My November 1987 Charts

1st November 1987

It’s a 3rd week on top for Fleetwood Mac’s Little Lies, and The Christians manage to break up the top 5 a bit, no finger-pointing but it’s their second top 5. Sly & The Family Stone reach a new peak for Family Affair 15 years on, but Runnin’ Away originally peaked at 2. The Nana’s make it 2 top 10’s in a SAW row, and George Michael gets his first solo top 10 since A Different Corner and his 3rd in total. Cliff makes it 3 top 20’s in a row as Remember Me shoots up to 14. Ironically, I remember it much less well than the first 2 singles, though the album they came from was probably his best one since I’m Nearly Famous.

There’s a rock top 20 invasion from Aerosmith, Whitesnake, a 60’s vet as George Harrison gets his first in a few years, Donna Summer ditto, and Bryan Ferry still manages to keep the 20’s going with the right stuff 15 years on from Virginia Plain – the last time he made my chart was with an actual ’20’s styled cover of Love Is The Drug. T’Pau replace themselves in my 40, and highest new entry is from The Party Boys. It’s Alan Lancaster ex-Quo and some Aussie mates, and their stomping cover of the brilliant tribal John Kongos 1971 hit. Either version is better than the spaced-out Happy Mondays most-famous version Step On, which is limp in comparison.

Future Olympic themed-reissued hit Barcelona pops in for Freddie Mercury doing a double diva operatic effort, Cher rocks it up and is most-welcome-returnee after a bit of a drought music-wise (not that she was bovvered what with the acting career and all), as she finds someone, and Bryan Adams, Dream Academy, Rick Astley, and Wax all follow-up in minor ways. Nina Simone brings a jazz oldie into the charts, her first appearance since 1969 in my charts, missed out the 70’s entirely! Cybill “Moonlighting” Shepherd covers 1934 classic ballad Blue Moon, following co-star Bruce Willis into my chart, and much-covered over the decades – but this was the first version to chart.

Rush are back after a lengthy gap, Earth, Wind & Fire go all late 80’s in sound and it doesn’t quite work as well as the 70’s disco funk-outs, and I am clearly playing my USA holiday albums again as my playlist lists The Way You Make Me Feel for the first time, possibly aware it’s the next single, and brings back One More Chance for the Pet Shop Boys, and Another Part Of Me for MJ for the 5th time – yet it wouldn’t be a single for knocking-on 2 years!

1 ( 1 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
3 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 5 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 7 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
6 ( 13 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
7 ( 4 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
8 ( 15 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
9 ( 9 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
10 ( 12 ) FAITH George Michael

11 ( 8 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
12 ( 6 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
13 ( 11 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
14 ( 48 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
15 ( 23 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
16 ( 27 ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
17 ( 53 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
18 ( 26 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
19 ( 22 ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40
20 ( 39 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison

21 ( 20 ) BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics
22 ( 17 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
23 ( 19 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
24 ( 33 ) SILVERMAC Westworld
25 ( 10 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
26 ( 34 ) THE CIRCUS Erasure
27 ( 30 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
28 ( 16 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
29 ( 21 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
30 ( 18 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J

31 ( 31 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
32 ( 24 ) THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Stephen Dante
33 ( 14 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
34 ( 43 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
35 ( NEW ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN The Party Boys
36 ( 29 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
37 ( 25 ) JUST LIKE HEAVEN The Cure
38 ( 46 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
39 ( 28 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
40 ( 50 ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic

41 ( 35 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
42 ( 38 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
43 ( 63 ) WANTED The Style Council
44 ( 41 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
45 ( 52 ) DANCE LITTLE SISTER Terence Trent D’Arby
46 ( 32 ) MONY MONY Amazulu
47 ( 37 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
48 ( 36 ) WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was)
49 ( 45 ) SKELETONS Stevie Wonder
50 ( 72 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre

51 ( 47 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
52 ( 61 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
53 ( 68 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
54 ( 67 ) I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr
55 ( NEW ) BARCELONA Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe
56 ( 44 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
57 ( 40 ) BETCHA SAY THAT Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
58 ( NEW ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
59 ( 54 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
60 ( 51 ) SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES Dusty Springfield & Richard Carpenter

61 ( 59 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
62 ( 70 ) SO THE STORY GOES Living In A Box
63 ( NEW ) VICTIM OF LOVE Bryan Adams
64 ( 64 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
65 ( 62 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( NEW ) INDIAN SUMMER Dream Academy
68 ( NEW ) BLUE MOON Cybill Shepherd
69 ( 75 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White
70 ( NEW ) WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY Rick Astley

71 ( NEW ) TIME STAND STILL Rush
72 ( 65 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
73 ( NEW ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone
74 ( NEW ) AMERICAN ENGLISH Wax
75 ( NEW ) SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL Earth, Wind & Fire
76 ( RE ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
77 ( RE ) ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys
78 ( NEW ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson

 

 

8th November 1987

It’s back on top for The Bee Gees, winning again for the 3rd week in total spread out over 6 weeks as George Harrison gets his first top 5 in 6 years, since All Those Years Ago topped my chart – that was in effect a Beatles record, it had Paul & Ringo on it and it was about John. Bananarama make it 2 top 5’s in a row, Whitesnake get a first (and last) top 10, and Donna Summer adds to her total of top 10’s which started in 1977.

Tiffany leaps up and overtakes the other Tommy James cover, as loads of US hits that had charted for me in September start to hit in the UK or get airplay and re-enter, Cutting Crew at 27, Expose at 30, Jellybean at 20 reaching a new peak, leaving the highest actual new track from Heartbeat entitled Tears From Heaven – I had to youtube this one as it’s been utterly lost from my memory banks, and it was even a hit!

At 37, the brilliant Jam & Lewis track for Alexander O’Neal, worthy of no Criticism whatsoever, and Aztec Camera get another sweet ballad in at 49. Eric B & Rakim debut with the unusual and fab Paid In Full, heavy on sampling and a sign of hip-hop things to come, Voice Of The Beehive start a great little run of singles, of which I shall Say Nothing yet. Double get that follow-up entry and it’s pretty good, The Smiths sneak in with something they couldn’t finish, and isn’t that just so Morrissey?! Maxi Priest also starts a good run with the 3rd cover (reggae this time) of Some Guys Have All The Luck, all very different, and all in a 5-year period.

The La’s debut 2 years before their classic is released, and The Proclaimers debut with their best track (excepting the gorgeous Sunshine On Leith) the storming Letter From America, Glen Goldsmith pops in tears-free, and Pet Shop Boys enter with the top album track of the week Heart – future remixed single in 1988, but I’d somehow not spotted it’s potential up to this point. It would, had I allowed album tracks higher than 76, in all likelihood have been topping the chart this week – which Rent singularly had failed to do for the first time since Love Comes Quickly also didn’t get on top.


1 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
2 ( 1 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 8 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
5 ( 20 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
6 ( 4 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 10 ) FAITH George Michael
8 ( 17 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
9 ( 7 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
10 ( 15 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer

11 ( 5 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
12 ( 14 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
13 ( 6 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
14 ( 13 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
15 ( 39 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
16 ( 11 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
17 ( 27 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
18 ( 9 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
19 ( 12 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
20 ( RE ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo

21 ( 38 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
22 ( 50 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
23 ( 22 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
24 ( 34 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
25 ( NEW ) TEARS FROM HEAVEN Heartbeat
26 ( 23 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
27 ( RE ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
28 ( 16 ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
29 ( 35 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN The Party Boys
30 ( RE ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose

31 ( 25 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
32 ( 47 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
33 ( 33 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
34 ( 43 ) WANTED The Style Council
35 ( 18 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
36 ( 36 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
37 ( NEW ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
38 ( 29 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
39 ( 31 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
40 ( 71 ) TIME STAND STILL Rush

41 ( 24 ) SILVERMAC Westworld
42 ( 28 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
43 ( 19 ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40
44 ( 40 ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic
45 ( 52 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
46 ( 30 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
47 ( 54 ) I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr
48 ( 26 ) THE CIRCUS Erasure
49 ( NEW ) DEEP AND WIDE AND TALL Aztec Camera
50 ( 69 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White

51 ( 53 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
52 ( 21 ) BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics
53 ( 44 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
54 ( 42 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
55 ( 51 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
56 ( 41 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
57 ( 70 ) WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY Rick Astley
58 ( 67 ) INDIAN SUMMER Dream Academy
59 ( 32 ) THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Stephen Dante
60 ( NEW ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim

61 ( 55 ) BARCELONA Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe
62 ( 58 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
63 ( NEW ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
64 ( 73 ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone
65 ( 64 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
66 ( 61 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
67 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
69 ( NEW ) I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN’T FINISH The Smiths
70 ( 59 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp

71 ( NEW ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
72 ( 65 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
73 ( NEW ) WAY OUT The La’s
74 ( NEW ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
75 ( NEW ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
76 ( NEW ) HEART Pet Shop Boys

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN John Kongos
3 UNION SILVER Middle Of The Road

 

 

15th November 1987

It’s 4 weeks on top for The Bee Gees as the top 3 stranglehold continues with Mac & Jacko for the 7th week in a row, it’s rare that the same 3 dominate for that long in my charts. Donna Summer gets her first top 5 since McArthur Park in 1978, discounting the remix of I Feel Love, and Alexander O’Neal rockets into the top 10 league with Criticize up 31 to 6, and Eric B & Rakim outdo that with a 50-place climb to 10. That keeps out a remix of The Pretenders’ fab 1979 top 10 track Kid, in at 11, as Labi Siffre gets his 5th top 20 in 16 years.

T’Pau get a 2nd top 20, and that Dirty Dancing blockbuster hits 20 for a Righteous Brother getting his first for 18 years, and Jennifer Warnes getting a first in 10 years of trying. Mirage Jack in at 37, The Housemartins career continues to Build (though not for that much longer) at 40, and ABC get a 3rd great track off Alphabeat City at 48 – King Without A Crown. Donny Osmond is Grooving in at 57, and a chart return for the first time as an adult – that’ll be 11 years away, and a chart career stretching back to 1972. It would be fair to say that Donny, who I stood next to in Bournemouth when he opened the branch of HMV that I still shop in, had been on the same road as David Cassidy – as in a teen idol comeback inspired by George Michael’s music.

There’s another ex-Beatle in the chart, as Paul joins George, Once Upon A Long Ago. George’s is the better one. Prince gets another Sign O’ The Times track in, the good I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man, Martha’s Harbour genteel goth enters with In The Clouds, and Alison Moyet does another classic cover, in Love Letters, a hit for Ketty Lester and Elvis among others pre-dating my charts. Sneaking briefly in at the bottom end it’s the fab Chris Isaak and fab Blue Hotel. It would take just over 3 years to chart in the UK and get a top 10 slot here, after Wicked Game paves the way. Boy George has a low-key start for a fabulous touching sweeping ballad that never got the success it deserved, and Soho drop in at 75. No idea either, but they were on the RAK record label, I still adore that blue yacht logo.

1 ( 1 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
2 ( 2 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 5 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
5 ( 10 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
6 ( 37 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
7 ( 8 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
8 ( 4 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
9 ( 6 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 60 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim

11 ( NEW ) KID The Pretenders
12 ( 15 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
13 ( 7 ) FAITH George Michael
14 ( 22 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
15 ( 9 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
16 ( 20 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
17 ( 24 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
18 ( 14 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
19 ( 30 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
20 ( 45 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley

21 ( 11 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
22 ( 13 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
23 ( 23 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
24 ( 12 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
25 ( 16 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
26 ( 27 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
27 ( 29 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN The Party Boys
28 ( 19 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
29 ( 17 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
30 ( 50 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White

31 ( 21 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
32 ( 26 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
33 ( 18 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
34 ( 68 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
35 ( 63 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
36 ( 69 ) I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN’T FINISH The Smiths
37 ( NEW ) JACK MIX IV Mirage
38 ( 71 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
39 ( 49 ) DEEP AND WIDE AND TALL Aztec Camera
40 ( NEW ) BUILD The Housemartins

41 ( 25 ) TEARS FROM HEAVEN Heartbeat
42 ( 33 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
43 ( 36 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
44 ( 31 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( 35 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
46 ( 32 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
47 ( 38 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
48 ( NEW ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC
49 ( 74 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
50 ( 64 ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone

51 ( 39 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
52 ( 40 ) TIME STAND STILL Rush
53 ( 28 ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
54 ( 51 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
55 ( 34 ) WANTED The Style Council
56 ( 44 ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic
57 ( NEW ) GROOVE Donny Osmond
58 ( 54 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
59 ( 53 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
60 ( 55 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett

61 ( 61 ) BARCELONA Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe
62 ( 42 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
63 ( 73 ) WAY OUT The La’s
64 ( NEW ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
65 ( 65 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
67 ( NEW ) IN THE CLOUDS Martha’s Harbour
68 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 75 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
70 ( NEW ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet

71 ( 66 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) BLUE HOTEL Chris Isaak
73 ( NEW ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
74 ( 56 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
75 ( NEW ) MONA LISA SMILE Soho

Playlist oldies of the week
1 HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART The Bee Gees
2 YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Pearls
3 CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells

 

 

 

22nd November 1987

So, for the 9th week in a row the top 3 is the same acts – it’s Little Lies returning to the top slot for a 4th week, meaning essentially that Bad, Little Lies and You Win Again would ordinarily all have had a 9-week run on top of my charts if they hadn’t collided release schedules – except that Bad would anyway have been overtaken after 8 weeks by another album track, The Way You Make Me Feel re-entering at 3.

The Pretenders hit the top 10 for the second time with Kid, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes get their only name-check on a top 10, and The Proclaimers rocket up with a letter from America. First Class post presumably, up to 18 from outside the 40. Fab. Barry White gets his first top 20 since Just The Way You Are in 1979, Sho You Right just happy to have him back, albeit not in the same league as his string-drenched classics.

Highest new entry is Pet Shop Boys cover of Elvis’ cover of Always On My Mind, originally just a contribution to a TV show of artists covering Elvis hits to celebrate his 10th deathiversary. The great reaction convinced them to record it and release it as a single, and it enters at 24. The song was originally recorded by B.J. Thomas who Elvis had a habit of grabbing UK hit single covers from – B.J. only ever had one UK hit, but over a decade of singles successes in the USA.

ABC make it 3 top 40 hits in ’87, Paul McCartney gets to be the second Beatle in the 40, and Donny Osmond gets his biggest solo single since errr Why in 1972. Yes, I didn’t rate most of his solo singles beyond 1972 even the big ones. Johnny Hates Jazz a 3rd time, The Hooters flash their satellite, and soulpop acts Janet, Whitney and Luther all get minor entries. 2 of them would eventually duet together to bigger and better effect. Not Whitney. Finally, veterans bunch together: Sting, Errol Brown, Peter Gabriel with his old song done live, and and Joe Cocker covering Ray Charles.

1 ( 2 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 1 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
3 ( RE ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
4 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
5 ( 6 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
6 ( 5 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
7 ( 4 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
8 ( 10 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
9 ( 11 ) KID The Pretenders
10 ( 20 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley

11 ( 14 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
12 ( 17 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
13 ( 7 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
14 ( 9 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
15 ( 16 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
16 ( 26 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
17 ( 8 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
18 ( 49 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
19 ( 18 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
20 ( 30 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White

21 ( 13 ) FAITH George Michael
22 ( 15 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
23 ( 12 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
24 ( NEW ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
25 ( 23 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
26 ( 21 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
27 ( 48 ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC
28 ( 38 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
29 ( 57 ) GROOVE Donny Osmond
30 ( 36 ) I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN’T FINISH The Smiths

31 ( 22 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
32 ( 34 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
33 ( 64 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
34 ( 35 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
35 ( 37 ) JACK MIX IV Mirage
36 ( 40 ) BUILD The Housemartins
37 ( 32 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
38 ( 19 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
39 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes
40 ( 28 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones

41 ( 29 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
42 ( 25 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
43 ( 66 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
44 ( 27 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN The Party Boys
45 ( 50 ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone
46 ( 24 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
47 ( 69 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
48 ( 73 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
49 ( 33 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
50 ( 43 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher

51 ( 42 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
52 ( NEW ) ON FIRE Blue Zone
53 ( NEW ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
54 ( NEW ) CITY LIGHTS William Pitt
55 ( 31 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
56 ( 44 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
57 ( RE ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
58 ( 47 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
59 ( NEW ) SATELLITE The Hooters
60 ( 54 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC

61 ( 67 ) IN THE CLOUDS All About Eve
62 ( 58 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
63 ( 60 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
64 ( 59 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
65 ( 70 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
66 ( 65 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) SO AMAZING Luther Vandross
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( NEW ) FUNNY HOW TIME FLIES Janet Jackson
70 ( NEW ) SO EMOTIONAL Whitney Houston

71 ( NEW ) BIKO (LIVE) Peter Gabriel
72 ( NEW ) WE’LL BE TOGETHER Sting
73 ( NEW ) UNCHAIN MY HEART Joe Cocker
74 ( 74 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
75 ( NEW ) BODY ROCKIN’ Errol Brown

playlist oldies
1 PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
2 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
3 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
4 UNION SILVER Middle Of The Road

 

 

29th November 1987

It’s Michael Jackson’s 2nd topper from Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel is a great single, all rhythm and yelps, and his 7th solo number one, or his 10th including The Jackson 5/Jacksons, or his 11th if you also count his uncredited everything on Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching You. Billy Idol meanwhile leaps back up to a new peak of 5 with Mony Mony due to my buying the Hung Like A Pony 12″. So to speak. Pet Shop Boys get out-performed because it still wasn’t available to buy, at 6 keeping their top 10 run intact at 100%, T’Pau get a 2nd top 10, and The Proclaimers a first.

Macca joins ol mucker George in the 20, Alison Moyet takes some Love Letters by airmail to 27, close to catching a Satellite, and Cher gets her first top 40 action in 5 years – since her annoyingly uncredited duet with Meatloaf went top 10 in 1982. Highest new entry is another Tango In The Night track, Family Man entering at 37 as Little Lies drops from the top for the final time for Fleetwood Mac. Close behind are REM, The One I Love giving them an instant top 40, and Johnny hates jazz makes it 3 top 40 from 3.

The Tams enter with an obscure 60’s soul track, a hit mostly because it was banned by the BBC for mentioning the word “Shag” even though The Shag was a 60’s dance, the record was innocent, and it’s no different from saying “making love”, albeit less romantic, even if it did mean having a shag. Which it didn’t. The Tams had almost topped my charts in 1971 with the brilliant 60’s oldie Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me topping the UK charts as Northern Soul was big. They pretty much averaged one hit a decade to date. I bought this one because I used to get annoyed being told what was offensive by the BBC (when it wasn’t).

Belinda Carlisle is back, 5 years on from her Gogo’s days, with her breakthrough smash Heaven Is A Place On Earth, giving her a great solo career for the next 5 years or so, and Shaky covers an obvious early 60’s cover, so obvious it was hard to believe he had left it 6 years before getting round to it. The Christians have an Ideal World for Christmas enter while their fingers were still pointing down from above, Madonna drops her Look Of Love single that I always forget about when chucking off lists of her songs, Wet Wet Wet go all ballady on the reasonably nice Angel Eyes, a harbinger of horrors to come. And though still at 2, The Bee Gees sneak in with the latest album title track at 75.

1 ( 3 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
2 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
3 ( 1 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 5 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
5 ( 49 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol
6 ( 24 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 9 ) KID The Pretenders
8 ( 4 ) BAD Michael Jackson
9 ( 12 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
10 ( 18 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers

11 ( 8 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
12 ( 15 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
13 ( 11 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
14 ( 10 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
15 ( 6 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
16 ( 16 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
17 ( 7 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
18 ( 20 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White
19 ( 27 ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC
20 ( 33 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney

21 ( 13 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
22 ( 19 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
23 ( 14 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
24 ( 43 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
25 ( 25 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
26 ( 59 ) SATELLITE The Hooters
27 ( 65 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
28 ( 57 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
29 ( 29 ) GROOVE Donny Osmond
30 ( 39 ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes

31 ( 28 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
32 ( 34 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
33 ( 22 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
34 ( 17 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
35 ( 36 ) BUILD The Housemartins
36 ( 47 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
37 ( NEW ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
38 ( NEW ) THE ONE I LOVE REM
39 ( 53 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
40 ( 31 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone

41 ( 26 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
42 ( 32 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
43 ( 21 ) FAITH George Michael
44 ( 48 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
45 ( 37 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
46 ( 23 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
47 ( 30 ) I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN’T FINISH The Smiths
48 ( 54 ) CITY LIGHTS William Pitt
49 ( NEW ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams
50 ( 40 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones

51 ( 51 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
52 ( 52 ) ON FIRE Blue Zone
53 ( NEW ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
54 ( NEW ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
55 ( 38 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
56 ( 50 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
57 ( 35 ) JACK MIX IV Mirage
58 ( 62 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
59 ( 41 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 70 ) SO EMOTIONAL Whitney Houston

61 ( 42 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
62 ( 67 ) SO AMAZING Luther Vandross
63 ( 45 ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone
64 ( 60 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
65 ( 63 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
66 ( 66 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 64 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
70 ( 73 ) UNCHAIN MY HEART Joe Cocker

71 ( NEW ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
72 ( 56 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
73 ( NEW ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
74 ( 58 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
75 ( NEW ) ESP The Bee Gees
76 ( RE ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
2 ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
3 I’LL BE THERE The Jackson 5

My October 1987 Charts

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Me in the back garden 1987. It’s all mature trees everywhere around here now…

 

6th October 1987

It’s a post-holiday chart-topper for The Bee Gees, You Win Again giving them a first number one in 8 years, and a 3rd in total after Night Fever and Tragedy – though earlier 60’s singles would have also topped my charts had I started them then, and they had more number 2’s than just about any act to this point. ABC make it two top 10’s in a row, their 6th, and new in at 12 it’s a 12″ extended EP of 2 classic reissued 1972 tracks from Sly & The Family Stone and 2 non-listed extended mixes of other singles (that I never got to hear, so not listed), The Christians shoot into the top 20 yet again, no pointing fingers!

Lloyd Cole gets his biggest mover since Lost Weekend, the criminally-ignored My Bag, up 51 places to 20, Westworld also move fast with the criminally-ignored fab Silvermac, into the 30, while the criminally-ignored-in-the-UK Expose go top 40. Level 42 also climb nicely, it’s not over till it’s over! Smokey Robinson makes it 18 years of top 40’s Richard Carpenter 17 years, and Dusty gets 2 in the 40 19 years since she started in my debut chart.

Highest new track comes from Sisters Of Mercy at 44 with This Corrosion, The Communards sneak back Tomorrow, The Pointer Sisters are being there 8 years on, though they bubbled under in 1972 with Yes We Can Can. Positive attitude! Fellow 70’s hitmakers The Fatback Band also return having found lovin’, and a raft of rock acts rock the lower end of the charts, Kiss 8 years on from their much better disco phase oops, Aerosmith have the fab Dude (looks Like A Lady), and Def Leppard are sweet as sugar.

1 ( 5 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
2 ( 1 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 4 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 6 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
5 ( 7 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
6 ( 2 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
7 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
8 ( 10 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
9 ( 12 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
10 ( 11 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka

11 ( 13 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
12 ( NEW ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
13 ( 8 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
14 ( 9 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
15 ( 37 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
16 ( 16 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
17 ( 15 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
18 ( 14 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
19 ( 23 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
20 ( 71 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

21 ( 21 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
22 ( 24 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
23 ( 17 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
24 ( 19 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
25 ( 29 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
26 ( 28 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
27 ( 27 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
28 ( 48 ) SILVERMAC Westworld
29 ( 22 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
30 ( 18 ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna

31 ( 20 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
32 ( 25 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
33 ( 39 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
34 ( 34 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
35 ( 46 ) ONE HEARTBEAT Smokey Robinson
36 ( 30 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
37 ( 54 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
38 ( 59 ) IT’S OVER Level 42
39 ( 41 ) VALERIE Steve Winwood
40 ( 73 ) SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES Dusty Springfield & Richard Carpenter

41 ( 26 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
42 ( 31 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
43 ( 40 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
44 ( NEW ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
45 ( 65 ) WHO WILL YOU RUN TO Heart
46 ( 38 ) ALONE Heart
47 ( 32 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
48 ( 50 ) TOUCH OF GREY The Grateful Dead
49 ( 49 ) FULL METAL JACKET (I WANNA BE A DRILL INSTRUCTOR) Abigail Mead & Nigel Goulding
50 ( 44 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna

51 ( 33 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
52 ( 51 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
53 ( NEW ) TOMORROW The Communards
54 ( 36 ) CASANOVA Levert
55 ( 53 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
56 ( 35 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
57 ( 42 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
58 ( 63 ) THAT GIRL Freddie McGregor
59 ( 45 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
60 ( 60 ) HUMAN Human League

61 ( 58 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
62 ( 68 ) WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was)
63 ( NEW ) BE THERE The Pointer Sisters
64 ( NEW ) I FOUND LOVIN’ The Fatback Band
65 ( 62 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
66 ( 66 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
67 ( NEW ) HOUSE NATION Housemaster Boyz
68 ( 67 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
69 ( 70 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
70 ( 75 ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40

71 ( 47 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
72 ( NEW ) CRAZY CRAZY NIGHTS Kiss
73 ( NEW ) THE CIRCUS Erasure
74 ( NEW ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
75 ( NEW ) POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME Def Leppard
76 ( RE ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
77 ( RE ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson

6th Oct
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 SHOULD I LAUGH OR CRY Abba

11th October 1987

It’s a first week on top for the title track from Bad for Michael Jackson, giving him a total of 5 tracks in the chart as his duet with Stevie Wonder sneaks in the lower end thanks to the playlist of most-liked non-chart stuff which I’ve retrospectively stuck on the end of the chart – though all 3 tracks at 76, 77, 78 would in reality have been much higher.

LL Cool J goes top 10, and Sly & The Family Stone take both 1972 hits back into the top 10 15 years on. Highest new entry is Pet Shop Boys 3rd single from Actually, Rent at 14, and a change of pace with a low-key moody song later covered (and produced-by Pet Shop Boys) by Liza Minelli Broadway-style. Sisters Of Mercy shoot into the 20, This Corrosion just ahead of Expose at 19.

The Dirty Dancing massive ballad Time Of My Life gives Jennifer Warnes a welcome chart return after her Leonard Cohen cover had dropped out, and Bill Medley gets his first post-Righteous Brothers solo billing – though he first charted with You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ in 1969, 4 years after it’s chart-topping UK and US run, and again in 1975, and again in the future-charts from 1987 perspective. Debbie Gibson returns at a new chart peak for Only In My Dreams at 28, teen rival Tiffany debuts inside the 40 with the Tommy James cover I Think We’re Alone Now, making 2 Shondells covers inside the 40 with Mony Mony a bit higher.

Jellybean gets a second chart entry, this time with Stephen Dante, George Michael’s massive Faith modestly enters at 53, and Eurythmics oddity Beethoven slips in a bit lower than George – both of them having had Aretha Franklin duets recently. Donna Summer adds to her 11 years of hits with Dinner With Gershwin – I think Brenda Russell wrote it, her of Piano In The Dark – and her most Broadway-styled track since I Remember Yesterday in 1977. Bryan Ferry also returns after a break – giving him 14 years of solo entries, and 15 years of hits including Roxy Music. Obv got The Right Stuff. Finally Los Lobos sneak in with another La Bamba cover.

1 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
2 ( 1 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
3 ( 2 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 4 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
5 ( 5 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
6 ( 8 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
7 ( 9 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
8 ( 11 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
9 ( 12 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
10 ( 6 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

11 ( 7 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
12 ( 15 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
13 ( 16 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
14 ( NEW ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
15 ( 19 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
16 ( 20 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
17 ( 14 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
18 ( 44 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
19 ( 37 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
20 ( 17 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau

21 ( 10 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
22 ( 22 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
23 ( 18 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
24 ( 28 ) SILVERMAC Westworld
25 ( NEW ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
26 ( 13 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
27 ( 27 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
28 ( RE ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
29 ( 38 ) IT’S OVER Level 42
30 ( 40 ) SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES Dusty Springfield & Richard Carpenter

31 ( 21 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
32 ( 24 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
33 ( 23 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
34 ( 35 ) ONE HEARTBEAT Smokey Robinson
35 ( NEW ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
36 ( 53 ) TOMORROW The Communards
37 ( 39 ) VALERIE Steve Winwood
38 ( 45 ) WHO WILL YOU RUN TO Heart
39 ( 29 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
40 ( 36 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett

41 ( 25 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
42 ( 48 ) TOUCH OF GREY The Grateful Dead
43 ( 26 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
44 ( 31 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
45 ( 62 ) WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was)
46 ( 43 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
47 ( 30 ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
48 ( 41 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
49 ( NEW ) THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Stephen Dante
50 ( 32 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys

51 ( 46 ) ALONE Heart
52 ( 73 ) THE CIRCUS Erasure
53 ( NEW ) FAITH George Michael
54 ( 64 ) I FOUND LOVIN’ The Fatback Band
55 ( 52 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
56 ( NEW ) BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics
57 ( 55 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
58 ( 50 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
59 ( 34 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
60 ( 70 ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40

61 ( NEW ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic
62 ( 60 ) HUMAN Human League
63 ( 33 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
64 ( NEW ) STRONG AS STEEL Five Star
65 ( 69 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
66 ( 74 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
67 ( 72 ) CRAZY CRAZY NIGHTS Kiss
68 ( NEW ) RAIN IN THE SUMMERTIME The Alarm
69 ( 66 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
70 ( 68 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

71 ( NEW ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
72 ( 42 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
73 ( NEW ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
74 ( NEW ) HUNGRY TOWN Big Pig
75 ( NEW ) COME ON LET’S GO Los Lobos
76 ( 76 ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
77 ( 77 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
78 ( NEW ) JUST GOOD FRIENDS Michael Jackson & Stevie Wonder

18th October 1987

It’s back up on top for a second week for The Bee Gees fab You Win Again, as the Big 5 maintain a vice-like grip for a 3rd week, and Pet Shop Boys get 2 going up to threaten it, Rent modestly keeping their top 10 rate at 100%. Sisters Of Mercy also got top 10 with This Corrosion, and Jan Hammer’s tuneful Crockett’s Theme is at 8, The Christians make it a 3rd top 10. Billy Idol takes his double Mony Mony into the 20 as Amazulu enter at 75 with their own typically perfunctory cover version.

Eurythmics bound into the 20 with one big leap of Beethoven, who’d been there before as a Fifth Of Beethoven with future Family Guy soundtracker Walter Murphy in 1976, and intro-ing ELO’s Roll Over Beethoven in 1973. George Michael takes a big leap of Faith into the 30 (I’ve been saving that one for over 30 years), as Jellybean sees The Real Thing – well, so have I, twice. The Fatback Band return to the 40 after a long gap, chased by DJ Steve Walsh covering I Found Lovin’: signs of the future, hit DJ’s.

Highest new entry is The Cure, just ahead of Stevie Wonder extending his chart run to 19 years with some Skeletons in his closet, while INXS are back with a monster track, the brilliant Need You Tonight Kick-starting the new classic album, an all-time funkrock great album and single, and showcasing what a great live act the band were – Michael Hutchence was an awesome frontman, one of the great live gigs I’ve seen. George Harrison returns with a corker, courtesy of Jeff Lynne productions, after a lengthy gap, 17 years on from My Sweet Lord, and joining his Beatles in the chart with his 50’s cover. Chic jack-up Le Freak. Yes, they really do jack it up, but Nile Rodgers is finally forgiven in 20 years or so.

Other than that, lots of chart regulars all return, and I note that all 3 of my playlist oldies that week were future chart-toppers in the 80’s, 90’s and 10’s respectively.


1 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
2 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 1 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 4 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
5 ( 5 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
6 ( 10 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
7 ( 18 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
8 ( 15 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
9 ( 14 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 12 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians

11 ( 8 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
12 ( 27 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
13 ( 13 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
14 ( 11 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
15 ( 6 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
16 ( 16 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
17 ( 7 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
18 ( 9 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
19 ( 28 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
20 ( 56 ) BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics

21 ( 29 ) IT’S OVER Level 42
22 ( 22 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
23 ( 17 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
24 ( 20 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
25 ( 25 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
26 ( 53 ) FAITH George Michael
27 ( 49 ) THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Stephen Dante
28 ( 23 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
29 ( 19 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
30 ( 32 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama

31 ( 33 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
32 ( 24 ) SILVERMAC Westworld
33 ( 35 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
34 ( 54 ) I FOUND LOVIN’ The Fatback Band
35 ( 38 ) WHO WILL YOU RUN TO Heart
36 ( 21 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
37 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE HEAVEN The Cure
38 ( 31 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
39 ( NEW ) SKELETONS Stevie Wonder
40 ( 45 ) WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was)

41 ( 52 ) THE CIRCUS Erasure
42 ( 26 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
43 ( 40 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
44 ( 60 ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40
45 ( 64 ) STRONG AS STEEL Five Star
46 ( 39 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
47 ( 30 ) SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES Dusty Springfield & Richard Carpenter
48 ( NEW ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
49 ( 65 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
50 ( RE ) BETCHA SAY THAT Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

51 ( 37 ) VALERIE Steve Winwood
52 ( 46 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
53 ( 66 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
54 ( 48 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
55 ( 71 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
56 ( 73 ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
57 ( 44 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
58 ( NEW ) DON’T MAKE ME WAIT FOR LOVE Kenny G
59 ( 55 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison

61 ( 61 ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic
62 ( 51 ) ALONE Heart
63 ( 62 ) HUMAN Human League
64 ( 57 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
65 ( 68 ) RAIN IN THE SUMMERTIME The Alarm
66 ( NEW ) BRILLIANT DISGUISE Bruce Springsteen
67 ( NEW ) JACK LE FREAK Chic
68 ( NEW ) I FOUND LOVIN’ Steve Walsh
69 ( NEW ) DANCE LITTLE SISTER Terence Trent D’Arby
70 ( NEW ) WANTED The Style Council

71 ( NEW ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
72 ( 34 ) ONE HEARTBEAT Smokey Robinson
73 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU WANT ME Jody Watley
74 ( NEW ) I DON;T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr
75 ( NEW ) MONY MONY Amazulu

Playlist oldies of the week
1 LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
2 EAGLE Abba
3 LIVIN’ THING ELO

25th October 1987

It’s back on top after a few weeks off for Fleetwood Mac, giving Little Lies a second week on top, keeping the top 4 shuffling about amongst themselves for the 4th week, and only Pet Shop Boys’ Rent able to break into the top 5 to try and break-up the chart monopoly of the Big 4. Billy Idol gets a 5th or 6th top 10, as the Amazulu version of Mony Mony makes it 3 top 40 versions in total, including the Tommy James original on re-issue in 1975. Shaky gets a rare top 10 with his good Supremes cover, only his 4th in 7 years of trying, and there are big climbs for George Michael, Bananarama, both into the 20, UB40, Donna Summer, Aerosmith 3 years early for the UK top 40 charts, INXS 1 year early for the UK top 40 charts, George Harrison & Gloria Estefan all adding to their top 40 totals.

T’Pau get the highest new entry with China In Your Hands at 43, and it’s still not overtaken the brilliant Heart And Soul which should have been the one to top the charts for weeks in my opinion. Meanwhile at 46 The Communards cover the brilliant Gloria Gaynor chart-topping 1974 disco cover of the brilliant Jackson 5 1971 ballad which hit 2 – and falls far short, it being nothing more than a pedestrian shrill karaoke effort. Whitesnake revamp their 80’s Here I Go Again and are rewarded with a hit, being as it’s their best record by far, Living In A Box make it 4 listings, Labi Siffre makes it a second hit of the year as he marks the 16th anniversary of me first hearing It Must Be Love, Shakatak add to their chart list, just, and Barry White stages a comeback minus the lush disco sounds. Sho You Right, Bazza, 14 years on from his top 10 debut, or 15 years if you count Love Unlimited and his guest vocals on his own song and own production of the group that featured his own wife. That leaves oldies The Champs to make a chart debut, La Bamba film-related I’ll wager, some 29 years late, with Tequila. I’ll drink to that! It seemed very long ago at the time – but it’s less old than 1987 is in 2019. Oops! Time flies!

1 ( 2 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 1 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
3 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 4 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
5 ( 9 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 5 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
7 ( 10 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
8 ( 8 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
9 ( 12 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
10 ( 13 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens

11 ( 6 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
12 ( 26 ) FAITH George Michael
13 ( 18 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
14 ( 16 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
15 ( 49 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
16 ( 7 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
17 ( 14 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
18 ( 11 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
19 ( 15 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
20 ( 20 ) BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics

21 ( 17 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
22 ( 44 ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40
23 ( 55 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
24 ( 27 ) THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Stephen Dante
25 ( 37 ) JUST LIKE HEAVEN The Cure
26 ( 53 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
27 ( 56 ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
28 ( 33 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
29 ( 22 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
30 ( 48 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS

31 ( 31 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
32 ( 75 ) MONY MONY Amazulu
33 ( 32 ) SILVERMAC Westworld
34 ( 41 ) THE CIRCUS Erasure
35 ( 24 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
36 ( 40 ) WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was)
37 ( 19 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
38 ( 28 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
39 ( 60 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
40 ( 50 ) BETCHA SAY THAT Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

41 ( 30 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
42 ( 45 ) STRONG AS STEEL Five Star
43 ( NEW ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
44 ( 23 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
45 ( 39 ) SKELETONS Stevie Wonder
46 ( NEW ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
47 ( 43 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
48 ( 71 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
49 ( 34 ) I FOUND LOVIN’ The Fatback Band
50 ( 61 ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic

51 ( 47 ) SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES Dusty Springfield & Richard Carpenter
52 ( 69 ) DANCE LITTLE SISTER Terence Trent D’Arby
53 ( NEW ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
54 ( 38 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
55 ( 36 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
56 ( 29 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
57 ( 35 ) WHO WILL YOU RUN TO Heart
58 ( 58 ) DON’T MAKE ME WAIT FOR LOVE Kenny G
59 ( 52 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
60 ( 21 ) IT’S OVER Level 42

61 ( 25 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
62 ( 54 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
63 ( 70 ) WANTED The Style Council
64 ( 59 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
65 ( 46 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
66 ( 63 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 74 ) I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr
68 ( 57 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
69 ( 64 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
70 ( NEW ) SO THE STORY GOES Living In A Box

71 ( NEW ) TEQUILA The Champs
72 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
73 ( 62 ) ALONE Heart
74 ( NEW ) MISTER MANIC AND SISTER COOL Shakaktak
75 ( NEW ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White

playlist oldies
1 I FEEL LOVE Donna Summer
2 WALK AWAY FROM LOVE David Ruffin
3 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate

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

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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Parasailing along the Gran Canaria coast – errr not me, I was on the boat between Puerto De Mogan and Arguineguin
1st December 2019

It’s a first week on top for the late George Michael, almost 3 years since he died, his first posthumous single, his 10th solo chart-topper, or his 12th including duets with Aretha & Whitney, or his 14th including Wham!, or his 16th including his uncredited contributions to Band Aid and David Cassidy’s The Last Kiss. Take your pick. James Blunt gets his 2nd top 10 of the year as he simultaneously gets his 3rd top 40. It’s his 6th top 10.

Lots of big climbers this week as the top 40 blockage fragments bigly, Fall Out Boy literally beside themselves with joy taking Bob Dylan to 16, for an 8th top 20, AU/RA staying happy as she rockets to 19, Harry Styles gets a 2nd top 40 as his previous is still top 10, Efisio Cross climbs 50 places to make it the 3rd instrumental in the 40, Bastille get a 3rd top 30 (and a second cover), Collard gets a second top 40, Jonas Blue, Broken Bells and Liam Payne add to their list, while Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder Feel Love at 39 under the pseudonym Sam Smith. That’s their 4th top 40 not including guest contributions on much better chart-topping material: La La La.

Some oldies drop out the chart and some oldies enter the chart: 3rd-time round for Army Of Lovers’ Crucified after a gap of 27 years or so, After The Fire return with Der Kommisar 36 years later, and Voice Of The Beehive have Scary Kisses 23 years on. INXS’ Never Tear Us Apart has been covered by Paloma Faith in the interim, but also returns after 31 years. New entries from Celine Dion, her 2nd of 2019, extending her chart run to 30 years give or take, The Vaccines & Kylie from the Sean The Sheep movie, the lads getting a 4th chart entry 6 years since the last one, while Kylie is never out the chart and hasn’t been since 1988. AWOLNATION finally get a chart entry that isn’t Sail, 6 years on, and Hey Violet return for the first time since their 2016 top 20.

1 3 1 4 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 304100
2 2 1 7 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 805100
3 1 1 5 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 710000
4 5 4 5 TOMIE GHOST DATA 208200
5 4 3 5 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 265400
6 6 4 8 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 370400
7 8 7 2 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 98000
8 9 8 6 ORPHANS Coldplay 181100
9 7 1 14 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 945400
10 19 10 4 MONSTERS James Blunt 88800

11 16 11 5 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 109900
12 11 2 10 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 534600
13 12 3 8 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 399400
14 10 10 11 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 235500
15 13 8 9 ECHOES Lola Marsh 266500
16 52 16 2 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 36500
17 17 1 12 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 840000
18 24 18 6 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 81100
19 67 19 4 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 38200
20 23 20 5 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 93950

21 14 9 9 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 232450
22 18 18 6 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 116200
23 26 23 6 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 91850
24 79 24 2 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 23200
25 27 25 10 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 147950
26 22 1 18 I TRANCE Agnes 1589000
27 15 15 10 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 194800
28 20 6 10 YOU. Lucy Daydream 327300
29 80 29 2 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 22200
30 60 30 2 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 28000

31 35 19 9 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 153950
32 47 32 5 THE TRUTH James Blunt 46100
33 34 33 8 FREEDOM Rayelle 76500
34 21 9 8 LONELY Noah Cyrus 259550
35 56 35 4 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 40800
36 25 15 9 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 180800
37 43 37 5 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 46800
38 45 38 4 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 41600
39 68 39 2 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 23500
40 42 40 8 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 87700

41 44 41 5 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 59200
42 29 29 6 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 90150
43 30 4 14 THE BEACH The Makemakes 469850
44 28 16 10 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 170800
45 31 31 6 ARABESQUE Coldplay 83650
46 49 46 5 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 43050
47 61 47 3 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 25800
48 51 48 5 GLORYBOX Portishead 46450
49 50 49 6 I AM Club Yoko 62500
50 65 50 3 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 24400

51 36 1 12 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 798200
52 32 32 8 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 99750
53 55 53 5 PUMP IT UP Endor 45250
54 57 54 5 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 41500
55 33 24 9 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 130400
56 71 56 2 HEYO The Makemakes 16400
57 46 2 17 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 741800
58 39 14 13 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 198600
59 RE 59 2 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 14100
60 66 60 3 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 21200

61 NEW 61 1 CRUCIFIED Army Of Lovers 7500
62 40 9 12 SANREMO Mika 283750
63 37 20 10 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 132500
64 69 64 2 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 13300
65 38 38 5 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 56300
66 75 66 2 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 11800
67 72 67 3 SWIMMERS Zero 7 featuring Jem Cooke 16800
68 NEW 68 1 LAZY The Vaccines & Kylie Minogue 6400
69 41 34 6 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 81500
70 77 70 3 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 14800

71 76 71 3 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 15400
72 78 72 2 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 10000
73 NEW 73 1 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 5400
74 NEW 74 1 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 5200
75 70 1 29 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1680500
76 NEW 76 1 DER KOMMISSAR After The Fire 4800
77 NEW 77 1 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 4600
78 58 40 9 GO The Black Keys 90050
79 NEW 79 1 SCARY KISSES Voice Of The Beehive 4200
80 NEW 80 1 CLEAN Hey Violet 4000

DROP OUTS
48 4 11 STRANGE Celeste 379500
53 46 5 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 47150
54 42 5 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 51350
59 6 13 COLD James Blunt 315000
62 5 14 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 406800
63 30 7 LOVER Taylor Swift 92900
64 21 12 INSTANTANE Paradis 166850
73 5 13 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 254350
74 1 15 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 699750

24th November 2019

It’s 3 weeks on top for the gorgeous One Shy Morning as the late George Michael gets his biggest charting hit since 2002 when his Human League sampling Shoot The Dog topped my charts. The highest new entry is actually the oldest Northern Soul track to chart for me, a mere 54 years old and a debut for what is considered to be a key track for the Northern Soul scene – those too young to know, it was an early 70’s scene based around Wigan featuring largely US soul-dance tracks, and unusually was heavily male-centric with athletic prowess being a thing. This track was withdrawn by Frank before release, the masters destroyed, after an argument with Motown owner Berry Gordy. Demand built, and it finally came out in the UK in 1979. On Saturday it featured in a great dance routine on Strictly Come Dancing, and has bounded into the itunes sales chart as a result.

Coldplay add to their top 10’s, and Bob Dylan is new at 52. Actually he’s not, he hasn’t recorded anything I’ve liked since the Traveling Wilburys, which at least shows consistency over decades, but he is the title of the follow-up to Fall Out Boy’s chart-topping single. At 60 it’s a cover of an REO Speedwagon 80’s rockballad – I always preferred Keep On Loving You which topped my charts in 1981, but have to say the new cover by Bastille and an orchestra shows Can’t Fight This Feeling is actually a pretty strong song too. Sounds like a christmas smash to me. At least in a chart where sales count rather than background playlists.

Sam Smith covers Donna Summer. That takes a lot of nerve, given the groundbreaking brilliance of the original, a record which literally can’t be improved on, one which blew my mind the first moment I heard it, an instant number one that sounded like it had dropped out of the 21st century somehow back in 1977. Sam gets away with it though, thanks to that great voice, and the sheer relief that it’s not the usual whining dollop of dreariness that has dominated since La La La.

Sabrina Carpenter raises her thumbs again after a couple of years off the chart, The Makemakes make it 2 in a row, Robbie Williams gets the first actual new christmas record of 2019 into my chart, thereby extending his run to 23 years solo, Stormzy gets only his 2nd chart entry, and Harry Styles gets his 2nd of the year with a slice of Watermelon, Sugar. Don’t call me Sugar, Harry!


1 1 1 4 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 625000
2 2 1 6 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 690100
3 10 3 3 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 134100
4 3 3 4 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 205400
5 5 5 4 TOMIE GHOST DATA 143200
6 4 4 7 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 315400
7 7 1 13 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 900400
8 NEW 8 1 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 48000
9 13 9 5 ORPHANS Coldplay 133100
10 11 10 10 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 206500

11 8 2 9 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 499600
12 6 3 7 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 367400
13 12 8 8 ECHOES Lola Marsh 239500
14 9 9 8 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 212700
15 17 15 9 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 176400
16 18 16 4 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 72900
17 16 1 11 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 817000
18 19 18 5 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 97700
19 27 19 3 MONSTERS James Blunt 46800
20 14 6 9 YOU. Lucy Daydream 309000

21 15 9 7 LONELY Noah Cyrus 241950
22 20 1 17 I TRANCE Agnes 1570500
23 26 23 4 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 73950
24 31 24 5 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 59100
25 21 15 8 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 163400
26 29 26 5 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 72600
27 32 27 9 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 129200
28 22 16 9 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 157550
29 38 29 5 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 76400
30 30 4 13 THE BEACH The Makemakes 456350

31 35 31 5 ARABESQUE Coldplay 70650
32 36 32 7 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 88250
33 24 24 8 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 119600
34 37 34 5 FREEDOM Rayelle 58800
35 47 19 8 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 136050
36 28 1 11 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 786450
37 23 20 9 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 125300
38 45 38 4 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 49300
39 39 14 12 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 188400
40 33 9 11 SANREMO Mika 276350

41 34 34 5 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 75300
42 44 42 7 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 70700
43 67 43 4 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 29500
44 51 44 4 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 45200
45 66 45 3 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 24400
46 40 2 16 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 731400
47 70 47 4 THE TRUTH James Blunt 28300
48 25 4 11 STRANGE Celeste 379500
49 63 49 4 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 30300
50 54 50 5 I AM Club Yoko 50400

51 57 51 4 GLORYBOX Portishead 34150
52 NEW 52 1 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 11500
53 46 46 5 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 47150
54 42 42 5 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 51350
55 56 55 4 PUMP IT UP Endor 34000
56 64 56 3 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 23300
57 61 57 4 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 30500
58 52 40 8 GO The Black Keys 85650
59 41 6 13 COLD James Blunt 315000
60 NEW 60 1 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 10000

61 71 61 2 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 13300
62 59 5 14 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 406800
63 43 30 7 LOVER Taylor Swift 92900
64 50 21 12 INSTANTANE Paradis 166850
65 73 65 2 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 12400
66 78 66 2 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 11200
67 68 67 3 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 17200
68 NEW 68 1 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 6400
69 NEW 69 1 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 6200
70 60 1 28 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1675500

71 NEW 71 1 HEYO The Makemakes 5800
72 77 72 2 SWIMMERS Zero 7 featuring Jem Cooke 10200
73 49 5 13 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 254350
74 62 1 15 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 699750
75 NEW 75 1 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 5000
76 76 76 2 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 9600
77 79 77 2 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 8800
78 NEW 78 1 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 4400
79 NEW 79 1 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 4200
80 NEW 80 1 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 4000

DROP OUTS
48 33 6 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 78300
53 25 5 RIGHT ON! (890650) Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 79700
55 13 13 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 240200
58 18 12 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 176400
65 65 5 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 30000
69 56 6 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 48500
72 22 8 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 104100
74 74 3 AVEM (THE AVIATION THEME) Alan Walker 14000
75 75 3 WOMAN IN LOVE Barbra Streisand 13000
80 80 1 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 4000

17th November 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Amon Tobin, as fellow ambient track GHOST DATA is up 24 places to 5, leaving only Dua Lipa popping up the top 5, her 3rd top 3. The late much-missed George Michael is getting high into the 10 from 64, the biggest climber, and posthumously his first new top 10 since 2006, and extends his solo run to 35 years. James Blunt replaces himself in the top 40 with new emotionally-touching ballad Monsters, Pete Tong gets a 3rd top in 3 years, and Boy George a first top 40 in 5 years, extending his solo run to 32 years.

New entries include another track from Pet Shop Boys forthcoming Hotspots album, House Of Pain jumping around for the first time in 27 years or so, another Billie Eilish low-key track, Zero 7 returning to chart action after a 15-year-gap with new material and an 18-year span of charting. Taylor Swift combines with Andrew Lloyd-Webber for a movie theme from Cats, and carries it off, and Train and Skylar Grey both return in combo – a 14th for Train, and a 3rd for Skylar who first debuted in 2011, Train in 2001. That leaves our first new Christmas song – well, new to me at any rate. Doris Day’s I’ll Be Home For Christmas dates from 1964 and is about to be upgraded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, so she pops in in anticipation.

1 1 1 3 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 455000
2 2 1 5 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 575100
3 7 3 3 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 140400
4 5 4 6 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 260400
5 29 5 3 TOMIE GHOST DATA 83200
6 3 3 6 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 332400
7 6 1 12 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 850400
8 4 2 8 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 462600
9 10 9 7 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 183700
10 64 10 2 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 49100

11 12 11 9 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 164500
12 8 8 7 ECHOES Lola Marsh 207500
13 19 13 4 ORPHANS Coldplay 88100
14 11 6 8 YOU. Lucy Daydream 289000
15 9 9 6 LONELY Noah Cyrus 222200
16 13 1 10 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 794000
17 18 17 8 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 149400
18 27 18 3 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 47900
19 22 19 4 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 75700
20 17 1 16 I TRANCE Agnes 1551000

21 15 15 7 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 144650
22 16 16 8 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 139250
23 20 20 8 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 108000
24 26 24 7 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 101900
25 14 4 10 STRANGE Celeste 367200
26 28 26 3 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 54700
27 62 27 2 MONSTERS James Blunt 25800
28 21 1 10 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 769050
29 30 29 4 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 54100
30 24 4 12 THE BEACH The Makemakes 438350

31 60 31 4 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 40100
32 34 32 8 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 110800
33 23 9 10 SANREMO Mika 259350
34 37 34 4 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 61300
35 38 35 4 ARABESQUE Coldplay 51750
36 42 36 6 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 70450
37 47 37 4 FREEDOM Rayelle 41200
38 39 38 4 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 58200
39 25 14 11 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 171300
40 32 2 15 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 718650

41 31 6 12 COLD James Blunt 304900
42 50 42 4 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 40350
43 35 30 6 LOVER Taylor Swift 85700
44 45 44 6 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 56950
45 48 45 3 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 32100
46 51 46 4 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 35900
47 36 19 7 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 118550
48 33 33 6 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 78300
49 40 5 12 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 248950
50 44 21 11 INSTANTANE Paradis 159750

51 59 51 3 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 31950
52 49 40 7 GO The Black Keys 75450
53 41 25 5 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 79700
54 55 54 4 I AM Club Yoko 38400
55 43 13 13 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 240200
56 65 56 3 PUMP IT UP Endor 23200
57 70 57 3 GLORYBOX Portishead 22400
58 46 18 12 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 176400
59 53 5 13 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 399400
60 54 1 27 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1669500

61 66 61 3 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 20100
62 58 1 14 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 694550
63 71 63 3 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 18200
64 72 64 2 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 12700
65 67 65 5 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 30000
66 77 66 2 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 11400
67 74 67 3 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 16000
68 79 68 2 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 10600
69 56 56 6 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 48500
70 75 70 3 THE TRUTH James Blunt 15800

71 NEW 71 1 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 5800
72 52 22 8 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 104100
73 NEW 73 1 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 5400
74 78 74 3 AVEM (THE AVIATION THEME) Alan Walker 14000
75 80 75 3 WOMAN IN LOVE Barbra Streisand 13000
76 NEW 76 1 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 4800
77 NEW 77 1 SWIMMERS Zero 7 featuring Jem Cooke 4600
78 NEW 78 1 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 4400
79 NEW 79 1 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 4200
80 NEW 80 1 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 4000

DROP OUTS
57 9 12 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 250100
61 4 13 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 542650
63 14 12 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 229050
68 15 11 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 186350
69 19 11 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 155650
73 7 12 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 347950
76 8 12 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 308300

 

 

 

 

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unflattering selfie, Puerto De Mogan, Gran Canaria Oct 2019

10th November 2019

It’s a first week on top for Brazilian producer Amon Tobin with the lovely ambient One Shy Morning, with another ambient instrumental rocketing up to 29 for GHOST DATA, but the highest climber is Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now up to 7 from 73, giving her a 6th Top 10. RUFUS DU SOL get a 3rd top 40, and Pet Shop Boys get a current 3rd top 40 track and Coldplay a 2nd.

Not many new entries, as the chart is jam-packed already with stuff on the way up, just James Blunt grabbing 3 charting tracks off his new album with the touching song Monsters leaping over his own The Truth. George Michael also returns with posthumous new material, as a new movie featuring his songs is about to be released, and his first new-charting track for 5 years, extending his run to 37 years.

Liam Payne pops in, bringing the total of One Direction acts in my chart to 4, including Harry Styles top 5. Never would have predicted that 5 years ago. C’mon Louis pull your finger out quick you’ve a new album due, I need a full set!

1 2 1 2 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 285000
2 1 1 4 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 460200
3 4 3 5 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 287400
4 3 2 7 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 414600
5 6 5 5 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 195400
6 5 1 11 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 800400
7 73 7 2 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 55400
8 8 8 6 ECHOES Lola Marsh 172500
9 9 9 5 LONELY Noah Cyrus 195200
10 13 10 6 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 138700

11 10 6 7 YOU. Lucy Daydream 260000
12 20 12 8 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 127500
13 11 1 9 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 769000
14 7 4 9 STRANGE Celeste 348450
15 15 15 6 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 124900
16 16 16 7 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 119750
17 14 1 15 I TRANCE Agnes 1531000
18 22 18 7 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 126400
19 27 19 3 ORPHANS Coldplay 56100
20 24 20 7 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 88750

21 12 1 9 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 750750
22 29 22 3 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 54700
23 18 9 9 SANREMO Mika 241650
24 17 4 11 THE BEACH The Makemakes 420350
25 19 14 10 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 154200
26 26 26 6 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 82900
27 61 27 2 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 25900
28 32 28 2 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 36100
29 75 29 2 TOMIE GHOST DATA 23200
30 45 30 3 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 36000

31 21 6 11 COLD James Blunt 290900
32 23 2 14 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 701650
33 33 33 5 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 66000
34 35 34 7 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 93000
35 30 30 5 LOVER Taylor Swift 72200
36 28 19 6 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 106050
37 37 37 3 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 44600
38 53 38 3 ARABESQUE Coldplay 34250
39 39 39 3 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 41000
40 31 5 11 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 236850

41 25 25 4 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 68450
42 47 42 5 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 53050
43 36 13 12 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 229400
44 38 21 10 INSTANTANE Paradis 147750
45 55 45 5 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 43700
46 34 18 11 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 166200
47 63 47 3 FREEDOM Rayelle 23900
48 66 48 2 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 19100
49 40 40 6 GO The Black Keys 63950
50 62 50 3 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 26600

51 65 51 3 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 23150
52 41 22 7 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 98500
53 48 5 12 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 389300
54 51 1 26 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1659500
55 60 55 3 I AM Club Yoko 27400
56 58 56 5 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 42300
57 42 9 12 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 250100
58 54 1 13 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 687150
59 59 59 2 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 20200
60 69 60 3 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 22200

61 46 4 13 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 542650
62 NEW 62 1 MONSTERS James Blunt 7400
63 49 14 12 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 229050
64 NEW 64 1 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 7100
65 72 65 2 PUMP IT UP Endor 12600
66 71 66 2 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 12600
67 68 67 4 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 23000
68 44 15 11 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 186350
69 43 19 11 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 155650
70 70 70 2 GLORYBOX Portishead 12000

71 74 71 2 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 11000
72 NEW 72 1 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 5600
73 52 7 12 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 347950
74 79 74 2 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 9400
75 76 75 2 THE TRUTH James Blunt 9800
76 56 8 12 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 308300
77 NEW 77 1 STACK IT UP Liam Payne 4600
78 78 78 2 AVEM (THE AVIATION THEME) Alan Walker 8800
79 NEW 79 1 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 4200
80 80 80 2 WOMAN IN LOVE Barbra Streisand 8000

DROP OUTS
50 35 8 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 115700
57 10 13 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 257500
64 2 15 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 531900
67 30 10 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 99650
77 77 1 LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners 4600

 

 

3rd November 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Sigma & Jack Savoretti, just holding off the highest new entry from Amon Tobin, a gorgeous ambient instrumental from the Brazilian producer who describes it as Margot Robbie riding a unicorn. I look forward to the next Suicide Squad film then with Harley atop a horny horse. Harry Styles gets his first ever top 10 as he Lights Up the upper end, and Israeli indie band Lola Marsh Echo that.

Ariana, Miley & Lana all notch up another top 20 with the Charlie’s Angels track that is better than it’s swift real-world chart-dropping would suggest, SHAED return at 32 with Trampoline – with ZAYN on tow this time for the former early 2019 goodie, making it 3 One Directioners listed, 2 to go then for a full house. Gwen Stefani’s 2004 chart-topper What You Waiting For is back following some itunes sales action, in at 59, tick tock tick tock; RUFUS DU SOL get another chart entry with No Place at 61, their 3rd for the Aussie act, following their top 5 debut in 2014 with Sundream – presumably where the Du Sol came from for the former RUFUS which prob got the elbow from Chaka Khan’s former hitmakers.

5 years MIA, La Roux is back with her 6th entry and 10 years of chart entries – once Bulletproof, that must be why she’s now an International Woman Of Leisure. 1995 chart-topper Glorybox also brings Portishead back to the chart after itunes sales, while 1980 hits Lip Up Fatty gives Bad Manners a boost, and Barbra Streisand’s Bee Gees song Woman In Love does the same as both pop up in the itunes too. Any excuse for oldies….! I once reviewed Bad Manners concert in Record Mirror, a much-missed music paper.

Tame Impala have a second track off the forthcoming album enter, a 9th chart appearance in 4 years, Endor’s Club Chart-topping hypnotic beats debut a full 42 years since Star-Wars-related product topped my charts (Endor is a planet in the franchise), Dua Lipa’s back fresh off Graham Norton, Of Monsters & Men get a 5th entry since their chart-topping debut in 2012, James Blunt makes it 2 off the new album, while Alan Walker & Jonas Blue both return for some chart action, Alan Walker having topped my charts previously, Jonas Blue, err not, though he did take a Polaroid with a 4th One Directioner, Liam Payne.


1 1 1 3 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 345200
2 NEW 2 1 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 115000
3 2 2 6 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 349600
4 5 4 4 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 202400
5 3 1 10 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 745400
6 11 6 4 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 135400
7 4 4 8 STRANGE Celeste 319450
8 13 8 5 ECHOES Lola Marsh 124500
9 9 9 4 LONELY Noah Cyrus 150200
10 6 6 6 YOU. Lucy Daydream 223000

11 7 1 8 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 737000
12 8 1 8 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 731000
13 15 13 5 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 96700
14 10 1 14 I TRANCE Agnes 1508000
15 16 15 5 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 97900
16 20 16 6 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 94750
17 12 4 10 THE BEACH The Makemakes 401350
18 14 9 8 SANREMO Mika 222400
19 19 14 9 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 135450
20 24 20 7 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 92500

21 17 6 10 COLD James Blunt 273000
22 29 22 6 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 104400
23 18 2 13 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 682850
24 27 24 6 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 68750
25 30 25 3 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 54450
26 26 26 5 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 64400
27 33 27 2 ORPHANS Coldplay 35100
28 25 19 5 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 88650
29 40 29 2 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 35200
30 32 30 4 LOVER Taylor Swift 54700

31 21 5 10 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 219850
32 NEW 32 1 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 17800
33 36 33 4 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 48300
34 23 18 10 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 153450
35 39 35 6 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 75400
36 28 13 11 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 215900
37 60 37 2 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 27300
38 38 21 9 INSTANTANE Paradis 134500
39 66 39 2 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 23900
40 50 40 5 GO The Black Keys 51850

41 22 22 6 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 87000
42 34 9 11 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 239700
43 31 19 10 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 149450
44 37 15 10 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 179950
45 75 45 2 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 18000
46 41 4 12 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 535150
47 54 47 4 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 39300
48 46 5 11 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 378050
49 49 14 11 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 221850
50 35 35 8 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 115700

51 43 1 25 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1648500
52 45 7 11 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 342550
53 71 53 2 ARABESQUE Coldplay 17050
54 52 1 12 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 676950
55 62 55 4 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 30700
56 47 8 11 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 303500
57 48 10 13 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 257500
58 59 58 4 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 31700
59 NEW 59 1 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 10100
60 67 60 2 I AM Club Yoko 16600

61 NEW 61 1 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 7500
62 63 62 2 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 14600
63 79 63 2 FREEDOM Rayelle 11400
64 56 2 15 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 531900
65 78 65 2 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 11400
66 NEW 66 1 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 6800
67 51 30 10 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 99650
68 74 68 3 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 16400
69 70 69 2 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 12200
70 NEW 70 1 GLORYBOX Portishead 6000

71 NEW 71 1 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 5800
72 NEW 72 1 PUMP IT UP Endor 5600
73 NEW 73 1 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 5200
75 NEW 75 1 TOMIE GHOST DATA 5000
76 NEW 76 1 THE TRUTH James Blunt 4800
77 NEW 77 1 LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners 4600
78 NEW 78 1 AVEM (THE AVIATION THEME) Alan Walker 4400
79 NEW 79 1 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 4200
80 NEW 80 1 WOMAN IN LOVE Barbra Streisand 4000

DROP OUTS
42 3 11 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 584050
44 18 7 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 109550
53 17 10 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 176100
55 55 4 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 36400
57 57 5 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 45800
58 58 4 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 32400
61 9 13 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 265300
64 58 5 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 34700
65 65 5 GOODBYE The Beatles 30400
68 3 22 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 834400
69 69 3 LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress 17200
72 61 6 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 34000
73 44 5 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 49950
76 76 3 WHY DO YOU LOVE Charlotte Lawrence 13800
77 77 4 OVER YOU Lily Moore 17000
80 80 2 DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) (267400) Simple Minds 8000

 

 

27th October 2019

It’s the biggest climb ever to top my chart, I think, up from 74 to 1 for Sigma and Jack Savoretti’s You And Me As One, all moody drum’n’bass dance. That’s a second chart-topper for Sigma, following 2014’s Changing with Paloma Faith – yes I didn’t think it was 5 years ago either! It’s also their 5th Top 10 in 6 years, all of them collaborations. Jack Savoretti has been releasing most of the tracks off his latest album as singles at a furious pace, seemingly, Candelight going top 10, as did his Kylie duet, which makes this his 5th top 10 in 4 years and first chart-topper.

Mountains hasn’t quite reached the summit, sadly, while a showstopping performnace on Jools Holland helps Celeste climb to 4 – just piano and her voice. Amazing. Harry Styles is on the verge of the top 10, having never previously made the top 40, and out-performing every single One Direction track by hitting 11. PNAU get a second top 40 of the year, their 8th in total not including other projects, Liam Gallagher was also on Jools Holland and gets a 3rd top 40 of the year, just behind Bruv, while the highest new entry is Coldplay, back with Orphans at 33, and Arabesque at 71, hot off the new album due shortly. They seem to be following in the uncredited World Music project they’ve been involved in recently, soundwise, rather than traditional Coldplay, and are diving into social commentary too.

Pet Shop Boys release a single of Dreamland remixes and another with B sides – as always, I opt for the extra tracks not extended more-of-the-same – with An Open Mind at 40, the lads still in social commentary mode, and ditto for the song written for the musical My Beautiful Laundrette, based on the early 80’s film, with No Boundaries sneaking in with Asian sounds at the lower end. Rick Astley is back with another vocal stormer at 60, 32 years into his career while Never Gonna Give You Up is probably more popular than ever these days as a classic oldie – it was featured at my brother’s 60th Saturday, along with Dance Monkey and Everywhere, 3 charting tracks played by the DJ. My voice is now croakey from 4 hours of singing and talking, not used to it these days smile.gif

First Aid Kit return with 2014’s My Silver Lining, selling well currently, while Galantis finally follow-up their 2017 chart-topper True Feeling, by calling on Dolly Parton for their 5th charter in 4 years, Mr Probz gets a second, and Dolly Parton gets her first new material since her movie theme song with Sia last year, her 18th of the 21st century, and a chart career going back to top 10 Jolene in 1976. 43 years ain’t bad, and driving a bus to boot in the new video.


1 74 1 2 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 175200
2 4 2 5 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 264600
3 1 1 9 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 685400
4 6 4 7 STRANGE Celeste 269450
5 5 5 3 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 137400
6 7 6 5 YOU. Lucy Daydream 181000
7 3 1 7 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 700000
8 2 1 7 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 696000
9 10 9 3 LONELY Noah Cyrus 105200
10 8 1 13 I TRANCE Agnes 1479000

11 16 11 3 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 80400
12 9 4 9 THE BEACH The Makemakes 378350
13 20 13 4 ECHOES Lola Marsh 76500
14 11 9 7 SANREMO Mika 200400
15 21 15 4 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 64700
16 17 16 4 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 70900
17 12 6 9 COLD James Blunt 253250
18 13 2 12 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 663600
19 14 14 8 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 114450
20 23 20 5 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 69750

21 15 5 9 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 201950
22 24 22 5 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 73000
23 18 18 9 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 135850
24 30 24 6 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 72500
25 19 19 4 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 70350
26 47 26 4 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 45900
27 51 27 5 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 49750
28 22 13 10 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 198500
29 34 29 5 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 84900
30 33 30 2 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 35700

31 31 19 9 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 135950
32 49 32 3 LOVER Taylor Swift 36700
33 NEW 33 1 ORPHANS Coldplay 17700
34 25 9 10 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 225950
35 35 35 7 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 103700
36 62 36 3 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 30600
37 26 15 9 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 166700
38 29 21 8 INSTANTANE Paradis 117300
39 42 39 5 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 57900
40 NEW 40 1 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 17000

41 27 4 11 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 522400
42 28 3 11 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 584050
43 41 1 24 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1636750
44 32 18 7 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 109550
45 37 7 10 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 331050
46 46 5 10 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 365750
47 39 8 10 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 292900
48 36 10 12 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 247100
49 43 14 10 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 209750
50 53 50 4 GO The Black Keys 34850

51 38 30 9 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 93050
52 48 1 11 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 665950
53 40 17 10 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 176100
54 56 54 3 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 26800
55 55 55 4 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 36400
56 45 2 14 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 524800
57 57 57 5 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 45800
58 60 58 4 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 32400
59 66 59 3 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 21500
60 NEW 60 1 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 10000

61 54 9 13 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 265300
62 64 62 3 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 19900
63 NEW 63 1 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 7200
64 58 58 5 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 34700
65 65 65 5 GOODBYE The Beatles 30400
66 NEW 66 1 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 6800
67 NEW 67 1 I AM Club Yoko 6600
68 59 3 22 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 834400
69 70 69 3 LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress 17200
70 NEW 70 1 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 6000

71 NEW 71 1 ARABESQUE Coldplay 5800
72 61 61 6 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 34000
73 44 44 5 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 49950
74 76 74 2 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 10000
75 NEW 75 1 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 5000
76 77 76 3 WHY DO YOU LOVE Charlotte Lawrence 13800
77 78 77 4 OVER YOU Lily Moore 17000
78 NEW 78 1 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 4400
79 NEW 79 1 FREEDOM Rayelle 4200
80 80 80 2 DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds 8000

DROP OUTS
50 50 5 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 44000
52 52 10 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 98000
63 20 9 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 114700
67 44 8 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 69750
68 29 7 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 86200
69 13 12 FRIENDS Dido 238000
71 55 5 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 42900
72 48 6 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 45000
73 41 5 LET’S GO The Cars 54250
75 75 3 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 13400
79 79 1 THAT’S LIFE Frank Sinatra 4200

 

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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.

20th October 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for The S.L.P. ahead of his Jools Holland slot, and the laid-back grooves of Nobody Else holding off a host of tracks, notably Jeff Lynne taking his ELO back into the top 5 for the first time in 3 years. Jeff invariably goes top 10 more often than not and has being doing that since 1970 when in The Move, and since ELO’ first chart-topper in 1972 with 10538 Overture – pretty much a fan from Day One, From Out Of Nowhere sounding much like it could be a track off Out Of The Blue 40 years back.

Noah Cyrus gets another top 10, her 3rd or so, joining Celeste in the top 10 sparse ballad section, as a bunch of tracks go top 20 in a changeover at the top end, notably Harry Styles leapfrogging his ol’ mucker Niall Horan, Kylie adding to her vast number, as Riton & Oliver Heldens get the highest leap into the 40 at 21 borrowing from Yazoo. Highest new entry is 2001 chart-topper Right On!, a fab oldie from Silicone Soul that wasn’t the big hit it should have been, back at 33, while the unlikely partnership of Sigma and Jack Savoretti sneak in at 74, Meduza & GOODBOYS return with Becky Hill drafted in on the follow-up, and Frank Sinatra benefits from some Joker exposure, well That’s Life, and a touring Simple Minds pushes them back in the charts 34 years on from the film theme first exploding worldwide and hitting my top 10.

1 1 1 8 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 600400
2 2 1 6 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 648000
3 3 1 6 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 650000
4 5 4 4 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 149600
5 36 5 2 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 77400
6 6 6 6 STRANGE Celeste 204450
7 8 7 4 YOU. Lucy Daydream 126000
8 11 1 12 I TRANCE Agnes 1437000
9 4 4 8 THE BEACH The Makemakes 343350
10 29 10 2 LONELY Noah Cyrus 60200

11 9 9 6 SANREMO Mika 171400
12 7 6 8 COLD James Blunt 230250
13 12 2 11 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 641600
14 23 14 7 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 93450
15 10 5 8 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 182200
16 27 16 2 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 43400
17 26 17 3 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 45900
18 24 18 8 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 116600
19 20 19 3 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 51600
20 31 20 3 ECHOES Lola Marsh 44500

21 46 21 3 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 37700
22 13 13 9 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 180200
23 33 23 4 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 49750
24 38 24 4 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 53500
25 17 9 9 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 208350
26 16 15 8 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 149400
27 14 4 10 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 508400
28 15 3 10 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 570300
29 21 21 7 INSTANTANE Paradis 100100
30 35 30 5 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 53500

31 19 19 8 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 118050
32 18 18 6 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 96300
33 NEW 33 1 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 17700
34 34 34 4 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 66700
35 37 35 6 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 86200
36 22 10 11 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 234800
37 25 7 9 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 318050
38 30 30 8 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 81300
39 28 8 9 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 280400
40 32 17 9 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 164850

41 40 1 23 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1623250
42 53 42 4 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 40800
43 39 14 9 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 197650
44 45 44 4 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 44450
45 42 2 13 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 514200
46 41 5 9 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 353000
47 59 47 3 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 27400
48 44 1 10 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 654450
49 66 49 2 LOVER Taylor Swift 18900
50 50 50 5 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 44000

51 63 51 4 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 31350
52 52 52 10 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 98000
53 65 53 3 GO The Black Keys 22850
54 47 9 12 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 257800
55 62 55 3 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 25600
56 74 56 2 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 15800
57 60 57 4 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 35400
58 68 58 4 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 27600
59 54 3 21 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 828000
60 67 60 3 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 22200

61 64 61 5 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 28400
62 71 62 2 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 13200
63 48 20 9 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 114700
64 73 64 2 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 12500
65 70 65 4 GOODBYE The Beatles 23400
66 77 66 2 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 11400
67 49 44 8 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 69750
68 56 29 7 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 86200
69 57 13 12 FRIENDS Dido 238000
70 75 70 2 LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress 11000

71 55 55 5 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 42900
72 58 48 6 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 45000
73 51 41 5 LET’S GO The Cars 54250
74 NEW 74 1 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 5200
75 79 75 3 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 13400
76 NEW 76 1 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 4800
77 78 77 2 WHY DO YOU LOVE Charlotte Lawrence 9000
78 80 78 3 OVER YOU Lily Moore 12400
79 NEW 79 1 THAT’S LIFE Frank Sinatra 4200
80 NEW 80 1 DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds 4000

DROP OUTS
43 10 4 DRIVE The Cars 101500
61 46 9 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 83800
69 15 10 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 164700
72 19 10 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 146100
76 1 16 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 493650

 

 

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