My May-Aug 2019 Charts

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Ruthless megalomaniac at the London Film & Comic Con, and some Daleks.

 

18th August 2019

It’s 3 weeks on top for Agnes, still Trancing strongly, what a fabulous track it is, so strong it holds off an 80’s grade A classic from a-ha, as 1986 chart-topper The Sun Always Shines On TV returns at 2 following a feature in the good Blinded By The Light movie, set in 1987, and showcasing pop at that time (see It’s A Sin entering lower down) and Bruce Springsteen songs – though not the track up to 13 off his new album, still making great music 44 years since Born To Run debuted in my chart – and which is also back thanks to the film.

Highest climber is Paul Kalkbrenner up 63 to 4 – I could do with some decent clubs to jiggle about a bit to this and Agnes, chances are low I’ll find one with a DJ to my taste that opens from 6pm to 9.30pm! Highest new track is Liam Gallagher, replacing himself in my 40 with his second Oasis-sounding top 10 of the year – One Of Us is not an Abba cover, it’s clearly another mouthing off about his older, more-talented brother. Yes, Noel, the one who drops out the top 10 and who wrote a good song called Slide Away. No, not the Slide Away entering at 8 for Miley Cyrus, that’s another fab new song, her second top of the year, and I’m really rating her new stuff lately.

Kaiser Chiefs also get a second top 10 of the year, Shallou and Colin get a big top 40 climb, Lana Del Ray gets a second top 40 of 2019 with Looking For America. So am I, but I think it may be some time. LEON has a decent climb, she’s not Falling at all, and P.P. Arnold gets her first-ever solo top 40 only 51 years late….! Dario G is back 5 years on from his top 20 track with Shirley Bassey, and 21 years on from topping with his Carnaval De Paris, and finally Dolly Parton’s Here You Come Again returns 41 years on since it fell short of my top 40. It’s sounding fab in a current advert, so that peak chart position needs correcting belatedly!


1 1 1 2 I TRANCE Agnes 340000
2 NEW 2 1 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 115000
3 2 2 4 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 255100
4 67 4 2 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 71600
5 3 1 14 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1386500
6 6 4 14 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 571900
7 NEW 7 1 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 50000
8 NEW 8 1 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 48000
9 10 9 8 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 220750
10 15 10 6 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 146700

11 5 1 9 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 1092000
12 11 3 12 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 657000
13 19 13 3 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 63500
14 4 3 10 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 557500
15 8 8 8 MAD LOVE Mabel 214450
16 16 16 3 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 67400
17 7 5 13 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 430450
18 18 18 10 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 177400
19 20 19 3 FRIENDS Dido 58100
20 12 12 8 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 193800

21 9 1 8 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 401550
22 45 22 3 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 37700
23 13 6 11 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 346250
24 14 5 7 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 272000
25 26 25 3 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 50250
26 28 26 6 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 83000
27 39 27 5 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 60900
28 35 28 3 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 46800
29 23 23 7 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 115750
30 37 30 3 GREYHOUND Collard 45900

31 17 7 13 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 358650
32 32 32 3 I’M GOOD Wafia 43000
33 74 33 2 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 22900
34 40 34 3 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 46700
35 48 35 3 FALLING LEON 36600
36 21 10 15 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 315750
37 43 37 3 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 40900
38 38 26 10 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 140100
39 24 8 13 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 283950
40 31 1 15 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 972250

41 36 36 4 SOMEONE LIKE YOU (ATARI HERO REMIX) The Sugarhill Gang Grandmaster Mele Mel & SCORPIO Furious5 featuring Barshon 54800
42 53 42 3 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 35000
43 34 29 7 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 98900
44 22 10 7 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 159100
45 46 45 5 GO! Public Service Broadcasting 56400
46 27 5 11 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 353050
47 25 11 7 RESCUE ME OneRepublic 166550
48 50 48 5 SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper 54900
49 49 49 4 FADE OUT Seeb & Olivia O’Brien & Space Primates 37500
50 58 50 6 CAN WE PRETEND Pink featuring Cash Cash 51000

51 44 1 18 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 889400
52 30 22 8 SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIE Lykke Li 111350
53 56 53 5 CASTLES Freya Ridings 35450
54 59 54 3 MONEY Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch 28600
55 33 20 7 BLOW Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars 116100
56 NEW 56 1 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 10600
57 65 57 3 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 23000
58 60 58 4 HOW GLAD I AM Chrissie Hynde with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble 32800
59 77 59 2 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 14700
60 63 60 3 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 23400

61 41 3 15 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 607900
62 54 1 12 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 563050
63 29 29 10 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 121100
64 66 64 3 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 18700
65 69 65 3 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 18200
66 68 66 3 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 19600
67 NEW 67 1 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 6600
68 76 20 8 FLYING ON MY OWN Celine Dion 121150
69 47 35 8 6AM Max Pope 88100
70 NEW 70 1 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 72 71 2 TRUTH Mark Ronson featuring Alicia Keys & The Last Artful, Dodgr 11400
72 75 72 3 MINE RIGHT NOW Sigrid 14600
73 73 73 3 EVER AGAIN (SINGLE MIX) Robyn 15400
74 79 74 2 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 9400
75 78 75 3 MEN BEHAVING BADLY Chiedu Oraka & Deezkid featuring Jacob Aaron 13800
76 NEW 76 1 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 4800
77 80 77 2 LITTLE HELP The BossHoss featuring Mimy & Josy 8600
78 42 17 8 RENAISSANCE Culture Shock 134500
79 NEW 79 1 HUNGRY HEART Bruce Springsteen 4200
80 NEW 80 1 HOLA (RADIO EDIT) Dario G 4000

DROP OUTS
51 34 7 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 85650
52 37 7 THE WAY I FEEL Keane 75300
55 55 6 LULLABY The Cure 47000
57 43 6 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid 51700
61 30 6 ALL THE LOVERS Kylie Minogue 74600
62 62 4 BRIGHT BLUE SKIES Mitch James 25600
64 48 5 DEATH OF ME PVRIS 39900
70 70 4 SHINE Emeli Sande 22400
71 71 3 GONE Charli XCX & Christine And The Queens 17400

 

11th August 2019

It’s a 2nd week on top for the fab Agnes I Trance, holding off the late Avicii and his Vargas & Lagola combo Peace Of Mind at 2, his highest-charting track, beating Hey Brother which peaked at 5. Post malone & Swae Lee get a first top 10, Snow Patrol climb bigly into the 20, their first to do that since Chasing Cars 12 years back, Dido gets another top 20 of this year, and Brooooce also does the same on the day I saw the fab Blinded By The Light. Springsteen still has it, 44 years on from his debut Born To Run – which featured in the movie, quite rightly.

A second top 40 in a row for Purple Disco Machine, Wafia climbs up fast, loads of others climb in a week of few new entries – there just is no more room in my chart with so many climbing! Highest is Paul Kalkbrenner, who charted with a Leonard Cohen remix previously, Mark Ronson also pops back with a 5th track off his album, giving Alicia Keys a rare chart entry these days – 18 years since Fallin’ and 9 years since Empire State Of Mind topped with Jay-Z. Lana Del Ray and Keane make swift chart returns on the previous singles, JOnas Brothers get a 3rd off the new LP, and The BossHoss are back 2 years on from Word Up.

1 1 1 2 I TRANCE Agnes 340000
2 8 2 3 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 170100
3 2 1 13 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1326500
4 4 3 9 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 528500
5 3 1 8 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 1055000
6 7 4 13 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 516900
7 5 5 12 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 407450
8 10 8 7 MAD LOVE Mabel 187450
9 6 1 7 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 381800
10 14 10 7 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 175750

11 11 3 11 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 622000
12 13 12 7 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 173800
13 9 6 10 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 327000
14 12 5 6 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 253000
15 15 15 5 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 104700
16 36 16 2 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 42400
17 23 7 12 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 341750
18 18 18 9 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 155400
19 57 19 2 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 31500
20 39 20 2 FRIENDS Dido 37100

21 19 10 14 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 298350
22 16 10 6 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 145850
23 25 23 6 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 97550
24 24 8 12 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 266850
25 17 11 6 RESCUE ME OneRepublic 153950
26 45 26 2 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 31500
27 21 5 10 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 340300
28 32 28 5 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 64500
29 33 29 9 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 113900
30 22 22 7 SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIE Lykke Li 99850

31 26 1 14 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 955250
32 62 32 2 I’M GOOD Wafia 25200
33 20 20 6 BLOW Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars 105550
34 29 29 6 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 85400
35 54 35 2 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 28500
36 40 36 3 SOMEONE LIKE YOU (ATARI HERO REMIX) The Sugarhill Gang Grandmaster Mele Mel & SCORPIO Furious5 featuring Barshon 40800
37 56 37 2 GREYHOUND Collard 27900
38 28 26 9 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 122900
39 52 39 4 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 42500
40 49 40 2 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 29100

41 31 3 14 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 600400
42 27 17 7 RENAISSANCE Culture Shock 130100
43 59 43 2 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 23600
44 38 1 17 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 877650
45 74 45 2 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 18200
46 46 46 4 GO! Public Service Broadcasting 43400
47 35 35 7 6AM Max Pope 81900
48 66 48 2 FALLING LEON 19100
49 64 49 3 FADE OUT Seeb & Olivia O’Brien & Space Primates 25400
50 51 50 4 SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper 42600

51 34 34 7 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 85650
52 37 37 7 THE WAY I FEEL Keane 75300
53 60 53 2 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 21250
54 47 1 11 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 555650
55 55 55 6 LULLABY The Cure 47000
56 73 56 4 CASTLES Freya Ridings 24200
57 43 43 6 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid 51700
58 58 58 5 CAN WE PRETEND Pink featuring Cash Cash 39000
59 61 59 2 MONEY Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch 17600
60 65 60 3 HOW GLAD I AM Chrissie Hynde with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble 22600

61 30 30 6 ALL THE LOVERS Kylie Minogue 74600
62 67 62 4 BRIGHT BLUE SKIES Mitch James 25600
63 69 63 2 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 13400
64 48 48 5 DEATH OF ME PVRIS 39900
65 72 65 2 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 12600
66 76 66 2 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 11600
67 NEW 67 1 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 6600
68 68 68 2 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 12800
69 75 69 2 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 11200
70 70 70 4 SHINE Emeli Sande 22400

71 71 71 3 GONE Charli XCX & Christine And The Queens 17400
72 NEW 72 1 TRUTH Mark Ronson featuring Alicia Keys & The Last Artful, Dodgr 5600
73 77 73 2 EVER AGAIN (SINGLE MIX) Robyn 10000
74 NEW 74 1 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 5200
75 80 75 2 MINE RIGHT NOW Sigrid 9000
76 42 20 7 FLYING ON MY OWN Celine Dion 114750
77 NEW 77 1 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 4600
78 78 78 2 MEN BEHAVING BADLY Chiedu Oraka & Deezkid featuring Jacob Aaron 8800
79 NEW 79 1 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 4200
80 NEW 80 1 LITTLE HELP The BossHoss featuring Mimy & Josy 4000

DROP OUTS
41 24 7 RUNAWAY RUNAWAY Mars Argo 102200
44 28 8 GOD CONTROL Madonna 100450
50 37 4 SING IT WITH ME JP Cooper & Astrid S 50950
53 53 5 PRAYING Keiino 44100
63 63 4 STILL THE GOOD OLD DAYS Sheryl Crow featuring Joe Walsh 19800
79 10 12 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 236250

 

 

4th August 2019

It’s straight in on top for a track I’ve known for less than 24 hours, Agnes and her self-descriptive fab single I Trance. Her 2009 chart-topper Release Me was a bit of an anthem in my Gran Canaria late-night holiday club days, but she hasnt charted since 2012, and this is only her 4th chart entry. At 8 a huge leap for Avicii, posthumously claiming his 5th top 10 with the sad-themed Peace Of Mind, with Vargas & Lagola also getting a 2nd top 10 of the year. Mabel gets a 2nd too.

All the action is lower-down the chart though, as there is another mass invasion, this time new tracks, and I’ve had to extend my chart to 80 again to accomodate them. In at 36 Snow Patrol get a first top 40 in 9 years (and that was a re-entry) and their 8th in total after a break of 8 years away, with Time Won’t Go Slowly. So true! Dido’s back for a 3rd top 40 0f 2019, The Sugarhill gang get a 3rd top 40 40 years since their first, and Grandmaster Flash/Mele Mel a 4th 36 years on. Purple Disco Machine replace themselves in my chart at 45 with the Emotions-sampling Emotion, which charted 42 years ago as I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love and has been sampled heavily since, notably by Primal Scream in 1990 on Loaded.

Dirty Vegas have been camelphat-ed at 54, a shocking 18 years on from Days Go By peaking at 4, and 17 years since the remix peaked at 3 in my charts. 3rd time lucky? Collard’s Greyhound is a smooth new soul track which came up as an advert on Youtube just for me, as I was looking at 60’s soul tracks, and which made a change from being bombarded endlessly by a bloody Grammarly hype. Collard is one of the few times in my life when an advert has got a sale out of me. Cos it’s good. Springsteen is back with a 2nd hit of the year, still Born To Run 44 years on. That’s nothing though…

In at 59 with Baby Blue gives P.P. Arnold her first-ever solo hit – 52 years late. P.P. had UK soul success in the late 60’s, but too early for my first charts, despite later failed attempts by Barry Gibb to get an album release for her of stuff he had produced. Following the death of her daughter she concentrated on guest vocals in the 70’s onwards, and last charted with Ocean Colour Scene in 1998. Steve Cradock is a huge fan, and drafted in his big mate, also a fan, Paul Weller for a brand new album, of which this is the first track. So, 52 years-late here she is, still soulful. Check her guest spots on, ooh 3am Eternal (KLF), Itchycoo Park (The Small faces), the original version of Cat Stevens’ First Cut Is The Deepest, Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer, Beatmasters Burn It Up and more.

Whitney is also back, a decade literally late, with her Kygo revamp of her cover of Steve Winwood’s Higher Love. The first track on the aforementioned PP arnold Barry Gibb album was a Steve Winwood track – the album eventually got released a few years back thanks to the efforts of Steve Cradock. I love a circular anecdote.

1 NEW 1 1 I TRANCE Agnes 170000
2 3 1 12 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1241500
3 2 1 7 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 995000
4 4 3 8 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 463500
5 5 5 11 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 357450
6 1 1 6 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 336800
7 7 4 12 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 461900
8 64 8 2 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 55100
9 6 6 9 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 295000
10 12 10 6 MAD LOVE Mabel 139450

11 9 3 10 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 585000
12 8 5 5 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 224000
13 15 13 6 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 138800
14 16 14 6 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 133750
15 19 15 4 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 77700
16 10 10 5 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 126350
17 11 11 5 RESCUE ME OneRepublic 135200
18 18 18 8 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 133400
19 13 10 13 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 278600
20 22 20 5 BLOW Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars 87850

21 14 5 9 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 321900
22 23 22 6 SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIE Lykke Li 81850
23 20 7 11 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 318750
24 17 8 11 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 247850
25 25 25 5 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 78300
26 21 1 13 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 937350
27 27 17 6 RENAISSANCE Culture Shock 116350
28 31 26 8 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 105700
29 30 29 5 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 67800
30 40 30 5 ALL THE LOVERS Kylie Minogue 67100

31 26 3 13 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 586400
32 34 32 4 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 46200
33 33 33 8 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 95700
34 35 34 6 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 73900
35 36 35 6 6AM Max Pope 69400
36 NEW 36 1 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 17400
37 38 37 6 THE WAY I FEEL Keane 63800
38 32 1 16 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 864400
39 NEW 39 1 FRIENDS Dido 17100
40 68 40 2 SOMEONE LIKE YOU (ATARI HERO REMIX) The Sugarhill Gang Grandmaster Mele Mel & SCORPIO Furious5 featuring Barshon 23400

41 24 24 7 RUNAWAY RUNAWAY Mars Argo 102200
42 29 20 6 FLYING ON MY OWN Celine Dion 109950
43 50 43 5 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid 41300
44 28 28 8 GOD CONTROL Madonna 100450
45 NEW 45 1 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 13000
46 49 46 3 GO! Public Service Broadcasting 30650
47 39 1 10 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 544650
48 52 48 4 DEATH OF ME PVRIS 32800
49 NEW 49 1 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 12100
50 37 37 4 SING IT WITH ME JP Cooper & Astrid S 50950

51 51 51 3 SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper 30600
52 59 52 3 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 25400
53 53 53 5 PRAYING Keiino 44100
54 NEW 54 1 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 11000
55 55 55 5 LULLABY The Cure 36200
56 NEW 56 1 GREYHOUND Collard 10600
57 NEW 57 1 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 10400
58 58 58 4 CAN WE PRETEND Pink featuring Cash Cash 28800
59 NEW 59 1 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 10100
60 NEW 60 1 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 10000

61 NEW 61 1 MONEY Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch 7500
62 NEW 62 1 I’M GOOD Wafia 7400
63 63 63 4 STILL THE GOOD OLD DAYS Sheryl Crow featuring Joe Walsh 19800
64 69 64 2 FADE OUT Seeb & Olivia O’Brien & Space Primates 13300
65 72 65 2 HOW GLAD I AM Chrissie Hynde with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble 12600
66 NEW 66 1 FALLING LEON 6800
67 67 67 3 BRIGHT BLUE SKIES Mitch James 18200
68 NEW 68 1 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 6400
69 NEW 69 1 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 6200
70 70 70 3 SHINE Emeli Sande 16400

71 71 71 2 GONE Charli XCX & Christine And The Queens 11600
72 NEW 72 1 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 5600
73 75 73 3 CASTLES Freya Ridings 13600
74 NEW 74 1 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 5000
76 NEW 76 1 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 4800
77 NEW 77 1 EVER AGAIN (SINGLE MIX) Robyn 4600
78 NEW 78 1 MEN BEHAVING BADLY Chiedu Oraka & Deezkid featuring Jacob Aaron 4400
79 46 10 12 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 236250
80 NEW 80 1 MINE RIGHT NOW Sigrid 4000

DROP OUTS
41 28 7 STRANGER NIGHTS Patrick Martin 93300
42 12 13 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 239500
43 43 7 CHUNG KUO Vangelis 61700
44 26 9 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 123300
45 18 12 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 208550
47 47 5 WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG The Killers 39850
48 36 5 CROWN Stormzy 77000
54 9 12 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 299650
56 40 5 STARRY NIGHT Peggy Gou 56800
57 57 2 INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones 15000
60 60 5 THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths 30200
61 1 15 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 632400
62 9 13 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 278650
65 65 4 WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Craig David 24400
66 46 6 WOKE UP LATE Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld 49350
73 1 21 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 846900
74 74 2 FEEL THE BENEFIT 10c.c. 8200

 

 

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That’s Conchita Wurst on stage in Gran Canaria – you’ll have to take my word for it! 🙂

 

28th July 2019

It’s a return to the top spot for classic 2011 chart-topper Titanium, now getting it’s 3rd week on top. It was the first of 2 chart-toppers from the Nothing But The Beat album which I bought in a posh Florida shopping mall record store – one of the few left that I could find in the 21 years since my first visit when stores were everywhere and malls were full. It’s still also Sia’s only chart-topper, though her other oldie (with Zero 7) gives a double top ten week.

Kaiser Chiefs also meet themselves in the top 20 as the new climbs to 19, Jack Savoretti keeps his top 40’s going, and Mika gets a credit to boot – his 16th top 40 in 12 years, including one number one (not the one you think, either, it’s Rain). Blossoms get a big climb into the 40 and I cut my chart down to 75, having a bit of a clear-out of oldies now Glasto is gone. There are few new entries, but Seeb get a second in the 75 with Fade Out entering, Avicii gets another posthumous entry, this one with Vargas & Lagola’s 3rd chart entry, Charli XCX joins forces with Christine and both return – and some golden oldies return, both from 1979 debuts:

Chrissie Hynde debuted with The Pretenders’ Stop Your Sobbing and has never really stopped charting since, just not as regularly as of old – well, she’s back with an orchestra (of sorts) and a cover of the 1964 Nancy Wilson blues/jazz classic How Glad I Am – which belatedly made my top 10 in 2013, and first charted for me in a version by Kiki Dee in 1975. The other comeback? The Sugarhill Gang! First charting with Rapper’s Delight, the first proper “rap” record as such to be a crossover hit. Most recently in my top 10 in 2015 with oldie Apache, this is their first new material to chart since the early 80’s! It’s also bringing back Grandmaster Mele Mel – why the ‘L’ he’s dropped an L from his name I don’t know but he’s the brains and voice behind The Message and White Lines, the greatest rap records of the 80’s for me, not to mention Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan, let me love Chaka Khan on I Feel For You. He brings along his Furious5, who are probably livid rather than furious these days.

1 6 1 5 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 281800
2 1 1 6 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 910000
3 2 1 11 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1126500
4 3 3 7 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 398500
5 7 5 10 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 297450
6 8 6 8 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 250000
7 4 4 11 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 411900
8 5 5 4 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 189000
9 9 3 9 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 548000
10 14 10 4 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 101350

11 11 11 4 RESCUE ME OneRepublic 112200
12 16 12 5 MAD LOVE Mabel 97450
13 10 10 12 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 257600
14 12 5 8 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 302150
15 17 15 5 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 106800
16 18 16 5 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 104750
17 13 8 10 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 228850
18 21 18 7 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 111400
19 33 19 3 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 50700
20 19 7 10 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 299500

21 15 1 12 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 918850
22 25 22 4 BLOW Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars 67850
23 35 23 5 SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIE Lykke Li 62350
24 27 24 6 RUNAWAY RUNAWAY Mars Argo 88200
25 37 25 4 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 59550
26 24 3 12 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 568500
27 22 17 5 RENAISSANCE Culture Shock 97950
28 30 28 7 GOD CONTROL Madonna 87200
29 20 20 5 FLYING ON MY OWN Celine Dion 96200
30 41 30 4 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 49600

31 26 26 7 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 87400
32 29 1 15 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 847200
33 40 33 7 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 78000
34 70 34 3 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 28400
35 38 35 5 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 56300
36 45 36 5 6AM Max Pope 51900
37 53 37 3 SING IT WITH ME JP Cooper & Astrid S 38950
38 43 38 5 THE WAY I FEEL Keane 46500
39 39 1 9 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 532150
40 42 40 4 ALL THE LOVERS Kylie Minogue 49100

41 28 28 7 STRANGER NIGHTS Patrick Martin 93300
42 23 12 13 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 239500
43 52 43 7 CHUNG KUO Vangelis 61700
44 31 26 9 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 123300
45 34 18 12 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 208550
46 32 10 11 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 232050
47 51 47 5 WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG The Killers 39850
48 36 36 5 CROWN Stormzy 77000
49 71 49 2 GO! Public Service Broadcasting 17900
50 63 50 4 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid 27800

51 64 51 2 SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper 18850
52 72 52 3 DEATH OF ME PVRIS 20500
53 54 53 4 PRAYING Keiino 32850
54 44 9 12 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 299650
55 66 55 4 LULLABY The Cure 25400
56 50 40 5 STARRY NIGHT Peggy Gou 56800
57 77 57 2 INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones 15000
58 69 58 3 CAN WE PRETEND Pink featuring Cash Cash 18600
59 81 59 2 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 13900
60 68 60 5 THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths 30200

61 59 1 15 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 632400
62 60 9 13 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 278650
63 83 63 3 STILL THE GOOD OLD DAYS Sheryl Crow featuring Joe Walsh 12600
64 NEW 64 1 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 7100
65 67 65 4 WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Craig David 24400
66 46 46 6 WOKE UP LATE Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld 49350
67 75 67 2 BRIGHT BLUE SKIES Mitch James 11600
68 NEW 68 1 SOMEONE LIKE YOU (ATARI HERO REMIX) The Sugarhill Gang Grandmaster Mele Mel & SCORPIO Furious5 featuring Barshon 6400
69 NEW 69 1 FADE OUT Seeb & Olivia O’Brien & Space Primates 6200
70 78 70 2 SHINE Emeli Sande 10400

71 NEW 71 1 GONE Charli XCX & Christine And The Queens 5800
72 NEW 72 1 HOW GLAD I AM Chrissie Hyne with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble 5600
73 73 1 21 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 846900
74 85 74 2 FEEL THE BENEFIT 10c.c. 8200
75 84 75 2 CASTLES Freya Ridings 8200

DROP OUTS
47 47 6 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Shawn Mendes 54600
48 20 9 MY LOVE Will Young 135200
49 32 5 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Prince 76600
55 55 3 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Kylie Minogue 24300
56 5 10 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 326950
57 3 10 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 374350
58 9 10 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 256100
61 8 12 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 279000
62 29 11 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 144600
65 28 9 ALONE Richard Hawley 103900
74 48 6 INTO HAPPINESS Phantogram 50150
76 76 3 CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD Kylie Minogue 11400
79 79 3 BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue 12200
80 10 12 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 220450
82 6 15 DATE STAMP ABC 291950

 

 

21st July 2019

It’s four weeks on top for ELO, 6 in total, as nothing new comes along to challenge it, the nearest fresh challenger is The Regrettes at 5, their second chart hit, and first top 40. Fun! Titanium goes top 10 7 years after topping my chart, and Sia’s other oldie beats it’s previous peak of 16 in 2000 for Zero 7’s lovely Destiny, which I under-rated at the time. Dominic Fike finally makes the top 10 after 11 weeks of trying.

Meanwhile, 50 years ago on the 21st July I was watching footage of the Moon Landing on our black and white TV, specially allowed to broadcast overnight and in the morning – though I didn’t get woken up for the glorious actual moment which contrary to media coverage happened in the UK on the 21st, not the 20th! I still say GMT should be the primary source when events happen off-planet laugh.gif It was enormously impressive as any achievement to this 11-year-old, and hugely risky, so all the more awesome. As a sort-of tribute, Public Service Broadcasting enter belatedly with Go! based on Apollo 11, and sampling Nasa heavily, in at 71. While School’s Out made the itunes chart, and although it was 3 years too late for Apollo, it was sort of appropriate as Primary School was indeed Out for me around that time. Alice Cooper made my top 5 in 1972, and charted again in 1974.

The Kaisers get a big climb into the 40, Lykke Li gets a second top 40, ditto Lizzo, and Shawn Mendes overtakes himself with Camila,as Senorita goes into the 40. Shawn’s 3rd top 40, and Camila’s 3rd too. I finally get to cut down the size of the chart to 85 in a quiet week for newcomers, as a load of Glasto oldies depart in a rush, Mitch James being the highest actual new current track at 75! Even with PVRIS and P!nk climbing into the 75 that’s historically low for a top 75 chart. It has been manic of late though, so it gives room for lots of climbers to grab a more representative chart position. Jesus Jones return 29 years on with the fab Info Freako, a non-hit of the time that deserved better.

1 1 1 5 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 795000
2 2 1 10 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1041500
3 3 3 6 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 333500
4 4 4 10 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 361900
5 5 5 3 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 141000
6 11 6 4 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 111800
7 8 7 9 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 237450
8 9 8 7 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 195000
9 6 3 8 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 503000
10 14 10 11 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 225600

11 19 11 3 RESCUE ME OneRepublic 75200
12 7 5 7 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 273150
13 10 8 9 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 205850
14 34 14 3 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 59350
15 13 1 11 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 899100
16 33 16 4 MAD LOVE Mabel 62450
17 20 17 4 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 79800
18 18 18 4 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 79750
19 15 7 9 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 279500
20 21 20 4 FLYING ON MY OWN Celine Dion 78000

21 25 21 6 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 89400
22 17 17 4 RENAISSANCE Culture Shock 79550
23 12 12 12 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 225750
24 16 3 11 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 550000
25 39 25 3 BLOW Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars 48350
26 35 26 6 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 69500
27 30 27 5 RUNAWAY RUNAWAY Mars Argo 69200
28 28 28 6 STRANGER NIGHTS Patrick Martin 79300
29 24 1 14 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 829400
30 36 30 6 GOD CONTROL Madonna 68900

31 26 26 8 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 110050
32 23 10 10 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 219300
33 50 33 2 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 29700
34 22 18 11 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 195550
35 59 35 4 SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIE Lykke Li 43100
36 37 36 4 CROWN Stormzy 64700
37 47 37 3 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 40800
38 58 38 4 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 38800
39 29 1 8 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 515050
40 49 40 6 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 60300

41 54 41 3 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 31600
42 53 42 3 ALL THE LOVERS Kylie Minogue 32100
43 70 43 4 THE WAY I FEEL Keane 29300
44 38 9 11 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 288650
45 63 45 4 6AM Max Pope 34500
46 60 46 5 WOKE UP LATE Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld 42550
47 56 47 6 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Shawn Mendes 54600
48 31 20 9 MY LOVE Will Young 135200
49 32 32 5 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Prince 76600
50 40 40 4 STARRY NIGHT Peggy Gou 46200

51 62 51 4 WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG The Killers 27350
52 55 52 6 CHUNG KUO Vangelis 48200
53 57 53 2 SING IT WITH ME JP Cooper & Astrid S 21650
54 68 54 3 PRAYING Keiino 21600
55 64 55 3 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Kylie Minogue 24300
56 46 5 10 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 326950
57 44 3 10 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 374350
58 45 9 10 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 256100
59 52 1 14 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 624900
60 51 9 12 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 271250

61 42 8 12 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 279000
62 43 29 11 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 144600
63 75 63 3 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid 15800
64 NEW 64 1 SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper 7100
65 41 28 9 ALONE Richard Hawley 103900
66 77 66 3 LULLABY The Cure 14600
67 72 67 3 WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Craig David 17400
68 73 68 4 THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths 20200
69 89 69 2 CAN WE PRETEND Pink featuring Cash Cash 8400
70 76 70 2 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 10800

71 NEW 71 1 GO! Public Service Broadcasting 5800
72 83 72 2 DEATH OF ME PVRIS 9000
73 69 1 20 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 841500
74 48 48 6 INTO HAPPINESS Phantogram 50150
75 NEW 75 1 BRIGHT BLUE SKIES Mitch James 5000
76 81 76 3 CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD Kylie Minogue 11400
77 NEW 77 1 INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones 4600
78 NEW 78 1 SHINE Emeli Sande 4400
79 79 79 3 BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue 12200
80 61 10 12 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 220450

81 NEW 81 1 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 3800
82 27 6 15 DATE STAMP ABC 291950
83 90 83 2 STILL THE GOOD OLD DAYS Sheryl Crow featuring Joe Walsh 5400
84 NEW 84 1 CASTLES Freya Ridings 3200
85 NEW 85 1 FEEL THE BENEFIT 10c.c. 3000

DROP OUTS
65 50 6 JOY Bastille 50600
66 18 9 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 164750
67 67 3 SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 18000
71 1 13 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 647200
74 13 12 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 221700
78 78 2 THE LOVECATS The Cure 7400
80 80 2 CLOSE TO ME The Cure 8000
82 82 2 WHERE THE WILD ROSES GROW Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 7000
84 84 2 HUMAN The Killers 5200
85 15 11 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 168450
86 86 2 SPINNING AROUND Kylie Minogue 5000
87 87 2 IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure 5200
88 88 2 BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure 4800

 

 

14th July 2019

It’s 3 weeks on top for ELO, 5 weeks in total, cos it still sounds so fab played loud these 43 years later, and becomes their longest-running number one. Noel Gallagher gets his highest-charting solo record, ahead of AKA..What A Life which peaked at 5 in 2011, with Sail On – though obviously not quite up their Oasis chart-toppers like Whatever, Wonderwall, Don’t Look Back In Anger and The Importance Of Being Idle. Up debuting inside the top 5, with their second chart hit, it’s The Regrettes and the fab I Dare You, while Keith Urban gets his second top 10, following 2017 number 2 The Fighter with Drop Top Down. Miley Cyrus gets her 6th top 10, as Titanium rockets up 30 places to 11 – 8 years on from topping my charts and it still sounds fresh and exciting, one of the great singles of the decade.

OneRepublic shoot up into the top 20 for the 9th time, Mark Ronson for the 7th, while Madonna goes top 40 with God Control, her 4th of the year. Ed Sheeran replaces himself in the 40, which is a bit of a BLOW, I’m sure, while highest new entry is Kaiser Chiefs at 50 with People Know How To Love One Another, their 2nd on the list. JP Cooper returns with a newie at 57. Sing It With Me! Blossoms also return with Your Girlfriend. She certainly isn’t mine. PVRIS enter in my still-extended chart rundown of 90, at 83, much lower than they would be without all the Glasto oldies hogging the chart spots, Pink gets a 5th track off Hurts 2 B Human entering, and Sheryl Crow returns, extending her run to 25 years of chart hits – this time bringing along Joe Walsh. Joe has charted umpteen times as part of The Eagles, going back to New Kid In Town around the time Livin’ Thing was charting, but he’d been on records back in the 60’s, 70’s and beyond, for his guitar skills, a whole who’s who in music it is too from The Beach Boys to The Foo Fighters. As a solo act, though, he debuted in 1978 with Life’s Been Good, a fab single, and…that was it. 41 years later and he gets a follow-up co-credit, that must be a record wait for a follow-up to a one-hit-wonder with new material!

1 1 1 4 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 625000
2 2 1 9 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 926500
3 4 3 5 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 248500
4 7 4 9 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 296900
5 19 5 2 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 81000
6 3 3 7 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 458000
7 5 5 6 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 238150
8 12 8 8 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 187450
9 11 9 6 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 147000
10 8 8 8 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 173850

11 41 11 3 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 56800
12 13 12 11 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 206500
13 6 1 10 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 872100
14 14 14 10 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 183600
15 9 7 8 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 258500
16 10 3 10 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 531000
17 23 17 3 RENAISSANCE Culture Shock 60050
18 25 18 3 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 57750
19 38 19 2 RESCUE ME OneRepublic 38200
20 26 20 3 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 56800

21 22 21 3 FLYING ON MY OWN Celine Dion 58000
22 18 18 10 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 177950
23 15 10 9 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 201500
24 17 1 13 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 811200
25 30 25 5 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 69650
26 31 26 7 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 92150
27 16 6 14 DATE STAMP ABC 288350
28 35 28 5 STRANGER NIGHTS Patrick Martin 61000
29 21 1 7 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 497950
30 36 30 4 RUNAWAY RUNAWAY Mars Argo 50800

31 20 20 8 MY LOVE Will Young 122900
32 37 32 4 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Prince 64500
33 42 33 3 MAD LOVE Mabel 37450
34 46 34 2 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 30350
35 48 35 5 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 51000
36 49 36 5 GOD CONTROL Madonna 50900
37 40 37 3 CROWN Stormzy 47300
38 24 9 10 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 275400
39 47 39 2 BLOW Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapeleton & Bruno Mars 29600
40 55 40 3 STARRY NIGHT Peggy Gou 34200

41 28 28 8 ALONE Richard Hawley 96900
42 27 8 11 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 271500
43 29 29 10 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 137200
44 33 3 9 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 363950
45 34 9 9 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 245900
46 39 5 9 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 316350
47 54 47 2 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 23500
48 53 48 5 INTO HAPPINESS Phantogram 44950
49 56 49 5 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 43300
50 NEW 50 1 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 12000

51 45 9 11 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 261250
52 44 1 13 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 614800
53 64 53 2 ALL THE LOVERS Kylie Minogue 18350
54 67 54 2 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 17600
55 59 55 5 CHUNG KUO Vangelis 36700
56 57 56 5 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Shawn Mendes 42100
57 NEW 57 1 SING IT WITH ME JP Cooper & Astrid S 10400
58 70 58 3 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 21600
59 61 59 3 SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIE Lykke Li 25600
60 62 60 4 WOKE UP LATE Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld 29800

61 43 10 11 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 216450
62 77 62 3 WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG The Killers 16600
63 63 63 3 6AM Max Pope 21500
64 68 64 2 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Kylie Minogue 13500
65 50 50 6 JOY Bastille 50600
66 32 18 9 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 164750
67 71 67 3 SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 18000
68 79 68 2 PRAYING Keiino 10600
69 69 1 19 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 836100
70 73 70 3 THE WAY I FEEL Keane 15800

71 60 1 13 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 647200
72 74 72 2 WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Craig David 10800
73 78 73 3 THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths 13800
74 51 13 12 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 221700
75 82 75 2 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid 8600
76 NEW 76 1 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 4800
77 84 77 2 LULLABY The Cure 7800
78 85 78 2 THE LOVECATS The Cure 7400
79 81 79 2 BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue 8000
80 80 80 2 CLOSE TO ME The Cure 8000

81 86 81 2 CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD Kylie Minogue 6600
82 83 82 2 WHERE THE WILD ROSES GROW Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 7000
83 NEW 83 1 DEATH OF ME PVRIS 3400
84 90 84 2 HUMAN The Killers 5200
85 75 15 11 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 168450
86 89 86 2 SPINNING AROUND Kylie Minogue 5000
87 87 87 2 IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure 5200
88 88 88 2 BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure 4800
89 NEW 89 1 CAN WE PRETEND Pink featuring Cash Cash 2200
90 NEW 90 1 STILL THE GOOD OLD DAYS Sheryl Crow featuring Joe Walsh 2000

DROP OUTS
52 44 7 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 64950
58 23 6 TINY DANCER Elton John 88750
65 65 6 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 33400
66 50 7 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 62250
72 72 5 DREAM GLOW BTS & Charli XCX 23600
76 48 8 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 69550

 

 

7th July 2019

It’s a second week on top, and the fourth week in total, for 1976 sweeping strings classic Livin’ Thing, not the first chart-topping ELO oldie by any means. Noel Gallagher leapfrogs his younger brother at 4, and Bananarama get a second top 10 of the year 38 years since their debut. The highest new entry is from The Regrettes channeling The Strokes in a poppy fashion, and the chart has been extended thanks to an invasion of Kylie & Cure tracks from Glastonbury which sold well on itunes for a few days afterwards.

OneRepublic return, straight in the 40 at 38 for Rescue Me, giving them 11 years of entries since Stop And Stare went top 3 in 2008. Sia has 2 oldies on the chart as her 2000 top 20 returns, the lovely Destiny with Zero 7, at 47, and Ed Sheeran gets a hat-trick with 2 more tracks off his collaborations album doing what none of his previous albums has managed, at least simultaneously. Highest placed is a right old rock-it-up with Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars, t’other a more soulful Sheeran with Khalid lending a hand, both of them vast improvements on Whiny Romantic Ed.

Lizzo gets a second chart entry, Jack Savoretti is back yet again like a bullet, this time in a collab with Mika, who’s knocking on 15 years of hits before too long, nestling by a former chart-topper from his previous duet partner Kylie. Craig David is on the re-re-wind for 2 decades of hits as his latest pops in, and Keiino get a quick follow-up with a track that’s not entirely unlike their Eurovision popular-vote-winner.

1 1 1 3 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 455000
2 2 1 8 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 811500
3 3 3 6 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 403000
4 9 4 4 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 163500
5 5 5 5 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 188150
6 4 1 9 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 840100
7 8 7 8 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 231900
8 22 8 7 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 131850
9 11 7 7 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 231500
10 7 3 9 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 506000

11 16 11 5 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 102000
12 14 12 7 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 139450
13 19 13 10 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 171500
14 23 14 9 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 154600
15 10 10 8 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 191250
16 6 6 13 DATE STAMP ABC 269950
17 13 1 12 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 792200
18 21 18 9 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 158450
19 NEW 19 1 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 21000
20 30 20 7 MY LOVE Will Young 105000

21 12 1 6 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 479750
22 25 22 2 FLYING ON MY OWN Celine Dion 38250
23 32 23 2 RENAISSANCE Culture Shock 37050
24 15 9 9 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 258200
25 40 25 2 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 35750
26 28 26 2 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 36800
27 17 8 10 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 257750
28 29 28 7 ALONE Richard Hawley 82900
29 31 29 9 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 123700
30 37 30 4 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 50900

31 36 31 6 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 73650
32 18 18 8 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 157950
33 20 3 8 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 350700
34 24 9 8 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 232900
35 49 35 4 STRANGER NIGHTS Patrick Martin 42700
36 54 36 3 RUNAWAY RUNAWAY Mars Argo 32800
37 39 37 3 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Prince 46700
38 NEW 38 1 RESCUE ME OneRepublic 17200
39 26 5 8 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 303600
40 45 40 2 CROWN Stormzy 30000
41 41 42 2 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 19800
42 42 43 2 MAD LOVE Mabel 19750
43 43 10 10 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 208950
44 44 1 12 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 603300
45 45 9 10 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 249500
46 46 47 1 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 12750
47 47 48 1 BLOW Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapeleton & Bruno Mars 12500
48 48 49 4 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 33500
49 49 50 4 GOD CONTROL Madonna 33500
50 50 51 5 JOY Bastille 43600

51 51 13 11 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 216500
52 52 44 7 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 64950
53 53 54 4 INTO HAPPINESS Phantogram 32650
54 54 55 1 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 11000
55 55 56 2 STARRY NIGHT Peggy Gou 17200
56 56 57 4 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 31200
57 57 58 4 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Shawn Mendes 31500
58 58 23 6 TINY DANCER Elton John 88750
59 59 60 4 CHUNG KUO Vangelis 25900
60 60 1 12 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 641400

61 61 62 2 SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIE Lykke Li 14500
62 62 63 3 WOKE UP LATE Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld 19800
63 63 64 2 6AM Max Pope 14300
64 NEW 64 1 ALL THE LOVERS Kylie Minogue 7100
65 69 65 6 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 33400
66 50 50 7 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 62250
67 NEW 67 1 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 6600
68 NEW 68 1 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Kylie Minogue 6400
69 63 1 18 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 829900
70 73 70 2 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 11400

71 72 71 2 SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 11400
72 75 72 5 DREAM GLOW BTS & Charli XCX 23600
73 78 73 2 THE WAY I FEEL Keane 9800
74 NEW 74 1 WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Craig David 5200
75 47 15 10 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 165450
76 48 48 8 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 69550
77 77 77 2 WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG The Killers 9200
78 80 78 2 THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths 8400
79 NEW 79 1 PRAYING Keiino 4200
80 NEW 80 1 CLOSE TO ME The Cure 4000

81 NEW 81 1 BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue 3800
82 NEW 82 1 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid 3600
83 NEW 83 1 WHERE THE WILD ROSES GROW Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 3400
84 NEW 84 1 LULLABY The Cure 3200
85 NEW 85 1 THE LOVECATS The Cure 3000
86 NEW 86 1 CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD Kylie Minogue 2800
87 NEW 87 1 IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure 2600
88 NEW 88 1 BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure 2400
89 NEW 89 1 SPINNING AROUND Kylie Minogue 2200
90 NEW 90 1 HUMAN The Killers 2000

 

 

DROP OUTS
41 6 12 SHOW ME ABC 241000
42 20 7 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 116900
46 7 7 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 205200
51 23 5 TAKE YOU HOME Dido 79600
52 36 7 I RISE Madonna 95500
53 3 10 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 357050
57 4 10 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 292650
61 17 10 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 162450
74 19 11 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 167650
76 20 9 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 127550
79 16 9 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 150000

 

30th June 2019

It’s a third week on top for ELO as Livin’ Thing returns to the top almost 43 years later, since Steely Dan knocked them off the top with a Haitian Divorce. Thanks to the Toy Story 4 trailer, which is a solid 8/10 film, still got it does Pixar. I also bought the Spiderman multiverse DVD which belatedly brings Sunflower into my chart for Post Malone & Swae Lee, while voice actor in it Hailee Steinfeld goes up a few spots with her guest vocal. I saw Hailee support Katy Perry in Barcelona a year or two back, she was good, and Katy was fab, she makes the top 40 with her latest, just ahead of former frenemy Taylor Swift. Talking of concerts, Stormzy got a boost at Glasto and enters with Crown, while The Killers return with When We were Young due to back catalogue itunes boosting after their set with the Pet Shop Boys and Johnny Marr. Only fair since the Pets got his support at the Brits a decade ago, and they have also worked with Johnny consistently over the years, The Smiths entering again with their Glasto cover from Brandon. His two fave acts and albums don’t cha know, both together. Suedey and I both saw Marr, Tennant & Lowe them in The Royal Albert Hall t’other year. They were fab. Name-dropper!

2 Gallaghers sailing in the top 10 for the price of one, bit of a Shockwave, MIley Cyrus grabs another top 20, Kool & The Gang also get one after decades of drought, with their earliest track and one that never charted for me originally. The advert is good too! Highest new entry – prepare yourselves – is, err Celine Dion. 6 years since she last graced my top 20, and 30 years since she first scraped into my chart, she’s only gone and done a dance banger where for once her OTT vocals suit it. Celine has had the occasional top 10 from me (around one a decade on average and she’s overdue another…). Mark Ronson gets a 3rd album track in my chart, another goodie, while Lykke Li fresh of his chart-topper, also enters with her own track. Mabel’s back with a follow-up, David Guetta gets a second – well Titanium is back, thanks to an advert, for a third run in my chart. Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello both get a simultaneous 2nd charter, and Keane sneak in extending their chart run to knocking on 15 years.

1 2 1 2 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 285000
2 1 1 7 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 696500
3 4 3 5 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 318000
4 3 1 8 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 785100
5 9 5 4 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 128150
6 8 6 12 DATE STAMP ABC 244950
7 5 3 8 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 464000
8 10 8 7 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 181900
9 12 9 3 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 98500
10 16 10 7 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 164250

11 7 7 6 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 186500
12 6 1 5 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 460000
13 13 1 11 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 769200
14 22 14 6 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 104450
15 15 9 8 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 239200
16 29 16 4 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 65000
17 11 8 9 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 239350
18 18 18 7 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 140150
19 27 19 9 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 139500
20 14 3 7 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 333000

21 24 21 8 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 136450
22 28 22 6 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 83850
23 26 23 8 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 125600
24 17 9 7 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 215300
25 NEW 25 1 FLYING ON MY OWN Celine Dion 18750
26 19 5 7 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 286500
27 20 10 9 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 195450
28 NEW 28 1 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 18300
29 37 29 6 ALONE Richard Hawley 64600
30 35 30 6 MY LOVE Will Young 85000

31 38 31 8 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 105500
32 NEW 32 1 RENAISSANCE Culture Shock 17800
33 25 13 10 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 204750
34 23 23 5 TINY DANCER Elton John 78550
35 30 9 9 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 236500
36 42 36 5 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 55750
37 56 37 3 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 32900
38 40 1 11 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 590050
39 48 39 2 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Prince 29400
40 NEW 40 1 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 17000

41 21 6 12 SHOW ME ABC 241000
42 32 20 7 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 116900
43 31 1 11 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 631400
44 49 44 6 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 53450
45 NEW 45 1 CROWN Stormzy 13000
46 33 7 7 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 205200
47 44 15 9 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 160450
48 50 48 7 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 64750
49 64 49 3 STRANGER NIGHTS Patrick Martin 25200
50 53 50 6 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 55450

51 34 23 5 TAKE YOU HOME Dido 79600
52 36 36 7 I RISE Madonna 95500
53 46 3 10 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 357050
54 78 54 2 RUNAWAY RUNAWAY Mars Argo 15400
55 60 55 4 JOY Bastille 31600
56 73 56 3 INTO HAPPINESS Phantogram 21400
57 43 4 10 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 292650
58 70 58 3 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 20600
59 71 59 3 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Shawn Mendes 21100
60 67 60 3 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 21200

61 45 17 10 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 162450
62 62 62 3 GOD CONTROL Madonna 21400
63 61 1 17 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 823700
64 NEW 64 1 6AM Max Pope 7100
65 NEW 65 1 SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIE Lykke Li 7000
66 72 66 2 WOKE UP LATE Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld 12400
67 74 67 3 CHUNG KUO Vangelis 15800
68 NEW 68 1 STARRY NIGHT Peggy Gou 6400
69 69 69 5 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 26400
70 NEW 70 1 MAD LOVE Mabel 6000

71 NEW 71 1 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 5400
74 52 19 11 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 167650
75 76 75 4 DREAM GLOW BTS & Charli XCX 18000
76 54 20 9 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 127550
77 NEW 77 1 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG The Killers 4600
78 NEW 78 1 THE WAY I FEEL Keane 4400
79 51 16 9 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 150000
80 NEW 80 1 THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths 4000

DROP OUTS
39 39 6 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) (168900) Roisin Murphy 73950
41 41 4 BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John 50500
47 31 6 REPLAY Tamta 91200
55 48 6 LIKE IT ZENA 63600
57 37 6 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 71450
58 58 5 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 39600
59 8 9 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 186700
63 10 12 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 218500
65 65 4 SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT (FOR FIGHTING) Elton John 25800
66 66 4 CROCODILE ROCK (947700) Elton John 25600
68 52 7 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 55700
75 39 6 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 67950
77 57 7 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 54400
79 53 7 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 59400
80 1 13 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 811800

 

 

23rd June 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for the two Norwegian duos as ELO enter at 2 following Livin’ Thing’s use in Toy Story 4’s movie trailer – possibly my fave ELO song, topping my charts around December 1976 as we headed into huge snowfalls in Mansfield (where I lived at that time aged 18). Ah memories, nice to see it featuring again. ABC also get an oldies top 10, this time it’s the turn of Date Stamp from The Lexicon Of Love, the 6th following on the heels of the 5th top 10 from the classic album. If you haven’t heard the album, shame! (rings bell) Shame! (rings bell) Shame! (rings bell)

Liam Gallagher knocks his older bruv out my top 10, as Noel gets 11 and 12, so they are both winners really. I’m sure if they saw my charts they would approve of both getting one up on the other. Now, now children! Richard Hawley gets his 12th top 40 entry in 17 years. Liam’s on his 3rd top 10 and 5th top 40, some way to go to catch up with Noel or Oasis. Sheeran & Bieber go top 40 too, so how many have they had? Justin is on 7 now, over 7 years, which is one more a year than I was expecting – HHOK – while Ed’s on his 4th. In fact Sheeran has only had 10 including collaborations make my chart at all in 8 years and only 2 of them went top 10. Hey ho, over-rated IMHO. Nice bloke though.

Few new entries this week, bit of a relief, I:m hoping to get back to a 75 soon, but Prince has a new album of his original versions of his songs gifted to others – I’m sure he would have not approved of breaking into his sealed vault and bunging them out, most of them not a patch on the hit versions, sounding a bit demo-ey for a reason, but The Glamorous Life is a pretty good version of his production/song for Sheila E, his protege. Which is a polite way of saying girlfriend and co-worker. Sheila’s version only peaked at 33 in my 1985 charts, so just 15 places to go to equal it then!

1 1 1 6 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 581500
2 NEW 2 1 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 115000
3 3 1 7 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 720100
4 5 4 4 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 233000
5 4 3 7 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 414000
6 2 1 4 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 425000
7 7 7 5 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 149500
8 16 8 11 DATE STAMP ABC 189950
9 25 9 3 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 68150
10 15 10 6 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 133900

11 8 8 8 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 216350
12 26 12 2 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 53500
13 9 1 10 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 737200
14 10 3 6 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 313000
15 14 9 7 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 212200
16 17 16 6 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 122250
17 11 9 6 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 196300
18 19 18 6 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 118150
19 13 5 6 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 268000
20 12 10 8 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 177050

21 6 6 11 SHOW ME ABC 227000
22 27 22 5 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 75450
23 29 23 4 TINY DANCER Elton John 60950
24 30 24 7 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 116700
25 18 13 9 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 187050
26 28 26 7 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 106350
27 31 27 8 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 118500
28 33 28 5 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 64350
29 38 29 3 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 40000
30 22 9 8 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 219000

31 24 1 10 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 617900
32 20 20 6 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 103150
33 21 7 6 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 192450
34 23 23 4 TAKE YOU HOME Dido 67850
35 36 35 5 MY LOVE Will Young 67000
36 40 36 6 I RISE Madonna 84000
37 58 37 5 ALONE Richard Hawley 46400
38 45 38 7 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 87600
39 42 39 6 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 73950
40 32 1 10 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 572850

41 43 41 4 BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John 50500
42 50 42 4 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 38350
43 34 4 9 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 282250
44 39 15 8 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 147950
45 35 17 9 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 154950
46 37 3 9 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 345800
47 41 31 6 REPLAY Tamta 91200
48 NEW 48 1 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Prince 12300
49 56 49 5 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 40200
50 53 50 6 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 52450

51 44 16 8 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 145800
52 46 19 10 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 162450
53 54 53 5 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 43450
54 47 20 8 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 122750
55 48 48 6 LIKE IT ZENA 63600
56 75 56 2 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 15600
57 51 37 6 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 71450
58 60 58 5 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 39600
59 49 8 9 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 186700
60 71 60 3 JOY Bastille 20800

61 55 1 16 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 816500
62 67 62 2 GOD CONTROL Madonna 14000
63 57 10 12 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 218500
64 70 64 2 STRANGER NIGHTS Patrick Martin 13100
65 65 65 4 SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT (FOR FIGHTING) Elton John 25800
66 66 66 4 CROCODILE ROCK Elton John 25600
67 77 67 2 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 11200
68 59 52 7 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 55700
69 76 69 4 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 20200
70 78 70 2 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 10400

71 74 71 2 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Shawn Mendes 11000
72 NEW 72 1 WOKE UP LATE Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld 5600
73 73 73 2 INTO HAPPINESS Phantogram 10800
74 80 74 2 CHUNG KUO Vangelis 9200
75 52 39 6 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 67950
76 79 76 3 DREAM GLOW BTS & Charli XCX 13000
77 63 57 7 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 54400
78 NEW 78 1 RUNAWAY RUNAWAY Mars Argo 4400
79 61 53 7 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 59400
80 64 1 13 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 811800

DROP OUTS
62 28 5 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 75250
68 59 5 STORM Victor Crone 35900
69 56 5 SOLDI Mahmood 42000
72 72 4 RUNAWAY TRAIN Boy George & Culture Club featuring Gladys Knight 20000

 

16th June 2019

It’s a first week on top for 2 Norwegian duo’s Seeb, and Highasakite, Free To Go comfortably beating previous chart entries, Seeb’s Under YOur Skin hit 10 in 2017, and Highasakite err, none at all. ABC belatedly get a 5th top 10 from The Lexicon Of Love album 37 years late, and Kaiser Chiefs make it 15 years of top 10’s since they started with a bang, chart-toppingly I Predict A Riot. Liam Gallagher creates shockwaves rocketing up one place above the new entry from his older brother Noel – though Noel still has one in the top 10, to throw raspberries at each other.

Miley Cyrus climbs big into the 40, Madonna gets a 4th track on the chart with the last remaining good track on her new album. I’m guessing she got an autotune programmer for Xmas cos it quite gets on yer tits over the course of an album when overdone. Or even done. I’m getting severely teed-off at the cliched drivel disguised by the bleepings and fartings on numerous chart tracks when it’s totally unnecessary. If you can’t sing hire someone who can. If you want to remove all emotion from a song, hire a robot. Suddenly Ed Sheeran sounds super-human in comparison!

Still waiting for chart spaces, new entries cluster round the bottom end, Shawn Mendes belatedly adding to his modest handful of chart entries, Sigala a few more, David Guetta oodles and oodles (well, 20-odd) since 2006, including 2 number ones. That leaves Vangelis oldie Chung Kuo sneaking in, one I rated muchly back in the 80’s but which never charted as I only discovered it as an oldie (and they were banned unless they were in the UK charts) – it was written inspirationally based on music from China, back in those days still behind an Iron Curtain culturally and politically. I loved Chinese instruments and sounds from my days in Singapore as a child/teen, and the synth sounds made it sound modern. Vangelis had topped my chart in 1980 with Jon Anderson, and first charted in 1975 with Aphrodite’s Child, along with Demis Roussos.

1 2 1 5 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 411500
2 1 1 3 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 370000
3 3 1 6 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 635100
4 4 3 6 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 354000
5 5 5 3 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 168000
6 14 6 10 SHOW ME ABC 207250
7 15 7 4 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 99500
8 8 8 7 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 179350
9 6 1 9 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 705200
10 11 3 5 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 284000

11 9 9 5 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 173300
12 10 10 7 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 157050
13 7 5 5 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 247000
14 12 9 6 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 185200
15 24 15 5 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 91900
16 22 16 10 DATE STAMP ABC 141950
17 17 17 5 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 97250
18 13 13 8 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 168300
19 20 19 5 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 96150
20 23 20 5 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 85350

21 16 7 5 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 174750
22 18 9 7 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 201000
23 26 23 3 TAKE YOU HOME Dido 50250
24 19 1 9 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 600000
25 78 25 2 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 23150
26 NEW 26 1 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 18500
27 27 27 4 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 55950
28 30 28 6 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 87800
29 35 29 3 TINY DANCER Elton John 41700
30 33 30 6 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 97700

31 34 31 7 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 100100
32 28 1 9 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 555850
33 51 33 4 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 46050
34 21 4 8 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 268750
35 29 17 8 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 141950
36 44 36 4 MY LOVE Will Young 49500
37 25 3 8 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 333050
38 77 38 2 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 21800
39 41 15 7 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 134700
40 40 40 5 I RISE Madonna 66600

41 31 31 5 REPLAY Tamta 78700
42 45 42 5 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 56850
43 50 43 3 BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John 36500
44 36 16 7 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 134050
45 46 45 6 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 70400
46 32 19 9 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 150950
47 38 20 7 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 111750
48 49 48 5 LIKE IT ZENA 52800
49 37 8 8 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 176600
50 65 50 3 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 24600

51 43 37 5 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 61050
52 39 39 5 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 62950
53 55 53 5 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 40450
54 60 54 4 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 32200
55 47 1 15 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 809000
56 64 56 4 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 28100
57 48 10 11 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 211300
58 61 58 4 ALONE Richard Hawley 29100
59 52 52 6 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 49300
60 62 60 4 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 29400

61 53 53 6 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 55200
62 42 28 5 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 75250
63 57 57 6 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 49800
64 58 1 12 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 807800
65 66 65 3 SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT (FOR FIGHTING) Elton John 18800
66 67 66 3 CROCODILE ROCK Elton John 18800
67 NEW 67 1 GOD CONTROL Madonna 6600
68 59 59 5 STORM Victor Crone 35900
69 56 56 5 SOLDI Mahmood 42000
70 NEW 70 1 STRANGER NIGHTS Patrick Martin 6000

71 75 71 2 JOY Bastille 10800
72 72 72 4 RUNAWAY TRAIN Boy George & Culture Club featuring Gladys Knight 20000
73 NEW 73 1 INTO HAPPINESS Phantogram 5400
74 NEW 74 1 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Shawn Mendes 5200
75 NEW 75 1 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 5000
76 76 76 3 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 14000
77 NEW 77 1 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 4600
78 NEW 78 1 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 4400
79 80 79 2 DREAM GLOW BTS & Charli XCX 8200
80 NEW 80 1 CHUNG KUO Vangelis 4000

DROP OUTS
54 54 8 ONE STEP BEYOND (439400) Madness 66600
63 6 8 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 237850
68 68 2 I GUESS THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT THE BLUES (553100) Elton John 12600
69 5 5 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 129600
70 70 2 BOYS GO WILD LP 11200
71 71 2 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART (606450) Elton John & Kiki Dee 10400
73 73 2 IN THESE SHOES (134100) Kirsty MacColl 9600
74 30 8 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 81900
79 79 2 LA VENDA Miki Nunez 8200

 

 

9th June 2019

It’s a first week on top for a key biopic track on Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road came out during a period of great records back in late 1973 as I was moving to Gloucester and a new school, and so never topped the chart as Crocodile Rock had done, and Bennie & The Jets would do in 1974, but better 45 years late than never, it becomes his 13th chart-topper – or 14th if you count Scissor Sisters’ I Don’t Feel Like Dancing co-write which has Elton written large all over it. See his Taron Egerton duet for more examples of that style, while Taron takes Rocket Man into the 10. Pity his solo stuff since 1990 has ignored fun in favour of “serious” music styles.

Seeb and Highasakite just miss out on top spot, as KDA give Angie Stone a career peak almost 2 decades on, and a higher peak than Human League’s Sound Of The Crowd has had to date. Oops! Unfair! A sudden big climb for Noel Gallagher as his younger estranged brother enters low with a Shockwave, Noel’s third solo top 10 in 8 years to add to the 14 or 15 Oasis have. Big climbs for Kaiser Chiefs 11th top 20 in 14 years, Dido and Keith Urban go top 40, and the only other newies are Bastille with a spot of Joy at getting a 6th chart entry, Miley Cyrus replacing her dad in the chart, and BTS debuting helping Charli XCX to another notch on the bedpost of her chart positions – 5th.


1 3 1 2 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 255000
2 4 2 4 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 241500
3 2 1 5 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 550100
4 5 3 5 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 289000
5 8 5 2 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 108000
6 1 1 8 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 660200
7 7 5 4 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 215000
8 26 8 6 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 131350
9 10 9 4 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 136300
10 11 10 6 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 122050

11 6 3 4 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 242000
12 9 9 5 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 156200
13 15 13 7 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 146300
14 18 14 9 SHOW ME ABC 152250
15 35 15 3 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 49500
16 13 7 4 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 155000
17 23 17 4 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 74250
18 16 9 6 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 181500
19 14 1 8 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 581000
20 25 20 4 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 75150

21 12 4 7 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 251150
22 32 22 9 DATE STAMP ABC 116950
23 31 23 4 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 65350
24 29 24 4 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 64900
25 17 3 7 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 315750
26 49 26 2 TAKE YOU HOME Dido 31000
27 46 27 3 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 37550
28 21 1 8 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 538050
29 24 17 7 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 124450
30 34 30 5 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 69500

31 33 31 4 REPLAY Tamta 64700
32 19 19 8 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 138200
33 38 33 5 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 79700
34 39 34 6 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 82200
35 70 35 2 TINY DANCER Elton John 23500
36 27 16 6 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 120800
37 22 8 7 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 164500
38 20 20 6 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 99250
39 40 39 4 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 51450
40 43 40 4 I RISE Madonna 49600

41 30 15 6 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 117600
42 28 28 4 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 67850
43 37 37 4 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 49300
44 44 44 3 MY LOVE Will Young 32100
45 47 45 4 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 43100
46 48 46 5 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 57400
47 41 1 14 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 798200
48 42 10 10 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 200900
49 50 49 4 LIKE IT ZENA 40500
50 54 50 2 BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John 23000

51 57 51 3 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 28350
52 52 52 5 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 39200
53 53 53 5 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 47700
54 59 54 8 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 66600
55 64 55 4 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 29200
56 56 56 4 SOLDI Mahmood 35800
57 60 57 5 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 42600
58 51 1 11 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 800700
59 62 59 4 STORM Victor Crone 29500
60 68 60 3 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 21200

61 65 61 3 ALONE Richard Hawley 18900
62 67 62 3 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 19400
63 36 6 8 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 237850
64 71 64 3 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 17500
65 72 65 2 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 12600
66 75 66 2 SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT (FOR FIGHTING) Elton John 11800
67 73 67 2 CROCODILE ROCK Elton John 12000
68 69 68 2 I GUESS THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT THE BLUES Elton John 12600
69 45 5 5 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 129600
70 74 70 2 BOYS GO WILD LP 11200

71 77 71 2 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Elton John & Kiki Dee 10400
72 76 72 3 RUNAWAY TRAIN Boy George & Culture Club featuring Gladys Knight 14400
73 79 73 2 IN THESE SHOES Kirsty MacColl 9600
74 55 30 8 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 81900
75 NEW 75 1 JOY Bastille 5000
76 78 76 2 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 9200
77 NEW 77 1 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 4600
78 NEW 78 1 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 4400
79 80 79 2 LA VENDA Miki Nunez 8200
80 NEW 80 1 DREAM GLOW BTS & Charli XCX 4000

DROP OUTS
58 18 7 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 125150
61 3 13 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 510250
63 15 8 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 142950
66 1 10 JACKIE (1685300) Scott Walker 583200

 

2nd June 2019

It’s a first week on top at last for Mark Ronson and Lykke Li, Mark’s 2nd of the year and 3rd in total, and Lykke Li’s first-ever. They just overhauled Arcade and the highest new entry from the Elton John chart invasion off the back of Rocketman – which I’ve seen twice already and is rather fab. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has a key feature in the climax of the film, Taron Egerton does a fantastic acting job, and a singing job too, the new versions are often great in new ways, not least Rocket man rocketing up to 11 for Taron’s version – Elton’s version has already charted 3 times and topped my chart. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has always been a fave Elton track from the Autumn of 1973 when it just fell short of Number 1 in my charts – but it’s never had another run until now.

It’s another load of new entries pushing out great tracks far too early, and not allowing me to reduce my chart back to 75 – quite frankly I could easily have expanded it to 100, but am trying not to as it’s too much work! In at 8 it’s a KDA re-imagining of Angie Stone’s 2002 I Wish I Didn’t Miss You, which peaked at 23 first time round in my charts, backed up with the non-credited rhythm-track to Human League’s Sound Of The Crowd. It works so well! Lana Del ray grabs yet another top 10, her 9th in 8 years, and The Kaiser Chiefs shoot into the 40 with the very La Roux Bulletproof-inspired Record Collection, their 16th in 14 years.

Dido gets a 3rd chart entry of the year, her 17th in 18 years, and the Elton John mini-invasion continues with my 1974 chart-topper (it was banished in the UK to a B-side of the tedious Candle In The Wind) Bennie & The Jets, the 1972 chart-topper Crocodile Rock, 1976 chart-topper Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, and a batch of others, with other huge Elton tracks not charting as they’ve already had big runs. Elton has had a load of Number Ones in my charts….

Lower down, Katy Perry returns with her 2nd of the year, LP is back with Boys Go Wild, but songs charting in different years are not re-entries to me, they are new chart runs, Mark Ronson gets a 3rd of 2019, this time with Camila Cabello, the late great Kirsty is back with her shoes, a 2000 number 16 track shortly before she died tragically, and Miki Nunez sneaks in with his Spanish Eurovision entry as I have a fab gatefold CD with lyric sheets from Eurovision in Israel especially for me – via a friend who was there.

1 2 1 7 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 605200
2 1 1 4 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 465100
3 NEW 3 1 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 85000
4 8 4 3 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 126500
5 3 3 4 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 224000
6 4 3 3 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 205000
7 5 5 3 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 165000
8 NEW 8 1 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 48000
9 9 9 4 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 121200
10 13 10 3 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 91300

11 36 11 5 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 80050
12 6 4 6 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 231400
13 7 7 3 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 130000
14 10 1 7 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 560000
15 15 15 6 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 114300
16 11 9 5 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 159500
17 12 3 6 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 297000
18 20 18 8 SHOW ME ABC 123250
19 22 19 7 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 120400
20 21 20 5 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 82050

21 16 1 7 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 519750
22 14 8 6 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 147200
23 25 23 3 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 51250
24 17 17 6 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 106250
25 26 25 3 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 55150
26 28 26 5 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 83350
27 18 16 5 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 103400
28 29 28 3 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 54100
29 35 29 3 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 45900
30 19 15 5 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 103600

31 38 31 3 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 46100
32 32 32 8 DATE STAMP ABC 97450
33 40 33 3 REPLAY Tamta 46800
34 37 34 4 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 51500
35 75 35 2 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 22500
36 23 6 7 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 230650
37 43 37 3 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 35800
38 39 38 4 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 62000
39 41 39 5 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 64600
40 46 40 3 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 34350

41 33 1 13 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 785700
42 24 10 9 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 188600
43 47 43 3 I RISE Madonna 32600
44 72 44 2 MY LOVE Will Young 18850
45 27 5 4 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 123400
46 68 46 2 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 19150
47 55 47 3 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 30100
48 51 48 4 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 44650
49 NEW 49 1 TAKE YOU HOME Dido 12100
50 50 50 3 LIKE IT ZENA 28400

51 45 1 10 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 790500
52 52 52 4 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 27700
53 54 53 4 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 36450
54 NEW 54 1 BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John 11000
55 30 30 7 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 76700
56 56 56 3 SOLDI Mahmood 25200
57 69 57 2 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 16600
58 42 18 7 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 125150
59 59 59 7 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 55600
60 60 60 4 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 32200

61 44 3 13 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 510250
62 63 62 3 STORM Victor Crone 19400
63 53 15 8 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 142950
64 64 64 3 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 18400
65 78 65 2 ALONE Richard Hawley 11400
66 61 1 10 JACKIE Scott Walker 583200
67 73 67 2 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 12000
68 76 68 2 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 11200
69 NEW 69 1 I GUESS THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT THE BLUES Elton John 6200
70 NEW 70 1 TINY DANCER Elton John 6000

71 77 71 2 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 10400
72 NEW 72 1 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 5600
73 NEW 73 1 CROCODILE ROCK Elton John 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BOYS GO WILD LP 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT (FOR FIGHTING) Elton John 5000
76 80 76 2 RUNAWAY TRAIN Boy George & Culture Club featuring Gladys Knight 8800
77 NEW 77 1 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Elton John & Kiki Dee 4600
78 NEW 78 1 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 4400
79 NEW 79 1 IN THESE SHOES Kirsty MacColl 4200
80 NEW 80 1 LA VENDA Miki Nunez 4000

DROP OUTS
31 18 4 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 79900
34 11 10 PATIENCE Tame Impala 204250
48 7 12 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 284450
49 25 3 MOVE OVER DARLING (508150) Doris Day 49050
57 6 12 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 470100
58 7 12 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 240300
62 22 7 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 99200
65 65 4 VENUS Shocking Blue 23800
66 11 10 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 202800
67 38 6 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 66400
70 1 13 AMERICAN GENERATION (457750) The Ritchie Family 452550
71 5 12 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 325700
74 74 3 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 15600
79 79 1 BOYS KEEP SWINGING (550650) David Bowie 4200

 

 

26th May 2019

It’s a second week on top for Arcade, meaning poor ol Mark Ronson & Lykke Li get 3 weeks stuck at 2. Eurovision songs consolidate their hold throughout the chart, and it remains an expanded 80 due to more great new tracks out. Caravan Palace climb to 3, while massive climbs for SEEB & Highasakite to enter the top from outside the 40, and Sam Bluer climbs to 9.

Lana Del Ray gets a great climb to 13 with her Summertime rewrite, still clocking up regular high chart slots several years on from her debut, Jax Jones & co go top 20, as does Taylor Swift and Brendan whose run of hits is Lana Del Ray-ish in terms of years, longer for PATD. ABC get a 5th track from absolute classic album The Lexicon Of Love to go top 20 – some 37 years since the last one – MARUV and Pnau go top 40, Taron Egerton gets a top 40 with an Elton song as they both climb with a new combo, and climbers galore outside the top 40 in a massively busy chart.

New entries from Keith Urban, clearly all pop not country right now, Bananarama’s 3rd off the new album to chart, Will Young’s 2nd, Kaiser Chief’s return after a couple of years away, and a 14-year chart run since they started with a couple of chart-toppers in 2005. Emma BUnton is spicefully back with a Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell cover, Vampire Weekend, Jess Glynne, Jax Jones getting a 2nd in the chart, all return, while Richard Hawley is back after 4-years away and extends his chart run to 17 years. Bowie returns after being released and making the sales charts, 3rd-time round for Boys Keep Swinging his 1979 cross-dressing gem, and Bog George & Culture Club sneak in with a duet with Gladys Knight, certainly one I never expected to see! Runaway Train means George gets his first chart entry for 5 years, Culture Club get their first for 20 years, and Gladys for getting on 30 years (barring oldies)! Culture Club first charted 37 years ago, Gladys 47 years ago, though her career predates my personal charts and she def would have charted in 1967 had I started earlier.

1 1 1 3 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 350100
2 2 2 6 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 435200
3 7 3 3 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 164000
4 3 3 2 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 150000
5 6 5 2 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 115000
6 4 4 5 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 196400
7 8 7 2 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 98000
8 43 8 2 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 61500
9 19 9 3 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 76200
10 5 1 6 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 531000

11 9 9 4 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 134500
12 10 3 5 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 274000
13 37 13 2 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 49300
14 12 8 5 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 127700
15 29 15 5 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 87300
16 11 1 6 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 500000
17 21 17 5 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 87250
18 16 16 4 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 85000
19 15 15 4 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 85600
20 26 20 7 SHOW ME ABC 101250

21 28 21 4 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 62050
22 22 22 6 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 99400
23 14 6 6 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 213250
24 17 10 8 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 174850
25 44 25 2 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 32000
26 31 26 2 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 36400
27 13 5 3 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 110400
28 33 28 4 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 64850
29 34 29 2 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 35800
30 30 30 6 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 65900

31 18 18 4 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 79900
32 32 32 7 DATE STAMP ABC 79650
33 20 1 12 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 771700
34 23 11 10 PATIENCE Tame Impala 204250
35 58 35 2 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 27700
36 46 36 4 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 43050
37 55 37 3 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 33900
38 54 38 2 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 28200
39 39 39 3 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 44800
40 49 40 2 REPLAY Tamta 29100

41 47 41 4 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 47500
42 24 18 6 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 114950
43 75 43 2 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 18500
44 27 3 12 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 502750
45 40 1 9 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 778750
46 77 46 2 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 17350
47 67 47 2 I RISE Madonna 19100
48 35 7 12 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 284450
49 25 25 3 MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day 49050
50 78 50 2 LIKE IT ZENA 16400

51 56 51 3 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 32350
52 61 52 3 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 26200
53 41 15 7 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 135750
54 64 54 3 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 25200
55 66 55 2 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 17600
56 80 56 2 SOLDI Mahmood 14600
57 48 6 12 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 470100
58 52 7 12 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 240300
59 62 59 6 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 45500
60 69 60 3 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 22200

61 50 1 9 JACKIE Scott Walker 576400
62 38 22 7 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 99200
63 76 63 2 STORM Victor Crone 12000
64 79 64 2 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 11300
65 72 65 4 VENUS Shocking Blue 23800
66 42 11 10 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 202800
67 51 38 6 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 66400
68 NEW 68 1 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 6400
69 NEW 69 1 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 6200
70 70 1 13 AMERICAN GENERATION (457750) The Ritchie Family 352550

71 36 5 12 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 325700
72 NEW 72 1 MY LOVE Will Young 5600
73 NEW 73 1 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 5400
74 74 74 3 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 15600
75 NEW 75 1 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 5000
76 NEW 76 1 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 4800
77 NEW 77 1 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 4600
78 NEW 78 1 ALONE Richard Hawley 4400
79 NEW 79 1 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 4200
80 NEW 80 1 RUNAWAY TRAIN Boy George & Culture Club featuring Gladys Knight 4000

DROP OUTS
45 25 6 HUSTLE P!nk 104950
53 39 5 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 67350
57 18 6 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 106400
59 35 6 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 91700
60 48 4 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 40600
63 2 14 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 600150
65 46 5 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 52400
68 52 4 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 36150
71 37 2 SECRET LOVE (133950) Doris Day 22800
73 3 14 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 589800

 

19th May 2019

It’s a huge climb of 58 places for the Eurovision winner from Duncan Laurence – I didn’t actually know it was entered last week, oops, I just liked it! Arcade is the highest climb to the top for ages, and also the first Eurovision song to top for 5 years and the first winner to top since 2010. An actual great Coldplay-ish song, and deserved winner for The Netherlands who topped my chart in 1975 with Ding A Dong (Teach-In). Elsewhere there’s a Eurovision invasion, I’ve had to expand my charts to 80 to cope with the huge influx of new tracks and not enough dropping out. Keiino won the popular vote and enter at 3 for Norway, Australia did an amazing performance and are at 6, and Azerbaijan as always put their oil money where their music mouth is and buy in another great pop song, in at 8. That all means Mark Ronson stays at 2, and a bunch of hot tracks are kicked out of the 10.

Sam Bluer rockets into the 20, an old early 70’s soul fave has made the itunes chart (I’ve no idea why but it gives me an excuse to finally chart it 20-odd years after I’d come across it on US oldies stations): Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose’s Too Late To Turn Back Now, in at 31. Madonna gets 2 new entries, fresh from her Eurovision performance of Future, in at 34, and I Rise at 67. A one-time popular pop star plugging his greatest hits said this week that Madonna would do anything for money, as criticism of her turning up in Israel. 1. No she doesn’t, you dont catch her doing TV adverts for cash like many I could mention 2. You can rely on Madonna to be controversial and make political or social comments ESPECIALLY if she’s told not to do something 3. It’s a music competition, slag off her, slag off every country for taking part, and every performer, or accept it’s supposed to be above politics as sporting events are.

Lana Del Ray is back with a rewrite of the classic Summertime, a George Gershwin cover hit for Fun Boy Three in 1983, and dating back to 1934 and the definitive Billie Holliday version sometime after. The number of ancient songs in my chart just grows, not least the 60’s Jimmy Fortuna song heavily unnoficially reworked by Offer Nissim in at 54! Highasakite are back after a gap of a few years, Pnau also return as Empire Of The Sun hang on to a top 20 spot, spot the connection! Finally, Elton has a film soundtrack duet with Taron Egerton to go with Taron’s climbing Rocket Man cover.

1 59 1 2 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 180100
2 2 2 5 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 320200
3 NEW 3 1 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 85000
4 7 4 4 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 141400
5 1 1 5 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 489000
6 NEW 6 1 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 55000
7 14 7 2 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 79000
8 NEW 8 1 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 48000
9 9 9 3 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 97500
10 3 3 4 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 239000

11 4 1 5 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 475000
12 8 8 4 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 98700
13 5 5 2 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 92000
14 6 6 5 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 194000
15 15 15 3 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 64600
16 20 16 3 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 63000
17 10 10 7 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 155850
18 19 18 3 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 62000
19 58 19 2 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 31200
20 13 1 11 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 754000

21 36 21 4 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 64250
22 26 22 5 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 79900
23 11 11 9 PATIENCE Tame Impala 186650
24 18 18 5 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 101200
25 29 25 2 MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day 36950
26 28 26 6 SHOW ME ABC 81250
27 12 3 11 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 489500
28 40 28 3 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 42300
29 32 29 4 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 60300
30 33 30 5 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 47900

31 NEW 31 1 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 17900
32 42 32 6 DATE STAMP ABC 61850
33 34 33 3 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 46550
34 NEW 34 1 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 17600
35 17 7 11 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 272100
36 16 5 11 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 319900
37 NEW 37 1 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 17300
38 22 22 6 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 91800
39 56 39 2 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 27700
40 21 1 8 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 765750

41 24 15 6 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 124500
42 23 11 9 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 196000
43 NEW 43 1 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 13500
44 NEW 44 1 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 13250
45 25 25 6 HUSTLE P!nk 104950
46 61 46 3 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 25650
47 54 47 3 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 33500
48 27 6 11 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 459700
49 NEW 49 1 REPLAY Tamta 12100
50 31 1 8 JACKIE Scott Walker 568900

51 38 38 5 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 59800
52 41 7 11 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 230100
53 39 39 5 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 67350
54 NEW 54 1 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 11000
55 71 55 2 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 16600
56 60 56 2 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 20600
57 30 18 6 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 106400
58 NEW 58 1 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 10200
59 35 35 6 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 91700
60 48 48 4 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 40600

61 63 61 2 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 14700
62 62 62 5 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 35400
63 44 2 14 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 600150
64 64 64 2 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 14200
65 46 46 5 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 52400
66 NEW 66 1 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 6800
67 NEW 67 1 I RISE Madonna 6600
68 65 52 4 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 36150
69 70 69 2 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 12200
70 55 1 12 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 446550

71 37 37 2 SECRET LOVE Doris Day 22800
72 72 72 3 VENUS Shocking Blue 16800
73 47 3 14 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 589800
74 74 74 2 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 10400
75 NEW 75 1 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 5000
76 NEW 76 1 STORM Victor Crone 4800
77 NEW 77 1 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 4600
78 NEW 78 1 LIKE IT ZENA 4400
79 NEW 79 1 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 4200
80 NEW 80 1 SOLDI Mahmood 4000

DROP OUTS
43 25 4 FEELINGS John Newman 61150
45 1 12 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 635300
49 12 10 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 142800
50 50 3 SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP (352900) The Kinks 35500
51 28 7 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 90300
52 9 10 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 275850
53 16 6 STRETCH Louise 103450
57 57 2 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE (729000) Redbone 20600
66 10 13 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 349000
67 67 1 WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE (QUE SERA, SERA Doris Day 6600
68 68 3 LE FREAK (12” MIX) (672200) Chic 17800
69 39 4 YOU AND I LEON 48900
73 1 10 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 529700
75 75 1 ALL THIS LOVE Robin Schulz featuring Harloe 5000

 

 

12th May 2019

It’s a first week on top for Madonna & Maluma, ahead of her Eurovision appearance, with the fab latin rhythms of Medellin, which came swanning out of speakers by my gloriously sunny and hot hotel pool in Gran Canaria last week. How appropriate! Hence the lateness of this chart. That becomes Madonna’s first number one in 4 years, and her 20th in total, her oldest track to top my chart being 1984’s Holiday, though the first was 1986’s Papa Don’t Preach.

As yet another legend passes away, the 97-year-old movie star fave Doris Day – who I was watching in a movie musicals bar only days before – enters with 4 tracks that meant the most to me, largely from Calamity Jane or Move Over Darling (my fave movies of hers), the highest being the debut for Black Hills Of Dakota at 5. Move Over Darling topped my charts in 1987. With the 40’s Harry James at 3, and Doris’ 50’s track at 5, and the Raleigh Ritchie’s featured 30’s sounding sample at 4, it’s easily the oldest top 5 ever for me, and bung in 60-year-old Madonna as well, a positive youngster compared to Doris!

The top end of the chart gets frantic as loads of great new tracks take my fancy, headed by Springsteen’s first top 10 in a few years, Florence + The Machine’s haunting Game Of Thrones song taking her back into the top 10 for a 10th occasion in 10 years, and Hot Chip getting a second top 10 11 years late. Bruce ‘n’ Flo have both topped my charts previously. Highest new track is Caravan Palace with a very naughty video at 14, fab, and a massive climb into the 20 for Kylie – never far away from my charts since 1988 – and New York City.

Noel Gallagher goes top 40, Georgia gets a biggie climb for a second top 40 in a row, Purple Disco Machine debut with a Funkytown-ish funk-out, the first Eurovision song this year pops in at 59, Gesaffelstein (bless you!), Pharrell, Two-Door Cinema Club all return at the lower end, Pharrell will be knocking on 16 years with his NERD debut, Billie Eilish yet again gets 2 in the chart simultaneously, and a former Buzzjack song that I heard on my hols also pops in at 74.

1 2 1 4 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 429000
2 4 2 4 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 205200
3 3 3 3 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 197000
4 1 1 4 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 438000
5 NEW 5 1 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 60000
6 6 6 4 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 165000
7 20 7 3 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 76400
8 59 8 3 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 63700
9 61 9 2 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 52500
10 16 10 6 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 132850

11 17 11 8 PATIENCE Tame Impala 167400
12 5 3 10 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 471100
13 10 1 10 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 734000
14 NEW 14 1 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 29000
15 56 15 2 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 37600
16 8 5 10 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 302500
17 7 7 10 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 254600
18 19 18 4 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 82200
19 24 19 2 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 40000
20 30 20 2 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 38000

21 9 1 7 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 748750
22 22 22 5 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 74600
23 11 11 8 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 182250
24 15 15 5 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 110500
25 27 25 5 HUSTLE P!nk 91950
26 31 26 4 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 60400
27 14 6 10 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 447400
28 32 28 5 SHOW ME ABC 62750
29 NEW 29 1 MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day 18200
30 18 18 5 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 96000

31 13 1 7 JACKIE Scott Walker 556900
32 35 32 3 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 42100
33 45 33 4 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 29900
34 53 34 2 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 28850
35 36 35 5 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 81600
36 39 36 3 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 44500
37 NEW 37 1 SECRET LOVE Doris Day 17300
38 46 38 4 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 48050
39 40 39 4 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 56100
40 65 40 2 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR Georgia 24000

41 21 7 10 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 218600
42 47 42 5 DATE STAMP ABC 44050
43 25 25 4 FEELINGS John Newman 61150
44 33 2 13 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 592950
45 26 1 12 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 635300
46 51 46 4 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 45400
47 37 3 13 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 584400
48 49 48 3 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 30600
49 12 12 10 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 142800
50 50 50 3 SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP The Kinks 35500

51 28 28 7 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 90300
52 34 9 10 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 275850
53 29 16 6 STRETCH Louise 103450
54 60 54 2 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 21000
55 48 1 11 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 440550
56 NEW 56 1 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 10600
57 58 57 2 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 20600
58 NEW 58 1 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 10200
59 NEW 59 1 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 10100
60 NEW 60 1 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 10000

61 73 61 2 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 12900
62 62 62 4 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 28000
63 NEW 63 1 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 7200
64 NEW 64 1 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 7100
65 52 52 3 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 29750
66 38 10 13 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 349000
67 NEW 67 1 WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE (QUE SERA, SERA Doris Day 6600
68 68 68 3 LE FREAK (12” MIX) Chic 17800
69 43 39 4 YOU AND I LEON 48900
70 NEW 70 1 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 6000

71 NEW 71 1 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 5800
72 72 72 2 VENUS Shocking Blue 11200
73 54 1 10 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 529700
74 NEW 74 1 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ALL THIS LOVE Robin Schulz featuring Harloe 5000

DROP OUTS
23 3 6 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 317250
41 2 8 SPARROW Emeli Sande 436250
42 30 9 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 122950
44 37 6 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 66800
55 36 4 DRUM Noa Kirel 62900
57 9 6 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 139500
63 13 9 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 181400
64 28 9 CASIO Jungle 127100
66 47 9 SO AM I Ava Max 80300
67 51 5 COOL The Jonas Brothers 48450
69 56 5 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 39200
70 70 2 SUMMER DAYS Martin Garrix featuring Macklemore & Patrick Stump pf Fall Out Boy 12000
71 71 2 LOVE ME ANYWAY P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton 11600
74 10 9 LIFTED Parker Bossley 187650
75 75 1 OVERKILL Motorhead 5000

 

 

5th March 2019

It’s a second week on top for Raleigh Ritchie’s lovely track which speaks to me as much as him, I expect – the sentiment is something I can relate to, being as my life is a rollercoaster of busy-ness interspersed with the odd bit of time doing charts. Just sitting and enjoying life gently passing by isn’t something I get to do much. Madonna is still at 2 for a second week and Harry James & Kitty Kallen shoot up to 3, which easily makes it the highest-placed charting track to predate the 1950’s, courtesy of Endgame’s closing credits.

Mark Ronson makes it 2 in a row top 10’s, and his 4th in total, Lykke Li getting her first, while Dennis Lloyd does the same. Bruce Springsteen leaps into the 20 in a single bound, his first top 20 charting track in 5 years, or his 10th in the last 20 years, and umpteenth since his first in 1975. Yes that one. Born To Run peaked outside the top 10 first time round but topped my chart in 2009. Vargas and Legoland get a second simultaneous top 30 as As Long As I Have To enters, while Selfish goes top 20, and a debut for New Hope Club at 30 outdoes more established acts entering like Noel Gallagher at 53, making 26 Oasisfestfilled years, Kylie in New York City – with some way to go to match T.Rex’s 1975 song of the same name – Redbone returning for a fourth run courtesy of Avengers again, one from 1974 and the rest from Marvel film boosts.

Kool & The Gang have never charted with Jungle Boogie, which is a bit surprising for a track and I knew at the time and quite liked, but then my chart was limited to a top 30 in those days – even Redbone only just scraped in, and turnover was fast to try and squeeze records in back in 1974. It’s also one of their best records and is currently getting blanket TV ad plays, much better than their bland disco phase that lasted for eternity. So, 27 years since they last charted, and 46 years since it was released, that would be impressive if Harry James wasn’t making it look quite recent in comparison.

It’s been 9 years since Hot Chip last charted, but they belatedly get their 6th some 13 years after their first, in at 61 with a funky workout, Georgia gets a second, Shocking Blue get a 3rd-time-round hit with a World Record Store vinyl release of Venus almost 50 years since the first time, Taron Egertin is about to star in the Fantasy Elton John biopic, and enters with Rocket Man, his second charting song (the first was in 2016 with Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark & Hugh Jackman, from the Eddie The eagle biopic spin-off album, Thrill Me), a former Elton chart-topper from 1972, and Motorhead return for a third WRS Day vinyl-pushed blowout with a spot of Overkill.

1 1 1 3 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 373000
2 2 2 3 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 259000
3 15 3 2 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 112000
4 29 4 3 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 90200
5 3 3 9 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 436100
6 12 6 3 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 110000
7 7 7 9 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 231600
8 5 5 9 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 277500
9 4 1 6 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 729000
10 6 1 9 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 702000

11 14 11 7 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 163000
12 18 12 9 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 130700
13 10 1 6 JACKIE Scott Walker 539000
14 8 6 9 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 429000
15 17 15 4 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey 91500
16 32 16 5 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 90850
17 20 17 7 PATIENCE Tame Impala 130400
18 21 18 4 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 78000
19 19 19 3 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 60200
20 68 20 2 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 26400

21 11 7 9 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 204600
22 33 22 4 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 55100
23 9 3 6 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 317250
24 NEW 24 1 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 19000
25 28 25 3 FEELINGS John Newman 47650
26 13 1 11 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 622300
27 27 27 4 HUSTLE P!nk 73200
28 35 28 6 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 78550
29 16 16 5 STRETCH Louise 92200
30 NEW 30 1 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 18000

31 34 31 3 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 41900
32 46 32 4 SHOW ME ABC 44450
33 26 2 12 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 579700
34 22 9 9 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 264350
35 66 35 2 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 24300
36 38 36 4 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 64100
37 25 3 12 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 571900
38 24 10 12 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 342200
39 60 39 2 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 27100
40 50 40 3 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 39000

41 23 2 8 SPARROW Emeli Sande 436250
42 30 30 9 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 122950
43 39 39 3 YOU AND I LEON 42700
44 37 37 6 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 66800
45 58 45 3 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 29800
46 49 46 3 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 30850
47 62 47 4 DATE STAMP ABC 30300
48 43 1 10 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 429750
49 69 49 2 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 18300
50 52 50 2 SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP The Kinks 23500

51 55 51 3 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 32650
52 53 52 2 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 22750
53 NEW 53 1 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 11250
54 40 1 9 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 524300
55 36 36 4 DRUM Noa Kirel 62900
56 NEW 56 1 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 10600
57 31 9 6 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 139500
58 NEW 58 1 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 10200
59 72 59 2 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 15700
60 NEW 60 1 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 10000

61 NEW 61 1 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 7500
62 65 62 3 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 20600
63 45 13 9 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 181400
64 41 28 9 CASIO Jungle 127100
65 NEW 65 1 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR Georgia 7000
66 47 47 9 SO AM I Ava Max 80300
67 51 51 5 COOL The Jonas Brothers 48450
68 75 68 2 LE FREAK (12” MIX) Chic 11400
69 56 56 5 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 39200
70 70 70 2 SUMMER DAYS Martin Garrix featuring Macklemore & Patrick Stump pf Fall Out Boy 12000

71 71 71 2 LOVE ME ANYWAY P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton 11600
72 NEW 72 1 VENUS Shocking Blue 5600
73 NEW 73 1 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 5400
74 42 10 9 LIFTED Parker Bossley 187650
75 NEW 75 1 OVERKILL Motorhead 5000

DROP OUTS
44 39 8 THE BIRD SYML 87500
48 40 7 HURRICANES Dido 80650
54 13 8 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 155100
57 14 10 WALK ME HOME P!nk 179900
59 14 11 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 193200
61 5 8 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 220400
63 33 6 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 74850
64 2 14 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 463900
67 64 4 JUST YOU AND I Tom Walker 25300
73 73 3 MIRACLE Alan Parsons featuring Jason Mraz 15800
74 21 9 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 147350

 

My 2017 Charts Oct-Dec

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31st December 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24th December 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17th December 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10th December 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2nd December 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26th November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19th November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5th November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29th October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22nd October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15th October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

8th October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1st October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My 2017 Charts – April – June

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25th June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18th June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11th June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4th June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28th May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

21st May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14th May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7th May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

30th April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

23rd April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

16th April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

9th April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2nd April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

My 2015 Charts – Sept to Dec

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

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

27th Dec 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20th December 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13th DEC 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

6th Dec 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29th November 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22nd November 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

22nd November 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8th November 2015

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


1st November 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2015

2015


25th October 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18th Oct 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11th October 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4th October 2015

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BUBBLING UNDERS:

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


ANASTACIA’S TOP 10

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

27th September 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20th September 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13th September 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6th September 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DROP OUTS
36 16 5 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 92150
43 30 6 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 82400
44 44 2 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 24750
46 32 3 NIGHTS LIKE THIS W. Darling 43050
47 47 2 I WANT YOU Wrabel 22700
52 1 12 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 569900
56 17 7 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 117000
58 40 6 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 56600
60 25 7 ORGAN The Hardkiss 86250
61 39 4 WATERFALL Vok 46700
63 10 19 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 330300
64 64 3 INSTANT CRUSH Natalie Imbruglia 18100
67 67 2 HAPPY DAYS Squeeze 11800
68 68 2 KING GRADES 12200
71 4 20 HOME Max Jury 442450
74 20 7 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 111200

My 2015 Charts – January to April

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26th April 2015

It’s Jimmy Somerville edging out Will Young, and it’s a first chart-topper for Jimmy including all of his previous incarnations, so he’s only had to wait patiently for, ooh, nigh on 31 years to get there with his lovely 70’s Philly-sounding soul retro pop track. Some wonder! Will has had one previous chart-topper (Friday’s Child in 2004) so Love Revolution is his 2nd biggest in 13 years or so. Brandon Flowers has also had one previous solo number one (a huge 7-weeker) Crossfire in 2010, and Somebody Told Me with The Killers in 2004, so up at 5 Can’t Deny My Love is his biggest track in 5 years.

Eurovision already has 2 tracks in my charts now, Denmark joining the UK as an early favourite at 47. I’ve flicked through the album on itunes giving each track a few seconds and they seem to fall into the “let’s copy Conchita Wurst” category or the “let’s do pop dance” category, so I’d guess that any track that doesn’t sound like all the others will do better than expected. Hello Electro Velvet! Some previous recent number one acts also return, Miami Horror featuring Cleopold, and Of Monsters And Men, and some older number one acts – Texas and Simply Red. Texas had loads in the 90’s and early 2000’s, Simply Red had two: Fairground in 1995 and Sunrise in 2003.

1 4 1 3 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 290000
2 5 2 3 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 217000
3 1 1 4 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 443750
4 8 4 6 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 251300
5 30 5 3 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 95200
6 2 2 3 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 255000
7 3 1 7 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 760000
8 9 8 3 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 116000
9 20 9 7 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 144200
10 17 10 4 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 95250

11 6 1 9 KING Years And Years 601000
12 7 4 6 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 295000
13 15 13 3 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 78500
14 14 14 6 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 145400
15 10 4 7 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 305250
16 16 16 3 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 69250
17 19 17 12 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 221500
18 11 7 7 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 230400
19 25 19 5 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 88950
20 27 20 8 SUGAR DADDY Spada 130400

21 18 18 4 PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ABC 77250
22 12 12 6 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 169500
23 13 1 10 LOST STARS Adam Levine 632250
24 31 1 19 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 923400
25 29 25 3 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 54750
26 34 26 2 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 36100
27 32 27 8 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 113950
28 23 1 14 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 857550
29 22 15 7 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 136000
30 62 30 3 EGO Tove Styrke 32000

31 24 1 12 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 632500
32 35 32 2 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 35300
33 33 27 6 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 97500
34 36 34 2 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 35000
35 RE 35 5 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 74600
36 26 9 8 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 189900
37 39 37 3 CURTAINS Last Lynx 44600
38 44 38 3 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 43700
39 59 39 2 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 27200
40 43 40 2 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 30500

41 27 2 13 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 659400
42 45 42 17 ALFIE Cilla Black 151450
43 21 12 6 FAITH IN YOU Lulu 124850
44 46 44 2 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 26000
45 RE 45 5 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 48400
46 41 4 9 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 250250
47 NEW 47 1 THE WAY YOU ARE (DENMARK) Anti Social Media 12500
48 37 6 15 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 412100
49 38 7 12 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 336400
50 54 50 2 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 23000

51 51 51 5 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 53800
52 52 52 4 YE ISHQ HAI Shreya Ghoshal 39400
53 48 1 12 SPEED KILLS 10CC 603700
54 NEW 54 1 ROADS Lawson 11000
55 58 55 2 WHEN I FOUND YOU Franceso Yates 21000
56 56 56 3 THIEF The Beach 28300
57 57 57 5 LONESOME STREET Blur 46800
58 NEW 58 1 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 10200
59 NEW 59 1 CRYSTALS Of Monsters And Men 10100
60 60 60 2 HOME Max Jury 20000

61 NEW 61 1 GERONIMO Sheppard 7500
62 64 62 3 WABI SABI The Ting Tings 20500
63 71 63 2 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 13000
64 69 64 4 BAD TO ME Marc Almond 23900
65 65 65 3 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 19400
66 75 66 2 SHY Stacey Solomon 11800
67 67 67 3 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 18400
68 72 68 2 TETHER Eric Prydz vs Chvrches 12000
69 NEW 69 1 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 6200
70 70 70 2 RUN COIN 12000

71 NEW 71 1 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 5800
72 74 72 2 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 10800
73 NEW 73 1 ARE YOU READY Texas 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SHINE ON Simply Red 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 5000

DROP OUTS
40 40 2 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 34000
42 5 27 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 616100
47 47 2 NAN GANG Ulrik Munther 23500
49 6 8 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 223050
50 50 1 AMERICAN PIE Don McLean 12000
53 12 9 STYLE Taylor Swift 162000
55 2 13 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 443200
61 20 9 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 109800
63 11 11 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 250050
66 9 12 SUGAR Maroon 5 233750
68 68 2 PAPER LIGHT (HIGHER) Loreen 11400


19th April 2015

2 weeks on top for a Bollywood Hit Hit, I’m still playing it a lot, it’s a creation of Bollywood musical maestro Pritam, regular award winner dating from 2009, and it’s so chocka hooks! Mumford & Sons bounce back at 20, you better Believe it, and Spada are cool enough to get a second top 40 entry (with Elen Levon) at 34 as Sugar Daddy goes up to 27. At 36, The Zombies 60’s classic She’s Not There is in thanks to Record Store Day and an advert – it’s been a hit many times before starting with the Santana 1977 hit cover, but the original remains the best.

At 50, news of the lyric sale of American Pie pushed sales of the classic 1972 top 10 hit enough to qualify for my charts, a belated number one for me in the 90’s on one of it’s regular chart re-appearances for Don McLean, while Ali Campbell gets a solo hit again, extending his run to 22 years, or 35 years as the voice of UB40, this time with a reggae version of Diana Ross’ 1985 US hit (and top 10 charter for me) Missing You. Written by Lionel Richie, the video was originally Diana’s tribute to the late Marvin Gaye, Florence Ballard of The Supremes and Paul Williams of The Temptations, all Motown friends at one time. Giorgio Moroder is back with a second chart entry (with SIA), Deja VU, the senior act of the chart getting good diva support from Kylie still, higher up. At 74 the Freemasons, former number one act are back after a fair break with True Love Survivor.

1 1 1 3 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 358750
2 3 2 2 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 200000
3 2 1 6 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 710000
4 6 4 2 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 120000
5 10 5 2 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 102000
6 4 1 8 KING Years And Years 564000
7 9 4 5 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 260000
8 5 5 5 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 186300
9 17 9 2 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 68000
10 7 4 6 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 278250

11 11 7 6 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 208400
12 20 12 5 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 150000
13 8 1 9 LOST STARS Adam Levine 613000
14 16 14 5 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 116400
15 22 15 2 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 46500
16 23 16 2 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 44250
17 25 17 3 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 53250
18 29 18 3 PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ABC 57500
19 19 19 11 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 198500
20 41 20 6 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 99200

21 12 12 5 FAITH IN YOU Lulu 111350
22 15 15 6 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 117800
23 13 1 13 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 839250
24 14 1 11 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 614600
25 30 25 4 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 67950
26 24 9 7 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 172500
27 18 2 12 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 645400
27 28 27 7 SUGAR DADDY Spada 110400
29 32 29 2 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 36000
30 38 30 2 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 35200

31 35 1 18 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 904400
32 42 32 7 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 95550
33 27 27 5 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 79800
34 NEW 34 1 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 17600
35 NEW 35 1 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 17500
36 NEW 36 1 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 17400
37 37 6 14 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 399800
38 36 7 11 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 324300
39 58 39 2 CURTAINS Last Lynx 27300
40 40 40 2 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 34000

41 26 4 8 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 237500
42 31 5 27 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 616100
43 NEW 43 1 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 13500
44 44 44 2 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 26500
45 49 45 16 ALFIE Cilla Black 137700
46 NEW 46 1 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 12750
47 54 47 2 NAN GANG Ulrik Munther 23500
48 45 1 11 SPEED KILLS 10CC 592450
49 21 6 8 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 223050
50 NEW 50 1 AMERICAN PIE Don McLean 12000

51 59 51 4 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 42050
52 60 52 3 YE ISHQ HAI Shreya Ghoshal 27900
53 43 12 9 STYLE Taylor Swift 162000
54 NEW 54 1 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 11000
55 48 2 13 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 443200
56 64 56 2 THIEF The Beach 17700
57 57 57 4 LONESOME STREET Blur 36400
58 NEW 58 1 WHEN I FOUND YOU Franceso Yates 10200
59 NEW 59 1 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 10100
60 NEW 60 1 HOME Max Jury 10000

61 63 20 9 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 109800
62 67 62 2 EGO Tove Styrke 14000
63 50 11 11 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 250050
64 70 64 2 WABI SABI The Ting Tings 13100
65 73 65 2 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 12400
66 65 9 12 SUGAR Maroon 5 233750
67 74 67 2 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 11800
68 75 68 2 PAPER LIGHT (HIGHER) Loreen 11400
69 72 69 3 BAD TO ME Marc Almond 16800
70 NEW 70 1 RUN COIN 6000

71 NEW 71 1 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 5800
72 NEW 72 1 TETHER Eric Prydz vs Chvrches 5600
73 NEW 73 1 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 5400
74 NEW 74 1 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SHY Stacey Solomon 5000

DROP OUTS
33 14 5 GOLD Andreya Triana 110800
34 18 5 EMMENEZ MOI Charles Aznavour 77050
39 39 4 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 57100
46 22 3 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 51750
47 31 5 IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME Tim Buckley 61350
51 17 6 THE RIGHT TIME Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine and David Marks 119250
52 38 2 STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Yuna 28700
53 1 8 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 316650
55 20 7 WOULD YOU BELIEVE Ace Of Base 105550
56 56 4 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 35400
61 40 6 KING OF THE WORLD Blue 74850
62 4 13 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 327700
66 42 4 HOW WILL I KNOW Jermain Jackman 43900
68 68 1 HABIB GALBI A-WA 6400
69 8 9 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 215100
71 48 4 SEASONS Olly Murs 40400

12th April 2015

It’s a Bollywood dance anthem on top, I’m just loving the rhythms, the tune, the production, the structure of the track, not to mention the cool singing and that fab cheesy dance movie video. This is bad news for highest new entry from London band Life Of Dillon, whose terrific Overloaded might well have topped the chart, bringing steel drums back into the current europop sound, and the singer sounding more like Sam Smith ought to sound – that’ll be La La La Sam Smith as opposed to Snore Me Down Sam Smith. In at 6, it’s Jimmy Somerville with a retro-tribute soul track, a bit of Love Unlimited Orchestra here, a touch of The Stylistics there, and it’s been an aeon since he was in the Top 10: I hadn’t realised just how much I’d missed Jimmy Somerville till I heard this one, welcome back Jimmy, 31 years of top 10 hits!

It’s also welcome back to Will Young with a cracking re-versioning of the fab 2003 chart-topper Loneliness (Tomcraft) – one of Will’s biggest hits in my chart, already. It’s a chart invasion of new names, and one re-imagining of Prince’s actual first hit from 1980, I Wanna Be Your Lover, and it’s pretty fine at 32. Brandon Flowers is back on the solo hit scene, presumably on a Killers break, and he’s been doing well in my charts for over a decade now. That leaves new hits for recent regulars like The Ting Tings, SIA, and Loreen. Phew!

1 25 1 2 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 188750
2 2 1 5 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 625000
3 NEW 3 1 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 85000
4 1 1 7 KING Years And Years 509000
5 10 5 4 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 138300
6 NEW 6 1 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 55000
7 5 4 5 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 236250
8 3 1 8 LOST STARS Adam Levine 581000
9 4 4 4 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 210000
10 NEW 10 1 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 42000

11 7 7 5 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 171400
12 15 12 4 FAITH IN YOU Lulu 91600
13 8 1 12 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 820000
14 11 1 10 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 595600
15 20 15 5 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 98300
16 17 16 4 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 87400
17 NEW 17 1 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 23000
18 14 2 11 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 627000
19 19 19 10 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 177500
20 12 12 4 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 115000

21 6 6 7 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 210950
22 NEW 22 1 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 19500
23 NEW 23 1 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 19250
24 9 9 6 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 154000
25 52 25 2 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 30250
26 21 4 7 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 223500
27 27 27 4 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 62100
28 30 28 6 SUGAR DADDY Spada 92000
29 37 29 2 PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ABC 35500
30 33 30 3 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 49200

31 13 5 26 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 602350
32 NEW 32 1 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 17800
33 16 14 5 GOLD Andreya Triana 110800
34 18 18 5 EMMENEZ MOI Charles Aznavour 77050
35 35 1 17 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 886500
36 24 7 10 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 307100
37 29 6 13 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 382500
38 NEW 38 1 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 17200
39 41 39 4 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 57100
40 NEW 40 1 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 17000

41 28 28 5 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 79200
42 45 42 6 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 77750
43 23 12 8 STYLE Taylor Swift 150750
44 NEW 44 1 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 13250
45 43 1 10 SPEED KILLS 10CC 580150
46 22 22 3 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 51750
47 31 31 5 IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME Tim Buckley 61350
48 34 2 12 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 432400
49 51 49 15 ALFIE Cilla Black 124700
50 32 11 10 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 242850

51 26 17 6 THE RIGHT TIME Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine and David Marks 119250
52 38 38 2 STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Yuna 28700
53 44 1 8 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 316650
54 NEW 54 1 NAN GANG Ulrik Munther 11000
55 39 20 7 WOULD YOU BELIEVE Ace Of Base 105550
56 56 56 4 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 35400
57 57 57 3 LONESOME STREET Blur 26000
58 NEW 58 1 CURTAINS Last Lynx 10200
59 59 59 3 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 30300
60 68 60 2 YE ISHQ HAI Shreya Ghoshal 16400

61 40 40 6 KING OF THE WORLD Blue 74850
62 36 4 13 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 327700
63 63 20 8 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 102300
64 NEW 64 1 THIEF The Beach 7100
65 50 9 11 SUGAR Maroon 5 226950
66 46 42 4 HOW WILL I KNOW Jermain Jackman 43900
67 NEW 67 1 EGO Tove Styrke 6600
68 NEW 68 1 HABIB GALBI A-WA 6400
69 61 8 9 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 215100
70 NEW 70 1 WABI SABI The Ting Tings 6000

71 48 48 4 SEASONS Olly Murs 40400
72 75 72 2 BAD TO ME Marc Almond 10600
73 NEW 73 1 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PAPER LIGHT (HIGHER) Loreen 5000

DROP OUTS
42 29 3 WIN Deacon Blue 39350
47 5 6 TOWARDS THE SUN Rihanna 201550
49 33 6 MASTER PRETENDER First Aid Kit 77000
53 35 5 LONG STRETCH OF LOVE Lady Antebellum 80850
54 54 5 FADE OUT LINES The Avener and Phoebe Killdeer 42200
55 30 6 SACRED Erasure 93200
58 19 5 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 73900
60 60 4 MY HEART WOULD TAKE YOU BACK Shayne Ward 33400
62 50 4 DANCING IN THE CORNER Monarchy 38000
64 64 4 BLOODSTREAM Ed Sheeran and Rudimental 23900
65 19 7 FALLING AWAKE The Kaiser Chiefs 100200
66 66 4 NAIL ON THE HEAD Duke Special 22600
67 55 4 DRIVING ME WILD Bryan Ferry 34300
69 10 10 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 200600
70 70 3 BERYL Mark Knopfler 17200
71 6 10 THE NIGHTS Avicii 288300
72 1 14 INSIDE OUT Spoon 433550
73 73 1 INVISIONS Luca C & Brigante featuring Roisin Murphy 5400
74 74 1 IRRESISTIBLE Fall Out Boy 5200


4th April 2015

King finally climbs to the top, edging The Ronettes off after 2 weeks, but it took Years And Years! Great record. Meanwhile, following a boost on The Voice, Lost Stars returns to the top 3 for Adam Levine, former number one, as a cover version for The Voice winner Stevie enters at 52. Ahhh, he’s a fireman you know! I’m happy cos the song deserves to top the UK chart, I know a great tune when I hear one and it’s a great tune, trust me.

Chic get their first top 5 hit since I Want Your Love in 1979, when I was a student at uni. I love Nile Rodgers, and not just cos those were the days! Safri Duo get a second hit, and Kato a first, as they go top 10 with a great dance track, though I do wonder where the both The Green Hornet and Inspector Clouseau are. Lulu hits 15 with a bullet, her biggest self-written song, and it gives her top 20 hits in the 60’s, the 70’s, the 80’s, the 90’s, the 00’s and the 10’s – I make that 6 consecutive decades, and still looking good and sounding good, and now writing songs good. Lulu is a musical chameleon, and an under-rated national treasure. I have Faith In You, Lulu!

The UK Eurovision entry hits 20, and peaks higher (so far) than the vast majority of UK entries since 1977, though it has some way to go to beat last year’s chart-topper. At 25, it’s a fab Indian dance track from a fillum, with another one at 68 – Billum Barber and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel respectively. Love Mera Hit Hit is Bollywood playback singer-songwriter Neeraj Shridhar plus feamle vocalist Tulsi Kumar (and ditto playback singer, that’s singers who actors/dancers mime to in Bollywood musicals). Just to keep it current, Shreya Ghoshal is also a playback singer, though the track in the Hotel movie is on radio, and Shreya is a star in her own right in India. Another Eastern star enters at 38, courtesy of an H&M ad – it’s Yuna, from Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) but now getting quite the Norah Jones buzz round LA – she’s covered the fantastic Brothers Johnson 1970‘s dance track Strawberry Letter 23 (they had the hit version with that gorgeous instrumental hook and sophisticated melody).

Others: ABC are back with a 2001 track I somehow missed at the time, Marc Almond returns for a melodrama-filled 34 years of hits, and Roisin Murphy guests, and keeps the Moloko 90’s sounds a-going strong.


1 2 1 6 KING Years And Years 444000
2 1 1 4 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 510000
3 12 1 7 LOST STARS Adam Levine 533000
4 6 4 3 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 165000
5 4 4 4 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 186250
6 7 6 6 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 191200
7 9 7 4 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 134400
8 3 1 11 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 788000
9 10 9 5 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 135000
10 26 10 3 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 78300

11 5 1 9 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 566600
12 13 12 3 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 95000
13 11 5 25 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 584450
14 8 2 10 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 605000
15 39 15 3 FAITH IN YOU Lulu 56600
16 14 14 4 GOLD Andreya Triana 93100
17 19 17 3 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 62400
18 27 18 4 EMMENEZ MOI Charles Aznavour 59450
19 24 19 9 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 156500
20 38 20 4 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 71300

21 18 4 6 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 205000
22 22 22 2 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 39000
23 23 12 7 STYLE Taylor Swift 137250
24 21 7 9 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 289750
25 NEW 25 1 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 18750
26 17 17 5 THE RIGHT TIME Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine and David Marks 107500
27 28 27 3 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 43700
28 37 28 4 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 65200
29 16 6 12 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 365200
30 49 30 5 SUGAR DADDY Spada 73700

31 44 31 4 IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME Tim Buckley 48850
32 15 11 9 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 230850
33 43 33 2 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 31200
34 31 2 11 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 420100
35 54 1 16 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 869000
36 25 4 12 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 320300
37 NEW 37 1 PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ABC 17300
38 NEW 38 1 STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Yuna 17200
39 20 20 6 WOULD YOU BELIEVE Ace Of Base 94750
40 40 40 5 KING OF THE WORLD Blue 67350

41 45 41 3 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 40000
42 29 29 3 WIN Deacon Blue 39350
43 41 1 9 SPEED KILLS 10CC 567150
44 36 1 7 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 305400
45 46 45 5 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 64000
46 42 42 3 HOW WILL I KNOW Jermain Jackman 37100
47 32 5 6 TOWARDS THE SUN Rihanna 201550
48 48 48 3 SEASONS Olly Murs 34600
49 33 33 6 MASTER PRETENDER First Aid Kit 77000
50 34 9 10 SUGAR Maroon 5 219950

51 53 51 14 ALFIE Cilla Black 112600
52 NEW 52 1 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 11500
53 35 53 5 LONG STRETCH OF LOVE Lady Antebellum 80850
54 57 54 5 FADE OUT LINES The Avener and Phoebe Killdeer 42200
55 30 30 6 SACRED Erasure 93200
56 64 56 3 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 24800
57 74 57 2 LONESOME STREET Blur 15600
58 58 19 5 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 73900
59 59 59 2 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 20200
60 60 60 4 MY HEART WOULD TAKE YOU BACK Shayne Ward 33400

61 47 8 8 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 208900
62 50 50 4 DANCING IN THE CORNER Monarchy 38000
63 65 20 7 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 95100
64 70 64 4 BLOODSTREAM Ed Sheeran and Rudimental 23900
65 52 19 7 FALLING AWAKE The Kaiser Chiefs 100200
66 72 66 4 NAIL ON THE HEAD Duke Special 22600
67 55 55 4 DRIVING ME WILD Bryan Ferry 34300
68 NEW 68 1 YE ISHQ HAI Shreya Ghoshal 6400
69 66 10 10 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 200600
70 71 70 3 BERYL Mark Knopfler 17200

71 56 6 10 THE NIGHTS Avicii 288300
72 67 1 14 INSIDE OUT Spoon 433550
73 NEW 73 1 INVISIONS Luca C & Brigante featuring Roisin Murphy 5400
74 NEW 74 1 IRRESISTIBLE Fall Out Boy 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BAD TO ME Marc Almond 5000

DROP OUTS
51 40 6 MIRROR MAN Ella Henderson 74750
61 32 4 THEY DON’T KNOW The Disciples 60300
62 62 2 BLACK ROSES Claire Bowen 13400
63 63 4 CONGREGATION Foo Fighters 28800
68 2 10 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 420600
69 3 14 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 589050
73 73 1 FROZEN SILENCE Fahrenhaidt 5400
75 8 15 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 252400


29th February 2015

It’s 2 weeks for The Ronettes on top – well it’s still a classic! Holding off Years And Years, not quite King of the castle, and Train with yet another top 5. Sigma and Labrinth both return to the top 10, but together this time, as Noel Gallagher gets 2 in row top 20 and Ace Of Base their first since the 90’s. Billy Idol’s top 10 from last year returns at 22, and Charles Aznavour gets his first ever top 30 entry 41 years since She.

It’s a Eurovisoion trio at 38, 39, 40, almost as if it was planned, as Electro Velvet re-enter one place ahead of Lulu and 2 ahead of Blue. Lulu’s Eurovision peaked at 2 and Blue’s top 10, still time for Still In Love With You though! Blur are back, too, for a neat 25 years or so of chart entries.

1 1 1 3 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 395000
2 3 2 5 KING Years And Years 274000
3 2 1 10 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 740000
4 10 4 3 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 126250
5 4 1 8 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 529600
6 9 6 2 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 100000
7 7 7 5 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 136200
8 8 2 9 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 576000
9 19 9 3 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 84400
10 17 10 4 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 90000

11 5 5 24 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 552450
12 6 1 6 LOST STARS Adam Levine 448000
13 16 13 2 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 57000
14 14 14 3 GOLD Andreya Triana 68100
15 11 11 8 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 213050
16 13 6 11 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 347000
17 18 17 4 THE RIGHT TIME Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine and David Marks 89000
18 12 4 5 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 185250
19 27 19 2 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 39400
20 25 20 5 WOULD YOU BELIEVE Ace Of Base 77650

21 15 7 8 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 270750
22 NEW 22 1 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 19500
23 21 12 6 STYLE Taylor Swift 118000
24 24 24 8 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 135500
25 22 4 11 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 302900
26 32 26 2 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 36300
27 44 27 3 EMMENEZ MOI Charles Aznavour 37450
28 65 28 2 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 25300
29 62 29 2 WIN Deacon Blue 25600
30 30 30 5 SACRED Erasure 82400

31 26 2 10 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 402500
32 23 5 5 TOWARDS THE SUN Rihanna 189050
33 33 33 5 MASTER PRETENDER First Aid Kit 64900
34 29 9 9 SUGAR Maroon 5 207950
35 35 35 4 LONG STRETCH OF LOVE Lady Antebellum 69600
36 34 1 6 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 292150
37 37 37 3 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 46900
38 RE 38 3 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 51300
39 47 39 2 FAITH IN YOU Lulu 29600
40 43 40 4 KING OF THE WORLD Blue 50350

41 31 1 8 SPEED KILLS 10CC 553650
42 56 42 2 HOW WILL I KNOW Jermain Jackman 24350
43 NEW 43 1 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 13500
44 52 44 3 IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME Tim Buckley 30950
45 45 45 2 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 26000
46 46 46 4 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 51000
47 20 8 7 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 201400
48 60 48 2 SEASONS Olly Murs 22300
49 39 39 4 SUGAR DADDY Spada 55700
50 50 50 3 DANCING IN THE CORNER Monarchy 30600

51 40 40 6 MIRROR MAN Ella Henderson 74750
52 28 19 6 FALLING AWAKE The Kaiser Chiefs 93200
53 55 53 13 ALFIE Cilla Black 100850
54 48 1 15 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 851500
55 59 55 3 DRIVING ME WILD Bryan Ferry 27700
56 36 6 9 THE NIGHTS Avicii 282500
57 58 57 4 FADE OUT LINES The Avener and Phoebe Killdeer 31200
58 42 19 4 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 63700
59 NEW 59 1 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 10100
60 68 60 3 MY HEART WOULD TAKE YOU BACK Shayne Ward 23400

61 38 32 4 THEY DON’T KNOW The Disciples 60300
62 70 62 2 BLACK ROSES Claire Bowen 13400
63 63 63 4 CONGREGATION Foo Fighters 28800
64 64 64 2 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 14200
65 41 20 6 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 87900
66 49 10 9 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 194400
67 54 1 13 INSIDE OUT Spoon 427950
68 53 2 10 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 420600
69 51 3 14 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 589050
70 73 70 3 BLOODSTREAM Ed Sheeran and Rudimental 16800

71 72 71 2 BERYL Mark Knopfler 11200
72 74 72 3 NAIL ON THE HEAD Duke Special 15800
73 NEW 73 1 FROZEN SILENCE Fahrenhaidt 5400
74 NEW 74 1 LONESOME STREET Blur 5200
75 75 8 15 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 252400

DROP OUTS
57 50 4 SOMETHING FROM NOTHING Foo Fighters 39600
61 33 5 WHAT KIND OF MAN Florence And The Machine 62100
66 7 14 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 291450
67 1 18 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 724200
69 17 9 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 119450
71 1 14 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 662000

22nd March 2015

It’s The Ronettes 1963 classic Be My Baby at 1, currently amusing some meerkats on TV adverts in the UK. The Phil Spector classic has a gap of over 40 years since it last topped my chart, in 1974 (in an oldies-only chart), or else it’s taken 49 years from the time I went mad on it, when my dad bought the single in 1966, to get to be a proper chart topper. At 52 years old it’s also one of the oldest records to top my chart. That’s bad news for Outlines which stays at 2, and Years And Years who go up to 3. Paloma Faith and Train get yet another top 10 each, in long lists of top tenners, while the highest new entry is Chic (aka Nile Rodgers and friends) and the unearthed lost disco Chic track I’ll Be There, now rejigged and more contemporary-sounding. They were so prolific in the late 70’s they gave half their stuff away, and actually forgot about this track entirely, so they never got back to it until the old record company dug it out recently and sent it to Niles. Hooray! That gives Chic a span of 37 years of top 10 hits.

Noel Gallagher replaces himself in the chart with a very Wonderwall-ish ambitious Riverman, at 27 and fab, Lulu returns with a self-written track at 47, Faith In You carrying on where Tina Turner’s cover of her song I Don’t Wanna Fight left off, in giving Lu songwriting credits after a lifetime of singing other people’s songs, such as David Bowie, nestled just above her at 46, who spearheaded one of her many many comeback reinventions in 1974. Lulu charted with I’m A Tiger at 2, in my chart in 1968 – which gives her a run of a whopping 47 years of new chart entries, pretty much throughout the 47 years too. Only Paul McCartney can beat that (with The Beatles, and by a few weeks only). Other oldies with comebacks: Mark Knofler doing a Sultans Of Swing-ish track, Beryl, for 36 years, and Deacon Blue, getting on for 30 years, with Seasick Steve being one of the oldest “new” (ish) acts to chart. Fifty Shades Of Grey in my chart, at least!

1 6 1 2 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 225000
2 2 1 9 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 655000
3 7 3 4 KING Years And Years 159000
4 1 1 7 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 469600
5 5 5 23 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 515450
6 3 1 5 LOST STARS Adam Levine 413000
7 16 7 4 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 86200
8 9 2 8 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 528000
9 NEW 9 1 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 45000
10 23 10 2 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 61250

11 11 11 7 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 186050
12 4 4 4 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 163250
13 14 6 10 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 322000
14 59 14 2 GOLD Andreya Triana 39100
15 15 7 7 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 251000
16 NEW 16 1 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 25000
17 30 17 3 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 48000
18 18 18 3 THE RIGHT TIME Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine and David Marks 66000
19 27 19 2 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 39400
20 8 8 6 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 188900

21 12 12 5 STYLE Taylor Swift 98750
22 10 4 10 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 284150
23 13 5 4 TOWARDS THE SUN Rihanna 171250
24 24 24 7 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 116500
25 28 25 4 WOULD YOU BELIEVE Ace Of Base 57650
26 17 2 9 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 384600
27 NEW 27 1 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 18400
28 19 19 5 FALLING AWAKE The Kaiser Chiefs 81700
29 29 9 8 SUGAR Maroon 5 190350
30 37 30 4 SACRED Erasure 64400

31 21 1 7 SPEED KILLS 10CC 539650
32 NEW 32 1 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 17800
33 53 33 4 MASTER PRETENDER First Aid Kit 47200
34 31 1 5 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 274750
35 35 35 3 LONG STRETCH OF LOVE Lady Antebellum 52100
36 26 6 8 THE NIGHTS Avicii 271900
37 48 37 2 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 29600
38 32 32 3 THEY DON’T KNOW The Disciples 52800
39 43 39 3 SUGAR DADDY Spada 43600
40 47 40 5 MIRROR MAN Ella Henderson 63000

41 20 20 5 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 80900
42 25 19 3 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 53500
43 44 43 3 KING OF THE WORLD Blue 33350
44 71 44 2 EMMENEZ MOI Charles Aznavour 19050
45 NEW 45 1 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 13000
46 46 46 3 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 38250
47 NEW 47 1 FAITH IN YOU Lulu 12500
48 38 1 14 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 840500
49 22 10 8 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 187600
50 67 50 2 DANCING IN THE CORNER Monarchy 18600

51 34 3 13 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 582850
52 69 52 2 IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME Tim Buckley 17700
53 42 2 9 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 414200
54 41 1 12 INSIDE OUT Spoon 421350
55 58 55 12 ALFIE Cilla Black 89600
56 NEW 56 1 HOW WILL I KNOW Jermain Jackman 10600
57 50 50 4 SOMETHING FROM NOTHING Foo Fighters 39600
58 72 58 3 FADE OUT LINES The Avener and Phoebe Killdeer 20800
59 66 59 2 DRIVING ME WILD Bryan Ferry 16900
60 NEW 60 1 SEASONS Olly Murs 10000

61 33 33 5 WHAT KIND OF MAN Florence And The Machine 62100
62 NEW 62 1 WIN Deacon Blue 7400
63 63 63 3 CONGREGATION Foo Fighters 21600
64 NEW 64 1 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 7100
65 NEW 65 1 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 7000
66 52 7 14 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 291450
67 49 1 18 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 724200
68 65 65 2 MY HEART WOULD TAKE YOU BACK Shayne Ward 13400
69 61 17 9 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 119450
70 NEW 70 1 BLACK ROSES Claire Bowen 6000

71 60 1 14 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 662000
72 NEW 72 1 BERYL Mark Knopfler 5400
73 73 73 2 BLOODSTREAM Ed Sheeran 10800
74 75 74 2 NAIL ON THE HEAD Duke Special 10200
75 70 8 14 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 247400


15th February 2015

It’s Calvin Harris getting his second number one, but this time it’s not Hurts, it’s another “H”, Haim. The pattern is clear! It’s a terrific record and has finally made the UK Top 40, after being in the sales Top 40 charts a few weeks. Stevie Nicks has that rhythm, and she finally gets into the top 5, 34 years on, with Edge Of Seventeen. Marlon Roudette hasn’t had to wait quite so long, but it’s still taken 22 weeks to peak at 5, I’ve never gotten bored with it any stage. Highest new entry? Phil Spector’s classic, Dirty Dancing-used, TV advert pushed, Brian Wilson all-time fave (yes him at 18), Be My Baby by The Ronettes. The record would have been number one in my charts for weeks and weeks in 1966 (had I been doing charts) as dad bought the record when we lived in Liverpool and got our first record player, and I was a bit mad on it. It finally topped my chart as an oldie in 1974, so that’s a 41-year gap for a 52-year-old girl-group classic.

Paloma is singing in Bournemouth tonight, and shoots up to 16 even though I couldn’t get tickets to watch Beauty Remains done live. Last night, though, I did get to see actual legend Morrissey in concert, as irascible, witty and political as always. He has an enormous catalogue of classic hits, sadly he chose not to do any faves of mine, bar one, in favour of his new album. On the plus side, his pre-show videos had a handful of fab oldies for me to search out and download – the man has taste when he’s passionate about music. Which explains Charles Aznavour and Tim Buckley, father of Jeff (both of them dying young) as new entries. There would have been another had I been able to find out who the punk-bhangra singer was!

Train are back, the long run of chart entries gets longer, with Bulletproof Picasso at 23, and Sigma and Labrinth both add to theirs, together Higher at 27. Ace Of Base go top 40 for the first time since the 90’s, Jess Glynne wants to Hold My hand at 30, and Mumford And Sons have a welcome return, Believe it! Shayne Ward has unlikely return of the week, and Bryan Ferry extends his run of chart entries to oooh, a mere 43 years. Gosh! He’s Driving Me Wild, in a very low-key way. Marvin Gaye gave it up a long time ago, but his family crossed some blurred lines recently, which boosted sales of the 1977 soul disco classic enough to hit the sales charts lower down, and re-enter mine 38 years on.

1 2 1 6 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 404600
2 1 1 8 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 540000
3 3 1 4 LOST STARS Adam Levine 358000
4 7 4 3 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 128250
5 17 5 22 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 455450
6 NEW 6 1 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 55000
7 24 7 3 KING Years And Years 74000
8 8 8 5 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 168900
9 4 2 7 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 480000
10 6 4 9 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 264650

11 13 11 6 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 149050
12 20 12 4 STYLE Taylor Swift 79000
13 5 5 3 TOWARDS THE SUN Rihanna 152000
14 10 6 9 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 290000
15 11 7 6 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 224000
16 72 16 3 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 36200
17 9 2 8 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 366100
18 18 18 2 THE RIGHT TIME Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine and David Marks 44000
19 26 19 4 FALLING AWAKE The Kaiser Chiefs 63400
20 27 20 4 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 66900

21 14 1 6 SPEED KILLS 10CC 521750
22 15 10 7 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 175500
23 NEW 23 1 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 19250
24 25 24 6 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 97500
25 19 19 2 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 39750
26 16 6 7 THE NIGHTS Avicii 254500
27 NEW 27 1 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 18400
28 56 28 3 WOULD YOU BELIEVE Ace Of Base 38900
29 21 9 7 SUGAR Maroon 5 172150
30 65 30 2 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 25000

31 23 1 4 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 257150
32 32 32 2 THEY DON’T KNOW The Disciples 35600
33 48 33 4 WHAT KIND OF MAN Florence And The Machine 54600
34 22 3 12 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 571100
35 39 35 2 LONG STRETCH OF LOVE Lady Antebellum 34600
36 30 20 5 TEACH ME Bakermat 80600
37 49 37 3 SACRED Erasure 46400
38 41 1 13 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 828200
39 40 39 2 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 34100
40 12 8 10 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 351000

41 31 1 11 INSIDE OUT Spoon 410350
42 33 2 8 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 402950
43 45 43 2 SUGAR DADDY Spada 26500
44 67 44 2 KING OF THE WORLD Blue 19850
45 29 26 4 WINDFALL TheFatRat 66800
46 46 46 2 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 25500
47 50 47 4 MIRROR MAN Ella Henderson 46000
48 NEW 48 1 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 12300
49 36 1 17 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 717600
50 54 50 3 SOMETHING FROM NOTHING Foo Fighters 29200

51 34 34 5 LANA DEL DRE Tep No 71750
52 52 7 13 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 284650
53 53 53 3 MASTER PRETENDER First Aid Kit 29500
54 37 12 7 THE BALLAD OF THE MIGHTY I Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 149850
55 28 15 9 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 143500
56 35 35 5 MINE Phoebe Ryan 68700
57 38 1 21 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 893050
58 60 58 11 ALFIE Cilla Black 78800
59 NEW 59 1 GOLD Andreya Triana 10100
60 59 1 13 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 656200

61 42 17 8 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 113250
62 43 4 15 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 511050
63 63 63 2 CONGREGATION Foo Fighters 14400
64 44 18 9 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 111600
65 NEW 65 1 MY HEART WOULD TAKE YOU BACK Shayne Ward 7000
66 NEW 66 1 DRIVING ME WILD Bryan Ferry 6800
67 NEW 67 1 DANCING IN THE CORNER Monarchy 6600
68 RE 68 2 LAY ME DOWN Sam Smith featuring John Legend 11800
69 NEW 69 1 IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME Tim Buckley 6200
70 57 8 13 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 242400

71 NEW 71 1 EMMENEZ MOI Charles Aznavour 5800
72 75 72 2 FADE OUT LINES The Avener and Phoebe Killdeer 10600
73 NEW 73 1 BLOODSTREAM Ed Sheeran 5400
74 NEW 74 1 GOT TO GIVE IT UP Marvin Gaye 5200
75 NEW 75 1 NAIL ON THE HEAD Duke Special 5000

Me with Iron Man the other week

Me with Iron Man the other week


8th March 2015

It’s Mike Mago and Dragonette, that melody just never lets up and I never tire of it, such a pretty, touching dancepop song. In an age when dreary repeat album plays keep tedious tracks in the singles charts for month after terminal month, I’m a bit miffed that this little gem exited so quickly. It’s possibly because it’s on Ministry Of Sound and the streaming sites don’t like MoS I suspect….

Calvin Harris goes up to 2, 1 place short of equalling Under Control. Stevie Nicks classic Edge Of Seventeen finally makes my top 10 34 years late, Stevie’s 2nd of 2015, showing she can rock out as well as she can tender ballad, and the riff features at 2 as well, having previously been sampled heavily by Destiny’s Child. Stevie says she borrowed the inspiration for it from The Police. Hooray!

Highest new entry is from The Beach Boys. Actually, it’s just 3 of the original Beach Boys line-up, Brian Wilson (sometimes Beach Boys genius) plus Al Jardine (who’s been a Beach Boy throughout pretty much) and David Marks (boyhood neighbour of the Wilson brothers, and 60‘s occasional Beach Boy) but minus Mike Love (cousins Brian and Mike have been falling out for 50 years at least). Carl and Dennis Wilson of course, sadly no longer with us. It’s the single to Brian’s new album, and sounds like a decent latter-day Beach Boys record thanks to the harmonies. Just behind at 19, it’s an ex-member of Westlife, and I really need exclamation marks for the arrival of Markus Feehily who I couldn’t even have named before this great new track that is way better than any of his former band’s hits.

Back in the top 20, 20 weeks on, and finally a UK hit, it’s Marlon Roudette’s great single. He’s on Syco, but I forgive him as much as I forgive Labrinth. A big climb for Years And Years, getting their second top 40 entry with King, while at 39 Lady Antebellum prove they aren’t just about ballads, as they get a bit rocky, just ahead of the UK’s fun, catchy, jazzy Eurovision entry – seems to be splitting opinion right down the middle, possibly due to the modern singles chart scene having had the “fun” element of pop surgically removed, give or take the odd Taylor Swift or Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit. We are, of course, only allowed to be depressed or to dance in the charts since the Tories legislated for it. Well, I blame them anyway, for keeping everyone miserable. Talking of Eurovision, Blue are back as well, hey I still like them, and unlike Westlife, I can actually name them all.


1 2 1 7 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 425000
2 3 2 5 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 234600
3 1 1 3 LOST STARS Adam Levine 273000
4 9 2 6 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 435000
5 5 5 2 TOWARDS THE SUN Rihanna 120000
6 4 4 8 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 222650
7 44 7 2 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 63250
8 10 8 4 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 120900
9 6 2 7 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 343100
10 13 6 8 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 261000

11 11 7 5 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 197000
12 12 8 9 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 334000
13 16 13 5 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 112050
14 8 1 5 SPEED KILLS 10CC 502000
15 14 10 6 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 156000
16 15 6 6 THE NIGHTS Avicii 236000
17 36 12 21 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 395450
18 NEW 18 1 THE RIGHT TIME Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine and David Marks 22000
19 NEW 19 1 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 21000
20 30 20 3 STYLE Taylor Swift 44000

21 19 9 6 SUGAR Maroon 5 153950
22 18 3 11 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 553500
23 7 1 3 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 239250
24 75 24 2 KING Years And Years 24000
25 25 25 5 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 78500
26 28 26 3 FALLING AWAKE The Kaiser Chiefs 42400
27 33 27 3 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 46900
28 17 15 8 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 132700
29 26 26 3 WINDFALL TheFatRat 53800
30 20 20 4 TEACH ME Bakermat 63200

31 23 1 10 INSIDE OUT Spoon 396350
32 NEW 32 1 THEY DON’T KNOW The Disciples 17800
33 22 2 7 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 389200
34 35 34 4 LANA DEL DRE Tep No 60000
35 37 35 4 MINE Phoebe Ryan 58100
36 29 1 16 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 705500
37 32 12 6 THE BALLAD OF THE MIGHTY I Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 138850
38 21 1 20 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 882650
39 NEW 39 1 LONG STRETCH OF LOVE Lady Antebellum 17100
40 NEW 40 1 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 17000

41 34 1 12 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 811000
42 24 17 7 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 105750
43 31 4 14 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 503650
44 27 18 8 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 104500
45 NEW 45 1 SUGAR DADDY Spada 13000
46 NEW 46 1 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 12750
47 59 47 3 I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Annie Lennox 28400
48 48 48 3 WHAT KIND OF MAN Florence And The Machine 36900
49 40 40 2 SACRED Erasure 29100
50 52 50 3 MIRROR MAN Ella Henderson 33500

51 55 51 3 WHERE YOU BELONG The Weeknd 27750
52 43 7 12 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 273150
53 65 53 2 MASTER PRETENDER First Aid Kit 18250
54 69 54 2 SOMETHING FROM NOTHING Foo Fighters 17200
55 39 39 5 DOING IT Charli XCX featuring Rita Ora 47700
56 60 56 2 WOULD YOU BELIEVE Ace Of Base 20600
57 57 8 12 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 236400
58 56 9 11 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 218900
59 49 1 12 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 646200
60 63 60 10 ALFIE Cilla Black 68600

61 38 30 6 THE DAY IS MY ENEMY The Prodigy 89900
62 47 47 3 WON’T BACK DOWN (BOEHM REMIX) Benjamin Francis Leftwich 31900
63 NEW 63 1 CONGREGATION Foo Fighters 7200
64 42 8 10 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 232000
65 NEW 65 1 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 7000
66 64 1 30 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC 1049300
67 NEW 67 1 KING OF THE WORLD Blue 6600
68 66 1 27 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 681750
69 45 28 6 LET IN THE SUN Take That 89500
70 70 1 52 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 895650

71 62 1 20 THESE DAYS Take That 911800
72 72 72 2 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 11200
73 NEW 73 1 SOMETHING NEW Axford & Ingrosso 5400
74 74 74 2 JULIA Jungle 10400
75 NEW 75 1 FADE OUT LINES The Avener and Phoebe Killdeer 5000

DROP OUTS
41 41 2 FIRST AND LAST (GLASTROPHOBIA REMIX) Gemology 28000
46 46 3 TV Eves The Behaviour 35900
50 50 2 SWAY (THE CHAINSMOKERS REMIX) Anna Of The North 22200
51 16 6 LITTLE BY LITTLE (LULLEAUX AND GEORGE WHYMAN REMIX) Ulf Nilsson 112450
53 20 6 PORCELAIN Rachel Taylor 103450
54 26 6 LOVE KILLS Queen 87100
58 58 2 AVENIR Louane 15600
61 25 5 FOURFIVESECONDS Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney 81100
67 67 1 TETHER Eric Prydz vs CHVRCHES 6600
68 54 6 ELASTIC HEART SIA featuring The Weeknd and Diplo 54200
71 71 2 HEELS OFF Sandra Lyng 10800
73 73 1 LAY ME DOWN Sam Smith 5400

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1st March 2015

Adam Levine pips by a hair’s-breadth, as any of the top 5 should have been on top this week, the charts are electric for me at the moment, records falling that should be climbing, and a queue forming outside the top 75 there’s just no room! Adam Levine’s Lost Stars should have won this week’s Oscar, and I’m miffed it didn’t as he gives a brilliant vocal performance and it’s a fantastic song, typically-structured to build climactically and melodically like the best Gregg Alexander songs always do – it’s Adam’s 2nd chart-topper (after Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger) and Gregg’s 4th as songwriter (New Radicals’ You Get What You Give, Texas’ Inner Smile, and Ronan Keating’s Life Is A Rollercoaster).

Beaten by a whisker, the fantastic Outlines is up to 2, I love the lyrics and tune, and that only just keeps off Calvin Harris and HAIM, who rocket into the top 40 at 3 with Pray To God, HAIM’s biggest hit by far, though Calvin has a topper with Hurts. That riff sounds very familiar (Oh yes, there it is at 44 as Stevie Nicks Edge Of Seventeen and it’s John Lennon-murder-inspired lyrics and bootylicious riffs returns after under-achieving first time round in 1981, thanks to The Voice this week). Allt his love keeps Madonna’s BRIT’s gravity-bound performance out of the top 3, as Living For Love shoots up to 4, but as consolation she also has album track Hold Tight at 10, giving her 4 top 10’s so far in 2015. That really is pretty good, even for Madonna!

Just as Adam Levine replaces himself in the top 10 (as Maroon 5 drop), so too Rihanna’s new soundtrack film track Towards The Sun from film Home is straight in at 5, overshadowing her superstar collaboration big hit as far as I’m concerned – I love the marching mood and melody. Like Adam Levine, she also gives a great vocal performance. Elsewhere: Kaiser Chiefs big jump to 28, Taylor Swift to 30, and Erasure in at 40 with yet another new track, Sacred, and more consistent than they have been for years in my charts. Ace Of Base are back! It’s been a decade or more, so it’s good to see a sweet new pop toon from them at 60 – Would You Believe they still look great too, 22 years on from All That She Wants? They do!

1 30 1 2 LOST STARS Adam Levine 188000
2 4 2 6 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 255000
3 49 3 4 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 119600
4 42 4 7 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 167650
5 NEW 5 1 TOWARDS THE SUN Rihanna 60000
6 2 2 6 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 298100
7 1 1 2 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 220000
8 3 1 4 SPEED KILLS 10CC 473000
9 5 2 5 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 370000
10 27 10 3 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 72900

11 7 7 4 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 160000
12 12 8 8 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 299000
13 6 6 7 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 219000
14 10 10 5 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 129000
15 11 6 5 THE NIGHTS Avicii 211000
16 23 16 4 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 80050
17 15 15 7 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 114400
18 16 3 10 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 534000
19 9 9 5 SUGAR Maroon 5 134200
20 20 20 3 TEACH ME Bakermat 45200

21 8 1 19 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 865450
22 13 2 6 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 371500
23 14 1 9 INSIDE OUT Spoon 378450
24 17 17 6 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 92000
25 34 25 4 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 59750
26 39 26 2 WINDFALL TheFatRat 35600
27 18 18 7 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 91250
28 72 28 2 FALLING AWAKE The Kaiser Chiefs 23900
29 25 1 15 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 688100
30 70 30 2 STYLE Taylor Swift 24000

31 22 4 13 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 490150
32 21 12 5 THE BALLAD OF THE MIGHTY I Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 121550
33 55 33 2 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 28500
34 29 1 11 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 797000
35 35 35 3 LANA DEL DRE Tep No 42400
36 45 12 20 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 372450
37 37 37 3 MINE Phoebe Ryan 40600
38 36 30 5 THE DAY IS MY ENEMY The Prodigy 82400
39 64 39 4 DOING IT Charli XCX featuring Rita Ora 36900
40 NEW 40 1 SACRED Erasure 17000

41 41 41 2 FIRST AND LAST (GLASTROPHOBIA REMIX) Gemology 28000
42 19 8 9 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 225900
43 31 7 11 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 261650
44 NEW 44 1 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 13250
45 28 28 5 LET IN THE SUN Take That 83300
46 46 46 3 TV Eves The Behaviour 35900
47 50 47 2 WON’T BACK DOWN (BOEHM REMIX) Benjamin Francis Leftwich 24500
48 48 48 2 WHAT KIND OF MAN Florence And The Machine 24600
49 40 1 11 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 636100
50 58 50 2 SWAY (THE CHAINSMOKERS REMIX) Anna Of The North 22200

51 24 16 6 LITTLE BY LITTLE (LULLEAUX AND GEORGE WHYMAN REMIX) Ulf Nilsson 112450
52 60 52 2 MIRROR MAN Ella Henderson 21500
53 32 20 6 PORCELAIN Rachel Taylor 103450
54 26 26 6 LOVE KILLS Queen 87100
55 74 55 2 WHERE YOU BELONG The Weeknd 16000
56 53 9 10 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 208700
57 51 8 11 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 226000
58 73 58 2 AVENIR Louane 15600
59 71 59 2 I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Annie Lennox 15900
60 NEW 60 1 WOULD YOU BELIEVE Ace Of Base 10000

61 33 25 5 FOURFIVESECONDS Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney 81100
62 56 1 19 THESE DAYS Take That 906000
63 63 63 9 ALFIE Cilla Black 58600
64 57 1 29 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC 1042500
65 NEW 65 1 MASTER PRETENDER First Aid Kit 7000
66 62 1 26 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 675350
67 NEW 67 1 TETHER Eric Prydz vs CHVRCHES 6600
68 54 54 6 ELASTIC HEART SIA featuring The Weeknd and Diplo 54200
69 NEW 69 1 SOMETHING FROM NOTHING Foo Fighters 6200
70 69 1 51 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 889650

71 75 71 2 HEELS OFF Sandra Lyng 10800
72 NEW 72 1 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 5600
73 NEW 73 1 LAY ME DOWN Sam Smith 5400
74 NEW 74 1 JULIA Jungle 5200

DROP OUTS:
38 10 7 LADY Stevie Nicks 145050
43 2 9 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 532950
44 14 6 FIRE Gavin DeGraw 110650
47 10 7 READY OR NOT Sarah Cracknell 157200
52 28 6 START A FAMILY Texas 84700
59 59 2 ALL FOR THE TAKING Meanwhile 20200
61 61 2 RUNNING IN CIRCLES POP ETC 14300
65 65 2 JOHNNY BLOSSOM Ride Into The Sun 13600
66 40 3 CASSY O’ George Ezra 35800
67 39 5 SOMETHING IN THE WATER Carrie Underwood 65050
68 68 3 PAPER PLANE (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 17000
75 NEW 75 1 KING Years And Years 5000


22nd February 2015

It’s the late Lesley Gore in at 1 with her classic girl-power anthem ballad, one of the early pop songs for females (and she was 17-years-old) to make a stand for girls, an American chart-topper but a UK flop, criminally lost amongst Beatlemania. Lesley later came out as gay, one of the very few girls around in the 60’s music scene. It’s also her first popchartfreak entry, although 2 of her 60‘s hits were covered, Maybe I Know hit for The Seashells in 1972 and It’s My Party Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin in 1981 took it to number 2.

Bad news for Ellie Goulding, then, up to 2 with her great UK chart-topper, with Mister Magoo at 4, with it’s terrific melody and a great new twist on describing attraction in lyrics. Just when you think it’s all been said…! David Guetta adds another top 10 to his quite long list now, with Emeli Sande grabbing a few herself so far. Ne-yo jumps into the 20, but not as rapidly as Bakermat, who can Teach Me a few things with some fab gospel hooks. At 30 Adam Levine gets his 2nd top 30 hit in the same chart, Maroon 5 holding at 9, and his movie theme up for an Oscar at 30, Lost Stars is essentially a Gregg Alexander song from his soundtrack to the movie, a man who’s written a few chart-toppers in my chart, starting with his band New Radicals in 1997 and the brilliant You Get What You Give.

Florence and The Machine are back at 50, after a bit of a gap, though nowhere as big a gap as Annie Lennox has managed from time to time, as she brings about the 5th or 6th track from 50 Shades Of Grey into my chart, I Put A Spell On You being a 1956 Jay Hawkins classic covered by Nina Simone and Alan Price in the 60’s UK charts, while more recently Sonique had a big hit with it in 2000-ish. Annie now has solo chart entries dating back 27 years, and as singer dating back to the Tourists 36 years ago. Not bad! The Weeknd copies Madonna and grabs a 4th current chart track, how greedy are they!


1 NEW 1 1 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 170000
2 3 2 5 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 238100
3 1 1 3 SPEED KILLS 10CC 425000
4 10 4 5 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 140000
5 4 2 4 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 325000
6 6 6 6 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 187000
7 7 7 3 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 123000
8 2 1 18 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 845700
9 9 9 4 SUGAR Maroon 5 113200
10 18 10 4 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 100000

11 11 6 4 THE NIGHTS Avicii 184000
12 12 8 7 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 264000
13 5 2 5 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 352000
14 8 1 8 INSIDE OUT Spoon 359200
15 37 15 6 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 91400
16 13 3 9 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 512000
17 22 17 5 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 73000
18 27 18 6 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 72850
19 15 8 8 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 212150
20 74 20 2 TEACH ME Bakermat 25200

21 14 12 4 THE BALLAD OF THE MIGHTY I Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 103750
22 17 4 12 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 472250
23 28 23 3 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 55050
24 16 16 5 LITTLE BY LITTLE (LULLEAUX AND GEORGE WHYMAN REMIX) Ulf Nilsson 100700
25 23 1 14 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 669900
26 32 26 5 LOVE KILLS Queen 76100
27 47 27 2 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 30900
28 36 28 4 LET IN THE SUN Take That 70300
29 19 1 10 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 779400
30 NEW 30 1 LOST STARS Adam Levine 18000

31 31 7 10 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 248150
32 20 20 5 PORCELAIN Rachel Taylor 92200
33 25 25 4 FOURFIVESECONDS Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney 73600
34 38 34 3 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 41000
35 62 35 2 LANA DEL DRE Tep No 24900
36 30 30 4 THE DAY IS MY ENEMY The Prodigy 65200
37 70 37 2 MINE Phoebe Ryan 23300
38 21 10 7 LADY Stevie Nicks 145050
39 NEW 39 1 WINDFALL TheFatRat 17100
40 34 1 10 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 624000

41 NEW 41 1 FIRST AND LAST (GLASTROPHOBIA REMIX) Gemology 14000
42 26 22 6 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 102650
43 33 2 9 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 532950
44 24 14 6 FIRE Gavin DeGraw 110650
45 45 12 19 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 355050
46 57 46 2 TV Eves The Behaviour 23150
47 29 10 7 READY OR NOT Sarah Cracknell 157200
48 NEW 48 1 WHAT KIND OF MAN Florence And The Machine 12300
49 49 49 3 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 34600
50 NEW 50 1 WON’T BACK DOWN (BOEHM REMIX) Benjamin Francis Leftwich 12000

51 43 8 10 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 215600
52 52 28 6 START A FAMILY Texas 84700
53 44 9 9 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 198100
54 55 54 5 ELASTIC HEART SIA featuring The Weeknd and Diplo 47800
55 NEW 55 1 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 10800
56 50 1 18 THESE DAYS Take That 898600
57 56 1 28 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC 1035400
58 NEW 58 1 SWAY (THE CHAINSMOKERS REMIX) Anna Of The North 10200
59 59 59 2 ALL FOR THE TAKING Meanwhile 20200
60 NEW 60 1 MIRROR MAN Ella Henderson 10000

61 66 61 2 RUNNING IN CIRCLES POP ETC 14300
62 60 1 25 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 668550
63 63 63 8 ALFIE Cilla Black 51400
64 64 64 3 DOING IT Charli XCX featuring Rita Ora 19800
65 67 65 2 JOHNNY BLOSSOM Ride Into The Sun 13600
66 40 40 3 CASSY O’ George Ezra 35800
67 39 39 5 SOMETHING IN THE WATER Carrie Underwood 65050
68 73 68 3 PAPER PLANE (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 17000
69 65 1 50 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 883650
70 NEW 70 1 STYLE Taylor Swift 6000

71 NEW 71 1 I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Annie Lennox 5800
72 NEW 72 1 FALLING AWAKE The Kaiser Chiefs 5600
73 NEW 73 1 AVENIR Louane 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WHERE YOU BELONG The Weeknd 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HEELS OFF Sandra Lyng 5000

DROP OUTS
35 19 10 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 134900
41 13 6 COME HOME BABY The Charlatans 123000
42 26 6 LIPS ARE MOVIN’ Meghan Trainor 89100
46 39 4 PEOPLE IIIII (featuring Adele Kosman) 55400
48 48 3 MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel 32300
51 40 6 UNDER THE SHADOWS Rae Morris 58750
53 15 10 COOL KIDS Echosmith 177250
54 10 11 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 265100
58 7 12 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 291500
61 11 11 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 191650
68 1 17 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 598900
69 5 8 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 204050
71 9 17 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 322550
72 72 1 LIGHTS Kartell 5600
75 75 1 HOLD BACK THE RIVER James Bay 5000


15th February 2015

1 1 1 2 SPEED KILLS 10CC 340000
2 2 1 17 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 797700
3 43 3 4 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 123100
4 3 2 3 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 265000
5 5 2 4 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 320000
6 15 6 5 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 132000
7 17 7 2 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 73000
8 4 1 7 INSIDE OUT Spoon 330200
9 29 9 3 SUGAR Maroon 5 68200
10 20 10 4 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 75000

11 6 6 3 THE NIGHTS Avicii 147000
12 8 8 6 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 229000
13 7 3 8 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 487000
14 12 12 3 THE BALLAD OF THE MIGHTY I Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 84000
15 11 8 7 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 191150
16 23 16 4 LITTLE BY LITTLE (LULLEAUX AND GEORGE WHYMAN REMIX) Ulf Nilsson 81700
17 9 4 11 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 452750
18 24 18 3 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 58000
19 13 1 9 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 761200
20 28 20 4 PORCELAIN Rachel Taylor 74400

21 10 10 6 LADY Stevie Nicks 127850
22 37 22 4 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 50000
23 18 1 13 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 651150
24 14 14 5 FIRE Gavin DeGraw 97400
25 25 25 3 FOURFIVESECONDS Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney 55900
26 RE 22 5 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 88900
27 44 27 5 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 50850
28 35 28 2 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 35800
29 16 10 6 READY OR NOT Sarah Cracknell 144700
30 32 30 3 THE DAY IS MY ENEMY The Prodigy 47800

31 49 7 9 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 230250
32 34 32 4 LOVE KILLS Queen 57600
33 21 2 8 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 519450
34 27 1 9 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 607000
35 19 19 10 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 134900
36 36 36 3 LET IN THE SUN Take That 52000
37 38 37 5 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 64400
38 69 38 2 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 23400
39 39 39 4 SOMETHING IN THE WATER Carrie Underwood 58450
40 50 40 2 CASSY O’ George Ezra 29000

41 22 13 6 COME HOME BABY The Charlatans 123000
42 26 26 6 LIPS ARE MOVIN’ Meghan Trainor 89100
43 33 8 9 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 203850
44 31 9 8 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 186850
45 53 12 18 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 342050
46 48 39 4 PEOPLE IIIII (featuring Adele Kosman) 55400
47 NEW 47 1 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 12500
48 60 48 3 MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel 32300
49 57 49 2 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 22500
50 45 1 17 THESE DAYS Take That 888000

51 40 40 6 UNDER THE SHADOWS Rae Morris 58750
52 41 28 5 START A FAMILY Texas 73200
53 30 15 10 COOL KIDS Echosmith 177250
54 51 10 11 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 265100
55 56 55 4 ELASTIC HEART SIA featuring The Weeknd and Diplo 36800
56 54 1 27 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC 1025000
57 NEW 57 1 TV Eves The Behaviour 10400
58 47 7 12 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 291500
59 NEW 59 1 ALL FOR THE TAKING Meanwhile 10100
60 59 1 24 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 661150

61 55 11 11 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 191650
62 NEW 62 1 LANA DEL DRE Tep No 7400
63 65 63 7 ALFIE Cilla Black 44200
64 72 64 2 DOING IT Charli XCX featuring Rita Ora 12700
65 64 1 49 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 877450
66 NEW 66 1 RUNNING IN CIRCLES POP ETC 6800
67 NEW 67 1 JOHNNY BLOSSOM Ride Into The Sun 6600
68 62 1 17 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 598900
69 58 5 8 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 204050
70 NEW 70 1 MINE Phoebe Ryan 6000

71 68 9 17 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 322550
72 NEW 72 1 LIGHTS Kartell 5600
73 74 73 2 PAPER PLANE (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 10600
74 NEW 74 1 TEACH ME Bakermat 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HOLD BACK THE RIVER James Bay 5000

DROP OUTS
42 24 6 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 101350
46 4 11 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 345650
52 27 6 REACH OUT Rumer 73400
61 9 12 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 263900
63 33 3 BANG! Sandy River featuring April 42200
66 23 9 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 102750
67 35 3 GHOST Megan Vice 41600
70 1 16 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 686050
71 71 3 BREATHE Glude 16600
73 12 17 SOS Indila 273800
75 75 2 GRAVITY DJ Fresh featuring Ella Eyre 10000

8th February 2015

It’s a record I’ve worshipped since I first heard it in 1976 when Pete Lambert in the 6th form loaned me his 10CC album, Speed Kills, but which wasn’t eligible for my charts as it was an old album track. I’ve been waiting for an excuse to chart it ever since, and Buzz Jack Song Contest is good enough for me as an excuse. Those driving guitars, those harmonies, the exciting pulsating rhythms, the lyrics which are sort of anti-drug while the record has it’s own musical rush. Should have been a single. So, 42 years late, it joins T.Rex (also from that period) in my top 10, and gives 10CC 2 chart-toppers in 2 years, a span of 43 years of number ones, and the 6th under the 10CC name – though one of those is just Graham Gouldman (who wrote Bus Stop, as reworked melody-wise by Noel Gallagher at 12) and Eric Stewart, but the missing Lol Creme and Kevin Godley had another 2 as a duo in the 80’s as Godley & Creme, so they are actually on 7 each.

Another veteran Stevie Nicks adds to her 39-year haul, I’ve lost count if I include Fleetwood Mac, quite a Lady! Imagine Dragons are back in the top 40 again at 16 as the hits roll on – you bet your life! Fall Out Boy are also back with the highest new proper record, a tribute to Uma Thurman. I say new – actually about one-third of it a lengthy sample of the brilliant theme tune from the lovable 60’s fantasy sit-com, The Munsters, and a brilliant theme tune it is too, all surfer-instrumental-rock Halloween flavoured. The record blends it perfectly in.

Mr Magoo is at 20 (one for the older folk there), though he’s lost his other O, clumsy, but a great record. In fact the charts are pretty volatile with new stuff battling it out, records that should be going up are static or dropping a little. Boo! Maroon 5 are sweet as Sugar and rocketing up to 29, Queen get 41 years of top 40 hits with a 31-year-old song, actually it’s better than Freddie’s dance version, I think, which scraped into my 20 in 1984. Synth Indie act Above And Beyond also enter at 38, after I heard it on Paul Gambaccini’s USA chart run-down driving back from London yesterday – Paul is still giving me great musical tips after well over 40 years, thanks Paul!

Also back: Cobra Starship get another top 40 hit, ditto Rae Morris and Ne-Yo. George Ezra gets a 3rd entry with Cassy O’. I assume that’s the missing O from Mike Mago, who pronounces it Magoo. Calvin Harris and HAIM are busy praying to God, they might want to have a word with Hozier though, as he’s at 2, a bit higher than 57. Another 1973 song enters at 74 (joining Linda Lewis in being an alternative version of a 1973 chart hit), Paper Plane from Status Quo, while a 1972 number one in my chart, the brilliant 1968 US northern soul hit from Archie Bell And The Drells, Here I Go Again, is back again thanks to a current advert on TV.


1 NEW 1 1 SPEED KILLS 10CC 170000
2 1 1 16 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 682700
3 2 2 2 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 200000
4 4 1 6 INSIDE OUT Spoon 382200
5 3 2 3 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 260000
6 6 6 2 THE NIGHTS Avicii 110000
7 5 3 7 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 455000
8 9 8 5 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 194000
9 12 4 10 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 429750
10 16 10 5 LADY Stevie Nicks 108100

11 8 8 6 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 164150
12 20 12 2 THE BALLAD OF THE MIGHTY I Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 55000
13 7 1 8 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 740200
14 18 14 4 FIRE Gavin DeGraw 78400
16 10 10 5 READY OR NOT Sarah Cracknell 126500
16 41 16 4 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 75000
17 NEW 17 1 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 23000
18 17 1 12 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 631900
19 19 19 9 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 117400
20 63 20 3 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 33000

21 11 2 7 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 501750
22 13 13 5 COME HOME BABY The Charlatans 109000
23 23 23 3 LITTLE BY LITTLE (LULLEAUX AND GEORGE WHYMAN REMIX) Ulf Nilsson 56700
24 40 24 2 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 36000
25 30 25 2 FOURFIVESECONDS Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney 36750
26 26 26 5 LIPS ARE MOVIN’ Meghan Trainor 75350
27 14 1 8 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 589400
28 28 28 3 PORCELAIN Rachel Taylor 54400
29 75 29 2 SUGAR Maroon 5 23200
30 15 15 9 COOL KIDS Echosmith 166000

31 22 9 7 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 173600
32 50 32 2 THE DAY IS MY ENEMY The Prodigy 29800
33 29 8 8 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 190350
34 49 34 3 LOVE KILLS Queen 39800
35 NEW 35 1 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 17500
36 38 36 2 LET IN THE SUN Take That 34600
37 67 37 3 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 30500
38 48 38 4 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 47100
39 44 39 3 SOMETHING IN THE WATER Carrie Underwood 41350
40 56 40 5 UNDER THE SHADOWS Rae Morris 47000

41 36 28 4 START A FAMILY Texas 61700
42 24 24 6 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 101350
43 47 43 3 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 38100
44 66 44 4 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 32450
45 37 1 16 THESE DAYS Take That 876000
46 21 4 11 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 345650
47 32 7 11 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 281300
48 39 39 3 PEOPLE IIIII (featuring Adele Kosman) 42650
49 25 7 8 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 212350
50 NEW 50 1 CASSY O’ George Ezra 12000

51 34 10 10 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 256100
52 27 27 6 REACH OUT Rumer 73400
53 53 12 17 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 329050
54 52 1 26 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC 1014400
55 31 11 10 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 184150
56 58 56 3 ELASTIC HEART SIA featuring The Weeknd and Diplo 26000
57 NEW 57 1 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 10400
58 45 5 7 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 197850
59 57 1 23 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 651150
60 60 60 2 MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel 20000

61 46 9 12 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 263900
62 51 1 16 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 592500
63 33 33 3 BANG! Sandy River featuring April 42200
64 62 1 48 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 870450
65 65 65 6 ALFIE Cilla Black 37000
66 43 23 9 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 102750
67 35 35 3 GHOST Megan Vice 41600
68 54 9 16 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 316750
69 NEW 69 1 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 6200
70 61 1 16 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 686050

71 73 71 3 BREATHE Glude 16600
72 NEW 72 1 DOING IT Charli XCX featuring Rita Ora
73 59 12 17 SOS Indila 273800
74 NEW 74 1 PAPER PLANE (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 5200
75 RE 75 2 GRAVITY DJ Fresh featuring Ella Eyre 10000

DROP OUTS
42 25 3 SOLO DANCING Indiana 51000
55 55 2 SAVE ME Listenbee 21600
64 1 15 DUST HALOS 650500
68 68 2 TILL IT HURTS Yellow Claw featuring Ayden 12800
69 1 26 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1189950
70 58 2 HIYHIY Lostboycrow 16200
71 1 14 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 636550
72 1 14 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 670300
74 1 25 CALL Francesco Yates 744200


1st February 2015

It’s Hozier, finally getting on top after two previous chart runs in previous years, and his fantastic passionate anti-hymn, Take Me To Church a well-deserved world-wide hit. Of course, here on Buzz Jack, it becomes yet another example of a classic record well-under-appreciated by voters – sorry boys and girls, but as long as we voters keep not voting for brilliant records I’m going to keep on mentioning it! It knocks off another (non-hit) example, Spoon, and keeps off a MYNGA, as well, all fab.

Highest new entry is from 74-year-old Giorgio Moroder and much much younger Kylie Minogue, and the terrific Right Here Right Now, the hook is just fabulous. Giorgio first came close to topping my charts in 1972 as writer-producer of one of the first ever synthpop song chart-toppers, Son Of My Father, before topping in 1977 with the instant classic, force of nature that is Donna Summer’s I Feel Love, pretty much all modern dance music can be traced back to that one. He had his first solo top 10 hit later that year (From Here To Eternity), then appeared again with Phil Oakey in 1984 on the classic Together In Electric Dreams, and it’s only taken him 31 years to get his 3rd, entering straight in at 2! Kylie, of course, has a zillion top 10 hits, and I think has yet not to chart with anything she’s released. So I like her!

Avicii is back with another big new entry and top 10 hit, with The Nights, at 6, while Sarah Cracknell adds to her list of top 10 entries. Paloma Faith adds to her top 20 list, and Noel Gallagher extends his run (including with Oasis) to 21 years with The Ballad Of The Mighty I, and it’s little hint of The Hollies Bus Stop. At 30 it’s a superstar bunch, as Rihanna takes lead vocals, Kanye West adds a bit, and Paul McCartney tinkles on some instruments. That’s a decade each for the first two of chart entries, and combined they still don’t have half the span of chart entries of Macca, my first ever chart number one with The Beatles Hey Jude in 1968. Legend!

Others returning: Take That, David Guetta, Emeli Sande, The Prodigy, and Maroon 5. With the new stupid dull streaming charts keeping genuine Top 40 sales hits out of the UK charts, only Maroon 5 breaks in to the UK charts, though at least The Weeknd finally gets in a few weeks late, resting still at 5 in my charts. Hey ho!


1 6 1 15 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 567700
2 NEW 2 1 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 115000
3 2 2 2 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 200000
4 1 1 5 INSIDE OUT Spoon 317200
5 5 3 6 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 405000
6 NEW 6 1 THE NIGHTS Avicii 55000
7 4 1 7 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 708200
8 8 8 5 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 127150
9 11 9 4 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 146000
10 14 10 4 READY OR NOT Sarah Cracknell 101500

11 3 2 6 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 482000
12 12 4 9 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 384750
13 17 13 4 COME HOME BABY The Charlatans 89500
14 10 1 7 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 571000
15 15 15 8 COOL KIDS Echosmith 148000
16 19 16 4 LADY Stevie Nicks 66100
17 18 1 11 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 609900
18 36 18 3 FIRE Gavin DeGraw 49400
19 39 19 8 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 96400
20 NEW 20 1 THE BALLAD OF THE MIGHTY I Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 20000

21 7 4 10 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 332900
22 9 9 6 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 155700
23 29 23 2 LITTLE BY LITTLE (LULLEAUX AND GEORGE WHYMAN REMIX) Ulf Nilsson 37450
24 24 24 5 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 87600
25 13 7 7 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 200250
26 26 26 4 LIPS ARE MOVIN’ Meghan Trainor 56850
27 27 27 5 REACH OUT Rumer 61900
28 32 28 2 PORCELAIN Rachel Taylor 36100
29 22 8 7 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 172650
30 NEW 30 1 FOURFIVESECONDS Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney 18000

31 16 11 9 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 173350
32 20 7 10 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 268800
33 37 33 2 BANG! Sandy River featuring April 35000
34 21 10 9 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 244350
35 35 35 2 GHOST Megan Vice 35000
36 28 28 3 START A FAMILY Texas 47700
37 31 1 15 THESE DAYS Take That 863000
38 NEW 38 1 LET IN THE SUN Take That 17200
39 44 39 2 PEOPLE IIIII (featuring Adele Kosman) 30350
40 NEW 40 1 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 17000

41 30 30 3 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 50000
42 25 25 3 SOLO DANCING Indiana 51000
43 23 23 8 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 95950
44 54 44 2 SOMETHING IN THE WATER Carrie Underwood 24250
45 40 5 6 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 187650
46 33 9 11 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 256400
47 49 47 2 WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Ellie Goulding 24600
48 50 48 3 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 29900
49 59 49 2 LOVE KILLS Queen 22200
50 NEW 50 1 THE DAY IS MY ENEMY The Prodigy 12000

51 45 1 15 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 585100
52 51 1 25 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 1003400
53 47 12 16 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 317800
54 38 9 15 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 310350
55 55 55 2 SAVE ME Listenbee 21600
56 63 56 4 UNDER THE SHADOWS Rae Morris 30000
57 56 1 22 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 641050
58 74 58 2 ELASTIC HEART SIA featuring The Weeknd and Diplo 15400
59 48 12 16 SOS Indila 268400
60 NEW 60 1 MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel 10000

61 52 1 15 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 680050
62 62 1 47 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 863350
63 71 63 2 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 13000
64 57 1 15 DUST HALOS 650500
65 70 65 5 ALFIE Cilla Black 30000
66 69 66 3 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 19200
67 67 67 2 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 13200
68 68 68 2 TILL IT HURTS Yellow Claw featuring Ayden 12800
69 66 1 26 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1189950
70 58 58 2 HIYHIY Lostboycrow 16200

71 61 1 14 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 636550
72 65 1 14 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 670300
73 73 73 2 BREATHE Glude 10800
74 72 1 25 CALL Francesco Yates 744200
75 NEW 75 1 SUGAR Maroon 5 5000

DROP OUTS
34 19 9 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 160500
41 14 10 HEARTBEAT LOUD Andy C featuring Fiora 178550
42 22 4 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 70400
43 5 12 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 350000
46 5 11 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 322700
53 10 9 DESIRE Years And Years 203650
60 3 9 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 316800
64 64 1 PRETTY GREEN Spinee 7100
75 75 1 GRAVITY DJ Fresh featuring Ella Eyre 5000

25th January 2015

It’s a big clearout of oldies this week, as an invasion of buzz jack contest entries forces them out earlier than I’d have liked – but it was them or current stuff I still love, and the oldies lost! So that means it’s a Buzz Jack 1 and 2 as semi-finalist’s Spoon climb on to the top with the fab Inside Out, and a great John Lennon-styled vocal performance. Just behind, and new in at 2, it’s the equally good MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein, and the falsetto soul dance fabulousness of Back Home. Support MYNGA’s!

Up to 8, Simple Minds best record in 20 years, the not-very-rocky Let The Day Begin, it’s more synth-period Simple Minds with that throbbing beat they turned to in 1983, and it’s very good. Linda Lewis gets Rock A Doodle Do, an archive live BBC version that’s virtually as good as the original, into the top 10 42 years on. I love her voice, her range is amazing, it’s like 3 singers in one, and look forward to her new material. Sarah Cracknell extends her top 20 hits run (with Saint Etienne) to 22 years, and the sweet Ready Or Not, while The Charlatans do the same, only 26 years. That’s nothing, though, the classy Stevie Nicks goes top 20 with a bound, the Lady has 38 years of hit-songs (with Mac of course, and solo, and with ex-Lindsay Buckingham).

Paul McCartney, Texas, and Paloma Faith all go top 40, while Queen’s version of the 1984 Freddie Mercury dance top 20 hit Love Kills, pops in as Somebody To Love is pushed out. The Weeknd makes it 3 in the chart, finally, as his featuring with SIA enters, as SIA and The Weeknd’s Top 10 tracks drop a bit, leaving his other featuring, former number one with Ariana Grande, a bit lower down. Not bad, and about time he had a solo hit.

1 9 1 4 INSIDE OUT Spoon 252200
2 NEW 2 1 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 115000
3 2 2 5 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 445000
4 1 1 6 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 658200
5 3 3 5 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 345000
6 5 5 14 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 397700
7 4 4 9 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 313150
8 25 8 4 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 79150
9 16 9 5 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 136200
10 6 1 6 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 542000

11 13 11 3 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 101000
12 8 4 8 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 349750
13 7 7 6 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 181500
14 23 14 3 READY OR NOT Sarah Cracknell 59500
15 15 15 7 COOL KIDS Echosmith 121000
16 11 11 8 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 155450
17 35 17 3 COME HOME BABY The Charlatans 57500
18 12 1 10 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 586900
19 59 19 3 LADY Stevie Nicks 41100
20 14 7 9 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 251000

21 17 10 8 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 226750
22 38 8 6 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 154450
23 71 23 7 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 82450
24 24 24 4 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 68600
25 26 25 2 SOLO DANCING Indiana 37250
26 44 26 3 LIPS ARE MOVIN’ Meghan Trainor 38350
27 49 27 4 REACH OUT Rumer 43500
28 50 28 2 START A FAMILY Texas 30300
29 NEW 29 1 LITTLE BY LITTLE (LULLEAUX AND GEORGE WHYMAN REMIX) Ulf Nilsson 18200
30 30 30 2 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 36000

31 18 1 14 THESE DAYS Take That 845700
32 NEW 32 1 PORCELAIN Rachel Taylor 17800
33 21 9 10 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 243650
34 19 19 9 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 160500
35 NEW 35 1 GHOST Megan Vice 17500
36 60 36 2 FIRE Gavin DeGraw 27400
37 NEW 37 1 BANG! Sandy River featuring April 17300
38 28 9 14 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 299350
39 73 39 7 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 75400
40 31 5 5 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 174650

41 27 14 10 HEARTBEAT LOUD Andy C featuring Fiora 178550
42 22 22 4 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 70400
43 29 5 12 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 350000
44 NEW 44 1 PEOPLE IIIII (featuring Adele Kosman) 13250
45 40 1 14 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 573350
46 36 5 11 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 322700
47 33 12 15 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 306550
48 34 12 15 SOS Indila 258300
49 NEW 49 1 WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Ellie Goulding 12100
50 72 50 2 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 17600

51 48 1 24 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 991900
52 41 1 14 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 672550
53 32 10 9 DESIRE Years And Years 203650
54 NEW 54 1 SOMETHING IN THE WATER Carrie Underwood 11000
55 NEW 55 1 SAVE ME Listenbee 10800
56 55 1 21 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 630650
57 47 1 14 DUST HALOS 643400
58 NEW 58 1 HIYHIY Lostboycrow 10200
59 NEW 59 1 LOVE KILLS Queen 10100
60 39 3 9 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 316800

61 52 1 13 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 630750
62 62 1 46 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 855950
63 67 63 3 UNDER THE SHADOWS Rae Morris 19400
64 NEW 64 1 PRETTY GREEN Spinee 7100
65 54 1 13 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 664700
66 63 1 25 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1183750
67 NEW 67 1 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 6600
68 NEW 68 1 TILL IT HURTS Yellow Claw featuring Ayden 6400
69 69 69 2 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 12400
70 70 70 4 ALFIE Cilla Black 23000

71 NEW 71 1 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 5800
72 68 1 24 CALL Francesco Yates 739000
73 NEW 73 1 BREATHE Glude 5400
74 NEW 74 1 ELASTIC HEART SIA featuring The Weeknd and Diplo 5200
75 NEW 75 1 GRAVITY DJ Fresh featuring Ella Eyre 5000

DROP OUTS

10 10 30 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 448750
20 20 16 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 212750
37 37 4 TOCA TOCA Fly Project 50100
42 2 10 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 359250
43 43 12 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 112000
45 36 5 HOME AGAIN Ashley Campbell 59950
46 46 9 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 84150
51 13 11 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 205150
53 15 10 27 CLUB Chloe Black 176250
56 5 20 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 528550
57 57 10 MY GENERATION The Who 77400
58 47 5 I’M AN ALBATRAOZ AronChupa 48600
61 25 5 SOMETHING I NEED Ben Haenow 76600
64 37 5 SHAKE THAT Danssun and Marlon Hofstadt 71600
65 33 6 BAILANDO Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona 65700
66 1 16 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 696950
74 74 1 TONGUE TIED Alvin Stardust 5200
75 75 2 BLACK BETTY Ram Jam 10000
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18th January 2015

3 weeks for Madonna on top, getting close to catching up her long runners at number one (I think 4 weeks is the longest, or do I mean Four Minutes). Still at 2 too! Not much change at the top at all in fact, though Spoon go top 10, and SIA gets her 4th Top 5. Sarah Cracknell gets a solo top 40 entry (yay!), and Indiana is back with Solo Dancing after doing well with it last year. The Radio One playlist is starting to look like an old Buzzjack song contest listing. Just saying….

Imagine Dragons are back with a new track, hooray! In at 30, I Bet My Life, giving them, ooo it must be 6 or so top 40 hits and a number one with Radioactive about a year before Radio one picked up on it. Just saying…

Texas are back, also hooray, looking to start a family at 50, while Gavin DeGraw pops in on fire at 60, sounding suspiciously like Maroon 5, but he’s been around long enough to have a Greatest Hits coming out. True fact! Ne-Yo is also back, extending his long run of chart action, just ahead of the late Alvin Stardust and his new track, very retro-sounding in a Johnny Cash sort of fashion, quite probably his first chart hit in 25 years, and extends his run wayyyy back to 1973, when I became mad on My Coo Ca Choo and sent it all the way to number one.

1 1 1 5 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 593200
2 2 2 4 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 360000
3 3 3 4 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 285000
4 6 4 8 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 263150
5 7 5 13 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 342700
6 5 1 5 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 500000
7 8 7 5 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 149500
8 4 4 7 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 314750
9 24 9 3 INSIDE OUT Spoon 82200
10 10 10 30 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 448750

11 19 11 7 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 130450
12 9 1 9 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 564900
13 13 13 2 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 64000
14 11 7 8 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 231000
15 20 15 6 COOL KIDS Echosmith 94000
16 16 16 4 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 91200
17 12 10 7 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 207000
18 15 1 13 THESE DAYS Take That 828000
19 22 19 8 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 142900
20 23 20 16 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 212750

21 17 9 9 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 225950
22 25 22 3 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna featuring Alicia Keys 56650
23 53 23 2 READY OR NOT Sarah Cracknell 30500
24 34 24 3 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 49600
25 38 25 3 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 31150
26 NEW 26 1 SOLO DANCING Indiana 18500
27 14 14 9 HEARTBEAT LOUD Andy C featuring Fiora 164550
28 28 9 13 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 282150
29 18 5 11 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 336500
30 NEW 30 1 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 18000

31 21 5 4 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 157650
32 26 10 8 DESIRE Years And Years 192400
33 27 12 14 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 294050
34 50 12 14 SOS Indila 246000
35 40 35 2 COME HOME BABY The Charlatans 34500
36 31 5 10 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 309950
37 39 37 4 TOCA TOCA Fly Project 50100
38 30 8 5 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 134950
39 29 3 8 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 306800
40 37 1 13 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 560350

41 33 1 13 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 661050
42 35 2 10 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 359250
43 46 43 12 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 112000
44 67 44 2 LIPS ARE MOVIN’ Meghan Trainor 19850
45 36 36 5 HOME AGAIN Ashley Campbell 59950
46 49 46 9 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 84150
47 42 1 13 DUST HALOS 633000
48 48 1 23 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 980150
49 62 49 3 REACH OUT Rumer 25100
50 NEW 50 1 START A FAMILY Texas 12000

51 32 13 11 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 205150
52 44 1 12 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 623250
53 59 15 10 27 CLUB Chloe Black 176250
54 43 1 12 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 657700
55 55 1 20 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 620050
56 56 5 20 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 528550
57 57 57 10 MY GENERATION The Who 77400
58 47 47 5 I’M AN ALBATRAOZ AronChupa 48600
59 60 59 2 LADY Stevie Nicks 20100
60 NEW 60 1 FIRE Gavin DeGraw 10000

61 41 25 5 SOMETHING I NEED Ben Haenow 76600
62 61 1 45 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 848550
63 63 1 24 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1176550
64 45 37 5 SHAKE THAT Danssun and Marlon Hofstadt 71600
65 52 33 6 BAILANDO Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona 65700
66 64 1 16 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 696950
67 72 67 2 UNDER THE SHADOWS Rae Morris 12200
68 68 1 23 CALL Francesco Yates 733400
69 NEW 69 1 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 6200
70 70 70 3 ALFIE Cilla Black 17000

71 58 40 6 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 63200
72 NEW 72 1 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 5600
73 69 49 6 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 58300
74 NEW 74 1 TONGUE TIED Alvin Stardust 5200
75 75 75 2 BLACK BETTY Ram Jam 10000

DROP OUTS
51 4 9 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 260350
54 19 11 ADRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 157900
65 20 6 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 73700
66 4 12 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 313200
71 71 3 JEALOUS Labrinth 16600
73 1 28 BECOME Midge Ure 988400
74 74 1 EVERY BREAKING WAVE U2 5200


11th January 2015

It’s bad news for Madonna, Devil Pray is held off the top spot by Madonna, and a second good news week for Ghosttown. That’s frustrating as Devil Pray would have been her 21st number one! I think it’s probably fair to say Madonna is back on peak form at the age of 56, even if the rest of the album is merely OK (I like all the tracks I’ve heard so far). The Weeknd meanwhile gets his 3rd Top 3 hit, Olly and Demi go back up to 4, SIA goes up to 6 and Hozier is a re-entry at 7, though it’s really his 3rd run in 3 different years in my chart, 2013 he went top 20, 2014 hit 9, and thanks to a Graham Norton performance and BBC radio at loooooong last properly picking up on it it’s back at a new peak of 7. Hozier is completely absent from the top 50 radio chart, despite being 3 on streaming and consistently selling downloads over a long period. I think that says a lot about current British radio programming and “target audiences” instead of just going for quality new music.

Abba finally creep into the top 10 with Mamma Mia song, and Super Trouper album track, Our Last Summer from 1980. It’s only taken 34 years to get there (cos I didn’t allow album tracks during Abba’s years or else they would have taken over the whole chart). Also back, 42 years on, it’s T.Rex and Solid Gold Easy Action, thanks to an advert., at 13. I was mad on this one when I was 14, and bought it the same week I bought John & Yoko’s Happy Xmas, Lennon & Bolan being heroes of mine. Tragically, within 8 years they had both died violently.

Highest proper new track is from The Charlatans, great to have them back with a good single at 40, and a chart run of around 25 years now… while also back, it’s Sarah Cracknell (thanks AH) and a sweet ballad, Saint Etienne dating back regularly in my charts since the early 90’s. Under-rated throughout. At 60, it’s Stevie Nicks, who’s been having solo hits since the 70’s, and with Fleetwood Mac since 1976, and like Sarah Cracknell a long-time fave female vocalist. I have my tickets for the long-awaited classic Rumours line-up in the summer, having seen them all previously in various line-ups of Fleetwood Mac, but never together on one stage. Always brilliant.


1 1 1 4 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 423200
2 3 2 3 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 245000
3 4 3 3 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 200000
4 7 4 6 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 266750
5 2 1 4 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 445000
6 9 6 7 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 198150
7 RE 7 12 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 282700
8 12 8 4 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 99500
9 6 1 8 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 529900
10 19 10 29 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 406750

11 11 7 7 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 202000
12 10 10 6 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 184000
13 NEW 13 1 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 32000
14 14 14 8 HEARTBEAT LOUD Andy C featuring Fiora 146150
15 8 1 12 THESE DAYS Take That 806000
16 16 16 3 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 68200
17 15 9 8 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 206200
18 13 5 10 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 318300
19 42 19 6 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 93450
20 24 20 5 COOL KIDS Echosmith 67000

21 5 5 3 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 139750
22 RE 22 7 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 121900
23 26 23 15 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 192750
24 29 24 2 INSIDE OUT Spoon 37200
25 27 25 2 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna featuring Alicia Keys 37150
26 20 10 7 DESIRE Years And Years 174600
27 17 12 13 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 276350
28 28 9 12 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 263850
29 22 3 7 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 289700
30 21 8 4 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 117750

31 31 5 9 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 292550
32 18 13 10 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 193400
33 23 1 12 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 647050
34 45 34 2 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 30600
35 30 2 9 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 345500
36 46 36 4 HOME AGAIN Ashley Campbell 46950
37 35 1 12 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 543350
38 74 38 2 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 22400
39 59 39 3 TOCA TOCA Fly Project 32800
40 NEW 40 1 COME HOME BABY The Charlatans 17000

41 25 25 4 SOMETHING I NEED Ben Haenow 69100
42 34 1 12 DUST HALOS 620500
43 38 1 11 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 646700
44 36 1 11 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 611750
45 37 37 4 SHAKE THAT Danssun and Marlon Hofstadt 64500
46 49 46 11 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 98750
47 48 47 4 I’M AN ALBATROAZ AronChupa 38400
48 47 1 22 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 967850
49 54 49 8 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 71400
50 50 12 13 SOS Indila 228400

51 41 4 9 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 260350
52 33 33 5 BAILANDO Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona 58700
53 NEW 53 1 READY OR NOT Sarah Cracknell 11250
54 39 19 11 ADRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 157900
55 55 1 19 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 609250
56 43 5 19 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 517950
57 60 57 9 MY GENERATION The Who 67000
58 40 40 5 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 57400
59 RE 15 9 27 CLUB Chloe Black 165000
60 NEW 60 1 LADY Stevie Nicks 10000

61 61 1 44 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 841150
62 72 62 2 REACH OUT Rumer 13000
63 63 1 23 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1169350
64 62 1 15 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 690150
65 65 20 6 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 73700
66 53 4 12 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 313200
67 NEW 67 1 LIPS ARE MOVIN’ Meghan Trainor 6600
68 68 1 22 CALL Francesco Yates 727000
69 58 49 5 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 52900
70 75 70 2 ALFIE Cilla Black 11000

71 71 71 3 JEALOUS Labrinth 16600
72 NEW 72 1 UNDER THE SHADOWS Rae Morris 5600
73 73 1 28 BECOME Midge Ure 988400
74 NEW 74 1 EVERY BREAKING WAVE U2 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BLACK BETTY Ram Jam 5000

4th January 2015

It’s Madonna – but which one? Not the highest new entry, at 27, that’s new single Living For Love. Not Devil Prey which climbs to 3 to give Madonna 2 consecutive top 3’s for the first time in yonks and yonks, if yonks means 1985, I think. No, the one on top is the fab Ghosttown, and it’s not even a single, with most of the album yet to be revealed. So how many chart-toppers does that make for Her Madgeness? The 1st was Papa Don’t Preach in 1986, the oldest Holiday from 1984, and the most recent 4 Minutes in 2008, so it’s been a long gap of almost 7 years, but gives a grand total of 20, I reckon. 29 years of chart-toppers, not bad!

The Weeknd meanwhile replaces himself in the top 5 as it starts to chart in the USA, and SIA gets a 2nd solo top 10 of the year, and Sam Smith gets his first, shockingly given he had the top record of 2014 (La La La), but then Like I Do isn’t as whingey as the previous album singles. Visage take Fade To Grey back into the top 20 34 years on from topping my chart, Linda Lewis top 20 doodle do-ing 42 years on from first time round, and some reactivated dance tracks shoot up and back from Andy C and Fiora, Marlon Roudette, a new mystery song (all to be revealed in a week or two), and Alle Farben moves a bit closer to the 40 2nd time around around after hitting 49 last september – Radio 2 is playing it now, so it may even chart, shock! As may the Albatross song. Not Fleetwood Mac, it’s the sweary AronChupa track. I like it despite the the potty-mouth lyrics, which I’m getting fed up with in pop music, it’s become such a contrived cliche. I mean I can swear like a trooper but even so….

For my birthday, born the same year as Madonna, I went ice skating with the young niece and nephew, trying not to fall over and look even more ridiculous as kiddies zipped in and about and danced on ice. I was comfortably the oldest skating, singing along to the music: Iiiiiim gonna swing (wobble) from the chande (slide) lieeeeerrrrrrr (wibble) froooom (bump) the chandeleee (wobble) eeeeeerrrrrrrrr (glide). I got series 7 Doctor Who, too, so yay!

1 4 1 3 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 253200
2 1 1 3 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 385000
3 9 3 2 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 130000
4 7 4 2 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 115000
5 5 5 2 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 120000
6 2 1 7 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 484900
7 6 4 5 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 201750
8 3 1 11 THESE DAYS Take That 779000
9 12 9 6 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 143150
10 14 10 5 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 149000

11 11 7 6 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 165000
12 59 12 3 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 51500
13 8 5 9 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 296300
14 RE 14 7 HEARTBEAT LOUD Andy C featuring Fiora 117150
15 18 9 7 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 183200
16 29 16 2 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 43200
17 51 12 12 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 257950
18 15 13 9 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 175600
19 23 19 28 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 364750
20 20 10 6 DESIRE Years And Years 156100

21 13 8 3 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 99750
22 10 3 6 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 271500
23 17 1 11 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 629350
24 34 24 4 COOL KIDS Echosmith 47000
25 25 25 3 SOMETHING I NEED Ben Haenow 55100
26 27 26 14 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 173500
27 NEW 27 1 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 18400
28 16 9 11 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 245550
29 NEW 29 1 INSIDE OUT SPOON 18200
30 22 2 8 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 328000

31 21 5 8 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 274650
32 32 32 5 REAL LOVE Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 63300
33 37 33 4 BAILANDO Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona 47200
34 31 1 11 DUST HALOS 606750
35 28 1 11 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 526050
36 26 1 10 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 598500
37 38 37 3 SHAKE THAT Danssun and Marlon Hofstadt 51500
38 30 1 10 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 633200
39 36 19 10 ADRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 146900
40 40 40 4 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 47200

41 19 4 8 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 248600
42 24 24 5 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 72450
43 41 5 18 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 507350
44 67 44 2 THINKING ABOUT IT Just Kiddin 19850
45 NEW 45 1 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 13000
46 56 46 3 HOME AGAIN Ashley Campbell 29550
47 47 1 21 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 955550
48 66 48 3 I’M AN ALBATROAZ AronChupa 25900
49 54 49 10 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 86000
50 44 12 12 SOS Indila 216400

51 43 19 4 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 65500
52 39 39 2 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 28600
53 48 4 11 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 306400
54 58 54 7 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 59300
55 55 1 18 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 598450
56 53 6 10 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 240550
57 45 26 7 WAIT ON ME Rixton 84500
58 49 49 4 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 46700
59 RE 59 2 TOCA TOCA Fly Project 15700
60 63 60 8 MY GENERATION The Who 56600

61 61 1 43 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 833650
62 62 1 14 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 683050
63 60 1 22 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1162150
64 64 64 2 7/11 Beyonce 14200
65 33 20 5 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 66700
66 35 18 3 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 46300
67 42 42 2 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 20350
68 68 1 21 CALL Francesco Yates 720600
69 50 50 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 29000
70 70 70 2 DIAMONDS Josef Salvat 12000

71 75 71 2 JEALOUS Labrinth 10800
72 NEW 72 1 REACH OUT Rumer 5600
73 73 1 27 BECOME Midge Ure 983000
74 NEW 74 1 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ALFIE Cilla Black 5000

DROP OUTS
46 32 5 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE Cat Stevens 73250
52 5 12 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN James Blunt 276600
57 29 4 YOU GIVE ME LOVE Idris Elba featuring Maverick Sabre 54000
65 15 8 27 CLUB Chloe Black 154900
69 52 2 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 17700
71 71 2 REBEL HEART Madonna 11600
72 72 1 IT DON’T MEAN A THING Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga 5600
74 8 13 HELLO GOODNIGHT Mamas Gun 251950