My 1994 Charts – November

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6th November 1994

It’s an unexpected unheard track from Abba, under 2 minutes long, that gets them another Number One, their 4th since their initial run of singles ended in 1983, and in doing so giving them an unbroken run of chart-toppers since 1976 when Mamma Mia hit the top, plus Waterloo in 1974. It’s short and very sweet, and takes the best bits from a less-good extended version of the song. I was just over-joyed to have an Abba song I didn’t know from their abruptly-ended late period…

Terrorvision and Aerosmith bring some rock into the 10, while various veteran rock artists invade the 20: Clapton, Sting, Elton, Pink Floyd, and errr Eternal. Pink Floyd get their first top 20 hit since Another Brick In The Wall 15 years earlier, Keep talkin’ being the better of the two tracks, almost classic Dark Side Of The Wall Floyd-sounding. Big moves for Brand New Heavies funky retro jazz Spend Some Time up at 24, while 1969 Bond Theme flop finally gets to be a hit thanks to an advert: We Have All The Time In The World belatedly gives the great Louis Armstrong a hit, he was a big star when I was a child and I remember hearing he’d died in 1970, What A Wonderful World being a classic fave in particular, but just missing out on my charts starting by 6 months. In at 35, and still fab.

At 36, Donna Summer has a very 90’s-sounding dance top 40 new hit to stretch her run back to 1976 – though not as classic sounding, her voice is still great. Oasis get that third Top 40 hit as Fags and Booze T.Rex riff-nicker sneaks in at last, while Kylie’s back, and with a just goooooorgeous ballad, complete with gravity-defying space-capsule ballet video for Put Yourself In My Place, her best record to date in what was becoming a shockingly long run of great pop singles. M People also are back with a nifty catchy soulpop track, well they sure are a sight for sore eyes at 51! Finally, sneaking in, Kate Bush, And So Is Love, one I’d forgotten, an understated ballad with rock guitar moments.

1 ( 5 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
2 ( 1 ) STARS China Black
3 ( 2 ) GOSP LWS
4 ( 6 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
5 ( 7 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
6 ( 9 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
7 ( 3 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
8 ( 4 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
9 ( 17 ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
10 ( 11 ) CRAZY Aerosmith

11 ( 18 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
12 ( 13 ) SENSE Terry Hall
13 ( 8 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
14 ( 12 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
15 ( 10 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
16 ( 16 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
17 ( 25 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
18 ( 15 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
19 ( 26 ) KEEP TALKIN’/ HIGH HOPES Pink Floyd
20 ( 30 ) OH BABY I Eternal

21 ( 14 ) SLY Massive Attack
22 ( 22 ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
23 ( 33 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
24 ( 59 ) SPEND SOME TIME Brand New Heavies
25 ( 28 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
26 ( 47 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
27 ( 37 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
28 ( 44 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
29 ( 20 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
30 ( 21 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton

31 ( 19 ) SECRET Madonna
32 ( 23 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
33 ( 27 ) CONNECTION Elastica
34 ( 24 ) STEAM East 17
35 ( NEW ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
36 ( 52 ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
37 ( 40 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
38 ( 32 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER PJ and Duncan
39 ( 29 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
40 ( 51 ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis

41 ( 31 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
42 ( 36 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
43 ( 39 ) STAY (I MISSED YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
44 ( NEW ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
45 ( 34 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
46 ( 35 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
47 ( 49 ) SURE Take That
48 ( 48 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 38 ) NEW BORN FRIEND Seal
50 ( 58 ) BANG AND BLAME REM

51 ( NEW ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
52 ( 45 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN The Red Hots
53 ( 75 ) OUT OF THE SINKING Paul Weller
54 ( 43 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
55 ( 53 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
56 ( NEW ) NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS Salt ‘n’ Pepa
57 ( 50 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
58 ( RE ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
59 ( NEW ) MOVE IT UP Capella
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 55 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
62 ( NEW ) THIS DJ Warren G
63 ( 56 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
64 ( 64 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
65 ( 62 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
66 ( 72 ) YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY Chris Rea
67 ( 70 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 68 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
69 ( 73 ) SOME GIRLS Ultimate Kaos
70 ( NEW ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush

71 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 41 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
73 ( 46 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
74 ( 61 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
75 ( 54 ) “977” The Pretenders


13th November 1994

New Order’s 1987 classic finally gets them that elusive chart-topper after 14 years of trying, more or less, as True Faith (remixed and not destroyed) bounces up on top. It’s a great record. Also bouncing back, a future world hit from Edwyn Collins reaches a new peak of 4 with the brilliant A Girl Like You. Terry hall also takes his Sense back into the top 10, not quite as good as the Lightning Seeds chart-topper with his duet version, but pretty good.

