My Jan-Apr 2020 Charts

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Kim Wilde, Ricky Wilde 2019 December, Sturminster Newton, Dorset

 

26th April 2020

It’s 3 weeks on top for Levitating as Break My Heart hits 2 to give Dua Lipa a chart double-top as she also contributes the opening line to the charity Foo Fighters cover at 72. Times Like These peaked at a relatively lowly 20 in my charts 17 years ago (2003 was a terrible year for me, and it impacted on what I liked) while Glen Campbell’s fab cover of it did much better in 2008 when it peaked at 8. Highest new entry is from Galantis & Wrabel, the brand new The Lake, in at 4 to give Galantis a 3rd top 5, including chart-topper True Feeling in 2017.

Up 43 places to 7, it’s the latest Pet Shop Boys single I Don’t Wanna, which had peaked in the 30’s as an album track – it’s the longest climb ever for a PSB single to peak (12 weeks!) and the video gives the lyrics a boost in impact: the boy in the story is basically Young Me. That was me that was, talk about identifying with a lyric! The B side, New Boy, enters at 51, and it’s a song they half-wrote but never finished over 35 years ago. Now it’s finished! Kygo meanwhile gets a 4th top 20 in 5 years as I’ll Wait leaps up to 16, and The Weeknd gets at least his 12th top 40 as In Your Eyes pushes out Blinding Lights.

The Fizz keep their resurgence strong as Storm makes it yet another top 40 for Bucks Fizz (give or take a Bobby G) and a chart span of 39 years. That’s really not bad for a British Eurovision entry is it?! No other UK Eurovision discovery act (as opposed to previously successful) comes close by a margin of 35 years, and no Eurovision act at all has a longer chart span with new material – pending the yet-to-be-released new Abba songs of course, and excluding established stars in the UK like Cliff, Lulu, Engelbert etc.

New entries include: The Rolling Stones returning after a break of 7 years, their best track in a decade, and most relevant new song (I’d venture) in almost 37 years, as a direct result of Lockdown: Living In A Ghost Town; New Kids On The Block, back again after a short break from 2018’s 80’s Baby, and a chart span of 31 years; Rumer back after a 5-year MIA sequence; Pretenders back after a gap of 3 years, and a chart span of 41 years for Chrissie Hynde & drummer; Alanis Morrissette back swiftly; The 1975 finally get a follow-up to 2013’s Chocolate which limped in at 74 – so If You’re Too Shy only has to climb 7 places next week to beat it! Shocking I know that I’ve never rated the Critically-acclaimed band beyond a peak of 74. Ah well, it would be boring if we all liked the same thing…

1 1 1 5 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 572100
2 3 2 5 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 292400
3 2 2 11 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 623500
4 NEW 4 1 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 65000
5 4 1 9 SAY SO Doja Cat 711600
6 5 5 7 CAUTION The Killers 252550
7 50 7 12 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 182550
8 6 6 8 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 232700
9 7 4 9 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 363100
10 8 1 12 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 964000

11 11 11 8 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 178150
12 17 12 5 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 96400
13 9 9 8 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 223300
14 12 12 7 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 131300
15 16 15 6 WHO I AM Melanie C 126500
16 39 16 4 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 48800
17 20 17 5 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 81050
18 14 6 10 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 309500
19 15 15 8 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 131900
20 32 20 5 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 68300

21 24 21 11 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 156350
22 19 19 8 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 137550
23 10 1 12 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1255250
24 62 24 5 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 40800
25 27 25 5 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 77550
26 18 2 12 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 501200
27 33 27 8 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 94050
28 21 9 9 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 254600
29 38 29 4 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 44400
30 34 30 8 SOMETIMES Kodaline 88400

31 25 25 6 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 73450
32 35 32 7 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 92550
33 45 33 4 THE MAN Taylor Swift 41300
34 46 34 7 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 69150
35 63 35 5 STORM The Fizz 33000
36 36 36 6 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 68200
37 30 3 13 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 526800
38 41 38 7 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 78250
39 48 39 7 I’M TOAST Sparks 61000
40 66 40 5 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 31400

41 40 1 21 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1390450
42 28 4 13 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 449550
43 13 13 4 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 102500
44 22 10 11 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 224050
45 57 45 5 BOYFRIEND Mabel 36300
46 68 46 5 RESERVATION The Fizz 24750
47 47 47 8 MAMA Genesis 79700
48 23 23 6 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 92550
49 69 49 2 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 18300
50 26 26 4 LOVELY DAY Bill Withers 66300

51 NEW 51 1 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 11750
52 29 3 6 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 265700
53 31 14 9 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 147050
54 75 54 2 THE GREATEST James Blunt 16000
55 43 8 13 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 303750
56 72 56 2 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 16200
57 37 25 6 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 86550
58 58 58 6 FREAKS Fisher 43600
59 71 59 2 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 15900
60 60 60 6 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 37600

61 42 24 9 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 131350
62 65 62 5 GHOST TOWN The Specials 32000
63 NEW 63 1 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 7200
64 70 64 5 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 19400
65 49 14 12 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 234100
66 NEW 66 1 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 6800
67 67 1 35 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1266700
68 NEW 68 1 SECRETS Regard & Raye 6400
69 78 69 2 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 10600
70 79 70 2 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 10200

71 74 71 2 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 11000
72 NEW 72 1 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 5600
73 76 73 2 LIGHT OF LOVE Florence + The Machine 10200
74 64 64 6 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 34600
75 NEW 75 1 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 5000
76 NEW 76 1 THE BUZZ Pretenders 4800
77 77 77 3 THANK U VERY MUCH FOR THE NHS The Scaffold 12200
78 44 16 10 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 161000
79 NEW 79 1 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 4200
80 NEW 80 1 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 4000

DROP OUTS
51 12 9 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 206300
52 17 9 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 140400
53 36 8 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 82650
54 54 5 I’M IN LOVE Danny Dove featuring The Flirtations 37600
55 1 17 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1148100
56 4 13 WILL-O-THE-WISP Pet Shop Boys 458900
59 39 7 THE STEPS HAIM 80350
61 20 9 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 147550
73 73 5 FALLING Harry Styles 16900
80 80 1 WILD THING The Goodies 4000

 

 

19th April 2020

It’s 2 weeks on top for Levitating as Dua Lipa makes a Billie Eilish sandwich with her INXS-inspired Break My Heart at 3. When we reflect back on Lockdown in years to come, for me it’ll be Dua Lipa that brightened it up. It’s a quiet chart generally, as I’m not getting to hear my itunes purchases in the car in beautiful surround-sound – not getting out and about, while my home CD player is faulty and PCWorld is shut, doh! Plus I want to chop it down to 75 anyway, almost there this week.

Two big climbers into the 40 from Nerina Pallot and Kygo, and new entries from LEON returning with a goodie pop number, as The Goodies return in tribute to the late Tim Brooke-Taylor – Wild Thing was a B side (and excerpt from a TV episode) and a cover of The Troggs classic, both amusing and about as cool as they got musically, as they parodied the mid-70’s music scene. Blossoms return, James Blunt gets a 5th track off his album in my charts as his previous single remains top 20, Florence + The Machine return with a Lockdown present, while Ali Campbell covers the already-charting late Bill Withers classic Lean On Me for NHS charity causes, and giving the UB40 brand a chart career of exactly 40 years since Food For Thought went top 3, and at least the 4th version of Lean On Me to chart.

Bob Dylan also returns with a new track. He doesn’t quite have the chart span of The Scaffold (a few months short for new material, a mere 51 years give or take), and he’s never been consistent with new material (though some of his classic 60’s period have charted over the years, notably Like A Rolling Stone), a mere 5 chart entries solo, the last of them 30 years ago. That would normally make a notable comment for the entry of I Contain Multitudes after such a lengthy gap, were it not for The Scaffold and Deep Purple already having pissed all over that gap at 52 years and 49 years, respectively, in the chart. Bob, of course was a Traveling Wilbury too, and had some chart hits with his mates, and oodles of covers of his songs over the decades from the likes of Bryan Ferry, Adele, The Rolling Stones, and many others.

1 1 1 4 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 402100
2 2 2 10 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 538500
3 6 3 4 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 177400
4 3 1 8 SAY SO Doja Cat 651600
5 5 5 6 CAUTION The Killers 197550
6 9 6 8 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 184700
7 7 4 8 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 363100
8 8 1 11 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 922000
9 10 9 7 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 191300
10 4 1 11 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1236000

11 14 11 7 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 141150
12 20 12 6 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 102300
13 13 13 3 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 89000
14 11 6 9 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 287500
15 18 15 7 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 110900
16 17 16 5 WHO I AM Melanie C 99500
17 21 17 4 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 61400
18 12 2 11 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 482700
19 23 19 7 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 118050
20 27 20 4 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 58050

21 16 9 8 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 236300
22 15 10 10 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 210800
23 28 23 5 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 80250
24 33 24 10 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 136600
25 34 25 5 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 55550
26 30 26 3 LOVELY DAY Bill Withers 54300
27 29 27 4 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 58800
28 24 4 12 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 435800
29 19 3 5 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 254200
30 26 3 12 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 509500

31 22 14 8 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 135800
32 37 32 4 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 48300
33 46 33 7 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 75650
34 43 34 7 SOMETIMES Kodaline 70400
35 39 35 6 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 74750
36 40 36 5 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 50800
37 25 25 5 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 76150
38 73 38 3 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 26200
39 74 39 3 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 23800
40 32 1 20 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1376450

41 44 41 6 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 61050
42 36 24 8 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 123850
43 31 8 12 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 292950
44 35 16 9 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 156600
45 62 45 3 THE MAN Taylor Swift 23600
46 54 46 6 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 51550
47 50 47 7 MAMA Genesis 67200
48 56 48 6 I’M TOAST Sparks 43900
49 45 14 11 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 227100
50 52 35 11 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 132550

51 38 12 9 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 206300
52 41 17 9 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 140400
53 42 36 8 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 82650
54 55 54 5 I’M IN LOVE Danny Dove featuring The Flirtations 37600
55 49 1 17 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1148100
56 51 4 13 WILL-O-THE-WISP Pet Shop Boys 458900
57 67 57 4 BOYFRIEND Mabel 23300
58 65 58 5 FREAKS Fisher 33400
59 47 39 7 THE STEPS HAIM 80350
60 68 60 5 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 27600

61 48 20 9 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 147550
62 71 62 4 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 21800
63 78 63 4 STORM The Fizz 15500
64 64 64 5 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 29400
65 69 65 4 GHOST TOWN The Specials 24600
66 79 66 4 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 14400
67 66 1 34 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1260100
68 83 68 4 RESERVATION The Fizz 12000
69 NEW 69 1 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 6200
70 81 70 4 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 12300

71 NEW 71 1 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 5800
72 NEW 72 1 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 5600
73 77 73 5 FALLING Harry Styles 16900
74 NEW 74 1 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 5200
75 NEW 75 1 THE GREATEST James Blunt 5000
76 NEW 76 1 LIGHT OF LOVE Florence + The Machine 4800
77 85 77 2 THANK U VERY MUCH FOR THE NHS The Scaffold 7600
78 NEW 78 1 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 4400
79 NEW 79 1 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 4200
80 NEW 80 1 WILD THING The Goodies 4000

DROP OUTS
53 17 9 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 129150
57 25 8 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 115500
58 58 7 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 45200
59 59 4 THE SUN RISING The Beloved 25700
60 33 6 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 87500
61 16 12 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 209300
63 5 12 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 374300
70 3 12 FOREVER Will Young 412100
72 2 7 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 252200
75 75 2 KEEP ON MOVIN’ Five 8400
76 30 8 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 108050
80 80 2 TOUCH TOO MUCH Arrows 6600
82 58 6 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 39800
84 21 10 REACT Pussycat Dolls 143150

 

 

12th April 2020

It’s a first week on top for the best track on Dua Lipa’s new album, the outrageously catchy sci-fi-pop-dance of Levitating, her second chart-topper, following Hotter Than Hell in 2016, while she simultaneously grabs another top 10 with the INXS-themed Break My Heart, her 9th in total the same week Paloma Faith gets her 15th with Jonas Blue’s Mistakes – his first top 10, and Paloma herself has charted with a version of Never Tear Us Apart, the under-pinning rhythm of Break My Heart. Billie Eilsh is stranded at 2 for 2 weeks now, with The Killers going top 5, Caution giving them an 11th top 10, or 15th including Brandon Flowers solo stuff. Roisin Murphy gets her first new solo top 10 in 13 years, and 5th in total including Moloko stuff spanning 22 years.

Greyson Chance gets the highest climber to enter the 40 at 21, Jessie Ware gets her first in a while, and Bon Jovi their highest-charting in 11 years. That’s nuttin’ though, this week, as Deep Purple get a first top 40 in, gasp, over 48 years since Fireball dropped out my charts (though lead singer Ian Gillan had 8 of them in the early 80’s). For new material that would be seriously impressive.

If it weren’t for the only new entry this week, that is – a charity track for the NHS in times of need, and a rewritten-song that predates my charts, back to when I was a lad of 9 years old learning how to do arts and craft-y girlie stuff at school to avoid playing football. Thank U Very Much was a huge Scouse, and kiddie anthem for The Scaffold, the Liverpool band which included Mike McGear, Paul McCartney’s brother. I’d been living in Liverpool for a year just before so all things Scouse were fab by me. By late 1968 I did my first charts, and included in them was Lily The Pink, the UK chart-topping novelty song about the lady who invented Medicinal Compound, something we all could do with right now – no-one knows what it was, but it solved a lot of problems! So, it’s been 51 years since the Scaffold had their one and only chart action. It seems unlikely that any other 60’s act will ever have to wait any longer for a newly-recorded track to stop them having One-Hit Wondership, or such a long gap between chart hits. Mike McGear, though, doesn’t share that record personally as Macca donated him a fab minor hit record in 1974 (Leave It), the same year that The Scaffold had a UK hit with Liverpool Lou, a record I didn’t chart as I was too interested in exciting new stuff from obscure bands like Abba, Queen and Sparks, and bands with a “The” were uncool now.

1 7 1 3 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 232100
2 2 2 9 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 423500
3 1 1 7 SAY SO Doja Cat 586600
4 3 1 10 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1194000
5 13 5 5 CAUTION The Killers 137550
6 15 6 3 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 92400
7 4 4 7 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 313100
8 5 1 10 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 874000
9 14 9 7 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 129700
10 12 10 6 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 146300

11 6 6 8 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 258500
12 8 2 10 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 460700
13 16 13 2 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 57000
14 19 14 6 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 104150
15 10 10 9 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 191300
16 11 9 7 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 216550
17 17 17 4 WHO I AM Melanie C 74500
18 20 18 6 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 83900
19 9 3 4 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 236000
20 30 20 5 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 67300

21 53 21 3 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 38400
22 18 14 7 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 117900
23 24 23 6 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 97050
24 21 4 11 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 417500
25 34 25 4 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 58850
26 26 3 11 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 491500
27 44 27 3 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 38050
28 33 28 4 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 61000
29 40 29 3 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 40400
30 32 30 2 LOVELY DAY Bill Withers 35800

31 22 8 11 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 279450
32 28 1 19 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1359450
33 37 33 9 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 117600
34 54 34 4 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 36800
35 25 16 8 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 143350
36 29 24 7 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 110100
37 67 37 3 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 30500
38 23 12 8 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 194550
39 51 39 5 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 57250
40 55 40 4 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 33400

41 27 17 8 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 128900
42 36 36 7 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 82650
43 49 43 6 SOMETIMES Kodaline 52800
44 48 44 5 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 47050
45 35 14 10 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 215000
46 50 46 6 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 57950
47 39 39 6 THE STEPS HAIM 70250
48 31 20 8 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 140050
49 42 1 16 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1137300
50 52 50 6 MAMA Genesis 54700

51 45 4 12 WILL-O-THE-WISP Pet Shop Boys 448300
52 59 35 10 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 120550
53 38 17 9 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 129150
54 60 54 5 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 38800
55 62 55 4 I’M IN LOVE Danny Dove featuring The Flirtations 26600
56 63 56 5 I’M TOAST Sparks 31600
57 43 25 8 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 115500
58 65 58 7 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 45200
59 66 59 4 THE SUN RISING The Beloved 25700
60 41 33 6 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 87500

61 46 16 12 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 209300
62 84 62 2 THE MAN Taylor Swift 10600
63 47 5 12 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 374300
64 69 64 4 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 22300
65 70 65 4 FREAKS Fisher 23200
66 64 1 33 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1253500
67 75 67 3 BOYFRIEND Mabel 12900
68 73 68 4 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 17600
69 71 69 3 GHOST TOWN The Specials 17600
70 56 3 12 FOREVER Will Young 412100

71 77 71 3 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 14400
72 58 2 7 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 252200
73 82 73 2 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 9000
74 95 74 2 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 6700
75 83 75 2 KEEP ON MOVIN’ Five 8400
76 61 30 8 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 108050
77 85 77 4 FALLING Harry Styles 11500
78 89 78 3 STORM The Fizz 8300
79 92 79 3 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 7600
80 87 80 2 TOUCH TOO MUCH Arrows 6600

81 97 81 3 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 6300
82 79 58 6 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 39800
83 99 83 3 RESERVATION The Fizz 5600
84 57 21 10 REACT Pussycat Dolls 143150
85 NEW 85 1 THANK U VERY MUCH FOR THE NHS The Scaffold 3000

DROP OUTS
68 46 5 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 55050
72 32 9 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 120550
74 9 13 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 284800
76 58 7 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 48800
78 17 9 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 135000
80 59 6 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 36100
81 6 11 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 295450
86 86 3 IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE) REM 7500
88 38 9 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 83700
90 90 3 EARTH BEAT Paul Weller 5600
91 5 12 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 401400
93 6 14 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 301500
94 94 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 2600
96 96 1 USE ME Bill Withers 1400
98 98 1 MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows 1200
100 100 1 I LOVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Arrows 1000

 

5th April 2020

It’s Doja Cat on top, finally getting past Barry White to the top spot, but challenged by Billie Eilish at 2 with her highest-charting track to date, No Time To Die not quite overtaking Say So. Dua Lipa pushes herself out the top 20, but not to worry she has two massive climbs for album cut Levitating (hoping this is the next single) and current INXS-sampling single Break My Heart. She’s in a pop class of her own right now.

