My Sept-Dec 2018 Charts

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29th December 2018

It’s Carpenters on top for a 5th total week (3rd for the 2018 revamp) as the UK singles chart looks a bit like my Christmas 1972 charts when the Carpenters also featured along with The Jackson 5 and John & Yoko, and a bit like xmas 1973 when Elton, Wizzard, Slade featured, and 1974 when Mud & John & Yoko featured, and 1975 when Queen, Greg Lake, John & Yoko featured and….so on and so on. My charts though are having a huge Xmas clearout sale in tribute to HMV, RIP, end of an era if there is no rescue, last shop standing from my youth that sold records. To herald the Mariah-Carey-free dominance of the world for another 10 months, there’s an inrush of fresh new music, hooray!

Coldplay and Pharrell add to their already long list of top 10’s, Coldplay more than Pharrell as they approach 2 decades of ’em, Ava Max finally breaks the 40, Morrissey takes a 1982 Pretenders song back into the 40 for a grand total of 35 years since This Charming Man broke into my top 10 (and still his best record), while The Faces have taken a mere 45 years to get Ooh La La top 40 (though to be fair to me, I only did a top 20 in 1973 and didn’t allow album tracks or anything that wasn’t UK top 30 to be listed).

Top newie is yet another Alan Walker track, off his new debut album, giving him 2 on the list, as has Billie Eilish debuting with 2 at once, how greedy! Both lovely though. Albin Lee Medau also debuts (who!?) apparently a Swedish artist keeping the Scandi-tracks strong along with Alan Walker, and Mercury Rev are back! It’s been 13 years since they last charted, 20 years since Goddess On A Hiway went top 10, and nearly 18 years since the gorgeous The Dark Is Rising topped my chart. They are back with a reinvention of the cult debut 1967 album by dark country act Bobbie Gentry, of Ode To Billie-Joe fame. Bobbie topped my chart in 1969 with the 4th single I ever bought, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, she released another album in 1970, had duet success with huge fave of mine Glen Campbell – and that was that! Despite acclaim, awards, and success, she pretty much decided to retire from the music biz and has stuck with it, one of the huge losses to country music IMHO. 76 years old now, talk about going out on top in your 20’s! Well done Mercury Rev bringing her back, sort of.

Trevor Horn debuts at 53. Actually he debuted in 1979 as a Buggle, and hit in the 80’s as part of Yes, and had there been producer-artist labels in those days he would have featured alongside Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ABC, Dollar, Seal, Pet Shop Boys with his trademark synth-wall-of-sound epic symphonies. Technically, though it’s his solo debut, covering Tears For Fears thrice chart-topper, helped by an orchestra and…. Robbie Williams! So, 40 years for Trev and 27 years for Robbie, give or take as we are virtually in 2019 now. The Robster also worked with Pet Shop Boys, who can be expected to chart next week as I finally get around to playing the next PSB deluxe album that charted in the UK album charts a year ago or so, and cherry-pick the best previously-uncharted tracks.

Jade Bird debuts, young British singer who sounds pretty fab to me, veteran T.Rex producer Tony Visconti has been impressed with her, so that’s good enough for me! He knew a great pop single when he made one. Santigold is back, hooray, always interesting, and now over a decade since Les Artistes went top 10 for me. Tame Impala are back with Theophilus London – didn’t he used to be Lenny Henry? (Checks – no he’s Trinidad-American. I used to love learning about the Caribbean islands in geography when I was 10, we even had actual BBC TV shows in b&w during the lesson so our young supply teacher could have a sit-down, & Trinidad & Tobago was one of my faves). Lenny was a Theophilus P Wildebeest sex god.

Paul Weller makes it a 3rd lush track off his latest album, 41 years since his noisy Jam debut, Grimes debuts at last, Adelphi Music Factory bring some 90’s House anthem-stylee music in, Khalid and Tom walker both return as featurings, Boyzone get a second new track in 20-odd years on from debut, and Thomas Rhett gets a 6th entry since his 2015 fab Crash & Burn.

1 1 1 4 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 625000
2 2 2 5 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 326050
3 3 3 5 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 300200
4 8 4 5 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 193000
5 4 1 11 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 769500
6 6 1 6 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 500000
7 9 7 6 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 176000
8 17 8 4 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 101650
9 13 1 9 SHADOWS Black Atlass 662000
10 10 6 8 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 356800

11 11 7 9 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 342000
12 12 4 11 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 446000
13 7 7 4 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 156000
14 5 5 7 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 214850
15 18 15 7 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 129800
16 19 16 6 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 113800
17 14 1 8 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 742000
18 16 8 6 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 190000
19 15 10 7 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 192500
20 23 20 5 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 76750

21 20 15 6 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 131750
22 21 9 6 RISE Raaginder 164250
23 32 23 3 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 49050
24 24 13 9 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 183900
25 26 25 10 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 154400
26 27 26 8 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 120700
27 25 3 8 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 313400
28 28 28 4 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 64500
29 33 29 8 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 110300
30 38 30 8 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 114450

31 29 4 12 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 387100
32 48 32 7 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 63300
33 43 33 5 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 60800
34 37 34 5 DREAM ON Aerosmith 50500
35 50 35 4 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 46100
36 30 20 8 ALGORITHM Muse 137900
37 39 37 6 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 82700
38 42 38 6 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 82950
39 22 22 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 66400
40 49 40 7 OOH LA LA The Faces 70300

41 34 8 11 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 266200
42 36 3 12 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 347800
43 NEW 43 1 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 13500
44 44 25 10 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 150850
45 NEW 45 1 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 13000
46 46 2 7 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 341050
47 NEW 47 1 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 12500
48 41 12 9 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 205300
49 NEW 49 1 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 12100
50 31 18 4 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 71650

51 45 1 14 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 679350
52 55 52 4 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 40600
53 NEW 53 1 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 11250
54 58 54 5 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 44300
55 NEW 55 1 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 10800
56 53 1 28 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1987600
57 NEW 57 1 COO COO COO Santigold 10400
58 64 58 5 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 35100
59 62 59 5 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 36500
60 51 45 7 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 74050

61 NEW 61 1 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 7500
62 35 35 3 A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh 31100
63 NEW 63 1 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 7200
64 54 2 15 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 607300
65 NEW 65 1 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 7000
66 NEW 66 1 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 6800
67 NEW 67 1 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 6600
68 40 40 2 MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD Boney M 23400
69 56 20 9 LOVE Boyzone 131350
70 60 46 7 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 66750

71 61 53 6 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 52650
72 NEW 72 1 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 5400
74 52 41 6 SAIL AWOLNATION 60100
75 NEW 75 1 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 5000

DROP OUTS
47 47 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 12500
57 57 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 22900
59 59 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 26800
63 63 1 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 7200
65 60 3 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 24200
66 66 3 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 17800
67 67 3 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 19000
68 68 2 WHAT WOULD SANTA DO The Monkees 12800
69 56 3 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 27000
70 70 2 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 12000
71 30 7 JAPAN Plastician 96550
72 72 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 5600
73 73 1 YOU MAKE IT FEEL CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 5400
74 48 7 MAPACHE Cari Cari 64300
75 75 1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes 5000

 

 

23rd December 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top (4 in total) for the Carpenters, just holding off Mark Ronson from grabbing a second chart-topper. As I was in Gran Canaria enjoying the sun last week I heard no new songs at all, just xmas oldies everywhere – so there’s a mini-invasion of oldies, but the highest xmas track is The Fizz at 5, an actual new song of all things! Pity no-one’s playing it. Chainsmokers get yet another top 10, at least a 5th, as their former musical partners Coldplay got top 20 with a leap for E-LO, and top 30 with Timbuktu. Highest Xmas oldie, as is the norm, is Chris Rea’s classic at 22, charting for the 15th time and about to overhaul Band Aid (which hasn’t charted for years here) in my million sellers list.

Chris De Burgh amazingly takes his Spaceman into my top 40 some 32 years on from its’ debut, spurred on by selling quite well thanks to a current cover version. It hasn’t charted in the 21st century before. Unlike the highest new entry at 40, Boney M’s festive perennial which peaked at 2 in 1978 just ahead of my 21st birthday, when it was topping the UK charts. Mary’s Boy Child also topped the charts the day I was born, because I’m special (by Harry Belafonte). Probably. Mud also return, under-performing in 1974 after a string of chart-toppers, but eventually topping my chart on reissue in 1985.

Kim Wilde’s lovely Isobel’s Dream is also back after a few years away, not really a Christmas song as such but a winter seasonal song, while early 80’s minor-hit Christmas Wrapping outdoes most of it’s chart contemporaries at the time and The Waitresses keep on popping back year after year. Last year’s Xmas track from Gwen Stefani gets a good chance of a regular comeback as it returns, leaving her and Leona Lewis as the only 21st century xmas songs that come back, while 60’s chestnut Sleigh Ride by The Ronettes is back some 44 years since it first charted, though it is fairly regular in it’s returns.

1 1 1 3 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 455000
2 4 2 4 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 211050
3 5 3 4 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 215200
4 2 1 10 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 709500
5 8 5 6 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 185850
6 3 1 5 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 445000
7 10 7 3 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 124000
8 14 8 4 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 128000
9 16 9 5 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 126000
10 6 6 7 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 314800

11 11 7 8 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 305000
12 7 4 10 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 411000
13 12 1 8 SHADOWS Black Atlass 617000
14 9 1 7 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 719000
15 15 10 6 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 171500
16 13 8 5 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 168000
17 36 17 3 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 53650
18 19 18 6 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 102800
19 25 19 5 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 88800
20 17 15 5 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 112000

21 18 9 5 RISE Raaginder 144750
22 28 22 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 49300
23 30 23 4 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 56750
24 24 13 8 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 164900
25 23 3 7 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 295000
26 27 26 9 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 135650
27 31 27 7 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 102200
28 35 28 3 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 46200
29 22 4 11 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 369200
30 20 20 7 ALGORITHM Muse 120500

31 21 18 3 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 59650
32 50 32 2 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 29800
33 33 33 7 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 92100
34 26 8 10 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 252200
35 69 35 2 A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh 23700
36 29 3 11 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 334050
37 72 37 4 DREAM ON Aerosmith 32900
38 38 38 7 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 96450
39 39 39 5 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 65400
40 NEW 40 1 MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD Boney M 17000

41 37 12 8 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 193000
42 42 42 5 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 65750
43 47 43 4 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 43100
44 34 25 9 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 137600
45 40 1 13 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 667600
46 32 2 6 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 328300
47 NEW 47 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 12500
48 66 48 6 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 45500
49 52 49 6 OOH LA LA The Faces 53300
50 57 50 3 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 28600

51 45 45 6 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 64050
52 41 41 5 SAIL AWOLNATION 54900
53 49 1 27 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1977000
54 48 2 14 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 600200
55 55 55 3 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 29100
56 43 20 8 LOVE Boyzone 125150
57 64 57 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 22900
58 58 58 4 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 33300
59 59 59 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 26800
60 46 46 6 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 60750

61 53 53 5 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 46850
62 63 62 4 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 26400
63 NEW 63 1 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 7200
64 65 64 4 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 24900
65 60 60 3 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 24200
66 71 66 3 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 17800
67 67 67 3 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 19000
68 68 68 2 WHAT WOULD SANTA DO The Monkees 12800
69 56 56 3 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 27000
70 70 70 2 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 12000

71 44 30 7 JAPAN Plastician 96550
72 NEW 72 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 5600
73 NEW 73 1 YOU MAKE IT FEEL CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 5400
74 61 48 7 MAPACHE Cari Cari 64300
75 NEW 75 1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes 5000

DROP OUTS
51 25 6 39 Queen 101800
54 54 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23600
62 33 10 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 139750
73 37 7 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 78800
74 74 1 PROMISES Buzzcocks 5200
75 75 1 ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Brenda Lee 5000

 

 

17th December 2018

It’s Christmaaaaaaaas! No, not Slade on top, it’s Carpenters’ classic 1972 Goodbye To Love done Royal Philharmonic stylee, and it duly returns to the top spot for the first time in 46 years for a 3rd week at number one. I was 14 years old when I last charted it. Yes, 14. Still love that guitar juxtaposed with Karen’s angelic voice and lushness galore. As it’s Christmas another 1972 classic returns for an 8th time (in the 21st century!) – John & Yoko’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over) was the first Xmas record I ever bought, and is a major classic, and it was the trigger for all those subsequent classic rock era xmas goodies. Prior to that Xmas songs were dreadful novelty things or else crooner ballads from the 40’s and 50’s, bar the odd Brenda Lee here and there (who also returns). It has topped my charts for a total of 13 weeks and charted throughout the decades, though not every year.

Mark Ronson gets another biggie top 10 a decade on from his first, and ditto Miley really, though she’s had several top 10’s. The Fizz knock themselves out of the top 10 with their official xmas single 37 years on from The Land Of Make Believe, and that’s nothing – The Monkees return again with new stuff, including a cover of Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime which is actually better than his overly-jolly overly-busy perennial – it’s more laid-back and restrained and the song is the better for it. They also have a new track debut which sounds to my ears like a Weezer song – that’ll be cos Rivers Cuomo wrote it for them then! So that makes it 44 years of official Monkees chart-spanning, but really it’s 52 years as I would have had loads of Monkees chart-toppers had I been charting as a 9-year-old. They have all topped my charts anyway in the years since.

Other than the oldies Xmas re-entries, though, it’s a quiet week for new stuff which gives a welcome opportunity for some records to climb to a chart position more representative of my affections for them. Favela is the biggest climb of new tracks non-Xmas-related, excluding Coldplay tracks aka Los Unidades.

1 2 1 2 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 285000
2 1 1 9 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 644500
3 3 1 4 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 390000
4 32 4 3 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 96050
5 5 5 3 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 130200
6 6 6 6 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 272800
7 4 4 9 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 376000
8 17 8 5 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 125850
9 7 1 6 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 690000
10 13 10 2 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 74000

11 11 7 7 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 268000
12 9 1 7 SHADOWS Black Atlass 585000
13 8 8 4 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 143000
14 14 14 3 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 80000
15 10 10 5 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 144500
16 16 16 4 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 81000
17 15 15 4 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 92000
18 12 9 4 RISE Raaginder 125000
19 27 19 5 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 80800
20 26 20 6 ALGORITHM Muse 102500

21 18 18 2 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 41750
22 19 4 10 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 351000
23 20 3 6 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 276250
24 22 13 7 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 145400
25 33 25 4 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 67800
26 23 8 9 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 234600
27 28 27 8 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 117150
28 52 28 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 29800
29 24 3 10 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 316650
30 49 30 3 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 37500

31 39 31 6 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 83800
32 21 2 5 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 315550
33 37 33 6 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 74400
34 38 25 8 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 124350
35 57 35 2 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 27900
36 44 36 2 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 30650
37 29 12 7 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 179000
38 40 38 6 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 79250
39 46 39 4 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 48300
40 34 1 12 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 654600

41 45 41 4 SAIL AWOLNATION 43400
42 43 42 4 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 52000
43 35 20 7 LOVE Boyzone 114550
44 30 30 6 JAPAN Plastician 90750
45 51 45 5 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 52300
46 55 46 5 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 50750
47 60 47 3 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 29600
48 41 2 13 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 589200
49 47 1 26 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1965750
50 NEW 50 1 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 12000

51 25 25 6 39 Queen 101800
52 59 52 5 OOH LA LA The Faces 41200
53 56 53 4 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 39350
54 65 54 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23600
55 61 55 2 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 18300
56 58 56 2 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 20800
57 69 57 2 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 16600
58 64 58 3 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 23100
59 67 59 2 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 16700
60 63 60 2 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 17200

61 48 48 6 MAPACHE Cari Cari 59100
62 42 33 10 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 139750
63 68 63 3 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 19000
64 73 64 2 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 12500
65 72 65 3 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 17800
66 66 66 5 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 33200
67 71 67 2 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 12400
68 NEW 68 1 WHAT WOULD SANTA DO The Monkees 6400
69 NEW 69 1 A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh 6200
70 NEW 70 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 6000

71 74 71 2 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 11000
72 75 72 3 DREAM ON Aerosmith 15600
73 54 37 7 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 78800
74 NEW 74 1 PROMISES Buzzcocks 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Brenda Lee 5000

DROP OUTS
31 10 5 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 137900
36 14 5 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 103000
50 36 5 SHELTER Monkey Safari 59600
53 12 9 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 184400
62 7 9 GRAVITY Paul Weller 283550
70 70 2 ABOVE THE LAW The O’Jays 12000

 

 

9th December 2018

It’s been a 2-month climb, but Alan Walker gets his 2nd chart-topper almost 3 years since Faded topped for 4 weeks, and just ahead of a new entry, from yet another Royal Philharmonic Orchestral track. It’s a wonder they get time to perform in concert these days! Goodbye To Love, though, was scored by Richard Carpenter so fair enough, and this is not only their greatest record with that epic guitar extended outro, it’s the track on the new album that is least mucked about with, giving it a first chart appearance since it topped my charts 46 years ago. I loved it then, I love it now, I’ve never stopped loving it.

It’s a huge leap for Don Diablo into the top 5, a first for him in the top 10, and an 8th for Emeli Sande (including a number one) since her first in 2011. Great vibes to it, and nothing like any other dance-based track around, which is quite a miracle in these identikit-chartpop times. The Fizz grab another top 10, giving them a sweet 37 years of ’em, give or take a Bucks. The Fizz also have the biggest new xmas track at 17, as loads of fave oldies return lower down, most notably Kate Bush who has been getting some radio play for December Will Be Magic Again with the release of her remastered works, and which gives me an excuse to chart it again for the first time in 38 years.

We sadly lost the amiable Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks fame this week, which has spear-headed a mini-invasion of his best singles, topped by an unreleased mash-up of Abba’s 1979 Does Your Mother Know and his 1981 Homosapien solo single. Both used the same rhythms so they work really well together, hence Does The Homosapien Know in at 13, and Buzzcocks best single Everybody’s happy Nowadays at 18. I was going to chart a Four Seasons mini-invasion as I saw the truly legendary 84-year-old Frankie Valli in concert this week – he was fabulous, still got the voice, a great backing band and backing singers, and so many hits half of them had to be dropped. Jersey Boys had brought him a whole new audience, totally deserved for his final tour. The oldest act I’ve ever seen sing live, but maybe if xmas gets less busy for new tracks there’ll be space for some Four Seasons showstoppers like Who Loves You and Beggin’.

Coldplay are back with 2 tracks using a pseudonym, E-Lo aided by Pharrell Williams, both of them extending long chart runs from 2000 and 2003 respectively. X-Factor has as usual chosen an already-covered classic oldie to ruin, so in protest Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s original The Power Of Love is selling on itunes as well, and I’ve charted the only great version of it again. Morrissey does a cover! Quite rare, and it’s a good choice – The Pretenders 1982 Back On The Chain Gang, Chrissie Hynde’s tribute to bandmates who died within 2 days of each other that year. The original line-up I’d seen in concert only a year before, rocking it big-time. So, even when Morrissey picks a cover it’s dark!

1 2 1 8 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 629500
2 NEW 2 1 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 115000
3 1 1 3 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 305000
4 4 4 8 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 326000
5 58 5 2 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 70200
6 6 6 5 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 217800
7 3 1 5 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 645000
8 10 8 3 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 111000
9 5 1 6 SHADOWS Black Atlass 550000
10 12 10 4 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 117500

11 7 7 6 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 231000
12 9 9 3 RISE Raaginder 103000
13 NEW 13 1 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 32000
14 18 14 2 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 51000
15 17 15 3 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 69000
16 26 16 3 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 56000
17 23 17 4 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 77850
18 NEW 18 1 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 22000
19 14 4 9 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 331500
20 11 3 5 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 257000

21 8 2 4 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 297750
22 13 13 6 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 126400
23 19 8 8 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 216100
24 21 3 9 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 298450
25 27 25 5 39 Queen 90050
26 29 26 5 ALGORITHM Muse 82500
27 28 27 4 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 59800
28 30 28 7 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 98750
29 16 12 6 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 161700
30 31 30 5 JAPAN Plastician 77500

31 15 10 5 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 137900
32 44 32 2 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 31050
33 39 33 3 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 48050
34 24 1 11 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 637600
35 20 20 6 LOVE Boyzone 101050
36 22 14 5 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 103000
37 45 37 5 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 56700
38 25 25 7 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 106750
39 42 39 5 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 65900
40 40 40 5 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 62050

41 35 2 12 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 576900
42 33 33 9 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 132350
43 46 43 3 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 38250
44 NEW 44 1 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 13250
45 55 45 3 SAIL AWOLNATION 29400
46 53 46 3 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 31200
47 47 1 25 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1953650
48 54 48 5 MAPACHE Cari Cari 51600
49 62 49 2 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 19500
50 36 36 5 SHELTER Monkey Safari 59600

51 51 51 4 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 39300
52 NEW 52 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 11500
53 32 12 9 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 184400
54 37 37 6 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 73400
55 56 55 4 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 38000
56 57 56 3 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 28100
57 NEW 57 1 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 10400
58 NEW 58 1 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 10200
59 63 59 4 OOH LA LA The Faces 29700
60 64 60 2 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 17100

61 NEW 61 1 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 7500
62 34 7 9 GRAVITY Paul Weller 283550
63 NEW 63 1 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 7200
64 71 64 2 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 12900
65 72 65 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 12600
66 67 66 4 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 26400
67 NEW 67 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 6600
68 73 68 2 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 11800
69 NEW 69 1 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 6200
70 70 70 2 ABOVE THE LAW The O’Jays 12000

71 NEW 71 1 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 5800
72 74 72 2 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 10800
73 NEW 73 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 5200
75 75 75 2 DREAM ON Aerosmith 10000

DROP OUTS
38 2 10 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 439450
41 36 6 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 84800
43 25 6 VENOM Eminem 86250
48 3 10 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 421850
49 49 5 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 42300
50 15 7 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 131700
52 1 9 SHE Charles Aznavour 515900
59 59 4 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 31500
60 5 8 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 279500
61 61 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 15000
65 57 4 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 37700
66 66 3 PURE SHORES All Saints 18000
68 68 2 MANIAC The Beat featuring Ranking Roger 12400
69 69 4 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 21800

 

2nd December 2018

Buddy Holly finally tops my chart almost 60 years since he died, with the song that he recorded in his final recording session in 1958 along with his two other best tracks, True Love Ways, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore and Raining In My Heart. All were released posthumously, True Love Ways in 1960, and indicate he was an artist just getting into his creative stride. The new version is pristine, it sounds like it was recorded yesterday and does away with my problem with most 50’s tracks: they sounded old even when I was a kid such was the improvement in recording techniques by the late 60’s. It’s not actually the oldest release to top my chart – that’s Neil Sedaka’s Oh Carol which topped my chart in 1972, a mere 13 years later. That’s the equivalent of a 14-year-old getting into a reissue of, say, Scissor Sisters, Britney Spears or Gwen Stefani right now – acts who topped my chart in 2004! It is, though, the oldest recorded record to top my chart, and only the second track from the fifties.

Highest new entry is track selling on itunes right now following a Proclaimers programme on BBC4, the gorgeous Sunshine On Leith, 30 years on from first making top 10, but well under-appreciated chart-wise in the UK at the time. Now it’s a movie title based on Proclaimers songs! Highest new track is Mark Ronson back, giving him 11 years of chart entries, while Miley Cyrus joins her sister in my chart, 10 years after starting her chart career with a trio of top 10’s before becoming less consistent. Don Diablo returns, along with Emeli Sande, who is making it a 7-year-run. The Crystals bring their 60’s Christmas classic back for the 3rd time in 5 years, and 44 years since Da Doo Ron Ron made my charts a decade late, Aerosmith’s 70’s track Dream On finally charts 40 years late as for some reason it’s selling on itunes and I’ve never charted it. Return of the week, though, are The O’Jays, huge faves of mine in the early 70’s with Philly classics topping my chart like Backstabbers in 1972 and Love Train in 1973. Now a duo, they return with new social-minded material, as their best stuff was, and get a first appearance in my chart since 1984, a whopping absence of 34 years. To put that in dark perespective, Eddie Levert’s two sons had a chart career as Levert in the interim, and both died in the noughties, while Eddie is still recording and touring with The O’Jays 50 years since starting his chart career.

1 7 1 2 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 220000
2 4 2 7 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 459500
3 1 1 4 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 595000
4 5 4 7 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 261000
5 3 1 5 SHADOWS Black Atlass 495000
6 8 6 4 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 162800
7 11 7 5 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 194000
8 2 2 3 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 278000
9 17 9 2 RISE Raaginder 68000
10 19 10 2 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 63000

11 6 3 4 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 237000
12 18 12 3 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 75500
13 15 13 5 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 106900
14 9 4 8 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 310500
15 10 10 4 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 120000
16 12 12 5 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 143500
17 24 17 2 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 42000
18 NEW 18 1 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 22000
19 13 8 7 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 196850
20 22 20 5 LOVE Boyzone 83550

21 16 3 8 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 279450
22 14 14 4 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 85600
23 27 23 3 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 54850
24 20 1 10 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 620000
25 28 25 6 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 89550
26 47 26 2 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 31000
27 29 27 4 39 Queen 71300
28 49 28 3 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 41400
29 30 29 4 ALGORITHM Muse 64000
30 34 30 6 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 80450

31 40 31 4 JAPAN Plastician 59500
32 21 12 8 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 173150
33 33 33 8 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 118600
34 23 7 8 GRAVITY Paul Weller 276150
35 31 2 11 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 562900
36 45 36 4 SHELTER Monkey Safari 47600
37 43 37 5 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 62400
38 26 2 10 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 439450
39 44 39 2 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 30350
40 53 40 4 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 45050

41 36 36 6 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 84800
42 46 42 4 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 48800
43 32 25 6 VENOM Eminem 86250
44 NEW 44 1 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 13250
45 48 45 4 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 39400
46 50 46 2 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 24750
47 42 1 24 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1941150
48 39 3 10 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 421850
49 58 49 5 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 42300
50 37 15 7 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 131700

51 60 51 3 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 27550
52 41 1 9 SHE Charles Aznavour 515900
53 63 53 2 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 18450
54 54 54 4 MAPACHE Cari Cari 39300
55 72 55 2 SAIL AWOLNATION 16400
56 56 56 3 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 27200
57 64 57 2 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 17500
58 NEW 58 1 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 10200
59 62 59 4 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 31500
60 35 5 8 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 279500
61 61 61 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 15000
62 NEW 62 1 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 7400
63 65 63 3 OOH LA LA The Faces 19600
64 NEW 64 1 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 7100
65 57 57 4 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 37700
66 69 66 3 PURE SHORES All Saints 18000 857300
67 67 67 3 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 19600
68 70 68 2 MANIAC The Beat featuring Ranking Roger 12400
69 73 69 4 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 21800
70 NEW 70 1 ABOVE THE LAW The O’Jays 6000
71 NEW 71 1 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 5400
74 NEW 74 1 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DREAM ON Aerosmith 5000

DROP OUTS
25 19 3 SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen 60750
38 15 5 RADIO GAGA Queen 103600
51 39 6 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 65150
52 9 9 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 240500
55 44 4 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 42950
59 59 3 STAR Kiki Dee 21700
66 5 15 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 450700
68 18 6 I’M STILL HERE Sia 104450
71 10 13 THE DARK SIDE Muse 236050
74 74 1 THE PIANO MAN Billy Joel 5200
75 75 1 WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen 5000

 

 

25th November 2018

It’s a 3rd week on top (and 7 weeks in total) for the symphonic Cars, keeping off the symphonic Beatles at 2, and just when you think it can’t get any more symphonic – it does! Yes even more symphonic covers of oldies are out for the christmas gifting market aimed at people of a “certain age” – hi! Most of them do nothing much to the originals, but those that make an effort turn up as new entries: at 7 – Buddy Holly’s highest-ever chart position, a really lovely version of True Love Ways finally getting him into my top 10 charts 60 years after he died, and 50 years after I started charting, just missing his extended posthumous chart career. At 19 it’s Cilla’s best non-cover, a song gifted by Lennon-McCartney (mostly Paul, I think), It’s For You – this one though by the Liverpool Philharmonic, which although not as great as George Martin’s original production, doesn’t detract from the others in quite the same way as most of the re-imagined Cilla tracks. It previously went top 5 a decade ago or so.

Highest new entry proper is Raaginda, at 17, a lovely Eastern-flavoured instrumental, while a key drama TV show spot has highlighted the gorgeousness of a long-forgotten Connie Francis track, in at 24. That’s her 3rd chart entry, all in the 21st century, so belated appreciation from me! Other charting oldies due to adverts, films, TV spots, TV performances: they have all made the itunes 200 so I’m counting them as valid: The Love Affair, the only UK hit version never to chart, and the best version, of Everlasting Love from 1968; Streets Of London from a 1969 album, a re-recorded hit in 1974, and recently re-recorded again for a 3rd time round; See The Day, Dee C. Lee’s lovely 1985 biggie, joining her ex Paul Weller in my chart; AWOLNATION back 5 years on; Billy Joel back again 43 years after it first charted in my charts and in the USA; Queen’s Highlander single from 1986.

Actual new stuff: Chainsmokers are back, with Kelsea Ballerini in tow, both adding to their hits total; Jean-Michel Jarre’s best track off his new album, extending his chart run to 41 years; DNCE return assisting chart debuts from Merk & Kremont; The Beat and Ranking Roger are back with new charting material for the first time in decades, a decent bit of retro-ska, giving them a chart expanse of 39 years, hooray!

1 1 1 3 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 510000
2 2 2 2 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 230000
3 4 1 4 SHADOWS Black Atlass 435000
4 5 3 6 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 344500
5 6 5 6 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 196000
6 3 3 3 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 200000
7 NEW 7 1 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 50000
8 10 8 3 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 107800
9 7 4 7 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 281500
10 14 10 3 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 93000

11 9 9 4 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 144000
12 12 12 4 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 118500
13 8 8 6 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 175850
14 22 14 3 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 66100
15 18 15 4 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 74900
16 11 3 7 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 259700
17 NEW 17 1 RISE Raaginder 23000
18 26 18 2 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 40500
19 NEW 19 1 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 21000
20 16 1 9 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 601000

21 20 12 7 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 155350
22 23 22 4 LOVE Boyzone 63550
23 13 7 7 GRAVITY Paul Weller 258550
24 NEW 24 1 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 19000
25 19 19 3 SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen 60750
26 17 2 9 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 422250
27 38 27 2 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 35600
28 28 28 5 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 70800
29 34 29 3 39 Queen 52900
30 36 30 3 ALGORITHM Muse 45800

31 21 2 10 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 545400
32 25 25 5 VENOM Eminem 72750
33 33 33 7 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 100900
34 41 34 5 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 62450
35 24 5 7 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 269500
36 37 36 5 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 70800
37 31 15 6 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 119700
38 15 15 5 RADIO GAGA Queen 103600
39 29 3 9 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 409550
40 48 40 3 JAPAN Plastician 41600

41 27 1 8 SHE Charles Aznavour 504400
42 35 1 23 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1928650
43 43 43 4 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 45100
44 NEW 44 1 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 13250
45 50 45 3 SHELTER Monkey Safari 30200
46 49 46 3 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 35050
47 NEW 47 1 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 12500
48 61 48 3 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 26400
49 54 49 2 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 23100
50 NEW 50 1 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 12000

51 39 39 6 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 65150
52 40 9 9 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 240500
53 57 53 3 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 28050
54 59 54 3 MAPACHE Cari Cari 28300
55 44 44 4 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 42950
56 70 56 2 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 16600
57 58 57 3 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 30700
58 62 58 4 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 30200
59 69 59 3 STAR Kiki Dee 21700
60 71 60 2 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 15800

61 NEW 61 1 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 7500
62 65 62 3 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 21400
63 NEW 63 1 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 7200
64 NEW 64 1 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 7100
65 73 65 2 OOH LA LA The Faces 12400
66 55 5 15 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 450700
67 68 67 2 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 13000
68 42 18 6 I’M STILL HERE Sia 104450
69 75 69 2 PURE SHORES All Saints 11200
70 NEW 70 1 MANIAC The Beat featuring Ranking Roger 6000

71 60 10 13 THE DARK SIDE Muse 236050
72 NEW 72 1 SAIL AWOLNATION 5600
73 74 73 3 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 15600
74 NEW 74 1 THE PIANO MAN Billy Joel 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen 5000

DROP OUTS
30 1 10 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 465650
32 32 4 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 45300
45 9 8 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 159050
46 29 6 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 71300
47 11 7 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 158300
51 22 5 RUN T’Pau 75850
52 6 10 SECRETS P!nk 328150
53 53 4 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 43050
56 54 5 APPEALS Bayonne 37600
63 53 5 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 46900
64 64 4 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 28400
66 66 4 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 26800
67 24 11 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 165900
72 25 6 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 78200

 

 

18th November 2018

It’s a second week on top for The Cars re-invention of Drive and a total of 6 weeks over 3 seperate years at number one, the orchestral lushness being a bit of theme this week, as The Beatles enter at 2 with the lushly orchestrated Good Night. 50 years ago, the sprawling, patchy The Beatles (White Album) came out, and now it’s back in the charts even more sprawling, but the gems remain gems. All of the tracks I rate have previously charted – bar one: The Ringo sung Good Night. After, let me frank, 56 years of living with Beatles music it’s a bit an ask to find something new and fresh to me, but that’s how this one feels to me. I’d mildly liked it over recent years but not really noticed it much tacked away on the end of the album, it’s hard to get to that stage and still be feeling unfrazzled. The George Martin production, though, is just gorgeous for this old-fashioned lullaby, and now I play it out the album it stands out on it’s own.

Ice Cube is angry at Trump, and so am I, fabulous at 3, Friendly Fires go top 10, as does Ariana Grande with her second or third top 10, and Clean Bandit’s umpteenth top 20. Back in pre-Christmas 1988 Freiheit topped my charts with the lush, orchestral melodic Paul McCartney-ey Keeping The Dream Alive, and now Bucks Fizz are back again with a Xmas album cover of it disguised as The Fizz. What’s more they also enter the top 40 with their official Xmas single, for my first 2 new Chrimbo tracks of 2018, a full 46 years on since my first one ever: John & Yoko’s Happy Xmas War Is Over. I love a Beatles link.

Camelphat are back again, so is Kendrick Lamar guesting, best current rapper for me, and a couple of oldies manage to breakout of the oldies pack hanging around outside my top 75 waiting for a gap from other oldies exiting the chart: All Saints 2000 chart-topper Pure Shores, and one that has never charted: Ooh La La, The Faces 1973 album track that Rod Stewart didn’t sing on (it was a Ronnie Lane song) but which he covered decades later for a minor hit (and a top 10 hit for me), and which is now (like so many old greats) featuring in pre-xmas adverts and selling on itunes. The Faces are nestling appropriately next to Rod Stewart’s new track, and it’s actually their first chart appearance, barring re-issues, since early 1975, almost 44 years ago. Gulp! I was 17…..aaaghhh!

1 1 1 2 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 340000
2 NEW 2 1 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 115000
3 5 3 2 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 145000
4 2 1 3 SHADOWS Black Atlass 350000
5 3 3 5 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 279500
6 9 6 5 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 136000
7 4 4 6 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 236500
8 12 8 5 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 143850
9 10 9 3 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 107000
10 32 10 2 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 59800

11 8 3 6 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 234700
12 14 12 3 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 83500
13 7 7 6 GRAVITY Paul Weller 239300
14 18 14 2 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 51000
15 17 15 4 RADIO GAGA Queen 86400
16 13 1 8 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 581000
17 11 2 8 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 403750
18 26 18 3 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 47900
19 19 19 2 SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen 42000
20 15 12 6 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 135600

21 21 2 9 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 527500
22 34 22 2 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 37100
23 24 23 3 LOVE Boyzone 44050
24 16 5 6 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 252000
25 33 25 4 VENOM Eminem 54950
26 NEW 26 1 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 18500
27 20 1 7 SHE Charles Aznavour 490400
28 36 28 4 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 52500
29 23 3 8 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 392450
30 6 1 10 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 465650

31 22 15 5 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 102400
32 35 32 4 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 45300
33 37 33 6 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 83200
34 39 34 2 39 Queen 34700
35 31 1 22 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1914900
36 57 36 2 ALGORITHM Muse 27800
37 38 37 4 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 53400
38 NEW 38 1 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 17200
39 43 39 5 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 53400
40 30 9 8 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 229000

41 42 41 4 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 44850
42 28 18 5 I’M STILL HERE Sia 98050
43 49 43 3 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 31600
44 47 44 3 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 32150
45 25 9 8 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 159050
46 29 29 6 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 71300
47 27 11 7 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 158300
48 48 48 2 JAPAN Plastician 24600
49 58 49 2 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 22300
50 74 50 2 SHELTER Monkey Safari 17200

51 40 22 5 RUN T’Pau 75850
52 41 6 10 SECRETS P!nk 328150
53 56 53 4 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 43050
54 NEW 54 1 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 11000
55 45 5 14 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 443900
56 54 54 5 APPEALS Bayonne 37600
57 68 57 2 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 16800
58 59 58 2 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 20300
59 63 59 2 MAPACHE Cari Cari 17300
60 44 10 12 THE DARK SIDE Muse 230250

61 67 61 2 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 14100
62 62 62 3 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 20000
63 53 53 5 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 46900
64 64 64 4 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 28400
65 65 65 2 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 14000
66 66 66 4 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 26800
67 50 24 11 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 165900
68 NEW 68 1 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 6400
69 73 69 2 STAR Kiki Dee 11600
70 NEW 70 1 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 6000

71 NEW 71 1 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 5800
72 51 25 6 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 78200
73 NEW 73 1 OOH LA LA The Faces 5400
74 75 74 2 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 10200
75 NEW 75 1 PURE SHORES All Saints 5000

DROP OUTS
46 13 7 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 140250
52 16 7 CLEAN EYES SYML 113550
55 28 7 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 85700
60 60 2 YESTERDAY ONCE MORE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17000
61 4 9 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 285900
69 15 7 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 111100
70 70 3 I WANT YOU TO FREAK Rak-Su 16800
71 71 3 OVER YOU Macy Gray 16600
72 11 8 SHAME Elle King 178750

 

 

11th November 2018

It’s straight in at 1 for a 3rd time on top for The Cars and Drive, their 1984 hauntingly moving song about mental illness, which became the spine-tingling moment at Live Aid in 1985 when it became a hit all over again when matched with famine footage. The odd mix made it heartbreaking all over again, and it topped for a second time. This time round it’s a new orchestral version from an album of 80’s classics re-imagined as orchestral works. It doesn’t work with all of the choices, but 3 of the more radical and tasteful versions that it suits all chart again – another 1984/5 chart-topper from Foreigner, and Bronski Beat also from 1984. They join Radio Gaga, Queen’s ’84 chart-topper which climbs into the 20 following a viewing of the Bohemian Rhapsody movie where it was the re-made Live Aid footage that showcased it again. Queen also enter with Seven Seas Of Rhye, a 1974 chart-topper for me, We Will Rock You, 1977 former chart-topper, and others including 2 new entries from A Night At The Opera, which has re-entered the UK charts is response to the movie: Love Of My Life has never charted before, and neither has the fab ’39 – in at 39.

That means just one week on top for Black Atlass after entering last week, as veteran rapper Ice Cube, known mostly for his brilliant It Was A Good Day social commentary song from 1989, returns with his career-best new song Arrest The President. It’s brilliant, pure vitriolic poetry spouting so many truths in clever ways it should become a “How To Do It” study. The last time a great record slagged-off a sitting President it was Stevie Wonder’s You Haven’t Done Nothin’ in 1974, which a more generalised critique: this is one is very very specific, and doesn’t let other younger more successful rappers get away with their stupidity either, telling it like it is. Reminds me of when I loved rap, when it was saying something, not self-ego-boosting money-chasing sexist cliches, as some less talented artists have tended to drift into.

It’s a hugely busy week, 18 new entries pushing out loads of tracks early and abruptly, and many big falls and climbs amid the changes: Rhys shoots into the 40 at 9, The Knocks and Sofi Tukker go top 10, Boyzone leap into the top 30 as Take That climb and Backstreet Boys enter at 59, their first new track in 13 years to chart, and helping to knock out New Kids On The Block and preventing an 80’s boyband reunion. If you had said in 1998 that I would be simultaneously charting new tracks by the aforementioned in 2018 I would have been incredulous. And yet what were the Chances?

Ariana Grande’s good UK chart-topper enters the 40 her 3rd of the year, Muse also grab a 3rd of the year, Meghan Trainor also grabs a 3rd, and there are returns from Ariana & The Rose, a top5 act from a few years back, ditto Nicky Romero, Walk Off The Earth, X Amabassadors, and oldie Star, from Kiki Dee, is back following some itunes sales TV ad-pushed action, a top 10 from early 1981.

1 NEW 1 1 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 170000
2 1 1 2 SHADOWS Black Atlass 285000
3 4 3 4 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 219500
4 6 4 5 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 186500
5 NEW 5 1 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 60000
6 2 1 9 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 447650
7 7 7 5 GRAVITY Paul Weller 207300
8 3 3 5 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 197700
9 43 9 4 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 81000
10 20 10 2 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 62000

11 5 2 7 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 380750
12 13 12 4 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 95850
13 8 1 7 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 556000
14 21 14 2 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 48500
15 12 12 5 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 115600
16 9 5 5 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 233000
17 27 17 3 RADIO GAGA Queen 59400
18 NEW 18 1 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 22000
19 NEW 19 1 SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen 21000
20 10 1 6 SHE Charles Aznavour 472000

21 17 2 8 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 507750
22 15 15 4 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 84500
23 11 3 7 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 374250
24 71 24 2 LOVE Boyzone 24800
25 14 9 7 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 146050
26 62 26 2 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 25900
27 16 11 6 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 145800
28 18 18 4 I’M STILL HERE Sia 84300
29 35 29 5 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 58550
30 19 9 7 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 212000

31 24 1 21 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1897400
32 NEW 32 1 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 17800
33 48 33 3 VENOM Eminem 36200
34 NEW 34 1 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 17600
35 75 35 3 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 27500
36 54 36 3 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 34200
37 38 37 5 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 65500
38 49 38 3 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 36100
39 NEW 39 1 39 Queen 17100
40 22 22 4 RUN T’Pau 64100

41 23 6 9 SECRETS P!nk 316650
42 52 42 3 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 30850
43 57 43 4 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 36300
44 33 10 11 THE DARK SIDE Muse 220250
45 39 5 13 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 433100
46 26 13 7 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 140250
47 68 47 2 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 18900
48 NEW 48 1 JAPAN Plastician 12300
49 70 49 2 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 18100
50 37 24 10 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 159300

51 25 25 5 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 72600
52 29 16 7 CLEAN EYES SYML 113550
53 53 53 4 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 39700
54 58 54 4 APPEALS Bayonne 37600
55 28 28 7 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 85700
56 56 56 3 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 31800
57 NEW 57 1 ALGORITHM Muse 10400
58 NEW 58 1 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 10200
59 NEW 59 1 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 10100
60 65 60 2 YESTERDAY ONCE MORE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17000

61 34 4 9 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 285900
62 74 62 2 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 12600
63 NEW 63 1 MAPACHE Cari Cari 7200
64 64 64 3 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 21300
65 NEW 65 1 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 7000
66 66 66 3 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 20000
67 NEW 67 1 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 6600
68 NEW 68 1 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 6400
69 30 15 7 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 111100
70 73 70 3 I WANT YOU TO FREAK Rak-Su 16800

71 72 71 3 OVER YOU Macy Gray 16600
72 44 11 8 SHAME Elle King 178750
73 NEW 73 1 STAR Kiki Dee 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SHELTER Monkey Safari 5200
75 NEW 75 1 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 5000

DROP OUTS
31 1 7 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 646900
32 23 7 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 111750
36 6 11 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 321800
40 40 5 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 58800
41 36 4 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 60700
42 10 12 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 241850
45 45 7 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 67900
46 37 3 80’s BABY New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson 40450
47 2 12 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 702950
50 50 3 GIRLS GO WILD LP 30000
51 13 8 GTFO Mariah Carey 148050
55 27 8 TRANZ Gorillaz 111400
59 59 3 DEEP WATER American Authors 26100
60 60 1 THE TIME WARP Little Nell, Patricia Quinn & Richard O’Brien 10000
61 24 11 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 149950
63 1 16 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 891500
67 67 2 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 13200
69 69 3 IM NIN’ALU Ofra Haza 17200

 

 

4th November 2018

It’s a brand new entry and debut for Black Atlass, a fellow-Canadian signing of The Weeknd, former chart-topper here too. Moody, moving and soulful, pretty much like most of my current top 10. That keeps off 2005 oldie Need You Tonite at 3, Judie Tzuke peaking originally at 13 in 1979 with the lushly orchestrated Stay With Me Till Dawn fabness, finally getting the chart position it deserves as part of the backbone to the track. The Knocks get a second top 20, as do Sofi Tukker. Or should that be as does Sofi Tukker? Grammar and band names gets to be SO confusing sometimes. F’rinstance I just found out 48 years late that the Carpenters’ are actually Carpenters. No “the” unless you are referring to the family members of the band as opposed to a recording brand, presumably. One doesn’t after all say The Abba, or The U2 or The Queen. So, Carpenters have a new RPO strings-pottered new album coming out and the 1973 Yesterday Once More returns 45 years later to my chart after peaking at 2 first-time round, and Carpenters join Eurythmics and Pet Shop Boys as just a few of the bands that keep getting the superflous “the” when being talked about on the radio and in life generally.

In at 21, it’s Paramour drummer Zac Farro under a pseudonym. Or should that be The Paramour’s drummer…? I give up! Jonas Blue gets 2 top 40 entries in one fell swoop, while Meghan Trainor nearly does it too. Or should that be MEGHAN TRAINOR as it says on the label? Sorry MEGHAN I’m bored with shouty text unless it’s the song title (to differentiate it from the act, as was once the traditional norm in music press song charts back when I started charting, unless bold was used instead, song first, act second) or an acronym or initials. Thus endeth the historical English lesson.

In at 60, The Rocky Horror Picture Show classic, some 43 years late, but one I hear most years and about time it charted, courtesy of selling on itunes for Halloween. Clean Bandit pull in Marina for some Luis Fonzi-themed Spanish-flavoured delight, or Henry Winkler as he used to be known on Happy Days about the same time as Rocky Horror debuted. Probably. Heyyyyyy! Co-star Ron Howard just Directed Solo: A Star Wars story. I think Clean Bandit also did the theme tune to that one…. Probably. Two 90’s boybands both return, Take That not unexpectedly as they’ve had loads of chart entries here over the years, Boyzone less so: it’s been 5 years since the last one. The Prodigy are another returning 90’s act, with the very early-The-Prodigy-sounding We Live Forever. Don’t forget the “The” on Prodigy or the name makes less sense. Finally, Panic! At The Disco get a 4th chart entry of the year (that exclamation mark really should be at the end of the name if it’s a description statement, though if it’s an order surely (At The Disco) should be in brackets?). Act of the year either way, Brendan Urie has even managed to put a The Greatest Showman song into my chart now – I have yet to see the film and have resisted all of the hit songs from it to date, but Brendan knows how to do musicals to my tastes. Melodrama! OTT! Panic! (At The Disco).

 

1 NEW 1 1 SHADOWS Black Atlass 170000
2 1 1 8 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 392650
3 10 3 4 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 149700
4 7 4 3 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 134500
5 2 2 6 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 343750
6 16 6 4 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 121500
7 8 7 4 GRAVITY Paul Weller 157300
8 3 1 6 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 524000
9 6 5 4 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 208000
10 4 1 5 SHE Charles Aznavour 45200011 5 3 6 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 355000
12 14 12 4 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 88600
13 25 13 3 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 60850
14 9 9 6 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 127300
15 15 15 3 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 65000
16 17 11 5 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 127400
17 11 2 7 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 488000
18 18 18 3 I’M STILL HERE Sia 66000
19 13 9 6 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 194000
20 NEW 20 1 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 2000021 NEW 21 1 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 19500
22 40 22 3 RUN T’Pau 47100
23 12 6 8 SECRETS P!nk 302650
24 22 1 20 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1879500
25 26 25 4 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 60850
26 20 13 6 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 127500
27 30 27 2 RADIO GAGA Queen 36400
28 44 28 6 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 74900
29 21 16 6 CLEAN EYES SYML 102050
30 19 15 6 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 10490031 24 1 7 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 646900
32 23 23 7 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 111750
33 27 10 10 THE DARK SIDE Muse 207000
34 28 4 8 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 278400
35 53 35 4 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 40350
36 31 6 11 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 321800
37 39 24 9 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 147300
38 48 38 4 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 48200
39 34 5 12 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 420100
40 49 40 5 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 5880041 36 36 4 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 60700
42 32 10 12 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 241850
43 47 43 3 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 36000
44 38 11 7 SHAME Elle King 173150
45 45 45 7 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 67900
46 37 37 3 80’s BABY New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson 40450
47 33 2 12 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 702950
48 69 48 2 VENOM Eminem 18500
49 66 49 2 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 18900
50 55 50 3 GIRLS GO WILD LP 3000051 29 13 8 GTFO Mariah Carey 148050
52 72 52 2 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 17100
53 57 53 3 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 28450
54 71 54 2 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 16800
55 35 27 8 TRANZ Gorillaz 111400
56 56 56 2 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 21200
57 65 57 3 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 22800
58 58 58 3 APPEALS Bayonne 26600
59 60 59 3 DEEP WATER American Authors 26100
60 NEW 60 1 THE TIME WARP Little Nell, Patricia Quinn & Richard O’Brien 1000061 52 24 11 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 149950
62 NEW 62 1 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 7400
63 42 1 16 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 891500
64 64 64 2 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 14200
65 NEW 65 1 YESTERDAY ONCE MORE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 7000
66 68 66 2 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 13200
67 67 67 2 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 13200
68 NEW 68 1 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 6400
69 70 69 3 IM NIN’ALU Ofra Haza 17200
70 NEW 70 1 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 600071 NEW 71 1 LOVE Boyzone 5800
72 74 72 2 OVER YOU Macy Gray 10800
73 73 73 2 I WANT YOU TO FREAK Rak-Su 10800
74 NEW 74 1 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 5200
75 75 75 2 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 10000DROP OUTS
41 29 6 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 102300
43 24 7 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 116850
46 5 8 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 249050
50 30 7 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 105200
51 5 11 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 352150
54 6 8 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 203750
59 1 23 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1367150
61 22 8 KONG Neneh Cherry 105200
62 62 3 1999 Charli XCX & Troye Sivan 19000
63 63 4 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 37600

 

 

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Katy Perry Paula Saint Jordi Barcelona 2018, I was there, though she’s not in my charts..

28th October 2018

It’s one of the greatest and most important songs of the 60’s Civil Rights Movement on top, a record that is even more relevant in the disintegrating world political movements away from rights acquired through struggle over decades and centuries in some democracies, as the internet stokes hatred, lies and bitterness, not love, truth, peace and tolerance. I felt strongly about these things a child and I still do. Sam Cooke was before my time, by and large, though I was aware of his songs as a child, so unsurprisingly this is his first chart-topper 54 years late. That stops Gallant getting a second consecutive number one, which is a shame as he is a great modern soul singer, and Noah Cyrus outdoes her sis by peaking at 2 with Mad At You.

Alan Walker gets a second top 10, and Gabrielle gets a first top 10 since 2007, when she hit 7 with Paul Weller on Why. Both sit at 8 and 9. I love co-incidences. Mylo gets a second top 10 14 years after the first with a song from 2004, and gives Judy Tzuke the honour of finally getting a top 10 39 years on from the original (Stay With Me Till Dawn) peaking just outside the top 10. Biggest climbers are Shawn Mendes into the 20, and Friendly Fires into the 30, with Jess Glynne jumping into the 20 too.

Highest new entry is 1984 chart-topper Radio Ga Ga, which was my top-rated song when I moved to Dorset from Nottinghamshire. Spurred by Queen tracks selling bucketloads on itunes and albums from the Freddie Mercury Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, it is the highest of several oldie Queen tracks to re-chart. I haven’t seen the movie yet, as I went to see The Band instead, a Take That back catalogue musical which was pretty decent. Around the time Judy Tzuke was charting I went to Paris on a Uni/College Art Trip (we were both art students, and he was a drama student to boot) and shared a French B&B room with the bloke directing The Band and many other stage shows and musicals (via his production company). I just found this out when I saw his name in the credits and googled to confirm. A claim to fame I never knew! No Take That entries though, as it wasn’t them singing….

A host of 80’s stars get a first top 40 in 25 years, too numerous to mention, while new entries comebacks from Train, extending their run to close on 2 decades, Eminem (ditto), and Macy Gray (ditto) round off the rundown. Macy has been absent for 10 years.

1 6 1 7 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 277650
2 4 2 5 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 283750
3 1 1 5 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 476000
4 2 1 4 SHE Charles Aznavour 410000
5 3 3 5 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 318000
6 5 5 3 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 163000
7 22 7 2 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 69500
8 10 8 3 GRAVITY Paul Weller 107300
9 26 9 5 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 98300
10 37 10 3 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 64700

11 8 2 6 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 465000
12 7 6 7 SECRETS P!nk 283400
13 9 9 5 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 173000
14 34 14 3 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 53600
15 54 15 2 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 38000
16 17 16 3 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 66500
17 11 11 4 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 102400
18 18 18 2 I’M STILL HERE Sia 44000
19 15 15 5 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 86900
20 13 13 5 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 109000

21 16 16 5 CLEAN EYES SYML 83850
22 14 1 19 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1860500
23 23 23 6 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 93950
24 12 1 6 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 629000
25 59 25 2 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 28850
26 40 26 3 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 42100
27 21 10 9 THE DARK SIDE Muse 189300
28 20 4 7 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 260800
29 19 13 7 GTFO Mariah Carey 136300
30 NEW 30 1 RADIO GAGA Queen 18000

31 25 6 10 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 304400
32 39 10 11 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 228100
33 30 2 11 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 690450
34 31 5 11 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 403000
35 27 27 7 TRANZ Gorillaz 100600
36 38 36 3 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 46700
37 57 37 2 80’s BABY New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson 27700
38 33 11 6 SHAME Elle King 159900
39 35 24 8 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 130000
40 56 40 2 RUN T’Pau 27600

41 29 29 6 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 102300
42 32 1 15 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 884300
43 24 24 7 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 116850
44 46 44 5 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 56600
45 45 45 6 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 54900
46 28 5 8 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 249050
47 60 47 2 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 22500
48 48 48 3 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 31000
49 49 49 4 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 41800
50 36 30 7 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 105200

51 43 5 11 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 352150
52 62 24 10 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 142250
53 71 53 3 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 22850
54 47 6 8 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 203750
55 63 55 2 GIRLS GO WILD LP 18000
56 NEW 56 1 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 10600
57 66 57 2 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 17200
58 69 58 2 APPEALS Bayonne 16400
59 55 1 23 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1367150
60 70 60 2 DEEP WATER American Authors 16000

61 61 22 8 KONG Neneh Cherry 105200
62 68 62 3 1999 Charli XCX & Troye Sivan 19000
63 50 63 4 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 37600
64 NEW 64 1 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 7100
65 73 65 2 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 12400
66 NEW 66 1 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 6800
67 NEW 67 1 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 6600
68 NEW 68 1 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 6400
69 NEW 69 1 VENOM Eminem 6200
70 75 70 2 IM NIN’ALU Ofra Haza 11000

71 NEW 71 1 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 5800
72 NEW 72 1 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 5600
73 NEW 73 1 I WANT YOU TO FREAK Rak-Su 5400
74 NEW 74 1 OVER YOU Macy Gray 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 5000

DROP OUTS
41 36 5 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 74750
42 25 10 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 166800
44 31 5 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 76450
51 21 7 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 123050
52 23 7 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 101750
53 44 8 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 67100
58 14 7 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 141750
64 64 5 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 33400
65 18 10 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 169550
67 67 6 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 35600
72 35 7 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 84450
74 7 12 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 314000

21st October 2018

It’s a first chart-topper for Gallant after a few years of trying, as he also hits 4 with his second biggest-track. TOOGOODTOBETRUE is just gorgeous and it also gives Sufjan Stevens a second chart-topper less than 2 years after his first, and 13 years since frist going top 10. Sam Cooke hit 11 around that time with A Change Is Gonna Come, written for the Civil Rights movement of the 60’s in the USA, which meant a lot to me at the time (the cause, that is, the song came years later as Sam Cooke was dead before I even knew who he was). The Doctor Who Rosa Parks episode struck a chord with me, and boosted this 50-odd-year-old track into my top 10 for the first time, Sam Cooke’s first since 1986’s Wonderful World advert reisssue.

Paul Weller gets his first top 10 in a couple of years, and extends his run of top 10’s to 40 years since he was down in the tube station at midnight. Sia gets a 3rd simultaneous track with the highest new entry at 18 – I’m Still Here she sings. I don’t think we had any doubt about that, her songs are everywhere! Alan Walker is back for a 4th top 40, Mylo is back after a decade-long absence with Judie Tzuke also in the 40 after a gap of oohhh, 38 years or so. Rod makes it 47 years of top 40’s.

Shawn Mendes & Zedd are both returning, T’Pau’s Carol Decker is back after a gap of well-over 2 decades with her best single in 25 years, Spock’s Vulcan religious/political matriarch was called T’Pau. Staying with the 80’s theme, it’s not just T’Pau…a mega-artist collab enters for the touring 80’s package acts New Kids On The Block, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Salt-n-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, and it’s nicely got that late 80’s vibe about it. Most of them havent bothered my charts since the early 90’s, bar Jordan Knight (NKOTB) and Salt-N-Pepa who carried it on to the late 90’s. Friendly Fires and LP both return, Laibach debut after decades of raucous shouty metal – with something completely opposite, classy orchestral works, and the late fab Ofra Haza returns with her signature tune 30-years-on.

1 2 1 4 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 391000
2 1 1 3 SHE Charles Aznavour 345000
3 3 3 4 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 258000
4 5 4 4 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 168750
5 8 5 2 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 108000
6 40 6 6 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 107650
7 6 6 6 SECRETS P!nk 248400
8 7 2 5 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 428000
9 9 9 4 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 141000
10 37 10 2 GRAVITY Paul Weller 59300

11 11 11 3 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 79400
12 4 1 5 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 610000
13 15 13 4 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 89000
14 12 1 18 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1841000
15 22 15 4 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 65900
16 23 16 4 CLEAN EYES SYML 64100
17 26 17 2 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 41500
18 NEW 18 1 I’M STILL HERE Sia 22000
19 13 13 6 GTFO Mariah Carey 118100
20 14 4 6 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 242500

21 18 10 8 THE DARK SIDE Muse 170900
22 NEW 22 1 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 19500
23 27 23 5 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 74700
24 28 24 6 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 103350
25 10 6 9 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 286500
26 33 26 4 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 53300
27 32 27 6 TRANZ Gorillaz 83100
28 17 5 7 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 236300
29 31 29 5 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 88300
30 16 2 10 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 672750

31 20 5 10 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 385400
32 21 1 14 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 870550
33 19 11 5 SHAME Elle King 142700
34 65 34 2 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 24600
35 24 24 7 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 112900
36 38 30 6 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 93200
37 73 37 2 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 22700
38 49 38 2 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 29300
39 59 10 10 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 210300
40 67 40 2 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 23600

41 36 36 5 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 74750
42 25 25 10 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 166800
43 30 5 10 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 340400
44 34 31 5 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 76450
45 48 45 5 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 41900
46 50 46 4 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 43350
47 35 6 7 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 192750
48 68 48 2 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 18700
49 57 49 3 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 29700
50 54 50 3 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 30400

51 29 21 7 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 123050
52 43 23 7 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 101750
53 44 44 8 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 67100
54 NEW 54 1 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 11000
55 46 1 22 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1357050
56 NEW 56 1 RUN T’Pau 10600
57 NEW 57 1 80’s BABY New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson 10400
58 39 14 7 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 141750
59 NEW 59 1 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 10100
60 NEW 60 1 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 10000

61 45 22 7 KONG Neneh Cherry 97700
62 41 24 9 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 130750
63 NEW 63 1 GIRLS GO WILD LP 7200
64 64 64 5 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 33400
65 42 18 10 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 169550
66 NEW 66 1 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 6800
67 70 67 6 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 35600
68 74 68 2 1999 Charli XCX & Troye Sivan 11600
69 NEW 69 1 APPEALS Bayonne 6200
70 NEW 70 1 DEEP WATER American Authors 6000

71 71 71 2 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 11600
72 47 35 7 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 84450
73 NEW 73 1 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 5400
74 58 7 12 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 314000
75 NEW 75 1 IM NIN’ALU Ofra Haza 5000

DROP OUTS
51 16 7 LOSING IT FISHER 119050
52 6 10 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 253400
53 40 6 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 62650
55 15 9 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 161950
56 45 6 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 54700
60 60 4 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 33000
61 5 14 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 479950
62 47 8 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 60200
63 1 9 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 446550
66 4 12 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 271600
69 29 6 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 85150
72 6 14 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 351450
75 75 2 DON’T LIE TO ME Barbra Streisand 10000

 

14th October 2018

It’s the late Charles Aznavour on top for the first time 44 years after She topped the Uk charts and failed to chart in mine, and 2 years after a 60’s gem of his Emmenez Moi made my top 20. He was great, just took me decades to realise it. Holding off at 2 is Gallant, getting his 3rd top 10, and simultaneous second top 5, one with Sufjan Stevens hitting a new peak, and one with Noah Cyrus hitting a new peak for her, her second top 10. Olly Murs gets a 9th top 10 and Snoop Dogg prob about the same.

Highest new entry is SAVEUS, I’m very into dramatic or gentle soul/blues/gospel-influenced tracks this week! Highest climber is a whoppping 62 places for Bunt. Important not to mis-type that one. for KING & COUNTRY enter the 40 with Joy. Paul Weller joins himself inside the 40 with Gravity. Gabrielle makes it 2 inside the 40 this year, and SYML and Portugal. The Man get a second and 4th respectively. Two Jonas Blue’s enter lower down, Jess Glynne belatedly enters, Rod makes it 2 in a row, and Judie Tzuke is sampled on an oldie and enters my chart some 39 years after the gorgeous Stay With Me Till Dawn first charted.

