) IT’S OVER Level 42

61 ( 25 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
62 ( 54 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
63 ( 70 ) WANTED The Style Council
64 ( 59 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
65 ( 46 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
66 ( 63 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 74 ) I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr
68 ( 57 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
69 ( 64 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
70 ( NEW ) SO THE STORY GOES Living In A Box

71 ( NEW ) TEQUILA The Champs
72 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
73 ( 62 ) ALONE Heart
74 ( NEW ) MISTER MANIC AND SISTER COOL Shakaktak
75 ( NEW ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White

playlist oldies
1 I FEEL LOVE Donna Summer
2 WALK AWAY FROM LOVE David Ruffin
3 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate

My September 1987 Charts

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1st September 1987

It’s 5 weeks on top for the unstoppable Pet Shop Boys & Dusty, as Rick Astley climbs to 3, Prince to 7, Elvis brings If I Can Dream back into the top 10 18 years on, and Dionne Warwick gets her 2nd top 10 – she would have had loads more if I’d charted earlier though. Highest new entry is the gorgeous Little Lies, Christine McVie’s best song from Fleetwood Mac’s Tango In The Night, in at 35. In a couple of weeks I’d watch the rural video in a Californian coastal motel as I drifted into a daze after accidentally taking one of my mum’s sleeping pills instead of aspirin. That ruined the next day as I largely felt icky and didn’t appreciate the stunning coastal scenery between San Fransisco and Malibu. Moral: read the packaging.

Chris Rea returns, The Housemartins make it 3 in a row, Carly Simon follows-up her comeback hit, Mick Jagger gets another solo entry 2 years after the last ones, Bon Jovi roll on, Five Star start to lose the spark, and Natalie Cole jumps back into the rundown 12 years on since she debuted – with her late dad due to debut himself by Christmas!

1 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
2 ( 2 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
3 ( 5 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
4 ( 6 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
5 ( 4 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
6 ( 3 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
7 ( 10 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
8 ( 8 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
9 ( 18 ) IF I CAN DREAM/ LOVE ME TENDER Elvis Presley
10 ( 13 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne

11 ( 7 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
12 ( 17 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
13 ( 19 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
14 ( 24 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
15 ( 9 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
16 ( 16 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
17 ( 12 ) ALONE Heart
18 ( 27 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
19 ( 14 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
20 ( 23 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher

21 ( 11 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
22 ( 28 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
23 ( 33 ) CRAZY Icehouse
24 ( 21 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
25 ( 30 ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain
26 ( 20 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
27 ( 35 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
28 ( 40 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
29 ( 22 ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
30 ( 15 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & Waterman

31 ( 39 ) I’M IN IT FOR LOVE Donny Osmond
32 ( 38 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
33 ( 25 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
34 ( 29 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
35 ( NEW ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
36 ( 32 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
37 ( 44 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
38 ( 34 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
39 ( 75 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
40 ( 43 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson

41 ( 46 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
42 ( 37 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
43 ( 36 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
44 ( 72 ) TOY BOY Sinitta
45 ( 49 ) JUST CALL Sherrick
46 ( 31 ) CHANGE David Grant
47 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU AGAIN Chris Rea
48 ( RE ) MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN Herb Alpert featuring Lisa Keith
49 ( 70 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
50 ( 52 ) SEATTLE Public Image Ltd

51 ( 42 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
52 ( 51 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
53 ( 41 ) SOLD Boy George
54 ( 53 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
55 ( 48 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
56 ( 45 ) THE RHYTHM DIVINE Yello featuring Shirley Bassey
57 ( 61 ) HUMAN Human League
58 ( 68 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
59 ( 63 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
60 ( 54 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black

61 ( 26 ) DEAR GOD XTC
62 ( 66 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
63 ( 69 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
64 ( 64 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
65 ( NEW ) ME AND THE FARMER The Housemartins
66 ( 62 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
67 ( 67 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
68 ( NEW ) LIES Jonathan Butler
69 ( NEW ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
70 ( 73 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles

71 ( 55 ) YOY BOYZ MAKE BIG NOIZE Slade
72 ( NEW ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
73 ( NEW ) NEVER SAY GOODBYE Bon Jovi
74 ( NEW ) WHENEVER YOU’RE READY Five Star
75 ( NEW ) JUMP START Natalie Cole

1st Sept
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS The Human League
2 IF IT WASN’T FOR THE REASON THAT I LOVED YOU Miki Anthony
3 THIRD FINGER LEFT HAND The Pearls

8th September 1987

It’s a first week on top for the 1987 12″ remix of the 1969 and 1970 chart-topper from The Archies, Sugar Sugar thus grabbing the record for oldest number one to return to the top – for now. Black make it two top 10’s in a row with the sublime Wonderful Life up 6, and Cliff rockets into the top 10 19 years into his chart career, Some People being one of his rather good cool pop tracks as opposed to one of his “oh dear, not weathered-well, that one” tracks. Bowie makes it 2 top 10’s in a row from his latest LP, and The Beach Boys extend their run of top 10’s to 19 years to the week.

Highest new entry is The Bee Gees going Depeche techno, and an abrupt change in sound with the fab You Win Again in at 12 19 years to the week since they also appeared in my first-ever chart. Second highest new entry is also a future UK chart-topper, the fab innovative M/A/R/R/S and Pump Up The Volume at 35, sampling gone mad and the sound of dance future. Little Lies leaps up 20 for Fleetwood Mac, the third top 20 off Tango In The Night, as John Cougar gets his 3rd top 20 in total.

Shaky is in at 40 with a good Supremes cover, Johnny Hates Jazz heroically follow-up at 43, and Madonna’s quality-control dips a bit with Causing A Commotion at 49. Levert at 53, debuting 15 years after The O’Jays were Backstabbing on top of my charts: Lead singer Eddie Levert was dad to two of the band. Thus joining the likes of John & Julian Lennon in trailblazing dads and sons independently in my charts. Cheryl Baker is the 2nd Bucks-Fizz solo charter, with the 1969 Amen Corner chart-topper, and 8 years on from her debut as part of UK Eurovision entrants Coco in those Bad Old Days.

The Communards return, Wendy & Lisa ditto, and sneaking in is the lead track on the brand new album from Michael Jackson – a little ditty called Bad: It would actually have been much higher, but I didn’t allow album tracks in or else this week most of the album (which I bought on vinyl) would have charted, followed next week by another new album clogging up the charts and kicking out at least 15 other records. So I’ve retrospectively given it a number 76, as these days I DO allow album tracks as I should have then. On the grounds that by the time album tracks became singles I’d often long-peaked over them.

1 ( 2 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
2 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
3 ( 4 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
4 ( 3 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
5 ( 5 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
6 ( 14 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
7 ( 7 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
8 ( 49 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
9 ( 12 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
10 ( 13 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys

11 ( 6 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
12 ( NEW ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
13 ( 20 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
14 ( 18 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
15 ( 35 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
16 ( 16 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
17 ( 8 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
18 ( 10 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
19 ( 22 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
20 ( 27 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp

21 ( 17 ) ALONE Heart
22 ( 28 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
23 ( 15 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
24 ( 9 ) IF I CAN DREAM/ LOVE ME TENDER Elvis Presley
25 ( 11 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
26 ( 24 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
27 ( 21 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
28 ( 39 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
29 ( 19 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
30 ( 37 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze

31 ( 32 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
32 ( 26 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
33 ( 47 ) LOVING YOU AGAIN Chris Rea
34 ( 34 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
35 ( NEW ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
36 ( 72 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
37 ( 40 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
38 ( 50 ) SEATTLE Public Image Ltd
39 ( 33 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
40 ( NEW ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens

41 ( 41 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
42 ( 38 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
43 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
44 ( 44 ) TOY BOY Sinitta
45 ( 30 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
46 ( 25 ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain
47 ( 42 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
48 ( 58 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
49 ( NEW ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
50 ( 65 ) ME AND THE FARMER The Housemartins

51 ( 48 ) MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN Herb Alpert featuring Lisa Keith
52 ( 23 ) CRAZY Icehouse
53 ( NEW ) CASANOVA Levert
54 ( 52 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
55 ( 69 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
56 ( 43 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
57 ( 29 ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
58 ( 36 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
59 ( 57 ) HUMAN Human League
60 ( 31 ) I’M IN IT FOR LOVE Donny Osmond

61 ( 55 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
62 ( 54 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
63 ( 62 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
64 ( 59 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
65 ( 64 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
66 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU Dee Lewis
67 ( 68 ) LIES Jonathan Butler
68 ( 51 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
69 ( 53 ) SOLD Boy George
70 ( NEW ) HALF AS NICE Cheryl Baker

71 ( 45 ) JUST CALL Sherrick
72 ( 75 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
73 ( 70 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) TOMORROW The Communards
75 ( NEW ) WATERFALL Wendy and Lisa
76 ( NEW ) BAD Michael Jackson

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 BAD Michael Jackson
2 I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) Hot Chocolate
3 LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees

15th September 1987

It’s a second week on top for the Archies, presiding over my second flight to California – this time with my parents who had never been, but always wanted to go. I just managed to catch the new chart rundown before leaving, so there are some UK new entries – but there’s an invasion of stuff I heard on radio stations on the car stereo, as well as the new Michael Jackson album which I copied onto cassette to play in the car – I didn’t allow album tracks in my charts back then…but the bottom three all would have featured much higher had I not been limited to just listing them for my “playlist” list. So I’ve retospectively given them a slot.

Little Lies climbs fast into the top 3, a big radio hit in the States, and Climie Fisher just sneaks into the top 10, as do The Bee Gees. US radio was amazing back then: stations galore, all with differing records on rotation, DJ’s who seemed professional. I just couldnt understand why the UK had so few radio stations, and still can’t (outside London). It’s almost as if the authorities have a problem with commercial radio…

M/A/R/R/S shoot into the 20, and the highest new entry is Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam at 18, big on LA radio with Lost In Emotion. I found the exact same beach-apartment block I stayed in in 1979 with other Uni friends, which was fab – overlooking the Queen Mary. I was in US TV and radio heaven, what with all the classic 60’s shows on re-run that I hadn’t seen since a kid, stuff like Get Smart, Gilligan’s Island and many more. Huey Lewis also benefits from the radio plays, shooting up to 20, Madonna to 22, and Billy Idol enters at 27 with his fab version of Tommy James & The Shondells brilliant 1968 chart-topper Mony Mony: note this is NOT the weaker live version that was pushed in the UK, this was an all-80’s-production.

The US is some way behind on UK-sourced hits, usually, which means for me a chance to rechart them as they get a new lease of life cruising the highways and byways and sound bigger and fresh again: ABC return with When Smokey Sings at 29, Living In A Box get some 12″ action, as do Pepsi & Shirlie’s Heartache, both debuting in that format, while Swing Out Sister’s Breakout 1986 hit also returns. A hot new track that stiffed in the UK is in at 31 for The Other Ones – Holiday. So appropriate I bought the single, along with Fleetwood Mac’s Little Lies, in the USA on vinyl.

U2 finally go top 40 where the streets have exotic names, Gary Numan revamps his old car, given a jump start by rising natalie Cole, as the sweet Level 42 It’s Over sneaks in as I leave the UK. Starship follow-up the monster hit, and I go to Disneyland, have a ball on rollercoaster Space Mountain and see the 3D state-of-the-art Sci-fi mini-extravaganza Captain Eo aka Michael Jackson’s wannabe space hero. Great to look at and featuring a half-familiar-sounding song from his album, and one which hasn’t turned up anywhere yet. When he was acting Jacko was embarrassing, when he was singing, fab. I doubt it will be showing anytime this century again, sorry if you missed it!

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
2 ( 2 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
3 ( 15 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 3 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
5 ( 4 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
6 ( 10 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
7 ( 8 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
8 ( 13 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
9 ( 9 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
10 ( 12 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

11 ( 7 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
12 ( 5 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
13 ( 6 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
14 ( 14 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
15 ( 35 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
16 ( 11 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
17 ( 22 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
18 ( NEW ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
19 ( 17 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
20 ( 48 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News

21 ( 20 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
22 ( 49 ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
23 ( 28 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
24 ( 16 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
25 ( 18 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
26 ( 21 ) ALONE Heart
27 ( NEW ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION) Billy Idol
28 ( 19 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
29 ( RE ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
30 ( 30 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze

31 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
32 ( 32 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
33 ( 41 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
34 ( 34 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
35 ( NEW ) CARS (E REG MODEL) Gary Numan
36 ( 36 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
37 ( 37 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
38 ( 26 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
39 ( 23 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
40 ( 29 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

41 ( 27 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
42 ( 43 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
43 ( 25 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
44 ( 40 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( NEW ) LIVING IN A BOX (12” REMIX) Living In A Box
46 ( 39 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
47 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE (12” REMIX) Pepsi and Shirlie
48 ( 42 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
49 ( 72 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
50 ( 24 ) IF I CAN DREAM/ LOVE ME TENDER Elvis Presley

51 ( NEW ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
52 ( 53 ) CASANOVA Levert
53 ( 47 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
54 ( 50 ) ME AND THE FARMER The Housemartins
55 ( 55 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
56 ( 75 ) WATERFALLS Wendy and Lisa
57 ( 54 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
58 ( 61 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
59 ( 33 ) LOVING YOU AGAIN Chris Rea
60 ( 59 ) HUMAN Human League

61 ( 52 ) CRAZY Icehouse
62 ( 67 ) LIES Jonathan Butler
63 ( 45 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
64 ( 66 ) STUCK ON YOU Dee Lewis
65 ( 63 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
66 ( 65 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
67 ( 64 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
68 ( NEW ) IT’S OVER Level 42
69 ( 56 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
70 ( NEW ) FREE Curiosity Killed The Cat

71 ( 51 ) MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN Herb Alpert featuring Lisa Keith
72 ( 62 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
73 ( NEW ) STOP TO LOVE Luther Vandross
74 ( 73 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
75 ( NEW ) IT’S NOT OVER (TILL IT’S OVER) Starship
76 ( NEW ) WE ARE HERE TO CHANGE THE WORLD/ANOTHER PART OF ME (CAPTAIN EO) Michael Jackson
77 ( NEW ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
78 ( NEW ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson

22nd September 1987 California/Nevada Chart

It’s a third week on top for the 1969 chart-topper that featured on oldies stations as we drove the majestic scenery highways of deserts and Canyons – keeping it hot! This was the week that featured the Ghost Town of Calico, Las Vegas gambling, passing the Flintstones Bedrock en route to the Grand Canyon, still jawdropping if you take time to absorb the scale of it, and Death Valley, superhot and complete with Road Runners in Furnace Creek (beep! beep!). Didn’t see any Coyotes though, Wile E or otherwise.

Dionne & Jeffrey rocket back up to a new peak of 5 for the fab Love Power, and Michael Jackson’s Bad is now officially a single and returns at 4 while his 2 future singles climb just outside the 75 (but would have been way higher). M/A/R/R/S make the top 10, as I had it on cassette tape, and big US hit Holiday climbs to 11. Natalie Cole makes it 12 years of top 40 entries (albeit with little in between) & Curiosity’s Misfit is back in the 40 with substantial US radio play, outdoing the weak follow-up at 70.

Oldies returning due to airplay chart plugging include Cutting Crew, Go West and Whitney sneaks in where she hadn’t been thanks to the sunny blue skies. Even turgid ballads sound better in California. US-only hits include Smokey Robinson, now on 18 years of entries, Expose and the fab Let Me Be The One, the sound of Miami dance-future shortly to inspire the Pet Shop Boys, who make do in the meantime with the track 1 off Actually. I’m still annoyed it wasn’t a single: One More Chance was hookily fab.

60’s veterans The Grateful Dead debut with Twist Of Grey, having been talked up on Boys Of Summer’s Dead-Head Stickers lyric, Jellybean goes top 50 ahead the UK catching on to Who Found Who with Lisa Fiorillo, Crowded House follow-up a chart-topper, Laura Branigan returns a bit shattered 4 years on from Gloria, future UK hit Who Will You Run To brings Heart in a bit early, Bob Seger makes it 9 years of minor hits, and Gloria Estefan makes it 3 years of Doctor Beat-ing, just ahead of her exploding big in the UK as a solo act (but really still exactly the same Miami Sound Machine act).


1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
2 ( 2 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
3 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( RE ) BAD Michael Jackson
5 ( 25 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
6 ( 5 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
7 ( 7 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
8 ( 15 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
9 ( 4 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
10 ( 10 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

11 ( 31 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
12 ( 14 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
13 ( 19 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
14 ( 17 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
15 ( 6 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
16 ( 18 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
17 ( 21 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
18 ( 11 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
19 ( 8 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
20 ( 9 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie

21 ( 24 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
22 ( 22 ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
23 ( 13 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
24 ( 29 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
25 ( 12 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
26 ( 16 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
27 ( 27 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION) Billy Idol
28 ( 23 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
29 ( 30 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
30 ( 20 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News

31 ( 26 ) ALONE Heart
32 ( 28 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
33 ( 49 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
34 ( RE ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
35 ( 35 ) CARS (E REG MODEL) Gary Numan
36 ( 36 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
37 ( 42 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
38 ( 34 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
39 ( 52 ) CASANOVA Levert
40 ( 32 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna

41 ( RE ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
42 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
43 ( 47 ) HEARTACHE (12” REMIX) Pepsi and Shirlie
44 ( 51 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
45 ( 33 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
46 ( 55 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
47 ( 38 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
48 ( 56 ) WATERFALLS Wendy and Lisa
49 ( NEW ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
50 ( 40 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

51 ( 46 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
52 ( 43 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
53 ( 48 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
54 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
55 ( 39 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
56 ( 53 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
57 ( NEW ) ONE HEARTBEAT Smokey Robinson
58 ( 44 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
59 ( NEW ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
60 ( 60 ) HUMAN Human League

61 ( 57 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
62 ( NEW ) TWIST OF GREY The Grateful Dead
63 ( 41 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
64 ( 68 ) IT’S OVER Level 42
65 ( 65 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
66 ( 66 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
67 ( NEW ) BETCHA SAY THAT Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
68 ( 45 ) LIVING IN A BOX (12” REMIX) Living In A Box
69 ( NEW ) SHATTERED GLASS Laura Branigan
70 ( 70 ) FREE Curiosity Killed The Cat

71 ( NEW ) SOMETHING SO STRONG Crowded House
72 ( NEW ) WHO WILL YOU RUN TO Heart
73 ( 37 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
74 ( NEW ) SHAKEDOWN Bob Seger
75 ( NEW ) DIDN’T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL Whitney Houston
76 ( 77 ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
77 ( 78 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
78 ( NEW ) ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys

29th September 1987

It’s a first week on top for the fab Little Lies, and Fleetwood Mac’s second chart-topper seven years since the mighty rhythms of Tusk topped my chart, and 19 years since Albatross first charted. Lindsey Buckingham also grabbed an extra one in 1982 with Trouble. Back in the UK after doing San Fransisco Golden Gate & Fisherman’s Wharf, Carmel, the coastal drive down to Santa Barbara and Malibu, and then home to an inrush of hot new UK music, so yet more new entries.

Gary Numan’s 1979 chart-topper as Tubeway Army is back in the top 10 alongside a remixed Cars, ABC’s follow-up hits a new peak of 12, as the previous single is back in the 20, and Shaky leaps up to 16 with his Supremes cover, one of his best singles (granted the competition is about a handful at this point). Highest new entry is from Jan Hammer, hot off the TV show ratings hit episode where Don Johnson marries Sheena Easton. I think.

The Christians return with yet another great single, at 37, Steve Winwood pops in with Valerie – it wasn’t in the same league as Higher Love, but was infinitely better than the annoying cover that topped the 21st century charts as Call On Me. A bit like Kygo isn’t anywhere near as good as the original, Whitney or not. Westworld are back with a ballad goodie that sadly under-performed, a novelty movie spin-off from Full Metal Jacket (that made a mini-legend of the late Ronald Lee Ermey) parades in, Bruce Willis gets a third 60’s cover, and Was (Not Was) get a second chart entry with the big UK hit Walk The Dinosaur – this owed quite a bit to Sly & The Family Stone’s I Wanna Take You Higher.

Bananarama also get a second goodie SAW-produced hit, Dusty gets a second shared credit as she helps Richard Carpenter to a first chart entry with new material since sister Karen died in 1983. Finally UB40 cover an old Jackson 5 track at 75.

1 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 2 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
3 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
4 ( 4 ) BAD Michael Jackson
5 ( 10 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
6 ( 8 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
7 ( 11 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
8 ( 6 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
9 ( 7 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
10 ( 35 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army

11 ( 12 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
12 ( 28 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
13 ( 14 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
14 ( 5 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
15 ( 9 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
16 ( 58 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
17 ( 16 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
18 ( 22 ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
19 ( 13 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
20 ( 24 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC

21 ( 17 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
22 ( 18 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
23 ( NEW ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
24 ( 19 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
25 ( 15 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
26 ( 20 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
27 ( 27 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION) Billy Idol
28 ( 37 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
29 ( 33 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
30 ( 26 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett

31 ( 23 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
32 ( 25 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
33 ( 21 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
34 ( 36 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
35 ( 29 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
36 ( 39 ) CASANOVA Levert
37 ( NEW ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
38 ( 31 ) ALONE Heart
39 ( 46 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
40 ( 38 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys

41 ( NEW ) VALERIE Steve Winwood
42 ( 30 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
43 ( 32 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
44 ( 40 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
45 ( 49 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
46 ( 57 ) ONE HEARTBEAT Smokey Robinson
47 ( 47 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
48 ( NEW ) SILVERMAC Westworld
49 ( NEW ) FULL METAL JACKET (I WANNA BE A DRILL INSTRUCTOR) Abigail Mead & Nigel Goulding
50 ( 62 ) TOUCH OF GREY The Grateful Dead

51 ( 51 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
52 ( NEW ) SECRET AGENT MAN Bruce Willis
53 ( 53 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
54 ( 59 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
55 ( 34 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
56 ( 52 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
57 ( 67 ) BETCHA SAY THAT Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
58 ( 56 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
59 ( 64 ) IT’S OVER Level 42
60 ( 60 ) HUMAN Human League

61 ( 50 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
62 ( 61 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
63 ( NEW ) THAT GIRL Freddie McGregor
64 ( 42 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
65 ( 72 ) WHO WILL YOU RUN TO Heart
66 ( 65 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
67 ( 66 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
68 ( NEW ) WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was)
69 ( 41 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
70 ( NEW ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama

71 ( NEW ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
72 ( 43 ) HEARTACHE (12” REMIX) Pepsi and Shirlie
73 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES Dusty Springfield & Richard Carpenter
74 ( 45 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
75 ( NEW ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 EAGLE Abba
2 WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER Timmy Thomas
3 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba

My May 1987 Charts

5th May 1987

It’s a 17-place climb to claim a first chart-topper for Crowded House and their gorgeous Don’t Dream It’s Over, beating I Got You’s peak of 2 in 1980 for Split-Enz, as the Finn Brothers used to be known (more or less), and keeping Living In A Box off the top spot to boot. Ben E. King gets a second oldies top 10 with a 26 year-old track, this time the fabulous Spanish Harlem which had gone top 5 for Aretha Franklin in 1971, the later of many 60’s covers of the song. The Damned get a second top 10 with the 1968 Love classic, and the highest actual new song is from Jesus And Mary Chain and the trippy-goth of April Skies at 27, sort of melodic distorted metal a la The Velvet Underground.

Tom Jones leapfrogs a pair of footballers as both climb fast into the 20, Tom having been there many times before in the 60’s and early 70’s, but rarely since, Kiss being the most recent career-resurrecting instance. Falco has a massive climb for his 3rd hit – one I’ve forgotten, but obviously liked being Emotional about it. Level 42 also climb high into the 40 along with Elvis’ reactivated Bossa Nova Baby, and a chart debut for the tongue-in-cheek Glam-metal Zodiac Mindwarp at 38 as he’s a Prime Mover.

It’s a huge influx of new entries lower down, Europe are back, The Cult get a 3rd or 4th, Westworld follow-up, Swing Out Sister make it a hat-trick, The Armoury Show is another I’ve entirely forgotten, Jody Watley gets a solo comeback having left Shalamar never to return and Looking For A New Love. A clutch of covers then pop up, The Mint Juleps doing Robert Palmer’s fab 1978 Every Kinda People, Gary Moore getting an 8th year of hits with his Easybeats cover (aka Flash & The Pan in later years, and the older-brother/producer of AC/DC’s Young brothers), Toyah does Martha & The Muffins, and David Essex returns after a few years away with a Welsh 112-year-old song. Not the oldest song to chart ever, but it’s up there in the list. David thus gets a 14-year run of hits since Rock On. Finally, two more solo hits for Paul King and Debbie Harry, Paul on his way to becoming an early VJ on satellite music stations when his music career stalls shortly after this, and Debbie carrying on where Blondie left off, for 9 years of charting, 6 years of solo hits, and another 30 years of both still to come. Legend!

1 ( 18 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
2 ( 4 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
3 ( 1 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
4 ( 6 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 3 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
6 ( 7 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
7 ( 5 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
8 ( NEW ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
9 ( 15 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
10 ( 2 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert

11 ( 19 ) SHAME OMD
12 ( 20 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
13 ( 17 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
14 ( 28 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
15 ( 40 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
16 ( 8 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
17 ( 33 ) DIAMOND LIGHTS Glen & Chris
18 ( 10 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
19 ( 29 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
20 ( 9 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals

21 ( 13 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
22 ( 12 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
23 ( 16 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
24 ( 11 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
25 ( 27 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
26 ( 21 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
27 ( NEW ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
28 ( 38 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
29 ( 14 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
30 ( 39 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths

31 ( 75 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
32 ( 36 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
33 ( 46 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
34 ( 70 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
35 ( 41 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
36 ( 23 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie
37 ( 69 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
38 ( NEW ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
39 ( 22 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
40 ( 50 ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything

41 ( 30 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
42 ( 37 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
43 ( 34 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
44 ( 32 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
45 ( 24 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
46 ( 25 ) IRISH ROVER The Pogues & The Dubliners
47 ( 42 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
48 ( 51 ) WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Bon Jovi
49 ( 35 ) NO LIES The SOS Band
50 ( 26 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson

51 ( 45 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
52 ( NEW ) CARRIE Europe
53 ( 60 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny
54 ( 48 ) STILL IN LOVE Jaki Graham
55 ( 44 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 52 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
58 ( 68 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
59 ( 59 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Slade
60 ( NEW ) L’L DEVIL The Cult

61 ( 74 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
62 ( 31 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
63 ( NEW ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
64 ( NEW ) TWILIGHT WORLD Swing Out Sister
65 ( NEW ) NEW YORK CITY The Armoury Show
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 65 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
68 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
69 ( NEW ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE The Mint Juleps
70 ( NEW ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore

71 ( NEW ) IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry
72 ( NEW ) I KNOW Paul King
73 ( 57 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
74 ( NEW ) MYFANWY David Essex
75 ( NEW ) ECHO BEACH Toyah

5th May
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
2 SO THIS IS ROMANCE Linx
3 I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees

12th May 1987

It’s swap around in the top 2, as Living In A Box edge out Crowded House after just one week on top, and T.Rex get another posthumous remix at 3. I’m not sure that Marc Bolan would have approved of his fan club updates, but it gives the brilliant Get It On more chart points/”sales” for the all-time charts. Zodiac Mindwarp (great name!) leaps up to 6 and is indeed the prime mover inside the 40 in a quiet week. OMD get yet another top 10, 7 years-worth and counting, and Johnny Hates Jazz get a first.

Jesus & Mary Chain go top 20, Elvis gets a Bossa Nova Baby Fun In Acapulco boost from the Tube I think, and Sly & Robbie Boops up to 19. Big jumps into the 40 for Mint Juleps, The Cult & Robbie Nevil, while Carly Simon gets another top 40 new entry, and The Housemartins come over all excited about it. Darn the lower end lots of minor entries for long-running acts & a re-record for Johnny Clegg of his 1983 minor hit.

1 ( 2 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
2 ( 1 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
3 ( NEW ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
4 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 3 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
6 ( 38 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
7 ( 11 ) SHAME OMD
8 ( 9 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
9 ( 12 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
10 ( 6 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship

11 ( 8 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
12 ( 13 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
13 ( 5 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
14 ( 27 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
15 ( 15 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
16 ( 7 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
17 ( 10 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
18 ( 37 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
19 ( 41 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
20 ( 25 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior

21 ( 14 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
22 ( 19 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
23 ( 33 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
24 ( 31 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
25 ( 30 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
26 ( 40 ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything
27 ( 28 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
28 ( 18 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
29 ( 20 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
30 ( 23 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson

31 ( 32 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
32 ( 16 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
33 ( 17 ) DIAMOND LIGHTS Glen & Chris
34 ( 34 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
35 ( 69 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE The Mint Juleps
36 ( 60 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
37 ( 21 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
38 ( NEW ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
39 ( 58 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
40 ( NEW ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins

41 ( 24 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
42 ( 26 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
43 ( 22 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
44 ( 61 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
45 ( 29 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
46 ( 42 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
47 ( 53 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny
48 ( 43 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
49 ( 39 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
50 ( 44 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol

51 ( 47 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
52 ( 52 ) CARRIE Europe
53 ( 63 ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
54 ( 36 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie
55 ( 51 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 71 ) IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry
58 ( 55 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
59 ( 64 ) TWILIGHT WORLD Swing Out Sister
60 ( 35 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure

61 ( 45 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
62 ( 68 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
63 ( 57 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
64 ( NEW ) STONE LOVE Kool And The Gang
65 ( 49 ) NO LIES The SOS Band
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 70 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
68 ( 67 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
69 ( 73 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
70 ( NEW ) WATCHDOGS UB40

71 ( NEW ) STRANGE LOVE Depeche Mode
72 ( 59 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Slade
73 ( NEW ) SCATTERLINGS OF AFRICA Johnny Clegg
74 ( NEW ) LOVE AND MONEY Love And Money
75 ( NEW ) MEET EL PRESIDENTE Duran Duran

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 DOWNTOWN Petula Clark
2 WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg
3 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray

19th May 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for Living In A Box presiding over a quiet top 10, just Fleetwood Mac and Tom Jones adding to their tallies both running at 19 years to date. Robbie Nevil & The Housemartins both leap into the 20, and Jody Watley, Westworld, Cameo, Spear Of Destiny & Debbie Harry all go up into the 40 while new Act are snobbish about being highest at 31 – essentially Claudia Brucken from Propaganda and Thomas Leer, still on the ZTT label – and The Fall cover R.Dean Taylor’s classic 1967 single which was a big Northern Soul hit in 1974 in the UK in at 35.

Lots of new acts lower down debuting, plus Springsteen charting with an inferior live cover of his epic Spectoresque 1975 top 20 single and future chart-topper, Born To Run. It’s criminal that this charted in the UK and the original never has gotten higher than 76. Some people prefer this version, of course, but not me, the majesty and excitement of the original was the single track that propelled Bruce into stardom. Little Steven (Van Zandt) also enters, at 70, sometime member of Bruce’s E-Street Band when not making political solo music statements.

Age Of Chance, Georgia Satellites, Suzanne Vega and Whitney Houston all return with follow-ups at the tail-end of my chart – but which will go on to become bigger chart hits? Well, Whitney will, even though I’m fed up to the teeth of hearing it these days over the years. Everytime it comes on the radio or TV I want to change channels.

1 ( 1 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
2 ( 2 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
3 ( 3 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
4 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 6 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
6 ( 9 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
7 ( 7 ) SHAME OMD
8 ( 5 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
9 ( 12 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 15 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones

11 ( 8 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
12 ( 10 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
13 ( 16 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
14 ( 14 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
15 ( 11 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
16 ( 20 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
17 ( 19 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
18 ( 13 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
19 ( 39 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
20 ( 40 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins

21 ( 27 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
22 ( 23 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
23 ( 36 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
24 ( 17 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
25 ( 31 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
26 ( 35 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
27 ( 62 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
28 ( 44 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
29 ( 53 ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
30 ( 18 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley

31 ( NEW ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
32 ( 34 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
33 ( 38 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
34 ( 30 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
35 ( NEW ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE The Fall
36 ( 32 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
37 ( 22 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
38 ( 57 ) IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry
39 ( 24 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
40 ( 47 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny

41 ( 21 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
42 ( 28 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
43 ( 59 ) TWILIGHT WORLD Swing Out Sister
44 ( 26 ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything
45 ( 37 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
46 ( 52 ) CARRIE Europe
47 ( 25 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
48 ( 29 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
49 ( 64 ) STONE LOVE Kool And The Gang
50 ( 43 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby

51 ( 49 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
52 ( 46 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
53 ( 48 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
54 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
55 ( 51 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
56 ( 63 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
57 ( 50 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
58 ( 45 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
59 ( 55 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
60 ( 75 ) MEET EL PRESIDENTE Duran Duran

61 ( 71 ) STRANGE LOVE Depeche Mode
62 ( 41 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
63 ( 69 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
64 ( 58 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
65 ( 70 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
66 ( NEW ) HEY LOVE King Sun-D Moet
67 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
69 ( NEW ) WHAT’S MY SCENE Hoodoo Gurus
70 ( NEW ) BITTER FRUIT Little Steven

71 ( 68 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
72 ( NEW ) BATTLESHIP CHAINS The Georgia Satellites
73 ( NEW ) WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD NOISE Age Of Chance
74 ( NEW ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
75 ( NEW ) LUKA Suzanne Vega

Playlist oldies of the week
1 WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg
2 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON Frida
3 SUMMERTIME Fun Boy Three

26th May 1987

It’s back in the glam nostalgia groove again as T.Rex get a second chart-topper remix of the year, and again with a track that missed out topping my chart first-time round, the brilliant Get It On (Bang A Gong), a decade since Marc Bolan’s very untimely death. That’s their 8th chart-topper. No messing about from U2 this time, it’s straight in at 20 with one of their greatest records, from their greatest album The Joshua Tree. Act shoot up 20 places to 11, and UB40 have a massive top 40 climb.

Bruce Willis is back with another soul classic, this time The Drifters 1964 hit, but recorded with The Temptations on assist, giving them 19 years of chart action. War are also back 11 years on with a remix of Low Rider, Broken English debut with the goodie Coming On Strong, the best Rolling Stones record since Undercover Of The Night 4 years earlier. OK it’s not them, but it’s a great reminder of what they ought to sound like. In at 39, it’s a welcome return to form for the fab ABC, and When Smokey Sings – an ode to Mr. Robinson. Paul Carrack extends his chart run to 13 years (How Long? Yes 1974. Ace!) doing a decent cover of The Searchers best record (probably) When You Walk In The Room, a song from my childhood that I always liked.

Run DMC find it tricky, but they finally get into my chart, and Herb Alpert extends his run to 19 years too with his 2nd dance workout of the year, this one with Ms. Jackson on vocal assist – only fair since he signed her to his label. Diamonds is a goodie. Marillion and Simply Red sneak in with lesser tracks, Boys Don’t Cry follow-up (just about), and Go West scrape in at 75 as the hits start to run out. For 3 years or so.

1 ( 3 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
2 ( 1 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
3 ( 2 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
4 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 5 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
6 ( 7 ) SHAME OMD
7 ( 6 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
8 ( 8 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
9 ( 9 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 12 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship

11 ( 31 ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
12 ( 10 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
13 ( 13 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
14 ( 11 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
15 ( 21 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
16 ( 17 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
17 ( 20 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
18 ( 28 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
19 ( 25 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
20 ( NEW ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2

21 ( 26 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
22 ( 74 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
23 ( 23 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
24 ( 18 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
25 ( 15 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
26 ( 16 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
27 ( 27 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
28 ( 14 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
29 ( 33 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
30 ( NEW ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations

31 ( 35 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE The Fall
32 ( 32 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
33 ( 19 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
34 ( 65 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
35 ( NEW ) LOW RIDER (REMIX) War
36 ( 24 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
37 ( NEW ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
38 ( 46 ) CARRIE Europe
39 ( NEW ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
40 ( 34 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson

41 ( 68 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
42 ( 22 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
43 ( 29 ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
44 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
45 ( 36 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
46 ( 37 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
47 ( 30 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
48 ( 54 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
49 ( 63 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
50 ( RE ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner

51 ( 40 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny
52 ( 72 ) BATTLESHIP CHAINS The Georgia Satellites
53 ( 42 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
54 ( 45 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
55 ( 53 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
56 ( 73 ) WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD NOISE Age Of Chance
57 ( 75 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
58 ( 55 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
59 ( 39 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
60 ( 52 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians

61 ( 51 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
62 ( 59 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
64 ( 64 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
65 ( 56 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
66 ( NEW ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
67 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( RE ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
69 ( 58 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
70 ( 57 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol

71 ( 71 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
72 ( NEW ) INCOMMUNICADO Marillion
73 ( NEW ) INFIDELITY Simply Red
74 ( NEW ) WHO THE AM DAM DO YOU THINK YOU AM Boys Don’t Cry
75 ( NEW ) I WANT TO HEAR IT FROM YOU Go West

Oldies Playlist
1 STONED LOVE The Supremes
2 DOWNTOWN Petula Clark
3 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10cc

My Retro April 1969 Charts

5th April 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for The Boxer as my then-number-one track is up to 2 for Mary Hopkin in a quiet top 10. Good climbs for The Ronettes’ future Pearls hit to 12, and Ruby & The Romantics’ future Carpenters hit to 14, & Johnny Nash gets a 3rd top 20 with Sam Cooke’s Cupid. Another reggae cover (Tchaikovsky) for The Cats enters at 75, and a future hit in 1972 for Mardi Gras, and a much better uptempo version, is in for Marvin Gaye’s slow soulful Too Busy Thinking About My Baby at 54.

Highest newie is Fleetwood Mac’s Man Of The World – OK it’s not charting yet, but I watched that episode of Top Of The Pops for this week at the time, and pretty much for the rest of the spring & summer I watched every episode until the end of August – at which point there was a 2-year-gap before I saw another episode. Cream are back with a Badge – they “don’t need no steenkeen badgers”! Thanks Mel Brooks & Richard Prior. Bill Deal is back for his second chart entry of ’69, with a future Northern Soul hit for Guy Darrell in 1973, I’ve Been Hurt, Betty Everett & Aretha keep the big soul ballads coming, & the Philly sound is back with Archie Bell & co, Curtis Mayfield is back again with his Impressions, “just like that”, & Diane & Mary & Cindy scrape in with a bit of a drop in quality, The Composer pushing out the epic Love Child.

1 ( 1 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 9 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 2
3 ( 2 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
4 ( 5 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
5 ( 3 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
6 ( 4 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
7 ( 7 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
8 ( 10 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 8
9 ( 6 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
10 ( 8 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4

11 ( 12 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
12 ( 24 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 12
13 ( 11 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
14 ( 43 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 14
15 ( 20 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 15
16 ( 15 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
17 ( 13 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
18 ( 22 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 18
19 ( 14 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
20 ( 39 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 20

21 ( 16 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
22 ( 17 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
23 ( 18 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
24 ( 19 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
25 ( 21 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
26 ( 28 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 26
27 ( 29 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 27
28 ( 26 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
29 ( 25 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
30 ( 33 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 30

31 ( 23 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
32 ( 38 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 32
33 ( 30 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20
34 ( 27 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
35 ( 50 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 35
36 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 36
37 ( 40 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 37
38 ( 52 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 38
39 ( 34 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
40 ( 53 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 40

41 ( 36 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
42 ( 46 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 42
43 ( 35 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 35
44 ( 32 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
45 ( 47 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 45
46 ( 31 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
47 ( 45 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
48 ( 56 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 48
49 ( 54 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 49
50 ( 58 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 50

51 ( 37 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 37
52 ( 68 ) ANY DAY NOW Percy Sledge # 52
53 ( 60 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 53
54 ( NEW ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 54
55 ( 67 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 55
56 ( 72 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 56
57 ( 62 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 57
58 ( 59 ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 58
59 ( 71 ) I WAS A BOY (WHEN YOU NEEDED A MAN) Billy Shields aka Tony Orlando # 59
60 ( 66 ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 60

61 ( 42 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
62 ( 44 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
63 ( NEW ) BADGE Cream # 63
64 ( 70 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals # 64
65 ( NEW ) THE COLOUR OF MY LOVE Jefferson # 65
66 ( 75 ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 66
67 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN HURT Bill Deal & The Rhondells # 67
68 ( NEW ) I CAN’T SAY NO TO YOU Betty Everett # 68
69 ( 73 ) (WE’VE GOT) HONEY LOVE Martha & The Vandellas # 69
70 ( NEW ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 70

71 ( 74 ) (I’M A) ROAD RUNNER Junior Walker & The All Stars # 71
72 ( NEW ) JUST A LITTLE BIT CLOSER Archie Bell & The Drells # 72
73 ( NEW ) SEVEN YEARS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 73
74 ( NEW ) THE COMPOSER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 74
75 ( NEW ) SWAN LAKE The Cats # 75

5th April Retro-Then

1 ( NEW ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 1 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
4 ( 3 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
5 ( 5 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
6 ( 7 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
7 ( 4 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
8 ( 6 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
9 ( 8 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
10 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

11 ( 16 ) GET READY The Temptations
12 ( 15 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
13 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
14 ( 9 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
15 ( 18 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
16 ( 14 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 19 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
18 ( 13 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
19 ( 20 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
20 ( 10 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

 

12th April 1969

It’s a first week on top for Mary Hopkin’s Goodbye, her second chart-topper, and mirroring my actual chart-topper of the time for a change, while it’s another high new entry for another Paul McCartney song at 20 – yes The Beatles are in at a lowly debut for Get Back, though Billy Preston gets his top 20 debut out of it, and the B side slides in at 60, John Lennon’s as-ever passionate plea of Don’t Let Me Down, both of them on the roof in London for their final public performance, and as shown on TOTP at the time. The highest new entry? The Isley Brothers massive Motown classic Behind A Painted Smile is in at 3, frantic, passionate and brilliant.

Ruby & The Romantics get a first top 10 – though strictly-speaking Our Day Will Come was a childhood fave and would have done th same – and The Ronettes also get a first, though Be My Baby would have topped for weeks in 1966 when dad bought it. Clodagh Rodgers gets a first top 10, and in my memories of that time Mary & Clodagh are like a double female vocal whammy as she enters at 8 in my old charts too. A big climb for the Mac, a second top 20, and a gospel anthem is in at 22 for the Edwin Hawkins Singers, Oh Happy day was another summer fave of mine, especially the rousing climax.

Martha and her Vandellas replace themselves new for old in my chart, and the latest Dusty In Memphis single, both A & B side are in at 66 and 72 respectively, giving Windmills Of Your Mind 2 listings, while the first track on the album enters at 62 – so that’s over half the album having charted! Rolf Harris was still a kiddie fave, painting and singing, and Bluer Than Blue was not a future mission statement, it was a nice tune at 69, oops! Tommy Roe’s follow-up to Dizzy slips in at 71 Heather Honey was just hitting the UK charts as I left the UK for 2 years, annoyingly, as I only got to hear it once or twice before having to wait quite a few years to hear it again in 1974. The great Henry Mancini is in – but not one of his own fab melodies, it’s a cover of the movie theme – and a Trems cover is in at 75.

1 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
2 ( 1 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
3 ( NEW ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 3
4 ( 4 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
5 ( 8 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
6 ( 5 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
7 ( 6 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
8 ( 14 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 8
9 ( 12 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
10 ( 15 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 10

11 ( 3 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
12 ( 9 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
13 ( 10 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
14 ( 13 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
15 ( 11 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
16 ( 7 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
17 ( 36 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 17
18 ( 20 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
19 ( 16 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
20 ( NEW ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 20

21 ( 17 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
22 ( NEW ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 22
23 ( 18 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 18
24 ( 21 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
25 ( 22 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
26 ( 23 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
27 ( 35 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 27
28 ( 19 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
29 ( 32 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 29
30 ( 38 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30

31 ( 28 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
32 ( 40 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 32
33 ( 29 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
34 ( 24 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
35 ( 25 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
36 ( 26 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 26
37 ( 50 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 37
38 ( 42 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 38
39 ( 48 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 39
40 ( 54 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 40

41 ( 27 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 27
42 ( 39 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
43 ( 53 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 43
44 ( 41 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
45 ( 31 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
46 ( 52 ) ANY DAY NOW Percy Sledge # 46
47 ( 33 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20
48 ( 55 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 48
49 ( 30 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 30
50 ( 56 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 50

51 ( 47 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
52 ( 34 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
53 ( 57 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 53
54 ( 60 ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 54
55 ( 63 ) BADGE Cream # 55
56 ( 58 ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 56
57 ( 37 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 37
58 ( NEW ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 58
59 ( 68 ) I CAN’T SAY NO TO YOU Betty Everett # 59
60 ( NEW ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 60

61 ( 45 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 45
62 ( NEW ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 62
63 ( 66 ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 63
64 ( 64 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals # 64
65 ( 65 ) THE COLOUR OF MY LOVE Jefferson # 65
66 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 66
67 ( 67 ) I’VE BEEN HURT Bill Deal & The Rhondells # 67
68 ( 70 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 68
69 ( NEW ) BLUER THAN BLUE Rolf Harris # 69
70 ( 44 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10

71 ( NEW ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 71
72 ( NEW ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 72
73 ( 73 ) SEVEN YEARS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 73
74 ( NEW ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 74
75 ( NEW ) I WILL SEE YOU THERE Linda Kendrick # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 3 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
4 ( 12 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
5 ( 4 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
6 ( 7 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
7 ( 5 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
8 ( NEW ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
9 ( 15 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
10 ( 6 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

11 ( 8 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
12 ( 10 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 13 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
14 ( 9 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
15 ( 17 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
16 ( 19 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
17 ( 14 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
18 ( NEW ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes
19 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
20 ( 11 ) GET READY The Temptations

 

19th April 1969

It’s a first week on top for the second oldie chart-topper to do it for The Isley Brothers, following This Old Heart Of Mine in 1968’s retro charts. The solid gospel of The Edwin hawkins Singers shoot up to 3 some months ahead of their UK chart entry as jy charts continue to look like the summer/autumn UK charts with so many early US debuts taking over. Compare with the stuff I liked this week at the time and only 6 tracks are in both top 20’s. The Beatles go up to 9 with Get Back and Elvis is back with his biggest bang in the retro charts to date – straight in for his social-gospel ballad In The Ghetto. The evening I bought my first ever record with my own money – Dizzy at an evening outdoor market Singapore record stall in Changi Village – I also bought In The Ghetto with a picture sleeve, “for my mum” who is a huge Elvis fan, for 2 dollars (but really it was for me cos I loved it too). The B side was also fabulous, power soul ballad Any Day Now which enters at 33 and pushes out the lesser Percy Sledge version.

In at 17, Val Doonican gets his 2nd-biggest retro hit with Ring Of Bright Water, a gorgeous childhood fave movie theme tune, with Bill Travers & Virginia McKenna and some Otters in Scotland, a film I enjoyed in 1969, as I loved any film with animals in, and anything conservation-related. Saving animals and the Planet was a big theme in my childhood. Pity it’s taken 50 years and major damage to become a theme for young kids today as well. Another fave of the time from Herman’s Hermits, and one that stands up better than their jolly ditties, is in at 22 for My Sentimental Friend.

Dusty goes up 3 times, the biggest up to 29 with her non-single album track later title track on an album of Dusty covers from the wondrous Shelby Lynn, her I Am Shelby Lynn album is one of my all-time faves. CCR are in with both sides of the new single Bad Moon Rising and Lodi, the former reminding me of my first year at RAF Seletar Secondary Modern School where I took out a library book (Just William or some such) to find the lyrics written inside on a piece of paper, which was quite handy as I liked the song. Speed-on to the 90’s and it came on the radio as I was driving along the Florida Keys highway, one hot moonlit night, looking for a motel to stay. The lyrics REALLY made sense in that setting!

The Monkees keep on coming even if the hits were drying up, Someday Man, Joe South is back again with another great song of his that was never a single but charted this week in the USA in an inferior cover version of his album track 2 years ahead of the definitive Lynn Anderson cover. Glen Campbell gets a 3rd track on the list with Susie, The Four Tops drop in with a single that I was gifted by 2 friends of mum and dad’s in 1972, Pete & Gill Butler who’s been great friends of the family in Singapore. Buddy Holly gets another posthumous 50’s track, a cover of Love Is Strange, Sonny Charles gets a soul version of Black Pearl in ahead of the reggae cover by Horace Faith, while an obscure reggae track enters at 75 for Eddie Lovette. The Moments get a second chart entry, to bring it up to date! Phew!

1 ( 3 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
2 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
3 ( 22 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 3
4 ( 2 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
5 ( 8 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
6 ( 10 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 6
7 ( 4 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
8 ( 20 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 8
9 ( 6 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
10 ( NEW ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 10

11 ( 5 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
12 ( 7 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
13 ( 17 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 13
14 ( 9 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
15 ( 12 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
16 ( 11 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
17 ( NEW ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 17
18 ( 18 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
19 ( 14 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
20 ( 13 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4

21 ( 15 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
22 ( NEW ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 22
23 ( 16 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
24 ( 27 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 24
25 ( 29 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 25
26 ( 19 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
27 ( 21 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
28 ( 32 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 28
29 ( 62 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 29
30 ( 37 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 30

31 ( 26 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
32 ( 25 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
33 ( NEW ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 33
34 ( 34 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
35 ( 24 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
36 ( 31 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
37 ( 39 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 37
38 ( 23 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 18
39 ( 28 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
40 ( 40 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 40

41 ( 33 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
42 ( 30 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30
43 ( 60 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 43
44 ( 48 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 44
45 ( 58 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 45
46 ( 50 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 46
47 ( 42 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
48 ( 44 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
49 ( NEW ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 49
50 ( 55 ) BADGE Cream # 50

51 ( 43 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 43
52 ( 35 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
53 ( 66 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 53
54 ( 51 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
55 ( 38 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 38
56 ( 68 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 56
57 ( 63 ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 57
58 ( NEW ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 58
59 ( 59 ) I CAN’T SAY NO TO YOU Betty Everett # 59
60 ( NEW ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 60

61 ( 71 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 61
62 ( NEW ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 62
63 ( 69 ) BLUER THAN BLUE Rolf Harris # 63
64 ( NEW ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 64
65 ( NEW ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 65
66 ( 74 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 66
67 ( 67 ) I’VE BEEN HURT Bill Deal & The Rhondells # 67
68 ( 72 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 68
69 ( NEW ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 69
70 ( NEW ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 70

71 ( 36 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 26
72 ( 75 ) I WILL SEE YOU THERE Linda Kendrick # 72
73 ( 45 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
74 ( NEW ) SUNDAY The Moments # 74
75 ( NEW ) TOO EXPERIENCED Eddie Lovette # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 8 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
3 ( 4 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
4 ( 3 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
5 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
6 ( 9 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
7 ( 5 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
8 ( 6 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
9 ( NEW ) GET BACK The Beatles
10 ( 7 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations

11 ( 16 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
12 ( 10 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
13 ( 11 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
14 ( 13 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
15 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
16 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
17 ( 18 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes
18 ( RE ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
19 ( 20 ) GET READY The Temptations
20 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac

 

26th April 1969

It’s another new number one, the pure passionate gospel of Oh Happy Day, a track I had to wait 8 years to buy a copy of. Worth the wait! Elvis, with his social conscience gospel ballad isn’t far behind at 3, and The Beatles were number 6 in my charts of the time and number 6 in these retro creations. Val Doonican goes top 10 with his lovely movie theme, and Fleetwood Mac make it 2 top 10’s in a row.

The highest new entry at 23 is the only song that actually had memories attached – Ragamuffin Man was the Manfred’s final hit (though who knew it!) and a good one to go out on, a fave of mine as they usually were. All the other knew ones are tracks I’d never heard of yesterday, but today I find I like them, especially the obscure The Hit Parade at 27 with a gem of a pop single Ah, Ha, Ha Do Your Thing – if only they’d entered with Manfred Mann when they did Ha Ha Said The Clown, or waited for A-ha to chart. I can’t believe something that good failed to even make the US top 120 when some of the more rubbishy tracks of the time make the top 40! Not to be confused with the UK 80’s band of the same name.

All the other newies are pending in the lower reaches, with 3 stacked up outside (Neil Young, Wilson Pickett, Moody Blues), and include a decent Soul Survivors single, a hippie trippie Youngbloods, a punkish Paul Revere & The Raiders just ahead of Mark Lindsay going solo, another Scott Walker emotive ballad, and a good ol country track from Ronnie Milsap.

1 ( 3 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
2 ( 1 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
3 ( 10 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 3
4 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
5 ( 6 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
6 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
7 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
8 ( 5 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
9 ( 17 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 9
10 ( 13 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10

11 ( 9 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
12 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
13 ( 7 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
14 ( 11 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
15 ( 22 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 15
16 ( 16 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
17 ( 14 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
18 ( 15 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
19 ( 24 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
20 ( 29 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 20

21 ( 19 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
22 ( 20 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
23 ( NEW ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 23
24 ( 18 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
25 ( 21 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
26 ( 28 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 26
27 ( NEW ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 27
28 ( 49 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 28
29 ( 33 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 29
30 ( 26 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7

31 ( 27 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
32 ( 23 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
33 ( 37 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 33
34 ( 31 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
35 ( 43 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 35
36 ( 42 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30
37 ( 32 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
38 ( 45 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 38
39 ( 40 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 39
40 ( 35 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4

41 ( 36 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
42 ( 34 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
43 ( 44 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 43
44 ( 46 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 44
45 ( 25 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 25
46 ( 53 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 46
47 ( 30 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 30
48 ( 50 ) BADGE Cream # 48
49 ( 56 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 49
50 ( 60 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 50

51 ( 41 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
52 ( 62 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 52
53 ( 48 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
54 ( 47 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
55 ( 61 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 55
56 ( 58 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 56
57 ( 59 ) I CAN’T SAY NO TO YOU Betty Everett # 57
58 ( 38 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 18
59 ( 64 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 59
60 ( 70 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 60

61 ( 54 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
62 ( 63 ) BLUER THAN BLUE Rolf Harris # 62
63 ( 65 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 63
64 ( 39 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
65 ( 66 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 65
66 ( 68 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 66
67 ( 67 ) I’VE BEEN HURT Bill Deal & The Rhondells # 67
68 ( 57 ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 57
69 ( 69 ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 69
70 ( NEW ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 70

71 ( NEW ) DARKNESS, DARKNESS The Youngbloods # 71
72 ( NEW ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 72
73 ( 52 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
74 ( NEW ) BIG LOUISE Scott Walker # 74
75 ( NEW ) DENVER Ronnie Milsap # 75

Then charts
1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
3 ( NEW ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
4 ( 3 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
5 ( 6 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
6 ( 9 ) GET BACK The Beatles
7 ( 4 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
8 ( 5 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
9 ( NEW ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
10 ( 11 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl

11 ( 8 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
12 ( 7 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
13 ( 10 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
14 ( NEW ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
15 ( 16 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
16 ( 14 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
17 ( 12 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
18 ( NEW ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
19 ( 15 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
20 ( NEW ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra

My December 1968 Retro Charts

1st December 1968

It’s 2 weeks on top for Marvin Gaye as the highest new entry is a plaintive heart-rending Robin Gibb-sung Bee Gees gem, I Started A Joke, never the hit it should have been, in at 3. Pet Shop Boys did a great version which topped my charts some 40 years later, but back in ’68 the run of big Bee Gees tracks is beaten only by The Beatles really, in terms of British bands. Mind you, everyone comes second to The Beatles even Marmalade who enter quite low with their quickie version of Ob La Di – it sounded fine at the time, a real fave, but now I know the original version there’s no comparison really, Beatles everytime. The newly-released alternative versions they recorded in ’68 are all better too.

Dave Edmunds goes top 5 with his blistering guitar work, and a classic instrumental enters at 24 for Fleetwood Mac – Albatross, a UK 1969 chart-topper, and 1973 number 2, appropriately as another new entry from Archie Bell & The Drells was also a hit that year: Showdown is a great Northern Soul track entering at 55. The fab Joe South follows up his earlier chart entries here with his signature tune, Games People Play, like so many in this chart one I associate with 1969 when it became a UK hit. Not to worry, 1969 will have just as many UK 1970 tracks from the 1969 US charts I’m sure.

At 48 Tommy James is back with a new mature sound, Crimson & Clover – a future hit for Joan Jett in the 80’s – was one I very much didn’t know at the time, though ti was one I knew OF as I became aware of the American chart hits that British radio didn’t play. This became an annoyance to me until Paul Gambaccini started doing the US hits in the mid-70’s, and I also discovered the American Forces Network when I lived in Gloucester – actual Shaggy, Casey Kasem, running them down. Fab! Rooby Doo!

Johnny Nash gets a second chart entry with You Got Soul, ditto Sammy Davis Jr with I’ve Gotta Be Me, a great song, and regular on the Dean Martin Show which was big around this time, certainly in Singapore if not so much the UK, where I saw it in ooh 10 months time. In at 70 a band I’ve never heard of with a very morbid Chi-Lites-sounding soul track, The Unifics, while Donovan has moved to Atlantis, Aquaman will be delighted as he’s dropping a big DC movie next to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Probably. Andy Kim is also back with a rainbow.

In my original retro charts, there are songs that have yet to make my top 75, on the grounds that there are much better tracks than Cliff & Tom’s efforts, however much I liked them way back when. Fair to say my penchant for popular crooner hit ballads & novelty songs hasn’t lasted through the years in most cases. I have affection for them, but yeah, rather hear some other stuff!

1 ( 1 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
2 ( 2 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( NEW ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
4 ( 3 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
5 ( 13 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
6 ( 7 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
8 ( 6 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
9 ( 4 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
10 ( 8 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield

11 ( 10 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
12 ( 9 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
13 ( 11 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
14 ( 16 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
15 ( 15 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
16 ( 20 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
17 ( 12 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
18 ( 21 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
19 ( 14 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
20 ( 26 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics

21 ( 17 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
22 ( 18 ) ELENORE The Turtles
23 ( 19 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
24 ( NEW ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
25 ( 27 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
26 ( 22 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
27 ( 36 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
28 ( 29 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
29 ( 23 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
30 ( 30 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas

31 ( 25 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
32 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
33 ( 28 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
34 ( 34 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
35 ( 37 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
36 ( 31 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
37 ( 32 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
38 ( 33 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
39 ( 24 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
40 ( 40 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell

41 ( 35 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
42 ( 43 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
43 ( 48 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
44 ( 41 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
45 ( 38 ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
46 ( 46 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
47 ( 49 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
48 ( NEW ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
49 ( 50 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
50 ( 54 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience

51 ( 42 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
52 ( 44 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
53 ( 59 ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
54 ( 55 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
55 ( NEW ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
56 ( 60 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
57 ( 39 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
58 ( 65 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
59 ( 61 ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
60 ( 45 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion

61 ( NEW ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
62 ( 64 ) GOING UP THE COUNTRY Canned Heat
63 ( 69 ) NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE The Flirtations
64 ( 72 ) THIS IS MY COUNTRY The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
65 ( 66 ) STORMY Classics IV
66 ( 68 ) ARE YOU HAPPY Jerry Butler
67 ( 52 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
68 ( NEW ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
69 ( 56 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
70 ( NEW ) THE BEGINNING OF MY END The Unifics

71 ( 57 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
72 ( NEW ) ATLANTIS Donovan
73 ( NEW ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
74 ( NEW ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
75 ( NEW ) TOY The Casuals

1st Dec Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
3 ( 4 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
4 ( 2 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
5 ( 8 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
6 ( 3 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
7 ( 5 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
8 ( 13 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
9 ( 7 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
10 ( 18 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations

11 ( 11 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
12 ( 10 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
13 ( NEW ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones
14 ( 9 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
15 ( 19 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
16 ( 14 ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican
17 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO CATCH ME Cliff Richard
18 ( 17 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
19 ( NEW ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
20 ( 16 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles

 

8th December 1968

It’s a first week on top for I Started A Joke, the Bee Gees 3rd chart-topper, just holding off the manic guitar of Dave Edmunds’ Love Sculpture at 2. With Race With The Devil going top 5, it’s quite a frantic pace for 60% of the top 5, with a fair bit of shrieking to boot. Fleetwood Mac get a first top 10, the second of 2 instrumentals in the 10, and The Delfonics get a second top 10 with the fab Ready Or Not. Diana Ross & The Supremes replace themselves in the top and simultaneously outpeak the Madeleine Bell version of I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.

There’s a nice leap into the 20 for Joe South, and the highest of 2 new tracks from The Archies is in at 24: Love Light was nominally the B side to the catchy kiddie pop of Feelin’ So Good (in at 64) and both were on their 1969 album Everything’s Archie which just happened to be the first album I ever bought with my own pocket money 2 years in the future (Singapore was showing the songs from the album during 1970 on the TV show shown there). I always preferred Love Light, it had a bit more depth to it, and 50 years later the gap between the tracks has only grown wider as the B side is still very listenable. Better get used to Archies tracks in my chart, 4 this week, more on the way in late 1969 through 1971. Oops!

In at 34, a fab Edwin Starr track belatedly a UK hit, and Stop Her On Sight was a single gifted to me by my parent’s friends in Singapore, Pete & Jill. I always dived on the record collections of any family and friends of mum & dad, I got such a thrill at playing the ones I knew, or discovering great tracks new to me. Sammy Davis Jr leaps into the 40, ditto Tommy James. The rest of the new entries are stacked at the bottom end waiting for a gap to rise: The 5th Dimension return with an Ashford & Simpson song, The Tems cover The Band’s cover of the Dylan song, Wilson Pickett covers the Beatles before they have even left the chart, and Cliff & top scrape into my chart a week ahead of high placings in my very first ever actual chart from the actual week in 1968 listing the actual songs from the UK top 30 in the actual order I felt they should be in. Actually.

1 ( 3 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 ( 5 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
3 ( 2 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
4 ( 1 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
5 ( 11 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
6 ( 4 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
7 ( 24 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
8 ( 6 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
9 ( 20 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
10 ( 16 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations

11 ( 8 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
12 ( 7 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
13 ( 15 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
14 ( 14 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
15 ( 10 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
16 ( 18 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
17 ( 9 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
18 ( 12 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
19 ( 27 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
20 ( 32 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

21 ( 13 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
22 ( 17 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
23 ( 19 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
24 ( NEW ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
25 ( 25 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
26 ( 21 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
27 ( 28 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
28 ( 30 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
29 ( 23 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
30 ( 22 ) ELENORE The Turtles

31 ( 26 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
32 ( 34 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
33 ( 29 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
34 ( NEW ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
35 ( 31 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
36 ( 48 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
37 ( 68 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
38 ( 33 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
39 ( 53 ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
40 ( 43 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies

41 ( 36 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
42 ( 37 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
43 ( 38 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
44 ( 35 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
45 ( 41 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
46 ( 50 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
47 ( 49 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
48 ( 55 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
49 ( 44 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
50 ( 40 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell

51 ( 39 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
52 ( 42 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
53 ( 61 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
54 ( 54 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
55 ( 58 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
56 ( 56 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
57 ( 47 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
58 ( 59 ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
59 ( 63 ) NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE The Flirtations
60 ( 70 ) THE BEGINNING OF MY END The Unifics

61 ( 51 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
62 ( 52 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
63 ( 64 ) THIS IS MY COUNTRY The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
64 ( NEW ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
65 ( 65 ) STORMY Classics IV
66 ( 45 ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
67 ( 73 ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
68 ( 72 ) ATLANTIS Donovan
69 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
70 ( 74 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim

71 ( 75 ) TOY The Casuals
72 ( NEW ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
73 ( NEW ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett
74 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO CATCH ME Cliff Richard
75 ( NEW ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 3 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
3 ( 2 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
4 ( NEW ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
5 ( 13 ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones
6 ( 6 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
7 ( 7 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
8 ( 10 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
9 ( 4 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
10 ( 9 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon

11 ( 5 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
12 ( 15 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
13 ( 11 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
14 ( 8 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
15 ( 17 ) DON’T FORGET TO CATCH ME Cliff Richard
16 ( NEW ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
17 ( 12 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
18 ( 16 ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican
19 ( 14 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
20 ( NEW ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes

 

15th December 1968
It’s 2 weeks on top for The Bee Gees, with Fleetwood Mac at 3, a huge leap for The Archies B Side Love Light into the top 10, and The Beatles original of Ob La Di charting higher than any of the pale imitations, into the top 10. Amongst all The Beatles, there’s some Stones – in at 13 with album track Sympathy For The Devil, those woo-woohs borrowed in style by Bananarama some 22 years later to good effect. Edwin Starr has a leap into the 20, SOS!

Second-highest new entry at 39 is an actual chart-topper of the time for me come January 1969, I was mad on Fox On The Run, and saw the Manfreds sing it a few weeks ago. I think my friend Geoffrey Geeson probably got sick of me going on about it! The Turtles get a classy, if slightly out of tune, quick follow-up to Elenore with You Showed Me, future Salt ‘N’ Pepa and Lightning Seeds hit covers, in at 49, while kiddie fave of the time Something’s Happening lets Hermans’ Hermits drop in too.

In at 60, it’s a classy cover of Laura Nyro’s Stoney End from Peggy Lipton. Who? She was a young actress starring in the cool cop show The Mod Squad at the time, and was about to marry Quincy Jones, who co-incidentally produced it. That leaves Betty Everett returning and The Moments debuting some 6 or 7 years earlier than Girls did in my actual charts of the 70’s.

1 ( 1 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 ( 2 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
3 ( 7 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 3 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
5 ( 4 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
6 ( 9 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
7 ( 24 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
8 ( 6 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 14 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
10 ( 16 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations

11 ( 5 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
12 ( 20 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
13 ( NEW ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
14 ( 8 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
15 ( 10 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
16 ( 11 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 12 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
18 ( 15 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
19 ( 17 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
20 ( 34 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr

21 ( 18 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
22 ( 19 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
23 ( 13 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
24 ( 21 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
25 ( 23 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
26 ( 27 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
27 ( 22 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
28 ( 28 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
29 ( 32 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
30 ( 26 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone

31 ( 36 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
32 ( 25 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
33 ( 37 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
34 ( 30 ) ELENORE The Turtles
35 ( 29 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
36 ( 31 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
37 ( 39 ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
38 ( 40 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
39 ( NEW ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
40 ( 33 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues

41 ( 35 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
42 ( 48 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
43 ( 38 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
44 ( 41 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
45 ( 42 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
46 ( 43 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
47 ( 47 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
48 ( 45 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
49 ( NEW ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
50 ( 53 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash

51 ( 44 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
52 ( 46 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
53 ( 54 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
54 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
55 ( 49 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
56 ( 56 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
57 ( 72 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
58 ( 50 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell
59 ( 51 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
60 ( NEW ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton

61 ( 52 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
62 ( 55 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
63 ( 64 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
64 ( 65 ) STORMY Classics IV
65 ( 58 ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
66 ( 67 ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
67 ( 70 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
68 ( 68 ) ATLANTIS Donovan
69 ( 69 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
70 ( 60 ) THE BEGINNING OF MY END The Unifics

71 ( 62 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
72 ( 61 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
73 ( NEW ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
74 ( 63 ) THIS IS MY COUNTRY The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
75 ( NEW ) NOT ON THE OUTSIDE The Moments

17th DEC

…and so it came to pass..that this is the chart that started it all for me. Christmas holidays had started, I had leisure time to indulge my new-found music chart passion, and I did. I put the songs in the right order for the very first time. This was my actual-first-ever list of songs wot I wrote down. 5th week at the top for the Turtles, check out the video, see how not-happy-being-pop-stars they were (so endearing) ** Herman’s Hermits, another playground fave, a teenager with a lot of teeth who the girls loved (Peter Noone), the closest thing to One Direction around at that time.

The chart is great lesson in how time conveniently erases inconvenient old facts: for example, I really liked (apparently) a fairly bland Tom Jones record – there is no way I would have recalled that as being anywhere near the truth, we all like to think we only liked the great stuff, the cool stuff, or particularly important records to us personally. But there it is, staring me right in the face, along with Cliff, Des ‘n’ Val, and worst of all Malcolm Roberts. I stand by all the other tracks for a 10-year-old, and I remain a bit embarrassed by those:)

1 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 2 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
4 ( 5 ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones
5 ( 8 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
6 ( 3 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
8 ( 6 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
9 ( 7 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
10 ( 10 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon

11 ( 16 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
12 ( 15 ) DON’T FORGET TO CATCH ME Cliff Richard
13 ( 9 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
14 ( 12 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
15 ( 11 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
16 ( 13 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
17 ( 14 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
18 ( 17 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
19 ( 20 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
20 ( 18 ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican

 

22nd December 1968

It’s 3 weeks on top for The Bee Gees, just holding off Albatross (“get your Albatross” cue John Cleese in Ice-cream skirt) and highest new entry from my future teen hero Roy Wood, as Blackberry way enters at 5. There is only 1 track in my top 10 then and top 10 now – Eloise – though 5 are in common for the top 20, There’s no space at all for Tom Jones, Cliff, Des & other MOR acts that I loved at the time – I thought you were supposed to get more MOR as you aged?! Not me!

I still have fondness for some kiddie pop though, witness The Archies tracks and new entries from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a soundtrack from the Sherman Brothers not quite up to Mary Poppins standard, but pretty good anyway from a charming (if overlong) film which was constantly requested on Junior’s Choice and 2-way Family favourites for the Forces families living abroad (which I was by then).

The Turtles get a 5th top 40, Johnny Nash a second, Herman’s Hermits a 5th or 6th, I’ve lost count, and actress Peggy Lipton a debut. I was a fan of The Mod Squad, it was on TV in Singapore/Malaya a year or so later, along with many other US TV dramas. We got stations from both countries. Smokey Robinson enters high with one I’ve never noticed much before (I have it on a hits collection) but which sounds really good in isolation from the more famous ones, while an early 60’s song from Maurice Williams & The Zodiaks (who did Stay) is covered by obscure act Bill Deal semi-ska-stylee and it’s rather good.

1 ( 1 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 ( 3 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 4 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
4 ( 5 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
5 ( NEW ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
6 ( 2 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
7 ( 6 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
8 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 7 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
10 ( 12 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

11 ( 11 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
12 ( 9 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
13 ( 13 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
14 ( 10 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
15 ( 14 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
16 ( 16 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 15 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
18 ( 17 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
19 ( 20 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
20 ( 18 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield

21 ( 21 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
22 ( 19 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
23 ( 39 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
24 ( 28 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
25 ( 26 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
26 ( 22 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
27 ( 24 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
28 ( 25 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
29 ( 29 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
30 ( 38 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies

31 ( 31 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
32 ( 33 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
33 ( 27 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
34 ( 30 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
35 ( 49 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
36 ( 42 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
37 ( 50 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
38 ( 34 ) ELENORE The Turtles
39 ( 54 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
40 ( 60 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton

41 ( 23 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
42 ( 35 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
43 ( 36 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
44 ( 32 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
45 ( 41 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
46 ( 44 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
47 ( 45 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
48 ( 46 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
49 ( 43 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
50 ( 57 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes

51 ( 37 ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
52 ( 40 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
53 ( NEW ) CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
54 ( 48 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
55 ( NEW ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
56 ( 56 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
57 ( 47 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
58 ( 64 ) STORMY Classics IV
59 ( NEW ) TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
60 ( 67 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim

61 ( 55 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
62 ( 63 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
63 ( 73 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
64 ( 66 ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
65 ( 51 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
66 ( 53 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
67 ( NEW ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
68 ( 69 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
69 ( 52 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
70 ( 58 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell

71 ( 61 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
72 ( 75 ) NOT ON THE OUTSIDE The Moments
73 ( 59 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
74 ( NEW ) ME OL’ BAMBOO “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke”
75 ( 71 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson

retro 70’s
1 ( 5 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
2 ( 3 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
3 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
4 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
5 ( 2 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
6 ( 7 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
7 ( 11 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
8 ( 4 ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones
9 ( 14 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
10 ( 8 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 9 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
12 ( 19 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
13 ( 15 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
14 ( 13 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
15 ( 10 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
16 ( NEW ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
17 ( 16 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 12 ) DON’T FORGET TO CATCH ME Cliff Richard
19 ( RE ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
20 ( RE ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold

29th December 1968

It’s four weeks on top for The Bee Gees as the quiet bit between New Years and Christmas means very few new entries in the chart and gives under-performing chart positions a chance to have a clearer run. Roy Wood & co are at 2, signs of Christmases to come for the next 50 years, with the Beatlesey Blackberry Way, while The Beatles still dominate the chart. Bonzo Dog rebound cos it peaked way too low due to competition, and Manfred’s go top 20 with a chart-topper in my January charts first time round in 1969. The crossover in my top 20 of the time and now is relatively high this week due to the lack of new entries.

Smokey Robinson has a good climb into the 40, as Creedence Clearwater Revival bring Proud Mary straight into the 40 as highest new entry, first of many of those to come over the next 3 years and then nothing until 1976 when they covered the song at number 6. John Fogerty took over after that point as a solo act. Chitty Chitty songs climb, and there may yet be more, Al Wilson is back with a cover of the fab Johnny Rivers hit Poor Side Of Town, Ray Charles also returns and he hasn’t stopped dreaming of chart hits even if they fall short of the US Hot 100 at this point, Jethro Tull have a love story (and not one I know to be honest), and a couple of funk tracks sneak in at the bottom, Junior Walker & Sam & Dave both adding to the list of entries for each in a minor way.

1 ( 1 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 ( 5 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
3 ( 2 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 3 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
5 ( 7 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
6 ( 4 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
7 ( 10 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
8 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 9 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
10 ( 6 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture

11 ( 13 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
12 ( 11 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
13 ( 21 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
14 ( 19 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
15 ( 12 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
16 ( 16 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 15 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
18 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
19 ( 23 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
20 ( 14 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations

21 ( 18 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
22 ( 20 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
23 ( 29 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
24 ( 22 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
25 ( 31 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
26 ( 30 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
27 ( 35 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
28 ( 28 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
29 ( 39 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
30 ( 27 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins

31 ( 32 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
32 ( 26 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
33 ( 36 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
34 ( 37 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
35 ( 40 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
36 ( 34 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
37 ( 55 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
38 ( 38 ) ELENORE The Turtles
39 ( 24 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
40 ( NEW ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival

41 ( 33 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
42 ( 59 ) TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
43 ( 25 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
44 ( 63 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
45 ( 42 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
46 ( 45 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
47 ( 46 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
48 ( 47 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
49 ( 48 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
50 ( 50 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes

51 ( 53 ) CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
52 ( 43 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
53 ( 44 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
54 ( 49 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
55 ( 56 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
56 ( 52 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
57 ( 54 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
58 ( 51 ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
59 ( 60 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
60 ( 62 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies

61 ( 41 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
62 ( 58 ) STORMY Classics IV
63 ( 64 ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
64 ( 61 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
65 ( 67 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
66 ( 68 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
67 ( NEW ) POOR SIDE OF TOWN Al Wilson
68 ( NEW ) WHEN I STOP DREAMING Ray Charles
69 ( 72 ) NOT ON THE OUTSIDE The Moments
70 ( NEW ) LOVE STORY Jethro Tull

71 ( 57 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
72 ( 74 ) ME OL’ BAMBOO “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke”
73 ( 65 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
74 ( NEW ) HOME COOKIN’ Jr. Walker & The All Stars
75 ( NEW ) SOUL SISTER, BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
2 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
3 ( 2 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
4 ( 7 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
5 ( 4 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
6 ( 12 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
7 ( 9 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
8 ( NEW ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
9 ( 11 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
10 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 14 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
12 ( 16 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
13 ( NEW ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
14 ( 15 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
15 ( 8 ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones
16 ( 19 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
17 ( 13 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
18 ( RE ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
19 ( NEW ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
20 ( NEW ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac

My 2017 Charts – April – June

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25th June 2017

It’s a second week on top for some classic Summer Wine – I should have had some in Copenhagen for the Midsummer Festival partying last week, but I was mainly walking round streets of old buildings, oops! I did note the music scene had become tropical housed, poor dears seem to have caught the bug. Even Drake’s Passionfruit had been covered and lost a lot of it’s fruityness. So not many new entries as I’ve been starved of the UK music scene. I also did Sweden, but it was Sunday and it was closed.

Main chart stat: OMD scrape in with a new track, for 37 years of entries…

1 1 1 2 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 340000
2 6 2 9 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 637000
3 2 1 4 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 435000
4 3 1 7 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 945000
5 12 5 2 THE MAN The Killers 95000
6 11 6 6 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 171100
7 8 7 7 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 325000
8 4 2 6 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 463000
9 5 5 6 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 297000
10 16 10 4 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 106200

11 14 11 7 AVERDAVGI Agy 173800
12 7 2 10 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 732000
13 9 9 7 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 232800
14 17 14 7 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 133650
15 15 5 10 HURRICANE Drones Club 408000
16 32 16 8 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 106200
17 20 17 5 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 96300
18 13 7 7 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 252000
19 24 19 6 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 95300
20 39 20 8 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 96850

21 19 3 11 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 482750
22 21 10 10 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 232950
23 23 5 9 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 321800
24 33 24 2 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 36700
25 25 1 14 CHARIOTS Paper Route 737750
26 26 13 10 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 212350
27 22 1 12 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 739900
28 29 28 6 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 84100
29 40 29 5 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 63500
30 38 30 5 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 67050

31 31 31 9 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 159500
32 27 27 4 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 64100
33 18 18 7 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 104100
34 35 34 5 ADIOS Glen Campbell 75900
35 30 30 8 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 112400
36 66 36 2 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 24200
37 28 17 6 KRYPTONITE George Maple 119600
38 50 38 3 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 35600
39 45 39 6 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 68850
40 46 40 4 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 43050

41 37 5 14 LOST ON YOU LP 475800
42 36 5 14 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 452700
43 34 29 5 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 71900
44 10 10 9 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 170450
45 59 45 3 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 30200
46 48 46 8 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 82050
47 47 1 15 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 790450
48 41 24 9 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 129400
49 44 1 14 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 841150
50 71 50 3 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 23000

51 53 51 5 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 46800
52 60 52 3 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 26300
53 51 34 11 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 157000
54 58 54 4 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 36500
55 57 55 3 RED SUN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 28000
56 49 2 11 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 395000
57 55 1 20 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1345200
58 42 25 10 THE CURE Lady Gaga 137200
59 68 59 2 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 16500
60 54 36 7 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 91000

61 43 24 6 PAPER Svala 94500
62 52 20 10 STORY OF A HEART Steps 144900
63 67 63 3 ROULETTE Katy Perry 19400
64 63 1 35 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1076700
65 NEW 65 1 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 7000
66 75 66 2 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 11800
67 62 50 5 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 42400
68 61 5 14 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 383400
69 NEW 69 1 STRIP THAT DOWN Liam Payne featuring Quavo 6200
70 NEW 70 1 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 6000

71 73 71 3 LIVE FOREVER Oasis 16600
72 74 72 2 TOO FAR GONE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 10800
73 NEW 73 1 DON’T MATTER NOW George Ezra 5400
74 65 1 15 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 690900
75 NEW 75 1 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 5000

DROP OUTS
56 10 13 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 222400
64 64 3 CURIOUS Alison Valentine 19100
69 57 4 PRAY WITH ME Rick Astley 29200
70 70 5 BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden 27800
72 35 6 GRAVITY Hovig 82800

18th June 2017

Straight in from nowhere (because it’s topping the US advert music charts, and I follow Nancy on twitter – legend!) it’s Summer Wine from the same summer as Sgt Pepper, 50 years ago. Nancy & Lee just have a brilliant trippie back catalogue, cult faves over the decades without ever being huge as a duo – Lee was the gravel-voiced songwriter and producer, Nancy the sweet voice and groovy image. The song has topped my charts before, for The Corrs and Bono back in 2003, but the original is still the best, and gives them a first number one since Some Velvet Morning topped as an oldie in 2007 – I heard it blaring out from a boat at sea off the coast of Crete just after Lee died. Did You Ever was their first hit in 1971 in my charts, topping in 1977 as part of an EP, and Nancy also topped with her dad Frank (Somethin’ Stupid), with a Lee song (Boots), and a Bond theme (You Only Live Twice).

Glen goes up with all of his tracks, notably 1977 hit, Guardians soundtrack, Southern Nights finally breaking into the top 10 (the ragtime retro track peaked at 17). The Killers are back with a fab single, new in at 12, love it, and also Queens Of The Stone Age, back after a gap of 14 years, and with only their 3rd (and highest-charting) best-to-date track. Also new: Sigala & Ella Eyre, London Grammar, Olly & Louisa.

1 NEW 1 1 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 170000
2 1 1 3 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 350000
3 2 1 6 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 880000
4 3 2 5 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 415000
5 6 5 5 FEEL IT STILL Portugal The Man 252000
6 4 2 8 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 522000
7 5 2 9 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 697000
8 8 8 6 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 275000
9 9 9 6 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 200800
10 20 10 8 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 157200

11 16 11 5 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 116100
12 NEW 12 1 THE MAN The Killers 35000
13 7 7 6 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 230000
14 14 14 6 AVERDAVGI Agy 136800
15 11 5 9 HURRICANE Drones Club 381000
16 19 16 3 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 64200
17 22 17 6 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 104650
18 36 18 6 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 86400
19 15 3 10 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 463000
20 26 20 4 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 73300

21 12 10 9 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 213450
22 18 1 11 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 721500
23 13 5 8 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 302550
24 39 24 5 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 74300
25 23 1 13 CHARIOTS Paper Route 719000
26 21 13 9 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 193850
27 37 27 3 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 46300
28 17 17 5 KRYPTONITE George Maple 102300
29 42 29 5 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 65800
30 33 30 7 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 94900

31 31 31 8 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 141600
32 32 32 7 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 81200
33 NEW 33 1 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 17700
34 29 29 4 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 58400
35 38 35 4 ADIOS Glen Campbell 58300
36 27 5 13 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 438950
37 30 5 13 LOST ON YOU LP 461800
38 46 38 4 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 49050
39 48 39 7 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 76850
40 47 40 4 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 45300

41 24 24 8 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 117100
42 25 25 9 THE CURE Lady Gaga 127000
43 28 24 5 PAPER Svala 87000
44 35 1 13 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 829050
45 51 45 5 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 51750
46 61 46 3 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 26050
47 45 1 14 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 777950
48 49 48 7 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 69300
49 40 2 10 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 384400
50 68 50 2 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 18400

51 34 34 10 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 145750
52 41 20 9 STORY OF A HEART Steps 137500
53 56 53 4 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 35050
54 43 36 6 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 81000
55 53 1 19 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1334800
56 10 10 13 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 222400
57 66 57 2 RED SUN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 17200
58 59 58 3 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 25500
59 64 59 2 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 17200
60 75 60 2 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 15000

61 52 5 13 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 377000
62 50 50 4 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 35800
63 63 1 34 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1069600
64 65 64 3 CURIOUS Alison Valentine 19100
65 54 1 14 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 685700
66 NEW 66 1 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 6800
67 72 67 2 ROULETTE Katy Perry 12200
68 NEW 68 1 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 6400
69 57 57 4 PRAY WITH ME Rick Astley 29200
70 70 70 5 BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden 27800

71 74 71 2 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 11000
72 44 35 6 GRAVITY Hovig 82800
73 73 73 2 LIVE FOREVER Oasis 10800
74 NEW 74 1 TOO FAR GONE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 5200
75 NEW 75 1 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 5000

DROP OUTS
55 55 4 DIG DOWN Muse 33500
58 48 5 HEY MAMMA Sunstroke Project 56350
60 60 5 YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO Kasabian 34200
62 62 2 TO THE DOOR HMLTD 14800
67 23 5 AMAR PELOS DOIS Salvador Sobral 75600
69 69 3 IN THE NAME OF MAN Plan B 17600
71 38 4 PLASTIC MACHINERY The Charlatans featuring Johnny Marr 43050

11th June 2017

I was too young to have started my charting 50 years ago – but had there been streaming available to me it’s pretty sure that The Beatles would have dominated both the real world and personal singles charts with Sgt Pepper. So it’s only fitting that She’s Leaving Home returns to number one 9 years since the last time it was on top, the best track on the classic album that can still top the UK album chart half a century on. Just to put that in some sort of perspective that would have been unthinkable in 1967, not least because recorded music didn’t stretch back half a century in any lastingly popular sense. Songs did, but not recorded music as an art form.

The Hollies finally get that Black Dress into my top 10 after 45 years patiently waiting, and in a quiet week for movement the highest new track is a Glen Campbell classic 60’s track that has never charted, but is on his new album Adios/Hits double-pack: Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife was on the first album that I owned, This Is Glen Campbell, I was mad on him as a kid. He also enters with a song that I loved at that period, a cover of the Nilsson hit, Everybody’s Talking from the movie Midnight Cowboy, and is one of the last tracks Glen recorded for his final album.

Fleetwood Mac have 2 new tracks joining their Rumours classic (The Chain) though they are labelled Buckingham/McVie. Don’t trust labels, the Mac did some of them at their last concert at the O2 – I was there! And finally, Scissor Sisters pop back (with MNDR) after being away a while, hooray! 13 years since they first topped my chart….

1 4 1 2 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 235000
2 1 1 5 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 795000
3 2 2 4 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 350000
4 3 2 7 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 467000
5 5 2 8 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 647000
6 6 6 4 FEEL IT STILL Portugal The Man 192000
7 7 7 5 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 198000
8 8 8 5 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 227000
9 10 9 5 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 155800
10 20 10 12 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 211800

11 11 5 8 HURRICANE Drones Club 354000
12 13 10 8 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 193700
13 9 5 7 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 283300
14 14 14 5 AVERDAVGI Agy 107800
15 15 3 9 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 442000
16 17 16 4 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 79100
17 19 17 4 KRYPTONITE George Maple 84000
18 12 1 10 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 702000
19 29 19 2 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 39200
20 22 20 7 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 115200

21 16 13 8 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 175350
22 23 22 5 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 81650
23 18 1 12 CHARIOTS Paper Route 700250
24 26 24 7 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 103100
25 30 25 8 THE CURE Lady Gaga 113250
26 33 26 3 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 53300
27 21 5 12 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 421550
28 24 24 4 PAPER Svala 73500
29 34 29 3 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 40800
30 25 5 12 LOST ON YOU LP 444500

31 31 31 7 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 123700
32 38 32 6 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 63400
33 36 33 6 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 76900
34 37 34 9 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 134000
35 28 1 12 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 815800
36 54 36 5 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 64400
37 56 37 2 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 27900
38 43 38 3 ADIOS Glen Campbell 40800
39 40 39 4 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 55300
40 32 2 9 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 372300

41 27 20 8 STORY OF A HEART Steps 126000
42 50 42 4 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 47600
43 39 36 5 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 70000
44 35 35 5 GRAVITY Hovig 77200
45 41 1 13 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 765450
46 49 46 3 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 31850
47 58 47 3 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 28300
48 53 48 6 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 59750
49 51 49 6 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 57000
50 60 50 3 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 28400

51 55 51 4 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 38750
52 46 5 12 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 369500
53 52 1 18 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1324000
54 47 1 13 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 678700
55 59 55 4 DIG DOWN Muse 33500
56 65 56 3 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 23800
57 67 57 3 PRAY WITH ME Rick Astley 23000
58 48 48 5 HEY MAMMA Sunstroke Project 56350
59 74 59 2 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 15300
60 66 60 5 YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO Kasabian 34200

61 71 61 2 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 13300
62 62 62 2 TO THE DOOR HMLTD 14800
63 63 1 33 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1062400
64 NEW 64 1 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 7100
65 75 65 2 CURIOUS Alison Valentine 12000
66 NEW 66 1 RED SUN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 6800
67 42 23 5 AMAR PELOS DOIS Salvador Sobral 75600
68 NEW 68 1 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 6400
69 69 69 3 IN THE NAME OF MAN Plan B 17600
70 73 70 4 BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden 21800

71 44 38 4 PLASTIC MACHINERY The Charlatans featuring Johnny Marr 43050
72 NEW 72 1 ROULETTE Katy Perry 5600
73 NEW 73 1 LIVE FOREVER Oasis 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 5200
75 NEW 75 1 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 5000

DROP OUTS
45 45 3 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 30400
57 48 4 FLY WITH ME Artsvik 47100
61 21 7 LONG TIME Blondie 109200
64 4 11 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 396500
68 44 4 I CAN’T GO ON Robin Bengtsson 46150
70 58 5 SYSTEMAGIC Goldfrapp 42000
72 2 17 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 663150

4th June 2017

It’s Vinai for a 4th week on top, firing off a fighting challenge from Keith Urban, not to mention the best track on Sgt Pepper, back on top of the UK charts a record breaking 50 years on. there aren’t enough superlatives to cover The Beatles achievements, suffice to say She’s Leaving Home topped my chart on one of the album’s regular revivals, it was a fave in 1977 when Bryan Ferry covered it, and when I bought Sgt Pepper for the first time (vinyl of course). A music expert was on telly last night explaining the melody style is a centuries-old tradition, with roots in European folk music. Whatever, it’s one of the most glorious melodies ever written, and attached to some heart-breakingly touching lyrics. About time it was covered tropical-Alan-Walker-stylee and became a hit.

Guess who’s the highest new entry just behind Noel Gallagher guest on Gorillaz Power? Yes, bruv Liam has a solo record (most likely his best song) in at 29. Elkie Brooks rockets into the 40 with her best track since Gasoline Alley back in 1983, and Cigarettes After Sex sound like they should be on the new Twin Peaks soundtrack, and into the 40.

1 1 1 4 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 680000
2 3 2 3 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 265000
3 2 2 6 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 402000
4 NEW 4 1 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 65000
5 4 2 7 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 587000
6 6 6 3 FEEL IT STILL Portugal The Man 137000
7 11 7 4 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 148000
8 8 8 4 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 179000
9 5 5 6 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 251300
10 14 10 4 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 110800

11 7 5 7 HURRICANE Drones Club 317000
12 9 1 9 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 680000
13 10 10 7 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 158700
14 17 14 4 AVERDAVGI Agy 78800
15 12 3 8 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 415000
16 13 13 7 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 155600
17 24 17 3 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 54100
18 16 1 11 CHARIOTS Paper Route 681000
19 19 19 3 KRYPTONITE George Maple 61000
20 22 20 11 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 169800

21 15 5 11 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 403150
22 29 22 6 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 95200
23 27 23 4 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 62150
24 26 24 3 PAPER Svala 55200
25 21 5 11 LOST ON YOU LP 426500
26 28 26 6 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 84100
27 20 20 7 STORY OF A HEART Steps 112000
28 18 1 11 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 798300
29 NEW 29 1 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 18200
30 30 30 7 THE CURE Lady Gaga 94500

31 31 31 6 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 105800
32 25 2 8 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 355300
33 39 33 2 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 34800
34 75 34 2 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 22600
35 35 35 4 GRAVITY Hovig 63950
36 40 36 5 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 59200
37 37 37 8 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 116400
38 60 38 5 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 45600
39 36 36 4 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 56500
40 47 40 3 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 38200

41 41 1 12 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 752450
42 23 23 4 AMAR PELOS DOIS Salvador Sobral 69000
43 59 43 2 ADIOS Glen Campbell 23600
44 38 38 3 PLASTIC MACHINERY The Charlatans featuring Johnny Marr 37250
45 54 45 3 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 30400
46 32 5 11 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 358000
47 33 1 12 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 667700
48 50 48 4 HEY MAMMA Sunstroke Project 46150
49 65 49 2 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 19100
50 53 50 3 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 33850

51 51 51 5 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 44900
52 46 1 17 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1312750
53 57 53 5 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 47450
54 45 45 4 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 47000
55 56 55 3 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 27000
56 NEW 56 1 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 10600
57 48 48 4 FLY WITH ME Artsvik 47100
58 72 58 2 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 15800
59 67 59 3 DIG DOWN Muse 22700
60 68 60 2 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 16400

61 34 21 7 LONG TIME Blondie 109200
62 NEW 62 1 TO THE DOOR HMLTD 7400
63 61 1 32 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1055200
64 43 4 11 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 396500
65 69 65 2 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 13200
66 66 66 4 YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO Kasabian 24200
67 70 67 2 PRAY WITH ME Rick Astley 12600
68 44 44 4 I CAN’T GO ON Robin Bengtsson 46150
69 74 69 2 IN THE NAME OF MAN Plan B 11400
70 58 58 5 SYSTEMAGIC Goldfrapp 42000

71 NEW 71 1 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 5800
72 62 2 17 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 663150
73 73 73 3 BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden 15800
74 NEW 74 1 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 5200
75 NEW 75 1 CURIOUS Alison Valentine 5000

DROP OUTS
42 9 10 BECAUSE The Beatles 246900
49 19 9 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 141750
52 18 7 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 119100
55 29 6 INDIGO Moment 80600
63 59 3 MAMA Jonas Blue featuring William Singe 24500
64 23 5 THIS OLD HOUSE Rick Astley 76050
71 71 2 HARD TIMES Paramore 11600

28th May 2017

It’s Vinai for a 3rd week on top, holding off Gorillaz from a second chart-topper, as Portugal The Man hits a new chart peak for him at 6. Steps hit the exact chart position the original Benny Andersson Band hit with the same song, at 20, and highest new entry is the closing track from the FA Cup BBC coverage, it’s Chase & Status and Blossoms together on a goodie.

Highest climber are The Charlatans with some fab guitar from Johnny Marr, who’s been working his magic for 34 years now, and most recently at the Royal Albert Hall for the Pet Shop Boys charity gig. Fab. Glen Campbell’s Guardians Of The Galaxy oldie from 1977 goes up, as his new lead track from his final album, Adios, recorded before his alzheimers reached the final stages, enters at 59. You can hear it in his voice, but Glen is a legend for me.

Another lost musician brings in The Allman Brothers Band to my charts for the first time, I think, rather shockingly, and it’s their instrumental great Jessica which pays tribute to Cher’s ex Greg Allman. Miley Cyrus is back after a break, Plan B is back after an even longer break, and Elkie Brooks is back after an even longer longer break – well over 20 years since she released something new that impressed me, and extends her chart run here to 40 years. Not bad.

1 1 1 3 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 510000
2 3 2 5 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 317000
3 4 3 2 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 150000
4 2 2 6 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 527000
5 6 5 5 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 206300
6 15 6 2 FEEL IT STILL Portugal The Man 82000
7 7 5 6 HURRICANE Drones Club 280000
8 8 8 3 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 131000
9 5 1 8 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 645000
10 12 10 6 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 126700

11 14 11 3 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 88000
12 10 3 7 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 388000
13 16 13 6 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 130600
14 18 14 3 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 68800
15 13 5 10 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 383400
16 11 1 10 CHARIOTS Paper Route 659000
17 20 17 3 AVERDAVGI Agy 49800
18 17 1 10 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 780000
19 24 19 2 KRYPTONITE George Maple 40000
20 25 20 6 STORY OF A HEART Steps 93600

21 19 5 10 LOST ON YOU LP 407750
22 22 22 10 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 149800
23 30 23 3 AMAR PELOS DOIS Salvador Sobral 55250
24 49 24 2 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 31100
25 21 2 7 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 337500
26 33 26 2 PAPER Svala 36200
27 36 27 3 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 42900
28 39 28 5 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 65600
29 32 29 5 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 75700
30 35 30 6 THE CURE Lady Gaga 76500

31 34 31 5 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 87900
32 23 5 10 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 345250
33 26 1 11 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 655200
34 31 21 6 LONG TIME Blondie 101700
35 38 35 3 GRAVITY Hovig 46450
36 40 36 3 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 39400
37 37 37 7 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 99100
38 66 38 2 PLASTIC MACHINERY The Charlatans featuring Johnny Marr 24000
39 NEW 39 1 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 17100
40 50 40 4 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 41800

41 29 1 11 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 738450
42 9 9 10 BECAUSE The Beatles 246900
43 27 4 10 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 389400
44 44 44 3 I CAN’T GO ON Robin Bengtsson 39750
45 52 45 3 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 36000
46 41 1 16 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1301250
47 61 47 2 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 21200
48 48 48 3 FLY WITH ME Artsvik 36700
49 28 19 9 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 141750
50 53 50 3 HEY MAMMA Sunstroke Project 33850

51 55 51 4 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 33150
52 43 18 7 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 119100
53 56 53 2 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 21850
54 68 54 2 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 17400
55 42 29 6 INDIGO Moment 80600
56 72 56 2 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 16200
57 57 57 4 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 36200
58 58 58 4 SYSTEMAGIC Goldfrapp 36000
59 NEW 59 1 ADIOS Glen Campbell 10100
60 63 60 4 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 28400

61 60 1 31 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1048000
62 51 2 16 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 657550
63 59 59 3 MAMA Jonas Blue featuring William Singe 24500
64 45 23 5 THIS OLD HOUSE Rick Astley 76050
65 NEW 65 1 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 7000
66 73 66 3 YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO Kasabian 17400
67 70 67 2 DIG DOWN Muse 12600
68 NEW 68 1 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 6400
69 NEW 69 1 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 6200
70 NEW 70 1 PRAY WITH ME Rick Astley 6000

71 71 71 2 HARD TIMES Paramore 11600
72 NEW 72 1 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 5600
73 75 73 2 BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden 10400
74 NEW 74 1 IN THE NAME OF MAN Plan B 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 5000

DROP OUTS
46 10 10 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 247150
47 17 9 ON MY MIND Disciples 171100
54 27 7 BHANGRA PAUNDI PBN featuring Sharky and Manpreet Toor 98500
62 22 5 HIGH AND LOW Oliver Moldan 74100
64 40 4 WE ARE BOUND Jack Savoretti 51300
65 33 5 GREAT ROMANCES Texas 76300
67 42 4 LONG LONG ROAD Paul Weller 44500
69 69 1 GRAB THE MOMENT Jowst 6200
74 1 21 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1352450

 

21st May 2017

It’s VINAI still at one for a second week, holding off Hurts who have spent 2 weeks at 2, a second Gorillaz top 3 of the year, utterly different to the last one, and the highest new entry in at 4 for Keith Urban with Carrie Underwood. Both are huge in Country music, and neither of them has ever made my charts. If ya gonna do it, do it big!

The Beatles Abbey Road track goes top 10 – it would be quicker to list the ones that havent made my top 10 than have, but they topped my first ever chart with Hey Jude almost 49 years ago, when I was a foetus. Portugal The Man is back with a bang, his second top 20, at 15 with the retro-sounding Feel It Still. Batman & Robin rocket into the top 20 – and look they are being chased by Kryptonite at 24. Good thing Superman isn’t on the record too! Agy has a 46 place sprint into the 20, Thomas Rhett gets a 3rd top 40, and Nicki Minaj gets 2 new entries! Actually she does lends a quick rap to DNCE’s 3rd hit, and Katy Perry’s 3rd hit in this week’s chart.

The Charlatans are back! 27 years on since they brought their brand of fab 60’s infused Madchester Britpop into the charts, while Muse and Paramore also return after a much less long lay-off. 11 years away from my charts for the Charlatans, in fact. Finally, the late Chris Cornell joins Robert Miles in my chart in what I hope is not a 90’s pop star trend, both were not old, with Soundgarden sneaking in with their classic record.

1 1 1 2 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 340000
2 2 2 5 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 462000
3 8 3 4 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 202000
4 NEW 4 1 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 65000
5 3 1 7 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 600000
6 10 6 4 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 146300
7 5 5 5 HURRICANE Drones Club 230000
8 12 8 2 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 83000
9 11 9 9 BECAUSE The Beatles 233150
10 6 3 6 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 353000

11 4 1 9 CHARIOTS Paper Route 659000
12 17 12 5 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 84700
13 7 5 9 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 356400
14 18 14 2 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 51000
15 NEW 15 1 FEEL IT STILL Portugal The Man 27000
16 16 16 5 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 98600
17 9 1 9 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 758000
18 32 18 2 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 39800
19 15 5 9 LOST ON YOU LP 388000
20 66 20 2 AVERDAVGI Agy 26800

21 13 2 6 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 318750
22 28 22 9 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 130300
23 14 5 9 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 327450
24 NEW 24 1 KRYPTONITE George Maple 19000
25 25 25 5 STORY OF A HEART Steps 73600
26 20 1 10 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 637500
27 22 4 9 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 375900
28 19 19 8 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 129650
29 23 1 10 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 724450
30 30 30 2 AMAR PELOS DOIS Salvador Sobral 36000

31 21 21 5 LONG TIME Blondie 84100
32 36 32 4 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 57500
33 NEW 33 1 PAPER Svala 17700
34 34 34 4 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 70000
35 38 35 5 THE CURE Lady Gaga 58500
36 64 36 2 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 24500
37 37 37 6 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 81800
38 51 38 2 GRAVITY Hovig 28950
39 47 39 4 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 48300
40 75 40 2 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 22000

41 26 1 15 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1288500
42 29 29 5 INDIGO Moment 69800
43 24 18 6 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 107600
44 44 44 2 I CAN’T GO ON Robin Bengtsson 26500
45 33 23 4 THIS OLD HOUSE Rick Astley 68950
46 27 10 10 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 247150
47 31 17 9 ON MY MIND Disciples 171100
48 49 48 2 FLY WITH ME Artsvik 24400
49 NEW 49 1 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 12100
50 65 50 3 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 24800

51 43 2 15 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 650150
52 52 52 2 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 23000
53 56 53 2 HEY MAMMA Sunstroke Project 21850
54 45 27 7 BHANGRA PAUNDI PBN featuring Sharky and Manpreet Toor 98500
55 73 55 3 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 21400
56 NEW 56 1 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 10600
57 57 57 3 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 25800
58 58 58 3 SYSTEMAGIC Goldfrapp 25800
59 63 59 2 MAMA Jonas Blue featuring William Singe 17300
60 59 1 30 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1040500

61 NEW 61 1 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 7500
62 35 22 5 HIGH AND LOW Oliver Moldan 74100
63 72 63 3 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 18400
64 40 40 4 WE ARE BOUND Jack Savoretti 51300
65 39 33 5 GREAT ROMANCES Texas 76300
66 NEW 66 1 PLASTIC MACHINERY The Charlatans 6800
67 42 42 4 LONG LONG ROAD Paul Weller 44500
68 NEW 68 1 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 6400
69 NEW 69 1 GRAB THE MOMENT Jowst 6200
70 NEW 70 1 DIG DOWN Muse 6000

71 NEW 71 1 HARD TIMES Paramore 5800
72 NEW 72 1 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 5600
73 74 73 2 YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO Kasabian 10600
74 71 1 21 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1352450
75 NEW 75 1 BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden 5000

DROP OUTS
41 41 4 STANDING WHEN IT ALL FALLS DOWN John De Sohn featuring Roshi 39200
46 9 9 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 229200
48 3 13 TOI ET MOI Paradis 604850
50 38 4 ULTRALIFE Oh Wonder 54950
53 20 7 SOLO DANCE Martin Jensen 115650
54 54 4 LUST FOR LIFE Lana Del Ray featuring The Weeknd 38800
55 31 5 FALCON EYE Off Bloom 69300
60 60 3 DAMN I WISH I WAS YOUR LOVER Sophie B. Hawkins 25600
61 1 16 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 825350
62 62 3 MONKEY SPANNER Dave & Ansel Collins 20800
67 67 1 BOY K.I.D. featuring CupcakKe 6600
68 68 5 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (SUPER VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 29200
69 9 11 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 242650
70 70 1 CHILDREN Robert Miles 6000

14th May 2017

In from nowhere a belting 2016 track from an Italian production duo I’ve never heard of: Vinai. maybe that makes up for Italy not winning Eurovision as expected by the bookies. Their track is in at 52 here, along with a host of Euro-tracks, headed up by the winner, the lovely ballad by the Portugal brother-sister singer-writer low-key and non-manufactured charm of Salvador Sobral in at 30. Had I compiled a top 200 current fave tracks (too much hard work!) the UK entry would not feature in it…

Another electronic music duo are in at 12, The Knocks, with a goodie. Knock Knock Who’s There, as Mary Hopkin once said in her 1970 UK Eurovision song (now I could hum that one!) – answer: no-one, just The Knocks. The late Robert Miles has his 2 great singles enter my chart, topped by One And One in at 18, still lovely. Highest climber is a mid-70’s American hit from Guardians Of The Galaxy, I’m very into Wham Bang Shang-A-Lang right now. In fact I’d rate it higher than both Bang Shang-A Lang by The Archies (1968) and Shang A Lang by The Bay City Rollers (1974) but not quite up to Wham! standards.

There aren’t enough songs about superheroes. There just aren’t. We’ve had Supergirl (Graham Bonney) and Donovan’s Sunshine Superman (which also mentioned Green Lantern), Batdance (Prince’s movie theme mash-up), well at long last there’s another goodie to add: Batman & Robin, all about a naughty dream. Fun n fab, and in at 32 for the wonderfully puntastically-named Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin (a swedish/kpop hookup) a singalong a la Charli X.

1 NEW 1 1 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 170000
2 3 2 4 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 347000
3 1 1 6 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 540000
4 2 1 8 CHARIOTS Paper Route 622000
5 7 5 4 HURRICANE Drones Club 180000
6 4 3 5 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 311000
7 5 5 8 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 324400
8 10 8 3 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 117000
9 6 1 8 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 735000
10 13 10 3 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 91300

11 12 11 8 BECAUSE The Beatles 188150
12 NEW 12 1 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 35000
13 11 2 5 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 299000
14 8 5 8 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 308200
15 9 5 8 LOST ON YOU LP 367000
16 16 16 4 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 73600
17 49 17 4 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 49700
18 NEW 18 1 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 22000
19 24 19 7 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 111350
20 14 1 9 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 619000

21 25 21 4 LONG TIME Blondie 66200
22 15 4 8 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 357500
23 17 1 9 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 706250
24 18 18 5 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 94100
25 29 25 4 STORY OF A HEART Steps 54850
26 21 1 14 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1274500
27 20 10 9 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 234400
28 28 28 8 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 111050
29 35 29 4 INDIGO Moment 56050
30 NEW 30 1 AMAR PELOS DOIS Salvador Sobral 18000

31 19 17 8 ON MY MIND Disciples 158600
32 NEW 32 1 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 17800
33 23 23 3 THIS OLD HOUSE Rick Astley 55950
34 34 34 3 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 52400
35 22 22 4 HIGH AND LOW Oliver Moldan 66700
36 37 36 3 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 39700
37 39 37 5 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 64500
38 50 38 4 THE CURE Lady Gaga 41000
39 33 33 4 GREAT ROMANCES Texas 69300
40 40 40 3 WE ARE BOUND Jack Savoretti 44200

41 52 41 4 STANDING WHEN IT ALL FALLS DOWN John De Sohn featuring Roshi 39200
42 42 42 3 LONG LONG ROAD Paul Weller 37900
43 36 2 14 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 638400
44 NEW 44 1 I CAN’T GO ON Robin Bengtsson 13250
45 27 27 6 BHANGRA PAUNDI PBN featuring Sharky and Manpreet Toor 87500
46 26 9 9 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 229200
47 47 47 3 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 31200
48 32 3 13 TOI ET MOI Paradis 604850
49 NEW 49 1 FLY WITH ME Artsvik 12100
50 38 38 4 ULTRALIFE Oh Wonder 54950

51 NEW 51 1 GRAVITY Hovig 11750
52 NEW 52 1 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 11500
53 30 20 7 SOLO DANCE Martin Jensen 115650
54 54 54 4 LUST FOR LIFE Lana Del Ray featuring The Weeknd 38800
55 31 31 5 FALCON EYE Off Bloom 69300
56 NEW 56 1 HEY MAMMA Sunstroke Project 10600
57 75 57 2 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 15400
58 73 58 2 SYSTEMAGIC Goldfrapp 15600
59 55 1 29 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1030500
60 60 60 3 DAMN I WISH I WAS YOUR LOVER Sophie B. Hawkins 25600

61 48 1 16 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 825350
62 62 62 3 MONKEY SPANNER Dave & Ansel Collins 20800
63 NEW 63 1 MAMA Jonas Blue featuring William Singe 7200
64 NEW 64 1 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club cheval 7100
65 71 65 2 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 12800
66 NEW 66 1 AVERDAVGI Agy 6800
67 NEW 67 1 BOY K.I.D. featuring CupcakKe 6600
68 68 68 5 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (SUPER VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 29200
69 43 9 11 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 242650
70 NEW 70 1 CHILDREN Robert Miles 6000

71 63 1 20 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1347250
72 72 72 2 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 11200
73 74 73 2 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 10600
74 NEW 74 1 YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO Kasabian 5200
75 NEW 75 1 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 5000

DROP OUTS
41 20 5 LET ME OUT Gorillaz featuring Mavis Staples & Pusha T 72900
44 30 5 CAVE Future Islands 72950
45 45 3 SIGN OF THE TIMES Harry Styles 38500
46 14 8 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 146200
51 27 4 NAKED Christopher 54250
53 15 7 NEW DAY Take That 146550
56 12 12 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 237600
57 6 14 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 368300
58 58 1 MR. BLUE SKY Electric Light Orchestra 10200
59 28 7 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 96800
61 23 8 HOME Schwarz 115450
64 5 16 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 575650
65 65 2 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles 13800
66 10 12 GIANTS Take That 240500
67 34 8 iT Christine And The Queens 82350
69 69 1 LAST DANCE Rhys 6200
70 5 11 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 253150

7th May 2017

2 weeks on top for Weezer, just holding a revived Paper Route, both very exciting tracks, as is Drones Club into the 10. Lush Gorillaz also hits 10 for 2 consecutive top 10’s, Busted & Blue showing they have got the power (and were on Graham Norton singing that track to prove it). TLC and Snoop shoot up into the 20, yay! Drake overcomes my usual ambivalence and also grabs a 3rd or 4th top 20, Passionfruit is actually quite understated and non-annoying.

Steps take that Bjorn & Benny song back into the 40 5 years on, and keep the 20-years-run going, as Mr Blue Sky (a former chart topper) returns along with The Chain (a former top 20) both dating from 1976/7 and both featuring in fab scenes in Guardians Of The Galaxy, along with already charting 1977 hit Southern Nights, and the only track I’ve never charted before (as I’d never heard of it) Wham Bam from Silver.

1 1 1 5 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 455000
2 5 1 7 CHARIOTS Paper Route 557000
3 2 2 3 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 232000
4 3 3 4 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 256000
5 8 5 7 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 274400
6 4 1 7 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 690000
7 12 7 3 HURRICANE Drones Club 120000
8 6 5 7 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 279200
9 9 5 7 LOST ON YOU LP 340000
10 15 10 2 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 69000

11 7 2 4 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 267000
12 14 12 7 BECAUSE The Beatles 151150
13 37 13 2 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 49300
14 10 1 8 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 599000
15 11 4 7 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 338000
16 34 16 3 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 48600
17 13 1 8 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 687000
18 18 18 4 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 75100
19 17 17 7 ON MY MIND Disciples 140700
20 19 10 8 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 216000

21 16 1 13 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1256000
22 29 22 3 HIGH AND LOW Oliver Moldan 49200
23 24 23 2 THIS OLD HOUSE Rick Astley 38250
24 25 24 6 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 90350
25 39 25 3 LONG TIME Blondie 46450
26 21 9 8 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 216450
27 28 27 5 BHANGRA PAUNDI PBN featuring Sharky and Manpreet Toor 74500
28 32 28 7 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 92750
29 47 29 3 STORY OF A HEART Steps 36100
30 20 20 6 SOLO DANCE Martin Jensen 104400

31 33 31 4 FALCON EYE Off Bloom 58500
32 26 3 12 TOI ET MOI Paradis 592550
33 35 33 3 GREAT ROMANCES Texas 52200
34 38 34 2 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 34800
35 44 35 3 INDIGO Moment 37850
36 31 2 13 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 624900
37 75 37 2 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 22300
38 42 38 3 ULTRALIFE Oh Wonder 42950
39 49 39 4 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 47200
40 58 40 2 WE ARE BOUND Jack Savoretti 27200

41 22 20 5 LET ME OUT Gorillaz featuring Mavis Staples & Pusha T 72900
42 57 42 2 LONG LONG ROAD Paul Weller 24150
43 43 9 10 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 236450
44 30 30 5 CAVE Future Islands 72950
45 46 45 3 SIGN OF THE TIMES Harry Styles 38500
46 40 14 8 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 146200
47 69 47 2 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 18700
48 48 1 15 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 817850
49 62 49 3 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 26700
50 67 50 3 THE CURE Lady Gaga 23800

51 27 27 4 NAKED Christopher 54250
52 64 52 3 STANDING WHEN IT ALL FALLS DOWN John De Sohn featuring Roshi 25200
53 36 15 7 NEW DAY Take That 146550
54 60 54 3 LUST FOR LIFE Lana Del Ray featuring The Weeknd 27800
55 54 1 28 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1020400
56 56 12 12 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 237600
57 45 6 14 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 368300
58 NEW 58 1 MR. BLUE SKY Electric Light Orchestra 10200
59 41 28 7 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 96800
60 72 60 2 DAMN I WISH I WAS YOUR LOVER Sophie B. Hawkins 15600

61 23 23 8 HOME Schwarz 115450
62 70 62 2 MONKEY SPANNER Dave & Ansel Collins 13400
63 59 1 19 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1341450
64 53 5 16 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 575650
65 66 65 2 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles 13800
66 51 10 12 GIANTS Take That 240500
67 50 34 8 iT Christine And The Queens 82350
68 71 68 4 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (SUPER VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 22800
69 NEW 69 1 LAST DANCE Rhys 6200
70 55 5 11 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 253150

71 NEW 71 1 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 5800
72 NEW 72 1 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SYSTEMAGIC Goldfrapp 5400
74 NEW 74 1 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 5000

DROP OUTS
52 4 12 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 350050
61 27 5 HIPPOPOTAMUS Sparks 79800
63 59 4 I DON’T KNOW WHAT CAME OVER ME Mike + The Mechanics 30600
65 16 10 LOVE Lana Del Ray 174600
68 10 11 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 198950
73 73 2 FIRE Beth Ditto 10400
74 74 1 AUTOMATIC Amy MacDonald 5200

 

30th April 2017

It’s Weezer on top. They took Buddy Holly to 10 in 1995, Hash Pipe to 5, and Island In The Sun to 8 in 2001, and last charted in 2008, but 22 years late they finally get a number one with fab hooky inspirational Feels Like Summer. Hurts have topped twice before, in 2013 with Calvin Harris, and in 2015 with song Wings. Band Wings topped my charts in 1972, Emeli Sande topped last year with the song Hurts, so will the band Hurts get a 3rd to bring it full circle? At the mo they are up at 2.

Highest new entry is a 3rd top 20 in a few weeks for Gorillaz, a gorgeous album track called Busted and Blue. Busted and Blue are also bands, though only Blue has topped my chart (Fly By II), spoiling my theme…! This Ole House was a Shakin Stevens hit. Happily, Rick Astley hasn’t covered that one, he’s done a very Ragnbone Man styled track which is possibly his best record since Never Gonna Give You Up. Rick on a roll! In at 24.

Drake shoots up to 34 with Passionfruit. Yes, I know, his first top 40 here for 2 or 3 years after I went right off his mega-autotuning-based recent over-rated drones. 5 years on since he hit 4 with Rihanna – Take Care. TLC are back! With Snoop filling in for the late lamented Left-Eye, and like Weezer, debuting in the mid-90’s. TLC only had to wait 5 years to top my chart though (Waterfalls, 1999). Good to have ’em back, it’s been a gap of 15 years!

Record Store day has an influx of oldie faves this week, while Guardians Of The Galaxy adds another soundtrack oldie – and I’ve yet to see the film I expect to be my top film of 2017 till Star Wars (no expectations to live up to then!) – Glen Campbell’s Southern Nights, originally hit my top 10 in 1977. Paul Weller is back, for a smooth 40 years of chart success since The Jam popped in, also in 1977. Amy MacDonald is also back, but she’s only had a mere 10 years of chart entries.

1 7 1 4 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 285000
2 13 2 2 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 147000
3 3 3 3 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 191000
4 2 1 6 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 635000
5 1 1 6 CHARIOTS Paper Route 442000
6 5 5 6 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 231200
7 4 2 3 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 230000
8 6 6 6 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 214400
9 9 5 6 LOST ON YOU LP 295000
10 8 1 7 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 570000

11 10 4 6 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 311000
12 12 12 2 HURRICANE Drones Club 70000
13 11 1 7 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 664000
14 18 14 6 BECAUSE The Beatles 116150
15 NEW 15 1 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 27000
16 15 1 12 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1236250
17 17 17 6 ON MY MIND Disciples 119700
18 19 18 3 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 53100
19 14 10 7 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 196000
20 25 20 5 SOLO DANCE Martin Jensen 86400

21 16 9 7 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 197950
22 20 20 4 LET ME OUT Gorillaz featuring Mavis Staples & Pusha T 58900
23 24 23 7 HOME Schwarz 107950
24 NEW 24 1 THIS OLD HOUSE Rick Astley 19000
25 30 25 5 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 71350
26 21 3 11 TOI ET MOI Paradis 573250
27 31 27 3 NAKED Christopher 42500
28 29 28 4 BHANGRA PAUNDI PBN featuring Sharky and Manpreet Toor 56100
29 52 29 2 HIGH AND LOW Oliver Moldan 29700
30 32 30 4 CAVE Future Islands 59700

31 27 2 12 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 607500
32 39 32 6 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 74450
33 33 33 3 FALCON EYE Off Bloom 40600
34 70 34 2 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 23600
35 40 35 2 GREAT ROMANCES Texas 34500
36 26 15 6 NEW DAY Take That 135300
37 NEW 37 1 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 17300
38 NEW 38 1 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 17200
39 56 39 2 LONG TIME Blondie 27700
40 22 14 7 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 133450

41 28 28 6 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 86700
42 50 42 2 ULTRALIFE Oh Wonder 25750
43 23 9 9 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 222950
44 64 44 2 INDIGO Moment 20350
45 38 6 13 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 357900
46 46 46 2 SIGN OF THE TIMES Harry Styles 25500
47 73 47 2 STORY OF A HEART Steps 17900
48 47 1 14 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 805550
49 55 49 3 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 30100
50 34 34 7 iT Christine And The Queens 75750

51 36 10 11 GIANTS Take That 233700
52 37 4 12 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 350050
53 42 5 15 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 568550
54 53 1 27 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1009600
55 45 5 10 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 247150
56 48 12 11 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 227000
57 NEW 57 1 LONG LONG ROAD Paul Weller 10400
58 NEW 58 1 WE ARE BOUND Jack Savoretti 10200
59 54 1 18 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1334250
60 66 60 2 LUST FOR LIFE Lana Del Ray featuring The Weeknd 16800

61 35 27 5 HIPPOPOTAMUS Sparks 79800
62 63 62 2 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 14600
63 59 59 4 I DON’T KNOW WHAT CAME OVER ME Mike + The Mechanics 30600
64 67 64 2 STANDING WHEN IT ALL FALLS DOWN John De Sohn featuring Roshi 13700
65 41 16 10 LOVE Lana Del Ray 174600
66 NEW 66 1 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles 6800
67 74 67 2 THE CURE Lady Gaga 11800
68 51 10 11 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 198950
69 NEW 69 1 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 6200
70 NEW 70 1 MONKEY SPANNER Dave & Ansel Collins 6000

71 72 71 3 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (SUPER VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 16400
72 NEW 72 1 DAMN I WISH I WAS YOUR LOVER Sophie B. Hawkins 5600
73 75 73 2 FIRE Beth Ditto 10400
74 NEW 74 1 AUTOMATIC Amy MacDonald 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 5000

DROP OUTS
43 11 11 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 240550
44 35 7 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 107100
49 2 14 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 672350
57 1 24 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2086650
58 58 4 RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival 33900
60 60 4 BARTENDER James Blunt 30600
61 40 7 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 90500
62 26 8 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 124700
65 38 6 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 72050
68 20 8 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 121900
69 40 6 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 55300
71 71 2 AWOO Sofi Tukker featuring Betta Lemme 11600

 

23rd April 2017

It’s Paper Route, a Nashville band that sound nothing Country at all, and not unlike The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy at their peak, on top with the fab Chariots. Love that climax. That knocks off Gorillaz fab Power and holds off Buckingham-McVie aka Fleetwood Mac as shoulda-been at 3, back at their melodic best. Highest new entry is Drone Club, an anonymous British band (presumably) at 12, just ahead of Hurts, powering back with another epic EDM track, albeit this one with a tinge of current Tropical/EDM vibes (obviously learnt from Gaga – back at the lower end of the chart – and Maroon 5, that adopting new music sounds is a way of getting attention).

A huge sprint for Thumbs, as Sabrina Carpenter tales a very Black & Gold-ish/Aguilera-ish dance track into the 20, just ahead of a 2nd Gorillaz track, giving Mavis Staples her first top 30 since 1974. That’s a helluva chart gap! Texas get a new top 40, very 60’s girl-group, off the new album as the first single exits the 40. Harry Styles grabs a solo entry, following where Zayn trail-blazed, albeit with a power rock ballad. Blondie extend their run of hits this year to 2, some 37 years on from debuting in 1978. Talking of oldies, a track that never charted in the UK (or my charts) pops in off the new Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack. I’m sure I’ll love it, and Silver’s song, even more – I didn’t know the track. Drake’s back. I swore I wouldn’t, but I have! Also, Steps get a second entry with an Abba-related song which previously charted in 2009 and peaked at 20 for The Benny Andersson Band, who wrote it. Steps always were wannabe Abba’s…

1 4 1 5 CHARIOTS Paper Route 382000
2 1 1 5 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 570000
3 19 3 2 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 106000
4 2 2 2 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 180000
5 7 5 5 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 176200
6 8 6 5 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 166400
7 9 7 3 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 115000
8 3 1 6 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 528000
9 5 5 5 LOST ON YOU LP 250000
10 10 4 5 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 274000

11 6 1 6 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 632000
12 NEW 12 1 HURRICANE Drones Club 35000
13 NEW 13 1 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 32000
14 17 10 6 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 175000
15 12 1 11 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1211250
16 11 9 6 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 178200
17 21 17 5 ON MY MIND Disciples 96700
18 18 18 5 BECAUSE The Beatles 87150
19 59 19 2 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 31100
20 45 20 3 LET ME OUT Gorillaz featuring Mavis Staples & Pusha T 39400

21 13 3 10 TOI ET MOI Paradis 554750
22 14 14 6 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 116950
23 16 9 8 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 209450
24 26 24 6 HOME Schwarz 88700
25 25 25 4 SOLO DANCE Martin Jensen 66400
26 15 15 5 NEW DAY Take That 117900
27 20 2 11 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 589600
28 28 28 5 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 72700
29 48 29 3 BHANGRA PAUNDI PBN featuring Sharky and Manpreet Toor 37800
30 39 30 4 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 52600

31 69 31 2 NAKED Christopher 24100
32 37 32 3 CAVE Future Islands 41700
33 73 33 2 FALCON EYE Off Bloom 22900
34 46 34 6 iT Christine And The Queens 63750
35 27 27 4 HIPPOPOTAMUS Sparks 72300
36 24 10 10 GIANTS Take That 221950
37 23 4 11 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 338550
38 29 6 12 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 344900
39 47 39 5 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 56650
40 NEW 40 1 GREAT ROMANCES Texas 17000

41 22 16 9 LOVE Lana Del Ray 167600
42 32 5 14 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 557300
43 31 11 11 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 240550
44 35 35 7 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 107100
45 49 5 9 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 236350
46 NEW 46 1 SIGN OF THE TIMES Harry Styles 12750
47 41 1 13 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 793250
48 36 12 10 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 216400
49 42 2 14 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 672350
50 NEW 50 1 ULTRALIFE Oh Wonder 12000

51 44 10 10 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 192550
52 NEW 52 1 HIGH AND LOW Oliver Moldan 11500
53 53 1 26 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 998600
54 51 1 17 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1324150
55 63 55 2 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 18000
56 NEW 56 1 LONG TIME Blondie 10600
57 52 1 24 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2086650
58 58 58 4 RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival 33900
59 61 59 3 I DON’T KNOW WHAT CAME OVER ME Mike + The Mechanics 23400
60 62 60 4 BARTENDER James Blunt 30600

61 40 40 7 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 90500
62 30 26 8 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 124700
63 NEW 63 1 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 7200
64 NEW 64 1 INDIGO Moment 7100
65 38 38 6 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 72050
66 NEW 66 1 LUST FOR LIFE Lana Del Ray featuring The Weeknd 6800
67 NEW 67 1 STANDING WHEN IT ALL FALLS DOWN John De Sohn featuring Roshi 6600
68 33 20 8 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 121900
69 50 40 6 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 55300
70 NEW 70 1 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 6000

71 71 71 2 AWOO Sofi Tukker featuring Betta Lemme 11600
72 75 72 2 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (SUPER VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 10600
73 NEW 73 1 STORY OF A HEART Steps 5400
74 NEW 74 1 THE CURE Lady Gaga 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FIRE Beth Ditto 5000

DROP OUTS
34 29 6 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 106800
43 5 11 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 319000
54 28 9 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 130400
55 26 5 THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge 79600
56 38 5 YOU’RE A f***ING JOKE Bec Sandridge 66200
57 8 13 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 308400
60 37 7 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 96950
64 2 21 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 992000
65 65 3 CIAO ADIOS Anne-Marie 21000
66 66 6 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 37200
67 16 7 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 111550
68 68 3 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 18400
70 57 4 A NIGHT AND A DAY Pepe Deluxe 31900
72 72 3 NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO Chuck Berry 15600
74 35 5 TURBO KILLER Carpenter Brut 59300

 

16th April 2017

Gorillaz grab a second chart-topper over a decade on from the last one, Dare – that time it was Shaun Ryder giving a helping hand, this time it’s old rival Noel Gallagher and Jehnny Beth on support. Noel has had 4 chart-toppers with Oasis, and another on support for the Chemical Brothers. Highest new entry in at 2, and a record and act I’d never heard of 24 hours ago, is Bird – if you like Sugababes circa Round Round thumping dance then this may be one for you – and a new female act debut single.

Vitalic 80’s-influenced dance fabbie goes top 10, and London Grammar’s best record to date gives them a first top 10 track, while Weezer hit 9, and a 4th top 10, 9 years since they last charted and 21 years since they first did it. In at 19 it’s a new duo. I say new – it’s Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie with a brand new tuneful Mac-ish track. By rights it should be the new Fleetwood Mac single lead for a new Fleetwood Mac album featuring the classic Rumours line-up for the first time in nearly 30 years as Christine returns to the fold. Sadly, Stevie Nicks seems to have decided it’s not really a combined group effort (presumably as she has no songs or contribution) so we have instead an elderly duo debut. Lindsey, Stevie’s ex, first charted with Mac back in 1976 and as a duo with Stevie (Buckingham Nicks), while Christine was lead vocalist with Chicken Shack who hit with I’d Rather Go Blind in 1969 – so a whopping 48 year span of chart success with new material after a gap of 20 years. Christine is the ex-wife of John McVie, of Fleetwood Mac. Any mention of Mac leads to a massive list of soap opera references…!

Future Islands oldie is knocked off the top of my chart, but the newie (Cave) enters the 40, and JK aka Jamiroquai gets a second one this year, he must be on Cloud 9. Ditto Clean Bandit, and Nancy Sinatra with another oldie. Following a fabulous concert at the Royal Albert Hall with Johnny Marr and the London Symphony Orchestra, chock-fulla lush strings, Pet Shop Boys pop back with the 2 most-effective tracks, It’s Alright in it’s original single form (very different from the album version) from 1989, and Left To My Own Devices, the epic orchestral delight that kicked off the evening, here in a new Super-Tour version due out any day now.

1 2 1 4 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 455000
2 NEW 2 1 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 115000
3 1 1 5 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 480000
4 6 4 4 CHARIOTS Paper Route 212000
5 5 5 4 LOST ON YOU LP 205000
6 3 1 5 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 595000
7 13 7 4 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 116200
8 12 8 4 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 111400
9 20 9 2 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 65000
10 4 4 4 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 232000

11 9 9 5 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 153200
12 7 1 10 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1184250
13 8 3 9 TOI ET MOI Paradis 535000
14 19 14 5 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 97450
15 15 15 4 NEW DAY Take That 99400
16 11 9 7 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 190200
17 10 10 5 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 146000
18 21 18 4 BECAUSE The Beatles 65150
19 NEW 19 1 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 21000
20 14 2 10 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 571200

21 25 21 4 ON MY MIND Disciples 73700
22 16 16 8 LOVE Lana Del Ray 153600
23 17 4 10 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 321250
24 18 10 9 GIANTS Take That 204550
25 28 25 3 SOLO DANCE Martin Jensen 47650
26 33 26 5 HOME Schwarz 69700
27 27 27 3 HIPPOPOTAMUS Sparks 54800
28 34 28 4 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 54400
29 24 6 11 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 327700
30 26 26 7 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 117300

31 23 11 10 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 227050
32 22 5 13 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 543550
33 30 20 7 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 115500
34 29 29 6 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 106800
35 36 35 6 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 93850
36 31 12 9 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 204100
37 67 37 2 CAVE Future Islands 23900
38 49 38 5 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 65050
39 59 39 3 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 34600
40 42 40 6 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 83000

41 39 1 12 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 780750
42 35 2 13 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 660250
43 32 5 11 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 319000
44 43 10 9 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 180800
45 68 45 2 LET ME OUT Gorillaz featuring Mavis Staples & Pusha T 19400
46 54 46 5 iT Christine And The Queens 46150
47 53 47 4 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 39550
48 63 48 2 BHANGRA PAUNDI PBN featuring Sharky and Manpreet Toor 19600
49 40 5 8 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 223350
50 50 40 5 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 49100

51 47 1 16 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1313150
52 51 1 23 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2076250
53 52 1 25 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 987350
54 37 28 9 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 130400
55 41 26 5 THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge 79600
56 38 38 5 YOU’RE A f***ING JOKE Bec Sandridge 66200
57 46 8 13 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 308400
58 64 58 3 RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival 23700
59 NEW 59 1 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 10100
60 44 37 7 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 96950

61 71 61 2 I DON’T KNOW WHAT CAME OVER ME Mike + The Mechanics 13300
62 62 62 3 BARTENDER James Blunt 20600
63 NEW 63 1 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 7200
64 58 2 21 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 992000
65 65 65 3 CIAO ADIOS Anne-Marie 21000
66 66 66 6 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 37200
67 45 16 7 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 111550
68 70 68 3 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 18400
69 NEW 69 1 NAKED Christopher 6200
70 57 57 4 A NIGHT AND A DAY Pepe Deluxe 31900

71 NEW 71 1 AWOO Sofi Tukker featuring Betta Lemme 5800
72 75 72 3 NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO Chuck Berry 15600
73 NEW 73 1 FALCON EYE Off Bloom 5200
74 48 35 5 TURBO KILLER Carpenter Brut 59300
75 NEW 75 1 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (SUPER VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 5000

DROP OUTS
55 17 4 MAJOR TOM (VOLLIG LOSGELOST) Peter Schilling 66000
56 8 10 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 241850
60 60 4 HYPNOTISED Coldplay 30400
61 17 7 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 115650
69 8 11 MOVE Saint Motel 250100
72 72 2 DEAR ADELAIDE Breanne Duren 11200
73 51 4 THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Bruno Mars 34350
74 4 25 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 701600

 

9th April 2017

Its Future Islands on top as I get to see that amazing live performance from David Lettermans show a few years back – and coincidentally the band are back with a new album, and enter The Cave from it as well. Gorillaz also grab another entry with soul legend Mavis Staples and her second entry of 2017 as guest vocalist her last song oddly had the same title as the track held at 2 for Gorillaz. Exactly 45 years since she grabbed a number 3 in my charts with her dad and sister I’ll Take You There.

Not much movement this week as im on holiday in Gran Canaria but Vitalic leap up, as does London Grammar, into the 20, and Martin Jensen into the 40. Highest new entry is 90’s veteran act Weezer, well over 20 years since Buddy Holly debuted, now it Feels Like Summer. Mike + The Mechanics are also back after years away, and 32 years since Silent Running hit my top 10 – though if you count Mike Rutherford’s career in Genesis he first charted in 1974 when he knew what he liked in my wardrobe. I should probably rephrase that…! That leaves a bit of banging bhangra popping in at 63. I like to be varied…

1 3 1 4 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 395000
2 2 2 3 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 285000
3 1 1 4 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 540000
4 4 4 3 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 190000
5 7 5 3 LOST ON YOU LP 145000
6 6 6 3 CHARIOTS Paper Route 147000
7 12 7 2 LOST ON YOU LP 85000
7 5 1 9 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1149250
8 8 3 8 TOI ET MOI Paradis 503000
9 12 9 4 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 116200
10 10 10 4 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 123000

11 9 9 6 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 165200
12 28 12 3 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 63400
13 39 13 3 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 66200
14 11 2 9 BETTER MAN Little Big Toiwn 551200
15 15 15 3 NEW DAY Take That 72400
16 16 16 7 LOVE Lana Del Ray 134100
17 14 4 9 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 302000
18 17 10 8 GIANTS Take That 185550
19 25 19 4 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 68450
20 NEW 20 1 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 20000

21 27 21 3 BECAUSE The Beatles 43150
22 13 5 12 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 525750
23 19 11 9 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 209150
24 21 6 10 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 309500
25 34 25 3 ON MY MIND Disciples 53950
26 32 26 6 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 99300
27 30 27 2 HIPPOPOTAMUS Sparks 36400
28 56 28 2 SOLO DANCE Martin Jensen 28900
29 29 29 5 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 89200
30 20 20 6 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 97800

31 22 12 8 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 186700
32 18 5 10 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 305500
33 44 33 4 HOME Schwarz 51200
34 48 34 3 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 36100
35 24 2 12 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 646500
36 46 36 5 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 76350
37 61 28 8 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 119500
38 38 38 4 YOU’RE A f***ING JOKE Bec Sandridge 55600
39 31 1 11 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 766750
40 36 5 7 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 211250

41 26 26 4 THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge 68800
42 42 42 5 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 66250
43 33 10 8 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 167550
44 37 37 6 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 84950
45 23 16 6 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 104950
46 40 8 12 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 298000
47 43 1 15 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1301400
48 35 35 4 TURBO KILLER Carpenter Brut 54100
49 50 49 4 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 47850
50 54 50 4 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 37100

51 49 1 22 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2064750
52 52 1 24 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 976100
53 60 53 3 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 27050
54 57 54 4 iT Christine And The Queens 33400
55 41 17 4 MAJOR TOM (VOLLIG LOSGELOST) Peter Schilling 66000
56 45 8 10 BLACK TEARSImelda May featuring Jeff Beck241850
57 59 57 3 A NIGHT AND A DAY Pepe Deluxe 25900
58 55 2 20 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 984900
59 62 59 2 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 17500
60 63 60 4 HYPNOTISED Coldplay 30400

61 53 17 7 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 115650
62 71 62 2 BARTENDER James Blunt 13200
63 NEW 63 BHANGRA PAUNDI PBN featuring Sharky P and Manpreet Toor 7300
64 68 64 2 RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival 13500
65 65 65 2 CIAO ADIOS Anne-Marie 14000
66 66 66 5 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 30400
67 NEW 67 1 CAVE Future Islands 6600
68 NEW 68 1 LET ME OUT Gorillaz featuring Mavis Staples 6400
69 58 8 11 MOVE Saint Motel 250100
70 70 70 2 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 12000

71 NEW 71 1 DON’T KNOW WHAT CAME OVER ME Mike + The Mechanics 5800
72 72 72 2 DEAR ADELAIDE Breanne Duren 11200
73 51 51 4 THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Bruno Mars 34350
74 64 4 25 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 701600
75 75 75 2 NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO Chuck Berry 10000

DROP OUTS
69 4 13 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 355250
74 74 1 NIRVANA Ryder 5200
67 67 2 REMEMBER ME Jennifer Hudson 13000
47 38 2 LIKE I LOVE YOU Greta Zazza 29700
73 73 1 MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge 5400

2nd April 2017

It’s Love for a second week on top just holding off Gorillaz lyrics for the moment and a storming track that needs to be a single ASAP, leaving them just one short of grabbing a second Number One (Dare was the last one). Gentle On My Mind makes my top 10 for Alison Krauss, the third version to do that since Dean Martin first did it in 1969. A pop track that should be getting some Spotify love (but isnt) is at 10, it gets Under Your Skin.

The late Leonard Cohen gets his biggest ever chart hit here, Take That add to their numerous top 20 tracks, Lana Del Ray grabs another, too, and so do Texas, who have had more than the pair of them put together. Probably. Veteran sixty-somethings Sparks are also back in at 30 with new quirky track Hippopotamus, for a sweet 43 years of being different from anyone else, right from the day they entered my charts in on high from nowhere on one hearing with This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us, one of those “Eh what was that!?” showstopper moments.

Lower down, a batch of current chart hits finally find a gap to sneak in, along with some oldies, CCR feature in the Kong movie, along with the Hollies CCR copycat track (the best thing about the film by far!), the late Chuck Berry and Joannie Sledge enter with some fave oldies, and The Beatles rocket into the top 30 with the gorgeous Abbey Road harmony track Because: beacuse the album’s just charted again, and because it’s featured effectively in a current advert and because I’ve never charted it before, and if it’s OK for Drake to stuff the singles chart with 22 album tracks, it’s more than OK for me to stuff my chart with non-Drake album tracks. So there!

1 1 1 3 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 455000
2 6 2 2 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 170000
3 3 3 3 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 225000
4 5 4 2 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 125000
5 2 1 8 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1099250
6 11 6 2 CHARIOTS Paper Route 92000
7 12 7 2 LOST ON YOU LP 85000
8 4 3 7 TOI ET MOI Paradis 455000
9 15 9 5 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 128200
10 22 10 3 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 81000

11 7 2 8 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 522200
12 24 12 3 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 71200
13 13 5 11 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 506250
14 9 4 8 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 279000
15 27 15 2 NEW DAY Take That 45400
16 26 16 6 LOVE Lana Del Ray 109100
17 10 10 7 GIANTS Take That 163550
18 8 5 9 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 287600
19 14 11 8 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 189900
20 25 20 5 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 79800

21 18 6 9 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 290500
22 17 12 7 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 167800
23 16 16 5 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 91950
24 19 2 11 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 629000
25 33 25 3 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 47450
26 28 26 3 THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge 54800
27 75 27 2 BECAUSE The Beatles 23400
28 59 28 2 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 28400
29 32 29 4 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 71000
30 NEW 30 1 HIPPOPOTAMUS Sparks 18000

31 21 1 10 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 749650
32 36 32 5 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 80800
33 20 10 7 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 154050
34 34 34 2 ON MY MIND Disciples 35200
35 37 35 3 TURBO KILLER Carpenter Brut 41800
36 23 5 6 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 194250
37 40 37 5 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 71700
38 56 38 3 YOU’RE A f***ING JOKE Bec Sandridge 38400
39 39 39 2 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 34200
40 30 8 11 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 285250

41 29 17 3 MAJOR TOM (VOLLIG LOSGELOST) Peter Schilling 55200
42 42 42 4 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 52500
43 41 1 14 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1288900
44 46 44 3 HOME Schwarz 33500
45 31 8 9 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 228250
46 49 39 4 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 58950
47 38 38 2 LIKE I LOVE YOU Greta Zazza 29700
48 64 48 2 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 19400
49 44 1 21 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2053000
50 50 50 3 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 35750

51 60 51 3 THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Bruno Mars 28950
52 51 1 23 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 964600
53 35 17 6 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 108150
54 61 54 3 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 25100
55 52 2 19 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 974700
56 NEW 56 1 SOLO DANCE Martin Jensen 10600
57 70 57 3 iT Christine And The Queens 22400
58 47 8 10 MOVE Saint Motel 243900
59 73 59 2 A NIGHT AND A DAY Pepe Deluxe 15500
60 71 60 2 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 15800

61 43 28 7 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 102200
62 NEW 62 1 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 7400
63 66 63 3 HYPNOTISED Coldplay 20400
64 57 4 24 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 696400
65 NEW 65 1 CIAO ADIOS Anne-Marie 7000
66 69 66 4 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 23600
67 68 67 2 REMEMBER ME Jennifer Hudson 13000
68 NEW 68 1 RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival 6400
69 54 4 13 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 355250
70 NEW 70 1 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 6000

71 NEW 71 1 BARTENDER James Blunt 5800
72 NEW 72 1 DEAR ADELAIDE Breanne Duren 5600
73 NEW 73 1 MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge 5400
74 NEW 74 1 NIRVANA Ryder 5200
75 NEW 75 1 NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO Chuck Berry 5000

DROP OUTS
45 14 8 FUN Blondie 144000
48 8 12 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 322000
53 5 10 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 298150
55 34 5 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 71000
58 7 12 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 335200
62 62 4 PINNACLE Tone Damli 25700
63 50 3 BEYOND MEMORY Nina 29800
65 23 6 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 86250
67 67 2 HIGHS AND LOWS Emeli Sande 12800
72 48 6 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 46900
74 26 5 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 72850