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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My 2017 Charts Jul-Sep

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24th September 2017

It’s Pet Shop Boys on top for a 2nd week, fresh as I get back from 5 days in Salou on rollercoasters again (one is never too old for a cheap thrill) and having read the Johnny Marr autobiog – Pet Shop Boys feature, as they should when I saw him helping them out at The Albert Hall charity gig last summer with Suedehead. Footsteps would have fit in beautifully.

Evangeline shoots up to 4, and is growing on me bigtime, clubtastic, and The Killers climb 22 to grab a second consecutive top 10, some 13 years on from first doing that! As I enjoy a nice round-robin of reference, Brandon Flowers is a huge Pet Shop Boys and Smiths fan, and Suedehead was Morrisey’s debut solo single after The Smiths split up and Johnny Marr moved on to Electronic with Bernard Sumner and guests Pet Shop Boys.

Reggaeton Lento was getting some cabaret evening cover in the holiday hotel in the evenings, along with Despacito and other Latin hits, and theatrical musical Cabaret songs – which was a cue for Liza Minelli, who also had an album produced and songs written by Pet Shop Boys in 1989. Life is circular.

1 1 1 3 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 455000
2 2 1 4 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 450000
3 4 3 3 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 167700
4 27 4 3 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 96150
5 3 3 7 DRINK UP Train 418000
6 11 6 6 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 146750
7 10 7 7 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 174300
8 9 8 15 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 312200
9 5 4 8 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 407400
10 32 10 6 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 107050

11 6 1 11 TRUE FEELING Galantis 842000
12 12 12 4 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 121500
13 13 6 5 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 209000
14 7 1 10 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 747600
15 16 15 6 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 131350
16 19 16 2 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 46000
17 8 8 7 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 199000
18 24 18 3 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 58500
19 15 9 7 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 182150
20 30 20 3 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 44400

21 17 8 10 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 297450
22 23 22 4 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 74350
23 33 23 2 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 36950
24 18 10 7 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 195450
25 21 19 6 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 96700
26 28 26 4 MERMAID Skott 66200
27 26 8 11 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 322350
28 20 20 4 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 76700
29 29 29 4 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 59700
30 25 4 11 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 487750

31 36 31 4 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 51900
32 14 14 5 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 122800
33 40 33 7 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 102200
34 34 27 7 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 97400
35 31 1 13 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 986400
36 38 36 4 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 59200
37 22 1 7 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 711800
38 67 38 2 TENSION CENTVRIES 23800
39 39 39 4 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 53000
40 43 40 6 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 78100

41 37 37 4 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 50200
42 35 19 9 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 148650
43 59 43 4 DUM DUM Kideko 35000
44 54 44 3 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 31750
45 41 14 7 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 134500
46 44 1 12 DREAMS Grace Slick 562500
47 47 7 11 MR SANDMAN Syml 281400
48 65 48 2 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 19300
49 57 49 6 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 51200
50 50 8 8 DARTH VADER Dragonette 204550

51 48 8 12 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 305750
52 45 19 6 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 88800
53 53 53 4 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 33900
54 42 5 7 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 259250
55 46 26 6 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 95850
56 51 3 15 THE MAN The Killers 522150
57 55 1 15 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 783400
58 56 56 6 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 52800
59 52 48 6 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 63100
60 49 49 4 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 46300

61 61 1 28 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 928350
62 62 62 3 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 22200
63 58 4 12 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 341200
64 RE 64 3 CHASING HIGHS Alma 19500
65 75 65 2 YALLA Inna 12000
66 74 66 2 THE WOLF SIAMES 12000
67 71 67 2 LOVE IN RUINS Gryffin featuring Sinead Harnett 12400
68 NEW 68 1 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 6400
69 NEW 69 1 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 6200
70 60 20 10 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 149950

71 72 71 3 YOU’RE THE BEST THING ABOUT ME U2 16400
72 63 10 10 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 209850
73 73 1 48 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1154100
74 NEW 74 1 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 5000

DROP OUTS
64 60 5 UGLY Jaira Burns 38400
66 10 9 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 191900
68 68 4 DO YA THINK I’M SEXY? Rod Stewart featuring DNCE 23400
69 17 11 TOO MUCH Blondie 165300
70 19 9 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125500

17th September 2017

It’s the Pet Shop Boys gorgeous Footsteps on top, a 1999 album track that should have been a single, but in those days I only allowed one album track per album to chart – these days I’m going with around 3, and Nightlife made the charts again recently, so that’s an excuse to finally get it on top, as it would have done in late ’99 had I changed my chart rules. That’s a 44th topper, and one not far behind from the same album at 4.

The late Glen Campbell makes the top 10 47 years since the first time (it topped my chart in 1970), and Katy Perry finally goes top 10 after 14 weeks on my chart, Swish! Thirty Seconds From Mars, the band of The Joker, at least the Suicide Squad version, is the highest entry at 19. Any DC comics connection is good enough for me! ZAYN and Sia rocket up to 30, and Sparks get 2 new entries, the best new tracks off Hippopotamus, which was getting heavily pushed on posters all over Copenhagen back in July, so a bit of a wait! Suedey entered Edith Piaf into Buzzjack Song Contest, and had it been the studio version it would have done much better. Sparks, 43 years of charting here and still going strong.

1 2 1 2 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 285000
2 1 1 3 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 335000
3 3 3 6 DRINK UP Train 358000
4 33 4 2 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 82700
5 5 4 7 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 362400
6 6 1 10 TRUE FEELING Galantis 805000
7 4 1 9 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 718600
8 11 8 6 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 176000
9 25 9 14 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 264200
10 17 10 6 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 124300

11 23 11 5 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 91750
12 13 12 3 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 86500
13 8 6 4 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 177000
14 14 14 4 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 105000
15 9 9 6 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 161150
16 16 16 5 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 104350
17 12 8 9 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 277700
18 10 10 6 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 176450
19 NEW 19 1 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 21000
20 20 20 3 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 58400

21 19 19 5 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 77950
22 7 1 6 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 694500
23 30 23 3 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 54850
24 35 24 2 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 36500
25 15 4 10 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 469750
26 18 8 10 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 303950
27 46 27 2 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 31150
28 31 28 3 MERMAID Skott 47700
29 37 29 3 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 41500
30 68 30 2 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 24400

31 24 1 12 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 968900
32 56 32 5 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 65050
33 NEW 33 1 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 17700
34 27 27 6 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 79800
35 21 19 8 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 134900
36 58 36 3 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 34000
37 52 37 3 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 36200
38 39 38 3 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 41800
39 50 39 3 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 35900
40 40 40 6 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 84500

41 26 14 6 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 121500
42 22 5 6 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 248250
43 43 43 5 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 61100
44 38 1 11 DREAMS Grace Slick 549750
45 29 19 5 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 77300
46 28 26 5 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 85050
47 34 7 10 MR SANDMAN Syml 268900
48 36 8 11 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 294000
49 49 49 3 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 36300
50 32 8 7 DARTH VADER Dragonette 192550

51 42 3 14 THE MAN The Killers 511550
52 48 48 5 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 53000
53 74 53 3 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 22650
54 61 54 2 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 18500
55 51 1 14 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 773000
56 57 56 5 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 42600
57 59 57 5 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 39100
58 44 4 11 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 334000
59 69 59 3 DUM DUM Kideko 21500
60 47 20 9 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 143950

61 60 1 27 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 920850
62 62 62 2 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 14800
63 45 10 9 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 204250
64 64 60 5 UGLY Jaira Burns 38400
65 NEW 65 1 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 7000
66 55 10 9 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 191900
67 NEW 67 1 TENSION CENTVRIES 6600
68 71 68 4 DO YA THINK I’M SEXY? Rod Stewart featuring DNCE 23400
69 63 17 11 TOO MUCH Blondie 165300
70 65 19 9 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125500

71 NEW 71 1 LOVE IN RUINS Gryffin featuring Sinead Harnett 5800
72 75 72 2 YOU’RE THE BEST THING ABOUT ME U2 10600
73 73 1 47 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1148700
74 NEW 74 1 THE WOLF SIAMES 5200
75 NEW 75 1 YALLA Inna 5000

DROP OUTS
41 29 5 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 79350
53 36 5 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 64450
54 27 6 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 89300
66 18 8 RAIN The Script 137800
67 10 9 GENEVE John Otway 209600
70 35 7 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 77250
72 40 8 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 84200

10th September 2017

It’s Paloma Faith grabbing a 4th chart-topper, as she enters the UK sales top 40 with the fab Crybaby (but not the steaming chart), just keeping ahead of the highest new entry from a Pet Shop Boys mini-invasion – all previously uncharted tracks from Nightlife Deluxe Edition – with Footsteps at 2, a totally gorgeous genteel night-themed song which could easily have been in the musical Closer To Heaven – as in fact could that track entering at 33, and the track intended for it (but dropped) Tall Thin Men at 13.

Two Minogues in the top 10, George Michael returns with a Listen Without Prejudice era non-album track, here remixed by Nile Rodgers, new at 35, while an unreleased leaked ballad is at 62. Needs releasing. Shania Twain bounds into the top 40 for her 2nd of the year, London Grammar get a 3rd, while Steely Dan return for the first time in decades following the death of Walter Becker, here with my UK 1975 Top 10 (and their best track) Do It Again – and that took 3 years to scrape into the official UK top 40.

Sia’s back yet again, non-stop Dusk Till Dawn hitmaker really, with Zayn – or ZAYN! – making 3 One Direction-member tracks in the chart. Never would have thought! U2 scrape in with their new lead album track. Scrape is the right word, it sounds very U2 on first hearing (which is OK by me), but a bit lacking something compared to previous album lead singles.

1 7 1 2 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 220000
2 NEW 2 1 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 115000
3 4 3 5 DRINK UP Train 273000
4 2 1 8 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 668600
5 5 4 6 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 302400
6 3 1 9 TRUE FEELING Galantis 755000
7 1 1 5 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 675000
8 6 6 3 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 145000
9 13 9 5 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 134150
10 10 10 5 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 154450

11 14 11 5 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 128000
12 8 8 8 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 254700
13 22 13 2 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 51500
14 15 14 3 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 76000
15 9 4 9 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 451000
16 17 16 4 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 79350
17 18 17 5 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 82300
18 11 8 9 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 285450
19 20 19 4 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 58200
20 27 20 2 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 38400

21 25 19 7 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 117400
22 12 5 5 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 234500
23 35 23 4 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 54750
24 16 1 11 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 951000
25 39 15 13 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 219200
26 23 14 5 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 107500
27 40 27 5 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 62200
28 26 26 4 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 72300
29 19 19 4 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 64300
30 34 30 2 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 35600

31 52 31 2 MERMAID Skott 29400
32 21 8 6 DARTH VADER Dragonette 180550
33 NEW 33 1 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 17700
34 24 7 9 MR SANDMAN Syml 256400
35 NEW 35 1 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 17500
36 37 8 10 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 281700
37 70 37 2 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 23300
38 31 1 10 DREAMS Grace Slick 536500
39 61 39 2 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 24600
40 42 40 5 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 67500

41 29 29 5 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 79350
42 32 3 13 THE MAN The Killers 499800
43 47 43 4 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 47600
44 30 4 10 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 323800
45 28 10 8 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 197050
46 NEW 46 1 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 12750
47 38 20 8 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 133950
48 50 48 4 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 41500
49 49 49 2 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 24200
50 66 50 2 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 18800

51 43 1 13 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 762200
52 62 52 2 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 18900
53 36 36 5 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 64450
54 33 27 6 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 89300
55 41 10 8 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 185100
56 44 44 4 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 47250
57 58 57 4 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 32000
58 68 58 2 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 16600
59 63 59 4 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 28700
60 59 1 26 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 913350

61 NEW 61 1 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 7500
62 NEW 62 1 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 7400
63 53 17 10 TOO MUCH Blondie 159100
64 60 60 4 UGLY Jaira Burns 31300
65 45 19 8 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 119500
66 55 18 8 RAIN The Script 137800
67 56 10 9 GENEVE John Otway 209600
68 NEW 68 1 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 6400
69 74 69 2 DUM DUM Kideko 11400
70 46 35 7 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 77250

71 71 71 3 DO YA THINK I’M SEXY? Rod Stewart featuring DNCE 17000
72 54 40 8 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 84200
73 73 1 46 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1143300
74 69 69 2 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 11400
75 NEW 75 1 YOU’RE THE BEST THING ABOUT ME U2 5000

DROP OUTS
48 39 4 GLORIOUS Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey 47650
51 51 4 TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell 45250
57 29 6 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 92300
64 14 15 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 240550
65 34 6 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 72900
67 17 9 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 143750
72 72 1 DOWN THE ROAD C2C featuring John Lee Hooker 5600
75 75 1 MANGO BAY MONOMOTION 5000

3rd September 2017

It’s Galveston for a 3rd week on top in a pretty static top 5, but with a hot new entry for Paloma Faith returning with a fab song Crybaby in at 7 giving her 8 years of top 10 hits since New York topped my chart. 8 top 10’s and 3 number one’s later and she’s back. P!nk finally gets back into the top 10, her 10th at least.

Little Mix replace themselves in the top 20, and Saint Etienne rocket into the 20, at least their 8th since 1993, plus a chart-topper for Sarah Cracknell. Pet Shop Boys have 3 expanded versions of 3 of their more recent albums with loads of fab tracks, several I don’t know and didn’t own. The first album I played is 1999’s Nightlife, so in at 22 is a total showtune written for their musical (but dropped), Tall Thin Men is amusingly short and fab. AT 27 they have mashed up 2 Elton John songs, got him to sing on the new versions…and never released it. Pretty good version, and both songs made my top 10 in their original versions.

Clare Maguire is back with a remixed version of previous 2016 top 10 Elizabeth Taylor, Swish Swish re-enters for Katy Perry now I know it’s all about Taylor Swift. Now I like Taylor’s songs, but let’s be honest she seems to slag off everyone she meets in her songs, so turnabout is fair play, she started it. So there, nyah, na, nana naaa. One would hope she might grow up and write about something important instead. Katy does and sticks up for the non-rich to boot.

In at 49, and here’s a chart return I never thought I’d see – it’s Bucks Fizz! OK, Bobby G is missing, which is a shame as he owns the name and his vocals were a key part, but hey ho, pretty much them 36 years on. They had a decade-run in my charts, and 3 chart-toppers.

1 1 1 4 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 625000
2 2 1 7 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 603600
3 3 1 8 TRUE FEELING Galantis 700000
4 4 4 4 DRINK UP Train 188000
5 6 4 5 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 242400
6 10 6 2 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 97000
7 NEW 7 1 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 50000
8 9 8 7 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 219700
9 7 4 8 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 424000
10 12 10 4 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 112450

11 8 8 8 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 263450
12 5 5 4 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 215000
13 15 13 4 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 89150
14 17 14 4 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 91000
15 20 15 2 3 A.M. The KLF 47000
16 11 1 10 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 932000
17 34 17 3 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 54350
18 22 18 4 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 59300
19 30 19 3 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 46100
20 60 20 3 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 37200

21 13 8 5 DARTH VADER Dragonette 162750
22 NEW 22 1 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 19500
23 14 14 4 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 89000
24 16 7 8 MR SANDMAN Syml 238800
25 19 19 6 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 97650
26 26 26 3 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 54000
27 NEW 27 1 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 18400
28 18 10 7 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 184050
29 29 29 4 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 65350
30 21 4 9 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 310550

31 31 1 9 DREAMS Grace Slick 519300
32 25 3 12 THE MAN The Killers 486050
33 27 27 5 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 78300
34 NEW 34 1 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 17600
35 50 35 3 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 35500
36 36 36 4 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 53200
37 24 8 9 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 264300
38 23 20 7 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 121450
39 RE 15 12 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 200450
40 49 40 4 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 43800

41 28 10 7 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 174300
42 44 42 4 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 50500
43 41 1 12 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 750450
44 45 44 3 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 36650
45 33 19 7 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 112500
46 35 35 6 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 71250
47 54 47 3 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 34100
48 39 39 4 GLORIOUS Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey 47650
49 NEW 49 1 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 12100
50 55 50 3 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 29200

51 51 51 4 TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell 45250
52 NEW 52 1 MERMAID Skott 11500
53 38 17 9 TOO MUCH Blondie 151900
54 40 40 7 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 78600
55 37 18 7 RAIN The Script 131000
56 47 10 8 GENEVE John Otway 203000
57 32 29 6 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 92300
58 68 58 3 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 21600
59 57 1 25 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 903350
60 62 60 3 UGLY Jaira Burns 24200

61 NEW 61 1 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 7500
62 NEW 62 1 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 7400
63 69 63 3 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 18600
64 58 14 15 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 240550
65 43 34 6 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 72900
66 NEW 66 1 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 6800
67 42 17 9 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 143750
68 NEW 68 1 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 6400
69 NEW 69 1 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 6000

71 73 71 2 DO YA THINK I’M SEXY? Rod Stewart featuring DNCE 11200
72 NEW 72 1 DOWN THE ROAD C2C featuring John Lee Hooker 5600
73 72 1 45 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1137900
74 NEW 74 1 DUM DUM Kideko 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MANGO BAY MONOMOTION 5000

DROP OUTS
46 1 6 NUMB Linkin Park 523750
48 31 9 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 128250
52 23 9 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 146000
53 16 9 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 161900
56 1 16 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1189500
59 59 3 GYPSY (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) Norda & Mike De Ville featuring Joanna Jones 26400
61 4 15 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 485650
63 5 9 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 282500
64 64 2 BRICKS Le Grind 13700
65 65 2 CHASING HIGHS Alma 12400
66 1 13 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 607350
67 20 3 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 44400
70 70 3 NO HORSES Garbage 16400
71 71 1 WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF 5800
74 34 8 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 103750
75 75 1 WITHOUT YOU Avicii featuring Sandro Cavezza 5000

27th August 2017

Back on top for a second week, it’s the Jimmy Webb classic for the late great Glen, and in the same week Texas (including Galveston) gets whacked by a massive hurricane. Train get yet another top 5 single here, 16 years since Drops Of Jupiter peaked at 10, at least the 8th or 9th time they’ve done the top 10 and the 6th top 5. In at 10, it’s a 90’s-themed invasion as I come across an unreleased 1999 gem, purely by accident looking for an entry to the Buzzjack Song Contest – it’s Madonna doing a version of a wonderful gentle ballad from Abba’s final studio album. It was intended to go on the Music album, and Madonna really should have followed through with it, it’s charming.

New at 20, my 1991 chart-topper for the KLF returns, as TV pushes sales up of what of their back-catalogue is available to buy (clue: very little). Fortunately I already have pretty much everything of theirs I wanted to own, not to mention earlier stuff from the 80’s, and as part of the band Brilliant, who were pretty fine. 3am eternal!

Big jumps for Dua Lipa to 22, Callum Beattie to 30, and a host of current chart hits into my 40 – that hasn’t happened for some time! Rod Stewart’s 1978 chart-topper is also back, regarded as his cheesiest track generally, it always had that great riff going for it, and this time it gets the DNCE treatment. It really should say DNCE featuring Rod Stewart as it’s very much in their style, not Rod’s…..

1 2 1 3 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 455000
2 1 1 6 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 488600
3 3 1 7 TRUE FEELING Galantis 615000
4 11 4 3 DRINK UP Train 123000
5 5 5 3 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 180000
6 6 4 4 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 182400
7 4 4 7 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 379000
8 8 8 7 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 226450
9 10 9 6 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 171700
10 NEW 10 1 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 42000

11 7 1 9 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 907000
12 17 12 3 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 70750
13 9 8 4 DARTH VADER Dragonette 143000
14 18 14 3 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 69750
15 21 15 3 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 57150
16 13 7 7 MR SANDMAN Syml 219800
17 19 17 3 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 62000
18 12 10 6 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 165750
19 22 19 5 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 78900
20 NEW 20 1 3 A.M. The KLF 20000

21 14 4 8 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 292550
22 50 22 3 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 37300
23 20 20 6 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 104250
24 15 8 8 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 247000
25 23 3 11 THE MAN The Killers 468250
26 40 26 2 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 35500
27 36 27 4 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 60600
28 16 10 6 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 160300
29 38 29 3 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 47150
30 64 30 2 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 25100

31 25 1 8 DREAMS Grace Slick 501400
32 29 29 5 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 81900
33 30 19 6 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 99500
34 42 34 2 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 31350
35 43 35 5 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 59000
36 54 36 3 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 35800
37 26 18 6 RAIN The Script 120200
38 27 17 8 TOO MUCH Blondie 140650
39 53 39 3 GLORIOUS Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey 35350
40 45 40 6 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 67600

41 37 1 11 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 736950
42 28 17 8 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 137150
43 34 34 5 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 65900
44 47 44 3 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 36750
45 57 45 2 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 23400
46 24 1 6 NUMB Linkin Park 523750
47 33 10 7 GENEVE John Otway 192400
48 31 31 9 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 128250
49 61 49 3 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 26800
50 70 50 2 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 18000

51 51 51 3 TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell 33500
52 39 23 9 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 146000
53 35 16 9 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 161900
54 56 54 2 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 21600
55 68 55 2 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 17200
56 46 1 16 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1189500
57 55 1 24 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 893250
58 48 14 14 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 233450
59 59 59 3 GYPSY (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) Norda & Mike De Ville featuring Joanna Jones 26400
60 63 60 2 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 17200

61 49 4 15 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 485650
62 66 62 2 UGLY Jaira Burns 14200
63 41 5 9 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 282500
64 67 64 2 BRICKS Le Grind 13700
65 RE 65 2 CHASING HIGHS Alma 12400
66 58 1 13 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 607350
67 32 20 3 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 44400
68 75 68 2 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 11400
69 74 69 2 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 11400
70 73 70 3 NO HORSES Garbage 16400

71 NEW 71 1 WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF 5800
72 72 1 44 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1132500
73 NEW 73 1 DO YA THINK I’M SEXY? Rod Stewart featuring DNCE 5400
74 44 34 8 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 103750
75 NEW 75 1 WITHOUT YOU Avicii featuring Sandro Cavezza) 5000

DROP OUTS
52 33 6 CHAMELEON Pnau 94250
60 47 2 BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell 22500
62 6 12 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 317050
65 65 2 REIMS RL Grime 13600
69 11 16 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 254100
71 71 1 NOT ENOUGH Lido featuring THEY 5800

 

20th August 2017

It’s Zoot Woman on top, the British electronica have been releasing tracks for 20 years without me ever noticing until they teamed up with Kylie – so wham, only 2 decades of waiting! Kylie meanwhile gets an 11th number one since her first in 1994 and her most-recent in 2014. Ol’ Kylie has had well over 30 top 10 hits here, so you can see I quite like her.

Glen Campbell still has a big presence on my chart, and the chart is so crammed with great stuff that good singles I still like have been pushed out (including several Glen Campbell tracks). Frankly I could easily do a top 120 or so of tracks I like right now (If I had the time!), and every track in my chart is underperforming compared to where they deserve to be.

P!nk has a big climb into the 20, as Lana Del Ray returns to the 20 for the 2nd time this year and thereby giving Stevie Nicks a top 20 for the first time in 6 years (not including Fleetwood Mac). Dannii Minogue also leaps to 21, chasing her sis, with what is shockingly her first top 40 track in 12 years. Highest new entry is a fab SEEB remix of a new Mick Jagger track, at 40, his first chart entry outside the Stones in 13 years, and his first top 40 since Gosh Knows When…

Little Mix go all latin pop with CNCO and grab a second chart hit at 42, Dua Lipa has a big climb into the 50, The Killers also grab a second entry, and Beth Ditto improves on her minor first single off the new album, entering higher than Fire. Saint Etienne keep the regular run of hits a-coming, 25 years and counting, and 2 ex-One Direction boys enter proving that the better-quality and more-varied solo material of all 5 members has already out-done everything they did as a band – an underwhelming 7 or 8 chart entries and none of them going top 40, I think.

1 2 1 5 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 373600
2 1 1 2 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 285000
3 3 1 6 TRUE FEELING Galantis 530000
4 6 4 6 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 329000
5 5 5 2 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 120000
6 4 4 3 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 127400
7 7 1 8 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 870000
8 9 8 6 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 178450
9 8 8 3 DARTH VADER Dragonette 111000
10 12 10 5 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 126700

11 19 11 2 DRINK UP Train 58000
12 10 10 5 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 143750
13 14 7 6 MR SANDMAN Syml 194800
14 15 4 7 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 272800
15 16 8 7 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 228000
16 13 10 5 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 142000
17 46 17 2 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 35750
18 25 18 2 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 40750
19 30 19 2 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 39000
20 26 20 5 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 85000

21 57 21 2 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 30150
22 27 22 4 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 57900
23 23 3 10 THE MAN The Killers 449500
24 11 1 5 NUMB Linkin Park 511000
25 21 1 7 DREAMS Grace Slick 483500
26 18 18 5 RAIN The Script 102900
27 22 17 7 TOO MUCH Blondie 123450
28 17 17 7 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 123400
29 31 29 4 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 64100
30 24 19 5 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 81800

31 35 31 8 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 115950
32 20 20 2 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 37800
33 29 10 6 GENEVE John Otway 179900
34 48 34 4 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 52400
35 33 16 8 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 150650
36 37 36 3 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 42200
37 36 1 10 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 722950
38 51 38 2 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 28950
39 44 23 8 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 134500
40 NEW 40 1 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 17000

41 28 5 8 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 275300
42 NEW 42 1 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 13750
43 50 43 4 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 41500
44 34 34 7 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 98550
45 45 45 5 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 50600
46 42 1 15 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1178900
47 54 47 2 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 23500
48 39 14 13 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 223250
49 38 4 14 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 478150
50 71 50 2 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 17800

51 60 51 2 TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell 21750
52 40 33 6 CHAMELEON Pnau 94250
53 65 53 2 GLORIOUS Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey 18250
54 62 54 2 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 18400
55 55 1 23 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 882850
56 NEW 56 1 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 10600
57 NEW 57 1 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 10400
58 59 1 12 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 600550
59 69 59 2 GYPSY (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) Norda & Mike De Ville featuring Joanna Jones 16300
60 47 47 2 BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell 22500

61 63 61 2 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 14700
62 43 6 12 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 317050
63 NEW 63 1 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 7200
64 NEW 64 1 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 7100
65 67 65 2 REIMS RL Grime 13600
66 NEW 66 1 UGLY Jaira Burns 6800
67 NEW 67 1 BRICKS Le Grind 6600
68 NEW 68 1 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 6400
69 52 11 16 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 254100
70 NEW 70 1 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NOT ENOUGH Lido featuring THEY 5800
72 72 1 43 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1126900
73 75 73 2 NO HORSES Garbage 10400
74 NEW 74 1 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 5000

DROP OUTS
32 3 6 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 296300
41 41 15 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 177050
49 39 6 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 63800
53 5 13 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 488200
56 2 13 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 596650
58 29 8 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 94800
61 29 6 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 83850
64 64 1 WALLS Glen Campbell 7100
66 12 4 IN THE END Linkin Park 87200
68 68 3 VERSACE ON THE FLOOR Bruno Mars vs David Guetta 18000
70 70 1 GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 6000
73 73 1 CHASING HIGHS Alma 5400
74 74 1 JUST LIKE ALWAYS Glen Campbell 5200

 

 

13th August 2017

It’s the late great Glen Campbell at 1, spearheading a posthumous invasion of old tracks and one new one. Galveston hit my number 2 when I was doing my first occasional chart dabblings age 10 and 11, this one was summer of ’69, and a Jimmy Webb classic. It was also on the first pop album my parents bought for me, so it’s pretty appropriate that Galveston now takes the record for longest-wait to top my charts, over 48 years, on his 12th chart-topper.

Second-highest charting Glen song is his most recent number one for me, 2014, and his single off his last EP with lyrics that break the heart with his inverted alzheimers love-song to his wife, knowing he soon wouldn’t remember her – I’m Not Gonna Miss You is high emotion. Even without Glen’s death it would be a busy chart – there are loads bubbling-under – so big climbs for Kungs new track up from 62 to 4 with some help for Olly Murs, equalling their huge hit from last year, Kylie gets another number 2 to add to her long list, and Dragonette get a first top 10 up to 8.

Empire Of The Sun have had previous top 10’s, but not for a while, and ditto Coldplay (but who never have a long break away). Highest new song is Train at 19, also top 10 regulars, though they have to climb to the top, while DJ Licious is in at 25. Rednex get a third top 40 some 17 years late on it’s original release and 23 years since the last one. Pink is back, following her top 10 (here only) earlier this year with SIA, and Danni Minogue joins her sister in the chart for the first time since they did that xmas duet track together a couple of years ago. It’s 26 years since she debuted.

1 NEW 1 1 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 170000
2 5 2 4 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 203600
3 1 1 5 TRUE FEELING Galantis 445000
4 62 4 2 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 72400
5 NEW 5 1 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 60000
6 4 4 5 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 264000
7 3 1 7 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 820000
8 30 8 2 DARTH VADER Dragonette 66000
9 14 9 5 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 130450
10 11 10 4 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 108750

11 2 1 4 NUMB Linkin Park 492000
12 20 12 4 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 84700
13 10 10 4 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 117000
14 7 7 5 MR SANDMAN Syml 162800
15 6 4 6 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 243800
16 8 8 6 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 201000
17 22 17 6 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 105100
18 18 18 4 RAIN The Script 84400
19 NEW 19 1 DRINK UP Train 21000
20 NEW 20 1 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 20000

21 9 1 6 DREAMS Grace Slick 464750
22 21 17 6 TOO MUCH Blondie 106050
23 15 3 9 THE MAN The Killers 430250
24 19 19 4 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 63800
25 NEW 25 1 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 18750
26 26 26 4 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 65000
27 60 27 3 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 38400
28 17 5 7 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 261300
29 13 10 5 GENEVE John Otway 162200
30 NEW 30 1 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 18000

31 36 31 3 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 45900
32 12 3 6 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 296300
33 16 16 7 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 133150
34 34 34 6 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 85300
35 35 35 7 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 98050
36 23 1 9 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 705650
37 61 37 2 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 24800
38 25 4 13 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 466050
39 28 14 12 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 210950
40 33 33 5 CHAMELEON Pnau 82750

41 42 41 15 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 177050
42 31 1 14 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1166150
43 29 6 11 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 309650
44 32 23 7 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 117400
45 50 45 4 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 37600
46 NEW 46 1 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 12750
47 NEW 47 1 BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell 12500
48 48 48 3 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 34800
49 39 39 6 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 63800
50 58 50 3 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 28000

51 NEW 51 1 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 11750
52 41 11 15 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 247900
53 38 5 13 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 488200
54 NEW 54 1 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 11000
55 52 1 22 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 872050
56 44 2 13 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 596650
57 NEW 57 1 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 10400
58 45 29 8 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 94800
59 53 1 11 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 590350
60 NEW 60 1 TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell 10000

61 46 29 6 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 83850
62 NEW 62 1 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 7400
63 NEW 63 1 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 7200
64 NEW 64 1 WALLS Glen Campbell 7100
65 NEW 65 1 GLORIOUS Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey 7000
66 27 12 4 IN THE END Linkin Park 87200
67 NEW 67 1 REIMS RL Grime 6600
68 68 68 3 VERSACE ON THE FLOOR Bruno Mars vs David Guetta 18000
69 NEW 69 1 GYPSY (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) Norda & Mike De Ville featuring Joanna Jones 6200
70 NEW 70 1 GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 5800
72 69 1 42 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1121300
73 NEW 73 1 CHASING HIGHS Alma 5400
74 NEW 74 1 JUST LIKE ALWAYS Glen Campbell 5200
75 NEW 75 1 NO HORSES Garbage 5000

DROP OUTS
24 24 9 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 142800
37 37 7 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 92050
40 40 6 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 59400
43 2 15 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 805150
47 47 6 KING KONG Icarus 62300
49 40 4 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 65150
51 2 16 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 824200
54 54 3 SHE’S ON MY MIND JP Cooper 28200
55 50 5 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 46400
56 56 4 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 31400
57 18 8 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 139900
59 59 3 ALIVE Ben Haenow 21900
63 13 11 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 208300
64 1 20 CHARIOTS Paper Route 807200
65 65 1 PRISONER IN MOTION Georgia Denton 7000
66 46 5 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 54800
67 15 9 ROULETTE Katy Perry 134950
70 70 1 MILLION BUCKS Smallpools 6000
71 13 16 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 285000
72 72 3 FRONTLINE The Selecter 16400
73 1 18 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 798200
74 74 1 HUMAN TOUCH Betty Who 5200
75 75 2 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 10000

 

 

P1080598

Copenhagen for a City Denmark break

6th August 2017

It’s the joyful hook-driven pop flop of Galantis for one week only on top, knocking off the late Chester B from Linkin Park after a 2-week run. I can say one-week-only as the late great Glen Campbell died after I had finished this chart (running late due to a Salou, Spain break), and a host of his classics are in the itunes chart today – and in mine on Sunday.

Here for now, though, Zoot Woman takes Kylie back into the top 10 after being absent a year or two, for a whopping and frankly unbelievable almost 30 years since she was so lucky for the first time! TLC get a second top 10 of the year, and a second time for Sunny, the song. Boney M did it 40 years back. Big climbs for Coldplay into the 20 spanning the 21st century, and OMD, 37 years since Messages first did it.

The Weeknd keeps his run of big hits going, 5 years or so into his chart career here, and highest new entry is Dragonette, and a Star wars-related song. Darth Vader follows where Meco started 40 years ago when his disco theme to the debut movie topped my charts. Finally Rednex appear again after a chart break of well over 20 years. Swedish yee-haws all round.

1 3 1 4 TRUE FEELING Galantis 360000
2 1 1 3 NUMB Linkin Park 455000
3 2 1 6 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 770000
4 5 4 4 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 209000
5 27 5 3 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 88600
6 4 4 5 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 216800
7 9 7 4 MR SANDMAN Syml 133800
8 13 8 5 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 186000
9 7 1 5 DREAMS Grace Slick 445000
10 16 10 3 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 85000

11 26 11 3 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 66750
12 6 3 5 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 278500
13 10 10 4 GENEVE John Otway 144000
14 20 14 4 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 85450
15 8 3 8 THE MAN The Killers 411000
16 23 16 6 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 115450
17 11 5 6 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 243000
18 18 18 3 RAIN The Script 62400
19 45 19 3 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 44800
20 36 20 3 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 49700

21 17 17 5 TOO MUCH Blondie 86550
22 19 19 5 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 82100
23 15 1 8 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 688250
24 24 24 9 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 142800
25 14 4 12 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 448850
26 30 26 3 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 46500
27 12 12 3 IN THE END Linkin Park 80400
28 28 14 11 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 193850
29 21 6 10 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 296150
30 NEW 30 1 DARTH VADER Dragonette 18000

31 22 1 13 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1152400
32 41 23 6 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 104150
33 38 33 4 CHAMELEON Pnau 65750
34 34 34 5 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 67700
35 35 35 6 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 80550
36 56 36 2 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 28000
37 RE 37 7 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 92050
38 25 5 12 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 476950
39 49 39 5 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 51700
40 RE 40 6 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 59400

41 37 11 14 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 236400
42 42 42 14 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 163050
43 31 2 15 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 805150
44 39 2 12 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 586050
45 29 29 7 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 84600
46 32 29 5 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 76350
47 55 47 6 KING KONG Icarus 62300
48 58 48 2 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 22500
49 40 40 4 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 65150
50 65 50 3 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 24600

51 48 2 16 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 824200
52 52 1 21 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 861250
53 53 1 10 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 580250
54 54 54 3 SHE’S ON MY MIND JP Cooper 28200
55 50 50 5 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 46400
56 63 56 4 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 31400
57 47 18 8 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 139900
58 71 58 2 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 16000
59 66 59 3 ALIVE Ben Haenow 21900
60 60 60 2 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 20000

61 NEW 61 1 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 7500
62 NEW 62 1 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 7400
63 43 13 11 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 208300
64 62 1 20 CHARIOTS Paper Route 807200
65 NEW 65 1 PRISONER IN MOTION Georgia Denton 7000
66 46 46 5 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 54800
67 33 15 9 ROULETTE Katy Perry 134950
68 74 68 2 VERSACE ON THE FLOOR Bruno Mars vs David Guetta 11600
69 68 1 41 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1115700
70 NEW 70 1 MILLION BUCKS Smallpools 6000

71 61 13 16 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 285000
72 72 72 3 FRONTLINE The Selecter 16400
73 69 1 18 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 798200
74 NEW 74 1 HUMAN TOUCH Betty Who 5200
75 75 75 2 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 10000

DROP OUTS
44 20 8 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 92450
51 33 5 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 74550
57 15 11 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 183350
59 59 4 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 33400
64 64 4 JUMP Death Team 24900
67 67 2 RUN Foo Fighters 11600
70 58 2 LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS World’s End Girlfriend 16200
73 73 1 INFINITY Stellar Dreams 5400

30th July 2017

yes, it’s a second week for the much missed Linkin Park singer, Numb holds on and keeps some Buzzjack Song Contest entries out of the top 3 (KING PLAGUE’s Ave Maria rework, and Union’s hook-filled pop goodie) and holds off from Galantis, grabbing a top 3 for the first time, and quite why it’s not getting saturation airplay is a mystery to me.

John Otway gets a first top 10 after 40 years of trying, and Syml does what The Chordettes failed to do last year – grab a top 10 – although as an oldie The Chordettes had a tougher time of it. TLC make it 2 in a row top 20’s, Blondie also grab another, The Script their top 20 first for 3 or 4 years, ditto Empire Of The Sun, and Kasabian also ditto.

Coldplay, Lana Del Ray, Stevie Nicks, Kylie Minogue and The Weeknd are all familiar top 40 returnees, and all have topped my chart, some of them many many times.

1 1 1 2 NUMB Linkin Park 340000
2 2 1 5 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 685000
3 6 3 3 TRUE FEELING Galantis 190000
4 5 4 4 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 161800
5 10 5 3 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 144000
6 3 3 4 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 243500
7 4 1 4 DREAMS Grace Slick 400000
8 8 3 7 THE MAN The Killers 384000
9 19 9 3 MR SANDMAN Syml 83800
10 12 10 3 GENEVE John Otway 112000

11 7 5 5 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 220000
12 15 12 2 IN THE END Linkin Park 62000
13 13 9 4 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 138000
14 9 4 11 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 430100
15 11 1 7 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 669000
16 30 16 2 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 43000
17 22 17 4 TOO MUCH Blondie 66800
18 27 18 2 RAIN The Script 40400
19 36 19 4 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 62600
20 25 20 3 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 56450

21 20 6 9 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 277950
22 17 1 12 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1134500
23 16 16 5 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 90450
24 24 24 8 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 123800
25 18 5 11 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 459750
26 53 26 2 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 29750
27 58 27 2 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 28600
28 14 14 10 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 175550
29 35 29 6 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 71600
30 60 30 2 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 28000

31 21 2 14 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 791650
32 29 29 4 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 63600
33 23 15 8 ROULETTE Katy Perry 128350
34 37 34 4 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 50100
35 40 35 5 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 63050
36 48 36 2 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 29700
37 26 11 13 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 222400
38 39 38 3 CHAMELEON Pnau 48050
39 38 2 11 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 572800
40 42 40 3 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 53050

41 34 23 5 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 86350
42 43 42 13 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 149300
43 28 13 10 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 201100
44 31 20 8 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 92450
45 55 45 2 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 23800
46 46 46 4 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 48000
47 32 18 7 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 129500
48 45 2 15 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 812450
49 59 49 4 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 34600
50 50 50 4 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 35600

51 33 33 5 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 74550
52 52 1 20 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 849750
53 41 1 9 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 569000
54 69 54 2 SHE’S ON MY MIND JP Cooper 17200
55 56 55 5 KING KONG Icarus 49800
56 NEW 56 1 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 10600
57 51 15 11 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 183350
58 NEW 58 1 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 10200
59 61 59 4 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 33400
60 NEW 60 1 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 10000

61 57 13 15 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 279200
62 62 1 19 CHARIOTS Paper Route 800100
63 66 63 3 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 20800
64 65 64 4 JUMP Death Team 24900
65 72 65 2 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 12600
66 75 66 2 ALIVE Ben Haenow 11800
67 RE 67 2 RUN Foo Fighters 11600
68 68 1 40 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1109500
69 67 1 17 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 792800
70 RE 58 2 LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS World’s End Girlfriend 16200

71 NEW 71 1 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 5800
72 74 72 2 FRONTLINE The Selecter 10800
73 NEW 73 1 INFINITY Stellar Dreams 5400
74 NEW 74 1 VERSACE ON THE FLOOR Bruno Mars vs David Guetta 5200
75 NEW 75 1 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 5000

DROP OUTS
44 10 11 AVERDAVGI Agy 232350
47 7 11 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 415700
49 30 6 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 89700
54 37 6 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 74750
63 3 15 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 532800
64 64 4 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 28400
70 70 2 WEARING NOTHING Dagny 11200
71 5 14 HURRICANE Drones Club 463150
73 13 11 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 207900

23rd July 2017

In the week of the tragic loss of Chester Bennington, I had to finally give the epic Numb the love I didn’t give at the time, 14 years ago (I was in a bad place that year and couldnt cope with depressing music) – it only peaked at 30 in my charts, and it took the Jay-Z mash-up to take it to 15 on a long chart run to see what I’d missed. So, 16 years after In The End hit 7 in my charts (and re-enters at 15 here), Faint did ditto a few years later, and Steve Aoki took A Light That Never Comes to 5 4 years ago, Linkin Park finally get a number one here, knocking off the still-superb Adam Lambert track.

The Union climb fast into the top 5, Syml into the top 20, and the highest new new entry, as opposed to older tracks, is from The Script at 27 – it never rains on Danny, it seems, but hey, for TLC it’s Sunny – a fab reworking of the 1966 Bobby Hebb classic (who features on the track along with an Earth Wind & Fire sample – September). Last in my charts courtesy of Boney M 40 years ago! OMD got top 40, along with a host of returnees, but they also have another new track in at 55 – the new album title track, The Punishment of Luxury, while The Weeknd makes it 5 in a row off Starboy, Rockin’ in at 48.

Coldplay at back with a goodie at 53, Miracles, and Kylie is also back for her 31st year of chart hits here, assisting Zoot Woman at 58, as Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks assists Lana Del Ray on her 3rd of the year, nicel leapfrogging her two Mac compadres in the process for 41 years of charting. Enrique’s Latin smash also enters at last (I’ve given in, I’m bound to hear it next week on a Spanish theme park family break), and gives him 18 years-worth of hits, loads of ’em. You want longevity though? The Selecter have been away for a while, since their 2-tone heyday – Pauline Black has always popped up here and there over the years in the media or touring, but they haven’t troubled my charts since 1980, or solo Pauline since 1982’s Shoorah Shoorah – so a gap of 35 years, that’s one of the longest gaps ever for a returning act with new material.

1 NEW 1 1 NUMB Linkin Park 170000
2 1 1 4 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 570000
3 3 3 3 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 188500
4 2 1 3 DREAMS Grace Slick 350000
5 22 5 3 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 96800
6 7 6 2 TRUE FEELING Galantis 105000
7 5 5 4 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 183000
8 8 3 6 THE MAN The Killers 336000
9 6 4 10 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 401100
10 10 10 2 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 84000

11 4 1 6 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 642000
12 12 12 2 GENEVE John Otway 70000
13 9 9 3 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 106000
14 17 14 9 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 157250
15 NEW 15 1 IN THE END Linkin Park 27000
16 27 16 4 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 71200
17 11 1 11 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1115000
18 13 5 10 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 441000
19 32 19 2 MR SANDMAN Syml 38800
20 14 6 8 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 258200

21 16 2 13 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 773750
22 35 22 3 TOO MUCH Blondie 43800
23 15 15 7 ROULETTE Katy Perry 110650
24 24 24 7 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 104800
25 33 25 2 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 36450
26 21 11 12 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 205100
27 NEW 27 1 RAIN The Script 18400
28 19 13 9 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 196600
29 38 29 3 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 45800
30 NEW 30 1 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 18000

31 20 20 7 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 79200
32 18 18 6 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 117000
33 34 33 4 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 62800
34 23 23 4 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 72350
35 45 35 5 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 53400
36 49 36 3 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 41600
37 58 37 3 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 32500
38 26 2 10 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 555700
39 42 39 2 CHAMELEON Pnau 30850
40 44 40 4 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 45550

41 25 1 8 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 557750
42 48 42 2 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 36050
43 43 43 12 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 135550
44 28 10 11 AVERDAVGI Agy 232350
45 36 2 14 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 800150
46 53 46 3 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 35250
47 29 7 11 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 415700
48 NEW 48 1 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 12300
49 30 30 6 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 89700
50 71 50 3 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 23600

51 31 15 10 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 172950
52 52 1 19 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 838250
53 NEW 53 1 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 11250
54 37 37 6 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 74750
55 NEW 55 1 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 10800
56 56 56 4 KING KONG Icarus 39000
57 46 13 14 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 271700
58 NEW 58 1 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 10200
59 69 59 3 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 22500
60 NEW 60 1 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 10000

61 62 61 3 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 22300
62 51 1 18 CHARIOTS Paper Route 792700
63 55 3 15 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 532800
64 64 64 4 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 28400
65 73 65 3 JUMP Death Team 17800
66 66 66 2 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 13600
67 57 1 16 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 786600
68 68 1 39 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1103100
69 NEW 69 1 SHE’S ON MY MIND JP Cooper 6200
70 74 70 2 WEARING NOTHING Dagny 11200

71 50 5 14 HURRICANE Drones Club 463150
72 NEW 72 1 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 5600
73 39 13 11 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 207900
74 NEW 74 1 FRONTLINE The Selecter 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ALIVE Ben Haenow 5000

DROP OUTS
40 40 5 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 59300
41 23 7 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 95100
47 32 6 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 83700
54 9 10 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 277550
59 39 4 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 51200
60 5 17 LOST ON YOU LP 510800
61 18 8 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 111200
63 16 11 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 146400
65 5 12 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 359700
67 34 14 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 181200
70 70 4 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 24000
72 28 9 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 115450
75 5 17 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 476700

16th July 2017

Adam Lambert returns to the top for a second week, pushing off Grace Slick’s classic obscurity after only one week on top. UNKLE do a fab Lee Hazelwood impression, plus cinematic arrangement and leapfrog the man himself with his 50-years-old classic. The highest new entry is Galantis, with a killer pop tune and hook. Instant fave, and a return to the top 10 for them, at 7. It’s Ave Maria – trip-hop style – in at 10, and just lovely for King Plague, who has a very catchy name – Belaruse female musician apparently, though info is hard to come by.

In at 12, 40-years-old, it’s an orchestral wonder from John Otway, dating from the time of his first appearance in my chart with Wild Willy Barrett, Really Free. Geneve is still lovely, even without a Willy. Scissor Sisters have had 5 chart-toppers since debuting with one of ’em in 2004, Comfortably Numb, and last made the top 20 in 2012 with Let’s Have A Kiki. Good to have them back, albeit guesting.

Syml fronts band Barcelona (where I’ll be popping through in 2 weeks – the city that is), and hails from Seattle, which accounts for the sultry moody version of the 50’s pop classic that recently charted here for the Chordettes, which brings back magic memories of the 50’s for me – via Back To The Future of course, I’m not that old! Ditto the current advert-song from Tony Dallara, a fab vintage Italian croon almost as old as The Chordettes.

Empire Of The Sun return, and so do Pnau. Nick Littlemore features in both bands. Pnau have topped my charts with their Elton John sampling tracks, and the other Empire member topped my charts as a member of The Sleepy Jackson. There’s another Nancy & Lee classic entering (as a Tammy Wynette duet cover they made the definitive version of) – but this one is Tammy covering herself from 1973 with hubbie George Jones, a version that is new to me, a lovely country duet of My Elusive Dreams.

1 2 1 3 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 455000
2 1 1 2 DREAMS Grace Slick 285000
3 26 3 2 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 103500
4 3 1 5 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 605000
5 8 5 3 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 133000
6 4 4 9 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 356100
7 NEW 7 1 TRUE FEELING Galantis 50000
8 5 3 5 THE MAN The Killers 288000
9 14 9 2 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 74000
10 NEW 10 1 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 42000

11 7 1 10 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1092000
12 NEW 12 1 GENEVE John Otway 35000
13 9 5 9 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 419000
14 6 6 7 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 238200
15 16 15 6 ROULETTE Katy Perry 91400
16 10 2 12 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 754000
17 20 17 8 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 128250
18 22 18 5 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 99200
19 13 13 8 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 178300
20 28 20 6 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 61300

21 11 11 11 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 186600
22 37 22 2 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 36800
23 27 23 3 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 54750
24 24 24 6 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 85800
25 12 1 7 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 543750
26 18 2 9 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 538500
27 34 27 3 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 46200
28 15 10 10 AVERDAVGI Agy 219100
29 17 7 10 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 403200
30 30 30 5 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 77600

31 19 15 9 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 161200
32 NEW 32 1 MR SANDMAN Syml 17800
33 NEW 33 1 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 17700
34 35 34 3 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 45100
35 66 35 2 TOO MUCH Blondie 24300
36 25 2 13 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 787150
37 38 37 5 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 63750
38 57 38 2 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 27600
39 21 13 10 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 202500
40 40 40 5 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 59300

41 23 23 7 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 95100
42 NEW 42 1 CHAMELEON Pnau 13750
43 44 43 11 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 122050
44 59 44 3 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 28550
45 52 45 4 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 35900
46 33 13 13 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 261300
47 32 32 6 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 83700
48 NEW 48 1 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 12300
49 49 49 2 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 24200
50 31 5 13 HURRICANE Drones Club 457350

51 36 1 17 CHARIOTS Paper Route 785300
52 48 1 18 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 826750
53 53 53 2 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 22500
54 41 9 10 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 277550
55 42 3 14 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 525600
56 56 56 3 KING KONG Icarus 28400
57 47 1 15 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 780000
58 75 58 2 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 15200
59 39 39 4 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 51200
60 50 5 17 LOST ON YOU LP 510800

61 29 18 8 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 111200
62 62 62 2 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 14800
63 43 16 11 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 146400
64 64 64 3 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 21300
65 45 5 12 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 359700
66 NEW 66 1 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 6800
67 63 34 14 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 181200
68 67 1 38 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1096700
69 69 69 2 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 12400
70 70 70 4 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 24000

71 71 71 2 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 11600
72 51 28 9 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 115450
73 73 73 2 JUMP Death Team 10800
74 NEW 74 1 WEARING NOTHING Dagny 5200
75 61 5 17 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 476700

DROP OUTS
46 10 12 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 263400
54 18 9 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 126100
55 50 6 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 59300
58 58 1 LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS World’s End Girlfriend 10200
60 60 3 STRIP THAT DOWN Liam Payne featuring Quavo 23600
65 48 5 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 45600
68 27 6 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 82600
72 72 1 WISHING GIRL Lola Marsh 5600
74 1 22 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1357900

 

9th July 2017

For the second week in a row, and the third chart-topper in a row, it’s new at one – this time for Grace Slick’s 1980 worldwide flop (but a minor chart hit for me) which I rediscovered a few years back and fell in love with big time, so around a 37 wait to reach the top of my charts. It was close though, as Adam lambert is still strong. Liam Gallagher gets 2 consecutive top 10’s – it’s like the old Oasis days!

After 10 weeks Despacito hits a new peak of 11, slow climbing which is appropriate given the title, and as a watched a large of crowd of English London Pride attendees swaying along in the street and not being able to sing the lyrics, it made even more sense why it’s so popular. In at 14, another one that suddenly made sense to me once I heard it properly, French Montana being the highest new track to enter with Unforgettable, a great record.

Down t’bottom end, Blondie grab a 3rd chart entry of 2017, getting very close to 40 years of chart hits here, while Martine Mcutcheon is back 16 years since she last troubled my charts, and LeAnn Rimes a nearly as long 14 years. I do enjoy unexpected comebacks!

1 NEW 1 1 DREAMS Grace Slick 170000
2 1 1 2 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 285000
3 2 1 4 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 540000
4 4 4 8 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 301100
5 3 3 4 THE MAN The Killers 240000
6 8 6 6 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 209200
7 5 1 9 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1055000
8 16 8 2 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 73000
9 9 5 8 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 387000
10 7 2 11 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 729000

11 17 11 10 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 166850
12 6 1 6 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 525000
13 14 13 7 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 157300
14 NEW 14 1 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 29000
15 10 10 9 AVERDAVGI Agy 200800
16 20 16 5 ROULETTE Katy Perry 64400
17 11 7 9 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 385000
18 12 2 8 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 520000
19 15 15 8 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 143300
20 29 20 7 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 105250

21 13 13 9 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 185400
22 19 19 4 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 77200
23 25 23 6 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 81100
24 34 24 5 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 66800
25 24 2 12 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 769750
26 NEW 26 1 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 18500
27 39 27 2 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 35500
28 35 28 5 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 41300
29 18 18 7 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 103700
30 36 30 4 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 59600

31 23 5 12 HURRICANE Drones Club 445350
32 32 32 5 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 71200
33 26 13 12 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 248550
34 58 34 2 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 27800
35 60 35 2 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 27500
36 27 1 16 CHARIOTS Paper Route 773550
37 NEW 37 1 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 17300
38 46 38 4 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 46450
39 40 39 3 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 41100
40 43 40 4 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 42300

41 21 9 9 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 266550
42 28 3 13 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 514800
43 22 16 10 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 139200
44 44 44 10 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 108550
45 31 5 11 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 352700
46 33 10 12 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 263400
47 38 1 14 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 769600
48 47 1 17 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 815250
49 NEW 49 1 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 12100
50 45 5 16 LOST ON YOU LP 500800

51 41 28 8 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 109850
52 68 52 3 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 22900
53 NEW 53 1 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 11250
54 54 18 9 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 126100
55 50 50 6 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 59300
56 63 56 2 KING KONG Icarus 17800
57 NEW 57 1 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 10400
58 NEW 58 1 LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS World’s End Girlfriend 10200
59 74 59 2 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 15300
60 62 60 3 STRIP THAT DOWN Liam Payne featuring Quavo 23600

61 52 5 16 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 471700
62 NEW 62 1 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 7400
63 57 34 13 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 174600
64 64 64 2 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 14200
65 48 48 5 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 45600
66 NEW 66 1 TOO MUCH Blondie 6800
67 65 1 37 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1090300
68 49 27 6 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 82600
69 NEW 69 1 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 6200
70 70 70 3 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 18000

71 NEW 71 1 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WISHING GIRL Lola Marsh 5600
73 NEW 73 1 JUMP Death Team 5400
74 61 1 22 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1357900
75 NEW 75 1 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 5000

DROP OUTS
30 30 10 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 177500
37 7 8 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 269300
42 34 6 ADIOS Glen Campbell 89650
51 51 6 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 58550
53 30 9 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 123650
55 17 7 KRYPTONITE George Maple 130400
56 1 15 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 851750
59 39 7 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 78950
66 24 10 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 136200
67 55 4 RED SUN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 34600
69 69 4 LIVE FOREVER Oasis 22800
71 29 6 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 77700
72 2 12 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 400600
73 73 2 DON’T MATTER NOW George Ezra 10800
75 75 1 RUN Foo Fighters 5000

2nd July 2017

In from nowhere it’s Adam Lambert with his ambitious and fabulous Two Fux, far and away his best ever record (and he’s had a few goodies). In rhythm it reminds me of a 90’s gem from ex-New Kid On The Block Jordan Knight’s 1998 number 2 (here) Give It To Me, but it is sassier and more swirling. Adam’s been having occasional entries here since 2010, so at long last a biggie. That means The Killers get close but no cigar, The Man is great, much better than the ever present Mr Brightside which is outselling it in the UK charts and within 50,000 sales (not streaming) of a million! I just don’t get it!

Second highest new entry is a 2nd top 20 track for Liam Gallagher, one of his best ballads, Chinatown at 16. Katy Perry rockets into the 20 with Roulette as Swish swish stays ahead, and a new entry for Calvin Harris featuring her at 58 gives her 5 consecutive tracks on the list. My rules won’t be amended to exclude artists with more than 3….

Imelda gets a 2nd top 20 of the year, QOTSA get a first one ever, and in at 39 Shania Twain is back and jolly as ever after a gap of 13 years, she topped my chart in 1999 though That Don’t Impress Me Much as much as almost 20 years of chart-spanning. Rufus Wainwright covers a Beatles classic, used on a TV advert, while Foo Fighters and Imagine Dragons add to the long run of chart entries, the Foo’s covering 20 years, Imagine Dragons 5 or 6 years.

1 NEW 1 1 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 170000
2 1 1 3 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 455000
3 5 3 3 THE MAN The Killers 180000
4 6 4 7 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 236100
5 4 1 8 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1005000
6 3 1 5 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 490000
7 2 2 10 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 687000
8 10 8 5 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 154200
9 9 5 7 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 342000
10 11 10 8 AVERDAVGI Agy 173800

11 7 7 8 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 362000
12 8 2 7 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 498000
13 14 13 8 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 165650
14 17 14 6 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 125300
15 19 15 7 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 122300
16 NEW 16 1 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 25000
17 20 17 9 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 129850
18 29 18 6 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 85500
19 24 19 3 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 57700
20 63 20 4 ROULETTE Katy Perry 39400

21 13 9 8 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 252550
22 16 16 9 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 125700
23 15 5 11 HURRICANE Drones Club 427450
24 12 2 11 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 751000
25 40 25 5 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 61850
26 26 13 11 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 230850
27 25 1 15 CHARIOTS Paper Route 756150
28 21 3 12 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 501050
29 30 29 6 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 85250
30 31 30 10 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 177500

31 23 5 10 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 339700
32 38 32 4 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 53400
33 22 10 11 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 250650
34 45 34 4 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 47800
35 50 35 4 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 23000
36 36 36 3 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 41600
37 18 7 8 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 269300
38 27 1 13 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 757100
39 NEW 39 1 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 17100
40 65 40 2 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 24000

41 28 28 7 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 98100
42 34 34 6 ADIOS Glen Campbell 89650
43 66 43 3 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 25300
44 46 44 9 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 95300
45 41 5 15 LOST ON YOU LP 488800
46 59 46 3 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 29250
47 47 1 16 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 802950
48 52 48 4 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 38600
49 32 27 5 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 76200
50 54 50 5 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 48500

51 51 51 6 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 58550
52 42 5 15 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 464200
53 35 30 9 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 123650
54 33 18 8 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 115100
55 37 17 7 KRYPTONITE George Maple 130400
56 49 1 15 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 851750
57 53 34 12 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 167400
58 NEW 58 1 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 10200
59 39 39 7 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 78950
60 NEW 60 1 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 10000

61 57 1 21 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1352700
62 69 62 2 STRIP THAT DOWN Liam Payne featuring Quavo 13600
63 NEW 63 1 KING KONG Icarus 7200
64 NEW 64 1 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 7100
65 64 1 36 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1083700
66 48 24 10 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 136200
67 55 55 4 RED SUN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 34600
68 75 68 2 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 11400
69 71 69 4 LIVE FOREVER Oasis 22800
70 70 70 2 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 12000

71 43 29 6 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 77700
72 56 2 12 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 400600
73 73 73 2 DON’T MATTER NOW George Ezra 10800
74 NEW 74 1 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 5200
75 NEW 75 1 RUN Foo Fighters 5000

DROP OUTS
44 10 9 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 170450
58 25 10 THE CURE Lady Gaga 137200
60 36 7 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 91000
61 24 6 PAPER Svala 94500
62 20 10 STORY OF A HEART Steps 144900
67 50 5 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 42400
68 5 14 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 383400
72 72 2 TOO FAR GONE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 10800
74 1 15 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 690900

My August 1985 Charts

6th August 1985

Following Live Aid and the heartbreaking video accompanying the news footage played along to the Cars’ Drive, the record was given a new boost with proceeds for charity. Already spine-tinglingly sad and poignant with it’s original video, it now became enormously powerful and duly enters on top of my chart 9 months after getting a week on top in 1984. That’s bad news for Madonna, as she becomes a post-Live-Aid-obsession with teens and older, and her 1984 top 10 debut is kept off the top by another 1984 oldie. Just to rub it in, her non-American single (what!?) Into The Groove peaks almost as high as Holiday did first time round (so far).

Another oldie also hits 7 – yes, the year of reactivated non-hits is 1985 – for Billy Idol, the fabulous White Wedding taking advantage of his chart-topper in, yes, 1984 to chart 2 or 3 years late. Tina Turner gets a first solo top 5 hit, with the Mad Max sequel theme song, as Brit-soul band Cool Notes go top 10. OMD, UB40 and Chrissie Hynde go top 20, and in at 28, the highest new song is Kate Bush and her classic Running Up That Hill, returning her to the top 40 for the first time in over 4 years with a bang and a big comeback album, The Hounds Of Love.

D. Train enter at 38 (later to be a hit all over in remixed form), Five Star and Nik Kershaw go top 40, and chart returns for Katrina & The Waves, Go West, Tracie, Belouis Some, a chart reissue for Elvis Presley’s 1972 top 10 Always On My Mind at 76 (expanded for one week), a chart debut for cool indie band Prefab Sprout at 71, and their fab song based around referencing Faron Young’s 1972 top 10 chart hit It’s Four In The Morning, and inconspicuously in at 74 it’s Bryan Adams and his future rock anthem, Summer Of ’69, a song that regularly pops back into the 21st century charts, being as it’s a regular seller. Not unrelated to his performance of it at Live Aid, actually, but it never charted highly in the UK singles chart (nor mine), being as it’s nowhere near as great as Run To You and most of his other hits. hey ho!

1 ( NEW ) DRIVE The Cars
2 ( 19 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
3 ( 1 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
4 ( 2 ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
5 ( 9 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
6 ( 16 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
7 ( 15 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
8 ( 6 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
9 ( 5 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
10 ( 13 ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes

11 ( 3 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
12 ( 8 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
13 ( 7 ) CHANGE Sparks
14 ( 4 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
15 ( 24 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
16 ( 18 ) RASPBERRY BERET Prince
17 ( 25 ) SECRET OMD
18 ( 10 ) HELP! The Beatles
19 ( 30 ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde
20 ( 12 ) HISTORY Mai Tai

21 ( 11 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
22 ( 14 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
23 ( 20 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
24 ( 17 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
25 ( 26 ) LIVING ON VIDEO Trans X
26 ( 37 ) TAKE ME HOME Phil Collins
27 ( 32 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
28 ( NEW ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
29 ( 34 ) DARE ME The Pointer Sisters
30 ( 22 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer

31 ( 52 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Five Star
32 ( 21 ) DUEL Propaganda
33 ( 33 ) 5 MINUTES (ONE DAY – LIES LIES..) Mainframe
34 ( 59 ) LONG TIME Arrow
35 ( 23 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
36 ( 39 ) THE GOONIES ‘R’ GOOD ENOUGH Cyndi Lauper
37 ( 27 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
38 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME D. Train
39 ( 35 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
40 ( 60 ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw

41 ( 28 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
42 ( 36 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
43 ( 29 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
44 ( 69 ) GLORY DAYS Bruce Springsteen
45 ( 45 ) CRY Godley And Creme
46 ( 44 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
47 ( 42 ) OBSESSION Animotion
48 ( 48 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
49 ( 49 ) GOLDEN YEARS Loose Ends
50 ( 38 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears

51 ( 31 ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
52 ( 40 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
53 ( 50 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
54 ( 47 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
55 ( 58 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
56 ( 41 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
57 ( 55 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
58 ( NEW ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
59 ( 43 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
60 ( NEW ) GOODBYE GIRL Go West

61 ( 46 ) DANCING IN THE KEY OF LIFE Steve Arrington
62 ( 53 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
63 ( 57 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
64 ( 73 ) EMPTY ROOMS Gary Moore
65 ( 61 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
66 ( NEW ) CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE Tracie Young
67 ( 67 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
68 ( 66 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
69 ( 62 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
70 ( NEW ) DO YOU WANT CRYING Katrina And The Waves

71 ( NEW ) FARON YOUNG Prefab Sprout
72 ( 71 ) CALL ME Go West
73 ( 68 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
74 ( NEW ) SUMMER OF ’69 Bryan Adams
75 ( 65 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
76 ( NEW ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Elvis Presley

TV Aug 3rd-9th
1 Hill Street Blues
2 Cheers
3 Top Of The Pops
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Batman

13th August 1985

2 weeks for the heartbreaking Cars classic on top, as Kate Bush runs up that hill to 6 and her biggest track since Sat In Your Lap 4 years earlier. That obscure Mainframe track remains unavailable in 2017, but it’s jolly enough technopop up to 16 for 5 minutes, and Amazulu get all excitable at grabbing a top 20. Dire Straits take their classic Money For Nothing up a whopping 32 spots, with an assist from Sting, who also enters at 43 with his own single – Love Is The Seventh Wave. Elvis’ 1972 oldie, meanwhile, is back in the 40 some 12 years after dropping out, Always On My Mind was one of his better ballad-years songs. In at 36, we have Princess joining Prince inside the 40, new with Say I’m Your Number One, just ahead of Baltimora’s fun (if cheesy) Tarzan Boy.

Other newies: Marc Almond and his good Stories Of Johnny in at 57, Mai Tai get a follow-up hit to History, the late Glen Frey is new at 62 with Sexy Girl, 60’s legend Aretha Franklin returns back on form (of sorts, not exactly SOUL form, but pleasant enough) and Freeway Of Love, giving her a then-impressive 17 years of chart entries. Finally, in at 75, it’s Tequila from No Way Jose and their version of The Champs classic 1958 Spanish-language hit, done 80’s stylee. Suggs eventually borrowed it for his hit No More Alcohol, and not to be confused with the unrealted Terrorvision track of the same Tequila name which is just as fab.

1 ( 1 ) DRIVE The Cars
2 ( 2 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
3 ( 3 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
4 ( 5 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
5 ( 6 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
6 ( 28 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
7 ( 7 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
8 ( 4 ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
9 ( 10 ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
10 ( 13 ) CHANGE Sparks

11 ( 8 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
12 ( 9 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
13 ( 16 ) RASPBERRY BERET Prince
14 ( 17 ) SECRET OMD
15 ( 19 ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde
16 ( 33 ) 5 MINUTES (ONE DAY – LIES LIES..) Mainframe
17 ( 27 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
18 ( 18 ) HELP! The Beatles
19 ( 12 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
20 ( 11 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive

21 ( 26 ) TAKE ME HOME Phil Collins
22 ( 14 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
23 ( 55 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
24 ( 38 ) YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME D. Train
25 ( 15 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
26 ( 29 ) DARE ME The Pointer Sisters
27 ( 31 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Five Star
28 ( 40 ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw
29 ( 34 ) LONG TIME Arrow
30 ( 20 ) HISTORY Mai Tai

31 ( 21 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
32 ( 76 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Elvis Presley
33 ( 22 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
34 ( 23 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
35 ( 30 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
36 ( NEW ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
37 ( 44 ) GLORY DAYS Bruce Springsteen
38 ( 24 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
39 ( NEW ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
40 ( 35 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle

41 ( 32 ) DUEL Propaganda
42 ( 39 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
43 ( NEW ) LOVE IS THE SEVENTH WAVE Sting
44 ( 37 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
45 ( 42 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
46 ( 25 ) LIVING ON VIDEO Trans X
47 ( 60 ) GOODBYE GIRL Go West
48 ( 45 ) CRY Godley And Creme
49 ( 48 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
50 ( 46 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears

51 ( 58 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
52 ( 36 ) THE GOONIES ‘R’ GOOD ENOUGH Cyndi Lauper
53 ( 47 ) OBSESSION Animotion
54 ( 53 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
55 ( 41 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
56 ( 66 ) CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE Tracie Young
57 ( NEW ) STORIES OF JOHNNY Marc Almond
58 ( 43 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
59 ( 74 ) SUMMER OF ’69 Bryan Adams
60 ( NEW ) BODY AND SOUL Mai Tai

61 ( 70 ) DO YOU WANT CRYING Katrina And The Waves
62 ( NEW ) SEXY GIRL Glenn Frey
63 ( 64 ) EMPTY ROOMS Gary Moore
64 ( 57 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
65 ( 54 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
66 ( 67 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
67 ( 52 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
68 ( NEW ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
69 ( 56 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
70 ( 68 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( 63 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
72 ( 50 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
73 ( 62 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
74 ( 69 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
75 ( NEW ) TEQUILA No Way Jose

In which a classic Comic Strip episode almost tops a classic Star Trek episode. The Latter has the late under-rated Don Marshall as a cynical scientist who has it in for Spock, just before he took on Land Of The Giants I think. Rik Mayall is awesome in Comic Strip as a Clint Eastwood-ish cowboy-themed wannabe: “I think….I’m getting..a suntan” Beatles on a jukebox: “John Paul George and Gringo, hah ha hah”. Betty White, now legendary Golden Girl, was also popping up in my faves immediately before she started with the other Gals.

TV 10th-16th Aug
1 Star Trek: Galileo Seven
2 Comic Strip Presents: A Fistful Of Travellers Cheques
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Top Of The Pops
5 The Betty White Show
6 Gun Shy
7 Batman
8 Bewitched
9 The Making Of Supergirl
10 The Rock ‘n’ Roll Years

20th August 1985

3 weeks for the Cars, as Kate Bush gets her first number 2 since Wuthering Heights 7 years earlier. Tarzan Boy and Money For Nothing leap bigly into the 10. These days it would be Dire Straits featuring Sting, who goes top 40 elsewhere. Phil Collins under-rated Take Me Home makes the 20, and Princess leaps into the 20 as Prince falls out, but King enter at 30 with Alone Without You. Where’s Queen when you want the complete Royal set?!

Highest new entry is Madness – Yesterday’s Men at 28 being a somewhat subdued version of Madness – with hip hop dance making inroads at 29 for Lisa Lisa & co. It sounded a bit different in song structure style at the time, though I havent heard it in decades so not sure how it holds up. Hang on while I check…..well, the beats are a bit dated, and the lack of a big-hook is still somewhat charming. At 37, Bryan Ferry is back with his last great single, Don’t Stop The Dance – it was all downhill after this sadly, after a good 13 years of Roxy and solo stuff.

Marc Almond & Belouis Some get another top 40 as new entries lower down include, Amii Stewart’s 1979 disco banger Knock On Wood back again, a brilliant new pop goodie from Red Box, Lean On Me (Ah Li-Ayo) at 63, soooo catchy and chanty. At 67, Propaganda get a third hit with Trevor-Horn-produced P-Machinery, The Stylistics are back after a gap of 8 years with Love Is Not The Answer at 71, some 13 years after debuting, and Canadian pop star Corey Hart pops in again. Think Justin Bieber of the 80’s….only a better singer, and not dance.

1 ( 1 ) DRIVE The Cars
2 ( 6 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
3 ( 5 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
4 ( 2 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
5 ( 3 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
6 ( 4 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
7 ( 39 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
8 ( 23 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
9 ( 7 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
10 ( 15 ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde

11 ( 8 ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
12 ( 17 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
13 ( 9 ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
14 ( 21 ) TAKE ME HOME Phil Collins
15 ( 36 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
16 ( 16 ) 5 MINUTES (ONE DAY – LIES LIES..) Mainframe
17 ( 10 ) CHANGE Sparks
18 ( 12 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
19 ( 11 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
20 ( 28 ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw

21 ( 13 ) RASPBERRY BERET Prince
22 ( 24 ) YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME D. Train
23 ( 19 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
24 ( 27 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Five Star
25 ( 14 ) SECRET OMD
26 ( 20 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
27 ( 32 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Elvis Presley
28 ( NEW ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness
29 ( NEW ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
30 ( NEW ) ALONE WITHOUT YOU King

31 ( 22 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
32 ( 18 ) HELP! The Beatles
33 ( 25 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
34 ( 26 ) DARE ME The Pointer Sisters
35 ( 51 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
36 ( 37 ) GLORY DAYS Bruce Springsteen
37 ( NEW ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
38 ( 30 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
39 ( 56 ) STORIES OF JOHNNY Marc Almond
40 ( 43 ) LOVE IS THE SEVENTH WAVE Sting

41 ( 31 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
42 ( 42 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
43 ( 29 ) LONG TIME Arrow
44 ( 33 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
45 ( 35 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
46 ( 59 ) SUMMER OF ’69 Bryan Adams
47 ( 63 ) EMPTY ROOMS Gary Moore
48 ( 45 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
49 ( 49 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
50 ( 48 ) CRY Godley And Creme

51 ( 44 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
52 ( 50 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
53 ( 38 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
54 ( 60 ) BODY AND SOUL Mai Tai
55 ( 40 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
56 ( 54 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
57 ( 41 ) DUEL Propaganda
58 ( RE ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
59 ( NEW ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
60 ( 47 ) GOODBYE GIRL Go West

61 ( 61 ) DO YOU WANT CRYING Katrina And The Waves
62 ( 62 ) SEXY GIRL Glen Frey
63 ( NEW ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
64 ( 34 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
65 ( 53 ) OBSESSION Animotion
66 ( 55 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
67 ( NEW ) P-MACHINERY Propaganda
68 ( 56 ) CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE Tracie Young
69 ( 66 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
70 ( 75 ) TEQUILA No Way Jose

71 ( NEW ) LOVE IS NOT THE ANSWER The Stylistics
72 ( 46 ) LIVING ON VIDEO Trans X
73 ( NEW ) TAKES A LITTLE TIME Total Contrast
74 ( 64 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
75 ( NEW ) NEVER SURRENDER Corey Hart

A future movie franchise pops up (The Naked Gun) and a future court case (Bill Cosby) and 2 MTM productions at 2 and 3 from the 70’s, a drama spin-off from a sitcom. Both starred the future voice of “Up” Ed Asner.

TV 17th-23rd Aug
1 Star Trek: Court Martial
2 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
3 Lou Grant
4 Comic Strip Presents: Gino
5 Hill Street Blues
6 Batman
7 Police Squad
8 Top Of The Pops
9 I Dream Of Jeannie
10 The Bill Cosby Show

27th August 1985

It’s Kate Bush getting her first chart-topper with the classic Running Up That Hill, so good it did it all over again for the London Olympics in 2012. That means Madonna’s UK chart-topper (and biggest UK hit) Into The Groove is in runners-up.

Phil Collins gets another top 10, his 4th or so, with a minor UK hit, Dan Hartman is reactivated and I Can Dream About You is back at 13, a good single and 7 years on from his debut Instant Replay. Just behind is the Live Aid charity single (the main reason I bought it, though the video was fun, and it was good to see Bowie and Jagger together), the pedestrian cover of the Martha & The Vandellas classic Dancing In The Street which went top 10 in my charts in 1969. Bryan Ferry goes top 20, Amii Stewart is back in the 40 6 years on with Knock On Wood, also a cover of a 60’s soul classic, and John Parr’s movie theme tune megahit is in at 36, and Stevie Wonder’s last UK big hit is at 40, Part Time Lover borrowing a Supremes 60’s rhythm track (as did Hall & Oates) for a pop goodie.

That leaves follow-up hits for the Thompson Twins, Kim Carnes back after a gap, and 5 years after debut 60’s soul cover More Love went top 20 in my charts (60’s covers bit of a theme!), David Cassidy, Bananarama, and Odyssey (who get a span of 7 years).

1 ( 2 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
2 ( 3 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
3 ( 1 ) DRIVE The Cars
4 ( 7 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
5 ( 8 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
6 ( 4 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
7 ( 5 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
8 ( 9 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
9 ( 6 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
10 ( 14 ) TAKE ME HOME Phil Collins

11 ( 31 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
12 ( 15 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
13 ( NEW ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
14 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
15 ( 11 ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
16 ( 12 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
17 ( 30 ) ALONE WITHOUT YOU King
18 ( 29 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
19 ( 37 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
20 ( 10 ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde

21 ( 13 ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
22 ( 22 ) YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME D. Train
23 ( 28 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness
24 ( 39 ) STORIES OF JOHNNY Marc Almond
25 ( 20 ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw
26 ( 18 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
27 ( 27 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Elvis Presley
28 ( 17 ) CHANGE Sparks
29 ( 23 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
30 ( 19 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham

31 ( 25 ) SECRET OMD
32 ( 16 ) 5 MINUTES (ONE DAY – LIES LIES..) Mainframe
33 ( 44 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
34 ( 59 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
35 ( 35 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
36 ( NEW ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Farr
37 ( 26 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
38 ( 40 ) LOVE IS THE SEVENTH WAVE Sting
39 ( 47 ) EMPTY ROOMS Gary Moore
40 ( NEW ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder

41 ( 21 ) RASPBERRY BERET Prince
42 ( 46 ) SUMMER OF ’69 Bryan Adams
43 ( 42 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
44 ( 24 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Five Star
45 ( NEW ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
46 ( 33 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
47 ( 73 ) TAKES A LITTLE TIME Total Contrast
48 ( 49 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
49 ( 38 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
50 ( 54 ) BODY AND SOUL Mai Tai

51 ( 48 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
52 ( 50 ) CRY Godley And Creme
53 ( 52 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
54 ( 34 ) DARE ME The Pointer Sisters
55 ( 45 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
56 ( NEW ) CRAZY IN THE NIGHT Kim Carnes
57 ( 56 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
58 ( 60 ) GOODBYE GIRL Go West
59 ( 36 ) GLORY DAYS Bruce Springsteen
60 ( 43 ) LONG TIME Arrow

61 ( 63 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
62 ( 41 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
63 ( 75 ) NEVER SURRENDER Corey Hart
64 ( 67 ) P-MACHINERY Propaganda
65 ( 57 ) DUEL Propaganda
66 ( NEW ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
67 ( 51 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
68 ( 58 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
69 ( 69 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
70 ( NEW ) SOMEONE David Cassidy

71 ( NEW ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
72 ( 61 ) DO YOU WANT CRYING Katrina And The Waves
73 ( NEW ) DO NOT DISTURB Bananarama
74 ( 53 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
75 ( NEW ) (JOY) I KNOW IT Odyssey

Everything coming up Star Trek, MTM shows, and the Comic Strip/Young Ones comics for me on TV, as Back To The Future gets some early promo with the Huey Lewis Power Of Love entering the chart.

TV 24th-30th Aug
1 Star Trek: Menagerie Pt 2
2 Star Trek: Menagerie Pt 1
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Young Ones
5 Cheers
6 Comic Strip Presents: 5 Go Mad On Mescalin
7 The Munsters
8 Lou Grant
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Leonard Nimoy: Memories Of Star Trek
11 Police Squad
12 Bob Monkhouse Meets Joan Rivers
13 Doctor Who: Resurrection Of The Daleks
14 Comic Strip Presents: Slags
15 Bewitched

 

My 1985 Charts – July

2nd July 1985

The Beach Boys getcha back on top of the charts after a 9-year break since Good Vibrations topped on reissue in 1976. Despite great singles peaking at 2 in 1968, 1969 and 1979 the one that went all the way was a total flop – but it had that classic surfer harmony sound, and a great song written by Mike Love and Terry Melcher, Doris Day’s son. More importantly for me, it was the first record released by the band after the death of Dennis Wilson in a drowning accident, which gave it an added pathos, being as I was and am a huge fan of the Beach Boys. Bad news for Hall & Oates who almost get a second chart-topper, with reactivated Out Of Touch at 2, while Sister Sledge, Prince and Bruce Springsteen all get another new top 10 single to add to their tallies.

Paul Young and Dead Or Alive go up into the top 20, as highest new entry You And Your Heart So Blue is in at 19 for Bucks Fizz, another great single which inexplicably flopped, especially given the general goodwill for Mike Nolan recovering after his near-death band coach crash. Howard Jones gets yet another top 40 track, as Denise LaSalle waves her toot toot in as well, and ex-Undertones vocalist Feargal Sharkey does the same, 7 years on from Teenage Kicks. Toyah also pops into the 40, and Marti Webb’s cover of Michael Jackson’s Ben, while there’s a new entry for Don Henley at 28 with his 1982 chart hit (for me at least) Dirty Laundry, an under-rated fabulously bitter and cynical single – it still wasn’t a hit in the UK, sadly.

New entries outside the 40, The Adventures at 48 with Feel The Raindrops, another great single that flopped for the lads, while at 55 The Cult debut with a classic rock track She Sells Sanctuary, a track with attitude and swagger, just brilliant. At 60, The Damned make a pleasant single, The Shadow Of Love, as they belatedly get some deserved UK singles success, while future UK chart-topper There Must Be An Angel is in at 64 for Eurythmics, by far their most joyous single, if tongue-in-cheek video, and with a bonus Stevie Wonder harmonica solo to boot. Perfect pop. At 72, it’s another early 80’s UK flop back again, though this time Billy Idol actually gets a well-deserved big UK hit out of it: White Wedding is almost as fab as his 1984 number one in my charts – Eyes Without A Face – but this one is Billy at his sneeringest rocktastic best.

http://youtube.com/v/YAZBbZ27xlM

1 ( 3 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
2 ( 4 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
3 ( 1 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
4 ( 7 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
5 ( 2 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
6 ( 10 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
7 ( 14 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
8 ( 6 ) DUEL Propaganda
9 ( 11 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
10 ( 13 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen

11 ( 5 ) OBSESSION Animotion
12 ( 29 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
13 ( 9 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
14 ( 18 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
15 ( 8 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
16 ( 12 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
17 ( 20 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
18 ( 19 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
19 ( NEW ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
20 ( 48 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive

21 ( 32 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
22 ( 16 ) CALL ME Go West
23 ( 60 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
24 ( 15 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
25 ( 25 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
26 ( 17 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
27 ( 31 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
28 ( NEW ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
29 ( 21 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
30 ( 72 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle

http://youtube.com/v/PDBOwPORHGU

31 ( 24 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
32 ( 28 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
33 ( 64 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
34 ( 22 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
35 ( 30 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
36 ( 40 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
37 ( 46 ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah
38 ( 63 ) BEN Marti Webb
39 ( 27 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
40 ( 37 ) CRY Godley And Creme

41 ( 33 ) A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
42 ( 26 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
43 ( 36 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
44 ( 56 ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
45 ( 35 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
46 ( 59 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
47 ( 39 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
48 ( NEW ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
49 ( 45 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
50 ( 53 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

http://youtube.com/v/icC6dABqhkw

51 ( 34 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
52 ( 23 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
53 ( 50 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
54 ( 41 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
55 ( NEW ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
56 ( 58 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 38 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
58 ( 69 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
59 ( 44 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
60 ( NEW ) THE SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned

http://youtube.com/v/8I8mWG6HlmU

61 ( 43 ) LAST TIME FOREVER Squeeze
62 ( 49 ) RAIN FOREST Paul Hardcastle
63 ( 42 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
64 ( NEW ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
65 ( 57 ) WAYS TO BE WICKED Lone Justice
66 ( 66 ) YOU DON’T NEED A REASON Phil Fearon & Galaxy
67 ( 54 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
68 ( 65 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
69 ( NEW ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
70 ( 75 ) ENDICOTT Kid Creole And The Coconuts

71 ( 61 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
72 ( NEW ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
73 ( 70 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
74 ( 68 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
75 ( 47 ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar

http://youtube.com/v/AAZQaYKZMTI

TV 29th Jun-5th Jul
1 Star Trek: Charlie X
2 The Young Ones: Summer Holiday
3 Cheers
4 The Bill Cosby Show
5 Ready Steady Go

In my oldies playlist, 2 future 80‘s reissued UK chart entries for Fleetwood Mac’s Hold Me and Lulu’s Shout (hey, when you’re right you’re right) though I’m still waiting on Gary Lewis & The Playboys’ Jill, appropriately Beach Boys-influenced 1967 single.

http://youtube.com/v/ulCFJh55gbc

In the media, I bought Paperback Writer (Beatles) and How Soon Is Now (Smiths), watched The Young Ones and LIfe On Earth, and a crap edition of Top Of The Pops, while at work, my young new cheeky assistant got ever bolder and cheekier as we surveyed the roads of Blandford and Gillingham. It got the stage where I was arguing with him and having to use reason to get him to stop going OTT and making errors in the data. Rang grandma, who was worryingly out of breath.

In the DC Comics Crisis On Infinite Earths megablockbuster series with every superhero on the books and more, they carried out a shock: Supergirl was killed off. Punishment for a flop movie more than likely, but genuinely shocking as superheroes with their own comics who had been around for 30 years just didn’t get killed. It’s sort of killing the golden goose (and so it turned out until the new re-telling TV version which has just debuted 30 years on) as all reinventions of alternative characters using the name were pretty useless and floppy. The repercussions also hit the Legion Of Super Heroes, as she’d been a time-travelling member since I first picked up the comic in 1969, and of course my comic of choice was at it’s peak at this time, creatively and pretty big sales-wise.

9th July 1985

2 weeks for The Beach Boys on top, as I revisit LA (Light Album) in my oldies playing, and a leap to 2 for Dead Or Alive and In Too Deep, and a third top 10 in a row for them. Propaganda hit a new peak of 3 with Duel, and Bucks Fizz are pondering you and your heart so blue at 7, for a 4th year of top 10 tracks, with only the odd single peaking lower down the chart. Paul Young also keeps them coming for over 2 years, as Tomb Of Memories digs it way slowly up.

Huge climbs for The Cult and The Damned into the 20 to challenge the upper chart pop domination, with Tears For Fears fabulous sombre Head Over Heels also scraping into the 20 (and very much under-rated by me at the time), along with Howard Jones more jaunty Life In One Day. Eurythmics joyous classic angels are playing with my heart into the 30, with Sting, Phil Oakey & Giorgio Moroder, and The Adventures all hitting the 40 along with highest new entry, left-wing band Redskins and Bring It Down (This Insane Thing) in at 37. Left-wing politics in music was very much the vogue in 1985, and the video had the bonus of Alexei Sayle, left-wing comedian to underline the point.

New entries: Amazulu return a bit excitable at 46, Glen Frey joins ex and future band mate from The Eagles Don Henley in the chart, at 47, and Adam Ant starts to run out of steam at 49, Vive Le Rock, after a 5-year run. Jaki Graham turns up minus David Grant, and she’s round and round at 60, a good British dancepop track, while OMD are at a lowly 64 with a secret (the secret is they are following up a chart-topper and not doing so well) 5 years on from debut chart-topper Messages. Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has another go at becoming a pop star at 71, covering 1969 Number 1 Dizzy, and peaks a full deserved 70 places lower than either Tommy Roe’s classic original, or Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff’s future UK chart cover version. Supertramp pop in briefly with a cannonball a decade after they started with a classic Dreamer, and The Style Council give a bit of publicity for Milton Keynes, symbol town for blandness in the eighties.

1 ( 1 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
2 ( 20 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
3 ( 8 ) DUEL Propaganda
4 ( 4 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
5 ( 2 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
6 ( 6 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
7 ( 19 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
8 ( 10 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
9 ( 5 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
10 ( 12 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young

http://youtube.com/v/C7Eo1IHajGQ

11 ( 3 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
12 ( 7 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
13 ( 23 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
14 ( 55 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
15 ( 60 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
16 ( 21 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
17 ( 13 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
18 ( 11 ) OBSESSION Animotion
19 ( 9 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
20 ( 15 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion

http://youtube.com/v/dblor-04xeE

21 ( 14 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
22 ( 16 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
23 ( 18 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
24 ( 28 ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
25 ( 17 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
26 ( 25 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
27 ( 30 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
28 ( 36 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
29 ( 33 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
30 ( 64 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics

31 ( 22 ) CALL ME Go West
32 ( 48 ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
33 ( 26 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
34 ( 24 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
35 ( 35 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
36 ( 38 ) BEN Marti Webb
37 ( NEW ) BRING IT DOWN (THIS INSANE THING) Redskins
38 ( 32 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
39 ( 44 ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
40 ( 46 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder

41 ( 27 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
42 ( 34 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
43 ( 58 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
44 ( 40 ) CRY Godley And Creme
45 ( 29 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
46 ( NEW ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
47 ( NEW ) SMUGGLER’S BLUES Glen Frey
48 ( 41 ) A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
49 ( NEW ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
50 ( 39 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star

51 ( 43 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
52 ( 37 ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah
53 ( 45 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
54 ( 49 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
55 ( 53 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
56 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 69 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
58 ( 31 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
59 ( 66 ) YOU DON’T NEED A REASON Phil Fearon & Galaxy
60 ( NEW ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham

http://youtube.com/v/E30q7pNy0jM

61 ( 42 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
62 ( 47 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
63 ( 54 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
64 ( NEW ) SECRET OMD
65 ( 50 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
66 ( 59 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
67 ( 67 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
68 ( 68 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
69 ( 52 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
70 ( 72 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol

71 ( NEW ) DIZZY The Rock-olas
72 ( 51 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
73 ( NEW ) CANNONBALL Supertramp
74 ( NEW ) COME TO MILTON KEYNES The Style Council
75 ( 63 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode

TV 6th-12th July
1 Star Trek: Balance Of Terror
2 Another Audience With Dame Edna
3 Batman: Shame
4 Hill Street Blues
5 The Phil Silvers Show
6 Lou Grant
7 It’ll Be Alright On The Night
8 Dallas
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Ready Steady Go


At work out in the streets of Blandford Forum, driver Bob noticed young Nick’s tendency to admire himself in any passing mirrors and quipped a great one-liner: “if we put mirrors on all access covers and manholes he wouldn’t miss any” (off the computer survey data list). Bob also fixed our flat tyre on the spot, good for him. I got a lot of stick from Jason, in the other team, and Nick, when they got together, both seemingly-obsessed with my never-mentioned (and none-existent) sex life and persuasion, which wound me up.

At Wimbledon, McEnroe went out, and young lad Becker went through, all a bit of a surprise. Womens final was fave Chrissie Lloyd sadly lost (I saw it as her last chance) to Martina Navratilova who I was also a fan of. 17-year-old Boris Becker amazingly won the men’s final. I bought a new T shirt, and wore it. It’s worth mentioning that because I also wore it to mum’s surprise, as my skinny arms hadn’t seen the light of day (bar the USA holiday in 1979) since 1971, I think! My self-image was skinny.

At 3 in my oldies chart, Ready Steady Go was being repeated 20 years on, a TV show that was the coolest (yes it’s true) on British TV in the mid-60’s, and I was now old enough to have 20-year-old memories, like Sandie Shaw (who I loved as a child) and was now cool all over again thanks to Morrissey. This is a great old clip of a song I’m still waiting to chart…

http://youtube.com/v/-PadwVClZb4

16th July 1985

This was Live Aid week, the huge world concert (lots of local versions to go with the 2 main events at Wembley and Philadelphia) and a host of megastars on show for charity, bullied into it by Bob Geldof for a great cause, to help the starving in Ethiopa as the politicians sat on their arses as always. Band Aid, as a charity, ran for 2 decades, and kept people alive. Cynics (and there were plenty of them) can piss off, I don’t care what everybody’s motives were or weren’t for the concert, the bottom line is it saved lives and Geldof managed to do what politicians wouldn’t. So. In my chart on the day of Live Aid, The Beach Boys topped for a third week with Getcha Back, and played at Live Aid on Saturday13th July with a buncha classic tunes. Eurythmics shoot up to 4, There Must Be An Angel sadly not on show at Live Aid cos Annie had lost her voice, happily they did Net Aid in 1998 and Live8 in the noughties, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

The Damned, years into their career, finally get a top 10 single with the spooky Shadow Of Love at 7, while Howard Jones keeps his tally going with Life In One Day at 10. Adam Ant shoots up to 17 with new track Vive Le Rock, and pisses off viewers at Live Aid by doing it instead of one of his hits. Adam was miffed (and still is) he had only the one song slot, but should have accepted it gracefully and done Stand And Deliver which would have been far more appropriate and memorable: “Your money or your life” would have taken on new meaning. It wasn’t designed to be a plug for the new single, after all. Highest new entry at 20 is Sparks, back with a bang, for a Change, and a gem it is too, floppy yes, but sprawling and adventurous and delightful. 11 years on they may not be charting, but they carry on their own quirky way then and now, and never fail to charm.

Jaki Graham leaps into the 30, round and round, with Glen Frey, Amazulu and Opus (or ‘Opeless as I sometimes called them) all sneak into the 40, while The Conway Brothers arrive with a bit more force, and Billy Idol’s White Wedding finally starts moving and Bill catches the bouquet at 39 from 70. Another early 80’s track pops in at 59, Trans X and the very dated sounding (for 1985 – synth pop had really moved on in leaps and bounds) Living On Video, but it was fine for 1980/1981. Animal Nightlife get another chart entry with a very 1940’s stylee Love Is Just The Great Adventure, Animotion follow-up a fab chart-topper with a much less fab Let Him Go, Tina Turner is back on fire with the theme tune to Mad Max: Thunderdome, We Don’t Need Another Hero, and her best solo record to date, Aretha Franklin’s Freeway Of Love is in at 73, Steve Arrington’s dancin’ at 71, and slipping in with a Stevie Wonder song written for the Jackson 5, Buttercup, it’s Carl Anderson debuting. I say debut – had I allowed movie tracks in my charts (and I wish I had) his version of Superstar, as Judas from Jesus Christ Superstar, would easily have topped my chart in 1973, or later, cos it’s a spine-tingling passionate vocal performance of a brilliant Lloyd-Webber/Rice song. Still an absolute show-stopper, and still waiting to chart it.

1 ( 1 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
2 ( 2 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
3 ( 4 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
4 ( 30 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
5 ( 7 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
6 ( 3 ) DUEL Propaganda
7 ( 15 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
8 ( 9 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
9 ( 10 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
10 ( 13 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones

http://youtube.com/v/eD6byRAKXK4

11 ( 6 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
12 ( 16 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
13 ( 5 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
14 ( 14 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
15 ( 8 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
16 ( 12 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
17 ( 49 ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
18 ( 27 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
19 ( 11 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
20 ( NEW ) CHANGE Sparks

http://youtube.com/v/8ax1lWJfjKk

21 ( 24 ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
22 ( 17 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
23 ( 29 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
24 ( 20 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
25 ( 18 ) OBSESSION Animotion
26 ( 28 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
27 ( 25 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
28 ( 19 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
29 ( 60 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
30 ( 23 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals

31 ( 22 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
32 ( 32 ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
33 ( 37 ) BRING IT DOWN (THIS INSANE THING) Redskins
34 ( 21 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
35 ( 47 ) SMUGGLER’S BLUES Glen Frey
36 ( 46 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
37 ( 43 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
38 ( 57 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
39 ( 70 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
40 ( 40 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder

41 ( 38 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
42 ( NEW ) LOVE IS JUST THE GREAT ADVENTURE Animal Nightlife
43 ( 31 ) CALL ME Go West
44 ( 44 ) CRY Godley And Creme
45 ( 35 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
46 ( 59 ) YOU DON’T NEED A REASON Phil Fearon & Galaxy
47 ( 33 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
48 ( 34 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
49 ( NEW ) LET HIM GO Animotion
50 ( 74 ) COME TO MILTON KEYNES The Style Council

51 ( 26 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
52 ( 64 ) SECRET OMD
53 ( 39 ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
54 ( 45 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
55 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 54 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
57 ( 55 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
58 ( 36 ) BEN Marti Webb
59 ( NEW ) LIVING ON VIDEO Trans X
60 ( 50 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star

http://youtube.com/v/b9xBAtCsCTQ

61 ( 41 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
62 ( 42 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
63 ( 51 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
64 ( 48 ) A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
65 ( 63 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
66 ( 52 ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah
67 ( NEW ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
68 ( 53 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
69 ( 67 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
70 ( 68 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World

http://youtube.com/v/dq4aOaDXIfY

71 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE KEY OF LIFE Steve Arrington
72 ( 61 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
73 ( NEW ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
74 ( 62 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
75 ( NEW ) BUTTERCUP Carl Anderson

TV 15th-22nd June
1 Star Trek: What Are Little Girls Made Of
2 Dallas
3 LIVE AID
4 Cheers
5 Hill Street Blues
6 Batman: Shame part 2
7 The Abba Story
8 Lou Grant
9 Top Of The Pops
10 I Dream Of Jeannie

http://youtube.com/v/u7XIL67QSME

OLDIES CHART
1 TUG OF WAR Paul McCartney
2 MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby Stills & Nash
3 LIVING EYES Bee Gees


Overall, I pondered that with only 23 of the UK top 40 in my top 40 it was the worst UK chart since the mid-70’s, while at work, Nick calmed down a bit and had some good talks in the week at lunchtimes, and it was so warm out on the rural Dorset roads I stuck with my T shirts. The boys back in the office, Jason and Nick, teased friendly Terry with a fake phone call, she took it with good nature as I’d tipped her off what they were going to do. On “Wogan” Sparks popped up looking good, and in my appearance I shaved off my moustache – I’d had one since I was in my teens, and it was hard to get used to!

LIVE AID DAY: Bob Geldof rightly demanding money for the cause; The Cars’ Drive recent number one for me was used with footage of the famine, which was immensely powerful, even though it shouldn’t have worked it did. Billy Connolly was in tears. Who wasn’t….!? My personal highlights of the UK end: Boomtown Rats, Bowie, Queen, Elton John (& Kiki & George Michael), Elvis Costello doing All You Need Is Love, and Paul McCartney’s Let It Be, and the collective Do They Know It’s Christmas. In the USA Madonna was the top act for me, but I only managed to stay up till 2am. The finale didn’t record on my video either, doh! I may not have got hold of tickets, but I have seen most of the UK performers since (or before) Live Aid, hey ho.

 

23rd July 1985

Eurythmics get a second chart-topper, a year after 1984 (Sex Crime) did it first, and the life-affirming, tongue-in-cheek There Must Be An Angel is nothing like the dark synths of the former. Dead Or Alive are sadly stuck at 2 for the 3rd week, but the Damned hit 5 as The Cult leap to 6 for a fab bit of Goth Rock double delight. Sparks enter the top 10 with Change, their first in 6 years and 8th in total, as Jaki Graham circles the top 10 round at 11. Simply Red and Feargal Sharkey grab a top 20 spot, and the highest new entry is another Goth goodie, The Cure at 19 with In Between Days, the terrific first single off The Head On The Door and 5 years on from their first top 20.

In at 22, Prince is back, also 5 years on from his debut, with Raspberry Beret, still in his pyschedelic pop period, as Trans X hit the 40, and The Cool Notes enter with the catchy Brit-soul of In Your Car at 29. Tina Turner thunders into the 40, while a bit more low-key OMD have a secret, Style Council divert from Milton Keynes, and Animal Nightlife grab a second top 40. New at 49, The Goonies movie theme tune from Cyndi Lauper – have to say I’ve yet to see the film though, shockingly! Dare Me, demand the Pointer Sisters at 52, on of their better records after 6 years of chart action, though I probably would have charted Yes We Can Can in 1973 if my charts had allowed non-UK-chart singles.

In at 60, UB40 have paired up with Chrissie Hynde, having a Pretenders-break, for a UK chart-topper cover of Sonny & Cher’s I Got You Babe, reggae style. Not got the magic of the original but it wasn’t bad, and it gave them an excuse to tour together in the 90’s, and an excuse for me to go and see both The Pretenders (for the 3rd time) and UB40. At 61, Nik Kershaw I saw in concert the other week (that’s November 2015) and new entry Don Quixote sounded much better than I gave it credit for at the time. At 66 Loose Ends cover Bowie’s 1975 number one Golden Years, plastic Glam soul funk to Brit soul. Divine sneaks in with another camp cover, Twistin’ The Night away, and just above it’s Sting. Actually it’s Dire Straits, but his vocal assist is enough for a featuring credit really, and one of their top tunes in Money For Nothing, and THAT groundbreaking music video and guitar riffs. Also 6 years since first charting, for both.

http://youtube.com/v/TlGXDy5xFlw

1 ( 4 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
2 ( 2 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
3 ( 3 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
4 ( 1 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
5 ( 7 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
6 ( 14 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
7 ( 5 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
8 ( 8 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
9 ( 11 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
10 ( 20 ) CHANGE Sparks

11 ( 29 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
12 ( 6 ) DUEL Propaganda
13 ( 18 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
14 ( 17 ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
15 ( 26 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
16 ( 9 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
17 ( 15 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
18 ( 10 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
19 ( NEW ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
20 ( 23 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey

http://youtube.com/v/scif2vfg1ug

21 ( 12 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
22 ( NEW ) RASPBERRY BERET Prince
23 ( 16 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
24 ( 13 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
25 ( 19 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
26 ( 59 ) LIVING ON VIDEO Trans X
27 ( 37 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
28 ( 38 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
29 ( NEW ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
30 ( 39 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol

http://youtube.com/v/4i_z6JOKkVk

31 ( 22 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
32 ( 32 ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
33 ( 24 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
34 ( 67 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
35 ( 25 ) OBSESSION Animotion
36 ( 36 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
37 ( 52 ) SECRET OMD
38 ( 42 ) LOVE IS JUST THE GREAT ADVENTURE Animal Nightlife
39 ( 27 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
40 ( 50 ) COME TO MILTON KEYNES The Style Council

41 ( 28 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
42 ( 30 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
43 ( 49 ) LET HIM GO Animotion
44 ( 41 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
45 ( 21 ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
46 ( 44 ) CRY Godley And Creme
47 ( 34 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
48 ( 31 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
49 ( NEW ) THE GOONIES ‘R’ GOOD ENOUGH Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 71 ) DANCING IN THE KEY OF LIFE Steve Arrington

http://youtube.com/v/3IprBx1OlBk

51 ( 35 ) SMUGGLER’S BLUES Glen Frey
52 ( NEW ) DARE ME The Pointer Sisters
53 ( 43 ) CALL ME Go West
54 ( 65 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 45 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
57 ( 56 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
58 ( 48 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
59 ( 47 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
60 ( NEW ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde

http://youtube.com/v/bNLJbD_Oitk

61 ( NEW ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw
62 ( 57 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
63 ( 33 ) BRING IT DOWN (THIS INSANE THING) Redskins
64 ( 54 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
65 ( 70 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
66 ( NEW ) GOLDEN YEARS Loose Ends
67 ( 51 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
68 ( 40 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
69 ( 60 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
70 ( 69 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine

71 ( NEW ) GENIE B B & Q
72 ( 64 ) A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
73 ( NEW ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE Tracie
74 ( NEW ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
75 ( NEW ) TWISTIN’ THE NIGHT AWAY Divine

TV 20th – 26th July
1 The Young Ones: Sick
2 Star Trek: Dagger Of The Mind
3 Cheers
4 The Young Ones: Boring
5 The Mary Tyler Moore Show: pilot
6 Hill Street Blues
7 Lou Grant
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Batman
10 The Phil Silvers Show


At work Nick got inspired to put words and sing to any tunes I come up with on my music computer, I wish I’d taken him up on it really, missed opportunity he would have made a great pop star, sadly my tunes were crap and technology just wasn’t there without big cash in those days to get a decent sound. I would have done better with an electric guitar or piano frankly! Doh! Mum appeared to have a liver infection, at home, which caused me anxiety. On TV Patrick Duffy’s Bobby Ewing got bumped off, pure emotion, pure corn but engrossing and tongue-in-cheek Dallas season climax. It was all downhill from here really…

On saturday we got the bad news that mum’s mum, grandma in Liverpool had gone blind in one eye thanks to a burst blood clot – this was actually a good thing as she had had another minor heart attack the other week and not told us, and would otherwise have likely died. We made plans to go up to Liverpool.

30th July 1985

2 weeks for Eurythmics at 1, and The Cure shoot up to 2 for the second time, with In Between Days. Jaki Graham gets a second top 10, her first solo, and Tina Turner gets her 4th, or 3rd solo, with the Mad Max song. Highest new entry at 10 is the latest in the anniversary reissue and recharting hits for The Beatles – Help! It had made my charts for the first time in 1976 (when it again made the UK singles chart), but had long been a fave since I went to the cinema as a boy of 7 to watch the movie, a glorious colourful light-hearted romp packed with great songs. Culturally, The Beatles were everything in the 60’s, and Help! was only 3 years into their chart career, and yet seemed instantly as if the record had always existed. Tina Turner, just above them, had then-recently done her best to turn the urgent manic begging of the classic original into a self-pitying plodder, so it’s only fair the original should be nipping at her heels with one of her best records. Billy Idol, still looking for a White Wedding, hits the top 20 at long last, as Prince’s Raspberry Beret squeezes in too. Fruity!

Madonna gets both the highest current new entry, with US-12inch B side the excellent Into The Groove mystifyingly never a single, given it’s still Madonna’s biggest UK hit, in at 16, her 7th chart entry since Holiday debuted in the top 10 the previous year – and back again at 19, Madonna having gone from just another female popdisco act, to superstar, allowing her new legion of fans who hadn’t noticed it first time round to buy it again, as it went all the way to 2 in the UK singles chart, behind Into The Groove which hit 1. Quite big then, and having already jumped into a big movie, desperately seeking Susan, didn’t hurt at all! Meanwhile UB40 and Chrissie Hynde make the top 30, as Mainframe enter at 33, with a not-Stranglers 5 Minutes, quite exciting dance track. The Pointer Sisters are still daring me to mention they have made the 40 along with Cyndi Lauper’s Goonies, as a gentle Phil Collins minor UK hit, Take Me Home, enters at 38 outdoing some of his bigger hits for me, cos it’s pretty nice.

Five Star get Let Me Be The One for a second chart entry at 52, and Arrow do the same at 59, with the catchy Long Time. Which leaves follow-ups from The Untouchables, Gary Moore and Broooce and another Born In The USA single, Glory Days.

1 ( 1 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
2 ( 19 ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
3 ( 2 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
4 ( 3 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
5 ( 6 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
6 ( 11 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
7 ( 10 ) CHANGE Sparks
8 ( 4 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
9 ( 34 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
10 ( NEW ) HELP! The Beatles

http://youtube.com/v/8xqLfz_LPm4

11 ( 15 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
12 ( 8 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
13 ( 29 ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
14 ( 7 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
15 ( 30 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
16 ( NEW ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
17 ( 5 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
18 ( 22 ) RASPBERRY BERET Prince
19 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY Madonna
20 ( 20 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey

http://youtube.com/v/52iW3lcpK5M

21 ( 12 ) DUEL Propaganda
22 ( 9 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
23 ( 13 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
24 ( 27 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
25 ( 37 ) SECRET OMD
26 ( 26 ) LIVING ON VIDEO Trans X
27 ( 17 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
28 ( 16 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
29 ( 18 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
30 ( 60 ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde

31 ( 14 ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
32 ( 36 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
33 ( NEW ) 5 MINUTES (ONE DAY – LIES LIES..) Mainframe
34 ( 52 ) DARE ME The Pointer Sisters
35 ( 31 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
36 ( 25 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
37 ( NEW ) TAKE ME HOME Phil Collins
38 ( 21 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
39 ( 49 ) THE GOONIES ‘R’ GOOD ENOUGH Cyndi Lauper
40 ( 24 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates

http://youtube.com/v/sRY1NG1P_kw

41 ( 23 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
42 ( 35 ) OBSESSION Animotion
43 ( 28 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
44 ( 44 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
45 ( 46 ) CRY Godley And Creme
46 ( 50 ) DANCING IN THE KEY OF LIFE Steve Arrington
47 ( 33 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
48 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
49 ( 66 ) GOLDEN YEARS Loose Ends
50 ( 57 ) MEGAREX T.Rex

51 ( 32 ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
52 ( NEW ) LET ME BE THE ONE Five Star
53 ( 39 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
54 ( 43 ) LET HIM GO Animotion
55 ( 54 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
56 ( 38 ) LOVE IS JUST THE GREAT ADVENTURE Animal Nightlife
57 ( 41 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
58 ( 74 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
59 ( NEW ) LONG TIME Arrow
60 ( 61 ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw

http://youtube.com/v/rZE15B8dK7k

61 ( 42 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
62 ( 56 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
63 ( 40 ) COME TO MILTON KEYNES The Style Council
64 ( 68 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
65 ( 58 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
66 ( 62 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
67 ( 65 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
68 ( 48 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
69 ( NEW ) GLORY DAYS Bruce Springsteen
70 ( 47 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson

71 ( 53 ) CALL ME Go West
72 ( 45 ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
73 ( NEW ) EMPTY ROOMS Gary Moore
74 ( 70 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
75 ( NEW ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) The Untouchables


TV 27th July- 2nd Aug

1 Star Trek: Conscience Of The King
2 Hill Street Blues
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Cheers
5 Lou Grant
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Batman
8 Taxi
9 Bewitched
10 I Dream Of Jeannie


At home good news about grandma’s blood-clotted eye, she wasn’t blind in it, and it should hopefully improve. Hot sunny weather helped the country roads surveying, and on friday Nick, Bob and I all played pool at lunchtime in a pub, all winning, great fun. Bought Boomtown Rats & Stranglers albums after work, and my brother arrived with Sue & the kids at home, he took the piss out of my moped (but still had a go). Baby Gav was very quiet, Vicki a very noisy active toddler by now. These days I like reminding Vicki of the olden days when chatting about toddler William, who takes after his mum smile.gif

 

 

My 2015 Charts May to Aug

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30th August 2015

It’s Niia just edging out Royksopp, and her so lovely Body. Not far behind though there’s a brace of girlies all challenging with big jumps into the 10: Selena Gomez, Foxes and Nerina Pallot. It’s not Nerina’s first time in the top 5 by any means, and as I’m generally a fan I hope it’s not the last time either. The highest new entry at 8 is a bizarrely beautiful track from Kishi Bashi, Japanese American classical violinist with avant-garde electronic tendencies.

Maroon 5 and Jess Glynne both grab another top 10 of several, the very Joan Armatrading-sounding Rationale shoots up to 11 (he may not thank for that comparison though), while the Sugarhill Gang get a 2nd top 20 record at long last. Talking of veteran old skool rap, Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis are back with a huge supporting cast, notably Melle Mel making his first appearance in 20 years, and lengthening his run to 31 years since the classic White Lines. Duran Duran (at 5) also covered White Lines in 1995 with a top version with assistance from an original rapper or two. It’s a sprawling show-piece of Mark Ronson-style retro rap delight. No bragging about long they can keep it up and how*, you can hear the words, and no swearing. Just like the cliche-free old days!

(I choose to view “going downtown” as completely innocent in content, as this was certainly nothing Pet Clark had in mind when she went downtown!

Dusty shoots up as the soulful delight of Spooky makes my serious playlist along with former friend and duet partner Cilla’s remixed version of Step Inside Love, a song I loved in 1968 just before my charts started, and written by Paul McCartney for Cilla and her new TV show. Long overdue a chart position by about ooh 47 years. a-ha return too, for a second comeback hit, more uptempo despite the title, Simply Red also pop back with a another to add to the long list, and look see – it’s a Pink Floyd-er getting a new chart entry for the first time in about 20-odd years: Dave Gilmour with a bunch of singing convicts. I’m not kidding….! Oldies: the late Lynn Anderson pops back in 44 years on, as a goodbye tribute, and Elton John’s Tiny Dancer (as previously sampled by Ironik) is back in the UK top 100 sales chart (though not in the made-up chart that most people don’t care about anymore, and don’t even notice) thanks to an advert. Never made my chart in the 70’s, as it was fairly obscure at that time.

1 3 1 3 BODY Niia 290000
2 1 1 5 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 436500
3 15 3 3 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 33400
4 26 4 2 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 83500
5 2 1 9 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 573600
6 25 6 3 BODY TALK Foxes 79550
7 7 7 3 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 177000
8 NEW 8 1 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 48000
9 11 9 5 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 115400
10 20 10 5 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 91600

11 33 11 2 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 54700
12 5 5 7 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 257700
13 22 13 3 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 69100
14 6 6 6 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 162500
15 4 1 12 SHINE Years And Years 1122450
16 24 16 3 OH MY LOVE The Score 55000
17 12 12 10 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 165200
18 NEW 18 1 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 22000
19 9 9 6 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 187200
20 10 2 9 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 661000

21 8 2 9 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 522950
22 64 22 10 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 77400
23 19 8 7 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 229250
24 13 5 8 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 277000
25 37 25 3 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 42050
26 16 4 9 WHEN M+A 378400
27 23 10 6 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 159650
28 28 28 4 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 60100
29 17 8 5 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 155200
30 14 14 4 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 85200

31 18 18 6 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 91850
32 34 32 3 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 42900
33 38 33 3 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING AND ANYTHING AT ALL Kylie Minogue 40100
34 36 34 3 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 41200
35 35 35 6 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 79000
36 21 16 5 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 92150
37 NEW 37 1 THE GATES Young Empires 17300
38 55 38 2 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 28000
39 NEW 39 1 THE WAKE a-ha 17100
40 NEW 40 1 90’s LOVE (ACID PT. II) The Caulfield Beats 17000

41 44 3 9 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 350450
42 NEW 42 1 STEP INSIDE LOVE (ALMIGHTY RADIO EDIT) CIlla Black 13750
43 30 30 6 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 82400
44 52 44 2 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 24750
45 27 18 10 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 154300
46 32 32 3 NIGHTS LIKE THIS W. Darling 43050
47 58 47 2 I WANT YOU Wrabel 22700
48 66 48 3 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 25900
49 43 2 14 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 618100
50 60 50 3 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 28600

51 47 1 18 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1547500
52 49 1 12 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 569900
53 57 53 7 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 57850
54 53 1 17 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 552050
55 54 1 25 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1032950
56 31 17 7 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 117000
57 69 57 2 GOOD TIMES Ella Eyre featuring Sigma 16600
58 40 40 6 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 56600
59 NEW 59 1 I AM Leona Lewis 10100
60 41 25 7 ORGAN The Hardkiss 86250

61 39 39 4 WATERFALL Vok 46700
62 61 1 17 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 710300
63 56 10 19 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 330300
64 70 64 3 INSTANT CRUSH Natalie Imbruglia 18100
65 73 65 3 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 17600
66 NEW 66 1 INTOXICATED Martin Solveig and GTA 6800
67 74 67 2 HAPPY DAYS Squeeze 11800
68 71 68 2 KING GRADES 12200
69 NEW 69 1 TINY DANCER Elton John 6200
70 75 70 2 RESTLESS New Order 11000

71 68 4 20 HOME Max Jury 442450
72 NEW 72 1 (I NEVER PROMISED YOU A) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson 5600
73 NEW 73 1 RATTLE THAT LOCK David Gilmour 5400
74 46 20 7 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 111200
75 NEW 75 1 GHOST OF LOVE Simply Red 5000

29 29 3 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 53100
42 4 10 COME AND GET IT John Newman 348700
45 25 4 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 67350
48 36 5 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 59700
50 50 3 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART Brandon Flowers 32200
51 7 8 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 233050
59 10 9 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 214500
62 17 7 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 120800
63 34 5 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 67550
65 43 5 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 54700
67 67 1 SEARCH PARTY Sam Bruno 6600
72 72 1 SAVAGES Five Knives 5400


23rd August 2015

It’s Royksopp getting their first ever chart-topper after over a decade of not coming close before, and following in the tradition of Norwegian bands like, err a-ha who are also back lower down, and at unofficial position of 76 with new single The Wake – there just aren’t enough chart places for another 20 tracks this week! Somebody explain to me how this brilliant track has not been a hit! American singer Niia meanwhile is at 3 with the gorgeous Body. Here’s a shocking statistic (for me) – the fabulous Gladys Knight has only had 2 previous top 10 songs in my charts, Van McCoy’s Baby Don’t Change Your Mind hit 3 in 1977 and the Bond Theme Licence To Kill hit 7 in 1989, so this classic oldie is long overdue at 6 – If I Were Your Woman hits 6, her 19th chart hit in 43 years and her 2nd biggest hit. What?! So many other oldies of hers could do the same.

Big climbs for Selena Gomez, Maroon 5, Foxes, Madcon, Woolf And The Wondershow, eccentric alternative act Ezra Furman, Carly Rae Jepsen and Kylie Minogue getting a second top 40 hit in the same week. New at 26, Nerina Pallot is back philosophising about Rousseau for a 9th year of chart action which includes a number one for herself, and one written for Kylie – Aphrodite, criminally never a single. Down the bottom end of the chart, 2 veterans return relatively quietly after not being together some years: New Order stretch their run of hits (including 2 chart-toppers) to 34 years, and Squeeze have a run of 37 years, with not even a sniff of a number one amongst a quality songbook – Take Me I’m Yours in 1978 came closest when it went top 3.

1 3 1 4 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 321300
2 1 1 8 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 513600
3 12 3 2 BODY Niia 120000
4 2 1 11 SHINE Years And Years 1095450
5 5 5 6 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 222700
6 14 6 5 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 133500
7 7 7 3 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 127000
8 4 2 8 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 503200
9 9 9 5 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 166200
10 6 2 8 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 641000

11 19 11 4 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 70400
12 22 12 9 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 142200
13 11 5 7 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 258000
14 20 14 3 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 67200
15 68 15 2 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 33400
16 13 4 8 WHEN M+A 359900
17 8 8 4 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 137000
18 23 18 5 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 73950
19 10 8 6 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 210000
20 40 20 4 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 49600

21 16 16 4 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 74750
22 34 22 2 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 37100
23 15 10 5 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 141250
24 54 24 2 OH MY LOVE The Score 30000
25 71 25 2 BODY TALK Foxes 24550
26 NEW 26 1 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 18500
27 18 18 9 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 141300
28 31 28 3 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 41800
29 33 29 3 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 53100
30 30 30 5 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 68900

31 17 17 6 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 106400
32 47 32 2 NIGHTS LIKE THIS W. Darling 30300
33 NEW 33 1 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 17700
34 61 34 2 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 25100
35 50 35 5 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 61500
36 69 36 2 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 23600
37 70 37 2 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 23300
38 73 38 2 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING AND ANYTHING AT ALL Kylie Minogue 22400
39 39 39 3 WATERFALL Vok 39200
40 60 40 5 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 46400

41 25 25 6 ORGAN The Hardkiss 76250
42 21 4 10 COME AND GET IT John Newman 348700
43 26 2 13 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 606000
44 24 3 8 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 336450
45 32 25 4 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 67350
46 41 20 6 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 106000
47 37 1 17 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1535750
48 36 36 5 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 59700
49 38 1 11 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 558400
50 58 50 3 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART Brandon Flowers 32200

51 28 7 8 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 233050
52 NEW 52 1 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 11500
53 48 1 16 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 541050
54 49 1 24 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1022150
55 NEW 55 1 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 10800
56 46 10 18 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 323200
57 57 57 6 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 46600
58 NEW 58 1 I WANT YOU Wrabel 10200
59 42 10 9 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 214500
60 67 60 2 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 16600

61 56 1 16 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 703100
62 29 17 7 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 120800
63 44 34 5 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 67550
64 64 64 9 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 57900
65 45 43 5 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 54700
66 66 66 2 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 13600
67 NEW 67 1 SEARCH PARTY Sam Bruno 6600
68 59 4 19 HOME Max Jury 436650
69 NEW 69 1 GOOD TIMES Ella Eyre featuring Sigma 6200
70 75 70 2 INSTANT CRUSH Natalie Imbruglia 11000

71 NEW 71 1 KING GRADES 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SAVAGES Five Knives 5400
73 74 73 2 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 10600
74 NEW 74 1 HAPPY DAYS Squeeze 5200
75 NEW 75 1 RESTLESS New Order 5000

DROP OUTS
27 27 12 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 173150
35 35 4 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson featuring Heir 59600
43 7 20 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 330750
51 22 6 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 92700
52 6 17 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 504000
53 42 5 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 51750
55 55 4 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 31700
62 24 8 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 111900
63 16 6 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 103200
65 3 12 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 481450
72 56 4 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 28800


16th August 2015

It’s finally a new number one and it’s Duran Duran, Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers keeping the pressure on for years and years, and toppling them. It’s the Durannies 4th number one, spanning 31 years since their first Wild Boys – appropriately that was produced by Nile Rodgers (and no doubt he would’ve had a featuring credit if they did that in those days). For all their classics, Chic never climbed higher than 2, though Sister Sledge managed it with Lost In Music with a bit of help from Duran Duran on a remix 12” for a reissue of it around about Wild Boys time. They are all Nile Rodgers of course. Duran Duran had 2 more chart-toppers in 1993 so it’s a been a 22-year wait for another one. Janelle Monae almost made the top with fun. and We Are Young, and they did it with the follow-up without her assistance, so it’s only fair she gets one at last too! It’s a great single, sounding both contemporary and yet also sounds like it could have been the follow-up to Wild Boys.

Royksopp get their biggest hit after a decade of trying, the fab I Had This Thing at 3, and Galantis outdo the previous top 10 single, as does Major Lazer at 9. Highest new entry is the cool Niia at 12, a sultry delight, and Jess Glynne leaps up 50 places to 19 for one of her bigger hits, while in at 34 it’s a 33-year-old track being featured in an ad for confused.com with some robots. Apache has already topped my chart as an instrumental oldie for The Shadows, still one of the 3 or 4 oldest records (in terms of year-of-release) dating from 1960, this version came out in 1982 for the Sugarhill Gang, the boys who were ground zero for rap in the charts, Rapper’s Delight hitting the top 10 in 1979, having borrowed Niles Rodgers’ Chic backing track to Good Times for the record. They never really managed to follow it up though, sadly, even with this great track, so belatedly here it is, and at over 35 years wait for a follow-up hit that’s one of the longest waits ever to avoid being a one-chart-hit-wonder.

Other oldies returning: Donovan’s back with the first-time entry for 60’s classic Mellow Yellow (thanks to the Minions soundtrack), though all of his singles would have charted had I been charting before 1968, but he has to make do with a mere 46 years of chart entries. Kylie’s back, with a new (movie) track, giving her 2 at once in the chart, and Natalie Imbruglia is back after ages away for a 17-year run of chart entries. Austastic.

1 4 1 7 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 398600
2 1 1 10 SHINE Years And Years 1030450
3 8 3 3 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 151300
4 2 2 7 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 465200
5 12 5 5 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 162700
6 3 2 7 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 599000
7 15 7 2 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 77000
8 9 8 3 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 114000
9 13 9 4 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 121200
10 11 8 5 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 189000

11 5 5 6 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 226000
12 NEW 12 1 BODY Niia 35000
13 6 4 7 WHEN M+A 334900
14 19 14 4 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 78500
15 10 10 4 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 122000
16 24 16 3 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 55000
17 21 17 5 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 88500
18 26 18 8 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 123000
19 69 19 3 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 33400
20 29 20 2 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 38200

21 7 4 9 COME AND GET IT John Newman 334950
22 28 22 8 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 107200
23 31 23 4 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 51950
24 16 3 7 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 323200
25 35 25 5 ORGAN The Hardkiss 62250
26 18 2 12 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 592500
27 30 27 12 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 173150
28 14 7 7 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 221300
29 17 17 6 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 113400
30 39 30 4 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 50900

31 72 31 2 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 23500
32 25 25 3 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 54350
33 38 33 2 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 34900
34 NEW 34 1 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 17600
35 37 35 4 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson featuring Heir 59600
36 40 36 4 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 47400
37 33 1 16 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1523250
38 32 1 10 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 546300
39 75 39 2 WATERFALL Vok 22100
40 RE 40 3 THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT Maroon 5 29600

41 20 20 5 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 93250
42 27 10 8 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 204400
43 23 7 20 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 330750
44 34 34 4 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 60350
45 43 43 4 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 47700
46 44 10 17 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 312600
47 NEW 47 1 NIGHTS LIKE THIS W. Darling 12500
48 47 1 15 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 529800
49 48 1 23 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1011150
50 50 50 4 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 44000

51 42 22 6 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 92700
52 45 6 17 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 504000
53 53 42 5 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 51750
54 NEW 54 1 OH MY LOVE The Score 11000
55 59 55 4 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 31700
56 54 1 15 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 695600
57 63 57 5 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 36200
58 60 58 2 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART Brandon Flowers 20200
59 55 4 18 HOME Max Jury 430250
60 65 60 4 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 29400

61 NEW 61 1 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 7500
62 36 24 8 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 111900
63 41 16 6 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 103200
64 64 64 8 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 50800
65 46 3 12 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 481450
66 NEW 66 1 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 6800
67 NEW 67 1 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 6600
68 NEW 68 1 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 6400
69 NEW 69 1 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 6200
70 NEW 70 1 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 6000

71 NEW 71 1 BODY TALK Foxes 5800
72 56 56 4 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 28800
73 NEW 73 1 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING AND ANYTHING AT ALL Kylie Minogue 5200
74 NEW 74 1 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 INSTANT CRUSH Natalie Imbruglia 5000

DROP OUTS
22 9 17 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 385500
49 31 4 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 59600
51 5 8 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 237550
52 2 14 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 583200
57 57 7 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 71800
58 38 4 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 49900
61 33 4 ANNIE Neon Indian 44300
62 47 4 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 42600
66 50 4 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 35400
67 3 13 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 476350
68 68 3 CURE Disa 16800
70 1 27 SPEED KILLS 10CC 707000
71 71 2 FIRE MEET GASOLINE SIA 10800
73 9 8 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 185950
74 74 1 BITCH I’M MADONNA Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj 5200

9th August 2015

It’s still Years And Years who have been on top for years and years (or 5 weeks) presiding over a static top 3, while Sigala take the Jackson 5 sample of ABC 2 places higher than the original managed 45 years ago. Royksopp celebrate 14 years of chart entries with a top 10 climber, and the late Cilla Black moves up to 9 with If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind, her 7th top 10 and belatedly giving a hat-trick of top 10 singles from 1969 48 years after Surround Yourself With Sorrow peaked at 2. As Cilla enters the sales chart for the 3rd time with her two UK chart-toppers, that’s enough excuse for me to chart them for the 3rd time too and they both enter the top 40 (or re-enter, if you like but I like to count tracks that chart in individual years as separate chart runs).

Kylie notches up 27 years of top 10’s, Jake Shears has 11 years, Niles Rodgers has 37 years thanks to NERVO. Highest new entry is from Benjamin, who appears to be a young Scandipop singer, Young And Reckless sounds like a hit single to me. Gladys Knight gets her first top 20 in 26 years with a 45-year-old soul classic of hers, and Norah Jones is welcomed back into the top 40 along with Danger Mouse. Elsewhere, both Brandon Flowers and Madonna add to their rather large run of entries from their latest albums, just a shame none of them have been big hits because the singles chart is stupidly ignoring anyone who looks more than 16 years old. Hey ho…


1 1 1 9 SHINE Years And Years 915450
2 2 2 6 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 400200
3 3 2 6 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 544000
4 5 4 6 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 228600
5 10 5 5 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 189000
6 6 4 6 WHEN M+A 302900
7 4 4 8 COME AND GET IT John Newman 315200
8 28 8 2 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 66300
9 19 9 2 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 66000
10 13 10 3 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 95000

11 8 8 4 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 147000
12 16 12 4 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 102700
13 15 13 3 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 76200
14 7 7 6 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 203000
15 NEW 15 1 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 27000
16 11 3 6 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 304200
17 17 17 5 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 95200
18 12 2 11 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 574000
19 40 19 3 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 49500
20 20 20 4 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 79250

21 21 21 4 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 65500
22 9 9 17 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 385500
23 14 7 19 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 317250
24 54 24 2 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 30000
25 32 25 2 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 36550
26 26 26 7 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 101000
27 18 10 7 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 190650
28 29 28 7 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 87700
29 NEW 29 1 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 18200
30 30 30 11 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 154750

31 62 31 3 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 32700
32 22 1 9 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 529100
33 23 1 15 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1505950
34 35 34 3 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 47100
35 58 35 4 ORGAN The Hardkiss 43500
36 24 24 7 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 104500
37 37 37 3 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson featuring Heir 42100
38 NEW 38 1 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 17200
39 55 39 3 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 32900
40 63 40 3 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 30000

41 25 16 5 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 96000
42 27 22 5 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 80950
43 56 43 3 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 34700
44 43 10 16 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 298850
45 41 6 16 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 492500
46 36 3 11 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 474450
47 45 1 14 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 517500
48 46 1 22 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 999050
49 31 31 4 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 59600
50 60 50 3 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 32000

51 39 5 8 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 237550
52 34 2 14 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 583200
53 42 42 4 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 40500
54 49 1 14 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 685000
55 51 4 17 HOME Max Jury 420150
56 65 56 3 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 23200
57 57 57 7 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 71800
58 38 38 4 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 49900
59 73 59 3 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 20900
60 NEW 60 1 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART Brandon Flowers 10000

61 33 33 4 ANNIE Neon Indian 44300
62 47 47 4 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 42600
63 66 63 4 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 25800
64 64 64 7 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 43700
65 68 65 3 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 19400
66 50 50 4 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 35400
67 53 3 13 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 476350
68 74 68 3 CURE Disa 16800
69 69 69 2 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 12400
70 70 1 27 SPEED KILLS 10CC 707000

71 75 71 2 FIRE MEET GASOLINE SIA 10800
72 NEW 72 1 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 5600
73 52 9 8 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 185950
74 NEW 74 1 BITCH I’M MADONNA Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WATERFALL Vok 5000

DROP OUTS
44 28 6 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 80500
48 48 6 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 53600
59 1 17 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 734850
61 3 11 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 483150
67 40 4 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 48600
71 34 3 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 30500
72 45 4 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 41200


2nd August 2015

4 weeks for Shine, Years and Years look being on top that long, holding off Conrad Sewell at 2, and Duran Duran who go up to 5 for the first time in 20-odd years. In at 19, it’s Cilla Black following her shock death today, very unexpected following on from the great TV series “Cilla” showcasing her singing career and back catalogue. Cilla has been a lovely, likeable mainstay in my life since I was 6 years old, and I will miss her. If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind was one I missed at the time it was a UK hit in late 1969, as I was living in Singapore, but one I grew to love after Agnetha Faltskog covered it and took it to number one in my charts a decade ago. Most of Cilla’s greatest hits have already made my charts as oldies, but this one has missed out, so here it is.

Others: Royksopp return at 28, The Maccabees are at 32, and Danger Mouse is back at 54 with the help of Norah Jones – Norah has had 13 years of chart hits, far outdoing her dad Ravi Shankar who had only 5 years of charting from 1969 to 1974, though he did have a chart-topper and she hasn’t yet; Danger Mouse has also topped my chart with Cee-Lo, as Gnarls Barkley, Crazy in 2006, and had a top 5 as part of Broken Bells.

1 1 1 8 SHINE Years And Years 745450
2 3 2 5 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 285200
3 2 2 5 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 459000
4 4 4 7 COME AND GET IT John Newman 265200
5 7 5 5 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 163600
6 5 4 5 WHEN M+A 247900
7 8 7 5 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 174000
8 10 8 3 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 110000
9 14 9 16 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 366000
10 13 10 4 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 129000

11 6 3 5 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 279200
12 9 2 10 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 552000
13 19 13 2 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 53000
14 11 7 18 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 298000
15 38 15 2 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 44200
16 16 16 3 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 67700
17 18 17 4 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 72200
18 12 10 6 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 172250
19 NEW 19 1 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 21000
20 20 20 3 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 59250

21 26 21 3 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 45750
22 15 1 8 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 511300
23 17 1 14 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1488250
24 25 24 6 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 87100
25 21 16 4 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 82000
26 29 26 6 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 82500
27 22 22 4 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 67200
28 NEW 28 1 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 18300
29 30 29 6 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 69400
30 33 30 10 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 136750

31 37 31 3 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 47500
32 NEW 32 1 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 17800
33 47 33 3 ANNIE Neon Indian 36800
34 23 2 13 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 571700
35 50 35 2 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 29500
36 24 3 10 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 461700
37 61 37 2 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson featuring Heir 24800
38 48 38 3 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 39700
39 27 5 7 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 225800
40 52 40 2 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 28500

41 34 6 15 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 479500
42 59 42 3 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 29250
43 39 10 15 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 285600
44 28 28 6 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 80500
45 43 1 13 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 505000
46 42 1 21 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 986750
47 49 47 3 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 35200
48 53 48 6 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 53600
49 44 1 13 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 674000
50 55 50 3 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 28600

51 36 4 16 HOME Max Jury 409350
52 32 9 7 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 180550
53 35 3 12 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 469750
54 NEW 54 1 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 11000
55 75 55 2 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 15800
56 56 56 2 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 21200
57 57 57 6 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 61400
58 58 58 3 ORGAN The Hardkiss 26000
59 46 1 17 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 734850
60 60 60 2 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 20000

61 31 3 11 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 483150
62 62 62 2 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 14800
63 71 63 2 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 13000
64 64 64 6 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 36600
65 72 65 2 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 12600
66 66 66 3 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 18600
67 40 40 4 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 48600
68 70 68 2 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 12400
69 NEW 69 1 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 6200
70 69 1 26 SPEED KILLS 10CC 701000

71 RE 34 3 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 30500
72 45 45 4 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 41200
73 73 73 2 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 10800
74 74 74 2 CURE Disa 10400
75 NEW 75 1 FIRE MEET GASOLINE SIA 5000

DROP OUTS
41 6 7 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 199400
51 10 6 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 163050
54 8 6 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 146900
63 63 2 DON’T WAIT UP Robert DeLong 14400
65 17 9 THANK YOU Will Young 121750
67 67 2 SHADOW LEV 12200
68 60 3 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 22800

26th July 2015

It’s Years And Years for a 3rd week at one, still keeping the fantastic Tame Impala at 2, and holding off a rising Conrad Sewell with his biggest track to date, Hold Me Up. In a hectic, packed chart it’s a terrific top 20 and all records under-perform except for the record on top, of course. Duran Duran get a cool 34 years of Top 10 singles, not to mention Nile Rodgers extending his run to 37 years as he simultaneously assists NERVO to enter at 19, as the Aussie twin lady DJ’s come back with Kylie in tow, for her 2nd guest vocal of the year (after Giorgio Moroder hit 2 with her help), and Jake Spears gets his first solo credit outside Scissor Sisters for 11 years of top 20 tracks since they hit 1 with Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb, not to mention co-writing a number for Kylie, I Believe In You. Phew!

Avicii adds to his run of big singles at 10, as Simon Aldred, and Janelle Monae (with Duran) add to their’s after a bit of a gap. Elsewhere: Galantis, Kove, Sigma have big leaps while Major Lazer enter over themselves, Diplo-matically, and Lianne La Havas, Moncarchy (with a Beloved cover), Carly Rae Jepsen, Rod Stewart, and some ex-boy-band-ers in Aston Merrygold and Nathan Sykes newly pop in for a visit.


1 1 1 7 SHINE Years And Years 575450
2 2 2 4 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 374000
3 5 3 4 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 170200
4 6 4 6 COME AND GET IT John Newman 200200
5 4 4 4 WHEN M+A 192900
6 3 3 4 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 242200
7 24 7 4 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 103600
8 11 8 4 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 124000
9 9 2 9 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 517000
10 20 10 2 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 62000

11 7 7 17 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 269000
12 10 10 5 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 150250
13 13 13 3 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 87000
14 14 14 15 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 321000
15 8 1 7 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 491800
16 33 16 2 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 42700
17 12 1 13 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1469000
18 18 18 3 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 49200
19 NEW 19 1 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 21000
20 23 20 2 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 39250

21 16 16 3 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 63250
22 26 22 3 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 48800
23 17 2 12 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 554100
24 19 3 9 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 444000
25 25 25 5 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 68100
26 61 26 2 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 26000
27 15 5 6 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 208700
28 28 28 5 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 67250
29 49 29 5 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 64000
30 36 30 5 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 51200

31 21 3 10 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 475650
32 22 9 6 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 169050
33 37 33 9 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 118750
34 29 6 14 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 465500
35 30 3 11 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 458500
36 31 4 15 HOME Max Jury 397600
37 48 37 2 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 29600
38 NEW 38 1 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 17200
39 44 10 14 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 272100
40 45 40 3 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 42000

41 27 6 7 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 199400
42 42 1 20 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 974000
43 43 1 12 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 492000
44 41 1 12 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 661900
45 50 45 3 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 35600
46 39 1 16 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 724750
47 66 47 2 ANNIE Neon Indian 19100
48 58 48 2 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 22500
49 56 49 2 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 22700
50 NEW 50 1 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 12000

51 32 10 6 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 163050
52 NEW 52 1 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 11500
53 53 53 5 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 41300
54 35 8 6 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 146900
55 71 55 2 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 16600
56 NEW 56 1 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 10600
57 57 57 5 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 51000
58 RE 58 2 ORGAN The Hardkiss 15800
59 73 59 2 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 15500
60 NEW 60 1 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 10000

61 NEW 61 1 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson 7500
62 NEW 62 1 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 7400
63 63 63 2 DON’T WAIT UP Robert DeLong 14400
64 67 64 5 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 29500
65 65 17 9 THANK YOU Will Young 121750
66 75 66 2 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 11800
67 72 67 2 SHADOW LEV 12200
68 60 60 3 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 22800
69 68 1 25 SPEED KILLS 10CC 695000
70 NEW 70 1 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 6000

71 NEW 71 1 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 5800
72 NEW 72 1 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 5600
73 NEW 73 1 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 5400
74 NEW 74 1 CURE Disa 5200
75 NEW 75 1 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 5000

DROP OUTS
34 34 2 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 24700
38 29 7 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 89150
40 9 11 ROADS Lawson 202800
46 19 5 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 82050
47 22 7 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 121500
51 9 8 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 222550
52 20 7 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 84000
54 43 3 TIME Jungle 31950
55 4 10 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 333500
59 38 8 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 85950
62 53 4 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 35850
64 37 6 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 70700
69 69 2 MERCY Muse 11200
70 60 4 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 32400
74 10 14 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 212350


19th July 2015

A second week for Years And Years on top, with Shine, which may have been cruelly pipped at the post in the UK singles chart, but at least they got a number one album out of it. Conrad Sewell gets his 2nd top 10, and Kacey Musgraves her first, as Pharrell Williams rockets into the 20 screaming Freedom, well over a decade since he first did it with NERD. That includes quite a few biggies along the way… meanwhile highest new entry is Avicii, keeping his run of big singles alive at 20, with uncredited vocal duties from Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost, who have previously topped my charts with Mathematics in 2007, before getting the Birdy cover treatment (People Help The People).

In at 23, just ahead of fellow 80’s act Duran Duran’s new single, it’s a-ha with a lush new ballad, Under The Makeup, and an incredible 30 years since they topped my chart with Take On Me and The Sun Always Shines On TV. Lots of new acts and acts following up big hits entering lower down, but in at 75 it’s a childhood fave Happy Together from The Turtles, a fab 1967 single which predates my charts by a year, so it’s about time it was an entry and the new Minions movie features it over the title credits to give me a great excuse. The Turtles did, however, hit my number one in late 1968 with Elenore, so technically speaking that gives them a nice run of singles: 2. While they appeared in the interim as guests on other big name singles as Flo and Eddie (Get It On by T.Rex being just one), and their songs have been covered by Jason Donovan, The Lightning Seeds and Salt ‘n’ Pepa (among others) that means that they by far are the act who have had to wait the longest for a second hit, and a follow-up to a number one (they were the first One-Hit Wonders in my chart) – 46 and a half years. What?!! Surely it was just a couple of decades ago….

1 1 1 6 SHINE Years And Years 405450
2 2 2 3 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 259000
3 3 3 3 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 187200
4 7 4 3 WHEN M+A 132900
5 20 5 3 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 85200
6 8 6 5 COME AND GET IT John Newman 135200
7 10 7 16 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 232000
8 4 1 6 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 464800
9 5 2 8 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 472000
10 15 10 4 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 115250

11 18 11 3 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 76000
12 6 1 12 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1446000
13 17 13 2 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 55000
14 16 14 14 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 292000
15 11 5 5 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 190300
16 26 16 2 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 43500
17 9 2 11 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 534850
18 74 18 2 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 27200
19 13 3 8 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 425000
20 NEW 20 1 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (Of Cherry Ghost) 20000

21 12 3 9 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 457750
22 21 9 5 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 151250
23 NEW 23 1 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 19250
24 37 24 3 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 53600
25 33 25 4 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 49350
26 55 26 2 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 29300
27 14 6 6 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 185400
28 35 28 4 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 48950
29 25 6 13 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 447900
30 30 3 10 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 441000

31 28 4 14 HOME Max Jury 380200
32 22 10 5 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 151300
33 NEW 33 1 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 17700
34 64 34 2 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 24700
35 19 8 5 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 135900
36 RE 36 4 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 33200
37 48 37 8 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 101050
38 29 29 7 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 89150
39 31 1 15 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 712000
40 24 9 11 ROADS Lawson 202800

41 39 1 11 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 648650
42 42 1 19 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 960250
43 41 1 11 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 478500
44 23 10 13 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 258000
45 50 45 2 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 25000
46 32 19 5 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 82050
47 36 22 7 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 121500
48 NEW 48 1 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 12300
49 49 49 4 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 45800
50 56 50 2 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 22600

51 27 9 8 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 222550
52 34 20 7 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 84000
53 66 53 4 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 30050
54 RE 43 3 TIME Jungle 31950
55 43 4 10 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 333500
56 NEW 56 1 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 10600
57 59 57 4 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 40600
58 NEW 58 1 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 10200
59 38 38 8 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 85950
60 68 60 2 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 16400

61 NEW 61 1 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 7500
62 65 53 4 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 35850
63 NEW 63 1 DON’T WAIT UP Robert DeLong 7200
64 40 37 6 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 70700
65 52 17 8 THANK YOU Will Young 114750
66 NEW 66 1 ANNIE Neon Indian 6600
67 71 67 4 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 22400
68 67 1 24 SPEED KILLS 10CC 688800
69 75 69 2 MERCY Muse 11200
70 60 60 4 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 32400

71 NEW 71 1 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SHADOW LEV 5600
73 NEW 73 1 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 5400
74 63 10 14 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 212350
75 NEW 75 1 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 5000

DROP OUTS
44 39 6 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 64900
45 23 4 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 62450
46 5 28 ALFIE Cilla Black 401150
47 16 6 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 87100
51 11 8 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 196100
53 36 5 MONTANA James Taylor 61950
54 28 4 DREAMS Beck 65600
57 29 5 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 75600
58 20 7 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 101750
61 19 13 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 162700
62 25 12 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 157100
69 6 8 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 189050
70 57 2 INDIAN SUMMER Jai Wolf 16400
72 72 1 ORGAN The Hardkiss 5600
73 1 25 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 991400


12th July 2015

It’s Years And Years getting a second number one of 2015, equalling Brandon Flowers, with the fab Shine which rockets to the top. They should have been the UK number one but wuz robbed by a few sales by a much lesser record, and it’s going to happen again this week. Hey ho. Tame Impala also get a second of the year – number 2 that is, as Cause I’m A Man follows Feels Like We Only Go Backwards in the runners-up slot. Tame Impala are a positively joyous hotchpotch of old records for me, albeit in an EDM stylee – The Beatles, Hot Chocolate, Mercury Rev all leap out at me, and there’s been one bugging me about Cause I’m A Man – it’s The Delfonics Didn’t I Blow My Mind vocal and melody very much inspiring this one. Fab. Up 35 spots in a top 3 clearout, there’s X Ambassadors and Renegades, a fab track if ever I heard one. If it’s not a UK chart hit I will complain.

Big jumps for Petite Meller finally hitting the 10 after 15 weeks, for John Newman with another top 10, and a top 10 debut for M+A’s lush track. Mmmm. Highest new entry is Sigala sampling dance record Easy Love, which has more than a bit of The Jackson 5’s ABC at 17. Conrad Sewell is also back shooting up to 20, fresh from his previous “featuring” credit with Kygo’s Firestone. Other artists coming back: Gavin DeGraw, Andy Grammer, Tinie Tempah, Jess Glynne, Pharrell Williams and Muse.


1 35 1 5 SHINE Years And Years 235450
2 14 2 2 CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 144000
3 38 3 2 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 102200
4 1 1 5 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 416800
5 3 2 7 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 427000
6 2 1 11 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1411000
7 31 7 2 WHEN M+A 67900
8 30 8 4 COME AND GET IT John Newman 80200
9 4 2 10 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 511850
10 65 10 15 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 182000

11 5 5 4 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 163300
12 7 3 8 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 438000
13 11 3 7 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 404000
14 6 6 5 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 167000
15 15 15 3 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 73250
16 16 16 13 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 263000
17 NEW 17 1 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 23000
18 40 18 2 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 39000
19 8 8 4 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 118400
20 74 20 2 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 25200

21 9 9 4 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 131750
22 10 10 4 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 133500
23 17 10 12 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 244750
24 24 9 10 ROADS Lawson 185800
25 21 6 12 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 429700
26 NEW 26 1 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 18500
27 12 9 7 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 210800
28 22 4 13 HOME Max Jury 362300
29 29 29 6 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 71950
30 18 3 9 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 423000

31 25 1 14 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 694900
32 19 19 4 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 69300
33 64 33 3 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 30600
34 20 20 6 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 72500
35 46 35 3 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 30650
36 27 22 6 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 109000
37 37 37 2 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 34600
38 44 38 7 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 75850
39 32 1 10 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 634650
40 43 37 5 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 63600

41 41 1 10 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 465000
42 42 1 18 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 946500
43 33 4 9 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 322700
44 39 39 6 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 64900
45 23 23 4 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 62450
46 13 5 28 ALFIE Cilla Black 401150
47 26 16 6 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 87100
48 48 48 7 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 83750
49 55 49 3 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 33700
50 NEW 50 1 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 12000

51 34 11 8 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 196100
52 52 17 7 THANK YOU Will Young 107750
53 36 36 5 MONTANA James Taylor 61950
54 28 28 4 DREAMS Beck 65600
55 NEW 55 1 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 10800
56 NEW 56 1 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 10600
57 50 29 5 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 75600
58 51 20 7 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 101750
59 59 59 3 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 30200
60 60 60 3 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 26400

61 45 19 13 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 162700
62 58 25 12 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 157100
63 54 10 13 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 207150
64 NEW 64 1 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 7100
65 53 53 3 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 28450
66 70 66 3 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 18800
67 67 1 23 SPEED KILLS 10CC 682400
68 NEW 68 1 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 6400
69 61 6 8 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 189050
70 57 57 2 INDIAN SUMMER Jai Wolf 16400

71 75 71 3 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 15800
72 NEW 72 1 ORGAN The Hardkiss 5600
73 69 1 25 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 991400
74 NEW 74 1 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MERCY Muse 5000

DROP OUTS
47 36 8 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 95500
49 45 3 ONE LAST TIME Ariana Grande 32200
56 9 8 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 182650
62 62 3 TREASURED SOUL Michael Calfan 21700
63 63 3 SHUT UP AND DANCE WALK THE MOON 20000
66 2 13 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 563300
68 68 2 THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT Maroon 5 12600
71 29 9 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 102200
72 35 5 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 57550
73 73 3 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 15800


5th July 2015

Back yesterday from a week in the Gran Canaria sun, battery recharging, and last night from seeing the amazing 71-year-old Gladys Knight in concert (see my review), and just now sitting through the last ever UK Top 40 show on a Sunday – I first listened to Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman’s Pick Of The Pops in September 1968, age 10, and became instantly hooked on the chart show right up to the point when streaming was incorporated into the singles rundown. From then on it became mired in increasing dullness as nothing much ever happened apart from record-company held-back instant number ones. I’ll believe the new On-Air On-Sale World Friday release promises when I see them, but it’s not so much the start of a new era for me, so much as a mercy killing. The chart of course still has a handful of fresh new good singles, but mostly it’s tracks that have long outstayed their welcome, with some that were never welcomed in in the first place. The UK Top 100 sales chart is more interesting and more representative of active music fans, just as it’s always been, as opposed to casual passive music fans content to stick with familiar stuff for months on end.

Thankfully, my charts are more changeable, only Brandon Flowers I Can Change has ironically been around for a 6-week run on top and 10 weeks in my upper rundown. This week he’s replaced by Giorgio Moroder and Britney Spears cover of Suzanne Vega’s Tom’s Diner, that’s Giorgio’s first ever as a credited lead artist (though of course I Feel Love did it in 1977, and many since as producer or writer), so at 75 years old I reckon that makes him the oldest artist to have a first chart-topper with new product, and a mere 38 year wait since his first chart hit with From Here To Eternity, not to mention a full 43 years since he first had chart action as producer/writer of Chicory Tip and actual synthesisers wrapped up as the main appeal of the hit singles. Pioneer!

Britney, a comparatively recent hit-maker has only 16 years of hits, but it’s a chart span of 16 years of chart-toppers since ..Baby One More Time started the ball rolling. Followed up with Lucky, Toxic and Everytime for her 5th number one in 3 consecutive decades. At 16, oldie of the week is Os Mutantes Portuguese psychedelic rock fabness. Play it on youtube! Madonna scrapes into the 10 from Holiday to Joan Of Arc, 1984 to 2015, and never straying far from it even if her actual new single from the album has yet to chart. Highest new entry is fromTame Impala, giving them 2 in the 20, top-notch varied retro Aus rock, and Holly Johnson like Madonna stretches a run back to 1984 of top 20 tracks. Even more veteran Duran Duran are back with Nile Rodgers at 37, giving the lads 34 years of good singles since Planet Earth, and Nile 37 years since he first charted with Chic, Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah). Hooray!


1 2 1 4 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 351800
2 1 1 10 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1356000
3 3 2 6 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 367000
4 4 2 9 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 466850
5 8 5 3 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 126300
6 14 6 4 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 138000
7 7 3 7 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 403000
8 13 8 3 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 97400
9 10 9 3 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 112000
10 11 10 3 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 114000

11 6 3 6 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 372000
12 9 9 6 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 192400
13 5 5 27 ALFIE Cilla Black 388400
14 NEW 14 1 CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 29000
15 23 15 2 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 46250
16 18 16 12 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 238000
17 20 10 11 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 225500
18 15 3 8 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 405000
19 30 19 3 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 51500
20 33 20 5 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 54900

21 12 6 11 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 410950
22 17 4 12 HOME Max Jury 344000
23 31 23 3 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 49450
24 24 9 9 ROADS Lawson 166800
25 19 1 13 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 677000
26 16 16 5 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 74600
27 27 22 5 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 91600
28 28 28 3 DREAMS Beck 54600
29 46 29 5 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 53750
30 RE 30 3 COME AND GET IT John Newman 32200

31 NEW 31 1 WHEN M+A 17900
32 26 1 9 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 617550
33 22 4 8 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 309200
34 21 11 7 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 184350
35 35 35 4 SHINE Years And Years 65450
36 39 36 4 MONTANA James Taylor 50700
37 NEW 37 1 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 17300
38 NEW 38 1 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 17200
39 53 39 5 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 51650
40 NEW 40 1 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 17000

41 34 1 9 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 451000
42 41 1 17 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 932750
43 37 37 4 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 46600
44 38 38 6 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 58650
45 25 19 12 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 155200
46 57 46 2 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 23150
47 36 36 8 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 95500
48 48 48 6 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 71450
49 45 45 3 ONE LAST TIME Ariana Grande 32200
50 29 29 4 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 65200

51 32 20 6 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 91550
52 42 17 6 THANK YOU Will Young 96250
53 58 53 2 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 21450
54 51 10 12 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 199950
55 55 55 2 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 21600
56 40 9 8 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 182650
57 NEW 57 1 INDIAN SUMMER Jai Wolf 10400
58 52 25 11 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 149700
59 60 59 2 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 20100
60 68 60 2 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 16400

61 44 6 7 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 182650
62 62 62 3 TREASURED SOUL Michael Calfan 21700
63 63 63 3 SHUT UP AND DANCE WALK THE MOON 20000
64 71 64 2 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 12900
65 74 20 14 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 140000
66 54 2 13 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 563300
67 67 1 22 SPEED KILLS 10CC 675800
68 69 68 2 THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT Maroon 5 12600
69 65 1 24 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 986000
70 70 70 2 FIRE IN ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 12000

71 43 29 9 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 102200
72 RE 35 5 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 57550
73 73 73 3 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 15800
74 NEW 74 1 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 5200
75 75 75 2 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 10000

DROP OUTS
47 40 5 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 53000
49 33 6 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 72000
50 50 6 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 58700
56 1 12 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 580500
59 19 8 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 129750
61 27 7 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 73950
64 64 2 HEY MAMA David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj Bebe Rexha & Afrojack 13100
66 1 18 KING Years And Years 725600
72 26 6 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 82700


28th June 2015

It’s still Brandon Flowers for a 6th week on top, a run not seen since Keane’s Disconnected did 7 weeks, and one week short of Brandon’s Crossfire! Giorgio Moroder gets a second number 2 of the year, still short of a number one as an act, technically – though of course had producers been given artist credit back in the day may as well say I Feel Love the first actual EDM track (if one ignores the more novelty Hot Butter instrumental Popcorn from 1972) in 1977 was Giorgio Moroder featuring Donna Summer. Let’s be honest, it’s no different from Calvin Harris or David Guetta in any way whatsoever, excepting that Giorgio invented the genre. Britney gets her highest chart placing since Everytime and Toxic topped the chart in succession, while Cilla Black gets yet another oldie top 5 entry, the third in the last year – this time it’s Burt Bacharach’s classic film theme Alfie, which pre-dated my first chart (but which would have been a big chart hit cos I loved Cilla when I wuz a kiddie).

Paul Weller gets another top 10 to add to his long list of ’em, stretching back to 1978 and The Jam, while the highest new entry is from country star Kacey Musgraves, finally getting a biggie in my charts. Holly Johnson has a welcome loooooong overdue top 40 return (say, 25 years or so), though Frankie stuff has charted in the interim many a time. James Taylor also hasn’t troubled my top 40 since the 80’s, most likely – I still have no access to my old chartfile, doh! Meanwhile I saw the classic Rumour’s Fleetwood Mac line-up this week at the O2, and they were fab, fab, fab, so Songbird, the closing track, much-covered pops in. There aren’t many tracks off that album that haven’t made my charts, as each time it enters the UK album chart it gives me another excuse to chart another one. Yay!


1 1 1 9 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1241000
2 5 2 3 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 181800
3 2 2 5 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 282000
4 4 2 8 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 401850
5 20 5 26 ALFIE Cilla Black 356400
6 3 3 5 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 335000
7 6 3 6 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 353000
8 28 8 2 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 66300
9 10 9 5 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 157400
10 16 10 2 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 67000

11 12 11 2 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 72000
12 7 6 10 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 391200
13 36 13 2 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 49400
14 14 14 3 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 83000
15 8 3 7 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 383000
16 26 16 4 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 56100
17 17 4 11 HOME Max Jury 324500
18 18 18 11 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 213000
19 15 1 12 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 658250
20 24 10 10 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 202500

21 11 11 6 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 166750
22 13 4 7 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 291500
23 NEW 23 1 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 19250
24 9 9 8 ROADS Lawson 147800
25 19 19 11 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 142200
26 21 1 8 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 599750
27 22 22 4 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 73200
28 30 28 2 DREAMS Beck 36300
29 35 29 3 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 53200
30 47 30 2 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 30500

31 48 31 2 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 30200
32 27 20 5 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 79800
33 68 33 4 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 34900
34 31 1 8 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 437000
35 38 35 3 SHINE Years And Years 47950
36 39 36 7 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 83000
37 60 37 3 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 33100
38 69 38 5 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 45400
39 56 39 3 MONTANA James Taylor 33300
40 23 9 7 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 172050

41 41 1 16 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 919000
42 25 17 5 THANK YOU Will Young 84750
43 29 29 8 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 96400
44 34 6 6 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 175150
45 64 45 2 ONE LAST TIME Ariana Grande 20100
46 54 46 4 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 35550
47 40 40 5 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 53000
48 49 48 5 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 59150
49 33 33 6 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 72000
50 57 50 6 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 58700

51 50 10 11 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 188950
52 55 25 10 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 139500
53 59 53 4 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 34550
54 43 2 12 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 556500
55 NEW 55 1 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 10800
56 45 1 12 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 580500
57 NEW 57 1 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 10400
58 NEW 58 1 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 10200
59 42 19 8 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 129750
60 NEW 60 1 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 10000

61 44 27 7 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 73950
62 65 62 2 TREASURED SOUL Michael Calfan 14300
63 72 63 2 SHUT UP AND DANCE WALK THE MOON 12800
64 70 64 2 HEY MAMA David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj Bebe Rexha & Afrojack 13100
65 62 1 23 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 979800
66 63 1 18 KING Years And Years 725600
67 66 1 21 SPEED KILLS 10CC 669200
68 NEW 68 1 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 6400
69 NEW 69 1 THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT Maroon 5 6200
70 NEW 70 1 FIRE IN ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 6000

71 NEW 71 1 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 5800
72 32 26 6 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 82700
73 75 73 2 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 10400
74 74 20 13 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 133000
75 NEW 75 1 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 5000

DROP OUTS
37 37 5 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 73350
46 12 8 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 160950
51 16 9 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 169900
52 52 1 HERE FOR YOU (Slovenia) Maraaya 11500
53 43 3 TIME Jungle 31950
58 38 7 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 73200
61 49 4 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 35500
67 46 5 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 46850
71 61 3 AMERICA’S SWEETHEART Elle King 19500
73 7 16 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 364400


21st June 2015

It’s Brandon Flowers on top for a 5th week, he says he can change but no change here, he’s even seen off himself and Hurts who are at 2 for the their second-biggest hit. I Can Change is now only 2 weeks short of the run on top that Crossfire had. Highest new track is a re-entry for Giorgio Moroder and Britney Spears at 5, making a second top 10 appearance for Tom’s Diner (last time was DNA and Suzanne Vega in 1990), a second top 10 for Giorgio in 2015, while his 3rd track with SIA breaks into the 20. Britney gets her highest chart position for a decade, though she has made the top 10 in the interim, most recently with will.i.am, and it extends her run of hits to 17 years.

Talking of long-running female hitmakers, Madonna’s back with another track off her latest album at 12, the fab Joan Of Arc, her 5th top 20 of the year and 31 years of chart entries, she must be pushing closer and closer to 100 hits, as she’s had 75 UK top 75 entries, and quite a number of American-only singles and album tracks and non-hits have charted for me. In at 16, Jack Savoretti has a quick top 20 follow-up with Written In Scars, Paul Weller picks the wrong first single from Saturns Pattern and the one that should have been first is in at 28, Going My Way giving him 38 Style Jam-tastic years of chart entries. Beck’s also back for the first time in years with a great new single, Dreams at 30, for 21 years since he was first a Loser.

Some more Eurovision entries as I belatedly play them more, and that also applies to a bunch of UK top 40 tracks that have been pottering around outside my top 75 for a while. Finally Marvin Gaye’s at 10, but he’s also at 75 – as a song title. It’s not the first time he’s featured in song (Diana Ross, and The Commodores both did it in 1985) though he’s not had his name as the title before. Marvin The Paranoid Android had a hit with Marvin, though. Brain the size of a planet and here I am handing out trivia….or something like that!


1 1 1 8 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1071000
2 4 2 4 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 197000
3 3 3 4 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 280000
4 2 2 7 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 336850
5 RE 5 2 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 66800
6 6 3 5 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 303000
7 7 6 9 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 359200
8 8 3 6 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 356000
9 15 9 7 ROADS Lawson 128800
10 10 10 4 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 112400

11 11 11 5 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 147000
12 NEW 12 1 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 35000
13 12 4 6 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 272000
14 16 14 2 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 54000
15 9 1 11 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 637200
16 NEW 16 1 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 25000
17 13 4 10 HOME Max Jury 301500
18 19 18 10 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 191000
19 23 19 10 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 123450
20 25 20 25 ALFIE Cilla Black 296400

21 5 1 7 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 599750
22 29 22 3 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 54800
23 14 9 6 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 155050
24 18 10 9 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 182500
25 17 17 4 THANK YOU Will Young 71000
26 63 26 3 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 31100
27 20 20 4 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 62000
28 NEW 28 1 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 18300
29 32 29 7 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 82900
30 NEW 30 1 DREAMS Beck 18000

31 21 1 7 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 419400
32 26 26 5 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 77100
33 36 33 5 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 59900
34 28 6 5 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 161900
35 35 35 2 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 35000
36 NEW 36 1 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 17400
37 37 37 5 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 73350
38 44 38 2 SHINE Years And Years 30450
39 54 39 6 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 65600
40 48 40 4 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 40500

41 41 1 15 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 905000
42 24 19 7 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 119650
43 22 2 11 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 545500
44 27 27 6 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 66450
45 34 1 11 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 569900
46 30 12 8 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 160950
47 NEW 47 1 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 12500
48 NEW 48 1 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 12300
49 50 49 4 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 46850
50 40 10 10 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 177200

51 33 16 9 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 169900
52 NEW 52 1 HERE FOR YOU (Slovenia) Maraaya 11500
53 43 43 3 TIME Jungle 31950
54 70 54 3 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 22800
55 42 25 9 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 128000
56 72 56 2 MONTANA James Taylor 16200
57 57 57 5 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 46700
58 38 38 7 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 73200
59 67 59 3 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 23300
60 71 60 2 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 15800

61 49 49 4 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 35500
62 52 1 22 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 972800
63 53 1 17 KING Years And Years 718800
64 NEW 64 1 ONE LAST TIME Ariana Grande 7100
65 NEW 65 1 TREASURED SOUL Michael Calfan 7000
66 66 1 20 SPEED KILLS 10CC 662600
67 46 46 5 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 46850
68 RE 68 3 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 17200
69 74 56 4 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 28200
70 NEW 70 1 HEY MAMA David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj Bebe Rexha & Afrojack 6000

71 61 61 3 AMERICA’S SWEETHEART Elle King 19500
72 NEW 72 1 SHUT UP AND DANCE WALK THE MOON 5600
73 RE 7 16 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 364400
74 RE 20 12 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 127800
75 NEW 75 1 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 5000

DROP OUTS
31 10 19 HERE I GO AGAIN (959900) Archie Bell And The Drells 433400
39 26 4 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 61000
45 34 7 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 84200
47 35 8 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 99650
51 16 6 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 105900
55 31 6 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 87050
56 8 12 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 220500
58 32 4 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 57800
59 9 9 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 220900
60 30 4 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 53000
62 8 10 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 237200
64 64 2 COME AND GET IT John Newman 14200
65 65 3 BREAK THE RULES (AQUOSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 18800
68 25 5 SORRY Meg Myers 68200
69 11 9 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 160550
73 35 4 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 51950
75 9 15 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 256000


14th June 2015

It’s Brandon Flowers versus Brandon Flowers for the top spot, but I Can Change just edges out Lonely Town as it returns for a 4th week on top, Lonely Town peaking at 2 so far. Tame Impala hit 3 and Hurts rocket to 4 to claim their biggest of several top 10 singles, bar the number one with Calvin Harris. Kygo remixes Marvin Gaye, and Sexual Healing goes top 10 for the first time since 1982.

Highest new entry at 16? Portuguese 1960’s psychedelic rock classic? Ring a bell? You may know the cover by the Bees, but I prefer the original quirky fab original, having discovered it the other week. So it’s new to me, even though it’s 47 years old or so. Love that guitar riff! Imagine Dragons have some Shots inside the 20, as per usual for them, while among the new entries is James Taylor, singer-songwriter veteran who once upon a time had some Fire and Rain, and noted You’ve Got A Friend back in 1971. Montana is getting plays on Radio 2, for a cool 44 years of new chart entries in my poptastic chartfreak lists.

1 2 1 7 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 901000
2 3 2 6 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 271850
3 4 3 3 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 195000
4 60 4 3 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 82000
5 1 1 6 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 580000
6 5 3 4 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 248000
7 8 6 8 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 309200
8 6 3 5 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 308000
9 7 1 10 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 610200
10 18 10 3 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 70400

11 13 11 4 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 110000
12 12 4 5 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 240000
13 11 4 9 HOME Max Jury 278500
14 9 9 5 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 135800
15 15 15 6 ROADS Lawson 83800
16 NEW 16 1 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 25000
17 23 17 3 THANK YOU Will Young 52250
18 17 10 8 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 163500
19 20 19 9 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 169000
20 36 20 3 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 43600

21 21 1 6 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 401500
22 22 2 10 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 532000
23 37 23 9 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 102450
24 19 19 6 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 105900
25 27 25 24 ALFIE Cilla Black 276400
26 32 26 4 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 59300
27 29 27 5 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 53200
28 14 6 4 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 144300
29 39 29 2 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 35300
30 24 12 7 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 148200

31 10 10 19 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 433400
32 38 32 6 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 64700
33 16 16 8 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 157150
34 28 1 10 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 556900
35 NEW 35 1 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 17500
36 47 36 4 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 42200
37 44 37 4 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 56050
38 40 38 6 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 63000
39 26 26 4 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 61000
40 33 10 9 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 165200

41 41 1 14 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 891000
42 25 25 8 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 117200
43 63 43 2 TIME Jungle 20700
44 NEW 44 1 SHINE Years And Years 13250
45 34 34 7 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 84200
46 58 46 4 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 40250
47 35 35 8 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 99650
48 72 48 3 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 23500
49 59 49 3 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 28000
50 52 50 3 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 34750

51 43 16 6 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 105900
52 49 1 21 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 965400
53 50 1 16 KING Years And Years 711600
54 56 54 5 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 48500
55 31 31 6 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 87050
56 45 8 12 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 220500
57 57 57 4 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 36300
58 48 32 4 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 57800
59 42 9 9 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 220900
60 30 30 4 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 53000

61 69 61 2 AMERICA’S SWEETHEART Elle King 13700
62 54 8 10 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 237200
63 RE 63 2 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 12600
64 64 64 2 COME AND GET IT John Newman 14200
65 RE 65 3 BREAK THE RULES (AQUOSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 18800
66 66 1 19 SPEED KILLS 10CC 655800
67 67 67 2 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 13200
68 46 25 5 SORRY Meg Myers 68200
69 53 11 9 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 160550
70 71 70 2 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 11800

71 NEW 71 1 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 5800
72 NEW 72 1 MONTANA James Taylor 5600
73 51 35 4 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 51950
74 RE 56 3 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 22000
75 75 9 15 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 256000

DROP OUTS
55 7 8 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 169800
61 2 9 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 429500
62 1 10 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 599550
65 1 18 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 703150
68 62 5 SHINE ON Simply Red 29800
70 70 2 KILLING ALL MY DARLINGS Maria Hazell 11200
73 73 2 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 10800
74 1 25 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 981800


7th June 2015

Hot Chocolate get their 2nd topper of the year with an oldie, for the late Errol Brown, their first hit from 1970 which I charted but never got it’s just dues as I barely heard it until 1975, due to living In Singapore when it was a hit. I love it, still, and it’s their 8th number one. Brandon Flowers gets knocked down to 2 – but he’s also up to 3 with Lonely Town, his 3rd top 3 of the year, and a previous number one holds at 7, and a 4th goes up to 31. Good thing I haven’t bought the album yet or the chart might get invaded!

Tame Impala sounding like Beatles circa 1966 are at 4, cos it’s fab gear, while Lawson return with a bang hitting the roads at 15. Kygo leapfrogs himself (times 2) as his remix of Marvin Gaye shoots up to 18, 33 years since the original was last in the 20. Highest actual new entry is Jason Derulo at 39, Jungle come back a year after it was last in my chart (with Time, a long enough break for it to qualify as a new hit rather than re-entry: I mean you HAVE to have some point in time to stop calling them re-entries, as it just doesn’t make sense once there are 2 very different chart runs separated by years. Others; Rita Ora, Taylor Swift and John Newman are all back with new hits, with or without the obligatory featuring credit.

1 2 1 5 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 520000
2 1 1 6 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 731000
3 15 3 5 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 156850
4 9 4 2 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 110000
5 3 3 3 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 193000
6 5 3 4 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 260000
7 7 1 9 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 565200
8 8 6 7 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 259200
9 16 9 4 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 106800
10 11 10 18 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 415500

11 4 4 8 HOME Max Jury 246500
12 6 4 4 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 205000
13 14 13 3 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 73000
14 10 6 3 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 126000
15 RE 15 5 ROADS Lawson 56800
16 17 16 7 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 139450
17 12 10 7 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 141500
18 68 18 2 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 28400
19 24 19 5 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 86900
20 23 20 8 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 148000

21 13 1 5 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 381750
22 19 2 9 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 512500
23 60 23 2 THANK YOU Will Young 29250
24 18 12 6 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 130200
25 30 25 7 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 103450
26 27 26 3 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 43900
27 29 27 23 ALFIE Cilla Black 257650
28 20 1 9 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 539300
29 67 29 4 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 34800
30 34 30 3 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 43000

31 33 31 5 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 76250
32 36 32 3 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 40800
33 22 10 8 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 148200
34 39 34 6 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 71200
35 37 35 7 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 87150
36 69 36 2 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 23600
37 47 37 8 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 83200
38 49 38 5 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 46900
39 NEW 39 1 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 17100
40 50 40 5 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 45800

41 41 1 13 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 877000
42 21 9 8 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 210800
43 28 16 5 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 94150
44 46 44 3 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 38750
45 26 8 11 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 209900
46 25 25 4 SORRY Meg Myers 61800
47 64 47 3 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 24800
48 32 32 3 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 47600
49 44 1 20 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 953900
50 42 1 15 KING Years And Years 700350

51 35 35 3 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 46550
52 53 52 2 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 22750
53 31 11 8 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 154350
54 45 8 9 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 229800
55 43 7 8 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 169800
56 56 56 4 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 37500
57 59 57 3 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 25900
58 52 52 3 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 27500
59 71 59 2 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 15900
60 65 60 2 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 17000

61 48 2 9 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 429500
62 40 1 10 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 599550
63 NEW 63 1 TIME Jungle 7200
64 NEW 64 1 COME AND GET IT John Newman 7100
65 58 1 18 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 703150
66 66 1 18 SPEED KILLS 10CC 649000
67 NEW 67 1 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 6600
68 RE 62 5 SHINE ON Simply Red 29800
69 NEW 69 1 AMERICA’S SWEETHEART Elle King 6200
70 74 70 2 KILLING ALL MY DARLINGS Maria Hazell 11200

71 NEW 71 1 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamarr 5800
72 72 72 2 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 11200
73 73 73 2 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 10800
74 70 1 25 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 981800
75 63 9 14 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 251000

DROP OUTS
38 20 6 ARE YOU READY Texas 97350
51 14 11 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 238850
54 15 8 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 170700
55 55 3 CUT ME LOOSE LYON 27600
57 4 12 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 312500
61 51 3 ON A TRAIN Northbrook 29350
62 38 10 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 114000
75 75 1 TROUBLE Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson 5000


31st May 2015

3 weeks for Brandon Flowers, I Can Change, but I don’t want to I still love it to bits, fab song, fab Bronski Beat samples and fab Neil Tennant voicemail message in it. Just for the record Pet Shop Boy Neil has featured on other chart-toppers outside the band by Liza Minelli, Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, and now Brandon. Of course I love it! Both of them have impeccable taste in music! Brandon now has 3 tracks in the top 15, 4 in the 40.

That leaves the Swedish Eurovision winner up to 3, Heroes, and a very Beatles/John Lennon track I missed the other year as highest new entry at 9 from Australia’s Tame Impala, Feels Like We Only Go Backwards. In at 53 it’s a record that dropped out of my charts 43 years ago – and it was already a few years old by then! It’s currently getting a featuring credit for Rod Stewart, though it’s really Python Lee Jackson (Rod didn’t even get a credit as he was hired in for the track before he became famous), and the track using it is not in my chart (A$AP Rocky, and Everyday). I’ll take the original, which was reissued on World Record Store Day a few weeks back, and is thus eligible to chart again.

Others back: Will Young getting all interesting with his new album tracks, Hurts back after a longish gap, Kygo getting a 3rd entry as remixer of the Marvin Gaye soul classic, Imagine Dragons keeping the chart entries coming (though not the UK single), and Holly Johnson is back again. Frankie Says About Time!


1 1 1 5 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 616000
2 2 2 4 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 350000
3 8 3 2 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 133000
4 5 4 7 HOME Max Jury 209500
5 3 3 3 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 205000
6 4 4 3 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 170000
7 7 1 8 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 515200
8 11 6 6 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 211200
9 NEW 9 1 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 45000
10 6 6 2 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 97000

11 13 11 17 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 373500
12 10 10 6 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 118500
13 9 1 4 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 362000
14 50 14 2 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 41000
15 21 15 4 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 71850
16 22 16 3 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 61800
17 18 17 6 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 114450
18 12 12 5 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 111200
19 15 2 8 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 493000
20 19 1 8 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 521000

21 17 9 7 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 197050
22 14 10 7 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 130500
23 25 23 7 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 128000
24 24 24 4 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 65900
25 28 25 3 SORRY Meg Myers 49050
26 26 8 10 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 196900
27 65 27 2 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 25400
28 16 16 4 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 79650
29 32 29 22 ALFIE Cilla Black 239250
30 30 30 6 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 84700

31 20 11 7 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 143100
32 35 32 2 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 35300
33 36 33 4 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 58350
34 62 34 2 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 25000
35 37 35 2 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 34800
36 72 36 2 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 23000
37 49 37 6 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 69650
38 23 20 6 ARE YOU READY Texas 97350
39 45 39 5 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 53600
40 27 1 9 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 592150

41 39 1 12 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 863000
42 42 1 14 KING Years And Years 688350
43 43 7 7 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 159000
44 40 1 19 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 941800
45 34 8 8 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 218800
46 46 46 2 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 25500
47 56 47 7 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 65900
48 33 2 8 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 422000
49 63 49 4 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 29700
50 68 50 4 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 28800

51 29 14 11 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 238850
52 71 52 2 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 17300
53 NEW 53 1 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 11250
54 38 15 8 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 170700
55 57 55 3 CUT ME LOOSE LYON 27600
56 59 56 3 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 26900
57 31 4 12 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 312500
58 54 1 17 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 696150
59 73 59 2 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 15500
60 NEW 60 1 THANK YOU Will Young 10000

61 51 51 3 ON A TRAIN Northbrook 29350
62 52 38 10 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 114000
63 58 9 13 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 246000
64 74 64 2 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 12300
65 NEW 65 1 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 7000
66 64 1 17 SPEED KILLS 10CC 642200
67 75 67 3 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 16600
68 NEW 68 1 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 6400
69 NEW 69 1 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 6200
70 66 1 24 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 976600

71 NEW 71 1 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 5800
72 NEW 72 1 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 5600
73 NEW 73 1 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 5400
74 NEW 74 1 KILLING ALL MY DARLINGS Maria Hazell 5200
75 NEW 75 1 TROUBLE Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson 5000

DROP OUTS
41 9 5 THE WAY YOU ARE (Denmark) Anti Social Media 126250
44 13 7 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 174750
47 28 5 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 71800
48 15 11 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 182550
53 53 2 NEVER LET YOU GO Dash Berlin and John Dahlback featuring BullySongs 18350
55 55 3 SOMEONE NEW Hozier 27400
60 60 4 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 32400
61 61 2 STATE LINES The Shires 14100
67 20 3 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 40600
69 56 2 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 16800
70 70 2 BREAK THE RULES (AQOUSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 11800


24th May 2015

It’s Brandon Flowers fantastic I Can Change grabbing a second week at 1, and holding off the mass onslaught of classic Hot Chocolate (Love Is Life peaking at 2 for the second time 45 years on) and Grace’s revamp of You Don’t Own Me, the song hitting the top 3 for the second time this year. Not to mention Jax Jones at 4, two new Eurovision entries from Belgium and Sweden (the winner) inside the top 10, and Max Jury a 21-year-old singer-songwriter currently supporting Rufus Wainwright at 5 with the gorgeous atmospheric Home. Lean On also belatedly goes top 10, as I finally get hooked on Major Lazer’s goodie.

Fair to say my chart is totally dominated by two song contests, Eurovision and online Buzzjack, the UK singles chart now having less and less effect by the week, being as I don’t bother listening to it anymore now that brilliant top 40 sales hits barely scrape into the 75 as the terminally dull months and months runs in the charts of some singles from streaming make it unlistenable. Which will of course make the charts even worse as people hook onto the few new entries late in the day and make them hang around even longer. For example I just bought the Whiz Khalifa single weeks late as I don’t get to hear it much and it took a while to sink in. Ah well, the record industry only has itself to blame….

1 1 1 4 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 446000
2 3 2 3 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 235000
3 5 3 2 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 145000
4 7 4 2 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 115000
5 17 5 6 HOME Max Jury 144500
6 NEW 6 1 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 55000
7 4 1 7 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 465200
8 NEW 8 1 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 48000
9 2 1 3 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 330000
10 40 10 5 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 83500

11 6 6 5 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 163200
12 15 12 4 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 89200
13 14 13 16 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 336500
14 10 10 6 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 111000
15 8 2 7 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 472000
16 25 16 3 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 61350
17 13 9 6 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 177300
18 18 18 5 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 91450
19 9 1 7 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 501000
20 11 11 6 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 125200

21 34 21 3 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 44850
22 37 22 2 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 36800
23 20 20 5 ARE YOU READY Texas 80150
24 32 24 3 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 46900
25 27 25 6 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 108750
26 26 8 9 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 178400
27 19 1 8 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 575150
28 50 28 2 SORRY Meg Myers 30300
29 22 14 10 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 227100
30 30 30 5 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 66700

31 16 4 11 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 302100
32 35 32 21 ALFIE Cilla Black 221050
33 12 2 7 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 409700
34 29 8 7 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 205800
35 NEW 35 1 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 17500
36 44 36 3 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 40650
37 NEW 37 1 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 17300
38 23 15 7 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 159700
39 31 1 11 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 849000
40 33 1 18 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 928550

41 21 9 5 THE WAY YOU ARE (Denmark) Anti Social Media 126250
42 39 1 13 KING Years And Years 674600
43 36 7 6 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 145750
44 24 13 7 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 174750
45 47 45 4 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 36500
46 NEW 46 1 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo
47 28 28 5 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 71800
48 61 15 11 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 182550
49 53 47 5 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 52350
50 NEW 50 1 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 12000

51 59 51 2 ON A TRAIN Northbrook 21850
52 38 38 9 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 106600
53 64 53 2 NEVER LET YOU GO Dash Berlin and John Dahlback featuring BullySongs 18350
54 49 1 16 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 685950
55 55 55 3 SOMEONE NEW Hozier 27400
56 65 50 6 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 53400
57 68 57 2 CUT ME LOOSE LYON 16800
58 58 9 12 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 238800
59 69 59 2 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 16300
60 60 60 4 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 32400

61 67 61 2 STATE LINE The Shires 14100
62 NEW 62 1 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 7400
63 74 63 3 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 17600
64 63 1 16 SPEED KILLS 10CC 635400
65 NEW 65 1 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 7000
66 57 1 23 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 970600
67 41 20 3 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 40600
68 73 68 3 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 16800
69 56 56 2 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 16800
70 71 70 2 BREAK THE RULES (AQOUSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 11800

71 NEW 71 1 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 5800
72 NEW 72 1 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 5400
74 NEW 74 1 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 5200
75 75 75 2 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 10000

DROP OUTS
42 19 8 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 142200
43 37 5 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 78500
45 27 5 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 72600
46 35 6 CURTAINS Last Lynx 92350
48 4 9 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 328400
51 36 5 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 68400
52 4 9 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 339750
54 43 6 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 50000
62 62 4 SHINE ON Simply Red 23400
66 54 4 ROADS Lawson 39800
70 7 15 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 359000
72 72 1 SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel 5600


17th May 2015

It’s Brandon Flowers second number one of the year, his 3rd solo topper, and his 4th in total including the Killers, with the fabulous Bronski Beat sampling I Can Change, which means Jimmy Somerville not only had to wait 31 years to get a number one from his debut Smalltown Boy, he then only had to wait another 3 weeks for a second (sort of) based loosely around said first hit. Hot Chocolate, and the late Errol Brown, get knocked off the top only to go up to join themselves in the top 3 with the 1970 Love Is Life, as they push out Brandon Flowers previous number one to 4. Just to keep the repeat themes going, and the tributes, the late Lesley Gore hit number one a couple of months ago with You Don’t Own me, her fab 60’s defiant girl-power ballad, and now it’s back updated by Grace, the highest new entry at 5.

Jax Jones enters at 7 with a Massive Attack-borrowed riff, the soulful fabulous Yeah Yeah Yeah, the vocal hook sampling Nina Simone’s 50-year-old Be My Husband, which was co-incidentally written by her then-husband. As I’ve given Nina a featuring credit (I always do where the main vocal of a song is a key sample, but not where the hook is more of a template, so nothing for Massive Attack or Jimmy Somerville) that also means she has a 47-year span of new chart entries (she hit number one for me in late 68 with Ain’t Got No..I Got Life, before it took 30-odd years to come back big again). That makes Nina the new record-holder if I discount Paul McCartney as part of The Beatles.

Freemasons get another top 10, having had 2 previous chart-toppers in the noughties, and FFS hit 15, giving Franz Ferdinand their biggest hit in years, and Sparks a run of 41 years of top 20 hits. They hit the top 20 in every decade since topping in 1974. Never huge, but always consistent and always back with interesting stuff. Elsewhere: 4 Brandon tracks in the charts, Leona Lewis is back with one of her better singles, and Quo keep the 1974 theme going as their hit from the spring of 74 returns acoustic and live, Break The Rules, boys!


1 2 1 3 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 276000
2 1 1 2 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 285000
3 6 3 2 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 120000
4 3 1 6 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 415200
5 NEW 5 1 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 60000
6 8 6 4 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 126200
7 NEW 7 1 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 50000
8 4 2 6 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 445000
9 5 1 6 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 480000
10 30 10 5 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 82050

11 19 11 5 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 105200
12 10 2 6 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 392000
13 9 9 5 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 154300
14 14 14 15 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 304500
15 40 15 3 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 54200
16 7 4 10 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 284200
17 17 17 5 HOME Max Jury 84500
18 23 18 4 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 69450
19 11 1 7 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 556750
20 29 20 4 ARE YOU READY Texas 60900

21 12 9 4 THE WAY YOU ARE (DENMARK) Anti Social Media 112250
22 18 14 9 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 208900
23 15 15 6 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 142500
24 13 13 6 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 161500
25 34 25 2 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 36350
26 22 8 8 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 159900
27 28 27 5 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 90000
28 RE 28 4 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 59300
29 16 8 6 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 188200
30 33 30 4 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 48700

31 24 1 10 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 831900
32 59 32 2 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 27900
33 31 1 17 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 911550
34 61 34 2 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 25100
35 38 35 20 ALFIE Cilla Black 203250
36 25 7 5 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 122250
37 NEW 37 1 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 17300
38 49 38 8 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 95100
39 21 1 12 KING Years And Years 660850
40 55 40 4 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 41500

41 20 20 2 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 34000
42 26 19 8 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 142200
43 37 37 5 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 78500
44 60 44 2 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 23250
45 27 27 5 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 72600
46 35 35 6 CURTAINS Last Lynx 92350
47 70 47 3 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 23500
48 32 4 9 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 328400
49 46 1 15 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 674950
50 NEW 50 1 SORRY Meg Myers 12000

51 36 36 5 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 68400
52 42 4 9 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 339750
53 47 47 4 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 40250
54 43 43 6 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 50000
55 71 55 2 SOMEONE NEW Hozier 16600
56 NEW 56 1 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 10600
57 48 1 22 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 963800
58 52 9 11 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 228600
59 NEW 59 1 ON A TRAIN Northbrook 10100
60 66 60 3 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 22400

61 41 15 10 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 170250
62 72 62 4 SHINE ON Simply Red 23400
63 62 1 15 SPEED KILLS 10CC 628300
64 NEW 64 1 NEVER LET YOU GO Dash Berlin and John Dahlback featuring BullySongs 7100
65 50 50 5 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 42800
66 54 54 4 ROADS Lawson 39800
67 NEW 67 1 STATE LINE The Shires 6600
68 NEW 68 1 CUT ME LOOSE LYON 6400
69 NEW 69 1 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 6200
70 57 7 15 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 359000

71 NEW 71 1 BREAK THE RULES (AQOUSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel 5600
73 75 73 2 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 10400
74 74 74 2 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 10400
75 NEW 75 1 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 5000

DROP OUTS
39 10 6 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 132100
44 1 12 LOST STARS Adam Levine 663400
45 12 8 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 201750
51 4 9 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 334400
53 24 5 EGO Tove Styrke 62250
56 25 5 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 79350
58 42 4 SHY Stacey Solomon 35750
63 20 10 SUGAR DADDY Spada 156350
64 38 5 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 62900
65 48 5 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 38700
67 67 3 TETHER Eric Prydz vs Chvrches 18600
68 20 11 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 122600
69 2 15 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 673000
73 73 1 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 5400


10th May 2015

It’s Hot Chocolate’s 1977 classic So You Win Again in at 1, in tribute to the late great Errol Brown, one of pop music’s good people, and the lead singer of one of the most consistent acts of the 70’s and half the 80’s. there were so many faves I could have gone for as tribute, but this is the one really that deserves it. It originally peaked at 2 in my chart, even though I adored it, because it came up against a little music-changing ditty called I Feel Love. It was also written by a great songwriter (not Errol this time) Russ Ballard of Argent. The other Errol track was one of his, the first Hot Chocolate hit from 1970 while he was a hit songwriter for Mickie Most, the fantastic Love Is Life, a track I largely missed while living in Singapore, so now I’m paying just dues. It also has a positive message while I’m not feeling at all positive, not helped by the awful General Election result in the UK. So You Win Again just had to top my chart, cos “here I stand the loser” indeed. My very difficult home-caring duties and home-working life is about to become impossible once the Tories get their hatchets going. Not that I get any practical help anyway (though I am eligible for a free cinema ticket to have a night out on the taxpayer, whoopee), but I’m sure they’ll find a way to make it worse. I loathe most politicians and the 2 I had time for both got booted out. Happy days….

All of which overshadows the Brandon Flowers invasion, as all four advance tracks chart, his number one from last week dropping to 3 as new track I Can Change catapults from 70 to 2, and samples Jimmy Somerville heavily, (Bronski Beat’s Smalltown Boy) as Jimmy is knocked down to 5 himself. Alesso gets another top 10, following Number One Under Control with Calvin Harris and Hurts, and Parson James gets 2 top 40 entries as featured vocalist, one with Kygo (who also has 2 in the 40) and one with Audien. The late Ben E. King also returns to the chart for the 4th time with 1987 chart-topper classic Stand By Me, a song that had previously hit number one as a cover by John Lennon in 1975. What can I say, it’s a great song, and even the timeless Lennon can’t improve on Ben’s original.

Sparks are back in the 40, 41 years on, as FFS with Franz Ferdinand youngsters of only a decade or so, and both having had one previous chart-topper each. Florence is back with a ship to wreck, another goodie inside the top 40, and that’s about that…

1 NEW 1 1 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 170000
2 70 2 2 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 106000
3 1 1 5 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 350200
4 2 2 5 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 397000
5 3 1 5 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 435000
6 NEW 6 1 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 55000
7 4 4 9 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 259200
8 32 8 3 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 71200
9 10 9 4 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 122300
10 5 2 5 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 357000

11 6 1 6 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 535750
12 9 9 3 THE WAY YOU ARE (DENMARK) Anti Social Media 92500
13 13 13 5 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 142500
14 16 14 14 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 275500
15 15 15 5 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 123250
16 14 8 5 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 170000
17 26 17 4 HOME Max Jury 61500
18 18 14 8 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 189400
19 20 19 4 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 68200
20 NEW 20 1 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 20000

21 17 1 11 KING Years And Years 643750
22 8 8 7 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 141400
23 30 23 3 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 47450
24 12 1 9 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 814000
25 7 7 4 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 104850
26 19 19 7 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 128450
27 29 27 4 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 59600
28 28 28 4 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 71600
29 37 29 3 ARE YOU READY Texas 40900
30 53 30 4 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 40050

31 27 1 16 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 893850
32 11 4 8 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 316100
33 63 33 3 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 30700
34 NEW 34 1 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 17600
35 35 35 5 CURTAINS Last Lynx 79600
36 44 36 4 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 56650
37 38 37 4 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 65000
38 39 38 19 ALFIE Cilla Black 185750
39 21 10 6 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 132100
40 58 40 2 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 27200

41 46 15 9 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 162750
42 22 4 8 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 328250
43 64 43 5 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 39000
44 31 1 12 LOST STARS Adam Levine 663400
45 23 12 8 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 201750
46 34 1 14 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 662850
47 52 47 3 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 29000
48 33 1 21 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 953400
49 50 49 7 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 77900
50 55 50 4 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 35800

51 36 4 9 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 334400
52 40 9 10 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 218400
53 24 24 5 EGO Tove Styrke 62250
54 54 54 3 ROADS Lawson 33000
55 61 55 3 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 24500
56 41 25 5 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 79350
57 69 7 14 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 353000
58 42 42 4 SHY Stacey Solomon 35750
59 NEW 59 1 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 10100
60 NEW 60 1 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 10000

61 NEW 61 1 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 7500
62 60 1 14 SPEED KILLS 10CC 621100
63 25 20 10 SUGAR DADDY Spada 156350
64 49 38 5 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 62900
65 48 48 5 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 38700
66 72 66 2 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 12400
67 RE 67 3 TETHER Eric Prydz vs Chvrches 18600
68 68 20 11 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 122600
69 62 2 15 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 673000
70 75 70 2 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 11000

71 NEW 71 1 SOMEONE NEW Hozier 5800
72 74 72 3 SHINE ON Simply Red 16000
73 NEW 73 1 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 5400
74 NEW 74 1 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 5000

DROP OUTS
43 18 5 PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ABC 90750
45 45 6 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 61400
47 7 8 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 242900
51 27 7 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 109250
56 35 6 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 85200
57 57 2 GERONIMO Sheppard 17900
59 59 2 CRYSTALS Of Monsters And Men 20200
65 40 3 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 41000
66 66 1 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 6800
67 6 16 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 418700
71 71 1 SOMETHING’S MISSING Sheppard 5800
73 4 10 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 255650


3rd May 2015

Brandon Flowers gets his 2nd solo chart-topper and 3rd including The Killers, keeping poor ol’ Will Young at 2. Mumford go top 5, Spada replace themselves in the top 20 and even go top 10 to boot. Giorgio Moroder is also replacing himself lower down the chart, SIA and Kylie swapping places inside the 60 while Britney joins him for a new entry and cover of Suzanne Vega’s DNA version of Tom’s Diner, last in the top 10 25 years ago. Markus Feehily does what Westlife managed once (got into the top 10), but Love Is A Drug is better than Bop Bop Baby.

The top early Eurovision fave from me is Denmark, up to 9, Ali Campbell is back in the 40 35 years after debuting with UB40, ditto Texas but a mere 26 years, while FFS enter inside the 60. Who? It’s Franz Ferdinand and Sparks combining on an album project, Johnny Delusional being very much in the Sparks tradition, quirky now lo these 41 years of love from me.


1 5 1 4 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 265200
2 2 2 4 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 332000
3 1 1 4 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 375000
4 9 4 8 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 209200
5 6 2 4 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 315000
6 3 1 5 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 498750
7 26 7 3 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 86100
8 RE 8 6 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 121900
9 47 9 2 THE WAY YOU ARE (DENMARK) Anti Social Media 57500
10 32 10 3 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 77300

11 4 4 7 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 288300
12 7 1 8 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 795000
13 13 13 4 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 110500
14 8 8 4 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 145000
15 16 15 4 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 96250
16 17 16 13 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 246500
17 11 1 10 KING Years And Years 624000
18 14 14 7 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 167400
19 19 19 6 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 109950
20 39 20 3 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 47200

21 10 10 5 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 115000
22 12 4 7 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 314500
23 22 12 7 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 188750
24 30 24 4 EGO Tove Styrke 51000
25 20 20 9 SUGAR DADDY Spada 149150
26 60 26 3 HOME Max Jury 38500
27 28 1 15 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 875950
28 34 28 3 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 53300
29 50 29 3 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 41200
30 58 30 2 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 28200

31 23 1 11 LOST STARS Adam Levine 650150
32 RE 32 2 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 23200
33 24 1 20 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 941100
34 31 1 13 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 650100
35 37 35 4 CURTAINS Last Lynx 62100
36 15 4 8 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 322650
37 73 37 2 ARE YOU READY Texas 22700
38 40 38 3 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 47700
39 42 39 18 ALFIE Cilla Black 168550
40 36 9 9 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 206900

41 25 25 4 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 68750
42 66 42 3 SHY Stacey Solomon 25550
43 21 18 5 PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ABC 90750
44 44 44 3 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 39250
45 45 45 6 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 61400
46 29 15 8 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 148750
47 18 7 8 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 242900
48 65 48 4 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 31700
49 38 38 4 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 55800
50 51 50 6 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 65800

51 33 27 7 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 109250
52 75 52 2 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 16500
53 72 53 3 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 22050
54 54 54 2 ROADS Lawson 22000
55 63 55 3 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 23800
56 35 35 6 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 85200
57 61 57 2 GERONIMO Sheppard 17900
58 NEW 58 1 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 10200
59 59 59 2 CRYSTALS Of Monsters And Men 20200
60 53 1 13 SPEED KILLS 10CC 613700

61 69 61 2 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 13700
62 41 2 14 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 666800
63 71 63 2 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 13000
64 67 64 4 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 25500
65 RE 40 3 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 41000
66 NEW 66 1 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 6800
67 48 6 16 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 418700
68 RE 20 10 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 116200
69 49 7 13 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 342600
70 NEW 70 1 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 6000

71 NEW 71 1 SOMETHING’S MISSING Sheppard 5800
72 NEW 72 1 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 5600
73 46 4 10 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 255650
74 74 74 2 SHINE ON Simply Red 10400
75 NEW 75 1 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 5000

DROP OUTS
27 27 8 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 113950
43 12 6 FAITH IN YOU Lulu 124850
52 52 4 YE ISHQ HAI Shreya Ghoshal 39400
55 55 2 WHEN I FOUND YOU Franceso Yates 21000
56 56 3 THIEF The Beach 28300
57 57 5 LONESOME STREET Blur 46800
62 62 3 WABI SABI The Ting Tings 20500
64 64 4 BAD TO ME Marc Almond 23900
68 68 2 TETHER Eric Prydz vs Chvrches 12000
70 70 2 RUN COIN 12000
60 60 4 MY HEART WOULD TAKE YOU BACK Shayne Ward 33400
33 14 5 GOLD Andreya Triana 110800

My 1995 Charts – February

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5th february 1995

Back up on top for a second week, Tell Me When? Feb. Who? Human League. Annie Lennox’ sublime cover of No More ‘I Love You’s is up to 2, her biggest post-Eurythmics hit, and beating all of their back catalogue bar 2. Not bad. REM meanwhile crush some eyeliner and streak up to 6 to get their biggest hit to date in almost a decade. There’s a couple of cowboys at 10 and 11, Sting and Pato Banton just out-shooting Jimmy Nail as they both go up with a bullet. Arf! (Old US chart chat references for old US chart fans…) Simple Minds are at 9, as the river flows upstream returning them to the higher reaches for the first time in 6 years.

M People and Perfecto go top 20, and The The hit 16 at the speed of light, good thing they saw it coming. Madonna tells herself a bedtime story at 21 and 22, take a bow! Morrissey goes up 10 with Boxers, one of the many many many singles he’s released that he didn’t do in concert this week in Bournemouth. Highest new entry is Lavinia Jones and one of many new entries this week I have utterly forgotten. Any that still sound good will be featured as youtubes. One I DO recall is Adam Ant, wonderfully entering at 36 for a cool 15 years of chart entries.

Climbers into the 40: Vanessa Mae, Cyndi Lauper, China Black, Del Amitri, and two more new hits for Sheryl Crow, who is Strong Enough at 39, and Carter, who are still Unstoppable with a young offender’s mum. Oops! Number 40. Suede just miss out at 41, and a new generation goes doh! as Homer rules in the hottest animated TV show in the world ever makes that a catchphrase with legs. Doh! Best new entry is at 49, the very funktastic Brit boyband pop of MN8, I’ve Got A Little Something For You, a sort of JLS of their day. Second-best new entry are old-faithfuls Sparks, at 57 with a tribute to Charlie Parker giving them 21 years of fab hits.

1 ( 3 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
2 ( 7 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
3 ( 4 ) WHATEVER Oasis
4 ( 1 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
5 ( 6 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
6 ( 20 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
7 ( 2 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
8 ( 10 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
9 ( 15 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
10 ( 14 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton

11 ( 26 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
12 ( 23 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
13 ( 33 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
14 ( 5 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
15 ( 12 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
16 ( 61 ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The
17 ( 13 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
18 ( 9 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
19 ( 8 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
20 ( 11 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds

21 ( 57 ) BEDTIME STORIES Madonna
22 ( 16 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
23 ( 18 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
24 ( 24 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
25 ( 17 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
26 ( 36 ) BOXERS Morrissey
27 ( 19 ) CREEP TLC
28 ( 63 ) HERE AND NOW Del Amitri
29 ( 25 ) IF LIFE IS LIKE A LOVE BANK I WANT AN OVERDRAFT/ GEORDIE IN WONDERLAND The Wildhearts
30 ( 21 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion

31 ( 53 ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
32 ( NEW ) SING IT TO YOU (DEE DOOB DEE DO) Lavinia Jones
33 ( 71 ) ALMOST SEE YOU (SOMEWHERE) China Black
34 ( 29 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
35 ( 40 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts
36 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
37 ( 75 ) TOCCATA AND FUGUE Vanessa Mae
38 ( 22 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
39 ( NEW ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow
40 ( NEW ) YOUNG OFFENDER’S MUM Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine

41 ( NEW ) NEW GENERATION Suede
42 ( 37 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
43 ( 49 ) SET YOU FREE N Trance
44 ( 41 ) STARS China Black
45 ( 44 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
46 ( 31 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
47 ( 47 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
48 ( 50 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad
49 ( NEW ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
50 ( 39 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters

51 ( 35 ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
52 ( 28 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
53 ( 46 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
54 ( 48 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
55 ( 30 ) INBETWEENER Sleeper
56 ( NEW ) U WILL KNOW BMU
57 ( NEW ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING) Sparks
58 ( 34 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
59 ( 43 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
60 ( 58 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

61 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( NEW ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
63 ( 27 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
65 ( NEW ) MENTAL PICTURE Jon Secada
66 ( 66 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Gloria Estefan
67 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO THE VOICES Junior Reid
68 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 68 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
70 ( NEW ) AGOLO Angelique Kidgjo

71 ( 69 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
72 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET BY Slamm
73 ( NEW ) NOW THEY’LL SLEEP Belly
74 ( 32 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
75 ( 72 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

In the world, Space Shuttle Discovery launched with Briton Michael Foale on board and spacewalk bound. On a sad note, Richie from the Manic Street Preachers went missing, presumed dead. On TV Star Trek Voyager was running in the USA, and soon in the UK as Sky TV hogged the best US shows before terrestrial TV got them – and there were loads of great ones, the mid-90’s was a golden age for sci-fi/fantasy TV and sitcoms, at least a golden age in the States. The UK lagged far far behind, but there were still gems starting shortly (the brilliant father Ted) and ending (The High Life with future star Alan Cumming, set on board an airline; Bottom with the late great Rik Mayall, and the great Ade Edmondson), not to mention the successful (Mr. Bean).


12th February 1995

Annie Lennox gets her first solo number one, and third in total, doing what The Lover Speaks couldn’t quite do in 1986, taking it all the way to the top. They supported Eurythmics on tour but still couldn’t break through, sadly, as I loved the original version. Annie didn’t forget how good the song was though, thank goodness. Meanwhile rock gets a look-in as REM hit 3, and Simple Minds 4, both under-rated singles. The Pigbag Perfecto reworking hits 7, and also beats the original 1982 version, as Jimmy Nail grabs a 3rd top 10 with the great Paddy McAloon smooth country song (check out the definitive Prefab Sprout version attached), and M People hit 10.

MN8 rocket to 15, leap-frogging all and sundry, proving they do in fact have a little something for me. Jade return, Every Day Of The Week apparently, or at least one day at 16, with a bit of smooth 90’s r’n’b, as Adam Ant goes top 20 ahead of Sheryl Crow. Wonderful! Or at least, pretty good balladry, nothing like his 80’s hits, and not bad at all. At 26, Blackstreet enter, U Blow My Mind very much that SoulIIsoul shuffle beat mucho popular in the 90’s, as Aswad’s cover version belies the title, You’re No Good is in fact pretty good at 27. BoyzIImen and R Kelly enter the top 40 under a pseudonym (BMU Black Men United) along with a host of lesser stars, on a Band Aid-type superstar line-up r’n’b stylee, as Suede scrape in to the 40.

From 41 to 75, Elton John is at 41, can you Believe it? Dramatic balladry, and one of his better latter-day singles, as his voice was getting deeper with the years I wasn’t quite as enthusiastic as I used to be, but it suits this one. At 52, a doo-wop version, BoyzIImen styled, of childhood fave Sukiyaki, now with English lyrics and the second cover version to chart, after A Taste Of Honey. None of them is a patch on the original Japanese US Number one from 1963, which finally topped my chart in 2014 50 years late, for Kyu Sakamoto. PJ & Duncan, not yet Ant & Dec, get another hit with Our Radio Rocks, a half decent pop ditty, The Gogo’s reunite, and are welcomed by me at 74, has the whole world lost it’s head? Just me, it seemed. Finally Green day start a long run of hits at 75, a pure Basket Case…

1 ( 2 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
2 ( 1 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
3 ( 6 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
4 ( 9 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
5 ( 8 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
6 ( 5 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
7 ( 13 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
8 ( 10 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
9 ( 11 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
10 ( 12 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People

11 ( 4 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
12 ( 3 ) WHATEVER Oasis
13 ( 16 ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The
14 ( 7 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
15 ( 49 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
16 ( NEW ) EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK Jade
17 ( 17 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
18 ( 30 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
19 ( 36 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
20 ( 39 ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow

21 ( 21 ) BEDTIME STORIES Madonna
22 ( 32 ) SING IT TO YOU (DEE DOOB DEE DO) Lavinia Jones
23 ( 15 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
24 ( 14 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
25 ( 28 ) HERE AND NOW Del Amitri
26 ( NEW ) U BLOW MY MIND Blackstreet
27 ( 48 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad
28 ( 18 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
29 ( 22 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
30 ( 23 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue

31 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
32 ( 20 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
33 ( 35 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts
34 ( 19 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
35 ( 25 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
36 ( 56 ) U WILL KNOW BMU featuring R Kelly, BoyzIImen
37 ( 27 ) CREEP TLC
38 ( 62 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
39 ( 43 ) SET YOU FREE N Trance
40 ( 41 ) NEW GENERATION Suede

41 ( NEW ) BELIEVE Elton John
42 ( 34 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
43 ( 38 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
44 ( 37 ) TOCCATA AND FUGUE Vanessa Mae
45 ( 33 ) ALMOST SEE YOU (SOMEWHERE) China Black
46 ( 44 ) STARS China Black
47 ( 47 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
48 ( NEW ) WALK THIS WORLD Heather Nova
49 ( 42 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
50 ( 24 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram

51 ( 26 ) BOXERS Morrissey
52 ( NEW ) SUKIYAKI 4PM
53 ( 29 ) IF LIFE IS LIKE A LOVE BANK I WANT AN OVERDRAFT/ GEORDIE IN WONDERLAND The Wildhearts
54 ( 66 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Gloria Estefan
55 ( 40 ) YOUNG OFFENDER’S MUM Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
56 ( 53 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
57 ( 46 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
58 ( 54 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
59 ( 51 ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
60 ( 45 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 60 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
63 ( 67 ) LISTEN TO THE VOICES Junior Reid
64 ( NEW ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
65 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 50 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
67 ( 57 ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING) Sparks
68 ( 68 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 69 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
70 ( 59 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong

71 ( 58 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
72 ( 71 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
73 ( NEW ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
74 ( NEW ) WHOLE WORLD LOST IT’S HEAD The Gogo’s
75 ( NEW ) BASKET CASE Green Day

American TV 1995: was brilliant, to be honest. Going on holiday to the States was wonderful, as I got to see the latest episodes of fab shows ahead of their UK showings. Just look at this list of shows: Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Star Trek: Voyager, X-Files and its writers forgotten (but fab) sci-fi show Space: Above And Beyond, Strange Luck (also forgotten, but a great unusual show based around co-incidences), Seinfeld, Married..With Children (brilliantly low-brow white-collar), Frasier (brilliantly high-brow intellectual), Third Rock From The Sun (brilliantly slapstick and OTT sci-fi comedy), Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman, The Simpsons at it’s peak, The Drew Carey Show, Friends at it’s peak, the quirky charming Due South, Roseanne, Sliders (cross-dimensions sci-fi), Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, and the fantastically-written, classy Batman: The Animated Series. Quite possibly the best year for US TV ever.


19th February 1995

2 weeks for Annie on top, as Bob Seger’s oldie peaks at 2 much to my surprise. We’ve Got Tonight obviously resonated with me, even more than boyband MN8 at 3! Look at GUN though, up 60 places to 4, far and away their biggest record in my charts, and one I’d forgotten, but it’s pretty fine. Another band called Gun made my top 10 in 1969 with the awesome Race With The Devil. Sting hits 6, and grabs his 2nd-biggest solo hit (after Russians in 1985), while highest new entry is at 15, a cover of Brotherhood Of Man’s 1970 hit United We Stand. Actually it was one of those cheap knock-off identi-kit cover versions by a jobbing musician called Reg Dwight, and it was a pretty good version all in all considering. 25 years on a whole album of Reg’s covers was released, and whaddya know it outperforms his current single Believe. Yes, Elton John!

Paul Young, like everyone else, was also covering classic oldies at the time, this time the Hugh Masekela 60’s song Grazing In The Grass. More to the point he covers the definitive version as done by The Friends Of Distinction, and enters at 24 for 12 years of solo hits. Let’s just not mention Streetband. At 37, the fabulous Sophie B. Hawkins returns with her gorgeous As I Lay Me Down. She’s great. 10CC do an “unplugged” version of their 1975 number one classic, and hit 43 – it’s just not the same without the intricate harmony layering, though! At 48, fantastic, well-remembered, and upbeat – yes it’s The Boo Radleys. Wake up Boo! Mike + The Mechanics return with Over My Shoulder, at 53, and 9 years since they went top 10 with their best single Silent Running, and 21 years since Mike, and Paul Carrack, both charted in Genesis and Ace respectively. At 55, John Lee Hooker shows age is no barrier, as the terrific Chill Out bluesy track enters at 55. He was 78 at the time, and still had it. Which leaves The Smiths re-issue, a good Kirsty macColl newie, Caroline, Garth Brooks, Bon Jovi and Luther vandross. Phew! Busy chart!

1 ( 1 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
2 ( 6 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
3 ( 15 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
4 ( 64 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
5 ( 2 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
6 ( 8 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
7 ( 7 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
8 ( 5 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
9 ( 9 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
10 ( 3 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM

11 ( 4 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
12 ( 16 ) EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK Jade
13 ( 11 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
14 ( 14 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
15 ( NEW ) UNITED WE STAND Reg Dwight aka Elton John
16 ( 10 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
17 ( 36 ) U WILL KNOW BMU featuring R Kelly, BoyzIImen
18 ( 21 ) BEDTIME STORIES Madonna
19 ( 12 ) WHATEVER Oasis
20 ( 27 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad

21 ( 13 ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The
22 ( 17 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
23 ( 26 ) U BLOW MY MIND Blackstreet
24 ( NEW ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Paul Young
25 ( 19 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
26 ( 41 ) BELIEVE Elton John
27 ( 20 ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow
28 ( 18 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
29 ( 35 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
30 ( 40 ) NEW GENERATION Suede

31 ( 22 ) SING IT TO YOU (DEE DOOB DEE DO) Lavinia Jones
32 ( 33 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts
33 ( 24 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
34 ( 23 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
35 ( 25 ) HERE AND NOW Del Amitri
36 ( 47 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
37 ( NEW ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
38 ( 38 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
39 ( 73 ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
40 ( 63 ) LISTEN TO THE VOICES Junior Reid

41 ( 29 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
42 ( 30 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
43 ( NEW ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
44 ( 48 ) WALK THIS WORLD Heather Nova
45 ( 54 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Gloria Estefan
46 ( 42 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
47 ( 37 ) CREEP TLC
48 ( NEW ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
49 ( 28 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
50 ( 50 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram

51 ( 46 ) STARS China Black
52 ( 52 ) SUKIYAKI 4PM
53 ( NEW ) OVER MY SHOULDER Mike + The Mechanics
54 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
55 ( NEW ) CHILL OUT (THING’S GONNA CHANGE) John Lee Hooker
56 ( NEW ) DELICIOUS Shampoo
57 ( NEW ) CAROLINE Kirsty MacColl
58 ( 44 ) TOCCATA AND FUGUE Vanessa Mae
59 ( 74 ) WHOLE WORLD LOST IT’S HEAD The Gogo’s
60 ( 49 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins

61 ( 39 ) SET YOU FREE N Trance
62 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
63 ( 32 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
64 ( 34 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
65 ( NEW ) ASK The Smiths
66 ( 62 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
67 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 56 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
69 ( 58 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
70 ( 69 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

71 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT Those 2 Girls
72 ( NEW ) THE DANCE Garth Brooks
73 ( 68 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
74 ( NEW ) SOMEDAY I’LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT Bon Jovi
75 ( NEW ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Luther Vandross

What was hot at the cinema this week? The Brady Bunch Movie was! A great piece of fluff, taking the michael out of the 1970 fashions and attitudes of the sitcom of the period, but with Shelley Long from Cheers, and rather surprisingly directed by Betty Thomas, the tough but soft inside Lucy Bates from the great Hill Street Blues. It really IS very funny! In sports Linford Christie grabbed a new 200m World Record.


26th February 1995

A new number one, and it’s pure boyband pop as MN8 take their rather catchy I’ve Got A Little Something For You (such modesty, not like the current braggers!) all the way. Perfecto also try to Reach Up, but stall at 3, still not bad for a grand dance track cover reworking. Highest new entry is Janet Jackson at 7, for a sweet and pleasant 9 years of top 10 hits. Whoops Now! Leaving The Boo Radleys delicious Wake Up Boo up 39 to 9, and yes wake up it’s a beautiful morning feelgood vibes!

At 19, up 20, it’s another surprise top 20 hit for PJ & Duncan, future TV superstars Ant n Dec of course – Our radio Rocks was fun enough, as was another track by a future TV presenter Denise Van Outen, Those 2 Girls shooting up to 28, that’s all I want! In at 20, following up a chart-topper, Human League return with One Man In My Heart, though it’s not Phil singing that line, it’s over to the girls this time for a slight change of sound. At 31, it’s a blockbuster classic announcing it’s arrival, Take That’s Gary Barlow proving for the second time that he really can write a bloody brilliant ballad as well a s a bloody brilliant pop song (Pray), and he’s Back For Good.

At 34, The Tabernacle give us a rousing I Know The Lord, a fab dance toon. The great John Lee Hooker, and Mike and The Mechanics, both make the 40, as another great record I Know enters at 44 for Dionne Farris. At 53, Ye Ke Ye Ke is remixed 7 years on to lesser effect, the original Mory Kante version remains the best version, while at 56 it’s a superstar diva charity collaboration (plus Eric Clapton) as Love Can Build A Bridge for Cher, Chrissie Hynde and Neneh Cherry. Others: Springsteen, EMF, Elastica, Alex Party.

1 ( 3 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
2 ( 1 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
3 ( 7 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
4 ( 4 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
5 ( 2 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
6 ( 6 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
7 ( NEW ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
8 ( 8 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
9 ( 48 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
10 ( 9 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail

11 ( 5 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
12 ( 11 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
13 ( 13 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
14 ( 10 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
15 ( 15 ) UNITED WE STAND Reg Dwight aka Elton John
16 ( 18 ) BEDTIME STORIES Madonna
17 ( 16 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
18 ( 14 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
19 ( 39 ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
20 ( NEW ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League

21 ( 12 ) EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK Jade
22 ( 26 ) BELIEVE Elton John
23 ( 29 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
24 ( 37 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
25 ( 19 ) WHATEVER Oasis
26 ( 22 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
27 ( 25 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
28 ( 71 ) ALL I WANT Those 2 Girls
29 ( 17 ) U WILL KNOW BMU featuring R Kelly, BoyzIImen
30 ( 20 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad

31 ( NEW ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
32 ( 55 ) CHILL OUT (THING’S GONNA CHANGE) John Lee Hooker
33 ( 28 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
34 ( NEW ) I KNOW THE LORD The Tabernacle
35 ( 33 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
36 ( 53 ) OVER MY SHOULDER Mike + The Mechanics
37 ( 38 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
38 ( 24 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Paul Young
39 ( 44 ) WALK THIS WORLD Heather Nova
40 ( 21 ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The

41 ( 36 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
42 ( 41 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
43 ( 42 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
44 ( NEW ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
45 ( 57 ) CAROLINE Kirsty MacColl
46 ( 23 ) U BLOW MY MIND Blackstreet
47 ( 46 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
48 ( 27 ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow
49 ( 56 ) DELICIOUS Shampoo
50 ( 34 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville

51 ( 40 ) LISTEN TO THE VOICES Junior Reid
52 ( 32 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts
53 ( NEW ) YE KE YE KE (REMIX) Mory Kante
54 ( 47 ) CREEP TLC
55 ( 51 ) STARS China Black
56 ( NEW ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
57 ( 35 ) HERE AND NOW Del Amitri
58 ( 50 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
59 ( 74 ) SOMEDAY I’LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT Bon Jovi
60 ( NEW ) WAKING UP Elastica

61 ( 43 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
62 ( 31 ) SING IT TO YOU (DEE DOOB DEE DO) Lavinia Jones
63 ( 62 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
65 ( 60 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
66 ( 30 ) NEW GENERATION Suede
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 66 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
69 ( 49 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
70 ( 70 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

71 ( 68 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
72 ( NEW ) ALL NIGHT LONG Mary Jane Girls
73 ( 73 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
74 ( NEW ) PERFECT DAY EMF
75 ( NEW ) MURDER INCORPORATED Bruce Springsteen

My 1974 Charts – October

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1st October 1974

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OLDIES CHART 1st October 1974

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

8th October 1974

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OLDIES CHART 8th October

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

15th October 1974

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

OLDIES CHART 15th Oct 1974

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

22nd October 1974

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

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

bad photo of the entrance to Chosenhill 6th form block

bad photo of the entrance to Chosenhill 6th form block

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

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

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

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

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

29th October 1974

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

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

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

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

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

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