1 5 1 2 SHE Charles Aznavour 230000
2 3 2 3 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 221000
3 4 3 3 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 173000
4 1 1 4 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 575000
5 16 5 3 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 103750
6 7 6 5 SECRETS P!nk 198400
7 2 2 4 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 380000
8 NEW 8 1 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 48000
9 14 9 3 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 96000
10 6 6 8 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 267750

11 73 11 2 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 42400
12 12 1 17 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1812000
13 17 13 5 GTFO Mariah Carey 97100
14 9 4 5 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 222500
15 20 15 3 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 57000
16 8 2 9 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 654750
17 10 5 6 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 218000
18 18 10 7 THE DARK SIDE Muse 151150
19 11 11 4 SHAME Elle King 125000
20 15 5 9 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 367500

21 13 1 13 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 852750
22 41 22 3 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 38900
23 44 23 3 CLEAN EYES SYML 39100
24 27 24 6 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 95400
25 26 25 9 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 153050
26 NEW 26 1 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 18500
27 38 27 4 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 55450
28 28 28 5 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 84350
29 21 21 6 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 111300
30 19 5 9 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 326900

31 34 31 4 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 70100
32 32 32 5 TRANZ Gorillaz 64700
33 59 33 3 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 34800
34 31 31 4 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 63200
35 22 6 6 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 180250
36 37 36 4 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 60750
37 NEW 37 1 GRAVITY Paul Weller 17300
38 30 30 5 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 75800
39 23 14 6 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 131550
40 48 40 5 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 52650

41 24 24 8 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 123350
42 29 18 9 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 162550
43 25 23 6 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 90250
44 50 44 7 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 55850
45 33 22 6 KONG Neneh Cherry 90200
46 43 1 21 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1346250
47 35 35 6 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 78850
48 71 48 4 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 28900
49 NEW 49 1 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 12100
50 52 50 3 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 30600

51 36 16 7 LOSING IT FISHER 119050
52 39 6 10 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 253400
53 40 40 6 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 62650
54 62 54 2 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 18400
55 42 15 9 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 161950
56 45 45 6 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 54700
57 63 57 2 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 17600
58 49 7 11 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 308800
59 RE 10 9 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 193200
60 60 60 4 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 33000

61 53 5 14 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 479950
62 47 47 8 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 60200
63 54 1 9 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 446550
64 65 64 4 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 26300
65 NEW 65 1 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 7000
66 61 4 12 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 271600
67 NEW 67 1 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 6600
68 NEW 68 1 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 6400
69 51 29 6 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 85150
70 70 70 5 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 29000

71 NEW 71 1 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 5800
72 56 6 14 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 351450
73 NEW 73 1 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 5400
74 NEW 74 1 1999 Charli XCX & Troye Sivan 5200
75 75 75 2 DON’T LIE TO ME Barbra Streisand 10000

DROP OUTS
46 20 8 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 145100
55 4 11 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 279300
57 1 8 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 510150
58 26 5 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 70700
64 1 21 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 844250
66 1 12 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 649200
67 52 2 AIN’T NO PLEASING YOU Chas & Dave 18100
68 54 5 AFTER ALL All Saints 44800
69 59 5 TRY Rick Astley 39900
72 72 3 VENUS LOON T.Rex 16000
74 8 10 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 210400

 

 

7th October 2018

3 weeks on top for classic Pet Shop Boys as the late Charles Aznavour belatedly enters my charts 44 years overdue with the fabulous She. I didnt like it at the time as it was a tv theme tune that appealed to older people and i was a sniffy 16 year old more into less MOR tracks. It took an Elvis Costello cover to change my mind, its a great song. New big climbs for new lovely tracks from Gallant and The O’My’s into the top 5, and Mariah Carey gets into my 20 after quite a non-xmas gap and Jungle get a 2nd one. Soft Cell are back with their first new entry in 34 years, following a one-off O2 reunion and back catalogue push, though Marc Almond has dotted my charts over those years. Barbra Streisand has meanwhile a first new entry in yonks and extends her run to 47 years since the brilliant Stoney End debuted.

1 1 1 3 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 510000
2 2 2 3 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 330000
3 19 3 2 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 106000
4 17 4 2 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 88000
5 NEW 5 1 SHE Charles Aznavour 60000
6 8 8 7 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 225750
7 7 7 4 SECRETS P!nk 143400
8 3 2 8 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 629750
9 4 4 4 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 193500
10 5 5 5 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 195000

11 12 12 3 SHAME Elle King 105000
12 13 1 16 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1777000
13 6 1 12 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 833000
14 18 18 2 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 51000
15 11 5 8 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 347500
16 25 25 2 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 43750
17 35 35 4 GTFO Mariah Carey 65100
18 10 10 6 THE DARK SIDE Muse 129150
19 9 5 8 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 308900
20 60 20 2 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 30000

21 21 21 5 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 93100
22 15 6 5 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 162750
23 14 14 5 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 114450
24 24 24 7 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 109350
25 23 23 5 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 76800
26 28 26 8 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 134400
27 32 27 4 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 76400
28 30 28 4 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 65950
29 26 18 8 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 148700
30 33 33 4 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 58600

31 34 34 4 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 63100
32 39 39 4 TRANZ Gorillaz 46900
33 22 22 5 KONG Neneh Cherry 77200
34 37 34 3 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 52200
35 38 35 5 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 66350
36 16 16 6 LOSING IT FISHER 107300
37 42 42 3 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 43350
38 46 38 3 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 37050
39 26 6 9 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 241900
40 50 40 5 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 51400

41 73 41 2 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 19400
42 31 15 8 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 151150
43 41 1 20 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1333500
44 67 44 2 CLEAN EYES SYML 19850
45 56 45 5 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 44100
46 20 20 8 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 145150
47 48 47 6 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 52900
48 51 48 4 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 35750
49 40 7 10 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 298700
50 68 50 6 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 42600

51 29 29 5 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 78950
52 64 52 2 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 18600
53 45 5 13 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 472450
54 49 1 8 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 439350
55 44 4 11 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 279300
56 53 6 13 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 345850
57 43 1 8 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 510150
58 36 26 5 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 70700
59 65 59 2 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 17100
60 63 60 3 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 23000

61 58 4 11 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 264800
62 NEW 62 1 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 7400
63 NEW 63 1 5 DOLLARS Christine and the Queens 7200
64 62 1 20 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 844250
65 66 65 3 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 19200
66 47 1 12 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 649200
67 52 52 2 AIN’T NO PLEASING YOU Chas & Dave 18100
68 54 54 5 AFTER ALL All Saints 44800
69 59 59 5 TRY Rick Astley 39600
70 70 70 4 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 23000

71 71 71 3 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 16600
72 74 72 3 VENUS LOON T.Rex 16000
73 NEW 73 1 ON MY WAY BUNT. featuring Leah Haywood
74 57 8 9 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 210400
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T LIE TO ME Barbra Streisand 5000

Drop outs:

75 50 20 11 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 150700
72 46 18 8 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 126500
69 49 10 11 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 288200
61 47 32 5 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 69150
55 41 6 18 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 456850

 

 

30th September 2018

It’s a 2nd week on top, and 3rd in total, for 1988 chart-topper Left To My Own Devices, all 8 minutes and 17 seconds of the Pet Shop Boys epic. That keeps off newcomer trip-hop-ish Snoh Aelegra from the top so far, at 2, while P!nk gets a 12th top 10 as she heads towards her 20th anniversary of top 10’s. Her peak position to date is still 2, one of the few big acts still waiting to top my charts. Muse meanwhile make it 2 top 10’s in a row, another act never to top my chart.

3 new tracks enter consecutively, one pop, two what we used to call soul back in the day – Urban is the current label, probably. Olly Murs has been quiet of late, but he’s back with a splash at 18, bringing along Snoop for a quarter century of chart entries. Meanwhile The O’My’s, a Chicago duo, draft in Chance The Rapper to enter at 17, while Gallant gets greedy – the Maryland singer enters with Sufjan Stevens, both on their 3rd entry, Gallant went top 10 in 2016, Sufjan did it in 2006 and a decade later. Gallant supports Noah Cyrus on her 3rd too, so his 4th, at 25.

Gorillaz shoot up into the 40 with Tranz, and the late Chas Hodges returns for a finale with the Chas & Dave 1982 goodie Ain’t No Pleasing You, while Kylie – who I saw at the O2 on Friday, fab show – gets the new single version of her album track chart-topper A Lifetime To Repair back into the 40, cos it went down a storm. Jungle are back, Heavy, so are Don Diablo and Alex Clare, Gabrielle, SYML, and Portugal. The Man – meaning few actual debuts this week apart from The O’My’s and Rebecca Sugar.

1 1 1 2 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 340000
2 9 2 2 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 215000
3 2 2 7 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 581750
4 4 4 3 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 148500
5 8 5 4 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 153000
6 3 1 11 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 801000
7 11 7 3 SECRETS P!nk 93400
8 10 8 6 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 170750
9 5 5 7 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 287900
10 19 10 5 THE DARK SIDE Muse 107150

11 12 5 7 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 320500
12 13 12 2 SHAME Elle King 67000
13 7 1 15 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1742000
14 14 14 4 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 95200
15 6 6 4 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 143250
16 16 16 5 LOSING IT FISHER 89900
17 NEW 17 1 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 23000
18 NEW 18 1 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 22000
19 NEW 19 1 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 21000
20 20 20 7 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 132350

21 27 21 4 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 73350
22 32 22 4 KONG Neneh Cherry 59500
23 43 23 4 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 58000
24 24 24 6 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 90350
25 NEW 25 1 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 18750
26 18 18 7 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 130600
27 17 6 8 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 224800
28 28 28 7 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 115800
29 30 29 4 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 67200
30 40 30 3 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 47750

31 15 15 7 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 137400
32 36 32 4 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 58000
33 33 33 3 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 40600
34 35 34 3 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 45200
35 38 35 3 GTFO Mariah Carey 42100
36 26 26 4 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 60500
37 37 37 2 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 34600
38 44 38 4 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 48850
39 69 39 3 TRANZ Gorillaz 29100
40 22 7 9 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 286500

41 39 1 19 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1320000
42 48 42 2 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 26050
43 23 1 7 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 499750
44 21 4 10 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 268500
45 29 5 12 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 461200
46 64 46 2 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 19850
47 31 1 11 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 642400
48 66 48 6 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 40300
49 34 1 7 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 428350
50 58 50 4 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 34400

51 67 51 3 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 23350
52 NEW 52 1 AIN’T NO PLEASING YOU Chas & Dave 11500
53 42 6 12 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 335250
54 57 54 4 AFTER ALL All Saints 38400
55 41 6 18 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 456850
56 62 56 4 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 31100
57 25 8 9 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 205200
58 45 4 10 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 257300
59 60 59 4 TRY Rick Astley 33700
60 NEW 60 1 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 10000

61 47 32 5 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 69150
62 59 1 20 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 837150
63 71 63 2 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 13000
64 NEW 64 1 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 7100
65 NEW 65 1 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 7000
66 73 66 2 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 12200
67 NEW 67 1 CLEAN EYES SYML 6600
68 68 68 5 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 30600
69 49 10 11 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 288200
70 72 70 3 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 17000

71 75 71 2 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 10800
72 46 18 8 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 126500
73 NEW 73 1 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 5400
74 74 74 2 VENUS LOON T.Rex 10400
75 50 20 11 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 150700

DROP OUTS
51 9 9 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 228500
52 1 5 HEY JUDE The Beatles 295800
53 53 4 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 35600
54 10 8 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 167500
55 39 7 NO DANGER The Delgados 75700
56 3 16 SINNER Deaf Havana 625650
61 1 14 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 772450
63 13 8 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 161250
65 6 10 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 289700
70 14 11 FRIENDS RAYE 189450

 

 

23rd September 2018

It’s straight in on top for the 30-year-old extended album version of Left To My Own Devices, 30 years since the single edit grabbed an epic-sounding Trevor Horn produced week on top. Several tracks from the Introspective album have charted for the first time, following it’s extended reissue and remaster earlier in the year, which made the UK album charts, but which I’ve only just got round to listening to. I still have the original vinyl version.

Kodaline get a first top 5, and highest new entry is from Swedish-Persian descended Snoh Aalegra coming over all Portishead 90’s trip-hop in at 9 with Nothing Burns Like The Cold. P!nk has another good track off her latest album shoot up to 11, Secrets, and Elle King is back with another goodie at 13, aiming for the heights of Ex’s & Oh’s. Dolly Parton & Sia leap into the 40, giving Sia a second simultaneously, while Lana Del Ray, Sigala, Mariah Carey and Suede all return to the 40.

New at 48 is a new version of Bob Dylan’s classic-as-done-by-Hendrix All Along The Watchtower from Afterhere, a new duo project from Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17, making a heavenly 36 years of charting, jointly with new singer/keyboardist Berenice Scott grabbing her first. Contemporaries Tears For Fears sneak in at 75 with the Donnie Darko soundtrack classic, and the 44-year-old Venus Loon features on a new T.Rex compilation hitting the top 10, my fave album track from the Zinc Alloy album which my mate played obsessively at the time, being as he was an obsessive T.Rex fan. I always thought it should have been a single instead of the later 1974 actual singles which ended Marc Bolan’s run of top 20 hits. So, 44-years-late, but got into my charts at last.

1 NEW 1 1 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 170000
2 2 2 6 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 496750
3 1 1 10 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 746000
4 26 4 2 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 83500
5 6 5 6 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 242900
6 7 6 3 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 116250
7 3 1 14 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1710000
8 12 8 3 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 93000
9 NEW 9 1 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 45000
10 11 10 5 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 122750

11 68 11 2 SECRETS P!nk 43400
12 5 5 6 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 283500
13 NEW 13 1 SHAME Elle King 32000
14 15 14 3 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 66200
15 16 15 6 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 119500
16 17 16 4 LOSING IT FISHER 64900
17 9 6 7 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 206400
18 18 18 6 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 112100
19 23 19 4 THE DARK SIDE Muse 65150
20 20 20 6 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 112350

21 4 4 9 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 255250
22 13 7 8 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 269500
23 10 1 6 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 486250
24 25 24 5 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 71350
25 8 8 8 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 194850
26 27 26 3 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 43100
27 30 27 3 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 53600
28 28 28 6 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 97500
29 19 5 11 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 448200
30 35 30 3 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 49000

31 14 1 10 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 629900
32 49 32 3 KONG Neneh Cherry 40000
33 74 33 2 ALL I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 22900
34 21 1 6 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 416250
35 59 35 2 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 27600
36 50 36 3 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 40200
37 NEW 37 1 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 17300
38 62 38 2 GTFO Mariah Carey 24600
39 33 1 18 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1306000
40 46 40 2 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 29750

41 22 6 17 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 446050
42 24 6 11 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 324000
43 44 43 3 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 38750
44 54 44 3 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 31650
45 29 4 9 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 247100
46 31 18 7 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 120900
47 32 32 4 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 61650
48 NEW 48 1 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 12300
49 36 10 10 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 282000
50 34 20 10 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 145700

51 42 9 9 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 228500
52 37 1 5 HEY JUDE The Beatles 295800
53 53 53 4 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 35600
54 47 10 8 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 167500
55 39 39 7 NO DANGER The Delgados 75700
56 51 3 16 SINNER Deaf Havana 625650
57 60 57 3 AFTER ALL All Saints 27400
58 63 58 3 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 22400
59 56 1 19 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 829750
60 65 60 3 TRY Rick Astley 23600

61 38 1 14 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 772450
62 64 62 3 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 20500
63 43 13 8 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 161250
64 NEW 64 1 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 7100
65 40 6 10 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 289700
66 72 66 5 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 28000
67 75 67 2 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 11600
68 69 68 4 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 24200
69 71 69 2 TRANZ Gorillaz 12000
70 70 14 11 FRIENDS RAYE 189450

71 NEW 71 1 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 5800
72 73 72 2 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 11000
73 NEW 73 1 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 5400
74 NEW 74 1 VENUS LOON T.Rex 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 5000

DROP OUTS
41 8 9 ALWAYS Panama 211250
45 45 5 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 56450
48 37 6 MISSING U Robyn 65200
52 19 5 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 88000
55 55 3 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin 28800
57 57 3 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 31200
58 35 4 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 52300
61 47 5 THINK Aretha Franklin 53200
66 35 5 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 66750
67 36 10 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 124250

16th September 2018

It’s 90’s Belgium band Hooverphonic on top with their cinematic Romantic, which is very romantic despite all claims to the contrary. Paul Macca gets his first top 10 with new material for 5 years giving him 50 years of top 10’s in my charts. Huge climbs for up and coming Grace Carter, from Brighton, and Paul Weller modpunk main man 40 years on from his first top 20, and throbbing dance act Fisher. Highest new entry is from Kodaline, just ahead of a big climb from Manic Street Preachers, giving a bit of a veteran rock theme to the charts. Talking of which Suede are back with a goodie, the majestic Life Is Golden giving the former chart-toppers a highest chart position for 16 years. Returns from Lana Del Ray, P!nk, sweary Mariah Carey back after 5 years away (yes I know sweary is usually in front of P!nk songs), Gorillaz and Dolly Parton with a Sia movie theme duet.

1 4 1 9 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 661000
2 2 2 5 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 381750
3 1 1 13 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1660000
4 9 4 8 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 235500
5 5 5 5 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 248500
6 7 6 5 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 182900
7 53 7 2 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 61250
8 12 8 7 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 176100
9 6 6 6 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 183400
10 3 1 5 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 467000

11 21 11 4 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 80750
12 60 12 2 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 45000
13 10 7 7 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 250000
14 8 1 9 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 612000
15 58 15 2 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 37200
16 24 16 5 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 92500
17 52 17 3 LOSING IT FISHER 39900
18 19 18 5 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 90100
19 14 5 10 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 430000
20 23 20 5 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 92350

21 11 1 5 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 396750
22 17 6 16 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 432050
23 33 23 3 THE DARK SIDE Muse 44150
24 15 6 10 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 310250
25 36 25 4 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 52350
26 NEW 26 1 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 18500
27 69 27 2 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 24600
28 28 28 5 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 79200
29 16 4 8 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 234100
30 38 30 2 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 35200

31 18 18 6 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 108150
32 34 32 3 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 49150
33 27 1 17 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1288900
34 20 20 9 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 133700
35 43 35 2 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 31000
36 22 10 9 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 269900
37 13 1 4 HEY JUDE The Beatles 284300
38 30 1 13 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 764950
39 42 39 6 NO DANGER The Delgados 64900
40 29 6 9 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 282700

41 31 8 9 ALWAYS Panama 211250
42 25 9 8 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 216750
43 32 13 7 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 154050
44 50 44 2 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 25250
45 45 45 5 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 56450
46 NEW 46 1 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 12750
47 26 10 7 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 156500
48 37 37 6 MISSING U Robyn 65200
49 59 49 2 KONG Neneh Cherry 22200
50 55 50 2 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 22800

51 39 3 15 SINNER Deaf Havana 615050
52 40 19 5 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 88000
53 64 53 3 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 24350
54 62 54 2 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 18400
55 56 55 3 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin 28800
56 54 1 18 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 819650
57 57 57 3 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 31200
58 35 35 4 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 52300
59 NEW 59 1 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 10100
60 65 60 2 AFTER ALL All Saints 17000

61 47 47 5 THINK Aretha Franklin 53200
62 NEW 62 1 GTFO Mariah Carey 7400
63 75 63 2 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 12200
64 70 64 2 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 13100
65 67 65 2 TRY Rick Astley 13600
66 44 35 5 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 66750
67 41 36 10 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 124250
68 NEW 68 1 SECRETS P!nk 6400
69 71 69 3 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 17800
70 51 14 10 FRIENDS RAYE 183450

71 NEW 71 1 TRANZ Gorillaz 5800
72 74 72 4 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 21200
73 NEW 73 1 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 5400
74 NEW 74 1 ALL I AM Dolly Parton & Sia 5200
75 NEW 75 1 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 5000

DROP OUTS
46 26 5 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 86950
48 20 9 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 148200
49 40 8 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 87800
61 10 12 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 281050
63 16 8 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 143150
66 66 3 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys 19200
68 20 9 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 125100
72 72 2 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 11200
73 73 2 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Aretha Franklin 10400

 

9th September 2018

It’s back up for a 5th week on top for PATD, and a host of new entries, half of them as we used to say in the old days “Various Artists”. and headed by Jason Derulo’s cover of the Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli brilliance that is Time To Say Goodbye. Some veterans pop in, Chic, Macca, Weller, Astley, Manics, Mavis, All Saints, Craig David, but the only that has been MIA is Neneh Cherry, who hasnt featured on any new stuff since 2000, though her daughter Mabel is doing well these days.

