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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

My 1985 Charts – June

me n the dog

me n the dog

june 1985 videos here…..

4th June 1985

1st week on top for American EDM act Animotion, or synthpop as was. It had taken The Americans a few years to catch up with the pop movement, but this one was on a par with a great Human League track. Fab. Rocketing up to 3 with their 8th top 5 hit in 5 years, it’s the wonderful OMD and a terrific record that mysteriously was only a minor UK hit, and I can only put it down to them being in the States as they belatedly took off there 5 years late and with most of their great 80‘s records behind them. Happily there were great ones in subsequent decades too. Scritti Politti get a 3rd top 10, Word Girl, as Phil Lynott and Gary Moore go top 10 for the first time since Yellow Pearl in 1982 (Phil), or KIller On The Loose (Thin Lizzy) in 1980 depending on how you look at it.

Up to 13, Mai Tai’s terrific History beats strongly upwards, just ahead of the even greater leaping of Duel, as Propaganda get that 2nd top 20. History will show which one wins the Duel! Stephen Duffy gets a 2nd top 20, which must be the icing on the cake for him, and Depeche Mode add to their long list of top 20 tracks, a disease they just can’t shake off. Highest new entry is the theme to a big Eddie Murphy movie Beverley Hills Cop, the instrumental synth novelty of Axel F from German Howard Faltemeyer, in at 22. I say novelty, I mean catchy, the real novelty nightmare came 20 years later when an obnoxious and irritating cartoon frog covered it. It’s the closest I’ve ever come to wanting to exterminate an amphibian.

At 23, new in and debuting it’s Modern Talking another German pop act, this time a synth duo with a gorgeously cheesy EDM tune which flopped in the UK, though they hit with their next record. This was the better song though, You’re My Heart You’re My Soul. Bryan Adams gets a 3rd top 40, he’s in heaven about it, as are Five Star all falling down while loving David Bowie’s alien, all together with new entries from New Order (give us a Perfect Kiss, then) at 39, and at 40 The Beach Boys return with their best record of the 80’s Getcha Back giving them a clear run of 17 years of top 40 singles, since they appeared in my very first chart ever with Do It Again.

Elsewhere, Nick Heyward keeps the run of solo singles charting with Laura at 53, The Crowd cover You’ll Never Walk Alone to raise money for victims of the Bradford City FC terrible fire disaster. The main man was still Gerry Marsden, of Gerry And The Pacemakers who hit the UK number one with it in 1963 as part of their famous chart debut hat-trick, still the best version of the show tune and musical offcut from Carousel. It’s still rousing and eventually topped my chart on one if it’s UK chart re-entries in the 21st century, and pretty much would have topped my chart in 1963 along with I Like It and How Do You Do, and also Ferry Cross The Mersey, cos I loved them all, and the River Mersey and Liverpool was a constant in in my life on and off for the first 30 years or so. This was a well-meaning version, with a choir of pop stars and celebrities such as Colin Blunstone, Tony Christie, Kiki Dee, Graham Gouldman of 10CC and Phil Lynott getting his second simultaneous chart hit, and UK chart-topper, months before his early death.

At 60, Roy Wood, me old fave, is back at 60 Under Fire, as Bruce is back and he’s actually On Fire at 63 with a fab ballad and an over-rated anthem Born In The USA which went over the heads of many people who took it literally as a patriotic flag-waving opportunity and ruined the social commentary of US politics, the Viet-Nam war veteran treatment, and the working man under the foot of the rich right-wing. Just shows people don’t always listen to the lyrics, not even President Reagan who missed the point completely. At 67, Sister Sledge are back with an actual non-Chic new track. Sadly, it’s the monster UK hit Frankie which doesn’t take many repeat listens to annoy. Pat Benatar also drops by again, and so Elton John (14 years and counting) and Millie Jackson who rather amazingly debuts some 13 years late, as My Man Is A Sweet Man and other early 70’s singles didn’t chart. Act Of War is a good vocal battle though, and Millie wins on a knockout, you don’t mess with her!


1 ( 2 ) OBSESSION Animotion
2 ( 1 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
3 ( 26 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
4 ( 6 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
5 ( 5 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
6 ( 9 ) CALL ME Go West
7 ( 3 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
8 ( 12 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
9 ( 4 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
10 ( 14 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott

11 ( 8 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
12 ( 7 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
13 ( 36 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
14 ( 52 ) DUEL Propaganda
15 ( 15 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
16 ( 18 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
17 ( 40 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
18 ( 11 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
19 ( 22 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
20 ( 10 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables

21 ( 17 ) CRY Godley And Creme
22 ( NEW ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
23 ( NEW ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
24 ( 13 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
25 ( 39 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
26 ( 29 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
27 ( 19 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
28 ( 28 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
29 ( 16 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
30 ( 66 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams

31 ( 21 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
32 ( 20 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
33 ( 47 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
34 ( 23 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
35 ( 35 ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
36 ( 38 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
37 ( 24 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
38 ( 70 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
39 ( NEW ) THE PERFECT KISS New Order
40 ( NEW ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys

41 ( 41 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner
42 ( 25 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
43 ( 53 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC (LIVE) Gary Numan
44 ( 34 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 31 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
46 ( 27 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
47 ( 57 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury And The Blockheads
48 ( 48 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
49 ( 33 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
50 ( 68 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr

51 ( 46 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
52 ( 37 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
53 ( NEW ) LAURA Nick Heyward
54 ( 58 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
55 ( 30 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) The Power Station
56 ( NEW ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
57 ( 32 ) BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE A Taste Of Honey
58 ( RE ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin
59 ( 43 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
60 ( NEW ) UNDER FIRE Roy Wood

61 ( 56 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
62 ( 49 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
63 ( NEW ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
64 ( 44 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
65 ( 75 ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
66 ( 64 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
67 ( NEW ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
68 ( NEW ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
69 ( 59 ) GREEN SHIRT Elvis Costello
70 ( NEW ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson

71 ( 50 ) SECOND NATURE Dan Hartman
72 ( 62 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
73 ( NEW ) JET SET Alphaville
74 ( 60 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
75 ( NEW ) REMEMBER I LOVE YOU Jim Diamond

This week in 1985 I recorded myself singing, curious to hear what I sound like. As it turns out, I sung all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order. Anything vocally demanding turned into the flattest thing created since the crispy pizza. I mused I could cope with mellow songs like Love Hurts (Jim Capaldi version, not the impossible-to-match Roy Orbison) Tie A Yellow Ribbon, or laid-back Cat Stevens songs. I have never done Karaoke in public, but if I got drunk one night I would insist on Tie A Yellow Ribbon as it’s the least-demanding song vocally I can come up with. I would need two mates dressed in mini-skirts as back up though for the female fade-out, Morecambe & Wise stylee. Or dressed as Nana Mouskouri, one or t’other.

In Belgium, some Liverpool football hooligans killed over 38 people and made us all ashamed to be British, as they made football matches a nightmare for everyone on an ongoing fascist racist aggressive regime. In my life, my moped rear light fell off, I went back to pick it up just as a car ran over it. Doh! I felt a bit depressed and sorry for myself all week, whining about not having enough time for all my interests and ambitions. Actually, compared to my life now, I had bags of time, didn’t know how good I had it! Whinger! Babysat for our yorkie for 2 hours, it just wouldn’t stop crying, so I guess a bit like me then.



11th June 1985

2 weeks for Animotion at 1, the top 3 all static as Mai Tai and Propaganda go top 5. Modern Talking and Marillion jump into the top 10, and Axel F do-do-de-d-d-d-do-do’s it’s way into the 20. REO Speedwagon get another top 20 entry 4 years on from chart-topper Keep On Loving You, helped in no small part by the ambitious amusing Arthur/Merlin-inspired video. One Lonely “knight” in the 20th century as it were. Another good video from Bowie helps Loving The Alien hit the 20 for a 13th year, and Five Star fall down while going up, a good trick if you can do it.

The Crowd enter the top 40, and Narada Michael Walden gets a very 1985-sounding Gimme Gimme Gimme at 30, and it’s nothing to do with the classic Abba single. Happily. The sweet Laura hits 32 for Nick Heyward, and the rocking Bruce 33, and theirs a great chart debut from Fine Young Cannibals, essentially half of The Beat plus new singer Roland Gift and a lot of style. Johnny Come Home is pretty fine and doesn’t sound dated. Skipworth And Turner finally break into the 40 after meandering about just outside, ditto China Crisis’s King, and it’s a fast-pass for Frankie and Sister Sledge to 39.

New at 47, Madonna chalks up another chart entry with the famous Crazy For You, a film theme tune and a rather ponderous ballad who’s ongoing appeal passes me by, by far my least-fave Madonna single to date. Also back with another in their run of hits, and coming off the back of 2 big singles (the previous single being one of my all-time faves), tears For Fears are at 66 with the under-rated (by me) Head Over Heels. It all changed after it was used very effectively in the fantastic film Donnie Darko, I love it now. At 68, Nils Lofgren, steady working musician who never quite broke through enters with some street secrets, At 70 Paul Young is back with the rather good Tomb Of Memories, while Dollar’s Thereze Bazar gets a solo entry with another of 3 “Kiss” titles in the chart, at 72 and some 10 years since she was first a Doll in Guys And Dolls, from Doll to Dollar. Squeeze are back 7 years on from first and biggest single Take Me I’m Yours, at 75 with Last Time Forever. The lads are back together this very week with new material as I type (August 2015), hooray!

1 ( 1 ) OBSESSION Animotion
2 ( 2 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
3 ( 3 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
4 ( 13 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
5 ( 14 ) DUEL Propaganda
6 ( 6 ) CALL ME Go West
7 ( 8 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
8 ( 10 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
9 ( 23 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
10 ( 26 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion

11 ( 5 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
12 ( 17 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
13 ( 25 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
14 ( 4 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
15 ( 38 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
16 ( 22 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
17 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
18 ( 9 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
19 ( 19 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
20 ( 33 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star

21 ( 7 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
22 ( 12 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
23 ( 40 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
24 ( 30 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
25 ( 15 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
26 ( 28 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
27 ( 16 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
28 ( 56 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
29 ( 18 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
30 ( 58 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin

31 ( 21 ) CRY Godley And Creme
32 ( 53 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
33 ( 63 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
34 ( NEW ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
35 ( 20 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
36 ( 27 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
37 ( 24 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
38 ( 41 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner
39 ( 67 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
40 ( 48 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis

41 ( 54 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
42 ( 42 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
43 ( 32 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
44 ( 31 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
45 ( 50 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
46 ( 29 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
47 ( NEW ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
48 ( 34 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
49 ( 37 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
50 ( 70 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson

51 ( 44 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
52 ( 35 ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
53 ( 51 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 39 ) THE PERFECT KISS New Order
55 ( 46 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
56 ( 65 ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
57 ( 36 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
58 ( 68 ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
59 ( 52 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
60 ( 69 ) GREEN SHIRT Elvis Costello

61 ( 43 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC (LIVE) Gary Numan
62 ( 45 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
63 ( 49 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
64 ( 61 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
65 ( 59 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
66 ( NEW ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
67 ( 47 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK (REMIX) Ian Dury And The Blockheads
68 ( NEW ) SECRET IN THE STREET Nils Lofgren
69 ( 66 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
70 ( NEW ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young

71 ( 62 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
72 ( NEW ) THE BIG KISS Thereze Bazaar
73 ( 55 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) The Power Station
74 ( 60 ) UNDER FIRE Roy Wood
75 ( NEW ) LAST TIME FOREVER Squeeze


With the reduced TV charts I’m adding in my occasional oldies playlist short-list, topped by 60’s then-new discovery form Gary Lewis & The Playboys, This Diamond Ring. Son of movie actor Jerry Lewis, I went a bundle on their Greatest Hits and especially this 20-year-old track at the time. Had I allowed random oldies it would have topped my chart.

Went to see Starman at the cinema, a sweet sci-fi movie starring Jeff Bridges, a bit of a love story between an alien in human form and Karen Allen, fresh-ish from Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Jeff stole the film with his choice of unusually stilted but endearing style, and directed (amazingly) by John Carpenter not his usual style at all. I rated it as the best film I’d seen since Star Trek III and among my top 40 faves of all-time (since dropped out as it never gets shown on TV and I haven’t seen it in decades). It spawned a decent TV series starring Robert Hayes (from Airplane).



18th June 1985

OMD get their 3rd number one 5 years since the first one, Messages, the under-rated So In Love. The Beach Boys go top 10 for the first time in 6 years, and Bowie keeps his run going 13 years on from Starman doing it first, Starman to Alien, and still loving them. Bryan Adams gets another top 20, it’s Heaven, and Springsteen makes it 10 years of top 20’s, and Prince makes it 3 years of top 20’s, with his Paisley Park going through a continuing purple patch, so to speak. Fine Young Cannibals still call fro Johnny at 20.

Into the 40 Madonna is Crazy For You, and Cherish that cos Kool And The Gang also go top 40 with a title she liked so much she re-used it 4 years later, to much better effect. All the new entries are low in the chart, from a Paul Hardcastle recent track, a debut from new band Simply Red, the great Money’s Too Tight (To mention), and that ginger-haired lead singer has quite the soul voice. Mick Hucknall, of course! Steve Harley is back with the Rebels and he’s still irresistible 11 years on from Judy Teen, and look who’s back too – Roy Orbison.

That needs several exclamation marks!!! Roy had been far-too-long absent from the music scene charts, and incredibly makes a chart debut in mine for the simple reason that all of his great records pre-date my charts – Roy, and I say this without over-stating the case, was the greatest male vocalist in pop music of the 20th Century. He just was, so there! His run of singles comprise the greatest batch of heart-breaking tortured dramatic lost love songs. Wild Hearts wasn’t a hit, but it did turn on his 1992 posthumous album of leftovers following his major comeback with Traveling Wilbury’s and Jeff Lynne-produced Mystery Girl album, and tragic death in between those two projects.

Also new, Jesus And Mary Chain bring low-fi 60’s-influenced Velvet Underground sounds into the 80’s You Trip Me Up, and Sting offers some good advice, directly to make up for Every Breath You Take’s creepy controlling message (which passed most people by). It wasn’t as good, though, sadly.


1 ( 3 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
2 ( 1 ) OBSESSION Animotion
3 ( 4 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
4 ( 5 ) DUEL Propaganda
5 ( 2 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
6 ( 10 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
7 ( 9 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
8 ( 7 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
9 ( 23 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
10 ( 15 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie

11 ( 12 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
12 ( 13 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
13 ( 6 ) CALL ME Go West
14 ( 16 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
15 ( 24 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
16 ( 8 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
17 ( 33 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
18 ( 26 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
19 ( 20 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
20 ( 34 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals

21 ( 17 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
22 ( 39 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
23 ( 11 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
24 ( 28 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
25 ( 47 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
26 ( 14 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
27 ( 43 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
28 ( 18 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
29 ( 32 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
30 ( 42 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves

31 ( 21 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
32 ( 19 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
33 ( 22 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
34 ( 41 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
35 ( 31 ) CRY Godley And Creme
36 ( 29 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
37 ( 40 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
38 ( 27 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
39 ( 25 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
40 ( 44 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge

41 ( 36 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
42 ( 45 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
43 ( 75 ) LAST TIME FOREVER Squeeze
44 ( 37 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
45 ( 50 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
46 ( 30 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin
47 ( 58 ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
48 ( 35 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
49 ( 48 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
50 ( 66 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears

51 ( 51 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
52 ( 52 ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
53 ( NEW ) RAIN FOREST Paul Hardcastle
54 ( 38 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner
55 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 56 ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
57 ( 49 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
58 ( NEW ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
59 ( 70 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
60 ( NEW ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

61 ( 55 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
62 ( 46 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
63 ( 59 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
64 ( 64 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
65 ( 68 ) SECRETS IN THE STREET Nils Lofgren
66 ( 57 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
67 ( NEW ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
68 ( NEW ) WILD HEARTS Roy Orbison
69 ( NEW ) EL VINO COLLAPSO Black Lace
70 ( 65 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham

71 ( NEW ) WHERE OUR LOVE BEGINS David Grant
72 ( NEW ) YOU TRIP ME UP Jesus And Mary Chain
73 ( 69 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
74 ( NEW ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE SET THEM FREE Sting
75 ( NEW ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah

TV 15th-22nd June
1 Star Trek: The Man Trap
2 The Young Ones
3 MASH
4 Lou Grant
5 Top Of The Pops
6 The Phil Silvers Show
7 Ready Steady Go
8 Dallas
9 Bewitched
10 Taxi

On TV classic 60’s ITV pop show Ready Steady Go was being repeated to my great joy, and at work I got a young new assistant, 18-year-old Nick, who turned up, very good-looking, fit and outward-going, and in a suit – which I suggested might not work in a van in the countryside, but he did make the effort! Bob the driver was also back after a week off with twisted err, thingies. I taught Nick the main codes and technique of the hand-held husky computer and we went out measuring near Stalbridge. He was very keen to get started, so let him, mostly mistake-free which put the other team’s noses out-of-joint who were slow-going about stuff like that. Nick was lively and into pop music, and brightened up my fairly now-dull work-life. His main hobbies were girls, girls, girls….and cars.

On Wogan Abba’s Benny & Bjorn were with Tim Rice talking about Chess (the Musical) and Bob geldof was on about Live Aid tickets, his new project for Band Aid charity cash. I bought myself baggy jeans, after years of tight drainpipe jeans and before that tight oxford bags and flares, and before that tight bell-bottoms. Boys fashions were pretty tight, really, then for the next 20 years it was all about baggy…



25th June 1985

2 weeks for OMD on top, holding off Mai Tai at 2 to make History. Hall & Oates make a swift reissued comeback with a record that was massive in the USA and not in the UK, while the lesser follow-up was a UK hit. It still didn’t work, though, Out Of Touch just didn’t connect with the UK charts, but it did with me, so is the highest new entry at 4, their 4th Top 5. Elton & Millie War their way into the 20, and Madonna also gets another one, as Crazy For You scrapes in. Paul Young’s good Tomb Of Memories hits the 40, along with the great Tears For Fears Head Over Heels, and Edwin Starr’s retro sounds of It Ain’t Fair, and Simply Red’s soulful Money’s Too Tight.

1 ( 1 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
2 ( 3 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
3 ( 9 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
4 ( NEW ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
5 ( 2 ) OBSESSION Animotion
6 ( 4 ) DUEL Propaganda
7 ( 7 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
8 ( 6 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
9 ( 5 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
10 ( 14 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer

11 ( 18 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
12 ( 8 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
13 ( 17 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
14 ( 22 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
15 ( 10 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
16 ( 13 ) CALL ME Go West
17 ( 11 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
18 ( 45 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
19 ( 20 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
20 ( 25 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna

21 ( 12 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
22 ( 16 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
23 ( 30 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
24 ( 24 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
25 ( 34 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
26 ( 15 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
27 ( 19 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
28 ( 21 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
29 ( 59 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
30 ( 23 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy

31 ( 37 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
32 ( 50 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
33 ( 27 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
34 ( 29 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
35 ( 28 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
36 ( 36 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
37 ( 35 ) CRY Godley And Creme
38 ( 42 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
39 ( 26 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
40 ( 58 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red

41 ( 31 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
42 ( 32 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
43 ( 43 ) LAST TIME FOREVER Squeeze
44 ( 33 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
45 ( 41 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
46 ( 75 ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah
47 ( 47 ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
48 ( NEW ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
49 ( 53 ) RAIN FOREST Paul Hardcastle
50 ( 51 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood

51 ( 38 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
52 ( 40 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
53 ( 60 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
54 ( 44 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
55 ( 39 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
56 ( 74 ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
57 ( NEW ) WAYS TO BE WICKED Lone Justice
58 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
59 ( NEW ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
60 ( 67 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones

61 ( 49 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
62 ( 48 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
63 ( NEW ) BEN Marti Webb
64 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
65 ( 64 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
66 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T NEED A REASON Phil Fearon & Galaxy
67 ( 57 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
68 ( 61 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
69 ( NEW ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
70 ( 63 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles

71 ( 46 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin
72 ( NEW ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
73 ( 56 ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
74 ( 70 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
75 ( NEW ) ENDICOTT Kid Creole And The Coconuts

OLDIES PLAYLIST
1. MARRAKESH EXPRESS – Crosby, Stills & Nash
2. THIS DIAMOND RING – Gary Lewis & The Playboys
3. RANDY – Blue Mink

TV 22nd-28th June

1 Star Trek: The Naked Time
2 The Young Ones
3 Cheers
4 Rhoda
5 Ready Steady Go
6 Dallas
7 Batman
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Taxi


At work, young Nick’s fairly extreme views came out while travelling on and off sites in Dorset, though also he’d been in hospital over 2 years in a life and death situation, with the scars to prove it, and ongoing medication. Of course, when I hear views I don’t agree with I have to butt in. I just do! Going home, I came off my moped again, in the rain, starting to really piss me off at how lethal it is. Nick & Bob tried to get me to join them clubbing for girl-chasing. I semi-politely declined…

Marvelled at how dated the fashions of the 60’s looked on Ready Steady Go (though the music energetic and exciting), after only 2 decades. On Sunday I met mate Bob’s fiancee Annette, pleasant and chatty I thought, as she was looking for a place and job nearer Bournemouth.

My 1985 Charts – March

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5th March 1985

New number one for David Cassidy (and uncredited George Michael), The last Kiss being his 4th in total and first solo number one since his 3 toppers with The Partridge Family in 1971 and 1972 (it counts because they were all “featuring David Cassidy” credits). George’s doesn’t count, sadly, otherwise it would have been his 3rd. It’s very George Michael ballad-style, it has to be said, but the way it builds to a iamspamspamamisink and all climax is terrific. Prince gets his 4th or 5th or 6th Top 10, depending on how you judge the reissued single of 2 previous top tenners, and the double A delight of Take Me With U and Let’s Go Crazy, both of which are strong enough to have had independent runs in the 10. Then there’s Chaka Khan’s I Feel For You, and new at 75 it’s a Prince song and production for UK sweetheart Sheena Easton, and UK flop because it’s very very naughty lyrically, going on as it does about the spending night inside Sheena’s Sugar Walls. Turns out she IS a Modern Girl after all (and Sugar Walls is fab).

Jagger gets his one and only solo top 10 track, Just Another Night, in which he moves like Jagger in the dance video, and gives him actual 16 years of top 10’s (the rest with The Stones or Bowie). John Lydon is also back in the top 20 under another name, Time Zone, with Afrika Bambaata, and some World Destruction, a sort of rock/hip-hop fusion ahead of it’s time, just ahead of a synth/jazz fusion from Sharpe & Numan. This one was less influential, sadly, as it’s great. At 20 the Smiths How Soon Is Now under-performs again, as it’s brilliance takes time to sink in properly, those riffs, oohhhh just magic.

Highest new entry is Shaky. 31. I feel I should have some exclamation marks attached, as it’s not one anyone recalls, and it’s not from the 50’s or 60’s, but actually it’s not bad at all. Matt Bianco enter with another cool jazz number at 38, and it’s not more than I can bear, and although I may not want to kiss Stephen Duffy, it’s a good pop track at 40. The classic is at 44, though, the GORGEOUS Cry, from Godley & Creme, ex-10CC members and video innovators, on the single where it all came together as they morphed a world of faces into each other in the video showcasing a brilliant affecting synth ballad that was even better than previous topper Under Your Thumb (1981) and most of 10CC’s brilliant output. Alvin Stardust is back again, 12 years in, with Got A Little Heartache at 58, The Bluebells are new at 59 with one I’ve forgotten, David Essex is also 12 years in and singing of Fallen Angels Riding at 65, while British soul shows it’s as good as the US with Loose Ends terrific Hanging On A String at 68. Finally Eddy Grant is back again with Baby Come Back, sadly he never did get the UK number one with his own reggae version of his own band’s UK 1968 number one – that was to be years away, and Pato Banton with UB40 who did that.

1 ( 4 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
2 ( 1 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
3 ( 3 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
4 ( 6 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
5 ( 16 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
6 ( 5 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
7 ( 2 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
8 ( 10 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
9 ( 15 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
10 ( 7 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group

11 ( 8 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
12 ( 11 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
13 ( 14 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
14 ( 27 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
15 ( 29 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
16 ( 9 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
17 ( 13 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
18 ( 18 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
19 ( 20 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
20 ( 26 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths

21 ( 12 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
22 ( 28 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
23 ( 19 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
24 ( 23 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
25 ( 37 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
26 ( 38 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
27 ( 22 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
28 ( 32 ) MISLED Kool And The Gang
29 ( 17 ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats
30 ( 24 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade

31 ( NEW ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
32 ( 30 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
33 ( 42 ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
34 ( 21 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
35 ( 33 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
36 ( 41 ) LEGS ZZ Top
37 ( 44 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
38 ( NEW ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
39 ( 46 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
40 ( NEW ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy

41 ( 31 ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority
42 ( 35 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
43 ( 43 ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
44 ( NEW ) CRY Godley And Creme
45 ( 59 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
46 ( 56 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
47 ( 40 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
48 ( 62 ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
49 ( 34 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
50 ( 36 ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth

51 ( 39 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
52 ( 48 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
53 ( 25 ) “20/20” George Benson
54 ( 54 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
55 ( 71 ) BREAKING HEARTS Elton John
56 ( 47 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
57 ( 45 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
58 ( NEW ) GOT A LITTLE HEARTACHE Alvin Stardust
59 ( NEW ) ALL I AM (IS LOVING YOU) The Bluebells
60 ( 60 ) LAY ME DOWN EASY The Stranglers

61 ( 52 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
62 ( 69 ) I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN Tina Turner
63 ( 57 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
64 ( 66 ) MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING Cyndi Lauper
65 ( NEW ) FALLEN ANGELS RIDING David Essex
66 ( 53 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
67 ( 51 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
68 ( NEW ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
69 ( 65 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
70 ( NEW ) BABY COME BACK Eddy Grant

71 ( 58 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
72 ( NEW ) NO FOOL (FOR LOVE) Hazell Dean
73 ( 73 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
74 ( NEW ) STARVATION Starvation
75 ( NEW ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton

TV Mar 2nd-8th
1 Airplane: film
2 Cheers
3 Top Of The Pops
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Hill Street Blues
6 Calamity Jane: film
7 Bewitched
8 The Addams Family
9 Grange Hill
10 QED


At work, the paranoia of our boss was coming out in all sorts of odd stroppy unreasonable behaviour, all based on insecurity. Psychiatrists would have had a field day with him. I think he was terrified we would apply for the supervisor job which was now vacant and which he was going for. To be fair, I was so pissed off with him, I also DID apply for it just to stir things up for being such a tw*t. Hey ho, I react badly anyone ordering me to do things – I’ll go out of my way if someone asks nicely, but I have no respect for command-statements or anyone making them.

On sunday, the Miner’s strike ended. This meant my brother could have a job again – temporarily until they closed his pit, along with every other single coal mine in the Mansfield area. Essentially, it was a community of scabs and strikers forever more, Thatcher won because the miners were split by Scargill’s confrontational attitude and lack of democracy, and Thatcher’s bold-faced lies and promises not close all pits. That’s exactly what happened, and as a consequence the UK’s unions were pretty much made toothless from here on, the government and the rich manipulating political elite had won, and in the long run (despite periods of prosperity for large parts of the nation, but not all) the seeds were sown for the catastrophic policies which led to the crash of 2008, and the rich who had caused it laughing their tits off at the poor who ended up paying for it (quite literally). Moral: greedy rich people will always take opportunities to line their own pockets even if it’s illegal, immoral and devastating to the well-being of others. This is why, we have checks and balances on them. The ones that Thatcher removed as big banks turned into nation-shafting mega-corporations, and everything came down to short-term profit, not long-term usefulness. Of course, I may be biased….


12th March 1985

2 weeks for David on top, as Shakin’ Stevens gets his 3rd Top 10 record, Breaking Up My Heart not being one of his best-remembered, so judge for yourself on youtube…! Sharpe & Numan hit 8, Gary’s first top 10 since 1980 and his 6th in total, Bill’s 2nd. Matt Bianco get their first, surprisingly, with one of their minor hits, which is More Than I Can Bear, as do ZZ Top, proving they have Legs. I know I’m repeating myself, there, but hey, repeat till you get a laugh is my motto.

After pottering around the lower end, suddenly Madonna leaps to 11 with Material Girl and her 3rd biggest hit to date, while Earth, Wind & Genesis hit 12 – sort of – with Easy Lover. Highest new entry is Nik Kershaw, back with his 4th top 20, a bit of a Wide Boy it seems, but he was on a streak after seeing him in concert a few months previous. New Edition also get a top 20 entry again, 2 years since Candy Girl, while Alison Moyet covers a blues standard, an abrupt change in musical direction that worked for her, That Ole Devil Called Love entering at 26 for a 4th solo hit.

New at 35, Go West debut with the memorable We Close Our Eyes, while Starvation go up to 37 – as it sounds, it’s a charity regage single by members of the Specials, UB40, The Pioneers and Madness. In the case of The Pioneers that’s the first new stuff to chart since 1972. David Essex has less problems charting regularly, as his run of top 40 hits hits 12 years, Fallen Angels Riding at 38, Sheila E hits 40 with a little help from her friend (Prince), and Diana Ross enters at 39 with her Lionel Richie-written Missing You, a tribute to her late former Motown singing partners, Marvin Gaye, Florence Ballard and Paul Williams (of The Supremes, and The Temptations). In a nice bit of timing, Ali Campbell of UB40 does the bulk of the vocals on the Starvation record, and this week (April 2015) enters my chart with his version of the Diana Ross track.

That leaves new tracks from Eric Clapton (13 years on from Layla), The Cars (7 years on from My Best Friend’s Girl), Joan Armatrading (9 years since Love And Affection), and newer acts Paul Young, The fab Kane Gang track Gun Law, REO Speedwagon (former chart-toppers in 1981), Bryan Adams, China Crisis, and Julian Lennon.

1 ( 1 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
2 ( 2 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
3 ( 3 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
4 ( 5 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
5 ( 4 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
6 ( 31 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
7 ( 9 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
8 ( 15 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
9 ( 38 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
10 ( 36 ) LEGS ZZ Top

11 ( 45 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
12 ( 25 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
13 ( 6 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
14 ( 11 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
15 ( 22 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
16 ( 8 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
17 ( NEW ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
18 ( 10 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
19 ( 39 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
20 ( 18 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores

21 ( 7 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
22 ( 12 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
23 ( 37 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
24 ( 40 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
25 ( 17 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
26 ( NEW ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
27 ( 14 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
28 ( 33 ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
29 ( 19 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
30 ( 48 ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This

31 ( 16 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
32 ( 13 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
33 ( 24 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
34 ( 68 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
35 ( NEW ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
36 ( 26 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
37 ( 74 ) STARVATION Starvation
38 ( 65 ) FALLEN ANGELS RIDING David Essex
39 ( NEW ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
40 ( 54 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E

41 ( 27 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
42 ( 30 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
43 ( 44 ) CRY Godley And Creme
44 ( 21 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
45 ( 32 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
46 ( 46 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
47 ( 23 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
48 ( NEW ) FOREVER MAN Eric Clapton
49 ( 58 ) GOT A LITTLE HEARTACHE Alvin Stardust
50 ( 55 ) BREAKING HEARTS Elton John

51 ( 20 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
52 ( 72 ) NO FOOL (FOR LOVE) Hazell Dean
53 ( 35 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
54 ( 75 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
55 ( 28 ) MISLED Kool And The Gang
56 ( 34 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
57 ( NEW ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars
58 ( 29 ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats
59 ( 70 ) BABY COME BACK Eddy Grant
60 ( 52 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

61 ( 42 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
62 ( NEW ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
63 ( 47 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
64 ( NEW ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
65 ( NEW ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
66 ( NEW ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
67 ( 63 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
68 ( 43 ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
69 ( 62 ) I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN Tina Turner
70 ( 56 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid

71 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
72 ( NEW ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
73 ( 69 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
74 ( 61 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
75 ( NEW ) SAY YOU’RE WRONG Julian Lennon

TV March 9th-15th
1 Cheers
2 Hill Street Blues
3 Bewitched
4 Top Of The Pops
5 The Phil Silvers Show
6 The Addams Family
7 The Bill Cosby Show
8 The Other Side Of The Tracks
9 Entertainment USA
10 Night Court


At work, my rather depressed and stressed state not helped by our flashing lights on the van not stopping a lady driver having an accident (pulling out of a junction into an oncoming car) by not taking care in the vicinity of our surveying on a bendy country road. Thursday was interview day at Dorchester County Council for a computing job, which was heavily maths based (failed the tough 1 hour algebra exam along with some other candidates). Watched Calamity Jane on TV as consolation! My other consolation was to buy myself a new spanky MSX music computer, the £529 clearing out my savings, but I saw it as a way of trying to get into creating music. Unfortunately I hadn’t reckoned on MSX computers flopping, on having no way of saving any recordings except onto pitiful slow cassette tape (as computer signals, NOT quality audio recordings), and me having no real training or obsession with learning how to play keyboards. Total waste of money, as I was pretty much 20 years too early for bedroom knob twiddling. Hey ho
.

19th March 1985

3 weeks for Dave on top, now equalling his Partridge Family runs at 1, and straight in at 2, it’s a re-issue of the fab 1978 reggae cover of the O’Jays Now That We’ve Found Love, in one swoop out-peaking it’s previous top 10 run. In at 5, though, and an instant 4th top 5 hit, it’s the epic Tears For Fears track, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, for my money a perfect pop song, there is no way it can be improved on (as was shown by the charity remix in 1986). The chords, the melody, the multiple hooks, the guitar, the synths, the vocals, perfect perfect perfect start to finish, I still love, and have never ever stopped loving, every second of it. Overshadowing another classic, though, Godley & Creme get a third top 5 record outside of 10CC, as Cry rockets to 4, and Madonna makes it 3 top 10’s.

in at 31, Frankie are back with the 4th great single in a row, the title track from Welcome To The Pleasure Dome, and it seemed as though their Trevor Horn epics could do no wrong, and the world was theirs. Sadly, they decided Trevor Horn wasn’t essential. Bad choice. Into the 40, The Kane Gang and Sheena Easton are up, not to mention Eric, Paul and The Cars. At 47, it’s a cover of Bruce’s still-charting Dancing In The Dark – done 50’s harmony style by Big Daddy, a band who made a habit of covering modern songs in old music styles, to great effect. It’s a great cover, and nothing like the original in any way! At 60, another great cover, albeit very like the original Detroit Spinners 1972/3 hit, Could It Be I’m Falling In Love had already charted in 1973 and 1977 and David Grant, ex-Linx, and Jaki Graham do a fab smooth 80’s soul version version.

Elsewhere: Billy Bragg, Barry Manilow and Dionne Warwick (both a decade on from debuting), a fab Slade song 14 years on, Junior, and The Power Station (Robert Palmer plus Duran) all enter.

1 ( 1 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
2 ( NEW ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
3 ( 4 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
4 ( 43 ) CRY Godley And Creme
5 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
6 ( 6 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
7 ( 10 ) LEGS ZZ Top
8 ( 9 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
9 ( 2 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
10 ( 11 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna

11 ( 17 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
12 ( 12 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
13 ( 3 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
14 ( 5 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
15 ( 24 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
16 ( 8 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
17 ( 7 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
18 ( 19 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
19 ( 26 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
20 ( 23 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson

21 ( 34 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
22 ( 15 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
23 ( 14 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
24 ( 40 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
25 ( 13 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
26 ( 30 ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
27 ( 35 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
28 ( 39 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
29 ( 38 ) FALLEN ANGELS RIDING David Essex
30 ( 37 ) STARVATION Starvation

31 ( NEW ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
32 ( 16 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
33 ( 20 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
34 ( 18 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
35 ( 66 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
36 ( 54 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
37 ( 25 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
38 ( 48 ) FOREVER MAN Eric Clapton
39 ( 65 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
40 ( 57 ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars

41 ( 71 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
42 ( 22 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
43 ( 63 ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
44 ( 21 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 50 ) BREAKING HEARTS Elton John
46 ( 33 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
47 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
48 ( 31 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
49 ( 52 ) NO FOOL (FOR LOVE) Hazell Dean
50 ( 72 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis

51 ( 29 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
52 ( 41 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
53 ( 42 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
54 ( 67 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
55 ( 49 ) GOT A LITTLE HEARTACHE Alvin Stardust
56 ( 27 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
57 ( 46 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
58 ( 59 ) BABY COME BACK Eddy Grant
59 ( 28 ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
60 ( NEW ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham

61 ( 32 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
62 ( 60 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
63 ( 44 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
64 ( 53 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
65 ( NEW ) BETWEEN THE WARS Billy Bragg
66 ( NEW ) RUN TO ME Dionne Warwicke and Barry Manilow
67 ( 36 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
68 ( 68 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
69 ( NEW ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
70 ( 70 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid

71 ( 61 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
72 ( NEW ) EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY The Roaring Boys
73 ( NEW ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
74 ( NEW ) INNER CITY BLUES Working Week
75 ( NEW ) DO YOU REALLY (WANT MY LOVE) Junior

TV 16-22 March
1 The Young Ones
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Bewitched
7 The Bill Cosby Show
8 Newhart
9 Spitting Image
10 Television

On my MSX computer I was learning basic programming, lending records for copying to Bob, and my brother was down for a break fresh from returning to work at Blidworth pit after the endless strike, and to have a go on my new computer. Getting fed up with the very long bus trip to and from work – 9 miles but it took (and still takes) 90 minutes by bus door to door. I killed a bird driving the work van – it hit the windscreen and I felt awful about it. Most importantly, I got to see my new nephew (born the day after my birthday) Gavin, wide-eyed, tongue sticking out, and very quiet. 18-month-old Vicki had me up and down the stairs all day (kids always take to me cos I give them the attention they want), I predicted she was going to be an extrovert when she grew up. When you’re right you’re right!


26th March 1985

It’s a second brilliant number for Godley & Creme, as Cry does what Under Your Thumb did in 1981, and indeed what Donna did in 1972, Wall Street Shuffle in 1974, I’m Not In Love in 1975 and I’m Mandy Fly Me in 1976 for 10CC. My fave under-rated act of the 70’s. Frankie get a 4th top 5 in a row, and Pat Benatar returns with her 1984 top 20 track Love Is A Battlefield, at last a UK hit as well. David Grant and Jaki Graham get a big climb to 16, and in at 20, it’s a classic debut for Dream Academy and their awesome atmospheric Life In A Northern Town, so good it was to become the basis of a future dance sample hit with those Hail Mama’s. Fab!

At 24, it’s the USA response to Band Aid, a sentimental mish mash of big names created mostly by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. We Are The World was a who’s who of big names (and the one everyone in the UK went “who he?”: Steve Perry. yes him of Journey and the 21st century million-seller anthem Don’t Stop Believin’ that had stiffed a few years before in the UK. Last laugh, eh, Steve? At 32, Brooce is back with Cover Me, staying ahead of the Big Daddy cover of Dancing In The Dark, while Joan Armatrading and Slade add to their list of top 40 hits. Sarah Brightman is in the classical world for Pie Jesu, at 41, and 7 years since topping a Starship Trooper, while Al Green soul great is back 14 years on with Never Met Nobody Like You at 62.

1 ( 4 ) CRY Godley And Creme
2 ( 1 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
3 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
4 ( 2 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
5 ( 31 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
6 ( 3 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
7 ( NEW ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
8 ( 11 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
9 ( 15 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
10 ( 12 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins

11 ( 8 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
12 ( 9 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
13 ( 21 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
14 ( 6 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
15 ( 7 ) LEGS ZZ Top
16 ( 60 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
17 ( 10 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
18 ( 18 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
19 ( 13 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
20 ( NEW ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy

21 ( 20 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
22 ( 24 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
23 ( 14 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
24 ( NEW ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
25 ( 27 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
26 ( 40 ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars
27 ( 29 ) FALLEN ANGELS RIDING David Essex
28 ( 39 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
29 ( 16 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
30 ( 17 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger

31 ( 19 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
32 ( NEW ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 35 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
34 ( 47 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
35 ( 36 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
36 ( 43 ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
37 ( 70 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
38 ( 41 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
39 ( 22 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
40 ( 30 ) STARVATION Starvation

41 ( NEW ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
42 ( 26 ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
43 ( 74 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
44 ( 66 ) BETWEEN THE WARS Billy Bragg
45 ( 37 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
46 ( 23 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
47 ( 28 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
48 ( 32 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
49 ( 34 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
50 ( 50 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis

51 ( 57 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
52 ( 38 ) FOREVER MAN Eric Clapton
53 ( 54 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
54 ( 25 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
55 ( 46 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
56 ( 44 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
57 ( 48 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
58 ( NEW ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
59 ( NEW ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade
60 ( 53 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade

61 ( 52 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
62 ( NEW ) NEVER MET NOBODY LIKE YOU Al Green
63 ( 33 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
64 ( 42 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
65 ( 63 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
66 ( 55 ) GOT A LITTLE HEARTACHE Alvin Stardust
67 ( 67 ) RUN TO ME Dionne Warwicke and Barry Manilow
68 ( NEW ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
69 ( 51 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
70 ( NEW ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned

71 ( 69 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
72 ( 49 ) NO FOOL (FOR LOVE) Hazell Dean
73 ( 72 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
74 ( NEW ) LUCKY The Greg Kihn Band
75 ( 45 ) BREAKING HEARTS Elton John

TV 23-29 Mar
1 The Young Ones: Oil
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Pink Panther Strikes Back
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Bewitched
7 Spitting Image
8 The Phil Silvers Show
9 The Addams Family
10 Newhart

Work was a week without boss-git, and it was bliss, just me and Bob able to get more work done and have a pleasant working environment along the country roads, even if Bob was throwing up ill on Tuesday. Had a meal at his parents which was nice of them, and I met his mum for the first time. It was Roy’s last day on friday, so we met up in the Westbourne pub for a goodbye drink. Roy had referred to our absent boss as “our venereal friend” so no love lost there! At home, I got frustrated being unable to save any synth sounds I created on the MSX, on the stupid sh*tty little tape recorder back up. That, I daresay, was the reason MSX computers failed miserably.

My 1985 Charts – February

me with bad hairdo

me with bad hairdo


videos here

5th February 1985

It’s…It’s…A Sweet Chart-topper from nowhere, as my love and nostalgia for the manic glam-rockers propels a megamix of their biggest hits on top to give them a 6th number one, following on from 5-in-a-row from Wig Wam Bam in 1972 to Teenage Rampage in 1974. Fab! The originals that is, the megamix has nothing good to add to them, it’s purely an exercise in nostalgia. Meanwhile, a year late, Bruce takes Dancing In The Dark into the top 10, at 7, rather stunningly his first ever, having just missed out with all previous classic singles. King also are have Pride in being at 8, and Bowie gets another at 9, to add to his very long list by this time, since Starman first turned the trick in 1972.

Meanwhile Slade also add another top 20 (Bitch!) to their 14-year-run of them, since Coz I Luv You almost topped my chart in 1971. 14 for 14 years, how apt. Say Yeah? That’s The Limit, jazzfunk smoothstyle at 15, ahead of some noisy Art. Don Henley is driving at great speed with his Deadhead stickers on his cadillac, as The Boys Of Summer surge to 25, as the highest “actual” new track is This House, from Big Sound Authority, very much in a Style Council groove at 30, but they never really broke big sadly. The Colourfield takes Terry Hall back into the top 40, ditto Eurythmics’ Julia, Phil Collins’ Sussidio, and Time Zone’s John Lydon and Afrika Bambaata’s World Destruction.

New entries from Sam Harris at 51, Hearts On Fire, and Flash And The Pan get one of their irregular entries, Midnight Man at 54 giving the Aussies another flash in the pan 7 years on from And The Band Played On. They are always good, and should be better remembered than they are. David Lee Roth meantime feels he can do OK without the Van Halen boys, and covers the Beach Boys’ California Girls. Not that well, actually, though it’s a bit of fun to pop in at 56. MUCH better is 57, and it’s another 70’s pop star making a comeback, as Partridge Family teen idol David Cassidy is back 14 years on from I Think I Love You topping my charts. I still loved his singing style, enough for The Last Kiss to enter on one listen – and with George Michael on backing vocals (also a fan) it had that extra selling point. It’s breathy, builds, and is atmospheric, and I got all misty-eyed to have David back in the spotlight after a gap of 9 years. Aaahhh.

At 66, Mick Jagger finally gets that solo hit as the dancerock of Just Another Night does what Bill Wyman managed 11 years earlier, charting without the rest of the Rolling Stones. A much more succesful, and even more veteran, solo singer singer keeps his looooooooong run of chart entries going at 72. No I don’t remember Heart User much either! Cliff, of course, was there when my charts began in 1968, was there through glam, disco and punk, happily revived during New Wave and New Romantic, and to be honest, had I had been charting as a toddler he would have featured then too, cos I can’t recall a time in my life when there wasn’t Cliff. I hope these current police allegations evaporate, certainly the various prosecuting authorities have seemed far less concerned (than the American authorities) in putting actual terrorists and organised gangs of paedophiles away than they are now chasing juicy expensive celebrity headline cases. I digress. At 75 it’s the Fink brothers chasing some Mutants from Mega-City One. That’ll be a disguised Suggs and Carl from Madness going all clubby Judge Dredd then!

1 ( NEW ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
2 ( 1 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
3 ( 3 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
4 ( 4 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
5 ( 2 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
6 ( 6 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
7 ( 12 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
8 ( 13 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
9 ( 16 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
10 ( 8 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears

11 ( 5 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
12 ( 19 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
13 ( 18 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
14 ( 25 ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
15 ( 22 ) SAY YEAH The Limit
16 ( 23 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
17 ( 7 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
18 ( 9 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
19 ( 17 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
20 ( 20 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald

21 ( 11 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
22 ( 14 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
23 ( 24 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
24 ( 27 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
25 ( 67 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
26 ( 15 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
27 ( 39 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
28 ( 10 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
29 ( 40 ) CAN I Cashmere
30 ( NEW ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority

31 ( 21 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
32 ( 36 ) SEA OF LOVE The Honeydrippers
33 ( 35 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
34 ( 44 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
35 ( 26 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
36 ( 62 ) JULIA Eurythmics
37 ( 29 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
38 ( 42 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
39 ( 57 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
40 ( 30 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP

41 ( 31 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
42 ( 33 ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
43 ( 32 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
44 ( 50 ) NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters
45 ( 60 ) “20/20” George Benson
46 ( 34 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
47 ( 28 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
48 ( 65 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
49 ( 38 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
50 ( 37 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet

51 ( NEW ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
52 ( 52 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
53 ( 46 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
54 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
55 ( 45 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
56 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
57 ( NEW ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
58 ( 58 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
59 ( RE ) TERRY Tracey Ullman
60 ( 41 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth

61 ( 71 ) IN THE EVENING Sheryl Lee Ralph
62 ( 48 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
63 ( 72 ) WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
64 ( 56 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
65 ( 59 ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five
66 ( NEW ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
67 ( 43 ) ATMOSPHERE Russ Abbott
68 ( 74 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
69 ( 70 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
70 ( 66 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge

71 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
72 ( NEW ) HEART USER Cliff Richard
73 ( 64 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
74 ( 63 ) LOUISE Human League
75 ( NEW ) MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE The Fink Brothers

TV: Feb 2nd – 8th 1985
1 Star Trek: Amok Time
2 Cheers
3 Sleeper: film
4 Hill Street Blues
5 Star Trek: Return Of The Archons
6 Top Of The Pops
7 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
8 Dallas
9 Spitting Image
10 Bewitched


In the week that Leonard Nimoy died, it’s entirely fitting that I should be reviewing my TV chart for February 1985 when yet another re-run of Star Trek’s Spock highlight episode, Amok Time, was shown. Spock was a major hero of mine from age 11, and Leonard Nimoy equally as much, so it’s very sad to have to say goodbye, but if you want to see Leonard at his best, and a great Spock-centric TV episode, this is the one to go for. Spock gets struck by Pon-farr, the irresistible 7-year-mating-itch that becomes unscratchable for Vulcans. This is the one also featuring T’pau, High Priestess of the ceremony, and future UK chart-toppers. true fact. Elsewhere, Cheers and Hill Street Blues were firing on all-cylinders, both of them influentially, and Spitting Image was taking the pee out of politicians and celebrities. I hear it’s on the way back….

In my life: Bob & I had our merry banter on the Dorset highways at work, I decided to get a moped on HP so I could free myself from being a passenger, not quite having enough cash for Bob’s second-hand car and not keen to go into debt. In retrospect that was a big mistake, but hey ho, hindsight is a marvelous thing. Had another argument with the supervisor over his change of plans as to who was out on the road and who was driving, followed by me sulking and us nearly getting hit by a skidding car on the road-bend we were working on, Bob holding back from the bend in the van with warning lights. Kind of reinforced my question really! I got a sort-of apology. Bob & I decided to speed-up the job application exodus among colleagues.

At home family problems I won’t mention (I pretty much never not have family issues), but mum and dad’s friends brought round a sweet little yorkie puppy, which they bought off them, pedigree and all. She was SO nervous being taken away from her mother, shaking like a leaf which upset me. Her name was Picket, in honour of the striking coal miners, of which my brother was one still. She gave mum and dad something good they could mutually focus on together, and did bring some joy, as well as being a constant pain in the arse when she got older for anyone babysitting through all the howling when mum and dad left her at home for any time. Win some lose some.


12th February 1985

2 weeks for Sweet on top as another oldie bangs in at 2, courtesy of a re-entry into the UK top 75 singles chart: Soft Cell and Tainted Love, a number one from 1981, and a genuine synth classic cover of the Gloria Jones northern soul track. It was a classic in 1981, in 1985, and still is. Marc Almond was into his solo career by this time, and Soft Cell alas were no more, as they had some right gems together. I saw Marc live the other year, and he wasn’t overly generous with the back-catalogue classics, which was a pity. Had I known he was going to do that I would have grabbed him in Gran Canaria about 10 years back when he stuck his head in the door of the bar I was sitting in, and suggested a) do your big hits in concert and b) do a cover of I’m Gonna Be Strong.

After meandering up and down the chart for over 2 months Dead Or Alive suddenly rocket up 60 places to 4 with future club classic, and the real start of the big time for Stock Aitken Waterman as producers, You Spin Me Round. The tempo was unbelievably exciting, so frenetic was it. Fab. Not to be outdone, the late great Kirsty MacColl takes her wonderful version of Billy Bragg’s A New England to 5 with a big leap. Leaving Billy Ocean to grab his 4th top 10 hit in 10 years, and Trevor Horn his umpteenth in 10 months, as Art Of Noise hit 10.

The top 20 gets a bit Adult Rock-ish with Pat Benatar, Bryan Adams and Don Henley all entering slowly, and rather less rapidly than they deserved. Flash And The Pan go top 30, as Midnight Man burns the midnight oil just ahead of an optimistic Howard Jones, and a welcome top 40 return from David Cassidy 9 years since the last time. Sam Harris meanwhile has an American hit, and enters my Top 40 with the Motown track Hearts On Fire. Classic Smiths also gets in at 40, How Soon Is Now also under-performing so far, so many great tracks to compete with.

At 47, The Associates return 3 years after topping with the epic Party Fears Two, having a spot of Breakfast, ahead of returning Grandmaster Flash and Kool And The Gang, who confirm to me that that mysterious verb I read in books as a pre-teen, to misle, I misle, they misled me, wasn’t a verb at all, and it was pronounced Miss-Led. Harrumph! Willy Finlayson is a Scottish singer who’s guested with Manfred Mann’s Earthband, and is still a gigging musician, but he closest he got to the charts was in at 68, On The Air Tonight, a laid-back European hit. 4 years on since she immortalised Bette Davis’ eyes, Kim Carnes is also back at 71 with an invitation to dance, while a much less-friendly Killing Joke announce they have love like blood at 74. Ewww! On TV, the BRITS were on, for an evening of awards for Prince and the like, a bit shorter in those days I think. The show, not Prince.

1 ( 1 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
2 ( NEW ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
3 ( 8 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
4 ( 64 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
5 ( 27 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
6 ( 2 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
7 ( 3 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
8 ( 9 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
9 ( 13 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
10 ( 16 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise

11 ( 5 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
12 ( 12 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
13 ( 14 ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
14 ( 4 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
15 ( 6 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
16 ( 7 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
17 ( 24 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
18 ( 10 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
19 ( 23 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
20 ( 25 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley

21 ( 11 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
22 ( 17 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
23 ( 20 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
24 ( 30 ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority
25 ( 18 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
26 ( 19 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
27 ( 54 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
28 ( 48 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
29 ( 29 ) CAN I Cashmere
30 ( 34 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield

31 ( 15 ) SAY YEAH The Limit
32 ( 22 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
33 ( 33 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
34 ( 45 ) “20/20” George Benson
35 ( 38 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
36 ( 57 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
37 ( 21 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
38 ( 51 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
39 ( 26 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
40 ( 58 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths

41 ( 31 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
42 ( 39 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
43 ( 66 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
44 ( 52 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
45 ( 35 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
46 ( 37 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
47 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST The Associates
48 ( NEW ) SIGN OF THE TIMES Grandmaster Flash
49 ( 56 ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
50 ( NEW ) MISLED Kool And The Gang

51 ( 32 ) SEA OF LOVE The Honeydrippers
52 ( 28 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
53 ( 36 ) JULIA Eurythmics
54 ( 41 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
55 ( 63 ) WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
56 ( 43 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
57 ( 42 ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
58 ( 55 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
59 ( 68 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
60 ( 53 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran

61 ( 40 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
62 ( 44 ) NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters
63 ( 47 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
64 ( 50 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
65 ( 72 ) HEART USER Cliff Richard
66 ( 49 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
67 ( 69 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
68 ( NEW ) ON THE AIR TONIGHT Willy Finlayson
69 ( 75 ) MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE The Fink Brothers
70 ( 70 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge

71 ( NEW ) INVITATION TO DANCE Kim Carnes
72 ( NEW ) OPERATOR Floy Joy
73 ( 71 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
74 ( NEW ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
75 ( NEW ) PERSONALITY Eugene Wilde

TV Feb 9th to 15th
1 Star Trek: Who Mourns For Adonis
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Television
7 The BRITS
8 Bewitched
9 The Addams Family
10 Top Of The Pops

Work along Dorset highways was much improved, as the boss was off sick, and I was getting all misty eyed for hits from 1973, wishing I could go back and do it right this time (eg, life). That I feel the same about my life generally still is a tad sad, lost opportunities and all that. Hey ho. Put me in the mood, though, for a trip in dad’s car to my old nostalgic haunting ground Gloucester, and Innsworth, where we moved in 1973, en route to Birmingham Bull Ring centre. I was fascinated by the cosmopolitan nature of kids in the comics shop there, and found big cities exciting and also a little daunting. Then I spent the weekend with Sue and Joe in Wolverhampton, catching up on stuff since we’d last met up in 1983. It snowed on and off all weekend, and especially heavily when I drove home, gale force freezing winds making it all a bit treacherous, not helped by unmarked diversions down minor country roads passing many motorists stuck in snowdrifts near Gillingham. Poole, of course, was snow free. It virtually never snows significantly round Poole harbour….


19th February 1985

Dead Or Alive finally get on top, after months of meandering up and down the charts, the longest run to date before getting to number one (excluding reissues and re-entries), and it’s well-deserved for You Spin Me Round. Relax is back again, too, as Frankie Goes To Hollywood enter at 3, or re-enter, depending on how you view it. I see it as a completely new chart run though, it’s a new year, and it originally entered in 1983 before getting to 1 in 1984. Don Henley meanwhile gets his classic Boys Of Summer to 9, as his ex-band-mate Glen Frey enters with The Heat Is On at 69, while The Commodores hit 10, their first non-Lionel song to do that since Machine Gun in 1974.

Highest proper new entry is The Boomtown Rats at 17, and the under-rated A Hold Of Me, one of their best singles in an 8-year run, and certainly not one of their biggest hits outside my charts. Mick Jagger goes top 40, as Prince grabs another double-A-sided hit, amazingly bundling two of the 3 best tracks on Purple Rain together, which means Let’s Go Crazy is back after a short run on it’s own in my charts, and Take Me With U debuts. Crazy is manic rock genius, Take Me With U is almost a non-Prince girlie chorus pop gem, catchy strings and all. Sadly, of course, no youtube videos so you’ll just have to take my word, and buy the album, which is a classic worthy of anyone’s collection.

At 52, one of pop music’s unlikely collaborations, it’s Bill Sharpe of jazz-funk Shakatak and Gary Numan of decreasing commercial-pop-star fame experimental, melody-lite synth music. Well, waddya know, it’s fabulous, a career highlight for both, and high-time it was re-evaluated and pushed again in a film or advert. New Edition are back again, with the twee Mr. Telephone Man, at 56, and 14 years on Shaft returns to my charts – sadly not Isaac Hayes classic though, it’s an 80’s dance cover by Van Twist which pales in comparison even to the forthcoming rival hit cover version. ZZ Top are also back with the rocking Legs – that’ll be shapely lady legs of course, plus hot rod – at 65, while Cyndi Lauper is running out of album tracks to release as singles, Money Changes Everything not being the strongest, in at 70. Junior is back at 75, 3 years after debuting, with yet another Beverley Hills Cop soundtrack hit, and oh yes, there’s a Material Girl Marilyn Monroe wannabee at 73, getting her 5th chart hit. A bit of a departure for disco diva Madonna, can her career survive it? Stay tuned….!

1 ( 4 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
2 ( 2 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
3 ( NEW ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 8 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
5 ( 3 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
6 ( 1 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
7 ( 5 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
8 ( 7 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
9 ( 20 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
10 ( 12 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores

11 ( 6 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
12 ( 10 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
13 ( 17 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
14 ( 9 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
15 ( 19 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
16 ( 28 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
17 ( NEW ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats
18 ( 11 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
19 ( 15 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
20 ( 27 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan

21 ( 16 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
22 ( 18 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
23 ( 24 ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority
24 ( 22 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
25 ( 14 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
26 ( 40 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
27 ( 34 ) “20/20” George Benson
28 ( 43 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
29 ( NEW ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
30 ( 35 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins

31 ( 13 ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
32 ( 36 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
33 ( 33 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
34 ( 38 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
35 ( 21 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
36 ( 49 ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
37 ( 50 ) MISLED Kool And The Gang
38 ( 44 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
39 ( 25 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
40 ( 23 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald

41 ( 26 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
42 ( 42 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
43 ( 29 ) CAN I Cashmere
44 ( 32 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
45 ( 37 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
46 ( 48 ) SIGN OF THE TIMES Grandmaster Flash
47 ( 31 ) SAY YEAH The Limit
48 ( 30 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
49 ( 65 ) HEART USER Cliff Richard
50 ( 45 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

51 ( 39 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
52 ( NEW ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
53 ( 46 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
54 ( 55 ) WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
55 ( 59 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
56 ( NEW ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
57 ( 47 ) BREAKFAST The Associates
58 ( 68 ) ON THE AIR TONIGHT Willy Finlayson
59 ( 41 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
60 ( 69 ) MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE The Fink Brothers

61 ( 74 ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
62 ( 75 ) PERSONALITY Eugene Wilde
63 ( NEW ) SHAFT Van Twist
64 ( 60 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
65 ( NEW ) LEGS ZZ Top
66 ( 56 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
67 ( 67 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
68 ( 58 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
69 ( NEW ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
70 ( NEW ) MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING Cyndi Lauper

71 ( NEW ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
72 ( 70 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
73 ( NEW ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
74 ( 73 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
75 ( NEW ) DO YOU REALLY (WANT MY LOVE) Junior

TV Feb 16-22
1 The Young Ones: Nasty
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 An American Werewolf In London: film
6 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Bewitched
8 Doctor Who: The Two Doctors
9 Newhart
10 Top Of The Pops
11 The Addams Family
12 Grange Hill
13 The Bill Cosby Show
14 My World And Welcome To It
15 The Rockford Files


On TV, a great horror movie, An American Werewolf In London, John Landis and state of the art effects, while my fave Doctor Who Patrick Troughton makes his final appearance as guest return with new Doctor Colin Baker (sadly it was a bit gruesome in subject-matter, though compensated for by Frazier Hines returning as Jamie, a little). Oh, and My world And Welcome To It gets it’s final ever broadcast on TV, a great arty gentle sitcom based on the cartoons and humour of James Thurber, with a great cast and long list of guest stars despite lasting only one season in 1969/70, and despite winning two Emmy’s. It was a show I liked a lot in Singapore.

In life, Bob came round for an evening of pop chat, (BRITS awards on the Monday, with Bob Geldof giving politicians what-for no-holds-barred). This was appropriate because I went to my first concert alone: The Boomtown Rats at Poole Arts Centre Feb 14th 1985. A young crowd, male-biased, and late teens, early 20’s, and chose to avoid back-ache standing by getting a seat upstairs. Bob and the Rats did mostly new stuff from the In The Long Grass album, and a sprinkling of hits, the highlights were Someone’s Looking At You, Rat Trap, Drag Me Down, Dave, A Hold Of Me and Elephant’s Graveyard as they set off on a furious pace, despite poor sound quality in a 1hour 20 minute set. The final encore, Do They Know It’s Christmas, was introduced by Bob suggesting anyone who hadn’t bought it “ought to be ashamed of themselves”. Happily I had. Phew! I was very impressed, Bob never let up “carrying the whole shebang with wit and charisma, his new songs sounding good, and just a shame hardly any oldies. The Rats were perfectly wonderful. Energetic, lively show.” I got home at 10.30 and kicked the puppy across the room. Not deliberately, I hasten to add, I just didn’t see her come to welcome me – not used to having a dog in the house!


26th February 1985

2 weeks for Dead Or Alive at 1, as yet another (superior) dance cover of Isaac Hayes classic Shaft pops in at 3, outdoing the original’s peak first time round (second time round it hit 1 on my oldies charts). It’s not bad, but not as good as supercool Isaac obviously. Meanwhile David Cassidy (and George Michael) shoots up to 4, his highest chart position since I’m A Clown hit 3 in 1973, showing he was firmly back emoting a ballad in his own unique endearing style. Howard Jones adds to his growing list of top 10’s, as well, ooh, must be his 6th in a row!

Prince and Mick Jagger go top 20, Hall and Oates, and Sharpe and Numan go top 30, and second highest new entry is Philip’s Bailey and Collins at 37, with Easy Lover. That concludes the list of male duos. Easy Lover was essentially Earth Wind & Fire (Bailey being co-lead-vocalist) done Collins funk style, and was a huge hit, though I’ve never really warmed back to it since I overdosed on it in 1985. Pleasant enough though. Other new entries: The Stranglers are back, 8 years on, Tina Turner covers Ann Peebles, and becomes the second cover to chart, after Eruption’s much-better eurodisco thumper hit my 3 in 1978. Elton also sneaks in, with a ballad, Breaking Hearts tail-ending the album’s run of singles and giving him 14 years of chart activity, consecutive years too.

1 ( 1 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
2 ( 3 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( NEW ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
4 ( 32 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
5 ( 5 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
6 ( 9 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
7 ( 4 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
8 ( 7 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
9 ( 2 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
10 ( 16 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones

11 ( 8 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
12 ( 15 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
13 ( 6 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
14 ( 20 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
15 ( 28 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
16 ( 29 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
17 ( 17 ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats
18 ( 10 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
19 ( 12 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
20 ( 14 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean

21 ( 13 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
22 ( 11 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
23 ( 19 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
24 ( 18 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
25 ( 27 ) “20/20” George Benson
26 ( 26 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
27 ( 42 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
28 ( 33 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
29 ( 52 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
30 ( 24 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson

31 ( 23 ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority
32 ( 37 ) MISLED Kool And The Gang
33 ( 21 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
34 ( 34 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
35 ( 22 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
36 ( 36 ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
37 ( NEW ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
38 ( 38 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
39 ( 30 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
40 ( 25 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz

41 ( 65 ) LEGS ZZ Top
42 ( 71 ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
43 ( 61 ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
44 ( 55 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
45 ( 35 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
46 ( 56 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
47 ( 45 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
48 ( 50 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
49 ( 62 ) PERSONALITY Eugene Wilde
50 ( 60 ) MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE The Fink Brothers

51 ( 40 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
52 ( 44 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
53 ( 39 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
54 ( 67 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
55 ( 31 ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
56 ( 69 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
57 ( 53 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
58 ( 41 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
59 ( 73 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
60 ( NEW ) LAY ME DOWN EASY The Stranglers

61 ( 43 ) CAN I Cashmere
62 ( NEW ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
63 ( 51 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
64 ( 49 ) HEART USER Cliff Richard
65 ( 59 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
66 ( 70 ) MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING Cyndi Lauper
67 ( 75 ) DO YOU REALLY (WANT MY LOVE) Junior
68 ( 68 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
69 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN Tina Turner
70 ( 64 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran

71 ( NEW ) BREAKING HEARTS Elton John
72 ( 63 ) SHAFT Van Twist
73 ( 72 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
74 ( 46 ) SIGN OF THE TIMES Grandmaster Flash
75 ( 74 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

TV 26th Feb – 1st Mar
1 Cheers
2 Hill Street Blues
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Rising Damp
5 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Invasion Of The Body Snatchers: film
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Bewitched
9 Doctor Who: The Two Doctors
10 The Addams Family

At work, our boss supervisor was becoming increasingly paranoid about everyone, mostly because he was useless, and one of the few people I’ve met in my life that I have little sympathy for. Colin and Monic were part of the exodus of employees as others were applying elsewhere for jobs. Madman critcised Bob for being slow, which annoyed him and me. Pot calling kettle. Parents went to Mansfield for the weekend and took the cat and dog. Started my back catalogue trawling for non-succesful USA pop bands of the 60’s buying 20 Greatest Hits of Gary Lewis and The Playboys, son of Jerry Lewis, and little-known gems on there too. Played it a lot.

My 1985 Charts – January

me with hairdo

me with hairdo

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1st January 1985

Back up to Number One for a second week for Wham! and their classic Last Christmas, while christmas songs elsewhere rise to new peaks: Gary Glitter at 6, Captain Sensible at 22, Queen at 37, Alvin Stardust at 38. Tears For Fears brilliant Shout hits a new peak of 3, as Strawberry Switchblade’s brilliant Since Yesterday hits 4. Alison Moyet gets her 2nd solo top 10, Invisible at 8, and Bob Marley returns to the top 10 Could You Be Loved back in for the first time in over 4 years.

Ashord and Simpson hit a new peak of 16, Paul Young’s changing at 20, and Kim Wilde’s touching 40, but really not much post-christmas movement and only 3 new entries: another quick new one from Stevie Wonder while his last single hangs about in flight, he’s also advising for the new year Don’t Drive Drunk. Good advice at 43. The Art Of Noise re-enter at 66, Close To The Edit all Trevor-Horned-up. Finally, Meatloaf is going Nowhere Fast at 75.


1 ( 2 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( 1 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
3 ( 9 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
4 ( 12 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
5 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
6 ( 7 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
7 ( 3 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
8 ( 11 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
9 ( 13 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
10 ( 5 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head

11 ( 6 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
12 ( 8 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
13 ( 20 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
14 ( 18 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
15 ( 14 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
16 ( 29 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
17 ( 31 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
18 ( 17 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
19 ( 15 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
20 ( 26 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young

21 ( 10 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
22 ( 39 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
23 ( 19 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
24 ( 25 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
25 ( 16 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
26 ( 21 ) LOUISE Human League
27 ( 23 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
28 ( 33 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
29 ( 22 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
30 ( 32 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat

31 ( 36 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
32 ( 28 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
33 ( 35 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
34 ( 27 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
35 ( 43 ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
36 ( 30 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
37 ( 37 ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
38 ( 40 ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
39 ( 24 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
40 ( 47 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde

41 ( 34 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
42 ( 50 ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective
43 ( NEW ) DON’T DRIVE DRUNK Stevie Wonder
44 ( 41 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
45 ( 38 ) SEND MY HEART The Adventures
46 ( 57 ) THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
47 ( 60 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
48 ( 68 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
49 ( 44 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
50 ( 64 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth

51 ( 46 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
52 ( 48 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
53 ( 53 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
54 ( 55 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
55 ( 42 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
56 ( 59 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
57 ( 54 ) DRIVE The Cars
58 ( 45 ) LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT Stevie Wonder
59 ( 51 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
60 ( 56 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl

61 ( 52 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
62 ( 49 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
63 ( 63 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
64 ( 61 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
65 ( 69 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
66 ( RE ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
67 ( 62 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
68 ( 58 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
69 ( 71 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 73 ) SEPTEMBER SONG Ian McCulloch

71 ( 66 ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
72 ( 70 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
73 ( 65 ) I’M A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CRACKER The Bouncing Czecks
74 ( 74 ) NEVER LET HER SLIP AWAY Trevor Walters
75 ( NEW ) NOWHERE FAST Meatloaf

TV: Dec 29 1984 – Jan 4 1985

1. Star Wars: film
2. Superman II: film
3. Another Audience With Dame Edna
4. Gallipoli: film
5. The Towering Inferno: film
6. The Wizard Of Oz: film
7. Duck Soup: film
8. The Deer Hunter: film
9. Morecambe & Wise Classics
10. Top Of The Pops
11. Diced Carrott
12. Dr. No: film
13. The Incredible Shrinking Woman: film
14. Dallas
15. Kramer vs Kramer: film

TV over the holiday period is pure domination of classic movies, and of course Star Wars is on top, just ahead of Superman II. More surprisingly, quite high is the Australian war movie Gallipoli, one I’ve not seen since I think, and should check out again. In the TV comedian stakes, Dame Edna comes out on top, being as Barry Humphries was at his peak, ahead of Morecambe & Wise and Jasper Carrott.

Christmas in Blidworth turned out to be a series of family arguments, tiffs, sulks and storming-off’s. Happy days. Back to Poole, and some time to myself as I developed a cold from the cold North and stress. New Years Eve was spent with parents on the Marines camp, though they went to a party and I at last said “good riddance” to a rotten year on my own.


8th January 1985

I hit 27 years old with nothing much achieved, and nothing much on the horizon, but at least Wham! have Everything She Wants at number one, as radio flips from playing Last Christmas to the sultry other A side that had been overshadowed so far. In the USA both tracks were released separately and Everything She Wants topped on it’s own merits. In the UK 2-fer-1, hooray! Foreigner go top 5 for the first ever time, Ashford & Simpson go top 10 for the first time as artists, and plenty of tracks go back up or re-enter after the year-end run-downs, but I’ll ignore all of them and look at the new…

Sal Solo’s traditional-hymn-sounding San Damiano is up to 13, Bronski Beat’s actual old It Ain’t Necessarily So is at 20, and highest new entry is an immaculate Bucks Fizz, the recovering Mike Nolan after brain surgery following their coach crash, and one spot ahead of Bobby G’s TV theme. I Hear Talk is one of their best records and picked up a fair bit of good-will at the time, classy and beautifully-produced. Smiley Culture is in at 40, meanwhile, with Police Officer and his Cockney-Jamaican reggae vocal style, ending up influencing later much bigger cockney-rap stars. Smiley killed himself during a police raid in 2011, which sort of removes the upbeat mood somewhat from the record.

60’s and 70’s soul/Philly greats The Intruders have a welcome return at 45 with Who Do You Love, some 11 years since their last chart entry, Win Place Or Show (She’s A Winner). Also starting his chart career in 1974, Billy Ocean confirms his revival as the guitar-riffed funky Loverboy pops in at 48, complete with great aliens video (for the time). Melle Mel appears to have promoted himself to Grandmaster for his solo follow-up to the classic White Lines, Step Off. I think Bud in brilliant blue-collar sitcom Married:With Children also promoted himself to the Grandmaster B some years later, so it must have caught on.


1 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
2 ( 4 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
3 ( 3 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
4 ( 5 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
5 ( 13 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
6 ( 6 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
7 ( 2 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
8 ( 12 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
9 ( 10 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
10 ( 16 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson

11 ( 11 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
12 ( 17 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
13 ( 28 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
14 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
15 ( 15 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
16 ( 7 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
17 ( 8 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
18 ( 20 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
19 ( 18 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
20 ( 30 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat

21 ( 19 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
22 ( 22 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
23 ( 9 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
24 ( 24 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
25 ( 25 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
26 ( 40 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
27 ( 26 ) LOUISE Human League
28 ( 27 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
29 ( 33 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
30 ( 31 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls

31 ( 23 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
32 ( NEW ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
33 ( 35 ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
34 ( 34 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
35 ( 48 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
36 ( 43 ) DON’T DRIVE DRUNK Stevie Wonder
37 ( 21 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
38 ( 32 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
39 ( 29 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
40 ( NEW ) POLICE OFFICER Smiley Culture

41 ( 36 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
42 ( 42 ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective
43 ( 41 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
44 ( 68 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
45 ( NEW ) WHO DO YOU LOVE The Intruders
46 ( 38 ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
47 ( 44 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
48 ( NEW ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
49 ( 50 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
50 ( 54 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon

51 ( RE ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel
52 ( 49 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
53 ( 47 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
54 ( 37 ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
55 ( 39 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
56 ( 66 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
57 ( NEW ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five
58 ( 51 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
59 ( 56 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
60 ( RE ) FREEDOM Wham!

61 ( 57 ) DRIVE The Cars
62 ( 71 ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
63 ( 63 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
64 ( 60 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
65 ( 45 ) SEND MY HEART The Adventures
66 ( 46 ) WHERE THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
67 ( RE ) AGADOO Black Lace
68 ( 55 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
69 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 72 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren

71 ( RE ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
72 ( 53 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
73 ( 59 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
74 ( 62 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
75 ( NEW ) TELL ME GIRL Scary Thieves

TV: Jan 5-11th
1. Star Trek: The Squire Of Gothos
2. It’ll Be Alright On The Night 4
3. Another Audience With Dame Edna
4. Gregory’s Girl: film
5. Top Of The Pops
6. Doctor Who
7. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
8. The Phil Silvers Show
9. The Addams Family
10. Spitting Image

Back to work for me, still stressed about the driving of my car-share driver and trying to tactfully tell her to slow down, then when that didn’t work tried the more direct “I may have to get alternative arrangements” hinting. Bob at work was good fun, and I generally came to the conclusion I needed to go out and socialise, missing my college friends a LOT, and also I needed to come up with some sort of goals to aim for, including getting my own transport. My first nephew was born the day after my birthday, Gavin just missed it by an hour and a half! Anything to be awkward, though he did hit my Aunty’s birthday, and mum and dad hot-footed up to Mansfield to see him while I verbally snapped at my boss at work. He got his own back, making me work outside in the freezing cold for hours, hands frozen to the computer, to teach me a lesson. I already knew he was a so and so, though, so didn’t learn anything new. He also kept quiet about us needlessly putting in annual leave for New Years Eve, so Bob and I both lost a days pay for nothing. Our fault apparently….


15th January 1985

First new number of 1985 is the fabulous Strawberry Switchblade, there’s nothing not to love about the record, from the girls polka-dot obsessed video and image, to the 80’s-production values on a great melodic song. Upbeat, positive and joyous, I don’t see how anyone can not like it! The only downside is the equally great Shout peaks at 2 for a 2nd Tears For Fears classic falling short at the final hurdle. Or Durdle (Dore) video-wise. Salo Solo does what Classix Nouveau never managed, meanwhile – he gets into the 10!

The charts finally get some action as This Island Earth rocket to 21, Dead Or Alive re-enter even higher after a short break out the chart, with the exciting You Spin Me Round, and Imagination return with Thank You My Love for 4 years of chart entries, it’s pleasant enough. The better stuff is lower down though, as Abba jump in at 31 – well, again it’s Bjorn and Benny, and Chess, and two musical dependables, Barbara Dickson (giving her 9 years since Answer Me hit 2) and Elaine Paige (6 years since Evita), duetting the great I Know Him So Well. It could have been awesome though if the boys had got Frida and Agnetha duetting instead, oh, and just called it an Abba record. Doh!

Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark again, after going top 40 in the summer of 84, Yah Mo B There is also back a year or so on, at 38, for James Ingram and Michael McDonald, while buzz act of January 1985 (ie most-hyped by the record industry) were King, long-hair and coloured Doc Martens. Love And Pride wasn’t bad though, and in at 44, ahead of Eurythmics 1984 movie ballad, Julia, at 52, and Amii Stewart’s return after a gap of 5 years with Friends at 56. Best of all though it’s Bryan Adams giving it some Canadian rock oomph as he debuts at 59 with the frankly wonderful, exciting Run To You, still his best record. Ol’ Bry went on to mega success of course, and mega-hate thanks to THAT record, but if you need convincing he’s all right, take a gander at the guitar work, the shouty growled chorus, and the ominous, frantic mood of this track.

Others: Chaka Khan’s back, Malcolm McLaren’s still in an opera groove, The Colourfield debut (aka Terry Hall’s third band, he just can’t seem to settle down, having left The Specials at their peak, and the Fun Boy Three at their peak. Not a problem with The Colourfield, as they never peaked at anything), and finally Lou Reed pops in briefly with Suzanne some 12 years after taking a much more impressive Walk On The Wild Side.


1 ( 2 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
2 ( 3 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
3 ( 5 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
4 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
5 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
6 ( 13 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
7 ( 10 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
8 ( 8 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
9 ( 9 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
10 ( 6 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter

11 ( 17 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
12 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
13 ( 7 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
14 ( 20 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
15 ( 11 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
16 ( 15 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
17 ( 12 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
18 ( 24 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
19 ( 19 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
20 ( 16 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus

21 ( 49 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
22 ( 18 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
23 ( 21 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
24 ( 32 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
25 ( RE ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
26 ( NEW ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
27 ( 25 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
28 ( 23 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
29 ( 30 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
30 ( 40 ) POLICE OFFICER Smiley Culture

31 ( NEW ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
32 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 31 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
34 ( 42 ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective
35 ( 22 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
36 ( 36 ) DON’T DRIVE DRUNK Stevie Wonder
37 ( 27 ) LOUISE Human League
38 ( NEW ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
39 ( RE ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
40 ( 57 ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five

41 ( 41 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
42 ( 26 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
43 ( 48 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
44 ( NEW ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
45 ( 45 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE The Intruders
46 ( 29 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
47 ( 28 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
48 ( 51 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel
49 ( 50 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
50 ( 38 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago

51 ( 39 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
52 ( NEW ) JULIA Eurythmics
53 ( 33 ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
54 ( 44 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
55 ( 37 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
56 ( NEW ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
57 ( 35 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
58 ( 47 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
59 ( NEW ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
60 ( 74 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars

61 ( 34 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
62 ( 53 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
63 ( 56 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
64 ( 63 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
65 ( 61 ) DRIVE The Cars
66 ( 67 ) AGADOO Black Lace
67 ( 71 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
68 ( 58 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
69 ( NEW ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
70 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

71 ( 52 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
72 ( 70 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
73 ( NEW ) CARMEN Malcolm McLaren
74 ( NEW ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
75 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU SUZANNE Lou Reed

Jan 12-18th
1. Star Trek: Return Of The Archons
2. Hill Street Blues
3. The Addams Family
4. The Phil Silvers Show
5. The Avengers
6. Top Of The Pops
7. Doctor Who
8. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
9. Dallas
10. The New Avengers


At work in Dorset, I find I just can’t resist answering back when I don’t agree with someone. Ego? Yes. Plus, I’m right. Snowy roads around Blandford this time, cold but at least sunny outside. I did my charts, happy to see plenty of faves from 1984 that never made it at last getting some UK chart action and Radio 1 airplay. It’s important to me they become hits…! Bob popped round with his new Scirocco car, snazzy, as he left to welcome his mum and dad to Bournemouth, they’d moved down, and I’d get to know them fairly well over the years to my pleasure. Mum and dad bought a Yorkie terrier dog from friends of theirs, and Picket (as she was called) turned out to have a big impact on the family until, and including, the traumatic day she died. On Sunday we went to visit our Singapore friends The Wainwright’s again in Chippenham, where Jamie had morphed into trendy James, and we had a nice National Trust pub meal. It was good to see Doreen laugh a little at old times, but we all wished Dale could have been there. I still get annoyed he missed so much life.


22nd January 1985

Another new number one, it’s the UK/US smash gospel-flavoured rock anthem classic that is I Want To Know What Love Is giving Foreigner a number one 7 years since they first charted. It’s glorious, especially that climactic Jennifer Holliday fade out, she’s the one that did the spine-tingling definitive version of And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going, top 10 in my charts 1982. Highest new entry is Prince – I say new, it’s actually the UK catching up on his 2 minor 1983 hits bundled together, both peaked at 9 in my chart, and together they hit 6, my initial preference was for Little Red Corvette, but 1999 became the main track.

Babs and Elaine overtake the Abba boys other song at 8 and 9, while Amii Stewart’s Friends collectively jump to 14, and Bucks Fizz overhear rumours at 15. The Limit say “yeah” as they enter at 27, a smooth bit of jazz funk, while the rougher side of dance-rock (in comparison, only) takes Billy Ocean’s Loverboy to 24. King aren’t doing quite as well as Prince, as royalty Pride comes after Love. There’s loads of new entries, but let’s not mention Russ Abbott! Especially not when Elvis has a medley of some of his finest moments at 48 – 4 minutes to learn about the fuss: think Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra…and then boom! Elvis. Icon.

Some US pop heart-throbs arrive, Corey Hart and the growing-up New Edition, not to mention Phil Collins in a Prince 1999 groove, Sussudio doesn’t fool me, nor is it quite as good. Chicago are back, uninspiring, actually, despite what they say. Heaven 17…and that’s no lie, get a low entry at 72 but it’s not bad, nor is John Lydon and Afrika Bambaata aka Time Zone, punk funking it up synth style. Johnny Rotten was a mere 8 years earlier! Which leaves the jewell in the pop crown, as the much-missed fantastic Kirsty MacColl gets two appearances: her brilliant version of Billy Bragg’s A New England at 61, and Tracey Ullman’s pretty good version of Kirsty’s Terry, Tracey already having wonderfully covered Kirsty’s They Don’t Know.


1 ( 3 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
2 ( 1 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
3 ( 6 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
4 ( 2 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
5 ( 7 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
6 ( NEW ) LITTLE RED CORVETTE/ 1999 Prince
7 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
8 ( 31 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
9 ( 9 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
10 ( 5 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!

11 ( 8 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
12 ( 14 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
13 ( 10 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
14 ( 56 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
15 ( 24 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
16 ( 18 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
17 ( 26 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
18 ( 15 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
19 ( 17 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
20 ( 16 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics

21 ( 11 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
22 ( 13 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
23 ( 21 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
24 ( 43 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
25 ( 19 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
26 ( 32 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
27 ( NEW ) SAY YEAH The Limit
28 ( 44 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
29 ( 20 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
30 ( 38 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald

31 ( 12 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
32 ( 59 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
33 ( 63 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
34 ( 23 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
35 ( 39 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
36 ( 40 ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five
37 ( 69 ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
38 ( 27 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
39 ( 25 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
40 ( 33 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles

41 ( 28 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
42 ( 41 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
43 ( 22 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
44 ( NEW ) ATMOSPHERE Russ Abbott
45 ( 42 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
46 ( 35 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
47 ( 30 ) POLICE OFFICER Smiley Culture
48 ( NEW ) THE ELVIS MEDLEY Elvis Presley
49 ( 37 ) LOUISE Human League
50 ( 36 ) DON’T DRIVE DRUNK Stevie Wonder

51 ( NEW ) NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters
52 ( 52 ) JULIA Eurythmics
53 ( 46 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
54 ( NEW ) IT AIN’T ENOUGH Corey Hart
55 ( 29 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
56 ( NEW ) COOL IT NOW New Edition
57 ( 34 ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective
58 ( 51 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
59 ( 74 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
60 ( 57 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates

61 ( NEW ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
62 ( 50 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
63 ( NEW ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
64 ( 64 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
65 ( 65 ) DRIVE The Cars
66 ( 48 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel
67 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
68 ( 55 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
69 ( 68 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
70 ( 70 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

71 ( 47 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
72 ( NEW ) … AND THAT’S NO LIE Heaven 17
73 ( 45 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE The Intruders
74 ( NEW ) TERRY Tracey Ullman
75 ( NEW ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone

TV 19-25th Jan
1. Star Trek: Operation Annihilate
2. The Phil Silvers Show
3. Hill Street Blues
4. Top Of The Pops
5. The Other Side Of The Tracks: Abba
6. The Twilight Zone
7. The New Avengers
8. The Rockford Files
9. Dallas
10. Doctor Who


On TV, Paul Gambaccini’s excellent pop profile show The Other Side Of The Tracks was on with a Benny & Bjorn interview, while Hill Street Blues, Doctor Who and Dallas are the only new dramas still doing it for me. Watched an episode of The Avengers with mum and dad, it was the one they filmed on an RAF base, dad watched Diana Rigg & Patrick Macnee re-do takes quite a few times from his work window. In my work: quite snowy again in the wilds of Dorset, Bob was off ill, on the coldest day in 20 years, culminating in a big-ish friday snowfall, which meant slow bus to work as I marvelled at how quickly the south of England grinds to a halt at the drop of a snowflake. Bournemouth and Poole are still the same, drivers have no idea to how to deal with snow on the road and it quickly slows to walking pace, or they start calling in for the day off work cos it takes a bit longer. Wimps. If they only knew that the northerners at work always talk about them, the snowfall in Dorset is never more than an inch. Of our section, only Paul (from Sheffield) and me (Mansfield/Lincoln) made it in.


29th January 1985

Foreigner hold for a second week as 16 new entries give the chart a real clear-out, though the top end is more sedate, with Bucks Fizz’ I Hear Talk at 4 giving them 4 years of top 5 hits, at least one a year, usually 2. Amii Stewart’s pleasant Friends, and Bronski Beat’s retro It Ain’t Necessarily So grab a top 10 slot before the onslaught lower down – Springsteen outdoes his 1984 chart high at 12, King at 13 are still quite proud, but highest new entry at 16 is the fabulous This Is Not America, David Bowie’s collaboration with Jazz act The Pat Metheny Band and back on form to boot.

At 19, The Commodores are back, minus Lionel Richie, and show they don’t really need him on this classy sad soul tribute to the then-recently late Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson: Nightshift. Slade don’t hang about, a third hit in 3 months, as 7 Year Bitch brings them in at 25 for a singalong chant that never really caught on (probably the title!). Also back for a spot of spelling lesson, M.E.T.H.O.D. of Modern Love gives Hall & Oates yet another great pop entry at 35, while The Honeydrippers cover Phil Phillips’ 50’s doo-wop era classic, Sea Of Love at 36. Who are the Honeydrippers? Heard of Robert Plant? Jimmy Page? Led Zeppelin? Nile Rodgers? He’s had a hit or 2? How about Jeff Beck? Hi Ho Silver Lining? No? Pretty much a supergroup, and all pretty much still very active. It’s terrific, too.

Then there’s two masterpiece classics a bit lower down: The Smiths How Soon Is Now was under-appreciated in the UK charts, and in mine too, at the time, it’s pure genius, the Johnny Marr guitar is especially stunning, but this remains a record to bring joy – as I’m hoping Morrissey will grace us in 2 months when I see him, fingers-crossed. But there’s another: Don Henley had been pretty damn fine with his Dirty laundry and other solo stuff since The Eagles split in 1980, but nothing to match up to One Of These Nights – till now! Boys Of Summer is very 80’s-sounding, great lyrics, great sound, great song, so good, like The Smiths How Soon Is Now, they both had to come back again and chart in the 90’s. 58 and 67 respectively, though, for now.

Others: Howard Jones full of optimism a good 10 years before D:Ream, opining Things Can Only Get Better. Bronski Beat might disagree though. Sheila E’s in at 70, better known as a protege of Prince. Prince had lots of short lithe female protoges: he insisted he preferred the company of women to men, I’m sure that’s the main reason. The Belle Of St Mark is very Prince-sounding, and pretty good. Dan Hartman’s back again; Jermaine Jackson gets another solo hit as brother Michael takes a break from Thriller album tracks to release; The Boomtown Rats have yet another decent single completely ignored, at 75, the good A Hold Of Me from the decent album In The Long Grass.

1 ( 1 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
2 ( 2 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
3 ( 8 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
4 ( 15 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
5 ( 3 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
6 ( 6 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
7 ( 5 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
8 ( 4 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
9 ( 14 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
10 ( 12 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat

11 ( 7 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
12 ( 26 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
13 ( 28 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
14 ( 10 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
15 ( 11 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
16 ( NEW ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
17 ( 17 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
18 ( 24 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
19 ( NEW ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
20 ( 30 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald

21 ( 9 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
22 ( 27 ) SAY YEAH The Limit
23 ( 33 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
24 ( 32 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
25 ( NEW ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
26 ( 18 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
27 ( 35 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
28 ( 13 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
29 ( 20 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
30 ( 16 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP

31 ( 19 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
32 ( 22 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
33 ( 37 ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
34 ( 25 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
35 ( NEW ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
36 ( NEW ) SEA OF LOVE The Honeydrippers
37 ( 21 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
38 ( 29 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
39 ( 61 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
40 ( NEW ) CAN I Cashmere

41 ( 23 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
42 ( 63 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
43 ( 44 ) ATMOSPHERE Russ Abbott
44 ( 59 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
45 ( 34 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
46 ( 42 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
47 ( 48 ) THE ELVIS MEDLEY Elvis Presley
48 ( 40 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
49 ( 54 ) IT AIN’T ENOUGH Corey Hart
50 ( 51 ) NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters

51 ( 31 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
52 ( 67 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
53 ( 43 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
54 ( 72 ) … AND THAT’S NO LIE Heaven 17
55 ( 38 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
56 ( 39 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
57 ( 75 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
58 ( NEW ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
59 ( 36 ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five
60 ( NEW ) “20/20” George Benson

61 ( NEW ) JUST A SHADOW Big Country
62 ( 52 ) JULIA Eurythmics
63 ( 49 ) LOUISE Human League
64 ( 58 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
65 ( NEW ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
66 ( 64 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
67 ( NEW ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
68 ( 65 ) DRIVE The Cars
69 ( 70 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( NEW ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E

71 ( NEW ) IN THE EVENING Sheryl Lee Ralph
72 ( NEW ) WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
73 ( 56 ) COOL IT NOW New Edition
74 ( NEW ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
75 ( NEW ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats

TV 26 Jan-1st Feb
1. Star Trek: Assignment Earth
2. Hill Street Blues
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4. Top Of The Pops
5. Dallas
6. The Addams Family (2 eps)
7. The Avengers
8. The Rockford Files
9. Doctor Who
10. Newhart


On TV, Hill Street Blues still rules the new shows, though sitcom Newhart and it’s great hillbilly and other supporting cast of characters was getting better and better. Bob Newhart is SO funny. Always. Frankie Goes To Hollywood released tickets for Bournemouth gigs this week: sold out. Damn! I didn’t get one. I got a new spiky-gel haircut for £7 (I pay £7 for a haircut 30 years later, bear in mind). Bob took the piss out of it on Monday, calling me a hedgehog. I don’t recall the haircut lasting the week to be honest, and there are no photos in existence, so I’ll just have to put it down to experience, and there was only one more Bad 80’s Hair experience ahead of me (yes, it was a permed nightmare), before I decided once and for all that trendy hairdo’s were not for me. Phew!

My 1980 Charts – January

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

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

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1st January 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


8th January 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV Dec 29th 1979 – Jan 4th 1980

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

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

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

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

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



15th January 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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22nd January 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

29th January 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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