My Sept-Dec 2018 Charts

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29th December 2018

It’s Carpenters on top for a 5th total week (3rd for the 2018 revamp) as the UK singles chart looks a bit like my Christmas 1972 charts when the Carpenters also featured along with The Jackson 5 and John & Yoko, and a bit like xmas 1973 when Elton, Wizzard, Slade featured, and 1974 when Mud & John & Yoko featured, and 1975 when Queen, Greg Lake, John & Yoko featured and….so on and so on. My charts though are having a huge Xmas clearout sale in tribute to HMV, RIP, end of an era if there is no rescue, last shop standing from my youth that sold records. To herald the Mariah-Carey-free dominance of the world for another 10 months, there’s an inrush of fresh new music, hooray!

Coldplay and Pharrell add to their already long list of top 10’s, Coldplay more than Pharrell as they approach 2 decades of ’em, Ava Max finally breaks the 40, Morrissey takes a 1982 Pretenders song back into the 40 for a grand total of 35 years since This Charming Man broke into my top 10 (and still his best record), while The Faces have taken a mere 45 years to get Ooh La La top 40 (though to be fair to me, I only did a top 20 in 1973 and didn’t allow album tracks or anything that wasn’t UK top 30 to be listed).

Top newie is yet another Alan Walker track, off his new debut album, giving him 2 on the list, as has Billie Eilish debuting with 2 at once, how greedy! Both lovely though. Albin Lee Medau also debuts (who!?) apparently a Swedish artist keeping the Scandi-tracks strong along with Alan Walker, and Mercury Rev are back! It’s been 13 years since they last charted, 20 years since Goddess On A Hiway went top 10, and nearly 18 years since the gorgeous The Dark Is Rising topped my chart. They are back with a reinvention of the cult debut 1967 album by dark country act Bobbie Gentry, of Ode To Billie-Joe fame. Bobbie topped my chart in 1969 with the 4th single I ever bought, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, she released another album in 1970, had duet success with huge fave of mine Glen Campbell – and that was that! Despite acclaim, awards, and success, she pretty much decided to retire from the music biz and has stuck with it, one of the huge losses to country music IMHO. 76 years old now, talk about going out on top in your 20’s! Well done Mercury Rev bringing her back, sort of.

Trevor Horn debuts at 53. Actually he debuted in 1979 as a Buggle, and hit in the 80’s as part of Yes, and had there been producer-artist labels in those days he would have featured alongside Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ABC, Dollar, Seal, Pet Shop Boys with his trademark synth-wall-of-sound epic symphonies. Technically, though it’s his solo debut, covering Tears For Fears thrice chart-topper, helped by an orchestra and…. Robbie Williams! So, 40 years for Trev and 27 years for Robbie, give or take as we are virtually in 2019 now. The Robster also worked with Pet Shop Boys, who can be expected to chart next week as I finally get around to playing the next PSB deluxe album that charted in the UK album charts a year ago or so, and cherry-pick the best previously-uncharted tracks.

Jade Bird debuts, young British singer who sounds pretty fab to me, veteran T.Rex producer Tony Visconti has been impressed with her, so that’s good enough for me! He knew a great pop single when he made one. Santigold is back, hooray, always interesting, and now over a decade since Les Artistes went top 10 for me. Tame Impala are back with Theophilus London – didn’t he used to be Lenny Henry? (Checks – no he’s Trinidad-American. I used to love learning about the Caribbean islands in geography when I was 10, we even had actual BBC TV shows in b&w during the lesson so our young supply teacher could have a sit-down, & Trinidad & Tobago was one of my faves). Lenny was a Theophilus P Wildebeest sex god.

Paul Weller makes it a 3rd lush track off his latest album, 41 years since his noisy Jam debut, Grimes debuts at last, Adelphi Music Factory bring some 90’s House anthem-stylee music in, Khalid and Tom walker both return as featurings, Boyzone get a second new track in 20-odd years on from debut, and Thomas Rhett gets a 6th entry since his 2015 fab Crash & Burn.

1 1 1 4 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 625000
2 2 2 5 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 326050
3 3 3 5 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 300200
4 8 4 5 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 193000
5 4 1 11 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 769500
6 6 1 6 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 500000
7 9 7 6 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 176000
8 17 8 4 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 101650
9 13 1 9 SHADOWS Black Atlass 662000
10 10 6 8 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 356800

11 11 7 9 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 342000
12 12 4 11 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 446000
13 7 7 4 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 156000
14 5 5 7 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 214850
15 18 15 7 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 129800
16 19 16 6 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 113800
17 14 1 8 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 742000
18 16 8 6 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 190000
19 15 10 7 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 192500
20 23 20 5 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 76750

21 20 15 6 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 131750
22 21 9 6 RISE Raaginder 164250
23 32 23 3 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 49050
24 24 13 9 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 183900
25 26 25 10 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 154400
26 27 26 8 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 120700
27 25 3 8 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 313400
28 28 28 4 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 64500
29 33 29 8 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 110300
30 38 30 8 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 114450

31 29 4 12 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 387100
32 48 32 7 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 63300
33 43 33 5 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 60800
34 37 34 5 DREAM ON Aerosmith 50500
35 50 35 4 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 46100
36 30 20 8 ALGORITHM Muse 137900
37 39 37 6 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 82700
38 42 38 6 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 82950
39 22 22 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 66400
40 49 40 7 OOH LA LA The Faces 70300

41 34 8 11 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 266200
42 36 3 12 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 347800
43 NEW 43 1 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 13500
44 44 25 10 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 150850
45 NEW 45 1 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 13000
46 46 2 7 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 341050
47 NEW 47 1 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 12500
48 41 12 9 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 205300
49 NEW 49 1 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 12100
50 31 18 4 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 71650

51 45 1 14 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 679350
52 55 52 4 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 40600
53 NEW 53 1 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 11250
54 58 54 5 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 44300
55 NEW 55 1 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 10800
56 53 1 28 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1987600
57 NEW 57 1 COO COO COO Santigold 10400
58 64 58 5 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 35100
59 62 59 5 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 36500
60 51 45 7 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 74050

61 NEW 61 1 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 7500
62 35 35 3 A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh 31100
63 NEW 63 1 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 7200
64 54 2 15 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 607300
65 NEW 65 1 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 7000
66 NEW 66 1 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 6800
67 NEW 67 1 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 6600
68 40 40 2 MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD Boney M 23400
69 56 20 9 LOVE Boyzone 131350
70 60 46 7 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 66750

71 61 53 6 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 52650
72 NEW 72 1 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 5400
74 52 41 6 SAIL AWOLNATION 60100
75 NEW 75 1 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 5000

DROP OUTS
47 47 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 12500
57 57 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 22900
59 59 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 26800
63 63 1 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 7200
65 60 3 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 24200
66 66 3 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 17800
67 67 3 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 19000
68 68 2 WHAT WOULD SANTA DO The Monkees 12800
69 56 3 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 27000
70 70 2 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 12000
71 30 7 JAPAN Plastician 96550
72 72 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 5600
73 73 1 YOU MAKE IT FEEL CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 5400
74 48 7 MAPACHE Cari Cari 64300
75 75 1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes 5000

 

 

23rd December 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top (4 in total) for the Carpenters, just holding off Mark Ronson from grabbing a second chart-topper. As I was in Gran Canaria enjoying the sun last week I heard no new songs at all, just xmas oldies everywhere – so there’s a mini-invasion of oldies, but the highest xmas track is The Fizz at 5, an actual new song of all things! Pity no-one’s playing it. Chainsmokers get yet another top 10, at least a 5th, as their former musical partners Coldplay got top 20 with a leap for E-LO, and top 30 with Timbuktu. Highest Xmas oldie, as is the norm, is Chris Rea’s classic at 22, charting for the 15th time and about to overhaul Band Aid (which hasn’t charted for years here) in my million sellers list.

Chris De Burgh amazingly takes his Spaceman into my top 40 some 32 years on from its’ debut, spurred on by selling quite well thanks to a current cover version. It hasn’t charted in the 21st century before. Unlike the highest new entry at 40, Boney M’s festive perennial which peaked at 2 in 1978 just ahead of my 21st birthday, when it was topping the UK charts. Mary’s Boy Child also topped the charts the day I was born, because I’m special (by Harry Belafonte). Probably. Mud also return, under-performing in 1974 after a string of chart-toppers, but eventually topping my chart on reissue in 1985.

Kim Wilde’s lovely Isobel’s Dream is also back after a few years away, not really a Christmas song as such but a winter seasonal song, while early 80’s minor-hit Christmas Wrapping outdoes most of it’s chart contemporaries at the time and The Waitresses keep on popping back year after year. Last year’s Xmas track from Gwen Stefani gets a good chance of a regular comeback as it returns, leaving her and Leona Lewis as the only 21st century xmas songs that come back, while 60’s chestnut Sleigh Ride by The Ronettes is back some 44 years since it first charted, though it is fairly regular in it’s returns.

1 1 1 3 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 455000
2 4 2 4 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 211050
3 5 3 4 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 215200
4 2 1 10 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 709500
5 8 5 6 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 185850
6 3 1 5 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 445000
7 10 7 3 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 124000
8 14 8 4 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 128000
9 16 9 5 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 126000
10 6 6 7 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 314800

11 11 7 8 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 305000
12 7 4 10 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 411000
13 12 1 8 SHADOWS Black Atlass 617000
14 9 1 7 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 719000
15 15 10 6 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 171500
16 13 8 5 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 168000
17 36 17 3 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 53650
18 19 18 6 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 102800
19 25 19 5 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 88800
20 17 15 5 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 112000

21 18 9 5 RISE Raaginder 144750
22 28 22 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 49300
23 30 23 4 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 56750
24 24 13 8 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 164900
25 23 3 7 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 295000
26 27 26 9 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 135650
27 31 27 7 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 102200
28 35 28 3 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 46200
29 22 4 11 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 369200
30 20 20 7 ALGORITHM Muse 120500

31 21 18 3 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 59650
32 50 32 2 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 29800
33 33 33 7 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 92100
34 26 8 10 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 252200
35 69 35 2 A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh 23700
36 29 3 11 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 334050
37 72 37 4 DREAM ON Aerosmith 32900
38 38 38 7 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 96450
39 39 39 5 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 65400
40 NEW 40 1 MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD Boney M 17000

41 37 12 8 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 193000
42 42 42 5 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 65750
43 47 43 4 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 43100
44 34 25 9 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 137600
45 40 1 13 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 667600
46 32 2 6 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 328300
47 NEW 47 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 12500
48 66 48 6 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 45500
49 52 49 6 OOH LA LA The Faces 53300
50 57 50 3 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 28600

51 45 45 6 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 64050
52 41 41 5 SAIL AWOLNATION 54900
53 49 1 27 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1977000
54 48 2 14 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 600200
55 55 55 3 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 29100
56 43 20 8 LOVE Boyzone 125150
57 64 57 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 22900
58 58 58 4 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 33300
59 59 59 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 26800
60 46 46 6 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 60750

61 53 53 5 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 46850
62 63 62 4 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 26400
63 NEW 63 1 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 7200
64 65 64 4 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 24900
65 60 60 3 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 24200
66 71 66 3 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 17800
67 67 67 3 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 19000
68 68 68 2 WHAT WOULD SANTA DO The Monkees 12800
69 56 56 3 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 27000
70 70 70 2 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 12000

71 44 30 7 JAPAN Plastician 96550
72 NEW 72 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 5600
73 NEW 73 1 YOU MAKE IT FEEL CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 5400
74 61 48 7 MAPACHE Cari Cari 64300
75 NEW 75 1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes 5000

DROP OUTS
51 25 6 39 Queen 101800
54 54 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23600
62 33 10 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 139750
73 37 7 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 78800
74 74 1 PROMISES Buzzcocks 5200
75 75 1 ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Brenda Lee 5000

 

 

17th December 2018

It’s Christmaaaaaaaas! No, not Slade on top, it’s Carpenters’ classic 1972 Goodbye To Love done Royal Philharmonic stylee, and it duly returns to the top spot for the first time in 46 years for a 3rd week at number one. I was 14 years old when I last charted it. Yes, 14. Still love that guitar juxtaposed with Karen’s angelic voice and lushness galore. As it’s Christmas another 1972 classic returns for an 8th time (in the 21st century!) – John & Yoko’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over) was the first Xmas record I ever bought, and is a major classic, and it was the trigger for all those subsequent classic rock era xmas goodies. Prior to that Xmas songs were dreadful novelty things or else crooner ballads from the 40’s and 50’s, bar the odd Brenda Lee here and there (who also returns). It has topped my charts for a total of 13 weeks and charted throughout the decades, though not every year.

Mark Ronson gets another biggie top 10 a decade on from his first, and ditto Miley really, though she’s had several top 10’s. The Fizz knock themselves out of the top 10 with their official xmas single 37 years on from The Land Of Make Believe, and that’s nothing – The Monkees return again with new stuff, including a cover of Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime which is actually better than his overly-jolly overly-busy perennial – it’s more laid-back and restrained and the song is the better for it. They also have a new track debut which sounds to my ears like a Weezer song – that’ll be cos Rivers Cuomo wrote it for them then! So that makes it 44 years of official Monkees chart-spanning, but really it’s 52 years as I would have had loads of Monkees chart-toppers had I been charting as a 9-year-old. They have all topped my charts anyway in the years since.

Other than the oldies Xmas re-entries, though, it’s a quiet week for new stuff which gives a welcome opportunity for some records to climb to a chart position more representative of my affections for them. Favela is the biggest climb of new tracks non-Xmas-related, excluding Coldplay tracks aka Los Unidades.

1 2 1 2 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 285000
2 1 1 9 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 644500
3 3 1 4 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 390000
4 32 4 3 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 96050
5 5 5 3 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 130200
6 6 6 6 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 272800
7 4 4 9 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 376000
8 17 8 5 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 125850
9 7 1 6 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 690000
10 13 10 2 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 74000

11 11 7 7 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 268000
12 9 1 7 SHADOWS Black Atlass 585000
13 8 8 4 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 143000
14 14 14 3 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 80000
15 10 10 5 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 144500
16 16 16 4 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 81000
17 15 15 4 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 92000
18 12 9 4 RISE Raaginder 125000
19 27 19 5 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 80800
20 26 20 6 ALGORITHM Muse 102500

21 18 18 2 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 41750
22 19 4 10 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 351000
23 20 3 6 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 276250
24 22 13 7 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 145400
25 33 25 4 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 67800
26 23 8 9 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 234600
27 28 27 8 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 117150
28 52 28 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 29800
29 24 3 10 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 316650
30 49 30 3 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 37500

31 39 31 6 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 83800
32 21 2 5 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 315550
33 37 33 6 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 74400
34 38 25 8 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 124350
35 57 35 2 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 27900
36 44 36 2 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 30650
37 29 12 7 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 179000
38 40 38 6 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 79250
39 46 39 4 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 48300
40 34 1 12 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 654600

41 45 41 4 SAIL AWOLNATION 43400
42 43 42 4 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 52000
43 35 20 7 LOVE Boyzone 114550
44 30 30 6 JAPAN Plastician 90750
45 51 45 5 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 52300
46 55 46 5 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 50750
47 60 47 3 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 29600
48 41 2 13 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 589200
49 47 1 26 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1965750
50 NEW 50 1 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 12000

51 25 25 6 39 Queen 101800
52 59 52 5 OOH LA LA The Faces 41200
53 56 53 4 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 39350
54 65 54 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23600
55 61 55 2 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 18300
56 58 56 2 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 20800
57 69 57 2 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 16600
58 64 58 3 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 23100
59 67 59 2 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 16700
60 63 60 2 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 17200

61 48 48 6 MAPACHE Cari Cari 59100
62 42 33 10 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 139750
63 68 63 3 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 19000
64 73 64 2 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 12500
65 72 65 3 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 17800
66 66 66 5 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 33200
67 71 67 2 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 12400
68 NEW 68 1 WHAT WOULD SANTA DO The Monkees 6400
69 NEW 69 1 A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh 6200
70 NEW 70 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 6000

71 74 71 2 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 11000
72 75 72 3 DREAM ON Aerosmith 15600
73 54 37 7 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 78800
74 NEW 74 1 PROMISES Buzzcocks 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Brenda Lee 5000

DROP OUTS
31 10 5 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 137900
36 14 5 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 103000
50 36 5 SHELTER Monkey Safari 59600
53 12 9 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 184400
62 7 9 GRAVITY Paul Weller 283550
70 70 2 ABOVE THE LAW The O’Jays 12000

 

 

9th December 2018

It’s been a 2-month climb, but Alan Walker gets his 2nd chart-topper almost 3 years since Faded topped for 4 weeks, and just ahead of a new entry, from yet another Royal Philharmonic Orchestral track. It’s a wonder they get time to perform in concert these days! Goodbye To Love, though, was scored by Richard Carpenter so fair enough, and this is not only their greatest record with that epic guitar extended outro, it’s the track on the new album that is least mucked about with, giving it a first chart appearance since it topped my charts 46 years ago. I loved it then, I love it now, I’ve never stopped loving it.

It’s a huge leap for Don Diablo into the top 5, a first for him in the top 10, and an 8th for Emeli Sande (including a number one) since her first in 2011. Great vibes to it, and nothing like any other dance-based track around, which is quite a miracle in these identikit-chartpop times. The Fizz grab another top 10, giving them a sweet 37 years of ’em, give or take a Bucks. The Fizz also have the biggest new xmas track at 17, as loads of fave oldies return lower down, most notably Kate Bush who has been getting some radio play for December Will Be Magic Again with the release of her remastered works, and which gives me an excuse to chart it again for the first time in 38 years.

We sadly lost the amiable Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks fame this week, which has spear-headed a mini-invasion of his best singles, topped by an unreleased mash-up of Abba’s 1979 Does Your Mother Know and his 1981 Homosapien solo single. Both used the same rhythms so they work really well together, hence Does The Homosapien Know in at 13, and Buzzcocks best single Everybody’s happy Nowadays at 18. I was going to chart a Four Seasons mini-invasion as I saw the truly legendary 84-year-old Frankie Valli in concert this week – he was fabulous, still got the voice, a great backing band and backing singers, and so many hits half of them had to be dropped. Jersey Boys had brought him a whole new audience, totally deserved for his final tour. The oldest act I’ve ever seen sing live, but maybe if xmas gets less busy for new tracks there’ll be space for some Four Seasons showstoppers like Who Loves You and Beggin’.

Coldplay are back with 2 tracks using a pseudonym, E-Lo aided by Pharrell Williams, both of them extending long chart runs from 2000 and 2003 respectively. X-Factor has as usual chosen an already-covered classic oldie to ruin, so in protest Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s original The Power Of Love is selling on itunes as well, and I’ve charted the only great version of it again. Morrissey does a cover! Quite rare, and it’s a good choice – The Pretenders 1982 Back On The Chain Gang, Chrissie Hynde’s tribute to bandmates who died within 2 days of each other that year. The original line-up I’d seen in concert only a year before, rocking it big-time. So, even when Morrissey picks a cover it’s dark!

1 2 1 8 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 629500
2 NEW 2 1 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 115000
3 1 1 3 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 305000
4 4 4 8 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 326000
5 58 5 2 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 70200
6 6 6 5 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 217800
7 3 1 5 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 645000
8 10 8 3 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 111000
9 5 1 6 SHADOWS Black Atlass 550000
10 12 10 4 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 117500

11 7 7 6 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 231000
12 9 9 3 RISE Raaginder 103000
13 NEW 13 1 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 32000
14 18 14 2 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 51000
15 17 15 3 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 69000
16 26 16 3 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 56000
17 23 17 4 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 77850
18 NEW 18 1 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 22000
19 14 4 9 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 331500
20 11 3 5 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 257000

21 8 2 4 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 297750
22 13 13 6 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 126400
23 19 8 8 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 216100
24 21 3 9 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 298450
25 27 25 5 39 Queen 90050
26 29 26 5 ALGORITHM Muse 82500
27 28 27 4 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 59800
28 30 28 7 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 98750
29 16 12 6 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 161700
30 31 30 5 JAPAN Plastician 77500

31 15 10 5 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 137900
32 44 32 2 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 31050
33 39 33 3 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 48050
34 24 1 11 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 637600
35 20 20 6 LOVE Boyzone 101050
36 22 14 5 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 103000
37 45 37 5 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 56700
38 25 25 7 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 106750
39 42 39 5 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 65900
40 40 40 5 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 62050

41 35 2 12 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 576900
42 33 33 9 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 132350
43 46 43 3 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 38250
44 NEW 44 1 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 13250
45 55 45 3 SAIL AWOLNATION 29400
46 53 46 3 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 31200
47 47 1 25 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1953650
48 54 48 5 MAPACHE Cari Cari 51600
49 62 49 2 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 19500
50 36 36 5 SHELTER Monkey Safari 59600

51 51 51 4 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 39300
52 NEW 52 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 11500
53 32 12 9 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 184400
54 37 37 6 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 73400
55 56 55 4 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 38000
56 57 56 3 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 28100
57 NEW 57 1 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 10400
58 NEW 58 1 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 10200
59 63 59 4 OOH LA LA The Faces 29700
60 64 60 2 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 17100

61 NEW 61 1 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 7500
62 34 7 9 GRAVITY Paul Weller 283550
63 NEW 63 1 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 7200
64 71 64 2 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 12900
65 72 65 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 12600
66 67 66 4 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 26400
67 NEW 67 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 6600
68 73 68 2 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 11800
69 NEW 69 1 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 6200
70 70 70 2 ABOVE THE LAW The O’Jays 12000

71 NEW 71 1 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 5800
72 74 72 2 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 10800
73 NEW 73 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 5200
75 75 75 2 DREAM ON Aerosmith 10000

DROP OUTS
38 2 10 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 439450
41 36 6 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 84800
43 25 6 VENOM Eminem 86250
48 3 10 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 421850
49 49 5 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 42300
50 15 7 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 131700
52 1 9 SHE Charles Aznavour 515900
59 59 4 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 31500
60 5 8 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 279500
61 61 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 15000
65 57 4 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 37700
66 66 3 PURE SHORES All Saints 18000
68 68 2 MANIAC The Beat featuring Ranking Roger 12400
69 69 4 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 21800

 

2nd December 2018

Buddy Holly finally tops my chart almost 60 years since he died, with the song that he recorded in his final recording session in 1958 along with his two other best tracks, True Love Ways, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore and Raining In My Heart. All were released posthumously, True Love Ways in 1960, and indicate he was an artist just getting into his creative stride. The new version is pristine, it sounds like it was recorded yesterday and does away with my problem with most 50’s tracks: they sounded old even when I was a kid such was the improvement in recording techniques by the late 60’s. It’s not actually the oldest release to top my chart – that’s Neil Sedaka’s Oh Carol which topped my chart in 1972, a mere 13 years later. That’s the equivalent of a 14-year-old getting into a reissue of, say, Scissor Sisters, Britney Spears or Gwen Stefani right now – acts who topped my chart in 2004! It is, though, the oldest recorded record to top my chart, and only the second track from the fifties.

Highest new entry is track selling on itunes right now following a Proclaimers programme on BBC4, the gorgeous Sunshine On Leith, 30 years on from first making top 10, but well under-appreciated chart-wise in the UK at the time. Now it’s a movie title based on Proclaimers songs! Highest new track is Mark Ronson back, giving him 11 years of chart entries, while Miley Cyrus joins her sister in my chart, 10 years after starting her chart career with a trio of top 10’s before becoming less consistent. Don Diablo returns, along with Emeli Sande, who is making it a 7-year-run. The Crystals bring their 60’s Christmas classic back for the 3rd time in 5 years, and 44 years since Da Doo Ron Ron made my charts a decade late, Aerosmith’s 70’s track Dream On finally charts 40 years late as for some reason it’s selling on itunes and I’ve never charted it. Return of the week, though, are The O’Jays, huge faves of mine in the early 70’s with Philly classics topping my chart like Backstabbers in 1972 and Love Train in 1973. Now a duo, they return with new social-minded material, as their best stuff was, and get a first appearance in my chart since 1984, a whopping absence of 34 years. To put that in dark perespective, Eddie Levert’s two sons had a chart career as Levert in the interim, and both died in the noughties, while Eddie is still recording and touring with The O’Jays 50 years since starting his chart career.

1 7 1 2 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 220000
2 4 2 7 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 459500
3 1 1 4 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 595000
4 5 4 7 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 261000
5 3 1 5 SHADOWS Black Atlass 495000
6 8 6 4 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 162800
7 11 7 5 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 194000
8 2 2 3 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 278000
9 17 9 2 RISE Raaginder 68000
10 19 10 2 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 63000

11 6 3 4 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 237000
12 18 12 3 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 75500
13 15 13 5 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 106900
14 9 4 8 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 310500
15 10 10 4 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 120000
16 12 12 5 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 143500
17 24 17 2 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 42000
18 NEW 18 1 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 22000
19 13 8 7 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 196850
20 22 20 5 LOVE Boyzone 83550

21 16 3 8 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 279450
22 14 14 4 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 85600
23 27 23 3 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 54850
24 20 1 10 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 620000
25 28 25 6 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 89550
26 47 26 2 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 31000
27 29 27 4 39 Queen 71300
28 49 28 3 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 41400
29 30 29 4 ALGORITHM Muse 64000
30 34 30 6 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 80450

31 40 31 4 JAPAN Plastician 59500
32 21 12 8 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 173150
33 33 33 8 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 118600
34 23 7 8 GRAVITY Paul Weller 276150
35 31 2 11 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 562900
36 45 36 4 SHELTER Monkey Safari 47600
37 43 37 5 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 62400
38 26 2 10 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 439450
39 44 39 2 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 30350
40 53 40 4 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 45050

41 36 36 6 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 84800
42 46 42 4 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 48800
43 32 25 6 VENOM Eminem 86250
44 NEW 44 1 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 13250
45 48 45 4 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 39400
46 50 46 2 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 24750
47 42 1 24 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1941150
48 39 3 10 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 421850
49 58 49 5 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 42300
50 37 15 7 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 131700

51 60 51 3 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 27550
52 41 1 9 SHE Charles Aznavour 515900
53 63 53 2 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 18450
54 54 54 4 MAPACHE Cari Cari 39300
55 72 55 2 SAIL AWOLNATION 16400
56 56 56 3 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 27200
57 64 57 2 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 17500
58 NEW 58 1 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 10200
59 62 59 4 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 31500
60 35 5 8 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 279500
61 61 61 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 15000
62 NEW 62 1 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 7400
63 65 63 3 OOH LA LA The Faces 19600
64 NEW 64 1 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 7100
65 57 57 4 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 37700
66 69 66 3 PURE SHORES All Saints 18000 857300
67 67 67 3 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 19600
68 70 68 2 MANIAC The Beat featuring Ranking Roger 12400
69 73 69 4 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 21800
70 NEW 70 1 ABOVE THE LAW The O’Jays 6000
71 NEW 71 1 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 5400
74 NEW 74 1 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DREAM ON Aerosmith 5000

DROP OUTS
25 19 3 SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen 60750
38 15 5 RADIO GAGA Queen 103600
51 39 6 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 65150
52 9 9 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 240500
55 44 4 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 42950
59 59 3 STAR Kiki Dee 21700
66 5 15 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 450700
68 18 6 I’M STILL HERE Sia 104450
71 10 13 THE DARK SIDE Muse 236050
74 74 1 THE PIANO MAN Billy Joel 5200
75 75 1 WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen 5000

 

 

25th November 2018

It’s a 3rd week on top (and 7 weeks in total) for the symphonic Cars, keeping off the symphonic Beatles at 2, and just when you think it can’t get any more symphonic – it does! Yes even more symphonic covers of oldies are out for the christmas gifting market aimed at people of a “certain age” – hi! Most of them do nothing much to the originals, but those that make an effort turn up as new entries: at 7 – Buddy Holly’s highest-ever chart position, a really lovely version of True Love Ways finally getting him into my top 10 charts 60 years after he died, and 50 years after I started charting, just missing his extended posthumous chart career. At 19 it’s Cilla’s best non-cover, a song gifted by Lennon-McCartney (mostly Paul, I think), It’s For You – this one though by the Liverpool Philharmonic, which although not as great as George Martin’s original production, doesn’t detract from the others in quite the same way as most of the re-imagined Cilla tracks. It previously went top 5 a decade ago or so.

Highest new entry proper is Raaginda, at 17, a lovely Eastern-flavoured instrumental, while a key drama TV show spot has highlighted the gorgeousness of a long-forgotten Connie Francis track, in at 24. That’s her 3rd chart entry, all in the 21st century, so belated appreciation from me! Other charting oldies due to adverts, films, TV spots, TV performances: they have all made the itunes 200 so I’m counting them as valid: The Love Affair, the only UK hit version never to chart, and the best version, of Everlasting Love from 1968; Streets Of London from a 1969 album, a re-recorded hit in 1974, and recently re-recorded again for a 3rd time round; See The Day, Dee C. Lee’s lovely 1985 biggie, joining her ex Paul Weller in my chart; AWOLNATION back 5 years on; Billy Joel back again 43 years after it first charted in my charts and in the USA; Queen’s Highlander single from 1986.

Actual new stuff: Chainsmokers are back, with Kelsea Ballerini in tow, both adding to their hits total; Jean-Michel Jarre’s best track off his new album, extending his chart run to 41 years; DNCE return assisting chart debuts from Merk & Kremont; The Beat and Ranking Roger are back with new charting material for the first time in decades, a decent bit of retro-ska, giving them a chart expanse of 39 years, hooray!

1 1 1 3 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 510000
2 2 2 2 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 230000
3 4 1 4 SHADOWS Black Atlass 435000
4 5 3 6 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 344500
5 6 5 6 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 196000
6 3 3 3 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 200000
7 NEW 7 1 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 50000
8 10 8 3 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 107800
9 7 4 7 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 281500
10 14 10 3 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 93000

11 9 9 4 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 144000
12 12 12 4 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 118500
13 8 8 6 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 175850
14 22 14 3 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 66100
15 18 15 4 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 74900
16 11 3 7 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 259700
17 NEW 17 1 RISE Raaginder 23000
18 26 18 2 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 40500
19 NEW 19 1 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 21000
20 16 1 9 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 601000

21 20 12 7 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 155350
22 23 22 4 LOVE Boyzone 63550
23 13 7 7 GRAVITY Paul Weller 258550
24 NEW 24 1 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 19000
25 19 19 3 SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen 60750
26 17 2 9 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 422250
27 38 27 2 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 35600
28 28 28 5 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 70800
29 34 29 3 39 Queen 52900
30 36 30 3 ALGORITHM Muse 45800

31 21 2 10 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 545400
32 25 25 5 VENOM Eminem 72750
33 33 33 7 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 100900
34 41 34 5 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 62450
35 24 5 7 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 269500
36 37 36 5 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 70800
37 31 15 6 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 119700
38 15 15 5 RADIO GAGA Queen 103600
39 29 3 9 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 409550
40 48 40 3 JAPAN Plastician 41600

41 27 1 8 SHE Charles Aznavour 504400
42 35 1 23 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1928650
43 43 43 4 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 45100
44 NEW 44 1 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 13250
45 50 45 3 SHELTER Monkey Safari 30200
46 49 46 3 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 35050
47 NEW 47 1 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 12500
48 61 48 3 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 26400
49 54 49 2 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 23100
50 NEW 50 1 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 12000

51 39 39 6 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 65150
52 40 9 9 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 240500
53 57 53 3 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 28050
54 59 54 3 MAPACHE Cari Cari 28300
55 44 44 4 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 42950
56 70 56 2 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 16600
57 58 57 3 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 30700
58 62 58 4 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 30200
59 69 59 3 STAR Kiki Dee 21700
60 71 60 2 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 15800

61 NEW 61 1 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 7500
62 65 62 3 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 21400
63 NEW 63 1 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 7200
64 NEW 64 1 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 7100
65 73 65 2 OOH LA LA The Faces 12400
66 55 5 15 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 450700
67 68 67 2 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 13000
68 42 18 6 I’M STILL HERE Sia 104450
69 75 69 2 PURE SHORES All Saints 11200
70 NEW 70 1 MANIAC The Beat featuring Ranking Roger 6000

71 60 10 13 THE DARK SIDE Muse 236050
72 NEW 72 1 SAIL AWOLNATION 5600
73 74 73 3 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 15600
74 NEW 74 1 THE PIANO MAN Billy Joel 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen 5000

DROP OUTS
30 1 10 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 465650
32 32 4 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 45300
45 9 8 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 159050
46 29 6 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 71300
47 11 7 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 158300
51 22 5 RUN T’Pau 75850
52 6 10 SECRETS P!nk 328150
53 53 4 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 43050
56 54 5 APPEALS Bayonne 37600
63 53 5 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 46900
64 64 4 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 28400
66 66 4 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 26800
67 24 11 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 165900
72 25 6 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 78200

 

 

18th November 2018

It’s a second week on top for The Cars re-invention of Drive and a total of 6 weeks over 3 seperate years at number one, the orchestral lushness being a bit of theme this week, as The Beatles enter at 2 with the lushly orchestrated Good Night. 50 years ago, the sprawling, patchy The Beatles (White Album) came out, and now it’s back in the charts even more sprawling, but the gems remain gems. All of the tracks I rate have previously charted – bar one: The Ringo sung Good Night. After, let me frank, 56 years of living with Beatles music it’s a bit an ask to find something new and fresh to me, but that’s how this one feels to me. I’d mildly liked it over recent years but not really noticed it much tacked away on the end of the album, it’s hard to get to that stage and still be feeling unfrazzled. The George Martin production, though, is just gorgeous for this old-fashioned lullaby, and now I play it out the album it stands out on it’s own.

Ice Cube is angry at Trump, and so am I, fabulous at 3, Friendly Fires go top 10, as does Ariana Grande with her second or third top 10, and Clean Bandit’s umpteenth top 20. Back in pre-Christmas 1988 Freiheit topped my charts with the lush, orchestral melodic Paul McCartney-ey Keeping The Dream Alive, and now Bucks Fizz are back again with a Xmas album cover of it disguised as The Fizz. What’s more they also enter the top 40 with their official Xmas single, for my first 2 new Chrimbo tracks of 2018, a full 46 years on since my first one ever: John & Yoko’s Happy Xmas War Is Over. I love a Beatles link.

Camelphat are back again, so is Kendrick Lamar guesting, best current rapper for me, and a couple of oldies manage to breakout of the oldies pack hanging around outside my top 75 waiting for a gap from other oldies exiting the chart: All Saints 2000 chart-topper Pure Shores, and one that has never charted: Ooh La La, The Faces 1973 album track that Rod Stewart didn’t sing on (it was a Ronnie Lane song) but which he covered decades later for a minor hit (and a top 10 hit for me), and which is now (like so many old greats) featuring in pre-xmas adverts and selling on itunes. The Faces are nestling appropriately next to Rod Stewart’s new track, and it’s actually their first chart appearance, barring re-issues, since early 1975, almost 44 years ago. Gulp! I was 17…..aaaghhh!

1 1 1 2 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 340000
2 NEW 2 1 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 115000
3 5 3 2 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 145000
4 2 1 3 SHADOWS Black Atlass 350000
5 3 3 5 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 279500
6 9 6 5 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 136000
7 4 4 6 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 236500
8 12 8 5 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 143850
9 10 9 3 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 107000
10 32 10 2 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 59800

11 8 3 6 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 234700
12 14 12 3 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 83500
13 7 7 6 GRAVITY Paul Weller 239300
14 18 14 2 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 51000
15 17 15 4 RADIO GAGA Queen 86400
16 13 1 8 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 581000
17 11 2 8 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 403750
18 26 18 3 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 47900
19 19 19 2 SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen 42000
20 15 12 6 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 135600

21 21 2 9 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 527500
22 34 22 2 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 37100
23 24 23 3 LOVE Boyzone 44050
24 16 5 6 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 252000
25 33 25 4 VENOM Eminem 54950
26 NEW 26 1 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 18500
27 20 1 7 SHE Charles Aznavour 490400
28 36 28 4 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 52500
29 23 3 8 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 392450
30 6 1 10 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 465650

31 22 15 5 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 102400
32 35 32 4 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 45300
33 37 33 6 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 83200
34 39 34 2 39 Queen 34700
35 31 1 22 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1914900
36 57 36 2 ALGORITHM Muse 27800
37 38 37 4 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 53400
38 NEW 38 1 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 17200
39 43 39 5 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 53400
40 30 9 8 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 229000

41 42 41 4 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 44850
42 28 18 5 I’M STILL HERE Sia 98050
43 49 43 3 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 31600
44 47 44 3 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 32150
45 25 9 8 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 159050
46 29 29 6 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 71300
47 27 11 7 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 158300
48 48 48 2 JAPAN Plastician 24600
49 58 49 2 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 22300
50 74 50 2 SHELTER Monkey Safari 17200

51 40 22 5 RUN T’Pau 75850
52 41 6 10 SECRETS P!nk 328150
53 56 53 4 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 43050
54 NEW 54 1 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 11000
55 45 5 14 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 443900
56 54 54 5 APPEALS Bayonne 37600
57 68 57 2 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 16800
58 59 58 2 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 20300
59 63 59 2 MAPACHE Cari Cari 17300
60 44 10 12 THE DARK SIDE Muse 230250

61 67 61 2 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 14100
62 62 62 3 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 20000
63 53 53 5 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 46900
64 64 64 4 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 28400
65 65 65 2 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 14000
66 66 66 4 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 26800
67 50 24 11 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 165900
68 NEW 68 1 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 6400
69 73 69 2 STAR Kiki Dee 11600
70 NEW 70 1 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 6000

71 NEW 71 1 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 5800
72 51 25 6 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 78200
73 NEW 73 1 OOH LA LA The Faces 5400
74 75 74 2 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 10200
75 NEW 75 1 PURE SHORES All Saints 5000

DROP OUTS
46 13 7 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 140250
52 16 7 CLEAN EYES SYML 113550
55 28 7 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 85700
60 60 2 YESTERDAY ONCE MORE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17000
61 4 9 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 285900
69 15 7 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 111100
70 70 3 I WANT YOU TO FREAK Rak-Su 16800
71 71 3 OVER YOU Macy Gray 16600
72 11 8 SHAME Elle King 178750

 

 

11th November 2018

It’s straight in at 1 for a 3rd time on top for The Cars and Drive, their 1984 hauntingly moving song about mental illness, which became the spine-tingling moment at Live Aid in 1985 when it became a hit all over again when matched with famine footage. The odd mix made it heartbreaking all over again, and it topped for a second time. This time round it’s a new orchestral version from an album of 80’s classics re-imagined as orchestral works. It doesn’t work with all of the choices, but 3 of the more radical and tasteful versions that it suits all chart again – another 1984/5 chart-topper from Foreigner, and Bronski Beat also from 1984. They join Radio Gaga, Queen’s ’84 chart-topper which climbs into the 20 following a viewing of the Bohemian Rhapsody movie where it was the re-made Live Aid footage that showcased it again. Queen also enter with Seven Seas Of Rhye, a 1974 chart-topper for me, We Will Rock You, 1977 former chart-topper, and others including 2 new entries from A Night At The Opera, which has re-entered the UK charts is response to the movie: Love Of My Life has never charted before, and neither has the fab ’39 – in at 39.

That means just one week on top for Black Atlass after entering last week, as veteran rapper Ice Cube, known mostly for his brilliant It Was A Good Day social commentary song from 1989, returns with his career-best new song Arrest The President. It’s brilliant, pure vitriolic poetry spouting so many truths in clever ways it should become a “How To Do It” study. The last time a great record slagged-off a sitting President it was Stevie Wonder’s You Haven’t Done Nothin’ in 1974, which a more generalised critique: this is one is very very specific, and doesn’t let other younger more successful rappers get away with their stupidity either, telling it like it is. Reminds me of when I loved rap, when it was saying something, not self-ego-boosting money-chasing sexist cliches, as some less talented artists have tended to drift into.

It’s a hugely busy week, 18 new entries pushing out loads of tracks early and abruptly, and many big falls and climbs amid the changes: Rhys shoots into the 40 at 9, The Knocks and Sofi Tukker go top 10, Boyzone leap into the top 30 as Take That climb and Backstreet Boys enter at 59, their first new track in 13 years to chart, and helping to knock out New Kids On The Block and preventing an 80’s boyband reunion. If you had said in 1998 that I would be simultaneously charting new tracks by the aforementioned in 2018 I would have been incredulous. And yet what were the Chances?

Ariana Grande’s good UK chart-topper enters the 40 her 3rd of the year, Muse also grab a 3rd of the year, Meghan Trainor also grabs a 3rd, and there are returns from Ariana & The Rose, a top5 act from a few years back, ditto Nicky Romero, Walk Off The Earth, X Amabassadors, and oldie Star, from Kiki Dee, is back following some itunes sales TV ad-pushed action, a top 10 from early 1981.

1 NEW 1 1 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 170000
2 1 1 2 SHADOWS Black Atlass 285000
3 4 3 4 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 219500
4 6 4 5 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 186500
5 NEW 5 1 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 60000
6 2 1 9 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 447650
7 7 7 5 GRAVITY Paul Weller 207300
8 3 3 5 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 197700
9 43 9 4 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 81000
10 20 10 2 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 62000

11 5 2 7 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 380750
12 13 12 4 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 95850
13 8 1 7 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 556000
14 21 14 2 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 48500
15 12 12 5 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 115600
16 9 5 5 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 233000
17 27 17 3 RADIO GAGA Queen 59400
18 NEW 18 1 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 22000
19 NEW 19 1 SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen 21000
20 10 1 6 SHE Charles Aznavour 472000

21 17 2 8 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 507750
22 15 15 4 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 84500
23 11 3 7 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 374250
24 71 24 2 LOVE Boyzone 24800
25 14 9 7 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 146050
26 62 26 2 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 25900
27 16 11 6 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 145800
28 18 18 4 I’M STILL HERE Sia 84300
29 35 29 5 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 58550
30 19 9 7 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 212000

31 24 1 21 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1897400
32 NEW 32 1 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 17800
33 48 33 3 VENOM Eminem 36200
34 NEW 34 1 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 17600
35 75 35 3 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 27500
36 54 36 3 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 34200
37 38 37 5 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 65500
38 49 38 3 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 36100
39 NEW 39 1 39 Queen 17100
40 22 22 4 RUN T’Pau 64100

41 23 6 9 SECRETS P!nk 316650
42 52 42 3 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 30850
43 57 43 4 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 36300
44 33 10 11 THE DARK SIDE Muse 220250
45 39 5 13 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 433100
46 26 13 7 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 140250
47 68 47 2 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 18900
48 NEW 48 1 JAPAN Plastician 12300
49 70 49 2 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 18100
50 37 24 10 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 159300

51 25 25 5 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 72600
52 29 16 7 CLEAN EYES SYML 113550
53 53 53 4 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 39700
54 58 54 4 APPEALS Bayonne 37600
55 28 28 7 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 85700
56 56 56 3 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 31800
57 NEW 57 1 ALGORITHM Muse 10400
58 NEW 58 1 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 10200
59 NEW 59 1 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 10100
60 65 60 2 YESTERDAY ONCE MORE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17000

61 34 4 9 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 285900
62 74 62 2 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 12600
63 NEW 63 1 MAPACHE Cari Cari 7200
64 64 64 3 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 21300
65 NEW 65 1 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 7000
66 66 66 3 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 20000
67 NEW 67 1 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 6600
68 NEW 68 1 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 6400
69 30 15 7 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 111100
70 73 70 3 I WANT YOU TO FREAK Rak-Su 16800

71 72 71 3 OVER YOU Macy Gray 16600
72 44 11 8 SHAME Elle King 178750
73 NEW 73 1 STAR Kiki Dee 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SHELTER Monkey Safari 5200
75 NEW 75 1 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 5000

DROP OUTS
31 1 7 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 646900
32 23 7 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 111750
36 6 11 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 321800
40 40 5 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 58800
41 36 4 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 60700
42 10 12 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 241850
45 45 7 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 67900
46 37 3 80’s BABY New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson 40450
47 2 12 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 702950
50 50 3 GIRLS GO WILD LP 30000
51 13 8 GTFO Mariah Carey 148050
55 27 8 TRANZ Gorillaz 111400
59 59 3 DEEP WATER American Authors 26100
60 60 1 THE TIME WARP Little Nell, Patricia Quinn & Richard O’Brien 10000
61 24 11 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 149950
63 1 16 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 891500
67 67 2 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 13200
69 69 3 IM NIN’ALU Ofra Haza 17200

 

 

4th November 2018

It’s a brand new entry and debut for Black Atlass, a fellow-Canadian signing of The Weeknd, former chart-topper here too. Moody, moving and soulful, pretty much like most of my current top 10. That keeps off 2005 oldie Need You Tonite at 3, Judie Tzuke peaking originally at 13 in 1979 with the lushly orchestrated Stay With Me Till Dawn fabness, finally getting the chart position it deserves as part of the backbone to the track. The Knocks get a second top 20, as do Sofi Tukker. Or should that be as does Sofi Tukker? Grammar and band names gets to be SO confusing sometimes. F’rinstance I just found out 48 years late that the Carpenters’ are actually Carpenters. No “the” unless you are referring to the family members of the band as opposed to a recording brand, presumably. One doesn’t after all say The Abba, or The U2 or The Queen. So, Carpenters have a new RPO strings-pottered new album coming out and the 1973 Yesterday Once More returns 45 years later to my chart after peaking at 2 first-time round, and Carpenters join Eurythmics and Pet Shop Boys as just a few of the bands that keep getting the superflous “the” when being talked about on the radio and in life generally.

In at 21, it’s Paramour drummer Zac Farro under a pseudonym. Or should that be The Paramour’s drummer…? I give up! Jonas Blue gets 2 top 40 entries in one fell swoop, while Meghan Trainor nearly does it too. Or should that be MEGHAN TRAINOR as it says on the label? Sorry MEGHAN I’m bored with shouty text unless it’s the song title (to differentiate it from the act, as was once the traditional norm in music press song charts back when I started charting, unless bold was used instead, song first, act second) or an acronym or initials. Thus endeth the historical English lesson.

In at 60, The Rocky Horror Picture Show classic, some 43 years late, but one I hear most years and about time it charted, courtesy of selling on itunes for Halloween. Clean Bandit pull in Marina for some Luis Fonzi-themed Spanish-flavoured delight, or Henry Winkler as he used to be known on Happy Days about the same time as Rocky Horror debuted. Probably. Heyyyyyy! Co-star Ron Howard just Directed Solo: A Star Wars story. I think Clean Bandit also did the theme tune to that one…. Probably. Two 90’s boybands both return, Take That not unexpectedly as they’ve had loads of chart entries here over the years, Boyzone less so: it’s been 5 years since the last one. The Prodigy are another returning 90’s act, with the very early-The-Prodigy-sounding We Live Forever. Don’t forget the “The” on Prodigy or the name makes less sense. Finally, Panic! At The Disco get a 4th chart entry of the year (that exclamation mark really should be at the end of the name if it’s a description statement, though if it’s an order surely (At The Disco) should be in brackets?). Act of the year either way, Brendan Urie has even managed to put a The Greatest Showman song into my chart now – I have yet to see the film and have resisted all of the hit songs from it to date, but Brendan knows how to do musicals to my tastes. Melodrama! OTT! Panic! (At The Disco).

 

1 NEW 1 1 SHADOWS Black Atlass 170000
2 1 1 8 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 392650
3 10 3 4 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 149700
4 7 4 3 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 134500
5 2 2 6 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 343750
6 16 6 4 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 121500
7 8 7 4 GRAVITY Paul Weller 157300
8 3 1 6 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 524000
9 6 5 4 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 208000
10 4 1 5 SHE Charles Aznavour 45200011 5 3 6 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 355000
12 14 12 4 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 88600
13 25 13 3 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 60850
14 9 9 6 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 127300
15 15 15 3 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 65000
16 17 11 5 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 127400
17 11 2 7 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 488000
18 18 18 3 I’M STILL HERE Sia 66000
19 13 9 6 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 194000
20 NEW 20 1 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 2000021 NEW 21 1 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 19500
22 40 22 3 RUN T’Pau 47100
23 12 6 8 SECRETS P!nk 302650
24 22 1 20 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1879500
25 26 25 4 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 60850
26 20 13 6 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 127500
27 30 27 2 RADIO GAGA Queen 36400
28 44 28 6 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 74900
29 21 16 6 CLEAN EYES SYML 102050
30 19 15 6 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 10490031 24 1 7 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 646900
32 23 23 7 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 111750
33 27 10 10 THE DARK SIDE Muse 207000
34 28 4 8 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 278400
35 53 35 4 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 40350
36 31 6 11 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 321800
37 39 24 9 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 147300
38 48 38 4 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 48200
39 34 5 12 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 420100
40 49 40 5 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 5880041 36 36 4 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 60700
42 32 10 12 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 241850
43 47 43 3 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 36000
44 38 11 7 SHAME Elle King 173150
45 45 45 7 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 67900
46 37 37 3 80’s BABY New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson 40450
47 33 2 12 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 702950
48 69 48 2 VENOM Eminem 18500
49 66 49 2 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 18900
50 55 50 3 GIRLS GO WILD LP 3000051 29 13 8 GTFO Mariah Carey 148050
52 72 52 2 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 17100
53 57 53 3 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 28450
54 71 54 2 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 16800
55 35 27 8 TRANZ Gorillaz 111400
56 56 56 2 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 21200
57 65 57 3 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 22800
58 58 58 3 APPEALS Bayonne 26600
59 60 59 3 DEEP WATER American Authors 26100
60 NEW 60 1 THE TIME WARP Little Nell, Patricia Quinn & Richard O’Brien 1000061 52 24 11 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 149950
62 NEW 62 1 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 7400
63 42 1 16 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 891500
64 64 64 2 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 14200
65 NEW 65 1 YESTERDAY ONCE MORE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 7000
66 68 66 2 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 13200
67 67 67 2 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 13200
68 NEW 68 1 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 6400
69 70 69 3 IM NIN’ALU Ofra Haza 17200
70 NEW 70 1 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 600071 NEW 71 1 LOVE Boyzone 5800
72 74 72 2 OVER YOU Macy Gray 10800
73 73 73 2 I WANT YOU TO FREAK Rak-Su 10800
74 NEW 74 1 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 5200
75 75 75 2 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 10000DROP OUTS
41 29 6 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 102300
43 24 7 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 116850
46 5 8 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 249050
50 30 7 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 105200
51 5 11 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 352150
54 6 8 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 203750
59 1 23 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1367150
61 22 8 KONG Neneh Cherry 105200
62 62 3 1999 Charli XCX & Troye Sivan 19000
63 63 4 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 37600

 

 

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Katy Perry Paula Saint Jordi Barcelona 2018, I was there, though she’s not in my charts..

28th October 2018

It’s one of the greatest and most important songs of the 60’s Civil Rights Movement on top, a record that is even more relevant in the disintegrating world political movements away from rights acquired through struggle over decades and centuries in some democracies, as the internet stokes hatred, lies and bitterness, not love, truth, peace and tolerance. I felt strongly about these things a child and I still do. Sam Cooke was before my time, by and large, though I was aware of his songs as a child, so unsurprisingly this is his first chart-topper 54 years late. That stops Gallant getting a second consecutive number one, which is a shame as he is a great modern soul singer, and Noah Cyrus outdoes her sis by peaking at 2 with Mad At You.

Alan Walker gets a second top 10, and Gabrielle gets a first top 10 since 2007, when she hit 7 with Paul Weller on Why. Both sit at 8 and 9. I love co-incidences. Mylo gets a second top 10 14 years after the first with a song from 2004, and gives Judy Tzuke the honour of finally getting a top 10 39 years on from the original (Stay With Me Till Dawn) peaking just outside the top 10. Biggest climbers are Shawn Mendes into the 20, and Friendly Fires into the 30, with Jess Glynne jumping into the 20 too.

Highest new entry is 1984 chart-topper Radio Ga Ga, which was my top-rated song when I moved to Dorset from Nottinghamshire. Spurred by Queen tracks selling bucketloads on itunes and albums from the Freddie Mercury Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, it is the highest of several oldie Queen tracks to re-chart. I haven’t seen the movie yet, as I went to see The Band instead, a Take That back catalogue musical which was pretty decent. Around the time Judy Tzuke was charting I went to Paris on a Uni/College Art Trip (we were both art students, and he was a drama student to boot) and shared a French B&B room with the bloke directing The Band and many other stage shows and musicals (via his production company). I just found this out when I saw his name in the credits and googled to confirm. A claim to fame I never knew! No Take That entries though, as it wasn’t them singing….

A host of 80’s stars get a first top 40 in 25 years, too numerous to mention, while new entries comebacks from Train, extending their run to close on 2 decades, Eminem (ditto), and Macy Gray (ditto) round off the rundown. Macy has been absent for 10 years.

1 6 1 7 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 277650
2 4 2 5 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 283750
3 1 1 5 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 476000
4 2 1 4 SHE Charles Aznavour 410000
5 3 3 5 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 318000
6 5 5 3 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 163000
7 22 7 2 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 69500
8 10 8 3 GRAVITY Paul Weller 107300
9 26 9 5 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 98300
10 37 10 3 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 64700

11 8 2 6 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 465000
12 7 6 7 SECRETS P!nk 283400
13 9 9 5 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 173000
14 34 14 3 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 53600
15 54 15 2 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 38000
16 17 16 3 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 66500
17 11 11 4 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 102400
18 18 18 2 I’M STILL HERE Sia 44000
19 15 15 5 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 86900
20 13 13 5 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 109000

21 16 16 5 CLEAN EYES SYML 83850
22 14 1 19 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1860500
23 23 23 6 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 93950
24 12 1 6 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 629000
25 59 25 2 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 28850
26 40 26 3 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 42100
27 21 10 9 THE DARK SIDE Muse 189300
28 20 4 7 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 260800
29 19 13 7 GTFO Mariah Carey 136300
30 NEW 30 1 RADIO GAGA Queen 18000

31 25 6 10 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 304400
32 39 10 11 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 228100
33 30 2 11 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 690450
34 31 5 11 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 403000
35 27 27 7 TRANZ Gorillaz 100600
36 38 36 3 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 46700
37 57 37 2 80’s BABY New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson 27700
38 33 11 6 SHAME Elle King 159900
39 35 24 8 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 130000
40 56 40 2 RUN T’Pau 27600

41 29 29 6 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 102300
42 32 1 15 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 884300
43 24 24 7 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 116850
44 46 44 5 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 56600
45 45 45 6 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 54900
46 28 5 8 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 249050
47 60 47 2 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 22500
48 48 48 3 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 31000
49 49 49 4 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 41800
50 36 30 7 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 105200

51 43 5 11 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 352150
52 62 24 10 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 142250
53 71 53 3 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 22850
54 47 6 8 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 203750
55 63 55 2 GIRLS GO WILD LP 18000
56 NEW 56 1 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 10600
57 66 57 2 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 17200
58 69 58 2 APPEALS Bayonne 16400
59 55 1 23 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1367150
60 70 60 2 DEEP WATER American Authors 16000

61 61 22 8 KONG Neneh Cherry 105200
62 68 62 3 1999 Charli XCX & Troye Sivan 19000
63 50 63 4 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 37600
64 NEW 64 1 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 7100
65 73 65 2 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 12400
66 NEW 66 1 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 6800
67 NEW 67 1 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 6600
68 NEW 68 1 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 6400
69 NEW 69 1 VENOM Eminem 6200
70 75 70 2 IM NIN’ALU Ofra Haza 11000

71 NEW 71 1 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 5800
72 NEW 72 1 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 5600
73 NEW 73 1 I WANT YOU TO FREAK Rak-Su 5400
74 NEW 74 1 OVER YOU Macy Gray 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 5000

DROP OUTS
41 36 5 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 74750
42 25 10 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 166800
44 31 5 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 76450
51 21 7 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 123050
52 23 7 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 101750
53 44 8 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 67100
58 14 7 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 141750
64 64 5 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 33400
65 18 10 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 169550
67 67 6 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 35600
72 35 7 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 84450
74 7 12 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 314000

21st October 2018

It’s a first chart-topper for Gallant after a few years of trying, as he also hits 4 with his second biggest-track. TOOGOODTOBETRUE is just gorgeous and it also gives Sufjan Stevens a second chart-topper less than 2 years after his first, and 13 years since frist going top 10. Sam Cooke hit 11 around that time with A Change Is Gonna Come, written for the Civil Rights movement of the 60’s in the USA, which meant a lot to me at the time (the cause, that is, the song came years later as Sam Cooke was dead before I even knew who he was). The Doctor Who Rosa Parks episode struck a chord with me, and boosted this 50-odd-year-old track into my top 10 for the first time, Sam Cooke’s first since 1986’s Wonderful World advert reisssue.

Paul Weller gets his first top 10 in a couple of years, and extends his run of top 10’s to 40 years since he was down in the tube station at midnight. Sia gets a 3rd simultaneous track with the highest new entry at 18 – I’m Still Here she sings. I don’t think we had any doubt about that, her songs are everywhere! Alan Walker is back for a 4th top 40, Mylo is back after a decade-long absence with Judie Tzuke also in the 40 after a gap of oohhh, 38 years or so. Rod makes it 47 years of top 40’s.

Shawn Mendes & Zedd are both returning, T’Pau’s Carol Decker is back after a gap of well-over 2 decades with her best single in 25 years, Spock’s Vulcan religious/political matriarch was called T’Pau. Staying with the 80’s theme, it’s not just T’Pau…a mega-artist collab enters for the touring 80’s package acts New Kids On The Block, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Salt-n-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, and it’s nicely got that late 80’s vibe about it. Most of them havent bothered my charts since the early 90’s, bar Jordan Knight (NKOTB) and Salt-N-Pepa who carried it on to the late 90’s. Friendly Fires and LP both return, Laibach debut after decades of raucous shouty metal – with something completely opposite, classy orchestral works, and the late fab Ofra Haza returns with her signature tune 30-years-on.

1 2 1 4 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 391000
2 1 1 3 SHE Charles Aznavour 345000
3 3 3 4 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 258000
4 5 4 4 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 168750
5 8 5 2 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 108000
6 40 6 6 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 107650
7 6 6 6 SECRETS P!nk 248400
8 7 2 5 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 428000
9 9 9 4 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 141000
10 37 10 2 GRAVITY Paul Weller 59300

11 11 11 3 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 79400
12 4 1 5 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 610000
13 15 13 4 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 89000
14 12 1 18 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1841000
15 22 15 4 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 65900
16 23 16 4 CLEAN EYES SYML 64100
17 26 17 2 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 41500
18 NEW 18 1 I’M STILL HERE Sia 22000
19 13 13 6 GTFO Mariah Carey 118100
20 14 4 6 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 242500

21 18 10 8 THE DARK SIDE Muse 170900
22 NEW 22 1 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 19500
23 27 23 5 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 74700
24 28 24 6 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 103350
25 10 6 9 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 286500
26 33 26 4 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 53300
27 32 27 6 TRANZ Gorillaz 83100
28 17 5 7 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 236300
29 31 29 5 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 88300
30 16 2 10 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 672750

31 20 5 10 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 385400
32 21 1 14 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 870550
33 19 11 5 SHAME Elle King 142700
34 65 34 2 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 24600
35 24 24 7 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 112900
36 38 30 6 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 93200
37 73 37 2 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 22700
38 49 38 2 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 29300
39 59 10 10 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 210300
40 67 40 2 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 23600

41 36 36 5 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 74750
42 25 25 10 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 166800
43 30 5 10 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 340400
44 34 31 5 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 76450
45 48 45 5 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 41900
46 50 46 4 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 43350
47 35 6 7 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 192750
48 68 48 2 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 18700
49 57 49 3 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 29700
50 54 50 3 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 30400

51 29 21 7 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 123050
52 43 23 7 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 101750
53 44 44 8 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 67100
54 NEW 54 1 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 11000
55 46 1 22 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1357050
56 NEW 56 1 RUN T’Pau 10600
57 NEW 57 1 80’s BABY New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson 10400
58 39 14 7 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 141750
59 NEW 59 1 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 10100
60 NEW 60 1 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 10000

61 45 22 7 KONG Neneh Cherry 97700
62 41 24 9 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 130750
63 NEW 63 1 GIRLS GO WILD LP 7200
64 64 64 5 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 33400
65 42 18 10 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 169550
66 NEW 66 1 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 6800
67 70 67 6 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 35600
68 74 68 2 1999 Charli XCX & Troye Sivan 11600
69 NEW 69 1 APPEALS Bayonne 6200
70 NEW 70 1 DEEP WATER American Authors 6000

71 71 71 2 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 11600
72 47 35 7 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 84450
73 NEW 73 1 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 5400
74 58 7 12 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 314000
75 NEW 75 1 IM NIN’ALU Ofra Haza 5000

DROP OUTS
51 16 7 LOSING IT FISHER 119050
52 6 10 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 253400
53 40 6 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 62650
55 15 9 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 161950
56 45 6 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 54700
60 60 4 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 33000
61 5 14 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 479950
62 47 8 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 60200
63 1 9 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 446550
66 4 12 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 271600
69 29 6 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 85150
72 6 14 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 351450
75 75 2 DON’T LIE TO ME Barbra Streisand 10000

 

14th October 2018

It’s the late Charles Aznavour on top for the first time 44 years after She topped the Uk charts and failed to chart in mine, and 2 years after a 60’s gem of his Emmenez Moi made my top 20. He was great, just took me decades to realise it. Holding off at 2 is Gallant, getting his 3rd top 10, and simultaneous second top 5, one with Sufjan Stevens hitting a new peak, and one with Noah Cyrus hitting a new peak for her, her second top 10. Olly Murs gets a 9th top 10 and Snoop Dogg prob about the same.

Highest new entry is SAVEUS, I’m very into dramatic or gentle soul/blues/gospel-influenced tracks this week! Highest climber is a whoppping 62 places for Bunt. Important not to mis-type that one. for KING & COUNTRY enter the 40 with Joy. Paul Weller joins himself inside the 40 with Gravity. Gabrielle makes it 2 inside the 40 this year, and SYML and Portugal. The Man get a second and 4th respectively. Two Jonas Blue’s enter lower down, Jess Glynne belatedly enters, Rod makes it 2 in a row, and Judie Tzuke is sampled on an oldie and enters my chart some 39 years after the gorgeous Stay With Me Till Dawn first charted.

1 5 1 2 SHE Charles Aznavour 230000
2 3 2 3 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 221000
3 4 3 3 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 173000
4 1 1 4 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 575000
5 16 5 3 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 103750
6 7 6 5 SECRETS P!nk 198400
7 2 2 4 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 380000
8 NEW 8 1 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 48000
9 14 9 3 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 96000
10 6 6 8 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 267750

11 73 11 2 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 42400
12 12 1 17 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1812000
13 17 13 5 GTFO Mariah Carey 97100
14 9 4 5 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 222500
15 20 15 3 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 57000
16 8 2 9 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 654750
17 10 5 6 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 218000
18 18 10 7 THE DARK SIDE Muse 151150
19 11 11 4 SHAME Elle King 125000
20 15 5 9 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 367500

21 13 1 13 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 852750
22 41 22 3 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 38900
23 44 23 3 CLEAN EYES SYML 39100
24 27 24 6 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 95400
25 26 25 9 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 153050
26 NEW 26 1 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 18500
27 38 27 4 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 55450
28 28 28 5 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 84350
29 21 21 6 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 111300
30 19 5 9 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 326900

31 34 31 4 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 70100
32 32 32 5 TRANZ Gorillaz 64700
33 59 33 3 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 34800
34 31 31 4 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 63200
35 22 6 6 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 180250
36 37 36 4 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 60750
37 NEW 37 1 GRAVITY Paul Weller 17300
38 30 30 5 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 75800
39 23 14 6 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 131550
40 48 40 5 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 52650

41 24 24 8 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 123350
42 29 18 9 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 162550
43 25 23 6 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 90250
44 50 44 7 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 55850
45 33 22 6 KONG Neneh Cherry 90200
46 43 1 21 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1346250
47 35 35 6 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 78850
48 71 48 4 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 28900
49 NEW 49 1 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 12100
50 52 50 3 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 30600

51 36 16 7 LOSING IT FISHER 119050
52 39 6 10 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 253400
53 40 40 6 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 62650
54 62 54 2 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 18400
55 42 15 9 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 161950
56 45 45 6 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 54700
57 63 57 2 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 17600
58 49 7 11 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 308800
59 RE 10 9 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 193200
60 60 60 4 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 33000

61 53 5 14 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 479950
62 47 47 8 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 60200
63 54 1 9 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 446550
64 65 64 4 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 26300
65 NEW 65 1 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 7000
66 61 4 12 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 271600
67 NEW 67 1 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 6600
68 NEW 68 1 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 6400
69 51 29 6 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 85150
70 70 70 5 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 29000

71 NEW 71 1 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 5800
72 56 6 14 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 351450
73 NEW 73 1 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 5400
74 NEW 74 1 1999 Charli XCX & Troye Sivan 5200
75 75 75 2 DON’T LIE TO ME Barbra Streisand 10000

DROP OUTS
46 20 8 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 145100
55 4 11 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 279300
57 1 8 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 510150
58 26 5 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 70700
64 1 21 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 844250
66 1 12 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 649200
67 52 2 AIN’T NO PLEASING YOU Chas & Dave 18100
68 54 5 AFTER ALL All Saints 44800
69 59 5 TRY Rick Astley 39900
72 72 3 VENUS LOON T.Rex 16000
74 8 10 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 210400

 

 

7th October 2018

3 weeks on top for classic Pet Shop Boys as the late Charles Aznavour belatedly enters my charts 44 years overdue with the fabulous She. I didnt like it at the time as it was a tv theme tune that appealed to older people and i was a sniffy 16 year old more into less MOR tracks. It took an Elvis Costello cover to change my mind, its a great song. New big climbs for new lovely tracks from Gallant and The O’My’s into the top 5, and Mariah Carey gets into my 20 after quite a non-xmas gap and Jungle get a 2nd one. Soft Cell are back with their first new entry in 34 years, following a one-off O2 reunion and back catalogue push, though Marc Almond has dotted my charts over those years. Barbra Streisand has meanwhile a first new entry in yonks and extends her run to 47 years since the brilliant Stoney End debuted.

1 1 1 3 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 510000
2 2 2 3 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 330000
3 19 3 2 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 106000
4 17 4 2 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 88000
5 NEW 5 1 SHE Charles Aznavour 60000
6 8 8 7 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 225750
7 7 7 4 SECRETS P!nk 143400
8 3 2 8 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 629750
9 4 4 4 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 193500
10 5 5 5 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 195000

11 12 12 3 SHAME Elle King 105000
12 13 1 16 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1777000
13 6 1 12 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 833000
14 18 18 2 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 51000
15 11 5 8 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 347500
16 25 25 2 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 43750
17 35 35 4 GTFO Mariah Carey 65100
18 10 10 6 THE DARK SIDE Muse 129150
19 9 5 8 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 308900
20 60 20 2 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 30000

21 21 21 5 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 93100
22 15 6 5 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 162750
23 14 14 5 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 114450
24 24 24 7 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 109350
25 23 23 5 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 76800
26 28 26 8 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 134400
27 32 27 4 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 76400
28 30 28 4 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 65950
29 26 18 8 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 148700
30 33 33 4 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 58600

31 34 34 4 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 63100
32 39 39 4 TRANZ Gorillaz 46900
33 22 22 5 KONG Neneh Cherry 77200
34 37 34 3 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 52200
35 38 35 5 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 66350
36 16 16 6 LOSING IT FISHER 107300
37 42 42 3 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 43350
38 46 38 3 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 37050
39 26 6 9 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 241900
40 50 40 5 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 51400

41 73 41 2 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 19400
42 31 15 8 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 151150
43 41 1 20 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1333500
44 67 44 2 CLEAN EYES SYML 19850
45 56 45 5 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 44100
46 20 20 8 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 145150
47 48 47 6 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 52900
48 51 48 4 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 35750
49 40 7 10 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 298700
50 68 50 6 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 42600

51 29 29 5 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 78950
52 64 52 2 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 18600
53 45 5 13 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 472450
54 49 1 8 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 439350
55 44 4 11 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 279300
56 53 6 13 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 345850
57 43 1 8 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 510150
58 36 26 5 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 70700
59 65 59 2 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 17100
60 63 60 3 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 23000

61 58 4 11 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 264800
62 NEW 62 1 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 7400
63 NEW 63 1 5 DOLLARS Christine and the Queens 7200
64 62 1 20 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 844250
65 66 65 3 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 19200
66 47 1 12 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 649200
67 52 52 2 AIN’T NO PLEASING YOU Chas & Dave 18100
68 54 54 5 AFTER ALL All Saints 44800
69 59 59 5 TRY Rick Astley 39600
70 70 70 4 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 23000

71 71 71 3 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 16600
72 74 72 3 VENUS LOON T.Rex 16000
73 NEW 73 1 ON MY WAY BUNT. featuring Leah Haywood
74 57 8 9 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 210400
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T LIE TO ME Barbra Streisand 5000

Drop outs:

75 50 20 11 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 150700
72 46 18 8 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 126500
69 49 10 11 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 288200
61 47 32 5 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 69150
55 41 6 18 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 456850

 

 

30th September 2018

It’s a 2nd week on top, and 3rd in total, for 1988 chart-topper Left To My Own Devices, all 8 minutes and 17 seconds of the Pet Shop Boys epic. That keeps off newcomer trip-hop-ish Snoh Aelegra from the top so far, at 2, while P!nk gets a 12th top 10 as she heads towards her 20th anniversary of top 10’s. Her peak position to date is still 2, one of the few big acts still waiting to top my charts. Muse meanwhile make it 2 top 10’s in a row, another act never to top my chart.

3 new tracks enter consecutively, one pop, two what we used to call soul back in the day – Urban is the current label, probably. Olly Murs has been quiet of late, but he’s back with a splash at 18, bringing along Snoop for a quarter century of chart entries. Meanwhile The O’My’s, a Chicago duo, draft in Chance The Rapper to enter at 17, while Gallant gets greedy – the Maryland singer enters with Sufjan Stevens, both on their 3rd entry, Gallant went top 10 in 2016, Sufjan did it in 2006 and a decade later. Gallant supports Noah Cyrus on her 3rd too, so his 4th, at 25.

Gorillaz shoot up into the 40 with Tranz, and the late Chas Hodges returns for a finale with the Chas & Dave 1982 goodie Ain’t No Pleasing You, while Kylie – who I saw at the O2 on Friday, fab show – gets the new single version of her album track chart-topper A Lifetime To Repair back into the 40, cos it went down a storm. Jungle are back, Heavy, so are Don Diablo and Alex Clare, Gabrielle, SYML, and Portugal. The Man – meaning few actual debuts this week apart from The O’My’s and Rebecca Sugar.

1 1 1 2 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 340000
2 9 2 2 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 215000
3 2 2 7 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 581750
4 4 4 3 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 148500
5 8 5 4 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 153000
6 3 1 11 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 801000
7 11 7 3 SECRETS P!nk 93400
8 10 8 6 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 170750
9 5 5 7 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 287900
10 19 10 5 THE DARK SIDE Muse 107150

11 12 5 7 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 320500
12 13 12 2 SHAME Elle King 67000
13 7 1 15 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1742000
14 14 14 4 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 95200
15 6 6 4 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 143250
16 16 16 5 LOSING IT FISHER 89900
17 NEW 17 1 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 23000
18 NEW 18 1 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 22000
19 NEW 19 1 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 21000
20 20 20 7 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 132350

21 27 21 4 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 73350
22 32 22 4 KONG Neneh Cherry 59500
23 43 23 4 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 58000
24 24 24 6 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 90350
25 NEW 25 1 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 18750
26 18 18 7 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 130600
27 17 6 8 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 224800
28 28 28 7 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 115800
29 30 29 4 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 67200
30 40 30 3 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 47750

31 15 15 7 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 137400
32 36 32 4 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 58000
33 33 33 3 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 40600
34 35 34 3 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 45200
35 38 35 3 GTFO Mariah Carey 42100
36 26 26 4 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 60500
37 37 37 2 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 34600
38 44 38 4 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 48850
39 69 39 3 TRANZ Gorillaz 29100
40 22 7 9 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 286500

41 39 1 19 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1320000
42 48 42 2 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 26050
43 23 1 7 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 499750
44 21 4 10 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 268500
45 29 5 12 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 461200
46 64 46 2 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 19850
47 31 1 11 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 642400
48 66 48 6 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 40300
49 34 1 7 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 428350
50 58 50 4 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 34400

51 67 51 3 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 23350
52 NEW 52 1 AIN’T NO PLEASING YOU Chas & Dave 11500
53 42 6 12 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 335250
54 57 54 4 AFTER ALL All Saints 38400
55 41 6 18 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 456850
56 62 56 4 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 31100
57 25 8 9 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 205200
58 45 4 10 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 257300
59 60 59 4 TRY Rick Astley 33700
60 NEW 60 1 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 10000

61 47 32 5 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 69150
62 59 1 20 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 837150
63 71 63 2 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 13000
64 NEW 64 1 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 7100
65 NEW 65 1 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 7000
66 73 66 2 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 12200
67 NEW 67 1 CLEAN EYES SYML 6600
68 68 68 5 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 30600
69 49 10 11 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 288200
70 72 70 3 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 17000

71 75 71 2 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 10800
72 46 18 8 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 126500
73 NEW 73 1 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 5400
74 74 74 2 VENUS LOON T.Rex 10400
75 50 20 11 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 150700

DROP OUTS
51 9 9 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 228500
52 1 5 HEY JUDE The Beatles 295800
53 53 4 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 35600
54 10 8 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 167500
55 39 7 NO DANGER The Delgados 75700
56 3 16 SINNER Deaf Havana 625650
61 1 14 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 772450
63 13 8 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 161250
65 6 10 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 289700
70 14 11 FRIENDS RAYE 189450

 

 

23rd September 2018

It’s straight in on top for the 30-year-old extended album version of Left To My Own Devices, 30 years since the single edit grabbed an epic-sounding Trevor Horn produced week on top. Several tracks from the Introspective album have charted for the first time, following it’s extended reissue and remaster earlier in the year, which made the UK album charts, but which I’ve only just got round to listening to. I still have the original vinyl version.

Kodaline get a first top 5, and highest new entry is from Swedish-Persian descended Snoh Aalegra coming over all Portishead 90’s trip-hop in at 9 with Nothing Burns Like The Cold. P!nk has another good track off her latest album shoot up to 11, Secrets, and Elle King is back with another goodie at 13, aiming for the heights of Ex’s & Oh’s. Dolly Parton & Sia leap into the 40, giving Sia a second simultaneously, while Lana Del Ray, Sigala, Mariah Carey and Suede all return to the 40.

New at 48 is a new version of Bob Dylan’s classic-as-done-by-Hendrix All Along The Watchtower from Afterhere, a new duo project from Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17, making a heavenly 36 years of charting, jointly with new singer/keyboardist Berenice Scott grabbing her first. Contemporaries Tears For Fears sneak in at 75 with the Donnie Darko soundtrack classic, and the 44-year-old Venus Loon features on a new T.Rex compilation hitting the top 10, my fave album track from the Zinc Alloy album which my mate played obsessively at the time, being as he was an obsessive T.Rex fan. I always thought it should have been a single instead of the later 1974 actual singles which ended Marc Bolan’s run of top 20 hits. So, 44-years-late, but got into my charts at last.

1 NEW 1 1 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 170000
2 2 2 6 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 496750
3 1 1 10 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 746000
4 26 4 2 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 83500
5 6 5 6 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 242900
6 7 6 3 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 116250
7 3 1 14 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1710000
8 12 8 3 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 93000
9 NEW 9 1 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 45000
10 11 10 5 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 122750

11 68 11 2 SECRETS P!nk 43400
12 5 5 6 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 283500
13 NEW 13 1 SHAME Elle King 32000
14 15 14 3 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 66200
15 16 15 6 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 119500
16 17 16 4 LOSING IT FISHER 64900
17 9 6 7 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 206400
18 18 18 6 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 112100
19 23 19 4 THE DARK SIDE Muse 65150
20 20 20 6 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 112350

21 4 4 9 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 255250
22 13 7 8 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 269500
23 10 1 6 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 486250
24 25 24 5 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 71350
25 8 8 8 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 194850
26 27 26 3 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 43100
27 30 27 3 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 53600
28 28 28 6 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 97500
29 19 5 11 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 448200
30 35 30 3 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 49000

31 14 1 10 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 629900
32 49 32 3 KONG Neneh Cherry 40000
33 74 33 2 ALL I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 22900
34 21 1 6 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 416250
35 59 35 2 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 27600
36 50 36 3 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 40200
37 NEW 37 1 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 17300
38 62 38 2 GTFO Mariah Carey 24600
39 33 1 18 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1306000
40 46 40 2 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 29750

41 22 6 17 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 446050
42 24 6 11 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 324000
43 44 43 3 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 38750
44 54 44 3 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 31650
45 29 4 9 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 247100
46 31 18 7 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 120900
47 32 32 4 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 61650
48 NEW 48 1 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 12300
49 36 10 10 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 282000
50 34 20 10 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 145700

51 42 9 9 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 228500
52 37 1 5 HEY JUDE The Beatles 295800
53 53 53 4 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 35600
54 47 10 8 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 167500
55 39 39 7 NO DANGER The Delgados 75700
56 51 3 16 SINNER Deaf Havana 625650
57 60 57 3 AFTER ALL All Saints 27400
58 63 58 3 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 22400
59 56 1 19 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 829750
60 65 60 3 TRY Rick Astley 23600

61 38 1 14 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 772450
62 64 62 3 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 20500
63 43 13 8 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 161250
64 NEW 64 1 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 7100
65 40 6 10 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 289700
66 72 66 5 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 28000
67 75 67 2 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 11600
68 69 68 4 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 24200
69 71 69 2 TRANZ Gorillaz 12000
70 70 14 11 FRIENDS RAYE 189450

71 NEW 71 1 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 5800
72 73 72 2 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 11000
73 NEW 73 1 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 5400
74 NEW 74 1 VENUS LOON T.Rex 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 5000

DROP OUTS
41 8 9 ALWAYS Panama 211250
45 45 5 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 56450
48 37 6 MISSING U Robyn 65200
52 19 5 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 88000
55 55 3 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin 28800
57 57 3 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 31200
58 35 4 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 52300
61 47 5 THINK Aretha Franklin 53200
66 35 5 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 66750
67 36 10 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 124250

16th September 2018

It’s 90’s Belgium band Hooverphonic on top with their cinematic Romantic, which is very romantic despite all claims to the contrary. Paul Macca gets his first top 10 with new material for 5 years giving him 50 years of top 10’s in my charts. Huge climbs for up and coming Grace Carter, from Brighton, and Paul Weller modpunk main man 40 years on from his first top 20, and throbbing dance act Fisher. Highest new entry is from Kodaline, just ahead of a big climb from Manic Street Preachers, giving a bit of a veteran rock theme to the charts. Talking of which Suede are back with a goodie, the majestic Life Is Golden giving the former chart-toppers a highest chart position for 16 years. Returns from Lana Del Ray, P!nk, sweary Mariah Carey back after 5 years away (yes I know sweary is usually in front of P!nk songs), Gorillaz and Dolly Parton with a Sia movie theme duet.

1 4 1 9 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 661000
2 2 2 5 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 381750
3 1 1 13 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1660000
4 9 4 8 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 235500
5 5 5 5 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 248500
6 7 6 5 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 182900
7 53 7 2 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 61250
8 12 8 7 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 176100
9 6 6 6 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 183400
10 3 1 5 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 467000

11 21 11 4 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 80750
12 60 12 2 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 45000
13 10 7 7 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 250000
14 8 1 9 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 612000
15 58 15 2 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 37200
16 24 16 5 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 92500
17 52 17 3 LOSING IT FISHER 39900
18 19 18 5 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 90100
19 14 5 10 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 430000
20 23 20 5 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 92350

21 11 1 5 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 396750
22 17 6 16 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 432050
23 33 23 3 THE DARK SIDE Muse 44150
24 15 6 10 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 310250
25 36 25 4 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 52350
26 NEW 26 1 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 18500
27 69 27 2 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 24600
28 28 28 5 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 79200
29 16 4 8 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 234100
30 38 30 2 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 35200

31 18 18 6 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 108150
32 34 32 3 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 49150
33 27 1 17 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1288900
34 20 20 9 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 133700
35 43 35 2 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 31000
36 22 10 9 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 269900
37 13 1 4 HEY JUDE The Beatles 284300
38 30 1 13 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 764950
39 42 39 6 NO DANGER The Delgados 64900
40 29 6 9 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 282700

41 31 8 9 ALWAYS Panama 211250
42 25 9 8 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 216750
43 32 13 7 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 154050
44 50 44 2 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 25250
45 45 45 5 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 56450
46 NEW 46 1 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 12750
47 26 10 7 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 156500
48 37 37 6 MISSING U Robyn 65200
49 59 49 2 KONG Neneh Cherry 22200
50 55 50 2 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 22800

51 39 3 15 SINNER Deaf Havana 615050
52 40 19 5 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 88000
53 64 53 3 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 24350
54 62 54 2 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 18400
55 56 55 3 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin 28800
56 54 1 18 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 819650
57 57 57 3 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 31200
58 35 35 4 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 52300
59 NEW 59 1 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 10100
60 65 60 2 AFTER ALL All Saints 17000

61 47 47 5 THINK Aretha Franklin 53200
62 NEW 62 1 GTFO Mariah Carey 7400
63 75 63 2 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 12200
64 70 64 2 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 13100
65 67 65 2 TRY Rick Astley 13600
66 44 35 5 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 66750
67 41 36 10 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 124250
68 NEW 68 1 SECRETS P!nk 6400
69 71 69 3 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 17800
70 51 14 10 FRIENDS RAYE 183450

71 NEW 71 1 TRANZ Gorillaz 5800
72 74 72 4 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 21200
73 NEW 73 1 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 5400
74 NEW 74 1 ALL I AM Dolly Parton & Sia 5200
75 NEW 75 1 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 5000

DROP OUTS
46 26 5 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 86950
48 20 9 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 148200
49 40 8 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 87800
61 10 12 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 281050
63 16 8 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 143150
66 66 3 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys 19200
68 20 9 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 125100
72 72 2 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 11200
73 73 2 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Aretha Franklin 10400

 

9th September 2018

It’s back up for a 5th week on top for PATD, and a host of new entries, half of them as we used to say in the old days “Various Artists”. and headed by Jason Derulo’s cover of the Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli brilliance that is Time To Say Goodbye. Some veterans pop in, Chic, Macca, Weller, Astley, Manics, Mavis, All Saints, Craig David, but the only that has been MIA is Neneh Cherry, who hasnt featured on any new stuff since 2000, though her daughter Mabel is doing well these days.

1 3 1 12 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1575000
2 2 2 4 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 266750
3 1 1 4 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 425000
4 8 3 8 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 491000
5 5 5 4 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 188500
6 7 6 5 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 138400
7 11 7 4 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 127900
8 9 1 8 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 583000
9 14 9 7 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 170500
10 10 7 6 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 218000

11 6 1 4 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 377000
12 21 12 6 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 128100
13 4 1 3 HEY JUDE The Beatles 267000
14 12 5 9 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 409000
15 15 6 9 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 291250
16 16 4 7 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 215900
17 13 6 15 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 412550
18 20 18 5 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 90250
19 34 19 4 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 68100
20 28 20 8 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 116100

21 38 21 3 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 43750
22 17 10 8 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 252500
23 29 23 4 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 72350
24 30 24 4 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 67500
25 19 9 7 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 203000
26 18 10 6 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 144000
27 27 1 16 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1271200
28 32 28 4 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 60900
29 22 6 8 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 265700
30 23 1 12 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 747750

31 24 8 8 ALWAYS Panama 197250
32 26 13 6 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 140550
33 63 33 2 THE DARK SIDE Muse 24900
34 42 34 2 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 31350
35 39 35 3 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 42100
36 60 36 3 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 33600
37 49 37 5 MISSING U Robyn 52900
38 NEW 38 1 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 17200
39 33 3 14 SINNER Deaf Havana 603300
40 25 19 4 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 76500

41 36 36 9 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 117650
42 44 42 5 NO DANGER The Delgados 47800
43 NEW 43 1 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 13500
44 35 35 4 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 59950
45 48 45 4 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 43450
46 31 26 5 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 86950
47 47 47 4 THINK Aretha Franklin 45700
48 37 20 9 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 148200
49 40 40 8 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 87800
50 NEW 50 1 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 12000

51 41 14 9 FRIENDS RAYE 177450
52 73 52 2 LOSING IT FISHER 16900
53 NEW 53 1 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 11250
54 46 1 17 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 809050
55 NEW 55 1 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 10800
56 62 56 2 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin 18000
57 57 57 2 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 20800
58 NEW 58 1 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 10200
59 NEW 59 1 KONG Neneh Cherry 10100
60 NEW 60 1 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 10000

61 51 10 12 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 281050
62 NEW 62 1 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 7400
63 45 16 8 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 143150
64 70 64 2 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 13100
65 NEW 65 1 AFTER ALL All Saints 7000
66 66 66 3 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys 19200
67 NEW 67 1 TRY Rick Astley 6600
68 43 20 9 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 125100
69 NEW 69 1 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 6200
70 NEW 70 1 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 6000

71 71 71 2 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 11600
72 72 72 2 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 11200
73 75 73 2 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Aretha Franklin 10400
74 74 74 3 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 15600
75 NEW 75 1 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 5000

DROP OUTS
50 32 8 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 120450
52 26 9 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 139300
53 3 8 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 302500
54 30 9 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 134600
55 34 6 ON U NOTIMES 79150
56 29 7 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 99000
58 36 6 SHINE Gabrielle 75700
59 52 5 WARRIOR Paloma Faith 49900
61 58 5 LIE LIKE ME Ward Thomas 44900
64 1 8 FOREVER MORE Moloko 402450
65 65 4 CRUEL GAME (VANZETTI & SACCO REMIX) Nouvelle Phenomene 24200
67 23 8 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 106700
68 19 12 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 162700
69 2 20 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 809750

 

 

2nd September 2018

It’s Aretha’s heavenly version of Carole King’s Natural Woman on top, 51 years old and still fab. It’s her 4th chart-topper, and second posthumously. Aretha has many tracks climbing this week and two more new entries, one of them that topped my chart in the new Orchestral version over Christmas, after first charting in 1974, and the other, a cover of Bridge Over Troubled Water, has never charted before. That just keeps off number one a big climb for Set Mo, an Aussie act with their fab track White Dress. There’s also a second top 10 for both Alan Walker and Au/Ra, replacing herself in the top 10, as Darkside shoots up.

Err, that’s about it actually, in a very quiet chart week, as I’ve been too busy to listen to much new music. I don’t like stale charts so will be searching about this week for hot new tracks! Highest new entry is In My Mind by two people Ive never heard of, another Muse new track, 5 Seconds Of Summer popping in, a bit late, a Bastille Marshmallow, or something like that, and a booming dance track from FISHER. Plus some more (probably X Factor) itunes oldies coming back again.

1 3 1 3 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 340000
2 21 2 3 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 151750
3 4 1 11 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1405000
4 1 1 2 HEY JUDE The Beatles 235000
5 6 5 3 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 128500
6 2 1 3 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 340000
7 29 7 4 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 83400
8 8 3 7 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 426000
9 5 1 7 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 535000
10 7 7 5 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 176000

11 17 11 3 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 77900
12 11 5 8 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 380000
13 9 6 14 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 389550
14 16 14 6 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 125500
15 15 6 8 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 264250
16 14 4 6 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 190900
17 12 10 7 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 233000
18 10 10 5 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 125500
19 13 9 6 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 184250
20 22 20 4 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 68250

21 25 21 5 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 93100
22 18 6 7 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 247500
23 20 1 11 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 729750
24 24 8 7 ALWAYS Panama 197250
25 19 19 3 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 59500
26 23 13 5 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 122750
27 27 1 15 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1253800
28 28 28 7 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 96100
29 32 29 3 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 53100
30 35 30 3 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 48500

31 26 26 4 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 73200
32 39 32 3 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 41900
33 30 3 13 SINNER Deaf Havana 586200
34 40 34 3 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 47100
35 38 35 3 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 46700
36 53 36 8 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 103650
37 34 20 8 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 135900
38 66 38 2 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 24000
39 61 39 2 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 24600
40 50 40 7 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 75700

41 41 14 8 FRIENDS RAYE 165700
42 NEW 42 1 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 13750
43 31 20 8 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 118700
44 63 44 4 NO DANGER The Delgados 34050
45 33 16 7 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 135950
46 44 1 16 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 798050
47 56 47 3 THINK Aretha Franklin 33200
48 51 48 3 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 30450
49 52 49 4 MISSING U Robyn 35600
50 37 32 8 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 120450

51 45 10 11 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 273550
52 43 26 9 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 139300
53 48 3 8 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 302500
54 36 30 9 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 134600
55 46 34 6 ON U NOTIMES 79150
56 47 29 7 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 99000
57 NEW 57 1 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 10400
58 49 36 6 SHINE Gabrielle 75700
59 57 52 5 WARRIOR Paloma Faith 49900
60 69 60 2 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 16200

61 58 58 5 LIE LIKE ME Ward Thomas 44900
62 NEW 62 1 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin 7400
63 NEW 63 1 THE DARK SIDE Muse 7200
64 59 1 8 FOREVER MORE Moloko 402450
65 70 65 4 CRUEL GAME (VANZETTI & SACCO REMIX) Nouvelle Phenomene 24200
66 72 66 2 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys 12400
67 62 23 8 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 106700
68 54 19 12 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 162700
69 64 2 20 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 809750
70 NEW 70 1 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 6000

71 NEW 71 1 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 5800
72 NEW 72 1 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 5600
73 NEW 73 1 LOSING IT FISHER 5400
74 74 74 2 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 10400
75 NEW 75 1 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Aretha Franklin 5000

DROP OUTS
42 42 3 SHOW ME THE WAY Suzi Island 39250
55 55 4 LEVEL UP Ciara 35400
60 6 11 I ADORE U Adore Delano 352350
65 10 11 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 216300
67 67 2 SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin 12400
68 7 13 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 272800
71 17 10 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 147250
73 73 3 ALL WE DO Oh Wonder 15400
75 75 1 DON’T ACT LIKE A STRANGER Cathedrals 5000

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My 2017 Charts Oct-Dec

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31st December 2017

It’s Aretha Franklin’s orchestral oldie on top, almost exactly 44 years since the gorgeous Stevie Wonder song first charted for me, and it’s been a week of oldies xmas invasions, as a refuge from the stress of having a father unexpectedly in hospital from xmas eve (and still there) while caring for a mother who needs help with everything. Lots of TV playlist oldies has created a nostalgic xmas chart invasion, belatedly, some of them having charted dozens of times before, some just a couple or a few times.

The Fizz make it 2 top 10’s with the christmassy Home For My Heart, and also give Rick Wakeman his first ever top 10 singles chart credit – though he was tinkling the ivories in my top 10 way back in the early 70’s on many records. Paloma gets a second top 10 of the year, Streets Of London incredibly makes my top 20 for the first ever time, criminal for such a great song! Joe Goddrad heavily samples a 70’s disco soul flop from Brainstorm, one I didn’t know at the time (or since) so I’ve given them credit, cos it’s great.

Buckingham McVie return for 5th track off the Mac-side-project album, Oh Wonder get a second chart single, Taylor Swift gets her first of the year, and Jose Feliciano’s xmas oldie finally charts – largely because I keep hearing it, having spent the best part of 45 years never having come across the 1970 track at all. Jose Feliciano had a top 10 fab hit with me in my first charting days in late 1968, with the Doors song, Light My Fire – a stylised version covered by Will Young more recently – and then…nothing. Never made my chart again, not even his current Jools Holland stuff. So, a new chart record – albeit with an oldie – for Jose, as his 49-year-drought comes to an end and he finally gets a follow-up.

1 2 1 4 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 455000
2 1 1 5 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 332300
3 3 1 6 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 740000
4 4 4 6 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 258200
5 5 1 9 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 817000
6 6 5 7 PHASES Alma & French Montana 322400
7 7 2 9 AMEN The Fizz 780000
8 10 8 6 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 157150
9 27 9 3 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 80900
10 12 10 7 GUILTY Paloma Faith 155600

11 9 9 17 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 399500
12 16 12 8 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 151400
13 8 8 7 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 224400
14 25 14 2 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 47750
15 15 3 12 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 492000
16 32 16 2 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 42800
17 17 17 6 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 119950
18 30 18 2 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 40000
19 29 19 2 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 39200
20 40 20 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 37000

21 13 10 7 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 171200
22 11 7 7 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 204900
23 18 1 12 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 683750
24 26 24 5 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 79250
25 36 25 2 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 36150
26 14 4 9 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 377400
27 23 1 18 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1044650
28 22 5 6 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 208800
29 75 29 2 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 23200
30 20 20 4 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 74850

31 19 19 8 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 114850
32 28 17 9 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 169750
33 24 8 7 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 187700
34 21 8 8 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 259850
35 31 3 14 READY TO GO Hurts 604700
36 39 36 4 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 61800
37 34 4 21 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 464300
38 49 38 6 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 60500
39 65 39 2 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 24100
40 33 1 14 WAIT UP Hurts 783850

41 41 1 7 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 326600
42 37 1 14 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 898400
43 35 24 8 GO BANG PNAU 127600
44 38 17 9 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 164200
45 43 1 17 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 941150
46 44 10 12 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 254000
47 54 47 3 RUT The Killers 28500
48 45 1 17 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 917950
49 56 49 3 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 27900
50 NEW 50 1 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 12000

51 48 6 20 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 478550
52 46 15 8 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 150150
53 51 18 10 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 180900
54 NEW 54 1 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN Johnny Mathis 11000
55 55 1 26 DREAMS Grace Slick 720700
56 RE 5 14 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 498800
57 70 57 3 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 22400
58 58 19 13 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 179600
59 59 59 3 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 30200
60 42 37 6 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 87350

61 47 40 6 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 59100
62 50 16 7 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 121800
63 63 34 7 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 84500
64 NEW 64 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 7100
65 NEW 65 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band (with the Harlem Community Choir) 7000
66 66 3 17 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 475250
67 67 1 42 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1024350
68 68 29 11 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 123350
69 NEW 69 1 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 6200
70 NEW 70 1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 6000

71 RE 45 4 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 36200
72 NEW 72 1 LIFETIME Oh Wonder 5600
73 NEW 73 1 FELIZ NAVIDAD Jose Feliciano 5400
74 NEW 74 1 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 5000

DROP OUTS
52 7 9 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 261500
53 40 7 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 75950
57 48 7 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 67300
60 29 4 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 58950
61 4 12 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 346850
62 34 10 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 133950
64 8 14 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 327050
69 47 5 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 52350
71 12 16 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 261150
72 14 17 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 252350
73 10 19 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 319200
74 30 11 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 133500

24th December 2017

It’s Chris Rea on top, at long last, as he cancels his tour from ill health, but continues to have the most heart-warming annual christmas fave with his 1988 classic. The song made my top 10 then, and hit 4 in 1994, before hitting a new peak of 3 in 2007. All of them in years when the UK singles chart was unwelcoming to the song, to say the least. It finally makes the UK top 20 this week, and in celebration it not only makes my top 10 for the 7th time, it finally hits the top spot 29 years on. No record has charted so many times before topping my chart, nor had so many weeks on the chart before topping my chart.

Craig David gets his first top 10 since 2010, and his 5th in total, including 2 number ones (Hot Stuff in 2007 and Walking Away in 2000). The Partridge Family make my top 20 for the first time in 44 years, with an old album track, and the highest new entry is also an old Sister Sledge (Chic-produced) album track from 1980, one I’ve never heard before until Radio 2 played it for the surviving sisters talking about a new tour. Pretty Baby is much better than any of the singles off the album, and is therefore their best new entry on my chart since Lost In Music in 1979 (ignoring reissues and remixes).

Empire Of The Sun replace themselves in my chart, with a song containing “home” in it, very much the theme of the chart, on top, and new entries from Joe Goddard, a climber for The Fizz, someone ironic considering the charity new entry at 40 – Ralph McTell’s new version of his classic Streets Of London is in aid of the homeless, and it’s rather a good version, helped along by Annie Lennox. That’s Annie’s first chart credit here in 8 years, and Ralph’s first, cough, in 42 years. That’s one hell of an absence! Streets Of London was already a few years old when it charted at Christmas 1974, as was another oldie, Hey There Lonely Girl from Eddie Holman. Eddie hasn’t troubled my chart since, until now – purely because an oldie I was listening to on youtube ended and this track started up next, one from 1966 I’d never heard of. An instant retro fave for me and lovely to see Ralph & Eddie entering together 43 years since they last both hit my top 40.

1 16 1 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 217300
2 2 2 3 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 285000
3 1 1 5 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 655000
4 4 4 5 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 193200
5 3 1 8 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 757000
6 5 5 6 PHASES Alma & French Montana 267400
7 6 2 8 AMEN The Fizz 730000
8 11 8 6 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 182400
9 9 9 16 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 362500
10 18 10 5 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 109150

11 7 7 6 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 185400
12 20 12 6 GUILTY Paloma Faith 113600
13 10 10 6 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 151450
14 8 4 8 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 358900
15 19 3 11 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 465000
16 29 16 7 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 116400
17 22 17 5 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 96950
18 15 1 11 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 664500
19 30 19 7 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 96950
20 23 20 3 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 56850

21 14 8 7 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 242250
22 13 5 5 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 190500
23 17 1 17 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1026250
24 12 8 6 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 170000
25 NEW 25 1 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 18750
26 26 26 4 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 60250
27 35 27 2 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 35900
28 21 17 8 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 151950
29 NEW 29 1 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 18200
30 NEW 30 1 HOME Joe Goddard 18000

31 28 3 13 READY TO GO Hurts 587200
32 NEW 32 1 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 17800
33 31 1 13 WAIT UP Hurts 766850
34 25 4 20 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 447100
35 24 24 7 GO BANG PNAU 114100
36 NEW 36 1 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 17400
37 32 1 13 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 887400
38 33 17 8 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 150950
39 39 39 3 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 44400
40 NEW 40 1 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 17000

41 34 1 6 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 312600
42 37 37 5 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 77350
43 43 1 16 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 928150
44 44 10 11 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 241250
45 41 1 16 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 905650
46 36 15 7 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 138650
47 40 40 5 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 51600
48 45 6 19 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 466800
49 50 49 5 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 43300
50 27 16 6 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 114400

51 42 18 9 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 169650
52 38 7 9 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 261500
53 47 40 7 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 75950
54 75 54 2 RUT The Killers 16000
55 55 1 25 DREAMS Grace Slick 709900
56 74 56 2 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 15800
57 48 48 7 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 67300
58 58 19 12 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 169400
59 60 59 2 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 20100
60 46 29 4 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 58950

61 51 4 12 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 346850
62 49 34 10 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 133950
63 52 34 6 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 77300
64 53 8 14 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 327050
65 NEW 65 1 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 7000
66 63 3 16 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 468450
67 67 1 41 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1017750
68 65 29 10 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 116950
69 59 47 5 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 52350
70 70 70 2 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 12000

71 54 12 16 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 261150
72 69 14 17 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 252350
73 73 10 19 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 319200
74 62 30 11 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 133500
75 NEW 75 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 5000

DROP OUTS
56 56 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23000
57 35 5 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 70400
61 22 8 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 117600
64 31 7 DRIVEWAY culpriit 94000
66 66 2 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 12600
68 1 25 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1098300
71 1 23 TRUE FEELING Galantis 993350
72 72 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 5600

17th December 2017

How Can I Be Sure is back on top for a second week for the late David Cassidy, just holding off the strings-laden soul classic Stevie Wonder song as done by Aretha Franklin, finally getting the chart peak it deserved first time round when it was battling Glam Rock classics, Cher, Wings & Barry White. I just turned sweet 16.

Tame Impala get a 3rd top 5, Roy Orbison gets his biggest of the year, and the RPO get 2 in the top 10. Steely Dan return to the top 10 42 years later, and Chris Rea gets a top 20 xmas classic return for the umpteenth time without ever topping my chart. Yes there’s a bit of a dearth of new material as Christmas takes over – though Kim Wilde gets a second christmas song in the chart some 38 years since the last one.

The Fizz enter the chart as the highest new entry, with assist from prog legend Rick Wakeman who was tinkling the ivories for Bowie and others over 45 years ago, and anyone who could have forseen a 2017 link-up with Bucks Fizz would be truly living in a world of alternate universes. It works though!

1 2 1 4 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 570000
2 6 2 2 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 170000
3 1 1 7 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 697000
4 9 4 4 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 128200
5 5 5 5 PHASES Alma & French Montana 212400
6 3 2 7 AMEN The Fizz 680000
7 7 7 5 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 148400
8 4 4 7 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 329900
9 12 9 15 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 317500
10 18 10 5 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 119450

11 15 10 5 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 134400
12 8 8 5 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 151000
13 11 5 4 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 171000
14 10 8 6 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 222500
15 13 1 10 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 642500
16 37 16 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 47300
17 14 1 16 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1007000
18 22 18 4 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 67150
19 17 3 10 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 438000
20 28 20 5 GUILTY Paloma Faith 78600

21 19 17 7 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 133650
22 25 22 4 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 73950
23 34 23 2 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 36850
24 35 24 6 GO BANG PNAU 96600
25 21 4 19 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 429500
26 44 26 3 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 41750
27 16 16 5 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 102400
28 20 3 12 READY TO GO Hurts 569300
29 36 29 6 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 91400
30 46 30 6 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 75950

31 23 1 12 WAIT UP Hurts 749150
32 32 1 12 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 870100
33 33 17 7 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 133750
34 24 1 5 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 298600
35 NEW 35 1 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 17500
36 26 15 6 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 125900
37 48 37 4 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 62600
38 31 7 8 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 250000
39 58 39 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 27300
40 59 40 4 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 39100

41 30 1 15 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 892650
42 27 18 8 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 157900
43 42 1 15 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 914650
44 41 10 10 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 228000
45 49 6 18 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 454500
46 29 29 3 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 48950
47 40 40 6 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 64700
48 53 48 6 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 56900
49 39 34 9 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 126550
50 62 50 4 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 31200

51 43 4 11 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 339350
52 38 34 5 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 70100
53 52 8 13 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 319950
54 50 12 15 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 255350
55 55 1 24 DREAMS Grace Slick 699100
56 63 56 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23000
57 45 35 5 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 70400
58 RE 19 11 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 159200
59 47 47 4 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 46150
60 NEW 60 1 F U KRISTMAS Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 10000

61 54 22 8 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 117600
62 56 30 10 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 128300
63 61 3 15 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 461650
64 57 31 7 DRIVEWAY culpriit 94000
65 65 29 9 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 110550
66 71 66 2 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 12600
67 67 1 40 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1011150
68 66 1 25 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1098300
69 69 14 16 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 246750
70 NEW 70 1 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammar 6000

71 68 1 23 TRUE FEELING Galantis 993350
72 NEW 72 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 5600
73 70 10 18 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 313800
74 NEW 74 1 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 5200
75 NEW 75 1 RUT The Killers 5000

DROP OUTS
51 25 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 141750
60 49 7 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 66400
64 16 7 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 113500
72 72 4 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 22200
73 39 4 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 47000
74 74 1 MIAMI (PARROT AND COCKER TOO MIX) Baxter Dury 5200
75 75 1 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard 5000

10th December 2017

It’s Sufjan Stevens at 1, getting his first chart-topper at long last over a decade since debuting (and me buying his Illinois album). I was listening to this gorgeous low-key classy ballad as I drove in London traffic heading home with snow gently falling. How very Christmassy! Almost Driving Home For Christmas (Hi Chris Rea yet again in my top 40), except for I’m flying to the Canaries tomorrow morning. An actual new Christmas song pops in for Gwen Stefani, helped by Blake Shelton, and a good jolly effort it is, giving Gwen 20 years of chart entries, no doubt about it!

Another Xmas classic returns 44 years on – Wizzard’s annual festive hit doesn’t usually chart due to over-familiarity. I was insanely mad on it in 1973, had the picture sleeve vinyl and Roy Wood was coming off 4 consecutive number ones in my chart, plus some pre-fating Wizzard, as was my teen hero aged 15/16. I got to see him in Basingstoke on Tuesday, probably 20 years on since I last saw. He can still put on a good show, even if he needs a hand with the song order these days. I’ve used that as an excuse to allow a quirky track that played as I walked into The Anvil venue, one off Boulders his first album that I played rather a lot.

Highest new entry, though, is another RPO classic combo, this time Aretha Franklin gets the treatment with her brilliant Stevie Wonder cover from 1974 – it very much underperformed in my charts in the January/February as Wizzard dropped down my charts from the top. Roy Wood knocked himself off the top, with solo hit song Forever, that never gets played these days – not even by Roy in concert.

Big climbs for Tame Impala, back in the top 10, and ditto Fall Out Boy. Finally, a debut for Ian Dury’s boy, so, Reasons To Be Cheerful there.

1 3 1 6 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 612000
2 2 1 3 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 400000
3 1 2 6 AMEN The Fizz 625000
4 7 4 6 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 281900
5 6 5 4 PHASES Alma & French Montana 152400
6 NEW 6 1 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philaharmonic Orchestra 55000
7 20 7 4 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 98400
8 15 8 4 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 116000
9 45 9 3 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 63200
10 8 8 5 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 193500

11 5 5 3 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 139000
12 12 12 14 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 272500
13 9 1 9 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 615500
14 11 1 15 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 984000
15 10 10 4 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 97400
16 19 16 4 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 84000
17 16 3 9 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 417000
18 21 18 4 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 77450
19 27 17 6 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 113900
20 17 3 11 READY TO GO Hurts 551000

21 4 4 18 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 410750
22 23 22 3 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 45150
23 14 1 11 WAIT UP Hurts 731250
24 13 1 4 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 281000
25 28 25 3 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 54450
26 26 15 5 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 108500
27 25 18 7 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 144150
28 29 28 4 GUILTY Paloma Faith 58600
29 30 29 2 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 36200
30 18 1 14 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 878650

31 31 7 7 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 232800
32 22 1 11 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 852300
33 33 17 6 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 116050
34 NEW 34 1 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 17600
35 24 24 5 GO BANG PNAU 77600
36 37 36 5 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 73200
37 75 37 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 22300
38 34 34 4 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 58600
39 42 34 8 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 114450
40 40 40 5 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 52200

41 41 10 9 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 214750
42 38 1 14 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 901150
43 36 4 10 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 327600
44 60 44 2 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 23250
45 35 35 4 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 60000
46 39 39 5 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 57950
47 48 47 3 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 36050
48 50 48 3 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 45300
49 44 6 17 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 441500
50 43 12 14 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 244350

51 32 25 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 141750
52 46 8 12 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 308700
53 53 53 5 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 44600
54 51 22 7 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 110100
55 55 1 23 DREAMS Grace Slick 688300
56 56 30 9 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 120900
57 54 31 6 DRIVEWAY culpriit 86900
58 NEW 58 1 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 10200
59 65 59 3 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 22100
60 49 49 7 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 66400

61 57 3 14 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 454450
62 70 62 3 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 19200
63 74 63 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 12400
64 59 16 7 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 113500
65 62 29 8 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 103550
66 66 1 24 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1091900
67 67 1 39 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1004550
68 63 1 22 TRUE FEELING Galantis 987550
69 69 14 15 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 240550
70 64 10 17 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 308400

71 NEW 71 1 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 5800
72 72 72 4 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 22200
73 RE 39 4 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 47000
74 NEW 74 1 MIAMI (PARROT AND COCKER TOO MIX) Baxter Dury 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard 5000

DROP OUTS
47 20 8 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 142900
52 52 4 LET YOU DOWN NF 32700
58 50 3 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 33000
61 29 4 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 57000
68 19 10 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 149000
71 10 13 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 202950
73 3 17 DRINK UP Train 648900

2nd December 2017

It’s a first week on top for the fab Amen, (Bucks) Fizz’ best record since Heart Of Stone or New Beginnings, possibly since My Camera Never Lies! It’s either their first number one (for the new bloke and the band under that name) or their 6th (for Cheryl and Mike) or a 5th (for Jay). Whatever, it’s been a gap of 31 years between chart-toppers with new material, so that’s pretty much up there with the longest gaps.

David Cassidy drops to 2 with his classic 1972 UK chart-topper, but climbs to 5 with his 1973 gorgeous I’m A Clown, which peaked at 3 originally for me. Another late fave, Glen Campbell hits 4 with his version of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now. Glen’s version is my fave version, though I love others too. I was 13 when I first loved it. I was 14 when I first loved Steely Dan’s Do It Again, and 13 when I loved The Partridge Family’s I Think I Love You. All my teen faves dying is so sad.

Cola is top 10, better late than never, Craig David & Bastille jointly outdo their recent solo stuff for me, on a track that I shouldn’t have liked on paper, but actually do! Best thing either has done in quite a while. Pet Shop Boys are in yet again, this time with a track I didn’t know off their recharting Fundamental unreleased or obscure tracks, Fugitive at 30. Clean Bandit and Tame Impala have big climbs, Nick Jonas is back, one of the few new entries that is actually new, and 2 Xmas oldies sneak in as the tinsel appears everywhere!

1 3 2 5 AMEN The Fizz 540000
2 1 1 2 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 285000
3 2 2 5 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 442000
4 13 4 17 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 391000
5 10 5 2 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 102000
6 20 6 3 PHASES Alma & French Montana 92400
7 4 4 5 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 216900
8 8 8 4 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 151500
9 6 1 8 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 583500
10 19 10 3 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 70400

11 7 1 14 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 955000
12 16 12 13 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 237500
13 5 1 3 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 262000
14 9 1 10 WAIT UP Hurts 712000
15 18 15 3 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 68000
16 11 3 8 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 394000
17 12 3 10 READY TO GO Hurts 531000
18 14 1 13 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 860650
19 23 19 3 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 59000
20 28 20 3 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 48400

21 29 21 3 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 55450
22 17 1 10 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 834500
23 68 23 2 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 25650
24 33 24 4 GO BANG PNAU 60100
25 24 18 6 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 125750
26 22 15 4 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 90000
27 26 17 5 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 92900
28 36 28 2 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 35700
29 39 29 3 GUILTY Paloma Faith 40300
30 NEW 30 1 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 18000

31 15 7 6 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 214900
32 25 25 8 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 130000
33 31 17 5 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 98350
34 38 34 3 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 41400
35 40 35 3 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 47000
36 27 4 9 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 314100
37 41 37 4 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 55800
38 32 1 13 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 887400
39 RE 39 4 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 45200
40 65 40 4 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 35200

41 30 10 8 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 200750
42 34 34 7 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 97350
43 35 12 13 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 232350
44 44 6 16 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 429400
45 74 45 2 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 18200
46 37 8 11 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 297200
47 21 20 8 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 142900
48 53 48 2 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 23550
49 49 49 6 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 56400
50 54 50 2 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 33000

51 46 22 6 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 99100
52 58 52 4 LET YOU DOWN NF 32700
53 59 53 4 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 33350
54 47 31 5 DRIVEWAY culpriit 76500
55 55 1 22 DREAMS Grace Slick 677500
56 45 30 8 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 110300
57 48 3 13 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 446950
58 50 50 3 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 33000
59 42 16 6 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 106400
60 NEW 60 1 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 10000

61 43 29 4 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 57000
62 57 29 7 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 96550
63 61 1 21 TRUE FEELING Galantis 981150
64 RE 10 16 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 302400
65 75 65 2 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 12000
66 66 1 23 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1085100
67 67 1 38 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 997950
68 64 19 10 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 149000
69 69 14 14 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 234350
70 71 70 2 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 11800

71 51 10 13 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 202950
72 72 72 3 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 16600
73 56 3 17 DRINK UP Train 648900
74 NEW 74 1 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 5000

DROP OUTS
52 35 4 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 63500
60 9 11 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 249300
62 44 4 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 44150
63 13 12 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 230100
70 46 5 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 52800
73 73 2 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 10600

26th November 2017

It’s the sadly late David Cassidy belatedly topping my chart 45 years on with his best record, the fab version of The Young Rascals How Can I Be Sure topped the UK chart but was more modestly appreciated by me at the time. By 1987 I had loved it enough to top it in a live version, but the original remains the best and it was one of my “broken-heart turn to” tracks in the noughties, guaranteed to cry bucketloads to it. I loved The Partridge Family records as 13-year-old, and this track sums up his teen appeal to the girls: sensitive boy-next-door just looking for the right one. Teens couldn’t resist. In at 10, I’m A Clown is his other best solo record, with a sprinkling of others lower down the chart, though not I Think I Love You and his other 4 chart-toppers in my charts as they have had great chart runs already.

That’s bad news for Sufjan Stevens stuck at 2 again behind an oldie, but there are big climbs into the 20 for Cola and Phases. Fall Out Boy also bound into the 30, and Paloma Faith the 40, while U2 out-peak the previous single in one week on the chart already. Craig David’s chart revival has left me feeling unmoved until this joint Bastille record. Neither of them have been what you call chart fave regulars for me (though Craig has topped my chart), but I was persuaded by the Friday TV spot when his response to a nasty prank involving a fake mean-spirited granny was just so admirable. A man you can trust your granny with!

1 NEW 1 1 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 170000
2 2 2 4 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 357000
3 6 2 4 AMEN The Fizz 370000
4 4 4 4 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 166900
5 1 1 2 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 230000
6 3 1 7 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 538500
7 8 1 13 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 918000
8 10 8 3 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 103500
9 9 1 9 WAIT UP Hurts 683000
10 NEW 10 1 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 42000

11 5 3 7 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 369000
12 12 3 9 READY TO GO Hurts 508000
13 13 13 16 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 326000
14 14 1 12 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 838650
15 7 7 5 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 197000
16 23 16 12 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 202500
17 11 1 9 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 815000
18 24 18 2 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 41000
19 62 19 2 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 28400
20 36 23 2 PHASES Alma & French Montana 37400

21 22 20 7 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 130400
22 15 15 3 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 71500
23 25 23 2 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 38000
24 18 18 5 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 107000
25 26 25 7 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 112200
26 17 17 4 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 74500
27 16 4 8 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 296700
28 59 28 2 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 28400
29 35 29 2 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 35700
30 19 10 7 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 186750

31 20 17 4 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 80650
32 27 1 12 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 870200
33 40 33 3 GO BANG PNAU 41100
34 34 34 6 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 83600
35 21 12 12 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 218850
36 NEW 36 1 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 17400
37 30 8 10 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 284450
38 67 38 2 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 23800
39 75 39 2 GUILTY Paloma Faith 22100
40 47 40 2 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 29500

41 45 41 3 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 38500
42 28 16 5 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 96300
43 29 29 3 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 49500
44 33 6 15 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 416150
45 39 30 7 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 99700
46 32 22 5 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 87350
47 38 31 4 DRIVEWAY culpriit 65500
48 41 3 12 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 436550
49 50 49 5 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 44300
50 55 50 2 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 22800

51 31 10 12 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 197150
52 37 35 4 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 63500
53 NEW 53 1 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 11250
54 NEW 54 1 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 11000
55 54 1 21 DREAMS Grace Slick 666700
56 48 3 16 DRINK UP Train 643500
57 53 29 6 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 89150
58 71 58 3 LET YOU DOWN NF 21200
59 69 59 3 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 22100
60 42 9 11 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 249300

61 52 1 20 TRUE FEELING Galantis 973950
62 44 44 4 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 44150
63 43 13 12 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 230100
64 56 19 9 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 142600
65 72 65 3 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 18200
66 61 1 22 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1078300
67 66 1 37 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 991350
68 NEW 68 1 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 6400
69 46 14 13 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 228150
70 51 46 5 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 52800

71 NEW 71 1 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 5800
72 73 72 2 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 11000
73 74 73 2 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 10600
74 NEW 74 1 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 5000

DROP OUTS
49 27 10 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125300
57 1 18 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 874000
58 19 7 WORD UP The BossHoss 119850
60 34 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 69950
63 63 3 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 19900
64 10 8 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 187000
65 10 15 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 295300
68 6 13 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 320350
70 59 4 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 29700

19th November 2017

It’s straight in at 1 for OMD’s best record, Maid Of Orleans peaked at 2 in my charts in 1982, but was still the star moment at the concert last week, so following a sort-of request to include it (Hi Simon!) it’s overdue getting to number one, as Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark make it an 8th time on top. It’s about Joan Of Arc, that old pop song cliche subject matter that everyone writes about all the time…

That means Sufjan Stevens gorgeous and touching gentle movie song is at 2 for now, as by contrast the exciting Written By Wolves packs it up to 4 and Led Zep’s hard rocking Immigrant Song is up to 7 – just behind The Fizz. I do enjoy being perverse in my music tastes laugh.gif Golden Slumbers is in twice – Elbow’s new cover, and advert song, pops in, but the short and very sweet original Abbey Road track is in at 24 – The final short track of the trilogy (really they are a medley) The End, entered my chart earlier in the year, so that only leaves Carry that Weight to go. As itunes doesn’t sell them together though, they don’t qualify, but The Beatles Golden Slumbers does as it has also made the UK sales chart.

Alma’s back, going through Phases as she pushes herself out the 40, Pnau shoot up into the 40 for the second time this year, followed closely by a subtle remix of the new Empire Of The Sun – Pnau’s partner-act, really – which I prefer to the single mix. Speaking of new mixes, or new versions, Yazoo are back again with a delicious 2017 version of Only You which should push it over a “million” in my sales soon – 1982 rules this week! – which slows it down and removes the blippety-blop synths which detract from the quality of the song.

Another Roy O track enters from his new album. Most of the classic oldies have already had good chart runs, but Blue Angel is a doo-wop 50’s styled delight that I’ve never really noticed before, but sounds quite lush with the LSO on hand. Katie Melua is back, well over a decade into her chart career, with Sting’s golden fields oldie, Fall Out Boy and Paloma Faith pop back fairly quickly with new ones, and an old Kate Bush album track, and Jeff Lynne’s live version of his 1980 chart-topper (minus luvverly Livvie) sneaks in.

1 NEW 1 1 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 170000
2 3 2 3 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 242000
3 1 1 6 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 483500
4 26 4 3 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 101900
5 4 3 6 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 332000
6 2 2 3 AMEN The Fizz 285000
7 11 7 4 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 170000
8 7 1 12 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 868000
9 5 1 8 WAIT UP Hurts 638000
10 43 10 2 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 55500

11 6 1 8 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 792000
12 8 3 8 READY TO GO Hurts 473000
13 15 13 15 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 294000
14 9 1 11 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 809650
15 16 15 2 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 52000
16 14 4 7 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 278300
17 21 17 3 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 56000
18 18 18 4 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 88000
19 13 10 6 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 168750
20 17 17 3 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 62750

21 12 12 11 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 201350
22 23 20 6 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 110650
23 25 23 11 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 177500
24 NEW 24 1 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 19000
25 NEW 25 1 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 18750
26 36 26 6 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 93450
27 24 1 11 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 852400
28 20 16 4 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 82550
29 32 29 2 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 36000
30 19 8 9 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 267150

31 10 10 11 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 185400
32 22 22 4 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 74600
33 33 6 14 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 402900
34 34 34 5 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 66000
35 NEW 35 1 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17500
36 NEW 36 1 PHASES Alma & French Montana 17400
37 35 35 3 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 52000
38 31 31 3 DRIVEWAY culpriit 53000
39 30 30 6 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 86700
40 68 40 2 GO BANG PNAU 23400

41 28 3 11 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 424250
42 29 9 10 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 239300
43 38 13 11 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 222900
44 47 44 3 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 36750
45 52 45 2 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 24500
46 37 14 12 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 221950
47 NEW 47 1 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 12500
48 39 3 15 DRINK UP Train 632900
49 27 27 10 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125300
50 62 50 4 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 32200

51 46 46 4 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 46800
52 49 1 19 TRUE FEELING Galantis 966450
53 41 29 5 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 78750
54 55 1 20 DREAMS Grace Slick 655900
55 NEW 55 1 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 10800
56 40 19 8 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 135500
57 50 1 18 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 874000
58 44 19 7 WORD UP The BossHoss 119850
59 NEW 59 1 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 10100
60 42 34 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 69950

61 57 1 21 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1071500
62 NEW 62 1 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 7400
63 64 63 3 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 19900
64 45 10 8 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 187000
65 58 10 15 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 295300
66 65 1 36 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 984750
67 NEW 67 1 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 6600
68 61 6 13 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 320350
69 71 69 2 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 12000
70 59 59 4 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 29700

71 74 71 2 LET YOU DOWN NF 11000
72 72 72 2 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 11200
73 NEW 73 1 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 5400
74 NEW 74 1 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 5200
75 NEW 75 1 GUILTY Paloma Faith 5000

DROP OUTS
48 30 6 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 90300
51 39 3 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 41600
53 37 5 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 55750
54 8 14 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 315350
56 33 8 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 86300
60 60 2 PART X1V Prequell featuring Rae Morris 20000
63 10 13 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 261600
66 44 8 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 66050
67 67 2 SPACE AGE LOVE SONG A Flock Of Seagulls 11600
69 12 11 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 248200
70 1 22 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 829900
73 7 14 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 311250
75 75 1 TAKE ME HOME Delta Goodrem 5000

5th November 2017

It’s Tears For Fears shooting up to 1, the melody finally got through to me today, fab and Roland & Curt’s 4th chart-topper, Mad World, Everybody Wants To Rule The World (3 times) and Sowing The Seeds Of Love being the others. That’s bad news for Bucks Fizz who were out of nowhere and the highest new entry – OK, The Fizz if we want to be picky – in at 2 with the great 80’s pop sound of Amen, fighting for their 6th chart-topper a whole 31 years since the last one, and 29 years since they last made the top 10. Who woulda thought it!?

I do like stats. Led Zep make the top 10 for the 3rd time, all of them long after they stopped existing at a recording unit, Whole Lotta Love hit 10 in 1997, Stairway To heaven topped my chart in 2007, and very neatly Immigrant Song makes it a satisfying decade later for a number 8. 2027 for the next one? How about a stat like…ooh, Sufjan Stevens has had just the one chart entry, Chicago in 2006 which peaked at 10 – well he equals that right off the bat 11 years on with a movie theme tune, the lovely Mystery Of Love. Number 10 next in 2028?

RUFUS is the highest newish act at 21, while Written By Wolves bring some more rock into the chart, culpriit revisit Nu-Shuz I Can’t Wait as a backdrop and nick another melody for a fab pop record, while Rita Ora is back after a gap – most of her recent hits have left me unimpressed, but this one has a proper hook in amongst the obligatory 2017 squiggly computer noises. Meanwhile, actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg enters at 54 with a very credible dance track, debuting at the age of 46, and may well be the longest wait ever between pop stars having a hit (naughty Je Ta’ime..Moi Non Plus topped my charts in January 1975 for her parents Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin) and a daughter entering my charts. She was 4 at the time. There’s still time for Sean Lennon to take that record – his parents topped my chart in 1969, just before Charlotte’s topped the UK chart.

1 14 1 4 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 228500
2 NEW 2 1 AMEN The Fizz 115000
3 1 1 6 WAIT UP Hurts 533000
4 4 1 6 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 700000
5 2 1 9 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 735650
6 3 3 4 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 207000
7 5 3 6 READY TO GO Hurts 390000
8 12 8 2 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 83000
9 7 1 10 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 770000
10 NEW 10 1 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 42000

11 6 4 5 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 224300
12 8 8 7 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 228150
13 10 10 4 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 115750
14 16 14 8 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 146600
15 15 15 13 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 235000
16 23 16 2 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 44250
17 11 1 9 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 815000
18 18 18 2 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 44000
19 9 9 8 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 207350
20 20 20 4 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 71900

21 NEW 21 1 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 19750
22 32 22 2 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 37300
23 13 3 9 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 391950
24 21 6 12 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 367500
25 25 25 9 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 139500
26 17 3 13 DRINK UP Train 603500
27 NEW 27 1 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 18400
28 19 19 6 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 107900
29 29 29 3 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 53500
30 22 14 10 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 191900

31 NEW 31 1 DRIVEWAY culpriit 17900
32 24 13 9 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 192200
33 37 33 4 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 51600
34 34 34 3 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 46200
35 26 10 6 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 166900
36 38 36 4 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 57550
37 50 37 4 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 44500
38 NEW 38 1 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 17200
39 46 39 2 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 29850
40 27 19 5 WORD UP The BossHoss 96400

41 30 30 5 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 78000
42 28 8 13 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 304350
43 33 33 7 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 75700
44 NEW 44 1 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 13250
45 54 45 3 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 30800
46 31 10 12 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 254400
47 39 1 16 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 851600
48 42 1 17 TRUE FEELING Galantis 942850
49 58 49 2 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 22300
50 44 44 7 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 59250

51 35 12 10 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 242000
52 45 6 11 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 306450
53 51 1 18 DREAMS Grace Slick 634100
54 NEW 54 1 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 11000
55 55 1 19 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1053600
56 40 4 14 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 532050
57 36 36 5 KAAMOS Tom Fall 66750
58 48 48 3 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 28900
59 41 7 13 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 305850
60 NEW 60 1 PART X1V Prequell featuring Rae Morris 10000

61 49 10 13 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 278100
62 56 56 3 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 28100
63 65 63 3 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 21200
64 63 1 34 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 971950
65 67 65 2 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 13600
66 70 66 2 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 12800
67 60 60 6 HEROES David Bowie 44800
68 43 18 9 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 163650
69 68 1 21 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 823900
70 47 14 8 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 149100

71 53 19 15 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 226300
72 NEW 72 1 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 5600
73 52 27 10 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 148200
74 59 9 13 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 259600
75 NEW 75 1 SPACE AGE LOVE SONG A Flock Of Seagulls 5000

DROP OUTS
57 35 4 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 58000
61 8 20 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 404600
62 8 15 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 364750
64 13 11 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 221550
66 50 6 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 51000
69 33 9 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 125300
71 71 2 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 11600
72 72 4 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 21600
73 73 2 FAITH George Michael 10800
74 53 5 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 39550
75 8 16 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 381200

29th October 2017

Even later than usual this week, life is so manic I barely have time to breathe. Anyway Hurts get a second chart-topper in 3 weeks with the lovely sultry Wait Up, it’s their 4th in total. Pet Shop Boys, the other prolific duo in my chart, go to 3 with the tropical laid-back gorgeousness of Between Two Islands. The tracks they didn’t put on the Release album would have made a much more satisfying (if very varied) album than the actual sparse laid-back album itself.

Another duo have a big climb – Tears For Fears get a first top 20 hit with new material in 12 years, and stretch over 35 years. Highest new entry is a debut for classic album track Immigrant Song, Led Zep’s banger that has never been a single, but is now featured strongly in Thor: Ragnarok to great effect and now belatedly charts here for a rare Led Zep single entry (they didn’t release singles so they never qualified until I changed my rules). Marlon Roudette is back with another goodie, at 18, and Noel Gallagher pushes out his kid brother from my chart with his Mott The Hoople-ish glamstomper (It’s very The Golden Age Of Rock ‘n’ Roll crossed with Rocky Martin’s She Bangs).

Matt maltese debuts with a haunting track, as does Rex Orange County with a sweet one, and Elkie Brooks returns with another 2017 entry and 40 years on from Sunshine After The Rain going top 10.

1 2 1 5 WAIT UP Hurts 448000
2 1 1 8 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 676650
3 10 3 3 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 152000
4 3 1 5 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 635000
5 5 3 5 READY TO GO Hurts 340000
6 4 4 4 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 187300
7 7 1 9 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 725000
8 8 8 6 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 193150
9 9 9 7 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 186350
10 18 10 3 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 83750

11 6 1 8 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 792000
12 NEW 12 1 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 35000
13 12 3 8 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 372700
14 40 14 3 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 58500
15 17 15 12 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 208000
16 24 16 7 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 117600
17 13 3 12 DRINK UP Train 585000
18 NEW 18 1 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 22000
19 20 19 5 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 89700
20 27 20 3 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 51900

21 11 6 11 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 348500
22 22 14 9 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 173900
23 NEW 23 1 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 19250
24 16 13 8 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 174400
25 25 25 8 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 120750
26 14 10 5 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 149400
27 19 19 4 WORD UP The BossHoss 79400
28 15 8 12 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 290600
29 39 29 2 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 35300
30 30 30 4 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 64000

31 21 10 11 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 241650
32 NEW 32 1 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 17800
33 36 33 6 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 62200
34 54 34 2 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 28600
35 26 12 9 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 230250
36 37 36 4 KAAMOS Tom Fall 56350
37 57 37 3 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 33900
38 46 38 3 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 40150
39 31 1 15 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 839100
40 28 4 13 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 521450

41 29 7 12 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 295750
42 34 1 16 TRUE FEELING Galantis 930650
43 23 18 8 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 157250
44 56 44 6 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 47250
45 33 6 10 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 294950
46 NEW 46 1 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 12750
47 32 14 7 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 143100
48 68 48 2 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 18700
49 41 10 12 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 270600
50 60 50 3 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 27200

51 49 1 17 DREAMS Grace Slick 622850
52 38 27 9 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 142800
53 47 19 14 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 220500
54 66 54 2 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 17800
55 55 1 18 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1042800
56 59 56 2 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 20700
57 35 35 4 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 58000
58 NEW 58 1 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 10200
59 44 9 12 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 254400
60 62 60 5 HEROES David Bowie 38200

61 45 8 20 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 404600
62 51 8 15 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 364750
63 63 1 33 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 964850
64 42 13 11 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 221550
65 65 65 2 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 14000
66 50 50 6 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 51000
67 NEW 67 1 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 6600
68 67 1 20 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 817700
69 43 33 9 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 125300
70 NEW 70 1 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 6000

71 71 71 2 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 11600
72 72 72 4 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 21600
73 73 73 2 FAITH George Michael 10800
74 53 53 5 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 39550
75 58 8 16 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 381200

DROP OUTS
48 37 8 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 92700
52 38 3 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 41200
61 33 8 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 91550
64 42 7 CHASING HIGHS Alma 63650
69 69 3 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 17600
70 38 6 TENSION CENTVRIES 73000
74 74 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 10200
75 75 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 5000

22nd October 2017

Evangeline finally gets on top, holding off another Hurts challenger, the soulful Wait Up. My Kingdom was entered into Buzzjack Song Contest 98 and failed to make the final. I wasn’t in that semi, sadly, cos I don’t know what substances everyone was one to ignore this brilliant track, the sexiest track of the year – that’s sexy tingly passion not rapper “sexy” sweary-naughty-words which are not remotely sexy or passionate. This one builds, a great melody, a convincing vocal to match the tastefully passionate lyrics, and then that driving beat getting louder with rising passions right through to the “drop” as I believe the youngsters call it, and frenzied electrobeats. Perfectly constructed. Obviously all too young to know what it’s about laugh.gif

Sparks shoot up into the top 10 with Edith Piaf. That’s the song, not a duet with a French ghost chanteuse. That gives the boys 43 years of top 10’s and around about a dozen at least to date, I reckon, probably more, with another cantering a bit lower with the Macbeths, reality TV stylee. Class! Pet Shop Boys get another top 10 with a non-charted oldie, we are really closing in on 70 or 80 top 10’s for that UK duo, the biggest by far outpacing the US nearest version – Sparks.

There’s a load of new entries following the George Michael TV show (which I haven’t seen yet) as they all charted in the sales chart, so they may yet go up when I watch it. Another UK duo are also back – it’s OMD, and I think they may must be the 2nd biggest duo in my charts of all-time. Can’t think of any other that would rival, barring Erasure, but OMD have 5 years start on them.

1 2 1 7 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 561650
2 3 2 4 WAIT UP Hurts 278000
3 1 1 4 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 570000
4 7 4 3 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 132300
5 5 3 4 READY TO GO Hurts 280000
6 4 1 7 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 755000
7 6 1 8 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 675000
8 11 8 5 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 145150
9 27 9 6 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 141350
10 16 10 2 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 67000

11 9 6 10 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 328750
12 12 3 7 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 340700
13 15 3 11 DRINK UP Train 562000
14 10 10 4 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 130900
15 8 8 11 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 272300
16 13 13 7 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 155400
17 22 17 11 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 181000
18 21 18 2 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 41750
19 19 19 3 WORD UP The BossHoss 61000
20 20 20 4 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 68700

21 17 10 10 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 223750
22 14 14 8 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 154400
23 18 18 7 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 143750
24 24 24 6 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 92600
25 35 25 7 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 102000
26 26 12 8 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 212750
27 43 27 2 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 31900
28 25 4 12 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 504450
29 23 7 11 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 281750
30 40 30 3 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 46000

31 28 1 14 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 822000
32 32 14 6 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 130600
33 30 6 9 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 281950
34 31 1 15 TRUE FEELING Galantis 916900
35 39 35 3 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 47600
36 61 36 5 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 44500
37 53 37 3 KAAMOS Tom Fall 38950
38 29 27 8 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 131300
39 NEW 39 1 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 17100
40 47 40 2 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 29500

41 44 10 11 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 258500
42 34 13 10 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 214450
43 33 33 8 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 119100
44 41 9 11 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 244300
45 36 8 19 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 397100
46 58 46 2 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 22950
47 45 19 13 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 209250
48 37 37 8 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 92700
49 49 1 16 DREAMS Grace Slick 611100
50 54 50 5 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 44200

51 46 8 14 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 357350
52 38 38 3 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 41200
53 59 53 4 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 34350
54 NEW 54 1 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 11000
55 55 1 17 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1032000
56 62 56 5 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 34000
57 69 57 2 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 16600
58 51 8 15 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 376200
59 NEW 59 1 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 10100
60 74 60 2 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 15200

61 42 33 8 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 91550
62 65 62 4 HEROES David Bowie 28200
63 63 1 32 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 957650
64 48 42 7 CHASING HIGHS Alma 63650
65 NEW 65 1 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 7000
66 NEW 66 1 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 6800
67 66 1 19 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 811300
68 NEW 68 1 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 6400
69 70 69 3 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 17600
70 50 38 6 TENSION CENTVRIES 73000

71 NEW 71 1 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 5800
72 73 72 3 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 16000
73 NEW 73 1 FAITH George Michael 5400
74 75 74 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 10200
75 NEW 75 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 5000

DROP OUTS
52 27 10 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 134900
56 19 9 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 137950
57 22 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 117000
60 1 10 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 746550
64 64 2 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 13100
67 8 11 DARTH VADER Dragonette 233250
68 60 3 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 23400
71 71 2 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 10800
72 48 2 MASTERPIECE NONONO 17900

15th October 2017

3 weeks for Hurts on top, as they challenge themselves with the soulful Wait Up up to 3, and a massive leap for Burak Yeter up 30 spots to 7. Hurts new album has peaked at 21 in the UK chart which is ludicrously low for such a great band. Two Pet Shop Boys from the recharting extended Release CD set, both I already knew but hadn’t charted before, dating from 2002-4-ish. The album excluded any (much better) tracks that didn’t fit into the mood, including these two gems, one latin-tinged, one banger singalong.

Two new revamped tracks a la Elvis for Roy Orbison gives us 2 late lamented Traveling Wilburys in the chart, as well as the band itself. Love Hurts has been much-covered over the years (Nazereth and Jim Capaldi for two hit versions, for a start) so about time Roy charted his original. Chaka Khan gets a credit, which allows me to claim her charting in my charts for 43 years, starting with Rufus’ Tell Me Something Good in 1974.

1 1 1 3 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 485000
2 2 2 6 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 391650
3 6 3 3 WAIT UP Hurts 163000
4 4 1 6 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 700000
5 3 3 3 READY TO GO Hurts 220000
6 5 1 7 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 625000
7 37 7 2 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 67300
8 9 8 10 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 245300
9 7 6 9 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 291750
10 10 10 3 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 101900

11 12 11 4 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 97150
12 8 3 6 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 305700
13 14 13 6 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 130400
14 15 14 7 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 134900
15 11 3 10 DRINK UP Train 530000
16 NEW 16 1 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 25000
17 13 10 9 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 204000
18 18 18 6 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 124500
19 24 19 2 WORD UP The BossHoss 40000
20 26 20 3 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 48700

21 NEW 21 1 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 19750
22 28 22 10 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 158000
23 16 7 10 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 263550
24 29 24 5 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 73600
25 17 4 11 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 486150
26 23 12 7 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 194250
27 19 19 5 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 96350
28 25 1 13 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 804100
29 32 27 7 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 114100
30 30 6 8 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 264250

31 27 1 14 TRUE FEELING Galantis 899300
32 20 14 5 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 112800
33 34 33 7 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 105600
34 21 13 9 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 200700
35 40 35 6 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 83250
36 22 8 18 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 384100
37 39 37 7 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 80400
38 47 38 2 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 29700
39 45 39 2 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 30100
40 54 40 2 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 28000

41 31 9 10 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 233050
42 33 33 7 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 84050
43 NEW 43 1 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 13500
44 35 10 10 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 244500
45 36 19 12 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 196750
46 38 8 13 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 345600
47 NEW 47 1 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 12500
48 42 42 6 CHASING HIGHS Alma 56550
49 49 1 15 DREAMS Grace Slick 599000
50 41 38 5 TENSION CENTVRIES 67000

51 43 8 14 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 366000
52 50 27 10 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 134900
53 57 53 2 KAAMOS Tom Fall 21650
54 58 54 4 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 32200
55 53 1 16 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1021200
56 44 19 9 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 137950
57 46 22 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 117000
58 NEW 58 1 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 10200
59 67 59 3 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 23100
60 51 1 10 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 746550

61 63 61 4 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 27100
62 71 62 4 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 23400
63 62 1 31 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 950450
64 70 64 2 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 13100
65 65 65 3 HEROES David Bowie 20800
66 64 1 18 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 804700
67 56 8 11 DARTH VADER Dragonette 233250
68 60 60 3 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 23400
69 NEW 69 1 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 6200
70 73 70 2 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 11400

71 RE 71 2 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 10800
72 48 48 2 MASTERPIECE NONONO 17900
73 75 73 2 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 10400
74 NEW 74 1 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 5000

DROP OUTS
52 26 6 MERMAID Skott 81450
55 20 6 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 100750
59 4 13 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 509850
61 40 8 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 98100
66 53 5 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 40250
68 36 6 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 77350
69 69 2 DOWN Andrew Belle 12200
72 8 14 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 322150
74 37 6 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 65800

 

8th October 2017

It’s 2 weeks weeks on top for the fabulous almost-festive singalong ballad from Hurts (MUST be a December single surely!?), followed closely by the fab Evangeline pumping dance single, My Kingdom. Hurts hold at 3, and rise to 6 with the Prince-flavoured Wait Up for half of the top 6! Two dance bangers enter the top 10, and Sophie Tucker hits 12, sorry I mean Sofi Tukker. Force of habit for old folk.

In at 24, highest new entry is the 2004 track featured in the new Kingsman film to great effect – Cameo’s Word Up done hillbilly style by a German country covers band, The BossHoss. Fun! P!nk leapfrogs herself as Beautiful Trauma jaunts into the 30, and Burak Yeter & Ryan Ribak enter into the 40. Following the sad death of Tom Petty there are a sprinkling of Wilburys and Heartbreakers tracks entering. It was 40 years ago that Tom debuted in my chart, so it’s nice to see a selection back for a nice bloke.

Morrissey is also back 34 years on from This Charming Man, and it’s a good offering too, while Motiv8 and Angie Brown finally get a second week on my chart – 23 years after peaking at 75. Maybe I was out the country at the time, or maybe I was getting fed up with jaunty piano house tunes dominating the charts, but it’s decent and deserved better.

1 1 1 2 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 315000
2 4 2 5 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 276650
3 3 3 2 READY TO GO Hurts 160000
4 2 1 5 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 635000
5 5 1 6 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 570000
6 17 6 2 WAIT UP Hurts 78000
7 7 6 8 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 246750
8 6 3 5 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 270700
9 32 9 9 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 197300
10 31 10 2 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 59900

11 8 3 9 DRINK UP Train 503000
12 25 12 3 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 60150
13 10 10 8 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 181000
14 16 14 5 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 98400
15 15 15 6 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 105900
16 9 7 9 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 244300
17 11 4 10 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 467400
18 18 18 5 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 102500
19 20 19 4 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 77950
20 14 14 4 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 95000

21 13 13 8 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 183100
22 12 8 17 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 366700
23 21 12 6 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 175750
24 NEW 24 1 WORD UP The BossHoss 19000
25 22 1 12 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 785850
26 58 26 2 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 28700
27 19 1 13 TRUE FEELING Galantis 881400
28 30 28 9 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 138500
29 39 29 4 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 54600
30 23 6 7 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 246250

31 24 9 9 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 219050
32 27 27 6 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 95900
33 34 33 6 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 70300
34 37 34 6 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 87900
35 28 10 9 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 231250
36 33 19 11 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 183750
37 NEW 37 1 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 17300
38 29 8 12 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 332850
39 49 39 6 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 63100
40 40 40 5 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 65750

41 38 38 4 TENSION CENTVRIES 55000
42 54 42 5 CHASING HIGHS Alma 44250
43 35 8 13 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 354250
44 36 19 8 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 127350
45 NEW 45 1 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 13000
46 26 22 6 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 106600
47 NEW 47 1 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 12500
48 NEW 48 1 MASTERPIECE NONONO 12300
49 48 1 14 DREAMS Grace Slick 586900
50 41 27 9 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 123400

51 45 1 9 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 736550
52 42 26 6 MERMAID Skott 81450
53 46 1 15 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1010400
54 NEW 54 1 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 11000
55 44 20 6 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 100750
56 52 8 10 DARTH VADER Dragonette 226650
57 NEW 57 1 KAAMOS Tom Fall 10400
58 71 58 3 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 21200
59 50 4 13 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 509850
60 65 60 2 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 17000

61 47 40 8 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 98100
62 61 1 30 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 943250
63 69 63 3 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 19600
64 62 1 17 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 797900
65 66 65 2 HEROES David Bowie 13800
66 53 53 5 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 40250
67 68 67 2 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 13000
68 51 36 6 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 77350
69 70 69 2 DOWN Andrew Belle 12200
70 NEW 70 1 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 6000

71 74 71 3 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 16000
72 55 8 14 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 322150
73 NEW 73 1 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 5400
74 57 37 6 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 65800
75 NEW 75 1 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 5000

DROP OUTS
43 8 8 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 212500
56 14 6 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 133400
59 59 3 THE WOLF SIAMES 22100
60 19 7 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 98800
63 49 7 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 58400
64 64 3 YALLA Inna 19100
67 3 16 THE MAN The Killers 528750
72 48 7 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 68700
73 10 11 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 215250
75 75 1 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 5000

1st October 2017

It’s Hurts in at 1 from nowhere – I hadn’t heard it before today when I checked out the new album, which looks pretty good, but has 2 fab future singles (I hope) and 2 current singles. Magnificent is another showstopping power ballad from the lads, fab and knocks off Footsteps from the top. Here’s hoping they make it the next single (as Pet Shop Boys should have done with Footsteps). In at 3 it’s the single proper, and Ready To Go is the upbeat current Radio 2 playlist single for Hurts. That leaves the Prince-inspired funk of Wait Up in at 17, with a great hook. 3 instant top 20 tracks.

Martin Solveig and Alma have a good climb, into the 20, as Sparks add a top 20 to their 43-year-long list of them. Sofi Tukker, the US duo, have a massive climb into the 30 with an unusual upbeat track, while the highest non-Hurts track to enter is from ARLE, both a district of Cheltenham and a new moody dance banger. P!nk has a quick follow up Beautiful Trauma as her current biggie is yet to drop much, as does Jaira Burns grabbing a quick second entry. Brighton band The RPM’s round out the new stuff.

1 NEW 1 1 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 145000
2 1 1 4 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 570000
3 NEW 3 1 READY TO GO Hurts 75000
4 4 4 4 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 161650
5 2 1 5 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 510000
6 3 3 4 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 222700
7 6 6 7 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 196750
8 5 3 8 DRINK UP Train 466000
9 7 7 8 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 219300
10 10 10 7 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 149050

11 9 4 9 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 444400
12 8 8 16 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 347200
13 15 13 7 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 163350
14 16 14 3 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 75000
15 31 15 5 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 78900
16 20 16 4 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 69400
17 NEW 17 1 WAIT UP Hurts 23000
18 18 18 4 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 80500
19 11 1 12 TRUE FEELING Galantis 863000
20 23 20 3 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 56950

21 12 12 5 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 156500
22 14 1 11 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 767100
23 13 6 6 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 228250
24 19 9 8 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 201150
25 68 25 2 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 25150
26 22 22 5 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 93850
27 29 27 5 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 78100
28 24 10 8 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 213750
29 21 8 11 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 315650
30 33 30 8 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 120200

31 NEW 31 1 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 17900
32 45 14 8 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 152300
33 42 19 10 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 166350
34 43 34 5 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 52600
35 27 8 12 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 339850
36 25 19 7 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 114100
37 39 37 5 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 70300
38 38 38 3 TENSION CENTVRIES 41000
39 48 39 3 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 36400
40 44 40 4 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 48750

41 34 27 8 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 111400
42 26 26 5 MERMAID Skott 79950
43 17 8 8 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 212500
44 28 20 5 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 89950
45 37 1 8 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 724800
46 35 1 14 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 999150
47 40 40 7 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 90600
48 46 1 13 DREAMS Grace Slick 574800
49 53 49 5 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 46000
50 30 4 12 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 499750

51 36 36 5 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 70950
52 50 8 9 DARTH VADER Dragonette 216050
53 62 53 4 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 33450
54 64 54 4 CHASING HIGHS Alma 30500
55 51 8 13 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 316550
56 32 14 6 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 133400
57 41 37 5 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 60600
58 NEW 58 1 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 10200
59 66 59 3 THE WOLF SIAMES 22100
60 52 19 7 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 98800

61 61 1 29 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 935850
62 57 1 16 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 790800
63 49 49 7 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 58400
64 65 64 3 YALLA Inna 19100
65 NEW 65 1 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 7000
66 NEW 66 1 HEROES David Bowie 6800
67 56 3 16 THE MAN The Killers 528750
68 NEW 68 1 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 6400
69 69 69 2 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 12400
70 NEW 70 1 DOWN Andrew Belle 6000

71 74 71 2 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 11000
72 59 48 7 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 68700
73 72 10 11 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 215250
74 75 74 2 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 10200
75 NEW 75 1 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 5000

DROP OUTS
47 7 11 MR SANDMAN Syml 281400
54 5 7 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 259250
55 26 6 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 95850
58 56 6 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 52800
60 49 4 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 46300
63 4 12 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 341200
67 67 2 LOVE IN RUINS Gryffin featuring Sinead Harnett 12400
70 20 10 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 149950
71 71 3 YOU’RE THE BEST THING ABOUT ME U2 16400
73 1 48 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1154100

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