My June 1988 Charts

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Bournemouth beach circa 1988 when it wasn’t as Lockdown jampacked as the hordes of Covid-19 deniers partying and dumping rubbish yesterday.

 

 

5th June 1988

It’s a first week on top for Circle In The Sand, Belinda Carlisle’s first chart-topper, holding off a big climb from KLF aka The Timelords “How To get A Number One Record” as the subsequent book claimed. Half of them had been there before in the top 10 with Brilliant. Eurythmics get another top 10, for the 6th year in succession, Sam Brown has a massive climb into the 20 for Stop, Brass Construction outperform the original’s chart position by 13 places, Desireless get a nice climb into the 40, and the highest new entry is another duet between Chrissie Hynde & UB40, a cover of Dusty Springfield’s Dusty In Memphis track, Breakfast In Bed, which should have been a single in 1969, and the cover version being much better than their version of I Got You Babe.

Julian Clary treats Leader Of The Pack with affectionate humour, under his then stage-pseudonym, and on his way to stand-up top-billing, always good with his quick-wit and innuendo, give or take the odd political fist-up to interrupt his ascendence. Bros owe me nothing, apparently, new in at 59 – though I’d argue they owe me thanks for buying one of their later better singles once the fanclub evaporated. At 65, Chubby Checker is back with the rapping Fat Boys, with a souped-up The Twist, which had always been less popular than Let’s Twist Again in the UK. It did chart as the other side of Let’s twist Again, though, for me in 1975 on reissue, while a cover version of Let’s Twist Again topped my chart thanks to a DJ. A childhood fave song, that one.

Tiffany’s back with another 60’s cover – this time The Beatles I Saw Her Standing There, which was never a UK single but which charted in 1981 in the wake of John Lennon’s murder as a live version with Elton John, for John Lennon’s last public concert while guesting with Elton after losing a bet that Whatever Gets You Thru The Night wouldn’t top the US charts. Sabrina brings some Eurocheese action, Matt Bianco pop in as Basia taunts her ex-band a little bit higher, Five Star have another weekend, and Jacko returns with two more mentions for future singles off Bad.

1 ( 3 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
2 ( 1 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
3 ( 20 ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)
4 ( 4 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
5 ( 7 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
6 ( 2 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
7 ( 5 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
8 ( 6 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
9 ( 9 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
10 ( 26 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics

11 ( 18 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
12 ( 21 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
13 ( 10 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
14 ( 28 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
15 ( 11 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
16 ( 8 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
17 ( 30 ) MOVIN’ 1988 Brass Construction
18 ( 32 ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart
19 ( 53 ) STOP Sam Brown
20 ( 29 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure

21 ( 13 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
22 ( 15 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
23 ( 14 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
24 ( 12 ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
25 ( 27 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
26 ( 16 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
27 ( 19 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde
28 ( 35 ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher
29 ( 22 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
30 ( 38 ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John

31 ( 17 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
32 ( 25 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
33 ( 36 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
34 ( 50 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
35 ( 43 ) PARADISE Sade
36 ( 24 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
37 ( 45 ) LIFE ON A TOP PEOPLE’S HEALTH FARM The Style Council
38 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde
39 ( 75 ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
40 ( 40 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies

41 ( 33 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
42 ( 23 ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
43 ( 42 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
44 ( 57 ) NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO) Samantha Fox
45 ( 58 ) WHO GETS THE LOVE Status Quo
46 ( 31 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
47 ( 46 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
48 ( NEW ) LEADER OF THE PACK Joan Collins Fan Club (Julian Clary)
49 ( 47 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
50 ( 49 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

51 ( 48 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
52 ( 60 ) GET IT Stevie Wonder/ Michael Jackson
53 ( 52 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
54 ( 54 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
55 ( 34 ) YES Merry Clayton
56 ( 66 ) LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY Whitney Houston
57 ( 62 ) I STILL LOVE YOU Judy Cheeks
58 ( 44 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
59 ( NEW ) I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros
60 ( 72 ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 39 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
62 ( 61 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
63 ( 63 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
64 ( 41 ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
65 ( NEW ) THE TWIST The Fat Boys/ Chubby Checker
66 ( 70 ) TIME AND TIDE Basia
67 ( 67 ) BAD Michael Jackson
68 ( NEW ) I SAW HIM STANDING THERE Tiffany
69 ( 51 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
70 ( NEW ) BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina

71 ( NEW ) I’M REAL James Brown
72 ( 69 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
73 ( 71 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
74 ( NEW ) ANOTHER WEEKEND Five Star
75 ( NEW ) DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL Matt Bianco
76 ( RE ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson
77 ( RE ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson

5th June
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson
2 HONALOOCHIE BOOGIE Mott The Hoople
3 ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson

 

 

12th July 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Belinda as The Timelords Glamrock the Tardis up to 2, and Rose Royce is back with a super-double-A-side single reissue of their 1977/1979 hits – Is It Love You’re After is the real A side though, following on from the S-Express sample, and is a top hit again second time around. Erasure bound into the 10 with Chains Of Love, very popular pastime in some quarters, as does Alexander O’Neal still on an r’n’b roll, and Maxi Priest gives Cat Stevens his first top 10 song since err Wild World in 1970.

George Michael is back with yet another Faith track, this time it’s a Jam & Lewis remix of Monkey, which is way better than the album version, straight in at 14, giving both George & Jam & Lewis 2 in the 20. Newly-solo Morrissey is back with possibly his best solo single, Everyday Is Like Sunday, in at 16, and The Pasadenas debut with the fab 70’s-Philly-referencing Tribute at 17. The Communards return with There’s More To Love, Tracey Chapman drives in with her evergreen fast car, The Silencers get another flop single in my chart, with Painted Moon, and Boy George gets all political about Clause 28 which banned mentioning the “Gay” word to children, Thatcher preferring to pretend there’s no such thing.

George Harrison insists that This Is Love, and extends his solo run to 18 years, Bob’s boy Ziggy Marley debuts with Tomorrow People, sounding not entirely unlike his late father, 60’s oldie Do You Love Me enters for The Contours thanks to Dirty Dancing, I think, though it was more familiar to me via UK covers up to this point. Loose Ends return with what is more Tail-Ends as far as their career is concerned, sadly, and finally Sisters Of Mercy sneak in with Lucretia My Reflection – quite modest by their recent standards, but expect it to go up.

1 ( 1 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
2 ( 3 ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)
3 ( 2 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
4 ( 4 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
5 ( NEW ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/ CAR WASH Rose Royce
6 ( 10 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
7 ( 20 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
8 ( 11 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
9 ( 5 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
10 ( 12 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest

11 ( 6 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
12 ( 14 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
13 ( 19 ) STOP Sam Brown
14 ( NEW ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael
15 ( 7 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
16 ( NEW ) EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY Morrissey
17 ( NEW ) TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas
18 ( 8 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
19 ( 9 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
20 ( 25 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad

21 ( 39 ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
22 ( 38 ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde
23 ( 35 ) PARADISE Sade
24 ( 34 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
25 ( 13 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
26 ( 17 ) MOVIN’ 1988 Brass Construction
27 ( NEW ) THERE’S MORE TO LOVE The Communards
28 ( 30 ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
29 ( 33 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
30 ( 60 ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 22 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
32 ( 18 ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart
33 ( 16 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
34 ( 71 ) I’M REAL James Brown
35 ( 21 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
36 ( 15 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
37 ( NEW ) FAST CAR Tracey Chapman
38 ( 29 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
39 ( NEW ) PAINTED MOON The Silencers
40 ( 40 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies

41 ( 23 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
42 ( NEW ) NO CLAUSE 28 Boy George
43 ( 36 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
44 ( 26 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
45 ( 65 ) THE TWIST The Fat Boys/ Chubby Checker
46 ( 41 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 59 ) I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros
48 ( 48 ) LEADER OF THE PACK Joan Collins Fan Club (Julian Clary)
49 ( 47 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
50 ( 49 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

51 ( 53 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 75 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL Matt Bianco
53 ( 32 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
54 ( 51 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
55 ( 50 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
56 ( 43 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
57 ( 54 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
58 ( 24 ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
59 ( NEW ) THIS IS LOVE George Harrison
60 ( 70 ) BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina

61 ( 31 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
62 ( 27 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde
63 ( 37 ) LIFE ON A TOP PEOPLE’S HEALTH FARM The Style Council
64 ( 58 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
65 ( 28 ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher
66 ( 63 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
67 ( 62 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) I SAW HIM STANDING THERE Tiffany
69 ( 67 ) BAD Michael Jackson
70 ( NEW ) TOMORROW PEOPLE Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers

71 ( NEW ) DO YOU LOVE ME The Contours
72 ( NEW ) MR BACHELOR Loose Ends
73 ( 73 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
74 ( NEW ) LUCRETIA MY REFLECTION The Sisters Of Mercy
75 ( 72 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
76 ( 76 ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel and Kim
2 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
3 DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

 

 

19th July 1988

It’s three weeks on top for Circle In The Sand, suddenly under threat from Erasure up to 2 with Chains Of Love, their highest since topping with Sometimes in 1986, Eurythmics getting a second top 3 of the year with You Have Placed A Chill, and highest new entry at 4 being Phil Collins’ number 2 from 1981, the awesome In The Air Tonight undergoing a revamp that didn’t actually ruin it. George Michael goes top 10 with a Monkey on his back, Sade get a big top 10 with Paradise, their first in a while, Morrissey gets his first solo top 10, and Mica Paris her first too, My One Temptation for a busy week at the top end. One of them will knock Belinda off the perch next week.

Sisters Of Mercy get another huge leap, with Lucretia My Reflection up 50 places to 24, along with a batch of top 40 climbers from The Fat Boys & Chubby Checker, Bros, Sabrina, George Harrison, Matt Bianco, Boy George, and if you can find a genre connection there between them all you must be delusional! smile.gif In a quiet week for new entries veterans The Moody Blues return with I Know You’re Out There Somewhere, I knew them back when I was a kiddie, T’Pau keep the singles coming I Will Be With You, Tracie Spencer’s Symptoms Of True Love returns, Springsteen is still Tougher Than The Rest 13 years on, a-ha have The Blood That Moves The Body, and Dee Lewis pops in briefly with Best Of My Love, sister of the fab Linda Lewis, and vocalist with the likes of Jamiroquai in the 90’s.

1 ( 1 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
2 ( 7 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
3 ( 6 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
4 ( NEW ) IN THE AIR TONIGHT (1988) Phil Collins
5 ( 10 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
6 ( 2 ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)
7 ( 14 ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael
8 ( 23 ) PARADISE Sade
9 ( 16 ) EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY Morrissey
10 ( 12 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris

11 ( 5 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/ CAR WASH Rose Royce
12 ( 17 ) TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas
13 ( 3 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
14 ( 24 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
15 ( 22 ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde
16 ( 9 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
17 ( 4 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
18 ( 21 ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
19 ( 11 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
20 ( 27 ) THERE’S MORE TO LOVE The Communards

21 ( 13 ) STOP Sam Brown
22 ( 8 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
23 ( 29 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
24 ( 74 ) LUCRETIA MY REFLECTION The Sisters Of Mercy
25 ( 30 ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac
26 ( 37 ) FAST CAR Tracey Chapman
27 ( 15 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
28 ( 18 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
29 ( 19 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
30 ( 39 ) PAINTED MOON The Silencers

31 ( 45 ) THE TWIST The Fat Boys/ Chubby Checker
32 ( 47 ) I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros
33 ( 60 ) BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina
34 ( 59 ) THIS IS LOVE George Harrison
35 ( 52 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL Matt Bianco
36 ( 20 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
37 ( 42 ) NO CLAUSE 28 Boy George
38 ( 38 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
39 ( 40 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
40 ( 31 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express

41 ( 28 ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
42 ( 25 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
43 ( 34 ) I’M REAL James Brown
44 ( 33 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
45 ( 36 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
46 ( 26 ) MOVIN’ 1988 Brass Construction
47 ( 35 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
48 ( 43 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
49 ( 32 ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart
50 ( 50 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 49 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
53 ( 46 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
54 ( NEW ) I KNOW YOU’RE OUT THERE SOMEWHERE The Moody Blues
55 ( 54 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
56 ( 55 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
57 ( NEW ) I WILL BE WITH YOU T’Pau
58 ( 57 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
59 ( 70 ) TOMORROW PEOPLE Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
60 ( NEW ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer

61 ( 56 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
62 ( 68 ) I SAW HIM STANDING THERE Tiffany
63 ( 48 ) LEADER OF THE PACK Joan Collins Fan Club (Julian Clary)
64 ( 41 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
65 ( 44 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
66 ( 64 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
67 ( 71 ) DO YOU LOVE ME The Contours
68 ( 69 ) BAD Michael Jackson
69 ( 66 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
70 ( NEW ) TOUGHER THAN THE REST Bruce Springsteen

71 ( 67 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
72 ( NEW ) THE BLOOD THAT MOVES THE BODY a-ha
73 ( 73 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 75 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
75 ( NEW ) BEST OF MY LOVE Dee Lewis

Playlist oldies of the week
1 HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
2 COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
3 FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine

 

 

 

26th June 1988

It’s a first week on top for Phil Collins, with the slight reworking of his 1981 number 2 classic In The Air Tonight – the remix isn’t as good as the original, let’s be clear on that, but it’s compensation for being denied first-time round. In the interim Genesis topped my chart with Mama in 1983, both of them classically haunting rhythmically. That denies a topper for Maxi Priest’s fab cover of Wild World at 2, while new into the top 10 go The Pasadenas’ early 70’s-sounding Tribute, UB40 & Chrissie Hynde getting another top 10 together with a much better cover version, this time the fab Dusty In Memphis album track, and The Communards grab another to add to their growing list with There’s More To Love.

T’Pau climb 30 places, Springsteen does even better up to 32, and Gloria Estefan enters at 36 with Anything For You, the track that boosted her into the big league for the next few years as Miami Sound Machine becomes the supporting name rather than the focus – nothing had changed though, her only-ever boyfriend and husband Emilio was and is still the guiding force behind her career and records. 1971 Who classic Won’t Get Fooled Again debuts (I didn’t know it at the time, it wasn’t played in Singapore) at 42, Midnight Oil follow-up Beds Are Burning with Dead Heart, and Salt’n’Pepa debut with the much-loved Push It, bringing female rap an actual focal point with the band – Salt, Pepa & Spinderella aka ‘n’. I made that last bit up.

Steve Winwood returns with a huge US hit, Roll With It, 20-odd years into his career and giving us that classic starter-soup question “Roll with it?”. I made that bit up too. INXS bring yet another fab track from the brilliant Kick album into the chart – Never Tear Us Apart, remixed and covered in later decades by the likes of Paloma Faith. Glen Medeiros pops in with his UK chart-topper, I still remain mystified by it’s popularity 30 years later, the same week he had his 20th birthday. 50 now, hard to believe, but Happy Birthday Glen! Hothouse Flowers follow-up, Joy Division oldie Atmosphere sneaks in, and rather lowly at 74, Transvision Vamp enter with another pop goodie, I Want Your Love.

1 ( 4 ) IN THE AIR TONIGHT (1988) Phil Collins
2 ( 5 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
3 ( 1 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
4 ( 3 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
5 ( 2 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
6 ( 8 ) PARADISE Sade
7 ( 7 ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael
8 ( 12 ) TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas
9 ( 15 ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde
10 ( 20 ) THERE’S MORE TO LOVE The Communards

11 ( 9 ) EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY Morrissey
12 ( 13 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
13 ( 14 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
14 ( 6 ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)
15 ( 11 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/ CAR WASH Rose Royce
16 ( 16 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
17 ( 26 ) FAST CAR Tracey Chapman
18 ( 32 ) I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros
19 ( 34 ) THIS IS LOVE George Harrison
20 ( 31 ) THE TWIST The Fat Boys/ Chubby Checker

21 ( 10 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
22 ( 23 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
23 ( 19 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
24 ( 24 ) LUCRETIA MY REFLECTION The Sisters Of Mercy
25 ( 41 ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
26 ( 17 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
27 ( 57 ) I WILL BE WITH YOU T’Pau
28 ( 35 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL Matt Bianco
29 ( 25 ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac
30 ( 30 ) PAINTED MOON The Silencers

31 ( 18 ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
32 ( 70 ) TOUGHER THAN THE REST Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 33 ) BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina
34 ( 21 ) STOP Sam Brown
35 ( 22 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
36 ( NEW ) ANYTHING FOR YOU Gloria Estefan
37 ( 28 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
38 ( 39 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
39 ( 38 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 27 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada

41 ( 29 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
42 ( NEW ) WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN The Who
43 ( NEW ) THE DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
44 ( 40 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
45 ( NEW ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
46 ( 59 ) TOMORROW PEOPLE Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
47 ( 54 ) I KNOW YOU’RE OUT THERE SOMEWHERE The Moody Blues
48 ( 48 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
49 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
50 ( 50 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

51 ( 52 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
52 ( 42 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
53 ( 36 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
54 ( 53 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 47 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
56 ( 60 ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
57 ( 55 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
58 ( 58 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
59 ( 56 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
60 ( 44 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order

61 ( NEW ) ROLL WITH IT Steve Winwood
62 ( NEW ) NEVER TEAR US APART INXS
63 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU Glen Medeiros
64 ( 45 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
65 ( 61 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
66 ( 37 ) NO CLAUSE 28 Boy George
67 ( 72 ) THE BLOOD THAT MOVES THE BODY a-ha
68 ( 68 ) BAD Michael Jackson
69 ( 46 ) MOVIN’ 1988 Brass Construction
70 ( NEW ) I’M SORRY Hothouse Flowers

71 ( 69 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
72 ( 73 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
73 ( NEW ) ATMOSPHERE Joy Division
74 ( NEW ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Transvision Vamp
75 ( 74 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone

Playlist faves of that week
1 REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
2 DIGGING YOUR SCENE Blow Monkeys
3 DIZZY Tommy Roe

 

My September 1990 Charts

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

3rd September 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLAYLIST OLDIES

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

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

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

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

 

 

9th September 1990

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

16th September 1990

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

23rd September 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

30th September 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

My May 1988 Charts

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1st May 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for S-Express as Ofra Haza nearly topples them with I’m Nin Alu at 2, Hazell Dean gets a second top 10, and Danny Wilson finally go top 10 after first charting in 1987 with Mary’s Prayer. Blue Monday is remixed back into the 20 for about the 3rd time for New Order, Belinda Carlisle rockets in for her 3rd top as Circle In The Sand rises 71 to 16, Faurground Attraction climb into the 40 with Perfect, and Aztec Camera add to their snaps of singles doing the same, with a mighty bound on Somewhere In My Heart.

Narada Michael Walden gets his 3rd top 40, and highest new entry is from Joyce Sims, in with Walk Away at 48, followed by The Housemartins not doing a cover of Bacharach/David’s Always Something There To Remind Me at 56 (just nicking the title). Gloria Estefan is back with Can’t Stay Away From You, by now more or less a solo act doing her husbands’ material as he phases out Miami Sound Machine to greater success. Second-time lucky for the song it will be, though. Heart are back with another old track, What About Love, Was Not Was are back with a remix of the fab non-hit Out Come The Freaks, Icehouse add Electric Blue to their list of chart entries here, even if not in the UK charts, The Primitives follow-up, and Scritti Politti makes it 4 years of chart gems with Oh Patti popping in at 75.

This was the week I bought my first CD player, as far as I can recall, cos the Playlist includes 2 Blow Monkeys remix tracks from the first maxi-single CD I ever bought – and the only way I could have heard them was on a brand-new Philips DC player. CD was a revolution in sound, in some ways, as hits albums squeezing too many tracks onto vinyl were a bit tinny in sound, and vinyl singles quality wasn’t what it used to be either as they got produced more cheaply. I didn’t miss the crackles and pops of vinyl, but the widescreen sound of quality vinyl was definitely superior to a cheap CD player and early CD’s of older recordings in the days before remastering – some times they were cheap crappy covers by the listed act, sometimes they’d been bunged onto CD direct from a CD or substandard master, and as I was to find out to my horror years later, the lie that CD’s would “last forever” was nonsense – many of them reacted to inks in the sleeve and turned discoloured and the sound disintegrated or jumped. The plastic wallets were just awful, I still hate the tacky packaging, and the only affection I hold for actual CD’s I bought are those I bought abroad, or those that have great packaging. The rest can happily be replaced and upgraded, unlike Vinyl where I love my own copies, clicks and all, cos they are special time-related sentimental objects.

1 ( 1 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
2 ( 7 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
3 ( 3 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
4 ( 6 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
5 ( 4 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 2 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
7 ( 8 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
8 ( 15 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
9 ( 5 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 12 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson

11 ( 13 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
12 ( 9 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
13 ( 37 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
14 ( 14 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
15 ( 10 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
16 ( 71 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
17 ( 31 ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure
18 ( 27 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
19 ( 16 ) GET LUCKY Jermaine Stewart
20 ( 23 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick

21 ( 17 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
22 ( 32 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians
23 ( 46 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
24 ( 11 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
25 ( 30 ) FROM THE HIP Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
26 ( 70 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
27 ( 69 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
28 ( 21 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
29 ( 24 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
30 ( 36 ) ARMAGEDDIN’ IT Def Leppard

31 ( 18 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
32 ( 19 ) 10,000 ANGELS Godley And Creme
33 ( 38 ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
34 ( 64 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
35 ( 54 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
36 ( 52 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
37 ( 22 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
38 ( 44 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
39 ( 35 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
40 ( 28 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart

41 ( 53 ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
42 ( 41 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
43 ( 33 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
44 ( 20 ) PROVE YOUR LOVE Taylor Dayne
45 ( 45 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
46 ( 42 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
47 ( 39 ) EVERY ANGEL All About Eve
48 ( NEW ) WALK AWAY Joyce Sims
49 ( 49 ) THE COLOURS Men They Couldn’t Hang
50 ( 25 ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 50 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
53 ( 60 ) WHEN WILL YOU MAKE MY TELEPHONE RING Deacon Blue
54 ( 56 ) SOMETHIN’ ELSE Eddie Cochran
55 ( 74 ) PAYBACK MIX James Brown
56 ( NEW ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME The Housemartins
57 ( 26 ) COULD’VE BEEN Tiffany
58 ( 29 ) I NEED A MAN Eurythmics
59 ( 57 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
60 ( 63 ) CHANGES Alan Price

61 ( 48 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
62 ( 58 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
63 ( 47 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
64 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
65 ( 65 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
66 ( 66 ) BAD Michael Jackson
67 ( NEW ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
68 ( 43 ) ANGEL Aerosmith
69 ( 62 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
70 ( NEW ) OUT COME THE FREAKS (REMIX) Was (Not Was)

71 ( 40 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
72 ( NEW ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
73 ( 34 ) JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/ Adele Bertei
74 ( NEW ) OUT OF REACH The Primitives
75 ( NEW ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti

1st May
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DIGGING YOUR SCENE (CD REMIX) Blow Monkeys
2 I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
3 IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY (CD REMIX) Blow Monkeys

 

8th May 1988

It’s George Michael finally getting a chart-topper from Faith with One More Try ( laugh.gif ), his 3rd solo chart-topper, 4th including Aretha Franklin duets, and 6th including Wham!, 7th including Band Aid. Take your pick. Poor ol’ Ofra gets leap-frogged at 2, but Prince is driving Alphabet Street right into the top 10, and Narada is having some divine emotions doing the same. Rocketing up even higher it’s Gloria Estefan – not her first top 20, but I Can’t Stay Away From You has a sweet 48-place climb.

The Clash are back with another oldie, London Calling at 29 equalling it’s peak in 1979, Heart get a 5th top 40 with a big climb, and the big Eurovision song from 1988 enters at 35 for Hothouse Flowers – not that Don’t Go had been entered, they were the interval act. Cry Before Dawn also enter the top 40 with a song I’ve completely forgotten – truly, gone if not forever-then-for-32-years. Scritti Politti get a pleasing bound to 39 from 75 with Patti, Hall & Oates return for 12 years of chart activity, and just for charity-mates, Wet Wet Wet mangle a Sgt Pepper Beatles song that had already charted for Joe Cocker 20 years earlier, and Billy Bragg murders the gorgeous She’s Leaving Home, which should have been released as a single in 1976 for The Beatles around the time that Bryan Ferry did a great cover on one of his B sides in 1977. Still, both songs died for a good cause.

If you’d asked me if Magnum had ever made my charts I would have said “not likely!”, but there you are, Start talking Love enters at 68, even ahead of Kim Wilde’s latest album cut from Close to make single. In what must have been a desperately bad week for new music Harry Enfield annoys at 73, Dirty Dancing tedium enters at 72 for Patrick Swayze, Luther Vandross meanders in at 74, and Eddy Grant remains forgettable at 75 – his glory days started in 1968 with The Equals, and solo in 1979 through to Jo’Anna, but I don’t recall this one, so I guess it does what it says on the tin. So, of the new entries, one is old, 2 I dont recall, 4 are various scales of OK, and 4 I wouldnt mind never hearing again. Quality down-turn!

1 ( 3 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
2 ( 2 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
3 ( 1 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
4 ( 4 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
5 ( 8 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
6 ( 6 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
7 ( 5 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 35 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
9 ( 7 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
10 ( 27 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada

11 ( 9 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
12 ( 10 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
13 ( 13 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
14 ( 23 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
15 ( 16 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
16 ( 64 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
17 ( 18 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
18 ( 20 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick
19 ( 26 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
20 ( 22 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians

21 ( 11 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
22 ( 12 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
23 ( 36 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
24 ( 17 ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure
25 ( 34 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
26 ( 14 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
27 ( 33 ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
28 ( 15 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
29 ( NEW ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
30 ( 19 ) GET LUCKY Jermaine Stewart

31 ( 25 ) FROM THE HIP Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
32 ( 67 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
33 ( 24 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
34 ( 28 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
35 ( NEW ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
36 ( 48 ) WALK AWAY Joyce Sims
37 ( NEW ) GONE FOREVER Cry Before Dawn
38 ( 39 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
39 ( 75 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
40 ( 29 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher

41 ( 41 ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
42 ( 56 ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME The Housemartins
43 ( 42 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
44 ( 38 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
45 ( 21 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
46 ( 45 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
47 ( 70 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS (REMIX) Was (Not Was)
48 ( 43 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
49 ( 40 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
50 ( 46 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 37 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
53 ( 52 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
54 ( 31 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
55 ( 55 ) PAYBACK MIX James Brown
56 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
57 ( 74 ) OUT OF REACH The Primitives
58 ( 32 ) 10,000 ANGELS Godley And Creme
59 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHE’S LEAVING HOME Wet Wet Wet/ Billy Bragg
60 ( 59 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson

61 ( 50 ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha
62 ( 53 ) WHEN WILL YOU MAKE MY TELEPHONE RING Deacon Blue
63 ( 54 ) SOMETHIN’ ELSE Eddie Cochran
64 ( 62 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 30 ) ARMAGEDDIN’ IT Def Leppard
66 ( 65 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( 66 ) BAD Michael Jackson
68 ( NEW ) START TALKING LOVE Magnum
69 ( 61 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
70 ( NEW ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde

71 ( 69 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) SHE’S LIKE THE WIND Patrick Swayze/ Wendy Fisher
73 ( NEW ) LOADSAMONEY Harry Enfield
74 ( NEW ) I GAVE IT UP (WHEN I FELL IN LOVE) Luther Vandross
75 ( NEW ) HARMLESS PIECE OF FUN Eddy Grant

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 WHO’S LOVING YOU The Jackson 5
2 EAGLE Abba
3 WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE Abba

 

15th May 1988

It’s a first week on top for Alphabet Street, as Prince gets his first chart-topper after numerous big hits and some runners-up, belatedly deserved despite the annoying Lovesexy album CD version being one long track with no individual track skipping ability. Talk about annoying! Blue Monday goes top 10 again, albeit remixed, and Fairground Attraction grab a Perfect top 10 debut, and Belinda Carlisle makes it a hat-trick of the same, and Gloria Estefan adds to hers too.

Heart shoot into the 20 with What About Love, Prefab Sprout get another top 20 4 years on from When Love Breaks Down, and The Clash second-time round also peak higher than 1979’s peak of 29, at 19. Highest new entry is Debbie Gibson at 26 with Out Of The Blue, while in at 29 it’s another track I don’t recall, hot on the heels of Cry Before Dawn last week, it’s Won Ton Ton and I Lie And I Cheat. Playing it now and I’d swear I’ve never heard it in my life, oops! It’s not aged that well…..

Aerosmith pop back in at 33 with Angel, a much more realistic chart position for a track I do remember, and ditto Icehouse at 35 with Electric Blue – a big week for that colour – while Aswad follow-up with Give A Little Love at 39. Kylie is back with another production-line track off her album, Got To Be Certain, and Derek B is a Bad Young Brother at 58. Quo turn up with a track I dont recall either, Who Gets The Love marking a move towards a more AOR sound, Climie Fisher get a 3rd entry, Richard Marx gets another ballad sneaking in – his current single is pretty good as I’ve started following him on Twitter as he’s not one to mince his words biggrin.gif Voice Of The Beehive are back with Don’t Call Me Baby, and sneaking in as a bonus 76 it’s my airplay album track Dirty Diana, soon to be the next single off Bad from Michael Jackson. safe to say it would have charted much higher had I permitted album tracks in my chart.

1 ( 8 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
2 ( 1 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
3 ( 2 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
4 ( 4 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
5 ( 10 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
6 ( 13 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
7 ( 3 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
8 ( 14 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
9 ( 15 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
10 ( 16 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine

11 ( 5 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
12 ( 7 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 32 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
14 ( 6 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
15 ( 9 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
16 ( 25 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
17 ( 19 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
18 ( 23 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
19 ( 29 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
20 ( 11 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac

21 ( 12 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
22 ( 18 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick
23 ( 21 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
24 ( 20 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians
25 ( 35 ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
26 ( NEW ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
27 ( 26 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
28 ( 17 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
29 ( NEW ) I LIE AND I CHEAT Won Ton Ton
30 ( 39 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti

31 ( 28 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
32 ( 27 ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
33 ( RE ) ANGEL Aerosmith
34 ( 41 ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
35 ( RE ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
36 ( 22 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
37 ( 37 ) GONE FOREVER Cry Before Dawn
38 ( 38 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
39 ( NEW ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
40 ( 47 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS (REMIX) Was (Not Was)

41 ( 24 ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure
42 ( 34 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
43 ( 56 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
44 ( 43 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
45 ( 45 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
46 ( 46 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
47 ( NEW ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
48 ( 44 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
49 ( 57 ) OUT OF REACH The Primitives
50 ( 50 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 40 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
53 ( 53 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
54 ( 48 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
55 ( 59 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHE’S LEAVING HOME Wet Wet Wet/ Billy Bragg
56 ( 49 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
57 ( 30 ) GET LUCKY Jermaine Stewart
58 ( NEW ) BAD YOUNG BROTHER Derek B
59 ( 31 ) FROM THE HIP Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
60 ( 70 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde

61 ( 36 ) WALK AWAY Joyce Sims
62 ( 60 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
63 ( 33 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
64 ( 68 ) START TALKING LOVE Magnum
65 ( 73 ) LOADSAMONEY Harry Enfield
66 ( 66 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 67 ) BAD Michael Jackson
69 ( NEW ) WHO GETS THE LOVE Status Quo
70 ( 52 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder

71 ( 71 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher
73 ( 54 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
74 ( NEW ) ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS Richard Marx
75 ( NEW ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
76 ( NEW ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

Playlist oldies of the week
1 DEVIL’S BALL Double
2 WHY DID YOU DO IT Stretch
3 DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

 

 

22nd May 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Prince as Belinda Carlisle starts to threaten with her first top 3, Circling In The Sand you might say, as Heart grab a 3rd top 10 and Aztec Camera a 2nd. Kylie shoots up to 12, her 3rd top 20, and Cher makes it two in a row too – or her 5th in total over 17 years – Rod Stewart has had many more than that over the same period, and his latest try enters at 60. Highest new entry is LA Mix at 18 with Check This Out, another cut ‘n’ paste dance track, as I vaguely recall.

Kim Wilde bolts up to 22 with Hey Mr Heartache, 7 years-worth of top 40’s and the biggest still to come, Hall & Oates are back in the 40 12 years since She’s Gone, and 6 years since they topped my charts, while new into the 40 goes Maxi Priest’s lover’s rock version of Jimmy Cliff’s reggae version of Cat Stevens Wild World, Mica Paris debuts with My One Temptation, smooth, and Merry Clayton says Yes at 38. I liked that track much more than record buyers did.

Sam Brown debuts at 53 with the fabulous Stop, a full year of it becoming a hit, outrageously not hitting first-time round, all diva soul from Joe Brown’s little girl. I’ve seen Joe Brown in concert a few times, sometimes Sam supports him, which is lovely to see and hear, as her career never really took off properly after Stop, unlike Joe who was around through the 60’s, and beyond in light entertainment, until he re-invented himself a musicians musician and a live draw.

Quietly in at 65, a terrific French dance track, Voyage Voyage from Desireless, while Stevie returns with Michael on tow, Get Up being a tit for tat for appearing on the weakest track on Bad with Michael. I mean, I’m always going to have time for Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, bot childhood and teen faves when one was not much older than, and the other younger than, moi. It’s not the best track either appeared on though.

Alexander O’Neal is back with another Jam & Lewis dance gem, The Lovers, Basia has left her Matt Bianco days behind her and gone solo – though she was more notable for noticeably being amongst the first EU-era movement of Polish folk to the UK than her solo career – and finally Samantha Fox pops in yet again, somehow managing to get a mention with another bit of tat.

1 ( 1 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
2 ( 2 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
3 ( 9 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
4 ( 5 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
5 ( 13 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
6 ( 6 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
7 ( 3 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
8 ( 4 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
9 ( 17 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
10 ( 10 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine

11 ( 7 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
12 ( 47 ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
13 ( 16 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
14 ( 45 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
15 ( 12 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
16 ( 26 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
17 ( 14 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
18 ( NEW ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
19 ( 11 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
20 ( 30 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti

21 ( 8 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
22 ( 60 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde
23 ( 25 ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
24 ( 18 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
25 ( 20 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
26 ( 15 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
27 ( 39 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
28 ( 35 ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
29 ( 29 ) I LIE AND I CHEAT Won Ton Ton
30 ( 24 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians

31 ( 21 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
32 ( 23 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
33 ( 43 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
34 ( 34 ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
35 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
36 ( 19 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
37 ( NEW ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
38 ( NEW ) YES Merry Clayton
39 ( 38 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
40 ( 55 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHE’S LEAVING HOME Wet Wet Wet/ Billy Bragg

41 ( 27 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
42 ( 42 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
43 ( 22 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick
44 ( 31 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
45 ( 44 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
46 ( 32 ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
47 ( 53 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
48 ( 46 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
49 ( 75 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
50 ( 72 ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 50 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
53 ( NEW ) STOP Sam Brown
54 ( 28 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
55 ( 58 ) BAD YOUNG BROTHER Derek B
56 ( 36 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
57 ( 54 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
58 ( 69 ) WHO GETS THE LOVE Status Quo
59 ( 37 ) GONE FOREVER Cry Before Dawn
60 ( NEW ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart

61 ( 52 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
62 ( 33 ) ANGEL Aerosmith
63 ( 62 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
64 ( 56 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
65 ( NEW ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
66 ( NEW ) GET IT Stevie Wonder/ Michael Jackson
67 ( 66 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
68 ( 68 ) BAD Michael Jackson
69 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
70 ( NEW ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal

71 ( 71 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 74 ) ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS Richard Marx
73 ( NEW ) TIME AND TIDE Basia
74 ( NEW ) NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO) Samantha Fox
75 ( 63 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
76 ( 76 ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

Playlist faves of that week
1 DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson
2 THE ANGELS CRY Agnetha Flatskog
3 I FOUND SOMEONE Cher

 

 

29th May 1988

It’s back on top for a 2nd week for George Michael’s One More Try, while at the other end of the chart it’s a mention for my top album track of the week (also from Faith, the fab Hand To Mouth which should also have been a single) by virtue of topping my list of other non-single criminally-ignored tracks of the 80’s. LA Mix Check this Out at 4, Scritti Politti make it a 3rd top 10 with Oh Patti, and Cher makes it two in a row at 10, her 4th solo, 6th including duets.

Alexander O’Neal bounds into the 20 with The Lovers, and highest new entry is KLF’s Doctorin’ The Tardis – under the pseudonym The Timelords – their debut, though Jimmy Cauty had charted as part of Brilliant several times already, in at 20. Essentially a mash-up of the Doctor Who theme (one of the greatest TV themes ever), Sweet’s Blockbuster sirens and Gary Glitter’s Rock And Roll Part 2 as the hook. What’s not to like! Glam Rock and House Music! Ish.

Other newies: Eurythmics second-best best track off their latest album, You have Placed A Chill In My Heart at 26, one of Erasure’s very best singles in at 29 with Chains Of Love, and an old Brass Construction funk groove Housed-up, Movin’ in at 30. At 38, Elton returns with a great track, I Don’t Want To Go On With You Like That, not the hit it deserved to be as he was well out of fashion by 1988, Sade is in Paradise at 44, one of her/their best tracks. Yes, confusing plurals were a thing back then too, albeit limited to bands named after the lead singer, or bands with a name that became acquired by the lead singer. Yes, I’m looking at you Alice Cooper.

The Sytle Council are nearing the end of their time in the chart sun, albeit with a healthy track, Whitney’s looking for something to save the day, not that she’d have listened if she’d found it, and musically at least not for another decade. Fleetwood Mac pop back in with a lesser Tango In The Night track, Big Audio Dynamite keep plugging away, and Nick Kamen has a last fling at chart action.

1 ( 2 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
2 ( 1 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
3 ( 3 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
4 ( 18 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
5 ( 4 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
6 ( 5 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
7 ( 9 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
8 ( 6 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
9 ( 20 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
10 ( 14 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher

11 ( 16 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
12 ( 12 ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
13 ( 10 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
14 ( 7 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
15 ( 11 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
16 ( 8 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
17 ( 13 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
18 ( 70 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
19 ( 22 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde
20 ( NEW ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)

21 ( 35 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
22 ( 15 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
23 ( 23 ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
24 ( 17 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
25 ( 33 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
26 ( NEW ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
27 ( 27 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
28 ( 37 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
29 ( NEW ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
30 ( NEW ) MOVIN’ 1988 Brass Construction

31 ( 19 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
32 ( 60 ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart
33 ( 25 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
34 ( 38 ) YES Merry Clayton
35 ( 50 ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher
36 ( 49 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
37 ( 40 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHE’S LEAVING HOME Wet Wet Wet/ Billy Bragg
38 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
39 ( 26 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
40 ( 39 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies

41 ( 28 ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
42 ( 32 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
43 ( NEW ) I STILL LOVE YOU Judy Cheeks
44 ( NEW ) PARADISE Sade
45 ( 21 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
46 ( NEW ) LIFE ON A TOP PEOPLE’S HEALTH FARM The Style Council
47 ( 45 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
48 ( 47 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
49 ( 42 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
50 ( 48 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

51 ( 65 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
52 ( 31 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
53 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
54 ( 53 ) STOP Sam Brown
55 ( 52 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
56 ( 24 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
57 ( 29 ) I LIE AND I CHEAT Won Ton Ton
58 ( 74 ) NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO) Samantha Fox
59 ( 58 ) WHO GETS THE LOVE Status Quo
60 ( 36 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash

61 ( 66 ) GET IT Stevie Wonder/ Michael Jackson
62 ( 57 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
63 ( 63 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
64 ( 30 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians
65 ( 41 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
66 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY Whitney Houston
67 ( 68 ) BAD Michael Jackson
68 ( 61 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
69 ( 67 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
70 ( 73 ) TIME AND TIDE Basia

71 ( 71 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac
73 ( 64 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
74 ( NEW ) JUST PLAY MUSIC Big Audio Dynamite
75 ( NEW ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
76 ( NEW ) HAND TO MOUTH George Michael

FAVE OLDIES/ALBUM TRACKS OF THE WEEK
1 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael
2 MISS ME BLIND Culture Club
3 PANINARO Pet Shop Boys

My April 1988 Charts

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Dorset…

3rd April 1988

It’s 3 weeks on top for Pet Shop Boys’ Heart – keeping their own I’m Not Scared off the top, peaking now at 2 for Eighth Wonder, with new top 10 climbs for a-ha, Debbie Gibson and Brenda Russell. Top 40 climbs for Wet Wet Wet (their biggest since Wishing I was Lucky), Pebbles, Jellybean’s 4th, The Adventures, and two new entries, Paul Hardcastle returning with a cover of Junior Walker’s fabulous Walk In The Night at 38, and Eurythmics following-up the sublime Shame with the more-perfunctory I Need A Man at 40 ( a much bigger hit for them in the UK charts – go figure!).

Neal Hefti brings the 22-year-old TV theme into the charts for the first time (though it would have charted in 1967 for me had I been charting as a kiddie), probably during one of the regular TV-repeat-runs of the show, in at 49. Jermaine Stewart is beside himself as he gets lucky at 54, and Wally Jump Jnr follows-up at 59. Danny Wilson return with the yet-to-hit Mary’s Prayer, which had charted for me in 1987, Cher insists We All Sleep Alone at 66 – I’ll let you know in 4 years if that’s true – and Smokey Robinson extends his chart run to a sweet 19 years, Cher to 17 years. Robert Palmer pops in briefly with Sweet Lies, and Hazell Dean is back 4 years after a couple of biggie SAW hits – with another SAW hit. I saw her in a gay bar performance back in the early 00’s, back when local bars & clubs were an actual thing before topping-up booze at home, internet phones, Grindr and other factors combined to kill them off.


1 ( 1 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 5 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
3 ( 4 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 3 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
5 ( 2 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
6 ( 6 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
7 ( 8 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
8 ( 14 ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha
9 ( 13 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
10 ( 17 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell

11 ( 10 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
12 ( 16 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
13 ( 7 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
14 ( 23 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
15 ( 27 ) CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta
16 ( 9 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
17 ( 12 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
18 ( 11 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville
19 ( 15 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
20 ( 20 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash

21 ( 19 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
22 ( 22 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
23 ( 18 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
24 ( 35 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
25 ( 40 ) I WANT HER Keith Sweat
26 ( 49 ) TEMPTATION Wet Wet Wet
27 ( 52 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
28 ( 39 ) AIN’T COMPLAININ’ Status Quo
29 ( 26 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
30 ( 28 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

31 ( 55 ) JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/ Adele Bertei
32 ( 32 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
33 ( 24 ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
34 ( 38 ) BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris
35 ( 21 ) I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B & Rakim
36 ( 62 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
37 ( 34 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
38 ( NEW ) WALK IN THE NIGHT Paul Hardcastle
39 ( 31 ) CRAZY Icehouse
40 ( NEW ) I NEED A MAN Eurythmics

41 ( 41 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
42 ( 42 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
43 ( 43 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
44 ( 72 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
45 ( 30 ) CRASH The Primitives
46 ( 33 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
47 ( 46 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
48 ( 51 ) DROP THE BOY Bros
49 ( NEW ) BATMAN THEME Neil Hefti
50 ( 48 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson

51 ( 53 ) PROVE YOUR LOVE Taylor Dayne
52 ( 25 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure
53 ( 29 ) I PRONOUNCE YOU Madness
54 ( NEW ) GET LUCKY Jermaine Stewart
55 ( 37 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
56 ( 59 ) COULD’VE BEEN Tiffany
57 ( 57 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
58 ( 36 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley
59 ( NEW ) PRIVATE PARTY Wally Jump Jnr
60 ( 60 ) BAD Michael Jackson

61 ( 50 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
62 ( 54 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
63 ( 63 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
64 ( 64 ) SHAME Eurythmics
65 ( NEW ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
66 ( NEW ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
67 ( 44 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout
68 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
69 ( 69 ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
70 ( NEW ) LOVE DON’T GIVE A REASON Smokey Robinson

71 ( 71 ) HUMAN Human League
72 ( 45 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
73 ( 61 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
74 ( NEW ) SWEET LIES Robert Palmer
75 ( NEW ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean

3rd Apr
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DIGGING YOUR SCENE Blow Monkeys
2 IF IT WASN’T FOR THE NIGHTS Abba
3 DON’T LET IT FADE AWAY Darts

10th April 1988

It’s 4 weeks on top for Heart as the Eighth Wonder threat subsides, though more than likely One More Chance would have been pushing it hard had I allowed album tracks in the chart – topping my non-current-single playlist that week I’ve slipped it in again as a number 76 – as I can’t say for sure where in the chart it would have charted, it has to settle for 76. Fleetwood Mac finally get up to 2 and is one of 3 tracks threatening, as Louis Armstrong’s gorgeously heart-warming What A Wonderful World is re-issued 20 years on, entering at 3. I hadn’t started charting in early 1968, but it probably would have topped my chart as I loved it as a kid. In at 4, it’s an instant high new entry for a Giorgio Moroder girl band project, When The Love Is Good is utterly fab. They had an album, 3 singles, a tour, lead singer Bobbi Eakes (a former Miss Georgia) had a powerful voice and this song was one of Moroder’s best – and it stiffed, the band didn’t catch on. I suspect it’s down to the sudden change in musical climate in 1988.

Jermaine Stewart has a big climb, into the 20 for the 3rd time, and George Michael pulls another Faith album track out as a single, the sublime gospel-ish One More Try, in at 22, as Cher leaps into the 30. Natalie Cole, Tiffany and Taylor Dayne all bring some female vocal action to the 40, and among the 14 new entries are DJ’s Pat & Mick killing, oops I mean covering, 1978 Michael Zager Band hit Let’s All Chant, Jesus & Mary Chain sidewalking, presumably like crabs, and the brilliant Israeli dance vibe of I’m Nin Alu from Ofra Haza. Even more significant is the debut from S-Express, sampling the achingly brilliant Rose Royce riff from 1979’s Is It Love You’re After, and creating an even more brilliant very different cut ‘n’ paste dance smash, Theme From S-Express with that all-important hyphen.

The Christians’ 4-year-run of great singles continues with Born Again, Born Again Christians, arf, the Christian Brothers must have been having a Scouse laugh at that one, Expose get another Miami-dance-vibe charter, T’Pau do a live single, S-Ex Talk, oh hang on, not Essex Talk, there’s no hyphen, and Aerosmith keep the revival strong with Angel. That leaves Lloyd Cole entering with From The Hip as I was about to see him live at Poole Arts Centre with his Commotions – more next week – and Def Leppard Armageddin’ It, a bad pun to be proud of.

1 ( 1 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 3 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
3 ( NEW ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
4 ( NEW ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
5 ( 2 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
6 ( 10 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
7 ( 8 ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha
8 ( 7 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
9 ( 4 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
10 ( 14 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith

11 ( 9 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
12 ( 5 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
13 ( 11 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
14 ( 6 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
15 ( 15 ) CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta
16 ( 27 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
17 ( 12 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
18 ( 24 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
19 ( 54 ) GET LUCKY Jermaine Stewart
20 ( 40 ) I NEED A MAN Eurythmics

21 ( 13 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
22 ( NEW ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
23 ( 36 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
24 ( 17 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
25 ( 26 ) TEMPTATION Wet Wet Wet
26 ( 16 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
27 ( 19 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
28 ( 28 ) AIN’T COMPLAININ’ Status Quo
29 ( 66 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
30 ( 18 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville

31 ( 31 ) JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/ Adele Bertei
32 ( 44 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
33 ( 32 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
34 ( 21 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
35 ( 23 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
36 ( 56 ) COULD’VE BEEN Tiffany
37 ( 30 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
38 ( 37 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
39 ( 51 ) PROVE YOUR LOVE Taylor Dayne
40 ( 29 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne

41 ( 65 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
42 ( 20 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
43 ( 42 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
44 ( 41 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
45 ( 49 ) BATMAN THEME Neil Hefti
46 ( 69 ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
47 ( 43 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
48 ( 75 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
49 ( NEW ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick
50 ( 47 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

51 ( 22 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
52 ( NEW ) SIDEWALKING Jesus And Mary Chain
53 ( 50 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
54 ( 25 ) I WANT HER Keith Sweat
55 ( NEW ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
56 ( 39 ) CRAZY Icehouse
57 ( NEW ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
58 ( 57 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
59 ( 38 ) WALK IN THE NIGHT Paul Hardcastle
60 ( NEW ) BORN AGAIN The Christians

61 ( 35 ) I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B & Rakim
62 ( 60 ) BAD Michael Jackson
63 ( 33 ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
64 ( 63 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
65 ( 64 ) SHAME Eurythmics
66 ( 59 ) PRIVATE PARTY Wally Jump Jnr
67 ( NEW ) SEASONS CHANGE Expose
68 ( 34 ) BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris
69 ( 68 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
70 ( NEW ) SEX TALK (LIVE) T’Pau

71 ( NEW ) TELL THAT GIRL TO SHUT UP Transvision Vamp
72 ( 55 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
73 ( NEW ) ANGEL Aerosmith
74 ( NEW ) FROM THE HIP Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
75 ( NEW ) ARMAGEDDIN’ IT Def Leppard
76 ( RE ) ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys
2 SOMEBODY WANTS TO LOVE YOU The Partridge Family
3 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells
4 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray


17th April 1988

It’s 5 weeks on top for Pet Shop Boys, this week Heart sees off a threat from highest new entry I Want You Back, 2nd-time around for the 1969 Jackson 5 debut classic, albeit largely due to the inferior remix version, and also sees off high new entries from last week in Big Trouble and Louis Armstrong. George Michael gets a 3rd top 10 off Faith as One More Try climbs to 6, and Theme From S’Express rockets 50 spots to 7, one of them will top the chart next week, place your bets now….

Bananarama make it 3 out of 4 singles top 10’s with the not-a-Jackson-5-cover song, and The Adventures just miss out. Natalie Cole finally gets a top 20 track after 13 years of trying, The Kane Gang cover Don’t Look Any Further, the Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett oldie, in at 27, and The Christians keep the top 40’s regular for the 4th year. Lloyd Cole shoots into the 40 with From The Hip as I go to see him live in concert – I think it was my very first-ever gig on my own with no-mates along. Johnny-No-Mates as I was that night. Having survived the night, it was the start of zillions more, including both Pet Shop Boys and Katy Perry in Barcelona. It’s either that or never go to acts I really want to see just cos friends have no taste for great music.

John Cougar checks it out, new, Godley & Creme are pushing a decade with 10,000 angels, or 16 years with 10CC included. 10’s whichever you look at it then. Sade is also Class of 1984 returning, Aussie band Midnight Oil pop in with burning beds a year or so ahead of having a hit with it, and Roachford debuts with Family Man, while All About Eve add to their list.

1 ( 1 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
3 ( 2 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 4 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
5 ( 3 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
6 ( 22 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
7 ( 57 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
8 ( 6 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
9 ( 18 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
10 ( 10 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith

11 ( 5 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
12 ( 23 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
13 ( 16 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
14 ( 7 ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha
15 ( 9 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
16 ( 20 ) I NEED A MAN Eurythmics
17 ( 19 ) GET LUCKY Jermaine Stewart
18 ( 17 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
19 ( 32 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
20 ( 13 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart

21 ( 8 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
22 ( 12 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
23 ( 14 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
24 ( 39 ) PROVE YOUR LOVE Taylor Dayne
25 ( 29 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
26 ( 31 ) JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/ Adele Bertei
27 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
28 ( 11 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
29 ( 49 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick
30 ( 41 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson

31 ( 48 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
32 ( 60 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians
33 ( 36 ) COULD’VE BEEN Tiffany
34 ( 33 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
35 ( 24 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
36 ( 21 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
37 ( 74 ) FROM THE HIP Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
38 ( 37 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
39 ( 45 ) BATMAN THEME Neil Hefti
40 ( 38 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles

41 ( 46 ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
42 ( 27 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
43 ( 26 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
44 ( 55 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
45 ( 40 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
46 ( 43 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
47 ( 44 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
48 ( 15 ) CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta
49 ( NEW ) CHECK IT OUT John Cougar Mellencamp
50 ( 30 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville

51 ( 50 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 52 ) SIDEWALKING Jesus And Mary Chain
53 ( 47 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
54 ( NEW ) 10,000 ANGELS Godley And Creme
55 ( 34 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
56 ( 53 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
57 ( 35 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
58 ( 58 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
59 ( 75 ) ARMAGEDDIN’ IT Def Leppard
60 ( 73 ) ANGEL Aerosmith

61 ( 28 ) AIN’T COMPLAININ’ Status Quo
62 ( 25 ) TEMPTATION Wet Wet Wet
63 ( 70 ) SEX TALK (LIVE) T’Pau
64 ( 62 ) BAD Michael Jackson
65 ( 64 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
66 ( 71 ) TELL THAT GIRL TO SHUT UP Transvision Vamp
67 ( NEW ) LOVE IS STRONGER THAN PRIDE Sade
68 ( 65 ) SHAME Eurythmics
69 ( NEW ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure
70 ( 67 ) SEASONS CHANGE Expose

71 ( NEW ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
72 ( 69 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
73 ( NEW ) FAMILY MAN Roachford
74 ( NEW ) EVERY ANGEL All About Eve
75 ( NEW ) THE COLOURS Men They Couldn’t Hang

Playlist oldies of the week Lloyd Cole & The Commotions Live at Poole Arts Centre
1 MY BAG
2 ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN
3 RATTLESNAKES

 

 

 

24th April 1988

It’s a new number one as S-Express climb from 7 with the old Rose Royce classic Is It Love You’re After as the backbone to an exciting new creation which worked beautifully. Still fab. The Adventures finally go top 10 with the wonderful Broken Land, and Ofra Haza rockets to 7 with I’m Nin Alu as Pebbles gets her only top 10 – unless you count The 52’s Meet The Flintstones – and Natalie Cole at long last gets a top 10 13 years after starting her chart career, and does it with a Springsteen song – Natalie beat Bruce into the 1975 charts by mere weeks.

Danny Wilson get much higher than first time round as Mary’s Prayer is up at 12, Hazell Dean gets a 2nd top 20 4 years late, Cher adds to her long list of top 20’s, and Godley & Creme rocket up with 10,000 Angels, making it 16 years’-worth including 10CC. Highest new entry is New Order, back with a remix of Blue Monday at 37, 5 years on from first-time round, Swimming With Sharks debut with Careless Love, and singer Inga would go on to top my chart in 2 years time.

Fairground Attraction debut with future UK chart-topper Perfect, Will Downing with A Love Supreme, Billy Ocean makes it another entry 14 years since he was aka Scorched Earth, this time Calypso Crazy, and Prince returns with a forthcoming new album and the fab single Alphabet Street. 50’s rock ‘n’ roll classic Something Else is a hit all over again thanks to a TV commercial, having already charted for The Sex Pistols cover in 1979, but now it’s the original Eddie Cochran version 29 years old – not the oldest track to make my chart at the time, but well up there. Narada has dropped his Michael Walden, Aztec Camera resurge 5 years on from Oblivious thanks to the fab Somewhere In My Heart, Belinda Carlisle’s on a great hit streak as her best-yet Circle In The Sand pops quietly in, James Brown extends his hits run, and Deacon Blue add to theirs too.

1 ( 7 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
2 ( 2 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
3 ( 6 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
4 ( 1 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 3 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
6 ( 12 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
7 ( 45 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
8 ( 9 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
9 ( 13 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
10 ( 19 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole

11 ( 4 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
12 ( 30 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
13 ( 5 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
14 ( 8 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
15 ( 31 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
16 ( 17 ) GET LUCKY Jermaine Stewart
17 ( 25 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
18 ( 10 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
19 ( 54 ) 10,000 ANGELS Godley And Creme
20 ( 24 ) PROVE YOUR LOVE Taylor Dayne

21 ( 15 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
22 ( 11 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
23 ( 29 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick
24 ( 18 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
25 ( 14 ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha
26 ( 33 ) COULD’VE BEEN Tiffany
27 ( 27 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
28 ( 20 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
29 ( 16 ) I NEED A MAN Eurythmics
30 ( 37 ) FROM THE HIP Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

31 ( 69 ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure
32 ( 32 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians
33 ( 23 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
34 ( 26 ) JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/ Adele Bertei
35 ( 34 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
36 ( 59 ) ARMAGEDDIN’ IT Def Leppard
37 ( NEW ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
38 ( NEW ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
39 ( 74 ) EVERY ANGEL All About Eve
40 ( 21 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad

41 ( 40 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
42 ( 38 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
43 ( 60 ) ANGEL Aerosmith
44 ( 71 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
45 ( 47 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
46 ( NEW ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
47 ( 35 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
48 ( 22 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
49 ( 75 ) THE COLOURS Men They Couldn’t Hang
50 ( 47 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( NEW ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
53 ( NEW ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
54 ( NEW ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
55 ( 73 ) FAMILY MAN Roachford
56 ( NEW ) SOMETHIN’ ELSE Eddie Cochran
57 ( 56 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
58 ( 58 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
59 ( 28 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
60 ( NEW ) WHEN WILL YOU MAKE MY TELEPHONE RING Deacon Blue

61 ( 46 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
62 ( 53 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) CHANGES Alan Price
64 ( NEW ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
65 ( 65 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
66 ( 64 ) BAD Michael Jackson
67 ( 43 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
68 ( 42 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
69 ( NEW ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
70 ( NEW ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera

71 ( NEW ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
72 ( 36 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
73 ( NEW ) I STILL LOVE YA Judy Cheeks
74 ( NEW ) PAYBACK MIX James Brown
75 ( NEW ) IS THIS THE LIFE The Cardiacs

Playlist faves of that week
1 YEAR OF THE CAT Al Stewart
2 LONELY DAYS LONELY NIGHTS Don Downing
3 THE LAST TIME Agnetha Faltskog

My March 1988 Charts

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Local BMX heathland area – went for a walk there yesterday for the first time in a decade – the car is gone and ponds now cover the bottom areas – much better for wildlife, newts especially.

 

6th March 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Climie Fisher, presiding over a still-volatile chart as Heart’s double-A oldie rises 53 places to give them a second number 2 in 6 months, with Joe Le taxi going top 10 for Vanessa Paradis’ debut, and Belinda Carlisle makes it 2 in a row with I get Weak, and Taja Seville shoots up 20 to 10 for her only big record, the fab Love Is Contagious.

Mel & Kim and Sisters Of Mercy add to their top 20 tally, Eighth Wonder takes Pet Shop Boys to 21 (more or less, bar Patsy Kensit’s vocals), with the generously-donated I’m Not Scared, Afrika Bambaata is back in the 40 after a bit of a gap, and UB40 just keep on a-coming, 8 years of non-stop singles success. Voice Of The Beehive return with an instant top 40 walking the earth at 38, while Aswad’s cover of Don’t Turn Around gives them a long-overdue big smash and a run of success, in at 51. The song is an Albert Hammond and Diane Warren song, originally recorded by Tina Turner a couple of years earlier – Albert has hits spanning the 60’s to 80’s Diane the 80’s to the 10’s.

David Lee Roth keeps his ex-Van Halen career ticking over a while, The Proclaimers fly in just below, Saxon ride like the wind where Christopher Cross first blew top 20 in 1980, and extend their career longer than Christopher Cross managed, to 8 years, and finally INXS sneak in with another Kick track, Devil Inside.

1 ( 1 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
2 ( 55 ) NEVER/ THESE DREAMS Heart
3 ( 4 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
4 ( 2 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
5 ( 3 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
6 ( 13 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
7 ( 8 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
8 ( 17 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
9 ( 9 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
10 ( 30 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville

11 ( 7 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
12 ( 18 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
13 ( 6 ) CRAZY Icehouse
14 ( 15 ) MY GENERATION The Who
15 ( 20 ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
16 ( 25 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
17 ( 27 ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
18 ( 5 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
19 ( 10 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
20 ( 11 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

21 ( 58 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
22 ( 29 ) CRASH The Primitives
23 ( 23 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
24 ( 40 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
25 ( 37 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
26 ( 14 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
27 ( 12 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
28 ( 19 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
29 ( 16 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
30 ( 32 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles

31 ( 21 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
32 ( 22 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
33 ( 48 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
34 ( 31 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
35 ( 24 ) ROCK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
36 ( 36 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
37 ( 35 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
38 ( NEW ) I WALK THE EARTH Voice Of The Beehive
39 ( 34 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 45 ) LIVE MY LIFE Boy George

41 ( 26 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
42 ( 42 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
43 ( 51 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
44 ( 43 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 41 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL MIchael Jackson
46 ( 61 ) GOODGROOVE Derek B
47 ( 52 ) AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK Sting
48 ( 39 ) SHAME Eurythmics
49 ( 49 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
50 ( 68 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley

51 ( 60 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure
52 ( 33 ) TOWER OF STRENGTH The Mission
53 ( 50 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
54 ( 28 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
55 ( 65 ) KISS AND TELL Bryan Ferry
56 ( 69 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout
57 ( 44 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
58 ( 56 ) BAD Michael Jackson
59 ( 46 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
60 ( 63 ) HOT HOT HOT The Cure

61 ( NEW ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
62 ( 62 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
63 ( 38 ) TWO HEARTS Cliff Richard
64 ( 53 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
65 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE PARADISE David Lee Roth
66 ( NEW ) MAKE MY HEART FLY The Proclaimers
67 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( NEW ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Saxon
69 ( 74 ) CHECK IT OUT John Cougar Mellencamp
70 ( 75 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE Echo & The Bunnymen

71 ( 64 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
72 ( 72 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
73 ( 73 ) HUMAN The Human League
74 ( NEW ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
75 ( 71 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles

6th March
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 SO FAR AWAY Carole King
2 REMEMBER YOU’RE A WOMBLE The Wombles
3 WHITE ROSE OF ATHENS Nana Mouskouri

 

 

 

13th March 1988

It’s French teen chanteuse Vanessa Paradis getting a cool Joe Le Taxi to the top slot this week – she’s not the youngest act (at 15 years old) to top my chart – that honour goes to Michael Jackson, either 12 years old with the Jackson 5, or 14 years old solo – but she is still the youngest solo female to have done it. Johnny Hates Jazz get a second top 10 and Mel & Kim a 3rd.

A big climb for Aswad to 21 from 61, and INXS to 28 from 74, and the highest new entry is a second hit for Eric B & Rakim at 30. Madness return and extend their run to 9 years, at 38 with a “The” in front of the name (so wrong), and I Pronounce You may be their last top 40 for a decade. Fischer Z debut with The Perfect Day, Keith Sweat wants her, Brenda Russell plays piano in the dark (anti-social but a great record), The Clash oldie I Fought The Law returns 9 years on, a cover of the 60’s garage-rock Bobby Fuller Four hit, and Richard Marx pops back in 3 weeks after sneaking in at 75 for a week. He’ll be back with bigger tracks quite soon…

1 ( 6 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
2 ( 7 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
3 ( 3 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
4 ( 4 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
5 ( 10 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville
6 ( 2 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
7 ( 1 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
8 ( 12 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
9 ( 16 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
10 ( 8 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle

11 ( 21 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
12 ( 5 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
13 ( 13 ) CRAZY Icehouse
14 ( 22 ) CRASH The Primitives
15 ( 9 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
16 ( 17 ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
17 ( 15 ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
18 ( 24 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
19 ( 11 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
20 ( 19 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

21 ( 61 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
22 ( 33 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
23 ( 23 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
24 ( 14 ) MY GENERATION The Who
25 ( 20 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
26 ( 38 ) I WALK THE EARTH Voice Of The Beehive
27 ( 18 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
28 ( 74 ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
29 ( 29 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
30 ( NEW ) I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B & Rakim

31 ( 34 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
32 ( 36 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
33 ( 25 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
34 ( 51 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure
35 ( 37 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
36 ( 42 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
37 ( 26 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
38 ( NEW ) I PRONOUNCE YOU Madness
39 ( 27 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
40 ( 50 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley

41 ( 31 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
42 ( 39 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 32 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
44 ( 35 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
45 ( 44 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
46 ( 46 ) GOODGROOVE Derek B
47 ( 45 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
48 ( 28 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
49 ( 30 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
50 ( 65 ) JUST LIKE PARADISE David Lee Roth

51 ( 43 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
52 ( 49 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
53 ( 56 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout
54 ( 40 ) LIVE MY LIFE Boy George
55 ( 48 ) SHAME Eurythmics
56 ( 53 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
57 ( 70 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE Echo & The Bunnymen
58 ( NEW ) THE PERFECT DAY Fischer Z
59 ( 58 ) BAD Michael Jackson
60 ( 59 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby

61 ( 68 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Saxon
62 ( 62 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
63 ( 66 ) MAKE MY HEART FLY The Proclaimers
64 ( 71 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 41 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
66 ( NEW ) I WANT HER Keith Sweat
67 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 57 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
69 ( NEW ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
70 ( 73 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( 64 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
72 ( 72 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
73 ( NEW ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
74 ( RE ) SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER Richard Marx
75 ( 75 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 DEEP AND WIDE AND TALL Aztec Camera
2 BLUE Wham!
3 SHOULD I LAUGH OR CRY Abba

 

 

20th March 1988

It’s a new entry as Heart finally gets a single issue, slightly remixed and with a fab Ian McKellan vampire video, giving the Pet Shop Boys a 7th chart-topper, and the 3rd off Actually. Another track that’s been around a while too, from a great album too, has a sudden leap to 2 from 52 as Father Figure gets maximum appreciation belatedly for George Michael. Another Pet Shop boys song off the soon-to-come album goes top 10 for Eighth Wonder, I’m Not Scared.

Debbie Gibson gets an instant top 20 at 17 with Only In My Dreams returning on reissue, making it a twice top 20 track in two consecutive years, as Brenda Russell leaps into the 30 with Piano In The Dark, and The Clash take I Fought The Law back into the 30 9 years on. Sinitta shock releases a decent pop single, Cross My Broken Heart, and gets her biggest hit at 36 as she goes full SAW-pop, as opposed to cheesy novelty pop.

a-ha return with another melodramatic goodie, Stay On These Roads, Bros Drop The Boy and drop the quality, Jellybean’s back with newie Just A Mirage, Pebbles is back with Girlfriend, Taylor Dayne has a low-key follow-up to a number one, Zodiac Mindwarp continues with some sci-fi glamrock entering, and Tiffany and Wet Wet Wet under-achieve down the bottom-end of the chart. Debuting, though, is future-massive rap track Push It from Salt ‘N’ Pepa, not a duo despite appearances as DJ Spinderella doesn’t get mentioned in the group name. Unless she’s “N”.

1 ( NEW ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 52 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
3 ( 1 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
4 ( 2 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
5 ( 5 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville
6 ( 11 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
7 ( 3 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
8 ( 4 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
9 ( 12 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 6 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart

11 ( 9 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
12 ( 8 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
13 ( 21 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
14 ( 14 ) CRASH The Primitives
15 ( 7 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
16 ( 10 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
17 ( NEW ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
18 ( 30 ) I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B & Rakim
19 ( 15 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
20 ( 22 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40

21 ( 13 ) CRAZY Icehouse
22 ( 18 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
23 ( 20 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
24 ( 28 ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
25 ( 26 ) I WALK THE EARTH Voice Of The Beehive
26 ( 16 ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
27 ( 19 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
28 ( 73 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
29 ( 69 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
30 ( 34 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure

31 ( 23 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
32 ( 32 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
33 ( 31 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
34 ( 38 ) I PRONOUNCE YOU Madness
35 ( 17 ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
36 ( NEW ) CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta
37 ( 40 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley
38 ( 35 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
39 ( 36 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
40 ( 25 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

41 ( 50 ) JUST LIKE PARADISE David Lee Roth
42 ( 27 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
43 ( 42 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
44 ( NEW ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
45 ( 29 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
46 ( 45 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 47 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
48 ( 66 ) I WANT HER Keith Sweat
49 ( 37 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
50 ( 53 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout

51 ( 24 ) MY GENERATION The Who
52 ( NEW ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha
53 ( 39 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
54 ( 54 ) LIVE MY LIFE Boy George
55 ( 41 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
56 ( 61 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Saxon
57 ( 56 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
58 ( 44 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
59 ( NEW ) BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris
60 ( 59 ) BAD Michael Jackson

61 ( 43 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
62 ( 55 ) SHAME Eurythmics
63 ( 62 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
64 ( 33 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
65 ( NEW ) DROP THE BOY Bros
66 ( 60 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
67 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( NEW ) JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/ Adele Bertei
69 ( NEW ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
70 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( NEW ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
72 ( NEW ) PROVE YOUR LOVE Taylor Dayne
73 ( NEW ) PLANET GIRL Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
74 ( NEW ) COULD’VE BEEN Tiffany
75 ( NEW ) TEMPTATION Wet Wet Wet
76 ( NEW ) ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys

Playlist oldies of the week
1 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
2 ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys
3 EMOTIONS Samantha Sang

 

 

27th March 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Heart as Pet Shop Boys stop George getting another chart-topper with Father Figure. Highest new entry, as per usual for the Beatles 20th anniversary reissues, is the Fabs Lady Madonna at 6 – never one of my fave Beatles singles, you’d have to go back to Paperback Writer to find one I loved less, but then again a lesser-Beatles track is still top quality. Aswad finally get that deserved top 10, with Don’t Turn Around, a-ha rocket into the 20 with the fab Stay On These Roads, and The Clash peak higher 2nd time around with I Fought The Law – I still prefer the Bobby Fuller Four original though.

After a lesser hit, the Nanas are back on form with I Want You Back at 35, Simon Harris has a big ol Bass climb into the 40, how high can he go? Quo ain’t complainin’ that 20 years on from Pictures Of Matchstick Men they still make my top 40, The Adventures bring their epic ballad Broken Land in at 62 – their best record – and errr Engelbert Humperdinck returns to my chart for the first time in oooh 16 years with a cover of the Glenn Medeiros cover of the George Benson original. I must have been getting nostalgic for the old crooners.

Natalie Cole is back with her soon-to-be biggest hit 13 years after debuting with This Will Be – Pink cadillac was a Bruce Springsteen song, which is always a good sign for a new track. Nina Simone is also back 20 years on with a 20-year-pld song, Mr Bojangles being a Jerry Jeff Walker 1968 future standard which became a hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in the US, and the signature song of Sammy Davis Jr, and a future Robbie Williams crooning goodie. Finally, Iron Maiden ask, Can I Play With Madness? Well, Madness are at 29 so it wasn’t out of the question – sadly it never happened, though, I would have enjoyed seeing them do Baggy Trousers….

1 ( 1 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
3 ( 3 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
4 ( 9 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 6 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
6 ( NEW ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
7 ( 7 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
8 ( 13 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
9 ( 4 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
10 ( 10 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart

11 ( 5 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville
12 ( 11 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
13 ( 17 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
14 ( 52 ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha
15 ( 8 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
16 ( 15 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
17 ( 29 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
18 ( 12 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
19 ( 16 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
20 ( 28 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash

21 ( 18 ) I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B & Rakim
22 ( 20 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
23 ( 44 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
24 ( 24 ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
25 ( 30 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure
26 ( 19 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
27 ( 36 ) CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta
28 ( 23 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
29 ( 34 ) I PRONOUNCE YOU Madness
30 ( 14 ) CRASH The Primitives

31 ( 21 ) CRAZY Icehouse
32 ( 32 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
33 ( 22 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
34 ( 33 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
35 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
36 ( 37 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley
37 ( 27 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
38 ( 59 ) BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris
39 ( NEW ) AIN’T COMPLAININ’ Status Quo
40 ( 48 ) I WANT HER Keith Sweat

41 ( 38 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
42 ( 39 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
43 ( 43 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
44 ( 50 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout
45 ( 31 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
46 ( 46 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 25 ) I WALK THE EARTH Voice Of The Beehive
48 ( 47 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
49 ( 75 ) TEMPTATION Wet Wet Wet
50 ( 40 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

51 ( 65 ) DROP THE BOY Bros
52 ( 71 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
53 ( 72 ) PROVE YOUR LOVE Taylor Dayne
54 ( 42 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
55 ( 68 ) JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/ Adele Bertei
56 ( 26 ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
57 ( 57 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
58 ( 35 ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
59 ( 74 ) COULD’VE BEEN Tiffany
60 ( 60 ) BAD Michael Jackson

61 ( 49 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
62 ( NEW ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
63 ( 63 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
64 ( 62 ) SHAME Eurythmics
65 ( NEW ) GENE AND JIM ARE INTO SHAKES Gene and Jim
66 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU Engelbert Humperdinck
67 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 41 ) JUST LIKE PARADISE David Lee Roth
69 ( 69 ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
70 ( 55 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill

71 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League
72 ( NEW ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
73 ( 58 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
74 ( NEW ) MR BOJANGLES Nina Simone
75 ( NEW ) CAN I PLAY WITH MADNESS Iron Maiden

Playlist faves of that week
1 ISLAND GIRL Elton John
2 DANCING IN THE CITY Marshall-Hain
3 MORE THAN A FEELING Boston

My November 1987 Charts

1st November 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

8th November 1987

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

15th November 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

22nd November 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

29th November 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Sept-Dec 2019 Charts

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Parasailing along the Gran Canaria coast – errr not me, I was on the boat between Puerto De Mogan and Arguineguin
29th December 2019

It’s Sparks up to the top slot for the final chart of the decade, the brotherly duo getting a second number one 45 years and 7 months since getting This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us to 1 on debut. The boys have been consistently good over the years since but have never peaked higher than 2 in the interim, and with Please Don’t F**k Up My World (a sentiment that applies in more than one sense) they finally get that deserved elusive 2nd chart-topper, which gives them the biggest gap between number ones with new material by quite a few years, and also the longest stretch of chart-toppers in my chart by virtue of no-one who topped my chart between 1968 and 1974 having topped my chart in the last 6 years. Granted very few of them are still active! Sparks are though, i saw them supporting Beck the other year and fab they still were with then-new album Hippopotamus.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons finally go top 10 with The Night 47 years late, having missed out in 1975 as a belated Northern Soul reissued smash, Harry Styles make it a 3rd top 10 in a row in 4 months – that’s just greedy! Pet Shop Boys keep their top 10 run of official singles intact with Burning The Heather as B side Decide enters at 60. I think only 2 official singles have failed to make my top 10. Probably. One day I’ll check when I get my 20th century charts on spreadsheets finally done.

Highest new entry at 18 is another good single from the late Avicii, Fades Away, with great vocal support from Mishcatt, Kim Wilde enters the top 20 with Hope as another of hers exits from the Winter Songbook album, and in at 39, one of Rod Stewart’s great songs, done over by the RPO – The Killing Of Georgie was a groundbreaking song in 1976, and was based on the murder of a gay friend, making it the first overtly gay-supporting hit record. Sir Rod, like all his best records, wrote it himself. We had previously had My Girl Bill in 1974, which got Rod’s bestie Elton all excited when he reviewed it for Record Mirror – till writer Jim Stafford sneakily stuck a comma in at the end and dashed expectations, cos she’s my girl, Bill. Incidentally, I have a bone to pick with Elton – here I am thinking I’ve possibly got the longest-running personal chart in the world and he goes and announces he still does his own charts too, and must have started long before I did! Outrageous. Publish them Elton!

Down at t’other end of the chart, Kim Wilde gets another track in, Coldplay get a 3rd off the new album, and Travis return for the first time in 6 years and increase their span of entries to 22 years. And that was the 2010’s that was. I now have 5 complete decades of charts, hope to compile my Top 100 of 2019, the 2010’s and the 21st Century, before long….

1 18 1 2 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 192000
2 1 1 3 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 400000
3 3 1 8 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 649100
4 4 1 11 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1275100
5 7 5 4 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 152600
6 11 6 4 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 123500
7 5 3 6 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 278200
8 37 8 4 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 83600
9 20 9 6 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 114850
10 8 3 9 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 460400

11 9 8 9 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 271100
12 2 2 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 150000
13 26 13 7 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 102700
14 15 14 6 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 124200
15 10 1 9 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 919000
16 12 9 6 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 186500
17 14 4 12 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 505400
18 NEW 18 1 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 22000
19 39 19 3 HOPE Kim Wilde 48300
20 6 4 3 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 32000

21 25 14 8 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 125200
22 22 16 6 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 117000
23 16 4 9 TOMIE GHOST DATA 359450
24 23 1 18 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1040650
25 19 7 6 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 219750
26 21 10 8 MONSTERS James Blunt 196050
27 17 17 6 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 91200
28 32 28 9 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 126700
29 35 29 4 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 59100
30 13 13 4 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 106000

31 24 8 10 ORPHANS Coldplay 276000
32 27 23 8 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 115250
33 47 33 5 CLEAN Hey Violet 51350
34 28 28 9 THE TRUTH James Blunt 118400
35 30 1 16 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 913150
36 38 36 7 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 89600
37 29 29 7 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 72250
38 31 18 10 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 156700
39 NEW 39 1 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17100
40 33 24 12 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 159900

41 34 34 8 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 108100
42 36 36 7 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 91450
43 48 43 4 HAMMER Louise 41400
44 41 33 9 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 109250
45 44 9 13 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 295350
46 49 15 13 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 236800
47 56 47 4 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 39900
48 53 48 5 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 46050
49 52 49 6 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 58900
50 54 50 5 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 48800

51 40 40 2 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 28750
52 43 8 13 ECHOES Lola Marsh 329400
53 50 1 22 I TRANCE Agnes 1643400
54 59 54 4 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 32700
55 55 55 3 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 28700
56 42 10 15 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 299150
57 70 57 4 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 27200
58 46 3 12 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 458850
59 61 59 5 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 36400
60 NEW 60 1 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 10000

61 45 25 6 HEYO The Makemakes 72200
62 62 62 7 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 44100
63 64 63 6 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 37700
64 57 2 14 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 585850
65 NEW 65 1 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 7000
66 68 66 4 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 24000
67 58 45 9 PUMP IT UP Endor 87800
68 72 68 3 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 17000
69 63 6 14 YOU. Lucy Daydream 371750
70 65 19 13 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 195650

71 75 71 3 THE LOOK Roxette 15000
72 NEW 72 1 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 5600
73 74 73 4 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 19200
74 67 18 10 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 157700
75 NEW 75 1 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 5000

DROP OUTS
51 51 2 NEW LIFE Kim Wilde 18350
60 39 5 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 64100
66 66 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Kim Wilde 10800
69 69 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 6200
71 20 8 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 130450
73 73 3 THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John & Gladys Knight 14600

22nd December 2019

It’s a first week on top, and second in total some 6 years on, for the remix of Roxette’s fab The Sweet Hello The Sad Goodbye, a Xmas tribute to the sad loss of the Marie Fredriksson, and originally a 1991 B side that has charted 3 times for me now. That keeps off a Christmas classic that I just keep coming back to each year, heartwarming as ever to remind me that the stress horror that is Xmas each year is for a good reason, Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas first made my top 10 in 1986, hit a new peak of 4 in 1994, and finally hit the top spot in 2017 its 13th chart year, and its 7th top appearance.

Sparks enter with a christmass-ish new track with a fab theme for everyone. The title says it all. That’s Sparks 45th year of top 20’s, since they topped my chart in 1974. Doris Day gets a christmas top 30 with a 60’s track, Andy Burrows is back with his charming The Snowman And The Snowdog song, Mud also return with their 1974 UK chart-topper which topped my chart in 1985 and pops back from time to time when I’m in a wistful, whimsical mood, the song was both a sad Xmas song and a pastiche of Elvis Presley doing a sad Xmas song, so its always mixed emotions a bit.

1 2 1 2 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 285000
2 NEW 2 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 115000
3 5 1 7 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 564100
4 1 1 10 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1210100
5 3 3 5 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 228200
6 4 4 2 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 120000
7 11 7 3 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 92600
8 7 3 8 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 418400
9 8 8 8 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 234900
10 6 1 8 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 892000

11 21 11 3 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 68500
12 9 9 5 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 161500
13 14 13 3 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 88000
14 12 4 11 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 482400
15 17 15 5 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 95200
16 10 4 8 TOMIE GHOST DATA 340200
17 20 17 5 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 72800
18 NEW 18 1 PLEASE DON’T F**K UP MY WORLD Sparks 22000
19 13 7 5 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 201000
20 25 20 5 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 69850

21 15 10 7 MONSTERS James Blunt 177550
22 16 16 5 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 97500
23 18 1 17 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1021650
24 19 8 9 ORPHANS Coldplay 258100
25 22 14 7 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 105450
26 30 26 6 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 70700
27 23 23 7 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 97450
28 29 28 8 THE TRUTH James Blunt 100800
29 53 29 6 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 54950
30 27 1 15 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 895650

31 26 18 9 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 139500
32 36 32 8 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 108400
33 24 24 11 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 142900
34 34 34 7 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 94100
35 38 35 3 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 40900
36 37 36 6 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 77700
37 47 37 3 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 35600
38 39 38 6 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 72200
39 58 39 2 HOPE Kim Wilde 27300
40 NEW 40 1 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 17000

41 33 33 8 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 96000
42 28 10 14 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 288550
43 31 8 12 ECHOES Lola Marsh 317900
44 32 9 12 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 282350
45 35 25 5 HEYO The Makemakes 64700
46 40 3 11 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 448650
47 51 47 4 CLEAN Hey Violet 33650
48 55 48 3 HAMMER Louise 27900
49 42 15 12 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 224050
50 44 1 21 I TRANCE Agnes 1632150

51 67 51 2 NEW LIFE Kim Wilde 18350
52 54 52 5 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 46800
53 59 53 4 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 33750
54 57 54 4 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 36800
55 64 55 2 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 17900
56 60 56 3 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 27400
57 41 2 13 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 578750
58 45 45 8 PUMP IT UP Endor 81200
59 68 59 3 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 21700
60 43 39 5 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 64100

61 63 61 4 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 26300
62 62 62 6 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 36700
63 46 6 13 YOU. Lucy Daydream 365550
64 66 64 5 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 30500
65 49 19 12 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 189650
66 80 66 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Kim Wilde 10800
67 50 18 9 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 152500
68 69 68 3 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 17200
69 NEW 69 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 6200
70 71 70 3 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 16800

71 48 20 8 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 130450
72 75 72 2 FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette 10600
73 76 73 3 THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John & Gladys Knight 14600
74 77 74 3 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 13800
75 79 75 2 THE LOOK Roxette 9200

DROP OUTS
52 44 7 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 67800
56 50 7 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 64100
61 4 16 THE BEACH The Makemakes 489650
65 16 12 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 189900
70 23 8 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 111600
72 47 7 GLORYBOX (773500) Portishead 64550
73 57 3 LAZY The Vaccines & Kylie Minogue 22200
74 14 15 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 210200
78 9 10 LONELY Noah Cyrus 274750

15th December 2019

It’s a 4th week on top for Sigma and Jack Savoretti, who were nearly overhauled by the return of Roxette’s 2013 remixed chart-topper at 2 – it was their 3rd and final number one, following It Must Have Been Love and the double A Look Into My Heart/Dangerous in 1990. Marie Fredriksson sadly lost her battle with cancer this week, and a couple of other singles that under-performed in my charts also enter lower down (if you can call peaking at 2 for Fading Like a Flower under-performing), but the chart-toppers had at least 2 runs each.

I also saw Kim Wilde in acoustic concert with her bruv Ricky and his daughter Scarlett this week, and they were doing intimate low-key Christmas themed hits featuring the Wilde Winter Songbook, assorted Xmas classics, and acoustic covers of her biggest hits for a totally charming, flawless gig, very different from the 3 previous full-on rockpop gigs I’ve caught her at. Just fab, and that’s why there’s a bunch of new entries for non-charting tracks, and 2 re-entries headed by the lovely Isobel’s Dream, back for a 3rd Xmas and a new chart peak of 4. Kim has been having chart entries for almost 39 years, and Ricky (as songwriter-producer of all her stuff) for 47 years – he debuted in 1972 with I Am An Astronaut, a sort of charming pre-teen kiddie novelty single that came out for xmas 1972 and flopped in the UK charts.

The Weeknd leaps up Blindingly to 11, in stark contrast with the non-charting Heartless, which I must be to exclude it. Frankie Valli’s 1972 oldie, 1975 UK hit, The Night returns to the top 30 after being away for 44 years, thanks to an advert, Billie Eilish gets another top 40, and Noel Gallagher gets his 4th of 2019 as his Xmas song wanders upwards like a star. There’s a lot of Xmas tracks in the chart – but not the usual suspects that chart in the UK charts each year, though Last Christmas is here via Kim Wilde’s cover. I count 9 of ’em, but there’s still time for Chris Rea and others to return, assuming I actually hear them. I’m not on my usual pre-xmas holiday this year so I’m not out and about seeing xmas videos and karaoke in the pub.

1 1 1 9 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1145100
2 NEW 2 1 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 115000
3 5 3 4 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 168200
4 NEW 4 1 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 65000
5 2 1 6 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 479100
6 3 1 7 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 850000
7 6 3 7 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 370400
8 13 8 7 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 189900
9 9 9 4 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 126500
10 4 4 7 TOMIE GHOST DATA 315200

11 72 11 2 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 42600
12 8 4 10 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 453400
13 7 7 4 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 180000
14 15 14 2 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 56000
15 10 10 6 MONSTERS James Blunt 157800
16 16 16 4 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 78000
17 17 17 4 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 68200
18 12 1 16 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1002400
19 11 8 8 ORPHANS Coldplay 239100
20 30 20 4 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 49800

21 51 21 2 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 31500
22 14 14 6 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 86700
23 24 23 6 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 79050
24 26 24 10 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 125200
25 40 25 4 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 49850
26 18 18 8 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 121600
27 23 1 14 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 877650
28 19 10 13 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 274800
29 29 29 7 THE TRUTH James Blunt 82500
30 45 30 5 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 52200

31 20 8 11 ECHOES Lola Marsh 304400
32 25 9 11 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 269000
33 35 33 7 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 82000
34 37 34 6 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 76500
35 32 25 4 HEYO The Makemakes 51700
36 41 36 7 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 90600
37 38 37 5 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 60300
38 69 38 2 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 23400
39 43 39 5 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 55000
40 22 3 10 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 435900

41 21 2 12 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 568350
42 36 15 11 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 211950
43 39 39 4 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 54100
44 31 1 20 I TRANCE Agnes 1620150
45 46 45 7 PUMP IT UP Endor 71000
46 28 6 12 YOU. Lucy Daydream 358350
47 71 47 2 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 18300
48 27 20 7 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 124650
49 34 19 11 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 182650
50 33 18 8 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 145900

51 73 51 3 CLEAN Hey Violet 21150
52 44 44 7 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 67800
53 59 53 5 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 36750
54 54 54 4 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 35300
55 76 55 2 HAMMER Louise 15600
56 50 50 7 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 64100
57 60 57 3 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 25800
58 NEW 58 1 HOPE Kim Wilde 10200
59 63 59 3 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 22500
60 66 60 2 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 16800

61 48 4 16 THE BEACH The Makemakes 489650
62 64 62 5 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 29300
63 65 63 3 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 18800
64 NEW 64 1 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 7100
65 49 16 12 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 189900
66 67 66 4 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 23400
67 NEW 67 1 NEW LIFE Kim Wilde 6600
68 74 68 2 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 11600
69 77 69 2 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 10800
70 42 23 8 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 111600

71 75 71 2 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 10800
72 47 47 7 GLORYBOX Portishead 64550
73 57 57 3 LAZY The Vaccines & Kylie Minogue 22200
74 68 14 15 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 210200
75 NEW 75 1 FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette 5000
76 78 76 2 THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John & Gladys Knight 9200
77 80 77 2 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 8600
78 55 9 10 LONELY Noah Cyrus 274750
79 NEW 79 1 THE LOOK Roxette 4200
80 NEW 80 1 LAST CHRISTMAS Kim Wilde 4000

ROP OUTS
52 33 9 FREEDOM Rayelle 88000
53 25 11 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 159200
56 56 2 CRUCIFIED Army Of Lovers 18100
58 15 11 HERE COMES THE SUN (760950) The Beatles 205000
61 31 7 ARABESQUE Coldplay 91150
62 49 7 I AM Club Yoko 69900
70 32 9 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 105750
79 1 30 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1884700

8th December 2019

It’s back up for a 3rd week on top for Sigma & Jack Savoretti, a track with legs that really should be charting considering how much tosh there is in streaming charts and this one isn’t. Hey ho. Harry Styles gets a second consecutive top 5 with his watermelons, and greedily has a new single lower down to boot entering at 71. Fall Out Boy make it two top 10’s in a row. Highest new entry is a spruced-up even-more festive-sounding of The Fizz’ recent Christmas offering which should also by now have become a modern standard, being as it’s one of the best of the decade, along with the likes of Gwen Stefani. Hey ho. Ageism.

Robbie’s new Xmas offering goes top 30, The Makemakes make it 2 top 40’s in a row, and Pet Shop Boys replace themsleves in the 40 as Burning The Heather makes progress without setting the chart alight. I’m sure that’s what they would want. FRankie Valli’s Four Seasons 1975 UK hit of a Northern Soul scene oldie dating from the 60’s is back 44 years on, it’s selling for some reason on itunes and I dont need much of an excuse to add some more Northern Soul to my list.

Ella Henderson gets 2 featuring new entries at once, 5 years since she was ghosted, with Sigala and Jax Jones adding to their lists. Noel gallagher gets his 4th of 2019, The Weeknd is blindingly back after a gap of a year or two, Sting continues his recent “unlikely collabs” entries, this time Steve Aoki, and makes it close on 41 years of chart entries. Louise also pops back with another 2019 entry, Halsey drops by, and 2 from 1985 re-chart following itunes action – REO Speedwagon is due to Bastille’s cover, but not sure why the Aids charity single is selling for Dionne & friends again, but it was very worthy then, and still is now.

1 2 1 8 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 975100
2 1 1 5 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 419100
3 3 1 6 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 795000
4 4 4 6 TOMIE GHOST DATA 273200
5 24 5 3 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 83200
6 5 3 6 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 320400
7 7 7 3 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 148000
8 6 4 9 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 418400
9 16 9 3 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 81500
10 10 10 5 MONSTERS James Blunt 130800

11 8 8 7 ORPHANS Coldplay 218100
12 9 1 15 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 980400
13 11 11 6 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 141900
14 19 14 5 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 67200
15 NEW 15 1 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 27000
16 30 16 3 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 53000
17 29 17 3 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 45200
18 18 18 7 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 103100
19 14 10 12 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 256500
20 15 8 10 ECHOES Lola Marsh 286500

21 12 2 11 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 554350
22 13 3 9 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 418900
23 17 1 13 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 859250
24 35 24 5 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 59800
25 21 9 10 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 251200
26 40 26 9 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 106200
27 20 20 6 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 112350
28 28 6 11 YOU. Lucy Daydream 345600
29 32 29 6 THE TRUTH James Blunt 64300
30 66 30 3 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 29800

31 26 1 19 I TRANCE Agnes 1606900
32 56 25 3 HEYO The Makemakes 34200
33 22 18 7 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 133900
34 31 19 10 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 171550
35 37 35 6 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 64300
36 36 15 10 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 198200
37 38 37 5 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 58900
38 47 38 4 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 43000
39 39 39 3 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 40600
40 59 40 3 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 31100

41 41 41 6 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 73200
42 23 23 7 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 105600
43 50 43 4 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 37900
44 46 44 6 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 56300
45 60 45 4 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 34200
46 53 46 6 PUMP IT UP Endor 58000
47 48 47 6 GLORYBOX Portishead 58950
48 43 4 15 THE BEACH The Makemakes 482150
49 44 16 11 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 182900
50 54 50 6 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 53500

51 NEW 51 1 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 11750
52 33 33 9 FREEDOM Rayelle 88000
53 25 25 11 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 159200
54 64 54 3 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 24300
55 34 9 9 LONELY Noah Cyrus 270350
56 61 56 2 CRUCIFIED Army Of Lovers 18100
57 68 57 2 LAZY The Vaccines & Kylie Minogue 16800
58 27 15 11 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 205000
59 71 59 4 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 25500
60 73 60 2 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 15400

61 45 31 7 ARABESQUE Coldplay 91150
62 49 49 7 I AM Club Yoko 69900
63 74 63 2 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 12400
64 70 64 4 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 21900
65 77 65 2 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 11600
66 NEW 66 1 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 6800
67 72 67 3 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 16600
68 58 14 14 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 205000
69 NEW 69 1 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 6200
70 52 32 9 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 105750

71 NEW 71 1 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 5800
72 NEW 72 1 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 5600
73 80 73 2 CLEAN Hey Violet 9400
74 NEW 74 1 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 5000
76 NEW 76 1 HAMMER Louise 4800
77 NEW 77 1 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 4600
78 NEW 78 1 THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John & Gladys Knight 4400
79 75 1 30 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1884700
80 NEW 80 1 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 4000

DROP OUTS
42 29 6 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 90150
51 1 12 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 798200
55 24 9 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 130400
57 2 17 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 741800
62 9 12 SANREMO Mika 283750
63 20 10 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 132500
65 38 5 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 56300
67 67 3 SWIMMERS Zero 7 featuring Jem Cooke 16800
69 34 6 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 81500
76 76 1 DER KOMMISSAR After The Fire 4800
78 40 9 GO The Black Keys 90050
79 79 1 SCARY KISSES Voice Of The Beehive 4200

1st December 2019

It’s a first week on top for the late George Michael, almost 3 years since he died, his first posthumous single, his 10th solo chart-topper, or his 12th including duets with Aretha & Whitney, or his 14th including Wham!, or his 16th including his uncredited contributions to Band Aid and David Cassidy’s The Last Kiss. Take your pick. James Blunt gets his 2nd top 10 of the year as he simultaneously gets his 3rd top 40. It’s his 6th top 10.

Lots of big climbers this week as the top 40 blockage fragments bigly, Fall Out Boy literally beside themselves with joy taking Bob Dylan to 16, for an 8th top 20, AU/RA staying happy as she rockets to 19, Harry Styles gets a 2nd top 40 as his previous is still top 10, Efisio Cross climbs 50 places to make it the 3rd instrumental in the 40, Bastille get a 3rd top 30 (and a second cover), Collard gets a second top 40, Jonas Blue, Broken Bells and Liam Payne add to their list, while Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder Feel Love at 39 under the pseudonym Sam Smith. That’s their 4th top 40 not including guest contributions on much better chart-topping material: La La La.

Some oldies drop out the chart and some oldies enter the chart: 3rd-time round for Army Of Lovers’ Crucified after a gap of 27 years or so, After The Fire return with Der Kommisar 36 years later, and Voice Of The Beehive have Scary Kisses 23 years on. INXS’ Never Tear Us Apart has been covered by Paloma Faith in the interim, but also returns after 31 years. New entries from Celine Dion, her 2nd of 2019, extending her chart run to 30 years give or take, The Vaccines & Kylie from the Sean The Sheep movie, the lads getting a 4th chart entry 6 years since the last one, while Kylie is never out the chart and hasn’t been since 1988. AWOLNATION finally get a chart entry that isn’t Sail, 6 years on, and Hey Violet return for the first time since their 2016 top 20.

1 3 1 4 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 304100
2 2 1 7 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 805100
3 1 1 5 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 710000
4 5 4 5 TOMIE GHOST DATA 208200
5 4 3 5 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 265400
6 6 4 8 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 370400
7 8 7 2 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 98000
8 9 8 6 ORPHANS Coldplay 181100
9 7 1 14 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 945400
10 19 10 4 MONSTERS James Blunt 88800

11 16 11 5 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 109900
12 11 2 10 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 534600
13 12 3 8 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 399400
14 10 10 11 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 235500
15 13 8 9 ECHOES Lola Marsh 266500
16 52 16 2 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 36500
17 17 1 12 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 840000
18 24 18 6 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 81100
19 67 19 4 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 38200
20 23 20 5 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 93950

21 14 9 9 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 232450
22 18 18 6 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 116200
23 26 23 6 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 91850
24 79 24 2 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 23200
25 27 25 10 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 147950
26 22 1 18 I TRANCE Agnes 1589000
27 15 15 10 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 194800
28 20 6 10 YOU. Lucy Daydream 327300
29 80 29 2 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 22200
30 60 30 2 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 28000

31 35 19 9 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 153950
32 47 32 5 THE TRUTH James Blunt 46100
33 34 33 8 FREEDOM Rayelle 76500
34 21 9 8 LONELY Noah Cyrus 259550
35 56 35 4 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 40800
36 25 15 9 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 180800
37 43 37 5 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 46800
38 45 38 4 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 41600
39 68 39 2 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 23500
40 42 40 8 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 87700

41 44 41 5 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 59200
42 29 29 6 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 90150
43 30 4 14 THE BEACH The Makemakes 469850
44 28 16 10 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 170800
45 31 31 6 ARABESQUE Coldplay 83650
46 49 46 5 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 43050
47 61 47 3 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 25800
48 51 48 5 GLORYBOX Portishead 46450
49 50 49 6 I AM Club Yoko 62500
50 65 50 3 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 24400

51 36 1 12 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 798200
52 32 32 8 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 99750
53 55 53 5 PUMP IT UP Endor 45250
54 57 54 5 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 41500
55 33 24 9 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 130400
56 71 56 2 HEYO The Makemakes 16400
57 46 2 17 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 741800
58 39 14 13 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 198600
59 RE 59 2 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 14100
60 66 60 3 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 21200

61 NEW 61 1 CRUCIFIED Army Of Lovers 7500
62 40 9 12 SANREMO Mika 283750
63 37 20 10 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 132500
64 69 64 2 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 13300
65 38 38 5 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 56300
66 75 66 2 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 11800
67 72 67 3 SWIMMERS Zero 7 featuring Jem Cooke 16800
68 NEW 68 1 LAZY The Vaccines & Kylie Minogue 6400
69 41 34 6 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 81500
70 77 70 3 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 14800

71 76 71 3 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 15400
72 78 72 2 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 10000
73 NEW 73 1 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 5400
74 NEW 74 1 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 5200
75 70 1 29 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1680500
76 NEW 76 1 DER KOMMISSAR After The Fire 4800
77 NEW 77 1 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 4600
78 58 40 9 GO The Black Keys 90050
79 NEW 79 1 SCARY KISSES Voice Of The Beehive 4200
80 NEW 80 1 CLEAN Hey Violet 4000

DROP OUTS
48 4 11 STRANGE Celeste 379500
53 46 5 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 47150
54 42 5 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 51350
59 6 13 COLD James Blunt 315000
62 5 14 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 406800
63 30 7 LOVER Taylor Swift 92900
64 21 12 INSTANTANE Paradis 166850
73 5 13 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 254350
74 1 15 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 699750

24th November 2019

It’s 3 weeks on top for the gorgeous One Shy Morning as the late George Michael gets his biggest charting hit since 2002 when his Human League sampling Shoot The Dog topped my charts. The highest new entry is actually the oldest Northern Soul track to chart for me, a mere 54 years old and a debut for what is considered to be a key track for the Northern Soul scene – those too young to know, it was an early 70’s scene based around Wigan featuring largely US soul-dance tracks, and unusually was heavily male-centric with athletic prowess being a thing. This track was withdrawn by Frank before release, the masters destroyed, after an argument with Motown owner Berry Gordy. Demand built, and it finally came out in the UK in 1979. On Saturday it featured in a great dance routine on Strictly Come Dancing, and has bounded into the itunes sales chart as a result.

Coldplay add to their top 10’s, and Bob Dylan is new at 52. Actually he’s not, he hasn’t recorded anything I’ve liked since the Traveling Wilburys, which at least shows consistency over decades, but he is the title of the follow-up to Fall Out Boy’s chart-topping single. At 60 it’s a cover of an REO Speedwagon 80’s rockballad – I always preferred Keep On Loving You which topped my charts in 1981, but have to say the new cover by Bastille and an orchestra shows Can’t Fight This Feeling is actually a pretty strong song too. Sounds like a christmas smash to me. At least in a chart where sales count rather than background playlists.

Sam Smith covers Donna Summer. That takes a lot of nerve, given the groundbreaking brilliance of the original, a record which literally can’t be improved on, one which blew my mind the first moment I heard it, an instant number one that sounded like it had dropped out of the 21st century somehow back in 1977. Sam gets away with it though, thanks to that great voice, and the sheer relief that it’s not the usual whining dollop of dreariness that has dominated since La La La.

Sabrina Carpenter raises her thumbs again after a couple of years off the chart, The Makemakes make it 2 in a row, Robbie Williams gets the first actual new christmas record of 2019 into my chart, thereby extending his run to 23 years solo, Stormzy gets only his 2nd chart entry, and Harry Styles gets his 2nd of the year with a slice of Watermelon, Sugar. Don’t call me Sugar, Harry!


1 1 1 4 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 625000
2 2 1 6 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 690100
3 10 3 3 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 134100
4 3 3 4 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 205400
5 5 5 4 TOMIE GHOST DATA 143200
6 4 4 7 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 315400
7 7 1 13 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 900400
8 NEW 8 1 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 48000
9 13 9 5 ORPHANS Coldplay 133100
10 11 10 10 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 206500

11 8 2 9 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 499600
12 6 3 7 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 367400
13 12 8 8 ECHOES Lola Marsh 239500
14 9 9 8 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 212700
15 17 15 9 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 176400
16 18 16 4 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 72900
17 16 1 11 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 817000
18 19 18 5 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 97700
19 27 19 3 MONSTERS James Blunt 46800
20 14 6 9 YOU. Lucy Daydream 309000

21 15 9 7 LONELY Noah Cyrus 241950
22 20 1 17 I TRANCE Agnes 1570500
23 26 23 4 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 73950
24 31 24 5 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 59100
25 21 15 8 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 163400
26 29 26 5 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 72600
27 32 27 9 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 129200
28 22 16 9 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 157550
29 38 29 5 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 76400
30 30 4 13 THE BEACH The Makemakes 456350

31 35 31 5 ARABESQUE Coldplay 70650
32 36 32 7 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 88250
33 24 24 8 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 119600
34 37 34 5 FREEDOM Rayelle 58800
35 47 19 8 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 136050
36 28 1 11 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 786450
37 23 20 9 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 125300
38 45 38 4 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 49300
39 39 14 12 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 188400
40 33 9 11 SANREMO Mika 276350

41 34 34 5 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 75300
42 44 42 7 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 70700
43 67 43 4 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 29500
44 51 44 4 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 45200
45 66 45 3 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 24400
46 40 2 16 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 731400
47 70 47 4 THE TRUTH James Blunt 28300
48 25 4 11 STRANGE Celeste 379500
49 63 49 4 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 30300
50 54 50 5 I AM Club Yoko 50400

51 57 51 4 GLORYBOX Portishead 34150
52 NEW 52 1 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 11500
53 46 46 5 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 47150
54 42 42 5 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 51350
55 56 55 4 PUMP IT UP Endor 34000
56 64 56 3 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 23300
57 61 57 4 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 30500
58 52 40 8 GO The Black Keys 85650
59 41 6 13 COLD James Blunt 315000
60 NEW 60 1 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 10000

61 71 61 2 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 13300
62 59 5 14 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 406800
63 43 30 7 LOVER Taylor Swift 92900
64 50 21 12 INSTANTANE Paradis 166850
65 73 65 2 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 12400
66 78 66 2 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 11200
67 68 67 3 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 17200
68 NEW 68 1 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 6400
69 NEW 69 1 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 6200
70 60 1 28 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1675500

71 NEW 71 1 HEYO The Makemakes 5800
72 77 72 2 SWIMMERS Zero 7 featuring Jem Cooke 10200
73 49 5 13 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 254350
74 62 1 15 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 699750
75 NEW 75 1 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 5000
76 76 76 2 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 9600
77 79 77 2 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 8800
78 NEW 78 1 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 4400
79 NEW 79 1 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 4200
80 NEW 80 1 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 4000

DROP OUTS
48 33 6 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 78300
53 25 5 RIGHT ON! (890650) Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 79700
55 13 13 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 240200
58 18 12 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 176400
65 65 5 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 30000
69 56 6 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 48500
72 22 8 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 104100
74 74 3 AVEM (THE AVIATION THEME) Alan Walker 14000
75 75 3 WOMAN IN LOVE Barbra Streisand 13000
80 80 1 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 4000

17th November 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Amon Tobin, as fellow ambient track GHOST DATA is up 24 places to 5, leaving only Dua Lipa popping up the top 5, her 3rd top 3. The late much-missed George Michael is getting high into the 10 from 64, the biggest climber, and posthumously his first new top 10 since 2006, and extends his solo run to 35 years. James Blunt replaces himself in the top 40 with new emotionally-touching ballad Monsters, Pete Tong gets a 3rd top in 3 years, and Boy George a first top 40 in 5 years, extending his solo run to 32 years.

New entries include another track from Pet Shop Boys forthcoming Hotspots album, House Of Pain jumping around for the first time in 27 years or so, another Billie Eilish low-key track, Zero 7 returning to chart action after a 15-year-gap with new material and an 18-year span of charting. Taylor Swift combines with Andrew Lloyd-Webber for a movie theme from Cats, and carries it off, and Train and Skylar Grey both return in combo – a 14th for Train, and a 3rd for Skylar who first debuted in 2011, Train in 2001. That leaves our first new Christmas song – well, new to me at any rate. Doris Day’s I’ll Be Home For Christmas dates from 1964 and is about to be upgraded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, so she pops in in anticipation.

1 1 1 3 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 455000
2 2 1 5 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 575100
3 7 3 3 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 140400
4 5 4 6 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 260400
5 29 5 3 TOMIE GHOST DATA 83200
6 3 3 6 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 332400
7 6 1 12 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 850400
8 4 2 8 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 462600
9 10 9 7 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 183700
10 64 10 2 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 49100

11 12 11 9 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 164500
12 8 8 7 ECHOES Lola Marsh 207500
13 19 13 4 ORPHANS Coldplay 88100
14 11 6 8 YOU. Lucy Daydream 289000
15 9 9 6 LONELY Noah Cyrus 222200
16 13 1 10 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 794000
17 18 17 8 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 149400
18 27 18 3 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 47900
19 22 19 4 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 75700
20 17 1 16 I TRANCE Agnes 1551000

21 15 15 7 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 144650
22 16 16 8 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 139250
23 20 20 8 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 108000
24 26 24 7 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 101900
25 14 4 10 STRANGE Celeste 367200
26 28 26 3 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 54700
27 62 27 2 MONSTERS James Blunt 25800
28 21 1 10 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 769050
29 30 29 4 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 54100
30 24 4 12 THE BEACH The Makemakes 438350

31 60 31 4 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 40100
32 34 32 8 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 110800
33 23 9 10 SANREMO Mika 259350
34 37 34 4 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 61300
35 38 35 4 ARABESQUE Coldplay 51750
36 42 36 6 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 70450
37 47 37 4 FREEDOM Rayelle 41200
38 39 38 4 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 58200
39 25 14 11 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 171300
40 32 2 15 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 718650

41 31 6 12 COLD James Blunt 304900
42 50 42 4 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 40350
43 35 30 6 LOVER Taylor Swift 85700
44 45 44 6 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 56950
45 48 45 3 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 32100
46 51 46 4 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 35900
47 36 19 7 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 118550
48 33 33 6 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 78300
49 40 5 12 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 248950
50 44 21 11 INSTANTANE Paradis 159750

51 59 51 3 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 31950
52 49 40 7 GO The Black Keys 75450
53 41 25 5 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 79700
54 55 54 4 I AM Club Yoko 38400
55 43 13 13 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 240200
56 65 56 3 PUMP IT UP Endor 23200
57 70 57 3 GLORYBOX Portishead 22400
58 46 18 12 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 176400
59 53 5 13 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 399400
60 54 1 27 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1669500

61 66 61 3 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 20100
62 58 1 14 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 694550
63 71 63 3 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 18200
64 72 64 2 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 12700
65 67 65 5 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 30000
66 77 66 2 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 11400
67 74 67 3 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 16000
68 79 68 2 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 10600
69 56 56 6 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 48500
70 75 70 3 THE TRUTH James Blunt 15800

71 NEW 71 1 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 5800
72 52 22 8 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 104100
73 NEW 73 1 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 5400
74 78 74 3 AVEM (THE AVIATION THEME) Alan Walker 14000
75 80 75 3 WOMAN IN LOVE Barbra Streisand 13000
76 NEW 76 1 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 4800
77 NEW 77 1 SWIMMERS Zero 7 featuring Jem Cooke 4600
78 NEW 78 1 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 4400
79 NEW 79 1 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 4200
80 NEW 80 1 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 4000

DROP OUTS
57 9 12 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 250100
61 4 13 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 542650
63 14 12 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 229050
68 15 11 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 186350
69 19 11 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 155650
73 7 12 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 347950
76 8 12 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 308300

 

 

 

 

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unflattering selfie, Puerto De Mogan, Gran Canaria Oct 2019

10th November 2019

It’s a first week on top for Brazilian producer Amon Tobin with the lovely ambient One Shy Morning, with another ambient instrumental rocketing up to 29 for GHOST DATA, but the highest climber is Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now up to 7 from 73, giving her a 6th Top 10. RUFUS DU SOL get a 3rd top 40, and Pet Shop Boys get a current 3rd top 40 track and Coldplay a 2nd.

Not many new entries, as the chart is jam-packed already with stuff on the way up, just James Blunt grabbing 3 charting tracks off his new album with the touching song Monsters leaping over his own The Truth. George Michael also returns with posthumous new material, as a new movie featuring his songs is about to be released, and his first new-charting track for 5 years, extending his run to 37 years.

Liam Payne pops in, bringing the total of One Direction acts in my chart to 4, including Harry Styles top 5. Never would have predicted that 5 years ago. C’mon Louis pull your finger out quick you’ve a new album due, I need a full set!

1 2 1 2 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 285000
2 1 1 4 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 460200
3 4 3 5 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 287400
4 3 2 7 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 414600
5 6 5 5 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 195400
6 5 1 11 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 800400
7 73 7 2 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 55400
8 8 8 6 ECHOES Lola Marsh 172500
9 9 9 5 LONELY Noah Cyrus 195200
10 13 10 6 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 138700

11 10 6 7 YOU. Lucy Daydream 260000
12 20 12 8 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 127500
13 11 1 9 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 769000
14 7 4 9 STRANGE Celeste 348450
15 15 15 6 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 124900
16 16 16 7 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 119750
17 14 1 15 I TRANCE Agnes 1531000
18 22 18 7 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 126400
19 27 19 3 ORPHANS Coldplay 56100
20 24 20 7 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 88750

21 12 1 9 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 750750
22 29 22 3 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 54700
23 18 9 9 SANREMO Mika 241650
24 17 4 11 THE BEACH The Makemakes 420350
25 19 14 10 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 154200
26 26 26 6 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 82900
27 61 27 2 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 25900
28 32 28 2 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 36100
29 75 29 2 TOMIE GHOST DATA 23200
30 45 30 3 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 36000

31 21 6 11 COLD James Blunt 290900
32 23 2 14 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 701650
33 33 33 5 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 66000
34 35 34 7 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 93000
35 30 30 5 LOVER Taylor Swift 72200
36 28 19 6 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 106050
37 37 37 3 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 44600
38 53 38 3 ARABESQUE Coldplay 34250
39 39 39 3 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 41000
40 31 5 11 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 236850

41 25 25 4 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 68450
42 47 42 5 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 53050
43 36 13 12 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 229400
44 38 21 10 INSTANTANE Paradis 147750
45 55 45 5 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 43700
46 34 18 11 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 166200
47 63 47 3 FREEDOM Rayelle 23900
48 66 48 2 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 19100
49 40 40 6 GO The Black Keys 63950
50 62 50 3 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 26600

51 65 51 3 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 23150
52 41 22 7 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 98500
53 48 5 12 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 389300
54 51 1 26 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1659500
55 60 55 3 I AM Club Yoko 27400
56 58 56 5 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 42300
57 42 9 12 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 250100
58 54 1 13 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 687150
59 59 59 2 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 20200
60 69 60 3 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 22200

61 46 4 13 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 542650
62 NEW 62 1 MONSTERS James Blunt 7400
63 49 14 12 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 229050
64 NEW 64 1 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 7100
65 72 65 2 PUMP IT UP Endor 12600
66 71 66 2 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 12600
67 68 67 4 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 23000
68 44 15 11 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 186350
69 43 19 11 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 155650
70 70 70 2 GLORYBOX Portishead 12000

71 74 71 2 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 11000
72 NEW 72 1 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 5600
73 52 7 12 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 347950
74 79 74 2 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 9400
75 76 75 2 THE TRUTH James Blunt 9800
76 56 8 12 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 308300
77 NEW 77 1 STACK IT UP Liam Payne 4600
78 78 78 2 AVEM (THE AVIATION THEME) Alan Walker 8800
79 NEW 79 1 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 4200
80 80 80 2 WOMAN IN LOVE Barbra Streisand 8000

DROP OUTS
50 35 8 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 115700
57 10 13 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 257500
64 2 15 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 531900
67 30 10 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 99650
77 77 1 LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners 4600

 

 

3rd November 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Sigma & Jack Savoretti, just holding off the highest new entry from Amon Tobin, a gorgeous ambient instrumental from the Brazilian producer who describes it as Margot Robbie riding a unicorn. I look forward to the next Suicide Squad film then with Harley atop a horny horse. Harry Styles gets his first ever top 10 as he Lights Up the upper end, and Israeli indie band Lola Marsh Echo that.

Ariana, Miley & Lana all notch up another top 20 with the Charlie’s Angels track that is better than it’s swift real-world chart-dropping would suggest, SHAED return at 32 with Trampoline – with ZAYN on tow this time for the former early 2019 goodie, making it 3 One Directioners listed, 2 to go then for a full house. Gwen Stefani’s 2004 chart-topper What You Waiting For is back following some itunes sales action, in at 59, tick tock tick tock; RUFUS DU SOL get another chart entry with No Place at 61, their 3rd for the Aussie act, following their top 5 debut in 2014 with Sundream – presumably where the Du Sol came from for the former RUFUS which prob got the elbow from Chaka Khan’s former hitmakers.

5 years MIA, La Roux is back with her 6th entry and 10 years of chart entries – once Bulletproof, that must be why she’s now an International Woman Of Leisure. 1995 chart-topper Glorybox also brings Portishead back to the chart after itunes sales, while 1980 hits Lip Up Fatty gives Bad Manners a boost, and Barbra Streisand’s Bee Gees song Woman In Love does the same as both pop up in the itunes too. Any excuse for oldies….! I once reviewed Bad Manners concert in Record Mirror, a much-missed music paper.

Tame Impala have a second track off the forthcoming album enter, a 9th chart appearance in 4 years, Endor’s Club Chart-topping hypnotic beats debut a full 42 years since Star-Wars-related product topped my charts (Endor is a planet in the franchise), Dua Lipa’s back fresh off Graham Norton, Of Monsters & Men get a 5th entry since their chart-topping debut in 2012, James Blunt makes it 2 off the new album, while Alan Walker & Jonas Blue both return for some chart action, Alan Walker having topped my charts previously, Jonas Blue, err not, though he did take a Polaroid with a 4th One Directioner, Liam Payne.


1 1 1 3 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 345200
2 NEW 2 1 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 115000
3 2 2 6 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 349600
4 5 4 4 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 202400
5 3 1 10 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 745400
6 11 6 4 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 135400
7 4 4 8 STRANGE Celeste 319450
8 13 8 5 ECHOES Lola Marsh 124500
9 9 9 4 LONELY Noah Cyrus 150200
10 6 6 6 YOU. Lucy Daydream 223000

11 7 1 8 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 737000
12 8 1 8 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 731000
13 15 13 5 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 96700
14 10 1 14 I TRANCE Agnes 1508000
15 16 15 5 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 97900
16 20 16 6 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 94750
17 12 4 10 THE BEACH The Makemakes 401350
18 14 9 8 SANREMO Mika 222400
19 19 14 9 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 135450
20 24 20 7 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 92500

21 17 6 10 COLD James Blunt 273000
22 29 22 6 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 104400
23 18 2 13 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 682850
24 27 24 6 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 68750
25 30 25 3 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 54450
26 26 26 5 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 64400
27 33 27 2 ORPHANS Coldplay 35100
28 25 19 5 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 88650
29 40 29 2 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 35200
30 32 30 4 LOVER Taylor Swift 54700

31 21 5 10 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 219850
32 NEW 32 1 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 17800
33 36 33 4 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 48300
34 23 18 10 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 153450
35 39 35 6 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 75400
36 28 13 11 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 215900
37 60 37 2 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 27300
38 38 21 9 INSTANTANE Paradis 134500
39 66 39 2 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 23900
40 50 40 5 GO The Black Keys 51850

41 22 22 6 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 87000
42 34 9 11 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 239700
43 31 19 10 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 149450
44 37 15 10 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 179950
45 75 45 2 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 18000
46 41 4 12 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 535150
47 54 47 4 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 39300
48 46 5 11 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 378050
49 49 14 11 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 221850
50 35 35 8 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 115700

51 43 1 25 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1648500
52 45 7 11 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 342550
53 71 53 2 ARABESQUE Coldplay 17050
54 52 1 12 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 676950
55 62 55 4 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 30700
56 47 8 11 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 303500
57 48 10 13 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 257500
58 59 58 4 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 31700
59 NEW 59 1 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 10100
60 67 60 2 I AM Club Yoko 16600

61 NEW 61 1 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 7500
62 63 62 2 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 14600
63 79 63 2 FREEDOM Rayelle 11400
64 56 2 15 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 531900
65 78 65 2 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 11400
66 NEW 66 1 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 6800
67 51 30 10 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 99650
68 74 68 3 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 16400
69 70 69 2 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 12200
70 NEW 70 1 GLORYBOX Portishead 6000

71 NEW 71 1 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 5800
72 NEW 72 1 PUMP IT UP Endor 5600
73 NEW 73 1 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 5200
75 NEW 75 1 TOMIE GHOST DATA 5000
76 NEW 76 1 THE TRUTH James Blunt 4800
77 NEW 77 1 LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners 4600
78 NEW 78 1 AVEM (THE AVIATION THEME) Alan Walker 4400
79 NEW 79 1 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 4200
80 NEW 80 1 WOMAN IN LOVE Barbra Streisand 4000

DROP OUTS
42 3 11 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 584050
44 18 7 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 109550
53 17 10 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 176100
55 55 4 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 36400
57 57 5 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 45800
58 58 4 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 32400
61 9 13 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 265300
64 58 5 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 34700
65 65 5 GOODBYE The Beatles 30400
68 3 22 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 834400
69 69 3 LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress 17200
72 61 6 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 34000
73 44 5 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 49950
76 76 3 WHY DO YOU LOVE Charlotte Lawrence 13800
77 77 4 OVER YOU Lily Moore 17000
80 80 2 DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) (267400) Simple Minds 8000

 

 

27th October 2019

It’s the biggest climb ever to top my chart, I think, up from 74 to 1 for Sigma and Jack Savoretti’s You And Me As One, all moody drum’n’bass dance. That’s a second chart-topper for Sigma, following 2014’s Changing with Paloma Faith – yes I didn’t think it was 5 years ago either! It’s also their 5th Top 10 in 6 years, all of them collaborations. Jack Savoretti has been releasing most of the tracks off his latest album as singles at a furious pace, seemingly, Candelight going top 10, as did his Kylie duet, which makes this his 5th top 10 in 4 years and first chart-topper.

Mountains hasn’t quite reached the summit, sadly, while a showstopping performnace on Jools Holland helps Celeste climb to 4 – just piano and her voice. Amazing. Harry Styles is on the verge of the top 10, having never previously made the top 40, and out-performing every single One Direction track by hitting 11. PNAU get a second top 40 of the year, their 8th in total not including other projects, Liam Gallagher was also on Jools Holland and gets a 3rd top 40 of the year, just behind Bruv, while the highest new entry is Coldplay, back with Orphans at 33, and Arabesque at 71, hot off the new album due shortly. They seem to be following in the uncredited World Music project they’ve been involved in recently, soundwise, rather than traditional Coldplay, and are diving into social commentary too.

Pet Shop Boys release a single of Dreamland remixes and another with B sides – as always, I opt for the extra tracks not extended more-of-the-same – with An Open Mind at 40, the lads still in social commentary mode, and ditto for the song written for the musical My Beautiful Laundrette, based on the early 80’s film, with No Boundaries sneaking in with Asian sounds at the lower end. Rick Astley is back with another vocal stormer at 60, 32 years into his career while Never Gonna Give You Up is probably more popular than ever these days as a classic oldie – it was featured at my brother’s 60th Saturday, along with Dance Monkey and Everywhere, 3 charting tracks played by the DJ. My voice is now croakey from 4 hours of singing and talking, not used to it these days smile.gif

First Aid Kit return with 2014’s My Silver Lining, selling well currently, while Galantis finally follow-up their 2017 chart-topper True Feeling, by calling on Dolly Parton for their 5th charter in 4 years, Mr Probz gets a second, and Dolly Parton gets her first new material since her movie theme song with Sia last year, her 18th of the 21st century, and a chart career going back to top 10 Jolene in 1976. 43 years ain’t bad, and driving a bus to boot in the new video.


1 74 1 2 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 175200
2 4 2 5 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 264600
3 1 1 9 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 685400
4 6 4 7 STRANGE Celeste 269450
5 5 5 3 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 137400
6 7 6 5 YOU. Lucy Daydream 181000
7 3 1 7 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 700000
8 2 1 7 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 696000
9 10 9 3 LONELY Noah Cyrus 105200
10 8 1 13 I TRANCE Agnes 1479000

11 16 11 3 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 80400
12 9 4 9 THE BEACH The Makemakes 378350
13 20 13 4 ECHOES Lola Marsh 76500
14 11 9 7 SANREMO Mika 200400
15 21 15 4 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 64700
16 17 16 4 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 70900
17 12 6 9 COLD James Blunt 253250
18 13 2 12 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 663600
19 14 14 8 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 114450
20 23 20 5 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 69750

21 15 5 9 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 201950
22 24 22 5 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 73000
23 18 18 9 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 135850
24 30 24 6 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 72500
25 19 19 4 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 70350
26 47 26 4 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 45900
27 51 27 5 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 49750
28 22 13 10 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 198500
29 34 29 5 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 84900
30 33 30 2 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 35700

31 31 19 9 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 135950
32 49 32 3 LOVER Taylor Swift 36700
33 NEW 33 1 ORPHANS Coldplay 17700
34 25 9 10 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 225950
35 35 35 7 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 103700
36 62 36 3 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 30600
37 26 15 9 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 166700
38 29 21 8 INSTANTANE Paradis 117300
39 42 39 5 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 57900
40 NEW 40 1 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 17000

41 27 4 11 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 522400
42 28 3 11 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 584050
43 41 1 24 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1636750
44 32 18 7 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 109550
45 37 7 10 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 331050
46 46 5 10 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 365750
47 39 8 10 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 292900
48 36 10 12 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 247100
49 43 14 10 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 209750
50 53 50 4 GO The Black Keys 34850

51 38 30 9 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 93050
52 48 1 11 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 665950
53 40 17 10 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 176100
54 56 54 3 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 26800
55 55 55 4 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 36400
56 45 2 14 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 524800
57 57 57 5 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 45800
58 60 58 4 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 32400
59 66 59 3 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 21500
60 NEW 60 1 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 10000

61 54 9 13 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 265300
62 64 62 3 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 19900
63 NEW 63 1 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 7200
64 58 58 5 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 34700
65 65 65 5 GOODBYE The Beatles 30400
66 NEW 66 1 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 6800
67 NEW 67 1 I AM Club Yoko 6600
68 59 3 22 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 834400
69 70 69 3 LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress 17200
70 NEW 70 1 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 6000

71 NEW 71 1 ARABESQUE Coldplay 5800
72 61 61 6 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 34000
73 44 44 5 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 49950
74 76 74 2 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 10000
75 NEW 75 1 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 5000
76 77 76 3 WHY DO YOU LOVE Charlotte Lawrence 13800
77 78 77 4 OVER YOU Lily Moore 17000
78 NEW 78 1 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 4400
79 NEW 79 1 FREEDOM Rayelle 4200
80 80 80 2 DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds 8000

DROP OUTS
50 50 5 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 44000
52 52 10 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 98000
63 20 9 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 114700
67 44 8 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 69750
68 29 7 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 86200
69 13 12 FRIENDS Dido 238000
71 55 5 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 42900
72 48 6 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 45000
73 41 5 LET’S GO The Cars 54250
75 75 3 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 13400
79 79 1 THAT’S LIFE Frank Sinatra 4200

 

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London Film & Comic Con where I got autographs of sci-fi stars, reverted to 10 years-old, and enjoyed Jason Isaacs Q&A.

20th October 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for The S.L.P. ahead of his Jools Holland slot, and the laid-back grooves of Nobody Else holding off a host of tracks, notably Jeff Lynne taking his ELO back into the top 5 for the first time in 3 years. Jeff invariably goes top 10 more often than not and has being doing that since 1970 when in The Move, and since ELO’ first chart-topper in 1972 with 10538 Overture – pretty much a fan from Day One, From Out Of Nowhere sounding much like it could be a track off Out Of The Blue 40 years back.

Noah Cyrus gets another top 10, her 3rd or so, joining Celeste in the top 10 sparse ballad section, as a bunch of tracks go top 20 in a changeover at the top end, notably Harry Styles leapfrogging his ol’ mucker Niall Horan, Kylie adding to her vast number, as Riton & Oliver Heldens get the highest leap into the 40 at 21 borrowing from Yazoo. Highest new entry is 2001 chart-topper Right On!, a fab oldie from Silicone Soul that wasn’t the big hit it should have been, back at 33, while the unlikely partnership of Sigma and Jack Savoretti sneak in at 74, Meduza & GOODBOYS return with Becky Hill drafted in on the follow-up, and Frank Sinatra benefits from some Joker exposure, well That’s Life, and a touring Simple Minds pushes them back in the charts 34 years on from the film theme first exploding worldwide and hitting my top 10.

1 1 1 8 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 600400
2 2 1 6 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 648000
3 3 1 6 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 650000
4 5 4 4 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 149600
5 36 5 2 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 77400
6 6 6 6 STRANGE Celeste 204450
7 8 7 4 YOU. Lucy Daydream 126000
8 11 1 12 I TRANCE Agnes 1437000
9 4 4 8 THE BEACH The Makemakes 343350
10 29 10 2 LONELY Noah Cyrus 60200

11 9 9 6 SANREMO Mika 171400
12 7 6 8 COLD James Blunt 230250
13 12 2 11 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 641600
14 23 14 7 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 93450
15 10 5 8 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 182200
16 27 16 2 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 43400
17 26 17 3 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 45900
18 24 18 8 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 116600
19 20 19 3 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 51600
20 31 20 3 ECHOES Lola Marsh 44500

21 46 21 3 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 37700
22 13 13 9 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 180200
23 33 23 4 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 49750
24 38 24 4 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 53500
25 17 9 9 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 208350
26 16 15 8 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 149400
27 14 4 10 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 508400
28 15 3 10 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 570300
29 21 21 7 INSTANTANE Paradis 100100
30 35 30 5 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 53500

31 19 19 8 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 118050
32 18 18 6 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 96300
33 NEW 33 1 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 17700
34 34 34 4 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 66700
35 37 35 6 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 86200
36 22 10 11 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 234800
37 25 7 9 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 318050
38 30 30 8 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 81300
39 28 8 9 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 280400
40 32 17 9 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 164850

41 40 1 23 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1623250
42 53 42 4 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 40800
43 39 14 9 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 197650
44 45 44 4 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 44450
45 42 2 13 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 514200
46 41 5 9 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 353000
47 59 47 3 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 27400
48 44 1 10 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 654450
49 66 49 2 LOVER Taylor Swift 18900
50 50 50 5 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 44000

51 63 51 4 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 31350
52 52 52 10 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 98000
53 65 53 3 GO The Black Keys 22850
54 47 9 12 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 257800
55 62 55 3 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 25600
56 74 56 2 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 15800
57 60 57 4 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 35400
58 68 58 4 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 27600
59 54 3 21 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 828000
60 67 60 3 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 22200

61 64 61 5 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 28400
62 71 62 2 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 13200
63 48 20 9 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 114700
64 73 64 2 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 12500
65 70 65 4 GOODBYE The Beatles 23400
66 77 66 2 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 11400
67 49 44 8 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 69750
68 56 29 7 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 86200
69 57 13 12 FRIENDS Dido 238000
70 75 70 2 LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress 11000

71 55 55 5 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 42900
72 58 48 6 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 45000
73 51 41 5 LET’S GO The Cars 54250
74 NEW 74 1 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 5200
75 79 75 3 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 13400
76 NEW 76 1 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 4800
77 78 77 2 WHY DO YOU LOVE Charlotte Lawrence 9000
78 80 78 3 OVER YOU Lily Moore 12400
79 NEW 79 1 THAT’S LIFE Frank Sinatra 4200
80 NEW 80 1 DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds 4000

DROP OUTS
43 10 4 DRIVE The Cars 101500
61 46 9 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 83800
69 15 10 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 164700
72 19 10 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 146100
76 1 16 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 493650

 

 

13th October 2019

It’s a first week on top for any member of Kasabian – aka Sergio from the band on a side project. He’ll be on Jools Holland any day now along with new act Celeste, who is up to 6 with the hauntingly fab Strange. I’m hoping for bigger things for both after they get the TV plug. Big Mountain climbs for Bjorn and Arcteec, up to 5, while Lucy Daydream’s about You. At 8. It’s basically Wicked Game with the notes in a slightly different order.

Niall Horan gets his first ever top 20 hit, and that includes One Direction tracks, while his old mucker Harry Styles gets his biggest ever track too, both of them getting the highest new entries of the last 2 weeks, Harry at 27. For such a disposable band career they’ve all done alright solo. Who’da thunk it! Noah Cyrus decides to join sis Miley in the chart, both of them doing really interesting stuff musically these days.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO is back again – his new stuff hot on the heels of his comeback album: you wait 30 years for a new album and then 2 come along at once! From Out Of Nowhere is typical ELO, and as usual the mp3 itunes download is poor sound quality, he’s determined to try and force me to buy the album! Taylor Swift gets a 3rd simultaneous, and 6th track off Lover, this time the title track, Liam Gallagher gets a 3rd off his album, Broken Bells return after after a break of 5 years since peaking at 2 with Holding On For Life, and 9 years since the fab THe High Road hit 7 – though Dangermaus has also charted in between.

Xenomania pop in with a new protoge, as the good Girls Aloud chart years fade and they now struggle, last having success with other acts with Pet Shop Boys. Simply Red also return as they knock out the previous single from the chart, some 34 years since Money was too tight to mention, beating Pet Shop Boys into the chart by a few months, who drop off the top spot.

1 2 1 7 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 430400
2 1 1 5 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 533000
3 3 1 5 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 565000
4 4 4 7 THE BEACH The Makemakes 298350
5 38 5 3 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 84600
6 12 6 5 STRANGE Celeste 149450
7 6 6 7 COLD James Blunt 195250
8 36 8 3 YOU. Lucy Daydream 76000
9 9 9 5 SANREMO Mika 134400
10 5 5 7 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 155200

11 10 1 11 I TRANCE Agnes 1389000
12 11 2 10 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 609600
13 14 13 8 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 160700
14 8 4 9 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 490000
15 7 3 9 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 552000
16 15 15 7 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 130900
17 13 9 8 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 189600
18 18 18 5 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 78500
19 19 19 7 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 100150
20 56 20 2 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 30600

21 21 21 6 INSTANTANE Paradis 81900
22 16 10 10 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 217400
23 30 23 6 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 64450
24 26 24 7 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 94600
25 17 7 8 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 300750
26 78 26 2 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 22900
27 NEW 27 1 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 18400
28 20 8 8 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 263300
29 NEW 29 1 LONELY Noah Cyrus 18200
30 39 30 7 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 64100

31 67 31 2 ECHOES Lola Marsh 24500
32 22 17 8 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 147850
33 65 33 3 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 30500
34 35 34 3 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 49100
35 63 35 4 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 35500
36 NEW 36 1 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 17400
37 37 37 5 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 68700
38 47 38 3 WHY DON’T YOU JUST GET ME Antony & Cleopatra 34500
39 28 14 8 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 184150
40 34 1 22 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1609250

41 23 5 8 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 340250
42 32 2 12 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 501200
43 24 10 4 DRIVE The Cars 101500
44 31 1 9 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 642150
45 45 45 3 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 31200
46 74 46 2 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 17950
47 25 9 11 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 246800
48 27 20 8 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 107500
49 44 44 7 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 63150
50 50 50 4 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 32000

51 41 41 4 LET’S GO The Cars 48850
52 52 52 9 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 86500
53 58 53 3 COME AND GET IT The Beatles 27050
54 43 3 20 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 817900
55 55 55 4 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 37100
56 29 29 6 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 78800
57 40 13 11 FRIENDS Dido 231800
58 48 48 5 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 39400
59 76 59 2 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 14900
60 61 60 3 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 25000

61 46 46 9 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 83800
62 62 62 2 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 14800
63 69 63 3 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 19600
64 73 64 4 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 20900
65 77 65 2 GO The Black Keys 11600
66 NEW 66 1 LOVER Taylor Swift 6800
67 72 67 2 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 12200
68 68 68 3 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 17400
69 49 15 10 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 164700
70 70 70 3 GOODBYE The Beatles 16400

71 NEW 71 1 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 5800
72 42 19 10 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 146100
73 NEW 73 1 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 5400
74 NEW 74 1 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress 5000
76 60 1 16 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 493650
77 NEW 77 1 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 4600
78 NEW 78 1 WHY DO YOU LOVE Charlotte Lawrence 4400
79 79 79 2 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 8400
80 80 80 2 OVER YOU Lily Moore 8000

DROP OUTS
33 33 8 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 102800
51 38 7 TIME Sophia Bel 75300
53 43 7 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 67450
54 54 4 SMALL TALK Katy Perry 34200
57 26 10 FALLING LEON 151050
59 20 10 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 162050
64 64 3 JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars 17900
66 16 10 I’M GOOD Wafia 159200
71 10 10 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 232350
75 75 3 RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang 14600

 

6th October 2019

It’s a first week on top for Pet Shop Boys, 3 years since their last hat-trick of toppers, 34 years since West End Girls did the trick and dozens of number ones ago before Dreamland. Years And Years also get a third chart-topper, since King and Shine did the trick in 2015. Big climbs for PJ Brennan who is inhabiting the Land Of Make Believe rhythms, James Blunt gets his 6th top 10, Mika his 10th. Snakehips shoot up into the 20, Tove Lo & Kylie into the 40, as does John Newman, all having been there before, in the case of Kylie having been there a lot!

New entries from Niall Horan with a jolly decent track is a surprise highest new entry, his first solo was 2 years ago and peaked at 23, while elsewhere The Black Keys return, Oliver Heldens sneaks back in, PNAU have a quick follow-up to a top 10, Papa Zeus re-do Ce Ce Peniston’s classic Finally, and 2 70’s tracks return: OMD finally get there debit single into my charts 40 years late, and the sad death of lead singer of Eddie & The Hot Rods, Barrie Masters, brings their best track back – Do Anything You Want To Do from the summer of 77 – actually I have sad memories attached to it as my beloved pet budgie died while it was on TV, he’d not been well a few days and had one last mad flutter, I gently picked him up and he just went then and there. It might not sound like much, but I was upset, he’d been part of the family for 5 years and loved getting his own way, not afraid of anything much.

1 2 1 4 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 418000
2 6 2 6 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 260400
3 1 1 4 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 480000
4 7 4 6 THE BEACH The Makemakes 233350
5 26 5 6 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 113200
6 13 6 6 COLD James Blunt 145250
7 3 3 8 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 525000
8 4 4 8 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 461000
9 19 9 4 SANREMO Mika 89400
10 5 1 10 I TRANCE Agnes 1352000

11 8 2 9 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 574600
12 18 12 4 STRANGE Celeste 94450
13 9 9 7 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 166600
14 16 14 7 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 128700
15 22 15 6 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 105900
16 10 10 9 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 197900
17 12 7 7 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 282000
18 40 18 4 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 56500
19 23 19 6 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 79150
20 14 8 7 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 245000

21 36 21 5 INSTANTANE Paradis 62150
22 17 17 7 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 130050
23 11 5 7 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 326250
24 15 10 3 DRIVE The Cars 88000
25 25 9 10 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 234300
26 30 26 6 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 75600
27 20 20 7 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 95200
28 21 14 7 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 167050
29 29 29 5 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 68200
30 65 30 5 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 45200

31 24 1 8 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 628900
32 28 2 11 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 487450
33 35 33 8 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 102800
34 27 1 21 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1592250
35 41 35 2 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 31500
36 56 36 2 YOU Lucy Daydream 28000
37 39 37 4 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 51400
38 62 38 2 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 24600
39 58 39 6 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 46100
40 34 13 10 FRIENDS Dido 221400

41 45 41 3 LET’S GO The Cars 37100
42 31 19 9 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 140500
43 37 3 19 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 806900
44 50 44 6 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 51050
45 74 45 2 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 18200
46 48 46 8 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 76300
47 76 47 2 WHY DON’T YOU JUST GET ME Antony & Cleopatra 17300
48 64 48 4 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 29200
49 33 15 9 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 158500
50 80 50 3 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 20000

51 38 38 7 TIME Sophia Bel 75300
52 52 52 8 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 75000
53 43 43 7 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 67450
54 54 54 4 SMALL TALK Katy Perry 34200
55 59 55 3 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 26300
56 NEW 56 1 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 10600
57 42 26 10 FALLING LEON 151050
58 72 58 2 COME AND GET IT The Beatles 15800
59 32 20 10 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 162050
60 60 1 15 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 488850

61 61 61 2 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 15000
62 NEW 62 1 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 7400
63 70 63 3 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 18000
64 68 64 3 JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars 17900
65 71 65 2 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 12800
66 46 16 10 I’M GOOD Wafia 159200
67 NEW 67 1 ECHOES Lola Marsh 6600
68 77 68 2 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 11000
69 69 69 2 FEEL LOVE Feed Me 12400
70 78 70 2 GOODBYE The Beatles 10400

71 44 10 10 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 232350
72 NEW 72 1 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 5600
73 79 73 3 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 13800
74 NEW 74 1 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 5200
75 75 75 3 RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang 14600
76 NEW 76 1 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 4800
77 NEW 77 1 GO The Black Keys 4600
78 NEW 78 1 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 4400
79 NEW 79 1 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 4200
80 NEW 80 1 OVER YOU Lily Moore 4000

DROP OUTS
47 34 7 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 104600
49 30 9 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 130550
51 20 6 VISIONS OF GIDEON Sufjan Stevens 97850
53 20 6 I’LL BE THERE Walk Off The Earth 94550
55 10 9 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 195600
57 48 6 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis 59700
63 40 9 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 90100
66 8 14 MAD LOVE Mabel 305400
67 67 4 HAVE IT ALL Cosmo’s Midnight featuring Age.Sex.Location 22400
73 73 3 HOME Cavetown 14600

 

 

22nd September 2019

It’s a first week on top for Fall Out Boy and Wyclef-Jean, a first for both acts after a decade of attempts from the boys, and 23 years from Wyclef. Patience is rewarded! Pet Shop Boys are up to 3, The S.L.P. Kasabian spin-off is rocketing up to 6, and The Cars have 4 oldies enter following the sad death of Ric Okasek, the highest at 10 for the heart-rendingly perfect Drive at 10. It would have been higher if it hadn’t topped my chart recently in orchestral version, for the third time.

Lana Del Ray gets her 4th top 20 of the year and also enters another from a movie, along with Miley and Ariana. James Blunt makes it 14 years of top 20’s, while Mika leaps again into the 40 this year, with Sanremo, also 14 years of chart entries here. New entries are thin on the ground, just Hailee Steinfeld and Ina Wrolsden, but there will be more pending soon as a gap appears!

1 6 1 2 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 225000
2 1 1 8 I TRANCE Agnes 1250000
3 8 3 2 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 133000
4 3 3 6 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 390000
5 4 4 6 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 348000
6 39 6 4 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 90400
7 5 5 5 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 270000
8 2 2 7 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 489600
9 9 9 4 THE BEACH The Makemakes 118350
10 NEW 10 1 DRIVE The Cars 42000

11 10 7 5 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 224000
12 13 12 7 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 130900
13 11 8 5 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 196000
14 14 14 5 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 129000
15 7 1 6 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 592000
16 18 16 5 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 89600
17 12 9 8 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 196800
18 29 18 4 COLD James Blunt 58250
19 30 19 5 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 74700
20 21 20 8 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 134150

21 33 21 2 STRANGE Celeste 37450
22 23 22 5 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 87550
23 15 2 9 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 451350
24 19 19 7 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 108850
25 17 1 19 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1556250
26 37 26 4 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 59400
27 38 27 5 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 56800
28 24 15 7 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 128700
29 22 13 8 FRIENDS Dido 186800
30 26 26 8 FALLING LEON 126900

31 16 10 8 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 214300
32 72 32 2 SANREMO Mika 23400
33 27 3 17 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 776100
34 36 34 6 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 92100
35 62 35 4 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 34700
36 58 36 3 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 31800
37 60 37 4 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 38900
38 20 20 5 VISIONS OF GIDEON Sufjan Stevens 86100
39 44 39 6 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 67600
40 59 40 4 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 39100

41 65 41 3 INSTANTANE Paradis 25000
42 55 42 5 TIME Sophia Bel 46350
43 25 16 8 I’M GOOD Wafia 138650
44 35 30 8 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 118450
45 28 20 5 I’LL BE THERE Walk Off The Earth 83300
46 32 10 8 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 184800
47 57 47 5 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 42700
48 50 48 5 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis 49300
49 73 49 2 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 17500
50 40 40 8 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 82900

51 34 26 8 GREYHOUND Collard 130550
52 31 18 8 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 139700
53 54 53 6 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 51250
54 47 47 8 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 77750
55 43 8 13 MAD LOVE Mabel 298600
56 56 56 6 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 52000
57 67 57 2 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 17000
58 63 58 4 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 25800
59 NEW 59 1 LET’S GO The Cars 10100
60 52 1 13 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 468850

61 41 19 10 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 140700
62 76 62 2 SMALL TALK Katy Perry 12200
63 45 4 19 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 661750
64 71 64 4 IF THEY ONLY KNEW Black Atlass 21700
65 70 65 5 COMPROMISE JeanGa & George featuring Eartha Kitt 26200
66 66 66 3 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 20200
67 77 67 4 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 18800
68 68 68 5 FALLING DEEP IN LOVE (JOEY NEGRO DISCO BLEND) Horse Meat Disco & Kathy Sledge 26800
69 48 10 11 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 222700
70 75 70 3 HAVE IT ALL Cosmo’s Midnight featuring Age.Sex.Location 15800

71 46 9 13 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 305500
72 79 72 2 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 9800
73 NEW 73 1 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 5400
74 80 74 2 HOME Cavetown 9200
75 61 1 20 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 1021750
76 NEW 76 1 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 4800
77 NEW 77 1 RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang 4600
78 NEW 78 1 JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars 4400
79 NEW 79 1 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 4200
80 NEW 80 1 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 4000

DROP OUTS
42 1 13 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 1160900
49 20 7 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 118400
51 47 7 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 69050
53 40 7 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 76500
64 5 17 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 484500
69 7 17 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 404250
74 29 7 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 100450
78 52 7 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 54300

 

 

 

15th September 2019

It’s Agnes back on top for a 6th week, the longest run for 3 years, as Paul Kalkbrenner is close behind at 2. I hope to be dancing a bit next week in Spain, all being well. Highest new entry is… not the Pet Shop Boys! Yes, their Years & Years collab could “only” manage 8, though it is great and the boys are on TV tonight BBC4 live in concert. I have my next ticket for the Greatest Hits tour. So who beats them? Fall Out Boy! Pet Shop Boys lead tracks off new studio albums always always always go top 10 for me (34 years and counting), but Fall Out Boys don’t always go top 10 – they hit 3 in 2007 with the Arms Race track, 2 in 2013 with My Songs Know/ In The Dark track, the Munsters-sampling Uma Thurman hit 7 in 2015 and in 2017 they hit 7 again with Hold Me Tight Or Don’t. So they get the third-highest chart-peak 12 years on with Dear Future Self, draft in the Munsters rhythms again, and feature Wyclef Jean who hit 4 21 years ago with Gone Till November, Fugee’d it up earlier than that, and also peaked at 4 with Shakira and Hips Don’t Lie – so this is his 3rd solo credit top 10, one a decade on average.

The Makemakes get a big climb to 9, Celeste debuts at 33, new and looking good for future success, Noel Gallagher gets his 3rd of the year as bro Liam hits 3, Mika has a swift return after his Savoretti duet, Snakehips are back featuring in Anna Of The North who also return, Katy Perry sneaks her 2nd of the year in, and the Goo Goo Dolls are back! Last seen 20 years ago when Iris made my top 40, and has since gone on to be something of an ever-popular anthem. Nice to see 90’s rock again.


1 2 1 7 I TRANCE Agnes 1135000
2 3 2 6 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 441600
3 4 3 5 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 325000
4 5 4 5 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 288000
5 6 5 4 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 220000
6 NEW 6 1 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 55000
7 1 1 5 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 565000
8 NEW 8 1 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 48000
9 39 9 3 THE BEACH The Makemakes 73350
10 7 7 4 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 187000

11 8 8 4 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 164000
12 9 9 7 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 173700
13 17 13 6 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 95900
14 14 14 4 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 100000
15 11 2 8 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 432100
16 10 10 7 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 196400
17 12 1 18 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1537500
18 24 18 4 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 64600
19 23 19 6 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 89850
20 22 20 4 VISIONS OF GIDEON Sufjan Stevens 68900

21 29 21 7 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 114150
22 13 13 7 FRIENDS Dido 168600
23 25 23 4 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 68050
24 15 15 6 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 110400
25 16 16 7 I’M GOOD Wafia 125150
26 27 26 7 FALLING LEON 108900
27 19 3 16 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 758400
28 20 20 4 I’LL BE THERE Walk Off The Earth 70300
29 42 29 3 COLD James Blunt 36250
30 32 30 4 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 53700

31 18 18 7 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 128200
32 21 10 7 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 172050
33 NEW 33 1 STRANGE Celeste 17700
34 26 26 7 GREYHOUND Collard 118800
35 30 30 7 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 105200
36 36 36 5 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 74500
37 45 37 3 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 40900
38 50 38 4 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 38400
39 55 39 3 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 35400
40 43 40 7 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 72900

41 28 19 9 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 133200
42 35 1 13 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 1160900
43 34 8 12 MAD LOVE Mabel 287800
44 44 44 5 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 50500
45 31 4 18 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 654550
46 33 9 12 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 299700
47 48 47 7 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 66750
48 38 10 10 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 216500
49 37 20 7 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 118400
50 57 50 4 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis 37000

51 47 47 7 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 69050
52 41 1 12 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 458850
53 40 40 7 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 76500
54 54 54 5 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 40000
55 58 55 4 TIME Sophia Bel 32600
56 56 56 5 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 41400
57 60 57 4 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 30200
58 79 58 2 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 14400
59 65 59 3 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 22100
60 66 60 3 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 21600

61 53 1 19 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 1016750
62 70 62 3 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 17200
63 74 63 3 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 15600
64 51 5 17 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 484500
65 80 65 2 INSTANTANE Paradis 11000
66 67 66 2 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 13400
67 NEW 67 1 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 6600
68 68 68 4 FALLING DEEP IN LOVE (JOEY NEGRO DISCO BLEND) Horse Meat Disco & Kathy Sledge 20400
69 59 7 17 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 404250
70 71 70 4 COMPROMISE JeanGa & George featuring Eartha Kitt 19200

71 73 71 3 IF THEY ONLY KNEW Black Atlass 14600
72 NEW 72 1 SANREMO Mika 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 5400
74 46 29 7 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 100450
75 76 75 2 HAVE IT ALL Cosmo’s Midnight featuring Age.Sex.Location 9800
76 NEW 76 1 SMALL TALK Katy Perry 4800
77 77 77 3 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 12200
78 52 52 7 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 54300
79 NEW 79 1 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 4200
80 NEW 80 1 HOME Cavetown 4000

DROP OUTS
49 23 9 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 131750
61 3 13 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 597500
62 18 13 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 216050
63 6 14 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 382950
64 5 10 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 304600
69 10 18 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 344100
72 12 11 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 230300
75 23 10 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 145500
78 59 5 LITTLE HELP The BossHoss featuring Mimy & Josy 29900

 

 

 

1st September 2019

It’s 5 weeks on top for Agnes, the longest run since Panic! At The Disco’s Look Ma did 5 weeks last year, and it’s 50 years ago today that I flew on an RAF VC-10 plane to Singapore to live. My first view of life outside England & Wales was coming in to land on a stop-over in the Indian Ocean – the RAF island base of Gan, a tropical paradise, shimmering green, a sea of blue, sunshine, and tropical reefs from the air. Just gorgeous. Still my idea of paradise. My fave song was In The Year 2525 by Zager & Evans – always looking to the future, me!

The top 9 songs jostle places, still loving them all, Emeli Sande gets a big climb into the 20 with Nana Rogues, Walk Off The earth shoot into the 30, as do Jonas Brothers and Sufjan Stevens, while OMD tick off another top 40 – I havent counted but they have probably averaged well over one a year over 40 years. Highest new entry is from The Makemakes, I’d rather be on The Beach actually, myself. At 61, a Kasabian member side-project is a goodie, Yves V helps Icona Pop back into the charts after a break, Black Atlass belatedly follows-up his chart-topper form late 2018, Ariana adds another to her total, and John Newman gets a second of the year.


1 1 1 5 I TRANCE Agnes 850000
2 2 2 3 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 345000
3 3 3 4 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 241600
4 5 4 3 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 175000
5 6 5 3 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 163000
6 7 6 2 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 105000
7 9 7 2 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 95000
8 4 2 6 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 368100
9 8 1 16 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1479500
10 11 10 2 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 79000

11 16 11 5 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 129400
12 19 12 5 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 93700
13 15 13 5 FRIENDS Dido 117100
14 10 10 5 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 134500
15 12 3 14 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 719000
16 39 16 2 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 42100
17 26 17 4 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 64400
18 22 18 5 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 88300
19 24 19 7 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 100900
20 27 20 5 I’M GOOD Wafia 81400

21 13 4 16 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 623650
22 14 9 10 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 269250
23 17 8 10 MAD LOVE Mabel 256700
24 45 24 2 I’LL BE THERE Walk Off The Earth 32000
25 20 20 5 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 89000
26 28 26 5 GREYHOUND Collard 82700
27 54 27 2 VISIONS OF GIDEON Sufjan Stevens 29400
28 18 10 8 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 187000
29 34 29 5 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 82500
30 43 30 4 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 40900

31 21 1 11 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 1129650
32 35 32 5 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 76200
33 33 33 5 FALLING LEON 72000
34 37 34 4 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 49600
35 38 35 5 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 69700
36 23 23 8 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 119650
37 46 37 2 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 30050
38 68 38 2 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 23600
39 50 39 3 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 39700
40 29 5 15 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 465650

41 32 1 10 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 433350
42 25 3 12 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 590000
43 78 43 2 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 17900
44 30 18 12 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 208650
45 31 12 10 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 224700
46 47 46 5 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 48250
47 44 1 17 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 998000
48 40 7 15 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 387950
49 36 6 13 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 375750
50 55 50 5 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 42400

51 52 51 5 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 41950
52 41 5 9 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 297500
53 NEW 53 1 THE BEACH The Makemakes 11250
54 42 23 9 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 140500
55 56 55 5 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 44800
56 NEW 56 1 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 10600
57 51 10 17 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 337900
58 60 58 5 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 38400
59 66 59 4 LITTLE HELP The BossHoss featuring Mimy & Josy 25500
60 62 60 3 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 24000

61 NEW 61 1 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 7500
62 63 62 2 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis 14600
63 65 63 3 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 20200
64 59 1 20 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 906600
65 69 65 3 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 18000
66 48 48 7 CASTLES Freya Ridings 54550
67 67 67 3 HOLA (RADIO EDIT) Dario G 17200
68 76 68 2 TIME Sophia Bel 11600
69 49 49 6 FADE OUT Seeb & Olivia O’Brien & Space Primates 55800
70 70 70 4 TRUTH Mark Ronson featuring Alicia Keys & The Last Artful, Dodgr 23400

71 80 71 2 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 9800
72 53 53 5 MONEY Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch 45450
73 81 73 2 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 9200
74 58 26 12 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 155500
75 NEW 75 1 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 5000
76 NEW 76 1 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 4800
77 84 77 2 FALLING DEEP IN LOVE (JOEY NEGRO DISCO BLEND) Horse Meat Disco & Kathy Sledge 7800
78 NEW 78 1 COLD James Blunt 4400
79 79 79 3 HUNGRY HEART Bruce Springsteen 12600
80 83 80 2 COMPROMISE JeanGa & George 7400

81 NEW 81 1 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 3800
82 57 57 6 HOW GLAD I AM Chrissie Hynde with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble 46800
83 NEW 83 1 IF THEY ONLY KNEW Black Atlass 3400
84 NEW 84 1 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 3200
85 NEW 85 1 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 3000

DROP OUTS
61 8 14 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 291450
64 36 5 SOMEONE LIKE YOU (ATARI HERO REMIX) The Sugarhill Gang Grandmaster Mele Mel & SCORPIO Furious5 featuring Barshon 61900
71 71 4 MINE RIGHT NOW Sigrid 20400
72 29 8 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 104500
73 48 6 SCHOOL’S OUT (572100) Alice Cooper 60300
74 74 4 MEN BEHAVING BADLY Chiedu Oraka & Deezkid featuring Jacob Aaron 19000
75 50 7 CAN WE PRETEND Pink featuring Cash Cash 56000
77 10 8 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 163700
82 3 16 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 611500
85 85 1 BECAUSE THE NIGHT Bruce Springsteen 3000

 

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

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