My August 1990 Charts

5th August 1990

Oops over a year since I last posted any charts from 1990 – as I’m off work sick, that’s an opportunity to try and catch up then! 16 new entries, 6 of them cover versions (not usually a healthy sign in any given music scene) and one oldie, and it’s Roxette all the way with 3 songs dominating the top 3, as they replace themselves on top with the Pretty Woman soundtrack song. I have never seen the film so can’t say that swayed me one way or the other!

Inga’s brilliant Riding Into Blue goes top 5 a few years after her band Swimming With Sharks introduced her to my charts, and in at 9 it’s a record that made my top 20 in 1974, and topped the US charts, but criminally never charted in the UK. Thanks to an advert, that all changed 16 years late for The Steve Miller Band, who had to wait until 1976 to chart in the UK, and 1982 to get a huge hit. The Joker was and is quirky and cool.

In at 17, no more teen videos, all serious and grown-up, it’s the late great George Michael and his move into social comment with the brilliant Praying For Time. He sings it with passion (as he always did on ballads) and the words remain even more true than they did in 1990. Meanwhile Cliff delves deep into the archives for a rocknroll era song that was more familiar to me with Hermans Hermits version, a childhood fave. It’s decent, but not as good as older versions, and ditto Hothouse Flowers’ Johnny Nash cover, Big Fun’s Eddie Holman cover, Deacon Blue’s Bobbie Gentry cover and Lindy Layton’s Janet Kay cover. Timmy Mallet, meanwhile, gets a huge UK chart-topper with a charming kiddie fave from Brian Hyland, disguised (badly) as Bombalurina. It’s awful.

Happily, a great new pop single from Betty Boo, and a debut from Mariah Carey that gives no indication of future atrocities committed to tape, the sweet Vision Of Love, compensate somewhat. Mariah Carey has an amazing vocal range (as she likes showing off inappropriately at times) and can write good pop songs (see her xmas classic) or really get into a groove – but too often is distracted by bland overblown ballads.

Please excuse the Hanky Panky movement into the top 40 – in my defence I was fresh off seeing Madonna in concert the week before, and it seemed fun for about a week. I realise now I was wrong, and it isn’t. Madonna’s worst single no contest! No video links anymore, as they just get out of date (and who has time to find new ones!) and my old computer struggles with more than one Youtube link before going into never-ending staring-at-a-circle-spinning mode…

1 ( 6 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
2 ( 1 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
3 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
4 ( 11 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
5 ( 7 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
6 ( 2 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
7 ( 10 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
8 ( 8 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
9 ( NEW ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
10 ( 5 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 4 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
12 ( 12 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
13 ( 18 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
14 ( 19 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
15 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
16 ( 9 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
17 ( NEW ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
18 ( 16 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
19 ( 39 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
20 ( 20 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John

21 ( 17 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
22 ( 35 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
23 ( 13 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
24 ( NEW ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
25 ( 26 ) ROCKIN’ OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
26 ( 14 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
27 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
28 ( 25 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
29 ( 22 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
30 ( 32 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

31 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
32 ( 75 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
33 ( 28 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
34 ( 69 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
35 ( 21 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
36 ( 31 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
37 ( 49 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
38 ( 52 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
39 ( 23 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
40 ( 53 ) HANKY PANKY Madonna

41 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 38 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
43 ( 42 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
44 ( 36 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
45 ( 40 ) I DIDN’T WANT TO NEED YOU Heart
46 ( 54 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
47 ( 63 ) WASH YOUR FACE IN MY SINK Dream Warriors
48 ( 47 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( 27 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
50 ( 29 ) LOVELY THING Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra

51 ( 34 ) THE CRYING SCENE Aztec Camera
52 ( 48 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
53 ( NEW ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
54 ( 24 ) GIMME SOME LOVIN’ Thunder
55 ( NEW ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
56 ( NEW ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
57 ( 55 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
58 ( 60 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
59 ( 68 ) LET LOVE RULE Lenny Kravitz
60 ( NEW ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)

61 ( 58 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
62 ( 56 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
63 ( 46 ) EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Sinead O’Connor
64 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
65 ( 65 ) LA PASSIONARA The Blow Monkeys
66 ( 64 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
67 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
68 ( NEW ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
69 ( 30 ) MONA Craig McClaghlan
70 ( NEW ) VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran

71 ( 61 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
72 ( NEW ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
73 ( 72 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
75 ( NEW ) CHANNEL Z The B52’s

12th August 1990

Roxette return to the top, replacing themselves on top for the second time. In my main singles chart there have been a few occasions where acts replace themselves with oldies, but few with new or recent material. Prior to 1990 I don’t think there were any, not even Abba! Go West overtake one Pretty Woman soundtrack single with the best one (and also their best record) the fab King Of Wishful Thinking up to 2. Saw them not long ago (2015-ish) and still in fine fettle. Ditto Human League in 2016, up to 4 with a comeback lesser hit that hasn’t worn as well as Go West’s.

George into the 10, Jon Bon Jovi getting an increasingly rare top 20 hit (by this time), also a movie soundtrack (Western) song, with Sting’s classy remix at last getting the attention it deserves for the cool jazz ode to Quentin Crisp. Sting should revisit his 80’s heyday for some tips on how to make great records. Highest new entry is Aswad, or as I know them, Partial Double-deckers. I’m old. Google it. By this time they were hitting a great lovers-rock string of pleasant singles, and Next To You is no exception.

Big climbs into the 40 for Tina Turner, hot off her recent anthems, Betty Boo, New Kids On The Block (a reasonable pop record, honest), Mariah Carey, Lindy Layton (now ex-Beats International) and Bananarama on a fab Stones rifftastic dancegroove that was under-appreciated. Only Your Love was to become a Paris city-getaway holiday memory for me in the autumn, hooray! In at 32, Wilson Philips follow up a still-selling future-movie-song monster with a pleasant US chart-topper, Release Me. Thankfully not the Engelbert song.

That leaves new entries from Tears For Fears, with some last words that peaked at a low 83 in the UK charts. Still, higher in mine, eh? Sonia, coming off the back of a number one for me, also did good covering the brilliant End Of The World and introducing it to a younger audience – granted it’s not a patch on Skeeter Davis’ original hit version, but it’s not ruined. Primal Scream get a second hit, Come Together (not The Beatles song) anda second KLF chart-entry for me the future hit classic What Time Is Love, in at 69. I loved every single from Kylie Said To Jason, through to America: What Time Is Love, and including The Timelords’ Doctorin’ The Tardis, which no doubt boosted this version of What Time Is Love into my charts.

1 ( 2 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
2 ( 13 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
3 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
4 ( 19 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
5 ( 5 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
6 ( 1 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
7 ( 9 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
8 ( 17 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
9 ( 6 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
10 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 12 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
12 ( 20 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
13 ( 4 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
14 ( 8 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
15 ( 11 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
16 ( 7 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
17 ( 32 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
18 ( 38 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
19 ( 22 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
20 ( NEW ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

21 ( 23 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
22 ( 27 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
23 ( 24 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
24 ( 21 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
25 ( 14 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
26 ( 37 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
27 ( 16 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
28 ( 53 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
29 ( 18 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
30 ( 34 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe

31 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
32 ( NEW ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
33 ( 74 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
34 ( 28 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
35 ( 29 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
36 ( 72 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
37 ( 55 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
38 ( 33 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
39 ( 46 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
40 ( 68 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton

41 ( 26 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
42 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 36 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
44 ( 43 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 64 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
46 ( 44 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
47 ( 31 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
48 ( 42 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
49 ( 48 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 30 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

51 ( 56 ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
52 ( 60 ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)
53 ( 35 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
54 ( 52 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
55 ( 59 ) LET LOVE RULE Lenny Kravitz
56 ( 25 ) ROCKIN’ OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
57 ( 70 ) VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran
58 ( 57 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( NEW ) NOBODY Tongue n’ Cheek
60 ( 49 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law

61 ( NEW ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
62 ( NEW ) FAMOUS LAST WORDS Tears For Fears
63 ( 61 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
64 ( RE ) DOUBLEBACK ZZ Top
65 ( 75 ) CHANNEL Z The B52’s
66 ( 62 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
67 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
68 ( 66 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( NEW ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
70 ( 40 ) HANKY PANKY Madonna

71 ( NEW ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
72 ( 39 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
73 ( NEW ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
74 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) AMANDA Craig McClaghlan & Check 1-2

19th August 1990

Go West grab their only chart-topper, 5 years after debuting, with the still-brilliant King Of Wishful Thinking, a song which under-performed in the UK charts of the time but has weathered quite well in popularity terms since. Elton gathers another of his regular top 10 spots with a double A side that also was a minor hit only in sales charts, though the parent album was pretty big. 19 years of top 10’s at this stage for Reg.

Highest new entry is a 20-year-old remixed cover-version that hit for Jonathan King, albeit minor, that sounded a bit fab n groovy in the Daisy Age/post-Second-Summer-Of-Love/Madchester period. It’s still fun. Also firmly with a major “Pure 1990” sticker on it’s forehead, the 60’s-styled cool-hippie-funk, Groove Is In The Heart enters at 43 for fab Deee-Lite. It sounded fresh, fun and exciting at the time, and 27 years on hasn’t lost any of that charm.

Fleetwood Mac come back with a long, tribal instrumental-heavy track at 40, but In The Back Of My Mind was post-Buckingham, I think, and suffered from that touch of magic being missing. It was OK, but not exactly Tango In The Night quality, never mind Rumours. Covers of The Eagles from Jam On The Mutha, and The Beatles from Wet Wet Wet, a return from Prefab Sprout, looking for Atlantis (try underwater is my advice), and also World Party, and Frazier Chorus, about whom I have forgotten all. Nothing was their biggest UK hit at 51, and Wikipedia tells me they hail from Brighton and band-member Tim Freeman is the brother of actor Martin Freeman. Who knew!?

1 ( 2 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
2 ( 1 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
3 ( 4 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
4 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
5 ( 7 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
6 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
7 ( 8 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
8 ( 5 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
9 ( 15 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
10 ( 12 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John

11 ( 17 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
12 ( 6 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
13 ( 18 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
14 ( 9 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
15 ( 20 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
16 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
17 ( 32 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
18 ( 13 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
19 ( 14 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
20 ( 28 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner

21 ( 33 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
22 ( 11 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
23 ( 23 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
24 ( 16 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
25 ( 24 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
26 ( 26 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
27 ( 19 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
28 ( 25 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
29 ( 21 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
30 ( 36 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

31 ( 22 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
32 ( 29 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
33 ( 40 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
34 ( 37 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
35 ( 61 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
36 ( 27 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
37 ( 45 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
38 ( 34 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
39 ( 35 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
40 ( NEW ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 38 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
43 ( NEW ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
44 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 43 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
46 ( NEW ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
47 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
48 ( 73 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 46 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones

51 ( 31 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
52 ( 52 ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)
53 ( 30 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
54 ( 48 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
55 ( 69 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
56 ( 54 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
57 ( 62 ) FAMOUS LAST WORDS Tears For Fears
58 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( 59 ) NOBODY Tongue n’ Cheek
60 ( 51 ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina

61 ( 50 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
62 ( 47 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
63 ( 39 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
64 ( 63 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
65 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
66 ( 53 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
67 ( 66 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
68 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( 60 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
70 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS Prefab Sprout

71 ( NEW ) NOTHING Frazier Chorus
72 ( 75 ) AMANDA Craig McClaghlan & Check 1-2
73 ( NEW ) LAY DOWN NOW World Party
74 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) I FEEL FINE Wet Wet Wet

26th August 1990

It’s a sudden reversal and leap back into the top 10 and on top of the chart for Inga, thanks to 12 inches. Yes, I bought the 12″ vinyl version of the worldwide flop and got to fully appreciate the cowboy-synth Trevor-Horn-production charm of the record. The video is equally charming. Bad news for Human League who don’t get to add another number one to their list, though 2 is quite generous enough in retrospect. JK goes top 10 with his 1970 oldie nd Joe Jackson returns to the top 10 7 years on with the great Steppin’ Out.

Aswad clock up another top 10, and it won’t be the last either, Deee-Lite leap into the 40, Primal Scream ditto, and Sonia re-enters her cover of End Of The World at 35, heading a run of covers to make the 40. Black Cat, Janet J goes all rock-chick, and I wasn’t entirely convinced it was up to the standard of the early singles off Rhythm Nation. Had the album, too. There were much better tracks. Happily at 57 it’s a classic from Bass-O-Matic, a William Orbit project that heavily sampled Tommy Roe’s Dizzy rhythms. Dizzy was the first ever single I bought with my own money, so it could have gone horribly wrong in my affections, but didn’t. It’s still a fantastic single, sample-heavy, soulful, groovy.

Joining the Janet rock-vibe, Whitesnake and Aerosmith add to a long list of older chart entries, Heatwave remix a soul ballad goodie of theirs from 1978, Bob Geldof does a solo entry 5 years after his first one, and Junior extends his run of hits to 8 years with Step Off. DNA slip in while also hogging a top 10 slot with dut-dut-duh-da.

1 ( 18 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
2 ( 3 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
3 ( 2 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
4 ( 1 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
5 ( 7 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
6 ( 6 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
7 ( 16 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
8 ( NEW ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
9 ( 4 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
10 ( 15 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

11 ( 5 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
12 ( 21 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
13 ( 13 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
14 ( 20 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
15 ( 8 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
16 ( 11 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
17 ( 17 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
18 ( 14 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
19 ( 12 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
20 ( 23 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard

21 ( 43 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
22 ( 10 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
23 ( 19 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
24 ( 9 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
25 ( 34 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
26 ( 48 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
27 ( 39 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
28 ( 25 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
29 ( 33 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
30 ( 30 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

31 ( 35 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
32 ( 22 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
33 ( 24 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
34 ( 32 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
35 ( RE ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
36 ( 37 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
37 ( 46 ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
38 ( 55 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
39 ( 29 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
40 ( 40 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
43 ( 36 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
44 ( 42 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
45 ( 27 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
46 ( 38 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
47 ( 45 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
48 ( NEW ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 69 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law

51 ( 26 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
52 ( 28 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
53 ( 31 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
54 ( 50 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
55 ( 47 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
56 ( 56 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
57 ( NEW ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
58 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( 54 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
60 ( NEW ) NOW YOU’RE GONE Whitesnake

61 ( 51 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
62 ( 65 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) THE OTHER SIDE Aerosmith
64 ( 61 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
65 ( 64 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
66 ( NEW ) MIND BLOWING DECISIONS (REMIX) Heatwave
67 ( 53 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
68 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( 67 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
70 ( 70 ) LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS Prefab Sprout

71 ( NEW ) LOVE OR SOMETHING Bob Geldof
72 ( 73 ) LAY DOWN NOW World Party
73 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
75 ( NEW ) STEP OFF Junior Giscombe

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My February 1987 Charts

4th February 1987

It’s a first week on top for Aretha’s first-ever chart-topper (after trying for 19 years) and George Michael gets a 5th, including Wham!. Carly Simon gets her 5th top 10, and The Christians debut at 15 from nowhere with the brilliant Forgotten Town, the Christian brothers from Liverpool followed in the tradition of The Real Thing’s early stuff for me, great soul records. China Crisis, The Mission and Lou Reed all go top 40 again – Lou hadn’t done that since 1973! Talking about oldies, a remix of Rock Your Baby brings George McCrae back after a gap of 12 years, while remixes is the theme of the week as recent flops from Stacey Q, This Island Earth, join Freeez and Hot Choc in the charts.

Geldof, Europe, Paul Young all follow-up with minor entries, Springsteen does his own Pointer Sisters gift 8 years late, Slade join their annual Xmas oldie with a newie, which gives them 16 years of entries, and Tina Turner makes it 14 years of chart hits as album title track Break Every Rule enters before I realised it wasn’t a single and excluded it. As I now include album tracks at least I know it’s position is fair and so I am keeping it!

1 ( 2 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
2 ( 1 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
3 ( 4 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
4 ( 8 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
5 ( 5 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
6 ( 6 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
7 ( 3 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
8 ( 10 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
9 ( 14 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
10 ( 16 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon

11 ( 12 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
12 ( 13 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
13 ( 19 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
14 ( 9 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
15 ( NEW ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
16 ( 24 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
17 ( 11 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
18 ( 23 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
19 ( 25 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
20 ( 36 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy

21 ( 15 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
22 ( 35 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
23 ( 7 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
24 ( 18 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
25 ( 32 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
26 ( 17 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
27 ( 44 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
28 ( 28 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
29 ( 31 ) IT DIDN’T MATTER The Style Council
30 ( 40 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela

31 ( 20 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
32 ( 21 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
33 ( 47 ) WASTELAND The Mission
34 ( 34 ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
35 ( 60 ) IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY The Blow Monkeys
36 ( 22 ) CANDY Cameo
37 ( 72 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
38 ( 38 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
39 ( 50 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
40 ( 26 ) CRY WOLF a-ha

41 ( 27 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
42 ( 29 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
43 ( 33 ) KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
44 ( 45 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
45 ( NEW ) ROCK YOUR BABY (REMIX) George McCrae
46 ( 42 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
47 ( 43 ) HUMAN Human League
48 ( 30 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
49 ( 68 ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
50 ( 61 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets

51 ( 37 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
52 ( NEW ) TWO OF HEARTS (Q MIX) Stacey Q
53 ( 41 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
54 ( 62 ) TROUBLE Heaven 17
55 ( 46 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
56 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 55 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
58 ( 39 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
59 ( 59 ) KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF Georgia Satellites
60 ( 52 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna

61 ( 74 ) HEART OF THE SUN Red Box
62 ( 63 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
63 ( 64 ) STRANGER ON THE SHORE OF LOVE Stevie Wonder
64 ( NEW ) SEE THAT GLOW (REMIX) This Island Earth
65 ( NEW ) LOVE LIKE A ROCKET Bob Geldof
66 ( NEW ) ROCK THE TOWN Europe
67 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 69 ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
69 ( NEW ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
70 ( NEW ) DON’T COME TO STAY Hothouse

71 ( 51 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
72 ( NEW ) WHY DOES A MAN HAVE TO BE STRONG Paul Young
73 ( 48 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
74 ( NEW ) FIRE Bruce Springsteen
75 ( NEW ) STILL THE SAME Slade

4th Feb
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 HOLD YOUR HEAD UP Argent
2 NO FEAR NO HATE NO PAIN Eurythmics
3 ADORATIONS Killing Joke

11th February 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for George & Aretha as they preside over a busy top 10, a middling middle, and a busy bottom end with lots of new entries. Carly Simon gets her highest-charting record to date, The Christians a first top 5, Berlin a second top 10, The Blow Monkeys a 2nd top 10 and a big climb, Randy Crawford a second top 10, and China Crisis a 3rd top 10. Highest new entry is Eurythmics dropping the synths and opting for gospel rock, at 30. It’s chart returns for Duran, the Nana’s, The Damned making it 8 years of chart entries, The Smiths petering out ahead of the big bust-up never to return, Spandau 7 years and still going, Five Star, Big Audio Dynamite, Anita baker & George Benson making it, ooh 12 years since Supership.

1 ( 1 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
2 ( 2 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
3 ( 10 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
4 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
5 ( 15 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
6 ( 11 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
7 ( 35 ) IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY The Blow Monkeys
8 ( 16 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
9 ( 5 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
10 ( 27 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis

11 ( 6 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
12 ( 7 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
13 ( 19 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
14 ( 18 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
15 ( 4 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
16 ( 20 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
17 ( 8 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
18 ( 22 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
19 ( 25 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
20 ( 14 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop

21 ( 13 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
22 ( 12 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
23 ( 33 ) WASTELAND The Mission
24 ( 17 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
25 ( 30 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela
26 ( 39 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
27 ( 37 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
28 ( 9 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
29 ( 43 ) KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
30 ( NEW ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics

31 ( 21 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
32 ( 34 ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
33 ( 44 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
34 ( 23 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
35 ( 62 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
36 ( 38 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
37 ( 28 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
38 ( 26 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
39 ( 50 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
40 ( 32 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon

41 ( 49 ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
42 ( 36 ) CANDY Cameo
43 ( 45 ) ROCK YOUR BABY (REMIX) George McCrae
44 ( 40 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
45 ( 52 ) TWO OF HEARTS (Q MIX) Stacey Q
46 ( 41 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
47 ( 47 ) HUMAN Human League
48 ( 65 ) LOVE LIKE A ROCKET Bob Geldof
49 ( 31 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
50 ( 46 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin

51 ( 66 ) ROCK THE TOWN Europe
52 ( 61 ) HEART OF THE SUN Red Box
53 ( 24 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
54 ( NEW ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
55 ( 42 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( NEW ) GIGOLO The Damned
58 ( 57 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( NEW ) SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE The Smiths
60 ( 60 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna

61 ( NEW ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
62 ( 29 ) IT DIDN’T MATTER The Style Council
63 ( NEW ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
64 ( 55 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
65 ( 51 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
66 ( 72 ) WHY DOES A MAN HAVE TO BE STRONG Paul Young
67 ( NEW ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
68 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 69 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
70 ( NEW ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet

71 ( 53 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
72 ( NEW ) V13 Big Audio Dynamite
73 ( 58 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
74 ( NEW ) TEASER George Benson
75 ( NEW ) CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE Anita Baker

Playlist oldies of that week
1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 NO PROMISES Icehouse
3 THESE DREAMS Heart

17th February 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for Aretha & George as The Blow Monkeys reach number 2 again, copying Digging Your Scene – always the Bridesmaids! – and then there are 2 classic 60’s soul oldies from an advert (Percy Sledge) & a film of the same name (Ben E. King). When A man Loves A Woman had long been popular on Radio One Top 100 Singles lists, and Stand By Me had already topped my charts in 1975 for the cover by John Lennon which was almost as great as Ben’s version.

Mental As Anything finally make the top 20 months after first charting, Duran Duran get a big climb for their relatively floppy single, and the camp Male Stripper exposes itself at 36, a good 20 years ahead of me getting grabbed by the first of three strippers on different occasions. I think it’s my grinning not leering that makes me a target, oops! Simply Red are back and well into a long run of future success, clearly onto the Right Thing, Level 42 also return, and World Party pop back with possibly their best record, Ship Of Fools, in at 68.

It’s a rap! The Beastie Boys fighting debut was bad news for Volkswagen owners across the country, including my mate who got fed up with his car badge getting nicked, and white rappers became the new thing – if one discounts Debbie Harry, Adam Ant, Billie Davies in the 60’s, and any number of other music acts who’d already dabbled as opposed to making a career out of 80’s urban rap. Talking of Debbie harry – she’s back at 75, Iggy Pop has a second current chart entry at 73, and View From A Hill get a follow-up entry.

1 ( 1 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
2 ( 7 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
3 ( NEW ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
4 ( NEW ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
5 ( 5 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
6 ( 3 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
7 ( 2 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
8 ( 6 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
9 ( 10 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
10 ( 8 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford

11 ( 14 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
12 ( 4 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
13 ( 11 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
14 ( 9 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
15 ( 19 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
16 ( 13 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
17 ( 18 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
18 ( 33 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
19 ( 12 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
20 ( 25 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela

21 ( 16 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
22 ( 29 ) THE KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
23 ( 54 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
24 ( 26 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
25 ( 35 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
26 ( 30 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
27 ( 27 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
28 ( 39 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
29 ( 20 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
30 ( 17 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees

31 ( 15 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
32 ( 24 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
33 ( 21 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
34 ( 22 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
35 ( 51 ) ROCK THE NIGHT Europe
36 ( NEW ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
37 ( 57 ) GIGOLO The Damned
38 ( 23 ) WASTELAND The Mission
39 ( 61 ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
40 ( 28 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley

41 ( 31 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
42 ( 34 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
43 ( 48 ) LOVE LIKE A ROCKET Bob Geldof
44 ( 38 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
45 ( 59 ) SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE The Smiths
46 ( 42 ) CANDY Cameo
47 ( 63 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
48 ( 40 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
49 ( 47 ) HUMAN Human League
50 ( NEW ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red

51 ( 37 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
52 ( 46 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
53 ( 50 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
54 ( 32 ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
55 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( NEW ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
57 ( 44 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
58 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( 70 ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet
60 ( 60 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna

61 ( 36 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
62 ( 41 ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
63 ( 43 ) ROCK YOUR BABY (REMIX) George McCrae
64 ( 64 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
65 ( 74 ) TEASER George Benson
66 ( 67 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
67 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( NEW ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
69 ( 65 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
70 ( 53 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band

71 ( NEW ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
72 ( NEW ) I’M NO REBEL View From A Hill
73 ( NEW ) SHADES Iggy Pop
74 ( 49 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
75 ( NEW ) FREE TO FALL Debbie Harry

Playlist oldies of the week
1 HOUND DOG Elvis Presley
2 SOMEBODY Brilliant
3 ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry

25th February 1987

It’s a first week on top for Ben E. King 12 years since John Lennon took his version of Stand By Me to the top of my charts, and 26 years since it came out, making it the longest wait from release to topping my chart to date, and the second-oldest track to top my charts since 1959’s Oh Carol reissue for Neil Sedaka topped in 1972, a mere 13 years old. Live It Up finally breaks into the top 10, The Jets Crush their way in too, Eurythmics tell us not to mess with the Missionary Man as they add another top 10 to their growing total, and Curiosity catwalk their way to 10, not for the last time.

Highest new entry is the fab You Are My World, one of The Communards best records that wasn’t the big hit I hoped, at 11, with a-ha continuing their streak with the glorious Manhattan Skyline at 27, pure class, though I under-appreciated it a little for a time. Two great climbs for Westworld and World Party (THEME!) and The Smiths, Geldof, the Nana’s and Simply Red all go top 40.

New entries lower down include Bruce Willis, fresh off the fabulous Moonlighting TV comedy-drama (still one of the greatest TV shows of all-time) taking a soul cover-version diversion of The Staple Singers’ Respect Yourself, closely followed by 2 future UK chart-toppers, Mel & Kim’s fab Respectable (THEME!), and Boy George’s reggae cover of Ken Boothe’s UK chart-topping reggae cover of Bread’s original Everything I Own. It’s not as good as either version, but pleasant enough. The Big Supreme get a second entry, Please Yourself said Frankie Howard, Gwen Guthrie makes it 3, Paul Simon makes it 3 off Graceland, and The Icicle Works are back after a short time out in the freezing cold.

1 ( 3 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
2 ( 1 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
3 ( 4 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
4 ( 5 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
5 ( 2 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
6 ( 18 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
7 ( 6 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
8 ( 28 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
9 ( 26 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
10 ( 15 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat

11 ( NEW ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
12 ( 7 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
13 ( 9 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
14 ( 10 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
15 ( 23 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
16 ( 25 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
17 ( 8 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
18 ( 24 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
19 ( 11 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
20 ( 13 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil

21 ( 20 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela
22 ( 14 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
23 ( 47 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
24 ( 12 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
25 ( 16 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
26 ( 36 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
27 ( NEW ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
28 ( 19 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
29 ( 68 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
30 ( 17 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie

31 ( 21 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
32 ( 50 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
33 ( 29 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
34 ( 30 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
35 ( 35 ) ROCK THE NIGHT Europe
36 ( 66 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
37 ( 32 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
38 ( 43 ) LOVE LIKE A ROCKET Bob Geldof
39 ( 39 ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
40 ( 45 ) SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE The Smiths

41 ( 31 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
42 ( 22 ) THE KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
43 ( 37 ) GIGOLO The Damned
44 ( 33 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
45 ( 27 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
46 ( 56 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
47 ( 40 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
48 ( 46 ) CANDY Cameo
49 ( 49 ) HUMAN Human League
50 ( 75 ) FREE TO FALL Debbie Harry

51 ( 41 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
52 ( 42 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
53 ( 59 ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet
54 ( NEW ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
55 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 53 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
57 ( RE ) STILL THE SAME Slade
58 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( 71 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
60 ( 34 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

61 ( 44 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
62 ( 72 ) I’M NO REBEL View From A Hill
63 ( 60 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
64 ( NEW ) GOOD TO GO LOVER Gwen Guthrie
65 ( 73 ) SHADES Iggy Pop
66 ( 64 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
67 ( 48 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
68 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
70 ( NEW ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon

71 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY Freddie Jackson
72 ( NEW ) WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING Paul Johnson
73 ( NEW ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
74 ( NEW ) EVANGELINE The Icicle Works
75 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George

Oldies Playlist
1 EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne
2 ADORATIONS Killing Joke
3 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney

 

 

My January 1987 Charts

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me with hairdo

6th January 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for Madonna as Slade get a post-christmas high entry at 2, a new peak for the track 13 years late in one of it’s many festive appearances until I got so sick of it I can’t bear charting it any more. I’ve not gone mad, oldies only made my charts if they made the UK singles chart, at the time, and Slade sneaked in in the published charts over the Christmas period, so the delay is due to that.

Elkie Brooks gets her first top 10 since Sunshine After The Rain a decade earlier, David Cassidy has a live EP of his biggest 70’s UK singles enter at 17, and by this time I was well into 70’s nostalgia, the lead track turning out to be the under-appreciated (by me) version of How Can I Be Sure, now one of my all-time fave records and better even then Dusty’s version (the roiginal 1972 studio version that is, not this live cover).

Little Richard is back with his first ballad to make my charts, 30 years since his heyday predating me never mind my charts! Siouxsie covers This Wheel’s On Fire nicely, albeit not as classic as the original, for 9 years of hits, Swing Out Sister get a soundalike follow-up, UB40 change lead vocalist for the rat in the iamspamspamami Dead Or Alive keep the string of SAW-pop hits coming 2 years on, The Bangles sneak in with a lesser track, and Lou Reed covers Sam n Dave’s Soul Man, and brings along Sam to boot…

1 ( 1 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
2 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
3 ( 4 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
4 ( 2 ) CANDY Cameo
5 ( 9 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
6 ( 7 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
7 ( 5 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
8 ( 8 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
9 ( 15 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
10 ( 6 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones

11 ( 3 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
12 ( 14 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
13 ( 10 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
14 ( 12 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
15 ( 11 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
16 ( 16 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
17 ( NEW ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
18 ( 13 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
19 ( 19 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
20 ( 18 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper

21 ( 17 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
22 ( 21 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
23 ( 25 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
24 ( 26 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
25 ( 29 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
26 ( 27 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
27 ( 32 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
28 ( 22 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
29 ( 33 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
30 ( 34 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

31 ( 20 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
32 ( 47 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
33 ( 36 ) DREAMING Status Quo
34 ( 23 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
35 ( 40 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh
36 ( 28 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
37 ( 24 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
38 ( 38 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
39 ( 30 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
40 ( 50 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 31 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
44 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
45 ( 35 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( NEW ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
47 ( 39 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
48 ( 55 ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
49 ( 46 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
50 ( 65 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore

51 ( 43 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 45 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
54 ( 60 ) BIG IN AMERICA The Stranglers
55 ( 48 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 71 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
58 ( 49 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
59 ( NEW ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
60 ( 61 ) NO ROPE AS LONG AS TIME Latin Quarter

61 ( 54 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
62 ( 44 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
63 ( 63 ) GOLDMINE The Pointer Sisters
64 ( 53 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
65 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
66 ( 58 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
67 ( NEW ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
68 ( 68 ) HE SAID LOVE Barclay james Harvest
69 ( 62 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
70 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive

71 ( 51 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
72 ( NEW ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles
73 ( 72 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
74 ( 74 ) BALLERINA GIRL Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore

6th Jan
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 ROCK AND ROLL (Live at the BIC) Gary Glitter
2 MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
3 DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro

13th January 1987

It’s a first week on top for David Cassidy since 1972 when he had 2 of 3 chart-toppers with The Partridge Family, but my residual affection for his solo singles – none of them topped my chart – is enough for these lesser versions to top my chart in combination by way of compensation in particular for How Can I Be Sure which remains one of my tear-jerking singles in the original version, but which fell short of my top 10 at the time. a-ha keep the top 10’s coming, Paul Simon makes it 2 in a row for the first time in 14 years, and Alison Moyet gets a 4th solo or 7th in total.

A big climb for Siouxsie’s Wheel into the 20, Little Richard goes top 40, and Randy Crawford is the highest new entry 8 years since she had her Streetlife with The Crusaders debut a run of solo follow-ups. In at 44, it’s annoying Jacking sparking off – obviously I quite liked it at first, but it led to dross and this off-spin of House got annoying quickly. Steve Silk Hurley’s minute in the sun. At 53, it’s 5-years since her last hit so it must be Carly Simon: check out the dates: 1972/1977/1982/1987 are all debuts or comebacks regular as clockwork!

In at 58 it’s Drum Theatre who I think supported the Human League who I saw at the Poole Arts Centre (now The Lighthouse, despite not being any such thing) this week, which explains their tracks going back up, and my listing of my fave tracks that night (they were fab, despite me being quite high at the back and having to watch the girls legs only when they sang on a raised platform at the back of the stage) has a lovely co-incidence: Rock & Roll was my top Gary Glitter track the week before for his annual Xmas/New Year gig (it was always hits-packed party-time) and the same song was done good by Phil & co, the Human League being the current regular reliably fab hits-packed party time leading up to christmas most years for the last couple of decades. Happily you can still say you like the Human League.

1 ( 17 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
2 ( 1 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
3 ( 3 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
4 ( 5 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
5 ( 4 ) CANDY Cameo
6 ( 9 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
7 ( 2 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
8 ( 12 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
9 ( 19 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
10 ( 16 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet

11 ( 7 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
12 ( 6 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
13 ( 8 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
14 ( 10 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
15 ( 15 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
16 ( 29 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
17 ( 25 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
18 ( 23 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
19 ( 46 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
20 ( 30 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

21 ( 13 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
22 ( 11 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
23 ( 26 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
24 ( 44 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
25 ( 14 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
26 ( 18 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
27 ( 22 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
28 ( 20 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
29 ( 40 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
30 ( 59 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister

31 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
32 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
33 ( 33 ) DREAMING Status Quo
34 ( 21 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
35 ( 27 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
36 ( NEW ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
37 ( 28 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
38 ( 57 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
39 ( 38 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
40 ( 50 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore

41 ( 34 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
42 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 24 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
44 ( NEW ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
45 ( 45 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( 48 ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
47 ( 36 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
48 ( 67 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
49 ( 31 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
50 ( 37 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush

51 ( 47 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( NEW ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
54 ( 49 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 74 ) BALLERINA GIRL Lionel Richie
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 39 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
58 ( NEW ) EL DORADO Drum Theatre
59 ( 71 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
60 ( 35 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh

61 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
62 ( 53 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
63 ( 51 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
64 ( 65 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
65 ( 70 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
66 ( 62 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
67 ( 75 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
68 ( 58 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
69 ( 72 ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles
70 ( NEW ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope

71 ( 55 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
72 ( 61 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
73 ( NEW ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
74 ( NEW ) FACTS AND FIGURES Hugh Cornwell
75 ( 73 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star

Human League at Poole Arts Centre
1 LOVE ACTION (I BELIEVE IN LOVE)
2 THE LEBANON
3 ROCK AND ROLL

20th January 1987

It’s a first week on top for the highest entry, a remix of Hot Chocolate’s 12-year-old goodie which failed to top my charts first-time round, despite being a huge Hot Choc fan, and becomes a belated 5th number one for them. Lots of yet more 70’s new entries from The Doobie Brothers 1979 top tenner, cashing in on Michael McDonald’s recent big hits, in at 9, Freeez’ remixed 1983 top 10 enters lower down, the late Phil Lynott’s 1980 track is back, Barbara Jones reggae cover of Olivia Newton-John’s 1975 top 30 track sneaks in, Age Of Chance sort-of cover Prince ahead of Art Of Noise, and the chart goes ballistic as 1987 arrives with a bang and 18 new entries, and big climbs into the top 10 for Robbie Nevil, Little Richard and an instant new entry for Aretha & George on a fab duet, Aretha’s best track since her glorious Atlantic days, and George’s best track since his previous record.

Dead Or Alive rocket into the 20, Carly Simon into the 30, and new entries galore between 42 and 75, the most notable being the fab debut of Curioisty Killed The Cat bringing jazzpop into teen idol branding, The Style Council returning, the bouncy pop of The Jets, Rosie Vela’s delicious sultry Magic Smile, The Blow Monkeys brilliant It Doesn’t Have To be This Way (note sax very much the thing in 1987), and another Jack-track for Raze, who would return in a year with the fab Break 4 Love. Stevie Wonder makes it 19 years of charting in my charts, and Kool & The Gang a mere 8 years.

1 ( NEW ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
2 ( 1 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
3 ( 6 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
4 ( 17 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
5 ( 2 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
6 ( 24 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
7 ( 10 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
8 ( 3 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
9 ( NEW ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
10 ( NEW ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael

11 ( 5 ) CANDY Cameo
12 ( 16 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
13 ( 4 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
14 ( 8 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
15 ( 19 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
16 ( 18 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
17 ( 65 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
18 ( 20 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
19 ( 23 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
20 ( 13 ) SOMETIMES Erasure

21 ( 9 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
22 ( 14 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
23 ( 11 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
24 ( 15 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
25 ( 7 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
26 ( 30 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
27 ( 53 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
28 ( 29 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
29 ( 12 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
30 ( 33 ) DREAMING Status Quo

31 ( 36 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
32 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
33 ( 38 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
34 ( NEW ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
35 ( 44 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
36 ( 22 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
37 ( 40 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
38 ( 27 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
39 ( 26 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
40 ( 48 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40

41 ( 31 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( NEW ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
43 ( 21 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
44 ( 70 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
45 ( NEW ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
46 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
47 ( 61 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
48 ( 55 ) BALLERINA GIRL Lionel Richie
49 ( 25 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
50 ( NEW ) IT DIDN’T MATTER The Style Council

51 ( 45 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 73 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
54 ( 74 ) FACTS AND FIGURES Hugh Cornwell
55 ( 28 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
56 ( 34 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
57 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 58 ) EL DORADO Drum Theatre
59 ( 39 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
60 ( 69 ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles

61 ( NEW ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
62 ( NEW ) KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
63 ( 37 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
64 ( 67 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
65 ( NEW ) KISS Age Of Chance
66 ( NEW ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela
67 ( 64 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 54 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
69 ( NEW ) IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY The Blow Monkeys
70 ( NEW ) PLEASE MISTER PLEASE Barbara Jones

71 ( NEW ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
72 ( NEW ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
73 ( NEW ) STRANGER ON THE SHORE OF LOVE Stevie Wonder
74 ( NEW ) WASTELAND The Mission
75 ( NEW ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze

Playlist oldies
1 SECONDS Human League
2 LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
3 NIGHT IN THE CITY E.L.O.

27th January 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for Hot Choc as Aretha gets her highest chart position since 1971, and her highest to date, and George almost makes it his 5th chart-topper. Dead Or Alive grab yet another top 10 single, having not missed at all since Spin Me Round, and Iggy Pop gets his first ever. Siouxsie adds to her long list of top 10’s over 9 years, and Steve Hurley jacks it up to 14, surprising me at how much I liked it when I thought I didn’t rate it. Memory is such a fickle thing!

Lots of big climbs this week from the rush of new entries last week, and before, including UB40 into the 20, Style Council, Curiosity, Phil Lynott, Rosie Vela into the 40, while new entries from China Crisis, Heaven 17, Red Box and Stevie Winwood extends their runs of entries, but more interesting are the debuts from Georgia Satellites, and Timbuk 3, both goodies. I was clearly into a rock frame of mind when it comes to spinning singles in my bedroom, especially the Wishing Well remix which I’d not charted, having missed it when it came out, but which is fab Free at their best.

1 ( 1 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
2 ( 10 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
3 ( 2 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
4 ( 17 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
5 ( 3 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
6 ( 4 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
7 ( 6 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
8 ( 9 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
9 ( 12 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
10 ( 15 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees

11 ( 5 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
12 ( 16 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
13 ( 18 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
14 ( 35 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
15 ( 8 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
16 ( 27 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
17 ( 7 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
18 ( 19 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
19 ( 40 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
20 ( 26 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister

21 ( 21 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
22 ( 11 ) CANDY Cameo
23 ( 33 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
24 ( 31 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
25 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
26 ( 14 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
27 ( 20 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
28 ( 28 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
29 ( 22 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
30 ( 13 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins

31 ( 50 ) IT DIDN’T MATTER The Style Council
32 ( 45 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
33 ( 62 ) KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
34 ( 34 ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
35 ( 47 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
36 ( 42 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
37 ( 24 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
38 ( 44 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
39 ( 23 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
40 ( 66 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela

41 ( 25 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
42 ( 38 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
43 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
44 ( NEW ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
45 ( 53 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
46 ( 36 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
47 ( 74 ) WASTELAND The Mission
48 ( 39 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
49 ( 60 ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles
50 ( 64 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore

51 ( 29 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
52 ( 46 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
53 ( 54 ) FACTS AND FIGURES Hugh Cornwell
54 ( 37 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
55 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
56 ( 65 ) KISS Age Of Chance
57 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 58 ) EL DORADO Drum Theatre
59 ( NEW ) KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF Georgia Satellites
60 ( 69 ) IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY The Blow Monkeys

61 ( 61 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
62 ( NEW ) TROUBLE Heaven 17
63 ( NEW ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
64 ( 73 ) STRANGER ON THE SHORE OF LOVE Stevie Wonder
65 ( 43 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
66 ( 51 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
67 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 72 ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
69 ( 71 ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
70 ( 30 ) DREAMING Status Quo

71 ( 63 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
72 ( 75 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
73 ( 68 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
74 ( NEW ) HEART OF THE SUN Red Box
75 ( NEW ) BACK IN THE HIGHLIFE AGAIN Stevie Winwood

Oldies Playlist of that week
1 WISHING WELL (REMIX) Free
2 SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
3 FIREBALL Deep Purple

My April 1986 Charts

1st April 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1st April Playlist Oldies

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

 

8th April 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

15th April 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLAYLIST OLDIES OF THE WEEK

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

 

22nd April 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

29th April 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My 2017 Charts Jul-Sep

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24th September 2017

It’s Pet Shop Boys on top for a 2nd week, fresh as I get back from 5 days in Salou on rollercoasters again (one is never too old for a cheap thrill) and having read the Johnny Marr autobiog – Pet Shop Boys feature, as they should when I saw him helping them out at The Albert Hall charity gig last summer with Suedehead. Footsteps would have fit in beautifully.

Evangeline shoots up to 4, and is growing on me bigtime, clubtastic, and The Killers climb 22 to grab a second consecutive top 10, some 13 years on from first doing that! As I enjoy a nice round-robin of reference, Brandon Flowers is a huge Pet Shop Boys and Smiths fan, and Suedehead was Morrisey’s debut solo single after The Smiths split up and Johnny Marr moved on to Electronic with Bernard Sumner and guests Pet Shop Boys.

Reggaeton Lento was getting some cabaret evening cover in the holiday hotel in the evenings, along with Despacito and other Latin hits, and theatrical musical Cabaret songs – which was a cue for Liza Minelli, who also had an album produced and songs written by Pet Shop Boys in 1989. Life is circular.

1 1 1 3 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 455000
2 2 1 4 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 450000
3 4 3 3 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 167700
4 27 4 3 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 96150
5 3 3 7 DRINK UP Train 418000
6 11 6 6 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 146750
7 10 7 7 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 174300
8 9 8 15 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 312200
9 5 4 8 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 407400
10 32 10 6 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 107050

11 6 1 11 TRUE FEELING Galantis 842000
12 12 12 4 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 121500
13 13 6 5 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 209000
14 7 1 10 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 747600
15 16 15 6 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 131350
16 19 16 2 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 46000
17 8 8 7 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 199000
18 24 18 3 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 58500
19 15 9 7 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 182150
20 30 20 3 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 44400

21 17 8 10 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 297450
22 23 22 4 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 74350
23 33 23 2 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 36950
24 18 10 7 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 195450
25 21 19 6 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 96700
26 28 26 4 MERMAID Skott 66200
27 26 8 11 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 322350
28 20 20 4 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 76700
29 29 29 4 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 59700
30 25 4 11 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 487750

31 36 31 4 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 51900
32 14 14 5 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 122800
33 40 33 7 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 102200
34 34 27 7 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 97400
35 31 1 13 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 986400
36 38 36 4 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 59200
37 22 1 7 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 711800
38 67 38 2 TENSION CENTVRIES 23800
39 39 39 4 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 53000
40 43 40 6 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 78100

41 37 37 4 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 50200
42 35 19 9 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 148650
43 59 43 4 DUM DUM Kideko 35000
44 54 44 3 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 31750
45 41 14 7 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 134500
46 44 1 12 DREAMS Grace Slick 562500
47 47 7 11 MR SANDMAN Syml 281400
48 65 48 2 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 19300
49 57 49 6 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 51200
50 50 8 8 DARTH VADER Dragonette 204550

51 48 8 12 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 305750
52 45 19 6 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 88800
53 53 53 4 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 33900
54 42 5 7 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 259250
55 46 26 6 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 95850
56 51 3 15 THE MAN The Killers 522150
57 55 1 15 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 783400
58 56 56 6 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 52800
59 52 48 6 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 63100
60 49 49 4 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 46300

61 61 1 28 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 928350
62 62 62 3 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 22200
63 58 4 12 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 341200
64 RE 64 3 CHASING HIGHS Alma 19500
65 75 65 2 YALLA Inna 12000
66 74 66 2 THE WOLF SIAMES 12000
67 71 67 2 LOVE IN RUINS Gryffin featuring Sinead Harnett 12400
68 NEW 68 1 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 6400
69 NEW 69 1 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 6200
70 60 20 10 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 149950

71 72 71 3 YOU’RE THE BEST THING ABOUT ME U2 16400
72 63 10 10 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 209850
73 73 1 48 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1154100
74 NEW 74 1 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 5000

DROP OUTS
64 60 5 UGLY Jaira Burns 38400
66 10 9 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 191900
68 68 4 DO YA THINK I’M SEXY? Rod Stewart featuring DNCE 23400
69 17 11 TOO MUCH Blondie 165300
70 19 9 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125500

17th September 2017

It’s the Pet Shop Boys gorgeous Footsteps on top, a 1999 album track that should have been a single, but in those days I only allowed one album track per album to chart – these days I’m going with around 3, and Nightlife made the charts again recently, so that’s an excuse to finally get it on top, as it would have done in late ’99 had I changed my chart rules. That’s a 44th topper, and one not far behind from the same album at 4.

