My 1995 Charts – January

Cairns, Australia 1995

Cairns, Australia 1995

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January 1st 1995

A new year a new number one for a new band – Oasis take Whatever to the top in all of it’s All You Need Is Love-ish strings-tastic fab-gear-ish-ness Britpop delight. It’s a great record and deserved to top the UK charts as well, though it did get near.
The Human League, meanwhile go top 5, Tell Me When? Now! The Lightning Seeds add Change to their list of top tenners, and Riverdance hits 8. I don’t remember it doing that well, but there ya are, stomp-a-clomp-a-stomp-a, it did.

Sting shoots his cowboy way into the 20 16 years after first doing it, Siouxsie ditto only 17 years on, while the highest new entry is 1963 in 1994 from a B side in 1987 remixed by Arthur Baker for New Order charting in 1995. Date-Confusion! Also a New Order track…

Some re-entries from Ace Of Base who enjoy Living In Danger at 29, Youssou N’Dour at 37, and again at 64 as chart-topper 7 Seconds comes back in (though not called a re-entry as it’s a new year and been out the chart a while), both helped by Neneh Cherry. At 35 it’s a record from the year I was born, back as a huge UK hit thanks to an advert on TV – Guaglione, Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and horn-hooked old big swing band fun. Both terrific and highly unexpected.

New UK girl duo Scarlet enter at 50, with an Independent Love Song, and it’s good, while Bristol’s Portishead enter at 69 with the fab Glory Box, an influential trip-hoppy track. Which leaves veteran Barry White back at 55 after a few years gap, helped by his Lisa Stansfield and Edie Brickell associations, giving him a span of 22 years of chart entries since I’m Gonna Love You A Little More Baby went top 5 in 1973. Oh, and Jimmy Somerville has 11 years of entries, with Bronski Beat and Communards, and solo hits.

1 ( 17 ) WHATEVER Oasis
2 ( 1 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
3 ( 2 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
4 ( 7 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
5 ( 6 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
6 ( 3 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
7 ( 14 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
8 ( 11 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
9 ( 8 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
10 ( 10 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

11 ( 5 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
12 ( 4 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
13 ( 9 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
14 ( 13 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
15 ( 29 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
16 ( 12 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
17 ( 45 ) OH BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
18 ( 15 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
19 ( 16 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
20 ( NEW ) 1963 ’94 New Order

21 ( 24 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
22 ( 19 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
23 ( 21 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
24 ( 23 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
25 ( 22 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
26 ( 25 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
27 ( 27 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
28 ( 18 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
29 ( RE ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
30 ( 20 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Power Rangers

31 ( 33 ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
32 ( 32 ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
33 ( 26 ) STARS China Black
34 ( 31 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
35 ( NEW ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
36 ( 28 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
37 ( RE ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
38 ( 38 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
39 ( 42 ) CRAZY Eternal
40 ( 30 ) CHRISTMAS WRAPPING Peaches

41 ( 37 ) WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS 2 In A Tent featuring George Formby
42 ( 34 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
43 ( 35 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
44 ( 36 ) ANOTHER NIGHT MC Saar and The Real McCoy
45 ( 48 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
46 ( 39 ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC
47 ( 40 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
48 ( 43 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
49 ( 41 ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
50 ( NEW ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet

51 ( 51 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
52 ( 46 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
53 ( 53 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
54 ( 47 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
55 ( NEW ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
56 ( 56 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
57 ( 50 ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ and Duncan
58 ( 54 ) SENSE Terry Hall
59 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
60 ( 61 ) I’LL FIND YOU Michelle Gayle

61 ( 58 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
62 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
63 ( 63 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
64 ( NEW ) 7 SECONDS Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry
65 ( 74 ) SEARCHING China Black
66 ( 69 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 68 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
69 ( NEW ) GLORY BOX Portishead
70 ( 73 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

71 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 72 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
73 ( 52 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
74 ( 60 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
75 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville


8th January 1995

Oasis make it 2 weeks on top for my 37th birthday, hey whatever. Riverdance inexplicably goes top 5. Whatever. Glory Box is a glorious 61 place leap to 8 though, hooray for quality! However the highest new entry at 10 is really dodgy. No, honest, So Let Me Go Far and one I’ve utterly forgotten, but it’s Dodgy and that’s good enough for me if it’s good enough for you. Must have loved it though. Youtube awaits!

