My May 1988 Charts

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1st May 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for S-Express as Ofra Haza nearly topples them with I’m Nin Alu at 2, Hazell Dean gets a second top 10, and Danny Wilson finally go top 10 after first charting in 1987 with Mary’s Prayer. Blue Monday is remixed back into the 20 for about the 3rd time for New Order, Belinda Carlisle rockets in for her 3rd top as Circle In The Sand rises 71 to 16, Faurground Attraction climb into the 40 with Perfect, and Aztec Camera add to their snaps of singles doing the same, with a mighty bound on Somewhere In My Heart.

Narada Michael Walden gets his 3rd top 40, and highest new entry is from Joyce Sims, in with Walk Away at 48, followed by The Housemartins not doing a cover of Bacharach/David’s Always Something There To Remind Me at 56 (just nicking the title). Gloria Estefan is back with Can’t Stay Away From You, by now more or less a solo act doing her husbands’ material as he phases out Miami Sound Machine to greater success. Second-time lucky for the song it will be, though. Heart are back with another old track, What About Love, Was Not Was are back with a remix of the fab non-hit Out Come The Freaks, Icehouse add Electric Blue to their list of chart entries here, even if not in the UK charts, The Primitives follow-up, and Scritti Politti makes it 4 years of chart gems with Oh Patti popping in at 75.

This was the week I bought my first CD player, as far as I can recall, cos the Playlist includes 2 Blow Monkeys remix tracks from the first maxi-single CD I ever bought – and the only way I could have heard them was on a brand-new Philips DC player. CD was a revolution in sound, in some ways, as hits albums squeezing too many tracks onto vinyl were a bit tinny in sound, and vinyl singles quality wasn’t what it used to be either as they got produced more cheaply. I didn’t miss the crackles and pops of vinyl, but the widescreen sound of quality vinyl was definitely superior to a cheap CD player and early CD’s of older recordings in the days before remastering – some times they were cheap crappy covers by the listed act, sometimes they’d been bunged onto CD direct from a CD or substandard master, and as I was to find out to my horror years later, the lie that CD’s would “last forever” was nonsense – many of them reacted to inks in the sleeve and turned discoloured and the sound disintegrated or jumped. The plastic wallets were just awful, I still hate the tacky packaging, and the only affection I hold for actual CD’s I bought are those I bought abroad, or those that have great packaging. The rest can happily be replaced and upgraded, unlike Vinyl where I love my own copies, clicks and all, cos they are special time-related sentimental objects.

1 ( 1 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
2 ( 7 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
3 ( 3 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
4 ( 6 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
5 ( 4 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 2 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
7 ( 8 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
8 ( 15 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
9 ( 5 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 12 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson

11 ( 13 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
12 ( 9 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
13 ( 37 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
14 ( 14 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
15 ( 10 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
16 ( 71 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
17 ( 31 ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure
18 ( 27 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
19 ( 16 ) GET LUCKY Jermaine Stewart
20 ( 23 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick

21 ( 17 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
22 ( 32 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians
23 ( 46 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
24 ( 11 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
25 ( 30 ) FROM THE HIP Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
26 ( 70 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
27 ( 69 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
28 ( 21 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
29 ( 24 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
30 ( 36 ) ARMAGEDDIN’ IT Def Leppard

31 ( 18 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
32 ( 19 ) 10,000 ANGELS Godley And Creme
33 ( 38 ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
34 ( 64 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
35 ( 54 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
36 ( 52 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
37 ( 22 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
38 ( 44 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
39 ( 35 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
40 ( 28 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart

41 ( 53 ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
42 ( 41 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
43 ( 33 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
44 ( 20 ) PROVE YOUR LOVE Taylor Dayne
45 ( 45 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
46 ( 42 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
47 ( 39 ) EVERY ANGEL All About Eve
48 ( NEW ) WALK AWAY Joyce Sims
49 ( 49 ) THE COLOURS Men They Couldn’t Hang
50 ( 25 ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 50 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
53 ( 60 ) WHEN WILL YOU MAKE MY TELEPHONE RING Deacon Blue
54 ( 56 ) SOMETHIN’ ELSE Eddie Cochran
55 ( 74 ) PAYBACK MIX James Brown
56 ( NEW ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME The Housemartins
57 ( 26 ) COULD’VE BEEN Tiffany
58 ( 29 ) I NEED A MAN Eurythmics
59 ( 57 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
60 ( 63 ) CHANGES Alan Price

61 ( 48 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
62 ( 58 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
63 ( 47 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
64 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
65 ( 65 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
66 ( 66 ) BAD Michael Jackson
67 ( NEW ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
68 ( 43 ) ANGEL Aerosmith
69 ( 62 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
70 ( NEW ) OUT COME THE FREAKS (REMIX) Was (Not Was)

71 ( 40 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
72 ( NEW ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
73 ( 34 ) JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/ Adele Bertei
74 ( NEW ) OUT OF REACH The Primitives
75 ( NEW ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti

1st May
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DIGGING YOUR SCENE (CD REMIX) Blow Monkeys
2 I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
3 IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY (CD REMIX) Blow Monkeys

 

8th May 1988

It’s George Michael finally getting a chart-topper from Faith with One More Try ( laugh.gif ), his 3rd solo chart-topper, 4th including Aretha Franklin duets, and 6th including Wham!, 7th including Band Aid. Take your pick. Poor ol’ Ofra gets leap-frogged at 2, but Prince is driving Alphabet Street right into the top 10, and Narada is having some divine emotions doing the same. Rocketing up even higher it’s Gloria Estefan – not her first top 20, but I Can’t Stay Away From You has a sweet 48-place climb.

The Clash are back with another oldie, London Calling at 29 equalling it’s peak in 1979, Heart get a 5th top 40 with a big climb, and the big Eurovision song from 1988 enters at 35 for Hothouse Flowers – not that Don’t Go had been entered, they were the interval act. Cry Before Dawn also enter the top 40 with a song I’ve completely forgotten – truly, gone if not forever-then-for-32-years. Scritti Politti get a pleasing bound to 39 from 75 with Patti, Hall & Oates return for 12 years of chart activity, and just for charity-mates, Wet Wet Wet mangle a Sgt Pepper Beatles song that had already charted for Joe Cocker 20 years earlier, and Billy Bragg murders the gorgeous She’s Leaving Home, which should have been released as a single in 1976 for The Beatles around the time that Bryan Ferry did a great cover on one of his B sides in 1977. Still, both songs died for a good cause.

If you’d asked me if Magnum had ever made my charts I would have said “not likely!”, but there you are, Start talking Love enters at 68, even ahead of Kim Wilde’s latest album cut from Close to make single. In what must have been a desperately bad week for new music Harry Enfield annoys at 73, Dirty Dancing tedium enters at 72 for Patrick Swayze, Luther Vandross meanders in at 74, and Eddy Grant remains forgettable at 75 – his glory days started in 1968 with The Equals, and solo in 1979 through to Jo’Anna, but I don’t recall this one, so I guess it does what it says on the tin. So, of the new entries, one is old, 2 I dont recall, 4 are various scales of OK, and 4 I wouldnt mind never hearing again. Quality down-turn!

1 ( 3 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
2 ( 2 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
3 ( 1 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
4 ( 4 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
5 ( 8 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
6 ( 6 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
7 ( 5 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 35 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
9 ( 7 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
10 ( 27 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada

11 ( 9 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
12 ( 10 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
13 ( 13 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
14 ( 23 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
15 ( 16 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
16 ( 64 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
17 ( 18 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
18 ( 20 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick
19 ( 26 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
20 ( 22 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians

21 ( 11 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
22 ( 12 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
23 ( 36 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
24 ( 17 ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure
25 ( 34 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
26 ( 14 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
27 ( 33 ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
28 ( 15 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
29 ( NEW ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
30 ( 19 ) GET LUCKY Jermaine Stewart

31 ( 25 ) FROM THE HIP Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
32 ( 67 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
33 ( 24 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
34 ( 28 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
35 ( NEW ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
36 ( 48 ) WALK AWAY Joyce Sims
37 ( NEW ) GONE FOREVER Cry Before Dawn
38 ( 39 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
39 ( 75 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
40 ( 29 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher

41 ( 41 ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
42 ( 56 ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME The Housemartins
43 ( 42 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
44 ( 38 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
45 ( 21 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
46 ( 45 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
47 ( 70 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS (REMIX) Was (Not Was)
48 ( 43 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
49 ( 40 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
50 ( 46 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 37 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
53 ( 52 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
54 ( 31 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
55 ( 55 ) PAYBACK MIX James Brown
56 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
57 ( 74 ) OUT OF REACH The Primitives
58 ( 32 ) 10,000 ANGELS Godley And Creme
59 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHE’S LEAVING HOME Wet Wet Wet/ Billy Bragg
60 ( 59 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson

61 ( 50 ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha
62 ( 53 ) WHEN WILL YOU MAKE MY TELEPHONE RING Deacon Blue
63 ( 54 ) SOMETHIN’ ELSE Eddie Cochran
64 ( 62 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 30 ) ARMAGEDDIN’ IT Def Leppard
66 ( 65 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( 66 ) BAD Michael Jackson
68 ( NEW ) START TALKING LOVE Magnum
69 ( 61 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
70 ( NEW ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde

71 ( 69 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) SHE’S LIKE THE WIND Patrick Swayze/ Wendy Fisher
73 ( NEW ) LOADSAMONEY Harry Enfield
74 ( NEW ) I GAVE IT UP (WHEN I FELL IN LOVE) Luther Vandross
75 ( NEW ) HARMLESS PIECE OF FUN Eddy Grant

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 WHO’S LOVING YOU The Jackson 5
2 EAGLE Abba
3 WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE Abba

 

15th May 1988

It’s a first week on top for Alphabet Street, as Prince gets his first chart-topper after numerous big hits and some runners-up, belatedly deserved despite the annoying Lovesexy album CD version being one long track with no individual track skipping ability. Talk about annoying! Blue Monday goes top 10 again, albeit remixed, and Fairground Attraction grab a Perfect top 10 debut, and Belinda Carlisle makes it a hat-trick of the same, and Gloria Estefan adds to hers too.

Heart shoot into the 20 with What About Love, Prefab Sprout get another top 20 4 years on from When Love Breaks Down, and The Clash second-time round also peak higher than 1979’s peak of 29, at 19. Highest new entry is Debbie Gibson at 26 with Out Of The Blue, while in at 29 it’s another track I don’t recall, hot on the heels of Cry Before Dawn last week, it’s Won Ton Ton and I Lie And I Cheat. Playing it now and I’d swear I’ve never heard it in my life, oops! It’s not aged that well…..

Aerosmith pop back in at 33 with Angel, a much more realistic chart position for a track I do remember, and ditto Icehouse at 35 with Electric Blue – a big week for that colour – while Aswad follow-up with Give A Little Love at 39. Kylie is back with another production-line track off her album, Got To Be Certain, and Derek B is a Bad Young Brother at 58. Quo turn up with a track I dont recall either, Who Gets The Love marking a move towards a more AOR sound, Climie Fisher get a 3rd entry, Richard Marx gets another ballad sneaking in – his current single is pretty good as I’ve started following him on Twitter as he’s not one to mince his words biggrin.gif Voice Of The Beehive are back with Don’t Call Me Baby, and sneaking in as a bonus 76 it’s my airplay album track Dirty Diana, soon to be the next single off Bad from Michael Jackson. safe to say it would have charted much higher had I permitted album tracks in my chart.

1 ( 8 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
2 ( 1 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
3 ( 2 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
4 ( 4 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
5 ( 10 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
6 ( 13 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
7 ( 3 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
8 ( 14 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
9 ( 15 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
10 ( 16 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine

11 ( 5 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
12 ( 7 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 32 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
14 ( 6 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
15 ( 9 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
16 ( 25 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
17 ( 19 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
18 ( 23 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
19 ( 29 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
20 ( 11 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac

21 ( 12 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
22 ( 18 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick
23 ( 21 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
24 ( 20 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians
25 ( 35 ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
26 ( NEW ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
27 ( 26 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
28 ( 17 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
29 ( NEW ) I LIE AND I CHEAT Won Ton Ton
30 ( 39 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti

31 ( 28 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
32 ( 27 ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
33 ( RE ) ANGEL Aerosmith
34 ( 41 ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
35 ( RE ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
36 ( 22 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
37 ( 37 ) GONE FOREVER Cry Before Dawn
38 ( 38 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
39 ( NEW ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
40 ( 47 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS (REMIX) Was (Not Was)

41 ( 24 ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure
42 ( 34 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
43 ( 56 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
44 ( 43 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
45 ( 45 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
46 ( 46 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
47 ( NEW ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
48 ( 44 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
49 ( 57 ) OUT OF REACH The Primitives
50 ( 50 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 40 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
53 ( 53 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
54 ( 48 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
55 ( 59 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHE’S LEAVING HOME Wet Wet Wet/ Billy Bragg
56 ( 49 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
57 ( 30 ) GET LUCKY Jermaine Stewart
58 ( NEW ) BAD YOUNG BROTHER Derek B
59 ( 31 ) FROM THE HIP Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
60 ( 70 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde

61 ( 36 ) WALK AWAY Joyce Sims
62 ( 60 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
63 ( 33 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
64 ( 68 ) START TALKING LOVE Magnum
65 ( 73 ) LOADSAMONEY Harry Enfield
66 ( 66 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 67 ) BAD Michael Jackson
69 ( NEW ) WHO GETS THE LOVE Status Quo
70 ( 52 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder

71 ( 71 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher
73 ( 54 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
74 ( NEW ) ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS Richard Marx
75 ( NEW ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
76 ( NEW ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

Playlist oldies of the week
1 DEVIL’S BALL Double
2 WHY DID YOU DO IT Stretch
3 DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

 

 

22nd May 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Prince as Belinda Carlisle starts to threaten with her first top 3, Circling In The Sand you might say, as Heart grab a 3rd top 10 and Aztec Camera a 2nd. Kylie shoots up to 12, her 3rd top 20, and Cher makes it two in a row too – or her 5th in total over 17 years – Rod Stewart has had many more than that over the same period, and his latest try enters at 60. Highest new entry is LA Mix at 18 with Check This Out, another cut ‘n’ paste dance track, as I vaguely recall.

Kim Wilde bolts up to 22 with Hey Mr Heartache, 7 years-worth of top 40’s and the biggest still to come, Hall & Oates are back in the 40 12 years since She’s Gone, and 6 years since they topped my charts, while new into the 40 goes Maxi Priest’s lover’s rock version of Jimmy Cliff’s reggae version of Cat Stevens Wild World, Mica Paris debuts with My One Temptation, smooth, and Merry Clayton says Yes at 38. I liked that track much more than record buyers did.

Sam Brown debuts at 53 with the fabulous Stop, a full year of it becoming a hit, outrageously not hitting first-time round, all diva soul from Joe Brown’s little girl. I’ve seen Joe Brown in concert a few times, sometimes Sam supports him, which is lovely to see and hear, as her career never really took off properly after Stop, unlike Joe who was around through the 60’s, and beyond in light entertainment, until he re-invented himself a musicians musician and a live draw.

Quietly in at 65, a terrific French dance track, Voyage Voyage from Desireless, while Stevie returns with Michael on tow, Get Up being a tit for tat for appearing on the weakest track on Bad with Michael. I mean, I’m always going to have time for Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, bot childhood and teen faves when one was not much older than, and the other younger than, moi. It’s not the best track either appeared on though.

Alexander O’Neal is back with another Jam & Lewis dance gem, The Lovers, Basia has left her Matt Bianco days behind her and gone solo – though she was more notable for noticeably being amongst the first EU-era movement of Polish folk to the UK than her solo career – and finally Samantha Fox pops in yet again, somehow managing to get a mention with another bit of tat.

1 ( 1 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
2 ( 2 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
3 ( 9 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
4 ( 5 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
5 ( 13 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
6 ( 6 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
7 ( 3 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
8 ( 4 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
9 ( 17 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
10 ( 10 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine

11 ( 7 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
12 ( 47 ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
13 ( 16 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
14 ( 45 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
15 ( 12 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
16 ( 26 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
17 ( 14 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
18 ( NEW ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
19 ( 11 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
20 ( 30 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti

21 ( 8 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
22 ( 60 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde
23 ( 25 ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
24 ( 18 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
25 ( 20 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
26 ( 15 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
27 ( 39 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
28 ( 35 ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
29 ( 29 ) I LIE AND I CHEAT Won Ton Ton
30 ( 24 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians

31 ( 21 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
32 ( 23 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
33 ( 43 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
34 ( 34 ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
35 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
36 ( 19 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
37 ( NEW ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
38 ( NEW ) YES Merry Clayton
39 ( 38 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
40 ( 55 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHE’S LEAVING HOME Wet Wet Wet/ Billy Bragg

41 ( 27 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
42 ( 42 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
43 ( 22 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick
44 ( 31 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
45 ( 44 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
46 ( 32 ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
47 ( 53 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
48 ( 46 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
49 ( 75 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
50 ( 72 ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 50 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
53 ( NEW ) STOP Sam Brown
54 ( 28 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
55 ( 58 ) BAD YOUNG BROTHER Derek B
56 ( 36 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
57 ( 54 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
58 ( 69 ) WHO GETS THE LOVE Status Quo
59 ( 37 ) GONE FOREVER Cry Before Dawn
60 ( NEW ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart

61 ( 52 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
62 ( 33 ) ANGEL Aerosmith
63 ( 62 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
64 ( 56 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
65 ( NEW ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
66 ( NEW ) GET IT Stevie Wonder/ Michael Jackson
67 ( 66 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
68 ( 68 ) BAD Michael Jackson
69 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
70 ( NEW ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal

71 ( 71 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 74 ) ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS Richard Marx
73 ( NEW ) TIME AND TIDE Basia
74 ( NEW ) NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO) Samantha Fox
75 ( 63 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
76 ( 76 ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

Playlist faves of that week
1 DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson
2 THE ANGELS CRY Agnetha Flatskog
3 I FOUND SOMEONE Cher

 

 

29th May 1988

It’s back on top for a 2nd week for George Michael’s One More Try, while at the other end of the chart it’s a mention for my top album track of the week (also from Faith, the fab Hand To Mouth which should also have been a single) by virtue of topping my list of other non-single criminally-ignored tracks of the 80’s. LA Mix Check this Out at 4, Scritti Politti make it a 3rd top 10 with Oh Patti, and Cher makes it two in a row at 10, her 4th solo, 6th including duets.

Alexander O’Neal bounds into the 20 with The Lovers, and highest new entry is KLF’s Doctorin’ The Tardis – under the pseudonym The Timelords – their debut, though Jimmy Cauty had charted as part of Brilliant several times already, in at 20. Essentially a mash-up of the Doctor Who theme (one of the greatest TV themes ever), Sweet’s Blockbuster sirens and Gary Glitter’s Rock And Roll Part 2 as the hook. What’s not to like! Glam Rock and House Music! Ish.

Other newies: Eurythmics second-best best track off their latest album, You have Placed A Chill In My Heart at 26, one of Erasure’s very best singles in at 29 with Chains Of Love, and an old Brass Construction funk groove Housed-up, Movin’ in at 30. At 38, Elton returns with a great track, I Don’t Want To Go On With You Like That, not the hit it deserved to be as he was well out of fashion by 1988, Sade is in Paradise at 44, one of her/their best tracks. Yes, confusing plurals were a thing back then too, albeit limited to bands named after the lead singer, or bands with a name that became acquired by the lead singer. Yes, I’m looking at you Alice Cooper.

The Sytle Council are nearing the end of their time in the chart sun, albeit with a healthy track, Whitney’s looking for something to save the day, not that she’d have listened if she’d found it, and musically at least not for another decade. Fleetwood Mac pop back in with a lesser Tango In The Night track, Big Audio Dynamite keep plugging away, and Nick Kamen has a last fling at chart action.

1 ( 2 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
2 ( 1 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
3 ( 3 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
4 ( 18 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
5 ( 4 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
6 ( 5 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
7 ( 9 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
8 ( 6 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
9 ( 20 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
10 ( 14 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher

11 ( 16 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
12 ( 12 ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
13 ( 10 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
14 ( 7 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
15 ( 11 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
16 ( 8 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
17 ( 13 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
18 ( 70 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
19 ( 22 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde
20 ( NEW ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)

21 ( 35 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
22 ( 15 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
23 ( 23 ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
24 ( 17 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
25 ( 33 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
26 ( NEW ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
27 ( 27 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
28 ( 37 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
29 ( NEW ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
30 ( NEW ) MOVIN’ 1988 Brass Construction

31 ( 19 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
32 ( 60 ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart
33 ( 25 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
34 ( 38 ) YES Merry Clayton
35 ( 50 ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher
36 ( 49 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
37 ( 40 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHE’S LEAVING HOME Wet Wet Wet/ Billy Bragg
38 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
39 ( 26 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
40 ( 39 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies

41 ( 28 ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
42 ( 32 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
43 ( NEW ) I STILL LOVE YOU Judy Cheeks
44 ( NEW ) PARADISE Sade
45 ( 21 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
46 ( NEW ) LIFE ON A TOP PEOPLE’S HEALTH FARM The Style Council
47 ( 45 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
48 ( 47 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
49 ( 42 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
50 ( 48 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

51 ( 65 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
52 ( 31 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
53 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
54 ( 53 ) STOP Sam Brown
55 ( 52 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
56 ( 24 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
57 ( 29 ) I LIE AND I CHEAT Won Ton Ton
58 ( 74 ) NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO) Samantha Fox
59 ( 58 ) WHO GETS THE LOVE Status Quo
60 ( 36 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash

61 ( 66 ) GET IT Stevie Wonder/ Michael Jackson
62 ( 57 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
63 ( 63 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
64 ( 30 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians
65 ( 41 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
66 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY Whitney Houston
67 ( 68 ) BAD Michael Jackson
68 ( 61 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
69 ( 67 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
70 ( 73 ) TIME AND TIDE Basia

71 ( 71 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac
73 ( 64 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
74 ( NEW ) JUST PLAY MUSIC Big Audio Dynamite
75 ( NEW ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
76 ( NEW ) HAND TO MOUTH George Michael

FAVE OLDIES/ALBUM TRACKS OF THE WEEK
1 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael
2 MISS ME BLIND Culture Club
3 PANINARO Pet Shop Boys

My September 1987 Charts

Ian, me Swanage area 1986 134
1st September 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1st Sept
PLAYIST OLDIES

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

8th September 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15th September 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22nd September 1987 California/Nevada Chart

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29th September 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My August 1987 Charts

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

4th August 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4th Aug
PLAYIST OLDIES

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

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Madonna at Wembley Crowd scene

11th August 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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18th August 1987

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25th August 1987

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My July 1987 Charts

7th July 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7th July
PLAYIST OLDIES

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

14th July 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21st July 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28th July 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My August 1990 Charts

5th August 1990

Oops over a year since I last posted any charts from 1990 – as I’m off work sick, that’s an opportunity to try and catch up then! 16 new entries, 6 of them cover versions (not usually a healthy sign in any given music scene) and one oldie, and it’s Roxette all the way with 3 songs dominating the top 3, as they replace themselves on top with the Pretty Woman soundtrack song. I have never seen the film so can’t say that swayed me one way or the other!

Inga’s brilliant Riding Into Blue goes top 5 a few years after her band Swimming With Sharks introduced her to my charts, and in at 9 it’s a record that made my top 20 in 1974, and topped the US charts, but criminally never charted in the UK. Thanks to an advert, that all changed 16 years late for The Steve Miller Band, who had to wait until 1976 to chart in the UK, and 1982 to get a huge hit. The Joker was and is quirky and cool.

In at 17, no more teen videos, all serious and grown-up, it’s the late great George Michael and his move into social comment with the brilliant Praying For Time. He sings it with passion (as he always did on ballads) and the words remain even more true than they did in 1990. Meanwhile Cliff delves deep into the archives for a rocknroll era song that was more familiar to me with Hermans Hermits version, a childhood fave. It’s decent, but not as good as older versions, and ditto Hothouse Flowers’ Johnny Nash cover, Big Fun’s Eddie Holman cover, Deacon Blue’s Bobbie Gentry cover and Lindy Layton’s Janet Kay cover. Timmy Mallet, meanwhile, gets a huge UK chart-topper with a charming kiddie fave from Brian Hyland, disguised (badly) as Bombalurina. It’s awful.

Happily, a great new pop single from Betty Boo, and a debut from Mariah Carey that gives no indication of future atrocities committed to tape, the sweet Vision Of Love, compensate somewhat. Mariah Carey has an amazing vocal range (as she likes showing off inappropriately at times) and can write good pop songs (see her xmas classic) or really get into a groove – but too often is distracted by bland overblown ballads.

Please excuse the Hanky Panky movement into the top 40 – in my defence I was fresh off seeing Madonna in concert the week before, and it seemed fun for about a week. I realise now I was wrong, and it isn’t. Madonna’s worst single no contest! No video links anymore, as they just get out of date (and who has time to find new ones!) and my old computer struggles with more than one Youtube link before going into never-ending staring-at-a-circle-spinning mode…

1 ( 6 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
2 ( 1 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
3 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
4 ( 11 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
5 ( 7 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
6 ( 2 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
7 ( 10 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
8 ( 8 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
9 ( NEW ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
10 ( 5 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 4 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
12 ( 12 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
13 ( 18 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
14 ( 19 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
15 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
16 ( 9 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
17 ( NEW ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
18 ( 16 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
19 ( 39 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
20 ( 20 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John

21 ( 17 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
22 ( 35 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
23 ( 13 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
24 ( NEW ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
25 ( 26 ) ROCKIN’ OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
26 ( 14 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
27 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
28 ( 25 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
29 ( 22 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
30 ( 32 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

31 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
32 ( 75 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
33 ( 28 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
34 ( 69 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
35 ( 21 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
36 ( 31 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
37 ( 49 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
38 ( 52 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
39 ( 23 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
40 ( 53 ) HANKY PANKY Madonna

41 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 38 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
43 ( 42 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
44 ( 36 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
45 ( 40 ) I DIDN’T WANT TO NEED YOU Heart
46 ( 54 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
47 ( 63 ) WASH YOUR FACE IN MY SINK Dream Warriors
48 ( 47 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( 27 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
50 ( 29 ) LOVELY THING Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra

51 ( 34 ) THE CRYING SCENE Aztec Camera
52 ( 48 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
53 ( NEW ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
54 ( 24 ) GIMME SOME LOVIN’ Thunder
55 ( NEW ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
56 ( NEW ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
57 ( 55 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
58 ( 60 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
59 ( 68 ) LET LOVE RULE Lenny Kravitz
60 ( NEW ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)

61 ( 58 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
62 ( 56 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
63 ( 46 ) EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Sinead O’Connor
64 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
65 ( 65 ) LA PASSIONARA The Blow Monkeys
66 ( 64 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
67 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
68 ( NEW ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
69 ( 30 ) MONA Craig McClaghlan
70 ( NEW ) VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran

71 ( 61 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
72 ( NEW ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
73 ( 72 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
75 ( NEW ) CHANNEL Z The B52’s

12th August 1990

Roxette return to the top, replacing themselves on top for the second time. In my main singles chart there have been a few occasions where acts replace themselves with oldies, but few with new or recent material. Prior to 1990 I don’t think there were any, not even Abba! Go West overtake one Pretty Woman soundtrack single with the best one (and also their best record) the fab King Of Wishful Thinking up to 2. Saw them not long ago (2015-ish) and still in fine fettle. Ditto Human League in 2016, up to 4 with a comeback lesser hit that hasn’t worn as well as Go West’s.

George into the 10, Jon Bon Jovi getting an increasingly rare top 20 hit (by this time), also a movie soundtrack (Western) song, with Sting’s classy remix at last getting the attention it deserves for the cool jazz ode to Quentin Crisp. Sting should revisit his 80’s heyday for some tips on how to make great records. Highest new entry is Aswad, or as I know them, Partial Double-deckers. I’m old. Google it. By this time they were hitting a great lovers-rock string of pleasant singles, and Next To You is no exception.

Big climbs into the 40 for Tina Turner, hot off her recent anthems, Betty Boo, New Kids On The Block (a reasonable pop record, honest), Mariah Carey, Lindy Layton (now ex-Beats International) and Bananarama on a fab Stones rifftastic dancegroove that was under-appreciated. Only Your Love was to become a Paris city-getaway holiday memory for me in the autumn, hooray! In at 32, Wilson Philips follow up a still-selling future-movie-song monster with a pleasant US chart-topper, Release Me. Thankfully not the Engelbert song.

That leaves new entries from Tears For Fears, with some last words that peaked at a low 83 in the UK charts. Still, higher in mine, eh? Sonia, coming off the back of a number one for me, also did good covering the brilliant End Of The World and introducing it to a younger audience – granted it’s not a patch on Skeeter Davis’ original hit version, but it’s not ruined. Primal Scream get a second hit, Come Together (not The Beatles song) anda second KLF chart-entry for me the future hit classic What Time Is Love, in at 69. I loved every single from Kylie Said To Jason, through to America: What Time Is Love, and including The Timelords’ Doctorin’ The Tardis, which no doubt boosted this version of What Time Is Love into my charts.

1 ( 2 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
2 ( 13 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
3 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
4 ( 19 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
5 ( 5 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
6 ( 1 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
7 ( 9 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
8 ( 17 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
9 ( 6 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
10 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 12 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
12 ( 20 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
13 ( 4 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
14 ( 8 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
15 ( 11 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
16 ( 7 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
17 ( 32 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
18 ( 38 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
19 ( 22 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
20 ( NEW ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

21 ( 23 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
22 ( 27 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
23 ( 24 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
24 ( 21 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
25 ( 14 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
26 ( 37 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
27 ( 16 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
28 ( 53 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
29 ( 18 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
30 ( 34 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe

31 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
32 ( NEW ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
33 ( 74 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
34 ( 28 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
35 ( 29 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
36 ( 72 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
37 ( 55 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
38 ( 33 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
39 ( 46 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
40 ( 68 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton

41 ( 26 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
42 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 36 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
44 ( 43 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 64 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
46 ( 44 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
47 ( 31 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
48 ( 42 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
49 ( 48 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 30 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

51 ( 56 ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
52 ( 60 ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)
53 ( 35 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
54 ( 52 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
55 ( 59 ) LET LOVE RULE Lenny Kravitz
56 ( 25 ) ROCKIN’ OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
57 ( 70 ) VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran
58 ( 57 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( NEW ) NOBODY Tongue n’ Cheek
60 ( 49 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law

61 ( NEW ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
62 ( NEW ) FAMOUS LAST WORDS Tears For Fears
63 ( 61 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
64 ( RE ) DOUBLEBACK ZZ Top
65 ( 75 ) CHANNEL Z The B52’s
66 ( 62 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
67 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
68 ( 66 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( NEW ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
70 ( 40 ) HANKY PANKY Madonna

71 ( NEW ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
72 ( 39 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
73 ( NEW ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
74 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) AMANDA Craig McClaghlan & Check 1-2

19th August 1990

Go West grab their only chart-topper, 5 years after debuting, with the still-brilliant King Of Wishful Thinking, a song which under-performed in the UK charts of the time but has weathered quite well in popularity terms since. Elton gathers another of his regular top 10 spots with a double A side that also was a minor hit only in sales charts, though the parent album was pretty big. 19 years of top 10’s at this stage for Reg.

Highest new entry is a 20-year-old remixed cover-version that hit for Jonathan King, albeit minor, that sounded a bit fab n groovy in the Daisy Age/post-Second-Summer-Of-Love/Madchester period. It’s still fun. Also firmly with a major “Pure 1990” sticker on it’s forehead, the 60’s-styled cool-hippie-funk, Groove Is In The Heart enters at 43 for fab Deee-Lite. It sounded fresh, fun and exciting at the time, and 27 years on hasn’t lost any of that charm.

Fleetwood Mac come back with a long, tribal instrumental-heavy track at 40, but In The Back Of My Mind was post-Buckingham, I think, and suffered from that touch of magic being missing. It was OK, but not exactly Tango In The Night quality, never mind Rumours. Covers of The Eagles from Jam On The Mutha, and The Beatles from Wet Wet Wet, a return from Prefab Sprout, looking for Atlantis (try underwater is my advice), and also World Party, and Frazier Chorus, about whom I have forgotten all. Nothing was their biggest UK hit at 51, and Wikipedia tells me they hail from Brighton and band-member Tim Freeman is the brother of actor Martin Freeman. Who knew!?

1 ( 2 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
2 ( 1 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
3 ( 4 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
4 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
5 ( 7 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
6 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
7 ( 8 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
8 ( 5 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
9 ( 15 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
10 ( 12 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John

11 ( 17 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
12 ( 6 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
13 ( 18 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
14 ( 9 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
15 ( 20 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
16 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
17 ( 32 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
18 ( 13 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
19 ( 14 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
20 ( 28 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner

21 ( 33 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
22 ( 11 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
23 ( 23 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
24 ( 16 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
25 ( 24 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
26 ( 26 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
27 ( 19 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
28 ( 25 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
29 ( 21 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
30 ( 36 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

31 ( 22 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
32 ( 29 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
33 ( 40 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
34 ( 37 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
35 ( 61 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
36 ( 27 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
37 ( 45 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
38 ( 34 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
39 ( 35 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
40 ( NEW ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 38 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
43 ( NEW ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
44 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 43 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
46 ( NEW ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
47 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
48 ( 73 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 46 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones

51 ( 31 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
52 ( 52 ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)
53 ( 30 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
54 ( 48 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
55 ( 69 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
56 ( 54 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
57 ( 62 ) FAMOUS LAST WORDS Tears For Fears
58 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( 59 ) NOBODY Tongue n’ Cheek
60 ( 51 ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina

61 ( 50 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
62 ( 47 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
63 ( 39 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
64 ( 63 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
65 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
66 ( 53 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
67 ( 66 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
68 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( 60 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
70 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS Prefab Sprout

71 ( NEW ) NOTHING Frazier Chorus
72 ( 75 ) AMANDA Craig McClaghlan & Check 1-2
73 ( NEW ) LAY DOWN NOW World Party
74 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) I FEEL FINE Wet Wet Wet

26th August 1990

It’s a sudden reversal and leap back into the top 10 and on top of the chart for Inga, thanks to 12 inches. Yes, I bought the 12″ vinyl version of the worldwide flop and got to fully appreciate the cowboy-synth Trevor-Horn-production charm of the record. The video is equally charming. Bad news for Human League who don’t get to add another number one to their list, though 2 is quite generous enough in retrospect. JK goes top 10 with his 1970 oldie nd Joe Jackson returns to the top 10 7 years on with the great Steppin’ Out.

Aswad clock up another top 10, and it won’t be the last either, Deee-Lite leap into the 40, Primal Scream ditto, and Sonia re-enters her cover of End Of The World at 35, heading a run of covers to make the 40. Black Cat, Janet J goes all rock-chick, and I wasn’t entirely convinced it was up to the standard of the early singles off Rhythm Nation. Had the album, too. There were much better tracks. Happily at 57 it’s a classic from Bass-O-Matic, a William Orbit project that heavily sampled Tommy Roe’s Dizzy rhythms. Dizzy was the first ever single I bought with my own money, so it could have gone horribly wrong in my affections, but didn’t. It’s still a fantastic single, sample-heavy, soulful, groovy.

Joining the Janet rock-vibe, Whitesnake and Aerosmith add to a long list of older chart entries, Heatwave remix a soul ballad goodie of theirs from 1978, Bob Geldof does a solo entry 5 years after his first one, and Junior extends his run of hits to 8 years with Step Off. DNA slip in while also hogging a top 10 slot with dut-dut-duh-da.

1 ( 18 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
2 ( 3 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
3 ( 2 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
4 ( 1 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
5 ( 7 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
6 ( 6 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
7 ( 16 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
8 ( NEW ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
9 ( 4 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
10 ( 15 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

11 ( 5 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
12 ( 21 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
13 ( 13 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
14 ( 20 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
15 ( 8 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
16 ( 11 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
17 ( 17 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
18 ( 14 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
19 ( 12 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
20 ( 23 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard

21 ( 43 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
22 ( 10 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
23 ( 19 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
24 ( 9 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
25 ( 34 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
26 ( 48 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
27 ( 39 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
28 ( 25 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
29 ( 33 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
30 ( 30 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

31 ( 35 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
32 ( 22 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
33 ( 24 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
34 ( 32 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
35 ( RE ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
36 ( 37 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
37 ( 46 ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
38 ( 55 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
39 ( 29 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
40 ( 40 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
43 ( 36 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
44 ( 42 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
45 ( 27 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
46 ( 38 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
47 ( 45 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
48 ( NEW ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 69 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law

51 ( 26 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
52 ( 28 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
53 ( 31 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
54 ( 50 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
55 ( 47 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
56 ( 56 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
57 ( NEW ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
58 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( 54 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
60 ( NEW ) NOW YOU’RE GONE Whitesnake

61 ( 51 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
62 ( 65 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) THE OTHER SIDE Aerosmith
64 ( 61 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
65 ( 64 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
66 ( NEW ) MIND BLOWING DECISIONS (REMIX) Heatwave
67 ( 53 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
68 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( 67 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
70 ( 70 ) LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS Prefab Sprout

71 ( NEW ) LOVE OR SOMETHING Bob Geldof
72 ( 73 ) LAY DOWN NOW World Party
73 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
75 ( NEW ) STEP OFF Junior Giscombe

My June 1987 Charts

2nd June 1987

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2nd June
PLAYIST OLDIES

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

 

9th June 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

16th June 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23rd June 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30th June 1987

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My March 1987 Charts

3rd March 1987

It’s straight in on top for a remix of Children Of The Revolution as 1972 and 60’s nostalgia takes a firm hold on me in the absence of any new mighty classics. I missed Marc Bolan terribly by this time, and the record had under-performed first-time round, so now they get a 6th chart-topper keeping off Jackie Wilson’s 1972 big hit reissue of I Get The Sweetest Feeling as I got nostalgic for the music of my teens and childhood. Throw in The Beatles epic anniversary reissue of a previous chart-topper and that’s 80% of my top 5 oldies. I’ll be honest if Mental as Anything and The Jets were at 2 and 3 I would have been over-rating them, though Christians & a-ha have lost out as 4 and 5 would still have been too low..

Big Audio Dynamite rocket in at 27 as V13 is the highest new song, Cyndi covers Marvin Gaye quite nicely and is in at 35, and The Cult get a 3rd top 40. The Beastie Boys get a big climb into the 40, and the Rainmakers debut at 53 with a great song title (and song). Freddie Mercury goes solo again, as he put his heart on his sleeve with his choice of Platters cover – he really was telling the whole world what he had, but no-one realised. Erasure return quickly, and it’s a hugely welcome return from the fab Labi Siffre, absent since 1972, although Madness had made a big hit of his gorgeous It Must Be Love in 1981, 10 years on. This time it’s a South African political commentary, and powerful with it.

1 ( NEW ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
2 ( NEW ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
3 ( 2 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
4 ( 1 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
5 ( NEW ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
6 ( 6 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
7 ( 3 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
8 ( 8 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
9 ( 4 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
10 ( 27 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha

11 ( 7 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
12 ( 5 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
13 ( 9 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
14 ( 26 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
15 ( 15 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
16 ( 11 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
17 ( 23 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
18 ( 18 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
19 ( 10 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
20 ( 13 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis

21 ( 12 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
22 ( 14 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
23 ( 32 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
24 ( 29 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
25 ( 16 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
26 ( 17 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
27 ( NEW ) V13 Big Audio Dynamite
28 ( 20 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
29 ( 19 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
30 ( 22 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks

31 ( 21 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela
32 ( 59 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
33 ( 36 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
34 ( 46 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
35 ( NEW ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
36 ( 28 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
37 ( 24 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
38 ( NEW ) LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE The Cult
39 ( 54 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
40 ( 53 ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet

41 ( 39 ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
42 ( 25 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
43 ( 50 ) FREE TO FALL Debbie Harry
44 ( 37 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
45 ( 73 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
46 ( 70 ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon
47 ( 69 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
48 ( 33 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
49 ( 57 ) STILL THE SAME Slade
50 ( 75 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George

51 ( 34 ) THIS WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
52 ( 49 ) HUMAN Human League
53 ( NEW ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
54 ( 31 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
55 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 30 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
57 ( 41 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
58 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( 35 ) ROCK THE NIGHT Europe
60 ( 56 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin

61 ( 48 ) CANDY Cameo
62 ( 64 ) GOOD TO GO LOVER Gwen Guthrie
63 ( 52 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
64 ( 72 ) WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING Paul Johnson
65 ( 63 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
66 ( 66 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
67 ( 71 ) HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY Freddie Jackson
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 38 ) LOVE LIKE A ROCKET Bob Geldof
70 ( 51 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson

71 ( NEW ) I GOT THE FEELING (IT’S OVER) Gregory Abbott
72 ( NEW ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury
73 ( NEW ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
74 ( 40 ) SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE The Smiths
75 ( NEW ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 CITY LIGHTS David Essex
2 THESE DREAMS Heart
3 OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle

 

 

10th March 1987

It’s yet another oldie on top as they take turns, The Beatles replacing T.Rex with their 1967 classic double A that last topped my charts in 1976. Cyndi lauper joins the oldies vibe rocketing up to 10 with her Marvin Gaye cover, making only 3 of the top 10 actually being released on single in 1987 as new songs. Talking of oldies, Boy George shoots into the 20 with his Ken Boothe cover of his reggae cover of the Bread ballad. The Beastie Boys launch nicely into my top 20. Now I may be wrong, and stand to be corrected (if I spot one one day) but this was their one and only top 20 track I think, for me. Mel & Kim get a respectable leap into the 30, Prince enters at 26 with one of his very greatest tracks, Sign O’ The Times – though the line about the rocketship exploding as if the Challenger disaster was in some way responsible for the world’s ills still bugs me.

Bruce Willis also gets a respect-able top 40 climb, as his TV show theme enters at 38 for Al Jarreau – far and away the best hour-long US TV show of the time (hard to call it drama, except during that turgid 3rd season) – and The Rainmakers Let My People Go Go at 31. Alison Moyet enters at 34 with one she didn’t bother doing when I saw her the other week, a goodie regardless, Iggy Pop shades himself lower down the chart, Nick Kamen jumps on the classic soul cover bandwagon (Four Tops), Berlin get a 3rd hit and a 3rd in the chart simultaneously. That won’t last, mark my words! Frankie taper out watching wildlife, Billy Idol starts a good year for him with a good single 9 years on from Generation X, Tina Turner shoves out another album track single, and Genesis do the same.

1 ( 5 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
2 ( 2 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
3 ( 4 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
4 ( 3 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
5 ( 1 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
6 ( 6 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
7 ( 7 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
8 ( 9 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
9 ( 10 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
10 ( 35 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper

11 ( 24 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
12 ( 14 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
13 ( 17 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
14 ( 50 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George
15 ( 15 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
16 ( 8 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
17 ( 13 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
18 ( 12 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
19 ( 27 ) V THIRTEEN Big Audio Dynamite
20 ( 32 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys

21 ( 11 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
22 ( 23 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
23 ( 16 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD ’87 The Communards
24 ( 34 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
25 ( 45 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
26 ( NEW ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
27 ( 47 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
28 ( 38 ) LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE The Cult
29 ( 20 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
30 ( 33 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama

31 ( 53 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
32 ( 21 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
33 ( 18 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
34 ( NEW ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
35 ( 19 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
36 ( 22 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
37 ( 39 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
38 ( NEW ) MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau
39 ( 46 ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon
40 ( 28 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil

41 ( 25 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
42 ( 26 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
43 ( 43 ) FREE TO FALL Debbie Harry
44 ( 36 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
45 ( NEW ) SHADES Iggy Pop
46 ( 30 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
47 ( 72 ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury
48 ( 44 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
49 ( 63 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
50 ( 31 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela

51 ( 29 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
52 ( 75 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
53 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
54 ( 52 ) HUMAN Human League
55 ( 37 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
56 ( 67 ) HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY Freddie Jackson
57 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
58 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( 48 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
60 ( 64 ) WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING Paul Johnson

61 ( 40 ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet
62 ( 51 ) THIS WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
63 ( 60 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
64 ( 49 ) STILL THE SAME Slade
65 ( 71 ) I GOT THE FEELING (IT’S OVER) Gregory Abbott
66 ( 66 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
67 ( 65 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) LIKE FLAMES Berlin
70 ( NEW ) WATCHING THE WILDLIFE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( NEW ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
72 ( 54 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
73 ( NEW ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
74 ( 41 ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
75 ( NEW ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis

PLAYLISTED TRACKS OF THE WEEK
1 I’M INTO SOMETHING GOOD Herman’s Hermits
2 I’LL BE THERE The Jackson 5
3 HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono

 

 

17th March 1987

It’s another week, another oldie on top – this time Jackie Wilson makes it third time lucky after I get The Sweetest feeling peaked inside my top 10 in 1972 (4 years after it’s US chart-run), then top 30 in 1975, and finally peaking with a spiffy new video (there were no performances or videos for the track at all for either run). Percy Sledge goes back up to a new peak of 2, but it’s not all oldies, there’s a mass influx of new tracks, including many fab ones, the highest of which is a belated entry for La Isla Bonita (I’d already loved it for months but couldn’t chart it till it was released as a single, due to my daft chart rules), in at 4.

Mel & Kim get a second top 10, Prince an umpteenth with a big climb for his brilliant Sign O’ The Times, and The Beastie Boys also bring some life to a previously stagnant oldies-dominated top 10. Herb Alpert is the first of 2 Jam & Lewis entries, as they make the veteran trumpeter go all 80’s dance – not as unlikely as you might think if you bear in mind that he owned the label Janet Jackson was signed to, who also appears on Herb’s album, and new in at 74 with a Jam & Lewis ballad. That’s Herb’s first chart entry in 7 years and a chart run of 19 years almost (he was high in my first chart in 1968 with This Guy’s In Love).

Aretha’s back with a solo, for 2 in the chart, Ruby Turner covers Chicken Shack aka Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac 18 years on for I’d Rather Go Blind, and there’s a Magician popping up at 34 – from Scottish band Secession, a tune that sounds very familiar, the instrumental riff is SO Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s fab movie theme. Gary Moore’s back, still in rock mode (yawn) his much better Blues period coming in the 90’s. John Farnham gets a debut solo biggie, You’re The Voice on the way to being as big as his top 10 1979 Little River Band vocal for Lonesome Loser, which I bought on holiday in California with student friends after working most of the summer to pay for it.

U2 return with a classic..and I’m bizarrely under-whelmed. Think I was expecting another Pride, not a subdued starter. Club Nouveau enter with a danced-up cover of Bill Wither’s brilliant 1972 chart-topper Lean On Me. To be honest it’s not even as good as Mud’s pretty good cover from 1976. The Pretenders return for an 8th year, Lionel Richie for a 13th year (or 6th year solo), Lone Justice pop in with another forgotten goodie, and Wet Wet Wet take bottom rung with a perfect pop record, all tuneful, bouncy and wistful at the same time. Nothing they did was ever as good, as they decided warbling dreary ballads was the way forward (or godawful covers of 60’s songs), though when they showed restraint and a bit more class they could pull it off.

1 ( 2 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
2 ( 7 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
3 ( 1 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( NEW ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
5 ( 3 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
6 ( 10 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
7 ( 25 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
8 ( 26 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
9 ( 4 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
10 ( 20 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys

11 ( 6 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
12 ( 13 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
13 ( 8 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
14 ( 14 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George
15 ( 27 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
16 ( 9 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
17 ( 34 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
18 ( 5 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
19 ( 37 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
20 ( 11 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party

21 ( 12 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
22 ( 31 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
23 ( 17 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
24 ( NEW ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
25 ( 39 ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon
26 ( 16 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
27 ( 21 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
28 ( 15 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
29 ( 18 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
30 ( RE ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre

31 ( 22 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
32 ( 19 ) V THIRTEEN Big Audio Dynamite
33 ( 23 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD ’87 The Communards
34 ( NEW ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
35 ( 38 ) MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau
36 ( 24 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
37 ( 52 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
38 ( 57 ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
39 ( 32 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
40 ( 47 ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury

41 ( 49 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
42 ( NEW ) SEVERINA The Mission
43 ( 71 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
44 ( NEW ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
45 ( 69 ) LIKE FLAMES Berlin
46 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Ruby Turner
47 ( 36 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
48 ( 40 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
49 ( 70 ) WATCHING THE WILDLIFE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
50 ( 73 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner

51 ( 29 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
52 ( 48 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
53 ( 44 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
54 ( 28 ) LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE The Cult
55 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 54 ) HUMAN Human League
57 ( 75 ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis
58 ( 35 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
59 ( 46 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
60 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross

61 ( 33 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
62 ( NEW ) WILD FRONTIER Gary Moore
63 ( 30 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
64 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
65 ( NEW ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
66 ( 45 ) SHADES Iggy Pop
67 ( 66 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
70 ( 67 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna

71 ( NEW ) MY BABY The Pretenders
72 ( NEW ) SELA Lionel Richie
73 ( NEW ) I FOUND LOVE Lone Justice
74 ( NEW ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
75 ( NEW ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet

Playlist oldies of the week
1 NO FEAR NO HATE NO PAIN Eurythmics
2 HOUND DOG Elvis Presley
3 KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound

50’s 60’s 80’s this week. I always did like oldies, even ones older than me laugh.gif

 

 

24th March 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Jackie Wilson as he also tops my playlist of the week with his next single and future chart-topper. Oops gave it away! Madonna hits 2, Bruce Willis gets his only top 10 single, Alison Moyet adds to her list of top 10’s about 8 or 9 to date, and obscure band Secession leap up to 9, hoho that’s Magic! Herb Alpert is top 20, Billy Idol shoots his gun straight into the 20 from outside the 40, his 4th or 5th, Club Nouveau do even better, from doing a 69 they make Lean On Me a third-time top 20 song.

Labi Siffre gets his first top 20 in 15 years, hooray! Highest new entry starts a theme of cover versions, this time charity record Let It Be, The Beatles former twice-chart-topper, from Ferry Aid, while Siouxsie does another cover, Iggy Pop this time (The Passenger), and Fine Young cannibals radically rework Buzzcocks, not so much punk as funk. Dead Or Aliove get the highest new song, keeping the run of success going at 47 with Hooked On Love (at least here if not the UK charts). Janet Jackson gets a huge leap into the top 40, not content to wait awhile at all, Peter Gabriel does a funked up Big Time clone follow-up to his classic Sledgehammer, David Grant keeps his 7-year run going on diminishing returns, ditto The Thompson Twins 4-year-run, Jaki Graham’s 2-year-run, and Smokey Robinson has a come-back after being away a few years, to extend his run to 18 years. Most significant debut, though, is Terence Trent D’Arby one of the key egos, I mean key acts, sorry, of 1987. If You Let Me Stay was a goodie and set him up to be an albums success to boot.

1 ( 1 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
2 ( 4 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
3 ( 3 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( 7 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
5 ( 8 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
6 ( 5 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
7 ( 15 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
8 ( 17 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
9 ( 34 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
10 ( 2 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge

11 ( 6 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 24 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
13 ( 13 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
14 ( 10 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
15 ( 9 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
16 ( 43 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
17 ( 22 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
18 ( 69 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
19 ( 30 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
20 ( 11 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything

21 ( 14 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George
22 ( 16 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
23 ( 19 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
24 ( NEW ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
25 ( 18 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
26 ( 37 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
27 ( 12 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
28 ( 27 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
29 ( 44 ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
30 ( 42 ) SEVERINA The Mission

31 ( 21 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
32 ( 74 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
33 ( 23 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
34 ( 40 ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury
35 ( 38 ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
36 ( 20 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
37 ( 45 ) LIKE FLAMES Berlin
38 ( 46 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Ruby Turner
39 ( 26 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
40 ( 49 ) WATCHING THE WILDLIFE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

41 ( 36 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
42 ( 65 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
43 ( 64 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
44 ( 39 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
45 ( 35 ) MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau
46 ( 50 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
47 ( NEW ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
48 ( 33 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD ’87 The Communards
49 ( 29 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
50 ( NEW ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees

51 ( 31 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
52 ( 57 ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis
53 ( 41 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
54 ( 51 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
55 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 52 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
57 ( 28 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
58 ( 53 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
59 ( 56 ) HUMAN Human League
60 ( NEW ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals

61 ( 25 ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon
62 ( NEW ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
63 ( 60 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
64 ( 71 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
65 ( NEW ) TAKE US BACK David Grant
66 ( 72 ) SELA Lionel Richie
67 ( 47 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
70 ( 67 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!

71 ( 48 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
72 ( NEW ) JUST TO SEE HER Smokey Robinson
73 ( 70 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
74 ( NEW ) STILL IN LOVE Jaki Graham
75 ( NEW ) GET THAT LOVE The Thompson Twins

Oldies Playlist
1 HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
2 ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald
3 WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER Timmy Thomas

 

 

31st March 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for the late Jackie Wilson as Prince threatens to get his first chart-topper at 2 with the awesome Sign ‘O The Times. Billy Idol gets a 5th top 10, and Hot Choc remix their 1978 terrific riff-laden Winner back in at 8, top 10 for the second time. Ferry Aid means one Beatle song in, one out, of the 10 and Herb Alpert gets his 3rd top 10, one for each decade.

Rod Stewart brings Sailing back into the 20 for the 3rd time, I have no idea why, Tina Turner goes top 40, and Fleetwood Mac drop the first single to their great comeback album Tango In The Night, Big Love at 28. Boy George’s version of Ken Boothe’s cover of Bread’s Everything I Own plummets, as Ken enters at 29 13 years on. U2 finally go top 40, Peter Gabriel grabs another shot at the Big Time too, and FYC return all Buzzcocky, Siouxsie rides along, and The Pretenders also go top 40 for a very much ’78/’79 theme, along with The Whispers coming back new at 48 with 1980 top 10 And The Beat Goes On.

Future 90’s oldie smash, Crazy, from Patsy Cline enters at 50 20-odd years after she died in a plane crash, following a terrific vintage clip on The Tube I think, and veteran 60’s World Music star charter Hugh Masekela is also back with new material keeping the anti-apartheid theme strong in the chart. That leaves Kool & The Gang sneaking in for a last time (probably) and The Stranglers Shakin’ Life A Leaf, probably for the same reason.

1 ( 1 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
2 ( 5 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
3 ( 7 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
4 ( 2 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
5 ( 4 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
6 ( 8 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
7 ( 16 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
8 ( NEW ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
9 ( 24 ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
10 ( 12 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert

11 ( 11 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 3 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
13 ( 6 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
14 ( 18 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
15 ( 19 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
16 ( 17 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
17 ( 9 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
18 ( 13 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
19 ( NEW ) SAILING Rod Stewart
20 ( 30 ) SEVERINA The Mission

21 ( 10 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
22 ( 15 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
23 ( 26 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
24 ( 32 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
25 ( 46 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
26 ( 14 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
27 ( 29 ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
28 ( NEW ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
29 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
30 ( 20 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything

31 ( 42 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
32 ( 62 ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
33 ( 35 ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
34 ( 31 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
35 ( 36 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
36 ( 25 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
37 ( 22 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
38 ( 60 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
39 ( 64 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
40 ( 50 ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees

41 ( 28 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
42 ( 43 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
43 ( 33 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
44 ( 38 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Ruby Turner
45 ( 27 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
46 ( 69 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
47 ( 47 ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
48 ( NEW ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
49 ( 44 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
50 ( NEW ) CRAZY Patsy Cline

51 ( 21 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George
52 ( 52 ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis
53 ( 23 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
54 ( 39 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
55 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 49 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
57 ( 66 ) SELA Lionel Richie
58 ( 34 ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury
59 ( 53 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
60 ( 56 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna

61 ( 59 ) HUMAN Human League
62 ( NEW ) BRING HIM BACK HOME Hugh Masekela
63 ( 63 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
64 ( 37 ) LIKE FLAMES Berlin
65 ( 65 ) TAKE US BACK David Grant
66 ( 48 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD ’87 The Communards
67 ( 54 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
68 ( 40 ) WATCHING THE WILDLIFE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
69 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
70 ( 72 ) JUST TO SEE HER Smokey Robinson

71 ( 75 ) GET THAT LOVE The Thompson Twins
72 ( RE ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
73 ( 73 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
74 ( NEW ) STONE LOVE Kool And The Gang
75 ( NEW ) SHAKIN’ LIKE A LEAF The Stranglers

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 THING Edwina Biglet & The Miglets
2 LOVING YOU AIN’T EASY Pagliaro
3 WEEKEND Alvin Stardust

My August 1990 Charts

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5th August 1990

Oops over a year since I last posted any charts from 1990 – as I’m off work sick, that’s an opportunity to try and catch up then! 16 new entries, 6 of them cover versions (not usually a healthy sign in any given music scene) and one oldie, and it’s Roxette all the way with 3 songs dominating the top 3, as they replace themselves on top with the Pretty Woman soundtrack song. I have never seen the film so can’t say that swayed me one way or the other!

Inga’s brilliant Riding Into Blue goes top 5 a few years after her band Swimming With Sharks introduced her to my charts, and in at 9 it’s a record that made my top 20 in 1974, and topped the US charts, but criminally never charted in the UK. Thanks to an advert, that all changed 16 years late for The Steve Miller Band, who had to wait until 1976 to chart in the UK, and 1982 to get a huge hit. The Joker was and is quirky and cool.

In at 17, no more teen videos, all serious and grown-up, it’s the late great George Michael and his move into social comment with the brilliant Praying For Time. He sings it with passion (as he always did on ballads) and the words remain even more true than they did in 1990. Meanwhile Cliff delves deep into the archives for a rocknroll era song that was more familiar to me with Hermans Hermits version, a childhood fave. It’s decent, but not as good as older versions, and ditto Hothouse Flowers’ Johnny Nash cover, Big Fun’s Eddie Holman cover, Deacon Blue’s Bobbie Gentry cover and Lindy Layton’s Janet Kay cover. Timmy Mallet, meanwhile, gets a huge UK chart-topper with a charming kiddie fave from Brian Hyland, disguised (badly) as Bombalurina. It’s awful.

Happily, a great new pop single from Betty Boo, and a debut from Mariah Carey that gives no indication of future atrocities committed to tape, the sweet Vision Of Love, compensate somewhat. Mariah Carey has an amazing vocal range (as she likes showing off inappropriately at times) and can write good pop songs (see her xmas classic) or really get into a groove – but too often is distracted by bland overblown ballads.

Please excuse the Hanky Panky movement into the top 40 – in my defence I was fresh off seeing Madonna in concert the week before, and it seemed fun for about a week. I realise now I was wrong, and it isn’t. Madonna’s worst single no contest! No video links anymore, as they just get out of date (and who has time to find new ones!) and my old computer struggles with more than one Youtube link before going into never-ending staring-at-a-circle-spinning mode…

1 ( 6 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
2 ( 1 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
3 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
4 ( 11 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
5 ( 7 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
6 ( 2 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
7 ( 10 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
8 ( 8 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
9 ( NEW ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
10 ( 5 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 4 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
12 ( 12 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
13 ( 18 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
14 ( 19 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
15 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
16 ( 9 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
17 ( NEW ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
18 ( 16 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
19 ( 39 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
20 ( 20 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John

21 ( 17 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
22 ( 35 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
23 ( 13 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
24 ( NEW ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
25 ( 26 ) ROCKIN’ OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
26 ( 14 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
27 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
28 ( 25 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
29 ( 22 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
30 ( 32 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

31 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
32 ( 75 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
33 ( 28 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
34 ( 69 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
35 ( 21 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
36 ( 31 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
37 ( 49 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
38 ( 52 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
39 ( 23 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
40 ( 53 ) HANKY PANKY Madonna

41 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 38 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
43 ( 42 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
44 ( 36 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
45 ( 40 ) I DIDN’T WANT TO NEED YOU Heart
46 ( 54 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
47 ( 63 ) WASH YOUR FACE IN MY SINK Dream Warriors
48 ( 47 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( 27 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
50 ( 29 ) LOVELY THING Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra

51 ( 34 ) THE CRYING SCENE Aztec Camera
52 ( 48 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
53 ( NEW ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
54 ( 24 ) GIMME SOME LOVIN’ Thunder
55 ( NEW ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
56 ( NEW ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
57 ( 55 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
58 ( 60 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
59 ( 68 ) LET LOVE RULE Lenny Kravitz
60 ( NEW ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)

61 ( 58 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
62 ( 56 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
63 ( 46 ) EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Sinead O’Connor
64 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
65 ( 65 ) LA PASSIONARA The Blow Monkeys
66 ( 64 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
67 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
68 ( NEW ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
69 ( 30 ) MONA Craig McClaghlan
70 ( NEW ) VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran

71 ( 61 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
72 ( NEW ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
73 ( 72 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
75 ( NEW ) CHANNEL Z The B52’s

12th August 1990

Roxette return to the top, replacing themselves on top for the second time. In my main singles chart there have been a few occasions where acts replace themselves with oldies, but few with new or recent material. Prior to 1990 I don’t think there were any, not even Abba! Go West overtake one Pretty Woman soundtrack single with the best one (and also their best record) the fab King Of Wishful Thinking up to 2. Saw them not long ago (2015-ish) and still in fine fettle. Ditto Human League in 2016, up to 4 with a comeback lesser hit that hasn’t worn as well as Go West’s.

George into the 10, Jon Bon Jovi getting an increasingly rare top 20 hit (by this time), also a movie soundtrack (Western) song, with Sting’s classy remix at last getting the attention it deserves for the cool jazz ode to Quentin Crisp. Sting should revisit his 80’s heyday for some tips on how to make great records. Highest new entry is Aswad, or as I know them, Partial Double-deckers. I’m old. Google it. By this time they were hitting a great lovers-rock string of pleasant singles, and Next To You is no exception.

Big climbs into the 40 for Tina Turner, hot off her recent anthems, Betty Boo, New Kids On The Block (a reasonable pop record, honest), Mariah Carey, Lindy Layton (now ex-Beats International) and Bananarama on a fab Stones rifftastic dancegroove that was under-appreciated. Only Your Love was to become a Paris city-getaway holiday memory for me in the autumn, hooray! In at 32, Wilson Philips follow up a still-selling future-movie-song monster with a pleasant US chart-topper, Release Me. Thankfully not the Engelbert song.

That leaves new entries from Tears For Fears, with some last words that peaked at a low 83 in the UK charts. Still, higher in mine, eh? Sonia, coming off the back of a number one for me, also did good covering the brilliant End Of The World and introducing it to a younger audience – granted it’s not a patch on Skeeter Davis’ original hit version, but it’s not ruined. Primal Scream get a second hit, Come Together (not The Beatles song) anda second KLF chart-entry for me the future hit classic What Time Is Love, in at 69. I loved every single from Kylie Said To Jason, through to America: What Time Is Love, and including The Timelords’ Doctorin’ The Tardis, which no doubt boosted this version of What Time Is Love into my charts.

1 ( 2 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
2 ( 13 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
3 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
4 ( 19 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
5 ( 5 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
6 ( 1 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
7 ( 9 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
8 ( 17 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
9 ( 6 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
10 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 12 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
12 ( 20 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
13 ( 4 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
14 ( 8 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
15 ( 11 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
16 ( 7 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
17 ( 32 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
18 ( 38 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
19 ( 22 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
20 ( NEW ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

21 ( 23 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
22 ( 27 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
23 ( 24 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
24 ( 21 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
25 ( 14 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
26 ( 37 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
27 ( 16 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
28 ( 53 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
29 ( 18 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
30 ( 34 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe

31 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
32 ( NEW ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
33 ( 74 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
34 ( 28 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
35 ( 29 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
36 ( 72 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
37 ( 55 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
38 ( 33 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
39 ( 46 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
40 ( 68 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton

41 ( 26 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
42 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 36 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
44 ( 43 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 64 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
46 ( 44 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
47 ( 31 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
48 ( 42 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
49 ( 48 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 30 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

51 ( 56 ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
52 ( 60 ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)
53 ( 35 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
54 ( 52 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
55 ( 59 ) LET LOVE RULE Lenny Kravitz
56 ( 25 ) ROCKIN’ OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
57 ( 70 ) VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran
58 ( 57 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( NEW ) NOBODY Tongue n’ Cheek
60 ( 49 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law

61 ( NEW ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
62 ( NEW ) FAMOUS LAST WORDS Tears For Fears
63 ( 61 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
64 ( RE ) DOUBLEBACK ZZ Top
65 ( 75 ) CHANNEL Z The B52’s
66 ( 62 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
67 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
68 ( 66 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( NEW ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
70 ( 40 ) HANKY PANKY Madonna

71 ( NEW ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
72 ( 39 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
73 ( NEW ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
74 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) AMANDA Craig McClaghlan & Check 1-2

 

19th August 1990

Go West grab their only chart-topper, 5 years after debuting, with the still-brilliant King Of Wishful Thinking, a song which under-performed in the UK charts of the time but has weathered quite well in popularity terms since. Elton gathers another of his regular top 10 spots with a double A side that also was a minor hit only in sales charts, though the parent album was pretty big. 19 years of top 10’s at this stage for Reg.

Highest new entry is a 20-year-old remixed cover-version that hit for Jonathan King, albeit minor, that sounded a bit fab n groovy in the Daisy Age/post-Second-Summer-Of-Love/Madchester period. It’s still fun. Also firmly with a major “Pure 1990” sticker on it’s forehead, the 60’s-styled cool-hippie-funk, Groove Is In The Heart enters at 43 for fab Deee-Lite. It sounded fresh, fun and exciting at the time, and 27 years on hasn’t lost any of that charm.

Fleetwood Mac come back with a long, tribal instrumental-heavy track at 40, but In The Back Of My Mind was post-Buckingham, I think, and suffered from that touch of magic being missing. It was OK, but not exactly Tango In The Night quality, never mind Rumours. Covers of The Eagles from Jam On The Mutha, and The Beatles from Wet Wet Wet, a return from Prefab Sprout, looking for Atlantis (try underwater is my advice), and also World Party, and Frazier Chorus, about whom I have forgotten all. Nothing was their biggest UK hit at 51, and Wikipedia tells me they hail from Brighton and band-member Tim Freeman is the brother of actor Martin Freeman. Who knew!?

1 ( 2 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
2 ( 1 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
3 ( 4 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
4 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
5 ( 7 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
6 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
7 ( 8 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
8 ( 5 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
9 ( 15 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
10 ( 12 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John

11 ( 17 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
12 ( 6 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
13 ( 18 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
14 ( 9 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
15 ( 20 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
16 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
17 ( 32 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
18 ( 13 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
19 ( 14 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
20 ( 28 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner

21 ( 33 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
22 ( 11 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
23 ( 23 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
24 ( 16 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
25 ( 24 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
26 ( 26 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
27 ( 19 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
28 ( 25 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
29 ( 21 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
30 ( 36 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

31 ( 22 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
32 ( 29 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
33 ( 40 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
34 ( 37 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
35 ( 61 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
36 ( 27 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
37 ( 45 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
38 ( 34 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
39 ( 35 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
40 ( NEW ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 38 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
43 ( NEW ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
44 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 43 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
46 ( NEW ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
47 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
48 ( 73 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 46 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones

51 ( 31 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
52 ( 52 ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)
53 ( 30 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
54 ( 48 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
55 ( 69 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
56 ( 54 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
57 ( 62 ) FAMOUS LAST WORDS Tears For Fears
58 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( 59 ) NOBODY Tongue n’ Cheek
60 ( 51 ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina

61 ( 50 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
62 ( 47 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
63 ( 39 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
64 ( 63 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
65 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
66 ( 53 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
67 ( 66 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
68 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( 60 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
70 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS Prefab Sprout

71 ( NEW ) NOTHING Frazier Chorus
72 ( 75 ) AMANDA Craig McClaghlan & Check 1-2
73 ( NEW ) LAY DOWN NOW World Party
74 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) I FEEL FINE Wet Wet Wet

26th August 1990

It’s a sudden reversal and leap back into the top 10 and on top of the chart for Inga, thanks to 12 inches. Yes, I bought the 12″ vinyl version of the worldwide flop and got to fully appreciate the cowboy-synth Trevor-Horn-production charm of the record. The video is equally charming. Bad news for Human League who don’t get to add another number one to their list, though 2 is quite generous enough in retrospect. JK goes top 10 with his 1970 oldie nd Joe Jackson returns to the top 10 7 years on with the great Steppin’ Out.

Aswad clock up another top 10, and it won’t be the last either, Deee-Lite leap into the 40, Primal Scream ditto, and Sonia re-enters her cover of End Of The World at 35, heading a run of covers to make the 40. Black Cat, Janet J goes all rock-chick, and I wasn’t entirely convinced it was up to the standard of the early singles off Rhythm Nation. Had the album, too. There were much better tracks. Happily at 57 it’s a classic from Bass-O-Matic, a William Orbit project that heavily sampled Tommy Roe’s Dizzy rhythms. Dizzy was the first ever single I bought with my own money, so it could have gone horribly wrong in my affections, but didn’t. It’s still a fantastic single, sample-heavy, soulful, groovy.

Joining the Janet rock-vibe, Whitesnake and Aerosmith add to a long list of older chart entries, Heatwave remix a soul ballad goodie of theirs from 1978, Bob Geldof does a solo entry 5 years after his first one, and Junior extends his run of hits to 8 years with Step Off. DNA slip in while also hogging a top 10 slot with dut-dut-duh-da.

1 ( 18 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
2 ( 3 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
3 ( 2 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
4 ( 1 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
5 ( 7 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
6 ( 6 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
7 ( 16 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
8 ( NEW ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
9 ( 4 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
10 ( 15 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

11 ( 5 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
12 ( 21 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
13 ( 13 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
14 ( 20 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
15 ( 8 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
16 ( 11 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
17 ( 17 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
18 ( 14 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
19 ( 12 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
20 ( 23 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard

21 ( 43 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
22 ( 10 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
23 ( 19 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
24 ( 9 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
25 ( 34 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
26 ( 48 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
27 ( 39 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
28 ( 25 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
29 ( 33 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
30 ( 30 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

31 ( 35 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
32 ( 22 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
33 ( 24 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
34 ( 32 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
35 ( RE ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
36 ( 37 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
37 ( 46 ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
38 ( 55 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
39 ( 29 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
40 ( 40 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
43 ( 36 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
44 ( 42 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
45 ( 27 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
46 ( 38 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
47 ( 45 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
48 ( NEW ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 69 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law

51 ( 26 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
52 ( 28 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
53 ( 31 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
54 ( 50 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
55 ( 47 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
56 ( 56 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
57 ( NEW ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
58 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( 54 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
60 ( NEW ) NOW YOU’RE GONE Whitesnake

61 ( 51 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
62 ( 65 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) THE OTHER SIDE Aerosmith
64 ( 61 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
65 ( 64 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
66 ( NEW ) MIND BLOWING DECISIONS (REMIX) Heatwave
67 ( 53 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
68 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( 67 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
70 ( 70 ) LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS Prefab Sprout

71 ( NEW ) LOVE OR SOMETHING Bob Geldof
72 ( 73 ) LAY DOWN NOW World Party
73 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
75 ( NEW ) STEP OFF Junior Giscombe

 

My 2016 Charts May-Aug

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London from the Tate Modern
28th August 2016

It’s Dusty for a second week on top keeping off ABC grabbing a second chart-topper of the year, ABC is just pure class, but Dusty is an anthem! That leaves Frances sneaking into the top 10, Richard Ashcroft getting a second top 20 of the year, and Banks having a good move into the 20. Highest new entry at 26 is Dua Lipa, following up number one Hotter Than Hell, (Mwah!), sounds like a hit to me!

At 29 it’s the sultry soul of a very Prince-ish Gallant and Bourbon, while new at 36 it’s BETSY, not unlike Cher vocally, which is a good thing in my book. Big jumps for Florence and Petula Clark outside the 40, and debuts for the critically lauded RAT BOY at 56, not far ahead of another superhero-sounding Rag’n’Bone Man, presumably one turns into a rat, the other does superhero clothes for cash. RAT BOY has gone for a 70’s-funk-styled rap & singing chorus, and it’s fab too. Billy Fury pops in with another childhood oldie I didn’t know I knew till I caught up with again the other week, very Up On The Roof-ish, and one I must have loved as a kid cos it’s very familiar to me yet I don’t recall hearing it much since. Lastly, welcome back Empire Of The Sun after a break, and Frank Ocean’s most-commercial track off his new album, featuring Beyonce. He even samples The actual Beatles on the album, that’s rare! Rare they allow it. The meanie won’t let me download individual tracks though.

1 1 1 25 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 661050
2 5 2 5 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 277800
3 2 2 5 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 354200
4 4 4 2 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 130000
5 9 5 2 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 105000
6 6 6 3 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 128400
7 3 1 17 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 903550
8 7 1 7 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 648000
9 11 1 16 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1007200
10 16 10 4 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 106000

11 12 11 3 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 97000
12 14 12 5 TROUBLE Offaiah 118600
13 22 13 4 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 88750
14 8 3 7 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 356250
15 25 15 2 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 45750
16 19 16 7 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 114950
17 10 1 15 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 717700
18 20 9 6 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 187250
19 33 19 4 GEMINI FEED Banks 59700
20 24 20 4 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 75800

21 17 1 14 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1188050
22 15 15 3 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 68500
23 23 23 5 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 64550
24 13 6 6 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 177800
25 30 25 2 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 36750
26 NEW 26 1 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 18500
27 29 27 4 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 71800
28 28 2 10 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 474800
29 NEW 29 1 BOURBON Gallant 18200
30 32 30 4 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 55900

31 31 31 3 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 53600
32 26 26 5 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 63300
33 18 10 7 HEY Willa 171500
34 21 14 6 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 115350
35 36 35 2 FALL ON ME Kitten 34900
36 NEW 36 1 LOST & FOUND BETSY 17400
37 52 37 2 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 28800
38 48 38 2 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 29500
39 49 39 2 ARCADE SUMMER FM-84 29200
40 35 1 16 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1102550

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41 44 41 10 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 112600
42 41 1 11 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 618650
43 34 13 8 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 157450
44 38 38 2 I DO I DO SYMPHOBIA 30450
45 27 12 7 PORCELAIN Skott 148900
46 50 46 2 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 24750
47 58 47 3 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 24900
48 37 37 6 FINAL SONG MO 74500
49 40 40 5 MOMBASA Stadium X 51050
50 74 50 2 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 17200

51 43 3 15 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 541450
52 39 14 7 WILD WEST Lissie 113500
53 67 53 4 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 27250
54 89 54 2 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 13200
55 55 1 20 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 596500
56 NEW 56 1 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 10600
57 46 6 20 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 552200
58 RE 58 3 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 13200
59 59 59 5 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 36200
60 60 60 3 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 27000

61 51 4 15 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 362350
62 42 22 6 TILTED Christine And The Queens 88900
63 NEW 63 1 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 7200
64 65 64 4 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 24500
65 66 65 2 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 13800
66 56 32 6 CLOSER Josef Salvat 79800
67 53 35 7 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 78850
68 76 1 20 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 938050
69 47 3 10 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 332600
70 70 70 2 GHOST Matilda 12000

71 57 47 6 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 44000
72 78 72 4 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 16600
73 93 73 2 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 7100
74 64 1 18 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 762400
75 61 32 6 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 73500

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76 54 38 6 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 52100
77 84 77 2 ILUMBARADA Ortiga 7800
78 NEW 78 1 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 4400
79 73 30 9 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 95200
80 80 1 19 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 463750

81 45 33 7 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 81500
82 82 27 9 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 113650
83 83 10 13 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 227600
84 92 84 2 A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 5000
85 NEW 85 1 CONCRETE Tom Odell 3000
86 91 86 2 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 4700
87 87 26 9 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 93250
88 90 88 2 HOME Henri Pfr 4400
89 NEW 89 1 YOUTH Glass Animals 2200
90 88 14 13 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 209050

91 NEW 91 1 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 1900
92 94 92 2 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 3400
93 NEW 93 1 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 1700
94 95 94 2 WATER FROZEN TWRR 3100
95 96 95 2 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 2900
96 NEW 96 1 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 1400
97 99 97 2 I WENT TOO FAR (MK REMIX) AURORA 2400
98 71 34 7 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 58300
99 100 99 2 T SHIRT Thomas Rhett 2100
100 NEW 100 1 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 1000

DROP OUTS
62 3 14 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 485300
63 45 6 PALMS Rationale 60900
68 68 17 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 74800
69 69 2 HERO Namie Amuro 12400
72 4 15 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 477500
75 36 5 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 69000
77 77 3 GIVE LOVE A TRY Aelyn 9200
79 20 7 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 95450
81 21 8 HIGH Jesper Jenset 114700
85 5 17 PARADISE Josef Salvat 386700
86 86 2 ALL I WANNA DO Martin Jensen 5600
97 73 5 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 17900
98 90 3 COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO 5200

21st Aug 2016

It’s Dusty’s 1966 classic finally topping my chart 50 years late. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me topped the UK chart that year, but predated my charts (though she would have certainly topped my fictional chart in 1964, cos I was mad as a hatter for I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself age 6, which topped as an album track eventually). It’s therefore her 7th Number One since she first did it with the Pet Shop Boys in 1987.

Highest new entry is at 4 for FMLYBND, very in the synth pop tradition of a few years back, and fab, while in at 9 it’s Francis & The Lights joining Fitz & The Tantrums in the top 10, with some help from Bon Iver (and in the video Kanye West), and terrific new single, Friends. Fab. GLADES jumps into the 10, Kungs replace themselves in the top 40 with a great new track that seems to have a Lightning Seeds riff in it, and the producer Roberto Rosan of German-based classical-pop act Sweetbox (hit in 1997 with Everything’s Gonna Be Alright and active onwards since then) has a new project SYMPHOBIA who have dabbled with a bit of Tchaikovski also to good hip hop effect, I Do I Do believe.

In a deluge of new acts, I’ve had to expand my chart once again to 100, just when I was hoping to chop it down to 75! Doh! Happily that means room for new singles from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, 14 years on since she murdered the dancefloor on top of my charts, not to mention Spiller, Florence + The Machine, and an oldie from Herb Alpert (a light-hearted instrumental jazz cover of the 1965 hit A Walk In The Black Forest – another track I was big on at the time, as done by German Horst Jankowski). I was only 7 but I loved a good pop tune! Talking of golden oldies, Petula Clark is back at the age of 83 with a good contemporary-sounding ballad 4 years after topping my charts for the second time, and the oldest person to do that with new material (Cut Copy Me). Pet was having hits before I was born, hard as that is to believe, and I intend to see her in concert later this year to enjoy the new and recent stuff and the huge list of golden 60’s singles (I hope). Legend!

1 11 1 24 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 491050
2 2 2 4 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 269200
3 1 1 16 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 853550
4 NEW 4 1 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 65000
5 8 5 4 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 162800
6 27 6 2 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 73400
7 4 1 6 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 600000
8 3 3 6 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 327250
9 NEW 9 1 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 45000
10 5 1 14 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 694700

11 6 1 15 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 962200
12 16 12 2 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 60000
13 13 6 5 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 158800
14 15 14 4 TROUBLE Offaiah 83600
15 18 15 2 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 49000
16 19 16 3 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 64000
17 7 1 13 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1168300
18 10 10 6 HEY Willa 153800
19 20 19 6 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 89950
20 9 9 5 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 165250

21 14 14 5 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 97750
22 25 22 3 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 56750
23 23 23 4 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 45300
24 26 24 3 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 55800
25 NEW 25 1 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 18750
26 29 26 4 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 45500
27 12 12 6 PORCELAIN Skott 135900
28 17 2 9 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 456500
29 30 29 3 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 53400
30 NEW 30 1 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 18000

31 32 31 2 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 35700
32 43 32 3 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 37900
33 36 33 3 GEMINI FEED Banks 38700
34 21 13 7 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 143950
35 28 1 15 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1085550
36 NEW 36 1 FALL ON ME Kitten 17400
37 39 37 5 FINAL SONG MO 62200
38 NEW 38 1 I DO I DO SYMPHOBIA 17200
39 31 14 6 WILD WEST Lissie 102000
40 51 40 4 MOMBASA Stadium X 38950

41 40 1 10 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 604900
42 22 22 5 TILTED Christine And The Queens 81500
43 24 3 14 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 529700
44 49 44 9 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 98850
45 33 33 6 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 76700
46 37 6 19 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 541800
47 34 3 9 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 326400
48 NEW 48 1 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 12300
49 NEW 49 1 ARCADE SUMMER FM-84 12100
50 NEW 50 1 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 12000

51 41 4 14 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 354850
52 NEW 52 1 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 11500
53 35 35 6 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 72250
54 38 38 5 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 47300
55 53 1 19 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 585700
56 56 32 5 CLOSER Josef Salvat 73000
57 47 47 5 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 38200
58 89 58 2 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 12400
59 60 59 4 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 26100
60 65 60 2 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 17000

61 48 32 5 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 68500
62 42 3 14 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 485300
63 45 45 6 PALMS Rationale 60900
64 59 1 17 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 757200
65 67 65 3 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 17400
66 NEW 66 1 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 6800
67 74 67 3 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 16000
68 68 68 17 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 74800
69 69 69 2 HERO Namie Amuro 12400
70 NEW 70 1 GHOST Matilda 6000

71 46 34 6 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 57100
72 55 4 15 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 477500
73 61 30 8 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 91000
74 NEW 74 1 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 5200
75 50 36 5 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 69000

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76 63 1 19 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 931650
77 88 77 3 GIVE LOVE A TRY Aelyn 9200
78 83 78 3 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 11000
79 52 20 7 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 95450
80 76 1 18 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 459750
81 54 21 8 HIGH Jesper Jenset 114700
82 57 27 8 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 110050
83 70 10 12 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 224200
84 NEW 84 1 ILUMBARADA Ortiga 3200
85 71 5 17 PARADISE Josef Salvat 386700
86 86 86 2 ALL I WANNA DO Martin Jensen 5600
87 62 26 8 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 90650
88 58 14 12 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 207050
89 NEW 89 1 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 2200
90 NEW 90 1 HOME Henri Pfr 2000
91 NEW 91 1 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 1900
92 NEW 92 1 A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 1800
93 NEW 93 1 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 1700
94 NEW 94 1 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 1600
95 NEW 95 1 WATER FROZEN TWRR 1500
96 NEW 96 1 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 1400
97 73 73 5 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 17900
98 90 90 3 COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO 5200
99 NEW 99 1 I WENT TOO FAR (MK REMIX) AURORA 1100
100 NEW 100 1 T SHIRT Thomas Rhett 1000

DROP OUTS
44 22 5 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 87850
64 30 10 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 108500
66 39 5 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 60700
72 72 5 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 20400
75 75 4 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 12600
77 16 12 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 187000
78 17 12 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 162900
79 7 11 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 316400
80 8 14 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 333050
81 25 4 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 55050
82 54 7 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 41300
84 68 5 INTO YOU Ariana Grande 24000
85 46 5 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 37050
87 87 2 WHERE WE ARE Ryos featuring Karra 4800

14th August 2016

It’s Dua Lipa with Hotter Than hell finally topping chart after 15 weeks, a very long time for a record to hit my top spot, but it just still sounds so fab, fresh. Should have been a bigger UK chart hit, at least it made the top 10 on sales. Shooting up to 2 is my Buzzjack Song Contest entry, the clappy happy Fitz & The Tantrums, while highest new entry is also from the BJSC, Morgxn, and a fab Years And Years-ish remix of Love With The Lights On, while ditto for new at 18 High Contrast with Clare Maguire gracing my top 20 not for the first time, but this time with a dance stormer.

It’s a big climb for Twenty One Pilots’ Suicide Squad Track (yay Harley!) leapfrogging the other one (I Started A Joke), with big climbs for Vaults and Banks as they both pull a heist of my chart, with Timeflies always there in any heist. Ouch! Further down, with some penguins, it’s octogenarian legend, Beatles widow, and avant-garde Japanese musician and artist Yoko Ono, back again some 35 years since she topped my chart solo with Walking On Thin Ice, the final track she worked on with husband John Lennon the night he was murdered. Together they both first topped my chart as the Plastic Ono Band with the timeless chant Give Peace A Chance in 1969, giving her a span of 47 years of hits – and she was already in her 30’s then!

http://youtube.com/v/fEOyePhElr4

1 3 1 15 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 768550
2 19 2 3 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 154200
3 4 3 5 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 279250
4 1 1 5 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 550000
5 5 1 13 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 652700
6 7 1 14 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 925200
7 2 1 12 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1145300
8 8 8 3 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 102800
9 9 9 4 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 145250
10 14 10 5 HEY Willa 131800

http://youtube.com/v/Y2V6yjjPbX0

fitz

11 12 11 23 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 321050
12 17 12 5 PORCELAIN Skott 117500
13 6 6 5 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 158800
14 20 14 4 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 78000
15 16 15 3 TROUBLE Offaiah 54600
16 NEW 16 1 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 25000
17 11 2 8 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 438200
18 NEW 18 1 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 22000
19 30 19 2 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 39000
20 33 20 5 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 68950

http://youtube.com/v/1N5_YeLbYZU

High contrast

21 15 13 6 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 126350
22 23 22 4 TILTED Christine And The Queens 67750
23 77 23 3 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 26050
24 10 3 13 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 516200
25 26 25 2 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 37250
26 28 26 2 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 36800
27 NEW 27 1 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 18400
28 21 1 14 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1068050
29 70 29 3 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 27000
30 38 30 2 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 35200

http://youtube.com/v/SeKy5XG8RwA

polina

31 13 14 5 WILD WEST Lissie 84900
32 NEW 32 1 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 17800
33 40 33 5 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 63700
34 18 3 8 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 313900
35 37 35 5 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 61000
36 82 36 2 GEMINI FEED Banks 21000
37 29 6 18 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 529050
38 48 38 4 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 36300
39 50 39 4 FINAL SONG MO 44900
40 31 1 9 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 590900

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41 25 4 13 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 343100
42 24 3 13 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 477950
43 67 43 2 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 20100
44 22 22 5 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 87850
45 47 45 5 PALMS Rationale 53700
46 34 34 5 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 51300
47 64 47 4 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 27800
48 43 32 4 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 61000
49 49 49 8 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 85600
50 36 36 4 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 64000

51 69 51 3 MOMBASA Stadium X 21950
52 27 20 6 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 91250
53 53 1 18 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 574900
54 45 21 7 HIGH Jesper Jenset 110900
55 55 4 14 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 471900
56 32 32 4 CLOSER Josef Salvat 62400
57 44 27 7 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 106450
58 46 14 11 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 204650
59 59 1 16 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 750100
60 80 60 3 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 16000

61 52 30 7 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 85600
62 42 26 7 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 88050
63 60 1 18 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 926850
64 76 30 10 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 108500
65 NEW 65 1 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 7000
66 39 39 5 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 60700
67 81 67 2 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 10400
68 71 68 16 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 68400
69 NEW 69 1 HERO Namie Amuro 6200
70 61 10 11 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 220800

71 58 5 16 PARADISE Josef Salvat 383700
72 RE 72 5 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 20400
73 75 73 4 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 16600
74 79 74 2 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 9400
75 86 75 4 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 12600

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76 72 1 17 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 455750
77 63 16 12 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 187000
78 65 17 12 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 162900
79 57 7 11 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 316400
80 51 8 14 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 333050

81 41 25 4 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 55050
82 66 54 7 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 41300
83 84 83 2 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 6600
84 68 68 5 INTO YOU Ariana Grande 24000
85 83 46 5 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 37050
86 NEW 86 1 ALL I WANNA DO Martin Jensen 2800
87 88 87 2 WHERE WE ARE Ryos featuring Karra 4800
88 89 88 2 GIVE LOVE A TRY Aelyn 4600
89 NEW 89 1 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 2200
90 90 90 2 COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO 4000

DROP OUTS
35 35 4 RISE Katy Perry 69300
54 54 4 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 32400
56 56 6 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 34700
62 50 9 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 62400
73 33 4 BLUSH TP4Y 50850
74 25 6 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 92350
78 32 7 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 72050
85 28 8 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 83200
87 3 15 VIVA LOVE ABC 386050

 

 

7th August 2016

It’s ABC for a second week on top as another great track from The Lexicon Of Love II, Kiss Me Goodbye, rockets up 58 places to 8, giving them a 3rd top 10 of the year. It’s gorgeous and I hope it’s the next single. Meanwhile, their 5th chart entry of the year and also from the album sneaks in at 67, Ten Below Zero. Highest climber is Offaiah, up 71 and causing Trouble at 16.

Highest new entry is Richard Ashcroft, They Don’t Own Me at 26, giving him 2 inside the 30, while at 28 is a cut from the new Suicide Squad movie from ConfidentialMX, a haunting semi-orchestral version of the Bee Gees brilliant I Started A Joke. Probably their most under-rated 60’s song, it’s already topped my chart for The Bee Gees and in a cover from Pet Shop Boys, both this century. Fingers-crossed this version takes it to a wider audience!

Others: Frances gets a 3rd chart entry at 30, the lovely Say It Again, Blossoms enter at 38 with Charlemagne, Bieber sneaks in twice at the lower end guesting for DJ Snake and Major Lazer: he certainly knows which way his dance-producer bread is buttered, though to be honest he could record himself farting into a microphone, set it to a 2016 production and his fans would make it number one. Just saying….. smile.gifThat leaves a newie from golden oldie Dolly Parton, giving her a span of 40 years of charting, and an oldie from Nancy Sinatra, her version of Neil Diamond’s 60’s Holly Holy, probably the best version I’ve heard, even over the previously charted Junior Walker & The All Stars (1973) and UB40 (1998) and Neil’s original. Nancy has an official chart run of 45 years, but it should be 50 years (cos These Boots would have topped my imaginary chart in 1966, being as I was mad on it aged 8).

1 1 1 4 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 485000
2 2 1 11 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1095300
3 4 2 14 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 598550
4 6 4 4 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 194250
5 3 1 12 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 592700
6 7 6 4 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 126800
7 9 1 13 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 870200
8 66 8 2 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 54800
9 10 9 3 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 100250
10 8 3 12 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 497200

http://youtube.com/v/TrJP2vnc37A

ABC

11 5 2 7 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 415200
12 14 12 22 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 284050
13 15 14 4 WILD WEST Lissie 67000
14 16 15 4 HEY Willa 89800
15 13 13 5 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 106600
16 87 16 2 TROUBLE Offaiah 27600
17 17 17 4 PORCELAIN Skott 82500
18 11 3 7 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 296300
19 29 19 2 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 39200
20 30 20 3 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 49000

http://youtube.com/v/_9zLg08v6aI

Offaiah

21 12 1 13 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1049750
22 22 22 4 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 74600
23 24 23 3 TILTED Christine And The Queens 48250
24 18 3 12 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 464200
25 19 4 12 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 329100
26 NEW 26 1 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 18500
27 20 20 5 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 79750
28 NEW 28 1 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 18300
29 21 6 17 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 511750
30 NEW 30 1 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 18000

http://youtube.com/v/gOdeIP-Wxuo

ConfidentialMX

31 23 1 8 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 573900
32 40 32 3 CLOSER Josef Salvat 51800
33 44 33 4 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 48950
34 46 34 4 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 38550
35 35 35 4 RISE Katy Perry 69300
36 36 36 3 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 52000
37 49 37 4 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 43500
38 NEW 38 1 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 17200
39 39 39 4 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 53900
40 55 40 4 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 46000

http://youtube.com/v/WBtVjjLtEY8

Blossoms

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41 25 25 3 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 51250
42 26 26 6 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 80650
43 32 32 3 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 48700
44 27 27 6 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 96050
45 45 21 6 HIGH Jesper Jenset 99900
46 31 14 10 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 194450
47 52 47 4 PALMS Rationale 40700
48 77 48 3 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 19100
49 57 49 7 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 73500
50 60 50 3 FINAL SONG MO 27800

51 28 8 13 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 329050
52 43 30 6 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 78100
53 51 1 17 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 563650
54 62 54 4 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 32400
55 37 4 13 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 461100
56 63 56 6 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 34700
57 38 7 10 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 312200
58 53 5 15 PARADISE Josef Salvat 377900
59 47 1 15 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 740000
60 58 1 17 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 919650

61 48 10 10 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 214800
62 50 50 9 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 62400
63 33 16 11 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 182400
64 74 64 3 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 15300
65 34 17 11 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 158500
66 54 54 6 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 37700
67 NEW 67 1 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 6600
68 68 68 4 INTO YOU Ariana Grande 20800
69 80 69 2 MOMBASA Stadium X 10200
70 86 70 2 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 8800

71 71 71 15 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 62000
72 70 1 16 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 449950
73 41 33 4 BLUSH TP4Y 50850
74 42 25 6 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 92350
75 79 75 3 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 11200

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76 65 30 9 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 101400
77 89 77 2 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 6800
78 59 32 7 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 72050
79 NEW 79 1 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 4200
80 90 80 2 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 6000

81 NEW 81 1 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 3800
82 NEW 82 1 GEMINI FEED Banks 3600
83 72 46 4 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 34050
84 NEW 84 1 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 3200
85 69 28 8 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 83200
86 88 86 3 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 7600
87 64 3 15 VIVA LOVE ABC 386050
88 NEW 88 1 WHERE WE ARE Ryos featuring Karra 2400
89 NEW 89 1 GIVE LOVE A TRY Aelyn 2200
90 NEW 90 1 COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO 2000

DROP OUTS
56 48 6 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 44600
61 43 2 PAZZO! Pet Shop Boys 21000
67 67 3 JUMP START Turin Brakes 14800
73 73 5 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 16200
75 75 4 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 14800
76 33 5 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 60250
78 8 13 INNER SANCTUM/12 INCH MIXES Pet Shop Boys 265050
81 7 14 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 250050
82 1 22 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 748500
83 60 5 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 34400
84 36 5 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 47700
85 77 5 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 15400

 

31st July 2016

It’s ABC burning Flames of Desire over 34 years since The Look Of Love gave them their only other chart topper. Pure class. Up 25 places to 7 it’s Kwamie Liv, Danish Singer-songwriter with her sultry gorgeous Higher. A real grower. Meanwhile the under-rated American solo singer Max Jury gets his 2nd top 10 with the lovely Love That Grows Old, rocketing to 10 from 44.

Another under-rated act for some years is American singer-songwriter Lissie, she’s had quite a few charts entries with me, and a couple of top 10’s, but is yet to taste real chart success. Lissie, Max and Kwamie all have vocal passion, something that seems out of fashion give or take Adele, at least in the singles charts. Christine And The Queens shoot into the top 40, side by side with another French act, while highest new entry is from Fitz And The Tantrums, HandClap, is a fab slice of indiepop EDM from the L.A. band.

http://youtube.com/v/96Xz6G8l8Lc

ABC

1 3 1 3 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 315000
2 2 1 10 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 980300
3 1 1 11 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 532700
4 7 2 13 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 513550
5 4 2 6 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 378200
6 6 6 3 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 129250
7 32 7 3 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 71800
8 5 3 11 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 455200
9 11 1 12 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 820200
10 44 10 2 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 55250

http://youtube.com/v/ERLwV_FSeAI

Max

11 9 3 6 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 274300
12 10 1 12 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1030000
13 15 13 4 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 79600
14 19 14 21 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 249050
15 74 15 3 WILD WEST Lissie 35000
16 29 16 3 HEY Willa 60800
17 24 17 3 PORCELAIN Skott 59500
18 12 3 11 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 445200
19 14 4 11 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 310350
20 23 20 4 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 61350

http://youtube.com/v/PbCaoEsHX0M

Lissie

21 13 6 16 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 493550
22 28 22 3 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 55100
23 21 1 7 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 556000
24 60 24 2 TILTED Christine And The Queens 29000
25 26 25 2 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 37250
26 35 26 5 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 66900
27 27 27 5 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 82800
28 8 8 12 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 317300
29 NEW 29 1 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 18200
30 54 30 2 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 29000

http://youtube.com/v/Y2V6yjjPbX0

Fitz

31 20 14 9 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 181700
32 36 32 2 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 35200
33 16 16 10 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 175200
34 17 17 10 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 151500
35 37 35 3 RISE Katy Perry 51800
36 38 36 2 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 34600
37 18 4 12 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 450300
38 22 7 9 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 301800
39 39 39 3 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 36800
40 40 40 2 CLOSER Josef Salvat 34000

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

41 33 33 3 BLUSH TP4Y 45450
42 25 25 5 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 87150
43 30 30 5 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 66600
44 45 44 3 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 31250
45 31 21 5 HIGH Jesper Jenset 86900
46 70 46 3 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 20950
47 34 1 14 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 729900
48 41 10 9 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 207300
49 49 49 3 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 26200
50 50 50 8 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 55000

51 47 1 16 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 552400
52 59 52 3 PALMS Rationale 28200
53 51 5 14 PARADISE Josef Salvat 367700
54 64 54 5 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 30900
55 55 55 3 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 29000
56 48 48 6 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 44600
57 58 57 6 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 61400
58 53 1 16 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 909650
59 42 32 6 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 67650
60 71 60 2 FINAL SONG MO 15800

61 43 43 2 PAZZO! Pet Shop Boys 21000
62 65 62 3 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 21400
63 63 63 5 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 24100
64 62 3 14 VIVA LOVE ABC 383450
65 81 30 8 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 96600
66 NEW 66 1 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 6800
67 75 67 3 JUMP START Turin Brakes 14800
68 79 68 3 INTO YOU Ariane Grande 14400
69 52 28 7 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 80200
70 67 1 15 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 444350

71 73 71 14 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 56200
72 46 46 3 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 30650
73 82 73 5 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 16200
74 85 74 2 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 8200
75 78 75 4 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 14800

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

76 66 33 5 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 60250
77 89 77 2 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 6800
78 56 8 13 INNER SANCTUM/12 INCH MIXES Pet Shop Boys 265050
79 90 79 2 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 6200
80 NEW 80 1 MOMBASA Stadium X 4000

81 69 7 14 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 250050
82 72 1 22 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 748500
83 76 60 5 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 34400
84 RE 36 5 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 47700
85 RE 77 5 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 15400
86 NEW 86 1 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 2800
87 NEW 87 1 TROUBLE Offaiah 2600
88 88 88 2 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 4800
89 NEW 89 1 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 2200
90 NEW 90 1 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 2000

DROP OUTS
57 10 12 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 239100
61 40 8 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 65400
68 68 20 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 71100
77 71 7 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 22000
80 57 7 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 31800
83 9 10 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 203050
84 30 7 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 90800
86 1 19 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 879500
87 87 2 ALL IN MY HEAD (FLEX) Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap 5000

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24th July 2016

It’s Javiera Mena after 10 weeks charting on top, I’ve been a little bit obsessed with her Otra Era this week, the subtle, insistent, tuneful Chilean vibes are juuuuust gorgeous. I still love Salt Ashes almost as much though, even though it’s at 2, and ABC go up to 3, their 3rd top 3. The exciting No Wyld shoot up to 6, and there’s a few Pet Shop Boys tracks in and back and about, following their storming Royal Opera House concert. Not bad for 30 years in the biz!

Olly Murs has a nice top 20 leap, and Dusty’s classic at long last also makes the 20 50 years on. Highest new entry is a classy French language delight from Vendredi sur Mer at 26, and French act Christine And The Queens at 60, with other returnees being Max Jury, Josef Salvat on a roll – 3 top 40’s in a row – Selena Gomez, and Beverley Knight extending her run to over 20 years with a song that I first charted over 47 years ago in its’ original version: Private Number hit my top 10 for William Bell & Judy Clay in early 1969.

http://youtube.com/v/NUCZG09ehLM

javiera

1 20 1 10 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 447700
2 1 1 9 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 865300
3 5 3 2 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 145000
4 2 2 5 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 318200
5 3 3 10 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 407200
6 23 6 2 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 74250
7 4 2 12 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 448550
8 8 8 11 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 299000
9 6 3 5 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 237300
10 9 1 11 BURN Pet Shop Boys 995000

http://youtube.com/v/cAU7zsnH3Go

olly

11 7 1 11 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 775200
12 12 3 10 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 423200
13 13 6 15 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 473800
14 11 4 10 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 289350
15 36 15 3 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 47600
16 16 16 9 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 157500
17 17 17 9 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 133900
18 18 4 11 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 433000
19 29 19 20 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 220050
20 14 14 8 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 163800

http://youtube.com/v/M1n3TcYYJIc

vendredi

21 10 1 6 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 536750
22 15 7 8 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 284600
23 26 23 3 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 41350
24 35 24 2 PORCELAIN Skott 36500
25 25 25 4 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 73400
26 NEW 26 1 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 18500
27 27 27 4 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 64400
28 37 28 2 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 35600
29 34 29 2 HEY Willa 35800
30 30 30 4 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 53100

31 21 21 4 HIGH Jesper Jenset 73900
32 80 32 2 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 21800
33 42 33 2 BLUSH TP4Y 31450
34 24 1 13 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 717400
35 39 35 4 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 48400
36 NEW 36 1 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 17400
37 40 37 2 RISE Katy Perry 34300
38 NEW 38 1 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 17200
39 87 39 2 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 19700
40 NEW 40 1 CLOSER Josef Salvat 17000

http://youtube.com/v/SbYV5FZIDqU

dreamcatcher

41 22 10 8 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 195000
42 32 32 5 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 57550
43 NEW 43 1 PAZZO! Pet Shop Boys 13500
44 NEW 44 1 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 13250
45 75 45 2 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 18000
46 48 46 2 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 25050
47 44 1 15 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 540650
48 50 48 5 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 34000
49 90 49 2 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 14100
50 63 50 7 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 43000

51 38 5 13 PARADISE Josef Salvat 356450
52 28 28 6 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 74000
53 45 1 15 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 899450
54 NEW 54 1 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 11000
55 62 55 2 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 18200
56 RE 8 12 INNER SANCTUM/12 INCH MIXES Pet Shop Boys 260650
57 31 10 12 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 239100
58 58 58 5 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 51000
59 67 59 2 PALMS Rationale 16700
60 NEW 60 1 TILTED Christine And The Queens 10000

61 51 40 8 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 65400
62 46 3 13 VIVA LOVE ABC 376350
63 70 63 4 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 16900
64 74 64 4 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 19900
65 65 65 2 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 14000
66 33 33 4 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 55450
67 61 1 14 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 438350
68 68 68 20 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 71100
69 54 7 13 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 246250
70 89 70 2 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 8200

71 NEW 71 1 FINAL SONG MO 5800
72 66 1 21 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 744900
73 73 73 13 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 50400
74 86 74 2 WILD WEST Lissie 8000
75 84 75 2 JUMP START Turin Brakes 8200

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

76 60 60 4 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 31000
77 71 71 7 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 22000
78 83 78 3 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 9800
79 81 79 2 INTO YOU Ariane Grande 8000
80 57 57 7 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 31800

81 RE 30 7 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 89600
82 82 82 4 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 10800
83 41 9 10 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 203050
84 53 30 7 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 90800
85 NEW 85 1 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 3000
86 RE 1 19 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 879500
87 88 87 2 ALL IN MY HEAD (FLEX) Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap 5000
88 NEW 88 1 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 2400
89 NEW 89 1 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 2200
90 NEW 90 1 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 2000

DROP OUTS
19 19 28 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 347550
43 15 21 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 240900
47 28 5 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 61300
49 49 3 NO SOY COMO TU CREES Ana Mena 28500
52 14 8 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 132800
55 22 6 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 102650
56 24 13 KISS Prince 192050
59 36 4 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 44500
64 40 7 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 55800
69 26 7 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 94300
72 8 12 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 267000
76 7 17 VENUS Frankie Avalon 376600
77 77 4 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 12400
78 78 3 MAKE YOUR MOVE Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan 9800
79 6 10 SAY YAY! Barei 279950
85 39 9 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 79150

17th July 2016

It’s 3 weeks at 1 for the fab Salt Ashes, holding off Grace, Richard Ashcroft and the highest new entry from ABC, the next single from the sophisticated Lexicon Of Love II album, the lovely The Flames Of Desire makes it 2 top 5 in a row for Martin Fry for the first time in 34 years. Pet Shop Boys meantime make it 5 from Super to go top 10, as Twenty Something hits 8 ahead of my Royal Opera House concert live performance. I say “my”, I mean “their”.

In at 23, the fab dramatic No Wyld with Let Me Know, a bit early 2000’s in style, while Katy Perry has an Olympic return, and she is High straight into the 40, some 8 years or so since she kissed a girl and a couple of chart-toppers in between. Yasmin has previously topped my chart in 2011 with Finish Line, this time she’s back with Infinity Ink at 30. At 37, it’s in an advert, and it’s in the trailer for DC/warners new Suicide Squad film, which gives me an excuse to rechart my 1973 number one from The Sweet. Ballroom Blitz is glamtastic fab and I’m 15 years old all over again.

http://youtube.com/v/r8pYpii2Atg

Elsewhere, The Monkees re-do a 60’s duet with the very late Harry Nilsson, using his vocals on his song for them, giving them 3, and Harry his first “new” entry since 1977. One of his songs has topped my chart in recent years though for Order Of Era, one I entered into Buzzjack Song Contest, as I have with Firebeatz, at 26. Fall Out Boy keep ’em coming, a reinvention of Ghostbusters with Missy Elliot, now into her 3rd decade of hits in not much under 20 years. It’s from the movie of course. That Missy comment also applies to Britney Spears who’s back too, 18 years since she was in her school outfit asking to be belted.

1 1 1 8 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 750300
2 2 2 4 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 253200
3 9 3 9 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 347200
4 4 2 11 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 398550
5 NEW 5 1 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 60000
6 3 3 4 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 192300
7 5 1 10 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 738200
8 11 8 10 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 251000
9 8 1 10 BURN Pet Shop Boys 953000
10 7 1 5 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 517000

http://youtube.com/v/96Xz6G8l8Lc

ABC

11 13 4 9 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 260350
12 12 3 9 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 388200
13 6 6 14 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 441800
14 17 14 7 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 143800
15 10 7 7 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 265100
16 21 16 8 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 132500
17 22 17 8 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 110900
18 18 4 10 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 411000
19 27 19 28 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 347550
20 20 6 9 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 277700

http://youtube.com/v/2d4VvEVeau0

Rochelle

21 25 21 3 HIGH Jesper Jenset 56000
22 14 10 7 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 181000
23 NEW 23 1 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 19250
24 16 1 12 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 699800
25 26 25 3 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 54650
26 82 26 2 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 22100
27 38 27 3 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 46000
28 29 28 5 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 62500
29 34 29 19 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 199050
30 48 30 3 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 35100

http://youtube.com/v/kGIgqwv7dxQ

No Wyld

31 19 10 11 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 228700
32 35 32 4 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 43800
33 33 33 3 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 48650
34 NEW 34 1 HEY Willa 17600
35 NEW 35 1 PORCELAIN Skott 17500
36 84 36 2 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 20600
37 NEW 37 1 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 17300
38 23 5 12 PARADISE Josef Salvat 344700
39 54 39 3 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 30900
40 NEW 40 1 RISE Katy Perry 17000

http://youtube.com/v/lFIIMEe2Ht0

Katy Perry

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41 30 9 9 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 199650
42 NEW 42 1 BLUSH TP4Y 13750
43 15 15 21 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 240900
44 43 1 14 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 528150
45 39 1 14 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 888200
46 37 3 12 VIVA LOVE ABC 368950
47 28 28 5 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 61300
48 NEW 48 1 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 12300
49 50 49 3 NO SOY COMO TU CREES Ana Mena 28500
50 67 50 4 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 21700

51 44 40 7 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 57900
52 32 14 8 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 132800
53 42 30 6 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 87600
54 47 7 12 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 240050
55 31 22 6 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 102650
56 24 24 13 KISS Prince 192050
57 59 57 6 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 27800
58 58 58 4 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 40800
59 36 36 4 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 44500
60 60 60 3 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 26200

http://youtube.com/v/2AQ44nPrRTM

Fall Out Boy

61 56 1 13 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 431750
62 NEW 62 1 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 7400
63 66 63 6 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 31000
64 40 40 7 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 55800
65 NEW 65 1 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 7000
66 63 1 20 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 739300
67 NEW 67 1 PALMS Rationale 6600
68 69 68 19 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 64700
69 41 26 7 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 94300
70 87 70 3 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 9700

71 74 71 6 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 17400
72 49 8 12 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 267000
73 73 73 12 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 45000
74 75 74 3 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 12800
75 NEW 75 1 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 5000

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

76 51 7 17 VENUS Frankie Avalon 376600
77 77 77 4 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 12400
78 80 78 3 MAKE YOUR MOVE Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan 9800
79 53 6 10 SAY YAY! Barei 279950
80 NEW 80 1 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 4000

81 NEW 81 1 INTO YOU Ariane Grande 3800
82 88 82 3 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 7200
83 90 83 2 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 5400
84 NEW 84 1 JUMP START Turin Brakes 3200
85 72 39 9 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 79150
86 NEW 86 1 WILD WEST Lissie 2800
87 NEW 87 1 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 2600
88 NEW 88 1 ALL IN MY HEAD (FLEX) Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap 2400
89 NEW 89 1 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 2200
90 NEW 90 1 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 2000

DROP OUTS
45 45 4 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 36500
46 17 7 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 110950
52 52 12 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 106300
55 38 9 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 78000
57 57 7 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 39700
61 40 7 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 72100
62 45 6 HOLD UP Beyonce 51950
64 17 12 ALPHABET STREET Prince 203000
65 65 15 VICTIMS Culture Club 86000
68 1 26 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1453650
70 70 7 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 28000
71 71 12 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 34600
76 22 9 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 144350
78 12 11 UP&UP Coldplay 173400
79 65 5 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 25800
81 81 4 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 14400
83 3 9 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 306450
85 1 17 NIRVANA Squeeze 644500
86 86 3 LET ME ROLL IT Paul McCartney & Wings 6800
89 89 3 LET’S STICK TOGETHER Bryan Ferry 4800

 

10th July 2016

It’s Salt Ashes for a second week with the fab Save It, just ahead of Grace leaping to 8 and her second top 5 following You Don’t Own Me. She’s a Hell Of A Girl, but When The Night Comes it’s ELO I turn to, with their highest charting of the year, and extending Jeff Lynne’s top 10 run to just over 44 years.

As I at long last take advantage of only 3 new entries to chop my chart to 90, fingers crossed I can get it back to 75 soon! Olly Murs is back, but that’s nothing compared to The Stone Roses chart return after a gap of 20 odd years, and 27 years since debuting. Inside the 40, going up is Rick Astley grabbing his 2nd top 40 of the year, Alan Walker does the same, while Bob Marley’s Is This Love is back inside the 40 after a gap of 38 years, albeit remix stylee. Bob has now had more remixed and reissued chart entries since he died than hits when he was alive. Rihanna’s Star Trek movie theme does better than any of her latest album tracks in my chart, and returns her to the 40, just as well as it’s unheard of for any of her previous albums not to have at least ONE top 40 track.

1 1 1 7 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 580300
2 18 2 3 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 138200
3 12 3 3 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 137300
4 2 2 10 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 333550
5 4 1 9 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 688200
6 6 6 13 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 409800
7 3 1 4 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 475000
8 5 1 9 BURN Pet Shop Boys 908000
9 9 4 8 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 262200
10 7 7 6 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 238100

http://youtube.com/v/0KCVmOQ1q6Y

Pet Shop Boys

11 14 11 9 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 203000
12 8 3 8 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 353200
13 13 4 8 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 223350
14 10 10 6 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 161500
15 17 15 20 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 227400
16 15 1 11 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 680800
17 19 17 6 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 114800
18 16 4 9 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 389000
19 11 10 10 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 210800
20 20 6 8 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 257700

http://youtube.com/v/mbf6HbKZSMk

The Monkees

21 25 21 7 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 107500
22 28 22 7 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 87900
23 23 5 11 PARADISE Josef Salvat 327500
24 27 24 12 KISS Prince 181450
25 35 25 2 HIGH Jesper Jenset 36250
26 36 26 2 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 35900
27 34 27 27 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 326550
28 32 28 4 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 48800
29 37 29 4 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 44200
30 21 9 8 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 185650

http://youtube.com/v/ynFTWGub5VA

Sweet Coffee

31 22 22 5 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 91850
32 24 14 7 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 121300
33 44 33 2 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 30950
34 39 34 18 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 180850
35 66 35 3 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 26000
36 54 36 3 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 34400
37 31 3 11 VIVA LOVE ABC 356200
38 57 38 2 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 27600
39 33 1 13 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 875200
40 52 40 6 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 48700

http://youtube.com/v/BXhIT4MpRis

Rihanna

41 26 26 6 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 88100
42 30 30 5 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 76350
43 42 1 13 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 514900
44 40 40 6 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 46150
45 47 45 4 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 36500
46 29 17 7 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 110950
47 41 7 11 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 229050
48 76 48 2 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 17100
49 43 8 11 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 261400
50 78 50 2 NO SOY COMO TU CREES Ana Mena 16400

51 46 7 16 VENUS Frankie Avalon 371800
52 53 52 12 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 106300
53 49 6 9 SAY YAY! Barei 275750
54 86 54 2 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 13800
55 38 38 9 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 78000
56 55 1 12 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 424250
57 60 57 7 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 39700
58 58 58 3 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 30600
59 83 59 5 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 17400
60 69 60 2 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 16200

61 50 40 7 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 72100
62 45 45 6 HOLD UP Beyonce 51950
63 61 1 19 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 732500
64 62 17 12 ALPHABET STREET Prince 203000
65 67 65 15 VICTIMS Culture Club 86000
66 68 66 5 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 23800
67 93 67 3 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 9700
68 63 1 26 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1453650
69 72 69 18 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 58300
70 70 70 7 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 28000

71 71 71 12 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 34600
72 64 39 8 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 76150
73 73 73 11 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 39600
74 89 74 5 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 11600
75 87 75 2 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 7600

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

76 51 22 9 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 144350
77 94 77 3 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 7800
78 56 12 11 UP&UP Coldplay 173400
79 65 65 5 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 25800
80 96 80 2 MAKE YOUR MOVE Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan 5400

81 81 81 4 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 14400
82 NEW 82 1 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 3600
83 59 3 9 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 306450
84 NEW 84 1 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 3200
85 84 1 17 NIRVANA Squeeze 644500
86 90 86 3 LET ME ROLL IT Paul McCartney & Wings 6800
87 99 87 2 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 3700
88 98 88 2 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 3600
89 95 89 3 LET’S STICK TOGETHER Bryan Ferry 4800
90 NEW 90 1 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 2000

http://youtube.com/v/OKxq85v39Vw

Firebeatz

DROP OUTS
48 21 11 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 208550
74 26 7 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 92050
75 50 7 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 40400
77 2 11 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 410700
79 15 11 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 177550
80 2 15 YES McAlmont & Butler 359750
82 1 11 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 414600
85 85 2 GOODBYE GIRL Squeeze 6000
88 1 20 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1087250
91 4 11 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 234000
92 6 29 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 461050
97 35 8 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 61300
100 100 2 TVC15 David Bowie 2000

3rd July 2016

It’s Salt Ashes on top, hopefully a future smash, such a fab dance track, and their second top 20 hit, just ahead of Dua Lipa climbing from 13 to 2. ELO get another top 20, they’ve not been on this form (or rather Jeff Lynne hasn’t been) since 1981! Neil Sedaka takes his Deadpool oldie into the 20 giving him his first oldie in my top 20 since Oh Carol in 1972, and his first since 1975. Meanwhile Grace gets a second top 20 as Hell Of A Girl rockets up 80 places.

Highest entry is Jesper Jenset just pipping Celtic Woman and their celtic goodie, as Kylie grabs another top 40 28 years on from her debut, this time with the second version of This Wheels On Fire to chart (Siouxsie & The Banshees was the last one, the classic cover from Julie Driscoll & co is yet to chart), from the Ab Fab movie.

http://youtube.com/v/vPo1ehHrrQE

1 5 1 6 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 410300
2 13 2 9 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 268550
3 1 1 3 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 425000
4 3 1 8 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 628200
5 2 1 8 BURN Pet Shop Boys 860000
6 7 6 12 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 354800
7 9 7 5 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 196100
8 8 3 7 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 318200
9 4 4 7 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 217200
10 11 10 5 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 132500

http://youtube.com/v/fEOyePhElr4

11 10 10 9 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 189800
12 37 12 2 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 52300
13 6 4 7 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 181350
14 18 14 8 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 166000
15 15 1 10 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 655800
16 16 4 8 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 367000
17 25 17 19 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 200400
18 98 18 2 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 23200
19 19 19 5 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 91800
20 20 6 7 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 237700

http://youtube.com/v/YYrdW4EFAto

21 12 9 7 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 167650
22 23 22 4 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 73950
23 22 5 10 PARADISE Josef Salvat 308250
24 14 14 6 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 103500
25 30 25 6 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 87750
26 26 26 5 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 74100
27 28 27 11 KISS Prince 162450
28 29 28 6 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 68400
29 17 17 6 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 98200
30 34 30 4 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 62600

31 24 3 10 VIVA LOVE ABC 338900
32 54 32 3 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 30500
33 27 1 12 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 858100
34 35 34 26 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 308150
35 NEW 35 1 HIGH Jesper Jenset 17500
36 NEW 36 1 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 17400
37 66 37 3 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 26000
38 45 38 8 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 67200
39 44 39 17 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 163250
40 62 40 5 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 32900

http://youtube.com/v/mabaKE-xNUo

41 32 7 10 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 216550
42 41 1 12 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 501400
43 31 8 10 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 249300
44 NEW 44 1 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 13250
45 47 45 5 HOLD UP Beyonce 44550
46 43 7 15 VENUS Frankie Avalon 360050
47 60 47 3 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 23500
48 21 21 11 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 208550
49 33 6 8 SAY YAY! Barei 264500
50 40 40 6 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 64600

51 38 22 8 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 139550
52 57 52 5 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 31700
53 53 53 11 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 94800
54 70 54 2 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 17000
55 49 1 11 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 413650
56 42 12 10 UP&UP Coldplay 169000
57 NEW 57 1 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 10400
58 58 58 2 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 20400
59 46 3 8 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 303050
60 61 60 6 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 29300

61 48 1 18 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 725300
62 52 17 11 ALPHABET STREET Prince 195900
63 56 1 25 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1447050
64 39 39 7 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 70550
65 65 65 4 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 21600
66 93 66 2 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 8500
67 67 67 14 VICTIMS Culture Club 79000
68 71 68 4 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 17000
69 NEW 69 1 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 6200
70 74 70 6 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 22000

71 73 71 11 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 28800
72 72 72 17 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 52100
73 75 73 10 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 34200
74 51 26 7 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 92050
75 50 50 7 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 40400

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

76 NEW 76 1 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 4800
77 64 2 11 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 410700
78 NEW 78 1 NO SOY COMO TU CREES Ana Mena 4400
79 55 15 11 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 177550
80 68 2 15 YES McAlmont & Butler 359750

81 81 81 3 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 10600
82 77 1 11 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 414600
83 95 83 4 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 7300
84 78 1 16 NIRVANA Squeeze 641500
85 85 85 2 GOODBYE GIRL Squeeze 6000
86 NEW 86 1 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 2800
87 NEW 87 1 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 2600
88 69 1 20 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1087250
89 89 89 4 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 6400
90 90 90 2 LET ME ROLL IT Paul McCartney & Wings 4000

91 82 4 11 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 234000
92 83 6 29 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 461050
93 96 93 2 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 3100
94 94 94 2 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 3200
95 99 95 2 LET’S STICK TOGETHER Bryan Ferry 2600
96 NEW 96 1 MAKE YOUR MOVE Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan 1400
97 86 35 8 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 61300
98 NEW 98 1 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 1200
99 NEW 99 1 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 1100
100 100 100 2 TVC15 David Bowie 2000

DROP OUTS
36 36 10 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 164750
59 3 9 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 375650
63 38 9 EMPTY Garbage 78700
76 25 10 WAITING Alice Boman 114450
79 8 11 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 258500
80 34 8 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 72500
84 66 7 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 26200
87 87 4 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 7600
88 37 9 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 71500
91 10 8 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 146500
92 9 14 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 224150
97 97 2 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 2400

26th June 2016

It’s fabulous Bread on top for a second week as the country tries to turn the clock back 46 years to join Bread in 1970. That can only turn out well as there is no actual thing as a time machine. Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the top 10, only the 4th time they’ve done that, By The Way, and The Zephyr Song both peaked at 4 in 2002, and, Universally Speaking in 2003 hit 8, so it’s been 13 years waiting! Dua Lipa finally breaks into the 20 cos she’s Hotter Than Hell, while Deadpool on DVD Bluray boosts Neil Sedaka and Juice Newton.

Hot off Glastonbury, 70’s legend and huge fave of mine, Jeff Lynne has the highest ELO entry at 37, When The Night Comes being the 4th off his current album to make my 40. Back in the Vinyl Age, he first charted with The Move and a Brontosaurus, in 1970. The Beach Boys 1966 classic Pet Sounds is specially editioned back into the album charts, and that allows the fab track You Still Believe In Me to chart 50 years on. The boys were number 2 in my first ever chart in 1968, behind The Beatles and ahead of Dusty Springfield. Whaddya know, they all in my chart still with uncharted 60’s classics!

Rick Astley gets his second comeback chart entry, a Squeeze oldie from 1978 joins their current former chart-topper, as Macca enters with another track off Pure McCartney with another Band On The Run track, Let Me Roll It, which leaves only 3 of the tracks off that 1974 classic album yet to chart. Another 1978 oldie is back, in remixed form, for Bob Marley – Is This Love.

http://youtube.com/v/K4R93xnKink

Bread

1 1 1 2 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 340000
2 2 1 7 BURN Pet Shop Boys 800000
3 3 1 7 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 563200
4 6 4 6 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 172100
5 5 5 5 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 240300
6 4 4 6 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 149350
7 8 7 11 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 299800
8 7 3 6 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 270200
9 10 9 4 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 146100
10 13 10 8 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 152800

http://youtube.com/v/Q0oIoR9mLwc

Chili Peppers

11 20 11 4 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 95500
12 9 9 6 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 147900
13 33 13 8 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 153550
14 17 14 5 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 84500
15 15 1 9 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 628800
16 11 4 7 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 342000
17 23 17 5 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 80000
18 18 18 7 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 137000
19 19 19 4 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 70800
20 12 6 6 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 217700

http://youtube.com/v/eS_korRhTDk

lemaitre

21 21 21 10 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 196250
22 16 5 9 PARADISE Josef Salvat 289000
23 29 23 3 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 54450
24 14 3 9 VIVA LOVE ABC 321000
25 31 25 18 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 177400
26 27 26 4 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 55600
27 24 1 11 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 840400
28 30 28 10 KISS Prince 144050
29 45 29 5 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 50100
30 43 30 5 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 69000

31 22 8 9 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 235800
32 32 7 9 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 202550
33 28 6 7 SAY YAY! Barei 252400
34 40 34 3 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 44600
35 37 35 25 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 290550
36 36 36 10 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 164750
37 NEW 37 1 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 17300
38 39 22 7 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 127800
39 47 39 6 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 63450
40 50 40 5 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 52600

http://youtube.com/v/aZfCNLRsNBU

ELO

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

41 41 1 11 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 487650
42 26 12 9 UP&UP Coldplay 158400
43 25 7 14 VENUS Frankie Avalon 347300
44 48 44 16 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 146150
45 54 45 7 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 50000
46 38 3 7 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 292950
47 53 47 4 HOLD UP Beyonce 31550
48 55 1 17 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 717800
49 46 1 10 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 402850
50 69 50 6 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 35400

51 34 26 6 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 86850
52 49 17 10 ALPHABET STREET Prince 188500
53 56 53 10 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 83550
54 93 54 2 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 12700
55 35 15 10 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 173350
56 52 1 24 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1439850
57 71 57 4 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker 20200
58 NEW 58 1 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 10200
59 44 3 9 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 375650
60 RE 60 2 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 11000

61 75 61 5 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 19300
62 72 62 4 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 15900
63 51 38 9 EMPTY Garbage 78700
64 61 2 10 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 406100
65 73 65 3 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 14600
66 91 66 2 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 8700
67 70 67 13 VICTIMS Culture Club 72400
68 67 2 14 YES McAlmont & Butler 355750
69 65 1 19 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1084850
70 NEW 70 1 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 6000

71 88 71 3 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 10600
72 77 72 16 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 46500
73 81 73 10 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 23000
74 84 74 5 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 16000
75 80 75 9 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 28800

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

76 57 25 10 WAITING Alice Boman 114450
77 74 1 10 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 411000
78 76 1 15 NIRVANA Squeeze 638300
79 59 8 11 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 258500
80 64 34 8 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 72500

81 85 81 2 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 6800
82 79 4 10 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 232100
83 87 6 28 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 459250
84 66 66 7 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 26200
85 NEW 85 1 GOODBYE GIRL Squeeze 3000
86 63 35 7 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 60000
87 90 87 4 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 7600
88 62 37 9 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 71500
89 100 89 3 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 4200
90 NEW 90 1 LET ME ROLL IT Paul McCartney & Wings 2000

91 68 10 8 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 146500
92 82 9 14 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 224150
93 NEW 93 1 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 1700
94 NEW 94 1 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 1600
95 97 95 3 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 3900
96 NEW 96 1 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 1400
97 99 97 2 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 2400
98 NEW 98 1 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 1200
99 NEW 99 1 LET’S STICK TOGETHER Bryan Ferry 1100
100 NEW 100 1 TVC15 David Bowie 1000

DROP OUTS
42 29 9 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 155350
58 54 21 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 156200
60 60 9 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 68900
78 47 6 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 46550
83 43 5 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 42900
86 86 4 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 8300
89 74 5 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 18200
92 92 2 LOVE IS A LONELY DANCER Antony & Cleopatra 3000
94 1 42 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2926900
95 95 2 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 3000
96 12 14 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 182800
98 1 18 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 876700

19th June 2016

 

It’s a classic ballad from 1970 on top, a gorgeous song that peaked at 2 in my charts of the time, and one which topped my chart in a over by Let Loose 20 years ago. Make It With You is being heavily featured in an advert and has duly made the UK sales top 100 – not the streaming chart, the one I actually still care about where old folk like me still buy with actual money and the number ones are way better. I always loved the song so 46 years late it climbs one spot higher to give Bread, and main singer-songwriter girlie heart-throb David Gates his first chart-topper. Bread never made the uk trek to TOTP back in the day so they charted on the song, and I never got see Bread at their peak. Looking back now, he was quite the good-looker wholesome teen appeal on top of the songwriting talent and angelic voice.

Elton John gets his first top 5 with new material since he topped the chart uncredited a decade ago with Scissor Sisters I Dont Feel Like Dancing, this time assisting Bright Light Bright Light. You can see the Elton influence on both pop gems which makes me wonder why his solo albums are so dreary year after year. He’s down with current music trends – he just avoids them on his recordings. He needs a kick up the ass. Meanwhile another old 70s star who also needs a kickstart is back up – I’m supporting Bob Geldofs showdown of the loathesome racist Nigel Farage, drowning him out with the original version of The In Crowd on the River Thames, and as done definitively here from 1974 and Bryan Ferrys version.

1 NEW 1 1 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 170000
2 2 1 6 BURN Pet Shop Boys 685000
3 1 1 6 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 478200
4 46 4 5 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 94350
5 5 5 4 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 180300
6 15 6 5 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 107100
7 3 3 5 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 222200
8 9 8 10 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 249800
9 13 9 5 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 112900
10 10 10 3 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 101100

11 4 4 6 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 317000
12 6 6 5 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 197700
13 18 13 7 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 110800
14 8 3 8 VIVA LOVE ABC 302000
15 11 1 8 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 601800
16 31 5 8 PARADISE Josef Salvat 269500
17 32 17 4 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 55500
18 19 18 6 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 115000
19 27 19 3 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 49800
20 20 20 3 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 58500

21 21 21 9 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 176500
22 12 8 8 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 217900
23 25 23 4 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 57000
24 14 1 10 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 822000
25 7 7 13 VENUS Frankie Avalon 333800
26 16 12 8 UP&UP Coldplay 144650
27 38 27 3 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 37100
28 22 6 6 SAY YAY! Barei 234700
29 39 29 2 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 35200
30 34 30 9 KISS Prince 125750

31 33 31 17 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 158650
32 24 7 8 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 185050
33 44 24 7 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 121550
34 26 26 5 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 75100
35 23 15 9 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 162550
36 36 36 9 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 147350
37 40 37 24 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 273050
38 30 3 6 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 280200
39 28 22 6 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 110600
40 60 40 2 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 27000

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

41 41 1 10 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 473650
42 29 29 9 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 155350
43 43 43 4 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 51000
44 37 3 8 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 365550
45 59 45 4 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 31900
46 42 1 9 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 390750
47 56 47 5 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 46350
48 49 48 15 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 132900
49 17 17 9 ALPHABET STREET Prince 177000
50 50 50 4 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 35600

51 51 38 8 EMPTY Garbage 715000
52 52 1 23 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1429250
53 67 53 3 HOLD UP Beyonce 19050
54 65 54 6 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 37000
55 55 1 16 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 705500
56 58 56 9 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 72300
57 45 25 9 WAITING Alice Boman 109650
58 54 54 21 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 156200
59 77 8 10 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 254300
60 62 60 9 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 68900

61 53 2 9 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 399000
62 48 37 8 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 69100
63 35 35 6 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 57200
64 64 34 7 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 68500
65 57 1 18 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1078650
66 72 66 6 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 23000
67 66 2 13 YES McAlmont & Butler 329350
68 61 10 7 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 144600
69 69 69 5 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 23400
70 70 70 12 VICTIMS Culture Club 65800

71 85 71 3 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker 9800
72 91 72 3 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 8500
73 89 73 2 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 7600
74 68 1 9 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 406400
75 81 75 4 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 11800

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

76 71 1 14 NIRVANA Squeeze 633900
77 80 77 15 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 40900
78 47 47 6 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 46550
79 78 4 9 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 228500
80 83 80 8 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 23800

81 87 81 9 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 17600
82 82 9 13 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 222350
83 63 43 5 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 42900
84 84 84 4 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 10800
85 NEW 85 1 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 3000
86 86 86 4 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 8300
87 79 6 27 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 455850
88 88 88 2 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 4800
89 74 74 5 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 18200
90 93 90 3 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 4800

91 NEW 91 1 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 1900
92 98 92 2 LOVE IS A LONELY DANCER Antony & Cleopatra 3000
93 NEW 93 1 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 1700
94 92 1 42 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2926900
95 95 95 2 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 3000
96 96 12 14 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 182800
97 99 97 2 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 2400
98 90 1 18 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 876700
99 NEW 99 1 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 1100
100 100 100 2 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 2000

DROP OUTS
73 12 8 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 145700
75 74 5 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 23400
76 76 8 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 32600
94 3 22 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 635650
97 97 1 A/B MACHINES Sleigh Bells 1300

P1070833
12th June 2016

It’s 67-year-old Jean-Michel Jarre electronica legend and 80’s quirky popstress 62-year-old Cyndi Lauper on top with the cool, and soon to be a single, Swipe To The Right, something we all do daily these days. It’s a banging dance choon and the first chart-topper for both acts, Cyndi’s been waiting patiently over 32 years, and Jean-Michel hanging in there 39 years since his classic Oxygene Part IV peaked at 2 when I just started Uni. Meanwhile 50’s popstar Frankie Avalon finally gets his 1959 Venus into my top 10, so that’s the oldest duo to top my chart, the oldest track to hit my top 10 (57 years old), and with The Monkees at 10, the oldest band to hit my top 10 with new material (Micky is 71, Peter 74 and Mike 73), and the last time Mike was in my top 10 solo was the year Jean-Michel Jarre debuted – 1977. Had I been charting in 1967 they would also have the longest span of top 10 hits, 50 years give or take. They also enter the top 40 with their official single,

Talking of 60’s veterans, and bangin’ EDM pensioners, back in at 13 is 73-year-old Paul McCartney’s 1974 album track, Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five as re-imagined by Timo Maas and James Teej, that’s the 5th track off Band On The Run to make my top 20. Paul slips out obscure dance tracks under his pseudonym The Fireman, with producer-partner Youth, of 80’s fab dance-synthpop act Brilliant who never made it, but charted with me several times. Not a lot of people know that. 90’s veteran Richard Ashcroft returns to the top 20 with the fab Hold On, up there with his best material solo and with The Verve. Other 90’s veterans Red Hot Chili Peppers do the same with one of their best tracks, Dark Necessities is a grower.

Top 40 entries for Primal Scream, yet another 90’s veteran act (with Jean-Michel), Protoje gets a 2nd top 40, and OneRepublic extend their run back 8 years or so. Just behind them is someone who’s been absent for 7 years as an act – RedOne debuted with Lady Gaga with chart-topper Just Dance, and now is back with yet more 90’s veterans Enrique Iglesias and Shaggy. They have all topped my chart. Greedy Enrique also enters with his Latin monster Duele El Corazon, featuring Wisin.

http://youtube.com/v/MJmS5cCwUQk

Jean Michel & Cyndi

1 2 1 5 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 393200
2 1 1 5 BURN Pet Shop Boys 570000
3 6 3 4 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 172200
4 5 4 5 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 280000
5 10 5 3 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 120300
6 9 6 4 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 162700
7 13 7 12 VENUS Frankie Avalon 315000
8 3 3 7 VIVA LOVE ABC 273000
9 14 9 9 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 201800
10 39 10 2 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 59100

http://youtube.com/v/XoUiJR2vBrA

Macca

11 4 1 7 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 574800
12 8 8 7 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 198400
13 RE 13 4 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 67900
14 11 1 9 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 803000
15 28 15 4 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 52100
16 12 12 7 UP&UP Coldplay 126050
17 17 17 8 ALPHABET STREET Prince 164800
18 27 18 6 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 78800
19 19 19 5 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 93000
20 26 20 2 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 38500

http://youtube.com/v/YMjgA_EslBY

Richard Ashcroft

21 21 21 8 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 156750
22 7 6 5 SAY YAY! Barei 216500
23 15 15 8 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 144650
24 23 7 7 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 167250
25 35 25 3 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 37750
26 30 26 4 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 57500
27 57 27 2 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 28800
28 22 22 5 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 93500
29 29 29 8 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 141600
30 16 3 5 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 263000

31 18 5 7 PARADISE Josef Salvat 244500
32 49 32 3 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 32500
33 47 33 16 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 140750
34 40 34 8 KISS Prince 107750
35 48 35 5 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 49900
36 36 36 8 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 129950
37 20 3 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 352300
38 95 38 2 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 18700
39 NEW 39 1 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 17100
40 45 40 23 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 255750

http://youtube.com/v/6fBZBntjEOA
RedOne

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41 31 1 9 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 459650
42 32 1 8 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 377950
43 50 43 3 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 37500
44 24 24 6 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 103850
45 25 25 8 WAITING Alice Boman 99250
46 52 46 4 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 29350
47 53 47 5 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 42150
48 37 37 7 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 61700
49 51 49 14 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 120500
50 58 50 3 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 23600

51 38 38 7 EMPTY Garbage 59750
52 46 1 22 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1417750
53 41 2 8 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 391500
54 56 54 20 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 145900
55 55 1 15 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 694700
56 59 56 4 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 33750
57 44 1 17 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1071650
58 60 58 8 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 61700
59 68 59 3 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 18900
60 NEW 60 1 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 10000

61 33 10 6 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 138200
62 62 62 8 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 58900
63 43 43 4 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 39500
64 34 34 6 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 61400
65 70 65 5 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 26000
66 64 2 12 YES McAlmont & Butler 322750
67 98 67 2 HOLD UP Beyonce 7800
68 66 1 8 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 401200
69 72 69 4 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 17200
70 73 70 11 VICTIMS Culture Club 59800

71 69 1 13 NIRVANA Squeeze 629100
72 80 72 5 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 16200
73 63 12 8 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 145700
74 75 74 4 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 16000
75 77 74 5 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 23400

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

76 78 76 8 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 32600
77 67 8 9 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 244200
78 71 4 8 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 224300
79 79 6 26 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 453250
80 81 80 14 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 36300

81 92 81 3 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 6800
82 74 9 12 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 218750
83 85 83 7 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 19800
84 88 84 3 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 7600
85 97 85 2 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker 4300
86 96 86 3 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 5500
87 89 87 8 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 13800
88 NEW 88 1 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 2400
89 NEW 89 1 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 2200
90 83 1 17 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 875500

91 100 91 2 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 2900
92 87 1 41 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2925300
93 99 93 2 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 2800
94 90 3 22 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 635650
95 NEW 95 1 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 1500
96 93 12 13 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 181400
97 NEW 97 1 A/B MACHINES Sleigh Bells 1300
98 NEW 98 1 LOVE IS A LONELY DANCER Antony & Cleopatra 1200
99 NEW 99 1 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 1100
100 NEW 100 1 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 1000

DROP OUTS
42 33 4 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 33650
54 37 6 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 69350
61 36 4 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 59100
65 8 22 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 460600
76 68 11 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 65600
82 19 8 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 106200
84 5 11 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 346950
86 51 8 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 54150
91 10 8 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 195800
94 57 6 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 27600

5th June 2016

It’s the Pet Shop Boys Burn-ing on top for a second week, and holding off the joint challenge of Jean-Michel Jarre (who they join with at 22 themselves) and Cyndi Lauper. That’s Jean-Michel’s 2nd number 2 39 years since the first, and Cyndi’s first in 32 years of trying. Sigma grab another top 10 with Cry, which also gives Take That another year of top 10’s 23 years since the first, Pray.

Highest new entry at 26 is from an advert, Lemaitre turning up a year late in my chart, though not as late as another advert song, at 99, for The Vogues – Five O’Clock World was an American 60’s hit that flopped in the UK, but one which I regularly used to hear on Florida’s then-60s-oldies radio station on my regular Florida holidays in the 90’s. The advert reminded me I never did manage to find a compilation CD in the States with it on, so it’s in my download basket right now.

Talking of the 60’s, I can’t understate my surprise to see a new album turn up from The Monkees. It’s literally been 30 years since their last one, and that was basically just Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. The new one has the late Davy Jones on an unreleased 60’s track, but otherwise features Micky, Peter and Mike “Michael” Nesmith – and a host of guest stars writing them songs. Best of the tracks are the ex-XTC Andy Partridge song You Bring The Summer, in at 57, and a Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher joint 60’s psychedelic-sounding song, in at 39 for the fab gear Birth Of An Accidental Hipster. Now, 49 years ago I was a pre-teen, and I was mad on The Monkees records and the TV sitcom-with-music quirky antics. The Beatles were fans, the press loathed them (being dicks) and a generation of musicians were influenced by them anyway, despite the snotty music critics. Cos they were genuinely good! So, 30 years since the first and last time they had a new track in my chart, they are back. The Monkees have topped my chart loads of times with oldies, though, starting in 1974, as their singles chart career just pre-dated my chart starting up in 1968. Phew!

1 1 1 4 BURN Pet Shop Boys 455000
2 8 2 4 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 223200
3 4 3 6 VIVA LOVE ABC 225000
4 2 1 5 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 537800
5 5 5 4 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 215000
6 18 6 3 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 87200
7 6 6 4 SAY YAY! Barei 197000
8 12 8 6 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 163400
9 9 9 3 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 107700
10 28 10 2 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 60300

http://youtube.com/v/vPo1ehHrrQE

salt ashes

11 10 1 8 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 774000
12 14 12 6 UP&UP Coldplay 101050
13 13 13 11 VENUS Frankie Avalon 265000
14 16 14 8 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 156800
15 15 15 7 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 125400
16 7 3 4 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 245000
17 17 17 7 ALPHABET STREET Prince 141800
18 11 5 6 PARADISE Josef Salvat 226600
19 19 19 4 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 72000
20 3 3 6 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 335000

http://youtube.com/v/JnRPl4uQIUQ

prince

21 21 21 7 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 137000
22 22 22 4 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 75200
23 20 7 6 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 148250
24 26 24 5 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 90600
25 29 25 7 WAITING Alice Boman 86250
26 NEW 26 1 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 18500
27 30 27 5 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 56800
28 71 28 3 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 25100
29 31 29 7 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 123400
30 32 30 3 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 39000

http://youtube.com/v/eS_korRhTDk

Lemaitre

31 25 1 8 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 445650
32 27 1 7 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 364200
33 24 10 5 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 130700
34 35 34 5 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 54300
35 95 35 2 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 19000
36 38 36 7 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 112550
37 49 37 6 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 49400
38 55 38 6 EMPTY Garbage 48000
39 NEW 39 1 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 17100
40 42 40 7 KISS Prince 90150

http://youtube.com/v/oX_8YLY9OFk

The Monkees
**********************41 23 2 7 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 380250
42 33 33 4 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 33650
43 45 43 3 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 32300
44 39 1 16 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1061250
45 46 45 22 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 238750
46 40 1 21 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1406250
47 48 47 15 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 123050
48 54 48 4 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 32400
49 87 49 2 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 14700
50 50 50 2 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 2400051 51 51 13 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 108400
52 80 52 3 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 16600
53 58 53 4 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 29650
54 37 37 6 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 69350
55 47 1 14 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 683900
56 56 56 19 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 134900
57 NEW 57 1 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 10400
58 96 58 2 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 11600
59 53 53 3 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 23150
60 61 60 7 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 5150061 36 36 4 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 59100
62 62 62 7 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 51500
63 41 12 7 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 140300
64 52 2 11 YES McAlmont & Butler 315950
65 34 8 22 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 460600
66 43 1 7 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 394800
67 44 8 8 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 239600
68 88 68 2 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 8800
69 59 1 12 NIRVANA Squeeze 623300
70 76 70 4 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 1900071 63 4 7 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 219900
72 79 72 3 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 11000
73 73 73 10 VICTIMS Culture Club 53800
74 57 9 11 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 215150
75 81 75 3 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 10800*************************76 68 68 11 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 65600
77 74 74 4 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 18400
78 78 78 7 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 27800
79 75 6 25 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 449050
80 85 80 4 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 1060081 82 81 13 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 32300
82 60 19 8 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 106200
83 64 1 16 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 873500
84 77 5 11 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 346950
85 86 85 6 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 16400
86 70 51 8 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 54150
87 83 1 40 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2923500
88 90 88 2 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 4400
89 91 89 7 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 11200
90 84 3 21 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 63405091 66 10 8 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 195800
92 98 92 2 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 3000
93 93 12 12 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 180000
94 65 57 6 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 27600
95 NEW 95 1 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 1500
96 97 96 2 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 2700
97 NEW 97 1 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker 1300
98 NEW 98 1 HOLD UP Beyonce 1200
99 NEW 99 1 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 1100
100 NEW 100 1 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 100067 67 4 FLY Andy Bell 22400
69 16 5 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 83950
72 72 5 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 16600
89 89 2 DON’T TOUCH ME THERE The Tubes 3800
92 92 3 MIDNIGHT GOLD Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitas 4500
94 4 15 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 399250
99 30 8 WILD HORSES Birdy 89900
100 100 1 NO DEGREE OF SEPARATION Francesca Michielin 1000

29th May 2016

It’s the Pet Shop Boys with their 3rd chart-topper of 2016. It’s a great dance anthem, and I’m nothing if not loyal. Shame the actual single is up to only 19, with the Jean-Michel Jarre combo up to 22 for the lads. Jean-M J is up to 8 and 54 with 80’s veteran Cyndi and 90’s veterans Primal Scream. ABC get their first (or rather Martin Fry does, as it is only he these days) top 5 since 1987, tha fab Viva Love while their Gary Barlow combo is into the top 30. Gary’s new combo with Sigma leaps into the 20 with his Take That mates, giving the lads 24 years of top 20’s.

Big climbs for Javiera Mena, Coldplay, Laura Tesoro, Kungs vs Cookin (hooray an actual UK hit for a great single in a rubbish chart dominated by the album tracks and singles of tedious superstars to the exclusion of everyone else. Hi to the awful Drake who deserves all of the criticism he gets from fellow rappers, dull Rihanna, the long-overstayed-his-welcome Justin Bieber and a host of other singles which stopped selling ages ago but hang around due to obsessive fans still streaming them. Stop it! It’s not clever, and you should be embarrassed, play something else and give us all a break! PLEASE!).

Highest new entry the excellent Salt Ashes at 28, while OneRepublic return after a break.

1 2 1 3 BURN Pet Shop Boys 285000
2 1 1 4 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 472800
3 5 3 5 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 315000
4 12 4 5 VIVA LOVE ABC 140000
5 7 5 3 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 155000
6 6 6 3 SAY YAY! Barei 147000
7 3 3 3 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 220000
8 10 8 3 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 108200
9 33 9 2 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 62700
10 4 1 7 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 737000

http://youtube.com/v/cNQH3QeZoL8

frankie avalon

11 8 5 5 PARADISE Josef Salvat 204600
12 16 12 5 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 115400
13 14 13 10 VENUS Frankie Avalon 233000
14 32 14 5 UP&UP Coldplay 66050
15 17 15 6 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 98400
16 31 16 7 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 127800
17 19 17 6 ALPHABET STREET Prince 118800
18 58 18 2 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 32200
19 30 19 3 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 51000
20 9 7 5 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 129000

http://youtube.com/v/BPNTC7uZYrI

coldplay

21 21 21 6 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 117250
22 24 22 3 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 55700
23 15 2 6 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 366250
24 13 10 4 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 113000
25 18 1 7 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 427750
26 27 26 4 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 71600
27 20 1 6 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 346400
28 NEW 28 1 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 18300
29 35 29 6 WAITING Alice Boman 67500
30 40 30 4 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 38400

http://youtube.com/v/2Y6Nne8RvaA

Kungs

31 34 31 6 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 105200
32 84 32 2 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 21000
33 69 33 3 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 19900
34 11 8 21 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 453600
35 63 35 4 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 36700
36 39 36 3 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 51600
37 44 37 5 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 58350
38 38 38 6 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 95150
39 36 1 15 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1048000
40 37 1 20 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1393500

http://youtube.com/v/0KCVmOQ1q6Y

Pet Shop Boys

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41 26 12 6 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 133100
42 48 42 6 KISS Prince 73150
43 22 1 6 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 388000
44 25 8 7 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 233000
45 71 45 2 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 18800
46 46 46 21 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 225750
47 42 1 13 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 673100
48 49 48 14 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 110550
49 55 49 5 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 32100
50 NEW 50 1 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 12000

51 52 51 12 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 96650
52 45 2 10 YES McAlmont & Butler 308850
53 92 53 2 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 13050
54 64 54 3 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 20100
55 60 55 5 EMPTY Garbage 30800
56 56 56 18 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 124300
57 23 9 10 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 209950
58 66 58 3 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 18400
59 47 1 11 NIRVANA Squeeze 617100
60 29 19 7 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 102600

61 61 61 6 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 41500
62 62 62 6 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 44100
63 43 4 6 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 214100
64 50 1 15 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 870100
65 57 57 5 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 26000
66 28 10 7 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 193900
67 67 67 4 FLY Andy Bell 22400
68 68 68 10 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 60800
69 41 16 5 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 83950
70 51 51 7 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 51350

71 100 71 2 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 6800
72 72 72 5 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 16600
73 73 73 9 VICTIMS Culture Club 48400
74 77 74 3 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 13800
75 75 6 24 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 444850

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76 76 76 3 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 13000
77 53 5 10 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 343750
78 78 78 6 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 23400
79 98 79 2 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 5400
80 99 80 2 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 5100

81 90 81 2 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 5800
82 83 82 12 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 28700
83 80 1 39 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2920900
84 74 3 20 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 632050
85 88 85 3 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 6600
86 86 86 5 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 13400
87 NEW 87 1 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 2600
88 NEW 88 1 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 2400
89 94 89 2 DON’T TOUCH ME THERE The Tubes 3800
90 NEW 90 1 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 2000

91 91 91 6 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 9000
92 93 92 3 MIDNIGHT GOLD Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitas 4500
93 59 12 11 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 178300
94 70 4 15 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 399250
95 NEW 95 1 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 1500
96 NEW 96 1 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 1400
97 NEW 97 1 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 1300
98 RE 98 1 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 1200
99 79 30 8 WILD HORSES Birdy 89900
100 NEW 100 1 NO DEGREE OF SEPARATION Francesca Michielin 1000

DROP OUTS
54 30 5 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 61850
65 3 6 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 205400
81 7 13 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 275100
82 18 5 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 79350
85 36 6 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 56500
87 87 3 A SIMPLE GAME Billy Ocean 5900
89 44 6 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 47150
95 95 2 SLOW DOWN Douwe Bob 2600
96 93 3 DADDY LESSONS Beyonce 4800
97 97 2 THE LAST OF OUR KIND Rykka 2600

 

 

22nd May 2016

It’s Justin for a second week on top, holding off the highest new entry, the best album track not charted from the Pet Shop Boys Super, Burn, an EDM disco gem, and a much better choice of single (as would number 4) than the official single up to 30. Even Jean-Michel Jarre’s collaboration is at 24, outperforming it. Talking of J-MJ, his Cyndi Lauper track hits the top 10, his first (I think) in 39 years, and Cyndi’s first over 20 years. The top 10 is eurovision dominated, Dami Im at 3, Barei up to 6, and Poli Genova up to 7 swapping with Amir at 9.

In at 33 it’s the cool Otra Era from Javiera Mena, a lovely EDM gem from the Chilean female EDM artist. Keeping the music international Yothu Yindi has a dance mix of his aboriginal-based Treaty up into the 75. Red Hot Chili Peppers go top 40 for the first time in years, extending their run to over 20 years, while there’s a sudden release surprising me, Sigma and Take That, who knew! It’s good though. ABC get a second chart entry, this one from Take That’s Gary Barlow’s project to the Eddie The Eagle Movie, Fly. Living Inside My Heart joins Viva Love at 12, to give ABC a Lexicon Of Love-stylee revival just as I paid a fortune for good seats for their Orchestral tour of the original album and it’s forthcoming sequel. Also from that album, Howard Jones returns for the first time in over 20 years too at 90, Eagle Will Fly Again, while Ricard Ashcroft is back 19 years since his debut number one, first of 3 (2 with The Verve, one solo). Finally, The Tubes get an uncharted oldie some 36 years since their last new one and 39 years since their first chart hit.

http://youtube.com/v/b1nUIN_Vp3c

PSB’s

1 1 1 2 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 187800
2 NEW 2 1 BURN Pet Shop Boys 115000
3 3 3 2 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 170000
4 2 1 6 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 695000
5 5 5 4 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 230000
6 11 6 2 SAY YAY! Barei 92000
7 9 7 2 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 95000
8 6 5 4 PARADISE Josef Salvat 167600
9 7 7 4 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 109000
10 29 10 2 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 60200

http://youtube.com/v/jBmkNzFZUW4

Barei

11 8 8 20 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 436000
12 20 12 4 VIVA LOVE ABC 75000
13 10 10 3 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 94000
14 14 14 9 VENUS Frankie Avalon 201000
15 4 2 5 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 347000
16 24 16 4 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 80400
17 28 17 5 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 71400
18 15 1 6 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 409000
19 23 19 5 ALPHABET STREET Prince 95800
20 17 1 5 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 328000

http://youtube.com/v/o1KWG3yRd2k

Audien

21 21 21 5 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 97500
22 12 1 5 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 374500
23 18 9 9 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 199550
24 38 24 2 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 36200
25 16 8 6 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 219750
26 22 12 5 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 119000
27 34 27 3 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 53100
28 13 10 6 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 187100
29 19 19 6 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 92600
30 50 30 2 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 30000

31 36 23 6 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 102800
32 51 32 4 UP&UP Coldplay 37050
33 NEW 33 1 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 17700
34 35 34 5 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 87300
35 37 35 5 WAITING Alice Boman 49300
36 26 1 14 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1030900
37 33 1 19 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1376500
38 40 38 5 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 77950
39 39 39 2 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 34200
40 88 40 3 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 20400

http://youtube.com/v/NUCZG09ehLM

Javiera

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41 25 16 4 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 77750
42 42 1 12 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 660600
43 27 4 5 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 206900
44 48 44 4 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 41050
45 44 2 9 YES McAlmont & Butler 297350
46 47 46 20 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 213000
47 41 1 10 NIRVANA Squeeze 607000
48 49 48 5 KISS Prince 59400
49 52 49 13 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 98250
50 32 1 14 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 863000

51 54 51 6 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 45350
52 55 52 11 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 84900
53 31 5 9 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 339150
54 30 30 5 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 61850
55 75 55 4 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 20000
56 56 56 17 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 113700
57 78 57 4 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 19000
58 NEW 58 1 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 10200
59 53 12 10 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 176600
60 74 60 4 EMPTY Garbage 20000

61 64 61 5 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 34000
62 62 62 5 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 36700
63 66 63 3 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 19200
64 90 64 2 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 9100
65 45 3 6 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 205400
66 96 66 2 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 8200
67 72 67 3 FLY Andy Bell 15800
68 68 68 9 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 54400
69 70 69 2 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 12200
70 60 4 14 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 397650

71 NEW 71 1 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 5800
72 89 72 4 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 11000
73 73 73 8 VICTIMS Culture Club 43000
74 69 3 19 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 628850
75 81 6 23 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 439850

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

76 83 76 2 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 8200
77 80 77 2 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 8600
78 79 78 5 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 19000
79 43 30 7 WILD HORSES Birdy 88800
80 67 1 38 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2917500

81 61 7 13 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 275100
82 46 18 5 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 79350
83 84 83 11 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 25100
84 NEW 84 1 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 3200
85 57 36 6 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 56500
86 87 86 4 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 10600
87 92 87 3 A SIMPLE GAME Billy Ocean 5900
88 98 88 2 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 3600
89 59 44 6 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 47150
90 NEW 90 1 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 2000

91 95 91 5 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 7100
92 NEW 92 1 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 1800
93 100 93 2 MIDNIGHT GOLD Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitas 2700
94 NEW 94 1 DON’T TOUCH ME THERE The Tubes 1600
95 99 95 2 SLOW DOWN Douwe Bob 2600
96 93 93 3 DADDY LESSONS Beyonce 4800
97 97 97 2 THE LAST OF OUR KIND Rykka 2600
98 NEW 98 1 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 1200
99 NEW 99 1 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Lights Bright Lights featuring Elton John 1100
100 NEW 100 1 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 1000

DROP OUTS
58 33 12 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 182300
63 38 5 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 49400
65 8 10 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 215150
71 39 3 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 35900
76 50 6 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 39500
77 77 12 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 32000
82 59 8 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 43700
85 8 10 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 237750
86 86 2 DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME Frances 4400
91 27 7 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 68500
94 94 3 AIN’T YOUR MAMA Jennifer Lopez 3900

15th May 2016

It’s Justin Timberlake at 1, fresh off Eurovision and sealing the Eurovision invasion of my chart following a great contest, highly entertaining, if it was marred by a rubbish new voting system which robbed the real winners (Australia or Russia, depending on whether you choose the previous system or the public vote). Justin has already had 3 solo toppers, 1 with Madonna, and one with ‘NSync, for a total of 6 in 16 years. Australian Dami Im is in at 3 with the highest new entry Sound Of Silence, an awesome vocal performance at Eurovision, with France’s Amir leaping to 7, Bulgaria’s Poli Genova at 9 and Spain’s Barei at 11. Kygo gets another top 10, as do the Beatles, 49 years late (it was never a single, and I’ve never charted the classic Sgt Pepper track before) and 48 years since they topped my first chart. The act that just keeps on giving half a century on!

ABC go top 20, a run of 35 years, and it’s both a Jean-Michel Jarre and Pet Shop Boys mini-invasion, the PSB’s with their new single at 50, and also with JMJ at 38, one of the best tracks off Jean-Michel’s new album. It’s 39 years since Oxygene Part IV peaked at 2, and he has 3 new entries this week, with Cyndi lauper’s thumping EDM track at 29, and a quirky semi-novelty with Primal Scream lower down. Calvin Harris and Rihanna return with a single that’s an improvement on Rihanna’s recent stuff, at 39.

http://youtube.com/v/2EG_Jtw4OyU

1 32 1 2 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 187800
2 1 1 5 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 630000
3 NEW 3 1 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 85000
4 2 2 4 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 320000
5 6 5 3 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 170000
6 5 5 3 PARADISE Josef Salvat 119600
7 58 7 3 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 64000
8 11 8 19 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 399000
9 NEW 9 1 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 45000
10 20 10 2 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 62000

http://youtube.com/v/boYQovCybYQ

11 NEW 11 1 SAY YAY! Barei 37000
12 3 1 4 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 355000
13 10 10 5 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 168800
14 14 14 8 VENUS Frankie Avalon 172000
15 9 1 5 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 387000
16 8 8 5 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 201000
17 7 1 4 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 308000
18 15 9 8 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 180300
19 19 19 5 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 74400
20 28 20 3 VIVA LOVE ABC 40000

http://youtube.com/v/yKsNfccUTuk

21 21 21 4 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 77750
22 12 12 4 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 100500
23 23 23 4 ALPHABET STREET Prince 74800
24 29 24 3 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 55400
25 16 16 3 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 63750
26 13 1 13 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1013500
27 4 4 4 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 193400
28 31 28 4 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 48400
29 NEW 29 1 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 18200
30 37 30 4 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 50850

http://youtube.com/v/m_JNV8_h_vg

31 17 5 8 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 327900
32 22 1 13 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 851000
33 24 1 18 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1359200
34 39 34 2 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 34700
35 35 35 4 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 69700
36 25 23 5 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 84900
37 67 37 4 WAITING Alice Boman 31800
38 NEW 38 1 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 17200
39 NEW 39 1 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 17100
40 40 40 4 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 60750

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

41 26 1 9 NIRVANA Squeeze 594500
42 34 1 11 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 646850
43 30 30 6 WILD HORSES Birdy 84600
44 41 2 8 YES McAlmont & Butler 284350
45 27 3 5 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 198400
46 18 18 4 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 75750
47 47 47 19 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 200250
48 48 48 3 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 27800
49 49 49 4 KISS Prince 47100
50 NEW 50 1 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 12000

51 70 51 3 UP&UP Coldplay 19250
52 52 52 12 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 86150
53 42 12 9 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 165500
54 64 54 5 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 33600
55 60 55 10 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 73400
56 56 56 16 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 103100
57 36 36 5 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 53500
58 33 33 12 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 182300
59 44 44 5 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 44950
60 43 4 13 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 391650

61 54 7 12 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 271300
62 62 62 4 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 29300
63 38 38 5 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 49400
64 65 64 4 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 26500
65 46 8 10 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 215150
66 74 66 2 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 12000
67 61 1 37 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2913500
68 69 68 8 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 48000
69 55 3 18 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 623650
70 NEW 70 1 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 6000

71 45 39 3 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 35900
72 82 72 2 FLY Andy Bell 9200
73 73 73 7 VICTIMS Culture Club 37600
74 88 74 3 EMPTY Garbage 10000
75 86 75 3 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 9200

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76 50 50 6 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 39500
77 79 77 12 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 32000
78 89 78 3 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 8600
79 80 79 4 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 14600
80 NEW 80 1 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 4000

81 81 6 22 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 434850
82 59 59 8 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 43700
83 NEW 83 1 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 3400
84 85 84 10 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 21700
85 66 8 10 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 237750
86 94 86 2 DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME Frances 4400
87 87 87 3 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 7800
88 100 88 2 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 3400
89 90 89 3 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 5400
90 NEW 90 1 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 2000

91 71 27 7 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 68500
92 95 92 2 A SIMPLE GAME Billy Ocean 3300
93 93 93 2 DADDY LESSONS Beyonce 3400
94 97 94 3 AIN’T YOUR MAMA Jennifer Lopez 3900
95 96 95 4 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 5200
96 NEW 96 1 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 1400
97 NEW 97 1 THE LAST OF OUR KIND Rykka 1300
98 NEW 98 1 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 1200
99 NEW 99 1 SLOW DOWN Douwe Bob 1100
100 NEW 100 1 MIDNIGHT GOLD Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitas 1000

DROP OUTS
51 4 4 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 114300
53 16 9 REAL LOVE Florrie 131400
57 6 10 ONE STRIKE All Saints 313100
63 5 12 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 308400
68 68 3 10,000 LUCHTBALLONEN K3 18400
72 72 4 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 19800
75 5 17 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 419950
76 28 4 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 47100
77 72 4 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 20800
78 20 13 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 198050
83 9 13 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 246750
84 6 10 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 231650
91 91 2 SOUR CANDY Bleached 3800
92 92 3 MELLOW BRICK ROAD Pogo 5400
98 98 2 BIRDLAND Weather Report 2300
99 99 1 ILYSB LANY 1100

8th May 2016

It’s the Pet Shop Boys with a spot of revenge on top – back in 1988 Left To My Own Devices knocked off I Wish U Heaven from the top spot (back up to 4 28 years later), and in 1989 Sheena Easton (and Prince’s) 101 knocked off the Pet Shop Boys It’s Alright from the top spot. Now 101 gets knocked off by the Pet Shop Boys Say It To Me, and the Pet Shop Boys hold off Sign O’ The Times at 2 – the second time it has hit 2.

Biggest climber is up 72 places to give Josef Salvat a second top 40 and first top 5, with the fab Paradise. In at 20 Kygo is back for a 6th time, this time with Kodaline Raging in. Joining the 80’s acts, ABC leap from 93 to 28 with Viva Love, as Andy Bell of Erasure becomes the latest “Fly” album veteran to grab a return, at 82. 90’s veterans also join the club, Justin Timberlake at 32 with CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! No need to shout Justin, I noticed it..! 19 years of entries for JT, Red Hot Chili Peppers are also back and dark and now well over 26 years into a chart run, albeit only at 100 so far.

Beyonce is also into her 18th year, and grabs another entry to join her other Lemonade track, Daddy Lessons is the new one. Beyonce samples Andy Williams’ Can’t Get Used To Losing You on her biggest UK singles hit from the album Hold Up, but Andy outdoes her (quite rightly) with his version of the classic song The Impossible Dream – currently featuring in an advert – from the musical Man Of La Mancha. Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine last charted with it over 20 years ago. Another advert song (and movie, thanks to Ryan Reynolds) from obscure early 70’s act Penny And The Quarters hits the top 50, it’s quite lovely, sounds older, and was never released until the 21st century, making unlikely success for the surviving then-teenage non-pop-star band members.

Vaults is also back (with Gorgon City) following her chart-topper, and Billy Ocean returns after a break of over 20 years (barring oldies) with a cover of a Moody Blues 60’s classic album track which was a UK hit for the The Four Tops in a brilliant 1971 version. (A) Simple Game topped my chart that year, Billy’s version isn’t up to that, but good to have him back 42 years since his chart debut – he made my top 10 twice in 1974 with On The Run, under the band-name Scorched Earth, a fantastic track that remains obscure but is as good as anything he has recorded, a terrific vocal performance and a dramatic rock melodrama.

http://youtube.com/v/J50nLCeTHIk

1 2 1 4 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 515000
2 3 2 3 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 255000
3 1 1 3 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 320000
4 7 4 3 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 175000
5 77 5 2 PARADISE Josef Salvat 64600
6 6 6 2 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 110000
7 4 1 3 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 285000
8 8 8 4 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 176000
9 5 1 4 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 360000
10 10 10 4 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 136800

11 16 11 18 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 351000
12 17 12 3 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 81000
13 11 1 12 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 995000
14 18 14 7 VENUS Frankie Avalon 143000
15 9 9 7 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 158300
16 20 16 2 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 45000
17 12 5 7 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 310000
18 19 18 3 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 63000
19 24 19 4 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 53400
20 NEW 20 1 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 20000

http://youtube.com/v/ZhzN7-Q00KU

21 21 21 3 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 58000
22 14 1 12 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 833200
23 28 23 3 ALPHABET STREET Prince 55550
24 22 1 17 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1341500
25 23 23 4 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs 67500
26 15 1 8 NIRVANA Squeeze 580500
27 13 3 4 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 185400
28 93 28 2 VIVA LOVE ABC 20000
29 29 29 2 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 36400
30 30 30 5 WILD HORSES Birdy 71100

http://youtube.com/v/xLlaq4zGYwg

31 65 31 3 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 30100
32 NEW 32 1 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 17800
33 33 33 11 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 172100
34 26 1 10 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 633100
35 35 35 3 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 52200
36 37 36 4 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 43100
37 46 37 3 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 32850
38 40 38 4 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 42200
39 NEW 39 1 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 17100
40 42 40 3 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 43750

http://youtube.com/v/p5RobDomh5U

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41 38 2 7 YES McAlmont & Butler 271100
42 25 12 8 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 154250
43 31 4 12 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 381650
44 45 44 4 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 34850
45 39 39 2 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 30100
46 27 8 9 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 208150
47 47 47 18 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 187750
48 84 48 2 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 15500
49 49 49 3 KISS Prince 35000
50 52 50 5 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 34700

51 32 4 4 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 114300
52 53 52 11 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 74650
53 34 16 9 REAL LOVE Florrie 131400
54 43 7 11 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 263800
55 51 3 17 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 617450
56 58 56 15 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 92500
57 36 6 10 ONE STRIKE All Saints 313100
58 81 58 2 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 14000
59 59 59 7 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 40100
60 60 60 9 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 62600

61 56 1 36 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2906900
62 62 62 3 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 21900
63 48 5 12 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 308400
64 64 64 4 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 22600
65 67 65 3 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 19400
66 50 8 9 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 234750
67 68 67 3 WAITING Alice Boman 14500
68 70 68 3 10,000 LUCHTBALLONEN K3 18400
69 69 69 7 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 41600
70 95 70 2 UP&UP Coldplay 7500

71 41 27 6 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 66600
72 76 72 4 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 19800
73 73 73 6 VICTIMS Culture Club 32200
74 NEW 74 1 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 5200
75 61 5 17 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 419950

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76 66 28 4 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 47100
77 72 72 4 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 20800
78 54 20 13 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 198050
79 79 79 11 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 27400
80 83 80 3 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 10400

81 78 6 21 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 431050
82 NEW 82 1 FLY Andy Bell 3600
83 71 9 13 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 246750
84 82 6 10 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 231650
85 86 85 9 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 18500
86 96 86 2 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 4200
87 87 87 2 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 5200
88 88 88 2 EMPTY Garbage 4800
89 90 89 2 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 4200
90 98 90 2 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 3200

91 91 91 2 SOUR CANDY Bleached 3800
92 92 92 3 MELLOW BRICK ROAD Pogo 5400
93 NEW 93 1 DADDY LESSONS Beyonce 1700
94 NEW 94 1 DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME Frances 1600
95 NEW 95 1 A SIMPLE GAME Billy Ocean 1500
96 97 96 3 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 3700
97 100 97 2 AIN’T YOUR MAMA Jennifer Lopez 2300
98 99 98 2 BIRDLAND Weather Report 2300
99 NEW 99 1 ILYSB LANY 1100
100 NEW 100 1 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 1000

DROP OUTS
44 10 11 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 206700
55 10 9 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 169900
57 5 11 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 265250
63 37 8 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 71700
74 25 6 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 76700
75 30 4 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 57800
80 40 4 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 40350
85 85 3 AMANECER Edurne 6800
89 89 1 ONE DANCE Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla 2200
94 65 7 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 31800

1st May 2016

It’s the Pet Shop Boys…at 2 for a 3rd week! Prince replaces himself on top, sort of, with his fabulous gift to Sheena Easton, one hundred nights without you babe, just won’t do. Still love it. So it gets a second week on top of my chart after a gap of 27 years. In the week when rumours about the death of Prince surfaced – and given his recent health and chest problems and religious convictions, I suspected that the reference in Sign O’ The Times (up to 3) to a big disease with a skinny name might become a sad reference – he continues to dominate my chart. I Wish U Heaven, Prince.

Highest new entry at 6 is Clare Maguire with Elizabeth Taylor. Not featuring the late great Liz, of course, she didn’t sing much as far as I know, but it’s a great ballad. Clare is just (DJ) Fresh off a hit record (How Love Begins, which went top 10 here) but was sadly uncredited for her vocals, but she’s charted before dating back to 2011 and The Shield And The Sword. Gwen Stefani grabs another quick top 10 with her album track (and hopefully future single) Where Would I Be – skatastic. There’s another faded entering the top 20 – Kallay Saunders Band – as Above And Beyond do what it says on the label, and shoot up into the 40, as do Lady Antebellum, new with a dance guest vocal for Audien.

Fifth Harmony finally get a top 40 hit here, and Paul McCartney’s great track from his best album (1974’s Band On The Run) is about to get a full release remixed drastically by Timo Maas and James Teej, complete with dance buzz around it. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five is fab. There are two Eurovision new entries from 2016 joining the Spanish entry from 2015 (Amir, Joe and Jake, and Edurne respectively), as old faves garbage return, Josef Salvat gets a second entry, and 80’s classic faves ABC return to their polished class soul sound (sadly minus Trevor Horn, who would have really done the business – as can be seen on Inga Humpe’s track higher up). That gives them a sweet 35 years of hits. J-Lo is back after a gap, and there’s a debut for Weather Report, and their 1977 jazz classic Birdland. It wasn’t eligible for my chart at the time, but my College room-mate in 1977 played their album. So, almost 40 years late, but better late than never, though the song did chart in the early 80’s in a vocal version for Manhattan Transfer.

http://youtube.com/v/1BBk78WFJPA

1 4 1 2 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 235000
2 2 2 3 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 345000
3 6 3 2 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 140000
4 1 1 2 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 235000
5 3 1 3 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 315000
6 NEW 6 1 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 55000
7 5 5 2 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 110000
8 8 8 3 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 128000
9 15 9 6 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 131300
10 12 10 3 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 94800

http://youtube.com/v/CAID_2iKO5Y

11 11 1 11 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 963000
12 13 5 6 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 287000
13 7 3 3 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 167000
14 10 1 11 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 813700
15 9 1 7 NIRVANA Squeeze 562000
16 19 16 17 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 314000
17 17 17 2 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 46000
18 24 18 6 VENUS Frankie Avalon 114000
19 20 19 2 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 41000
20 NEW 20 1 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 20000

http://youtube.com/v/NycIHcifSxI

21 26 21 2 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 38250
22 14 1 16 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1322500
23 35 23 3 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs 48750
24 48 24 3 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 32400
25 23 12 7 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 140500
26 16 1 9 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 615500
27 18 8 8 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 195400
28 30 28 2 ALPHABET STREET Prince 36300
29 NEW 29 1 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 18200
30 40 30 4 WILD HORSES Birdy 53100

31 22 4 11 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 368150
32 21 4 3 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 102550
33 36 33 10 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 154400
34 25 16 8 REAL LOVE Florrie 120150
35 38 35 2 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 34700
36 29 6 9 ONE STRIKE All Saints 302700
37 75 37 3 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 25700
38 31 2 6 YES McAlmont & Butler 257100
39 NEW 39 1 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 17100
40 80 40 3 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 25000

41 27 27 5 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 60800
42 45 42 2 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 26750
43 41 7 10 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 252800
44 39 10 11 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 206700
45 68 45 3 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 21600
46 86 46 2 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 15550
47 47 47 17 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 175250
48 42 5 11 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 301200
49 55 49 2 KISS Prince 22900
50 34 8 8 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 227950

51 49 3 16 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 606650
52 77 52 4 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 22700
53 61 53 10 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 63150
54 57 20 12 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 193650
55 32 10 9 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 169900
56 50 1 35 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2899400
57 43 5 11 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 265250
58 60 58 14 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 81900
59 67 59 6 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 30000
60 62 60 8 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 52600

61 52 5 16 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 414950
62 64 62 2 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 14500
63 37 37 8 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 71700
64 79 64 3 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 15500
65 74 65 2 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 12200
66 28 28 3 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 42300
67 71 67 2 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince 12400
68 95 68 2 WAITING Alice Boman 7900
69 69 69 6 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 35400
70 70 70 2 10,000 LUCHTBALLONEN K3 12000

71 44 9 12 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 243350
72 72 72 3 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 16200
73 73 73 5 VICTIMS Culture Club 26800
74 53 25 6 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 76700
75 33 30 4 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 57800
76 76 76 3 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 14200
77 NEW 77 1 PARADISE Josef Salvat 4600
78 78 6 20 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 427250
79 83 79 10 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 23200
80 46 40 4 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 40350

http://youtube.com/v/rQfYmvzBXqU

81 NEW 81 1 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 3800
82 56 6 9 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 228450
83 85 83 2 TAKE ME WITH U Prince 6400
84 NEW 84 1 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 3200
85 91 85 3 AMANECER Edurne 6800
86 88 86 8 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 15500
87 NEW 87 1 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 2600
88 NEW 88 1 EMPTY Garbage 2400
89 NEW 89 1 ONE DANCE Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla 2200
90 NEW 90 1 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 2000

91 NEW 91 1 SOUR CANDY Bleached 1900
92 92 92 2 MELLOW BRICK ROAD Pogo 3600
93 NEW 93 1 VIVA LOVE ABC 1700
94 65 65 7 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 31800
95 NEW 95 1 UP&UP Coldplay 1500
96 NEW 96 1 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 1400
97 100 97 2 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 2300
98 NEW 98 1 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 1200
99 NEW 99 1 BIRDLAND Weather Report 1100
100 NEW 100 1 AIN’T YOUR MAMA Jennifer Lopez 1000

DROP OUTS
51 12 10 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 129050
54 54 5 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 38300
58 11 6 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 138500
59 29 6 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 67700
63 12 6 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 130100
66 58 9 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 27800
81 19 10 THE GREATEST KING 152100
82 82 1 LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince 3600
84 10 10 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 193850
87 87 1 PURPLE RAIN Prince & The Revolution 2600
89 55 6 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 34400
90 86 3 100 PERSONALITIES Wildflowers 6800
93 93 2 FEELING BB Diamond 3400
94 94 2 PARTY FEARS TWO The Associates 3100
96 96 1 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince 1400
97 71 6 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 22500
98 98 1 NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor 1200
99 34 6 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 60300

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My Charts Jan-Apr 2016

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23rd April 2016

It’s a Prince invasion following the shocking news of his sudden death, one of the giants of music – he may never have had the universal appeal of his contemporaries Madonna and Michael Jackson but he was a significant influence and prolific writer/musician/producer/live sensation/one-man business. I was a fan. In at 1 it’s therefore his greatest single, When Doves Cry, no bassline and brilliant, peaking at 2 originally in 1984 in my chart it at last goes one better. This isn’t the reason to re-chart it I’d hoped for though.

That leaves Pet Shop Boys stalled at 2 as more Prince records enter the top 10, including at 4 a record that is a Prince record in all but name – he wrote it, produced it and gave it away to Sheena Easton where it has languished in obscurity ever since. The brilliant 101 topped my chart in 1989, I Wish U Heaven topped my chart in 1988, back now at 5, and Sign O’ The Times peaked at 2 in 1987, back at 6. All are brilliant, and I’ve added video links to youtube which probably wont be there long – Prince on Youtube is a no-no so younger folk may not even have seen these videos. In the case of I Wish U Heaven I doubt anyone’s heard it’s Second Summer Of Love brilliant vibe before as the single isn’t on compilations and is only available as part of the album Lovesexy – Prince infuriated me when he released the album as a continuous track, there were no track dividers, and when I wanted to play the track I had to fast forward the whole bloody album. It’s still like that. Just one of the many fan-piss-off decisions he made!

http://youtube.com/v/j60p78OvxQY

Highest non-Prince entry is Adore Delano and Take Me There at 17, before we head back to more Prince tracks. In at 20, Starfish And Coffee, one of his best album tracks, one that should have been a single off the fab Sign O’ The Times album, a period when Prince was on fire. In at 26, Raspberry Beret, one I under-rated at the time (1985), at 30 Alphabet Street (number 1 in 1988), and Sheena’s back with Prince at 38 on U Got The Look (top 10 in 1987). Outside the 40: I Would Die 4 U, Kiss, If I Was Your Girlfriend, Let’s Go Crazy, Little Red Corvette, Take Me With U, Purple Rain, and I Wanna Be Your Lover. Phew! Good thing I expanded my chart to 100 this year, no sign of it returning to 75 anytime soon.

http://youtube.com/v/pYVOrzv61Yg

1 NEW 1 1 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 170000
2 2 2 2 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 230000
3 1 1 2 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 255000
4 NEW 4 1 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 65000
5 NEW 5 1 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 60000
6 NEW 6 1 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 55000
7 3 3 2 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 135000
8 13 8 2 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 80000
9 5 1 6 NIRVANA Squeeze 535000
10 9 1 10 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 784700

http://youtube.com/v/ObzoKryyAi8

11 11 1 10 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 926000
12 32 12 2 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 52800
13 7 5 5 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 252000
14 14 1 15 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1303000
15 15 15 5 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 86300
16 6 1 8 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 597000
17 NEW 17 1 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 23000
18 8 8 7 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 177000
19 19 19 16 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 289000
20 NEW 20 1 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 20000

http://youtube.com/v/cl_t6efp8zA

21 4 4 2 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 84750
22 20 4 10 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 351250
23 12 12 6 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 121750
24 24 24 5 VENUS Frankie Avalon 92000
25 16 16 7 REAL LOVE Florrie 102550
26 NEW 26 1 RASPBERRY BERET Prince 18500
27 28 27 4 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 46800
28 38 28 2 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 35500
29 17 6 8 ONE STRIKE All Saints 285300
30 NEW 30 1 ALPHABET STREET Prince 18000

31 10 2 5 YES McAlmont & Butler 239900
32 18 10 8 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 159100
33 30 30 3 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 52800
34 21 8 7 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 215950
35 50 35 2 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs 29500
36 36 36 9 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 136700
37 39 37 7 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 64500
38 NEW 38 1 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 17200
39 25 10 10 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 193450
40 48 40 3 WILD HORSES Birdy 35100

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41 22 7 9 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 239300
42 31 5 10 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 288900
43 35 5 10 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 254850
44 26 9 11 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 237550
45 NEW 45 1 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 13000
46 40 40 3 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 36350
47 49 47 16 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 162750
48 99 48 2 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 13400
49 44 3 15 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 594900
50 42 1 34 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2888800

51 23 12 10 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 129050
52 46 5 15 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 407450
53 33 25 5 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 71500
54 54 54 5 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 38300
55 NEW 55 1 KISS Prince 10800
56 43 6 8 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 224850
57 34 20 11 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 182650
58 41 11 6 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 138500
59 29 29 6 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 67700
60 60 60 13 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 71700

61 61 61 9 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 51900
62 62 62 7 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 42600
63 45 12 6 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 130100
64 NEW 64 1 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 7100
65 67 65 6 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 30200
66 58 58 9 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 27800
67 74 67 5 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 19900
68 89 68 2 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 8600
69 69 69 5 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 29200
70 NEW 70 1 10,000 LUCHTBALLONEN K3 6000
71 NEW 71 1 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince 5800
72 75 72 2 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 10600
73 73 73 4 VICTIMS Culture Club 21400
74 NEW 74 1 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 5200
75 83 75 2 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 8400

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76 77 76 2 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 9400
77 82 77 3 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 11200
78 65 6 19 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 422850
79 79 79 2 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 8400
80 80 80 2 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 8000

81 52 19 10 THE GREATEST KING 152100
82 NEW 82 1 LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince 3600
83 84 83 9 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 19000
84 51 10 10 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 193850
85 NEW 85 1 TAKE ME WITH U Prince 3000
86 NEW 86 1 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 2800
87 NEW 87 1 PURPLE RAIN Prince & The Revolution 2600
88 88 88 7 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 12700
89 55 55 6 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 34400
90 86 86 3 100 PERSONALITIES Wildflowers 6800

91 91 91 2 AMANECER Edurne 3800
92 NEW 92 1 MELLOW BRICK ROAD Pogo 1800
93 93 93 2 FEELING BB Diamond 3400
94 95 94 2 PARTY FEARS TWO The Associates 3100
95 NEW 95 1 WAITING Alice Boman 1500
96 NEW 96 1 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince 1400
97 71 71 6 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 22500
98 NEW 98 1 NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor 1200
99 92 34 6 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 60300
100 NEW 100 1 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 1000

DROP OUTS
27 27 14 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 202000
37 13 14 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 236550
47 30 5 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 59500
53 28 6 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 61550
56 28 7 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 91000
57 37 5 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 68150
59 24 5 PRAY Heaven 17 74600
63 1 13 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 731700
64 7 10 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 219800
66 19 8 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 105900
68 5 14 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 412750
70 49 6 PRAY Haelos 44000
72 72 5 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 17800
76 48 5 DETERMINATION Go West 42100
78 57 6 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 33800
81 81 7 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 18000
85 49 5 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 43200
87 87 2 ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO Santana 5200
90 55 3 ONE WOMAN MAN All Saints 18200
94 16 9 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 139650
96 96 1 EMPIRE Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman x Tom Staar 1400
97 59 8 MISSING YOU All Time Low 34900
98 67 5 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 21800
100 100 1 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 1000

 

 

17th August 2016

It’s a shocking 4 new entries in the top 4 of my chart! I’m not sure that has ever happened before, but it’s a unique clear-out post-holiday – I played recent faves quite a lot so they were less fresh, and got back from Gran Canaria on Record Store Day which means a bunch of classic oldies released – top of the list: Wichita Lineman, the Jimmy Webb classic song as definitively sung by Glen Campbell. It went top 5 for me in 1969, it was on the first album I had bought for me by my parents in 1970 (and would have charted again if I’d thought of it), it was a reissued oldies chart 1977 topper for me and now it’s out again on vinyl almost 40 years later to mark Glen’s 80th birthday. It’s also regularly named as one of the greatest records of all-time. Because it is!

In at 2, the best track on Super, the Pet Shop Boys new album, Say It To Me, helping to knock their 2 other top 10’s down a bit, while in at 38 another track, Undertow, is dragged in. At 3, it’s a 1990 chart-topper for me, the Trevor Horn-produced flop by Inga Humpe, Riding Into Blue (Cowboy Song), which I’ve stuck into the Buzzjack Song Contest just because it’s sweet and I still love those layered synthy melodic harmonies and the cowboy yeehah’s! Finally, at 4, it’s Native American band Redbone back, originally charting in 1974 it topped my chart 2 years ago as featured in Guardians Of The Galaxy – Come And Get Your Love is now backdrop to a show-stopping SKY advert featuring Quicksilver, soon to feature again in the next X-Men film having stolen the previous movie via the Time In A Bottle sequence.

All of Bryan Ferry’s early solo singles are out for Record Store Day, first to chart is his 1974 top 10 cover of The ‘In’ Crowd. Ferry was just awesome back in the early 70’s, both with Roxy Music, and with his solo projects reinventing fave old songs in new exciting sax-heavy ways. This one under-performed in my very hectic Top 30 in 1974, so it’s overdue a proper chart run. Big climbers: AlunaGeorge and Popcaan, into the top 30, while Zayn, sorry ZAYN, finally hits my 40. Buzzjack song Ulay Oh is lovely and in at 32, which leaves new entries for Kungs, Roxette back and charting after 28 years and ongoing, P!NK back and 18 years on, Elle King, Fifth Harmony (at last), with Above And Beyond and Sigala also returning with new tracks. Finally, Amanacer features twice – that’s “dawn” in Spanish, the fab Bomba Estereo song at 20 being not the same as the OTT Spanish Eurovision entry from 2015 from Edurne which is back cos I watched the video on my hols!

http://youtube.com/v/nlro9eS0Wek

1 NEW 1 1 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 170000
2 NEW 2 1 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 115000
3 NEW 3 1 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 85000
4 NEW 4 1 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 65000
5 3 1 5 NIRVANA Squeeze 490000
6 1 1 7 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 572000
7 5 5 4 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 220000
8 9 8 6 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 155000
9 4 1 9 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 742700
10 2 2 4 YES McAlmont & Butler 222000

http://youtube.com/v/J50nLCeTHIk

11 6 1 9 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 889000
12 14 12 5 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 102500
13 NEW 13 1 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 32000
14 7 1 14 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1274000
15 24 15 4 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 69300
16 22 16 6 REAL LOVE Florrie 83800
17 8 6 7 ONE STRIKE All Saints 267100
18 10 10 7 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 141300
19 19 19 15 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 268000
20 21 4 9 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 331750

http://youtube.com/v/2D3VS2_F7k4

21 11 8 6 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 198350
22 15 7 8 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 225300
23 12 12 9 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 117300
24 27 24 4 VENUS Frankie Avalon 73000
25 18 10 9 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 176350
26 16 9 10 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 224300
27 29 27 14 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 202000
28 64 28 3 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 28400
29 33 29 5 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 57600
30 39 30 2 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 35100

http://youtube.com/v/JvqMvxdZTVE

31 23 5 9 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 275150
32 NEW 32 1 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 17800
33 25 25 4 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 60250
34 20 20 10 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 172250
35 26 5 9 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 241350
36 36 36 8 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 119300
37 13 13 14 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 236550
38 NEW 38 1 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 17200
39 50 39 6 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 47200
40 67 40 2 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 23600

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41 17 11 5 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 128300
42 38 1 33 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2876800
43 41 6 7 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 214250
44 43 3 14 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 582800
45 31 12 5 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 122900
46 45 5 14 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 395950
47 30 30 5 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 59500
48 71 48 2 WILD HORSES Birdy 18100
49 51 49 15 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 150250
50 NEW 50 1 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs 12000

51 32 10 9 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 190650
52 34 19 9 THE GREATEST KING 148300
53 28 28 6 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 61550
54 58 54 4 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 27300
55 56 55 5 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 32200
56 47 28 7 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 91000
57 37 37 5 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 68150
58 66 58 3 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 21000
59 42 24 5 PRAY Heaven 17 74600
60 62 60 12 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 61700

61 61 61 8 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 44400
62 65 62 6 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 35200
63 52 1 13 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 731700
64 53 7 10 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 219800
65 60 6 18 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 418450
66 80 19 8 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 105900
67 74 67 5 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 23200
68 63 5 14 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 412750
69 69 69 4 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 23000
70 70 49 6 PRAY Haelos 44000

71 72 71 5 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 21200
72 77 72 5 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 17800
73 73 73 3 VICTIMS Culture Club 16000
74 79 74 4 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 13300
75 NEW 75 1 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 5000

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76 48 48 5 DETERMINATION Go West 42100
77 NEW 77 1 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 4600
78 RE 57 6 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 33800
79 NEW 79 1 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 4200
80 NEW 80 1 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 4000

81 82 81 7 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 18000
82 85 82 2 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 6600
83 NEW 83 1 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 3400
84 84 84 8 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 15600
85 49 49 5 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 43200
86 90 86 2 100 PERSONALITIES Wildflowers 4800
87 87 87 2 ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO Santana 5200
88 88 88 6 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 10300
89 NEW 89 1 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 2200
90 55 55 3 ONE WOMAN MAN All Saints 18200

91 NEW 91 1 AMANECER Edurne 1900
92 57 34 5 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 59200
93 NEW 93 1 FEELING BB Diamond 1700
94 44 16 9 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 139650
95 NEW 95 1 PARTY FEARS TWO The Associates 1500
96 NEW 96 1 EMPIRE Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman x Tom Staar 1400
97 59 59 8 MISSING YOU All Time Low 34900
98 RE 67 5 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 21800
99 NEW 99 1 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 1100
100 NEW 100 1 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 1000

DROP OUTS
35 2 13 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 345900
40 40 13 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 137000
46 30 8 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 73050
54 54 10 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 98000
68 37 4 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 47000
75 75 2 STRONGER THAN EVER Raleigh Ritchie 7200
76 76 12 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 33700
78 3 13 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 370700
81 9 9 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 204950
83 1 23 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1442050
86 34 7 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 67850
89 89 1 IN BITS Pet Shop Boys 2200

10th April 2016
Its Juice Newton getting that Deadpool chart topper after a 35 year wait. Yes I do feel better, yes I do I feel alright, cos i’m on holiday in gran canaria and McAlmont & Butler are almost back on top 21 years later. I call it epic and one of the greatest records of the 90s. Laura Mvula gets a 2nd top 10 and aha their umpteenth, 31 years of ’em, but Nile Rodgers can best that – 38 years worth. DMX also gets an oldie Deadpool and Melissa McCarthy lipsync battle boost. Both hilarious. Im long bored with pop stars selling music by putting swear words in it then doing clean versions to make it pointless in the first place. If ya gonna do it though do it DMX style and make it the whole angry point!

Tame Impala get a 4th top 20, Adam Lambert and Thomas Rhett a 2nd top 40, and hang on shorely shome mishtake! Rick Astley back in the top 40 after a gap of 28 years?! With a great new record?! Thats why I love the pop biz, never write anyone off. Rick always had a great voice, it was his material that did him in. Before anyone knew he was white Black US radio stations played Never Gonna Give You Up he just never looked like he sounded!

Lower down Birdy has another good newie and ZAYN finally makes my chart follwing the melissa lipsync battle which made me like it quite a bit. Santana are back over 12 years on, and Natalie Merchant 25 years on with a 2001ish oldie i heard for the first time.
1 6 1 6 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 517000
2 10 2 3 YES McAlmont & Butler 180000
3 1 1 4 NIRVANA Squeeze 430000
4 4 1 8 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 697700
5 5 5 3 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 170000
6 3 1 8 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 852000
7 7 1 13 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1245000
8 8 6 6 ONE STRIKE All Saints 244100
9 17 9 5 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 107000
10 14 10 6 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 119300

11 9 8 5 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 178600
12 67 12 8 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 98050
13 23 13 13 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 219250
14 28 14 4 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 67500
15 16 7 7 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 205800
16 12 9 9 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 205800
17 11 11 4 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 114300
18 13 10 8 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 157600
19 26 19 14 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 247000
20 20 20 9 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 154650

21 15 4 8 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 311750
22 22 22 5 REAL LOVE Florrie 58800
23 19 5 8 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 257250
24 35 24 3 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 42300
25 32 25 3 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 42550
26 21 5 8 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 223850
27 31 27 3 VENUS Frankie Avalon 54000
28 50 28 5 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 50300
29 36 29 13 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 183600
30 38 30 4 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 47000

31 18 12 4 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 109900
32 29 10 8 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 178900
33 61 33 4 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 39400
34 27 19 8 THE GREATEST KING 136800
35 2 2 13 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 345900
36 40 36 7 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 101900
37 37 37 4 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 57750
38 33 1 32 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2863050
39 NEW 39 1 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 17100
40 44 40 13 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 137000

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

41 25 6 6 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 200750
42 46 24 4 PRAY Heaven 17 64500
43 39 3 13 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 569550
44 24 16 8 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 138050
45 43 5 13 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 383200
46 30 30 8 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 73050
47 41 28 6 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 80400
48 55 48 4 DETERMINATION Go West 37300
49 49 49 4 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 40200
50 66 50 5 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 30100

51 52 51 14 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 138150
52 45 1 12 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 724500
53 42 7 9 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 212700
54 56 54 10 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 98000
55 73 55 2 ONE WOMAN MAN All Saints 16200
56 70 56 4 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 21400
57 34 34 4 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 57400
58 78 58 3 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 16300
59 62 59 7 MISSING YOU All Time Low 33600
60 60 6 17 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 411450

61 65 61 7 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 36900
62 64 62 11 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 51700
63 53 5 13 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 406350
64 85 64 2 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 10100
65 68 65 5 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 27800
66 80 66 2 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 10800
67 NEW 67 1 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 6600
68 47 37 4 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 47000
69 71 69 3 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 16800
70 59 49 5 PRAY Haelos 38000

71 NEW 71 1 WILD HORSES Birdy 5800
72 75 72 4 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 15400
73 74 73 2 VICTIMS Culture Club 10600
74 69 69 4 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 16600
75 89 75 2 STRONGER THAN EVER Raleigh Ritchie 7200

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

76 79 76 12 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 33700
77 82 77 4 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 12200
78 54 3 13 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 370700
79 87 79 3 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 8100
80 51 19 7 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 99100

81 63 9 9 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 204950
82 84 82 6 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 14200
83 81 1 23 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1442050
84 88 84 7 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 12400
85 NEW 85 1 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 3000
86 57 34 7 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 67850
87 NEW 87 1 ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO Santana 2600
88 90 88 5 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 7900
89 NEW 89 1 IN BITS Pet Shop Boys 2200
90 NEW 90 1 100 PERSONALITIES Wildflowers 2000

DROP OUTS
48 48 9 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 96150
58 8 11 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 250050
72 6 10 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 283350
76 34 8 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 79850
77 16 12 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 188400
83 3 24 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 841500
86 35 5 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 44000

3rd April 2016

It’s Squeeze finally getting that elusive chart-topper, the tuneful, retro, and classy Nirvana, almost samba stylee and with a hint of Band Of Gold’s twangy guitar and strings. Fab. They’ve only had to wait 38 years to top my charts, I’m sure they feel it was worth the wait! That leaves yet another Bowie classic leaping into the top 5, The Jean Genie had a good chart run first time round in 1972, but never quite made it into my top 10 as I saw it as a bit lesser than John I’m Only Dancing, his previous single. That mighty riff has grown with the years though, and so peaks so far at 2, same as the UK singles chart.

Pet Shop Boys get 2 simultaneous tracks off the now-released Super, as B side to The Pop Kids, One-Hit Wonder, enters the 40. McAlmont & Butler return to the top 10, Yes they do, 21 years on, and Yes it’s still Fab. Tame Impala have a leap into my top 30 for the 5th time, and Chairlift finally grab a top 40 spot after climbing slowly for weeks. Gwen Stefani makes it 2 in the 40 as delightfully retro-ska album track, Where Would I Be?, is my highlight off her latest. Midge Ure adds to his total of top 40’s, a cool 40 years since he debuted as lead singer of Slik, all teen-pop and monk chanting.

A lack of new entries allows me to chop the chart down to 90 at long-last, hoping to drop some more down to 75 in the next week or two, but newies are left to Culture Club’s classic Victims, back 33 years on from topping my chart; All Saints album track One Woman Man, The Chainsmokers and Rozes, AlunaGeorge popping back with Popcaan. He probably goes down well at the cinema. Lastly, Raleigh Ritchie replaces himself in my chart as he does a terrific Graham Norton performance. About time he broke big, I say.

1 2 1 3 NIRVANA Squeeze 345000
2 15 2 12 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 328400 302500
3 1 1 7 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 797000
4 3 1 7 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 632700
5 7 5 2 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 110000
6 4 2 5 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 347000
7 5 1 12 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1195000
8 6 6 5 ONE STRIKE All Saints 196100
9 8 8 4 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 141600
10 17 10 2 YES McAlmont & Butler 65000

http://youtube.com/v/nlro9eS0Wek

11 11 11 3 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 91300
12 9 9 8 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 180800
13 10 10 7 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 135600
14 20 14 5 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 77300
15 14 4 7 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 292000
16 13 7 6 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 178800
17 22 17 4 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 62000
18 12 12 3 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 92000
19 18 5 7 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 238000
20 23 20 8 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 134650

http://youtube.com/v/vWaRiD5ym74

21 16 5 7 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 205350
22 35 22 4 REAL LOVE Florrie 39300
23 26 23 12 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 187250 309900
24 21 16 7 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 124800
25 19 6 5 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 186750
26 30 26 13 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 226000
27 27 19 7 THE GREATEST KING 119200
28 58 28 3 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 38500
29 25 10 7 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 161100
30 52 30 7 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 60300

http://youtube.com/v/sBzrzS1Ag_g

31 33 31 2 VENUS Frankie Avalon 35600
32 70 32 2 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 23800
33 31 1 31 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2845850
34 36 34 3 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 47000
35 71 35 2 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 23300
36 40 36 12 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 165400 19400
37 46 37 3 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 40450
38 68 38 3 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 29000
39 39 3 12 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 556050
40 41 40 6 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 84500

http://youtube.com/v/D8m8Z-zRPrc

41 28 28 5 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 67900
42 29 7 8 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 201450
43 43 5 12 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 370200
44 45 44 12 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 120000 432600
45 38 1 11 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 713000
46 24 24 3 PRAY Heaven 17 50750
47 37 37 3 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 40600
48 48 48 9 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 96150
49 57 49 3 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 28100
50 55 50 4 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 32000

51 32 19 6 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 95100
52 53 52 13 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 126400
53 50 5 12 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 399150
54 47 3 12 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 366300
55 60 55 3 DETERMINATION Go West 25000
56 56 56 9 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 87000
57 34 34 6 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 65050
58 54 8 11 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 250050
59 49 49 4 PRAY Haelos 32000
60 63 6 16 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 401450

61 64 61 3 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 21700
62 73 62 6 MISSING YOU All Time Low 23500
63 44 9 8 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 201150
64 65 64 10 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 44300
65 69 65 6 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 29400
66 66 66 4 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 18100
67 62 37 7 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 63050
68 74 68 4 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 20800
69 87 69 3 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 11400
70 83 70 3 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 10800

71 76 71 2 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 10600
72 42 6 10 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 283350
73 NEW 73 1 ONE WOMAN MAN All Saints 5400
74 NEW 74 1 VICTIMS Culture Club 5200
75 84 75 3 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 9800

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76 51 34 8 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 79850
77 59 16 12 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 188400
78 93 78 2 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 6100
79 80 79 11 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 28900
80 NEW 80 1 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 4000

81 81 1 22 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1438650
82 85 82 3 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 7600
83 78 3 24 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 841500
84 89 84 5 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 10600
85 NEW 85 1 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 3000
86 61 35 5 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 44000
87 97 87 2 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 3900
88 92 88 6 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 9200
89 NEW 89 1 STRONGER THAN EVER Raleigh Ritchie 2200
90 96 90 4 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 5500

DROP OUTS
67 17 19 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 240700
72 23 8 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 101350
75 75 4 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 15400
77 39 6 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 59150
79 47 9 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 97000
82 2 11 CHANGES David Bowie 420450
86 8 9 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 195050
88 4 17 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 482650
90 78 5 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 13700
91 12 11 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 188900
94 9 10 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 194600
95 70 5 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 19100
98 17 10 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 142000
99 59 5 PLUMMET tiasu 33600
100 100 1 TELL HIM The Exciters 1000

 

27th March 2016

It’s a 3rd week for Vaults holding off the all-time bridesmaids Squeeze – who have been stuck at 2 in 1978, 1995 and now 2016. The always-good Chris and Glen almost hit the top every other decade it seems. Fingers crossed they don’t get leapfrogged by another duo Chris and Neil who Squeeze have jumped over, but who enter at 7 with their 3rd top 10 of the year – Pet Shop Boys new track one off the new album Super is a fab marmite dance-yeehaw-country slab of fun guaranteed to annoy a lot of people. Hooray Happiness! Primal Scream and Gwen Stefani both add to their tally of top 10 entries with quality singles.

OMD just miss out on adding to their tally at 11, though oddly this one is sung not by another golden duo (Paul and Andy) but by actor Taron Egerton (assisted by Hugh Jackman) who does a great job from movie Fly. Talking of movies, 3 classic oldies enter my charts for the first time thanks to spooky drama 10 Cloverfield Lane – Frankie Avalon’s teen-classic Venus gives him a chart entry for the first time in 38 years, since Grease’s Beauty School Dropout , while Tommy James has his first since Mony Mony was reissued in 1975, though the song I Think We’re Alone Now was big for Tiffany in 1987.

Also back after 21 years, McAlmont & Butler’s classic Yes, which I saw high on itunes yesterday – I’m guessing it was on The Voice (haven’t seen it yet) – and which topped my chart in 1995. A big climb for Florrie into the 40, and new tracks by Gwen Stefani, Pet Shop Boys, Nick Jonas and Tove Lo (her second in the chart, and Nick joining brother Joe in DNCE), and Zara Larsson as I at long last give in and chart Lush Life.

1 1 1 6 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 712000
2 5 2 2 NIRVANA Squeeze 175000
3 2 1 6 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 567700
4 3 2 4 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 292000
5 4 1 11 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1145000
6 8 6 4 ONE STRIKE All Saints 138100
7 NEW 7 1 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 50000
8 10 8 3 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 96600
9 14 9 7 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 145800
10 18 10 6 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 103600

http://youtube.com/v/QLPP0nAJxBo

11 37 11 2 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 54300
12 12 12 2 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 70000
13 7 7 5 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 153800
14 9 4 6 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 265000
15 20 15 11 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 213400
16 15 5 6 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 185600
17 NEW 17 1 YES McAlmont & Butler 23000
18 13 5 6 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 217000
19 11 6 4 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 168000
20 28 20 4 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 48300

http://youtube.com/v/CcRPBoGmC4I

21 16 16 6 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 105800
22 35 22 3 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 39000
23 29 23 7 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 114650
24 24 24 2 PRAY Heaven 17 38000
25 25 10 6 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 142900
26 30 26 11 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 168000
27 27 19 6 THE GREATEST KING 100800
28 39 28 4 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 53900
29 17 7 7 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 187700
30 33 30 12 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 207500

http://youtube.com/v/L7u9FpJJtEQ

31 23 1 30 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2828150
32 19 19 5 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 83350
33 NEW 33 1 VENUS Frankie Avalon 17700
34 44 34 5 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 54650
35 98 35 3 REAL LOVE Florrie 19800
36 50 36 2 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 29400
37 55 37 2 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 28100
38 32 1 10 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 690000
39 34 3 11 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 538950
40 43 40 11 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 148000

http://youtube.com/v/S9lkxJFLZ5w

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41 41 41 5 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 67500
42 6 6 9 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 277750
43 38 5 11 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 356700
44 22 9 7 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 193950
45 47 45 11 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 106750
46 57 46 2 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 23150
47 31 3 11 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 355300
48 49 48 8 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 83850
49 70 49 3 PRAY Haelos 21900
50 26 5 11 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 387900

51 36 34 7 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 75050
52 58 52 6 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 42300
53 53 53 12 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 114900
54 40 8 10 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 239850
55 66 55 3 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 20000
56 56 56 8 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 76400
57 72 57 2 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 16000
58 60 58 2 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 20200
59 45 16 11 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 183800
60 79 60 2 DETERMINATION Go West 14200

61 54 35 4 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 41200
62 46 37 6 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 56450
63 62 6 15 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 391450
64 64 64 2 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 14200
65 68 65 9 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 37200
66 85 66 3 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 11300
67 21 17 19 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 240700
68 73 68 2 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 11800
69 71 69 5 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 22400
70 NEW 70 1 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 NEW 71 1 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 5800
72 48 23 8 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 101350
73 80 73 5 MISSING YOU All Time Low 16100
74 77 74 3 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 14400
75 75 75 4 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 15400

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76 NEW 76 1 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 4800
77 51 39 6 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 59150
78 69 3 23 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 838100
79 52 47 9 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 97000
80 82 80 10 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 24700

81 74 1 21 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1434850
82 67 2 11 CHANGES David Bowie 420450
83 96 83 2 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 4800
84 94 84 2 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 4800
85 100 85 2 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 4000
86 65 8 9 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 195050
87 87 87 2 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 5200
88 63 4 17 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 482650
89 89 89 4 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 7400
90 78 78 5 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 13700

91 86 12 11 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 188900
92 95 92 5 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 6800
93 NEW 93 1 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 1700
94 81 9 10 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 194600
95 76 70 5 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 19100
96 99 96 3 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 3500
97 NEW 97 1 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 1300
98 84 17 10 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 142000
99 88 59 5 PLUMMET tiasu 33600
100 NEW 100 1 TELL HIM The Exciters 1000

DROP OUTS
42 29 15 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 163500
59 36 5 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 68400
61 40 7 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 71600
83 10 10 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 207450
90 90 4 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 6400
91 57 4 XPANDER Sasha 20200
92 50 7 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 51700
93 7 14 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 304300
97 1 19 WINGS Hurts 1678400

 

 

20th March 2016

It’s Vaults for a 2nd week ahead of a resurgent Pet Shop Boys and a very 80’s chart. Not only are there actual 80’s tracks, there are many a regular 70‘s/80’s veteran in the chart doing well – just count all the acts who were around then but with new material! – but thanks to the soundtrack to Fly (the Eddie The Eagle movie) Gary Barlow has worked with a whole album-worth of 80’s acts on new material for the film. That leads most noticeably to the first chart return in over 20 years for Go West (who I saw in concert last year), Midge Ure, OMD (both have topped my chart in recent years), and in at 24 with their first chart entry with new material in a whopping 30 years, Heaven 17. That’s the length of time contemporaries Pet Shop Boys have been having number ones in my charts!

That’s not all, though, Squeeze are back and new at 5 with the highest new entry, a sort of fab mellow almost-bossa-nova nirvana. That’s their first top 10 in over 20 years, and 38 years since their first. All Saints get a first top in 10 years, Bo Saris leaps to 10 from 67 thanks to a car advert, and Primal Scream grab another top 20 26 years on from their first. The veterans are back on form collectively for sure, as ELO and Bryan Adams (also Jeff Lynne) pop in, Gwen Stefani gets another top 10 almost 2 decades on, a-ha leap into the 30 30 years on, and Nile Rodgers just keeps adding to his long list of featuring’s with Laura Mvula grabbing a second top 40. James also replace themselves in the chart, just to rub it in. Oh, and Westlife’s Markus Feehily gets a second big top 40 entry as he decides passion is better than stools on stage.

http://youtube.com/v/0fidOiAFXK0

1 1 1 5 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 542000
2 4 1 5 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 482700
3 2 2 3 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 227000
4 3 1 10 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1085000
5 NEW 5 1 NIRVANA Squeeze 60000
6 9 6 8 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 264000
7 7 7 4 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 121800
8 16 8 3 ONE STRIKE All Saints 83100
9 10 4 5 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 236000
10 67 10 2 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 48600

http://youtube.com/v/RtHDIC0EW0k

11 6 6 3 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 147000
12 NEW 12 1 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 35000
13 5 5 5 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 195000
14 28 14 6 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 100800
15 8 5 5 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 160600
16 24 16 5 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 86050
17 11 7 6 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 169500
18 38 18 5 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 61600
19 25 19 4 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 194700
20 22 20 10 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 186400

http://youtube.com/v/JC77NtzW7U4

21 17 17 18 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 234100
22 14 9 6 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 180700
23 18 1 29 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2810250
24 NEW 24 1 PRAY Heaven 17 19000
25 12 10 5 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 124150
26 13 5 10 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 375900
27 19 19 5 THE GREATEST KING 82400
28 72 28 3 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 28300
29 32 29 6 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 95400
30 31 30 10 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 149500

http://youtube.com/v/0uljUDtv1Kw

31 15 3 10 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 342800
32 20 1 9 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 672800
33 33 33 11 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 189500
34 23 3 10 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 521850
35 90 35 2 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 19500
36 34 34 6 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 63300
37 NEW 37 1 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 17300
38 30 5 10 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 343200
39 48 39 3 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 35600
40 21 8 9 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 228850

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41 44 41 4 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 53500
42 29 29 15 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 163500
43 43 43 10 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 131000
44 60 44 4 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 37050
45 26 16 10 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 173700
46 37 37 5 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 49050
47 49 47 10 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 93750
48 27 23 7 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 95750
49 52 49 7 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 71550
50 NEW 50 1 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 12000

51 39 39 5 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 54550
52 47 47 8 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 92800
53 54 53 11 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 103650
54 35 35 3 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 33700
55 NEW 55 1 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 10800
56 56 56 7 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 65800
57 NEW 57 1 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 10400
58 66 58 5 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 30800
59 36 36 5 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 68400
60 NEW 60 1 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 10000

61 40 40 7 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 71600
62 51 6 14 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 384250
63 42 4 16 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 480250
64 NEW 64 1 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 7100
65 41 8 8 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 192250
66 88 66 2 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 9200
67 53 2 10 CHANGES David Bowie 416850
68 71 68 8 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 30200
69 58 3 22 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 833700
70 81 70 2 PRAY Haelos 9800

71 74 71 4 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 16200
72 NEW 72 1 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 5600
73 NEW 73 1 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 5400
74 69 1 20 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1431050
75 84 75 3 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 10400

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76 70 70 4 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 17600
77 77 77 2 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 9200
78 83 78 4 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 11700
79 NEW 79 1 DETERMINATION Go West 4200
80 85 80 4 MISSING YOU All Time Low 10700

81 61 9 9 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 193000
82 82 82 9 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 20700
83 45 10 10 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 207450
84 46 17 9 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 140800
85 95 85 2 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 4500
86 62 12 10 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 187000
87 NEW 87 1 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 2600
88 59 59 4 PLUMMET tiasu 32500
89 91 89 3 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 5200
90 92 90 4 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 6400

91 57 57 4 XPANDER Sasha 20200
92 50 50 7 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 51700
93 76 7 14 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 304300
94 NEW 94 1 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 1600
95 97 95 4 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 5000
96 NEW 96 1 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 1400
97 87 1 19 WINGS Hurts 1678400
98 99 98 2 REAL LOVE Florrie 2300
99 100 99 2 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 2100
100 NEW 100 1 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 1000

DROP OUTS
55 19 7 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 118250
63 63 5 TO MY SURPRISE James 28200
64 64 3 CHILDREN OF THE SUN Thomas Bergersen featuring Merethe Soltvedt 20500
65 53 3 MIRROR MIRROR Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams 24250
68 25 9 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 145250
73 63 5 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 25200
75 75 3 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 12400
78 18 5 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 74300
79 63 4 BONBON Era Istrefi 22000
80 6 12 WISH Hurts 308000
86 77 4 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 13200
89 89 2 YOU CAN NOW LET GO We Are Temporary 4000
93 84 4 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 9800
94 94 3 GIMME THE LOVE Jake Bugg 4300
96 96 1 UNICORN TAI and Le Shuuk 1400
98 71 3 YEAH! COSBY 8300

 

13th March 2016

It’s Vaults with their first chart-topper, and the best new song from a movie in 2015 (though I’ve yet to see 50 Shades Of Grey), the fab One Last Night. It’s another movie theme at 2, the brilliant intro sequence to Deadpool, Juice Newton’s 1981 cover of Angel Of The Morning finally getting the kudos it missed at the time (from me). Mike Posner pops Ibiza into the 10, biggest climber is All Saints up a whopping 43 places to give them a first top 20 entry since 2006, a whole decade away!

In the week Beatles Producer the great George Martin passed away, The Beatles get a 4th entry with the appropriate In My Life (it was bubbling inside the itunes top 200) while the other 3 go up. Philip George & Dragonette go top 40, Gwen Stefani gets a second quick top 40, and Great Good Fine OK also get a second top 40 entry after a bit of a gap. Highest new entry is an advert song from Bo Saris, very Plan B/Prince, while Dusty’s classic UK chart-topper at long long last makes my charts for the first time as her hits CD enters the charts. Only 50 years overdue (It would have charted in 1966 pretty highly if I’d been compiling charts then)! Other returns: Haelos (former chart-toppers), Laura Mvula & Nile Rodgers, Thomas Rhett, Jess Glynne. Don’t play the naughty record at 96. OK do, it’s very funny, OTT and catchy.

http://youtube.com/v/NDfrS-uvI0Q

1 2 1 4 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 372000
2 15 2 2 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 142000
3 3 1 9 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1020000
4 1 1 4 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 367700
5 8 5 4 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 163000
6 6 6 2 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 110000
7 27 7 3 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 71800
8 5 5 4 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 133600
9 9 9 7 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 209000
10 4 4 4 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 191000

11 7 7 5 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 146500
12 10 10 4 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 105400
13 14 5 9 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 357400
14 13 9 5 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 161200
15 11 3 9 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 324900
16 59 16 2 ONE STRIKE All Saints 35100
17 25 17 17 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 214350
18 18 1 28 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2791000
19 19 19 4 THE GREATEST KING 64000
20 12 1 8 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 655000

http://youtube.com/v/8pQ0gX-fjKE

21 17 8 8 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 211850
22 22 22 9 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 166400
23 20 3 9 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 504250
24 30 24 4 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 61050
25 28 25 3 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 44550
26 16 16 9 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 160700
27 23 23 6 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 83450
28 32 28 5 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 71800
29 29 29 14 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 149750
30 24 5 9 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 326000

31 34 31 9 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 131500
32 35 32 5 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 77200
33 37 33 10 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 171800
34 39 34 5 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 146700
35 74 35 2 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 22700
36 36 36 4 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 58300
37 38 37 4 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 36300
38 55 38 4 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 39600
39 40 39 4 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 42800
40 48 40 6 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 64100

http://youtube.com/v/ah0UstVUSSU

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

41 21 8 7 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 185250
42 26 4 15 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 473050
43 43 43 9 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 117500
44 44 44 3 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 39500
45 33 10 9 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 204250
46 31 17 8 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 137600
47 49 47 7 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 81300
48 69 48 2 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 18500
49 51 49 9 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 81250
50 50 50 6 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 49900

51 45 6 13 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 366850
52 52 52 6 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 59450
53 41 2 9 CHANGES David Bowie 410250
54 56 54 10 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 92400
55 46 19 7 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 118250
56 57 56 6 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 55200
57 70 57 3 XPANDER Sasha 18300
58 54 3 21 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 827500
59 60 59 3 PLUMMET tiasu 30100
60 65 60 3 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 23800

61 47 9 8 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 189200
62 42 12 9 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 184200
63 72 63 5 TO MY SURPRISE James 28200
64 66 64 3 CHILDREN OF THE SUN Thomas Bergersen featuring Merethe Soltvedt 20500
65 53 53 3 MIRROR MIRROR Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams 24250
66 71 66 4 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 20600
67 NEW 67 1 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 6600
68 58 25 9 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 145250
69 62 1 19 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1425850
70 73 70 3 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 12800

http://youtube.com/v/0Kq_o-ezxeE

71 76 71 7 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 23800
72 78 72 2 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 10000
73 68 63 5 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 25200
74 82 74 3 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 10400
75 75 75 3 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 12400

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76 64 7 13 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 302600
77 NEW 77 1 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 4600
78 61 18 5 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 74300
79 63 63 4 BONBON Era Istrefi 22000
80 67 6 12 WISH Hurts 308000

81 NEW 81 1 PRAY Haelos 3800
82 85 82 8 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 17100
83 88 83 3 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 7300
84 89 84 2 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 5400
85 90 85 3 MISSING YOU All Time Low 6700
86 77 77 4 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 13200
87 79 1 18 WINGS Hurts 1677100
88 NEW 88 1 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 2400
89 92 89 2 YOU CAN NOW LET GO We Are Temporary 4000
90 NEW 90 1 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 2000

91 99 91 2 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 3000
92 96 92 3 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 4400
93 84 84 4 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 9800
94 94 94 3 GIMME THE LOVE Jake Bugg 4300
95 NEW 95 1 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 1500
96 NEW 96 1 UNICORN TAI and Le Shuuk 1400
97 98 97 3 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 3500
98 97 71 3 YEAH! COSBY 8300
99 NEW 99 1 REAL LOVE Florrie 1100
100 NEW 100 1 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 1000

DROP OUTS
80 80 2 THE LOOK Metronomy 5300
81 78 4 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 14100
83 50 8 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 84400
86 86 3 DANGEROUS Frances Rose 8000
87 5 10 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 338800
91 13 19 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 258450
93 12 8 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 78900
95 1 8 HEROES David Bowie 254650
100 100 1 MONSTER LEAD ME HOME Sara Hartman 1000

6th March 2016It’s a 41st Number one for Pet Shop Boys, sounding very late 90’s-period PSB’s, smooth EDM. Neil and Chris have never had more than a 2 or 3 year gap between chart-toppers since first doing it over 30 years ago with West End Girls. The previous topper was with Example, it was on a Thursday. Vaults get runners-up with the gorgeous One Last Night, and FKA Twigs grabs her first top 5 with the lovely Good To Love. Highest new entry at 6 is a track to be played at a funeral this week, a track from 2000 that I knew, and loved, but was somehow unable to find out who or what it was. It’s a chill-out classic, you will likely know it, but you may not know that you know it. The orchestral hook is taken from a 1968 Engelbert Humperdinck record and re-worked by Kinobe. So 16 years late it finally charts.

Talking of charting at new peaks belatedly, thanks to Deadpool (which I saw again, fab film) Juice Newton’s 1981 minor version (in my charts) of Angel In The Morning enters at 15. It kicks off the movie beautifully, and is a power-country-ballad version of a song that first charted for Mary Mason in 1977 for me. So, 35 years late, it hits a new peak. As does another track from Deadpool, X Gon Give It To Ya, which DMX took to a measly 68 in 2003, but which finally hits the top 40 13 years late. DJ Fresh and Dizzee grab another top 10, as do Mott & Bowie’s Dudes back in the top 10 after a 44-year absence.

Sammy Davis Jnr gets his first-ever top 10 hit, 44 years after he was denied The Candy Man doing it (in 1972 I only allowed UK charting singles in my chart, but his USA chart-topper was a fave). Justice at last! Biggest climber is pill popping Mike Posner, the late Viola Beach make my top 30, and Elvis gets If I Can Dream into the chart for a 4th time (albeit a new version), 1969 it went top 5, and most recently in 2007 it also went top 5. New entries outside the 40: All saints are back with One Strike, hooray! Nearly 20 years since they started a run of a dozen hits or so. a-ha are also back lengthening their run to over 30 years, and Kate Bush is back again with This Woman’s Work (thanks to The Voice) which will help it rise inside my top 800 listing (given it away!).

1 2 1 3 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 302700
2 5 2 3 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 202000
3 1 1 8 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 935000
4 4 4 3 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 149000
5 20 5 3 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 85600
6 NEW 6 1 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 55000
7 17 7 4 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 109500
8 12 8 3 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 103000
9 14 9 6 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 164000
10 15 10 3 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 70400

http://youtube.com/v/oonHquCgFl4

11 3 3 8 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 297900
12 7 1 7 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 635000
13 11 9 4 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 132200
14 6 5 8 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 325400
15 NEW 15 1 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 27000
16 16 16 8 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 142200
17 19 8 7 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 192100
18 10 1 27 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2769000
19 24 19 3 THE GREATEST KING 53000
20 9 3 8 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 485000

http://youtube.com/v/HTzGMEfbnAw

21 8 8 6 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 171250
22 22 22 8 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 146900
23 30 23 5 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 65050
24 18 5 8 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 308000
25 28 25 16 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 191350
26 21 4 14 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 459300
27 83 27 2 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 21800
28 61 28 2 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 25800
29 29 29 13 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 131550
30 44 30 3 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 42050

http://youtube.com/v/foE1mO2yM04

31 26 17 7 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 124850
32 38 32 4 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 53500
33 23 10 8 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 191250
34 40 34 8 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 113600
35 35 35 4 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 59400
36 39 36 3 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 40900
37 37 37 9 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 154100
38 92 38 3 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 19000
39 62 39 4 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 129100
40 64 40 3 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 104000

http://youtube.com/v/fGx6K90TmCI

41 13 2 8 CHANGES David Bowie 399000
42 32 12 8 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 176800
43 43 43 8 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 104000
44 45 44 2 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 26250
45 34 6 12 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 355100
46 31 19 6 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 107450
47 33 9 7 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 181700
48 48 48 5 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 47100
49 49 49 6 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 68800
50 58 50 5 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 37900

51 51 51 8 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 69150
52 53 52 5 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 47950
53 70 53 2 MIRROR MIRROR Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams 17250
54 42 3 20 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 817300
55 69 55 3 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 22400
56 56 56 9 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 81400
57 57 57 5 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 44600
58 25 25 8 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 138850
59 NEW 59 1 ONE STRIKE All Saints 10100
60 60 60 2 PLUMMET tiasu 20000

http://youtube.com/v/q6c4JyUmVSc

61 27 18 4 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 69900
62 41 1 18 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1419650
63 65 63 3 BONBON Era Istrefi 17800
64 55 7 12 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 297800
65 66 65 2 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 13800
66 67 66 2 CHILDREN OF THE SUN Thomas Bergersen featuring Merethe Soltvedt 13400
67 36 6 11 WISH Hurts 304000
68 63 63 4 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 19800
69 NEW 69 1 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 6200
70 91 70 2 XPANDER Sasha 7900

71 73 71 3 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 13800
72 74 72 4 TO MY SURPRISE James 21000
73 96 73 2 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 6800
74 NEW 74 1 FEEL LIKE TONIGHT Philip George And Dragonette 5200
75 88 75 2 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 7400

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76 82 76 6 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 18000
77 77 77 3 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 10400
78 NEW 78 1 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 4400
79 46 1 17 WINGS Hurts 1674500
80 97 80 2 THE LOOK Metronomy 5300

81 78 78 4 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 14100
82 94 82 2 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 5200
83 50 50 8 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 84400
84 84 84 3 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 8100
85 87 85 7 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 13500
86 86 86 3 DANGEROUS Frances Rose 8000
87 47 5 10 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 338800
88 95 88 2 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 3900
89 NEW 89 1 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 2200
90 93 90 2 MISSING YOU All Time Low 3700

91 85 13 19 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 258450
92 NEW 92 1 YOU CAN NOW LET GO We Are Temporary 1800
93 89 12 8 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 78900
94 99 94 2 GIMME THE LOVE Jake Bugg 2700
95 76 1 8 HEROES David Bowie 254650
96 98 96 2 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 2600
97 71 71 2 YEAH! COSBY 7100
98 100 98 2 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 2200
99 NEW 99 1 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 1100
100 NEW 100 1 MONSTER LEAD ME HOME Sara Hartman 1000

DROP OUTS
52 12 24 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 376200
54 47 5 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 48450
59 11 8 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 156550
68 58 4 SANCTUARY Allie X 28000
72 39 4 MOVIES Rykka 38100
75 35 6 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 88150
79 32 6 BORROWED TIME Frances 57300
80 80 3 DESI YAAR Benny Dhaliwal featuring Harj Nagra 6400
81 57 5 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 29400
90 90 3 LIFE ON MARS Rick Wakeman 5500

 

28th February 2016

It’s a 4th week for Faded, that’s the whole of February on top, but there are 4 top 5 climbers hot on it’s heels. Pet Shop Boys first official single from Super replaces Inner Sanctum in the top 10, up 31 places to 2. Not many PSB singles peak at 2, so next week should see if they can keep up the chart-toppers. David Bowie gets yet another classic in the top 3 as Oh You Pretty Things replaces Changes in the top 3, appropriately all very Hunky Dory. Bomba Estereo groove to 4, up 20 places, and Vaults vaults 10 to 5 with the movie soundtrack song, her first top 10. Not seen the film yet.

Up 81 places, probably the biggest jump ever in my charts (being as I rarely have a top 100!) it’s the very late Sammy Davis Jr with the help of a fab Sky advert landing at 15, his highest ever chart placing and 4 years since Rhythm Of Life charted. There are, depressingly, a plethora of late music stars in my charts. Of the new ones, FKA Twigs gets her first top 20 with a lovely toon, and King (not the 80’s pop stars) go top 30 with the lovely The Greatest. Josef Salvat gets his first top 30, and Primal Scream and Holly Johnson return to the top 40 with new tracks, Holly’s is his biggest since the 80’s!

Others: I’ve been to see the fab Deadpool, which has a great soundtrack of oldies, 4 of them enter (Chordettes Back To The Future classic Mister Sandman; DMX; Neil Sedaka; Ray Charles), while there’s a song contest invasion of new stuff, and a few non-BJSC new tracks, including a welcome return to 6-years-absent Corinne Bailey Rae, who last hit my top 10 in 2010.

http://youtube.com/v/NDfrS-uvI0Q

1 1 1 7 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 850000
2 33 2 2 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 132700
3 7 3 7 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 260900
4 24 4 2 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 84000
5 15 5 2 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 87000
6 6 5 7 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 296400
7 3 1 6 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 600000
8 10 8 5 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 151500
9 5 3 7 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 465000
10 4 1 26 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2747000

11 9 9 3 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 100200
12 20 12 2 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 55000
13 2 2 7 CHANGES David Bowie 385000
14 14 14 5 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 119000
15 96 15 2 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 28400
16 16 16 7 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 117200
17 26 17 3 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 59500
18 11 5 7 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 289000
19 8 8 6 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 169100
20 72 20 2 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 25600

http://youtube.com/v/8Tq0HzgDcNc

21 28 4 13 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 440800
22 23 22 7 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 127400
23 13 10 7 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 173550
24 45 24 2 THE GREATEST KING 32000
25 25 25 7 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 128650
26 17 17 6 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 106950
27 18 18 3 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 62400
28 36 28 15 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 172600
29 46 29 12 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 113350
30 65 30 4 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 45800

http://youtube.com/v/UbpSV3gBRfk

31 31 19 5 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 94700
32 22 12 7 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 163050
33 19 9 6 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 169200
34 34 6 11 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 342100
35 40 35 3 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 41900
36 21 6 10 WISH Hurts 297400
37 38 37 8 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 136800
38 49 38 3 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 35700
39 68 39 2 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 23500
40 41 40 7 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 96000

http://youtube.com/v/AXiMS5XW6kA

41 30 1 17 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1412250
42 29 3 19 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 806300
43 44 43 7 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 90500
44 55 44 2 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 24050
45 NEW 45 1 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 13000
46 32 1 16 WINGS Hurts 1670300
47 27 5 9 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 337200
48 48 48 4 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 34800
49 51 49 5 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 56700
50 50 50 7 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 81000

51 53 51 7 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 57400
52 12 12 24 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 376200
53 54 53 4 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 36450
54 47 47 5 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 48450
55 35 7 11 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 290700
56 57 56 8 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 70800
57 59 57 4 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 34200
58 60 58 4 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 25900
59 37 11 8 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 156550
60 NEW 60 1 PLUMMET tiasu 10000

61 NEW 61 1 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 7500
62 86 62 3 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 11200
63 79 63 3 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 13400
64 94 64 2 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 8700
65 82 65 2 BONBON Era Istrefi 10600
66 NEW 66 1 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 6800
67 NEW 67 1 CHILDREN OF THE SUN Thomas Bergersen featuring Merethe Soltvedt 6600
68 58 58 4 SANCTUARY Allie X 28000
69 73 69 2 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 11600
70 NEW 70 1 MIRROR MIRROR Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams 6000

71 NEW 71 1 YEAH! COSBY 5800
72 39 39 4 MOVIES Rykka 38100
73 87 73 2 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 8000
74 74 74 3 TO MY SURPRISE James 15400
75 42 35 6 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 88150

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

76 70 1 7 HEROES David Bowie 253150
77 98 77 2 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 5800
78 80 78 3 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 10300
79 43 32 6 BORROWED TIME Frances 57300
80 97 80 3 DESI YAAR Benny Dhaliwal featuring Harj Nagra 6400

81 66 57 5 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 29400
82 85 82 5 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 13200
83 NEW 83 1 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 3400
84 93 84 2 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 4900
85 56 13 18 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 256550
86 88 86 2 DANGEROUS Frances Rose 5200
87 89 87 6 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 10500
88 NEW 88 1 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 2400
89 78 12 7 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 77200
90 90 90 3 LIFE ON MARS Rick Wakeman 5500

91 NEW 91 1 XPANDER Sasha 1900
92 NEW 92 1 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 1800
93 NEW 93 1 MISSING YOU All Time Low 1700
94 NEW 94 1 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 1600
95 NEW 95 1 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 1500
96 NEW 96 1 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 1400
97 NEW 97 1 THE LOOK Metronomy 1300
98 NEW 98 1 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 1200
99 NEW 99 1 GIMME THE LOVE Jake Bugg 1100
100 NEW 100 1 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 1000

DROP OUTS

52 18 8 AMAZING Foxes 126050
61 34 5 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 54800
62 14 5 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 96100
63 40 5 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 58550
64 47 3 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire 32100
67 7 7 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 165000
69 1 6 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 278950
71 21 5 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 74300
75 75 4 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 16200
76 43 5 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 54600
77 50 5 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 39200
81 30 6 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 85800
83 7 12 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 269900
84 84 2 I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan 6000
91 22 15 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 120450
92 6 15 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 370100
95 43 8 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 46100
99 3 21 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 463200
100 100 1 BLITZ Digitalism 1000

21st February 2016

It’s Faded for a 3rd week on top as Changes hits number 2, a new peak since it first charted in 1975 for David Bowie, and the same for Oh! You Pretty Things, which has never charted before, both dating from 1971 originally, when I lived in Singapore and had no idea who Bowie was…! Highest new entry is a second hit for Vaults, at 15, from a naughty movie, it’s fab, while a hot new track enters at 20 for Flume featuring Kai. A Spanish language dance goodie from Colombian band Bomba Estereo is in at 24, quite probably only the 2nd act from that country to make my charts (Shakira obviously the likely first), and in at 33 it’s the new official single from Pet Shop Boys joining the next album debut track Inner Sanctum inside the top 40. Of course! I was, in actual fact, a Pop Kid. I like to think Neil wrote the lyric for me… tongue.gif

Others: the tragically late young band Viola Beach enter with a good track, Holly ‘Frankie Goes To Hollywood’ Johnson is back over 30 years on with a movie soundtrack song not entirely unlike The Power Of Love. That’s a good thing. FKA Twigs gets a second entry, Gwen Stefani keeps the 20 year-run (nearly) of hits going, albeit starting with No Doubt, no doubt. Elvis is back with a re-imagining of his 1969 top 5 belter If I Can Dream, one I loved as an 11-year-old but less so these days, and finally Sammy Davis Jr is being used in a SKY TV ad, good enough excuse for me to chart it (along with itunes) especially as it’s a song I knew in my distant youth but never really noticed much. Sammy was fab.

1 1 1 6 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 680000
2 6 2 6 CHANGES David Bowie 353000
3 2 1 5 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 550000
4 4 1 25 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2705000
5 3 3 6 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 420000
6 5 5 6 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 241400
7 9 7 6 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 185900
8 8 8 5 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 148100
9 29 9 2 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 63200
10 11 10 4 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 103500

http://youtube.com/v/ESjzB0m_60E

11 7 5 6 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 267000
12 13 12 23 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 364700
13 10 10 6 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 154300
14 14 14 4 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 90000
15 NEW 15 1 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 27000
16 26 16 6 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 92200
17 17 17 5 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 88450
18 18 18 2 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 44000
19 16 9 5 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 151500
20 NEW 20 1 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 20000

http://youtube.com/v/-KPnyf8vwXI

21 15 6 9 WISH Hurts 280000
22 12 12 6 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 145250
23 23 23 6 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 107900
24 NEW 24 1 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 19000
25 25 25 6 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 109900
26 30 26 2 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 36500
27 19 5 8 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 324700
28 22 4 12 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 421050
29 27 3 18 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 792550
30 28 1 16 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1398250

http://youtube.com/v/zPB8Ba5BJ7w

31 31 19 4 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 76800
32 21 1 15 WINGS Hurts 1657550
33 NEW 33 1 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 17700
34 33 6 10 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 324500
35 24 7 10 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 279900
36 37 36 14 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 154300
37 20 11 7 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 146450
38 39 38 7 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 119500
39 60 39 3 MOVIES Rykka 32500
40 62 40 2 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 24400

http://youtube.com/v/7JF3Gj8U0YA

41 42 41 6 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 79000
42 35 35 5 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 83150
43 32 32 5 BORROWED TIME Frances 53100
44 44 44 6 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 77000
45 NEW 45 1 THE GREATEST KING 13000
46 46 46 11 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 95150
47 53 47 4 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 37450
48 65 48 3 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 22500
49 68 49 2 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 18500
50 52 50 6 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 69000

51 51 51 4 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 44600
52 48 18 8 AMAZING Foxes 126050
53 58 53 6 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 45650
54 63 54 3 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 25200
55 NEW 55 1 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 10800
56 45 13 17 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 253550
57 59 57 7 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 60200
58 67 58 3 SANCTUARY Allie X 21600
59 64 59 3 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 23800
60 78 60 3 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 15700

61 34 34 5 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 54800
62 38 14 5 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 96100
63 40 40 5 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 58550
64 47 47 3 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire 32100
65 55 55 3 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 27800
66 57 57 4 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 25600
67 36 7 7 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 165000
68 NEW 68 1 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 6400
69 41 1 6 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 278950
70 56 1 6 HEROES David Bowie 248350

71 54 21 5 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 74300
72 NEW 72 1 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 5600
73 NEW 73 1 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 5400
74 75 74 2 TO MY SURPRISE James 10200
75 77 75 4 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 16200

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

76 43 43 5 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 54600
77 50 50 5 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 39200
78 74 12 6 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 75000
79 90 79 2 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 6200
80 91 80 2 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 5900

81 49 30 6 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 85800
82 NEW 82 1 BONBON Era Istrefi 3600
83 66 7 12 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 269900
84 86 84 2 I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan 6000
85 88 85 4 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 9600
86 100 86 2 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 3800
87 NEW 87 1 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 2600
88 NEW 88 1 DANGEROUS Frances Rose 2400
89 92 89 5 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 7900
90 95 90 2 LIFE ON MARS Rick Wakeman 3500

91 89 22 15 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 120450
92 73 6 15 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 370100
93 NEW 93 1 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 1700
94 NEW 94 1 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1600
95 94 43 8 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 46100
96 NEW 96 1 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 1400
97 99 97 2 DESI YAAR Benny Dhaliwal featuring Harj Nagra 2400
98 NEW 98 1 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 1200
99 96 3 21 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 463200
100 NEW 100 1 BLITZ Digitalism 1000

DROP OUTS
61 37 5 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY David Bowie 48250
69 8 9 LAZARUS David Bowie 163300
70 70 7 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 37600
71 40 4 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 41900
72 34 4 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 47600
76 19 9 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 124300
79 69 4 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 16100
80 71 5 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 22200
81 24 7 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 93800
82 50 3 DON’T BE SHY (FILATOV & KARAS REMIX) Imany 27350
83 83 4 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 11000
84 10 17 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 234250
85 28 5 STARMAN David Bowie 39500
87 87 2 BRIGHTEST LIGHT FDVM featuring Josh Wantie 5200
93 93 2 TEQUILA Doop 2800
97 25 5 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 84150
98 3 13 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 451250

 

 

14th February 2016

2 weeks on top for the gorgeous Faded, not fading at all, along with the top 4. Pet Shop Boys finally get into the Inner Sanctum of the top 10, I think only 2 PSB singles have ever failed to do that, though some album tracks pottered around lower as well. Aphrodite’s Child and several Bowie’s keep the oldies climbing, while the highest new entry is a buzz: Timothy Bloom and V Bozeman, a great soul duet (or r’n’b if you prefer) that hasn’t even been released in the UK streaming or itunes, and there’s an over-18 adult video to go along with it – or Arty, as I prefer to think of it, it’s lovely if you don’t have hang-ups about the beautiful human body. The edited version though is linked…

In at 29, it’s cult and 60’s sounding Cat’s Eyes with the super-hero named Chameleon Queen, it’s part opera singer Rachel Zeffira, and part The Horror’s Farid Badwan, and part fab. In at 30 DJ Fresh and Dizzee Rascal do what the rubbish streaming charts wouldn’t allow let them do – get a bonafide top 40 entry. On UK sales they are top 20, but as it’s Ministry Of Sound (as in not streamed) it’s barely inside the top 75 combined chart. I bet Ministry Of Sound made more money from their sales-alone chart position last week than half the records placed higher thanks to streaming.

Lower down and welcomes back to Primal Scream and James, both veterans of the early 90’s, and both former chart-toppers here and nowhere else in the real-singles-sales-chart world, criminally. Enya’s even more veteran, late 80’s and still going strong with a second chart entry in 2016, while most-veteran of all is Rick Wakeman, once of Yes, prog rock king, album chart-topper, funny, intelligent, and loveable man, and player of many a session, including David Bowie’s Life On Mars – which he did for the BBC as an instrumental following Bowie’s death, and now released. So he’s actually in the chart twice with the same song, yay for Rick. Most incredibly of all, I think is this his first ever entry in my singles charts solo. Now that really is 45 years overdue!!!

1 1 1 5 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 510000
2 2 1 4 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 465000
3 3 3 5 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 360000
4 4 1 24 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2640000
5 6 5 5 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 186400
6 8 6 5 CHANGES David Bowie 238000
7 5 5 5 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 230000
8 17 8 4 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 100100
9 10 9 5 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 135900
10 14 10 5 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 122300

http://youtube.com/v/lNLkcOqQSBM

11 31 11 3 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 61500
12 12 12 5 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 125750
13 15 13 22 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 329700
14 18 14 3 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 61000
15 20 6 8 WISH Hurts 260250
16 9 9 4 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 130500
17 25 17 4 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 65450
18 NEW 18 1 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V Bozeman 22000
19 7 5 7 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 306300
20 11 11 6 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 129150

http://youtube.com/v/np_dW7yzhM8

21 13 1 14 WINGS Hurts 1639750
22 23 4 11 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 402750
23 36 23 5 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 88650
24 24 7 9 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 262400
25 26 25 5 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 91150
26 29 26 5 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 67200
27 27 3 17 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 774350
28 28 1 15 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1380250
29 NEW 29 1 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 18200
30 NEW 30 1 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 18000

http://youtube.com/v/ZzFdvdMG1Ao

31 19 19 3 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 58900
32 56 32 4 BORROWED TIME Frances 39600
33 33 6 9 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 306900
34 34 34 4 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 47300
35 35 35 4 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 69400
36 16 7 6 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 158400
37 42 37 13 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 136900
38 22 14 4 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 88700
39 39 39 6 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 102300
40 41 40 4 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 51350

http://youtube.com/v/1SVlqcTVQdk

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

41 21 1 5 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 272750
42 44 42 5 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 65000
43 48 43 4 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 49800
44 46 44 5 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 63750
45 45 13 16 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 242950
46 51 46 10 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 82400
47 47 47 2 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire 25000
48 32 18 7 AMAZING Foxes 114550
49 38 30 5 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 82000
50 57 50 4 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 34600

51 54 51 3 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 32850
52 52 52 5 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 57000
53 RE 53 3 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 24950
54 30 21 4 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 68500
55 60 55 2 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 20800
56 53 1 5 HEROES David Bowie 242350
57 62 57 3 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 18800
58 58 58 5 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 34400
59 59 59 6 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 49800
60 73 60 2 MOVIES Rykka 15400

61 37 37 5 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY David Bowie 48250
62 NEW 62 1 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 7400
63 65 63 2 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 14200
64 67 65 2 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 13700
65 84 65 2 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 10200
66 55 7 11 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 266500
67 76 67 2 SANCTUARY Allie X 11400
68 NEW 68 1 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 6400
69 43 8 9 LAZARUS David Bowie 163300
70 71 70 7 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 37600

71 40 40 4 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 41900
72 49 34 4 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 47600
73 61 6 14 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 368300
74 72 12 5 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 70600
75 NEW 75 1 TO MY SURPRISE James 5000

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

76 68 19 9 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 124300
77 78 77 3 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 11200
78 97 78 2 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 5700
79 69 69 4 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 16100
80 79 71 5 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 22200

81 64 24 7 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 93800
82 50 50 3 DON’T BE SHY (FILATOV & KARAS REMIX) Imany 27350
83 83 83 4 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 11000
84 75 10 17 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 234250
85 80 28 5 STARMAN David Bowie 39500
86 NEW 86 1 I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan 2800
87 87 87 2 BRIGHTEST LIGHT FDVM featuring Josh Wantie 5200
88 89 88 3 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 6600
89 85 22 14 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 118550
90 NEW 90 1 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 2000

91 NEW 91 1 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 1900
92 92 92 4 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 5700
93 99 93 2 TEQUILA Doop 2800
94 100 43 7 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 44600
95 NEW 95 1 LIFE ON MARS Rick Wakeman 1500
96 91 3 20 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 462100
97 66 25 5 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 84150
98 63 3 13 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 451250
99 NEW 99 1 DESI YAAR Benny Dhaliwal featuring Harj Nagra 1100
100 NEW 100 1 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 1000

DROP OUTS
70 32 4 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 55100
74 3 22 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 550150
77 16 4 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 47100
81 46 6 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 42650
82 9 12 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 242400
86 37 7 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 54350
88 9 8 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 177300
90 2 20 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 869600
93 93 4 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 5900
94 86 3 THRESHOLD Redlight featuring Melisa Whiskey 7200
95 95 4 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 5700
96 96 3 NEW KID IN TOWN The Eagles 3900
98 98 2 QUEEN BITCH David Bowie 2400

 

 

7th February 2016

It’s the oh-so-earworm fragile vocals of Iselin Solheim on Alan Walker’s Faded that just pips the sultry vocals of Bishop on Zonderling’s Crazy For You. Steve Aoki gets his first top 3, and Walk Off The Earth get their second, as Florence gets a 23rd consecutive top 4 run. Turin Brakes equal their previous biggest, 2003’s Pain Killer at 5. Lukas Graham go top 10, the lovely 7 Years, and David Bowie joins himself in the top 10 with Oh You Pretty Things, a song I knew long long ago in a hit version by Peter Noone, lead singer of Herman’s Hermits, Bowie’s superior original at long last charts big, as does his original version of All The Young Dudes, gifted to Mott The Hoople to classic effect. Bowie’s stripped-back version isn’t a patch on his production for Mott – happily they’ve released the Mott Backing track with Bowie’s vocals, and Ian Hunter’s backing singing, which tributes Mott’s late drummer as well as Bowie.

Talking of late, another week, another loss, this time Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire who get 2 of their best tracks back in my chart, while back in the land of the land, more scandipop (sort of) as Postiljonen get a 3rd top 20 with The Open Road. Pet Shop Boys keep the top 20 run secure, as Raleigh Ritchie climbs into the 30, the top 40 chart still Bowie-full, as some dropping down and out are replaced by two Blackstar tracks. Up to 47, Demis Roussos and Vangelis aka Aphrodite’s Child late 60’s gentle pyschedelic Greek prog rock. If you can’t imagine a slim, good-looking, hip and cool Demis Roussos take a look!

1 2 1 4 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 340000
2 1 1 3 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 350000
3 4 3 4 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 275000
4 3 1 23 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2575000
5 6 5 4 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 180000
6 13 6 4 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 126400
7 5 5 6 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 285300
8 9 8 4 CHANGES David Bowie 183000
9 10 9 3 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 105500
10 33 10 4 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 90900

http://youtube.com/v/kAwSQq44O_U

11 16 11 5 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 109150
12 30 12 4 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 90750
13 8 1 13 WINGS Hurts 1620000
14 23 14 4 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 80300
15 15 15 21 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 297700
16 7 7 5 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 141000
17 24 17 3 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 52100
18 60 18 2 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 32000
19 20 19 2 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 41000
20 12 6 7 WISH Hurts 233250

http://youtube.com/v/e6KPdi7lcak

21 11 1 4 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 258750
22 14 14 3 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 71500
23 19 4 10 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 383250
24 17 7 8 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 243400
25 35 25 3 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 42450
26 28 26 4 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 72400
27 27 3 16 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 755950
28 31 1 14 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1361950
29 40 29 4 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 48700
30 21 21 3 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 57500

http://youtube.com/v/MrnCnCmUrE8
31 67 47 2 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 24500
32 18 18 6 AMAZING Foxes 102250
33 22 6 8 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 289200
34 49 34 2 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 29700
35 37 35 3 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 51900
36 36 36 4 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 69400
37 53 37 4 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY David Bowie 40750
38 38 30 4 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 69900
39 39 39 5 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 85200
40 48 40 3 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 36100

41 44 41 3 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 34350
42 42 42 12 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 119600
43 41 8 8 LAZARUS David Bowie 157100
44 45 44 4 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 51250
45 29 13 15 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 229950
46 46 46 4 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 50500
47 NEW 47 1 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire 12500
48 50 48 3 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 36300
49 34 34 3 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 42000
50 51 50 2 DON’T BE SHY (FILATOV & KARAS REMIX) Imany 23750

http://youtube.com/v/YQyxCL1uMlU

51 54 51 9 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 69650
52 52 52 4 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 45500
53 26 1 4 HEROES David Bowie 231750
54 59 54 2 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 21100
55 32 7 10 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 259700
56 70 56 3 BORROWED TIME Frances 21800
57 69 57 3 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 22600
58 72 58 4 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 24200
59 62 59 5 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 39700
60 NEW 60 1 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 10000

61 55 6 13 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 362900
62 100 62 2 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 8400
63 57 3 12 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 450050
64 47 24 6 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 90000
65 NEW 65 1 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 7000
66 25 25 4 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 82850
67 NEW 67 1 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 6600
68 56 19 8 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 119500
69 75 69 3 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 12900
70 43 32 4 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 55100

71 71 71 6 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 31600
72 63 12 4 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 65400
73 NEW 73 1 MOVIES Rykka 5400
74 61 3 22 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 550150
75 79 10 16 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 231050

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

76 NEW 76 1 SANCTUARY Allie X 4800
77 73 16 4 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 47100
78 89 78 2 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 6600
79 77 71 4 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 18200
80 80 28 4 STARMAN David Bowie 36500

81 64 46 6 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 42650
82 76 9 12 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 242400
83 83 83 3 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 7600
84 NEW 84 1 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 3200
85 88 22 13 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 116350
86 92 37 7 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 54350
87 NEW 87 1 BRIGHTEST LIGHT FDVM featuring Josh Wantie 2600
88 58 9 8 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 177300
89 90 89 2 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 4200
90 82 2 20 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 869600

91 85 3 19 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 460700
92 99 92 3 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 3900
93 94 93 4 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 5900
94 86 86 3 THRESHOLD Redlight featuring Melisa Whiskey 7200
95 96 95 4 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 5700
96 97 96 3 NEW KID IN TOWN The Eagles 3900
97 NEW 97 1 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 1300
98 98 98 2 QUEEN BITCH David Bowie 2400
99 NEW 99 1 TEQUILA Doop 1100
100 91 43 6 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 43000

DROP OUTS
65 65 6 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 30800
66 37 5 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 56800
68 16 9 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 125600
74 55 3 BAD HABITS The Last Shadow Puppets 22000
78 57 3 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie with Pet Shop Boys 25200
81 3 11 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 412900
84 6 10 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 262400
87 87 3 ONLY YOU Chris Lee 5200
93 65 5 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 27300
95 95 3 MAGIC DANCE David Bowie 4000

31st January 2016

It’s Zonderling at 1, with BISHOP, that’s a male Deep House duo and female DJ/Singer, who seem to have collided with major impact for me on the fab Crazy For You, just holding off the Must-be-huge-in-the-UK-sometime-soon Faded, from Alan Walker, a big Euro-hit. Florence holds at 3, that’s an unprecedented 21 consecutive top 3 weeks and one week at 4. The epic drama of the track just does not fade for me!

Chris Lee gives China a top 10 act crossed over with UK PCMusic, while The Shanghai Restoration project are a bit lower down, giving a modern Chinese-American version of a 1930’s Chinese movie tune (I think!). TheFatRat have a real mish-mash of musical styles that works at 10, and highest new entry is Nimmo at 20, a London 5-piece band with a thumping good dance groove.

Pet Shop Boys keep up the top 40 consecutive record – they have never missed once since debuting in 1985 – with Inner Sanctum, while all of David Bowie’s new tracks (except Lazarus) climb, including the 10-minute long experimental Blackstar, along with new entries for Bowie singing on his production of his song for Mott The Hoople, along with lead singer Ian Hunter: All The Young Dudes, a much better version than his own version. Queen Bitch also enters to swap places with China Girl and Ashes To Ashes which drop out, love ‘em, but they have had great chart runs already.

The late Colin Vearncombe returns with his classic Wonderful Life, as Black, while the late Glenn Frey goes top 40 for the second time with his Miami Vice hit, and the late Demis Roussos gets a belated tribute first entry for 60’s goodie Rain And Tears, with Aphrodite’s Child.

1 4 1 2 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 235000
2 8 2 3 FADED Alan Walker 170000
3 3 1 22 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2510000
4 5 4 3 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 190000
5 7 5 5 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 235300
6 10 6 3 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 120000
7 16 7 4 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 116000
8 2 1 12 WINGS Hurts 1588000
9 9 9 3 CHANGES David Bowie 135000
10 26 10 2 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 60500

http://youtube.com/v/60ItHLz5WEA

11 1 1 3 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 239000
12 6 6 6 WISH Hurts 213250
13 19 13 3 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 71400
14 17 14 2 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 52000
15 18 15 20 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 270700
16 21 16 4 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 72150
17 12 7 7 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 224400
18 20 18 5 AMAZING Foxes 84450
19 11 4 9 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 364000
20 NEW 20 1 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 20000

http://youtube.com/v/qWJ_egyc_mQ

21 25 21 2 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 39500
22 14 6 7 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 271500
23 28 23 3 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 51300
24 59 24 2 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 29100
25 29 25 3 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 76050
26 13 1 3 HEROES David Bowie 220500
27 27 3 15 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 737550
28 31 28 3 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 53900
29 33 13 14 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 216950
30 24 24 3 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 55750

http://youtube.com/v/pFptt7Cargc

31 23 1 13 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1343650
32 22 7 9 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 248900
33 38 33 3 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 48900
34 48 34 2 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 29900
35 69 35 2 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 23700
36 36 36 3 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 52000
37 39 37 2 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 34400
38 30 30 3 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 52700
39 40 39 4 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 68100
40 52 40 3 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 30500

41 15 8 7 LAZARUS David Bowie 143600
42 46 42 11 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 105850
43 32 32 3 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 49100
44 64 44 2 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 20350
45 45 45 3 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 38000
46 47 46 3 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 37750
47 41 24 5 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 82900
48 66 48 2 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 19100
49 NEW 49 1 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 12100
50 50 50 2 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 24000

http://youtube.com/v/kszLwBaC4Sw

51 NEW 51 1 DON’T BE SHY (FILATOV & KARAS REMIX) Imany 11750
52 53 52 3 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 34000
53 60 53 3 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY David Bowie 23450
54 56 54 8 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 57900
55 43 6 12 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 355400
56 35 19 7 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 113100
57 42 3 11 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 442850
58 37 9 7 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 174900
59 NEW 59 1 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 10100
60 NEW 60 1 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 10000

61 51 3 21 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 544950
62 62 62 4 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 29600
63 34 12 3 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 59800
64 91 46 5 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 38850
65 65 65 6 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 30800
66 44 37 5 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 56800
67 NEW 67 1 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 6600
68 54 16 9 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 125600
69 70 69 2 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 12200
70 74 70 2 BORROWED TIME Frances 11200

71 75 71 5 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 25800
72 79 72 3 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 14000
73 49 16 3 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 42500
74 55 55 3 BAD HABITS The Last Shadow Puppets 22000
75 93 75 2 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 6700

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

76 61 9 11 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 238800
77 71 71 3 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 14000
78 57 57 3 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie with Pet Shop Boys 25200
79 84 10 15 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 226050
80 58 28 3 STARMAN David Bowie 32500

81 72 3 11 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 412900
82 87 2 19 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 867600
83 92 83 2 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 5200
84 76 6 10 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 262400
85 85 3 18 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 458800
86 86 86 2 THRESHOLD Redlight featuring Melisa Whiskey 5600
87 94 87 3 ONLY YOU Chris Lee 5200
88 80 22 12 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 113350
89 NEW 89 1 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 2200
90 NEW 90 1 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 2000

91 63 43 5 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 42000
92 82 37 6 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 51550
93 68 65 5 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 27300
94 95 94 3 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 4200
95 97 95 3 MAGIC DANCE David Bowie 4000
96 96 96 3 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 4200
97 98 97 2 NEW KID IN TOWN The Eagles 2500
98 NEW 98 1 QUEEN BITCH David Bowie 1200
99 100 99 2 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 2100
100 NEW 100 1 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 1000

DROP OUTS
67 18 6 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 81850
73 73 2 CHINA GIRL David Bowie 10800
77 5 28 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 463300
78 60 2 ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie 14400
81 5 10 HOT POWERS 329300
83 29 6 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 86200
88 88 1 WILD HORSES BISHOP 2400
89 35 6 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 63900
90 15 9 GIVE IT ALL Foals 132350
99 6 12 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 307050

 

 

 

24th January 2016

It’s another David Bowie oldie on top, one I like to think he wrote for me (I’m John, and he’s only dancing, so that’s fine). This is the 3rd time it’s made my top 5, in 1972, in 1980 (in an alternate 1972 version) and now again. There was also that other double A side version (Again) which is the worst of all the various versions – it’s like Bowie was never quite satisfied with it, leaving off his big albums, I think bizarrely so. It’s pretty obscure as a result of that decision, but it’s much better than many of the tracks that made it on to Ziggy and Aladdin. Play loud and it all makes sense. His 12th chart-topper, and only a 44-year wait from entering my chart to do it – a new chart record.

It’s a manic chart, stuffed with fabulous hot new singles, and still Hurts and Florence won’t shift, cos I love them so, still. Florence is now 2nd biggest record of the 21st century and Hurts are in the top 10. In at 4, it’s an unusual banging dance track, the producers seem to have purposely shifted it slightly off the beat, which is totally bizarre-sounding but soooo obsessive for me. Zonderling and Bishop are new to me, and this track is FAB. Alan Walker and Turin Brakes both go top 10, and the theme tune to David Bowie’s 80’s movie, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence is back for Ryuchi Sakamoto, it’s still lovely and haunting, in at 17. Ryuchi first made my chart in 1980 with Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Invaders Theme, which I’ve been playing a lot lately too.

Talking of Bowie, some drop out, some enter, some go up, such as Tis A Pity She Was A Whore, experimental industrial rock, almost, and into the 40 along with the gorgeous The Prettiest Star. New tracks, the marathon title track to Blackstar is into the 75, all jazzy, an Aladdin Sane album track, Panic In Detroit, and also a live performance of Pink Floyd’s Arnold Layne with David Gilmour, which I never charted – I must have been on holiday out of the country and missed it when it went UK top 20. David’s Pet Shop Boys Hallo Spaceboy (final part of the Major Tom referenced trilogy) stays static, but Pet Shop Boys have released a new track from a forthcoming new album and it sits amongst a bunch of Bowie tracks, I think appropriately. Inner Sanctum is pure dance, pretty much, and enters unusually low for a PSB track, for me.

There are loads of tracks re-entering, or entering again as new (it’s a new year, so a new entry if they exited the chart in 2015 in my version of chart worlds) thanks to the hideously slow UK singles chart finally getting behind tracks that were in my charts last year – though some it must be said did chart in the UK Sales chart as opposed to combined streaming chart – or else Radio 1 and 2 have suddenly got behind them. So X Ambassadors, Tame Impala, Elle King, 99 Souls, Thomas Rhett are on the up again. Finally, Glenn Frey died this week, and I’ve had to chuck out Lemmy and Natalie Cole tracks to make way for solo Glenn and Eagles tracks, but I stuck with ones that were 100% Glenn that underperformed in my charts.

http://youtube.com/v/6VrqCBsbeuc

1 13 1 2 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 202000
2 2 1 11 WINGS Hurts 1540000
3 3 1 21 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2425000
4 NEW 4 1 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 65000
5 4 4 2 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 125000
6 6 6 5 WISH Hurts 178250
7 5 5 4 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 175300
8 15 8 2 FADED Alan Walker 55000
9 9 9 2 CHANGES David Bowie 90000
10 17 10 2 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 65000

http://youtube.com/v/A1CKiO8CbEs

11 11 4 8 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 343000
12 7 7 6 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 201400
13 1 1 2 HEROES David Bowie 202000
14 10 6 6 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 252000
15 8 8 6 LAZARUS David Bowie 129600
16 19 16 3 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 66000
17 NEW 17 1 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 23000
18 18 18 19 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 243700
19 27 19 2 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 39400
20 23 20 4 AMAZING Foxes 62450

21 36 21 3 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 47150
22 14 7 8 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 231100
23 22 1 12 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1325750
24 25 24 2 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 37750
25 NEW 25 1 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 18750
26 NEW 26 1 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 18500
27 21 3 14 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 719150
28 42 28 2 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 32050
29 48 29 2 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 57300
30 35 30 2 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 35500

http://youtube.com/v/-zF2tsBJnpk

31 33 31 2 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 35600
32 32 32 2 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 35600
33 55 13 13 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 198750
34 12 12 2 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 52600
35 29 19 6 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 102500
36 38 36 2 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 34600
37 20 9 6 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 164700
38 41 38 2 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 31200
39 NEW 39 1 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 17100
40 40 40 3 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 51000

41 24 24 4 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 70400
42 26 3 10 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 432450
43 34 6 11 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 344600
44 37 37 4 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 50000
45 50 45 2 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 25000
46 49 46 10 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 92100
47 47 47 2 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 25000
48 NEW 48 1 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 12300
49 16 16 2 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 37100
50 NEW 50 1 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 12000

http://youtube.com/v/j4ueaD22hg8

51 31 3 20 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 537450
52 90 52 2 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 13500
53 53 53 2 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 22500
54 30 16 8 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 119200
55 70 55 2 BAD HABITS The Last Shadow Puppets 16800
56 56 56 7 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 46900
57 57 57 2 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie with Pet Shop Boys 20800
58 28 28 2 STARMAN David Bowie 28500
59 NEW 59 1 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 10100
60 89 60 2 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING David Bowie 12200

http://youtube.com/v/lNLkcOqQSBM

61 39 9 10 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 234000
62 62 62 3 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 22200
63 43 43 4 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 40100
64 NEW 64 1 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 7100
65 68 65 5 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 23800
66 NEW 66 1 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 6800
67 44 18 6 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 81850
68 65 65 4 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 25600
69 NEW 69 1 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 6200
70 NEW 70 1 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 6000

71 82 71 2 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 9400
72 45 3 10 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 409100
73 73 73 2 CHINA GIRL David Bowie 10800
74 NEW 74 1 BORROWED TIME Frances 5200
75 75 75 4 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 20000

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76 46 6 9 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 259200
77 58 5 28 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 463300
78 60 60 2 ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie 14400
79 79 79 2 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 8400
80 52 22 11 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 110950

81 61 5 10 HOT POWERS 329300
82 59 37 5 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 49750
83 54 29 6 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 86200
84 RE 10 14 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 221850
85 81 3 17 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 455800
86 NEW 86 1 THRESHOLD Redlight featuring Melisa Whiskey 2800
87 RE 2 18 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 864000
88 NEW 88 1 WILD HORSES BISHOP 2400
89 63 35 6 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 63900
90 51 15 9 GIVE IT ALL Foals 132350

91 64 46 4 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 31750
92 NEW 92 1 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 1800
93 NEW 93 1 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 1700
94 100 94 2 ONLY YOU Chris Lee 2600
95 99 95 2 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 2600
96 96 96 2 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 2800
97 98 97 2 MAGIC DANCE David Bowie 2500
98 NEW 98 1 NEW KID IN TOWN The Eagles 1200
99 69 6 12 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 307050
100 NEW 100 1 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 1000

DROP OUTS
66 26 23 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 277800
67 17 8 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 137700
71 36 9 FOCUS Ariana Grande 80750
72 47 10 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 66900
74 74 1 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 5200
76 39 3 SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 39000
77 4 14 HEY BOY Take That 371750
78 33 5 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 58700
80 10 9 FAST LANE Rationale 217400
83 15 3 ACE OF SPADES Motorhead 42900
84 32 3 UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole and Nat ‘King’ Cole 38800
85 48 3 I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU Billy Fury 26550
86 16 10 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 128800
87 71 3 HOLLOW Tori Kelly featuring Big Sean 14200
88 88 1 UNDER PRESSURE David Bowie and Queen 2400
91 45 7 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 40700
92 3 19 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 506750
93 93 1 FAME David Bowie 1700
94 67 4 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 20600
95 95 1 MODERN LOVE David Bowie 1500
97 63 5 HISTORY One Direction 26200

17th January 2016

Yes it’s Heroes (or “Heroes”) on top for the first time, after a 39 year wait. Bowie is a legend, and Heroes was underestimated by everyone, including me, when it came out in 1977. Donna Summer had just blown everyone away with I Feel Love, Oxygene and Magic Fly were in the charts sounding like the future, and punk rock was all the rage, Bowie himslef had already done the synth pop thing earlier in the year with Sound And Vision, and Heroes just seemed very low-key. It made my top 20, and then eventually top 5 in 2012, and now becomes David Bowie’s 11th chart topper. 25 Bowie tracks old and new enter my expanded chart (I had to do it again, it would have been unfair to chop the bottom 25 out), while his final single while alive Lazarus shoots up to 8.

Highest of the actual new entries is Steve Aoki, and Walk Off The Earth, their second top 10 single, while Turin Brakes radio mix gives them a very 2016 sound and a welcome top 20 return after 11 years away and 15 years after debuting. I’m gratified to see a lot of tracks in the UK charts at last, months after charting in mine (or mere weeks in some cases) and two of them duly climb back up (X Ambassadors and Shawn Mendes), but this chart is all about David Bowie, Music Legend and a real Hero of mine.

http://youtube.com/v/Tgcc5V9Hu3g

1 NEW 1 1 HEROES David Bowie 170000
2 1 1 10 WINGS Hurts 1425000
3 2 1 20 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2340000
4 NEW 4 1 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 65000
5 8 5 3 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 125300
6 12 6 4 WISH Hurts 123250
7 7 7 5 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 166400
8 28 8 5 LAZARUS David Bowie 102600
9 NEW 9 1 CHANGES David Bowie 45000
10 6 6 5 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 223000

http://youtube.com/v/kAwSQq44O_U

11 4 4 7 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 306000
12 NEW 12 1 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 35000
13 NEW 13 1 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 32000
14 14 7 7 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 211600
15 NEW 15 1 FADED Alan Walker 27000
16 NEW 16 1 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 25000
17 NEW 17 1 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 23000
18 18 18 18 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 221700
19 20 19 1 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 41000
20 9 9 5 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 147400

http://youtube.com/v/Ui_ECC1s-o8

21 13 3 13 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 700750
22 11 1 11 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1306500
23 34 23 3 AMAZING Foxes 42450
24 24 24 3 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 56400
25 NEW 25 1 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 18750
26 10 3 9 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 418700
27 NEW 27 1 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 18400
28 NEW 28 1 STARMAN David Bowie 18300
29 19 19 5 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 85000
30 16 16 7 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 108200

http://youtube.com/v/60ItHLz5WEA

31 3 3 19 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 525700
32 NEW 32 1 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 17800
33 NEW 33 1 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 17700
34 23 6 10 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 331100
35 NEW 35 1 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 17500
36 60 36 2 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 27400
37 44 37 3 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 36750
38 NEW 38 1 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 17200
39 17 9 9 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 226500
40 40 40 2 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 34000

41 NEW 41 1 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 14000
42 NEW 42 1 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 13750
43 50 43 3 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 32900
44 27 18 5 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 75250
45 25 3 9 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 403500
46 31 6 8 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 254400
47 NEW 47 1 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 12500
48 NEW 48 1 TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 12300
49 53 49 9 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 79350
50 NEW 50 1 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 12000

51 21 15 8 GIVE IT ALL Foals 130350
52 22 22 10 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 106950
53 NEW 53 1 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 11250
54 29 29 5 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 82800
55 55 13 12 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 181050
56 56 56 6 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 36300
57 NEW 57 1 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie with The Pet Shop Boys 10400
58 5 5 27 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 458700
59 37 37 4 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 46150
60 NEW 60 1 ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie 10000

61 30 5 9 HOT POWERS 325500
62 62 62 2 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 14800
63 35 35 5 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 61700
64 46 46 3 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 29850
65 65 65 3 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 19200
66 26 26 23 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 277800
67 33 17 8 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 137700
68 73 68 4 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 16800
69 51 6 11 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 305950
70 NEW 70 1 BAD HABITS The Last Shadow Puppets 6000

71 36 36 9 FOCUS Ariana Grande 80750
72 47 47 10 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 66900
73 NEW 73 1 CHINA GIRL David Bowie 5400
74 NEW 74 1 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 5200
75 75 75 3 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 15000

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76 39 39 3 SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 39000
77 42 4 14 HEY BOY Take That 371750
78 43 33 5 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 58700
79 NEW 79 1 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 4200
80 38 10 9 FAST LANE Rationale 217400

81 59 3 16 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 452800
82 NEW 82 1 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 3600
83 15 15 3 ACE OF SPADES Motorhead 42900
84 32 32 3 UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole and Nat ‘King’ Cole 38800
85 48 48 3 I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU Billy Fury 26550
86 54 16 10 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 128800
87 71 71 3 HOLLOW Tori Kelly featuring Big Sean 14200
88 NEW 88 1 UNDER PRESSURE David Bowie and Queen 2400
89 NEW 89 1 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING David Bowie 2200
90 NEW 90 1 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 2000

91 45 45 7 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 40700
92 70 3 19 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 506750
93 NEW 93 1 FAME David Bowie 1700
94 67 67 4 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 20600
95 NEW 95 1 MODERN LOVE David Bowie 1500
96 NEW 96 1 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 1400
97 63 63 5 HISTORY One Direction 26200
98 NEW 98 1 MAGIC DANCE David Bowie 1200
99 NEW 99 1 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 1100
100 NEW 100 1 ONLY YOU Chris Lee 1000

DROP OUTS
41 18 8 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 116450
49 15 7 1/M/T Mirror Talk 135050
52 9 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (742450) Chris Rea 92100
57 11 10 SAX Fleur East 197650
58 1 12 HELLO Adele 575200
61 43 4 YOU BELONG TO ME Bryan Adams 44500
64 64 2 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 13700
66 8 18 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 297150
68 68 2 OVERKILL Motorhead 12800
69 6 16 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 256200
72 40 4 SWEET LOVIN’ Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher 56600
74 19 8 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 99000

10th January 2016

It’s Hurts for a 5th week on top, as Florence stays at 2, 19 weeks none of them lower than 4, and now well inside my all-time top 75 chart pointers! The Cowsills harmony overdrive 1969 goodie is at 3, as The Turtles 1967 classic pop track is at 5, one of 2 from Minions. Here’s the video:

http://youtube.com/v/Tvu3xiFmfDU

Nero and Charli XCX both return to the top 10, Nero with a dancefloor bound, and a fabulous female vocal. Motorhead make the top 20 for the 3rd time, as the late Lemmy peaks in the UK charts having hit my top 3 long ago. In the basence of fresh new music, lots of oldies re-enter, or debut, or climb, including two Beatles album track classics thanks to the streaming album chart entries – just limited it to those that made the Top 100 though to avoid a Beatles invasion yet again! Neither John Lennon’s Across The Universe nor his A Day In The Life have charted before: unbelievable!!

Chinese singer Chris Lee has gone all techno techno techno, and she has a new image to match her arty pop, part of a double A side single, this is the track I prefer in at 20, Real Love (and not John Lennon’s Real Love). The other will enter next week, love the traditional Chinese music influences in it.

1 1 1 9 WINGS Hurts 1310000
2 2 1 19 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2255000
3 5 3 18 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 507800
4 4 4 6 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 269000
5 10 5 26 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 448500
6 8 6 4 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 181000
7 9 7 4 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 116400
8 37 8 2 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 65300
9 12 9 4 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 127400
10 6 3 8 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 400200

http://youtube.com/v/ugrFTySNeQk

11 3 1 10 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1287000
12 20 12 3 WISH Hurts 68250
13 11 3 12 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 681000
14 7 7 6 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 182600
15 47 15 2 ACE OF SPADES Motorhead 39500
16 22 16 6 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 90200
17 14 9 8 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 209400
18 25 18 17 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 199700
19 19 19 4 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 66800
20 NEW 20 1 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 20000

http://youtube.com/v/WfRByws6l6o

21 16 15 7 GIVE IT ALL Foals 118600
22 31 22 9 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 95450
23 23 6 9 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 313500
24 27 24 2 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 37400
25 13 3 8 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 390500
26 26 26 22 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 271000
27 18 18 4 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 62000
28 30 28 4 LAZARUS David Bowie 54600
29 29 29 4 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 71800
30 15 5 8 HOT POWERS 318000

31 21 6 7 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 241650
32 32 32 2 UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole and Nat ‘King’ Cole 35600
33 17 17 7 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 131100
34 72 34 2 AMAZING Foxes 23200
35 41 35 4 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 54500
36 36 36 8 FOCUS Ariana Grande 74950
37 46 37 3 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 36050
38 24 10 8 FAST LANE Rationale 213400
39 39 39 2 SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 34200
40 NEW 40 1 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 17000

41 35 18 8 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 116450
42 34 4 13 HEY BOY Take That 367150
43 33 33 4 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 54300
44 69 44 2 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 19450
45 45 45 6 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 38800
46 60 46 2 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 22750
47 57 47 9 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 61300
48 53 48 2 I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU Billy Fury 23550
49 38 15 7 1/M/T Mirror Talk 135050
50 62 50 2 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 19400

51 44 6 10 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 299750
52 28 9 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 92100
53 55 53 8 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 67250
54 54 16 9 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 126000
55 51 13 11 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 170250
56 58 56 5 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 25700
57 48 11 10 SAX Fleur East 197650
58 52 1 12 HELLO Adele 575200
59 59 3 15 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 449000
60 NEW 60 1 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 10000

61 43 43 4 YOU BELONG TO ME Bryan Adams 44500
62 NEW 62 1 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 7400
63 64 63 4 HISTORY One Direction 24900
64 67 64 2 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 13700
65 74 65 2 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 12200
66 RE 8 18 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 297150
67 RE 67 3 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 19000
68 68 68 2 OVERKILL Motorhead 12800
69 RE 6 16 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 256200
70 66 3 18 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 504950

71 71 71 2 HOLLOW Tori Kelly featuring Big Sean 11600
72 40 40 4 SWEET LOVIN’ Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher 56600
73 RE 73 3 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 10400
74 56 19 8 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 99000
75 75 75 2 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 10000

DROP OUTS
42 38 7 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 61350
49 49 3 I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne 34100
50 20 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 35200
61 61 1 FUN Coldplay featuring Tove Lo 7500
63 63 3 ALIVE SIA 19600
65 43 7 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 49800
70 8 10 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 257500
73 73 1 THIS WILL BE Natalie Cole 5400

 

 

3rd January 2016

It can’t still be same 3 records on top can it ? Oh yes it can, all stay as they were, a 4th week for Hurts on top and a million seller, as Florence is now inside the all-time top 80 and Coldplay leap 3 of their own inside the all-time 400. Coldplay, Florence and Hurts just can’t stop being greedy as they are also 4, 7, and 20 respectively with newer tracks, while Adele is 6 and 17. As the chart is cut back down to a Top 75 at last there is a mass exodus of 2015 tracks and christmas songs, and still there are 18 new entries, headed by Anastacia and her Army Of Me at 27. The sad deaths of Lemmy and Natalie Cole, give some comeback chart hits for Motorhead, Natalie, and Hawkwind, while other oldies from childhood fave Billy Fury and recent musical theme tune wot I saw, Beautiful, the Carole King story.

The Turtles get their first top 10 since 1968 with Minions track Happy Together – that seems a record to last! – as Kim Wilde gets her latest actual new top 10 stretching hers to 35 years. Lower down, new for Nero, Olly, Andy Grammer, Taylor, Foxes and The Weeknd, all having been there before on more than one occasion. Coldplay meanwhile enter with Tove Lo for a bit of Fun, as they also climb to 45.

1 1 1 8 WINGS Hurts 1140000
2 2 1 18 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2140000
3 3 1 9 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1250000
4 5 4 5 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 204000
5 7 5 17 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 422800
6 4 3 7 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 358200
7 10 7 5 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 153600
8 6 6 3 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 126000
9 27 9 3 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 66400
10 12 10 25 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 388500

11 8 3 11 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 649000
12 14 12 3 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 82400
13 21 3 7 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 371750
14 13 9 7 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 186400
15 11 5 7 HOT POWERS 300000
16 23 15 6 GIVE IT ALL Foals 98850
17 19 17 6 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 113400
18 24 18 3 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 43600
19 34 19 3 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 45800
20 44 20 2 WISH Hurts 33250

21 16 6 6 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 223750
22 22 22 5 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 65200
23 17 6 8 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 294250
24 15 10 7 FAST LANE Rationale 196200
25 41 25 16 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 177700
26 31 26 21 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 252500
27 NEW 27 1 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 18400
28 9 9 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 80600
29 29 29 3 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 53600
30 37 30 3 LAZARUS David Bowie 36300

31 39 31 8 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 75950
32 NEW 32 1 UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole and Nat ‘King’ Cole 17800
33 33 33 3 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 40800
34 28 4 12 HEY BOY Take That 353400
35 18 18 7 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 102450
36 51 36 7 FOCUS Ariana Grande 57550
37 NEW 37 1 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 17300
38 26 15 6 1/M/T Mirror Talk 122950
39 NEW 39 1 SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 17100
40 40 40 3 SWEET LOVIN’ Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher 51000

41 52 41 3 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 37000
42 38 38 7 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 61350
43 43 43 3 YOU BELONG TO ME Bryan Adams 37000
44 25 6 9 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 288000
45 75 45 5 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 25800
46 70 46 2 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 18750
47 NEW 47 1 ACE OF SPADES Motorhead 12500
48 50 11 9 SAX Fleur East 187250
49 54 49 3 I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne 34100
50 20 20 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 35200

51 35 13 10 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 159450
52 47 1 11 HELLO Adele 565000
53 NEW 53 1 I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU Billy Fury 11250
54 45 16 8 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 115000
55 57 55 7 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 56000
56 36 19 7 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 93800
57 65 57 8 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 48800
58 88 58 4 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 15100
59 59 3 14 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 438900
60 NEW 60 1 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 10000

61 NEW 61 1 FUN Coldplay featuring Tove Lo 7500
62 NEW 62 1 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 7400
63 63 63 3 ALIVE SIA 19600
64 68 64 3 HISTORY One Direction 17700
65 71 43 7 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 49800
66 64 3 17 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 498950
67 NEW 67 1 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 6600
68 NEW 68 1 OVERKILL Motorhead 6400
69 NEW 69 1 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 6200
70 49 8 10 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 257500

71 NEW 71 1 HOLLOW Tori Kelly featuring Big Sean 5800
72 NEW 72 1 AMAZING Foxes 5600
73 NEW 73 1 THIS WILL BE Natalie Cole 5400
74 NEW 74 1 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 5000

DROP-OUTS
30 30 5 DOWN LOW Alex Winston 73800
32 18 7 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 133400
42 36 4 RIVER LEA Adele 55950
46 26 3 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 49250
48 5 14 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 434100
53 20 5 HIGHLAND One More Time 88250
55 30 4 EVERY DAY’S LIKE CHRISTMAS (A STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN REMIX) Kylie Minogue 41000
56 19 8 SORRY Justin Bieber 126000
58 39 4 GLITTER & GOLD Barns Courtney 44300
60 5 10 CIRCLES Truls 346100
61 3 18 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 540500
62 50 4 DIRT SLEDDING The Killers featuring Ryan Pardey & Richard Dreyfuss 27700
66 43 5 HAPPY ALONE Matrix & Futurebound featuring V. Bozeman 43800
67 51 6 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 44750
69 69 2 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 12400
72 24 9 GO! Postiljonen 137800
73 39 7 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 63000
74 74 2 ECHOES OF MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 10200
76 49 4 STAY Kygo featuring Maty Noyes 33500
77 32 5 NOTHING’S GONNA HURT YOU BABY Cigarettes After Sex 67100
78 10 13 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 218650
79 79 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 8000
80 9 13 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 256100
81 16 10 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 169500
82 4 16 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 368500
83 2 17 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 861400
84 84 2 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 5000
85 70 6 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 23800
86 86 2 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 5600
87 87 4 SAINT CECILIA Foo Fighters 7100
89 9 10 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 203050
90 3 11 HAPPINESS IAMX 336750
91 8 17 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 290350
92 6 15 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 250000
93 93 5 TUSK (07/19/79 VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 7100
94 27 8 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 88200
95 57 5 TIRED OF TALKING LEON 23500
96 54 5 JESUS MADE ME BAD Lao Ra 26600
97 97 3 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 3600
98 56 6 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 31100
99 5 15 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 326100
100 100 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 1000