The highest new entry is the late Bill Withers’ 1972 chart-topper Lean On Me, plus a couple of others lower down in tribute to the great man, and also 3 new entries from forgotten mid-70’s teen stars Arrows as lead singer, and writer of I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, Alan Merrill dies of coronavirus. Bill’s Use Me and Arrows original version of the Joan Jett biggie have never charted before – cos I didn’t know them at the time! If radio didn’t play them – and they didn’t – that was it, no chance of hearing them.

Paloma Faith gets over a decade of top 20’s, Mel C makes it 22 years of solo top 20’s, and Lauv gets 2 simultaneous top 20’s. Actual new entries with current material are thin on the ground, thank goodness, as I dont have the space and will never expand beyond 100, that takes too long to do as it is! laugh.gif Nerina Pallot, though, is back after a gap of 5 years, when she topped my chart with Rousseau (and then failed to follow-up!). Her previous chart-topper was Turn Me On Again in 2012, and she now spans 15 years, 10 top 10’s and no other track that has charted without going top 10 – so no pressure on her fab low-key version of the 2013 Drake hit, then. Only me and two-dozen people had even checked out the youtube!

Yet another track from the latest Taylor Swift album charts, The Man, Five return with their best track selling on itunes again, and finally Kygo is also back with a newie.

1 2 1 6 SAY SO Doja Cat 501600
2 6 2 8 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 308500
3 1 1 9 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1129000
4 4 4 6 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 263100
5 5 1 9 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 826000
6 7 6 7 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 221500
7 49 7 2 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 62100
8 8 2 9 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 425700
9 3 3 3 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 215000
10 13 10 8 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 164300

11 9 9 6 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 191550
12 18 12 5 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 104300
13 19 13 4 CAUTION The Killers 77550
14 30 14 6 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 84700
15 57 15 2 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 37400
16 NEW 16 1 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 25000
17 35 17 3 WHO I AM Melanie C 51500
18 14 14 6 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 98400
19 26 19 5 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 75150
20 34 20 5 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 61900

21 10 4 10 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 398500
22 11 8 10 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 261550
23 12 12 7 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 177350
24 28 24 5 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 77800
25 16 16 7 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 125850
26 15 3 10 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 473000
27 17 17 7 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 114900
28 21 1 18 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1341650
29 24 24 6 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 92700
30 31 30 4 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 47300

31 20 20 7 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 127750
32 NEW 32 1 LOVELY DAY Bill Withers 17800
33 45 33 3 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 42700
34 39 34 3 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 40100
35 22 14 9 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 202000
36 37 36 6 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 68900
37 40 37 8 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 99900
38 23 17 8 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 117900
39 47 39 5 THE STEPS HAIM 57750
40 74 40 2 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 22200

41 33 33 5 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 77500
42 38 1 15 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1125200
43 25 25 7 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 105100
44 68 44 2 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 19650
45 32 4 11 WILL-O-THE-WISP Pet Shop Boys 436550
46 27 16 11 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 201800
47 29 5 11 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 367100
48 52 48 4 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 33800
49 55 49 5 SOMETIMES Kodaline 39300
50 54 50 5 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 45200

51 51 51 4 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 40150
52 60 52 5 MAMA Genesis 42700
53 62 53 2 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 18650
54 70 54 3 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 19200
55 82 55 3 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 16400
56 41 3 11 FOREVER Will Young 406100
57 36 21 9 REACT Pussycat Dolls 139950
58 43 2 6 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 246600
59 63 35 9 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 109050
60 66 60 4 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 27800

61 42 30 7 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 103250
62 71 62 3 I’M IN LOVE Danny Dove featuring The Flirtations 15800
63 75 63 4 I’M TOAST Sparks 21000
64 61 1 32 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1246700
65 76 65 6 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 35000
66 78 66 3 THE SUN RISING The Beloved 15600
67 67 67 2 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 13200
68 46 46 5 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 55050
69 69 69 3 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 15200
70 73 70 3 FREAKS Fisher 16200

71 72 71 2 GHOST TOWN The Specials 11400
72 44 32 9 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 120550
73 83 73 3 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 11200
74 56 9 13 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 284800
75 97 75 2 BOYFRIEND Mabel 6300
76 58 58 7 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 48800
77 80 77 2 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 8600
78 48 17 9 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 135000
79 79 58 5 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 36200
80 59 59 6 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 36100

81 53 6 11 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 295450
82 NEW 82 1 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 3600
83 NEW 83 1 KEEP ON MOVIN’ Five 3400
84 NEW 84 1 THE MAN Taylor Swift 3200
85 89 85 3 FALLING Harry Styles 6900
86 86 86 3 IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE) REM 7500
87 NEW 87 1 TOUCH TOO MUCH Arrows 2600
88 50 38 9 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 83700
89 93 89 2 STORM The Fizz 3900
90 90 90 3 EARTH BEAT Paul Weller 5600

91 65 5 12 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 401400
92 94 92 2 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 3400
93 77 6 14 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 301500
94 100 94 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 2600
95 NEW 95 1 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 1500
96 NEW 96 1 USE ME Bill Withers 1400
97 98 97 2 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 2500
98 NEW 98 1 MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows 1200
99 99 99 2 RESERVATION The Fizz 2200
100 NEW 100 1 I LOVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Arrows 1000

DROP OUTS
64 64 2 RUBY, DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 13100
81 64 5 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 29500
84 55 5 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 41000
85 15 9 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 139600
87 57 6 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 40700
88 88 2 SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 4200
91 91 2 ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton 3400
92 39 6 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 58450
95 75 4 NEVER WORN WHITE Katy Perry 14500
96 4 13 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 430200

 

29th March 2020

It’s 5 weeks on top for the unstoppable Birds Of Prey-promoted 1973 classic soul track from Barry White – it peaked at 9 first-time-round! Noel Gallagher grabs another top 20 track back-to-back, The Avalanches make it for the first time in almost 2 decades, and even Roisin Murphy gets her first top 20 in 13 years. The Killers leap into the 20 from outside the 40 following a great acoustic youtube performance from home of it by Brandon Flowers, to give them a first top 20 for 3 years, and Jonas Blue and Paloma Faith keep the list of top 40’s growing.

Lauv grabs a second top 40 track with South Korean boyband BTS, while his other track is still top 10, and China-supertar Jackson Wang rockets into the 40, 100 Ways has a great video, very Michael Jackson. New entries into my even-more-expanded chart include Dua Lipa’s new single and a track off her new album, the latter getting the higher chart position, for a total of 3 – it would have been 4 if she hadn’t pushed her own track out this week.

Jessie Ware is back, her 5th chart track in 8 years, back in the Spotlight, and 1981 social-commentary ska classic is back for The Specials – Ghost Town topped my chart then, as mass unemployment included me at the time and the sentiment of the song resonated strongly, and does now for different reasons – coronavirus has made actual Ghost Cities. That’s also responsible for the
return of Ralph McTell’s 1969/1974 classic Streets Of London, a song for the homeless I missed first-time-round (living in tropical Singapore) until a re-recorded version was a monster early 1975 UK number 2.

At 74, the act isn’t Music From Star Trek: Picard (but that’s what the listed act is!) it’s star of the show Isa Briones, covering the Irving Berlin standard Blue Skies, which plays over a tear-jerking goodbye to Data, the android from Next Generation who died already in the final movie starring the cast, and who had sung the sung himself (Brent Spiner that is, as data). I won’t do a spoiler, but it’s lovely, and the song is an old fave that has never charted before, not in any version. At 94-years-old it’s one of the oldest songs to make my charts (ignoring classical music or hymns, I can’t think of any other “pop music” songs older).

The Fizz get another 2 tracks from the new album in the chart, The Weeknd does the same with one track, Mable and Hailee Steinfeld both return with newies, and Richard Marx is also back with a song called Limitless which is not the same song Bon Jovi have in the chart. Richard is a good Tweeter to follow, and first charted ooh 32 years ago, topping my chart with Hazard in the early 90’s, and his first new entry since 2012.

1 1 1 8 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1044000
2 2 2 5 SAY SO Doja Cat 331600
3 3 3 2 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 170000
4 6 4 5 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 198100
5 5 1 8 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 766000
6 9 6 7 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 193500
7 8 7 6 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 166500
8 4 2 8 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 377700
9 10 9 5 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 154550
10 7 4 9 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 378750

11 11 8 9 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 242050
12 12 12 6 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 158100
13 24 13 7 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 122300
14 34 14 5 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 76400
15 15 3 9 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 454500
16 27 16 6 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 107100
17 22 17 6 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 96500
18 35 18 4 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 69300
19 42 19 3 CAUTION The Killers 45550
20 20 20 6 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 109950

21 13 1 17 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1323350
22 14 14 8 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 184500
23 17 17 7 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 100700
24 28 24 5 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 74500
25 25 25 6 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 91600
26 36 26 4 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 54150
27 16 16 10 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 189050
28 29 28 4 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 58800
29 19 5 10 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 354600
30 45 30 5 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 55700

31 66 31 3 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 29300
32 18 4 10 WILL-O-THE-WISP Pet Shop Boys 423550
33 37 33 4 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 63500
34 47 34 4 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 41900
35 54 35 2 WHO I AM Melanie C 28500
36 21 21 8 REACT Pussycat Dolls 129550
37 40 37 5 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 51500
38 23 1 14 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1111450
39 73 39 2 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 22500
40 41 40 7 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 82600

41 26 3 10 FOREVER Will Young 395500
42 30 30 6 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 95750
43 31 2 5 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 236400
44 32 32 8 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 114950
45 50 45 2 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 25000
46 46 46 4 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 48650
47 49 47 4 THE STEPS HAIM 40650
48 33 17 8 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 130600
49 NEW 49 1 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 12100
50 38 38 8 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 81300

51 53 51 3 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 28400
52 72 52 3 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 21500
53 39 6 10 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 291650
54 60 54 4 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 33200
55 63 55 4 SOMETIMES Kodaline 27200
56 43 9 12 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 279600
57 NEW 57 1 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 10400
58 61 58 6 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 44000
59 67 59 5 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 32100
60 62 60 4 MAMA Genesis 31200

61 56 1 31 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1239600
62 NEW 62 1 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 7400
63 71 35 8 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 98950
64 70 64 2 RUBY, DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 13100
65 44 5 11 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 399500
66 69 66 3 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 17800
67 NEW 67 1 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 6600
68 NEW 68 1 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 6400
69 86 69 2 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 9000
70 89 70 2 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 8200

71 87 71 2 I’M IN LOVE Danny Dove featuring The Flirtations 8400
72 NEW 72 1 GHOST TOWN The Specials 5600
73 76 73 2 FREAKS Fisher 10200
74 NEW 74 1 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 5200
75 77 75 3 I’M TOAST Sparks 13800
76 65 65 5 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 28000
77 51 6 13 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 299800
78 78 78 2 THE SUN RISING The Beloved 8800
79 58 58 4 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 32000
80 NEW 80 1 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 4000

81 64 64 5 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 29500
82 90 82 2 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 5600
83 88 83 2 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 5800
84 55 55 5 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 41000
85 52 15 9 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 139600
86 91 86 2 IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE) REM 4700
87 57 57 6 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 40700
88 92 88 2 SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 4200
89 93 89 2 FALLING Harry Styles 3900
90 94 90 2 EARTH BEAT Paul Weller 3600

91 95 91 2 ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton 3400
92 59 39 6 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 58450
93 NEW 93 1 STORM The Fizz 1700
94 NEW 94 1 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 1600
95 75 75 4 NEVER WORN WHITE Katy Perry 14500
96 74 4 13 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 430200
97 NEW 97 1 BOYFRIEND Mabel 1300
98 NEW 98 1 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 1200
99 NEW 99 1 RESERVATION The Fizz 1100
100 NEW 100 1 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 1000

DROP OUTS
48 29 8 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 117650
68 58 5 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 43100
79 8 10 THE VOID Muse 250500
80 12 9 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 189350
81 17 10 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 165000
82 9 10 OH YEAH! Green Day 228600
83 67 5 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 27600
84 7 16 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 392350
85 3 21 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 702950

 

22nd March 2020

It’s 4 weeks on top for the Barry White 1973 lush soul goodie, as Doja Cat becomes the latest current track to be kept off the top by the Birds Of Prey oldie – ironically Doja Cat is also on the soundtrack, oops! Meanwhile, Rihanna’s second-best track is back in at 3 following some itunes sales, having topped my chart in 2013: it shows what you can do with a stripped-back song when you have an amazing duo vocal, a great song, and a sensitive arrangement. Just brilliant. Lauv, future big star I hope, debuts in the top 10 with his great Modern Loneliness, Billie Eilish gets a 3rd, and most other tracks shuffle a few places inside the top 40 as there are so many good ones – in fact so many new ones I’ve been forced to extend the chart to 95, which i would rather not do, but have been forced to for now.

Biggest climber is Lady Gaga, back in the top 40 for the first time in 3 years, her 23rd top 40 track, Stupid Love. There’s another former chart-topper at 50, as Gerry & The Pacemakers return yet again, this time nothing to do with football bringing it back: You’ll Never Walk Alone has been played across Europe as a song of inspiration for the coronovirus self-isolating and those losing loved ones. First out in 1963, the song dates even further back from the 1945 musical Carousel, but it was Gerry and his Merseybeat pals who recorded the definitive rousing version, latterly an Anfield anthem. It topped my chart in 2010 in lieu of me not doing charts in 1963, though 5-year-old me prob would have put it on top as I loved Gerry & The Pacemakers as a kiddie.

More oldies entering, also coronavirus-related in the case of R.E.M’s 1987 It’s The End Of The World As We Know It returning 33 years on thanks to those with an cynical sense of humour, with a bunch of Kenny Rogers tracks returning in tribute to the death of the Country Music icon at the weekend. The Beloved’s 30-year-old The Sun Rising is back in the itunes chart, not sure why, but it’s still fab, and in at 87 it’s a dance track with a sample of UK 70’s TV staples The Flirtations as it’s backbone. The US group never charted, but backed many a legend vocally, toured, and featured on variety shows and music shows without ever getting a hit or entering my charts – better-50-years-late-than-never!

Melanie C gets the highest new track, extending her run of solo tracks to 21 years, and 24 Spice years, while Chinese star Jackson Wang, former boyband member, does a good video and interesting song to enter at 73, big in the Far East and bubbling under in the wake of BTS’ success here. Harry Styles gets a 5th track off his new album, Falling in line with veteran returns at the lower end from Paul Weller, 2 years since his entry, 27 years since his first solo hit, and 43 years since he Jam-med up in the punk era. Bon Jovi date only back to 1986, chart-wise, and haven’t charted for 7 years: back in 1999 I was backstage filming Jon Bon Jovi doing a live concert at King’s Park Bournemouth (it’s on Youtube) on a radio 1 Roadshow – it’s not what you know it’s who you know….

Finally, a mention for Deep Purple. No, not the Donny & Marie hit from 1976, the even-older Rock Actual Legends fronted by 80’s hitster Ian Gillan, back on board 50 years since Black Night riffed-it-out. Hush charted in the USA in 1968, but had to wait until 2008 to make my charts, so, err, this is the first new track to chart since 1977’s Smoke On The Water (live version) and first new studio song to chart since their best record Fireball hit my top 10 in 1971, a mind-boggling 49 years ago. Phew!

1 1 1 7 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 874000
2 5 2 4 SAY SO Doja Cat 216600
3 NEW 3 1 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 85000
4 2 2 7 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 329700
5 3 1 7 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 706000
6 7 6 4 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 133100
7 4 4 8 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 336750
8 19 8 5 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 116500
9 23 9 6 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 138500
10 10 10 4 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 109550

11 8 8 8 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 205050
12 12 12 5 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 123100
13 9 1 16 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1303600
14 14 14 7 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 165000
15 11 3 8 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 427500
16 16 16 9 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 170650
17 25 17 6 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 81450
18 13 4 9 WILL-O-THE-WISP Pet Shop Boys 405750
19 15 5 9 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 336400
20 20 20 5 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 89950

21 24 21 7 REACT Pussycat Dolls 112150
22 33 22 5 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 73500
23 17 1 13 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1094250
24 26 24 6 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 90300
25 27 25 5 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 72850
26 18 3 9 FOREVER Will Young 381500
27 28 27 5 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 82100
28 37 28 4 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 55500
29 49 29 3 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 40500
30 30 30 5 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 82000

31 6 2 4 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 222900
32 34 32 7 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 101700
33 21 17 7 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 118300
34 38 34 4 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 47400
35 35 35 3 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 47300
36 44 36 3 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 35650
37 40 37 3 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 45800
38 45 38 7 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 69300
39 22 6 9 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 280400
40 70 40 4 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 34200

41 41 41 6 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 65600
42 55 42 2 CAUTION The Killers 24550
43 31 9 11 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 269000
44 32 5 10 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 392500
45 48 45 4 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 37700
46 46 46 3 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 35900
47 62 47 3 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 24300
48 29 29 8 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 117650
49 53 49 3 THE STEPS HAIM 28150
50 NEW 50 1 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 12000

51 42 6 12 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 295200
52 36 15 8 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 136600
53 73 53 2 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 16650
54 NEW 54 1 WHO I AM Melanie C 11000
55 56 55 4 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 35800
56 54 1 30 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1232100
57 61 57 5 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 38100
58 59 58 3 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 27800
59 39 39 5 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 56650
60 68 60 3 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 22200

61 63 61 5 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 33800
62 65 62 3 MAMA Genesis 21200
63 75 63 3 SOMETIMES Kodaline 16400
64 66 64 4 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 25700
65 72 65 4 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 23200
66 77 66 2 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 11400
67 74 67 4 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 22000
68 58 58 5 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 43100
69 76 69 2 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 11000
70 NEW 70 1 RUBY, DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 6000

71 RE 35 7 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 91750
72 78 72 2 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 10000
73 NEW 73 1 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 5400
74 43 4 12 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 428800
75 80 75 3 NEVER WORN WHITE Katy Perry 13000
76 NEW 76 1 FREAKS Fisher 4800
77 79 77 2 I’M TOAST Sparks 8800
78 NEW 78 1 THE SUN RISING The Beloved 4400
79 51 8 10 THE VOID Muse 250500
80 50 12 9 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 189350

81 47 17 10 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 165000
82 52 9 10 OH YEAH! Green Day 228600
83 67 67 5 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 27600
84 57 7 16 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 392350
85 71 3 21 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 702950
86 NEW 86 1 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 2800
87 NEW 87 1 I’M IN LOVE Danny Dove featuring The Flirtations 2600
88 NEW 88 1 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 2400
89 NEW 89 1 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 2200
90 NEW 90 1 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 2000

91 NEW 91 1 IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE) REM 1900
92 NEW 92 1 SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 1800
93 NEW 93 1 FALLING Harry Styles 1700
94 NEW 94 1 EARTH BEAT Paul Weller 1600
95 NEW 95 1 ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton 1500

SROP OUTS
60 40 7 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 69100
64 1 19 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 958250
69 23 8 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 122550

 

 

15th March 2020

It’s 3 weeks on top for the Barry White 1973 track that takes me back to much-less-stressed times, holding off James Blunt and Ward Thomas from the top spot, the highest-charting of the singles off the new album, poor ol’ James has never quite managed to top my chart, though this is his 5th top 5 and beats his previous peak of 3 for Wisemen in 2006, a track that went top 5 in 2005 as well. Doja Cat and Marina Kaye both get top 10 debuts, SZA gets her 2nd since topping with the Black Panther track with Kendrick Lamarr, All The Stars, in 2018. Justin T gets his 12th top 10, but much more with contributions to other artists and N’Sync tracks.

Roisin Murphy gets 2 top 40’s in a row, both with 8-minute-plus disco-era-styled boogies, Halsey does that too with much shorter tracks that have no disco-boogies in sight, and Noel Gallagher yet again gets 2 simultaneous top 40 new songs on the list, they just overlap with the frequency of releases recently. Against all the odds, and I never expected to write this sentence, Celine Dion continues her comeback artistically with another good top 40 off the new album. She’s had at least 15 top 40’s over the last 30 years, but very few top 10’s – just 4, peaking at 2 in 2002 with A New Day has Come.

New entries from The Killers urging Caution, extending their run to 16 years, Ava Max getting a 3rd chart entry, Neil Young bringing his fab 1992 Harvest Moon ballad back after selling on itunes due to some sort of advert promo, I expect, and last, but not least, Sparks follow-up their Christmas chart-topper with the whimsical I’m Toast, making it 46 years of non-stop quality, paving their own unique path through whatever music scenes are around, always relevant, always cool, always inventive lyrically and musically, touring, and occasionally selling albums and singles. The titles of tracks on the forthcoming album make it worth buying already…!


1 1 1 6 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 704000
2 7 2 6 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 264700
3 3 1 6 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 646000
4 4 4 7 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 286750
5 12 5 3 SAY SO Doja Cat 101600
6 2 2 3 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 205000
7 19 7 3 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 78100
8 9 8 7 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 168050
9 6 1 15 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1271600
10 25 10 3 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 67550

11 5 3 7 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 400500
12 18 12 4 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 88100
13 8 4 8 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 383750
14 14 14 6 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 136000
15 10 5 8 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 315400
16 16 16 8 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 145650
17 11 1 12 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1075000
18 15 3 8 FOREVER Will Young 363000
19 24 19 4 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 68500
20 23 20 4 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 69950

21 17 17 6 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 100600
22 13 6 8 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 263300
23 20 20 5 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 93500
24 26 24 6 REACT Pussycat Dolls 92400
25 28 25 5 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 58450
26 29 26 5 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 71300
27 32 27 4 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 54100
28 36 28 4 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 63700
29 30 29 7 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 105350
30 35 30 4 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 64000

31 27 9 10 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 255500
32 21 5 9 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 379250
33 38 33 4 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 54000
34 37 34 6 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 83900
35 48 35 2 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 29800
36 22 15 7 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 125100
37 43 37 3 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 37200
38 68 38 3 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 29800
39 53 39 4 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 46550
40 52 40 2 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 28500

41 44 41 5 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 51600
42 31 6 11 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 283450
43 34 4 11 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 423600
44 75 44 2 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 18250
45 55 45 6 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 52100
46 57 46 2 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 23150
47 33 17 9 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 161200
48 65 48 3 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 24700
49 58 49 2 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 22300
50 39 12 8 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 185450

51 40 8 9 THE VOID Muse 246300
52 41 9 9 OH YEAH! Green Day 224800
53 76 53 2 THE STEPS HAIM 16050
54 51 1 29 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1221500
55 NEW 55 1 CAUTION The Killers 10800
56 63 56 3 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 25000
57 42 7 15 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 389150
58 59 58 4 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 36700
59 61 59 2 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 17600
60 49 40 6 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 69100

61 62 61 4 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 27700
62 78 62 2 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 11800
63 64 63 4 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 26300
64 50 1 19 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 958250
65 66 65 2 MAMA Genesis 13800
66 70 66 3 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 18600
67 69 67 4 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 24200
68 71 68 2 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 12200
69 47 23 8 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 122550
70 72 70 3 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 17200

71 56 3 20 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 699950
72 73 72 3 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 16200
73 NEW 73 1 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 5400
74 74 74 3 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 15400
75 79 75 2 SOMETIMES Kodaline 9200
76 NEW 76 1 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 4800
77 NEW 77 1 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 4600
78 NEW 78 1 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 4400
79 NEW 79 1 I’M TOAST Sparks 4200
80 80 80 2 NEVER WORN WHITE Katy Perry 8000

DROP OUTS
45 34 6 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 88800
46 22 8 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 128050
54 29 7 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 100800
60 60 3 ON BTS featuring Sia 23700
67 3 16 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 489100
77 33 6 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 71950

 

8th March 2020

It’s 2 weeks on top for Barry White who first topped my chart in 1974 in his guise of the Love Unlimited Orchestra, Love’s Theme being a lush gorgeous soul instrumental, a mere 6 months after this track debuted in my charts. At 2 Sniff ‘n’ The Tears finally get the chart position they deserved (but didn’t get) during a very competitive period for amazing music in 1979 – though it was a big American hit for the UK band. Music lately is so strong I’m having to extend to 80 again as there are no more tracks I can evict, and many have already been booted out a bit early!

Dua Lipa adds to her run of top 10’s, must be about 6 or so, Doja Cat gets the biggest climb up to 12 from 67, it’s a good pop track, Billie Eilish gets another top 20 with her Bond theme, and Marina kaye debuts inside the top 20. Sza gets her biggest track since her chart-topper with Kendrick Lamarr 2 years ago, at 25 with Justin Timberlake who is now 22 years into NSync’ing top 40’s, while Khalid and Disclosure both add to their tally of top 40’s. The Fratellis grab a 7th top 40, Tame Impala a 3rd in the last 6 months to add to the 7 dating back to 2015, and the highest new entry is another from Roisin Murphy, giving her 2 8-minute grooves in my chart, and a 12-year career since Moloko kick-started singing it back.

Other newies: PVRIS debut, Dixie Chicks stage a catchy comeback 15 years since they last charted, and with their 7th chart entry extending their chart career to 21 years, Kiesza also has a comeback 6 years since her 3rd entry and also debut with Hideaway. That also applies to Gregory Porter who debuted with Liquid Spirit in 2014, and is now having a Revival, while Genesis announce their first tour since the noughties and boost itunes sales of their greatest singles, including their absolute best, the moody, dark Mama which topped my chart in 1983 and returns to give it some extra “sales”.

Cashier No.9 return with an oldie that didn;t chart last decade, a second chart entry for them a mere 9 years since topping my lists with Oh Pity, HAIM also return with some good old-fashioned electric guitar riffs and drum fills, it’s so refreshing to hear them, even if it does sound rather a lot like Sheryl Crow. Lauv gets a 2nd concurrent chart entry, as he shapes up to be the next Big Thing, if there’s any justice, and assists BTS to do the same, Kodaline follow-up their recent comeback, 7 years into their charting, and Katy Perry makes it a sweet dozen years of hits – at least 26 of ’em, including 3 chart-toppers.

1 1 1 5 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 534000
2 12 2 2 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 150000
3 2 1 5 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 561000
4 7 4 6 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 221750
5 3 3 6 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 363500
6 4 1 14 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1226600
7 9 7 5 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 149700
8 5 4 7 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 351750
9 14 9 6 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 120050
10 6 5 7 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 288400

11 8 1 11 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1052000
12 67 12 2 SAY SO Doja Cat 41600
13 11 6 7 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 243800
14 16 14 5 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 107000
15 10 3 7 FOREVER Will Young 341000
16 17 16 7 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 120650
17 20 17 5 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 80850
18 24 18 3 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 53100
19 64 19 2 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 28100
20 25 20 4 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 74250

21 13 5 8 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 361450
22 15 15 6 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 107700
23 29 23 3 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 49950
24 26 24 3 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 47500
25 66 25 2 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 25550
26 27 26 5 REACT Pussycat Dolls 73400
27 19 9 9 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 237600
28 57 28 4 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 39700
29 33 29 4 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 52800
30 30 30 6 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 87150

31 18 6 10 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 269700
32 49 32 3 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 35700
33 23 17 8 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 148700
34 22 4 10 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 410100
35 35 35 3 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 46000
36 36 36 3 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 45400
37 39 37 5 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 66300
38 47 38 3 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 36300
39 21 12 7 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 173450
40 32 8 8 THE VOID Muse 234550

41 28 9 8 OH YEAH! Green Day 213300
42 31 7 14 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 378750
43 68 43 2 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 19900
44 51 44 4 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 37600
45 34 34 6 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 88800
46 37 22 8 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 128050
47 38 23 7 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 116350
48 NEW 48 1 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 12300
49 40 40 5 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 59100
50 42 1 18 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 951150

51 43 1 28 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1210500
52 NEW 52 1 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 11500
53 54 53 3 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 29450
54 48 29 7 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 100800
55 58 55 5 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 39100
56 50 3 19 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 694150
57 NEW 57 1 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 10400
58 NEW 58 1 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 10200
59 60 59 3 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 26500
60 61 60 3 ON BTS featuring Sia 23700

61 NEW 61 1 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 7500
62 62 62 3 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 20200
63 63 63 2 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 14400
64 65 64 3 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 19100
65 73 65 2 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 12400
66 NEW 66 1 MAMA Genesis 6800
67 59 3 16 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 489100
68 69 68 2 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 12600
69 70 69 3 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 17600
70 71 70 2 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 11800

71 NEW 71 1 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 5800
72 72 72 2 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 11200
73 74 73 2 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 10600
74 75 74 2 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 10200
75 NEW 75 1 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 5000
76 NEW 76 1 THE STEPS HAIM 4800
77 44 33 6 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 71950
78 NEW 78 1 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 4400
79 NEW 79 1 SOMETIMES Kodaline 4200
80 NEW 80 1 NEVER WORN WHITE Katy Perry 4000

DROP OUTS
41 3 6 SUPERNATURE (795450) Cerrone 287000
45 45 4 AT ROCK BOTTOM Pet Shop Boys 46000
46 20 7 RARE Selena Gomez 118700
52 24 6 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 98650
53 35 6 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 85950
55 1 11 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 733350
56 20 7 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 114750

 

1st March 2020

It’s a first week on top for Barry White’s classic sexy soul debut from 1973, as featured in Birds Of Prey, and which first-time round hit my top 5 but had a short chart run because it was only in the UK top 30 for a few weeks (I based my charts exclusively on tracks inside the top 30 in those days). So, only taken almost 47 years to get there, and his 2nd chart-topper following Let The Music Play which topped in 2000 a mere 24 years late, this one nearly doubles that gap. James Blunt grabs another top 10 from his current album, he’s really back on top form of late, and 1979 top 20 track (for me) Driver’s Seat, returns Sniff ‘n’ The Tears to the charts at 12, 41 years on, thanks to my entering it into a music competition – now it can get a much better chart placing for such a great record.

Another big batch of new entries means that there are virtually no records dropping outside the top 50 – they’ve all had to be evicted to make way for all the fresh stuff! Big climbs into the 40 for Agnes Obel, Lauv, Lizzo, Ronan & Emeli (Ronan Keating having been away for 8 years, but extending his chart run of solo stuff to 21 years), X Ambassadors & The Avalanches. Newies include the UK Eurovision entry from John Newman’s brother James, probably our best chance to do well since Blue’s entry; SZA back with Justin Timberlake in tow, his chart run now 17 years solo (with 5 chart-toppers) or 21 years with N’Sync (plus another chart-topper).

It’s another month so it must be another Noel Gallagher single, he usually has 2 charting simultaneously the last year or so; Lady Gaga is back doing dance music, and returns to my chart for the first time in 6 years – that’s longer than her entire prolific career up to that point, but extends her run to 11 years, including 4 chart-toppers in her early Fame-hot days. Paloma Faith returns assisting Jonas Blue, she is also of the Class of 2009, but her 4 chart-toppers are spread-out over her entire career and she has only missed out on charting in 2019. Finally, The Shapeshifters return 14 years since they last troubled my charts, and 16 years since Lola’s Theme was a big debut. Unexpected returns are always welcome in my charts!


1 2 1 4 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 364000
2 1 1 4 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 476000
3 3 3 5 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 303500
4 4 1 13 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1171600
5 7 4 6 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 303750
6 6 5 6 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 246400
7 10 7 5 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 156750
8 5 1 10 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1015000
9 13 9 4 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 99700
10 9 3 6 FOREVER Will Young 314000

11 8 6 6 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 211800
12 NEW 12 1 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 35000
13 11 5 7 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 341700
14 36 14 5 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 75050
15 20 15 5 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 88200
16 19 16 4 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 78000
17 34 17 6 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 95650
18 16 6 9 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 251800
19 15 9 8 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 219200
20 30 20 4 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 57850

21 12 12 6 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 156350
22 14 4 9 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 392500
23 17 17 7 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 131000
24 49 24 2 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 31100
25 27 25 3 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 54250
26 60 26 2 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 28500
27 28 27 4 REACT Pussycat Dolls 54900
28 18 9 7 OH YEAH! Green Day 199300
29 47 29 2 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 30700
30 40 30 5 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 69150

31 25 7 13 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 365000
32 21 8 7 THE VOID Muse 217550
33 52 33 3 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 34600
34 41 34 5 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 75800
35 54 35 2 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 28500
36 56 36 2 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 28000
37 22 22 7 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 115300
38 23 23 6 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 103850
39 42 39 4 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 49000
40 48 40 4 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 47000

41 24 3 6 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 287000
42 32 1 17 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 939150
43 38 1 27 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1198750
44 33 33 5 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 67350
45 45 45 4 AT ROCK BOTTOM Pet Shop Boys 46000
46 26 20 7 RARE Selena Gomez 118700
47 67 47 2 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 19100
48 29 29 6 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 89800
49 71 49 2 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 17900
50 44 3 18 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 683550

51 62 51 3 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 24350
52 31 24 6 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 98650
53 35 35 6 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 85950
54 63 54 2 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 18200
55 37 1 11 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 733350
56 39 20 7 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 114750
57 70 57 3 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 21400
58 64 58 4 BETTER OF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 28300
59 43 3 15 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 482500
60 68 60 2 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 16400

61 69 61 2 ON BTS featuring Sia 13700
62 74 62 2 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 12800
63 NEW 63 1 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 7200
64 NEW 64 1 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 7100
65 75 65 2 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 12000
66 NEW 66 1 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 6800
67 NEW 67 1 SAY SO Doja Cat 6600
68 NEW 68 1 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 6400
69 NEW 69 1 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 6200
70 73 70 2 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 11400

71 NEW 71 1 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 5800
72 NEW 72 1 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 5600
73 NEW 73 1 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 5000

DROP OUTS
46 19 7 THE KEEPER Blossoms 130900
50 50 5 SIMMER Hayley Williams 50600
51 32 6 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 86100
53 21 7 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 110200
55 55 4 AMOUREUSE (608550) Kiki Dee 35000
57 57 4 WEDDING IN BERLIN Pet Shop Boys 33300
58 24 7 ORIGINAL Sia 108450
59 59 3 PALE HORSES Ina Wroldsen 23000
61 61 4 NEW ME Ella Eyre 25100
65 65 5 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 30600
66 16 12 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 173300
72 1 24 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 1003450

 

23rd February 2020

It’s 2 weeks on top for Faouzia, passionate at 1 where runner-up Barry White is sensual soul with his template song reaching a new peak 47 years late (it went top 5 for me in the Summer of ’73), thanks to the Birds Of Prey movie. Duke Dumont outdoes his previous 3 top 10’s for a new peak position of 3 for Therapy and an amazing vocal performance from Sharlene Hector. Pet Shop Boys make it, ooh, 4 or 5 top 10’s this year already. One day I’ll top up how many chart entries they’ve had – I can’t believe any other act outdoes them except The Beatles, maybe.

James Blunt also adding yet another top 20 to the 3 off the album already, and a first for Ward Thomas, Nile Rodgers is on 42 years of Dance Dance Dance-ing in the top 20, and Noel Gallagher is on around 4 or 5 in the last 12 months to add to his 26-year run of many others. Pussycat Dolls get a first top 40 entry in 12 years, their 6th in all, and heading the new influx is Lizzo with a great vocal at 47 with not-the-Slade-song Coz I Love You. Her 4th entry. Agnes Obel returns with a Kate-Bush-esque dark ballad, X Ambassadors return with a rousing singalong, The Avalanches make a welcome return err 19 years since they had back to back top 10’s with Since I Left You & Frontier Psychiatrist – and then nothing else ever again! Better late than never…

Lauv is sounding good with a debut, Celine continues to surprise with her comeback stuff for 30 chart years, Tame Impala enter with an album track, Jake Shears gets a second solo entry 2 years since Creep City hit the 20, and 16 years since Comfortably Numb gave Scissor Sisters the first of 5 number ones. BTS bring a spot of South Korean boyband action to my charts with a debut featuring Sia and a great rhythm track, The Fratellis bring some fun back to extend their run to 14 years, and Lady Antebellum get a 6th entry since debuting a decade ago with the fab Need You Now. MIKA’s pushing 20 chart entries over 13 years, and Biffy Clyro take a more pop route to get a 3rd entry 9 years since Many Of Horror, a 12 years since Mountains.

1 1 1 3 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 361000
2 10 2 3 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 194000
3 9 3 4 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 218500
4 2 1 12 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1106600
5 3 1 9 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 967000
6 5 5 5 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 191400
7 7 4 5 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 243750
8 6 6 5 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 174800
9 4 3 5 FOREVER Will Young 272000
10 13 10 4 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 106750

11 8 5 6 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 309700
12 12 12 5 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 136600
13 37 13 3 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 54700
14 11 4 8 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 373000
15 15 9 7 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 198200
16 16 6 8 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 229800
17 19 17 6 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 111750
18 18 9 6 OH YEAH! Green Day 181000
19 26 19 3 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 53000
20 32 20 4 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 61200

21 17 8 6 THE VOID Muse 199750
22 23 22 6 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 98000
23 27 23 5 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 86650
24 14 3 5 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 273000
25 21 7 12 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 347100
26 20 20 6 RARE Selena Gomez 105950
27 39 27 2 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 35500
28 45 28 3 REACT Pussycat Dolls 36500
29 29 29 5 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 77500
30 46 30 3 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 37850

31 24 24 5 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 87150
32 25 1 16 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 925400
33 40 33 4 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 54100
34 30 30 5 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 72650
35 35 35 5 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 74700
36 53 36 4 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 46050
37 22 1 10 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 722550
38 33 1 26 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1185250
39 28 20 6 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 104150
40 42 40 4 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 51150

41 38 38 4 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 58300
42 51 42 3 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 31900
43 34 3 14 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 472400
44 36 3 17 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 671550
45 47 45 3 AT ROCK BOTTOM Pet Shop Boys 33000
46 31 19 7 THE KEEPER Blossoms 130900
47 NEW 47 1 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 12500
48 49 48 3 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 30000
49 NEW 49 1 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 12100
50 52 50 5 SIMMER Hayley Williams 50600

51 41 32 6 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 86100
52 73 52 2 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 16900
53 43 21 7 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 110200
54 NEW 54 1 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 11000
55 58 55 4 AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee 35000
56 NEW 56 1 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 10600
57 59 57 4 WEDDING IN BERLIN Pet Shop Boys 33300
58 44 24 7 ORIGINAL Sia 108450
59 64 59 3 PALE HORSES Ina Wroldsen 23000
60 NEW 60 1 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 10000

61 67 61 4 NEW ME Ella Eyre 25100
62 74 62 2 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 12600
63 NEW 63 1 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 7200
64 70 64 3 BETTER OF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 18100
65 69 65 5 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 30600
66 50 16 12 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 173300
67 NEW 67 1 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 6600
68 NEW 68 1 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 6400
69 NEW 69 1 ON BTS featuring Sia 6200
70 75 70 2 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 11000

71 NEW 71 1 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 5800
72 66 1 24 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 1003450
73 NEW 73 1 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 5400
74 NEW 74 1 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 5200
75 NEW 75 1 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 5000

DROP OUTS
48 48 4 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING The Real Thing 46650
54 8 8 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 180000
55 40 6 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 82100
56 56 5 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 38900
57 9 14 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 273000
60 46 4 MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert 45050
61 5 8 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 236300
62 1 16 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 1027000
63 8 16 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 396550
65 36 6 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 77050
68 35 6 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 77950
71 9 13 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 214600
72 9 13 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 289200

 

 

 

16th February 2020

It’s a first week on top for Canadian-Morrocan singer Faouzia, who first appeared in Casablanca. Not with Humphrey Bogart, though, it’s where she was born. Tears Of Gold is fab. Adam Lambert & Niles Rodgers go top 40, James Blunt & Ward Thomas climb bigly into the 40, and highest new entry is the new Bond theme from Billie Eilish, who unexpectedly stretches for a big note and wins, in at 39. Lots of good climbs lower down and not much in the way of new entries, just Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande, Khalid & Disclosure, & an oldie from Louis Armstrong, the classic 1945 Edith Piaf torch-ballad La Vie En Rose made my top 10 in 1985 for Grace Jones, and this recording pre-dates that by some 35 years, or at 70 years-old one of the oldest recordings to make my charts, the only older one that springs to mind is the closing sequence from The Avengers”Endgame.

1 19 1 2 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 191000
2 1 1 11 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1041600
3 2 1 8 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 907000
4 3 3 4 FOREVER Will Young 227000
5 8 5 4 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 136400
6 10 6 4 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 126800
7 4 4 4 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 193750
8 5 5 5 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 272700
9 9 9 4 THERAPY Duke Dumont 133500
10 11 10 2 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 79000

11 7 4 7 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 344000
12 14 12 4 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 101600
13 20 13 3 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 64750
14 6 3 4 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 254000
15 15 9 6 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 171200
16 13 6 7 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 204800
17 12 8 5 THE VOID Muse 180000
18 16 9 5 OH YEAH! Green Day 159000
19 24 19 5 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 88750
20 22 20 5 RARE Selena Gomez 87450

21 17 7 11 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 329350
22 18 1 9 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 705250
23 28 23 5 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 78500
24 25 24 4 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 69250
25 21 1 15 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 907600
26 43 26 2 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 32000
27 27 27 4 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 67400
28 23 20 5 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 87050
29 36 29 4 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 59300
30 37 30 4 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 55050

31 26 19 6 THE KEEPER Blossoms 118150
32 38 32 3 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 41200
33 33 1 25 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1168050
34 34 3 13 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 458900
35 35 35 4 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 57200
36 30 3 16 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 658300
37 73 37 2 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 22700
38 40 38 3 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 44300
39 NEW 39 1 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 17100
40 48 40 3 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 36400

41 32 32 5 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 74350
42 45 42 3 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 34150
43 31 21 6 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 98950
44 29 24 6 ORIGINAL Sia 98250
45 74 45 2 REACT Pussycat Dolls 18200
46 64 46 2 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 19850
47 61 47 2 AT ROCK BOTTOM Pet Shop Boys 20000
48 49 48 4 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING The Real Thing 46650
49 72 49 2 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 17700
50 39 16 11 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 166500

51 68 51 2 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 18150
52 52 52 4 SIMMER Hayley Williams 38600
53 57 53 3 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 28650
54 41 8 8 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 180000
55 54 40 6 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 82100
56 59 56 5 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 38900
57 42 9 14 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 273000
58 63 58 3 AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee 24200
59 66 59 3 WEDDING IN BERLIN Pet Shop Boys 22900
60 46 46 4 MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert 45050

61 50 5 8 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 236300
62 55 1 16 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 1027000
63 56 8 16 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 396550
64 71 64 2 PALE HORSES Ina Wroldsen 12900
65 47 36 6 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 77050
66 62 1 23 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 997850
67 70 67 3 NEW ME Ella Eyre 17600
68 44 35 6 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 77950
69 69 69 4 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 23600
70 75 70 2 BETTER OF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 11000

71 60 9 13 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 214600
72 67 9 13 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 289200
73 NEW 73 1 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 5400
74 NEW 74 1 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 5200
75 NEW 75 1 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 5000

DROP OUTS
51 51 5 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 39950
53 1 9 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 653450
58 1 17 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1406000
65 4 18 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 604700

 

 

9th February 2020

It’s 3 weeks on top for Blinding Lights as Will Young gets his biggest track since Love Revolution hit 2 in 2015 and his 3rd top 3 in 18 years – Friday’s Child topped my chart in 2004. Nathaniel Rateliff outpeaks his debut hit SOB by 6 places, while Duke Dumont gets his 4th top 10 in 6 years, and slightly more succesful in the dance arena, David Guetta gets his first top 10 in 5 years, his 11th top 10 in 17 years of hits, and over 25 chart entries.

Highest new entry at 11 is Barry White’s debut hit from 1973, the very very sexy, sultry I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby which had a short chart run in my top 10 back in the day, but was evicted early due to a short UK chart run (I only allowed current UK top 30 hits in my actual charts of the time) despite still being probably his best record. Thanks to a prime spot in Birds Of Prey, it now gets to set things right some errr 47 years late and just a few months before I changed my chart rules to allow all current singles and album tracks into my charts.

Highest actual new song is at 19 from Faouzia, a 19-year-old Canadian-Moroccan, it’s fab, while Pet Shop Boys dominate the chart even more with a number of climbers, notably You Are The One into the top 20, and another new entry – B Side of Monkey Business is At Rock Bottom at 61. That’s 9 tracks or over 12% of the chart. Noel Gallagher adds yet another top 40 to his increasingly long list of top 40 tracks, and newies include Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers, the latter extending his run to a not-unimpressive 42 years since I first disco-danced to Dance Dance Dance.

Purple Disco return, talking of discos, and sample some vintage Jocelyn Brown, who’s charted with numerous dance acts, and solo, across her 5th decade now. The track doesn’t give credit to Al Stewart, but I do – his classic Year Of The Cat riff is nicked for a key backdrop to the track, and I adore the original, so in he goes to extend his mentions to 43 years. Alanis Morissette hasn’t troubled my listings for 12 years, but she’s back, and makes it a sweet 25 years since her jaw-droppingly bitter You Oughta Know hit my top 10, kick-starting a brilliant album and run of singles. Pussycat Dolls also return after an absence of 11 years, their 4 years of singles being followed by a number of Nicole Scherzinger hits, who’s back on board 9 years since she topped my charts with Right There, which unfortunately also gave the usually unlistenable 50 Cent billing on a chart-topper.

1 1 1 10 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 927600
2 2 1 7 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 822000
3 6 3 3 FOREVER Will Young 162000
4 5 4 3 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 143750
5 7 5 4 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 224700
6 3 3 3 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 225000
7 4 4 6 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 307000
8 18 8 3 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 76400
9 13 9 3 THERAPY Duke Dumont 88500
10 17 10 3 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 71800

11 NEW 11 1 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 37000
12 10 8 4 THE VOID Muse 157000
13 8 6 6 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 179800
14 15 14 3 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 66600
15 9 9 5 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 144200
16 12 9 4 OH YEAH! Green Day 137000
17 14 7 10 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 309600
18 11 1 8 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 686000
19 NEW 19 1 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 21000
20 46 20 2 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 32750

21 16 1 14 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 888850
22 23 22 4 RARE Selena Gomez 67450
23 20 20 4 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 68750
24 27 24 4 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 67750
25 26 25 3 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 50250
26 19 19 5 THE KEEPER Blossoms 100250
27 28 27 3 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 49000
28 32 28 4 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 59250
29 24 24 5 ORIGINAL Sia 85000
30 22 3 15 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 640900

31 21 21 5 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 85450
32 37 32 4 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 60350
33 34 1 24 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1150350
34 25 3 12 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 441300
35 50 35 3 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 39700
36 39 36 3 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 41100
37 42 37 3 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 37050
38 69 38 2 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 23400
39 29 16 10 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 154500
40 59 40 2 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 27100

41 30 8 7 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 169000
42 31 9 13 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 262600
43 NEW 43 1 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 13500
44 35 35 5 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 71550
45 62 45 2 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 20400
46 48 46 3 MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert 35050
47 36 36 5 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 70050
48 64 48 2 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 19400
49 53 49 3 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING The Real Thing 34350
50 33 5 7 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 228800

51 60 51 5 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 39950
52 56 52 3 SIMMER Hayley Williams 27100
53 38 1 9 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 653450
54 40 40 5 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 71300
55 43 1 15 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 1019600
56 44 8 15 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 389350
57 65 57 2 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 17400
58 41 1 17 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1406000
59 63 59 4 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 28300
60 47 9 12 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 208800

61 NEW 61 1 AT ROCK BOTTOM Pet Shop Boys 7500
62 57 1 22 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 991050
63 66 63 2 AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee 14000
64 NEW 64 1 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 7100
65 49 4 18 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 604700
66 70 66 2 WEDDING IN BERLIN Pet Shop Boys 12800
67 52 9 12 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 283600
68 NEW 68 1 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 6400
69 72 69 3 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 17400
70 75 70 2 NEW ME Ella Eyre 11000

71 NEW 71 1 PALE HORSES Ina Wroldsen 5800
72 NEW 72 1 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 5600
73 NEW 73 1 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 5400
74 NEW 74 1 REACT Pussycat Dolls 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BETTER OF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 5000

DSROP OUTS
45 20 2 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 33000
51 34 9 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 104250
54 10 8 HOPE Kim Wilde 168050
55 55 4 HURT Louise 39500
58 58 4 LOVE REMEDY Roachford 35900
61 61 3 THOSE KINDA NIGHTS Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 21500
67 67 2 IN THESE ARMS JP Cooper 11800
68 68 2 BROKEN LAND The Adventures 12600
71 20 9 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 116350
73 5 9 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 250400
74 18 6 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 85200

 

 

2nd February 2020

It’s The Weeknd on top for a 2nd week as the top 20 gets very volatile with lots of movement, Pet Shop Boys getting 2 top 5 tracks off Hotspot, the highest new entry at 46 with the lovely You Are The One, and a total of 8 tracks in the chart, 7 of them off the album. I’ve probably never mentioned I’m a fan….! Will Young adds to his top 10 list as Forever climbs to 6, Duke Dumont rockets up to 13 for some banging dance therapy, Jeff Lynne continues his habit of going top 20 even after 50 years or so, as the tuneful All My Love shoots up to 15, and David Guetta and Raye add to their top 20’s with leaps up from the 60’s, as does Nathaniel Rateliff getting his 2nd top 20.

Ozzy, Elton and Slash all go up to 20, Ozzy getting his 2nd Top 20 of this century, Elton getting his 4th with new material and his first for 7 years – but he’s constantly been in the charts with oldies, guest spots (eg uncredited Scissor Sisters, Pet Shop Boys) and revamps (eg Pnau). The Fizz are back with yet another simultaneous charting track, they weren’t this prolific even in their heyday! Dua Lipa does the same, as she gets Physical, Roisin Murphy makes it 22 years of Moloko and solo activity, Ella Eyre pops in again with a newie, Noel Gallagher also is another who can’t stop releasing new tracks at a furious pace, for 26 years of non-stop chart action, pretty much, and Kiki Dee brings her 1973 Elton-John-pushed classic Amoureuse back into my charts as it’s selling on itunes for some reason, having popped back into my charts in 1976 but not since.

1 1 1 9 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 757600
2 2 1 6 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 707000
3 3 3 2 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 170000
4 5 4 5 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 257000
5 25 5 2 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 78750
6 18 6 2 FOREVER Will Young 77000
7 7 7 5 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 164700
8 6 6 5 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 147800
9 10 9 4 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 117200
10 8 8 3 THE VOID Muse 122000

11 4 1 7 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 664000
12 9 9 3 OH YEAH! Green Day 112000
13 52 13 2 THERAPY Duke Dumont 43500
14 14 7 9 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 286600
15 56 15 2 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 37600
16 11 1 13 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 869100
17 66 17 2 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 29800
18 68 18 2 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 28400
19 19 19 4 THE KEEPER Blossoms 81750
20 38 20 3 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 49500

21 22 21 4 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 67550
22 13 3 14 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 622900
23 33 23 3 RARE Selena Gomez 47950
24 26 24 4 ORIGINAL Sia 66800
25 21 3 11 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 423700
26 45 26 2 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 31500
27 39 27 3 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 48750
28 48 28 2 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 30600
29 24 16 9 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 137400
30 17 8 6 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 155000

31 23 9 12 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 248850
32 46 32 3 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 40950
33 12 5 6 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 216800
34 29 1 23 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1132650
35 36 35 4 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 58300
36 37 36 4 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 57550
37 44 37 3 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 42550
38 16 1 8 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 642200
39 67 39 2 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 23700
40 40 40 4 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 60300

41 27 1 16 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1395800
42 70 42 2 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 19750
43 28 1 14 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 1008800
44 31 8 14 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 378750
45 20 20 2 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 33000
46 NEW 46 1 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 12750
47 47 9 11 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 198800
48 60 48 2 MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert 22300
49 32 4 17 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 597700
50 58 50 2 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 22200

51 34 34 9 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 104250
52 35 9 11 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 277000
53 54 53 2 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING The Real Thing 22250
54 30 10 8 HOPE Kim Wilde 168050
55 55 55 4 HURT Louise 39500
56 75 56 2 SIMMER Hayley Williams 15600
57 51 1 21 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 983650
58 59 58 4 REMEDY Roachford 35900
59 NEW 59 1 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 10100
60 63 60 4 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 28200

61 62 61 3 THOSE KINDA NIGHTS Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 21500
62 NEW 62 1 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 7400
63 71 63 3 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 18200
64 NEW 64 1 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 7100
65 NEW 65 1 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 7000
66 NEW 66 1 AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee 6800
67 74 67 2 IN THESE ARMS JP Cooper 11800
68 69 68 2 BROKEN LAND The Adventures 12600
69 NEW 69 1 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 6200
70 NEW 70 1 WEDDING IN BERLIN Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 41 20 9 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 116350
72 72 72 2 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 11200
73 43 5 9 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 250400
74 42 18 6 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 85200
75 NEW 75 1 NEW ME Ella Eyre 5000

DROP OUTS
15 4 2 CA PLANE POUR MOI (ORIGINAL 1977 VERSION) Plastic Bertrand 92000
49 36 10 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 94700
50 14 12 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 192700
53 38 4 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 48350
57 15 17 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 285200
61 1 26 I TRANCE Agnes 1681900
64 64 3 UNDERDOG Alicia Keys 20100
65 65 3 TRASH GLAM BABY The Boomtown Rats 19000
73 27 9 CLEAN Hey Violet 110650

 

 

26th January 2020

It’s a first solo number one for The Weeknd after 3 previous 2’s, and a topper with Ariana Grande, holding off a challenge from a return from 1978 classic ahead-of-it’s-time dance track Supernature, Cerrone’s only big hit in the UK which went top 3 for me around the same time as Blue Oyster Cult went top 10 with (Don’t Fear) The Reaper. “More Cowbell!”. 4th time round for that one, all of them top 20, and joining fellow 1978 chart-topper Ca Plane Pour Moi for a mini-invasion of a good Uni year for me.

Friendly fires get a 3rd top 10, including a chart-topper in 2011 with Hurting, Muse make it 6 top 10’s as The Void expands upwards, and Green Day make it a 3rd top 10, having had two peaks of 4 for ballads early in their career – and then nothing big since. The Fizz make it a 5th top 10 in their current incarnation, including a number one with Amen in 2017, but add in some Bucks and increase the top 10’s by 13 to 18, and the chart-toppers by 5 to 6. Cheryl also has another top 10 with Coco.

Highest new track is Will Young, Forever! His 16th top 20, and in at 18, including hotting the top in 2004 with Friday’s Child. Pet Shop Boys drop the new album, and get instant new entries for the 2 most-commercial tracks, Wil o’the wisp at 25, and I Don’t Wanna at 58. I’ve just bought the CD to play it through properly, but Hotspot is sounding pretty good on one quick runthrough as a whole, but minus the clear individual track highlights that the last few albums have had.

Jeff Lynne’s back, making it 50 years of chart activity in various guises, mostly ELO, and with numerous chart-toppers, at least 15 to date, Duke Dumont is also returning, for a 7th year of chart entries, The Real Thing 1976 classic is back for a 3rd time, You To Me Are Everything peaked at 3 in 1986, Dion is back with another oldie, he first charted with a reissue of The Wanderer in 1976, Runaround Sue dates from 1961 making it 59 years-old and one of the oldest-recordings to chart in terms of release date to chart-date.


1 2 1 8 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 587600
2 1 1 5 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 592000
3 NEW 3 1 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 85000
4 3 1 6 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 627000
5 5 5 4 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 192000
6 19 6 4 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 99800
7 10 7 4 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 114700
8 13 8 2 THE VOID Muse 80000
9 18 9 2 OH YEAH! Green Day 67000
10 17 10 3 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 72200

11 8 1 12 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 844100
12 6 5 5 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 199100
13 11 3 13 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 603400
14 9 7 8 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 257600
15 4 4 2 CA PLANE POUR MOI (ORIGINAL 1977 VERSION) Plastic Bertrand 92000
16 7 1 7 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 625000
17 12 8 5 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 137000
18 NEW 18 1 FOREVER Will Young 22000
19 20 19 3 THE KEEPER Blossoms 60750
20 NEW 20 1 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 20000

21 15 3 10 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 404950
22 28 22 3 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 47800
23 14 9 11 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 230950
24 16 16 8 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 119200
25 NEW 25 1 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 18750
26 32 26 3 ORIGINAL Sia 47800
27 22 1 15 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1381800
28 25 1 13 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 995300
29 29 1 22 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1115050
30 21 10 7 HOPE Kim Wilde 157050

31 26 8 13 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 365500
32 27 4 16 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 585600
33 54 33 2 RARE Selena Gomez 28700
34 34 34 8 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 92500
35 30 9 10 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 265500
36 40 36 3 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 40800
37 46 37 3 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 40150
38 48 38 2 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 29500
39 44 39 2 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 30350
40 41 40 3 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 43300

41 31 20 8 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 110550
42 23 18 5 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 80000
43 24 5 8 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 245000
44 50 44 2 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 25250
45 NEW 45 1 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 13000
46 57 46 2 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 23150
47 33 9 10 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 186300
48 NEW 48 1 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 12300
49 36 36 10 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 94700
50 35 14 12 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 192700

51 42 1 20 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 973250
52 NEW 52 1 THERAPY Duke Dumont 11500
53 38 38 4 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 48350
54 NEW 54 1 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING The Real Thing 11000
55 55 55 3 HURT Louise 28700
56 NEW 56 1 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 10600
57 47 15 17 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 285200
58 NEW 58 1 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 10200
59 60 59 3 REMEDY Roachford 25700
60 NEW 60 1 MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert 10000

61 58 1 26 I TRANCE Agnes 1681900
62 67 62 2 THOSE KINDA NIGHTS Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 14000
63 70 63 3 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 18200
64 65 64 3 UNDERDOG Alicia Keys 20100
65 66 65 3 TRASH GLAM BABY The Boomtown Rats 19000
66 NEW 66 1 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 6800
67 NEW 67 1 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 6600
68 NEW 68 1 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 6400
69 NEW 69 1 BROKEN LAND The Adventures 6200
70 NEW 70 1 LONELY Joel Corry 6000

71 74 71 2 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 11000
72 NEW 72 1 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 5600
73 39 27 9 CLEAN Hey Violet 110650
74 NEW 74 1 IN THESE ARMS JP Cooper 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SIMMER Hayley Williams 5000

DROP OUTS
37 28 10 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 143500
43 40 7 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 64500
45 23 11 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 163850
49 30 4 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 49100
51 14 9 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 173150
52 52 4 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 34800
53 4 12 TOMIE GHOST DATA 402900
56 7 9 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 260250
59 36 6 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 69450
61 26 12 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 170600
62 62 6 THE LOOK Roxette 35400
63 38 7 HAMMER Louise 79550
64 8 13 ORPHANS Coldplay 312300
68 16 9 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 154550
69 24 15 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 191100
71 62 6 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 37200
72 10 11 MONSTERS James Blunt 232350
73 9 16 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 323850
75 28 12 THE TRUTH James Blunt 148150

 

 

19th January 2020

It’s Avicii on top for a second week as the charts start to wake up and get moving, with The Weeknd getting his 4th number 2 and highest new entry is a former 1978 chart-topper from Plastic Bertrand, the Belgian New Wave act who hit across Europe with his deliciously fab and fun Ca Plane Pour Moi while I was a student at Uni. For some reason it’s in the itunes charts and seeling again (Number 100 on sales last week) so that’s good enough reason for me to re-chart it, in at 4! Ca plane pour moi, as it were!

Seeb get a second top 10 inside 6 months, after getting the top track during 2019 for me on chart “sales”, this time assisting Julie Bergan who gets a first. Highest contemporary track is Muse’s The Void, the 4th track to chart off their last album to go top 20, shooting in at 13 by virtue of me watching Dr Brian Cox’s brilliant The Planets series again and loving the theme snippet from the song they use. Evocative! That’s 13 top 20’s in 20 years. Meanwhile The Fizz recycle an old SAW hook to great effect and leap into the 20 as they keep the new material clicking at a good pace 39 years on.

Green Day enter at 18, shockingly their first new entry for 11 years, and some 22 years since Time Of Your Life hit 4 on their chart debut (and a future chart-topper for Glen Campbell). What got them back on chart-course? Err sampling a hook from an old Joan Jett track, that was a cover of a huge UK Glamrock hit from 1973. Oh Yeah! is the bracketed bit in the title Do You Wanna Touch Me, which would be uncoverable these days given who wrote the words, but at least the lads have donated proceeds to charity having realised who Mr Paul Gadd is on the songwriting credits. I’m happy to give main credit to Mike Leander who most likely wrote the tune, produced the song, worked with The Beatles, and Executive-produced Jesus Christ Superstar, the album.

Harry Styles makes it 4 tracks in the top 30, SO greedy, Billy Ocean shoots into the top 40 with his first new top 40 track since errr the 80’s, I think! Noah Cyrus returns with at least her 4th chart entry in 3 years, including 2 top 10’s, and July. Ozzy Osbourne hasn’t troubled my rundown since 2003’s Changes with daughter Kelly, but now extends his chart career to 37 years as solo act, and 50 years as lead-singer of Black Sabbath, aided by Elton John making it 49 years of hits, and Slash getting a credit from me for the fab guitar solo 33 years since Guns ‘n’ Roses debuted.

Chart returns from Selena Gomez, Jonas Brothers, Tame Impala, Eminem (now on 21 years of chart success), Ed Sheeran, and a former chart-topper from Gorillaz popping back in, round off the busy week.

1 1 1 4 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 477000
2 3 2 7 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 417600
3 2 1 5 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 562000
4 NEW 4 1 CA PLANE POUR MOI (ORIGINAL 1977 VERSION) Plastic Bertrand 65000
5 9 5 3 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 132000
6 5 5 4 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 164100
7 4 1 6 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 600000
8 6 1 11 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 807100
9 7 7 7 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 228600
10 35 10 3 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 64700

11 11 3 12 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 571400
12 8 8 4 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 114000
13 NEW 13 1 THE VOID Muse 32000
14 12 9 10 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 211700
15 13 3 9 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 385200
16 16 16 7 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 100200
17 38 17 2 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 30200
18 NEW 18 1 OH YEAH! Green Day 22000
19 29 19 3 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 44800
20 21 20 2 THE KEEPER Blossoms 39750

21 10 10 6 HOPE Kim Wilde 139050
22 15 1 14 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1363400
23 18 18 4 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 66250
24 14 5 7 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 231500
25 22 1 12 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 977000
26 17 8 12 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 347600
27 19 4 15 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 567800
28 60 28 2 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 28300
29 24 1 21 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1096850
30 26 9 9 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 248000

31 20 20 7 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 96550
32 52 32 2 ORIGINAL Sia 29300
33 23 9 9 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 173800
34 34 34 7 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 74900
35 25 14 11 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 180700
36 39 36 9 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 82600
37 28 28 10 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 143500
38 43 38 3 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 37100
39 27 27 8 CLEAN Hey Violet 105250
40 68 40 2 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 23400

41 48 41 2 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 26300
42 37 1 19 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 961500
43 40 40 7 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 64500
44 NEW 44 1 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 13250
45 32 23 11 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 163850
46 59 46 2 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 22850
47 46 15 16 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 274800
48 NEW 48 1 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 12300
49 30 30 4 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 49100
50 NEW 50 1 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 12000

51 33 14 9 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 173150
52 56 52 4 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 34800
53 41 4 12 TOMIE GHOST DATA 402900
54 NEW 54 1 RARE Selena Gomez 11000
55 64 55 2 HURT Louise 17900
56 47 7 9 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 260250
57 NEW 57 1 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 10400
58 58 1 25 I TRANCE Agnes 1674400
59 36 36 6 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 69450
60 72 60 2 REMEDY Roachford 15600

61 31 26 12 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 170600
62 66 62 6 THE LOOK Roxette 35400
63 42 38 7 HAMMER Louise 79550
64 49 8 13 ORPHANS Coldplay 312300
65 70 65 2 UNDERDOG Alicia Keys 13000
66 74 66 2 TRASH GLAM BABY The Boomtown Rats 12000
67 NEW 67 1 THOSE KINDA NIGHTS Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 6600
68 44 16 9 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 154550
69 51 24 15 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 191100
70 75 70 2 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 11000

71 62 62 6 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 37200
72 45 10 11 MONSTERS James Blunt 232350
73 54 9 16 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 323850
74 NEW 74 1 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 5200
75 53 28 12 THE TRUTH James Blunt 148150

drop outs
50 17 8 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 120800
55 2 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 178800
57 4 5 ISOBEL’S DREAM (370900) Kim Wilde 59400
61 13 6 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 127250
63 18 12 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 176200
65 8 15 ECHOES Lola Marsh 343900
67 10 17 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 312350
69 34 10 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 126050
71 36 9 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 108750
73 33 11 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 125900

 

 

 

12th January 2020

It’s a first week at one for Avicii – ever! That gives him a unique chart record, the first posthumous chart-topper with current material by an act who has never topped my chart previously. He’s been as high as 2, but never managed that extra spot up. Far too many acts have hit my top spot posthumously before with current material, but none for the first time – although Mama Cass in 1974 was already topping my chart when she died, and she would in any case have had chart-toppers with The Mamas & The Papas had I been charting when they were active. Fades Away, like most of his last album, is so sad and full of cries for help,

The Weeknd gets his 6th top 3 as main artist, but he’s yet to top in that respect, but has as guest on Ariana Grande’s Love Me Harder, and Pet Shop Boys add another 2 top 10’s with latest single Monkey Business, and last B side Decide. Kim Wilde also gets an 8-year-late top 10 with Hope. There’s a lot of songs with important messages in my charts right now, which, given the state of the world, is at it should be. Sting gets his highest chart credit in 20 years, up to 16, Blossoms are the highest entry, and top all previous singles bar one in one fell swoop, in at 21.

Big climbs for Friendly Fires, Kim Wilde and Julie Bergan, all into the top 40, and The Fizz get a quick follow-up to their revamped xmas song, in at 38, given Cheryl, Jay and Mike a span of 39 years since Eurovision debut Making Your Mind Up, with added Bucks. Stormzy gets a second top 40, Ella Henderson gets a second simultaneous climber inside the 40 (joining Pet Shop Boys and Kim Wilde), while Celeste gets a 2nd chart entry – that’s not Strange at all! – Sia does another movie theme (Dr. Doolittle), Kodaline are back again, Harry Styles charts a 4th track off his album, and Louise gets her 2nd simultaneous a bit Hurt.

So, time for some oldies. New songs, that is, by veterans: at 68, Billy Ocean gets his first new entry for 2 years, and an increased span of 44 years of hits solo, or 46 years including Scorched Earth who debuted the same month as Sparks (now number 2). Bob Geldof hasn’t charted in 26 years – and still hasn’t. Except that he has returned, as lead singer and mainman of The Boomtown Rats, who quietly sneak in with Trash Glam Baby at 75: the band hasn’t troubled my charts with new material since 1985 (or even existed, I think) when they went top 20 with A Hold Of You after I’d seen them in concert at Poole Arts Centre as it was known in those days. So they leap from an 8-year chart-span to err, 43 years since they punked onto the scene. Roachford is also back after a 22 year chart lay-off, and Alicia Keys after a few months but almost 2 decades of entries.

1 2 1 3 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 307000
2 1 1 4 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 477000
3 4 3 6 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 302600
4 3 1 5 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 550000
5 13 5 3 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 109100
6 6 1 10 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 759100
7 7 7 6 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 183600
8 19 8 3 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 79000
9 15 9 2 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 72000
10 14 10 5 HOPE Kim Wilde 119300

11 11 3 11 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 534400
12 9 9 9 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 182700
13 8 3 8 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 358200
14 5 5 6 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 212500
15 10 1 13 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1344100
16 35 16 6 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 75200
17 12 8 11 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 329100
18 20 18 3 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 47000
19 17 4 14 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 549400
20 25 20 6 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 78650

21 NEW 21 1 THE KEEPER Blossoms 19750
22 21 1 11 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 958250
23 18 9 8 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 156100
24 24 1 20 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1078650
25 23 14 10 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 163200
26 16 9 8 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 230000
27 27 27 7 CLEAN Hey Violet 88150
28 28 28 9 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 126200
29 72 29 2 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 23800
30 50 30 3 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 37000

31 26 26 11 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 163100
32 32 23 10 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 150850
33 22 14 8 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 161400
34 47 34 6 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 57300
35 74 35 2 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 22700
36 45 36 5 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 59350
37 37 1 18 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 947750
38 NEW 38 1 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 17200
39 57 39 8 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 65200
40 60 40 6 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 51000

41 29 4 11 TOMIE GHOST DATA 391650
42 38 38 6 HAMMER Louise 72350
43 68 43 2 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 19900
44 31 16 8 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 148150
45 33 10 10 MONSTERS James Blunt 226750
46 46 15 15 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 262300
47 36 7 8 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 249650
48 NEW 48 1 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 12300
49 39 8 12 ORPHANS Coldplay 305200
50 34 17 8 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 120800

51 44 24 14 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 184900
52 NEW 52 1 ORIGINAL Sia 11500
53 43 28 11 THE TRUTH James Blunt 143150
54 49 9 15 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 318450
55 30 2 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 178800
56 64 56 3 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 23300
57 40 4 5 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 59400
58 56 1 24 I TRANCE Agnes 1664200
59 NEW 59 1 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 10100
60 NEW 60 1 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 10000

61 42 13 6 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 127250
62 65 62 5 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 31400
63 48 18 12 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 176200
64 NEW 64 1 HURT Louise 7100
65 61 8 15 ECHOES Lola Marsh 343900
66 69 66 5 THE LOOK Roxette 28000
67 67 10 17 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 312350
68 NEW 68 1 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 6400
69 51 34 10 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 126050
70 NEW 70 1 UNDERDOG Alicia Keys 6000

71 52 36 9 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 108750
72 NEW 72 1 REMEDY Roachford 5600
73 53 33 11 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 125900
74 NEW 74 1 TRASH GLAM BABY The Boomtown Rats 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 5000

DROP OUTS
41 29 5 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 73100
54 29 8 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 83250
55 48 6 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 56850
58 50 6 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 59000
59 59 6 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 46500
62 62 8 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 51500
63 49 7 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 66100
66 3 13 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 465650
70 40 3 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 34750
71 71 5 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 25000
73 2 15 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 591250
75 19 14 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 200650

 

5th January 2020

It’s a quiet week for a new decade starting in terms of new entries and Sparks on top for a second week, holding off the new Avicii track to give him a second runner-up inside 6 months, with a climb of 16 places for Fades Away. Billie Eilish gets another top 10, Rod takes Georgie back into the 20 for the second time and reaches a new peak of 13 34 years late. Highest new entry is Pet Shop Boys new single Monkey Business, at 15, pure disco Radio 2-friendly, as previous single drops, and it’s B side is a high climber to 19 from 60. Anyone would think they have a new album pending…

Travis are the highest climbers, and into the 20 for the first time in 7 years, and Sigala and Ella Henderson both a nice leap into the 30, having been there on other tracks before. Sting and his mates are into the 40, Mel C is seeking the pink pound lower down, 4 years since her last chart action, Friendly Fires continue to mine the recent album, and Julie Bergan debuts with former chart-topper Seeb on tow.

1 1 1 3 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 362000
2 18 2 2 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 137000
3 2 1 4 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 485000
4 5 4 5 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 217600
5 6 5 5 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 183500
6 3 1 9 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 704100
7 8 7 5 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 133600
8 7 3 7 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 326200
9 13 9 8 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 147700
10 4 1 12 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1317100

11 10 3 10 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 497400
12 11 8 10 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 306100
13 39 13 2 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 49100
14 19 14 4 HOPE Kim Wilde 77300
15 NEW 15 1 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 27000
16 16 9 7 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 211500
17 17 4 13 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 528400
18 9 9 7 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 136850
19 60 19 2 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 31000
20 75 20 2 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 25000

21 15 1 10 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 938750
22 14 14 7 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 143700
23 21 14 9 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 144450
24 24 1 19 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1059650
25 47 25 5 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 58650
26 28 26 10 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 145200
27 33 27 6 CLEAN Hey Violet 69750
28 36 28 8 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 107900
29 23 4 10 TOMIE GHOST DATA 377650
30 12 2 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 168000

31 22 16 7 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 134900
32 32 23 9 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 133050
33 26 10 9 MONSTERS James Blunt 213750
34 27 17 7 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 108800
35 54 35 5 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 50200
36 25 7 7 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 237150
37 35 1 17 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 930450
38 43 38 5 HAMMER Louise 58600
39 31 8 11 ORPHANS Coldplay 293100
40 20 4 4 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 49000

41 29 29 5 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 73100
42 30 13 5 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 119750
43 34 28 10 THE TRUTH James Blunt 131900
44 40 24 13 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 173150
45 55 45 4 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 41950
46 46 15 14 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 249550
47 57 47 5 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 39700
48 38 18 11 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 169000
49 45 9 14 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 307450
50 65 50 2 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 19000

51 41 34 9 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 119850
52 42 36 8 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 102950
53 44 33 10 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 120500
54 37 29 8 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 83250
55 48 48 6 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 56850
56 53 1 23 I TRANCE Agnes 1654000
57 63 57 7 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 48100
58 50 50 6 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 59000
59 59 59 6 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 46500
60 66 60 5 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 34000

61 52 8 14 ECHOES Lola Marsh 336900
62 62 62 8 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 51500
63 49 49 7 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 66100
64 72 64 2 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 12700
65 68 65 4 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 24000
66 58 3 13 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 465650
67 56 10 16 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 305750
68 NEW 68 1 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 6400
69 71 69 4 THE LOOK Roxette 21200
70 51 40 3 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 34750

71 73 71 5 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 25000
72 NEW 72 1 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 5600
73 64 2 15 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 591250
74 NEW 74 1 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 5200
75 70 19 14 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 200650

DROP OUTS
61 25 6 HEYO The Makemakes 72200
67 45 9 PUMP IT UP Endor 87800
69 6 14 YOU. Lucy Daydream 371750
74 18 10 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 157700

My April 1987 Charts

7th April 1987

It’s a quartet of chart-toppers for Madonna from the True Blue album, something only Abba had managed previously (Voulez-Vous was the album). That holds off Prince in runners-up again, though he would top with it at last after his untimely death in 2016. Labi Siffre gets his first top 10 since Watch Me in 1972, Rod Stewart finally makes the top 10 12 years late (The Sutherland Brothers original from 1972 was WAY better), and U2 finally get cracking with a huge jump to 11 for With Or Without You. Ken Boothe gets a second-time top 20 with the same song.

Dead Or Alive keep the top 40 run going, Terence Trent D’Arby gets his first, and David Grant gets a big climb into the 40 7 years since he was in Linx with You’re Lying. High new entries from Julian Cope (Eve’s Volcano explodes at 33) Gary Numan combines with Radio Heart for an 8-year run since he started with a Tubeway Army chart-topper, and Bowie enters at 40 with Day-In Day-Out, one of those rare occasions when he was slagged off by the rock media for both the album and the Glass Spider tour. I rather liked the singles off the album, and saw the tour from right at the back of Wembley Stadium – a bit like being at the back of a big outdoor rock festival where people talking at the side of you dominate more than the busy stuff going on in the far distance. It was a bit self-indulgent, and the new album was plugged heavily, sadly, I wanted the great stuff.

Starship pop in with a classic 80’s anthem at 50, though I still prefer the Jefferson and Grace Slick versions from 1980, or the Jefferson Airplane 60’s versions. Kim Wilde does a duet with Junior, which gives them both some chart comeback action nicely, she’s still fab in concert to this day, and The Cure return with Why Can’t I Be You – for me this was the point at which they lost the quirkiness and got all serious and Big In America. Whitesnake return with the Rock, Steve Miller Band get a 13-year chart-span, albeit it ain’t no The Joker. Or Rock’n’Me. Or Abracadabra. Down the tail end returns from 4 current chart acts of the time.

1 ( 4 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
2 ( 2 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
3 ( 1 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
4 ( 9 ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
5 ( 3 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
6 ( 8 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
7 ( 15 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
8 ( 16 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
9 ( 19 ) SAILING Rod Stewart
10 ( 10 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert

11 ( 31 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
12 ( 14 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
13 ( 7 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
14 ( 6 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
15 ( 5 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
16 ( 24 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
17 ( 17 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
18 ( 29 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
19 ( 13 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
20 ( 12 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles

21 ( 11 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
22 ( 20 ) SEVERINA The Mission
23 ( 28 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
24 ( 18 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
25 ( 21 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
26 ( 32 ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
27 ( 22 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
28 ( 38 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
29 ( 47 ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
30 ( 46 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby

31 ( 26 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
32 ( 25 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
33 ( NEW ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
34 ( 42 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
35 ( 27 ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
36 ( 39 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
37 ( NEW ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
38 ( 40 ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees
39 ( 65 ) TAKE ME BACK David Grant
40 ( NEW ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie

41 ( 33 ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
42 ( 36 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
43 ( 34 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
44 ( 48 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
45 ( 23 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
46 ( 35 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
47 ( 72 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
48 ( 50 ) CRAZY Patsy Cline
49 ( 52 ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis
50 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship

51 ( 30 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
52 ( 49 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
53 ( 43 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
54 ( 41 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
55 ( 62 ) BRING HIM BACK HOME Hugh Masekela
56 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 57 ) SELA Lionel Richie
58 ( 37 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
59 ( NEW ) CRAWFISH Stan Campbell
60 ( NEW ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior

61 ( 60 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
62 ( NEW ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
63 ( 61 ) HUMAN Human League
64 ( 63 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
65 ( 70 ) JUST TO SEE HER Smokey Robinson
66 ( NEW ) STILL OF THE NIGHT Whitesnake
67 ( 56 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
68 ( NEW ) I WANT TO MAKE THE WORLD TURN AROUND The Steve Miller Band
69 ( 59 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
70 ( 69 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

71 ( NEW ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
72 ( NEW ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
73 ( 73 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
74 ( NEW ) ORDINARY DAY Curiosity Killed The Cat
75 ( NEW ) OUT WITH HER The Blow Monkeys

7th April
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 CHUNG KUO Vangelis
2 NATHALIE Gilbert Becaud
3 LOVING YOU AIN’T EASY Pagliaro

14th April 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for Madonna and 3 weeks at 2 for Prince as Hot Chocolate take their 1978 number 3 back to 3 in remix format. Lean On Me makes the top 10 for the 3rd act, since topping for Bill Withers in 1972. There are big climbs for John Farnham, Wet Wet Wet, Radio Heart & Gary Numan into the 20, and Starship into the 30. Highest new entry is Living In A Box debuting at 32 with their brilliant eponymous song just ahead of OMD keeping the run of top 40 hits at 7 years, and that’s not a Shame.

Johnny Hates Jazz debut and start a good run of singles with the great Shattered Dreams at 42, with the cool Sly & Robbie having a hit in their own right, the quirky Boops, rather than being backroom producers, in at 43. Elvis is back with another oldie, this time the fun Bossa Nova Baby from one of my fave childhood Elvis films, Fun In Acapulco (the title track was my brothers first-ever single he bought in 1969) and was another Lieber & Stoller song, one of many he recorded.

Five Star & Bon Jovi follow-up, That Petrol Emotion debut, the SOS Band keep the revival going, The Smiths bow out, and Elkie Brooks tries to break the chain. One thing I’ve noticed, in terms of highlighting which tracks I remain eternally loving, the best guide isn’t chart position of songs at the time they were hits – it’s the tracks that crop-up in my weekly playlist faves of the week, by and large oldies that I loved years after the event remain faves forever more, while big faves of a moment in time can suffer from overplay or being “of their time”. My fave current tracks in the 1987 chart these days is Prince, which didn’t top my chart then, and Living In A Box, which did. While U2 peaked at 11, and is very much a classic that took years to grown on me properly.

1 ( 1 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
2 ( 2 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
3 ( 6 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
4 ( 4 ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
5 ( 7 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
6 ( 3 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
7 ( 10 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
8 ( 8 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
9 ( 5 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
10 ( 12 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau

11 ( 34 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
12 ( 16 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
13 ( 30 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
14 ( 13 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
15 ( 28 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
16 ( 11 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
17 ( 47 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
18 ( 37 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
19 ( 14 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
20 ( 26 ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel

21 ( 18 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
22 ( 33 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
23 ( 23 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
24 ( 15 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
25 ( 19 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
26 ( 17 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
27 ( 50 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
28 ( 20 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
29 ( 29 ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
30 ( 40 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie

31 ( 9 ) SAILING Rod Stewart
32 ( NEW ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
33 ( 27 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
34 ( 36 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
35 ( 21 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
36 ( 38 ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees
37 ( 24 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
38 ( 25 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
39 ( 71 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
40 ( NEW ) SHAME OMD

41 ( 22 ) SEVERINA The Mission
42 ( NEW ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
43 ( NEW ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
44 ( 39 ) TAKE ME BACK David Grant
45 ( 31 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
46 ( 75 ) OUT WITH HER The Blow Monkeys
47 ( 42 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
48 ( 55 ) BRING HIM BACK HOME Hugh Masekela
49 ( 62 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
50 ( 65 ) JUST TO SEE HER Smokey Robinson

51 ( 43 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
52 ( 32 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
53 ( 60 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
54 ( NEW ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
55 ( 52 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( NEW ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
58 ( 46 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
59 ( NEW ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
60 ( 66 ) STILL OF THE NIGHT Whitesnake

61 ( NEW ) WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Bon Jovi
62 ( 61 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
63 ( 64 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
64 ( 63 ) HUMAN Human League
65 ( NEW ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
66 ( 35 ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
67 ( 53 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
68 ( NEW ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
69 ( 54 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
70 ( 70 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

71 ( 74 ) ORDINARY DAY Curiosity Killed The Cat
72 ( NEW ) MY LIES The SOS Band
73 ( NEW ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
74 ( 58 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
75 ( NEW ) BREAK THE CHAIN Elkie Brooks

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
3 LIVIN’ THING ELO

21st April 1987

It’s a first week on top, and straight in, for 1964 oldie Move Over Darling, Doris Day’s classic theme to the movie of the same name, of her best and areal feel-good fave of mine as a boy, adult, and right now too. Tracey Ullman had a hit with it a few years earlier too, but Doris’ original is the best and charted all over again thanks to an advert. Living In A Box rocket into the ten, along with Wet Wet Wet and Terence Trent D’Arby all getting a top 10 debut.

Crowded House enter with the top-notch classic Don’t Dream It’s Over, not the last time it would chart for the former NZ Split-Enz brothers, who had a few top 10’s in the early 80’s. Irish Rover is an old song, brought back by The Pogues – the presence of The Dubliners put me off, as they were responsible for one of the records of my childhood that used to annoy me (Seven Drunken Nights), but it’s not bad and also into the 30.

Down the bottom end 60’s legend Tom Jones is back with a theatrical big ballad, and three country girls join as a Trio for a cover of the 50’s song To Know Him Is To Love Him. The late Warren Zevon is in with his fab Werewolves Of London, and Latin Quarter keep on being right on again with another newie.

1 ( NEW ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
2 ( 1 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
3 ( 7 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
4 ( 8 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
5 ( 5 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
6 ( 32 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
7 ( 17 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
8 ( 13 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
9 ( 2 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
10 ( 3 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate

11 ( 15 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
12 ( 6 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
13 ( 18 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
14 ( 11 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
15 ( 9 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
16 ( 22 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
17 ( 27 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
18 ( 12 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
19 ( 23 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
20 ( 10 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau

21 ( 4 ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
22 ( 16 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
23 ( NEW ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
24 ( 14 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
25 ( NEW ) IRISH ROVER The Pogues & The Dubliners
26 ( 30 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie
27 ( 25 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
28 ( 65 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
29 ( 19 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
30 ( 42 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz

31 ( 20 ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
32 ( 49 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
33 ( 43 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
34 ( 28 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
35 ( 39 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
36 ( 33 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
37 ( 37 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
38 ( 40 ) SHAME OMD
39 ( 24 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
40 ( 53 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior

41 ( 58 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
42 ( 54 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
43 ( 26 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
44 ( 38 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
45 ( 68 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
46 ( 72 ) MY LIES The SOS Band
47 ( NEW ) SUPER POPOID GROOVE Win
48 ( 35 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 59 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
50 ( 21 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe

51 ( 61 ) WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Bon Jovi
52 ( NEW ) SEE ME Luther Vandross
53 ( 47 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
54 ( 51 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
55 ( 57 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 29 ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
58 ( 60 ) STILL OF THE NIGHT Whitesnake
59 ( 46 ) OUT WITH HER The Blow Monkeys
60 ( 36 ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees

61 ( 55 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
62 ( 34 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
63 ( 41 ) SEVERINA The Mission
64 ( 62 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
65 ( 63 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
66 ( 64 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 73 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
68 ( 31 ) SAILING Rod Stewart
69 ( NEW ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
70 ( NEW ) TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt

71 ( 45 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
72 ( 70 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
73 ( NEW ) WEREWOLVES OF LONDON Warren Zevon
74 ( NEW ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
75 ( NEW ) NOMZAMO (ONE PEOPLE ONE CAUSE) Latin Quarter

Playlist oldies of the week
1 ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
2 SARA Fleetwood Mac
3 YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE The Monkees

 

 

28th April 1987

It’s back up on top for La Isla Bonita giving Madonna 3 weeks in total, as Doris drops to 3 and Herb Alpert gets his 2nd equal-biggest chart position 19 years on from This Guy’s In Love, and thanks to Jam & Lewis. Starship get a second top 10, though they Jefferson’s when Jane did it in 1980, John Farnham gets his first since Little River Band’s 1979 Lonesome Loser, Fine Young Cannibals get Buzzcocks a top 10 song at last with Ever fallen In Love, and Gary Numan gets his 7th top 10 8 years since Are ‘Friends’ Electric topped.

The Damned get a good top 20 climb with the Love classic, OMD leap up even more, not a Shame! Two footballers get the highest new entry, not that footie meant anything much to me, and footie singers generally had dire results, but there you go, in at 33! The Smiths & Tom Jones get big climbs into the 40, and lower down Jaki Graham keeps the string of hits coming, Slade have a final chart entry after a whopping chart run of 16 years, Paul Simon sneaks in with his album title track – never a huge fave of mine off the album – and Cameo keep coming Back & Forth.

1 ( 2 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
2 ( 3 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
3 ( 1 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
4 ( 6 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
5 ( 5 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
6 ( 7 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
7 ( 17 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
8 ( 14 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
9 ( 11 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
10 ( 13 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan

11 ( 4 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
12 ( 8 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
13 ( 9 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
14 ( 10 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
15 ( 28 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
16 ( 12 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
17 ( 19 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 23 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
19 ( 38 ) SHAME OMD
20 ( 30 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz

21 ( 16 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
22 ( 15 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
23 ( 26 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie
24 ( 22 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
25 ( 25 ) IRISH ROVER The Pogues & The Dubliners
26 ( 18 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
27 ( 40 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
28 ( 45 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
29 ( 35 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
30 ( 33 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie

31 ( 20 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
32 ( 24 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
33 ( NEW ) DIAMOND LIGHTS Glen & Chris
34 ( 27 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
35 ( 46 ) NO LIES The SOS Band
36 ( 42 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
37 ( 37 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
38 ( 49 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
39 ( 67 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
40 ( 69 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones

41 ( 32 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
42 ( 36 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
43 ( 47 ) SUPER POPOID GROOVE Win
44 ( 41 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
45 ( 34 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
46 ( NEW ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
47 ( 29 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
48 ( NEW ) STILL IN LOVE Jaki Graham
49 ( 39 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
50 ( NEW ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything

51 ( 51 ) WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Bon Jovi
52 ( 44 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
53 ( 31 ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
54 ( 21 ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
55 ( 43 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 48 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
58 ( 53 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
59 ( NEW ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Slade
60 ( NEW ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny

61 ( 52 ) SEE ME Luther Vandross
62 ( 54 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
63 ( 50 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
64 ( 61 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
65 ( 65 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 64 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
68 ( NEW ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
69 ( 55 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
70 ( 74 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42

71 ( NEW ) GRACELAND Paul Simon
72 ( 72 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
73 ( 73 ) WEREWOLVES OF LONDON Warren Zevon
74 ( NEW ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
75 ( NEW ) EMOTIONAL Falco

Oldies Playlist
1 LONG TIME Arrow
2 HEY NINETEEN Steely Dan
3 JOHNNY REMEMBER ME John Leyton

My 1974 Charts – October

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1st October 1974

In amongst playing bridge at break-time’s in the 6th form block, and feeling quite adult these days, someone brought in tapes of some odd semi-experimental album music, one of which had been featured in the scariest, most disturbing film I was to see (5 years later) in my life: The Exorcist. The music was jaw-dropping, especially the spoken-word sequence where instruments add in announced one by one, before climaxing together in a fabulous folkrock hippie majesty. I heard Hergest Ridge first, the follow-up, but it was Tubular Bells that astounded me. As they are essentially one piece, I just called them very long singles and charted them briefly. So here they are, at 1 and 2, Mike Oldfield’s first (instant) number one, and the first act to hold down the top 2 in my chart, and the only albums ever to chart.

That means, with Ravi Shankar at 3, Thunderthighs grabbing a second Top 10 hit at 6, and others hanging in there, that the first UK singles chart hit is at 7 (and that had peaked in my charts long before it was a hit). I really was more and more interested in non-chart stuff! Paul McCartney’s bruv goes up to 10, his first since Lily The Pink to get that high, while highest actual single new entry is George McCrae’s follow-up to Rock You Baby, at 13, one place lower than the man who wrote and produced it: KC. Barry Blue enters at 14 with his 5th hit, Hot Shot, all chanting glam-rock cossack stylee, while at 15 it’s First Choice getting a 3rd hit (but UK flop) with the The Player, and at 16 it’s John Lennon back with a bang, an American chart-topper, a minor UK hit, and more than a little Elton John in it. Hey, whatever gets you thru the night! Elton bet John it would get to number one, and if it did John had to join Elton on stage (and which he did for his last-ever concert-performance – the one that got him back-together with Yoko).

The fab Barry Reynolds record that I still desperately want is at 17, Polly Brown I’m playing a lot at the moment, it’s much better than I remembered, jolly thumping soulpop, and at 18, and at 21 Fox pop back in again with the odd Only You Can (breathe in “oh oh oh oh o only you”) still 3 months away from charting in the UK. Lastly, but not leastly, taking a leaf out of Bryan Ferry’s book, retro lounge-lizard stylee, Australian Gary Shearston covers Cole Porter’s sophisticated 1934 classic I Get A Kick Out Of You. Whereas Smoke Gets In Your Eyes left me cold, Ferry’s first mis-step, this was something else entirely: it’s the definitive version, from the 40‘s-styled vocal phrasing, and the drug-referenced wonderful lyrics, to the violin accentuating and underpinning and dominating the track, it’s a forgotten piece of minor genius. I never get tired of hearing it, and it was a huge hit, thankfully, in the UK.

In the oldies chart 1971 Japanese-language, kiddie-chanting, drum-heavy oddity Yamasuki finally gets to the top as it gets cut down to 10, with Mouth and MacNeal’s 1972 hit (but not in the UK) reissued and in at 7, giving them 3 Top 10’s inside 6 months. Then nothing ever again….

1 ( NEW ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
2 ( 7 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
3 ( 4 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
4 ( 1 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
5 ( 2 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
6 ( 25 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
7 ( 6 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
8 ( 3 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
9 ( 8 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
10 ( 20 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear

11 ( 14 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
12 ( 11 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
13 ( NEW ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
14 ( NEW ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
15 ( NEW ) THE PLAYER First Choice
16 ( NEW ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
17 ( 22 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
18 ( 10 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
19 ( 28 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
20 ( 18 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim

21 ( 37 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
22 ( 5 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
23 ( 15 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
24 ( 9 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
25 ( 23 ) COLDWATER CANYON Dory Previn
26 ( 12 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
27 ( 21 ) MAGIC Pilot
28 ( 27 ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
29 ( 19 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
30 ( NEW ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston

31 ( 13 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
32 ( 16 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
33 ( 17 ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
34 ( 24 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
35 ( 26 ) THE WILD ONE Suzi Quatro
36 ( 29 ) IT’S BETTER TO HAVE Don Covay
37 ( 30 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Alaska
38 ( 31 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
39 ( 32 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
40 ( 34 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings

OLDIES CHART 1st October 1974

1 ( 8 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
2 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
3 ( 3 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
4 ( 1 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
5 ( 4 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
6 ( 5 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
7 ( NEW ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
8 ( 7 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
9 ( 10 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
10 ( 9 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes

8th October 1974

From Tubular Bells folk to Beatlestastic Indian Spector, as George Harrison’s definitively-produced version of Ravi Shankar’s I Am Missing You hits the top. That’s something Norah Jones has yet to do….! The 2 Mike Oldfield albums drop heavily, not from lack of love, it’s from lack of hearing – I couldnt afford to buy them so had to make do with hearing them once or twice at school, then that was it till I was older and could buy them. Shankar Family I could afford, though. Mike McCartney hits a new peak of 6 with Paul’s very Wings-tastic track (pity he didn’t stick his version on the fab Venus & Mars album), while Barry Reynolds grows to 8, outsider or not, it’s a terrific point of view and should have been a hit. Barry Blue, which WAS a minor hit, hot shots it to 2, his 3rd Top 3 hit, and the late Lynsey De Paul gets a co-writer credit on it.

New at 11, it’s a 4th fab big hit for David Essex, the terrific Gonna Make You A Star (on TOTP Paul & Linda I recall were on, and mimed along to the I Don’t Think So line. That’s probably better than my half-recall of DLT miming-along to it, cos if that’s true, and if it hasn’t been wiped, it’ll never get broadcast again thanks to the nutjobs at the BBC). At 12, it’s a second hit for KC, sounding his funky horn, replacing his own Queen Of Clubs, and keeping his own I Can’t Leave You Alone at 13. In 1974/5, KC WAS disco music, no question.

In at 17, back with Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry gets a 5th Top 20 hit, with the fantastic All I Want Is You, exciting, sax-y, and building, I love it to bits still. In at 18, his 3rd hit in 12 months, it’s Robert Knight’s 60’s retro northern soul version of My Rainbow Valley – a song that was a hit for the Love Affair in 1968, yes them what had a huge massive number one with his Everlasting Love. This sounds like an original version to me, unless he was getting some sweet revenge, but either way it’s not quite as good as vocalist Steve Ellis’ Love Affair version. Great song though. Pilot, meanwhile get a 2nd top 20 hit. Ho ho ho, it’s magic!

New at 23, OK Chicago from studio group Resonance, a funky, police-siren, almost jazz avante-garde French producers who seem to be the same ones behind Pepperbox (hit my chart a few weeks back, and a few weeks into the future). Forgotten goodie! In at 24 another instrumental, Santana’s debut hit with the 1970 track, Samba Pa Ti, a gorgeous sultry guitar-based latin-rock classic, with The Commodores making it 3 instrumentals in a row. Dave Edmunds get a new rocking hit at 29, his 4th, while his first hits 1 on my oldies chart 4 years late. I Hear You Knocking, but you can’t come in, 50’s stylee fabulousness. At 30, Garfunkel gets his 3rd of the year, all off the same album, and lastly on the oldies Eddie Holman’s 1970 hit Hey There Lonely Girl soul classic enters at 3, as it enters the UK charts, like Santana 4 years late. Main difference being I didn’t know Samba Pa Ti was old.. Santana did eventually grab a number one, and then another, 25 years into the future.

1 ( 3 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
2 ( 14 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
3 ( 6 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
4 ( 4 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
5 ( 5 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
6 ( 10 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
7 ( 8 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
8 ( 17 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
9 ( 1 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
10 ( 7 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation

11 ( NEW ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
12 ( NEW ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
13 ( 13 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
14 ( 2 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
15 ( 15 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
16 ( 16 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
17 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
18 ( NEW ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
19 ( 21 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
20 ( 27 ) MAGIC Pilot

21 ( 20 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
22 ( 12 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
23 ( NEW ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
24 ( NEW ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
25 ( 11 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
26 ( 9 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
27 ( 19 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
28 ( 30 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
29 ( NEW ) NEED A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES Dave Edmunds
30 ( NEW ) SECOND AVENUE Garfunkel

31 ( 18 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
32 ( 22 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
33 ( 23 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
34 ( 24 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
35 ( 25 ) COLDWATER CANYON Dory Previn
36 ( 26 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
37 ( 28 ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
38 ( 29 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
39 ( 31 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
40 ( 32 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks

OLDIES CHART 8th October

1 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
2 ( 1 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
3 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
4 ( 7 ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
5 ( 3 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
6 ( 5 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
7 ( 6 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
8 ( 4 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor

15th October 1974

Another new number 1: Dracula’s Daughter! Yes, the previous year Monster Mash had almost become the first Halloween song to top my charts, but Thunderthighs went ahead and did it almost a decade before Thriller did it as well. Their follow-up to the much-better Central Park Arrest, Dracula’s Daughter had little BBC airplay to mention, so it was doomed to failure really, but it was a great cheesy tongue-in-cheek girlgroup novelty that desrves to join the rather limited number of perennial Halloween Faves. In my dreams, of course, but it would make a change from Ghostbusters year after bloody year!

Rocketing up to 3, Roxy Music get their 2nd top 3 hit, cos all i want is them, and David Essex gets his biggest hit at 4 cos he’s gonna make you a star. I don’t think so! Highest new entry at 5, and following-up a number one, sounding NOTHING like it’s rocking predecessor it’s a Killer Queen, a sophisticated 40’s pastiche rock generation stylee, and oh what a fantastic record too. KC, meanwhile, follows-up his 2 number ones (one with George McCrae) with 2 more top 10 hits (one with George McCrae).

Santana smoothly guitar slide it to 11, Gary Shearston kicks it up to 13 smoothly, and a batch of new entries pop in between 24 and 30: Stevie Wonder’s vitriolic (and grammatically incorrect) You Haven’t Done Nothing rips into Tricky Dicky, all funk vitriol, and one of his forgotten classics, possibly due to the specifically politically 1974 nature of the lyrics. Nixon resigned when he heard it. Probably. The Hues Corporation follow up Rock The Boat with the identikit (but fun) Rockin’ Soul, while The Wombles (and Mike Batt’s) best record adds a bit of kiddy Mozart classical to the charts with the wonderful Minuetto Allegretto. We were minuetting mad, back in 1718 when Bulgaria was a lad. Sparks get a 4th hit with their 3rd single, the slow ballad Mother Earth as my 3rd hit (and their 4th single) drops out of the chart (for now). I still say Island Records got them the wrong way round. Bay City Rollers now pop in very briefly and lowly, where once they had big hits, and it’s not hard to see why when All Of Me Loves All Of You is basically (non-UK-hit, US Number-one) Saturday Night part 4. Livvy is back, though, with a huge US chart-topper, the touching I Honestly Love You, signalling a new phase in her now-US-based career.

It’s the last oldies chart, down to 6, with dave Edmunds at 1, Eddie Holman’s fab Lonely Girl at 2, and the UK hit release of Phil Spector’s Da Doo Ron Ron bringing The Crystals in at 6.


So, as TV pundits like to start their sentences these days, what about politics ’74 (albeit mine grammatically having a point rather than a dramatic pause while brain gets in gear). So. As it turns out Harold Wilson’s Labour Party scraped a victory together this week, dumping the Lib Lab pact partners, and causing a minor amount of approval in our working class household. Yes, those were the days when Labour stood for the less-well-off. I was in the process of becoming a little more politically interested, taking on an O Level in British Constitution in the 6th form, which informed me somewhat more than I was before on the history of British politics. Our (very likely) gay teacher was pretty fair in party presentation, which led me to lean in a sort of vague Liberal/Labour way, and a way in which I’ve more or less continued to lean ever since. Of course, it all went horribly wrong after Harold Wilson bailed out, and UK politics has since left much to be desired, albeit amongst the betterment of society generally, it must be said.

The USA of course, had Gerald “watch that step” Ford in charge, as Watergate trials took over the news, and Nixon had a bright future as a disembodied head on Futurama to look forward to. Meanwhile at the movies, Airport ’75 was out in the USA, the sequel to Airport, and a jumbo-sized (literally) disaster movie with a cast of veterans introduced to me, amongst current ones like Helen Reddy, pop star and singing nun. It’s hard to take her seriously now, after the way-better Airplane! parodied it hilariously, the nun’s guitar periodically wacking-out the life-support drip of an ailing smiling little girl. Fab! From TV, Ed Sullivan moved on to the final Variety Show in the sky, his passing largely unknown in the UK, but known to me from my Singapore days where TV showed USTV re-runs. I mostly recall Topo Gigio though, not The Beatles debut (being as it was 1969/70). I hated Topo Gigio. Pop onto Youtube and see why….

1 ( 3 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
2 ( 1 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
3 ( 17 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
4 ( 11 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
5 ( NEW ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
6 ( 2 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
7 ( 13 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
8 ( 4 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
9 ( 12 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 5 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People

11 ( 24 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
12 ( 18 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
13 ( 28 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
14 ( 8 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
15 ( 7 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
16 ( 6 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
17 ( 9 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
18 ( 10 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
19 ( 23 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
20 ( 14 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield

21 ( 16 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
22 ( 21 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
23 ( 20 ) MAGIC Pilot
24 ( NEW ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
25 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
26 ( RE ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
27 ( NEW ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
28 ( NEW ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
29 ( NEW ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
30 ( NEW ) I HONESTLY LOVE YOU Olivia Newton-John

31 ( 15 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
32 ( 19 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
33 ( 22 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
34 ( 25 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
35 ( 26 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
36 ( 27 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
37 ( 29 ) NEED A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES Dave Edmunds
38 ( 30 ) SECOND AVENUE Garfunkel
39 ( 31 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
40 ( 32 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta

OLDIES CHART 15th Oct 1974

1 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
2 ( 3 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
3 ( 2 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
4 ( 4 ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
5 ( 5 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
6 ( NEW ) DA DO RON RON The Crystals

22nd October 1974

Queen get their 2nd number one in a row with the fabulous Killer Queen, and I had no idea what Moet Chandon was till I heard the lyric. Champagne wasn’t something you came across much in the RAF world. At runners-up for the 2nd time, The Hues Corporation follow-up Rockin’ Soul rocks the boat. Fab Gary Shearston opines mere alcohol doesn’t thrill him at all. Me neither, but I certainly get a kick out of his record being at 5. As the Oldies chart fades away, a batch of tracks in it turn up as new entries and re-entries in the Top 40, but you can assume they would have been higher in previous weeks than the chart positions this week, headed by Dave Edmunds at 7 kicking out his own new record.

Stevie goes 20, Pepperbox pops back as it starts to make the UK charts, and Fox continue to yo-yo about. New at 30 are the Netherlands band The Cats, Be My Day being a Caribbean-styled singalong Ditch and German Number One, and catchy enough. Peter Shelley had a sweet Uk hit with Gee Baby, though he impressed me more as the writer/producer of Alvin Stardust records, Alvin very sadly passed away this week just ahead of his last album being released.

bad photo of the entrance to Chosenhill 6th form block

bad photo of the entrance to Chosenhill 6th form block

At school, one of the new subjects I’d taken on was O Level geology, which turned out to be quite dry and name-heavy. I actually love the subject these days, but all the bloody essays about Orthoclase Feldspar and Quartz and this mineral and that mineral got a bit tedious, I didn’t do very well, and eventually approached the teacher to give him the bad news that I was giving it up. I actually liked the teacher, or Nick The Prick as his nickname went (he had a habit of unconsciously scratching as if he had crabs), and regret that now. Hey ho. In sports, which seldom interested me outside tennis and the Olympics, Muhammed Ali had a bit of a rumble in the jungle coming up. He was also a family hero dating back to the days of Cassius Clay, dad being a big boxing fan. In those days you could convert to Islam without being thought a potential terrorist, and still be a big media darling hero beloved of millions. Ah those were the days….

1 ( 5 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
2 ( 25 ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
3 ( 1 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
4 ( 3 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
5 ( 13 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
6 ( 2 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
7 ( NEW ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
8 ( RE ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
9 ( 9 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 8 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson

11 ( 11 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
12 ( 7 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
13 ( 4 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
14 ( 14 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
15 ( 24 ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
16 ( 10 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
17 ( 12 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
18 ( 18 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
19 ( 19 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
20 ( 6 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue

21 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
22 ( 15 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
23 ( RE ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
24 ( 32 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
25 ( 27 ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
26 ( 16 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
27 ( 29 ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
28 ( 28 ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
29 ( 23 ) MAGIC Pilot
30 ( NEW ) BE MY DAY The Cats

31 ( 17 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
32 ( 20 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
33 ( 21 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
34 ( 22 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
35 ( 26 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
36 ( 30 ) I HONESTLY LOVE YOU Olivia Newton-John
37 ( NEW ) DA DOO RON RON The Crystals
38 ( 31 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
39 ( 33 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
40 ( NEW ) GEE BABY Peter Shelley

29th October 1974

2 weeks at one, equalling 7 Seas Of Rhye, for Queen, while Pepperbox makes the Top 10 for the second time just ahead of Resonance’s OK Chicago at 11 – they had a double-album package once upon a time, so it’s fair enough they chart together. Highest new entry is Ken Boothe and his delicious reggae working of Bread’s Everything I Own. David Gates was a terrific songwriter, but Bread hardly had any hits, being lumped into a sweet MOR bracket along with the equally derided Carpenters by the rock fraternity. Yah Boo Sucks to them, it’s a great record (the original) and this version is just as good in a totally different way, the mark of a good song. Boy George of course copied Ken’s version and grabbed a second UK chart-topper for the song.

Rod Stewart says Farewell at 23 – not to us, that is, but to The Faces (shortly) and his credibility, for the most part, but this was a great little gem in the style of his previous solo hits. Billy Ocean is back at 24 for a second attempt at a UK hit with his previously John-charted great record On The Run. It didn’t work, but he got there 18 months later anyway with another one, under a new name (as opposed to Scorched Earth). The Glitter Band are at 30 with the fun glam Let’s Get Together Again. Nothing to do with their (soon-to-be-former) boss, but they have been equally banished by association from musical history. Not by me, though. One of Slade’s best records for some bizarre reason didn’t do well in my charts, Far Far Away is a great song from a largely dull, but not bad, movie Slade In Flame, but the singles so far in 1974 had not impressed me much and they’d fallen off my fan radar a bit by this time. Pity, it’s terrific! Finally, veteran 60’s group The Tymes comeback with a catchy sweet soul shuffler, matching The Drifters UK-based revival, but the effect is somewhat reduced when it sounds like they are singing You Little Trussmaker. I mean, someone has to make trusses, but a tribute song is a little OTT.

1 ( 1 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
2 ( 2 ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
3 ( 7 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
4 ( 6 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
5 ( 5 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
6 ( 3 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
7 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
8 ( 23 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
9 ( 9 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 10 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson

11 ( 19 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
12 ( 8 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
13 ( 15 ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
14 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
15 ( 24 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
16 ( 21 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
17 ( 17 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
18 ( 26 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
19 ( 16 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
20 ( 14 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds

21 ( 25 ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
22 ( 22 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
23 ( NEW ) FAREWELL Rod Stewart
24 ( RE ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
25 ( 12 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
26 ( RE ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
27 ( 20 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
28 ( 13 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
29 ( 18 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
30 ( NEW ) LET’S GET TOGETHER AGAIN The Glitter Band

31 ( 11 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
32 ( 27 ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
33 ( 28 ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
34 ( 29 ) MAGIC Pilot
35 ( 30 ) BE MY DAY The Cats
36 ( 31 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
37 ( 32 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
38 ( NEW ) FAR FAR AWAY Slade
39 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE BEACH TONIGHT The Drifters
40 ( NEW ) YOU LITTLE TRUSTMAKER The Tymes

My 1984 Charts – June

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Swanage…

 

5th June 1984

2 weeks for jazzy Style Council, heading a laid-back upper-chart, matching the sunny summer of ’84, and in contrast to my increasingly low self-worth, depression and feelings of failure, sitting in my lonely bedroom. I hadn’t quite started banging my head on the walls in frustration at my mental state, but it wasn’t far off. Happy days…

The gorgeous Everything But The Girl at 2 give a truly jazzy Top 10, with Sade leaping to 9 to underline it. A bit of raunchy dance was my other main theme of the time, Evelyn Thomas pushing up the bpm’s at 5, and Rod rockin’ it dance-wise with the under-rated Infatuation shooting up to 8. Howard Jones gets a 4th Top 10 in a row, The Smiths get 3 Top 20’s in a row as Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (Oh how that was my anthem of the time!) shoots up to 16.