1 3 1 12 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1575000
2 2 2 4 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 266750
3 1 1 4 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 425000
4 8 3 8 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 491000
5 5 5 4 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 188500
6 7 6 5 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 138400
7 11 7 4 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 127900
8 9 1 8 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 583000
9 14 9 7 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 170500
10 10 7 6 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 218000

11 6 1 4 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 377000
12 21 12 6 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 128100
13 4 1 3 HEY JUDE The Beatles 267000
14 12 5 9 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 409000
15 15 6 9 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 291250
16 16 4 7 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 215900
17 13 6 15 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 412550
18 20 18 5 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 90250
19 34 19 4 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 68100
20 28 20 8 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 116100

21 38 21 3 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 43750
22 17 10 8 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 252500
23 29 23 4 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 72350
24 30 24 4 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 67500
25 19 9 7 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 203000
26 18 10 6 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 144000
27 27 1 16 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1271200
28 32 28 4 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 60900
29 22 6 8 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 265700
30 23 1 12 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 747750

31 24 8 8 ALWAYS Panama 197250
32 26 13 6 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 140550
33 63 33 2 THE DARK SIDE Muse 24900
34 42 34 2 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 31350
35 39 35 3 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 42100
36 60 36 3 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 33600
37 49 37 5 MISSING U Robyn 52900
38 NEW 38 1 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 17200
39 33 3 14 SINNER Deaf Havana 603300
40 25 19 4 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 76500

41 36 36 9 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 117650
42 44 42 5 NO DANGER The Delgados 47800
43 NEW 43 1 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 13500
44 35 35 4 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 59950
45 48 45 4 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 43450
46 31 26 5 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 86950
47 47 47 4 THINK Aretha Franklin 45700
48 37 20 9 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 148200
49 40 40 8 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 87800
50 NEW 50 1 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 12000

51 41 14 9 FRIENDS RAYE 177450
52 73 52 2 LOSING IT FISHER 16900
53 NEW 53 1 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 11250
54 46 1 17 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 809050
55 NEW 55 1 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 10800
56 62 56 2 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin 18000
57 57 57 2 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 20800
58 NEW 58 1 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 10200
59 NEW 59 1 KONG Neneh Cherry 10100
60 NEW 60 1 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 10000

61 51 10 12 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 281050
62 NEW 62 1 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 7400
63 45 16 8 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 143150
64 70 64 2 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 13100
65 NEW 65 1 AFTER ALL All Saints 7000
66 66 66 3 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys 19200
67 NEW 67 1 TRY Rick Astley 6600
68 43 20 9 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 125100
69 NEW 69 1 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 6200
70 NEW 70 1 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 6000

71 71 71 2 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 11600
72 72 72 2 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 11200
73 75 73 2 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Aretha Franklin 10400
74 74 74 3 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 15600
75 NEW 75 1 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 5000

DROP OUTS
50 32 8 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 120450
52 26 9 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 139300
53 3 8 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 302500
54 30 9 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 134600
55 34 6 ON U NOTIMES 79150
56 29 7 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 99000
58 36 6 SHINE Gabrielle 75700
59 52 5 WARRIOR Paloma Faith 49900
61 58 5 LIE LIKE ME Ward Thomas 44900
64 1 8 FOREVER MORE Moloko 402450
65 65 4 CRUEL GAME (VANZETTI & SACCO REMIX) Nouvelle Phenomene 24200
67 23 8 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 106700
68 19 12 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 162700
69 2 20 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 809750

 

 

2nd September 2018

It’s Aretha’s heavenly version of Carole King’s Natural Woman on top, 51 years old and still fab. It’s her 4th chart-topper, and second posthumously. Aretha has many tracks climbing this week and two more new entries, one of them that topped my chart in the new Orchestral version over Christmas, after first charting in 1974, and the other, a cover of Bridge Over Troubled Water, has never charted before. That just keeps off number one a big climb for Set Mo, an Aussie act with their fab track White Dress. There’s also a second top 10 for both Alan Walker and Au/Ra, replacing herself in the top 10, as Darkside shoots up.

Err, that’s about it actually, in a very quiet chart week, as I’ve been too busy to listen to much new music. I don’t like stale charts so will be searching about this week for hot new tracks! Highest new entry is In My Mind by two people Ive never heard of, another Muse new track, 5 Seconds Of Summer popping in, a bit late, a Bastille Marshmallow, or something like that, and a booming dance track from FISHER. Plus some more (probably X Factor) itunes oldies coming back again.

1 3 1 3 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 340000
2 21 2 3 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 151750
3 4 1 11 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1405000
4 1 1 2 HEY JUDE The Beatles 235000
5 6 5 3 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 128500
6 2 1 3 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 340000
7 29 7 4 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 83400
8 8 3 7 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 426000
9 5 1 7 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 535000
10 7 7 5 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 176000

11 17 11 3 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 77900
12 11 5 8 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 380000
13 9 6 14 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 389550
14 16 14 6 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 125500
15 15 6 8 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 264250
16 14 4 6 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 190900
17 12 10 7 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 233000
18 10 10 5 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 125500
19 13 9 6 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 184250
20 22 20 4 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 68250

21 25 21 5 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 93100
22 18 6 7 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 247500
23 20 1 11 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 729750
24 24 8 7 ALWAYS Panama 197250
25 19 19 3 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 59500
26 23 13 5 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 122750
27 27 1 15 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1253800
28 28 28 7 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 96100
29 32 29 3 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 53100
30 35 30 3 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 48500

31 26 26 4 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 73200
32 39 32 3 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 41900
33 30 3 13 SINNER Deaf Havana 586200
34 40 34 3 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 47100
35 38 35 3 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 46700
36 53 36 8 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 103650
37 34 20 8 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 135900
38 66 38 2 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 24000
39 61 39 2 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 24600
40 50 40 7 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 75700

41 41 14 8 FRIENDS RAYE 165700
42 NEW 42 1 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 13750
43 31 20 8 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 118700
44 63 44 4 NO DANGER The Delgados 34050
45 33 16 7 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 135950
46 44 1 16 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 798050
47 56 47 3 THINK Aretha Franklin 33200
48 51 48 3 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 30450
49 52 49 4 MISSING U Robyn 35600
50 37 32 8 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 120450

51 45 10 11 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 273550
52 43 26 9 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 139300
53 48 3 8 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 302500
54 36 30 9 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 134600
55 46 34 6 ON U NOTIMES 79150
56 47 29 7 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 99000
57 NEW 57 1 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 10400
58 49 36 6 SHINE Gabrielle 75700
59 57 52 5 WARRIOR Paloma Faith 49900
60 69 60 2 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 16200

61 58 58 5 LIE LIKE ME Ward Thomas 44900
62 NEW 62 1 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin 7400
63 NEW 63 1 THE DARK SIDE Muse 7200
64 59 1 8 FOREVER MORE Moloko 402450
65 70 65 4 CRUEL GAME (VANZETTI & SACCO REMIX) Nouvelle Phenomene 24200
66 72 66 2 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys 12400
67 62 23 8 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 106700
68 54 19 12 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 162700
69 64 2 20 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 809750
70 NEW 70 1 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 6000

71 NEW 71 1 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 5800
72 NEW 72 1 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 5600
73 NEW 73 1 LOSING IT FISHER 5400
74 74 74 2 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 10400
75 NEW 75 1 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Aretha Franklin 5000

DROP OUTS
42 42 3 SHOW ME THE WAY Suzi Island 39250
55 55 4 LEVEL UP Ciara 35400
60 6 11 I ADORE U Adore Delano 352350
65 10 11 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 216300
67 67 2 SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin 12400
68 7 13 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 272800
71 17 10 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 147250
73 73 3 ALL WE DO Oh Wonder 15400
75 75 1 DON’T ACT LIKE A STRANGER Cathedrals 5000

My Charts 2018 Jan-April

29th april 2018
Its a first week on top for Built By Titan and fab bhangra-stylee rhythms in the lush pop mix, leaping up 18 places for a Buzzjack Song Contest top 2. Foster The People get a second top 5 a few years late and Kylie still has 2 songs climbing inside the 20. Human leap into the 20, as do calvin n dua in the 40. New entries are lesser this week, lots of oldies from World Record Day pushing them into the UK sales top 100, including Soft Cell back with the original fab version of Say Hello 36 years after peaking at 2, Aladdin Sane album track Cracked Actor 45 years on for Bowie, the original Prince version of Nothin Compares, and The Small Faces oldie which technically charted for me in 1976 on reissue, but actually if id started compiling my charts a few months earlier in 1968 it would easy have been a top 5 then.
1 19 1 2 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 191000
2 2 1 9 BEND Ria Mae 626511300
3 1 1 4 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 485000
4 23 4 2 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 84250
5 4 1 6 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 493000
6 5 4 7 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 366000
7 7 7 4 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 157000
8 3 3 2 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 133000
9 9 9 2 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 90000
10 6 1 4 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 352000
11 17 11 4 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 101000
12 15 12 2 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 62000
13 8 8 4 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 146300
14 10 10 4 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 131000
15 16 15 13 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 260600
16 12 1 13 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 987350
17 11 1 12 BEST DAYS Lissie 840000
18 14 7 7 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 223300
19 24 19 4 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 69600
20 13 10 4 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 111400
21 18 13 5 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 125500
22 25 22 4 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 65950
23 27 23 2 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 37650
24 26 24 4 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 66900
25 29 25 4 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 58000
26 21 3 14 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 635350
27 20 20 4 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 77150
28 30 28 8 VINCENT Don McLean 134700
29 64 29 2 HIGHER Human 25200
30 33 30 6 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 95100
31 22 9 5 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 140400
32 32 32 2 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 35600
33 45 33 2 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 30700
34 39 34 2 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 34700
35 49 35 2 THE NIGHTS Avicii 29600
36 38 36 4 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 62100
37 28 20 4 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 74100
38 65 38 2 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 24200
39 3110 8 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 213750
40 42 40 5 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 65600
41 35 1 12 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 918700
42 43 42 4 CASTLES Lissie 53750
43 34 4 12 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 431300
44 NEW 44 1 SAY HELLO WAVE HOODBYE Soft Cell 13250
45 36 15 7 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 113050
46 37 37 8 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 106500
47 40 18 6 10 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 321700
48 44 10 11 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 242950
49 41 11 8 SANCTIFY Years & Years 188050
50 48 5 15 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 421050
51 47 27 7 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 102250
52 52 1 21 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1040250
53 53 1 14 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 738000
54 68 54 3 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 22600
55 50 18 8 LUCID DREAM Owl City 124500
56 56 56 5 LADY POWERS Vera Blue featuring Kodie Blue 43400
57 72 57 2 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 16000
58 58 58 4 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 36700
59 59 59 2 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 20200
60 55 5 14 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 380650
61 61 3 19 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 750850
62 62 12 12 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 214000
63 57 6 910 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 280600
64 60 2 13 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 520800
65 NEW 65 1 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 7000
66 NEW 66 1 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 6800
67 67 67 2 SEXY BOY Air 13200 
68 70 68 3 I WANT A LOVER Pet Shop Boys 17400
69 NEW 69 1 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 6000
71 71 71 2 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 11600
72 NEW 72 1 LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces 5600
73 NEW 73 1 NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Prince 5400
74 NEW 74 1 THE ARCHITECT Jane Weaver 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LET ME Zayn 5000
DROP OUTS
46 36 18 5 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 89650
51 35 35 4 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 64250
54 28 14 9 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 164900
63 38 31 4 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 60200
66 69 66 3 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 18200
69 NEW 69 1 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 6200
73 NEW 73 1 WAWWA (WOLFGANG LOHR REMIX) Bart&Bake featuring Billy Bros Orchestra 5400
74 45 9 8 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 176050
75 NEW 75 1 SAFARI Serena 5000

 

22nd April 2018

It’s Kylie on top with album track country ho-down A Lifetime To Repair, MUST be a future single surely! It’s the 2nd time she’s taken an album track on top (Aphrodite in 2011 was the previous one), and the 12th time on top. Bizarrely it took her 6 years of singles to grab one (1994 Put Yourself In My Place) and another 6 years to wait for a second one (Kids, with Robbie) before the floodgates opened – 2001, 2 in 2002, 2005, 2 in 2010, 2014, and most recently 2017 as guest vocalist with Zoot Woman. Meanwhile her new version of Stop Me From Falling with added Gente De Zona and Spanish lyrics ahead of my Spanish holiday next week does what it says on the tin – stops her from falling, and it climbs back into the top 5, helped by a Queen’s birthday performance.

That stops Abba from grabbing the top with 1978 chart-topper Summer Night City, back out for World Record Day, which leads a mini-invasion of vinyl-retro-reissues from The Undertones (1979 under-appreciated gem), William De Vaughan (ditto 1974 gem back with the original version 44 years on), Boz Scaggs 1977 top 10 great, Holland-Dozier’s post-Motown goodie a full 46 years since it last made my top 20, and 1998 chart-topper from Air, Sexy Boy.

Highest new track is from Built By Titan at 19, with Foster The People (2011 former chart-toppers) back after a 4-year gap with their already second-biggest chart hit at 23, and Miles Kane is back with his first solo entry in 5 years, and some 7 years on from his top 10 Rearrange. Plus he gives Lana Del Ray a second chart presence. Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande add to their list of entries, while Calvin Harris extends his run to 11 years including 2 chart-toppers in 2013 and 2015.

Another DJ superstar-producer died tragically young at 28 this week, which explains the several returns for Swedish Tim Bergling aka Avicii. His best track remains Hey Brother for me, one of 4 top 10’s, though he also worked with Benny & Bjorn of Abba for a Eurovision collaboration, and belatedly his recent hit with Rita Ora enters my chart for the first time as I caught the video at the end of a music video tribute show.

1 2 1 3 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 400000
2 1 1 8 BEND Ria Mae 511300
3 NEW 3 1 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 85000
4 4 1 5 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 433000
5 12 4 6 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 311000
6 3 1 3 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 310000
7 9 7 3 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 107000
8 8 8 3 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 114300
9 NEW 9 1 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 45000
10 11 10 3 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 102000

11 5 1 11 BEST DAYS Lissie 816000
12 6 1 12 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 961350
13 10 10 3 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 91400
14 7 7 6 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 201300
15 NEW 15 1 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 27000
16 16 16 12 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 229600
17 17 17 3 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 64000
18 13 13 4 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 105750
19 NEW 19 1 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 21000
20 20 20 3 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 58750

21 15 3 13 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 616750
22 14 9 4 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 122500
23 NEW 23 1 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 19250
24 24 24 3 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 48600
25 34 25 3 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 46450
26 27 26 3 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 47900
27 NEW 27 1 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 18400
28 26 20 3 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 56800
29 55 29 3 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 39200
30 30 30 7 VINCENT Don McLean 116400

31 25 10 7 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 196650
32 NEW 32 1 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 17800
33 33 33 5 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 77100
34 19 4 11 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 417800
35 29 1 11 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 904700
36 23 15 6 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 100050
37 37 37 7 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 93700
38 42 38 3 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 44700
39 NEW 39 1 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 17100
40 18 6 10 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 309100

41 21 11 7 SANCTIFY Years & Years 175850
42 48 42 4 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 48600
43 44 43 3 CASTLES Lissie 40000
44 22 10 10 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 230550
45 NEW 45 1 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 13000
46 36 18 5 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 89650
47 32 27 6 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 90500
48 40 5 14 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 409050
49 NEW 49 1 THE NIGHTS Avicii 12100
50 41 18 7 LUCID DREAM Owl City 113700

51 35 35 4 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 64250
52 49 1 20 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1028750
53 51 1 13 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 726750
54 28 14 9 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 164900
55 47 5 13 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 370650
56 59 56 4 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 32800
57 31 6 9 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 273400
58 60 58 3 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 26400
59 NEW 59 1 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 10100
60 54 2 12 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 513700

61 52 3 18 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 743350
62 57 12 11 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 206600
63 38 31 4 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 60200
64 NEW 64 1 HIGHER Human 7100
65 NEW 65 1 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 7000
66 69 66 3 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 18200
67 NEW 67 1 SEXY BOY Air 6600
68 74 68 2 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 11600
69 NEW 69 1 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 6200
70 75 70 2 I WANT A LOVER Pet Shop Boys 11000

71 NEW 71 1 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 5800
72 NEW 72 1 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 5600
73 NEW 73 1 WAWWA (WOLFGANG LOHR REMIX) Bart&Bake featuring Billy Bros Orchestra 5400
74 45 9 8 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 176050
75 NEW 75 1 SAFARI Serena 5000

DROP OUTS
39 3 5 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 231350
43 20 4 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 69950
46 25 6 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 96850
50 50 5 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 47400
53 53 4 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 37750
56 12 8 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 174250
58 58 4 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 29400
61 28 7 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 104700
62 62 4 PARADISE George Ezra 27400
63 49 5 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 38400
64 42 6 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 71450
65 5 29 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 763050
66 53 4 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 35500
67 18 11 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 191350
68 68 3 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 18000
70 4 10 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 328050
71 71 2 SPACE COWBOY Kacey Musgraves 10800
72 1 21 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1024700
73 25 7 SLIDE LPX 88000

15th April 2018

It’s Canadian Ria Mae on top with the classy and clever EDM of Bend heading off the mighty singalong yee haw of Kylie’s A Lifetime To Repair, surely it must be a single! Of last week’s deluge of album tracks, Eels leapfrog themselves to grab a second top 10 of 2018, and that surely must be the next single. Lana Del Ray’s definitively touching version of You Must Love Me gives her a 6th top 10, 3 of them covers – Blue Velvet from the 60’s, You Must Love Me from the 90’s, and Disney’s Once Upon A Dream from 1959. It’s rare that I like covers better than the originals, but Lana has a knack for it.

Kylie gets a 4th top 10 of the year with Jack Savoretti, a 6th top 20, and a 7th top 30, and it’s only April. I don’t know how many times she’s featured in my charts (my stats are not anywhere near complete yet) but she’s had at least 55 since 1997, and I’m guessing at least 25 prior to that so well on the way to 100. Not bad from someone I dismissed as a weedy-voiced SAW novelty soap-star 30 years ago, and who I’m paying £80 to see in September (again).

The Weeknd replaces himself in my top 20, his 3rd of the year, Kacey Musgraves goes top 30, Florence is back in the 40, her 19th chart entry in 9 years. There are only 2 new entries, at 74 another single from P!nk (wrong choice though, Where We Go was the commercial one) and yet another Pet Shop Boys album track from their debut Please, and the last one lined up to debut in my chart. Actually will get attention next, the deluxe version.

1 5 1 7 BEND Ria Mae 396300
2 2 2 2 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 230000
3 1 1 2 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 255000
4 3 1 4 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 368000
5 4 1 10 BEST DAYS Lissie 779000
6 6 1 11 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 926350
7 7 7 5 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 172300
8 28 8 2 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 66300
9 50 9 2 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 57000
10 36 10 2 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 59400

11 17 11 2 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 60000
12 8 4 5 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 251000
13 13 13 3 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 83750
14 9 9 3 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 103000
15 12 3 12 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 597000
16 19 16 11 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 204600
17 30 17 2 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 41000
18 11 6 9 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 292100
19 16 4 10 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 400200
20 25 20 2 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 38750

21 14 11 6 SANCTIFY Years & Years 161850
22 10 10 9 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 217300
23 15 15 5 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 82650
24 56 24 2 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 29600
25 18 10 6 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 178750
26 20 20 2 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 38500
27 54 27 2 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 29400
28 21 14 8 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 153900
29 24 1 10 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 887200
30 32 30 6 VINCENT Don McLean 98400

31 22 6 8 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 263000
32 27 27 5 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 78000
33 37 33 4 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 59400
34 59 34 2 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 27700
35 35 35 3 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 52500
36 26 18 4 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 76900
37 40 37 6 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 76400
38 31 31 3 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 53000
39 23 3 5 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 231350
40 39 5 13 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 396750

41 29 18 6 LUCID DREAM Owl City 101700
42 42 42 2 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 27500
43 33 20 4 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 69950
44 44 44 2 CASTLES Lissie 26500
45 34 9 7 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 170850
46 38 25 6 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 96850
47 41 5 12 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 359850
48 55 48 3 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 34850
49 49 1 19 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1017250
50 52 50 5 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 47400

51 48 1 12 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 715500
52 47 3 17 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 735850
53 RE 53 4 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 37750
54 43 2 11 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 503700
55 58 55 2 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 21000
56 45 12 8 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 174250
57 57 12 10 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 199200
58 66 58 4 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 29400
59 64 59 3 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 22200
60 69 60 2 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 16200

61 46 28 7 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 104700
62 62 62 4 PARADISE George Ezra 27400
63 63 49 5 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 38400
64 51 42 6 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 71450
65 65 5 29 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 763050
66 53 53 4 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 35500
67 RE 18 11 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 191350
68 RE 68 3 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 18000
69 74 69 2 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 11400
70 60 4 10 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 328050

71 75 71 2 SPACE COWBOY Kacey Musgraves 10800
72 68 1 21 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1024700
73 73 25 7 SLIDE LPX 88000
74 NEW 74 1 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I WANT A LOVER Pet Shop Boys 5000

DROP OUTS
61 46 6 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 52100
67 14 8 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 165550
70 63 4 STORM SuRie 25600
71 39 4 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 49150
72 20 8 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 108700

 

8th April 2018

It’s straight in for a 40th anniversary vinyl picture disc reissue on top – or rather the B side of Take A Chance On Me – just ahead of World Record Day when another Abba 1978 classic gets that treatment. Back in the day I didn’t allow Abba B sides and album tracks in my charts (or any other acts) because my top 10’s would have been Ed Sheeran invasions and there was too much to love equally as much. Well now streaming has pooed on that in the real charts, so have I changed my rules. So a huge fave in 1978 finally gets it’s own chance to shine, having previously popped into my top 10 in 1999 during an Abba invasion sparked by a Box-set of rarity singles. I’m A Marionette was the key track in a mini-musical of The Album and The Movie. It would sound great in Mamma Mia 2, is all I’m suggesting…

So 44 years of Abba chart-toppers (pretty much all singles and as many album tracks) which stops a gloriously singalong cheesy country track from Kylie doing it (A Lifetime To Repair), but gives her a 3rd top 10 off Golden – along with another 3 new ones, making it a very greedy 6 scattered around the chart – it is a very good album though, most of the tracks stand out as potential singles. That’s not all, though, it’s been a very good week for new albums, 2 big ones from The Weeknd enter, 2 biggies from Eels, 2 from Lissie (all now having 3 in the list), 2 from Lisa Stansfield, and 2 from Kacey Musgraves. Phew!

I saw Kim Wilde headlining her first tour in decades with a new album Hear Come The Aliens, on Saturday, and rather fab she was too, really rocking it family-style with bruv Ricky and niece Scarlet. Some of the new stuff sounded as fab as the old classics, which gives a boost to Kandy Krush into the 20 some 37 years since show-closer stormer Kids In America. She is still as engaging as ever and a great back-catalogue to boot.

The mass invasion is bad news for a lot of records which fall or drop out prematurely when they should be climbing, but hey that’s chart-life, if it’s chockablock there’s only 75 spots available! Meanwhile another album track (Lloyd Webber at 70) from Lana Del Ray enters, covering the Evita add-on for Madonna’s film version, and I must say I much prefer Lana’s reading. Meanwhile Florence covers Tiny Dancer for an Elton/Bernie multi-artist effort, a fab song that was not a hit single in the early 70’s, and she has the best track on the album. That leaves only Alice Merton returning her No Roots to the chart a year on as it finally becomes a UK radio/chart presence. Better late than never.

1 NEW 1 1 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 170000
2 NEW 2 1 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 115000
3 1 1 3 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 303000
4 2 1 9 BEST DAYS Lissie 719000
5 5 5 6 BEND Ria Mae 226300
6 3 1 10 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 871350
7 8 7 4 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 122300
8 4 4 4 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 216000
9 14 9 2 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 74000
10 15 10 8 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 197800

11 6 6 8 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 270100
12 12 3 11 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 570000
13 21 13 2 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 51750
14 11 11 5 SANCTIFY Years & Years 142100
15 30 15 4 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 63400
16 9 4 9 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 379200
17 NEW 17 1 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 23000
18 10 10 5 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 160000
19 19 19 10 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 179600
20 NEW 20 1 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 20000

21 17 14 7 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 135600
22 13 6 7 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 245100
23 7 3 4 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 214250
24 16 1 9 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 869000
25 NEW 25 1 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 18750
26 18 18 3 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 59500
27 29 27 4 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 60200
28 NEW 28 1 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 18300
29 22 18 5 LUCID DREAM Owl City 87700
30 NEW 30 1 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 18000

31 31 31 2 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 35800
32 32 32 5 VINCENT Don McLean 80400
33 20 20 3 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 56450
34 24 9 6 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 157850
35 35 35 2 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 35000
36 NEW 36 1 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 17400
37 37 37 3 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 41700
38 25 25 5 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 84100
39 23 5 12 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 379750
40 40 40 5 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 59100

41 27 5 11 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 347350
42 NEW 42 1 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 13750
43 33 2 10 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 492700
44 NEW 44 1 CASTLES Lissie 13250
45 26 12 7 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 163650
46 28 28 6 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 97200
47 44 3 16 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 724350
48 41 1 11 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 703750
49 47 1 18 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1005150
50 NEW 50 1 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 12000

51 42 42 5 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 64350
52 52 52 4 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 35400
53 53 53 3 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 28700
54 NEW 54 1 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 11000
55 51 51 2 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 22550
56 NEW 56 1 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 10600
57 34 12 9 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 188800
58 NEW 58 1 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 10200
59 NEW 59 1 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 10100
60 36 4 9 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 322050

61 46 46 6 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 52100
62 62 62 3 PARADISE George Ezra 20000
63 49 49 4 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 31200
64 75 64 2 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 12100
65 50 5 28 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 756050
66 66 66 3 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 19200
67 38 14 8 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 165550
68 60 1 20 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1019100
69 NEW 69 1 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 6200
70 63 63 4 STORM SuRie 25600

71 39 39 4 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 49150
72 48 20 8 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 108700
73 55 25 6 SLIDE LPX 82600
74 NEW 74 1 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SPACE COWBOY Kacey Musgraves 5000

DROP OUTS
43 33 4 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 62200
45 18 10 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 184750
54 10 11 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 297900
56 56 3 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 26500
57 22 7 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 109350
58 8 12 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 273350
59 29 6 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 83400
61 1 19 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 672250
64 33 5 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 65650
65 65 4 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 24000
67 67 1 STAY Shakespear’s Sister 6600
68 68 2 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 11600
69 24 6 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 85450
70 70 1 KOTO Cloze 6000
71 71 1 FLY TO PARADISE Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4 5800
72 60 5 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 36200
73 56 5 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 35500
74 74 1 FEDERKLEID FAUN 5200

 

1st april 2018

It’s a first week on top for the haunting You’re So Cool, giving New Zealander Jonathan Bree his first solo hit and first chart-topper. He’s actually made my chart before, as co-vocalist & producer on Princess Chelsea’s The Cigarette Song a couple of years ago, both tracks also having fab arty videos which he was behind. Talented! Meanwhile Paloma Faith grabs yet another quick top 10 hit with her lively version of Mama Cass’ 1969 minor hit up 30 places to 8.

Highest new entry is pop goodie from Robinson at 14, while Kylie gets a second in the 40 with grat track and obvious future single Raining Glitter in at 21. Kim Wilde gets a 2nd top 40 of 2018, I am hoping to see her at the weekend again, and Robbie is back with the lead track off his fan-club-only album of bonus tracks B sides & bits n pieces. Sia’s back with David Guetta, Flames isn’t quite Titanium, but it’s not bad for over half-a-decade on.

1 8 1 2 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 218000
2 1 1 8 BEST DAYS Lissie 654000
3 2 1 9 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 816350
4 6 4 3 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 168000
5 7 5 5 BEND Ria Mae 166300
6 9 6 7 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 243100
7 3 3 3 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 195000
8 38 8 3 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 72300
9 4 4 8 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 354200
10 10 10 4 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 138000

11 11 11 4 SANCTIFY Years & Years 113100
12 5 3 10 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 535000
13 13 6 6 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 225600
14 NEW 14 1 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 29000
15 15 15 7 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 155800
16 12 1 8 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 850000
17 14 14 6 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 115850
18 24 18 2 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 41000
19 19 19 9 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 158600
20 25 20 2 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 38750

21 NEW 21 1 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 19750
22 18 18 4 LUCID DREAM Owl City 69500
23 16 5 11 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 362650
24 17 9 5 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 149250
25 28 25 4 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 66900
26 21 12 6 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 150650
27 20 5 10 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 333350
28 30 28 5 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 84450
29 40 29 3 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 41800
30 50 30 3 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 36400

31 NEW 31 1 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 17900
32 32 32 4 VINCENT Don McLean 62600
33 22 2 9 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 479200
34 26 12 8 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 178400
35 NEW 35 1 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 17500
36 31 4 8 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 312050
37 64 37 2 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 24400
38 23 14 7 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 158950
39 44 39 3 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 43350
40 48 40 4 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 42100

41 29 1 10 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 691450
42 43 42 4 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 52600
43 33 33 4 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 62200
44 34 3 15 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 711850
45 39 18 10 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 184750
46 53 46 5 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 44600
47 45 1 17 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 993050
48 37 20 7 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 103100
49 66 49 3 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 24000
50 62 5 27 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 749050

51 NEW 51 1 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 11750
52 68 52 3 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 23900
53 69 53 2 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 17450
54 35 10 11 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 297900
55 36 25 5 SLIDE LPX 77200
56 59 56 3 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 26500
57 42 22 7 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 109350
58 49 8 12 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 273350
59 41 29 6 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 83400
60 57 1 19 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1012700

61 58 1 19 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 672250
62 75 62 2 PARADISE George Ezra 12400
63 63 63 3 STORM SuRie 19600
64 46 33 5 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 65650
65 70 65 4 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 24000
66 72 66 2 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 12400
67 NEW 67 1 STAY Shakespear’s Sister 6600
68 74 68 2 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 11600
69 52 24 6 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 85450
70 NEW 70 1 KOTO Cloze 6000

71 NEW 71 1 FLY TO PARADISE Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4 5800
72 60 60 5 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 36200
73 56 56 5 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 35500
74 NEW 74 1 FEDERKLEID FAUN 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 5000

DROP OUTS
27 27 2 SUBURBIA (THE FULL HORROR) Pet Shop Boys 35900
47 3 10 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 395500
51 7 9 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 289450
54 54 4 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 39200
55 49 4 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 43700
61 51 4 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 41100
65 65 5 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 33200
67 34 6 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 71600
71 4 12 WHERE WE GO P!nk 329400
73 3 18 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 603050

 

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25th March 2018

It’s a first chart-topper for Lissie and her fab fab melody and vocal, as 2 great videos charge Ria Mae up to 8, and a new entry from Jonathan Bree which has to be seen, 60’s pastiche and a haunting song. Beca goes top 10 with me and no-one else in the world who does personal charts (I expect!) which is a shame.

The rest of the chart is Paloma and Pet Shop Boys oldies chock-a-block, Panic! At The Disco are back for a 12th year of chart-bothering, and Mai Lan gets a solo entry to add to her big top 3 track 2 years ago with M83.

1 2 1 7 BEST DAYS Lissie 539000
2 1 1 8 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 731350
3 5 3 2 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 145000
4 4 4 7 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 309200
5 3 3 9 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 500000
6 8 6 2 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 103000
7 22 7 4 BEND Ria Mae 106300
8 NEW 8 1 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 48000
9 10 9 6 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 188100
10 13 10 3 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 96000

11 18 11 3 SANCTIFY Years & Years 76100
12 7 1 7 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 825000
13 6 6 5 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 193600
14 20 14 5 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 92850
15 16 15 6 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 128800
16 11 5 10 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 343400
17 9 9 4 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 130250
18 30 18 3 LUCID DREAM Owl City 50000
19 29 19 8 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 137600
20 12 5 9 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 314950

21 15 12 5 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 132150
22 17 2 8 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 461500
23 14 14 6 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 141750
24 NEW 24 1 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 19000
25 NEW 25 1 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 18750
26 19 12 7 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 160800
27 35 27 2 SUBURBIA (THE FULL HORROR) Pet Shop Boys 35900
28 39 28 3 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 48150
29 23 1 9 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 677450
30 38 30 4 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 66150

31 21 4 7 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 294650
32 42 32 3 VINCENT Don McLean 44800
33 40 33 3 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 48700
34 27 3 14 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 697600
35 24 10 10 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 286900
36 25 25 4 SLIDE LPX 66400
37 28 20 6 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 90700
38 64 38 2 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 24300
39 26 18 9 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 171750
40 67 40 2 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 23600

41 31 29 5 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 73300
42 32 22 6 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 98950
43 44 43 3 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 38850
44 45 44 2 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 26250
45 41 1 16 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 980450
46 33 33 4 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 58550
47 34 3 10 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 395500
48 66 48 3 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 25100
49 37 8 11 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 263150
50 68 50 2 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 18400

51 36 7 9 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 289450
52 47 24 5 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 79250
53 60 53 4 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 31800
54 56 54 4 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 39200
55 49 49 4 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 43700
56 61 56 4 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 30100
57 54 1 18 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1002700
58 46 1 18 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 664750
59 71 59 2 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 15900
60 62 60 4 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 30600

61 51 51 4 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 41100
62 59 5 26 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 737050
63 74 63 2 STORM SuRie 12400
64 NEW 64 1 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 7100
65 65 65 5 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 33200
66 75 66 2 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 11800
67 48 34 6 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 71600
68 70 68 2 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 12400
69 NEW 69 1 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 6200
70 72 70 3 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 17000

71 52 4 12 WHERE WE GO P!nk 329400
72 NEW 72 1 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 5600
73 58 3 18 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 603050
74 NEW 74 1 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PARADISE George Ezra 5000

DROP OUTS
43 8 17 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 361000
50 36 6 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 80200
53 19 8 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 131450
55 13 9 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 184200
57 26 8 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 107400
63 50 7 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 59650
69 5 18 PHASES Alma & French Montana 561350
73 73 2 DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Sting featuring Shaggy 10400

 

18th March 2018

It’s a 3rd week on top for Kendrick and SZA, still sounding great, as are the whole top 10, all of them lower than they deserve (bar one). Lissie gets her highest-ever peak of 2, and JT goes top 3 for a full 20 years of ’em. In at 5 it’s the original B side to the new entry at 35 for the Pet Shop Boys – Paninaro was equally loved by me in 1986 as A side and chart-topper Suburbia, but I didnt allow B sides and album tracks in those to avoid swamping my charts with fave acts like Abba and Pet Shop Boys. These days, since Sheeran & the stupid streaming takeovers of the UK & US charts, I’ve said sod it, I’m doing the same – so as Please (one of 3 deluxe 80’s album versions to chart last week) is back I’m recharting tracks I would have charted (but didn’t). That means the banging 12″ mix of Paninaro (Italian fashion movement) enters at 5, having peaked in the top 5 in the mid 90’s in a belated inferior remake, and Suburbia is back again also in an 8 minute plus extended version. In The Night also enters (better known as The Clothes Show TV theme tune back in the day), while Two Divided By Zero climbs.

They aren’t the only act taking over the charts though – Paloma Faith’s chart-topper drops out, but two new ones enter giving her 4 tracks: Til I’m Done revives in my CD playlists, love the manic ending and her vocal, back up to 11 leapfrogging the top 20 combo with Sigala. Another duet, with Sia, and clearly a Sia OTT ballad for a Game or something, enters at 45 (not available to buy) as an advert track (I think) also enters at 64: Paloma’s version of the fab Mama Cass 1969 hit of the Barry Mann & Cynthia Weill song. Kylie meanwhile keeps the dance yee-haws a-coming at jumps straight in at 8 for 2 top 10’s in a row.

Big climbs for Years & Years, and Owl City, the latter getting a second top 30 hit, and Lykke Li covers the 1973 Jim Croce classic Time In A Bottle which topped my chart thanks to an X-Men movie sequence a couple or 3 years back. Kim Wilde’s new album is out, and she grabs another chart entry out of it, Sade return for the first time in 7 years, and 34 years on from Your Love Is King jazzing up the charts, and the UK Eurovision song sneaks in as the Finland entry drops a bit at the top end of my chart. Expect that ratio to be repeated on the day…

1 1 1 7 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 626350
2 3 2 6 BEST DAYS Lissie 369000
3 4 3 8 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 440000
4 5 4 6 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 244200
5 NEW 5 1 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 60000
6 6 6 4 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 161600
7 2 1 6 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 790000
8 NEW 8 1 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 48000
9 9 9 3 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 107250
10 10 10 5 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 143100

11 31 5 9 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 318400
12 7 5 8 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 294950
13 18 13 2 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 54000
14 14 14 5 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 122500
15 12 12 4 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 112400
16 16 16 5 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 101800
17 11 2 7 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 442000
18 39 18 2 SANCTIFY Years & Years 39100
19 15 12 6 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 142300
20 21 20 4 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 63850

21 13 4 6 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 276750
22 27 22 3 BEND Ria Mae 56300
23 19 1 8 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 659250
24 17 10 9 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 269400
25 25 25 3 SLIDE LPX 49000
26 26 18 8 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 154650
27 23 3 13 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 680000
28 20 20 5 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 73400
29 30 29 7 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 116600
30 60 30 2 LUCID DREAM Owl City 28000

31 29 29 4 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 59300
32 22 22 5 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 85200
33 33 33 3 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 45800
34 24 3 9 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 383000
35 NEW 35 1 SUBURBIA (THE FULL HORROR) Pet Shop Boys 17500
36 28 7 8 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 277700
37 32 8 10 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 251050
38 38 38 3 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 48150
39 46 39 2 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 29850
40 41 40 2 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 31000

41 37 1 15 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 967450
42 44 42 2 VINCENT Don McLean 27000
43 8 8 17 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 361000
44 49 44 2 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 25350
45 NEW 45 1 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 13000
46 42 1 17 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 654550
47 35 24 4 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 67750
48 34 34 5 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 65000
49 55 49 3 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 32900
50 36 36 6 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 80200

51 51 51 3 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 33600
52 43 4 11 WHERE WE GO P!nk 323600
53 40 19 8 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 131450
54 53 1 17 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 992300
55 47 13 9 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 184200
56 58 56 3 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 28200
57 45 26 8 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 107400
58 52 3 17 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 597650
59 56 5 25 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 729650
60 72 60 3 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 20600

61 67 61 3 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 19500
62 62 62 3 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 20600
63 50 50 7 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 59650
64 NEW 64 1 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 7100
65 68 65 4 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 26200
66 70 66 2 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 12800
67 NEW 67 1 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 6600
68 NEW 68 1 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 6400
69 63 5 18 PHASES Alma & French Montana 561350
70 NEW 70 1 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 5800
72 73 72 2 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 11000
73 75 73 2 DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Sting featuring Shaggy 10400
74 NEW 74 1 STORM SuRie 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 5000

DROP OUTS
48 40 5 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 58950
54 30 6 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 92150
57 1 11 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 582450
59 2 8 DANCING Kylie Minogue 450850
61 49 5 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 48800
64 1 28 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1177200
65 65 3 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 18600
66 23 7 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 99050
69 50 7 WAIT Turin Brakes 58800
71 55 4 MIDNIGHT X River 34000
74 6 10 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 213350

 

11th March 2018

It’s a second week on top for Kendrick Lamarr and SZA, a great movie song for the closing credits, leading a static top 4, all still sounding fab. The Partridge Family’s 1970 album track and TV show performance finally makes my top 10, err, 47 years late – the episode featured around a Black urban area show for charity, so fits in nicely with a blockbuster black superhero movie. In 1971 (when I first saw the TV show) I was into DC comics with social conscience themes, like Teen Titans and many others. It was a time of optimism that things were changing.

Killer makes the top 10 for the 3rd time for Seal, all versions different, and The Fratellis make it a 4th top 10, while highest new entry is from a newish US singer called Beca who popped up on my twitter with her new mid-80’s sounding track, We exchanged some messages, I bought it, and here it is in at 18, ironically ahead of the lead track from Pet Shop Boys first album – it’s sort of late 80’s Pet Shop Boys-sounding in some respects with the synth chords. The PSB’s have 3 reissues with bonus tracks, giving me an opportunity to own them on CD as well as vinyl, charting in the UK top 75, and a chance to chart all those tracks that I excluded because I didnt let album tracks into my charts once I started buying Abba albums – or else the chart would have been Ed-Sheeran-ed to death.

Big climbs for LPX and Meghan Trainor, Years & Years return, Don McLean’s classic 1972 UK chart-topper is back for the first time in 46 years as it re-enters the UK top 75 sales chart this week, giving me a perfect reason to let it have a decent chart run – I preferred American Pie at the time, and it was much better than I rated it at the time. Vincent isn’t about me (my middle name), but is about Van Gogh. His great great nephew lives locally running a transport service: Vincent Van Hire. Maybe.

Others: Leona Lewis is back, Owl City is back, both after breaks, Rainbow Kitten Surprise is not as cuddly as it sounds at all, alt-rock pretty much, but good, and in at the bottom end it’s Sting back with an assist from Shaggy. Some have commented on the Youtube video that they are surprised at the pairing, never saw that one coming, and the like. Being old, I’m more surprised it took this long for them to pair up: Sting had non-stop reggae-rock monsters for 3 years in The Police, almost 40 years ago, and by 1993 when Shaggy was huge, so was reggae huge again, including Sting having more reggae hits with reggae acts on loan. The new one’s more gentle and less gutsy or poppy than the older ones, but nice to have them both back.

1 1 1 6 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 456350
2 2 1 5 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 740000
3 3 3 5 BEST DAYS Lissie 254000
4 4 4 7 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 355000
5 6 5 5 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 179200
6 9 6 3 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 106600
7 5 5 7 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 259950
8 11 8 16 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 347500
9 23 9 2 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 62250
10 16 10 4 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 101100

11 7 2 6 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 419000
12 13 12 3 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 85400
13 8 4 5 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 257000
14 15 14 4 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 93500
15 12 12 5 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 121300
16 19 16 4 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 76800
17 10 10 8 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 250400
18 NEW 18 1 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 22000
19 14 1 7 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 640000
20 29 20 4 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 55100

21 28 21 3 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 43850
22 26 22 4 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 67400
23 21 3 12 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 661600
24 17 3 8 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 365400
25 52 25 2 SLIDE LPX 30250
26 18 18 7 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 136150
27 27 27 2 BREAK Ria Mae 36800
28 20 7 7 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 260300
29 38 29 3 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 41400
30 35 30 6 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 98400

31 22 5 8 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 281400
32 25 8 9 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 233750
33 57 33 2 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 28100
34 36 34 4 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 52700
35 24 24 3 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 55250
36 37 36 5 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 68200
37 33 1 14 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 953450
38 42 38 2 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 30950
39 NEW 39 1 SANCTIFY Years & Years 17100
40 30 19 7 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 120200

41 NEW 41 1 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 14000
42 31 1 16 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 641800
43 32 4 10 WHERE WE GO P!nk 312100
44 NEW 44 1 VINCENT Don McLean 13250
45 34 26 7 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 97000
46 NEW 46 1 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 12750
47 39 13 8 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 173400
48 40 40 5 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 58950
49 NEW 49 1 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 12100
50 53 50 6 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 52450

51 59 51 2 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 21850
52 44 3 16 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 587450
53 51 1 16 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 981300
54 43 30 6 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 92150
55 60 55 2 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 20800
56 45 5 24 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 719550
57 46 1 11 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 582450
58 62 58 2 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 17600
59 41 2 8 DANCING Kylie Minogue 450850
60 NEW 60 1 LUCID DREAM Owl City 10000

61 49 49 5 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 48800
62 71 62 2 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 13200
63 56 5 17 PHASES Alma & French Montana 555150
64 61 1 28 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1177200
65 67 65 3 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 18600
66 48 23 7 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 99050
67 73 67 2 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 12000
68 68 68 3 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 19200
69 50 50 7 WAIT Turin Brakes 58800
70 NEW 70 1 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 55 55 4 MIDNIGHT X River 34000
72 75 72 2 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 10600
73 NEW 73 1 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 5400
74 58 6 10 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 213350
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Sting featuring Shaggy 5000

DROP OUTS
47 10 7 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 183900
54 24 7 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 109600
63 9 9 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 179600
64 27 7 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 98850
65 28 8 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 108450
66 3 21 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 608400
69 20 6 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 95700
70 10 9 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 190000
72 72 3 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 16000
74 46 7 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 71500

 

4th March 2018

It’s a first chart-topper for Kendrick Lamar and SZA as they leapfrog Kendrick’s other Black Panther soundtrack hit with The Weeknd who has to be content with yet another number 2 peak. Lissie goes up to 3 with her 6th chart entry, beating the 6 peak of When I’m Alone in 2010, and Hailee Steinfeld gets a first top 10, and a 2nd top 20 in one fell swoop. Florida Georgia Line similarly get a first top 10 and almost get a second one in the same week.

Janelle Monae gets her 3rd top 10 in 6 years since she hit 2 with fun. but her first solo entry with the very Prince-inspired and highest-climbing Make Me Feel. Funktastic. The Fratellis get their 5th top 20 entry, the first for 11 years, while highest new entry has gone all Pete Tong – as he turns into a Killer with his 2nd top 40 classic dance cover, featuring Seal, who thus gets a 3rd version of the 1990 Adamski chart-topper into my charts. He got no credit for what is essentially his own song, sung by himself (how times have changed, these days you get a label credit for farting in the background accidentally). He did record his own hit version a few years later but it wasn’t as good, though he did get another 2 chart-toppers himself alone in the 90’s. Just to rub it in, his 1990 classic debut hit, Crazy, has been covered in a very different style by Think Up Anger, and renamed Mutiny. No idea why Crazy isn’t the title.

New act Ria Mae is the highest new song, at 27, as Sigala and Paloma Faith both add to their list of top 40 tracks as Lullaby rockets into the 30. Alan Walker gets a 3rd top 40, Noah Cyrus a second, Imagine Dragons 4 out of 4 from the new album, and Rosemary Martins covers Donna Summer reggae-style spearheading a reggae-presence of 3 as UB40 also cover Stevie Wonder to get a 2nd in the chart. Or 2 UB20’s (almost, 3 members at any rate) which adds up to UB40 pretty much, given the actual vocalist Ali is singing.

Meghan Trainor is back, ditto Marshmello, Anne-Marie, and Gary Numan – Gazza has been absent since 2002, so he now extends his chart career to 39 years since Are ‘Friends’ Electric topped my chart in the summer of ’79. My Name Is Ruin is his best effort in a decade and a half.

1 3 1 5 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 286350
2 1 1 4 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 625000
3 9 3 4 BEST DAYS Lissie 169000
4 6 4 6 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 290000
5 5 5 6 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 209950
6 13 6 4 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 119200
7 2 2 5 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 382000
8 4 4 4 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 226000
9 67 9 2 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 51600
10 10 10 7 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 227400

11 12 11 15 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 289500
12 17 12 4 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 94300
13 27 13 2 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 50400
14 7 1 6 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 619000
15 20 15 3 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 64500
16 39 16 3 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 59100
17 8 3 7 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 346400
18 18 18 6 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 117650
19 32 19 3 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 51800
20 11 7 6 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 242000

21 15 3 11 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 642350
22 14 5 7 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 263500
23 NEW 23 1 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 19250
24 25 24 2 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 37750
25 16 8 8 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 215950
26 36 26 3 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 47900
27 NEW 27 1 BREAK Ria Mae 18400
28 71 28 2 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 24100
29 59 29 3 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 35100
30 19 19 6 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 103200

31 24 1 15 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 628050
32 22 4 9 WHERE WE GO P!nk 298600
33 29 1 13 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 936150
34 26 26 6 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 84000
35 35 35 5 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 80400
36 49 36 3 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 35100
37 40 37 4 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 50800
38 70 38 2 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 23200
39 28 13 7 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 160900
40 46 40 4 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 46650

41 21 2 7 DANCING Kylie Minogue 440750
42 NEW 42 1 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 13750
43 30 30 5 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 81150
44 34 3 15 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 575950
45 33 5 23 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 708950
46 38 1 10 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 572050
47 31 10 7 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 183900
48 23 23 6 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 92250
49 50 49 4 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 41300
50 58 50 6 WAIT Turin Brakes 52600

51 47 1 15 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 970050
52 NEW 52 1 SLIDE LPX 11500
53 57 53 5 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 40450
54 37 24 7 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 109600
55 55 55 3 MIDNIGHT X River 28200
56 45 5 16 PHASES Alma & French Montana 547950
57 NEW 57 1 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 10400
58 42 6 9 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 208150
59 NEW 59 1 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 10100
60 NEW 60 1 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 10000

61 56 1 27 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1170100
62 NEW 62 1 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 7400
63 43 9 9 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 179600
64 52 27 7 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 98850
65 44 28 8 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 108450
66 65 3 21 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 608400
67 75 67 2 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 11600
68 68 68 2 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 12800
69 41 20 6 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 95700
70 53 10 9 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 190000

71 NEW 71 1 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 5800
72 73 72 3 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 16000
73 NEW 73 1 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 5400
74 51 46 7 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 71500
75 NEW 75 1 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 5000

DROP OUTS
48 37 6 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 72700
54 38 5 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 68100
60 60 5 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 35800
61 26 6 17 MK 82100
62 26 7 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 91050
63 9 10 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 207050
64 28 7 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 80550
66 59 6 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 44800
69 69 4 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 23200
72 1 20 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 783350
74 10 10 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 190150

 

25th february 2018

It’s Saara Aalto on top for a 3rd week, chasing by 2 Black Panther tracks (which I saw this week), giving Kendrick Lamar 2 of the top 3. No relation to Austrian inventor and movie actress Hedy Lamarr, who basically invented bluetooth in the 30’s (sort of) as part of a radio-wave missile-guidance system for allied troops and then became a gorgeous movie star in Hollywood. I can however listen to Kendrick Lamar now via bluetooth, so sort of linked. No relation in either case to fictional Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles. Hedy had a film-worthy life, though.

Florida Georgia Line and Hailee Steinfeld both have 2 top 20, and top 40, respectively, while CAIN (who?!) have the highest new entry with an unavailable Witchhouse track. Janelle Monae is back 3 years from her last chart entry – with Duran Duran – and 6 years since her monster fun. track. I now have a complete 1997-2017 database so can quote accurate stats from my charts during that period. Just 1968-1996 to add now…

5 Seconds of Summer get a second chart entry 4 years since the first, Imagine Dragons make it 4 off the latest album, Paloma Faith links with Sigala to give her 3 on the chart, and 23 in total. Sigala have had 4, and Franz Ferdinand get their 11th chart entry 9 years on from the last one (excluding their FFS project with Sparks).

1 1 1 3 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 510000
2 2 2 4 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 332000
3 25 3 4 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 116350
4 4 4 3 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 178000
5 8 5 5 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 149950
6 6 4 5 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 225000
7 3 1 5 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 590000
8 5 3 6 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 323400
9 15 9 3 BEST DAYS Lissie 84000
10 10 10 6 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 185400

11 7 7 5 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 222000
12 13 12 14 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 252500
13 18 13 3 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 64200
14 9 5 6 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 244000
15 12 3 10 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 622600
16 14 8 7 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 197200
17 28 17 3 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 59300
18 21 18 5 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 95650
19 20 19 5 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 85200
20 35 20 2 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 37500

21 11 2 6 DANCING Kylie Minogue 426750
22 17 4 8 WHERE WE GO P!nk 280800
23 27 23 5 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 79950
24 16 1 14 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 610150
25 NEW 25 1 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 18750
26 32 26 5 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 66400
27 NEW 27 1 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 18400
28 19 13 6 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 143800
29 23 1 12 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 918450
30 30 30 4 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 67650

31 22 10 6 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 171400
32 45 32 2 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 30800
33 29 5 22 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 695950
34 31 3 14 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 562700
35 36 35 4 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 62900
36 50 36 2 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 29400
37 24 24 6 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 98600
38 26 1 9 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 559300
39 40 39 2 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 34100
40 52 40 3 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 33500

41 34 20 5 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 89500
42 39 6 8 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 197950
43 38 9 8 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 172200
44 33 28 7 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 101450
45 42 5 15 PHASES Alma & French Montana 537350
46 55 46 3 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 30650
47 43 1 14 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 958300
48 37 37 6 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 72700
49 72 49 2 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 17700
50 57 50 3 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 29200

51 46 46 6 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 66300
52 44 27 6 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 91750
53 47 10 8 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 184000
54 48 38 5 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 68100
55 67 55 2 MIDNIGHT X River 17400
56 53 1 26 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1162600
57 66 57 4 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 29200
58 60 58 5 WAIT Turin Brakes 40600
59 65 59 2 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital farm Animals 17100
60 63 60 5 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 35800

61 41 26 6 17 MK 82100
62 51 26 7 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 91050
63 56 9 10 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 207050
64 58 28 7 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 80550
65 62 3 20 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 601600
66 59 59 6 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 44800
67 NEW 67 1 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 6600
68 NEW 68 1 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 6400
69 71 69 4 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 23200
70 NEW 70 1 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 6000

71 NEW 71 1 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 5800
72 69 1 20 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 783350
73 75 73 2 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 10400
74 64 10 10 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 190150
75 NEW 75 1 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 5000

DROP OUTS
49 30 5 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 72300
54 36 5 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 74450
61 44 6 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 55050
68 18 7 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 111550
70 1 21 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 967900
73 1 24 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 1003050
74 1 16 AMEN The Fizz 901350

 

18th February 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top for the Eurovision hopeful, as Al Green gets a first top 5 since Let’s Stay Together in 1972 (and it’s reissue in 2010 when it topped my chart). He last made my top 10 with new material in 2008, and would have been charting for 50 years had I compiled charts in early 1968. The Eels grab a 5th top 10 some 21 years after the first one, while Lissie gets a top 20 8 years on from her first rocketing up 35 places.

Hailee Steinfeld gets greedy, up 40 spots into the 20, while also entering at 45 with BloodPop assisting, t’other assistants Florida Georgia Line leapfrog themselves. Kendrick Lamar joins himself in the 30, SZA gets a second top 40. Highest new entry is MIKA, last in my top 10 in 2013, and first in with Grace Kelly in 2007, in between topping with flop Rain in 2009. The Fratellis also enter, having been absent for almost a decade, but having 3 top 10’s in 2006/7. Kishi Bashi grabs a 7th chart hit, Alan Walker a 3rd, Noah Cyrus a second, and sneaking in with an unreleased track (at least until friday) is Mel & Kim. Poor Mel died at a very young age at the height of their success, and are owed another bit of chart success, as it’s not bad at all from what I’ve heard so far, 30 years on.

1 1 1 2 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 340000
2 3 2 3 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 217000
3 2 1 4 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 540000
4 8 4 2 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 113000
5 4 3 5 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 275400
6 5 4 4 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 230000
7 7 7 4 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 185000
8 23 8 4 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 89950
9 9 5 5 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 215000
10 10 10 5 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 143400

11 6 2 5 DANCING Kylie Minogue 407000
12 12 3 9 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 595600
13 16 13 13 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 217500
14 14 8 6 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 172200
15 50 15 2 BEST DAYS Lissie 39000
16 11 1 13 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 591150
17 15 4 7 WHERE WE GO P!nk 261300
18 58 18 2 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 32200
19 13 13 5 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 125500
20 22 20 4 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 64200

21 24 21 4 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 73650
22 17 10 5 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 153500
23 18 1 11 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 900250
24 25 24 5 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 81300
25 62 25 3 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 31350
26 19 1 8 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 542100
27 34 27 4 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 60700
28 30 28 2 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 36300
29 21 5 21 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 678250
30 31 30 3 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 49650

31 20 3 13 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 545100
32 45 32 4 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 47900
33 28 28 6 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 88200
34 27 20 4 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 75500
35 NEW 35 1 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 17500
36 41 36 3 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 45400
37 47 37 5 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 60400
38 29 9 7 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 158700
39 39 6 7 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 184200
40 NEW 40 1 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 17000

41 26 26 5 17 MK 74600
42 33 5 14 PHASES Alma & French Montana 524350
43 43 1 13 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 945800
44 32 27 5 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 80250
45 NEW 45 1 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 13000
46 48 46 5 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 54550
47 40 10 7 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 172750
48 38 38 4 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 57100
49 37 30 5 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 72300
50 NEW 50 1 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 12000

51 35 26 6 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 83650
52 75 52 2 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 16500
53 49 1 25 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1152000
54 36 36 5 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 74450
55 64 55 2 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 17900
56 46 9 9 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 199850
57 66 57 2 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 17200
58 42 28 6 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 73450
59 61 59 5 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 38000
60 63 60 4 WAIT Turin Brakes 30400

61 44 44 6 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 55050
62 55 3 19 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 594600
63 67 63 4 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 25800
64 54 10 9 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 184950
65 NEW 65 1 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital farm Animals 7000
66 70 66 3 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 18800
67 NEW 67 1 MIDNIGHT X River 6600
68 51 18 7 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 111550
69 57 1 19 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 777750
70 65 1 21 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 967900

71 72 71 3 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 17000
72 NEW 72 1 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 5600
73 69 1 24 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 1003050
74 52 1 16 AMEN The Fizz 901350
75 NEW 75 1 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 5000

DROP OUTS
53 46 5 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 56000
56 38 6 STRANGERS Sigrid 73800
59 59 3 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 24400
60 50 3 IDGAF Dua Lipa 34000
68 7 13 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 287250
71 71 2 SPANISH SEA Toto 10800
73 19 14 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 186700
74 7 9 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 205500

 

11th February 2018

Straight in at 1 it’s a record from Saara Alto, Finnish runner-up in X-Factor UK, and former The Voice Finland candidate. That makes her twice a song contest fave, but I have to say I don’t watch either shows anywhere these days. That makes it pretty extraordinary that a record I’d never heard until yesterday enters on top. Essentially, she’s engaging, and it sounds like a Eurovision Song Contest winning track – if only the BBC could come up with one like it. I rarely have singing competition singers top my chart (excluding Eurovision), and usually it’s well into their career when they do: Adam Lambert did it in 2017, Olly Murs in 2013, Agnes in 2009, Girls Aloud did it twice in 2007, and that’s about it for the 21st Century, none of them doing so with the first single after appearing. There is precedence though – Mary Hopkin won multiple weeks in a 60’s show called Opportunity Knocks, Paul McCartney signed her up to Apple Records, and she had 3 chart-toppers in 1968, 1969 and 1970 – only missing out on making it 3 in a row thanks to being the UK singer for Eurovision in 1970 with a cheesy entry, which slipped in before her final one.

Elsewhere, Florida Georgia Line get a double debut, both as featuring act, The Weeknd rockets to 3 with his Black Panther single, the film not even out yet, and giving him 5 years of top 3’s since Twenty Eight hit 2, and including a chart-topper with Ariana Grande. Disclosure eclipse their Sam Smith 2012 Latch single (peaked at 10) in one fell swoop by sampling the brilliant Al Green, one of the greatest soul singers of all-time. Lissie’s back after a slight gap, UB40 (or at least 3/8ths of them) string out a chart run to a whopping 38 years, and a six-year-old Mexican political track sneaks in at the bottom.

1 NEW 1 1 MONSTERS Saara Alto 170000
2 1 1 3 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 455000
3 40 3 2 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 102000
4 3 3 4 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 215400
5 4 4 3 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 175000
6 2 2 4 DANCING Kylie Minogue 370000
7 7 7 3 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 135000
8 NEW 8 1 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 48000
9 5 5 4 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 170000
10 14 10 4 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 101400

11 9 1 12 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 566150
12 12 3 8 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 560600
13 13 13 4 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 104500
14 8 8 5 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 143200
15 6 4 6 WHERE WE GO P!nk 238300
16 16 16 12 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 185500
17 10 10 4 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 134000
18 15 1 10 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 881000
19 11 1 7 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 523600
20 18 3 12 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 527200

21 17 5 20 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 660050
22 22 22 3 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 44200
23 35 23 3 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 41950
24 33 24 3 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 53900
25 25 25 4 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 62300
26 29 26 4 17 MK 60600
27 20 20 3 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 57900
28 34 28 5 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 70500
29 19 9 6 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 141500
30 NEW 30 1 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 18000

31 42 31 2 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 31650
32 27 27 4 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 67000
33 21 5 13 PHASES Alma & French Montana 510600
34 37 34 3 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 42300
35 26 26 5 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 71900
36 36 36 4 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 63450
37 30 30 4 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 60100
38 38 38 3 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 44800
39 23 6 6 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 167100
40 24 10 6 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 160250

41 41 41 2 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 28000
42 28 28 5 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 63250
43 32 1 12 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 932300
44 57 44 5 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 47550
45 60 45 3 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 30100
46 44 9 8 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 189250
47 47 47 4 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 43100
48 48 48 4 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 41800
49 43 1 24 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1140750
50 NEW 50 1 BEST DAYS Lissie 12000

51 31 18 6 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 105150
52 45 1 15 AMEN The Fizz 896150
53 46 46 5 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 56000
54 39 10 8 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 177850
55 49 3 18 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 587200
56 51 38 6 STRANGERS Sigrid 73800
57 55 1 18 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 771550
58 NEW 58 1 LET ME GO Halee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 10200
59 61 59 3 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 24400
60 50 50 3 IDGAF Dua Lipa 34000

61 62 61 4 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 27900
62 74 62 2 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 12600
63 65 63 3 WAIT Turin Brakes 20400
64 NEW 64 1 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 7100
65 63 1 20 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 961900
66 NEW 66 1 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 6800
67 68 67 3 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 18600
68 58 7 13 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 287250
69 67 1 23 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 997650
70 70 70 2 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 12000

71 75 71 2 SPANISH SEA Toto 10800
72 72 72 2 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 11200
73 64 19 14 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 186700
74 71 7 9 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 205500
75 NEW 75 1 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 5000

DROP OUTS
52 35 8 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 90800
53 40 5 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 60800
54 1 14 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 942750
56 37 5 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 53450
59 14 11 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 227250
66 66 3 ALONE Jessie Ware 18000
69 69 3 MAGIC Simple Minds 16800
73 73 3 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 15400

 

4th February 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top for the Irma Thomas 1964 soul gem fresh from Black Mirror. That keeps Kylie in her place as Revivalists have a god climb to 3 leapfrogging Justin Timberlake’s under-rated new track and Paloma’s 3rd single from the album. Kim Wilde rockets with Ricky to 22 from 74 – Ricky’s biggest chart credit since Mrs Malinski made my top 30 in 1974. No you don’t have to pretend you know it and it won’t be on Spotify. His voice has dropped quite a bit since then! Mine too.

The Eels return to my top 40 for the first time in 13 years, quite a gap, while Camilla Cabello outdoes Havana here and becomes her 2nd top 40. The Weeknd has an instant top 40 highest new entry, aided by Kendrick Lamar, who also enters lower with another track, both songs from the forthcoming 50 Shades film. Fleetwood Mac’s classic Rhiannon is well over 40 years old, and was last in my charts exactly 40 years ago – this is the album version, though, so the new Fleetwood Mac deluxe has given me an excuse to chart this uncharted version. Fab. Finally, Toto are back after a 30-year gap (bar reissues) with a souped-up version of an old unreleased very Rosanna period Toto, sadly I would prefer Hold The Line-period Toto, though Africa was fab.

1 1 1 2 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 340000
2 2 2 3 DANCING Kylie Minogue 315000
3 8 3 3 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 150400
4 7 4 2 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 115000
5 6 5 3 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 125000
6 4 4 5 WHERE WE GO P!nk 211300
7 12 7 2 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 85000
8 10 8 4 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 114200
9 3 1 11 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 529150
10 11 10 3 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 111000

11 5 1 6 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 502600
12 9 3 7 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 327800
13 17 13 3 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 72500
14 27 14 3 NEVER Embrace 59400
15 13 1 9 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 859000
16 20 16 11 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 160500
17 14 5 19 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 640300
18 15 3 11 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 507200
19 16 9 5 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 123300
20 22 20 2 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 39500

21 21 5 12 PHASES Alma & French Montana 492900
22 74 22 2 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 24700
23 23 6 5 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 150000
24 19 10 5 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 143250
25 33 25 3 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 43550
26 28 26 4 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 54400
27 32 27 3 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 49200
28 30 28 4 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 49500
29 31 29 3 17 MK 42100
30 34 30 3 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 42800

31 18 18 5 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 93400
32 24 1 11 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 918800
33 38 33 2 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 34900
34 39 34 4 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 52200
35 63 35 2 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 24700
36 36 36 3 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 46050
37 62 37 2 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 24700
38 57 38 2 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 27600
39 25 10 7 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 166850
40 NEW 40 1 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 17000

41 NEW 41 1 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 14000
42 NEW 42 1 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 13750
43 37 1 23 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1128650
44 26 9 7 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 176500
45 43 1 14 AMEN The Fizz 884650
46 47 46 4 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 44750
47 52 47 3 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 30600
48 54 48 3 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 29500
49 41 3 17 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 576400
50 50 50 2 IDGAF Dua Lipa 24000

51 45 38 5 STRANGERS Sigrid 63200
52 35 35 8 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 90800
53 40 40 5 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 60800
54 42 1 14 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 942750
55 48 1 17 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 761150
56 46 37 5 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 53450
57 58 57 4 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 34300
58 51 7 12 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 280850
59 29 14 11 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 227250
60 64 60 2 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 17100

61 66 61 2 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 14300
62 67 62 3 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 20400
63 60 1 19 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 954900
64 56 19 13 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 181300
65 69 65 2 WAIT Turin Brakes 13200
66 71 66 3 ALONE Jessie Ware 18000
67 61 1 22 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 991450
68 72 68 2 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 12000
69 73 69 3 MAGIC Simple Minds 16800
70 NEW 70 1 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 6000

71 49 7 8 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 200300
72 NEW 72 1 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 5600
73 75 73 3 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 15400
74 NEW 74 1 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SPANISH SEA Toto 5000

DROP OUTS
44 21 6 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 107650
53 4 12 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 312650
55 13 6 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 123750
59 20 6 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 103800
65 8 11 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 295450
68 30 8 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 90900
70 26 2 LINGER The Cranberries 24500

 

28th January 2018

It’s in at 1 for a record I didn’t know a week ago – Irma Thomas’ brilliant 1964 soul ballad fresh from use in an episode of Black Mirror (via Buzzjack Song Contest). Hauntingly fab. That stops Kylie grabbing another chart-topper, but she adds to her long list of 2’s anyway. Paloma Faith gets a 3rd top 10 a in a row in a frantic chart, up 54 places. It’s been a long time since so many tracks were climbing at a pace like this, and bar the number one they are all new or recent-ish. That means a clear-out of 2017 tracks.

In at 7, highest new song is the first good track off Justin T’s forthcoming album, while The Revivalists shoot up to 8, and Liam Payne gets more solo top 10’s than One Direction managed, joined by Rita Ora getting a rare one. At 12, SSion, is a video mix of a ballad, pop song and pyscho Jesus & Mary Chain/Jesus Jones Info freako-ish popchartfreakout. Epic. Fall Out Boy get a 2nd top 20 in a row, Rudimental are back with Macklemore and Jess Glynne in tow, Dua Lipa doesn’t give a … about being late into my chart, ditto Tom walker, Eminem and Camilla cabello. Oldies Eels are back for over 20 years of hits including a chart-topper with Last Stop: This Time. Turin Brakes return, but it’s nothing next to Kim Wilde’s 37 year run aided by bruv (as ever) who gets a credit for the first time as he’s actually singing. Ricky first charted in 1972 with his flop (but well-played) pre-teen track I Am An Astronaut, and hit my top 10 with Teen Wave in 1974, a template for Kim’s 80’s smashes (sort of). So, Rick makes it 46 years (gasp!) and he’s younger than me…!

1 NEW 1 1 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 170000
2 3 2 2 DANCING Kylie Minogue 200000
3 1 1 10 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 484150
4 8 4 4 WHERE WE GO P!nk 156300
5 2 1 5 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 465600
6 60 6 2 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 65000
7 NEW 7 1 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 50000
8 36 8 2 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 65400
9 4 3 6 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 292800
10 27 10 3 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 66200

11 13 11 2 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 69000
12 NEW 12 1 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 35000
13 5 1 8 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 832000
14 7 5 18 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 617300
15 6 3 10 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 485200
16 9 9 4 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 102300
17 35 17 2 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 40500
18 18 18 4 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 75500
19 10 10 4 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 124250
20 24 20 10 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 135500

21 12 5 11 PHASES Alma & French Montana 473150
22 NEW 22 1 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 19500
23 11 6 4 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 130750
24 15 1 10 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 901000
25 20 10 6 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 149750
26 17 9 6 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 163250
27 50 27 2 NEVER Embrace 30400
28 56 28 3 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 35900
29 14 14 10 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 217150
30 66 30 3 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 31200

31 70 31 2 17 MK 23900
32 45 32 2 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 30800
33 64 33 2 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 24800
34 63 34 2 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 24800
35 40 35 7 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 79300
36 53 36 2 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 28650
37 33 1 22 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1115150
38 NEW 38 1 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 17200
39 57 39 3 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 34600
40 44 40 4 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 49550

41 28 3 16 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 564300
42 19 1 13 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 931750
43 23 1 13 AMEN The Fizz 871650
44 21 21 6 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 107650
45 38 38 4 STRANGERS Sigrid 51450
46 37 37 4 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 42850
47 49 47 3 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 32000
48 31 1 16 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 750350
49 22 7 7 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 194500
50 NEW 50 1 IDGAF Dua Lipa 12000

51 34 7 11 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 270650
52 67 52 2 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 18100
53 16 4 12 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 312650
54 69 54 2 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 17200
55 25 13 6 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 123750
56 42 19 12 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 174200
57 NEW 57 1 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 10400
58 61 58 3 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 23900
59 29 20 6 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 103800
60 52 1 18 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 947700

61 54 1 21 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 984850
62 NEW 62 1 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 7400
63 NEW 63 1 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 7200
64 NEW 64 1 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 7100
65 32 8 11 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 295450
66 NEW 66 1 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 6800
67 68 67 2 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 13000
68 30 30 8 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 90900
69 NEW 69 1 WAIT Turin Brakes 6200
70 26 26 2 LINGER The Cranberries 24500

71 73 71 2 ALONE Jessie Ware 11200
72 NEW 72 1 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 5600
73 74 73 2 MAGIC Simple Minds 10600
74 NEW 74 1 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 5200
75 75 75 2 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 10000

DROP OUTS
39 10 10 GUILTY Paloma Faith 216450
41 9 20 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 453800
43 33 6 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 76100
46 34 4 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 59450
47 4 24 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 504800
48 24 8 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 127950
51 3 17 READY TO GO Hurts 650750
55 4 12 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 423100
58 58 3 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 26700
59 1 17 WAIT UP Hurts 820950
62 10 10 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 209850
65 8 11 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 296800
71 1 45 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1043350
72 52 4 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 34550

 

 

21st January 2018

It’s back into the top 10 for the 3rd time and all the way to the top for Craig David and Bastille, one of those tracks that doesn’t pall with repeat hearings. It’s the 3rd chart-topper for Craig (Walking Away and Hot Stuff, the former based on U2’s One, the latter Bowie’s Let’s Dance) and Bastille’s first. Hot on their heels though, Kylie’s back with a contemporary-sounding dance-country crossover and she’s Dancing to enter at 3, giving her a sweet 30 years of top 10 hits since I Should Be So Lucky hit 6.

Portugal. The Man are also back into the top 7 months on with Feel It Still, and also with new track Live In The Moment, sandwiching P!nk at 8 – her second top 10 off the new album and a sweet 18 years since There You Go hit 9. New at 13 it’s The Straw Hats – well, actually it’s Troyboi, but the Norwegian dance troupe have done a fab video for the short-but-sweet dance track in a Japanese-stylee. Appropriating culture or taking it to a wider audience? Actually most modern pop music is appropriated culture, and that includes Japanese acts, so whatever it looks terrific.

As a load of oldies depart the chart, some also pop in, topped by the late Dolores O’Riordan’s Cranberries, and their best record, Linger. Dolores died suddenly, and far too young, last week. The Revivalists is a couple or 3 years old, but one I missed, and Fall Out Boy are new in at 35 with the new album track, and are besides themselves. Amongst the deluge of new tracks, The Chainsmokers return, as does Noel Gallagher, that’ll be 24 years-worth of entries then.

Paloma Faith sneaks in with a dance track, for a hat-trick, Embrace enter 21 years since All You Good Good People hit 10 (and 14 years since they topped my chart with Gravity), Imagine Dragons keep the new entries coming 6 years since topping with Radioactive (well, nearer 5, but hey, it was 2012), as The Manics make it at least 25 years of newies, Bruno makes it 8 years (including 2 chart-toppers in Grenade and Marry You), Simple Minds return with only the one chart-topper in 1995 (She’s A River) but 36 years of hits. Finally, Mavis Staples pops in solo, after assisting Gorillaz last year, having been helped by Prince in 1991 with Melody Cool and on his tours wot-I-saw, and 46 years since I’ll Take You There hit my number 3 for The Staple Singers, Mavis’ sisters and dad.

1 11 1 9 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 399150
2 1 1 4 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 405600
3 NEW 3 1 DANCING Kylie Minogue 85000
4 3 3 5 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 247800
5 2 1 7 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 800000
6 5 3 9 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 458200
7 19 5 17 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 588300
8 16 8 3 WHERE WE GO P!nk 91300
9 20 9 3 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 77300
10 10 10 3 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 103250

11 6 6 3 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 111500
12 8 5 10 PHASES Alma & French Montana 453400
13 NEW 13 1 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 32000
14 15 14 9 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 198950
15 7 1 9 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 882000
16 4 4 11 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 301400
17 9 9 5 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 144750
18 22 18 3 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 53500
19 12 1 12 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 918000
20 14 10 5 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 131000

21 21 21 5 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 94400
22 13 7 6 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 182400
23 18 1 12 AMEN The Fizz 858250
24 27 24 9 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 115500
25 17 13 5 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 112950
26 NEW 26 1 LINGER The Cranberries 18500
27 71 27 2 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 24200
28 24 3 15 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 550300
29 26 20 5 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 93700
30 32 30 7 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 84500

31 29 1 15 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 738050
32 23 8 10 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 288450
33 31 1 21 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1098150
34 30 7 10 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 258900
35 NEW 35 1 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 17500
36 NEW 36 1 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 17400
37 66 37 3 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 30100
38 53 38 3 STRANGERS Sigrid 38450
39 25 10 10 GUILTY Paloma Faith 216450
40 50 40 6 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 61800

41 28 9 20 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 453800
42 35 19 11 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 163600
43 33 33 6 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 76100
44 48 44 3 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 32550
45 NEW 45 1 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 13000
46 34 34 4 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 59450
47 41 4 24 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 504800
48 36 24 8 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 127950
49 62 49 2 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 19500
50 NEW 50 1 NEVER Embrace 12000

51 40 3 17 READY TO GO Hurts 650750
52 42 1 17 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 937400
53 NEW 53 1 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 11250
54 49 1 20 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 977350
55 39 4 12 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 423100
56 65 56 2 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 17600
57 64 57 2 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 17500
58 59 58 3 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 26700
59 43 1 17 WAIT UP Hurts 820950
60 NEW 60 1 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 10000

61 69 61 2 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 13700
62 44 10 10 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 209850
63 NEW 63 1 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 7200
64 NEW 64 1 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 7100
65 46 8 11 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 296800
66 68 66 2 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 13200
67 NEW 67 1 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 6600
68 NEW 68 1 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 6400
69 NEW 69 1 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 6200
70 NEW 70 1 17 MK 6000

71 67 1 45 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1043350
72 52 52 4 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 34550
73 NEW 73 1 ALONE Jessie Ware 5400
74 NEW 74 1 MAGIC Simple Minds 5200
75 NEW 75 1 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 5000

DROP OUTS
37 5 8 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 243800
38 1 7 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 369250
45 1 9 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 352850
47 17 11 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 199650
51 46 5 RUT The Killers 53000
54 17 11 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 186700
55 1 28 DREAMS Grace Slick 742300
56 8 9 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 210400
57 1 19 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 939350
58 6 22 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 499350
60 10 14 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 274100
61 18 12 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 195900
63 24 10 GO BANG PNAU 145000
70 29 13 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 135550
72 19 15 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 191000
73 73 1 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST David Bowie 5400
74 3 19 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 485650
75 15 10 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 162550

 

 

14th January 2018

It’s Oh Wonder on top in an otherwise quiet chart week, their second chart entry, and a fab record, it borrows somewhat from Elton John’s fantastic Benny & The Jets, which topped my charts 44 years ago – at least the backbone of the record anyway. Midge Ure is also back in the top 10 with the same track 23 years on, a good version of Breathe. Sister Sledge make it a 5th top 10, 33 years on since the last one (albeit a 38-year-old record). Naughty Boy adds to his list of top 10’s (his 5th, including a number one – La La La), P!nk gets a 3rd top 20 in a row off the album, and Portugal. The Man get 2 top 20 entries – Feel It Still is back over 6 months later, and new track Live In The Moment is just below it.

Big climb for Jessie Ware, Bleachers finally got top 40, and Blondie are back again a very sweet 40 years from their debut with Denis (almost) and with Joan Jett in tow some 36 years since I Love Rock N Roll. She hasn’t troubled my charts since ILRNR was reissued in 1994, and not with new material since the 80’s! Lily Allen returns, not before time, 12 years since her debut and still yet to top my chart. Lana Del Ray and Anna Of The North return, and Wolf Alice get a debut at last.

1 2 1 3 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 290600
2 1 1 6 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 740000
3 6 3 4 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 182800
4 5 4 10 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 276400
5 3 3 8 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 403200
6 22 6 2 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 74500
7 4 1 8 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 855000
8 8 5 9 PHASES Alma & French Montana 418400
9 14 9 4 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 121750
10 23 10 2 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 61250

11 12 8 8 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 229150
12 9 1 11 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 897000
13 7 7 5 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 162900
14 10 10 4 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 111000
15 17 15 8 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 169950
16 28 16 2 WHERE WE GO P!nk 43300
17 13 13 4 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 94200
18 11 1 11 AMEN The Fizz 839000
19 26 5 16 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 538300
20 48 20 2 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 32300

21 25 21 4 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 74650
22 50 22 2 YOUR DOMINO Jesse Ware 31500
23 15 8 9 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 270650
24 19 3 14 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 532000
25 16 10 9 GUILTY Paloma Faith 199350
26 20 20 4 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 75500
27 34 27 8 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 96500
28 18 9 19 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 439800
29 29 1 14 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 720150
30 27 7 9 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 241300

31 31 1 20 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1080450
32 47 32 6 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 66500
33 40 33 5 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 62600
34 39 34 3 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 46700
35 35 19 10 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 149850
36 24 24 7 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 115650
37 33 5 8 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 243800
38 21 1 7 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 369250
39 32 4 11 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 412300
40 37 3 16 READY TO GO Hurts 639000

41 41 4 23 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 492300
42 42 1 16 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 925900
43 43 1 16 WAIT UP Hurts 810850
44 30 10 9 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 202450
45 44 1 9 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 352850
46 38 8 10 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 289800
47 36 17 11 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 199650
48 65 48 2 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 19300
49 45 1 19 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 966350
50 57 50 5 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 44800

51 46 46 5 RUT The Killers 53000
52 53 52 3 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 28950
53 60 53 2 STRANGERS Sigrid 21250
54 52 17 11 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 186700
55 55 1 28 DREAMS Grace Slick 742300
56 49 8 9 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 210400
57 54 1 19 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 939350
58 56 6 22 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 499350
59 68 59 2 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 16500
60 59 10 14 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 274100

61 61 18 12 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 195900
62 NEW 62 1 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 7400
63 58 24 10 GO BANG PNAU 145000
64 NEW 64 1 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 7100
65 NEW 65 1 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 7000
66 70 66 2 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 12800
67 67 1 44 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1037550
68 NEW 68 1 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 6400
69 NEW 69 1 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 6200
70 69 29 13 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 135550

71 NEW 71 1 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 5800
72 71 19 15 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 191000
73 NEW 73 1 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST David Bowie 5400
74 74 3 19 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 485650
75 62 15 10 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 162550

DROP OUTS
51 20 5 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 86600
63 59 4 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 37400
64 54 2 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN Johnny Mathis 18100
66 29 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 30000
72 39 3 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 29700
73 34 8 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 89900
75 36 5 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 66800

7th January 2018

It’s a second week for the lush Aretha Franklin ballad 44 years on, just holding off a massive 70-place leap for Oh Wonder, now getting well-deserved Radio 2 support. Radio 2 seems to have gone full on-board with the sort of new tracks that Radio 1 would have played a few years ago, which is good news. It’s a mass xmas song drop-out week, as 3 songs with Home in the title are in my top 10, ironically, as I’m still trapped at home caring for my mum with dad back in hospital, and me unable to get to work.

Midge Ure’s 1995 UK flop (but big with me) Breathe is back, in the orchestral vogue, which suits it better than some of the bigger hits on the album, while Naughty Boy is back with a Jonas brother in tow at 23, leaping over another Jonas brother at 24. Both doing better than any actual Jonas Brothers records ever did in my charts. Portugal. The Man’s 2017 oldie is back in the 40, as their new one enters at 48.

P!nk has a 3rd top 40 off the latest album, Lindsey & Christine get a 3rd of 5 album tracks to hit the 40, Pet Shop Boys version of their Girls Aloud/Xenomania hit belatedly pops in, Shed Seven return for over 20 years of entries, and Jessie ware has a welcome return.

1 1 1 5 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 625000
2 72 2 2 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 120600
3 4 3 7 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 343200
4 3 1 7 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 805000
5 12 5 9 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 211400
6 16 6 3 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 97800
7 9 7 4 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 130900
8 6 5 8 PHASES Alma & French Montana 370400
9 5 1 10 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 862000
10 18 10 3 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 82000

11 7 1 10 AMEN The Fizz 817000
12 8 8 7 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 192150
13 19 13 3 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 71200
14 14 14 3 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 76750
15 13 8 8 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 251400
16 10 10 8 GUILTY Paloma Faith 180600
17 17 17 7 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 142950
18 11 9 18 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 421500
19 15 3 13 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 513000
20 20 20 3 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 57000

21 2 1 6 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 352050
22 NEW 22 1 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 19500
23 NEW 23 1 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 19250
24 24 24 6 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 98250
25 25 25 3 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 54900
26 56 5 15 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 517300
27 22 7 8 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 223300
28 NEW 28 1 WHERE WE GO P!nk 18300
29 23 1 13 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 701950
30 21 10 8 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 189200

31 27 1 19 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1062550
32 26 4 10 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 395200
33 28 5 7 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 226500
34 38 34 7 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 78100
35 31 19 9 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 132350
36 32 17 10 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 187150
37 35 3 15 READY TO GO Hurts 622000
38 34 8 9 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 277050
39 50 39 2 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 29100
40 49 40 4 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 44900

41 37 4 22 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 478300
42 42 1 15 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 912150
43 40 1 15 WAIT UP Hurts 797350
44 41 1 8 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 339850
45 45 1 18 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 954150
46 47 46 4 RUT The Killers 41250
47 71 45 5 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 48700
48 NEW 48 1 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 12300
49 33 8 8 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 199800
50 NEW 50 1 YOUR DOMINO Jesse Ware 12000

51 30 20 5 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 86600
52 44 17 10 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 175700
53 69 53 2 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 17450
54 48 1 18 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 928950
55 55 1 27 DREAMS Grace Slick 731500
56 51 6 21 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 489150
57 57 57 4 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 32800
58 43 24 9 GO BANG PNAU 137800
59 46 10 13 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 264100
60 NEW 60 1 STRANGERS Sigrid 10000

61 53 18 11 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 188400
62 52 15 9 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 157550
63 59 59 4 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 37400
64 54 54 2 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN Johnny Mathis 18100
65 NEW 65 1 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 7000
66 29 29 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 30000
67 67 1 43 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1030950
68 NEW 68 1 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 6400
69 68 29 12 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 129550
70 NEW 70 1 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 6000

71 58 19 14 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 185400
72 39 39 3 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 29700
73 63 34 8 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 89900
74 66 3 18 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 480450
75 36 36 5 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 66800

DROP OUTS
60 37 6 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 87350
61 40 6 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 59100
62 16 7 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 121800
64 64 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 7100
65 65 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band (with the Harlem Community Choir) 7000
70 70 1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 6000
73 73 1 FELIZ NAVIDAD Jose Feliciano 5400
74 74 1 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 5200
75 75 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 5000