My Sept-Dec 2019 Charts

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Parasailing along the Gran Canaria coast – errr not me, I was on the boat between Puerto De Mogan and Arguineguin
29th December 2019

It’s Sparks up to the top slot for the final chart of the decade, the brotherly duo getting a second number one 45 years and 7 months since getting This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us to 1 on debut. The boys have been consistently good over the years since but have never peaked higher than 2 in the interim, and with Please Don’t F**k Up My World (a sentiment that applies in more than one sense) they finally get that deserved elusive 2nd chart-topper, which gives them the biggest gap between number ones with new material by quite a few years, and also the longest stretch of chart-toppers in my chart by virtue of no-one who topped my chart between 1968 and 1974 having topped my chart in the last 6 years. Granted very few of them are still active! Sparks are though, i saw them supporting Beck the other year and fab they still were with then-new album Hippopotamus.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons finally go top 10 with The Night 47 years late, having missed out in 1975 as a belated Northern Soul reissued smash, Harry Styles make it a 3rd top 10 in a row in 4 months – that’s just greedy! Pet Shop Boys keep their top 10 run of official singles intact with Burning The Heather as B side Decide enters at 60. I think only 2 official singles have failed to make my top 10. Probably. One day I’ll check when I get my 20th century charts on spreadsheets finally done.

Highest new entry at 18 is another good single from the late Avicii, Fades Away, with great vocal support from Mishcatt, Kim Wilde enters the top 20 with Hope as another of hers exits from the Winter Songbook album, and in at 39, one of Rod Stewart’s great songs, done over by the RPO – The Killing Of Georgie was a groundbreaking song in 1976, and was based on the murder of a gay friend, making it the first overtly gay-supporting hit record. Sir Rod, like all his best records, wrote it himself. We had previously had My Girl Bill in 1974, which got Rod’s bestie Elton all excited when he reviewed it for Record Mirror – till writer Jim Stafford sneakily stuck a comma in at the end and dashed expectations, cos she’s my girl, Bill. Incidentally, I have a bone to pick with Elton – here I am thinking I’ve possibly got the longest-running personal chart in the world and he goes and announces he still does his own charts too, and must have started long before I did! Outrageous. Publish them Elton!

Down at t’other end of the chart, Kim Wilde gets another track in, Coldplay get a 3rd off the new album, and Travis return for the first time in 6 years and increase their span of entries to 22 years. And that was the 2010’s that was. I now have 5 complete decades of charts, hope to compile my Top 100 of 2019, the 2010’s and the 21st Century, before long….

1 18 1 2 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 192000
2 1 1 3 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 400000
3 3 1 8 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 649100
4 4 1 11 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1275100
5 7 5 4 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 152600
6 11 6 4 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 123500
7 5 3 6 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 278200
8 37 8 4 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 83600
9 20 9 6 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 114850
10 8 3 9 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 460400

11 9 8 9 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 271100
12 2 2 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 150000
13 26 13 7 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 102700
14 15 14 6 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 124200
15 10 1 9 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 919000
16 12 9 6 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 186500
17 14 4 12 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 505400
18 NEW 18 1 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 22000
19 39 19 3 HOPE Kim Wilde 48300
20 6 4 3 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 32000

21 25 14 8 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 125200
22 22 16 6 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 117000
23 16 4 9 TOMIE GHOST DATA 359450
24 23 1 18 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1040650
25 19 7 6 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 219750
26 21 10 8 MONSTERS James Blunt 196050
27 17 17 6 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 91200
28 32 28 9 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 126700
29 35 29 4 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 59100
30 13 13 4 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 106000

31 24 8 10 ORPHANS Coldplay 276000
32 27 23 8 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 115250
33 47 33 5 CLEAN Hey Violet 51350
34 28 28 9 THE TRUTH James Blunt 118400
35 30 1 16 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 913150
36 38 36 7 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 89600
37 29 29 7 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 72250
38 31 18 10 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 156700
39 NEW 39 1 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17100
40 33 24 12 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 159900

41 34 34 8 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 108100
42 36 36 7 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 91450
43 48 43 4 HAMMER Louise 41400
44 41 33 9 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 109250
45 44 9 13 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 295350
46 49 15 13 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 236800
47 56 47 4 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 39900
48 53 48 5 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 46050
49 52 49 6 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 58900
50 54 50 5 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 48800

51 40 40 2 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 28750
52 43 8 13 ECHOES Lola Marsh 329400
53 50 1 22 I TRANCE Agnes 1643400
54 59 54 4 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 32700
55 55 55 3 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 28700
56 42 10 15 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 299150
57 70 57 4 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 27200
58 46 3 12 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 458850
59 61 59 5 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 36400
60 NEW 60 1 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 10000

61 45 25 6 HEYO The Makemakes 72200
62 62 62 7 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 44100
63 64 63 6 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 37700
64 57 2 14 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 585850
65 NEW 65 1 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 7000
66 68 66 4 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 24000
67 58 45 9 PUMP IT UP Endor 87800
68 72 68 3 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 17000
69 63 6 14 YOU. Lucy Daydream 371750
70 65 19 13 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 195650

71 75 71 3 THE LOOK Roxette 15000
72 NEW 72 1 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 5600
73 74 73 4 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 19200
74 67 18 10 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 157700
75 NEW 75 1 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 5000

DROP OUTS
51 51 2 NEW LIFE Kim Wilde 18350
60 39 5 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 64100
66 66 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Kim Wilde 10800
69 69 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 6200
71 20 8 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 130450
73 73 3 THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John & Gladys Knight 14600

22nd December 2019

It’s a first week on top, and second in total some 6 years on, for the remix of Roxette’s fab The Sweet Hello The Sad Goodbye, a Xmas tribute to the sad loss of the Marie Fredriksson, and originally a 1991 B side that has charted 3 times for me now. That keeps off a Christmas classic that I just keep coming back to each year, heartwarming as ever to remind me that the stress horror that is Xmas each year is for a good reason, Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas first made my top 10 in 1986, hit a new peak of 4 in 1994, and finally hit the top spot in 2017 its 13th chart year, and its 7th top appearance.

Sparks enter with a christmass-ish new track with a fab theme for everyone. The title says it all. That’s Sparks 45th year of top 20’s, since they topped my chart in 1974. Doris Day gets a christmas top 30 with a 60’s track, Andy Burrows is back with his charming The Snowman And The Snowdog song, Mud also return with their 1974 UK chart-topper which topped my chart in 1985 and pops back from time to time when I’m in a wistful, whimsical mood, the song was both a sad Xmas song and a pastiche of Elvis Presley doing a sad Xmas song, so its always mixed emotions a bit.

1 2 1 2 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 285000
2 NEW 2 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 115000
3 5 1 7 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 564100
4 1 1 10 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1210100
5 3 3 5 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 228200
6 4 4 2 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 120000
7 11 7 3 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 92600
8 7 3 8 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 418400
9 8 8 8 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 234900
10 6 1 8 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 892000

11 21 11 3 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 68500
12 9 9 5 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 161500
13 14 13 3 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 88000
14 12 4 11 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 482400
15 17 15 5 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 95200
16 10 4 8 TOMIE GHOST DATA 340200
17 20 17 5 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 72800
18 NEW 18 1 PLEASE DON’T F**K UP MY WORLD Sparks 22000
19 13 7 5 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 201000
20 25 20 5 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 69850

21 15 10 7 MONSTERS James Blunt 177550
22 16 16 5 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 97500
23 18 1 17 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1021650
24 19 8 9 ORPHANS Coldplay 258100
25 22 14 7 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 105450
26 30 26 6 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 70700
27 23 23 7 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 97450
28 29 28 8 THE TRUTH James Blunt 100800
29 53 29 6 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 54950
30 27 1 15 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 895650

31 26 18 9 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 139500
32 36 32 8 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 108400
33 24 24 11 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 142900
34 34 34 7 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 94100
35 38 35 3 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 40900
36 37 36 6 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 77700
37 47 37 3 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 35600
38 39 38 6 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 72200
39 58 39 2 HOPE Kim Wilde 27300
40 NEW 40 1 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 17000

41 33 33 8 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 96000
42 28 10 14 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 288550
43 31 8 12 ECHOES Lola Marsh 317900
44 32 9 12 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 282350
45 35 25 5 HEYO The Makemakes 64700
46 40 3 11 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 448650
47 51 47 4 CLEAN Hey Violet 33650
48 55 48 3 HAMMER Louise 27900
49 42 15 12 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 224050
50 44 1 21 I TRANCE Agnes 1632150

51 67 51 2 NEW LIFE Kim Wilde 18350
52 54 52 5 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 46800
53 59 53 4 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 33750
54 57 54 4 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 36800
55 64 55 2 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 17900
56 60 56 3 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 27400
57 41 2 13 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 578750
58 45 45 8 PUMP IT UP Endor 81200
59 68 59 3 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 21700
60 43 39 5 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 64100

61 63 61 4 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 26300
62 62 62 6 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 36700
63 46 6 13 YOU. Lucy Daydream 365550
64 66 64 5 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 30500
65 49 19 12 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 189650
66 80 66 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Kim Wilde 10800
67 50 18 9 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 152500
68 69 68 3 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 17200
69 NEW 69 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 6200
70 71 70 3 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 16800

71 48 20 8 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 130450
72 75 72 2 FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette 10600
73 76 73 3 THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John & Gladys Knight 14600
74 77 74 3 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 13800
75 79 75 2 THE LOOK Roxette 9200

DROP OUTS
52 44 7 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 67800
56 50 7 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 64100
61 4 16 THE BEACH The Makemakes 489650
65 16 12 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 189900
70 23 8 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 111600
72 47 7 GLORYBOX (773500) Portishead 64550
73 57 3 LAZY The Vaccines & Kylie Minogue 22200
74 14 15 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 210200
78 9 10 LONELY Noah Cyrus 274750

15th December 2019

It’s a 4th week on top for Sigma and Jack Savoretti, who were nearly overhauled by the return of Roxette’s 2013 remixed chart-topper at 2 – it was their 3rd and final number one, following It Must Have Been Love and the double A Look Into My Heart/Dangerous in 1990. Marie Fredriksson sadly lost her battle with cancer this week, and a couple of other singles that under-performed in my charts also enter lower down (if you can call peaking at 2 for Fading Like a Flower under-performing), but the chart-toppers had at least 2 runs each.

I also saw Kim Wilde in acoustic concert with her bruv Ricky and his daughter Scarlett this week, and they were doing intimate low-key Christmas themed hits featuring the Wilde Winter Songbook, assorted Xmas classics, and acoustic covers of her biggest hits for a totally charming, flawless gig, very different from the 3 previous full-on rockpop gigs I’ve caught her at. Just fab, and that’s why there’s a bunch of new entries for non-charting tracks, and 2 re-entries headed by the lovely Isobel’s Dream, back for a 3rd Xmas and a new chart peak of 4. Kim has been having chart entries for almost 39 years, and Ricky (as songwriter-producer of all her stuff) for 47 years – he debuted in 1972 with I Am An Astronaut, a sort of charming pre-teen kiddie novelty single that came out for xmas 1972 and flopped in the UK charts.

The Weeknd leaps up Blindingly to 11, in stark contrast with the non-charting Heartless, which I must be to exclude it. Frankie Valli’s 1972 oldie, 1975 UK hit, The Night returns to the top 30 after being away for 44 years, thanks to an advert, Billie Eilish gets another top 40, and Noel Gallagher gets his 4th of 2019 as his Xmas song wanders upwards like a star. There’s a lot of Xmas tracks in the chart – but not the usual suspects that chart in the UK charts each year, though Last Christmas is here via Kim Wilde’s cover. I count 9 of ’em, but there’s still time for Chris Rea and others to return, assuming I actually hear them. I’m not on my usual pre-xmas holiday this year so I’m not out and about seeing xmas videos and karaoke in the pub.

1 1 1 9 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1145100
2 NEW 2 1 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 115000
3 5 3 4 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 168200
4 NEW 4 1 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 65000
5 2 1 6 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 479100
6 3 1 7 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 850000
7 6 3 7 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 370400
8 13 8 7 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 189900
9 9 9 4 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 126500
10 4 4 7 TOMIE GHOST DATA 315200

11 72 11 2 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 42600
12 8 4 10 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 453400
13 7 7 4 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 180000
14 15 14 2 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 56000
15 10 10 6 MONSTERS James Blunt 157800
16 16 16 4 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 78000
17 17 17 4 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 68200
18 12 1 16 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1002400
19 11 8 8 ORPHANS Coldplay 239100
20 30 20 4 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 49800

21 51 21 2 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 31500
22 14 14 6 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 86700
23 24 23 6 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 79050
24 26 24 10 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 125200
25 40 25 4 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 49850
26 18 18 8 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 121600
27 23 1 14 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 877650
28 19 10 13 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 274800
29 29 29 7 THE TRUTH James Blunt 82500
30 45 30 5 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 52200

31 20 8 11 ECHOES Lola Marsh 304400
32 25 9 11 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 269000
33 35 33 7 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 82000
34 37 34 6 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 76500
35 32 25 4 HEYO The Makemakes 51700
36 41 36 7 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 90600
37 38 37 5 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 60300
38 69 38 2 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 23400
39 43 39 5 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 55000
40 22 3 10 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 435900

41 21 2 12 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 568350
42 36 15 11 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 211950
43 39 39 4 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 54100
44 31 1 20 I TRANCE Agnes 1620150
45 46 45 7 PUMP IT UP Endor 71000
46 28 6 12 YOU. Lucy Daydream 358350
47 71 47 2 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 18300
48 27 20 7 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 124650
49 34 19 11 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 182650
50 33 18 8 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 145900

51 73 51 3 CLEAN Hey Violet 21150
52 44 44 7 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 67800
53 59 53 5 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 36750
54 54 54 4 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 35300
55 76 55 2 HAMMER Louise 15600
56 50 50 7 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 64100
57 60 57 3 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 25800
58 NEW 58 1 HOPE Kim Wilde 10200
59 63 59 3 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 22500
60 66 60 2 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 16800

61 48 4 16 THE BEACH The Makemakes 489650
62 64 62 5 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 29300
63 65 63 3 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 18800
64 NEW 64 1 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 7100
65 49 16 12 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 189900
66 67 66 4 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 23400
67 NEW 67 1 NEW LIFE Kim Wilde 6600
68 74 68 2 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 11600
69 77 69 2 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 10800
70 42 23 8 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 111600

71 75 71 2 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 10800
72 47 47 7 GLORYBOX Portishead 64550
73 57 57 3 LAZY The Vaccines & Kylie Minogue 22200
74 68 14 15 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 210200
75 NEW 75 1 FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette 5000
76 78 76 2 THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John & Gladys Knight 9200
77 80 77 2 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 8600
78 55 9 10 LONELY Noah Cyrus 274750
79 NEW 79 1 THE LOOK Roxette 4200
80 NEW 80 1 LAST CHRISTMAS Kim Wilde 4000

ROP OUTS
52 33 9 FREEDOM Rayelle 88000
53 25 11 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 159200
56 56 2 CRUCIFIED Army Of Lovers 18100
58 15 11 HERE COMES THE SUN (760950) The Beatles 205000
61 31 7 ARABESQUE Coldplay 91150
62 49 7 I AM Club Yoko 69900
70 32 9 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 105750
79 1 30 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1884700

8th December 2019

It’s back up for a 3rd week on top for Sigma & Jack Savoretti, a track with legs that really should be charting considering how much tosh there is in streaming charts and this one isn’t. Hey ho. Harry Styles gets a second consecutive top 5 with his watermelons, and greedily has a new single lower down to boot entering at 71. Fall Out Boy make it two top 10’s in a row. Highest new entry is a spruced-up even-more festive-sounding of The Fizz’ recent Christmas offering which should also by now have become a modern standard, being as it’s one of the best of the decade, along with the likes of Gwen Stefani. Hey ho. Ageism.

Robbie’s new Xmas offering goes top 30, The Makemakes make it 2 top 40’s in a row, and Pet Shop Boys replace themsleves in the 40 as Burning The Heather makes progress without setting the chart alight. I’m sure that’s what they would want. FRankie Valli’s Four Seasons 1975 UK hit of a Northern Soul scene oldie dating from the 60’s is back 44 years on, it’s selling for some reason on itunes and I dont need much of an excuse to add some more Northern Soul to my list.

Ella Henderson gets 2 featuring new entries at once, 5 years since she was ghosted, with Sigala and Jax Jones adding to their lists. Noel gallagher gets his 4th of 2019, The Weeknd is blindingly back after a gap of a year or two, Sting continues his recent “unlikely collabs” entries, this time Steve Aoki, and makes it close on 41 years of chart entries. Louise also pops back with another 2019 entry, Halsey drops by, and 2 from 1985 re-chart following itunes action – REO Speedwagon is due to Bastille’s cover, but not sure why the Aids charity single is selling for Dionne & friends again, but it was very worthy then, and still is now.

1 2 1 8 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 975100
2 1 1 5 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 419100
3 3 1 6 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 795000
4 4 4 6 TOMIE GHOST DATA 273200
5 24 5 3 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 83200
6 5 3 6 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 320400
7 7 7 3 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 148000
8 6 4 9 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 418400
9 16 9 3 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 81500
10 10 10 5 MONSTERS James Blunt 130800

11 8 8 7 ORPHANS Coldplay 218100
12 9 1 15 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 980400
13 11 11 6 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 141900
14 19 14 5 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 67200
15 NEW 15 1 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 27000
16 30 16 3 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 53000
17 29 17 3 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 45200
18 18 18 7 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 103100
19 14 10 12 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 256500
20 15 8 10 ECHOES Lola Marsh 286500

21 12 2 11 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 554350
22 13 3 9 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 418900
23 17 1 13 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 859250
24 35 24 5 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 59800
25 21 9 10 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 251200
26 40 26 9 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 106200
27 20 20 6 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 112350
28 28 6 11 YOU. Lucy Daydream 345600
29 32 29 6 THE TRUTH James Blunt 64300
30 66 30 3 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 29800

31 26 1 19 I TRANCE Agnes 1606900
32 56 25 3 HEYO The Makemakes 34200
33 22 18 7 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 133900
34 31 19 10 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 171550
35 37 35 6 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 64300
36 36 15 10 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 198200
37 38 37 5 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 58900
38 47 38 4 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 43000
39 39 39 3 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 40600
40 59 40 3 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 31100

41 41 41 6 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 73200
42 23 23 7 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 105600
43 50 43 4 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 37900
44 46 44 6 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 56300
45 60 45 4 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 34200
46 53 46 6 PUMP IT UP Endor 58000
47 48 47 6 GLORYBOX Portishead 58950
48 43 4 15 THE BEACH The Makemakes 482150
49 44 16 11 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 182900
50 54 50 6 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 53500

51 NEW 51 1 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 11750
52 33 33 9 FREEDOM Rayelle 88000
53 25 25 11 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 159200
54 64 54 3 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 24300
55 34 9 9 LONELY Noah Cyrus 270350
56 61 56 2 CRUCIFIED Army Of Lovers 18100
57 68 57 2 LAZY The Vaccines & Kylie Minogue 16800
58 27 15 11 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 205000
59 71 59 4 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 25500
60 73 60 2 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 15400

61 45 31 7 ARABESQUE Coldplay 91150
62 49 49 7 I AM Club Yoko 69900
63 74 63 2 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 12400
64 70 64 4 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 21900
65 77 65 2 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 11600
66 NEW 66 1 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 6800
67 72 67 3 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 16600
68 58 14 14 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 205000
69 NEW 69 1 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 6200
70 52 32 9 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 105750

71 NEW 71 1 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 5800
72 NEW 72 1 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 5600
73 80 73 2 CLEAN Hey Violet 9400
74 NEW 74 1 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 5000
76 NEW 76 1 HAMMER Louise 4800
77 NEW 77 1 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 4600
78 NEW 78 1 THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John & Gladys Knight 4400
79 75 1 30 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1884700
80 NEW 80 1 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 4000

DROP OUTS
42 29 6 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 90150
51 1 12 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 798200
55 24 9 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 130400
57 2 17 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 741800
62 9 12 SANREMO Mika 283750
63 20 10 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 132500
65 38 5 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 56300
67 67 3 SWIMMERS Zero 7 featuring Jem Cooke 16800
69 34 6 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 81500
76 76 1 DER KOMMISSAR After The Fire 4800
78 40 9 GO The Black Keys 90050
79 79 1 SCARY KISSES Voice Of The Beehive 4200

1st December 2019

It’s a first week on top for the late George Michael, almost 3 years since he died, his first posthumous single, his 10th solo chart-topper, or his 12th including duets with Aretha & Whitney, or his 14th including Wham!, or his 16th including his uncredited contributions to Band Aid and David Cassidy’s The Last Kiss. Take your pick. James Blunt gets his 2nd top 10 of the year as he simultaneously gets his 3rd top 40. It’s his 6th top 10.

Lots of big climbers this week as the top 40 blockage fragments bigly, Fall Out Boy literally beside themselves with joy taking Bob Dylan to 16, for an 8th top 20, AU/RA staying happy as she rockets to 19, Harry Styles gets a 2nd top 40 as his previous is still top 10, Efisio Cross climbs 50 places to make it the 3rd instrumental in the 40, Bastille get a 3rd top 30 (and a second cover), Collard gets a second top 40, Jonas Blue, Broken Bells and Liam Payne add to their list, while Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder Feel Love at 39 under the pseudonym Sam Smith. That’s their 4th top 40 not including guest contributions on much better chart-topping material: La La La.

Some oldies drop out the chart and some oldies enter the chart: 3rd-time round for Army Of Lovers’ Crucified after a gap of 27 years or so, After The Fire return with Der Kommisar 36 years later, and Voice Of The Beehive have Scary Kisses 23 years on. INXS’ Never Tear Us Apart has been covered by Paloma Faith in the interim, but also returns after 31 years. New entries from Celine Dion, her 2nd of 2019, extending her chart run to 30 years give or take, The Vaccines & Kylie from the Sean The Sheep movie, the lads getting a 4th chart entry 6 years since the last one, while Kylie is never out the chart and hasn’t been since 1988. AWOLNATION finally get a chart entry that isn’t Sail, 6 years on, and Hey Violet return for the first time since their 2016 top 20.

1 3 1 4 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 304100
2 2 1 7 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 805100
3 1 1 5 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 710000
4 5 4 5 TOMIE GHOST DATA 208200
5 4 3 5 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 265400
6 6 4 8 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 370400
7 8 7 2 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 98000
8 9 8 6 ORPHANS Coldplay 181100
9 7 1 14 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 945400
10 19 10 4 MONSTERS James Blunt 88800

11 16 11 5 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 109900
12 11 2 10 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 534600
13 12 3 8 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 399400
14 10 10 11 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 235500
15 13 8 9 ECHOES Lola Marsh 266500
16 52 16 2 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 36500
17 17 1 12 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 840000
18 24 18 6 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 81100
19 67 19 4 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 38200
20 23 20 5 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 93950

21 14 9 9 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 232450
22 18 18 6 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 116200
23 26 23 6 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 91850
24 79 24 2 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 23200
25 27 25 10 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 147950
26 22 1 18 I TRANCE Agnes 1589000
27 15 15 10 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 194800
28 20 6 10 YOU. Lucy Daydream 327300
29 80 29 2 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 22200
30 60 30 2 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 28000

31 35 19 9 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 153950
32 47 32 5 THE TRUTH James Blunt 46100
33 34 33 8 FREEDOM Rayelle 76500
34 21 9 8 LONELY Noah Cyrus 259550
35 56 35 4 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 40800
36 25 15 9 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 180800
37 43 37 5 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 46800
38 45 38 4 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 41600
39 68 39 2 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 23500
40 42 40 8 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 87700

41 44 41 5 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 59200
42 29 29 6 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 90150
43 30 4 14 THE BEACH The Makemakes 469850
44 28 16 10 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 170800
45 31 31 6 ARABESQUE Coldplay 83650
46 49 46 5 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 43050
47 61 47 3 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 25800
48 51 48 5 GLORYBOX Portishead 46450
49 50 49 6 I AM Club Yoko 62500
50 65 50 3 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 24400

51 36 1 12 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 798200
52 32 32 8 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 99750
53 55 53 5 PUMP IT UP Endor 45250
54 57 54 5 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 41500
55 33 24 9 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 130400
56 71 56 2 HEYO The Makemakes 16400
57 46 2 17 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 741800
58 39 14 13 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 198600
59 RE 59 2 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 14100
60 66 60 3 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 21200

61 NEW 61 1 CRUCIFIED Army Of Lovers 7500
62 40 9 12 SANREMO Mika 283750
63 37 20 10 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 132500
64 69 64 2 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 13300
65 38 38 5 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 56300
66 75 66 2 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 11800
67 72 67 3 SWIMMERS Zero 7 featuring Jem Cooke 16800
68 NEW 68 1 LAZY The Vaccines & Kylie Minogue 6400
69 41 34 6 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 81500
70 77 70 3 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 14800

71 76 71 3 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 15400
72 78 72 2 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 10000
73 NEW 73 1 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 5400
74 NEW 74 1 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 5200
75 70 1 29 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1680500
76 NEW 76 1 DER KOMMISSAR After The Fire 4800
77 NEW 77 1 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 4600
78 58 40 9 GO The Black Keys 90050
79 NEW 79 1 SCARY KISSES Voice Of The Beehive 4200
80 NEW 80 1 CLEAN Hey Violet 4000

DROP OUTS
48 4 11 STRANGE Celeste 379500
53 46 5 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 47150
54 42 5 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 51350
59 6 13 COLD James Blunt 315000
62 5 14 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 406800
63 30 7 LOVER Taylor Swift 92900
64 21 12 INSTANTANE Paradis 166850
73 5 13 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 254350
74 1 15 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 699750

24th November 2019

It’s 3 weeks on top for the gorgeous One Shy Morning as the late George Michael gets his biggest charting hit since 2002 when his Human League sampling Shoot The Dog topped my charts. The highest new entry is actually the oldest Northern Soul track to chart for me, a mere 54 years old and a debut for what is considered to be a key track for the Northern Soul scene – those too young to know, it was an early 70’s scene based around Wigan featuring largely US soul-dance tracks, and unusually was heavily male-centric with athletic prowess being a thing. This track was withdrawn by Frank before release, the masters destroyed, after an argument with Motown owner Berry Gordy. Demand built, and it finally came out in the UK in 1979. On Saturday it featured in a great dance routine on Strictly Come Dancing, and has bounded into the itunes sales chart as a result.

Coldplay add to their top 10’s, and Bob Dylan is new at 52. Actually he’s not, he hasn’t recorded anything I’ve liked since the Traveling Wilburys, which at least shows consistency over decades, but he is the title of the follow-up to Fall Out Boy’s chart-topping single. At 60 it’s a cover of an REO Speedwagon 80’s rockballad – I always preferred Keep On Loving You which topped my charts in 1981, but have to say the new cover by Bastille and an orchestra shows Can’t Fight This Feeling is actually a pretty strong song too. Sounds like a christmas smash to me. At least in a chart where sales count rather than background playlists.

Sam Smith covers Donna Summer. That takes a lot of nerve, given the groundbreaking brilliance of the original, a record which literally can’t be improved on, one which blew my mind the first moment I heard it, an instant number one that sounded like it had dropped out of the 21st century somehow back in 1977. Sam gets away with it though, thanks to that great voice, and the sheer relief that it’s not the usual whining dollop of dreariness that has dominated since La La La.

Sabrina Carpenter raises her thumbs again after a couple of years off the chart, The Makemakes make it 2 in a row, Robbie Williams gets the first actual new christmas record of 2019 into my chart, thereby extending his run to 23 years solo, Stormzy gets only his 2nd chart entry, and Harry Styles gets his 2nd of the year with a slice of Watermelon, Sugar. Don’t call me Sugar, Harry!


1 1 1 4 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 625000
2 2 1 6 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 690100
3 10 3 3 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 134100
4 3 3 4 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 205400
5 5 5 4 TOMIE GHOST DATA 143200
6 4 4 7 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 315400
7 7 1 13 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 900400
8 NEW 8 1 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 48000
9 13 9 5 ORPHANS Coldplay 133100
10 11 10 10 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 206500

11 8 2 9 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 499600
12 6 3 7 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 367400
13 12 8 8 ECHOES Lola Marsh 239500
14 9 9 8 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 212700
15 17 15 9 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 176400
16 18 16 4 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 72900
17 16 1 11 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 817000
18 19 18 5 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 97700
19 27 19 3 MONSTERS James Blunt 46800
20 14 6 9 YOU. Lucy Daydream 309000

21 15 9 7 LONELY Noah Cyrus 241950
22 20 1 17 I TRANCE Agnes 1570500
23 26 23 4 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 73950
24 31 24 5 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 59100
25 21 15 8 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 163400
26 29 26 5 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 72600
27 32 27 9 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 129200
28 22 16 9 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 157550
29 38 29 5 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 76400
30 30 4 13 THE BEACH The Makemakes 456350

31 35 31 5 ARABESQUE Coldplay 70650
32 36 32 7 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 88250
33 24 24 8 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 119600
34 37 34 5 FREEDOM Rayelle 58800
35 47 19 8 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 136050
36 28 1 11 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 786450
37 23 20 9 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 125300
38 45 38 4 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 49300
39 39 14 12 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 188400
40 33 9 11 SANREMO Mika 276350

41 34 34 5 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 75300
42 44 42 7 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 70700
43 67 43 4 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 29500
44 51 44 4 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 45200
45 66 45 3 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 24400
46 40 2 16 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 731400
47 70 47 4 THE TRUTH James Blunt 28300
48 25 4 11 STRANGE Celeste 379500
49 63 49 4 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 30300
50 54 50 5 I AM Club Yoko 50400

51 57 51 4 GLORYBOX Portishead 34150
52 NEW 52 1 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 11500
53 46 46 5 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 47150
54 42 42 5 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 51350
55 56 55 4 PUMP IT UP Endor 34000
56 64 56 3 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 23300
57 61 57 4 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 30500
58 52 40 8 GO The Black Keys 85650
59 41 6 13 COLD James Blunt 315000
60 NEW 60 1 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 10000

61 71 61 2 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 13300
62 59 5 14 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 406800
63 43 30 7 LOVER Taylor Swift 92900
64 50 21 12 INSTANTANE Paradis 166850
65 73 65 2 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 12400
66 78 66 2 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 11200
67 68 67 3 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 17200
68 NEW 68 1 I FEEL LOVE Sam Smith 6400
69 NEW 69 1 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 6200
70 60 1 28 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1675500

71 NEW 71 1 HEYO The Makemakes 5800
72 77 72 2 SWIMMERS Zero 7 featuring Jem Cooke 10200
73 49 5 13 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 254350
74 62 1 15 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 699750
75 NEW 75 1 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 5000
76 76 76 2 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 9600
77 79 77 2 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 8800
78 NEW 78 1 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 4400
79 NEW 79 1 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 4200
80 NEW 80 1 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 4000

DROP OUTS
48 33 6 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 78300
53 25 5 RIGHT ON! (890650) Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 79700
55 13 13 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 240200
58 18 12 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 176400
65 65 5 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 30000
69 56 6 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 48500
72 22 8 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 104100
74 74 3 AVEM (THE AVIATION THEME) Alan Walker 14000
75 75 3 WOMAN IN LOVE Barbra Streisand 13000
80 80 1 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 4000

17th November 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Amon Tobin, as fellow ambient track GHOST DATA is up 24 places to 5, leaving only Dua Lipa popping up the top 5, her 3rd top 3. The late much-missed George Michael is getting high into the 10 from 64, the biggest climber, and posthumously his first new top 10 since 2006, and extends his solo run to 35 years. James Blunt replaces himself in the top 40 with new emotionally-touching ballad Monsters, Pete Tong gets a 3rd top in 3 years, and Boy George a first top 40 in 5 years, extending his solo run to 32 years.

New entries include another track from Pet Shop Boys forthcoming Hotspots album, House Of Pain jumping around for the first time in 27 years or so, another Billie Eilish low-key track, Zero 7 returning to chart action after a 15-year-gap with new material and an 18-year span of charting. Taylor Swift combines with Andrew Lloyd-Webber for a movie theme from Cats, and carries it off, and Train and Skylar Grey both return in combo – a 14th for Train, and a 3rd for Skylar who first debuted in 2011, Train in 2001. That leaves our first new Christmas song – well, new to me at any rate. Doris Day’s I’ll Be Home For Christmas dates from 1964 and is about to be upgraded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, so she pops in in anticipation.

1 1 1 3 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 455000
2 2 1 5 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 575100
3 7 3 3 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 140400
4 5 4 6 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 260400
5 29 5 3 TOMIE GHOST DATA 83200
6 3 3 6 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 332400
7 6 1 12 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 850400
8 4 2 8 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 462600
9 10 9 7 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 183700
10 64 10 2 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 49100

11 12 11 9 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 164500
12 8 8 7 ECHOES Lola Marsh 207500
13 19 13 4 ORPHANS Coldplay 88100
14 11 6 8 YOU. Lucy Daydream 289000
15 9 9 6 LONELY Noah Cyrus 222200
16 13 1 10 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 794000
17 18 17 8 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 149400
18 27 18 3 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 47900
19 22 19 4 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 75700
20 17 1 16 I TRANCE Agnes 1551000

21 15 15 7 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 144650
22 16 16 8 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 139250
23 20 20 8 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 108000
24 26 24 7 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 101900
25 14 4 10 STRANGE Celeste 367200
26 28 26 3 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 54700
27 62 27 2 MONSTERS James Blunt 25800
28 21 1 10 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 769050
29 30 29 4 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 54100
30 24 4 12 THE BEACH The Makemakes 438350

31 60 31 4 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 40100
32 34 32 8 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 110800
33 23 9 10 SANREMO Mika 259350
34 37 34 4 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 61300
35 38 35 4 ARABESQUE Coldplay 51750
36 42 36 6 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 70450
37 47 37 4 FREEDOM Rayelle 41200
38 39 38 4 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 58200
39 25 14 11 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 171300
40 32 2 15 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 718650

41 31 6 12 COLD James Blunt 304900
42 50 42 4 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 40350
43 35 30 6 LOVER Taylor Swift 85700
44 45 44 6 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 56950
45 48 45 3 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 32100
46 51 46 4 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 35900
47 36 19 7 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 118550
48 33 33 6 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 78300
49 40 5 12 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 248950
50 44 21 11 INSTANTANE Paradis 159750

51 59 51 3 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 31950
52 49 40 7 GO The Black Keys 75450
53 41 25 5 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 79700
54 55 54 4 I AM Club Yoko 38400
55 43 13 13 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 240200
56 65 56 3 PUMP IT UP Endor 23200
57 70 57 3 GLORYBOX Portishead 22400
58 46 18 12 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 176400
59 53 5 13 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 399400
60 54 1 27 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1669500

61 66 61 3 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 20100
62 58 1 14 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 694550
63 71 63 3 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 18200
64 72 64 2 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 12700
65 67 65 5 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 30000
66 77 66 2 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 11400
67 74 67 3 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 16000
68 79 68 2 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 10600
69 56 56 6 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 48500
70 75 70 3 THE TRUTH James Blunt 15800

71 NEW 71 1 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 5800
72 52 22 8 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 104100
73 NEW 73 1 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 5400
74 78 74 3 AVEM (THE AVIATION THEME) Alan Walker 14000
75 80 75 3 WOMAN IN LOVE Barbra Streisand 13000
76 NEW 76 1 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 4800
77 NEW 77 1 SWIMMERS Zero 7 featuring Jem Cooke 4600
78 NEW 78 1 EVERYTHING I WANT Billie Eilish 4400
79 NEW 79 1 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 4200
80 NEW 80 1 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 4000

DROP OUTS
57 9 12 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 250100
61 4 13 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 542650
63 14 12 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 229050
68 15 11 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 186350
69 19 11 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 155650
73 7 12 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 347950
76 8 12 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 308300

 

 

 

 

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unflattering selfie, Puerto De Mogan, Gran Canaria Oct 2019

10th November 2019

It’s a first week on top for Brazilian producer Amon Tobin with the lovely ambient One Shy Morning, with another ambient instrumental rocketing up to 29 for GHOST DATA, but the highest climber is Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now up to 7 from 73, giving her a 6th Top 10. RUFUS DU SOL get a 3rd top 40, and Pet Shop Boys get a current 3rd top 40 track and Coldplay a 2nd.

Not many new entries, as the chart is jam-packed already with stuff on the way up, just James Blunt grabbing 3 charting tracks off his new album with the touching song Monsters leaping over his own The Truth. George Michael also returns with posthumous new material, as a new movie featuring his songs is about to be released, and his first new-charting track for 5 years, extending his run to 37 years.

Liam Payne pops in, bringing the total of One Direction acts in my chart to 4, including Harry Styles top 5. Never would have predicted that 5 years ago. C’mon Louis pull your finger out quick you’ve a new album due, I need a full set!

1 2 1 2 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 285000
2 1 1 4 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 460200
3 4 3 5 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 287400
4 3 2 7 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 414600
5 6 5 5 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 195400
6 5 1 11 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 800400
7 73 7 2 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 55400
8 8 8 6 ECHOES Lola Marsh 172500
9 9 9 5 LONELY Noah Cyrus 195200
10 13 10 6 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 138700

11 10 6 7 YOU. Lucy Daydream 260000
12 20 12 8 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 127500
13 11 1 9 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 769000
14 7 4 9 STRANGE Celeste 348450
15 15 15 6 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 124900
16 16 16 7 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 119750
17 14 1 15 I TRANCE Agnes 1531000
18 22 18 7 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 126400
19 27 19 3 ORPHANS Coldplay 56100
20 24 20 7 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 88750

21 12 1 9 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 750750
22 29 22 3 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 54700
23 18 9 9 SANREMO Mika 241650
24 17 4 11 THE BEACH The Makemakes 420350
25 19 14 10 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 154200
26 26 26 6 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 82900
27 61 27 2 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 25900
28 32 28 2 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 36100
29 75 29 2 TOMIE GHOST DATA 23200
30 45 30 3 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 36000

31 21 6 11 COLD James Blunt 290900
32 23 2 14 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 701650
33 33 33 5 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 66000
34 35 34 7 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 93000
35 30 30 5 LOVER Taylor Swift 72200
36 28 19 6 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 106050
37 37 37 3 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 44600
38 53 38 3 ARABESQUE Coldplay 34250
39 39 39 3 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 41000
40 31 5 11 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 236850

41 25 25 4 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 68450
42 47 42 5 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 53050
43 36 13 12 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 229400
44 38 21 10 INSTANTANE Paradis 147750
45 55 45 5 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 43700
46 34 18 11 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 166200
47 63 47 3 FREEDOM Rayelle 23900
48 66 48 2 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 19100
49 40 40 6 GO The Black Keys 63950
50 62 50 3 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 26600

51 65 51 3 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 23150
52 41 22 7 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 98500
53 48 5 12 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 389300
54 51 1 26 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1659500
55 60 55 3 I AM Club Yoko 27400
56 58 56 5 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 42300
57 42 9 12 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 250100
58 54 1 13 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 687150
59 59 59 2 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 20200
60 69 60 3 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 22200

61 46 4 13 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 542650
62 NEW 62 1 MONSTERS James Blunt 7400
63 49 14 12 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 229050
64 NEW 64 1 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 7100
65 72 65 2 PUMP IT UP Endor 12600
66 71 66 2 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 12600
67 68 67 4 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 23000
68 44 15 11 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 186350
69 43 19 11 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 155650
70 70 70 2 GLORYBOX Portishead 12000

71 74 71 2 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 11000
72 NEW 72 1 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 5600
73 52 7 12 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 347950
74 79 74 2 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 9400
75 76 75 2 THE TRUTH James Blunt 9800
76 56 8 12 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 308300
77 NEW 77 1 STACK IT UP Liam Payne 4600
78 78 78 2 AVEM (THE AVIATION THEME) Alan Walker 8800
79 NEW 79 1 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 4200
80 80 80 2 WOMAN IN LOVE Barbra Streisand 8000

DROP OUTS
50 35 8 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 115700
57 10 13 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 257500
64 2 15 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 531900
67 30 10 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 99650
77 77 1 LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners 4600

 

 

3rd November 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Sigma & Jack Savoretti, just holding off the highest new entry from Amon Tobin, a gorgeous ambient instrumental from the Brazilian producer who describes it as Margot Robbie riding a unicorn. I look forward to the next Suicide Squad film then with Harley atop a horny horse. Harry Styles gets his first ever top 10 as he Lights Up the upper end, and Israeli indie band Lola Marsh Echo that.

Ariana, Miley & Lana all notch up another top 20 with the Charlie’s Angels track that is better than it’s swift real-world chart-dropping would suggest, SHAED return at 32 with Trampoline – with ZAYN on tow this time for the former early 2019 goodie, making it 3 One Directioners listed, 2 to go then for a full house. Gwen Stefani’s 2004 chart-topper What You Waiting For is back following some itunes sales action, in at 59, tick tock tick tock; RUFUS DU SOL get another chart entry with No Place at 61, their 3rd for the Aussie act, following their top 5 debut in 2014 with Sundream – presumably where the Du Sol came from for the former RUFUS which prob got the elbow from Chaka Khan’s former hitmakers.

5 years MIA, La Roux is back with her 6th entry and 10 years of chart entries – once Bulletproof, that must be why she’s now an International Woman Of Leisure. 1995 chart-topper Glorybox also brings Portishead back to the chart after itunes sales, while 1980 hits Lip Up Fatty gives Bad Manners a boost, and Barbra Streisand’s Bee Gees song Woman In Love does the same as both pop up in the itunes too. Any excuse for oldies….! I once reviewed Bad Manners concert in Record Mirror, a much-missed music paper.

Tame Impala have a second track off the forthcoming album enter, a 9th chart appearance in 4 years, Endor’s Club Chart-topping hypnotic beats debut a full 42 years since Star-Wars-related product topped my charts (Endor is a planet in the franchise), Dua Lipa’s back fresh off Graham Norton, Of Monsters & Men get a 5th entry since their chart-topping debut in 2012, James Blunt makes it 2 off the new album, while Alan Walker & Jonas Blue both return for some chart action, Alan Walker having topped my charts previously, Jonas Blue, err not, though he did take a Polaroid with a 4th One Directioner, Liam Payne.


1 1 1 3 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 345200
2 NEW 2 1 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 115000
3 2 2 6 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 349600
4 5 4 4 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 202400
5 3 1 10 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 745400
6 11 6 4 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 135400
7 4 4 8 STRANGE Celeste 319450
8 13 8 5 ECHOES Lola Marsh 124500
9 9 9 4 LONELY Noah Cyrus 150200
10 6 6 6 YOU. Lucy Daydream 223000

11 7 1 8 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 737000
12 8 1 8 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 731000
13 15 13 5 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 96700
14 10 1 14 I TRANCE Agnes 1508000
15 16 15 5 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 97900
16 20 16 6 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 94750
17 12 4 10 THE BEACH The Makemakes 401350
18 14 9 8 SANREMO Mika 222400
19 19 14 9 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 135450
20 24 20 7 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 92500

21 17 6 10 COLD James Blunt 273000
22 29 22 6 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 104400
23 18 2 13 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 682850
24 27 24 6 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 68750
25 30 25 3 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 54450
26 26 26 5 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 64400
27 33 27 2 ORPHANS Coldplay 35100
28 25 19 5 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 88650
29 40 29 2 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 35200
30 32 30 4 LOVER Taylor Swift 54700

31 21 5 10 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 219850
32 NEW 32 1 TRAMPOLINE SHAED featuring ZAYN 17800
33 36 33 4 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 48300
34 23 18 10 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 153450
35 39 35 6 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 75400
36 28 13 11 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 215900
37 60 37 2 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 27300
38 38 21 9 INSTANTANE Paradis 134500
39 66 39 2 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 23900
40 50 40 5 GO The Black Keys 51850

41 22 22 6 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 87000
42 34 9 11 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 239700
43 31 19 10 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 149450
44 37 15 10 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 179950
45 75 45 2 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 18000
46 41 4 12 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 535150
47 54 47 4 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 39300
48 46 5 11 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 378050
49 49 14 11 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 221850
50 35 35 8 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 115700

51 43 1 25 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1648500
52 45 7 11 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 342550
53 71 53 2 ARABESQUE Coldplay 17050
54 52 1 12 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 676950
55 62 55 4 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 30700
56 47 8 11 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 303500
57 48 10 13 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 257500
58 59 58 4 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 31700
59 NEW 59 1 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 10100
60 67 60 2 I AM Club Yoko 16600

61 NEW 61 1 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 7500
62 63 62 2 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 14600
63 79 63 2 FREEDOM Rayelle 11400
64 56 2 15 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 531900
65 78 65 2 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 11400
66 NEW 66 1 INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE La Roux 6800
67 51 30 10 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 99650
68 74 68 3 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 16400
69 70 69 2 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 12200
70 NEW 70 1 GLORYBOX Portishead 6000

71 NEW 71 1 IT MIGHT BE TIME Tame Impala 5800
72 NEW 72 1 PUMP IT UP Endor 5600
73 NEW 73 1 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WILD ROSES Of Monsters And Men 5200
75 NEW 75 1 TOMIE GHOST DATA 5000
76 NEW 76 1 THE TRUTH James Blunt 4800
77 NEW 77 1 LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners 4600
78 NEW 78 1 AVEM (THE AVIATION THEME) Alan Walker 4400
79 NEW 79 1 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 4200
80 NEW 80 1 WOMAN IN LOVE Barbra Streisand 4000

DROP OUTS
42 3 11 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 584050
44 18 7 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 109550
53 17 10 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 176100
55 55 4 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 36400
57 57 5 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 45800
58 58 4 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 32400
61 9 13 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 265300
64 58 5 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 34700
65 65 5 GOODBYE The Beatles 30400
68 3 22 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 834400
69 69 3 LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress 17200
72 61 6 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 34000
73 44 5 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 49950
76 76 3 WHY DO YOU LOVE Charlotte Lawrence 13800
77 77 4 OVER YOU Lily Moore 17000
80 80 2 DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) (267400) Simple Minds 8000

 

 

27th October 2019

It’s the biggest climb ever to top my chart, I think, up from 74 to 1 for Sigma and Jack Savoretti’s You And Me As One, all moody drum’n’bass dance. That’s a second chart-topper for Sigma, following 2014’s Changing with Paloma Faith – yes I didn’t think it was 5 years ago either! It’s also their 5th Top 10 in 6 years, all of them collaborations. Jack Savoretti has been releasing most of the tracks off his latest album as singles at a furious pace, seemingly, Candelight going top 10, as did his Kylie duet, which makes this his 5th top 10 in 4 years and first chart-topper.

Mountains hasn’t quite reached the summit, sadly, while a showstopping performnace on Jools Holland helps Celeste climb to 4 – just piano and her voice. Amazing. Harry Styles is on the verge of the top 10, having never previously made the top 40, and out-performing every single One Direction track by hitting 11. PNAU get a second top 40 of the year, their 8th in total not including other projects, Liam Gallagher was also on Jools Holland and gets a 3rd top 40 of the year, just behind Bruv, while the highest new entry is Coldplay, back with Orphans at 33, and Arabesque at 71, hot off the new album due shortly. They seem to be following in the uncredited World Music project they’ve been involved in recently, soundwise, rather than traditional Coldplay, and are diving into social commentary too.

Pet Shop Boys release a single of Dreamland remixes and another with B sides – as always, I opt for the extra tracks not extended more-of-the-same – with An Open Mind at 40, the lads still in social commentary mode, and ditto for the song written for the musical My Beautiful Laundrette, based on the early 80’s film, with No Boundaries sneaking in with Asian sounds at the lower end. Rick Astley is back with another vocal stormer at 60, 32 years into his career while Never Gonna Give You Up is probably more popular than ever these days as a classic oldie – it was featured at my brother’s 60th Saturday, along with Dance Monkey and Everywhere, 3 charting tracks played by the DJ. My voice is now croakey from 4 hours of singing and talking, not used to it these days smile.gif

First Aid Kit return with 2014’s My Silver Lining, selling well currently, while Galantis finally follow-up their 2017 chart-topper True Feeling, by calling on Dolly Parton for their 5th charter in 4 years, Mr Probz gets a second, and Dolly Parton gets her first new material since her movie theme song with Sia last year, her 18th of the 21st century, and a chart career going back to top 10 Jolene in 1976. 43 years ain’t bad, and driving a bus to boot in the new video.


1 74 1 2 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 175200
2 4 2 5 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 264600
3 1 1 9 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 685400
4 6 4 7 STRANGE Celeste 269450
5 5 5 3 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 137400
6 7 6 5 YOU. Lucy Daydream 181000
7 3 1 7 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 700000
8 2 1 7 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 696000
9 10 9 3 LONELY Noah Cyrus 105200
10 8 1 13 I TRANCE Agnes 1479000

11 16 11 3 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 80400
12 9 4 9 THE BEACH The Makemakes 378350
13 20 13 4 ECHOES Lola Marsh 76500
14 11 9 7 SANREMO Mika 200400
15 21 15 4 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 64700
16 17 16 4 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 70900
17 12 6 9 COLD James Blunt 253250
18 13 2 12 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 663600
19 14 14 8 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 114450
20 23 20 5 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 69750

21 15 5 9 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 201950
22 24 22 5 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 73000
23 18 18 9 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 135850
24 30 24 6 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 72500
25 19 19 4 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 70350
26 47 26 4 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 45900
27 51 27 5 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 49750
28 22 13 10 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 198500
29 34 29 5 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 84900
30 33 30 2 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 35700

31 31 19 9 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 135950
32 49 32 3 LOVER Taylor Swift 36700
33 NEW 33 1 ORPHANS Coldplay 17700
34 25 9 10 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 225950
35 35 35 7 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 103700
36 62 36 3 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 30600
37 26 15 9 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 166700
38 29 21 8 INSTANTANE Paradis 117300
39 42 39 5 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 57900
40 NEW 40 1 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 17000

41 27 4 11 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 522400
42 28 3 11 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 584050
43 41 1 24 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1636750
44 32 18 7 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 109550
45 37 7 10 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 331050
46 46 5 10 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 365750
47 39 8 10 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 292900
48 36 10 12 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 247100
49 43 14 10 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 209750
50 53 50 4 GO The Black Keys 34850

51 38 30 9 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 93050
52 48 1 11 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 665950
53 40 17 10 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 176100
54 56 54 3 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 26800
55 55 55 4 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 36400
56 45 2 14 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 524800
57 57 57 5 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 45800
58 60 58 4 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 32400
59 66 59 3 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 21500
60 NEW 60 1 EVERY ONE OF US Rick Astley 10000

61 54 9 13 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 265300
62 64 62 3 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 19900
63 NEW 63 1 FAITH Galantis & Dolly Parton featuring Mr Probz 7200
64 58 58 5 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 34700
65 65 65 5 GOODBYE The Beatles 30400
66 NEW 66 1 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 6800
67 NEW 67 1 I AM Club Yoko 6600
68 59 3 22 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 834400
69 70 69 3 LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress 17200
70 NEW 70 1 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 6000

71 NEW 71 1 ARABESQUE Coldplay 5800
72 61 61 6 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 34000
73 44 44 5 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 49950
74 76 74 2 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 10000
75 NEW 75 1 NO BOUNDARIES Pet Shop Boys 5000
76 77 76 3 WHY DO YOU LOVE Charlotte Lawrence 13800
77 78 77 4 OVER YOU Lily Moore 17000
78 NEW 78 1 EATING ME UP Four Of Diamonds 4400
79 NEW 79 1 FREEDOM Rayelle 4200
80 80 80 2 DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds 8000

DROP OUTS
50 50 5 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 44000
52 52 10 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 98000
63 20 9 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 114700
67 44 8 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 69750
68 29 7 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 86200
69 13 12 FRIENDS Dido 238000
71 55 5 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 42900
72 48 6 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 45000
73 41 5 LET’S GO The Cars 54250
75 75 3 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 13400
79 79 1 THAT’S LIFE Frank Sinatra 4200

 

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London Film & Comic Con where I got autographs of sci-fi stars, reverted to 10 years-old, and enjoyed Jason Isaacs Q&A.

20th October 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for The S.L.P. ahead of his Jools Holland slot, and the laid-back grooves of Nobody Else holding off a host of tracks, notably Jeff Lynne taking his ELO back into the top 5 for the first time in 3 years. Jeff invariably goes top 10 more often than not and has being doing that since 1970 when in The Move, and since ELO’ first chart-topper in 1972 with 10538 Overture – pretty much a fan from Day One, From Out Of Nowhere sounding much like it could be a track off Out Of The Blue 40 years back.

Noah Cyrus gets another top 10, her 3rd or so, joining Celeste in the top 10 sparse ballad section, as a bunch of tracks go top 20 in a changeover at the top end, notably Harry Styles leapfrogging his ol’ mucker Niall Horan, Kylie adding to her vast number, as Riton & Oliver Heldens get the highest leap into the 40 at 21 borrowing from Yazoo. Highest new entry is 2001 chart-topper Right On!, a fab oldie from Silicone Soul that wasn’t the big hit it should have been, back at 33, while the unlikely partnership of Sigma and Jack Savoretti sneak in at 74, Meduza & GOODBOYS return with Becky Hill drafted in on the follow-up, and Frank Sinatra benefits from some Joker exposure, well That’s Life, and a touring Simple Minds pushes them back in the charts 34 years on from the film theme first exploding worldwide and hitting my top 10.

1 1 1 8 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 600400
2 2 1 6 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 648000
3 3 1 6 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 650000
4 5 4 4 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 149600
5 36 5 2 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 77400
6 6 6 6 STRANGE Celeste 204450
7 8 7 4 YOU. Lucy Daydream 126000
8 11 1 12 I TRANCE Agnes 1437000
9 4 4 8 THE BEACH The Makemakes 343350
10 29 10 2 LONELY Noah Cyrus 60200

11 9 9 6 SANREMO Mika 171400
12 7 6 8 COLD James Blunt 230250
13 12 2 11 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 641600
14 23 14 7 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 93450
15 10 5 8 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 182200
16 27 16 2 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 43400
17 26 17 3 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 45900
18 24 18 8 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 116600
19 20 19 3 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 51600
20 31 20 3 ECHOES Lola Marsh 44500

21 46 21 3 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 37700
22 13 13 9 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 180200
23 33 23 4 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 49750
24 38 24 4 WHY DON’T YOU JUST CALL ME Antony & Cleopatra 53500
25 17 9 9 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 208350
26 16 15 8 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 149400
27 14 4 10 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 508400
28 15 3 10 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 570300
29 21 21 7 INSTANTANE Paradis 100100
30 35 30 5 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 53500

31 19 19 8 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 118050
32 18 18 6 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 96300
33 NEW 33 1 RIGHT ON! Silicone Soul featuring Louise Clare Marshall 17700
34 34 34 4 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 66700
35 37 35 6 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 86200
36 22 10 11 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 234800
37 25 7 9 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 318050
38 30 30 8 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 81300
39 28 8 9 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 280400
40 32 17 9 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 164850

41 40 1 23 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1623250
42 53 42 4 COME AND GET IT (STUDIO DEMO) The Beatles 40800
43 39 14 9 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 197650
44 45 44 4 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 44450
45 42 2 13 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 514200
46 41 5 9 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 353000
47 59 47 3 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 27400
48 44 1 10 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 654450
49 66 49 2 LOVER Taylor Swift 18900
50 50 50 5 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 44000

51 63 51 4 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 31350
52 52 52 10 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 98000
53 65 53 3 GO The Black Keys 22850
54 47 9 12 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 257800
55 62 55 3 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 25600
56 74 56 2 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 15800
57 60 57 4 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 35400
58 68 58 4 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 27600
59 54 3 21 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 828000
60 67 60 3 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 22200

61 64 61 5 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 28400
62 71 62 2 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 13200
63 48 20 9 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 114700
64 73 64 2 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 12500
65 70 65 4 GOODBYE The Beatles 23400
66 77 66 2 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 11400
67 49 44 8 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 69750
68 56 29 7 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 86200
69 57 13 12 FRIENDS Dido 238000
70 75 70 2 LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress 11000

71 55 55 5 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 42900
72 58 48 6 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 45000
73 51 41 5 LET’S GO The Cars 54250
74 NEW 74 1 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 5200
75 79 75 3 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 13400
76 NEW 76 1 LOSE CONTROL Meduza, Becky Hill & GOODBOYS 4800
77 78 77 2 WHY DO YOU LOVE Charlotte Lawrence 9000
78 80 78 3 OVER YOU Lily Moore 12400
79 NEW 79 1 THAT’S LIFE Frank Sinatra 4200
80 NEW 80 1 DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds 4000

DROP OUTS
43 10 4 DRIVE The Cars 101500
61 46 9 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 83800
69 15 10 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 164700
72 19 10 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 146100
76 1 16 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 493650

 

 

13th October 2019

It’s a first week on top for any member of Kasabian – aka Sergio from the band on a side project. He’ll be on Jools Holland any day now along with new act Celeste, who is up to 6 with the hauntingly fab Strange. I’m hoping for bigger things for both after they get the TV plug. Big Mountain climbs for Bjorn and Arcteec, up to 5, while Lucy Daydream’s about You. At 8. It’s basically Wicked Game with the notes in a slightly different order.

Niall Horan gets his first ever top 20 hit, and that includes One Direction tracks, while his old mucker Harry Styles gets his biggest ever track too, both of them getting the highest new entries of the last 2 weeks, Harry at 27. For such a disposable band career they’ve all done alright solo. Who’da thunk it! Noah Cyrus decides to join sis Miley in the chart, both of them doing really interesting stuff musically these days.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO is back again – his new stuff hot on the heels of his comeback album: you wait 30 years for a new album and then 2 come along at once! From Out Of Nowhere is typical ELO, and as usual the mp3 itunes download is poor sound quality, he’s determined to try and force me to buy the album! Taylor Swift gets a 3rd simultaneous, and 6th track off Lover, this time the title track, Liam Gallagher gets a 3rd off his album, Broken Bells return after after a break of 5 years since peaking at 2 with Holding On For Life, and 9 years since the fab THe High Road hit 7 – though Dangermaus has also charted in between.

Xenomania pop in with a new protoge, as the good Girls Aloud chart years fade and they now struggle, last having success with other acts with Pet Shop Boys. Simply Red also return as they knock out the previous single from the chart, some 34 years since Money was too tight to mention, beating Pet Shop Boys into the chart by a few months, who drop off the top spot.

1 2 1 7 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 430400
2 1 1 5 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 533000
3 3 1 5 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 565000
4 4 4 7 THE BEACH The Makemakes 298350
5 38 5 3 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 84600
6 12 6 5 STRANGE Celeste 149450
7 6 6 7 COLD James Blunt 195250
8 36 8 3 YOU. Lucy Daydream 76000
9 9 9 5 SANREMO Mika 134400
10 5 5 7 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 155200

11 10 1 11 I TRANCE Agnes 1389000
12 11 2 10 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 609600
13 14 13 8 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 160700
14 8 4 9 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 490000
15 7 3 9 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 552000
16 15 15 7 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 130900
17 13 9 8 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 189600
18 18 18 5 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 78500
19 19 19 7 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 100150
20 56 20 2 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 30600

21 21 21 6 INSTANTANE Paradis 81900
22 16 10 10 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 217400
23 30 23 6 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 64450
24 26 24 7 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 94600
25 17 7 8 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 300750
26 78 26 2 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 22900
27 NEW 27 1 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 18400
28 20 8 8 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 263300
29 NEW 29 1 LONELY Noah Cyrus 18200
30 39 30 7 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 64100

31 67 31 2 ECHOES Lola Marsh 24500
32 22 17 8 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 147850
33 65 33 3 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 30500
34 35 34 3 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 49100
35 63 35 4 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 35500
36 NEW 36 1 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 17400
37 37 37 5 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 68700
38 47 38 3 WHY DON’T YOU JUST GET ME Antony & Cleopatra 34500
39 28 14 8 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 184150
40 34 1 22 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1609250

41 23 5 8 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 340250
42 32 2 12 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 501200
43 24 10 4 DRIVE The Cars 101500
44 31 1 9 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 642150
45 45 45 3 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 31200
46 74 46 2 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 17950
47 25 9 11 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 246800
48 27 20 8 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 107500
49 44 44 7 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 63150
50 50 50 4 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 32000

51 41 41 4 LET’S GO The Cars 48850
52 52 52 9 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 86500
53 58 53 3 COME AND GET IT The Beatles 27050
54 43 3 20 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 817900
55 55 55 4 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 37100
56 29 29 6 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 78800
57 40 13 11 FRIENDS Dido 231800
58 48 48 5 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 39400
59 76 59 2 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 14900
60 61 60 3 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 25000

61 46 46 9 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 83800
62 62 62 2 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 14800
63 69 63 3 FEEL LOVE Feed Me featuring Rosie Doonan 19600
64 73 64 4 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 20900
65 77 65 2 GO The Black Keys 11600
66 NEW 66 1 LOVER Taylor Swift 6800
67 72 67 2 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 12200
68 68 68 3 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 17400
69 49 15 10 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 164700
70 70 70 3 GOODBYE The Beatles 16400

71 NEW 71 1 NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Liam Gallagher 5800
72 42 19 10 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 146100
73 NEW 73 1 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 5400
74 NEW 74 1 RED IS THE WAY Paige Cavell & Xenomania 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LADY LIKE Ingrid Andress 5000
76 60 1 16 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 493650
77 NEW 77 1 SWEET CHILD Simply Red 4600
78 NEW 78 1 WHY DO YOU LOVE Charlotte Lawrence 4400
79 79 79 2 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 8400
80 80 80 2 OVER YOU Lily Moore 8000

DROP OUTS
33 33 8 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 102800
51 38 7 TIME Sophia Bel 75300
53 43 7 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 67450
54 54 4 SMALL TALK Katy Perry 34200
57 26 10 FALLING LEON 151050
59 20 10 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 162050
64 64 3 JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars 17900
66 16 10 I’M GOOD Wafia 159200
71 10 10 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 232350
75 75 3 RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang 14600

 

6th October 2019

It’s a first week on top for Pet Shop Boys, 3 years since their last hat-trick of toppers, 34 years since West End Girls did the trick and dozens of number ones ago before Dreamland. Years And Years also get a third chart-topper, since King and Shine did the trick in 2015. Big climbs for PJ Brennan who is inhabiting the Land Of Make Believe rhythms, James Blunt gets his 6th top 10, Mika his 10th. Snakehips shoot up into the 20, Tove Lo & Kylie into the 40, as does John Newman, all having been there before, in the case of Kylie having been there a lot!

New entries from Niall Horan with a jolly decent track is a surprise highest new entry, his first solo was 2 years ago and peaked at 23, while elsewhere The Black Keys return, Oliver Heldens sneaks back in, PNAU have a quick follow-up to a top 10, Papa Zeus re-do Ce Ce Peniston’s classic Finally, and 2 70’s tracks return: OMD finally get there debit single into my charts 40 years late, and the sad death of lead singer of Eddie & The Hot Rods, Barrie Masters, brings their best track back – Do Anything You Want To Do from the summer of 77 – actually I have sad memories attached to it as my beloved pet budgie died while it was on TV, he’d not been well a few days and had one last mad flutter, I gently picked him up and he just went then and there. It might not sound like much, but I was upset, he’d been part of the family for 5 years and loved getting his own way, not afraid of anything much.

1 2 1 4 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 418000
2 6 2 6 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 260400
3 1 1 4 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 480000
4 7 4 6 THE BEACH The Makemakes 233350
5 26 5 6 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 113200
6 13 6 6 COLD James Blunt 145250
7 3 3 8 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 525000
8 4 4 8 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 461000
9 19 9 4 SANREMO Mika 89400
10 5 1 10 I TRANCE Agnes 1352000

11 8 2 9 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 574600
12 18 12 4 STRANGE Celeste 94450
13 9 9 7 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 166600
14 16 14 7 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 128700
15 22 15 6 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 105900
16 10 10 9 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 197900
17 12 7 7 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 282000
18 40 18 4 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 56500
19 23 19 6 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 79150
20 14 8 7 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 245000

21 36 21 5 INSTANTANE Paradis 62150
22 17 17 7 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 130050
23 11 5 7 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 326250
24 15 10 3 DRIVE The Cars 88000
25 25 9 10 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 234300
26 30 26 6 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 75600
27 20 20 7 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 95200
28 21 14 7 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 167050
29 29 29 5 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 68200
30 65 30 5 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 45200

31 24 1 8 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 628900
32 28 2 11 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 487450
33 35 33 8 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 102800
34 27 1 21 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1592250
35 41 35 2 HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 31500
36 56 36 2 YOU Lucy Daydream 28000
37 39 37 4 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 51400
38 62 38 2 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 24600
39 58 39 6 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 46100
40 34 13 10 FRIENDS Dido 221400

41 45 41 3 LET’S GO The Cars 37100
42 31 19 9 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 140500
43 37 3 19 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 806900
44 50 44 6 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 51050
45 74 45 2 WHEN SHE FINDS YOU Shakespears Sister featuring Richard Hawley 18200
46 48 46 8 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 76300
47 76 47 2 WHY DON’T YOU JUST GET ME Antony & Cleopatra 17300
48 64 48 4 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 29200
49 33 15 9 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 158500
50 80 50 3 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 20000

51 38 38 7 TIME Sophia Bel 75300
52 52 52 8 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 75000
53 43 43 7 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 67450
54 54 54 4 SMALL TALK Katy Perry 34200
55 59 55 3 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 26300
56 NEW 56 1 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 10600
57 42 26 10 FALLING LEON 151050
58 72 58 2 COME AND GET IT The Beatles 15800
59 32 20 10 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 162050
60 60 1 15 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 488850

61 61 61 2 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 15000
62 NEW 62 1 ABOUT YOU Papa Zeus 7400
63 70 63 3 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 18000
64 68 64 3 JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars 17900
65 71 65 2 ABOUT YOU Otto Knows 12800
66 46 16 10 I’M GOOD Wafia 159200
67 NEW 67 1 ECHOES Lola Marsh 6600
68 77 68 2 BEVERLEY HILLS Zivert 11000
69 69 69 2 FEEL LOVE Feed Me 12400
70 78 70 2 GOODBYE The Beatles 10400

71 44 10 10 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 232350
72 NEW 72 1 DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie & The Hot Rods 5600
73 79 73 3 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 13800
74 NEW 74 1 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 5200
75 75 75 3 RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang 14600
76 NEW 76 1 ALL OF US PNAU featuring Ollie Gabriel 4800
77 NEW 77 1 GO The Black Keys 4600
78 NEW 78 1 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 4400
79 NEW 79 1 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 4200
80 NEW 80 1 OVER YOU Lily Moore 4000

DROP OUTS
47 34 7 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 104600
49 30 9 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 130550
51 20 6 VISIONS OF GIDEON Sufjan Stevens 97850
53 20 6 I’LL BE THERE Walk Off The Earth 94550
55 10 9 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 195600
57 48 6 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis 59700
63 40 9 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 90100
66 8 14 MAD LOVE Mabel 305400
67 67 4 HAVE IT ALL Cosmo’s Midnight featuring Age.Sex.Location 22400
73 73 3 HOME Cavetown 14600

 

 

22nd September 2019

It’s a first week on top for Fall Out Boy and Wyclef-Jean, a first for both acts after a decade of attempts from the boys, and 23 years from Wyclef. Patience is rewarded! Pet Shop Boys are up to 3, The S.L.P. Kasabian spin-off is rocketing up to 6, and The Cars have 4 oldies enter following the sad death of Ric Okasek, the highest at 10 for the heart-rendingly perfect Drive at 10. It would have been higher if it hadn’t topped my chart recently in orchestral version, for the third time.

Lana Del Ray gets her 4th top 20 of the year and also enters another from a movie, along with Miley and Ariana. James Blunt makes it 14 years of top 20’s, while Mika leaps again into the 40 this year, with Sanremo, also 14 years of chart entries here. New entries are thin on the ground, just Hailee Steinfeld and Ina Wrolsden, but there will be more pending soon as a gap appears!

1 6 1 2 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 225000
2 1 1 8 I TRANCE Agnes 1250000
3 8 3 2 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 133000
4 3 3 6 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 390000
5 4 4 6 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 348000
6 39 6 4 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 90400
7 5 5 5 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 270000
8 2 2 7 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 489600
9 9 9 4 THE BEACH The Makemakes 118350
10 NEW 10 1 DRIVE The Cars 42000

11 10 7 5 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 224000
12 13 12 7 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 130900
13 11 8 5 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 196000
14 14 14 5 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 129000
15 7 1 6 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 592000
16 18 16 5 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 89600
17 12 9 8 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 196800
18 29 18 4 COLD James Blunt 58250
19 30 19 5 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 74700
20 21 20 8 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 134150

21 33 21 2 STRANGE Celeste 37450
22 23 22 5 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 87550
23 15 2 9 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 451350
24 19 19 7 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 108850
25 17 1 19 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1556250
26 37 26 4 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 59400
27 38 27 5 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 56800
28 24 15 7 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 128700
29 22 13 8 FRIENDS Dido 186800
30 26 26 8 FALLING LEON 126900

31 16 10 8 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 214300
32 72 32 2 SANREMO Mika 23400
33 27 3 17 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 776100
34 36 34 6 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 92100
35 62 35 4 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 34700
36 58 36 3 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 31800
37 60 37 4 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 38900
38 20 20 5 VISIONS OF GIDEON Sufjan Stevens 86100
39 44 39 6 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 67600
40 59 40 4 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 39100

41 65 41 3 INSTANTANE Paradis 25000
42 55 42 5 TIME Sophia Bel 46350
43 25 16 8 I’M GOOD Wafia 138650
44 35 30 8 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 118450
45 28 20 5 I’LL BE THERE Walk Off The Earth 83300
46 32 10 8 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 184800
47 57 47 5 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 42700
48 50 48 5 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis 49300
49 73 49 2 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 17500
50 40 40 8 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 82900

51 34 26 8 GREYHOUND Collard 130550
52 31 18 8 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 139700
53 54 53 6 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 51250
54 47 47 8 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 77750
55 43 8 13 MAD LOVE Mabel 298600
56 56 56 6 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 52000
57 67 57 2 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 17000
58 63 58 4 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 25800
59 NEW 59 1 LET’S GO The Cars 10100
60 52 1 13 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 468850

61 41 19 10 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 140700
62 76 62 2 SMALL TALK Katy Perry 12200
63 45 4 19 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 661750
64 71 64 4 IF THEY ONLY KNEW Black Atlass 21700
65 70 65 5 COMPROMISE JeanGa & George featuring Eartha Kitt 26200
66 66 66 3 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 20200
67 77 67 4 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 18800
68 68 68 5 FALLING DEEP IN LOVE (JOEY NEGRO DISCO BLEND) Horse Meat Disco & Kathy Sledge 26800
69 48 10 11 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 222700
70 75 70 3 HAVE IT ALL Cosmo’s Midnight featuring Age.Sex.Location 15800

71 46 9 13 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 305500
72 79 72 2 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 9800
73 NEW 73 1 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars 5400
74 80 74 2 HOME Cavetown 9200
75 61 1 20 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 1021750
76 NEW 76 1 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 4800
77 NEW 77 1 RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang 4600
78 NEW 78 1 JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars 4400
79 NEW 79 1 HALOES Ina Wrolsden 4200
80 NEW 80 1 AFTERLIFE Hailee Steinfeld 4000

DROP OUTS
42 1 13 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 1160900
49 20 7 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 118400
51 47 7 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 69050
53 40 7 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 76500
64 5 17 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 484500
69 7 17 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 404250
74 29 7 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 100450
78 52 7 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 54300

 

 

 

15th September 2019

It’s Agnes back on top for a 6th week, the longest run for 3 years, as Paul Kalkbrenner is close behind at 2. I hope to be dancing a bit next week in Spain, all being well. Highest new entry is… not the Pet Shop Boys! Yes, their Years & Years collab could “only” manage 8, though it is great and the boys are on TV tonight BBC4 live in concert. I have my next ticket for the Greatest Hits tour. So who beats them? Fall Out Boy! Pet Shop Boys lead tracks off new studio albums always always always go top 10 for me (34 years and counting), but Fall Out Boys don’t always go top 10 – they hit 3 in 2007 with the Arms Race track, 2 in 2013 with My Songs Know/ In The Dark track, the Munsters-sampling Uma Thurman hit 7 in 2015 and in 2017 they hit 7 again with Hold Me Tight Or Don’t. So they get the third-highest chart-peak 12 years on with Dear Future Self, draft in the Munsters rhythms again, and feature Wyclef Jean who hit 4 21 years ago with Gone Till November, Fugee’d it up earlier than that, and also peaked at 4 with Shakira and Hips Don’t Lie – so this is his 3rd solo credit top 10, one a decade on average.

The Makemakes get a big climb to 9, Celeste debuts at 33, new and looking good for future success, Noel Gallagher gets his 3rd of the year as bro Liam hits 3, Mika has a swift return after his Savoretti duet, Snakehips are back featuring in Anna Of The North who also return, Katy Perry sneaks her 2nd of the year in, and the Goo Goo Dolls are back! Last seen 20 years ago when Iris made my top 40, and has since gone on to be something of an ever-popular anthem. Nice to see 90’s rock again.


1 2 1 7 I TRANCE Agnes 1135000
2 3 2 6 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 441600
3 4 3 5 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 325000
4 5 4 5 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 288000
5 6 5 4 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 220000
6 NEW 6 1 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 55000
7 1 1 5 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 565000
8 NEW 8 1 DREAMLAND Pet Shop Boys featuring Years & Years 48000
9 39 9 3 THE BEACH The Makemakes 73350
10 7 7 4 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 187000

11 8 8 4 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 164000
12 9 9 7 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 173700
13 17 13 6 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 95900
14 14 14 4 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 100000
15 11 2 8 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 432100
16 10 10 7 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 196400
17 12 1 18 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1537500
18 24 18 4 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 64600
19 23 19 6 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 89850
20 22 20 4 VISIONS OF GIDEON Sufjan Stevens 68900

21 29 21 7 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 114150
22 13 13 7 FRIENDS Dido 168600
23 25 23 4 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 68050
24 15 15 6 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 110400
25 16 16 7 I’M GOOD Wafia 125150
26 27 26 7 FALLING LEON 108900
27 19 3 16 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 758400
28 20 20 4 I’LL BE THERE Walk Off The Earth 70300
29 42 29 3 COLD James Blunt 36250
30 32 30 4 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 53700

31 18 18 7 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 128200
32 21 10 7 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 172050
33 NEW 33 1 STRANGE Celeste 17700
34 26 26 7 GREYHOUND Collard 118800
35 30 30 7 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 105200
36 36 36 5 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 74500
37 45 37 3 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 40900
38 50 38 4 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 38400
39 55 39 3 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 35400
40 43 40 7 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 72900

41 28 19 9 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 133200
42 35 1 13 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 1160900
43 34 8 12 MAD LOVE Mabel 287800
44 44 44 5 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 50500
45 31 4 18 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 654550
46 33 9 12 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 299700
47 48 47 7 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 66750
48 38 10 10 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 216500
49 37 20 7 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 118400
50 57 50 4 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis 37000

51 47 47 7 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 69050
52 41 1 12 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 458850
53 40 40 7 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 76500
54 54 54 5 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 40000
55 58 55 4 TIME Sophia Bel 32600
56 56 56 5 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 41400
57 60 57 4 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 30200
58 79 58 2 SUPERPOWER Adam Lambert 14400
59 65 59 3 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 22100
60 66 60 3 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 21600

61 53 1 19 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 1016750
62 70 62 3 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 17200
63 74 63 3 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 15600
64 51 5 17 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 484500
65 80 65 2 INSTANTANE Paradis 11000
66 67 66 2 REALLY DON’T LIKE U Tove Lo featuring Kylie Minogue 13400
67 NEW 67 1 THIS IS THE PLACE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 6600
68 68 68 4 FALLING DEEP IN LOVE (JOEY NEGRO DISCO BLEND) Horse Meat Disco & Kathy Sledge 20400
69 59 7 17 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 404250
70 71 70 4 COMPROMISE JeanGa & George featuring Eartha Kitt 19200

71 73 71 3 IF THEY ONLY KNEW Black Atlass 14600
72 NEW 72 1 SANREMO Mika 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SUMMER FADE Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North 5400
74 46 29 7 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 100450
75 76 75 2 HAVE IT ALL Cosmo’s Midnight featuring Age.Sex.Location 9800
76 NEW 76 1 SMALL TALK Katy Perry 4800
77 77 77 3 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 12200
78 52 52 7 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 54300
79 NEW 79 1 INDESTRUCTIBLE The Goo Goo Dolls 4200
80 NEW 80 1 HOME Cavetown 4000

DROP OUTS
49 23 9 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 131750
61 3 13 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 597500
62 18 13 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 216050
63 6 14 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 382950
64 5 10 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 304600
69 10 18 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 344100
72 12 11 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 230300
75 23 10 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 145500
78 59 5 LITTLE HELP The BossHoss featuring Mimy & Josy 29900

 

 

 

1st September 2019

It’s 5 weeks on top for Agnes, the longest run since Panic! At The Disco’s Look Ma did 5 weeks last year, and it’s 50 years ago today that I flew on an RAF VC-10 plane to Singapore to live. My first view of life outside England & Wales was coming in to land on a stop-over in the Indian Ocean – the RAF island base of Gan, a tropical paradise, shimmering green, a sea of blue, sunshine, and tropical reefs from the air. Just gorgeous. Still my idea of paradise. My fave song was In The Year 2525 by Zager & Evans – always looking to the future, me!

The top 9 songs jostle places, still loving them all, Emeli Sande gets a big climb into the 20 with Nana Rogues, Walk Off The earth shoot into the 30, as do Jonas Brothers and Sufjan Stevens, while OMD tick off another top 40 – I havent counted but they have probably averaged well over one a year over 40 years. Highest new entry is from The Makemakes, I’d rather be on The Beach actually, myself. At 61, a Kasabian member side-project is a goodie, Yves V helps Icona Pop back into the charts after a break, Black Atlass belatedly follows-up his chart-topper form late 2018, Ariana adds another to her total, and John Newman gets a second of the year.


1 1 1 5 I TRANCE Agnes 850000
2 2 2 3 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 345000
3 3 3 4 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 241600
4 5 4 3 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 175000
5 6 5 3 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 163000
6 7 6 2 BIRD SONG Lene Lovich 105000
7 9 7 2 LONDON BOY Taylor Swift 95000
8 4 2 6 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 368100
9 8 1 16 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1479500
10 11 10 2 CRUEL SUMMER Taylor Swift 79000

11 16 11 5 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 129400
12 19 12 5 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 93700
13 15 13 5 FRIENDS Dido 117100
14 10 10 5 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 134500
15 12 3 14 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 719000
16 39 16 2 I DON’T KNOW Nana Rogues & Emeli Sande 42100
17 26 17 4 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 64400
18 22 18 5 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 88300
19 24 19 7 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 100900
20 27 20 5 I’M GOOD Wafia 81400

21 13 4 16 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 623650
22 14 9 10 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 269250
23 17 8 10 MAD LOVE Mabel 256700
24 45 24 2 I’LL BE THERE Walk Off The Earth 32000
25 20 20 5 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 89000
26 28 26 5 GREYHOUND Collard 82700
27 54 27 2 VISIONS OF GIDEON Sufjan Stevens 29400
28 18 10 8 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 187000
29 34 29 5 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 82500
30 43 30 4 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 40900

31 21 1 11 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 1129650
32 35 32 5 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 76200
33 33 33 5 FALLING LEON 72000
34 37 34 4 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 49600
35 38 35 5 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 69700
36 23 23 8 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 119650
37 46 37 2 TEETH 5 Seconds Of Summer 30050
38 68 38 2 DON’T GO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 23600
39 50 39 3 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 39700
40 29 5 15 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 465650

41 32 1 10 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 433350
42 25 3 12 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 590000
43 78 43 2 THE GREATEST Lana Del Ray 17900
44 30 18 12 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 208650
45 31 12 10 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 224700
46 47 46 5 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 48250
47 44 1 17 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 998000
48 40 7 15 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 387950
49 36 6 13 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 375750
50 55 50 5 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 42400

51 52 51 5 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 41950
52 41 5 9 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 297500
53 NEW 53 1 THE BEACH The Makemakes 11250
54 42 23 9 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 140500
55 56 55 5 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 44800
56 NEW 56 1 EVERY NIGHT YOU’VE GOT TO SAVE ME Mass Gothic 10600
57 51 10 17 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 337900
58 60 58 5 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 38400
59 66 59 4 LITTLE HELP The BossHoss featuring Mimy & Josy 25500
60 62 60 3 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 24000

61 NEW 61 1 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 7500
62 63 62 2 TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis 14600
63 65 63 3 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 20200
64 59 1 20 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 906600
65 69 65 3 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 18000
66 48 48 7 CASTLES Freya Ridings 54550
67 67 67 3 HOLA (RADIO EDIT) Dario G 17200
68 76 68 2 TIME Sophia Bel 11600
69 49 49 6 FADE OUT Seeb & Olivia O’Brien & Space Primates 55800
70 70 70 4 TRUTH Mark Ronson featuring Alicia Keys & The Last Artful, Dodgr 23400

71 80 71 2 THINKING OF YOU Simply Red 9800
72 53 53 5 MONEY Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch 45450
73 81 73 2 I’M ALRIGHT Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy 9200
74 58 26 12 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 155500
75 NEW 75 1 WE GOT THAT COOL Yves V featuring Afrojack & Icona Pop 5000
76 NEW 76 1 DANCE MONKEY Tones & I 4800
77 84 77 2 FALLING DEEP IN LOVE (JOEY NEGRO DISCO BLEND) Horse Meat Disco & Kathy Sledge 7800
78 NEW 78 1 COLD James Blunt 4400
79 79 79 3 HUNGRY HEART Bruce Springsteen 12600
80 83 80 2 COMPROMISE JeanGa & George 7400

81 NEW 81 1 40 DAYS PJ Brennan 3800
82 57 57 6 HOW GLAD I AM Chrissie Hynde with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble 46800
83 NEW 83 1 IF THEY ONLY KNEW Black Atlass 3400
84 NEW 84 1 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House 3200
85 NEW 85 1 WITHOUT YOU John Newman & Nina Nesbitt 3000

DROP OUTS
61 8 14 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 291450
64 36 5 SOMEONE LIKE YOU (ATARI HERO REMIX) The Sugarhill Gang Grandmaster Mele Mel & SCORPIO Furious5 featuring Barshon 61900
71 71 4 MINE RIGHT NOW Sigrid 20400
72 29 8 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 104500
73 48 6 SCHOOL’S OUT (572100) Alice Cooper 60300
74 74 4 MEN BEHAVING BADLY Chiedu Oraka & Deezkid featuring Jacob Aaron 19000
75 50 7 CAN WE PRETEND Pink featuring Cash Cash 56000
77 10 8 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 163700
82 3 16 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 611500
85 85 1 BECAUSE THE NIGHT Bruce Springsteen 3000

 

My August 1990 Charts

5th August 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12th August 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19th August 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26th August 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My August 1990 Charts

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5th August 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12th August 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

19th August 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26th August 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

My 1990 Charts – June

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3rd June 1990

2 weeks on top for Talk Talk, well, It’s My chartLife! Dirty Cash grooves brilliantly to 4, and Dusty gets a 4th consecutive top 5 hit, though a hat-trick of previous chart-toppers is a lot to live up to, but she’s got the Reputation if anyone has. In at 6, it’s a 25-year-old Beach Boys summer classic that has popped up on B Sides before, but never charted in it’s own right, and Wouldn’t It Be Nice if it entered at 6? Good, cos it has, giving them 22 years of chart action and another top 10 to add to the lengthening list. Astoundingly, it’s also the first track from the classic album Pet Sounds to make my charts (even allowing for the fact that it predates my charts by 2 years). “Classic” is an over-used word these days, but by any standard Pet Sounds IS Classic with a capital C. It was so groundbreaking that it spurred The Beatles on to up their game to put one over on their main creative rivals of the time – and that led to a little album that quietly slipped out called Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Bee Gees were also in my first ever chart along with the Beach Boys, and The Beatles, so it’s good to see them back in with another new one, Bodyguard, albeit it very laid-back that stiffed in the UK.

Roxette leap into the 20 with It Must Have Been Love, as a new entry from 1970 oldie Venus is remixed and is Shocking Blue back in the charts just ahead of Don Pablo’s Animals re-versioning dance-stylee of the same song, and which they borrow to greater effect. Betty Boo is Doin’ The Do inside the 20, and Gary Moore still got the blues enough to hit 20, leaving Billy Joel heading down The Downeaster Alexa at 23, a spiritual sequel (of sorts, to my ears) to Gordon Lightfoot’s The Wreck Of The Edmond Fitzgerald . There’s a Yaaaah! at 29, as D. Shake goes Techno Trance and the brilliant The Only One I Know leaps inside the 40 for The Charlatans. Ditto Black Box and Englandneworder, while The Beloved are having a non-Lauper Time After Time new at 40. That leaves a new entry from Elton John. I say “new” actually Sacrifice was in the chart last week, as it has been since the previous autumn, but it had been reissued after flopping in the UK along with his other flop Healing hands. Both had topped my chart and now are new, technically, together. Elsewhere MC Hammer debuts with a cover of a Rick James classic. I say “cover”. The words are new, and the baggy trousers shout out U Can’t Touch This. He’s a Superfreak I guess!


1 ( 1 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
2 ( 2 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
3 ( 3 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
4 ( 8 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
5 ( 9 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
6 ( NEW ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
7 ( 4 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
8 ( 7 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
9 ( 11 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
10 ( 5 ) TEXAS Chris Rea

11 ( 6 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
12 ( 32 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
13 ( NEW ) VENUS (REMIX) Shocking Blue
14 ( 16 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
15 ( 27 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
16 ( 10 ) ROAM The B52’s
17 ( 17 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
18 ( 12 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
19 ( 13 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
20 ( 25 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore

21 ( 19 ) KISSING GATE Sam Brown
22 ( 15 ) VOGUE Madonna
23 ( NEW ) THE DOWNEASTER ALEXA Billy Joel
24 ( 14 ) THE POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode
25 ( 20 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
26 ( 21 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
27 ( 38 ) HOLD ON En Vogue
28 ( 35 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
29 ( NEW ) YAAAH/ TECHNO TRANCE D. Shake
30 ( 18 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton

31 ( 65 ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
32 ( 22 ) THE POWER Snap!
33 ( 43 ) EVERYBODY EVERYBODY Black Box
34 ( NEW ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
35 ( 55 ) WORLD IN MOTION England New Order
36 ( 31 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
37 ( 37 ) STAR Erasure
38 ( 24 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
39 ( 36 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
40 ( NEW ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved

41 ( 28 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
42 ( 29 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
43 ( 23 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
44 ( 45 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
45 ( 42 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
46 ( 70 ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants
47 ( 33 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
48 ( 26 ) LOVE THING The Pasadenas
49 ( 46 ) LOADED Primal Scream
50 ( 50 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s

51 ( RE ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
52 ( 51 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
53 ( 49 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
54 ( 41 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
55 ( NEW ) HEAR THE DRUMMER (GO WICKED) Chad Jackson
56 ( 52 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
57 ( 62 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
58 ( 64 ) JOY AND HEARTBREAK Movement 98 featuring Carroll Thompson
59 ( 66 ) GIVE IT UP Hothouse Flowers
60 ( 40 ) A DREAM’S A DREAM Soul II Soul

61 ( 30 ) WHAT DID I DO FOR YOU Lisa Stansfield
62 ( 39 ) ANGEL Eurythmics
63 ( 44 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
64 ( 63 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( NEW ) U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
66 ( 54 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
67 ( 47 ) SPRINGTIME FOR THE WORLD Blow Monkeys
68 ( 71 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Miki Howard
69 ( 58 ) MAYBE FOR SURE Deborah Harry
70 ( 53 ) HEAVEN GIVE ME WORDS Propaganda

71 ( 69 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
72 ( 68 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
73 ( 61 ) TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
74 ( 72 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
75 ( NEW ) MESSAGE IN THE BOX World Party

I bought a David Shepherd limited edition artwork of a Dormouse for £57 this week. Still got it, though it should be worth a bit more these days. Bob advised me on that, and let me know that the Fleetwood Mac tickets we’d ordered he’d still pay for his as he now had to go to a mate’s wedding instead. Oops! On Saturday I drove to London to go to my first Comics mart. I sold some comics to 30th Century Comics, who are still going strong in Putney, fanzine friends running the business, and I met fanzine members, but I felt very out of it meeting groups of people who already knew each other and wandered off to look around. For the first time in 20 years I had the very odd experience of talking about comic characters out loud to other human beings!

I chatted to various young members of Apa-247 and heard about previous fanzine Inertron, a Legion fanzine that had become a general comics fanzine when most of the Legion fans broke away after a spat. I found out all the gossip about it. I won’t repeat it here, though I’m sure it would be interesting to do that, sorry! We still meet up 25 years later and older, some have passed away tragically young, but it’s still great meeting up. That’s pretty damn impressive, really, and the only organisation in my life I have joined up with socially and stuck with. As Groucho Marx said, I wouldn’t want to belong to any organisation that would have me as a member. Except comic fans. I bid adieu to everyone though, went to HMV and bought The Mind Robber (my fave 60’s Doctor Who episodes) on video, 20 years since I saw it last and as fresh and familiar as if it were just a few years! I enjoyed myself enough to decide to go to another meeting with the apa fans, so result all round!


10th June 1990

Elton John’s newly-doubled-up Sacrifice and Healing Hands top the chart again together, having done it solo in 1989, as they did in the UK singles chart in 1990 having flopped in 1989. “I told you so” is such a childish phrase….! Elton’s career had been in the doldrums for a few years, but this pushed him right back into the big league again, as he finally got his long-awaited UK singles chart solo number one. These days I much prefer Healing Hands as I overdosed on Sacrifice eventually. Gary Moore gets a second top 10, his first for 5 years, and Roxette grab a 3rd as It Must Have Been Love sneaks up a bit.

The Chimes smoothly slide into the 20, as D-Shake rave it on up, hey Yaaah! Highest new entry is Snap!’s follow-up to The Power, and it’s a Gap Band song 10 years on, Ooops! Just walking behind them, like an Egyptian, The Bangles get a return to the top 40 4 years on from first-time round, Diana Ross returns I’m Still Waiting in remixed form 19 years on, and Chad Jackson hears a drummer go wicked inside the 40, too. Lower down, Bruce Dickinson gets a second solo entry with his Mott The Hoople cover of All The Young Dudes, and The Pretenders pop in briefly at 62, though Chrissie insists she’d Never Do That. Jason Donovan and Bobby Brown are back too, and at 68 it’s a bangin’ dance rave-rap track, The Only Rhyme That Bites, as MC Tunes and 808 State get together over the theme to The Big Country sample to pretty good effect.

1 ( 34 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
2 ( 1 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
3 ( 2 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
4 ( 3 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
5 ( 5 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
6 ( 6 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
7 ( 4 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
8 ( 20 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore
9 ( 8 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
10 ( 12 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette

11 ( 17 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
12 ( 7 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
13 ( 15 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
14 ( 28 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
15 ( 11 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
16 ( 16 ) ROAM The B52’s
17 ( 9 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
18 ( 18 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
19 ( 29 ) YAAAH/ TECHNO TRANCE D-Shake
20 ( 10 ) TEXAS Chris Rea

21 ( 13 ) VENUS (REMIX) Shocking Blue
22 ( 14 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
23 ( 23 ) THE DOWNEASTER ALEXA Billy Joel
24 ( 19 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
25 ( 31 ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
26 ( 27 ) HOLD ON En Vogue
27 ( 40 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
28 ( 22 ) VOGUE Madonna
29 ( 35 ) WORLD IN MOTION England New Order
30 ( 37 ) STAR Erasure

31 ( 26 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
32 ( 25 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
33 ( NEW ) OOOPS UP Snap!
34 ( NEW ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
35 ( 30 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
36 ( 55 ) HEAR THE DRUMMER (GO WICKED) Chad Jackson
37 ( NEW ) I’M STILL WAITING (REMIX) Diana Ross
38 ( 36 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
39 ( 32 ) THE POWER Snap!
40 ( 39 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair

41 ( 21 ) KISSING GATE Sam Brown
42 ( 38 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
43 ( 41 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
44 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY EVERYBODY Black Box
45 ( 46 ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants
46 ( 24 ) THE POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode
47 ( 51 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
48 ( 45 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
49 ( NEW ) ALL THE YOUNG DUDES Bruce Dickinson
50 ( 49 ) LOADED Primal Scream

51 ( 50 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
52 ( 52 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
53 ( 42 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
54 ( 47 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
55 ( NEW ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF CICCIOLINA Pop Will Eat Itself
56 ( 44 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
57 ( 53 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
58 ( 56 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( NEW ) CLOUD 8 Frazier Chorus
60 ( 43 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand

61 ( 65 ) U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
62 ( NEW ) NEVER DO THAT The Pretenders
63 ( 57 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
64 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NIGHT Jason Donovan
66 ( 68 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Miki Howard
67 ( 54 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
68 ( NEW ) THE ONLY RHYME THAT BITES MC Tunes vs 808 State
69 ( NEW ) FREE-STYLE MEGAMIX Bobby Brown
70 ( 48 ) LOVE THING The Pasadenas

71 ( 66 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
72 ( 71 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
73 ( 72 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( 74 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
75 ( 63 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More

PLAYLIST OLDIES

1. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO – The Chi-Lites
2. LIGHT MY FIRE – Jose Feliciano
3. MUSIC – John Miles


In my oldies playlist, The Chi-Lites disco classic from 1976 joins John Miles Music, and the 1968 spanish acoustic guitar version of The Doors’ Light My Fire from Jose Feliciano which I loved age 10. Will Young eventually copied this version for a UK 21st Century singles chart topper. In my life, I continued working for Bournemouth Borough Council, but I started my new full-time job as Contracts Monitor for Parks. First up, was checking the grounds maintenance for the local schools, Colleges, Community Arts and Police stations. Played badminton with Peter, won 4-2, for a change. Oh, and I’d officially stopped eating meat by now en route to eventually becoming a vegetarian.


17th June 1990

It’s a rare brand new entry in at 1 from nowhere. Big Fun and Sonia, with a sax assist from Gary Barnacle. This was a charity record for Childline featuring the two most annoying of the pop stars from the Stock Aitken Waterman hit machine, and was written and produced by SAW. Given all of that, it would be a surprise for me to like it a lot. For me to instantly fall in love with the record is a miracle, it’s rare that new tracks do that in my charts, unheard of for acts I’ve been a bit “meh” over. For it to become one of the least-successful charity records is a travesty, it’s pure soul brilliance, heavily-inspired by Junior Walker And The All Stars’ “What Does It Take”. The lyrics match the intended sentiment and the boys and girl give great vocals, and that sax is fantastic. Under-rated much.

Roxette get a 3rd top 5 track, and the B52’s a third as Roam finally hits 5 after months of yo-yo-ing. Betty Boo gets a first top 10 do, and The Chimes take U2’s song back into the 10 3 years on, all soulful. The Charlatans get a first top 20 hit, and the new entry at 16 is a hark back to childhood TV excitement as Thunderbirds Are Go with FAB and MC Parker. Parker?! Yus M’lady! Actually there’s a fair bit of Stingray in there too, so that’s even better for a mash-up of the theme tune dance-stylee. FAB! My faves were Parker, Lady Penelope, Alan and Tintin. The track is both amusing and nostalgic great fun. In at 20, Jeff Lynne has a belated solo single debut after 20 years of hits with The Move and ELO, and it’s pretty good. Every Little Thing sounds like an ELO record, of course. Fine by me cos it’s also fab!

Bruce Dickinson out-peaks every single Iron Maiden single at 23, as his cover of All The Young Dudes pops into the 40, along with another cover – of Sister Sledge’s Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards song Thinking Of You – from Maureen Walsh. Kim Wilde calls Time, in at 26, Blow Monkeys spring back at 40, and Gloria Estefan, They Might Be Giants and MC Hammer all go top 40. New lower down, another Aussie soap star covers Mona, and it’s a good version from Craig McClaghlan, Double Trouble take a 3rd version of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore into the 75, Maxi Priest is back with a good new single Close To You, Paul Young covers the Chi_lites 1972 chart-topper Oh Girl, and at 75 Luciano Pavarotti, the world’s top classical tenor covers Puccini’s Nessun Dorma (from Turandot) for the football World Cup and becomes a sensation immortalising the song for the masses for the next 25 years (so far). One of the better football songs, I ponder!


1 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
2 ( 1 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
3 ( 2 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
4 ( 10 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
5 ( 16 ) ROAM The B52’s
6 ( 3 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
7 ( 4 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
8 ( 13 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
9 ( 14 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
10 ( 6 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys

11 ( 9 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
12 ( 7 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
13 ( 5 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
14 ( 25 ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
15 ( 12 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
16 ( NEW ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
17 ( 8 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore
18 ( 11 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
19 ( 33 ) OOOPS UP Snap!
20 ( NEW ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne

21 ( 34 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
22 ( 19 ) YAAAH/ TECHNO TRANCE D-Shake
23 ( 49 ) ALL THE YOUNG DUDES Bruce Dickinson
24 ( 17 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
25 ( NEW ) THINKING OF YOU Maureen Walsh
26 ( NEW ) TIME Kim Wilde
27 ( 27 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
28 ( 15 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
29 ( 18 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
30 ( 56 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan

31 ( 20 ) TEXAS Chris Rea
32 ( 24 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
33 ( 31 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
34 ( 28 ) VOGUE Madonna
35 ( 32 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
36 ( 36 ) HEAR THE DRUMMER (GO WICKED) Chad Jackson
37 ( 45 ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants
38 ( 22 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
39 ( 61 ) U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
40 ( RE ) SPRINGTIME FOR THE WORLD Blow Monkeys

41 ( 38 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
42 ( 39 ) THE POWER Snap!
43 ( NEW ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
44 ( 23 ) THE DOWNEASTER ALEXA Billy Joel
45 ( 37 ) I’M STILL WAITING (REMIX) Diana Ross
46 ( 43 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
47 ( 26 ) HOLD ON En Vogue
48 ( 40 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
49 ( NEW ) MONA Craig McClaghlan
50 ( 42 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40

51 ( 21 ) VENUS (REMIX) Shocking Blue
52 ( 48 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
53 ( 29 ) WORLD IN MOTION England New Order
54 ( 55 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF CICCIOLINA Pop Will Eat Itself
55 ( 50 ) LOADED Primal Scream
56 ( 52 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
57 ( 68 ) THE ONLY RHYME THAT BITES MC Tunes vs 808 State
58 ( 60 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
59 ( 51 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
60 ( 53 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

61 ( 54 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
62 ( 57 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
63 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
64 ( 63 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
65 ( 65 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Jason Donovan
66 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
67 ( 69 ) FREE-STYLE MEGAMIX Bobby Brown
68 ( 35 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
69 ( NEW ) CLOSE TO YOU Maxi Priest
70 ( 30 ) STAR Erasure

71 ( NEW ) OH GIRL Paul Young
72 ( 59 ) CLOUD 8 Frazier Chorus
73 ( NEW ) GIRL TO GIRL The 49‘ers
74 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) NESSUN DORMA Luciano Pavarotti


I was busy hiring Star Trek: The Next Generation first season videos from video shops at this time, it seems unthinkable that a hot new American TV show with a mass cult appeal behind it could remain unaired on British television 3 years on – but that was the times, if the 2 broadcasters passed on it then you were stuffed. Sky TV of course took up the slack eventually which meant you had to pay out anyway and buy a satellite dish. At work, lots of school grounds checking, which meant associating with headmasters and introducing myself. Having joined the fanzine, I mused that my writing style was pretty crap actually, limited vocabulary and it takes SO long to type out a single page of comments and articles! I did some artwork for my fanzine, updating some stuff I’d drawn 13 years earlier.

24th June 1990

2 weeks on top for You’ve Got A Friend as the highest new entry is a 1966 classic from The Rolling Stones, and quite possibly their best record, Paint It, Black, re-issued after featuring in Vietnam War TV series Tour Of Duty, and a chart entry in the UK and chart-topper in the Netherlands. Dark, inventive use of the sitar (shortly after George Harrison brought it into western pop music) and aggressive, it never gets boring, which is why it still periodically enters the UK singles charts. Into the top 10, Don Pablo’s Animals get the 3rd top 10 version of Venus, and Jeff Lynne keeps his run going (for most ELO singles releases, and The Move singles dating back to 1971.

Meanwhile, Diana Ross’ period-common oldies remix (usually with a Soul II Soul shuffle beat) brings I’m Still Waiting back into the 20 for the 3rd time, though the pedestrian dance version isn’t a patch on the lush orchestral original arrangement that hit my top spot in 1976 on re-issue 5 years after first charting. That could also apply to Promised Land and their cover of Something In The Air, the 1969 Thunderclap Newman number one that was also my 3rd ever purchased single. The Bangles actual original version also goes top 20, I’m relieved to say, as they keep on walking like an Egyptian.

In at 31, it’s a charity cover version of the 1949 Hank Snow record Nobody’s Child, though the version I knew was Karen Young’s 1969 hit cover. George Harrison also recorded it with Tony Sheridan and George’s mates John and Paul. Tom Petty is also a new entry at 48 with Yer So Bad, as well as a Wilbury, and ditto Jeff Lynne at 10 and as a Wilbury. MC Tunes vs 808 State hit the 40 along with Maxi Priest, and also Craig McClaghlan, while lower down Bob Geldof gets a solo entry 5 years since his first one, and 13 years after his debut Boomtown Rats entry, but he seems indifferent about it.

1 ( 1 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
2 ( 2 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
3 ( NEW ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
4 ( 4 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
5 ( 3 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
6 ( 9 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
7 ( 6 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
8 ( 18 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
9 ( 7 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
10 ( 20 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne

11 ( 8 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
12 ( 11 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
13 ( 16 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
14 ( 5 ) ROAM The B52’s
15 ( 12 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
16 ( 19 ) OOOPS UP Snap!
17 ( 45 ) I’M STILL WAITING (REMIX) Diana Ross
18 ( 10 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
19 ( 21 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
20 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Promised Land

21 ( 25 ) THINKING OF YOU Maureen Walsh
22 ( 13 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
23 ( 14 ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
24 ( 17 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore
25 ( 15 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
26 ( 26 ) TIME Kim Wilde
27 ( 39 ) U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
28 ( 43 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
29 ( 29 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
30 ( 23 ) ALL THE YOUNG DUDES Bruce Dickinson

31 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S CHILD The Traveling Wilburys
32 ( 35 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
33 ( 33 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
34 ( 24 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
35 ( 40 ) SPRINGTIME FOR THE WORLD Blow Monkeys
36 ( 49 ) MONA Craig McClaghlan
37 ( 27 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
38 ( 57 ) THE ONLY RHYME THAT BITES MC Tunes vs 808 State
39 ( 28 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
40 ( 69 ) CLOSE TO YOU Maxi Priest

41 ( 41 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
42 ( 32 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
43 ( 34 ) VOGUE Madonna
44 ( 42 ) THE POWER Snap!
45 ( 31 ) TEXAS Chris Rea
46 ( 38 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
47 ( 46 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
48 ( NEW ) YER SO BAD Tom Petty
49 ( 30 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
50 ( 75 ) NESSUN DORMA Luciano Pavarotti

51 ( 22 ) YAAAH/ TECHNO TRANCE D-Shake
52 ( NEW ) THE MASTERPLAN Diana Brown and Barrie K. Sharpe
53 ( 58 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
54 ( 52 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
55 ( 55 ) LOADED Primal Scream
56 ( 63 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
57 ( 56 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
58 ( 48 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
59 ( 71 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
60 ( 50 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40

61 ( 67 ) FREE-STYLE MEGAMIX Bobby Brown
62 ( 36 ) HEAR THE DRUMMER (GO WICKED) Chad Jackson
63 ( RE ) MESSAGE IN THE BOX World Party
64 ( 62 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
65 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
66 ( 59 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
67 ( 64 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
68 ( 60 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
69 ( 37 ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants
70 ( NEW ) WHO’S LAW IS IT ANYWAY Guru Josh

71 ( NEW ) MOVE AWAY JIMMT BLUE Del Amitri
72 ( NEW ) GREAT SONG OF INDIFFERENCE Bob Geldof
73 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( 61 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
75 ( NEW ) STEP BY STEP New Kids On The Block


In real life, the niece and nephew were back at home with me and their mum, and Vicki said she missed me when they were away (aaah, sweet!). Having wasted my money on an MSX music computer 5 years earlier which was neither one thing nor the other, I opted for a new Amstrad 9512 for the hugely expensive price of £576 – bear in mind they were glorified typewriters in those days and that would be like paying a couple of thousand for one now while on low wages! Ouch!

My 1989 Charts – September

Vermont 1989

Vermont 1989

3rd September 1989

Tears For Fears get their 2nd absolute classic chart-topper, the Beatles-tastic Sowing The Seeds Of Love, 4 years on from the even-more-classic Everybody Wants To Rule The World (and 3 years on from the Sport Aid version which also hit 1). All summer of love-ish, it’s bad news for actual flower-power song Sunshine Superman which peaks at 2 for Donovan. Malcolm McLaren gets his 2nd-biggest hit at 4, and The KLF their first Top 5 (excluding Doctorin’ The Tardis). Kylie Said To Jason? Funnily enough Jason’s in at 43 with one of his best SAW hits, oh everyday, Jason, I love you more!

The Time Warp goes top 10! Well it’s a step to the left..! So does Lisa Stansfield, again, bringing back 70’s soul to the (nearly) 90’s, as she does starring in movie Northern Soul any day now. About time that had a revival! So, what do I think about Tina Turner? Simply The Best! In at 18 with the one that has now become her signature song, a stormin’ pop song and much better than Bonnie Tyler’s earlier version. 20 years of hits, and one number one with Ike in 1973.

Janet Jackson misses me much, so I respond with a leap to 27 from 69 for her. Gloria follows up her number one ballad, as usual, which means a latino-dance-pop track, at 35: O Ye Mi Canto! S’Express return at 38, the Stones get 20 years of hits which leaves me with Mixed Emotions, as it ain’t no Honky Tonk Women. At 66, Amazulu chuck out another cover, this time one place behind the original (and it’s 1987 remix) by The Archies, which is well into it’s 2-year run 3rd-time round. Oh, yes New Kids On The Block debut at 75. Hangin’ Tough? Hangin’ A Bit Insipidly, mostly.

In life, Paul & Sheila visited while my brother visited Sue & the kids, which took a bit of juggling. Paul had a new MG, and it was lovely seeing them, and showing them round the countryside, and coastal walks, and meeting two of their friends also holidaying in Poole, which was fun. To the Dormers pub in Wimborne, which I visited almost weekly in the 90’s. On TV? Elton on Wogan; The Time Tunnel repeats; reading Arthur C. Clarke’s Sentinel. Pre-holiday jitters…

1 ( 2 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
3 ( 1 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
4 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
5 ( 8 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
6 ( 4 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
7 ( 10 ) CHERISH Madonna
8 ( 7 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
9 ( 16 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
10 ( 14 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 5 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
12 ( 15 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
13 ( 12 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
14 ( 11 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
15 ( 9 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
16 ( 13 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
17 ( 21 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
18 ( NEW ) THE BEST Tina Turner
19 ( 23 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
20 ( 24 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard

21 ( 17 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
22 ( 18 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
23 ( 28 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
24 ( 34 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
25 ( 49 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
26 ( 36 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
27 ( 69 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
28 ( 19 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
29 ( 22 ) POISON Alice Cooper
30 ( 41 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty

31 ( 27 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
32 ( 25 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 26 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
35 ( NEW ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
36 ( 20 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
37 ( 42 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
38 ( NEW ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
39 ( 39 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 29 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

41 ( 31 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
42 ( 47 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
43 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
44 ( 30 ) TOO MUCH Bros
45 ( 60 ) PARTYMAN Prince
46 ( 48 ) ONE The Bee Gees
47 ( 46 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
48 ( 32 ) ON AND ON Aswad
49 ( 37 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 50 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M

51 ( 64 ) WARNING Adeva
52 ( 52 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
53 ( NEW ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
54 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 35 ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
56 ( 74 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
57 ( 38 ) A BIT OF U2 Kiss AMC
58 ( 40 ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet
59 ( 44 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
60 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 53 ) BATDANCE Prince
62 ( 62 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
63 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
64 ( NEW ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
65 ( 45 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
66 ( 67 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
67 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
68 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR Amazulu
69 ( 43 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
70 ( 70 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies

71 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA BE THE SAME Danny Wilson
72 ( 57 ) LOVE PAINS Hazell Dean
73 ( NEW ) NATURE OF LOVE Waterfront
74 ( 71 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
75 ( NEW ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

me on the left, looking hot eh? Well, YOUNG at any rate. Lake Champlain 1989

me on the left, looking hot eh? Well, YOUNG at any rate. Lake Champlain 1989

10th September 1989

So, this week was spent in Massachussets, New York State and Vermont, not to mention Canada, with mates Bob & Jason. That had a wobbly effect on some records (current on radio stations round about) as they went back up, and re-entered. It also meant loads of US hits making my charts. However, no change at 1, 2 weeks for Tears For Fears, but Madonna again makes the Top 5, not missing it since Causing A Commotion underperformed. The Bee Gees get One back up to 7, Richard Marx is up to 12, and the Cure make the Top 40 with Love Song.

New entries, though? Highest is Elton n Aretha’s Through The Storm, a re-entry hitting a new holiday peak at 14, while the highest new actual entry is, of all people, Donny Osmond on a George Michael-a-like ballad Sacred Emotion, emoting at 28, 17 years on from Puppy Love. Donny’s about a week older than me, which makes me feel special. I mentioned I stood next to him in HMV Bournemouth didn’t I?

Rod’s back: He’s Crazy About Her at 39. No change there then! At 45, it’s the new entry of the week, the mega-brilliant Personal Jesus as Depeche Mode come back on fire with their best record to date, albeit more of a grower than a show-er. Eurythmics, don’t ask me why, are at 54 with a ballad, just ahead of the great George Harrison. Cheer Down, luv, right, la? At 60, does anyone recall Harry Houdini? Not even Kon Kan is my guess, so youtube ahoy! Don Henley keeps the solo hits coming, one spot behind Aerosmith who enjoy Love In An Elevator, a great fun rock track, and one that takes me back to Aerosmith’s Rocknrollercoaster ride at Disney MGM (a decade later!). Lastly, Paula Abdul’s back, Martika covers Carole King (not that well) and Roxette are back with Listen To Your Heart, a great ballad.

Niagara By Night 1989

Niagara By Night 1989


How about some holiday nostalgia? No? Well I’m going to anyway! Due to heavy winds we landed at Gander, Newfoundland to refuel and get off the plane. Bonus! Forests and lakes galore, and Lumberjack-style fashions. On the downside it meant we landed in Boston in darkness, but we got some advice from an American on the bus to Alamo car hire to leave Boston and get cheap motels in Manchester. I drove, in the dark, on busy freeways in a city, my armpits like waterfalls! We got there, found a cheap motel, Neil Diamond’s Love On The Rocks playing, and errr it became instantly obvious to me it was a businessman’s knocking shop, underlined by the response when we asked for a room. “All night?” the motel clerk enquired. Fortunately the sticky stuff on the bedspread was fresh cream cake. Honestly, I kid not!

Next day, Montpelier, lovely Vermont state capitol, all golden-domed and classy. Picturesque forested riverside sandwich lunch-break, so I could generously offer myself up to the local mosquitos for a snack (they never refuse). Burlington: student college town by a lake, great atmosphere, Whole Of The Moon playing in a record store, and a grotty run-down motel run by 2 sweet Polish ladies charging a fortune for nothing much. The toilet wouldn’t flush so I lifted up the lid to fiddle with the workings. Bad move. I dropped the lid into the cistern which immediately cracked and water flooded onto the bathroom floor. We tied it up to not flush, and next morning, despite me wanting to pay, I was outvoted and we did a runner. At least we didn’t use my credit card!

Me and Ottawa 1989

Me and Ottawa 1989

Car ferry across windy Lake Champlain to New York State (which meant we got out of the car), Baker Street (of course) on the car radio as we headed for Swiss-styled Lake Placid, not snow-covered, nor ski-ing, but mountainously pretty, forested and laked: the thing with the NE States is how long you can drive and still see trees – in the UK, 20 minutes tops! Lake Placid, though was very expensive! Bought Arthur C Clarke & James White sci-fi novels, Cheers, Moonlighting and Star Trek on TV (again).

me and boat-ride in Ottawa 1989

me and boat-ride in Ottawa 1989

Over a bridge to Canada, next day, questioned by customs (way friendlier than guestapo-influenced US and Australian customs in the 90’s), and a switch to the Canadian dollar as we drove the billboard tedium highways to Ottawa, a London in miniature architecturally, but prettier, and very British in many ways. We all loved Ottawa. We lucked it into a luxury hotel, The Embassy, it was another world to me (yet only £16 each per night!), it had a living room, iamspamspamami and was a FAB place to spend 2 nights! Ottawa at night was fab. The boat trip downriver was fab. The parliament buildings fab. Rick Astley was in concert in Ottawa the first night. Happily we didn’t find out in time, as Bob would have liked to have gone (to have a concert experience rather than listen to one decent song).

Toronto 1989

Toronto 1989

Toronto: big city. CN Tower, glass elevator on the side of the building: sweating buckets at the sheer drop in front of me, it was soooooo high! Terrific views though. Then, Niagara Falls, I wanted to look around the Canadian side but we ended up driving over into the States to get customs checks out of the way – the irritable guard warmed when he realised we were British. SO handy being British in the USA… As if to welcome us, local TV had Dr Who and Are You Being Served, EWhose Line Is It Anyway on show! Found a motel, saw the Falls by night, lit up: stunning! They really are impressive, well-worth going to see, the speed of the water is deafening…TBC

Lake Placid NY 1989

Lake Placid NY 1989

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
3 ( 6 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
4 ( 4 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
5 ( 7 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 5 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
7 ( 46 ) ONE The Bee Gees
8 ( 2 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
9 ( 18 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
10 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 9 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
12 ( 25 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
13 ( 8 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
14 ( RE ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
15 ( 11 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
16 ( 17 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
17 ( 12 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
18 ( 22 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
19 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
20 ( 24 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams

21 ( 13 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
22 ( 23 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
23 ( 15 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
24 ( 26 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
25 ( 20 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
26 ( 16 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
27 ( 27 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
28 ( NEW ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
29 ( 43 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
30 ( RE ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones

31 ( 19 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
32 ( 56 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 38 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
35 ( 35 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
36 ( 52 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
37 ( 21 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
38 ( 62 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
39 ( NEW ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
40 ( 40 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

Niagara by night 1989

Niagara by night 1989

41 ( 28 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
42 ( 31 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
43 ( 32 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
44 ( RE ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
45 ( NEW ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
46 ( 39 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
47 ( 29 ) POISON Alice Cooper
48 ( RE ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
49 ( 30 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
50 ( 37 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks

51 ( 45 ) PARTYMAN Prince
52 ( 53 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
53 ( 47 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
54 ( NEW ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
55 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
56 ( NEW ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
57 ( 36 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
58 ( 34 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
59 ( 50 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
60 ( NEW ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan

61 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 41 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
63 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
64 ( 64 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
65 ( 66 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
66 ( 67 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( NEW ) THE END OF THE INNOCENCE Don Henley
68 ( NEW ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
69 ( 69 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
70 ( 61 ) BATDANCE Prince

71 ( 70 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
72 ( NEW ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
73 ( 42 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
74 ( NEW ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
75 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

17th September 1989

3 weeks for Tears For Fears, I loved it so much I bought the US cd picture sleeve version in New York City at Tower Records, along with Elton’s fab new album Sleeping With The Past which eventually made it big in the UK in 1990. Quite a slow chart actually, as I did it on the 14th during a quiet day in a Middletown motel – I needed a break!

Cher goes Top 20, as do S’Express, and back, and higher, are 10000 Maniacs and the lovely Trouble Me. Depeche Mode and The Cure shoot up to just outside the 20 (the injustice!) and girl group Expose (never did make it in the UK) get a 4th hit or so in my charts at 41, When I Look At Him. The London Boys add to their chart run, George H goes top 50, and Katrina And The Waves get another hit (4th or 5th) 4 years on since Walking On Sunshine – That’s The Way!

Niagara Falls 1989

Niagara Falls 1989

OK, I left it at Niagara Falls on a Sunday: I had a day taking photo after photo after photo, I couldn’t stop, of the Falls from above, from below (you go through tunnels down to a platform, put on waterproofs and walk through a minor section of it: Fab adrenalin rush!), by the river and rapids, of the rocks, of the buildings. I chickened out of a helicopter ride, but Jason didn’t and he lurved it! Maid Of The Mist Tour, a boat tour round the falls was excellent, if very damp and noisy. Loved the 50’s-themed restaurant too.

walking through the falls

walking through the falls

Middletown, Pennsylvania: sad at missing Stevie Nicks in concert in Buffalo by a day, we stopped for 4 nights in a town with a rail connection to New York, rather than pay extortionate prices in the city. It kind of worked out OK, a truckstop joint on the way, me in loud purple shirt in a sea of truckers. I felt a bit visible! The motel was fine, 3 beds and an outdoor jacuzzi, near stores and opposite the road to the station: Middletown Motel. The rail station was actually just a platform!! No buildings, just a parking lot. Bizarre, and it meant you paid on the train. I got kinda sulky though, as the areas I most wanted to see were getting very squeezed: Cape Cod, Plymouth, Boston were all at the end of the holiday.

Empire State view and me 1989

Empire State view and me 1989

New York City: very early train (5am), dawn breaking, ticket guard all self-assured gave us our $11 return tickets, and I loved the names of the towns we passed: Tuxedo! Suffern! (Pronounced Suffrin’) all very 1940’s stylee. Down in the steamy subway system to Manhattan, and seedy misty Times Square, hookers, pimps, down n outs, police and even worse buying slide film from a small shop, not only expensive it turned out to be 2 years out of date and the colours of my New York slides were like sepia-tinted period pieces. Tragedy! Welcome to New York where one-third of cars have dents and crossing the road is an adventure! The boat tour round Manhattan was great though, leisurely and terrific views of world-famous buildings and of course the Statue Of Liberty. The Empire State Building was great, especially views towards the Twin Towers. Looking down was very dizzying, it was WELL high! By the time we got back to Middletown it was 8.30 pm and I was wiped out!

Manhattan Twin Towers 1989

Manhattan Twin Towers 1989

Day 2: deja vu, repeat, Groundhog Day! Sort of. Not quite as good, but sunnier, so the photos were way better today. To The World Trade Centre: Jason loved it. I quote me: “so tall they were awesome!” I was happy not to go up them, after The Towering Inferno movie I’d never been comfortable in skyscrapers, and too many guards and yuppies for my taste everywhere. Wall Street, then the ferry to Liberty island for a great couple of hours climbing the spiral staircase inside Lady Liberty and getting fab photos. The downside is it’s so slow-going climbing my face was permanently stuck facing the arse of the man in front. Bob was much more lucky: he got to stare at my arse during the climb (not lucky from his point of view though!).

Statue Of Liberty 1989

Statue Of Liberty 1989

Greenwich Village and Soho were disappointing, the subway was hot and smelly, maps were shite, and it was a relief to get off in Central Park. By chance we ended up walking past the Dakota Building, which put me on a downer, as I couldn’t help think about John Lennon, my hero, walking past the spot he was murdered. The lake in the centre of Central Park was a loooong walk on top of a long-walking day, and it was stagnant. Jason & I were both knackered by now, and not impressed with NYC enough to want to come back the next day – Bob was getting that vibe when we did our souvenir buying in Tower Records. Poor Bob had to go on his own next day, as he had buildings to explore…

NYC 89

NYC 89

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
3 ( 2 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
4 ( 7 ) ONE The Bee Gees
5 ( 5 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 4 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
7 ( 6 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
8 ( 8 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
9 ( 9 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
10 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 12 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
12 ( 20 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
13 ( 11 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
14 ( 18 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
15 ( 13 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
16 ( 16 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
17 ( 22 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
18 ( 15 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
19 ( 34 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
20 ( 14 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John

21 ( 36 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
22 ( 45 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
23 ( 30 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
24 ( 29 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
25 ( 27 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
26 ( 26 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
27 ( 17 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
28 ( 28 ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
29 ( 23 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
30 ( 35 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan

31 ( 19 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
32 ( 21 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( RE ) TROUBLE ME 10000 Maniacs
35 ( 39 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
36 ( 25 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
37 ( 31 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
38 ( 38 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
39 ( 48 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
40 ( 24 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer

Niagara looking down

Niagara looking down

41 ( NEW ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
42 ( 32 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
43 ( NEW ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
44 ( 60 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan
45 ( 37 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
46 ( 40 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
47 ( 56 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
48 ( 42 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
49 ( 43 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
50 ( 68 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith

51 ( 46 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
52 ( 52 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
53 ( 44 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
54 ( 41 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
55 ( 55 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
56 ( 54 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
57 ( 53 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
58 ( 47 ) POISON Alice Cooper
59 ( 49 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
60 ( 50 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 67 ) THE END OF THE INNOCENCE Don Henley
63 ( 51 ) PARTYMAN Prince
64 ( 65 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
65 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( RE ) SUGAR SUGAR Annie Amazulu
67 ( 59 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
68 ( 62 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
69 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
70 ( 72 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul

71 ( 64 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
72 ( 71 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
73 ( 74 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
74 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY Katrina And The Waves
75 ( 75 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

24th September 1989

Back from the States this week and back to UK radio, which means an invasion of unheard new tracks, and lots of movement, 4th week at 1 for Tears For Fears, and after several weeks pottering around the Top 40 Sydney Youngblood gets a leap from 37 to 2 with his delicious If Only I Could. Ride On Time is also back into the Top 10 at 3, still having a long run at 1 in the UK charts. Cher gets her 5th Top 10 solo hit, and Richard Marx his first.

New entries are led by Lady Kate herself, into the Sensual World at 14. Mmmmm indeed, yes! Seductively fabulous. Ziggy Marley follows his dad into my Top 20, and Billy Joel makes it 14 years of hits with his fantastic We Didn’t Start The Fire at 23 – a political and social history lesson can, it proves, give you tingles down the spine. Curiosity curiously back at 26, New Kids On The Block cover version of The Delfonics 1971 hit pops in higher than their soon-to-be huge Hangin’ Tough, at 27, and Belinda’s back on form at 30 with the terrific Leave A Light On.

Milli Vanilli enter at 43. I say Milli Vanilli, actually they were going to be revealed any day now as not having anything to do with records released under their name, not even sing. Talking of attractive models fronting singers, there’s Black Box at 3, and “Felly” on the otherwise great Pump Up The Jam at 53, Technotronic having actually hired Ya Kid K to do the rapping, but gone with the busty singer for the video instead. Liza Minelli’s Pet Shop Boys song and production follow-up, the exciting Don’t Drop Bombs, explodes in at 48, and Cliff’s lovely Lean On You keeps his run of great (non-christmas) 80‘s singles going at 63. Finally, at 75, Betty Wright sneaks in 14 years after she had a couple of good UK hits, and 18 years since she was a US hitting Clean-Up Woman.

The last few days of the US holiday: A break at Mark Twain’s house in Hartford Connecticut – he wasn’t in, probably out quashing exaggerated rumours of his death or something. Providence, Rhode Island, err run-down and tourist unfriendly so we gave up and went to Pawtucket and Taunton, having been moved from Somerset, but it did have a roundabout. Or traffic circle as they called it. Worth mentioning it, as it’s the only one I’ve ever seen in the USA, and Americans often get very confused when faced with them! Plymouth, Massachussets: quaint, pretty, historical, I loved it. Did Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower replica, beach, and a real bonus, an actual Comic Shop stocked with DC Comics back issues: Spent 20 dollars on missing Legion Of Super-Heroes comics I’d been after for 15 to 20 years. Hooray! I sulked at the motel though cos I was outvoted on my anticipated Cape Cod day – they wanted to go on a whale-watching boat tour instead.

humpback...

humpback…

Next morning I gave in and decided whales would be worth missing Cape Cod for – it was! The boat ride out to see was bumpy, Bob not so keen on the grounds that he went green, not quite getting the same thrill I did out of the bumpy waves and riding up at the front like I Leo n Kate in Titanic. Poor Bob, chucking up! Still, I was enjoying myself now! The scientist host gave us the low-down on Minkie’s, Humpbacks, Blue Fin’s, the whales we saw, and I tried to get as many photos as I could, hoping some would be good. Bob kept dashing to the toilets at the crucial moments. Fab morning out though, glad we did it! The afternoon was spent at Plymouth plantation, everyone dressed in period garb and speaking as they did at the time of the Mayflower and as if they were still there, all very interesting. Off to Boston, a motel, and I watched geekily excited, a new episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Yay!

humpback

humpback

Boston: the last day, car drop-off by 2pm, having gotten grumpy when we found nowhere at the airport to leave luggage we basically had to do Boston in 4 hours which pissed me off. The Freedom Trail, all from the outside as we had no time to go inside any of the historic buildings. I was appalled at the small historic buildings dwarfed by adjacent huge modern monstrosities, especially the concrete thing next to Fanieul Hall. Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, Boston Tea Party, the “Cheers” bar, all a rush quick-march, tragically.

Worse, at the airport we were told that the flight was delayed till midnight. The staff messed up Bob’s boarding pass (and wouldn’t take the blame insisting he’d lost it – he hadn’t) and gave him a replacement pass for a seat that a woman we talked to already had. This was not reassuring. North-West Orient Airlines, however, only got worse. We’d got bumped it turned out, our original flight took off on time. They’d overbooked the flight, so it was a 16-hour airport drudge, till we boarded the replacement plane, Bob cacking himself he wouldn’t have a seat – the hostesses had to sort out the double-booking and move him. Jason got very chatty to a girl from Mansfield, so he was very happy, I got stuck with an old tit who listed the numbers of things that could go wrong and cause the plane to crash. You couldn’t make it up! So, we spent 4 hours sat in the plane not moving, till 4am, till they announced they were waiting for spare parts from Chicago which hadn’t arrived, so we had to get off, collect luggage, get vouchers for taxi’s, breakfast and a luxury Hilton room.

Plymouth seascape

Plymouth seascape

No chance to enjoy it, of course, as we got a manic insane taxi driver, doing 70mph in Boston streets, “Dead Jimi” at full blast (Hendrix), in bed at 5.30 am, knocked-up at 7.45 am, half-zombie, and back to Logan International again. Where we went through customs AGAIN, luggage again, and another wait again. 11.35 we finally took off to passenger cheers, Jason and Mansfield girl pissed on free booze. One bright-spot: British rail were running late so we actually managed to catch the last train to Bournemouth, arriving a day late, and having missed a day’s work. Phew! Still, gotta laugh!

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 37 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
3 ( 15 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
4 ( 4 ) ONE The Bee Gees
5 ( 5 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 9 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
7 ( 2 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
8 ( 3 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
9 ( 11 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
10 ( 17 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher

11 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
12 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
13 ( 7 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
14 ( NEW ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
15 ( 12 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
16 ( 8 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
17 ( 19 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
18 ( 24 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
19 ( 22 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
20 ( 38 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

21 ( 30 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
22 ( 13 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
23 ( NEW ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
24 ( 20 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
25 ( 43 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
26 ( 71 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
27 ( NEW ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
28 ( 18 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
29 ( 14 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
30 ( NEW ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle

31 ( 21 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
32 ( 35 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
33 ( 25 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
34 ( 50 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
35 ( 56 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
36 ( 16 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
37 ( 26 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
38 ( 69 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
39 ( 41 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
40 ( 44 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan

41 ( 42 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
42 ( 28 ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
43 ( NEW ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
44 ( 29 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
45 ( NEW ) AFRO DIZZI ACK Cry Sisco!
46 ( 52 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
47 ( 23 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
48 ( NEW ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
49 ( 63 ) PARTYMAN Prince
50 ( RE ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

51 ( 34 ) TROUBLE ME 10000 Maniacs
52 ( 40 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
53 ( NEW ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
54 ( 48 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
56 ( 55 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( 49 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
58 ( 57 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
59 ( 31 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
60 ( 75 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 51 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
64 ( 47 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
65 ( 70 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
66 ( NEW ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
67 ( 54 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
68 ( 64 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
69 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
70 ( NEW ) SOUL PROVIDER Michael Bolton

71 ( 27 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
72 ( 45 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
73 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
74 ( RE ) IT ISN’T IT WASN’T IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA BE Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston
75 ( NEW ) KEEP LOVE NOW Betty Wright

My 1989 Charts – May

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7th May 1989

A second and final week on top for the Bee Gees while Stevie Nicks biggest solo hit fires up at 2, closely followed by Transvision Vamp’s 2nd Top 10, and Edelweiss’ novelty Abba tune at 7, and The Cure’s return to the 10 after a few relative failures, gives them 7 Top 10’s and 14 hits in 9 years.

Sam Brown gets her witness to confirm she’s gone from 70 to 14, while Bobby Brown gets a high entry at 20 with the great dance track Every Little Step, only 6 years since he was in New Edition with a voice that hadn’t broken. Macca’s up to 22 putting on a brave face at not being in the 20 yet, while Debbie Gibson is electrifying at 29 (not really!) and Rod just can’t say no at 33 (I think we all knew that already). Cyndi meanwhile drove all night to get to 37 and De La Soul annoyingly just miss the 40 at 41 with me, myself and I. I lie, it was them, not me. Two legends struggle with new singles, Stevie Wonder and Queen, not to mention Morrissey’s not-so interesting drug, leaving PIL disappointed at 61 11 years on from their debut hit. Meanwhile comebacks from ABC and Diana Ross, Animotion’s follow-up to Number One Obsession 3 years late, Bon Jovi, Natalie Cole and Carly Simon all slip in amongst the much superior Manchild from Neneh Cherry, a lovely record.

1 ( 1 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
2 ( 24 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
3 ( 2 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
4 ( 8 ) THE LOOK Roxette
5 ( 13 ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
6 ( 10 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
7 ( 30 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
8 ( 3 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
9 ( 5 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
10 ( 16 ) LULLABY The Cure

11 ( 4 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
12 ( 25 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
13 ( 19 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
14 ( 70 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
15 ( 11 ) WHO’S IN THE HOUSE Beatmasters featuring Merlin
16 ( 9 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
17 ( 17 ) REQUIEM The London Boys
18 ( 7 ) GOT TO KEEP ON The Cookie Crew featuring Edwin Starr
19 ( 6 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston
20 ( NEW ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown

21 ( 12 ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello
22 ( 31 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
23 ( 14 ) PEOPLE HOLD ON Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield
24 ( 71 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
25 ( 33 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
26 ( 21 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
27 ( 39 ) WHERE HAS ALL THE LOVE GONE Yazz
28 ( 15 ) AIN’T NOBODY BETTER Inner City
29 ( 46 ) ELECTRIC YOUTH Debbie Gibson
30 ( 26 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes

31 ( 29 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
32 ( 22 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
33 ( 50 ) MY HEART CAN’T TELL YOU NO Rod Stewart
34 ( 23 ) THIS TIME Kiara with Shanice Wilson
35 ( 35 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Everley Brothers and The Beach Boys
36 ( 27 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
37 ( 59 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
38 ( 20 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
39 ( 18 ) ONLY THE LONELY T’Pau
40 ( 34 ) SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison

41 ( 57 ) ME MYSELF AND I De La Soul
42 ( 37 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
43 ( 48 ) THE THRILL HAS GONE Texas
44 ( 43 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
45 ( 38 ) END OF THE LINE Traveling Wilbury’s
46 ( NEW ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
47 ( 45 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
48 ( 40 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
49 ( NEW ) THAT’S WHEN I THINK OF YOU 1927″
50 ( 36 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW ’89 Johnny Nash

51 ( 68 ) LOLLY LOLLY Wendy And Lisa
52 ( 28 ) MYSTIFIED INXS
53 ( 73 ) FREE Stevie Wonder
54 ( 53 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 51 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
56 ( 49 ) STOP Sam Brown
57 ( 42 ) HEY MUSIC LOVER S’Express
58 ( 74 ) I WANT IT ALL Queen
59 ( 75 ) INTERESTING DRUG Morrissey
60 ( 58 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles

61 ( NEW ) DISAPPOINTED Public Image Limited
62 ( 62 ) MOVE CLOSER Tom Jones
63 ( 61 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
64 ( 54 ) LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY Kim Wilde
65 ( NEW ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC
66 ( NEW ) WORKIN’ OVERTIME Diana Ross
67 ( 66 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
68 ( 67 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
69 ( 32 ) MUSICAL FREEDOM (MOVIN’ ON UP) Paul Simpson featuring Adeva
70 ( NEW ) ROOM TO MOVE Animotion

71 ( NEW ) I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU Bon Jovi
72 ( NEW ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
73 ( 72 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( NEW ) MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY Natalie Cole
75 ( RE ) LET THE RIVER RUN Carly Simon

 

14th May 1989

Stevie Nicks gets her only solo Number One, to add to her 2 Fleetwood Mac chart-toppers in 1979 and 1987, though she’d written many that came close for Mac, and deserves more. Bobby Brown steps up to 3, and Chaka Khan takes her 1978 Top 20 hit further second-time round and goes to 4 albeit in plinkety-plonk 1989 stylee, as remixing oldies (and not improving them in retrospect) continues as the rage: witness Style Council’s classic 1983 Long Hot summer at 14, and Gibson Brothers 1979 Que Sera Mi Vida at 18.

Macca goes top 10, Neneh Top 40, and highest proper new entry at 38 is the fab Pink Sunshine giving Fuzzbox two pop gems in a row. Eddy Grant takes his own cover of his song covered and a hit for Rockers Revenge in 1982 in to the Top 40 – Walkin’ On Sunshine, for 20 years of hits.

Flicking through the other new entries though I’m not inspired to wax lyrical on the quality music being produced, or nostalgia tinting my appreciation – frankly, it was a music scene desperately in need of a new youth movement. The old-timers were dominating my chart, give or take the odd OK dance track. Topping the real chart were charity records like Ferry Cross The Mersey, a great 60’s song and fave from my days living in Liverpool. One of my friends has a relative who died at Hillsborough, so I know what it means in Merseyside, and approve of the sentiment.

1 ( 2 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
2 ( 1 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
3 ( 20 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
4 ( 12 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
5 ( 7 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
6 ( 3 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
7 ( 4 ) THE LOOK Roxette
8 ( 22 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
9 ( 5 ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
10 ( 13 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister

11 ( 14 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
12 ( 6 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
13 ( 8 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
14 ( NEW ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
15 ( 9 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
16 ( 24 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
17 ( 11 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
18 ( NEW ) QUE SERA MI VIDA 89 The Gibson Brothers
19 ( 17 ) REQUIEM The London Boys
20 ( 27 ) WHERE HAS ALL THE LOVE GONE Yazz

21 ( 16 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
22 ( 10 ) LULLABY The Cure
23 ( 29 ) ELECTRIC YOUTH Debbie Gibson
24 ( 25 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
25 ( 18 ) GOT TO KEEP ON The Cookie Crew featuring Edwin Starr
26 ( 15 ) WHO’S IN THE HOUSE Beatmasters featuring Merlin
27 ( 21 ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello
28 ( 42 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
29 ( 33 ) MY HEART CAN’T TELL YOU NO Rod Stewart
30 ( 19 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston

31 ( 26 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
32 ( 71 ) I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU Bon Jovi
33 ( 23 ) PEOPLE HOLD ON Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield
34 ( 72 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
35 ( 31 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
36 ( 30 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
37 ( 37 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
38 ( NEW ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
39 ( 46 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
40 ( 65 ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC

41 ( 28 ) AIN’T NOBODY BETTER Inner City
42 ( NEW ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
43 ( 34 ) THIS TIME Kiara with Shanice Wilson
44 ( 32 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
45 ( 44 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
46 ( 49 ) THAT’S WHEN I THINK OF YOU 1927″
47 ( 53 ) FREE Stevie Wonder
48 ( 47 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
49 ( 61 ) DISAPPOINTED Public Image Limited
50 ( 40 ) SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison

51 ( 58 ) I WANT IT ALL Queen
52 ( NEW ) FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock, Aitken & Waterman
53 ( NEW ) VIOLENTLY Hue And Cry
54 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
55 ( NEW ) CIRCLE Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
56 ( 66 ) WORKIN’ OVERTIME Diana Ross
57 ( 41 ) ME MYSELF AND I De La Soul
58 ( 45 ) END OF THE LINE Traveling Wilbury’s
59 ( 36 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
60 ( 55 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison

61 ( 60 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
62 ( 38 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
63 ( 56 ) STOP Sam Brown
64 ( 63 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( NEW ) GOOD GOOD FEELING Good Good Feeling
66 ( 35 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Everley Brothers and The Beach Boys
67 ( NEW ) VOICES OF BABYLON The Outfield
68 ( 67 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
69 ( 68 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
70 ( 48 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

71 ( 43 ) THE THRILL HAS GONE Texas
72 ( NEW ) CALLING OUT TO CAROL Stan Ridgeway
73 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( NEW ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
75 ( NEW ) LOVE ATTACK Shakin’ Stevens

21st May 1989

Another new number one, Bobby Brown for the first time, while Paul McCartney goes Top 3 not for the first time – but for 21 years to date. The Style Council go Top 5 for the second time with Long Hot Summer, while Gibson Brothers go higher than they did first time round for a third Top 10 hit.

Sealed With A Kiss is back – not the top 5 1975 reissue of the Brian Hyland original, though, it’s an inferior identical Jason Donovan cover nestling cosily next to Kylie at 13. Neneh goes to 15, Fuzzbox 20, and Cappella debut at 27 to kickstart a 90’s dance run of hits. Madonna’s back, and with a great single, expressing herself at 37, showcasing what a great album Like A Prayer is, chock full of great tracks.

Robert Palmer’s in at 39, Malcolm McLaren is waltzing at 47 – he did like mixing his musical styles – and Sinitta butchers another 1975 classic at 51. SAW obviously flicking through Hits of 1975 looking for ideas. Enya waethers some storms in Africa at 70, a pleasant new entry, and The Jacksons are back – minus Michael – sounding more like Janet than Michael. The Bible take a visit to Graceland, in the footsteps of Paul Simon presumably, but their track is pretty good.

1 ( 3 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
2 ( 1 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
3 ( 8 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
4 ( 11 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
5 ( 14 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
6 ( 2 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
7 ( 4 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
8 ( 5 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
9 ( 18 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA 89 The Gibson Brothers

10 ( 7 ) THE LOOK Roxette
11 ( 6 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
12 ( NEW ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
13 ( 16 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
14 ( 12 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
15 ( 34 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
16 ( 10 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
17 ( 24 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
18 ( 15 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
19 ( 9 ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
20 ( 38 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox

21 ( 13 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
22 ( 17 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
23 ( 23 ) ELECTRIC YOUTH Debbie Gibson
24 ( 52 ) FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock, Aitken & Waterman
25 ( 37 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
26 ( 21 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
27 ( NEW ) HELLYOM HABIB Cappella
28 ( 19 ) REQUIEM The London Boys
29 ( 67 ) VOICES OF BABYLON The Outfield
30 ( 39 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant

31 ( 25 ) GOT TO KEEP ON The Cookie Crew featuring Edwin Starr
32 ( 20 ) WHERE HAS ALL THE LOVE GONE Yazz
33 ( 40 ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC
34 ( 26 ) WHO’S IN THE HOUSE Beatmasters featuring Merlin
35 ( 42 ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
36 ( 49 ) DISAPPOINTED Public Image Limited
37 ( NEW ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
38 ( 27 ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello
39 ( NEW ) CHANGE HIS WAYS Robert Palmer
40 ( 47 ) FREE Stevie Wonder

41 ( 36 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
42 ( 35 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
43 ( 31 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
44 ( 30 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston
45 ( 28 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
46 ( 53 ) VIOLENTLY Hue And Cry
47 ( NEW ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
48 ( 45 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 51 ) I WANT IT ALL Queen
50 ( 22 ) LULLABY The Cure

51 ( NEW ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta
52 ( 48 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
53 ( 33 ) PEOPLE HOLD ON Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield
54 ( RE ) ROOM TO MOVE Animotion
55 ( 55 ) CIRCLE Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
56 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( 32 ) I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU Bon Jovi
58 ( 44 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
59 ( 50 ) SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison
60 ( 74 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc

61 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES Reid
62 ( NEW ) STORMY LOVE Boy Meets Girl
63 ( NEW ) FERGUS SINGS THE BLUES Deacon Blue
64 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( 61 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
66 ( 29 ) MY HEART CAN’T TELL YOU NO Rod Stewart
67 ( NEW ) GRACELAND The Bible
68 ( NEW ) NOTHIN’ (THAT COMPARES 2 U) The Jacksons
69 ( 60 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
70 ( NEW ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya

71 ( 68 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
72 ( 75 ) LOVE ATTACK Shakin’ Stevens
73 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( NEW ) AGENT ’00’ SOUL The Untouchables
75 ( NEW ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites

28th May 1989

Another week another new number one, and Paul McCartney’s first to go beyond runners-up spot since Mull Of Kintyre – he’d had at least 5 peak at 2 in between – which makes it an 11-year gap, though it was also his 5th chart-topper since the Beatles split and a minor pop gem. Madonna meanwhile gets another top 5 with a bullet, and Guns ‘n’ Roses classic 1988 single is reissued and comes back with a bang at 6, beating it’s original peak of 12. Yet another remix, yet another oldie hit, this time M and Pop Musik at 15. Happily, it was already synthtastic and the remix didn’t mess it up too much, so 10 years on a hit all over again.

Neneh Cherry and Fuzzbox get 2 top 10’s in a row, Tone Loc gets all funky rocketing up to 19, and Donna Summer meets SAW and follows-up her great topper with I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt at 22. James Bond time = hit single, invariably, and this time Licence To Kill gives Gladys Knight a welcome chart return at 39 for a 17-year run and a great Bond theme tune.

The Beautiful South debut lowly – although it’s really The Housemartins Plus and Minus members (notably minus Norman Cook) – and Youssou N’Dour debuts with Peter Gabriel. One of those three acts would get a 90’s chart-topper. Hint: Senegal. UB40 keep their run of hits up to 9 years non-stop and Led Zep enter. Actually, unlike the fabulous CCS hit version, this version of Whole Lotta Love is a plodding 80’s dance version. 75 is about right…

On the social front I had two concerts this week in 1989: Bananarama live in Southampton, though not the full Siobhan-inclusive line-up, this is the post-SAW version, which meant they had a good 8 years of hits to do, and they did them very well, surpassing my expectations actually. The concert details have faded a bit from memory (and I’m not digging out the notes of the time, will do that someday), but I recall it being camp, dancing-heavy and great fun. Top songs on the night? 1. Venus 2. Cruel Summer 3. Love Truth And Honesty

The other concert was at Wembley Arena, Elton John in concert. It was my sister-in-law’s birthday and she’d never been to a concert so it was a treat for her and for my mum (who’d also never been to one). Elton was having a low period of success (“my last album went cardboard” he quipped) quite undeservedly (he hit the big time again a year later), but he gave a great concert. Nik Kershaw was support, I’d seen him in 1984 when he was a current pop star, now his career was struggling a bit, but it boosted his current single in my charts. The stars were out in force for Elton though (we sat a few rows away from Phil Collin) and he ran through a selection of classic hits, was amusing, and was fabulous. Top 3 tracks? 1. Philadelphia Freedom 2. I’m Still Standing 3. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word. The last one was a surprise as it’d never been a particular fave of mine…

1 ( 3 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
2 ( 2 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
3 ( 1 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
4 ( 37 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
5 ( 4 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
6 ( NEW ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
7 ( 15 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
8 ( 6 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
9 ( 5 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
10 ( 20 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox

11 ( 12 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
12 ( 10 ) THE LOOK Roxette
13 ( 7 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
14 ( 8 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
15 ( NEW ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
16 ( 13 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
17 ( 25 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
18 ( 9 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA 89 The Gibson Brothers
19 ( 60 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
20 ( 14 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil

21 ( 11 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
22 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
23 ( 17 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
24 ( 35 ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
25 ( 27 ) HELLYOM HABIB Cappella
26 ( 45 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
27 ( 47 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
28 ( 24 ) FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock, Aitken & Waterman
29 ( 68 ) NOTHIN’ (THAT COMPARES 2 U) The Jacksons
30 ( 33 ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC

31 ( 21 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
32 ( 18 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
33 ( 51 ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta
34 ( 16 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
35 ( 30 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
36 ( 39 ) CHANGE HIS WAYS Robert Palmer
37 ( 22 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
38 ( 29 ) VOICES OF BABYLON The Outfield
39 ( NEW ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
40 ( 49 ) I WANT IT ALL Queen

41 ( NEW ) FOREVER YOUR GIRL Paula Abdul
42 ( 26 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
43 ( NEW ) SAY IT’S NOT TOO LATE Matt Bianco
44 ( 19 ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
45 ( 42 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
46 ( 41 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
47 ( 62 ) STORMY LOVE Boy Meets Girl
48 ( 63 ) FERGUS SINGS THE BLUES Deacon Blue
49 ( 54 ) ROOM TO MOVE Animotion
50 ( 38 ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello

51 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
52 ( 43 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
53 ( 28 ) REQUIEM The London Boys
54 ( 52 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
55 ( 31 ) GOT TO KEEP ON The Cookie Crew featuring Edwin Starr
56 ( 70 ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya
57 ( 56 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
58 ( NEW ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
59 ( 36 ) DISAPPOINTED Public Image Limited
60 ( NEW ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble

61 ( 44 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston
62 ( 40 ) FREE Stevie Wonder
63 ( 23 ) ELECTRIC YOUTH Debbie Gibson
64 ( NEW ) SPANISH HUSTLE/BUS STOP Paul Hardcastle
65 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( NEW ) THE REAL ME Wasp
67 ( 67 ) GRACELAND The Bible
68 ( 65 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
69 ( 58 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
70 ( NEW ) SHAKIN’ THE TREE Peter Gabriel and Youssou N’Dour

71 ( NEW ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
72 ( NEW ) IT IS TIME TO GET FUNKY D Mob
73 ( 71 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
74 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
75 ( NEW ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Love Child Orchestra