The late Glen Campbell makes the top 10 47 years since the first time (it topped my chart in 1970), and Katy Perry finally goes top 10 after 14 weeks on my chart, Swish! Thirty Seconds From Mars, the band of The Joker, at least the Suicide Squad version, is the highest entry at 19. Any DC comics connection is good enough for me! ZAYN and Sia rocket up to 30, and Sparks get 2 new entries, the best new tracks off Hippopotamus, which was getting heavily pushed on posters all over Copenhagen back in July, so a bit of a wait! Suedey entered Edith Piaf into Buzzjack Song Contest, and had it been the studio version it would have done much better. Sparks, 43 years of charting here and still going strong.

1 2 1 2 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 285000
2 1 1 3 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 335000
3 3 3 6 DRINK UP Train 358000
4 33 4 2 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 82700
5 5 4 7 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 362400
6 6 1 10 TRUE FEELING Galantis 805000
7 4 1 9 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 718600
8 11 8 6 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 176000
9 25 9 14 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 264200
10 17 10 6 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 124300

11 23 11 5 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 91750
12 13 12 3 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 86500
13 8 6 4 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 177000
14 14 14 4 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 105000
15 9 9 6 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 161150
16 16 16 5 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 104350
17 12 8 9 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 277700
18 10 10 6 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 176450
19 NEW 19 1 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 21000
20 20 20 3 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 58400

21 19 19 5 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 77950
22 7 1 6 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 694500
23 30 23 3 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 54850
24 35 24 2 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 36500
25 15 4 10 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 469750
26 18 8 10 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 303950
27 46 27 2 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 31150
28 31 28 3 MERMAID Skott 47700
29 37 29 3 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 41500
30 68 30 2 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 24400

31 24 1 12 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 968900
32 56 32 5 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 65050
33 NEW 33 1 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 17700
34 27 27 6 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 79800
35 21 19 8 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 134900
36 58 36 3 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 34000
37 52 37 3 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 36200
38 39 38 3 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 41800
39 50 39 3 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 35900
40 40 40 6 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 84500

41 26 14 6 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 121500
42 22 5 6 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 248250
43 43 43 5 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 61100
44 38 1 11 DREAMS Grace Slick 549750
45 29 19 5 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 77300
46 28 26 5 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 85050
47 34 7 10 MR SANDMAN Syml 268900
48 36 8 11 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 294000
49 49 49 3 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 36300
50 32 8 7 DARTH VADER Dragonette 192550

51 42 3 14 THE MAN The Killers 511550
52 48 48 5 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 53000
53 74 53 3 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 22650
54 61 54 2 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 18500
55 51 1 14 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 773000
56 57 56 5 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 42600
57 59 57 5 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 39100
58 44 4 11 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 334000
59 69 59 3 DUM DUM Kideko 21500
60 47 20 9 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 143950

61 60 1 27 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 920850
62 62 62 2 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 14800
63 45 10 9 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 204250
64 64 60 5 UGLY Jaira Burns 38400
65 NEW 65 1 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 7000
66 55 10 9 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 191900
67 NEW 67 1 TENSION CENTVRIES 6600
68 71 68 4 DO YA THINK I’M SEXY? Rod Stewart featuring DNCE 23400
69 63 17 11 TOO MUCH Blondie 165300
70 65 19 9 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125500

71 NEW 71 1 LOVE IN RUINS Gryffin featuring Sinead Harnett 5800
72 75 72 2 YOU’RE THE BEST THING ABOUT ME U2 10600
73 73 1 47 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1148700
74 NEW 74 1 THE WOLF SIAMES 5200
75 NEW 75 1 YALLA Inna 5000

DROP OUTS
41 29 5 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 79350
53 36 5 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 64450
54 27 6 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 89300
66 18 8 RAIN The Script 137800
67 10 9 GENEVE John Otway 209600
70 35 7 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 77250
72 40 8 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 84200

10th September 2017

It’s Paloma Faith grabbing a 4th chart-topper, as she enters the UK sales top 40 with the fab Crybaby (but not the steaming chart), just keeping ahead of the highest new entry from a Pet Shop Boys mini-invasion – all previously uncharted tracks from Nightlife Deluxe Edition – with Footsteps at 2, a totally gorgeous genteel night-themed song which could easily have been in the musical Closer To Heaven – as in fact could that track entering at 33, and the track intended for it (but dropped) Tall Thin Men at 13.

Two Minogues in the top 10, George Michael returns with a Listen Without Prejudice era non-album track, here remixed by Nile Rodgers, new at 35, while an unreleased leaked ballad is at 62. Needs releasing. Shania Twain bounds into the top 40 for her 2nd of the year, London Grammar get a 3rd, while Steely Dan return for the first time in decades following the death of Walter Becker, here with my UK 1975 Top 10 (and their best track) Do It Again – and that took 3 years to scrape into the official UK top 40.

Sia’s back yet again, non-stop Dusk Till Dawn hitmaker really, with Zayn – or ZAYN! – making 3 One Direction-member tracks in the chart. Never would have thought! U2 scrape in with their new lead album track. Scrape is the right word, it sounds very U2 on first hearing (which is OK by me), but a bit lacking something compared to previous album lead singles.

1 7 1 2 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 220000
2 NEW 2 1 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 115000
3 4 3 5 DRINK UP Train 273000
4 2 1 8 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 668600
5 5 4 6 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 302400
6 3 1 9 TRUE FEELING Galantis 755000
7 1 1 5 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 675000
8 6 6 3 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 145000
9 13 9 5 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 134150
10 10 10 5 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 154450

11 14 11 5 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 128000
12 8 8 8 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 254700
13 22 13 2 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 51500
14 15 14 3 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 76000
15 9 4 9 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 451000
16 17 16 4 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 79350
17 18 17 5 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 82300
18 11 8 9 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 285450
19 20 19 4 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 58200
20 27 20 2 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 38400

21 25 19 7 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 117400
22 12 5 5 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 234500
23 35 23 4 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 54750
24 16 1 11 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 951000
25 39 15 13 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 219200
26 23 14 5 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 107500
27 40 27 5 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 62200
28 26 26 4 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 72300
29 19 19 4 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 64300
30 34 30 2 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 35600

31 52 31 2 MERMAID Skott 29400
32 21 8 6 DARTH VADER Dragonette 180550
33 NEW 33 1 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 17700
34 24 7 9 MR SANDMAN Syml 256400
35 NEW 35 1 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 17500
36 37 8 10 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 281700
37 70 37 2 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 23300
38 31 1 10 DREAMS Grace Slick 536500
39 61 39 2 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 24600
40 42 40 5 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 67500

41 29 29 5 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 79350
42 32 3 13 THE MAN The Killers 499800
43 47 43 4 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 47600
44 30 4 10 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 323800
45 28 10 8 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 197050
46 NEW 46 1 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 12750
47 38 20 8 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 133950
48 50 48 4 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 41500
49 49 49 2 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 24200
50 66 50 2 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 18800

51 43 1 13 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 762200
52 62 52 2 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 18900
53 36 36 5 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 64450
54 33 27 6 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 89300
55 41 10 8 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 185100
56 44 44 4 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 47250
57 58 57 4 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 32000
58 68 58 2 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 16600
59 63 59 4 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 28700
60 59 1 26 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 913350

61 NEW 61 1 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 7500
62 NEW 62 1 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 7400
63 53 17 10 TOO MUCH Blondie 159100
64 60 60 4 UGLY Jaira Burns 31300
65 45 19 8 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 119500
66 55 18 8 RAIN The Script 137800
67 56 10 9 GENEVE John Otway 209600
68 NEW 68 1 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 6400
69 74 69 2 DUM DUM Kideko 11400
70 46 35 7 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 77250

71 71 71 3 DO YA THINK I’M SEXY? Rod Stewart featuring DNCE 17000
72 54 40 8 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 84200
73 73 1 46 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1143300
74 69 69 2 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 11400
75 NEW 75 1 YOU’RE THE BEST THING ABOUT ME U2 5000

DROP OUTS
48 39 4 GLORIOUS Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey 47650
51 51 4 TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell 45250
57 29 6 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 92300
64 14 15 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 240550
65 34 6 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 72900
67 17 9 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 143750
72 72 1 DOWN THE ROAD C2C featuring John Lee Hooker 5600
75 75 1 MANGO BAY MONOMOTION 5000

3rd September 2017

It’s Galveston for a 3rd week on top in a pretty static top 5, but with a hot new entry for Paloma Faith returning with a fab song Crybaby in at 7 giving her 8 years of top 10 hits since New York topped my chart. 8 top 10’s and 3 number one’s later and she’s back. P!nk finally gets back into the top 10, her 10th at least.

Little Mix replace themselves in the top 20, and Saint Etienne rocket into the 20, at least their 8th since 1993, plus a chart-topper for Sarah Cracknell. Pet Shop Boys have 3 expanded versions of 3 of their more recent albums with loads of fab tracks, several I don’t know and didn’t own. The first album I played is 1999’s Nightlife, so in at 22 is a total showtune written for their musical (but dropped), Tall Thin Men is amusingly short and fab. AT 27 they have mashed up 2 Elton John songs, got him to sing on the new versions…and never released it. Pretty good version, and both songs made my top 10 in their original versions.

Clare Maguire is back with a remixed version of previous 2016 top 10 Elizabeth Taylor, Swish Swish re-enters for Katy Perry now I know it’s all about Taylor Swift. Now I like Taylor’s songs, but let’s be honest she seems to slag off everyone she meets in her songs, so turnabout is fair play, she started it. So there, nyah, na, nana naaa. One would hope she might grow up and write about something important instead. Katy does and sticks up for the non-rich to boot.

In at 49, and here’s a chart return I never thought I’d see – it’s Bucks Fizz! OK, Bobby G is missing, which is a shame as he owns the name and his vocals were a key part, but hey ho, pretty much them 36 years on. They had a decade-run in my charts, and 3 chart-toppers.

1 1 1 4 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 625000
2 2 1 7 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 603600
3 3 1 8 TRUE FEELING Galantis 700000
4 4 4 4 DRINK UP Train 188000
5 6 4 5 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 242400
6 10 6 2 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 97000
7 NEW 7 1 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 50000
8 9 8 7 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 219700
9 7 4 8 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 424000
10 12 10 4 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 112450

11 8 8 8 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 263450
12 5 5 4 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 215000
13 15 13 4 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 89150
14 17 14 4 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 91000
15 20 15 2 3 A.M. The KLF 47000
16 11 1 10 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 932000
17 34 17 3 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 54350
18 22 18 4 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 59300
19 30 19 3 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 46100
20 60 20 3 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 37200

21 13 8 5 DARTH VADER Dragonette 162750
22 NEW 22 1 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 19500
23 14 14 4 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 89000
24 16 7 8 MR SANDMAN Syml 238800
25 19 19 6 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 97650
26 26 26 3 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 54000
27 NEW 27 1 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 18400
28 18 10 7 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 184050
29 29 29 4 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 65350
30 21 4 9 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 310550

31 31 1 9 DREAMS Grace Slick 519300
32 25 3 12 THE MAN The Killers 486050
33 27 27 5 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 78300
34 NEW 34 1 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 17600
35 50 35 3 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 35500
36 36 36 4 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 53200
37 24 8 9 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 264300
38 23 20 7 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 121450
39 RE 15 12 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 200450
40 49 40 4 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 43800

41 28 10 7 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 174300
42 44 42 4 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 50500
43 41 1 12 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 750450
44 45 44 3 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 36650
45 33 19 7 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 112500
46 35 35 6 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 71250
47 54 47 3 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 34100
48 39 39 4 GLORIOUS Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey 47650
49 NEW 49 1 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 12100
50 55 50 3 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 29200

51 51 51 4 TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell 45250
52 NEW 52 1 MERMAID Skott 11500
53 38 17 9 TOO MUCH Blondie 151900
54 40 40 7 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 78600
55 37 18 7 RAIN The Script 131000
56 47 10 8 GENEVE John Otway 203000
57 32 29 6 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 92300
58 68 58 3 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 21600
59 57 1 25 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 903350
60 62 60 3 UGLY Jaira Burns 24200

61 NEW 61 1 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 7500
62 NEW 62 1 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 7400
63 69 63 3 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 18600
64 58 14 15 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 240550
65 43 34 6 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 72900
66 NEW 66 1 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 6800
67 42 17 9 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 143750
68 NEW 68 1 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 6400
69 NEW 69 1 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 6000

71 73 71 2 DO YA THINK I’M SEXY? Rod Stewart featuring DNCE 11200
72 NEW 72 1 DOWN THE ROAD C2C featuring John Lee Hooker 5600
73 72 1 45 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1137900
74 NEW 74 1 DUM DUM Kideko 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MANGO BAY MONOMOTION 5000

DROP OUTS
46 1 6 NUMB Linkin Park 523750
48 31 9 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 128250
52 23 9 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 146000
53 16 9 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 161900
56 1 16 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1189500
59 59 3 GYPSY (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) Norda & Mike De Ville featuring Joanna Jones 26400
61 4 15 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 485650
63 5 9 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 282500
64 64 2 BRICKS Le Grind 13700
65 65 2 CHASING HIGHS Alma 12400
66 1 13 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 607350
67 20 3 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 44400
70 70 3 NO HORSES Garbage 16400
71 71 1 WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF 5800
74 34 8 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 103750
75 75 1 WITHOUT YOU Avicii featuring Sandro Cavezza 5000

27th August 2017

Back on top for a second week, it’s the Jimmy Webb classic for the late great Glen, and in the same week Texas (including Galveston) gets whacked by a massive hurricane. Train get yet another top 5 single here, 16 years since Drops Of Jupiter peaked at 10, at least the 8th or 9th time they’ve done the top 10 and the 6th top 5. In at 10, it’s a 90’s-themed invasion as I come across an unreleased 1999 gem, purely by accident looking for an entry to the Buzzjack Song Contest – it’s Madonna doing a version of a wonderful gentle ballad from Abba’s final studio album. It was intended to go on the Music album, and Madonna really should have followed through with it, it’s charming.

New at 20, my 1991 chart-topper for the KLF returns, as TV pushes sales up of what of their back-catalogue is available to buy (clue: very little). Fortunately I already have pretty much everything of theirs I wanted to own, not to mention earlier stuff from the 80’s, and as part of the band Brilliant, who were pretty fine. 3am eternal!

Big jumps for Dua Lipa to 22, Callum Beattie to 30, and a host of current chart hits into my 40 – that hasn’t happened for some time! Rod Stewart’s 1978 chart-topper is also back, regarded as his cheesiest track generally, it always had that great riff going for it, and this time it gets the DNCE treatment. It really should say DNCE featuring Rod Stewart as it’s very much in their style, not Rod’s…..

1 2 1 3 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 455000
2 1 1 6 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 488600
3 3 1 7 TRUE FEELING Galantis 615000
4 11 4 3 DRINK UP Train 123000
5 5 5 3 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 180000
6 6 4 4 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 182400
7 4 4 7 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 379000
8 8 8 7 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 226450
9 10 9 6 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 171700
10 NEW 10 1 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 42000

11 7 1 9 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 907000
12 17 12 3 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 70750
13 9 8 4 DARTH VADER Dragonette 143000
14 18 14 3 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 69750
15 21 15 3 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 57150
16 13 7 7 MR SANDMAN Syml 219800
17 19 17 3 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 62000
18 12 10 6 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 165750
19 22 19 5 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 78900
20 NEW 20 1 3 A.M. The KLF 20000

21 14 4 8 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 292550
22 50 22 3 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 37300
23 20 20 6 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 104250
24 15 8 8 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 247000
25 23 3 11 THE MAN The Killers 468250
26 40 26 2 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 35500
27 36 27 4 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 60600
28 16 10 6 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 160300
29 38 29 3 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 47150
30 64 30 2 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 25100

31 25 1 8 DREAMS Grace Slick 501400
32 29 29 5 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 81900
33 30 19 6 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 99500
34 42 34 2 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 31350
35 43 35 5 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 59000
36 54 36 3 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 35800
37 26 18 6 RAIN The Script 120200
38 27 17 8 TOO MUCH Blondie 140650
39 53 39 3 GLORIOUS Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey 35350
40 45 40 6 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 67600

41 37 1 11 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 736950
42 28 17 8 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 137150
43 34 34 5 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 65900
44 47 44 3 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 36750
45 57 45 2 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 23400
46 24 1 6 NUMB Linkin Park 523750
47 33 10 7 GENEVE John Otway 192400
48 31 31 9 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 128250
49 61 49 3 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 26800
50 70 50 2 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 18000

51 51 51 3 TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell 33500
52 39 23 9 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 146000
53 35 16 9 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 161900
54 56 54 2 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 21600
55 68 55 2 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 17200
56 46 1 16 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1189500
57 55 1 24 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 893250
58 48 14 14 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 233450
59 59 59 3 GYPSY (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) Norda & Mike De Ville featuring Joanna Jones 26400
60 63 60 2 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 17200

61 49 4 15 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 485650
62 66 62 2 UGLY Jaira Burns 14200
63 41 5 9 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 282500
64 67 64 2 BRICKS Le Grind 13700
65 RE 65 2 CHASING HIGHS Alma 12400
66 58 1 13 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 607350
67 32 20 3 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 44400
68 75 68 2 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 11400
69 74 69 2 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 11400
70 73 70 3 NO HORSES Garbage 16400

71 NEW 71 1 WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF 5800
72 72 1 44 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1132500
73 NEW 73 1 DO YA THINK I’M SEXY? Rod Stewart featuring DNCE 5400
74 44 34 8 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 103750
75 NEW 75 1 WITHOUT YOU Avicii featuring Sandro Cavezza) 5000

DROP OUTS
52 33 6 CHAMELEON Pnau 94250
60 47 2 BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell 22500
62 6 12 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 317050
65 65 2 REIMS RL Grime 13600
69 11 16 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 254100
71 71 1 NOT ENOUGH Lido featuring THEY 5800

 

20th August 2017

It’s Zoot Woman on top, the British electronica have been releasing tracks for 20 years without me ever noticing until they teamed up with Kylie – so wham, only 2 decades of waiting! Kylie meanwhile gets an 11th number one since her first in 1994 and her most-recent in 2014. Ol’ Kylie has had well over 30 top 10 hits here, so you can see I quite like her.

Glen Campbell still has a big presence on my chart, and the chart is so crammed with great stuff that good singles I still like have been pushed out (including several Glen Campbell tracks). Frankly I could easily do a top 120 or so of tracks I like right now (If I had the time!), and every track in my chart is underperforming compared to where they deserve to be.

P!nk has a big climb into the 20, as Lana Del Ray returns to the 20 for the 2nd time this year and thereby giving Stevie Nicks a top 20 for the first time in 6 years (not including Fleetwood Mac). Dannii Minogue also leaps to 21, chasing her sis, with what is shockingly her first top 40 track in 12 years. Highest new entry is a fab SEEB remix of a new Mick Jagger track, at 40, his first chart entry outside the Stones in 13 years, and his first top 40 since Gosh Knows When…

Little Mix go all latin pop with CNCO and grab a second chart hit at 42, Dua Lipa has a big climb into the 50, The Killers also grab a second entry, and Beth Ditto improves on her minor first single off the new album, entering higher than Fire. Saint Etienne keep the regular run of hits a-coming, 25 years and counting, and 2 ex-One Direction boys enter proving that the better-quality and more-varied solo material of all 5 members has already out-done everything they did as a band – an underwhelming 7 or 8 chart entries and none of them going top 40, I think.

1 2 1 5 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 373600
2 1 1 2 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 285000
3 3 1 6 TRUE FEELING Galantis 530000
4 6 4 6 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 329000
5 5 5 2 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 120000
6 4 4 3 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 127400
7 7 1 8 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 870000
8 9 8 6 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 178450
9 8 8 3 DARTH VADER Dragonette 111000
10 12 10 5 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 126700

11 19 11 2 DRINK UP Train 58000
12 10 10 5 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 143750
13 14 7 6 MR SANDMAN Syml 194800
14 15 4 7 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 272800
15 16 8 7 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 228000
16 13 10 5 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 142000
17 46 17 2 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 35750
18 25 18 2 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 40750
19 30 19 2 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 39000
20 26 20 5 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 85000

21 57 21 2 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 30150
22 27 22 4 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 57900
23 23 3 10 THE MAN The Killers 449500
24 11 1 5 NUMB Linkin Park 511000
25 21 1 7 DREAMS Grace Slick 483500
26 18 18 5 RAIN The Script 102900
27 22 17 7 TOO MUCH Blondie 123450
28 17 17 7 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 123400
29 31 29 4 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 64100
30 24 19 5 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 81800

31 35 31 8 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 115950
32 20 20 2 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 37800
33 29 10 6 GENEVE John Otway 179900
34 48 34 4 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 52400
35 33 16 8 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 150650
36 37 36 3 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 42200
37 36 1 10 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 722950
38 51 38 2 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 28950
39 44 23 8 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 134500
40 NEW 40 1 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 17000

41 28 5 8 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 275300
42 NEW 42 1 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 13750
43 50 43 4 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 41500
44 34 34 7 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 98550
45 45 45 5 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 50600
46 42 1 15 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1178900
47 54 47 2 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 23500
48 39 14 13 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 223250
49 38 4 14 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 478150
50 71 50 2 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 17800

51 60 51 2 TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell 21750
52 40 33 6 CHAMELEON Pnau 94250
53 65 53 2 GLORIOUS Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey 18250
54 62 54 2 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 18400
55 55 1 23 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 882850
56 NEW 56 1 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 10600
57 NEW 57 1 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 10400
58 59 1 12 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 600550
59 69 59 2 GYPSY (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) Norda & Mike De Ville featuring Joanna Jones 16300
60 47 47 2 BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell 22500

61 63 61 2 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 14700
62 43 6 12 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 317050
63 NEW 63 1 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 7200
64 NEW 64 1 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 7100
65 67 65 2 REIMS RL Grime 13600
66 NEW 66 1 UGLY Jaira Burns 6800
67 NEW 67 1 BRICKS Le Grind 6600
68 NEW 68 1 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 6400
69 52 11 16 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 254100
70 NEW 70 1 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NOT ENOUGH Lido featuring THEY 5800
72 72 1 43 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1126900
73 75 73 2 NO HORSES Garbage 10400
74 NEW 74 1 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 5000

DROP OUTS
32 3 6 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 296300
41 41 15 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 177050
49 39 6 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 63800
53 5 13 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 488200
56 2 13 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 596650
58 29 8 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 94800
61 29 6 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 83850
64 64 1 WALLS Glen Campbell 7100
66 12 4 IN THE END Linkin Park 87200
68 68 3 VERSACE ON THE FLOOR Bruno Mars vs David Guetta 18000
70 70 1 GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 6000
73 73 1 CHASING HIGHS Alma 5400
74 74 1 JUST LIKE ALWAYS Glen Campbell 5200

 

 

13th August 2017

It’s the late great Glen Campbell at 1, spearheading a posthumous invasion of old tracks and one new one. Galveston hit my number 2 when I was doing my first occasional chart dabblings age 10 and 11, this one was summer of ’69, and a Jimmy Webb classic. It was also on the first pop album my parents bought for me, so it’s pretty appropriate that Galveston now takes the record for longest-wait to top my charts, over 48 years, on his 12th chart-topper.

Second-highest charting Glen song is his most recent number one for me, 2014, and his single off his last EP with lyrics that break the heart with his inverted alzheimers love-song to his wife, knowing he soon wouldn’t remember her – I’m Not Gonna Miss You is high emotion. Even without Glen’s death it would be a busy chart – there are loads bubbling-under – so big climbs for Kungs new track up from 62 to 4 with some help for Olly Murs, equalling their huge hit from last year, Kylie gets another number 2 to add to her long list, and Dragonette get a first top 10 up to 8.

Empire Of The Sun have had previous top 10’s, but not for a while, and ditto Coldplay (but who never have a long break away). Highest new song is Train at 19, also top 10 regulars, though they have to climb to the top, while DJ Licious is in at 25. Rednex get a third top 40 some 17 years late on it’s original release and 23 years since the last one. Pink is back, following her top 10 (here only) earlier this year with SIA, and Danni Minogue joins her sister in the chart for the first time since they did that xmas duet track together a couple of years ago. It’s 26 years since she debuted.

1 NEW 1 1 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 170000
2 5 2 4 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 203600
3 1 1 5 TRUE FEELING Galantis 445000
4 62 4 2 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 72400
5 NEW 5 1 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 60000
6 4 4 5 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 264000
7 3 1 7 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 820000
8 30 8 2 DARTH VADER Dragonette 66000
9 14 9 5 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 130450
10 11 10 4 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 108750

11 2 1 4 NUMB Linkin Park 492000
12 20 12 4 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 84700
13 10 10 4 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 117000
14 7 7 5 MR SANDMAN Syml 162800
15 6 4 6 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 243800
16 8 8 6 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 201000
17 22 17 6 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 105100
18 18 18 4 RAIN The Script 84400
19 NEW 19 1 DRINK UP Train 21000
20 NEW 20 1 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 20000

21 9 1 6 DREAMS Grace Slick 464750
22 21 17 6 TOO MUCH Blondie 106050
23 15 3 9 THE MAN The Killers 430250
24 19 19 4 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 63800
25 NEW 25 1 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 18750
26 26 26 4 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 65000
27 60 27 3 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 38400
28 17 5 7 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 261300
29 13 10 5 GENEVE John Otway 162200
30 NEW 30 1 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 18000

31 36 31 3 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 45900
32 12 3 6 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 296300
33 16 16 7 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 133150
34 34 34 6 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 85300
35 35 35 7 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 98050
36 23 1 9 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 705650
37 61 37 2 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 24800
38 25 4 13 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 466050
39 28 14 12 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 210950
40 33 33 5 CHAMELEON Pnau 82750

41 42 41 15 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 177050
42 31 1 14 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1166150
43 29 6 11 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 309650
44 32 23 7 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 117400
45 50 45 4 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 37600
46 NEW 46 1 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 12750
47 NEW 47 1 BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell 12500
48 48 48 3 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 34800
49 39 39 6 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 63800
50 58 50 3 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 28000

51 NEW 51 1 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 11750
52 41 11 15 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 247900
53 38 5 13 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 488200
54 NEW 54 1 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 11000
55 52 1 22 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 872050
56 44 2 13 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 596650
57 NEW 57 1 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 10400
58 45 29 8 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 94800
59 53 1 11 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 590350
60 NEW 60 1 TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell 10000

61 46 29 6 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 83850
62 NEW 62 1 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 7400
63 NEW 63 1 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 7200
64 NEW 64 1 WALLS Glen Campbell 7100
65 NEW 65 1 GLORIOUS Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey 7000
66 27 12 4 IN THE END Linkin Park 87200
67 NEW 67 1 REIMS RL Grime 6600
68 68 68 3 VERSACE ON THE FLOOR Bruno Mars vs David Guetta 18000
69 NEW 69 1 GYPSY (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) Norda & Mike De Ville featuring Joanna Jones 6200
70 NEW 70 1 GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 5800
72 69 1 42 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1121300
73 NEW 73 1 CHASING HIGHS Alma 5400
74 NEW 74 1 JUST LIKE ALWAYS Glen Campbell 5200
75 NEW 75 1 NO HORSES Garbage 5000

DROP OUTS
24 24 9 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 142800
37 37 7 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 92050
40 40 6 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 59400
43 2 15 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 805150
47 47 6 KING KONG Icarus 62300
49 40 4 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 65150
51 2 16 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 824200
54 54 3 SHE’S ON MY MIND JP Cooper 28200
55 50 5 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 46400
56 56 4 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 31400
57 18 8 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 139900
59 59 3 ALIVE Ben Haenow 21900
63 13 11 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 208300
64 1 20 CHARIOTS Paper Route 807200
65 65 1 PRISONER IN MOTION Georgia Denton 7000
66 46 5 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 54800
67 15 9 ROULETTE Katy Perry 134950
70 70 1 MILLION BUCKS Smallpools 6000
71 13 16 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 285000
72 72 3 FRONTLINE The Selecter 16400
73 1 18 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 798200
74 74 1 HUMAN TOUCH Betty Who 5200
75 75 2 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 10000

 

 

P1080598

Copenhagen for a City Denmark break

6th August 2017

It’s the joyful hook-driven pop flop of Galantis for one week only on top, knocking off the late Chester B from Linkin Park after a 2-week run. I can say one-week-only as the late great Glen Campbell died after I had finished this chart (running late due to a Salou, Spain break), and a host of his classics are in the itunes chart today – and in mine on Sunday.

Here for now, though, Zoot Woman takes Kylie back into the top 10 after being absent a year or two, for a whopping and frankly unbelievable almost 30 years since she was so lucky for the first time! TLC get a second top 10 of the year, and a second time for Sunny, the song. Boney M did it 40 years back. Big climbs for Coldplay into the 20 spanning the 21st century, and OMD, 37 years since Messages first did it.

The Weeknd keeps his run of big hits going, 5 years or so into his chart career here, and highest new entry is Dragonette, and a Star wars-related song. Darth Vader follows where Meco started 40 years ago when his disco theme to the debut movie topped my charts. Finally Rednex appear again after a chart break of well over 20 years. Swedish yee-haws all round.

1 3 1 4 TRUE FEELING Galantis 360000
2 1 1 3 NUMB Linkin Park 455000
3 2 1 6 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 770000
4 5 4 4 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 209000
5 27 5 3 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 88600
6 4 4 5 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 216800
7 9 7 4 MR SANDMAN Syml 133800
8 13 8 5 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 186000
9 7 1 5 DREAMS Grace Slick 445000
10 16 10 3 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 85000

11 26 11 3 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 66750
12 6 3 5 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 278500
13 10 10 4 GENEVE John Otway 144000
14 20 14 4 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 85450
15 8 3 8 THE MAN The Killers 411000
16 23 16 6 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 115450
17 11 5 6 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 243000
18 18 18 3 RAIN The Script 62400
19 45 19 3 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 44800
20 36 20 3 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 49700

21 17 17 5 TOO MUCH Blondie 86550
22 19 19 5 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 82100
23 15 1 8 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 688250
24 24 24 9 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 142800
25 14 4 12 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 448850
26 30 26 3 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 46500
27 12 12 3 IN THE END Linkin Park 80400
28 28 14 11 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 193850
29 21 6 10 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 296150
30 NEW 30 1 DARTH VADER Dragonette 18000

31 22 1 13 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1152400
32 41 23 6 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 104150
33 38 33 4 CHAMELEON Pnau 65750
34 34 34 5 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 67700
35 35 35 6 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 80550
36 56 36 2 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 28000
37 RE 37 7 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 92050
38 25 5 12 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 476950
39 49 39 5 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 51700
40 RE 40 6 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 59400

41 37 11 14 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 236400
42 42 42 14 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 163050
43 31 2 15 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 805150
44 39 2 12 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 586050
45 29 29 7 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 84600
46 32 29 5 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 76350
47 55 47 6 KING KONG Icarus 62300
48 58 48 2 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 22500
49 40 40 4 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 65150
50 65 50 3 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 24600

51 48 2 16 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 824200
52 52 1 21 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 861250
53 53 1 10 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 580250
54 54 54 3 SHE’S ON MY MIND JP Cooper 28200
55 50 50 5 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 46400
56 63 56 4 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 31400
57 47 18 8 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 139900
58 71 58 2 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 16000
59 66 59 3 ALIVE Ben Haenow 21900
60 60 60 2 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 20000

61 NEW 61 1 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 7500
62 NEW 62 1 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 7400
63 43 13 11 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 208300
64 62 1 20 CHARIOTS Paper Route 807200
65 NEW 65 1 PRISONER IN MOTION Georgia Denton 7000
66 46 46 5 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 54800
67 33 15 9 ROULETTE Katy Perry 134950
68 74 68 2 VERSACE ON THE FLOOR Bruno Mars vs David Guetta 11600
69 68 1 41 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1115700
70 NEW 70 1 MILLION BUCKS Smallpools 6000

71 61 13 16 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 285000
72 72 72 3 FRONTLINE The Selecter 16400
73 69 1 18 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 798200
74 NEW 74 1 HUMAN TOUCH Betty Who 5200
75 75 75 2 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 10000

DROP OUTS
44 20 8 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 92450
51 33 5 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 74550
57 15 11 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 183350
59 59 4 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 33400
64 64 4 JUMP Death Team 24900
67 67 2 RUN Foo Fighters 11600
70 58 2 LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS World’s End Girlfriend 16200
73 73 1 INFINITY Stellar Dreams 5400

30th July 2017

yes, it’s a second week for the much missed Linkin Park singer, Numb holds on and keeps some Buzzjack Song Contest entries out of the top 3 (KING PLAGUE’s Ave Maria rework, and Union’s hook-filled pop goodie) and holds off from Galantis, grabbing a top 3 for the first time, and quite why it’s not getting saturation airplay is a mystery to me.

John Otway gets a first top 10 after 40 years of trying, and Syml does what The Chordettes failed to do last year – grab a top 10 – although as an oldie The Chordettes had a tougher time of it. TLC make it 2 in a row top 20’s, Blondie also grab another, The Script their top 20 first for 3 or 4 years, ditto Empire Of The Sun, and Kasabian also ditto.

Coldplay, Lana Del Ray, Stevie Nicks, Kylie Minogue and The Weeknd are all familiar top 40 returnees, and all have topped my chart, some of them many many times.

1 1 1 2 NUMB Linkin Park 340000
2 2 1 5 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 685000
3 6 3 3 TRUE FEELING Galantis 190000
4 5 4 4 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 161800
5 10 5 3 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 144000
6 3 3 4 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 243500
7 4 1 4 DREAMS Grace Slick 400000
8 8 3 7 THE MAN The Killers 384000
9 19 9 3 MR SANDMAN Syml 83800
10 12 10 3 GENEVE John Otway 112000

11 7 5 5 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 220000
12 15 12 2 IN THE END Linkin Park 62000
13 13 9 4 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 138000
14 9 4 11 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 430100
15 11 1 7 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 669000
16 30 16 2 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 43000
17 22 17 4 TOO MUCH Blondie 66800
18 27 18 2 RAIN The Script 40400
19 36 19 4 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 62600
20 25 20 3 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 56450

21 20 6 9 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 277950
22 17 1 12 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1134500
23 16 16 5 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 90450
24 24 24 8 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 123800
25 18 5 11 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 459750
26 53 26 2 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 29750
27 58 27 2 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 28600
28 14 14 10 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 175550
29 35 29 6 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 71600
30 60 30 2 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 28000

31 21 2 14 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 791650
32 29 29 4 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 63600
33 23 15 8 ROULETTE Katy Perry 128350
34 37 34 4 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 50100
35 40 35 5 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 63050
36 48 36 2 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 29700
37 26 11 13 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 222400
38 39 38 3 CHAMELEON Pnau 48050
39 38 2 11 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 572800
40 42 40 3 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 53050

41 34 23 5 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 86350
42 43 42 13 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 149300
43 28 13 10 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 201100
44 31 20 8 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 92450
45 55 45 2 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 23800
46 46 46 4 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 48000
47 32 18 7 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 129500
48 45 2 15 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 812450
49 59 49 4 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 34600
50 50 50 4 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 35600

51 33 33 5 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 74550
52 52 1 20 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 849750
53 41 1 9 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 569000
54 69 54 2 SHE’S ON MY MIND JP Cooper 17200
55 56 55 5 KING KONG Icarus 49800
56 NEW 56 1 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 10600
57 51 15 11 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 183350
58 NEW 58 1 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 10200
59 61 59 4 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 33400
60 NEW 60 1 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 10000

61 57 13 15 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 279200
62 62 1 19 CHARIOTS Paper Route 800100
63 66 63 3 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 20800
64 65 64 4 JUMP Death Team 24900
65 72 65 2 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 12600
66 75 66 2 ALIVE Ben Haenow 11800
67 RE 67 2 RUN Foo Fighters 11600
68 68 1 40 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1109500
69 67 1 17 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 792800
70 RE 58 2 LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS World’s End Girlfriend 16200

71 NEW 71 1 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 5800
72 74 72 2 FRONTLINE The Selecter 10800
73 NEW 73 1 INFINITY Stellar Dreams 5400
74 NEW 74 1 VERSACE ON THE FLOOR Bruno Mars vs David Guetta 5200
75 NEW 75 1 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 5000

DROP OUTS
44 10 11 AVERDAVGI Agy 232350
47 7 11 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 415700
49 30 6 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 89700
54 37 6 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 74750
63 3 15 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 532800
64 64 4 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 28400
70 70 2 WEARING NOTHING Dagny 11200
71 5 14 HURRICANE Drones Club 463150
73 13 11 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 207900

23rd July 2017

In the week of the tragic loss of Chester Bennington, I had to finally give the epic Numb the love I didn’t give at the time, 14 years ago (I was in a bad place that year and couldnt cope with depressing music) – it only peaked at 30 in my charts, and it took the Jay-Z mash-up to take it to 15 on a long chart run to see what I’d missed. So, 16 years after In The End hit 7 in my charts (and re-enters at 15 here), Faint did ditto a few years later, and Steve Aoki took A Light That Never Comes to 5 4 years ago, Linkin Park finally get a number one here, knocking off the still-superb Adam Lambert track.

The Union climb fast into the top 5, Syml into the top 20, and the highest new new entry, as opposed to older tracks, is from The Script at 27 – it never rains on Danny, it seems, but hey, for TLC it’s Sunny – a fab reworking of the 1966 Bobby Hebb classic (who features on the track along with an Earth Wind & Fire sample – September). Last in my charts courtesy of Boney M 40 years ago! OMD got top 40, along with a host of returnees, but they also have another new track in at 55 – the new album title track, The Punishment of Luxury, while The Weeknd makes it 5 in a row off Starboy, Rockin’ in at 48.

Coldplay at back with a goodie at 53, Miracles, and Kylie is also back for her 31st year of chart hits here, assisting Zoot Woman at 58, as Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks assists Lana Del Ray on her 3rd of the year, nicel leapfrogging her two Mac compadres in the process for 41 years of charting. Enrique’s Latin smash also enters at last (I’ve given in, I’m bound to hear it next week on a Spanish theme park family break), and gives him 18 years-worth of hits, loads of ’em. You want longevity though? The Selecter have been away for a while, since their 2-tone heyday – Pauline Black has always popped up here and there over the years in the media or touring, but they haven’t troubled my charts since 1980, or solo Pauline since 1982’s Shoorah Shoorah – so a gap of 35 years, that’s one of the longest gaps ever for a returning act with new material.

1 NEW 1 1 NUMB Linkin Park 170000
2 1 1 4 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 570000
3 3 3 3 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 188500
4 2 1 3 DREAMS Grace Slick 350000
5 22 5 3 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 96800
6 7 6 2 TRUE FEELING Galantis 105000
7 5 5 4 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 183000
8 8 3 6 THE MAN The Killers 336000
9 6 4 10 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 401100
10 10 10 2 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 84000

11 4 1 6 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 642000
12 12 12 2 GENEVE John Otway 70000
13 9 9 3 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 106000
14 17 14 9 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 157250
15 NEW 15 1 IN THE END Linkin Park 27000
16 27 16 4 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 71200
17 11 1 11 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1115000
18 13 5 10 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 441000
19 32 19 2 MR SANDMAN Syml 38800
20 14 6 8 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 258200

21 16 2 13 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 773750
22 35 22 3 TOO MUCH Blondie 43800
23 15 15 7 ROULETTE Katy Perry 110650
24 24 24 7 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 104800
25 33 25 2 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 36450
26 21 11 12 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 205100
27 NEW 27 1 RAIN The Script 18400
28 19 13 9 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 196600
29 38 29 3 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 45800
30 NEW 30 1 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 18000

31 20 20 7 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 79200
32 18 18 6 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 117000
33 34 33 4 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 62800
34 23 23 4 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 72350
35 45 35 5 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 53400
36 49 36 3 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 41600
37 58 37 3 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 32500
38 26 2 10 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 555700
39 42 39 2 CHAMELEON Pnau 30850
40 44 40 4 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 45550

41 25 1 8 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 557750
42 48 42 2 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 36050
43 43 43 12 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 135550
44 28 10 11 AVERDAVGI Agy 232350
45 36 2 14 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 800150
46 53 46 3 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 35250
47 29 7 11 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 415700
48 NEW 48 1 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 12300
49 30 30 6 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 89700
50 71 50 3 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 23600

51 31 15 10 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 172950
52 52 1 19 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 838250
53 NEW 53 1 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 11250
54 37 37 6 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 74750
55 NEW 55 1 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 10800
56 56 56 4 KING KONG Icarus 39000
57 46 13 14 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 271700
58 NEW 58 1 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 10200
59 69 59 3 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 22500
60 NEW 60 1 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 10000

61 62 61 3 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 22300
62 51 1 18 CHARIOTS Paper Route 792700
63 55 3 15 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 532800
64 64 64 4 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 28400
65 73 65 3 JUMP Death Team 17800
66 66 66 2 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 13600
67 57 1 16 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 786600
68 68 1 39 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1103100
69 NEW 69 1 SHE’S ON MY MIND JP Cooper 6200
70 74 70 2 WEARING NOTHING Dagny 11200

71 50 5 14 HURRICANE Drones Club 463150
72 NEW 72 1 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 5600
73 39 13 11 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 207900
74 NEW 74 1 FRONTLINE The Selecter 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ALIVE Ben Haenow 5000

DROP OUTS
40 40 5 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 59300
41 23 7 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 95100
47 32 6 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 83700
54 9 10 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 277550
59 39 4 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 51200
60 5 17 LOST ON YOU LP 510800
61 18 8 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 111200
63 16 11 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 146400
65 5 12 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 359700
67 34 14 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 181200
70 70 4 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 24000
72 28 9 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 115450
75 5 17 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 476700

16th July 2017

Adam Lambert returns to the top for a second week, pushing off Grace Slick’s classic obscurity after only one week on top. UNKLE do a fab Lee Hazelwood impression, plus cinematic arrangement and leapfrog the man himself with his 50-years-old classic. The highest new entry is Galantis, with a killer pop tune and hook. Instant fave, and a return to the top 10 for them, at 7. It’s Ave Maria – trip-hop style – in at 10, and just lovely for King Plague, who has a very catchy name – Belaruse female musician apparently, though info is hard to come by.

In at 12, 40-years-old, it’s an orchestral wonder from John Otway, dating from the time of his first appearance in my chart with Wild Willy Barrett, Really Free. Geneve is still lovely, even without a Willy. Scissor Sisters have had 5 chart-toppers since debuting with one of ’em in 2004, Comfortably Numb, and last made the top 20 in 2012 with Let’s Have A Kiki. Good to have them back, albeit guesting.

Syml fronts band Barcelona (where I’ll be popping through in 2 weeks – the city that is), and hails from Seattle, which accounts for the sultry moody version of the 50’s pop classic that recently charted here for the Chordettes, which brings back magic memories of the 50’s for me – via Back To The Future of course, I’m not that old! Ditto the current advert-song from Tony Dallara, a fab vintage Italian croon almost as old as The Chordettes.

Empire Of The Sun return, and so do Pnau. Nick Littlemore features in both bands. Pnau have topped my charts with their Elton John sampling tracks, and the other Empire member topped my charts as a member of The Sleepy Jackson. There’s another Nancy & Lee classic entering (as a Tammy Wynette duet cover they made the definitive version of) – but this one is Tammy covering herself from 1973 with hubbie George Jones, a version that is new to me, a lovely country duet of My Elusive Dreams.

1 2 1 3 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 455000
2 1 1 2 DREAMS Grace Slick 285000
3 26 3 2 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 103500
4 3 1 5 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 605000
5 8 5 3 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 133000
6 4 4 9 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 356100
7 NEW 7 1 TRUE FEELING Galantis 50000
8 5 3 5 THE MAN The Killers 288000
9 14 9 2 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 74000
10 NEW 10 1 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 42000

11 7 1 10 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1092000
12 NEW 12 1 GENEVE John Otway 35000
13 9 5 9 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 419000
14 6 6 7 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 238200
15 16 15 6 ROULETTE Katy Perry 91400
16 10 2 12 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 754000
17 20 17 8 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 128250
18 22 18 5 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 99200
19 13 13 8 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 178300
20 28 20 6 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 61300

21 11 11 11 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 186600
22 37 22 2 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 36800
23 27 23 3 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 54750
24 24 24 6 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 85800
25 12 1 7 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 543750
26 18 2 9 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 538500
27 34 27 3 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 46200
28 15 10 10 AVERDAVGI Agy 219100
29 17 7 10 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 403200
30 30 30 5 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 77600

31 19 15 9 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 161200
32 NEW 32 1 MR SANDMAN Syml 17800
33 NEW 33 1 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 17700
34 35 34 3 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 45100
35 66 35 2 TOO MUCH Blondie 24300
36 25 2 13 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 787150
37 38 37 5 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 63750
38 57 38 2 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 27600
39 21 13 10 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 202500
40 40 40 5 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 59300

41 23 23 7 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 95100
42 NEW 42 1 CHAMELEON Pnau 13750
43 44 43 11 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 122050
44 59 44 3 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 28550
45 52 45 4 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 35900
46 33 13 13 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 261300
47 32 32 6 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 83700
48 NEW 48 1 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 12300
49 49 49 2 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 24200
50 31 5 13 HURRICANE Drones Club 457350

51 36 1 17 CHARIOTS Paper Route 785300
52 48 1 18 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 826750
53 53 53 2 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 22500
54 41 9 10 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 277550
55 42 3 14 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 525600
56 56 56 3 KING KONG Icarus 28400
57 47 1 15 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 780000
58 75 58 2 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 15200
59 39 39 4 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 51200
60 50 5 17 LOST ON YOU LP 510800

61 29 18 8 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 111200
62 62 62 2 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 14800
63 43 16 11 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 146400
64 64 64 3 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 21300
65 45 5 12 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 359700
66 NEW 66 1 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 6800
67 63 34 14 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 181200
68 67 1 38 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1096700
69 69 69 2 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 12400
70 70 70 4 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 24000

71 71 71 2 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 11600
72 51 28 9 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 115450
73 73 73 2 JUMP Death Team 10800
74 NEW 74 1 WEARING NOTHING Dagny 5200
75 61 5 17 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 476700

DROP OUTS
46 10 12 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 263400
54 18 9 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 126100
55 50 6 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 59300
58 58 1 LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS World’s End Girlfriend 10200
60 60 3 STRIP THAT DOWN Liam Payne featuring Quavo 23600
65 48 5 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 45600
68 27 6 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 82600
72 72 1 WISHING GIRL Lola Marsh 5600
74 1 22 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1357900

 

9th July 2017

For the second week in a row, and the third chart-topper in a row, it’s new at one – this time for Grace Slick’s 1980 worldwide flop (but a minor chart hit for me) which I rediscovered a few years back and fell in love with big time, so around a 37 wait to reach the top of my charts. It was close though, as Adam lambert is still strong. Liam Gallagher gets 2 consecutive top 10’s – it’s like the old Oasis days!

After 10 weeks Despacito hits a new peak of 11, slow climbing which is appropriate given the title, and as a watched a large of crowd of English London Pride attendees swaying along in the street and not being able to sing the lyrics, it made even more sense why it’s so popular. In at 14, another one that suddenly made sense to me once I heard it properly, French Montana being the highest new track to enter with Unforgettable, a great record.

Down t’bottom end, Blondie grab a 3rd chart entry of 2017, getting very close to 40 years of chart hits here, while Martine Mcutcheon is back 16 years since she last troubled my charts, and LeAnn Rimes a nearly as long 14 years. I do enjoy unexpected comebacks!

1 NEW 1 1 DREAMS Grace Slick 170000
2 1 1 2 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 285000
3 2 1 4 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 540000
4 4 4 8 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 301100
5 3 3 4 THE MAN The Killers 240000
6 8 6 6 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 209200
7 5 1 9 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1055000
8 16 8 2 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 73000
9 9 5 8 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 387000
10 7 2 11 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 729000

11 17 11 10 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 166850
12 6 1 6 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 525000
13 14 13 7 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 157300
14 NEW 14 1 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 29000
15 10 10 9 AVERDAVGI Agy 200800
16 20 16 5 ROULETTE Katy Perry 64400
17 11 7 9 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 385000
18 12 2 8 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 520000
19 15 15 8 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 143300
20 29 20 7 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 105250

21 13 13 9 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 185400
22 19 19 4 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 77200
23 25 23 6 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 81100
24 34 24 5 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 66800
25 24 2 12 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 769750
26 NEW 26 1 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 18500
27 39 27 2 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 35500
28 35 28 5 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 41300
29 18 18 7 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 103700
30 36 30 4 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 59600

31 23 5 12 HURRICANE Drones Club 445350
32 32 32 5 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 71200
33 26 13 12 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 248550
34 58 34 2 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 27800
35 60 35 2 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 27500
36 27 1 16 CHARIOTS Paper Route 773550
37 NEW 37 1 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 17300
38 46 38 4 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 46450
39 40 39 3 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 41100
40 43 40 4 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 42300

41 21 9 9 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 266550
42 28 3 13 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 514800
43 22 16 10 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 139200
44 44 44 10 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 108550
45 31 5 11 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 352700
46 33 10 12 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 263400
47 38 1 14 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 769600
48 47 1 17 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 815250
49 NEW 49 1 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 12100
50 45 5 16 LOST ON YOU LP 500800

51 41 28 8 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 109850
52 68 52 3 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 22900
53 NEW 53 1 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 11250
54 54 18 9 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 126100
55 50 50 6 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 59300
56 63 56 2 KING KONG Icarus 17800
57 NEW 57 1 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 10400
58 NEW 58 1 LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS World’s End Girlfriend 10200
59 74 59 2 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 15300
60 62 60 3 STRIP THAT DOWN Liam Payne featuring Quavo 23600

61 52 5 16 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 471700
62 NEW 62 1 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 7400
63 57 34 13 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 174600
64 64 64 2 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 14200
65 48 48 5 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 45600
66 NEW 66 1 TOO MUCH Blondie 6800
67 65 1 37 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1090300
68 49 27 6 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 82600
69 NEW 69 1 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 6200
70 70 70 3 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 18000

71 NEW 71 1 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WISHING GIRL Lola Marsh 5600
73 NEW 73 1 JUMP Death Team 5400
74 61 1 22 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1357900
75 NEW 75 1 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 5000

DROP OUTS
30 30 10 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 177500
37 7 8 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 269300
42 34 6 ADIOS Glen Campbell 89650
51 51 6 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 58550
53 30 9 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 123650
55 17 7 KRYPTONITE George Maple 130400
56 1 15 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 851750
59 39 7 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 78950
66 24 10 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 136200
67 55 4 RED SUN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 34600
69 69 4 LIVE FOREVER Oasis 22800
71 29 6 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 77700
72 2 12 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 400600
73 73 2 DON’T MATTER NOW George Ezra 10800
75 75 1 RUN Foo Fighters 5000

2nd July 2017

In from nowhere it’s Adam Lambert with his ambitious and fabulous Two Fux, far and away his best ever record (and he’s had a few goodies). In rhythm it reminds me of a 90’s gem from ex-New Kid On The Block Jordan Knight’s 1998 number 2 (here) Give It To Me, but it is sassier and more swirling. Adam’s been having occasional entries here since 2010, so at long last a biggie. That means The Killers get close but no cigar, The Man is great, much better than the ever present Mr Brightside which is outselling it in the UK charts and within 50,000 sales (not streaming) of a million! I just don’t get it!

Second highest new entry is a 2nd top 20 track for Liam Gallagher, one of his best ballads, Chinatown at 16. Katy Perry rockets into the 20 with Roulette as Swish swish stays ahead, and a new entry for Calvin Harris featuring her at 58 gives her 5 consecutive tracks on the list. My rules won’t be amended to exclude artists with more than 3….

Imelda gets a 2nd top 20 of the year, QOTSA get a first one ever, and in at 39 Shania Twain is back and jolly as ever after a gap of 13 years, she topped my chart in 1999 though That Don’t Impress Me Much as much as almost 20 years of chart-spanning. Rufus Wainwright covers a Beatles classic, used on a TV advert, while Foo Fighters and Imagine Dragons add to the long run of chart entries, the Foo’s covering 20 years, Imagine Dragons 5 or 6 years.

1 NEW 1 1 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 170000
2 1 1 3 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 455000
3 5 3 3 THE MAN The Killers 180000
4 6 4 7 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 236100
5 4 1 8 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1005000
6 3 1 5 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 490000
7 2 2 10 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 687000
8 10 8 5 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 154200
9 9 5 7 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 342000
10 11 10 8 AVERDAVGI Agy 173800

11 7 7 8 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 362000
12 8 2 7 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 498000
13 14 13 8 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 165650
14 17 14 6 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 125300
15 19 15 7 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 122300
16 NEW 16 1 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 25000
17 20 17 9 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 129850
18 29 18 6 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 85500
19 24 19 3 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 57700
20 63 20 4 ROULETTE Katy Perry 39400

21 13 9 8 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 252550
22 16 16 9 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 125700
23 15 5 11 HURRICANE Drones Club 427450
24 12 2 11 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 751000
25 40 25 5 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 61850
26 26 13 11 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 230850
27 25 1 15 CHARIOTS Paper Route 756150
28 21 3 12 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 501050
29 30 29 6 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 85250
30 31 30 10 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 177500

31 23 5 10 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 339700
32 38 32 4 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 53400
33 22 10 11 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 250650
34 45 34 4 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 47800
35 50 35 4 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 23000
36 36 36 3 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 41600
37 18 7 8 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 269300
38 27 1 13 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 757100
39 NEW 39 1 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 17100
40 65 40 2 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 24000

41 28 28 7 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 98100
42 34 34 6 ADIOS Glen Campbell 89650
43 66 43 3 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 25300
44 46 44 9 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 95300
45 41 5 15 LOST ON YOU LP 488800
46 59 46 3 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 29250
47 47 1 16 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 802950
48 52 48 4 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 38600
49 32 27 5 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 76200
50 54 50 5 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 48500

51 51 51 6 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 58550
52 42 5 15 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 464200
53 35 30 9 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 123650
54 33 18 8 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 115100
55 37 17 7 KRYPTONITE George Maple 130400
56 49 1 15 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 851750
57 53 34 12 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 167400
58 NEW 58 1 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 10200
59 39 39 7 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 78950
60 NEW 60 1 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 10000

61 57 1 21 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1352700
62 69 62 2 STRIP THAT DOWN Liam Payne featuring Quavo 13600
63 NEW 63 1 KING KONG Icarus 7200
64 NEW 64 1 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 7100
65 64 1 36 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1083700
66 48 24 10 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 136200
67 55 55 4 RED SUN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 34600
68 75 68 2 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 11400
69 71 69 4 LIVE FOREVER Oasis 22800
70 70 70 2 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 12000

71 43 29 6 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 77700
72 56 2 12 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 400600
73 73 73 2 DON’T MATTER NOW George Ezra 10800
74 NEW 74 1 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 5200
75 NEW 75 1 RUN Foo Fighters 5000

DROP OUTS
44 10 9 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 170450
58 25 10 THE CURE Lady Gaga 137200
60 36 7 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 91000
61 24 6 PAPER Svala 94500
62 20 10 STORY OF A HEART Steps 144900
67 50 5 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 42400
68 5 14 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 383400
72 72 2 TOO FAR GONE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 10800
74 1 15 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 690900

My 2017 Charts – Jan to March

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Leaning on a lamp-post at the corner of the street..it’s George Formby in Gran Canaria!

26th March 2017

It’s that flop classic from January 1968 on top, the beloved (by oldies) Alone Again Or from the cult band Love. It’s dark and New Wave-y in a hippie psychedelic tuneful way and ahead of it’s time. The top 20 though is full of activity and new entries, starting with 2 album tracks from Spoon and Gorillaz at 5 and 6. Far be it from me to tell artists what they should release as singles – OK strike that, just do as I say and release them as singles! I’ll raise that one for Take That as well, up to 10 with the official single Giants, but the next-best album track is in at 27, and it’s a New Day. Bung in London Grammar with the lovely album track Truth Is A Beautiful Thing doing what the first single off the new album didn’t do – inspire me to buy it.

LP do well in Europe, and about time they caught on here, in at 12, just behind the interestingly Prodigy-with-a-tune of Paper Route. Leonard Cohen’s fab dance remix of his last album title track is still as dark as one might expect, but a groove to boot, and up to 24. Pink and Sia get further top 40’s, Stargate-assisted, to add to their long runs, both won’t be far short of 20 years before long. Steps are back! Actually they popped back into my top 10 a few years back with a flop, but nice, ballad, but are back on pure late 90’s pop-cheese form at 64. Diane Warren take note of the tune…

It’s a 60’s party at the bottom end, as The Beatles chart another Abbey Road album track. What’s the difference between the UK chart and my chart? The album tracks in my chart are by different acts and all deserve to be singles, and the album tracks in the UK charts are by the same two acts, and errr, don’t. The Hollies are also in with their 1972 US hit, and UK mini-hit, but which was excluded from my top 20 of the time (I only included official top 30 singles) but would otherwise have been a biggish hit for me. So the new meh-ish Kong movie gives me an opportunity to set a wrong to right and chart it properly now. It’s essentially The Hollies doing a very good Creedence Clearwater Revival impression, and will be joined next week by the real thing, also in the same movie with an uncharted chart.

1 2 1 2 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 285000
2 1 1 7 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1039250
3 6 3 2 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 140000
4 4 3 6 TOI ET MOI Paradis 407000
5 NEW 5 1 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 60000
6 NEW 6 1 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 55000
7 3 2 7 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 485200
8 5 5 8 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 265600
9 7 4 7 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 250000
10 16 10 6 GIANTS Take That 140550

11 NEW 11 1 CHARIOTS Paper Route 37000
12 NEW 12 1 LOST ON YOU LP 35000
13 8 5 10 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 474250
14 15 11 7 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 168900
15 19 15 4 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 83200
16 18 16 4 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 72700
17 14 12 6 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 148300
18 12 6 8 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 270750
19 9 2 10 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 610000
20 10 10 6 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 136350

21 11 1 9 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 731750
22 22 22 2 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 39000
23 13 5 5 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 176850
24 38 24 2 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 36200
25 25 25 4 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 59800
26 26 26 5 LOVE Lana Del Ray 84100
27 NEW 27 1 NEW DAY Take That 18400
28 30 28 2 THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge 36300
29 17 17 2 MAJOR TOM (VOLLIG LOSGELOST) Peter Schilling 41200
30 20 8 10 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 268250

31 21 8 8 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 215250
32 32 32 3 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 52800
33 54 33 2 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 28700
34 NEW 34 1 ON MY MIND Disciples 17600
35 23 17 5 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 96900
36 36 36 4 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 63000
37 65 37 2 TURBO KILLER Carpenter Brut 24300
38 NEW 38 1 LIKE I LOVE YOU Greta Zazza 17200
39 NEW 39 1 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 17100
40 42 40 4 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 54400

41 27 1 13 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1275400
42 43 42 3 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 38750
43 28 28 6 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 94700
44 31 1 20 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2040900
45 24 14 8 FUN Blondie 144000
46 61 46 2 HOME Schwarz 20250
47 29 8 9 MOVE Saint Motel 233700
48 37 8 12 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 322000
49 39 39 3 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 46200
50 51 50 2 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 23750

51 49 1 22 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 953100
52 45 2 18 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 963900
53 40 5 10 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 298150
54 35 4 12 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 349050
55 34 34 5 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 71000
56 56 56 2 YOU’RE A f***ING JOKE Bec Sandridge 21200
57 46 4 23 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 689300
58 33 7 12 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 335200
59 NEW 59 1 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 10100
60 63 60 2 THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Bruno Mars 17200

61 67 61 2 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 14100
62 64 62 4 PINNACLE Tone Damli 25700
63 50 50 3 BEYOND MEMORY Nina 29800
64 NEW 64 1 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 7100
65 41 23 6 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 86250
66 68 66 2 HYPNOTISED Coldplay 13200
67 69 67 2 HIGHS AND LOWS Emeli Sande 12800
68 NEW 68 1 REMEMBER ME Jennifer Hudson 6400
69 72 69 3 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 16800
70 70 70 2 iT Christine And The Queens 12000

71 NEW 71 1 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 5800
72 48 48 6 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 46900
73 NEW 73 1 A NIGHT AND A DAY Pepe Deluxe 5400
74 44 26 5 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 72850
75 NEW 75 1 BECAUSE The Beatles 5000

DROP OUTS
47 14 9 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 179450
52 17 9 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 168400
53 53 4 NO MATTER Frances 35050
55 4 11 SOUL FREE George Michael 315800
57 7 13 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 340900
58 58 3 PARADISE My First Band 30500
59 19 10 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 168750
60 60 4 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 28600
62 45 4 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 43600
66 24 6 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 91700
71 5 19 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 488400
73 73 2 LET’S GET LOST Pretenders featuring Neil Tennant 10600
74 9 14 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 252950
75 75 1 THE END The Beatles 5000

 

19th March 2017

It’s Katy Perry for a 5th week on top, just holding off the highest new entry at 2 from obscure 60’s hippie band Love, and their classic non-hit Alone Again Or. The Damned eventually took the song into the charts in the 80’s with a fine cover, but the original is the best! Nancy Sinatra holds at 5, and The Beatles enter at 75 with an Abbey Road classic album track, The End. Back into the UK album top 30, it gives me an excuse to chart it at long last. Frankly, if Ed “yawnsome” Sheeran can hog the entire singles chart with his tedious album tracks, then I see no reason for the whole of Abbey Road to take up my entire top 16 as well – but I’m not that boring, and I’ve never allowed any act to take over my chart wholesale. Not even The Beatles when their entire collection of singles were reissued hits in 1976 – I gave them their own chart.

There’s an oldie a few years old I missed at at 6 from Future Islands, and an oldie top 10 from 1984 in it’s non-charted German-language version at 17, joined by another 1984 hit (actually a 1979 B side classic, originally) that I heard in a nightclub on Friday in tribute to the late Joni Sledge – Thinking Of You in at 30. Joining in the depressing “late” party, one of Leonard Cohen’s last recordings is in remix form in at 38, with another Sister Sledge and Chuck Berry due next week. sad….

1 1 1 6 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 869250
2 NEW 2 1 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 115000
3 2 2 6 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 435200
4 3 3 5 TOI ET MOI Paradis 342000
5 5 5 7 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 217600
6 NEW 6 1 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 55000
7 4 4 6 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 205000
8 7 5 9 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 442250
9 6 2 9 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 589000
10 18 10 5 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 116350

11 9 1 8 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 712000
12 10 6 7 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 248750
13 8 5 4 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 157600
14 12 12 5 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 125300
15 11 11 6 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 139900
16 16 16 5 GIANTS Take That 98550
17 NEW 17 1 MAJOR TOM (VOLLIG LOSGELOST) Peter Schilling 23000
18 22 18 3 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 47700
19 29 19 3 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 56200
20 15 8 9 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 250250

21 13 8 7 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 197350
22 NEW 22 1 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 19500
23 17 17 4 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 79400
24 14 14 7 FUN Blondie 131000
25 37 25 3 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 41050
26 31 26 4 LOVE Lana Del Ray 65600
27 19 1 12 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1261400
28 30 28 5 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 81200
29 24 8 8 MOVE Saint Motel 221200
30 NEW 30 1 THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge 18000

31 21 1 19 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2027650
32 38 32 2 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 35000
33 20 7 11 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 325000
34 34 34 4 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 60200
35 28 4 11 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 338050
36 36 36 3 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 45600
37 33 8 11 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 309700
38 NEW 38 1 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 17200
39 40 39 2 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 34100
40 27 5 9 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 286900

41 23 23 5 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 79250
42 44 42 3 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 37400
43 52 43 2 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 25000
44 26 26 4 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 67650
45 39 2 17 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 952400
46 46 4 22 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 678900
47 32 14 9 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 179450
48 54 48 5 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 41300
49 48 1 21 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 941350
50 56 50 2 BEYOND MEMORY Nina 22600

51 NEW 51 1 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 11750
52 35 17 9 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 168400
53 57 53 4 NO MATTER Frances 35050
54 NEW 54 1 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 11000
55 50 4 11 SOUL FREE George Michael 315800
56 NEW 56 1 YOU’RE A f***ING JOKE Bec Sandridge 10600
57 43 7 13 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 340900
58 58 58 3 PARADISE My First Band 30500
59 49 19 10 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 168750
60 63 60 4 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 28600

61 NEW 61 1 HOME Schwarz 7500
62 45 45 4 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 43600
63 NEW 63 1 THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Bruno Mars 7200
64 71 64 3 PINNACLE Tone Damli 18300
65 NEW 65 1 TURBO KILLER Carpenter Brut 7000
66 47 24 6 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 91700
67 NEW 67 1 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 6600
68 NEW 68 1 HYPNOTISED Coldplay 6400
69 NEW 69 1 HIGHS AND LOWS Emeli Sande 6200
70 NEW 70 1 iT Christine And The Queens 6000

71 66 5 19 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 488400
72 75 72 2 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 10600
73 74 73 2 LET’S GET LOST Pretenders featuring Neil Tennant 10600
74 55 9 14 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 252950
75 NEW 75 1 THE END The Beatles 5000

DROP OUTS
25 4 10 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 292600
41 30 2 HURT Johnny Cash 32000
42 42 18 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 134750
51 22 7 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 100050
53 21 8 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 132350
59 18 10 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 154900
60 60 3 LOVE ME BETTER James Blunt 24400
61 1 26 HURTS Emeli Sande 1315650
62 18 9 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 137900
64 64 5 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 34500
65 65 4 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 25200
67 67 2 I KNOW A PLACE MUNA 1300
68 32 7 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 86500
69 60 4 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 36200
70 31 6 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 72350
72 16 8 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 139300
73 37 7 PLAY THAT SONG Train 73550

 

12th March 2017

It’s Katy Perry for a 4th week, still fabulous despite strong competition from Little Big Town at 2. Blondie add to their list of top 20 tracks, and Jack Savoretti rockets up to 22 to give him quite the string of top 40 entries over the last couple of years – sadly only in my charts, not the UK official chart. Texas get a big climb into the 40 and highest new entries are from Little Mix and Louisa Johnson. Finally The Pretenders get a sneak in with a Pet Shop Boy. That’s a whopping total of 70 years of charting added together!

1 1 1 5 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 699250
2 2 2 5 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 350200
3 3 3 4 TOI ET MOI Paradis 277000
4 10 4 5 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 155000
5 9 5 6 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 157600
6 4 2 8 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 544000
7 7 5 8 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 394250
8 5 5 3 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 125600
9 6 1 7 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 675000
10 11 6 6 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 213750

11 14 11 5 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 112900
12 15 12 4 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 96300
13 8 8 6 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 177600
14 24 14 6 FUN Blondie 112000
15 12 8 8 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 230250
16 20 16 4 GIANTS Take That 73550
17 23 17 3 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 60150
18 18 18 4 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 74350
19 13 1 11 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1243000
20 16 7 10 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 307300

21 17 1 18 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2009750
22 69 22 2 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 25700
23 27 23 4 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 65250
24 19 8 7 MOVE Saint Motel 203000
25 21 4 10 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 292600
26 26 26 3 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 54400
27 22 5 8 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 269900
28 25 4 10 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 320550
29 40 29 2 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 35200
30 33 30 4 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 62900

31 32 31 3 LOVE Lana Del Ray 47100
32 31 14 8 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 166950
33 29 8 10 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 292400
34 42 34 3 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 42600
35 28 17 8 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 156900
36 55 36 2 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 28200
37 75 37 2 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 22300
38 NEW 38 1 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 17200
39 39 2 16 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 939400
40 NEW 40 1 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 17000

41 30 30 2 HURT Johnny Cash 32000
42 47 42 18 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 134750
43 34 7 12 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 330500
44 57 44 2 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 23650
45 45 45 3 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 36200
46 37 4 21 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 666150
47 38 24 5 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 84900
48 48 1 20 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 929250
49 41 19 9 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 158650
50 46 4 10 SOUL FREE George Michael 305000

51 36 22 7 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 100050
52 NEW 52 1 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 11500
53 44 21 8 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 132350
54 66 54 4 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 29000
55 49 9 13 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 246750
56 NEW 56 1 BEYOND MEMORY Nina 10600
57 65 57 3 NO MATTER Frances 23800
58 59 58 2 PARADISE My First Band 20300
59 51 18 10 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 154900
60 62 60 3 LOVE ME BETTER James Blunt 24400

61 56 1 26 HURTS Emeli Sande 1315650
62 54 18 9 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 137900
63 70 63 3 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 18600
64 64 64 5 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 34500
65 67 65 4 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 25200
66 63 5 18 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 482600
67 68 67 2 I KNOW A PLACE MUNA 13000
68 50 32 7 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 86500
69 60 60 4 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 36200
70 53 31 6 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 72350

71 73 71 2 PINNACLE Tone Damli 11200
72 43 16 8 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 139300
73 61 37 7 PLAY THAT SONG Train 73550
74 NEW 74 1 LET’S GET LOST Pretenders featuring Neil Tennant 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 5000

DROP OUTS
35 35 10 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 134800
52 33 6 BABY Bakermat 85800
58 29 8 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 113300
71 3 18 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 560350
72 72 1 SLIDE Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean & Migos 5600
74 30 7 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 66500

 

5th February 2017

It’s Katy Perry’s faaaaaantastic single still on top for the third week, now I’ve seen the new video as good as that BRITS show she did. The nearest challenger is Little Big Town’s lovely version of a song generously donated by Taylor Swift, one of her best songs. So gorgeous Stevie Nicks could have written it. That leaves a big climb to 5 for Chainsmokers and Coldplay, not the first time for either of them, and extending Coldplay’s run of top 10’s to 17 years.

Imelda May has a first ever top 10, after coming close many times, while Black Tears also gives Jeff Beck his first top 10 since, err, his first top 10 in 1972 with his 1967 classic party hit Hi Hi Silver Lining. Hope it was worth the 45 year wait Jeff! Nancy Sinatra gets yet another oldie in my top 10, with her advert song, while Johnny Cash (another 60’s veteran, albeit late in his case) has an advert-boosted (movie Logan) return to my chart for the 4th time for his awesome Nine Inch Nails cover, Hurt. In at 30.

Above and Beyond grab another top 10, Take That a top 20 24 years on from their first, Lana Del Ray has another top 40 entry, and Alison Krauss is back with 2 new (oldie covers) entries 20 years on from her first entries which was also a bluegrass cover. These are more lush country than bluegrass but her voice is still topnotch on the Glen Campbell cover Gentle On My Mind, and the Brenda Lee cover Losing You. Finally, Texas sneak in for a run of 28 years of chart entries, yay Sharlene!

1 1 1 4 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 529250
2 5 2 4 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 235200
3 3 3 3 TOI ET MOI Paradis 192000
4 2 2 7 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 489000
5 34 5 2 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 77600
6 4 1 6 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 630000
7 7 5 7 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 344250
8 12 8 5 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 145600
9 14 9 5 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 97600
10 16 10 4 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 90400

11 6 6 5 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 171750
12 8 8 7 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 203250
13 9 1 10 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1222000
14 27 14 4 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 75900
15 18 15 3 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 61300
16 11 7 9 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 287300
17 13 1 17 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1990000
18 21 18 3 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 52350
19 10 8 6 MOVE Saint Motel 184000
20 37 20 3 GIANTS Take That 48550

21 17 4 9 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 273850
22 15 5 7 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 251500
23 31 23 2 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 37150
24 29 24 5 FUN Blondie 83000
25 25 4 9 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 302250
26 36 26 2 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 35900
27 38 27 3 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 46000
28 20 17 7 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 139400
29 23 8 9 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 274700
30 NEW 30 1 HURT Johnny Cash 18000

31 19 14 7 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 149150
32 57 32 2 LOVE Lana Del Ray 28200
33 40 33 3 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 44900
34 28 7 11 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 317000
35 35 35 10 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 134800
36 22 22 6 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 88300
37 30 4 20 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 653400
38 24 24 4 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 72400
39 33 2 15 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 922300
40 NEW 40 1 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 17000

41 39 19 8 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 146550
42 53 42 2 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 25000
43 26 16 7 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 133700
44 42 21 7 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 121100
45 58 45 2 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 23200
46 44 4 9 SOUL FREE George Michael 293000
47 52 47 17 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 121000
48 48 1 19 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 916950
49 49 9 12 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 235950
50 32 32 6 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 80100

51 51 18 9 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 144800
52 41 33 6 BABY Bakermat 85800
53 43 31 5 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 66350
54 45 18 8 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 130500
55 NEW 55 1 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 10800
56 54 1 25 HURTS Emeli Sande 1308150
57 NEW 57 1 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 10400
58 47 29 8 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 113300
59 NEW 59 1 PARADISE My First Band 10100
60 60 60 3 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 30000

61 46 37 6 PLAY THAT SONG Train 68150
62 65 62 2 LOVE ME BETTER James Blunt 14400
63 59 5 17 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 476000
64 64 64 4 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 27400
65 68 65 2 NO MATTER Frances 13400
66 70 66 3 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 18000
67 69 67 3 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 18200
68 NEW 68 1 I KNOW A PLACE MUNA 6400
69 NEW 69 1 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 6200
70 73 70 2 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 11400

71 66 3 18 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 560350
72 NEW 72 1 SLIDE Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean & Migos 5600
73 NEW 73 1 PINNACLE Tone Damli 5400
74 62 30 7 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 66500
75 NEW 75 1 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 5000

DROP OUTS
50 26 6 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 93700
55 16 11 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 184900
56 4 11 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 409300
61 27 7 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 94950
63 63 5 GOODBYE 2NE1 34200
67 27 8 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 121800
71 6 21 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 424600
72 68 4 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 23800
74 2 24 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 952150
75 75 1 BALLERINO May 5000

 

26th February 2017

It’s an easy 2nd week on top the legend Katy Perry after that BRITS performance, just fab! That’s bad news for Dua Lipa stuck at 2 again, though she has had a recent chart-topper as compensation. French band Paradis shoot smoothly up to 3, classy. John Mayer replaces himself in the top 10, meanwhile with a groovy, jazzy number. Talking of groovy, jazzy numbers, Thundercat is in at 53 (wasn’t he a cartoon kids show?) with the help of 70’s jazz-rockers Michael “Doobie Brothers” McDonald & Kenny “Loggins & Messina” Loggins. Both popped into my charts in 1979 and through the 80’s.

Thanks to that car ad, Nancy Sinatra drives up rapidly over the speed limit to 14 with that fab 60’s movie theme tune. I’m following the liberal rights activist and cool legend on twitter, find myself agreeing with everything she posts, and adore the best of her music to boot. Big jumps for Nussy, Fenech-Soler, and REOL, while new in at 34 Chainsmokers & Coldplay launch an unexpected duet at the BRITS, and it’s pretty good.

Marc Almond is back on Radio 2 promoting his new single and hits album, and it’s good to see him back again lengthening his chart run to 36 years. Lana Del Ray is also back, Love to Lana, ditto Frances, and James “comedy name” Blunt, who now has a Jeremy to take all the heat off him.

1 1 1 3 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 359250
2 2 2 6 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 424000
3 18 3 2 TOI ET MOI Paradis 107000
4 3 1 5 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 575000
5 6 5 3 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 120200
6 10 6 4 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 134750
7 5 5 6 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 294250
8 12 8 6 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 168250
9 4 1 9 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1190000
10 8 8 5 MOVE Saint Motel 163000

11 7 7 8 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 262300
12 15 12 4 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 97600
13 11 1 16 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1967000
14 50 14 4 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 52600
15 9 5 6 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 232000
16 30 16 3 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 48400
17 13 4 8 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 254100
18 48 18 2 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 34300
19 14 14 6 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 131250
20 17 17 6 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 121100

21 56 21 2 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 30350
22 27 22 5 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 70900
23 23 8 8 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 256500
24 24 24 3 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 55200
25 19 4 8 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 283500
26 16 16 6 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 120200
27 35 27 3 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 46900
28 20 7 10 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 299400
29 32 29 4 FUN Blondie 64000
30 21 4 19 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 636100

31 NEW 31 1 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 17900
32 40 32 5 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 68100
33 26 2 14 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 905200
34 NEW 34 1 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 17600
35 38 35 9 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 117300
36 NEW 36 1 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 17400
37 53 37 2 GIANTS Take That 28550
38 57 38 2 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 27600
39 25 19 7 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 132550
40 58 40 2 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 27200

41 33 33 5 BABY Bakermat 74300
42 28 21 6 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 107850
43 31 31 4 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 55100
44 22 4 8 SOUL FREE George Michael 280250
45 34 18 7 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 119500
46 37 37 5 PLAY THAT SONG Train 60650
47 29 29 7 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 103100
48 47 1 18 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 904650
49 44 9 11 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 223850
50 36 26 6 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 93700

51 42 18 8 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 133050
52 54 52 16 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 108500
53 NEW 53 1 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 11250
54 51 1 24 HURTS Emeli Sande 1297550
55 39 16 11 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 184900
56 43 4 11 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 409300
57 NEW 57 1 LOVE Lana Del Ray 10400
58 NEW 58 1 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 10200
59 52 5 16 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 468800
60 60 60 2 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 20000

61 46 27 7 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 94950
62 41 30 6 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 61300
63 64 63 5 GOODBYE 2NE1 34200
64 67 64 3 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 20300
65 NEW 65 1 LOVE ME BETTER James Blunt 7000
66 66 3 17 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 554550
67 45 27 8 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 121800
68 NEW 68 1 NO MATTER Frances 6400
69 73 69 2 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 11600
70 74 70 2 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 11200

71 69 6 21 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 424600
72 68 68 4 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 23800
73 NEW 73 1 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 5400
74 71 2 24 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 952150
75 NEW 75 1 BALLERINO May 5000

DROP OUTS
49 4 13 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 482500
55 45 4 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 46550
59 19 5 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 82500
61 39 4 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 46700
62 62 5 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 34200
63 55 4 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 35300
65 3 14 REDBONE Childish Gambino 502500
70 7 9 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 246400
72 1 25 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1158050
75 75 1 HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern 5000

 

19th February 2017

It’s Katy Perry on top of my chart in her second week, and for the first time in 5 years, her 3rd chart-topper with the fab Chained To The Rhythm. Skip Marley meanwhile, as rap assister, equals his grand-dad Bob in topping my chart. Gulp! Grandad!

Little Big Town rocket up from 74 to 6 with the lovely country song Better Man, Saint Motel get a 2nd top 10, and Walk Off The Earth a 3rd. Imelda May and Jeff Beck return to the top 20 a few years since their first foray, Lilac Wine, both sultry blues fabness, and highest new entry is the cool grooves of French band (I assume) Paradis, in at 18.

Above And Beyond grab a 3rd top 40, a Kate Bush cover version dance stylee enters the 40 for Just Us, and Train get a 9th top 40 entry in my charts. I rather like them more than the UK public do! Take That are back again, as Giants, Corinne Bailey Rae covers Coldplay very nicely to give her a 9th chart entry in 12 years. The Scientist peaked at 20 in my charts, though it’s become something of a Coldplay standard in the years since. Finally, the late Peter Skellern gets a couple of tribute entries 45 years on from his debut in my chart with You’re A Lady.

1 23 1 2 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 189250
2 3 2 5 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 309000
3 1 1 4 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 510000
4 2 1 8 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1145000
5 6 5 5 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 244250
6 74 6 2 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 60200
7 7 7 7 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 225300
8 12 8 4 MOVE Saint Motel 121000
9 5 5 5 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 205000
10 24 10 3 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 79750

11 8 1 15 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1935000
12 16 12 5 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 120250
13 4 4 7 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 231100
14 15 14 5 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 110250
15 28 15 3 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 62600
16 18 16 5 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 101700
17 17 17 5 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 101100
18 NEW 18 1 TOI ET MOI Paradis 22000
19 9 4 7 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 264750
20 10 7 9 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 281100

21 14 4 18 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 618100
22 11 4 7 SOUL FREE George Michael 267000
23 13 8 7 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 237250
24 38 24 2 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 36200
25 19 19 6 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 115450
26 20 2 13 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 887500
27 31 27 4 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 51400
28 21 21 5 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 94100
29 32 29 6 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 90600
30 73 30 2 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 23400

31 39 31 3 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 41600
32 40 32 3 FUN Blondie 45800
33 37 33 4 BABY Bakermat 60300
34 22 18 6 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 106500
35 54 35 2 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 28500
36 26 26 5 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 81700
37 42 37 4 PLAY THAT SONG Train 47900
38 41 38 8 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 99800
39 25 16 10 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 174100
40 44 40 4 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 50300

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

41 30 30 5 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 53900
42 35 18 7 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 121300
43 29 4 10 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 398700
44 33 9 10 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 211750
45 34 27 7 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 115200
46 27 27 6 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 87450
47 46 1 17 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 892350
48 NEW 48 1 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 12300
49 36 4 13 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 482500
50 70 50 3 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 23600

51 48 1 23 HURTS Emeli Sande 1286550
52 47 5 15 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 458700
53 NEW 53 1 GIANTS Take That 11250
54 55 54 15 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 97000
55 45 45 4 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 46550
56 NEW 56 1 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 10600
57 NEW 57 1 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 10400
58 NEW 58 1 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 10200
59 43 19 5 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 82500
60 NEW 60 1 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 10000

61 56 39 4 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 46700
62 62 62 5 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 34200
63 58 55 4 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 35300
64 64 64 4 GOODBYE 2NE1 27000
65 49 3 14 REDBONE Childish Gambino 502500
66 51 3 16 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 547750
67 67 67 2 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 13200
68 68 68 3 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 18200
69 57 6 20 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 418800
70 52 7 9 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 246400

71 61 2 23 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 946950
72 66 1 25 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1158050
73 NEW 73 1 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 5400
74 NEW 74 1 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern 5000

DROP OUTS
50 50 6 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 58900
53 13 10 WANTED MORE Betsy 167850
59 59 3 UP ALL NIGHT (FLJOTAVIK EDIT) Agoria 24800
60 3 12 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 459050
63 16 11 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 174400
65 65 4 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 24200
69 69 4 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 22800
71 65 4 MERCY Shawn Mendes 25400
72 59 4 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 28500
75 75 2 MAGNIFICENT (SHE SAYS) Elbow 10000

 

 

12th February 2016

2 weeks on top for Captain Cuts, as Dua Lipa gets a 3rd top 5, jumping up to 3. Into the top 20 goes Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande, Stevie’s first top 20 with new material since 1981 – yes he’s been rubbish for 3 decades, having spent 20 stunningly brilliant years before that. Ariana’s 5th top 20 in the last 3 years, by contrast, including a number one. Dua and Stevie also have number ones on their list.

Highest new entry is Katy Perry back with an instant bang at 23, I’ve missed her self-induced surfer-boarding Orlando holiday break (give or take Rise), and she has also previous chart-topper form. Just to make me feel old, she’s borrowed Bob Marley’s grandson. I can remember when former chart-topper Bob was fresh and young, and I was even fresher and younger. Jamiroquai shoot up to 31, though JK has yet to top my charts he’s come close a few times.

That leaves Imagine Dragons (former chart-toppers) getting a second track on the list, Goldfrapp getting a fiurst top 40 in 4 years (former chart-toppers) and Blondie’s first top 40 in 3 years – having had oodles of chart-toppers since debut Denis did the trick nearly 40 years ago. I’m nothing if not loyal to former chart-toppers!

1 1 1 3 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 425000
2 2 1 7 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1080000
3 9 3 4 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 194000
4 5 4 6 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 199100
5 8 5 4 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 160000
6 6 6 4 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 184250
7 7 7 6 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 175300
8 3 1 14 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1898000
9 4 4 6 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 243750
10 10 7 8 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 261800

11 11 4 6 SOUL FREE George Michael 247500
12 15 12 3 MOVE Saint Motel 73000
13 12 8 6 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 218000
14 14 4 17 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 598350
15 16 15 4 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 81250
16 17 16 4 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 85250
17 26 17 4 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 78100
18 24 18 4 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 76700
19 20 19 5 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 96700
20 13 2 12 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 869000

21 28 21 4 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 75800
22 18 18 5 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 88900
23 NEW 23 1 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 19250
24 25 24 2 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 37750
25 21 16 9 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 157000
26 29 26 4 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 64300
27 30 27 5 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 74700
28 37 28 2 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 35600
29 19 4 9 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 385200
30 33 30 4 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 39900

31 59 31 3 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 33000
32 34 32 5 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 72400
33 27 9 9 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 198500
34 35 27 6 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 102200
35 32 18 6 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 107550
36 23 4 12 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 470400
37 45 37 3 BABY Bakermat 42600
38 NEW 38 1 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 17200
39 67 39 2 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 23700
40 54 40 2 FUN Blondie 28000

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41 43 41 7 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 82600
42 53 42 3 PLAY THAT SONG Train 30600
43 22 19 4 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 72400
44 66 44 3 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 33300
45 52 45 3 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 35750
46 46 1 16 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 879850
47 47 5 14 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 447200
48 41 1 22 HURTS Emeli Sande 1274800
49 38 3 13 REDBONE Childish Gambino 495500
50 55 50 6 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 58900

51 40 3 15 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 540950
52 36 7 8 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 240400
53 44 13 10 WANTED MORE Betsy 167850
54 NEW 54 1 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 11000
55 57 55 14 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 86000
56 39 39 3 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 39200
57 56 6 19 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 412600
58 64 55 3 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 28100
59 61 59 3 UP ALL NIGHT (FLJOTAVIK EDIT) Agoria 24800
60 42 3 12 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 459050

61 50 2 22 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 941150
62 62 62 4 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 26800
63 48 16 11 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 174400
64 69 64 3 GOODBYE 2NE1 19900
65 68 65 4 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 24200
66 65 1 24 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1152450
67 NEW 67 1 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 6600
68 73 68 2 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 11800
69 71 69 4 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 22800
70 72 70 2 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 11600

71 70 65 4 MERCY Shawn Mendes 25400
72 63 59 4 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 28500
73 NEW 73 1 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 5200
75 75 75 2 MAGNIFICENT (SHE SAYS) Elbow 10000

DROP OUTS
31 31 6 RAIN Status Quo 100050
49 49 3 DATA AND PICARD Pogo 31200
51 8 10 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 314400
58 3 6 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 255200
60 46 3 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 34750
74 74 1 NUMBER 1 Dev featuring Nef The Pharaoh 5200

 

5th February 2017

It’s Ryan Rabin on top and at number 10! Who? Oh he’s in both Captain Cuts and Grouplove, and Captain Cuts is an LA based songwriting/production trio, with quite a few artist credits to back them up. Love Like We Used To is a fab pop record, helped by vocalist Nateur. George Michael meanwhile replaces himself in the top 5 with Faith album cut Hand To Mouth popping upwards to 5. Meanwhile Starley and a John Mayer album track enter the top 10.

Saint Motel rocket into the top 20, their 2nd big hit here, as they Move from 54 to 15. Crystal Waters gets her first top 20 entry in 20 years, with Hifi Sean, and highest new entry, with their 4th top 40, is Walk Off The Earth, and new toon, Fire In My Soul in at 25. Lady Antebellum grab another top 40, and back together a couple of years after Lilac Wine did the biz in my charts, it’s Imelda May with a new image, and guitar legend Jeff Beck, on the sultry Black Tears. Jeff first charted 45 years ago in my charts with party classic Hi Ho Silver Lining.

Bakermat’s Baby is a re-imaging of Don’t Leave Me This Way, the Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes much-covered 70’s classic, here at 45, but it’s not the only re-imagining, there’s a very cheeky one at 53 for Train. I thought it was an old Train hit on first hearing, as the tune was so familiar. Not so. In fact it’s new lyrics stuffed over the top of this 1938, 80-year-old, much-covered Hoagy Carmichael standard…

I’ll be honest, it’s one of those songs I knew quite well but didn’t know I knew – you know the sort, hear it on telly, in films, in adverts, but you never really notice. It’s fab. Train’s new song is not bad, either and gives them a run of over 15 years in my charts. Former chart-toppers Goldfrapp are also back, now into a second-decade of hits, as is Elbow, with a longer run, and Depeche Mode, an incredible 36-years of chart entries, and last but not least Blondie, 39 years and counting. Phew! That’s nothing. Nancy Sinatra’s 60’s film theme has been used in a car advert, so I’m charting Last Of The Secret Agents for the first time, because I missed it first-time round, being as even I wasn’t charting 50 years ago. Hard to believe I know….

1 3 1 2 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 255000
2 1 1 6 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 965000
3 2 1 13 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1850000
4 5 4 5 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 198750
5 14 5 5 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 134100
6 6 6 3 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 129250
7 12 7 5 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 125300
8 13 8 3 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 100000
9 9 9 3 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 109000
10 7 7 7 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 219800

11 4 4 5 SOUL FREE George Michael 210500
12 8 8 5 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 186000
13 10 2 11 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 849000
14 17 4 16 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 569350
15 54 15 2 MOVE Saint Motel 38000
16 36 16 3 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 54150
17 21 17 3 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 60250
18 34 18 4 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 69400
19 11 4 8 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 367000
20 20 20 4 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 75700

21 16 16 8 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 138250
22 19 19 3 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 58900
23 15 4 11 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 453000
24 30 24 3 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 54700
25 NEW 25 1 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 18750
26 27 26 3 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 55100
27 26 9 8 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 180800
28 24 24 3 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 56050
29 38 29 3 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 45800
30 39 30 4 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 56300

31 32 31 6 RAIN Status Quo 100050
32 23 18 5 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 90050
33 50 33 3 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 39900
34 37 34 4 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 54600
35 47 27 5 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 84600
36 22 7 7 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 228900
37 NEW 37 1 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 17300
38 28 3 12 REDBONE Childish Gambino 483400
39 52 39 2 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 28600
40 25 3 14 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 529200

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41 35 1 21 HURTS Emeli Sande 1262500
42 31 3 11 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 449050
43 43 43 6 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 68600
44 33 13 9 WANTED MORE Betsy 156600
45 48 45 2 BABY Bakermat 25300
46 45 1 15 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 867100
47 40 5 13 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 434700
48 29 16 10 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 167200
49 49 49 3 DATA AND PICARD Pogo 31200
50 41 2 21 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 933650

51 42 8 10 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 314400
52 53 52 2 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 22750
53 72 53 2 PLAY THAT SONG Train 16850
54 NEW 54 1 FUN Blondie 11000
55 56 55 5 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 48900
56 51 6 18 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 402200
57 60 57 13 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 75200
58 18 3 6 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 255200
59 75 59 2 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 15100
60 46 46 3 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 34750

61 63 61 2 UP ALL NIGHT (FLJOTAVIK EDIT) Agoria 14700
62 69 62 3 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 19400
63 59 59 3 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 22900
64 55 55 2 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 17900
65 57 1 23 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1145650
66 44 44 2 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 20050
67 NEW 67 1 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 6600
68 73 68 3 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 17200
69 67 67 2 GOODBYE 2NE1 12800
70 65 65 3 MERCY Shawn Mendes 19600

71 71 71 3 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 16600
72 NEW 72 1 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 5600
73 NEW 73 1 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 5400
74 NEW 74 1 NUMBER 1 Dev featuring Nef The Pharaoh 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MAGNIFICENT (SHE SAYS) Elbow 5000

DROP OUTS
58 40 7 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 66200
61 29 6 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 80750
62 62 2 RIVER Bishop Briggs 14600
64 64 3 STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson 18900
66 1 19 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1043950
68 68 2 A SHORT LOVE STORY Somewhere Anywhere featuring Claude Eman 12400
70 61 2 NOT TOO YOUNG Sabina Ddumba 13500
74 1 42 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 752600

 

 

29th January 2017

5 weeks at 1 for George Michael’s 1986 4 weeker on top, for a grand total of 9 weeks, total classic. Soul Free is up to 4, Cowboys & Angels at 5, giving 3 top 5 entries for the late great man, and Hand To Mouth just outside. All 3 should be well-known, but aren’t. Highest new entry the fab pop hooks of Captain Cuts, in at 3 with Love Like we Used To, leapfrogging Tamer’s big climb to 6, and a haunting track with a great guitar solo.

Dua Lipa makes it 3 top 10’s in 12 months, Starley has a big climb to 12, Pete Tong and Right Said Fred keep the 90’s alive inside the top 20, while Beyonce finally gets a top 40 track off her acclaimed album. At 48, Bakermat are back with a reimagining cover of Don’t Leave Me This Way, at least the 4th version to chart here. Train and Saint Motel are back, as is Jamiroquai – back after 6 years away, and getting on for 25 years since debuting.

1 1 1 5 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 850000
2 2 1 12 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1765000
3 NEW 3 1 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 85000
4 5 4 4 SOUL FREE George Michael 173500
5 13 5 4 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 133750
6 23 6 2 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 74250
7 10 7 6 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 177800
8 9 8 4 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 151000
9 24 9 2 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 64000
10 6 2 10 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 817000

11 4 4 7 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 346000
12 35 12 4 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 75300
13 20 13 2 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 52000
14 19 14 4 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 74100
15 7 4 10 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 433750
16 17 16 7 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 118500
17 11 4 15 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 540350
18 3 3 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 24500
19 27 19 2 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 39400
20 28 20 3 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 55700

21 26 21 2 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 37250
22 8 7 6 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 211500
23 18 18 4 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 72250
24 25 24 2 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 37750
25 12 3 13 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 512200
26 15 9 7 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 162400
27 29 27 2 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 36600
28 22 3 11 REDBONE Childish Gambino 466200
29 16 16 9 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 154900
30 33 30 2 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 35700

31 14 3 10 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 435300
32 34 32 5 RAIN Status Quo 82150
33 21 13 8 WANTED MORE Betsy 143350
34 37 34 3 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 47400
35 30 1 20 HURTS Emeli Sande 1248500
36 51 36 2 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 29150
37 47 37 3 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 37000
38 57 38 2 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 27600
39 54 39 3 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 38300
40 38 5 12 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 422200

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

41 36 2 20 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 921650
42 31 8 9 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 302650
43 49 43 5 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 55100
44 NEW 44 1 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 13250
45 43 1 14 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 854350
46 50 46 2 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 24750
47 32 27 4 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 67100
48 NEW 48 1 BABY Bakermat 12300
49 65 49 2 DATA AND PICARD Pogo 19100
50 58 50 2 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 22200

51 44 6 17 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 391600
52 NEW 52 1 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 11500
53 NEW 53 1 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 11250
54 NEW 54 1 MOVE Saint Motel 11000
55 NEW 55 1 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 10800
56 59 56 4 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 38100
57 55 1 22 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1138650
58 40 40 7 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 66200
59 72 59 2 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 15700
60 62 60 12 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 64800

61 39 29 6 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 80750
62 63 62 2 RIVER Bishop Briggs 14600
63 NEW 63 1 UP ALL NIGHT (FLJOTAVIK EDIT) Agoria 7200
64 66 64 3 STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson 18900
65 67 65 2 MERCY Shawn Mendes 13600
66 64 1 19 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1043950
67 NEW 67 1 GOODBYE 2NE1 6600
68 70 68 2 A SHORT LOVE STORY Somewhere Anywhere featuring Claude Eman 12400
69 71 69 2 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 12000
70 61 61 2 NOT TOO YOUNG Sabina Ddumba 13500

71 75 71 2 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 10800
72 NEW 72 1 PLAY THAT SONG Train 5600
73 73 73 2 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 10800
74 74 1 42 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 752600
75 NEW 75 1 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 5000

DROP OUTS
41 30 8 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 79300
42 10 11 MAGNETISED Garbage 222600
45 18 8 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 131300
46 46 4 FAITH George Michael 45000
48 20 12 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 179200
52 29 8 ALONE Alan Walker 108100
53 53 2 FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt 16850
56 17 11 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 168300
60 40 8 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 75800
68 33 11 DAMN Red Rosamond 128250
69 8 4 FASTLOVE George Michael 108950

22nd January 2017

It’s a 4th week on top for A Different Corner, equalling it’s first run in 1986 for a total of 8 weeks on top. It’s still heartbreaking, and George has 3 in the top 5, 4 in the 10, 5 in the 20, 6 in the 40. His more upbeat tracks and bigger hits, for the most part, have dropped out of my chart leaving only his very classic ballads and great album tracks that fit in with my mood over his loss – all should have been been hit singles, and ooze pure class.

That leaves Ed Sheeran and Grouplove to sneak into the top 10, and 21 new entries headed by John Mayer, yet to break big but he does well in my charts, the highest being his very Randy Newman-esque You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me, with his jazzy Moving On And Getting Over at 26, both fresh out. There’s a host of very different new tracks shooting straight into the top 40: shuffle alternative of Tamer at 23, Dua Lipa’s 4th top 40 in a row with Be The One at 24, Crystal Fighters poppy Good Girls at 26, Pete Tong’s cover of a former chart-topper for Fatboy Slim (in these charts) Right Here Right Now at 27, and Faith in at 29 – not the famous George Michael hit (which is lower) no this is an actual new Stevie Wonder track that is good! It’s from a movie (Sing) and features Ariana Grande, giving him a first top 40 with new material in 12 years, and most likely his best new track in 30 years. Stevie now has a span of a bit under 49 years in my charts.

The Dead South enter at 33, a Canadian alt-country band and there’s a fab video to go with it, Beyonce enters lower down with yet another Lemonade track, but she must be coming up on 18 years of hits, while Data and Picard bring Star Trek into my charts again (not for the first time) as Pogo does a mash-up of Next Gen samples quite effectively, his second chart entry. The first Star Trek track to make my charts a disco cover of the original TV series theme tune by the Charles Randolph Orchestra in 1976. Finally, at 75, Arcade Fire return after a long gap – but not as long as their guest vocalist Mavis Staples, last doing it with the help of Prince in the early 90’s when I saw her supporting the man at Wembley Arena. Mavis first charted here in 1972 with her sisters and dad, as The Staple Singers went top 3 with I’ll Take You There.

1 1 1 4 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 680000
2 2 1 11 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1650000
3 3 3 4 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 223000
4 7 4 6 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 309000
5 11 5 3 SOUL FREE George Michael 108500
6 5 2 9 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 775000
7 4 4 9 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 406750
8 9 7 5 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 192000
9 12 9 3 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 103000
10 14 10 5 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 127800

11 8 4 14 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 517350
12 6 3 12 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 493450
13 17 13 3 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 73750
14 10 3 9 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 417400
15 16 9 6 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 143900
16 20 16 8 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 136700
17 22 17 6 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 93500
18 23 18 3 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 53000
19 28 19 3 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 45100
20 NEW 20 1 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 20000

21 13 13 7 WANTED MORE Betsy 125650
22 15 3 10 REDBONE Childish Gambino 447900
23 NEW 23 1 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 19250
24 NEW 24 1 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 19000
25 NEW 25 1 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 18750
26 NEW 26 1 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 18500
27 NEW 27 1 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 18400
28 36 28 2 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 35700
29 NEW 29 1 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 18200
30 24 1 19 HURTS Emeli Sande 1231000

31 19 8 8 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 288900
32 27 27 3 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 54600
33 NEW 33 1 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 17700
34 34 34 4 RAIN Status Quo 64350
35 38 35 3 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 40300
36 26 2 19 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 907650
37 47 37 2 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 29800
38 35 5 11 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 405200
39 29 29 5 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 73250
40 54 40 6 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 56000

41 30 30 8 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 79300
42 25 10 11 MAGNETISED Garbage 222600
43 42 1 13 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 841350
44 44 6 16 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 379850
45 31 18 8 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 131300
46 46 46 4 FAITH George Michael 45000
47 63 47 2 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 19700
48 33 20 12 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 179200
49 49 49 4 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 41600
50 NEW 50 1 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 12000

51 NEW 51 1 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 11750
52 32 29 8 ALONE Alan Walker 108100
53 72 53 2 FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt 16850
54 58 54 2 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 21200
55 50 1 21 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1128250
56 51 17 11 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 168300
57 NEW 57 1 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 10400
58 NEW 58 1 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 10200
59 60 59 3 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 27500
60 40 40 8 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 75800

61 NEW 61 1 NOT TOO YOUNG Sabina Ddumba 7500
62 64 62 11 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 54800
63 NEW 63 1 RIVER Bishop Briggs 7200
64 53 1 18 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1037150
65 NEW 65 1 DATA AND PICARD Pogo 7000
66 75 66 2 STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson 11800
67 NEW 67 1 MERCY Shawn Mendes 6600
68 52 33 11 DAMN Red Rosamond 128250
69 21 8 4 FASTLOVE George Michael 108950
70 NEW 70 1 A SHORT LOVE STORY Somewhere Anywhere featuring Claude Eman 6000

71 NEW 71 1 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 5800
72 NEW 72 1 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 5600
73 NEW 73 1 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 5400
74 73 1 41 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 747400
75 NEW 75 1 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 5000

DROP OUTS
18 18 3 IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo 60600
37 37 3 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael 40000
39 39 10 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 100900
41 14 12 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 213450
43 10 10 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 207300
45 10 10 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 221600
48 9 16 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 309900
55 32 7 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 79400
56 24 5 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 76100
57 57 3 WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo 23600
59 20 8 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 128050
61 20 12 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 173900
62 4 17 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 463500
65 53 5 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 38750
66 66 3 I’M YOUR MAN Wham! 20400
67 27 10 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 128600
68 68 1 WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt 6400
69 69 8 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 32600
70 70 2 HELL IN PARADISE (DAVE AUDE EXTENDED MIX) Yoko Ono 11000
71 19 10 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 165950
74 38 7 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 76050

 

15th January 2017

3 weeks on top (7 in total) for A Different Corner, as the late much-missed George Michael also has many other tracks shooting up my charts, notably the sombre and powerful Praying For Time, up to 3 after topping my chart in 1990. George was very much a man with a social conscience, and a way with words and melody, on top of his flawless vocals. That would also apply to Hand To Mouth, a 1987 album track easily good enough to be a single, and up to 28 at long last becoming the top 40 “hit” it always should have been (I disallowed album tracks from 1976 onwards until the 21st century – a foolish decision! – so I have spent opportunities since giving lost great album tracks a second chance, and sadly George’s death at least allows great tracks like the groovy Soul Free and the very minor hit Cowboys And Angels (gorgeous for every laid-back and moody 9 minutes or so) to get proper chart positions.

It’s a new peak for Noah Cyrus and Labrinth at 4, a big climb for Lukas Graham, and an instant top 40 new entry shock comeback from Right Said Fred – in the list of most-unlikely returns to impress me, the lads would have figured quite highly on my list! Putting aside the awful novelty big hits they had (bar I’m Too Sexy which was quite clever), they had some very decent pop dance tracks, a couple of them making my top 10. Happily Sweet Treats is in that vein, and gives them a run of new hits over 25 years. As does Testify at 47 for guest vocalist Crystal Waters, Hifi Sean doing the twiddly bits. At 58, another of those multi-artist tracks featuring X Ambassadors, and Elle King, and Wiz Khalifa, all having made my top 10 previously, but not the lead act – hello to Alex Da Kid. The video is excellent.

That leaves 2 re-entries for the sadly late Peter Sarstedt, both from 1969, both I loved as an 11-year-old and I learnt all the lyrics to Where Do You Go To – I used to cut them out of a magazine mum bought (I think it was called Weekend, and they published one pop song a week – the first one I discovered was Autumn Almanac by The Kinks in 1967!). I saw Peter and his two solo hit-making brothers in concert together (Eden Kane and Robin Sarstedt) back in the 90’s and good they were too.

1 1 1 3 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 510000
2 2 1 10 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1535000
3 12 3 3 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 138000
4 10 4 8 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 356750
5 5 2 8 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 720000
6 3 3 11 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 458450
7 4 4 5 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 244000
8 6 4 13 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 480350
9 7 7 4 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 144000
10 11 3 8 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 388400

11 52 11 2 SOUL FREE George Michael 48500
12 17 12 2 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 58000
13 15 13 6 WANTED MORE Betsy 105900
14 18 14 4 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 85800
15 13 3 9 REDBONE Childish Gambino 428400
16 9 9 5 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 116900
17 25 17 2 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 41750
18 19 18 3 IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo 60600
19 14 8 7 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 271000
20 23 20 7 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 111700

21 8 8 3 FASTLOVE George Michael 102750
22 24 22 5 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 70500
23 51 23 2 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 31000
24 22 1 18 HURTS Emeli Sande 1213000
25 16 10 10 MAGNETISED Garbage 208850
26 21 2 18 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 890250
27 27 27 2 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 36800
28 71 28 2 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 24100
29 29 29 4 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 56150
30 33 30 7 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 65300

31 31 18 7 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 118300
32 34 29 7 ALONE Alan Walker 96600
33 20 20 11 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 166900
34 36 34 3 RAIN Status Quo 46750
35 26 5 10 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 388000
36 NEW 36 1 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 17400
37 49 37 3 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael 40000
38 72 38 2 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 22800
39 42 39 10 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 100900
40 61 40 7 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 65800

41 32 14 12 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 213450
42 41 1 12 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 827850
43 28 10 10 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 207300
44 37 6 15 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 366600
45 35 10 10 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 221600
46 50 46 3 FAITH George Michael 32250
47 NEW 47 1 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 12500
48 38 9 16 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 309900
49 55 49 3 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 29500
50 47 1 20 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1117450

51 39 17 10 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 157700
52 46 33 10 DAMN Red Rosamond 121850
53 48 1 17 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1030050
54 54 54 5 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 39000
55 45 32 7 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 79400
56 30 24 5 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 76100
57 63 57 3 WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo 23600
58 NEW 58 1 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 10200
59 44 20 8 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 128050
60 62 60 2 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 17400

61 43 20 12 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 173900
62 59 4 17 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 463500
63 NEW 63 1 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 7200
64 68 64 10 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 47400
65 67 53 5 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 38750
66 66 66 3 I’M YOUR MAN Wham! 20400
67 56 27 10 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 128600
68 NEW 68 1 WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt 6400
69 69 69 8 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 32600
70 75 70 2 HELL IN PARADISE (DAVE AUDE EXTENDED MIX) Yoko Ono 11000

71 53 19 10 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 165950
72 NEW 72 1 FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt 5600
73 73 1 40 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 742200
74 65 38 7 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 76050
75 NEW 75 1 STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson 5000

DROP OUTS
40 2 5 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 311250
57 57 2 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 20800
58 58 2 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 15600
60 60 4 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 23700
64 59 6 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 45700
70 70 1 TILTED Christine And The Queens 6000
74 7 8 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 192600

 

8th January 2017

It’s George Michael for a second week on top, and 6th week in total, with the gorgeous A Different Corner. Meanwhile, although he’s had a few tracks which have already had good chart runs drop out this week, he still has new entries from lesser hits and album tracks, and some climbers, Fast Love going top 10 some 20 years after hitting number one, and Praying For Time up to 12 27 years after topping my chart. Quo also go up with a couple or three tracks.

10 weeks on, Clean Bandit reach a new peak of 3 with Rockabye, easily their best single, and Imagine Dragons grab a second top 10 after topping my chart with Radioactive just over 4 years ago. Barry Gibb gets his first ever solo top 10 after Bee Gee-ing to the top on many occasions over 48 years. Highest new entry is, gasp!, Ed Sheeran. Didn’t see that one coming, though borrowing Sia’s Cheap Thrills rhythm didn’t hurt the appeal of Shape Of You for me, in at 17. His other new single is nowhere, as it was a bit meh on first hearing. Eddie very rarely makes my top 20, and usually it’s the uptempo ones when he does.

Grouplove shoot into the 20, David Guetta & Robin Schulz, and Little Mix and Charlie Puth into the 30, and in at 27 it’s Tom Odell’s biggest hit since Real Love, Silhouette in at 27. Charlie XCX rockets into the 40, while Lukas Graham enter lower down, a second hit fo them, and also for Dami Im scraping in, alongside Yoko Ono, who is making a habit of remix dance hits, covering her old songs. Hell In Paradise made my top 10 in 1985, her second biggest solo hit, and a fab video.

1 1 1 2 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 340000
2 2 1 9 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1420000
3 11 3 10 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 403450
4 4 4 4 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 194000
5 3 2 7 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 660000
6 7 4 12 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 432350
7 13 7 3 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 99000
8 12 8 2 FASTLOVE George Michael 83000
9 16 9 4 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 91900
10 6 6 7 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 291750

11 5 3 7 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 346400
12 30 12 2 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 53000
13 8 3 8 REDBONE Childish Gambino 401400
14 9 8 6 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 250000
15 27 15 5 WANTED MORE Betsy 73900
16 10 10 9 MAGNETISED Garbage 190100
17 NEW 17 1 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 23000
18 35 18 3 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 56800
19 34 19 2 IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo 38600
20 22 20 10 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 149200

21 17 2 17 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 871750
22 21 1 17 HURTS Emeli Sande 1194000
23 25 23 6 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 91700
24 54 24 4 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 51000
25 NEW 25 1 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 18750
26 14 5 9 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 370500
27 NEW 27 1 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 18400
28 15 10 9 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 193800
29 46 29 3 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 37950
30 24 24 4 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 65500

31 18 18 6 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 100400
32 19 14 11 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 199450
33 62 33 6 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 47300
34 29 29 6 ALONE Alan Walker 78800
35 26 10 9 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 208600
36 51 36 2 RAIN Status Quo 29150
37 44 6 14 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 353350
38 36 9 15 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 297600
39 48 17 9 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 145950
40 23 2 5 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 311250

41 41 1 11 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 814100
42 45 42 9 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 83800
43 20 20 11 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 166400
44 28 20 7 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 117950
45 32 32 6 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 68600
46 33 33 9 DAMN Red Rosamond 110350
47 43 1 19 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1105450
48 42 1 16 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1018800
49 56 49 2 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael 22700
50 61 50 2 FAITH George Michael 19500

51 NEW 51 1 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 11750
52 NEW 52 1 SOUL FREE George Michael 11500
53 37 19 9 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 160150
54 65 54 4 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 28000
55 67 55 2 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 17400
56 39 27 9 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 122000
57 57 57 2 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 20800
58 73 58 2 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 15600
59 49 4 16 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 456100
60 RE 60 4 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 23700

61 55 55 6 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 48900
62 NEW 62 1 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 7400
63 70 63 2 WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo 13200
64 59 59 6 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 45700
65 38 38 6 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 70850
66 66 66 2 I’M YOUR MAN Wham! 13600
67 RE 53 4 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 31750
68 69 68 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 40300
69 RE 69 7 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 26400
70 NEW 70 1 TILTED Christine And The Queens 6000

71 NEW 71 1 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 5800
72 NEW 72 1 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 5600
73 71 1 39 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 736800
74 50 7 8 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 192600
75 NEW 75 1 HELL IN PARADISE (DAVE AUDE EXTENDED MIX) Yoko Ono 5000

DROPPING OUT:
31 11 5 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 104900
40 40 7 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 72150
47 19 8 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 142500
52 52 8 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 49000
53 23 9 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 136600
58 58 1 CLUB TROPICANA Wham! 10200
60 11 11 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 196800
63 63 1 EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham! 7200
64 5 17 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 407100
68 68 1 OUTSIDE George Michael 6400
72 6 21 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 488150
74 1 33 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 870450
75 75 1 DOWN DOWN Status Quo 5000

 

1st January 2017

It’s George Michael entering at 1, following his tragically sudden and too-young death. In a year of shocking deaths of classic fave pop stars, most notably David Bowie and Prince, George’s is up there for me, I’ve been a fan for 20 years, pretty much since day one and A Different Corner was his most perfect, most heart-breaking and most tender and beautiful. It made me cry at the time and still does, as it returns over 30 years on for a 5th week on top. His 90’s great Fastlove also enters at 12, but there are loads of Wham! and George tracks lower down, and waiting outside the 75 to enter, as soon as a space emerges (I don’t want to go back to a Top 100, it’s too much hard work!).

Just to make it harder, the loveable Rick Parfitt also died over Christmas, Quo have long been a rock biz under-appreciated fun rock band – that’s why they lasted for 50 years! Plenty of Quo tracks could have charted, but George takes priority, so it’s the very best tracks only, led by 1986 gem In The Army Now, and forgotten goodie Rain from 1976. My chart is becoming increasingly sad, as there’s also Greg Lake, Bobby Vee and Leonard Cohen in the chart as losses from 2016.

In new music, no new entries at all. Not one. Garbage grab that top 10 for 20 years of ’em, Imagine Dragons have a big climb with the Passengers movie song, and Barry Gibb takes his span of top 20 hits to an unbeatable 48 years and 4 months, being as the Bee Gees featured in my first chart, his new solo track is pretty and tuneful. Highest climber is Little Mix and Charlie Puth, just outside the 40 thanks to the oldies.

1 NEW 1 1 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 170000
2 1 1 8 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1305000
3 2 2 6 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 600000
4 5 4 3 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 129000
5 3 3 6 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 309400
6 6 6 6 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 249750
7 4 4 11 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 377350
8 7 3 7 REDBONE Childish Gambino 369400
9 8 8 5 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 221000
10 12 10 8 MAGNETISED Garbage 165100

11 15 6 9 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 318450
12 NEW 12 1 FASTLOVE George Michael 35000
13 40 13 2 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 49000
14 14 5 8 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 352000
15 10 10 8 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 175500
16 35 16 3 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 46900
17 17 2 16 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 852000
18 18 18 5 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 82500
19 23 14 10 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 181650
20 24 20 10 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 152900

21 21 1 16 HURTS Emeli Sande 1174500
22 25 22 9 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 129200
23 9 2 4 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 294259
24 26 24 3 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 47500
25 29 25 5 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 72450
26 13 10 8 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 191100
27 39 27 4 WANTED MORE Betsy 46900
28 20 20 6 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 104700
29 30 29 5 ALONE Alan Walker 61200
30 NEW 30 1 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 18000

31 11 11 5 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 104900
32 32 32 5 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 55600
33 33 33 8 DAMN Red Rosamond 97600
34 NEW 34 1 IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo 17600
35 37 35 2 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 34800
36 22 9 14 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 280400
37 19 19 8 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 148900
38 38 38 5 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 63850
39 27 27 8 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 111400
40 45 40 7 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 72150

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41 34 1 10 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 800100
42 28 1 15 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1006500
43 42 1 18 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1092950
44 44 6 13 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 336050
45 49 45 8 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 70050
46 65 46 2 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 19750
47 31 19 8 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 142500
48 50 17 8 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 128850
49 43 4 15 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 446000
50 36 7 7 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 187400

51 NEW 51 1 RAIN Status Quo 11750
52 53 52 8 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 49000
53 41 23 9 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 136600
54 56 54 3 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 32000
55 58 55 5 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 41400
56 NEW 56 1 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael 10600
57 NEW 57 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 10400
58 NEW 58 1 CLUB TROPICANA Wham! 10200
59 59 59 5 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 38600
60 55 11 11 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 196800

61 NEW 61 1 FAITH George Michael 7500
62 71 62 5 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 29600
63 NEW 63 1 EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham! 7200
64 62 5 17 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 407100
65 69 65 3 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 17000
66 NEW 66 1 I’M YOUR MAN Wham! 6800
67 NEW 67 1 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 6600
68 NEW 68 1 OUTSIDE George Michael 6400
69 72 69 8 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 33900
70 NEW 70 1 WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo 6000

71 70 1 38 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 731400
72 68 6 21 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 488150
73 NEW 73 1 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 5400
74 74 1 33 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 870450
75 NEW 75 1 DOWN DOWN Status Quo 5000

DROP OUTS
16 12 4 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 91500
46 46 7 ALGA Ignea 63850
47 6 14 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 290900
48 17 8 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 131300
51 8 9 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 274050
52 6 11 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 306250
54 48 7 MAZE Aria 63700
57 18 9 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 150700
60 60 5 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 26600
61 17 13 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 180200
63 63 9 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 44100
64 4 14 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 378550
66 66 6 STEREO Courage My Love 22200
67 67 1 GLAD ALL OVER The Dave Clark 5 6600
73 8 20 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 341800
75 2 16 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 624700

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My 1984 Charts – August

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7th August 1984

After a record-equalling modern-era 9 weeks on top of the UK chart it was 5 weeks on top for Frankie, the longest run since Abba’s Day Before You Came in 1982, with neil at 2 and the Kane Gang giving chase at 4 with the lovely Closest Thing To Heaven. Laura Branigan’s brilliant Self-Control surpasses my own in real life at 7, but it’s George’s Careless Whisper rocketing to 9 that is the big news, as sad songs continue to dominate.

Queen get a third top 20 hit of the year, and new in at 27 it’s Alphaville who are, apparently, Big In Japan. Must be the catchy synths! A Flock Of Seagulls fly up to perch at 32, just out of reach of Captain sensibles snakes at 34. Tracey Ullman manages a 5th Top 40 hit just ahead of leaving the country for pastures anew. Doh! And…at 46…it’s a mega-famous song. Agadoo. Push that effing pineapple, shake that blanking tree? Actually, it’s by far the best Black Lace record. Admittedly, not that much of a compliment…

What about the dreary life of John? Depression-symptoms continue, and affected my judgement so much that I though Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom was better than Raiders Of The Lost Ark (after seeing it a second time). Oh no it’s not! Richard Burton died, meanwhile, and still not eating much. Even going to the Radio One Roadshow on Bournemouth beach, with sis-in-law and baby niece on a glorious hot summer day didn’t cheer me up much. Just a bit. Gary Davies DJ’d, I took some photos of the crowds and cliffs, then the live broadcast started at 11, with Hazell Dean’s current hit. I marvelled at all the gorgeous fit young people in speedos and bikinis while I had my coat on. Nerd! Sue, heavily-preganant, didn’t complain about rushing back to the car in the crowds, bless her, cos the parking ticket had expired.

1 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 3 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
3 ( 2 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
4 ( 13 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
5 ( 6 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
7 ( 14 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
8 ( 10 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
9 ( 42 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
10 ( 12 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy

11 ( 9 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
12 ( 5 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
13 ( 25 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
14 ( 7 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
15 ( 8 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
16 ( 11 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
17 ( 27 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
18 ( 20 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
19 ( 18 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
20 ( 32 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen

21 ( 15 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
22 ( 22 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
23 ( 16 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
24 ( 17 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
25 ( 19 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
26 ( 21 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
27 ( NEW ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
28 ( 37 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
29 ( 23 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
30 ( 24 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD

31 ( 31 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
32 ( 46 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
33 ( 33 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
34 ( 65 ) THERE ARE MORE SNAKES THAN LADDERS Captain Sensible
35 ( 35 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
36 ( 47 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
37 ( 39 ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones
38 ( 38 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
39 ( 40 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
40 ( 34 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello

41 ( 30 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon
42 ( 26 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
43 ( 29 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
44 ( 36 ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
45 ( 51 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
46 ( NEW ) AGADOO Black Lace
47 ( 54 ) HAND ON MY HEART Shriekback
48 ( 28 ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
49 ( 65 ) STATE OF INDEPENDANCE Jon And Vangelis
50 ( 56 ) MY MALE CURIOSITY Kid Creole And The Coconuts

51 ( 41 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
52 ( 45 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
53 ( 50 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
54 ( 49 ) THE LEBANON Human League
55 ( 63 ) WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ONE Matt Bianco
56 ( 44 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
57 ( 48 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
58 ( 57 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
59 ( 60 ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne
60 ( 55 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council

61 ( 43 ) LAMENT Ultravox
62 ( 75 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT Sunset Gun
63 ( 62 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
64 ( 58 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
65 ( 59 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
66 ( NEW ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae
67 ( 66 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
68 ( 64 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
69 ( NEW ) IN THE COUNTRY Farmer’s Boys
70 ( 73 ) COULDN’T STAND A DAY Re-Flex

71 ( 67 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
72 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters
73 ( NEW ) BANANA BANANA King Kurt
74 ( 53 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
75 ( NEW ) I GO WILD Suzi Quatro

TV
1 Star Trek: What Are Little Girls Made Of
2 The Young Ones: Summer Holiday
3 Soap
4 Rhoda
5 Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 The Addams Family
7 Outlands: film
8 Top Of The Pops
9 WKRP In Cincinatti
10 Hi De Hi

14th August 1984

6 weeks for Frankie, and Laura Branigan is in runners-up spot. From the point of view of 2014 it should have been the other way around, Self Control deserved to get a least a week on top. Hazell Dean gets her first and last top 5 hit Rod gets a 13th year of Top 20 hits, and Jeff Lynne does the same with his Electric Dreams single.

Stevie Wonder, 16 years of big hits in my charts, and so many under-performing classics that should have gone all the way, and two that did in 1977 (I Wish and Sir Duke) and one in 1981 (Lately), and it’s the highest new entry with a telephone song that finally gave him his first solo UK chart-topper: I Just Called To Say I Love You at 19. Will it give him a 4th chart-topper? Meanwhile long-forgotten wannabe popstar Jamie Rae shoots up to 28 with She’s The One, not the Robbie song, it’s a pleasant pop song.

Lots of new entries: Elton John’s string of hits carries on, with Passengers, very much his prep homework for The Lion King, I think, and in at 36. The SOS Band also get a follow-up instant top 40 hit, with the Jam & Lewis Just The Way You Like It. It was. Martha And The Muffins have a comeback, albeit using Eminem’s name (but not spelling) 15 years earlier than he did. The funky Black Stations White Stations even had a dancing on the ceiling video and line that Lionel Richie “borrowed” 2 years later.

If ever there was a band that should have been bigger it was The Adventures, a great Northern Irish band who enter here with the fab Another Silent Day at 47, even beating out Howard Jones latest good hit at 50, Rockwell’s Beatles cover follow-up Taxman at 60, and Kid Creole’s ebbing run of singles at 62, as he worries that someone’s going to take his coconuts. Black Uhuru get a rare chart entry at 72, there’s a bit of spare Change at 73, Yes, It Can Happen – check out 75 – and call me a doctor! Doctor Beat? Doc Doc Doc Doc Doctor Beat! It’s Gloria Estefan and hubby debuting as Miami Sound Machine at 74, with the fab whimsical latin-rhythmed track that launched a pretty successful career.

At home I was marched off to the doctors as I still wasn’t eating much. His expert opinion was it was a viral infection and nerves. Next patient please! I bought a prezzie for my niece’s first birthday, and her mum did the house cleaning for me as some college friends were calling for a few days, Jane and Dave, two of my good friends just back from Italy where Dave’s relations come from. We went out to the pub, though it can’t have been much fun for them me not being at my best by any means. Next day I showed them the highlights of Poole Quay, then they took me to Swanage for my first ever visit, which was quaint, before leaving for home. Sunday, a family outing to Poole Park, everyone forcing me to get involved in life, and then on Monday waiting for more good College friends, Paul and Sheila to arrive. I’d forgotten how often people used to visit me, I must say…

Daley Thompson retained his Olympic title, meanwhile, on TV, and Mary Decker sobbed about her crash with Zola Budd on the track: talk about media manipulation!

1 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 7 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
3 ( 3 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
4 ( 4 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
5 ( 13 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
6 ( 9 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
7 ( 8 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
8 ( 6 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
9 ( 17 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
10 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy

11 ( 5 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
12 ( 2 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
13 ( 19 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
14 ( 28 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
15 ( 11 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
16 ( 12 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
17 ( 22 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
18 ( 45 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
19 ( NEW ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
20 ( 20 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen

21 ( 16 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
22 ( 14 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
23 ( 15 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
24 ( 18 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
25 ( 27 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
26 ( 38 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
27 ( 21 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
28 ( 66 ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae
29 ( 32 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
30 ( 24 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers

31 ( 23 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
32 ( 36 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
33 ( 34 ) THERE ARE MORE SNAKES THAN LADDERS Captain Sensible
34 ( 29 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
35 ( 31 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
36 ( NEW ) PASSENGERS Elton John
37 ( 25 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
38 ( 26 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
39 ( NEW ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
40 ( 35 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat

41 ( 33 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
42 ( 46 ) AGADOO Black Lace
43 ( 40 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
44 ( 30 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
45 ( NEW ) BLACK STATIONS WHITE STATIONS M & M
46 ( 62 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT Sunset Gun
47 ( NEW ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
48 ( 72 ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters
49 ( 49 ) STATE OF INDEPENDANCE Jon And Vangelis
50 ( NEW ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones

51 ( 70 ) COULDN’T STAND A DAY Re-Flex
52 ( 39 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
53 ( 53 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
54 ( 59 ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne
55 ( 42 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
56 ( 37 ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones
57 ( 56 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
58 ( 54 ) THE LEBANON Human League
59 ( 58 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
60 ( NEW ) TAXMAN Rockwell

61 ( 41 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon
62 ( NEW ) DON’T TAKE MY COCONUTS Kid Creole And The Coconuts
63 ( 43 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
64 ( 52 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
65 ( 63 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
66 ( 51 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
67 ( 69 ) IN THE COUNTRY Farmer’s Boys
68 ( 67 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
69 ( 64 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
70 ( 60 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council

71 ( 65 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
72 ( NEW ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru
73 ( NEW ) YOU ARE MY MELODY Change
74 ( NEW ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
75 ( NEW ) IT CAN HAPPEN Yes

TV
1 Star Trek: Dagger Of The Mind
2 Soap
3 Rhoda
4 What’s Up Doc?: film
5 Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 The Addams Family
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Likely Lads: film
9 Doctor Who: The Five Doctors
10 The Monkees

21st August 1984

Careless Whisper gets to the top and gives George Michael his first number one. The sax is gorgeous and the conviction of the song written when he was a lad is surprisingly sincere. It was like a leap forward in sophistication for Wham!, and people viewed George with a lot more credibility from here on. Sadly for Laura Branigan, she gets stuck at 2 and Stevie (the third UK Number One million-seller in a row) leaps to 4, so it’s not looking good for her!

A sudden leap for the Seagulls to 12, Howard Jones to 24, Miami Sound Machine to 39, and The Pointer Sisters announce they need you at 29. A Jacko oldie sneaks in at 47, not one of his best, while The Smiths make it 4 in a row with William. It was really nothing. Oh that’s Morrissey being modest. For the first and last time. Dan Hartman, 5 years on, pops back into the charts with a future 1985 UK hit, I Can Dream About You, pleasant enough. Elvis is back (Costello) with his latest flame. The only flame in town in fact. At 67, also 5 years on, having dumped his band name (Raydio) Ray Parker Junior pops in with a halloween song from a movie. Who ya gonna call? I suggest Harold Ramis and Bill Murray, Groundhog Day, my all-time fave movie. If you can’t find it, settle for Ghostbusters. You might have heard of it…

Life? Don’t talk to me about life! Despite my friends Paul and Sheila visiting and taking me out, and having a proper laugh for the first time in months over some hairy balls (you had to be there), I was still depressed to be doing job applications, and mum tried to get me to go to Liverpool with them. Went to the cinema to see a Star Trek movies extravaganza, 1 I downgraded, Khan I upgraded in opinion, and Search For Spock, the new movie which had a few minuses (no Kirstie Alley, Christopher Lloyd being too lovable to be a Klingon, killing of David) and some pluses, the cast without Spock had more of a chance to shine, and inject some warm humour. After much indecision I went to Southport with mum and dad, and a day trip to Blackpool. A roller-coaster ride is usually guaranteed to bring me joy, best I could manage was a smile. Then to Liverpool to see grandma, who was quite flustered by the hot weather and us visiting, but did a meal before we went to New Brighton. I’ll leave it there, and comment that while I recall all the depressing stuff fairly vividly, the nice stuff I’ve almost entirely forgotten, no memories of the funfair, video games, going to see Star Trek III again. None of it. Now THAT’S depressing!

1 ( 6 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
2 ( 2 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
3 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 19 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
5 ( 5 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
6 ( 3 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
7 ( 4 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
8 ( 8 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
9 ( 9 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
10 ( 14 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart

11 ( 7 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
12 ( 29 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
13 ( 13 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
14 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
15 ( 39 ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
16 ( 18 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
17 ( 17 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
18 ( 28 ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae
19 ( 12 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
20 ( 20 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen

21 ( 11 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
22 ( 16 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
23 ( 25 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
24 ( 50 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
25 ( 33 ) THERE ARE MORE SNAKES THAN LADDERS Captain Sensible
26 ( 15 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
27 ( 32 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
28 ( 36 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
29 ( NEW ) I NEED YOU The Pointer Sisters
30 ( 23 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel

31 ( 21 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
32 ( 22 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
33 ( 24 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
34 ( 27 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
35 ( 48 ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters
36 ( 30 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
37 ( 26 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
38 ( 31 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
39 ( 74 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
40 ( 35 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood

41 ( 34 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
42 ( 42 ) AGADOO Black Lace
43 ( 43 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
44 ( 41 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
45 ( 40 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
46 ( 38 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
47 ( NEW ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
48 ( 60 ) TAXMAN Rockwell
49 ( 49 ) STATE OF INDEPENDANCE Jon And Vangelis
50 ( 37 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange

51 ( 47 ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
52 ( 44 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
53 ( 54 ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne
54 ( 73 ) YOU ARE MY MELODY Change
55 ( 45 ) BLACK STATIONS WHITE STATIONS M & M
56 ( 53 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
57 ( 57 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
58 ( NEW ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths
59 ( 59 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
60 ( NEW ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman

61 ( 58 ) THE LEBANON Human League
62 ( 51 ) COULDN’T STAND A DAY Re-Flex
63 ( 71 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
64 ( 67 ) IN THE COUNTRY Farmer’s Boys
65 ( 65 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
66 ( NEW ) THE ONLY FLAME IN TOWN Elvis Costello
67 ( NEW ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
68 ( 68 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
69 ( 69 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
70 ( 56 ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones

71 ( 62 ) DON’T TAKE MY COCONUTS Kid Creole And The Coconuts
72 ( 64 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
73 ( NEW ) SUMMER HOLIDAY Kevin The Gerbil
74 ( NEW ) MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
75 ( 55 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger

28th August 1984

2 weeks for Georgie, and Alphaville suddenly leap to 6, and Howard Jones to 7, his 5th Top 10 in a row. Highest new entry though is a 60’s MOR jazz classic from Astrud Gilberto, The Girl From Ipanema – originally a hit without any credit for her in 1964, Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto getting the credit. Just as well Joao was her husband then, as she became a big Brazilian bossa nova star as a result. It’s gorgeous whoever’s on the label though.

In at 27, Bucks Fizz cover the Romantics hit from earlier in the year, and do a damn fine job too, getting the UK hit version. Happily I’ve seen them both do it live. At 35, Malcolm McLaren tries fusing Opera and Hip Hop, with the lovely Madame Butterfly re-imagining. I appreciate it all the more having since been forced to endure the whole tedious opera. I think the translation of the lyrics on a screen were a bad decision, being as they were romantic drivel suited better to the times they were written in.

Kraftwerk show they still have something to show, cycling into the top 40 9 years after they first drove in, having catwalked their way into the 40 in the interim. Tour De France is a good track. Less good, is the pleasant I’ll Fly For You, keeping up the run of middle-period “pleasant but OK-ish” hits for Spandau Ballet. I’ve seen them in concert several times, and that applies to them live too. The last time was at the O2 sat at the far back. Honestly, might as well have been on a mountain in the next country for all you could see on stage. I wouldn’t say the stage was far away but several planes from Heathrow flew past my head.

Finally, in the novelty section, Agadoo goes Top 40, Kevin The Gerbil drops out the chart and is replaced by Iron Maiden. Not quite sure which of the 3 is funnier.

Meanwhile, back in Liverpool 1984, visited grandma, found a comic shop, and watched some lads break-dancing, bit of a rage at the time. Then the drive home so I could go for a job interview, tensed-up and stressed. The stop-off in Gloucester though reminded me of happier times and I remembered it all perfectly well, 9 years on, hadn’t changed much at all. According to Googlemap, it still hasn’t! I may go back next weekend as I’m feeling the need to revisit my youth. Mum and dad didn’t remember much, rather shockingly, I noted: “It proves to me that memory can’t be trusted, but mine seems to be better than most people’s as I like to remember the past as best I can – one photograph as a reminder makes the difference between remembering and forgetting forever.” I stand by that comment, and especially when dealing with memories 3 decades old and no evidence whatsoever. I’ve watched people embroider factual stories over a long period of time till the story becomes part-fiction accepted as fact, just because it’s funnier or more exciting, and become “remembered” that way.


Back at home my brother was in A&E after getting a bad head cut from a falling iron, and still on strike and stressed and irritable. “It never rains but it pours” I mused wondering if 1984 would ever get any better. The interview was for a surveyor (temporary) position with Dorset County Council, based in Bournemouth, but travelling the county with a state-of-the-art hand computer (ie less memory than a pocket calculator these days) measuring roads and verges, and signs and white lines ready for the tendering of contracts, as plans were afoot to privatise council staff. Unusually for me, I came out of it thinking I stood a good chance of getting it “not that I want it but it’ll do till a better one comes along”. More fun, my parents were waiting for me in Boscombe which had a record shop and comic shop. Hooray!

A word of advice: never muse if any given year is going to get better. On saturday Sue got a phone call from her Uncle Paul telling us her grandma had died. Mum looked after Sue who was crying a lot.

I didn’t get offered the job.

1 ( 1 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
2 ( 4 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
3 ( 5 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
4 ( 3 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
5 ( 2 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
6 ( 23 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
7 ( 24 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
8 ( 10 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
9 ( 12 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
10 ( 9 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold

11 ( 6 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
12 ( NEW ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
13 ( 39 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
14 ( 8 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
15 ( 15 ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
16 ( 7 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
17 ( 28 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
18 ( 18 ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae
19 ( 13 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
20 ( 27 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman

21 ( 29 ) I NEED YOU The Pointer Sisters
22 ( 11 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
23 ( 14 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
24 ( 20 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen
25 ( 19 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
26 ( 67 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
27 ( NEW ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
28 ( 35 ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters
29 ( 16 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
30 ( 30 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel

31 ( 17 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
32 ( 21 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
33 ( 42 ) AGADOO Black Lace
34 ( 22 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
35 ( NEW ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
36 ( 26 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
37 ( 32 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
38 ( 33 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
39 ( NEW ) TOUR DE FRANCE Kraftwerk
40 ( 36 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers

41 ( 40 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
42 ( 34 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
43 ( 31 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
44 ( 38 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
45 ( NEW ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
46 ( 48 ) TAXMAN Rockwell
47 ( 47 ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
48 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY Break Machine
49 ( 43 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
50 ( 58 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths

51 ( 25 ) THERE ARE MORE SNAKES THAN LADDERS Captain Sensible
52 ( 44 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
53 ( 41 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
54 ( 71 ) DON’T TAKE MY COCONUTS Kid Creole And The Coconuts
55 ( 64 ) IN THE COUNTRY Farmer’s Boys
56 ( 46 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
57 ( 52 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
58 ( 74 ) MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
59 ( 60 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
60 ( 59 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

61 ( 45 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
62 ( 56 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
63 ( 57 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
64 ( 61 ) THE LEBANON Human League
65 ( 65 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
66 ( 66 ) THE ONLY FLAME IN TOWN Elvis Costello
67 ( 50 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
68 ( 37 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
69 ( 53 ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne
70 ( 63 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade

71 ( 68 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
72 ( NEW ) SHE BOP Cyndi Lauper
73 ( 69 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
74 ( NEW ) TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT Iron Maiden
75 ( NEW ) THE INK IN THE WELL David Sylvian

TV
1 Mary Tyler Moore Show
2 Rhoda
3 Carrott Live
4 The Monkees
5 Soap
6 Batman
7 The Twilight Zone
8 Rock Around The Clock
9 WKRP IN Cincinatti
10 Top Of The Pops