My Dec 1985 Charts

3rd December 1985

2 weeks on top for Wham! just holding off another top British duo, and Pet Shop Boys hit 2 with the classic West End Girls. Yoko Ono gets her first top solo hit in 5 years, since Walking On Thin Ice topped my chart, the final record she & John were working on the night of his murder, and John goes up one to 8. Sun City protest song hits 6, Madonna ends the year with a 6th top 10, and Whitney Houston gets a debut top 10.

Grant n Graham just miss out on a 2nd top 10 together, 5 years since David first had his Lynx, and Dionne Warwick is back in the top 20 3 years on from the last time, Dee C. Lee finally scrapes into the 20 with a great ballad that took me time to warm to, and Slade make their run of top 20’s 14 years. Julian Lennon follows his dad into the 40, The Cult make it a hat-trick, and highest new entry is a christmas classic, as done by Broooooce, at 32, Santa Clause Is Coming To Town. Brucie’s sax player gets his own debut at 60, Clarence Clemons bringing along Jackson Browne who first made my charts 13 years earlier with Doctor My Eyes.

The Cars return for a 3rd hit of the year, at 40, while at 66 it’s another pop duet, as Bonnie Tyler extends her run of chart entries to 9 years, in hand with the fab Todd Rundgren who first made my charts with the fab I Saw The Light in 1972. The song and production is a Jim Steinman epic, as they all are in his style, but only hit big in Portugal, though Meatloaf finally got around to doing his version with Jim in 2016.

Bronski Beat have a new lead singer, Junior keeps popping in, Evelyn King hasn’t dropped the Champagne, 7 years on from her first Shame, and Mr. Mister debut with a great song Broken Wings.

1 ( 1 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
2 ( 6 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 2 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
4 ( 3 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
5 ( 7 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
6 ( 15 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
7 ( 14 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
8 ( 9 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
9 ( 18 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
10 ( 10 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads

11 ( 26 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
12 ( 8 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
13 ( 4 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
14 ( 5 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
15 ( 11 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
16 ( 30 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
17 ( 21 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
18 ( 12 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
19 ( 25 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
20 ( 33 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee

21 ( 13 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
22 ( 24 ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals
23 ( 58 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
24 ( 17 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
25 ( 37 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
26 ( 36 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
27 ( 29 ) RUSSIANS Sting
28 ( 44 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
29 ( 32 ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure
30 ( 39 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship

31 ( 16 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
32 ( NEW ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 19 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
34 ( 23 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
35 ( 43 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
36 ( 22 ) NIKITA Elton John
37 ( 54 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
38 ( 48 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
39 ( 28 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
40 ( NEW ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars

41 ( 20 ) ONE VISION Queen
42 ( 45 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
43 ( 34 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
44 ( 60 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
45 ( 69 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
46 ( 38 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
47 ( 57 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
48 ( 71 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
49 ( 35 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
50 ( 66 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin

51 ( 47 ) DRIVE The Cars
52 ( 31 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
53 ( 27 ) JUST FOR MONEY Paul Hardcastle
54 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
55 ( 42 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
56 ( 68 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
57 ( 52 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
58 ( 53 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
59 ( 51 ) UNCLE SAM Madness
60 ( NEW ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne

61 ( 41 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
62 ( 46 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
63 ( 40 ) LOSE YOUR LOVE Blancmange
64 ( 64 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
65 ( 59 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
66 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOTTA
DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
67 ( NEW ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
68 ( 74 ) THE HIGHEST HIGH China Crisis
69 ( 75 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
70 ( 70 ) LET THE BELLS RING OUT FOREVER The New Seekers

71 ( NEW ) OH LOUISE Junior
72 ( 61 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
73 ( NEW ) YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King
74 ( NEW ) WHAT’S GONE WRONG The Untouchables
75 ( NEW ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister

PLAYLIST OLDIES OF THE WEEK

1 MOON RIVER Greyhound
2 EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
3 IF NOT YOU Dr. Hook

10th December 1985

On top for the first time, and the first of dozens, it’s Chris & Neil – dum dum dum dum-de-dum-dum. Holding off a reissued 1984 Band Aid chart-topper, still fresh and undimmed by 30-odd years of never-ending Christmas overkill. Sting shoots up Russians to 4, a sort of dark christmassy mood and his biggest solo hit to date. Julian Lennon gets a second top 10 and knocks out his dad.

Cameo enter at 19 with strange, but fab, song, ahead of the codpiece – it would eventually chart in the UK. A Mick Jagger album track joins the Yoko album track – veterans were now starting to opt out of singles off new albums, something which became huge business in the States in the 90’s as physical singles died out to push album sales to new heights. Money money money! Mick’s missus, of course, used to go out with Bryan Ferry – and he is also in looking Windswept. Fortunately Rupert Murdoch doesn’t feature in the chart, though I did tweet him this week when he commented unbelievingly on global warming while flying over ice-swept northern hemispheres – IN MID-WINTER. What a dick. At least I can only assume that’s why Jerry married the ageing multibillionaire.

No memory whatsoever of the Spacelings – one to youtube! However another overplayed christmas classic debuts at 60 – it’s Shaky, with one of his occasional chart entries (in my charts, that is, 5 years non-stop in the UK charts). You all know it. Sheena Easton also has 5 years of occasional chart entries continued but her best Prince-days were still ahead. Another Christmas UK number one enters at 71 – well the song at any rate, for the Isley Brothers (sort of) 16 years into a chart career, and one year pre-Housemartins. That leaves comebacks for Mike Oldfield (topped my chart two times in 1974 with two albums – allowed because they were one track, essentially), and Joni Mitchell (1974 was also her best chart year for me) 15 years on from Big Yellow Taxi.

1 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
2 ( NEW ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
3 ( 1 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
4 ( 27 ) RUSSIANS Sting
5 ( 6 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
6 ( 7 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
7 ( 9 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
8 ( 5 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
9 ( 23 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
10 ( 4 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40

11 ( 11 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
12 ( 10 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
13 ( 8 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
14 ( 16 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
15 ( 3 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
16 ( 12 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
17 ( 19 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
18 ( 20 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
19 ( NEW ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
20 ( 15 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys

21 ( 17 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
22 ( 13 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
23 ( 28 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
24 ( 40 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
25 ( 30 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
26 ( 26 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
27 ( 35 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
28 ( 14 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
29 ( 38 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
30 ( 18 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

31 ( 37 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
32 ( 32 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 21 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
34 ( 24 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
35 ( 45 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
36 ( NEW ) HARD WOMAN Mick Jagger
37 ( 47 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
38 ( 42 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
39 ( 67 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
40 ( 48 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John

41 ( 33 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
42 ( 25 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
43 ( 36 ) NIKITA Elton John
44 ( 44 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
45 ( NEW ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry
46 ( 50 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
47 ( 71 ) OH LOUISE Junior
48 ( 34 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
49 ( NEW ) LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM The Spacelings
50 ( 22 ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals

51 ( 60 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
52 ( 56 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
53 ( 39 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
54 ( 43 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
55 ( 66 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
56 ( 54 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 51 ) DRIVE The Cars
58 ( 31 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
59 ( 41 ) ONE VISION Queen
60 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens

61 ( 29 ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure
62 ( 75 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
63 ( 46 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
64 ( NEW ) HEART OF LOTHIAN Marillion
65 ( 69 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
66 ( NEW ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
67 ( 57 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 64 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( NEW ) DO IT FOR LOVE Sheena Easton
70 ( NEW ) FOREVER BE Sal Solo

71 ( NEW ) CARAVAN OF LOVE Isley Jasper isley
72 ( NEW ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield
73 ( 55 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
74 ( 62 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
75 ( NEW ) GOOD FRIENDS Joni Mitchell

PLAYLIST OLDIES
1 KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
2 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
3 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

17th December 1985

It’s only one week on top for West End Girls, as a recent Christmas Classic enters back on top, Wham! very nearly replacing themselves at 1 but for Pet Shop Boys. Cameo go top 10, She’s Strange that one, and Shaky’s xmas now-perennial leaps into the 40 for the first time. Lots of climbers due to a lack of new entries, which back in the day was the norm. Or now, in fact, bar the oldies xmas invasions that I used to do in my own charts and now happens in the actual official charts everywhere.

Amii Stewart has a new duetting partner for her old Johnny Bristol hit mash-up of 2 Smokey Robinson songs, My Guy My Girl and Sophie George is too Girlie Girlie, too. A forgotten xmas song from Bryan Adams, I doubt I’ve heard Christmas Time in 32 years….! On the other hand, Walking In The Air and Aled Jones were regular xmas airplay and TVplay oldies – and here they are – but not quite as you might guess. I never liked Aled’s version of Walking In The Air, so it’s the original TV “Snowman” soundtrack that enters, while Aled gives Mike Oldfield a festive hand. Mike, of course, has had several xmas hits, none of them actually mentioning xmas at all, preferring a more traditional solstice theme.

1 ( NEW ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( 1 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 4 ) RUSSIANS Sting
4 ( 2 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
5 ( 3 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
6 ( 7 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
7 ( 6 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
8 ( 9 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
9 ( 19 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
10 ( 11 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham

11 ( 5 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
12 ( 10 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
13 ( 12 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
14 ( 17 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
15 ( 25 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
16 ( 18 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
17 ( 27 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
18 ( 29 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
19 ( 8 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
20 ( 13 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon

21 ( 16 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
22 ( 15 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
23 ( 20 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
24 ( 24 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
25 ( 32 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
26 ( 14 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
27 ( 31 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
28 ( 39 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
29 ( 60 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
30 ( 35 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu

31 ( 26 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
32 ( 22 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
33 ( 38 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
34 ( 21 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
35 ( 40 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
36 ( 28 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
37 ( 37 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
38 ( 47 ) OH LOUISE Junior
39 ( 46 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
40 ( 45 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry

41 ( 33 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
42 ( 34 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
43 ( 36 ) HARD WOMAN Mick Jagger
44 ( 42 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
45 ( 51 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
46 ( 23 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
47 ( 52 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
48 ( 49 ) LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM The Spacelings
49 ( 30 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
50 ( 55 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren

51 ( 62 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
52 ( 43 ) NIKITA Elton John
53 ( NEW ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
54 ( 64 ) HEART OF LOTHIAN Marillion
55 ( 65 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
56 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 66 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
58 ( 57 ) DRIVE The Cars
59 ( 54 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
60 ( 41 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits

61 ( 48 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
62 ( NEW ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophie George
63 ( 53 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
64 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
65 ( 59 ) ONE VISION Queen
66 ( 44 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
67 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 69 ) DO IT FOR LOVE Sheena Easton
70 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE AIR Peter Auty & The Sinfonia Of London

71 ( 72 ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield with Aled Jones
72 ( 73 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
73 ( 58 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
74 ( NEW ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
75 ( 74 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council

Pre-Xmas Oldies playlist:

1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
3 WE CAN WORK IT OUT The Beatle

24th December 1985

It’s a new entry at 1 for a Xmas classic that charted in 1974 but never made my top 10. That was something of a shock for me as Mud had made my top 3 (and had 4 number ones) with all their previous singles, yet this Elvis pastiche ballad sorta disappointed me as a 16-year-old. Roll on 11 years and nostalgia and regular annual radio plays, and hey presto I love it. In fact so many Xmas classics come back my chart looks like the Xmas 2017 singles charts! Not saying I was ahead of the game….OK I am. That also explains why I don’t usually rechart them, cos frankly after getting on for 30 to 45 years one gets over-familiar with most of them. Glad to see new generations love them though!

Bizarrely the Shaky Xmas classic is only 20, and it was brand new (well a year-old and held-back to avoid Band Aid and Wham!, rather wisely). Macca’s back with his frogs, Bing’s 40’s standard is back having first charted in 1977, Slade are back again, by this time making it an annual event. Wizzard aren’t but they did it the previous year. Nowadays they beat Slade every xmas in the UK charts. This year both were beaten by fellow ’73 minor hit Step Into Xmas, as Elton gets a higher spot on the Spotify playlists.

Feargal Sharkey’s follow-up single is actually the answer-song to A Good Heart, as the break-up song from the female half of a songwriting romantic duo is followed by the male reply. Benmont Tench (from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) wrote it, Eurythmics Dave Stewart produced it, and Maria McKee is the subject matter, writer of A Good Heart which had a pop at Tench.

1 ( NEW ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
2 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
4 ( 3 ) RUSSIANS Sting
5 ( 6 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
6 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
7 ( 9 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
8 ( 5 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
9 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
10 ( 8 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon

11 ( 7 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
12 ( 16 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
13 ( 18 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
14 ( 12 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
15 ( 17 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
16 ( 24 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
17 ( 10 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
18 ( NEW ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
19 ( 13 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
20 ( 29 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens

21 ( 15 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
22 ( 11 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
23 ( 28 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
24 ( 25 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
25 ( 31 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
26 ( 14 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
27 ( 21 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
28 ( 22 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
29 ( 20 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
30 ( 40 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry

31 ( 45 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
32 ( 23 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
33 ( 39 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
34 ( 27 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
35 ( 35 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
36 ( 19 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
37 ( 57 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
38 ( 53 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
39 ( 51 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
40 ( 55 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin

41 ( 26 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
42 ( 30 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
43 ( 36 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
44 ( 42 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
45 ( 41 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
46 ( 32 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
47 ( NEW ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
48 ( 62 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
49 ( 38 ) OH LOUISE Junior
50 ( 34 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout

51 ( 33 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
52 ( 44 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
53 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 61 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
55 ( 74 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
56 ( 64 ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
57 ( 37 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
58 ( 49 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
59 ( NEW ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
60 ( 58 ) DRIVE The Cars

61 ( 46 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
62 ( 52 ) NIKITA Elton John
63 ( 59 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
64 ( 47 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
65 ( 50 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
66 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones
67 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 71 ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield with Aled Jones
70 ( NEW ) WHAT’S YOUR NAME? Zinno

71 ( NEW ) GO HOME Stevie Wonder
72 ( 72 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
73 ( NEW ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
74 ( 63 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
75 ( NEW ) RAISE THE ROOF The Conway Brothers

Oldies Playlist
1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 WE CAN WORK IT OUT The Beatles
3 DAY TRIPPER The Beatles

31st December 1985

A second week on top for Mud, and a fourth week at 2 for Pet Shop Boys in total – if not for oldies it would have had 5 weeks on top. Had my chart rules been different though, it’s likely Gene Pitney’s I’m Gonna Be Strong would have topped for some of that as I was seriously mad on it. Wizzard would also have recharted and the Win single on my playlist I thought should be treated as an oldie, but it would chart in 1986.

A-ha are the highest new entry at 22 with a classic epic track that’s even better than Take On Me, followed closely by a forgotten Eurythmics gem, It’s Alright. Jon Anderson pops in, both missing Vangelis and bandmates Yes to get his debut solo entry some 8 years since Wondrous Stories made my top 10 for Yes.

1 ( 1 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
2 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 4 ) RUSSIANS Sting
4 ( 3 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
5 ( 9 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
6 ( 7 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
7 ( 5 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
8 ( 8 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
9 ( 13 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
10 ( 6 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid

11 ( 10 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
12 ( 16 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
13 ( 18 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
14 ( 11 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
15 ( 17 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
16 ( 25 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
17 ( 20 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
18 ( 14 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
19 ( 23 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
20 ( 24 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen

21 ( 12 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
22 ( NEW ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
23 ( 21 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
24 ( 19 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
25 ( NEW ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
26 ( 15 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
27 ( 35 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
28 ( 59 ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
29 ( 38 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
30 ( 31 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne

31 ( 26 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
32 ( 47 ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
33 ( 22 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
34 ( 37 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
35 ( 49 ) OH LOUISE Junior
36 ( 27 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
37 ( 28 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
38 ( 39 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
39 ( 40 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
40 ( 48 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George

41 ( 29 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
42 ( 34 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
43 ( 32 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
44 ( 30 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry
45 ( 54 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
46 ( 33 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
47 ( 55 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
48 ( 44 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
49 ( 43 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
50 ( 45 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees

51 ( 42 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
52 ( 41 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 46 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
55 ( 66 ) WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones
56 ( 56 ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
57 ( NEW ) EASIER SAID THAN DOWN Jon Anderson
58 ( 52 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
59 ( 75 ) RAISE THE ROOF The Conway Brothers
60 ( 60 ) DRIVE The Cars

61 ( 58 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
62 ( 50 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
63 ( 63 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
64 ( NEW ) MR DJ The Concept
65 ( 51 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
66 ( 57 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
67 ( 73 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 71 ) GO HOME Stevie Wonder
70 ( 61 ) REVOLUTION The Cult

71 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
72 ( 62 ) NIKITA Elton John
73 ( 74 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
74 ( 72 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
3 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard

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 1995 Charts – January

Cairns, Australia 1995

Cairns, Australia 1995

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January 1st 1995

A new year a new number one for a new band – Oasis take Whatever to the top in all of it’s All You Need Is Love-ish strings-tastic fab-gear-ish-ness Britpop delight. It’s a great record and deserved to top the UK charts as well, though it did get near.
The Human League, meanwhile go top 5, Tell Me When? Now! The Lightning Seeds add Change to their list of top tenners, and Riverdance hits 8. I don’t remember it doing that well, but there ya are, stomp-a-clomp-a-stomp-a, it did.

Sting shoots his cowboy way into the 20 16 years after first doing it, Siouxsie ditto only 17 years on, while the highest new entry is 1963 in 1994 from a B side in 1987 remixed by Arthur Baker for New Order charting in 1995. Date-Confusion! Also a New Order track…

Some re-entries from Ace Of Base who enjoy Living In Danger at 29, Youssou N’Dour at 37, and again at 64 as chart-topper 7 Seconds comes back in (though not called a re-entry as it’s a new year and been out the chart a while), both helped by Neneh Cherry. At 35 it’s a record from the year I was born, back as a huge UK hit thanks to an advert on TV – Guaglione, Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and horn-hooked old big swing band fun. Both terrific and highly unexpected.

New UK girl duo Scarlet enter at 50, with an Independent Love Song, and it’s good, while Bristol’s Portishead enter at 69 with the fab Glory Box, an influential trip-hoppy track. Which leaves veteran Barry White back at 55 after a few years gap, helped by his Lisa Stansfield and Edie Brickell associations, giving him a span of 22 years of chart entries since I’m Gonna Love You A Little More Baby went top 5 in 1973. Oh, and Jimmy Somerville has 11 years of entries, with Bronski Beat and Communards, and solo hits.

1 ( 17 ) WHATEVER Oasis
2 ( 1 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
3 ( 2 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
4 ( 7 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
5 ( 6 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
6 ( 3 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
7 ( 14 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
8 ( 11 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
9 ( 8 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
10 ( 10 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

11 ( 5 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
12 ( 4 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
13 ( 9 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
14 ( 13 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
15 ( 29 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
16 ( 12 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
17 ( 45 ) OH BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
18 ( 15 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
19 ( 16 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
20 ( NEW ) 1963 ’94 New Order

21 ( 24 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
22 ( 19 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
23 ( 21 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
24 ( 23 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
25 ( 22 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
26 ( 25 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
27 ( 27 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
28 ( 18 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
29 ( RE ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
30 ( 20 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Power Rangers

31 ( 33 ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
32 ( 32 ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
33 ( 26 ) STARS China Black
34 ( 31 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
35 ( NEW ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
36 ( 28 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
37 ( RE ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
38 ( 38 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
39 ( 42 ) CRAZY Eternal
40 ( 30 ) CHRISTMAS WRAPPING Peaches

41 ( 37 ) WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS 2 In A Tent featuring George Formby
42 ( 34 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
43 ( 35 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
44 ( 36 ) ANOTHER NIGHT MC Saar and The Real McCoy
45 ( 48 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
46 ( 39 ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC
47 ( 40 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
48 ( 43 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
49 ( 41 ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
50 ( NEW ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet

51 ( 51 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
52 ( 46 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
53 ( 53 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
54 ( 47 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
55 ( NEW ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
56 ( 56 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
57 ( 50 ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ and Duncan
58 ( 54 ) SENSE Terry Hall
59 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
60 ( 61 ) I’LL FIND YOU Michelle Gayle

61 ( 58 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
62 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
63 ( 63 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
64 ( NEW ) 7 SECONDS Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry
65 ( 74 ) SEARCHING China Black
66 ( 69 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 68 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
69 ( NEW ) GLORY BOX Portishead
70 ( 73 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

71 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 72 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
73 ( 52 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
74 ( 60 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
75 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville


8th January 1995

Oasis make it 2 weeks on top for my 37th birthday, hey whatever. Riverdance inexplicably goes top 5. Whatever. Glory Box is a glorious 61 place leap to 8 though, hooray for quality! However the highest new entry at 10 is really dodgy. No, honest, So Let Me Go Far and one I’ve utterly forgotten, but it’s Dodgy and that’s good enough for me if it’s good enough for you. Must have loved it though. Youtube awaits!

At 31, new for Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter, One Cool Remove from being country and folk, but nice anyway. Runrig are in at 30, with This Time Of Year, Scarlet go top 20, and in at 33 it’s the great pop dance delight of Strike…U Sure Do! Jimmy Somerville has a Heartbeat at 39 from 75, The Sounds Of Blackness return with a new track, declaring I’m Going All The Way from 49. Best of all Simple Minds at 55 return with the terrific She’s A River for a cool 14 years of chart entries. This was the tour I finally got to see them in concert, so yay for me! Finally Let Loose are back, twice, once with Seventeen reissued, at 75, and also with the better One Night Stand a bit higher at 65.

1 ( 1 ) WHATEVER Oasis
2 ( 4 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
3 ( 3 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
4 ( 2 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
5 ( 8 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
6 ( 5 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
7 ( 7 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
8 ( 69 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
9 ( 9 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
10 ( NEW ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy

11 ( 6 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
12 ( 18 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
13 ( 10 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
14 ( 20 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
15 ( 15 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
16 ( 11 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
17 ( 17 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
18 ( 50 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
19 ( 14 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
20 ( 13 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3

21 ( 19 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
22 ( 12 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
23 ( 27 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
24 ( 42 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
25 ( 21 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
26 ( 29 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
27 ( 23 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
28 ( 31 ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
29 ( 38 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
30 ( NEW ) THIS TIME OF YEAR Runrig

31 ( NEW ) ONE COOL REMOVE Shawn Colvin featuring Mary Chapin Carpenter
32 ( 16 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
33 ( NEW ) U SURE DO Strike
34 ( 39 ) CRAZY Eternal
35 ( 37 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
36 ( 34 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
37 ( 33 ) STARS China Black
38 ( 24 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
39 ( 75 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
40 ( 45 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses

41 ( 22 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
42 ( 46 ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC
43 ( 25 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
44 ( 35 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
45 ( 26 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
46 ( 55 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
47 ( 28 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
48 ( 30 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Might Morph’n Power Rangers
49 ( NEW ) I’M GOING ALL THE WAY The Sounds Of Blackness
50 ( 32 ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant

51 ( 40 ) CHRISTMAS WRAPPING Peaches
52 ( 36 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
53 ( 60 ) I’LL FIND YOU Michelle Gayle
54 ( 43 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
55 ( NEW ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
56 ( 53 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
57 ( 56 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( 41 ) WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS 2 In A Tent featuring George Formby
59 ( 48 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
60 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 44 ) ANOTHER NIGHT MC Saar and The Real McCoy
62 ( 51 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
63 ( 62 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
64 ( 61 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
65 ( NEW ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
66 ( 66 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 68 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
69 ( 64 ) 7 SECONDS Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry
70 ( 70 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

71 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 54 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
73 ( 52 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
74 ( 72 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
75 ( NEW ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose


15th January 1995

3 weeks at 1 for Oasis, as Riverdance hits 3. I’m shocked! Actual chart peak 3. I mean it’s nice, but let’s be honest, it’s the dancing – watch the video! The Lightning Seeds get a 3rd Top 5 hit, with Change at 4, while an Independent Scarlet hit 8. New Order add to their growing tally of Top 10’s with a track that never should have just been a B Side, 1963.

Highest new entry at 15 is Annie Lennox, now onto a covers album and she covers old friends A Lover Speaks 1986 minor UK hit (and big hit in my charts) No More I Love You’s, improves on it, and hopefully the royalties have helped them out ever since cos it’s fab. An unusual melody, but gorgeous, and it forever now reminds of later in 1995 when I was in an Orange Juice bar on Orchard Road in Singapore gasping for a drink in the heat and humidity, and this came out of the speakers. Pretty sure no-one else has those associations with the song!

In at 19, Massive Attack are back with a bang, with help from Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl, over a decade into her run of big hits in my charts, and what a mellow lovely atmospheric track it is too. Jimmy Somerville goes top 20, Simple Minds 30, Barry White 40, and in at 32 it’s Crush – With Eyeliner: aka REM’s glamrock Velvet Underground-ish rifftastic move away from the mainstream appeal of their more recent stuff, and it’s great.

We’ve also got the original version of the hideous 2014 dance remix of R. Kelly’s Bump ‘n’ Grind at 43 which wasn’t that bad before I went off him a bit. Tanita Tikaram’s back, I Might Be Crying but it’s been 7 years since she arrived with a bang, and then quickly faded out without ever deserving that. At 50, what the Deuce!? Call It Love, or call it pop. M People want to Open Your Heart at 53, but I’m opening my heart to the disco classic from 1977 that the Communards more or less were inspired by, and it’s back at 65 18 years on – Thelma Houston’s version of Don’t Leave Me This Way. The song was originally lined up to be Diana Ross’ follow-up to the still-epic Love Hangover in 1976, but Thelma got the big disco smash out of it instead. Best of all, the original 1975 Philly version of the Gamble & Huff song became a bigger hit in the UK for Harold Melvin And The Bluenotes, still my fave version.

1 ( 1 ) WHATEVER Oasis
2 ( 2 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
3 ( 5 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
4 ( 7 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
5 ( 3 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
6 ( 8 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
7 ( 18 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
8 ( 6 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
9 ( 9 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
10 ( 14 ) 1963 ’94 New Order

11 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
12 ( 17 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
13 ( 11 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
14 ( 10 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
15 ( NEW ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
16 ( 13 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
17 ( 12 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
18 ( 23 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
19 ( NEW ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
20 ( 39 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville

21 ( 16 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
22 ( 19 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
23 ( 26 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
24 ( 15 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
25 ( 29 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
26 ( 21 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
27 ( 55 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
28 ( 34 ) CRAZY Eternal
29 ( 35 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
30 ( 31 ) ONE COOL REMOVE Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter

31 ( 20 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
32 ( NEW ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
33 ( 22 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
34 ( 46 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
35 ( 24 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
36 ( 27 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
37 ( 40 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
38 ( 25 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
39 ( NEW ) WHERE’S YOUR LOVE BEEN Heliocentric World
40 ( 49 ) I’M GOING ALL THE WAY The Sounds Of Blackness

41 ( 37 ) STARS China Black
42 ( 36 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
43 ( NEW ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
44 ( 38 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
45 ( 65 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
46 ( 30 ) THIS TIME OF YEAR Runrig
47 ( NEW ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
48 ( 28 ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
49 ( 32 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
50 ( NEW ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce

51 ( 33 ) U SURE DO Strike
52 ( 43 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
53 ( NEW ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
54 ( 44 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
55 ( 45 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
56 ( 41 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( 56 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
59 ( 47 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 51 ) CHRISTMAS WRAPPING Peaches
62 ( 54 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
63 ( 48 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Might Morph’n Power Rangers
64 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
65 ( NEW ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY Thelma Houston
66 ( 59 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
67 ( 66 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
69 ( 50 ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
70 ( 68 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma

71 ( 70 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
72 ( 64 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
73 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 74 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
75 ( 62 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94


22nd January 1995

It’s the Human League at 1, at last, some 7 years since the last one, and their 9th in total in 15 years of chart entries. Hoorah, I still love them! Meanwhile my top 10 gets some street cred as Portishead hit 3 and New Order 6, not to mention Massive Attack at 9, their 3rd top 10. Meanwhile Deuce rocket up to 17 with another one of those tracks I haven’t heard in 20 years and have forgotten, and forgotten I liked! Dear oh dear!

Let Loose go top 40 with One Night Stand, I suppose we’ve all done that at one time or another. Let Loose, I mean. One Night Stand maybe, maybe not. Highest new entry is the great soul girl band TLC, jazzy, snazzy, sultry, it’s Creep at 28, a record that still sounds fresh and fabulous. Morrissey is in at 31 with Boxers. I have my tickets for next month for Mozza, hopefully he will be tip top. Donna Allen has another chart entry some years on from her first, this time it’s Real at 33, while in at 38, it’s Sleeper with Inbetweener.

R Kelly and The Sounds Of Blackness join in the 40 action, as does Thelma Houston doing it second time around 18 years on. Cyndi Lauper is back at 53, tackling a classic – I’m Gonna Be Strong is Gene Pitney’s torch song, his finest moment, and a dramatic anthem with a vocal performance that no-one could possibly top, but that doesn’t stop ol Cyn giving it a good go. Another cover brings Aswad back, and a good reggae version of the 1963 Betty Everett song You’re No Good, better known in the UK as a big hit for The Swinging Blue Jeans in 1964 (they were big enough for me to know them as a poptastic fave group age 6) before Linda Ronstadt covered it in 1975 and had a big US hit. I’d stick with the original soulful version though, with Aswad as the second-best choice.

Stevie Wonder’s back again, some 26 years on from For Once In My Life, at 58 it’s For Your Love. At 62, it’s another cover, of instrumental Soul Limbo, a 1969 instrumental hit for Booker T & The MG’s, better known as a TV cricket theme tune. It’s not as good, even with lyrics. Yet another cover version at 65 (of Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye’s hit cover of the Pearls minor hit version of the US 1972 original version from The Stylistics. This time it’s Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts, but I think there’s still room for a definitive version of the great song. At 66 it’s Nicki French and her version of Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 chart-topper, Total Eclipse Of The Heart. It’s not as good. That concludes the covers, leaving only Jim Carrey and Cuban Pete at 71 for one week only. He did The Truman Show, though, so I forgive him.

1 ( 2 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
2 ( 1 ) WHATEVER Oasis
3 ( 6 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
4 ( 7 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
5 ( 3 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
6 ( 10 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
7 ( 4 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
8 ( 5 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
9 ( 19 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
10 ( 8 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex

11 ( 12 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
12 ( 20 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
13 ( 15 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
14 ( 13 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
15 ( 9 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
16 ( 27 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
17 ( 50 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
18 ( 18 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
19 ( 23 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
20 ( 11 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey

21 ( 25 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
22 ( 45 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
23 ( 21 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
24 ( 24 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
25 ( 37 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
26 ( 17 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
27 ( 14 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
28 ( NEW ) CREEP TLC
29 ( 34 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
30 ( 16 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

31 ( NEW ) BOXERS Morrissey
32 ( 32 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
33 ( NEW ) REAL Donna Allen
34 ( 22 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
35 ( 35 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
36 ( 40 ) I’M GOING ALL THE WAY The Sounds Of Blackness
37 ( 43 ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
38 ( NEW ) INBETWEENER Sleeper
39 ( 65 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY Thelma Houston
40 ( 26 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan

41 ( 41 ) STARS China Black
42 ( 36 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
43 ( 53 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
44 ( 44 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
45 ( 42 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
46 ( 38 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
47 ( 47 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
48 ( 33 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
49 ( 31 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
50 ( 30 ) ONE COOL REMOVE Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter

51 ( 28 ) CRAZY Eternal
52 ( 29 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
53 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
54 ( NEW ) LET IT LAST Carleen Anderson
55 ( 52 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
56 ( 39 ) WHERE’S YOUR LOVE BEEN Heliocentric World
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( NEW ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
59 ( NEW ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 58 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
62 ( NEW ) SAVED Mr. Roy
63 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
64 ( 55 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
65 ( NEW ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts
66 ( NEW ) TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART Nicki French
67 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 68 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
69 ( 70 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
70 ( 66 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow

71 ( NEW ) CUBAN PETE Jim Carrey
72 ( 71 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
73 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 59 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
75 ( 49 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi


29th January 1995

Another new number one, and it’s Portishead and the fab Glory Box. No video as I’ve already featured it in previous weeks, just to not make it obvious what’s always going to top my chart by praising a record and then not featuring the youtube link! Hah! Scarlet meanwhile get the runners-up spot, as Bob Seger returns to my chart 17 years later, and way out-does the first-time-round as it bangs in at 6, rather surprisingly, as I wasn’t too fussed about it in 1978, and these days, but for a time I really did like it – apparently!

Annie Lennox gets another solo top 10, as Let Loose get a second or third (I forget), and Sting goes to a new peak with his Cowboy Song as Pato Banton turns up and lends some reggae vibes. REM crush some eyeliner at 20, and quite right too. M People go top 40 as Open Your Heart hits 23, and Tanita Tikaram 24, while The Wildhearts return with two delightfully-titled songs: If Life Is Like A Love Bank I Want An Overdraft and B side Georgie In Wonderland as played on Top Of The Pops. Just behind is another cowboy song, Cowboy Dreams, Jimmy Nail’s great version of Paddy McAloon’s donated song, before he released an even better version himself as Prefab Sprout in 2001. 10 years on in 1995, the Sprouts seemed to have been spat out by the music industry quite unfairly.

In at 33 it’s a Perfecto remix and redesign of Pigbag’s 1982 instrumental hit Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag, retitled Reach Up with added vocals and dance, and rather good it is too. I was rather surprised to hear this one in a superstore on Orchard Road in Singapore later in the year, I didn’t think Singapore was that into dance music! Talking of dance N Trance join that annoying obsession with the capital N (Entrance having druggy refs but avoiding everyone calling them an entrance). Oh did I used to laugh at everyone applying this principle in the UK to ‘NSync, radio, TV, DJ’s, everyone got it wrong. En-sink made no sense at all, In synch did. Hey ho. Set You Free was one of those pop dance hits that just kept on coming back when once was more than adequate for a decent dance track.

Madonna has a bedtime story at 57 – how sweet, Dear Jessie kiddie-candy I’m sure. Oh hang on, didn’t she do some big photo books at that time, with a naughty album, ah of course, grown-up bedtime stories. Dear Jessie was much better. Another under-rated 80’s fave returns at 61, The The having seen the 1948 Hank Williams country light and turned it into a rocking light! Hooray! Also back, Del Amitri, Here And Now, and with a few years wait for an actual number one chart-topper in my charts.

Gloria Estefan covers another classic at 66, disco-style, a song that once upon a time was in the charts every few years with yet another cover – Everlasting Love, starting with the original US hit version from Robert Knight, followed by the UK number one hit version by The Love Affair, both of them immaculate. Since then: 1969, 1974, 1981, 1988, 1993, 1995, with 1998 and 2004 still to come, so if anyone wants a chart hit it’s been overdue for about 4 years! Lastly, China Black are back to try for that hat-trick of number ones, I can almost see them (Somewhere) at 71, boy band Ultimate Kaos are at 73, not one of Simon Cowell’s biggest acts that one, and Singapore’s classical Vanessa Mae brings Toccata and Fugue class into the charts. I liked her.

1 ( 3 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
2 ( 4 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
3 ( 1 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
4 ( 2 ) WHATEVER Oasis
5 ( 5 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
6 ( NEW ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
7 ( 13 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
8 ( 6 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
9 ( 9 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
10 ( 22 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose

11 ( 7 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
12 ( 12 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
13 ( 10 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
14 ( 24 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
15 ( 16 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
16 ( 8 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
17 ( 17 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
18 ( 14 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
19 ( 28 ) CREEP TLC
20 ( 32 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM

21 ( 15 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
22 ( 18 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
23 ( 43 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
24 ( 47 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
25 ( NEW ) IF LIFE IS LIKE A LOVE BANK I WANT AN OVERDRAFT/ GEORDIE IN WONDERLAND The Wildhearts
26 ( NEW ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
27 ( 11 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
28 ( 29 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
29 ( 23 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
30 ( 38 ) INBETWEENER Sleeper

31 ( 20 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
32 ( 19 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
33 ( NEW ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
34 ( 27 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
35 ( 37 ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
36 ( 31 ) BOXERS Morrissey
37 ( 35 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
38 ( 21 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
39 ( 26 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
40 ( 65 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts

41 ( 41 ) STARS China Black
42 ( 25 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
43 ( 34 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
44 ( 30 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
45 ( 39 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY Thelma Houston
46 ( 42 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
47 ( 58 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
48 ( 45 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
49 ( NEW ) SET YOU FREE N Trance
50 ( 59 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad

51 ( 33 ) REAL Donna Allen
52 ( 40 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
53 ( 53 ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
54 ( 44 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
55 ( 48 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
56 ( 49 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
57 ( NEW ) BEDTIME STORIES Madonna
58 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
59 ( 36 ) I’M GOING ALL THE WAY The Sounds Of Blackness
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( NEW ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The
62 ( 46 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
63 ( NEW ) HERE AND NOW Del Amitri
64 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 55 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
66 ( NEW ) EVERLASTING LOVE Gloria Estefan
67 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 68 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
69 ( 69 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
70 ( 61 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona

71 ( NEW ) ALMOST SEE YOU (SOMEWHERE) China Black
72 ( 72 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
73 ( NEW ) HOOCHIE BOOTY Ultimate Kaos
74 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
75 ( NEW ) TOCCATA AND FUGUE Vanessa Mae

My 1994 Charts – December

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4th December 1994

2 weeks for Kylie on top as the christmas new entries (actual NEW christmas songs) keep a coming, but the biggest challenger is in at 2 for Cliff’s double A side. Actually, not so much a double A side as a new Everly Brothers cover piggy-backing on the brilliant breathy 1976 single that changed everything for Cliff, and started off a run of credibility that lasted about 10 years. The gorgeous Miss You Nights was under-appreciated by me first time round, but justice is served and it’s in at 2. 26 years of big hits and counting…

The big news is Mariah Carey, generally a shrieking harpy with no subtlety to speak of, manages to add to her short list of great hits (Fantasy, Dreamlover) with a 3rd self-written retro instantly classic-sounding christmas song as All I Want For Christmas enters at 19. Of course, once downloads started counting towards charts it became an annual visitor to the top 20 charts in the UK (and the US top 50), and hearing it endlessly for 20 years without relief for one single christmas has rubbed some of the charm off, but it is a bonafide christmas classic.

The other xmas song is Bon Jovi’s bloated version of Please Come Home For Christmas at 47, thanks mostly to the great song, cos I will take both the original 1959 Charles Brown original or the 1979 Eagles cover over this much more famous version. Jon Bon Jovi, despite being a handsome devil, and having got backstage at a live gig in Bournemouth, tends to sound as if he’s straining too much, and that can only lead to hemorrhoids! Talking of piles, Rednex pop in with some Scandinavian hee-haw country pop, Cotton Eye Joe getting the dance treatment, and it IS genuinely intentionally funny, not to mention catchy, so I forgive it and love it. Even though I know I shouldn’t.

At 28, the Human League are back with an on-form bang with Tell Me When 4 years since they last had a minor UK hit (and number 2 popchartfreak hit) and 14 years since first charting with a Gary Glitter cover. A new boyband cover an old boyband, fortunately the Johnny Bristol song is strong enough to cope with the less-good cover and it enters at 29 for Boyzone, actually already outdoing the original Osmonds version of Love Me For A Reason, which is one I sniffed my nose at in 1974 when I was too cool for boybands anymore, but which is actually harmonically and melodically pretty damn fine.

At 31 it’s Elkie Brooks. Actually it’s her 1977 hit song butchered and repeated rather a lot, a template for some modern dance pop hits which avoid superfluous choruses, lyrics, vocals and bridges at all costs, and bung in a crap quick rap instead and add little else of much interest. Not against that in principle, just when it’s done badly. This one’s not bad. Another soul boyband return, BoyzIImen at 37. On bended knee, they were starting to sound a bit samey by now and it was wearing thin. To be honest it was pretty thin to begin with, despite a number one with End Of The Road and a couple of other good Top 10 singles. After the record-breaking (for tediousness) run forever atop the US singles chart Hot 100 in 1994 all they needed was months on top with Mariah Carey warbling away in duet to make me loathe them. Happily I’m sure neither party would be that cruel would they?

Others: a genre-varied bunch of new entries actually; grungy Pearl Jam, Under The Bridge Chili Pepper cover from The Flying Pickets, back after 11 years (!!), Youssou N’Dour, Carter, Bomb The Bass and Robert Palmer. And C.J. Lewis. Try and find a unifying theme there, I challenge it!

1 ( 1 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
2 ( NEW ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard
3 ( 2 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
4 ( 3 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
5 ( 5 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
6 ( 4 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
7 ( 13 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
8 ( 8 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
9 ( 10 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
10 ( 7 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly

11 ( 17 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
12 ( 6 ) STARS China Black
13 ( 18 ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
14 ( 14 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
15 ( 11 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
16 ( 9 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
17 ( 28 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
18 ( 19 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
19 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
20 ( 16 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur

21 ( 33 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
22 ( NEW ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
23 ( 15 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
24 ( 25 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
25 ( 12 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush
26 ( 21 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
27 ( 24 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
28 ( NEW ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
29 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
30 ( 20 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass

31 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN New Atlantic
32 ( 50 ) (I’M GONNA) CRY MYSELF BLIND Primal Scream
33 ( 23 ) SENSE Terry Hall
34 ( 22 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
35 ( 29 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
36 ( 37 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
37 ( NEW ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIImen
38 ( 26 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
39 ( 56 ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor
40 ( 42 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross

41 ( 30 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
42 ( NEW ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
43 ( 31 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
44 ( 43 ) OH BABY I Eternal
45 ( 27 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
46 ( 75 ) OUT OF TEARS The Rolling Stones
47 ( NEW ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
48 ( 46 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
49 ( 32 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELIN’ AGAIN The Carpenters
50 ( 35 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting

51 ( 39 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
52 ( 41 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
53 ( 49 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
54 ( 40 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
55 ( 38 ) THIS DJ Warren G
56 ( 36 ) GOSP LWS
57 ( 53 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( NEW ) DARKSTAR Bomb The Bass
59 ( 34 ) EVERY WOMAN KNOWS Lulu
60 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( NEW ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
62 ( NEW ) LET’S GET TATTOOS Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
63 ( 62 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
64 ( NEW ) SPIN THE BLACK CIRCLE Pearl Jam
65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 63 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
67 ( 66 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 72 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
69 ( 67 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
70 ( 69 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( NEW ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
72 ( NEW ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour
73 ( 74 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 70 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
75 ( NEW ) UNDER THE BRIDGE The Flying Pickets


11th December 1994

3 weeks for Kylie on top in slow-moving pre-xmas chart. Mariah shoots up to 4 and Celine to 6, both future actual Million sellers in the UK, while 2wo third3 and their annoyingly jumbled name rocket up to 9 from a quiet 42 new entry with I Want To Alone. Ooooh Greta Garbo getyouuuu. It’s campy ’94-sounding dancepop with 80’s roots, not bad. Bon Jovi meanwhile warble up to 19 about coming home for christmas.

The Stone Roses and The Rolling Stones both go top 40, while a mellow Bomb The Bass take their reggae Dark Heart to 27, and Robert Palmer has 16 years of chart hits at 37, really? You blow me away! Youssou N’Dour meanwhile hooks up with Neneh Cherry again, and throws in Deep Forest into the bargain, though I remain Undecided at 46. Need I mention The Power Rangers? Good, thought not. 50. Mike Oldfield sneaks in with a bit of new age at 74, Hibernaculum, giving him a cool 20 years of hits since Tubular Bells hit my number one spot, the only album to qualify for my singles charts, apart from Hergest Ridge. Also Oldfield.

1 ( 1 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
2 ( 2 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS Cliff Richard
3 ( 3 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
4 ( 19 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
5 ( 4 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
6 ( 17 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
7 ( 9 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
8 ( 8 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
9 ( 42 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
10 ( 6 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order

11 ( 5 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
12 ( 7 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
13 ( 10 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
14 ( 11 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
15 ( 12 ) STARS China Black
16 ( 18 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
17 ( 14 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
18 ( 29 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
19 ( 47 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
20 ( 15 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins

21 ( 22 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
22 ( 16 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
23 ( 13 ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
24 ( 69 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
25 ( 26 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
26 ( 20 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
27 ( 58 ) DARK HEART Bomb The Bass
28 ( 28 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
29 ( 23 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
30 ( 37 ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIImen

31 ( 31 ) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN New Atlantic
32 ( 21 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
33 ( 54 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
34 ( 39 ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor
35 ( 24 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
36 ( 27 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
37 ( 61 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
38 ( 71 ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
39 ( 30 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass
40 ( 46 ) OUT OF TEARS The Rolling Stones

41 ( 34 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
42 ( 33 ) SENSE Terry Hall
43 ( 25 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush
44 ( 32 ) (I’M GONNA) CRY MYSELF BLIND Primal Scream
45 ( 38 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
46 ( 72 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
47 ( 35 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
48 ( 41 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
49 ( 44 ) OH BABY I Eternal
50 ( NEW ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Power Rangers

51 ( 40 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross
52 ( 52 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
53 ( 43 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
54 ( 48 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
55 ( 53 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
56 ( 36 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( RE ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
59 ( 50 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( NEW ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC
62 ( 45 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
63 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON As We Speak
64 ( NEW ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ and Duncan
65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 66 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 51 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
69 ( 63 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
70 ( 70 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( 49 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELIN’ AGAIN The Carpenters
72 ( NEW ) YABBA DABBA DO Darkman
73 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( NEW ) HIBERNACULUM Mike Oldfield
75 ( 74 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal


18th December 1994

Cliff’s 1976 classic finally gets to the top 18 years late, but then Miss You Nights was up against Bo Rap, Mamma Mia, Evil Woman, December 63 and others so it stood no chance! It’s his 4th Number one, and a span of 24 years, though he would have had others in the 60’s. Lower down, Cotton Eye Joe shoots his way up to 7, he got married a long time ago, where did he come from where did he go? Better ask Rednex! Bon Jovi meanwhile cover xmas up to 8, for a second top 10 hit of the year 8 years of chart entries on, as The Carpenters do an about-turn and rocket up to 9 giving them over 24 years of top 10’s since Close To You hit 1 in 1970.

I have no memory of Boyzone making my top 10 with Love Me For A Reason, but there it is, staring me in the face, I actually did like the soft-shuffle version after all! Human League go top 20, and highest new entry is Riverdance. Yes, things Oirish, and dancin’ were all the rigid-armed vogue, and it was refreshingly different for a time. A short time. At 25, Oasis dismiss the memory of the previous “whatever” single, with an actual Beatlestasticish classic: Whatever! Fab! Meanwhile The Stone Roses go top 20, as the Rolling Stones drop, to be replaced by Guns ‘n’ Roses version of their Sympathy For The Devil at 50.

Watch out, cos here comes the hotstepper, murderer, an american gangster – no it’s not it’s Ini Kamoze at 30, just ahead of Led Zeppelin at 32 with Gallows Pole. Well, as good as, really, 50% is better than none and it’s a cover of the 100% Led Zep. The late Joe Cocker enters at 36, with Let The Healing Begin, and the fab Lightning Seeds are all Change at 38. Even more unlikely than Riverdance, it’s George Formby When I’m Cleaning Windows, missus, at 45 courtesy of 2 In A Tent cheesy dance version. At 56, Siouxsie and The Banshees still have it, 16 years on from Hong Kong Garden, O Baby!

1 ( 2 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS Cliff Richard
2 ( 3 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
3 ( 1 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
4 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
5 ( 6 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
6 ( 9 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
7 ( 21 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
8 ( 19 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
9 ( 71 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
10 ( 18 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

11 ( 5 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
12 ( 11 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
13 ( 8 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
14 ( 28 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
15 ( 10 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
16 ( 13 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
17 ( 7 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
18 ( 24 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
19 ( 12 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
20 ( 14 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D

21 ( NEW ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
22 ( 15 ) STARS China Black
23 ( 50 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Power Rangers
24 ( 37 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
25 ( NEW ) WHATEVER Oasis
26 ( 20 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
27 ( 16 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
28 ( 17 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
29 ( 22 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
30 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze

31 ( 27 ) DARKSTAR Bomb The Bass
32 ( NEW ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
33 ( 25 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
34 ( 29 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
35 ( 38 ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
36 ( NEW ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
37 ( 26 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
38 ( NEW ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
39 ( 23 ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
40 ( 61 ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC

41 ( 33 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
42 ( 34 ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor
43 ( 36 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
44 ( 32 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
45 ( NEW ) WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS 2 In A Tent featuring George Formby
46 ( 31 ) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN New Atlantic
47 ( 35 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
48 ( 41 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
49 ( 30 ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIImen
50 ( NEW ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses

51 ( 39 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass
52 ( 42 ) SENSE Terry Hall
53 ( 52 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
54 ( 44 ) (I’M GONNA) CRY MYSELF BLIND Primal Scream
55 ( 45 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
56 ( NEW ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( 55 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 64 ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ and Duncan
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 40 ) OUT OF TEARS The Rolling Stones
62 ( 46 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
63 ( 48 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
64 ( NEW ) I’LL FIND YOU Michelle Gayle
65 ( 53 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
66 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 66 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
69 ( NEW ) CRAZY Eternal
70 ( 70 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NIGHT Whigfield
72 ( 69 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
73 ( NEW ) TEXAN COWBOYS The Grid
74 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
75 ( 75 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal


25th December 1994

The Christmas number one is the unthinkable – Mariah Carey tops my chart, who would have thought!? A great record though, even holding off the terrific Madonna at 2 for yet another week. In at 4 it’s a double A oldie, both equally marvellous, the never-big-but-soon-to-be-classic feel-good perennial christmas song from 1988 Driving Home For Christmas, making my top 10 for the second time, and Chris Rea’s heartbreakingly touching Tell Me There’s A Heaven. His two best records together.

The rest of the chart is fairly quiet, though Human League go top 10, Lightning Seeds go top 20, and Sting enters at 29 with This Cowboy Song – and it’s not a depressing ballad! Wow! The days of The Police were over a decade earlier, and Sting just failed to excite for the most part afterwards. Anything with a bit of vitality was a relief! At 30, it’s a cover of another xmas perennial from The Peaches, a pretty good but identical cover of The Waitresses 1981 flop.

1 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
2 ( 2 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
3 ( 3 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
4 ( NEW ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
5 ( 1 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS Cliff Richard
6 ( 7 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
7 ( 14 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
8 ( 5 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
9 ( 6 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
10 ( 10 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

11 ( 21 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
12 ( 8 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
13 ( 12 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
14 ( 38 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
15 ( 9 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
16 ( 13 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
17 ( 25 ) WHATEVER Oasis
18 ( 11 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
19 ( 24 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
20 ( 23 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Power Rangers

21 ( 15 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
22 ( 16 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
23 ( 20 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
24 ( 19 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
25 ( 17 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
26 ( 22 ) STARS China Black
27 ( 30 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
28 ( 18 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
29 ( NEW ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
30 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Peaches

31 ( 29 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
32 ( 32 ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
33 ( 36 ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
34 ( 26 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
35 ( 28 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
36 ( 33 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
37 ( 45 ) WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS 2 In A Tent featuring George Formby
38 ( NEW ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
39 ( 40 ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC
40 ( 27 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins

41 ( 35 ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
42 ( 69 ) CRAZY Eternal
43 ( 34 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
44 ( 31 ) DARKSTAR Bomb The Bass
45 ( 56 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
46 ( 37 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
47 ( 43 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
48 ( 50 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
49 ( 39 ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
50 ( 59 ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ and Duncan

51 ( 48 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
52 ( 41 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
53 ( 53 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
54 ( 52 ) SENSE Terry Hall
55 ( 44 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
56 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
57 ( 47 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
58 ( 58 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
60 ( 55 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South

61 ( 64 ) I’LL FIND YOU Michelle Gayle
62 ( 46 ) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN New Atlantic
63 ( 63 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
64 ( 51 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass
65 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 71 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Whigfield
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 68 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
69 ( 70 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
70 ( 65 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks

71 ( 74 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 72 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
73 ( 75 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
74 ( RE ) SEARCHING China Black
75 ( 42 ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor