My 2017 Charts Oct-Dec

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31st December 2017

It’s Aretha Franklin’s orchestral oldie on top, almost exactly 44 years since the gorgeous Stevie Wonder song first charted for me, and it’s been a week of oldies xmas invasions, as a refuge from the stress of having a father unexpectedly in hospital from xmas eve (and still there) while caring for a mother who needs help with everything. Lots of TV playlist oldies has created a nostalgic xmas chart invasion, belatedly, some of them having charted dozens of times before, some just a couple or a few times.

The Fizz make it 2 top 10’s with the christmassy Home For My Heart, and also give Rick Wakeman his first ever top 10 singles chart credit – though he was tinkling the ivories in my top 10 way back in the early 70’s on many records. Paloma gets a second top 10 of the year, Streets Of London incredibly makes my top 20 for the first ever time, criminal for such a great song! Joe Goddrad heavily samples a 70’s disco soul flop from Brainstorm, one I didn’t know at the time (or since) so I’ve given them credit, cos it’s great.

Buckingham McVie return for 5th track off the Mac-side-project album, Oh Wonder get a second chart single, Taylor Swift gets her first of the year, and Jose Feliciano’s xmas oldie finally charts – largely because I keep hearing it, having spent the best part of 45 years never having come across the 1970 track at all. Jose Feliciano had a top 10 fab hit with me in my first charting days in late 1968, with the Doors song, Light My Fire – a stylised version covered by Will Young more recently – and then…nothing. Never made my chart again, not even his current Jools Holland stuff. So, a new chart record – albeit with an oldie – for Jose, as his 49-year-drought comes to an end and he finally gets a follow-up.

1 2 1 4 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 455000
2 1 1 5 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 332300
3 3 1 6 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 740000
4 4 4 6 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 258200
5 5 1 9 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 817000
6 6 5 7 PHASES Alma & French Montana 322400
7 7 2 9 AMEN The Fizz 780000
8 10 8 6 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 157150
9 27 9 3 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 80900
10 12 10 7 GUILTY Paloma Faith 155600

11 9 9 17 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 399500
12 16 12 8 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 151400
13 8 8 7 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 224400
14 25 14 2 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 47750
15 15 3 12 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 492000
16 32 16 2 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 42800
17 17 17 6 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 119950
18 30 18 2 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 40000
19 29 19 2 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 39200
20 40 20 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 37000

21 13 10 7 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 171200
22 11 7 7 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 204900
23 18 1 12 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 683750
24 26 24 5 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 79250
25 36 25 2 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 36150
26 14 4 9 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 377400
27 23 1 18 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1044650
28 22 5 6 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 208800
29 75 29 2 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 23200
30 20 20 4 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 74850

31 19 19 8 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 114850
32 28 17 9 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 169750
33 24 8 7 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 187700
34 21 8 8 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 259850
35 31 3 14 READY TO GO Hurts 604700
36 39 36 4 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 61800
37 34 4 21 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 464300
38 49 38 6 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 60500
39 65 39 2 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 24100
40 33 1 14 WAIT UP Hurts 783850

41 41 1 7 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 326600
42 37 1 14 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 898400
43 35 24 8 GO BANG PNAU 127600
44 38 17 9 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 164200
45 43 1 17 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 941150
46 44 10 12 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 254000
47 54 47 3 RUT The Killers 28500
48 45 1 17 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 917950
49 56 49 3 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 27900
50 NEW 50 1 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 12000

51 48 6 20 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 478550
52 46 15 8 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 150150
53 51 18 10 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 180900
54 NEW 54 1 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN Johnny Mathis 11000
55 55 1 26 DREAMS Grace Slick 720700
56 RE 5 14 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 498800
57 70 57 3 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 22400
58 58 19 13 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 179600
59 59 59 3 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 30200
60 42 37 6 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 87350

61 47 40 6 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 59100
62 50 16 7 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 121800
63 63 34 7 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 84500
64 NEW 64 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 7100
65 NEW 65 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band (with the Harlem Community Choir) 7000
66 66 3 17 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 475250
67 67 1 42 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1024350
68 68 29 11 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 123350
69 NEW 69 1 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 6200
70 NEW 70 1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 6000

71 RE 45 4 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 36200
72 NEW 72 1 LIFETIME Oh Wonder 5600
73 NEW 73 1 FELIZ NAVIDAD Jose Feliciano 5400
74 NEW 74 1 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 5000

DROP OUTS
52 7 9 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 261500
53 40 7 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 75950
57 48 7 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 67300
60 29 4 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 58950
61 4 12 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 346850
62 34 10 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 133950
64 8 14 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 327050
69 47 5 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 52350
71 12 16 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 261150
72 14 17 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 252350
73 10 19 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 319200
74 30 11 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 133500

24th December 2017

It’s Chris Rea on top, at long last, as he cancels his tour from ill health, but continues to have the most heart-warming annual christmas fave with his 1988 classic. The song made my top 10 then, and hit 4 in 1994, before hitting a new peak of 3 in 2007. All of them in years when the UK singles chart was unwelcoming to the song, to say the least. It finally makes the UK top 20 this week, and in celebration it not only makes my top 10 for the 7th time, it finally hits the top spot 29 years on. No record has charted so many times before topping my chart, nor had so many weeks on the chart before topping my chart.

Craig David gets his first top 10 since 2010, and his 5th in total, including 2 number ones (Hot Stuff in 2007 and Walking Away in 2000). The Partridge Family make my top 20 for the first time in 44 years, with an old album track, and the highest new entry is also an old Sister Sledge (Chic-produced) album track from 1980, one I’ve never heard before until Radio 2 played it for the surviving sisters talking about a new tour. Pretty Baby is much better than any of the singles off the album, and is therefore their best new entry on my chart since Lost In Music in 1979 (ignoring reissues and remixes).

Empire Of The Sun replace themselves in my chart, with a song containing “home” in it, very much the theme of the chart, on top, and new entries from Joe Goddard, a climber for The Fizz, someone ironic considering the charity new entry at 40 – Ralph McTell’s new version of his classic Streets Of London is in aid of the homeless, and it’s rather a good version, helped along by Annie Lennox. That’s Annie’s first chart credit here in 8 years, and Ralph’s first, cough, in 42 years. That’s one hell of an absence! Streets Of London was already a few years old when it charted at Christmas 1974, as was another oldie, Hey There Lonely Girl from Eddie Holman. Eddie hasn’t troubled my chart since, until now – purely because an oldie I was listening to on youtube ended and this track started up next, one from 1966 I’d never heard of. An instant retro fave for me and lovely to see Ralph & Eddie entering together 43 years since they last both hit my top 40.

1 16 1 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 217300
2 2 2 3 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 285000
3 1 1 5 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 655000
4 4 4 5 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 193200
5 3 1 8 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 757000
6 5 5 6 PHASES Alma & French Montana 267400
7 6 2 8 AMEN The Fizz 730000
8 11 8 6 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 182400
9 9 9 16 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 362500
10 18 10 5 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 109150

11 7 7 6 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 185400
12 20 12 6 GUILTY Paloma Faith 113600
13 10 10 6 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 151450
14 8 4 8 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 358900
15 19 3 11 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 465000
16 29 16 7 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 116400
17 22 17 5 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 96950
18 15 1 11 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 664500
19 30 19 7 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 96950
20 23 20 3 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 56850

21 14 8 7 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 242250
22 13 5 5 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 190500
23 17 1 17 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1026250
24 12 8 6 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 170000
25 NEW 25 1 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 18750
26 26 26 4 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 60250
27 35 27 2 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 35900
28 21 17 8 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 151950
29 NEW 29 1 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 18200
30 NEW 30 1 HOME Joe Goddard 18000

31 28 3 13 READY TO GO Hurts 587200
32 NEW 32 1 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 17800
33 31 1 13 WAIT UP Hurts 766850
34 25 4 20 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 447100
35 24 24 7 GO BANG PNAU 114100
36 NEW 36 1 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 17400
37 32 1 13 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 887400
38 33 17 8 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 150950
39 39 39 3 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 44400
40 NEW 40 1 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 17000

41 34 1 6 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 312600
42 37 37 5 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 77350
43 43 1 16 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 928150
44 44 10 11 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 241250
45 41 1 16 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 905650
46 36 15 7 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 138650
47 40 40 5 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 51600
48 45 6 19 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 466800
49 50 49 5 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 43300
50 27 16 6 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 114400

51 42 18 9 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 169650
52 38 7 9 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 261500
53 47 40 7 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 75950
54 75 54 2 RUT The Killers 16000
55 55 1 25 DREAMS Grace Slick 709900
56 74 56 2 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 15800
57 48 48 7 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 67300
58 58 19 12 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 169400
59 60 59 2 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 20100
60 46 29 4 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 58950

61 51 4 12 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 346850
62 49 34 10 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 133950
63 52 34 6 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 77300
64 53 8 14 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 327050
65 NEW 65 1 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 7000
66 63 3 16 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 468450
67 67 1 41 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1017750
68 65 29 10 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 116950
69 59 47 5 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 52350
70 70 70 2 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 12000

71 54 12 16 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 261150
72 69 14 17 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 252350
73 73 10 19 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 319200
74 62 30 11 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 133500
75 NEW 75 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 5000

DROP OUTS
56 56 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23000
57 35 5 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 70400
61 22 8 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 117600
64 31 7 DRIVEWAY culpriit 94000
66 66 2 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 12600
68 1 25 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1098300
71 1 23 TRUE FEELING Galantis 993350
72 72 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 5600

17th December 2017

How Can I Be Sure is back on top for a second week for the late David Cassidy, just holding off the strings-laden soul classic Stevie Wonder song as done by Aretha Franklin, finally getting the chart peak it deserved first time round when it was battling Glam Rock classics, Cher, Wings & Barry White. I just turned sweet 16.

Tame Impala get a 3rd top 5, Roy Orbison gets his biggest of the year, and the RPO get 2 in the top 10. Steely Dan return to the top 10 42 years later, and Chris Rea gets a top 20 xmas classic return for the umpteenth time without ever topping my chart. Yes there’s a bit of a dearth of new material as Christmas takes over – though Kim Wilde gets a second christmas song in the chart some 38 years since the last one.

The Fizz enter the chart as the highest new entry, with assist from prog legend Rick Wakeman who was tinkling the ivories for Bowie and others over 45 years ago, and anyone who could have forseen a 2017 link-up with Bucks Fizz would be truly living in a world of alternate universes. It works though!

1 2 1 4 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 570000
2 6 2 2 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 170000
3 1 1 7 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 697000
4 9 4 4 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 128200
5 5 5 5 PHASES Alma & French Montana 212400
6 3 2 7 AMEN The Fizz 680000
7 7 7 5 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 148400
8 4 4 7 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 329900
9 12 9 15 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 317500
10 18 10 5 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 119450

11 15 10 5 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 134400
12 8 8 5 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 151000
13 11 5 4 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 171000
14 10 8 6 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 222500
15 13 1 10 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 642500
16 37 16 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 47300
17 14 1 16 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1007000
18 22 18 4 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 67150
19 17 3 10 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 438000
20 28 20 5 GUILTY Paloma Faith 78600

21 19 17 7 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 133650
22 25 22 4 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 73950
23 34 23 2 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 36850
24 35 24 6 GO BANG PNAU 96600
25 21 4 19 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 429500
26 44 26 3 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 41750
27 16 16 5 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 102400
28 20 3 12 READY TO GO Hurts 569300
29 36 29 6 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 91400
30 46 30 6 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 75950

31 23 1 12 WAIT UP Hurts 749150
32 32 1 12 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 870100
33 33 17 7 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 133750
34 24 1 5 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 298600
35 NEW 35 1 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 17500
36 26 15 6 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 125900
37 48 37 4 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 62600
38 31 7 8 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 250000
39 58 39 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 27300
40 59 40 4 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 39100

41 30 1 15 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 892650
42 27 18 8 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 157900
43 42 1 15 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 914650
44 41 10 10 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 228000
45 49 6 18 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 454500
46 29 29 3 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 48950
47 40 40 6 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 64700
48 53 48 6 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 56900
49 39 34 9 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 126550
50 62 50 4 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 31200

51 43 4 11 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 339350
52 38 34 5 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 70100
53 52 8 13 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 319950
54 50 12 15 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 255350
55 55 1 24 DREAMS Grace Slick 699100
56 63 56 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23000
57 45 35 5 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 70400
58 RE 19 11 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 159200
59 47 47 4 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 46150
60 NEW 60 1 F U KRISTMAS Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 10000

61 54 22 8 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 117600
62 56 30 10 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 128300
63 61 3 15 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 461650
64 57 31 7 DRIVEWAY culpriit 94000
65 65 29 9 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 110550
66 71 66 2 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 12600
67 67 1 40 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1011150
68 66 1 25 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1098300
69 69 14 16 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 246750
70 NEW 70 1 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammar 6000

71 68 1 23 TRUE FEELING Galantis 993350
72 NEW 72 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 5600
73 70 10 18 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 313800
74 NEW 74 1 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 5200
75 NEW 75 1 RUT The Killers 5000

DROP OUTS
51 25 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 141750
60 49 7 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 66400
64 16 7 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 113500
72 72 4 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 22200
73 39 4 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 47000
74 74 1 MIAMI (PARROT AND COCKER TOO MIX) Baxter Dury 5200
75 75 1 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard 5000

10th December 2017

It’s Sufjan Stevens at 1, getting his first chart-topper at long last over a decade since debuting (and me buying his Illinois album). I was listening to this gorgeous low-key classy ballad as I drove in London traffic heading home with snow gently falling. How very Christmassy! Almost Driving Home For Christmas (Hi Chris Rea yet again in my top 40), except for I’m flying to the Canaries tomorrow morning. An actual new Christmas song pops in for Gwen Stefani, helped by Blake Shelton, and a good jolly effort it is, giving Gwen 20 years of chart entries, no doubt about it!

Another Xmas classic returns 44 years on – Wizzard’s annual festive hit doesn’t usually chart due to over-familiarity. I was insanely mad on it in 1973, had the picture sleeve vinyl and Roy Wood was coming off 4 consecutive number ones in my chart, plus some pre-fating Wizzard, as was my teen hero aged 15/16. I got to see him in Basingstoke on Tuesday, probably 20 years on since I last saw. He can still put on a good show, even if he needs a hand with the song order these days. I’ve used that as an excuse to allow a quirky track that played as I walked into The Anvil venue, one off Boulders his first album that I played rather a lot.

Highest new entry, though, is another RPO classic combo, this time Aretha Franklin gets the treatment with her brilliant Stevie Wonder cover from 1974 – it very much underperformed in my charts in the January/February as Wizzard dropped down my charts from the top. Roy Wood knocked himself off the top, with solo hit song Forever, that never gets played these days – not even by Roy in concert.

Big climbs for Tame Impala, back in the top 10, and ditto Fall Out Boy. Finally, a debut for Ian Dury’s boy, so, Reasons To Be Cheerful there.

1 3 1 6 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 612000
2 2 1 3 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 400000
3 1 2 6 AMEN The Fizz 625000
4 7 4 6 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 281900
5 6 5 4 PHASES Alma & French Montana 152400
6 NEW 6 1 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philaharmonic Orchestra 55000
7 20 7 4 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 98400
8 15 8 4 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 116000
9 45 9 3 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 63200
10 8 8 5 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 193500

11 5 5 3 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 139000
12 12 12 14 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 272500
13 9 1 9 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 615500
14 11 1 15 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 984000
15 10 10 4 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 97400
16 19 16 4 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 84000
17 16 3 9 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 417000
18 21 18 4 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 77450
19 27 17 6 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 113900
20 17 3 11 READY TO GO Hurts 551000

21 4 4 18 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 410750
22 23 22 3 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 45150
23 14 1 11 WAIT UP Hurts 731250
24 13 1 4 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 281000
25 28 25 3 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 54450
26 26 15 5 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 108500
27 25 18 7 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 144150
28 29 28 4 GUILTY Paloma Faith 58600
29 30 29 2 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 36200
30 18 1 14 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 878650

31 31 7 7 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 232800
32 22 1 11 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 852300
33 33 17 6 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 116050
34 NEW 34 1 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 17600
35 24 24 5 GO BANG PNAU 77600
36 37 36 5 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 73200
37 75 37 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 22300
38 34 34 4 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 58600
39 42 34 8 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 114450
40 40 40 5 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 52200

41 41 10 9 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 214750
42 38 1 14 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 901150
43 36 4 10 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 327600
44 60 44 2 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 23250
45 35 35 4 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 60000
46 39 39 5 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 57950
47 48 47 3 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 36050
48 50 48 3 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 45300
49 44 6 17 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 441500
50 43 12 14 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 244350

51 32 25 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 141750
52 46 8 12 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 308700
53 53 53 5 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 44600
54 51 22 7 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 110100
55 55 1 23 DREAMS Grace Slick 688300
56 56 30 9 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 120900
57 54 31 6 DRIVEWAY culpriit 86900
58 NEW 58 1 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 10200
59 65 59 3 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 22100
60 49 49 7 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 66400

61 57 3 14 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 454450
62 70 62 3 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 19200
63 74 63 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 12400
64 59 16 7 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 113500
65 62 29 8 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 103550
66 66 1 24 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1091900
67 67 1 39 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1004550
68 63 1 22 TRUE FEELING Galantis 987550
69 69 14 15 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 240550
70 64 10 17 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 308400

71 NEW 71 1 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 5800
72 72 72 4 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 22200
73 RE 39 4 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 47000
74 NEW 74 1 MIAMI (PARROT AND COCKER TOO MIX) Baxter Dury 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard 5000

DROP OUTS
47 20 8 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 142900
52 52 4 LET YOU DOWN NF 32700
58 50 3 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 33000
61 29 4 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 57000
68 19 10 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 149000
71 10 13 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 202950
73 3 17 DRINK UP Train 648900

2nd December 2017

It’s a first week on top for the fab Amen, (Bucks) Fizz’ best record since Heart Of Stone or New Beginnings, possibly since My Camera Never Lies! It’s either their first number one (for the new bloke and the band under that name) or their 6th (for Cheryl and Mike) or a 5th (for Jay). Whatever, it’s been a gap of 31 years between chart-toppers with new material, so that’s pretty much up there with the longest gaps.

David Cassidy drops to 2 with his classic 1972 UK chart-topper, but climbs to 5 with his 1973 gorgeous I’m A Clown, which peaked at 3 originally for me. Another late fave, Glen Campbell hits 4 with his version of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now. Glen’s version is my fave version, though I love others too. I was 13 when I first loved it. I was 14 when I first loved Steely Dan’s Do It Again, and 13 when I loved The Partridge Family’s I Think I Love You. All my teen faves dying is so sad.

Cola is top 10, better late than never, Craig David & Bastille jointly outdo their recent solo stuff for me, on a track that I shouldn’t have liked on paper, but actually do! Best thing either has done in quite a while. Pet Shop Boys are in yet again, this time with a track I didn’t know off their recharting Fundamental unreleased or obscure tracks, Fugitive at 30. Clean Bandit and Tame Impala have big climbs, Nick Jonas is back, one of the few new entries that is actually new, and 2 Xmas oldies sneak in as the tinsel appears everywhere!

1 3 2 5 AMEN The Fizz 540000
2 1 1 2 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 285000
3 2 2 5 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 442000
4 13 4 17 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 391000
5 10 5 2 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 102000
6 20 6 3 PHASES Alma & French Montana 92400
7 4 4 5 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 216900
8 8 8 4 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 151500
9 6 1 8 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 583500
10 19 10 3 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 70400

11 7 1 14 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 955000
12 16 12 13 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 237500
13 5 1 3 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 262000
14 9 1 10 WAIT UP Hurts 712000
15 18 15 3 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 68000
16 11 3 8 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 394000
17 12 3 10 READY TO GO Hurts 531000
18 14 1 13 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 860650
19 23 19 3 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 59000
20 28 20 3 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 48400

21 29 21 3 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 55450
22 17 1 10 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 834500
23 68 23 2 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 25650
24 33 24 4 GO BANG PNAU 60100
25 24 18 6 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 125750
26 22 15 4 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 90000
27 26 17 5 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 92900
28 36 28 2 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 35700
29 39 29 3 GUILTY Paloma Faith 40300
30 NEW 30 1 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 18000

31 15 7 6 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 214900
32 25 25 8 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 130000
33 31 17 5 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 98350
34 38 34 3 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 41400
35 40 35 3 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 47000
36 27 4 9 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 314100
37 41 37 4 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 55800
38 32 1 13 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 887400
39 RE 39 4 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 45200
40 65 40 4 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 35200

41 30 10 8 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 200750
42 34 34 7 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 97350
43 35 12 13 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 232350
44 44 6 16 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 429400
45 74 45 2 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 18200
46 37 8 11 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 297200
47 21 20 8 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 142900
48 53 48 2 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 23550
49 49 49 6 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 56400
50 54 50 2 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 33000

51 46 22 6 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 99100
52 58 52 4 LET YOU DOWN NF 32700
53 59 53 4 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 33350
54 47 31 5 DRIVEWAY culpriit 76500
55 55 1 22 DREAMS Grace Slick 677500
56 45 30 8 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 110300
57 48 3 13 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 446950
58 50 50 3 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 33000
59 42 16 6 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 106400
60 NEW 60 1 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 10000

61 43 29 4 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 57000
62 57 29 7 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 96550
63 61 1 21 TRUE FEELING Galantis 981150
64 RE 10 16 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 302400
65 75 65 2 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 12000
66 66 1 23 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1085100
67 67 1 38 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 997950
68 64 19 10 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 149000
69 69 14 14 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 234350
70 71 70 2 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 11800

71 51 10 13 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 202950
72 72 72 3 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 16600
73 56 3 17 DRINK UP Train 648900
74 NEW 74 1 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 5000

DROP OUTS
52 35 4 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 63500
60 9 11 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 249300
62 44 4 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 44150
63 13 12 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 230100
70 46 5 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 52800
73 73 2 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 10600

26th November 2017

It’s the sadly late David Cassidy belatedly topping my chart 45 years on with his best record, the fab version of The Young Rascals How Can I Be Sure topped the UK chart but was more modestly appreciated by me at the time. By 1987 I had loved it enough to top it in a live version, but the original remains the best and it was one of my “broken-heart turn to” tracks in the noughties, guaranteed to cry bucketloads to it. I loved The Partridge Family records as 13-year-old, and this track sums up his teen appeal to the girls: sensitive boy-next-door just looking for the right one. Teens couldn’t resist. In at 10, I’m A Clown is his other best solo record, with a sprinkling of others lower down the chart, though not I Think I Love You and his other 4 chart-toppers in my charts as they have had great chart runs already.

That’s bad news for Sufjan Stevens stuck at 2 again behind an oldie, but there are big climbs into the 20 for Cola and Phases. Fall Out Boy also bound into the 30, and Paloma Faith the 40, while U2 out-peak the previous single in one week on the chart already. Craig David’s chart revival has left me feeling unmoved until this joint Bastille record. Neither of them have been what you call chart fave regulars for me (though Craig has topped my chart), but I was persuaded by the Friday TV spot when his response to a nasty prank involving a fake mean-spirited granny was just so admirable. A man you can trust your granny with!

1 NEW 1 1 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 170000
2 2 2 4 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 357000
3 6 2 4 AMEN The Fizz 370000
4 4 4 4 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 166900
5 1 1 2 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 230000
6 3 1 7 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 538500
7 8 1 13 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 918000
8 10 8 3 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 103500
9 9 1 9 WAIT UP Hurts 683000
10 NEW 10 1 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 42000

11 5 3 7 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 369000
12 12 3 9 READY TO GO Hurts 508000
13 13 13 16 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 326000
14 14 1 12 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 838650
15 7 7 5 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 197000
16 23 16 12 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 202500
17 11 1 9 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 815000
18 24 18 2 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 41000
19 62 19 2 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 28400
20 36 23 2 PHASES Alma & French Montana 37400

21 22 20 7 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 130400
22 15 15 3 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 71500
23 25 23 2 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 38000
24 18 18 5 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 107000
25 26 25 7 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 112200
26 17 17 4 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 74500
27 16 4 8 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 296700
28 59 28 2 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 28400
29 35 29 2 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 35700
30 19 10 7 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 186750

31 20 17 4 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 80650
32 27 1 12 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 870200
33 40 33 3 GO BANG PNAU 41100
34 34 34 6 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 83600
35 21 12 12 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 218850
36 NEW 36 1 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 17400
37 30 8 10 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 284450
38 67 38 2 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 23800
39 75 39 2 GUILTY Paloma Faith 22100
40 47 40 2 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 29500

41 45 41 3 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 38500
42 28 16 5 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 96300
43 29 29 3 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 49500
44 33 6 15 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 416150
45 39 30 7 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 99700
46 32 22 5 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 87350
47 38 31 4 DRIVEWAY culpriit 65500
48 41 3 12 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 436550
49 50 49 5 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 44300
50 55 50 2 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 22800

51 31 10 12 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 197150
52 37 35 4 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 63500
53 NEW 53 1 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 11250
54 NEW 54 1 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 11000
55 54 1 21 DREAMS Grace Slick 666700
56 48 3 16 DRINK UP Train 643500
57 53 29 6 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 89150
58 71 58 3 LET YOU DOWN NF 21200
59 69 59 3 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 22100
60 42 9 11 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 249300

61 52 1 20 TRUE FEELING Galantis 973950
62 44 44 4 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 44150
63 43 13 12 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 230100
64 56 19 9 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 142600
65 72 65 3 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 18200
66 61 1 22 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1078300
67 66 1 37 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 991350
68 NEW 68 1 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 6400
69 46 14 13 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 228150
70 51 46 5 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 52800

71 NEW 71 1 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 5800
72 73 72 2 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 11000
73 74 73 2 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 10600
74 NEW 74 1 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 5000

DROP OUTS
49 27 10 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125300
57 1 18 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 874000
58 19 7 WORD UP The BossHoss 119850
60 34 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 69950
63 63 3 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 19900
64 10 8 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 187000
65 10 15 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 295300
68 6 13 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 320350
70 59 4 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 29700

19th November 2017

It’s straight in at 1 for OMD’s best record, Maid Of Orleans peaked at 2 in my charts in 1982, but was still the star moment at the concert last week, so following a sort-of request to include it (Hi Simon!) it’s overdue getting to number one, as Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark make it an 8th time on top. It’s about Joan Of Arc, that old pop song cliche subject matter that everyone writes about all the time…

That means Sufjan Stevens gorgeous and touching gentle movie song is at 2 for now, as by contrast the exciting Written By Wolves packs it up to 4 and Led Zep’s hard rocking Immigrant Song is up to 7 – just behind The Fizz. I do enjoy being perverse in my music tastes laugh.gif Golden Slumbers is in twice – Elbow’s new cover, and advert song, pops in, but the short and very sweet original Abbey Road track is in at 24 – The final short track of the trilogy (really they are a medley) The End, entered my chart earlier in the year, so that only leaves Carry that Weight to go. As itunes doesn’t sell them together though, they don’t qualify, but The Beatles Golden Slumbers does as it has also made the UK sales chart.

Alma’s back, going through Phases as she pushes herself out the 40, Pnau shoot up into the 40 for the second time this year, followed closely by a subtle remix of the new Empire Of The Sun – Pnau’s partner-act, really – which I prefer to the single mix. Speaking of new mixes, or new versions, Yazoo are back again with a delicious 2017 version of Only You which should push it over a “million” in my sales soon – 1982 rules this week! – which slows it down and removes the blippety-blop synths which detract from the quality of the song.

Another Roy O track enters from his new album. Most of the classic oldies have already had good chart runs, but Blue Angel is a doo-wop 50’s styled delight that I’ve never really noticed before, but sounds quite lush with the LSO on hand. Katie Melua is back, well over a decade into her chart career, with Sting’s golden fields oldie, Fall Out Boy and Paloma Faith pop back fairly quickly with new ones, and an old Kate Bush album track, and Jeff Lynne’s live version of his 1980 chart-topper (minus luvverly Livvie) sneaks in.

1 NEW 1 1 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 170000
2 3 2 3 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 242000
3 1 1 6 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 483500
4 26 4 3 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 101900
5 4 3 6 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 332000
6 2 2 3 AMEN The Fizz 285000
7 11 7 4 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 170000
8 7 1 12 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 868000
9 5 1 8 WAIT UP Hurts 638000
10 43 10 2 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 55500

11 6 1 8 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 792000
12 8 3 8 READY TO GO Hurts 473000
13 15 13 15 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 294000
14 9 1 11 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 809650
15 16 15 2 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 52000
16 14 4 7 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 278300
17 21 17 3 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 56000
18 18 18 4 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 88000
19 13 10 6 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 168750
20 17 17 3 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 62750

21 12 12 11 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 201350
22 23 20 6 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 110650
23 25 23 11 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 177500
24 NEW 24 1 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 19000
25 NEW 25 1 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 18750
26 36 26 6 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 93450
27 24 1 11 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 852400
28 20 16 4 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 82550
29 32 29 2 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 36000
30 19 8 9 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 267150

31 10 10 11 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 185400
32 22 22 4 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 74600
33 33 6 14 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 402900
34 34 34 5 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 66000
35 NEW 35 1 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17500
36 NEW 36 1 PHASES Alma & French Montana 17400
37 35 35 3 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 52000
38 31 31 3 DRIVEWAY culpriit 53000
39 30 30 6 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 86700
40 68 40 2 GO BANG PNAU 23400

41 28 3 11 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 424250
42 29 9 10 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 239300
43 38 13 11 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 222900
44 47 44 3 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 36750
45 52 45 2 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 24500
46 37 14 12 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 221950
47 NEW 47 1 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 12500
48 39 3 15 DRINK UP Train 632900
49 27 27 10 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125300
50 62 50 4 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 32200

51 46 46 4 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 46800
52 49 1 19 TRUE FEELING Galantis 966450
53 41 29 5 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 78750
54 55 1 20 DREAMS Grace Slick 655900
55 NEW 55 1 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 10800
56 40 19 8 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 135500
57 50 1 18 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 874000
58 44 19 7 WORD UP The BossHoss 119850
59 NEW 59 1 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 10100
60 42 34 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 69950

61 57 1 21 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1071500
62 NEW 62 1 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 7400
63 64 63 3 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 19900
64 45 10 8 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 187000
65 58 10 15 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 295300
66 65 1 36 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 984750
67 NEW 67 1 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 6600
68 61 6 13 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 320350
69 71 69 2 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 12000
70 59 59 4 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 29700

71 74 71 2 LET YOU DOWN NF 11000
72 72 72 2 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 11200
73 NEW 73 1 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 5400
74 NEW 74 1 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 5200
75 NEW 75 1 GUILTY Paloma Faith 5000

DROP OUTS
48 30 6 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 90300
51 39 3 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 41600
53 37 5 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 55750
54 8 14 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 315350
56 33 8 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 86300
60 60 2 PART X1V Prequell featuring Rae Morris 20000
63 10 13 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 261600
66 44 8 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 66050
67 67 2 SPACE AGE LOVE SONG A Flock Of Seagulls 11600
69 12 11 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 248200
70 1 22 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 829900
73 7 14 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 311250
75 75 1 TAKE ME HOME Delta Goodrem 5000

5th November 2017

It’s Tears For Fears shooting up to 1, the melody finally got through to me today, fab and Roland & Curt’s 4th chart-topper, Mad World, Everybody Wants To Rule The World (3 times) and Sowing The Seeds Of Love being the others. That’s bad news for Bucks Fizz who were out of nowhere and the highest new entry – OK, The Fizz if we want to be picky – in at 2 with the great 80’s pop sound of Amen, fighting for their 6th chart-topper a whole 31 years since the last one, and 29 years since they last made the top 10. Who woulda thought it!?

I do like stats. Led Zep make the top 10 for the 3rd time, all of them long after they stopped existing at a recording unit, Whole Lotta Love hit 10 in 1997, Stairway To heaven topped my chart in 2007, and very neatly Immigrant Song makes it a satisfying decade later for a number 8. 2027 for the next one? How about a stat like…ooh, Sufjan Stevens has had just the one chart entry, Chicago in 2006 which peaked at 10 – well he equals that right off the bat 11 years on with a movie theme tune, the lovely Mystery Of Love. Number 10 next in 2028?

RUFUS is the highest newish act at 21, while Written By Wolves bring some more rock into the chart, culpriit revisit Nu-Shuz I Can’t Wait as a backdrop and nick another melody for a fab pop record, while Rita Ora is back after a gap – most of her recent hits have left me unimpressed, but this one has a proper hook in amongst the obligatory 2017 squiggly computer noises. Meanwhile, actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg enters at 54 with a very credible dance track, debuting at the age of 46, and may well be the longest wait ever between pop stars having a hit (naughty Je Ta’ime..Moi Non Plus topped my charts in January 1975 for her parents Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin) and a daughter entering my charts. She was 4 at the time. There’s still time for Sean Lennon to take that record – his parents topped my chart in 1969, just before Charlotte’s topped the UK chart.

1 14 1 4 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 228500
2 NEW 2 1 AMEN The Fizz 115000
3 1 1 6 WAIT UP Hurts 533000
4 4 1 6 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 700000
5 2 1 9 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 735650
6 3 3 4 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 207000
7 5 3 6 READY TO GO Hurts 390000
8 12 8 2 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 83000
9 7 1 10 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 770000
10 NEW 10 1 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 42000

11 6 4 5 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 224300
12 8 8 7 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 228150
13 10 10 4 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 115750
14 16 14 8 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 146600
15 15 15 13 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 235000
16 23 16 2 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 44250
17 11 1 9 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 815000
18 18 18 2 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 44000
19 9 9 8 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 207350
20 20 20 4 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 71900

21 NEW 21 1 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 19750
22 32 22 2 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 37300
23 13 3 9 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 391950
24 21 6 12 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 367500
25 25 25 9 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 139500
26 17 3 13 DRINK UP Train 603500
27 NEW 27 1 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 18400
28 19 19 6 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 107900
29 29 29 3 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 53500
30 22 14 10 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 191900

31 NEW 31 1 DRIVEWAY culpriit 17900
32 24 13 9 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 192200
33 37 33 4 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 51600
34 34 34 3 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 46200
35 26 10 6 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 166900
36 38 36 4 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 57550
37 50 37 4 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 44500
38 NEW 38 1 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 17200
39 46 39 2 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 29850
40 27 19 5 WORD UP The BossHoss 96400

41 30 30 5 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 78000
42 28 8 13 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 304350
43 33 33 7 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 75700
44 NEW 44 1 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 13250
45 54 45 3 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 30800
46 31 10 12 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 254400
47 39 1 16 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 851600
48 42 1 17 TRUE FEELING Galantis 942850
49 58 49 2 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 22300
50 44 44 7 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 59250

51 35 12 10 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 242000
52 45 6 11 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 306450
53 51 1 18 DREAMS Grace Slick 634100
54 NEW 54 1 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 11000
55 55 1 19 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1053600
56 40 4 14 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 532050
57 36 36 5 KAAMOS Tom Fall 66750
58 48 48 3 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 28900
59 41 7 13 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 305850
60 NEW 60 1 PART X1V Prequell featuring Rae Morris 10000

61 49 10 13 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 278100
62 56 56 3 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 28100
63 65 63 3 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 21200
64 63 1 34 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 971950
65 67 65 2 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 13600
66 70 66 2 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 12800
67 60 60 6 HEROES David Bowie 44800
68 43 18 9 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 163650
69 68 1 21 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 823900
70 47 14 8 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 149100

71 53 19 15 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 226300
72 NEW 72 1 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 5600
73 52 27 10 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 148200
74 59 9 13 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 259600
75 NEW 75 1 SPACE AGE LOVE SONG A Flock Of Seagulls 5000

DROP OUTS
57 35 4 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 58000
61 8 20 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 404600
62 8 15 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 364750
64 13 11 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 221550
66 50 6 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 51000
69 33 9 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 125300
71 71 2 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 11600
72 72 4 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 21600
73 73 2 FAITH George Michael 10800
74 53 5 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 39550
75 8 16 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 381200

29th October 2017

Even later than usual this week, life is so manic I barely have time to breathe. Anyway Hurts get a second chart-topper in 3 weeks with the lovely sultry Wait Up, it’s their 4th in total. Pet Shop Boys, the other prolific duo in my chart, go to 3 with the tropical laid-back gorgeousness of Between Two Islands. The tracks they didn’t put on the Release album would have made a much more satisfying (if very varied) album than the actual sparse laid-back album itself.

Another duo have a big climb – Tears For Fears get a first top 20 hit with new material in 12 years, and stretch over 35 years. Highest new entry is a debut for classic album track Immigrant Song, Led Zep’s banger that has never been a single, but is now featured strongly in Thor: Ragnarok to great effect and now belatedly charts here for a rare Led Zep single entry (they didn’t release singles so they never qualified until I changed my rules). Marlon Roudette is back with another goodie, at 18, and Noel Gallagher pushes out his kid brother from my chart with his Mott The Hoople-ish glamstomper (It’s very The Golden Age Of Rock ‘n’ Roll crossed with Rocky Martin’s She Bangs).

Matt maltese debuts with a haunting track, as does Rex Orange County with a sweet one, and Elkie Brooks returns with another 2017 entry and 40 years on from Sunshine After The Rain going top 10.

1 2 1 5 WAIT UP Hurts 448000
2 1 1 8 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 676650
3 10 3 3 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 152000
4 3 1 5 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 635000
5 5 3 5 READY TO GO Hurts 340000
6 4 4 4 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 187300
7 7 1 9 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 725000
8 8 8 6 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 193150
9 9 9 7 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 186350
10 18 10 3 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 83750

11 6 1 8 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 792000
12 NEW 12 1 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 35000
13 12 3 8 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 372700
14 40 14 3 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 58500
15 17 15 12 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 208000
16 24 16 7 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 117600
17 13 3 12 DRINK UP Train 585000
18 NEW 18 1 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 22000
19 20 19 5 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 89700
20 27 20 3 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 51900

21 11 6 11 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 348500
22 22 14 9 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 173900
23 NEW 23 1 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 19250
24 16 13 8 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 174400
25 25 25 8 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 120750
26 14 10 5 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 149400
27 19 19 4 WORD UP The BossHoss 79400
28 15 8 12 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 290600
29 39 29 2 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 35300
30 30 30 4 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 64000

31 21 10 11 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 241650
32 NEW 32 1 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 17800
33 36 33 6 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 62200
34 54 34 2 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 28600
35 26 12 9 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 230250
36 37 36 4 KAAMOS Tom Fall 56350
37 57 37 3 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 33900
38 46 38 3 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 40150
39 31 1 15 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 839100
40 28 4 13 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 521450

41 29 7 12 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 295750
42 34 1 16 TRUE FEELING Galantis 930650
43 23 18 8 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 157250
44 56 44 6 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 47250
45 33 6 10 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 294950
46 NEW 46 1 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 12750
47 32 14 7 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 143100
48 68 48 2 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 18700
49 41 10 12 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 270600
50 60 50 3 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 27200

51 49 1 17 DREAMS Grace Slick 622850
52 38 27 9 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 142800
53 47 19 14 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 220500
54 66 54 2 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 17800
55 55 1 18 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1042800
56 59 56 2 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 20700
57 35 35 4 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 58000
58 NEW 58 1 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 10200
59 44 9 12 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 254400
60 62 60 5 HEROES David Bowie 38200

61 45 8 20 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 404600
62 51 8 15 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 364750
63 63 1 33 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 964850
64 42 13 11 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 221550
65 65 65 2 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 14000
66 50 50 6 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 51000
67 NEW 67 1 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 6600
68 67 1 20 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 817700
69 43 33 9 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 125300
70 NEW 70 1 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 6000

71 71 71 2 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 11600
72 72 72 4 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 21600
73 73 73 2 FAITH George Michael 10800
74 53 53 5 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 39550
75 58 8 16 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 381200

DROP OUTS
48 37 8 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 92700
52 38 3 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 41200
61 33 8 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 91550
64 42 7 CHASING HIGHS Alma 63650
69 69 3 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 17600
70 38 6 TENSION CENTVRIES 73000
74 74 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 10200
75 75 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 5000

22nd October 2017

Evangeline finally gets on top, holding off another Hurts challenger, the soulful Wait Up. My Kingdom was entered into Buzzjack Song Contest 98 and failed to make the final. I wasn’t in that semi, sadly, cos I don’t know what substances everyone was one to ignore this brilliant track, the sexiest track of the year – that’s sexy tingly passion not rapper “sexy” sweary-naughty-words which are not remotely sexy or passionate. This one builds, a great melody, a convincing vocal to match the tastefully passionate lyrics, and then that driving beat getting louder with rising passions right through to the “drop” as I believe the youngsters call it, and frenzied electrobeats. Perfectly constructed. Obviously all too young to know what it’s about laugh.gif

Sparks shoot up into the top 10 with Edith Piaf. That’s the song, not a duet with a French ghost chanteuse. That gives the boys 43 years of top 10’s and around about a dozen at least to date, I reckon, probably more, with another cantering a bit lower with the Macbeths, reality TV stylee. Class! Pet Shop Boys get another top 10 with a non-charted oldie, we are really closing in on 70 or 80 top 10’s for that UK duo, the biggest by far outpacing the US nearest version – Sparks.

There’s a load of new entries following the George Michael TV show (which I haven’t seen yet) as they all charted in the sales chart, so they may yet go up when I watch it. Another UK duo are also back – it’s OMD, and I think they may must be the 2nd biggest duo in my charts of all-time. Can’t think of any other that would rival, barring Erasure, but OMD have 5 years start on them.

1 2 1 7 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 561650
2 3 2 4 WAIT UP Hurts 278000
3 1 1 4 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 570000
4 7 4 3 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 132300
5 5 3 4 READY TO GO Hurts 280000
6 4 1 7 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 755000
7 6 1 8 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 675000
8 11 8 5 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 145150
9 27 9 6 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 141350
10 16 10 2 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 67000

11 9 6 10 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 328750
12 12 3 7 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 340700
13 15 3 11 DRINK UP Train 562000
14 10 10 4 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 130900
15 8 8 11 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 272300
16 13 13 7 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 155400
17 22 17 11 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 181000
18 21 18 2 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 41750
19 19 19 3 WORD UP The BossHoss 61000
20 20 20 4 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 68700

21 17 10 10 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 223750
22 14 14 8 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 154400
23 18 18 7 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 143750
24 24 24 6 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 92600
25 35 25 7 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 102000
26 26 12 8 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 212750
27 43 27 2 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 31900
28 25 4 12 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 504450
29 23 7 11 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 281750
30 40 30 3 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 46000

31 28 1 14 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 822000
32 32 14 6 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 130600
33 30 6 9 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 281950
34 31 1 15 TRUE FEELING Galantis 916900
35 39 35 3 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 47600
36 61 36 5 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 44500
37 53 37 3 KAAMOS Tom Fall 38950
38 29 27 8 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 131300
39 NEW 39 1 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 17100
40 47 40 2 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 29500

41 44 10 11 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 258500
42 34 13 10 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 214450
43 33 33 8 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 119100
44 41 9 11 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 244300
45 36 8 19 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 397100
46 58 46 2 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 22950
47 45 19 13 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 209250
48 37 37 8 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 92700
49 49 1 16 DREAMS Grace Slick 611100
50 54 50 5 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 44200

51 46 8 14 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 357350
52 38 38 3 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 41200
53 59 53 4 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 34350
54 NEW 54 1 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 11000
55 55 1 17 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1032000
56 62 56 5 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 34000
57 69 57 2 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 16600
58 51 8 15 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 376200
59 NEW 59 1 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 10100
60 74 60 2 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 15200

61 42 33 8 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 91550
62 65 62 4 HEROES David Bowie 28200
63 63 1 32 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 957650
64 48 42 7 CHASING HIGHS Alma 63650
65 NEW 65 1 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 7000
66 NEW 66 1 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 6800
67 66 1 19 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 811300
68 NEW 68 1 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 6400
69 70 69 3 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 17600
70 50 38 6 TENSION CENTVRIES 73000

71 NEW 71 1 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 5800
72 73 72 3 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 16000
73 NEW 73 1 FAITH George Michael 5400
74 75 74 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 10200
75 NEW 75 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 5000

DROP OUTS
52 27 10 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 134900
56 19 9 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 137950
57 22 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 117000
60 1 10 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 746550
64 64 2 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 13100
67 8 11 DARTH VADER Dragonette 233250
68 60 3 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 23400
71 71 2 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 10800
72 48 2 MASTERPIECE NONONO 17900

15th October 2017

3 weeks for Hurts on top, as they challenge themselves with the soulful Wait Up up to 3, and a massive leap for Burak Yeter up 30 spots to 7. Hurts new album has peaked at 21 in the UK chart which is ludicrously low for such a great band. Two Pet Shop Boys from the recharting extended Release CD set, both I already knew but hadn’t charted before, dating from 2002-4-ish. The album excluded any (much better) tracks that didn’t fit into the mood, including these two gems, one latin-tinged, one banger singalong.

Two new revamped tracks a la Elvis for Roy Orbison gives us 2 late lamented Traveling Wilburys in the chart, as well as the band itself. Love Hurts has been much-covered over the years (Nazereth and Jim Capaldi for two hit versions, for a start) so about time Roy charted his original. Chaka Khan gets a credit, which allows me to claim her charting in my charts for 43 years, starting with Rufus’ Tell Me Something Good in 1974.

1 1 1 3 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 485000
2 2 2 6 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 391650
3 6 3 3 WAIT UP Hurts 163000
4 4 1 6 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 700000
5 3 3 3 READY TO GO Hurts 220000
6 5 1 7 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 625000
7 37 7 2 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 67300
8 9 8 10 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 245300
9 7 6 9 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 291750
10 10 10 3 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 101900

11 12 11 4 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 97150
12 8 3 6 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 305700
13 14 13 6 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 130400
14 15 14 7 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 134900
15 11 3 10 DRINK UP Train 530000
16 NEW 16 1 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 25000
17 13 10 9 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 204000
18 18 18 6 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 124500
19 24 19 2 WORD UP The BossHoss 40000
20 26 20 3 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 48700

21 NEW 21 1 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 19750
22 28 22 10 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 158000
23 16 7 10 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 263550
24 29 24 5 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 73600
25 17 4 11 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 486150
26 23 12 7 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 194250
27 19 19 5 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 96350
28 25 1 13 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 804100
29 32 27 7 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 114100
30 30 6 8 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 264250

31 27 1 14 TRUE FEELING Galantis 899300
32 20 14 5 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 112800
33 34 33 7 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 105600
34 21 13 9 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 200700
35 40 35 6 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 83250
36 22 8 18 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 384100
37 39 37 7 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 80400
38 47 38 2 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 29700
39 45 39 2 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 30100
40 54 40 2 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 28000

41 31 9 10 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 233050
42 33 33 7 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 84050
43 NEW 43 1 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 13500
44 35 10 10 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 244500
45 36 19 12 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 196750
46 38 8 13 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 345600
47 NEW 47 1 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 12500
48 42 42 6 CHASING HIGHS Alma 56550
49 49 1 15 DREAMS Grace Slick 599000
50 41 38 5 TENSION CENTVRIES 67000

51 43 8 14 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 366000
52 50 27 10 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 134900
53 57 53 2 KAAMOS Tom Fall 21650
54 58 54 4 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 32200
55 53 1 16 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1021200
56 44 19 9 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 137950
57 46 22 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 117000
58 NEW 58 1 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 10200
59 67 59 3 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 23100
60 51 1 10 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 746550

61 63 61 4 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 27100
62 71 62 4 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 23400
63 62 1 31 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 950450
64 70 64 2 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 13100
65 65 65 3 HEROES David Bowie 20800
66 64 1 18 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 804700
67 56 8 11 DARTH VADER Dragonette 233250
68 60 60 3 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 23400
69 NEW 69 1 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 6200
70 73 70 2 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 11400

71 RE 71 2 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 10800
72 48 48 2 MASTERPIECE NONONO 17900
73 75 73 2 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 10400
74 NEW 74 1 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 5000

DROP OUTS
52 26 6 MERMAID Skott 81450
55 20 6 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 100750
59 4 13 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 509850
61 40 8 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 98100
66 53 5 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 40250
68 36 6 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 77350
69 69 2 DOWN Andrew Belle 12200
72 8 14 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 322150
74 37 6 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 65800

 

8th October 2017

It’s 2 weeks weeks on top for the fabulous almost-festive singalong ballad from Hurts (MUST be a December single surely!?), followed closely by the fab Evangeline pumping dance single, My Kingdom. Hurts hold at 3, and rise to 6 with the Prince-flavoured Wait Up for half of the top 6! Two dance bangers enter the top 10, and Sophie Tucker hits 12, sorry I mean Sofi Tukker. Force of habit for old folk.

In at 24, highest new entry is the 2004 track featured in the new Kingsman film to great effect – Cameo’s Word Up done hillbilly style by a German country covers band, The BossHoss. Fun! P!nk leapfrogs herself as Beautiful Trauma jaunts into the 30, and Burak Yeter & Ryan Ribak enter into the 40. Following the sad death of Tom Petty there are a sprinkling of Wilburys and Heartbreakers tracks entering. It was 40 years ago that Tom debuted in my chart, so it’s nice to see a selection back for a nice bloke.

Morrissey is also back 34 years on from This Charming Man, and it’s a good offering too, while Motiv8 and Angie Brown finally get a second week on my chart – 23 years after peaking at 75. Maybe I was out the country at the time, or maybe I was getting fed up with jaunty piano house tunes dominating the charts, but it’s decent and deserved better.

1 1 1 2 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 315000
2 4 2 5 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 276650
3 3 3 2 READY TO GO Hurts 160000
4 2 1 5 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 635000
5 5 1 6 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 570000
6 17 6 2 WAIT UP Hurts 78000
7 7 6 8 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 246750
8 6 3 5 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 270700
9 32 9 9 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 197300
10 31 10 2 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 59900

11 8 3 9 DRINK UP Train 503000
12 25 12 3 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 60150
13 10 10 8 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 181000
14 16 14 5 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 98400
15 15 15 6 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 105900
16 9 7 9 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 244300
17 11 4 10 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 467400
18 18 18 5 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 102500
19 20 19 4 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 77950
20 14 14 4 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 95000

21 13 13 8 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 183100
22 12 8 17 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 366700
23 21 12 6 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 175750
24 NEW 24 1 WORD UP The BossHoss 19000
25 22 1 12 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 785850
26 58 26 2 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 28700
27 19 1 13 TRUE FEELING Galantis 881400
28 30 28 9 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 138500
29 39 29 4 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 54600
30 23 6 7 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 246250

31 24 9 9 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 219050
32 27 27 6 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 95900
33 34 33 6 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 70300
34 37 34 6 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 87900
35 28 10 9 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 231250
36 33 19 11 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 183750
37 NEW 37 1 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 17300
38 29 8 12 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 332850
39 49 39 6 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 63100
40 40 40 5 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 65750

41 38 38 4 TENSION CENTVRIES 55000
42 54 42 5 CHASING HIGHS Alma 44250
43 35 8 13 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 354250
44 36 19 8 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 127350
45 NEW 45 1 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 13000
46 26 22 6 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 106600
47 NEW 47 1 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 12500
48 NEW 48 1 MASTERPIECE NONONO 12300
49 48 1 14 DREAMS Grace Slick 586900
50 41 27 9 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 123400

51 45 1 9 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 736550
52 42 26 6 MERMAID Skott 81450
53 46 1 15 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1010400
54 NEW 54 1 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 11000
55 44 20 6 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 100750
56 52 8 10 DARTH VADER Dragonette 226650
57 NEW 57 1 KAAMOS Tom Fall 10400
58 71 58 3 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 21200
59 50 4 13 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 509850
60 65 60 2 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 17000

61 47 40 8 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 98100
62 61 1 30 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 943250
63 69 63 3 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 19600
64 62 1 17 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 797900
65 66 65 2 HEROES David Bowie 13800
66 53 53 5 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 40250
67 68 67 2 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 13000
68 51 36 6 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 77350
69 70 69 2 DOWN Andrew Belle 12200
70 NEW 70 1 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 6000

71 74 71 3 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 16000
72 55 8 14 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 322150
73 NEW 73 1 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 5400
74 57 37 6 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 65800
75 NEW 75 1 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 5000

DROP OUTS
43 8 8 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 212500
56 14 6 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 133400
59 59 3 THE WOLF SIAMES 22100
60 19 7 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 98800
63 49 7 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 58400
64 64 3 YALLA Inna 19100
67 3 16 THE MAN The Killers 528750
72 48 7 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 68700
73 10 11 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 215250
75 75 1 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 5000

1st October 2017

It’s Hurts in at 1 from nowhere – I hadn’t heard it before today when I checked out the new album, which looks pretty good, but has 2 fab future singles (I hope) and 2 current singles. Magnificent is another showstopping power ballad from the lads, fab and knocks off Footsteps from the top. Here’s hoping they make it the next single (as Pet Shop Boys should have done with Footsteps). In at 3 it’s the single proper, and Ready To Go is the upbeat current Radio 2 playlist single for Hurts. That leaves the Prince-inspired funk of Wait Up in at 17, with a great hook. 3 instant top 20 tracks.

Martin Solveig and Alma have a good climb, into the 20, as Sparks add a top 20 to their 43-year-long list of them. Sofi Tukker, the US duo, have a massive climb into the 30 with an unusual upbeat track, while the highest non-Hurts track to enter is from ARLE, both a district of Cheltenham and a new moody dance banger. P!nk has a quick follow up Beautiful Trauma as her current biggie is yet to drop much, as does Jaira Burns grabbing a quick second entry. Brighton band The RPM’s round out the new stuff.

1 NEW 1 1 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 145000
2 1 1 4 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 570000
3 NEW 3 1 READY TO GO Hurts 75000
4 4 4 4 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 161650
5 2 1 5 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 510000
6 3 3 4 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 222700
7 6 6 7 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 196750
8 5 3 8 DRINK UP Train 466000
9 7 7 8 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 219300
10 10 10 7 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 149050

11 9 4 9 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 444400
12 8 8 16 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 347200
13 15 13 7 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 163350
14 16 14 3 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 75000
15 31 15 5 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 78900
16 20 16 4 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 69400
17 NEW 17 1 WAIT UP Hurts 23000
18 18 18 4 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 80500
19 11 1 12 TRUE FEELING Galantis 863000
20 23 20 3 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 56950

21 12 12 5 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 156500
22 14 1 11 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 767100
23 13 6 6 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 228250
24 19 9 8 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 201150
25 68 25 2 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 25150
26 22 22 5 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 93850
27 29 27 5 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 78100
28 24 10 8 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 213750
29 21 8 11 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 315650
30 33 30 8 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 120200

31 NEW 31 1 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 17900
32 45 14 8 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 152300
33 42 19 10 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 166350
34 43 34 5 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 52600
35 27 8 12 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 339850
36 25 19 7 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 114100
37 39 37 5 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 70300
38 38 38 3 TENSION CENTVRIES 41000
39 48 39 3 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 36400
40 44 40 4 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 48750

41 34 27 8 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 111400
42 26 26 5 MERMAID Skott 79950
43 17 8 8 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 212500
44 28 20 5 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 89950
45 37 1 8 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 724800
46 35 1 14 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 999150
47 40 40 7 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 90600
48 46 1 13 DREAMS Grace Slick 574800
49 53 49 5 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 46000
50 30 4 12 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 499750

51 36 36 5 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 70950
52 50 8 9 DARTH VADER Dragonette 216050
53 62 53 4 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 33450
54 64 54 4 CHASING HIGHS Alma 30500
55 51 8 13 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 316550
56 32 14 6 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 133400
57 41 37 5 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 60600
58 NEW 58 1 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 10200
59 66 59 3 THE WOLF SIAMES 22100
60 52 19 7 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 98800

61 61 1 29 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 935850
62 57 1 16 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 790800
63 49 49 7 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 58400
64 65 64 3 YALLA Inna 19100
65 NEW 65 1 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 7000
66 NEW 66 1 HEROES David Bowie 6800
67 56 3 16 THE MAN The Killers 528750
68 NEW 68 1 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 6400
69 69 69 2 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 12400
70 NEW 70 1 DOWN Andrew Belle 6000

71 74 71 2 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 11000
72 59 48 7 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 68700
73 72 10 11 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 215250
74 75 74 2 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 10200
75 NEW 75 1 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 5000

DROP OUTS
47 7 11 MR SANDMAN Syml 281400
54 5 7 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 259250
55 26 6 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 95850
58 56 6 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 52800
60 49 4 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 46300
63 4 12 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 341200
67 67 2 LOVE IN RUINS Gryffin featuring Sinead Harnett 12400
70 20 10 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 149950
71 71 3 YOU’RE THE BEST THING ABOUT ME U2 16400
73 1 48 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1154100

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My 2015 Charts – Sept to Dec

Me in Puerto Mogan GC 2015 and where I want to be again soon!

Me in Puerto Mogan GC 2015 and where I want to be again soon!

27th Dec 2015

For the 3rd time in 5 weeks it’s Hurts back on top, with the epic Wings – in fact the whole top 3 is an Epic lock-out as Coldplay and Florence refuse to drop even against challenges from their other new top 10 tracks. Queen Of Peace is now firmly inside my all-time Top 100 chart points hits and it’s still at 2! SIA gets yet another top 10 track, with the very latino-rhythm Cheap Thrills, as yet another kiddie chorus joins in the upper chart singing (see POWERS). Meanwhile, a record I didn’t know at all in the 60’s, or 70’s, or 80’s is up to 7 with it’s fab harmonies, for actual singing mother and kids, The Cowsills.

Oldies featured in Minions go up a bit more (just watched the DVD), and it’s christmas, as the best of the regular xmas chart entries in the UK hits my top 10 yet again for the umpteenth time, the gorgeous Driving Home For Christmas, which is sentimentally spot-on with the fab husky voice of Chris Rea. The best christmas song of the 21st century is also back at 20, it’s Leona Lewis, give it a few years and it’ll be charting every christmas along with Mariah & Co. Charli XCX is back in my 20, The Prodigy & David Bowie have huge leaps, giving 20-odd years for the former, 44 years the latter, both are pretty fab and non-pop. Kim Wilde too does the same with a lovely christmassy ballad, for almost 35 years of chart action.

Star Wars is out, and the theme and extended incidental music is into the 40 for the first time since Meco’s version topped in 1977, Tame Impala have a single edit out of Let It Happen, getting some radio play at last, and shoots back up, while highest new entry is Hurts. No holding them down this year! I Wish it chart luck!

1 2 1 7 WINGS Hurts 970000
2 4 1 17 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2025000
3 1 1 8 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1165000
4 3 3 6 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 303200
5 6 5 4 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 139000
6 17 6 2 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 78000
7 9 7 16 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 362800
8 8 3 10 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 612000
9 37 9 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 62300
10 13 10 4 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 103600

11 7 5 6 HOT POWERS 273000
12 14 12 24 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 346500
13 12 9 6 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 157400
14 27 14 2 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 47400
15 10 10 6 FAST LANE Rationale 177200
16 11 6 5 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 204000
17 16 6 7 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 275000
18 23 18 6 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 84950
19 21 19 5 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 90400
20 84 20 2 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 23200

21 5 3 6 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 339750
22 29 22 4 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 45700
23 15 15 5 GIVE IT ALL Foals 73850
24 87 24 2 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 21600
25 20 6 8 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 274750
26 22 15 5 1/M/T Mirror Talk 105750
27 85 27 2 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 21400
28 24 4 11 HEY BOY Take That 335800
29 38 29 2 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 35400
30 35 30 5 DOWN LOW Alex Winston 73800

31 33 31 20 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 234000
32 18 18 7 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 133400
33 73 33 2 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 23100
34 63 34 2 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 24800
35 90 13 9 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 147700
36 19 19 6 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 83200
37 100 37 2 LAZARUS David Bowie 18300
38 56 38 6 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 47600
39 47 39 7 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 58050
40 40 40 2 SWEET LOVIN’ Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher 34000

41 42 41 15 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 158950
42 36 36 4 RIVER LEA Adele 55950
43 60 43 2 YOU BELONG TO ME Bryan Adams 23500
44 NEW 44 1 WISH Hurts 13250
45 25 16 7 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 104000
46 26 26 3 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 49250
47 41 1 10 HELLO Adele 553500
48 28 5 14 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 434100
49 31 8 9 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 251500
50 44 11 8 SAX Fleur East 174950

51 55 51 6 FOCUS Ariana Grande 40150
52 52 52 2 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 23000
53 34 20 5 HIGHLAND One More Time 88250
54 54 54 2 I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne 22000
55 30 30 4 EVERY DAY’S LIKE CHRISTMAS (A STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN REMIX) Kylie Minogue 41000
56 32 19 8 SORRY Justin Bieber 126000
57 58 57 6 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 45200
58 39 39 4 GLITTER & GOLD Barns Courtney 44300
59 53 3 13 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 428800
60 45 5 10 CIRCLES Truls 346100

61 46 3 18 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 540500
62 50 50 4 DIRT SLEDDING The Killers featuring Ryan Pardey & Richard Dreyfuss 27700
63 74 63 2 ALIVE SIA 12400
64 59 3 16 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 492150
65 65 65 7 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 38400
66 RE 43 5 HAPPY ALONE Matrix & Futurebound featuring V. Bozeman 43800
67 61 51 6 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 44750
68 79 68 2 HISTORY One Direction 10600
69 69 69 2 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 12400
70 NEW 70 1 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 6000

71 43 43 6 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 42800
72 51 24 9 GO! Postiljonen 137800
73 48 39 7 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 63000
74 75 74 2 ECHOES OF MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 10200
75 80 75 4 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 12800

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76 49 49 4 STAY Kygo featuring Maty Noyes 33500
77 57 32 5 NOTHING’S GONNA HURT YOU BABY Cigarettes After Sex 67100
78 78 10 13 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 218650
79 81 79 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 8000
80 66 9 13 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 256100

81 62 16 10 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 169500
82 RE 4 16 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 368500
83 77 2 17 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 861400
84 92 84 2 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 5000
85 70 70 6 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 23800
86 86 86 2 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 5600
87 89 87 4 SAINT CECILIA Foo Fighters 7100
88 96 88 3 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 4900
89 71 9 10 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 203050
90 72 3 11 HAPPINESS IAMX 336750

91 91 8 17 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 290350
92 94 6 15 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 250000
93 93 93 5 TUSK (07/19/79 VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 7100
94 83 27 8 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 88200
95 RE 57 5 TIRED OF TALKING LEON 23500
96 82 54 5 JESUS MADE ME BAD Lao Ra 26600
97 97 97 3 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 3600
98 RE 56 6 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 31100
99 98 5 15 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 326100
100 NEW 100 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 1000

20th December 2015

Yes it’s Coldplay back at 1 for the third time and the 5th week, hotly pursued by Adele at 3 and Coldplay (with an assist from Beyonce on backing vocals so I’m giving her credit!) up to 6 from 50 with what I hope is the next single Hymn For The Weekend. Ditto Adele’s Water Under The Bridge, hoping it’s the next single. Highest new entry is SIA, at 17, and isn’t she greedy!? Looking for Cheap Thrills, she’s also Alive in at 74 and banging her head with David Guetta again at 29.

There’s a bunch of oldies and newies xmas songs entering or climbing, Charli XCX and Sigala are back, Star Wars makes an impact (the original John Williams score has never charted, even though the disco version by Meco topped my chart in 1977), and must mention Manfred Mann getting a Prodigy credit along with Public Enemy, who have been sampled along with the Manfred Mann re-sample. Manfred Mann were a pre-teen fave pop band of mine, and morphed into Manfred Mann’s Earthband in the 70’s, and have been away from my charts for quite some time! Manfred had 4 chart-toppers in both versions, and they now have a chart span of 47 years since they first hit my number one with Fox On The Run at Xmas 1968. I was mad on that record

1 2 1 7 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1080000
2 1 1 6 WINGS Hurts 800000
3 7 3 5 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 238200
4 4 1 16 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1910000
5 3 3 5 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 320000
6 50 6 3 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 79000
7 5 5 5 HOT POWERS 236000
8 8 3 9 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 564000
9 11 9 15 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 312800
10 10 10 5 FAST LANE Rationale 150200

11 6 6 4 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 179000
12 9 9 5 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 125400
13 15 13 3 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 61600
14 14 14 23 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 311500
15 26 15 4 GIVE IT ALL FOALS 54600
16 12 6 6 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 252000
17 NEW 17 1 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 23000
18 18 18 6 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 115600
19 19 19 5 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 65800
20 13 6 7 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 256000

21 27 21 4 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 69400
22 21 15 4 1/M/T Mirror Talk 87250
23 28 23 5 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 62950
24 17 4 10 HEY BOY Take That 317500
25 16 16 6 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 91000
26 30 26 2 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 36500
27 NEW 27 1 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 18400
28 23 5 13 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 421800
29 75 29 3 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 26200
30 58 30 3 EVERY DAY’S LIKE CHRISTMAS (A STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN REMIX) Kylie Minogue 30200

31 22 8 8 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 239400
32 25 19 7 SORRY Justin Bieber 115400
33 34 33 19 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 216100
34 20 20 4 HIGHLAND One More Time 77000
35 43 35 4 DOWN LOW Alex Winston 55800
36 48 36 3 RIVER LEA Adele 42200
37 NEW 37 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 17300
38 NEW 38 1 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 17200
39 40 39 3 GLITTER & COLD Barns Courtney 44300
40 NEW 40 1 SWEET LOVIN’ Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher 17000

41 35 1 9 HELLO Adele 541000
42 44 42 14 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 144950
43 46 43 5 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 37000
44 31 11 7 SAX Fleur East 162950
45 37 5 9 CIRCLES Truls 336100
46 29 3 17 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 533000
47 53 47 6 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 40950
48 39 39 6 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 57600
49 49 49 3 STAY Kygo featuring Maty Noyes 28700
50 68 50 3 DIRT SLEDDING The Killers featuring Ryan Pardey & Richard Dreyfuss 20300

51 24 24 8 GO! Postiljonen 132200
52 NEW 52 1 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 11500
53 45 3 12 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 418700
54 NEW 54 1 I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne 11000
55 62 55 5 FOCUS Ariana Grande 28400
56 59 56 5 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 30400
57 32 32 4 NOTHING’S GONNA HURT YOU BABY Cigarettes After Sex 62500
58 60 58 5 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 34800
59 57 3 15 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 485050
60 NEW 60 1 YOU BELONG TO ME Bryan Adams 10000

61 51 51 5 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 38150
62 33 16 9 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 165700
63 NEW 63 1 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 7200
64 36 36 6 PAINT ME LIKE A FRENCH GIRL Breakdlaw featuring The Glitchfox 55100
65 65 65 6 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 31400
66 42 9 12 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 252100
67 61 57 6 INDULGE Jones 45800
68 38 16 6 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 112350
69 NEW 69 1 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 6200
70 70 70 5 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 20800

71 47 9 9 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 201850
72 52 3 10 HAPPINESS IAMX 334750
73 NEW 73 1 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 5400
74 NEW 74 1 ALIVE SIA 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ECHOES OF MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 5000

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76 41 20 6 ONLY YOU Kylie Minogue with James Corden 96000
77 64 2 16 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 858000
78 67 10 12 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 214050
79 NEW 79 1 HISTORY One Direction 4200
80 87 80 3 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 7800

81 NEW 81 1 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 3800
82 54 54 4 JESUS MADE ME BAD Lao Ra 25200
83 71 27 7 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 86600
84 NEW 84 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 3200
85 NEW 85 1 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 3000
86 NEW 86 1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 2800
87 NEW 87 1 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 2600
88 55 28 12 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 147000
89 97 89 3 SAINT CECILIA Foo Fighters 4500
90 73 13 8 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 130200

91 88 8 16 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 288450
92 NEW 92 1 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 1800
93 95 93 4 TUSK (07/19/79 VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 5400
94 90 6 13 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 248200
95 89 1 18 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 579200
96 99 96 2 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 2500
97 100 97 2 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 2300
98 98 5 14 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 325000
99 82 3 15 LIGHTS Hurts 324100
100 NEW 100 1 LAZARUS David Bowie 1000

13th DEC 2015

Its Hurts back on top for a second week as destinys child and brandy return to my top 10 over a decade on from the last times. Im on holiday away from uk radio and media so my charts grt a breather from new entries, hooray! With a bit of luck i can drop back to 75 in the new year, assuming only xmas tracks popup again next week laugh.gif

florence gets another big climb into the 20, duran get a 3rd this year, and kylies up up up and down accordingly. Ditto adele mostly as she gets yet another new entry. FOALS climb high lots of rebound tracks and thats that. TTFN

1 2 1 5 WINGS Hurts 685000
2 1 1 6 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 910000
3 4 3 4 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 260000
4 3 1 15 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1845000
5 5 5 4 HOT POWERS 186000
6 9 6 3 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 142000
7 7 7 4 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 153200
8 8 3 8 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 516000
9 16 9 4 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 90400
10 10 10 4 FAST LANE Rationale 108200

11 14 11 13 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 267800
12 6 6 5 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 227000
13 11 6 6 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 236000
14 33 14 22 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 282500
15 87 15 2 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 29600
16 23 16 5 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 74250
17 17 4 9 HEY BOY Take That 298500
18 27 18 5 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 93600
19 38 19 4 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 44800
20 20 20 3 HIGHLAND One More Time 59500

21 15 15 3 1/M/T Mirror Talk 67750
22 18 8 7 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 221500
23 12 5 12 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 403500
24 26 24 7 GO! Postiljonen 120450
25 19 19 6 SORRY Justin Bieber 97600
26 71 26 3 GIVE IT ALL FOALS 27600
27 30 27 3 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 49650
28 35 28 4 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 43700
29 29 3 16 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 520150
30 NEW 30 1 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 18000

31 13 11 6 SAX Fleur East 149700
32 37 32 3 NOTHING’S GONNA HURT YOU BABY Cigarettes After Sex 52100
33 28 16 8 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 158300
34 40 34 18 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 198400
35 22 1 8 HELLO Adele 527000
36 RE 36 5 PAINT ME LIKE A FRENCH GIRL Breakdlaw featuring The Glitchfox 48000
37 25 5 8 CIRCLES Truls 323100
38 21 16 5 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 105950
39 60 39 5 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 45300
40 58 40 2 GLITTER & COLD Barns Courtney 27200

41 24 20 5 ONLY YOU Kylie Minogue with James Corden 91200
42 39 9 11 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 245300
43 46 43 3 DOWN LOW Alex Winston 38300
44 45 44 13 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 131200
45 32 3 11 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 407450
46 67 46 4 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 23500
47 34 9 8 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 196050
48 48 48 2 RIVER LEA Adele 24800
49 78 49 2 STAY Kygo featuring Maty Noyes 16600
50 50 50 2 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay 24000

51 55 51 4 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 30650
52 31 3 9 HAPPINESS IAMX 329150
53 94 53 5 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 28450
54 66 54 3 JESUS MADE ME BAD Lao Ra 21600
55 79 28 11 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 144600
56 56 56 5 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 29900
57 52 3 14 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 474950
58 90 58 2 EVERY DAY’S LIKE CHRISTMAS (A STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN REMIX) Kylie Minogue 12200
59 63 59 4 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 19800
60 65 60 4 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 24600

61 61 57 5 INDULGE Jones 39200
62 62 62 4 FOCUS Ariana Grande 17600
63 43 13 8 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 156450
64 53 2 15 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 853400
65 69 65 5 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 24400
66 41 30 7 CHEYENNE Jason Derulo 91900
67 47 10 11 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 209650
68 91 68 2 DIRT SLEDDING The Killers featuring Ryan Pardey & Richard Dreyfuss 8300
69 44 33 7 I LIKE IT We The Kings 80750
70 74 70 4 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 14800

71 51 27 6 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 83200
72 49 27 7 IMMORTALS Jean-Michel Jarre & f*** Buttons 100000
73 54 13 7 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 128200
74 36 36 8 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 82300
75 85 75 2 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 8000

76 68 47 6 KISS ME Olly Murs 49900
77 42 15 8 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 144400
78 57 57 4 TIRED OF TALKING LEON 22000
79 64 64 5 LOVE GAVE ME MORE Simply Red 32300
80 59 36 6 YOUNG AND UNAFRAID The Moth And The Flame 61250

81 81 60 5 CAN’T SLEEP LOVE Pentatonix 28600
82 76 3 14 LIGHTS Hurts 323000
83 72 33 5 I COULD BE Shane Filan with Nadine Coyle 55450
84 RE 43 4 HAPPY ALONE Matrix & Futurebound featuring V. Bozeman 37000
85 73 4 15 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 364900
86 89 86 5 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 10600
87 98 87 2 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 3800
88 77 8 15 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 286550
89 83 1 17 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 577700
90 82 6 12 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 246600

91 92 91 5 THE WANDERER Dion 7800
92 97 92 3 SHACKLES (PRAISE YOU) Mary Mary 4100
93 93 93 2 HOME Chelsea Lankes 3400
94 84 84 5 THE CRAZY ONES Paloma Faith 12000
95 99 95 3 TUSK (07/19/79 VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 3700
96 80 20 12 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 172000
97 100 97 2 SAINT CECILIA Foo Fighters 2300
98 86 5 13 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 323800
99 NEW 99 1 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 1100
100 NEW 100 1 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 1000

 

6th Dec 2015

It’s Coldplay, back up for a 4th week, and a new entry just outside the 40, and inside the 100, with Adele grabbing a second top 10, this year, a 3rd top 40, a 5th top 75 and that’s just greedy for both of them!

Rationale gets a 2nd top 10, while Kygo gets a 4th hit of the year, David Guetta pops back aftyer a break, Florence has a new track joining Queen Of Peace which refuses to budge from the top 3, and Kylie has a Stock Aitken Waterman track new in – yes it’s new! It’s also her 4th track in the chart and 8th of the year – Kylie is also greedy! Joining The Killers with a Santa track, it’s actor Richard Dreyfuss, of Close Encounters, Jaws and many a fab movie. Who’da thought it!

1 2 1 5 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 795000
2 1 1 4 WINGS Hurts 515000
3 3 1 14 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1780000
4 5 4 3 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 175000
5 9 5 3 HOT POWERS 126000
6 7 6 4 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 192000
7 12 7 3 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 103200
8 4 3 7 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 468000
9 10 9 2 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 87000
10 39 10 3 FAST LANE Rationale 66200

11 8 6 5 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 204000
12 6 5 11 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 384250
13 11 11 5 SAX Fleur East 131800
14 41 14 12 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 229800
15 19 15 2 1/M/T Mirror Talk 48000
16 38 16 3 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 45400
17 17 4 8 HEY BOY Take That 275500
18 14 8 6 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 202000
19 29 19 5 SORRY Justin Bieber 78800
20 22 20 2 HIGHLAND One More Time 39500

21 16 16 4 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 88750
22 13 1 7 HELLO Adele 509500
23 18 18 4 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 49250
24 20 20 4 ONLY YOU Kylie Minogue with James Corden 77200
25 15 5 7 CIRCLES Truls 305800
26 28 26 6 GO! Postiljonen 101450
27 32 27 4 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 71600
28 23 16 7 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 140600
29 61 3 15 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 502050
30 44 30 2 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 31250

31 21 3 8 HAPPINESS IAMX 317650
32 27 3 10 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 394450
33 35 33 21 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 254500
34 24 9 7 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 183450
35 67 35 3 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 25500
36 45 36 7 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 77100
37 40 37 2 NOTHING’S GONNA HURT YOU BABY Cigarettes After Sex 34300
38 75 38 3 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 23800
39 31 9 10 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 231550
40 43 40 17 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 180800

41 30 30 6 CHEYENNE Jason Derulo 85100
42 25 15 7 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 139800
43 26 13 7 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 149250
44 33 33 6 I LIKE IT We The Kings 74550
45 46 45 12 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 117950
46 50 46 2 DOWN LOW Alex Winston 24800
47 42 10 10 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 203050
48 NEW 48 1 RIVER LEA Adele 12400
49 34 27 6 IMMORTALS Jean-Michel Jarre & f*** Buttons 94400
50 NEW 50 1 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay 12000

51 51 27 5 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 77400
52 48 3 13 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 464550
53 49 2 14 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 846300
54 37 13 6 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 122800
55 65 55 3 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 18900
56 69 56 4 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 19300
57 77 57 3 TIRED OF TALKING LEON 17600
58 NEW 58 1 GLITTER & COLD Barns Courtney 10200
59 36 36 5 YOUNG AND UNAFRAID The Moth And The Flame 57250
60 62 60 4 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 28200

61 57 57 4 INDULGE Jones 31700
62 91 62 3 FOCUS Ariana Grande 10300
63 97 63 3 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 9700
64 54 64 4 LOVE GAVE ME MORE Simply Red 28100
65 74 65 3 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 14600
66 81 66 2 JESUS MADE ME BAD Lao Ra 10600
67 88 67 3 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 10700
68 47 47 5 KISS ME Olly Murs 45100
69 76 69 4 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 17400
70 70 70 2 WICKED SON Lincoln Jesser 12000

71 84 71 2 GIVE IT ALL FOALS 9000
72 53 33 4 I COULD BE Shane Filan with Nadine Coyle 51850
73 55 4 14 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 361900
74 92 74 3 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 8800
75 82 75 4 EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Panic! At The Disco 14800

76 63 3 13 LIGHTS Hurts 319400
77 64 8 14 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 284150
78 NEW 78 1 STAY Kygo featuring Maty Noyes 4400
79 58 28 10 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 133800
80 59 20 11 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 170600

81 60 60 4 CAN’T SLEEP LOVE Pentatonix 24800
82 72 6 11 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 244600
83 80 1 16 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 575500
84 86 84 4 THE CRAZY ONES Paloma Faith 10400
85 NEW 85 1 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 3000
86 71 5 12 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 322600
87 NEW 87 1 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 2600
88 52 20 8 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 116250
89 90 89 4 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 7800
90 NEW 90 1 EVERY DAY’S LIKE CHRISTMAS (A STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN REMIX) Kylie Minogue 2000

91 NEW 91 1 DIRT SLEDDING The Killers featuring Ryan Pardey & Richard Dreyfuss 1900
92 95 92 4 THE WANDERER Dion 5900
93 NEW 93 1 HOME Chelsea Lankes 1700
94 73 73 4 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 17200
95 68 33 7 SECOND HAND HEART Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson 64250
96 56 56 6 EYES SHUT Years And Years 38800
97 100 97 2 SHACKLES (PRAISE YOU) Mary Mary 2300
98 NEW 98 1 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 1200
99 99 99 2 TUSK (07/19/79 VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 2200
100 NEW 100 1 SAINT CECILIA Foo Fighters 1000

29th November 2015

It’s Hurts, finally getting their first solo chart-topper, after having previously done it with Calvin Harris, and their Wings were big enough to knock Coldplay off their perch after 3 weeks. It’s still a brilliant chart for me, and a fab top 10, even old fave Sonny & Cher can only manage 5, and Dinah Washington is back after a long gap with yet another advert-related gem, this time What A Diffrence A Day Made highest new entry at 10, having previously done the trick with Mad About The Boy over 20 years ago. The song previously made my top 10 in a brilliant disco version by Esther Philips in 1975, but Dinah’s is the older and best version.

There are still too many new records around for me to wind down my top 100 listing yet, many that should have been top 75 have dropped out already without making the 75, and plenty more still lining up. Adele has a good jump to 12 and enters with another album track at 44, Life Of Dillon get a big ol’ climb into the top 20, a second hit for them, not just in their Dreams, while highest new track is Mirror Talk at 19 with very 80’s retro 1/M/T. That stands for Oner More Time. One More Time, the band, featuring Abba’s Benny Andersson’s lad and missus, are back at 22 after a 23-year gap, with the great Highland, which went top 10 first time round. Also back, Grace and her fab Lesley Gore cover of Buzzjack entry You Don’t Own Me, which has finally made the UK charts some months after peaking at 3 in mine. I do love it when songs I love become hits. Lesley Gore’s version also topped my charts early in the year following her death, so yay, recognition!

1 2 1 3 WINGS Hurts 400000
2 1 1 4 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 625000
3 4 1 13 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1695000
4 3 3 6 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 420000
5 7 5 2 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 110000
6 5 5 10 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 349250
7 9 7 3 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 137000
8 6 6 4 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 167000
9 19 9 2 HOT POWERS 66000
10 NEW 10 1 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 42000

11 12 11 4 SAX Fleur East 99800
12 29 12 2 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 53200
13 8 1 6 HELLO Adele 490000
14 14 8 5 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 180000
15 10 5 6 CIRCLES Truls 287000
16 16 16 3 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 69000
17 25 4 7 HEY BOY Take That 252500
18 69 18 3 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 30000
19 NEW 19 1 1/M/T Mirror Talk 21000
20 20 20 3 ONLY YOU Kylie Minogue with James Corden 58200

21 11 3 7 HAPPINESS IAMX 299750
22 NEW 22 1 HIGHLAND One More Time 19500
23 23 16 6 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 122300
24 18 9 6 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 165750
25 15 15 6 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 126050
26 13 13 6 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 135750
27 21 3 9 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 376650
28 31 28 5 GO! Postiljonen 82950
29 39 29 4 SORRY Justin Bieber 57800
30 30 30 5 CHEYENNE Jason Derulo 71100

31 24 9 9 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 214450
32 32 32 3 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 53200
33 40 33 5 I LIKE IT We The Kings 61300
34 34 27 5 IMMORTALS Jean-Michel Jarre & f*** Buttons 82200
35 37 35 20 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 236800
36 42 36 4 YOUNG AND UNAFRAID The Moth And The Flame 47150
37 22 13 5 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 111800
38 84 38 2 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 20400
39 64 39 2 FAST LANE Rationale 24200
40 NEW 40 1 NOTHING’S GONNA HURT YOU BABY Cigarettes After Sex 17000

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41 17 17 11 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 200800
42 26 10 9 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 190450
43 45 43 16 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 163800
44 NEW 44 1 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 13250
45 50 45 6 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 59700
46 49 46 11 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 104950
47 59 47 4 KISS ME Olly Murs 38700
48 46 3 12 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 453050
49 38 2 13 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 835050
50 NEW 50 1 DOWN LOW Alex Winston 12000

51 27 27 4 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 65650
52 28 20 7 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 113850
53 33 33 3 I COULD BE Shane Filan with Nadine Coyle 46250
54 67 54 3 LOVE GAVE ME MORE Simply Red 21000
55 41 4 13 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 356500
56 58 56 5 EYES SHUT Years And Years 37400
57 62 57 3 INDULGE Jones 24200
58 35 28 9 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 129600
59 36 20 10 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 166600
60 63 60 3 CAN’T SLEEP LOVE Pentatonix 21000

61 RE 3 14 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 483850
62 66 62 3 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 18200
63 55 3 12 LIGHTS Hurts 314600
64 51 8 13 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 279550
65 99 65 2 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 8100
66 43 43 3 HAPPY ALONE Matrix & Futurebound featuring V. Bozeman 33800
67 96 67 2 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 8000
68 44 33 6 SECOND HAND HEART Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson 62750
69 95 69 3 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 8700
70 NEW 70 1 WICKED SON Lincoln Jesser 6000

71 53 5 11 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 319800
72 60 6 10 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 241000
73 73 73 3 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 15600
74 88 74 2 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 7600
75 94 75 2 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 6600

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76 83 76 3 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 11200
77 87 77 2 TIRED OF TALKING LEON 7200
78 52 52 6 THE HILLS The Weeknd featuring Eminem 50400
79 71 4 9 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 279850
80 72 1 15 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 572100

81 NEW 81 1 JESUS MADE ME BAD Lao Ra 3800
82 82 82 3 EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Panic! At The Disco 9800
83 NEW 83 1 SLEEP WHEN WE’RE DEAD ItaloBrothers 3400
84 NEW 84 1 GIVE IT ALL FOALS 3200
85 54 54 4 PAINT ME LIKE A FRENCH GIRL Breakdlaw featuring The Glitchfox 30600
86 89 86 3 THE CRAZY ONES Paloma Faith 7200
87 56 10 10 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 204400
88 93 88 2 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 4100
89 74 6 12 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 250000
90 91 90 3 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 5600

91 100 91 2 FOCUS Ariana Grande 2900
92 92 92 2 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 3600
93 47 35 6 WHAT DO YOU MEAN Justin Bieber 64500
94 57 57 4 WRITING’S ON THE WALL Sam Smith 26500
95 97 95 3 THE WANDERER Dion 4100
96 65 22 6 RESONATE Avec Sans 62700
97 98 97 2 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 2500
98 75 6 14 THE GATES Young Empires 311400
99 NEW 99 1 TUSK (07/19/79 VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 1100
100 NEW 100 1 SHACKLES (PRAISE YOU) Mary Mary 1000

22nd November 2015

3 weeks on top for Coldplay, and 2 weeks at 2 for Hurts, and 3 weeks at 3 for Shaun Frank and KSHMR featuring Delaney, still in Heaven. Highehst new entry at 7 is a 1966 classic from Sonny & Cher, pre-dating my chart, but one I’ve loved for over 50 years, all gypsy charm used to later great effect by Cher in her solo records, Little Man was a big European hit and now is used by Amazon in an advert. Not that I love tax-dodging mega-corporations, but hey it gives me an excuse to chart it at last, giving Sonny & Cher a run of 43 years since All I Ever Need Is You topped my chart in 1972. They would, of course, have topped with I Got You Babe in 1965 cos I loved it as a toddler.

Fleur East jumps up 26 places, Noel Gallagher makes the 20 for the 3rd time this year, and Kylie does it for the 5th time with Only You, as the highest new record is at 19, and it’s HOT. No, it is, a great dance track. Adele’s world-domination is upon us, and the best track from the album on first hearing is in at 29, Water Under The Bridge joining Hello in the chart. In the 40 Justin Bieber replaces himself, and says Sorry, while lower down Rationale gets a second entry, 99 Souls bring back Destiny’s Child and Brandy to my chart, Duran Duran and Mumford & Sons return with new singles, and The Beatles come back for the third time with I Want To Hold Your Hand, thanks to the 1 album/dvd return, which I’ve finally bought now I can get all of the promos in one place. Hooray! Like Sonny & Cher, The Beatles woulda topped my charts in the 60’s, twice, as it was among the first batch of singles my dad bought in 1966 for a brand new record player, and which I played to death over the rest of the decade, pre-teen. Still missing that official chart-topper with it though…

1 1 1 3 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 510000
2 2 2 2 WINGS Hurts 230000
3 3 3 5 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 355000
4 4 1 12 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1610000
5 6 5 9 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 294250
6 9 6 3 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 119000
7 NEW 7 1 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 50000
8 5 1 5 HELLO Adele 458000
9 10 9 2 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 87000
10 7 5 5 CIRCLES Truls 260000

11 8 3 6 HAPPINESS IAMX 280000
12 38 12 3 SAX Fleur East 62800
13 18 13 5 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 117250
14 11 8 4 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 151000
15 15 15 5 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 107300
16 24 16 2 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 44000
17 17 17 10 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 186800
18 12 9 5 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 146750
19 NEW 19 1 HOT POWERS 21000
20 29 20 2 ONLY YOU Kylie Minogue with James Corden 38200

21 14 3 8 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 358250
22 13 13 4 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 94500
23 16 16 5 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 103050
24 22 9 8 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 196550
25 21 4 6 HEY BOY Take That 229500
26 19 10 8 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 176700
27 30 27 3 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 53900
28 20 20 6 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 102350
29 NEW 29 1 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 18200
30 32 30 4 CHEYENNE Jason Derulo 53100

31 31 31 4 GO! Postiljonen 64650
32 34 32 2 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 35400
33 37 33 2 I COULD BE Shane Filan with Nadine Coyle 35000
34 27 27 4 IMMORTALS Jean-Michel Jarre & f*** Buttons 64600
35 28 28 8 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 119400
36 26 20 9 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 156500
37 39 37 19 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 219300
38 25 2 12 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 822950
39 49 39 3 SORRY Justin Bieber 39600
40 50 40 4 I LIKE IT We The Kings 43600
41 23 4 12 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 345700
42 58 42 3 YOUNG AND UNAFRAID The Moth And The Flame 29750
43 43 43 2 HAPPY ALONE Matrix & Futurebound featuring V. Bozeman 27000
44 33 33 5 SECOND HAND HEART Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson 56350
45 47 45 15 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 150300
46 41 3 11 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 440750
47 35 35 5 WHAT DO YOU MEAN Justin Bieber 62800
48 36 36 7 LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran 80300
49 55 49 10 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 92200
50 60 50 5 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 46700

51 40 8 12 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 272450
52 56 52 5 THE HILLS The Weeknd featuring Eminem 46000
53 48 5 10 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 314000
54 57 54 3 PAINT ME LIKE A FRENCH GIRL Breakdlaw featuring The Glitchfox 27600
55 53 3 11 LIGHTS Hurts 307400
56 42 10 9 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 201800
57 62 57 3 WRITING’S ON THE WALL Sam Smith 24900
58 72 58 4 EYES SHUT Years And Years 26800
59 59 59 3 KISS ME Olly Murs 26200
60 45 6 9 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 235400

61 44 6 12 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 254400
62 68 62 2 INDULGE Jones 13800
63 81 63 2 CAN’T SLEEP LOVE Pentatonix 11000
64 NEW 64 1 FAST LANE Rationale 7100
65 54 22 5 RESONATE Avec Sans 61300
66 80 66 2 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 10800
67 83 67 2 LOVE GAVE ME MORE Simply Red 10000
68 67 48 5 BETTER LOVE Foxes 43550
69 92 69 2 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 8000
70 46 7 10 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 269550

71 63 4 8 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 275650
72 70 1 14 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 568100
73 76 73 2 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 10200
74 64 6 11 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 247800
75 61 6 13 THE GATES Young Empires 310200
76 52 52 5 SATURDAY NIGHT Yukon Blonde 44600
77 51 14 8 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 150700
78 66 60 5 HOTLINE BLING Drake 33000
79 71 14 9 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 141700
80 65 23 6 PRETTY LITTLE GANGSTER Ryder 72150

81 78 38 4 WHEN I STOP DREAMING Don Henley featuring Dolly Parton 42400
82 87 82 2 EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Panic! At The Disco 6200
83 85 83 2 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 6400
84 NEW 84 1 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 3200
85 90 85 2 TAKE ME HOME Jess Glynne 5000
86 69 66 5 THE AUSTERITY OF LOVE Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott 28800
87 NEW 87 1 TIRED OF TALKING LEON 2600
88 NEW 88 1 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 2400
89 89 89 2 THE CRAZY ONES Paloma Faith 4400
90 75 75 3 RULE THE WORLD Walk Off The Earth 12000

91 93 91 2 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 3600
92 NEW 92 1 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 1800
93 NEW 93 1 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 1700
94 NEW 94 1 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 1600
95 100 95 2 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 2500
96 NEW 96 1 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 1400
97 97 97 2 THE WANDERER Dion 2600
98 NEW 98 1 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 1200
99 NEW 99 1 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 1100
100 NEW 100 1 FOCUS Ariana Grande 1000

 

22nd November 2015

3 weeks on top for Coldplay, and 2 weeks at 2 for Hurts, and 3 weeks at 3 for Shaun Frank and KSHMR featuring Delaney, still in Heaven. Highehst new entry at 7 is a 1966 classic from Sonny & Cher, pre-dating my chart, but one I’ve loved for over 50 years, all gypsy charm used to later great effect by Cher in her solo records, Little Man was a big European hit and now is used by Amazon in an advert. Not that I love tax-dodging mega-corporations, but hey it gives me an excuse to chart it at last, giving Sonny & Cher a run of 43 years since All I Ever Need Is You topped my chart in 1972. They would, of course, have topped with I Got You Babe in 1965 cos I loved it as a toddler.

Fleur East jumps up 26 places, Noel Gallagher makes the 20 for the 3rd time this year, and Kylie does it for the 5th time with Only You, as the highest new record is at 19, and it’s HOT. No, it is, a great dance track. Adele’s world-domination is upon us, and the best track from the album on first hearing is in at 29, Water Under The Bridge joining Hello in the chart. In the 40 Justin Bieber replaces himself, and says Sorry, while lower down Rationale gets a second entry, 99 Souls bring back Destiny’s Child and Brandy to my chart, Duran Duran and Mumford & Sons return with new singles, and The Beatles come back for the third time with I Want To Hold Your Hand, thanks to the 1 album/dvd return, which I’ve finally bought now I can get all of the promos in one place. Hooray! Like Sonny & Cher, The Beatles woulda topped my charts in the 60’s, twice, as it was among the first batch of singles my dad bought in 1966 for a brand new record player, and which I played to death over the rest of the decade, pre-teen. Still missing that official chart-topper with it though…

1 1 1 3 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 510000
2 2 2 2 WINGS Hurts 230000
3 3 3 5 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 355000
4 4 1 12 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1610000
5 6 5 9 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 294250
6 9 6 3 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 119000
7 NEW 7 1 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 50000
8 5 1 5 HELLO Adele 458000
9 10 9 2 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 87000
10 7 5 5 CIRCLES Truls 260000

11 8 3 6 HAPPINESS IAMX 280000
12 38 12 3 SAX Fleur East 62800
13 18 13 5 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 117250
14 11 8 4 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 151000
15 15 15 5 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 107300
16 24 16 2 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 44000
17 17 17 10 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 186800
18 12 9 5 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 146750
19 NEW 19 1 HOT POWERS 21000
20 29 20 2 ONLY YOU Kylie Minogue with James Corden 38200

21 14 3 8 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 358250
22 13 13 4 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 94500
23 16 16 5 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 103050
24 22 9 8 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 196550
25 21 4 6 HEY BOY Take That 229500
26 19 10 8 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 176700
27 30 27 3 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 53900
28 20 20 6 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 102350
29 NEW 29 1 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 18200
30 32 30 4 CHEYENNE Jason Derulo 53100

31 31 31 4 GO! Postiljonen 64650
32 34 32 2 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 35400
33 37 33 2 I COULD BE Shane Filan with Nadine Coyle 35000
34 27 27 4 IMMORTALS Jean-Michel Jarre & f*** Buttons 64600
35 28 28 8 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 119400
36 26 20 9 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 156500
37 39 37 19 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 219300
38 25 2 12 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 822950
39 49 39 3 SORRY Justin Bieber 39600
40 50 40 4 I LIKE IT We The Kings 43600

41 23 4 12 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 345700
42 58 42 3 YOUNG AND UNAFRAID The Moth And The Flame 29750
43 43 43 2 HAPPY ALONE Matrix & Futurebound featuring V. Bozeman 27000
44 33 33 5 SECOND HAND HEART Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson 56350
45 47 45 15 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 150300
46 41 3 11 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 440750
47 35 35 5 WHAT DO YOU MEAN Justin Bieber 62800
48 36 36 7 LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran 80300
49 55 49 10 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 92200
50 60 50 5 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 46700

51 40 8 12 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 272450
52 56 52 5 THE HILLS The Weeknd featuring Eminem 46000
53 48 5 10 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 314000
54 57 54 3 PAINT ME LIKE A FRENCH GIRL Breakdlaw featuring The Glitchfox 27600
55 53 3 11 LIGHTS Hurts 307400
56 42 10 9 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 201800
57 62 57 3 WRITING’S ON THE WALL Sam Smith 24900
58 72 58 4 EYES SHUT Years And Years 26800
59 59 59 3 KISS ME Olly Murs 26200
60 45 6 9 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 235400

61 44 6 12 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 254400
62 68 62 2 INDULGE Jones 13800
63 81 63 2 CAN’T SLEEP LOVE Pentatonix 11000
64 NEW 64 1 FAST LANE Rationale 7100
65 54 22 5 RESONATE Avec Sans 61300
66 80 66 2 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 10800
67 83 67 2 LOVE GAVE ME MORE Simply Red 10000
68 67 48 5 BETTER LOVE Foxes 43550
69 92 69 2 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 8000
70 46 7 10 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 269550

71 63 4 8 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 275650
72 70 1 14 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 568100
73 76 73 2 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 10200
74 64 6 11 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 247800
75 61 6 13 THE GATES Young Empires 310200

76 52 52 5 SATURDAY NIGHT Yukon Blonde 44600
77 51 14 8 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 150700
78 66 60 5 HOTLINE BLING Drake 33000
79 71 14 9 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 141700
80 65 23 6 PRETTY LITTLE GANGSTER Ryder 72150

81 78 38 4 WHEN I STOP DREAMING Don Henley featuring Dolly Parton 42400
82 87 82 2 EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Panic! At The Disco 6200
83 85 83 2 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 6400
84 NEW 84 1 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 3200
85 90 85 2 TAKE ME HOME Jess Glynne 5000
86 69 66 5 THE AUSTERITY OF LOVE Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott 28800
87 NEW 87 1 TIRED OF TALKING LEON 2600
88 NEW 88 1 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 2400
89 89 89 2 THE CRAZY ONES Paloma Faith 4400
90 75 75 3 RULE THE WORLD Walk Off The Earth 12000

91 93 91 2 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 3600
92 NEW 92 1 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 1800
93 NEW 93 1 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 1700
94 NEW 94 1 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 1600
95 100 95 2 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 2500
96 NEW 96 1 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 1400
97 97 97 2 THE WANDERER Dion 2600
98 NEW 98 1 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 1200
99 NEW 99 1 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 1100
100 NEW 100 1 FOCUS Ariana Grande 1000

5th November 2015
2 weeks at 1 for the brilliant Coldplay new single, nothing like any of their previous singles, it’s so intricate and joyously irresistible, multiple hooks galore both instrumental and the main vocal melodies. Straight in at 2, it’s the perennial British bridesmaids, Hurts, with a glorious power ballad, Wings, and their 3rd in a row to hit my top 3 in 2015. Hugely popular in parts of Europe, fabulous live, great albums, and the UK remains stubbornly ignorant of one of our best acts of this century, which, given the drivel that occupies a fair portion of the singles chart, makes me rather peed off. Staying at 3, it’s the fabulous Heaven, with that sexy throbbing teasing class dance track from Shaun Frank, KSHMR and Delaney.

To be honest, in normal times any of the top 10 could be topping my chart quite happily, while the track at 40 would be around 15 spots higher, and the one at 75 should be scraping on the doors of the top 40. So many great records around that I’ve bought, I’ve had to give up and admit defeat and expand my chart to 100 for the first time since 1983 to catch good tracks that just can’t get into the 75 after weeks of hanging around. The number 100 would generally be inside the top 75 comfortably. Sigma and Rita Ora move into the 10, ELO get a 2nd top 10 of the year with the very 70’s ELO sounding One Step At A Time – if I have one complaint, it’s my MP3 download sounds like it’s been recorded with ear muffs around the mixing deck.

Which brings me to another complaint I have with MP3’s from itunes: so many tracks start and continue with what sounds like vinyl record hiss, clicks and pops, and it is really pissing me off – there is no need for all of this fake extraneous pretentious background noise, and I’m going to stop buying any artist that insists on doing it, it’s not clever and it’s doesn’t make them sound “classic”, just annoying. So there, naming names Olly Murs, CeeLo, Selena Gomez, Breakdlaw, and other assorted pop and dance tracks.

New entries: Noel Gallagher gets another high flying new entry off his latest album, while also oldie Oasis charting in the UK thanks to John Lewis, Half The World Away, is in belatedly at 95. It’s a very Kylie early Christmas too, with 3 new entries, a sweet cover of Yazoo’s 1982 chart-topper Only You at 29 with comedian/host/actor James Corden, a song new to me, but classic xmas sounding, at 34 White December, and finally 100 degrees with sister Dannii returning after a long break at 81. It’s a dance number and if anyone can tell which one is which, got better ears than me!

Others: Shane Filan and Nadine Coyle have a duet, Matrix & Futurebound are back, ditto Simply Red’s 70’s soul groove, and Panic! At The Disco’s rocking out, not to mention crazy Paloma Faith’s theme toon, Life Of Dillon’s return, and oldies from Stevie Wonder, For Once In My Life is back after first charting in 1969, 1960’s oldie The Wanderer is back for Dion thanks to an advert for some computer game or other, and charting for the first time since 1976, while the Back To The Future 30th “anniversary” got Huey Lewis into the UK sales charts, and a bit late into mine, 30 years on since it last exited.

1 1 1 2 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 340000
2 NEW 2 1 WINGS Hurts 115000
3 3 3 4 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 270000
4 2 1 11 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1545000
5 4 1 4 HELLO Adele 410000
6 7 6 8 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 234250
7 5 5 4 CIRCLES Truls 218000
8 6 3 5 HAPPINESS IAMX 243000
9 24 9 2 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 64000
10 NEW 10 1 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 42000

11 8 8 3 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 122000
12 9 9 4 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 124750
13 16 13 3 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 75000
14 11 3 7 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 338500
15 28 15 4 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 80300
16 17 16 4 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 83800
17 19 17 9 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 163800
18 18 18 4 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 85250
19 13 10 7 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 158200
20 21 20 5 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 84050

21 10 4 5 HEY BOY Take That 210750
22 15 9 7 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 177550
23 12 4 11 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 331700
24 NEW 24 1 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 19000
25 14 2 11 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 805750
26 20 20 8 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 139100
27 30 27 3 IMMORTALS Jean-Michel Jarre & f*** Buttons 47000
28 29 28 7 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 101900
29 NEW 29 1 ONLY YOU Kylie Minogue featuring James Corden 18200
30 35 30 2 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 35500

31 39 31 3 GO! Postiljonen 46750
32 48 32 3 CHEYENNE Jason Derulo 35100
33 54 33 4 SECOND HAND HEART Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson 43100
34 NEW 34 1 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 17600
35 36 35 4 WHAT DO YOU MEAN Justin Bieber 50300
36 40 36 6 LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran 68000
37 NEW 37 1 I COULD BE Shane Filan with Nadine Coyle 17300
38 56 38 2 SAX Fleur East 27800
39 41 39 18 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 202000
40 33 8 11 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 260700

41 22 3 10 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 428000
42 23 10 8 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 191200
43 NEW 43 1 HAPPY ALONE Matrix & Futurebound featuring V. Bozeman 13500
44 25 6 11 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 246900
45 27 6 8 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 225400
46 32 7 9 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 263550
47 49 47 14 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 137300
48 42 5 9 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 302750
49 57 49 2 SORRY Justin Bieber 22500
50 61 50 3 I LIKE IT We The Kings 26600

51 26 14 7 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 146100
52 53 52 4 SATURDAY NIGHT Yukon Blonde 39800
53 46 3 10 LIGHTS Hurts 296600
54 34 22 4 RESONATE Avec Sans 54300
55 55 55 9 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 80100
56 59 56 4 THE HILLS The Weeknd featuring Eminem 34500
57 69 57 2 PAINT ME LIKE A FRENCH GIRL Breakdlaw featuring The Glitchfox 16600
58 71 58 2 YOUNG AND UNAFRAID The Moth And The Flame 16000
59 70 59 2 KISS ME Olly Murs 16100
60 63 52 4 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 34700

61 47 6 12 THE GATES Young Empires 305200
62 64 62 2 WRITING’S ON THE WALL Sam Smith 14500
63 31 4 7 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 269850
64 43 6 10 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 242600
65 37 23 5 PRETTY LITTLE GANGSTER Ryder 68150
66 60 60 4 HOTLINE BLING Drake 28600
67 65 48 4 BETTER LOVE Foxes 37150
68 NEW 68 1 INDULGE Jones 6400
69 66 66 4 THE AUSTERITY OF LOVE Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott 25400
70 45 1 13 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 562500

71 44 14 8 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 137500
72 72 72 3 EYES SHUT Years And Years 16600
73 76 73 2 REDEMPTION Sigma featuring Diztortion 10200
74 NEW 74 1 HUNDRED MILES Yall featuring Gabriela Richardson 5200
75 75 75 2 RULE THE WORLD Walk Off The Earth 10000
76 NEW 76 1 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 4800
77 NEW 77 1 LEAVES Baile & Felicia Douglass 4600
78 38 38 3 WHEN I STOP DREAMING Don Henley featuring Dolly Parton 38600
79 50 5 12 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 320300
80 NEW 80 1 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 4000

81 NEW 81 1 CAN’T SLEEP LOVE Pentatonix 3800
82 51 10 11 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 286650
83 NEW 83 1 LOVE GAVE ME MORE Simply Red 3400
84 58 24 9 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 117100
85 NEW 85 1 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 3000
86 62 16 9 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 139850
87 NEW 87 1 EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Panic! At The Disco 2600
88 52 33 9 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 120250
89 NEW 89 1 THE CRAZY ONES Paloma Faith 2200
90 NEW 90 1 TAKE ME HOME Jess Glynne 2000

91 73 73 2 CRADLE TO THE GRAVE Squeeze 7300
92 NEW 92 1 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 1800
93 NEW 93 1 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 1700
94 68 68 3 BAD Lost Kings featuring Jessame 13200
95 NEW 95 1 HALF THE WORLD AWAY Oasis 1500
96 67 67 5 LEVELS Nick Jonas 25400
97 NEW 97 1 THE WANDERER Dion 1300
98 74 74 2 PERFECT One Direction 6400
99 NEW 99 1 THE POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis and The News 1100
100 NEW 100 1 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 1000

8th November 2015

It’s Coldplay, on an Adventure Of A Lifetime straight in at number one with their 6th chart-topper over a 10-year period and 15 years of chart entries. It’s been a while since a new record came in at 1 in my charts, tracks tended to grow over a period of weeks thanks to radio airplay, but the great advantage of the world release day OAOS is that it’s freshened up the music scene no end, a record can just turn up unnanounced, you can buy it instantly and 2 days later (my chart is still Sunday-based) it’s topping my chart. I now actively scour through new releases on fridays and buy the ones I like the sound of based on itunes clips. It also means my charts are highly competitive compared to some years in previous decades, what with Buzzjack Song Contest bringing batches of great new songs every month. Records get ejected far too early…

Shaun Frank snuggles up to Florence at 2, Shreya Ghoshal & friends go back up to 7 as I go Bollywood again, and Enya grabs another top 10 for her list. Ditto CeeLo. Tame Impala make it 3 top 20, Selena Gomez 2, and the gorgeous Orenda Fink track leaps back up to 20. 2nd highest new entry at 24 is Sigma, back again big with Rita Ora in drum n bass tow – their other track is thus kept out of my chart at 76 (with Diztortion) by themselves. Jean-Michel Jarre is back in the 30, and Elvis is back at 35 with an orchestral reimagining of one of his few great 70’s singles, Burning Love, which hit my top 10 in 1972, 43 years ago. I was 14 and Elvis was there all my life and still only 37. 5 years later he was dead and now he’s been dead almost as long as he was alive, but it doesn’t stop the chart entries!

Justin Bieber has been much ignored in my charts, bar one or two tracks, but I’va been forced to admit I like his latest two singles, Sorry, What do you mean!? Up to 36 while his new one is in at 57. He’s still not the greatest singer in the world, but that never held Bob Dylan back. I’ve also relented on Sam Smith, in the context of the movie Spectre, the track works and pops in at 64. Postiljonen get a 3rd top 40, X Factor chuck out another act (Fleur East) heavily borrowing from Mark Ronson/ Bruno Mars, and wholesale sampling Shake Your Body’s riff. I’m sure Jacko would approve, as long as he got writing credit, so I hope they ran it through co-writer Randy Jackson before proceeding….! Other newies, Olly’s back, ditto One Direction, Squeeze, and Walk Off The Earth. Only half of them are former X factor acts, phew!


1 NEW 1 1 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 170000
2 2 1 10 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1480000
3 6 3 3 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 185000
4 1 1 3 HELLO Adele 350000
5 5 5 3 CIRCLES Truls 168000
6 3 3 4 HAPPINESS IAMX 195000
7 31 7 7 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 179250
8 11 8 2 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 85000
9 13 9 3 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 89750
10 4 4 4 HEY BOY Take That 191000

11 7 3 6 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 309500
12 17 4 10 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 312450
13 10 10 6 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 137200
14 8 2 10 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 787000
15 9 9 6 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 158050
16 30 16 2 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 43000
17 26 17 3 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 58800
18 18 18 3 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 63250
19 20 19 8 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 140800
20 47 20 7 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 120600

21 24 21 4 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 64050
22 14 3 9 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 414000
23 15 10 7 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 177450
24 NEW 24 1 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 19000
25 12 6 10 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 233650
26 16 14 6 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 134350
27 19 6 7 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 212400
28 35 28 3 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 53300
29 29 29 6 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 83600
30 56 30 2 IMMORTALS Jean-Michel Jarre & f*** Buttons 28600

31 21 4 6 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 262650
32 25 7 8 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 250800
33 27 8 10 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 243700
34 22 22 3 RESONATE Avec Sans 43300
35 NEW 35 1 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17500
36 57 36 3 WHAT DO YOU MEAN Justin Bieber 32800
37 23 23 4 PRETTY LITTLE GANGSTER Ryder 61150
38 40 38 2 WHEN I STOP DREAMING Don Henley featuring Dolly Parton 34200
39 51 39 2 GO! Postiljonen 28850
40 54 40 5 LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran 50600

41 42 41 17 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 184900
42 28 5 8 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 290450
43 32 6 9 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 235500
44 50 14 7 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 131700
45 39 1 12 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 556500
46 36 3 9 LIGHTS Hurts 285350
47 38 6 11 THE GATES Young Empires 297700
48 75 48 2 CHEYENNE Jason Derulo 17300
49 49 49 13 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 124800
50 34 5 11 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 316100

51 37 10 10 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 283050
52 33 33 8 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 117850
53 53 53 3 SATURDAY NIGHT Yukon Blonde 28300
54 62 54 3 SECOND HAND HEART Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson 25400
55 55 55 8 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 69300
56 NEW 56 1 SAX Fleur East 10600
57 NEW 57 1 SORRY Justin Bieber 10400
58 43 24 8 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 113900
59 65 59 3 THE HILLS The Weeknd featuring Eminem 23900
60 69 60 3 HOTLINE BLING Drake 21800

61 64 61 2 I LIKE IT We The Kings 14600
62 45 16 8 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 137050
63 52 52 3 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 24700
64 NEW 64 1 WRITING’S ON THE WALL Sam Smith 7100
65 48 48 3 BETTER LOVE Foxes 30550
66 66 66 3 THE AUSTERITY OF LOVE Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott 19200
67 67 67 4 LEVELS Nick Jonas 24000
68 74 68 2 BAD Lost Kings featuring Jessame 11600
69 NEW 69 1 PAINT ME LIKE A FRENCH GIRL Breakdlaw featuring The Glitchfox 6200
70 NEW 70 1 KISS ME Olly Murs 6000

71 NEW 71 1 YOUNG AND UNAFRAID The Moth And The Flame 5800
72 73 72 2 EYES SHUT Years And Years 11000
73 NEW 73 1 CRADLE TO THE GRAVE Squeeze 5400
74 NEW 74 1 PERFECT One Direction 5200
75 NEW 75 1 RULE THE WORLD Walk Off The Earth 5000

DROP OUTS
41 25 7 R U MINE (LOST KINGS REMIX) ROZES 111050
44 8 8 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 204000
46 43 5 JOY Will Young 50450
58 49 5 FEVER Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Michael Buble 55400
59 1 14 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 684950
60 1 12 BODY Niia 638400
61 61 2 UGLY Drew 12700
63 2 11 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 499300
68 68 2 I FEEL GOOD Thomas Rhett featuring Lunchmoney Lewis 11600
70 70 1 WORDS CAN BREAK YOUR HEART Don Henley 6000
71 1 21 SHINE Years And Years 1235100
72 1 34 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1107050


1st November 2015

It’s Adele knocking off Florence after 7 weeks at 1, so she equals the 21st century record of Keane’s Disconnected, Take That’s The Flood and Brandon Flowers’ Crossfire, but falls just one week short of the record-holder Princess Of China, Coldplay and Rihanna’s 8 week topper (in 2 runs). Adele gets a second number one, way back to debut Chasing Pavements and nothing since, till now. Hello! IAMX spit venom up to 3, Kygo and Ella Henderson get their 2nd top 10 of the year, though their first together, and Elle King gets her first ever.

Highest new entry at 11 is Enya. Enya! Yes it’s been 6 years since she last charted, and 15 years since she was in the top 10 with Only Time, not to mention 27 years since Orinoco Flow gave her a first top 10. Echoes In Rain sounds like it could easily have been the follow-up, a bit late. CeeLo is up to 13, his first top 20 in 3 years, Avec Sans have a big climber into the 40, and Tame Impala get a third top 40 entry at 30, Let It Happen! Greedy Don Henley has 2 new entries, the highest a lovely country duet with Dolly Parton at 40, and Postiljonen return with Go! Both Don and Postiljonen have previously hit the top spot with Boys Of Summer and Supreme, respectively. Jean-Michel Jarre is also back after a 15-year gap, in partnership with F Buttons (as I call ‘em), giving the synth legend a cool 38 years of chart action, since Oxygene Part 4 almost topped my chart in 1977. It sounded futuristic at the time – cos it was! We The Kings get a third chart entry 4 years on from the first one, while Lost Kings pop in with a large borrow of Carl Carlton’s 80‘s hit She’s A Bad Mama Jama, and Years And Years and Jason Derulo both add to their chart entry list.

1 2 1 2 HELLO Adele 285000
2 1 1 9 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1365000
3 7 3 3 HAPPINESS IAMX 140000
4 4 4 3 HEY BOY Take That 149000
5 8 5 2 CIRCLES Truls 108000
6 9 6 2 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 100000
7 3 3 5 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 272500
8 5 2 9 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 758000
9 15 9 5 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 131050
10 18 10 5 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 105200

11 NEW 11 1 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 37000
12 6 6 9 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 215900
13 46 13 2 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 44750
14 11 3 8 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 394500
15 10 10 6 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 158200
16 16 14 5 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 115850
17 21 4 9 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 277450
18 23 18 2 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 41250
19 13 6 6 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 194000
20 26 20 7 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 119800

21 12 4 5 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 244750
22 69 22 2 RESONATE Avec Sans 25700
23 48 23 3 PRETTY LITTLE GANGSTER Ryder 43850
24 32 24 3 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 44300
25 14 7 7 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 233000
26 37 26 2 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 35800
27 17 8 9 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 226000
28 19 5 7 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 276700
29 40 29 5 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 65400
30 NEW 30 1 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 18000

31 20 9 6 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 129250
32 22 6 8 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 222000
33 33 33 7 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 106350
34 34 5 10 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 304100
35 35 35 2 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 35000
36 29 3 8 LIGHTS Hurts 372600
37 30 10 9 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 271300
38 31 6 10 THE GATES Young Empires 285200
39 39 1 11 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 543500
40 NEW 40 1 WHEN I STOP DREAMING Don Henley featuring Dolly Parton 17000

41 25 25 7 R U MINE (LOST KINGS REMIX) ROZES 111050
42 44 42 16 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 170900
43 24 24 7 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 103700
44 28 8 8 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 204000
45 27 16 7 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 129650
46 43 43 5 JOY Will Young 50450
47 36 28 6 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 100600
48 53 48 2 BETTER LOVE Foxes 23550
49 52 49 12 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 112700
50 38 14 6 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 118450

51 NEW 51 1 GO! Postiljonen 11750
52 70 52 2 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 17500
53 71 53 2 SATURDAY NIGHT Yukon Blonde 17050
54 60 54 4 LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran 33600
55 57 55 7 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 58500
56 NEW 56 1 IMMORTALS Jean-Michel Jarre & F**k Buttons 10600
57 75 57 2 WHAT DO YOU MEAN Justin Bieber 15400
58 49 49 5 FEVER Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Michael Buble 55400
59 51 1 14 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 684950
60 50 1 12 BODY Niia 638400

61 74 61 2 UGLY Drew 12700
62 65 62 2 SECOND HAND HEART Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson 14400
63 45 2 11 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 499300
64 NEW 64 1 I LIKE IT We The Kings 7100
65 66 65 2 THE HILLS The Weeknd featuring Eminem 13800
66 72 66 2 THE AUSTERITY OF LOVE Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott 12400
67 73 67 3 LEVELS Nick Jonas 17400
68 RE 68 2 I FEEL GOOD Thomas Rhett featuring Lunchmoney Lewis 11600
69 RE 69 2 HOTLINE BLING Drake 11800
70 NEW 70 1 WORDS CAN BREAK YOUR HEART Don Henley 6000

71 64 1 21 SHINE Years And Years 1235100
72 68 1 34 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1107050
73 NEW 73 1 EYES SHUT Years And Years 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BAD Lost Kings featuring Jessame 5200
75 NEW 75 1 CHEYENNE Jason Derulo 5000

DROP OUTS
41 20 3 LUVAROTORRRRRY! Reol featuring nqrse 51500
42 23 8 ALL SHE WANTS MIKA 132050
47 34 6 LET IT ALL GO RHODES & Birdy 83700
54 35 4 TAKE THIS CHANCE Anastacia 52250
55 10 9 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 208400
56 33 5 RIVERS Thomas Jack 66800
58 49 2 WAKE UP The Vamps 22300
59 15 9 THE WAKE a-ha 172750
61 10 11 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 239600
62 46 6 HELP IS COMING Crowded House 53550
63 43 3 PLAYING WITH FIRE Andreya Triana 30900
67 1 25 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 615050

2015

2015


25th October 2015

It’s a 7-week run on top for Florence, equalling Keane’s longest-running number one of the 2010’s, and the competition is absolutely intense in the top 10, making it all the more remarkable. 10 weeks in a row is the all-time record, so just 3 to go, or will she give in to highest new entry Adele, who’s stunning new ballad is in at 2, Hello? That’s her second-biggest hit, trailing only number one Chasing Pavements. Take That grabbed another chart-topper in 2014, and now they are shooting up into the top 5 again 22 years after Pray topped my chart. XYConstant go top 10, IAMX’s powerful Happiness is 68 places, and 2 new entries for Truls and Shaun Frank & KSHMR straight into the top 10 just ahead of Kishi Bashi’s second of the year means a massive clear-out at the top end of the chart.

Elle King goes top 20, Gwen Stefani is back at 23 18 years or so since No Doubt debuted, and 16 years since Gwen had her first solo credit in my top 20 with Moby (Southside), and before going on to get 2 solo chart-toppers in the noughties. New Order get a second chart entry of 2015 with help from Brandon Flowers, fresh off a string of big hits and 2 number ones in 2015, over a decade of hits for Brandon, 35 years for New Order, more or less. Others: Selena gets a quick second hit, Cee-Lo is back after a gap busy with legal affairs, so to speak, Foxes keeps the run of singles going, Kelly Clarkson is on a decade plus in tow with Ben Haenow back again, and The Weeknd gets his 3rd of the year with an assist from Eminem and 16 years-worth of singles. Ellie Goulding, and Justin Bieber, sneak in, while part of The Beautiful South get another hit at 72 with some wordplay as always.

1 1 1 8 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1250000
2 NEW 2 1 HELLO Adele 115000
3 3 3 4 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 222500
4 24 4 2 HEY BOY Take That 84000
5 2 2 8 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 710000
6 17 6 8 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 180900
7 75 7 2 HAPPINESS IAMX 55000
8 NEW 8 1 CIRCLES Truls 48000
9 NEW 9 1 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 45000
10 12 10 5 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 131200

11 4 3 7 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 365500
12 5 4 4 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 225000
13 6 6 5 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 173000
14 10 7 6 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 214250
15 18 15 4 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 86050
16 14 14 4 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 90850
17 15 8 8 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 207600
18 30 18 4 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 63200
19 7 5 6 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 258400
20 9 9 5 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 111350

21 25 4 8 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 254250
22 11 6 7 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 204200
23 NEW 23 1 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 19250
24 29 24 6 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 90200
25 28 25 6 R U MINE (LOST KINGS REMIX) ROZES 97050
26 26 26 6 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 99800
27 16 16 6 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 116650
28 8 8 7 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 190750
29 13 3 7 LIGHTS Hurts 355200
30 19 10 8 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 254000

31 22 6 9 THE GATES Young Empires 268000
32 61 32 2 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 25300
33 38 33 6 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 88650
34 27 5 9 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 286500
35 NEW 35 1 SUPERHEATED New Order featuring Brandon Flowers 17500
36 36 28 5 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 88100
37 NEW 37 1 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 17300
38 21 14 5 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 106450
39 32 1 10 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 526400
40 45 40 4 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 47200

41 20 20 3 LUVAROTORRRRRY! Reol featuring nqrse 51500
42 23 23 8 ALL SHE WANTS MIKA 132050
43 50 43 4 JOY Will Young 37700
44 44 44 15 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 157150
45 31 2 10 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 492100
46 NEW 46 1 MUSIC TO MY SOUL Cee-Lo Green 12750
47 34 34 6 LET IT ALL GO RHODES & Birdy 83700
48 48 48 2 PRETTY LITTLE GANGSTER Ryder 24600
49 53 49 4 FEVER Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Michael Buble 45200
50 41 1 11 BODY Niia 628400

51 42 1 13 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 674850
52 52 52 11 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 100600
53 NEW 53 1 BETTER LOVE Foxes 11250
54 35 35 4 TAKE THIS CHANCE Anastacia 52250
55 39 10 9 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 208400
56 33 33 5 RIVERS Thomas Jack 66800
57 57 57 6 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 47700
58 49 49 2 WAKE UP The Vamps 22300
59 37 15 9 THE WAKE a-ha 172750
60 63 60 3 LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran 22600

61 47 10 11 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 239600
62 46 46 6 HELP IS COMING Crowded House 53550
63 43 43 3 PLAYING WITH FIRE Andreya Triana 30900
64 54 1 20 SHINE Years And Years 1229300
65 NEW 65 1 SECOND HAND HEART Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson 7000
66 NEW 66 1 THE HILLS The Weeknd featuring Eminem 6800
67 67 1 25 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 615050
68 66 1 33 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1101450
69 NEW 69 1 RESONATE Avec Sans 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE Ellie Goulding 6000

71 NEW 71 1 SATURDAY NIGHT Yukon Blonde 5800
72 NEW 72 1 THE AUSTERITY OF LOVE Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott 5600
73 73 73 2 LEVELS Nick Jonas 10800
74 NEW 74 1 UGLY Drew 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WHAT DO YOU MEAN Justin Bieber 5000

DROP OUTS
40 40 5 OCEAN tiny deaths 63100
51 40 5 HEART OF OAK Richard Hawley 67500
55 6 10 BODY TALK Foxes 276100
56 37 5 FOR A BETTER DAY Avicii featuring Alex Ebert 61000
58 3 10 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 270200
59 32 5 BODY ON ME Rita Ora featuring Chris Brown 71300
60 60 3 BRAND NEW DAY Bryan Adams 22500
62 23 7 COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Above And Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes 106750
64 5 14 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 371900
65 65 2 TALK TO ME Nick Brewer featuring Bibi Bourelly 12200
68 68 3 TIRING GAME John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson 17400
69 28 7 COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato 91500
70 12 10 OH MY LOVE The Score 173200
71 71 2 LEAVE A TRACE CHVRCHES 10800
72 72 2 SOLACE Fyfe 11200
74 74 1 UP IN FLAMES Ruelle 5200

18th Oct 2015

It’s florence getting the longest run on top since keane did 7 weeks 3 years back, at 6 weeks we are getting into all-time territory! That also applies to thomas rhett’s 5 week run at 2. Very few records have had 5 consecutive weeks at 2 in my charts, and pretty much that have failed to reach number one. Ex cops fab track is 3 and highest new entry is from take that in at 24.

Its a short commentary from me cos i am on hols and going out to the bars. Hooray! Heaven doing nothing.

1 1 1 7 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 1080000
2 2 2 7 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 650000
3 12 3 3 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 137500
4 3 3 6 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 328500
5 4 4 3 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 190000
6 10 6 4 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 141000
7 5 5 5 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 237400
8 9 8 6 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 172450
9 19 9 4 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 91350
10 7 7 5 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 185250

11 6 6 6 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 184700
12 16 12 4 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 89200
13 8 3 6 LIGHTS Hurts 337000
14 23 14 3 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 65850
15 11 8 7 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 184600
16 18 16 5 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 98250
17 33 17 7 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 125900
18 21 18 3 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 59050
19 13 10 7 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 236000
20 35 20 2 LUVAROTORRRRRY! Reol featuring nqrse 37500

21 14 14 4 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 89250
22 15 6 8 THE GATES Young Empires 250100
23 25 23 7 ALL SHE WANTS MIKA 118300
24 NEW 24 1 HEY BOY Take That 19000
25 17 4 7 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 234500
26 29 26 5 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 91300
27 20 5 8 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 268900
28 28 28 5 R U MINE (LOST KINGS REMIX) ROZES 78300
29 48 29 5 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 71200
30 36 30 3 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 41200

31 22 2 9 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 479100
32 24 1 9 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 509300
33 37 33 4 RIVERS Thomas Jack 56200
34 40 34 5 LET IT ALL GO RHODES & Birdy 71200
35 42 35 3 TAKE THIS CHANCE Anastacia 41250
36 32 28 4 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 70700
37 30 15 8 THE WAKE a-ha 162650
38 38 38 5 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 70950
39 39 10 8 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 197600
40 43 40 5 OCEAN tiny deaths 63100

41 31 1 10 BODY Niia 616400
42 34 1 12 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 663100
43 58 43 2 PLAYING WITH FIRE Andreya Triana 23700
44 47 44 14 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 143900
45 60 45 3 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 30200
46 57 46 5 HELP IS COMING Crowded House 46150
47 45 10 10 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 232100
48 NEW 48 1 PRETTY LITTLE GANGSTER Ryder 12300
49 NEW 49 1 WAKE UP The Vamps 12100
50 67 50 3 JOY Will Young 24200

51 41 40 5 HEART OF OAK Richard Hawley 67500
52 55 52 10 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 89100
53 53 53 3 FEVER Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Michael Buble 33100
54 52 1 19 SHINE Years And Years 1222200
55 46 6 10 BODY TALK Foxes 276100
56 56 37 5 FOR A BETTER DAY Avicii featuring Alex Ebert 61000
57 61 57 5 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 37300
58 50 3 10 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 270200
59 49 32 5 BODY ON ME Rita Ora featuring Chris Brown 71300
60 64 60 3 BRAND NEW DAY Bryan Adams 22500

61 NEW 61 1 WAVES DANCE WITH THE DEAD 7500
62 51 23 7 COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Above And Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes 106750
63 73 63 2 LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran y
64 54 5 14 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 371900
65 74 65 2 TALK TO ME Nick Brewer featuring Bibi Bourelly 12200
66 65 1 32 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1095050
67 66 1 24 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 608450
68 71 68 3 TIRING GAME John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson 17400
69 59 28 7 COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato 91500
70 68 12 10 OH MY LOVE The Score 173200

71 75 71 2 LEAVE A TRACE CHVRCHES 10800
72 72 72 2 SOLACE Fyfe 11200
73 NEW 73 1 LEVELS Nick Jonas 5400
74 NEW 74 1 UP IN FLAMES Ruelle 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HAPPINESS IAMX 5000

DROP OUTS
26 15 16 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 218900
27 19 7 TINY DANCER Elton John 108850
44 9 11 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 284300
62 39 6 TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS Don Henley 61900
63 25 5 FEED YOUR HEAD (RADIO EDIT) Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Jefferson Airplane 62200
69 36 4 TWO MINDS NERO 51200
70 7 11 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 234350

11th October 2015

It’s a whopping 5-week run on top for the unstoppable machine that is Florence, Queen Of Peace, Queen Of Charts, so many challengers for the crown but to be honest none come close. That’s still bad news for Thomas Rhett and a very unlucky 4th week at 2, still crashing still burning, while PHASES and their fab video go up to 3. Jack Savoretti gets a 3rd top 10 of 2015, Duran Duran get a 2nd top 10 of 2015 too and Kiesza her 2nd in total, and Jeff Lynne aka ELO makes it a good mostly-non-stop run of Top 10 singles for 43 years, albeit missing with new material (but not with old material) for 25 years.

Kishi Bashi has 2 in the 20, MIKA has an about-face and hits a new peak of 25 with a sweet song with charmingly bitter lyrics, in an affectionate amusing stylee. Pity he’s no longer flavour of the month in the fickle pop biz. At least I’m loyal to good old pop stars! Highest new entry at 35 is Japanese anime cheesy stomping dance pop, LUVORATORRRRRY! Huge bit of fun which obsessed me during the week, it might not last but it’s fast food and tasty. Elle King, eh? Oh! She’s in the 40 with her bunch of exes in speedos and not much else. Not many new entries this week, so I’ll just say a buzzjack sorry i Ive not commented on your charts yet, been away this weekend and busy sorting a friend on hols in Mafia country who found himself suddenly passport, cheque cards and cash-less, not to mention no mobile top-up and no mobile charger. If you’re gonna do it, do it well…..

1 1 1 6 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 910000
2 2 2 6 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 535000
3 5 3 5 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 263500
4 4 4 2 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 130000
5 6 5 4 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 187400
6 12 6 5 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 147700
7 7 7 4 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 143250
8 3 3 5 LIGHTS Hurts 305000
9 18 9 5 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 124450
10 16 10 3 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 86000

11 8 8 6 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 157600
12 35 12 2 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 52500
13 10 10 6 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 215000
14 17 14 3 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 69500
15 9 6 7 THE GATES Young Empires 230600
16 24 16 3 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 54200
17 21 4 6 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 215750
18 20 18 4 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 73250
19 25 19 3 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 46350
20 13 5 7 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 250500

21 37 21 2 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 37050
22 11 2 8 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 461200
23 34 23 2 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 36850
24 14 1 8 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 491500
25 58 25 6 ALL SHE WANTS MIKA 99050
26 15 15 16 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 218900
27 19 19 7 TINY DANCER Elton John 108850
28 30 28 4 R U MINE (LOST KINGS REMIX) ROZES 60000
29 29 29 4 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 72800
30 23 15 7 THE WAKE a-ha 145350

31 22 1 9 BODY Niia 602400
32 28 28 3 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 53300
33 43 26 6 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 102900
34 26 1 11 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 649350
35 NEW 35 1 LUVAROTORRRRRY! Ver Reoru featuring nqrse 17500
36 71 36 2 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 23200
37 41 37 3 RIVERS Thomas Jack 38500
38 42 38 4 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 53750
39 27 10 7 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 180500
40 48 40 4 LET IT ALL GO RHODES & Birdy 53600

41 40 40 4 HEART OF OAK Richard Hawley 55750
42 60 42 2 TAKE THIS CHANCE Anastacia 23750
43 46 43 4 OCEAN tiny deaths 46100
44 36 9 11 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 284300
45 39 10 9 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 219600
46 31 6 9 BODY TALK Foxes 265200
47 47 47 13 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 130650
48 38 38 4 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 53000
49 32 32 4 BODY ON ME Rita Ora featuring Chris Brown 61200
50 33 3 9 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 260000

51 44 23 6 COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Above And Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes 99350
52 49 1 18 SHINE Years And Years 1211200
53 56 53 2 FEVER Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Michael Buble 21850
54 45 5 13 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 364800
55 55 55 9 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 77600
56 53 37 4 FOR A BETTER DAY Avicii featuring Alex Ebert 50400
57 59 57 4 HELP IS COMING Crowded House 33400
58 NEW 58 1 PLAYING WITH FIRE Andreya Triana 10200
59 52 28 6 COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato 85300
60 63 60 2 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 17200

61 62 61 4 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 26900
62 61 39 6 TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS Don Henley 61900
63 54 25 5 FEED YOUR HEAD (RADIO EDIT) Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Jefferson Airplane 62200
64 73 64 2 BRAND NEW DAY Bryan Adams 12500
65 64 1 31 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1088250
66 65 1 23 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 601850
67 72 67 2 JOY Will Young 12200
68 50 12 9 OH MY LOVE The Score 167200
69 57 36 4 TWO MINDS NERO 51200
70 51 7 11 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 234350

71 74 71 2 TIRING GAME John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson 11000
72 NEW 72 1 SOLACE Fyfe 5600
73 NEW 73 1 LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran 5400
74 NEW 74 1 TALK TO ME Nick Brewer featuring Bibi Bourelly 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LEAVE A TRACE CHVRCHES 5000

DROP OUTS
66 56 4 SOCKETS Slaves 29800
67 10 11 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 225100
68 1 14 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 656950
69 20 5 WRITTEN IN THE WATER Gin Wigmore 70350
70 70 3 HIGH BY THE BEACH Lana Del Ray 17000
75 75 1 VICTORIOUS Panic! At The Disco 5000

4th October 2015

It’s Florence for a 4th fabulous week, I just get so exasperated at what makes the charts these streaming days. 4 or 5 years ago this record would have been a monster, quite deservedly. Epic. Bad news for Thomas Rhett who gets 3 weeks stuck at 2, still love it. Look who’s in at 4!! A week ago I wouldnt have put any money on Miley Cyrus punching in at 4 from nowhere, but this theme tune to a new gay-themed movie is just a ballad anthem, best thing she’s done.

Kylie gets a 3rd top 10 hit this year, Pink gets a good jump to keep her run of non-consecutive top 20 hits going, 15 years and counting. Big leaps into the 40 for Kishi Bashi, one of 2, and Shreya Ghoshal (her biggest), while quirky new entries for a new blues clapalong Son Of A Bitch (Pure Elvis outdoing Elvis), some Ex Cops, Kygo getting his 3rd of the year, ditto Ella Henderson. Elvis is back, he hasn’t left the building – it’s an orchestral version with Michael Buble duetting on one of his good early tracks, Fever. Madonna and Peggy Lee had better known versions, but Elvis’ is pretty good too, and the new version is well done, meaning of course that being dead for nearly 40 years hasn’t stopped The King having new hit records. He was actually alive and brilliant for the start of my charts, and then less good for the next few years, but spans 46 years now.

Anastacia is also back after a gap, having had a previous number one in my chart (Sick And Tired), and since I now have access to my old charts I’ll post her biggest hits just because I can! Bryan Adams is also back 30 years on, with a track that suspiciously sounds like a Jeff Lynne production – because it is. So he’s got two in the chart. Elle King gets a fab glamrock-flavoured synth stomper new entry a year late, but I missed this one and I didn’t know her dad is actor-comedian Rob Schneider. Finally, so many tracks are still being forced out of my charts due to the intense competition, even after only one week, and I’ve downloaded them all, and more that have yet to chart, so I thought I’d also list those yet to chart, hanging about waiting….


1 1 1 5 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 740000
2 2 2 5 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 420000
3 3 3 4 LIGHTS Hurts 257000
4 NEW 4 1 HANDS OF LOVE Miley Cyrus 65000
5 7 5 4 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 178500
6 6 6 3 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 127400
7 13 7 3 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 93250
8 17 8 5 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 120600
9 8 6 6 THE GATES Young Empires 203600
10 10 10 5 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 183000

11 4 2 7 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 441700
12 12 12 4 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 92700
13 5 5 6 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 230500
14 9 1 7 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 472500
15 16 15 15 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 200400
16 24 16 2 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 44000
17 35 17 2 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 40500
18 19 18 4 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 79450
19 20 19 6 TINY DANCER Elton John 90450
20 25 20 3 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 51250

21 11 4 5 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 192750
22 14 1 8 BODY Niia 584500
23 15 15 6 THE WAKE a-ha 127350
24 58 24 2 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 29200
25 67 25 2 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 25350
26 21 1 10 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 631750
27 18 10 6 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 163400
28 38 28 2 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 35500
29 29 29 3 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 54600
30 33 30 3 R U MINE (LOST KINGS REMIX) ROZES 41700

31 22 6 8 BODY TALK Foxes 251950
32 32 32 3 BODY ON ME Rita Ora featuring Chris Brown 49100
33 31 3 8 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 248000
34 NEW 34 1 S.O.B. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats 17600
35 NEW 35 1 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 17500
36 23 9 10 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 271050
37 NEW 37 1 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 17300
38 51 38 3 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 40700
39 27 10 8 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 206600
40 42 40 3 HEART OF OAK Richard Hawley 41750

41 63 41 2 RIVERS Thomas Jack 21200
42 50 42 3 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 36550
43 26 26 5 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 85200
44 34 23 5 COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Above And Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes 87600
45 37 5 12 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 353800
46 46 46 3 OCEAN tiny deaths 32600
47 47 47 12 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 118150
48 48 48 3 LET IT ALL GO RHODES & Birdy 36600
49 43 1 17 SHINE Years And Years 1199700
50 40 12 8 OH MY LOVE The Score 160800

51 30 7 10 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 228350
52 28 28 5 COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato 75200
53 53 37 3 FOR A BETTER DAY Avicii featuring Alex Ebert 39800
54 41 25 4 FEED YOUR HEAD (RADIO EDIT) Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Jefferson Airplane 55000
55 55 55 8 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 66800
56 NEW 56 1 FEVER Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Michael Buble 10600
57 36 36 3 TWO MINDS NERO 45000
58 39 30 5 ALL SHE WANTS MIKA 80300
59 64 59 3 HELP IS COMING Crowded House 23000
60 NEW 60 1 TAKE THIS CHANCE Anastacia 10000

61 49 39 5 TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS Don Henley 54500
62 66 62 3 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 19400
63 NEW 63 1 LOVE ME LIKE YOU Little Mix 7200
64 60 1 30 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1081250
65 61 1 22 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 595050
66 56 56 4 SOCKETS Slaves 29800
67 59 10 11 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 225100
68 45 1 14 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 656950
69 57 20 5 WRITTEN IN THE WATER Gin Wigmore 70350
70 70 70 3 HIGH BY THE BEACH Lana Del Ray 17000

71 NEW 71 1 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 5800
72 NEW 72 1 JOY Will Young 5600
73 NEW 73 1 BRAND NEW DAY Bryan Adams 5400
74 NEW 74 1 TIRING GAME John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson 5200
75 NEW 75 1 VICTORIOUS Panic! At The Disco 5000

DROP OUTS
44 5 12 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 344650
52 40 4 THIS TOWN Kacey Musgraves 52100
54 20 5 STEP INSIDE LOVE (ALMIGHTY RADIO EDIT) CIlla Black 83750
62 49 2 SPRING/SUN/WINTER/DREAD Everything Everything 19500
65 58 2 SOMETHING RIGHT Molly Pettersson Hammar 17200
68 7 7 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 233050
69 29 4 WHERE I BELONG HomeTown 55600
71 71 1 DITMAS Mumford & Sons 5800
72 72 1 HOTLINE BLING Drake 5600
73 73 1 WONDERFUL LIFE Katie Melua 5400
74 74 1 I FEEL GOOD Thomas Rhett featuring Lunchmoney Lewis 5200
75 75 1 HONEY, HONEY Tom Jones featuring Imelda May 5000

BUBBLING UNDERS:

LAY IT ALL ON ME Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran
PLAYING WITH FIRE Andreya Triana
PYSCHO Muse
WAKE UP The Vamps
TALK TO ME Nick Brewer featuring Bibi Bourelly
LEAVE A TRACE CHVRCHES
HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Squeeze
DREAMS Life Of Dillon
NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES
SNAKESKIN Deerhunter
GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE The Beatles
FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
SHACKLES (PRAISE YOU) Mary Mary
BEAUTIFUL Carole King
CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat
LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black
CHANGES David Bowie
RIDE-O-ROCKET Brothers Johnson


ANASTACIA’S TOP 10

1 1 19 SICK AND TIRED 1012200 (2004)
2 3 22 LEFT OUTSIDE ALONE 713200 (2004)
3 2 16 I’M OUTTA LOVE 627550 (2000)
4 19 20 ONE DAY IN YOUR LIFE 277700 (2002)
5 14 13 WELCOME TO MY TRUTH 166400 (2005)
6 28 7 WHY’D YOU LIE TO ME 90600 (2002)
7 35 5 PAID MY DUES 72900 (2001)
8 40 5 BOOM 61500 (2002)
9 43 5 NOT THAT KIND 54900 (2001)
10 30 4 COWBOYS AND KISSES 53550 (2001)

27th September 2015

3 weeks on top for Florence, as Thomas Rhett sticks at 2 and Hurts hit the top 3 for the second time this year. Kishi Bashi goes back up to a new peak of 5, as his new track enters at 58, neither song has a title that makes you think “Oh I’ve heard that title before”. Big jumps for Noonie Bao, Jack Savoretti on his 3rd top 20 of the year, and Kylie on her 3rd too, though Shaggy (also on the record) hits the 20 for the first time in over a decade and takes his run to 22 years.

So many records enter and go up, and there’s so much competition, that records that should by rights be climbing are dropping, and indeed falling out of the charts entirely just cos there’s not enough room for them. Doh! Highest new entry is ELO. Or Jeff Lynne. Or both. When I Was A Boy is a sweet “Free As A Bird”-influenced ballad (which he produced for the Beatles) full of nostalgia, and Jeff’s first actual new material in ooh over 15 years or so. As I’m a huge fan, I say a big YAY! and note that ELO first hit my charts with number one 10538 Overture in 1972, and just kept on going really, through his solo years, Traveling Wilbury-dom, and producing others. As a member of The Move, too, Jeff now has 45 sweet years in my charts.

Elsewhere: P!NK’s back with another goodie, that’ll be over 15 years of goodies then; Orenda Fink enters with a totally Twin Peaks-sounding haunting guitar ballad (fab); Tom Jones has an old-sounding country song that isn’t, aided by Imelda May, and which extends The Voice’s span of chart entries to an incredible 47 years. Incredible Tom is still knocking ‘em out, and incredible I’ve been charting them that long! Katie Melua covers Black, nice enough version, Thomas Rhett is back with some lunchmoney book-ending the chart bar one track at either end, while Drake speeds up the classic Timmy Thomas riff from Why Can’t We Live Together, huge gospel blues song for me from 1973, and infinitely superior to this other-wise decent re-use of it. Finally Shreya Ghoshal gets a second entry of the year, also from a movie, a Bollywood bit of fun along with Kumar Sanu and Sajid-Wajid. The video is fun.

1 1 1 4 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 570000
2 2 2 4 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 305000
3 4 3 3 LIGHTS Hurts 172000
4 3 2 6 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 404700
5 22 5 5 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 198500
6 36 6 2 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 72400
7 7 7 3 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 118500
8 6 6 5 THE GATES Young Empires 158600
9 5 1 6 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 443500
10 12 10 4 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 141000

11 8 4 4 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 173000
12 33 12 3 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 57700
13 53 13 2 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 43250
14 9 1 7 BODY Niia 565000
15 15 15 5 THE WAKE a-ha 108100
16 16 16 14 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 173400
17 19 17 4 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 72600
18 10 10 5 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 145000
19 23 19 3 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 57450
20 21 20 5 TINY DANCER Elton John 69450

21 11 1 9 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 613250
22 13 6 7 BODY TALK Foxes 234050
23 14 9 9 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 253650
24 NEW 24 1 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 19000
25 47 25 2 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 31250
26 27 26 4 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 71700
27 17 10 7 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 189500
28 31 28 4 COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato 63700
29 29 29 2 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 36400
30 18 7 9 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 216600

31 24 3 7 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 230300
32 43 32 2 BODY ON ME Rita Ora featuring Chris Brown 31300
33 70 33 2 R U MINE (LOST KINGS REMIX) ROZES 23700
34 26 23 4 COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Above And Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes 74350
35 NEW 35 1 TODAY’S THE DAY P!NK 17500
36 38 36 2 TWO MINDS NERO 34600
37 32 5 11 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 340800
38 NEW 38 1 HOLY HOLY Orenda Fink 17200
39 30 30 4 ALL SHE WANTS MIKA 70100
40 28 12 7 OH MY LOVE The Score 148800

41 25 25 3 FEED YOUR HEAD (RADIO EDIT) Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Jefferson Airplane 44000
42 54 42 2 HEART OF OAK Richard Hawley 24750
43 41 1 16 SHINE Years And Years 1187600
44 34 5 12 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 344650
45 35 1 13 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 649850
46 64 46 2 OCEAN tiny deaths 19850
47 48 47 11 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 105650
48 50 48 2 LET IT ALL GO RHODES & Birdy 24300
49 39 39 4 TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS Don Henley 47000
50 55 50 2 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 22800

51 51 51 2 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 23500
52 40 40 4 THIS TOWN Kacey Musgraves 52100
53 37 37 2 FOR A BETTER DAY Avicii featuring Alex Ebert 28550
54 20 20 5 STEP INSIDE LOVE (ALMIGHTY RADIO EDIT) CIlla Black 83750
55 56 55 7 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 56000
56 68 56 3 SOCKETS Slaves 23000
57 42 20 4 WRITTEN IN THE WATER Gin Wigmore 64150
58 NEW 58 1 PHILOSOPHIZE IN IT! CHEMICALIZE WITH IT! Kishi Bashi 10200
59 44 10 10 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 218500
60 57 1 29 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1074150

61 61 1 21 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 588050
62 49 49 2 SPRING/SUN/WINTER/DREAD Everything Everything 19500
63 NEW 63 1 RIVERS Thomas Jack 7200
64 71 64 2 HELP IS COMING Crowded House 12900
65 58 58 2 SOMETHING RIGHT Molly Pettersson Hammar 17200
66 74 66 2 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 12000
67 NEW 67 1 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 6600
68 46 7 7 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 233050
69 45 29 4 WHERE I BELONG HomeTown 55600
70 75 70 2 HIGH BY THE BEACH Lana Del Ray 11000

71 NEW 71 1 DITMAS Mumford & Sons 5800
72 NEW 72 1 HOTLINE BLING Drake 5600
73 NEW 73 1 WONDERFUL LIFE Katie Melua 5400
74 NEW 74 1 I FEEL GOOD Thomas Rhett featuring Lunchmoney Lewis 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HONEY, HONEY Tom Jones featuring Imelda May 5000

DROP OUTS
52 32 5 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 74700
59 59 2 HEER/ GOLDEN MOMENT Howard Goodall & The Original London Bend It Like Beckham Cast (Rekha Sawnhey) 16500
60 4 12 WHEN M+A 416650
62 8 10 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 266850
63 3 12 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 383900
65 1 21 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1572600
66 1 20 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 731200
67 67 1 ON FIRE Stefanie Heinzmann 6600
69 69 3 LONG WAY HOME Kerri Watt 18400
72 67 3 HAPPY DAYS Squeeze 17200
73 66 2 JITTER Grace Mitchell 12200

20th September 2015

It’s Florence for a second week on top, and well deserved as she’s held off a batch of records that could easily be my number one this week, the competition is extraordinarily fierce, as there are about 25 tracks not in my chart which ought to be, and consequently tracks that are at 75 are about 25 places too low, top 40 about 15 places too low, 20 about 10 places too low, and top 10 should all be easily top 5. That’s bad for Thomas Rhett who crashes and burns at 2, but it’s a great countrypop track anyway. Hurts get another top 5 to add to their growing list, and Young Empires and PHASES are neck and neck just outside the top 5 both with fab videos too.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis finally get into the 10, giving Melle Mel his first for 31 years, and a-ha make it 2 top 20’s this year, not bad 30 years on, and just ahead of Duran Duran who have an even longer run. It at 29, it’s 1969 American biggie, UK flop, The Cowsills, a family pop group who had a TV series based on their career (The Partridge Family) after hitting big with Hair and this one, the melodic charming The Rain The Park And Other Things. Jack Savoretti gets a 3rd top 40 entry as the UK charts continue to ignore him, boo hiss! Don Henley gets his first solo top 40 in a couple of decades or so, I think, while loads of current stars get more new entries lower down, including one (BORNS) which pops back after a break now Radio One are pushing it. Kylie’s rate of singles at the moment is break-neck, her 3rd in 3 or 4 months (collaborations and film themes), lengthening her long 27-year run! Some odlies at the lower end, Carla Thomas’ fab original of Gee Whiz is over 50 years old, and she followed her dad into the pop charts as a teenager with this – her dad is Rufus Thomas. Finally Crowded House have a charity-inspired entry, proceeds going to a worthy cause to help refugee children.

1 1 1 3 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 400000
2 7 2 3 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rett 190000
3 2 2 5 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 339700
4 18 4 2 LIGHTS Hurts 87000
5 3 1 5 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 398500
6 19 6 4 THE GATES Young Empires 110600
7 26 7 2 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 68500
8 4 4 3 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 136000
9 5 1 6 BODY Niia 520000
10 11 10 4 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 123000

11 6 1 8 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 593500
12 13 12 3 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 99000
13 8 6 6 BODY TALK Foxes 214550
14 9 9 8 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 234400
15 22 15 4 THE WAKE a-ha 81100
16 16 16 13 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 148400
17 10 10 6 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 171100
18 12 7 8 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 198600
19 27 19 3 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 49600
20 21 20 4 STEP INSIDE LOVE (ALMIGHTY RADIO EDIT) Cilla Black 72750

21 39 21 4 TINY DANCER Elton John 49450
22 14 8 4 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 138500
23 38 23 2 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 36450
24 15 3 6 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 212400
25 53 25 2 FEED YOUR HEAD (RADIO EDIT) Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Jefferson Airplane 30000
26 23 23 3 COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Above And Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes 56750
27 33 27 3 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 53200
28 17 12 6 OH MY LOVE The Score 131800
29 NEW 29 1 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 18200
30 30 30 3 ALL SHE WAS MIKA 53000

31 35 31 3 COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato 45400
32 24 5 10 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 323500
33 75 33 2 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 22700
34 28 5 11 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 331400
35 25 1 12 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 636850
36 NEW 36 1 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 17400
37 NEW 37 1 FOR A BETTER DAY Avicii featuring Alex Ebert 17300
38 NEW 38 1 TWO MINDS NERO 17200
39 50 39 3 TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS Don Henley 34900
40 40 40 3 THIS TOWN Kacey Musgraves 40600

41 31 1 15 SHINE Years And Years 1174100
42 20 20 3 WRITTEN IN THE WATER Gin Wigmore 53750
43 NEW 43 1 BODY ON ME Rita Ora featuring Chris Brown 13500
44 34 10 9 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 208400
45 29 29 3 WHERE I BELONG HomeTown 49400
46 36 7 6 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 226650
47 NEW 47 1 DANGEROUS Big Data featuring Joywave 12500
48 52 48 10 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 93150
49 NEW 49 1 SPRING/SUN/WINTER/DREAD Everything Everything 12100
50 NEW 50 1 LET IT ALL GO RHODES & Birdy 12000

51 NEW 51 1 ELECTRIC LOVE BORNS 11750
52 32 32 5 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 74700
53 NEW 53 1 BLACK AND WHITE Kylie Minogue + Garibay featuring Shaggy 11250
54 NEW 54 1 HEART OF OAK Richard Hawley 11000
55 NEW 55 1 RUNNIN’ (LOSE IT ALL) Naughty Boy featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin 10800
56 60 56 6 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 45200
57 57 1 28 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1064150
58 NEW 58 1 SOMETHING RIGHT Molly Pettersson Hammar 10200
59 68 59 2 HEER/ GOLDEN MOMENT Howard Goodall & The Original London Bend It Like Beckham Cast (Rekha Sawnhey) 16500
60 46 4 12 WHEN M+A 416650

61 58 1 20 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 580550
62 47 8 10 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 266850
63 45 3 12 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 383900
64 NEW 64 1 OCEAN tiny deaths 7100
65 61 1 21 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1572600
66 65 1 20 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 731200
67 NEW 67 1 ON FIRE Stefanie Heinzmann 6600
68 70 68 2 SOCKETS Slaves 12400
69 69 69 3 LONG WAY HOME Kerri Watt 18400
70 NEW 70 1 R U MINE (LOST KINGS REMIX) ROZES 6000

71 NEW 71 1 HELP IS COMING Crowded House 5800
72 RE 67 3 HAPPY DAYS Squeeze 17200
73 66 66 2 JITTER Grace Mitchell 12200
74 NEW 74 1 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HIGH BY THE BEACH Lana Del Ray 5000

DROP OUTS
37 37 3 I AM Leona Lewis 39400
41 2 11 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 554750
42 12 12 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 197700
43 6 8 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 194400
44 2 11 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 691850
48 25 5 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 72350
49 9 8 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 216500
51 28 6 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 90150
54 54 3 THE GHOST OF LOVE Simply Red 22200
55 45 4 GOOD TIMES Ella Eyre featuring Sigma 40400
56 56 4 RESTLESS New Order 31700
59 8 7 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 178050
62 32 5 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 64050
63 34 5 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 62400
64 50 5 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 46700
67 48 5 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 39900
71 71 2 GUEST LIST Ward Thomas 11000
72 72 3 (I NEVER PROMISED YOU A) ROSE GARDEN (total 956700) Lynn Anderson 16800
73 73 3 RATTLE THAT LOCK David Gilmour 16200
74 74 2 DRAG ME DOWN One Direction 10200

13th September 2015

Florence does it at long last, having peaked as high as 2 before – and it’s a marathon (and flop) single that does it, I don’t understand why it wasn’t the lead single, Queen Of Peace is easily up there with her best work. Fab. That means Rationale has to settle for runners-up, with the fantastic Fuel To The Fire, while Taylor Swift hits 4 and one of her biggest chart hits in my world, and again I wonder why it was left to be umpteenth track off the album 1989. Hey ho. Thomas Rett goes top 10, (ooh! ahh!) as Sugarhill gang finally get that elusive top 10 track 33 years late.

Highest new entry are Hurts at 18, following up a number 2 pretty quickly. Lights is fab. Young Empires open up The Gates at 19, PHASES are in at 26, great video to that one, and Duke Dumont gets a huge climb to 27 with Ocean Drive and an acid house guest vocalist. Demi Lovato gets a top 40, she has after all been UP recently, and now she’s Cool For The Summer. Weren’t we all in the UK! Wet, too. Duran Duran get a 2nd top 40 hit at 38, this time with an assist from Kiesza, her 4th chart entry. Elton John’s Tiny Dancer was pretty obscure back in the 70’s, these days it’s his 2nd-biggest downloaded track, and it’s reward is to finally make my top 40 with a leap.

Kacey Musgraves get a charming 2nd top 40 this year, and a sampled dance track of Grace Slick, taken from Jefferson Airplane’s UK flop, US hit, White Rabbit, hits 53 for Paul Kalkbrenner. They first charted in my charts in 1980, top 5 with Jane, though the Airplane had been swapped for a Starship by then. Eventually Jefferson got dropped too, along with song quality, and they were rewarded with their biggest hits later in the 80’s. Grace’s finest moment was in 1980, solo, an epic record called Dreams.

1 5 1 2 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 230000
2 3 2 4 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 254700
3 1 1 4 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 338500
4 17 4 2 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 88000
5 2 1 5 BODY Niia 465000
6 4 1 7 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 556500
7 16 7 2 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rett 75000
8 6 6 5 BODY TALK Foxes 182550
9 9 9 7 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 205400
10 11 10 5 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 148100

11 18 11 3 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 81000
12 7 7 7 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 176600
13 13 13 2 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 64000
14 10 8 3 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 119000
15 8 3 5 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 193400
16 19 16 12 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 123400
17 12 12 5 OH MY LOVE The Score 113000
18 NEW 18 1 LIGHTS Hurts 22000
19 37 19 3 THE GATES Young Empires 55600
20 20 20 2 WRITTEN IN THE WATER Gin Wigmore 40000

21 23 21 3 STEP INSIDE LOVE (ALMIGHTY RADIO EDIT) CIlla Black 52750
22 35 22 3 THE WAKE a-ha 54100
23 24 23 2 COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Above And Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes 38250
24 14 5 9 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 305700
25 15 1 11 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 619350
26 NEW 26 1 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 18500
27 58 27 2 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 28600
28 26 5 10 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 313800
29 29 29 2 WHERE I BELONG HomeTown 36400
30 40 30 2 ALL SHE WAS MIKA 35000

31 21 1 14 SHINE Years And Years 1160100
32 36 32 4 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 63200
33 39 33 2 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 34800
34 31 10 8 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 195150
35 60 35 2 COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato 27500
36 22 7 5 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 213900
37 50 37 3 I AM Leona Lewis 39400
38 NEW 38 1 LAST NIGHT IN THE CITY Duran Duran featuring Kiesza 17200
39 68 39 3 TINY DANCER Elton John 29700
40 67 40 2 THIS TOWN Kacey Musgraves 23600

41 32 2 11 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 554750
42 25 12 12 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 197700
43 27 6 8 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 194400
44 34 2 11 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 691850
45 44 3 11 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 376700
46 43 4 11 WHEN M+A 404650
47 33 8 9 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 259450
48 30 25 5 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 72350
49 38 9 8 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 216500
50 71 50 2 TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS Don Henley 17800

51 28 28 6 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 90150
52 52 52 9 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 80850
53 NEW 53 1 FEED YOUR HEAD (RADIO EDIT) Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Jefferson Airplane 11250
54 69 54 3 THE GHOST OF LOVE Simply Red 22200
55 45 45 4 GOOD TIMES Ella Eyre featuring Sigma 40400
56 59 56 4 RESTLESS New Order 31700
57 57 1 27 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1053750
58 55 1 19 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 573050
59 46 8 7 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 178050
60 65 60 5 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 34600

61 56 1 20 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1565600
62 42 32 5 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 64050
63 41 34 5 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 62400
64 54 50 5 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 46700
65 64 1 19 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 724400
66 NEW 66 1 JITTER Grace Mitchell 6800
67 62 48 5 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 39900
68 NEW 68 1 HEER/ GOLDEN MOMENT Howard Goodall & The Original London Bend It Like Beckham Cast (Rekha Sawnhey) 6400
69 70 69 2 LONG WAY HOME Kerri Watt 12200
70 NEW 70 1 SOCKETS Slaves 6000

71 74 71 2 GUEST LIST Ward Thomas 11000
72 72 72 3 (I NEVER PROMISED YOU A) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson 16800
73 73 73 3 RATTLE THAT LOCK David Gilmour 16200
74 75 74 2 DRAG ME DOWN One Direction 10200
75 NEW 75 1 BACK WHERE I BELONG Jack Savoretti 5000

DROP OUTS
47 33 4 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING AND ANYTHING AT ALL Kylie Minogue 52600
48 14 5 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 97500
49 18 7 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 103950
51 35 7 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 90750
53 18 11 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 165550
61 40 2 90’s LOVE (ACID PT. II) The Caulfield Beats 24500
63 2 15 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 625300
66 66 2 INTOXICATED Martin Solveig and GTA 13600

6th September 2015

It’s Nerina Pallot getting her second chart-topper 4 years on since Turn Me On Again did the trick. Rousseau is following me following me delightfully buzzing about in my head. Rationale climbs up to 3, adding fuel to the fire for the race for next week’s chart-topper, cos there’s a deluge of new songs entering high up, led by Florence And The Machine getting their (or her) biggest since Shake It Out. She’s had a handful of big singles in my charts but has yet to crack the top slot, but coming in at 5 is a good start, with Queen Of Peace, gorgeous.

Marlon Roudette returns with a second top 20 hit, Everybody feeling Something? I know I am. There’s some country jamming (ugh! ahhh! see the youtube!) as Thomas Rett enters at 16 just ahead of Taylor Swift pushing yet another 1989 track, and this one is actually better than a couple of the previous ones, in my Wildest Dreams. Gin Wigmore also gets a second top 20, Above And Beyond a second top 40, and MIKA returns yet again with a sweet 8 and a half years of top 40 tracks, non-stop pretty much. Lower down, Eagles man Don Henley drops a new track to give him 33 years of solo hits and 43 years of Eagles hits. Not a bad run really….

1 4 1 3 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 253500
2 1 1 4 BODY Niia 405000
3 11 3 3 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 139700
4 2 1 6 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 501500
5 NEW 5 1 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 60000
6 6 6 4 BODY TALK Foxes 134550
7 10 7 6 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 141600
8 3 3 4 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 166400
9 9 9 6 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 160400
10 8 8 2 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 90000

11 13 11 4 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 106100
12 16 12 4 OH MY LOVE The Score 90000
13 NEW 13 1 EVERYBODY FEELING SOMETHING Marlon Roudette featuring K. Stewart 32000
14 12 5 8 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 286700
15 5 1 10 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 600600
16 NEW 16 1 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rett 25000
17 NEW 17 1 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 23000
18 18 18 2 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 44000
19 22 19 11 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 98400
20 NEW 20 1 WRITTEN IN THE WATER Gin Wigmore 20000

21 15 1 13 SHINE Years And Years 1142200
22 7 7 4 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 196500
23 42 23 2 STEP INSIDE LOVE (ALMIGHTY RADIO EDIT) CIlla Black 33000
24 NEW 24 1 COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Above And Beyond featuring Gemma Hayes 19000
25 17 12 11 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 183950
26 24 5 9 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 295500
27 14 6 7 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 180900
28 28 28 5 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 78400
29 NEW 29 1 WHERE I BELONG HomeTown 18200
30 25 25 4 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 60050

31 27 10 7 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 177550
32 21 2 10 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 540750
33 23 8 8 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 246950
34 20 2 10 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 678600
35 39 35 2 THE WAKE a-ha 34600
36 38 36 3 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 45400
37 37 37 2 THE GATES Young Empires 34600
38 19 9 7 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 204400
39 NEW 39 1 DO IT WELL XYconstant featuring Tom Aspaul 17100
40 NEW 40 1 ALL SHE WAS MIKA 17000

41 34 34 4 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 55200
42 32 32 4 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 56650
43 26 4 10 WHEN M+A 391900
44 41 3 10 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 363700
45 57 45 3 GOOD TIMES Ella Eyre featuring Sigma 29600
46 29 8 6 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 167950
47 33 33 4 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING AND ANYTHING AT ALL Kylie Minogue 52600
48 30 14 5 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 97500
49 31 18 7 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 103950
50 59 50 2 I AM Leona Lewis 22100

51 35 35 7 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 90750
52 53 52 8 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 69350
53 45 18 11 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 165550
54 50 50 4 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 39600
55 54 1 18 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 562850
56 51 1 19 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1558100
57 55 1 26 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1043350
58 NEW 58 1 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont 10200
59 70 59 3 RESTLESS New Order 21100
60 NEW 60 1 COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato 10000

61 40 40 2 90’s LOVE (ACID PT. II) The Caulfield Beats 24500
62 48 48 4 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 33300
63 49 2 15 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 625300
64 62 1 18 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 717400
65 65 65 4 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 24600
66 66 66 2 INTOXICATED Martin Solveig and GTA 13600
67 NEW 67 1 THIS TOWN Kacey Musgraves 6600
68 69 68 2 TINY DANCER Elton John 12600
69 75 69 2 THE GHOST OF LOVE Simply Red 11200
70 NEW 70 1 LONG WAY HOME Kerri Watt 6000

71 NEW 71 1 TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS Don Henley 5800
72 72 72 2 (I NEVER PROMISED YOU A) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson 11200
73 73 73 2 RATTLE THAT LOCK David Gilmour 10800
74 NEW 74 1 GUEST LIST Ward Thomas 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DRAG ME DOWN One Direction 5000

DROP OUTS
36 16 5 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 92150
43 30 6 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 82400
44 44 2 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 24750
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