At 31, new for Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter, One Cool Remove from being country and folk, but nice anyway. Runrig are in at 30, with This Time Of Year, Scarlet go top 20, and in at 33 it’s the great pop dance delight of Strike…U Sure Do! Jimmy Somerville has a Heartbeat at 39 from 75, The Sounds Of Blackness return with a new track, declaring I’m Going All The Way from 49. Best of all Simple Minds at 55 return with the terrific She’s A River for a cool 14 years of chart entries. This was the tour I finally got to see them in concert, so yay for me! Finally Let Loose are back, twice, once with Seventeen reissued, at 75, and also with the better One Night Stand a bit higher at 65.

1 ( 1 ) WHATEVER Oasis
2 ( 4 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
3 ( 3 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
4 ( 2 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
5 ( 8 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
6 ( 5 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
7 ( 7 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
8 ( 69 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
9 ( 9 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
10 ( NEW ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy

11 ( 6 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
12 ( 18 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
13 ( 10 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
14 ( 20 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
15 ( 15 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
16 ( 11 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
17 ( 17 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
18 ( 50 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
19 ( 14 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
20 ( 13 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3

21 ( 19 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
22 ( 12 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
23 ( 27 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
24 ( 42 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
25 ( 21 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
26 ( 29 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
27 ( 23 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
28 ( 31 ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
29 ( 38 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
30 ( NEW ) THIS TIME OF YEAR Runrig

31 ( NEW ) ONE COOL REMOVE Shawn Colvin featuring Mary Chapin Carpenter
32 ( 16 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
33 ( NEW ) U SURE DO Strike
34 ( 39 ) CRAZY Eternal
35 ( 37 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
36 ( 34 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
37 ( 33 ) STARS China Black
38 ( 24 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
39 ( 75 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
40 ( 45 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses

41 ( 22 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
42 ( 46 ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC
43 ( 25 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
44 ( 35 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
45 ( 26 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
46 ( 55 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
47 ( 28 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
48 ( 30 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Might Morph’n Power Rangers
49 ( NEW ) I’M GOING ALL THE WAY The Sounds Of Blackness
50 ( 32 ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant

51 ( 40 ) CHRISTMAS WRAPPING Peaches
52 ( 36 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
53 ( 60 ) I’LL FIND YOU Michelle Gayle
54 ( 43 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
55 ( NEW ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
56 ( 53 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
57 ( 56 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( 41 ) WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS 2 In A Tent featuring George Formby
59 ( 48 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
60 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 44 ) ANOTHER NIGHT MC Saar and The Real McCoy
62 ( 51 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
63 ( 62 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
64 ( 61 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
65 ( NEW ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
66 ( 66 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 68 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
69 ( 64 ) 7 SECONDS Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry
70 ( 70 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

71 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 54 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
73 ( 52 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
74 ( 72 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
75 ( NEW ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose


15th January 1995

3 weeks at 1 for Oasis, as Riverdance hits 3. I’m shocked! Actual chart peak 3. I mean it’s nice, but let’s be honest, it’s the dancing – watch the video! The Lightning Seeds get a 3rd Top 5 hit, with Change at 4, while an Independent Scarlet hit 8. New Order add to their growing tally of Top 10’s with a track that never should have just been a B Side, 1963.

Highest new entry at 15 is Annie Lennox, now onto a covers album and she covers old friends A Lover Speaks 1986 minor UK hit (and big hit in my charts) No More I Love You’s, improves on it, and hopefully the royalties have helped them out ever since cos it’s fab. An unusual melody, but gorgeous, and it forever now reminds of later in 1995 when I was in an Orange Juice bar on Orchard Road in Singapore gasping for a drink in the heat and humidity, and this came out of the speakers. Pretty sure no-one else has those associations with the song!

In at 19, Massive Attack are back with a bang, with help from Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl, over a decade into her run of big hits in my charts, and what a mellow lovely atmospheric track it is too. Jimmy Somerville goes top 20, Simple Minds 30, Barry White 40, and in at 32 it’s Crush – With Eyeliner: aka REM’s glamrock Velvet Underground-ish rifftastic move away from the mainstream appeal of their more recent stuff, and it’s great.

We’ve also got the original version of the hideous 2014 dance remix of R. Kelly’s Bump ‘n’ Grind at 43 which wasn’t that bad before I went off him a bit. Tanita Tikaram’s back, I Might Be Crying but it’s been 7 years since she arrived with a bang, and then quickly faded out without ever deserving that. At 50, what the Deuce!? Call It Love, or call it pop. M People want to Open Your Heart at 53, but I’m opening my heart to the disco classic from 1977 that the Communards more or less were inspired by, and it’s back at 65 18 years on – Thelma Houston’s version of Don’t Leave Me This Way. The song was originally lined up to be Diana Ross’ follow-up to the still-epic Love Hangover in 1976, but Thelma got the big disco smash out of it instead. Best of all, the original 1975 Philly version of the Gamble & Huff song became a bigger hit in the UK for Harold Melvin And The Bluenotes, still my fave version.

1 ( 1 ) WHATEVER Oasis
2 ( 2 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
3 ( 5 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
4 ( 7 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
5 ( 3 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
6 ( 8 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
7 ( 18 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
8 ( 6 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
9 ( 9 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
10 ( 14 ) 1963 ’94 New Order

11 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
12 ( 17 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
13 ( 11 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
14 ( 10 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
15 ( NEW ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
16 ( 13 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
17 ( 12 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
18 ( 23 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
19 ( NEW ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
20 ( 39 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville

21 ( 16 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
22 ( 19 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
23 ( 26 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
24 ( 15 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
25 ( 29 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
26 ( 21 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
27 ( 55 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
28 ( 34 ) CRAZY Eternal
29 ( 35 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
30 ( 31 ) ONE COOL REMOVE Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter

31 ( 20 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
32 ( NEW ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
33 ( 22 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
34 ( 46 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
35 ( 24 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
36 ( 27 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
37 ( 40 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
38 ( 25 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
39 ( NEW ) WHERE’S YOUR LOVE BEEN Heliocentric World
40 ( 49 ) I’M GOING ALL THE WAY The Sounds Of Blackness

41 ( 37 ) STARS China Black
42 ( 36 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
43 ( NEW ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
44 ( 38 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
45 ( 65 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
46 ( 30 ) THIS TIME OF YEAR Runrig
47 ( NEW ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
48 ( 28 ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
49 ( 32 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
50 ( NEW ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce

51 ( 33 ) U SURE DO Strike
52 ( 43 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
53 ( NEW ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
54 ( 44 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
55 ( 45 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
56 ( 41 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( 56 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
59 ( 47 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 51 ) CHRISTMAS WRAPPING Peaches
62 ( 54 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
63 ( 48 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Might Morph’n Power Rangers
64 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
65 ( NEW ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY Thelma Houston
66 ( 59 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
67 ( 66 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
69 ( 50 ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
70 ( 68 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma

71 ( 70 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
72 ( 64 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
73 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 74 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
75 ( 62 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94


22nd January 1995

It’s the Human League at 1, at last, some 7 years since the last one, and their 9th in total in 15 years of chart entries. Hoorah, I still love them! Meanwhile my top 10 gets some street cred as Portishead hit 3 and New Order 6, not to mention Massive Attack at 9, their 3rd top 10. Meanwhile Deuce rocket up to 17 with another one of those tracks I haven’t heard in 20 years and have forgotten, and forgotten I liked! Dear oh dear!

Let Loose go top 40 with One Night Stand, I suppose we’ve all done that at one time or another. Let Loose, I mean. One Night Stand maybe, maybe not. Highest new entry is the great soul girl band TLC, jazzy, snazzy, sultry, it’s Creep at 28, a record that still sounds fresh and fabulous. Morrissey is in at 31 with Boxers. I have my tickets for next month for Mozza, hopefully he will be tip top. Donna Allen has another chart entry some years on from her first, this time it’s Real at 33, while in at 38, it’s Sleeper with Inbetweener.

R Kelly and The Sounds Of Blackness join in the 40 action, as does Thelma Houston doing it second time around 18 years on. Cyndi Lauper is back at 53, tackling a classic – I’m Gonna Be Strong is Gene Pitney’s torch song, his finest moment, and a dramatic anthem with a vocal performance that no-one could possibly top, but that doesn’t stop ol Cyn giving it a good go. Another cover brings Aswad back, and a good reggae version of the 1963 Betty Everett song You’re No Good, better known in the UK as a big hit for The Swinging Blue Jeans in 1964 (they were big enough for me to know them as a poptastic fave group age 6) before Linda Ronstadt covered it in 1975 and had a big US hit. I’d stick with the original soulful version though, with Aswad as the second-best choice.

Stevie Wonder’s back again, some 26 years on from For Once In My Life, at 58 it’s For Your Love. At 62, it’s another cover, of instrumental Soul Limbo, a 1969 instrumental hit for Booker T & The MG’s, better known as a TV cricket theme tune. It’s not as good, even with lyrics. Yet another cover version at 65 (of Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye’s hit cover of the Pearls minor hit version of the US 1972 original version from The Stylistics. This time it’s Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts, but I think there’s still room for a definitive version of the great song. At 66 it’s Nicki French and her version of Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 chart-topper, Total Eclipse Of The Heart. It’s not as good. That concludes the covers, leaving only Jim Carrey and Cuban Pete at 71 for one week only. He did The Truman Show, though, so I forgive him.

1 ( 2 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
2 ( 1 ) WHATEVER Oasis
3 ( 6 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
4 ( 7 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
5 ( 3 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
6 ( 10 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
7 ( 4 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
8 ( 5 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
9 ( 19 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
10 ( 8 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex

11 ( 12 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
12 ( 20 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
13 ( 15 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
14 ( 13 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
15 ( 9 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
16 ( 27 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
17 ( 50 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
18 ( 18 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
19 ( 23 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
20 ( 11 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey

21 ( 25 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
22 ( 45 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
23 ( 21 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
24 ( 24 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
25 ( 37 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
26 ( 17 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
27 ( 14 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
28 ( NEW ) CREEP TLC
29 ( 34 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
30 ( 16 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

31 ( NEW ) BOXERS Morrissey
32 ( 32 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
33 ( NEW ) REAL Donna Allen
34 ( 22 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
35 ( 35 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
36 ( 40 ) I’M GOING ALL THE WAY The Sounds Of Blackness
37 ( 43 ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
38 ( NEW ) INBETWEENER Sleeper
39 ( 65 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY Thelma Houston
40 ( 26 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan

41 ( 41 ) STARS China Black
42 ( 36 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
43 ( 53 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
44 ( 44 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
45 ( 42 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
46 ( 38 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
47 ( 47 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
48 ( 33 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
49 ( 31 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
50 ( 30 ) ONE COOL REMOVE Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter

51 ( 28 ) CRAZY Eternal
52 ( 29 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
53 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
54 ( NEW ) LET IT LAST Carleen Anderson
55 ( 52 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
56 ( 39 ) WHERE’S YOUR LOVE BEEN Heliocentric World
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( NEW ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
59 ( NEW ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 58 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
62 ( NEW ) SAVED Mr. Roy
63 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
64 ( 55 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
65 ( NEW ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts
66 ( NEW ) TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART Nicki French
67 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 68 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
69 ( 70 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
70 ( 66 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow

71 ( NEW ) CUBAN PETE Jim Carrey
72 ( 71 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
73 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 59 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
75 ( 49 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi


29th January 1995

Another new number one, and it’s Portishead and the fab Glory Box. No video as I’ve already featured it in previous weeks, just to not make it obvious what’s always going to top my chart by praising a record and then not featuring the youtube link! Hah! Scarlet meanwhile get the runners-up spot, as Bob Seger returns to my chart 17 years later, and way out-does the first-time-round as it bangs in at 6, rather surprisingly, as I wasn’t too fussed about it in 1978, and these days, but for a time I really did like it – apparently!

Annie Lennox gets another solo top 10, as Let Loose get a second or third (I forget), and Sting goes to a new peak with his Cowboy Song as Pato Banton turns up and lends some reggae vibes. REM crush some eyeliner at 20, and quite right too. M People go top 40 as Open Your Heart hits 23, and Tanita Tikaram 24, while The Wildhearts return with two delightfully-titled songs: If Life Is Like A Love Bank I Want An Overdraft and B side Georgie In Wonderland as played on Top Of The Pops. Just behind is another cowboy song, Cowboy Dreams, Jimmy Nail’s great version of Paddy McAloon’s donated song, before he released an even better version himself as Prefab Sprout in 2001. 10 years on in 1995, the Sprouts seemed to have been spat out by the music industry quite unfairly.

In at 33 it’s a Perfecto remix and redesign of Pigbag’s 1982 instrumental hit Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag, retitled Reach Up with added vocals and dance, and rather good it is too. I was rather surprised to hear this one in a superstore on Orchard Road in Singapore later in the year, I didn’t think Singapore was that into dance music! Talking of dance N Trance join that annoying obsession with the capital N (Entrance having druggy refs but avoiding everyone calling them an entrance). Oh did I used to laugh at everyone applying this principle in the UK to ‘NSync, radio, TV, DJ’s, everyone got it wrong. En-sink made no sense at all, In synch did. Hey ho. Set You Free was one of those pop dance hits that just kept on coming back when once was more than adequate for a decent dance track.

Madonna has a bedtime story at 57 – how sweet, Dear Jessie kiddie-candy I’m sure. Oh hang on, didn’t she do some big photo books at that time, with a naughty album, ah of course, grown-up bedtime stories. Dear Jessie was much better. Another under-rated 80’s fave returns at 61, The The having seen the 1948 Hank Williams country light and turned it into a rocking light! Hooray! Also back, Del Amitri, Here And Now, and with a few years wait for an actual number one chart-topper in my charts.

Gloria Estefan covers another classic at 66, disco-style, a song that once upon a time was in the charts every few years with yet another cover – Everlasting Love, starting with the original US hit version from Robert Knight, followed by the UK number one hit version by The Love Affair, both of them immaculate. Since then: 1969, 1974, 1981, 1988, 1993, 1995, with 1998 and 2004 still to come, so if anyone wants a chart hit it’s been overdue for about 4 years! Lastly, China Black are back to try for that hat-trick of number ones, I can almost see them (Somewhere) at 71, boy band Ultimate Kaos are at 73, not one of Simon Cowell’s biggest acts that one, and Singapore’s classical Vanessa Mae brings Toccata and Fugue class into the charts. I liked her.

1 ( 3 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
2 ( 4 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
3 ( 1 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
4 ( 2 ) WHATEVER Oasis
5 ( 5 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
6 ( NEW ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
7 ( 13 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
8 ( 6 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
9 ( 9 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
10 ( 22 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose

11 ( 7 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
12 ( 12 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
13 ( 10 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
14 ( 24 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
15 ( 16 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
16 ( 8 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
17 ( 17 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
18 ( 14 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
19 ( 28 ) CREEP TLC
20 ( 32 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM

21 ( 15 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
22 ( 18 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
23 ( 43 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
24 ( 47 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
25 ( NEW ) IF LIFE IS LIKE A LOVE BANK I WANT AN OVERDRAFT/ GEORDIE IN WONDERLAND The Wildhearts
26 ( NEW ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
27 ( 11 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
28 ( 29 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
29 ( 23 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
30 ( 38 ) INBETWEENER Sleeper

31 ( 20 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
32 ( 19 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
33 ( NEW ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
34 ( 27 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
35 ( 37 ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
36 ( 31 ) BOXERS Morrissey
37 ( 35 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
38 ( 21 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
39 ( 26 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
40 ( 65 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts

41 ( 41 ) STARS China Black
42 ( 25 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
43 ( 34 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
44 ( 30 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
45 ( 39 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY Thelma Houston
46 ( 42 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
47 ( 58 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
48 ( 45 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
49 ( NEW ) SET YOU FREE N Trance
50 ( 59 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad

51 ( 33 ) REAL Donna Allen
52 ( 40 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
53 ( 53 ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
54 ( 44 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
55 ( 48 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
56 ( 49 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
57 ( NEW ) BEDTIME STORIES Madonna
58 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
59 ( 36 ) I’M GOING ALL THE WAY The Sounds Of Blackness
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( NEW ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The
62 ( 46 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
63 ( NEW ) HERE AND NOW Del Amitri
64 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 55 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
66 ( NEW ) EVERLASTING LOVE Gloria Estefan
67 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 68 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
69 ( 69 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
70 ( 61 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona

71 ( NEW ) ALMOST SEE YOU (SOMEWHERE) China Black
72 ( 72 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
73 ( NEW ) HOOCHIE BOOTY Ultimate Kaos
74 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
75 ( NEW ) TOCCATA AND FUGUE Vanessa Mae

My 1994 Charts – December

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4th December 1994

2 weeks for Kylie on top as the christmas new entries (actual NEW christmas songs) keep a coming, but the biggest challenger is in at 2 for Cliff’s double A side. Actually, not so much a double A side as a new Everly Brothers cover piggy-backing on the brilliant breathy 1976 single that changed everything for Cliff, and started off a run of credibility that lasted about 10 years. The gorgeous Miss You Nights was under-appreciated by me first time round, but justice is served and it’s in at 2. 26 years of big hits and counting…

The big news is Mariah Carey, generally a shrieking harpy with no subtlety to speak of, manages to add to her short list of great hits (Fantasy, Dreamlover) with a 3rd self-written retro instantly classic-sounding christmas song as All I Want For Christmas enters at 19. Of course, once downloads started counting towards charts it became an annual visitor to the top 20 charts in the UK (and the US top 50), and hearing it endlessly for 20 years without relief for one single christmas has rubbed some of the charm off, but it is a bonafide christmas classic.

The other xmas song is Bon Jovi’s bloated version of Please Come Home For Christmas at 47, thanks mostly to the great song, cos I will take both the original 1959 Charles Brown original or the 1979 Eagles cover over this much more famous version. Jon Bon Jovi, despite being a handsome devil, and having got backstage at a live gig in Bournemouth, tends to sound as if he’s straining too much, and that can only lead to hemorrhoids! Talking of piles, Rednex pop in with some Scandinavian hee-haw country pop, Cotton Eye Joe getting the dance treatment, and it IS genuinely intentionally funny, not to mention catchy, so I forgive it and love it. Even though I know I shouldn’t.

