My 1995 Charts – June

4th June 1995

3 weeks for Yes at 1, McAlmont & Butler still rule, and it’s Livin’ Joy at 3, cos I’m a Dreamer. Human League make it 3 top 5 in a row in 1995, as U2’s Batman track brings them another top 10 12 years on from the first, and a Eurovision winner breaks into the 10 too, not that common in the 90’s but then Nocturne is a great track. Duran Duran take White Lines into the 20, which is nothing to sniff at, so don’t don’t do it, and Paula Abdul and Ofra Haza jointly do the same, ditto Baby D, and best of the bunch so does all-time classic Pulp, Common People, uncommonly brilliant record.Rugby record time, it must be Swing Low Sweet Chariot back again after a 20 year break – but it’s not Eric Clapton this time, it’s Ladysmith Black Mombazo and China Black, Ladysmith stretching back with Paul Simon assist from South Africa and Graceland 1986. There’s another oldie also back, and it’s The Detroit Spinners finally getting a hit with their much-covered I’ll Be Around – in a sampled version by Rappin’ 4 Tay at 34. Reef are Nakedly new at 36, and Mike + The Mechanics, Montell Jordan and Annie Lennox all enter the 40. At 59, it’s the fab Right In The Night from Jam & Spoon (not forgetting Plavka), a dance goodie, and at 64 it’s The Happy Mondays, errr I mean Black Grape, Rev-ing their way in.

1 ( 1 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
2 ( 2 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
3 ( 4 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
4 ( 10 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
5 ( 5 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
6 ( 3 ) SKY HIGH Newton
7 ( 7 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
8 ( 12 ) NOCTURNE Secret Garden
9 ( 6 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
10 ( 22 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2

http://youtube.com/v/ZftlRs-pfv4

11 ( 8 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
12 ( 17 ) SOME MIGHT SAY Oasis
13 ( 9 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
14 ( 14 ) HURT SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
15 ( 23 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
16 ( 11 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
17 ( 35 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
18 ( 36 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
19 ( 27 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
20 ( 28 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls

http://youtube.com/v/39jfmB5kR84

21 ( 21 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
22 ( 20 ) MADE IN ENGLAND Elton John
23 ( 19 ) EVERYDAY Incognito
24 ( 26 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
25 ( 16 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
26 ( 18 ) KEEP ON MOVING Bob Marley And The Wailers
27 ( 13 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
28 ( NEW ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
29 ( 15 ) ADORED AND EXPLORED Marc Almond
30 ( 34 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone

31 ( 50 ) CAN’T CRY ANYMORE Sheryl Crow
32 ( 29 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
33 ( 38 ) FAKE PLASTIC TREES Radiohead
34 ( NEW ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
35 ( RE ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
36 ( NEW ) NAKED Reef
37 ( 30 ) FREEDOM Michelle Gayle
38 ( 43 ) THIS IS HOW WE DO IT Montell Jordan
39 ( 25 ) ALICE WHO THE F*** IS ALICE Gompie
40 ( 46 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox

41 ( 41 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
42 ( 24 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
43 ( 31 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET/ THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
44 ( 44 ) WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN Bitty McLean
45 ( 33 ) KEY TO MY LIFE Boyzone
46 ( 32 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
47 ( 51 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
48 ( 39 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
49 ( 42 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
50 ( 62 ) UNCHAINED MELODY Robson Green and Jerome Flynn

51 ( 37 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Barry White
52 ( 52 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
53 ( 48 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
54 ( 54 ) YOU’RE THE STAR Rod Stewart
55 ( 40 ) “24-7-365” Charles and Eddie
56 ( 45 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
57 ( 47 ) BOOM BOOM Definition Of Sound
58 ( 53 ) GOTTA BE A SIN Adam Ant
59 ( NEW ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
60 ( 55 ) BELIEVE Elton John

http://youtube.com/v/DfdkKYHlZp4

61 ( 59 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
62 ( 58 ) MY GIRL JOSEPHINE Super Cat featuring Jack Radics
63 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( NEW ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
65 ( 65 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
66 ( 57 ) WHERE I FIND MY HEAVEN Gigolo Aunts
67 ( 69 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) YOUR LOVING ARMS Billie Ray Martin
69 ( 49 ) FIND THE ANSWER WITHIN The Boo Radleys
70 ( 56 ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds

71 ( NEW ) HOLD MY BODY TIGHT East 17
72 ( 73 ) SURRENDER YOUR LOVE Nightcrawlers
73 ( 74 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
74 ( 72 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
75 ( 66 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer

http://youtube.com/v/XDl8ZPm3GrU

4th June
OLDIES PLAYLIST
1. GREATEST HITS – Tommy James And The Shondells
2. GREATEST HITS – K.C. And The Sunshine Band
3. Love Is Like Oxygen – The Sweet

18th June 1995

After 37 weeks Edwyn Collins finally gets to the top of the charts, which is something of a record for my charts. Plenty of tracks hit my top spot on reissue, after a suitable gap during which I get to fall in love with them again, but few hang around my charts for 9 months without me suffering from overplay syndrome and opting for something fresher. A Girl Like You is terrific though, and still sounds great. It also means Edwyn had to wait 12 years from his Orange Juice debut to topping. Duran Duran and U2 both add another top 5 to the lengthening lists of top 5’s, and Shaun Ryder gets another top 10 outside the Happy Mondays.Rappin’ 4-Tay helps The Detroit Spinners have a run of 22 years of top 20 hits, while Annie Lennox lengthens hers to 16 years. Highest new entry at 24 is a fab cover version of Grand Funk’s Bad Time, which made my charts 20 years earlier, and it really should have been a bigger hit for The Jayhawks than UK chart peak of 70. Bah! That leads the cover version charge of new entries: at 29 comedians Vic & Bob join with EMF to bring I’m A Believer back into my chart for the 4th time – The Monkees topped my chart with it twice (1974, 1980) and Robert Wyatt did a version in 1974, but the Neil Diamond song would also have topped in the 60’s had I been charting then. Vic also covered Dizzy, my first ever singles purchase, and had been grabbing occasional hits for 4 years, EMF for 5. Unbelievable!Carole King’s classic It’s Too Late gets yet another cover version, and not too badly, from Gloria Estefan, while Whoomp There It Is gets the frantic cheesy dance treatment from Clock, and not improving on the Tag Team’s version. Shaggy keeps his singles run going with an unlikely cover of Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime also not quite improving on the original.

At 31, grunge popmetal band The Offspring debut without a lack of Self Esteem, ahead of their great rebirth in 1999 following a decent haircut. At 71 Dr Dre gets a solo debut, ahead of his rebirth in 1999 as godfather to Eminem and others, and a new hip solo career en route to being a multi-millionaire Beats promoter – Keep Their Heads Ringin’, pops in briefly, though he had already charted 5 years earlier with N.W.A. and been overshadowed a bit by band mate Ice Cube in the interim. Boom Boom Boom, it’s the Outhere Brothers shouting it up at 64, while altogether more subtle is the New Age Deep Forest back with Marta’s Song.

http://youtube.com/v/nkKxGzm98AU

1 ( 2 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
2 ( 3 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
3 ( 1 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
4 ( 7 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
5 ( 6 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
6 ( 5 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
7 ( 4 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
8 ( 17 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
9 ( 8 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
10 ( 13 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka

11 ( 9 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
12 ( 15 ) HURT SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
13 ( 14 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
14 ( 19 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
15 ( 10 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
16 ( 16 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
17 ( 18 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
18 ( 34 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
19 ( 25 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
20 ( 24 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox

21 ( 12 ) SKY HIGH Newton
22 ( 11 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
23 ( 20 ) WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN Bitty McLean
24 ( NEW ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
25 ( 27 ) NAKED Reef
26 ( 21 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
27 ( 22 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
28 ( 23 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
29 ( NEW ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
30 ( 30 ) STAYING OUT FOR THE SUMMER ’95 Dodgy

http://youtube.com/v/woZM6vzuzik

31 ( NEW ) SELF ESTEEM The Offspring
32 ( 29 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
33 ( NEW ) IT’S TOO LATE Gloria Estefan
34 ( 31 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
35 ( 40 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
36 ( 44 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
37 ( 53 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
38 ( 35 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
39 ( 39 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
40 ( 58 ) HOLD MY BODY TIGHT East 17

41 ( 26 ) NOCTURNE Secret Garden
42 ( 36 ) DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Loveland featuring Rachel MacFarlane
43 ( 32 ) EVERYDAY Incognito
44 ( 33 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
45 ( 28 ) SOME MIGHT SAY Oasis
46 ( 51 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi
47 ( 42 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
48 ( 43 ) ADORED AND EXPLORED Marc Almond
49 ( 41 ) KEEP ON MOVING Bob Marley And The Wailers
50 ( 50 ) YOUR LOVING ARMS Billie Ray Martin

51 ( NEW ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy
52 ( 37 ) MADE IN ENGLAND Elton John
53 ( NEW ) WHOOMP THERE IT IS Clock
54 ( 45 ) UNCHAINED MELODY Robson Green and Jerome Flynn
55 ( 38 ) THIS IS HOW WE DO IT Montell Jordan
56 ( 49 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
57 ( NEW ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
58 ( 57 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
59 ( 56 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
60 ( 75 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet

http://youtube.com/v/o0yQHzLpQ3U

61 ( 62 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 55 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET/ THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
63 ( 47 ) FREEDOM Michelle Gayle
64 ( NEW ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
65 ( 65 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
66 ( 59 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 63 ) BELIEVE Elton John
69 ( 70 ) ONLY ONE ROAD Celine Dion
70 ( 64 ) KEY TO MY LIFE Boyzone

71 ( NEW ) KEEP THEIR HEADS RINGIN’ Dr. Dre
72 ( 46 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
73 ( 73 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
74 ( 61 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
75 ( 60 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish

http://youtube.com/v/TE891IHxyV8


OLDIES PLAYLIST

1. GREATEST HITS – Tommy James And The Shondells
2. LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE – George Michael
3. HITS – Sonny & Cher

My oldies playlist is albums this week, Tommy james still ranking, while George Michael’s 5-year-old Listen Without Prejudice still impressed, Sonny & Cher’s Greatest Hits though was also grabbing me, a CD I’d bought in Cairns, and this track in particular, with it’s gypsy rhythms a sort of follow-up to Cher’s Bang Bang and a pre-cursor to Gypsies Tramps And Thieves, and Dark Lady: Little Man is fantastic.

http://youtube.com/v/XJz0hDWNNuU
25th June 1995
I always say something can always be improved with a spaceship in it. It’s one of my major criticisms of Coronation Street: no spaceships. Scream is a case in point, the duet between sis n bruv Michael and Janet gets to number one ahead of much better tracks from both of them. Considering who they are, it should have been an epic collaboration, rather than the decent enough jam that it is. It was the fab video, though, mostly. Janet has panda eye make-up, which also helps. With a sudden spurt from 72 to 8, after pottering about a few weeks, Mike And The Mechanics get a belated 2nd top 10 track some 9 years after the first (Silent Running), though of course Mike Rutherford (ex-Genesis) and Paul Jones (ex-Sad Cafe) had done it before then in previous bands. More importantly, it had taken them 6 weeks but Pulp’s all-time classic Common People finally makes the top 10 and proves that sometimes I under-appreciate a classic for some reason – it eventually topped my chart in reissue stylee in the 21st Century, and quite right too.Amy Grant takes Big Yellow Taxi into the top 20, emulating Joni Mitchell’s original 25 years earlier, while back at 28 re-entering at a new peak it’s Dusty and Daryl, Wherever Would I Be. Also back, Oasis and Live Forever at 35, and in at 38 it’s Menswear and Daydreamer with some nice guitar riffing Britpop stylee. Oasis invade the chart as they become huge and the singles sell into the UK singles chart, which means a re-entry from chart-topper Whatever at 54, and Shakermaker at 73. At 56, a debut from Supergrass, and it’s the perennially fab Alright, upbeat, cheerful and delicious. At 59, Black Box return with Not just Anyone, and other newies from Jay Kay, D:Ream, A.D.A.M. and Sean Maguire round off the rest.

http://youtube.com/v/0P4A1K4lXDo

1 ( 2 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
2 ( 1 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
3 ( 9 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
4 ( 3 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
5 ( 4 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
6 ( 6 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
7 ( 5 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
8 ( 72 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
9 ( 16 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
10 ( 18 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners

http://youtube.com/v/FEE2fSF5bX4

11 ( 7 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
12 ( 10 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
13 ( 8 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
14 ( 11 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
15 ( 20 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
16 ( 29 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
17 ( 13 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
18 ( 57 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
19 ( 37 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
20 ( 24 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks

21 ( 19 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
22 ( 15 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
23 ( 12 ) HURT SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
24 ( 17 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
25 ( 14 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
26 ( 30 ) STAYING OUT FOR THE SUMMER ’95 Dodgy
27 ( 36 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
28 ( RE ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
29 ( 21 ) SKY HIGH Newton
30 ( 26 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose

http://youtube.com/v/302Et9UD-VY

31 ( 27 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
32 ( 22 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
33 ( 33 ) IT’S TOO LATE Gloria Estefan
34 ( 23 ) WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN Bitty McLean
35 ( NEW ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
36 ( 40 ) HOLD MY BODY TIGHT East 17
37 ( 53 ) WHOOMP THERE IT IS Clock
38 ( NEW ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
39 ( 38 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
40 ( 64 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers

41 ( 35 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
42 ( 28 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
43 ( 32 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
44 ( 46 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi
45 ( 60 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet
46 ( 34 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
47 ( 25 ) NAKED Reef
48 ( 39 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
49 ( 31 ) SELF ESTEEM The Offspring
50 ( NEW ) FLY AWAY Haddaway

51 ( 51 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy
52 ( 44 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
53 ( 42 ) DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Loveland featuring Rachel MacFarlane
54 ( RE ) WHATEVER Oasis
55 ( 43 ) EVERYDAY Incognito
56 ( NEW ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
57 ( 47 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
58 ( 58 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
59 ( NEW ) NOT ANYONE Black Box
60 ( 48 ) ADORED AND EXPLORED Marc Almond

http://youtube.com/v/fwjXgskUN50

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 49 ) KEEP ON MOVING Bob Marley And The Wailers
63 ( 59 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
64 ( 56 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
65 ( 41 ) NOCTURNE Secret Garden
66 ( NEW ) WATER RUNS DRY BoyIIMen
67 ( 65 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
68 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
69 ( 45 ) SOME MIGHT SAY Oasis
70 ( NEW ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai

71 ( NEW ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
72 ( NEW ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
73 ( NEW ) SHAKERMAKER Oasis
74 ( NEW ) NOW I’VE FOUND YOU Sean Maguire
75 ( 73 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

My 1994 Charts – June

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5th June 1994

No more World Music at the top, it’s grunge, or at least the advert-related version of it, which is pretty terrific anyway. Loved those crashing guitars in Stiltskin’s day Inside and astride the charts. Exciting stuff. Bad news for Guns ‘n’ Roses who get stuck at 2, their highest spot since topping 5 years earlier with Sweet Child ‘o’ Mine – it’s the highest charting version of Since I Don’t Have You though. Roxette recall their glory 1989 chart-topping days too as they Crash! at 4. Boom! Bang!

Blur’s glorious To The End up to 7 with a bullet, ahead of the Frampton reggae-tastic Big Mountain at 9, and Eddi Reader getting her biggest solo hit at 10, 6 years on since her last one (with Fairground Attraction). Dawn Penn also rockets to 21 with the fab reggae No No No. Yes Yes Yes! More reggae? How about highest new entry from Aswad, Shine catches them at their very poptastic best, and leaps Ace Of Base’s version of their Don’t Turn Around – which, essentially is also reggae-ish.

Non-reggae new stuff from Primal Scream at 33, Janet Jackson at 36, and lower-but-better The Prodigy’s fab No Good, Pulp’s Babies, and assorted Crowded House, Arrested Development and Pearl Jam tracks. Only one of those last 3 will be in next week’s charts…

1 ( 2 ) INSIDE Stiltskin
2 ( 3 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
3 ( 1 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
4 ( 15 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
5 ( 4 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano
6 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
7 ( 22 ) TO THE END Blur
8 ( 8 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
9 ( 19 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
10 ( 26 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader

11 ( 14 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
12 ( 6 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
13 ( 7 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm
14 ( 9 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
15 ( 12 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
16 ( 10 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
17 ( 11 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
18 ( 13 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
19 ( 20 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
20 ( 24 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies

21 ( 54 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
22 ( 23 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
23 ( 30 ) TAKE IT BACK Pink Floyd
24 ( 63 ) THE REAL THING 2 Unlimited
25 ( NEW ) SHINE Aswad
26 ( 16 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada
27 ( 40 ) PAST THE MISSION Tori Amos
28 ( 35 ) LOST IN AMERICA Alice Cooper
29 ( 33 ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)
30 ( 18 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson

31 ( 17 ) REACH Judy Cheeks
32 ( 32 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
33 ( NEW ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream
34 ( 36 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
35 ( 34 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart
36 ( NEW ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE Janet Jackson
37 ( 37 ) PRAYER FOR THE DYING Seal
38 ( 27 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
39 ( RE ) GETTING INTO SOMETHING Alison Moyet
40 ( 25 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers

41 ( 28 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
42 ( 31 ) IN THE NAVY (REMIX) The Village People
43 ( 29 ) UNDER THE BRIDGE Red Hot Chili Peppers
44 ( 21 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE THE REAL THING Elton John and Marcella Detroit
45 ( 51 ) MAMA SAID Carleen Anderson
46 ( 43 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
47 ( 64 ) I SWEAR All 4 One
48 ( 48 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
49 ( 41 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
50 ( 39 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones

51 ( NEW ) NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) The Prodigy
52 ( 44 ) ALWAYS Erasure
53 ( 70 ) SHOOP Salt ‘n’ Pepa
54 ( 50 ) SILENT SCREAM Richard Marx
55 ( 38 ) NOBODY Shara Nelson
56 ( 46 ) NUMBER ONE EYC
57 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
58 ( NEW ) BABIES Pulp
59 ( 45 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green
60 ( 61 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin

61 ( RE ) LIGHT MY FIRE Clubhouse
62 ( 55 ) LUCKY LUCKY ME Marvin Gaye
63 ( NEW ) SWAMP THING The Grid
64 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 66 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( 69 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
67 ( 62 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
68 ( 60 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
69 ( NEW ) FINGERS OF LOVE Crowded House
70 ( 58 ) WHISPERING YOUR NAME Alison Moyet

71 ( NEW ) EASE MY MIND Arrested Development
72 ( NEW ) DISSIDENT Pearl Jam
73 ( 56 ) LIKE A MOTORWAY Saint Etienne
74 ( 73 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
75 ( 75 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys

12th June 1994

Blur knock off grunge from the top, their first chart-topper 5 years on from their debut, and what an epic track it is. To The End is pure tearful earnestness wrapped up in a gorgeous wrapping. Brilliant. Knocking on the Blur door, though Dawn Penn’s insistent stylish reggae is at 3, while Aswad’s pop sunny pop reggae just misses the 10. My chartnote says “hot weather at last” which means, I guess, a late summer, and a reason for reggae to feature big, so summer-sounding.

Pet Shop Boys Ab Fab semi-novelty pops up to 12 and saves it from becoming their lowest-placed single, ever. One peaked even lower, circa 1991! 2 Unlimited get another top 20 hit, Primal Scream ditto, and Aretha Franklin keeps a run of Top 20 hits spanning 26 years as Willing To Forgive leaps to 20 after pottering around the lower reaches.

Ace of Base at 22, The Prodigy at 24, Danii Minogue new at 29 (unexpectedly), and Tom Robinson looking Hard at 32 (17 years on from a motorway fling) all brighten up the Top 40 a bit. Chuck in another D:Ream hit, another Faster Manics hit, night-bound Pretenders at 44, and Huey Lewis sneaking in 11 years on, and most of the rest can be ignored. Note Wet Wet Wet drop without ever making the Top 20. Oops!

1 ( 7 ) TO THE END Blur
2 ( 1 ) INSIDE Stiltskin
3 ( 21 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
4 ( 2 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
5 ( 4 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
6 ( 3 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
7 ( 6 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
8 ( 10 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
9 ( 5 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano
10 ( 9 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain

11 ( 25 ) SHINE Aswad
12 ( 29 ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)
13 ( 8 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
14 ( 11 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
15 ( 15 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
16 ( 24 ) THE REAL THING 2 Unlimited
17 ( 14 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
18 ( RE ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
19 ( 33 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream
20 ( 60 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin

21 ( 12 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
22 ( 48 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
23 ( 13 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm
24 ( 51 ) NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) The Prodigy
25 ( 16 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
26 ( 17 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
27 ( 36 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE Janet Jackson
28 ( 18 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
29 ( NEW ) GET INTO YOU Danii Minogue
30 ( 19 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue

31 ( 20 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
32 ( NEW ) HARD Tom Robinson
33 ( 22 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
34 ( 63 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
35 ( 55 ) NOBODY Shara Nelson
36 ( NEW ) TAKE ME AWAY D:Ream
37 ( 26 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada
38 ( NEW ) FASTER The Manic Street Preachers
39 ( 47 ) I SWEAR All 4 One
40 ( 69 ) FINGERS OF LOVE Crowded House

41 ( 32 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
42 ( 28 ) LOST IN AMERICA Alice Cooper
43 ( 58 ) BABIES Pulp
44 ( NEW ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
45 ( 23 ) TAKE IT BACK Pink Floyd
46 ( 40 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
47 ( 31 ) REACH Judy Cheeks
48 ( 35 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart
49 ( 46 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
50 ( 27 ) PAST THE MISSION Tori Amos

51 ( 38 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
52 ( 30 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
53 ( 37 ) PRAYER FOR THE DYING Seal
54 ( 34 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
55 ( 39 ) GETTING INTO SOMETHING Alison Moyet
56 ( 49 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
57 ( 41 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
58 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( 59 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green
60 ( 43 ) UNDER THE BRIDGE Red Hot Chili Peppers

61 ( 44 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE THE REAL THING Elton John and Marcella Detroit
62 ( 50 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
63 ( 52 ) ALWAYS Erasure
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
68 ( 54 ) SILENT SCREAM Richard Marx
69 ( NEW ) I AIN’T MOVIN’ Des’ree
70 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY THANG Melanie Williams

71 ( 67 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
72 ( NEW ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey
73 ( NEW ) SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL Huey Lewis & The News
74 ( NEW ) MORE TO THIS WORLD Bad Boys Inc
75 ( 42 ) IN THE NAVY (REMIX) The Village People

 

19th June 1994

2 weeks for Blur, and Roxette move into runners-up big ballad slot, which is fair enough as Blur is much better and they’ve had 3 number ones! Big Mountain take Baby I Love Your Way MUCH higher than anyone else, even Peter Frampton (though he also has had a previous number one, so no worries). Of more import, though 7 Seconds leaps to 9 after going up and down for weeks, and what a classic it is. Neneh Cherry fans may have given up hope of seeing her with a big hit again, 5 years on from her last one, but here she is with fab Youssou.

Tom Robinson’s jump to 12 is his biggest hit since War Babies in 1983. Gosh! That’s Hard. First mention for The Grid, here, as Swamp Thing makes it a Top 20 thang, and Pulp go Top 40. Newies? Let Loose, sounding (unsurprisingly) a bit Nik Kershaw-ey, catchy pop boyband, Gun cover Cameo as well as nicking the band name from Race With The Devil hitsters. Talk about unoriginal! Bonnie Raitt gets a hit, Elton John has a Lion King entry (and UK hit) at 60, the very sweet Can You Feel The Love Tonight, for 23 years of hits, while Alice Cooper gets a quick chart-entry follow-up for 22 years of hits. I’m nothing if not loyal to pop stars I like.

1 ( 1 ) TO THE END Blur
2 ( 5 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
3 ( 10 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
4 ( 3 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
5 ( 4 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
6 ( 2 ) INSIDE Stiltskin
7 ( 11 ) SHINE Aswad
8 ( 7 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
9 ( 41 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
10 ( 8 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader

11 ( 6 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
12 ( 32 ) HARD Tom Robinson
13 ( 9 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano
14 ( 13 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
15 ( 14 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
16 ( 19 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream
17 ( 34 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
18 ( 20 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
19 ( 12 ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)
20 ( 18 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown

21 ( 24 ) NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) The Prodigy
22 ( 22 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
23 ( 15 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
24 ( 16 ) THE REAL THING 2 Unlimited
25 ( 25 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
26 ( 67 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
27 ( 21 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
28 ( 17 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
29 ( 44 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
30 ( 23 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm

31 ( 27 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE Janet Jackson
32 ( 28 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
33 ( 26 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
34 ( 43 ) BABIES Pulp
35 ( 36 ) TAKE ME AWAY D:Ream
36 ( 59 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green
37 ( 37 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada
38 ( 31 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
39 ( 39 ) I SWEAR All 4 One
40 ( 40 ) FINGERS OF LOVE Crowded House

41 ( 33 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
42 ( NEW ) WORD UP Gun
43 ( NEW ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
44 ( 29 ) GET INTO YOU Danii Minogue
45 ( 30 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
46 ( NEW ) BACK TO LOVE Brand New Heavies
47 ( 35 ) NOBODY Shara Nelson
48 ( NEW ) YOU Bonnie Raitt
49 ( 49 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
50 ( 38 ) FASTER The Manic Street Preachers

51 ( 46 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
52 ( 47 ) REACH Judy Cheeks
53 ( RE ) JUST A STEP FROM HEAVEN Eternal
54 ( 48 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart
55 ( 42 ) LOST IN AMERICA Alice Cooper
56 ( 56 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
57 ( 51 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
58 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( 52 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
60 ( NEW ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John

61 ( RE ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
62 ( 72 ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey
63 ( 57 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
67 ( 62 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
68 ( 73 ) SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL Huey Lewis & The News
69 ( 60 ) UNDER THE BRIDGE Red Hot Chili Peppers
70 ( NEW ) OMEN III Magic Affair

71 ( 71 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
72 ( 63 ) ALWAYS Erasure
73 ( 68 ) SILENT SCREAM Richard Marx
74 ( NEW ) IT’S ME Alice Cooper
75 ( 53 ) PRAYER FOR THE DYING Seal

 

26th June 1994

In a beautiful case of poetic justice Aswad claim the number one spot with the great Shine, the week that the song they took to number one in the UK singles chart (but not mine) gets to 20 for Ace Of Base. Quite a bit of action at the top generally, too, as 7 Seconds claims runners-up, while The Boomtown Rats 15-year-old classic I Don’t Like Mondays enters at 3, trying to re-claim that number one spot.

Tom Robinson gets his 3rd Top 10 hit at 8, ahead of the great Nina Simone’s definitive version of Feelin’ Good, a classic that has never achieved the UK chart position it deserves, but enters at 9 in mine, 25 years after she had a number one in my chart with Ain’t Got No…I Got Life. Hey, when you’re right, you’re right…! The Pretenders add another Top 20 to the list, General Public (sort of bits of The Beat) come back with a cover of the Staple Singers number 3 hit from 1972, and grab a 23 hit out of it, their biggest. Bonnie Raitt also does the same at 27, while Yazz makes a comeback with a cover of the Korgis 1980 classic.

Others: Terrorvision, Utah Saints, Roachford, Cappella, Daryl Hall (and the Sounds Of Blackness), Spin Doctors Stevie Nicks (yay!) and a great follow-up single from Crash Test Dummies announces some coffeespoons in the afternoon at 75….

1 ( 7 ) SHINE Aswad
2 ( 9 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
3 ( NEW ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
4 ( 3 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
5 ( 1 ) TO THE END Blur
6 ( 4 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
7 ( 2 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
8 ( 12 ) HARD Tom Robinson
9 ( NEW ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone
10 ( 8 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South

11 ( 5 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
12 ( 17 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
13 ( 6 ) INSIDE Stiltskin
14 ( 16 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream
15 ( 29 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
16 ( 11 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
17 ( 10 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
18 ( 18 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
19 ( 26 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
20 ( 22 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base

21 ( 14 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
22 ( 15 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
23 ( NEW ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public
24 ( 13 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano
25 ( 23 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
26 ( 43 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
27 ( 48 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt
28 ( 19 ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)
29 ( 20 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
30 ( 21 ) NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) The Prodigy

31 ( 25 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
32 ( 28 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
33 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME Yazz
34 ( 27 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
35 ( NEW ) U + ME Cappella
36 ( 46 ) BACK TO LOVE Brand New Heavies
37 ( 32 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
38 ( 60 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
39 ( 39 ) I SWEAR All 4 One
40 ( NEW ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Roachford

41 ( 33 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
42 ( 42 ) WORD UP Gun
43 ( RE ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
44 ( 30 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm
45 ( 31 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE Janet Jackson
46 ( 37 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada
47 ( NEW ) I STILL THINK OF YOU Utah Saints
48 ( 41 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
49 ( 35 ) TAKE ME AWAY D:Ream
50 ( 36 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green

51 ( 49 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
52 ( 38 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
53 ( 45 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
54 ( 44 ) GET INTO YOU Danii Minogue
55 ( 62 ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey
56 ( 24 ) THE REAL THING 2 Unlimited
57 ( 51 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
58 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( NEW ) CLEOPATRA’S CAT The Spin Doctors
60 ( 34 ) BABIES Pulp

61 ( NEW ) MIDDLEMAN Terrorvision
62 ( 40 ) FINGERS OF LOVE Crowded House
63 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
64 ( 56 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
65 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
67 ( 61 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
68 ( NEW ) GLORYLAND Daryl Hall featuring The Sounds Of Blackness
69 ( 47 ) NOBODY Shara Nelson
70 ( 54 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart

71 ( 71 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
72 ( 57 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
73 ( NEW ) MAYBE LOVE (REMIX) Stevie Nicks
74 ( 67 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
75 ( NEW ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies