My 2017 Charts Jul-Sep

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24th September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17th September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10th September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3rd September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27th August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

20th August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

13th August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Copenhagen for a City Denmark break

6th August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30th July 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23rd July 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16th July 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

9th July 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2nd July 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My 2017 Charts – April – June

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25th June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18th June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11th June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4th June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28th May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

21st May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14th May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7th May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

30th April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

23rd April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

16th April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

9th April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2nd April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

My Charts Jan-Apr 2016

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23rd April 2016

It’s a Prince invasion following the shocking news of his sudden death, one of the giants of music – he may never have had the universal appeal of his contemporaries Madonna and Michael Jackson but he was a significant influence and prolific writer/musician/producer/live sensation/one-man business. I was a fan. In at 1 it’s therefore his greatest single, When Doves Cry, no bassline and brilliant, peaking at 2 originally in 1984 in my chart it at last goes one better. This isn’t the reason to re-chart it I’d hoped for though.

That leaves Pet Shop Boys stalled at 2 as more Prince records enter the top 10, including at 4 a record that is a Prince record in all but name – he wrote it, produced it and gave it away to Sheena Easton where it has languished in obscurity ever since. The brilliant 101 topped my chart in 1989, I Wish U Heaven topped my chart in 1988, back now at 5, and Sign O’ The Times peaked at 2 in 1987, back at 6. All are brilliant, and I’ve added video links to youtube which probably wont be there long – Prince on Youtube is a no-no so younger folk may not even have seen these videos. In the case of I Wish U Heaven I doubt anyone’s heard it’s Second Summer Of Love brilliant vibe before as the single isn’t on compilations and is only available as part of the album Lovesexy – Prince infuriated me when he released the album as a continuous track, there were no track dividers, and when I wanted to play the track I had to fast forward the whole bloody album. It’s still like that. Just one of the many fan-piss-off decisions he made!

http://youtube.com/v/j60p78OvxQY

Highest non-Prince entry is Adore Delano and Take Me There at 17, before we head back to more Prince tracks. In at 20, Starfish And Coffee, one of his best album tracks, one that should have been a single off the fab Sign O’ The Times album, a period when Prince was on fire. In at 26, Raspberry Beret, one I under-rated at the time (1985), at 30 Alphabet Street (number 1 in 1988), and Sheena’s back with Prince at 38 on U Got The Look (top 10 in 1987). Outside the 40: I Would Die 4 U, Kiss, If I Was Your Girlfriend, Let’s Go Crazy, Little Red Corvette, Take Me With U, Purple Rain, and I Wanna Be Your Lover. Phew! Good thing I expanded my chart to 100 this year, no sign of it returning to 75 anytime soon.

http://youtube.com/v/pYVOrzv61Yg

1 NEW 1 1 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 170000
2 2 2 2 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 230000
3 1 1 2 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 255000
4 NEW 4 1 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 65000
5 NEW 5 1 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 60000
6 NEW 6 1 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 55000
7 3 3 2 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 135000
8 13 8 2 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 80000
9 5 1 6 NIRVANA Squeeze 535000
10 9 1 10 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 784700

http://youtube.com/v/ObzoKryyAi8

11 11 1 10 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 926000
12 32 12 2 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 52800
13 7 5 5 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 252000
14 14 1 15 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1303000
15 15 15 5 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 86300
16 6 1 8 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 597000
17 NEW 17 1 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 23000
18 8 8 7 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 177000
19 19 19 16 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 289000
20 NEW 20 1 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 20000

http://youtube.com/v/cl_t6efp8zA

21 4 4 2 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 84750
22 20 4 10 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 351250
23 12 12 6 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 121750
24 24 24 5 VENUS Frankie Avalon 92000
25 16 16 7 REAL LOVE Florrie 102550
26 NEW 26 1 RASPBERRY BERET Prince 18500
27 28 27 4 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 46800
28 38 28 2 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 35500
29 17 6 8 ONE STRIKE All Saints 285300
30 NEW 30 1 ALPHABET STREET Prince 18000

31 10 2 5 YES McAlmont & Butler 239900
32 18 10 8 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 159100
33 30 30 3 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 52800
34 21 8 7 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 215950
35 50 35 2 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs 29500
36 36 36 9 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 136700
37 39 37 7 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 64500
38 NEW 38 1 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 17200
39 25 10 10 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 193450
40 48 40 3 WILD HORSES Birdy 35100

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41 22 7 9 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 239300
42 31 5 10 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 288900
43 35 5 10 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 254850
44 26 9 11 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 237550
45 NEW 45 1 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 13000
46 40 40 3 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 36350
47 49 47 16 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 162750
48 99 48 2 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 13400
49 44 3 15 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 594900
50 42 1 34 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2888800

51 23 12 10 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 129050
52 46 5 15 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 407450
53 33 25 5 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 71500
54 54 54 5 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 38300
55 NEW 55 1 KISS Prince 10800
56 43 6 8 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 224850
57 34 20 11 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 182650
58 41 11 6 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 138500
59 29 29 6 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 67700
60 60 60 13 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 71700

61 61 61 9 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 51900
62 62 62 7 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 42600
63 45 12 6 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 130100
64 NEW 64 1 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 7100
65 67 65 6 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 30200
66 58 58 9 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 27800
67 74 67 5 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 19900
68 89 68 2 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 8600
69 69 69 5 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 29200
70 NEW 70 1 10,000 LUCHTBALLONEN K3 6000
71 NEW 71 1 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince 5800
72 75 72 2 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 10600
73 73 73 4 VICTIMS Culture Club 21400
74 NEW 74 1 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 5200
75 83 75 2 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 8400

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76 77 76 2 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 9400
77 82 77 3 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 11200
78 65 6 19 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 422850
79 79 79 2 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 8400
80 80 80 2 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 8000

81 52 19 10 THE GREATEST KING 152100
82 NEW 82 1 LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince 3600
83 84 83 9 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 19000
84 51 10 10 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 193850
85 NEW 85 1 TAKE ME WITH U Prince 3000
86 NEW 86 1 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 2800
87 NEW 87 1 PURPLE RAIN Prince & The Revolution 2600
88 88 88 7 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 12700
89 55 55 6 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 34400
90 86 86 3 100 PERSONALITIES Wildflowers 6800

91 91 91 2 AMANECER Edurne 3800
92 NEW 92 1 MELLOW BRICK ROAD Pogo 1800
93 93 93 2 FEELING BB Diamond 3400
94 95 94 2 PARTY FEARS TWO The Associates 3100
95 NEW 95 1 WAITING Alice Boman 1500
96 NEW 96 1 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince 1400
97 71 71 6 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 22500
98 NEW 98 1 NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor 1200
99 92 34 6 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 60300
100 NEW 100 1 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 1000

DROP OUTS
27 27 14 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 202000
37 13 14 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 236550
47 30 5 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 59500
53 28 6 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 61550
56 28 7 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 91000
57 37 5 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 68150
59 24 5 PRAY Heaven 17 74600
63 1 13 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 731700
64 7 10 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 219800
66 19 8 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 105900
68 5 14 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 412750
70 49 6 PRAY Haelos 44000
72 72 5 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 17800
76 48 5 DETERMINATION Go West 42100
78 57 6 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 33800
81 81 7 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 18000
85 49 5 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 43200
87 87 2 ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO Santana 5200
90 55 3 ONE WOMAN MAN All Saints 18200
94 16 9 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 139650
96 96 1 EMPIRE Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman x Tom Staar 1400
97 59 8 MISSING YOU All Time Low 34900
98 67 5 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 21800
100 100 1 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 1000

 

 

17th August 2016

It’s a shocking 4 new entries in the top 4 of my chart! I’m not sure that has ever happened before, but it’s a unique clear-out post-holiday – I played recent faves quite a lot so they were less fresh, and got back from Gran Canaria on Record Store Day which means a bunch of classic oldies released – top of the list: Wichita Lineman, the Jimmy Webb classic song as definitively sung by Glen Campbell. It went top 5 for me in 1969, it was on the first album I had bought for me by my parents in 1970 (and would have charted again if I’d thought of it), it was a reissued oldies chart 1977 topper for me and now it’s out again on vinyl almost 40 years later to mark Glen’s 80th birthday. It’s also regularly named as one of the greatest records of all-time. Because it is!

In at 2, the best track on Super, the Pet Shop Boys new album, Say It To Me, helping to knock their 2 other top 10’s down a bit, while in at 38 another track, Undertow, is dragged in. At 3, it’s a 1990 chart-topper for me, the Trevor Horn-produced flop by Inga Humpe, Riding Into Blue (Cowboy Song), which I’ve stuck into the Buzzjack Song Contest just because it’s sweet and I still love those layered synthy melodic harmonies and the cowboy yeehah’s! Finally, at 4, it’s Native American band Redbone back, originally charting in 1974 it topped my chart 2 years ago as featured in Guardians Of The Galaxy – Come And Get Your Love is now backdrop to a show-stopping SKY advert featuring Quicksilver, soon to feature again in the next X-Men film having stolen the previous movie via the Time In A Bottle sequence.

All of Bryan Ferry’s early solo singles are out for Record Store Day, first to chart is his 1974 top 10 cover of The ‘In’ Crowd. Ferry was just awesome back in the early 70’s, both with Roxy Music, and with his solo projects reinventing fave old songs in new exciting sax-heavy ways. This one under-performed in my very hectic Top 30 in 1974, so it’s overdue a proper chart run. Big climbers: AlunaGeorge and Popcaan, into the top 30, while Zayn, sorry ZAYN, finally hits my 40. Buzzjack song Ulay Oh is lovely and in at 32, which leaves new entries for Kungs, Roxette back and charting after 28 years and ongoing, P!NK back and 18 years on, Elle King, Fifth Harmony (at last), with Above And Beyond and Sigala also returning with new tracks. Finally, Amanacer features twice – that’s “dawn” in Spanish, the fab Bomba Estereo song at 20 being not the same as the OTT Spanish Eurovision entry from 2015 from Edurne which is back cos I watched the video on my hols!

http://youtube.com/v/nlro9eS0Wek

1 NEW 1 1 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 170000
2 NEW 2 1 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 115000
3 NEW 3 1 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 85000
4 NEW 4 1 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 65000
5 3 1 5 NIRVANA Squeeze 490000
6 1 1 7 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 572000
7 5 5 4 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 220000
8 9 8 6 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 155000
9 4 1 9 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 742700
10 2 2 4 YES McAlmont & Butler 222000

http://youtube.com/v/J50nLCeTHIk

11 6 1 9 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 889000
12 14 12 5 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 102500
13 NEW 13 1 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 32000
14 7 1 14 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1274000
15 24 15 4 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 69300
16 22 16 6 REAL LOVE Florrie 83800
17 8 6 7 ONE STRIKE All Saints 267100
18 10 10 7 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 141300
19 19 19 15 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 268000
20 21 4 9 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 331750

http://youtube.com/v/2D3VS2_F7k4

21 11 8 6 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 198350
22 15 7 8 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 225300
23 12 12 9 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 117300
24 27 24 4 VENUS Frankie Avalon 73000
25 18 10 9 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 176350
26 16 9 10 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 224300
27 29 27 14 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 202000
28 64 28 3 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 28400
29 33 29 5 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 57600
30 39 30 2 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 35100

http://youtube.com/v/JvqMvxdZTVE

31 23 5 9 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 275150
32 NEW 32 1 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 17800
33 25 25 4 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 60250
34 20 20 10 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 172250
35 26 5 9 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 241350
36 36 36 8 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 119300
37 13 13 14 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 236550
38 NEW 38 1 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 17200
39 50 39 6 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 47200
40 67 40 2 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 23600

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41 17 11 5 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 128300
42 38 1 33 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2876800
43 41 6 7 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 214250
44 43 3 14 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 582800
45 31 12 5 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 122900
46 45 5 14 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 395950
47 30 30 5 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 59500
48 71 48 2 WILD HORSES Birdy 18100
49 51 49 15 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 150250
50 NEW 50 1 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs 12000

51 32 10 9 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 190650
52 34 19 9 THE GREATEST KING 148300
53 28 28 6 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 61550
54 58 54 4 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 27300
55 56 55 5 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 32200
56 47 28 7 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 91000
57 37 37 5 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 68150
58 66 58 3 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 21000
59 42 24 5 PRAY Heaven 17 74600
60 62 60 12 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 61700

61 61 61 8 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 44400
62 65 62 6 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 35200
63 52 1 13 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 731700
64 53 7 10 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 219800
65 60 6 18 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 418450
66 80 19 8 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 105900
67 74 67 5 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 23200
68 63 5 14 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 412750
69 69 69 4 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 23000
70 70 49 6 PRAY Haelos 44000

71 72 71 5 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 21200
72 77 72 5 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 17800
73 73 73 3 VICTIMS Culture Club 16000
74 79 74 4 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 13300
75 NEW 75 1 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 5000

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76 48 48 5 DETERMINATION Go West 42100
77 NEW 77 1 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 4600
78 RE 57 6 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 33800
79 NEW 79 1 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 4200
80 NEW 80 1 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 4000

81 82 81 7 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 18000
82 85 82 2 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 6600
83 NEW 83 1 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 3400
84 84 84 8 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 15600
85 49 49 5 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 43200
86 90 86 2 100 PERSONALITIES Wildflowers 4800
87 87 87 2 ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO Santana 5200
88 88 88 6 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 10300
89 NEW 89 1 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 2200
90 55 55 3 ONE WOMAN MAN All Saints 18200

91 NEW 91 1 AMANECER Edurne 1900
92 57 34 5 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 59200
93 NEW 93 1 FEELING BB Diamond 1700
94 44 16 9 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 139650
95 NEW 95 1 PARTY FEARS TWO The Associates 1500
96 NEW 96 1 EMPIRE Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman x Tom Staar 1400
97 59 59 8 MISSING YOU All Time Low 34900
98 RE 67 5 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 21800
99 NEW 99 1 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 1100
100 NEW 100 1 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 1000

DROP OUTS
35 2 13 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 345900
40 40 13 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 137000
46 30 8 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 73050
54 54 10 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 98000
68 37 4 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 47000
75 75 2 STRONGER THAN EVER Raleigh Ritchie 7200
76 76 12 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 33700
78 3 13 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 370700
81 9 9 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 204950
83 1 23 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1442050
86 34 7 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 67850
89 89 1 IN BITS Pet Shop Boys 2200

10th April 2016
Its Juice Newton getting that Deadpool chart topper after a 35 year wait. Yes I do feel better, yes I do I feel alright, cos i’m on holiday in gran canaria and McAlmont & Butler are almost back on top 21 years later. I call it epic and one of the greatest records of the 90s. Laura Mvula gets a 2nd top 10 and aha their umpteenth, 31 years of ’em, but Nile Rodgers can best that – 38 years worth. DMX also gets an oldie Deadpool and Melissa McCarthy lipsync battle boost. Both hilarious. Im long bored with pop stars selling music by putting swear words in it then doing clean versions to make it pointless in the first place. If ya gonna do it though do it DMX style and make it the whole angry point!

Tame Impala get a 4th top 20, Adam Lambert and Thomas Rhett a 2nd top 40, and hang on shorely shome mishtake! Rick Astley back in the top 40 after a gap of 28 years?! With a great new record?! Thats why I love the pop biz, never write anyone off. Rick always had a great voice, it was his material that did him in. Before anyone knew he was white Black US radio stations played Never Gonna Give You Up he just never looked like he sounded!

Lower down Birdy has another good newie and ZAYN finally makes my chart follwing the melissa lipsync battle which made me like it quite a bit. Santana are back over 12 years on, and Natalie Merchant 25 years on with a 2001ish oldie i heard for the first time.
1 6 1 6 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 517000
2 10 2 3 YES McAlmont & Butler 180000
3 1 1 4 NIRVANA Squeeze 430000
4 4 1 8 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 697700
5 5 5 3 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 170000
6 3 1 8 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 852000
7 7 1 13 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1245000
8 8 6 6 ONE STRIKE All Saints 244100
9 17 9 5 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 107000
10 14 10 6 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 119300

11 9 8 5 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 178600
12 67 12 8 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 98050
13 23 13 13 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 219250
14 28 14 4 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 67500
15 16 7 7 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 205800
16 12 9 9 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 205800
17 11 11 4 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 114300
18 13 10 8 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 157600
19 26 19 14 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 247000
20 20 20 9 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 154650

21 15 4 8 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 311750
22 22 22 5 REAL LOVE Florrie 58800
23 19 5 8 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 257250
24 35 24 3 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 42300
25 32 25 3 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 42550
26 21 5 8 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 223850
27 31 27 3 VENUS Frankie Avalon 54000
28 50 28 5 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 50300
29 36 29 13 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 183600
30 38 30 4 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 47000

31 18 12 4 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 109900
32 29 10 8 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 178900
33 61 33 4 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 39400
34 27 19 8 THE GREATEST KING 136800
35 2 2 13 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 345900
36 40 36 7 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 101900
37 37 37 4 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 57750
38 33 1 32 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2863050
39 NEW 39 1 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 17100
40 44 40 13 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 137000

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41 25 6 6 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 200750
42 46 24 4 PRAY Heaven 17 64500
43 39 3 13 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 569550
44 24 16 8 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 138050
45 43 5 13 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 383200
46 30 30 8 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 73050
47 41 28 6 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 80400
48 55 48 4 DETERMINATION Go West 37300
49 49 49 4 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 40200
50 66 50 5 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 30100

51 52 51 14 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 138150
52 45 1 12 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 724500
53 42 7 9 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 212700
54 56 54 10 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 98000
55 73 55 2 ONE WOMAN MAN All Saints 16200
56 70 56 4 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 21400
57 34 34 4 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 57400
58 78 58 3 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 16300
59 62 59 7 MISSING YOU All Time Low 33600
60 60 6 17 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 411450

61 65 61 7 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 36900
62 64 62 11 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 51700
63 53 5 13 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 406350
64 85 64 2 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 10100
65 68 65 5 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 27800
66 80 66 2 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 10800
67 NEW 67 1 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 6600
68 47 37 4 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 47000
69 71 69 3 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 16800
70 59 49 5 PRAY Haelos 38000

71 NEW 71 1 WILD HORSES Birdy 5800
72 75 72 4 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 15400
73 74 73 2 VICTIMS Culture Club 10600
74 69 69 4 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 16600
75 89 75 2 STRONGER THAN EVER Raleigh Ritchie 7200

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

76 79 76 12 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 33700
77 82 77 4 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 12200
78 54 3 13 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 370700
79 87 79 3 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 8100
80 51 19 7 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 99100

81 63 9 9 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 204950
82 84 82 6 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 14200
83 81 1 23 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1442050
84 88 84 7 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 12400
85 NEW 85 1 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 3000
86 57 34 7 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 67850
87 NEW 87 1 ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO Santana 2600
88 90 88 5 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 7900
89 NEW 89 1 IN BITS Pet Shop Boys 2200
90 NEW 90 1 100 PERSONALITIES Wildflowers 2000

DROP OUTS
48 48 9 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 96150
58 8 11 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 250050
72 6 10 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 283350
76 34 8 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 79850
77 16 12 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 188400
83 3 24 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 841500
86 35 5 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 44000

3rd April 2016

It’s Squeeze finally getting that elusive chart-topper, the tuneful, retro, and classy Nirvana, almost samba stylee and with a hint of Band Of Gold’s twangy guitar and strings. Fab. They’ve only had to wait 38 years to top my charts, I’m sure they feel it was worth the wait! That leaves yet another Bowie classic leaping into the top 5, The Jean Genie had a good chart run first time round in 1972, but never quite made it into my top 10 as I saw it as a bit lesser than John I’m Only Dancing, his previous single. That mighty riff has grown with the years though, and so peaks so far at 2, same as the UK singles chart.

Pet Shop Boys get 2 simultaneous tracks off the now-released Super, as B side to The Pop Kids, One-Hit Wonder, enters the 40. McAlmont & Butler return to the top 10, Yes they do, 21 years on, and Yes it’s still Fab. Tame Impala have a leap into my top 30 for the 5th time, and Chairlift finally grab a top 40 spot after climbing slowly for weeks. Gwen Stefani makes it 2 in the 40 as delightfully retro-ska album track, Where Would I Be?, is my highlight off her latest. Midge Ure adds to his total of top 40’s, a cool 40 years since he debuted as lead singer of Slik, all teen-pop and monk chanting.

A lack of new entries allows me to chop the chart down to 90 at long-last, hoping to drop some more down to 75 in the next week or two, but newies are left to Culture Club’s classic Victims, back 33 years on from topping my chart; All Saints album track One Woman Man, The Chainsmokers and Rozes, AlunaGeorge popping back with Popcaan. He probably goes down well at the cinema. Lastly, Raleigh Ritchie replaces himself in my chart as he does a terrific Graham Norton performance. About time he broke big, I say.

1 2 1 3 NIRVANA Squeeze 345000
2 15 2 12 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 328400 302500
3 1 1 7 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 797000
4 3 1 7 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 632700
5 7 5 2 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 110000
6 4 2 5 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 347000
7 5 1 12 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1195000
8 6 6 5 ONE STRIKE All Saints 196100
9 8 8 4 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 141600
10 17 10 2 YES McAlmont & Butler 65000

http://youtube.com/v/nlro9eS0Wek

11 11 11 3 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 91300
12 9 9 8 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 180800
13 10 10 7 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 135600
14 20 14 5 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 77300
15 14 4 7 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 292000
16 13 7 6 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 178800
17 22 17 4 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 62000
18 12 12 3 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 92000
19 18 5 7 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 238000
20 23 20 8 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 134650

http://youtube.com/v/vWaRiD5ym74

21 16 5 7 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 205350
22 35 22 4 REAL LOVE Florrie 39300
23 26 23 12 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 187250 309900
24 21 16 7 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 124800
25 19 6 5 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 186750
26 30 26 13 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 226000
27 27 19 7 THE GREATEST KING 119200
28 58 28 3 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 38500
29 25 10 7 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 161100
30 52 30 7 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 60300

http://youtube.com/v/sBzrzS1Ag_g

31 33 31 2 VENUS Frankie Avalon 35600
32 70 32 2 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 23800
33 31 1 31 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2845850
34 36 34 3 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 47000
35 71 35 2 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 23300
36 40 36 12 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 165400 19400
37 46 37 3 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 40450
38 68 38 3 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 29000
39 39 3 12 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 556050
40 41 40 6 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 84500

http://youtube.com/v/D8m8Z-zRPrc

41 28 28 5 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 67900
42 29 7 8 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 201450
43 43 5 12 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 370200
44 45 44 12 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 120000 432600
45 38 1 11 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 713000
46 24 24 3 PRAY Heaven 17 50750
47 37 37 3 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 40600
48 48 48 9 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 96150
49 57 49 3 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 28100
50 55 50 4 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 32000

51 32 19 6 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 95100
52 53 52 13 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 126400
53 50 5 12 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 399150
54 47 3 12 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 366300
55 60 55 3 DETERMINATION Go West 25000
56 56 56 9 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 87000
57 34 34 6 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 65050
58 54 8 11 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 250050
59 49 49 4 PRAY Haelos 32000
60 63 6 16 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 401450

61 64 61 3 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 21700
62 73 62 6 MISSING YOU All Time Low 23500
63 44 9 8 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 201150
64 65 64 10 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 44300
65 69 65 6 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 29400
66 66 66 4 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 18100
67 62 37 7 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 63050
68 74 68 4 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 20800
69 87 69 3 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 11400
70 83 70 3 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 10800

71 76 71 2 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 10600
72 42 6 10 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 283350
73 NEW 73 1 ONE WOMAN MAN All Saints 5400
74 NEW 74 1 VICTIMS Culture Club 5200
75 84 75 3 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 9800

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76 51 34 8 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 79850
77 59 16 12 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 188400
78 93 78 2 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 6100
79 80 79 11 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 28900
80 NEW 80 1 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 4000

81 81 1 22 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1438650
82 85 82 3 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 7600
83 78 3 24 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 841500
84 89 84 5 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 10600
85 NEW 85 1 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 3000
86 61 35 5 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 44000
87 97 87 2 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 3900
88 92 88 6 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 9200
89 NEW 89 1 STRONGER THAN EVER Raleigh Ritchie 2200
90 96 90 4 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 5500

DROP OUTS
67 17 19 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 240700
72 23 8 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 101350
75 75 4 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 15400
77 39 6 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 59150
79 47 9 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 97000
82 2 11 CHANGES David Bowie 420450
86 8 9 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 195050
88 4 17 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 482650
90 78 5 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 13700
91 12 11 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 188900
94 9 10 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 194600
95 70 5 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 19100
98 17 10 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 142000
99 59 5 PLUMMET tiasu 33600
100 100 1 TELL HIM The Exciters 1000

 

27th March 2016

It’s a 3rd week for Vaults holding off the all-time bridesmaids Squeeze – who have been stuck at 2 in 1978, 1995 and now 2016. The always-good Chris and Glen almost hit the top every other decade it seems. Fingers crossed they don’t get leapfrogged by another duo Chris and Neil who Squeeze have jumped over, but who enter at 7 with their 3rd top 10 of the year – Pet Shop Boys new track one off the new album Super is a fab marmite dance-yeehaw-country slab of fun guaranteed to annoy a lot of people. Hooray Happiness! Primal Scream and Gwen Stefani both add to their tally of top 10 entries with quality singles.

OMD just miss out on adding to their tally at 11, though oddly this one is sung not by another golden duo (Paul and Andy) but by actor Taron Egerton (assisted by Hugh Jackman) who does a great job from movie Fly. Talking of movies, 3 classic oldies enter my charts for the first time thanks to spooky drama 10 Cloverfield Lane – Frankie Avalon’s teen-classic Venus gives him a chart entry for the first time in 38 years, since Grease’s Beauty School Dropout , while Tommy James has his first since Mony Mony was reissued in 1975, though the song I Think We’re Alone Now was big for Tiffany in 1987.

Also back after 21 years, McAlmont & Butler’s classic Yes, which I saw high on itunes yesterday – I’m guessing it was on The Voice (haven’t seen it yet) – and which topped my chart in 1995. A big climb for Florrie into the 40, and new tracks by Gwen Stefani, Pet Shop Boys, Nick Jonas and Tove Lo (her second in the chart, and Nick joining brother Joe in DNCE), and Zara Larsson as I at long last give in and chart Lush Life.

1 1 1 6 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 712000
2 5 2 2 NIRVANA Squeeze 175000
3 2 1 6 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 567700
4 3 2 4 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 292000
5 4 1 11 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1145000
6 8 6 4 ONE STRIKE All Saints 138100
7 NEW 7 1 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 50000
8 10 8 3 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 96600
9 14 9 7 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 145800
10 18 10 6 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 103600

http://youtube.com/v/QLPP0nAJxBo

11 37 11 2 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 54300
12 12 12 2 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 70000
13 7 7 5 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 153800
14 9 4 6 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 265000
15 20 15 11 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 213400
16 15 5 6 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 185600
17 NEW 17 1 YES McAlmont & Butler 23000
18 13 5 6 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 217000
19 11 6 4 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 168000
20 28 20 4 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 48300

http://youtube.com/v/CcRPBoGmC4I

21 16 16 6 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 105800
22 35 22 3 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 39000
23 29 23 7 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 114650
24 24 24 2 PRAY Heaven 17 38000
25 25 10 6 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 142900
26 30 26 11 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 168000
27 27 19 6 THE GREATEST KING 100800
28 39 28 4 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 53900
29 17 7 7 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 187700
30 33 30 12 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 207500

http://youtube.com/v/L7u9FpJJtEQ

31 23 1 30 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2828150
32 19 19 5 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 83350
33 NEW 33 1 VENUS Frankie Avalon 17700
34 44 34 5 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 54650
35 98 35 3 REAL LOVE Florrie 19800
36 50 36 2 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 29400
37 55 37 2 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 28100
38 32 1 10 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 690000
39 34 3 11 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 538950
40 43 40 11 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 148000

http://youtube.com/v/S9lkxJFLZ5w

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

41 41 41 5 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 67500
42 6 6 9 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 277750
43 38 5 11 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 356700
44 22 9 7 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 193950
45 47 45 11 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 106750
46 57 46 2 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 23150
47 31 3 11 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 355300
48 49 48 8 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 83850
49 70 49 3 PRAY Haelos 21900
50 26 5 11 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 387900

51 36 34 7 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 75050
52 58 52 6 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 42300
53 53 53 12 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 114900
54 40 8 10 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 239850
55 66 55 3 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 20000
56 56 56 8 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 76400
57 72 57 2 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 16000
58 60 58 2 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 20200
59 45 16 11 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 183800
60 79 60 2 DETERMINATION Go West 14200

61 54 35 4 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 41200
62 46 37 6 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 56450
63 62 6 15 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 391450
64 64 64 2 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 14200
65 68 65 9 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 37200
66 85 66 3 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 11300
67 21 17 19 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 240700
68 73 68 2 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 11800
69 71 69 5 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 22400
70 NEW 70 1 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 NEW 71 1 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 5800
72 48 23 8 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 101350
73 80 73 5 MISSING YOU All Time Low 16100
74 77 74 3 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 14400
75 75 75 4 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 15400

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76 NEW 76 1 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 4800
77 51 39 6 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 59150
78 69 3 23 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 838100
79 52 47 9 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 97000
80 82 80 10 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 24700

81 74 1 21 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1434850
82 67 2 11 CHANGES David Bowie 420450
83 96 83 2 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 4800
84 94 84 2 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 4800
85 100 85 2 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 4000
86 65 8 9 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 195050
87 87 87 2 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 5200
88 63 4 17 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 482650
89 89 89 4 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 7400
90 78 78 5 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 13700

91 86 12 11 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 188900
92 95 92 5 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 6800
93 NEW 93 1 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 1700
94 81 9 10 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 194600
95 76 70 5 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 19100
96 99 96 3 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 3500
97 NEW 97 1 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 1300
98 84 17 10 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 142000
99 88 59 5 PLUMMET tiasu 33600
100 NEW 100 1 TELL HIM The Exciters 1000

DROP OUTS
42 29 15 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 163500
59 36 5 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 68400
61 40 7 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 71600
83 10 10 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 207450
90 90 4 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 6400
91 57 4 XPANDER Sasha 20200
92 50 7 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 51700
93 7 14 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 304300
97 1 19 WINGS Hurts 1678400

 

 

20th March 2016

It’s Vaults for a 2nd week ahead of a resurgent Pet Shop Boys and a very 80’s chart. Not only are there actual 80’s tracks, there are many a regular 70‘s/80’s veteran in the chart doing well – just count all the acts who were around then but with new material! – but thanks to the soundtrack to Fly (the Eddie The Eagle movie) Gary Barlow has worked with a whole album-worth of 80’s acts on new material for the film. That leads most noticeably to the first chart return in over 20 years for Go West (who I saw in concert last year), Midge Ure, OMD (both have topped my chart in recent years), and in at 24 with their first chart entry with new material in a whopping 30 years, Heaven 17. That’s the length of time contemporaries Pet Shop Boys have been having number ones in my charts!

