My Charts 2018 Jan-April

29th april 2018
Its a first week on top for Built By Titan and fab bhangra-stylee rhythms in the lush pop mix, leaping up 18 places for a Buzzjack Song Contest top 2. Foster The People get a second top 5 a few years late and Kylie still has 2 songs climbing inside the 20. Human leap into the 20, as do calvin n dua in the 40. New entries are lesser this week, lots of oldies from World Record Day pushing them into the UK sales top 100, including Soft Cell back with the original fab version of Say Hello 36 years after peaking at 2, Aladdin Sane album track Cracked Actor 45 years on for Bowie, the original Prince version of Nothin Compares, and The Small Faces oldie which technically charted for me in 1976 on reissue, but actually if id started compiling my charts a few months earlier in 1968 it would easy have been a top 5 then.
1 19 1 2 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 191000
2 2 1 9 BEND Ria Mae 626511300
3 1 1 4 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 485000
4 23 4 2 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 84250
5 4 1 6 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 493000
6 5 4 7 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 366000
7 7 7 4 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 157000
8 3 3 2 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 133000
9 9 9 2 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 90000
10 6 1 4 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 352000
11 17 11 4 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 101000
12 15 12 2 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 62000
13 8 8 4 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 146300
14 10 10 4 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 131000
15 16 15 13 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 260600
16 12 1 13 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 987350
17 11 1 12 BEST DAYS Lissie 840000
18 14 7 7 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 223300
19 24 19 4 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 69600
20 13 10 4 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 111400
21 18 13 5 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 125500
22 25 22 4 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 65950
23 27 23 2 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 37650
24 26 24 4 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 66900
25 29 25 4 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 58000
26 21 3 14 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 635350
27 20 20 4 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 77150
28 30 28 8 VINCENT Don McLean 134700
29 64 29 2 HIGHER Human 25200
30 33 30 6 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 95100
31 22 9 5 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 140400
32 32 32 2 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 35600
33 45 33 2 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 30700
34 39 34 2 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 34700
35 49 35 2 THE NIGHTS Avicii 29600
36 38 36 4 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 62100
37 28 20 4 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 74100
38 65 38 2 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 24200
39 3110 8 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 213750
40 42 40 5 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 65600
41 35 1 12 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 918700
42 43 42 4 CASTLES Lissie 53750
43 34 4 12 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 431300
44 NEW 44 1 SAY HELLO WAVE HOODBYE Soft Cell 13250
45 36 15 7 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 113050
46 37 37 8 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 106500
47 40 18 6 10 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 321700
48 44 10 11 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 242950
49 41 11 8 SANCTIFY Years & Years 188050
50 48 5 15 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 421050
51 47 27 7 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 102250
52 52 1 21 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1040250
53 53 1 14 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 738000
54 68 54 3 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 22600
55 50 18 8 LUCID DREAM Owl City 124500
56 56 56 5 LADY POWERS Vera Blue featuring Kodie Blue 43400
57 72 57 2 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 16000
58 58 58 4 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 36700
59 59 59 2 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 20200
60 55 5 14 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 380650
61 61 3 19 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 750850
62 62 12 12 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 214000
63 57 6 910 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 280600
64 60 2 13 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 520800
65 NEW 65 1 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 7000
66 NEW 66 1 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 6800
67 67 67 2 SEXY BOY Air 13200 
68 70 68 3 I WANT A LOVER Pet Shop Boys 17400
69 NEW 69 1 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 6000
71 71 71 2 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 11600
72 NEW 72 1 LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces 5600
73 NEW 73 1 NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Prince 5400
74 NEW 74 1 THE ARCHITECT Jane Weaver 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LET ME Zayn 5000
DROP OUTS
46 36 18 5 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 89650
51 35 35 4 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 64250
54 28 14 9 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 164900
63 38 31 4 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 60200
66 69 66 3 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 18200
69 NEW 69 1 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 6200
73 NEW 73 1 WAWWA (WOLFGANG LOHR REMIX) Bart&Bake featuring Billy Bros Orchestra 5400
74 45 9 8 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 176050
75 NEW 75 1 SAFARI Serena 5000

 

22nd April 2018

It’s Kylie on top with album track country ho-down A Lifetime To Repair, MUST be a future single surely! It’s the 2nd time she’s taken an album track on top (Aphrodite in 2011 was the previous one), and the 12th time on top. Bizarrely it took her 6 years of singles to grab one (1994 Put Yourself In My Place) and another 6 years to wait for a second one (Kids, with Robbie) before the floodgates opened – 2001, 2 in 2002, 2005, 2 in 2010, 2014, and most recently 2017 as guest vocalist with Zoot Woman. Meanwhile her new version of Stop Me From Falling with added Gente De Zona and Spanish lyrics ahead of my Spanish holiday next week does what it says on the tin – stops her from falling, and it climbs back into the top 5, helped by a Queen’s birthday performance.

That stops Abba from grabbing the top with 1978 chart-topper Summer Night City, back out for World Record Day, which leads a mini-invasion of vinyl-retro-reissues from The Undertones (1979 under-appreciated gem), William De Vaughan (ditto 1974 gem back with the original version 44 years on), Boz Scaggs 1977 top 10 great, Holland-Dozier’s post-Motown goodie a full 46 years since it last made my top 20, and 1998 chart-topper from Air, Sexy Boy.

Highest new track is from Built By Titan at 19, with Foster The People (2011 former chart-toppers) back after a 4-year gap with their already second-biggest chart hit at 23, and Miles Kane is back with his first solo entry in 5 years, and some 7 years on from his top 10 Rearrange. Plus he gives Lana Del Ray a second chart presence. Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande add to their list of entries, while Calvin Harris extends his run to 11 years including 2 chart-toppers in 2013 and 2015.

Another DJ superstar-producer died tragically young at 28 this week, which explains the several returns for Swedish Tim Bergling aka Avicii. His best track remains Hey Brother for me, one of 4 top 10’s, though he also worked with Benny & Bjorn of Abba for a Eurovision collaboration, and belatedly his recent hit with Rita Ora enters my chart for the first time as I caught the video at the end of a music video tribute show.

1 2 1 3 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 400000
2 1 1 8 BEND Ria Mae 511300
3 NEW 3 1 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 85000
4 4 1 5 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 433000
5 12 4 6 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 311000
6 3 1 3 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 310000
7 9 7 3 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 107000
8 8 8 3 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 114300
9 NEW 9 1 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 45000
10 11 10 3 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 102000

11 5 1 11 BEST DAYS Lissie 816000
12 6 1 12 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 961350
13 10 10 3 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 91400
14 7 7 6 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 201300
15 NEW 15 1 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 27000
16 16 16 12 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 229600
17 17 17 3 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 64000
18 13 13 4 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 105750
19 NEW 19 1 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 21000
20 20 20 3 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 58750

21 15 3 13 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 616750
22 14 9 4 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 122500
23 NEW 23 1 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 19250
24 24 24 3 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 48600
25 34 25 3 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 46450
26 27 26 3 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 47900
27 NEW 27 1 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 18400
28 26 20 3 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 56800
29 55 29 3 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 39200
30 30 30 7 VINCENT Don McLean 116400

31 25 10 7 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 196650
32 NEW 32 1 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 17800
33 33 33 5 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 77100
34 19 4 11 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 417800
35 29 1 11 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 904700
36 23 15 6 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 100050
37 37 37 7 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 93700
38 42 38 3 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 44700
39 NEW 39 1 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 17100
40 18 6 10 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 309100

41 21 11 7 SANCTIFY Years & Years 175850
42 48 42 4 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 48600
43 44 43 3 CASTLES Lissie 40000
44 22 10 10 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 230550
45 NEW 45 1 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 13000
46 36 18 5 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 89650
47 32 27 6 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 90500
48 40 5 14 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 409050
49 NEW 49 1 THE NIGHTS Avicii 12100
50 41 18 7 LUCID DREAM Owl City 113700

51 35 35 4 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 64250
52 49 1 20 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1028750
53 51 1 13 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 726750
54 28 14 9 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 164900
55 47 5 13 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 370650
56 59 56 4 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 32800
57 31 6 9 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 273400
58 60 58 3 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 26400
59 NEW 59 1 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 10100
60 54 2 12 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 513700

61 52 3 18 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 743350
62 57 12 11 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 206600
63 38 31 4 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 60200
64 NEW 64 1 HIGHER Human 7100
65 NEW 65 1 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 7000
66 69 66 3 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 18200
67 NEW 67 1 SEXY BOY Air 6600
68 74 68 2 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 11600
69 NEW 69 1 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 6200
70 75 70 2 I WANT A LOVER Pet Shop Boys 11000

71 NEW 71 1 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 5800
72 NEW 72 1 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 5600
73 NEW 73 1 WAWWA (WOLFGANG LOHR REMIX) Bart&Bake featuring Billy Bros Orchestra 5400
74 45 9 8 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 176050
75 NEW 75 1 SAFARI Serena 5000

DROP OUTS
39 3 5 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 231350
43 20 4 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 69950
46 25 6 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 96850
50 50 5 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 47400
53 53 4 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 37750
56 12 8 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 174250
58 58 4 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 29400
61 28 7 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 104700
62 62 4 PARADISE George Ezra 27400
63 49 5 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 38400
64 42 6 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 71450
65 5 29 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 763050
66 53 4 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 35500
67 18 11 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 191350
68 68 3 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 18000
70 4 10 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 328050
71 71 2 SPACE COWBOY Kacey Musgraves 10800
72 1 21 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1024700
73 25 7 SLIDE LPX 88000

15th April 2018

It’s Canadian Ria Mae on top with the classy and clever EDM of Bend heading off the mighty singalong yee haw of Kylie’s A Lifetime To Repair, surely it must be a single! Of last week’s deluge of album tracks, Eels leapfrog themselves to grab a second top 10 of 2018, and that surely must be the next single. Lana Del Ray’s definitively touching version of You Must Love Me gives her a 6th top 10, 3 of them covers – Blue Velvet from the 60’s, You Must Love Me from the 90’s, and Disney’s Once Upon A Dream from 1959. It’s rare that I like covers better than the originals, but Lana has a knack for it.

Kylie gets a 4th top 10 of the year with Jack Savoretti, a 6th top 20, and a 7th top 30, and it’s only April. I don’t know how many times she’s featured in my charts (my stats are not anywhere near complete yet) but she’s had at least 55 since 1997, and I’m guessing at least 25 prior to that so well on the way to 100. Not bad from someone I dismissed as a weedy-voiced SAW novelty soap-star 30 years ago, and who I’m paying £80 to see in September (again).

The Weeknd replaces himself in my top 20, his 3rd of the year, Kacey Musgraves goes top 30, Florence is back in the 40, her 19th chart entry in 9 years. There are only 2 new entries, at 74 another single from P!nk (wrong choice though, Where We Go was the commercial one) and yet another Pet Shop Boys album track from their debut Please, and the last one lined up to debut in my chart. Actually will get attention next, the deluxe version.

1 5 1 7 BEND Ria Mae 396300
2 2 2 2 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 230000
3 1 1 2 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 255000
4 3 1 4 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 368000
5 4 1 10 BEST DAYS Lissie 779000
6 6 1 11 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 926350
7 7 7 5 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 172300
8 28 8 2 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 66300
9 50 9 2 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 57000
10 36 10 2 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 59400

11 17 11 2 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 60000
12 8 4 5 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 251000
13 13 13 3 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 83750
14 9 9 3 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 103000
15 12 3 12 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 597000
16 19 16 11 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 204600
17 30 17 2 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 41000
18 11 6 9 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 292100
19 16 4 10 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 400200
20 25 20 2 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 38750

21 14 11 6 SANCTIFY Years & Years 161850
22 10 10 9 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 217300
23 15 15 5 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 82650
24 56 24 2 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 29600
25 18 10 6 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 178750
26 20 20 2 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 38500
27 54 27 2 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 29400
28 21 14 8 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 153900
29 24 1 10 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 887200
30 32 30 6 VINCENT Don McLean 98400

31 22 6 8 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 263000
32 27 27 5 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 78000
33 37 33 4 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 59400
34 59 34 2 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 27700
35 35 35 3 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 52500
36 26 18 4 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 76900
37 40 37 6 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 76400
38 31 31 3 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 53000
39 23 3 5 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 231350
40 39 5 13 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 396750

41 29 18 6 LUCID DREAM Owl City 101700
42 42 42 2 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 27500
43 33 20 4 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 69950
44 44 44 2 CASTLES Lissie 26500
45 34 9 7 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 170850
46 38 25 6 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 96850
47 41 5 12 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 359850
48 55 48 3 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 34850
49 49 1 19 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1017250
50 52 50 5 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 47400

51 48 1 12 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 715500
52 47 3 17 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 735850
53 RE 53 4 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 37750
54 43 2 11 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 503700
55 58 55 2 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 21000
56 45 12 8 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 174250
57 57 12 10 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 199200
58 66 58 4 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 29400
59 64 59 3 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 22200
60 69 60 2 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 16200

61 46 28 7 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 104700
62 62 62 4 PARADISE George Ezra 27400
63 63 49 5 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 38400
64 51 42 6 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 71450
65 65 5 29 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 763050
66 53 53 4 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 35500
67 RE 18 11 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 191350
68 RE 68 3 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 18000
69 74 69 2 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 11400
70 60 4 10 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 328050

71 75 71 2 SPACE COWBOY Kacey Musgraves 10800
72 68 1 21 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1024700
73 73 25 7 SLIDE LPX 88000
74 NEW 74 1 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I WANT A LOVER Pet Shop Boys 5000

DROP OUTS
61 46 6 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 52100
67 14 8 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 165550
70 63 4 STORM SuRie 25600
71 39 4 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 49150
72 20 8 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 108700

 

8th April 2018

It’s straight in for a 40th anniversary vinyl picture disc reissue on top – or rather the B side of Take A Chance On Me – just ahead of World Record Day when another Abba 1978 classic gets that treatment. Back in the day I didn’t allow Abba B sides and album tracks in my charts (or any other acts) because my top 10’s would have been Ed Sheeran invasions and there was too much to love equally as much. Well now streaming has pooed on that in the real charts, so have I changed my rules. So a huge fave in 1978 finally gets it’s own chance to shine, having previously popped into my top 10 in 1999 during an Abba invasion sparked by a Box-set of rarity singles. I’m A Marionette was the key track in a mini-musical of The Album and The Movie. It would sound great in Mamma Mia 2, is all I’m suggesting…

So 44 years of Abba chart-toppers (pretty much all singles and as many album tracks) which stops a gloriously singalong cheesy country track from Kylie doing it (A Lifetime To Repair), but gives her a 3rd top 10 off Golden – along with another 3 new ones, making it a very greedy 6 scattered around the chart – it is a very good album though, most of the tracks stand out as potential singles. That’s not all, though, it’s been a very good week for new albums, 2 big ones from The Weeknd enter, 2 biggies from Eels, 2 from Lissie (all now having 3 in the list), 2 from Lisa Stansfield, and 2 from Kacey Musgraves. Phew!

I saw Kim Wilde headlining her first tour in decades with a new album Hear Come The Aliens, on Saturday, and rather fab she was too, really rocking it family-style with bruv Ricky and niece Scarlet. Some of the new stuff sounded as fab as the old classics, which gives a boost to Kandy Krush into the 20 some 37 years since show-closer stormer Kids In America. She is still as engaging as ever and a great back-catalogue to boot.

The mass invasion is bad news for a lot of records which fall or drop out prematurely when they should be climbing, but hey that’s chart-life, if it’s chockablock there’s only 75 spots available! Meanwhile another album track (Lloyd Webber at 70) from Lana Del Ray enters, covering the Evita add-on for Madonna’s film version, and I must say I much prefer Lana’s reading. Meanwhile Florence covers Tiny Dancer for an Elton/Bernie multi-artist effort, a fab song that was not a hit single in the early 70’s, and she has the best track on the album. That leaves only Alice Merton returning her No Roots to the chart a year on as it finally becomes a UK radio/chart presence. Better late than never.

1 NEW 1 1 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 170000
2 NEW 2 1 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 115000
3 1 1 3 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 303000
4 2 1 9 BEST DAYS Lissie 719000
5 5 5 6 BEND Ria Mae 226300
6 3 1 10 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 871350
7 8 7 4 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 122300
8 4 4 4 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 216000
9 14 9 2 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 74000
10 15 10 8 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 197800

11 6 6 8 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 270100
12 12 3 11 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 570000
13 21 13 2 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 51750
14 11 11 5 SANCTIFY Years & Years 142100
15 30 15 4 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 63400
16 9 4 9 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 379200
17 NEW 17 1 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 23000
18 10 10 5 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 160000
19 19 19 10 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 179600
20 NEW 20 1 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 20000

21 17 14 7 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 135600
22 13 6 7 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 245100
23 7 3 4 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 214250
24 16 1 9 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 869000
25 NEW 25 1 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 18750
26 18 18 3 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 59500
27 29 27 4 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 60200
28 NEW 28 1 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 18300
29 22 18 5 LUCID DREAM Owl City 87700
30 NEW 30 1 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 18000

31 31 31 2 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 35800
32 32 32 5 VINCENT Don McLean 80400
33 20 20 3 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 56450
34 24 9 6 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 157850
35 35 35 2 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 35000
36 NEW 36 1 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 17400
37 37 37 3 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 41700
38 25 25 5 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 84100
39 23 5 12 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 379750
40 40 40 5 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 59100

41 27 5 11 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 347350
42 NEW 42 1 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 13750
43 33 2 10 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 492700
44 NEW 44 1 CASTLES Lissie 13250
45 26 12 7 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 163650
46 28 28 6 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 97200
47 44 3 16 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 724350
48 41 1 11 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 703750
49 47 1 18 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1005150
50 NEW 50 1 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 12000

51 42 42 5 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 64350
52 52 52 4 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 35400
53 53 53 3 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 28700
54 NEW 54 1 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 11000
55 51 51 2 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 22550
56 NEW 56 1 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 10600
57 34 12 9 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 188800
58 NEW 58 1 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 10200
59 NEW 59 1 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 10100
60 36 4 9 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 322050

61 46 46 6 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 52100
62 62 62 3 PARADISE George Ezra 20000
63 49 49 4 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 31200
64 75 64 2 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 12100
65 50 5 28 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 756050
66 66 66 3 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 19200
67 38 14 8 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 165550
68 60 1 20 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1019100
69 NEW 69 1 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 6200
70 63 63 4 STORM SuRie 25600

71 39 39 4 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 49150
72 48 20 8 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 108700
73 55 25 6 SLIDE LPX 82600
74 NEW 74 1 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SPACE COWBOY Kacey Musgraves 5000

DROP OUTS
43 33 4 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 62200
45 18 10 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 184750
54 10 11 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 297900
56 56 3 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 26500
57 22 7 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 109350
58 8 12 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 273350
59 29 6 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 83400
61 1 19 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 672250
64 33 5 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 65650
65 65 4 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 24000
67 67 1 STAY Shakespear’s Sister 6600
68 68 2 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 11600
69 24 6 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 85450
70 70 1 KOTO Cloze 6000
71 71 1 FLY TO PARADISE Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4 5800
72 60 5 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 36200
73 56 5 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 35500
74 74 1 FEDERKLEID FAUN 5200

 

1st april 2018

It’s a first week on top for the haunting You’re So Cool, giving New Zealander Jonathan Bree his first solo hit and first chart-topper. He’s actually made my chart before, as co-vocalist & producer on Princess Chelsea’s The Cigarette Song a couple of years ago, both tracks also having fab arty videos which he was behind. Talented! Meanwhile Paloma Faith grabs yet another quick top 10 hit with her lively version of Mama Cass’ 1969 minor hit up 30 places to 8.

Highest new entry is pop goodie from Robinson at 14, while Kylie gets a second in the 40 with grat track and obvious future single Raining Glitter in at 21. Kim Wilde gets a 2nd top 40 of 2018, I am hoping to see her at the weekend again, and Robbie is back with the lead track off his fan-club-only album of bonus tracks B sides & bits n pieces. Sia’s back with David Guetta, Flames isn’t quite Titanium, but it’s not bad for over half-a-decade on.

1 8 1 2 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 218000
2 1 1 8 BEST DAYS Lissie 654000
3 2 1 9 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 816350
4 6 4 3 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 168000
5 7 5 5 BEND Ria Mae 166300
6 9 6 7 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 243100
7 3 3 3 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 195000
8 38 8 3 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 72300
9 4 4 8 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 354200
10 10 10 4 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 138000

11 11 11 4 SANCTIFY Years & Years 113100
12 5 3 10 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 535000
13 13 6 6 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 225600
14 NEW 14 1 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 29000
15 15 15 7 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 155800
16 12 1 8 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 850000
17 14 14 6 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 115850
18 24 18 2 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 41000
19 19 19 9 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 158600
20 25 20 2 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 38750

21 NEW 21 1 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 19750
22 18 18 4 LUCID DREAM Owl City 69500
23 16 5 11 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 362650
24 17 9 5 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 149250
25 28 25 4 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 66900
26 21 12 6 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 150650
27 20 5 10 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 333350
28 30 28 5 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 84450
29 40 29 3 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 41800
30 50 30 3 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 36400

31 NEW 31 1 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 17900
32 32 32 4 VINCENT Don McLean 62600
33 22 2 9 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 479200
34 26 12 8 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 178400
35 NEW 35 1 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 17500
36 31 4 8 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 312050
37 64 37 2 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 24400
38 23 14 7 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 158950
39 44 39 3 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 43350
40 48 40 4 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 42100

41 29 1 10 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 691450
42 43 42 4 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 52600
43 33 33 4 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 62200
44 34 3 15 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 711850
45 39 18 10 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 184750
46 53 46 5 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 44600
47 45 1 17 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 993050
48 37 20 7 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 103100
49 66 49 3 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 24000
50 62 5 27 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 749050

51 NEW 51 1 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 11750
52 68 52 3 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 23900
53 69 53 2 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 17450
54 35 10 11 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 297900
55 36 25 5 SLIDE LPX 77200
56 59 56 3 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 26500
57 42 22 7 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 109350
58 49 8 12 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 273350
59 41 29 6 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 83400
60 57 1 19 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1012700

61 58 1 19 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 672250
62 75 62 2 PARADISE George Ezra 12400
63 63 63 3 STORM SuRie 19600
64 46 33 5 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 65650
65 70 65 4 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 24000
66 72 66 2 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 12400
67 NEW 67 1 STAY Shakespear’s Sister 6600
68 74 68 2 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 11600
69 52 24 6 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 85450
70 NEW 70 1 KOTO Cloze 6000

71 NEW 71 1 FLY TO PARADISE Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4 5800
72 60 60 5 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 36200
73 56 56 5 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 35500
74 NEW 74 1 FEDERKLEID FAUN 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 5000

DROP OUTS
27 27 2 SUBURBIA (THE FULL HORROR) Pet Shop Boys 35900
47 3 10 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 395500
51 7 9 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 289450
54 54 4 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 39200
55 49 4 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 43700
61 51 4 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 41100
65 65 5 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 33200
67 34 6 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 71600
71 4 12 WHERE WE GO P!nk 329400
73 3 18 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 603050

 

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25th March 2018

It’s a first chart-topper for Lissie and her fab fab melody and vocal, as 2 great videos charge Ria Mae up to 8, and a new entry from Jonathan Bree which has to be seen, 60’s pastiche and a haunting song. Beca goes top 10 with me and no-one else in the world who does personal charts (I expect!) which is a shame.

The rest of the chart is Paloma and Pet Shop Boys oldies chock-a-block, Panic! At The Disco are back for a 12th year of chart-bothering, and Mai Lan gets a solo entry to add to her big top 3 track 2 years ago with M83.

1 2 1 7 BEST DAYS Lissie 539000
2 1 1 8 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 731350
3 5 3 2 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 145000
4 4 4 7 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 309200
5 3 3 9 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 500000
6 8 6 2 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 103000
7 22 7 4 BEND Ria Mae 106300
8 NEW 8 1 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 48000
9 10 9 6 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 188100
10 13 10 3 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 96000

11 18 11 3 SANCTIFY Years & Years 76100
12 7 1 7 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 825000
13 6 6 5 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 193600
14 20 14 5 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 92850
15 16 15 6 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 128800
16 11 5 10 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 343400
17 9 9 4 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 130250
18 30 18 3 LUCID DREAM Owl City 50000
19 29 19 8 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 137600
20 12 5 9 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 314950

21 15 12 5 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 132150
22 17 2 8 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 461500
23 14 14 6 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 141750
24 NEW 24 1 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 19000
25 NEW 25 1 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 18750
26 19 12 7 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 160800
27 35 27 2 SUBURBIA (THE FULL HORROR) Pet Shop Boys 35900
28 39 28 3 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 48150
29 23 1 9 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 677450
30 38 30 4 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 66150

31 21 4 7 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 294650
32 42 32 3 VINCENT Don McLean 44800
33 40 33 3 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 48700
34 27 3 14 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 697600
35 24 10 10 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 286900
36 25 25 4 SLIDE LPX 66400
37 28 20 6 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 90700
38 64 38 2 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 24300
39 26 18 9 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 171750
40 67 40 2 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 23600

41 31 29 5 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 73300
42 32 22 6 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 98950
43 44 43 3 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 38850
44 45 44 2 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 26250
45 41 1 16 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 980450
46 33 33 4 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 58550
47 34 3 10 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 395500
48 66 48 3 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 25100
49 37 8 11 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 263150
50 68 50 2 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 18400

51 36 7 9 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 289450
52 47 24 5 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 79250
53 60 53 4 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 31800
54 56 54 4 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 39200
55 49 49 4 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 43700
56 61 56 4 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 30100
57 54 1 18 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1002700
58 46 1 18 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 664750
59 71 59 2 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 15900
60 62 60 4 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 30600

61 51 51 4 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 41100
62 59 5 26 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 737050
63 74 63 2 STORM SuRie 12400
64 NEW 64 1 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 7100
65 65 65 5 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 33200
66 75 66 2 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 11800
67 48 34 6 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 71600
68 70 68 2 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 12400
69 NEW 69 1 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 6200
70 72 70 3 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 17000

71 52 4 12 WHERE WE GO P!nk 329400
72 NEW 72 1 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 5600
73 58 3 18 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 603050
74 NEW 74 1 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PARADISE George Ezra 5000

DROP OUTS
43 8 17 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 361000
50 36 6 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 80200
53 19 8 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 131450
55 13 9 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 184200
57 26 8 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 107400
63 50 7 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 59650
69 5 18 PHASES Alma & French Montana 561350
73 73 2 DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Sting featuring Shaggy 10400

 

18th March 2018

It’s a 3rd week on top for Kendrick and SZA, still sounding great, as are the whole top 10, all of them lower than they deserve (bar one). Lissie gets her highest-ever peak of 2, and JT goes top 3 for a full 20 years of ’em. In at 5 it’s the original B side to the new entry at 35 for the Pet Shop Boys – Paninaro was equally loved by me in 1986 as A side and chart-topper Suburbia, but I didnt allow B sides and album tracks in those to avoid swamping my charts with fave acts like Abba and Pet Shop Boys. These days, since Sheeran & the stupid streaming takeovers of the UK & US charts, I’ve said sod it, I’m doing the same – so as Please (one of 3 deluxe 80’s album versions to chart last week) is back I’m recharting tracks I would have charted (but didn’t). That means the banging 12″ mix of Paninaro (Italian fashion movement) enters at 5, having peaked in the top 5 in the mid 90’s in a belated inferior remake, and Suburbia is back again also in an 8 minute plus extended version. In The Night also enters (better known as The Clothes Show TV theme tune back in the day), while Two Divided By Zero climbs.

They aren’t the only act taking over the charts though – Paloma Faith’s chart-topper drops out, but two new ones enter giving her 4 tracks: Til I’m Done revives in my CD playlists, love the manic ending and her vocal, back up to 11 leapfrogging the top 20 combo with Sigala. Another duet, with Sia, and clearly a Sia OTT ballad for a Game or something, enters at 45 (not available to buy) as an advert track (I think) also enters at 64: Paloma’s version of the fab Mama Cass 1969 hit of the Barry Mann & Cynthia Weill song. Kylie meanwhile keeps the dance yee-haws a-coming at jumps straight in at 8 for 2 top 10’s in a row.

Big climbs for Years & Years, and Owl City, the latter getting a second top 30 hit, and Lykke Li covers the 1973 Jim Croce classic Time In A Bottle which topped my chart thanks to an X-Men movie sequence a couple or 3 years back. Kim Wilde’s new album is out, and she grabs another chart entry out of it, Sade return for the first time in 7 years, and 34 years on from Your Love Is King jazzing up the charts, and the UK Eurovision song sneaks in as the Finland entry drops a bit at the top end of my chart. Expect that ratio to be repeated on the day…

1 1 1 7 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 626350
2 3 2 6 BEST DAYS Lissie 369000
3 4 3 8 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 440000
4 5 4 6 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 244200
5 NEW 5 1 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 60000
6 6 6 4 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 161600
7 2 1 6 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 790000
8 NEW 8 1 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 48000
9 9 9 3 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 107250
10 10 10 5 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 143100

11 31 5 9 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 318400
12 7 5 8 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 294950
13 18 13 2 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 54000
14 14 14 5 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 122500
15 12 12 4 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 112400
16 16 16 5 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 101800
17 11 2 7 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 442000
18 39 18 2 SANCTIFY Years & Years 39100
19 15 12 6 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 142300
20 21 20 4 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 63850

21 13 4 6 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 276750
22 27 22 3 BEND Ria Mae 56300
23 19 1 8 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 659250
24 17 10 9 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 269400
25 25 25 3 SLIDE LPX 49000
26 26 18 8 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 154650
27 23 3 13 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 680000
28 20 20 5 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 73400
29 30 29 7 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 116600
30 60 30 2 LUCID DREAM Owl City 28000

31 29 29 4 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 59300
32 22 22 5 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 85200
33 33 33 3 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 45800
34 24 3 9 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 383000
35 NEW 35 1 SUBURBIA (THE FULL HORROR) Pet Shop Boys 17500
36 28 7 8 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 277700
37 32 8 10 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 251050
38 38 38 3 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 48150
39 46 39 2 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 29850
40 41 40 2 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 31000

41 37 1 15 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 967450
42 44 42 2 VINCENT Don McLean 27000
43 8 8 17 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 361000
44 49 44 2 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 25350
45 NEW 45 1 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 13000
46 42 1 17 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 654550
47 35 24 4 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 67750
48 34 34 5 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 65000
49 55 49 3 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 32900
50 36 36 6 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 80200

51 51 51 3 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 33600
52 43 4 11 WHERE WE GO P!nk 323600
53 40 19 8 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 131450
54 53 1 17 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 992300
55 47 13 9 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 184200
56 58 56 3 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 28200
57 45 26 8 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 107400
58 52 3 17 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 597650
59 56 5 25 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 729650
60 72 60 3 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 20600

61 67 61 3 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 19500
62 62 62 3 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 20600
63 50 50 7 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 59650
64 NEW 64 1 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 7100
65 68 65 4 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 26200
66 70 66 2 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 12800
67 NEW 67 1 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 6600
68 NEW 68 1 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 6400
69 63 5 18 PHASES Alma & French Montana 561350
70 NEW 70 1 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 5800
72 73 72 2 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 11000
73 75 73 2 DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Sting featuring Shaggy 10400
74 NEW 74 1 STORM SuRie 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 5000

DROP OUTS
48 40 5 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 58950
54 30 6 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 92150
57 1 11 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 582450
59 2 8 DANCING Kylie Minogue 450850
61 49 5 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 48800
64 1 28 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1177200
65 65 3 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 18600
66 23 7 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 99050
69 50 7 WAIT Turin Brakes 58800
71 55 4 MIDNIGHT X River 34000
74 6 10 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 213350

 

11th March 2018

It’s a second week on top for Kendrick Lamarr and SZA, a great movie song for the closing credits, leading a static top 4, all still sounding fab. The Partridge Family’s 1970 album track and TV show performance finally makes my top 10, err, 47 years late – the episode featured around a Black urban area show for charity, so fits in nicely with a blockbuster black superhero movie. In 1971 (when I first saw the TV show) I was into DC comics with social conscience themes, like Teen Titans and many others. It was a time of optimism that things were changing.

Killer makes the top 10 for the 3rd time for Seal, all versions different, and The Fratellis make it a 4th top 10, while highest new entry is from a newish US singer called Beca who popped up on my twitter with her new mid-80’s sounding track, We exchanged some messages, I bought it, and here it is in at 18, ironically ahead of the lead track from Pet Shop Boys first album – it’s sort of late 80’s Pet Shop Boys-sounding in some respects with the synth chords. The PSB’s have 3 reissues with bonus tracks, giving me an opportunity to own them on CD as well as vinyl, charting in the UK top 75, and a chance to chart all those tracks that I excluded because I didnt let album tracks into my charts once I started buying Abba albums – or else the chart would have been Ed-Sheeran-ed to death.

Big climbs for LPX and Meghan Trainor, Years & Years return, Don McLean’s classic 1972 UK chart-topper is back for the first time in 46 years as it re-enters the UK top 75 sales chart this week, giving me a perfect reason to let it have a decent chart run – I preferred American Pie at the time, and it was much better than I rated it at the time. Vincent isn’t about me (my middle name), but is about Van Gogh. His great great nephew lives locally running a transport service: Vincent Van Hire. Maybe.

Others: Leona Lewis is back, Owl City is back, both after breaks, Rainbow Kitten Surprise is not as cuddly as it sounds at all, alt-rock pretty much, but good, and in at the bottom end it’s Sting back with an assist from Shaggy. Some have commented on the Youtube video that they are surprised at the pairing, never saw that one coming, and the like. Being old, I’m more surprised it took this long for them to pair up: Sting had non-stop reggae-rock monsters for 3 years in The Police, almost 40 years ago, and by 1993 when Shaggy was huge, so was reggae huge again, including Sting having more reggae hits with reggae acts on loan. The new one’s more gentle and less gutsy or poppy than the older ones, but nice to have them both back.

1 1 1 6 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 456350
2 2 1 5 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 740000
3 3 3 5 BEST DAYS Lissie 254000
4 4 4 7 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 355000
5 6 5 5 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 179200
6 9 6 3 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 106600
7 5 5 7 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 259950
8 11 8 16 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 347500
9 23 9 2 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 62250
10 16 10 4 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 101100

11 7 2 6 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 419000
12 13 12 3 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 85400
13 8 4 5 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 257000
14 15 14 4 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 93500
15 12 12 5 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 121300
16 19 16 4 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 76800
17 10 10 8 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 250400
18 NEW 18 1 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 22000
19 14 1 7 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 640000
20 29 20 4 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 55100

21 28 21 3 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 43850
22 26 22 4 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 67400
23 21 3 12 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 661600
24 17 3 8 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 365400
25 52 25 2 SLIDE LPX 30250
26 18 18 7 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 136150
27 27 27 2 BREAK Ria Mae 36800
28 20 7 7 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 260300
29 38 29 3 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 41400
30 35 30 6 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 98400

31 22 5 8 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 281400
32 25 8 9 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 233750
33 57 33 2 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 28100
34 36 34 4 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 52700
35 24 24 3 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 55250
36 37 36 5 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 68200
37 33 1 14 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 953450
38 42 38 2 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 30950
39 NEW 39 1 SANCTIFY Years & Years 17100
40 30 19 7 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 120200

41 NEW 41 1 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 14000
42 31 1 16 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 641800
43 32 4 10 WHERE WE GO P!nk 312100
44 NEW 44 1 VINCENT Don McLean 13250
45 34 26 7 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 97000
46 NEW 46 1 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 12750
47 39 13 8 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 173400
48 40 40 5 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 58950
49 NEW 49 1 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 12100
50 53 50 6 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 52450

51 59 51 2 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 21850
52 44 3 16 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 587450
53 51 1 16 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 981300
54 43 30 6 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 92150
55 60 55 2 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 20800
56 45 5 24 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 719550
57 46 1 11 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 582450
58 62 58 2 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 17600
59 41 2 8 DANCING Kylie Minogue 450850
60 NEW 60 1 LUCID DREAM Owl City 10000

61 49 49 5 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 48800
62 71 62 2 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 13200
63 56 5 17 PHASES Alma & French Montana 555150
64 61 1 28 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1177200
65 67 65 3 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 18600
66 48 23 7 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 99050
67 73 67 2 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 12000
68 68 68 3 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 19200
69 50 50 7 WAIT Turin Brakes 58800
70 NEW 70 1 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 55 55 4 MIDNIGHT X River 34000
72 75 72 2 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 10600
73 NEW 73 1 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 5400
74 58 6 10 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 213350
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Sting featuring Shaggy 5000

DROP OUTS
47 10 7 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 183900
54 24 7 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 109600
63 9 9 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 179600
64 27 7 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 98850
65 28 8 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 108450
66 3 21 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 608400
69 20 6 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 95700
70 10 9 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 190000
72 72 3 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 16000
74 46 7 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 71500

 

4th March 2018

It’s a first chart-topper for Kendrick Lamar and SZA as they leapfrog Kendrick’s other Black Panther soundtrack hit with The Weeknd who has to be content with yet another number 2 peak. Lissie goes up to 3 with her 6th chart entry, beating the 6 peak of When I’m Alone in 2010, and Hailee Steinfeld gets a first top 10, and a 2nd top 20 in one fell swoop. Florida Georgia Line similarly get a first top 10 and almost get a second one in the same week.

Janelle Monae gets her 3rd top 10 in 6 years since she hit 2 with fun. but her first solo entry with the very Prince-inspired and highest-climbing Make Me Feel. Funktastic. The Fratellis get their 5th top 20 entry, the first for 11 years, while highest new entry has gone all Pete Tong – as he turns into a Killer with his 2nd top 40 classic dance cover, featuring Seal, who thus gets a 3rd version of the 1990 Adamski chart-topper into my charts. He got no credit for what is essentially his own song, sung by himself (how times have changed, these days you get a label credit for farting in the background accidentally). He did record his own hit version a few years later but it wasn’t as good, though he did get another 2 chart-toppers himself alone in the 90’s. Just to rub it in, his 1990 classic debut hit, Crazy, has been covered in a very different style by Think Up Anger, and renamed Mutiny. No idea why Crazy isn’t the title.

New act Ria Mae is the highest new song, at 27, as Sigala and Paloma Faith both add to their list of top 40 tracks as Lullaby rockets into the 30. Alan Walker gets a 3rd top 40, Noah Cyrus a second, Imagine Dragons 4 out of 4 from the new album, and Rosemary Martins covers Donna Summer reggae-style spearheading a reggae-presence of 3 as UB40 also cover Stevie Wonder to get a 2nd in the chart. Or 2 UB20’s (almost, 3 members at any rate) which adds up to UB40 pretty much, given the actual vocalist Ali is singing.

Meghan Trainor is back, ditto Marshmello, Anne-Marie, and Gary Numan – Gazza has been absent since 2002, so he now extends his chart career to 39 years since Are ‘Friends’ Electric topped my chart in the summer of ’79. My Name Is Ruin is his best effort in a decade and a half.

1 3 1 5 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 286350
2 1 1 4 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 625000
3 9 3 4 BEST DAYS Lissie 169000
4 6 4 6 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 290000
5 5 5 6 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 209950
6 13 6 4 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 119200
7 2 2 5 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 382000
8 4 4 4 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 226000
9 67 9 2 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 51600
10 10 10 7 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 227400

11 12 11 15 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 289500
12 17 12 4 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 94300
13 27 13 2 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 50400
14 7 1 6 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 619000
15 20 15 3 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 64500
16 39 16 3 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 59100
17 8 3 7 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 346400
18 18 18 6 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 117650
19 32 19 3 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 51800
20 11 7 6 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 242000

21 15 3 11 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 642350
22 14 5 7 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 263500
23 NEW 23 1 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 19250
24 25 24 2 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 37750
25 16 8 8 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 215950
26 36 26 3 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 47900
27 NEW 27 1 BREAK Ria Mae 18400
28 71 28 2 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 24100
29 59 29 3 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 35100
30 19 19 6 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 103200

31 24 1 15 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 628050
32 22 4 9 WHERE WE GO P!nk 298600
33 29 1 13 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 936150
34 26 26 6 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 84000
35 35 35 5 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 80400
36 49 36 3 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 35100
37 40 37 4 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 50800
38 70 38 2 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 23200
39 28 13 7 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 160900
40 46 40 4 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 46650

41 21 2 7 DANCING Kylie Minogue 440750
42 NEW 42 1 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 13750
43 30 30 5 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 81150
44 34 3 15 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 575950
45 33 5 23 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 708950
46 38 1 10 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 572050
47 31 10 7 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 183900
48 23 23 6 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 92250
49 50 49 4 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 41300
50 58 50 6 WAIT Turin Brakes 52600

51 47 1 15 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 970050
52 NEW 52 1 SLIDE LPX 11500
53 57 53 5 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 40450
54 37 24 7 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 109600
55 55 55 3 MIDNIGHT X River 28200
56 45 5 16 PHASES Alma & French Montana 547950
57 NEW 57 1 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 10400
58 42 6 9 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 208150
59 NEW 59 1 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 10100
60 NEW 60 1 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 10000

61 56 1 27 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1170100
62 NEW 62 1 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 7400
63 43 9 9 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 179600
64 52 27 7 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 98850
65 44 28 8 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 108450
66 65 3 21 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 608400
67 75 67 2 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 11600
68 68 68 2 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 12800
69 41 20 6 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 95700
70 53 10 9 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 190000

71 NEW 71 1 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 5800
72 73 72 3 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 16000
73 NEW 73 1 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 5400
74 51 46 7 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 71500
75 NEW 75 1 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 5000

DROP OUTS
48 37 6 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 72700
54 38 5 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 68100
60 60 5 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 35800
61 26 6 17 MK 82100
62 26 7 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 91050
63 9 10 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 207050
64 28 7 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 80550
66 59 6 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 44800
69 69 4 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 23200
72 1 20 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 783350
74 10 10 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 190150

 

25th february 2018

It’s Saara Aalto on top for a 3rd week, chasing by 2 Black Panther tracks (which I saw this week), giving Kendrick Lamar 2 of the top 3. No relation to Austrian inventor and movie actress Hedy Lamarr, who basically invented bluetooth in the 30’s (sort of) as part of a radio-wave missile-guidance system for allied troops and then became a gorgeous movie star in Hollywood. I can however listen to Kendrick Lamar now via bluetooth, so sort of linked. No relation in either case to fictional Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles. Hedy had a film-worthy life, though.

Florida Georgia Line and Hailee Steinfeld both have 2 top 20, and top 40, respectively, while CAIN (who?!) have the highest new entry with an unavailable Witchhouse track. Janelle Monae is back 3 years from her last chart entry – with Duran Duran – and 6 years since her monster fun. track. I now have a complete 1997-2017 database so can quote accurate stats from my charts during that period. Just 1968-1996 to add now…

5 Seconds of Summer get a second chart entry 4 years since the first, Imagine Dragons make it 4 off the latest album, Paloma Faith links with Sigala to give her 3 on the chart, and 23 in total. Sigala have had 4, and Franz Ferdinand get their 11th chart entry 9 years on from the last one (excluding their FFS project with Sparks).

1 1 1 3 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 510000
2 2 2 4 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 332000
3 25 3 4 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 116350
4 4 4 3 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 178000
5 8 5 5 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 149950
6 6 4 5 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 225000
7 3 1 5 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 590000
8 5 3 6 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 323400
9 15 9 3 BEST DAYS Lissie 84000
10 10 10 6 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 185400

11 7 7 5 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 222000
12 13 12 14 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 252500
13 18 13 3 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 64200
14 9 5 6 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 244000
15 12 3 10 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 622600
16 14 8 7 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 197200
17 28 17 3 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 59300
18 21 18 5 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 95650
19 20 19 5 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 85200
20 35 20 2 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 37500

21 11 2 6 DANCING Kylie Minogue 426750
22 17 4 8 WHERE WE GO P!nk 280800
23 27 23 5 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 79950
24 16 1 14 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 610150
25 NEW 25 1 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 18750
26 32 26 5 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 66400
27 NEW 27 1 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 18400
28 19 13 6 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 143800
29 23 1 12 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 918450
30 30 30 4 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 67650

31 22 10 6 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 171400
32 45 32 2 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 30800
33 29 5 22 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 695950
34 31 3 14 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 562700
35 36 35 4 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 62900
36 50 36 2 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 29400
37 24 24 6 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 98600
38 26 1 9 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 559300
39 40 39 2 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 34100
40 52 40 3 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 33500

41 34 20 5 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 89500
42 39 6 8 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 197950
43 38 9 8 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 172200
44 33 28 7 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 101450
45 42 5 15 PHASES Alma & French Montana 537350
46 55 46 3 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 30650
47 43 1 14 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 958300
48 37 37 6 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 72700
49 72 49 2 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 17700
50 57 50 3 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 29200

51 46 46 6 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 66300
52 44 27 6 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 91750
53 47 10 8 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 184000
54 48 38 5 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 68100
55 67 55 2 MIDNIGHT X River 17400
56 53 1 26 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1162600
57 66 57 4 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 29200
58 60 58 5 WAIT Turin Brakes 40600
59 65 59 2 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital farm Animals 17100
60 63 60 5 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 35800

61 41 26 6 17 MK 82100
62 51 26 7 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 91050
63 56 9 10 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 207050
64 58 28 7 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 80550
65 62 3 20 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 601600
66 59 59 6 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 44800
67 NEW 67 1 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 6600
68 NEW 68 1 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 6400
69 71 69 4 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 23200
70 NEW 70 1 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 6000

71 NEW 71 1 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 5800
72 69 1 20 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 783350
73 75 73 2 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 10400
74 64 10 10 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 190150
75 NEW 75 1 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 5000

DROP OUTS
49 30 5 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 72300
54 36 5 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 74450
61 44 6 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 55050
68 18 7 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 111550
70 1 21 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 967900
73 1 24 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 1003050
74 1 16 AMEN The Fizz 901350

 

18th February 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top for the Eurovision hopeful, as Al Green gets a first top 5 since Let’s Stay Together in 1972 (and it’s reissue in 2010 when it topped my chart). He last made my top 10 with new material in 2008, and would have been charting for 50 years had I compiled charts in early 1968. The Eels grab a 5th top 10 some 21 years after the first one, while Lissie gets a top 20 8 years on from her first rocketing up 35 places.

Hailee Steinfeld gets greedy, up 40 spots into the 20, while also entering at 45 with BloodPop assisting, t’other assistants Florida Georgia Line leapfrog themselves. Kendrick Lamar joins himself in the 30, SZA gets a second top 40. Highest new entry is MIKA, last in my top 10 in 2013, and first in with Grace Kelly in 2007, in between topping with flop Rain in 2009. The Fratellis also enter, having been absent for almost a decade, but having 3 top 10’s in 2006/7. Kishi Bashi grabs a 7th chart hit, Alan Walker a 3rd, Noah Cyrus a second, and sneaking in with an unreleased track (at least until friday) is Mel & Kim. Poor Mel died at a very young age at the height of their success, and are owed another bit of chart success, as it’s not bad at all from what I’ve heard so far, 30 years on.

1 1 1 2 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 340000
2 3 2 3 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 217000
3 2 1 4 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 540000
4 8 4 2 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 113000
5 4 3 5 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 275400
6 5 4 4 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 230000
7 7 7 4 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 185000
8 23 8 4 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 89950
9 9 5 5 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 215000
10 10 10 5 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 143400

11 6 2 5 DANCING Kylie Minogue 407000
12 12 3 9 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 595600
13 16 13 13 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 217500
14 14 8 6 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 172200
15 50 15 2 BEST DAYS Lissie 39000
16 11 1 13 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 591150
17 15 4 7 WHERE WE GO P!nk 261300
18 58 18 2 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 32200
19 13 13 5 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 125500
20 22 20 4 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 64200

21 24 21 4 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 73650
22 17 10 5 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 153500
23 18 1 11 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 900250
24 25 24 5 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 81300
25 62 25 3 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 31350
26 19 1 8 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 542100
27 34 27 4 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 60700
28 30 28 2 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 36300
29 21 5 21 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 678250
30 31 30 3 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 49650

31 20 3 13 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 545100
32 45 32 4 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 47900
33 28 28 6 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 88200
34 27 20 4 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 75500
35 NEW 35 1 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 17500
36 41 36 3 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 45400
37 47 37 5 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 60400
38 29 9 7 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 158700
39 39 6 7 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 184200
40 NEW 40 1 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 17000

41 26 26 5 17 MK 74600
42 33 5 14 PHASES Alma & French Montana 524350
43 43 1 13 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 945800
44 32 27 5 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 80250
45 NEW 45 1 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 13000
46 48 46 5 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 54550
47 40 10 7 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 172750
48 38 38 4 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 57100
49 37 30 5 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 72300
50 NEW 50 1 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 12000

51 35 26 6 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 83650
52 75 52 2 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 16500
53 49 1 25 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1152000
54 36 36 5 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 74450
55 64 55 2 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 17900
56 46 9 9 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 199850
57 66 57 2 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 17200
58 42 28 6 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 73450
59 61 59 5 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 38000
60 63 60 4 WAIT Turin Brakes 30400

61 44 44 6 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 55050
62 55 3 19 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 594600
63 67 63 4 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 25800
64 54 10 9 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 184950
65 NEW 65 1 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital farm Animals 7000
66 70 66 3 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 18800
67 NEW 67 1 MIDNIGHT X River 6600
68 51 18 7 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 111550
69 57 1 19 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 777750
70 65 1 21 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 967900

71 72 71 3 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 17000
72 NEW 72 1 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 5600
73 69 1 24 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 1003050
74 52 1 16 AMEN The Fizz 901350
75 NEW 75 1 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 5000

DROP OUTS
53 46 5 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 56000
56 38 6 STRANGERS Sigrid 73800
59 59 3 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 24400
60 50 3 IDGAF Dua Lipa 34000
68 7 13 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 287250
71 71 2 SPANISH SEA Toto 10800
73 19 14 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 186700
74 7 9 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 205500

 

11th February 2018

Straight in at 1 it’s a record from Saara Alto, Finnish runner-up in X-Factor UK, and former The Voice Finland candidate. That makes her twice a song contest fave, but I have to say I don’t watch either shows anywhere these days. That makes it pretty extraordinary that a record I’d never heard until yesterday enters on top. Essentially, she’s engaging, and it sounds like a Eurovision Song Contest winning track – if only the BBC could come up with one like it. I rarely have singing competition singers top my chart (excluding Eurovision), and usually it’s well into their career when they do: Adam Lambert did it in 2017, Olly Murs in 2013, Agnes in 2009, Girls Aloud did it twice in 2007, and that’s about it for the 21st Century, none of them doing so with the first single after appearing. There is precedence though – Mary Hopkin won multiple weeks in a 60’s show called Opportunity Knocks, Paul McCartney signed her up to Apple Records, and she had 3 chart-toppers in 1968, 1969 and 1970 – only missing out on making it 3 in a row thanks to being the UK singer for Eurovision in 1970 with a cheesy entry, which slipped in before her final one.

Elsewhere, Florida Georgia Line get a double debut, both as featuring act, The Weeknd rockets to 3 with his Black Panther single, the film not even out yet, and giving him 5 years of top 3’s since Twenty Eight hit 2, and including a chart-topper with Ariana Grande. Disclosure eclipse their Sam Smith 2012 Latch single (peaked at 10) in one fell swoop by sampling the brilliant Al Green, one of the greatest soul singers of all-time. Lissie’s back after a slight gap, UB40 (or at least 3/8ths of them) string out a chart run to a whopping 38 years, and a six-year-old Mexican political track sneaks in at the bottom.

1 NEW 1 1 MONSTERS Saara Alto 170000
2 1 1 3 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 455000
3 40 3 2 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 102000
4 3 3 4 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 215400
5 4 4 3 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 175000
6 2 2 4 DANCING Kylie Minogue 370000
7 7 7 3 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 135000
8 NEW 8 1 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 48000
9 5 5 4 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 170000
10 14 10 4 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 101400

11 9 1 12 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 566150
12 12 3 8 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 560600
13 13 13 4 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 104500
14 8 8 5 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 143200
15 6 4 6 WHERE WE GO P!nk 238300
16 16 16 12 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 185500
17 10 10 4 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 134000
18 15 1 10 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 881000
19 11 1 7 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 523600
20 18 3 12 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 527200

21 17 5 20 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 660050
22 22 22 3 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 44200
23 35 23 3 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 41950
24 33 24 3 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 53900
25 25 25 4 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 62300
26 29 26 4 17 MK 60600
27 20 20 3 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 57900
28 34 28 5 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 70500
29 19 9 6 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 141500
30 NEW 30 1 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 18000

31 42 31 2 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 31650
32 27 27 4 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 67000
33 21 5 13 PHASES Alma & French Montana 510600
34 37 34 3 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 42300
35 26 26 5 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 71900
36 36 36 4 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 63450
37 30 30 4 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 60100
38 38 38 3 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 44800
39 23 6 6 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 167100
40 24 10 6 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 160250

41 41 41 2 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 28000
42 28 28 5 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 63250
43 32 1 12 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 932300
44 57 44 5 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 47550
45 60 45 3 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 30100
46 44 9 8 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 189250
47 47 47 4 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 43100
48 48 48 4 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 41800
49 43 1 24 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1140750
50 NEW 50 1 BEST DAYS Lissie 12000

51 31 18 6 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 105150
52 45 1 15 AMEN The Fizz 896150
53 46 46 5 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 56000
54 39 10 8 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 177850
55 49 3 18 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 587200
56 51 38 6 STRANGERS Sigrid 73800
57 55 1 18 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 771550
58 NEW 58 1 LET ME GO Halee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 10200
59 61 59 3 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 24400
60 50 50 3 IDGAF Dua Lipa 34000

61 62 61 4 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 27900
62 74 62 2 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 12600
63 65 63 3 WAIT Turin Brakes 20400
64 NEW 64 1 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 7100
65 63 1 20 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 961900
66 NEW 66 1 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 6800
67 68 67 3 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 18600
68 58 7 13 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 287250
69 67 1 23 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 997650
70 70 70 2 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 12000

71 75 71 2 SPANISH SEA Toto 10800
72 72 72 2 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 11200
73 64 19 14 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 186700
74 71 7 9 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 205500
75 NEW 75 1 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 5000

DROP OUTS
52 35 8 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 90800
53 40 5 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 60800
54 1 14 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 942750
56 37 5 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 53450
59 14 11 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 227250
66 66 3 ALONE Jessie Ware 18000
69 69 3 MAGIC Simple Minds 16800
73 73 3 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 15400

 

4th February 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top for the Irma Thomas 1964 soul gem fresh from Black Mirror. That keeps Kylie in her place as Revivalists have a god climb to 3 leapfrogging Justin Timberlake’s under-rated new track and Paloma’s 3rd single from the album. Kim Wilde rockets with Ricky to 22 from 74 – Ricky’s biggest chart credit since Mrs Malinski made my top 30 in 1974. No you don’t have to pretend you know it and it won’t be on Spotify. His voice has dropped quite a bit since then! Mine too.

The Eels return to my top 40 for the first time in 13 years, quite a gap, while Camilla Cabello outdoes Havana here and becomes her 2nd top 40. The Weeknd has an instant top 40 highest new entry, aided by Kendrick Lamar, who also enters lower with another track, both songs from the forthcoming 50 Shades film. Fleetwood Mac’s classic Rhiannon is well over 40 years old, and was last in my charts exactly 40 years ago – this is the album version, though, so the new Fleetwood Mac deluxe has given me an excuse to chart this uncharted version. Fab. Finally, Toto are back after a 30-year gap (bar reissues) with a souped-up version of an old unreleased very Rosanna period Toto, sadly I would prefer Hold The Line-period Toto, though Africa was fab.

1 1 1 2 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 340000
2 2 2 3 DANCING Kylie Minogue 315000
3 8 3 3 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 150400
4 7 4 2 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 115000
5 6 5 3 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 125000
6 4 4 5 WHERE WE GO P!nk 211300
7 12 7 2 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 85000
8 10 8 4 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 114200
9 3 1 11 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 529150
10 11 10 3 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 111000

11 5 1 6 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 502600
12 9 3 7 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 327800
13 17 13 3 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 72500
14 27 14 3 NEVER Embrace 59400
15 13 1 9 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 859000
16 20 16 11 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 160500
17 14 5 19 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 640300
18 15 3 11 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 507200
19 16 9 5 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 123300
20 22 20 2 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 39500

21 21 5 12 PHASES Alma & French Montana 492900
22 74 22 2 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 24700
23 23 6 5 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 150000
24 19 10 5 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 143250
25 33 25 3 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 43550
26 28 26 4 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 54400
27 32 27 3 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 49200
28 30 28 4 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 49500
29 31 29 3 17 MK 42100
30 34 30 3 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 42800

31 18 18 5 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 93400
32 24 1 11 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 918800
33 38 33 2 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 34900
34 39 34 4 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 52200
35 63 35 2 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 24700
36 36 36 3 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 46050
37 62 37 2 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 24700
38 57 38 2 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 27600
39 25 10 7 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 166850
40 NEW 40 1 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 17000

41 NEW 41 1 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 14000
42 NEW 42 1 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 13750
43 37 1 23 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1128650
44 26 9 7 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 176500
45 43 1 14 AMEN The Fizz 884650
46 47 46 4 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 44750
47 52 47 3 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 30600
48 54 48 3 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 29500
49 41 3 17 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 576400
50 50 50 2 IDGAF Dua Lipa 24000

51 45 38 5 STRANGERS Sigrid 63200
52 35 35 8 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 90800
53 40 40 5 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 60800
54 42 1 14 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 942750
55 48 1 17 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 761150
56 46 37 5 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 53450
57 58 57 4 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 34300
58 51 7 12 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 280850
59 29 14 11 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 227250
60 64 60 2 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 17100

61 66 61 2 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 14300
62 67 62 3 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 20400
63 60 1 19 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 954900
64 56 19 13 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 181300
65 69 65 2 WAIT Turin Brakes 13200
66 71 66 3 ALONE Jessie Ware 18000
67 61 1 22 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 991450
68 72 68 2 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 12000
69 73 69 3 MAGIC Simple Minds 16800
70 NEW 70 1 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 6000

71 49 7 8 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 200300
72 NEW 72 1 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 5600
73 75 73 3 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 15400
74 NEW 74 1 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SPANISH SEA Toto 5000

DROP OUTS
44 21 6 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 107650
53 4 12 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 312650
55 13 6 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 123750
59 20 6 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 103800
65 8 11 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 295450
68 30 8 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 90900
70 26 2 LINGER The Cranberries 24500

 

28th January 2018

It’s in at 1 for a record I didn’t know a week ago – Irma Thomas’ brilliant 1964 soul ballad fresh from use in an episode of Black Mirror (via Buzzjack Song Contest). Hauntingly fab. That stops Kylie grabbing another chart-topper, but she adds to her long list of 2’s anyway. Paloma Faith gets a 3rd top 10 a in a row in a frantic chart, up 54 places. It’s been a long time since so many tracks were climbing at a pace like this, and bar the number one they are all new or recent-ish. That means a clear-out of 2017 tracks.

In at 7, highest new song is the first good track off Justin T’s forthcoming album, while The Revivalists shoot up to 8, and Liam Payne gets more solo top 10’s than One Direction managed, joined by Rita Ora getting a rare one. At 12, SSion, is a video mix of a ballad, pop song and pyscho Jesus & Mary Chain/Jesus Jones Info freako-ish popchartfreakout. Epic. Fall Out Boy get a 2nd top 20 in a row, Rudimental are back with Macklemore and Jess Glynne in tow, Dua Lipa doesn’t give a … about being late into my chart, ditto Tom walker, Eminem and Camilla cabello. Oldies Eels are back for over 20 years of hits including a chart-topper with Last Stop: This Time. Turin Brakes return, but it’s nothing next to Kim Wilde’s 37 year run aided by bruv (as ever) who gets a credit for the first time as he’s actually singing. Ricky first charted in 1972 with his flop (but well-played) pre-teen track I Am An Astronaut, and hit my top 10 with Teen Wave in 1974, a template for Kim’s 80’s smashes (sort of). So, Rick makes it 46 years (gasp!) and he’s younger than me…!

1 NEW 1 1 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 170000
2 3 2 2 DANCING Kylie Minogue 200000
3 1 1 10 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 484150
4 8 4 4 WHERE WE GO P!nk 156300
5 2 1 5 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 465600
6 60 6 2 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 65000
7 NEW 7 1 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 50000
8 36 8 2 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 65400
9 4 3 6 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 292800
10 27 10 3 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 66200

11 13 11 2 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 69000
12 NEW 12 1 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 35000
13 5 1 8 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 832000
14 7 5 18 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 617300
15 6 3 10 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 485200
16 9 9 4 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 102300
17 35 17 2 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 40500
18 18 18 4 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 75500
19 10 10 4 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 124250
20 24 20 10 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 135500

21 12 5 11 PHASES Alma & French Montana 473150
22 NEW 22 1 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 19500
23 11 6 4 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 130750
24 15 1 10 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 901000
25 20 10 6 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 149750
26 17 9 6 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 163250
27 50 27 2 NEVER Embrace 30400
28 56 28 3 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 35900
29 14 14 10 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 217150
30 66 30 3 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 31200

31 70 31 2 17 MK 23900
32 45 32 2 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 30800
33 64 33 2 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 24800
34 63 34 2 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 24800
35 40 35 7 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 79300
36 53 36 2 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 28650
37 33 1 22 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1115150
38 NEW 38 1 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 17200
39 57 39 3 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 34600
40 44 40 4 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 49550

41 28 3 16 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 564300
42 19 1 13 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 931750
43 23 1 13 AMEN The Fizz 871650
44 21 21 6 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 107650
45 38 38 4 STRANGERS Sigrid 51450
46 37 37 4 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 42850
47 49 47 3 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 32000
48 31 1 16 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 750350
49 22 7 7 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 194500
50 NEW 50 1 IDGAF Dua Lipa 12000

51 34 7 11 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 270650
52 67 52 2 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 18100
53 16 4 12 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 312650
54 69 54 2 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 17200
55 25 13 6 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 123750
56 42 19 12 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 174200
57 NEW 57 1 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 10400
58 61 58 3 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 23900
59 29 20 6 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 103800
60 52 1 18 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 947700

61 54 1 21 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 984850
62 NEW 62 1 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 7400
63 NEW 63 1 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 7200
64 NEW 64 1 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 7100
65 32 8 11 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 295450
66 NEW 66 1 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 6800
67 68 67 2 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 13000
68 30 30 8 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 90900
69 NEW 69 1 WAIT Turin Brakes 6200
70 26 26 2 LINGER The Cranberries 24500

71 73 71 2 ALONE Jessie Ware 11200
72 NEW 72 1 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 5600
73 74 73 2 MAGIC Simple Minds 10600
74 NEW 74 1 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 5200
75 75 75 2 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 10000

DROP OUTS
39 10 10 GUILTY Paloma Faith 216450
41 9 20 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 453800
43 33 6 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 76100
46 34 4 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 59450
47 4 24 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 504800
48 24 8 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 127950
51 3 17 READY TO GO Hurts 650750
55 4 12 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 423100
58 58 3 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 26700
59 1 17 WAIT UP Hurts 820950
62 10 10 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 209850
65 8 11 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 296800
71 1 45 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1043350
72 52 4 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 34550

 

 

21st January 2018

It’s back into the top 10 for the 3rd time and all the way to the top for Craig David and Bastille, one of those tracks that doesn’t pall with repeat hearings. It’s the 3rd chart-topper for Craig (Walking Away and Hot Stuff, the former based on U2’s One, the latter Bowie’s Let’s Dance) and Bastille’s first. Hot on their heels though, Kylie’s back with a contemporary-sounding dance-country crossover and she’s Dancing to enter at 3, giving her a sweet 30 years of top 10 hits since I Should Be So Lucky hit 6.

Portugal. The Man are also back into the top 7 months on with Feel It Still, and also with new track Live In The Moment, sandwiching P!nk at 8 – her second top 10 off the new album and a sweet 18 years since There You Go hit 9. New at 13 it’s The Straw Hats – well, actually it’s Troyboi, but the Norwegian dance troupe have done a fab video for the short-but-sweet dance track in a Japanese-stylee. Appropriating culture or taking it to a wider audience? Actually most modern pop music is appropriated culture, and that includes Japanese acts, so whatever it looks terrific.

As a load of oldies depart the chart, some also pop in, topped by the late Dolores O’Riordan’s Cranberries, and their best record, Linger. Dolores died suddenly, and far too young, last week. The Revivalists is a couple or 3 years old, but one I missed, and Fall Out Boy are new in at 35 with the new album track, and are besides themselves. Amongst the deluge of new tracks, The Chainsmokers return, as does Noel Gallagher, that’ll be 24 years-worth of entries then.

Paloma Faith sneaks in with a dance track, for a hat-trick, Embrace enter 21 years since All You Good Good People hit 10 (and 14 years since they topped my chart with Gravity), Imagine Dragons keep the new entries coming 6 years since topping with Radioactive (well, nearer 5, but hey, it was 2012), as The Manics make it at least 25 years of newies, Bruno makes it 8 years (including 2 chart-toppers in Grenade and Marry You), Simple Minds return with only the one chart-topper in 1995 (She’s A River) but 36 years of hits. Finally, Mavis Staples pops in solo, after assisting Gorillaz last year, having been helped by Prince in 1991 with Melody Cool and on his tours wot-I-saw, and 46 years since I’ll Take You There hit my number 3 for The Staple Singers, Mavis’ sisters and dad.

1 11 1 9 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 399150
2 1 1 4 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 405600
3 NEW 3 1 DANCING Kylie Minogue 85000
4 3 3 5 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 247800
5 2 1 7 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 800000
6 5 3 9 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 458200
7 19 5 17 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 588300
8 16 8 3 WHERE WE GO P!nk 91300
9 20 9 3 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 77300
10 10 10 3 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 103250

11 6 6 3 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 111500
12 8 5 10 PHASES Alma & French Montana 453400
13 NEW 13 1 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 32000
14 15 14 9 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 198950
15 7 1 9 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 882000
16 4 4 11 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 301400
17 9 9 5 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 144750
18 22 18 3 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 53500
19 12 1 12 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 918000
20 14 10 5 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 131000

21 21 21 5 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 94400
22 13 7 6 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 182400
23 18 1 12 AMEN The Fizz 858250
24 27 24 9 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 115500
25 17 13 5 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 112950
26 NEW 26 1 LINGER The Cranberries 18500
27 71 27 2 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 24200
28 24 3 15 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 550300
29 26 20 5 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 93700
30 32 30 7 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 84500

31 29 1 15 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 738050
32 23 8 10 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 288450
33 31 1 21 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1098150
34 30 7 10 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 258900
35 NEW 35 1 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 17500
36 NEW 36 1 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 17400
37 66 37 3 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 30100
38 53 38 3 STRANGERS Sigrid 38450
39 25 10 10 GUILTY Paloma Faith 216450
40 50 40 6 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 61800

41 28 9 20 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 453800
42 35 19 11 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 163600
43 33 33 6 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 76100
44 48 44 3 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 32550
45 NEW 45 1 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 13000
46 34 34 4 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 59450
47 41 4 24 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 504800
48 36 24 8 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 127950
49 62 49 2 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 19500
50 NEW 50 1 NEVER Embrace 12000

51 40 3 17 READY TO GO Hurts 650750
52 42 1 17 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 937400
53 NEW 53 1 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 11250
54 49 1 20 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 977350
55 39 4 12 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 423100
56 65 56 2 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 17600
57 64 57 2 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 17500
58 59 58 3 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 26700
59 43 1 17 WAIT UP Hurts 820950
60 NEW 60 1 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 10000

61 69 61 2 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 13700
62 44 10 10 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 209850
63 NEW 63 1 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 7200
64 NEW 64 1 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 7100
65 46 8 11 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 296800
66 68 66 2 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 13200
67 NEW 67 1 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 6600
68 NEW 68 1 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 6400
69 NEW 69 1 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 6200
70 NEW 70 1 17 MK 6000

71 67 1 45 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1043350
72 52 52 4 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 34550
73 NEW 73 1 ALONE Jessie Ware 5400
74 NEW 74 1 MAGIC Simple Minds 5200
75 NEW 75 1 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 5000

DROP OUTS
37 5 8 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 243800
38 1 7 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 369250
45 1 9 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 352850
47 17 11 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 199650
51 46 5 RUT The Killers 53000
54 17 11 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 186700
55 1 28 DREAMS Grace Slick 742300
56 8 9 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 210400
57 1 19 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 939350
58 6 22 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 499350
60 10 14 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 274100
61 18 12 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 195900
63 24 10 GO BANG PNAU 145000
70 29 13 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 135550
72 19 15 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 191000
73 73 1 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST David Bowie 5400
74 3 19 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 485650
75 15 10 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 162550

 

 

14th January 2018

It’s Oh Wonder on top in an otherwise quiet chart week, their second chart entry, and a fab record, it borrows somewhat from Elton John’s fantastic Benny & The Jets, which topped my charts 44 years ago – at least the backbone of the record anyway. Midge Ure is also back in the top 10 with the same track 23 years on, a good version of Breathe. Sister Sledge make it a 5th top 10, 33 years on since the last one (albeit a 38-year-old record). Naughty Boy adds to his list of top 10’s (his 5th, including a number one – La La La), P!nk gets a 3rd top 20 in a row off the album, and Portugal. The Man get 2 top 20 entries – Feel It Still is back over 6 months later, and new track Live In The Moment is just below it.

Big climb for Jessie Ware, Bleachers finally got top 40, and Blondie are back again a very sweet 40 years from their debut with Denis (almost) and with Joan Jett in tow some 36 years since I Love Rock N Roll. She hasn’t troubled my charts since ILRNR was reissued in 1994, and not with new material since the 80’s! Lily Allen returns, not before time, 12 years since her debut and still yet to top my chart. Lana Del Ray and Anna Of The North return, and Wolf Alice get a debut at last.

1 2 1 3 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 290600
2 1 1 6 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 740000
3 6 3 4 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 182800
4 5 4 10 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 276400
5 3 3 8 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 403200
6 22 6 2 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 74500
7 4 1 8 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 855000
8 8 5 9 PHASES Alma & French Montana 418400
9 14 9 4 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 121750
10 23 10 2 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 61250

11 12 8 8 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 229150
12 9 1 11 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 897000
13 7 7 5 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 162900
14 10 10 4 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 111000
15 17 15 8 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 169950
16 28 16 2 WHERE WE GO P!nk 43300
17 13 13 4 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 94200
18 11 1 11 AMEN The Fizz 839000
19 26 5 16 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 538300
20 48 20 2 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 32300

21 25 21 4 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 74650
22 50 22 2 YOUR DOMINO Jesse Ware 31500
23 15 8 9 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 270650
24 19 3 14 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 532000
25 16 10 9 GUILTY Paloma Faith 199350
26 20 20 4 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 75500
27 34 27 8 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 96500
28 18 9 19 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 439800
29 29 1 14 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 720150
30 27 7 9 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 241300

31 31 1 20 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1080450
32 47 32 6 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 66500
33 40 33 5 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 62600
34 39 34 3 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 46700
35 35 19 10 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 149850
36 24 24 7 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 115650
37 33 5 8 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 243800
38 21 1 7 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 369250
39 32 4 11 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 412300
40 37 3 16 READY TO GO Hurts 639000

41 41 4 23 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 492300
42 42 1 16 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 925900
43 43 1 16 WAIT UP Hurts 810850
44 30 10 9 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 202450
45 44 1 9 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 352850
46 38 8 10 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 289800
47 36 17 11 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 199650
48 65 48 2 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 19300
49 45 1 19 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 966350
50 57 50 5 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 44800

51 46 46 5 RUT The Killers 53000
52 53 52 3 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 28950
53 60 53 2 STRANGERS Sigrid 21250
54 52 17 11 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 186700
55 55 1 28 DREAMS Grace Slick 742300
56 49 8 9 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 210400
57 54 1 19 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 939350
58 56 6 22 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 499350
59 68 59 2 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 16500
60 59 10 14 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 274100

61 61 18 12 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 195900
62 NEW 62 1 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 7400
63 58 24 10 GO BANG PNAU 145000
64 NEW 64 1 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 7100
65 NEW 65 1 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 7000
66 70 66 2 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 12800
67 67 1 44 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1037550
68 NEW 68 1 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 6400
69 NEW 69 1 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 6200
70 69 29 13 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 135550

71 NEW 71 1 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 5800
72 71 19 15 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 191000
73 NEW 73 1 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST David Bowie 5400
74 74 3 19 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 485650
75 62 15 10 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 162550

DROP OUTS
51 20 5 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 86600
63 59 4 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 37400
64 54 2 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN Johnny Mathis 18100
66 29 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 30000
72 39 3 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 29700
73 34 8 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 89900
75 36 5 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 66800

7th January 2018

It’s a second week for the lush Aretha Franklin ballad 44 years on, just holding off a massive 70-place leap for Oh Wonder, now getting well-deserved Radio 2 support. Radio 2 seems to have gone full on-board with the sort of new tracks that Radio 1 would have played a few years ago, which is good news. It’s a mass xmas song drop-out week, as 3 songs with Home in the title are in my top 10, ironically, as I’m still trapped at home caring for my mum with dad back in hospital, and me unable to get to work.

Midge Ure’s 1995 UK flop (but big with me) Breathe is back, in the orchestral vogue, which suits it better than some of the bigger hits on the album, while Naughty Boy is back with a Jonas brother in tow at 23, leaping over another Jonas brother at 24. Both doing better than any actual Jonas Brothers records ever did in my charts. Portugal. The Man’s 2017 oldie is back in the 40, as their new one enters at 48.

P!nk has a 3rd top 40 off the latest album, Lindsey & Christine get a 3rd of 5 album tracks to hit the 40, Pet Shop Boys version of their Girls Aloud/Xenomania hit belatedly pops in, Shed Seven return for over 20 years of entries, and Jessie ware has a welcome return.

1 1 1 5 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 625000
2 72 2 2 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 120600
3 4 3 7 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 343200
4 3 1 7 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 805000
5 12 5 9 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 211400
6 16 6 3 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 97800
7 9 7 4 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 130900
8 6 5 8 PHASES Alma & French Montana 370400
9 5 1 10 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 862000
10 18 10 3 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 82000

11 7 1 10 AMEN The Fizz 817000
12 8 8 7 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 192150
13 19 13 3 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 71200
14 14 14 3 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 76750
15 13 8 8 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 251400
16 10 10 8 GUILTY Paloma Faith 180600
17 17 17 7 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 142950
18 11 9 18 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 421500
19 15 3 13 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 513000
20 20 20 3 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 57000

21 2 1 6 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 352050
22 NEW 22 1 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 19500
23 NEW 23 1 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 19250
24 24 24 6 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 98250
25 25 25 3 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 54900
26 56 5 15 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 517300
27 22 7 8 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 223300
28 NEW 28 1 WHERE WE GO P!nk 18300
29 23 1 13 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 701950
30 21 10 8 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 189200

31 27 1 19 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1062550
32 26 4 10 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 395200
33 28 5 7 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 226500
34 38 34 7 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 78100
35 31 19 9 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 132350
36 32 17 10 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 187150
37 35 3 15 READY TO GO Hurts 622000
38 34 8 9 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 277050
39 50 39 2 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 29100
40 49 40 4 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 44900

41 37 4 22 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 478300
42 42 1 15 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 912150
43 40 1 15 WAIT UP Hurts 797350
44 41 1 8 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 339850
45 45 1 18 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 954150
46 47 46 4 RUT The Killers 41250
47 71 45 5 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 48700
48 NEW 48 1 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 12300
49 33 8 8 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 199800
50 NEW 50 1 YOUR DOMINO Jesse Ware 12000

51 30 20 5 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 86600
52 44 17 10 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 175700
53 69 53 2 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 17450
54 48 1 18 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 928950
55 55 1 27 DREAMS Grace Slick 731500
56 51 6 21 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 489150
57 57 57 4 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 32800
58 43 24 9 GO BANG PNAU 137800
59 46 10 13 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 264100
60 NEW 60 1 STRANGERS Sigrid 10000

61 53 18 11 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 188400
62 52 15 9 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 157550
63 59 59 4 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 37400
64 54 54 2 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN Johnny Mathis 18100
65 NEW 65 1 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 7000
66 29 29 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 30000
67 67 1 43 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1030950
68 NEW 68 1 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 6400
69 68 29 12 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 129550
70 NEW 70 1 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 6000

71 58 19 14 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 185400
72 39 39 3 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 29700
73 63 34 8 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 89900
74 66 3 18 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 480450
75 36 36 5 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 66800

DROP OUTS
60 37 6 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 87350
61 40 6 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 59100
62 16 7 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 121800
64 64 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 7100
65 65 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band (with the Harlem Community Choir) 7000
70 70 1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 6000
73 73 1 FELIZ NAVIDAD Jose Feliciano 5400
74 74 1 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 5200
75 75 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 5000

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NIK KERSHAW, GO WEST and T’PAU at Bournemouth Pavilion 7th Nov 2015

NIK KERSHAW, GO WEST and T’PAU at Bournemouth Pavilion 7th Nov 2015

31 years since I first saw young Nik Kershaw in Bournemouth, and over a decade since I saw Peter Cox on tour with Tony Hadley, it’s a surprisingly great low-key evening of oldies and more recent covers, with support from Carol Decker as T’Pau on board to act, as she said, fluffer for the boys. She did good, still in fine voice and looking great, and though I was never a huge fan T’Pau’s best trio of tracks were present and correct, Valentine’s Day, Heart And Soul (which I adore, but was always going to be tough to match in concert) and of course China In Your Hand, which I overdosed on at the time, but shows itself to be a great song and an audience motivator. The new stuff was the equal of the other oldies, some great guitar work too, almost a lost art form these pop days.

The format of the concert from here was unusual, and it worked beautifully, essentially Nik, Peter and Richard did joint covers old and new, then 2 each Go West and Nik Kershaw, then repeat till the climax when they did one each alternated for the big ones. Despite a pretty rubbish sound quality from where I was sitting, side balcony, they put on a great show. It would be fair to say the boys, and those of us in the audience, weren’t looking as young and fresh as we once did, but Peter Cox still has a great soulful voice, and Nik Kershaw still has charm and quirky individuality for a pop star. He never sounded much like anyone else, and had his own music style which still pretty much sounds like no-one else, and in a very good way. I was reminded just how good some of the back catalogue was and picked up new appreciation for some tracks I’d never been big on at the time: Don Quixote especially came over fabulously.

Go West’s finest moments for me were Call Me, Don’t Look Down and the classic “Pretty Woman” soundtrack King Of Wishful Thinking, which really when down a treat along with eternally popular We Close Our Eyes, while they also covered Sam Sparro’s Black And Gold and one of Nik’s oldies, and he in return covered one of theirs. On those Peter sung with Nik, there were a few 80’s faves such as Everybody Wants To Rule The World and Would I Lie To You, Seal’s Crazy, Nik’s great song for Chesney Hawkes’ monster hit The One And Only, and Birdy’s Wings, which came over all grungy and would make a terrific single (hint hint) for those of us that found Birdy’s version a little too simpering. As Nik quipped, up next is a Birdie Song – not that one! Nik’s catalogue impressed, Wide Boy, I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me and especially the fantastic The Riddle and Wouldn’t It Be Good. Finally, the encore was an unexpected joint cover Kings Of Leon treat, Sex On Fire, which went down as well as any of their own stuff, and was a cracking version. The band were excellent, and a everyone went away very happy. Now, all I want is an album of corking contemporary covers by Go West Nik Kershaw!, or GWNK a la FFS (Franz Ferdinand Sparks)!

My 1990 Charts – June

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1990 pop vids


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 1990 Charts – April

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1st April 1990

A 2nd week on top for Janet Jackson’s Escapade, as the Florida holiday really causes a mass invasion of US chart hits, and climbs, with Black Velvet the main beneficiary shooting up to 2 for Alannah Myles. There are also some UK chart hits though, led by Snap! debuting at 3 with the classic dance rap of The Power, one of the influential dance tracks of the 90’s. That even manages to outshade the 20th anniversary hit reissue of The Beatles 1970 number one Let It Be, in at 4, and still a classic. Also back, thanks to US radio, Personal Jesus hits a new peak of 6 for Depeche Mode, Cher’s Bucks Fizz cover is at 8, and Taylor Dayne gets a second top 10 hit 2 years on from the brilliant number one Tell It To My Heart, this time it’s a ballad. UB40 also make it 10 years of big hits as their cover of Kingston Town is in at 17, and their best record, just gorgeous.

Heart shoot up 40 places to 14, Candy Flip’s Beatles cover returns at 20, and Jamtronik cover Phil Collins recent single Another Day In Paradise, done shuffle soul dance stylee. They Might Be Giants and Paula Abdul go top 40, as do Chicago, 20 years on from debuting with the much better 25 or 6 To 4. Madonna has her US single Keep It Together hitting 7, as her brand new single Vogue enters at 34 – I was sad they didn’t give Keep It Together a UK release immediately after Dear Jessie, it deserved it. In at 35 Jane Child with a good pop single Don’t Wanna Fall In Love, Bowie’s Fame is revamped 15 years on and is in at 39 (but no credit for John Lennon, though, annoyingly) – he did co-write it, which helped it hit the US number one in 1975.

A great new entry for The Inspiral Carpets at 41, This Is How It Feels being both current and retro sounding both, the fab Ghetto Heaven has a SoulIISoul vibe for The Family Stand at 44, The Blues Brothers famous movie song enters at 56, while Wilson Philips future famous movie song (Bridesmaids) debuts at 60. Hold On is very harmony-delicious, not surprisingly given the girls were the daughters of Brian Wilson, and John and Michele Philips – that’s The Beach Boys and The Mamas And The Papas next generation. Prince’s lead track on his maxi-CD The Scandalous Sex Suite enters at 67. I bought 2 copies of it while in Florida, reasoning they would be collectable. Sadly, I left it too long, Prince not that much in demand these days. Ah well. At 68, The Happy Mondays cover the brilliant John Kongos South African tribal-rock He’s Gonna Step On You Again, and turn it into a Madchester laddy dance shuffle. I can’t forgive the melon-twisting add-on though, sorry!

1 ( 1 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
2 ( 12 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
3 ( NEW ) THE POWER Snap!
4 ( NEW ) LET IT BE The Beatles
5 ( 28 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
6 ( 2 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
7 ( 16 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER Madonna
8 ( 11 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
9 ( 6 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
10 ( 20 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

11 ( 7 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
12 ( 4 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
13 ( 3 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
14 ( 54 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
15 ( 8 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
16 ( 10 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
17 ( NEW ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
18 ( 9 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
19 ( 18 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
20 ( RE ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip

21 ( 5 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
22 ( NEW ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
23 ( 13 ) LOADED Primal Scream
24 ( 15 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
25 ( 42 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
26 ( 14 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
27 ( 35 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
28 ( RE ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
29 ( 57 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
30 ( 17 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith

31 ( 19 ) EVERYTHING Jody Watley
32 ( 39 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
33 ( 21 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
34 ( NEW ) VOGUE Madonna
35 ( NEW ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
36 ( 29 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
37 ( 30 ) ROAM The B52’s
38 ( 23 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
39 ( NEW ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
40 ( 62 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx

41 ( NEW ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
42 ( 32 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
43 ( 26 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
44 ( NEW ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
45 ( 52 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
46 ( 27 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
47 ( 31 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
48 ( 37 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
49 ( 24 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
50 ( 67 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli

51 ( 22 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
52 ( 38 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
53 ( 25 ) READ MY LIPS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Jimmy Somerville
54 ( 33 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
55 ( NEW ) WATER Martika
56 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE LOVED The Blues Brothers
57 ( NEW ) MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah and De La Soul
58 ( 51 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
59 ( 53 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips

61 ( 34 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
62 ( NEW ) WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorraine
63 ( 36 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
64 ( 72 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
65 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
66 ( 71 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
67 ( NEW ) SCANDALOUS Prince
68 ( NEW ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
69 ( 60 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
70 ( RE ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K

71 ( NEW ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
72 ( NEW ) YOUR LOVE TAKES ME HIGHER The Beloved
73 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING STARTS WITH AN E E Zee Possee
74 ( 50 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
75 ( NEW ) CHIME Orbital

In Florida, we had a day at St. Petersburg on the west coast, visited the pier, took photos of Vicki and Gavin, and some pelicans, and then drove to Treasure Island resort, and it’s fabulous fine-coral-sand wide beaches. On the way back home we heard news on the radio that Gloria Estefan had been in a bus crash, and was critical with a suspected broken back. I was a big fan at the time, so that was very saddening news, and I kept waiting for updates. She eventually recovered, more or less, and wrote a touching song about the trauma.

MGM Studios at Disney World was a blast for the family, all big movie fans, but it seemed smaller, and with more standing in line than other theme parks. The Studio Tour was interesting, exploding lorries, props and famous Film houses, like The Golden Girls, but was a less-good version of the Californian tour. I wore my Batman T shirt, bought in Boston, Mass, a young American mother took a liking to it and wanted to know where she could buy one for her little boy as it was better than the ones on sale in Orlando. I almost got dragged into a movie-set mock-up but refused, to the annoyance of the family. Me so shy! Indiana Jones stuntshow, fab Star Tours Star Wars ride, with R2D2 and C3PO on hand. Best ride of the day.

Other days out: Cypress Gardens with it’s lush gardens, and southern Belles, and aerial platform over a large lake, water ski shows, and now history as it’s long gone, sadly. Magic Kingdom again, and this time I got onto Space Mountain, a roller-coaster ride in the dark, still great. I also treated myself to a Panasonic cassette recorder with radio, so I could tape music direct off American radio, and also the DJ’s which made for a great souvenir over the years, as I recorded all sorts of 90’s future nostalgia and meant I got copies of those more obscure tracks. Then it was goodbye Florida, Gavin’s toy gun not going down very well with US customs – they took it away – and a small plane ride, bumpy, to Miami to catch the Virgin flight home. We flew over Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, and Miami Beach, which was great. Not great was the mad dash to the far end of the airport, the long wait in line, and the customs again. We were jetlagged before we even got on board. I’ve made sure I never change planes again. Too stressful. Direct flights only!

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8th April 1990

The Beatles Let It Be gets to number one (again) 20 years since first topping my chart, and holds off The Power. Snap! Madonna gets greedy at 6, with her US remix of Keep It Together, and 7 rocketing upward with Vogue. Madonna was on fire at this time – at least until the soundtrack to Dick Tracy popped out (including Vogue, for some reason). UB40 and Heart go top 10, both of them with their best ever single, so yay! Jane Child climbs into the 20, Bowie does it 2nd time round with Fame remixed, and They Might Be Giants and Paula Abdul also go top 20 with their best singles. Lots of quality about!

Into the 40: The fab Family Stand, the wondrous Wilson Philips, The Inspiral Carpets, Whitesnake, and errr, Milli Vanilli. Shhhh! New entries: Janet Jackson has yet another Rhythm Nation single, Alright in at 36 as Escapade drops off the top – at some stage in it’s chart run it changes from it’s original superior Jam & Lewis album mix, and morphs into the now obligatory Italian jangly-piano eurotrash-style house mix – this style pretty much killed off Jam & Lewis as chart forces, rather annoyingly, but that’s the ever-changing dance-music scene for you. At 38, the terrific Jesus Jones return, Real Real Real good as they finally become chart regulars for a while, well deserved, they always had their own sound, and it was one I was very partial to.

Other new entries: Natalie Cole still charting, 15 years on from her debut, though always in the shadow of her timeless dad, this time Wild Women Do. Apparently. It wasn’t bad. At 61, I Found Out The Christians had returned, but Kim Wilde says not, It’s Here, she says, at 64, a nice track that seriously underperformed after her run of big success in 88/89. Times were changing. The Cure have A Picture Of You at 69 for a cool decade of cool hits, and the glorious Kirsty is back briefly wagging the finger at Sonny Jim, who really shouldn’t come the cowboy with her at 74. Finally, Taylor Dayne grabs a second entry with her UK single, I’ll Be Your Shelter, which isn’t as good as the big US ballad hit higher up.

As I’ve featured Let It Be in other charts, though, I’ll instead show Candy Flip’s cover of a Beatles classic, all trip-hop pop at 13: Strawberry Fields Forever.

1 ( 4 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) THE POWER Snap!
3 ( 1 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
4 ( 2 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
5 ( 5 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
6 ( 7 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
7 ( 34 ) VOGUE Madonna
8 ( 8 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
9 ( 17 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
10 ( 14 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart

11 ( 6 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
12 ( 20 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
13 ( 9 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
14 ( 35 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
15 ( 19 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
16 ( 11 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
17 ( 16 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
18 ( 39 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
19 ( 28 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
20 ( 25 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants

21 ( 15 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
22 ( 22 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
23 ( 12 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
24 ( 10 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
25 ( 13 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
26 ( 18 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
27 ( 23 ) LOADED Primal Scream
28 ( 44 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
29 ( 32 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
30 ( 40 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx

31 ( 24 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
32 ( 21 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
33 ( 60 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
34 ( 27 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
35 ( 41 ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
36 ( NEW ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
37 ( 45 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
38 ( NEW ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
39 ( 29 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
40 ( 50 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli

41 ( 73 ) EVERYTHING STARTS WITH AN E E Zee Possee
42 ( 33 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
43 ( 26 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
44 ( 36 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
45 ( 56 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE The Blues Brothers
46 ( 68 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
47 ( 37 ) ROAM The B52’s
48 ( 57 ) MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah and De La Soul
49 ( NEW ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
50 ( 62 ) WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorraine

51 ( 71 ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
52 ( 52 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
53 ( 42 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
54 ( 75 ) CHIME Orbital
55 ( 64 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
56 ( 43 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
57 ( 30 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
58 ( 66 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
59 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( 58 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush

61 ( NEW ) I FOUND OUT The Christians
62 ( 38 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
63 ( 49 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
64 ( NEW ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
65 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU LOVE ME The 49‘ers
66 ( 65 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 61 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
68 ( 55 ) WATER Martika
69 ( NEW ) PICTURES OF YOU The Cure
70 ( 69 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

71 ( NEW ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic
72 ( NEW ) HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE Jason Donovan
73 ( 48 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
74 ( NEW ) DON’T COME THE COWBOY WITH ME SONNY JIM Kirsty MacColl
75 ( NEW ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne

Back in the UK, from Florida, I was in post-holiday sort-out at home, and new boy Graham joined out team at work, to get some cash as he struggled making ends meet for his girlfriend and kids as a musician in local band the Cropdusters, and getting over some serious hospital operations. We shared a love of music, and got on well. Nephew Gav was off ill from school at home, and kindly passed it on to me. I bemoaned the lack of time to do all the things I needed and wanted to do in my life. I dream of having the time I had spare in those days, these days. That situation remained true throughout my life, there’s never enough hours in a day to do stuff.

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16th April 1990

Snap! have The Power to knock off The Beatles, and a great dance record too, this was the line-up of Snap! I saw in concert at the BIC in Bournemouth. Those riffs are fantastic, and the blending of rap with a sung chorus was the way of the future for dance pop. Or vice versa. Depeche Mode meantime follow-up their chart-topper with the previous brilliance of Personal Jesus from late ’89 coming back bigger and peaking at 2. It’s the girls dominating though, Madonna at 5, Cher at 6 almost equalling the Bucks Fizz original, and Paula Abdul hitting the top 10 along with Jane Child. Opposites Attract says Paula, thinking of her TV American Idol future as the pop career fades in a few years.

Jesus Jones rocket Real Real Real into the 20, Stevie B has a ballad highest entry at 24, Love Me For Life, and Kim Wilde? It’s Here at 28. Deserved to be bigger in the real sales charts and not just in mine. Up to 31, it’s John Belushi and Dan Akroyd and there very famous cult performance as The Blues Brothers, a film that got bigger as time went by, which is why it took the song from the film 11 years to chart as video movies were huge by 1990. I’ve seen tribute versions many times singing live at Universal Studios, Florida, always great fun. The Happy Mondays step on 36, Debbie Harry is Sweet and Low, dancing it up nicely at 37, one of her better solo singles, and Natalie Cole is wild about being one place lower, while Taylor Dayne greedily bags a 2nd top 40 entry in the same week.

New entries: Aerosmith, Rag Doll, another goodie from them; Adam Ant finds he Can’t Set Rules About Love; The Associates have a fever, but not THAT Fever, a new song; Dave Edmunds keeps his run of entries going, notching up 20 years as the King Of Love; Fleetwood Mac claim 21 years, and Save Me pushes a Greatest Hits album; Faith No More arrive from out of nowhere; The Beatles and The Stones are at 74 – sadly not an unheard duet, it’s a new track from House Of Love; Paul Young covers Congregation’s 1971 number 2 Softly Whispering I Love You, but where that was a passionate choral and rock blend, this one is a bit subdued, and the melody mucked about with. I’m fairly traditional when it comes to melody. If the notes aren’t the same, and in the same order, then it’s not the same song. Don’t get me going on the warbling singers who add an additional 20 notes, jazz stylee, where only one exists on the sheet music! Finally, Tol and Tol, a Dutch popchart hit, enters at 68, not sure where I heard it, but it’s not bad at all, and very much not fitting in with the production sounds of 1990. Hooray!

1 ( 2 ) THE POWER Snap!
2 ( 5 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
3 ( 3 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
4 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
5 ( 7 ) VOGUE Madonna
6 ( 8 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
7 ( 4 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
8 ( 19 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
9 ( 9 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
10 ( 14 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child

11 ( 6 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
12 ( 10 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
13 ( 38 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
14 ( 12 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
15 ( 13 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
16 ( 11 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
17 ( 18 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
18 ( 15 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
19 ( 16 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
20 ( 22 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik

21 ( 17 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
22 ( 35 ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
23 ( 33 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
24 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR LIFE Stevie B
25 ( 21 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
26 ( 26 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
27 ( 28 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
28 ( 36 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
29 ( 64 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
30 ( 37 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake

31 ( 45 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE The Blues Brothers
32 ( 27 ) LOADED Primal Scream
33 ( 23 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
34 ( 46 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
35 ( 24 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
36 ( 31 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
37 ( 51 ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
38 ( 49 ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
39 ( 25 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
40 ( 75 ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne

41 ( 20 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
42 ( 32 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
43 ( 50 ) WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorraine
44 ( 48 ) MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah and De La Soul
45 ( 29 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
46 ( 30 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
47 ( NEW ) RAG DOLL Aerosmith
48 ( 34 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
49 ( NEW ) CAN’T SET RULES ABOUT LOVE Adam Ant
50 ( 42 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor

51 ( 39 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
52 ( 55 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
53 ( NEW ) DON’T MISS THE PARTYLINE Bizz Nizz
54 ( 52 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
55 ( 58 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
56 ( 71 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
57 ( 61 ) I FOUND OUT The Christians
58 ( 40 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli
59 ( 44 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
60 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 60 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
62 ( 41 ) EVERYTHING STARTS WITH AN E E Zee Possee
63 ( 43 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
64 ( 47 ) ROAM The B52’s
65 ( NEW ) FEVER The Associates
66 ( 66 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 70 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
68 ( NEW ) ELENI Tol And Tol
69 ( NEW ) KING OF LOVE Dave Edmunds
70 ( 53 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart

71 ( NEW ) SAVE ME Fleetwood Mac
72 ( NEW ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
73 ( NEW ) SOFTLY WHISPERING I LOVE YOU Paul Young
74 ( NEW ) BEATLES AND THE STONES The House Of Love
75 ( 67 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield

the niece n nephew

the niece n nephew


23rd April 1990

Going back up, and all the way this time, the bluesy swamp-rock brilliant Black Velvet takes Alannah Myles to the top, leapfrogging Madonna, who’s left Voguing at 2, and presides over an all-female top 5. Jane Child is up to 3, Taylor Dayne’s big ballad also reverses as it’s released in the UK and shoots to a new peak of 4, and Cher breaks into the top 5 with her Heart Of Stone. Lower down, Kim Wilde, Wilson Philips and Family Stand all got top 20, and Faith No More rocket to 20, From Out Of Nowhere, frantic and exciting.

Highest new entry is the brilliant Dirty Cash, one of the great dance tracks of 1990 from the Adventures Of Stevie V. Fab. At 67, the very late but still great Jimi Hendrix, still charting 20 years after he died, with Crosstown Traffic. 20 years after it first charted, Hitchin’ A Ride is back for the third version (and the least) from Sinitta, just ahead of Sonia, and a couple of Madonna song titles from Salt ‘n’ Pepa and David Grant. Another borrowed song title from Sydney Youngblood at 75, wraps up a quiet week.

1 ( 7 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
2 ( 5 ) VOGUE Madonna
3 ( 10 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
4 ( 35 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
5 ( 6 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
6 ( 1 ) THE POWER Snap!
7 ( 2 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
8 ( 8 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
9 ( 9 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
10 ( 3 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson

11 ( 4 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
12 ( 12 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
13 ( 13 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
14 ( 23 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
15 ( 11 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
16 ( 29 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
17 ( 17 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
18 ( 27 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
19 ( 15 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
20 ( 72 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More

21 ( 16 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
22 ( 14 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
23 ( 28 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
24 ( 21 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
25 ( 18 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
26 ( 40 ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne
27 ( 37 ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
28 ( 25 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
29 ( 31 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE The Blues Brothers
30 ( 19 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn

31 ( 26 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
32 ( 20 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
33 ( 38 ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
34 ( 24 ) LOVE ME FOR LIFE Stevie B
35 ( 32 ) LOADED Primal Scream
36 ( 53 ) DON’T MISS THE PARTYLINE Bizz Nizz
37 ( 22 ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
38 ( 47 ) RAG DOLL Aerosmith
39 ( 36 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
40 ( 49 ) CAN’T SET RULES ABOUT LOVE Adam Ant

41 ( 33 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
42 ( 34 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
43 ( 30 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
44 ( 68 ) ELENI Tol And Tol
45 ( 43 ) WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorraine
46 ( 39 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
47 ( 56 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
48 ( 42 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
49 ( 52 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
50 ( 50 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor

51 ( 41 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
52 ( 55 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
53 ( 46 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
54 ( 54 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
55 ( NEW ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
56 ( 45 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
57 ( 63 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
58 ( 48 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
59 ( 51 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
60 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 61 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
62 ( 44 ) MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah and De La Soul
63 ( 71 ) SAVE ME Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 67 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
65 ( 66 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
66 ( 59 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
67 ( NEW ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
68 ( NEW ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Sinitta
69 ( NEW ) COUNTING EVERY MINUTE Sonia
70 ( 73 ) SOFTLY WHISPERING I LOVE YOU Paul Young

71 ( NEW ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Salt ‘n’ Pepa
72 ( NEW ) KEEP IT TOGETHER David Grant
73 ( 75 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
74 ( NEW ) WHEN I SEE YOU SMILE Bad English
75 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Sydney Youngblood


At the cinema this week in 1990: Look Who’s Talking with Kirstie Alley and John Travolta and the voice of Bruce Willis. Amusing movie about kids, which made me get all aaahhh about Vicki and Gavin so I showed them some of the recent Florida holiday slides on the projector screen till 10pm, which they loved. At work took Graham out on site-visits to help me survey stuff, got to know him well, getting on well too. Peter thrashed me 8-0 at squash, me so crappy, but fun. On TV? Comic Strip: 5 Go Mad In Dorset repeat, a fantastic amusing and accurate piss-take of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, set locally.

sea world

sea world


30th April 1990

Madonna gets her 8th chart-topper as she Vogues her way to the top classily and memorably name-checking classy ladies of the golden era of Hollywood, in one of her best dance records. Heart go back up and grab a 3rd Top 5 single with the fab All I Wanna Do Is make Love To you, Wilson Philips say Hold On a mo at 9, Adam Ant gets a decade of top 40 hits, and David Grant a decade of Top 75 (starting with Linx).

Highest new entry is Seal debuting with his classic killer thumping dance track – actually it says Adamski on the label, but the brilliance is at least owed as much to Seal as it is to Adamski, so he gets a well-deserved credit from me. It was an advance in dance, and still sounds classic where most dance records of 1990 just sound horribly dated. Another that hasn’t aged a jot is at 31, as Dirty Cash – money talks indeed – leaps upwards. Eurythmics are charting at 38 with an Angel – this one presumably not playing with my heart, though, being much more low-key. Soul II Soul shuffle on back at 39 as they cover Les Miserables I Dreamed A Dream. Actually (and happily) not true, this one’s way better, A Dream’s A Dream. 9 years on and Kid Creole is playing with his Coconuts again, ooh, no missus, titter ye not at the Sex Of It. Naughty naughty Monsieur Creole, says Francis. Sorry, had a Frankie Howard moment there..

At 49, Chris Rea returns with yet another great (albeit minor) track off The Road To Hell, Texas. It even has a slide guitar. Distant Cousins follow-up there chart-topping singles flop in the real world, and wear their heart on their sleeve: Boo Hoo Hoo at the injustice, in at 52. Billy Idol has a Cradle of Love at 60, which means 11 years of hits since Generation X had that King Rocker, and entering quietly at 65 it’s Kylie back, with a new dance sound, a new sexy image and a classic pop record that set her on the road to another 25 years of fame and pop brilliance: Better The Devil You Know showed Stock Aitken Waterman still could do great pop, and hinted at a bit of an image hand from her popstar boyfriend Michael Hutchence of INXS. Fab.

Elsewhere: Lisa Stansfield’s back, Norman Cook covers his own minor hit as Beats International, Bruce Dickinson has a solo non-Iron Maiden entry, Morrissey is busy spawning monsters, and All About Eve are turning a bit Scarlet.

1 ( 2 ) VOGUE Madonna
2 ( 1 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
3 ( 3 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
4 ( 4 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
5 ( 12 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
6 ( 8 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
7 ( 9 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
8 ( 6 ) THE POWER Snap!
9 ( 14 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
10 ( 7 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode

11 ( 13 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
12 ( 5 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
13 ( 18 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
14 ( 11 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
15 ( 10 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
16 ( 20 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
17 ( 16 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
18 ( 15 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
19 ( 23 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
20 ( 19 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

21 ( 33 ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
22 ( 21 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
23 ( 31 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
24 ( 38 ) RAG DOLL Aerosmith
25 ( 25 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
26 ( 40 ) CAN’T SET RULES ABOUT LOVE Adam Ant
27 ( 17 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
28 ( NEW ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
29 ( 36 ) DON’T MISS THE PARTYLINE Bizz Nizz
30 ( 22 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip

31 ( 55 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
32 ( 28 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
33 ( RE ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
34 ( 48 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
35 ( 26 ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne
36 ( 24 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
37 ( 35 ) LOADED Primal Scream
38 ( NEW ) ANGEL Eurythmics
39 ( NEW ) A DREAM’S A DREAM Soul II Soul
40 ( NEW ) THE SEX OF IT Kid Creole And The Coconuts

41 ( 39 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
42 ( 30 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
43 ( 27 ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
44 ( 53 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
45 ( 68 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Sinitta
46 ( 43 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
47 ( NEW ) TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
48 ( 34 ) LOVE ME FOR LIFE Stevie B
49 ( NEW ) TEXAS Chris Rea
50 ( 29 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE The Blues Brothers

51 ( 32 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
52 ( NEW ) BOO HOO HOO Distant Cousins
53 ( 37 ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
54 ( 72 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER David Grant
55 ( 67 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
56 ( 54 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
57 ( 46 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 50 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
59 ( 47 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
60 ( NEW ) CRADLE OF LOVE Billy Idol

61 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 42 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
63 ( 41 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
64 ( 61 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
65 ( NEW ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
66 ( 65 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 64 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
68 ( RE ) PICTURES OF YOU The Cure
69 ( 57 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
70 ( NEW ) WHAT DID I DO FOR YOU Lisa Stansfield

71 ( NEW ) TATTOOED MILLIONAIRE Bruce Dickinson
72 ( NEW ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
73 ( 56 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
74 ( NEW ) NOVEMBER SPAWNED A MONSTER Morrissey
75 ( NEW ) SCARLET All About Eve

On TV: Top Of The Pops, French And Saunders, Cheers, Roseanne, Aspel, and classic golden oldie movie The Philadelphia Story.

My 1994 Charts – September

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one of my shrub borders, work work work – yes I designed simple ones for a while

4th September 1994

So much competition for the top spot that absolute classics are just grabbing one week, so poor Sophie drops down to make room for Seal’s Kiss From A Rose, a track that didn’t really take off for another year in the UK. It had a gorgeous Middle-Ages vibe to it, and that’s not something you can say very often. Seal’s first solo topper, or his second if including Killer in 1990 (with Adamski), though Crazy had a long run at 2. Pet Shop Boys new single has to make do with runner-up, though Blur get another Top 10 with Park Life, Prince replaces himself in the Top 10 with Letitgo, Oasis get their first with Live Together, Lulu extends her run of Top 10’s to 26 years, and Robert Palmer has another of his occasional Top 10’s up a whopping 62 places. Phew!

Michelle Gayle is pure Sweetness, highest new entry at 24, while Jackson Browne returns at 27, just ahead of Terrorvision’s Pretend Best Friend at 31, keeping up their manic pop metal run of hits. Shawn Colvin covers The Police at 38, and debuts, while Shara Nelson is Inside Out at 47, Eternal claim to be So Good at 48 (hmmm) and Inner Circle reggae back with a cover at 53. A bunch of veterans claim entries in the bottom 5 (after D:Ream’s latest) as daryl Hall keeps his solo entries going, Peter gabriel has a live EP, Crowded House invent a new fruit-based insult, Oi, Pineapple Head, and Billy Idol’s theme from the fab new movie Speed pops in 15 years since Gen X.

Speed made a fave of Sandra Bullock, and a new buffed-up Keanu Reeves set himself up as leading man material. Nonsense plot of course, but great fun. On TV, I was well into Deep Space 9, X Files, and Newhart – Bob Newhart’s latest sitcom with the terrific Henry Mancini theme tune.

1 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
2 ( 4 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 1 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
4 ( 2 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
5 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
6 ( 11 ) PARK LIFE Blur
7 ( 19 ) LETITGO Prince
8 ( 18 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
9 ( 14 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
10 ( 72 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer

11 ( 5 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
12 ( 28 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
13 ( 9 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
14 ( 7 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
15 ( 25 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
16 ( 8 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
17 ( 13 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
18 ( 38 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
19 ( 21 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
20 ( 35 ) FIREWORKS Roxette

21 ( 26 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians
22 ( 12 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
23 ( 10 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
24 ( NEW ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
25 ( 16 ) SEARCHING China Black
26 ( 15 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
27 ( RE ) EVERYWHERE I GO Jackson Browne
28 ( 17 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
29 ( 32 ) BOP GUN (ONE NATION) Ice Cube featuring George Clinton
30 ( 23 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

31 ( NEW ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision
32 ( 27 ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
33 ( 44 ) THE PRETTIEST EYES The Beautiful South
34 ( 47 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
35 ( 29 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
36 ( 22 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
37 ( 56 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
38 ( NEW ) EVERY LITTLE THING HE DOES IS MAGIC Shawn Colvin
39 ( 24 ) SHINE Aswad
40 ( 20 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies

41 ( 31 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
42 ( 42 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
43 ( 33 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
44 ( 34 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
45 ( 65 ) GAL WINE Chaka Demus and Pliers
46 ( 60 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
47 ( NEW ) INSIDE OUT Shara Nelson
48 ( NEW ) SO GOOD Eternal
49 ( 43 ) STANDING AT THE ALTAR Margie Cox
50 ( 74 ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Sean Maguire

51 ( 37 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
52 ( 71 ) TROUBLE Shampoo
53 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Inner Circle
54 ( 48 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
55 ( 39 ) BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden
56 ( 41 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
57 ( 54 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
58 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( 36 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
60 ( 59 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

61 ( 50 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
62 ( 40 ) THE WAY SHE LOVES ME Richard Marx
63 ( 30 ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie
64 ( 64 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
65 ( 61 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 75 ) WARRIORS Aswad
68 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 62 ) TO THE END Blur
70 ( 73 ) THE RIGHT KINDA LOVER Patti Labelle

71 ( NEW ) BLAME IT ON ME D:Ream
72 ( NEW ) WILDFIRE Daryl Hall
73 ( NEW ) SW LIVE EP Peter Gabriel
74 ( NEW ) SPEED Billy Idol
75 ( NEW ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House

[b]11th September 1994[/b]

It’s an amazing 18th Number One in almost 9 years for Pet Shop Boys, and the 5th in a row from album Very, albeit remixed. Mad? Yesterday When I Was Mad on them, that is. Still am. Tough on Kylie, as her exotic confiding has to make do with a peak at 2 just short of that elusive number one. Prince and Lightning Seeds both add to the list of Top 5’s, Lisa Loeb gets her only Top 10 hit, and Dave Stewart shows he doesn’t need Annie to grab a top 10 hit either, 15 years on from The Tourists.

Highest new entry is Tom Robinson’s Days That Changed The World, a mellow track that you’ll be lucky to find anywhere online. I’ve tried. Shara and Cyndi get another top 40 each, while The Wonder Stuff claim to be unbreakable at 36, REM pose a query about frequencies to Kenneth at 39, and an inferior remix of Atomic brings Blondie back 14 years on from hitting my top spot, at 38.

At 52 it’s a great dance track from Corona, Rhythm Of The Night, which should have been bigger (though it did well in the Uk charts), and at 67 a massive US hit record that you’ll find in the dictionary linked to the word “overrated”. Or is it “Over-rated”? Either way, it’s BoyzIIMen’s End Of The Road part 2. Talking of huge hits, it’s Saturday Night at 72, about to knock off Wet Wet Wet from the top of the UK singles chart. Of the two, I’d rather listen to Whigfield. Deedee nananana.

1 ( 2 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 5 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
3 ( 3 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
4 ( 7 ) LETITGO Prince
5 ( 16 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
6 ( 6 ) PARK LIFE Blur
7 ( 4 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
8 ( 1 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
9 ( 18 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
10 ( 12 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories

11 ( 15 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
12 ( 19 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
13 ( 11 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
14 ( 14 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
15 ( 8 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
16 ( 10 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
17 ( 20 ) FIREWORKS Roxette
18 ( 21 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
19 ( 17 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
20 ( 9 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu

21 ( 24 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
22 ( NEW ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson
23 ( 13 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
24 ( 37 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
25 ( 22 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
26 ( 42 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
27 ( RE ) LUCAS WITH THE LID OFF Lucas
28 ( 25 ) SEARCHING China Black
29 ( 34 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
30 ( 31 ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision

31 ( 47 ) INSIDE OUT/ DOWN THAT ROAD Shara Nelson
32 ( 35 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
33 ( 45 ) GAL WINE Chaka Demus and Pliers
34 ( 32 ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
35 ( 53 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Inner Circle
36 ( NEW ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff
37 ( 26 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
38 ( NEW ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
39 ( NEW ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
40 ( 50 ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Sean Maguire

41 ( 38 ) EVERY LITTLE THING HE DOES IS MAGIC Shawn Colvin
42 ( 30 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
43 ( 28 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
44 ( 23 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
45 ( 41 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
46 ( 29 ) BOP GUN (ONE NATION) Ice Cube featuring George Clinton
47 ( 44 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
48 ( 27 ) EVERYWHERE I GO Jackson Browne
49 ( 39 ) SHINE Aswad
50 ( 36 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc

51 ( 33 ) THE PRETTIEST EYES The Beautiful South
52 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
53 ( 43 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
54 ( 48 ) SO GOOD Eternal
55 ( NEW ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun
56 ( 71 ) BLAME IT ON ME D:Ream
57 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
58 ( 64 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 60 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
60 ( 57 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma

61 ( 61 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
62 ( 67 ) WARRIORS Aswad
63 ( 55 ) BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden
64 ( 75 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
65 ( NEW ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( NEW ) I’LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU BoyzIIMen
68 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 74 ) SPEED Billy Idol
70 ( 51 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis

71 ( 46 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
72 ( NEW ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
73 ( 69 ) TO THE END Blur
74 ( NEW ) YESTERDAY ONCE MORE Redd Kross
75 ( NEW ) BODY AND SOUL Anita Baker

18th September 1994

2 weeks for Chris n Neil on top, and Cyndi takes the reworking of Girls Just Want To Have Fun to 4, beating (bizarrely) it’s original peak a decade earlier. I’m sure everyone recalls Bad Boys Inc second top 10, Love Here I Come? No, me neither! How embarrassing to see it shoot up from 65 to 8 and have no memory of it. Just Youtubed it, still drawing a blank! Roxette meanwhile bring Fireworks back to the top 10, exploding for a 5th year into the heights.

Aswad and Crowded House have big leaps into the 30, Corona and D:Ream into the 40, and the highest new entry is Terry Hall’s own version of his Lightning Seeds number one, the glorious Sense at 38, giving him 15 years of hits (with The Specials, Fun Boy 3, Colourfield and solo). East 17 Steam into 52, and Saint Etienne Hug My Soul at 58, reliably good at any stage of their career. Bon Jovi’s monster hit Always pops in at 70, while the Stones grab bottom place, but hey 75 is better than nothing.

1 ( 1 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 3 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
3 ( 2 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
4 ( 26 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
5 ( 6 ) PARK LIFE Blur
6 ( 4 ) LETITGO Prince
7 ( 10 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
8 ( 65 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
9 ( 9 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
10 ( 17 ) FIREWORKS Roxette

11 ( 18 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
12 ( 11 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
13 ( 7 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
14 ( 13 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
15 ( 5 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
16 ( 16 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
17 ( 8 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
18 ( 24 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
19 ( 21 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
20 ( 14 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

21 ( 12 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
22 ( 22 ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson
23 ( 62 ) WARRIORS Aswad
24 ( 64 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
25 ( 15 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
26 ( 36 ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff
27 ( RE ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
28 ( 19 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
29 ( 38 ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
30 ( 20 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu

31 ( 52 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
32 ( 32 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
33 ( 39 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
34 ( 56 ) BLAME IT ON ME D:Ream
35 ( 35 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Inner Circle
36 ( 25 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
37 ( 30 ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision
38 ( NEW ) SENSE Terry Hall
39 ( 28 ) SEARCHING China Black
40 ( 54 ) SO GOOD Eternal

41 ( 23 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
42 ( 31 ) INSIDE OUT/ DOWN THAT ROAD Shara Nelson
43 ( 34 ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
44 ( 29 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
45 ( 27 ) LUCAS WITH THE LID OFF Lucas
46 ( 69 ) SPEED Billy Idol
47 ( 37 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
48 ( 45 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
49 ( 55 ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun
50 ( 42 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

51 ( 33 ) GAL WINE Chaka Demus and Pliers
52 ( NEW ) STEAM East 17
53 ( 43 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
54 ( 47 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
55 ( 72 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
56 ( 40 ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Sean Maguire
57 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
58 ( NEW ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
59 ( 59 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
60 ( 58 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 60 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
62 ( 71 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
63 ( 53 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
64 ( 75 ) BODY AND SOUL Anita Baker
65 ( 49 ) SHINE Aswad
66 ( 67 ) I’LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU BoyzIIMen
67 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE THING HE DOES IS MAGIC Shawn Colvin
70 ( NEW ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi

71 ( 61 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
72 ( NEW ) ELEGANTLY AMERICAN: ONE NIGHT/MOVING M People
73 ( 50 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
74 ( NEW ) SWEET SENSUAL LOVE Big Mountain
75 ( NEW ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones

25th September 1994

3 weeks for the Petties on top, and Edie Brickell gets her biggest hit, the fab Good Times at 3, with more than a bit of a hand from Barry White, who also gets his highest ever chart placing to date after 21 years of hits. Corona take that rhythm to 7, and Michelle takes her sweetness to 9. Saint Etienne are the big climbers though, hugging number 14 from 58.

Suede get the highest new entry, rather modestly claiming they are the pigs. Surely not! East 17 steam up 26, Billy Idol speeds up to 28 and C.J. Lewis has yet another oldie reggae cover in the top 40 at 33. Other newies: Snap! welcome tomorrow at 44, Madonna’s got a Secret (shhh she’s only 48), Seal’s newborn friend arrives at 54, and some well-known biggies plop in lower down: Irish reggae act Pat O’Banton borrows UB40 and covers Eddy Grant – not as well as The Equals, it must be said (and Eddy was in the band so that’s fair) but gets in at 58; The Lion King standard Circle Of Life was just a pleasant Elton John single 20 years ago, in at 59, and Take That seem Sure of going higher than 65 – or will they!? Answer in a few weeks…

1 ( 1 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
3 ( 11 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
4 ( 7 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
5 ( 3 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
6 ( 4 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
7 ( 31 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
8 ( 8 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
9 ( 19 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
10 ( 6 ) LETITGO Prince

11 ( 5 ) PARK LIFE Blur
12 ( 14 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
13 ( 10 ) FIREWORKS Roxette
14 ( 58 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
15 ( 20 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
16 ( 9 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
17 ( 13 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
18 ( 15 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
19 ( 24 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
20 ( 23 ) WARRIORS Aswad

21 ( 16 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
22 ( 12 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
23 ( NEW ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
24 ( 32 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
25 ( 17 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
26 ( 52 ) STEAM East 17
27 ( 25 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
28 ( 46 ) SPEED Billy Idol
29 ( 21 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
30 ( 18 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman

31 ( 22 ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson
32 ( 28 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
33 ( NEW ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
34 ( 49 ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun
35 ( 62 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
36 ( 29 ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
37 ( 26 ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff
38 ( 33 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
39 ( 27 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
40 ( 30 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu

41 ( 39 ) SEARCHING China Black
42 ( 38 ) SENSE Terry Hall
43 ( 36 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
44 ( NEW ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
45 ( 70 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
46 ( 55 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
47 ( 34 ) BLAME IT ON ME D:Ream
48 ( NEW ) SECRET Madonna
49 ( 37 ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision
50 ( NEW ) FOOTSTEPS Stiltskin

51 ( 35 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Inner Circle
52 ( 75 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones
53 ( 48 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
54 ( NEW ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
55 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
56 ( 50 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
57 ( 54 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
58 ( NEW ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
59 ( NEW ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
60 ( 59 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

61 ( 41 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
62 ( 60 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
63 ( 61 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
64 ( 43 ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
65 ( NEW ) SURE Take That
66 ( 47 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 42 ) INSIDE OUT/ DOWN THAT ROAD Shara Nelson
70 ( 65 ) SHINE Aswad

71 ( 53 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
72 ( 63 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
73 ( NEW ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
74 ( 64 ) BODY AND SOUL Anita Baker
75 ( 71 ) SWAMP THING The Grid

My 1994 Charts – August

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7th August 1994

2 weeks for Youssou n neneh, classic. Another classic at 2, Kissing that Rose and equalling his biggest solo hit Crazy, it’s Seal. A massive leap for the gorgeous Sophie 50 to 5, to give her a 2nd Top 5 hit, and a hat trick of Top 10’s for Enigma in 1994, in at 7 with another laid-back track off their great New Age album. Late in their career, Level 42 join Enigma in their peaceful Top 10 world for 11 years worth of occasional big hits (and lots of lesser ones).

Will Smith’s summer anthem pops back again 3 years on, as do Whitesnake 5 years or so on, while Swing Out Sister show that something good came out of Four Weddings And A Funeral – a lovely cover of the Delfonics 1971 smash La La Means I Love You, and new at 20 as their terrific retro sounds keep on.

Others: Janet Jackson’s back and on and on, Bobby Womack goes Top 40, and entering at 40 it’s the Jesus and Mary Chain and a melodic duet, at 47 Morrissey and Siouxsie duetting Interlude a bit hauntingly, and Quo apparently didnt mean it. Not Sure I believe them, but hey ho, that’s 21 years of hits to date.

1 ( 1 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
2 ( 4 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
3 ( 2 ) SEARCHING China Black
4 ( 5 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
5 ( 50 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
6 ( 3 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
7 ( NEW ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
8 ( 8 ) SHINE Aswad
9 ( 9 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
10 ( 17 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42

11 ( 7 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
12 ( 12 ) LIBIAMO/ LA DONNA E MOBILE Carreras Domingo Pavarotti
13 ( 23 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
14 ( 30 ) BLACK BOX EYC
15 ( 6 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
16 ( 10 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
17 ( NEW ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
18 ( 20 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
19 ( 14 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies
20 ( NEW ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister

21 ( 21 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
22 ( 11 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
23 ( 13 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
24 ( 25 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
25 ( 26 ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
26 ( 22 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
27 ( NEW ) AND ON AND ON Janet Jackson
28 ( 15 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
29 ( 29 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
30 ( 16 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

31 ( 31 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
32 ( 63 ) FOREVER LOVE Bobby Womack
33 ( 19 ) WIPEOUT/ MAH NA MAH NA The Muppets featuring Animal
34 ( 34 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
35 ( 39 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies
36 ( 36 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
37 ( 27 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
38 ( 38 ) ADORE Joe Roberts
39 ( 24 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
40 ( NEW ) SOMETIMES ALWAYS The Jesus And Mary Chain

41 ( NEW ) THIS TIME I FOUND LOVE Rozalla
42 ( 18 ) THE MAN I LOVE Kate Bush and Larry Adler
43 ( 28 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
44 ( 37 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
45 ( 43 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
46 ( 40 ) TO THE END Blur
47 ( NEW ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie
48 ( 33 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public
49 ( 35 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
50 ( NEW ) NO MORE (I CAN’T STAND IT) Maxx

51 ( 51 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
52 ( 47 ) WORD UP Gun
53 ( 42 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
54 ( 41 ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown
55 ( 46 ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
56 ( 55 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
57 ( NEW ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
58 ( 32 ) EVERYWHERE I GO Jackson Browne
59 ( NEW ) I DIDN’T MEAN IT Status Quo
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 48 ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That
62 ( 59 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) HIT BY LOVE Ce Ce Peniston
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 66 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( 73 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
67 ( 65 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
68 ( 44 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
69 ( 45 ) HARD Tom Robinson
70 ( NEW ) I LIFT MY CUP Gloworm

71 ( 68 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
72 ( NEW ) WHAT’S UP DJ Miko
73 ( 72 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
74 ( 56 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
75 ( NEW ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader

14th August 1994

Enigma’s 3rd of the year, and 4th number one in total. I really did like them back then! To be fair I was expanding my musical horizons to the the world, and so was the record-buying public. If only the current UK music-selling scene could say the same! Sophie at 2 ands she’s Right Beside You, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince second-time round take their growing pop classic back into the 10, and Blur re-enter as a proper single now at 15 with the ever-so-Brit-pop anthem Park Life.

Joe Cocker converts to a double A side and leaps into the 20, for a chart span of 26 years, while joining him is Lulu at 38 to do exactly the same. Terry Hall, solo, at 39, and he’s having 15 years of hits and counting. A cover of the Dream Girls classic from 1982 drops by for Donna Giles at 46, while the Manics Revol in at 52. Eh? Revol? A couple of classics lower down though, Kylie surprises all with a sultry growing up and Confide In Me slides in at 55, with Oasis’ 2nd hit the fabulous Live Forever at 75. Finally, the sweet Lisa Loeb hit is at 67.

1 ( 7 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
2 ( 5 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
3 ( 1 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
4 ( 2 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
5 ( 3 ) SEARCHING China Black
6 ( 4 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
7 ( 10 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
8 ( 6 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
9 ( 14 ) BLACK BOX EYC
10 ( 17 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

11 ( 13 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
12 ( 8 ) SHINE Aswad
13 ( 18 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
14 ( 21 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
15 ( RE ) PARK LIFE Blur
16 ( 20 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
17 ( 9 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
18 ( 55 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
19 ( 16 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
20 ( 11 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

21 ( 12 ) LIBIAMO/ LA DONNA E MOBILE Carreras Domingo Pavarotti
22 ( 15 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
23 ( 25 ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
24 ( 23 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
25 ( 27 ) AND ON AND ON Janet Jackson
26 ( 50 ) NO MORE (I CAN’T STAND IT) Maxx
27 ( 29 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
28 ( 26 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
29 ( 40 ) SOMETIMES ALWAYS The Jesus And Mary Chain
30 ( 19 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies

31 ( 35 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies
32 ( 24 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
33 ( 57 ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
34 ( 34 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
35 ( 72 ) WHAT’S UP DJ Miko
36 ( 36 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
37 ( 68 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
38 ( NEW ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
39 ( NEW ) FOREVER J Terry Hall
40 ( 22 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders

41 ( 32 ) FOREVER LOVE Bobby Womack
42 ( 28 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
43 ( 31 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
44 ( 39 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
45 ( 41 ) THIS TIME I FOUND LOVE Rozalla
46 ( NEW ) AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Donna Giles
47 ( 45 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
48 ( 59 ) I DIDN’T MEAN IT Status Quo
49 ( 37 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
50 ( 30 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

51 ( 33 ) WIPEOUT/ MAH NA MAH NA The Muppets featuring Animal
52 ( NEW ) REVOL The Manic Street Preachers
53 ( 38 ) ADORE Joe Roberts
54 ( 46 ) TO THE END Blur
55 ( NEW ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
56 ( 56 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
57 ( RE ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
58 ( 47 ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie
59 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
60 ( NEW ) THE WAY SHE LOVES ME Richard Marx

61 ( NEW ) LUCAS WITH THE LID OFF Lucas
62 ( 75 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
63 ( 51 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 62 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
66 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
67 ( NEW ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
68 ( 66 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
69 ( NEW ) DO IT Tony Di Bart
70 ( RE ) I SWEAR All 4 One

71 ( NEW ) TRUE SPIRIT Carleen Anderson
72 ( 67 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
73 ( 73 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
74 ( 43 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
75 ( NEW ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis

21st August 1994

2 weeks for Enigma on top as Level 42 get their highest-ever chart placing at 5. Just look at Kylie though, 55 to 6, loving those eastern-sounds, and giving her yet another Top 10 hit, 6 years and counting. The Lightning Seeds also continue their run of Top 10 fabtastic pop singles, Lucky You! Swing Out Sister also break into the 10 for the last time (I think), with their 70’s soul cover.

Highest new entry, though, is a remixed version of the album track Yesterday When I Was Mad, in at 13. What are the chances of it being the 5th Very album track Pet Shop Boys number one? Very good! Morrissey and Siouxsie meanwhile take their Interlude from 58 to 16, that’s 16 years of Top 20’s for Siouxsie and 11 years for Smiler. Lulu spits on both statistics though, joining Joe Cocker on 26 years of Top 20 hits, while Prince grabs another Top 20 as simultaneously album track (and future single) Letitgo enters at 34.

Oasis, though get their first ever Top 20 hit as Live Forever rockets 75 to 18, PJ & Duncan finally break into the 30, and The Bee Gees join the album track listers with Blue Island at 32. Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun isn’t Supermassive, but 52 isn’t bad, and the Rev Al Green duets with country star Lyle Lovett for a new entry at 71. I think that’s all very varied!

1 ( 1 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
2 ( 2 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
3 ( 4 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 3 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
5 ( 7 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
6 ( 55 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 6 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
8 ( 14 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
9 ( 5 ) SEARCHING China Black
10 ( 16 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister

11 ( 9 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
12 ( 18 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
13 ( NEW ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 15 ) PARK LIFE Blur
15 ( 8 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
16 ( 58 ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie
17 ( 38 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
18 ( 75 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
19 ( 12 ) SHINE Aswad
20 ( 27 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye

21 ( 10 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
22 ( 11 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
23 ( 31 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies
24 ( 13 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
25 ( 17 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
26 ( 26 ) NO MORE (I CAN’T STAND IT) Maxx
27 ( 36 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
28 ( 24 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
29 ( 19 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
30 ( 20 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

31 ( 22 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
32 ( NEW ) BLUE ISLAND The Bee Gees
33 ( 35 ) WHAT’S UP DJ Miko
34 ( NEW ) LETITGO Prince
35 ( 39 ) FOREVER J Terry Hall
36 ( 23 ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
37 ( 34 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
38 ( 28 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
39 ( 61 ) LUCAS WITH THE LID OFF Lucas
40 ( 25 ) AND ON AND ON Janet Jackson

41 ( 29 ) SOMETIMES ALWAYS The Jesus And Mary Chain
42 ( 52 ) REVOL The Manic Street Preachers
43 ( 21 ) LIBIAMO/ LA DONNA E MOBILE Carreras Domingo Pavarotti
44 ( 46 ) AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Donna Giles
45 ( 32 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
46 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
47 ( 44 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
48 ( 30 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies
49 ( 69 ) DO IT Tony Di Bart
50 ( 47 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma

51 ( NEW ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
52 ( NEW ) BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden
53 ( 33 ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
54 ( 37 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
55 ( 54 ) TO THE END Blur
56 ( 56 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
57 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
58 ( 60 ) THE WAY SHE LOVES ME Richard Marx
59 ( 40 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
60 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sounds Of Blackness

61 ( 43 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
62 ( 62 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
63 ( 42 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
64 ( 49 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
65 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 57 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
67 ( 66 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 65 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
69 ( 41 ) FOREVER LOVE Bobby Womack
70 ( 48 ) I DIDN’T MEAN IT Status Quo

71 ( NEW ) FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY Al Green and Lyle Lovett
72 ( 67 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
73 ( 73 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
74 ( 63 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
75 ( 50 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

28th August 1994

Sophie B. Hawkins gets her one and only chart-topper, but what a corker it is. I still love it to bits, and it really should be a radio classic, or featuring in a 90’s retro megamovie. Sophie was endearingly quirky, and I wish she was still as successful, though she is still active, hooray! Pet Shop Boys of course are mad at 4, and its a hot hot hot new (old) entry as the 10-year-old minor hit comes back bigger and remixed at 9. Prince gets another Top 10 hit and a top 20 hit, though he was using a squiggle and a pompous assertion that he isn’t Prince anymore as a name at various times from 1993 onwards. Way to kill your career Prince!

Ian McNabb (of The Icicle Works) has a 10 year comeback at 25, and just below Edie Brickell’s best single (albeit lesser known) the gorgeous Good Times at 26. Lisa Loeb leaps alliteratively into the 30, and Ice Cube reactivates George Clinton of Funkadelic and Parliament fame with their Bop Gun at 32. Pause for breath, now, cos there’s a whopping 21 new entries clearing out the charts – Roxette’s latest Fireworks explode at 35, driving Aerosmith Crazy at 36 (an album track, and future hit ballad single), while Eurythmic Dave Stewart has a Heart Of Stone at 38, and Cyndi Lauper radically re-invents her 1984 debut hit at 42. Hey Now!! It’s good, but not AS good.

Others: Soundgarden make 39, The Beautiful South make eyes from 44, John Mellencamp is 60, UB40 63, Robert Palmer 72, Aswad 75 keep the hits coming, while comebacks of sorts from Patti Labelle at 73, and newer entries from Shed 7 and Shampoo. Uh oh we’re in trouble!

1 ( 2 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
2 ( 1 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
3 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 13 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 7 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
6 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 4 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
8 ( 8 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
9 ( NEW ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
10 ( 20 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye

11 ( 14 ) PARK LIFE Blur
12 ( 12 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
13 ( 5 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
14 ( 17 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
15 ( 10 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
16 ( 9 ) SEARCHING China Black
17 ( 11 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
18 ( 18 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
19 ( 34 ) LETITGO Prince
20 ( 23 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies

21 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
22 ( 15 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
23 ( 21 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
24 ( 19 ) SHINE Aswad
25 ( NEW ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
26 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians
27 ( 51 ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
28 ( 72 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
29 ( 24 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
30 ( 16 ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie

31 ( 31 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
32 ( NEW ) BOP GUN (ONE NATION) Ice Cube featuring George Clinton
33 ( 28 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
34 ( 30 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
35 ( NEW ) FIREWORKS Roxette
36 ( NEW ) CRAZY Aerosmith
37 ( 25 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
38 ( NEW ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
39 ( 52 ) BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden
40 ( 58 ) THE WAY SHE LOVES ME Richard Marx

41 ( 22 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
42 ( NEW ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
43 ( NEW ) STANDING AT THE ALTAR Margie Cox
44 ( NEW ) THE PRETTIEST EYES The Beautiful South
45 ( 46 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
46 ( 26 ) NO MORE (I CAN’T STAND IT) Maxx
47 ( 62 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
48 ( 27 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
49 ( 33 ) WHAT’S UP DJ Miko
50 ( 38 ) SWAMP THING The Grid

51 ( 32 ) BLUE ISLAND The Bee Gees
52 ( 29 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
53 ( 49 ) DO IT Tony Di Bart
54 ( 50 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
55 ( 37 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
56 ( NEW ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
57 ( 35 ) FOREVER J Terry Hall
58 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( 56 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
60 ( NEW ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello

61 ( 47 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
62 ( 55 ) TO THE END Blur
63 ( NEW ) REGGAE MUSIC UB40
64 ( 68 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
65 ( NEW ) GAL WINE Chaka Demus and Pliers
66 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 44 ) AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Donna Giles
68 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 61 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
70 ( NEW ) SPEAKEASY Shed 7

71 ( NEW ) TROUBLE Shampoo
72 ( NEW ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
73 ( NEW ) THE RIGHT KINDA LOVER Patti Labelle
74 ( NEW ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Sean Maguire
75 ( NEW ) WARRIORS Aswad