Louis Armstrong, leaps his world to 10, the Real McCoy go top 20 again with another dance track, Sheryl Crow gets her first meanwhile, as Kylie goes Top 40 )of course she does!). Highest new entry is another oldie, this time Sandie Shaw’s flop single Nothing Less Than Brilliant, which still flopped second-time around, both times very undeservedly! Written by Sandie and her 60’s songwriter Chris Andrews, it’s very Lloyd Cole and The Smiths, and fab.

Warren G gets a second laid-back rap top 40 hit, while highest-placed newest song to enter is Echo And The Bunnymen – more or less – with Zephyr at 44, known here as Electrafixion. At 58, Blur keep the hits coming with the under-rated End Of A Century, while Luther Vandross covers Stephen Stills Love The One You’re With. Not only is it not anywhere near as good, it’s also not anywhere as good as Bucks Fizz’ mid-80’s version. Lulu’s back to add another entry to her 26 year span of varied hits, at 62 with a little help from Kim Wilde, while Suede slide in at 71 with The Wild Ones.

1 ( 7 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
2 ( 2 ) STARS China Black
3 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
4 ( 13 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
5 ( 6 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
6 ( 5 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
7 ( 4 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
8 ( 3 ) GOSP LWS
9 ( 12 ) SENSE Terry Hall
10 ( 35 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong

11 ( 11 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
12 ( 17 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
13 ( 27 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
14 ( 8 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
15 ( 23 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
16 ( 15 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
17 ( 37 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
18 ( 9 ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
19 ( 20 ) OH BABY I Eternal
20 ( 24 ) SPEND SOME TIME Brand New Heavies

21 ( 28 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
22 ( 26 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
23 ( 14 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
24 ( 10 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
25 ( 36 ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
26 ( 18 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
27 ( 44 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
28 ( 25 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
29 ( 16 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
30 ( 47 ) SURE Take That

31 ( NEW ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
32 ( 22 ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
33 ( 31 ) SECRET Madonna
34 ( 30 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton
35 ( 62 ) THIS DJ Warren G
36 ( 66 ) YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY Chris Rea
37 ( 21 ) SLY Massive Attack
38 ( 19 ) KEEP TALKIN’/ HIGH HOPES Pink Floyd
39 ( 32 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 51 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People

41 ( 29 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
42 ( 34 ) STEAM East 17
43 ( 38 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER PJ and Duncan
44 ( NEW ) ZEPHYR Electrafixion (ian McCulloch)
45 ( 53 ) OUT OF THE SINKING Paul Weller
46 ( 39 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
47 ( 50 ) BANG AND BLAME REM
48 ( 41 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
49 ( 42 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
50 ( 70 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush

51 ( 57 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
52 ( 56 ) NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS Salt ‘n’ Pepa
53 ( 48 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
54 ( 43 ) STAY (I MISSED YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
55 ( 58 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
56 ( 33 ) CONNECTION Elastica
57 ( 55 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
58 ( NEW ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
59 ( 45 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( NEW ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross
62 ( NEW ) EVERY WOMAN KNOWS Lulu
63 ( 40 ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis
64 ( 64 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
65 ( 46 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
66 ( 65 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
67 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 68 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
69 ( 61 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
70 ( 52 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN The Red Hots

71 ( NEW ) THE WILD ONES Suede
72 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
73 ( 54 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
74 ( NEW ) SMALL BIT OF LOVE The Saw Doctors
75 ( 74 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds


20th November 1994

It’s an instant number one for Madonna with her classy, melodic fab ballad Take A Bow, her first number one for 2 years and that’s over a dozen in total 10 years into her chart career. A huge American Number One I was utterly mystified how this became her first Top 10 flop in the UK, lost in the xmas ballad rush. Kylie meanwhile is another career diva on ballad form as Put Yourself In My Place shoots up to 9, and Sheryl Crow gets her first top 10, well it’s all I wanna do…!

Big leaps from low to just outside the 10 from Blur and Kate Bush, keeping the artier side of pop present and correct, while Snap hit a new peak after oscillating wildly, at 15. Rozalla keeps her string of hits coming at 20, Sandie Shaw returns to the 40, and new in at 27 it’s a xmas classic from East 17, Stay Another Day? Stay another 20 years more like! Teddy Pendergrass (despite the remix from consistently not-great KWS) gets a welcome chart return 21 years after his run of Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes soul classics, almost all of them more famous in inferior cover versions – especially his definitive passionate original of Don’t Leave Me This Way – and years after being paralysed in a car crash. The More I Get The More I Want is a 1977 track.

Urge Overkill enter at 30 with a moody cover of Neil Diamond’s Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon, starting the reappraisal of his fabulous song back catalogue and wiping away the memories of the MOR years. Talking of MOR, the ultimate easy-listening group return at 32, even though poor much-missed Karen had been gone 11 years by then, with unreleased track Tryin’ To Get The Feelin’ Again. The Carpenters, often the object of rock loathing in their heyday, just kept on with the quality pop and in the end Cool became cool again, and there they have stayed. REM and Lulu got top 40, Sophie B. Hawkins has a good follow-up at 45 – Don’t Don’t Tell Me No! Billie Ray Martin, ex-Electribe 101, debuts at 75, and you better think twice…yes it’s Celine Dion, years after Eurovision and 6 years after debuting in my charts, in at 71 with the record that made her massive – eventually. It took months to top the UK charts, and was written by Hill and Sinfield: yes, former King Crimson, ex-Eurovision winning songwriters for Bucks Fizz who wrote and produced a long run of varied and classy pop singles for Bucks Fizz for almost a decade, until they got fed up with diminishing returns and lack of critical respect, and moved over to big divas instead: that’ll be Cher and Dion then…

1 ( NEW ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
2 ( 2 ) STARS China Black
3 ( 1 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
4 ( 3 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
5 ( 5 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
6 ( 10 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
7 ( 4 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
8 ( 6 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
9 ( 27 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
10 ( 15 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow

11 ( 58 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
12 ( 50 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush
13 ( 13 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
14 ( 17 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
15 ( 28 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
16 ( 7 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
17 ( 8 ) GOSP LWS
18 ( 21 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
19 ( 22 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
20 ( 9 ) SENSE Terry Hall

21 ( 14 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
22 ( 35 ) THIS DJ Warren G
23 ( 12 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
24 ( 16 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
25 ( 11 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
26 ( 31 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
27 ( NEW ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
28 ( 19 ) OH BABY I Eternal
29 ( NEW ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass
30 ( NEW ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill

31 ( 26 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
32 ( NEW ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELIN’ AGAIN The Carpenters
33 ( 40 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
34 ( 47 ) BANG AND BLAME REM
35 ( 23 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
36 ( 24 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
37 ( 52 ) NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS Salt ‘n’ Pepa
38 ( 62 ) EVERY WOMAN KNOWS Lulu
39 ( 18 ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
40 ( 44 ) ZEPHYR Electrafixion (ian McCulloch)

41 ( 25 ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
42 ( 29 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
43 ( 20 ) SPEND SOME TIME Brand New Heavies
44 ( 39 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
45 ( NEW ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
46 ( 33 ) SECRET Madonna
47 ( 61 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross
48 ( 34 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton
49 ( 46 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
50 ( 71 ) THE WILD ONES Suede

51 ( 49 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
52 ( 51 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
53 ( 41 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
54 ( 55 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
55 ( 32 ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
56 ( 48 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
57 ( 36 ) YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY Chris Rea
58 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
59 ( 37 ) SLY Massive Attack
60 ( 59 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi

61 ( 57 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
62 ( 42 ) STEAM East 17
63 ( NEW ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
64 ( 68 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 64 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
66 ( 53 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
67 ( 54 ) STAY (I MISSED YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
68 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 66 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
70 ( 30 ) SURE Take That

71 ( NEW ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
72 ( 38 ) KEEP TALKIN’/ HIGH HOPES Pink Floyd
73 ( 72 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 43 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER PJ and Duncan
75 ( NEW ) YOUR LOVING ARMS Billie Ray Martin

27th November 1994

Kylie knocks off Madonna after only one week on top, that’s how much I loved Put Yourself In My Place and her first number one. Gorgeous! Very much in a pre-xmas ballad groove over-all in fact, as East 17 leap to a Stay Another Day 3, Louis goes top 5, and highest new entry at 8 is Gloria Estefan with a 50’s ballad cover, the lovely Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me originally a US 1952 hit.

Load of other high new entries invade the chart, too, with Erasure at 10 with I Love Saturday. Well, don’t we all! 8 years of regular Top 10’s for Erasure, 13 years for Vince Clarke. Actor Jimmy Nail had a 1992 number one with the terrific Ain’t No Doubt 7 years after getting Rose Royce lyrics wrong on his cover of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore. Now dabbling with country, he snaps in with Crocodile Shoes at 13. Baby D at 17 and a future UK chart-topper, cos it’s a a great dance track – Let Me Be Your Fantasy, indeed.

Roxette drop in at 18, and those top 20 hits just seem to keep coming for them, 6 years and counting as they run to you. Sophie B. Hawkins gets a 5th top 20 entry, Celine Dion rapidly asserts herself at 28, not even thinking twice, and Jamiroquai slips in at 33 half the man he will be when his career really gets going. Janet Jackson also ponders, you want this? Not as much your earlier singles, dear, is the answer (though love that Love Child sample, now that’s a classic Diana Ross & The Supremes record). The final top 40 new entry is Joni Mitchell, back after a break, and 20 years after her first run of chart hits (in my charts at any rate), along with Seal, man of the moment.

Others: Primal Scream cry themselves blind at 50, Jaki Graham covers Rufus and Chaka Khan, Ain’t Nobody else done that. Not. Sinead O’Connor is feeling grateful at 56, the Rolling Stones return at 75 out of tears, while the more recent and absent other Stones (Roses) come back with a limp spreading love at 67. That leaves only Ace Of Base living in danger with a slice of reggae pop preferable to more venerated artists, so I’ll link that one instead!

1 ( 9 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
2 ( 1 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
3 ( 27 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
4 ( 3 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
5 ( 6 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
6 ( 2 ) STARS China Black
7 ( 5 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
8 ( NEW ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
9 ( 4 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
10 ( NEW ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure

11 ( 7 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
12 ( 12 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush
13 ( NEW ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
14 ( 8 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
15 ( 10 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
16 ( 11 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
17 ( NEW ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
18 ( NEW ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
19 ( 45 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
20 ( 29 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass

21 ( 13 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
22 ( 16 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
23 ( 20 ) SENSE Terry Hall
24 ( 24 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
25 ( 30 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
26 ( 14 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
27 ( 19 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
28 ( 71 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
29 ( 15 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
30 ( 33 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People

31 ( 21 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
32 ( 32 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELIN’ AGAIN The Carpenters
33 ( 63 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
34 ( 38 ) EVERY WOMAN KNOWS Lulu
35 ( 23 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
36 ( 17 ) GOSP LWS
37 ( 54 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
38 ( 22 ) THIS DJ Warren G
39 ( 18 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
40 ( NEW ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal

41 ( 35 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
42 ( 47 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross
43 ( 28 ) OH BABY I Eternal
44 ( 50 ) THE WILD ONES Suede
45 ( 25 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
46 ( 31 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
47 ( 26 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
48 ( 34 ) BANG AND BLAME REM
49 ( 44 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
50 ( NEW ) CRY MYSELF BLIND Primal Scream

51 ( 36 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
52 ( 39 ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
53 ( 51 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
54 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOBODY Jaki Graham
55 ( 40 ) ZEPHYR Electrafixion (ian McCulloch)
56 ( NEW ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor
57 ( 37 ) NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS Salt ‘n’ Pepa
58 ( 49 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
59 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
60 ( 46 ) SECRET Madonna

61 ( 48 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton
62 ( 53 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
63 ( 61 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
64 ( RE ) NEW BORN FRIEND Seal
65 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 65 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
67 ( NEW ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
68 ( 67 ) STAY (I MISSED YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
69 ( 68 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
70 ( 69 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

71 ( 42 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
72 ( 60 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
73 ( NEW ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
74 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
75 ( NEW ) OUT OF TEARS The Rolling Stones

My 1994 Charts – October

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2nd October 1994

4 weeks at 1 for mad Pet Shop Boys, holding off a new threat from Corona’s Rhythm Of The Night at 2, then a bunch of girl singers dominate the top 10 except for East 17, Steam-ing up to 7, and Pato Banton Baby Come Back-iing at 9, with the wondrous Saint Etienne huggin my soul at 10, keeping up their top 10 run. Look at 2 Unlimited up 58 places with No-one! No, I don’t remember it either – but I obviously liked it. Madonna I do remember even if she’s only up 27 places to 21. Shhh don’t give away that secret! Elton’s Circle Of Life, of course, everyone knows, up 30 to 29, showing chart positions don’t matter if you’re in a Disney film, new generations pick up on it.

Bon Jovi and The Rolling Stones bring some rock into the 40, but highest new entry is the man from Orange Juice and his very classic A Girl Like You: Edwyn Collins. This is another case of, eh?! It took another 6 months to start charting worldwide (and in the UK for it to be a hit), but I loved it the minute I heard it, so justice was eventually done. Whigfield makes my top 40, too – I didn’t recall liking it that much, much it hadn’t started to grate yet obviously. Jamiroquai enters his Space Cowboy phase at 65, and Gloria Estefan is well into her disco retro phase as she covers Vicki Sue Robinson’s Turn The Beat Around. Chuck in a model (Naomi), TV kids show duo (PJ & Duncan aka Ant n Dec), 2 soul divas battling it (Kym and Jocelyn) and two rock greats Neil Young (just vacating my 2014 number one slot after 42 years of waiting) and INXS (brilliant live band), and that completes the chart report.

1 ( 1 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 7 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
3 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
4 ( 2 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
5 ( 4 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
6 ( 5 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 26 ) STEAM East 17
8 ( 6 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
9 ( 58 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
10 ( 14 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne

11 ( 9 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
12 ( 12 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
13 ( 10 ) LETITGO Prince
14 ( 11 ) PARK LIFE Blur
15 ( 73 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
16 ( 19 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
17 ( 33 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
18 ( 15 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
19 ( 8 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
20 ( 16 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart

21 ( 48 ) SECRET Madonna
22 ( 18 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
23 ( 23 ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
24 ( 13 ) FIREWORKS Roxette
25 ( 44 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
26 ( 20 ) WARRIORS Aswad
27 ( 45 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
28 ( 17 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
29 ( 59 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
30 ( 52 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones

31 ( 22 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
32 ( 25 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
33 ( 21 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
34 ( NEW ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
35 ( 24 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
36 ( 27 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
37 ( 29 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
38 ( 38 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
39 ( 46 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
40 ( 32 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42

41 ( 28 ) SPEED Billy Idol
42 ( 41 ) SEARCHING China Black
43 ( 30 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
44 ( 34 ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun
45 ( 36 ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
46 ( 40 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
47 ( 35 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
48 ( NEW ) THAT WORD (L.O.V.E.) The Rockmelons
49 ( 31 ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson
50 ( 37 ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff

51 ( 57 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
52 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE GOOD TIMES A House
53 ( 65 ) SURE Take That
54 ( 54 ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
55 ( 55 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
56 ( 43 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
57 ( 53 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
58 ( NEW ) LOVE AND TEARS Naomi Campbell
59 ( NEW ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
60 ( 39 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr

61 ( 60 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
62 ( 62 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
64 ( 56 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
65 ( NEW ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
66 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 42 ) SENSE Terry Hall
69 ( 61 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
70 ( 49 ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision

71 ( NEW ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
72 ( NEW ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
73 ( NEW ) MY HEART Neil Young and Crazy Horse
74 ( NEW ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
75 ( 50 ) FOOTSTEPS Stiltskin

kiwi fruit plant

kiwi fruit plant

9th October 1994

It’s a new number one for Corona and the great dance track Rhythm Of The Night, as recently covered by Bastille. I’ll stick with the original myself, it’s fab. Big leap for Bon Jovi to 4, and their signature ballad Always – not my favourite Bon Jovi record by any means these days, but it seemed good enough at the time. Elton also circles around the top 10, giving him 23 years of regular top 10’s, while 2 Unlimited grab a final top 10 hit, I really must youtube it now!

Highest of only 4 new entries is Ace Of Base at 19, and a Happy Nation applauds their 5th top 20 entry. Aerosmith are back in with Crazy, as it starts to take hold at 26, Heavy D & The Boyz make the 40 with This Is Your Night, as do INXS, Kym & Jocelyn covering ZZ Top, PJ & Duncan, and new at 40 The Pretenders keep the hits coming 15 years on, 977 apparently, though I suspect it’s a few less than that. Sonic Youth are Superstars at 54 covering The Carpenters classic in a fab distorted morose indie-style, and Counting Crows meet the Rain King at 73, for a quiet chart week.

1 ( 2 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
2 ( 1 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
4 ( 27 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
5 ( 5 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
6 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 4 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
8 ( 7 ) STEAM East 17
9 ( 29 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
10 ( 15 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited

11 ( 10 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
12 ( 11 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
13 ( 8 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
14 ( 9 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
15 ( 21 ) SECRET Madonna
16 ( 12 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
17 ( 17 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
18 ( 16 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
19 ( NEW ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
20 ( 13 ) LETITGO Prince

21 ( 14 ) PARK LIFE Blur
22 ( 20 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
23 ( 34 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
24 ( 18 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
25 ( 25 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
26 ( RE ) CRAZY Aerosmith
27 ( 19 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
28 ( 22 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
29 ( 30 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones
30 ( 24 ) FIREWORKS Roxette

31 ( 26 ) WARRIORS Aswad
32 ( 59 ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
33 ( 33 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
34 ( 28 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
35 ( 74 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
36 ( 23 ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
37 ( 32 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
38 ( 72 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
39 ( 71 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
40 ( NEW ) 977″ The Pretenders

41 ( 36 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
42 ( 31 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
43 ( 37 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
44 ( 53 ) SURE Take That
45 ( 42 ) SEARCHING China Black
46 ( 40 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
47 ( 54 ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
48 ( 35 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
49 ( 65 ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
50 ( 63 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan

51 ( 39 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
52 ( 38 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
53 ( 51 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
54 ( NEW ) SUPERSTAR Sonic Youth
55 ( 55 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
56 ( 46 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
57 ( 43 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
58 ( 48 ) THAT WORD (L.O.V.E.) The Rockmelons
59 ( 57 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
60 ( 41 ) SPEED Billy Idol

61 ( 61 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
62 ( 45 ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
63 ( 62 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
64 ( 64 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
65 ( 56 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 47 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
69 ( 50 ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff
70 ( 44 ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun

71 ( 60 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
72 ( 58 ) LOVE AND TEARS Naomi Campbell
73 ( NEW ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
74 ( 69 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
75 ( 49 ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson

16th October 1994

2 weeks for Corona fizzing on top, as Edie Brickell and Barry White peak at 2, Good Times indeed for a fab soulful ballad. Elton John goes in Circles Of Life at 5, the latest in a very long list of top 5 singles, and ditto for Madonna in the top 10 as Secret hits 8. INXS’ terrific The Strangest Party shoots up to 12, and really should have been a big hit, instead their career declined steeply and unfairly, not quite fitting into Britpop. Aerosmith, Edwyn Collins and Snap all return to the top 20 with new stuff, as the chart suddenly wakes up with a deluge of new entries.

Highest, in at 22, Sparks enjoy one of their periodic comebacks, 20 years on from This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us, they ponder When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’? Right now, it’s Moroder-dance-era-styled fab. Massive Attack enter Sly-ly at 28, just ahead of a charity version of Marvin Gaye’s classic What’s Going On? Let Loose follow up a big pop hit with a decent forgotten pop hit, but not at Seventeen, at 31. Crash Test Dummies bounce back at 37 berating God for shuffling his feet a bit, Pink Floyd are back for the final time (barring 2014 sessions from 1994) and Keep Trackin’ at 50, 15 years after hitting number one with a brick.

China Black following up terrific number one Searching, with terrific melodic follow-up Stars at 51, Oasis sing about ciggies and booze in a T.Rex Get-It-On vibe at 60, how quaint holding up nicotine and drink as alternative solutions to having to work for a living. OK everyone, let’s quit our jobs and get pissed and see how long society lasts! As a record, it’s nowhere near as good as either Get It On, or predecessor Live Together. Over-rated much. The Manics suffer at 69, Aaliyah is still a minor but slides in at 71, and if there ever was a record that annoyed me more than Ciggies n Booze it’s Zombie, in at 74. The gorgeousness of Linger is replaced by repeated harpy calls, a record that with the passage of time only sounds worse. Ouch!

1 ( 1 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
2 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
3 ( 2 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 4 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
5 ( 9 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
6 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 8 ) STEAM East 17
8 ( 15 ) SECRET Madonna
9 ( 7 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
10 ( 17 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis

11 ( 5 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
12 ( 35 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
13 ( 14 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
14 ( 19 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
15 ( 12 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
16 ( 26 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
17 ( 10 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
18 ( 13 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
19 ( 23 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
20 ( 25 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer

21 ( 11 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
22 ( NEW ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
23 ( 16 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
24 ( 39 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
25 ( 20 ) LETITGO Prince
26 ( 18 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
27 ( 22 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
28 ( NEW ) SLY Massive Attack
29 ( NEW ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief ’94
30 ( 21 ) PARK LIFE Blur

31 ( NEW ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
32 ( 32 ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
33 ( 24 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
34 ( 34 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
35 ( 50 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
36 ( 28 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
37 ( NEW ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
38 ( 30 ) FIREWORKS Roxette
39 ( 27 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
40 ( 33 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer

41 ( 31 ) WARRIORS Aswad
42 ( 37 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
43 ( 29 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones
44 ( 44 ) SURE Take That
45 ( 40 ) 977″ The Pretenders
46 ( 49 ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
47 ( 47 ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
48 ( 41 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
49 ( NEW ) I WANT THE WORLD 2wo Third3
50 ( NEW ) KEEP TALKING Pink Floyd

51 ( NEW ) STARS China Black
52 ( 43 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
53 ( 38 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
54 ( 45 ) SEARCHING China Black
55 ( 46 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
56 ( 55 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
57 ( 36 ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
58 ( 42 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
59 ( RE ) I’LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU BoyzIIMen
60 ( NEW ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis

61 ( 61 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
62 ( 59 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
63 ( 53 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
64 ( 63 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
65 ( 51 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 52 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
69 ( NEW ) SHE IS SUFFERING Manic Street Preachers
70 ( 54 ) SUPERSTAR Sonic Youth

71 ( NEW ) (AT YOUR BEST) YOU ARE LOVE Aaliyah
72 ( 64 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
73 ( 73 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
74 ( NEW ) ZOMBIE The Cranberries
75 ( NEW ) CAN U FEEL IT Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntman

baby pond

baby pond


23rd October 1994:

The charts go insane suddenly, massive leaps, massive new entries, and massive drops under the pressure of 18 new entries, and it’s all great stuff too! Up 50 places from 51 to 1, one of the biggest climbs to the top ever, it’s China Black getting their second chart-topper of the year, the lovely entirely youtube absent Stars, overshadowing Sparks big climb to 3, their biggest hit since 1979. Highest new entry is at 5, and it’s Abba with Just Like That. No, not a Tommy Cooper tribute record, it’s one of the final recordings by Abba only available in the middle of a single track compilation of bits & pieces which were released as part of a box set of rare stuff in 1994. Gemini (the Abba boys proteges after Abba) had already released a version, but the original Abba short version is a cut above, and should have been a single.

New Order’s classic True Faith from 1987 is remixed and still corking, back in at 10, just behind R Kelly and one of his best records, vibing swiftly along entering at 7. Not to be outdone Tom Jones re-invents himself again with the storming If I Only Knew in at 13. Massive Attack, Crash test Dummies and (somehow!) PJ & Duncan/Ant n Dec get into the 20, before some more new entries: Elastica’s terrific Connection is at 30, Amy Grant is back 3 years on from Baby Baby, Say You’ll Be Mine, she says at 33, while Donna Summer’s got a melody of love at 37, 18 years after groaning her way into my charts.

At 38, the Crosby Stills & Nash classic, Teach Your Children, never charted before, pops in courtesy of a version re-recorded by the band along with some country artists (including Alison Krauss) for an AIDS benefit album. Up to 21 the other charity record is for Rwanda and features a wealth of urban and stars of the time, and it’s pretty good. Status Quo are in my current chart with new material (Nov 2014) and 20 years ago they were in at 39 with Sherri Don’t Fail Me Now. 40 years ago they were already 2 years into their chart career with me. No, they don’t all sound the same.

Outside the top 40: Clapton’s back with a ballad at 44, it ain’t no Layla! The Beautiful South, Sting, Janet Jackson all keep the run of hits going while Sheryl Crow debuts her biggie All I Wanna Do at 75. To rub it in, that’s one place lower than Shampoo! Ah, well, it WAS a very busy chart!

1 ( 51 ) STARS China Black
2 ( 1 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
3 ( 22 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
4 ( 5 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
5 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
6 ( 19 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
7 ( NEW ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R Kelly
8 ( 8 ) SECRET Madonna
9 ( 2 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
10 ( NEW ) TRUE FAITH (REMIX) New Order

11 ( 12 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
12 ( 3 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
13 ( NEW ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
14 ( 7 ) STEAM East 17
15 ( 14 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
16 ( 28 ) SLY Massive Attack
17 ( 13 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
18 ( 37 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
19 ( 24 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
20 ( 4 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi

21 ( 29 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief ’94
22 ( 9 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
23 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
24 ( 10 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
25 ( 16 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
26 ( 49 ) I WANT THE WORLD 2wo Third3
27 ( 15 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
28 ( 11 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
29 ( 45 ) 977″ The Pretenders
30 ( NEW ) CONNECTION Elastica

31 ( 31 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
32 ( 20 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
33 ( NEW ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
34 ( 18 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
35 ( 73 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
36 ( 35 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
37 ( NEW ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
38 ( NEW ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN The Red Hots
39 ( NEW ) SHERRI DON’T FAIL ME NOW Status Quo
40 ( 44 ) SURE Take That

41 ( 23 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
42 ( 34 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
43 ( 27 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
44 ( NEW ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
45 ( 26 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
46 ( 17 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
47 ( NEW ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
48 ( 30 ) PARK LIFE Blur
49 ( 36 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
50 ( 33 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

51 ( 21 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
52 ( 25 ) LETITGO Prince
53 ( 50 ) KEEP TALKING Pink Floyd
54 ( 46 ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
55 ( 42 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
56 ( NEW ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
57 ( 60 ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis
58 ( 40 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
59 ( 56 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
60 ( 38 ) FIREWORKS Roxette

61 ( 32 ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
62 ( 39 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
63 ( 61 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
64 ( 69 ) SHE IS SUFFERING Manic Street Preachers
65 ( 52 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
66 ( NEW ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
67 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 64 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
69 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
70 ( NEW ) OH BABY I Eternal

71 ( NEW ) PLANET CARAVAN Pantera
72 ( 62 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
73 ( NEW ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
74 ( NEW ) VIVA LES MEGABABES Shampoo
75 ( NEW ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow

garden..

garden..

30th October 1994

2 weeks on top for China Black, and a new entry at 2 for LWS and GOSP, an obscure rave non-hit with a 30‘s blues vibe, that pushed my buttons oddly – I don’t recall going raving in 1994! Up to 3, higher second-time round, it’s True Faith for New Order. Edwyn Collins drops 2 (for now) but his biggest hit since Orange Juice went top 10 with Rip It Up in 1993 will be back in 1995. Music Relief take What’s Going On into the top 10, following Cyndi Lauper’s version, and preceding Marvin Gaye’s original. Tom Jones gets a span of top 10 hits of exactly 26 years, I Only I Knew that in 1968 when I started charting!

Aerosmith hit a new peak of 11, INXS grab another top 10, Eric Clapton leaps to 16, and Terry Hall re-enters with his own (previous number one) cover version of his Lightning Seeds co-write/sing, at 13 – well it all makes Sense to me! Terrorvision bolt in, screaming Alice, What’s The Matter! I loved Terrorvision consistently, great fun. Sting and Pink Floyd bring some veteran rock into the 40, albeit both mellow, just like Clapton, while Eternal manage to break into the 30 – Oh Baby I don’t know why!

Sheryl Crow rockets to 33, a good dance pop track from The Real McCoy give me another night at 37, Seal bounces back in again with a newborn friend, and Rozalla adds to her diminishing peaking list of follow-ups to Everybody’s Free, with You Never Love The Same Way Twice at 47. Well, I try not to at any rate, can’t speak for Rozalla. REM have some Bang and Blame at 58, Brand New Heavies spend some time at 59, while interesting indie band Grant Lee Buffalo sneak in at 63 with some Mockingbirds, pipping Echobelly, Chris Rea and Foreigner (both School of 1978), and Paul Weller (School of 1977).

1 ( 1 ) STARS China Black
2 ( NEW ) GOSP LWS
3 ( 10 ) TRUE FAITH (REMIX) New Order
4 ( 3 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
5 ( 5 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
6 ( 21 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief ’94
7 ( 13 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
8 ( 6 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
9 ( 7 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R Kelly
10 ( 11 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS

11 ( 25 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
12 ( 2 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
13 ( RE ) SENSE Terry Hall
14 ( 16 ) SLY Massive Attack
15 ( 4 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
16 ( 44 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
17 ( NEW ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
18 ( 18 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
19 ( 8 ) SECRET Madonna
20 ( 9 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White

21 ( 17 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
22 ( 33 ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
23 ( 12 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
24 ( 14 ) STEAM East 17
25 ( 56 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
26 ( 53 ) KEEP TALKING/ HIGH HOPES Pink Floyd
27 ( 30 ) CONNECTION Elastica
28 ( 32 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
29 ( 27 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
30 ( 70 ) OH BABY I Eternal

31 ( 31 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
32 ( 19 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
33 ( 75 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
34 ( 20 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
35 ( 15 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
36 ( 22 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
37 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
38 ( RE ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
39 ( 28 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
40 ( 47 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South

41 ( 35 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
42 ( 26 ) I WANT THE WORLD 2wo Third3
43 ( 24 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
44 ( 66 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
45 ( 38 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN The Red Hots
46 ( 23 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
47 ( NEW ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
48 ( 34 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 40 ) SURE Take That
50 ( 36 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan

51 ( 57 ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis
52 ( 37 ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
53 ( 42 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
54 ( 29 ) 977″ The Pretenders
55 ( 43 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
56 ( 41 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
57 ( 39 ) SHERRI DON’T FAIL ME NOW Status Quo
58 ( NEW ) BANG AND BLAME REM
59 ( NEW ) SPEND SOME TIME Brand New Heavies
60 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 49 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
62 ( 55 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
63 ( NEW ) MOCKINGBIRDS Grant Lee Buffalo
64 ( 63 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
65 ( 71 ) PLANET CARAVAN Pantera
66 ( 48 ) PARK LIFE Blur
67 ( 52 ) LETITGO Prince
68 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
69 ( NEW ) CLOSE BUT… Echobelly
70 ( 69 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( 68 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY Chris Rea
73 ( NEW ) SOME GIRLS Ultimate Kaos
74 ( NEW ) WHITE LIE Foreigner
75 ( NEW ) OUT OF THE SINKING Paul Weller

NON CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST TRACKS:
1 ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
2 SEBASTIAN Cockney Rebel
3 RAIN RAIN RAIN Ladysmith Black Mambazo