That’s not all, though, Squeeze are back and new at 5 with the highest new entry, a sort of fab mellow almost-bossa-nova nirvana. That’s their first top 10 in over 20 years, and 38 years since their first. All Saints get a first top in 10 years, Bo Saris leaps to 10 from 67 thanks to a car advert, and Primal Scream grab another top 20 26 years on from their first. The veterans are back on form collectively for sure, as ELO and Bryan Adams (also Jeff Lynne) pop in, Gwen Stefani gets another top 10 almost 2 decades on, a-ha leap into the 30 30 years on, and Nile Rodgers just keeps adding to his long list of featuring’s with Laura Mvula grabbing a second top 40. James also replace themselves in the chart, just to rub it in. Oh, and Westlife’s Markus Feehily gets a second big top 40 entry as he decides passion is better than stools on stage.

http://youtube.com/v/0fidOiAFXK0

1 1 1 5 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 542000
2 4 1 5 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 482700
3 2 2 3 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 227000
4 3 1 10 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1085000
5 NEW 5 1 NIRVANA Squeeze 60000
6 9 6 8 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 264000
7 7 7 4 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 121800
8 16 8 3 ONE STRIKE All Saints 83100
9 10 4 5 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 236000
10 67 10 2 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 48600

http://youtube.com/v/RtHDIC0EW0k

11 6 6 3 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 147000
12 NEW 12 1 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 35000
13 5 5 5 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 195000
14 28 14 6 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 100800
15 8 5 5 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 160600
16 24 16 5 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 86050
17 11 7 6 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 169500
18 38 18 5 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 61600
19 25 19 4 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 194700
20 22 20 10 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 186400

http://youtube.com/v/JC77NtzW7U4

21 17 17 18 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 234100
22 14 9 6 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 180700
23 18 1 29 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2810250
24 NEW 24 1 PRAY Heaven 17 19000
25 12 10 5 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 124150
26 13 5 10 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 375900
27 19 19 5 THE GREATEST KING 82400
28 72 28 3 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 28300
29 32 29 6 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 95400
30 31 30 10 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 149500

http://youtube.com/v/0uljUDtv1Kw

31 15 3 10 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 342800
32 20 1 9 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 672800
33 33 33 11 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 189500
34 23 3 10 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 521850
35 90 35 2 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 19500
36 34 34 6 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 63300
37 NEW 37 1 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 17300
38 30 5 10 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 343200
39 48 39 3 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 35600
40 21 8 9 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 228850

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41 44 41 4 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 53500
42 29 29 15 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 163500
43 43 43 10 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 131000
44 60 44 4 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 37050
45 26 16 10 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 173700
46 37 37 5 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 49050
47 49 47 10 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 93750
48 27 23 7 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 95750
49 52 49 7 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 71550
50 NEW 50 1 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 12000

51 39 39 5 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 54550
52 47 47 8 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 92800
53 54 53 11 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 103650
54 35 35 3 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 33700
55 NEW 55 1 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 10800
56 56 56 7 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 65800
57 NEW 57 1 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 10400
58 66 58 5 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 30800
59 36 36 5 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 68400
60 NEW 60 1 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 10000

61 40 40 7 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 71600
62 51 6 14 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 384250
63 42 4 16 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 480250
64 NEW 64 1 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 7100
65 41 8 8 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 192250
66 88 66 2 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 9200
67 53 2 10 CHANGES David Bowie 416850
68 71 68 8 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 30200
69 58 3 22 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 833700
70 81 70 2 PRAY Haelos 9800

71 74 71 4 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 16200
72 NEW 72 1 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 5600
73 NEW 73 1 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 5400
74 69 1 20 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1431050
75 84 75 3 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 10400

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

76 70 70 4 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 17600
77 77 77 2 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 9200
78 83 78 4 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 11700
79 NEW 79 1 DETERMINATION Go West 4200
80 85 80 4 MISSING YOU All Time Low 10700

81 61 9 9 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 193000
82 82 82 9 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 20700
83 45 10 10 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 207450
84 46 17 9 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 140800
85 95 85 2 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 4500
86 62 12 10 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 187000
87 NEW 87 1 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 2600
88 59 59 4 PLUMMET tiasu 32500
89 91 89 3 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 5200
90 92 90 4 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 6400

91 57 57 4 XPANDER Sasha 20200
92 50 50 7 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 51700
93 76 7 14 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 304300
94 NEW 94 1 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 1600
95 97 95 4 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 5000
96 NEW 96 1 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 1400
97 87 1 19 WINGS Hurts 1678400
98 99 98 2 REAL LOVE Florrie 2300
99 100 99 2 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 2100
100 NEW 100 1 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 1000

DROP OUTS
55 19 7 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 118250
63 63 5 TO MY SURPRISE James 28200
64 64 3 CHILDREN OF THE SUN Thomas Bergersen featuring Merethe Soltvedt 20500
65 53 3 MIRROR MIRROR Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams 24250
68 25 9 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 145250
73 63 5 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 25200
75 75 3 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 12400
78 18 5 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 74300
79 63 4 BONBON Era Istrefi 22000
80 6 12 WISH Hurts 308000
86 77 4 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 13200
89 89 2 YOU CAN NOW LET GO We Are Temporary 4000
93 84 4 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 9800
94 94 3 GIMME THE LOVE Jake Bugg 4300
96 96 1 UNICORN TAI and Le Shuuk 1400
98 71 3 YEAH! COSBY 8300

 

13th March 2016

It’s Vaults with their first chart-topper, and the best new song from a movie in 2015 (though I’ve yet to see 50 Shades Of Grey), the fab One Last Night. It’s another movie theme at 2, the brilliant intro sequence to Deadpool, Juice Newton’s 1981 cover of Angel Of The Morning finally getting the kudos it missed at the time (from me). Mike Posner pops Ibiza into the 10, biggest climber is All Saints up a whopping 43 places to give them a first top 20 entry since 2006, a whole decade away!

In the week Beatles Producer the great George Martin passed away, The Beatles get a 4th entry with the appropriate In My Life (it was bubbling inside the itunes top 200) while the other 3 go up. Philip George & Dragonette go top 40, Gwen Stefani gets a second quick top 40, and Great Good Fine OK also get a second top 40 entry after a bit of a gap. Highest new entry is an advert song from Bo Saris, very Plan B/Prince, while Dusty’s classic UK chart-topper at long long last makes my charts for the first time as her hits CD enters the charts. Only 50 years overdue (It would have charted in 1966 pretty highly if I’d been compiling charts then)! Other returns: Haelos (former chart-toppers), Laura Mvula & Nile Rodgers, Thomas Rhett, Jess Glynne. Don’t play the naughty record at 96. OK do, it’s very funny, OTT and catchy.

http://youtube.com/v/NDfrS-uvI0Q

1 2 1 4 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 372000
2 15 2 2 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 142000
3 3 1 9 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1020000
4 1 1 4 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 367700
5 8 5 4 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 163000
6 6 6 2 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 110000
7 27 7 3 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 71800
8 5 5 4 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 133600
9 9 9 7 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 209000
10 4 4 4 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 191000

11 7 7 5 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 146500
12 10 10 4 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 105400
13 14 5 9 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 357400
14 13 9 5 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 161200
15 11 3 9 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 324900
16 59 16 2 ONE STRIKE All Saints 35100
17 25 17 17 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 214350
18 18 1 28 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2791000
19 19 19 4 THE GREATEST KING 64000
20 12 1 8 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 655000

http://youtube.com/v/8pQ0gX-fjKE

21 17 8 8 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 211850
22 22 22 9 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 166400
23 20 3 9 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 504250
24 30 24 4 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 61050
25 28 25 3 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 44550
26 16 16 9 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 160700
27 23 23 6 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 83450
28 32 28 5 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 71800
29 29 29 14 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 149750
30 24 5 9 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 326000

31 34 31 9 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 131500
32 35 32 5 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 77200
33 37 33 10 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 171800
34 39 34 5 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 146700
35 74 35 2 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 22700
36 36 36 4 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 58300
37 38 37 4 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 36300
38 55 38 4 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 39600
39 40 39 4 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 42800
40 48 40 6 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 64100

http://youtube.com/v/ah0UstVUSSU

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

41 21 8 7 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 185250
42 26 4 15 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 473050
43 43 43 9 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 117500
44 44 44 3 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 39500
45 33 10 9 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 204250
46 31 17 8 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 137600
47 49 47 7 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 81300
48 69 48 2 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 18500
49 51 49 9 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 81250
50 50 50 6 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 49900

51 45 6 13 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 366850
52 52 52 6 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 59450
53 41 2 9 CHANGES David Bowie 410250
54 56 54 10 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 92400
55 46 19 7 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 118250
56 57 56 6 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 55200
57 70 57 3 XPANDER Sasha 18300
58 54 3 21 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 827500
59 60 59 3 PLUMMET tiasu 30100
60 65 60 3 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 23800

61 47 9 8 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 189200
62 42 12 9 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 184200
63 72 63 5 TO MY SURPRISE James 28200
64 66 64 3 CHILDREN OF THE SUN Thomas Bergersen featuring Merethe Soltvedt 20500
65 53 53 3 MIRROR MIRROR Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams 24250
66 71 66 4 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 20600
67 NEW 67 1 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 6600
68 58 25 9 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 145250
69 62 1 19 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1425850
70 73 70 3 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 12800

http://youtube.com/v/0Kq_o-ezxeE

71 76 71 7 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 23800
72 78 72 2 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 10000
73 68 63 5 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 25200
74 82 74 3 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 10400
75 75 75 3 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 12400

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76 64 7 13 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 302600
77 NEW 77 1 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 4600
78 61 18 5 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 74300
79 63 63 4 BONBON Era Istrefi 22000
80 67 6 12 WISH Hurts 308000

81 NEW 81 1 PRAY Haelos 3800
82 85 82 8 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 17100
83 88 83 3 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 7300
84 89 84 2 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 5400
85 90 85 3 MISSING YOU All Time Low 6700
86 77 77 4 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 13200
87 79 1 18 WINGS Hurts 1677100
88 NEW 88 1 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 2400
89 92 89 2 YOU CAN NOW LET GO We Are Temporary 4000
90 NEW 90 1 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 2000

91 99 91 2 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 3000
92 96 92 3 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 4400
93 84 84 4 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 9800
94 94 94 3 GIMME THE LOVE Jake Bugg 4300
95 NEW 95 1 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 1500
96 NEW 96 1 UNICORN TAI and Le Shuuk 1400
97 98 97 3 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 3500
98 97 71 3 YEAH! COSBY 8300
99 NEW 99 1 REAL LOVE Florrie 1100
100 NEW 100 1 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 1000

DROP OUTS
80 80 2 THE LOOK Metronomy 5300
81 78 4 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 14100
83 50 8 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 84400
86 86 3 DANGEROUS Frances Rose 8000
87 5 10 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 338800
91 13 19 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 258450
93 12 8 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 78900
95 1 8 HEROES David Bowie 254650
100 100 1 MONSTER LEAD ME HOME Sara Hartman 1000

6th March 2016It’s a 41st Number one for Pet Shop Boys, sounding very late 90’s-period PSB’s, smooth EDM. Neil and Chris have never had more than a 2 or 3 year gap between chart-toppers since first doing it over 30 years ago with West End Girls. The previous topper was with Example, it was on a Thursday. Vaults get runners-up with the gorgeous One Last Night, and FKA Twigs grabs her first top 5 with the lovely Good To Love. Highest new entry at 6 is a track to be played at a funeral this week, a track from 2000 that I knew, and loved, but was somehow unable to find out who or what it was. It’s a chill-out classic, you will likely know it, but you may not know that you know it. The orchestral hook is taken from a 1968 Engelbert Humperdinck record and re-worked by Kinobe. So 16 years late it finally charts.

Talking of charting at new peaks belatedly, thanks to Deadpool (which I saw again, fab film) Juice Newton’s 1981 minor version (in my charts) of Angel In The Morning enters at 15. It kicks off the movie beautifully, and is a power-country-ballad version of a song that first charted for Mary Mason in 1977 for me. So, 35 years late, it hits a new peak. As does another track from Deadpool, X Gon Give It To Ya, which DMX took to a measly 68 in 2003, but which finally hits the top 40 13 years late. DJ Fresh and Dizzee grab another top 10, as do Mott & Bowie’s Dudes back in the top 10 after a 44-year absence.

Sammy Davis Jnr gets his first-ever top 10 hit, 44 years after he was denied The Candy Man doing it (in 1972 I only allowed UK charting singles in my chart, but his USA chart-topper was a fave). Justice at last! Biggest climber is pill popping Mike Posner, the late Viola Beach make my top 30, and Elvis gets If I Can Dream into the chart for a 4th time (albeit a new version), 1969 it went top 5, and most recently in 2007 it also went top 5. New entries outside the 40: All saints are back with One Strike, hooray! Nearly 20 years since they started a run of a dozen hits or so. a-ha are also back lengthening their run to over 30 years, and Kate Bush is back again with This Woman’s Work (thanks to The Voice) which will help it rise inside my top 800 listing (given it away!).

1 2 1 3 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 302700
2 5 2 3 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 202000
3 1 1 8 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 935000
4 4 4 3 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 149000
5 20 5 3 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 85600
6 NEW 6 1 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 55000
7 17 7 4 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 109500
8 12 8 3 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 103000
9 14 9 6 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 164000
10 15 10 3 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 70400

http://youtube.com/v/oonHquCgFl4

11 3 3 8 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 297900
12 7 1 7 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 635000
13 11 9 4 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 132200
14 6 5 8 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 325400
15 NEW 15 1 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 27000
16 16 16 8 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 142200
17 19 8 7 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 192100
18 10 1 27 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2769000
19 24 19 3 THE GREATEST KING 53000
20 9 3 8 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 485000

http://youtube.com/v/HTzGMEfbnAw

21 8 8 6 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 171250
22 22 22 8 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 146900
23 30 23 5 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 65050
24 18 5 8 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 308000
25 28 25 16 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 191350
26 21 4 14 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 459300
27 83 27 2 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 21800
28 61 28 2 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 25800
29 29 29 13 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 131550
30 44 30 3 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 42050

http://youtube.com/v/foE1mO2yM04

31 26 17 7 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 124850
32 38 32 4 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 53500
33 23 10 8 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 191250
34 40 34 8 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 113600
35 35 35 4 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 59400
36 39 36 3 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 40900
37 37 37 9 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 154100
38 92 38 3 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 19000
39 62 39 4 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 129100
40 64 40 3 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 104000

http://youtube.com/v/fGx6K90TmCI

41 13 2 8 CHANGES David Bowie 399000
42 32 12 8 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 176800
43 43 43 8 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 104000
44 45 44 2 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 26250
45 34 6 12 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 355100
46 31 19 6 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 107450
47 33 9 7 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 181700
48 48 48 5 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 47100
49 49 49 6 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 68800
50 58 50 5 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 37900

51 51 51 8 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 69150
52 53 52 5 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 47950
53 70 53 2 MIRROR MIRROR Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams 17250
54 42 3 20 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 817300
55 69 55 3 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 22400
56 56 56 9 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 81400
57 57 57 5 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 44600
58 25 25 8 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 138850
59 NEW 59 1 ONE STRIKE All Saints 10100
60 60 60 2 PLUMMET tiasu 20000

http://youtube.com/v/q6c4JyUmVSc

61 27 18 4 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 69900
62 41 1 18 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1419650
63 65 63 3 BONBON Era Istrefi 17800
64 55 7 12 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 297800
65 66 65 2 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 13800
66 67 66 2 CHILDREN OF THE SUN Thomas Bergersen featuring Merethe Soltvedt 13400
67 36 6 11 WISH Hurts 304000
68 63 63 4 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 19800
69 NEW 69 1 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 6200
70 91 70 2 XPANDER Sasha 7900

71 73 71 3 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 13800
72 74 72 4 TO MY SURPRISE James 21000
73 96 73 2 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 6800
74 NEW 74 1 FEEL LIKE TONIGHT Philip George And Dragonette 5200
75 88 75 2 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 7400

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76 82 76 6 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 18000
77 77 77 3 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 10400
78 NEW 78 1 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 4400
79 46 1 17 WINGS Hurts 1674500
80 97 80 2 THE LOOK Metronomy 5300

81 78 78 4 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 14100
82 94 82 2 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 5200
83 50 50 8 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 84400
84 84 84 3 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 8100
85 87 85 7 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 13500
86 86 86 3 DANGEROUS Frances Rose 8000
87 47 5 10 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 338800
88 95 88 2 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 3900
89 NEW 89 1 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 2200
90 93 90 2 MISSING YOU All Time Low 3700

91 85 13 19 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 258450
92 NEW 92 1 YOU CAN NOW LET GO We Are Temporary 1800
93 89 12 8 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 78900
94 99 94 2 GIMME THE LOVE Jake Bugg 2700
95 76 1 8 HEROES David Bowie 254650
96 98 96 2 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 2600
97 71 71 2 YEAH! COSBY 7100
98 100 98 2 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 2200
99 NEW 99 1 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 1100
100 NEW 100 1 MONSTER LEAD ME HOME Sara Hartman 1000

DROP OUTS
52 12 24 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 376200
54 47 5 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 48450
59 11 8 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 156550
68 58 4 SANCTUARY Allie X 28000
72 39 4 MOVIES Rykka 38100
75 35 6 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 88150
79 32 6 BORROWED TIME Frances 57300
80 80 3 DESI YAAR Benny Dhaliwal featuring Harj Nagra 6400
81 57 5 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 29400
90 90 3 LIFE ON MARS Rick Wakeman 5500

 

28th February 2016

It’s a 4th week for Faded, that’s the whole of February on top, but there are 4 top 5 climbers hot on it’s heels. Pet Shop Boys first official single from Super replaces Inner Sanctum in the top 10, up 31 places to 2. Not many PSB singles peak at 2, so next week should see if they can keep up the chart-toppers. David Bowie gets yet another classic in the top 3 as Oh You Pretty Things replaces Changes in the top 3, appropriately all very Hunky Dory. Bomba Estereo groove to 4, up 20 places, and Vaults vaults 10 to 5 with the movie soundtrack song, her first top 10. Not seen the film yet.

Up 81 places, probably the biggest jump ever in my charts (being as I rarely have a top 100!) it’s the very late Sammy Davis Jr with the help of a fab Sky advert landing at 15, his highest ever chart placing and 4 years since Rhythm Of Life charted. There are, depressingly, a plethora of late music stars in my charts. Of the new ones, FKA Twigs gets her first top 20 with a lovely toon, and King (not the 80’s pop stars) go top 30 with the lovely The Greatest. Josef Salvat gets his first top 30, and Primal Scream and Holly Johnson return to the top 40 with new tracks, Holly’s is his biggest since the 80’s!

Others: I’ve been to see the fab Deadpool, which has a great soundtrack of oldies, 4 of them enter (Chordettes Back To The Future classic Mister Sandman; DMX; Neil Sedaka; Ray Charles), while there’s a song contest invasion of new stuff, and a few non-BJSC new tracks, including a welcome return to 6-years-absent Corinne Bailey Rae, who last hit my top 10 in 2010.

http://youtube.com/v/NDfrS-uvI0Q

1 1 1 7 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 850000
2 33 2 2 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 132700
3 7 3 7 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 260900
4 24 4 2 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 84000
5 15 5 2 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 87000
6 6 5 7 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 296400
7 3 1 6 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 600000
8 10 8 5 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 151500
9 5 3 7 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 465000
10 4 1 26 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2747000

11 9 9 3 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 100200
12 20 12 2 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 55000
13 2 2 7 CHANGES David Bowie 385000
14 14 14 5 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 119000
15 96 15 2 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 28400
16 16 16 7 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 117200
17 26 17 3 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 59500
18 11 5 7 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 289000
19 8 8 6 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 169100
20 72 20 2 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 25600

http://youtube.com/v/8Tq0HzgDcNc

21 28 4 13 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 440800
22 23 22 7 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 127400
23 13 10 7 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 173550
24 45 24 2 THE GREATEST KING 32000
25 25 25 7 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 128650
26 17 17 6 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 106950
27 18 18 3 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 62400
28 36 28 15 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 172600
29 46 29 12 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 113350
30 65 30 4 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 45800

http://youtube.com/v/UbpSV3gBRfk

31 31 19 5 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 94700
32 22 12 7 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 163050
33 19 9 6 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 169200
34 34 6 11 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 342100
35 40 35 3 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 41900
36 21 6 10 WISH Hurts 297400
37 38 37 8 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 136800
38 49 38 3 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 35700
39 68 39 2 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 23500
40 41 40 7 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 96000

http://youtube.com/v/AXiMS5XW6kA

41 30 1 17 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1412250
42 29 3 19 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 806300
43 44 43 7 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 90500
44 55 44 2 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 24050
45 NEW 45 1 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 13000
46 32 1 16 WINGS Hurts 1670300
47 27 5 9 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 337200
48 48 48 4 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 34800
49 51 49 5 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 56700
50 50 50 7 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 81000

51 53 51 7 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 57400
52 12 12 24 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 376200
53 54 53 4 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 36450
54 47 47 5 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 48450
55 35 7 11 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 290700
56 57 56 8 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 70800
57 59 57 4 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 34200
58 60 58 4 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 25900
59 37 11 8 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 156550
60 NEW 60 1 PLUMMET tiasu 10000

61 NEW 61 1 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 7500
62 86 62 3 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 11200
63 79 63 3 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 13400
64 94 64 2 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 8700
65 82 65 2 BONBON Era Istrefi 10600
66 NEW 66 1 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 6800
67 NEW 67 1 CHILDREN OF THE SUN Thomas Bergersen featuring Merethe Soltvedt 6600
68 58 58 4 SANCTUARY Allie X 28000
69 73 69 2 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 11600
70 NEW 70 1 MIRROR MIRROR Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams 6000

71 NEW 71 1 YEAH! COSBY 5800
72 39 39 4 MOVIES Rykka 38100
73 87 73 2 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 8000
74 74 74 3 TO MY SURPRISE James 15400
75 42 35 6 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 88150

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76 70 1 7 HEROES David Bowie 253150
77 98 77 2 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 5800
78 80 78 3 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 10300
79 43 32 6 BORROWED TIME Frances 57300
80 97 80 3 DESI YAAR Benny Dhaliwal featuring Harj Nagra 6400

81 66 57 5 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 29400
82 85 82 5 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 13200
83 NEW 83 1 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 3400
84 93 84 2 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 4900
85 56 13 18 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 256550
86 88 86 2 DANGEROUS Frances Rose 5200
87 89 87 6 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 10500
88 NEW 88 1 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 2400
89 78 12 7 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 77200
90 90 90 3 LIFE ON MARS Rick Wakeman 5500

91 NEW 91 1 XPANDER Sasha 1900
92 NEW 92 1 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 1800
93 NEW 93 1 MISSING YOU All Time Low 1700
94 NEW 94 1 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 1600
95 NEW 95 1 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 1500
96 NEW 96 1 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 1400
97 NEW 97 1 THE LOOK Metronomy 1300
98 NEW 98 1 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 1200
99 NEW 99 1 GIMME THE LOVE Jake Bugg 1100
100 NEW 100 1 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 1000

DROP OUTS

52 18 8 AMAZING Foxes 126050
61 34 5 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 54800
62 14 5 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 96100
63 40 5 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 58550
64 47 3 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire 32100
67 7 7 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 165000
69 1 6 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 278950
71 21 5 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 74300
75 75 4 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 16200
76 43 5 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 54600
77 50 5 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 39200
81 30 6 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 85800
83 7 12 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 269900
84 84 2 I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan 6000
91 22 15 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 120450
92 6 15 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 370100
95 43 8 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 46100
99 3 21 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 463200
100 100 1 BLITZ Digitalism 1000

21st February 2016

It’s Faded for a 3rd week on top as Changes hits number 2, a new peak since it first charted in 1975 for David Bowie, and the same for Oh! You Pretty Things, which has never charted before, both dating from 1971 originally, when I lived in Singapore and had no idea who Bowie was…! Highest new entry is a second hit for Vaults, at 15, from a naughty movie, it’s fab, while a hot new track enters at 20 for Flume featuring Kai. A Spanish language dance goodie from Colombian band Bomba Estereo is in at 24, quite probably only the 2nd act from that country to make my charts (Shakira obviously the likely first), and in at 33 it’s the new official single from Pet Shop Boys joining the next album debut track Inner Sanctum inside the top 40. Of course! I was, in actual fact, a Pop Kid. I like to think Neil wrote the lyric for me… tongue.gif

Others: the tragically late young band Viola Beach enter with a good track, Holly ‘Frankie Goes To Hollywood’ Johnson is back over 30 years on with a movie soundtrack song not entirely unlike The Power Of Love. That’s a good thing. FKA Twigs gets a second entry, Gwen Stefani keeps the 20 year-run (nearly) of hits going, albeit starting with No Doubt, no doubt. Elvis is back with a re-imagining of his 1969 top 5 belter If I Can Dream, one I loved as an 11-year-old but less so these days, and finally Sammy Davis Jr is being used in a SKY TV ad, good enough excuse for me to chart it (along with itunes) especially as it’s a song I knew in my distant youth but never really noticed much. Sammy was fab.

1 1 1 6 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 680000
2 6 2 6 CHANGES David Bowie 353000
3 2 1 5 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 550000
4 4 1 25 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2705000
5 3 3 6 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 420000
6 5 5 6 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 241400
7 9 7 6 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 185900
8 8 8 5 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 148100
9 29 9 2 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 63200
10 11 10 4 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 103500

http://youtube.com/v/ESjzB0m_60E

11 7 5 6 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 267000
12 13 12 23 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 364700
13 10 10 6 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 154300
14 14 14 4 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 90000
15 NEW 15 1 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 27000
16 26 16 6 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 92200
17 17 17 5 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 88450
18 18 18 2 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 44000
19 16 9 5 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 151500
20 NEW 20 1 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 20000

http://youtube.com/v/-KPnyf8vwXI

21 15 6 9 WISH Hurts 280000
22 12 12 6 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 145250
23 23 23 6 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 107900
24 NEW 24 1 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 19000
25 25 25 6 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 109900
26 30 26 2 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 36500
27 19 5 8 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 324700
28 22 4 12 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 421050
29 27 3 18 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 792550
30 28 1 16 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1398250

http://youtube.com/v/zPB8Ba5BJ7w

31 31 19 4 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 76800
32 21 1 15 WINGS Hurts 1657550
33 NEW 33 1 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 17700
34 33 6 10 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 324500
35 24 7 10 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 279900
36 37 36 14 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 154300
37 20 11 7 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 146450
38 39 38 7 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 119500
39 60 39 3 MOVIES Rykka 32500
40 62 40 2 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 24400

http://youtube.com/v/7JF3Gj8U0YA

41 42 41 6 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 79000
42 35 35 5 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 83150
43 32 32 5 BORROWED TIME Frances 53100
44 44 44 6 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 77000
45 NEW 45 1 THE GREATEST KING 13000
46 46 46 11 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 95150
47 53 47 4 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 37450
48 65 48 3 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 22500
49 68 49 2 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 18500
50 52 50 6 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 69000

51 51 51 4 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 44600
52 48 18 8 AMAZING Foxes 126050
53 58 53 6 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 45650
54 63 54 3 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 25200
55 NEW 55 1 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 10800
56 45 13 17 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 253550
57 59 57 7 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 60200
58 67 58 3 SANCTUARY Allie X 21600
59 64 59 3 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 23800
60 78 60 3 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 15700

61 34 34 5 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 54800
62 38 14 5 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 96100
63 40 40 5 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 58550
64 47 47 3 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire 32100
65 55 55 3 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 27800
66 57 57 4 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 25600
67 36 7 7 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 165000
68 NEW 68 1 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 6400
69 41 1 6 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 278950
70 56 1 6 HEROES David Bowie 248350

71 54 21 5 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 74300
72 NEW 72 1 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 5600
73 NEW 73 1 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 5400
74 75 74 2 TO MY SURPRISE James 10200
75 77 75 4 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 16200

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76 43 43 5 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 54600
77 50 50 5 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 39200
78 74 12 6 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 75000
79 90 79 2 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 6200
80 91 80 2 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 5900

81 49 30 6 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 85800
82 NEW 82 1 BONBON Era Istrefi 3600
83 66 7 12 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 269900
84 86 84 2 I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan 6000
85 88 85 4 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 9600
86 100 86 2 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 3800
87 NEW 87 1 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 2600
88 NEW 88 1 DANGEROUS Frances Rose 2400
89 92 89 5 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 7900
90 95 90 2 LIFE ON MARS Rick Wakeman 3500

91 89 22 15 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 120450
92 73 6 15 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 370100
93 NEW 93 1 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 1700
94 NEW 94 1 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1600
95 94 43 8 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 46100
96 NEW 96 1 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 1400
97 99 97 2 DESI YAAR Benny Dhaliwal featuring Harj Nagra 2400
98 NEW 98 1 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 1200
99 96 3 21 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 463200
100 NEW 100 1 BLITZ Digitalism 1000

DROP OUTS
61 37 5 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY David Bowie 48250
69 8 9 LAZARUS David Bowie 163300
70 70 7 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 37600
71 40 4 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 41900
72 34 4 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 47600
76 19 9 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 124300
79 69 4 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 16100
80 71 5 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 22200
81 24 7 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 93800
82 50 3 DON’T BE SHY (FILATOV & KARAS REMIX) Imany 27350
83 83 4 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 11000
84 10 17 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 234250
85 28 5 STARMAN David Bowie 39500
87 87 2 BRIGHTEST LIGHT FDVM featuring Josh Wantie 5200
93 93 2 TEQUILA Doop 2800
97 25 5 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 84150
98 3 13 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 451250

 

 

14th February 2016

2 weeks on top for the gorgeous Faded, not fading at all, along with the top 4. Pet Shop Boys finally get into the Inner Sanctum of the top 10, I think only 2 PSB singles have ever failed to do that, though some album tracks pottered around lower as well. Aphrodite’s Child and several Bowie’s keep the oldies climbing, while the highest new entry is a buzz: Timothy Bloom and V Bozeman, a great soul duet (or r’n’b if you prefer) that hasn’t even been released in the UK streaming or itunes, and there’s an over-18 adult video to go along with it – or Arty, as I prefer to think of it, it’s lovely if you don’t have hang-ups about the beautiful human body. The edited version though is linked…

In at 29, it’s cult and 60’s sounding Cat’s Eyes with the super-hero named Chameleon Queen, it’s part opera singer Rachel Zeffira, and part The Horror’s Farid Badwan, and part fab. In at 30 DJ Fresh and Dizzee Rascal do what the rubbish streaming charts wouldn’t allow let them do – get a bonafide top 40 entry. On UK sales they are top 20, but as it’s Ministry Of Sound (as in not streamed) it’s barely inside the top 75 combined chart. I bet Ministry Of Sound made more money from their sales-alone chart position last week than half the records placed higher thanks to streaming.

Lower down and welcomes back to Primal Scream and James, both veterans of the early 90’s, and both former chart-toppers here and nowhere else in the real-singles-sales-chart world, criminally. Enya’s even more veteran, late 80’s and still going strong with a second chart entry in 2016, while most-veteran of all is Rick Wakeman, once of Yes, prog rock king, album chart-topper, funny, intelligent, and loveable man, and player of many a session, including David Bowie’s Life On Mars – which he did for the BBC as an instrumental following Bowie’s death, and now released. So he’s actually in the chart twice with the same song, yay for Rick. Most incredibly of all, I think is this his first ever entry in my singles charts solo. Now that really is 45 years overdue!!!

1 1 1 5 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 510000
2 2 1 4 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 465000
3 3 3 5 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 360000
4 4 1 24 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2640000
5 6 5 5 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 186400
6 8 6 5 CHANGES David Bowie 238000
7 5 5 5 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 230000
8 17 8 4 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 100100
9 10 9 5 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 135900
10 14 10 5 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 122300

http://youtube.com/v/lNLkcOqQSBM

11 31 11 3 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 61500
12 12 12 5 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 125750
13 15 13 22 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 329700
14 18 14 3 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 61000
15 20 6 8 WISH Hurts 260250
16 9 9 4 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 130500
17 25 17 4 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 65450
18 NEW 18 1 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V Bozeman 22000
19 7 5 7 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 306300
20 11 11 6 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 129150

http://youtube.com/v/np_dW7yzhM8

21 13 1 14 WINGS Hurts 1639750
22 23 4 11 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 402750
23 36 23 5 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 88650
24 24 7 9 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 262400
25 26 25 5 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 91150
26 29 26 5 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 67200
27 27 3 17 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 774350
28 28 1 15 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1380250
29 NEW 29 1 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 18200
30 NEW 30 1 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 18000

http://youtube.com/v/ZzFdvdMG1Ao

31 19 19 3 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 58900
32 56 32 4 BORROWED TIME Frances 39600
33 33 6 9 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 306900
34 34 34 4 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 47300
35 35 35 4 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 69400
36 16 7 6 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 158400
37 42 37 13 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 136900
38 22 14 4 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 88700
39 39 39 6 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 102300
40 41 40 4 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 51350

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

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

41 21 1 5 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 272750
42 44 42 5 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 65000
43 48 43 4 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 49800
44 46 44 5 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 63750
45 45 13 16 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 242950
46 51 46 10 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 82400
47 47 47 2 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire 25000
48 32 18 7 AMAZING Foxes 114550
49 38 30 5 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 82000
50 57 50 4 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 34600

51 54 51 3 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 32850
52 52 52 5 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 57000
53 RE 53 3 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 24950
54 30 21 4 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 68500
55 60 55 2 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 20800
56 53 1 5 HEROES David Bowie 242350
57 62 57 3 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 18800
58 58 58 5 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 34400
59 59 59 6 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 49800
60 73 60 2 MOVIES Rykka 15400

61 37 37 5 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY David Bowie 48250
62 NEW 62 1 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 7400
63 65 63 2 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 14200
64 67 65 2 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 13700
65 84 65 2 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 10200
66 55 7 11 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 266500
67 76 67 2 SANCTUARY Allie X 11400
68 NEW 68 1 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 6400
69 43 8 9 LAZARUS David Bowie 163300
70 71 70 7 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 37600

71 40 40 4 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 41900
72 49 34 4 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 47600
73 61 6 14 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 368300
74 72 12 5 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 70600
75 NEW 75 1 TO MY SURPRISE James 5000

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

76 68 19 9 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 124300
77 78 77 3 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 11200
78 97 78 2 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 5700
79 69 69 4 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 16100
80 79 71 5 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 22200

81 64 24 7 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 93800
82 50 50 3 DON’T BE SHY (FILATOV & KARAS REMIX) Imany 27350
83 83 83 4 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 11000
84 75 10 17 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 234250
85 80 28 5 STARMAN David Bowie 39500
86 NEW 86 1 I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan 2800
87 87 87 2 BRIGHTEST LIGHT FDVM featuring Josh Wantie 5200
88 89 88 3 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 6600
89 85 22 14 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 118550
90 NEW 90 1 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 2000

91 NEW 91 1 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 1900
92 92 92 4 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 5700
93 99 93 2 TEQUILA Doop 2800
94 100 43 7 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 44600
95 NEW 95 1 LIFE ON MARS Rick Wakeman 1500
96 91 3 20 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 462100
97 66 25 5 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 84150
98 63 3 13 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 451250
99 NEW 99 1 DESI YAAR Benny Dhaliwal featuring Harj Nagra 1100
100 NEW 100 1 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 1000

DROP OUTS
70 32 4 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 55100
74 3 22 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 550150
77 16 4 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 47100
81 46 6 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 42650
82 9 12 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 242400
86 37 7 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 54350
88 9 8 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 177300
90 2 20 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 869600
93 93 4 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 5900
94 86 3 THRESHOLD Redlight featuring Melisa Whiskey 7200
95 95 4 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 5700
96 96 3 NEW KID IN TOWN The Eagles 3900
98 98 2 QUEEN BITCH David Bowie 2400

 

 

7th February 2016

It’s the oh-so-earworm fragile vocals of Iselin Solheim on Alan Walker’s Faded that just pips the sultry vocals of Bishop on Zonderling’s Crazy For You. Steve Aoki gets his first top 3, and Walk Off The Earth get their second, as Florence gets a 23rd consecutive top 4 run. Turin Brakes equal their previous biggest, 2003’s Pain Killer at 5. Lukas Graham go top 10, the lovely 7 Years, and David Bowie joins himself in the top 10 with Oh You Pretty Things, a song I knew long long ago in a hit version by Peter Noone, lead singer of Herman’s Hermits, Bowie’s superior original at long last charts big, as does his original version of All The Young Dudes, gifted to Mott The Hoople to classic effect. Bowie’s stripped-back version isn’t a patch on his production for Mott – happily they’ve released the Mott Backing track with Bowie’s vocals, and Ian Hunter’s backing singing, which tributes Mott’s late drummer as well as Bowie.

Talking of late, another week, another loss, this time Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire who get 2 of their best tracks back in my chart, while back in the land of the land, more scandipop (sort of) as Postiljonen get a 3rd top 20 with The Open Road. Pet Shop Boys keep the top 20 run secure, as Raleigh Ritchie climbs into the 30, the top 40 chart still Bowie-full, as some dropping down and out are replaced by two Blackstar tracks. Up to 47, Demis Roussos and Vangelis aka Aphrodite’s Child late 60’s gentle pyschedelic Greek prog rock. If you can’t imagine a slim, good-looking, hip and cool Demis Roussos take a look!

1 2 1 4 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 340000
2 1 1 3 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 350000
3 4 3 4 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 275000
4 3 1 23 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2575000
5 6 5 4 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 180000
6 13 6 4 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 126400
7 5 5 6 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 285300
8 9 8 4 CHANGES David Bowie 183000
9 10 9 3 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 105500
10 33 10 4 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 90900

http://youtube.com/v/kAwSQq44O_U

11 16 11 5 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 109150
12 30 12 4 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 90750
13 8 1 13 WINGS Hurts 1620000
14 23 14 4 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 80300
15 15 15 21 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 297700
16 7 7 5 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 141000
17 24 17 3 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 52100
18 60 18 2 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 32000
19 20 19 2 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 41000
20 12 6 7 WISH Hurts 233250

http://youtube.com/v/e6KPdi7lcak

21 11 1 4 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 258750
22 14 14 3 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 71500
23 19 4 10 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 383250
24 17 7 8 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 243400
25 35 25 3 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 42450
26 28 26 4 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 72400
27 27 3 16 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 755950
28 31 1 14 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1361950
29 40 29 4 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 48700
30 21 21 3 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 57500

http://youtube.com/v/MrnCnCmUrE8
31 67 47 2 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 24500
32 18 18 6 AMAZING Foxes 102250
33 22 6 8 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 289200
34 49 34 2 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 29700
35 37 35 3 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 51900
36 36 36 4 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 69400
37 53 37 4 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY David Bowie 40750
38 38 30 4 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 69900
39 39 39 5 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 85200
40 48 40 3 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 36100

41 44 41 3 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 34350
42 42 42 12 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 119600
43 41 8 8 LAZARUS David Bowie 157100
44 45 44 4 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 51250
45 29 13 15 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 229950
46 46 46 4 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 50500
47 NEW 47 1 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire 12500
48 50 48 3 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 36300
49 34 34 3 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 42000
50 51 50 2 DON’T BE SHY (FILATOV & KARAS REMIX) Imany 23750

http://youtube.com/v/YQyxCL1uMlU

51 54 51 9 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 69650
52 52 52 4 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 45500
53 26 1 4 HEROES David Bowie 231750
54 59 54 2 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 21100
55 32 7 10 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 259700
56 70 56 3 BORROWED TIME Frances 21800
57 69 57 3 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 22600
58 72 58 4 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 24200
59 62 59 5 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 39700
60 NEW 60 1 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 10000

61 55 6 13 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 362900
62 100 62 2 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 8400
63 57 3 12 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 450050
64 47 24 6 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 90000
65 NEW 65 1 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 7000
66 25 25 4 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 82850
67 NEW 67 1 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 6600
68 56 19 8 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 119500
69 75 69 3 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 12900
70 43 32 4 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 55100

71 71 71 6 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 31600
72 63 12 4 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 65400
73 NEW 73 1 MOVIES Rykka 5400
74 61 3 22 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 550150
75 79 10 16 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 231050

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

76 NEW 76 1 SANCTUARY Allie X 4800
77 73 16 4 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 47100
78 89 78 2 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 6600
79 77 71 4 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 18200
80 80 28 4 STARMAN David Bowie 36500

81 64 46 6 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 42650
82 76 9 12 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 242400
83 83 83 3 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 7600
84 NEW 84 1 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 3200
85 88 22 13 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 116350
86 92 37 7 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 54350
87 NEW 87 1 BRIGHTEST LIGHT FDVM featuring Josh Wantie 2600
88 58 9 8 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 177300
89 90 89 2 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 4200
90 82 2 20 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 869600

91 85 3 19 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 460700
92 99 92 3 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 3900
93 94 93 4 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 5900
94 86 86 3 THRESHOLD Redlight featuring Melisa Whiskey 7200
95 96 95 4 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 5700
96 97 96 3 NEW KID IN TOWN The Eagles 3900
97 NEW 97 1 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 1300
98 98 98 2 QUEEN BITCH David Bowie 2400
99 NEW 99 1 TEQUILA Doop 1100
100 91 43 6 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 43000

DROP OUTS
65 65 6 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 30800
66 37 5 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 56800
68 16 9 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 125600
74 55 3 BAD HABITS The Last Shadow Puppets 22000
78 57 3 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie with Pet Shop Boys 25200
81 3 11 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 412900
84 6 10 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 262400
87 87 3 ONLY YOU Chris Lee 5200
93 65 5 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 27300
95 95 3 MAGIC DANCE David Bowie 4000

31st January 2016

It’s Zonderling at 1, with BISHOP, that’s a male Deep House duo and female DJ/Singer, who seem to have collided with major impact for me on the fab Crazy For You, just holding off the Must-be-huge-in-the-UK-sometime-soon Faded, from Alan Walker, a big Euro-hit. Florence holds at 3, that’s an unprecedented 21 consecutive top 3 weeks and one week at 4. The epic drama of the track just does not fade for me!

Chris Lee gives China a top 10 act crossed over with UK PCMusic, while The Shanghai Restoration project are a bit lower down, giving a modern Chinese-American version of a 1930’s Chinese movie tune (I think!). TheFatRat have a real mish-mash of musical styles that works at 10, and highest new entry is Nimmo at 20, a London 5-piece band with a thumping good dance groove.

Pet Shop Boys keep up the top 40 consecutive record – they have never missed once since debuting in 1985 – with Inner Sanctum, while all of David Bowie’s new tracks (except Lazarus) climb, including the 10-minute long experimental Blackstar, along with new entries for Bowie singing on his production of his song for Mott The Hoople, along with lead singer Ian Hunter: All The Young Dudes, a much better version than his own version. Queen Bitch also enters to swap places with China Girl and Ashes To Ashes which drop out, love ‘em, but they have had great chart runs already.

The late Colin Vearncombe returns with his classic Wonderful Life, as Black, while the late Glenn Frey goes top 40 for the second time with his Miami Vice hit, and the late Demis Roussos gets a belated tribute first entry for 60’s goodie Rain And Tears, with Aphrodite’s Child.

1 4 1 2 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 235000
2 8 2 3 FADED Alan Walker 170000
3 3 1 22 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2510000
4 5 4 3 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 190000
5 7 5 5 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 235300
6 10 6 3 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 120000
7 16 7 4 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 116000
8 2 1 12 WINGS Hurts 1588000
9 9 9 3 CHANGES David Bowie 135000
10 26 10 2 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 60500

http://youtube.com/v/60ItHLz5WEA

11 1 1 3 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 239000
12 6 6 6 WISH Hurts 213250
13 19 13 3 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 71400
14 17 14 2 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 52000
15 18 15 20 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 270700
16 21 16 4 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 72150
17 12 7 7 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 224400
18 20 18 5 AMAZING Foxes 84450
19 11 4 9 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 364000
20 NEW 20 1 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 20000

http://youtube.com/v/qWJ_egyc_mQ

21 25 21 2 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 39500
22 14 6 7 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 271500
23 28 23 3 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 51300
24 59 24 2 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 29100
25 29 25 3 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 76050
26 13 1 3 HEROES David Bowie 220500
27 27 3 15 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 737550
28 31 28 3 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 53900
29 33 13 14 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 216950
30 24 24 3 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 55750

http://youtube.com/v/pFptt7Cargc

31 23 1 13 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1343650
32 22 7 9 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 248900
33 38 33 3 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 48900
34 48 34 2 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 29900
35 69 35 2 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 23700
36 36 36 3 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 52000
37 39 37 2 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 34400
38 30 30 3 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 52700
39 40 39 4 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 68100
40 52 40 3 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 30500

41 15 8 7 LAZARUS David Bowie 143600
42 46 42 11 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 105850
43 32 32 3 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 49100
44 64 44 2 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 20350
45 45 45 3 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 38000
46 47 46 3 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 37750
47 41 24 5 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 82900
48 66 48 2 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 19100
49 NEW 49 1 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 12100
50 50 50 2 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 24000

http://youtube.com/v/kszLwBaC4Sw

51 NEW 51 1 DON’T BE SHY (FILATOV & KARAS REMIX) Imany 11750
52 53 52 3 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 34000
53 60 53 3 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY David Bowie 23450
54 56 54 8 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 57900
55 43 6 12 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 355400
56 35 19 7 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 113100
57 42 3 11 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 442850
58 37 9 7 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 174900
59 NEW 59 1 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 10100
60 NEW 60 1 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 10000

61 51 3 21 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 544950
62 62 62 4 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 29600
63 34 12 3 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 59800
64 91 46 5 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 38850
65 65 65 6 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 30800
66 44 37 5 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 56800
67 NEW 67 1 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 6600
68 54 16 9 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 125600
69 70 69 2 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 12200
70 74 70 2 BORROWED TIME Frances 11200

71 75 71 5 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 25800
72 79 72 3 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 14000
73 49 16 3 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 42500
74 55 55 3 BAD HABITS The Last Shadow Puppets 22000
75 93 75 2 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 6700

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

76 61 9 11 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 238800
77 71 71 3 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 14000
78 57 57 3 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie with Pet Shop Boys 25200
79 84 10 15 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 226050
80 58 28 3 STARMAN David Bowie 32500

81 72 3 11 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 412900
82 87 2 19 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 867600
83 92 83 2 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 5200
84 76 6 10 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 262400
85 85 3 18 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 458800
86 86 86 2 THRESHOLD Redlight featuring Melisa Whiskey 5600
87 94 87 3 ONLY YOU Chris Lee 5200
88 80 22 12 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 113350
89 NEW 89 1 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 2200
90 NEW 90 1 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 2000

91 63 43 5 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 42000
92 82 37 6 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 51550
93 68 65 5 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 27300
94 95 94 3 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 4200
95 97 95 3 MAGIC DANCE David Bowie 4000
96 96 96 3 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 4200
97 98 97 2 NEW KID IN TOWN The Eagles 2500
98 NEW 98 1 QUEEN BITCH David Bowie 1200
99 100 99 2 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 2100
100 NEW 100 1 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 1000

DROP OUTS
67 18 6 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 81850
73 73 2 CHINA GIRL David Bowie 10800
77 5 28 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 463300
78 60 2 ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie 14400
81 5 10 HOT POWERS 329300
83 29 6 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 86200
88 88 1 WILD HORSES BISHOP 2400
89 35 6 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 63900
90 15 9 GIVE IT ALL Foals 132350
99 6 12 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 307050

 

 

 

24th January 2016

It’s another David Bowie oldie on top, one I like to think he wrote for me (I’m John, and he’s only dancing, so that’s fine). This is the 3rd time it’s made my top 5, in 1972, in 1980 (in an alternate 1972 version) and now again. There was also that other double A side version (Again) which is the worst of all the various versions – it’s like Bowie was never quite satisfied with it, leaving off his big albums, I think bizarrely so. It’s pretty obscure as a result of that decision, but it’s much better than many of the tracks that made it on to Ziggy and Aladdin. Play loud and it all makes sense. His 12th chart-topper, and only a 44-year wait from entering my chart to do it – a new chart record.

It’s a manic chart, stuffed with fabulous hot new singles, and still Hurts and Florence won’t shift, cos I love them so, still. Florence is now 2nd biggest record of the 21st century and Hurts are in the top 10. In at 4, it’s an unusual banging dance track, the producers seem to have purposely shifted it slightly off the beat, which is totally bizarre-sounding but soooo obsessive for me. Zonderling and Bishop are new to me, and this track is FAB. Alan Walker and Turin Brakes both go top 10, and the theme tune to David Bowie’s 80’s movie, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence is back for Ryuchi Sakamoto, it’s still lovely and haunting, in at 17. Ryuchi first made my chart in 1980 with Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Invaders Theme, which I’ve been playing a lot lately too.

Talking of Bowie, some drop out, some enter, some go up, such as Tis A Pity She Was A Whore, experimental industrial rock, almost, and into the 40 along with the gorgeous The Prettiest Star. New tracks, the marathon title track to Blackstar is into the 75, all jazzy, an Aladdin Sane album track, Panic In Detroit, and also a live performance of Pink Floyd’s Arnold Layne with David Gilmour, which I never charted – I must have been on holiday out of the country and missed it when it went UK top 20. David’s Pet Shop Boys Hallo Spaceboy (final part of the Major Tom referenced trilogy) stays static, but Pet Shop Boys have released a new track from a forthcoming new album and it sits amongst a bunch of Bowie tracks, I think appropriately. Inner Sanctum is pure dance, pretty much, and enters unusually low for a PSB track, for me.

There are loads of tracks re-entering, or entering again as new (it’s a new year, so a new entry if they exited the chart in 2015 in my version of chart worlds) thanks to the hideously slow UK singles chart finally getting behind tracks that were in my charts last year – though some it must be said did chart in the UK Sales chart as opposed to combined streaming chart – or else Radio 1 and 2 have suddenly got behind them. So X Ambassadors, Tame Impala, Elle King, 99 Souls, Thomas Rhett are on the up again. Finally, Glenn Frey died this week, and I’ve had to chuck out Lemmy and Natalie Cole tracks to make way for solo Glenn and Eagles tracks, but I stuck with ones that were 100% Glenn that underperformed in my charts.

http://youtube.com/v/6VrqCBsbeuc

1 13 1 2 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 202000
2 2 1 11 WINGS Hurts 1540000
3 3 1 21 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2425000
4 NEW 4 1 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 65000
5 4 4 2 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 125000
6 6 6 5 WISH Hurts 178250
7 5 5 4 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 175300
8 15 8 2 FADED Alan Walker 55000
9 9 9 2 CHANGES David Bowie 90000
10 17 10 2 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 65000

http://youtube.com/v/A1CKiO8CbEs

11 11 4 8 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 343000
12 7 7 6 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 201400
13 1 1 2 HEROES David Bowie 202000
14 10 6 6 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 252000
15 8 8 6 LAZARUS David Bowie 129600
16 19 16 3 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 66000
17 NEW 17 1 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 23000
18 18 18 19 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 243700
19 27 19 2 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 39400
20 23 20 4 AMAZING Foxes 62450

21 36 21 3 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 47150
22 14 7 8 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 231100
23 22 1 12 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1325750
24 25 24 2 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 37750
25 NEW 25 1 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 18750
26 NEW 26 1 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 18500
27 21 3 14 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 719150
28 42 28 2 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 32050
29 48 29 2 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 57300
30 35 30 2 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 35500

http://youtube.com/v/-zF2tsBJnpk

31 33 31 2 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 35600
32 32 32 2 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 35600
33 55 13 13 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 198750
34 12 12 2 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 52600
35 29 19 6 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 102500
36 38 36 2 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 34600
37 20 9 6 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 164700
38 41 38 2 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 31200
39 NEW 39 1 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 17100
40 40 40 3 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 51000

41 24 24 4 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 70400
42 26 3 10 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 432450
43 34 6 11 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 344600
44 37 37 4 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 50000
45 50 45 2 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 25000
46 49 46 10 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 92100
47 47 47 2 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 25000
48 NEW 48 1 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 12300
49 16 16 2 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 37100
50 NEW 50 1 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 12000

http://youtube.com/v/j4ueaD22hg8

51 31 3 20 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 537450
52 90 52 2 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 13500
53 53 53 2 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 22500
54 30 16 8 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 119200
55 70 55 2 BAD HABITS The Last Shadow Puppets 16800
56 56 56 7 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 46900
57 57 57 2 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie with Pet Shop Boys 20800
58 28 28 2 STARMAN David Bowie 28500
59 NEW 59 1 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 10100
60 89 60 2 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING David Bowie 12200

http://youtube.com/v/lNLkcOqQSBM

61 39 9 10 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 234000
62 62 62 3 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 22200
63 43 43 4 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 40100
64 NEW 64 1 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 7100
65 68 65 5 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 23800
66 NEW 66 1 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 6800
67 44 18 6 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 81850
68 65 65 4 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 25600
69 NEW 69 1 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 6200
70 NEW 70 1 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 6000

71 82 71 2 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 9400
72 45 3 10 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 409100
73 73 73 2 CHINA GIRL David Bowie 10800
74 NEW 74 1 BORROWED TIME Frances 5200
75 75 75 4 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 20000

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

76 46 6 9 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 259200
77 58 5 28 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 463300
78 60 60 2 ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie 14400
79 79 79 2 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 8400
80 52 22 11 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 110950

81 61 5 10 HOT POWERS 329300
82 59 37 5 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 49750
83 54 29 6 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 86200
84 RE 10 14 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 221850
85 81 3 17 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 455800
86 NEW 86 1 THRESHOLD Redlight featuring Melisa Whiskey 2800
87 RE 2 18 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 864000
88 NEW 88 1 WILD HORSES BISHOP 2400
89 63 35 6 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 63900
90 51 15 9 GIVE IT ALL Foals 132350

91 64 46 4 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 31750
92 NEW 92 1 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 1800
93 NEW 93 1 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 1700
94 100 94 2 ONLY YOU Chris Lee 2600
95 99 95 2 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 2600
96 96 96 2 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 2800
97 98 97 2 MAGIC DANCE David Bowie 2500
98 NEW 98 1 NEW KID IN TOWN The Eagles 1200
99 69 6 12 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 307050
100 NEW 100 1 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 1000

DROP OUTS
66 26 23 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 277800
67 17 8 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 137700
71 36 9 FOCUS Ariana Grande 80750
72 47 10 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 66900
74 74 1 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 5200
76 39 3 SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 39000
77 4 14 HEY BOY Take That 371750
78 33 5 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 58700
80 10 9 FAST LANE Rationale 217400
83 15 3 ACE OF SPADES Motorhead 42900
84 32 3 UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole and Nat ‘King’ Cole 38800
85 48 3 I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU Billy Fury 26550
86 16 10 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 128800
87 71 3 HOLLOW Tori Kelly featuring Big Sean 14200
88 88 1 UNDER PRESSURE David Bowie and Queen 2400
91 45 7 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 40700
92 3 19 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 506750
93 93 1 FAME David Bowie 1700
94 67 4 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 20600
95 95 1 MODERN LOVE David Bowie 1500
97 63 5 HISTORY One Direction 26200

17th January 2016

Yes it’s Heroes (or “Heroes”) on top for the first time, after a 39 year wait. Bowie is a legend, and Heroes was underestimated by everyone, including me, when it came out in 1977. Donna Summer had just blown everyone away with I Feel Love, Oxygene and Magic Fly were in the charts sounding like the future, and punk rock was all the rage, Bowie himslef had already done the synth pop thing earlier in the year with Sound And Vision, and Heroes just seemed very low-key. It made my top 20, and then eventually top 5 in 2012, and now becomes David Bowie’s 11th chart topper. 25 Bowie tracks old and new enter my expanded chart (I had to do it again, it would have been unfair to chop the bottom 25 out), while his final single while alive Lazarus shoots up to 8.

Highest of the actual new entries is Steve Aoki, and Walk Off The Earth, their second top 10 single, while Turin Brakes radio mix gives them a very 2016 sound and a welcome top 20 return after 11 years away and 15 years after debuting. I’m gratified to see a lot of tracks in the UK charts at last, months after charting in mine (or mere weeks in some cases) and two of them duly climb back up (X Ambassadors and Shawn Mendes), but this chart is all about David Bowie, Music Legend and a real Hero of mine.

http://youtube.com/v/Tgcc5V9Hu3g

1 NEW 1 1 HEROES David Bowie 170000
2 1 1 10 WINGS Hurts 1425000
3 2 1 20 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2340000
4 NEW 4 1 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 65000
5 8 5 3 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 125300
6 12 6 4 WISH Hurts 123250
7 7 7 5 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 166400
8 28 8 5 LAZARUS David Bowie 102600
9 NEW 9 1 CHANGES David Bowie 45000
10 6 6 5 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 223000

http://youtube.com/v/kAwSQq44O_U

11 4 4 7 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 306000
12 NEW 12 1 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 35000
13 NEW 13 1 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 32000
14 14 7 7 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 211600
15 NEW 15 1 FADED Alan Walker 27000
16 NEW 16 1 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 25000
17 NEW 17 1 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 23000
18 18 18 18 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 221700
19 20 19 1 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 41000
20 9 9 5 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 147400

http://youtube.com/v/Ui_ECC1s-o8

21 13 3 13 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 700750
22 11 1 11 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1306500
23 34 23 3 AMAZING Foxes 42450
24 24 24 3 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 56400
25 NEW 25 1 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 18750
26 10 3 9 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 418700
27 NEW 27 1 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 18400
28 NEW 28 1 STARMAN David Bowie 18300
29 19 19 5 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 85000
30 16 16 7 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 108200

http://youtube.com/v/60ItHLz5WEA

31 3 3 19 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 525700
32 NEW 32 1 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 17800
33 NEW 33 1 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 17700
34 23 6 10 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 331100
35 NEW 35 1 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 17500
36 60 36 2 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 27400
37 44 37 3 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 36750
38 NEW 38 1 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 17200
39 17 9 9 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 226500
40 40 40 2 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 34000

41 NEW 41 1 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 14000
42 NEW 42 1 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 13750
43 50 43 3 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 32900
44 27 18 5 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 75250
45 25 3 9 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 403500
46 31 6 8 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 254400
47 NEW 47 1 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 12500
48 NEW 48 1 TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 12300
49 53 49 9 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 79350
50 NEW 50 1 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 12000

51 21 15 8 GIVE IT ALL Foals 130350
52 22 22 10 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 106950
53 NEW 53 1 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 11250
54 29 29 5 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 82800
55 55 13 12 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 181050
56 56 56 6 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 36300
57 NEW 57 1 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie with The Pet Shop Boys 10400
58 5 5 27 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 458700
59 37 37 4 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 46150
60 NEW 60 1 ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie 10000

61 30 5 9 HOT POWERS 325500
62 62 62 2 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 14800
63 35 35 5 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 61700
64 46 46 3 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 29850
65 65 65 3 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 19200
66 26 26 23 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 277800
67 33 17 8 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 137700
68 73 68 4 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 16800
69 51 6 11 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 305950
70 NEW 70 1 BAD HABITS The Last Shadow Puppets 6000

71 36 36 9 FOCUS Ariana Grande 80750
72 47 47 10 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 66900
73 NEW 73 1 CHINA GIRL David Bowie 5400
74 NEW 74 1 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 5200
75 75 75 3 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 15000

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

76 39 39 3 SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 39000
77 42 4 14 HEY BOY Take That 371750
78 43 33 5 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 58700
79 NEW 79 1 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 4200
80 38 10 9 FAST LANE Rationale 217400

81 59 3 16 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 452800
82 NEW 82 1 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 3600
83 15 15 3 ACE OF SPADES Motorhead 42900
84 32 32 3 UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole and Nat ‘King’ Cole 38800
85 48 48 3 I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU Billy Fury 26550
86 54 16 10 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 128800
87 71 71 3 HOLLOW Tori Kelly featuring Big Sean 14200
88 NEW 88 1 UNDER PRESSURE David Bowie and Queen 2400
89 NEW 89 1 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING David Bowie 2200
90 NEW 90 1 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 2000

91 45 45 7 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 40700
92 70 3 19 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 506750
93 NEW 93 1 FAME David Bowie 1700
94 67 67 4 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 20600
95 NEW 95 1 MODERN LOVE David Bowie 1500
96 NEW 96 1 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 1400
97 63 63 5 HISTORY One Direction 26200
98 NEW 98 1 MAGIC DANCE David Bowie 1200
99 NEW 99 1 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 1100
100 NEW 100 1 ONLY YOU Chris Lee 1000

DROP OUTS
41 18 8 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 116450
49 15 7 1/M/T Mirror Talk 135050
52 9 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (742450) Chris Rea 92100
57 11 10 SAX Fleur East 197650
58 1 12 HELLO Adele 575200
61 43 4 YOU BELONG TO ME Bryan Adams 44500
64 64 2 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 13700
66 8 18 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 297150
68 68 2 OVERKILL Motorhead 12800
69 6 16 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 256200
72 40 4 SWEET LOVIN’ Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher 56600
74 19 8 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 99000

10th January 2016

It’s Hurts for a 5th week on top, as Florence stays at 2, 19 weeks none of them lower than 4, and now well inside my all-time top 75 chart pointers! The Cowsills harmony overdrive 1969 goodie is at 3, as The Turtles 1967 classic pop track is at 5, one of 2 from Minions. Here’s the video:

http://youtube.com/v/Tvu3xiFmfDU

Nero and Charli XCX both return to the top 10, Nero with a dancefloor bound, and a fabulous female vocal. Motorhead make the top 20 for the 3rd time, as the late Lemmy peaks in the UK charts having hit my top 3 long ago. In the basence of fresh new music, lots of oldies re-enter, or debut, or climb, including two Beatles album track classics thanks to the streaming album chart entries – just limited it to those that made the Top 100 though to avoid a Beatles invasion yet again! Neither John Lennon’s Across The Universe nor his A Day In The Life have charted before: unbelievable!!

Chinese singer Chris Lee has gone all techno techno techno, and she has a new image to match her arty pop, part of a double A side single, this is the track I prefer in at 20, Real Love (and not John Lennon’s Real Love). The other will enter next week, love the traditional Chinese music influences in it.

1 1 1 9 WINGS Hurts 1310000
2 2 1 19 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2255000
3 5 3 18 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 507800
4 4 4 6 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 269000
5 10 5 26 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 448500
6 8 6 4 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 181000
7 9 7 4 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 116400
8 37 8 2 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 65300
9 12 9 4 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 127400
10 6 3 8 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 400200

http://youtube.com/v/ugrFTySNeQk

11 3 1 10 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1287000
12 20 12 3 WISH Hurts 68250
13 11 3 12 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 681000
14 7 7 6 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 182600
15 47 15 2 ACE OF SPADES Motorhead 39500
16 22 16 6 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 90200
17 14 9 8 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 209400
18 25 18 17 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 199700
19 19 19 4 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 66800
20 NEW 20 1 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 20000

http://youtube.com/v/WfRByws6l6o

21 16 15 7 GIVE IT ALL Foals 118600
22 31 22 9 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 95450
23 23 6 9 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 313500
24 27 24 2 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 37400
25 13 3 8 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 390500
26 26 26 22 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 271000
27 18 18 4 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 62000
28 30 28 4 LAZARUS David Bowie 54600
29 29 29 4 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 71800
30 15 5 8 HOT POWERS 318000

31 21 6 7 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 241650
32 32 32 2 UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole and Nat ‘King’ Cole 35600
33 17 17 7 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 131100
34 72 34 2 AMAZING Foxes 23200
35 41 35 4 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 54500
36 36 36 8 FOCUS Ariana Grande 74950
37 46 37 3 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 36050
38 24 10 8 FAST LANE Rationale 213400
39 39 39 2 SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 34200
40 NEW 40 1 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 17000

41 35 18 8 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 116450
42 34 4 13 HEY BOY Take That 367150
43 33 33 4 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 54300
44 69 44 2 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 19450
45 45 45 6 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 38800
46 60 46 2 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 22750
47 57 47 9 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 61300
48 53 48 2 I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU Billy Fury 23550
49 38 15 7 1/M/T Mirror Talk 135050
50 62 50 2 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 19400

51 44 6 10 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 299750
52 28 9 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 92100
53 55 53 8 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 67250
54 54 16 9 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 126000
55 51 13 11 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 170250
56 58 56 5 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 25700
57 48 11 10 SAX Fleur East 197650
58 52 1 12 HELLO Adele 575200
59 59 3 15 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 449000
60 NEW 60 1 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 10000

61 43 43 4 YOU BELONG TO ME Bryan Adams 44500
62 NEW 62 1 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 7400
63 64 63 4 HISTORY One Direction 24900
64 67 64 2 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 13700
65 74 65 2 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 12200
66 RE 8 18 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 297150
67 RE 67 3 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 19000
68 68 68 2 OVERKILL Motorhead 12800
69 RE 6 16 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 256200
70 66 3 18 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 504950

71 71 71 2 HOLLOW Tori Kelly featuring Big Sean 11600
72 40 40 4 SWEET LOVIN’ Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher 56600
73 RE 73 3 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 10400
74 56 19 8 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 99000
75 75 75 2 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 10000

DROP OUTS
42 38 7 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 61350
49 49 3 I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne 34100
50 20 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 35200
61 61 1 FUN Coldplay featuring Tove Lo 7500
63 63 3 ALIVE SIA 19600
65 43 7 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 49800
70 8 10 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 257500
73 73 1 THIS WILL BE Natalie Cole 5400

 

 

3rd January 2016

It can’t still be same 3 records on top can it ? Oh yes it can, all stay as they were, a 4th week for Hurts on top and a million seller, as Florence is now inside the all-time top 80 and Coldplay leap 3 of their own inside the all-time 400. Coldplay, Florence and Hurts just can’t stop being greedy as they are also 4, 7, and 20 respectively with newer tracks, while Adele is 6 and 17. As the chart is cut back down to a Top 75 at last there is a mass exodus of 2015 tracks and christmas songs, and still there are 18 new entries, headed by Anastacia and her Army Of Me at 27. The sad deaths of Lemmy and Natalie Cole, give some comeback chart hits for Motorhead, Natalie, and Hawkwind, while other oldies from childhood fave Billy Fury and recent musical theme tune wot I saw, Beautiful, the Carole King story.

The Turtles get their first top 10 since 1968 with Minions track Happy Together – that seems a record to last! – as Kim Wilde gets her latest actual new top 10 stretching hers to 35 years. Lower down, new for Nero, Olly, Andy Grammer, Taylor, Foxes and The Weeknd, all having been there before on more than one occasion. Coldplay meanwhile enter with Tove Lo for a bit of Fun, as they also climb to 45.

1 1 1 8 WINGS Hurts 1140000
2 2 1 18 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2140000
3 3 1 9 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1250000
4 5 4 5 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 204000
5 7 5 17 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 422800
6 4 3 7 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 358200
7 10 7 5 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 153600
8 6 6 3 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 126000
9 27 9 3 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 66400
10 12 10 25 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 388500

11 8 3 11 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 649000
12 14 12 3 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 82400
13 21 3 7 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 371750
14 13 9 7 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 186400
15 11 5 7 HOT POWERS 300000
16 23 15 6 GIVE IT ALL Foals 98850
17 19 17 6 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 113400
18 24 18 3 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 43600
19 34 19 3 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 45800
20 44 20 2 WISH Hurts 33250

21 16 6 6 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 223750
22 22 22 5 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 65200
23 17 6 8 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 294250
24 15 10 7 FAST LANE Rationale 196200
25 41 25 16 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 177700
26 31 26 21 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 252500
27 NEW 27 1 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 18400
28 9 9 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 80600
29 29 29 3 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 53600
30 37 30 3 LAZARUS David Bowie 36300

31 39 31 8 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 75950
32 NEW 32 1 UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole and Nat ‘King’ Cole 17800
33 33 33 3 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 40800
34 28 4 12 HEY BOY Take That 353400
35 18 18 7 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 102450
36 51 36 7 FOCUS Ariana Grande 57550
37 NEW 37 1 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 17300
38 26 15 6 1/M/T Mirror Talk 122950
39 NEW 39 1 SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 17100
40 40 40 3 SWEET LOVIN’ Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher 51000

41 52 41 3 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 37000
42 38 38 7 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 61350
43 43 43 3 YOU BELONG TO ME Bryan Adams 37000
44 25 6 9 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 288000
45 75 45 5 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 25800
46 70 46 2 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 18750
47 NEW 47 1 ACE OF SPADES Motorhead 12500
48 50 11 9 SAX Fleur East 187250
49 54 49 3 I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne 34100
50 20 20 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 35200

51 35 13 10 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 159450
52 47 1 11 HELLO Adele 565000
53 NEW 53 1 I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU Billy Fury 11250
54 45 16 8 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 115000
55 57 55 7 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 56000
56 36 19 7 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 93800
57 65 57 8 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 48800
58 88 58 4 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 15100
59 59 3 14 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 438900
60 NEW 60 1 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 10000

61 NEW 61 1 FUN Coldplay featuring Tove Lo 7500
62 NEW 62 1 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 7400
63 63 63 3 ALIVE SIA 19600
64 68 64 3 HISTORY One Direction 17700
65 71 43 7 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 49800
66 64 3 17 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 498950
67 NEW 67 1 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 6600
68 NEW 68 1 OVERKILL Motorhead 6400
69 NEW 69 1 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 6200
70 49 8 10 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 257500

71 NEW 71 1 HOLLOW Tori Kelly featuring Big Sean 5800
72 NEW 72 1 AMAZING Foxes 5600
73 NEW 73 1 THIS WILL BE Natalie Cole 5400
74 NEW 74 1 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 5000

DROP-OUTS
30 30 5 DOWN LOW Alex Winston 73800
32 18 7 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 133400
42 36 4 RIVER LEA Adele 55950
46 26 3 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 49250
48 5 14 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 434100
53 20 5 HIGHLAND One More Time 88250
55 30 4 EVERY DAY’S LIKE CHRISTMAS (A STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN REMIX) Kylie Minogue 41000
56 19 8 SORRY Justin Bieber 126000
58 39 4 GLITTER & GOLD Barns Courtney 44300
60 5 10 CIRCLES Truls 346100
61 3 18 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 540500
62 50 4 DIRT SLEDDING The Killers featuring Ryan Pardey & Richard Dreyfuss 27700
66 43 5 HAPPY ALONE Matrix & Futurebound featuring V. Bozeman 43800
67 51 6 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 44750
69 69 2 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 12400
72 24 9 GO! Postiljonen 137800
73 39 7 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 63000
74 74 2 ECHOES OF MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 10200
76 49 4 STAY Kygo featuring Maty Noyes 33500
77 32 5 NOTHING’S GONNA HURT YOU BABY Cigarettes After Sex 67100
78 10 13 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 218650
79 79 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 8000
80 9 13 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 256100
81 16 10 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 169500
82 4 16 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 368500
83 2 17 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 861400
84 84 2 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 5000
85 70 6 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 23800
86 86 2 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 5600
87 87 4 SAINT CECILIA Foo Fighters 7100
89 9 10 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 203050
90 3 11 HAPPINESS IAMX 336750
91 8 17 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 290350
92 6 15 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 250000
93 93 5 TUSK (07/19/79 VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 7100
94 27 8 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 88200
95 57 5 TIRED OF TALKING LEON 23500
96 54 5 JESUS MADE ME BAD Lao Ra 26600
97 97 3 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 3600
98 56 6 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 31100
99 5 15 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 326100
100 100 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 1000

My 2008 Top 100

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria

Based on year-end chart “sales” taken from chart runs points…

INFO: POSITION/PEAK/WKS and the sales figures are those I’ve been using for 40 years for each chart position (based on an actual 1976 UK chart proportions) but as a quick guide, if you halve them that’s about the UK equivalent, my sales are overgenerous.

1 1 36 THESE DAYS Glen Campbell 2260150
2 1 47 VIVA LA VIDA Coldplay 1849000
3 1 24 MERCY Duffy 1399900
4 1 26 WALLS Glen Campbell 1379900
5 1 22 FOUR MINUTES Madonna/ Justin Timberlake 1322550
6 1 24 SOME KINDA RUSH Booty Luv 1286900
7 1 23 DUST Royworld 1144000
8 1 26 THE JOURNEY CONTINUES Mark Brown/ Sarah Cracknell 1042900
9 1 19 CHASING PAVEMENTS Adele 1005300
10 2 22 HOT ‘N’ COLD Katy Perry 955500

11 1 32 BLACK AND GOLD Sam Sparro 941400
12 1 15 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 924150
13 2 23 SWEET ABOUT ME Gabriella Cilmi 791550
14 3 17 DIVINE Sebastien Tellier 762050
15 2 20 ALL THE TIMES I CRIED Sharleen Spiteri 747600
16 2 17 THE AGE OF THE UNDERSTATEMENT The Last Shadow Puppets 733900
17 3 20 DON’T STOP THE MUSIC Rihanna 719250
18 3 21 SO WHAT Pink 716250
19 4 25 THE PROMISE Girls Aloud 711300
20 3 18 LOVE LOCKDOWN Kanye West 702700

21 2 17 WOW Kylie Minogue 677050
22 3 21 THE ONE Kylie Minogue 675800
23 1 21 THAT’S NOT MY NAME The Ting Tings 654300
24 2 20 VIOLET HILL Coldplay 644750
25 5 29 HUMAN The Killers 641000
26 3 15 WARM THIS WINTER Gabriella Cilmi 628200
27 3 16 THE FIRE IN YOUR EYES Boaz 616850
28 2 15 SPIRALLING Keane 588400
29 4 28 AMERICAN BOY Estelle/ Kanye West 587200
30 7 19 ONE DAY LIKE THIS Elbow 559400

31 1 16 FRANCOISE Sharleen Spiteri 545550
32 3 13 IN THIS CITY Iglu & Hartley 545250
33 4 15 SUN GOES DOWN David Jordan 541800
34 2 18 BEGGIN’ Madcon 504250
35 3 15 ROCKFERRY Duffy 470200
36 3 12 SMILIN’ Bryn Christopher 467950
37 3 13 MILES AWAY Madonna 465400
38 5 15 7 THINGS Miley Cyrus 453600
39 3 13 THE VERY FIRST TIME ABC 448700
40 2 12 I’M OUTTA TIME Oasis 448500

41 8 19 THE LAST OF THE MELTING SNOW The Leisure Society 443550
42 7 23 HAVE YOU MADE UP YOUR MIND? Paul Weller 439150
43 4 13 RELAX (TAKE IT EASY) Mika 428600
44 9 23 UP The Saturdays 428200
45 5 12 A&E Goldfrapp 426250
46 7 19 READY FOR THE FLOOR Hot Chip 424300
47 6 17 LOVE YOU ANYWAY Boyzone 423800
48 4 15 IF HE SHOULD EVER LEAVE YOU Tom Jones 423700
49 2 11 SAVE THE LIES (GOOD TO ME) Gabriella Cilmi 423400
50 3 13 STOP AND STARE One Republic 417550

51 10 29 SEX ON FIRE Kings Of Leon 403750
52 5 12 GOOD MORNING Sparks 391300
53 5 17 SO SUBLIME Beth Rowley 387600
54 4 18 SOMETHING GOOD REMIX Utah Saints/ Kate Bush 382050
55 10 19 GREATEST DAY Take That 376050
56 8 18 WORK Kelly Rowland 374150
57 5 11 IN MY ARMS Kylie Minogue 367700
58 10 15 CRY FOR YOU September 351200
59 5 12 COME ON GIRL Taio Cruz 351100
60 9 15 ANOTHER WAY TO DIE Jack White/ Alicia Keys 348650

61 8 10 CHANGES Will Young 339750
62 5 13 THE SHOCK OF THE LIGHTNING Oasis 336500
63 6 22 LOVE IN THIS CLUB Usher/ Young Jeezy 328000
64 6 13 COLD SHOULDER Adele 326500
65 8 20 SEE YOU AGAIN Miley Cyrus 325150
66 5 11 CAN’T STOP MOVIN’ (MIRWAIS REMIX) Sonny J 323300
67 4 14 PHOTOGRAPH Nickelback 322850
68 9 16 I CAN BE Taio Cruz 317500
69 8 12 LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME BWO 313000
70 8 13 SUNSHINE IN THE RAIN BWO 311050

71 10 13 GROW OLD WITH ME Glen Campbell 310950
72 7 15 SHUT UP AND LET ME GO The Ting Tings 309450
73 10 16 GIRLS Sugababes 308100
74 8 12 THE WORLD SHOULD REVOLVE AROUND ME Little Jackie 306250
75 7 14 THE LOVERS ARE LOSING Keane 306200
76 4 9 WHEN YOU TOUCH ME Freemasons/ Katherine Ellis 302900
77 5 12 RUN Gnarls Barkley 299900
78 8 11 CONQUEST The White Stripes 297650
79 10 24 GIVE IT 2 ME Madonna 293800
80 10 14 CLOSER Ne-Yo 288450

81 6 10 HAPPINESS Goldfrapp 286600
82 7 12 NEVER MISS A BEAT Kaiser Chiefs 284200
83 9 14 I KISSED A GIRL Katy Perry 283600
84 6 11 BETTER Tom Baxter 282750
85 5 11 DENIAL Sugababes 280250
86 6 9 WHEN I’M GONE Simple Plan 279800
87 8 11 HERO Charlotte Perelli 277850
88 13 12 I THOUGHT IT WAS OVER The Feeling 271050
89 8 12 DON’T HOLD BACK Potbelleez 268550
90 15 15 WARWICK AVENUE Duffy 261900

91 10 14 CAN’T SPEAK FRENCH Girls Aloud 255500
92 5 10 NW5 Madness 254550
93 8 13 TIMES LIKE THESE Glen Campbell 252650
94 21 20 USE SOMEBODY Kings Of Leon 245800
95 10 14 HOMECOMING Kanye West/ Chris Martin 239750
96 4 8 DJ TAKE ME AWAY Deep Zone & Balthazaar 238100
97 10 11 SCREAM Timbaland/ Nicole Scherzinger 237650
98 9 14 NO ONE LIKE YOU Al Green/ Corrinne Bailey Rae 236900
99 10 10 GRACE Will Young 236800
100 6 9 WITHOUT YOU The Feeling 231100

My 1990 Charts – May

Florida

I had two holidays here (Florida) that year…

1990 videos included here…


6th May 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


13th May 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


20th May 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


27th May 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

My 1970 Charts – May

Me and choc ice and beach

Me and choc ice and beach

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5th May 1970

2 weeks for The Beatles on top as The Long And Winding Road winds on, but in at 2 it’s an instant fave from Christie, Yellow River being a sort of poppier version of Creedence Clearwater Revival, and a very catchy song indeed and often played on Singapore radio. Once upon a time it was very well-known, these days it’s fallen a bit out of favour, but for me it has such strong nostalgia associating with great Singapore days that I still have great fondness for it.

Julie Felix, If I Could, goes top 10, and there is only one more new entry, The Moody Blues have a Question at 18. My question is, why I never rated it enormously when I finally got to hear it once or twice (not a radio fave in Singapore), but it’s grown on me over the years as I got more familiar with it’s Alone Again Or vibe, like most of the Moody’s songs having finally got to see them in concert recently. Still good!

1 ( 1 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
3 ( 3 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
4 ( 2 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
5 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 4 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
7 ( 7 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
8 ( 19 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
9 ( 6 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
10 ( 11 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones

11 ( 9 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
12 ( 10 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
13 ( 14 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
14 ( 13 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
15 ( 18 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
16 ( 12 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
17 ( 16 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
18 ( NEW ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
19 ( 17 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 15 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink

In world events the Kent University, Ohio shooting of students by troopers shocked the world. The Vietnam War and other such student protests, such as environmentalism, were not looked on kindly by the establishment. The very famous photo of a victim with a woman kneeling over his body affected me, and if anything made me even more anti-violence, pro-peace, and pro-environment, pro-equal-rights and many other pro’s. It all seemed very simple and logical to this 12-year-old that some things were just plain wrong, and using deadly force against students was one of them. Vietnam was a lot closer to home in Singapore, and always loomed large on the news.

At the RAF cinema, which was always a bit behind the times, we weren’t yet watching the big movies A Man Called Horse, but mum and dad went to see when they got hold of a copy, very much in line with the mood of the times as Native Americans were no longer just baddie injuns for cowboys to shoot dead at every opportunity in the movies. The Aristocats also came out, but for some reason we never got to see that one, leaving a Disney hole in my childhood experiences, ditto Bedknobs And Broomsticks. After that, there was only really the next animated movie (Robin Hood) before I stopped altogether until Robin Williams voiced Aladdin 20 years later.


12th May 1970

Yellow River gets it’s first week at number one, fab! Tom Jones is up to 9, keeping his run of top 10 singles of at least one a year intact, and it’s the dramatic Daughter Of Darkness. New at 3, though, it’s a record I was insanely mad on, Honey Come Back was a huge hit for Glen Campbell and even though in retrospect it’s not his best single by any means, it was sweetly touching, tuneful and popular, and I just became obsessed by the hook and by Glen Campbell. Some of mum and dad’s friends had an album by Glen with it on, so I got to hear it when we went round, and this became the album I most wanted for Christmas, so I could get my own copy of the single. When they bought me an Australian mash-up of tracks from his previous two albums I was disappointed to say the least (they couldn’t find a copy), though I’m glad they did as This Is Glen Campbell had Wichita Lineman, Galveston, By The Time I Get To Phoenix and was a bloody timelessly brilliant album – even if I’m probably one of few to own an existing copy of those track-listings.

In at 18, Up The Ladder To The Roof, and The Supremes return without Diana Ross. I’ll be honest, I saw the split as a good thing, Diana Ross solo records were fantastic, and the new Supremes line-up was also fantastic, both were releasing terrific singles throughout the early 70’s. Sadly, public perception is that the Supremes dies without Diana Ross, but that’s not true, they had some classic singles to come, easily among the best, and the new girls (along with Mary Wilson) were great singers – Jean Terrell and Cindy Birdsong. This again was a single I barely heard at all at the time, and didn’t pick up on properly until 1975 on “5 Years Ago” charts on the radio in the UK. I won’t mention the host DJ. He’s already poisoned enough childhood memories for a generation.

1 ( 2 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
2 ( 1 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
3 ( NEW ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
4 ( 3 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
5 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 8 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
7 ( 6 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
8 ( 4 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
9 ( 10 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
10 ( 7 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 9 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
12 ( 15 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
13 ( 11 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
14 ( 18 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
15 ( 12 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
16 ( 13 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
17 ( 14 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
18 ( NEW ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
19 ( 16 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
20 ( 19 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin


19th May 1970

Glen Campbell gets his first number one, Honey Come Back, the only record in the summer of ’70 that I was more mad on is in at 3, Ray Stevens Everything Is Beautiful. Ray up to this point was largely known for novelty hits in the States, but was little-known in the UK even though some of them were rather amusing, such as Gitarzan. He also had dabbled with some straight songs though, like Mr. Businessman, but this gospel-flavoured kiddie-chorused, religious-tinted ballad propelled him into the big league. These days it’s seen as too saccharine to get much airplay, but I care not a jot – for some years into the late 70’s this was my all-time favourite record: the kids chorus start gave me goosebumps, the positive sentiment registered strongly with me, and the big choir finish was music to my ears. Plus it was a big family fave in Singapore, and I just hear it blaring out from the house one exotic sunny tropical morning into the street and garden as dad turned it up loud on the radio. Bliss!

In at 8 another Singapore fave, but one that left me frustrated: Butterscotch and Don’t You Know, one of those White Plains soundalike pop bands featuring songwriters Arnold, Martin and Morrow – who went on to write for Guys And Dolls, Barry Manilow, and others. It had a great tune, but I woke up one morning while dreaming of this song I’d never heard in my life before, as far as I was aware, only to go into the living room and switch the radio on and hear it suddenly coming out of the speakers. Now either I am psychic (nah, just perceptive) or I guess someone in a neighbouring house must have put the radio on accidentally loudly which interrupted my dream enough to wake me up, and I just managed to catch half of it on the radio. Or did I, doo doo doo doo Twilight Zone! Anyway, I sang the tune to myself for weeks and months afterwards but I never did get to hear it again, despite loving it, until I found a copy of the single in 1975, second-hand. Hooray! OK it was dated by then, but still pleasant.

At 15, The Jackson 5 have a soundalike, much-less-good, follow-up to I Want You Back, my least-fave of all their early singles, but hey-ho, still good and marvel at young Michael. In at 18, an instrumental novelty (sort of) the fab Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe, a cover of a Wind featuring Tony Orlando B side (without Tony Orlando), Elton John was involved, Dick James music was involved, and Elton John band musicians were involved. You might say it was Elton John’s breakthrough (on the other tracks which he wrote – his piano was re-recorded for the A side). You might not. I say yes, as Reg was busy singing Top Of The Pops cover album tracks of current hits at the time. Anyway it still sounds great fun and quirky. Finally, at 20, Marvin Gaye is back with a cover of Dion’s recent US hit Abraham Martin And John, done in a soul-style rather than folk-style, a tribute of course to Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr and John Kennedy, violently murdered American political leaders.

1 ( 3 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
2 ( 2 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
3 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
4 ( 1 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
5 ( 4 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana

6 ( 6 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
7 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
9 ( 9 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
10 ( 7 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum

11 ( 8 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
12 ( 12 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
13 ( 14 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
14 ( 10 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
15 ( NEW ) ABC The Jackson 5

16 ( 18 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
17 ( 15 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
18 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
19 ( 16 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
20 ( NEW ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye

me wallowing beach near Changi 1970ish

me wallowing beach near Changi 1970ish


26th May 1970

2 weeks for Glen and his Honey on top. Sweet! The Jackson 5 make it 2 consecutive top 10’s, Mr Bloe grooves his way to 10, and The Beach Boys enter at 15 with an old Lead Belly blues song from 1940, Cottonfields being a rather different harmony version and pretty much drawing to a close the Beach Boys classic Capitol years and the hits after an awesome 8 year run. Ahead lay a succession of comebacks over nearly 45 years, some better than others, some solo, some collaborations, some new stuff, some covers, and even after the deaths of 2 of the Wilson Brothers. Not quite as great as the 60’s classics, but never bad.

1 ( 1 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
2 ( 3 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
3 ( 2 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
4 ( 4 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
5 ( 8 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
6 ( 5 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
7 ( 7 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 15 ) ABC The Jackson 5
9 ( 6 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
10 ( 18 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe

11 ( 9 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
12 ( 10 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
13 ( 13 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
14 ( 11 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
15 ( NEW ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
16 ( 12 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
17 ( 20 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye
18 ( 14 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
19 ( 16 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
20 ( 17 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder

In Singapore, the end of term wasn’t far off and English was all about preparing for the end of term play. Mum had to get involved in making a middle-eastern Sinbad-type-frock-smock for me to stand on stage looking and feeling stupid, chanting some lines as part of a chorus, and a couple on my own. Mum and dad travelled over to RAF Seletar one evening to watch it, and I’m sure mum was proud as punch she never criticised only encouraged school stuff I did. It was my first taste of being on stage in front of an audience, a very shy boy, and I made sure it was the last time for another 16 years! My next audience of adoring fans was on national Radio One on the Roadshow in Bournemouth. May as well look an idiot in front of as many folk as possible if you’re going to do it…!

My 1970 Charts – March

mum on the bus to Changi Village, Changi Beach Road

mum on the bus to Changi Village, Changi Beach Road

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3rd March 1970

4 weeks for Mary Hopkin’s Harbour on top, still holding off another folk-stylee singer Judy Collins at 2. Lee Marvin wanders his way to 3, Painting his Wagon along with Clint’s tree-talking at 8, while Simon & Garfunkel keep that folk theme going with a gospel detour for the perfect Bridge Over Troubled Water.

B.J. Thomas is the third movie record in the chart entering just behind the Sacha Distel cover, and it’s WAY better, taken straight from the bicycling sequence in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, a great film for those sunshine-themed days, cool cowboy outlaws and a great Bacharach/David song, what’s not to like! B.J. is also an under-rated singer in the UK, he had some great US hits, many of them covered by others in the UK and US (see Elvis, JK, Blue Swede). Shame!

At 17, future Bananarama hit Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye enters for Steam, actually a 1969 US hit, regarded as bubblegum (and therefore not worthy) but it’s bloody fantastic, and still the definitive version, great tune, great vocal, great production. Kenny Rogers is back, and Something’s Burning at 19. Smoldering for the first half of the country track, mostly, but it packs a wallop later on, and is a cut above some of his more famous later country story songs. Finally, it’s Polly Brown at 20, 4 years ahead of 2 later versions of her pop toons, but this time it’s Pickettywich, who have a sweet enough ditty getting that same old feeling.

1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
3 ( 6 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 3 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
5 ( 5 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse

6 ( 4 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
7 ( 8 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
8 ( 10 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
9 ( 15 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
10 ( 7 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary

11 ( 13 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
12 ( NEW ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
13 ( 12 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
14 ( 17 ) INSTANT KARMA The Plastic Ono Band
15 ( 18 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man

16 ( 14 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
17 ( NEW ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
18 ( 20 ) VENUS Shocking Blue
19 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
20 ( NEW ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywich

This week in the news, it was the funeral of Lee Kuan Yew (March 2015) and it’s impossible to mention 1970 Singapore without reference to the giant of Far east politics. Singapore was well under-way on the route to modernisation and prosperity, largely thanks to his way of doing business, politics and social planning. I have very mixed feelings about this (and him) – on the one hand he created a genuine melting pot of cultures, dominated by a sort of Chinese Britishness with generous dashes of Malay and Indian culture, all really dating back to the British Empire in the Far East and trading links between them. I loved the historic styles that old Singapore still had, but the bulldozers were busy levelling much and rebuilding new high rise megacity Singapore. That said, some of the more poverty-stricken areas had their own odours hitting you as soon as you got in range!

On the other hand, Lee kept Singapore relatively stable despite the chaos politically in the immediate region. I never agreed with the death penalty, the anti-gay laws, and the banning of much western youth culture, even as a kid, but it has to be said even Singapore had terrorism problems. That’s not something you got to hear about back in the UK, and it was mostly imported in from neighbouring countries, and directed against the British – even though they were leaving, winding down in 1970 through 1972. The worst moment was when 2 kids from my brothers infants school were blown up by booby-trapped flag-bombs at Suicide Village, one of them dying. This was deliberate targeting of children, the red flags left in scrubland adjacent the largely British housing estate where we had friends we visited. After that, all kids were told not to go away from Changi Village/RAF Changi on their own. Not that I took notice, but that’s another story…

mum sitting by a monsoon drain and our house over the road

mum sitting by a monsoon drain and our house over the road


10th March 1970

5 weeks for Mary Hopkin on top, now beating Goodbye’s 4 weeks, but still lagging behind Those Were The Days 7 weeks, but the total of 16 weeks is way ahead of any other act in the 18 months of charting so far. Glen Campbell meanwhile gets yet another record peaking at 2, something of a habit by now, his 4th Top 5. Try A Little Kindness is terrific, and like Galveston and Wichita Lineman should have hit number one too. Raindrops is in the top 10, too, twice! The best version at 5, t’other at 10.

New at 11, it’s…The Beatles and a gospel ballad classic you may have heard? Let It Be. 5th top 20 since Hey Jude debuted on top of my first chart, a Paul McCartney gem, and yes, I loved the Phil Spector-produced strings n all version. No apologies, it’s brilliant any way the Fabs want to do it, but this is the version I heard, and loved. Of course, on April 10th Paul announced that the boys had already in fact Let It Be, and he left what had already disbanded, and the greatest popular music act of the 20th century moved into history after a mere 7 years or so. They crammed more into 7 years than any act has managed in a lifetime, creatively, inspirationally, popularly, culturally and critically. True fact. Lots of people don’t like them (mad!) but no-one can offer up a credible alternative argument. When dad told me the news, in far off Singapore, it seemed just so unlikely! I literally (in the true meaning of the word) could not recall a time when there was no Beatles, and it didn’t seem as if it would stay that way, that one day they would realise the error of their ways and get back together. Eep!

At 15, Andy Williams returns with an Elvis cover, all sweeping strings. Andy was huge in our house in 1970/1, his TV show was the bees knees and I loved The Cookie Bear and frequent guests The Osmond Brothers, not to mention his missus Claudine Longet. Have I mentioned I’ve seen Andy, and Paul, and Glen in concert? Fab, Awesome and awesome, respectively. At 18 and 20, 2 records that came back bigger in my charts in 1974, as technically they didn’t get played much in Singapore (Bob and Marcia was a reggae classic, but not one that made even 2-way family favourites that I heard) – Young Gifted And Black, and Farewell Is A Lonely Sound. Love ‘em, love ‘em. Which leaves childhood faves The Dave Clark 5 returning after a year away with their final good record, the sweet Everybody Get Together, a love and peace pop song with a fab toon. Dave & co would have likely have grabbed at least 3 chart-toppers if I’d started earlier: Bits And Pieces, Glad All Over and Everybody Knows.

1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 7 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
3 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 2 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
5 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas

6 ( 5 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
7 ( 9 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 6 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
9 ( 4 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
10 ( 11 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel

11 ( NEW ) LET IT BE The Beatles
12 ( 8 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
13 ( 17 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
14 ( 10 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
15 ( NEW ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams

16 ( 19 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
17 ( 16 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
18 ( NEW ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
19 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
20 ( NEW ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin

So, life at Tanah Merah Besar, by Changi prison. It meant a longer bus ride to school at RAF Seletar, and at school I’d been moved up a grade into a higher Maths class, while still in English class 2. The other subjects were mixed ability with the rest of my classmates in 1H2 – I was doing pretty well, actually, I enjoyed being at school, I had friends, a best friend in Stephen Game, and was actually not that rubbish at athletics, a first for me being good at any sort of sports. The roasting sun and humidity obviously affected me less than everyone else, hooray! For some reason, oddly, when we all sat down for 12 Plus exams I tried to do well. 12 Plus? Actually 11 Plus exams, where kids were streamed according to passing (Grammar Schools) or failing (Secondary Modern Schools). Obviously I, along with all kids at my previous British Primary School bar 1, was a failure, as was the norm for oiks in those days. trouble was the Secondary School in Seletar was over-subscribed, and the Grammar School in Changi was under-subscribed, so each term a couple kids from each year were upgraded to Grammar, usually the swots that had slipped through the net unexpectedly. A bit like me then. Not sure, in retrospect, that I should have tried, cos I only went and bloody passed (it turned out a few weeks later) which really made my heart sink. I loved it at Seletar and didn’t want to leave. Damn!

mark, mark, front porch

mark, mark, front porch


17th March 1970

6th and final week on top for Mary Hopkin – she would have had longer, but sadly I gave records a chart run that matched the UK singles chart, and once they dropped out of that one they were ejected (and non-chart runs were limited to 10 weeks). Judy Collins also gets the boot this week for the same reason, giving Canned Heat a brief chance of a 3rd hit, Let’s Work Together, an old blues track that was to become definitive for Bryan Ferry in 1976, under it’s new title Let’s Stick Together.

1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
3 ( 2 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
4 ( 5 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
5 ( 7 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 10 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
7 ( 11 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
8 ( 6 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
9 ( 13 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
10 ( 8 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5

11 ( 14 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
12 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
13 ( 18 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
14 ( 15 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
15 ( 19 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
16 ( 12 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
17 ( 20 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
18 ( 17 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
19 ( 16 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
20 ( NEW ) LET’S WORK TOGETHER Canned Heat


The Beatles Steam into the 10, Lee Marvin peaks at 2, the rest shuffle about a bit. At RAF Changi we were having quite the social whirl, as neighbours the Wainwrights spent a lot of time with us, Dale and Gary being slightly younger than me and my brother, and baby Jamie being adored by mum, so we often did stuff together, such as ten pin bowling on camp. I still love 10-pin bowling, one of the games I’m actually good at, and no-nonsense attitudes to it, fits perfectly for anyone capable of holding a heavy ball and chucking it at some pins. Fab. We attended a lot of stamp auctions, too, as I now specialised in getting mint and first day cover 1960’s UK stamps, and recent and current Singapore stamps. Singapore had some gorgeous designs on theirs – the various traditional dresses of ethnic female Singaporeans featured heavily, and became the template for copper beatings, a big artistic pastime of the mums, framed for wall display and all. This truly was a lifestyle of leisure and creativity completely alien to 1960’s UK. Mum’s works still hang on the wall. We also bought paintings on silk cloth from a deaf Chinese lady, madame Teo, who came round the house one day, Chinese ships in traditional harbours, the sort of views very-much disappearing in the modern Singapore. Fab.

me on bed

me on bed


24th March 1970

Mary Hopkin gets evicted for her protege, the one that signed her to Apple Records, wrote her a follow-up hit, and produced her huge number one – that’ll be Paul McCartney then, as The Beatles get their second number one, and Paul McCartney becomes the first songwriter to write 3 number ones (credited also to John Lennon, but Paul wrote them – John and Paul credited each other on songs after their teenage agreement, even if the other had nothing to do with it). The Beatles become the first band to get 2 number ones. Mary Hopkin, in the meantime, is the UK’s Eurovision singer and here she is at 13 – Knock Knock Who’s There? Mary. Mary who? I just told you, use your ears! It’s not as good as her first three singles, but she was on a roll!

BJ hits 2, Raindrops tended to fall on our heads too – well monsoon raindrops in Singapore, deluges of warm exciting floods of rain, filling the monsoon drains, and running down into our new house patio, giving us temporary paddling pools to play in. Hooray! I digress. Bob and Marcia hit the 10, and Joe Dolan gets a second hit, following his 1969 biggie Make Me An Island which I adored. You’re Such A Good Looking Woman is a nice slice of upbeat Irish pop balladry, so yay!

1 ( 7 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
2 ( 4 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
3 ( 2 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 3 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
6 ( 9 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
7 ( 6 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
8 ( 8 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
9 ( 13 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
10 ( 10 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5

11 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
12 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
13 ( NEW ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
14 ( 11 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
15 ( 17 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
16 ( 14 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
17 ( 19 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
18 ( 16 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( 20 ) LET’S WORK TOGETHER Canned Heat
20 ( NEW ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan

Talking of rain, the monsoon drains all ran to bigger drains, which ran downhill from Changi Prison onto the Lloyd Leas Estate huge drain, mostly a stream or river, dependent on volume – where I used to fish for guppies. On the way downhill, there was this overhanging tree on the footpath just by the junction to the main road, and it had giant ants living on it, Clingers we called them, cos they sowed up the elongated leaves of the tree into oval-ish hollow balls where they lived. The downside was you had to not hang around cos they had a tendency to drop on you from above, and had a hurty nip. Just behind the tree was a Kampong, Malay this time I think, with a shop fronting the road selling bits and bobs. The worst visit I had to make to the shop was when mum was poorly in bed and needed some lady products, and I had to ask for some hoping they spoke English well enough. Very embarrassing for a 12-year-old!


31st March 1970

2 weeks for Let It Be on top, as the Eurovision winner for Ireland, teenage sweet-faced sweet-voiced Dana enters at 2 with her sweet ditty All Kinds Of Everything. This is bad news for Mary Hopkin up to 9 with her UK entry! Not that I got to see the contest, the first I’d missed since I first watched Sandie Shaw win in 1967, being as Singapore and Malaya TV didn’t broadcast it. In at 16, it’s a future 3 times UK chart-topping song, the awesome Spirit In The Sky, but the best version by far is the original from Norman Greenbaum, the fab riffy guitars, the singalong gospel-tinged chorus, the tune…fantastic! I finally bought the single in 1974, which is when I fell in love with it, but I was sort of aware of it at the time, which is why it was allowed in these charts. Gimme Dat Ding at 17 – yes, it’s him again, Tony Burrows singing (unrecognisably) assisted by David & Jonathan man Roger Greenaway, and written by Albert Hammond & Mike Hazelwood. It’s falsetto fun, almost 20’s jazz in style. At 20, The Four Tops are back (even though their substantial classic period predated my charts, with the awesome Levi Stubbs vocals, they were still having reissued Holland Dozier Holland hits – this time with early single I Can’t Help Myself.

1 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
3 ( 2 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
4 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin

6 ( 6 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
7 ( 5 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
8 ( 9 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
9 ( 13 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
10 ( 8 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse

11 ( 7 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
12 ( 10 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
13 ( 15 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
14 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
15 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb

16 ( NEW ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
17 ( NEW ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
18 ( 18 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( 16 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
20 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops