My May-Aug 2020 Charts

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2nd August 2020

It’s straight in at 1 for Maxine Nightingale and her fabulous 1975 dance track, Right Back Where We Started From. Just as Ace’s How Long took American sounds and gave a British act a big US hit, Maxine also beat the US dance acts with a fab sound that also crossed-over into the US charts, as featured this week in the amazing intro scenes to Umbrella Academy – I mean they literally start off with the world ending to the sound of Maxine singing, giving me the excuse to finally get it on top after peaking at 2 first time round. But that’s not all, that first episode also has a haunting ballad version of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy, while the series also contains 2 flop tracks I entered in the Buzzjack Song Contest, Peter Schilling’s Major Tom, and In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company from The Dead South. The creator in that show has fab taste!

That means Kylie is stuck at 2 for now, while at 7 there’s another oldie, this one debuting though: US singer Rodriguez released two albums in 1970/71 with no success or airplay anywhere in the world, but oddly got a hit in South Africa in the late 70’s with the fab Sugar Man, and became something of a cult act, one of those never-known quality acts who somehow gain recognition late in life – in this case via a documentary about 10 years back, which I missed. I’d never heard of him until 3 weeks ago, but love the original recording now, and also this 2014 goldfish remix which you can’t buy or stream.

LEON has had 5 charting tracks in 5 years, and finally gets a top 10 this week, Taylor Swift grabs a 15th top 20 in 11 years as she hooks up with Bon Iver to great effect, love the new moody Tay Tay, and the Candelight version of Cardigan also pops in. Pet Shop Boys belatedly chart two tracks from Very as I finally get round to playing the remastered CD I bought that recharted a year or so ago. Album tracks were excluded from my chart in 1993, so they qualify now if they make the UK charts again. It’s only fair if new albums have album tracks in my charts now! Toyah, meanwhile gets a first top 40 since 1985, LP gets a 3rd, and Billie Eilish continues to be varied in her tracks as her new one enters at 53.

Gordon Lightfoot joins Ace and The Sweet as 1974 tracks that are back, but Sundown never charted for me despite being a US number one (I only had a top 30 and it was quite volatile to fit in as many tracks as I could each week) but I did like it and it’s about time it charted, his 4th in 49 years, thanks to briefly popping into the itunes chart during the week, albeit low down at 180-something. Talking of album tracks, a 1980 Donna Summer oddity, her vocals utterly unlike Donna Summer, enters – Grand Illusion was unusual-sounding, then, and is more laid-back tropical-sounding in the remix, but still quirky. I like it! That extends Donna’s chart run to 44 years, and her first non-reissue to chart since 1994, albeit with a vocal that’s 40-years-old.

It’s been 7 years since McFly buzzed around my charts, 16 years since they debuted, and they return with Happiness, a new sound for them, sort of laid-back jazzpop, and it’s their 18th chart entry – bizarrely they’ve only ever had one top 10, 3 top 20’s, and 7 top 40’s. So not as big as in the UK charts then! Robert Plant has a new retro-sounding track joining his summer of 83 anthem Big Log in my rundown, his first new stuff since a brace of tracks in 2010, so unusually the Led Zep man his first chart hit and his current both in the chart.

If you’d said The vamps first charted in 2013 I would have been surprised! It’s true tho, really that long ago, and the fab new single Married In Vegas gives them a 9th; Little Mix make it a 14th in 9 years – again seems more like 4 years – as Mel C gets her 2020 hat-trick 22 years after first solo-hitting, 17 chart entries, 7 top 10’s including a chart-topper – she’s closing in on Spice Girl territory success in my charts. Finally Bastille are back, bringing along Graham Coxon for a Blur-whoop-it mood, that’s the first chart credit for GC outside Blur for 14 years, and Bastille’s chart-run of 7 years is quite long if you don’t compare to Coxon’s 30 years or so with Blur.


1 NEW 1 1 RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Maxine Nightingale 170000
2 2 2 2 SAY SOMETHING Kylie Minogue 230000
3 1 1 4 HOW LONG Ace featuring Paul Carrack 420000
4 5 4 4 SALAMANDER STREET Callum Beattie 159750
5 3 3 5 HALLUCINATE Dua Lipa 248800
6 4 1 6 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 484500
7 NEW 7 1 SUGAR MAN (THE GOLDFISH MIX) Rodriguez 50000
8 6 1 7 SPINNING OVER YOU REYKO 793000
9 20 9 4 AND IT BREAKS MY HEART LEON 93700
10 14 10 7 HALLUCINOGENICS (SEEB REMIX) Matt Maeson 147900

11 21 11 3 SUN IS SHINING Bob Marley Featuring Robin Schulz 59550
12 12 1 12 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 881300
13 8 8 7 SAVIOUR (EXTENDED MIX) Dimension & Sharlene Hector 232750
14 7 7 11 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 261000
15 17 15 3 SMILE Katy Perry 57200
16 9 3 6 MALIBU Kim Petras 328000
17 57 17 2 EXILE Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver 33400
18 26 18 3 DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT Jubel featuring NEIMY 44700
19 10 10 4 THE THINGS WE DO Foster The People 110000
20 13 6 6 SHOULD I GIVE IT ALL UP (DEMO) James Blunt 230200

21 11 5 7 FADED Izzy Bizu 229150
22 18 18 5 I USED TO BE COOL Bright Light Bright Light 74500
23 16 8 6 HUSAVIK Will Ferrell & My Marianne 144050
24 29 24 12 BIG LOG Robert Plant 132350
25 36 25 4 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE Miranda Lambert featuring Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBride, Tenille Townes, and Caylee Hammack 46750
26 30 18 6 OH WHAT A FEELING Walk Off The Earth 113950
27 33 27 8 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 111250
28 15 5 11 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 265650
29 38 29 12 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 128200
30 22 1 19 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1255600

31 19 9 9 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 201900
32 32 32 3 WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Kygo & Tina Turner 39400
33 NEW 33 1 ONE AND ONE MAKE FIVE Pet Shop Boys 17700
34 23 7 12 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 396250
35 37 35 6 MARCH MARCH The Chicks 63500
36 65 36 2 DANGEROUS LOVE Tiwa Savage 24400
37 66 37 2 21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN Toyah & The Humans featuring Jessica Gallo 24100
38 63 38 2 THE ONE THAT YOU LOVE LP 24400
39 44 39 9 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 92250
40 62 40 2 BLACK DOG Arlo Parks 24400

41 24 1 9 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 640000
42 27 1 12 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 941900
43 55 43 3 THIS FEELING Faithless featuring Suli Breaks and Nathan Ball 26700
44 25 19 9 A GHOST Travis 121100
45 53 45 5 ORDINARY WORLD Duran Duran 53300
46 28 28 6 RIDE (EDIT) Lenny Kravitz 89450
47 39 39 4 NATALIE DON’T RAYE 42900
48 31 23 6 DIDN’T WANT TO BE THIS LONELY Pretenders 89450
49 35 2 15 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 685000
50 34 3 12 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 546600

51 41 17 11 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 175850
52 NEW 52 1 CRAZY Daniela Andrade 11500
53 NEW 53 1 MY FUTURE Billie Eilish 11250
54 NEW 54 1 SUNDOWN Gordon Lightfoot 11000
55 59 55 2 WHEN I’M WITH YOU Sparks 20900
56 72 56 4 MAKE YOU DANCE Meghan Trainor 24800
57 67 57 8 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 45000
58 43 7 15 SECRETS Regard & Raye 344450
59 52 1 23 SAY SO Doja Cat 1063750
60 60 60 6 KARAOKE BooDaBash & Alessandra Omaroso 38200

61 40 40 7 THE WRITER Four Of Diamonds & Mr Eazi 81700
62 46 46 6 OLD ME 5 Seconds Of Summer 54900
63 45 45 7 FIRE AND FURY Overcoats 70850
64 56 56 6 MY HURRICANE Jamie Scott 46300
65 NEW 65 1 GRAND ILLUSION (LE FLEX POOLSIDE MIX) Donna Summer 7000
66 73 66 4 PURE The Lightning Seeds 21600
67 NEW 67 1 TO SPEAK IS A SIN Pet Shop Boys 6600
68 68 68 5 THOUSAND FACES Don Diablo & Andy Grammer 25300
69 78 69 4 CHI MAI Ennio Morricone 16400
70 42 10 12 ALL THAT Sparks 275750

71 75 71 2 WORRY ABOUT ME Ellie Goulding & blackbear 10800
72 NEW 72 1 HAPPINESS McFly 5600
73 47 3 12 MOVE The Mamas 498950
74 NEW 74 1 CHARLIE PATTON HIGHWAY (TURN IT UP, PT 1.) Robert Plant 5200
75 82 75 2 OH WELL PART 2 Fleetwood Mac 8600
76 79 76 3 I WISH YOU WELL The Big Band Collective featuring Jimmy Somerville & Rick Astley 12400
77 84 77 3 RETURN OF THE MACK Mark Morrison 10000
78 NEW 78 1 LIGHTER Nathan Dawe featuring KSI 4400
79 NEW 79 1 HEAD & HEART Joel Corry featuring MNEK 4200
80 80 80 4 SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult 13200

81 86 81 3 BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway 8600
82 48 2 12 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 634100
83 90 83 2 STOP! Sam Brown 5400
84 49 23 11 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 148250
85 85 85 5 I’M ON MY WAY Bob Sinclar 13800
86 NEW 86 1 CARDIGAN (CABIN IN CANDLELIGHT VERSION) Taylor Swift 2800
87 NEW 87 1 WHAT YOU GONNA DO??? Bastille featuring Graham Coxon 2600
88 50 22 9 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 124000
89 89 89 2 MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac 4400
90 70 34 7 MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING The Killers 72100

91 NEW 91 1 MARRIED IN VEGAS The Vamps 1900
92 51 16 10 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 164550
93 NEW 93 1 IN AND OUT OF LOVE Melanie C 1700
94 NEW 94 1 HOLIDAY Little Mix 1600
95 NEW 95 1 TOUGH PILL Izzy Bizu 1500

DROP OUTS
54 42 11 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 103750
58 54 5 HEAVEN ON MY MIND Becky Hill & Sigala 33100
61 55 7 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 42300
64 10 11 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 272900
69 62 6 PYRAMIDS Noonie Bao 34800
71 68 5 WHERE I’M COMING FROM Lila Ike 22900
74 56 5 ARISTOCRATS Raleigh Ritchie 33800
76 1 12 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 397650
77 77 5 THE TIME IS NOW Moloko 14300
81 29 11 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 128150
83 58 7 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 47800
87 9 12 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 267400
88 31 6 BREATHE Marilyn 65200

 

 

26th July 2020

As yet another 2020 holiday looks dodgy due to Covid-19 I console myself by going back in time to 1974 and a track that fell short of my top 20 when I was sweet 16 sounds fabulous in 2020, Paul Carrack’s fab How Long proving to have bigger legs than it appeared when it was brand new. So only 46 years waiting! That holds off Kylie’s new pop banger, right on the form she found with Golden but with a more traditional pop sound, new at 2, I’ve lost count how many top 10’s, but it’s at least her 4th number 2 and will be hoping for a 12th chart-topper in her 32-year career.

Galantis gets a 2nd top 10 of 2020, his 4th in total, and Faouzia also a 2nd. Foster The People get a 3rd, and Callum Beattie a first top 10. Katy Perry bounds into the top 20 for the first time since 2017, she’s Smile-ing, as Bob Marley’s 1999 chart-topper remixes it’s way up to 21, and Kygo remixes Tina Turner’s 1984 top 10 up to 32. Jubel does what Toploader did on two occasions with Dancing In The Moonlight, going top 40, while Miranda Lambert gets a first top 40 aided and abetted by a host of female singing acts, Maren Morris and Elle King having been there before, the others not.

Taylor Swift is unexpectedly back with an album of Lockdown ballads, and bounces into my chart at 57 with Bon Iver and Exile, a cool track, as Arlo Parks debuts at 62 with Black Dog. Anyone who’s lost a loved one to mental illness and suicide will identify with the touching lyrics. Meanwhile, as if a mini-invasion of a Steady Drip Drip album tracks and singles wasn’t enough, Sparks also chart a fab oldie When I’m With You which got no airplay and failed to chart in the UK first-time-round in the 80’s. LP is back, having recently topped my chart with Morrissey, Ellie Goulding has a new album out and one track took my fancy, her first appearance on my chart for 5 years.

Toyah, meanwhile, has been absent for knocking on 30 years from my chart, though not my concert-viewing (seen her twice in the last few years), but she finally returns with the fellow member of her band The Humans as a tribute to late drummer and King Crimson latter member (and REM) Bill Reiflin. The band are experimental prog-rock-ish, and 21st Century Schizoid Man is a King Crimson song (Toyah’s hubby Robert Fripp has been in King Crimson since the 60’s). That’s a 39-year span of hits for the ageless Toyah. Talking of tributes, 2 Fleetwood Mac oldies return as we lose Peter Green. Alabtross has made my charts many times, so have opted for the unknown Oh Well part 2 instrumental, which is nothing like part 1 at all. More like Albatross than Oh Well!

1 2 1 3 HOW LONG Ace featuring Paul Carrack 335000
2 NEW 2 1 SAY SOMETHING Kylie Minogue 115000
3 3 3 4 HALLUCINATE Dua Lipa 188800
4 1 1 5 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 429500
5 17 5 3 SALAMANDER STREET Callum Beattie 94750
6 4 1 6 SPINNING OVER YOU REYKO 745000
7 14 7 10 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 232000
8 10 8 6 SAVIOUR (EXTENDED MIX) Dimension & Sharlene Hector 200750
9 5 3 5 MALIBU Kim Petras 303000
10 12 10 3 THE THINGS WE DO Foster The People 89000

11 6 5 6 FADED Izzy Bizu 209400
12 8 1 11 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 846300
13 7 6 5 SHOULD I GIVE IT ALL UP (DEMO) James Blunt 210200
14 18 14 6 HALLUCINOGENICS (SEEB REMIX) Matt Maeson 105900
15 11 5 10 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 347350
16 13 8 5 HUSAVIK Will Ferrell & My Marianne 124800
17 63 17 2 SMILE Katy Perry 30200
18 26 18 4 I USED TO BE COOL Bright Light Bright Light 55000
19 9 9 8 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 184000
20 28 20 3 AND IT BREAKS MY HEART LEON 48700

21 86 21 2 SUN IS SHINING Bob Marley Featuring Robin Schulz 22550
22 20 1 18 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1237600
23 15 7 11 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 378650
24 16 1 8 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 626000
25 19 19 8 A GHOST Travis 107850
26 79 26 2 DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT Jubel featuring NEIMY 22700
27 21 1 11 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 928150
28 30 28 5 RIDE (EDIT) Lenny Kravitz 76700
29 34 29 11 BIG LOG Robert Plant 113350
30 22 18 5 OH WHAT A FEELING Walk Off The Earth 95450

31 23 23 5 DIDN’T WANT TO BE THIS LONELY Pretenders 77150
32 81 32 2 WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Kygo & Tina Turner 21600
33 37 33 7 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 92650
34 24 3 11 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 534600
35 31 2 14 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 672900
36 66 36 3 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE Miranda Lambert featuring Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBride, Tenille Townes, and Caylee Hammack 28000
37 52 37 5 MARCH MARCH The Chicks 46000
38 43 38 11 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 110000
39 59 39 3 NATALIE DON’T RAYE 30400
40 40 40 6 THE WRITER Four Of Diamonds & Mr Eazi 74200

41 25 17 10 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 164100
42 29 10 11 ALL THAT Sparks 269750
43 35 7 14 SECRETS Regard & Raye 334250
44 48 44 8 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 75150
45 51 45 6 FIRE AND FURY Overcoats 63650
46 46 46 5 OLD ME 5 Seconds Of Summer 47500
47 32 3 11 MOVE The Mamas 493550
48 33 2 11 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 630500
49 36 23 10 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 145050
50 38 22 8 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 121600

51 39 16 9 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 162750
52 44 1 22 SAY SO Doja Cat 1053650
53 53 53 4 ORDINARY WORLD Duran Duran 40300
54 42 42 11 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 103750
55 88 55 2 THIS FEELING Faithless featuring Suli Breaks and Nathan Ball 13200
56 57 56 5 MY HURRICANE Jamie Scott 39200
57 NEW 57 1 EXILE Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver 10400
58 54 54 5 HEAVEN ON MY MIND Becky Hill & Sigala 33100
59 NEW 59 1 WHEN I’M WITH YOU Sparks 10100
60 61 60 5 KARAOKE BooDaBash & Alessandra Omaroso 28200

61 55 55 7 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 42300
62 NEW 62 1 BLACK DOG Arlo Parks 7400
63 NEW 63 1 THE ONE THAT YOU LOVE LP 7200
64 45 10 11 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 272900
65 NEW 65 1 DANGEROUS LOVE Tiwa Savage 7000
66 NEW 66 1 21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN Toyah & The Humans featuring Jessica Gallo 6800
67 69 67 7 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 34600
68 70 68 4 THOUSAND FACES Don Diablo & Andy Grammer 18900
69 62 62 6 PYRAMIDS Noonie Bao 34800
70 58 34 6 MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING The Killers 70100

71 68 68 5 WHERE I’M COMING FROM Lila Ike 22900
72 74 72 3 MAKE YOU DANCE Meghan Trainor 14200
73 73 73 3 PURE The Lightning Seeds 14800
74 56 56 5 ARISTOCRATS Raleigh Ritchie 33800
75 NEW 75 1 WORRY ABOUT ME Ellie Goulding & blackbear 5000
76 64 1 12 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 397650
77 80 77 5 THE TIME IS NOW Moloko 14300
78 82 78 3 CHI MAI Ennio Morricone 10200
79 83 79 2 I WISH YOU WELL The Big Band Collective featuring Jimmy Somerville & Rick Astley 7600
80 84 80 3 SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult 9200

81 65 29 11 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 128150
82 NEW 82 1 OH WELL PART 2 Fleetwood Mac 3600
83 67 58 7 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 47800
84 89 84 2 RETURN OF THE MACK Mark Morrison 5400
85 85 85 4 I’M ON MY WAY Bob Sinclar 10800
86 90 86 2 BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway 4800
87 49 9 12 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 267400
88 41 31 6 BREATHE Marilyn 65200
89 NEW 89 1 MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac 2200
90 NEW 90 1 STOP! Sam Brown 2000

DROP-OUTS
27 27 6 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 93900
47 35 7 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 84250
50 7 10 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 295900
60 60 6 ACTION The Sweet 32700
71 12 10 FAI RUMORE Diodato 202050
72 18 11 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 170850
75 75 4 SQUARES Raleigh Ritchie 14000
76 26 8 ALICE Lady Gaga 104500
77 75 6 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 25400
78 69 5 CAN’T START OVER AGAIN Dion featuring Jeff Beck 27800
87 32 9 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 105700

 

 

 

19th July 2020

It’s Harry Styles on top some 8 months after debuting with Watermelon Sugar and peaking at 3 first-time round, the first topper for any member of One Direction solo or together. Such a great record, and it’s rare these days that it takes that long to top my charts from debut (excluding obviously oldies years later), a few that have managed it in the past being A Girl Like You (Edwyn Collins) in 1995 and I’ll Never Be (Maria Magdalena) from Sandra in 1986.

Dua Lipa meanwhile makes it a 6th top 10 from the same album as Hallucinate do a leaper to 3, and only Physical has fallen short of the top 3, that’s how on fire she is in 2020 – it’s a veritable Greatest Hits already. It’s also her 11th top 10 in total. The S.L.P. gets a 2nd top 10, as Kasabian lose their singer – the solution seems Sergio, I mean obvious… Meanwhile Foster The People grab a 3rd top 20 with a huge climb to 12, and Callum Beattie a first with a slightly-less big climb. Bright Light Bright Light grabs a 3rd top 40, and LEON a 4th.

Highest new entry is Katy Perry, who is smiling at making it close to 30 chart entries in 12 years, a good hit ratio, while Jubel chart the former 1999 chart-topper for Toploader, Dancing In The Moonlight, with the original 1973 hit version by King Harvest getting a chart run when I re-do my original charts in 2023 to compensate for all those non-UK-top-30 tracks that were excluded due to stupid chart rules I had at the time. Kygo is back, bringing Tina Turner with him as his 11th collaboration charts – a remix of Tina’s 1984 other signature song, bringing her back into my charts after a decade away. What’s Love Got To Do With It made my top 10 first time round.

The Big Band Collective looks like a Lockdown collab, and is to support struggling musicians I think, but it features new vocals from Rick Astley, still back in vogue 32 years on, and also Jimmy Somerville who’s been away since his last track in 2015 – a chart-topper with Some Wonder after a 20-year-gap followed by another 5-year gap, and it extends his chart run to 36 years since Bronski Beat debuted. Faithless are also back after a 5-year break, and the first new material since 2007 excluding versions of Insomnia in the interim, but extends their chart run to a quarter of a century give or take.

Talking of 90’s remixes, Sun Is Shining is back again in remix form from Robin Schulz (recent chart-topper still in the top 10), and Bob Marley is back 4 years since his last remix, while the 1999 chart-topping mix of Sun Is Shining is itself a remix of a track that appeared on 3 Marley albums and dates from 1971, a jaw-dropping 50 years old now give or take. Bob popped his clogs 39 years ago, and still seems relevant. Not least, the new entry is adjacent to his old band’s new track which features his daughter and grandson, so you can say a 45-year-span for Bob Marley & The Wailers in my charts since No Woman No Cry went top 10.

1 2 1 4 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 364500
2 7 2 2 HOW LONG Ace featuring Paul Carrack 165000
3 38 3 3 HALLUCINATE Dua Lipa 103800
4 1 1 5 SPINNING OVER YOU REYKO 690000
5 3 3 4 MALIBU Kim Petras 258000
6 5 5 5 FADED Izzy Bizu 172400
7 6 6 4 SHOULD I GIVE IT ALL UP (DEMO) James Blunt 178200
8 4 1 10 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 811300
9 11 9 7 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 163000
10 12 10 5 SAVIOUR (EXTENDED MIX) Dimension & Sharlene Hector 152750

11 9 5 9 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 320350
12 50 12 2 THE THINGS WE DO Foster The People 47000
13 8 8 4 HUSAVIK Will Ferrell & My Marianne 99800
14 14 14 9 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 182000
15 13 7 10 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 359400
16 10 1 7 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 607000
17 51 17 2 SALAMANDER STREET Callum Beattie 34750
18 22 18 5 HALLUCINOGENICS (SEEB REMIX) Matt Maeson 76900
19 19 19 7 A GHOST Travis 89100
20 16 1 17 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1218100

21 15 1 10 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 909750
22 18 18 4 OH WHAT A FEELING Walk Off The Earth 77450
23 24 23 4 DIDN’T WANT TO BE THIS LONELY Pretenders 59250
24 17 3 10 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 517000
25 21 17 9 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 150100
26 45 26 3 I USED TO BE COOL Bright Light Bright Light 33000
27 28 27 6 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 93900
28 57 28 2 AND IT BREAKS MY HEART LEON 28700
29 20 10 10 ALL THAT Sparks 256000
30 30 30 4 RIDE (EDIT) Lenny Kravitz 58400

31 25 2 13 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 655400
32 23 3 10 MOVE The Mamas 481050
33 26 2 10 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 618200
34 37 34 10 BIG LOG Robert Plant 95150
35 33 7 13 SECRETS Regard & Raye 320750
36 32 23 9 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 132950
37 40 37 6 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 74950
38 29 22 7 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 109600
39 27 16 8 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 151000
40 47 40 5 THE WRITER Four Of Diamonds & Mr Eazi 57200

41 31 31 5 BREATHE Marilyn 62800
42 43 42 10 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 92750
43 46 43 10 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 92800
44 44 1 21 SAY SO Doja Cat 1042150
45 36 10 10 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 265800
46 48 46 4 OLD ME 5 Seconds Of Summer 34750
47 35 35 7 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 84250
48 52 48 7 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 61900
49 34 9 11 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 264800
50 39 7 10 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 295900

51 56 51 5 FIRE AND FURY Overcoats 50650
52 63 52 4 MARCH MARCH The Chicks 28700
53 54 53 3 ORDINARY WORLD Duran Duran 29050
54 71 54 4 HEAVEN ON MY MIND Becky Hill & Sigala 22900
55 65 55 6 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 34800
56 60 56 4 ARISTOCRATS Raleigh Ritchie 28600
57 62 57 4 MY HURRICANE Jamie Scott 28600
58 41 34 5 MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING The Killers 64100
59 84 59 2 NATALIE DON’T RAYE 13300
60 64 60 6 ACTION The Sweet 32700

61 70 61 4 KARAOKE BooDaBash & Alessandra Omaroso 18200
62 72 62 5 PYRAMIDS Noonie Bao 28600
63 NEW 63 1 SMILE Katy Perry 7200
64 58 1 11 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 392850
65 59 29 10 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 124350
66 81 66 2 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE Miranda Lambert featuring Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBride, Tenille Townes, and Caylee Hammack 10600
67 67 58 6 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 44400
68 73 68 4 WHERE I’M COMING FROM Lila Ike 17100
69 74 69 6 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 28000
70 76 70 3 THOUSAND FACES Don Diablo & Andy Grammer 12500

71 42 12 10 FAI RUMORE Diodato 202050
72 53 18 11 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 170850
73 80 73 2 PURE The Lightning Seeds 9400
74 83 74 2 MAKE YOU DANCE Meghan Trainor 8600
75 78 75 4 SQUARES Raleigh Ritchie 14000
76 49 26 8 ALICE Lady Gaga 104500
77 75 75 6 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 25400
78 69 69 5 CAN’T START OVER AGAIN Dion featuring Jeff Beck 27800
79 NEW 79 1 DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT Jubel featuring NEIMY 4200
80 86 80 4 THE TIME IS NOW Moloko 9700

81 NEW 81 1 WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Kygo & Tina Turner 3800
82 89 82 2 CHI MAI Ennio Morricone 5800
83 NEW 83 1 I WISH YOU WELL The Big Band Collective featuring Jimmy Somerville & Rick Astley 3400
84 90 84 2 SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult 5200
85 85 85 3 I’M ON MY WAY Bob Sinclar 7800
86 NEW 86 1 SUN IS SHINING Bob Marley Featuring Robin Schulz 2800
87 68 32 9 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 105700
88 NEW 88 1 THIS FEELING Faithless featuring Suli Breaks and Nathan Ball 2400
89 NEW 89 1 RETURN OF THE MACK Mark Morrison 2200
90 NEW 90 1 BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway 2000

DROP OUTS
55 18 9 LAWNMOWER Sparks 160550
61 44 6 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 61950
66 37 6 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 75100
77 5 18 CAUTION The Killers 542050
79 42 6 WOMAN Andreya Triana 64400
82 35 8 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 80200
87 87 3 CRAZY IN LOVE Beyonce featuring Jay-Z 6900
88 35 8 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 99300

 

 

12th July 2020

It’s 3 weeks on top for Spinning Over You as REYKO holds off Watermelon Sugar at 2, which reaches a new peak on it’s 2nd chart run – giving Harry Styles the rare accolade of reaching the top 3 twice inside a 12-month period with the same track. That hardly-ever happens in my charts, as records tend to drop out of my charts naturally once I’ve heard them enough. Getting a second-wind is rare until a suitable length of time has passed. I still love Watermelon Sugar, though, my current karaoke song (at home, natch).

Izzy Bizu goes top 5 with faded, and highest new entry is actually a 1974 top 30 track for me returning after selling well on itunes (an advert probably) – How Long was the only UK hit for the UK band Ace, but they had a bigger US hit with it (perfect-sounding for US radio), while lead-singer Paul Carrack went on to have a still-going career as a solo singer, and guest vocalist for bands such as Squeeze and Mike + The Mechanics, including covering his own song in the 90’s – How Long? 46 years it’s taken to break into my top 20, top 10, and well-deserved too as I love it way more than I did at the time, it sounds fab.

My Marianne & Will Ferrell grab radio 2 Playlisting as everyone agrees Husavik is actually more than a parody Eurovision song – it’s a bloody-good song as good as many a Eurovision winner – and it leaps up to 8 here. Travis grab another top 20 for 2020, making A Ghost their 11th in 23 years, Dua Lipa rockets into the 40 as she Hallucinates her 11th top 40, the previous 10 all going top 10, the only one to fall short being IDGAF. Appropriately, no doubt. Foster The People get a 6th track into my charts, not so many for a 9-year-run, but they include debuting with a chart-topper and a number 2 in 2018.

Callum Beattie debuts with Salamander Street. The only other song featuring that reptile in it that I know of is Salamander Palagander, from Tyrannosaurus Rex way back when. Leon is back again in 2020 for the second time, The Lightning Seeds bring Pure back into my charts 30 years or so on, a gem of a track, and an under-rated 90’s band (again, selling on itunes, must be an advert), The Cult also drop back in after 35 years away with She Sells Sanctuary returning, as does Chi Mai for the late Ennio Morricone after a 39-year absence – I could have charted many more from the 60’s, but as I have been creating brand new weekly charts for the late 60’s contrasting what I liked then with what I like now that I’m older and know way more tracks than I did at the time, I’ve kind of given the Spaghetti Western stuff a good run in those charts recently.

The Guardians Of The Galaxy featured a fab 70’s track from Elvin Bishop, covered about a year ago by a who’s who of female-country acts and missed by me for some reason – but they join the revived (Dixie) Chicks (former) Country female acts on my list with Fooled Around And Fell In Love, headed by Miranda Lambert who gets a second chart entry 6 years on from Automatic. Meghan Trainor also returns again, Raye joins herself on the chart (albeit solo this time), 2 years since Friends went top 20, and I manage to drop the chart length to 90 by chucking out 15 tracks.

1 1 1 4 SPINNING OVER YOU REYKO 625000
2 5 2 3 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 194500
3 4 3 3 MALIBU Kim Petras 198000
4 2 1 9 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 763300
5 13 5 4 FADED Izzy Bizu 117400
6 6 6 3 SHOULD I GIVE IT ALL UP (DEMO) James Blunt 128200
7 NEW 7 1 HOW LONG Ace featuring Paul Carrack 50000
8 36 8 3 HUSAVIK Will Ferrell & My Marianne 67800
9 7 5 8 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 283350
10 3 1 6 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 582000

11 20 11 6 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 118000
12 12 12 4 SAVIOUR (EXTENDED MIX) Dimension & Sharlene Hector 110750
13 11 7 9 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 332400
14 16 14 8 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 153000
15 8 1 9 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 890000
16 14 1 16 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1198100
17 9 3 9 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 498000
18 25 18 3 OH WHAT A FEELING Walk Off The Earth 57950
19 39 19 6 A GHOST Travis 68100
20 10 10 9 ALL THAT Sparks 237800

21 17 17 8 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 131350
22 28 22 4 HALLUCINOGENICS (SEEB REMIX) Matt Maeson 54900
23 15 3 9 MOVE The Mamas 463250
24 29 24 3 DIDN’T WANT TO BE THIS LONELY Pretenders 40000
25 21 2 12 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 637500
26 18 2 9 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 600500
27 19 16 7 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 133900
28 30 28 5 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 75500
29 22 22 6 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 92400
30 40 30 3 RIDE (EDIT) Lenny Kravitz 40400

31 37 31 4 BREATHE Marilyn 48800
32 23 23 8 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 115550
33 33 7 12 SECRETS Regard & Raye 303250
34 24 9 10 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 252700
35 35 35 6 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 71750
36 27 10 9 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 252800
37 46 37 9 BIG LOG Robert Plant 77550
38 94 38 2 HALLUCINATE Dua Lipa 18800
39 31 7 9 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 283900
40 48 40 5 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 57650

41 34 34 4 MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING The Killers 53900
42 32 12 9 FAI RUMORE Diodato 196250
43 47 43 9 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 79000
44 38 1 20 SAY SO Doja Cat 1028900
45 95 45 2 I USED TO BE COOL Bright Light Bright Light 14500
46 52 46 9 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 79300
47 49 47 4 THE WRITER Four Of Diamonds & Mr Eazi 40200
48 61 48 3 OLD ME 5 Seconds Of Summer 22000
49 26 26 7 ALICE Lady Gaga 99700
50 NEW 50 1 THE THINGS WE DO Foster The People 12000

51 NEW 51 1 SALAMANDER STREET Callum Beattie 11750
52 56 52 6 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 49600
53 41 18 10 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 165250
54 66 54 2 ORDINARY WORLD Duran Duran 17800
55 42 18 9 LAWNMOWER Sparks 160550
56 57 56 4 FIRE AND FURY Overcoats 38900
57 NEW 57 1 AND IT BREAKS MY HEART LEON 10400
58 55 1 10 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 385750
59 59 29 9 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 117350
60 68 60 3 ARISTOCRATS Raleigh Ritchie 18000

61 44 44 6 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 61950
62 71 62 3 MY HURRICANE Jamie Scott 18200
63 69 63 3 MARCH MARCH The Chicks 17200
64 74 64 5 ACTION The Sweet 22700
65 76 65 5 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 24000
66 45 37 6 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 75100
67 58 58 5 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 37800
68 50 32 8 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 103100
69 70 69 4 CAN’T START OVER AGAIN Dion featuring Jeff Beck 23400
70 86 70 3 KARAOKE BooDaBash & Alessandra Omaroso 10700

71 78 71 3 HEAVEN ON MY MIND Becky Hill & Sigala 11900
72 72 72 4 PYRAMIDS Noonie Bao 21200
73 80 73 3 WHERE I’M COMING FROM Lila Ike 10700
74 79 74 5 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 21800
75 75 75 5 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 20800
76 93 76 2 THOUSAND FACES Don Diablo & Andy Grammer 6500
77 63 5 18 CAUTION The Killers 542050
78 87 78 3 SQUARES Raleigh Ritchie 9000
79 53 42 6 WOMAN Andreya Triana 64400
80 NEW 80 1 PURE The Lightning Seeds 4000

81 NEW 81 1 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE Miranda Lambert featuring Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBride, Tenille Townes, and Caylee Hammack 3800
82 67 35 8 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 80200
83 NEW 83 1 MAKE YOU DANCE Meghan Trainor 3400
84 NEW 84 1 NATALIE DON’T RAYE 3200
85 92 85 2 I’M ON MY WAY Bob Sinclar 4800
86 91 86 3 THE TIME IS NOW Moloko 5700
87 89 87 3 CRAZY IN LOVE Beyonce featuring Jay-Z 6900
88 54 35 8 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 99300
89 NEW 89 1 CHI MAI Ennio Morricone 2200
90 NEW 90 1 SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult 2000

DROP OUTS
43 1 4 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 268250
51 36 5 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 69250
60 60 5 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 31000
62 52 5 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 41000
64 64 4 CO-CO The Sweet 24700
65 43 7 POLAROID Keith Urban 67450
73 48 7 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 52950
77 77 5 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 18200
81 63 6 NO LOVE Skip Marley 29200
82 76 5 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 19800
83 64 5 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 29100
84 84 3 SONG FOR SAM COOKE (HERE IN AMERICA) Dion featuring Paul Simon 9400
85 2 15 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 591450
88 36 7 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 78900
90 83 3 WE’LL MEET AGAIN Vera Lynn 8800

 

 

5th July 2020

It’s a second week on top for REYKO in an unchanged top 3, as Kim Petras gets a first top 5 with Malibu and Harry Styles leaps up to 5 having peaked at 3 at the end of 2019 with Watermelon Sugar, still sounding fab 6 months later. James Blunt also leaps up to 6 with Should I Give It All Up, the latest track off his (extended) album to go top 10 – 6 have charted, 4 gone top 10, and one peaked at 2 (Halfway with ward Thomas). Sparks also return to the top 10 with all that as the new album gets critical acclaim and a physical release this week.

Biggest climber is Pretenders’ Didn’t Want To Be This Lonely, that Bo Diddley rhythm giving them a first top 40 for 3 years, and Eurovision (the film) gives Iceland another top 40 track in 2020, the feel-good rom-com taking Will Ferrell into the top 40 as he interrupts the fab vocals of Rachel McAdams & Molly Sanden. Marilyn meanwhile gets a first top 40 since 1984, Travis a second of the year, and Lenny Kravitz a first for 2 years.

As I manage to chop my chart down to 95, there are only 5 new entries, the highest being 3rd time round for 1993 chart=topper classic Ordinary World from Duran Duran, selling in itunes again. The other 4 occupy the lowest births, Bob Sinclar returning after his top in 2019 with Robbie Williams, and extending his chart run to 17 years since debuting with The Beat Goes On in 2003, Andt Grammer gets his first for 2 years and a 9-year chart-span as guest this time on a Don Diablo track, Dua Lipa’s 5th entry from her current album pops in as a new single, and Bright Light Bright Light is back for a 4th chart entry in 6 years.

1 1 1 3 SPINNING OVER YOU REYKO 455000
2 2 1 8 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 698300
3 3 1 5 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 540000
4 8 4 2 MALIBU Kim Petras 113000
5 22 5 2 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 79500
6 29 6 2 SHOULD I GIVE IT ALL UP (DEMO) James Blunt 73200
7 5 5 7 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 238350
8 4 1 8 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 863000
9 6 3 8 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 475000
10 12 10 8 ALL THAT Sparks 217800

11 7 7 8 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 300400
12 20 12 3 SAVIOUR (EXTENDED MIX) Dimension & Sharlene Hector 73750
13 30 13 3 FADED Izzy Bizu 57400
14 11 1 15 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1173100
15 10 3 8 MOVE The Mamas 444000
16 18 16 7 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 124000
17 19 17 7 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 111600
18 9 2 8 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 582000
19 16 16 6 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 115500
20 24 20 5 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 81000

21 14 2 11 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 618750
22 25 22 5 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 74200
23 23 23 7 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 97750
24 13 9 9 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 235100
25 38 25 2 OH WHAT A FEELING Walk Off The Earth 35950
26 28 26 6 ALICE Lady Gaga 87600
27 15 10 8 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 235400
28 54 28 3 HALLUCINOGENICS (SEEB REMIX) Matt Maeson 35400
29 86 29 2 DIDN’T WANT TO BE THIS LONELY Pretenders 21000
30 40 30 4 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 57200

31 17 7 8 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 266800
32 27 12 8 FAI RUMORE Diodato 182500
33 26 7 11 SECRETS Regard & Raye 285550
34 39 34 3 MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING The Killers 39900
35 47 35 5 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 54250
36 88 36 2 HUSAVIK Will Ferrell & My Marianne 19800
37 65 37 3 BREATHE Marilyn 30900
38 33 1 19 SAY SO Doja Cat 1014650
39 56 39 5 A GHOST Travis 47100
40 73 40 2 RIDE (EDIT) Lenny Kravitz 22400

41 31 18 9 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 154000
42 34 18 8 LAWNMOWER Sparks 149750
43 21 1 4 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 268250
44 44 44 5 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 54450
45 37 37 5 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 68300
46 49 46 8 BIG LOG Robert Plant 60250
47 48 47 8 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 65500
48 51 48 4 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 40650
49 60 49 3 THE WRITER Four Of Diamonds & Mr Eazi 27700
50 32 32 7 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 96700

51 36 36 5 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 69250
52 53 52 8 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 66550
53 42 42 5 WOMAN Andreya Triana 60200
54 35 35 7 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 96900
55 50 1 9 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 375550
56 59 56 5 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 38100
57 57 57 3 FIRE AND FURY Overcoats 28300
58 58 58 4 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 31200
59 45 29 8 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 107250
60 66 60 5 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 31000

61 89 61 2 OLD ME 5 Seconds Of Summer 9700
62 52 52 5 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 41000
63 46 5 17 CAUTION The Killers 537450
64 67 64 4 CO-CO The Sweet 24700
65 43 43 7 POLAROID Keith Urban 67450
66 NEW 66 1 ORDINARY WORLD Duran Duran 6800
67 41 35 7 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 76600
68 94 68 2 ARISTOCRATS Raleigh Ritchie 8000
69 81 69 2 MARCH MARCH The Chicks 10000
70 71 70 3 CAN’T START OVER AGAIN Dion featuring Jeff Beck 17200

71 75 71 2 MY HURRICANE Jamie Scott 10800
72 74 72 3 PYRAMIDS Noonie Bao 15600
73 55 48 7 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 52950
74 82 74 4 ACTION The Sweet 15600
75 77 75 4 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 15800
76 78 76 4 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 17000
77 80 77 5 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 18200
78 93 78 2 HEAVEN ON MY MIND Becky Hill & Sigala 6100
79 79 79 4 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 16600
80 97 80 2 WHERE I’M COMING FROM Lila Ike 5300

81 63 63 6 NO LOVE Skip Marley 29200
82 76 76 5 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 19800
83 64 64 5 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 29100
84 84 84 3 SONG FOR SAM COOKE (HERE IN AMERICA) Dion featuring Paul Simon 9400
85 61 2 15 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 591450
86 91 86 2 KARAOKE BooDaBash & Alessandra Omaroso 4700
87 90 87 2 SQUARES Raleigh Ritchie 4600
88 72 36 7 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 78900
89 95 89 2 CRAZY IN LOVE Beyonce featuring Jay-Z 3700
90 83 83 3 WE’LL MEET AGAIN Vera Lynn 8800

91 100 91 2 THE TIME IS NOW Moloko 2900
92 NEW 92 1 I’M ON MY WAY Bob Sinclar 1800
93 NEW 93 1 THOUSAND FACES Don Diablo & Andy Grammer 1700
94 NEW 94 1 HALLUCINATE Dua Lipa 1600
95 NEW 95 1 I USED TO BE COOL Bright Light Bright Light 1500

DROP OUTS
62 32 6 NHS70 Only Sun 81400
68 19 8 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 115350
69 24 8 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 113350
70 20 7 VOICES Hurts 109300
85 71 5 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 19800
87 50 6 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 43200
92 39 10 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 102650
96 20 9 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 118450
98 17 7 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 113700
99 28 8 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 95100

 

 

29th June 2020

It’s a new chart-topper for REYKO after entering at 2 last week, just edging out the still-fab Robin Schulz track, while a largely static top 10 is enlivened by Kim Petras in at 8 with Malibu, not the place, the drink. Your kisses are like Malibu, she sings – presumably too many and you feel sickly before throwing up. It’s not entirely unlike The Jacksons Shake Your Body rhythmically, and gives Kim a second top 20 2 years on from Heart To Break.

Harry Styles is back with Watermelon Sugar, after going top 5 with it on a lengthy run at the end of 2019. Yes, that’s right, pre-coronavirus days. Seems positively nostalgic now! Still a career high though, and his solo career already beats the crap out of everything One Direction did. James Blunt is doing an extended edition with a fab track addition bizarrely missed off the album, in at 29, I think in the long run this stage of his career will turn out to be my fave James Blunt period. Walk Off The Earth are also back, 8 years into lots of chart entries in my charts, without ever bothering the UK charts. Not necessarily a bad thing considering what streaming companies plug into the charts these days.

The Killers replace themselves in the 40, Lenny Kravitz is back again for a 30-year-run with new material, and I’ve had to extend my charts again to 100 as the sheer volume of good tracks entering and going up overwhelms my ability to chop it down to 75, which is what I want to do! Jamie Scott had some hits back in the mid-noughties, and a had a monster with his alter-ego Graffiti 6 before that, and has popped in occasionally since as songwriter for One Direction, or guest vocals, but I’d missed his 2014 track My Hurricane which popped up when I let his new track on youtube drift on while I was distracted. It’s better than the new one.

The Dixie Chicks return after a very brief absence, minus the Dixie. Not that it’ll lose them any right-wing fans, they all buggered off 20 years ago when they slagged off Bush as the poor dears couldn’t cope with the concept of someone holding a different political point of view. Probably the same ones refusing to wear face masks and voting Trump. Chrissie Hynde & the boys are also back for a second 2020 track, 41 years since Stop Your Sobbin’ debuted Pretenders, the becky Hill & Sigala production-line of entries rolls on, Raleigh Ritchie charts 2 new album tracks in the wake of his brilliant chart-topper (also on the album) Time In A Tree and his surviving to the very end of Game Of Thrones. There’s also a new Eurovision hit – sort of. Will Ferrell’s new comedy film ‘representing’ Iceland who were actually cruelly denied a win in 2020 (guaranteed!) due to Coronavirus cancellation.

1 2 1 1 SPINNING OVER YOU REYKO 285000
2 1 1 7 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 583300
3 3 1 4 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 455000
4 5 1 7 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 815000
5 8 5 6 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 188350
6 6 3 7 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 430000
7 7 7 7 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 263400
8 NEW 8 1 MALIBU Kim Petras 48000
9 9 2 7 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 560000
10 10 3 7 MOVE The Mamas 417000

11 11 1 14 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1144100
12 12 10 7 ALL THAT Sparks 175800
13 13 9 8 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 216100
14 14 2 10 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 599000
15 15 10 7 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 217000
16 16 16 5 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 94500
17 17 7 7 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 249000
18 18 18 6 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 99000
19 20 19 6 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 88600
20 25 20 2 SAVIOUR (EXTENDED MIX) Dimension & Sharlene Hector 38750

21 4 1 3 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 254750
22 NEW 22 1 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 19500
23 23 23 6 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 78500
24 26 24 4 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 61000
25 29 25 4 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 54700
26 21 7 10 SECRETS Regard & Raye 267850
27 28 12 7 FAI RUMORE Diodato 164700
28 30 28 5 ALICE Lady Gaga 69100
29 NEW 29 1 SHOULD I GIVE IT ALL UP (DEMO) James Blunt 18200
30 62 30 2 FADED Izzy Bizu 25400

31 22 18 8 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 140000
32 36 32 6 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 84700
33 27 1 18 SAY SO Doja Cat 997450
34 33 18 7 LAWNMOWER Sparks 136000
35 37 35 6 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 85900
36 40 36 4 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 57500
37 42 37 4 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 55300
38 NEW 38 1 OH WHAT A FEELING Walk Off The Earth 17200
39 74 39 2 MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING The Killers 22300
40 49 40 3 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 39200

41 35 35 6 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 70000
42 45 42 4 WOMAN Andreya Triana 48950
43 44 43 6 POLAROID Keith Urban 60450
44 52 44 4 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 41200
45 34 29 7 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 97150
46 38 5 16 CAUTION The Killers 530250
47 53 47 4 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 36750
48 54 48 7 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 53300
49 57 49 7 BIG LOG Robert Plant 47500
50 46 1 8 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 364750

51 58 51 3 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 28350
52 59 52 4 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 33600
53 55 53 7 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 55050
54 69 54 2 HALLUCINOGENICS (SEEB REMIX) Matt Maeson 17200
55 48 48 6 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 47550
56 60 56 4 A GHOST Travis 30000
57 61 57 2 FIRE AND FURY Overcoats 17900
58 65 58 3 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 21000
59 63 59 4 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 27500
60 72 60 2 THE WRITER Four Of Diamonds & Mr Eazi 15600

61 47 2 14 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 588450
62 32 32 6 NHS70 Only Sun 81400
63 66 63 5 NO LOVE Skip Marley 25400
64 64 64 4 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 25700
65 67 65 2 BREATHE Marilyn 13600
66 68 66 4 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 21000
67 70 67 3 CO-CO The Sweet 17600
68 19 19 8 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 115350
69 24 24 8 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 113350
70 31 20 7 VOICES Hurts 109300

71 73 71 2 CAN’T START OVER AGAIN Dion featuring Jeff Beck 11200
72 41 36 6 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 76500
73 NEW 73 1 RIDE (EDIT) Lenny Kravitz 5400
74 76 74 2 PYRAMIDS Noonie Bao 10000
75 NEW 75 1 MY HURRICANE Jamie Scott 5000
76 77 76 4 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 16200
77 84 77 3 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 10800
78 78 78 3 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 12200
79 79 79 3 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 12400
80 80 80 4 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 13600

81 NEW 81 1 MARCH MARCH The Chicks 3800
82 82 82 3 ACTION The Sweet 10400
83 83 83 2 WE’LL MEET AGAIN Vera Lynn 6800
84 85 84 2 SONG FOR SAM COOKE (HERE IN AMERICA) Dion featuring Paul Simon 6200
85 71 71 5 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 19800
86 NEW 86 1 DIDN’T WANT TO BE THIS LONELY Pretenders 2800
87 50 50 6 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 43200
88 NEW 88 1 HUSAVIK Will Ferrell & My Marianne 2400
89 NEW 89 1 OLD ME 5 Seconds Of Summer 2200
90 NEW 90 1 SQUARES Raleigh Ritchie 2000

91 NEW 91 1 KARAOKE BooDaBash & Alessandra Omaroso 1900
92 39 39 10 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 102650
93 NEW 93 1 HEAVEN ON MY MIND Becky Hill & Sigala 1700
94 NEW 94 1 ARISTOCRATS Raleigh Ritchie 1600
95 NEW 95 1 CRAZY IN LOVE Beyonce featuring Jay-Z 1500
96 51 20 9 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 118450
97 NEW 97 1 WHERE I’M COMING FROM Lila Ike 1300
98 56 17 7 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 113700
99 43 28 8 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 95100
100 NEW 100 1 THE TIME IS NOW Moloko 1000

DROP OUTS
75 65 5 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 19800
81 22 10 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 135050

 

 

21st June 2020

It’s Robin Schulz and Alida on top, both getting a first number one with a huge European hit that means nowt in the UK. What planet are we on, eh?! Different universe… Meanwhile REYKO are in at 2 with the brilliant Spinning Over You, SO catchy from the London-based synthpop duo, leaving Lennon Stella to grab her first top 10 with a bit of assist from Charlie Puth who had a previous best of 12 with Marvin Gaye. The song Marvin Gaye that is.

In at 25, a rousing club anthem from Dimension who gives Sharlene Hector a credit, unlike her previous grouchy mate Duke Dumont on the brilliant Therapy. Sharlene back in the day worked with Basement Jaxx and can be seen in Ronnie Scotts when it’s open next, presumably. US band Overcoats enter with Fire and Fury, girl band delight, Four Of Diamonds return, another Seeb remix pops in, and The Killers follow-up lower down.

In veterans corner we lost Vera Lynn this week aged 103, so it’s about time I charted the 80-odd-year-old We’ll Meet Again in tribute, possibly the oldest record ever to debut in my charts in terms of time taken to chart, although not in recording age. It was never one I loved as I was growing up, it was always on The Good Old Days and other oldtime variety shows and didn’t fit in with my current chart interests, but time mellows one, and it’s rather endearing these days. Marilyn is also back, a bit battered and bruised emotionally & financially of late, and needing a record deal, but Mazza’s posted some tracks lately including this lovely ballad with the late Miss Claudia back on support vocals, and a best-ever vocal performance from them both, Breathe is in at 67. That’s a chart gap of 35 years since Baby U Left Me, but now a chart span of 36 years, hooray!

Finally we have Dion back with a blues album with oodles of featured famous music buddies, and I’ve cherry-picked two tracks, one with Jeff Beck, who’s guitar always gives added class and who gets a chart-span of 48 years, and another track with Paul Simon, who’s chart career expands to a whopping 51 years and 6 months with new material, a new record. It’s possible Tom Jones, or Lulu, or another act still with us who first charted in 1968 could grab the title from him but it seems unlikely for a while. Paul was charting earlier than that of course, back in 1966 in the UK, and Dion was even longer ago with classics like The Wanderer (which charted for me in 1976 as an oldie) and Runaround Sue, so technically he has to make do with a chart span of 44 years rather than 60, but Can’t Start Over Again and Song For Sam Cooke (at 3 in my chart with his Civil Rights song recorded a few months before he was shot and killed in 1964, and someone who toured with Dion in the early 60’s) are Dion’s first appearance with new material since 1990 – when he also got an assist from Paul Simon.

1 3 1 6 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 468300
2 NEW 2 1 SPINNING OVER YOU REYKO 115000
3 2 1 3 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 370000
4 1 1 2 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 235000
5 4 1 6 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 750000
6 7 3 6 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 375000
7 8 7 6 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 213400
8 15 8 5 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 128350
9 5 2 6 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 515000
10 6 3 6 MOVE The Mamas 375000

11 11 1 13 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1107100
12 10 10 6 ALL THAT Sparks 140800
13 9 9 7 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 184100
14 14 2 9 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 570000
15 13 10 6 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 190000
16 17 16 4 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 69500
17 12 7 6 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 226000
18 25 18 5 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 77000
19 23 19 7 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 108950
20 22 20 5 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 67600

21 16 7 9 SECRETS Regard & Raye 249350
22 18 18 7 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 122100
23 26 23 5 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 59250
24 27 24 7 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 107150
25 NEW 25 1 SAVIOUR (EXTENDED MIX) Dimension & Sharlene Hector 18750
26 33 26 3 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 42000
27 21 1 17 SAY SO Doja Cat 979750
28 19 12 6 FAI RUMORE Diodato 146300
29 46 29 3 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 35950
30 31 30 4 ALICE Lady Gaga 50800

31 20 20 6 VOICES Hurts 103300
32 32 32 5 NHS70 Only Sun 74000
33 24 18 6 LAWNMOWER Sparks 118400
34 29 29 6 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 84150
35 39 35 5 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 56000
36 37 36 5 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 66900
37 38 37 5 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 68400
38 30 5 15 CAUTION The Killers 516500
39 44 39 9 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 100850
40 47 40 3 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 40100

41 36 36 5 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 70900
42 45 42 3 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 38000
43 28 28 7 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 94000
44 48 44 5 POLAROID Keith Urban 46950
45 49 45 3 WOMAN Andreya Triana 35200
46 42 1 7 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 352750
47 40 2 13 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 580950
48 51 48 5 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 36750
49 59 49 2 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 22200
50 50 50 5 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 40600

51 34 20 8 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 117050
52 53 52 3 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 27950
53 55 53 3 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 24250
54 60 54 6 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 41000
55 56 55 6 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 43800
56 35 17 6 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 112500
57 62 57 6 BIG LOG Robert Plant 35400
58 68 58 2 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 16600
59 63 59 3 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 22100
60 74 60 3 A GHOST Travis 19400

61 NEW 61 1 FIRE AND FURY Overcoats 7500
62 NEW 62 1 FADED Izzy Bizu 7400
63 66 63 3 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 17400
64 64 64 3 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 18600
65 81 65 2 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 10800
66 67 66 4 NO LOVE Skip Marley 18200
67 NEW 67 1 BREATHE Marilyn 6600
68 76 68 3 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 14200
69 NEW 69 1 HALLUCINOGENICS (SEEB REMIX) Matt Maeson 6200
70 75 70 2 CO-CO The Sweet 11000

71 73 71 4 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 16800
72 NEW 72 1 THE WRITER Four Of Diamonds & Mr Eazi 5600
73 NEW 73 1 CAN’T START OVER AGAIN Dion featuring Jeff Beck 5400
74 NEW 74 1 MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING The Killers 5200
75 65 65 5 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 19800
76 NEW 76 1 PYRAMIDS Noonie Bao 4800
77 79 77 3 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 11400
78 83 78 2 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 7800
79 80 79 2 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 8200
80 82 80 3 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 9600

81 54 22 10 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 135050
82 84 82 2 ACTION The Sweet 6800
83 NEW 83 1 WE’LL MEET AGAIN Vera Lynn 3400
84 85 84 2 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 6200
85 NEW 85 1 SONG FOR SAM COOKE (HERE IN AMERICA) Dion featuring Paul Simon 3000

DROPPED OUT
41 26 8 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 108500
43 20 6 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 100000
52 52 6 BRAZIL Doves 51500
57 10 14 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 238350
58 2 18 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 837700
61 1 19 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1082250
69 30 5 ON FIRE The Roop 72500
70 32 7 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 76400
71 27 5 THINK ABOUT THINGS Dadi Freyr 72800
72 72 4 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 19000
77 57 5 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 52300
78 1 42 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1303500

 

 

14th June 2020

It’s a 70’s classic knocking off a 60’s classic, as The Ballroom Blitz returns to the top spot 47 years on from topping for 2 weeks in late 1973 as I moved from Lincoln to Gloucester, and Glam Rock rules the roost with Wizzard and The Sweet. I loved The Sweet, and this week saw the third member of the original line-up pass away, Steve Priest. They were often described a rock band of roadie-types decked out in glitter and mascara, but the one who camped-it-up to the limit was Steve in his outrageous outfits and blowin’ kisses. His voice was the one with the short catchy noticeable bits. Still an exciting record, and a few other Sweet tracks pop back in – those needing a “sales” boost, as opposed to bigger tracks that already are well into my “million’sellers” territory.

New Order go top 10 for the first time in 15 years, Sparks get a 3rd top 10 in 6 months as they replace themselves with All That, track 1 on the new album, and Mel C gets a big climb for a 2nd top 20 of the year. Lady Gaga leapfrogs herself with Alice, The S.L.P. rocket in for a second top 40, who needs Kasabian?! Actual new tracks are thin on the ground giving me an opportunity to chop the chart down in size to 85, but there’s Topic, Surfaces & Elton John, giving him 2 actual new tracks in the chart for the first time in yonks and yonks, Ella Henderson extending her run and ditto Sigma and John Newman.

1 NEW 1 1 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 170000
2 1 1 2 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 285000
3 3 3 5 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 298300
4 2 1 5 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 690000
5 4 2 5 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 470000
6 5 3 5 MOVE The Mamas 333000
7 6 3 5 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 320000
8 7 7 5 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 163400
9 12 9 6 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 152100
10 17 10 5 ALL THAT Sparks 105800

11 8 1 12 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1070100
12 9 7 5 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 203000
13 10 10 5 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 163000
14 11 2 8 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 541000
15 15 15 4 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 80350
16 13 7 8 SECRETS Regard & Raye 229600
17 37 17 3 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 44500
18 19 18 6 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 102600
19 14 12 5 FAI RUMORE Diodato 128000
20 24 20 5 VOICES Hurts 85400

21 16 1 16 SAY SO Doja Cat 961350
22 35 22 4 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 47600
23 29 23 6 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 87950
24 18 18 5 LAWNMOWER Sparks 100700
25 25 25 4 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 55000
26 47 26 4 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 40000
27 30 27 6 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 88150
28 31 28 6 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 80500
29 32 29 5 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 66550
30 21 5 14 CAUTION The Killers 499300

31 52 31 3 ALICE Lady Gaga 32800
32 33 32 4 NHS70 Only Sun 56200
33 71 33 2 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 23500
34 22 20 7 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 105300
35 27 17 5 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 101900
36 36 36 4 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 56900
37 38 37 4 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 49500
38 39 38 4 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 51100
39 55 39 4 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 38500
40 28 2 12 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 568450

41 26 26 8 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 108500
42 23 1 6 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 340000
43 20 20 6 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 100000
44 45 44 8 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 83750
45 53 45 2 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 24250
46 75 46 2 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 17750
47 56 47 2 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 23100
48 58 48 4 POLAROID Keith Urban 33700
49 59 49 2 WOMAN Andreya Triana 22200
50 60 50 4 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 28600

51 64 51 4 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 24450
52 54 52 6 BRAZIL Doves 51500
53 74 53 2 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 16450
54 34 22 9 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 131250
55 89 55 2 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 13000
56 62 56 5 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 33000
57 40 10 14 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 238350
58 42 2 18 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 837700
59 NEW 59 1 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 10100
60 65 60 5 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 30000

61 50 1 19 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1082250
62 70 62 5 BIG LOG Robert Plant 25000
63 76 63 2 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 12000
64 78 64 2 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 11500
65 80 65 4 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 14800
66 83 66 2 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 10200
67 88 67 3 NO LOVE Skip Marley 11400
68 NEW 68 1 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 6400
69 43 30 5 ON FIRE The Roop 72500
70 44 32 7 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 76400

71 41 27 5 THINK ABOUT THINGS Dadi Freyr 72800
72 72 72 4 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 19000
73 86 73 3 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 11000
74 79 74 2 A GHOST Travis 9400
75 NEW 75 1 CO-CO The Sweet 5000
76 85 76 2 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 7800
77 57 57 5 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 52300
78 77 1 42 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1303500
79 87 79 2 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 6800
80 NEW 80 1 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 4000

81 NEW 81 1 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 3800
82 90 82 2 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 5600
83 NEW 83 1 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 3400
84 NEW 84 1 ACTION The Sweet 3200
85 NEW 85 1 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 3000

DROP OUTS
46 12 10 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 188950
48 10 12 WHO I AM Melanie C 281650
49 9 11 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 261500
51 17 8 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 120750
61 39 5 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 47000
63 63 4 CLEOPATRA Efendi 18200
66 6 14 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 363550
67 19 11 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 137000
68 60 4 DAISIES Katy Perry 22100
69 1 27 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1445550
73 47 5 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 49400
81 9 14 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 314100
82 34 7 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 77900
84 84 3 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (LIVE) Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 7800

 

7th June 2020

It’s straight in at 1 for a track that never stops being relevant, Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come, a second week in total 2 years since it last topped and it’s 3rd chart run in all. Sam had already been shot dead for 6 or 7 years by the time I was aware of him as a teenager, and this track is the jewel in his very bejewelled crown, dating from 1964 and the Civil Rights movement.

Sparks take All That into the top 20, giving them 3 this week, Galantis gets a 2nd top 40, Mel C replaces herself in the 40, and new entries include JP Cooper getting his 2nd of 2020, Erasure returning after a gap of 5 years, which gives Andy a span of 34 years, and Vince a glittering span of 39 years including his Depeche days. Andreya Triana returns belatedly with a 2-year-old track I missed but which is selling on itunes, as is Sam Cooke, The S.L.P. finally follows-up his chart-topper, Jessie Ware replaces herself in the chart, Anna Of The North get a 4th entry in 5 years.

The Coral return after a 13-year absence, thanks to a Lockdown Blossoms cover of their 2002 top 10 Dreaming Of You, Jason Mraz is back after an 8-year gap, Travis extend their run to 23 years of chart entries, Deadmau5 to 9 years, and Candy Dulfer to 30 years after keeping her sax absent for almost 30 years, but now she’s on a track from the returning Brand New Heavies who grab 2 this week after a gap of 22 years, having had quite a run from 1991 through 1998. Hooray!

1 NEW 1 1 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 170000
2 1 1 4 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 625000
3 5 3 4 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 213300
4 2 2 4 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 410000
5 3 3 4 MOVE The Mamas 278000
6 4 3 4 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 270000
7 9 7 4 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 115400
8 8 1 11 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1033100
9 7 7 4 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 168000
10 10 10 4 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 131000

11 6 2 7 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 512000
12 14 12 5 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 107100
13 11 7 7 SECRETS Regard & Raye 204600
14 12 12 4 FAI RUMORE Diodato 107000
15 23 15 3 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 53350
16 15 1 15 SAY SO Doja Cat 941600
17 33 17 4 ALL THAT Sparks 63800
18 18 18 4 LAWNMOWER Sparks 81700
19 19 19 5 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 80600
20 24 20 5 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 86500

21 16 5 13 CAUTION The Killers 481300
22 20 20 6 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 87700
23 13 1 5 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 326250
24 26 24 4 VOICES Hurts 65400
25 48 25 3 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 36250
26 27 26 7 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 94500
27 17 17 4 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 84400
28 21 2 11 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 551450
29 38 29 5 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 68700
30 40 30 5 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 69750

31 36 31 5 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 62200
32 37 32 4 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 48350
33 43 33 3 NHS70 Only Sun 38400
34 22 22 8 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 120250
35 62 35 3 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 28100
36 49 36 3 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 39500
37 79 37 2 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 21500
38 56 38 3 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 32200
39 55 39 3 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 33900
40 28 10 13 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 227950

41 29 27 4 THINK ABOUT THINGS Dadi Freyr 68000
42 25 2 17 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 827500
43 30 30 4 ON FIRE The Roop 66300
44 32 32 6 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 70400
45 46 45 7 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 70500
46 31 12 10 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 188950
47 69 47 3 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 21500
48 34 10 12 WHO I AM Melanie C 281650
49 35 9 11 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 261500
50 42 1 18 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1074750

51 44 17 8 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 120750
52 83 52 2 ALICE Lady Gaga 14900
53 NEW 53 1 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 11250
54 54 54 5 BRAZIL Doves 40000
55 65 55 3 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 21400
56 NEW 56 1 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 10600
57 59 57 4 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 27700
58 63 58 3 POLAROID Keith Urban 21400
59 NEW 59 1 WOMAN Andreya Triana 10100
60 78 60 3 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 16600

61 39 39 5 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 47000
62 67 62 4 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 22400
63 66 63 4 CLEOPATRA Efendi 18200
64 80 64 3 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 12700
65 70 65 4 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 20000
66 51 6 14 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 363550
67 45 19 11 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 137000
68 60 60 4 DAISIES Katy Perry 22100
69 64 1 27 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1445550
70 72 70 4 BIG LOG Robert Plant 17600

71 NEW 71 1 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 5800
72 73 72 3 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 13400
73 47 47 5 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 49400
74 NEW 74 1 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 5000
76 NEW 76 1 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 4800
77 75 1 41 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1299100
78 NEW 78 1 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 4400
79 NEW 79 1 A GHOST Travis 4200
80 87 80 3 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 7800

81 57 9 14 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 314100
82 58 34 7 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 77900
83 NEW 83 1 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 3400
84 84 84 3 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (LIVE) Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 7800
85 NEW 85 1 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 3000
86 86 86 2 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 5600
87 NEW 87 1 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 2600
88 88 88 2 NO LOVE Skip Marley 4800
89 NEW 89 1 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 2200
90 NEW 90 1 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 2000

41 7 4 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 130000
50 50 4 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 35600
52 17 10 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 163200
53 53 7 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 52250
61 7 17 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 313300
68 4 14 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 452300
71 14 10 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 175600
74 74 3 WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright 9900
76 36 6 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 75550
77 37 7 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 71750
81 15 13 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 197550
82 82 3 TOP OF THE WORLD Carpenters 6900
85 6 15 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 375350
89 89 2 FAIRYTALE Alexander Rybak 3200
90 90 1 KOKOMO The Beach Boys 2000

 

 

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Where I should have been early May, had coronavirus not been a thing….Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria

31st May 2020

It’s Ben Dolic at 1 for the 3rd week, holding off 3 Eurovision rivals, as Huey Lewis & The News get a second top 10 track 38 years since they got their first – no not the Back To The Future Power Of Love, it’s 1982’s Heart And Soul which did it twice in the 80’s. That’s probably the longest ever wait for a 2nd top 10 with new material. Sparks a thing or two about top 10’s, and also gaps between them, and now extend their run to 46 years with Left Out In The Cold, with at least their 11th, though it might be more. To boot, they make it 3 simultaneous top 40’s, which is a first for them.

Cher goes top 20, which would in theory extend her run of solo entries to 54 years, cos I loved Bang Bang to bits back in 1966 when I wasn’t charting yet. Lissie gets a 4th top 20, and like Cher, both are former chart-toppers, and Lennon Stella brings Charlie Puth back into the 40, with Summer Feelings matching the hot weather, Ariana & Justin B add to their top 40’s.

New entries from Melanie C, following up while still top 40, 2 new Lady Gaga tracks to give her 3 simultaneously, and it’s probably 9 years since she last did that, and one of them an unlikely dance track with Elton John, who has charted with millions of acts: Kiki Dee, John Lennon, Scissor Sisters, RuPaul, Cliff Richard, George Michael, among many. More importantly, that makes it 49 years of chart activity since Your Song started it off. Skip Marley gets a second chart credit this week, solo and with his grandad’s band, and The Beach Boys are back with Kokomo cos it’s selling on itunes, not sure why, after charting 32 years back with it.

1 1 1 3 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 510000
2 2 2 3 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 345000
3 3 3 3 MOVE The Mamas 218000
4 4 3 3 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 215000
5 7 5 3 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 128300
6 5 2 6 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 475000
7 8 7 3 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 123000
8 6 1 10 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 985100
9 38 9 3 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 65400
10 15 10 3 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 89000

11 11 7 6 SECRETS Regard & Raye 172600
12 16 12 3 FAI RUMORE Diodato 78000
13 9 1 4 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 307000
14 20 14 4 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 72100
15 12 1 14 SAY SO Doja Cat 916600
16 13 5 12 CAUTION The Killers 461550
17 18 17 3 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 66000
18 22 18 3 LAWNMOWER Sparks 59700
19 36 19 4 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 59600
20 24 20 5 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 68200

21 14 2 10 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 533150
22 25 22 7 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 102650
23 64 23 2 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 26350
24 30 24 4 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 66500
25 17 2 16 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 814250
26 35 26 3 VOICES Hurts 46400
27 29 27 6 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 76000
28 10 10 12 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 210950
29 27 27 3 THINK ABOUT THINGS Dadi Freyr 54000
30 32 30 3 ON FIRE The Roop 52800

31 21 12 9 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 176200
32 39 32 5 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 57150
33 47 33 3 ALL THAT Sparks 40800
34 23 10 11 WHO I AM Melanie C 269350
35 26 9 10 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 249400
36 48 36 4 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 44300
37 53 37 3 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 30550
38 43 38 4 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 50500
39 50 39 4 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 39500
40 46 40 4 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 51850

41 19 7 4 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 130000
42 34 1 17 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1062750
43 63 43 2 NHS70 Only Sun 20700
44 28 17 7 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 109000
45 33 19 10 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 130400
46 51 46 6 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 57500
47 52 47 4 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 44000
48 74 48 2 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 17500
49 60 49 2 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 22100
50 57 50 4 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 35600

51 37 6 13 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 356750
52 31 17 10 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 163200
53 58 53 7 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 52250
54 68 54 4 BRAZIL Doves 29000
55 70 55 2 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 16800
56 78 56 2 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 15000
57 42 9 13 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 309300
58 45 34 6 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 74300
59 73 59 3 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 17300
60 79 60 3 DAISIES Katy Perry 15700

61 40 7 17 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 313300
62 84 62 2 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 10600
63 80 63 2 POLAROID Keith Urban 11200
64 62 1 26 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1439350
65 82 65 2 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 10600
66 87 66 3 CLEOPATRA Efendi 11000
67 72 67 3 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 15000
68 44 4 14 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 452300
69 86 69 2 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 9000
70 76 70 3 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 13000

71 41 14 10 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 175600
72 81 72 3 BIG LOG Robert Plant 11600
73 88 73 2 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 7800
74 85 74 3 WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright 9900
75 75 1 40 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1294500
76 55 36 6 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 75550
77 49 37 7 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 71750
78 89 78 2 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 6600
79 NEW 79 1 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 4200
80 94 80 2 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 5600

81 56 15 13 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 197550
82 91 82 3 TOP OF THE WORLD Carpenters 6900
83 NEW 83 1 ALICE Lady Gaga 3400
84 96 84 2 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (LIVE) Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 4600
85 59 6 15 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 375350
86 NEW 86 1 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 2800
87 98 87 2 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 3800
88 NEW 88 1 NO LOVE Skip Marley 2400
89 100 89 2 FAIRYTALE Alexander Rybak 3200
90 NEW 90 1 KOKOMO The Beach Boys 2000

DROP OUTS
54 11 12 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 270850
61 24 8 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 102400
65 65 3 MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie 18400
66 53 5 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 41150
67 35 9 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 85650
69 27 9 STORM The Fizz 88000
71 61 5 THE BUZZ Pretenders 32600
77 77 2 HALLELUJAH Milk and Honey 8600
83 33 9 RESERVATION The Fizz 75300
90 39 6 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 55050
92 12 11 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 183050
93 93 2 SUPERGIRL Stefania 3000
95 95 2 UNO Little Big 2600
97 97 2 SHOORAH! SHOORAH! Betty Wright 2500
99 99 2 CLEAN-UP WOMAN Betty Wright 2100

 

 

 

24th May 2020

It’s 2 weeks on top for Ben Dolic, heading a Eurovision top 4, half of the top 10, and almost quarter of the top 40 – whichever you look at it, that makes the biggest Eurovision on my charts – EVER! Ironic that it’s the Contest That Never Was. What a ridiculous decision not to play the entries in full on the night! I predict 2021 will be a complete letdown of second-rate tracks as the chances of all the great tracks being equalled must be quite low! Anyway, Ben is the 13th Eurovision chart-topper, starting with Dana in 1970, New Seekers, 1972, Abba 1974, Teach-In 1975 and then a huge gap until 1995 Love City Groove, 2009 Alexander Rybak, 2010 Chane & N’Evergreen and also Paula Selig & OVI, 2011 Getter Jaani, 2014 Molly, 2018 Saara Alto, 2019 Duncan Laurence. 6 of them were contest winners, 7 of them weren’t. Only 3 UK entries have ever topped my chart – though Sandie Shaw would have had I been charting then, as well.

Robin Schulz has a big climb into the 10, his first 6 years on from his debut, Neil Young returns to the top 10 28 years on with Harvest Moon, The 1975 finally get a top 40 track, Hurts get yet another, ditto Cher who gets a 2nd Abba track into the 40, and Huey Lewis top 40 for the first time since 1986!

New entries from Gaga & Ariana joined up, in at 60, Jonas Brothers returning, Galantis & faouzia both following up tracks higher up in the chart, but joining together this time, and The Wailers return Bob-Marley-less, but keep it in the family with Skip Marley following up on his Katy Perry chart-topper, and Cedella Marley, grandson and daughter of the late Bob. Shaggy is also along for the ride for his 27 years of charting. I’m assuming the only member of The Wailers present is Aston Barrett who still tours under the name with family members, and who backed Marley from 1974 through 1980, and so is back with new material for the first time in 40 years, and has a span of 45 years now. The other absentee back after a decade away is Mary J. Blige, some 28 years since her debut, more recently seen in a fab role on fab Netflix series The Umbrella Academy – a hard ass ruthless pissed-off time travelling hit-person. Not typecast!

1 1 1 2 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 340000
2 2 2 2 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 230000
3 8 3 2 MOVE The Mamas 133000
4 3 3 2 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 150000
5 4 2 5 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 420000
6 6 1 9 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 937100
7 28 7 2 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 68300
8 16 8 2 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 73000
9 5 1 3 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 275000
10 13 10 11 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 192650

11 7 7 5 SECRETS Regard & Raye 135600
12 12 1 13 SAY SO Doja Cat 889600
13 11 5 11 CAUTION The Killers 436550
14 10 2 9 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 513400
15 20 15 2 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 47000
16 30 16 2 FAI RUMORE Diodato 43000
17 14 2 15 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 795500
18 19 18 2 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 43000
19 9 7 3 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 116000
20 39 20 3 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 43100

21 21 12 8 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 158300
22 29 22 2 LAWNMOWER Sparks 37700
23 18 10 10 WHO I AM Melanie C 251750
24 38 24 4 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 48200
25 26 25 6 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 83150
26 15 9 9 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 231900
27 36 27 2 THINK ABOUT THINGS Daoi Freyr 35800
28 17 17 6 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 95750
29 47 29 5 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 57600
30 35 30 3 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 47500

31 22 17 9 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 151700
32 40 32 2 ON FIRE The Roop 34800
33 31 19 9 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 117400
34 27 1 16 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1049000
35 57 35 2 VOICES Hurts 27900
36 54 36 3 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 38600
37 24 6 12 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 345000
38 84 38 2 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 20400
39 53 39 4 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 39350
40 23 7 16 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 305800

41 25 14 9 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 169800
42 34 9 12 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 298900
43 48 43 3 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 33300
44 32 4 13 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 445900
45 41 34 5 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 64100
46 52 46 3 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 34850
47 56 47 2 ALL THAT Sparks 23100
48 62 48 3 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 26900
49 37 37 6 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 67150
50 74 50 3 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 22400

51 55 51 5 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 44750
52 60 52 3 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 31500
53 90 53 2 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 13250
54 33 11 12 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 270850
55 43 36 5 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 70750
56 42 15 12 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 193750
57 67 57 3 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 23600
58 66 58 6 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 41000
59 44 6 14 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 372350
60 NEW 60 1 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 10000

61 45 24 8 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 102400
62 58 1 25 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1432250
63 NEW 63 1 NHS70 Only Sun 7200
64 NEW 64 1 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 7100
65 70 65 3 MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie 18400
66 59 53 5 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 41150
67 46 35 9 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 85650
68 71 68 3 BRAZIL Doves 18000
69 49 27 9 STORM The Fizz 88000
70 NEW 70 1 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 6000

71 61 61 5 THE BUZZ Pretenders 32600
72 86 72 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 8400
73 92 73 2 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 7200
74 NEW 74 1 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 5200
75 75 1 39 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1289500
76 87 76 2 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 7000
77 80 77 2 HALLELUJAH Milk and Honey 8600
78 NEW 78 1 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 4400
79 95 79 2 DAISIES Katy Perry 5700
80 NEW 80 1 POLAROID Keith Urban 4000

81 89 81 2 BIG LOG Robert Plant 6000
82 NEW 82 1 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 3600
83 51 33 9 RESERVATION The Fizz 75300
84 NEW 84 1 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 3200
85 93 85 2 WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright 4700
86 NEW 86 1 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 2800
87 94 87 2 CLEOPATRA Efendi 4200
88 NEW 88 1 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 2400
89 NEW 89 1 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 2200
90 65 39 6 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 55050

91 96 91 2 TOP OF THE WORLD Carpenters 3300
92 50 12 11 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 183050
93 97 93 2 SUPERGIRL Stefania 3000
94 NEW 94 1 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 1600
95 99 95 2 UNO Little Big 2600
96 NEW 96 1 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (LIVE) Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 1400
97 98 97 2 SHOORAH! SHOORAH! Betty Wright 2500
98 NEW 98 1 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 1200
99 100 99 2 CLEAN-UP WOMAN Betty Wright 2100
100 NEW 100 1 FAIRYTALE Alexander Rybak 1000

DROP OUTS
63 29 7 THE MAN Taylor Swift 84500
64 25 8 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 121300
68 18 14 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 204250
69 57 8 GHOST TOWN The Specials 58600
72 23 11 SOMETIMES Kodaline 130550
73 42 5 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 46550
76 40 9 FREAKS Fisher 76650
77 46 5 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 38550
78 43 5 THE GREATEST James Blunt 47400
79 54 4 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 27700
81 19 11 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 172500
82 1 15 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1289150
83 30 10 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 103550
85 2 15 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 533550
88 3 16 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 551300
91 24 11 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 128950

 

 

17th May 2020

It’s a first week on top, and new entry, from the German Eurovision entry Ben Dolic, a frantic fab disco rattling tune, just ahead of Malta’s Destiny diva dance tune new in at 2, and Bulgaria’s Billie-Eilish-alike Victoria new at 3 with her gorgeous strings-swept ballad. There’s never been a Eurovision 1,2,3 entering my charts ever before, so that’s a reflection of how good this year’s Eurovision would have been had the numpties allowed a public vote on the official videos, which would have crowned quirky Iceland as the winner (new in at 36). That’s not all, we have Sweden in at 8, Spain with Legion Of Super-Heroes villain namechecking Universo at 16, Denmark at 19, Italy at 30, Lithuania at 40, Azerbaijan at 94, Greece at 97 with Legion Of Super-Heroes member Supergirl in song, and Russia at 99. So many I’ve been forced to expand my chart to 100, and loads of tracks that would be climbing instead drop!

The other mini-invasion is from Sparks new A Steady Drip Drip Drip album, proving that the boys still have it in spades some 46 years since debuting instantly at 2 in my charts with This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us. Proving they are as good as ever, and following up album chart-topping track Please Don’t Fuck Up My World, and I’m Toast, we have Left Out In The Cold at 20, new single Lawnmower at 29, and All That at 56.

Betty Wright also stages a mini-invasion 45 years since she debuted with two of the tracks listed, following her sad death: Shoorah Shoorah, and Where Is The Love, and her big 1971 US hit Clean-Up Woman while still very much a teenager. Amongst a chart of huge drops and new entries, a few tracks manage to climb big anyway: Beoga & Lissie, and New Order go top 40, and more low-key debuts include Hurts at 57 with Voices, not yet hitting the chart-topping heights of the previous album singles, and 1979 top 10 Hallelujah, Israel’s 1979 winner of Eurovision, after selling well following Saturday’s special TV show version featuring original singer Gali Atari, in at 80.

At 84, Huey Lewis gets his first chart entry in 26 years, that’s quite a gap! On the plus side it extends his chart career to 38 years or so, followed closely by a bunch of oldies selling well-enough to feature in the itunes top 200, Buffalo Springfield’s classic For What’s It Worth was never a UK hit in 1966 or since, despite featuring Neil Young in the line-up – also back at 13 with his 1992 great Harvest Moon – and never having charted for me before. Ditto Stevie Wonder’s album track Isn’t She Lovely, a 1977 inferior copycat chart-topper for David Parton, since Stevie refused to release it as a single, and Robert Plant’s fab 1983 Big Log after Led Zep were no more. Marshmello and Halsey team up at 90, Ronan Keating follows-up his recent duet, Katy Perry returns with some Daisies, and Carpenters’ 1973 Top Of The World pops back in 47 years later, 37 years after poor Karen died at 32. She’s now been gone longer than she was alive. Tragic.
1 NEW 1 1 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 170000
2 NEW 2 1 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 115000
3 NEW 3 1 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 85000
4 2 2 4 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 360000
5 1 1 2 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 230000
6 3 1 8 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 882100
7 16 7 4 SECRETS Regard & Raye 98600
8 NEW 8 1 MOVE The Mamas 48000
9 7 7 2 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 95000
10 4 2 8 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 484400

11 5 5 10 CAUTION The Killers 404550
12 8 1 12 SAY SO Doja Cat 854600
13 18 13 10 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 150650
14 6 2 14 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 772500
15 9 9 8 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 213400
16 NEW 16 1 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 25000
17 25 17 5 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 77450
18 10 10 9 WHO I AM Melanie C 232500
19 NEW 19 1 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 21000
20 NEW 20 1 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 20000

21 12 12 7 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 138550
22 17 17 8 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 133800
23 11 7 15 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 288800
24 13 6 11 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 331700
25 14 14 8 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 155800
26 28 26 5 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 64400
27 20 1 15 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1031400
28 NEW 28 1 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 18300
29 NEW 29 1 LAWNMOWER Sparks 18200
30 NEW 30 1 FAI RUMORE Diodato 18000

31 19 19 8 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 99700
32 21 4 12 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 432650
33 15 11 11 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 259850
34 23 9 11 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 285150
35 50 35 2 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 29500
36 NEW 36 1 THINK ABOUT THINGS Daoi Freyr 17400
37 38 37 5 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 55050
38 69 38 3 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 29200
39 70 39 2 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 23100
40 NEW 40 1 ON FIRE The Roop 17000

41 34 34 4 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 51100
42 30 15 11 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 183150
43 36 36 4 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 59950
44 26 6 13 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 362250
45 24 24 7 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 94900
46 35 35 8 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 79150
47 48 47 4 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 39400
48 61 48 2 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 19800
49 27 27 8 STORM The Fizz 81800
50 29 12 10 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 181250

51 33 33 8 RESERVATION The Fizz 71900
52 56 52 2 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 22100
53 72 53 3 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 22250
54 58 54 2 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 21200
55 55 55 4 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 33000
56 NEW 56 1 ALL THAT Sparks 10600
57 NEW 57 1 VOICES Hurts 10400
58 49 1 24 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1424850
59 53 53 4 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 34350
60 60 60 2 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 20000

61 62 61 4 THE BUZZ Pretenders 26800
62 63 62 2 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 14600
63 32 29 7 THE MAN Taylor Swift 84500
64 31 25 8 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 121300
65 39 39 5 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 53050
66 66 66 5 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 30800
67 67 67 2 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 13200
68 22 18 14 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 204250
69 57 57 8 GHOST TOWN The Specials 58600
70 73 70 2 MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie 11400

71 71 71 2 BRAZIL Doves 11600
72 37 23 11 SOMETIMES Kodaline 130550
73 42 42 5 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 46550
74 74 74 2 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 10400
75 68 1 38 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1284500
76 40 40 9 FREAKS Fisher 76650
77 46 46 5 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 38550
78 43 43 5 THE GREATEST James Blunt 47400
79 54 54 4 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 27700
80 NEW 80 1 HALLELUJAH Milk and Honey 4000

81 44 19 11 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 172500
82 47 1 15 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1289150
83 45 30 10 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 103550
84 NEW 84 1 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 3200
85 51 2 15 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 533550
86 NEW 86 1 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 2800
87 NEW 87 1 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 2600
88 59 3 16 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 551300
89 NEW 89 1 BIG LOG Robert Plant 2200
90 NEW 90 1 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 2000

91 41 24 11 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 128950
92 NEW 92 1 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 1800
93 NEW 93 1 WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright 1700
94 NEW 94 1 CLEOPATRA Efendi 1600
95 NEW 95 1 DAISIES Katy Perry 1500
96 NEW 96 1 TOP OF THE WORLD Carpenters 1400
97 NEW 97 1 SUPERGIRL Stefania 1300
98 NEW 98 1 SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright 1200
99 NEW 99 1 UNO Little Big 1100
100 NEW 100 1 CLEAN-UP WOMAN Betty Wright 1000

DROP OUTS
52 39 7 BOYFRIEND Mabel 64900
64 59 4 LIGHT OF LOVE Florence + The Machine 27400
65 9 11 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 275600
75 75 1 TUTTI FRUTTI Little Richard 5000

 

 

10th May 2020

it’s straight in at 1 for Kraftwerk, following the loss of Ralf Hutter in a terrible week or so for veteran pop star losses: The Model was originally released in it’s German-language version in 1978, but didn’t get to chart in the UK until this English-language version was released in 1981 on the B side of Computer Love. The Model got the airplay, and topped the UK charts in early 1982 and peaked at 2 in my charts, and belatedly now tops my chart 39-years later, cos it’s fab. Autobahn is also back 45 years since it went top 10 in all it’s ground-breaking glory. Also in the charts at the same time as The Model was Golden Brown, The Stranglers most-famous track, which hit UK 2 and also fell-short of topping my chart until a 90’s re-issue did the trick. Following the loss of co-writer & keyboardist extraordinaire Dave Greenfield to coronavirus it’s back in the top 10 for a third occasion, along with No More Heroes, a fab punk anthem that charted in 1977 as I started uni, in at 61, and Nice ‘n’ Sleazy at 50 from 1978. I could easily have charted many others of their long list of great singles though…

Inside the 40, Regard and Raye climb briskly into the top 20, shhh it’s a Secret, while The Rolling Stones get a first top 40 for 8 years with the lockdown anthem, Rumer returns to the top 40, and Blossoms make it a 4th, and Fisher Freaks out at 40 as the original Le Freak returns at 60 with Rebecca Ferguson, her 5th chart entry some 7 years since her last one, and Nile Rodgers umpteenth to extend his run to over 42 years. Highest new track is Cher’s Spanish-language UNICEF-charity cover of Chiquitita, a sensitive cover of Abba’s UNICEF-profiting original from 1979 – she’s not the oldest-charting living female-singer with original material (that’s Doris Day aged 89 in 2011 – but it was originally recorded in the 80’s) so at 73 technically she pips Doris as oldest female with newly-recorded-new-material, and extends her run of solo charted entries to 49 years (or 55 years had I been charting in 1965, I adored I Got You Babe as a kid).

Another charity track by Ariana & Justin pops in at 63, Stuck With U giving Ms Grande 6 years of activity and Mr Bieber 8 years. The Fratellis comeback extends to 2 with a bit of an assist from minor soul-legend P.P. Arnold still on form on her second track of her rebirth after her first comebacks on dance tracks of the 80’s and 90’s from her original chart-runs in 1968, just predating my charts. New Order pop in with single remix of a 2010’s album track that I’d missed, Doves are back with Brazil, 11-years absent, to give them a 7th chart entry and an 18-year run. Finally Millie Small’s My Boy Lollipop returns to the chart over 30-years since it went top 10, following her passing, but young Millie’s fab-ska classic was an obsession by 6-year-old me back in 1964, so might as well say it was a chart-topper 56 years ago. Little Richard also died this week, the influential rock ‘n’ roll revolutionary charted for me right into the late 80’s, but his 1955 showstopping debut Tutti Frutti has never charted before, so it pops in as tribute 65 years late.

1 NEW 1 1 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 170000
2 2 2 3 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 295000
3 1 1 7 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 827100
4 3 2 7 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 442400
5 6 5 9 CAUTION The Killers 367550
6 4 2 13 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 743500
7 NEW 7 1 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 50000
8 5 1 11 SAY SO Doja Cat 819600
9 9 9 7 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 186400
10 10 10 8 WHO I AM Melanie C 210500

11 7 7 14 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 269550
12 12 12 6 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 118800
13 8 6 10 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 312700
14 15 14 7 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 137050
15 11 11 10 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 242150
16 38 16 3 SECRETS Regard & Raye 48600
17 17 17 7 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 114300
18 27 18 9 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 118650
19 20 19 7 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 81800
20 14 1 14 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1013000

21 13 4 11 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 414850
22 18 18 13 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 197850
23 16 9 10 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 267550
24 26 24 6 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 81900
25 36 25 4 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 54450
26 19 6 12 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 349000
27 28 27 7 STORM The Fizz 69700
28 40 28 4 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 45900
29 21 12 9 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 169250
30 22 15 10 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 169400

31 25 25 7 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 114200
32 29 29 6 THE MAN Taylor Swift 77300
33 33 33 7 RESERVATION The Fizz 60150
34 48 34 3 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 37100
35 35 35 7 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 66400
36 37 36 3 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 46450
37 23 23 10 SOMETIMES Kodaline 124950
38 42 38 3 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 37750
39 46 39 4 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 46050
40 53 40 8 FREAKS Fisher 71850

41 24 24 10 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 127050
42 52 42 4 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 41150
43 43 43 4 THE GREATEST James Blunt 43000
44 31 19 10 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 168700
45 30 30 9 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 100150
46 54 46 4 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 33950
47 32 1 14 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1285550
48 56 48 3 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 26900
49 49 1 23 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1414650
50 NEW 50 1 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 12000

51 34 2 14 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 530550
52 39 39 7 BOYFRIEND Mabel 64900
53 62 53 3 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 24250
54 61 54 3 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 23500
55 63 55 3 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 22200
56 NEW 56 1 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 10600
57 60 57 7 GHOST TOWN The Specials 52400
58 NEW 58 1 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 10200
59 50 3 15 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 548900
60 NEW 60 1 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 10000

61 NEW 61 1 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 7500
62 64 62 3 THE BUZZ Pretenders 19300
63 NEW 63 1 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 7200
64 59 59 4 LIGHT OF LOVE Florence + The Machine 27400
65 41 9 11 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 275600
66 69 66 4 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 24000
67 NEW 67 1 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 6600
68 68 1 37 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1279500
69 71 69 2 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 12000
70 NEW 70 1 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 6000

71 NEW 71 1 BRAZIL Doves 5800
72 73 72 2 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 11000
73 NEW 73 1 MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie 5400
74 NEW 74 1 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 5200
75 NEW 75 1 TUTTI FRUTTI Little Richard 5000

DROP OUTS
44 32 8 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 105800
45 25 7 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 86450
47 47 9 MAMA Genesis 92200
51 36 7 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 79950
55 39 8 I’M TOAST Sparks 71800
57 57 6 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 29800
58 4 14 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 459750
70 13 5 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 108500
65 60 7 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 44600
66 10 12 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 230850
67 8 14 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 310350
72 72 4 THANK U VERY MUCH FOR THE NHS The Scaffold 17800
74 14 10 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 152250
75 14 13 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 239100

 

 

 

3rd May 2020

It’s a 4th week on top for Dua Lipa’s Levitating, as she drops one with Break My Heart to make a Lipa sandwich of Galantis & Wrabel’s The Lake, the new challenger to her throne. Melanie C gets an 8th top 10 in 22 years of solo entries and is starting to catch up on the Spice Girls total, The Fizz get a second track in this week’s top 40, one day I’ll count how many they’ve had in total, but it’s pretty much every single they released under the name Bucks Fizz and The Fizz, plus some recent album tracks!

One day I’ll also do the same for Pet Shop Boys and UB40, as I Don’t Wanna’s B side also enters the 40, and Ali Campbell’s cover of Lean On Me becomes his latest top 40 in 40 years-worth of them, and goes where Bill Withers went only 2 weeks ago, or 48 years ago, depending on how you look at it. Pet Shop Boys total of entries in my charts is likely to be higher than any other act – unless you count solo stuff from bands in with band totals in which case it’ll be The Beatles by a country mile, and maybe Abba will give them a good run too.

As I finally get my chart back down to a more-manageable 75 there are only 2 new entries: Lissie back In A Rocket with someone I don’t know, and Sia adding to her 20 years of charting. As I type this I should be somewhere over Portugal in an alternate universe where coronavirus didn’t happen, so I’ve just been been consoling myself that the ghost town of Playa Del Ingles in Gran Canaria is starting to wake up this morning on webcams, more activity going on, more traffic, more people going out – still no tourists, but the Canaries seem to be preparing for at least locals to be eased outside and things coming open again. I’ll try again in October, hopefully, if Tui get me the promised voucher to re-book through soon.

1 1 1 6 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 742100
2 4 2 2 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 180000
3 2 2 6 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 377400
4 3 2 12 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 688500
5 5 1 10 SAY SO Doja Cat 771600
6 6 5 8 CAUTION The Killers 307550
7 7 7 13 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 232550
8 8 6 9 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 280700
9 12 9 6 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 141400
10 15 10 7 WHO I AM Melanie C 168500

11 11 11 9 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 215150
12 16 12 5 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 83800
13 9 4 10 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 395100
14 10 1 13 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 993000
15 17 15 6 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 108050
16 13 9 9 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 248300
17 20 17 6 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 91300
18 21 18 12 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 178350
19 18 6 11 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 330500
20 24 20 6 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 60800

21 14 12 8 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 151050
22 19 15 9 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 151400
23 30 23 9 SOMETIMES Kodaline 107650
24 27 24 9 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 113050
25 25 25 6 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 96300
26 29 26 5 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 62900
27 38 27 8 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 96650
28 35 28 6 STORM The Fizz 51300
29 33 29 5 THE MAN Taylor Swift 59500
30 34 30 8 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 87150

31 22 19 9 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 155450
32 23 1 13 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1273050
33 46 33 6 RESERVATION The Fizz 42450
34 26 2 13 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 518800
35 40 35 6 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 48900
36 49 36 3 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 35700
37 51 37 2 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 29050
38 68 38 2 SECRETS Regard & Raye 23600
39 45 39 6 BOYFRIEND Mabel 53400
40 69 40 3 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 27600

41 28 9 10 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 268600
42 66 42 2 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 20550
43 54 43 3 THE GREATEST James Blunt 29500
44 32 32 8 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 105800
45 31 25 7 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 86450
46 56 46 3 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 28950
47 47 47 9 MAMA Genesis 92200
48 63 48 2 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 19500
49 41 1 22 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1402550
50 37 3 14 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 538800

51 36 36 7 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 79950
52 59 52 3 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 27400
53 58 53 7 FREAKS Fisher 54850
54 70 54 3 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 21200
55 39 39 8 I’M TOAST Sparks 71800
56 80 56 2 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 14600
57 64 57 6 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 29800
58 42 4 14 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 459750
59 73 59 3 LIGHT OF LOVE Florence + The Machine 20300
60 62 60 6 GHOST TOWN The Specials 4200

61 75 61 2 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 12500
62 72 62 2 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 13000
63 79 63 2 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 11400
64 76 64 2 THE BUZZ Pretenders 11900
65 60 60 7 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 44600
66 44 10 12 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 230850
67 55 8 14 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 310350
68 67 1 36 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1273100
69 71 69 3 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 17200
70 43 13 5 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 108500

71 NEW 71 1 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 5800
72 77 72 4 THANK U VERY MUCH FOR THE NHS The Scaffold 17800
73 NEW 73 1 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 5400
74 53 14 10 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 152250
75 65 14 13 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 239100

DROP OUTS
48 23 6 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 92550
50 26 4 LOVELY DAY Bill Withers 66300
52 3 6 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 265700
57 25 6 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 86550
61 24 9 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 131350
74 64 6 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 34600
78 16 10 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 161000

My 1975 Charts – July


1st July 1975

The hot summer continues with Captain And Tenille’s irresistibly bouncy version of Neil Sedaka’s Love Will Keep Us Together on top, and presiding over a chart packed with cover versions and oldies. To be fair, apart from disco and soul, and the tail-end of glam, there wasn’t a majorly exciting new music scene and I was quite happy to start filling-in with oldies. There are 18 reissues and 6 cover versions, which is half the chart give or take! The highest new entry is one of those classic oldies, as The Shangri-Las get reissued yet again and return at 5 three years after topping my chart on it’s last comeback. This time it wasn’t a UK hit again – until 1976 when a rival reissue also came out and they were combined for chart sales purposes and a third UK hit for the girls. The motorbike death song is still classic.

Syreeta gets a 3rd top 10 in a row, as ex-hubbie’s Stevie Wonder’s Harmour Love gives her a break again. You can clearly hear his vocals on the chorus, enough for a “featuring” credit these days. 1972 obscure classic (I absolutely adore this record these days) Break also breaks – into the 10 for Aphrodite’s Child, as the highest actual new record enters at 11 for T.Rex, Marc Bolan’s biggest hit for 2 years with New York City and a return to my lapsed affections, though his album track Venus Loon should have been a single in 1974 as it was better and more commercial than the previous single or 2. At 12 and 13 it’s a double A side single reissue split for my chart purposes, the Simon & Garfunkel cover at 13 (Feelin’ Groovy) and my preferred Anything Goes at 12 – the 1934 Cole Porter musical had already brought a top 10 cover for Gary Shearston in 1974 (I Get A Kick Out Of You), but this racy-for-the-30’s song actually predated that in my affections since the late 60’s, and it’s flower-power beat-group harmony updating.

Even older than those, Telstar from The Tornadoes was so well-known to me (we had the single from 1966 onwards and I played it to death) to the point that by 1975 it had lost some of it’s shine and only enters at 16, but oh what a classic it is, Joe Meek’s ground-breaking 1962 instrumental was out-of-this-world in sound, so futuristic sounding as all of these odd electronic sounds came out of nowhere and soonly inhabited the world of Doctor Who on TV. It sounds like nothing else, then or now, though Saint Etienne had a fab Telstar-inspired go on You’re In A Bad Way. It would, needless to say, have topped my hypothetical chart for a long run in the 60’s. In at eighteen with a bullet, I obviously was having a larf with Pete Wingfield’s amusing record industry pastiche, which also broke in the States, and in one week actually WAS eighteen with a bullet on the charts to my amusement.

Sister Sledge and Frankie Valli both go top 20, David Essex keeps his top 30 run going with new entry Rolling Stone, though his weakest single to date at 27, while early 60’s classic Sealed With A Kiss is a reissued hit for Bryan Hyland at 28. A great ballad, but not actually one I knew that well during the 60’s, it was revived after doing well in a Radio 1 Top 100 Listeners Fave chart in 1974, but the Hyland song that I was obssessed with in the early 60’s was Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, one of my first ever pop single loves as a nipper. At 33 it’s a fabby disco-soul track the romping High Wire from Linda Carr & The Love Squad, still sounding great to my ears, even if she never had another glorious moment in the pop sun, in her native USA or the UK. Bryan Ferry returns with yet another solo oldies cover, this time a 1938 song known as a Billie Holliday recording, in at 40 but not one of my fave Ferry tracks. Unlike the Linda Lewis scorchingly fast BPM disco track cover of It’s In His Kiss, another 60’s oldie (Betty Everett) I didn’t know at the time. Linda really shows off her range in this definitive cover version of what is better known as The Shoop Shoop Song, still the most exciting version. I was sad to see Linda not getting singer-songwriter success by this time, but this was a great compensation. Cher’s karaoke version, I’m sorry, is plodding in comparison. Love Cher and all that, but….

At 42, another cover version, this time of a Blue Mink flop from 1974 called Get Up, given the Silvia Robinson All-Platinum Records funk treatment and a more catchy title – 7654321 (Blow Your Whistle) – sees the dubiously named Rimshots in my chart where Blue Mink had missed out from lack of radio play (though I did buy the original single in the bargain bins before I even knew it was the same song, because it was Blue Mink). At 46 Olivia’s back before her pop mag freebie flexi track had departed my chart (Follow Me wasn’t as good either as Please Mr Please) and that’s a long bit of chart chat done phew!

http://youtube.com/v/_QNEf9oGw8o

1 ( 7 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tenille
2 ( 1 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
3 ( 2 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
4 ( 5 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
5 ( NEW ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
6 ( 6 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
7 ( 3 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
8 ( 18 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
9 ( 13 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
10 ( 4 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites

http://youtube.com/v/8yQvi9LWntw

11 ( NEW ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
12 ( NEW ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
13 ( NEW ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
14 ( 23 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
15 ( 27 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
16 ( NEW ) TELSTAR The Tornadoes
17 ( 14 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
18 ( NEW ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
19 ( 8 ) MOONSHINE SALLY Mud
20 ( 22 ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Eno

http://youtube.com/v/sDyWhgWj7Pc

21 ( 12 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
22 ( 11 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds
23 ( 10 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
24 ( 15 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
25 ( 16 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
26 ( 17 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
27 ( NEW ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
28 ( NEW ) SEALED WITH A KISS Bryan Hyland
29 ( 9 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
30 ( RE ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette

http://youtube.com/v/BxpZ5rOMH4U

31 ( 20 ) IT OUGHTA SELL A MILLION Lynn Paul
32 ( 21 ) PLEASE MR. PLEASE Olivia Newton-John
33 ( NEW ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
34 ( 40 ) LONG LOST LOVER The Three Degrees
35 ( 28 ) OH WHAT A SHAME Roy Wood
36 ( 25 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME) The Doobie Brothers
37 ( 19 ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
38 ( 29 ) BAD TIME Grand Funk Railroad
39 ( 26 ) OH GIRL The Chi-Lites
40 ( NEW ) YOU GO TO MY HEAD Bryan Ferry

http://youtube.com/v/PVM8Ongdu10

41 ( NEW ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis
42 ( NEW ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
43 ( 31 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
44 ( 32 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
45 ( 33 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
46 ( NEW ) FOLLOW ME Olivia Newton-John
47 ( 36 ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings
48 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
49 ( 38 ) GET DANCING Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
50 ( 42 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

http://youtube.com/v/qjoRu-r8WiM

Talking of bargain bins, my fave place in Gloucester to get hold of flop records a year or two after flopping for 5p or 10p (well within my limited budget based on babysitting for RAF families for 50p or £1 a night at weekends) was an old-fashioned music-shop off the beaten track on Southgate Street (where actual instruments or TV’s and the like were bought). It had a side-line in non-chart albums and singles – these were catered for quite heavily in those days by HMV, Boots, WHSmiths, Woolworths, not to mention an independent small store in the shopping mall, and a market stall to boot, among others – so it was a bit of a treat to get hold of more obscure stuff from 1974/5. Long-gone decades ago now of course, I note the new (to me) pedestrianised area there still looks like the premises are vacant on google map…shame!

8th July 1975

Back on top for a second week at 1, Ray Stevens is still Misty and outdoes The Streak’s one week on top, but not 1970’s Everything Is Beautiful. Harpers Bizarre take Anything Goes into the top 10, and T.Rex also return to the upper reaches (hooray!). Brian Hyland leaps to 11 with an oldie (yet newie for me) as Sealed With A Kiss gives me new 60’s heart-throb nostalgia sounds. Highest new entry at 17 is novelty record Barbados by Typically Tropical, which went all the way to 1 on the UK singles chart. It was amusing for a couple of weeks and then started to grate, and these days it’s a definite no-no as the singer is most certainly not from Barbados.

From nowhere, and 5 years late, Brotherhood Of Man get a follow-up hit (it was big in Europe, and probably got spins on Radio Luxembourg) and this wasn’t the 1970 United We Stand line-up, this was the Save Your Kisses For Me 1976 vintage line-up (which is still amazingly sporadically touring together), with only Tony Hiller writer/producer the ongoing link. Kiss Me Kiss Your Baby is a bit of cheerful fluff and I still like it a lot more than some of their big hits! In at 30, The Sweet follow-up a great self-penned single with another one, the fab Action, as later covered by Def Leppard, and so good it could have been written by Chinn-Chapman. The boys obviously were paying attention while they turned down tracks that Mud ended up grabbing, and with an eye on the bigger picture.

At 38, US hit Wildfire for Michael Murphey, all about a horse, not a Legion Of Super-Heroes member (sadly), gallops slowly in, while Wigans Ovation follow-up the Skiing In The Snow, at 39, and Per-So-Nal-Ly I rather liked it. At 40 David Cassidy returns after a short break and a new record label (RCA), and a rather famous song. I Write The Songs was written by Bruce Johnstone, sometime Beach Boy, and recorded by Captain & Tenille for their Love Will Keep Us Together album. David beat them to the single hit though – at least in the UK where Darlin’ David was still popular: I’ll be honest, this is still the only version I can tolerate, David had such an idiosyncratic vocal style that he convinces lyrically where other versions sound like mush. Yes, I’m especially pointing the finger at USA singles chart-topper Barry Manilow who took all emotion out of the song, created OTT blandness and had a huge hit where David coulda woulda shoulda. Sorry, Manilow fans, Bazza just couldn’t emote like ol’ Dave. Just like Mandy/Brandy, then. Lastly, in at 47, Elton goes all introverted and serious, a very dark choice of single that didn’t really do the usual business, though in retrospect it’s pretty damn fine – Someone Saved My Life Tonight says it all on the tin.

1 ( 2 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
2 ( 3 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
3 ( 1 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tenille
4 ( 5 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
5 ( 4 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
6 ( 6 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
7 ( 12 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
8 ( 7 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
9 ( 10 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
10 ( 11 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex

http://youtube.com/v/XLx5Vz9lMEc

11 ( 28 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
12 ( 13 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
13 ( 8 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
14 ( 18 ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
15 ( 15 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
16 ( 14 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
17 ( NEW ) BARBADOS Typically Tropical
18 ( 9 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
19 ( 16 ) TELSTAR The Tornadoes
20 ( 42 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots

http://youtube.com/v/pxD3Mbp50YY

21 ( NEW ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
22 ( 17 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
23 ( 30 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
24 ( 33 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
25 ( 41 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis
26 ( 27 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
27 ( 26 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
28 ( 40 ) YOU GO TO MY HEAD Bryan Ferry
29 ( 19 ) MOONSHINE SALLY Mud
30 ( NEW ) ACTION The Sweet

http://youtube.com/v/4D3_U_Gx2pc

31 ( 25 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
32 ( 24 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
33 ( 21 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
34 ( 23 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
35 ( 22 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds
36 ( 29 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
37 ( 37 ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
38 ( NEW ) WILDFIRE Michael Murphey
39 ( NEW ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Wigan’s Ovation
40 ( NEW ) I WRITE THE SONGS David Cassidy

http://youtube.com/v/TplnzCcVavE

41 ( 38 ) BAD TIME Grand Funk Railroad
42 ( 45 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
43 ( 43 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
44 ( 36 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME) The Doobie Brothers
45 ( 32 ) PLEASE MR. PLEASE Olivia Newton-John
46 ( 46 ) FOLLOW ME Olivia Newton-John
47 ( NEW ) SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT Elton John
48 ( 39 ) OH GIRL The Chi-Lites
49 ( 44 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
50 ( 50 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

In film, Jaws was wowing the USA, turning Stephen Speilberg into a sensation, and sharks into a big baddy, in the UK – it wasn’t. Yes, in those days the UK really was the poor relation. We had to suffer months of hype before it was finally released just before christmas. I am SO happy that is a thing of the past in these internet days, cos it just REALLY pissed me off having to wait for things (and still does, when UK release dates are held-back for downloading music I purposely don’t download them when they finally get released. When it’s on-air on-sale I buy it immediately if it sounds good). Pastiches were in Mad magazine, DC Comics had Superman shark-inspired tales, and rubber sharks were everywhere – and still I waited. And waited. And waited. It was worth it though, a fantastic film and an early christmas present. I didn’t go and pay to see any of the cash-in sequels though, my tolerance and patience only goes so far….

15th July 1975

3 weeks for Ray Stevens at 1, T.Rex get their first top 5 in 2 years, Typically Tropical shockingly go top 5 too with Barbados – shocking to hear the “Captain” of a passenger plane allowing smoking. Times really have changed, these days you choke on recycled air instead. Fort a 4th week, The Bee Gees big comeback record stalls at 6, will Jive Talking ever go top 5? The Sweet get a second consecutive top 10, as they spring into Action, and Linda Lewis disco’s to 10 with a future Cher UK chart-topper. In at 17, Gloria Gaynor gets a 3rd top 20 chart entry following up 2 number one’s with the decent All I Need Is Your Sweet Lovin’, this time not a disco cover version, but still the highest new entry.

Roy Orbison does a Harper’s Bizarre, and gets 2 new entries from a double-A sided reissued hit, at 21 it’s the childhood major fave woulda-been chart-topper Oh Pretty Woman, and at 22, the torch ballad It’s Over which is one my parents loved (by this time we had his Greatest Hits album) and one which I have come to worship with the passing of the years. There is no way Oh Pretty Woman would have failed to top my charts in 1964, aged 6, so may as well say it’s a comeback to my charts rather than a debut. Roy Orbison, of course, has a perfect voice, and was a brilliant songwriter to boot, no male singer could deliver tortured lost love songs quite like Roy, and even if his career had fallen off the radar in the disco and glam era, he was still loved. It’s Over is genius and would eventually top my charts in later decades.

Bimbo Jet, in at 30, were a French eurosynthdisco act who brought the largely instrumental holiday hit El Bimbo chart action in Europe and the UK, as latin-flavoured as it sounds. It’s still very catchy, and fun, in a good way. Used in The Police Academy films apparently – not that I recall it! Finally, Chris Spedding is in at 48 with the great Motor Bikin’ a glam rock ‘n’ roll revival-sound that wouldn’t have sounded too out of place in the punk era, sounds like The Clash were “influenced” by it to my ears anyway. Chris never quite made it, very sadly, as a solo star, apart from this one hit single, but he was highly regarded in the music biz, and appeared on hit singles and albums for numerous other acts: Paul McCartney, Joan Armatrading (Me Myself I), Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds, Nilsson’s Nilsson Schmilsson, Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music, Brian Eno, Art Garfunkel, not to mention producer of The Sex Pistols first demo’s. As if all that wasn’t enough he was also a member of The Wombles, on Top Of The Pops, on tour, on record, so in a way this was just a spin-off project!

1 ( 1 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
2 ( 2 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
3 ( 3 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tenille
4 ( 10 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
5 ( 17 ) BARBADOS Typically Tropical
6 ( 6 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
7 ( 7 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
8 ( 30 ) ACTION The Sweet
9 ( 4 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
10 ( 25 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis

http://youtube.com/v/5ALD-rI8Q08

11 ( 11 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
12 ( 12 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
13 ( 8 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
14 ( 5 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
15 ( 13 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
16 ( 20 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
17 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED IS YOUR SWEET LOVIN’ Gloria Gaynor
18 ( 9 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
19 ( 21 ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
20 ( 24 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad

http://youtube.com/v/nU-USRdFeL4

21 ( NEW ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
22 ( NEW ) IT’S OVER Roy Orbison
23 ( 23 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
24 ( 15 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
25 ( 38 ) WILDFIRE Michael Murphey
26 ( 14 ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
27 ( 28 ) YOU GO TO MY HEAD Bryan Ferry
28 ( 22 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
29 ( 27 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
30 ( NEW ) EL BIMBO Bimbo Jet

http://youtube.com/v/8x2tG4X0cdc

31 ( 26 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
32 ( 16 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
33 ( 18 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
34 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
35 ( 32 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
36 ( 47 ) SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT Elton John
37 ( 19 ) TELSTAR The Tornadoes
38 ( 34 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
39 ( 33 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
40 ( 35 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds

http://youtube.com/v/QVdG09fQ8Ek

41 ( RE ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Eno
42 ( 36 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
43 ( 29 ) MOONSHINE SALLY Mud
44 ( 42 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
45 ( 43 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
46 ( 39 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Wigan’s Ovation
47 ( RE ) IT OUGHTA SELL A MILLION Lynn Paul
48 ( NEW ) MOTOR BIKIN’ Chris Spedding
49 ( RE ) I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO Abba
50 ( 50 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

http://youtube.com/v/7Juz4W9yEYA


On TV, there was a mass-offending paedophile sat in an armchair every Saturday evening, smoking cigars, and trying to fix kids dreams and wishes as a sideshow to his preferred activities, and on the same night a future campaigner on child protection on That’s Life (Hi Esther), so I suppose you could argue the BBC were being even-handed if nothing else. On import the final season of the great Alias Smith And Jones, the brilliant Star Trek, the eternal Bilko (Phil Silvers Show), Top Of The Pops, and The Old Grey Whistle Test were all must-watch for me. On the news Apollo unexpectedly blasted-off for a final time, to take Deke Slayton, Tom Stafford and Vance Brand to a Soviet Soyuz meeting-in-space. As first dates go, it was quite pricey, but it set a trend to this day now that the USA has no manned blast-off’s to space any more and it’s reliant on Russia entirely to get to the Space Station. So, from Communism problems ahead getting in the way, to opening up a joint approach, and of late a frosty relationship that neither can afford to leave, as the costs would be a tad high. Obviously it was a political stunt, rather than anything of import, and money wasted that could have been better spent on actual space science, but hey ho.

There was also The Detectives: actually more of a case of the BBC not committing to regular weekly broadcasts of US cop or private eye shows, so running them less frequently under the header instead. This week Harry O, David Janssen was terrific in this series, second only to The Rockford Files in traditional 70’s cop shows (till Hill Street Blues debuted and changed everything, the format, the style, the quality). No idea what was on ITV (as I watched it much less frequently), other than Man About The House and Rising Damp, and later on in September the debut of Space 1999, Gerry Anderson’s follow-up live action series to the fab UFO with Mission:Impossible’s Martin Landau and Barbara Bain (and ma & pa of Buffy’s Drusilla) which promised much but never really got over the silly premise – the moon gets knocked out of orbit and flies off into the universe, with Moonbase Alpha meeting aliens and other worlds on it’s impossible faster-than-light-speed journey across the galaxy, yet somehow slowing down to a crawl to have some adventures on a regular basis. More importantly, it forced me to choose between watching Doctor Who, or the new series – it was a ratings battle in some UK regions only, and one which Doctor Who won rather conclusively.

22nd July 1975

It’s a Beach Boys summer classic in at 1 for me – Summer of ’69 totally, and one I was mad on then, yet which bizarrely was just a minor American hit despite going top 10 in the UK. Co-written by Brian Wilson and his dad Murray, Break Away most likely flopped due to Capitol Records having the hump as the Boys were leaving the label fed up with American lack of label support for their releases. As it’s a gorgeous melody, great harmonies, and the final Brian Wilson production for some years, that it was a big European hit seems to suggest they were right about Capitol Records. Anyways, hit my 2 in 1969, and 6 years on gives the boys their first chart-topper (I’d already been given the single by friends of my parents, Pete & Jill), and quite right too as The Beach Boys should have had chart-toppers in my pre-chart days.

The Bee Gees join the top 5 ranks, their 8th including Robin’s solo hits (or 6th without), Brian Hyland takes the 1962 oldie into the top 10 too, and highest entry at 9 is yet another 60’s song – this time the Four Seasons Sherry is covered by Adrian Baker, future part-time touring Beach Boy and Four Seasons member (yes ACTUAL original bands). In between he produced Liquid Gold and had hits as Gidea Park with medleys of…yes, Beach Boys and Four Seasons songs. Can’t fault his taste in music, and the falsetto abilities helped the lads on tour no end. Sherry’s not bad, and already at least the 5th Four Seasons cover to go UK top 10, 3 of them chart-toppers, where the originals under-performed. The ongoing musical and film success of the boys songs and life story goes some way to making amends. Now, if only The Beach Boys would do the same, their life story is even MORE fraught than mere gangsters and debts, and the songbook is even better. Not likely while the life-story squabbles still go on, though, so it’ll be down to the last man standing…

In at 15, it’s veteran Scot rocker Alex Harvey finally getting his chart breakthrough with a live cover version of (yet again) a 60’s classic, this time Tom Jones UK chart-topper from 1968 – also predating my chart, and also woulda given The Voice a number one in my chart, cos the original is fabulous. This rocky version is slowed-down, quirky, playful and quite different – and also fabulous. In at 24 it’s an actual new song, Sparks get a 5th chart hit in a row with Get In The Swing, another playful post-glam track. In at 27, another oldie, the late Jim Croce (2 years dead by then) had a string of American hits, none of them UK hits, but most of them chart hits for me, starting with Bad Bad Leroy Brown in 1972, and the biggest (and future number one following Guardians Of The Galaxy) Time In A Bottle in 1974, but I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song never charted till now. It’s still sweet-sad. Another big US star was Aussie Helen Reddy, and she also under-performed in the UK, but she’s on her 3rd of the year with Bluebird entering at 30, having had Angie Baby at on already.

In at 41, it’s a massive disco funk classic from K.C. and The Sunshine Band, as That’s The Way (I Like It) makes it 4 out of 4, including 2 number ones in my chart. K.C. never had the same level of success in the UK as the USA, except before they broke, and after they’d had the run of 70’s hits, bizarrely. With this exception. The single is rightly recognised as a major dance anthem 40 years on, even though it took quite a while to chart in the UK it did eventually go top 5, and has been covered loads over the years. The original is perfect though, and my love for KC over-rid the crappy music journalists sniffy attitude of the time, I was most put-out when the History Of Rock series in the 80’s failed to even mention KC never mind give him the credit he deserved, being somewhat regarded as disposable and unworthy, because he was white most likely in part, and being guilty of disco love in part. Phew! Finally, at 46, Susan Cadogan brings some nice reggae back, Love Me Baby following-up the much better Hurts So Good.

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1 ( NEW ) BREAK AWAY The Beach Boys
2 ( 1 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
3 ( 3 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tennille
4 ( 2 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
5 ( 6 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
6 ( 7 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
7 ( 11 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
8 ( 8 ) ACTION The Sweet
9 ( NEW ) SHERRY Adrian Baker
10 ( 10 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis

http://youtube.com/v/WqM4nfw6JuI

11 ( 4 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
12 ( 12 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
13 ( 5 ) BARBADOS Typically Tropical
14 ( 17 ) ALL I NEED IS YOUR SWEET LOVIN’ Gloria Gaynor
15 ( NEW ) DELILAH The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
16 ( 16 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
17 ( 19 ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
18 ( 21 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
19 ( 13 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
20 ( 14 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth

http://youtube.com/v/3C5LngDvkLY

21 ( 9 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
22 ( 20 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
23 ( 18 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
24 ( NEW ) GET IN THE SWING Sparks
25 ( 22 ) IT’S OVER Roy Orbison
26 ( 15 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
27 ( NEW ) I’LL HAVE TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN A SONG Jim Croce
28 ( 24 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
29 ( 46 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Wigan’s Ovation
30 ( NEW ) BLUEBIRD Helen Reddy

http://youtube.com/v/EN1nMpmC0n4

31 ( 31 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
32 ( 28 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
33 ( 29 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
34 ( 25 ) WILDFIRE Michael Murphey
35 ( 32 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
36 ( 23 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
37 ( 30 ) EL BIMBO Bimbo Jet
38 ( 26 ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
39 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
40 ( 35 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker

http://youtube.com/v/83I9El6C47A

41 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) K.C. And The Sunshine Band
42 ( 42 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
43 ( 33 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
44 ( 41 ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Eno
45 ( 36 ) SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT Elton John
46 ( NEW ) LOVE ME BABY Susan Cadogan
47 ( 37 ) TELSTAR The Tornadoes
48 ( 38 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
49 ( 39 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
50 ( 40 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds

29th July 1975

It’s yet again another oldie in at 1 as the Summer Of ’69 nostalgia continues with the first record I tried to buy hits number one for the second time, and for the 6th week in total, it’s the awesome In The Year 2525 from Zager And Evans. Such a great futuristic folk track, if a very dim view of the future of Man. Some of the predictions are already here, gulp! Up to 5 it’s Delilah, as covered by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, giving an entire top 6 of oldies or cover versions. Happily up 30 to 11 it’s KC’s latest classic cos that’s the way I like it, and just to prove he had so many songs he could afford to give them away and produce them to boot, in comes George McCrae with his 4th KC hit at 24. It’s Been So Long. Well, actually just a few weeks since he last dropped out of my charts, but this was very much his second best hit after Rock Your Baby hit my top spot.

Linda Carr and David Essex hit the top 20, and in at 37 it’s another oldie, from 1972, and the non-UK-hit debut of Steely Dan, finally getting a chart breakthrough after some near misses with their greatest record, the laid-back smooth west coast jazzrock of Do It Again. Steely Dan and Walter Becker solo very much stuck to this template for their entire career, give or take more or less jazzy versions, but oh my word it’s classy and impeccably produced. Love it. At 38, 53rd and 3rd with a cover of Daddy Dewdrop’s USA hit Chick A Boom. Jonathan King has claimed it’s not a pseudonym for another of his numerous novelty hit records. It sounds like him, and naming a supposed boyband after a gay cruising area in New York City doesn’t convince me otherwise…! In at 45, Rupert Fisher with a cover of Our Day Will Come, a great song, and a version I haven’t heard in 40 years by someone who doesn’t appear much on the net – except to say it was on RSO, home of the Bee Gees, so it was probably a soul MOR version. Maybe! In at 46, Smokey, the latest Chinn-Chapman band, glam was dead, Sweet and Mud had left the fold, and it was straight over to country-rock-flavoured ballads for If You Think You Know How To Love Me, with a tad Rod Stewart vocals from Chris Norman going on.

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1 ( NEW ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 1 ) BREAK AWAY The Beach Boys
3 ( 2 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
4 ( 3 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tennille
5 ( 15 ) DELILAH The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
6 ( 10 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis
7 ( 4 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
8 ( 8 ) ACTION The Sweet
9 ( 9 ) SHERRY Adrian Baker
10 ( 5 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees

http://youtube.com/v/qYFmdRCIW1U

11 ( 41 ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) K.C. And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 7 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
13 ( 22 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
14 ( 14 ) ALL I NEED IS YOUR SWEET LOVIN’ Gloria Gaynor
15 ( 6 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
16 ( 12 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
17 ( 11 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
18 ( 18 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
19 ( 13 ) BARBADOS Typically Tropical
20 ( 31 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex

21 ( 24 ) GET IN THE SWING Sparks
22 ( 17 ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
23 ( 19 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
24 ( NEW ) IT’S BEEN SO LONG George McCrae
25 ( 20 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
26 ( 26 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
27 ( 27 ) I’LL HAVE TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN A SONG Jim Croce
28 ( 30 ) BLUEBIRD Helen Reddy
29 ( 16 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
30 ( 37 ) EL BIMBO Bimbo Jet

http://youtube.com/v/P9N8PCWzLYQ

31 ( 21 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
32 ( 23 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
33 ( 33 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
34 ( 32 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
35 ( 39 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
36 ( 35 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
37 ( NEW ) DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan
38 ( NEW ) CHIC-A-BOOM 53rd And 3rd
39 ( 29 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Wigan’s Ovation
40 ( 40 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker

http://youtube.com/v/tgYuLsudaJQ

41 ( 28 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
42 ( 25 ) IT’S OVER Roy Orbison
43 ( 36 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
44 ( 34 ) WILDFIRE Michael Murphey
45 ( NEW ) OUR DAY WILL COME Rupert Fisher
46 ( NEW ) IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW HOW TO LOVE ME Smokey
47 ( 38 ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
48 ( 48 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
49 ( 49 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
50 ( 50 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds


So what was I doing in July? Exams were done, the weather was scorching and sunny, so that meant all change, as my days in the 6th form came to a sad end. Unlike the previous school years from 1972/73 and to an extent 74, I was really sad for it to end, I actually enjoyed being at school. Now it was decision time (again) as dad had heard he was being posted back to RAF Swinderby for the 3rd time, and we were beginning a process to get some house-squatting rent-dodging tenants (grandma lived in Liverpool renting with her man and being soft-hearted let some gitty family live in her house for either low rent or no rent, at which point they decided to try and claim the house for themselves. To get over this she signed it over to mum and dad with a view to moving to Mansfield to live in the house we were born in (that’s me, my brother, and mum) when dad left the RAF in 1980. That meant my schooling was yet again buggered up, and with A levels preferable to finding a job that meant I was to be packed up to go to Mansfield in September rather than start back then move again. Basically, my education was a constant mess, constantly changing schools, and having no ongoing mates to grow up with. It was even worse for my brother, who more or less gave up on education from this point onward. For now, though, lazy hazy days of summer, reading DC comics, playing music, playing tennis with Peter Palmer and Ian Galloway (who was applying for the RAF), watching TV and just hanging out basically. I didn’t want to leave Gloucester, to be honest.

My 1975 Charts – March

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gloucester and Toby’s bookshop

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4th March 1975

6th and final week for Helen Reddy’s Angie Baby on top, but who will topple her – Wigan’s Chosen Few play footsie at 2, Shirley says Shame Shame Shame at only going up to 3, and there are 2 big new entries: Gloria Gaynor follows up her big number one with a cover of a Motown classic in at 4, the Four Tops Reach Out I’ll Be There, and it’s a thumping frantic disco anthem, for me the best version apart from the original. At 5, it’s a long-missing 50’s guitar instrumental legend, Duane Eddy, who gets some help from a chorus of girl Rebelettes to twang along in the 70’s: Play Me Like Your Guitar is great, though not as great as his old classics like Peter Gunn, Rebel Rouser and Because They’re Young. Close thing, though.

Bowie goes top 20 with his funky Young Americans, ditto Supertramp and Moments and Whatnauts, while in at 26 it’s a 60’s Northern Soul-inspired hit for Gary Lewis And The Playboys, My Heart’s Symphony. They had a whole run of big US hits, and were notable for Gary being the son of comedian Jerry Lewis, and being pretty good pop, especially the fab This Diamond Ring, which was never a UK hit (like almost their entire career). The strings on this one add a bit of 60’s pop interest and I still love it, should have been bigger. Meanwhile Hamilton Bohannon smoothly funks his way to 28, the Average White Band do the same at 29, and Sweet return with their first self-written hit Fox On The Run, and it’s pretty good, in at 30! Giving them 4 years of hits, non-stop.

In at 43, it’s Barry Manilow debuting with the OTT Mandy, a cover of the much-better original sitting at 10 for Scott English – Brandy. It just came over as a bland, if mildly pleasant version of a great song, to me at the time. At 44, the Bay City Rollers ditch their songwriters and go it alone – by covering a Four Seasons non-UK-hit, Bye Bye Baby – they do it effectively, and the song wasn’t that well known in the UK, but it was the start of a loooooong list of acts getting much bigger hits than the brilliant Four Seasons originals in the UK – in the USA it was the other way round, for the most part. Which leaves Helen Reddy getting a follow-up entry as she drops off the top, Free And Easy, and Nosmo King and The Javells getting another chart entry (albeit unlikely) at 46. Finally Jim Stafford has a 3rd entry, with Your Bulldog Drinks Champagne – he certainly never was predictable!

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( 3 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
3 ( 4 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
4 ( NEW ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( NEW ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
6 ( 2 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
7 ( 6 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
8 ( 7 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
9 ( 8 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
10 ( 9 ) BRANDY Scott English

11 ( 11 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry
12 ( 5 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
13 ( 13 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
14 ( 14 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
15 ( 24 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
16 ( 10 ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson
17 ( 12 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
18 ( 26 ) DREAMER Supertramp
19 ( 23 ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
20 ( 18 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon

21 ( 20 ) REMEMBER THE DAYS OF THE OLD SCHOOL YARD Linda Lewis
22 ( 36 ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
23 ( 17 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
24 ( 16 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
25 ( 15 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
26 ( NEW ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
27 ( 27 ) I’M ON MY WAY Dean Parrish
28 ( 44 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
29 ( 43 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
30 ( NEW ) FOX ON THE RUN Sweet

31 ( 19 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
32 ( 33 ) GAMES UP Hello
33 ( 21 ) I’LL TAKE A MELODY The Hues Corporation
34 ( 22 ) I’M HER FOOL Billy Swan
35 ( 25 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
36 ( 30 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
37 ( 28 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta
38 ( 29 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
39 ( 46 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
40 ( 45 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)

41 ( 31 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
42 ( 32 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive
43 ( NEW ) MANDY Barry Manilow
44 ( NEW ) BYE BYE BABY The Bay City Rollers
45 ( NEW ) FREE AND EASY Helen Reddy
46 ( NEW ) LOVIN’ YOU IS EASY Nosmo King and The Javells
47 ( 40 ) LEGO SKANGA Rupie Edwards
48 ( 41 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows
49 ( 42 ) DOCTOR LOVE The Pearls
50 ( NEW ) YOUR BULLDOG DRINKS CHAMPAGNE Jim Stafford


11th March 1975

Gloria Gaynor gets her 2nd chart-topper in a row, Reach Out I’ll Be There getting there in 2 weeks flat, and a new disco queen arrives. Not me, no. It’s all about Gloria’s vocal, the fab percussion, the backing singers and especially the heavy drumbeat on the chorus. Excited me no end at the time, and still does. Shooting up to 2, Supertramp’s best record Dreamer, it still sounds fresh, urgent and original, well beyond the normal single format. Duane Eddy has a veteran top 3 hit when few from the 50’s were still going, bar the odd Cliff and Elvis. Bowie gets his first top 10 since Sorrow, and his 7th to date, while The Rubettes get a 3rd, cos they can do it. The Rollers rocket up to 12, rather unexpectedly, as my early love for the Rollers in 1971-73 was well on the turn to annoyance what with all the screaming pre-teen girls all over the place, and Gary Lewis gets a 9-years-late top 20 hit.

It’s all about the 19 new entries though, as the music scene hits overdrive and my chart has an almost 40% clearout. 19 is a new record, and is headed by an old-fashioned Eurovision-styled boy-girl singalong, and it’s fab – There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving is schmaltzy, overdoses on the backing singers and strings, and has a killer chorus…yes it’s a real guilty pleasure! The group had TV host Bruce Forsyth’s daughter in it, not to mention Thereza Bazar and David Van Day, future hit duo Dollar. Talking of Eurovision, Radio Luxembourg was busy plugging Geraldine’s English-language version (You) of her French-language entry, Toi, and here it is at 28, making it 4 years in a row that Luxembourg had charted. It’s also one place higher than the UK’s entry, the last one under the system where an established act is chosen to sing 6 songs, then the public vote – and this time Cliff’s backing band, and UK instrumental heroes The Shadows join Duane Eddy on the comeback trail and also get a debut rare vocal hit, Let Me Be The One. It’s not bad at all.

At 30, a dance cover of The Beatles’ George Harrison song Something, from The Miracle Workers, gives it 3 hit versions in 6 years, while a Dutch duo cover of the 60’s childhood fave of mine Swinging On A Star (by Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva, itself a 40’s Bing Crosby cover) enters at 41 for the badly-named Spooky And Sue. An actual 60’s song I liked enters at 47 for The McCoys, Hang On Sloopy, while a 40’s styled gorgeous gentle ballad (and tribute to Fred Astaire) enters at 35 for Don McLean, his first hit in 3 years – Wonderful Baby.

At 32 and 33, two big US hits for two big UK-based stars, and two big UK-flops as they moved to the States and got ignored by UK record-buyers. Idiots. ELO’s Can’t Get It Out Of My Head is a touching emotive ballad, and a singles departure for the band that eventually charted 3 years later on an EP in the UK, while Olivia Newton-John was moving out of country into melodic pop ballads, and one of her best: Have You Never Been Mellow, lovely. At 34 a late glam rock entrant from Shabby Tiger (too late for the UK to chart it, but not in Europe), Slow Down is decent enough, and at 36 The Goodies get a thrid hit with a Funky Gibbon. Yes, well, hmmm, it was catchy for a couple of weeks! David Bowie’s guitarist, the legendary Mick Ronson gets a quirky solo entry at 45, Billy Porter, Alice Cooper gets 3 years of chart entries at 48, Department Of Youth. Also 3 years on, Peter Skellern gets a follow-up entry at 50, the laid-back Hold On To Love, and 2 years on ex-teacher Clifford T. Ward keeps the gentle folk ballads coming, gets a 4th entry with the delightful Jigsaw Girl at 49.

Phew! That leaves just the great new ones, from K.C. And The Sunshine Band, and a third hit (and a 6th song) with Get Down Tonight, as the fabulous funky dance grooves get notched a peg or two, even over chart-topper Queen Of Clubs. The basis of more than one future sampled hit, and still brilliant, and in at 37. Then there’s Elton John, with a Band attached, a new sound of Philadelphia, strings, soul, fabulousness, and a song dedicated to gay tennis player Billie-Jean King, Philadelphia Freedom. In at 42, 4 years of chartdom, and Elton had yet to miss the chart since Rocket Man hit 2, and was followed up by 2 number one’s in Crocodile Rock and Bennie And The Jets in 1972 and 1974. Elton, it should be stressed, was the biggest star in the world at this point and could do no wrong, especially in the USA, and was mightily prolific, 2 albums a year, and singles not necessarily on albums, and album tracks that should have been singles but weren’t. Phew!

1 ( 4 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 18 ) DREAMER Supertramp
3 ( 5 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
4 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
5 ( 2 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
6 ( 3 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
7 ( 15 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
8 ( 13 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
9 ( NEW ) THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF LOVING Guys and Dolls
10 ( 11 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry

11 ( 6 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
12 ( 44 ) BYE BYE BABY The Bay City Rollers
13 ( 26 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
14 ( 14 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
15 ( 19 ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
16 ( 8 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
17 ( 9 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 10 ) BRANDY Scott English
19 ( 20 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
20 ( 7 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox

21 ( 30 ) FOX ON THE RUN Sweet
22 ( 29 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
23 ( 28 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
24 ( 22 ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
25 ( 31 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
26 ( 12 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
27 ( NEW ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
28 ( NEW ) YOU Geraldine
29 ( NEW ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
30 ( NEW ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers

31 ( 32 ) GAMES UP Hello
32 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
33 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
34 ( NEW ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
35 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL BABY Don McLean
36 ( NEW ) FUNKY GIBBON The Goodies
37 ( NEW ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
38 ( 17 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
39 ( 25 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
40 ( 23 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters

41 ( NEW ) SWINGING ON A STAR Spooky And Sue
42 ( NEW ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
43 ( 43 ) MANDY Barry Manilow
44 ( 41 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
45 ( NEW ) BILLY PORTER Mick Ronson
46 ( NEW ) SWEET MUSIC Showaddywaddy
47 ( NEW ) HANG ON SLOOPY The McCoys
48 ( NEW ) DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH Alice Cooper
49 ( NEW ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
50 ( NEW ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern


18th March 1975

After the deluge of last week, only 2 new entries and Gloria Gaynor gets 2 weeks reaching out on top. The rest of the chart is busy though, Elton up 40 places to 2 outdoing all his previous singles bar 3, just lovin’ that Philadelphia Freedom. Bowie also does better here than any other chart, hitting 5 with Young Americans – Bowie fans struggled with the new “plastic soul” sound, but not me, loved it. The Sweet get an 11th Top 10 hit, Neil Sedaka stops yo-yo-ing and hits 8 for his annual top 10 hit, now allied with Elton John on his label, and ELO get a 4th top 10.

The 2 Eurovision songs keep pace with each other at 14 and 15, Geraldine still having the edge, while Livvy goes top 20, and Shabby Tiger slow down at 19. New at 44 it’s Polly Brown getting a second solo hit, dialling L for Love, though it’s now 5 years since she debuted with Pickettywich. Finally, at 48, The Hues Corporation have a 4th chart entry with the Love Corporation, diminishing returns but they still sound good.

1 ( 1 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 42 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
3 ( 3 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
4 ( 2 ) DREAMER Supertramp
5 ( 7 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
6 ( 9 ) THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF LOVING Guys and Dolls
7 ( 21 ) FOX ON THE RUN Sweet
8 ( 25 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
9 ( 32 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
10 ( 4 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy

11 ( 5 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
12 ( 6 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
13 ( 8 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
14 ( 28 ) YOU Geraldine
15 ( 29 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
16 ( 13 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
17 ( 15 ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
18 ( 33 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
19 ( 34 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
20 ( 10 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry

21 ( 11 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
22 ( 19 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
23 ( 37 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
24 ( 36 ) FUNKY GIBBON The Goodies
25 ( 12 ) BYE BYE BABY The Bay City Rollers
26 ( 22 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
27 ( 27 ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
28 ( 30 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
29 ( 20 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
30 ( 31 ) GAMES UP Hello

31 ( 16 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
32 ( 17 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
33 ( 18 ) BRANDY Scott English
34 ( 23 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
35 ( 35 ) WONDERFUL BABY Don McLean
36 ( 26 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
37 ( 14 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
38 ( 46 ) SWEET MUSIC Showaddywaddy
39 ( 39 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
40 ( 40 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters

41 ( 41 ) SWINGING ON A STAR Spooky And Sue
42 ( 45 ) BILLY PORTER Mick Ronson
43 ( 50 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
44 ( NEW ) DIAL ‘L’ FOR LOVE Polly Brown
45 ( 49 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
46 ( 47 ) HANG ON SLOOPY The McCoys
47 ( 24 ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
48 ( NEW ) LOVE CORPORATION The Hues Corporation
49 ( 43 ) MANDY Barry Manilow
50 ( 38 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel

In Gloucester days, I was seriously buying every vinyl single I could get afford and find, and every old and new DC comic I could find. I scoured all the record shops (and there were plenty in those days) and newsagents that stocked American comics, and had a weekly Saturday bus ride, or walk of a few miles (to have extra money to spend on them) to do the rounds, especially the second-hand bookstore Toby’s which had stocks of recent DC comics printed with their name on the cover – much cheaper for me and I picked up loads I’d missed. Hooray! We also had a family ride, after some snowfall, to see our Singapore family friends the Wainwrights, after not seeing them for a year or so – I have the trip there fixed in my mind to some of the Radio 1 playlist tracks of the time, so I associate them with crisp snow and sunshine, for instance Fox On The Run and Young Americans, and especially Philadelphia Freedom. Odd the things that stick in the mind sometime. It was great seeing them all again.


25th March 1975 part 1 (Eurovision)

It’s a new number one, but dropping from 6 and completely out of the chart it’s Guys & Dolls with one of the shortest ever chart runs for a record that peaked at 6 – 2 weeks, peak, and out! It’s a guilty pleasure, but one that I got over quickly, until a decent amount of time had passed by (years), and then I loved it again. Anyway, new at 1 it’s Elton, yay! His 3rd number one in 4 years, a brilliant Philly soul record by a white British rock star, joining Bowie in crossing some genre boundaries, and also commenting at the time about his domination on USA radio where his singles just would not leave the chart – he wished they would stop playing them and let them leave the chart, even he was getting fed up of it! This, of course, is now how the whole music business works: overkill, monotony, and dominated by a huge few stars. Elton was also presiding over another chart invasion, though, chock full of good new singles, led by the Eurovision winner, Teach-In, at 10. Ding A Dong! Or Dinge Dong, take your pick. It was an immediate hit with me while I babysat, and my clear favourite, though the chart placing just ahead of the UK and Luxembourg might say otherwise. The Shadows did well, and Geraldine, Toi, so there’s a mini-1975 Eurovision section to enjoy. Or ‘enjoy’! The Netherlands deserved to win though, and they had clearly learnt the Abba lesson and gone uptempo pop. So here the three are…


25th March 1975 (part 2)

Back in March 1975, 25th, and K.C. is up to 3 for his 3rd successive top 3 hit, with one of the great instant instrumental funk intros, do a little dance make a little love, get down tonight! The Sweet hit 4, fox-chasing, and Olivia hits 6 with her biggest ever hit in 4 years, so she must have been feeling pretty mellow about that. The second highest new entry is the record that came 2nd in the Radio 1 All-Time Top 100 singles, as compiled in 1974 – Young Girl won it (and charted all over again) but runner-up was Bobby Goldsboro’s 1968 UK number 2, which was reissued in the UK and hit 2 again, having been 2 on the 100. A case of the 2’s if ever I heard it! The sickly-sweet sentimental tragedy song enters at 14 here. It’s both touching and OTT laughable, depending on mood. It fit in with tragic news of the death of a classmate in a motorbike accident, Martin Milliard, who’d been getting interviews with football clubs. His best mate Davvy was a mate at school, and I was shocked and sad all round for Davvy and Milli’s family. The song came up in group classroom conversation, and Davvy took it’s side, so did I.

In at 16, Jim Gilstrap’s lovely gospel soul shuffler Swing Your Daddy, and in at 17 another Wigan band, Wigan’s Ovation with an actual NEW recording and northern soul cover hit, the Invitations’ Skiing In The Snow. Northern Soul was cool in the working class circles. Lulu’s back with another image change at 26, this time soul funk, one style she was to return to most frequently over the years. The record? Take You Mama For A Ride, and 7 years of hits. Missing for 2 years, and it’s a welcome return for Middle Of The Road, with the flop single Hitchin’ A Ride In The Moonlight, which managed to grab a couple of plays on Radio Luxembourg, and nothing in the UK, but it gives them an 8th bubblegum chart entry for me. I haven’t heard it for decades, and it’s not on itunes, boo!

Ralph McTell’s back at 34 with a forgotten, non-itunes, follow-up El Progresso, not that folky, while Hot Chocolate return with new single Blue Night, in the style of Emma at 48. Pretty good, a flop, no airplay, but it had a B Side you may have heard of, a ditty called You Sexy Thing. Come back in 7 months when it gets flipped, and Blue Night is the B Side. 49, Caston And Majors, a Motown act, and a fantastic record in Child Of Love, fab song, should have been a hit. Finally, at 50, it’s another oldie reissue from the late Jim Croce, one which would have charted in 1972 had my charts allowed non-UK-chart records: Bad Bad Leroy Brown. Big US hit.

1 ( 2 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
2 ( 1 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 23 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
4 ( 7 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
5 ( 3 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
6 ( 18 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
7 ( 9 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
8 ( 4 ) DREAMER Supertramp
9 ( 5 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
10 ( NEW ) DING A DONG Teach-In

11 ( 15 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
12 ( 14 ) YOU Geraldine
13 ( 16 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
14 ( NEW ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
15 ( 19 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
16 ( NEW ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
17 ( NEW ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
18 ( 10 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
19 ( 11 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
20 ( 12 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company

21 ( 28 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
22 ( 8 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
23 ( 27 ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
24 ( 13 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
25 ( 45 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
26 ( NEW ) TAKE YOUR MAMA FOR A RIDE Lulu
27 ( NEW ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
28 ( 21 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
29 ( RE ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson
30 ( 22 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon

31 ( 31 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
32 ( 32 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
33 ( 33 ) BRANDY Scott English
34 ( NEW ) EL PROGRESSO Ralph McTell
35 ( 43 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
36 ( 24 ) FUNKY GIBBON The Goodies
37 ( 35 ) WONDERFUL BABY Don McLean
38 ( 26 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
39 ( 34 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
40 ( 29 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox

41 ( 39 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
42 ( 40 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
43 ( 44 ) DIAL ‘L’ FOR LOVE Polly Brown
44 ( 20 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry
45 ( 42 ) BILLY PORTER Mick Ronson
46 ( 41 ) SWINGING ON A STAR Spooky And Sue
47 ( 48 ) LOVE CORPORATION The Hues Corporation
48 ( NEW ) BLUE NIGHT Hot Chocolate
49 ( NEW ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
50 ( NEW ) BAD BAD LEROY BROWN Jim Croce