My August 1987 Charts

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

4th August 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4th Aug
PLAYIST OLDIES

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

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Madonna at Wembley Crowd scene

11th August 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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18th August 1987

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25th August 1987

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My 2016 Charts Sep-Dec

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25th December 2016

It’s Robbie Williams for a 7th week, I’m still loving the romantic gorgeousness of When You Know, as his current UK sales top 10 Love My Life drops out after peaking at 70. It’s clear which one I prefer! The Weeknd goes up to both 2 and 3, current single at 3, and I hope a future single at 2. Highest new entry in the thankfully-reduced-to-75 chart is at 5, Kaiser Chiefs best single in 7 years, We Stay Together – their 8th top 10, and trailing only their 3 chart-toppers – is oddly constructed, a disco belter, and more of a duet with producers’ Xenomania’s receptionist. She’s great!

Vaults get a second top 10 with Randy Crawford’s 1980 top tenner, One Day I’ll Fly Away, Kylie and Sigma add to their list of top 20’s, and ABC grab their 7th top 40 of 2016, a record for them, and it’s a proper good ol (under-appreciated) Christmas song to join the oldie festive goodies. Barry Gibb gets his first solo top 40 track in over 30 years, Grouplove get a belated second top 40, and new entry with the uplifting fab Good Morning. Kungs’ third top 40 of the year, Betsy’s second, and Imagine Dragons new entry at 40, taken from the unfairly-slagged-off fab movie Passengers – criticisms seem to based on moral issues (which is the whole point of the film) rather than for sci-fi blockbuster expectations. Levitate is their 5th or 6th since their debut chart-topper hit, Radioactive.

Little Mix and Charlie Puth are both back, jointly, on a good track, and The Dave Clark 5 also bring Glad All Over back to my charts for the first time since 1993. The 1964 UK chart-topper ended the Beatles domination of the UK charts over Autumn 1963/New Year 1964, and I loved it as a 6-year-old, and also Dave Clark and co’s thumping drums. Sadly almost all their hits predate my charts (though they would have had many), though they were there early on over autumn 1968 with the top 5 fave The Red Balloon (one Dave seems to have excommunicated from hits packages). The record has charted at 4 in the Uk sales chart (31 on streaming-included) following a Rangers FC campaign.

1 1 1 7 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1190000
2 3 2 5 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 515000
3 4 3 5 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 249400
4 5 4 10 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 327350
5 80 5 2 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 64000
6 6 6 5 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 194750
7 7 3 6 REDBONE Childish Gambino 321400
8 8 8 4 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 176000
9 2 2 3 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 275000
10 15 10 7 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 148500

11 14 11 4 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 87000
12 17 12 7 MAGNETISED Garbage 123100
13 10 10 7 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 172600
14 13 5 7 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 323000
15 9 6 8 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 281450
16 12 12 4 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 91500
17 18 2 15 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 829000
18 20 18 4 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 60500
19 24 19 7 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 131600
20 26 20 5 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 86400

21 11 1 15 HURTS Emeli Sande 1154750
22 19 9 13 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 263000
23 32 14 9 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 160650
24 25 24 9 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 132900
25 35 25 8 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 109700
26 60 26 2 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 28500
27 29 27 7 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 94300
28 23 1 14 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 992750
29 34 29 4 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 53700
30 30 30 4 ALONE Alan Walker 43000

31 37 19 7 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 130000
32 54 32 4 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 37800
33 52 33 7 DAMN Red Rosamond 79900
34 22 1 9 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 786100
35 78 35 2 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 21900
36 16 7 6 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 175400
37 NEW 37 1 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 17300
38 44 38 4 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 46650
39 66 39 3 WANTED MORE Betsy 28500
40 NEW 40 1 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 17000

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41 31 23 8 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 125350
42 40 1 17 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1079450
43 43 4 14 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 433900
44 33 6 12 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 322800
45 46 45 6 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 55150
46 47 46 7 ALGA Ignea 63850
47 36 6 14 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 290900
48 38 17 8 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 131300
49 49 49 7 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 57050
50 28 17 7 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 116550

51 39 8 9 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 274050
52 41 6 11 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 306250
53 53 53 7 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 37500
54 48 48 7 MAZE Aria 63700
55 50 11 10 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 186800
56 57 56 2 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 21000
57 42 18 9 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 150700
58 63 55 4 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 30600
59 67 59 4 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 28500
60 62 60 5 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 26600

61 21 17 13 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 180200
62 55 5 16 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 400000
63 65 63 9 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 44100
64 58 4 14 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 378550
65 NEW 65 1 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 7000
66 71 66 6 STEREO Courage My Love 22200
67 NEW 67 1 GLAD ALL OVER The Dave Clark 5 6600
68 64 6 20 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 482550
69 81 69 2 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 10000
70 69 1 37 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 725600

71 72 71 4 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 22200
72 74 72 7 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 27700
73 73 8 20 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 341800
74 84 1 32 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 865250
75 85 2 16 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 624700

DROP OUTS
27 27 4 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 63800
45 45 7 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 64700
51 15 10 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 154250
56 56 5 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 37800
59 59 4 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER Connie Francis 24700
61 16 9 CERTAINTY Temples 152250
68 53 3 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 25150
70 70 3 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 13700
75 75 6 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 21000
76 10 11 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 199100
77 7 8 f*** YOU Lily Allen 234850
79 4 13 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 444450
82 82 7 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 21500
83 75 6 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 20200
86 86 2 FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN Emerson Lake & Palmer 4100
87 87 2 PRETTY WOMAN Robbie Williams 4000
88 88 5 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 9200
89 89 2 READY OR NOT Laura Mvula 3200
90 90 2 I’VE GOT A THING ABOUT YOU BABY Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3900

18th December 2016

It’s the pre-christmas chart and Robbie rules for a 6th week, cos I adore the melody and emotion of this spine-tinglingly romantic love song. Robbie always wears his lyric heart on his sleeve, and just touches me enormously, his gift with words is great and Guy Chambers’ melodies heavenly. Robbie needs a slap for not putting it on the album proper, though, unless he has bigger plans for it. Perfectly constructed ballad.The Weeknd still has two top 5 tracks, Coldcut get their 4th top 10, and all the Christmas songs are joined by a new one from ABC, their first, and 7th chart entry this year. 2016 is their best year since 1982 classicness. When they scored a first hit at christmas 1981, just faffing around the lower end of the UK top 75 was a little old minor jolly christmas ditty from The Waitresses, barely even one-minor-hit wonders. Time has been very kind, though, as the song tends to get some annual exposure without ever breaking big. LONG overdue a top 40 visit, we need a campaign to get it there at long last. 14 for me, some 35 years after first cracking my top 40.

Busted have a top 20 climb, Alan Walker a huge leap for a second top 30, while chart returns for Kaiser Chiefs, Barry Gibb, Robin Schulz, David Guetta, Zayn and Taylor Swift set them up for a good start to 2017.

1 1 1 6 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1020000
2 2 2 2 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 230000
3 3 2 4 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 400000
4 5 4 4 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 159400
5 7 5 9 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 262350
6 8 6 4 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 139750
7 4 3 5 REDBONE Childish Gambino 271400
8 9 8 3 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 128000
9 6 6 7 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 254250
10 13 10 6 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 140600

11 10 1 13 HURTS Emeli Sande 1135000
12 21 12 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 31500
13 10 5 6 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 294000
14 32 14 3 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 50100
15 19 15 6 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 106500
16 12 7 5 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 158000
17 20 17 6 MAGNETISED Garbage 88100
18 16 2 14 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 806000
19 15 9 12 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 243500
20 38 20 3 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 38500

21 17 17 12 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 162700
22 14 1 8 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 768500
23 18 1 13 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 975450
24 24 24 6 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 110600
25 25 25 8 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 114000
26 28 26 4 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 66400
27 27 27 4 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 63800
28 22 17 6 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 124450
29 30 29 6 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 75800
30 73 30 3 ALONE Alan Walker 25000

31 23 23 7 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 111350
32 45 14 8 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 141400
33 39 6 11 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 309550
34 52 34 3 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 35600
35 35 35 7 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 90950
36 26 6 13 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 277500
37 37 19 6 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 112000
38 34 17 7 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 119000
39 29 8 8 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 262200
40 40 1 16 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1065700

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41 31 6 10 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 294750
42 33 18 8 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 140400
43 42 4 13 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 420400
44 57 44 3 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 29450
45 46 45 7 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 64750
46 54 46 5 GREGORY’S THEME Basto! 42200
47 50 47 6 ALGA Ignea 51200
48 56 48 6 MAZE Aria 52800
49 51 49 6 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 45050
50 41 11 9 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 176000

51 36 15 10 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 154250
52 47 47 6 DAMN Red Rosamond 62300
53 71 53 6 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 26250
54 66 54 3 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 20000
55 48 5 15 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 392700
56 58 56 5 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 37800
57 NEW 57 1 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 10400
58 44 4 13 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 371450
59 60 59 3 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER Connie Francis 21700
60 NEW 60 1 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 10000

61 49 16 9 CERTAINTY Temples 152350
62 65 62 4 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 16600
63 55 55 3 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 20400
64 62 6 19 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 476150
65 67 65 8 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 36900
66 77 66 2 WANTED MORE Betsy 11400
67 69 67 3 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 18400
68 53 53 3 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 25150
69 68 1 36 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 719600
70 70 70 3 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 13700

71 82 71 5 STEREO Courage My Love 15400
72 72 72 3 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 16600
73 61 8 19 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 336400
74 74 74 6 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 22100
75 76 75 6 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 21000

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76 64 10 11 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 199100
77 43 7 8 f*** YOU Lily Allen 233850
78 NEW 78 1 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 4400
79 63 4 13 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 444450
80 NEW 80 1 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs 4000

81 NEW 81 1 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER Zayn & Taylor Swift 3800
82 83 82 7 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 21500

83 75 75 5 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 20200
84 89 1 31 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 863050
85 84 2 15 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 619700
86 97 86 2 FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN Emerson Lake & Palmer 4100
87 96 87 2 PRETTY WOMAN Robbie Williams 4000
88 90 88 5 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 9200
89 100 89 2 READY OR NOT Laura Mvula 3200
90 91 90 2 I’VE GOT A THING ABOUT YOU BABY Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3900

DROP OUTS

87 87 87 2 IN LOVE Water Juice featuring Audrey Graham 5200
59 41 4 25 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 453950
93 NEW 93 1 SHOW ME THE MAGIC Jamie Cullen 1700
81 69 69 3 GROW UP Olly Murs 15400
78 49 12 11 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 176650
79 52 30 8 KISS ME Fingertips 111950
80 66 31 8 DREAMER Coco Morier 78350
85 73 19 12 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 164300
88 95 88 3 WHAT Melinda Marx 5400
94 86 1 31 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1165400

99 54 39 8 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 94050
98 58 2 20 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 606100
95 57 29 8 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 102350
92 63 6 11 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 221600
86 90 86 7 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 11100

11th December 2016

Robbie holds off for a 5th week on top, his longest ever run, just keeping off the late Greg Lake who sadly died last week. His classic christmas song knocked Bohemian Rhapsody off the top of my charts back in xmas 1975 and i was sweet 17. Since then it topped again in the 80s and also a few years back. Fanfare For The Common Man also topped my chart in 1977 and thats back too. The Weeknd joins himself in my top 5, his 3rd of the year and daft punk’s 2nd.

A good climb for noah cyrus equalling her sister miley by getting a top 10, and labrinth’s 5th or 6th. Lots of xmas songs, busted getting a top 40 for the first time in 14 years, and a 6th robbie track in the 100, but not the roy orbison song pretty woman…

1 1 1 5 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 850000
2 NEW 2 1 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 115000
3 2 2 3 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 315000
4 3 3 4 REDBONE Childish Gambino 221400
5 18 5 3 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 99400
6 6 6 6 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 209250
7 8 7 8 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 202350
8 23 8 3 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 84750
9 12 9 2 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 80000
10 5 5 5 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 262000

11 10 1 13 HURTS Emeli Sande 1098000
12 7 7 4 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 133000
13 16 13 5 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 98600
14 4 1 7 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 749000
15 9 9 11 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 222500
16 11 2 13 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 784000
17 42 17 11 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 142950
18 13 1 12 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 956200
19 30 19 5 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 79500
20 20 20 5 MAGNETISED Garbage 65100

21 51 21 2 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 31500
22 17 17 5 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 106250
23 29 23 6 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 93450
24 26 24 5 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 91600
25 31 25 7 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 95200
26 15 6 12 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 260100
27 40 27 3 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 45400
28 39 28 3 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 47800
29 14 8 7 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 245100
30 36 30 5 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 57700

31 19 6 9 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 280750
32 84 32 2 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 21100
33 24 18 7 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 126650
34 21 17 6 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 101800
35 35 35 6 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 73450
36 22 15 9 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 142500
37 27 19 5 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 94700
38 97 38 2 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 18500
39 45 6 10 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 291850
40 38 1 15 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1048700

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41 37 11 8 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 164000
42 33 4 12 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 406900
43 25 7 7 f*** YOU Lily Allen 228250
44 32 4 12 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 361250
45 34 14 7 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 123600
46 46 46 6 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 51750
47 47 47 5 DAMN Red Rosamond 50800
48 48 5 14 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 381900
49 28 16 8 CERTAINTY Temples 144850
50 50 50 5 ALGA Ignea 38600

51 59 51 5 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 32850
52 68 52 2 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 17900
53 61 53 1 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 18750
54 55 54 4 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 29400
55 88 55 2 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 13200
56 56 56 5 MAZE Aria 40400
57 71 57 2 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 16200
58 65 58 4 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 27200
59 41 4 25 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 453950
60 77 60 2 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER Connie Francis 14600

61 53 8 18 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 331000
62 60 6 18 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 469050
63 43 4 12 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 440250
64 44 10 10 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 194300
65 99 65 3 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 9200
66 89 66 2 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 9000
67 75 67 7 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 29900
68 67 1 35 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 713400
69 72 69 2 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 11800
70 93 70 2 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 7700

71 81 71 5 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 15000
72 74 72 2 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 10800
73 94 73 2 ALONE Alan Walker 7000
74 79 74 5 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 16900
75 78 75 4 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 16800

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76 76 76 5 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 16000
77 NEW 77 1 WANTED MORE Betsy 4600
78 49 12 11 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 176650
79 52 30 8 KISS ME Fingertips 111950
80 66 31 8 DREAMER Coco Morier 78350

81 69 69 3 GROW UP Olly Murs 15400
82 82 82 4 STEREO Courage My Love 9600
83 83 83 6 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 17900
84 62 2 14 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 616700
85 73 19 12 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 164300
86 90 86 7 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 11100
87 87 87 2 IN LOVE Water Juice featuring Audrey Graham 5200
88 95 88 3 WHAT Melinda Marx 5400
89 85 1 30 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 859850
90 92 90 4 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 6800

91 NEW 91 1 I’VE GOT A THING ABOUT YOU BABY Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1900
92 63 6 11 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 221600
93 NEW 93 1 SHOW ME THE MAGIC Jamie Cullen 1700
94 86 1 31 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1165400
95 57 29 8 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 102350
96 NEW 96 1 PRETTY WOMAN Robbie Williams 1400
97 NEW 97 1 FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN Emerson Lake & Palmer 1300
98 58 2 20 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 606100
99 54 39 8 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 94050
100 NEW 100 1 READY OR NOT Laura Mvula 1000

DROP OUTS
64 64 10 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 49100
70 53 4 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 39500
80 54 8 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 45300
91 12 14 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 220450
96 59 5 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 32500
98 37 7 ON DIRAIT Amir 67700
100 18 12 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 140100

4th December 2016

A fourth week on top for the most romantic record of 2016, it’s just heartwarmingly gorgeous, the lyrics are uplifting and fill a cynical or lonely person with hope, and the melody is to die for. Sang along loudly to it in the car 4 times driving home last night. Fab. Next single Rob! Sadly, neither of my top 2 is on youtube….

Two records that are recent oldies to me enter the top 10 (Adele and Rag’n’bone Man) along with Chainsmokers which is vice versa. In at 12 Sia’s got another winner! The last great track she did was the (eventually) massive Cheap Thrills which hit my top 10 a year ago. Never Give Up isn’t too far from that vein so I hope this one hits too, though being a soundtrack record might hold it back. 15 years she’s been charting now…

Garbage have been charting over 20 years, and are back in my top 20 with a big leap for Magnetised, rockingly good. Kylie & Cliff both have seasonal top 40’s, not for the first time, Cliff now has a whopping 48 years since he first popped into my first ever actual charts wot-i-wrote-down. The BBC are creeping something terrible with him at the mo, having ignored him for years. Hah! Wonder if it’s a court-case related thing….

Lower down: Melinda Marx’ 1965 original of Soft Cell’s What hangs around, as I’ve recently heard it for the first time – never a hit, not available to buy – and the daughter of film comedy legend and hero of mine Groucho Marx. Some Xmas songs, including another new discovery, the original Connie Francis version of the fab version as made more well-known version by Gabriella Cilmi. Busted return for the time in ooh must be 14 years or so.

1 1 1 4 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 680000
2 2 2 2 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 230000
3 4 3 3 REDBONE Childish Gambino 156400
4 3 1 6 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 720000
5 5 5 4 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 220000
6 7 6 5 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 154250
7 16 7 3 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 98000
8 14 8 7 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 152350
9 28 9 10 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 195500
10 10 1 12 HURTS Emeli Sande 1061000

11 9 2 12 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 759000
12 NEW 12 1 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 35000
13 12 1 11 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 933200
14 8 8 6 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 227000
15 6 6 11 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 242500
16 20 16 4 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 66600
17 23 17 4 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 66750
18 36 18 2 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 39400
19 11 6 8 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 262850
20 49 20 4 MAGNETISED Garbage 45100

21 17 17 5 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 84200
22 15 15 8 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 125100
23 35 23 2 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 36750
24 18 18 6 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 108850
25 13 7 6 f*** YOU Lily Allen 214750
26 27 26 4 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 72600
27 19 19 4 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 77400
28 21 16 7 CERTAINTY Temples 132650
29 31 26 5 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 74200
30 33 30 4 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 58500

31 40 31 6 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 76400
32 25 4 11 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 348000
33 29 4 11 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 393150
34 22 14 6 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 110600
35 37 35 5 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 55950
36 52 36 4 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 39700
37 26 11 7 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 150000
38 38 1 14 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1031700
39 47 39 2 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 29600
40 60 40 2 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 27000

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41 24 4 24 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 443850
42 42 18 10 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 129950
43 32 4 11 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 433050
44 34 10 9 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 187200
45 41 6 9 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 274750
46 54 46 5 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 38950
47 56 47 4 DAMN Red Rosamond 38200
48 46 5 13 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 369500
49 44 12 10 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 172250
50 71 50 4 ALGA Ignea 26600

51 NEW 51 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 11750
52 30 30 7 KISS ME Fingertips 107750
53 43 8 17 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 323500
54 39 39 7 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 92950
55 69 55 3 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 18400
56 61 56 4 MAZE Aria 29800
57 45 29 7 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 100850
58 48 2 19 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 604900
59 70 59 4 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 21100
60 58 6 17 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 461650

61 NEW 61 1 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 7500
62 55 2 13 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 613500
63 50 6 10 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 219800
64 64 64 10 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 49100
65 75 65 3 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 17000
66 51 31 7 DREAMER Coco Morier 74350
67 67 1 34 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 707000
68 NEW 68 1 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 6400
69 73 69 2 GROW UP Olly Murs 11600
70 53 53 4 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 39500

71 NEW 71 1 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 5600
73 68 19 11 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 161300
74 NEW 74 1 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 5200
75 76 75 6 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 23300

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76 87 76 4 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 11200
77 NEW 77 1 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER Connie Francis 4600
78 78 78 4 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 11800
79 80 79 4 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 11700
80 62 54 8 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 45300

81 89 81 4 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 9200
82 97 82 3 STEREO Courage My Love 6000
83 84 83 5 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 14500
84 NEW 84 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 3200
85 81 1 29 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 857650
86 82 1 30 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1163800
87 NEW 87 1 IN LOVE Water Juice featuring Audrey Graham 2600
88 NEW 88 1 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 2400
89 NEW 89 1 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 2200
90 94 90 6 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 8300

91 83 12 14 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 220450
92 92 92 3 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 4800
93 NEW 93 1 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 1700
94 NEW 94 1 ALONE Alan Walker 1600
95 95 95 2 WHAT Melinda Marx 3000
96 59 59 5 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 32500
97 NEW 97 1 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 1300
98 63 37 7 ON DIRAIT Amir 67700
99 99 99 2 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 2200
100 90 18 12 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 140100

DROP OUTS
57 30 5 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 81600
65 44 5 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 45650
66 47 6 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 63600
72 8 14 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 244800
74 5 14 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 424450
77 2 15 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 573550
79 3 14 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 462900
85 13 13 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 204200
86 60 5 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 33600
88 45 6 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 47100
91 91 5 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 6900
93 22 10 ANYMORE Melanie C 110700
96 15 12 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 169400
98 19 17 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 237450
100 100 1 STANGA Sagi Abitbul and Guy Haliva 1000

28th November 2016

It’s a 3rd week on top for the gorgeously romantic Robbie bonus deluxe album track, When You Know. Robbie is one of the under-rated lyricists in pop, witty and romantic and biting whenever he needs each or all, and when he’s paired with a top tunesmith like Guy Chambers he’s unbeatable – funnily enough (and I didn’t check or have any previous inkling) Guy Chambers is back on board on this track. Quality tells.

The Weeknd’s follow-up Daft Punk single enters the 40 (I Feel It Comin’ replacing Starboy in the 40) but that’s shaded by the album track Secrets in my charts, in at 2, equalling his previous peak position. The track is basically a fab rewrite of The Romantics’ American smash Talking In My Sleep, covered very well by Bucks Fizz in the UK, with samples of Tears For Fears fab Pale Shelter. TFF get no “featuring” credit on the track, but as they are clearly singing the hook they do in my book, and peak higher than the original top 5 single.

Highest climber is the SO Prince-at-his-best stylish track from Childish Gambino, Redbone is sultry and delish, and up 64 places to 4. AKA actor/writer/comedian Donald Glover, he’s going to play the young Lando Calrissian in the next Han Solo movie. Talented! Fab. Talking of sultry and delish, shooting up to 20, it’s Coldcut getting their first top 20 in 25 years with an assist from Roots Manuva finally getting there after almost 2 decades of minor occasional chart entries.

Rag’n’bone Man is back, thanks to X Factor giving the pan-European smash a profile at long last, the Brighton-based singer-songwriter hit my top 20 back in August and may actually get a UK top 40 Streaming hit months after he had a top 40 sales hit with it. Streaming is so rubbish. I suggest everyone play my charts instead, SO much more interesting and varied tongue.gif Like Noah Cyrus and Labrinth, quirky and yet great, odd drop drop stylee. In one fell swoop Noah has outdone her sis Miley and dad Billie Ray in terms of being interesting. Yay!

1 1 1 3 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 510000
2 NEW 2 1 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 115000
3 2 1 5 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 655000
4 68 4 2 REDBONE Childish Gambino 71400
5 7 5 3 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 160000
6 10 6 10 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 215500
7 12 7 4 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 99250
8 8 8 5 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 198000
9 3 2 11 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 722000
10 5 1 11 HURTS Emeli Sande 1019000

11 6 6 7 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 241850
12 9 1 10 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 901200
13 13 7 5 f*** YOU Lily Allen 196000
14 20 14 6 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 104350
15 15 15 7 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 105600
16 17 16 2 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 48000
17 25 17 4 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 64450
18 19 18 5 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 89850
19 23 19 3 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 59000
20 52 20 3 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 41600

21 16 16 6 CERTAINTY Temples 114350
22 14 14 5 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 93300
23 35 23 3 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 43750
24 4 4 23 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 429850
25 11 4 10 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 330200
26 18 11 6 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 132700
27 29 27 3 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 54100
28 RE 16 9 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 150500
29 22 4 10 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 375450
30 32 30 6 KISS ME Fingertips 96250

31 26 26 4 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 56000
32 21 4 10 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 419550
33 34 33 3 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 40500
34 27 10 8 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 173950
35 NEW 35 1 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 17500
36 NEW 36 1 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 17400
37 51 37 4 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 38450
38 28 1 13 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1014500
39 39 39 6 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 81950
40 41 40 5 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 58500

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41 24 6 8 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 261750
42 49 18 9 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 116200
43 31 8 16 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 312250
44 33 12 9 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 160150
45 46 29 6 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 90450
46 40 5 12 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 357200
47 NEW 47 1 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 12500
48 36 2 18 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 594700
49 58 49 3 MAGNETISED Garbage 25100
50 38 6 9 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 212600

51 50 31 6 DREAMER Coco Morier 67550
52 70 52 3 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 22300
53 53 53 3 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 33500
54 56 54 4 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 26200
55 42 2 12 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 606100
56 59 56 3 DAMN Red Rosamond 25700
57 30 30 5 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 81600
58 48 6 16 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 451650
59 60 59 4 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 31100
60 NEW 60 1 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 10000

61 61 61 3 MAZE Aria 19200
62 54 54 7 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 41300
63 37 37 6 ON DIRAIT Amir 66500
64 64 64 9 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 42000
65 44 44 5 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 45650
66 47 47 6 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 63600
67 65 1 33 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 700400
68 43 19 10 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 155900
69 96 69 2 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 7600
70 86 70 3 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 11000

71 73 71 3 ALGA Ignea 14600
72 55 8 14 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 244800
73 NEW 73 1 GROW UP Olly Murs 5400
74 57 5 14 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 424450
75 75 75 2 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 10000

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76 79 76 5 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 18300
77 66 2 15 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 573550
78 90 78 3 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 7400
79 63 3 14 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 462900
80 89 80 3 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 7500

81 77 1 28 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 854650
82 78 1 29 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1161000
83 72 12 13 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 218550
84 84 84 4 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 11200
85 76 13 13 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 204200
86 69 60 5 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 33600
87 88 87 3 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 6400
88 45 45 6 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 47100
89 94 89 3 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 5400
90 81 18 11 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 139100

91 91 91 5 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 6900
92 98 92 2 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 3000
93 62 22 10 ANYMORE Melanie C 110700
94 97 94 5 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 6300
95 NEW 95 1 WHAT Melinda Marx 1500
96 85 15 12 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 169400
97 99 97 2 STEREO Courage My Love 2400
98 82 19 17 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 237450
99 NEW 99 1 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 1100
100 NEW 100 1 STANGA Sagi Abitbul and Guy Haliva 1000

DROP OUTS
67 36 9 KIDS OneRepublic 97600
71 28 11 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 105400
74 5 9 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 319450
80 80 4 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 14000
83 17 13 YOUTH Glass Animals 165950
87 46 6 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 39650
92 1 19 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 769750
93 90 5 A-YO Lady Gaga 8300
95 95 1 I NEVER FELT SO RIGHT Ben Delay 1500
100 100 1 HATEf*** Cruel Youth 1000
RE 87 3 TSIER Alyss 5100

20th November 2016

It’s an easy second week on top for the gorgeous Robbie album track. Needs to be a single ASAP. When You Know, don’t cha know. The Beach Boys span of top 5 singles reaches 48 years with the fab Pet Sounds track, and Clean Bandit rocket into the 40 at 12, Rockabye, their biggest for some time in my charts. That’s despite Shaggy soundalike Sean Paul being on it! Meanwhile back in at 17 with a former fab big top 3 album track for me, it’s finally out as a single about a year late, but that’s just Water Under The Bridge, at least it’s finally out!

Vaults vault into the 40 with One Day I’ll Fly Away (trampoline!) as the fab original from Randy Crawford also pops in at 75, some 36 years since it flew away out of my charts after peaking at 6. NEIKED get sexual inside the 40, joining the naughty F words from Lily Allen at 13 and Cruel Youth at 100 for a potty mouth chart. Highest new entry proper is Childish Gambino and the cool Redbone. Redbone topped my chart the other year (Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Come And Get Your Love) so I hope they now record a song called Childish Gambino.

1 1 1 2 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 340000
2 2 1 4 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 570000
3 3 2 10 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 677000
4 10 4 22 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 410850
5 5 1 10 HURTS Emeli Sande 977000
6 6 6 6 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 204850
7 7 7 2 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 100000
8 8 8 4 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 150000
9 9 1 9 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 866200
10 12 10 9 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 160500

11 4 4 9 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 311450
12 46 12 3 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 49250
13 11 7 4 f*** YOU Lily Allen 164000
14 16 14 4 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 73800
15 19 15 6 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 78600
16 20 16 5 CERTAINTY Temples 94600
17 NEW 17 1 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 23000
18 14 11 5 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 114200
19 23 19 4 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 67850
20 22 20 4 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 75350

21 15 4 9 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 401750
22 13 4 9 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 357250
23 25 23 2 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 38000
24 17 6 7 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 247750
25 39 25 3 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 41450
26 27 26 3 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 38100
27 21 10 7 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 156350
28 24 1 12 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 997300
29 35 29 2 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 35700
30 30 30 4 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 71200

31 26 8 15 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 298750
32 32 32 5 KISS ME Fingertips 78250
33 18 12 8 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 146900
34 74 34 2 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 22800
35 65 35 2 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 24500
36 31 2 17 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 582400
37 37 37 5 ON DIRAIT Amir 59300
38 38 6 8 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 200600
39 40 39 5 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 64850
40 33 5 11 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 344450

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41 43 41 4 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 41500
42 36 2 11 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 595300
43 28 19 9 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 149500
44 50 44 4 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 38650
45 45 45 5 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 44700
46 29 29 5 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 77450
47 47 47 5 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 56800
48 48 6 15 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 441450
49 70 18 8 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 102450
50 34 31 5 DREAMER Coco Morier 55800

51 67 51 3 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 21150
52 59 52 2 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 21600
53 54 53 2 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 22250
54 68 54 6 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 33900
55 42 8 13 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 239200
56 84 56 3 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 15200
57 44 5 13 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 419250
58 92 58 2 MAGNETISED Garbage 13000
59 75 59 2 DAMN Red Rosamond 15100
60 62 60 3 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 21000

61 79 61 2 MAZE Aria 11700
62 51 22 9 ANYMORE Melanie C 109000
63 52 3 13 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 458700
64 69 64 8 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 34900
65 63 1 32 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 693800
66 61 2 14 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 568950
67 58 36 9 KIDS OneRepublic 97600
68 NEW 68 1 REDBONE Childish Gambino 6400
69 60 60 4 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 30800
70 76 70 2 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 10800

71 41 28 11 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 105400
72 53 12 12 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 215150
73 83 73 2 ALGA Ignea 8800
74 49 5 9 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 319450
75 NEW 75 1 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 5000

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76 55 13 12 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 201200
77 72 1 27 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 850850
78 73 1 28 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1157400
79 80 79 4 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 13500
80 82 80 4 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 14000

81 64 18 10 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 137100
82 81 19 16 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 236250
83 71 17 13 YOUTH Glass Animals 165950
84 88 84 3 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 8000
85 66 15 11 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 168000
86 89 86 2 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 5000
87 56 46 6 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 39650
88 96 88 2 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 3800
89 97 89 2 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 3500
90 100 90 2 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 3000

91 99 91 4 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 5000
92 87 1 19 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 769750
93 90 90 5 A-YO Lady Gaga 8300
94 94 94 2 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 3200
95 NEW 95 1 I NEVER FELT SO RIGHT Ben Delay 1500
96 NEW 96 1 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 1400
97 98 97 4 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 4700
98 NEW 98 1 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 1200
99 NEW 99 1 STEREO Courage My Love 1100
100 NEW 100 1 HATEf*** Cruel Youth 1000

DROP OUTS
57 19 7 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 102100
77 9 12 LOST & FOUND BETSY 267800
78 59 5 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 25000
85 77 4 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 10800
86 16 10 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 153250
91 91 2 WHEN THE WORLD TURNS BLUE (MELODIES OF LOVE) Merry Clayton 3800
93 10 12 BOURBON Gallant 235350
95 95 1 HOW DEEP IS THAT RIVER? Mason Jennings 1500

13th November 2016

It’s Robbie Williams at 1, straight in with his gorgeous new Deluxe album track (What!? Why is it not the first single, let alone not even on the regular album!?) When You Know. To be honest his last album also had 2 lovely chart-toppers for me that bombed in the dance-heavy singles charts of 2013. Anyway, can’t beat a bit of harp, and it’s his 14th chart-topper since his first in 1998, the rockin’ Let Me Entertain You. Appropriately, the best track on the regular album is also in (at 7) Bruce Lee, essentially a rewrite (can’t fool me!) of ELO’s Don’t Bring Me Down, which was also a rewrite of The Beatles’ Back In The USSR. It’s fab anyway, and I also have my tickets to see Robbie live for the first time in almost 20 years next summer at Southampton football ground. So, his 4th top 20, 3rd top 10, of 2016, and his actual official current single is yet to chart for me, being as it’s a bit dreary (so far).

Emeli Sande’s breathing underwater, quite rapidly it seems, swimming into the 20, Haelos grab a second top 40 hit with Earth Not Above, Sigma a 7th, Ratty rockets into the 40, Clean Bandit climb almost 50 places, and at 59 Coldcut are back! It’s been an absence of well over 20 years for the 80’s DJ/Producers who launched both Lisa Stansfield and Yazz with some fab singles. At 74, Vaults are back with a cover of Randy Crawford’s 1980 top 10 ballad, fresh off a John Lewis advert. In at 89, it’s the late Leonard Cohen (there are others queuing up outside the 100) with his most upbeat track, just about, First We Take Manhattan: this charted back in the 80’s for Jennifer Warnes fab version, but ol’ growling Leonard also does a good job too.

1 NEW 1 1 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 170000
2 1 1 3 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 455000
3 2 2 9 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 592000
4 4 4 8 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 274450
5 3 1 9 HURTS Emeli Sande 917000
6 6 6 5 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 148850
7 NEW 7 1 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 50000
8 10 8 3 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 102000
9 5 1 8 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 821200
10 13 10 21 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 345850

11 7 7 3 f*** YOU Lily Allen 132000
12 16 12 8 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 118500
13 8 4 8 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 337750
14 11 11 4 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 92200
15 9 4 8 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 382000
16 38 16 3 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 44800
17 12 6 6 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 228750
18 15 12 7 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 129200
19 26 19 5 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 51600
20 24 20 4 CERTAINTY Temples 69600

21 14 10 6 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 137950
22 25 22 3 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 55350
23 35 23 3 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 46850
24 20 1 11 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 979000
25 NEW 25 1 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 18750
26 17 8 14 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 280850
27 98 27 2 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 19600
28 19 19 8 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 136000
29 29 29 4 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 64700
30 30 30 3 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 53200

31 18 2 16 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 565000
32 32 32 4 KISS ME Fingertips 60450
33 21 5 10 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 327450
34 31 31 4 DREAMER Coco Morier 43800
35 NEW 35 1 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 17500
36 27 2 10 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 581550
37 37 37 4 ON DIRAIT Amir 42000
38 22 6 7 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 183400
39 72 39 2 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 22700
40 40 40 4 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 47750

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41 28 28 10 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 99600
42 23 8 12 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 228400
43 50 43 3 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 27500
44 39 5 12 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 408850
45 64 45 4 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 31700
46 95 46 2 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 14250
47 54 47 4 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 44300
48 44 6 14 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 429150
49 36 5 8 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 314250
50 57 50 3 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 25400

51 43 22 8 ANYMORE Melanie C 101600
52 45 3 12 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 451500
53 33 12 11 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 209550
54 NEW 54 1 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 11000
55 34 13 11 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 196400
56 46 46 5 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 37050
57 47 19 7 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 102100
58 55 36 8 KIDS OneRepublic 91000
59 NEW 59 1 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 10100
60 60 60 3 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 24600

61 51 2 13 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 562150
62 82 62 2 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 11000
63 63 1 31 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 686800
64 56 18 9 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 133300
65 NEW 65 1 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 7000
66 58 15 10 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 165000
67 86 67 2 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 9400
68 68 68 5 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 22900
69 74 69 7 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 27800
70 42 18 7 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 90350

71 48 17 12 YOUTH Glass Animals 162550
72 61 1 26 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 846250
73 69 1 27 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1153000
74 NEW 74 1 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DAMN Red Rosamond 5000

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76 NEW 76 1 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 4800
77 49 9 12 LOST & FOUND BETSY 267800
78 59 59 5 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 25000
79 NEW 79 1 MAZE Aria 4200
80 80 80 3 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 9300

81 52 19 15 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 232650
82 84 82 3 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 10000
83 NEW 83 1 ALGA Ignea 3400
84 96 84 2 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 4600
85 77 77 4 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 10800
86 53 16 10 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 153250
87 79 1 18 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 767950
88 88 88 2 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 4800
89 NEW 89 1 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 2200
90 92 90 4 A-YO Lady Gaga 6600

91 91 91 2 WHEN THE WORLD TURNS BLUE (MELODIES OF LOVE) Merry Clayton 3800
92 NEW 92 1 MAGNETISED Garbage 1800
93 78 10 12 BOURBON Gallant 235350
94 NEW 94 1 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 1600
95 NEW 95 1 HOW DEEP IS THAT RIVER? Mason Jennings 1500
96 NEW 96 1 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 1400
97 NEW 97 1 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 1300
98 99 98 3 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 3400
99 100 99 3 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 3100
100 NEW 100 1 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 1000

DROP OUTS
41 5 3 THAT’S ME (MATT POP 2016 MIX) Abba 101000
62 40 8 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 87300
65 39 8 GREEN DENM 67800
66 66 4 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 24800
67 37 10 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 102600
70 70 5 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 22800
71 16 9 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 143000
73 73 3 DRUGS Adam Jensen 12600
75 14 9 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 128550
76 9 7 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 215700
81 21 6 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 89750
83 83 6 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 13500
85 1 21 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 694000
87 87 3 TSIER Alyss 5100
89 89 3 DON’T WANNA KNOW Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamarr 4400
90 50 7 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 36900
93 40 9 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 67500
94 65 5 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 21600
97 97 1 CREEP Radiohead 1300

6th November 2016

2 weeks on top for Abba, or 12 weeks including it’s 1977 run, which is bad news for M83 who go up to 2. Kishi Bashi gets his 3rd track to peak at 4, as ABC leap into the top 10 for the 5th time this year, and the lovely The Love Inside The Love, love it, and the live version on youtube is how I fell in love with it last week. Meanwhile the unknown but fab Scavenger Hunt leap into my top at 6 with River Runs Dry.

Flume fall just short of their 2nd top 10, so far, but a big climb anyway, while the late Kathy Kirby never got a proper chart tribute from me, and this fab OTT diva tune was Kathy at her best. I was MAD on Kathy Kirby when I was 6. Meanwhile, big jumps into the top 40 for the terrific Superwalkers, and the very Pet Shop Boys circa 1988 backing track of Coco Morier. Jean-Michel Jarre gets his 4th top 40 of the year, Amir gets a second in total, Ariana Grande her second of the year, and Emile Sande her 2nd in the same week.

1 1 1 2 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 340000
2 4 2 8 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 507000
3 2 1 8 HURTS Emeli Sande 857000
4 5 4 7 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 209450
5 3 1 7 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 776200
6 23 6 4 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 93850
7 9 7 2 f*** YOU Lily Allen 95000
8 8 4 7 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 305750
9 7 4 7 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 355000
10 50 10 2 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 54000

11 24 11 3 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 63200
12 6 6 5 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 205750
13 20 13 20 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 303850
14 10 10 5 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 118200
15 12 12 6 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 107200
16 35 16 7 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 83500
17 11 8 13 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 262350
18 14 2 15 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 547100
19 19 19 7 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 117700
20 16 1 10 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 960000

21 18 5 9 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 309750
22 13 6 6 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 166200
23 17 8 11 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 214650
24 34 24 3 CERTAINTY Temples 49600
25 39 25 2 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 35850
26 61 26 4 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 30600
27 25 2 9 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 564150
28 36 28 9 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 85600
29 29 29 3 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 46500
30 38 30 2 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 35200

31 66 31 3 DREAMER Coco Morier 26200
32 46 32 3 KISS ME Fingertips 42650
33 27 12 10 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 198300
34 22 13 10 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 185600
35 59 35 2 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 27600
36 21 5 7 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 302150
37 69 37 3 ON DIRAIT Amir 24700
38 87 38 2 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 19800
39 28 5 11 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 395600
40 51 40 3 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 30750

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41 15 5 3 THAT’S ME (MATT POP 2016 MIX) Abba 101000
42 26 18 6 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 84350
43 33 22 7 ANYMORE Melanie C 89850
44 41 6 13 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 416850
45 37 3 11 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 440000
46 64 46 4 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 26450
47 32 19 6 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 91700
48 47 17 11 YOUTH Glass Animals 156440
49 44 9 11 LOST & FOUND BETSY 263200
50 90 50 2 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 14000

51 45 2 12 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 554650
52 42 19 14 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 228850
53 43 16 9 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 150450
54 57 54 3 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 31800
55 55 36 7 KIDS OneRepublic 80800
56 54 18 8 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 126200
57 85 57 2 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 13400
58 53 15 9 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 158200
59 72 59 4 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 20600
60 77 60 2 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 14600

61 58 1 25 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 840650
62 40 40 8 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 87300
63 63 1 30 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 679600
64 71 64 3 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 18700
65 48 39 8 GREEN DENM 67800
66 70 66 4 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 24800
67 56 37 10 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 102600
68 68 68 4 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 16500
69 65 1 26 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1147600
70 74 70 5 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 22800

71 60 16 9 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 143000
72 NEW 72 1 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 5600
73 81 73 3 DRUGS Adam Jensen 12600
74 78 74 6 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 21600
75 67 14 9 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 128550

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76 31 9 7 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 215700
77 94 77 3 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 7800
78 49 10 11 BOURBON Gallant 233450
79 79 1 17 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 765350
80 97 80 2 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 5300

81 52 21 6 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 89750
82 NEW 82 1 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 3600
83 86 83 6 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 13500
84 84 84 2 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 6400
85 82 1 21 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 694000
86 NEW 86 1 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 2800
87 96 87 3 TSIER Alyss 5100
88 NEW 88 1 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 2400
89 89 89 3 DON’T WANNA KNOW Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamarr 4400
90 76 50 7 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 36900

91 NEW 91 1 WHEN THE WORLD TURNS BLUE (MELODIES OF LOVE) Merry Clayton 1900
92 95 92 3 A-YO Lady Gaga 4600
93 88 40 9 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 67500
94 80 65 5 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 21600
95 NEW 95 1 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 1500
96 NEW 96 1 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 1400
97 NEW 97 1 CREEP Radiohead 1300
98 NEW 98 1 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 1200
99 99 99 2 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 2200
100 100 100 2 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 2000

DROP OUTS
30 30 13 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 148550
62 58 4 WHITE FLAG Joseph 25700
73 40 8 SPHYNX La Femme 85450
75 75 9 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 31500
83 20 10 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 107750
91 7 13 GEMINI FEED Banks 269200
92 44 9 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 70500
93 93 7 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 9900
98 10 13 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 214750

30th October 2016

It’s Abba, newly in and back at 1 over 39 years since Knowing Knowing You completed a 10-week run on top. That puts it clear in 3rd place on the biggest runs at 1, and is there thanks to a limited edition picture disc reissue of all the singles off Arrival on it’s 40th birthday. I adore that album, and this track, and I played it for over a year – I can’t understate how rare it is for me to play albums that much, as close to obsession in music as I get! Another track off it, That’s Me, is also in the 20. The video is attached, I was also mad on that, and Abba, and the record is one of the greatest break-up records of all-time, just genius.

Kishi Bashi meanwhile becomes a current obsession grabbing 4 of my top 20, including a 3rd top 5 with the sprawling ambitious Ode To My Next Life, such a clever musician, he needs discovering ASAP. In at 9, I saw Bridget Jones’ Baby last week, which was OK, sat amongst women of a certain age, when this naughty Lily Allen song popped up. It twice made my chart peaking at 20 in 2009 as an album track that I didn’t own – well now I’ve bought it and can play it properly. For obvious reasons not a single, but it’s terrific, funny and these days I imagine she’s singing it to Nigel Farage, cos that’s exactly how I feel about him. Several million people will be queuing up to make a dancefloor of his grave when he dies many years from now, so I hope they are making preparations for a dancefloor-sized stone floor.

Lower down there’s an ABC mini-invasion of tracks from both The 1982 Lexicon Of Love and 2016 Lexicon Of Love II, as I saw a fab concert this week with full orchestra – reviewed elsewhere. Best track on the new album, Kiss Me Goodbye jumps back into the 20. Bobby Vee sadly died this week, I saw in concert in the 90’s and he was fab, I bought the hits CD. I was too young for his heyday (early 60’s teen idol) but his songs remained popular into the 70’s and 80’s, often covered, and three of ’em finally give him some chart entries in my chart, long overdue, he was the classy end of the 50’s teen idols, and was only 15 when he got his break filling in for Buddy Holly on his fatal tour.

Others: Jean-Michel gets a 4th chart entry this year, and the fab quirky Sebastian Teller duets with him some years after his terrific Eurovision entry. Ph.D’s 1982 chart-topper (in my charts) I Won’t Let You Down is back sampled by Armand Van Helden (also a chart-topper in 1999 with You Don’t Know Me), The Vamps are back, ditto The Chainsmokers (belatedly), Enigma (Sadeness Pt. 2 entering some 26 years after part 1 topped my chart, and 22 years since they had a trio of toppers), and another Emeli Sande new track.

1 NEW 1 1 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 170000
2 2 1 7 HURTS Emeli Sande 772000
3 1 1 6 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 716200
4 3 3 7 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 392000
5 10 5 6 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 144450
6 6 6 4 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 170750
7 7 4 6 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 310000
8 4 4 6 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 257750
9 NEW 9 1 f*** YOU Lily Allen 45000
10 20 10 4 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 89200

11 8 8 12 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 239350
12 34 12 5 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 80200
13 9 6 5 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 146700
14 46 2 14 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 525100
15 5 5 2 THAT’S ME (MATT POP 2016 MIX) Abba 87000
16 12 1 9 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 940000
17 17 8 10 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 195400
18 21 5 8 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 290000
19 26 19 6 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 96700
20 23 20 19 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 271850

21 11 5 6 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 284750
22 13 13 9 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 168000
23 30 23 3 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 38850
24 63 24 2 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 26200
25 16 2 8 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 545750
26 18 18 5 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 70600
27 15 12 9 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 180600
28 24 5 10 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 378500
29 59 29 2 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 28300
30 32 30 13 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 148550

31 14 9 6 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 210900
32 19 19 5 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 79200
33 22 22 6 ANYMORE Melanie C 76350
34 45 34 2 CERTAINTY Temples 30600
35 37 35 6 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 58500
36 48 36 8 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 67300
37 31 3 10 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 427000
38 NEW 38 1 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 17200
39 NEW 39 1 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 17100
40 RE 40 7 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 79900

41 29 6 12 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 403600
42 42 19 13 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 217350
43 25 16 8 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 139200
44 33 9 10 LOST & FOUND BETSY 251100
45 27 2 11 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 542900
46 49 46 2 KISS ME Fingertips 24850
47 38 17 10 YOUTH Glass Animals 144250
48 39 39 7 GREEN DENM 60800
49 41 10 10 BOURBON Gallant 229050
50 NEW 50 1 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 12000

51 90 51 2 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 13750
52 28 21 5 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 85950
53 43 15 8 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 148000
54 35 18 7 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 115600
55 36 36 6 KIDS OneRepublic 70000
56 47 37 9 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 96000
57 57 57 2 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 20800
58 55 1 24 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 833150
59 NEW 59 1 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 10100
60 56 16 8 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 137200

61 82 61 3 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 12100
62 58 58 4 WHITE FLAG Joseph 25700
63 62 1 29 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 672400
64 73 64 3 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 13700
65 54 1 25 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1141400
66 95 66 2 DREAMER Coco Morier 8300
67 61 14 8 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 123550
68 87 68 3 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 10100
69 98 69 2 ON DIRAIT Amir 7400
70 70 70 3 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 18000

71 71 71 2 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 11600
72 84 72 3 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 10500
73 40 40 8 SPHYNX La Femme 85450
74 74 74 4 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 16800
75 75 75 9 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 31500

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76 50 50 6 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 34900
77 NEW 77 1 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 4600
78 80 78 5 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 16400
79 79 1 16 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 761150
80 65 65 4 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 20000

81 83 81 2 DRUGS Adam Jensen 7200
82 77 1 20 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 691000
83 60 20 10 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 107750
84 NEW 84 1 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 3200
85 NEW 85 1 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 3000
86 86 86 5 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 10100
87 NEW 87 1 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 2600
88 64 40 8 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 65800
89 89 89 2 DON’T WANNA KNOW Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamarr 4400
90 NEW 90 1 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 2000

91 52 7 13 GEMINI FEED Banks 269200
92 44 44 9 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 70500
93 93 93 7 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 9900
94 94 94 2 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 3200
95 97 95 2 A-YO Lady Gaga 2800
96 99 96 2 TSIER Alyss 2500
97 NEW 97 1 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 1300
98 92 10 13 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 214750
99 NEW 99 1 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 1100
100 NEW 100 1 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 1000

51 26 7 MR. APPLES Madness 96850
53 47 7 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 55650
66 66 5 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 23000
67 12 10 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 198150
68 13 10 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 174650
69 38 7 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 60300
72 2 13 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 515400
76 58 7 TUN UP Sarah Mark 38200
78 1 25 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1035300
81 35 9 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 76550
85 1 24 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1168150
88 58 8 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 56400
91 1 33 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 808450
96 96 1 DANCE THE WAY I FEEL Ou Est Le Swimming Pool 1400
100 100 1 STRONG SWEET & SOUTHERN Hayley Orrantia 1000

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23rd October 2016

It’s a 3rd week for Red Sky July in an unchanged top 3, and it’s still juuuuuuust gorgeous. A former buzzjack song contest (BJSC) act of mine at 1 is joined by another act I entered and love, Kishi Bashi getting his 2nd top 5 with Can’t Let Go, Juno, and his 4th top 10 with the mini-epic Ode To My Next Life. Greedy, he’s also grabbed a 5th top 30 and 6th top 40.

Abba are the highest new entry with a deliciously cheesy unofficial remix for the 40th anniversary of classic album Arrival, the album track and B Side to Dancing Queen (so prolific Abba could afford to toss away a brilliant potential A side on a B Side!) That’s Me. It’s topped my chart previously, as has another single off Arrival which will enter next week as there are 4 brand new picture disc singles released for the official 40th anniversary.

Jean-Michel gets his 2nd top 10 of the year, as his Pet Shop Boys duet Brick England gives the boys errr a 5th or 6th top 10 this year, I’m a fan and I’ve lost count! Biggest jump is a whopping 64 places for Scavenger Hunt and a track that was cruelly ignored from the BJSC final, River Runs Dry. The late Kathy Kirby finally gets a top 40 slot some 50-odd years after she would have had quite a few had I done charts then (being as I was a mad-keen 6-year-old for her singles). Top actual new act is Temples, not unlike Tame Impala, and that’s a very good thing, in at 45. Other returning acts: Gaga, Two Door Cinema Club, Maroon 5…..

1 1 1 5 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 631200
2 2 1 6 HURTS Emeli Sande 657000
3 3 3 6 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 327000
4 8 4 5 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 209750
5 NEW 5 1 THAT’S ME (MATT POP 2016 MIX) Abba 60000
6 10 6 3 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 115750
7 4 4 5 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 260000
8 60 8 11 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 202350
9 6 6 4 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 114700
10 26 10 5 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 84450

11 5 5 5 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 265000
12 7 1 8 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 915000
13 15 13 8 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 148500
14 9 9 5 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 193000
15 12 12 8 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 162200
16 11 2 7 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 527000
17 14 8 9 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 172400
18 18 18 4 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 52100
19 19 19 4 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 61400
20 20 20 3 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 47200

21 13 5 7 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 268000
22 23 22 5 ANYMORE Melanie C 58650
23 27 23 18 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 251850
24 17 5 9 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 360200
25 16 16 7 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 125700
26 32 26 5 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 75700
27 22 2 10 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 529900
28 21 21 4 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 74450
29 24 6 11 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 389600
30 94 30 2 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 19600

31 29 3 9 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 409700
32 34 32 12 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 130550
33 25 9 9 LOST & FOUND BETSY 237850
34 38 34 4 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 45200
35 28 18 6 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 104600
36 36 36 5 KIDS OneRepublic 59200
37 56 37 5 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 41000
38 31 17 9 YOUTH Glass Animals 131750
39 62 39 6 GREEN DENM 48500
40 40 40 7 SPHYNX La Femme 80050

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41 39 10 9 BOURBON Gallant 216950
42 30 19 12 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 203600
43 33 15 7 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 136750
44 44 44 8 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 68700
45 NEW 45 1 CERTAINTY Temples 13000
46 46 2 13 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 496100
47 37 37 8 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 85400
48 50 48 7 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 49900
49 NEW 49 1 KISS ME Fingertips 12100
50 55 50 5 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 30100

51 35 26 7 MR. APPLES Madness 96850
52 48 7 12 GEMINI FEED Banks 267300
53 47 47 7 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 55650
54 54 1 24 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1134400
55 53 1 23 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 822950
56 42 16 7 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 127200
57 NEW 57 1 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 10400
58 65 58 3 WHITE FLAG Joseph 18300
59 NEW 59 1 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 10100
60 43 20 9 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 104450

61 41 14 7 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 116950
62 61 1 28 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 665200
63 NEW 63 1 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 7200
64 45 40 7 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 63400
65 66 65 3 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 16000
66 72 66 5 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 23000
67 51 12 10 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 198150
68 52 13 10 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 174650
69 49 38 7 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 60300
70 70 70 2 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 12000

71 NEW 71 1 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 5800
72 63 2 13 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 515400
73 98 73 2 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 6600
74 74 74 3 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 11600
75 80 75 8 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 26500

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76 58 58 7 TUN UP Sarah Mark 38200
77 75 1 19 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 687400
78 67 1 25 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1035300
79 64 1 15 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 756950
80 83 80 4 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 12000

81 68 35 9 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 76550
82 100 82 2 LOST (AS I AM) Streetwalkers 4600
83 NEW 83 1 DRUGS Adam Jensen 3400
84 93 84 2 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 4900
85 79 1 24 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1168150
86 91 86 4 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 7300
87 99 87 2 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 3700
88 69 58 8 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 56400
89 NEW 89 1 DON’T WANNA NOW Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamarr 2200
90 NEW 90 1 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 2000

91 85 1 33 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 808450
92 81 10 12 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 213550
93 95 93 6 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 8200
94 NEW 94 1 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 1600
95 NEW 95 1 DREAMER Coco Morier 1500
96 NEW 96 1 DANCE THE WAY I FEEL Ou Est Le Swimming Pool 1400
97 NEW 97 1 A-YO Lady Gaga 1300
98 NEW 98 1 ON DIRAIT Amir 1200
99 NEW 99 1 TSIER Alyss 1100
100 NEW 100 1 STRONG SWEET & SOUTHERN Hayley Orrantia 1000

DROP OUTS
57 57 5 SCOPE MissingNo 22200
59 41 6 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 62900
71 16 8 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 132400
73 4 9 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 340050
76 30 11 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 124950
77 13 9 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 145000
78 78 5 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 16000
82 82 7 CONCRETE Tom Odell 23200
84 12 13 TROUBLE Offaiah 226600
86 86 6 FLICKER Tori Amos 11200
87 87 4 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 6900
88 14 9 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 138900
89 1 21 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1272900
90 90 2 RELAX Crystal Waters 3800
92 68 9 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 42900
96 10 14 HEY Willa 247050
97 6 13 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 224000

16th october 2016

2 weeks on top for gorgous Red Sky July as Robbie Williams does a double big climb, Russian into the 10 for 20 years of top 10s, as his heavy entertainment shows in the 20! The singles chart streaming teens might not like him but us older folk still do. Lots climbing times 4 for kishi bashi such a varied artist. The weeknd makes it a 3rd or 4th top 10 i think, as bruno rockets into the 20.

Jean-michel snd Pet Shop Boys gets a single release at last and returns at 60, with the highest new entry from Smoove n Turrell is a cover of Hot Chocolate’s 1971 2nd hit single You Could’ve Been A Lady.

1 1 1 4 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 461200
2 2 1 5 HURTS Emeli Sande 542000
3 6 3 5 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 242000
4 7 4 4 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 210000
5 5 5 4 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 228000
6 47 6 3 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 69700
7 3 1 7 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 880000
8 10 8 4 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 144750
9 9 9 4 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 164000
10 25 10 2 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 60750

11 4 2 6 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 503000
12 13 13 7 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 135200
13 11 5 6 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 248250
14 8 8 8 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 149400
15 15 15 7 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 116500
16 16 16 6 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 106950
17 12 5 8 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 341200
18 67 18 3 HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 30100
19 28 19 3 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 40400
20 63 20 2 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 27200

21 29 29 3 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 56150
22 14 2 9 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 511500
23 33 23 4 ANYMORE Melanie C 210500
24 24 6 10 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 371400
25 20 9 8 LOST & FOUND BETSY 220200
26 42 26 4 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 42550
27 27 27 17 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 232600
28 18 18 5 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 87000
29 19 3 8 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 391700
30 30 19 11 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 189850

31 17 17 8 YOUTH Glass Animals 114550
32 36 36 4 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 57200
33 22 15 6 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 123250
34 34 34 11 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 112750
35 26 26 6 MR. APPLES Madness 85100
36 55 36 4 KIDS OneRepublic 41800
37 39 37 7 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 72900
38 71 38 3 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 27600
39 23 10 8 BOURBON Gallant 202950
40 53 53 6 SPHYNX La Femme 63050

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41 21 14 6 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 109450
42 31 16 6 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 116600
43 35 20 8 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 94450
44 44 44 7 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 55450
45 40 40 5 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 56300
46 32 2 12 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 483400
47 64 64 6 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 44500
48 37 7 11 GEMINI FEED Banks 255900
49 38 38 6 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 54200
50 60 60 6 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 37600

51 45 12 9 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 191550
52 46 13 9 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 168250
53 48 1 21 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 812150
54 52 1 22 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1123400
55 87 55 4 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 18100
56 69 69 3 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 23700
57 78 78 4 SCOPE MissingNo 22200
58 66 66 6 TUN UP Sarah Mark 33400
59 41 41 6 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 62900
60 RE 60 1 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 10000

61 61 1 26 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 657800
62 62 62 5 GREEN DENM 31400
63 50 2 12 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 509800
64 56 1 14 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 752750
65 99 65 2 WHITE FLAG Joseph 8100
66 89 66 2 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 9000
67 54 1 24 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1030900
68 74 35 8 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 72750
69 58 58 7 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 54000
70 NEW 70 1 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 6000

71 43 16 7 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 132400
72 77 72 4 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 16200
73 49 4 8 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 340050
74 98 74 2 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 6400
75 68 1 18 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 682800

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76 57 30 11 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 124950
77 51 13 9 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 145000
78 80 78 5 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 16000
79 76 1 23 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1165150
80 83 80 7 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 21500

81 73 10 11 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 211750
82 82 82 7 CONCRETE Tom Odell 23200
83 87 83 3 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 8000
84 59 12 13 TROUBLE Offaiah 226600
85 70 1 32 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 806550
86 88 86 6 FLICKER Tori Amos 11200
87 91 87 4 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 6900
88 65 14 9 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 138900
89 72 1 21 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1272900
90 92 90 2 RELAX Crystal Waters 3800

91 94 91 3 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 4500
92 75 68 9 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 42900
93 NEW 93 1 A BIG HUNK O’ LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1700
94 NEW 94 1 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 1600
95 96 95 4 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 6500
96 81 10 14 HEY Willa 247050
97 90 6 13 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 224000
98 NEW 98 1 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 1200
99 NEW 99 1 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 1100
100 NEW 100 1 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 1000

DROP OUTS

GRACE, BILLY FURY, LADY GAGA, NEIL CHRISTIAN, ARIEL PINK, BLOSSOMS, MAX JURY

9th October 2016

It’s Red Sky July’s subtle and hauntingly gorgeous House Of Cards on top for the first time, though Ally McErlaine has been at 1 many times before as part of Texas. Just edging out the epic banging emotion of Emeli Sande, but it was a very close run thing. Frank Ocean and Beyonce are back in the top 10 with the unavailable (except on the album Blonde) Pink + White. It’s lovely and needs to be a single. NOW Frank!

Highest new entry is the returning hitmaker The Weeknd, joined by the veteran 90’s electronica band Daft Punk, not the first time in my chart for either by a long chalk, but any song called Starboy I’m going to love (in theory) as he’s a super-hero (Star Boy) from the greatest super-hero team of all-time Legion Of Super-Heroes. A band of that name was a John Peel fave, and members Dream Girl, Brainiac 5, Wildfire have featured in song titles, while Karate Kid was nicked for a film, so watch out for Saturn Girl, White Witch, and Princess Projectra one day! Another Princess, Chelsea, make my top 20 along with 80’s dance diva Billie Ray Martin, and Francis And The Lights have a mighty leap from 99 to 28 while also entering at 98 with a third track.

Mel C keeps the lone Spice Girls flag flying as she enters the 40, and KT Tunstall returns to the 40 after a hefty break. Kack Savoretti and Kings Of Leon are back after shorter breaks. Returning to the chart is Bruno Mars, carrying on from his funky Mark Ronson megahit, Robbie Williams has big climbs, and Crystal Waters is also back after a couple of decades or so. Relax!

1 2 1 3 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 291200
2 1 1 4 HURTS Emeli Sande 427000
3 4 1 6 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 830000
4 3 2 5 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 465000
5 5 5 3 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 168000
6 6 6 4 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 157000
7 7 7 3 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 145000
8 30 8 7 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 120400
9 11 9 3 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 119000
10 10 10 3 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 96750

11 9 5 5 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 216250
12 12 5 7 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 318200
13 20 13 6 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 100200
14 8 2 8 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 492000
15 28 15 6 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 89500
16 26 16 5 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 81950
17 25 17 7 YOUTH Glass Animals 96650
18 27 18 4 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 68800
19 13 3 7 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 373600
20 16 9 7 LOST & FOUND BETSY 201400

21 14 14 5 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 95450
22 15 15 5 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 105550
23 17 10 7 BOURBON Gallant 185850
24 18 6 9 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 352400
25 NEW 25 1 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 18750
26 34 26 5 MR. APPLES Madness 67600
27 36 27 16 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 214200
28 99 28 2 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 19400
29 29 29 2 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 36400
30 19 19 10 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 171850

31 21 16 5 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 102850
32 24 2 11 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 470600
33 66 33 3 ANYMORE Melanie C 19900
34 35 34 10 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 95150
35 23 20 7 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 80950
36 40 36 3 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 39400
37 22 7 10 GEMINI FEED Banks 243500
38 57 38 5 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 42000
39 47 39 6 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 55600
40 48 40 5 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 43300

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41 50 41 5 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 52800
42 71 42 3 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 23950
43 31 16 7 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 126600
44 53 44 6 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 42200
45 37 12 8 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 179800
46 41 13 8 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 156750
47 89 47 2 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 14700
48 44 1 21 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 800900
49 32 4 8 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 334650
50 39 2 11 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 502600

51 33 13 8 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 140400
52 45 1 22 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1112400
53 54 53 5 SPHYNX La Femme 46050
54 46 1 23 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1024300
55 55 55 3 KIDS OneRepublic 24400
56 52 1 13 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 745650
57 38 30 10 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 120150
58 58 58 6 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 47800
59 42 12 12 TROUBLE Offaiah 223400
60 74 60 5 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 25600

61 61 1 26 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 650300
62 75 62 4 GREEN DENM 24000
63 NEW 63 1 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 7200
64 64 64 5 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 31900
65 43 14 8 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 136500
66 70 66 5 TUN UP Sarah Mark 23200
67 95 67 2 HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 8100
68 62 1 17 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 677800
69 72 69 3 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 13100
70 51 1 31 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 803550

71 77 71 2 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 10400
72 59 1 20 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1270700
73 49 10 10 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 207950
74 60 35 7 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 66350
75 68 68 8 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 41100

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76 67 1 22 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1160950
77 81 77 3 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 10600
78 78 78 4 SCOPE MissingNo 11800
79 56 43 6 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 65300
80 80 80 4 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 11600

81 65 10 13 HEY Willa 245650
82 88 82 6 CONCRETE Tom Odell 19600
83 83 83 6 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 17500
84 87 84 3 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 7300
85 73 9 12 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 267100
86 86 86 5 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 10900
87 90 87 2 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 4600
88 93 88 5 FLICKER Tori Amos 8400
89 NEW 89 1 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 2200
90 84 6 12 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 222700

91 98 91 3 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 4300
92 NEW 92 1 RELAX Crystal Waters 1800
93 63 55 7 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 47700
94 100 94 2 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 2600
95 69 2 16 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 541200
96 96 96 4 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 5000
97 97 97 3 NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE Ariel Pink 3800
98 NEW 98 1 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 1200
99 NEW 99 1 WHITE FLAG Joseph 1100
100 85 27 100 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 128800

DROP OUTS
76 52 4 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 38000
79 30 7 FALL ON ME Kitten 96300
82 3 12 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 416300
91 33 7 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 54250
92 92 3 XO Kelsea Ballerini 4900
94 13 9 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 138400

p1070895

Ferry Cross The Mersey 2016…

2nd October 2016

It’s a first chart-topper for Emeli Sande and her proper epic Hurts, just holding of massive climber Red Sky July’s 67-place climb to 2 with House Of Cards, their 2nd top 10. Or umpteenth including Alisha’s Attic and Texas singles. I love my top 10 so much this week, it’s holding off a 70’s classic fave as it gets leapfrogged by M83 and Mai Lan’s groovy Go! and Kishi Bashi’s 3rd top 10, Can’t Let Go, Juno. Not content with that he also enters the 40 with the Floyd-ish Who’d You Kill and has another album track entry at 77, with a flaming non-dirge song, despite what the title suggests.

Massive Attack get their biggest hit in a decade or so, into the 20 with the gorgeous The Spoils, and DNCE break into the 20 for a second time with their toothbrush. Highest new entry at 29 is from Travis, grabbing a comeback top 40 with an assist from Josephine Oniyama for nearly 20 years of chart entries, including a chart-topper in the noughties with Selfish Jean – an undeserved flop – and now adding Idlewild. Madness get a sweet 37 years of top 40 songs, and Nancy Sinatra makes it 45 years – though Holly Holy is a 70’s track, written by Neil Diamond, and previously charted in covers from Junior Walker & The All Stars and UB40.

Robbie Williams gets 2 new entries fresh off his new album, and Albert Hammond gets a 2nd and third 1970’s US Top 100 hit new entries in my chart for the first time, though I liked them at the time I only had a top 30 or 50 at the time and loads of great singles never charted. Albert has a new orchestral album of his songs coming out soon (that’s a LOT of hit songs!)

1 2 1 3 HURTS Emeli Sande 312000
2 69 2 2 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 121200
3 3 2 4 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 400000
4 1 1 5 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 745000
5 8 5 2 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 108000
6 15 6 3 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 102000
7 9 7 2 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 95000
8 4 2 7 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 463000
9 5 5 4 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 179250
10 46 10 2 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 54750

11 11 11 2 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 74000
12 7 5 6 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 283200
13 6 3 6 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 352600
14 35 14 4 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 75700
15 18 15 4 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 86050
16 13 9 6 LOST & FOUND BETSY 181400
17 10 10 6 BOURBON Gallant 166600
18 12 6 8 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 333400
19 19 19 9 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 153850
20 22 20 5 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 68200

21 16 16 4 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 84950
22 14 7 9 GEMINI FEED Banks 226200
23 20 20 6 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 63450
24 17 2 10 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 452800
25 31 25 6 YOUTH Glass Animals 73650
26 26 26 4 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 56950
27 27 27 3 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 46800
28 34 28 5 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 62500
29 NEW 29 1 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 18200
30 32 30 6 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 72400

31 24 16 6 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 113100
32 21 4 7 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 322550
33 23 13 7 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 128650
34 48 34 4 MR. APPLES Madness 49100
35 45 35 9 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 77550
36 36 36 15 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 195800
37 25 12 7 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 166800
38 38 30 9 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 109750
39 28 2 10 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 490600
40 75 40 2 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 22000

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41 33 13 7 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 144000
42 29 12 11 TROUBLE Offaiah 213300
43 30 14 7 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 129500
44 44 1 20 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 788600
45 40 1 21 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1100900
46 39 1 22 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1013300
47 57 47 5 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 38500
48 65 48 4 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 26300
49 37 10 9 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 202550
50 50 50 4 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 38800

51 42 1 30 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 797550
52 41 1 12 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 735050
53 62 53 5 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 28950
54 54 54 4 SPHYNX La Femme 34800
55 86 55 2 KIDS OneRepublic 13600
56 43 43 5 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 61100
57 66 57 4 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 24800
58 58 58 5 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 37600
59 47 1 19 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1265100
60 49 35 6 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 61150

61 61 1 25 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 642800
62 59 1 16 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 671400
63 55 55 6 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 46000
64 64 64 4 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 24800
65 53 10 12 HEY Willa 241850
66 73 66 2 ANYMORE Melanie C 12200
67 60 1 21 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1156150
68 68 68 7 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 36100
69 56 2 15 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 539700
70 70 70 4 TUN UP Sarah Mark 16400

71 78 71 2 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 10200
72 97 72 2 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 6900
73 51 9 11 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 264100
74 74 74 4 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 15600
75 71 71 3 GREEN DENM 16600

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76 52 52 4 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 38000
77 NEW 77 1 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 4600
78 94 78 3 SCOPE MissingNo 7400
79 63 30 7 FALL ON ME Kitten 96300
80 91 80 3 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 7600

81 89 81 2 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 6000
82 67 3 12 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 416300
83 83 83 5 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 14100
84 84 6 11 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 220700
85 72 27 9 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 127800
86 90 86 4 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 8100
87 95 87 2 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 4100
88 RE 85 5 CONCRETE Tom Odell 13000
89 NEW 89 1 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 2200
90 NEW 90 1 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 2000

91 82 33 7 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 54250
92 92 92 3 XO Kelsea Ballerini 4900
93 93 93 4 FLICKER Tori Amos 6000
94 76 13 9 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 138400
95 NEW 95 1 HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 1500
96 99 96 3 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 3600
97 RE 97 2 NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE Ariel Pink 2500
98 98 98 2 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 2400
99 NEW 99 1 SEE HER OUT (THAT JUST LIGHT) Francis And The Lights
100 NEW 100 1 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 1000

DROP OUTS
77 77 4 ABER Tobtok 15100
79 70 4 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 18600
80 23 6 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 84700
81 72 4 OLE John Newman 18800
85 23 9 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 98450
87 15 7 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 122900
88 11 7 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 161300
96 1 24 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 954650
100 100 3 THE ACTRESS Sada Vidoo 3000

P1070860

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

25th September 2016

It’s Kadie Elder for a 4th week on top, still loving my Top 10 finalist in the Buzzjack Song Contest. Talking of, a previous top 10 act for me Kishi Bashi has a new album out, and it’s fab, the official single is in at 46, while 2 tracks pop in lower down, a very Pink Floyd-sounding at 75 and a very Jean-Michel Jarre-sounding (via orchestral avante-garde) at 78. Another BJSC act who flopped are also back, Red Sky July at 69 – former members of Texas and Alisha’s Attic – and I could make comments about British country music being ageist as far as radio plays go, it doesn’t escape my notice that pretty young girlie country tracks get Radio 2 play, and the older, classier country acts, errr, don’t.

Emelie Sande shoots up to 2, so close to nabbing the top spot in a highly active and fabulous chart (for me, at any rate!) and there are 2 brand new debuts inside the top 10, the blues-ish, quirky fab Cobi at 8, and the ballad Keane-like Tom Chaplin at 9. OK it is Keane. The lead singer having his first solo venture, and it’s classic Keane.

In at 11, from 1972, because I saw Albert Hammond in concert in Wimborne this week – he hasn’t toured for 45 years, and moved the States in 1971 from a successful UK pop song hit-writing machine career, to launch his solo and American songwriter career, the former with initial success for 2 years, before he concentrated on songwriting. It Never rains In Southern California is his best single, I had nostalgic tears in my eyes for it, and his other early 70’s singles, only one of which charted in the UK – but not this fab huge American hit which wasn’t eligible for my chart at the time due to floppage. Other songs? Little Arrows, When I Need You, One Moment In Time, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, The Air That I Breathe, among many many others. Great to have him back!

Big jumps for the Kaiser Chiefs into the 20, Billie Ray Martin into the 30, and Mel C leapfrogs herself with her new single. OneRepublic return again, along with a host of 60’s tracks I discovered during AH Gold’s Ultimate 60’s voting. Cat Stevens is new to me, ditto Kathy Kirby’s fab track – I had a few huge pop star faves as a nipper, we’re talking 5 or 6 years old, the biggest 2 were Billy Fury (also in the chart) and Kathy Kirby. Mad on ’em I was.

1 1 1 4 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 680000
2 15 2 2 HURTS Emeli Sande 142000
3 2 2 3 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 315000
4 4 2 6 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 415000
5 6 5 3 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 134250
6 3 3 5 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 320600
7 5 5 5 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 248200
8 NEW 8 1 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 48000
9 NEW 9 1 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 45000
10 10 10 5 BOURBON Gallant 143600

11 NEW 11 1 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 37000
12 8 6 7 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 311400
13 9 9 5 LOST & FOUND BETSY 156400
14 7 7 8 GEMINI FEED Banks 206700
15 20 15 2 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 47000
16 18 16 3 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 65200
17 11 2 9 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 433800
18 25 18 3 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 59050
19 23 19 8 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 132850
20 66 20 5 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 44200

21 12 4 6 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 304750
22 26 22 4 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 48200
23 13 13 6 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 110950
24 16 16 5 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 95200
25 17 12 6 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 149500
26 46 26 3 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 38450
27 60 27 2 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 28400
28 19 2 9 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 473500
29 21 12 10 TROUBLE Offaiah 199550
30 14 14 6 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 116000

31 28 28 5 YOUTH Glass Animals 54900
32 34 32 5 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 54400
33 22 13 6 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 130000
34 40 34 4 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 44200
35 38 35 3 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 46700
36 36 36 14 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 178400
37 27 10 8 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 190450
38 30 30 8 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 92550
39 31 1 21 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1000550
40 33 1 20 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1087900

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41 32 1 11 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 723550
42 24 1 29 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 785800
43 43 43 4 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 50500
44 44 1 19 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 775350
45 50 45 8 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 60050
46 NEW 46 1 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 12750
47 37 1 18 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1255000
48 49 48 3 MR. APPLES Madness 31500
49 35 35 5 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 51150
50 57 50 3 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 26800

51 29 9 10 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 258700
52 52 52 3 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 33200
53 39 10 11 HEY Willa 234850
54 55 54 3 SPHYNX La Femme 23800
55 56 55 5 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 38800
56 45 2 14 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 533500
57 68 57 4 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 26000
58 58 58 4 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 27400
59 54 1 15 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 664000
60 53 1 20 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1149550

61 59 1 24 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 635300
62 74 62 4 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 17700
63 41 30 6 FALL ON ME Kitten 92100
64 65 64 3 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 17700
65 73 65 3 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 14000
66 75 66 3 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 14400
67 48 3 11 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 412700
68 69 68 6 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 29700
69 NEW 69 1 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 6200
70 85 70 3 TUN UP Sarah Mark 10400

71 71 71 2 GREEN DENM 11600
72 47 27 8 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 124900
73 NEW 73 1 ANYMORE Melanie C 5400
74 80 74 3 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 10400
75 NEW 75 1 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 5000

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76 51 13 8 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 136800
77 77 77 4 ABER Tobtok 15100
78 NEW 78 1 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 4400
79 70 70 4 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 18600
80 61 23 6 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 84700

81 72 72 4 OLE John Newman 18800
82 42 33 6 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 52350
83 83 83 4 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 10700
84 64 6 10 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 217500
85 84 23 9 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 98450
86 NEW 86 1 KIDS OneRepublic 2800
87 63 15 7 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 122900
88 62 11 7 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 161300
89 NEW 89 1 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 2200
90 90 90 3 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 5300

91 93 91 2 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 3600
92 97 92 2 XO Kelsea Ballerini 3100
93 95 93 3 FLICKER Tori Amos 4300
94 96 94 2 SCOPE MissingNo 3000
95 NEW 95 1 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 1500
96 82 1 24 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 954650
97 NEW 97 1 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 1300
98 NEW 98 1 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 1200
99 99 99 2 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 2200
100 100 100 3 THE ACTRESS Sada Vidoo 3000

DROP OUTS
67 16 10 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 153350
76 13 11 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 182750
78 78 5 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 14700
79 42 5 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 46150
81 56 5 HOME Henri Pfr 26200
86 32 10 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 85450
87 40 8 MOMBASA Stadium X 70950
88 88 2 WHITE NOISE Danrell featuring Ryder 3900
89 89 4 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 8300
91 3 18 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 554550
92 92 3 R.P.M. Sasha Pierce 4600
94 85 4 CONCRETE Tom Odell 10600
98 98 1 NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE Ariel Pink 1200

18th September 2016

It’s a 3rd week on top for Kadie Elder and a static top 5, with a big climb for fab Royksopp and Susanne Sundfor (their second top 10 together). Gallant brings some class soul into the top 10, and highest new entry is at 15 for Emeli Sande, at long last returning to music with a bang, and it Hurts! The Pretenders keep up the run of top 20 singles, Holy Commotion doing what Stop Your Sobbing first did in the spring of 1979. Second highest new entry is also a returning act, M83, with Mai Lan and hot on the heels of a fab Jools Holland show performance.

Glass Animals go top 40, well deserved, and ditto DNCE’s second, Frank Ocean does the same with veteran (by today’s chart standards) Beyonce, her umpteenth, and still not available to buy annoyingly, cos it’s lovely. More returning acts: Empire Of The Sun, like Beyonce previous chart-toppers, though they have done it also as Pnau; Massive Attack; and new in the 40, Princess Chelsea and the fab quirky song about ciggies pros and cons. Well, cons, mostly.

There’s a mountain of climbers lower down, so just to stick to new tracks, Billie Ray Martin grabs another solo entry extending her run back to Electribe 101 days in 1989, and Melanie C is back as guest vocalist on Sons Of Sonix for a sweet 20 years as Spice Girl and solo, including 3 number ones.

1 1 1 3 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 510000
2 2 2 2 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 230000
3 3 3 4 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 265600
4 4 2 5 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 350000
5 5 5 4 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 198500
6 23 6 2 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 74250
7 9 7 7 GEMINI FEED Banks 177700
8 7 6 6 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 276400
9 10 9 4 LOST & FOUND BETSY 124400
10 17 10 4 BOURBON Gallant 101600

11 8 2 8 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 410800
12 6 4 5 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 285000
13 14 13 5 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 91700
14 19 14 5 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 98000
15 NEW 15 1 HURTS Emeli Sande 27000
16 16 16 4 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 76200
17 15 12 5 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 130750
18 29 18 2 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 40200
19 12 2 8 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 455200
20 NEW 20 1 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 20000

21 18 12 9 TROUBLE Offaiah 181350
22 13 13 5 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 112300
23 26 23 7 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 111850
24 11 1 28 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 772050
25 28 25 2 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 37050
26 71 26 3 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 28700
27 21 10 7 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 173150
28 52 28 4 YOUTH Glass Animals 37000
29 22 9 9 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 246950
30 39 30 7 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 75350

31 20 1 20 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 983450
32 25 1 10 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 709550
33 24 1 19 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1070900
34 48 35 4 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 36600
35 42 35 4 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 39050
36 40 36 13 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 161000
37 27 1 17 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1242500
38 50 38 2 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 29200
39 31 10 10 HEY Willa 223600
40 65 40 3 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 26600

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41 30 30 5 FALL ON ME Kitten 84900
42 33 33 5 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 48750
43 46 43 3 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 37250
44 44 1 18 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 762100
45 37 2 13 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 522900
46 63 46 2 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 19950
47 34 27 7 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 119300
48 32 3 10 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 406100
49 64 49 2 MR. APPLES Madness 19200
50 53 50 7 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 47050

51 41 13 7 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 132000
52 58 52 2 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 21700
53 47 1 19 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1139550
54 51 1 14 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 653900
55 90 55 2 SPHYNX La Femme 12800
56 59 56 4 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 28000
57 78 57 2 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 14800
58 70 58 3 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 17200
59 57 1 23 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 627800
60 NEW 60 1 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 10000

61 38 23 5 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 80700
62 35 11 6 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 158900
63 36 15 6 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 120300
64 49 6 9 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 214300
65 82 65 2 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 10600
66 55 55 4 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 24200
67 43 16 10 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 153350
68 75 68 3 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 15600
69 69 69 5 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 23300
70 72 70 3 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 14400

71 NEW 71 1 GREEN DENM 5800
72 73 72 3 OLE John Newman 15000
73 94 73 2 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 7000
74 83 74 3 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 10300
75 87 75 2 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 7600

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76 45 13 11 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 182750
77 80 77 3 ABER Tobtok 10500
78 81 78 5 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 14700
79 54 42 5 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 46150
80 98 80 2 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 5200

81 56 56 5 HOME Henri Pfr 26200
82 76 1 23 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 953050
83 88 83 3 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 7300
84 60 23 8 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 95450
85 96 85 2 TUN UP Sarah Mark 4400
86 77 32 10 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 85450
87 74 40 8 MOMBASA Stadium X 70950
88 95 88 2 WHITE NOISE Danrell featuring Ryder 3900
89 89 89 4 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 8300
90 97 90 2 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 3300

91 79 3 18 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 554550
92 93 92 3 R.P.M. Sasha Pierce 4600
93 NEW 93 1 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 1700
94 85 85 4 CONCRETE Tom Odell 10600
95 99 95 2 FLICKER Tori Amos 2600
96 NEW 96 1 SCOPE MissingNo 1400
97 NEW 97 1 XO Kelsea Ballerini 1300
98 NEW 98 1 NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE Ariel Pink 1200
99 NEW 99 1 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 1100
100 100 100 2 THE ACTRESS Sada Vidoo 2000

DROP OUTS
61 40 5 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 49400
62 20 6 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 100800
66 52 4 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 21700
67 43 4 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 44850
68 50 4 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 32200
84 26 7 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 78250
86 1 20 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 770400
91 32 8 CLOSER Josef Salvat 88500
92 1 21 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 468750

11th September 2016

It’s a second week on top for the fab Kadie Elder, but any of the top 5 would be a well-deserved chart-topper, as the highest new entry at is Agnes Obel and a hauntingly gorgeous track, sounds Familiar! That leaves RAT BOY stuck at 3 withe the terrific Get Over It and Francis & Bon dropping 2 when they should be on top too. Banks finally breaks into the top 10, and BETSY does it a bit faster.

Petula Clark shoots up into the 20, actually her second biggest hit not counting remixes and reissues, as a trio of dance and urban tracks sneak into the 20: TIEKS, Gallant, & Rag’N’Bone Man. 2nd highest new entry is Royksopp back again with Susanne Sundfor, not the first time they’ve made my charts, Royksopp date back a good 15 years or so and together they have had a top 10. A bit late Jason Derulo enters the top 30 with the bouncy Kiss The Sky, and just look who’s back: Chrissie Hynde has had some recent solo entries and is now back with The Pretenders for a beautiful extension of fab top 40 chart entries dating back 37 years to Stop Your Sobbing. Holy Commotion Batman!

Naxxos enter the 40, DJ Snake does the same, giving Bieber a rare top 40 track in my charts, leaving new entries from Massive Attack, 25 years on from some classic grooves, now a slow-groove with Hope Sandoval at 50, lovely stuff, and another School of ’79 act returns, the ever-reliably British Madness, coming up with a slice of Mr. Apples. Gavin DeGraw drops in occasionally, and he’s a bit Maroon 5-ish this time, while Bakermat pop back, and KT Tunstall has been absent for quite a while, but also has a welcome return. Just creeping into the tail end of the chart are some Big Names: Kings Of Leon, Lady Gaga and SIA, all dropping unexpected new singles this week, all of them not bad, but not as epic as might have been hoped on first hearing. I will be playing them more though….! That leaves Tori amos doing what she does best, quirky ballads, Flicker, and there are many tracks in my chart which owe more than a bit to Tori’s unsual style. 25 years of chart entries.

1 1 1 2 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 340000
2 NEW 2 1 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 115000
3 3 3 3 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 180600
4 2 2 4 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 285000
5 5 5 3 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 138500
6 4 4 4 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 250000
7 7 6 5 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 228400
8 8 2 7 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 373800
9 17 9 6 GEMINI FEED Banks 127700
10 20 10 3 LOST & FOUND BETSY 79400

11 6 1 27 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 753050
12 9 2 7 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 434200
13 13 13 4 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 92800
14 35 14 4 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 59700
15 12 12 4 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 107750
16 24 16 3 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 51200
17 27 17 3 BOURBON Gallant 59600
18 19 12 8 TROUBLE Offaiah 161600
19 26 19 4 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 69000
20 10 1 19 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 965550

21 14 10 6 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 154750
22 18 9 8 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 228750
23 NEW 23 1 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 19250
24 15 1 18 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1053200
25 16 1 9 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 691750
26 29 26 6 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 92600
27 25 1 16 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1225200
28 NEW 28 1 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 18300
29 NEW 29 1 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 18200
30 30 30 4 FALL ON ME Kitten 70900

31 39 10 9 HEY Willa 206500
32 21 3 9 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 393800
33 58 33 4 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 35000
34 36 27 6 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 106800
35 11 11 5 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 151500
36 38 15 5 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 113100
37 32 2 12 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 509900
38 23 23 4 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 73200
39 45 39 6 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 57350
40 41 40 12 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 143600

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41 22 13 6 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 122250
42 68 42 3 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 21550
43 28 16 9 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 146750
44 31 1 17 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 748850
45 61 13 10 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 177950
46 54 46 2 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 23750
47 44 1 18 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1128300
48 48 48 3 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 19000
49 37 6 8 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 207200
50 NEW 50 1 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 12000

51 47 1 13 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 642900
52 75 52 3 YOUTH Glass Animals 18700
53 63 53 6 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 35050
54 42 42 4 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 41950
55 72 55 3 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 17400
56 62 56 4 HOME Henri Pfr 22400
57 55 1 22 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 617700
58 NEW 58 1 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 10200
59 73 59 3 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 17400
60 33 23 7 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 92250

61 40 40 5 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 49400
62 34 20 6 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 100800
63 NEW 63 1 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 7200
64 NEW 64 1 MR. APPLES Madness 7100
65 87 65 2 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 9600
66 52 52 4 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 21700
67 43 43 4 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 44850
68 50 50 4 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 32200
69 69 69 4 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 17100
70 100 70 2 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 7000

71 78 71 2 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 10200
72 86 72 2 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 8400
73 80 73 2 OLE John Newman 9400
74 49 40 7 MOMBASA Stadium X 68350
75 79 75 2 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 9200

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76 67 1 22 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 949450
77 70 32 9 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 82650
78 NEW 78 1 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 4400
79 65 3 17 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 552650
80 91 80 2 ABER Tobtok 5900

81 82 81 4 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 10300
82 NEW 82 1 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 3600
83 93 83 2 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 5100
84 51 26 7 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 78250
85 85 85 3 CONCRETE Tom Odell 9000
86 74 1 20 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 770400
87 NEW 87 1 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 2600
88 95 88 2 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 3900
89 89 89 3 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 6100
90 NEW 90 1 SPHYNX La Femme 2000

91 66 32 8 CLOSER Josef Salvat 88500
92 84 1 21 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 468750
93 99 93 2 R.P.M. Sasha Pierce 2800
94 NEW 94 1 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 1600
95 NEW 95 1 WHITE NOISE Danrell featuring Ryder 1500
96 NEW 96 1 TUN UP Sarah Mark 1400
97 NEW 97 1 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 1300
98 NEW 98 1 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 1200
99 NEW 99 1 FLICKER Tori Amos 1100
100 NEW 100 1 THE ACTRESS Sada Vidoo 1000

DROP OUTS
46 31 4 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 66350
53 14 7 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 126600
56 56 3 GHOST Matilda 22600
57 39 3 ARCADE SUMMER FM-84 39600
59 38 3 I DO I DO SYMPHOBIA 40450
60 60 5 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 34500
64 6 21 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 559300
71 14 8 WILD WEST Lissie 119300
76 37 7 FINAL SONG MO 79300
77 77 3 ILUMBARADA Ortiga 12400
81 12 8 PORCELAIN Skott 152700
83 83 3 A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 8400
88 58 4 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 15600
90 60 4 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 29000
92 92 3 I WENT TOO FAR (MK REMIX) AURORA 4200
94 94 3 WATER FROZEN TWRR 4700
96 32 7 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 74900
97 97 3 T SHIRT Thomas Rhett 3400
98 98 1 SUCKER FOR PAIN L’il Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & X Ambassadors) 1200

4th September 2016

It’s Kadie Elder new at one, one of those rare events for my charts – a record new to me by an act new to me that is an instant Number One. It’s fab, and I’d hazard a guess that this Scandipop duo’s name was influenced by the John Wayne movie The Sons Of Katie Elder. I hope so, as in the cast was a boyhood crush of mine, Michael Anderson Junior, so that makes the subject matter a bit appropriate! That means Francis And The Lights and Bon Iver are held off at 2 in a very busy top 5, as rocketing up to 3 and into the 40 is RATBOY and his fab groove, Get Over It. Dua Lipa meanwhile gets a big climb to grab her 2nd top 5 and 2nd in the top 10 and she blows my mind – mwah!

Jesse & Joy take tuneful country ballads into the top 20 with a big leap to 13, and BETSY at 20 takes fab pop dance up there too. To say my top 40 is overcrowded is an understatement, records dropping which should be climbing due to the onrush. Rag’N’Bone Man climbs his bluesy Human into the 40, as does cool veteran Petula Clark, and classy Dominique. New entries lower down include a 60’s golden minor oldie, That’s Nice from the late English one-hit wonder Neil Christian, a very 60’s jolly track that I didn’t know I knew till I heard it the other week, nor did I know Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple fame played on it. It’s one I enjoyed as a kid without it registering in my consciousness as a named pop star or song title, cos it’s very familiar to me even after a few decades!

That leaves returns for DNCE, Jack Savoretti, John Newman, and most of the all-star cast of Sucker For Pain (Suicide Squad track number 3 in the chart), Barry Gibb back with his first solo entry in 30 years, and now the official longest run of chart hits (The Bee Gees were in my first-ever chart) at 48 years. In the same chart at 1 were The Beatles, who are also back with a live version of Twist & Shout. No band has ever been screamed at by girls ever. It’s a good version for getting the flavour of it, even though the track has already topped my chart when it belatedly entered the UK charts on download – the EP would have charted had EP’s been allowed in 1963. That leaves Bob Marley & Coldplay returning to my chart with previously charted tracks.

Phew!

1 NEW 1 1 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 170000
2 5 2 3 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 220000
3 56 3 2 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 95600
4 4 4 3 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 195000
5 26 5 2 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 78500
6 1 1 26 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 716050
7 6 6 4 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 178400
8 2 2 6 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 325800
9 3 2 6 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 399200
10 7 1 18 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 945550

11 11 11 4 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 134000
12 15 12 3 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 80750
13 37 13 3 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 60800
14 10 10 5 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 135000
15 9 1 17 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1034200
16 8 1 8 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 673000
17 19 17 5 GEMINI FEED Banks 82700
18 18 9 7 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 209250
19 12 12 6 TROUBLE Offaiah 139600
20 36 20 2 LOST & FOUND BETSY 37400

21 14 3 8 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 376000
22 13 13 5 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 108250
23 25 23 3 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 56000
24 63 24 2 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 26200
25 21 1 15 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1206800
26 38 26 3 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 48000
27 29 27 2 BOURBON Gallant 36600
28 16 16 8 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 133250
29 30 29 5 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 74100
30 35 30 3 FALL ON ME Kitten 52900

31 17 1 16 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 735600
32 28 2 11 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 492600
33 23 23 6 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 82250
34 20 20 5 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 93400
35 54 35 3 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 30700
36 27 27 5 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 89200
37 24 6 7 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 195100
38 22 15 4 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 85700
39 33 10 8 HEY Willa 188600
40 47 40 4 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 41900

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41 41 41 11 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 126600
42 50 42 3 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 30950
43 46 43 3 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 38250
44 40 1 17 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1115800
45 53 45 5 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 40250
46 31 31 4 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 66350
47 42 1 12 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 631150
48 78 48 2 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 16700
49 49 40 6 MOMBASA Stadium X 63150
50 65 50 3 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 25800

51 32 26 6 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 75050
52 92 52 3 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 14900
53 34 14 7 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 126600
54 NEW 54 1 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 11000
55 55 1 21 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 607300
56 70 56 3 GHOST Matilda 22600
57 39 39 3 ARCADE SUMMER FM-84 39600
58 73 58 3 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 17300
59 44 38 3 I DO I DO SYMPHOBIA 40450
60 64 60 5 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 34500

61 43 13 9 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 164950
62 88 62 3 HOME Henri Pfr 11800
63 72 63 5 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 23800
64 57 6 21 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 559300
65 51 3 16 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 548450
66 66 32 7 CLOSER Josef Salvat 86600
67 68 1 21 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 944650
68 96 68 2 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 7800
69 86 69 3 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 10900
70 RE 32 8 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 78050

71 52 14 8 WILD WEST Lissie 119300
72 100 72 2 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 6600
73 91 73 2 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 7300
74 74 1 19 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 767600
75 89 75 2 YOUTH Glass Animals 7200

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76 48 37 7 FINAL SONG MO 79300
77 77 77 3 ILUMBARADA Ortiga 12400
78 NEW 78 1 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 4400
79 NEW 79 1 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 4200
80 NEW 80 1 OLE John Newman 4000

81 45 12 8 PORCELAIN Skott 152700
82 95 82 3 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 6500
83 84 83 3 A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 8400
84 80 1 20 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 466950
85 85 85 2 CONCRETE Tom Odell 6000
86 NEW 86 1 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 2800
87 NEW 87 1 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 2600
88 58 58 4 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 15600
89 93 89 2 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 3900
90 60 60 4 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 29000

91 NEW 91 1 ABER Tobtok 1900
92 97 92 3 I WENT TOO FAR (MK REMIX) AURORA 4200
93 NEW 93 1 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 1700
94 94 94 3 WATER FROZEN TWRR 4700
95 NEW 95 1 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 1500
96 75 32 7 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 74900
97 99 97 3 T SHIRT Thomas Rhett 3400
98 NEW 98 1 SUCKER FOR PAIN L’il Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & X Ambassadors) 1200
99 NEW 99 1 R.P.M. Sasha Pierce 1100
100 NEW 100 1 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 1000

DROP OUTS
59 59 5 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 36200
61 4 15 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 362350
62 22 6 TILTED Christine And The Queens 88900
67 35 7 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 78850
69 3 10 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 332600
71 47 6 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 44000
76 38 6 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 52100
79 30 9 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 95200
81 33 7 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 81500
82 27 9 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 113650
83 10 13 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 227600
87 26 9 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 93250
90 14 13 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 209050
98 34 7 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 58300

My 1980 Charts – January

El Djem from slide show of field trip in January...1979. Not got 1980 scanned in yet!

El Djem from slide show of field trip in January…1979. Not got 1980 scanned in yet!

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1st January 1980

New Years Day and very little chart movement, 2 new entries, 1 re-entry and not much else, but happily the first new number of the 80’s is a bonafide classic, as Pink Floyd find Another Brick In The Wall presiding over a chart that included David Bowie peaking at 4 again, second-time around with John I’m Only Dancing (the Again version is no great shakes), and The Skids getting their 3rd top 10 with the characteristically catchy punkpop Yankee Dollar.

Macca continues to hang about outside the 10, as Styx, Sheila and Mike Oldfield creep into the 20, or Blue Peter Babe Spacer. Anne Murray re-enters with a bang at 25, Broken-Hearted Me, pleasant of course, cos Anne’s middle name was “nice”. Happily, I like nice, even if not’s cool to admit it. Let’s skip over that Bangor day trip going up, and instead comment on Stevie Wonder managing to get another top 40 song for over 11 years continuously, give or take. Earth Wind and Fire also grab another for 5 years of hits, they just Can’t Let Go. Highest actual new entry benefits from following up a good pop record, as Dr. Hook make it 8 years of hits at 48. Truth to tell the new bland version was not an improvement on the original quirky Medicine Show version, and Better Love Next Time is most definitely not up to the cover version of The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan a bit lower down for Marianne Faithful. Dennis Locorriere, voice of Hook, has much the same opinion these days and he avoids the singles from 1980 mostly, in concert (resident in England, he’s worth catching for his regular UK tours).

The rest: classic London Calling only up to 50 (I didn’t warm to it right away), Kurtis Blow up to 67 (I just bought it at long last, downloaded and on my current playlist), and new at 71 it’s The Inmates with The Walk. Both this and Dr Hook were on Top Of The Pops, so that may or may not have influenced them entering my chart. The Inmates? A bluesy 50’s styled jaunty romp. I like it. Apart from Floyd, though, the videos this week are MOR, so put your feet up, relax, soak in the lazy vibes and just enjoy…!

1 ( 2 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
2 ( 3 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
3 ( 1 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
4 ( 5 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
5 ( 4 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
6 ( 6 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
7 ( 7 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
8 ( 10 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
9 ( 8 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
10 ( 12 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids

11 ( 11 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
12 ( 16 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
13 ( 9 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
14 ( 15 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
15 ( 20 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
16 ( 13 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
17 ( 29 ) BABE Styx
18 ( 14 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
19 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
20 ( 23 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield

21 ( 28 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
22 ( 19 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
23 ( 17 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
24 ( 37 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
25 ( RE ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
26 ( 32 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
27 ( 18 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
28 ( 25 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
29 ( 26 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
30 ( 27 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 24 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
32 ( 33 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
33 ( 22 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
34 ( 34 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
35 ( 46 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
36 ( 35 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
37 ( 40 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
38 ( 30 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
39 ( 55 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
40 ( 39 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand

41 ( 38 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
42 ( 42 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
43 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
44 ( 31 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
45 ( 41 ) RISE Herb Alpert
46 ( 48 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 45 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
48 ( NEW ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
49 ( 49 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
50 ( 62 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash

51 ( 36 ) BOMBER Motorhead
52 ( 44 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
53 ( 53 ) CARS Gary Numan
54 ( 52 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
55 ( 47 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
56 ( 57 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
57 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 54 ) SAD EYES Robert John
60 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

61 ( 63 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
62 ( 56 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
63 ( 51 ) SHE’S NOT THERE The UK Subs
64 ( 68 ) REET PETITE Darts
65 ( 50 ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette
66 ( 66 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
67 ( 75 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
68 ( 71 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
69 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
70 ( 70 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam

71 ( NEW ) THE WALK The Inmates
72 ( 72 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
73 ( 61 ) STILL The Commodores
74 ( 74 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
75 ( 65 ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell

XMAS 1979 AND NEW YEAR 1980 TV CHART
1. The Poseidon Adventure: film
2. Help!: film
3. Top Of The Pops 1979 part 2
4. A Hard Day’s Night: film
5. Solid Gold Top 20
6. Soap
7. Play It Again Sam: film
8. Top Of The Pops 1979 part 1
9. Fawlty Towers
10. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum: film
11. The Three Musketeers: film
12. Goldfinger: film
13. Not The least Of The 9 O’clock News
14. Yellow Submarine: film
15. The Beatles At Shea Stadium
16. The Best Of Dean Martin
17. Let It Be; Film
18. Happy Days
19. Doctor Who
20. Parkinson at Christmas


TV charts, well TOTP part 2 beats part 1, and there’s a host of blockbuster movies, and it’s Beatles galore week, sprinkled throughout my expanded chart. The only TV shows that can compete with that are Soap (yes it really was that good), and Fawlty Towers (ditto). Meanwhile, still in Gravesend with family friends Joe and Sandra, I went to see Star Trek at the cinema again, concluding the music score needed a bit more oomph to up the pacing but I was dazzled by having my cast of heroes back and the special effects, still, and it wouldn’t wear off for another decade or so, by which time the film seemed slow and ponderous, if charming at times.

More Board games in Gravesend, then back for New Year in Mansfield, with Mark & Sue, popping in on grandparents, and finally buying Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Did some babysitting for lil cousins Rachel and Lisa. Mostly, though, college work to do. Emphasis on “to do” though as New Years Day Radio 1 had a bonanza 1970’s Top 100 all day long which I just could not (obviously) not listen to and write down. By the time it got to the top 10, the presence of Showaddywaddy as one of the big sellers of the 70’s had me doubting it’s accuracy, and then some. Turns out now, it’s a million seller with downloads after all, but even so, top 10 is not accurate. These things matter to chart-list-freaks…!

So, for the end of the 70’s and start of the 80’s? How did I celebrate it? Partying? Pub? Nah. Mum wasn’t well so I stayed in with her while Dad Mark and Sue went round to Aunty Eileen’s party, so that meant I got to see the hilarious “Will Kenny Everett Make It To 1980 Show” with Cliff, Bowie, Boomtown Rats, Roxy Music as guests. The last record I heard in the 70’s? A Merry Jingle by The Greedies, with my parting words “Well hope 1980’s as good as 1979’s been (on the whole). Doubt it somehow, but keep fingers crossed nothing too bad will happen.” That’s me always glass half-empty! 1979 was a fabulous year for me. 1980 was a year of two halves, the first half fab, the second half a slippery slope downwards – at least that’s how I remember it, let’s see if the diary bears it out (I’ve not looked at these ever before, so this is a real trip down memory lane for me..)!


8th January 1980

Back up on top for a second week, Abba have a dream, and it’s a kiddie-singing sweet one, enough to keep The Pretenders off the top spot. Paul McCartney, well after christmas festivities have faded, finally gets into the top 10 giving him his first actual solo Top 10 hit since 1971 chart-topper Another Day. Of course he worked in the interim as Wings and when he wasn’t having a number one he was at least Top 10 in each of those years. Not to mention The Beatles…

Talking of The Beatles, Billy Preston hit the Top 5 in 1969 with The Fabs credited “with Billy Preston” on Get Back, and charted again in 1974, and again in 1976, with it. On his own he’d grabbed a top 10 slot in 1969 with That’s The Way God Planned It on The Beatles Apple label before branching out on solo funk hit instrumentals and non-instrumentals in the USA from 1972 onwards, which were chart ineligible in my charts (UK only charts in 1972/3) but Outa Space and Will It Go Round In Circles, among others, would otherwise have charted. So it was great to have him back duetting with Syreeta (also returning after a 5 year-gap) on the lovely With You I’m Born Again, a touching, sentimental song given class by the two vocalists.

Chic at last make the top 20, My Feet Keep Dancin’ knocking out another Chic hit, Spacer, while the fourth title track single from the album Spirits Having Flown enters at 23 for The Bee Gees, underperforming chart-wise in the UK and USA by their standards, but then it had been out a year already. One of my favourite Bee Gees records, I love the melody, the vocals and the arrangement, top notch and under-rated.

The Greedies belatedly get their christmas track in at 38, after a New Years Eve performance on TV – that’s Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy and the non-singing half of the Sex Pistols – A Merry Jingle combining christmas standards in a medley, and fun. At 47 Madness get a 3rd hit, the terrific My Girl (who’s mad at them apparently), Joe Jackson gets a 2nd hit It’s Different For Girls, a pretty good ballad, at 64, and one of the songs that grew to annoy me greatly from saturation plays, and it’s simple catchiness, I’m In The Mood For Dancing in at 71, The Nolans having dropped a Sisters and added an “s” and going for the wholesome disco pop market. Amusingly, nestling next to Motorhead and Bomber. Well it amuses me, at any rate, Bomber still sounds good (just downloaded it) and as is far away as you can get from The Nolans.

1 ( 3 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
2 ( 6 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
3 ( 1 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
4 ( 4 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
5 ( 2 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
6 ( 5 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
7 ( 8 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
8 ( 10 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
9 ( 7 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
10 ( 11 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney

11 ( 12 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
12 ( 9 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
13 ( NEW ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
14 ( 14 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
15 ( 16 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
16 ( 17 ) BABE Styx
17 ( 13 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
18 ( 24 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
19 ( 21 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
20 ( 20 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield

21 ( 19 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
22 ( 18 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
23 ( NEW ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
24 ( 26 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
25 ( 27 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
26 ( 25 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
27 ( 15 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
28 ( 39 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
29 ( 32 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
30 ( 28 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba

31 ( 33 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
32 ( 22 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
33 ( 31 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
34 ( 30 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
35 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
36 ( 23 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
37 ( 37 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
38 ( NEW ) A MERRY JINGLE The Greedies
39 ( 36 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
40 ( 49 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley

41 ( 50 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
42 ( 47 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
43 ( 42 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
44 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
45 ( 48 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
46 ( 41 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
47 ( NEW ) MY GIRL Madness
48 ( 45 ) RISE Herb Alpert
49 ( 38 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
50 ( 67 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow

51 ( 46 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 40 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
53 ( 56 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
54 ( 53 ) CARS Gary Numan
55 ( 54 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
56 ( 35 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
57 ( 44 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
58 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

61 ( 34 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
62 ( 55 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
63 ( 59 ) SAD EYES Robert John
64 ( NEW ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
65 ( 52 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
66 ( 62 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
67 ( 71 ) THE WALK The Inmates
68 ( 61 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
69 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
70 ( 68 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard

71 ( NEW ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
72 ( 51 ) BOMBER Motorhead
73 ( 72 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
74 ( 70 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
75 ( 64 ) REET PETITE Darts

TV Dec 29th 1979 – Jan 4th 1980

1. Will Kenny Everett Make It To 1980 Show
2. Logan’s Run: Crypt
3. Paint Your Wagon: film
4. Soap
5. Murder On The Orient Express: film
6. Mork And Mindy
7. The Recorded Jasper Carrott
8. The Odessa File: film
9. Film ’80
10. Top Of The Pops

11. Fawlty Towers
12. Victor Borge
13. Nationwide
14. Doctor Who
15. The Night They Took Miss Beautiful
16. The Odd Couple
17. Parkinson
18. My Wife Next Door
19. Up A Gum Tree
20. Mork And Mindy

On TV, Kenny Everett’s New Years show rules, but note another great comic on the list – no not Jasper Carrott (though he’s good too), it’s Victor Borge. A Danish classical pianist and conductor taught by a former pupil of Liszt. He gave his first concert in 1926, escaped from the Nazi’s in WW2 after years of telling anti-nazi jokes, and eventually became a big TV star thanks to his great comic timing and amiable accent and manner, sat at his piano. I used to regularly (not literally) piss myself laughing at him, he was great, and already 70 (he died in 2000) as with so many of my comedy heroes, being of retirement age is meaningless. If you got it you got it! The other TV note is for Logan’s Run episode Crypt, at 2, written by Harlan Ellison (Star Trek: City On The Edge Of Forever writer and sci-fi novelist) which was the best episode by far of the short-lived series. Age is a big thing in Logan’s Run, of course, as you get to exit the world at age 30 one way or another. A bit like Radio One.

Tuesday, January 1st: I started 1980 doing College work, and the first record of the decade? My Simple Heart (Three Degrees)…oh, well! Barry Norman listed Alien and Life Of Brian as 2 of his dozen films of the year. Spot on, there! Turned 22 on Thursday, freezing and icy, and no prezzies to mark my new adult status. Well, a coat from mum & dad. Cousins Rachel & Lisa round saturday morning babysitting, with Sue, and off to see (again!) Star Trek at the cinema. This time some 11 & 12 year old’s decided it was boring and just talked and broke things and made noises, my brother threatened them to no avail, so I said “Do you wanna get chucked out?! Be Quiet!” They got worse, and bruv was in danger of getting physical with the little bleeders so I went for the usher and got them thrown out of the cinema. Ruined the film, of course. I’m mild-mannered, but nobody spoils Star Trek without consequences! Not a film for children, obviously, though.

Back to Lincoln College, Mark saw my college room for the first time, before he and ailing mum and dad left for home, and fab catch up chats with Joe, Sue, Julie and Ian. Julie and I discussed topics: Afghanistan situation (Russian troops), Nostradamus (!), WW2… Pete popped round, they both liked the Trek movie “slow but good” (J) and “brilliant, knocked out” (P). My new coat seemed to go down well with everyone. Pity I don’t remember it now. Never was bothered with fashion! caught up with Jane, Bev and Paul the next day, but Jane thoughtfully brought me an electric fire as my room was freezing – heating not working.



15th January 1980

The Pretenders get to the top, as I seem to be holding the same chart-topper opinions as the UK record-buyer (plus Abba), and Brass In Pocket was a worthy number one, New Wave with a 60’s vibe, Chrissie Hynde fronting a great British band, like Suzi Quatro before her, an American with British success, and based in the UK. It also sounded pretty original. KC meanwhile gets his first top 5 hit since 1975, Syreeta her first top 10 since 1975, and Billy Preston his first new top 10 since 1969. The Bee Gees fly up into the upper layers too, with their 8th consecutive top 10, plus several as songwriters, and all inside 3 years. Bung in another, ooh, 10 or so since appearing in the very first chart in 1968, and things were looking very good for them. Appearances can be very deceptive in the music biz though!

Madness take My Girl to 9, and a second top 10 hit, just ahead of The Beat who copy Smokey Robinson by going top 10, albeit ska-stylee. Highest new entry is a UK non-hit instrumental classic from the early 60’s, the groovy, moody Green Onions, giving Booker T his first hit in 11 years. It was to be an incredible 34 years before he got his 3rd! Or if you like, 45 years between new recordings charting. It’s hard to see that record being beaten! Fleetwood Mac at last start to get moving with the truly wondrous Sara, at 26, and The Clash finally get London Calling into the 40. So does Kurtis Blow, and so do The Nolans. I guess I must have liked it for a while!

New entries between 41 and 75: The Boomtown Rats return with another hit, Someone’s Looking At You, which was a little more sprawling than previous singles, but did the job, while at 53 there’s a new duo, Jon and Vangelis. I say new. What I mean is Vangelis gets a follow-up hit to his 1975 reissued chart entry of a 1972 single from Greek band Aphrodite’s Child, the fabulous Break. In the interim, bandmate Demis Roussos had had a number one with Forever And Ever, so can he do what the late Demis did? All shall be revealed. Jon Anderson, meanwhile, is back after a couple of hits with Yes, including the fab top 10 Wondrous Stories from 1977.

New Musik get their second hit, Living By Numbers being another delicious perfect synth pop confection. Terrific. Talking earlier of Suzi Quatro, her Mama’s Boy joins her in the charts for a sweet 7 years of regular chart entries, but sadly never a number one. This one was pretty decent. Sister Sledge were winding down their initial run of chart action with the OK Got To Love Somebody, unique out of their early tracks in not ever making the charts again in following decades, again and again. It wasn’t bad, but not up to the classics standard.

1 ( 2 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 1 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
3 ( 3 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
4 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
5 ( 5 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
6 ( 13 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
7 ( 6 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
8 ( 23 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
9 ( 47 ) MY GIRL Madness
10 ( 19 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat

11 ( 4 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
12 ( 14 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
13 ( 20 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
14 ( 9 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
15 ( 16 ) BABE Styx
16 ( 8 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
17 ( 15 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
18 ( 18 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
19 ( 27 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
20 ( 12 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.

21 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
22 ( 24 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
23 ( 11 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
24 ( 17 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
25 ( NEW ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
26 ( 51 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
27 ( 10 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
28 ( 40 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
29 ( 41 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
30 ( 22 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers

31 ( 37 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
32 ( 30 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
33 ( 71 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
34 ( 28 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
35 ( 50 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
36 ( 25 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
37 ( 34 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
38 ( 45 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
39 ( 39 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
40 ( 35 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook

41 ( 33 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
42 ( 29 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
43 ( 64 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
44 ( 31 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
45 ( 32 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
46 ( 36 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
47 ( 44 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
48 ( 43 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
49 ( 53 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
50 ( NEW ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats

51 ( 42 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
52 ( 67 ) THE WALK The Inmates
53 ( NEW ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
54 ( 26 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
55 ( 48 ) RISE Herb Alpert
56 ( 46 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
57 ( NEW ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
58 ( 54 ) CARS Gary Numan
59 ( 55 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
60 ( 58 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty

61 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 49 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
63 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 38 ) A MERRY JINGLE The Greedies
65 ( NEW ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
66 ( 62 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
67 ( 63 ) SAD EYES Robert John
68 ( NEW ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
69 ( 57 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
70 ( 52 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand

71 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
72 ( 65 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
73 ( 70 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
74 ( NEW ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
75 ( 56 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder

Jan 5-11 TV
1. Soap
1. Clapperboard
1. Fawlty Towers
4. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5. MASH
6. The Rockford Files
7. Top Of The Pops
8. The Hot Rock: film
9. Logan’s Run
10. My Wife Next Door

11. Film 80
12. Barney Miller
13. Blake’s 7
14. West Side Story: film
15. Parkinson (sat)
16. Doctor Who
17. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot: film
18. Hollywood
19. Nationwide
20. Parkinson (wed)

On TV: lots of films, many of them rarely ever on TV, if at all for some decades, but 1972’s forgotten The Hot Rock was a heist movie I was fond of under it’s 1972 title, How To Steal A Diamond In Four Uneasy Lessons. Bad title change there! It was a fun Robert Redford movie that I saw first time round. Soap heads the US sitcoms, Fawlty Towers the UK, but there’s not that many actual 1979/80 new sitcoms or series in the list, bar MASH, Rockford, Blake’s 7, and Doctor Who.

At College (or Uni as it’s now renamed), I found my lecturer hated Edgar Allen Poe, so fundamentally disagreed with everything I wrote in my assignment, giving me bad marks. He thought Poe was Poo and could not accept any other viewpoint, however well argued. Dick. Lots of happy socialising with the gang in various combinations, in the breaks and evenings, chez moi. Got invited to 2 birthday parties on the same day which gave me (and invited Julie) a dilemma, never one for wanting to hurt people’s feelings, either of us. Doh! On telly, we laughed at Basil The Hamster in Farty Towels, and tried to hold back the tears at West Side Story’s climax. As we played snooker on Thursday I marvelled at my quick-wit banter, at least Jane and Pete appreciated it anyway, which led me to think I was “quite hilarious at times”. Oooo get ‘er! I do love banter though, and people who love banter.

Sue, as practical as always, sorted out the clashing parties dilemma diplomatically – and they didn’t clash anyway, so Julie and I had angst for nothing! It snowed heavily on Monday, it was cold and I was in a foul mood with a lecturer who kept me waiting for 45 minutes, then droned on needlessly about William Golding stuff I already knew, while simultaneously wafting his aroma all over the place. At least that’s how I choose to describe him these many years later, as the “smelly twat” I put in my diary seems a tad unkind. Still, Pete and Julie cheered me up by ambushing me with snowballs later on. On TV the new Blake’s 7 was much improved, with new cast members, and Avon now the star character. Actor Paul Darrow and I shared an intimate moment 25 years later. I say intimate. He said “Hello mate” while he grabbed a ciggie outside the Starfleet Ball in Bournemouth. I always view a star talking me as special….

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22nd January 1980

2 weeks for Brass In Pocket at 1, Chrissie not moving. Styx get their first (and last) Top 10, as Babe blubs it’s way up to 8, and Dollar finally get their Beatles cover into the top 10 – the 60’s fab gear clothes on their Top Of The Pops performance didn’t hurt! Suddenly I was 6 years old again! Jon And Vangelis meanwhile positively rocket up to 12, I Hear You Now, oh yes, as another sublime record hits 14 for Fleetwood Mac, and Stevie Nicks gorgeous Sara.

Rupert Holmes also downs his Pina Colada in one and bursts upwards and into the 20 for the first time since 1975. Lower down, The Rats and New Musik go top 40, and there’s very few new entries: The Buggles follow-up Video with Plastic, and it’s pretty good, albeit forgotten these days, we do indeed live in The Plastic Age. Sad Cafe have a strange little follow-up to a plain ballad, the quirky little girl at 52 is quite odd, but endearing after a few plays. Amii Stewart flies her sweet Paradise Bird to 57, and The Regents unusual 7 Teen is in at 68, very downbeat and 60’s inspired, if not actually sounding. Herb Alpert ain’t Rise-ing, but he is Rotating, at 74, another funky sax instrumental (mostly), and still classy.

1 ( 1 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 2 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
3 ( 4 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
4 ( 3 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
5 ( 8 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
6 ( 9 ) MY GIRL Madness
7 ( 5 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
8 ( 15 ) BABE Styx
9 ( 19 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
10 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat

11 ( 6 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
12 ( 53 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
13 ( 7 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
14 ( 26 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 49 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
16 ( 16 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
17 ( 17 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
18 ( 14 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
19 ( 18 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
20 ( 25 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s

21 ( 12 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
22 ( 20 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
23 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
24 ( 13 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
25 ( 11 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
26 ( 33 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
27 ( 22 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
28 ( 38 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
29 ( 43 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
30 ( 29 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash

31 ( 32 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
32 ( 24 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
33 ( 23 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
34 ( 50 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
35 ( 57 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
36 ( 39 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
37 ( 37 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
38 ( 30 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
39 ( 52 ) THE WALK The Inmates
40 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook

41 ( 36 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
42 ( 28 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
43 ( 47 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
44 ( 48 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
45 ( 27 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
46 ( 34 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
47 ( 45 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
48 ( 46 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
49 ( 44 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
50 ( NEW ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles

51 ( 51 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
52 ( NEW ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
53 ( 41 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
54 ( 60 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
55 ( NEW ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
56 ( 65 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
57 ( NEW ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
58 ( 55 ) RISE Herb Alpert
59 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( 68 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro

61 ( 58 ) CARS Gary Numan
62 ( 59 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
63 ( 63 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 31 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
65 ( 35 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
66 ( 42 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
67 ( 74 ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
68 ( NEW ) 7 TEEN The Regents
69 ( 54 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
70 ( 71 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer

71 ( 66 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
72 ( 67 ) SAD EYES Robert John
73 ( 62 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
74 ( NEW ) ROTATION Herb Alpert
75 ( NEW ) YOUNG BLOOD U.F.O.

TV JAN 12-18
1. Soap
2. The Goodies
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4. Logan’s Run
5. The Hallelujah Trail: film
6. Blake’s 7
7. Mork And Mindy
8. Barney Miller
9. Ray Bradbury – The Illustrated Man
10. Top Of The Pops

11. The New Avengers
12. Wildlife On One
13. Doctor Who
14. The Two Ronnies
15. The Odd Couple
16. The High Chapparal
17. My Wife Next Door
18. Film 80
19. Sporting Superstars
20. Most Wanted


On TV, sci-fi writer hero of mine (one of my top 3) Ray Bradbury gets a profile, his writings are poetically nostalgic in a futuristic social-commentary fashion, and I especially adore the short stories, The Martian Chronicles most of all. The Goodies are back with a bang, various sporting superstars compete for entertainment in a variety of events, the fab Western The Hallelujah Trail is on again, and The Two Ronnies must have a good show, as they didn’t generally end up in my list by this time.

At college I breakfasted with Pauline and some more American students on my course, while mates Pete and Ian popped in for a morning cuppa and chat having got the day off teaching practice – their bus didn’t turn up. Result! Snooker with Pete after Art lectures, I won 84 to 39 it says here. It’s not the winning that counts, I honestly care not either way! Though I enjoy winning. It was a great day, Pete chuffed to be off school-work, me chuffed having someone to talk to during the day, yay! I cheered up the glum T.P. returnees later on, then they all beat me at snooker in gratitude. Win some lose some! Talked to Jane for an hour, lately quite rundown, but feeling better now. Hooray!

Went home at the weekend, as my pet budgie (still had a white one in the house) was ill, as were brother Mark & soon-to-be sis-in-law. I bought a fave John Wyndham novel that I read at school in 1972, The Chrysalids. I re-read it not long ago, it’s still pretty good, still relevant in showcasing intolerance of people (genetic-defects some generations following a nuclear holocaust). Mark showed us all his latest toy, movies of all of us on his film recorder, actual old-fashioned film, including one scene of me playing The Police Walking On The Moon in my bedroom – tragically this film is long gone walkabout. Popped in on various relations, and dad, mum and Mark took me back on Sunday to Lincoln via RAF Swinderby (where dad still worked) – I’d bought a cassette tape deck for £15 off someone, which meant I could now tape all of the songs off the radio to tape. Still have them!

29th January 1980

3 weeks on top for The Pretenders as 12 new entries finally kick-start 1980, many of them great. The Bee Gees get yet another runners-up medal with the fab Spirits Having Flown, as Madness get their first Top 3 with the very British charms of My Girl. Fleetwood Mac’s classic Sara also goes top 10, despite not being huge in the UK. It should have been massive! Meanwhile Sheila’s Chic-tastic Spacer’s yo-yoing up and down the charts almost takes her into orbit as it peaks at 13.

The Boomtown rats and New Musik leap into the 20, just ahead of the highest new entry, yes it’s Matchbox following up a very minor chart entry with an instant smash – Buzz Buzz A Diddle It! I love it, British rockabilly in the style of classic cowboy novelty song Three Wheels On My Wagon, and it beats out: Michael Jackson’s classic Rock With You at 24, exquisite soulfunk mellow disco, and still great; Prince, debuting at 54 with a dance track largely forgotten, I Wanna Be Your Lover. It’s pretty good, and there is a youtube link someone put on 2 months ago, but I won’t bother listing it as it’ll be removed before long, Prince being obsessive about people not listening to his music for free and all, even if you want to check it out to buy (which I do as I never bought it at the time). Minus one sale, then.

The Buggles and Suzi Quatro make the top 40, while 60‘s hippie band Jefferson Airplane suffer a pop metal morphing into Jefferson Starship, and the rock anthem Jane riffs in at 67. 70‘s Prog Rock band Barclay James Harvest also do a spot of morphing, adding some 80’s-stylee synths to terrific effect at 73, with Love On The Line. At 34, The Specials get a 3rd hit with future UK chart-topper Too Much Too Young, the lead track on an EP, live version, and one to pogo along to. Kool And The Gang return with the pleasant Too Hot at 55, the theme tune to American TV’s classic Soap sitcom jaunts in at 70, mostly cos I loved the show, it was a total departure for American sitcoms, with a stunningly huge talented cast, controversial themes which had all kinds of self-righteous narrow-minded groups up in arms, and basically took the piss out of TV, and soaps in particular, pretty much all episodes written by one writer Susan “Golden Girls” Harris.

Others: a bit of jazz funk (Azymuth), a bit of country (Kenny Rogers soon-to-be-annoying Coward Of The County, as it hits number one and suffers overdose-fatigue), The Captain and Tennille are back with a gentle ballad 5 years after topping my chart, the sweetly naughty Do That To Me One More Time (I wonder what Toni means?), and The Ramones cover Phil Spector’s Ronettes classic Baby I Love You, produced by the actual warped genius himself, and sounding much weedier and less Wall Of Sound than Dave Edmunds self-produced definitive version which topped my chart in 1973.

1 ( 1 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 5 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
3 ( 6 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 2 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
5 ( 8 ) BABE Styx
6 ( 12 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
7 ( 3 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
8 ( 4 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
9 ( 9 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
10 ( 14 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac

11 ( 20 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
12 ( 7 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
13 ( 23 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
14 ( 15 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
15 ( 34 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
16 ( 13 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
17 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
18 ( 35 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
19 ( 11 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
20 ( NEW ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox

21 ( 68 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
22 ( 18 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
23 ( 28 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
24 ( NEW ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
25 ( 29 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
26 ( 22 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
27 ( 19 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
28 ( 17 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
29 ( 16 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
30 ( 50 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles

31 ( 31 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
32 ( 27 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
33 ( 32 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
34 ( NEW ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
35 ( 52 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
36 ( 57 ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
37 ( 21 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
38 ( 55 ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
39 ( 60 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
40 ( 36 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police

41 ( 24 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
42 ( 37 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
43 ( 26 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
44 ( 25 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
45 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
46 ( 44 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
47 ( 33 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
48 ( 51 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
49 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
50 ( 38 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers

51 ( 56 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
52 ( 39 ) THE WALK The Inmates
53 ( 67 ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
54 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
55 ( NEW ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
56 ( 47 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
57 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 30 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
60 ( 74 ) ROTATION Herb Alpert

61 ( 58 ) RISE Herb Alpert
62 ( 61 ) CARS Gary Numan
63 ( 63 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 48 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
65 ( 62 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
66 ( 49 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
67 ( NEW ) JANE Jefferson Starship
68 ( 70 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
69 ( 41 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
70 ( NEW ) THEME FROM ‘SOAP” George Aliceson Tipton

71 ( NEW ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth
72 ( NEW ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
73 ( NEW ) LOVE ON THE LINE Barclay James Harvest
74 ( NEW ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
75 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones

TV JAN 19-26
1. Live And Let Die: film
2. Soap
3. Logan’s Run
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5. Disaster On The Coastliner: TV film
6. The New Avengers
7. Play Misty For Me: film
8. Barney Miller
9. MASH
10. Top Of The Pops
11. Blake’s 7
12. The Rockford Files
13. The Two Ronnies
14. The Goodies
15. Wonder Woman


College: another snowstorm, another awkward bus driver, another day off from Teaching Practice for Pete, Alan and Ian who instead popped to my room for some laughs instead. yay! Helped me avoid William Golding work. I later looked at some schoolbooks from me at 6, stories of what I did, liked and drew at that time: sci-fi, pop music, TV, animals. Not much change there then. Still. Tuesday was English Lit: School For Scandal. Wednesday I socialised in the art-room while I finished my screen-prints – I enjoy art students company. Thursday Pete off ill, so we hung about a lot in between lectures, and the evenings had the usual gang coming and going. Friday was Elaine’s birthday bash from 11pm, a drunken gangster’s moll tried to get me to dance (fancy dress, not real!) and laughs and jokes with Ian and Julie till 1.

My 1979 Charts – December

Steep Hill Lincoln 1979

Steep Hill Lincoln 1979

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4th December 1979

ELO get their second number one of the year, largely due to Confusion and it’s fantastic melody and synth riff, love it! For the record, that’s 8 number ones spanning 7 years. Gary Numan gets his 3rd top 3 of the year as Complex leaps to 3, and Rose Royce get their 3rd Top 10 in 2 years as Theme From S’Express (well, sort of, hits 6), while Donna and Babs get their biggest hit of the year – enough is enough! The Police rocket 49 places taking giant steps attempting to walk on the moon at 10, that’ll be 4 top 10‘s in a row then!

Lots of upward movements for several fave pop stars, and new at 18 it’s a genuine classic record from Pink Floyd, and that animated video. No-one expected Pink Floyd to do anything remotely commercial, they didn’t do singles, that was the firm rule, so to have this come out at christmas, off The Wall, while Michael Jackson was Off The Wall (see 25) was a major talking point amongst music fans. Not commercial? Not in one sense, but in another sense, brilliantly commercial by virtue of being effing fabulous.

The Skids enter at 35 with 4th hit of 1979, Working For The Yankee Dollar, they claim, somewhat dubiously, as they had no USA success. The Three Degrees follow-up a fantastic disco classic with…err My Simple Heart. Hmmm. Mellow. Ditto Quo, rock classic, hmmm, mellow: Living On An Island, 50 and 53 respectively. Mike Oldfield follows up his guilty disco hit with a guilty Blue Peter TV theme update – we all knew the tune in those days, very jolly. At 69, belatedly entering, the terrific Sing Children Sing, Lesley Duncan’s great 1971 flop single is re-recorded for Children In Need with an all-star backing chorus: Kate Bush, Pete Townsend, Joe Brown, Phil Lynott, and many more. Lesley never made it big, despite critical approval and support from the likes of Elton John, possibly due to her stage fright problems, and sadly passed away in 2010. Finally, at 73, Sheila B. Devotion is back, showing us all B. Devotion is the name of her backing band, not hers, and it’s a Chic record, as in Chic in all but artist name – French-accented vocals as opposed to American, but Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards are behind this fab classy dance track with the sci-fi theme. Given Chic were running out of steam at this point, it was jolly decent of them to give this away!

1 ( 2 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
2 ( 1 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
3 ( 26 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
4 ( 5 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
5 ( 3 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
6 ( 13 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
7 ( 4 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
8 ( 9 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
9 ( 11 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
10 ( 59 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police

11 ( 30 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
12 ( 7 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
13 ( 24 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
14 ( 8 ) RISE Herb Alpert
15 ( 15 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
16 ( 33 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
17 ( 6 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
18 ( NEW ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
19 ( 20 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
20 ( 29 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness

21 ( 10 ) STILL The Commodores
22 ( 16 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
23 ( 28 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
24 ( 12 ) SAD EYES Robert John
25 ( 67 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
26 ( 21 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
27 ( 23 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
28 ( 14 ) A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI The Specials
29 ( 39 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
30 ( 22 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire

31 ( 40 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
32 ( 31 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
33 ( 32 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
34 ( 34 ) LET YOUR HEART DANCE Secret Affair
35 ( NEW ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
36 ( 18 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
37 ( 53 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
38 ( 27 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
39 ( 43 ) COME TO ME France Joli
40 ( 17 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter

41 ( 25 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
42 ( 36 ) CARS Gary Numan
43 ( 37 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
44 ( 58 ) BROKEN HEARTED ME Anne Murray
45 ( 35 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
46 ( 38 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
47 ( 50 ) TOUCH Lori And The Chameleons
48 ( 19 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A FREAK Dynasty
49 ( 45 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
50 ( NEW ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees

51 ( 51 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
52 ( 46 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
53 ( NEW ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
54 ( 48 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
55 ( 44 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
56 ( 66 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
57 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 55 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 56 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
60 ( 69 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful

61 ( 47 ) DREAMING Blondie
62 ( 61 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
63 ( 60 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
64 ( 64 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
65 ( 65 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
66 ( 68 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
67 ( NEW ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
68 ( 42 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
69 ( NEW ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
70 ( 41 ) I BELIEVE IN YOUR SWEET LOVE Bonnie Tyler

71 ( 49 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
72 ( 75 ) FLY TOO HIGH Janis Ian
73 ( NEW ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
74 ( 63 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
75 ( 62 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band

MY TV CHART
1. Star Trek: Journey To Babel
2. Soap
3. Top Of The Pops
4. A Day At The Races (Marx Brothers Film)
5. Logan’s Run (TV series)
6. The New Avengers
7. Parkinson
8. Happy Days
9. Doctor Who
10. Time Express: film

At College still writing my Poe essay, snooker while 2nd year lads practiced on their drum kit (how cool to envious me!), Spike Milligan on Parkinson, really enjoyed John Davis American Studies literature lecture, lots of laughs and thought-provoking. Chatting to 2nd year Art students also working on screen printing enjoyable. A fab video-only Top Of The Pops with the usual gang round for a TV evening. We laughed a lot, always. This was the saturday that Pete Paul and I compared who’s record player was most accurate starting Message In A Bottle at the same time, I knew Pete’s ran too fast (verified), which was funny. The girls thought we were mad. We went to the cinema to see a reissue of The Poseidon Adventure, still one of my top 5 films at that time, then in the evening a 21st birthday disco in the student union function room where a Jane (there were several Jane friends) wrapped her arms round my neck and wouldn’t let me leave till I danced. I agreed only if everyone else sat also danced, this bit of blackmail backfired when everyone else got up and I had to dance for 4 numbers, unable to vary my dance – Judy Murray on Strictly looked positively flowing in comparison to my dance skills then! Pretty sure this Jane fancied me, I was invited to her party even though she was under the incorrect assumption that I was going out with Julie. Maybe she’d noticed her canoodling with Pete… Oops, stress for me next week!


11th December 1979

Third number one for The Police, Walking On The Moon, and Sting is hot with everyone it seems, bleached blonde all 3. Hope that doesn’t make you lose your hair Sting! The Rats get a 3rd consecutive top 5, Diamond Smiles boys! The Gibson Brothers go for their 2nd, Madness their fabulous first, and The Tourists get Dave and Annie in the 10 3 years before Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This). Oh Yes, Pink Floyd also get in the 10 for the first time!

Abba bizarrely go for an album track from Voulez Vous, the 5th to feature on a single, as the follow-up to brand-new non-album track Gimme Gimme Gimme, though it certainly had wide-appeal – obviously, as it hit 2 in the UK charts behind Pink Floyd. The Skids and The Pretenders zip up into the 20, both for the 3rd time, and a new entry at 22 for a very significant record: Yes it’s Nile Rodgers and Chic again – with a twist! It’s the backing track being rapped over by a new act, The Sugarhill Gang, of Sylvia Robinson’s record label (number 2 in 1973 with Pillow Talk in my charts, loved it). Widely-regarded as a novelty hit, it was actually the sign of Pop Future via message dance rap and gangsta rap all the way through to obligatory rap.

At 24, Paul McCartney has a go at a christmas classic – and gets it with Wonderful Christmastime, though frankly I prefer the frog chorus anyday. Anyways, that’s 8 years of solo hits and 11 with The Beatles and Wings, but not his finest hour. Amusingly Dollar’s version of I want To Hold Your Hand nestles just below at 25, another record I’d rather hear than the annual christmas overplay. M get a follow-up hit, Moonlight And Musak, and it’s very nice, under-appreciated I thought. Spacer and The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan both go 40, both deservedly, while It’s My House enters twice: Diana Ross going for 11 years of hits at 40 with the original version, and a reggae version at 75 from Storm which is quite nice too.

A bit of rockpop at 68 from Rocky Burnette, son of 50’s rocker Johnny Burnette, and the great Tired Of Toeing The Line, while a second Sara enters the charts – Thin Lizzy drop with theirs as Stevie Nicks utterly-effing-fantastic Fleetwood Mac affecting ballad enters at 70. Sara is a track that has grown with time, it reduces me to tears when I see and hear Stevie sing it live (as I have done 3 times, and will be doing again later this year). Just brilliance. At 74, Darts cover Jackie Wilson to minimal effect, Reet Petite at 74, but he’ll be back posthumously himself in 1986 with the only version that counts.

1 ( 10 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
2 ( 1 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
3 ( 3 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
4 ( 2 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
5 ( 13 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
6 ( 6 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
7 ( 11 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
8 ( 20 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
9 ( 15 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
10 ( 18 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd

11 ( 5 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
12 ( 4 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
13 ( 8 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
14 ( 16 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
15 ( 7 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
16 ( NEW ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
17 ( 35 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
18 ( 12 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
19 ( 37 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
20 ( 25 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson

21 ( 9 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
22 ( NEW ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
23 ( 14 ) RISE Herb Alpert
24 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
25 ( 51 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
26 ( 22 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
27 ( 19 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
28 ( 17 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
29 ( 31 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
30 ( 26 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles

31 ( 21 ) STILL The Commodores
32 ( 23 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
33 ( NEW ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
34 ( 32 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
35 ( 33 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
36 ( 73 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
37 ( 39 ) COME TO ME France Joli
38 ( 60 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
39 ( 24 ) SAD EYES Robert John
40 ( NEW ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross

41 ( 27 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
42 ( 29 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
43 ( 53 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
44 ( 30 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
45 ( 38 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
46 ( 42 ) CARS Gary Numan
47 ( 47 ) TOUCH Lori And The Chameleons
48 ( 50 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
49 ( 36 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
50 ( 44 ) BROKEN HEARTED ME Anne Murray

51 ( 41 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
52 ( 34 ) LET YOUR HEART DANCE Secret Affair
53 ( 28 ) A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI The Specials
54 ( 69 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
55 ( 46 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
56 ( 52 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
57 ( 40 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
58 ( 49 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
59 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

61 ( 56 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
62 ( NEW ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell
63 ( 59 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
64 ( 54 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
65 ( 43 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
66 ( 62 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
67 ( 67 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
68 ( NEW ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette
69 ( 45 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
70 ( NEW ) SARA Fleetwood Mac

71 ( 55 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
72 ( 64 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
73 ( 65 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
74 ( NEW ) REET PETITE Darts
75 ( NEW ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm

1. Star Trek: The Deadly Years
2. Soap
3. Logan’s Run
4. MASH
5. Happy Days
6. Fawlty Towers
7. The Odd Couple
8. Top Of The Pops
9. Barney Miller
10. Kelly Monteith
11. Time Express
12. Doctor Who
13. Hawaii 5-0
14. The New Avengers
15. My Wife Next Door

Life? Had College breakfast with 5 Americans, mostly from Trenton, and had to read out a poem wot I wrote in English class. I’m not a fan of poetry for the most part, just too artificial unless it’s set to music for me. The Americans gave class an entertaining play in the afternoon, Italian immigrants in New York, though I was fascinated by the regional accents they had (Arizona, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York) and just how much better Americans are at public presentation than shy and retiring Brits. Several assignments handed in (I did do work, honest!), Jane seemed depressed following Teaching Practice which worried me, spent all of friday on screen printing works, quick visits from various friends before Ian popped round prior to other-Jane’s party. Mostly girls there, and quite good fun actually, escorted to digs by merry Caroline arm around the waists, but too late for Paul’s party which had just wrapped up.

Saturday was an outing in Paul’s car and Dave’s car to Nottingham for shopping, Julie, Jane, me and Bev as passengers. I got some Starlog/Starburst sci-fi mags and was overjoyed to find 2 1960’s Legion comics in a back-issue comic shop. I Love The Victoria Centre, said I! I ran out of money, sadly, so couldn’t get all I wanted. 10-pin bowls next, I love that game, been playing it since the late 60’s on and off. Paul won one, I won one, and showed off horribly at how much better I was. Not that I can say that about anything else much! On Monday, I arranged to “call-in impromptu” to Jane’s as she had a visiting teacher who was giving problems. It didn’t work and she didn’t take the hint. Tried to advise worried Jane afterwards. Barry Norman gave Star Trek: The Motion Picture a good review on Film Night: things were looking promising!

Lincoln 1979

Lincoln 1979


18th December 1979

2 weeks for The Police on top, as Abba (of course) shoot up to 2 with I Have A Dream, fresh off their world tour. 1979 was the last time Kate Bush and Abba toured, so one down and one, err not a snowball chance of. Floyd at 5, and The Pretenders at 10 gives a great top 10 and a chance for me to feature videos not picked as new entry choices. Wonderful Christmastime at 15, Lesley Duncan big climb to 26, Mike Oldfield even bigger climb to 28, and Storm’s reggae cover leaps over Diana Ross’ version – mainly because it was a better record.

Highest new entry is Day Trip To Bangor at 37: let’s put that down to childhood nostalgia from the days I lived on fab Isle Of Anglesey and passed through Bangor often, rather than any love of Fiddler’s Dram. Much better, it’s a classic alternate version of John I’m Only Dancing in at 39, David Bowie’s top 5 fave of mine from 1972 dating from the same period. Pretty similar and pretty brilliant, still one of my top-rated Bowie records, so under-rated. It’s also a double A side, with a 1975 version of the same song, from Bowie’s plastic soul period (which I loved) but the treatment didn’t improve the song in any way, and is at best mildly pleasant.

In at 40, it’s Chic again, My Feet Keep Dancing, their third going up the charts (see 19 and 27), and shockingly their last biggish hit, though Nile Rodgers had bigger things ahead, and way ahead. Motorhead bomb back in at 43, Matchbox returns, as does Styx, while The Beat cover Smokey Robinson and debut at 56. The UK Subs cover The Zombies and enter at 63. Neither version is a patch on the original, though Tears Of A Clown is at least fun.

1 ( 1 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
2 ( 16 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
3 ( 4 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
4 ( 8 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
5 ( 10 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
6 ( 2 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
7 ( 7 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
8 ( 5 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
9 ( 9 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
10 ( 19 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders

11 ( 3 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
12 ( 17 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
13 ( 6 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
14 ( 14 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
15 ( 24 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
16 ( 20 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
17 ( 11 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
18 ( 15 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 22 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
20 ( 18 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook

21 ( 12 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
22 ( 33 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
23 ( 13 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
24 ( 29 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
25 ( 25 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
26 ( 54 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
27 ( 36 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
28 ( 67 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
29 ( 48 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
30 ( 23 ) RISE Herb Alpert

31 ( 26 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
32 ( 21 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
33 ( 43 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
34 ( 75 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
35 ( 30 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
36 ( 40 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
37 ( NEW ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
38 ( 28 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
39 ( NEW ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
40 ( NEW ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic

41 ( 34 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
42 ( 35 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
43 ( NEW ) BOMBER Motorhead
44 ( 27 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
45 ( 39 ) SAD EYES Robert John
46 ( RE ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
47 ( 61 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
48 ( 31 ) STILL The Commodores
49 ( 38 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
50 ( 46 ) CARS Gary Numan

51 ( 45 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
52 ( 41 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
53 ( 62 ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell
54 ( 32 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
55 ( 68 ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette
56 ( NEW ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
57 ( RE ) BABE Styx
58 ( 56 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
59 ( 37 ) COME TO ME France Joli
60 ( 44 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire

61 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 60 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( NEW ) SHE’S NOT THERE The UK Subs
64 ( 51 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
65 ( 55 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
66 ( 70 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 66 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
68 ( 58 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
69 ( 74 ) REET PETITE Darts
70 ( 63 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard

71 ( 42 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
72 ( 64 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
73 ( 47 ) TOUCH Lori And The Chameleons
74 ( 49 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
75 ( 50 ) BROKEN HEARTED ME Anne Murray

TV CHART
1. Star Trek: A Private Little War
2. Parkinson
3. Soap
4. The Rockford Files
5. Kelly Monteith
6. Film 79
7. Butterflies
8. The New Avengers
9. Parkinson
10. Porridge
11. Time Express
12. Up The Gum Tree
13. The Sky At Night
14. Fantastic Voyage
15. My Wife Next Door

At college, lunch with part of the gang and also Campion from Rhodesia, who was over on scholarship, very affable and only saw him get worked up once – when discussing white minority rule, he had stories to tell. Sadly, it’s replacement seems to be no improvement for some. Term was breaking up, Pete & Julie were saying goodbyes as Pete got a lift back with his sis. Sue and Paul were arguing over something – ah, end of term stresses! Fiona and Jo came round for tea and a (overlong) slide show from me of the USA. Paul, Julie, Jane round to watch Fantastic Voyage, Raquel Welch inside someone. Honest! My screen prints weren’t what I’d hoped they’d be, though OK, as I finished working in the art room. A pub evening, Paul took us in his car, and Jane gave me a £3 thank you record token! A lot of money in those days, Jane is so thoughtful and sweet-natured, artistic and intelligent too, fab company. I got tickled in the pub after going a bit enthusiastically about the jukebox music. No change there then! Back for William Shatner on Parkinson, bit of a revelation, intelligent and entertaining.

In American Studies, lecturer John Davis called me a great wit (!!) which was quite a compliment, and embarrassedly mentioned my Chapel Harem – that’s my many girl mates who I supported when they had a do going on in there. I went red. A sad goodbye to American Steve who was off back to the States, and who’d had a bad assignment returned, sadly. The christmas carol college gathering was great fun, especially the American students doing Randolph The Red-Nosed Cowboy, and the Connie Stew Hall lads doing Ding Dong Merrily On High with electric guitar was funny. At the College disco it was a live College band, SAVVY, with 2nd-year Pete on drums, danced with Julie, and Sue, to the great band, The Police-inspired stuff.

Last day was Art lectures, everyone tired from the late partying as people left for home during the day, including Bev off back to Mansfield (like me), and Chuck the American (another permanent goodbye). I miss being a serial gregarious-er, College absolutely taught me to socialise in a less introverted fashion. Took my wall posters down and waited for dad to pick me up and take me home, brother Mark tried to annoy me to get a reaction, mum did chips and beans for me, and they’d bought me a £40 record unit! Expensive, so I slightly told them off instead of being grateful! Doh! Played the Jesus Christ Superstar movie soundtrack album they’d also bought me for christmas. Christmas shopping for gifts on Saturday, Grandad and little cousins Helen and Neil came round with Uncle Geoff – he’s my age – and I played Risk with Mark, and won for the first time ever! We played it again with 9-year-old nephew John Christmas Day 2014. Mark won as usual. Some things never change!



25th December 1979

Christmas Day chart, and we were in Gravesend (see later) and Abba’s song and Pink Floyd’s song were being heavily played on rotating 45’s by the two girls there. So appropriately they comprise my top 2! Abba get a 13th number one in a row, 14th in total, and 5th of the year. Needless to say that’s pretty much 3 records for the price of one at the time. David Bowie meanwhile gets a second top 5 hit with John I’m Only Dancing 7 years on. The Pretenders leapfrog The Tourists and girls fronting bands were catching on, after being quite the rarity pre-punk.

KC gets his first top 10 single in 4 years, Macca just misses the christmas 10 with his christmas evergreen, Lesley Duncan finally cracks my top 20 8 years late, and Dollar get a 4th Top 20 hit. The Beat still cry at 28, and Babe is at 29. Not the pig, Styx. Motorhead get another top 40, and there are a mere 6 entries, headed by Boney M, who are Born Again. I wouldn’t put money on it actually! Elvis has an oldie christmas hit at 49, not one of his best though. Earth Wind & Fire Can’t Let Go at 55, not one of their best, Rupert Holmes finally starts to get his UK breakthrough hit a mere 5 years after debuting in my charts with the fab Our National Pastime. This time it’s the risque, morally dubious, but sorta sweet Escape (The Pina Colada Song) as featured in the 2014 blockbuster movie (and my 2014 charts) Guardians Of The Galaxy. Bung in The Clash at their best, London Calling at 62, and the second ever rap record to chart in the UK (and mine): Kurtis Blow with his Christmas Rappin’ at 75.

1 ( 2 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
2 ( 5 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
3 ( 1 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
4 ( 3 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
5 ( 39 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
6 ( 10 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
7 ( 9 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
8 ( 6 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
9 ( 4 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
10 ( 24 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band

11 ( 15 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
12 ( 12 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
13 ( 13 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
14 ( 7 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
15 ( 22 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
16 ( 16 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
17 ( 8 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
18 ( 26 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
19 ( 11 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
20 ( 25 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar

21 ( 27 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
22 ( 14 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
23 ( 28 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
24 ( 19 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
25 ( 17 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
26 ( 20 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
27 ( 18 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
28 ( 56 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
29 ( 57 ) BABE Styx
30 ( 21 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson

31 ( 23 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
32 ( 37 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
33 ( 36 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
34 ( 34 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
35 ( 31 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
36 ( 43 ) BOMBER Motorhead
37 ( 40 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
38 ( 33 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
39 ( 32 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
40 ( NEW ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M

41 ( 30 ) RISE Herb Alpert
42 ( 42 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
43 ( 41 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
44 ( 29 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
45 ( 35 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
46 ( 47 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
47 ( 38 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
48 ( 66 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
49 ( NEW ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
50 ( 55 ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette

51 ( 63 ) SHE’S NOT THERE The UK Subs
52 ( 51 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
53 ( 50 ) CARS Gary Numan
54 ( 45 ) SAD EYES Robert John
55 ( NEW ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
56 ( 52 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
57 ( NEW ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
58 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 58 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

61 ( 48 ) STILL The Commodores
62 ( NEW ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
63 ( 46 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
64 ( 44 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
65 ( 53 ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell
66 ( 49 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
67 ( 54 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
68 ( 69 ) REET PETITE Darts
69 ( 67 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
70 ( 64 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam

71 ( 70 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
72 ( 68 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
73 ( 60 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
74 ( 65 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
75 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow

TV CHART
1. Star Trek: Obsession
2. Mork And Mindy
3. Soap
4. MASH
5. Logan’s Run (TV series)
6. Fawlty Towers
7. Top Of The Pops
8. Bananas (film)
9. Kelly Monteith
10. The Rockford Files

11. Time Express
12. My Wife Next Door
13. Parkinson (wednesday)
14. Horizon
15. Parkinson (saturday)
16. Film Night
17. Blankety Blank
18. Doctor Who
19. Up The Gum Tree
20. Happy Days

At home, more christmas shopping, in the media lukewarm reviews for the Star Trek Motion Picture (doh!), and I did some College work in between wrapping prezzies. I went to see Star Trek for myself, and 8 years of waiting just sent into a tizzy of hyperbole : “long but not boring or overlong” (oh yes it was!) “sheer magic to have all the characters back, like seeing old friends again” and “the special effects were brilliant…now money can be spent to do them properly”. I also noted some similarities to TV episode plot, found myself in agreement with overall Trek philosphy, almost a cult by this point. I really loved Decker and Ilia, though didn’t love their loss of individuality (death) and rebirth as a merged being. rating: Top 4 film of all-time behind Close Encounters, Star Wars and Alien (!). It failed to make my top 100 last year.

Bumped into Great Uncle Ernest and Great Aunty Ann in town who gave me some money, they always did love me and brother and loved visits, which we didn’t do often enough. At the cinema again for Meteor: “first three-quarters of an hour crap” with bad characterisations, Brian Keith and Henry Fonds stealing the movie for me. On saturday mum and dad drove me to Gravesend to stop with their good friends Joe & Sandra, Merseysiders (we had a lot in common) who were our next-door-neighbour family friends in Gloucester 1974/5, with kids Joanne & Tracy. As everyone did in those days, asked if I had a girlfriend yet. It was practically obligatory in those days, and no I didn’t. On TV the Beatles Help! movie: “still got it” I noted. John Cleese was on TV, too: I’m reading his autobiography at the moment, appropriately.

Shopping in Gravesend Christmas Eve, bought the Pink Floyd single, and some sci-fi mags and prezzies for Joe Sandra & kids. Beatles Yellow Submarine on the telly (yay!). Christmas day was as pleasant as the previous couple, the first time we had one away from home or grandma’s. Joanne & Tracy were excited. Christmas Top Of The Pops with a late dinner, I summed it up as an “excellent year”, and yes it was, both for music and for me, quite probably my best year still. How sad! Trips to Tunisia, USA, Paris, great times at College, loads of good friends, and music TV and films were all on fire, and there were no tragedies or deaths, everything ticked along beautifully. TV: Hard Days Night, Goldfinger and The Gnomemobile, all regular TV faves in the 70’s. The Gnomemobile has been replaced by other better films, but it had Walter Brennan as a gnome, so what’s not to love!

My 1994 Charts – October

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2nd October 1994

4 weeks at 1 for mad Pet Shop Boys, holding off a new threat from Corona’s Rhythm Of The Night at 2, then a bunch of girl singers dominate the top 10 except for East 17, Steam-ing up to 7, and Pato Banton Baby Come Back-iing at 9, with the wondrous Saint Etienne huggin my soul at 10, keeping up their top 10 run. Look at 2 Unlimited up 58 places with No-one! No, I don’t remember it either – but I obviously liked it. Madonna I do remember even if she’s only up 27 places to 21. Shhh don’t give away that secret! Elton’s Circle Of Life, of course, everyone knows, up 30 to 29, showing chart positions don’t matter if you’re in a Disney film, new generations pick up on it.

Bon Jovi and The Rolling Stones bring some rock into the 40, but highest new entry is the man from Orange Juice and his very classic A Girl Like You: Edwyn Collins. This is another case of, eh?! It took another 6 months to start charting worldwide (and in the UK for it to be a hit), but I loved it the minute I heard it, so justice was eventually done. Whigfield makes my top 40, too – I didn’t recall liking it that much, much it hadn’t started to grate yet obviously. Jamiroquai enters his Space Cowboy phase at 65, and Gloria Estefan is well into her disco retro phase as she covers Vicki Sue Robinson’s Turn The Beat Around. Chuck in a model (Naomi), TV kids show duo (PJ & Duncan aka Ant n Dec), 2 soul divas battling it (Kym and Jocelyn) and two rock greats Neil Young (just vacating my 2014 number one slot after 42 years of waiting) and INXS (brilliant live band), and that completes the chart report.

1 ( 1 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 7 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
3 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
4 ( 2 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
5 ( 4 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
6 ( 5 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 26 ) STEAM East 17
8 ( 6 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
9 ( 58 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
10 ( 14 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne

11 ( 9 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
12 ( 12 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
13 ( 10 ) LETITGO Prince
14 ( 11 ) PARK LIFE Blur
15 ( 73 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
16 ( 19 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
17 ( 33 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
18 ( 15 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
19 ( 8 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
20 ( 16 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart

21 ( 48 ) SECRET Madonna
22 ( 18 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
23 ( 23 ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
24 ( 13 ) FIREWORKS Roxette
25 ( 44 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
26 ( 20 ) WARRIORS Aswad
27 ( 45 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
28 ( 17 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
29 ( 59 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
30 ( 52 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones

31 ( 22 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
32 ( 25 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
33 ( 21 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
34 ( NEW ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
35 ( 24 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
36 ( 27 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
37 ( 29 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
38 ( 38 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
39 ( 46 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
40 ( 32 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42

41 ( 28 ) SPEED Billy Idol
42 ( 41 ) SEARCHING China Black
43 ( 30 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
44 ( 34 ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun
45 ( 36 ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
46 ( 40 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
47 ( 35 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
48 ( NEW ) THAT WORD (L.O.V.E.) The Rockmelons
49 ( 31 ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson
50 ( 37 ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff

51 ( 57 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
52 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE GOOD TIMES A House
53 ( 65 ) SURE Take That
54 ( 54 ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
55 ( 55 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
56 ( 43 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
57 ( 53 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
58 ( NEW ) LOVE AND TEARS Naomi Campbell
59 ( NEW ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
60 ( 39 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr

61 ( 60 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
62 ( 62 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
64 ( 56 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
65 ( NEW ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
66 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 42 ) SENSE Terry Hall
69 ( 61 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
70 ( 49 ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision

71 ( NEW ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
72 ( NEW ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
73 ( NEW ) MY HEART Neil Young and Crazy Horse
74 ( NEW ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
75 ( 50 ) FOOTSTEPS Stiltskin

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kiwi fruit plant

9th October 1994

It’s a new number one for Corona and the great dance track Rhythm Of The Night, as recently covered by Bastille. I’ll stick with the original myself, it’s fab. Big leap for Bon Jovi to 4, and their signature ballad Always – not my favourite Bon Jovi record by any means these days, but it seemed good enough at the time. Elton also circles around the top 10, giving him 23 years of regular top 10’s, while 2 Unlimited grab a final top 10 hit, I really must youtube it now!

Highest of only 4 new entries is Ace Of Base at 19, and a Happy Nation applauds their 5th top 20 entry. Aerosmith are back in with Crazy, as it starts to take hold at 26, Heavy D & The Boyz make the 40 with This Is Your Night, as do INXS, Kym & Jocelyn covering ZZ Top, PJ & Duncan, and new at 40 The Pretenders keep the hits coming 15 years on, 977 apparently, though I suspect it’s a few less than that. Sonic Youth are Superstars at 54 covering The Carpenters classic in a fab distorted morose indie-style, and Counting Crows meet the Rain King at 73, for a quiet chart week.

1 ( 2 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
2 ( 1 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
4 ( 27 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
5 ( 5 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
6 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 4 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
8 ( 7 ) STEAM East 17
9 ( 29 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
10 ( 15 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited

11 ( 10 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
12 ( 11 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
13 ( 8 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
14 ( 9 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
15 ( 21 ) SECRET Madonna
16 ( 12 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
17 ( 17 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
18 ( 16 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
19 ( NEW ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
20 ( 13 ) LETITGO Prince

21 ( 14 ) PARK LIFE Blur
22 ( 20 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
23 ( 34 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
24 ( 18 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
25 ( 25 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
26 ( RE ) CRAZY Aerosmith
27 ( 19 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
28 ( 22 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
29 ( 30 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones
30 ( 24 ) FIREWORKS Roxette

31 ( 26 ) WARRIORS Aswad
32 ( 59 ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
33 ( 33 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
34 ( 28 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
35 ( 74 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
36 ( 23 ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
37 ( 32 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
38 ( 72 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
39 ( 71 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
40 ( NEW ) 977″ The Pretenders

41 ( 36 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
42 ( 31 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
43 ( 37 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
44 ( 53 ) SURE Take That
45 ( 42 ) SEARCHING China Black
46 ( 40 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
47 ( 54 ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
48 ( 35 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
49 ( 65 ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
50 ( 63 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan

51 ( 39 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
52 ( 38 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
53 ( 51 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
54 ( NEW ) SUPERSTAR Sonic Youth
55 ( 55 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
56 ( 46 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
57 ( 43 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
58 ( 48 ) THAT WORD (L.O.V.E.) The Rockmelons
59 ( 57 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
60 ( 41 ) SPEED Billy Idol

61 ( 61 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
62 ( 45 ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
63 ( 62 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
64 ( 64 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
65 ( 56 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 47 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
69 ( 50 ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff
70 ( 44 ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun

71 ( 60 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
72 ( 58 ) LOVE AND TEARS Naomi Campbell
73 ( NEW ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
74 ( 69 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
75 ( 49 ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson

16th October 1994

2 weeks for Corona fizzing on top, as Edie Brickell and Barry White peak at 2, Good Times indeed for a fab soulful ballad. Elton John goes in Circles Of Life at 5, the latest in a very long list of top 5 singles, and ditto for Madonna in the top 10 as Secret hits 8. INXS’ terrific The Strangest Party shoots up to 12, and really should have been a big hit, instead their career declined steeply and unfairly, not quite fitting into Britpop. Aerosmith, Edwyn Collins and Snap all return to the top 20 with new stuff, as the chart suddenly wakes up with a deluge of new entries.

Highest, in at 22, Sparks enjoy one of their periodic comebacks, 20 years on from This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us, they ponder When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’? Right now, it’s Moroder-dance-era-styled fab. Massive Attack enter Sly-ly at 28, just ahead of a charity version of Marvin Gaye’s classic What’s Going On? Let Loose follow up a big pop hit with a decent forgotten pop hit, but not at Seventeen, at 31. Crash Test Dummies bounce back at 37 berating God for shuffling his feet a bit, Pink Floyd are back for the final time (barring 2014 sessions from 1994) and Keep Trackin’ at 50, 15 years after hitting number one with a brick.

China Black following up terrific number one Searching, with terrific melodic follow-up Stars at 51, Oasis sing about ciggies and booze in a T.Rex Get-It-On vibe at 60, how quaint holding up nicotine and drink as alternative solutions to having to work for a living. OK everyone, let’s quit our jobs and get pissed and see how long society lasts! As a record, it’s nowhere near as good as either Get It On, or predecessor Live Together. Over-rated much. The Manics suffer at 69, Aaliyah is still a minor but slides in at 71, and if there ever was a record that annoyed me more than Ciggies n Booze it’s Zombie, in at 74. The gorgeousness of Linger is replaced by repeated harpy calls, a record that with the passage of time only sounds worse. Ouch!

1 ( 1 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
2 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
3 ( 2 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 4 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
5 ( 9 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
6 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 8 ) STEAM East 17
8 ( 15 ) SECRET Madonna
9 ( 7 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
10 ( 17 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis

11 ( 5 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
12 ( 35 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
13 ( 14 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
14 ( 19 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
15 ( 12 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
16 ( 26 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
17 ( 10 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
18 ( 13 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
19 ( 23 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
20 ( 25 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer

21 ( 11 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
22 ( NEW ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
23 ( 16 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
24 ( 39 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
25 ( 20 ) LETITGO Prince
26 ( 18 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
27 ( 22 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
28 ( NEW ) SLY Massive Attack
29 ( NEW ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief ’94
30 ( 21 ) PARK LIFE Blur

31 ( NEW ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
32 ( 32 ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
33 ( 24 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
34 ( 34 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
35 ( 50 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
36 ( 28 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
37 ( NEW ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
38 ( 30 ) FIREWORKS Roxette
39 ( 27 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
40 ( 33 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer

41 ( 31 ) WARRIORS Aswad
42 ( 37 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
43 ( 29 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones
44 ( 44 ) SURE Take That
45 ( 40 ) 977″ The Pretenders
46 ( 49 ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
47 ( 47 ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
48 ( 41 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
49 ( NEW ) I WANT THE WORLD 2wo Third3
50 ( NEW ) KEEP TALKING Pink Floyd

51 ( NEW ) STARS China Black
52 ( 43 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
53 ( 38 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
54 ( 45 ) SEARCHING China Black
55 ( 46 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
56 ( 55 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
57 ( 36 ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
58 ( 42 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
59 ( RE ) I’LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU BoyzIIMen
60 ( NEW ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis

61 ( 61 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
62 ( 59 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
63 ( 53 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
64 ( 63 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
65 ( 51 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 52 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
69 ( NEW ) SHE IS SUFFERING Manic Street Preachers
70 ( 54 ) SUPERSTAR Sonic Youth

71 ( NEW ) (AT YOUR BEST) YOU ARE LOVE Aaliyah
72 ( 64 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
73 ( 73 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
74 ( NEW ) ZOMBIE The Cranberries
75 ( NEW ) CAN U FEEL IT Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntman

baby pond

baby pond


23rd October 1994:

The charts go insane suddenly, massive leaps, massive new entries, and massive drops under the pressure of 18 new entries, and it’s all great stuff too! Up 50 places from 51 to 1, one of the biggest climbs to the top ever, it’s China Black getting their second chart-topper of the year, the lovely entirely youtube absent Stars, overshadowing Sparks big climb to 3, their biggest hit since 1979. Highest new entry is at 5, and it’s Abba with Just Like That. No, not a Tommy Cooper tribute record, it’s one of the final recordings by Abba only available in the middle of a single track compilation of bits & pieces which were released as part of a box set of rare stuff in 1994. Gemini (the Abba boys proteges after Abba) had already released a version, but the original Abba short version is a cut above, and should have been a single.

New Order’s classic True Faith from 1987 is remixed and still corking, back in at 10, just behind R Kelly and one of his best records, vibing swiftly along entering at 7. Not to be outdone Tom Jones re-invents himself again with the storming If I Only Knew in at 13. Massive Attack, Crash test Dummies and (somehow!) PJ & Duncan/Ant n Dec get into the 20, before some more new entries: Elastica’s terrific Connection is at 30, Amy Grant is back 3 years on from Baby Baby, Say You’ll Be Mine, she says at 33, while Donna Summer’s got a melody of love at 37, 18 years after groaning her way into my charts.

At 38, the Crosby Stills & Nash classic, Teach Your Children, never charted before, pops in courtesy of a version re-recorded by the band along with some country artists (including Alison Krauss) for an AIDS benefit album. Up to 21 the other charity record is for Rwanda and features a wealth of urban and stars of the time, and it’s pretty good. Status Quo are in my current chart with new material (Nov 2014) and 20 years ago they were in at 39 with Sherri Don’t Fail Me Now. 40 years ago they were already 2 years into their chart career with me. No, they don’t all sound the same.

Outside the top 40: Clapton’s back with a ballad at 44, it ain’t no Layla! The Beautiful South, Sting, Janet Jackson all keep the run of hits going while Sheryl Crow debuts her biggie All I Wanna Do at 75. To rub it in, that’s one place lower than Shampoo! Ah, well, it WAS a very busy chart!

1 ( 51 ) STARS China Black
2 ( 1 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
3 ( 22 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
4 ( 5 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
5 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
6 ( 19 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
7 ( NEW ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R Kelly
8 ( 8 ) SECRET Madonna
9 ( 2 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
10 ( NEW ) TRUE FAITH (REMIX) New Order

11 ( 12 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
12 ( 3 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
13 ( NEW ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
14 ( 7 ) STEAM East 17
15 ( 14 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
16 ( 28 ) SLY Massive Attack
17 ( 13 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
18 ( 37 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
19 ( 24 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
20 ( 4 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi

21 ( 29 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief ’94
22 ( 9 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
23 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
24 ( 10 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
25 ( 16 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
26 ( 49 ) I WANT THE WORLD 2wo Third3
27 ( 15 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
28 ( 11 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
29 ( 45 ) 977″ The Pretenders
30 ( NEW ) CONNECTION Elastica

31 ( 31 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
32 ( 20 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
33 ( NEW ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
34 ( 18 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
35 ( 73 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
36 ( 35 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
37 ( NEW ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
38 ( NEW ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN The Red Hots
39 ( NEW ) SHERRI DON’T FAIL ME NOW Status Quo
40 ( 44 ) SURE Take That

41 ( 23 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
42 ( 34 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
43 ( 27 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
44 ( NEW ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
45 ( 26 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
46 ( 17 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
47 ( NEW ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
48 ( 30 ) PARK LIFE Blur
49 ( 36 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
50 ( 33 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

51 ( 21 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
52 ( 25 ) LETITGO Prince
53 ( 50 ) KEEP TALKING Pink Floyd
54 ( 46 ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
55 ( 42 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
56 ( NEW ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
57 ( 60 ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis
58 ( 40 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
59 ( 56 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
60 ( 38 ) FIREWORKS Roxette

61 ( 32 ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
62 ( 39 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
63 ( 61 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
64 ( 69 ) SHE IS SUFFERING Manic Street Preachers
65 ( 52 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
66 ( NEW ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
67 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 64 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
69 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
70 ( NEW ) OH BABY I Eternal

71 ( NEW ) PLANET CARAVAN Pantera
72 ( 62 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
73 ( NEW ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
74 ( NEW ) VIVA LES MEGABABES Shampoo
75 ( NEW ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow

garden..

garden..

30th October 1994

2 weeks on top for China Black, and a new entry at 2 for LWS and GOSP, an obscure rave non-hit with a 30‘s blues vibe, that pushed my buttons oddly – I don’t recall going raving in 1994! Up to 3, higher second-time round, it’s True Faith for New Order. Edwyn Collins drops 2 (for now) but his biggest hit since Orange Juice went top 10 with Rip It Up in 1993 will be back in 1995. Music Relief take What’s Going On into the top 10, following Cyndi Lauper’s version, and preceding Marvin Gaye’s original. Tom Jones gets a span of top 10 hits of exactly 26 years, I Only I Knew that in 1968 when I started charting!

Aerosmith hit a new peak of 11, INXS grab another top 10, Eric Clapton leaps to 16, and Terry Hall re-enters with his own (previous number one) cover version of his Lightning Seeds co-write/sing, at 13 – well it all makes Sense to me! Terrorvision bolt in, screaming Alice, What’s The Matter! I loved Terrorvision consistently, great fun. Sting and Pink Floyd bring some veteran rock into the 40, albeit both mellow, just like Clapton, while Eternal manage to break into the 30 – Oh Baby I don’t know why!

Sheryl Crow rockets to 33, a good dance pop track from The Real McCoy give me another night at 37, Seal bounces back in again with a newborn friend, and Rozalla adds to her diminishing peaking list of follow-ups to Everybody’s Free, with You Never Love The Same Way Twice at 47. Well, I try not to at any rate, can’t speak for Rozalla. REM have some Bang and Blame at 58, Brand New Heavies spend some time at 59, while interesting indie band Grant Lee Buffalo sneak in at 63 with some Mockingbirds, pipping Echobelly, Chris Rea and Foreigner (both School of 1978), and Paul Weller (School of 1977).

1 ( 1 ) STARS China Black
2 ( NEW ) GOSP LWS
3 ( 10 ) TRUE FAITH (REMIX) New Order
4 ( 3 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
5 ( 5 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
6 ( 21 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief ’94
7 ( 13 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
8 ( 6 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
9 ( 7 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R Kelly
10 ( 11 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS

11 ( 25 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
12 ( 2 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
13 ( RE ) SENSE Terry Hall
14 ( 16 ) SLY Massive Attack
15 ( 4 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
16 ( 44 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
17 ( NEW ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
18 ( 18 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
19 ( 8 ) SECRET Madonna
20 ( 9 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White

21 ( 17 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
22 ( 33 ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
23 ( 12 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
24 ( 14 ) STEAM East 17
25 ( 56 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
26 ( 53 ) KEEP TALKING/ HIGH HOPES Pink Floyd
27 ( 30 ) CONNECTION Elastica
28 ( 32 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
29 ( 27 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
30 ( 70 ) OH BABY I Eternal

31 ( 31 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
32 ( 19 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
33 ( 75 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
34 ( 20 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
35 ( 15 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
36 ( 22 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
37 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
38 ( RE ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
39 ( 28 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
40 ( 47 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South

41 ( 35 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
42 ( 26 ) I WANT THE WORLD 2wo Third3
43 ( 24 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
44 ( 66 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
45 ( 38 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN The Red Hots
46 ( 23 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
47 ( NEW ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
48 ( 34 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 40 ) SURE Take That
50 ( 36 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan

51 ( 57 ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis
52 ( 37 ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
53 ( 42 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
54 ( 29 ) 977″ The Pretenders
55 ( 43 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
56 ( 41 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
57 ( 39 ) SHERRI DON’T FAIL ME NOW Status Quo
58 ( NEW ) BANG AND BLAME REM
59 ( NEW ) SPEND SOME TIME Brand New Heavies
60 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 49 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
62 ( 55 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
63 ( NEW ) MOCKINGBIRDS Grant Lee Buffalo
64 ( 63 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
65 ( 71 ) PLANET CARAVAN Pantera
66 ( 48 ) PARK LIFE Blur
67 ( 52 ) LETITGO Prince
68 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
69 ( NEW ) CLOSE BUT… Echobelly
70 ( 69 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( 68 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY Chris Rea
73 ( NEW ) SOME GIRLS Ultimate Kaos
74 ( NEW ) WHITE LIE Foreigner
75 ( NEW ) OUT OF THE SINKING Paul Weller

NON CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST TRACKS:
1 ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
2 SEBASTIAN Cockney Rebel
3 RAIN RAIN RAIN Ladysmith Black Mambazo

My 1994 Charts – July

The Flash getting a good kickin’ from a baddie at UKCAC

3rd July 1994

2nd week on top for Aswad, joined in the top 5 by yet another reggae track, as General Public’s version of The Staple Singers classic hits 5, 2 places lower than the 1972 original. The Pretenders keep up the run of Top 10 hits, Night In My Veins at 8, and The Grid’s Swamp Thing is up to 9.

Leading a mass influx of new entries is Crystal Waters and Ghetto Day, a record I preferred to her bigger hits; The Rolling Stones are back at 25, Love Is Strong enough to give them a sweet 25 years of hits to date; the big news is in at 34, a noisy new Manc band with an arrogant attitude, Shaker Maker from Oasis. The previous band called Oasis featured Mary Hopkin, and I’d pay to hear her sing an Oasis ballad. Just because.

Lots of big movers as well, B52’s up to 19, Janet Jackson to 20, Utah Saints to 30, and Daryl Hall up to 38, and waddya know I saw him 2 weeks ago in concert with mucker John Oates, still going strong. Other newies: Shed 7, Wildhearts, Robert Palmer 16 years into his run of hits, KWS doing what they do best – killing much better records, this time with the assistance of Rose Royce’s Gwen Dickey (Ain’t Nobody – I suggest sticking with Rufus in my 84 and 89 Top 10’s), Blind Melon, Take That (having a minor hit after some biggies), Aerosmith, a great comeback single for Bobby Brown, not yet remixed, and lastly, the 15-year-old, influential and ill-fated Aaliyah with Back And Forth. Best not mention R. Kelly who would be banged up a la Yewtree were he a UK resident. Probably. I wouldn’t want to spread malicious rumours, but he produced her Age Ain’t Nothin But A Number album and apparently married in secret after she lied about her age, in about ooh, 2 or 3 months after this debut. R. Kelly obviously had no idea how old she was, having had her signed to his record label at 12 years old. Well, what business-man needs to see a birth certificate from parents eh when signing up their child? Obviously not this one…..

1 ( 1 ) SHINE Aswad

2 ( 2 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

3 ( 3 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats

4 ( 9 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

5 ( 23 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public

6 ( 4 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain

7 ( 6 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn

8 ( 15 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders

9 ( 12 ) SWAMP THING The Grid

10 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South

11 ( 19 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers

12 ( 5 ) TO THE END Blur

13 ( 20 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base

14 ( 7 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette

15 ( 18 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin

16 ( 8 ) HARD Tom Robinson

17 ( NEW ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters

18 ( NEW ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown

19 ( 43 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)

20 ( 45 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE Janet Jackson

21 ( 11 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses

22 ( 17 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader

23 ( 14 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream

24 ( 16 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma

25 ( NEW ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones

26 ( 13 ) INSIDE Stiltskin

27 ( 22 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis

28 ( 25 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx

29 ( 35 ) U + ME Cappella

30 ( 47 ) I STILL THINK OF YOU Utah Saints

31 ( 38 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John

32 ( 32 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17

33 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME Yazz

34 ( NEW ) SHAKER MAKER Oasis

35 ( 42 ) WORD UP Gun

36 ( 26 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

37 ( 21 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders

38 ( 68 ) GLORYLAND Daryl Hall featuring The Sounds Of Blackness

39 ( 29 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown

40 ( 24 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano

41 ( 27 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt

42 ( NEW ) DOLPHIN Shed 7

43 ( 31 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers

44 ( 37 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys

45 ( 34 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest

46 ( NEW ) SUCKER PUNCH The Wildhearts

47 ( NEW ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer

48 ( 44 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm

49 ( 41 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees

50 ( 30 ) NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) The Prodigy

51 ( 28 ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)

52 ( 51 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

53 ( 55 ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey

54 ( 61 ) MIDDLEMAN Terrorvision

55 ( 36 ) BACK TO LOVE Brand New Heavies

56 ( 75 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies

57 ( 39 ) I SWEAR All 4 One

58 ( 73 ) MAYBE LOVE (REMIX) Stevie Nicks

59 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

60 ( 40 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Roachford

61 ( NEW ) GO ON MOVE Reel 2 Real

62 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOBODY KWS featuring Gwen Dickey

63 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers

64 ( 46 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada

65 ( NEW ) CHANGE Blind Melon

66 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex

67 ( 57 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers

68 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles

69 ( NEW ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That

70 ( NEW ) BACK AND FORTH Aaliyah

71 ( NEW ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown

72 ( NEW ) CAN’T IMAGINE THE WORLD WITHOUT ME Echobelly

73 ( NEW ) THE SUN DOES RISE Jah Wobble featuring Dolores Riorden

74 ( NEW ) CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE Juliet Roberts

75 ( NEW ) SHUT UP AND DANCE Aerosmith

10th July 1994

The Boomtown Rats return to Number One almost 15 years since they were last there. Tell Me Why? I Don’t Like Mondays! A shame, in a way, as they had already had a shot on top and Nina Simone’s Feelin’ Good hadn’t, so she is denied her second chart-topper. The B52’s get a 4th Top 10 hit 15 years since Rock Lobster clawed it’s way in. I’d known the song since I was, ooh, 4 or 5, and it fit nicely into their style, and they fit nicely into the movie.

Big climb for Bonnie Raitt, You at 12, and highest new entry is a 3rd Top 20 hit for Deep Forest (I bought and liked the album), beating out the classic Michael McDonald-sampling Regulate for Warren G and Nate Dogg, in at 30. Gun’s OK rock version of Cameo is Word Up at 19, and modest climbs for Let Loose and Elton and Oasis, rather surprisingly. Wildhearts, ever under-rated, romp it up into the 40.

Two Cowboys Gonfi-gon it at 54, a bit do-si-do Rednex stylee, and I must say Compliments On Your Kiss to Red Dragon, and yet more reggae in the chart. The 90‘s reggae revival seems to have been forgotten in run-downs of chart-trends, but it was very much a pop force in 93/94. Prince, very much a declining force from here-on, duets with Nona Gaye, Marvin’s daughter, at 66. The classic America, from West Side Story, gets used in The World Cup coverage and sneaks in at 72, but I’d prefer an excuse to rechart the brilliant movie version of the song, a highlight in cinema history, I never tire of watching it. “I Know a boat you can get on, bye bye!”.

1 ( 3 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats

2 ( 4 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

3 ( 1 ) SHINE Aswad

4 ( 2 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

5 ( 9 ) SWAMP THING The Grid

6 ( 8 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders

7 ( 6 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain

8 ( 5 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public

9 ( 11 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers

10 ( 19 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)

11 ( 13 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base

12 ( 41 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt

13 ( 17 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters

14 ( 7 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn

15 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South

16 ( NEW ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest

17 ( 16 ) HARD Tom Robinson

18 ( 18 ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown

19 ( 35 ) WORD UP Gun

20 ( 20 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE (CJ’s 7″ Remix) Janet Jackson

21 ( 15 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin

22 ( 12 ) TO THE END Blur

23 ( 31 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John

24 ( 36 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

25 ( 25 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones

26 ( 14 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette

27 ( 22 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader

28 ( 28 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx

29 ( 32 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17

30 ( NEW ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg

31 ( 24 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma

32 ( 21 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses

33 ( 34 ) SHAKER MAKER Oasis

34 ( RE ) ADORE Joe Roberts

35 ( 58 ) MAYBE LOVE (REMIX) Stevie Nicks

36 ( 38 ) GLORYLAND Daryl Hall featuring The Sounds Of Blackness

37 ( 62 ) AIN’T NOBODY KWS featuring Gwen Dickey

38 ( 27 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis

39 ( 47 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer

40 ( 46 ) SUCKER PUNCH The Wildhearts

41 ( 23 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream

42 ( 26 ) INSIDE Stiltskin

43 ( 69 ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That

44 ( 75 ) SHUT UP AND DANCE Aerosmith

45 ( 29 ) U + ME Cappella

46 ( 65 ) CHANGE Blind Melon

47 ( 40 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano

48 ( 74 ) CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE Juliet Roberts

49 ( 44 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys

50 ( 37 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders

51 ( 45 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest

52 ( 56 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies

53 ( 52 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

54 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY GONFI-GON Two Cowboys

55 ( 43 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers

56 ( 42 ) DOLPHIN Shed 7

57 ( 39 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown

58 ( NEW ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold

59 ( 30 ) I STILL THINK OF YOU Utah Saints

60 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 61 ) GO ON MOVE Reel 2 Real

62 ( 49 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees

63 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME Yazz

64 ( 54 ) MIDDLEMAN Terrorvision

65 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers

66 ( NEW ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye

67 ( 66 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex

68 ( 53 ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey

69 ( NEW ) BODY IN MOTION Atlantic Ocean

70 ( 68 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles

71 ( 48 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm

72 ( NEW ) AMERICA Leonard Bernstein

73 ( 67 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers

74 ( NEW ) WHY DO FOOL FALL IN LOVE/ I’M COMING OUT Diana Ross

75 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF Julia Fordham

17th July 1994

One of those rare chart events for me – a record enters at one by a new act: this time China Black’s irresistible Searching, instantly hooks into the brain in a pleasant reggae way. Largely forgotten these days, but I liked the mixed ethnicity (the name said it all), the good songs, and since my days in Singapore I tend to want to support Chinese-related stars, one of western society’s most media-invisible sections – in this case Simon Fung.

The Pretenders get 2 Top 5’s in a row, Deep Forest 3 Top 10’s in a row. Ace Of Base also get their third Top 10 and the Rolling Stones go top 20 25 years after Honky Tonk Women did the same. Love Is Strong is one of their better latter-day singles. Big climbs for Crash Test Dummies (try singing along to Afternoons and Coffeespoons without the assistance of something to force the vocal wayyyyyy down!) and Mariah Carey, who very nearly gets another Top 40 entry buoyed up by recent actual honest-to-goodness great singles. Honest!

New at 37 it’s the Muppets. No, honestly. It’s Animal’s version of Wipeout, most recently a hit for the Fat Boys and Beach Boys, and their first chart hit since 1978 – Don’t Dilly Dally On The Way. I’m serious….! Hey, Wipeout’s a great toon, and the Muppets are great. Alice is back at 39, Maria Muldaur’s 1974 classic is covered by Brand New Heavies at 40, Erasure run in at 47 with a decent pop hit, and in at 52 is a bonafide Trevor Horn-produced classic from Seal, Kiss From A Rose. Not only in a Batman movie, it’s gorgeously moving, and it’s something of an injustice to find it became only a middling chart-hit in 1994 in the UK. Thankfully 1995 was a bit kinder.

1 ( NEW ) SEARCHING China Black

2 ( 2 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

3 ( 3 ) SHINE Aswad

4 ( 6 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders

5 ( 1 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats

6 ( 13 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters

7 ( 4 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

8 ( 16 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest

9 ( 5 ) SWAMP THING The Grid

10 ( 11 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base

11 ( 7 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain

12 ( 10 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)

13 ( 9 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers

14 ( 8 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public

15 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South

16 ( 24 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

17 ( 25 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones

18 ( 19 ) WORD UP Gun

19 ( 12 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt

20 ( 30 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg

21 ( 14 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn

22 ( 23 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John

23 ( 18 ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown

24 ( 17 ) HARD Tom Robinson

25 ( 34 ) ADORE Joe Roberts

26 ( 39 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer

27 ( 22 ) TO THE END Blur

28 ( 21 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin

29 ( 52 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies

30 ( 43 ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That

31 ( 27 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader

32 ( 20 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE (CJ’s 7″ Remix) Janet Jackson

33 ( 31 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma

34 ( 48 ) CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE Juliet Roberts

35 ( 54 ) EVERYBODY GONFI-GON Two Cowboys

36 ( 29 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17

37 ( NEW ) WIPEOUT The Muppets featuring Animal

38 ( 26 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette

39 ( RE ) IT’S ME Alice Cooper

40 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies

41 ( 28 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx

42 ( 35 ) MAYBE LOVE (REMIX) Stevie Nicks

43 ( 32 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses

44 ( 68 ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey

45 ( 38 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis

46 ( 36 ) GLORYLAND Daryl Hall featuring The Sounds Of Blackness

47 ( NEW ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure

48 ( 33 ) SHAKER MAKER Oasis

49 ( 75 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF Julia Fordham

50 ( 49 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys

51 ( 37 ) AIN’T NOBODY KWS featuring Gwen Dickey

52 ( NEW ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

53 ( 53 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

54 ( 50 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders

55 ( 51 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest

56 ( 47 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano

57 ( 42 ) INSIDE Stiltskin

58 ( 58 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold

59 ( 74 ) WHY DO FOOL FALL IN LOVE/ I’M COMING OUT Diana Ross

60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 41 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream

62 ( 55 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers

63 ( 45 ) U + ME Cappella

64 ( 62 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees

65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers

66 ( 44 ) SHUT UP AND DANCE Aerosmith

67 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex

68 ( 40 ) SUCKER PUNCH The Wildhearts

69 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis

70 ( 70 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles

71 ( 46 ) CHANGE Blind Melon

72 ( RE ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet

73 ( 56 ) DOLPHIN Shed 7

74 ( NEW ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc

75 ( NEW ) YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME Toni Braxton

24th July 1994

2 weeks for China Black on top, but just look at Bad Boys Inc rocket from 74 to 3 with a record I (and everyone else) can barely remember, a sort of Take That clone if I can vaguely recall. Youtube video to confirm! I haven’t heard it for 20 years. Warren G hits 9, and I’ve Regulatedly heard that one throughout the 20 years. Funny thing, the passage of time….

Seal kisses a rose and enters the 40 at 11. I tried kissing a rose this weekend, and got my legs ripped up by thorns for my troubles – I look like I’ve been whipped severely in The Hunger Games. Talking of The Hunger Games, Lenny Kravitz was last seen being dragged off to be murdered, but here he enters at 51. Deuce! One place higher it’s Ant and Dec in a previous life. From teeny pop rapper actors to Mega-TV-presenters and a future number one with Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble. Who coulda predicted that one! I’m not sure how high it gets in my chart (yet), but it’s no chart-topper..

Elton’s Lion King at last breaks into the 20, and C.J. Lewis’ reggae-cover of yet another 60’s classic (Stevie Wonder) is Uptight to 17. Highest new entry though is Kate Bush and Larry Adler’s version of George Gershwin’s The Man I Love, taken from Adler’s 80th birthday tribute album to the great Gershwin. This a download I need! In at 20, former number one acts The Lightning Seeds and their fab new pop single Lucky You, while veteran Joe Cocker covers Summer In The City at 74. The glorious original by The Lovin’ Spoonful features in my very current chart, 20 years later, due to an advert. I’ve been waiting for an excuse to chart it…..!

Oldies what I was playing a lot in this week were Lovers Of The World Unite, 60’’s harmony fun by David & Jonathan (aka Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway of many a hit song and Blue Mink fame), Like A Prayer, and Part Of The Union by The Strawbs. Varied, at least!

1 ( 1 ) SEARCHING China Black
2 ( 8 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
3 ( 74 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
4 ( 7 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
5 ( 3 ) SHINE Aswad
6 ( 6 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
7 ( 4 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
8 ( 2 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone
9 ( 20 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
10 ( 16 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

11 ( 52 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
12 ( 26 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
13 ( 5 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
14 ( 22 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
15 ( 9 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
16 ( 29 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies
17 ( 69 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
18 ( NEW ) THE MAN I LOVE Kate Bush and Larry Adler
19 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
20 ( NEW ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds

21 ( 11 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
22 ( 12 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
23 ( 10 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
24 ( 14 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public
25 ( 25 ) ADORE Joe Roberts
26 ( 13 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
27 ( 37 ) WIPEOUT The Muppets featuring Animal
28 ( 58 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
29 ( 30 ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That
30 ( 18 ) WORD UP Gun

31 ( 17 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
32 ( 23 ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown
33 ( NEW ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
34 ( 27 ) TO THE END Blur
35 ( 28 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
36 ( RE ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
37 ( 19 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt
38 ( 24 ) HARD Tom Robinson
39 ( 47 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
40 ( 40 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies

41 ( 21 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
42 ( 33 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
43 ( 31 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
44 ( 32 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE (CJ’s 7″ Remix) Janet Jackson
45 ( 41 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
46 ( 38 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
47 ( NEW ) SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Abigail
48 ( NEW ) BLACK BOX EYC
49 ( 39 ) IT’S ME Alice Cooper
50 ( NEW ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan

51 ( NEW ) DEUCE Lenny Kravitz
52 ( 45 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
53 ( 35 ) EVERYBODY GONFI-GON Two Cowboys
54 ( 53 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
55 ( 50 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
56 ( 34 ) CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE Juliet Roberts
57 ( 42 ) MAYBE LOVE (REMIX) Stevie Nicks
58 ( 36 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
59 ( NEW ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 55 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
62 ( 72 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
63 ( NEW ) TWYFORD DOWN Galliano
64 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 54 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
66 ( 64 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
67 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 62 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
69 ( 43 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
70 ( 56 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano

71 ( 70 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
72 ( NEW ) FEENIN’ Jodeci
73 ( NEW ) TOWER OF STRENGTH Skin
74 ( NEW ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
75 ( 57 ) INSIDE Stiltskin

31st July 1994

After peaking at 2 and weeks inside the Top 10, it finally gets there! The classic, gorgeous 7 Seconds from Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry, one of the best (and favourite) records of the 90’s. Love it. I love the fact that’s not in English (in part) and is rooted in West Africa. I think I was a bit on a mission to widen music to the world (as were the charts), and just take a look at the variety of genres and world origins of the tracks inside the Top 20: Deep Forest to Bad Boys Inc, George Gershwin to Erasure’s synthpop leaping into the top 10, and the Three Tenors highest new entry at 12 with two Opera tracks from La Traviata and Rigoletto to The Muppets surf comedy and 1977 B Side re-issue, Mah Na Mah Na, finally getting the chart credit it deserved first time round. A bit of rap, a lot of reggae, a class ballad, pop, dance, jazzfunk, blues, and alternative rock. Those were the days when the charts weren’t dominated by just one or two genres….

Talking of jazzfunk Level 42 are high new entries at 17 with the sweet Love In A Peaceful World, while part-time Eagle and hit-maker of 22 years, and even better songwriter, Jackson Browne returns with Everywhere I Go. Even better, Sophie B. Hawkins is back with a change of musical direction, dancepop supreme, the absolutely fantastic sublime marvellous Right Beside You, written after the death of her partner. Love it love it. The sadly recently late Bobby Womack was also back again, at 63, with Forever Love, and Shakespear’s Sister Marcella Detroit is no angel at 75.

1 ( 4 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
2 ( 1 ) SEARCHING China Black
3 ( 3 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
4 ( 11 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
5 ( 9 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
6 ( 2 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
7 ( 10 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
8 ( 5 ) SHINE Aswad
9 ( 17 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
10 ( 39 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure

11 ( 7 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
12 ( NEW ) LIBIAMO/ LA DONNA E MOBILE Carreras Domingo Pavarotti
13 ( 6 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
14 ( 16 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies
15 ( 12 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
16 ( 8 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone
17 ( NEW ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
18 ( 18 ) THE MAN I LOVE Kate Bush and Larry Adler
19 ( 27 ) WIPEOUT/ MAH NA MAH NA The Muppets featuring Animal
20 ( 28 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold

21 ( 20 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
22 ( 15 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
23 ( 33 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
24 ( 13 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
25 ( 14 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
26 ( 59 ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
27 ( 19 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
28 ( 21 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
29 ( 36 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
30 ( 48 ) BLACK BOX EYC

31 ( 22 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
32 ( NEW ) EVERYWHERE I GO Jackson Browne
33 ( 24 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public
34 ( 23 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
35 ( 35 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
36 ( 50 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
37 ( 41 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
38 ( 25 ) ADORE Joe Roberts
39 ( 40 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies
40 ( 34 ) TO THE END Blur

41 ( 32 ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown
42 ( 26 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
43 ( 42 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
44 ( 31 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
45 ( 38 ) HARD Tom Robinson
46 ( 74 ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
47 ( 30 ) WORD UP Gun
48 ( 29 ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That
49 ( 37 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt
50 ( NEW ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

51 ( 45 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
52 ( 63 ) TWYFORD DOWN Galliano
53 ( 53 ) EVERYBODY GONFI-GON Two Cowboys
54 ( 47 ) SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Abigail
55 ( 54 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
56 ( 43 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
57 ( 46 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
58 ( 51 ) DEUCE Lenny Kravitz
59 ( 55 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 52 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
62 ( 44 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE (CJ’s 7″ Remix) Janet Jackson
63 ( NEW ) FOREVER LOVE Bobby Womack
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 61 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
66 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
67 ( 58 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
68 ( 66 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
69 ( RE ) YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME Toni Braxton
70 ( 62 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet

71 ( 68 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
72 ( 71 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
73 ( 65 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
74 ( RE ) I SWEAR All 4 One
75 ( NEW ) I’M NO ANGEL Marcella Detroit

My 1979 Charts – July

Bishop Grot College Library. Before the internet we used to live in these buildings stuffed with books, thick papery things with lots of words and photos and diagrams….

 

4th July 1979

Wimbledon coverage pops into my TV chart, which reminds me I used to play tennis a lot at College, School, life, always my preferred game (along with badminton, squash, snooker, pool, darts), though College lunchtimes usually meant a game of pool. College was winding down though, exams over-ish, assignments done-ish, leaving me time for far more important stuff: Top Of The Pops at 2 in TV chart showing the music scene was alive; preparing to work in a hosiery warehouse near Mansfield for the summer for cash to pay for the US trip planned. The previous summer had been the nightmare that was Landers Bakery, now thankfully long-gone. 12 hour shifts 6pm to 6am stuffing rolls in to bags or a production line rush of bread popping out of scorching ovens in skin-scarring tins is still the worst job I’ve ever done. This one was mildly pleasant, moving boxes about, daytime Radio 1 on the factory speakers indelibly printing the songs of July and August 1979 on my mind to the point that I actually got sick of hearing many of the hits around. An old bloke Jim (ie prob my age now) used to give me a lift to work, early morn, and back again. Sorted!

Chart-wise, straight in at 1, it’s Abba with a double-A side (official this time) the awesome Voulez-Vous and the poppy Angel Eyes, both from the fab Voulez-Vous album, stuffed with great potential singles, albeit a bit schizophrenic part-disco/dance part pop/ballad. The passionate, dramatic classic disco Voulez-Vous would have had a longer run, had album tracks been eligible, though Angel Eyes is flattered and probably wouldn’t have topped my chart alone, being as it’s a bit too jollypop. That means just the one week for Tubeway Army on top, and The Beach Boys take Lady Lynda into the top 3 for their highest charting new track since 1969. The Dooleys take their Abba-clone into the Top 20, rocketing up more than any previous singles had done.

New entries: all summer factory song reminders. The reggae-tastic vocal-range-testing Janet Kay’s Silly Games in at 25; Patrick Hernandez’ sublimely eurocheesey Born To Be Alive at 26; Bonnie Tyler’s movie theme disco Married Men at 29; disco-synth After The Fire in at 32 with One Rule For You (red vinyl, my copy!); space-age disco synths plus farty noises for the fab Space Bass (Slick) at 44; The Ruts dramatic new wave/punk Babylon’s Burning at 53; The USA’s answer to New Wave, the first huge record to top the chart there to fit into the category, the rhythm-tastic My Sharona (The Knack) at 70, another American holiday hit it was impossible to avoid on US radio. Which leaves climbers from Thin Lizzy to 30, and Eddy Grant to 22.

1 ( NEW ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
2 ( 1 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
3 ( 22 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
4 ( 3 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
5 ( 5 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
6 ( 2 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
7 ( 4 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
8 ( 8 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
9 ( 14 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
10 ( 6 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions

11 ( 15 ) GO WEST The Village People
12 ( 7 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
13 ( 13 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
14 ( 9 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
15 ( 10 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
16 ( 20 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
17 ( 54 ) WANTED The Dooleys
18 ( 11 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
19 ( 12 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
20 ( 16 ) ROXANNE The Police

21 ( 25 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings
22 ( 37 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
23 ( 18 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
24 ( 17 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
25 ( NEW ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
26 ( NEW ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
27 ( 21 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
28 ( 19 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
29 ( NEW ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
30 ( 68 ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy

31 ( 26 ) POP MUZIK M
32 ( NEW ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
33 ( 33 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
34 ( 23 ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer
35 ( 35 ) HALFWAY HOTEL Voyager
36 ( 24 ) THEME FROM THE DEER HUNTER (CAVATINA) The Shadows
37 ( 29 ) (H.A.P.P.Y.) RADIO Edwin Starr
38 ( 39 ) DEEPER THAN THE NIGHT Olivia Newton-John
39 ( 28 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
40 ( 36 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

41 ( 30 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
42 ( 34 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
43 ( 27 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
44 ( NEW ) SPACE BASS Slick
45 ( 38 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
46 ( 44 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
47 ( 43 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
48 ( 58 ) HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE Kevin Keegan
49 ( 31 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
50 ( NEW ) STRANGLEHOLD UK Subs

51 ( 42 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
52 ( 50 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
53 ( NEW ) BABYLON’S BURNING The Ruts
54 ( 41 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
55 ( 32 ) ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN Elvis Costello
56 ( 46 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
57 ( 56 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 57 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( NEW ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols
60 ( 49 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees

61 ( 48 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
62 ( 67 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel
63 ( 52 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
64 ( 40 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
65 ( 47 ) CAVATINA John Williams
66 ( 60 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
67 ( 61 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
68 ( 62 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
69 ( 63 ) DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears
70 ( NEW ) MY SHARONA The Knack

71 ( 51 ) I WANT YOU TO WANT ME Cheap Trick
72 ( NEW ) MAYBE Thom Pace
73 ( 55 ) GEORGIE PORGIE Toto
74 ( 53 ) (EVERYBODY) GET DANCING The Bombers
75 ( 75 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones

TV
1 Soap
2 Top Of The Pops
3 Centennial
4 Ask Aspel
5 Sword Of Justice
6 Rhoda
7 Juke Box Jury
8 Wimbledon Coverage
9 The World About Us
10 The Liver Birds

11th July 1979

2 weeks for Abba on top, Beach Boys at 2, and The old Doors song disco-fied at 3 for Amii Stewart. The Dooleys prove they are Wanted at 5 and Patrick Hernandez really is Borrrrrrn T Be Aliiive as he leaps 7. Reggae into the 20 for Janet kay and Eddy grant, both fab records, while Christian poprock band After The Fire synth it up to 14, and Supertramp have some Breakfast In America at 20 – something I was working on doing too.

Highest new entry, a returning hero, as Dave Edmunds covers Elvis Costello, with Nick Lowe’s assist, and does it even better, Girl’s Talk in at 25 and just marvellous. 10 years on since Sabre Dance, 6 years since last topping my chart, too. Slick and the Sex Pistols (the latter doing another joke cover of Eddie Cochran) join The Ruts and UK Subs in breaking into the 40. 2 of them didn’t deserve to, though. Clue: I like Slick, and Ruts is a late punk classic.

In at 34, a hugely-influential Chic record, Good Times, which was to pop up later in the year with the dance bassline underpinning something called “rap”. Bet that was just a gimmick, eh, everyone was saying so at the time….? In at 36, not looking pop stars, but with a melody and harmony to kill for, The Korgis brilliant If I Had You. Donna Summer’s quick follow-up to Hot Stuff is more in a soul vibe, and Bad Girls duly enters at 39 as it shoots up the American charts to make it a double US whammy. At 45, The Police really Can’t Stand Losing You, and like Roxanne a 1978 flop getting a new wind as Sting becomes number one pop male pin-up, but with an uptempo new wave-reggae vibe that appealed to lads as much as girls, if not more so. Finally, Manfred Mann keeps his run of chart hits going, nearly 11 years strong (officially) and 15 years of popchartfreak appreciation:)

TV times, Soap was still ground-breaking manic comedy and pushing even beloved Star Trek down to 2. The men’s final at Wimbledon was a goodie as Bjorn Borg won a record 4th consecutive title, against Roscoe Tanner. Joanna Lumley is absolutely fabulous as Sapphire to David McCallum’s Steel, old faves both as Purdey (New Avengers) and Ilya Kuryakin (Man From UNCLE). Both are still working on TV of course, Ab Fab/documentaries, and NCIS, soo hooray for them! It was a mysterious rare ITV sci fi show that I liked a lot when the script was right. Jukebox Jury continued to give welcome exposure to new records in a fun setting, and Australia’s Chopper Squad showed what they had at 15. As I vaguely recall, noticeably.

1 ( 1 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
2 ( 3 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
3 ( 9 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
4 ( 2 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
5 ( 17 ) WANTED The Dooleys
6 ( 4 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
7 ( 26 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
8 ( 6 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
9 ( 5 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
10 ( 7 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba

11 ( 8 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
12 ( 11 ) GO WEST The Village People
13 ( 25 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
14 ( 32 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
15 ( 22 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
16 ( 13 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
17 ( 10 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
18 ( 12 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
19 ( 15 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
20 ( 33 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp

21 ( 14 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
22 ( 29 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
23 ( 16 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
24 ( 30 ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy
25 ( NEW ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
26 ( 44 ) SPACE BASS Slick
27 ( 20 ) ROXANNE The Police
28 ( 19 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
29 ( 18 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
30 ( 21 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings

31 ( 59 ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols
32 ( 53 ) BABYLON’S BURNING The Ruts
33 ( 50 ) STRANGLEHOLD UK Subs
34 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES Chic
35 ( 35 ) HALFWAY HOTEL Voyager
36 ( NEW ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
37 ( 24 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
38 ( 27 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
39 ( NEW ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
40 ( 31 ) POP MUZIK M

41 ( 28 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
42 ( 23 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
43 ( 70 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
44 ( 40 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
45 ( NEW ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
46 ( 34 ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer
47 ( 42 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
48 ( 48 ) HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE Kevin Keegan
49 ( 46 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
50 ( 47 ) CHIQUITITA Abba

51 ( 38 ) DEEPER THAN THE NIGHT Olivia Newton-John
52 ( 37 ) (H.A.P.P.Y.) RADIO Edwin Starr
53 ( 45 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
54 ( 62 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel
55 ( 41 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
56 ( 52 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
57 ( 51 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
58 ( 75 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones
59 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

61 ( 36 ) THEME FROM THE DEER HUNTER (CAVATINA) The Shadows
62 ( 72 ) MAYBE Thom Pace
63 ( 43 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
64 ( 73 ) GEORGIE PORGIE Toto
65 ( 54 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
66 ( 69 ) DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears
67 ( 56 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
68 ( 49 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
69 ( 60 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
70 ( 61 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies

71 ( 63 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
72 ( 39 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
73 ( NEW ) DON’T KILL IT CAROL Manfred Mann’s Earthband
74 ( 67 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
75 ( 68 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers

TV
1 Soap (Sun)
2 Star Trek: The Squire Of Gothos
3 Soap (Fri)
4 Centennial
5 The Odd Couple
6 Sapphire And Steel (Thurs)
7 Lost Horizon (film)
8 Barney Miller
9 Sword Of Justice
10 Sapphire And Steel (Tues)
11 Rhoda
12 Jukebox Jury
13 Top Of The Pops
14 Match Of The Day: Wimbledon Men’s Finals
15 Chopper Squad

18th July 1979

3 weeks at 1 for Abba, joined in the top 10 by After The Fire and Slick, both adding some synth delight into the upper reaches, and also the fab Silly Games. The Police almost make it in their second week, too, at 11, and even overhaul Dave Edmunds and his biggest hit since 1973 at 12. Bonnie Tyler’s moody disco track is at 14, while Thin Lizzy’s run of Top 20 hits is 6 years as the rock’n’rollin Do Anything You Wanna Do hits 20, just behind the leaping Good Times of Chic.

The Knack take My Sharona into the 40, and Sniff ‘n’ The Tears manage what they did in the USA, but not the UK, and place the brilliant Driver’s Seat behind the Top 40 wheel. British they were, too. Highest two new entries, though, are 2 major pop classics, the epic Boomtown Rats “I Don’t Like Mondays” written as a response to a slacker teenage girl murderer’s quote. It’s brilliant, ambitious, sprawling and has just the right amount of bitterness – not that big in the States for some reason, can’t think why…oh, yes, they worship the gun, that’ll be why (plus to be fair it would have hampered a fair trial).

Cliff’s back. Only 3 years since his last critically-well-received batch of songs, and whaddya know, he tops it and kickstarts his pop career for another 5 years run of great singles (courtesy of writer-producer Alan Tarney). We Don’t Talk Anymore pops in at 41, but it’s a pretty good candidate for his best record in a fairly substantial back catalogue. I will have no truck with popular Cliff-bashing opinions, then or now, you don’t last 55 years based on fan-base appeal, you get it by releasing great records, and this one, complete with mature-looking, leather-trouser-clad Cliff, was a biggie, even in the US of A, who only occasionally let him have a big hit.

Others: Judie Tzuke’s gorgeous, haunting Stay With Me Till Dawn breaks in at 56; Siouxsie’s Playground Twist is at 60, but not one of my faves of hers, Let’s Playground Twist Again (like we did last summer) would have been more fun; PIL dirge their way in at 62, The Real Thing Boogie Down at 64 and the Doobie’s grab a minute at 75.

TV chart, Centennial peaks again, such a great series, Trek repeats the classic sci-fi Frederic Brown short story adaptation Arena episode (which I still think would make a great movie with modern CGI and an as-originally-written naked and vulnerable hero battling to save the human race one-on-one against an equally naked and not-so-vulnerable alien fighting for his species). Suggestions for current hot actors to star welcome! The 20th anniversary of the Moon Landing pops in at 4. Mankind’s greatest achievement. A quick comment for all those Moon-landing hoax believers – now that they have a satellite orbiting the moon and photos of every single footprint and piece of equipment left on the Moon, don’t you feel a bit foolish? No? You should, for falling for every money-making conspiracy nut-job preying on gullibility. Scientists aren’t in the business of making things up, cos there’s nothing they hate more than being shown up to be wrong by other scientists. People who write books, on the other hand, spew crap masquerading as fact. Ker-ching!

1 ( 1 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
2 ( 2 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
3 ( 5 ) WANTED The Dooleys
4 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
5 ( 7 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
6 ( 14 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
7 ( 4 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
8 ( 26 ) SPACE BASS Slick
9 ( 13 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
10 ( 6 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty

11 ( 45 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
12 ( 25 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
13 ( 9 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
14 ( 22 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
15 ( 8 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
16 ( 20 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
17 ( 10 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
18 ( 34 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
19 ( 11 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
20 ( 24 ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy

21 ( 15 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
22 ( 31 ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols
23 ( 36 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
24 ( 39 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
25 ( 19 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
26 ( 43 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
27 ( 12 ) GO WEST The Village People
28 ( NEW ) I DON’T LIKE MOIDAYS The Boomtown Rats
29 ( 18 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
30 ( 27 ) ROXANNE The Police

31 ( 16 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
32 ( 17 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
33 ( 23 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
34 ( 21 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
35 ( 33 ) STRANGLEHOLD UK Subs
36 ( 32 ) BABYLON’S BURNING The Ruts
37 ( 30 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings
38 ( 29 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
39 ( 28 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
40 ( 66 ) DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears

41 ( NEW ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
42 ( 41 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
43 ( 58 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones
44 ( 63 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
45 ( 42 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
46 ( 40 ) POP MUZIK M
47 ( 44 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
48 ( 38 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
49 ( 37 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
50 ( 35 ) HALFWAY HOTEL Voyager

51 ( 62 ) MAYBE Thom Pace
52 ( 49 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
53 ( 47 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
54 ( 50 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
55 ( 73 ) DON’T KILL IT CAROL Manfred Mann’s Earthband
56 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke
57 ( 60 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
58 ( 56 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
59 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( NEW ) PLAYGROUND TWIST Siouxsie And The Banshees

61 ( 53 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
62 ( NEW ) DEATH DISCO Public Image Limited
63 ( 52 ) (H.A.P.P.Y.) RADIO Edwin Starr
64 ( NEW ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing
65 ( 57 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
66 ( 55 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
67 ( 48 ) HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE Kevin Keegan
68 ( 70 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
69 ( 72 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
70 ( 46 ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer

71 ( 67 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
72 ( 65 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
73 ( 71 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
74 ( 64 ) GEORGIE PORGIE Toto
75 ( NEW ) MINUTE BY MINUTE The Doobie Brothers

TV
1 Centennial
1 Star Trek: Arena
3 Soap
4 Project Apollo
5 Sword Of Justice
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Barney Miller
8 Rhoda
9 Hawaii 5-0
10 Sapphire And Steel (Tues)

25th July 1979

A 4th week for Voulez-Vous (and Angel Eyes) on top, Abba ruling still, as they keep the fab Beach Boys at 2 for 3 weeks. The charts enter into the glorious summer of 79, for me, possibly because I heard so much radio while at work, but also cos there were just so many great new records coming out each week!

Patrick Hernandez eurodances into the Top 3, while Girls keep Talking for Dave Edmunds at 4, his fourth Top 4. 4 is the magic number this week! The Police, The Boomtown Rats get another Top 10, while The Korgis sneak in too. So many great records in fact, that many are pushed down or held down in lower chart positions than they deserved. Donna Summer gets the latest in a long run of non-consecutive Top 20 hits, and Cliff is up to 22.

It’s the new entries, though, that herald fabness, with highest new entry from the Pretenders at 27, the marvellous Kid. In at 40, Sparks try to Beat The Clock with lovely Moroder-ness, a timely entry. Sorry! E.L.O. sign in at 51 with a diary of a wimp – I’ll be perfectly honest, I felt they were talking about me in the lyrics, Horace Wimp was me in my own self-image. Regardless, it’s one of their best records, a touching feel-good inspiring pop song. The under-rated Gold, John Stewart’s very minor hit, is at 58, and the Gibson Brothers infectious salsa-pop at 66 is just as welcome, ahead of Telex and their bizarre Kraftwerk-esque version of Rock Around The Clock. Timely! Oh, already done that one…..! If at first you don’t get a laugh, keep on repeating it till you do, is my motto!

1 ( 1 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
2 ( 2 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
3 ( 5 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
4 ( 12 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
5 ( 8 ) SPACE BASS Slick
6 ( 4 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
7 ( 11 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
8 ( 3 ) WANTED The Dooleys
9 ( 28 ) I DON’T LIKE MOIDAYS The Boomtown Rats
10 ( 23 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis

11 ( 7 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
12 ( 9 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
13 ( 18 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
14 ( 10 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
15 ( 16 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
16 ( 24 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
17 ( 26 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
18 ( 14 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
19 ( 13 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
20 ( 22 ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols

21 ( 6 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
22 ( 41 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
23 ( 17 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
24 ( 15 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
25 ( 19 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
26 ( 21 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
27 ( NEW ) KID The Pretenders
28 ( 25 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
29 ( 35 ) STRANGLEHOLD UK Subs
30 ( 62 ) DEATH DISCO Public Image Limited

31 ( 20 ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy
32 ( 36 ) BABYLON’S BURNING The Ruts
33 ( 43 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones
34 ( 29 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
35 ( 30 ) ROXANNE The Police
36 ( 56 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke
37 ( 33 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
38 ( 60 ) PLAYGROUND TWIST Siouxsie And The Banshees
39 ( 64 ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing
40 ( NEW ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks

41 ( 27 ) GO WEST The Village People
42 ( 37 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings
43 ( 42 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
44 ( 51 ) MAYBE Thom Pace
45 ( 32 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
46 ( 31 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
47 ( 39 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
48 ( 34 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
49 ( 38 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
50 ( 47 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

51 ( NEW ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
52 ( 52 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
53 ( 54 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
54 ( 46 ) POP MUZIK M
55 ( 44 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
56 ( 45 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
57 ( 53 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
58 ( NEW ) GOLD John Stewart
59 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 57 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

61 ( 58 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
62 ( 49 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
63 ( RE ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel
64 ( 48 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
65 ( 55 ) DON’T KILL IT CAROL Manfred Mann’s Earthband
66 ( NEW ) OOH WHAT A NIGHT The Gibson brothers
67 ( 61 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
68 ( 65 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
69 ( NEW ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Telex
70 ( 40 ) DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears

71 ( 68 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
72 ( 69 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
73 ( 75 ) MINUTE BY MINUTE The Doobie Brothers
74 ( 66 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
75 ( 50 ) HALFWAY HOTEL Voyager

TV
1 Centennial
1 Star Trek: Return Of The Archons
1 Soap
4 Rhoda
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Hawaii 5-0
7 Sapphire & Steel (thu)
8 The Liver Birds
9 Sapphire & Steel (Tues)
10 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum