My August 1987 Charts

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On the Wembley steps waiting all day for the gates to open for Madonna

4th August 1987

It’s straight in at 1 for the second track off the pending Actually album, giving Chris & Neil a 5th chart-topper and the 4th in a row, and also gives Dusty Springfield her comeback track, a first top 10 in err 18 years! Dusty was a mainstay of my youth and would have topped my theoretical charts 2 or 3 times in the 60’s. So kudos both! The bad news is it stops Bananarama getting a first number one and SAW a second. Def Leppard get a first top 10, and Jacko keeps the top 10’s a-coming 18 years on.

New Order climb high into the 20, Was (Not Was) into the 30, and The Colourfield cover The Monkees great non-single She, which enters at 27 giving Terry Hall 8 years of chart action. One of the oldest tracks to make my charts pops in at 48, for the late Ritchie Valens, as La Bamba fever grips the nation 28 years late.

In my playlisted tracks of the week (ie non-chart-eligible) there’s some album tracks from recent albums that should have been singles, but record companies being a bit dense weren’t spotted, one from Bucks Fizz which should have been the follow-up to Mamba Seyra, one from Human league which should have followed-up Human (and which eventually came out far too late in 1988), Abba’s Agnetha and her decent track, and also the Abba boys’ Just Like That for Gemini (not THAT Gemini, a Swedish act) using up half a song they had recorded with Abba (and much better it is too, short and sweet it finally came out in 1994-ish), expanded for their new hopefuls.

1 ( NEW ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
2 ( 5 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
3 ( 4 ) ALONE Heart
4 ( 2 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
5 ( 1 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
6 ( 3 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
7 ( 10 ) CHANGE David Grant
8 ( 8 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
9 ( 16 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
10 ( 20 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett

11 ( 9 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
12 ( 6 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 7 ) SOLD Boy George
14 ( 15 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
15 ( 18 ) CHENKO (TENKO-IO) REMIX Red Box
16 ( 28 ) LOVELY DAY Bill Withers
17 ( 11 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
18 ( 35 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
19 ( 12 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
20 ( 17 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2

21 ( 39 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
22 ( 13 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
23 ( 29 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
24 ( 14 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
25 ( 33 ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
26 ( 34 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
27 ( NEW ) SHE The Colourfield
28 ( 26 ) SONGBIRD Kenny G
29 ( 19 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
30 ( 46 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

31 ( 27 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
32 ( 22 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
33 ( 40 ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise
34 ( NEW ) UNITED STATES The Lift
35 ( 25 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
36 ( 48 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
37 ( 37 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
38 ( 30 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
39 ( 21 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
40 ( NEW ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho

41 ( 31 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
42 ( 32 ) FLM Mel & Kim
43 ( 71 ) CRAZY Icehouse
44 ( 23 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
45 ( 36 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
46 ( 52 ) FIRE Sly & Robbie
47 ( 24 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
48 ( NEW ) LA BAMBA Ritchie Valens
49 ( 50 ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD ’87 The Gap Band
50 ( 65 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson

51 ( 41 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
52 ( 51 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
53 ( 69 ) SOMEWHERE OUT THERE Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
54 ( 42 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
55 ( 58 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
56 ( 38 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
57 ( NEW ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
58 ( 61 ) SHE’S ON IT The Beastie Boys
59 ( 63 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
60 ( 60 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

61 ( 55 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
62 ( 73 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
63 ( 62 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
64 ( 44 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
65 ( 43 ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
66 ( NEW ) SUGAR MICE Marillion
67 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( 57 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
69 ( 67 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
70 ( NEW ) LIPS LIKE SUGAR Echo & The Bunnymen

71 ( NEW ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
72 ( 64 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
73 ( NEW ) SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL The Blow Monkeys
74 ( NEW ) I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT Luther Vandross
75 ( NEW ) SONG FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD Siouxsie & The Banshees

4th Aug
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 LOVE IN A WORLD GONE MAD Bucks Fizz
2 THE DIARY Bread
3 LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS The Human League
4 I WON’T LET YOU GO Agnetha Faltskog
5 JUST LIKE THAT Gemini

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Madonna at Wembley Crowd scene

11th August 1987

It’s a second week on top for Dusty & the Boys, and two at 2 for the ‘Nanas, with MJ going top 3 with his first Bad single. Def Leppard grab a first top 5, and New Order get their biggest track since Blue Monday, rocketing up to 5. Wax get a second consecutive top 10, giving Andrew Gold 3 in total, and Graham Gouldman, ooh, at least a dozen. Was (Not Was) get a second top 20, and Then Jericho leg it up to 20 from 40.

Highest new entry is The Pretenders, and with an 007 Bond song from the latest movie, and already only 7 places below aha’s theme track, their first single to fall-short of my top 10. Chrissie has had 8 years of non-stop entries, pretty much. Spagna brings some Eurocheese into the 40 – Call Me she says. Not if I have choice of Go West or Blondie Call Me’s instead! Prince & Sheena climb big having the look of a top 30, and Linda Ronstadt also climbs into the 40 with James Ingram, 9 years since her 60’s classic Different Drum bothered my charts as B side to a lesser cover.

Kim Wilde is boosted up to 40, as The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys do a rap cover of 60’s surf classic Wipeout, a debut for the Fat Boys, and 19 years of hit-making for the Beach Boys, who featured in my first-ever chart, and regularly since. At 49, a modest entry for the latest SAW act to benefit from the Hit Factory, a young white lad with a soulful voice, Rick Astley and Never Gonna Give You Up. I doubt anyone has heard of the record, or him. I mean, the chances of production-line pop acts like Rick, soon-to-be Kylie, and Bananarama having music careers in 30 years-time must be very slim….

Jesus & Mary Chain bring another sweet-buzzsaw track into the charts, not the Garbage song, though Happy When It Rains is decent enough, and just behind a 60’s smooth soul class act returns with Jeffrey Osbourne in tow, on Love Power. Dionne Warwick’s entire classic 60’s career was over, pretty much, by the time I started charting, so her actual debut was 1974 and Then Came You. She was of course, the major muse for huge numbers of Burt Bacaharach & Hal David songs. Well, the fab melody gives a clue – Burt is back, with Carole Bayer Sager on lyric duty some 10 years since she had her own hit with You’re Moving Out Today, before becoming an in-demand hit songwriter.

The Smiths are also still charting, with one of their funniest songs, Girlfriend In A Coma. Who says Morrissey has no sense of humour?! At least I THINK it’s supposed to be amusing…. Squeeze are back after a few years away, the catchy Hourglass reuniting Jules Holland with Chris & Glenn for their 10th anniversary. Like Love Power, this one was a big track on US radio for my forthcoming California hols. Finally a couple of Lovers Rock reggae entries down in the boondocks end of the chart, all on follow-up duties.

1 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
2 ( 2 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
3 ( 10 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
4 ( 9 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
5 ( 18 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
6 ( 6 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
7 ( 3 ) ALONE Heart
8 ( 5 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
9 ( 4 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
10 ( 14 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax

11 ( 21 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
12 ( 7 ) CHANGE David Grant
13 ( 8 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
14 ( 12 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
15 ( 11 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
16 ( 30 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
17 ( 23 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
18 ( 13 ) SOLD Boy George
19 ( 19 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
20 ( 40 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho

21 ( 34 ) UNITED STATES The Lift
22 ( 20 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
23 ( 17 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
24 ( 25 ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
25 ( 26 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
26 ( NEW ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
27 ( 15 ) CHENKO (TENKO-IO) REMIX Red Box
28 ( NEW ) CALL ME Spagna
29 ( 22 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
30 ( 57 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton

31 ( 16 ) LOVELY DAY Bill Withers
32 ( 37 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
33 ( 27 ) SHE The Colourfield
34 ( 24 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
35 ( 53 ) SOMEWHERE OUT THERE Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
36 ( 50 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
37 ( 29 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
38 ( 31 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
39 ( 43 ) CRAZY Icehouse
40 ( 71 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde

41 ( 35 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
42 ( 59 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
43 ( 41 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
44 ( 38 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 46 ) FIRE Sly & Robbie
46 ( RE ) I SURRENDER Samantha Fox
47 ( NEW ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
48 ( 48 ) LA BAMBA Ritchie Valens
49 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
50 ( 62 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet

51 ( 32 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
52 ( 36 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
53 ( 70 ) LIPS LIKE SUGAR Echo & The Bunnymen
54 ( 66 ) SUGAR MICE Marillion
55 ( 28 ) SONGBIRD Kenny G
56 ( 52 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
57 ( NEW ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain
58 ( 33 ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise
59 ( NEW ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
60 ( 74 ) I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT Luther Vandross

61 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
62 ( 60 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
63 ( 51 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
64 ( 39 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
65 ( 63 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
66 ( 58 ) SHE’S ON IT The Beastie Boys
67 ( 61 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
68 ( 73 ) SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL The Blow Monkeys
69 ( NEW ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
70 ( 69 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles

71 ( 54 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
72 ( NEW ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
73 ( 55 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
74 ( NEW ) FRIENDS AND LOVERS Boris Gardiner & Gwen Guthrie
75 ( NEW ) YOU CAUGHT MY EYE Judy Boucher

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 LOVE IN A WORLD GONE MAD Bucks Fizz
2 I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
3 VENUS Bananarama

Madonna Wembley Stadium 1987 986

18th August 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for Dusty, Chris & Neil, holding off the forthcoming Jacko blitz at 2, with Was (Not Was) getting a second top ten and Rick Astley’s debut up 40 places to 9 giving SAW 2 top 10’s. XTC hit the top 10 then dropped out (it got little airplay to speak of) and it’s back at 12, so I assume I heard it somewhere that week and realised it was still fab! Dionne & Jeffery’s Bacharach “power” ballad shoots up to 17, the 2nd-biggest climber, Ms. Warwick’s biggest in 2 years, and just ahead of faves from Prince & Sheena, and the Pretenders Bond theme inside the 20.

Biggest-climber is The Smiths’ Girlfriend In A Coma at 22, as Bowie’s 3rd track off the album enters at 23, the best track on the album actually, Never Let Me Down. In a hectic week for top 40 movement The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys are up 20, Black’s top 10 Wonderful Life returns in the wake of Sweetest Smile’s success, back in at 29, and another future 1988 smash (in slightly remixed form) enters at 33 for Climie Fisher, the fab original version of Love Changes Everything. Sam Fox goes top 40 against my expectations, The Kane Gang get another instant top 40 with What Time Is It – pretty sure I have the album Miracle on vinyl or cassette somewhere unplayed for 30 years, though I recall it was not bad at all.

Jesus & Mary Chain keep the top 40’s going, as do Wet Wet Wet with a second sweet little mystery – the mystery being why it got that high. I must have been excited about going to the States in a few weeks and feeling upbeat and benign! In at 44 the ab fab Hey Matthew, with Karel Fialka returning 7 years on from The Eyes Have It, and drafting in his son to great effect. Still charming. John Lydon is also back, 9 years of PIL hits, a decade including The Sex Pistols, U2 have a subdued 3rd cut off The Joshua Tree – it is actually fab but coming after I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For it paled a bit in comparison until the Pet Shop Boys piss-take made me realise I did actually rather like it a lot, and the album too. Herb Alpert grabs a third comeback single, John Cougar makes it 5 years since Jack And Diane debuted, Sham ’69 return for the last time after a gap of 7 years, 9 years on, and Huey Lewis is another 5-years-on returning act.


1 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
2 ( 3 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
3 ( 6 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
4 ( 4 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
5 ( 5 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
6 ( 10 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
7 ( 2 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
8 ( 16 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
9 ( 49 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
10 ( 7 ) ALONE Heart

11 ( 11 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
12 ( RE ) DEAR GOD XTC
13 ( 13 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
14 ( 8 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
15 ( 9 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
16 ( 20 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
17 ( 59 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
18 ( 12 ) CHANGE David Grant
19 ( 30 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
20 ( 26 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007

21 ( 14 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
22 ( 69 ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
23 ( NEW ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
24 ( 47 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
25 ( 19 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
26 ( 18 ) SOLD Boy George
27 ( 17 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
28 ( 22 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
29 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
30 ( 35 ) SOMEWHERE OUT THERE Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram

31 ( 23 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
32 ( 15 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
33 ( NEW ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
34 ( 40 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
35 ( 39 ) CRAZY Icehouse
36 ( 46 ) I SURRENDER (TO THE SPIRIT OF THE NIGHT) Samantha Fox
37 ( 21 ) UNITED STATES The Lift
38 ( NEW ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
39 ( 57 ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain
40 ( 50 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet

41 ( 29 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
42 ( 42 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
43 ( 36 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
44 ( NEW ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
45 ( 24 ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
46 ( 38 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
47 ( 37 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
48 ( 43 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
49 ( 25 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
50 ( 72 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze

51 ( 53 ) LIPS LIKE SUGAR Echo & The Bunnymen
52 ( 41 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
53 ( 31 ) LOVELY DAY Bill Withers
54 ( NEW ) SEATTLE Public Image Ltd
55 ( 27 ) CHENKO (TENKO-IO) REMIX Red Box
56 ( 44 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
57 ( NEW ) JUST CALL Sherrick
58 ( 56 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
59 ( 28 ) CALL ME Spagna
60 ( NEW ) TELL ME WHY This Way Up

61 ( 61 ) HUMAN Human League
62 ( NEW ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
63 ( 32 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
64 ( 62 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
65 ( 65 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
66 ( 66 ) SHE’S ON IT The Beastie Boys
67 ( 71 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
68 ( 68 ) SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL The Blow Monkeys
69 ( 52 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
70 ( 34 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr

71 ( NEW ) MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN Herb Alpert
72 ( NEW ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
73 ( 70 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) RIP AND TEAR Sham ’69
75 ( NEW ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News

Playlist oldies of the week
1 LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
2 HARD TIMES Human League
3 IT MUST BE LOVE Labi Siffre
4 THE DIARY Bread

25th August 1987

It’s a 4th week on top for Chris, Neil & Dusty, holding off a mighty 12″ remix challenge of the lead track off the first EP I ever bought, and also the first album I ever bought, both in 1970 – The Archies’ Sugar Sugar thus getting a 3rd run at my chart 18 years on. As a kid I loved the songs in the cartoon TV show. I haven’t seen Riverdale but I just know it’s going to be an improvement on the non-song Archie gang cartoon bits of The Archies Show which these days are excruciating to sit through!

Pretenders get yet another top 10, 9 years since Kid it did first, and outdo the lead Bond theme from a-ha! Prince gets yet another top 10 4 years since 1999 first did it, and Sheena gets her first top 10 since Machinery did it 5 years earlier. Sheena also did a Bond theme that fell short of the top 10. Another 1969 UK top 10 hit returns, it’s Elvis and If I Can Dream, at his most OTT doubled with Elvis at his most subtle, the 50’s classic Love Me Tender, in at 18 18 years since If I Can Dream hit my top 5. Big climbs for Karel Fialka, John Cougar Mellencamp, and Donny Osmond is back! In at 39, he’s in it for love 11 years since C’Mon Marianne, his Frankie Valli cover, troubled my charts, and 15 years since Puppy Love debuted.

LL Cool J goes straight into the 40 as well, I Need Love he says – well a few years in NCIS must help. Debbie Gibson debuts, spearheading a teenybop girlie pop singer craze riding in on Madonna’s inspirational coat-tails, at 43 Only In My Dreams. Co-incidentally I saw Madonna in concert for the first time this week, standing at Wembley amongst the noisy and badly-behaved throng. My abiding memory is of tiny Madonna-a-likes on their dad’s shoulders getting bombarded with bottles of piss by pissed hooligans who had their view of the stage blocked. Madonna was fab, but they spoilt the concert for me. Future Madonna gigs I got seats. Top tracks listed below…

Talking of comebacks, Shirl is also back! Last seen in 1973 with Never Never Never, and now back cooled-up diva-style with Yello after years of being hopelessly irrelevant to pop music. La Bassey was a big fave of dad’s back in the 60’s, and while I loved Goldfinger and Big Spender, and ballads like For All We Know and As Long As He Needs Me, she’d really not featured much in my charts at all, largely being a bit OTT for my tastes. Talking of comebacks, Slade are also back for a final fling 16 years in to a non-stop chart-career, and Cliff drops the best track on his rather decent current album, Some People. Bar one Xmas single (very much not the awful Mistletoe & Millennium) it was all downhill after this. Still, 18 years of chart action ain’t bad.

Sinitta is back. Toy Boy. Why is it in my chart?! Eric Clapton under-performed first time-round with his bedroom tribute to his muse (that’ll be George Harrison’s ex, already immortalised in Layla) Wonderful Tonight, so that’s having another go too. The best new track is at 75, though, the fab follow-up to the fab When Smokey Sings off the fab Alphabet City album, The Night You Murdered Love from ABC 6 years on and still cool. Still are cool 32 years later and Martin Fry is in fine voice fettle.


1 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
2 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
3 ( 2 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
4 ( 6 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
5 ( 9 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
6 ( 3 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
7 ( 5 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
8 ( 7 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
9 ( 20 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
10 ( 19 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton

11 ( 4 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
12 ( 10 ) ALONE Heart
13 ( 17 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
14 ( 8 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
15 ( 11 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
16 ( 16 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
17 ( 23 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
18 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM/ LOVE ME TENDER Elvis Presley
19 ( 24 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
20 ( 14 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna

21 ( 13 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
22 ( 22 ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
23 ( 33 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
24 ( 29 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
25 ( 15 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
26 ( 12 ) DEAR GOD XTC
27 ( 44 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
28 ( 38 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
29 ( 21 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
30 ( 39 ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain

31 ( 18 ) CHANGE David Grant
32 ( 34 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
33 ( 35 ) CRAZY Icehouse
34 ( 28 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
35 ( 72 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
36 ( 25 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
37 ( 31 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
38 ( 40 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
39 ( NEW ) I’M IN IT FOR LOVE Donny Osmond
40 ( NEW ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J

41 ( 26 ) SOLD Boy George
42 ( 42 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
43 ( NEW ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
44 ( 50 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
45 ( NEW ) THE RHYTHM DIVINE Yello featuring Shirley Bassey
46 ( 62 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
47 ( 30 ) SOMEWHERE OUT THERE Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
48 ( 43 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
49 ( 57 ) JUST CALL Sherrick
50 ( 27 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil

51 ( 48 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
52 ( 54 ) SEATTLE Public Image Ltd
53 ( 32 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
54 ( 41 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
55 ( NEW ) YOY BOYZ MAKE BIG NOIZE Slade
56 ( 63 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
57 ( 36 ) I SURRENDER (TO THE SPIRIT OF THE NIGHT) Samantha Fox
58 ( 60 ) TELL ME WHY This Way Up
59 ( 59 ) CALL ME Spagna
60 ( 37 ) UNITED STATES The Lift

61 ( 61 ) HUMAN Human League
62 ( 58 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
63 ( 52 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
64 ( 64 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
65 ( 46 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
66 ( 65 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
67 ( 47 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
68 ( 75 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
69 ( 67 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
70 ( NEW ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard

71 ( 49 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
72 ( NEW ) TOY BOY Sinitta
73 ( 73 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL TONIGHT Eric Clapton
75 ( NEW ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC

MADONNA’S WHO’S THAT GIRL TOUR LIVE AT WEMBLEY
1 LIKE A VIRGIN/I CAN’T HELP MYSELF
2 LIVE TO TELL
3 HOLIDAY

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My 1995 Charts – January

Cairns, Australia 1995

Cairns, Australia 1995

video links as always click on this…

January 1st 1995

A new year a new number one for a new band – Oasis take Whatever to the top in all of it’s All You Need Is Love-ish strings-tastic fab-gear-ish-ness Britpop delight. It’s a great record and deserved to top the UK charts as well, though it did get near.
The Human League, meanwhile go top 5, Tell Me When? Now! The Lightning Seeds add Change to their list of top tenners, and Riverdance hits 8. I don’t remember it doing that well, but there ya are, stomp-a-clomp-a-stomp-a, it did.

Sting shoots his cowboy way into the 20 16 years after first doing it, Siouxsie ditto only 17 years on, while the highest new entry is 1963 in 1994 from a B side in 1987 remixed by Arthur Baker for New Order charting in 1995. Date-Confusion! Also a New Order track…

Some re-entries from Ace Of Base who enjoy Living In Danger at 29, Youssou N’Dour at 37, and again at 64 as chart-topper 7 Seconds comes back in (though not called a re-entry as it’s a new year and been out the chart a while), both helped by Neneh Cherry. At 35 it’s a record from the year I was born, back as a huge UK hit thanks to an advert on TV – Guaglione, Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and horn-hooked old big swing band fun. Both terrific and highly unexpected.

New UK girl duo Scarlet enter at 50, with an Independent Love Song, and it’s good, while Bristol’s Portishead enter at 69 with the fab Glory Box, an influential trip-hoppy track. Which leaves veteran Barry White back at 55 after a few years gap, helped by his Lisa Stansfield and Edie Brickell associations, giving him a span of 22 years of chart entries since I’m Gonna Love You A Little More Baby went top 5 in 1973. Oh, and Jimmy Somerville has 11 years of entries, with Bronski Beat and Communards, and solo hits.

1 ( 17 ) WHATEVER Oasis
2 ( 1 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
3 ( 2 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
4 ( 7 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
5 ( 6 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
6 ( 3 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
7 ( 14 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
8 ( 11 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
9 ( 8 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
10 ( 10 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

11 ( 5 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
12 ( 4 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
13 ( 9 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
14 ( 13 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
15 ( 29 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
16 ( 12 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
17 ( 45 ) OH BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
18 ( 15 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
19 ( 16 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
20 ( NEW ) 1963 ’94 New Order

21 ( 24 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
22 ( 19 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
23 ( 21 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
24 ( 23 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
25 ( 22 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
26 ( 25 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
27 ( 27 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
28 ( 18 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
29 ( RE ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
30 ( 20 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Power Rangers

31 ( 33 ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
32 ( 32 ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
33 ( 26 ) STARS China Black
34 ( 31 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
35 ( NEW ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
36 ( 28 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
37 ( RE ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
38 ( 38 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
39 ( 42 ) CRAZY Eternal
40 ( 30 ) CHRISTMAS WRAPPING Peaches

41 ( 37 ) WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS 2 In A Tent featuring George Formby
42 ( 34 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
43 ( 35 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
44 ( 36 ) ANOTHER NIGHT MC Saar and The Real McCoy
45 ( 48 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
46 ( 39 ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC
47 ( 40 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
48 ( 43 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
49 ( 41 ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
50 ( NEW ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet

51 ( 51 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
52 ( 46 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
53 ( 53 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
54 ( 47 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
55 ( NEW ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
56 ( 56 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
57 ( 50 ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ and Duncan
58 ( 54 ) SENSE Terry Hall
59 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
60 ( 61 ) I’LL FIND YOU Michelle Gayle

61 ( 58 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
62 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
63 ( 63 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
64 ( NEW ) 7 SECONDS Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry
65 ( 74 ) SEARCHING China Black
66 ( 69 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 68 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
69 ( NEW ) GLORY BOX Portishead
70 ( 73 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

71 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 72 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
73 ( 52 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
74 ( 60 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
75 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville


8th January 1995

Oasis make it 2 weeks on top for my 37th birthday, hey whatever. Riverdance inexplicably goes top 5. Whatever. Glory Box is a glorious 61 place leap to 8 though, hooray for quality! However the highest new entry at 10 is really dodgy. No, honest, So Let Me Go Far and one I’ve utterly forgotten, but it’s Dodgy and that’s good enough for me if it’s good enough for you. Must have loved it though. Youtube awaits!

At 31, new for Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter, One Cool Remove from being country and folk, but nice anyway. Runrig are in at 30, with This Time Of Year, Scarlet go top 20, and in at 33 it’s the great pop dance delight of Strike…U Sure Do! Jimmy Somerville has a Heartbeat at 39 from 75, The Sounds Of Blackness return with a new track, declaring I’m Going All The Way from 49. Best of all Simple Minds at 55 return with the terrific She’s A River for a cool 14 years of chart entries. This was the tour I finally got to see them in concert, so yay for me! Finally Let Loose are back, twice, once with Seventeen reissued, at 75, and also with the better One Night Stand a bit higher at 65.

1 ( 1 ) WHATEVER Oasis
2 ( 4 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
3 ( 3 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
4 ( 2 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
5 ( 8 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
6 ( 5 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
7 ( 7 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
8 ( 69 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
9 ( 9 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
10 ( NEW ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy

11 ( 6 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
12 ( 18 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
13 ( 10 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
14 ( 20 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
15 ( 15 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
16 ( 11 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
17 ( 17 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
18 ( 50 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
19 ( 14 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
20 ( 13 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3

21 ( 19 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
22 ( 12 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
23 ( 27 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
24 ( 42 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
25 ( 21 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
26 ( 29 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
27 ( 23 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
28 ( 31 ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
29 ( 38 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
30 ( NEW ) THIS TIME OF YEAR Runrig

31 ( NEW ) ONE COOL REMOVE Shawn Colvin featuring Mary Chapin Carpenter
32 ( 16 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
33 ( NEW ) U SURE DO Strike
34 ( 39 ) CRAZY Eternal
35 ( 37 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
36 ( 34 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
37 ( 33 ) STARS China Black
38 ( 24 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
39 ( 75 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
40 ( 45 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses

41 ( 22 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
42 ( 46 ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC
43 ( 25 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
44 ( 35 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
45 ( 26 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
46 ( 55 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
47 ( 28 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
48 ( 30 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Might Morph’n Power Rangers
49 ( NEW ) I’M GOING ALL THE WAY The Sounds Of Blackness
50 ( 32 ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant

51 ( 40 ) CHRISTMAS WRAPPING Peaches
52 ( 36 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
53 ( 60 ) I’LL FIND YOU Michelle Gayle
54 ( 43 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
55 ( NEW ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
56 ( 53 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
57 ( 56 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( 41 ) WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS 2 In A Tent featuring George Formby
59 ( 48 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
60 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 44 ) ANOTHER NIGHT MC Saar and The Real McCoy
62 ( 51 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
63 ( 62 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
64 ( 61 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
65 ( NEW ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
66 ( 66 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 68 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
69 ( 64 ) 7 SECONDS Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry
70 ( 70 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

71 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 54 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
73 ( 52 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
74 ( 72 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
75 ( NEW ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose


15th January 1995

3 weeks at 1 for Oasis, as Riverdance hits 3. I’m shocked! Actual chart peak 3. I mean it’s nice, but let’s be honest, it’s the dancing – watch the video! The Lightning Seeds get a 3rd Top 5 hit, with Change at 4, while an Independent Scarlet hit 8. New Order add to their growing tally of Top 10’s with a track that never should have just been a B Side, 1963.

Highest new entry at 15 is Annie Lennox, now onto a covers album and she covers old friends A Lover Speaks 1986 minor UK hit (and big hit in my charts) No More I Love You’s, improves on it, and hopefully the royalties have helped them out ever since cos it’s fab. An unusual melody, but gorgeous, and it forever now reminds of later in 1995 when I was in an Orange Juice bar on Orchard Road in Singapore gasping for a drink in the heat and humidity, and this came out of the speakers. Pretty sure no-one else has those associations with the song!

In at 19, Massive Attack are back with a bang, with help from Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl, over a decade into her run of big hits in my charts, and what a mellow lovely atmospheric track it is too. Jimmy Somerville goes top 20, Simple Minds 30, Barry White 40, and in at 32 it’s Crush – With Eyeliner: aka REM’s glamrock Velvet Underground-ish rifftastic move away from the mainstream appeal of their more recent stuff, and it’s great.

We’ve also got the original version of the hideous 2014 dance remix of R. Kelly’s Bump ‘n’ Grind at 43 which wasn’t that bad before I went off him a bit. Tanita Tikaram’s back, I Might Be Crying but it’s been 7 years since she arrived with a bang, and then quickly faded out without ever deserving that. At 50, what the Deuce!? Call It Love, or call it pop. M People want to Open Your Heart at 53, but I’m opening my heart to the disco classic from 1977 that the Communards more or less were inspired by, and it’s back at 65 18 years on – Thelma Houston’s version of Don’t Leave Me This Way. The song was originally lined up to be Diana Ross’ follow-up to the still-epic Love Hangover in 1976, but Thelma got the big disco smash out of it instead. Best of all, the original 1975 Philly version of the Gamble & Huff song became a bigger hit in the UK for Harold Melvin And The Bluenotes, still my fave version.

1 ( 1 ) WHATEVER Oasis
2 ( 2 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
3 ( 5 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
4 ( 7 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
5 ( 3 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
6 ( 8 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
7 ( 18 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
8 ( 6 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
9 ( 9 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
10 ( 14 ) 1963 ’94 New Order

11 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
12 ( 17 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
13 ( 11 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
14 ( 10 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
15 ( NEW ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
16 ( 13 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
17 ( 12 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
18 ( 23 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
19 ( NEW ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
20 ( 39 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville

21 ( 16 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
22 ( 19 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
23 ( 26 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
24 ( 15 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
25 ( 29 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
26 ( 21 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
27 ( 55 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
28 ( 34 ) CRAZY Eternal
29 ( 35 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
30 ( 31 ) ONE COOL REMOVE Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter

31 ( 20 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
32 ( NEW ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
33 ( 22 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
34 ( 46 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
35 ( 24 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
36 ( 27 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
37 ( 40 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
38 ( 25 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
39 ( NEW ) WHERE’S YOUR LOVE BEEN Heliocentric World
40 ( 49 ) I’M GOING ALL THE WAY The Sounds Of Blackness

41 ( 37 ) STARS China Black
42 ( 36 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
43 ( NEW ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
44 ( 38 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
45 ( 65 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
46 ( 30 ) THIS TIME OF YEAR Runrig
47 ( NEW ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
48 ( 28 ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
49 ( 32 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
50 ( NEW ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce

51 ( 33 ) U SURE DO Strike
52 ( 43 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
53 ( NEW ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
54 ( 44 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
55 ( 45 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
56 ( 41 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( 56 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
59 ( 47 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 51 ) CHRISTMAS WRAPPING Peaches
62 ( 54 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
63 ( 48 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Might Morph’n Power Rangers
64 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
65 ( NEW ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY Thelma Houston
66 ( 59 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
67 ( 66 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
69 ( 50 ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
70 ( 68 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma

71 ( 70 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
72 ( 64 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
73 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 74 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
75 ( 62 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94


22nd January 1995

It’s the Human League at 1, at last, some 7 years since the last one, and their 9th in total in 15 years of chart entries. Hoorah, I still love them! Meanwhile my top 10 gets some street cred as Portishead hit 3 and New Order 6, not to mention Massive Attack at 9, their 3rd top 10. Meanwhile Deuce rocket up to 17 with another one of those tracks I haven’t heard in 20 years and have forgotten, and forgotten I liked! Dear oh dear!

Let Loose go top 40 with One Night Stand, I suppose we’ve all done that at one time or another. Let Loose, I mean. One Night Stand maybe, maybe not. Highest new entry is the great soul girl band TLC, jazzy, snazzy, sultry, it’s Creep at 28, a record that still sounds fresh and fabulous. Morrissey is in at 31 with Boxers. I have my tickets for next month for Mozza, hopefully he will be tip top. Donna Allen has another chart entry some years on from her first, this time it’s Real at 33, while in at 38, it’s Sleeper with Inbetweener.

R Kelly and The Sounds Of Blackness join in the 40 action, as does Thelma Houston doing it second time around 18 years on. Cyndi Lauper is back at 53, tackling a classic – I’m Gonna Be Strong is Gene Pitney’s torch song, his finest moment, and a dramatic anthem with a vocal performance that no-one could possibly top, but that doesn’t stop ol Cyn giving it a good go. Another cover brings Aswad back, and a good reggae version of the 1963 Betty Everett song You’re No Good, better known in the UK as a big hit for The Swinging Blue Jeans in 1964 (they were big enough for me to know them as a poptastic fave group age 6) before Linda Ronstadt covered it in 1975 and had a big US hit. I’d stick with the original soulful version though, with Aswad as the second-best choice.

Stevie Wonder’s back again, some 26 years on from For Once In My Life, at 58 it’s For Your Love. At 62, it’s another cover, of instrumental Soul Limbo, a 1969 instrumental hit for Booker T & The MG’s, better known as a TV cricket theme tune. It’s not as good, even with lyrics. Yet another cover version at 65 (of Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye’s hit cover of the Pearls minor hit version of the US 1972 original version from The Stylistics. This time it’s Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts, but I think there’s still room for a definitive version of the great song. At 66 it’s Nicki French and her version of Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 chart-topper, Total Eclipse Of The Heart. It’s not as good. That concludes the covers, leaving only Jim Carrey and Cuban Pete at 71 for one week only. He did The Truman Show, though, so I forgive him.

1 ( 2 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
2 ( 1 ) WHATEVER Oasis
3 ( 6 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
4 ( 7 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
5 ( 3 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
6 ( 10 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
7 ( 4 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
8 ( 5 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
9 ( 19 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
10 ( 8 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex

11 ( 12 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
12 ( 20 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
13 ( 15 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
14 ( 13 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
15 ( 9 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
16 ( 27 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
17 ( 50 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
18 ( 18 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
19 ( 23 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
20 ( 11 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey

21 ( 25 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
22 ( 45 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
23 ( 21 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
24 ( 24 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
25 ( 37 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
26 ( 17 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
27 ( 14 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
28 ( NEW ) CREEP TLC
29 ( 34 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
30 ( 16 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

31 ( NEW ) BOXERS Morrissey
32 ( 32 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
33 ( NEW ) REAL Donna Allen
34 ( 22 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
35 ( 35 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
36 ( 40 ) I’M GOING ALL THE WAY The Sounds Of Blackness
37 ( 43 ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
38 ( NEW ) INBETWEENER Sleeper
39 ( 65 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY Thelma Houston
40 ( 26 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan

41 ( 41 ) STARS China Black
42 ( 36 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
43 ( 53 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
44 ( 44 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
45 ( 42 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
46 ( 38 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
47 ( 47 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
48 ( 33 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
49 ( 31 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
50 ( 30 ) ONE COOL REMOVE Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter

51 ( 28 ) CRAZY Eternal
52 ( 29 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
53 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
54 ( NEW ) LET IT LAST Carleen Anderson
55 ( 52 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
56 ( 39 ) WHERE’S YOUR LOVE BEEN Heliocentric World
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( NEW ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
59 ( NEW ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 58 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
62 ( NEW ) SAVED Mr. Roy
63 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
64 ( 55 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
65 ( NEW ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts
66 ( NEW ) TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART Nicki French
67 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 68 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
69 ( 70 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
70 ( 66 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow

71 ( NEW ) CUBAN PETE Jim Carrey
72 ( 71 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
73 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 59 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
75 ( 49 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi


29th January 1995

Another new number one, and it’s Portishead and the fab Glory Box. No video as I’ve already featured it in previous weeks, just to not make it obvious what’s always going to top my chart by praising a record and then not featuring the youtube link! Hah! Scarlet meanwhile get the runners-up spot, as Bob Seger returns to my chart 17 years later, and way out-does the first-time-round as it bangs in at 6, rather surprisingly, as I wasn’t too fussed about it in 1978, and these days, but for a time I really did like it – apparently!

Annie Lennox gets another solo top 10, as Let Loose get a second or third (I forget), and Sting goes to a new peak with his Cowboy Song as Pato Banton turns up and lends some reggae vibes. REM crush some eyeliner at 20, and quite right too. M People go top 40 as Open Your Heart hits 23, and Tanita Tikaram 24, while The Wildhearts return with two delightfully-titled songs: If Life Is Like A Love Bank I Want An Overdraft and B side Georgie In Wonderland as played on Top Of The Pops. Just behind is another cowboy song, Cowboy Dreams, Jimmy Nail’s great version of Paddy McAloon’s donated song, before he released an even better version himself as Prefab Sprout in 2001. 10 years on in 1995, the Sprouts seemed to have been spat out by the music industry quite unfairly.

In at 33 it’s a Perfecto remix and redesign of Pigbag’s 1982 instrumental hit Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag, retitled Reach Up with added vocals and dance, and rather good it is too. I was rather surprised to hear this one in a superstore on Orchard Road in Singapore later in the year, I didn’t think Singapore was that into dance music! Talking of dance N Trance join that annoying obsession with the capital N (Entrance having druggy refs but avoiding everyone calling them an entrance). Oh did I used to laugh at everyone applying this principle in the UK to ‘NSync, radio, TV, DJ’s, everyone got it wrong. En-sink made no sense at all, In synch did. Hey ho. Set You Free was one of those pop dance hits that just kept on coming back when once was more than adequate for a decent dance track.

Madonna has a bedtime story at 57 – how sweet, Dear Jessie kiddie-candy I’m sure. Oh hang on, didn’t she do some big photo books at that time, with a naughty album, ah of course, grown-up bedtime stories. Dear Jessie was much better. Another under-rated 80’s fave returns at 61, The The having seen the 1948 Hank Williams country light and turned it into a rocking light! Hooray! Also back, Del Amitri, Here And Now, and with a few years wait for an actual number one chart-topper in my charts.

Gloria Estefan covers another classic at 66, disco-style, a song that once upon a time was in the charts every few years with yet another cover – Everlasting Love, starting with the original US hit version from Robert Knight, followed by the UK number one hit version by The Love Affair, both of them immaculate. Since then: 1969, 1974, 1981, 1988, 1993, 1995, with 1998 and 2004 still to come, so if anyone wants a chart hit it’s been overdue for about 4 years! Lastly, China Black are back to try for that hat-trick of number ones, I can almost see them (Somewhere) at 71, boy band Ultimate Kaos are at 73, not one of Simon Cowell’s biggest acts that one, and Singapore’s classical Vanessa Mae brings Toccata and Fugue class into the charts. I liked her.

1 ( 3 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
2 ( 4 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
3 ( 1 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
4 ( 2 ) WHATEVER Oasis
5 ( 5 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
6 ( NEW ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
7 ( 13 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
8 ( 6 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
9 ( 9 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
10 ( 22 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose

11 ( 7 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
12 ( 12 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
13 ( 10 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
14 ( 24 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
15 ( 16 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
16 ( 8 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
17 ( 17 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
18 ( 14 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
19 ( 28 ) CREEP TLC
20 ( 32 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM

21 ( 15 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
22 ( 18 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
23 ( 43 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
24 ( 47 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
25 ( NEW ) IF LIFE IS LIKE A LOVE BANK I WANT AN OVERDRAFT/ GEORDIE IN WONDERLAND The Wildhearts
26 ( NEW ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
27 ( 11 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
28 ( 29 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
29 ( 23 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
30 ( 38 ) INBETWEENER Sleeper

31 ( 20 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
32 ( 19 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
33 ( NEW ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
34 ( 27 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
35 ( 37 ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
36 ( 31 ) BOXERS Morrissey
37 ( 35 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
38 ( 21 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
39 ( 26 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
40 ( 65 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts

41 ( 41 ) STARS China Black
42 ( 25 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
43 ( 34 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
44 ( 30 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
45 ( 39 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY Thelma Houston
46 ( 42 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
47 ( 58 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
48 ( 45 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
49 ( NEW ) SET YOU FREE N Trance
50 ( 59 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad

51 ( 33 ) REAL Donna Allen
52 ( 40 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
53 ( 53 ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
54 ( 44 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
55 ( 48 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
56 ( 49 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
57 ( NEW ) BEDTIME STORIES Madonna
58 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
59 ( 36 ) I’M GOING ALL THE WAY The Sounds Of Blackness
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( NEW ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The
62 ( 46 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
63 ( NEW ) HERE AND NOW Del Amitri
64 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 55 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
66 ( NEW ) EVERLASTING LOVE Gloria Estefan
67 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 68 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
69 ( 69 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
70 ( 61 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona

71 ( NEW ) ALMOST SEE YOU (SOMEWHERE) China Black
72 ( 72 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
73 ( NEW ) HOOCHIE BOOTY Ultimate Kaos
74 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
75 ( NEW ) TOCCATA AND FUGUE Vanessa Mae

My 1994 Charts – November

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6th November 1994

It’s an unexpected unheard track from Abba, under 2 minutes long, that gets them another Number One, their 4th since their initial run of singles ended in 1983, and in doing so giving them an unbroken run of chart-toppers since 1976 when Mamma Mia hit the top, plus Waterloo in 1974. It’s short and very sweet, and takes the best bits from a less-good extended version of the song. I was just over-joyed to have an Abba song I didn’t know from their abruptly-ended late period…

Terrorvision and Aerosmith bring some rock into the 10, while various veteran rock artists invade the 20: Clapton, Sting, Elton, Pink Floyd, and errr Eternal. Pink Floyd get their first top 20 hit since Another Brick In The Wall 15 years earlier, Keep talkin’ being the better of the two tracks, almost classic Dark Side Of The Wall Floyd-sounding. Big moves for Brand New Heavies funky retro jazz Spend Some Time up at 24, while 1969 Bond Theme flop finally gets to be a hit thanks to an advert: We Have All The Time In The World belatedly gives the great Louis Armstrong a hit, he was a big star when I was a child and I remember hearing he’d died in 1970, What A Wonderful World being a classic fave in particular, but just missing out on my charts starting by 6 months. In at 35, and still fab.

At 36, Donna Summer has a very 90’s-sounding dance top 40 new hit to stretch her run back to 1976 – though not as classic sounding, her voice is still great. Oasis get that third Top 40 hit as Fags and Booze T.Rex riff-nicker sneaks in at last, while Kylie’s back, and with a just goooooorgeous ballad, complete with gravity-defying space-capsule ballet video for Put Yourself In My Place, her best record to date in what was becoming a shockingly long run of great pop singles. M People also are back with a nifty catchy soulpop track, well they sure are a sight for sore eyes at 51! Finally, sneaking in, Kate Bush, And So Is Love, one I’d forgotten, an understated ballad with rock guitar moments.

1 ( 5 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
2 ( 1 ) STARS China Black
3 ( 2 ) GOSP LWS
4 ( 6 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
5 ( 7 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
6 ( 9 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
7 ( 3 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
8 ( 4 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
9 ( 17 ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
10 ( 11 ) CRAZY Aerosmith

11 ( 18 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
12 ( 13 ) SENSE Terry Hall
13 ( 8 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
14 ( 12 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
15 ( 10 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
16 ( 16 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
17 ( 25 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
18 ( 15 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
19 ( 26 ) KEEP TALKIN’/ HIGH HOPES Pink Floyd
20 ( 30 ) OH BABY I Eternal

21 ( 14 ) SLY Massive Attack
22 ( 22 ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
23 ( 33 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
24 ( 59 ) SPEND SOME TIME Brand New Heavies
25 ( 28 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
26 ( 47 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
27 ( 37 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
28 ( 44 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
29 ( 20 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
30 ( 21 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton

31 ( 19 ) SECRET Madonna
32 ( 23 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
33 ( 27 ) CONNECTION Elastica
34 ( 24 ) STEAM East 17
35 ( NEW ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
36 ( 52 ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
37 ( 40 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
38 ( 32 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER PJ and Duncan
39 ( 29 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
40 ( 51 ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis

41 ( 31 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
42 ( 36 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
43 ( 39 ) STAY (I MISSED YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
44 ( NEW ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
45 ( 34 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
46 ( 35 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
47 ( 49 ) SURE Take That
48 ( 48 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 38 ) NEW BORN FRIEND Seal
50 ( 58 ) BANG AND BLAME REM

51 ( NEW ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
52 ( 45 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN The Red Hots
53 ( 75 ) OUT OF THE SINKING Paul Weller
54 ( 43 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
55 ( 53 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
56 ( NEW ) NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS Salt ‘n’ Pepa
57 ( 50 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
58 ( RE ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
59 ( NEW ) MOVE IT UP Capella
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 55 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
62 ( NEW ) THIS DJ Warren G
63 ( 56 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
64 ( 64 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
65 ( 62 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
66 ( 72 ) YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY Chris Rea
67 ( 70 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 68 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
69 ( 73 ) SOME GIRLS Ultimate Kaos
70 ( NEW ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush

71 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 41 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
73 ( 46 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
74 ( 61 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
75 ( 54 ) “977” The Pretenders


13th November 1994

New Order’s 1987 classic finally gets them that elusive chart-topper after 14 years of trying, more or less, as True Faith (remixed and not destroyed) bounces up on top. It’s a great record. Also bouncing back, a future world hit from Edwyn Collins reaches a new peak of 4 with the brilliant A Girl Like You. Terry hall also takes his Sense back into the top 10, not quite as good as the Lightning Seeds chart-topper with his duet version, but pretty good.

Louis Armstrong, leaps his world to 10, the Real McCoy go top 20 again with another dance track, Sheryl Crow gets her first meanwhile, as Kylie goes Top 40 )of course she does!). Highest new entry is another oldie, this time Sandie Shaw’s flop single Nothing Less Than Brilliant, which still flopped second-time around, both times very undeservedly! Written by Sandie and her 60’s songwriter Chris Andrews, it’s very Lloyd Cole and The Smiths, and fab.

Warren G gets a second laid-back rap top 40 hit, while highest-placed newest song to enter is Echo And The Bunnymen – more or less – with Zephyr at 44, known here as Electrafixion. At 58, Blur keep the hits coming with the under-rated End Of A Century, while Luther Vandross covers Stephen Stills Love The One You’re With. Not only is it not anywhere near as good, it’s also not anywhere as good as Bucks Fizz’ mid-80’s version. Lulu’s back to add another entry to her 26 year span of varied hits, at 62 with a little help from Kim Wilde, while Suede slide in at 71 with The Wild Ones.

1 ( 7 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
2 ( 2 ) STARS China Black
3 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
4 ( 13 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
5 ( 6 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
6 ( 5 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
7 ( 4 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
8 ( 3 ) GOSP LWS
9 ( 12 ) SENSE Terry Hall
10 ( 35 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong

11 ( 11 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
12 ( 17 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
13 ( 27 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
14 ( 8 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
15 ( 23 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
16 ( 15 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
17 ( 37 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
18 ( 9 ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
19 ( 20 ) OH BABY I Eternal
20 ( 24 ) SPEND SOME TIME Brand New Heavies

21 ( 28 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
22 ( 26 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
23 ( 14 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
24 ( 10 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
25 ( 36 ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
26 ( 18 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
27 ( 44 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
28 ( 25 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
29 ( 16 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
30 ( 47 ) SURE Take That

31 ( NEW ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
32 ( 22 ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
33 ( 31 ) SECRET Madonna
34 ( 30 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton
35 ( 62 ) THIS DJ Warren G
36 ( 66 ) YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY Chris Rea
37 ( 21 ) SLY Massive Attack
38 ( 19 ) KEEP TALKIN’/ HIGH HOPES Pink Floyd
39 ( 32 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 51 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People

41 ( 29 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
42 ( 34 ) STEAM East 17
43 ( 38 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER PJ and Duncan
44 ( NEW ) ZEPHYR Electrafixion (ian McCulloch)
45 ( 53 ) OUT OF THE SINKING Paul Weller
46 ( 39 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
47 ( 50 ) BANG AND BLAME REM
48 ( 41 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
49 ( 42 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
50 ( 70 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush

51 ( 57 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
52 ( 56 ) NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS Salt ‘n’ Pepa
53 ( 48 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
54 ( 43 ) STAY (I MISSED YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
55 ( 58 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
56 ( 33 ) CONNECTION Elastica
57 ( 55 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
58 ( NEW ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
59 ( 45 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( NEW ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross
62 ( NEW ) EVERY WOMAN KNOWS Lulu
63 ( 40 ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis
64 ( 64 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
65 ( 46 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
66 ( 65 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
67 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 68 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
69 ( 61 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
70 ( 52 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN The Red Hots

71 ( NEW ) THE WILD ONES Suede
72 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
73 ( 54 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
74 ( NEW ) SMALL BIT OF LOVE The Saw Doctors
75 ( 74 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds


20th November 1994

It’s an instant number one for Madonna with her classy, melodic fab ballad Take A Bow, her first number one for 2 years and that’s over a dozen in total 10 years into her chart career. A huge American Number One I was utterly mystified how this became her first Top 10 flop in the UK, lost in the xmas ballad rush. Kylie meanwhile is another career diva on ballad form as Put Yourself In My Place shoots up to 9, and Sheryl Crow gets her first top 10, well it’s all I wanna do…!

Big leaps from low to just outside the 10 from Blur and Kate Bush, keeping the artier side of pop present and correct, while Snap hit a new peak after oscillating wildly, at 15. Rozalla keeps her string of hits coming at 20, Sandie Shaw returns to the 40, and new in at 27 it’s a xmas classic from East 17, Stay Another Day? Stay another 20 years more like! Teddy Pendergrass (despite the remix from consistently not-great KWS) gets a welcome chart return 21 years after his run of Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes soul classics, almost all of them more famous in inferior cover versions – especially his definitive passionate original of Don’t Leave Me This Way – and years after being paralysed in a car crash. The More I Get The More I Want is a 1977 track.

Urge Overkill enter at 30 with a moody cover of Neil Diamond’s Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon, starting the reappraisal of his fabulous song back catalogue and wiping away the memories of the MOR years. Talking of MOR, the ultimate easy-listening group return at 32, even though poor much-missed Karen had been gone 11 years by then, with unreleased track Tryin’ To Get The Feelin’ Again. The Carpenters, often the object of rock loathing in their heyday, just kept on with the quality pop and in the end Cool became cool again, and there they have stayed. REM and Lulu got top 40, Sophie B. Hawkins has a good follow-up at 45 – Don’t Don’t Tell Me No! Billie Ray Martin, ex-Electribe 101, debuts at 75, and you better think twice…yes it’s Celine Dion, years after Eurovision and 6 years after debuting in my charts, in at 71 with the record that made her massive – eventually. It took months to top the UK charts, and was written by Hill and Sinfield: yes, former King Crimson, ex-Eurovision winning songwriters for Bucks Fizz who wrote and produced a long run of varied and classy pop singles for Bucks Fizz for almost a decade, until they got fed up with diminishing returns and lack of critical respect, and moved over to big divas instead: that’ll be Cher and Dion then…

1 ( NEW ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
2 ( 2 ) STARS China Black
3 ( 1 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
4 ( 3 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
5 ( 5 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
6 ( 10 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
7 ( 4 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
8 ( 6 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
9 ( 27 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
10 ( 15 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow

11 ( 58 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
12 ( 50 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush
13 ( 13 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
14 ( 17 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
15 ( 28 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
16 ( 7 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
17 ( 8 ) GOSP LWS
18 ( 21 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
19 ( 22 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
20 ( 9 ) SENSE Terry Hall

21 ( 14 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
22 ( 35 ) THIS DJ Warren G
23 ( 12 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
24 ( 16 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
25 ( 11 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
26 ( 31 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
27 ( NEW ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
28 ( 19 ) OH BABY I Eternal
29 ( NEW ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass
30 ( NEW ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill

31 ( 26 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
32 ( NEW ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELIN’ AGAIN The Carpenters
33 ( 40 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
34 ( 47 ) BANG AND BLAME REM
35 ( 23 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
36 ( 24 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
37 ( 52 ) NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS Salt ‘n’ Pepa
38 ( 62 ) EVERY WOMAN KNOWS Lulu
39 ( 18 ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
40 ( 44 ) ZEPHYR Electrafixion (ian McCulloch)

41 ( 25 ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
42 ( 29 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
43 ( 20 ) SPEND SOME TIME Brand New Heavies
44 ( 39 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
45 ( NEW ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
46 ( 33 ) SECRET Madonna
47 ( 61 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross
48 ( 34 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton
49 ( 46 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
50 ( 71 ) THE WILD ONES Suede

51 ( 49 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
52 ( 51 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
53 ( 41 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
54 ( 55 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
55 ( 32 ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
56 ( 48 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
57 ( 36 ) YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY Chris Rea
58 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
59 ( 37 ) SLY Massive Attack
60 ( 59 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi

61 ( 57 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
62 ( 42 ) STEAM East 17
63 ( NEW ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
64 ( 68 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 64 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
66 ( 53 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
67 ( 54 ) STAY (I MISSED YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
68 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 66 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
70 ( 30 ) SURE Take That

71 ( NEW ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
72 ( 38 ) KEEP TALKIN’/ HIGH HOPES Pink Floyd
73 ( 72 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 43 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER PJ and Duncan
75 ( NEW ) YOUR LOVING ARMS Billie Ray Martin

27th November 1994

Kylie knocks off Madonna after only one week on top, that’s how much I loved Put Yourself In My Place and her first number one. Gorgeous! Very much in a pre-xmas ballad groove over-all in fact, as East 17 leap to a Stay Another Day 3, Louis goes top 5, and highest new entry at 8 is Gloria Estefan with a 50’s ballad cover, the lovely Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me originally a US 1952 hit.

Load of other high new entries invade the chart, too, with Erasure at 10 with I Love Saturday. Well, don’t we all! 8 years of regular Top 10’s for Erasure, 13 years for Vince Clarke. Actor Jimmy Nail had a 1992 number one with the terrific Ain’t No Doubt 7 years after getting Rose Royce lyrics wrong on his cover of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore. Now dabbling with country, he snaps in with Crocodile Shoes at 13. Baby D at 17 and a future UK chart-topper, cos it’s a a great dance track – Let Me Be Your Fantasy, indeed.

Roxette drop in at 18, and those top 20 hits just seem to keep coming for them, 6 years and counting as they run to you. Sophie B. Hawkins gets a 5th top 20 entry, Celine Dion rapidly asserts herself at 28, not even thinking twice, and Jamiroquai slips in at 33 half the man he will be when his career really gets going. Janet Jackson also ponders, you want this? Not as much your earlier singles, dear, is the answer (though love that Love Child sample, now that’s a classic Diana Ross & The Supremes record). The final top 40 new entry is Joni Mitchell, back after a break, and 20 years after her first run of chart hits (in my charts at any rate), along with Seal, man of the moment.

Others: Primal Scream cry themselves blind at 50, Jaki Graham covers Rufus and Chaka Khan, Ain’t Nobody else done that. Not. Sinead O’Connor is feeling grateful at 56, the Rolling Stones return at 75 out of tears, while the more recent and absent other Stones (Roses) come back with a limp spreading love at 67. That leaves only Ace Of Base living in danger with a slice of reggae pop preferable to more venerated artists, so I’ll link that one instead!

1 ( 9 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
2 ( 1 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
3 ( 27 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
4 ( 3 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
5 ( 6 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
6 ( 2 ) STARS China Black
7 ( 5 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
8 ( NEW ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
9 ( 4 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
10 ( NEW ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure

11 ( 7 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
12 ( 12 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush
13 ( NEW ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
14 ( 8 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
15 ( 10 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
16 ( 11 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
17 ( NEW ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
18 ( NEW ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
19 ( 45 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
20 ( 29 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass

21 ( 13 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
22 ( 16 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
23 ( 20 ) SENSE Terry Hall
24 ( 24 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
25 ( 30 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
26 ( 14 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
27 ( 19 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
28 ( 71 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
29 ( 15 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
30 ( 33 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People

31 ( 21 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
32 ( 32 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELIN’ AGAIN The Carpenters
33 ( 63 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
34 ( 38 ) EVERY WOMAN KNOWS Lulu
35 ( 23 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
36 ( 17 ) GOSP LWS
37 ( 54 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
38 ( 22 ) THIS DJ Warren G
39 ( 18 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
40 ( NEW ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal

41 ( 35 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
42 ( 47 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross
43 ( 28 ) OH BABY I Eternal
44 ( 50 ) THE WILD ONES Suede
45 ( 25 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
46 ( 31 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
47 ( 26 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
48 ( 34 ) BANG AND BLAME REM
49 ( 44 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
50 ( NEW ) CRY MYSELF BLIND Primal Scream

51 ( 36 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
52 ( 39 ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
53 ( 51 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
54 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOBODY Jaki Graham
55 ( 40 ) ZEPHYR Electrafixion (ian McCulloch)
56 ( NEW ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor
57 ( 37 ) NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS Salt ‘n’ Pepa
58 ( 49 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
59 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
60 ( 46 ) SECRET Madonna

61 ( 48 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton
62 ( 53 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
63 ( 61 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
64 ( RE ) NEW BORN FRIEND Seal
65 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 65 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
67 ( NEW ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
68 ( 67 ) STAY (I MISSED YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
69 ( 68 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
70 ( 69 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

71 ( 42 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
72 ( 60 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
73 ( NEW ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
74 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
75 ( NEW ) OUT OF TEARS The Rolling Stones

My 1994 Charts – October

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2nd October 1994

4 weeks at 1 for mad Pet Shop Boys, holding off a new threat from Corona’s Rhythm Of The Night at 2, then a bunch of girl singers dominate the top 10 except for East 17, Steam-ing up to 7, and Pato Banton Baby Come Back-iing at 9, with the wondrous Saint Etienne huggin my soul at 10, keeping up their top 10 run. Look at 2 Unlimited up 58 places with No-one! No, I don’t remember it either – but I obviously liked it. Madonna I do remember even if she’s only up 27 places to 21. Shhh don’t give away that secret! Elton’s Circle Of Life, of course, everyone knows, up 30 to 29, showing chart positions don’t matter if you’re in a Disney film, new generations pick up on it.

Bon Jovi and The Rolling Stones bring some rock into the 40, but highest new entry is the man from Orange Juice and his very classic A Girl Like You: Edwyn Collins. This is another case of, eh?! It took another 6 months to start charting worldwide (and in the UK for it to be a hit), but I loved it the minute I heard it, so justice was eventually done. Whigfield makes my top 40, too – I didn’t recall liking it that much, much it hadn’t started to grate yet obviously. Jamiroquai enters his Space Cowboy phase at 65, and Gloria Estefan is well into her disco retro phase as she covers Vicki Sue Robinson’s Turn The Beat Around. Chuck in a model (Naomi), TV kids show duo (PJ & Duncan aka Ant n Dec), 2 soul divas battling it (Kym and Jocelyn) and two rock greats Neil Young (just vacating my 2014 number one slot after 42 years of waiting) and INXS (brilliant live band), and that completes the chart report.

1 ( 1 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 7 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
3 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
4 ( 2 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
5 ( 4 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
6 ( 5 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 26 ) STEAM East 17
8 ( 6 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
9 ( 58 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
10 ( 14 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne

11 ( 9 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
12 ( 12 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
13 ( 10 ) LETITGO Prince
14 ( 11 ) PARK LIFE Blur
15 ( 73 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
16 ( 19 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
17 ( 33 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
18 ( 15 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
19 ( 8 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
20 ( 16 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart

21 ( 48 ) SECRET Madonna
22 ( 18 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
23 ( 23 ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
24 ( 13 ) FIREWORKS Roxette
25 ( 44 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
26 ( 20 ) WARRIORS Aswad
27 ( 45 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
28 ( 17 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
29 ( 59 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
30 ( 52 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones

31 ( 22 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
32 ( 25 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
33 ( 21 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
34 ( NEW ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
35 ( 24 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
36 ( 27 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
37 ( 29 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
38 ( 38 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
39 ( 46 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
40 ( 32 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42

41 ( 28 ) SPEED Billy Idol
42 ( 41 ) SEARCHING China Black
43 ( 30 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
44 ( 34 ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun
45 ( 36 ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
46 ( 40 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
47 ( 35 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
48 ( NEW ) THAT WORD (L.O.V.E.) The Rockmelons
49 ( 31 ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson
50 ( 37 ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff

51 ( 57 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
52 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE GOOD TIMES A House
53 ( 65 ) SURE Take That
54 ( 54 ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
55 ( 55 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
56 ( 43 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
57 ( 53 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
58 ( NEW ) LOVE AND TEARS Naomi Campbell
59 ( NEW ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
60 ( 39 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr

61 ( 60 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
62 ( 62 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
64 ( 56 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
65 ( NEW ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
66 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 42 ) SENSE Terry Hall
69 ( 61 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
70 ( 49 ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision

71 ( NEW ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
72 ( NEW ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
73 ( NEW ) MY HEART Neil Young and Crazy Horse
74 ( NEW ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
75 ( 50 ) FOOTSTEPS Stiltskin

kiwi fruit plant

kiwi fruit plant

9th October 1994

It’s a new number one for Corona and the great dance track Rhythm Of The Night, as recently covered by Bastille. I’ll stick with the original myself, it’s fab. Big leap for Bon Jovi to 4, and their signature ballad Always – not my favourite Bon Jovi record by any means these days, but it seemed good enough at the time. Elton also circles around the top 10, giving him 23 years of regular top 10’s, while 2 Unlimited grab a final top 10 hit, I really must youtube it now!

Highest of only 4 new entries is Ace Of Base at 19, and a Happy Nation applauds their 5th top 20 entry. Aerosmith are back in with Crazy, as it starts to take hold at 26, Heavy D & The Boyz make the 40 with This Is Your Night, as do INXS, Kym & Jocelyn covering ZZ Top, PJ & Duncan, and new at 40 The Pretenders keep the hits coming 15 years on, 977 apparently, though I suspect it’s a few less than that. Sonic Youth are Superstars at 54 covering The Carpenters classic in a fab distorted morose indie-style, and Counting Crows meet the Rain King at 73, for a quiet chart week.

1 ( 2 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
2 ( 1 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
4 ( 27 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
5 ( 5 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
6 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 4 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
8 ( 7 ) STEAM East 17
9 ( 29 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
10 ( 15 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited

11 ( 10 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
12 ( 11 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
13 ( 8 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
14 ( 9 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
15 ( 21 ) SECRET Madonna
16 ( 12 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
17 ( 17 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
18 ( 16 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
19 ( NEW ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
20 ( 13 ) LETITGO Prince

21 ( 14 ) PARK LIFE Blur
22 ( 20 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
23 ( 34 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
24 ( 18 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
25 ( 25 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
26 ( RE ) CRAZY Aerosmith
27 ( 19 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
28 ( 22 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
29 ( 30 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones
30 ( 24 ) FIREWORKS Roxette

31 ( 26 ) WARRIORS Aswad
32 ( 59 ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
33 ( 33 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
34 ( 28 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
35 ( 74 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
36 ( 23 ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
37 ( 32 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
38 ( 72 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
39 ( 71 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
40 ( NEW ) 977″ The Pretenders

41 ( 36 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
42 ( 31 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
43 ( 37 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
44 ( 53 ) SURE Take That
45 ( 42 ) SEARCHING China Black
46 ( 40 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
47 ( 54 ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
48 ( 35 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
49 ( 65 ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
50 ( 63 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan

51 ( 39 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
52 ( 38 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
53 ( 51 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
54 ( NEW ) SUPERSTAR Sonic Youth
55 ( 55 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
56 ( 46 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
57 ( 43 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
58 ( 48 ) THAT WORD (L.O.V.E.) The Rockmelons
59 ( 57 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
60 ( 41 ) SPEED Billy Idol

61 ( 61 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
62 ( 45 ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
63 ( 62 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
64 ( 64 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
65 ( 56 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 47 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
69 ( 50 ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff
70 ( 44 ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun

71 ( 60 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
72 ( 58 ) LOVE AND TEARS Naomi Campbell
73 ( NEW ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
74 ( 69 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
75 ( 49 ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson

16th October 1994

2 weeks for Corona fizzing on top, as Edie Brickell and Barry White peak at 2, Good Times indeed for a fab soulful ballad. Elton John goes in Circles Of Life at 5, the latest in a very long list of top 5 singles, and ditto for Madonna in the top 10 as Secret hits 8. INXS’ terrific The Strangest Party shoots up to 12, and really should have been a big hit, instead their career declined steeply and unfairly, not quite fitting into Britpop. Aerosmith, Edwyn Collins and Snap all return to the top 20 with new stuff, as the chart suddenly wakes up with a deluge of new entries.

Highest, in at 22, Sparks enjoy one of their periodic comebacks, 20 years on from This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us, they ponder When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’? Right now, it’s Moroder-dance-era-styled fab. Massive Attack enter Sly-ly at 28, just ahead of a charity version of Marvin Gaye’s classic What’s Going On? Let Loose follow up a big pop hit with a decent forgotten pop hit, but not at Seventeen, at 31. Crash Test Dummies bounce back at 37 berating God for shuffling his feet a bit, Pink Floyd are back for the final time (barring 2014 sessions from 1994) and Keep Trackin’ at 50, 15 years after hitting number one with a brick.

China Black following up terrific number one Searching, with terrific melodic follow-up Stars at 51, Oasis sing about ciggies and booze in a T.Rex Get-It-On vibe at 60, how quaint holding up nicotine and drink as alternative solutions to having to work for a living. OK everyone, let’s quit our jobs and get pissed and see how long society lasts! As a record, it’s nowhere near as good as either Get It On, or predecessor Live Together. Over-rated much. The Manics suffer at 69, Aaliyah is still a minor but slides in at 71, and if there ever was a record that annoyed me more than Ciggies n Booze it’s Zombie, in at 74. The gorgeousness of Linger is replaced by repeated harpy calls, a record that with the passage of time only sounds worse. Ouch!

1 ( 1 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
2 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
3 ( 2 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 4 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
5 ( 9 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
6 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 8 ) STEAM East 17
8 ( 15 ) SECRET Madonna
9 ( 7 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
10 ( 17 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis

11 ( 5 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
12 ( 35 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
13 ( 14 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
14 ( 19 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
15 ( 12 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
16 ( 26 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
17 ( 10 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
18 ( 13 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
19 ( 23 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
20 ( 25 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer

21 ( 11 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
22 ( NEW ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
23 ( 16 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
24 ( 39 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
25 ( 20 ) LETITGO Prince
26 ( 18 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
27 ( 22 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
28 ( NEW ) SLY Massive Attack
29 ( NEW ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief ’94
30 ( 21 ) PARK LIFE Blur

31 ( NEW ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
32 ( 32 ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
33 ( 24 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
34 ( 34 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
35 ( 50 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
36 ( 28 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
37 ( NEW ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
38 ( 30 ) FIREWORKS Roxette
39 ( 27 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
40 ( 33 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer

41 ( 31 ) WARRIORS Aswad
42 ( 37 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
43 ( 29 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones
44 ( 44 ) SURE Take That
45 ( 40 ) 977″ The Pretenders
46 ( 49 ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
47 ( 47 ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
48 ( 41 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
49 ( NEW ) I WANT THE WORLD 2wo Third3
50 ( NEW ) KEEP TALKING Pink Floyd

51 ( NEW ) STARS China Black
52 ( 43 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
53 ( 38 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
54 ( 45 ) SEARCHING China Black
55 ( 46 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
56 ( 55 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
57 ( 36 ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
58 ( 42 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
59 ( RE ) I’LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU BoyzIIMen
60 ( NEW ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis

61 ( 61 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
62 ( 59 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
63 ( 53 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
64 ( 63 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
65 ( 51 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 52 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
69 ( NEW ) SHE IS SUFFERING Manic Street Preachers
70 ( 54 ) SUPERSTAR Sonic Youth

71 ( NEW ) (AT YOUR BEST) YOU ARE LOVE Aaliyah
72 ( 64 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
73 ( 73 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
74 ( NEW ) ZOMBIE The Cranberries
75 ( NEW ) CAN U FEEL IT Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntman

baby pond

baby pond


23rd October 1994:

The charts go insane suddenly, massive leaps, massive new entries, and massive drops under the pressure of 18 new entries, and it’s all great stuff too! Up 50 places from 51 to 1, one of the biggest climbs to the top ever, it’s China Black getting their second chart-topper of the year, the lovely entirely youtube absent Stars, overshadowing Sparks big climb to 3, their biggest hit since 1979. Highest new entry is at 5, and it’s Abba with Just Like That. No, not a Tommy Cooper tribute record, it’s one of the final recordings by Abba only available in the middle of a single track compilation of bits & pieces which were released as part of a box set of rare stuff in 1994. Gemini (the Abba boys proteges after Abba) had already released a version, but the original Abba short version is a cut above, and should have been a single.

New Order’s classic True Faith from 1987 is remixed and still corking, back in at 10, just behind R Kelly and one of his best records, vibing swiftly along entering at 7. Not to be outdone Tom Jones re-invents himself again with the storming If I Only Knew in at 13. Massive Attack, Crash test Dummies and (somehow!) PJ & Duncan/Ant n Dec get into the 20, before some more new entries: Elastica’s terrific Connection is at 30, Amy Grant is back 3 years on from Baby Baby, Say You’ll Be Mine, she says at 33, while Donna Summer’s got a melody of love at 37, 18 years after groaning her way into my charts.

At 38, the Crosby Stills & Nash classic, Teach Your Children, never charted before, pops in courtesy of a version re-recorded by the band along with some country artists (including Alison Krauss) for an AIDS benefit album. Up to 21 the other charity record is for Rwanda and features a wealth of urban and stars of the time, and it’s pretty good. Status Quo are in my current chart with new material (Nov 2014) and 20 years ago they were in at 39 with Sherri Don’t Fail Me Now. 40 years ago they were already 2 years into their chart career with me. No, they don’t all sound the same.

Outside the top 40: Clapton’s back with a ballad at 44, it ain’t no Layla! The Beautiful South, Sting, Janet Jackson all keep the run of hits going while Sheryl Crow debuts her biggie All I Wanna Do at 75. To rub it in, that’s one place lower than Shampoo! Ah, well, it WAS a very busy chart!

1 ( 51 ) STARS China Black
2 ( 1 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
3 ( 22 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
4 ( 5 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
5 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
6 ( 19 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
7 ( NEW ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R Kelly
8 ( 8 ) SECRET Madonna
9 ( 2 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
10 ( NEW ) TRUE FAITH (REMIX) New Order

11 ( 12 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
12 ( 3 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
13 ( NEW ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
14 ( 7 ) STEAM East 17
15 ( 14 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
16 ( 28 ) SLY Massive Attack
17 ( 13 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
18 ( 37 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
19 ( 24 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
20 ( 4 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi

21 ( 29 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief ’94
22 ( 9 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
23 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
24 ( 10 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
25 ( 16 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
26 ( 49 ) I WANT THE WORLD 2wo Third3
27 ( 15 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
28 ( 11 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
29 ( 45 ) 977″ The Pretenders
30 ( NEW ) CONNECTION Elastica

31 ( 31 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
32 ( 20 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
33 ( NEW ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
34 ( 18 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
35 ( 73 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
36 ( 35 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
37 ( NEW ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
38 ( NEW ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN The Red Hots
39 ( NEW ) SHERRI DON’T FAIL ME NOW Status Quo
40 ( 44 ) SURE Take That

41 ( 23 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
42 ( 34 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
43 ( 27 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
44 ( NEW ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
45 ( 26 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
46 ( 17 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
47 ( NEW ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
48 ( 30 ) PARK LIFE Blur
49 ( 36 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
50 ( 33 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

51 ( 21 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
52 ( 25 ) LETITGO Prince
53 ( 50 ) KEEP TALKING Pink Floyd
54 ( 46 ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
55 ( 42 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
56 ( NEW ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
57 ( 60 ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis
58 ( 40 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
59 ( 56 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
60 ( 38 ) FIREWORKS Roxette

61 ( 32 ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
62 ( 39 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
63 ( 61 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
64 ( 69 ) SHE IS SUFFERING Manic Street Preachers
65 ( 52 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
66 ( NEW ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
67 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 64 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
69 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
70 ( NEW ) OH BABY I Eternal

71 ( NEW ) PLANET CARAVAN Pantera
72 ( 62 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
73 ( NEW ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
74 ( NEW ) VIVA LES MEGABABES Shampoo
75 ( NEW ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow

garden..

garden..

30th October 1994

2 weeks on top for China Black, and a new entry at 2 for LWS and GOSP, an obscure rave non-hit with a 30‘s blues vibe, that pushed my buttons oddly – I don’t recall going raving in 1994! Up to 3, higher second-time round, it’s True Faith for New Order. Edwyn Collins drops 2 (for now) but his biggest hit since Orange Juice went top 10 with Rip It Up in 1993 will be back in 1995. Music Relief take What’s Going On into the top 10, following Cyndi Lauper’s version, and preceding Marvin Gaye’s original. Tom Jones gets a span of top 10 hits of exactly 26 years, I Only I Knew that in 1968 when I started charting!

Aerosmith hit a new peak of 11, INXS grab another top 10, Eric Clapton leaps to 16, and Terry Hall re-enters with his own (previous number one) cover version of his Lightning Seeds co-write/sing, at 13 – well it all makes Sense to me! Terrorvision bolt in, screaming Alice, What’s The Matter! I loved Terrorvision consistently, great fun. Sting and Pink Floyd bring some veteran rock into the 40, albeit both mellow, just like Clapton, while Eternal manage to break into the 30 – Oh Baby I don’t know why!

Sheryl Crow rockets to 33, a good dance pop track from The Real McCoy give me another night at 37, Seal bounces back in again with a newborn friend, and Rozalla adds to her diminishing peaking list of follow-ups to Everybody’s Free, with You Never Love The Same Way Twice at 47. Well, I try not to at any rate, can’t speak for Rozalla. REM have some Bang and Blame at 58, Brand New Heavies spend some time at 59, while interesting indie band Grant Lee Buffalo sneak in at 63 with some Mockingbirds, pipping Echobelly, Chris Rea and Foreigner (both School of 1978), and Paul Weller (School of 1977).

1 ( 1 ) STARS China Black
2 ( NEW ) GOSP LWS
3 ( 10 ) TRUE FAITH (REMIX) New Order
4 ( 3 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
5 ( 5 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
6 ( 21 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief ’94
7 ( 13 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
8 ( 6 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
9 ( 7 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R Kelly
10 ( 11 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS

11 ( 25 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
12 ( 2 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
13 ( RE ) SENSE Terry Hall
14 ( 16 ) SLY Massive Attack
15 ( 4 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
16 ( 44 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
17 ( NEW ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
18 ( 18 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
19 ( 8 ) SECRET Madonna
20 ( 9 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White

21 ( 17 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
22 ( 33 ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
23 ( 12 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
24 ( 14 ) STEAM East 17
25 ( 56 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
26 ( 53 ) KEEP TALKING/ HIGH HOPES Pink Floyd
27 ( 30 ) CONNECTION Elastica
28 ( 32 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
29 ( 27 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
30 ( 70 ) OH BABY I Eternal

31 ( 31 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
32 ( 19 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
33 ( 75 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
34 ( 20 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
35 ( 15 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
36 ( 22 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
37 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
38 ( RE ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
39 ( 28 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
40 ( 47 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South

41 ( 35 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
42 ( 26 ) I WANT THE WORLD 2wo Third3
43 ( 24 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
44 ( 66 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
45 ( 38 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN The Red Hots
46 ( 23 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
47 ( NEW ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
48 ( 34 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 40 ) SURE Take That
50 ( 36 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan

51 ( 57 ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis
52 ( 37 ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
53 ( 42 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
54 ( 29 ) 977″ The Pretenders
55 ( 43 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
56 ( 41 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
57 ( 39 ) SHERRI DON’T FAIL ME NOW Status Quo
58 ( NEW ) BANG AND BLAME REM
59 ( NEW ) SPEND SOME TIME Brand New Heavies
60 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 49 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
62 ( 55 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
63 ( NEW ) MOCKINGBIRDS Grant Lee Buffalo
64 ( 63 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
65 ( 71 ) PLANET CARAVAN Pantera
66 ( 48 ) PARK LIFE Blur
67 ( 52 ) LETITGO Prince
68 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
69 ( NEW ) CLOSE BUT… Echobelly
70 ( 69 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( 68 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY Chris Rea
73 ( NEW ) SOME GIRLS Ultimate Kaos
74 ( NEW ) WHITE LIE Foreigner
75 ( NEW ) OUT OF THE SINKING Paul Weller

NON CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST TRACKS:
1 ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
2 SEBASTIAN Cockney Rebel
3 RAIN RAIN RAIN Ladysmith Black Mambazo

My 1984 Charts – May

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1st May 1984

My unemployed and increasingly depressed lifestyle started to have an effect on my music tastes around now as nearly all cheerful records drop and moody ones do all the moving, notably Human League’s comeback record The Lebanon, straight in at 1. My fave band since Abba disappeared, they had released 2 singles, both gems, since Dare in 1981 but no sign of an album. In those days 3 years away was a big deal for a pop band. No-one saw the sudden move away from synths and into electric guitars, and few liked the anti-war political message stance of the album’s lead single, but I loved it instantly, a rare case of in at 1, their 5th chart-topper in a row.

Moody Propaganda meantime go up to 2, sell him your soul lyric not very cheerful at all, but brilliant. SOS band’s also beautifully sombre but danceable hit rises to 6 and Sandie Shaw & The Smiths’ Hand In Glove gives them both their 2nd Top 10 hit, 15 years on since the last one for Sandie. Rufus and Chaka at 9, and 2 cheerful pop tunes at 4 (Queen) and 10 (OMD’s 7th top 10) all keeping out Bob Marley at 11.

Lower down, New Order steal up to 20 from 73, Duran go Top 40 with The Reflex, and new hits for Jeffrey Osbourne, the fabulous Womack & Womack’s Love Wars and the lovely Cocteau Twins Dewdrops – and nothing else! TV, though was taking refuge in romcom fantasy horror spoof Love At First Bite, a forgotten goodie starring fave actress Susan Saint James. The Rock n Roll Years series hit 1966 and started to get seriously good. Long in need of repeating and extending to the 90’s and 21st century, the series took the major news events of a year, mixed them with affecting important hits of the year, and showed a few key pop star performances, usually debuts. Quite a powerful mix.

 

1 ( NEW ) THE LEBANON Human League
2 ( 6 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
3 ( 4 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
4 ( 9 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
5 ( 1 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
6 ( 11 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
7 ( 2 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
8 ( 20 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
9 ( 14 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
10 ( 16 ) LOCOMOTION OMD

11 ( 17 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
12 ( 19 ) SILVER Echo And The Bunnymen
13 ( 8 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
14 ( 3 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
15 ( 7 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
16 ( 12 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
17 ( 25 ) I’M FALLING The Bluebells
18 ( 28 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Flying Picketts
19 ( 5 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
20 ( 73 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order

21 ( 34 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
22 ( 30 ) IN THE HEART Kool And The Gang
23 ( 10 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
24 ( 15 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
25 ( 18 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
26 ( 24 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
27 ( 35 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
28 ( 13 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
29 ( 22 ) LEAVE IT Yes
30 ( 31 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel

31 ( 21 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
32 ( 26 ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
33 ( 23 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
34 ( 50 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
35 ( 47 ) GIVE ME TONIGHT Shannon
36 ( 27 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
37 ( 74 ) PEACE IN OUR TIME The Imposter (aka Elvis Costello)
38 ( 33 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
39 ( 29 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
40 ( 44 ) SUCH A SHAME Talk Talk

41 ( 39 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
42 ( 75 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
43 ( 41 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
44 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
45 ( 40 ) DANCING GIRLS Nik Kershaw
46 ( 51 ) SPACE ODDITY/ MAJOR TOM Jonathan King
47 ( 32 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
48 ( 37 ) IS THAT SO Lulu and B.A. Robertson
49 ( 55 ) LOVE GAMES Belle And The Devotions
50 ( 36 ) BABY YOU’RE DYNAMITE Cliff Richard

51 ( 38 ) SOMEDAY The Gap Band
52 ( 63 ) HAPPY ENDING Joe Jackson
53 ( 53 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
54 ( 43 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
55 ( 46 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
56 ( 48 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
57 ( NEW ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
58 ( 68 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
59 ( 45 ) A LOVE WORTH WAITING FOR Shakin’ Stevens
60 ( 60 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

61 ( 56 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
62 ( 62 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
63 ( 42 ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy
64 ( 66 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
65 ( NEW ) PEARLY DEWDROPS’ DROPS The Cocteau Twins
66 ( 57 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
67 ( 64 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
68 ( 71 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME Marilyn
69 ( 49 ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
70 ( 70 ) THE FLAME Annabel Lamb

71 ( 54 ) SWIMMING HORSES Siouxsie & The Banshees
72 ( 52 ) HEAVEN The Psychedelic Furs
73 ( 69 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
74 ( 59 ) THE GREATNESS AND PERFECTION OF LOVE Julian Cope
75 ( 58 ) JUMP Van Halen

TV
1 Love At First Bite (film)
2 Cheers
3 Reamington Steele
4 Soap
5 Rock n Roll Years: 1966
6 Porridge
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Avengers
9 Dallas
10 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

 

8th May 1984

Eurovision week, and Belle & The Devotions UK entry reaches the lofty heights of 40. No other entries in the chart though, as was the usual case in those days until they had official singles release (usually never). Human League 2 weeks on top, the top 10 shuffles a bit, barring Bob Marley getting his 4th posthumous Top 10, and 7th in total (though 2 of them did it twice, so 9th time). New Order up to 7, Duran at 12, Womacks at 19 up from 57, and Cocteua’s up to 31 from 65. Not one single big hit enters this week though, leaving room for obscure tracks: Edwin Starr’s tribute to late friend Marvin gaye highest new track at 57.

DJ Mike Read tried many times to get a hit, well he sort of got one in my chart at 65, Pink Floyder Roger Waters does a solo weighing up of the pro’s and con’s of thumbing a lift at 66, and the Shillelagh Sisters get their only hit at 67. Jacquie O’Sullivan of the band (sort of folkrockabilly) became better known when she joined Bananarama.

1 ( 1 ) THE LEBANON Human League
2 ( 3 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
3 ( 4 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
4 ( 6 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
5 ( 8 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
6 ( 11 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
7 ( 20 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
8 ( 10 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
9 ( 2 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
10 ( 5 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti

11 ( 12 ) SILVER Echo And The Bunnymen
12 ( 34 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
13 ( 23 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
14 ( 17 ) I’M FALLING The Bluebells
15 ( 9 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
16 ( 16 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
17 ( 7 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
18 ( 21 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
19 ( 57 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
20 ( 15 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling

21 ( 13 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
22 ( 14 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
23 ( 26 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
24 ( 44 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
25 ( 19 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
26 ( 35 ) GIVE ME TONIGHT Shannon
27 ( 27 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
28 ( 30 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
29 ( 18 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Flying Picketts
30 ( 42 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown

31 ( 65 ) PEARLY DEWDROPS’ DROPS The Cocteau Twins
32 ( 32 ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
33 ( 64 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
34 ( 40 ) SUCH A SHAME Talk Talk
35 ( 28 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
36 ( 22 ) IN THE HEART Kool And The Gang
37 ( 37 ) PEACE IN OUR TIME The Imposter (aka Elvis Costell)
38 ( 29 ) LEAVE IT Yes
39 ( 58 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
40 ( 49 ) LOVE GAMES Belle And The Devotions

41 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
42 ( 25 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
43 ( 68 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME Marilyn
44 ( 46 ) SPACE ODDITY/ MAJOR TOM Jonathan King
45 ( 33 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
46 ( 38 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
47 ( 36 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
48 ( 24 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
49 ( 31 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
50 ( 43 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

51 ( 45 ) DANCING GIRLS Nik Kershaw
52 ( 39 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
53 ( 53 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
54 ( 52 ) HAPPY ENDING Joe Jackson
55 ( 55 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
56 ( 47 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
57 ( NEW ) MARVIN Edwin Starr
58 ( 60 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
59 ( 54 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
60 ( 56 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness

61 ( 61 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
62 ( 62 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
63 ( 48 ) IS THAT SO Lulu and B.A. Robertson
64 ( 59 ) A LOVE WORTH WAITING FOR Shakin’ Stevens
65 ( NEW ) TELL ME I’M WRONG Mike Read
66 ( NEW ) THE PRO’S AND CON’S OF HITCH-HIKING Roger Waters
67 ( NEW ) GIVE ME MY FREEDOM The Shillelagh Sisters
68 ( 50 ) BABY YOU’RE DYNAMITE Cliff Richard
69 ( 67 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
70 ( NEW ) AIN’T THAT PECULIAR Mari Wilson

71 ( 75 ) JUMP Van Halen
72 ( NEW ) STANDING IN THE SHADOW Whitesnake
73 ( 66 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
74 ( NEW ) UPROCK The Rocksteady Crew
75 ( 63 ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy

 

TV
1 The Young Ones: Bambi
2 Cheers
3 The Sugarland Express (film)
4 Soap
5 Carrott’s Lib
6 Dallas
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Porridge
9 Hill Street Blues
10 Empire
11 Laurel & Hardy
12 Entertainment USA
13 Addams Family
14 Eurovision Song Contest
15 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

15th May 1984

3 weeks on top for The Lebanon, and 2 at 2 for Automatic, while Duran get the their biggest hit to date at 3 (The Reflex). Womacks go top 10 for the first time (and not the last) while Alvin gets his, ooh, 5th Top 10 in 11 years, and his first for 3 years. It’s a Womble record, essentially. He’s a Mansfield lad though, and our only pop star ever, so have to support him. Elsewhere, 2 Footloose tracks side by side (16, 17) which meant nothing to me as I never went to see it. Billy Joel gets another top 20 hit, the pleasant Longest Time, and highest new entry is a dance cover of a great Detroit Spinners non-hit from 1972, I’ll Be Around.

Hazell Dean debuts with a gay club anthem of the time, Stock Aitken Waterman starting to make themselves chart regulars. That’s about it, actually, below that it’s just shuffling of positions and some bizarre new entries underline nothing much was happening on the music scene for the second week in a row. I mean, Roland Rat? Marillion? Kajagoogoo!? At least Boomtown Rats, Kane Gang, and Melody Makers (Bob Marley’s kids joining him in the chart) add a tad more credibility…

1 ( 1 ) THE LEBANON Human League
2 ( 2 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
3 ( 12 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
4 ( 3 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
5 ( 6 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
6 ( 4 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
7 ( 19 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
8 ( 18 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
9 ( 5 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
10 ( 16 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange

11 ( 24 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
12 ( 7 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
13 ( 10 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
14 ( 9 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
15 ( 8 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
16 ( 39 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
17 ( 33 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
18 ( 15 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
19 ( 28 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
20 ( 30 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown

21 ( 14 ) I’M FALLING The Bluebells
22 ( 13 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
23 ( 20 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
24 ( 27 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
25 ( 21 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
26 ( 17 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
27 ( NEW ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
28 ( 23 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
29 ( NEW ) SEARCHING Hazell Dean
30 ( 11 ) SILVER Echo And The Bunnymen

31 ( 31 ) PEARLY DEWDROPS’ DROPS The Cocteau Twins
32 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Flying Picketts
33 ( 22 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
34 ( 25 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
35 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
36 ( 43 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME Marilyn
37 ( 26 ) GIVE ME TONIGHT Shannon
38 ( 40 ) LOVE GAMES Belle And The Devotions
39 ( 32 ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
40 ( 44 ) SPACE ODDITY/ MAJOR TOM Jonathan King

41 ( 37 ) PEACE IN OUR TIME The Imposter (aka Elvis Costell)
42 ( 35 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
43 ( 36 ) IN THE HEART Kool And The Gang
44 ( 38 ) LEAVE IT Yes
45 ( 34 ) SUCH A SHAME Talk Talk
46 ( 46 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
47 ( 45 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
48 ( 48 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
49 ( 50 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
50 ( 57 ) MARVIN Edwin Starr

51 ( 42 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
52 ( 47 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
53 ( 53 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
54 ( 72 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOW Whitesnake
55 ( 49 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
56 ( 65 ) TELL ME I’M WRONG Mike Read
57 ( 70 ) AIN’T THAT PECULIAR Mari Wilson
58 ( 58 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
59 ( NEW ) DON’T LET GO Wang Chung
60 ( 51 ) DANCING GIRLS Nik Kershaw

61 ( 62 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
62 ( 61 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
63 ( 63 ) IS THAT SO Lulu and B.A. Robertson
64 ( NEW ) TURN YOUR BACK ON ME Kajagoogoo
65 ( 52 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) SHE’S TROUBLE Musical Youth
67 ( 60 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
68 ( NEW ) DRAG ME DOWN The Boomtown Rats
69 ( NEW ) LOVE ME TENDER Roland Rat
70 ( NEW ) SWEETEST SWEETEST Jermaine Jackson

71 ( NEW ) ASSASSING Marillion
72 ( 55 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
73 ( NEW ) MET HER ON A RAINT DAY The Melody Makers
74 ( NEW ) BREAK DANCE PARTY Break Machine
75 ( NEW ) SMALL TOWN CREED The Kane Gang

TV
1 Cheers
2 The Young Ones: Bambi
3 The Young Ones
4 Dallas
5 Hill Street Blues
6 Addams Family
7 Soap
8 Porridge
9 Man About The House
10 Top Of The Pops
11. Avengers
12. Professionals
13. Empire
14. Batman
15. Automan
16. Rockford Files
17. It Ain’t Half Hot Mum
18. Sullivans
19. Entertainment USA
20. 8 Days A week

22nd May 1984

4th and final week on top for The Lebanon, 3rd week at 2 for Automatic, 2nd week at 3 for Reflex. Elsewhere, though, the lethargy is blown apart with 15 substantial new entries headed by Elton John at 10 with Sad Songs, his first single after his Too Low For Zero album success and a run of great singles off it. Pleasant enough, though the video helped it’s high chart placing a bit.

in at 17, an instant success for new jazzy-folk duo Everything But The Girl and their fab ballad Each And Every One, while Wham! shift up a pop gear and start sticking shuttlecocks in pants and gogoing, in at 20 for their 5th hit. Howard Jones gets his 4th, Ultravox their 4th year of chart hits, non-stop, and Chris De Burgh is actually back after his flirtation with a ferryman in 1977, telling us he’s high on emotion. His best record. By far. Not saying a great deal, I grant, but it’s true.

Style Council enter at 35 with the gorgeous, summery You’re The Best Thing, giving Paul Weller 7 years of hits non-stop, while Bruce Springsteen comes back again at 38 and Dancing In The Dark, his best record since Born To Run debuted in my chart in 1975, and certainly his most commercial and he finally gives in and does a great video with both Courtney Cox and some tight jeans. Others new in: Quo (over 10 years of hits), Bananarama, Nick Heyward, Imagination, Eddy Grant (15 years of hits, with the Equals) and a fun movie soundtrack theme song in Romancing The Stone, Helen Terry ex of Culture Club backing singering, Evelyn “No Champaign” King back after 5 years with a new club sound that was hitting big – HiNRG. The BPM’s were set to max and a new genre stretching through to 2014 influences was chartborn.

Finally, Rod’s back, 11 years on from Maggie May and hitting the right dancerock buttons with Infatuation, and Sade’s follow-up to their (or her) debut is even better, sultry jazz was back in fashion. Or cocktail music, if you’re less enamoured of it. On TV, with Dallas only beaten by Cheers, I’m assuming this was the season end JR-shot episode where the scheming bitchy quips and ensuing camp hilarity were flying. I bet it was Kristin….
1 ( 1 ) THE LEBANON Human League
2 ( 2 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
3 ( 3 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
4 ( 7 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
5 ( 8 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
6 ( 6 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
7 ( 4 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
8 ( 16 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
9 ( 11 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
10 ( NEW ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John

11 ( 5 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
12 ( 10 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
13 ( 29 ) SEARCHING Hazell Dean
14 ( 9 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
15 ( 17 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
16 ( 20 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
17 ( NEW ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
18 ( 18 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
19 ( 19 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
20 ( NEW ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!

21 ( 13 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
22 ( 12 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
23 ( 27 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
24 ( 15 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
25 ( 14 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
26 ( 24 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
27 ( 74 ) BREAK DANCE PARTY Break Machine
28 ( NEW ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
29 ( NEW ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
30 ( 23 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling

31 ( NEW ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
32 ( 22 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
33 ( 36 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME Marilyn
34 ( 25 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
35 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
36 ( 71 ) ASSASSING Marillion
37 ( 28 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
38 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
39 ( 26 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
40 ( NEW ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama

41 ( 35 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
42 ( NEW ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
43 ( 21 ) I’M FALLING The Bluebells
44 ( 57 ) AIN’T THAT PECULIAR Mari Wilson
45 ( 69 ) LOVE ME TENDER Roland Rat
46 ( 42 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
47 ( 32 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Flying Picketts
48 ( 50 ) MARVIN Edwin Starr
49 ( 46 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
50 ( 33 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins

51 ( 49 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
52 ( 59 ) DON’T LET GO Wang Chung
53 ( 53 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
54 ( 64 ) TURN YOUR BACK ON ME Kajagoogoo
55 ( 47 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
56 ( 68 ) DRAG ME DOWN The Boomtown Rats
57 ( NEW ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
58 ( 34 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
59 ( 66 ) SHE’S TROUBLE Musical Youth
60 ( NEW ) STATE OF LOVE Imagination

61 ( 58 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 39 ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
63 ( 61 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 62 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
65 ( NEW ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
66 ( 44 ) LEAVE IT Yes
67 ( 31 ) PEARLY DEWDROPS’ DROPS The Cocteau Twins
68 ( NEW ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
69 ( 70 ) SWEETEST SWEETEST Jermaine Jackson
70 ( 51 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode

71 ( 48 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
72 ( 52 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
73 ( NEW ) ROMANCING THE STONE Eddy Grant
74 ( NEW ) LOVE LIES LOST Helen Terry
75 ( NEW ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King

TV
1 Cheers
2 Dallas
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Scully
5 Soap
6 Addams Family
7 Professionals
8 Twilight Zone
9 Avengers
10 Top Of The Pops
11 Porridge
12 Entertainment USA
13 Empire
14 Spitting Image
15 Batman (film)
16 Rockford Files
17 Upstairs Downstairs
18 8 Days A Week
19 Automan
20 Sullivans