Bruce, Chrissie and Nick Heyward all get another Top 20 hit, Bruce’s first for 3 years, and 9 years on from Born To Run’s debut. Highest new entry meanwhile is Madness, uncharacteristically with a ballad, One Better Day at 32, just ahead of newie from Siouxsie and oldie from Jacko – yet another reissued Motown classic to join his other tracks. He was quite big in 1984. Sister Sledge’s oldie also joins him in the 40.

Elsewhere, a classic debut from Bronski Beat, and an outright in-ya-face gay-themed video and song, hi-NRG and fab, Smalltown Boy at 42. TV movie Sgt Matlovich was also a TV first based on a true story of a gay soldier getting booted out of the US Air Force for being gay. Ozzy’s a bit tired at 47, not surprising as he hadn’t stopped partying since Paranoid, 14 years earlier. Gary Glitter makes a comeback on the back of being a big live touring draw. I saw him most Christmas or New Years Eves in the 80’s, and a good time was had by all, it was a massive party. Dance Me Up was the most glam-sounding single he’d done for some years, though not up to the 70’s stuff.

OMD were also back with yet another great single, Talking Loud And Clear at 74, Scritti’s follow-up to a chart-topper, Absolutely at 69, and Spandau go all smooth (and largely bland) at 65 with Only When You Leave. Finally David “Japan” Sylvian has a red guitar at 75. On TV, dropping from last week’s number one, The Young Ones have guest Jennifer Saunders as a murderess (in reality Ade Edmonson’s other half), and I can’t let it go without comment on the tragic passing of Rik Mayall, comedy hero of the 80’s and 90’s, beloved of many of that generation. So sad.

1 ( 1 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
2 ( 4 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
3 ( 2 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
4 ( 5 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
5 ( 17 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
6 ( 3 ) THE LEBANON Human League
7 ( 6 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
8 ( 25 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
9 ( 37 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
10 ( 13 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones

11 ( 7 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
12 ( 15 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
13 ( 10 ) SEARCHING Hazell Dean
14 ( 12 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
15 ( 8 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
16 ( 55 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
17 ( 21 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
18 ( 9 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
19 ( 27 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
20 ( 28 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders

21 ( 11 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
22 ( 14 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
23 ( 30 ) DRAG ME DOWN The Boomtown Rats
24 ( 31 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
25 ( 16 ) ASSASSING Marillion
26 ( 19 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
27 ( 74 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
28 ( 18 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
29 ( 20 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
30 ( 44 ) TOO MUCH TROUBLE Limahl

31 ( 26 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
32 ( NEW ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
33 ( 33 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
34 ( 38 ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
35 ( 34 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
36 ( 22 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
37 ( NEW ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
38 ( 36 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
39 ( 24 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
40 ( NEW ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees

41 ( 32 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
42 ( NEW ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
43 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
44 ( 29 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
45 ( 23 ) BREAK DANCE PARTY Break Machine
46 ( 46 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
47 ( NEW ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
48 ( 39 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
49 ( 35 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
50 ( 50 ) THE RUNNER Manfred Mann’s Earthband

51 ( 43 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
52 ( 52 ) DON’T LET GO Wang Chung
53 ( 42 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
54 ( 54 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
56 ( 53 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
57 ( 57 ) EXTRAORDINARY GIRL The O’Jays
58 ( 47 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
59 ( 49 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
60 ( 56 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

61 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 64 ) LOVE ME TENDER Roland Rat
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 51 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
65 ( NEW ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
66 ( 65 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
67 ( 40 ) SWEETEST SWEETEST Jermaine Jackson
68 ( 60 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
69 ( NEW ) ABSOLUTELY Scritti Politti
70 ( 70 ) LOVE LIES LOST Helen Terry

71 ( 45 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
72 ( 66 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
73 ( NEW ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
74 ( 62 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) RED GUITAR David Sylvian

 

TV
1 Scully
2 The Young Ones: French & Saunders
3 The Addams Family
4 Sgt Matlovich vs The Air Force (TV film)
5 Cheers
6 The Twilight Zone
7 Hill Street Blues
8 Soap
9 Spitting Image
10 The Professionals
11 Film 84 Special: Stephen Spielberg
12 Top Of The Pops
13 Batman
14 Empire
15 WKRP In Cincinatti

 

12th June 1984

3rd and final week on top for The Style Council, as the Top 10 gets volatile. The Smiths rocket up to 2, and Morrissey is still miserable about it. No change there then. Rod gets his biggest hit since Baby Jane as Infatuation goes up to 3, and new in at 7, follow-up to Relax, much-hyped and much-anticipated, it’s Frankie Goes To Hollywood with the soundtrack to the summer and future classic, Two Tribes, with that memorable video. Bronski Beat, though, beat them to the top 5, bounding up with their smalltown boy to 5, while Sade’s minor hit is a major hit here at 4.

Bruce up to 13, a year ahead of bigger UK success with it, and Madonna’s Borderline in at 50, 3rd hit, and 2 years ahead of her bigger UK hit success with it. Madness keep up their string of Top 20 hits, 5 years without a miss, Change (aka Luther Vandross, at times) enter with the dancetastic Change Of Heart and OMD get 4 years of Top 40 hits at 39.

Other new entries: Billy Idol at 50, with the oddly-titled, yet brilliant, Eyes Without A Face. It was his first real ballad, a million miles away from King Rocker. That’s not a bad thing. Debuting at 64, the fantastic Lloyd Cole & The Commotions and the fabulous Perfect Skin. One of the mysteries of life is Lloyd Cole never having huge success with his jangly indierock. Lastly, at 73, The Mighty Wah! (aka Wah!, Wah! Heat, and Pete Wylie) return chart-bound after a break since their number one Story Of The Blues, with the equally Spector-ish Come Back.

TV? It’s still The Young Ones dominating my TV world, such a shame they didn’t do another series, I know I was soooo sad they didn’t. Also must mention Scully, a UK show set in Liverpool (the setting was close to my heart, as I was still commuting there regularly to pick and return my grandma), it was amusing and well-written drama, and had an Elvis Costello theme tune Turning The Town Red (and he was in it). It fit in nicely with the mood of the times, and the number of Scousers in the chart, not to mention the local Dorset relocated Scouse community enjoying the beach weather. Elvis Costello meanwhile enters at 31 with his most-gorgeous ballad, the heart-melting I Wanna Be Loved, which also meant a lot to me that summer, and the video is juuuust wonderful.

1 ( 1 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
2 ( 16 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
3 ( 8 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
4 ( 9 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
5 ( 42 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
6 ( 5 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
7 ( NEW ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
8 ( 10 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
9 ( 3 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
10 ( 2 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl

11 ( 4 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
12 ( 6 ) THE LEBANON Human League
13 ( 17 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
14 ( 7 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
15 ( 11 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
16 ( 27 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
17 ( 32 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
18 ( 19 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
19 ( 18 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
20 ( 20 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders

21 ( 12 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
22 ( 15 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
23 ( 13 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
24 ( 33 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
25 ( 46 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
26 ( 37 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
27 ( 47 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
28 ( 30 ) TOO MUCH TROUBLE Limahl
29 ( 14 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
30 ( 55 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

31 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
32 ( 22 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
33 ( 21 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
34 ( 26 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
35 ( NEW ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
36 ( 31 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
37 ( 24 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
38 ( 38 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
39 ( 73 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
40 ( 40 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees

41 ( 41 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
42 ( 29 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
43 ( 28 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
44 ( 43 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 36 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
46 ( 39 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
47 ( 65 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
48 ( 23 ) DRAG ME DOWN The Boomtown Rats
49 ( 25 ) ASSASSING Marillion
50 ( NEW ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol

51 ( 35 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
52 ( 34 ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
53 ( NEW ) BORDERLINE Madonna
54 ( 54 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
55 ( 51 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
56 ( 69 ) ABSOLUTELY Scritti Politti
57 ( 48 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
58 ( 44 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
59 ( 56 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
60 ( 60 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

61 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 49 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( NEW ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
65 ( 53 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
66 ( 75 ) RED GUITAR David Sylvian
67 ( 59 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
68 ( 58 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
69 ( 66 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
70 ( 45 ) BREAK DANCE PARTY Break Machine

71 ( 57 ) EXTRAORDINARY GIRL The O’Jays
72 ( 68 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
73 ( NEW ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
74 ( 64 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
75 ( 50 ) THE RUNNER Manfred Mann’s Earthband

TV
1 The Young Ones: colds
2 Cheers
3 Scully
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Soap
6 Hill Street Blues
7 The Addams Family
8 Bewitched
9 The Young Ones: french & saunders
10 Batman

 

19th June 1984

My pop chart goes frantic, as another influx of classic tracks jostles with a host of big climbers and big fallers. Essentially, in retrospect, it’s fairly obvious depression hit me this week for the first time in my life, I had no idea what it was , how to deal with it, and the Doctor was of no use whatsoever just poo-poohing me to go away and stop bothering him (more or less) as there was nothing wrong with me. There was. I was in a permanent state of misery, life was joyless, and emotions were building up inside me with no outlet except music. Music kept me sane. Ish. My family were starting to notice the change, but as a family there other problems as my brother was looking for work while the pits were on strike and no money, my sister-in-law Sue was pregnant with my nephew, and mum and dad had a busy NAAFI bar and shop to run 7 days a week. My Top 10 says it all, really:

Two Tribes hit the top giving Frankie their second number one, and reflecting CND and east-west tensions of the time, keeping off The Smiths from the top. I think I was so miserable now, heaven knows I couldn’t bear to have it on top. Highest new entry, in at 3, another depressive anthem, the first one from the Human League (and their least successful UK chart hit to date since Dare), but it spoke to me a lot and followed on from 5 consecutive chart-toppers. Elvis Costello gets his biggest-ever hit as I Wanna Be Loved shoots up to 6, another song that meant a lot to me. Just to underline the down-moods, Pretenders get 5 years of Top 10’s with the sad Thin Line, and Madness do the same with the depressing One Better day. Bung in Ozzy’s So Tired at 12, Cyndi’s Time After Time entering at 14 and there wasn’t much to laugh at going on…

Most cheerful or upbeat tracks suffer big falls, and there’s a host of new tracks and a re-entry from Nik Kershaw finally making the Top 20 7 months after debuting. Robin Gibb was very much in solo single form in the absence of the Bee Gees, and the fab Boys Do Fall In Love has a bit more cheer at 23, and Alison Moyet’s moody solo debut Love Resurrection (complete with VERY naughty innuendo) charges in at 26.

A rap classic enters at 41 the awesome White Lines, back in the days when you could rap along to rappers comfortably, learn the words and the intonation meant something. A manic pace, incoherent vocabulary, and misogynistic cliched drivel not required. Even more classic, Prince is back, and When Doves Cry was a departure in sound, percussion-heavy, inventive and brilliantly exciting, in at 57. Party classic Jump (For My Love) is in at 59 for the Pointer Sisters, Tina Turner’s classic (and future movie-bio title) What’s Love Got To Do With It is in at 72, while Jim Steinman’s Streets Of Fire movie song enters at 71 for Fire Inc. Phew!

TV, it was still The Young Ones, as we waved goodbye forever this week (bar the single with Cliff), the week when Rik Mayall gets a top 10 hit thanks to goodwill from those like me who they meant a lot to, they really were a generation gap TV show.

1 ( 7 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 2 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
3 ( NEW ) LIFE ON MY OWN Human League
4 ( 3 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
5 ( 5 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
6 ( 31 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
7 ( 1 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
8 ( 4 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
9 ( 20 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
10 ( 17 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness

11 ( 18 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
12 ( 27 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
13 ( 6 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
14 ( NEW ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
15 ( 12 ) THE LEBANON Human League
16 ( 11 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
17 ( 8 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
18 ( NEW ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
19 ( 26 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
20 ( 25 ) SUSANNA The Art Company

21 ( 15 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
22 ( 10 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
23 ( NEW ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
24 ( 24 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
25 ( 16 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
26 ( NEW ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
27 ( 39 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
28 ( 35 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
29 ( 9 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
30 ( 30 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

31 ( 19 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
32 ( 13 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 22 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
34 ( 14 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
35 ( 50 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
36 ( 56 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
37 ( 21 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
38 ( 23 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
39 ( 47 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
40 ( 73 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!

41 ( NEW ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
42 ( 32 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
43 ( 36 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
44 ( 33 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
45 ( 38 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
46 ( 41 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
47 ( 44 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
48 ( 29 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
49 ( 34 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
50 ( 64 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

51 ( 37 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
52 ( 53 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
53 ( 40 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees
54 ( 45 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
55 ( 54 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
56 ( 28 ) TOO MUCH TROUBLE Limahl
57 ( NEW ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
58 ( 46 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
59 ( NEW ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
60 ( 43 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne

61 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 60 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 59 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
65 ( 42 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
66 ( 55 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
67 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU (WHEN YOU SLEEP) Tracie
68 ( 57 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
69 ( 51 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
70 ( NEW ) TONIGHT IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE YOUNG Jim Steinman and Fire Inc

71 ( 52 ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
72 ( NEW ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
73 ( 69 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
74 ( NEW ) SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE JB’s All Stars
75 ( 67 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling

TV
1 Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (Special Edition)
2 The Young Ones: final episode
3 The Young Ones: colds
4 Scully
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Rhoda
7 Soap
8 The Addams Family
9 Hill Street Blues
10 Bewitched

 

26th June 1984

Two Tribes two weeks on top. Elvis Costello has to be content with runners-up for the gorgeous I Wanna Be Loved, I’m sad to say that’s the highest he’s ever climbed in my chart in a very long chart career, though that also applies to the UK singles chart (only Oliver’s Army peaked at 2). Rocketing up to 4, and his biggest hit to date, for Billy Idol’s moody and mysterious Eyes Without A Face. Sad songs very much saying so much to me, as Cyndi Lauper gets her 2nd Top 10 with Time After Time, OMD get their 8th top 10, and Sister Sledge their 3rd.

New at 7, reissued Waiting In Vain gives Bob Marley a second top 10 hit with the 1977 classic, one of my fave Marley songs. The Pointer Sisters Jump to 13, Lloyd Cole is perfect at 16, leaping high, and Gary Glitter gets his 10th Top 20 hit. Prince flies high with his crying doves at 21, his 3rd Top 40 hit, and highest new song is Ollie and Jerry’s movie song Breakin’ in at 30. Tina Turner makes the Top 40 for the 3rd time solo (5th in total), and a second top 40 hit for the Bluebells, co-written with Bananarama and a 1980 track recorded by them first, and a future 90’s number one classic, Young At Heart. Barry Blue produced it, too.

The Associates are back, 2 years after their number one, at 49, Squeeze are back (more or less) with Difford & Tillbrook at 59, 6 years after debuting. The Gap Band are jamming at 64, The Jacksons are shocked to get a new entry at 66 with megastars Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger on vocals – well, shocked at how underwhelming it all was all things considered. Marc Almond shows he’s The Boy Who Came Back at 71, Tom Robinson’s back in the old country at 75, appropriately behind Lionel Richie’s old-sounding country song, Stuck On You, a record I ended up loathing. I still can’t bear hearing it, not for any musical reasons, more for the all-too-vivid reminders of how bad I felt, as I developed a lovely new psychological problem (it’s obvious now, but felt real at the time) with the sensation of something stuck in my throat around the top of my back and neck. It was clearly stress-induced, but in those poo-pooing doctors, and no internet, days (to google symptoms) who the hell knew what was wrong. Which starts off even more anxiety and stress and so it snowballs onwards… Anyway, Stuck = stuck in my throat to me, and it made me feel bad after it had been in the charts a few weeks.
1 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 6 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
3 ( 3 ) LIFE ON MY OWN Human League
4 ( 35 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
5 ( 2 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
6 ( 14 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
7 ( NEW ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
8 ( 5 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
9 ( 27 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
10 ( 25 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge

11 ( 11 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
12 ( 4 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
13 ( 59 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
14 ( 7 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
15 ( 8 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
16 ( 50 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
17 ( 26 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
18 ( 19 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
19 ( 10 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
20 ( 30 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

21 ( 57 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
22 ( 15 ) THE LEBANON Human League
23 ( 23 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
24 ( 18 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
25 ( 9 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
26 ( 12 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
27 ( 36 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
28 ( 28 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
29 ( 41 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
30 ( NEW ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry

31 ( 16 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
32 ( 21 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
33 ( 17 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
34 ( 13 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
35 ( 40 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
36 ( NEW ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
37 ( 22 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
38 ( 31 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
39 ( 72 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
40 ( 52 ) BORDERLINE Madonna

41 ( 33 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
42 ( 20 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
43 ( 37 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
44 ( 24 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
45 ( 38 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
46 ( 34 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
47 ( 47 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
48 ( 29 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
49 ( NEW ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
50 ( 46 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti

51 ( 45 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
52 ( 32 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
53 ( 43 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
54 ( 44 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
55 ( 39 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
56 ( 55 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 53 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees
58 ( 42 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
59 ( NEW ) LOVE’S CRASHING WAVES Difford and Tillbrook
60 ( 48 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!

61 ( 49 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
62 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( NEW ) JAMMING IN AMERICA The Gap Band
65 ( 62 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
66 ( NEW ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons
67 ( 51 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
68 ( 64 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
69 ( 58 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
70 ( 54 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange

71 ( NEW ) THE BOY WHO CAME BACK Marc Almond
72 ( 67 ) I LOVE YOU (WHEN YOU SLEEP) Tracie
73 ( 73 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
74 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) BACK IN THE OLD COUNTRY Tom Robinson

TV
1 Star Trek: The Man Trap
2 Scully
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Addams Family
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Bewitched
7 Soap
8 Batman
9 The Professionals
10 Upstairs Downstairs