My September 1987 Charts

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1st September 1987

It’s 5 weeks on top for the unstoppable Pet Shop Boys & Dusty, as Rick Astley climbs to 3, Prince to 7, Elvis brings If I Can Dream back into the top 10 18 years on, and Dionne Warwick gets her 2nd top 10 – she would have had loads more if I’d charted earlier though. Highest new entry is the gorgeous Little Lies, Christine McVie’s best song from Fleetwood Mac’s Tango In The Night, in at 35. In a couple of weeks I’d watch the rural video in a Californian coastal motel as I drifted into a daze after accidentally taking one of my mum’s sleeping pills instead of aspirin. That ruined the next day as I largely felt icky and didn’t appreciate the stunning coastal scenery between San Fransisco and Malibu. Moral: read the packaging.

Chris Rea returns, The Housemartins make it 3 in a row, Carly Simon follows-up her comeback hit, Mick Jagger gets another solo entry 2 years after the last ones, Bon Jovi roll on, Five Star start to lose the spark, and Natalie Cole jumps back into the rundown 12 years on since she debuted – with her late dad due to debut himself by Christmas!

1 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
2 ( 2 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
3 ( 5 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
4 ( 6 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
5 ( 4 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
6 ( 3 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
7 ( 10 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
8 ( 8 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
9 ( 18 ) IF I CAN DREAM/ LOVE ME TENDER Elvis Presley
10 ( 13 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne

11 ( 7 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
12 ( 17 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
13 ( 19 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
14 ( 24 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
15 ( 9 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
16 ( 16 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
17 ( 12 ) ALONE Heart
18 ( 27 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
19 ( 14 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
20 ( 23 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher

21 ( 11 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
22 ( 28 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
23 ( 33 ) CRAZY Icehouse
24 ( 21 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
25 ( 30 ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain
26 ( 20 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
27 ( 35 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
28 ( 40 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
29 ( 22 ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
30 ( 15 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & Waterman

31 ( 39 ) I’M IN IT FOR LOVE Donny Osmond
32 ( 38 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
33 ( 25 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
34 ( 29 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
35 ( NEW ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
36 ( 32 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
37 ( 44 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
38 ( 34 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
39 ( 75 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
40 ( 43 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson

41 ( 46 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
42 ( 37 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
43 ( 36 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
44 ( 72 ) TOY BOY Sinitta
45 ( 49 ) JUST CALL Sherrick
46 ( 31 ) CHANGE David Grant
47 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU AGAIN Chris Rea
48 ( RE ) MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN Herb Alpert featuring Lisa Keith
49 ( 70 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
50 ( 52 ) SEATTLE Public Image Ltd

51 ( 42 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
52 ( 51 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
53 ( 41 ) SOLD Boy George
54 ( 53 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
55 ( 48 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
56 ( 45 ) THE RHYTHM DIVINE Yello featuring Shirley Bassey
57 ( 61 ) HUMAN Human League
58 ( 68 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
59 ( 63 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
60 ( 54 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black

61 ( 26 ) DEAR GOD XTC
62 ( 66 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
63 ( 69 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
64 ( 64 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
65 ( NEW ) ME AND THE FARMER The Housemartins
66 ( 62 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
67 ( 67 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
68 ( NEW ) LIES Jonathan Butler
69 ( NEW ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
70 ( 73 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles

71 ( 55 ) YOY BOYZ MAKE BIG NOIZE Slade
72 ( NEW ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
73 ( NEW ) NEVER SAY GOODBYE Bon Jovi
74 ( NEW ) WHENEVER YOU’RE READY Five Star
75 ( NEW ) JUMP START Natalie Cole

1st Sept
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS The Human League
2 IF IT WASN’T FOR THE REASON THAT I LOVED YOU Miki Anthony
3 THIRD FINGER LEFT HAND The Pearls

8th September 1987

It’s a first week on top for the 1987 12″ remix of the 1969 and 1970 chart-topper from The Archies, Sugar Sugar thus grabbing the record for oldest number one to return to the top – for now. Black make it two top 10’s in a row with the sublime Wonderful Life up 6, and Cliff rockets into the top 10 19 years into his chart career, Some People being one of his rather good cool pop tracks as opposed to one of his “oh dear, not weathered-well, that one” tracks. Bowie makes it 2 top 10’s in a row from his latest LP, and The Beach Boys extend their run of top 10’s to 19 years to the week.

Highest new entry is The Bee Gees going Depeche techno, and an abrupt change in sound with the fab You Win Again in at 12 19 years to the week since they also appeared in my first-ever chart. Second highest new entry is also a future UK chart-topper, the fab innovative M/A/R/R/S and Pump Up The Volume at 35, sampling gone mad and the sound of dance future. Little Lies leaps up 20 for Fleetwood Mac, the third top 20 off Tango In The Night, as John Cougar gets his 3rd top 20 in total.

Shaky is in at 40 with a good Supremes cover, Johnny Hates Jazz heroically follow-up at 43, and Madonna’s quality-control dips a bit with Causing A Commotion at 49. Levert at 53, debuting 15 years after The O’Jays were Backstabbing on top of my charts: Lead singer Eddie Levert was dad to two of the band. Thus joining the likes of John & Julian Lennon in trailblazing dads and sons independently in my charts. Cheryl Baker is the 2nd Bucks-Fizz solo charter, with the 1969 Amen Corner chart-topper, and 8 years on from her debut as part of UK Eurovision entrants Coco in those Bad Old Days.

The Communards return, Wendy & Lisa ditto, and sneaking in is the lead track on the brand new album from Michael Jackson – a little ditty called Bad: It would actually have been much higher, but I didn’t allow album tracks in or else this week most of the album (which I bought on vinyl) would have charted, followed next week by another new album clogging up the charts and kicking out at least 15 other records. So I’ve retrospectively given it a number 76, as these days I DO allow album tracks as I should have then. On the grounds that by the time album tracks became singles I’d often long-peaked over them.

1 ( 2 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
2 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
3 ( 4 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
4 ( 3 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
5 ( 5 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
6 ( 14 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
7 ( 7 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
8 ( 49 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
9 ( 12 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
10 ( 13 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys

11 ( 6 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
12 ( NEW ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
13 ( 20 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
14 ( 18 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
15 ( 35 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
16 ( 16 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
17 ( 8 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
18 ( 10 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
19 ( 22 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
20 ( 27 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp

21 ( 17 ) ALONE Heart
22 ( 28 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
23 ( 15 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
24 ( 9 ) IF I CAN DREAM/ LOVE ME TENDER Elvis Presley
25 ( 11 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
26 ( 24 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
27 ( 21 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
28 ( 39 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
29 ( 19 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
30 ( 37 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze

31 ( 32 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
32 ( 26 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
33 ( 47 ) LOVING YOU AGAIN Chris Rea
34 ( 34 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
35 ( NEW ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
36 ( 72 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
37 ( 40 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
38 ( 50 ) SEATTLE Public Image Ltd
39 ( 33 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
40 ( NEW ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens

41 ( 41 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
42 ( 38 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
43 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
44 ( 44 ) TOY BOY Sinitta
45 ( 30 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
46 ( 25 ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain
47 ( 42 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
48 ( 58 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
49 ( NEW ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
50 ( 65 ) ME AND THE FARMER The Housemartins

51 ( 48 ) MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN Herb Alpert featuring Lisa Keith
52 ( 23 ) CRAZY Icehouse
53 ( NEW ) CASANOVA Levert
54 ( 52 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
55 ( 69 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
56 ( 43 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
57 ( 29 ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
58 ( 36 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
59 ( 57 ) HUMAN Human League
60 ( 31 ) I’M IN IT FOR LOVE Donny Osmond

61 ( 55 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
62 ( 54 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
63 ( 62 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
64 ( 59 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
65 ( 64 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
66 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU Dee Lewis
67 ( 68 ) LIES Jonathan Butler
68 ( 51 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
69 ( 53 ) SOLD Boy George
70 ( NEW ) HALF AS NICE Cheryl Baker

71 ( 45 ) JUST CALL Sherrick
72 ( 75 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
73 ( 70 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) TOMORROW The Communards
75 ( NEW ) WATERFALL Wendy and Lisa
76 ( NEW ) BAD Michael Jackson

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 BAD Michael Jackson
2 I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) Hot Chocolate
3 LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees

15th September 1987

It’s a second week on top for the Archies, presiding over my second flight to California – this time with my parents who had never been, but always wanted to go. I just managed to catch the new chart rundown before leaving, so there are some UK new entries – but there’s an invasion of stuff I heard on radio stations on the car stereo, as well as the new Michael Jackson album which I copied onto cassette to play in the car – I didn’t allow album tracks in my charts back then…but the bottom three all would have featured much higher had I not been limited to just listing them for my “playlist” list. So I’ve retospectively given them a slot.

Little Lies climbs fast into the top 3, a big radio hit in the States, and Climie Fisher just sneaks into the top 10, as do The Bee Gees. US radio was amazing back then: stations galore, all with differing records on rotation, DJ’s who seemed professional. I just couldnt understand why the UK had so few radio stations, and still can’t (outside London). It’s almost as if the authorities have a problem with commercial radio…

M/A/R/R/S shoot into the 20, and the highest new entry is Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam at 18, big on LA radio with Lost In Emotion. I found the exact same beach-apartment block I stayed in in 1979 with other Uni friends, which was fab – overlooking the Queen Mary. I was in US TV and radio heaven, what with all the classic 60’s shows on re-run that I hadn’t seen since a kid, stuff like Get Smart, Gilligan’s Island and many more. Huey Lewis also benefits from the radio plays, shooting up to 20, Madonna to 22, and Billy Idol enters at 27 with his fab version of Tommy James & The Shondells brilliant 1968 chart-topper Mony Mony: note this is NOT the weaker live version that was pushed in the UK, this was an all-80’s-production.

The US is some way behind on UK-sourced hits, usually, which means for me a chance to rechart them as they get a new lease of life cruising the highways and byways and sound bigger and fresh again: ABC return with When Smokey Sings at 29, Living In A Box get some 12″ action, as do Pepsi & Shirlie’s Heartache, both debuting in that format, while Swing Out Sister’s Breakout 1986 hit also returns. A hot new track that stiffed in the UK is in at 31 for The Other Ones – Holiday. So appropriate I bought the single, along with Fleetwood Mac’s Little Lies, in the USA on vinyl.

U2 finally go top 40 where the streets have exotic names, Gary Numan revamps his old car, given a jump start by rising natalie Cole, as the sweet Level 42 It’s Over sneaks in as I leave the UK. Starship follow-up the monster hit, and I go to Disneyland, have a ball on rollercoaster Space Mountain and see the 3D state-of-the-art Sci-fi mini-extravaganza Captain Eo aka Michael Jackson’s wannabe space hero. Great to look at and featuring a half-familiar-sounding song from his album, and one which hasn’t turned up anywhere yet. When he was acting Jacko was embarrassing, when he was singing, fab. I doubt it will be showing anytime this century again, sorry if you missed it!

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
2 ( 2 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
3 ( 15 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 3 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
5 ( 4 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
6 ( 10 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
7 ( 8 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
8 ( 13 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
9 ( 9 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
10 ( 12 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

11 ( 7 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
12 ( 5 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
13 ( 6 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
14 ( 14 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
15 ( 35 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
16 ( 11 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
17 ( 22 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
18 ( NEW ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
19 ( 17 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
20 ( 48 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News

21 ( 20 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
22 ( 49 ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
23 ( 28 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
24 ( 16 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
25 ( 18 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
26 ( 21 ) ALONE Heart
27 ( NEW ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION) Billy Idol
28 ( 19 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
29 ( RE ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
30 ( 30 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze

31 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
32 ( 32 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
33 ( 41 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
34 ( 34 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
35 ( NEW ) CARS (E REG MODEL) Gary Numan
36 ( 36 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
37 ( 37 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
38 ( 26 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
39 ( 23 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
40 ( 29 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

41 ( 27 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
42 ( 43 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
43 ( 25 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
44 ( 40 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( NEW ) LIVING IN A BOX (12” REMIX) Living In A Box
46 ( 39 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
47 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE (12” REMIX) Pepsi and Shirlie
48 ( 42 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
49 ( 72 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
50 ( 24 ) IF I CAN DREAM/ LOVE ME TENDER Elvis Presley

51 ( NEW ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
52 ( 53 ) CASANOVA Levert
53 ( 47 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
54 ( 50 ) ME AND THE FARMER The Housemartins
55 ( 55 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
56 ( 75 ) WATERFALLS Wendy and Lisa
57 ( 54 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
58 ( 61 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
59 ( 33 ) LOVING YOU AGAIN Chris Rea
60 ( 59 ) HUMAN Human League

61 ( 52 ) CRAZY Icehouse
62 ( 67 ) LIES Jonathan Butler
63 ( 45 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
64 ( 66 ) STUCK ON YOU Dee Lewis
65 ( 63 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
66 ( 65 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
67 ( 64 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
68 ( NEW ) IT’S OVER Level 42
69 ( 56 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
70 ( NEW ) FREE Curiosity Killed The Cat

71 ( 51 ) MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN Herb Alpert featuring Lisa Keith
72 ( 62 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
73 ( NEW ) STOP TO LOVE Luther Vandross
74 ( 73 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
75 ( NEW ) IT’S NOT OVER (TILL IT’S OVER) Starship
76 ( NEW ) WE ARE HERE TO CHANGE THE WORLD/ANOTHER PART OF ME (CAPTAIN EO) Michael Jackson
77 ( NEW ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
78 ( NEW ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson

22nd September 1987 California/Nevada Chart

It’s a third week on top for the 1969 chart-topper that featured on oldies stations as we drove the majestic scenery highways of deserts and Canyons – keeping it hot! This was the week that featured the Ghost Town of Calico, Las Vegas gambling, passing the Flintstones Bedrock en route to the Grand Canyon, still jawdropping if you take time to absorb the scale of it, and Death Valley, superhot and complete with Road Runners in Furnace Creek (beep! beep!). Didn’t see any Coyotes though, Wile E or otherwise.

Dionne & Jeffrey rocket back up to a new peak of 5 for the fab Love Power, and Michael Jackson’s Bad is now officially a single and returns at 4 while his 2 future singles climb just outside the 75 (but would have been way higher). M/A/R/R/S make the top 10, as I had it on cassette tape, and big US hit Holiday climbs to 11. Natalie Cole makes it 12 years of top 40 entries (albeit with little in between) & Curiosity’s Misfit is back in the 40 with substantial US radio play, outdoing the weak follow-up at 70.

Oldies returning due to airplay chart plugging include Cutting Crew, Go West and Whitney sneaks in where she hadn’t been thanks to the sunny blue skies. Even turgid ballads sound better in California. US-only hits include Smokey Robinson, now on 18 years of entries, Expose and the fab Let Me Be The One, the sound of Miami dance-future shortly to inspire the Pet Shop Boys, who make do in the meantime with the track 1 off Actually. I’m still annoyed it wasn’t a single: One More Chance was hookily fab.

60’s veterans The Grateful Dead debut with Twist Of Grey, having been talked up on Boys Of Summer’s Dead-Head Stickers lyric, Jellybean goes top 50 ahead the UK catching on to Who Found Who with Lisa Fiorillo, Crowded House follow-up a chart-topper, Laura Branigan returns a bit shattered 4 years on from Gloria, future UK hit Who Will You Run To brings Heart in a bit early, Bob Seger makes it 9 years of minor hits, and Gloria Estefan makes it 3 years of Doctor Beat-ing, just ahead of her exploding big in the UK as a solo act (but really still exactly the same Miami Sound Machine act).


1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
2 ( 2 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
3 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( RE ) BAD Michael Jackson
5 ( 25 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
6 ( 5 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
7 ( 7 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
8 ( 15 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
9 ( 4 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
10 ( 10 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

11 ( 31 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
12 ( 14 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
13 ( 19 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
14 ( 17 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
15 ( 6 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
16 ( 18 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
17 ( 21 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
18 ( 11 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
19 ( 8 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
20 ( 9 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie

21 ( 24 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
22 ( 22 ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
23 ( 13 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
24 ( 29 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
25 ( 12 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
26 ( 16 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
27 ( 27 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION) Billy Idol
28 ( 23 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
29 ( 30 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
30 ( 20 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News

31 ( 26 ) ALONE Heart
32 ( 28 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
33 ( 49 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
34 ( RE ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
35 ( 35 ) CARS (E REG MODEL) Gary Numan
36 ( 36 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
37 ( 42 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
38 ( 34 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
39 ( 52 ) CASANOVA Levert
40 ( 32 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna

41 ( RE ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
42 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
43 ( 47 ) HEARTACHE (12” REMIX) Pepsi and Shirlie
44 ( 51 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
45 ( 33 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
46 ( 55 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
47 ( 38 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
48 ( 56 ) WATERFALLS Wendy and Lisa
49 ( NEW ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
50 ( 40 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

51 ( 46 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
52 ( 43 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
53 ( 48 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
54 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
55 ( 39 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
56 ( 53 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
57 ( NEW ) ONE HEARTBEAT Smokey Robinson
58 ( 44 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
59 ( NEW ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
60 ( 60 ) HUMAN Human League

61 ( 57 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
62 ( NEW ) TWIST OF GREY The Grateful Dead
63 ( 41 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
64 ( 68 ) IT’S OVER Level 42
65 ( 65 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
66 ( 66 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
67 ( NEW ) BETCHA SAY THAT Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
68 ( 45 ) LIVING IN A BOX (12” REMIX) Living In A Box
69 ( NEW ) SHATTERED GLASS Laura Branigan
70 ( 70 ) FREE Curiosity Killed The Cat

71 ( NEW ) SOMETHING SO STRONG Crowded House
72 ( NEW ) WHO WILL YOU RUN TO Heart
73 ( 37 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
74 ( NEW ) SHAKEDOWN Bob Seger
75 ( NEW ) DIDN’T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL Whitney Houston
76 ( 77 ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
77 ( 78 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
78 ( NEW ) ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys

29th September 1987

It’s a first week on top for the fab Little Lies, and Fleetwood Mac’s second chart-topper seven years since the mighty rhythms of Tusk topped my chart, and 19 years since Albatross first charted. Lindsey Buckingham also grabbed an extra one in 1982 with Trouble. Back in the UK after doing San Fransisco Golden Gate & Fisherman’s Wharf, Carmel, the coastal drive down to Santa Barbara and Malibu, and then home to an inrush of hot new UK music, so yet more new entries.

Gary Numan’s 1979 chart-topper as Tubeway Army is back in the top 10 alongside a remixed Cars, ABC’s follow-up hits a new peak of 12, as the previous single is back in the 20, and Shaky leaps up to 16 with his Supremes cover, one of his best singles (granted the competition is about a handful at this point). Highest new entry is from Jan Hammer, hot off the TV show ratings hit episode where Don Johnson marries Sheena Easton. I think.

The Christians return with yet another great single, at 37, Steve Winwood pops in with Valerie – it wasn’t in the same league as Higher Love, but was infinitely better than the annoying cover that topped the 21st century charts as Call On Me. A bit like Kygo isn’t anywhere near as good as the original, Whitney or not. Westworld are back with a ballad goodie that sadly under-performed, a novelty movie spin-off from Full Metal Jacket (that made a mini-legend of the late Ronald Lee Ermey) parades in, Bruce Willis gets a third 60’s cover, and Was (Not Was) get a second chart entry with the big UK hit Walk The Dinosaur – this owed quite a bit to Sly & The Family Stone’s I Wanna Take You Higher.

Bananarama also get a second goodie SAW-produced hit, Dusty gets a second shared credit as she helps Richard Carpenter to a first chart entry with new material since sister Karen died in 1983. Finally UB40 cover an old Jackson 5 track at 75.

1 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 2 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
3 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
4 ( 4 ) BAD Michael Jackson
5 ( 10 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
6 ( 8 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
7 ( 11 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
8 ( 6 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
9 ( 7 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
10 ( 35 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army

11 ( 12 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
12 ( 28 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
13 ( 14 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
14 ( 5 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
15 ( 9 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
16 ( 58 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
17 ( 16 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
18 ( 22 ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
19 ( 13 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
20 ( 24 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC

21 ( 17 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
22 ( 18 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
23 ( NEW ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
24 ( 19 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
25 ( 15 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
26 ( 20 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
27 ( 27 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION) Billy Idol
28 ( 37 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
29 ( 33 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
30 ( 26 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett

31 ( 23 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
32 ( 25 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
33 ( 21 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
34 ( 36 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
35 ( 29 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
36 ( 39 ) CASANOVA Levert
37 ( NEW ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
38 ( 31 ) ALONE Heart
39 ( 46 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
40 ( 38 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys

41 ( NEW ) VALERIE Steve Winwood
42 ( 30 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
43 ( 32 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
44 ( 40 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
45 ( 49 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
46 ( 57 ) ONE HEARTBEAT Smokey Robinson
47 ( 47 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
48 ( NEW ) SILVERMAC Westworld
49 ( NEW ) FULL METAL JACKET (I WANNA BE A DRILL INSTRUCTOR) Abigail Mead & Nigel Goulding
50 ( 62 ) TOUCH OF GREY The Grateful Dead

51 ( 51 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
52 ( NEW ) SECRET AGENT MAN Bruce Willis
53 ( 53 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
54 ( 59 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
55 ( 34 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
56 ( 52 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
57 ( 67 ) BETCHA SAY THAT Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
58 ( 56 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
59 ( 64 ) IT’S OVER Level 42
60 ( 60 ) HUMAN Human League

61 ( 50 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
62 ( 61 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
63 ( NEW ) THAT GIRL Freddie McGregor
64 ( 42 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
65 ( 72 ) WHO WILL YOU RUN TO Heart
66 ( 65 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
67 ( 66 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
68 ( NEW ) WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was)
69 ( 41 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
70 ( NEW ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama

71 ( NEW ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
72 ( 43 ) HEARTACHE (12” REMIX) Pepsi and Shirlie
73 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES Dusty Springfield & Richard Carpenter
74 ( 45 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
75 ( NEW ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 EAGLE Abba
2 WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER Timmy Thomas
3 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba

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My August 1987 Charts

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

4th August 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4th Aug
PLAYIST OLDIES

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

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Madonna at Wembley Crowd scene

11th August 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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18th August 1987

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25th August 1987

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Sept-Dec 2019 Charts

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London Film & Comic Con where I got autographs of sci-fi stars, reverted to 10 years-old, and enjoyed Jason Isaacs Q&A.

13th October 2019

It’s a first week on top for any member of Kasabian – aka Sergio from the band on a side project. He’ll be on Jools Holland any day now along with new act Celeste, who is up to 6 with the hauntingly fab Strange. I’m hoping for bigger things for both after they get the TV plug. Big Mountain climbs for Bjorn and Arcteec, up to 5, while Lucy Daydream’s about You. At 8. It’s basically Wicked Game with the notes in a slightly different order.

Niall Horan gets his first ever top 20 hit, and that includes One Direction tracks, while his old mucker Harry Styles gets his biggest ever track too, both of them getting the highest new entries of the last 2 weeks, Harry at 27. For such a disposable band career they’ve all done alright solo. Who’da thunk it! Noah Cyrus decides to join sis Miley in the chart, both of them doing really interesting stuff musically these days.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO is back again – his new stuff hot on the heels of his comeback album: you wait 30 years for a new album and then 2 come along at once! From Out Of Nowhere is typical ELO, and as usual the mp3 itunes download is poor sound quality, he’s determined to try and force me to buy the album! Taylor Swift gets a 3rd simultaneous, and 6th track off Lover, this time the title track, Liam Gallagher gets a 3rd off his album, Broken Bells return after after a break of 5 years since peaking at 2 with Holding On For Life, and 9 years since the fab THe High Road hit 7 – though Dangermaus has also charted in between.

Xenomania pop in with a new protoge, as the good Girls Aloud chart years fade and they now struggle, last having success with other acts with Pet Shop Boys. Simply Red also return as they knock out the previous single from the chart, some 34 years since Money was too tight to mention, beating Pet Shop Boys into the chart by a few months, who drop off the top spot.

1 2 1 7 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 430400
2 1 1 5 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 533000
3 3 1 5 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 565000
4 4 4 7 THE BEACH The Makemakes 298350
5 38 5 3 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 84600
6 12 6 5 STRANGE Celeste 149450
7 6 6 7 COLD James Blunt 195250
8 36 8 3 YOU. Lucy Daydream 76000
9 9 9 5 SANREMO Mika 134400
10 5 5 7 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 155200

11 10 1 11 I TRANCE Agnes 1389000
12 11 2 10 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 609600
13 14 13 8 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 160700
14 8 4 9 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 490000
15 7 3 9 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 552000
16 15 15 7 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 130900
17 13 9 8 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 189600
18 18 18 5 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 78500
19 19 19 7 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 100150
20 56 20 2 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 30600

21 21 21 6 INSTANTANE Paradis 81900
22 16 10 10 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 217400
23 30 23 6 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 64450
24 26 24 7 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 94600
25 17 7 8 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 300750
26 78 26 2 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 22900
27 NEW 27 1 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 18400
28 20 8 8 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 263300
29 NEW 29 1 LONELY Noah Cyrus 18200
30 39 30 7 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 64100

31 67 31 2 ECHOES Lola Marsh 24500
32 22 17 8 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 147850
33 65 33 3 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 30500
34 35 34 3 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 49100
35 63 35 4 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 35500
36 NEW 36 1 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 17400
37 37 37 5 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 68700
38 47 38 3 WHY DON’T YOU JUST GET ME Antony & Cleopatra 34500
39 28 14 8 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 184150
40 34 1 22 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1609250

41 23 5 8 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 340250
42 32 2 12 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 501200
43 24 10 4 DRIVE The Cars 101500
44 31 1 9 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 642150
45 45 45 3 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 31200
46 74 46 2 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 17950
47 25 9 11 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 246800
48 27 20 8 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 107500
49 44 44 7 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 63150
50 50 50 4 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 32000

51 41 41 4 LET’S GO The Cars 48850
52 52 52 9 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 86500
53 58 53 3 COME AND GET IT The Beatles 27050
54 43 3 20 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 817900
55 55 55 4 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 37100
56 29 29 6 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 78800
57 40 13 11 FRIENDS Dido 231800
58 48 48 5 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 39400
59 76 59 2 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 14900
60 61 60 3 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 25000

61 46 46 9 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 83800
62 62 62 2 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 14800
63 69 63 3 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 19600
64 73 64 4 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 20900
65 77 65 2 GO The Black Keys 11600
66 NEW 66 1 LOVER Taylor Swift 6800
67 72 67 2 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 12200
68 68 68 3 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 17400
69 49 15 10 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 164700
70 70 70 3 GOODBYE The Beatles 16400

71 NEW 71 1 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 5800
72 42 19 10 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 146100
73 NEW 73 1 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 5400
74 NEW 74 1 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress 5000
76 60 1 16 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 493650
77 NEW 77 1 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 4600
78 NEW 78 1 WHY DO YOU LOVE Charlotte Lawrence 4400
79 79 79 2 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 8400
80 80 80 2 OVER YOU Lily Moore 8000

DROP OUTS
33 33 8 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 102800
51 38 7 TIME Sophia Bel 75300
53 43 7 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 67450
54 54 4 SMALL TALK Katy Perry 34200
57 26 10 FALLING LEON 151050
59 20 10 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 162050
64 64 3 JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars 17900
66 16 10 I’M GOOD Wafia 159200
71 10 10 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 232350
75 75 3 RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang 14600

 

6th October 2019

It’s a first week on top for Pet Shop Boys, 3 years since their last hat-trick of toppers, 34 years since West End Girls did the trick and dozens of number ones ago before Dreamland. Years And Years also get a third chart-topper, since King and Shine did the trick in 2015. Big climbs for PJ Brennan who is inhabiting the Land Of Make Believe rhythms, James Blunt gets his 6th top 10, Mika his 10th. Snakehips shoot up into the 20, Tove Lo & Kylie into the 40, as does John Newman, all having been there before, in the case of Kylie having been there a lot!

New entries from Niall Horan with a jolly decent track is a surprise highest new entry, his first solo was 2 years ago and peaked at 23, while elsewhere The Black Keys return, Oliver Heldens sneaks back in, PNAU have a quick follow-up to a top 10, Papa Zeus re-do Ce Ce Peniston’s classic Finally, and 2 70’s tracks return: OMD finally get there debit single into my charts 40 years late, and the sad death of lead singer of Eddie & The Hot Rods, Barrie Masters, brings their best track back – Do Anything You Want To Do from the summer of 77 – actually I have sad memories attached to it as my beloved pet budgie died while it was on TV, he’d not been well a few days and had one last mad flutter, I gently picked him up and he just went then and there. It might not sound like much, but I was upset, he’d been part of the family for 5 years and loved getting his own way, not afraid of anything much.

1 2 1 4 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 418000
2 6 2 6 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 260400
3 1 1 4 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 480000
4 7 4 6 THE BEACH The Makemakes 233350
5 26 5 6 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 113200
6 13 6 6 COLD James Blunt 145250
7 3 3 8 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 525000
8 4 4 8 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 461000
9 19 9 4 SANREMO Mika 89400
10 5 1 10 I TRANCE Agnes 1352000

11 8 2 9 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 574600
12 18 12 4 STRANGE Celeste 94450
13 9 9 7 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 166600
14 16 14 7 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 128700
15 22 15 6 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 105900
16 10 10 9 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 197900
17 12 7 7 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 282000
18 40 18 4 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 56500
19 23 19 6 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 79150
20 14 8 7 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 245000

21 36 21 5 INSTANTANE Paradis 62150
22 17 17 7 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 130050
23 11 5 7 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 326250
24 15 10 3 DRIVE The Cars 88000
25 25 9 10 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 234300
26 30 26 6 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 75600
27 20 20 7 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 95200
28 21 14 7 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 167050
29 29 29 5 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 68200
30 65 30 5 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 45200

31 24 1 8 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 628900
32 28 2 11 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 487450
33 35 33 8 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 102800
34 27 1 21 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1592250
35 41 35 2 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 31500
36 56 36 2 YOU Lucy Daydream 28000
37 39 37 4 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 51400
38 62 38 2 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 24600
39 58 39 6 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 46100
40 34 13 10 FRIENDS Dido 221400

41 45 41 3 LET’S GO The Cars 37100
42 31 19 9 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 140500
43 37 3 19 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 806900
44 50 44 6 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 51050
45 74 45 2 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 18200
46 48 46 8 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 76300
47 76 47 2 WHY DON’T YOU JUST GET ME Antony & Cleopatra 17300
48 64 48 4 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 29200
49 33 15 9 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 158500
50 80 50 3 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 20000

51 38 38 7 TIME Sophia Bel 75300
52 52 52 8 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 75000
53 43 43 7 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 67450
54 54 54 4 SMALL TALK Katy Perry 34200
55 59 55 3 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 26300
56 NEW 56 1 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 10600
57 42 26 10 FALLING LEON 151050
58 72 58 2 COME AND GET IT The Beatles 15800
59 32 20 10 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 162050
60 60 1 15 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 488850

61 61 61 2 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 15000
62 NEW 62 1 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 7400
63 70 63 3 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 18000
64 68 64 3 JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars 17900
65 71 65 2 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 12800
66 46 16 10 I’M GOOD Wafia 159200
67 NEW 67 1 ECHOES Lola Marsh 6600
68 77 68 2 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 11000
69 69 69 2 FEEL LOVE Feed Me 12400
70 78 70 2 GOODBYE The Beatles 10400

71 44 10 10 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 232350
72 NEW 72 1 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 5600
73 79 73 3 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 13800
74 NEW 74 1 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 5200
75 75 75 3 RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang 14600
76 NEW 76 1 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 4800
77 NEW 77 1 GO The Black Keys 4600
78 NEW 78 1 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 4400
79 NEW 79 1 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 4200
80 NEW 80 1 OVER YOU Lily Moore 4000

DROP OUTS
47 34 7 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 104600
49 30 9 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 130550
51 20 6 VISIONS OF GIDEON Sufjan Stevens 97850
53 20 6 I’LL BE THERE Walk Off The Earth 94550
55 10 9 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 195600
57 48 6 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis 59700
63 40 9 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 90100
66 8 14 MAD LOVE Mabel 305400
67 67 4 HAVE IT ALL Cosmo’s Midnight featuring Age.Sex.Location 22400
73 73 3 HOME Cavetown 14600

 

 

22nd September 2019

It’s a first week on top for Fall Out Boy and Wyclef-Jean, a first for both acts after a decade of attempts from the boys, and 23 years from Wyclef. Patience is rewarded! Pet Shop Boys are up to 3, The S.L.P. Kasabian spin-off is rocketing up to 6, and The Cars have 4 oldies enter following the sad death of Ric Okasek, the highest at 10 for the heart-rendingly perfect Drive at 10. It would have been higher if it hadn’t topped my chart recently in orchestral version, for the third time.

Lana Del Ray gets her 4th top 20 of the year and also enters another from a movie, along with Miley and Ariana. James Blunt makes it 14 years of top 20’s, while Mika leaps again into the 40 this year, with Sanremo, also 14 years of chart entries here. New entries are thin on the ground, just Hailee Steinfeld and Ina Wrolsden, but there will be more pending soon as a gap appears!

1 6 1 2 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 225000
2 1 1 8 I TRANCE Agnes 1250000
3 8 3 2 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 133000
4 3 3 6 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 390000
5 4 4 6 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 348000
6 39 6 4 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 90400
7 5 5 5 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 270000
8 2 2 7 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 489600
9 9 9 4 THE BEACH The Makemakes 118350
10 NEW 10 1 DRIVE The Cars 42000

11 10 7 5 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 224000
12 13 12 7 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 130900
13 11 8 5 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 196000
14 14 14 5 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 129000
15 7 1 6 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 592000
16 18 16 5 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 89600
17 12 9 8 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 196800
18 29 18 4 COLD James Blunt 58250
19 30 19 5 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 74700
20 21 20 8 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 134150

21 33 21 2 STRANGE Celeste 37450
22 23 22 5 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 87550
23 15 2 9 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 451350
24 19 19 7 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 108850
25 17 1 19 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1556250
26 37 26 4 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 59400
27 38 27 5 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 56800
28 24 15 7 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 128700
29 22 13 8 FRIENDS Dido 186800
30 26 26 8 FALLING LEON 126900

31 16 10 8 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 214300
32 72 32 2 SANREMO Mika 23400
33 27 3 17 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 776100
34 36 34 6 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 92100
35 62 35 4 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 34700
36 58 36 3 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 31800
37 60 37 4 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 38900
38 20 20 5 VISIONS OF GIDEON Sufjan Stevens 86100
39 44 39 6 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 67600
40 59 40 4 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 39100

41 65 41 3 INSTANTANE Paradis 25000
42 55 42 5 TIME Sophia Bel 46350
43 25 16 8 I’M GOOD Wafia 138650
44 35 30 8 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 118450
45 28 20 5 I’LL BE THERE Walk Off The Earth 83300
46 32 10 8 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 184800
47 57 47 5 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 42700
48 50 48 5 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis 49300
49 73 49 2 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 17500
50 40 40 8 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 82900

51 34 26 8 GREYHOUND Collard 130550
52 31 18 8 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 139700
53 54 53 6 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 51250
54 47 47 8 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 77750
55 43 8 13 MAD LOVE Mabel 298600
56 56 56 6 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 52000
57 67 57 2 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 17000
58 63 58 4 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 25800
59 NEW 59 1 LET’S GO The Cars 10100
60 52 1 13 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 468850

61 41 19 10 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 140700
62 76 62 2 SMALL TALK Katy Perry 12200
63 45 4 19 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 661750
64 71 64 4 IF THEY ONLY KNEW Black Atlass 21700
65 70 65 5 COMPROMISE JeanGa & George featuring Eartha Kitt 26200
66 66 66 3 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 20200
67 77 67 4 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 18800
68 68 68 5 FALLING DEEP IN LOVE (JOEY NEGRO DISCO BLEND) Horse Meat Disco & Kathy Sledge 26800
69 48 10 11 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 222700
70 75 70 3 HAVE IT ALL Cosmo’s Midnight featuring Age.Sex.Location 15800

71 46 9 13 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 305500
72 79 72 2 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 9800
73 NEW 73 1 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 5400
74 80 74 2 HOME Cavetown 9200
75 61 1 20 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 1021750
76 NEW 76 1 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 4800
77 NEW 77 1 RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang 4600
78 NEW 78 1 JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars 4400
79 NEW 79 1 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 4200
80 NEW 80 1 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 4000

DROP OUTS
42 1 13 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 1160900
49 20 7 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 118400
51 47 7 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 69050
53 40 7 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 76500
64 5 17 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 484500
69 7 17 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 404250
74 29 7 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 100450
78 52 7 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 54300

 

 

 

15th September 2019

It’s Agnes back on top for a 6th week, the longest run for 3 years, as Paul Kalkbrenner is close behind at 2. I hope to be dancing a bit next week in Spain, all being well. Highest new entry is… not the Pet Shop Boys! Yes, their Years & Years collab could “only” manage 8, though it is great and the boys are on TV tonight BBC4 live in concert. I have my next ticket for the Greatest Hits tour. So who beats them? Fall Out Boy! Pet Shop Boys lead tracks off new studio albums always always always go top 10 for me (34 years and counting), but Fall Out Boys don’t always go top 10 – they hit 3 in 2007 with the Arms Race track, 2 in 2013 with My Songs Know/ In The Dark track, the Munsters-sampling Uma Thurman hit 7 in 2015 and in 2017 they hit 7 again with Hold Me Tight Or Don’t. So they get the third-highest chart-peak 12 years on with Dear Future Self, draft in the Munsters rhythms again, and feature Wyclef Jean who hit 4 21 years ago with Gone Till November, Fugee’d it up earlier than that, and also peaked at 4 with Shakira and Hips Don’t Lie – so this is his 3rd solo credit top 10, one a decade on average.

The Makemakes get a big climb to 9, Celeste debuts at 33, new and looking good for future success, Noel Gallagher gets his 3rd of the year as bro Liam hits 3, Mika has a swift return after his Savoretti duet, Snakehips are back featuring in Anna Of The North who also return, Katy Perry sneaks her 2nd of the year in, and the Goo Goo Dolls are back! Last seen 20 years ago when Iris made my top 40, and has since gone on to be something of an ever-popular anthem. Nice to see 90’s rock again.


1 2 1 7 I TRANCE Agnes 1135000
2 3 2 6 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 441600
3 4 3 5 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 325000
4 5 4 5 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 288000
5 6 5 4 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 220000
6 NEW 6 1 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 55000
7 1 1 5 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 565000
8 NEW 8 1 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 48000
9 39 9 3 THE BEACH The Makemakes 73350
10 7 7 4 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 187000

11 8 8 4 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 164000
12 9 9 7 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 173700
13 17 13 6 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 95900
14 14 14 4 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 100000
15 11 2 8 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 432100
16 10 10 7 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 196400
17 12 1 18 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1537500
18 24 18 4 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 64600
19 23 19 6 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 89850
20 22 20 4 VISIONS OF GIDEON Sufjan Stevens 68900

21 29 21 7 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 114150
22 13 13 7 FRIENDS Dido 168600
23 25 23 4 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 68050
24 15 15 6 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 110400
25 16 16 7 I’M GOOD Wafia 125150
26 27 26 7 FALLING LEON 108900
27 19 3 16 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 758400
28 20 20 4 I’LL BE THERE Walk Off The Earth 70300
29 42 29 3 COLD James Blunt 36250
30 32 30 4 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 53700

31 18 18 7 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 128200
32 21 10 7 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 172050
33 NEW 33 1 STRANGE Celeste 17700
34 26 26 7 GREYHOUND Collard 118800
35 30 30 7 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 105200
36 36 36 5 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 74500
37 45 37 3 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 40900
38 50 38 4 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 38400
39 55 39 3 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 35400
40 43 40 7 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 72900

41 28 19 9 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 133200
42 35 1 13 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 1160900
43 34 8 12 MAD LOVE Mabel 287800
44 44 44 5 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 50500
45 31 4 18 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 654550
46 33 9 12 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 299700
47 48 47 7 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 66750
48 38 10 10 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 216500
49 37 20 7 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 118400
50 57 50 4 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis 37000

51 47 47 7 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 69050
52 41 1 12 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 458850
53 40 40 7 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 76500
54 54 54 5 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 40000
55 58 55 4 TIME Sophia Bel 32600
56 56 56 5 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 41400
57 60 57 4 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 30200
58 79 58 2 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 14400
59 65 59 3 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 22100
60 66 60 3 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 21600

61 53 1 19 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 1016750
62 70 62 3 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 17200
63 74 63 3 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 15600
64 51 5 17 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 484500
65 80 65 2 INSTANTANE Paradis 11000
66 67 66 2 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 13400
67 NEW 67 1 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 6600
68 68 68 4 FALLING DEEP IN LOVE (JOEY NEGRO DISCO BLEND) Horse Meat Disco & Kathy Sledge 20400
69 59 7 17 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 404250
70 71 70 4 COMPROMISE JeanGa & George featuring Eartha Kitt 19200

71 73 71 3 IF THEY ONLY KNEW Black Atlass 14600
72 NEW 72 1 SANREMO Mika 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 5400
74 46 29 7 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 100450
75 76 75 2 HAVE IT ALL Cosmo’s Midnight featuring Age.Sex.Location 9800
76 NEW 76 1 SMALL TALK Katy Perry 4800
77 77 77 3 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 12200
78 52 52 7 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 54300
79 NEW 79 1 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 4200
80 NEW 80 1 HOME Cavetown 4000

DROP OUTS
49 23 9 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 131750
61 3 13 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 597500
62 18 13 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 216050
63 6 14 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 382950
64 5 10 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 304600
69 10 18 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 344100
72 12 11 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 230300
75 23 10 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 145500
78 59 5 LITTLE HELP The BossHoss featuring Mimy & Josy 29900

 

 

 

1st September 2019

It’s 5 weeks on top for Agnes, the longest run since Panic! At The Disco’s Look Ma did 5 weeks last year, and it’s 50 years ago today that I flew on an RAF VC-10 plane to Singapore to live. My first view of life outside England & Wales was coming in to land on a stop-over in the Indian Ocean – the RAF island base of Gan, a tropical paradise, shimmering green, a sea of blue, sunshine, and tropical reefs from the air. Just gorgeous. Still my idea of paradise. My fave song was In The Year 2525 by Zager & Evans – always looking to the future, me!

The top 9 songs jostle places, still loving them all, Emeli Sande gets a big climb into the 20 with Nana Rogues, Walk Off The earth shoot into the 30, as do Jonas Brothers and Sufjan Stevens, while OMD tick off another top 40 – I havent counted but they have probably averaged well over one a year over 40 years. Highest new entry is from The Makemakes, I’d rather be on The Beach actually, myself. At 61, a Kasabian member side-project is a goodie, Yves V helps Icona Pop back into the charts after a break, Black Atlass belatedly follows-up his chart-topper form late 2018, Ariana adds another to her total, and John Newman gets a second of the year.


1 1 1 5 I TRANCE Agnes 850000
2 2 2 3 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 345000
3 3 3 4 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 241600
4 5 4 3 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 175000
5 6 5 3 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 163000
6 7 6 2 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 105000
7 9 7 2 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 95000
8 4 2 6 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 368100
9 8 1 16 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1479500
10 11 10 2 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 79000

11 16 11 5 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 129400
12 19 12 5 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 93700
13 15 13 5 FRIENDS Dido 117100
14 10 10 5 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 134500
15 12 3 14 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 719000
16 39 16 2 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 42100
17 26 17 4 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 64400
18 22 18 5 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 88300
19 24 19 7 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 100900
20 27 20 5 I’M GOOD Wafia 81400

21 13 4 16 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 623650
22 14 9 10 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 269250
23 17 8 10 MAD LOVE Mabel 256700
24 45 24 2 I’LL BE THERE Walk Off The Earth 32000
25 20 20 5 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 89000
26 28 26 5 GREYHOUND Collard 82700
27 54 27 2 VISIONS OF GIDEON Sufjan Stevens 29400
28 18 10 8 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 187000
29 34 29 5 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 82500
30 43 30 4 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 40900

31 21 1 11 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 1129650
32 35 32 5 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 76200
33 33 33 5 FALLING LEON 72000
34 37 34 4 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 49600
35 38 35 5 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 69700
36 23 23 8 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 119650
37 46 37 2 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 30050
38 68 38 2 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 23600
39 50 39 3 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 39700
40 29 5 15 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 465650

41 32 1 10 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 433350
42 25 3 12 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 590000
43 78 43 2 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 17900
44 30 18 12 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 208650
45 31 12 10 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 224700
46 47 46 5 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 48250
47 44 1 17 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 998000
48 40 7 15 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 387950
49 36 6 13 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 375750
50 55 50 5 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 42400

51 52 51 5 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 41950
52 41 5 9 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 297500
53 NEW 53 1 THE BEACH The Makemakes 11250
54 42 23 9 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 140500
55 56 55 5 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 44800
56 NEW 56 1 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 10600
57 51 10 17 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 337900
58 60 58 5 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 38400
59 66 59 4 LITTLE HELP The BossHoss featuring Mimy & Josy 25500
60 62 60 3 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 24000

61 NEW 61 1 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 7500
62 63 62 2 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis 14600
63 65 63 3 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 20200
64 59 1 20 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 906600
65 69 65 3 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 18000
66 48 48 7 CASTLES Freya Ridings 54550
67 67 67 3 HOLA (RADIO EDIT) Dario G 17200
68 76 68 2 TIME Sophia Bel 11600
69 49 49 6 FADE OUT Seeb & Olivia O’Brien & Space Primates 55800
70 70 70 4 TRUTH Mark Ronson featuring Alicia Keys & The Last Artful, Dodgr 23400

71 80 71 2 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 9800
72 53 53 5 MONEY Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch 45450
73 81 73 2 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 9200
74 58 26 12 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 155500
75 NEW 75 1 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 5000
76 NEW 76 1 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 4800
77 84 77 2 FALLING DEEP IN LOVE (JOEY NEGRO DISCO BLEND) Horse Meat Disco & Kathy Sledge 7800
78 NEW 78 1 COLD James Blunt 4400
79 79 79 3 HUNGRY HEART Bruce Springsteen 12600
80 83 80 2 COMPROMISE JeanGa & George 7400

81 NEW 81 1 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 3800
82 57 57 6 HOW GLAD I AM Chrissie Hynde with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble 46800
83 NEW 83 1 IF THEY ONLY KNEW Black Atlass 3400
84 NEW 84 1 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 3200
85 NEW 85 1 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 3000

DROP OUTS
61 8 14 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 291450
64 36 5 SOMEONE LIKE YOU (ATARI HERO REMIX) The Sugarhill Gang Grandmaster Mele Mel & SCORPIO Furious5 featuring Barshon 61900
71 71 4 MINE RIGHT NOW Sigrid 20400
72 29 8 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 104500
73 48 6 SCHOOL’S OUT (572100) Alice Cooper 60300
74 74 4 MEN BEHAVING BADLY Chiedu Oraka & Deezkid featuring Jacob Aaron 19000
75 50 7 CAN WE PRETEND Pink featuring Cash Cash 56000
77 10 8 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 163700
82 3 16 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 611500
85 85 1 BECAUSE THE NIGHT Bruce Springsteen 3000

 

My July 1987 Charts

7th July 1987

2 weeks on top for It’s A Sin, still epic 32 years later, Herb Alpert gets 2 top 3’s in a row, Madonna shoots up into the 10 with Who’s That Girl, and Cliff gets another top 10 to add to his 19-year-long-run (or, more accurately, 25 years as Bachelor Boy would have topped my hypothetical charts had I been doing them as a 4/5 year-old). Highest new entry is Black, in at 13 with Sweetest Smile, hot on the heels of Wonderful Life.

Bananarama get a big top 40 climb with one of their very best singles, a-ha keep up the run of top 40 hits with the Bond theme climbing 33 places, and Simple Minds keep the live version trend going with a big climb for Promised You A Miracle, 5 years on from the original. Elton is also doing the same, Your Song entering at 46 16 years after the original, behind David Grant in at 38 with Change, a good single that flopped a bit at the time as his 7-year run of success ran out of steam.

Mel & Kim enter with FLM, their penultimate hit as their career was about to abruptly end due to the impending tragic illness and death of young Mel, very sad. Red Box keep the native sounds coming on Chenko, and Boy George is back with a bit of oomph in his great single Sold. Art Of Noise do another 50’s TV/movie theme, this time for the new Dragnet movie. I was old enough to remember the TV show which was still running in the late 60’s, starring future Colonel Potter Harry Morgan of M*A*S*H fame.

In at 72, Wax are back, having flopped with the fab Right Between The Eyes, they hit with Bridge To Your Heart, giving Andrew Gold a decade of hits, and Graham Gouldman 15 years since 10CC started – or 21 years as a songwriter of Hollies hits and Herman’s Hermits chart success which would have charted for me as a boy. 10CC/Graham did this track in tribute to Andrew last year when I saw them and they were fab. Finally Kenny G enters with his Songbird, notorious for introducing a new style of coffee-table instrumental jazz music used in elevators and holding-patterns on phones and the like. So “nice” it became a marmite thing….

1 ( 1 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
3 ( 4 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
4 ( 5 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
5 ( 6 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
6 ( 3 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
7 ( 35 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
8 ( 10 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
9 ( 11 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
10 ( 12 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard

11 ( 16 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
12 ( 9 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
13 ( NEW ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
14 ( 20 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
15 ( 8 ) COMIN’ ON STRONG Broken English
16 ( 7 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
17 ( 22 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
18 ( 25 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
19 ( 26 ) ALONE Heart
20 ( 23 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush

21 ( 13 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
22 ( 34 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Roger Daltrey
23 ( 15 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
24 ( 44 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
25 ( 37 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
26 ( 33 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
27 ( 24 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
28 ( 61 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
29 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
30 ( 50 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds

31 ( 32 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
32 ( 40 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett
33 ( 41 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
34 ( 18 ) DEAR GOD XTC
35 ( 28 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
36 ( 36 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
37 ( 60 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
38 ( NEW ) CHANGE David Grant
39 ( 17 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
40 ( 47 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians

41 ( 19 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
42 ( 21 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
43 ( 48 ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
44 ( 27 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
45 ( 29 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
46 ( NEW ) YOUR SONG (LIVE) Elton John
47 ( 30 ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal
48 ( 71 ) CATCH The Cure
49 ( 56 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
50 ( NEW ) FLM Mel & Kim

51 ( 38 ) SHELTER Lone Justice
52 ( 45 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
53 ( 73 ) IS THIS LOVE Whiresnake
54 ( 64 ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
55 ( NEW ) CHENKO Red Box
56 ( 31 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
57 ( 52 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
58 ( NEW ) SOLD Boy George
59 ( 58 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
60 ( 42 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction

61 ( 55 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
62 ( 69 ) HEAD TO TOE Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
63 ( 63 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
64 ( NEW ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise
65 ( 39 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
66 ( 43 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
67 ( 67 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 49 ) COVER ME Percy Sledge
70 ( 59 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day

71 ( 46 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
72 ( NEW ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
73 ( 57 ) SHAME OMD
74 ( 54 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
75 ( NEW ) SONGBIRD Kenny G

7th July
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles
2 I WANT TO STAY HERE Steve & Eydie
3 PANINARO Pet Shop Boys

14th July 1987

It’s a first week on top for Jackie Wilson’s 2nd oldies chart-topper of 1987, originally hitting my top 10 in 1969, and top 30 in 1975, now going Higher And Higher, knocking Pet Shop Boys classic It’s A Sin off the top after only 2 weeks. Not to worry they’d do their own bit of oldies re-issue charting with It’s A Sin down the line. In at 3, talking of oldies, The Beatles Summer Of LOve ’67 classic is also back on it’s 20th anniversary re-issue, at 3, having topped my charts in 1976 already. Heart get a big leap up to 5 with Alone, their 2nd top 5, Black get a second top ten, and Bananarama grab a 6th top ten 5 years into their career – and with a to-date further 32 years and counting to come – with the great I Heard A Rumour, proving Stock Aitken & Waterman could make great singles when they tried.

In at 19, a debut for Star-Trek Priestess T’Pau – or Carol Decker & friend – and the fab Heart & Soul, their best record by far, still love it, and the start of a trickling of tracks into my charts (see Los Lobos) which will accompany me & my parents on US car radio stations in a couple of months on our trip round California/Nevada/Arizona. In at 20 another oldie, but this time a remake – Mungo Jerry had topped my charts in 1970 while I lived in Singapore, and again in 1975 when In The Summertime was reissued, reminding me of happy boyhood tropical eternal sunny summer days – before inferior cover versions, over-use in TV adverts and other constant media profiles sucked all the joy out of it for me.

Boy George sells a big jump into the 40, Freddie MacGregor’s decent reggae cover of 70’s Philly track does the same, and the classically-trained Billy Joel enters at 46 with A Matter Of Trust. Billy was a wanna-be Boxer with a sensitive side who never seemed to get the recognition for his talent, but then he didn’t always release commercial singles, like this one. Los Lobos debut at 58 with the theme to the Ritchie Valens biopic, his hit song from his very short career – dying in the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly & The Big Bopper. Jennifer Warnes covers Leonard Cohen, giving her 11 years of hits in my charts, and Cohen his first charting song – Jennifer’s voice is easier on the ear than ol’ Len’s, I have to say, and she was a fan and friend of his.

Iggy Pop is back, Pseudo Echo cover 1980 Lipps Inc (it seemed far too soon to me!), and the great Was (Not Was) – pronounced Waz (not Woz), the stage name of Don & David Was – are back after their 1984 debut with the terrific (Return To The Valley Of) Out Come The Freaks, with the equally terrific romping Spy In The House Of Love, which had to wait a year to chart properly in the UK. Peter Gabriel also goes political on Red Rain, as per normal then.

1 ( 2 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
2 ( 1 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
3 ( NEW ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
4 ( 7 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
5 ( 19 ) ALONE Heart
6 ( 3 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
7 ( 13 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
8 ( 4 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
9 ( 6 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
10 ( 24 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama

11 ( 14 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
12 ( 5 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
13 ( 17 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
14 ( 8 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
15 ( 10 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
16 ( 21 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
17 ( 18 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
18 ( 12 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
19 ( NEW ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
20 ( NEW ) IN THE SUMMERTIME ’87 Mungo Jerry & The Grimm Brothers

21 ( 9 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
22 ( 25 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
23 ( 28 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
24 ( 11 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
25 ( 58 ) SOLD Boy George
26 ( 37 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
27 ( 16 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
28 ( 15 ) COMIN’ ON STRONG Broken English
29 ( 48 ) CATCH The Cure
30 ( 40 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians

31 ( 46 ) YOUR SONG (LIVE) Elton John
32 ( 23 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
33 ( 33 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
34 ( 22 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Roger Daltrey
35 ( 32 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett
36 ( 26 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
37 ( 54 ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
38 ( 38 ) CHANGE David Grant
39 ( 27 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
40 ( 50 ) FLM Mel & Kim

41 ( 20 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
42 ( 43 ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
43 ( 35 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
44 ( 36 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
45 ( 29 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
46 ( NEW ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
47 ( 49 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
48 ( 53 ) IS THIS LOVE Whiresnake
49 ( 62 ) HEAD TO TOE Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
50 ( 72 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax

51 ( 75 ) SONGBIRD Kenny G
52 ( 30 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds
53 ( 52 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
54 ( 42 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
55 ( 55 ) CHENKO Red Box
56 ( 34 ) DEAR GOD XTC
57 ( 57 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
58 ( NEW ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
59 ( 64 ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise
60 ( 59 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

61 ( 39 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
62 ( 44 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
63 ( 63 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
64 ( 70 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
65 ( 65 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
66 ( NEW ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
67 ( 45 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( NEW ) ISOLATION Iggy Pop
70 ( 31 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club

71 ( RE ) A LITTLE BOOGIE WOOGIE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Shakin’ Stevens
72 ( 60 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
73 ( NEW ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
74 ( NEW ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
75 ( NEW ) RED RAIN Peter Gabriel

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg
2 TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles
3 PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna

21st July 1987

It’s a first week on top for the 20th anniversary Beatles reissue, as the Summer Of Love classic tops my chart for the first time since 1976’s Beatles reissues – or rather, new sleeves and formats – the catalogue numbers remained the same as they were never deleted. Madonna is denied a 4th consecutive chart-topper, at 2, and Boy George gets his second solo top 10, Billy Idol his 5th solo top 10, and George Michael guesting on a top 10 for the second time – David Cassidy’s The Last Time being the first.

a-ha and Fleetwood Mac keep those top 20’s going, there are big climbs for Red Box, a 3rd top 40, Jennifer Warnes, a second solo a decade on from Right Time Of The Night, and Smokey Robinson is back with his classic Motown ballad, Tracks Of My Tears, having first charted for me in 1969 – when it was already a few years old! The Gap Band revamp their 1980 hit at 51 – Oops! – and SAW debut as artists in their own right with the Northern Soul-flavoured dance-stomper Roadblock, and rather good it was too, at 53. At 59 Def Leppard return 4 years on from Photograph, with the even better Animal, a fab rocking record, even with the drummer Rick Allen having lost an arm in an accident. Technology helped him continue, with the band’s help.

Sly & Robbie follow up Boops with Fire, and The B52’s are back assisted by the Rock Lobster reissued hit, Wig giving them 8 years of entries. Skulking quietly in at 73, New Order are back with a bang, and a career highlight, as True Faith debuts – it wouldn’t top my chart till the 90’s remix, but it’s still a major classic. Wet Wet Wet follow-up a brilliant debut with Sweet Little Mystery. Which is not in the same class at all. Start as you mean to go on…

1 ( 3 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
2 ( 4 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
3 ( 2 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 5 ) ALONE Heart
5 ( 1 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
6 ( 10 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
7 ( 7 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
8 ( 25 ) SOLD Boy George
9 ( 11 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
10 ( 16 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High

11 ( 8 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
12 ( 19 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
13 ( 13 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
14 ( 9 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
15 ( 6 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
16 ( 12 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
17 ( 22 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
18 ( 26 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 23 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
20 ( 20 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME ’87 Mungo Jerry & The Grimm Brothers

21 ( 18 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
22 ( 40 ) FLM Mel & Kim
23 ( 38 ) CHANGE David Grant
24 ( 14 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
25 ( 30 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
26 ( 29 ) CATCH The Cure
27 ( NEW ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
28 ( 21 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
29 ( 31 ) YOUR SONG (LIVE) Elton John
30 ( 55 ) CHENKO (TENKO-IO) REMIX Red Box

31 ( 27 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
32 ( 15 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
33 ( 33 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
34 ( 50 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
35 ( 66 ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
36 ( 37 ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
37 ( 17 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
38 ( 51 ) SONGBIRD Kenny G
39 ( 46 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
40 ( 58 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos

41 ( 47 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
42 ( 24 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
43 ( 28 ) COMIN’ ON STRONG Broken English
44 ( 32 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
45 ( 48 ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
46 ( 39 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
47 ( 43 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
48 ( 42 ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
49 ( 74 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
50 ( 45 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations

51 ( NEW ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD ’87 The Gap Band
52 ( 44 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
53 ( NEW ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
54 ( 36 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
55 ( 53 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
56 ( 59 ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise
57 ( 34 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Roger Daltrey
58 ( 57 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
59 ( NEW ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
60 ( 60 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

61 ( 35 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett
62 ( 54 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
63 ( 63 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
64 ( NEW ) FIRE Sly & Robbie
65 ( 41 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
66 ( NEW ) WIG The B52’s
67 ( 64 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 69 ) ISOLATION Iggy Pop
70 ( 62 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz

71 ( 67 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
72 ( 73 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
73 ( NEW ) TRUE FAITH New Order
74 ( 65 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
75 ( NEW ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet

Playlist oldies of the week
1 PANINARO Pet Shop Boys
2 WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick
3 LIFE IS A MINESTRONE 10c.c.

28th July 1987

It’s a first week on top for Madonna’s Who’s That Girl, giving her 5 chart-toppers in a row, and in total, as T’Pau race into the top 3 with Heart And Soul, joined by a remix of The Temptations classic Papa Was A Rolling Stone remixed to peak higher than the original did in 1973, at 8. Closely behind at 9, it’s a new entry for the original ska song My Boy Lollipop by Millie, a fave of kiddie John in his early schooldays, charting for the first time, and after the lesser Bad Manners version. David Grant gets a first top 10 in 4 years, while huge leaps for Wax and Def Leppard in to the 20, and New Order into the 40 make up the big climbers.

In at 20, it’s the first track off the forthcoming Bad album, the charming I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, with Siedah Garrett, returning the favour for donating Man In The Mirror to Michael Jackson. It’s Siedah’s second chart hit, Michael’s umpteenth, 17 years on. Bill Withers brings his Lovely Day back into the chart 9 years on, and a year ahead of the remix hit version, The Beastie’s get a 3rd, and Danny Wilson a first, chart entry. She’s On It, and the sweet Mary’s Prayer – which had to wait till 1988 to chart big. Aussie band Icehouse also had to wait a while for Crazy to catch on, but straight in here, 4 years on from the fab Hey Little Girl.

1 ( 2 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
2 ( 1 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
3 ( 12 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
4 ( 4 ) ALONE Heart
5 ( 6 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
6 ( 3 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 8 ) SOLD Boy George
8 ( NEW ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
9 ( NEW ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
10 ( 23 ) CHANGE David Grant

11 ( 5 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
12 ( 10 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
13 ( 7 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
14 ( 17 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
15 ( 34 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
16 ( 59 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
17 ( 14 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
18 ( 30 ) CHENKO (TENKO-IO) REMIX Red Box
19 ( 11 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
20 ( NEW ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett

21 ( 9 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
22 ( 13 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
23 ( 27 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
24 ( 25 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
25 ( 15 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
26 ( 38 ) SONGBIRD Kenny G
27 ( 16 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
28 ( NEW ) LOVELY DAY Bill Withers
29 ( 33 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
30 ( 18 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 21 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
32 ( 22 ) FLM Mel & Kim
33 ( 35 ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
34 ( 40 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
35 ( 73 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
36 ( 19 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
37 ( 41 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
38 ( 39 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
39 ( 53 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
40 ( 56 ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise

41 ( 28 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
42 ( 24 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
43 ( 36 ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
44 ( 31 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
45 ( 20 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME ’87 Mungo Jerry & The Grimm Brothers
46 ( 49 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
47 ( 45 ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
48 ( 54 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
49 ( 26 ) CATCH The Cure
50 ( 51 ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD ’87 The Gap Band

51 ( 47 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
52 ( 64 ) FIRE Sly & Robbie
53 ( 32 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
54 ( 37 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
55 ( 44 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
56 ( 29 ) YOUR SONG (LIVE) Elton John
57 ( 46 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
58 ( 50 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
59 ( 42 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
60 ( 60 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

61 ( NEW ) SHE’S ON IT The Beastie Boys
62 ( 58 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
63 ( 72 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
64 ( 55 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
65 ( NEW ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
66 ( 43 ) COMIN’ ON STRONG Broken English
67 ( 63 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( NEW ) SOMEWHERE OUT THERE Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
70 ( 52 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship

71 ( NEW ) CRAZY Icehouse
72 ( 70 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
73 ( 75 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
74 ( NEW ) I SURRENDER Samantha Fox
75 ( 67 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day

Oldies Playlist
1 CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
2 SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
3 CARELESS WHISPER (12” VERSION) George Michael

My June 1987 Charts

2nd June 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for T.Rex as another golden oldie is straight in at 2 – Tom Jones is reactivated chart-wise and a hit all over again is his signature tune, It’s Not Unusual – a track I loved as a kid and would def have topped my charts had I been compiling them in 1965. Better late than never! After 4 weeks at 4 Wet Wet Wet finally drop, but it’s better than some chart-toppers in 1987, and just to prove the point the over-rated Whitney monster gives her a second top 10, ahead of it suffering 32 years of over-playing. U2 OTOH is a classic, and up to 6, and still fresh.

Herb Alpert & Tina Turner both bound into the 20, 24 Carat Diamonds, and Breaking Every Rule still being chart successful 2 decades on. In at 30, errr, Star Trekkin’. It was amusing the first couple of times, and anything Star Trek would meet with my approval. Until I got quickly sick of it and grew to dislike it. Ah, well, proof I liked it for a while. A bunch of old covers enter the 40, The Beastie Boys get a second top 40, and Suzanne Vega gets a second too. Pepsi & Shirlie get a second chart entry minus the Wham! boys, Erasure keep on with the run, Boy George is back, Living In A Box get a quick foillow-up, LL Cool J returns, Alison Moyet has a subdued entry, Billy Idol’s fab gentle Sweet Sixteen is a change in direction for him, The Kane Gang are back 3 years on, and The BLow Monkeys team up with soul legend Curtis Mayfield 2 years after his stage fall left him paralysed for the rest of his life. He first charted in 1971 with Move On Up.


1 ( 1 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
2 ( NEW ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
3 ( 2 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
4 ( 5 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
5 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
6 ( 20 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
7 ( 7 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
8 ( 3 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
9 ( 6 ) SHAME OMD
10 ( 22 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston

11 ( 10 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
12 ( 17 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
13 ( 8 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
14 ( 30 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 19 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
16 ( 18 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
17 ( 9 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 66 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
19 ( 50 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
20 ( 13 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre

21 ( 37 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
22 ( 11 ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
23 ( 34 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
24 ( 12 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
25 ( 27 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
26 ( 14 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
27 ( 24 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
28 ( 16 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
29 ( 29 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
30 ( NEW ) STAR TREKKIN’ The Firm

31 ( 39 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
32 ( 15 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
33 ( 21 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
34 ( 68 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
35 ( 44 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
36 ( 25 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
37 ( 41 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
38 ( NEW ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
39 ( 57 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
40 ( NEW ) JACK MIX II Mirage

41 ( 31 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE The Fall
42 ( 33 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
43 ( 40 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
44 ( 23 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
45 ( 45 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
46 ( 36 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
47 ( 35 ) LOW RIDER (REMIX) War
48 ( 63 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
49 ( 48 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
50 ( NEW ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley

51 ( 73 ) INFIDELITY Simply Red
52 ( 32 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
53 ( NEW ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
54 ( 49 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
55 ( 70 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
56 ( 55 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
57 ( NEW ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
58 ( 58 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
59 ( 72 ) INCOMMUNICADO Marillion
60 ( NEW ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box

61 ( 28 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
62 ( 26 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
63 ( 54 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
64 ( 62 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
65 ( NEW ) I’M BAD LL Cool J
66 ( 64 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
67 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
69 ( 60 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
70 ( 65 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge

71 ( NEW ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
72 ( NEW ) GET READY Carol Hitchcock
73 ( 71 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
74 ( NEW ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
75 ( NEW ) (CELEBRATE) THE DAY AFTER YOU The Blow Monkeys & Curtis Mayfield

2nd June
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
2 WHAT AM I DOING HANGING ROUND? The Monkees
3 LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

 

9th June 1987

It’s a first week at one for U2, their first chart-topper with the brilliant I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, IMHO the jewel in the crown that is The Joshua Tree. The video was shot in Las Vegas, where I was heading in 3 months time back then, doubling up the nostalgia-quotient for my 1979 trip there. Vegas is unrecognisable these days from those days! In at 4 it’s a re-recorded version of In Dreams from Roy Orbison, one of his key tracks, and the start of his comeback period – it’s not as awesome as the original, but decent-enough.

Highest new song is It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys back with a bang, a hint of Cat Stevens Wild World about the melody, but high on the epic scale, in at 18, and cementing their status as my fave new 80’s act, well on their way to being my Must-Buy act of the last 34 years – a run no other act comes close to. A big climb for The Kane Gang to 21, and 2 great new entries for Heart and that mega-ballad Alone at 28, and XTC’s most-provocative single Dear God in at 29, some 8 cynical years on since Making Plans For Nigel.

Talking of provocative, gender-bending Prince is in at 38 with If I Was Your Girlfriend, starting to mine Sign O The Times for singles, and Run-DMC get a second top 40. Janet Jackson pops in with her Pleasure Principle, joining herself on Herb Alpert’s Diamonds for a 2nd chart track, Elton John has another of his periodic duets, this one with Jennifer Rush. Flames Of Paradise doesn’t feature in his Rocketman movie biog, just as well given the greats that also don’t feature. Just another 3 or 4 years of his self-abuse years to go, before he cleans up and enters his largely-musically-dull sober-but-happy years.

Diana Ross is giving me Dirty Looks – possibly because her brilliant Ain’t No Mountain High Enough 1970 reissue has just dropped out the chart, to be replaced by one that is errr…not. Curiosity & co are back for a third try – and their best track to date, Misfit, Wang Chung scrape a brief comeback with Let’s Go – and they did pretty much that evermore, Terence Trent D’Arby is back with his Wishing Well, a bit less classic than the Free song of the same name, and Genesis keep churning out the forgettable pedestrian hits. I mean none of those in this paragraph are bad, just a bit bland in comparison to previous highs (bar Misfit).

1 ( 6 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
2 ( 1 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
3 ( 2 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
4 ( NEW ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
5 ( 7 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
6 ( 10 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
7 ( 5 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
8 ( 4 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
9 ( 8 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
10 ( 3 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box

11 ( 21 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
12 ( 15 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
13 ( 9 ) SHAME OMD
14 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 18 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
16 ( 11 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
17 ( 25 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
18 ( NEW ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
19 ( 19 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
20 ( 31 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC

21 ( 74 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
22 ( 12 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
23 ( 13 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
24 ( 38 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
25 ( 30 ) STAR TREKKIN’ The Firm
26 ( 37 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
27 ( 16 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
28 ( NEW ) ALONE Heart
29 ( NEW ) DEAR GOD XTC
30 ( 34 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore

31 ( 35 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
32 ( 20 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
33 ( 17 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
34 ( 33 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
35 ( 40 ) JACK MIX II Mirage
36 ( 39 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
37 ( 27 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
38 ( NEW ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
39 ( 26 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
40 ( 48 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC

41 ( 57 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
42 ( 50 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
43 ( 68 ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
44 ( 51 ) INFIDELITY Simply Red
45 ( 45 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
46 ( 43 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
47 ( NEW ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
48 ( 53 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
49 ( 49 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
50 ( 71 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol

51 ( 29 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
52 ( 28 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
53 ( 22 ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
54 ( 36 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
55 ( 59 ) INCOMMUNICADO Marillion
56 ( 24 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
57 ( 75 ) (CELEBRATE) THE DAY AFTER YOU The Blow Monkeys & Curtis Mayfield
58 ( 60 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
59 ( 54 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
60 ( NEW ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush

61 ( 23 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
62 ( NEW ) DISTANT LAND (DA DOO BOM BOM) Radio Earth
63 ( 58 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
64 ( NEW ) DIRTY LOOKS Diana Ross
65 ( 56 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
66 ( 64 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
68 ( 55 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
69 ( NEW ) YEARS GO BY Stan Campbell
70 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( 66 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
72 ( NEW ) LET’S GO Wang Chung
73 ( 46 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
74 ( NEW ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
75 ( NEW ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
2 LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
3 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Mama Cass

 

16th June 1987

It’s all about the 60’s as Tom Jones childhood fave goes to the very top (as it would have done back in the day if I’d been charting), his first chart-topper either way 19 years since debuting. Quite the wait. Just to keep the 60’s vogue going, all my fave oldies of that week are from the 60’s – Andy and Walker Brothers have both gone on to top my charts in later decades, when I changed the rules to allow album tracks that had never charted (eg on Greatest Hits that were in the UK album charts) and re-issues of singles once again.

Prince has a massive climb to 3 as a posthumous album of original versions of gifted songs are forced out of his locked vault, most of them not as good as the covers, oddly. Sometimes other acts can find the magic and focus on it more than the writer can! ABC get their first top 10 in 3 years, Pet Shop Boys make it 100% top 10 to date (these days it’s about 198% as they rarely fail with official singles, but tend to get loads of album tracks that also go top 10), and Jody watley gets her first top 10 since Shalamar’s last goodie in 1983, but she makes it 8 years in top 10 span.

In at 16 it’s George Michael, and I had to buy the single to bloody get to hear it thanks to the BBC banning it – ridiculous of course, it’s mild compared to the stuff in the charts these days when blatant sexual references and swearwords are obligatory, albeit usually bleeped on the radio (wouldn’t want to lose cash income for “artistic integrity” would we…). I’m not a prude, I swear all the time, and when it’s got an artistic purpose (like I Want Your Sex did, at least in the video), fine. Mostly it’s just superfluous and pointless though.

A huge climb For Curiosity into the 20, with Janet not far behind, in fact lots of top 40 climbers as there is a sudden massive drop to some tracks as I realise they are pretty naff (Star Trekkin, Live Springsteen) so fingers-crossed the penny drops on Whitney next week! In at 36 another decent single from a slagged-off album, and a rather disappointing Glass Spider tour that I saw, Time Will Crawl – and it did! At 44, Shaky does Glitter: somehow think that’s never going to happen ever again, anyone covering Gary Glitter. Gary Numan is back with Radio Heart again, just look at the Gary’s around in those days before one of them killed the name stone dead. Alexander O’Neal keep sup the classic run of Jam & Lewis singles with Fake, The Christians return with another social commentary song, always good, and it’s Chris Montez with Let’s Dance. Rea! I mean Rea. Not the same song. Unfortunately.

1 ( 3 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
2 ( 1 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
3 ( 38 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
4 ( 6 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
5 ( 4 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
6 ( 11 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
7 ( 2 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
8 ( 20 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
9 ( 18 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 17 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley

11 ( 15 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
12 ( 9 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
13 ( 5 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
14 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 7 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
16 ( NEW ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
17 ( 21 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
18 ( 8 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
19 ( 10 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
20 ( 67 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat

21 ( 47 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
22 ( 16 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
23 ( 19 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
24 ( 24 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
25 ( 12 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
26 ( 13 ) SHAME OMD
27 ( 31 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
28 ( 28 ) ALONE Heart
29 ( 29 ) DEAR GOD XTC
30 ( 36 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega

31 ( 40 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
32 ( 50 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
33 ( 42 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
34 ( 23 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
35 ( 34 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
36 ( NEW ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
37 ( 41 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
38 ( 43 ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
39 ( 60 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
40 ( 48 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure

41 ( 22 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
42 ( 32 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
43 ( 37 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
44 ( NEW ) A LITTLE BOOGIE WOOGIE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( 58 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
46 ( 39 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
47 ( RE ) GET READY Carol Hitchcock
48 ( 74 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
49 ( 46 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
50 ( NEW ) LONDON TIMES Radio Heart & Gary Numan

51 ( 35 ) JACK MIX II Mirage
52 ( 33 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
53 ( 49 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
54 ( 27 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
55 ( 62 ) DISTANT LAND (DA DOO BOM BOM) Radio Earth
56 ( 26 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
57 ( 30 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
58 ( NEW ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal
59 ( 25 ) STAR TREKKIN’ The Firm
60 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY IT FEELS Two Nations

61 ( 69 ) YEARS GO BY Stan Campbell
62 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP ME NOW Samantha Fox
63 ( 59 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
64 ( NEW ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
65 ( 63 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
66 ( NEW ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
67 ( RE ) I’M BAD LL Cool J
68 ( 66 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
69 ( 65 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
70 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( 75 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
72 ( 71 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
73 ( NEW ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
74 ( NEW ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds
75 ( NEW ) RED HOT Princess

Playlist oldies of the week
1 ALMOST THERE Andy Williams
2 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers
3 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark

23rd June 1987

It’s U2 back up on top for a second week at 1, as Pet Shop Boys go up to 2 with It’s A Sin, Curiosity get a first top 10 with Misfit at 6, Herb Alpert gets his 4th top 10 19 years after his first, Janet Jackson gets a 3rd with a 4th a whisker away, and XTC get a second 8 years on from their debut hit Making Plans For Nigel, the flop Dear God.

Bowie has a big climb into the 20 with Time Will Crawl by virtue of this being the week I saw his Glass Spider Tour at Wembley where he heavily plugged the new album, along with loads of dancers, climbing up ropes, swinging from bars, hoisting left right and centre in front of a massive actual glass spider all lit up. Sadly I was sat right at the back of the stadium, there was a delay in the sound, and I felt totally removed from the experience. I came to the conclusion, reinforced the next time I saw him, that Bowie was most definitely not a Stadium act – Stadium acts need to get throbbing excitement going on, U2 being a prime example, they command totally, as does Madonna. Being cerebral doesn’t work at that scale. My top rated track of the night? Not anywhere near my fave Bowie track, but Modern Love worked best. Thumping Chic rhythms, says it all. Day In Day Out? Not so much.

Cliff is back with a decent new album, and a catchy first single in My Pretty One at 31, Errol Brown debuts with his solo single now that Hot Chocolate’s record of 14 consecutive years of hit singles is history, yet still not as big as their oldie remixes, sadly, as I loved Errol in his heyday. King Sun D Moet gets a second entry, lower down, Echo & The Bunnymen keep the run going, Atlantic Starr return as Always, a-ha do the Bond theme well and sneak in, shaken not stirred, and The Whispers are back 7 years after And The Beat Goes On debuted, and 6 years since they last charted.

1 ( 2 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
2 ( 9 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
4 ( 1 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
5 ( 6 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
6 ( 20 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
7 ( 11 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
8 ( 8 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
9 ( 4 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
10 ( 29 ) DEAR GOD XTC

11 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
12 ( 21 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
13 ( 12 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
14 ( 16 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
15 ( 36 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
16 ( 15 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
17 ( 17 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
18 ( 13 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
19 ( 10 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
20 ( 7 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex

21 ( 30 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
22 ( 24 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
23 ( 5 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
24 ( 33 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
25 ( 22 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
26 ( 32 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
27 ( 18 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
28 ( 28 ) ALONE Heart
29 ( 39 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
30 ( 37 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George

31 ( NEW ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
32 ( 19 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
33 ( 48 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
34 ( NEW ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
35 ( 58 ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal
36 ( 40 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
37 ( 23 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
38 ( 66 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
39 ( 73 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
40 ( 34 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna

41 ( 26 ) SHAME OMD
42 ( 25 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
43 ( 50 ) LONDON TIMES Radio Heart & Gary Numan
44 ( 44 ) A LITTLE BOOGIE WOOGIE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( 45 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
46 ( 35 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
47 ( 55 ) DISTANT LAND (DA DOO BOM BOM) Radio Earth
48 ( 64 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
49 ( 43 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
50 ( 62 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP ME NOW Samantha Fox

51 ( 49 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
52 ( 75 ) RED HOT Princess
53 ( 31 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
54 ( 27 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
55 ( 42 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
56 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( NEW ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
58 ( 46 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
59 ( NEW ) THE GAME Echo & The Bunnymen
60 ( 60 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT FEELS Two Nations

61 ( 61 ) YEARS GO BY Stan Campbell
62 ( 47 ) GET READY Carol Hitchcock
63 ( 38 ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
64 ( 67 ) I’M BAD LL Cool J
65 ( NEW ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
66 ( 74 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds
67 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( 63 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
69 ( NEW ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
70 ( 65 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael

71 ( 71 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
72 ( 69 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
73 ( 68 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) ROCKSTEADY The Whispers
75 ( 72 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party

Oldies Playlist
1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 MODERN LOVE (Live At Wembley) David Bowie
3 I JUST WANT TO STAY HERE Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme

30th June 1987

It’s a first week on top for the epic sounds of It’s A Sin, Pet Shop Boys’ 4th chart-topper, and the 3rd in a row. In at 2 it’s the 3rd reissued oldie smash for the late Jackie Wilson, as Higher And Higher is back at a new peak of 2: the US hit record was already two years old when it made the UK charts in the Summer of ’69, and it featured in my first batch of actual charts aged 11 years old. Then it was a double-A reissued hit again in the Summer of ’75, when I was 17 – and here I was in my late 20’s and it was a hit yet again – so essentially the first record to chart for me in 3 decades.

Herb Alpert gets his 3rd top 5, Bowie’s list of top 5’s runs to 15 years, and Janet J gets two consecutive top 10’s. Cliff has a big top 20 climb, and Jive Talking is back – another Summer Of ’75 track: only it’s not The Bee Gees, it’s George Michael, his second cousin, Andros Georgiou ,Nick Heyward & Mick Talbot (of Style Council), and it’s in at 13. George’s ex-Wham! backing singers are up to 17, Pepsi & Shirley, his previous Wham! singer Dee C. Lee having run off with Paul Weller, also of Style Council. I enjoy a good link.

Roger Daltrey’s back for a chart run of 14 years solo, 18 years including the Who. Who’s That Girl? Madonna’s back with her latest film theme. No, nobody went to see it, but the record was good. Lone Justice return with the fab Shelter, Robbie Nevil grabs a 3rd, the Nana’s come back with a blisteringly good SAW track, I Heard A Rumour, soul vets recently in the charts both return: Percy Sledge & Ben E. King, Hue & Cry debut, The Mac are looking at Seven Wonders an 19 years of hits, and if you wanted to Catch The Cure you should have been watching the Glasto coverage last night when they closed the festival a mere 32 years later….

1 ( 2 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
2 ( NEW ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
3 ( 1 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
4 ( 7 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
5 ( 15 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
6 ( 6 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
7 ( 8 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
8 ( 5 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
9 ( 4 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
10 ( 12 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson

11 ( 3 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
12 ( 31 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
13 ( NEW ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High featuring George Michael
14 ( 11 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 13 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
16 ( 17 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
17 ( 24 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
18 ( 10 ) DEAR GOD XTC
19 ( 22 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
20 ( 26 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol

21 ( 9 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
22 ( 33 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
23 ( 29 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
24 ( 16 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
25 ( 39 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
26 ( 28 ) ALONE Heart
27 ( 18 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
28 ( 20 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
29 ( 19 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
30 ( 35 ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal

31 ( 21 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
32 ( 38 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
33 ( 34 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
34 ( NEW ) HEARTS ON FIRE Roger Daltrey
35 ( NEW ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
36 ( 25 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
37 ( 65 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
38 ( NEW ) SHELTER Lone Justice
39 ( 14 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
40 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett

41 ( NEW ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
42 ( 27 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
43 ( 45 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
44 ( NEW ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
45 ( 40 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
46 ( 23 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
47 ( 48 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
48 ( 57 ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
49 ( NEW ) COVER ME Percy Sledge
50 ( 66 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds

51 ( 52 ) RED HOT Princess
52 ( 51 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
53 ( 59 ) THE GAME Echo & The Bunnymen
54 ( 32 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
55 ( 37 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
56 ( NEW ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
57 ( 41 ) SHAME OMD
58 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
59 ( 49 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
60 ( NEW ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 69 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
62 ( 46 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
63 ( 73 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
64 ( NEW ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
65 ( 30 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
66 ( 36 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
67 ( 71 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
68 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( NEW ) HEAD TO TOE Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
70 ( 58 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned

71 ( NEW ) CATCH The Cure
72 ( 55 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
73 ( NEW ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
74 ( 43 ) LONDON TIMES Radio Heart & Gary Numan
75 ( NEW ) SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME Ben E. King

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 I WANT TO STAY HERE Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme
2 PILLOW TALK Sylvia
3 PANINARO Pet Shop Boys

My January-April 2019 Charts

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Gran Canaria, Las Palmas view (& a mate)

28th April 2019

It’s a first week on top for Raleigh Ritchie aka Jacob Anderson, Grey Worm in Game Of Thrones – I’m expecting him to get killed off when I see the latest episode, along with loads of fave regulars. I could do with Time In A Tree, though the White Walkers did kill off the magic tree north of the wall. Regardless it’s a great song with hints of the 30’s about it. Talking about fantasy, I just caught the fab Avengers: Endgame and the song played over the end credits dates back to 1945 – and it’s in at 15, the wonderful big band sounds of Harry James and 50’s hitmaker Kitty Kallen. It’s Been A Long, Long Time isn’t the oldest recording to enter my charts, not chronologically at any rate, but it is the oldest recording to wait to enter my chart at 74 years, 13 years before I was born.

Talking of 60-year-old’s, Madonna gets a 7th number 2 with newie Medellin – she is more likely top top my chart than peak at 2, so we’ll see next week if that happens! It’s 35 years since Holiday hit my top 5. Billie Eilsh gets her first top 10, 10cc go top 20 45 years late, John Newman and Mark Ronson both get big leaps into the 30, and also from Avengers: Endgame in at 52 after a gap of 47 years since it went top 10 for me as a 14-year-old into superhero comics and records with a sci-fi theme, and so it’s perfectly fair that that should be reflected in movies catching up with my tastes at long last, I had to wait 6 years for a decent superhero film, and well into the next century for a great one.

Taylor Swift is back dragging in Brendon Urie to give her comeback track a bit of oomph, Springsteen is back 44 years since Born To Run made my top 20, and he’s opted for an Eric Morecombe catchphrase, Hello Sunshine. Sort of. Jack Savoretti can’t be bothered waiting for each single to have a decent run before bunging out the next one these days, Macklemore & Fall Out Boy’s Patrick give good support to Martin Garrix, P!nk gets a 3rd album track, this time with Chris Stapleton getting his 2nd chart entry, and Florence returns with a Game Of Thrones song after the floppiness of her recent single which didn’t grab me much, joining Grey Worm on top, and the theme tune going up a few places. Shame! (rings bell). Shame! (rings bell). Shame! (rings bell)….

1 17 1 2 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 193000
2 14 2 2 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 144000
3 5 3 8 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 376100
4 1 1 5 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 687000
5 6 5 8 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 229500
6 4 1 8 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 660000
7 13 7 8 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 181600
8 8 6 8 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 400000
9 3 3 5 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 298000
10 2 1 5 JACKIE Scott Walker 507000

11 7 7 8 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 184850
12 20 12 2 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 55000
13 10 1 10 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 603800
14 15 14 6 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 126000
15 NEW 15 1 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 27000
16 16 16 4 STRETCH Louise 74000
17 18 17 3 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey 64500
18 30 18 8 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 95700
19 29 19 2 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 39200
20 22 20 6 PATIENCE Tame Impala 107400

21 25 21 3 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 56000
22 12 9 8 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 246750
23 11 2 7 SPARROW Emeli Sande 422250
24 19 10 11 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 325000
25 21 3 11 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 554600
26 26 2 11 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 562000
27 27 27 3 HUSTLE P!nk 54800
28 56 28 2 FEELINGS John Newman 28900
29 65 29 2 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 25200
30 34 30 8 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 109200

31 9 9 5 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 129100
32 32 32 4 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 65850
33 55 33 3 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 35600
34 68 34 2 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 24000
35 42 35 5 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 60250
36 36 36 3 DRUM Noa Kirel 52100
37 44 37 5 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 53550
38 38 38 3 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 46700
39 49 39 2 YOU AND I LEON 29200
40 23 1 8 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 513250

41 28 28 8 CASIO Jungle 120000
42 24 10 8 LIFTED Parker Bossley 182450
43 33 1 9 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 417450
44 39 39 8 THE BIRD SYML 87500
45 37 13 8 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 174200
46 61 46 3 SHOW ME ABC 26650
47 50 47 8 SO AM I Ava Max 73500
48 40 40 7 HURRICANES Dido 80650
49 70 49 2 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 18100
50 60 50 2 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 22000

51 51 51 4 COOL The Jonas Brothers 41850
52 NEW 52 1 SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP The Kinks 11500
53 NEW 53 1 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 11250
54 35 13 8 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 155100
55 59 55 2 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 20900
56 57 56 4 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 33000
57 41 14 10 WALK ME HOME P!nk 179900
58 67 58 2 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 16800
59 46 14 11 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 193200
60 NEW 60 1 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 10000

61 48 5 8 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 220400
62 74 62 3 DATE STAMP ABC 17800
63 43 33 6 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 74850
64 52 2 14 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 463900
65 69 65 2 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 13200
66 NEW 66 1 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 6800
67 64 64 4 JUST YOU AND I Tom Walker 25300
68 NEW 68 1 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 6400
69 NEW 69 1 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SUMMER DAYS Martin Garrix featuring Macklemore & Patrick Stump pf Fall Out Boy 6000

71 NEW 71 1 LOVE ME ANYWAY P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton 5800
72 NEW 72 1 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 5600
73 73 73 3 MIRACLE Alan Parsons featuring Jason Mraz 15800
74 47 21 9 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 147350
75 NEW 75 1 LE FREAK (12” MIX) Chic 5000

DROP OUTS
31 19 6 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 101350
45 45 4 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 48200
53 53 4 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 38050
54 54 2 PUMPED UP KICKS (883500) Foster The People 21000
58 39 6 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 72750
62 62 5 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 31600
63 63 2 TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder 13200
66 1 10 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 542850
71 63 5 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 31200
72 3 14 STARTED OUT Georgia 478800
75 75 1 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (826750) Fatboy Slim 5000

 

 

21st April 2019

It’s back on top for The Walker Brothers for a second week this year, and an 8th week in total. Bananarama get their first top 10 since they covered Moves Like Jagger in 2012 and highest-placed track since Love Don’t Live Here/The Runner (yes I was still listing double A’s together then) peaked at 6 in 2010. Mabel finally cracks the top 10, emulating her mum and uncle, and the highest new entry is a new musical direction for 60-year-old Madonna, still not giving a toss what people think she should do, quite rightly. In at 14 for Medellin and a joint effort with Maluma for some Columbian chart action that isn’t Shakira.

Raleigh Ritchie returns after 3 years away, and grabs his 3rd chart entry and equal-highest chart peak in one fell swoop since Bloodsports also peaked at 17. Better known as Grey Worm in Game Of Thrones these days, I just found out a bit late, as he was a recording artist before he was an actor for me – I didn’t start GOT until 2 years ago and didn’t make the connection. He has a great voice, singing and talking. The old-time samples add to the sad-mood of Time In A Tree. Dennis LLoyd meanwhile debuts at 20. Nevermind the name, it’s a pseudonym just like Raleigh Ritchie is, only RR is British and DL is Israeli.

At 29, Lil Nas X debuts, and drags along Billy Ray Cyrus for some country/urban crossover action, BRC of course more famous for his charting daughters these days, both have had a much better career in terms of recordings, but here you go, an unlikely return after 27 years away or so, and it’s way better than Achy Breaky Bloody Heart. Talking of Game Of Thrones, the theme tune finally charts, John Newman makes a comeback after a couple of years away for a 6-year run of entries, Mark Ronson is back again, this time with Lykke Li who charted in 2014 with Gunshot, Kacey Musgraves gets another entry, while former chart-toppers The Veronicas are also back after not following up their 2014 number one You Ruin Me, but get a 3rd entry 10 years since their debut.

1 2 1 4 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 625000
2 1 1 4 JACKIE Scott Walker 465000
3 4 3 4 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 253000
4 3 1 7 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 605000
5 6 5 7 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 291100
6 14 6 7 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 169500
7 16 7 7 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 147850
8 8 6 7 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 352000
9 15 9 4 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 111200
10 5 1 9 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 571800

11 7 2 6 SPARROW Emeli Sande 403000
12 9 9 7 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 227250
13 17 13 7 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 131600
14 NEW 14 1 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 29000
15 18 15 5 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 97000
16 27 16 3 STRETCH Louise 49000
17 NEW 17 1 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 23000
18 22 18 2 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey 41500
19 12 10 10 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 306000
20 NEW 20 1 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 20000

21 11 3 10 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 535850
22 24 22 5 PATIENCE Tame Impala 87400
23 13 1 7 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 496250
24 10 10 7 LIFTED Parker Bossley 168700
25 35 25 2 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 36250
26 20 2 10 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 543500
27 30 27 2 HUSTLE P!nk 36400
28 29 28 7 CASIO Jungle 106000
29 NEW 29 1 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 18200
30 38 30 6 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 73700

31 19 19 6 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 101350
32 40 32 3 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 48050
33 26 1 8 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 403950
34 36 34 7 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 91200
35 21 13 7 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 144100
36 37 36 2 DRUM Noa Kirel 34700
37 23 13 7 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 161200
38 48 38 2 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 29500
39 44 39 7 THE BIRD SYML 74250
40 47 40 6 HURRICANES Dido 68350

41 28 14 9 WALK ME HOME P!nk 169500
42 49 42 4 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 42750
43 33 33 5 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 67650
44 50 44 4 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 36250
45 45 45 4 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 48200
46 25 14 10 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 183100
47 31 21 8 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 142150
48 34 5 7 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 212900
49 NEW 49 1 YOU AND I LEON 12100
50 54 50 7 SO AM I Ava Max 61000

51 53 51 3 COOL The Jonas Brothers 30100
52 41 2 13 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 456800
53 55 53 4 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 38050
54 60 54 2 PUMPED UP KICKS Foster The People 21000
55 64 55 2 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 17900
56 NEW 56 1 FEELINGS John Newman 10600
57 65 57 3 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 22400
58 42 39 6 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 72750
59 NEW 59 1 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 10100
60 NEW 60 1 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts 10000

61 68 61 2 SHOW ME ABC 13900
62 67 62 5 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 31600
63 70 63 2 TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder 13200
64 69 64 3 JUST YOU AND I Tom Walker 18700
65 NEW 65 1 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 7000
66 51 1 10 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 542850
67 NEW 67 1 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 6600
68 NEW 68 1 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 6400
69 NEW 69 1 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 6200
70 NEW 70 1 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 6000

71 71 63 5 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 31200
72 59 3 14 STARTED OUT Georgia 478800
73 75 73 2 MIRACLE Alan Parsons featuring Jason Mraz 10400
74 74 74 2 DATE STAMP ABC 10400
75 NEW 75 1 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Fatboy Slim 5000

DROP OUTS
32 32 2 YEKE YEKE (818450) Mory Kante 35600
39 39 5 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 58800
43 25 5 WATERFALLS TLC 78550
46 6 9 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 306950
52 29 6 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 94600
56 18 9 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 157150
57 57 3 MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM (550100) The Beat 27700
58 35 6 LO/HI The Black Keys 79300
61 30 6 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 82700
62 9 10 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 265800
63 1 16 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 629600
66 46 7 DOVE Pillar Point 69200
72 29 8 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 88150
73 17 11 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 177400

 

 

14th April 2019

It’s a first week on top for Jackie, the late Scott Walker’s brilliant dramatic and naughty solo track from 1968, banned on the radio way back and written by the great Jacques Brel, a French star who could pen a great song at the drop of a hat back in the 60’s. It’s the second time on top, for a second week, both in the 21st century, being as it predated my charts by a couple of months, and was ineligible when I went mad on it in 1976/77 and beyond. Rock The Boat goes top 5 for a second time, thanks to Record Store Day releases (with more waiting to chart), Olly Murs gets another top 20, helped by Niles Rodgers who can claim a sweet 41-year chart-span as a result since Dance Dance Dance went top 10 in my first year at Uni, ah memories of recording onto cassette so I could play them when my room-mates were out or in – I like an audience for my music taste laugh.gif

Talking of oldies Baron Samedi gets top 20 some 45 years late (and outdoing the single off the album Silly Love) for 10cc, Morrissey has a second chart cover, the highly-unlikely version of Mozza crooning Laura Nyro’s Wedding Bell Blues, as hit for the The 5th Dimension in 1969, lo those 50 years back. Still a great song and a nice version at 22. P!nk also has 2 on the charts as she hustles her way into the 30, just behind Louise who leaps above her with a great comeback single, one of her best efforts.

The late Avicii gets a posthumous chart entry (a growing club at the moment) with Aloe Blacc helping on SOS, 6 years for Avicii, 8 years for Aloe. Foster The People started selling downloads again on the back of articles stating how they are shifting streaming “sales” in bucketloads to become the biggest track of 2011 since streaming started despite peaking at 18 in the UK charts. It topped my charts back then, so good to see the world catch up with me…. laugh.gif Tame Impala get a second charter, and ABC get two Lexicon Of Love debuts 37-years late. To be frank every track on the classic album is a gem, and Martin Fry is still fab in concert (which I saw last week).

Finally an advert is popularizing Together In Electric Dreams again, so I might as well chart it again, and Alan Parsons is back after a gap of at least 35 years, I’d say. Apart from being an Austin Powers gag, Alan was a music engineer on Abbey Road (The Beatles) and Dark Side Of The Moon (Pink Floyd) just to namedrop 2 classics, before producing brilliant hit records from the likes of Pilot, The Hollies, Al Stewart in the 70’s just ahead of his 80’s Alan Parsons Project hits like Eye In The Sky. A bit of a veteran then! Jason Mraz lends a vocal hand, 11 years since make It Mine debuted.

1 2 1 3 JACKIE Scott Walker 350000
2 1 1 3 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 455000
3 3 1 6 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 540000
4 6 4 3 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 168000
5 5 1 8 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 529800
6 7 6 6 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 231100
7 4 2 5 SPARROW Emeli Sande 366000
8 8 6 6 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 304000
9 10 9 6 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 182250
10 15 10 6 LIFTED Parker Bossley 149700

11 11 3 9 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 516100
12 12 10 9 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 285000
13 9 1 6 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 477000
14 16 14 6 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 114500
15 18 15 3 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 66200
16 17 16 6 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 97850
17 20 17 6 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 99600
18 28 18 4 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 70000
19 23 19 5 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 83450
20 19 2 9 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 525000

21 13 13 6 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 126600
22 NEW 22 1 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey 19500
23 31 13 6 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 143900
24 29 24 4 PATIENCE Tame Impala 67900
25 14 14 9 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 170350
26 21 1 7 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 386250
27 72 27 2 STRETCH Louise 24000
28 22 14 8 WALK ME HOME P!nk 155500
29 30 29 6 CASIO Jungle 87700
30 NEW 30 1 HUSTLE P!nk 18000

31 26 21 7 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 129650
32 32 32 2 YEKE YEKE Mory Kante 35600
33 33 33 4 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 54150
34 24 5 6 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 200600
35 NEW 35 1 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 17500
36 38 36 6 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 73600
37 NEW 37 1 DRUM Noa Kirel 17300
38 45 38 5 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 55700
39 41 39 5 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 58800
40 44 40 2 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 30250

41 27 2 12 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 445300
42 39 39 5 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 62550
43 25 25 5 WATERFALLS TLC 78550
44 52 44 6 THE BIRD SYML 57150
45 49 45 3 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 35200
46 34 6 9 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 306950
47 48 47 5 HURRICANES Dido 51350
48 NEW 48 1 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 12300
49 59 49 3 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 29000
50 70 50 3 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 23000

51 43 1 9 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 536050
52 36 29 6 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 94600
53 64 53 2 COOL The Jonas Brothers 18350
54 57 54 6 SO AM I Ava Max 49000
55 60 55 3 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 26800
56 42 18 9 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 157150
57 58 57 3 MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat 27700
58 35 35 6 LO/HI The Black Keys 79300
59 51 3 13 STARTED OUT Georgia 473200
60 NEW 60 1 PUMPED UP KICKS Foster The People 10000

61 37 30 6 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 82700
62 47 9 10 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 265800
63 56 1 16 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 629600
64 NEW 64 1 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 7100
65 75 65 2 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 12000
66 46 46 7 DOVE Pillar Point 69200
67 67 67 4 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 24200
68 NEW 68 1 SHOW ME ABC 6400
69 73 69 2 JUST YOU AND I Tom Walker 11600
70 NEW 70 1 TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder 6000

71 63 63 4 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 25400
72 54 29 8 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 88150
73 55 17 11 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 177400
74 NEW 74 1 DATE STAMP ABC 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MIRACLE Alan Parsons featuring Jason Mraz 5000

DROP OUTS
40 40 4 CLOCKWORK CREEP 10cc 60100
50 50 4 CONNECTION Elastica 47500
53 10 6 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 143350
61 46 6 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 55400
62 20 10 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 153400
65 13 10 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 181700
66 7 11 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 252350
68 68 3 NO SOUL/ NO CONTROL Suzi Quatro 18600
69 62 4 ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Garbage 27200
71 71 2 EXPERIMENT IV (EXTENDED MIX) Kate Bush 11200
74 74 1 BRONTOSAURUS The Move 5200

 

 

7th April 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Walker Brothers, as the late great Scott challenges himself at 2 with the epic drama of Jackie. Mostly a quiet week chartwise as Ive not been able to listen to new music much. Mory Kante’s super 1988 number 2 is back yet again, Yeke Yeke is still a great dance track, in at 32, as the highest new track is at 44 for Vargas & Lagola, a bit selfish of them. The Jonas Brothers get a second chart entry, they are Cool with being at 10, and entering at 64 – wouldn’t have predicted that a decade ago! Back in the mid-90’s Eternal managed half a dozen top 40 entries in my charts, but they rarely troubled the top end of my lists, being as they weren’t good enough for that – eventually Louise bailed out for a pop career of about half a dozen years of just over half a dozen top 40 entries, including one biggie with her cover of Stuck In The Middle With You. Well, she’s back after a gap of 16 years! In at 72, it’s a bit of a stretch. Tom Walker gets a 3rd entry, Anderson .Paak a second, and The Move aka Roy Wood & future ELO, enter at 74 with the 49-year-old Brontosaurus. We’ve got Bones, the Son Of Man is also listed, so we just need T.Rex for a themed chart.

1 1 1 2 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 340000
2 4 2 2 JACKIE Scott Walker 180000
3 3 1 5 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 455000
4 2 2 4 SPARROW Emeli Sande 316000
5 5 1 7 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 469800
6 8 6 2 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 103000
7 10 6 5 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 176100
8 6 6 5 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 256000
9 7 1 5 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 445000
10 12 10 5 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 137250

11 9 3 8 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 479100
12 11 10 8 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 250000
13 15 13 5 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 106850
14 19 14 8 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 151600
15 17 15 5 LIFTED Parker Bossley 107500
16 22 16 5 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 85500
17 23 17 5 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 72850
18 38 18 2 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 39200
19 13 2 8 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 505000
20 25 20 5 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 76600

21 16 1 6 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 367750
22 18 14 7 WALK ME HOME P!nk 137200
23 28 23 4 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 62450
24 14 5 5 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 183000
25 26 25 4 WATERFALLS TLC 65050
26 21 21 6 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 111750
27 27 2 11 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 431300
28 34 28 3 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs 48000
29 33 29 3 PATIENCE Tame Impala 48900
30 35 30 5 CASIO Jungle 69500

31 20 13 5 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 124900
32 NEW 32 1 YEKE YEKE Mory Kante 17800
33 46 33 3 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 36450
34 24 6 8 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 294200
35 36 35 5 LO/HI The Black Keys 69100
36 29 29 5 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 83100
37 30 30 5 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 77200
38 43 38 5 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 56200
39 45 39 4 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 48800
40 40 40 4 CLOCKWORK CREEP 10cc 60100

41 49 41 4 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 41700
42 32 18 8 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 146550
43 37 1 8 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 524300
44 NEW 44 1 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 13250
45 54 45 4 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 38500
46 52 46 6 DOVE Pillar Point 62400
47 31 9 9 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 258400
48 53 48 4 HURRICANES Dido 38850
49 59 49 2 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 22200
50 50 50 4 CONNECTION Elastica 47500

51 42 3 12 STARTED OUT Georgia 463100
52 55 52 5 THE BIRD SYML 43900
53 39 10 6 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 143350
54 44 29 7 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 82550
55 47 17 10 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 172000
56 48 1 15 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 622400
57 60 57 5 SO AM I Ava Max 38000
58 64 58 2 MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat 17300
59 66 59 2 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 16900
60 70 60 2 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 16000

61 51 46 6 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 55400
62 41 20 10 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 153400
63 65 63 3 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 19600
64 NEW 64 1 COOL The Jonas Brothers 7100
65 57 13 10 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 181700
66 56 7 11 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 252350
67 71 67 3 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 17600
68 68 68 3 NO SOUL/ NO CONTROL Suzi Quatro 18600
69 62 62 4 ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Garbage 27200
70 75 70 2 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 11000

71 73 71 2 EXPERIMENT IV (EXTENDED MIX) Kate Bush 11200
72 NEW 72 1 STRETCH Louise 5600
73 NEW 73 1 JUST YOU AND I Tom Walker 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BRONTOSAURUS The Move 5200
75 NEW 75 1 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 5000

DROP OUTS
58 58 4 BUTTERFLY LOONA 34600
61 40 4 LEARN TO LET GO Welshly Arms 52750
63 63 4 ME QUEDO CONTIGO Rosalia 25800
67 67 4 NEW HOUSE Rex Orange County 24400
69 5 11 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 305700
72 4 14 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 442650
74 19 7 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 103750

31st March 2019

It’s a 6th week (in total) on top for the Walker Brothers 1966 classic Four Seasons cover, the third time it has topped my chart as an oldie – The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore is the jewel in the crown of the great back catalogue of Scott Walker and his magnificent voice, and quirky, dramatic, often-banned solo career outside the more widely-loved (in the UK) Walker Brothers career. An American who was bigger in Europe, and more influenced by Europe, his death this week was a loss to me, hence the entries lower down, including the naughty Jackie, later covered well by Marc Almond, in at 4, having topped my charts before, as has Make It Easy On Yourself. With the loss of Ranking Roger from The Beat, and oldies from cinema and elsewhere there is only one new entry this week, at 75! That’ll be Marshmello and CHVRCHES then!

Number 2 in 1974, The Hues Corporation disco classic is back after a key moment in the movie Fishermen’s Friends, about the Cornish band of singing Fishermen (in the album chart again this week) – Rock The Boat, err well, it’s about the sea, I suppose, in at 8, Jack Savoretti gets another top 20, Tame Impala & Olly Murs go top 40, Will Young has a big climb, and that’s about it for the new stuff. Kate Bush pops in with a remix from her 4-track CD which I’ve bought, and the reason there’s not much new stuff is I’ve been to Liverpool to see friends and to revisit the much-changed city centre since the days of my childhood, teens and 20’s (my grandma lived there, and so did I back in 1966, the year The Walker Brothers topped the UK charts as it does this week). Beatles songs everywhere you go, quite rightly, in The Cavern, museums, bars, River Mersey seafront…. Just be thankful I didn;t re-chart them too! laugh.gif

1 NEW 1 1 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 170000
2 2 2 3 SPARROW Emeli Sande 251000
3 1 1 4 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 370000
4 NEW 4 1 JACKIE Scott Walker 65000
5 3 1 6 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 409800
6 7 6 4 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 208000
7 4 1 4 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 400000
8 NEW 8 1 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 48000
9 5 3 7 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 442100
10 6 6 4 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 126100

11 10 10 7 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 215000
12 15 12 4 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 95250
13 11 2 7 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 484000
14 8 5 4 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 164000
15 24 15 4 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 74850
16 9 1 5 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 348000
17 17 17 4 LIFTED Parker Bossley 80500
18 14 14 6 WALK ME HOME P!nk 117700
19 19 19 7 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 122600
20 13 13 4 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 107000

21 23 21 5 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 93250
22 28 22 4 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 60500
23 26 23 4 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 49850
24 12 6 7 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 276600
25 34 25 4 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 56600
26 33 26 3 WATERFALLS TLC 46300
27 21 2 10 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 412900
28 35 28 3 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 43200
29 30 29 4 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 65700
30 36 30 4 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 59900

31 16 9 8 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 245900
32 25 18 7 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 132800
33 45 33 2 PATIENCE Tame Impala 30700
34 49 34 2 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs 29700
35 40 35 4 CASIO Jungle 51500
36 38 36 4 LO/HI The Black Keys 51600
37 22 1 7 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 510800
38 NEW 38 1 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 17200
39 18 10 5 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 132100
40 41 40 3 CLOCKWORK CREEP 10cc 43100

41 20 20 9 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 146000
42 27 3 11 STARTED OUT Georgia 451350
43 47 43 4 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 39000
44 29 29 6 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 71550
45 48 45 3 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 31700
46 70 46 2 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 18750
47 32 17 9 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 161200
48 31 1 14 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 611800
49 56 49 3 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 27700
50 50 50 3 CONNECTION Elastica 35500

51 46 46 5 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 47900
52 52 52 5 DOVE Pillar Point 49650
53 59 53 3 HURRICANES Dido 26550
54 61 54 3 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 25500
55 60 55 4 THE BIRD SYML 32400
56 44 7 10 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 245550
57 43 13 9 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 174700
58 58 58 4 BUTTERFLY LOONA 34600
59 NEW 59 1 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 10100
60 66 60 4 SO AM I Ava Max 27600

61 53 40 4 LEARN TO LET GO Welshly Arms 52750
62 65 62 3 ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Garbage 21000
63 67 63 4 ME QUEDO CONTIGO Rosalia 25800
64 NEW 64 1 MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat 7100
65 73 65 2 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 12400
66 NEW 66 1 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 6800
67 69 67 4 NEW HOUSE Rex Orange County 24400
68 71 68 2 NO SOUL/ NO CONTROL Suzi Quatro 12200
69 51 5 11 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 305700
70 NEW 70 1 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 6000

71 74 71 2 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 11000
72 57 4 14 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 442650
73 NEW 73 1 EXPERIMENT IV (EXTENDED MIX) Kate Bush 5400
74 42 19 7 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 103750
75 NEW 75 1 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 5000

DROP OUTS
37 4 4 FIRESTARTER (433750) The Prodigy 147300
39 14 4 LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT (450350) Talk Talk 81700
54 5 9 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 309750
55 38 6 PRETEND CNCO 81550
62 43 6 HEAL ME Grace Carter 63000
63 1 18 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 877350
64 15 10 GIVE YOU UP Dido 160900
68 37 6 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 71750
72 4 9 JUICE Lizzo 317800
75 1 40 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2082500

25th March 2019

It’s a first week on top for yet another act to debut in 2009, following Paloma Faith, this time Empire Of The Sun and Chrysalis. They’ve come close 3 or 4 times, but previous highest peak slot was 2 for the Aussies. Well, I say first number one – actually Nick Littlemore hit the top as Pnau in 2012 along with Elton John on Sad, while Luke Steele almost topped my charts 18 years ago in The Sleepy Jackson and their Good Dancers.

Emeli Sande gets her second biggest hit (behind chart-topper Hurts) at 2, while her Sparrow is joined by a rat in the top – Rat City at 6. What with Cat in there too it’s a Jungle at the top. Mabel has a huge climb into the 30, the third family Cherry to do that, the Nanas are back in the 30 for a tasty 37th year. Go back to 1982, ask me what are the chances I would still be charting new Bananarama records in 2019, and I would have said, pretty much zero. Pretty much are though!

4 10cc album tracks climb, TLC are back in the 40 for the first time since it topped in 1995, Jungle get a 2nd simultaneous top 40, and Billie Eilish gets a 3rd of the year. New entries from Tame Impala, keeping them coming fresh off their top 10 collab, Olly Murs keeping the pop run going in my charts even if he’s not a UK chart regular anymore (I’ve always been much more faithful to acts than the ever-trend-chasing chart-mirroring average teen), Will Young is back knocking on 17 years since his early bland Evergreen and 15 years since he topped my chart with Friday’s Child. Sting & Shaggy are also back with another collab, Shaggy makes it 26 years, Sting solo 36 years, and with The Police 40 years. So a total of 66 years charting.

Bananarama 37 years? That’s nothing. Back when I was 15 Suzi Quatro joined RAK records in the UK, Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman churned out glam rock stompers for The Sweet, Mud and many others including Suzi, who was pretty much the first female rocker to top the charts with Can The Can & Devil Gate Drive. So, Suzi is back with a new album collaboration with her son, and gets the first 2 tracks off it into my charts. Not too far from Glam Rock, it’s fair to say. So, 46 years later and she still charts, and still has never topped my charts. Outrageous! That must be the longest chart career of anyone who has never had a number one for me, despite having at least 3 that deserved to, her last serious effort was in 2011 when she went top 10 with a great cover of Goldfrapp’s Strict Machine.

1 4 1 3 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 285000
2 19 2 2 SPARROW Emeli Sande 136000
3 1 1 5 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 349800
4 2 1 3 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 350000
5 3 3 6 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 397100
6 28 6 3 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 84100
7 6 6 3 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 153000
8 5 5 3 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 135000
9 8 1 4 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 323000
10 11 10 6 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 179000

11 7 2 6 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 452000
12 9 6 6 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 257600
13 13 13 3 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 87000
14 16 14 5 WALK ME HOME P!nk 95700
15 20 15 3 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 60250
16 12 9 7 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 228000
17 18 17 3 LIFTED Parker Bossley 57500
18 10 10 4 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 115000
19 23 19 6 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 101600
20 29 20 8 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 132000

21 21 2 9 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 394500
22 15 1 6 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 493500
23 25 23 4 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 73500
24 34 24 3 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 47850
25 22 18 6 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 115000
26 64 26 3 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 30600
27 24 3 10 STARTED OUT Georgia 437600
28 48 28 3 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 41000
29 36 29 5 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 58300
30 35 30 3 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 47500

31 26 1 13 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 599500
32 32 17 8 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 148700
33 59 33 2 WATERFALLS TLC 27800
34 46 34 3 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 37850
35 62 35 2 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 24900
36 39 36 3 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 41900
37 17 4 4 FIRESTARTER The Prodigy 147300
38 56 38 3 LO/HI The Black Keys 34200
39 14 14 4 LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk 81700
40 57 40 3 CASIO Jungle 34000

41 49 41 2 CLOCKWORK CREEP 10cc 26100
42 27 19 6 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 98550
43 31 13 8 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 164300
44 33 7 9 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 234950
45 NEW 45 1 PATIENCE Tame Impala 13000
46 60 46 4 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 36150
47 66 47 3 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 25500
48 68 48 2 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 18700
49 NEW 49 1 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs 12100
50 52 50 2 CONNECTION Elastica 23500

51 37 5 10 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 299500
52 53 52 4 DOVE Pillar Point 38150
53 40 40 3 LEARN TO LET GO Welshly Arms 45250
54 30 5 9 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 309750
55 38 38 6 PRETEND CNCO 81550
56 75 56 2 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 15600
57 41 4 13 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 437050
58 63 58 3 BUTTERFLY LOONA 24400
59 74 59 2 HURRICANES Dido 15300
60 69 60 3 THE BIRD SYML 21600

61 65 61 2 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 14500
62 43 43 6 HEAL ME Grace Carter 63000
63 50 1 18 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 877350
64 44 15 10 GIVE YOU UP Dido 160900
65 67 65 2 ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Garbage 13600
66 72 66 3 SO AM I Ava Max 17600
67 70 67 3 ME QUEDO CONTIGO Rosalia 18600
68 42 37 6 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 71750
69 71 69 3 NEW HOUSE Rex Orange County 17800
70 NEW 70 1 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NO SOUL/ NO CONTROL Suzi Quatro 5800
72 45 4 9 JUICE Lizzo 317800
73 NEW 73 1 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 5400
74 NEW 74 1 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 5200
75 73 1 40 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2082500

DROP OUTS
47 9 7 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 160550
51 25 5 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 83950
54 24 7 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 108450
55 55 2 MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 21400
58 13 9 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 175850
61 1 22 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 1040050

 

17th March 2019

It’s a first week on top for Paloma faith’s Your Ex, 10 years on from New York becoming her first chart-topper, with 2 others and a guest spot with Sigma making 5 in total. 10CC (sort of) get another top 5 to belatedly add to their 49-year total (sort of) incorporating their 1970 hit Neanderthal Man. Emeli Sande gets the highest new entry, 8 years on from debut Heaven, as Sparrow flies into the top 20, fluttering in between high climbs for Parker Bossley and Jonas Brothers. Rat City go top 30, as a handful of tracks from 10CC’s first two albums enter my charts for the first time, following seeing them in concert: Those were two of my key albums of the 70’s, I adored them at the time, but didn;t allow album tracks in my charts at the time, so justice at last!

1995 chart-topper Waterfalls brings TLC back, Elastica’s pounding Connection is back, and Garbage’s Top 5 Only Happen When It Rains pours in, all thanks to Captain Marvel, while Dido gets another track entering, and Rozes returns.

1 4 1 4 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 264800
2 1 1 2 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 285000
3 3 3 5 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 337100
4 7 4 2 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 115000
5 15 5 2 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 87000
6 8 6 2 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 103000
7 2 2 5 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 415000
8 5 1 3 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 278000
9 6 6 5 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 222600
10 14 10 3 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 93000

11 12 11 5 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 137000
12 9 9 6 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 203000
13 17 13 2 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 55000
14 30 14 3 LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk 64600
15 11 1 5 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 474000
16 22 16 4 WALK ME HOME P!nk 66700
17 10 4 3 FIRESTARTER The Prodigy 130000
18 47 18 2 LIFTED Parker Bossley 34500
19 NEW 19 1 SPARROW Emeli Sande 21000
20 44 20 2 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 33250

21 13 2 8 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 374750
22 18 18 5 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 96250
23 25 23 5 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 80600
24 16 3 9 STARTED OUT Georgia 419200
25 27 25 3 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 54250
26 20 1 12 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 581600
27 19 19 5 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 84800
28 55 28 2 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 29100
29 34 29 7 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 112000
30 21 5 8 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 298750

31 26 13 7 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 150800
32 28 17 7 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 130900
33 24 7 8 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 221700
34 53 34 2 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 28850
35 50 35 2 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 29500
36 49 36 4 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 40100
37 23 5 9 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 287750
38 38 38 5 PRETEND CNCO 70750
39 62 39 2 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 24500
40 40 40 2 LEARN TO LET GO Welshly Arms 34000

41 31 4 12 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 426650
42 37 37 5 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 65350
43 46 43 5 HEAL ME Grace Carter 55600
44 33 15 9 GIVE YOU UP Dido 153800
45 29 4 8 JUICE Lizzo 312200
46 61 46 2 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 20250
47 32 9 7 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 160550
48 57 48 2 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 22700
49 NEW 49 1 CLOCKWORK CREEP 10cc 12100
50 41 1 17 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 870150

51 35 25 5 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 83950
52 NEW 52 1 CONNECTION Elastica 11500
53 58 53 3 DOVE Pillar Point 26650
54 36 24 7 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 108450
55 56 55 2 MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 21400
56 68 56 2 LO/HI The Black Keys 17000
57 67 57 2 CASIO Jungle 17000
58 43 13 9 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 175850
59 NEW 59 1 WATERFALLS TLC 10100
60 66 60 3 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 23400

61 54 1 22 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 1040050
62 NEW 62 1 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 7400
63 65 63 2 BUTTERFLY LOONA 14200
64 75 64 2 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 12100
65 NEW 65 1 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 7000
66 69 66 2 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 13000
67 NEW 67 1 ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Garbage 6600
68 NEW 68 1 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 6400
69 73 69 2 THE BIRD SYML 11600
70 70 70 2 ME QUEDO CONTIGO Rosalia 12000

71 71 71 2 NEW HOUSE Rex Orange County 11600
72 74 72 2 SO AM I Ava Max 10800
73 72 1 39 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2077500
74 NEW 74 1 HURRICANES Dido 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 5000

DROP OUTS
39 39 3 FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees 42350
42 1 15 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 1004600
45 24 12 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 181100
48 33 6 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 85750
51 6 12 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 316100
52 30 5 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 64900
59 1 14 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1105400
60 60 3 YOUR AUNTY GRIZELDA The Monkees 23200
63 5 10 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 286750
64 25 9 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 134250

 

10th March 2019

It’s a new entry at for for Morrissey’s cover of Roy Orbison’s classic chart-topper, It’s Over, aided and abetted (without credit) by LP. I never knew he had the vocal croon in him, but it’s an emotive song and he does a jolly good job, even if he is a miserable sod generally. That means: his first top 3 since 2004’s The First Of The Gang To Die, and his first-ever solo chart-topper after 31 years of trying, AND outdoing near-misses from the Smiths (This Charming Man & How Soon Is Now). Long overdue, and LP gets a second top 10 to boot.

There are 24 new entries this week in a massive clear-out of my chart, there are some classic oldies stacked up flying in circles waiting for a gap too, cos I’ve been to see Captain Marvel & it’s 1995 nostalgia-fest of indie tracks, and fab 10cc in Concert (headed by Graham Gouldman) some 37 years since I last saw them – Eric Stewart was still in the band then, but Godley & Creme were long-departed. Amazingly, the rest of the 1982 line-up are still playing, with the addition of new vocalist Hornal, who enters with his co-write with Graham & featuring Kevin Godley to boot – so it’s basically a 10cc track, both in style and substance. The concert started with a 2006 track that escaped me at the time by GG/06 – Gouldman/Godley, a sample of Hotlegs 1970 Neanderthal Man – who were 10cc minus Gouldman – and a great storyline telling the 10cc story. So all 4 members feature on it, making it the first new original-line-up track since 1976 and in at 15. Graham Gouldman wrote Bus Stop for The Hollies in 1966, a teenage songwriter, and appropriately they enter at 69 with a track featured on Netflix’ The Umbrella Academy, 1964’s We’re Through, a goodie I have never really noticed before, but which vaguely sounds familiar (I was watching pop shows on TV in those days).

Empire Of The Sun enter at 7 with a spruced-up ten-year-old unreleased track (I think!), their highest-charting since the same-period top 3’s We Are The People & Walking On A Dream. Cat Pierce debuts at 8 with another TV feature, very Lana Del Ray-ish and cool, and Paloma Faith vaults up to 4, her biggest for 2 years, and keeps her run of top 5 singles at 11 years and counting. Pink rockets into the 30, Welshly Arms debut at 40, and the Jonas Brothers get a second hit 11 years late. They previously charted SOS at 75 for one week, and bust that comprehensively now they are all growed up and have charted solo and in DNCE in the interim with some great singles. That has to be the longest ever wait for a follow-up chart feature for an act that peaked at 75!

Jack Savoretti is back again before he’s even left, Bananarama get a second entry of the year 38 years on, Sophie Ellis-Bextor orchestrates her 2001 chart-topper for some clubbing nostalgia for me (a big track when I was out every weekend in Southampton), Gabrielle also returns fairly quickly with her comeback 27 years on, Billie Eilish gets a 3rd as the previous 2 drop out, Jungle chart a second track, SYML gets that follow-up entry, as does Ava Max, and Mabel pops in some 30 years after her mum first popped in my charts – that’s be Neneh Cherry then…

1 NEW 1 1 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 170000
2 2 2 4 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 365000
3 3 3 4 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 252100
4 35 4 3 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 94800
5 1 1 2 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 230000
6 6 6 4 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 177600
7 NEW 7 1 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 50000
8 NEW 8 1 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 48000
9 10 9 5 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 168000
10 4 4 2 FIRESTARTER The Prodigy 107000

11 5 1 4 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 437000
12 13 12 4 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 100000
13 7 2 7 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 355000
14 18 14 2 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 51000
15 NEW 15 1 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 27000
16 8 3 8 STARTED OUT Georgia 400200
17 NEW 17 1 NEVER COMIN’ DOWN Keith Urban 23000
18 19 18 4 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 76750
19 20 19 4 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 66400
20 12 1 11 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 563100

21 9 5 7 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 280750
22 49 22 3 WALK ME HOME P!nk 41700
23 11 5 8 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 270450
24 15 7 7 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 204000
25 29 25 4 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 61350
26 16 13 6 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 132900
27 39 27 2 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 35500
28 17 17 6 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 113100
29 14 4 7 JUICE Lizzo 299200
30 34 30 2 LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk 35600

31 23 4 11 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 412650
32 22 9 6 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 148050
33 21 15 8 GIVE YOU UP Dido 140550
34 36 34 6 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 93800
35 25 25 4 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 72200
36 24 24 6 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 97450
37 40 37 4 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 51600
38 38 38 4 PRETEND CNCO 53550
39 42 39 3 FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees 42350
40 NEW 40 1 LEARN TO LET GO Welshly Arms 17000

41 27 1 16 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 858150
42 28 1 15 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 1004600
43 26 13 8 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 165650
44 NEW 44 1 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 13250
45 31 24 12 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 181100
46 48 46 4 HEAL ME Grace Carter 42100
47 NEW 47 1 LIFTED Parker Bossley 12500
48 33 33 6 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 85750
49 72 49 3 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 22700
50 NEW 50 1 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 12000

51 32 6 12 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 316100
52 30 30 5 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 64900
53 NEW 53 1 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 11250
54 47 1 21 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 1032550
55 NEW 55 1 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 10800
56 NEW 56 1 MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 10600
57 NEW 57 1 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 10400
58 74 58 2 DOVE Pillar Point 15400
59 44 1 14 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1105400
60 62 60 3 YOUR AUNTY GRIZELDA The Monkees 23200

61 NEW 61 1 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 7500
62 NEW 62 1 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 7400
63 43 5 10 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 286750
64 41 25 9 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 134250
65 NEW 65 1 BUTTERFLY LOONA 7000
66 67 66 2 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 13400
67 NEW 67 1 CASIO Jungle 6600
68 NEW 68 1 LO/HI The Black Keys 6400
69 NEW 69 1 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 6200
70 NEW 70 1 ME QUEDO CONTIGO Rosalia 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NEW HOUSE Rex Orange County 5800
72 65 1 38 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2072100
73 NEW 73 1 THE BIRD SYML 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SO AM I Ava Max 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 5000

DROP OUT
37 2 8 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 335200
45 26 4 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 67500
46 15 9 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 181150
50 5 10 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 317250
51 37 8 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 104550
52 28 6 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 87800
53 1 8 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 647900
54 19 8 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 140800
55 47 5 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 52150
56 10 9 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 178050
57 16 10 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 157000
58 20 10 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 164600
59 59 6 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 40400
60 6 17 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 500500
61 61 2 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 14300
63 49 5 TOKYO White Lies 45200
64 64 4 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 24500
66 6 13 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 324850
68 7 16 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 324350
69 69 4 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 24400
70 1 18 SHADOWS Black Atlass 826100
71 71 1 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany 5800
73 73 1 TODAY Talk Talk 5400
75 75 1 BREATHE The Prodigy 5000

3rd March 2019

It’s straight in at 1 for 1978 Eurodisco obscure goodie American Generation, giving The Ritchie Family a belated chart-topper 40 years after it peaked around 40 places lower, and thanks to my rediscovering it and entering it into the BJSC. I’ve gone slightly mad on it’s hooks and retro-charm! The sisters first charted in 1975 for me, then hit my top 10 with The Best Disco In Town in 1976, and have had to wait a whopping 44 years to get that chart-topper.

This week I’ve been on holiday in Gran Canaria, and haven’t had any time to listen to new music, or current music for the most part, so mostly oldies enter my charts. I was at the airport when I heard the sad news about the death of Keith Flint, hence his greatest moment back in my top 5 23 years on, on top of the loss of Talk Talk mainman Mark Hollis, which has also brought their best tracks back in my chart for the 3rd time in the case of chart-topper It’s My Life, and twice top tenner Life’s What You Make It.

1 NEW 1 1 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 170000
2 2 2 3 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 250000
3 4 3 3 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 167100
4 NEW 4 1 FIRESTARTER The Prodigy 65000
5 1 1 3 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 400000
6 7 6 3 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 122600
7 3 2 6 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 323000
8 6 3 7 STARTED OUT Georgia 375200
9 10 5 6 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 261000
10 12 10 4 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 123000

11 5 5 7 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 251200
12 8 1 10 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 543100
13 18 13 3 TALK Khalid 65000
14 9 4 6 JUICE Lizzo 281000
15 11 7 6 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 185000
16 13 13 5 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 114400
17 17 17 5 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 94800
18 NEW 18 1 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 22000
19 19 19 3 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 54750
20 30 20 3 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 45400

21 15 15 7 GIVE YOU UP Dido 122850
22 14 9 5 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 130250
23 16 4 10 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 394750
24 25 24 5 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 80050
25 27 25 3 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 54700
26 26 13 7 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 152150
27 21 1 15 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 844150
28 22 1 14 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 990850
29 34 29 3 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 42600
30 40 30 4 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 53400

31 31 24 11 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 168100
32 32 6 11 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 304350
33 33 33 5 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 73450
34 NEW 34 1 LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk 17600
35 48 35 2 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 29800
36 38 36 5 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 76200
37 20 2 8 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 335200
38 46 38 3 PRETEND CNCO 36350
39 NEW 39 1 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 17100
40 50 40 3 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 34300

41 28 25 8 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 127150
42 52 42 2 FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees 25250
43 29 5 9 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 279550
44 41 1 13 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1095300
45 32 26 4 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 67500
46 31 15 9 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 181150
47 45 1 20 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 1021550
48 53 48 3 HEAL ME Grace Carter 29350
49 59 49 2 WALK ME HOME P!nk 22200
50 39 5 10 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 317250

51 37 37 8 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 104550
52 35 28 6 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 87800
53 36 1 8 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 647900
54 42 19 8 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 140800
55 47 47 5 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 52150
56 51 10 9 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 178050
57 43 16 10 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 157000
58 44 20 10 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 164600
59 64 59 6 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 40400
60 54 6 17 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 500500

61 66 61 2 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 14300
62 71 62 2 YOUR AUNTY GRIZELDA The Monkees 13200
63 49 49 5 TOKYO White Lies 45200
64 68 64 4 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 24500
65 65 1 37 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2066500
66 57 6 13 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 324850
67 NEW 67 1 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 6600
68 58 7 16 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 324350
69 69 69 4 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 24400
70 60 1 18 SHADOWS Black Atlass 826100

71 NEW 71 1 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany 5800
72 75 72 2 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 10600
73 NEW 73 1 TODAY Talk Talk 5400
74 NEW 74 1 DOVE Pillar Point 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BREATHE The Prodigy 5000

DROP OUTS
55 14 7 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 127350
56 48 5 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 52050
61 36 7 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 95850
62 25 7 WITHOUT ME Halsey 75700
63 28 6 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 80000
67 46 6 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 57950
70 35 8 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 89500
72 29 9 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 115400
73 29 9 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 110150
74 7 17 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 470000

 

 

24th February 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for the symphonic Killing Moon, just holding off Zedd grabbing his first chart-topper, and Katy Perry her 4th, so she has to make do with equalling 2008’s Hot ‘n’ Cold instead at 2. There’s big climb to 4 for Jungle, their highest chart position to date, and Bob Sinclar to 7, beating his peak of 9 in 2006 with World Hold On. Robbie of course has never stopped having top 10’s in 26 years, with Take That or solo.

Khalid gets his 2nd top 20 of the year already, and Sigrid gets her second ever with big climbs. CHVRCHES grab a top 30 with a hfty move upwards, boyband Why Don’t We go Bieber-soundalike and do it quite well into the 40, Pet Shop Boys get a 5th top 40 of the week, while highest new entry is from paloma’s deluxe version, of the album which thankfully I didn’t buy or I would have been pissed off at belated tracks being released.

The Monkees get 2 new (old) entries following the death of Peter Tork – For Pete’s Sake is the closing credits song to the ground-breaking 60’s TV show, written by Peter, and Your Aunty Grizelda is a Peter-sung quirky track which in the UK was the soundtrack to a sequence in the horror parody episode I Was A Teenage Monster. For some reason the UK totally messed around with the songs in UK-screened episodes, but in this case it worked much better than the US original. I recorded the episode on reel-to-reel tape back in the day, and was most disappointed to find the US box set has a lot of wrong songs in the wrong episodes (for my boyhood memories).

P!nk gets a BRITS boost this week and wham! she’s back in chart fashion, while never dropping out of being in chart fashion in my charts – some of the last album’s tracks were well-worthy of single release and counted in these charts – whcih is what really counts tongue.gif

1 1 1 2 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 340000
2 20 2 2 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 135000
3 2 2 5 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 273000
4 39 4 2 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 82100
5 8 5 6 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 214200
6 3 3 6 STARTED OUT Georgia 327200
7 34 7 2 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 67600
8 4 1 9 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 508100
9 6 4 5 JUICE Lizzo 252000
10 5 5 5 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 216000

11 7 7 5 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 158000
12 16 12 3 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 81000
13 13 13 4 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 89400
14 9 9 4 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 110750
15 17 15 6 GIVE YOU UP Dido 103100
16 11 4 9 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 375500
17 19 17 4 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 71800
18 54 18 2 TALK Khalid 33000
19 46 19 2 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 33750
20 10 2 7 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 317900

21 12 1 14 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 825750
22 15 1 13 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 972550
23 14 6 9 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 268750
24 24 24 9 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 132300
25 30 25 4 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 61050
26 18 13 6 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 133650
27 27 27 2 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 36800
28 25 25 7 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 113150
29 21 5 8 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 266050
30 62 30 2 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 25400

31 22 15 8 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 168400
32 26 26 3 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 54500
33 33 33 4 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 55750
34 66 34 2 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 24400
35 28 28 5 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 76300
36 23 1 7 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 636650
37 37 37 7 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 92800
38 38 38 4 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 58800
39 31 5 9 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 305250
40 50 40 3 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 35400

41 32 1 12 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1082050
42 29 19 7 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 129800
43 35 16 9 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 146600
44 36 20 9 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 154400
45 44 1 19 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 1009050
46 68 46 2 PRETEND CNCO 19150
47 51 47 4 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 41350
48 NEW 48 1 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 12300
49 55 49 4 TOKYO White Lies 38000
50 74 50 2 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 17300

51 40 10 8 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 167450
52 NEW 52 1 FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees 11500
53 71 53 2 HEAL ME Grace Carter 17050
54 49 6 16 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 490500
55 41 14 7 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 127350
56 48 48 5 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 52050
57 47 6 12 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 318050
58 52 7 15 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 317950
59 NEW 59 1 WALK ME HOME P!nk 10100
60 53 1 17 SHADOWS Black Atlass 820100

61 45 36 7 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 95850
62 42 25 7 WITHOUT ME Halsey 75700
63 43 28 6 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 80000
64 70 64 5 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 30300
65 65 1 36 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2059500
66 NEW 66 1 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 6800
67 60 46 6 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 57950
68 72 68 3 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 17400
69 69 69 3 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 18200
70 57 35 8 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 89500

71 NEW 71 1 YOUR AUNTY GRIZELDA The Monkees 5800
72 58 29 9 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 115400
73 56 29 9 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 110150
74 63 7 17 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 470000
75 NEW 75 1 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 5000

DROP OUTS
59 43 7 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 77000
61 48 3 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 32100
64 20 7 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 102150
67 3 12 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 488000
73 1 13 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 636050
75 9 13 RISE Raaginder 246050

 

 

17th February 2019

It’s a new entry and first week on top for a symphonic version of Echo & The Bunnymen’s stunningly great 1984 The Killing Moon, as effectively showcased in the cult movie Donnie Darko. I got the Symphonic 80’s album as a CD prezzie, and this was the remaining stand-out version I’d not charted – It originally peaked at 2 in my charts, and the revamp isn’t quite as good as the original, but the record has severely under-performed in my charts compared to how I feel about it these days (“absolute classic”) so an excuse to chart it is welcome by me. By way of compensation there has been a massive clear-out of oldies from my charts and lots of new stuff.

Dua Lipa gets her 2nd number 2, equalling Be The One, and falling short of chart-topper Hotter Than Hell. Zedd’s back in the top 20 after his top 20 with Liam Payne in 2017, and Katy Perry is guesting, and back in the top 20 since her swathe of 2017 chart peaks, including a number one with Chained To The Rhythm. The Chainsmokers drag along 5 Seconds Of Summer for another top 40 before the last one has left the 20, while Bob Sinclar gives Robbie Williams his 2nd top 40 guest spot of the year, Robbie’s span of hits a surprising 23 years since he gained his Freedom from Take That, or 27 years including the lads.

Jungle are back with another top 40, Sigrid pops back with a 3rd, Khalid gets a 2nd in the chart, CHVRCHES are back with another, Kelsea Ballerini gets a 2nd on the chart, and CNCO and Grace Carter both follow-up recent chart action.

1 NEW 1 1 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 170000
2 10 2 4 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 188000
3 3 3 5 STARTED OUT Georgia 272200
4 1 1 8 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 460100
5 9 5 4 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 174000
6 4 4 4 JUICE Lizzo 207000
7 12 7 4 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 121000
8 8 8 5 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 154200
9 16 9 3 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 81750
10 2 2 6 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 297900

11 14 4 8 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 350500
12 6 1 13 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 806000
13 20 13 3 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 57400
14 11 6 8 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 249500
15 7 1 12 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 953050
16 19 16 2 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 46000
17 17 17 5 GIVE YOU UP Dido 76100
18 13 13 5 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 115150
19 38 19 3 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 48800
20 NEW 20 1 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 20000

21 15 5 7 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 247850
22 18 15 7 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 150500
23 5 1 6 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 619250
24 27 24 8 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 113300
25 30 25 6 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 94850
26 29 26 2 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 36700
27 NEW 27 1 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 18400
28 31 28 4 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 58800
29 23 19 6 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 116050
30 35 30 3 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 42300

31 21 5 8 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 288150
32 26 1 11 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1068050
33 42 33 3 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 38050
34 NEW 34 1 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 17600
35 22 16 8 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 133100
36 33 20 8 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 141150
37 37 37 6 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 75500
38 40 38 3 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 41600
39 NEW 39 1 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 17100
40 34 10 7 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 155700

41 24 14 6 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 116550
42 25 25 6 WITHOUT ME Halsey 68300
43 28 28 5 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 72800
44 32 1 18 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 996050
45 36 36 6 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 88350
46 NEW 46 1 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 12750
47 39 6 11 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 307650
48 51 48 4 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 41450
49 43 6 15 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 479500
50 68 50 2 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 18400

51 60 51 3 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 28850
52 45 7 14 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 307750
53 46 1 16 SHADOWS Black Atlass 810100
54 NEW 54 1 TALK Khalid 11000
55 59 55 3 TOKYO White Lies 25900
56 41 29 8 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 104750
57 44 35 7 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 83500
58 47 29 8 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 109800
59 49 43 7 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 77000
60 50 46 5 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 51350

61 48 48 3 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 32100
62 NEW 62 1 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 7400
63 56 7 16 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 464800
64 53 20 7 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 102150
65 62 1 35 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2052500
66 NEW 66 1 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 6800
67 55 3 12 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 488000
68 NEW 68 1 PRETEND CNCO 6400
69 71 69 2 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 12000
70 70 70 4 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 23200

71 NEW 71 1 HEAL ME Grace Carter 5800
72 73 72 2 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 11000
73 57 1 13 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 636050
74 NEW 74 1 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 5200
75 69 9 13 RISE Raaginder 246050

DROP OUTS
52 9 6 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN (401250) Tom Jones 138900
54 54 4 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 35700
58 58 3 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 25800
61 49 4 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 37050
63 30 7 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 80850
64 64 4 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 25100
65 15 12 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 215250
66 66 4 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 25200
67 67 5 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 30200
72 1 14 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 818800
74 24 11 DREAM ON Aerosmith 141200
75 5 12 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 254550

 

 

10th February 2019

It’s a first week on top for Bobbie Gentry’s fabulously moody Sermon, from 1967 the song, giving Mercury Rev a second chart-topper just over 17 years since the last one, the gorgeous The Dark Is Rising. Margo Price gets her first doing a pretty good job of competing with the much-missed Bobbie Gentry (missed as in she stopped her music career over 40 years ago). That keeps the Pet Shop Boys 1990 album track at 2 in a week when they release an EP of political or social commentary tracks, called Agenda – as in commenting on those with agendas, while having an agenda (but a worthy one, being as I agree with every word of every song). All four enter my charts, giving Chris n Neil 6 tracks in my chart. The highest new entry is What Are We Going To Do About The Rich at 19 – tax ’em heavily and force ’em to reveal all their interests worldwide, I say! Give Stupidity A Chance is an ode to Trump, or Brexit, or anything really that puts opinion, hatred and lies over facts, and is quite amusing and as clever as always. The Forgotten Child is clearly about the thousands of illegal immigrant children that have gone missing under Trump. Nobody knows where they are, and if they are even alive.

Jack Savoretti gets a 4th top 10 in 4 years, Dua Lipa a 7th, huge climbs for Tommy Trash & The Chemical Brothers into the 20 as I’m clearly in a mood for clubbing. Yola, Galantis & The Revivalists get big climbs into the 40, and the only new track that doesn’t feature “Pet” in the name is from Marina getting a follow-up to her Clean Bandit collab, her 9th chart entry in 9 years, including a top 10 in Prima Donna in 2012.

This week I finally got to see Tears For Fears in concert for the first time – they were still fab, Curt still looking good, and a back catalogue of hits to impress. If I don’t get many new entries again next week I may have to rechart Head Over Heels which under-performed in my charts! When I heard it in Donnie Darko I realised the error of my ways. Alison Moyet supported, but Ive seen her headline already with a much bigger setlist. I have to say there can be few touring acts that can start a set with a huge classic on the scale of Everybody Wants To Rule The World.

1 5 1 7 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 395100
2 4 2 5 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 255900
3 7 3 4 STARTED OUT Georgia 187200
4 6 4 3 JUICE Lizzo 152000
5 2 1 5 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 600000
6 3 1 12 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 771000
7 1 1 11 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 926050
8 18 8 4 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 106200
9 10 9 3 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 114000
10 23 10 3 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 73000

11 11 6 7 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 220500
12 17 12 3 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 71000
13 13 13 4 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 93150
14 8 4 7 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 313500
15 9 5 6 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 228100
16 51 16 2 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 36750
17 20 17 3 GIVE YOU UP Dido 53100
18 15 15 6 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 131000
19 NEW 19 1 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 21000
20 73 20 2 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 25400

21 12 5 7 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 270250
22 16 16 7 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 115600
23 19 19 5 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 97850
24 14 14 5 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 102550
25 26 25 5 WITHOUT ME Halsey 54550
26 21 1 10 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1050250
27 30 27 7 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 94300
28 28 28 4 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 59300
29 NEW 29 1 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 18200
30 32 30 5 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 76100

31 36 31 3 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 40500
32 22 1 17 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 982800
33 25 20 7 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 123750
34 24 10 6 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 138700
35 71 35 2 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 24300
36 39 36 5 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 75350
37 40 37 5 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 58200
38 56 38 2 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 27800
39 27 6 10 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 295150
40 62 40 2 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 24400

41 29 29 7 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 94150
42 67 42 2 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 20350
43 37 6 14 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 467400
44 35 35 6 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 73100
45 33 7 13 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 296250
46 34 1 15 SHADOWS Black Atlass 798850
47 38 29 7 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 99600
48 48 48 2 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 24600
49 43 43 6 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 66900
50 46 46 4 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 41350

51 55 51 3 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 29150
52 31 9 6 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 138900
53 42 20 6 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 95050
54 54 54 4 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 35700
55 45 3 11 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 481400
56 44 7 15 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 457600
57 47 1 12 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 630650
58 58 58 3 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 25800
59 75 59 2 TOKYO White Lies 15100
60 64 60 2 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 17100

61 49 49 4 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 37050
62 60 1 34 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2045500
63 50 30 7 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 80850
64 65 64 4 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 25100
65 57 15 12 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 215250
66 66 66 4 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 25200
67 68 67 5 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 30200
68 NEW 68 1 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 6400
69 59 9 12 RISE Raaginder 241050
70 72 70 3 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 17200

71 NEW 71 1 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 5800
72 63 1 14 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 818800
73 NEW 73 1 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 5400
74 52 24 11 DREAM ON Aerosmith 141200
75 53 5 12 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 254550

DROP OUTS
41 31 5 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 80250
61 32 6 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 79650
69 50 5 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 41100
70 39 6 COO COO COO Santigold 70550
74 18 6 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 90450

 

 

3rd February 2019

It’s a first week on top for Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus after a 10-week wait: it’s Mark Ronson’s second chart-topper, 2014 with Bruno Mars his last one, and MIley Cyrus’ first. Pet Shop Boys meanwhile add to their mighty long list of top 5’s with a great track off Behaviour. Big climbs for Ten Tonnes, Dido, Dua Lipa & Solomon Burke. New entries from OneRepublic and Galantis adding to their chart tallies, The O’My’s return with the same song they got into the top 3 last year, The Revivalists get a second chart entry, ditto Fleur East, and The Chemical Brothers extend their chart entries another year, to 24 years.

1 2 1 10 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 876050
2 1 1 4 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 540000
3 3 1 11 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 716000
4 12 4 4 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 140900
5 8 5 6 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 225100
6 13 6 2 JUICE Lizzo 87000
7 10 7 3 STARTED OUT Georgia 102200
8 4 4 6 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 284500
9 5 5 5 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 201100
10 15 10 2 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 69000

11 6 6 6 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 183500
12 7 5 6 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 250500
13 25 13 3 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 61150
14 23 14 4 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 83550
15 18 15 5 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 109000
16 24 16 6 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 96100
17 45 17 2 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 36000
18 26 18 3 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 58200
19 19 19 4 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 78600
20 59 20 2 GIVE YOU UP Dido 30100

21 11 1 9 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1031750
22 14 1 16 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 965000
23 51 23 2 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 31000
24 16 10 5 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 121100
25 20 20 6 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 106050
26 37 26 4 WITHOUT ME Halsey 54550
27 17 6 9 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 278050
28 39 28 3 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 41000
29 33 29 6 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 80150
30 30 30 6 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 75900

31 9 9 5 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 127400
32 36 32 4 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 58100
33 21 7 12 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 283250
34 22 1 14 SHADOWS Black Atlass 786100
35 38 35 5 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 59850
36 74 36 2 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 22600
37 32 6 13 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 453900
38 29 29 6 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 87100
39 40 39 4 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 57950
40 58 40 4 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 40900

41 31 31 5 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 80250
42 28 20 5 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 83800
43 49 43 5 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 54800
44 35 7 14 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 447000
45 27 3 10 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 470600
46 55 46 3 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 29350
47 41 1 11 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 620250
48 NEW 48 1 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 12300
49 53 49 3 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 29550
50 42 30 6 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 73650

51 NEW 51 1 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 11750
52 34 24 10 DREAM ON Aerosmith 136000
53 43 5 11 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 249550
54 64 54 3 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 24700
55 67 55 2 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 17400
56 NEW 56 1 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 10600
57 47 15 11 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 208250
58 73 58 2 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 15600
59 54 9 11 RISE Raaginder 234850
60 60 1 33 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2038100

61 46 32 6 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 79650
62 NEW 62 1 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 7400
63 52 1 13 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 813200
64 NEW 64 1 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 7100
65 70 65 3 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 18000
66 68 66 3 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 18400
67 NEW 67 1 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 6600
68 69 68 4 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 23600
69 50 50 5 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 41100
70 48 39 6 COO COO COO Santigold 70550

71 NEW 71 1 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 5800
72 72 72 2 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 11200
73 NEW 73 1 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 5400
74 44 18 6 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 90450
75 NEW 75 1 TOKYO White Lies 5000

DROP OUTS
56 56 5 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 40000
57 32 11 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 122200
61 4 15 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 503000
62 3 12 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 361500
63 63 4 EVERLASTING Take That 27200
65 65 3 LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd 19200
66 19 9 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 135150
71 13 13 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 235000
75 75 1 SMOOTH Santana featuring Rob Thomas 5000

 

 

27th January 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Pet Shop Boys great 1992 single Jealousy, presiding over a shuffling top 10, with Mark Ronson yet again being denied the top spot due to oldies. Tom Jones The Voice-pushed itunes charting oldie is peaking at 9 for thee second time this century – it last did it in 2003, and charted again in 2011 – had I been charting in 1967 it would have gone top 10 then too, and again in 1969 when it became a US hit (had I been aware of it). Georgia rockets to 10 from 58, one I’d missed late last year, followed closely by the highest new entries from Lizzo, and SHAED, the former on Radio 1 & 2 playlists, the latter an Apple Music advert.

Big climbs for The Specials back in the top 30 for at least the 10th time, or 20th counting Fun Boy Three and solo projects, Halsey finally cracks the 40 with her current smash, and Charlotte Gainsbourg does it on her second chart feature, a mere 44 years since her mum & dad were dropping having topped my chart over the new year 1974/75 with a very naughty banned record that I bought. Dua Lipa’s back, so many hits so little time for a breather in between, and Dido returns for the first time in years, extending her run to 19 years solo. Both Dua and Dido have topped my charts previously. Trevor Horn does a mellow version of his own production for Grace Jones – this time with Rumer – and at the bottom end, 4 tracks boosted by TV adverts, singing comps and stuff, all in the itunes charts. Only Solomon Burke has never charted before (a 1962 oldie featured in Dirty Dancing) and only Smooth has topped my charts before.

1 1 1 3 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 425000
2 3 2 9 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 706050
3 2 1 10 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 631000
4 6 4 5 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 236500
5 7 5 4 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 156100
6 8 6 5 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 146500
7 5 5 5 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 215500
8 9 8 5 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 165100
9 15 9 4 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 109500
10 58 10 2 STARTED OUT Georgia 52200

11 4 1 8 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1012000
12 17 12 3 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 75900
13 NEW 13 1 JUICE Lizzo 32000
14 11 1 15 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 945500
15 NEW 15 1 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 27000
16 10 10 4 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 102100
17 12 6 8 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 259650
18 19 18 4 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 82000
19 27 19 3 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 57600
20 26 20 5 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 87300

21 14 7 11 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 265550
22 16 1 13 SHADOWS Black Atlass 768500
23 28 23 3 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 54550
24 29 24 5 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 71100
25 57 25 2 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 29150
26 33 26 2 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 36200
27 13 3 9 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 457600
28 20 20 4 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 70050
29 36 29 5 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 69900
30 35 30 5 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 57900

31 31 31 4 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 66250
32 22 6 12 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 436600
33 40 33 5 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 61950
34 24 24 9 DREAM ON Aerosmith 124500
35 23 7 13 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 433750
36 37 36 3 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 40300
37 53 37 3 WITHOUT ME Halsey 36050
38 46 38 4 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 42350
39 72 39 2 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 22700
40 44 40 3 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 40850

41 21 1 10 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 607750
42 30 30 5 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 61650
43 18 5 10 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 238300
44 25 18 5 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 85250
45 NEW 45 1 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 13000
46 32 32 5 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 72150
47 34 15 10 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 197850
48 39 39 5 COO COO COO Santigold 64550
49 52 49 4 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 41300
50 55 50 4 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 34900

51 NEW 51 1 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 11750
52 41 1 12 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 806000
53 69 53 2 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 17450
54 43 9 10 RISE Raaginder 224750
55 71 55 2 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 16600
56 56 56 5 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 40000
57 38 32 11 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 122200
58 64 58 3 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 23900
59 NEW 59 1 GIVE YOU UP Dido 10100
60 60 1 32 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2028100

61 47 4 15 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 503000
62 54 3 12 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 361500
63 65 63 4 EVERLASTING Take That 27200
64 67 64 2 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 13700
65 68 65 3 LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd 19200
66 45 19 9 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 135150
67 NEW 67 1 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 6600
68 74 68 2 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 11600
69 70 69 3 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 17200
70 75 70 2 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 11000

71 48 13 13 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 235000
72 NEW 72 1 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 5400
74 NEW 74 1 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SMOOTH Santana featuring Rob Thomas 5000

DROP OUTS

42 7 7 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 227750
49 28 10 OOH LA LA The Faces 118600
50 50 3 TRIP A LITTLE LIGHT FANTASTIC Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathaneal Saleh & Leeries 28650
51 8 9 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 237750
59 33 7 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 86900
61 61 3 HAPPY NOW Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza 19300
62 37 9 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 114500
63 63 4 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 27600
66 4 15 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 418450
73 25 13 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 184200

 

 

20th January 2019

It’s a first week on top for 1991 top 10 track Jealousy, a classic orchestral ballad that grows, and grows with time, and with prestige, for me. With such a vast quality back catalogue, it’s no surprise that reissues give me a chance to let under-appreciated gems from Pet Shop Boys do better, and this one deserved better at the time. In terms of decades, all-time faves, it’s Beatles for the 60’s, Abba for the 70’s, Pet Shop Boys for the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and most likely the 10’s too, though it’s a bit early to judge yet, but I hear new music is on the way once the 2-year-tour is done (I saw it 3 times).

Tame Impala get a 4th top 10 and 6th top 20, Mercury Rev a 3rd top 10 18 years since the last one, Wicked games topped my chart in 1990 for Chris Issak and returns for REIGN to the top 10, and Mary Poppins pops in to my top 10. Superfragilisticexpialidocious! Highest new entry is Jack Savoretti, his 8th chart feature, and it’s a very welcome & unlikely return to The Specials (well, the Fun Boy Two plus a Special, really) for the first time in 34 years with new material, though Terry Hall chartered in the interim with Colourfield and topped my charts with The Lightning Seeds’ Sense in 1992, as well as Fun Boy Three’s Our Lips Are Sealed in 1983 and Special’s Ghost Town in 1981. Fun Boy Three had 2 hits with Bananarama, and kick-started their career, so it’s bizarre they also return this week after reuniting for a tour – and then just the 2 long-serving Keren and Sarah doing the new album yet again, sadly. The ‘Nanas have been away for 7 years, though they grabbed 7 21st century chart entries to add to their oodles in the 80’s and 90’s.

James Morrison has been MIA from my charts since 2011, but gets his 7th entry 8 years on, along with Joss Stone getting an 11th (ignoring charity combos) and her first since 2012. James has 13 years of charting, Joss 15 years and she’s barely over 30! Charlotte Gainsbourg gets a second chart entry – which is one more than her chart-topping parents ever managed! Je T’Aime! Carly Rae returns for a 6th on the list, and The Killers keep that run going with a political statement 15 years on from debut, and 14 years on from topping my chart. Brandon Flowers has topped more times solo, though, and they have a very long run of hits over a decade and a half.

1 3 1 2 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 255000
2 1 1 9 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 546000
3 4 2 8 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 591050
4 2 1 7 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 975000
5 8 5 4 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 165500
6 6 6 4 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 171500
7 14 7 3 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 96100
8 27 8 4 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 91500
9 12 9 4 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 117100
10 16 10 3 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 77100

11 7 1 14 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 916500
12 9 6 7 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 236650
13 10 3 8 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 439200
14 11 7 10 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 245800
15 20 15 3 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 64500
16 15 1 12 SHADOWS Black Atlass 749000
17 31 17 2 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 40900
18 5 5 9 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 224800
19 21 19 3 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 60000
20 23 20 3 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 51750

21 13 1 9 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 593750
22 22 6 11 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 418800
23 17 7 12 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 416250
24 24 24 8 DREAM ON Aerosmith 106900
25 18 18 4 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 72000
26 26 26 4 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 67300
27 29 27 2 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 36600
28 40 28 2 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 35300
29 37 29 4 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 52100
30 39 30 4 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 47900

31 38 31 3 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 48350
32 36 32 4 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 59400
33 NEW 33 1 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 17700
34 30 15 9 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 185350
35 54 35 4 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 39900
36 50 36 4 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 51700
37 72 37 2 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 22900
38 43 32 10 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 111800
39 46 39 4 COO COO COO Santigold 52250
40 44 40 4 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 44250

41 25 1 11 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 794500
42 19 7 7 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 227750
43 33 9 9 RISE Raaginder 213750
44 56 44 2 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 23850
45 34 19 8 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 128350
46 63 46 3 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 25150
47 35 4 14 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 495500
48 41 13 12 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 229200
49 28 28 10 OOH LA LA The Faces 118600
50 53 50 3 TRIP A LITTLE LIGHT FANTASTIC Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathaneal Saleh & Leeries 28650

51 32 8 9 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 237750
52 58 52 3 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 29200
53 61 53 2 WITHOUT ME Halsey 18750
54 47 3 11 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 354100
55 64 55 3 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 22900
56 62 56 4 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 29400
57 NEW 57 1 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 10400
58 NEW 58 1 STARTED OUT Georgia 10200
59 45 33 7 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 86900
60 59 1 31 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2018100

61 69 61 3 HAPPY NOW Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza 19300
62 48 37 9 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 114500
63 66 63 4 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 27600
64 67 64 2 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 13700
65 65 65 3 EVERLASTING Take That 20000
66 55 4 15 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 418450
67 NEW 67 1 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 6600
68 71 68 2 LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd 12200
69 NEW 69 1 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 6200
70 75 70 2 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 11000

71 NEW 71 1 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 5600
73 57 25 13 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 184200
74 NEW 74 1 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 5000

DROP OUTS
42 4 7 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 233750
49 18 5 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 83150
51 10 9 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 222750
52 5 9 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 245100
60 28 6 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 91900
68 30 10 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 138350
70 33 7 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 79550
73 8 13 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 282850
74 1 16 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 694750

 

 

13th January 2019

It’s a first week on top, and a first chart-topper for Chainsmokers, and also for Kelsea Ballerini. Having fallen short with all of their previous huge hits, they do with a track that is mysteriously not doing that well – I guess that Chainsmokers sound has been passed over now in favour of poppier stuff, which is a shame, cos it’s very good. Pet Shop Boys’ Jealousy (and also My October Symphony) charted last year in the UK albums on the revamp of Behaviour, and as neither version has previously charted, they do now that I’ve finally played the deluxe CD I bought then. This means Jealousy goes top 10 for the second time, the single orchestral version having previously done it in 1991, but never as high as the new peak of 3, one of their very first songs written in the early 80’s, it still sounds fab in concert.

The Love Affair never charted in 1968 for me – it was a few months too early for my charting starting – but it would very easily have been top 5, so better late than never! The new version of Wicked Games leaps into the 20, though she’s going to have to go some to top Chris Isaak’s 1990 chart-topper, and the Mary Poppins returns film intro shoots up to 16 cos it’s just fab. Tom Jones goes top 20 with that song for the 2nd time, Backstreet Boys get their biggest chart action since 2001 as No Place shoots into the 30, and highest new track comes from Lana Del Ray going all moody and interesting, just how I like her, at 29.

Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man do a collab that sounds good at 40, Westlife join the 90’s boybands clogging up my charts in a way I could never have predicted 20 years ago, with their first entry in 8 years and highest charting in a decade – not that they actually ever had that many chart high: 4 top 10’s and 2 other top 20’s is the current total, pretty much all the non-ballads. Halsey has finally entered my charts after slipping by me, despite being a huge worldwide hit, it has grown on me as I hear it here and there. Sam Smith is back, ditto The Weeknd, and sneaking in it’s The Seachers, a big band of the 60’s who just kept going and touring for 55 years while not ever troubling the singles chart beyond the 60’s, and only the occasional hits album package to keep them being noticed. Now they have finally called it a day and had anpther chart album to say goodvbye with – hits of course. When I was quite literally 6 years old and mad on pop chart hits and popstars, the record of theirs I was maddest on was Don’t Throw Your Love Away, a tuneful cover of an American Orlons B side. I loved, and still love, a good melody, as proven by spine-tingling swooning at some of Lloyd-Webber’s best in Phantom Of The Opera which I saw in London on saturday.

1 3 1 8 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 431000
2 1 1 6 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 910000
3 NEW 3 1 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 85000
4 2 2 7 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 506050
5 14 5 8 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 202800
6 8 6 3 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 116500
7 5 1 13 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 879500
8 9 8 3 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 105500
9 6 6 6 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 201650
10 4 3 7 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 407200

11 7 7 9 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 216800
12 16 12 3 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 72100
13 10 1 8 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 574000
14 39 14 2 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 46100
15 12 1 11 SHADOWS Black Atlass 724000
16 59 16 2 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 35100
17 13 7 11 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 397000
18 20 18 3 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 53250
19 11 7 6 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 214000
20 35 20 2 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 37500

21 23 21 2 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 39000
22 17 6 10 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 399300
23 47 23 2 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 31750
24 27 24 7 DREAM ON Aerosmith 87900
25 21 1 10 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 780500
26 37 26 3 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 48800
27 34 27 3 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 43500
28 31 28 9 OOH LA LA The Faces 106500
29 NEW 29 1 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 18200
30 30 15 8 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 167750

31 NEW 31 1 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 17900
32 29 8 8 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 226000
33 28 9 8 RISE Raaginder 200250
34 19 19 7 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 115350
35 22 4 13 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 483000
36 40 36 3 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 41600
37 60 37 3 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 33900
38 44 38 2 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 30450
39 62 39 3 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 29900
40 NEW 40 1 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 17000

41 24 13 11 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 216900
42 15 4 7 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 233750
43 32 32 9 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 94600
44 65 44 3 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 27250
45 33 33 6 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 76800
46 50 46 3 COO COO COO Santigold 35150
47 38 3 10 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 343100
48 49 37 8 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 107100
49 18 18 5 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 83150
50 52 50 3 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 34300

51 26 10 9 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 222750
52 25 5 9 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 245100
53 73 53 2 TRIP A LITTLE LIGHT FANTASTIC Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathaneal Saleh & Leeries 16650
54 71 54 3 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 22400
55 42 4 14 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 411650
56 NEW 56 1 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 10600
57 41 25 12 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 178800
58 61 58 2 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 17700
59 57 1 30 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2008100
60 36 28 6 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 91900

61 NEW 61 1 WITHOUT ME Halsey 7500
62 68 62 3 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 18800
63 74 63 2 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 12400
64 75 64 2 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 12100
65 70 65 2 EVERLASTING Take That 13000
66 66 66 3 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 20400
67 NEW 67 1 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 6600
68 43 30 10 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 138350
69 72 69 2 HAPPY NOW Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza 11800
70 46 33 7 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 79550

71 NEW 71 1 LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd 5800
72 NEW 72 1 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 5600
73 53 8 13 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 282850
74 58 1 16 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 694750
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 5000

DROP OUTS
45 26 9 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 133700
48 29 9 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 122700
51 20 9 ALGORITHM Muse 149650
54 2 8 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 352050
55 55 6 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 45900
56 56 6 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 47100
63 38 7 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 90150
64 3 13 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 354900
67 2 16 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 613900
69 12 10 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 211500

 

 

 

6th January 2019

It’s a 6th total week on top for the Carpenters, as the new year brings fresh music, fresh climbs, and oldies dropping, xmas songs exiting again. Camelphat get a 2nd top 10, Alan Walker joins himself in the top 10, his 4th, and Albin Lee Meldau his first. Mercury Rev get a 4th top 20, Monkees an umpteenth, depending on how EP’s count, and Robbie gets yet another top 20 as he also brings in a low-key lead track off his fansite only 3rd album. What with Take That, Boyzone, Backstreet Boys, it’s quite the 90’s boyband theme.

Andy Burrows is the highest new entry, he’s previously topped my chart twice, once with Razorlight, once with I Am Arrows, and gone top 10 solo a few times too. Tom Jones did a flawless off-the-cuff vocal performance on The Voice, with the son of Lonnie Donegan, writer of I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, Tom’s fab 1967 hit ballad – and has sold loads on itunes as a result. So an excuse to make my charts for the 3rd time then, as I loved it when I was 9 years old and I wasn’t quite charting at the time, or else it would have been 4th time round. Other oldies in: lead vocalist of Marmalade Dean Ford died this week, sadly, so Reflections Of My Life is also back, their best record of many minor gems, and also the Captain (Daryl Dragon) of Captain & Tennille has died, so Neil Sedaka’s 1976 song top 5 hit for them (in my charts and the USA, but not the UK) is back in.

A Chris Isaac moody cover is in for RAIGN, Backstreet Boys get a swift 2nd entry on their latest comeback, and Mary Poppins Returns with the 2 best songs from the new fab movie. It’s underperforming at the box office and charts, but I see a future children’s classic there.

1 1 1 5 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 795000
2 2 2 6 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 441050
3 7 3 7 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 261000
4 3 3 6 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 365200
5 5 1 12 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 829500
6 8 6 5 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 156650
7 15 7 8 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 179800
8 43 8 2 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 61500
9 47 9 2 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 57500
10 6 1 7 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 542000

11 13 7 5 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 193000
12 9 1 10 SHADOWS Black Atlass 69700
13 11 7 10 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 374000
14 16 14 7 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 142800
15 4 4 6 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 220000
16 49 16 2 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 37100
17 10 6 9 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 379800
18 23 18 4 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 71050
19 20 19 6 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 97750
20 53 20 2 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 31250

21 17 1 9 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 761750
22 12 4 12 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 465500
23 NEW 23 1 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 19250
24 24 13 10 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 202900
25 14 5 8 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 233600
26 19 10 8 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 211000
27 34 27 6 DREAM ON Aerosmith 68900
28 22 9 7 RISE Raaginder 182550
29 18 8 7 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 208200
30 21 15 7 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 149750

31 40 31 8 OOH LA LA The Faces 88200
32 32 32 8 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 81100
33 35 33 5 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 63800
34 61 34 2 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 25100
35 NEW 35 1 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 17500
36 28 28 5 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 81900
37 45 37 2 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 30300
38 27 3 9 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 330600
39 NEW 39 1 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 17100
40 63 40 2 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 24200

41 25 25 11 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 168400
42 31 4 13 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 400850
43 30 30 9 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 127950
44 NEW 44 1 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 13250
45 26 26 9 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 133700
46 33 33 6 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 73550
47 NEW 47 1 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 12500
48 29 29 9 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 122700
49 37 37 7 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 94800
50 57 50 2 COO COO COO Santigold 22400

51 36 20 9 ALGORITHM Muse 149650
52 55 52 2 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 22300
53 41 8 12 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 277450
54 46 2 8 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 352050
55 58 55 6 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 45900
56 59 56 6 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 47100
57 56 1 29 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1998000
58 51 1 15 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 689550
59 NEW 59 1 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 10100
60 67 60 2 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 16600

61 NEW 61 1 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 7500
62 73 62 2 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 12800
63 38 38 7 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 90150
64 42 3 13 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 354900
65 65 65 2 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 14000
66 66 66 2 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 13600
67 64 2 16 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 613900
68 75 68 2 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 11400
69 48 12 10 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 211500
70 NEW 70 1 EVERLASTING Take That 6000

71 72 71 2 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 11400
72 NEW 72 1 HAPPY NOW Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza 5600
73 NEW 73 1 TRIP A LITTLE LIGHT FANTASTIC Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathaneal Saleh & Leeries 5400
74 NEW 74 1 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 5000

DROP OUTS
39 22 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 66400
44 25 10 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 150850
50 18 4 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 71650
52 52 4 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 40600
54 54 5 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 44300
60 45 7 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 74050
62 35 3 A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh 31100
68 40 2 MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD Boney M 23400
69 20 9 LOVE Boyzone 131350
70 46 7 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 66750
71 53 6 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 52650
74 41 6 SAIL AWOLNATION 60100

My November 1986 Charts

4th November 1986

It’s a 3rd week on top for Pet Shop Boys, with Berlin’s classic movie theme breathing down their neck at 2, and Lloyd-Webber’s gorgeous Phantom song at 3. Anita Baker finally makes the top 10 with Sweet Love, and Shaky gets a rare top 10. His 4th, but his hit-rate is quite low. Madness chug into the 20, Boo! That’s “Boo!” as in ghostly fright, not an exclamation of displeasure. Kim Wilde also goes top 20 with her Supremes cover, climbing slowly, while Duran notoriously climb faster. Highest new entry is Debbie Harry’s best post-Blondie solo single, French Kissing In The USA, at 22, for 8 years of non-stop success in my charts, and China Crisis are back with the nice Arizona Sky at 26. That under-performed Uk chart-wise sadly.

Mel & Kim get a big climb into the 30, and Erasure, Swing Out Sister and Bon Jovi into the 40 ditto, as the fab emotive, hugging Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush are new at 39. Don’t Give Up is timeless advice. Future cheesy anthem Europe enters at 61. I was heading a Highways team, surveying Dorset roads back in this day, and a few weeks later I had a heated discussion with my young post-grad music student assistant which annoyed me so much it still burns cos I was so sure I was right in my opinion and he was wrong in his assessment that the chart were rubbish and the music disposable destined to be forgotten. “I bet you” I said, “that Berlin and Europe, at the very least, are remembered decades from now”. They had the ring of lasting popularity to me. Nice to be right.

The Cars main man is solo at 62, Madonna gifts a song for the first and last time, to male model Nick Kamen, he of the Levi 501 laundrette strip off advert. In at 70, just ahead of Janet Jackson and a more pedestrian follow-up to a fab single, in Control, another movie song from Kenny Loggins, and a lovely song from Bucks Fizz keeping each other warm, not to mention the cockles of my heart.

1 ( 1 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 6 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
3 ( 5 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
4 ( 8 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
5 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
6 ( 9 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
7 ( 17 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
8 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
9 ( 10 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
10 ( 13 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens

11 ( 4 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
12 ( 18 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
13 ( 7 ) HUMAN Human League
14 ( 40 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
15 ( 15 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
16 ( 14 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
17 ( 22 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
18 ( 30 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
19 ( 19 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
20 ( 11 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees

21 ( 12 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
22 ( NEW ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
23 ( 16 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
24 ( 20 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
25 ( 27 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
26 ( NEW ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
27 ( 49 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
28 ( 32 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
29 ( 25 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
30 ( 36 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 21 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
32 ( 35 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
33 ( 23 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
34 ( 34 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
35 ( 51 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
36 ( 53 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
37 ( 39 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
38 ( 59 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
39 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
40 ( 42 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin

41 ( 26 ) STAY WITH ME The Mission
42 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
43 ( 46 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
44 ( 47 ) GOIN’ TO THE BANK The Commodores
45 ( 37 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
46 ( 24 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
47 ( 74 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
48 ( 31 ) WORD UP Cameo
49 ( 71 ) ASK The Smiths
50 ( 66 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince

51 ( 45 ) PANIC The Smiths
52 ( 52 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
53 ( 38 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
54 ( 29 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
55 ( 73 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
56 ( 48 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
57 ( 60 ) PRETTY LITTLE HEAD Paul McCartney
58 ( 33 ) HEARTBEAT Don Johnson
59 ( 54 ) CRY Godley & Creme
60 ( 28 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD

61 ( NEW ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
62 ( NEW ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
63 ( 55 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
64 ( 70 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
65 ( 69 ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
66 ( 65 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
67 ( 64 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 56 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
69 ( 75 ) STRAIGHT TO THE HEART The Real Thing
70 ( NEW ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen

71 ( NEW ) CONTROL Janet Jackson
72 ( NEW ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
73 ( 72 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
74 ( NEW ) BOAT TO BOLIVIA Martin Stephenson & The Daintees
75 ( NEW ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins

4th Nov
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 SAD SWEET DREAMER (REMIX) Sweet Sensation
2 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones

 

11th November 1986

It’s a first week on top for Berlin’s movie classic, with Anita Baker looking Sweet at 2. Debbie Harry leaps into the top 5, the first time she has troubled that end of the chart for almost 6 years with Rapture, as Kissing The Pink get a second top 10 3 years on from The Last Film. Bon Jovi’s future classic anthem shoots up to 12 and Swing Out Sister Breakout into the 20. OMD get the highest new entry with the laid back We Love You, as future chart biggie Europe is up 29 places to 32, but is leapfrogged by Nick “Madonna” Kamen at 31. The Smiths, Tina Turner and Cutting Crew all return to the 40.

Eurythmics also go low-key with a sort-of Xmas ballad that everyone has forgotten these days, new at 49, just ahead of Spandau’s comeback after other projects, the Northern Ireland-referencing Through The Barricades. The under-rated Lone Justice enter at 56 with Shelter, though singer Maria McKee would eventually top the UK chart, Greg Abbott’s Shake You Down gets a decent new entry, Human League return with another Jam & Lewis track, this one uptempo, and under-performing considering the track record of all parties concerned in my charts. That also goes for Kate Bush’s Experimental single, and Frankie’s Wasteland, while Boston get a brief one-week return to my charts after, ooh, 9 years away. Ultravox scrape in as their best chart days are well and truly behind them at this point.

1 ( 2 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
2 ( 7 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
3 ( 3 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
4 ( 1 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 22 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
6 ( 9 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
7 ( 4 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
8 ( 10 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
9 ( 12 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
10 ( 6 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box

11 ( 5 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
12 ( 38 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
13 ( 11 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
14 ( 14 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
15 ( 8 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
16 ( 18 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
17 ( 17 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
18 ( 19 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
19 ( 36 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
20 ( 13 ) HUMAN Human League

21 ( 39 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
22 ( 26 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
23 ( 16 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
24 ( 35 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
25 ( 27 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
26 ( 37 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
27 ( 20 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
28 ( 30 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
29 ( 15 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
30 ( NEW ) WE LOVE YOU OMD

31 ( 70 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
32 ( 61 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
33 ( 34 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
34 ( 49 ) ASK The Smiths
35 ( 40 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
36 ( 29 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
37 ( 23 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
38 ( 55 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
39 ( 47 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
40 ( 31 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

41 ( 25 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
42 ( 21 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
43 ( 50 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
44 ( 33 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
45 ( 42 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
46 ( 24 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
47 ( 28 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
48 ( 64 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
49 ( NEW ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
50 ( NEW ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet

51 ( 32 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
52 ( 71 ) CONTROL Janet Jackson
53 ( 52 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
54 ( 62 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
55 ( 45 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
56 ( NEW ) SHELTER Lone Justice
57 ( 75 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
58 ( 69 ) STRAIGHT TO THE HEART The Real Thing
59 ( 43 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
60 ( 56 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles

61 ( 59 ) CRY Godley & Creme
62 ( 51 ) PANIC The Smiths
63 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
64 ( 57 ) PRETTY LITTLE HEAD Paul McCartney
65 ( 72 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
66 ( 66 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
67 ( 63 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
68 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
69 ( NEW ) EXPERIMENT IV Kate Bush
70 ( NEW ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( 67 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) AMANDA Boston
73 ( NEW ) JODY Jermaine Stewart
74 ( 73 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
75 ( NEW ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 IF IT WASN’T FOR THE NIGHTS Abba
2 THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
3 ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter

 

 

18th November 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Berlin as Shaky gets a career-high of 3 in my charts – with one of his most obscure hits! Bon Jovi make it 2 consecutive top 5’s with their signature tune, and Mel & Kim get a first top 10 and get the ball rolling proper on the SAW years of pop dominance. Kim Wilde makes it 5 years of top 10’s and Madness 7 years. Nick Kamen climbs into the 20, and Bucks Fizz shoot up into the 40 – keeping their record of top 40’s 100% in 5 years.

Highest new entry is Womack & Womack keeping up the run of post-Love Wars tracks to chart, at 42 with Soul Love/Soul Man, as Cyndi Lauper leapfrogs herself as True Colors drops like a brick and the good Change Of Heart enters at 51. Cameo are back with Candy, sweet! Phil Fearon is back with another cover, this time the 1968 Showstoppers song Ain’t Nothin’ But a Houseparty, and some substantial goodies enter at the lower end, from Robbie Nevil’s C’Est La Vie, Oran ‘Juice’ Jones terrific The Rain, The Communards best-single to-date So Cold The Night, and also a bunch of lesser entries from Glass Tiger (over-rated), Simple Minds, a Springsteen cover of Edwin Starr’s classic War, Grace Jones, and a superstar duet from Elton and Cliff, who collectively had made the UK charts every year since 1958, and for quite some time after 1986, Elton having non-stop runs from 1971 through 1999, while Cliff had 1958 through 1974. In my charts Elton had a non-stop run from 1971 through to 2002 with new material, or 2004 including oldies.

1 ( 1 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
2 ( 2 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
3 ( 8 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
4 ( 12 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
5 ( 5 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
6 ( 6 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
7 ( 25 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
8 ( 3 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
9 ( 17 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
10 ( 14 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness

11 ( 7 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
12 ( 16 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
13 ( 4 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 24 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
15 ( 19 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
16 ( 18 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
17 ( 11 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
18 ( 31 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
19 ( 13 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
20 ( 10 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box

21 ( 21 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
22 ( 22 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
23 ( 9 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
24 ( 15 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
25 ( 32 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
26 ( 26 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
27 ( 20 ) HUMAN Human League
28 ( 30 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
29 ( 65 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
30 ( 34 ) ASK The Smiths

31 ( 23 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
32 ( 54 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
33 ( 75 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
34 ( 39 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
35 ( 50 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
36 ( 38 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
37 ( 70 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood
38 ( 27 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
39 ( 49 ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
40 ( 48 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie

41 ( 33 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
42 ( NEW ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
43 ( 29 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
44 ( 56 ) SHELTER Lone Justice
45 ( 36 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
46 ( 45 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
47 ( 37 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
48 ( 69 ) EXPERIMENT IV Kate Bush
49 ( 57 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
50 ( 40 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

51 ( NEW ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
52 ( 35 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
53 ( 52 ) CONTROL Janet Jackson
54 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
55 ( NEW ) CANDY Cameo
56 ( 44 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
57 ( 28 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
58 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSEPARTY Phil Fearon
59 ( 43 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
60 ( 68 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League

61 ( 61 ) CRY Godley & Creme
62 ( 60 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
64 ( NEW ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
65 ( 55 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
66 ( NEW ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
67 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger
68 ( 66 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
69 ( 74 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
70 ( 67 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna

71 ( NEW ) GHOSTDANCING Simple Minds
72 ( 62 ) PANIC The Smiths
73 ( NEW ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
74 ( NEW ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
75 ( NEW ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard

Playlist oldies
1 LONELY DAYS LONELY NIGHTS Don Downing
2 KILLER QUEEN Queen
3 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud

 

 

25th November 1986

It’s a sudden leap to the top spot for Erasure, Sometimes has pottered around climbing slowly for a few weeks, before stopping Debbie Harry getting a solo topper – though Blondie would be back for some more in the 21st century anyway. Vince Clark had already topped with Yazoo’s Only You 4 years earlier, and it wouldn’t be his last chart-topper either. Cyndi Lauper rockets into the top 20 with Change Of Heart, easily outdoing True Colors which was pleasantly dull in comparison, and giving her a 4th top 20.

Highest newie is The Damned, 7 years of chart entries and counting, followed by a 3rd for Fuzzbox, both inside the 40, just behind a leaping Jam & Lewis Human League, and ahead of a cool Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, both climbing fast. Genesis also return with one of their very best singles, Land Of Confusion and it’s Spitting Image video, and the smooth Shake You Down gives Gregory Abbott a debut. Actor and comedian Billy Crystal, long a fave from the sitcom Soap, and en route to movie stardom, slips out a whimsical US hit single, You Look Marvellous, done in the style of latin Hollywood movie star Fernando Llamas, and tickles my fancy as I also liked Fernando. The Housemartins cover the Isleys, and instantly outdo them with their accapella version.

Talking of Yazoo, Alison Moyet is also back with a goodie, Is This Love, and Howard Jones & Five Star add to their list, while new in at 75, briefly, it’s Wendy Richard reprising her 1962 smash Come Outside, which I adored as a 4 or 5-year-old and thereafter, though she swaps lead singer from Mike Sarne to Mike Berry who had been hitless for 6 years, but gets 11 years of chart entries since his 1975 cover of Don’t Be Cruel, some 10 years since his 60’s popstar career stalled.

1 ( 14 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
2 ( 5 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
3 ( 3 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
4 ( 4 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
5 ( 1 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
6 ( 7 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
7 ( 2 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
8 ( 9 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
9 ( 18 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
10 ( 10 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness

11 ( 50 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 12 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
13 ( 8 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
14 ( 15 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
15 ( 6 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
16 ( 11 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
17 ( 28 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
18 ( 25 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
19 ( 29 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
20 ( 22 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis

21 ( 13 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
22 ( 17 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
23 ( 16 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
24 ( 32 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
25 ( 20 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
26 ( 34 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
27 ( 24 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
28 ( 19 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
29 ( 33 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
30 ( 37 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

31 ( 26 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
32 ( 27 ) HUMAN Human League
33 ( 21 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
34 ( 39 ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
35 ( 35 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
36 ( 60 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
37 ( 42 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
38 ( NEW ) ANYTHING The Damned
39 ( NEW ) LOVE IS THE SLUG We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It
40 ( 63 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones

41 ( 66 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
42 ( 23 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
43 ( 40 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
44 ( 36 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
45 ( 31 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
46 ( 48 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
47 ( 71 ) GHOSTDANCING Simple Minds
48 ( 67 ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger
49 ( 46 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
50 ( 38 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees

51 ( 54 ) CANDY Cameo
52 ( 47 ) EXPERIMENT IV Kate Bush
53 ( NEW ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
54 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
55 ( 30 ) ASK The Smiths
56 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
57 ( 58 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSEPARTY Phil Fearon
58 ( 44 ) SHELTER Lone Justice
59 ( NEW ) YOU LOOK MARVELLOUS Billy Crystal
60 ( NEW ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins

61 ( 64 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
62 ( 61 ) CRY Godley & Creme
63 ( 49 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
64 ( NEW ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
65 ( 62 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
67 ( NEW ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
68 ( 69 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 75 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
70 ( 68 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz

71 ( NEW ) IF I SAY YES Five Star
72 ( 73 ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
73 ( 74 ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
74 ( 65 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
75 ( NEW ) COME OUTSIDE Mike Berry & Wendy Richard

Playlist Oldies
1 WHY Donny Osmond
2 YOU CAN DO MAGIC America
3 BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes