My May 1988 Charts

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1st May 1988

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1st May
PLAYIST OLDIES

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

 

8th May 1988

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

15th May 1988

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

22nd May 1988

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

29th May 1988

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My May-Aug 2020 Charts

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5th July 2020

It’s a second week on top for REYKO in an unchanged top 3, as Kim Petras gets a first top 5 with Malibu and Harry Styles leaps up to 5 having peaked at 3 at the end of 2019 with Watermelon Sugar, still sounding fab 6 months later. James Blunt also leaps up to 6 with Should I Give It All Up, the latest track off his (extended) album to go top 10 – 6 have charted, 4 gone top 10, and one peaked at 2 (Halfway with ward Thomas). Sparks also return to the top 10 with all that as the new album gets critical acclaim and a physical release this week.

Biggest climber is Pretenders’ Didn’t Want To Be This Lonely, that Bo Diddley rhythm giving them a first top 40 for 3 years, and Eurovision (the film) gives Iceland another top 40 track in 2020, the feel-good rom-com taking Will Ferrell into the top 40 as he interrupts the fab vocals of Rachel McAdams & Molly Sanden. Marilyn meanwhile gets a first top 40 since 1984, Travis a second of the year, and Lenny Kravitz a first for 2 years.

As I manage to chop my chart down to 95, there are only 5 new entries, the highest being 3rd time round for 1993 chart=topper classic Ordinary World from Duran Duran, selling in itunes again. The other 4 occupy the lowest births, Bob Sinclar returning after his top in 2019 with Robbie Williams, and extending his chart run to 17 years since debuting with The Beat Goes On in 2003, Andt Grammer gets his first for 2 years and a 9-year chart-span as guest this time on a Don Diablo track, Dua Lipa’s 5th entry from her current album pops in as a new single, and Bright Light Bright Light is back for a 4th chart entry in 6 years.

1 1 1 3 SPINNING OVER YOU REYKO 455000
2 2 1 8 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 698300
3 3 1 5 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 540000
4 8 4 2 MALIBU Kim Petras 113000
5 22 5 2 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 79500
6 29 6 2 SHOULD I GIVE IT ALL UP (DEMO) James Blunt 73200
7 5 5 7 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 238350
8 4 1 8 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 863000
9 6 3 8 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 475000
10 12 10 8 ALL THAT Sparks 217800

11 7 7 8 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 300400
12 20 12 3 SAVIOUR (EXTENDED MIX) Dimension & Sharlene Hector 73750
13 30 13 3 FADED Izzy Bizu 57400
14 11 1 15 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1173100
15 10 3 8 MOVE The Mamas 444000
16 18 16 7 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 124000
17 19 17 7 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 111600
18 9 2 8 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 582000
19 16 16 6 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 115500
20 24 20 5 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 81000

21 14 2 11 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 618750
22 25 22 5 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 74200
23 23 23 7 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 97750
24 13 9 9 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 235100
25 38 25 2 OH WHAT A FEELING Walk Off The Earth 35950
26 28 26 6 ALICE Lady Gaga 87600
27 15 10 8 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 235400
28 54 28 3 HALLUCINOGENICS (SEEB REMIX) Matt Maeson 35400
29 86 29 2 DIDN’T WANT TO BE THIS LONELY Pretenders 21000
30 40 30 4 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 57200

31 17 7 8 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 266800
32 27 12 8 FAI RUMORE Diodato 182500
33 26 7 11 SECRETS Regard & Raye 285550
34 39 34 3 MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING The Killers 39900
35 47 35 5 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 54250
36 88 36 2 HUSAVIK Will Ferrell & My Marianne 19800
37 65 37 3 BREATHE Marilyn 30900
38 33 1 19 SAY SO Doja Cat 1014650
39 56 39 5 A GHOST Travis 47100
40 73 40 2 RIDE (EDIT) Lenny Kravitz 22400

41 31 18 9 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 154000
42 34 18 8 LAWNMOWER Sparks 149750
43 21 1 4 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 268250
44 44 44 5 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 54450
45 37 37 5 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 68300
46 49 46 8 BIG LOG Robert Plant 60250
47 48 47 8 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 65500
48 51 48 4 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 40650
49 60 49 3 THE WRITER Four Of Diamonds & Mr Eazi 27700
50 32 32 7 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 96700

51 36 36 5 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 69250
52 53 52 8 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 66550
53 42 42 5 WOMAN Andreya Triana 60200
54 35 35 7 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 96900
55 50 1 9 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 375550
56 59 56 5 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 38100
57 57 57 3 FIRE AND FURY Overcoats 28300
58 58 58 4 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 31200
59 45 29 8 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 107250
60 66 60 5 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 31000

61 89 61 2 OLD ME 5 Seconds Of Summer 9700
62 52 52 5 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 41000
63 46 5 17 CAUTION The Killers 537450
64 67 64 4 CO-CO The Sweet 24700
65 43 43 7 POLAROID Keith Urban 67450
66 NEW 66 1 ORDINARY WORLD Duran Duran 6800
67 41 35 7 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 76600
68 94 68 2 ARISTOCRATS Raleigh Ritchie 8000
69 81 69 2 MARCH MARCH The Chicks 10000
70 71 70 3 CAN’T START OVER AGAIN Dion featuring Jeff Beck 17200

71 75 71 2 MY HURRICANE Jamie Scott 10800
72 74 72 3 PYRAMIDS Noonie Bao 15600
73 55 48 7 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 52950
74 82 74 4 ACTION The Sweet 15600
75 77 75 4 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 15800
76 78 76 4 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 17000
77 80 77 5 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 18200
78 93 78 2 HEAVEN ON MY MIND Becky Hill & Sigala 6100
79 79 79 4 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 16600
80 97 80 2 WHERE I’M COMING FROM Lila Ike 5300

81 63 63 6 NO LOVE Skip Marley 29200
82 76 76 5 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 19800
83 64 64 5 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 29100
84 84 84 3 SONG FOR SAM COOKE (HERE IN AMERICA) Dion featuring Paul Simon 9400
85 61 2 15 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 591450
86 91 86 2 KARAOKE BooDaBash & Alessandra Omaroso 4700
87 90 87 2 SQUARES Raleigh Ritchie 4600
88 72 36 7 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 78900
89 95 89 2 CRAZY IN LOVE Beyonce featuring Jay-Z 3700
90 83 83 3 WE’LL MEET AGAIN Vera Lynn 8800

91 100 91 2 THE TIME IS NOW Moloko 2900
92 NEW 92 1 I’M ON MY WAY Bob Sinclar 1800
93 NEW 93 1 THOUSAND FACES Don Diablo & Andy Grammer 1700
94 NEW 94 1 HALLUCINATE Dua Lipa 1600
95 NEW 95 1 I USED TO BE COOL Bright Light Bright Light 1500

DROP OUTS
62 32 6 NHS70 Only Sun 81400
68 19 8 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 115350
69 24 8 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 113350
70 20 7 VOICES Hurts 109300
85 71 5 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 19800
87 50 6 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 43200
92 39 10 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 102650
96 20 9 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 118450
98 17 7 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 113700
99 28 8 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 95100

 

 

29th June 2020

It’s a new chart-topper for REYKO after entering at 2 last week, just edging out the still-fab Robin Schulz track, while a largely static top 10 is enlivened by Kim Petras in at 8 with Malibu, not the place, the drink. Your kisses are like Malibu, she sings – presumably too many and you feel sickly before throwing up. It’s not entirely unlike The Jacksons Shake Your Body rhythmically, and gives Kim a second top 20 2 years on from Heart To Break.

Harry Styles is back with Watermelon Sugar, after going top 5 with it on a lengthy run at the end of 2019. Yes, that’s right, pre-coronavirus days. Seems positively nostalgic now! Still a career high though, and his solo career already beats the crap out of everything One Direction did. James Blunt is doing an extended edition with a fab track addition bizarrely missed off the album, in at 29, I think in the long run this stage of his career will turn out to be my fave James Blunt period. Walk Off The Earth are also back, 8 years into lots of chart entries in my charts, without ever bothering the UK charts. Not necessarily a bad thing considering what streaming companies plug into the charts these days.

The Killers replace themselves in the 40, Lenny Kravitz is back again for a 30-year-run with new material, and I’ve had to extend my charts again to 100 as the sheer volume of good tracks entering and going up overwhelms my ability to chop it down to 75, which is what I want to do! Jamie Scott had some hits back in the mid-noughties, and a had a monster with his alter-ego Graffiti 6 before that, and has popped in occasionally since as songwriter for One Direction, or guest vocals, but I’d missed his 2014 track My Hurricane which popped up when I let his new track on youtube drift on while I was distracted. It’s better than the new one.

The Dixie Chicks return after a very brief absence, minus the Dixie. Not that it’ll lose them any right-wing fans, they all buggered off 20 years ago when they slagged off Bush as the poor dears couldn’t cope with the concept of someone holding a different political point of view. Probably the same ones refusing to wear face masks and voting Trump. Chrissie Hynde & the boys are also back for a second 2020 track, 41 years since Stop Your Sobbin’ debuted Pretenders, the becky Hill & Sigala production-line of entries rolls on, Raleigh Ritchie charts 2 new album tracks in the wake of his brilliant chart-topper (also on the album) Time In A Tree and his surviving to the very end of Game Of Thrones. There’s also a new Eurovision hit – sort of. Will Ferrell’s new comedy film ‘representing’ Iceland who were actually cruelly denied a win in 2020 (guaranteed!) due to Coronavirus cancellation.

1 2 1 1 SPINNING OVER YOU REYKO 285000
2 1 1 7 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 583300
3 3 1 4 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 455000
4 5 1 7 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 815000
5 8 5 6 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 188350
6 6 3 7 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 430000
7 7 7 7 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 263400
8 NEW 8 1 MALIBU Kim Petras 48000
9 9 2 7 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 560000
10 10 3 7 MOVE The Mamas 417000

11 11 1 14 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1144100
12 12 10 7 ALL THAT Sparks 175800
13 13 9 8 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 216100
14 14 2 10 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 599000
15 15 10 7 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 217000
16 16 16 5 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 94500
17 17 7 7 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 249000
18 18 18 6 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 99000
19 20 19 6 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 88600
20 25 20 2 SAVIOUR (EXTENDED MIX) Dimension & Sharlene Hector 38750

21 4 1 3 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 254750
22 NEW 22 1 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 19500
23 23 23 6 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 78500
24 26 24 4 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 61000
25 29 25 4 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 54700
26 21 7 10 SECRETS Regard & Raye 267850
27 28 12 7 FAI RUMORE Diodato 164700
28 30 28 5 ALICE Lady Gaga 69100
29 NEW 29 1 SHOULD I GIVE IT ALL UP (DEMO) James Blunt 18200
30 62 30 2 FADED Izzy Bizu 25400

31 22 18 8 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 140000
32 36 32 6 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 84700
33 27 1 18 SAY SO Doja Cat 997450
34 33 18 7 LAWNMOWER Sparks 136000
35 37 35 6 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 85900
36 40 36 4 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 57500
37 42 37 4 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 55300
38 NEW 38 1 OH WHAT A FEELING Walk Off The Earth 17200
39 74 39 2 MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING The Killers 22300
40 49 40 3 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 39200

41 35 35 6 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 70000
42 45 42 4 WOMAN Andreya Triana 48950
43 44 43 6 POLAROID Keith Urban 60450
44 52 44 4 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 41200
45 34 29 7 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 97150
46 38 5 16 CAUTION The Killers 530250
47 53 47 4 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 36750
48 54 48 7 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 53300
49 57 49 7 BIG LOG Robert Plant 47500
50 46 1 8 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 364750

51 58 51 3 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 28350
52 59 52 4 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 33600
53 55 53 7 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 55050
54 69 54 2 HALLUCINOGENICS (SEEB REMIX) Matt Maeson 17200
55 48 48 6 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 47550
56 60 56 4 A GHOST Travis 30000
57 61 57 2 FIRE AND FURY Overcoats 17900
58 65 58 3 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 21000
59 63 59 4 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 27500
60 72 60 2 THE WRITER Four Of Diamonds & Mr Eazi 15600

61 47 2 14 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 588450
62 32 32 6 NHS70 Only Sun 81400
63 66 63 5 NO LOVE Skip Marley 25400
64 64 64 4 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 25700
65 67 65 2 BREATHE Marilyn 13600
66 68 66 4 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 21000
67 70 67 3 CO-CO The Sweet 17600
68 19 19 8 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 115350
69 24 24 8 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 113350
70 31 20 7 VOICES Hurts 109300

71 73 71 2 CAN’T START OVER AGAIN Dion featuring Jeff Beck 11200
72 41 36 6 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 76500
73 NEW 73 1 RIDE (EDIT) Lenny Kravitz 5400
74 76 74 2 PYRAMIDS Noonie Bao 10000
75 NEW 75 1 MY HURRICANE Jamie Scott 5000
76 77 76 4 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 16200
77 84 77 3 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 10800
78 78 78 3 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 12200
79 79 79 3 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 12400
80 80 80 4 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 13600

81 NEW 81 1 MARCH MARCH The Chicks 3800
82 82 82 3 ACTION The Sweet 10400
83 83 83 2 WE’LL MEET AGAIN Vera Lynn 6800
84 85 84 2 SONG FOR SAM COOKE (HERE IN AMERICA) Dion featuring Paul Simon 6200
85 71 71 5 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 19800
86 NEW 86 1 DIDN’T WANT TO BE THIS LONELY Pretenders 2800
87 50 50 6 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 43200
88 NEW 88 1 HUSAVIK Will Ferrell & My Marianne 2400
89 NEW 89 1 OLD ME 5 Seconds Of Summer 2200
90 NEW 90 1 SQUARES Raleigh Ritchie 2000

91 NEW 91 1 KARAOKE BooDaBash & Alessandra Omaroso 1900
92 39 39 10 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 102650
93 NEW 93 1 HEAVEN ON MY MIND Becky Hill & Sigala 1700
94 NEW 94 1 ARISTOCRATS Raleigh Ritchie 1600
95 NEW 95 1 CRAZY IN LOVE Beyonce featuring Jay-Z 1500
96 51 20 9 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 118450
97 NEW 97 1 WHERE I’M COMING FROM Lila Ike 1300
98 56 17 7 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 113700
99 43 28 8 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 95100
100 NEW 100 1 THE TIME IS NOW Moloko 1000

DROP OUTS
75 65 5 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 19800
81 22 10 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 135050

 

 

21st June 2020

It’s Robin Schulz and Alida on top, both getting a first number one with a huge European hit that means nowt in the UK. What planet are we on, eh?! Different universe… Meanwhile REYKO are in at 2 with the brilliant Spinning Over You, SO catchy from the London-based synthpop duo, leaving Lennon Stella to grab her first top 10 with a bit of assist from Charlie Puth who had a previous best of 12 with Marvin Gaye. The song Marvin Gaye that is.

In at 25, a rousing club anthem from Dimension who gives Sharlene Hector a credit, unlike her previous grouchy mate Duke Dumont on the brilliant Therapy. Sharlene back in the day worked with Basement Jaxx and can be seen in Ronnie Scotts when it’s open next, presumably. US band Overcoats enter with Fire and Fury, girl band delight, Four Of Diamonds return, another Seeb remix pops in, and The Killers follow-up lower down.

In veterans corner we lost Vera Lynn this week aged 103, so it’s about time I charted the 80-odd-year-old We’ll Meet Again in tribute, possibly the oldest record ever to debut in my charts in terms of time taken to chart, although not in recording age. It was never one I loved as I was growing up, it was always on The Good Old Days and other oldtime variety shows and didn’t fit in with my current chart interests, but time mellows one, and it’s rather endearing these days. Marilyn is also back, a bit battered and bruised emotionally & financially of late, and needing a record deal, but Mazza’s posted some tracks lately including this lovely ballad with the late Miss Claudia back on support vocals, and a best-ever vocal performance from them both, Breathe is in at 67. That’s a chart gap of 35 years since Baby U Left Me, but now a chart span of 36 years, hooray!

Finally we have Dion back with a blues album with oodles of featured famous music buddies, and I’ve cherry-picked two tracks, one with Jeff Beck, who’s guitar always gives added class and who gets a chart-span of 48 years, and another track with Paul Simon, who’s chart career expands to a whopping 51 years and 6 months with new material, a new record. It’s possible Tom Jones, or Lulu, or another act still with us who first charted in 1968 could grab the title from him but it seems unlikely for a while. Paul was charting earlier than that of course, back in 1966 in the UK, and Dion was even longer ago with classics like The Wanderer (which charted for me in 1976 as an oldie) and Runaround Sue, so technically he has to make do with a chart span of 44 years rather than 60, but Can’t Start Over Again and Song For Sam Cooke (at 3 in my chart with his Civil Rights song recorded a few months before he was shot and killed in 1964, and someone who toured with Dion in the early 60’s) are Dion’s first appearance with new material since 1990 – when he also got an assist from Paul Simon.

1 3 1 6 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 468300
2 NEW 2 1 SPINNING OVER YOU REYKO 115000
3 2 1 3 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 370000
4 1 1 2 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 235000
5 4 1 6 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 750000
6 7 3 6 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 375000
7 8 7 6 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 213400
8 15 8 5 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 128350
9 5 2 6 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 515000
10 6 3 6 MOVE The Mamas 375000

11 11 1 13 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1107100
12 10 10 6 ALL THAT Sparks 140800
13 9 9 7 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 184100
14 14 2 9 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 570000
15 13 10 6 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 190000
16 17 16 4 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 69500
17 12 7 6 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 226000
18 25 18 5 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 77000
19 23 19 7 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 108950
20 22 20 5 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 67600

21 16 7 9 SECRETS Regard & Raye 249350
22 18 18 7 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 122100
23 26 23 5 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 59250
24 27 24 7 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 107150
25 NEW 25 1 SAVIOUR (EXTENDED MIX) Dimension & Sharlene Hector 18750
26 33 26 3 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 42000
27 21 1 17 SAY SO Doja Cat 979750
28 19 12 6 FAI RUMORE Diodato 146300
29 46 29 3 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 35950
30 31 30 4 ALICE Lady Gaga 50800

31 20 20 6 VOICES Hurts 103300
32 32 32 5 NHS70 Only Sun 74000
33 24 18 6 LAWNMOWER Sparks 118400
34 29 29 6 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 84150
35 39 35 5 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 56000
36 37 36 5 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 66900
37 38 37 5 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 68400
38 30 5 15 CAUTION The Killers 516500
39 44 39 9 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 100850
40 47 40 3 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 40100

41 36 36 5 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 70900
42 45 42 3 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 38000
43 28 28 7 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 94000
44 48 44 5 POLAROID Keith Urban 46950
45 49 45 3 WOMAN Andreya Triana 35200
46 42 1 7 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 352750
47 40 2 13 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 580950
48 51 48 5 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 36750
49 59 49 2 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 22200
50 50 50 5 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 40600

51 34 20 8 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 117050
52 53 52 3 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 27950
53 55 53 3 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 24250
54 60 54 6 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 41000
55 56 55 6 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 43800
56 35 17 6 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 112500
57 62 57 6 BIG LOG Robert Plant 35400
58 68 58 2 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 16600
59 63 59 3 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 22100
60 74 60 3 A GHOST Travis 19400

61 NEW 61 1 FIRE AND FURY Overcoats 7500
62 NEW 62 1 FADED Izzy Bizu 7400
63 66 63 3 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 17400
64 64 64 3 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 18600
65 81 65 2 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 10800
66 67 66 4 NO LOVE Skip Marley 18200
67 NEW 67 1 BREATHE Marilyn 6600
68 76 68 3 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 14200
69 NEW 69 1 HALLUCINOGENICS (SEEB REMIX) Matt Maeson 6200
70 75 70 2 CO-CO The Sweet 11000

71 73 71 4 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 16800
72 NEW 72 1 THE WRITER Four Of Diamonds & Mr Eazi 5600
73 NEW 73 1 CAN’T START OVER AGAIN Dion featuring Jeff Beck 5400
74 NEW 74 1 MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING The Killers 5200
75 65 65 5 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 19800
76 NEW 76 1 PYRAMIDS Noonie Bao 4800
77 79 77 3 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 11400
78 83 78 2 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 7800
79 80 79 2 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 8200
80 82 80 3 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 9600

81 54 22 10 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 135050
82 84 82 2 ACTION The Sweet 6800
83 NEW 83 1 WE’LL MEET AGAIN Vera Lynn 3400
84 85 84 2 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 6200
85 NEW 85 1 SONG FOR SAM COOKE (HERE IN AMERICA) Dion featuring Paul Simon 3000

DROPPED OUT
41 26 8 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 108500
43 20 6 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 100000
52 52 6 BRAZIL Doves 51500
57 10 14 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 238350
58 2 18 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 837700
61 1 19 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1082250
69 30 5 ON FIRE The Roop 72500
70 32 7 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 76400
71 27 5 THINK ABOUT THINGS Dadi Freyr 72800
72 72 4 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 19000
77 57 5 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 52300
78 1 42 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1303500

 

 

14th June 2020

It’s a 70’s classic knocking off a 60’s classic, as The Ballroom Blitz returns to the top spot 47 years on from topping for 2 weeks in late 1973 as I moved from Lincoln to Gloucester, and Glam Rock rules the roost with Wizzard and The Sweet. I loved The Sweet, and this week saw the third member of the original line-up pass away, Steve Priest. They were often described a rock band of roadie-types decked out in glitter and mascara, but the one who camped-it-up to the limit was Steve in his outrageous outfits and blowin’ kisses. His voice was the one with the short catchy noticeable bits. Still an exciting record, and a few other Sweet tracks pop back in – those needing a “sales” boost, as opposed to bigger tracks that already are well into my “million’sellers” territory.

New Order go top 10 for the first time in 15 years, Sparks get a 3rd top 10 in 6 months as they replace themselves with All That, track 1 on the new album, and Mel C gets a big climb for a 2nd top 20 of the year. Lady Gaga leapfrogs herself with Alice, The S.L.P. rocket in for a second top 40, who needs Kasabian?! Actual new tracks are thin on the ground giving me an opportunity to chop the chart down in size to 85, but there’s Topic, Surfaces & Elton John, giving him 2 actual new tracks in the chart for the first time in yonks and yonks, Ella Henderson extending her run and ditto Sigma and John Newman.

1 NEW 1 1 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 170000
2 1 1 2 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 285000
3 3 3 5 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 298300
4 2 1 5 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 690000
5 4 2 5 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 470000
6 5 3 5 MOVE The Mamas 333000
7 6 3 5 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 320000
8 7 7 5 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 163400
9 12 9 6 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 152100
10 17 10 5 ALL THAT Sparks 105800

11 8 1 12 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1070100
12 9 7 5 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 203000
13 10 10 5 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 163000
14 11 2 8 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 541000
15 15 15 4 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 80350
16 13 7 8 SECRETS Regard & Raye 229600
17 37 17 3 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 44500
18 19 18 6 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 102600
19 14 12 5 FAI RUMORE Diodato 128000
20 24 20 5 VOICES Hurts 85400

21 16 1 16 SAY SO Doja Cat 961350
22 35 22 4 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 47600
23 29 23 6 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 87950
24 18 18 5 LAWNMOWER Sparks 100700
25 25 25 4 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 55000
26 47 26 4 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 40000
27 30 27 6 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 88150
28 31 28 6 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 80500
29 32 29 5 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 66550
30 21 5 14 CAUTION The Killers 499300

31 52 31 3 ALICE Lady Gaga 32800
32 33 32 4 NHS70 Only Sun 56200
33 71 33 2 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 23500
34 22 20 7 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 105300
35 27 17 5 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 101900
36 36 36 4 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 56900
37 38 37 4 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 49500
38 39 38 4 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 51100
39 55 39 4 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 38500
40 28 2 12 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 568450

41 26 26 8 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 108500
42 23 1 6 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 340000
43 20 20 6 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 100000
44 45 44 8 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 83750
45 53 45 2 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 24250
46 75 46 2 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 17750
47 56 47 2 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 23100
48 58 48 4 POLAROID Keith Urban 33700
49 59 49 2 WOMAN Andreya Triana 22200
50 60 50 4 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 28600

51 64 51 4 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 24450
52 54 52 6 BRAZIL Doves 51500
53 74 53 2 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 16450
54 34 22 9 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 131250
55 89 55 2 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 13000
56 62 56 5 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 33000
57 40 10 14 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 238350
58 42 2 18 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 837700
59 NEW 59 1 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 10100
60 65 60 5 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 30000

61 50 1 19 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1082250
62 70 62 5 BIG LOG Robert Plant 25000
63 76 63 2 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 12000
64 78 64 2 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 11500
65 80 65 4 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 14800
66 83 66 2 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 10200
67 88 67 3 NO LOVE Skip Marley 11400
68 NEW 68 1 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 6400
69 43 30 5 ON FIRE The Roop 72500
70 44 32 7 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 76400

71 41 27 5 THINK ABOUT THINGS Dadi Freyr 72800
72 72 72 4 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 19000
73 86 73 3 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 11000
74 79 74 2 A GHOST Travis 9400
75 NEW 75 1 CO-CO The Sweet 5000
76 85 76 2 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 7800
77 57 57 5 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 52300
78 77 1 42 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1303500
79 87 79 2 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 6800
80 NEW 80 1 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 4000

81 NEW 81 1 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 3800
82 90 82 2 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 5600
83 NEW 83 1 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 3400
84 NEW 84 1 ACTION The Sweet 3200
85 NEW 85 1 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 3000

DROP OUTS
46 12 10 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 188950
48 10 12 WHO I AM Melanie C 281650
49 9 11 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 261500
51 17 8 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 120750
61 39 5 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 47000
63 63 4 CLEOPATRA Efendi 18200
66 6 14 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 363550
67 19 11 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 137000
68 60 4 DAISIES Katy Perry 22100
69 1 27 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1445550
73 47 5 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 49400
81 9 14 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 314100
82 34 7 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 77900
84 84 3 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (LIVE) Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 7800

 

7th June 2020

It’s straight in at 1 for a track that never stops being relevant, Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come, a second week in total 2 years since it last topped and it’s 3rd chart run in all. Sam had already been shot dead for 6 or 7 years by the time I was aware of him as a teenager, and this track is the jewel in his very bejewelled crown, dating from 1964 and the Civil Rights movement.

Sparks take All That into the top 20, giving them 3 this week, Galantis gets a 2nd top 40, Mel C replaces herself in the 40, and new entries include JP Cooper getting his 2nd of 2020, Erasure returning after a gap of 5 years, which gives Andy a span of 34 years, and Vince a glittering span of 39 years including his Depeche days. Andreya Triana returns belatedly with a 2-year-old track I missed but which is selling on itunes, as is Sam Cooke, The S.L.P. finally follows-up his chart-topper, Jessie Ware replaces herself in the chart, Anna Of The North get a 4th entry in 5 years.

The Coral return after a 13-year absence, thanks to a Lockdown Blossoms cover of their 2002 top 10 Dreaming Of You, Jason Mraz is back after an 8-year gap, Travis extend their run to 23 years of chart entries, Deadmau5 to 9 years, and Candy Dulfer to 30 years after keeping her sax absent for almost 30 years, but now she’s on a track from the returning Brand New Heavies who grab 2 this week after a gap of 22 years, having had quite a run from 1991 through 1998. Hooray!

1 NEW 1 1 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 170000
2 1 1 4 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 625000
3 5 3 4 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 213300
4 2 2 4 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 410000
5 3 3 4 MOVE The Mamas 278000
6 4 3 4 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 270000
7 9 7 4 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 115400
8 8 1 11 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1033100
9 7 7 4 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 168000
10 10 10 4 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 131000

11 6 2 7 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 512000
12 14 12 5 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 107100
13 11 7 7 SECRETS Regard & Raye 204600
14 12 12 4 FAI RUMORE Diodato 107000
15 23 15 3 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 53350
16 15 1 15 SAY SO Doja Cat 941600
17 33 17 4 ALL THAT Sparks 63800
18 18 18 4 LAWNMOWER Sparks 81700
19 19 19 5 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 80600
20 24 20 5 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 86500

21 16 5 13 CAUTION The Killers 481300
22 20 20 6 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 87700
23 13 1 5 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 326250
24 26 24 4 VOICES Hurts 65400
25 48 25 3 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 36250
26 27 26 7 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 94500
27 17 17 4 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 84400
28 21 2 11 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 551450
29 38 29 5 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 68700
30 40 30 5 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 69750

31 36 31 5 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 62200
32 37 32 4 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 48350
33 43 33 3 NHS70 Only Sun 38400
34 22 22 8 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 120250
35 62 35 3 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 28100
36 49 36 3 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 39500
37 79 37 2 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 21500
38 56 38 3 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 32200
39 55 39 3 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 33900
40 28 10 13 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 227950

41 29 27 4 THINK ABOUT THINGS Dadi Freyr 68000
42 25 2 17 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 827500
43 30 30 4 ON FIRE The Roop 66300
44 32 32 6 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 70400
45 46 45 7 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 70500
46 31 12 10 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 188950
47 69 47 3 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 21500
48 34 10 12 WHO I AM Melanie C 281650
49 35 9 11 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 261500
50 42 1 18 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1074750

51 44 17 8 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 120750
52 83 52 2 ALICE Lady Gaga 14900
53 NEW 53 1 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 11250
54 54 54 5 BRAZIL Doves 40000
55 65 55 3 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 21400
56 NEW 56 1 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 10600
57 59 57 4 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 27700
58 63 58 3 POLAROID Keith Urban 21400
59 NEW 59 1 WOMAN Andreya Triana 10100
60 78 60 3 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 16600

61 39 39 5 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 47000
62 67 62 4 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 22400
63 66 63 4 CLEOPATRA Efendi 18200
64 80 64 3 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 12700
65 70 65 4 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 20000
66 51 6 14 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 363550
67 45 19 11 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 137000
68 60 60 4 DAISIES Katy Perry 22100
69 64 1 27 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1445550
70 72 70 4 BIG LOG Robert Plant 17600

71 NEW 71 1 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 5800
72 73 72 3 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 13400
73 47 47 5 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 49400
74 NEW 74 1 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 5000
76 NEW 76 1 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 4800
77 75 1 41 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1299100
78 NEW 78 1 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 4400
79 NEW 79 1 A GHOST Travis 4200
80 87 80 3 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 7800

81 57 9 14 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 314100
82 58 34 7 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 77900
83 NEW 83 1 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 3400
84 84 84 3 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (LIVE) Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 7800
85 NEW 85 1 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 3000
86 86 86 2 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 5600
87 NEW 87 1 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 2600
88 88 88 2 NO LOVE Skip Marley 4800
89 NEW 89 1 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 2200
90 NEW 90 1 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 2000

41 7 4 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 130000
50 50 4 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 35600
52 17 10 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 163200
53 53 7 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 52250
61 7 17 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 313300
68 4 14 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 452300
71 14 10 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 175600
74 74 3 WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright 9900
76 36 6 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 75550
77 37 7 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 71750
81 15 13 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 197550
82 82 3 TOP OF THE WORLD Carpenters 6900
85 6 15 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 375350
89 89 2 FAIRYTALE Alexander Rybak 3200
90 90 1 KOKOMO The Beach Boys 2000

 

 

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Where I should have been early May, had coronavirus not been a thing….Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria

31st May 2020

It’s Ben Dolic at 1 for the 3rd week, holding off 3 Eurovision rivals, as Huey Lewis & The News get a second top 10 track 38 years since they got their first – no not the Back To The Future Power Of Love, it’s 1982’s Heart And Soul which did it twice in the 80’s. That’s probably the longest ever wait for a 2nd top 10 with new material. Sparks a thing or two about top 10’s, and also gaps between them, and now extend their run to 46 years with Left Out In The Cold, with at least their 11th, though it might be more. To boot, they make it 3 simultaneous top 40’s, which is a first for them.

Cher goes top 20, which would in theory extend her run of solo entries to 54 years, cos I loved Bang Bang to bits back in 1966 when I wasn’t charting yet. Lissie gets a 4th top 20, and like Cher, both are former chart-toppers, and Lennon Stella brings Charlie Puth back into the 40, with Summer Feelings matching the hot weather, Ariana & Justin B add to their top 40’s.

New entries from Melanie C, following up while still top 40, 2 new Lady Gaga tracks to give her 3 simultaneously, and it’s probably 9 years since she last did that, and one of them an unlikely dance track with Elton John, who has charted with millions of acts: Kiki Dee, John Lennon, Scissor Sisters, RuPaul, Cliff Richard, George Michael, among many. More importantly, that makes it 49 years of chart activity since Your Song started it off. Skip Marley gets a second chart credit this week, solo and with his grandad’s band, and The Beach Boys are back with Kokomo cos it’s selling on itunes, not sure why, after charting 32 years back with it.

1 1 1 3 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 510000
2 2 2 3 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 345000
3 3 3 3 MOVE The Mamas 218000
4 4 3 3 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 215000
5 7 5 3 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 128300
6 5 2 6 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 475000
7 8 7 3 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 123000
8 6 1 10 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 985100
9 38 9 3 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 65400
10 15 10 3 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 89000

11 11 7 6 SECRETS Regard & Raye 172600
12 16 12 3 FAI RUMORE Diodato 78000
13 9 1 4 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 307000
14 20 14 4 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 72100
15 12 1 14 SAY SO Doja Cat 916600
16 13 5 12 CAUTION The Killers 461550
17 18 17 3 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 66000
18 22 18 3 LAWNMOWER Sparks 59700
19 36 19 4 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 59600
20 24 20 5 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 68200

21 14 2 10 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 533150
22 25 22 7 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 102650
23 64 23 2 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 26350
24 30 24 4 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 66500
25 17 2 16 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 814250
26 35 26 3 VOICES Hurts 46400
27 29 27 6 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 76000
28 10 10 12 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 210950
29 27 27 3 THINK ABOUT THINGS Dadi Freyr 54000
30 32 30 3 ON FIRE The Roop 52800

31 21 12 9 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 176200
32 39 32 5 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 57150
33 47 33 3 ALL THAT Sparks 40800
34 23 10 11 WHO I AM Melanie C 269350
35 26 9 10 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 249400
36 48 36 4 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 44300
37 53 37 3 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 30550
38 43 38 4 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 50500
39 50 39 4 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 39500
40 46 40 4 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 51850

41 19 7 4 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 130000
42 34 1 17 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1062750
43 63 43 2 NHS70 Only Sun 20700
44 28 17 7 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 109000
45 33 19 10 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 130400
46 51 46 6 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 57500
47 52 47 4 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 44000
48 74 48 2 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 17500
49 60 49 2 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 22100
50 57 50 4 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 35600

51 37 6 13 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 356750
52 31 17 10 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 163200
53 58 53 7 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 52250
54 68 54 4 BRAZIL Doves 29000
55 70 55 2 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 16800
56 78 56 2 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 15000
57 42 9 13 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 309300
58 45 34 6 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 74300
59 73 59 3 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 17300
60 79 60 3 DAISIES Katy Perry 15700

61 40 7 17 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 313300
62 84 62 2 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 10600
63 80 63 2 POLAROID Keith Urban 11200
64 62 1 26 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1439350
65 82 65 2 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 10600
66 87 66 3 CLEOPATRA Efendi 11000
67 72 67 3 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 15000
68 44 4 14 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 452300
69 86 69 2 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 9000
70 76 70 3 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 13000

71 41 14 10 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 175600
72 81 72 3 BIG LOG Robert Plant 11600
73 88 73 2 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 7800
74 85 74 3 WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright 9900
75 75 1 40 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1294500
76 55 36 6 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 75550
77 49 37 7 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 71750
78 89 78 2 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 6600
79 NEW 79 1 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 4200
80 94 80 2 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 5600

81 56 15 13 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 197550
82 91 82 3 TOP OF THE WORLD Carpenters 6900
83 NEW 83 1 ALICE Lady Gaga 3400
84 96 84 2 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (LIVE) Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 4600
85 59 6 15 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 375350
86 NEW 86 1 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 2800
87 98 87 2 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 3800
88 NEW 88 1 NO LOVE Skip Marley 2400
89 100 89 2 FAIRYTALE Alexander Rybak 3200
90 NEW 90 1 KOKOMO The Beach Boys 2000

DROP OUTS
54 11 12 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 270850
61 24 8 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 102400
65 65 3 MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie 18400
66 53 5 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 41150
67 35 9 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 85650
69 27 9 STORM The Fizz 88000
71 61 5 THE BUZZ Pretenders 32600
77 77 2 HALLELUJAH Milk and Honey 8600
83 33 9 RESERVATION The Fizz 75300
90 39 6 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 55050
92 12 11 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 183050
93 93 2 SUPERGIRL Stefania 3000
95 95 2 UNO Little Big 2600
97 97 2 SHOORAH! SHOORAH! Betty Wright 2500
99 99 2 CLEAN-UP WOMAN Betty Wright 2100

 

 

 

24th May 2020

It’s 2 weeks on top for Ben Dolic, heading a Eurovision top 4, half of the top 10, and almost quarter of the top 40 – whichever you look at it, that makes the biggest Eurovision on my charts – EVER! Ironic that it’s the Contest That Never Was. What a ridiculous decision not to play the entries in full on the night! I predict 2021 will be a complete letdown of second-rate tracks as the chances of all the great tracks being equalled must be quite low! Anyway, Ben is the 13th Eurovision chart-topper, starting with Dana in 1970, New Seekers, 1972, Abba 1974, Teach-In 1975 and then a huge gap until 1995 Love City Groove, 2009 Alexander Rybak, 2010 Chane & N’Evergreen and also Paula Selig & OVI, 2011 Getter Jaani, 2014 Molly, 2018 Saara Alto, 2019 Duncan Laurence. 6 of them were contest winners, 7 of them weren’t. Only 3 UK entries have ever topped my chart – though Sandie Shaw would have had I been charting then, as well.

Robin Schulz has a big climb into the 10, his first 6 years on from his debut, Neil Young returns to the top 10 28 years on with Harvest Moon, The 1975 finally get a top 40 track, Hurts get yet another, ditto Cher who gets a 2nd Abba track into the 40, and Huey Lewis top 40 for the first time since 1986!

New entries from Gaga & Ariana joined up, in at 60, Jonas Brothers returning, Galantis & faouzia both following up tracks higher up in the chart, but joining together this time, and The Wailers return Bob-Marley-less, but keep it in the family with Skip Marley following up on his Katy Perry chart-topper, and Cedella Marley, grandson and daughter of the late Bob. Shaggy is also along for the ride for his 27 years of charting. I’m assuming the only member of The Wailers present is Aston Barrett who still tours under the name with family members, and who backed Marley from 1974 through 1980, and so is back with new material for the first time in 40 years, and has a span of 45 years now. The other absentee back after a decade away is Mary J. Blige, some 28 years since her debut, more recently seen in a fab role on fab Netflix series The Umbrella Academy – a hard ass ruthless pissed-off time travelling hit-person. Not typecast!

1 1 1 2 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 340000
2 2 2 2 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 230000
3 8 3 2 MOVE The Mamas 133000
4 3 3 2 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 150000
5 4 2 5 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 420000
6 6 1 9 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 937100
7 28 7 2 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 68300
8 16 8 2 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 73000
9 5 1 3 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 275000
10 13 10 11 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 192650

11 7 7 5 SECRETS Regard & Raye 135600
12 12 1 13 SAY SO Doja Cat 889600
13 11 5 11 CAUTION The Killers 436550
14 10 2 9 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 513400
15 20 15 2 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 47000
16 30 16 2 FAI RUMORE Diodato 43000
17 14 2 15 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 795500
18 19 18 2 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 43000
19 9 7 3 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 116000
20 39 20 3 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 43100

21 21 12 8 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 158300
22 29 22 2 LAWNMOWER Sparks 37700
23 18 10 10 WHO I AM Melanie C 251750
24 38 24 4 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 48200
25 26 25 6 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 83150
26 15 9 9 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 231900
27 36 27 2 THINK ABOUT THINGS Daoi Freyr 35800
28 17 17 6 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 95750
29 47 29 5 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 57600
30 35 30 3 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 47500

31 22 17 9 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 151700
32 40 32 2 ON FIRE The Roop 34800
33 31 19 9 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 117400
34 27 1 16 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1049000
35 57 35 2 VOICES Hurts 27900
36 54 36 3 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 38600
37 24 6 12 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 345000
38 84 38 2 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 20400
39 53 39 4 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 39350
40 23 7 16 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 305800

41 25 14 9 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 169800
42 34 9 12 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 298900
43 48 43 3 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 33300
44 32 4 13 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 445900
45 41 34 5 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 64100
46 52 46 3 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 34850
47 56 47 2 ALL THAT Sparks 23100
48 62 48 3 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 26900
49 37 37 6 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 67150
50 74 50 3 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 22400

51 55 51 5 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 44750
52 60 52 3 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 31500
53 90 53 2 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 13250
54 33 11 12 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 270850
55 43 36 5 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 70750
56 42 15 12 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 193750
57 67 57 3 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 23600
58 66 58 6 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 41000
59 44 6 14 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 372350
60 NEW 60 1 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 10000

61 45 24 8 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 102400
62 58 1 25 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1432250
63 NEW 63 1 NHS70 Only Sun 7200
64 NEW 64 1 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 7100
65 70 65 3 MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie 18400
66 59 53 5 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 41150
67 46 35 9 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 85650
68 71 68 3 BRAZIL Doves 18000
69 49 27 9 STORM The Fizz 88000
70 NEW 70 1 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 6000

71 61 61 5 THE BUZZ Pretenders 32600
72 86 72 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 8400
73 92 73 2 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 7200
74 NEW 74 1 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 5200
75 75 1 39 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1289500
76 87 76 2 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 7000
77 80 77 2 HALLELUJAH Milk and Honey 8600
78 NEW 78 1 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 4400
79 95 79 2 DAISIES Katy Perry 5700
80 NEW 80 1 POLAROID Keith Urban 4000

81 89 81 2 BIG LOG Robert Plant 6000
82 NEW 82 1 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 3600
83 51 33 9 RESERVATION The Fizz 75300
84 NEW 84 1 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 3200
85 93 85 2 WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright 4700
86 NEW 86 1 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 2800
87 94 87 2 CLEOPATRA Efendi 4200
88 NEW 88 1 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 2400
89 NEW 89 1 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 2200
90 65 39 6 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 55050

91 96 91 2 TOP OF THE WORLD Carpenters 3300
92 50 12 11 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 183050
93 97 93 2 SUPERGIRL Stefania 3000
94 NEW 94 1 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 1600
95 99 95 2 UNO Little Big 2600
96 NEW 96 1 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (LIVE) Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 1400
97 98 97 2 SHOORAH! SHOORAH! Betty Wright 2500
98 NEW 98 1 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 1200
99 100 99 2 CLEAN-UP WOMAN Betty Wright 2100
100 NEW 100 1 FAIRYTALE Alexander Rybak 1000

DROP OUTS
63 29 7 THE MAN Taylor Swift 84500
64 25 8 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 121300
68 18 14 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 204250
69 57 8 GHOST TOWN The Specials 58600
72 23 11 SOMETIMES Kodaline 130550
73 42 5 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 46550
76 40 9 FREAKS Fisher 76650
77 46 5 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 38550
78 43 5 THE GREATEST James Blunt 47400
79 54 4 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 27700
81 19 11 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 172500
82 1 15 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1289150
83 30 10 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 103550
85 2 15 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 533550
88 3 16 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 551300
91 24 11 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 128950

 

 

17th May 2020

It’s a first week on top, and new entry, from the German Eurovision entry Ben Dolic, a frantic fab disco rattling tune, just ahead of Malta’s Destiny diva dance tune new in at 2, and Bulgaria’s Billie-Eilish-alike Victoria new at 3 with her gorgeous strings-swept ballad. There’s never been a Eurovision 1,2,3 entering my charts ever before, so that’s a reflection of how good this year’s Eurovision would have been had the numpties allowed a public vote on the official videos, which would have crowned quirky Iceland as the winner (new in at 36). That’s not all, we have Sweden in at 8, Spain with Legion Of Super-Heroes villain namechecking Universo at 16, Denmark at 19, Italy at 30, Lithuania at 40, Azerbaijan at 94, Greece at 97 with Legion Of Super-Heroes member Supergirl in song, and Russia at 99. So many I’ve been forced to expand my chart to 100, and loads of tracks that would be climbing instead drop!

The other mini-invasion is from Sparks new A Steady Drip Drip Drip album, proving that the boys still have it in spades some 46 years since debuting instantly at 2 in my charts with This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us. Proving they are as good as ever, and following up album chart-topping track Please Don’t Fuck Up My World, and I’m Toast, we have Left Out In The Cold at 20, new single Lawnmower at 29, and All That at 56.

Betty Wright also stages a mini-invasion 45 years since she debuted with two of the tracks listed, following her sad death: Shoorah Shoorah, and Where Is The Love, and her big 1971 US hit Clean-Up Woman while still very much a teenager. Amongst a chart of huge drops and new entries, a few tracks manage to climb big anyway: Beoga & Lissie, and New Order go top 40, and more low-key debuts include Hurts at 57 with Voices, not yet hitting the chart-topping heights of the previous album singles, and 1979 top 10 Hallelujah, Israel’s 1979 winner of Eurovision, after selling well following Saturday’s special TV show version featuring original singer Gali Atari, in at 80.

At 84, Huey Lewis gets his first chart entry in 26 years, that’s quite a gap! On the plus side it extends his chart career to 38 years or so, followed closely by a bunch of oldies selling well-enough to feature in the itunes top 200, Buffalo Springfield’s classic For What’s It Worth was never a UK hit in 1966 or since, despite featuring Neil Young in the line-up – also back at 13 with his 1992 great Harvest Moon – and never having charted for me before. Ditto Stevie Wonder’s album track Isn’t She Lovely, a 1977 inferior copycat chart-topper for David Parton, since Stevie refused to release it as a single, and Robert Plant’s fab 1983 Big Log after Led Zep were no more. Marshmello and Halsey team up at 90, Ronan Keating follows-up his recent duet, Katy Perry returns with some Daisies, and Carpenters’ 1973 Top Of The World pops back in 47 years later, 37 years after poor Karen died at 32. She’s now been gone longer than she was alive. Tragic.
1 NEW 1 1 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 170000
2 NEW 2 1 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 115000
3 NEW 3 1 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 85000
4 2 2 4 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 360000
5 1 1 2 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 230000
6 3 1 8 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 882100
7 16 7 4 SECRETS Regard & Raye 98600
8 NEW 8 1 MOVE The Mamas 48000
9 7 7 2 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 95000
10 4 2 8 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 484400

11 5 5 10 CAUTION The Killers 404550
12 8 1 12 SAY SO Doja Cat 854600
13 18 13 10 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 150650
14 6 2 14 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 772500
15 9 9 8 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 213400
16 NEW 16 1 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 25000
17 25 17 5 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 77450
18 10 10 9 WHO I AM Melanie C 232500
19 NEW 19 1 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 21000
20 NEW 20 1 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 20000

21 12 12 7 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 138550
22 17 17 8 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 133800
23 11 7 15 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 288800
24 13 6 11 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 331700
25 14 14 8 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 155800
26 28 26 5 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 64400
27 20 1 15 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1031400
28 NEW 28 1 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 18300
29 NEW 29 1 LAWNMOWER Sparks 18200
30 NEW 30 1 FAI RUMORE Diodato 18000

31 19 19 8 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 99700
32 21 4 12 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 432650
33 15 11 11 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 259850
34 23 9 11 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 285150
35 50 35 2 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 29500
36 NEW 36 1 THINK ABOUT THINGS Daoi Freyr 17400
37 38 37 5 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 55050
38 69 38 3 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 29200
39 70 39 2 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 23100
40 NEW 40 1 ON FIRE The Roop 17000

41 34 34 4 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 51100
42 30 15 11 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 183150
43 36 36 4 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 59950
44 26 6 13 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 362250
45 24 24 7 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 94900
46 35 35 8 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 79150
47 48 47 4 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 39400
48 61 48 2 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 19800
49 27 27 8 STORM The Fizz 81800
50 29 12 10 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 181250

51 33 33 8 RESERVATION The Fizz 71900
52 56 52 2 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 22100
53 72 53 3 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 22250
54 58 54 2 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 21200
55 55 55 4 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 33000
56 NEW 56 1 ALL THAT Sparks 10600
57 NEW 57 1 VOICES Hurts 10400
58 49 1 24 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1424850
59 53 53 4 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 34350
60 60 60 2 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 20000

61 62 61 4 THE BUZZ Pretenders 26800
62 63 62 2 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 14600
63 32 29 7 THE MAN Taylor Swift 84500
64 31 25 8 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 121300
65 39 39 5 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 53050
66 66 66 5 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 30800
67 67 67 2 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 13200
68 22 18 14 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 204250
69 57 57 8 GHOST TOWN The Specials 58600
70 73 70 2 MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie 11400

71 71 71 2 BRAZIL Doves 11600
72 37 23 11 SOMETIMES Kodaline 130550
73 42 42 5 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 46550
74 74 74 2 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 10400
75 68 1 38 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1284500
76 40 40 9 FREAKS Fisher 76650
77 46 46 5 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 38550
78 43 43 5 THE GREATEST James Blunt 47400
79 54 54 4 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 27700
80 NEW 80 1 HALLELUJAH Milk and Honey 4000

81 44 19 11 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 172500
82 47 1 15 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1289150
83 45 30 10 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 103550
84 NEW 84 1 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 3200
85 51 2 15 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 533550
86 NEW 86 1 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 2800
87 NEW 87 1 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 2600
88 59 3 16 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 551300
89 NEW 89 1 BIG LOG Robert Plant 2200
90 NEW 90 1 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 2000

91 41 24 11 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 128950
92 NEW 92 1 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 1800
93 NEW 93 1 WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright 1700
94 NEW 94 1 CLEOPATRA Efendi 1600
95 NEW 95 1 DAISIES Katy Perry 1500
96 NEW 96 1 TOP OF THE WORLD Carpenters 1400
97 NEW 97 1 SUPERGIRL Stefania 1300
98 NEW 98 1 SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright 1200
99 NEW 99 1 UNO Little Big 1100
100 NEW 100 1 CLEAN-UP WOMAN Betty Wright 1000

DROP OUTS
52 39 7 BOYFRIEND Mabel 64900
64 59 4 LIGHT OF LOVE Florence + The Machine 27400
65 9 11 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 275600
75 75 1 TUTTI FRUTTI Little Richard 5000

 

 

10th May 2020

it’s straight in at 1 for Kraftwerk, following the loss of Ralf Hutter in a terrible week or so for veteran pop star losses: The Model was originally released in it’s German-language version in 1978, but didn’t get to chart in the UK until this English-language version was released in 1981 on the B side of Computer Love. The Model got the airplay, and topped the UK charts in early 1982 and peaked at 2 in my charts, and belatedly now tops my chart 39-years later, cos it’s fab. Autobahn is also back 45 years since it went top 10 in all it’s ground-breaking glory. Also in the charts at the same time as The Model was Golden Brown, The Stranglers most-famous track, which hit UK 2 and also fell-short of topping my chart until a 90’s re-issue did the trick. Following the loss of co-writer & keyboardist extraordinaire Dave Greenfield to coronavirus it’s back in the top 10 for a third occasion, along with No More Heroes, a fab punk anthem that charted in 1977 as I started uni, in at 61, and Nice ‘n’ Sleazy at 50 from 1978. I could easily have charted many others of their long list of great singles though…

Inside the 40, Regard and Raye climb briskly into the top 20, shhh it’s a Secret, while The Rolling Stones get a first top 40 for 8 years with the lockdown anthem, Rumer returns to the top 40, and Blossoms make it a 4th, and Fisher Freaks out at 40 as the original Le Freak returns at 60 with Rebecca Ferguson, her 5th chart entry some 7 years since her last one, and Nile Rodgers umpteenth to extend his run to over 42 years. Highest new track is Cher’s Spanish-language UNICEF-charity cover of Chiquitita, a sensitive cover of Abba’s UNICEF-profiting original from 1979 – she’s not the oldest-charting living female-singer with original material (that’s Doris Day aged 89 in 2011 – but it was originally recorded in the 80’s) so at 73 technically she pips Doris as oldest female with newly-recorded-new-material, and extends her run of solo charted entries to 49 years (or 55 years had I been charting in 1965, I adored I Got You Babe as a kid).

Another charity track by Ariana & Justin pops in at 63, Stuck With U giving Ms Grande 6 years of activity and Mr Bieber 8 years. The Fratellis comeback extends to 2 with a bit of an assist from minor soul-legend P.P. Arnold still on form on her second track of her rebirth after her first comebacks on dance tracks of the 80’s and 90’s from her original chart-runs in 1968, just predating my charts. New Order pop in with single remix of a 2010’s album track that I’d missed, Doves are back with Brazil, 11-years absent, to give them a 7th chart entry and an 18-year run. Finally Millie Small’s My Boy Lollipop returns to the chart over 30-years since it went top 10, following her passing, but young Millie’s fab-ska classic was an obsession by 6-year-old me back in 1964, so might as well say it was a chart-topper 56 years ago. Little Richard also died this week, the influential rock ‘n’ roll revolutionary charted for me right into the late 80’s, but his 1955 showstopping debut Tutti Frutti has never charted before, so it pops in as tribute 65 years late.

1 NEW 1 1 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 170000
2 2 2 3 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 295000
3 1 1 7 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 827100
4 3 2 7 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 442400
5 6 5 9 CAUTION The Killers 367550
6 4 2 13 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 743500
7 NEW 7 1 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 50000
8 5 1 11 SAY SO Doja Cat 819600
9 9 9 7 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 186400
10 10 10 8 WHO I AM Melanie C 210500

11 7 7 14 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 269550
12 12 12 6 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 118800
13 8 6 10 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 312700
14 15 14 7 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 137050
15 11 11 10 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 242150
16 38 16 3 SECRETS Regard & Raye 48600
17 17 17 7 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 114300
18 27 18 9 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 118650
19 20 19 7 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 81800
20 14 1 14 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1013000

21 13 4 11 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 414850
22 18 18 13 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 197850
23 16 9 10 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 267550
24 26 24 6 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 81900
25 36 25 4 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 54450
26 19 6 12 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 349000
27 28 27 7 STORM The Fizz 69700
28 40 28 4 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 45900
29 21 12 9 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 169250
30 22 15 10 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 169400

31 25 25 7 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 114200
32 29 29 6 THE MAN Taylor Swift 77300
33 33 33 7 RESERVATION The Fizz 60150
34 48 34 3 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 37100
35 35 35 7 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 66400
36 37 36 3 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 46450
37 23 23 10 SOMETIMES Kodaline 124950
38 42 38 3 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 37750
39 46 39 4 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 46050
40 53 40 8 FREAKS Fisher 71850

41 24 24 10 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 127050
42 52 42 4 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 41150
43 43 43 4 THE GREATEST James Blunt 43000
44 31 19 10 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 168700
45 30 30 9 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 100150
46 54 46 4 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 33950
47 32 1 14 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1285550
48 56 48 3 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 26900
49 49 1 23 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1414650
50 NEW 50 1 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 12000

51 34 2 14 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 530550
52 39 39 7 BOYFRIEND Mabel 64900
53 62 53 3 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 24250
54 61 54 3 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 23500
55 63 55 3 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 22200
56 NEW 56 1 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 10600
57 60 57 7 GHOST TOWN The Specials 52400
58 NEW 58 1 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 10200
59 50 3 15 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 548900
60 NEW 60 1 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 10000

61 NEW 61 1 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 7500
62 64 62 3 THE BUZZ Pretenders 19300
63 NEW 63 1 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 7200
64 59 59 4 LIGHT OF LOVE Florence + The Machine 27400
65 41 9 11 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 275600
66 69 66 4 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 24000
67 NEW 67 1 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 6600
68 68 1 37 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1279500
69 71 69 2 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 12000
70 NEW 70 1 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 6000

71 NEW 71 1 BRAZIL Doves 5800
72 73 72 2 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 11000
73 NEW 73 1 MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie 5400
74 NEW 74 1 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 5200
75 NEW 75 1 TUTTI FRUTTI Little Richard 5000

DROP OUTS
44 32 8 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 105800
45 25 7 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 86450
47 47 9 MAMA Genesis 92200
51 36 7 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 79950
55 39 8 I’M TOAST Sparks 71800
57 57 6 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 29800
58 4 14 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 459750
70 13 5 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 108500
65 60 7 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 44600
66 10 12 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 230850
67 8 14 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 310350
72 72 4 THANK U VERY MUCH FOR THE NHS The Scaffold 17800
74 14 10 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 152250
75 14 13 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 239100

 

 

 

3rd May 2020

It’s a 4th week on top for Dua Lipa’s Levitating, as she drops one with Break My Heart to make a Lipa sandwich of Galantis & Wrabel’s The Lake, the new challenger to her throne. Melanie C gets an 8th top 10 in 22 years of solo entries and is starting to catch up on the Spice Girls total, The Fizz get a second track in this week’s top 40, one day I’ll count how many they’ve had in total, but it’s pretty much every single they released under the name Bucks Fizz and The Fizz, plus some recent album tracks!

One day I’ll also do the same for Pet Shop Boys and UB40, as I Don’t Wanna’s B side also enters the 40, and Ali Campbell’s cover of Lean On Me becomes his latest top 40 in 40 years-worth of them, and goes where Bill Withers went only 2 weeks ago, or 48 years ago, depending on how you look at it. Pet Shop Boys total of entries in my charts is likely to be higher than any other act – unless you count solo stuff from bands in with band totals in which case it’ll be The Beatles by a country mile, and maybe Abba will give them a good run too.

As I finally get my chart back down to a more-manageable 75 there are only 2 new entries: Lissie back In A Rocket with someone I don’t know, and Sia adding to her 20 years of charting. As I type this I should be somewhere over Portugal in an alternate universe where coronavirus didn’t happen, so I’ve just been been consoling myself that the ghost town of Playa Del Ingles in Gran Canaria is starting to wake up this morning on webcams, more activity going on, more traffic, more people going out – still no tourists, but the Canaries seem to be preparing for at least locals to be eased outside and things coming open again. I’ll try again in October, hopefully, if Tui get me the promised voucher to re-book through soon.

1 1 1 6 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 742100
2 4 2 2 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 180000
3 2 2 6 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 377400
4 3 2 12 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 688500
5 5 1 10 SAY SO Doja Cat 771600
6 6 5 8 CAUTION The Killers 307550
7 7 7 13 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 232550
8 8 6 9 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 280700
9 12 9 6 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 141400
10 15 10 7 WHO I AM Melanie C 168500

11 11 11 9 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 215150
12 16 12 5 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 83800
13 9 4 10 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 395100
14 10 1 13 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 993000
15 17 15 6 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 108050
16 13 9 9 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 248300
17 20 17 6 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 91300
18 21 18 12 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 178350
19 18 6 11 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 330500
20 24 20 6 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 60800

21 14 12 8 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 151050
22 19 15 9 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 151400
23 30 23 9 SOMETIMES Kodaline 107650
24 27 24 9 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 113050
25 25 25 6 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 96300
26 29 26 5 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 62900
27 38 27 8 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 96650
28 35 28 6 STORM The Fizz 51300
29 33 29 5 THE MAN Taylor Swift 59500
30 34 30 8 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 87150

31 22 19 9 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 155450
32 23 1 13 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1273050
33 46 33 6 RESERVATION The Fizz 42450
34 26 2 13 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 518800
35 40 35 6 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 48900
36 49 36 3 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 35700
37 51 37 2 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 29050
38 68 38 2 SECRETS Regard & Raye 23600
39 45 39 6 BOYFRIEND Mabel 53400
40 69 40 3 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 27600

41 28 9 10 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 268600
42 66 42 2 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 20550
43 54 43 3 THE GREATEST James Blunt 29500
44 32 32 8 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 105800
45 31 25 7 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 86450
46 56 46 3 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 28950
47 47 47 9 MAMA Genesis 92200
48 63 48 2 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 19500
49 41 1 22 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1402550
50 37 3 14 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 538800

51 36 36 7 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 79950
52 59 52 3 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 27400
53 58 53 7 FREAKS Fisher 54850
54 70 54 3 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 21200
55 39 39 8 I’M TOAST Sparks 71800
56 80 56 2 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 14600
57 64 57 6 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 29800
58 42 4 14 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 459750
59 73 59 3 LIGHT OF LOVE Florence + The Machine 20300
60 62 60 6 GHOST TOWN The Specials 4200

61 75 61 2 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 12500
62 72 62 2 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 13000
63 79 63 2 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 11400
64 76 64 2 THE BUZZ Pretenders 11900
65 60 60 7 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 44600
66 44 10 12 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 230850
67 55 8 14 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 310350
68 67 1 36 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1273100
69 71 69 3 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 17200
70 43 13 5 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 108500

71 NEW 71 1 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 5800
72 77 72 4 THANK U VERY MUCH FOR THE NHS The Scaffold 17800
73 NEW 73 1 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 5400
74 53 14 10 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 152250
75 65 14 13 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 239100

DROP OUTS
48 23 6 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 92550
50 26 4 LOVELY DAY Bill Withers 66300
52 3 6 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 265700
57 25 6 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 86550
61 24 9 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 131350
74 64 6 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 34600
78 16 10 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 161000

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

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