At 28, the Human League are back with an on-form bang with Tell Me When 4 years since they last had a minor UK hit (and number 2 popchartfreak hit) and 14 years since first charting with a Gary Glitter cover. A new boyband cover an old boyband, fortunately the Johnny Bristol song is strong enough to cope with the less-good cover and it enters at 29 for Boyzone, actually already outdoing the original Osmonds version of Love Me For A Reason, which is one I sniffed my nose at in 1974 when I was too cool for boybands anymore, but which is actually harmonically and melodically pretty damn fine.

At 31 it’s Elkie Brooks. Actually it’s her 1977 hit song butchered and repeated rather a lot, a template for some modern dance pop hits which avoid superfluous choruses, lyrics, vocals and bridges at all costs, and bung in a crap quick rap instead and add little else of much interest. Not against that in principle, just when it’s done badly. This one’s not bad. Another soul boyband return, BoyzIImen at 37. On bended knee, they were starting to sound a bit samey by now and it was wearing thin. To be honest it was pretty thin to begin with, despite a number one with End Of The Road and a couple of other good Top 10 singles. After the record-breaking (for tediousness) run forever atop the US singles chart Hot 100 in 1994 all they needed was months on top with Mariah Carey warbling away in duet to make me loathe them. Happily I’m sure neither party would be that cruel would they?

Others: a genre-varied bunch of new entries actually; grungy Pearl Jam, Under The Bridge Chili Pepper cover from The Flying Pickets, back after 11 years (!!), Youssou N’Dour, Carter, Bomb The Bass and Robert Palmer. And C.J. Lewis. Try and find a unifying theme there, I challenge it!

1 ( 1 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
2 ( NEW ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard
3 ( 2 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
4 ( 3 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
5 ( 5 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
6 ( 4 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
7 ( 13 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
8 ( 8 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
9 ( 10 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
10 ( 7 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly

11 ( 17 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
12 ( 6 ) STARS China Black
13 ( 18 ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
14 ( 14 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
15 ( 11 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
16 ( 9 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
17 ( 28 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
18 ( 19 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
19 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
20 ( 16 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur

21 ( 33 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
22 ( NEW ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
23 ( 15 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
24 ( 25 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
25 ( 12 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush
26 ( 21 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
27 ( 24 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
28 ( NEW ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
29 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
30 ( 20 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass

31 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN New Atlantic
32 ( 50 ) (I’M GONNA) CRY MYSELF BLIND Primal Scream
33 ( 23 ) SENSE Terry Hall
34 ( 22 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
35 ( 29 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
36 ( 37 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
37 ( NEW ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIImen
38 ( 26 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
39 ( 56 ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor
40 ( 42 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross

41 ( 30 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
42 ( NEW ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
43 ( 31 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
44 ( 43 ) OH BABY I Eternal
45 ( 27 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
46 ( 75 ) OUT OF TEARS The Rolling Stones
47 ( NEW ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
48 ( 46 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
49 ( 32 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELIN’ AGAIN The Carpenters
50 ( 35 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting

51 ( 39 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
52 ( 41 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
53 ( 49 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
54 ( 40 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
55 ( 38 ) THIS DJ Warren G
56 ( 36 ) GOSP LWS
57 ( 53 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( NEW ) DARKSTAR Bomb The Bass
59 ( 34 ) EVERY WOMAN KNOWS Lulu
60 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( NEW ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
62 ( NEW ) LET’S GET TATTOOS Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
63 ( 62 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
64 ( NEW ) SPIN THE BLACK CIRCLE Pearl Jam
65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 63 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
67 ( 66 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 72 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
69 ( 67 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
70 ( 69 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( NEW ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
72 ( NEW ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour
73 ( 74 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 70 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
75 ( NEW ) UNDER THE BRIDGE The Flying Pickets


11th December 1994

3 weeks for Kylie on top in slow-moving pre-xmas chart. Mariah shoots up to 4 and Celine to 6, both future actual Million sellers in the UK, while 2wo third3 and their annoyingly jumbled name rocket up to 9 from a quiet 42 new entry with I Want To Alone. Ooooh Greta Garbo getyouuuu. It’s campy ’94-sounding dancepop with 80’s roots, not bad. Bon Jovi meanwhile warble up to 19 about coming home for christmas.

The Stone Roses and The Rolling Stones both go top 40, while a mellow Bomb The Bass take their reggae Dark Heart to 27, and Robert Palmer has 16 years of chart hits at 37, really? You blow me away! Youssou N’Dour meanwhile hooks up with Neneh Cherry again, and throws in Deep Forest into the bargain, though I remain Undecided at 46. Need I mention The Power Rangers? Good, thought not. 50. Mike Oldfield sneaks in with a bit of new age at 74, Hibernaculum, giving him a cool 20 years of hits since Tubular Bells hit my number one spot, the only album to qualify for my singles charts, apart from Hergest Ridge. Also Oldfield.

1 ( 1 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
2 ( 2 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS Cliff Richard
3 ( 3 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
4 ( 19 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
5 ( 4 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
6 ( 17 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
7 ( 9 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
8 ( 8 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
9 ( 42 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
10 ( 6 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order

11 ( 5 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
12 ( 7 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
13 ( 10 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
14 ( 11 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
15 ( 12 ) STARS China Black
16 ( 18 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
17 ( 14 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
18 ( 29 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
19 ( 47 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
20 ( 15 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins

21 ( 22 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
22 ( 16 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
23 ( 13 ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
24 ( 69 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
25 ( 26 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
26 ( 20 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
27 ( 58 ) DARK HEART Bomb The Bass
28 ( 28 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
29 ( 23 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
30 ( 37 ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIImen

31 ( 31 ) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN New Atlantic
32 ( 21 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
33 ( 54 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
34 ( 39 ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor
35 ( 24 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
36 ( 27 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
37 ( 61 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
38 ( 71 ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
39 ( 30 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass
40 ( 46 ) OUT OF TEARS The Rolling Stones

41 ( 34 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
42 ( 33 ) SENSE Terry Hall
43 ( 25 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush
44 ( 32 ) (I’M GONNA) CRY MYSELF BLIND Primal Scream
45 ( 38 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
46 ( 72 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
47 ( 35 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
48 ( 41 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
49 ( 44 ) OH BABY I Eternal
50 ( NEW ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Power Rangers

51 ( 40 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross
52 ( 52 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
53 ( 43 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
54 ( 48 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
55 ( 53 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
56 ( 36 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( RE ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
59 ( 50 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( NEW ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC
62 ( 45 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
63 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON As We Speak
64 ( NEW ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ and Duncan
65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 66 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 51 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
69 ( 63 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
70 ( 70 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( 49 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELIN’ AGAIN The Carpenters
72 ( NEW ) YABBA DABBA DO Darkman
73 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( NEW ) HIBERNACULUM Mike Oldfield
75 ( 74 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal


18th December 1994

Cliff’s 1976 classic finally gets to the top 18 years late, but then Miss You Nights was up against Bo Rap, Mamma Mia, Evil Woman, December 63 and others so it stood no chance! It’s his 4th Number one, and a span of 24 years, though he would have had others in the 60’s. Lower down, Cotton Eye Joe shoots his way up to 7, he got married a long time ago, where did he come from where did he go? Better ask Rednex! Bon Jovi meanwhile cover xmas up to 8, for a second top 10 hit of the year 8 years of chart entries on, as The Carpenters do an about-turn and rocket up to 9 giving them over 24 years of top 10’s since Close To You hit 1 in 1970.

I have no memory of Boyzone making my top 10 with Love Me For A Reason, but there it is, staring me in the face, I actually did like the soft-shuffle version after all! Human League go top 20, and highest new entry is Riverdance. Yes, things Oirish, and dancin’ were all the rigid-armed vogue, and it was refreshingly different for a time. A short time. At 25, Oasis dismiss the memory of the previous “whatever” single, with an actual Beatlestasticish classic: Whatever! Fab! Meanwhile The Stone Roses go top 20, as the Rolling Stones drop, to be replaced by Guns ‘n’ Roses version of their Sympathy For The Devil at 50.

Watch out, cos here comes the hotstepper, murderer, an american gangster – no it’s not it’s Ini Kamoze at 30, just ahead of Led Zeppelin at 32 with Gallows Pole. Well, as good as, really, 50% is better than none and it’s a cover of the 100% Led Zep. The late Joe Cocker enters at 36, with Let The Healing Begin, and the fab Lightning Seeds are all Change at 38. Even more unlikely than Riverdance, it’s George Formby When I’m Cleaning Windows, missus, at 45 courtesy of 2 In A Tent cheesy dance version. At 56, Siouxsie and The Banshees still have it, 16 years on from Hong Kong Garden, O Baby!

1 ( 2 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS Cliff Richard
2 ( 3 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
3 ( 1 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
4 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
5 ( 6 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
6 ( 9 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
7 ( 21 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
8 ( 19 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
9 ( 71 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
10 ( 18 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

11 ( 5 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
12 ( 11 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
13 ( 8 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
14 ( 28 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
15 ( 10 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
16 ( 13 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
17 ( 7 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
18 ( 24 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
19 ( 12 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
20 ( 14 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D

21 ( NEW ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
22 ( 15 ) STARS China Black
23 ( 50 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Power Rangers
24 ( 37 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
25 ( NEW ) WHATEVER Oasis
26 ( 20 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
27 ( 16 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
28 ( 17 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
29 ( 22 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
30 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze

31 ( 27 ) DARKSTAR Bomb The Bass
32 ( NEW ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
33 ( 25 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
34 ( 29 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
35 ( 38 ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
36 ( NEW ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
37 ( 26 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
38 ( NEW ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
39 ( 23 ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
40 ( 61 ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC

41 ( 33 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
42 ( 34 ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor
43 ( 36 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
44 ( 32 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
45 ( NEW ) WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS 2 In A Tent featuring George Formby
46 ( 31 ) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN New Atlantic
47 ( 35 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
48 ( 41 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
49 ( 30 ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIImen
50 ( NEW ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses

51 ( 39 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass
52 ( 42 ) SENSE Terry Hall
53 ( 52 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
54 ( 44 ) (I’M GONNA) CRY MYSELF BLIND Primal Scream
55 ( 45 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
56 ( NEW ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( 55 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 64 ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ and Duncan
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 40 ) OUT OF TEARS The Rolling Stones
62 ( 46 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
63 ( 48 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
64 ( NEW ) I’LL FIND YOU Michelle Gayle
65 ( 53 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
66 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 66 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
69 ( NEW ) CRAZY Eternal
70 ( 70 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NIGHT Whigfield
72 ( 69 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
73 ( NEW ) TEXAN COWBOYS The Grid
74 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
75 ( 75 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal


25th December 1994

The Christmas number one is the unthinkable – Mariah Carey tops my chart, who would have thought!? A great record though, even holding off the terrific Madonna at 2 for yet another week. In at 4 it’s a double A oldie, both equally marvellous, the never-big-but-soon-to-be-classic feel-good perennial christmas song from 1988 Driving Home For Christmas, making my top 10 for the second time, and Chris Rea’s heartbreakingly touching Tell Me There’s A Heaven. His two best records together.

The rest of the chart is fairly quiet, though Human League go top 10, Lightning Seeds go top 20, and Sting enters at 29 with This Cowboy Song – and it’s not a depressing ballad! Wow! The days of The Police were over a decade earlier, and Sting just failed to excite for the most part afterwards. Anything with a bit of vitality was a relief! At 30, it’s a cover of another xmas perennial from The Peaches, a pretty good but identical cover of The Waitresses 1981 flop.

1 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
2 ( 2 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
3 ( 3 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
4 ( NEW ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
5 ( 1 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS Cliff Richard
6 ( 7 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
7 ( 14 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
8 ( 5 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
9 ( 6 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
10 ( 10 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

11 ( 21 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
12 ( 8 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
13 ( 12 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
14 ( 38 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
15 ( 9 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
16 ( 13 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
17 ( 25 ) WHATEVER Oasis
18 ( 11 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
19 ( 24 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
20 ( 23 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Power Rangers

21 ( 15 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
22 ( 16 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
23 ( 20 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
24 ( 19 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
25 ( 17 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
26 ( 22 ) STARS China Black
27 ( 30 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
28 ( 18 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
29 ( NEW ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
30 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Peaches

31 ( 29 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
32 ( 32 ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
33 ( 36 ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
34 ( 26 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
35 ( 28 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
36 ( 33 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
37 ( 45 ) WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS 2 In A Tent featuring George Formby
38 ( NEW ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
39 ( 40 ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC
40 ( 27 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins

41 ( 35 ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
42 ( 69 ) CRAZY Eternal
43 ( 34 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
44 ( 31 ) DARKSTAR Bomb The Bass
45 ( 56 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
46 ( 37 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
47 ( 43 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
48 ( 50 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
49 ( 39 ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
50 ( 59 ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ and Duncan

51 ( 48 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
52 ( 41 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
53 ( 53 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
54 ( 52 ) SENSE Terry Hall
55 ( 44 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
56 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
57 ( 47 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
58 ( 58 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
60 ( 55 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South

61 ( 64 ) I’LL FIND YOU Michelle Gayle
62 ( 46 ) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN New Atlantic
63 ( 63 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
64 ( 51 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass
65 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 71 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Whigfield
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 68 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
69 ( 70 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
70 ( 65 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks

71 ( 74 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 72 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
73 ( 75 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
74 ( RE ) SEARCHING China Black
75 ( 42 ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor