My June 1987 Charts

2nd June 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for T.Rex as another golden oldie is straight in at 2 – Tom Jones is reactivated chart-wise and a hit all over again is his signature tune, It’s Not Unusual – a track I loved as a kid and would def have topped my charts had I been compiling them in 1965. Better late than never! After 4 weeks at 4 Wet Wet Wet finally drop, but it’s better than some chart-toppers in 1987, and just to prove the point the over-rated Whitney monster gives her a second top 10, ahead of it suffering 32 years of over-playing. U2 OTOH is a classic, and up to 6, and still fresh.

Herb Alpert & Tina Turner both bound into the 20, 24 Carat Diamonds, and Breaking Every Rule still being chart successful 2 decades on. In at 30, errr, Star Trekkin’. It was amusing the first couple of times, and anything Star Trek would meet with my approval. Until I got quickly sick of it and grew to dislike it. Ah, well, proof I liked it for a while. A bunch of old covers enter the 40, The Beastie Boys get a second top 40, and Suzanne Vega gets a second too. Pepsi & Shirlie get a second chart entry minus the Wham! boys, Erasure keep on with the run, Boy George is back, Living In A Box get a quick foillow-up, LL Cool J returns, Alison Moyet has a subdued entry, Billy Idol’s fab gentle Sweet Sixteen is a change in direction for him, The Kane Gang are back 3 years on, and The BLow Monkeys team up with soul legend Curtis Mayfield 2 years after his stage fall left him paralysed for the rest of his life. He first charted in 1971 with Move On Up.


1 ( 1 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
2 ( NEW ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
3 ( 2 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
4 ( 5 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
5 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
6 ( 20 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
7 ( 7 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
8 ( 3 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
9 ( 6 ) SHAME OMD
10 ( 22 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston

11 ( 10 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
12 ( 17 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
13 ( 8 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
14 ( 30 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 19 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
16 ( 18 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
17 ( 9 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 66 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
19 ( 50 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
20 ( 13 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre

21 ( 37 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
22 ( 11 ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
23 ( 34 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
24 ( 12 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
25 ( 27 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
26 ( 14 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
27 ( 24 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
28 ( 16 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
29 ( 29 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
30 ( NEW ) STAR TREKKIN’ The Firm

31 ( 39 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
32 ( 15 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
33 ( 21 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
34 ( 68 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
35 ( 44 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
36 ( 25 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
37 ( 41 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
38 ( NEW ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
39 ( 57 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
40 ( NEW ) JACK MIX II Mirage

41 ( 31 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE The Fall
42 ( 33 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
43 ( 40 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
44 ( 23 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
45 ( 45 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
46 ( 36 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
47 ( 35 ) LOW RIDER (REMIX) War
48 ( 63 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
49 ( 48 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
50 ( NEW ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley

51 ( 73 ) INFIDELITY Simply Red
52 ( 32 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
53 ( NEW ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
54 ( 49 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
55 ( 70 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
56 ( 55 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
57 ( NEW ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
58 ( 58 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
59 ( 72 ) INCOMMUNICADO Marillion
60 ( NEW ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box

61 ( 28 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
62 ( 26 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
63 ( 54 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
64 ( 62 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
65 ( NEW ) I’M BAD LL Cool J
66 ( 64 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
67 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
69 ( 60 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
70 ( 65 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge

71 ( NEW ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
72 ( NEW ) GET READY Carol Hitchcock
73 ( 71 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
74 ( NEW ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
75 ( NEW ) (CELEBRATE) THE DAY AFTER YOU The Blow Monkeys & Curtis Mayfield

2nd June
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
2 WHAT AM I DOING HANGING ROUND? The Monkees
3 LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

 

9th June 1987

It’s a first week at one for U2, their first chart-topper with the brilliant I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, IMHO the jewel in the crown that is The Joshua Tree. The video was shot in Las Vegas, where I was heading in 3 months time back then, doubling up the nostalgia-quotient for my 1979 trip there. Vegas is unrecognisable these days from those days! In at 4 it’s a re-recorded version of In Dreams from Roy Orbison, one of his key tracks, and the start of his comeback period – it’s not as awesome as the original, but decent-enough.

Highest new song is It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys back with a bang, a hint of Cat Stevens Wild World about the melody, but high on the epic scale, in at 18, and cementing their status as my fave new 80’s act, well on their way to being my Must-Buy act of the last 34 years – a run no other act comes close to. A big climb for The Kane Gang to 21, and 2 great new entries for Heart and that mega-ballad Alone at 28, and XTC’s most-provocative single Dear God in at 29, some 8 cynical years on since Making Plans For Nigel.

Talking of provocative, gender-bending Prince is in at 38 with If I Was Your Girlfriend, starting to mine Sign O The Times for singles, and Run-DMC get a second top 40. Janet Jackson pops in with her Pleasure Principle, joining herself on Herb Alpert’s Diamonds for a 2nd chart track, Elton John has another of his periodic duets, this one with Jennifer Rush. Flames Of Paradise doesn’t feature in his Rocketman movie biog, just as well given the greats that also don’t feature. Just another 3 or 4 years of his self-abuse years to go, before he cleans up and enters his largely-musically-dull sober-but-happy years.

Diana Ross is giving me Dirty Looks – possibly because her brilliant Ain’t No Mountain High Enough 1970 reissue has just dropped out the chart, to be replaced by one that is errr…not. Curiosity & co are back for a third try – and their best track to date, Misfit, Wang Chung scrape a brief comeback with Let’s Go – and they did pretty much that evermore, Terence Trent D’Arby is back with his Wishing Well, a bit less classic than the Free song of the same name, and Genesis keep churning out the forgettable pedestrian hits. I mean none of those in this paragraph are bad, just a bit bland in comparison to previous highs (bar Misfit).

1 ( 6 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
2 ( 1 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
3 ( 2 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
4 ( NEW ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
5 ( 7 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
6 ( 10 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
7 ( 5 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
8 ( 4 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
9 ( 8 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
10 ( 3 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box

11 ( 21 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
12 ( 15 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
13 ( 9 ) SHAME OMD
14 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 18 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
16 ( 11 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
17 ( 25 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
18 ( NEW ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
19 ( 19 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
20 ( 31 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC

21 ( 74 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
22 ( 12 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
23 ( 13 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
24 ( 38 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
25 ( 30 ) STAR TREKKIN’ The Firm
26 ( 37 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
27 ( 16 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
28 ( NEW ) ALONE Heart
29 ( NEW ) DEAR GOD XTC
30 ( 34 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore

31 ( 35 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
32 ( 20 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
33 ( 17 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
34 ( 33 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
35 ( 40 ) JACK MIX II Mirage
36 ( 39 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
37 ( 27 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
38 ( NEW ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
39 ( 26 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
40 ( 48 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC

41 ( 57 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
42 ( 50 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
43 ( 68 ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
44 ( 51 ) INFIDELITY Simply Red
45 ( 45 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
46 ( 43 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
47 ( NEW ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
48 ( 53 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
49 ( 49 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
50 ( 71 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol

51 ( 29 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
52 ( 28 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
53 ( 22 ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
54 ( 36 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
55 ( 59 ) INCOMMUNICADO Marillion
56 ( 24 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
57 ( 75 ) (CELEBRATE) THE DAY AFTER YOU The Blow Monkeys & Curtis Mayfield
58 ( 60 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
59 ( 54 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
60 ( NEW ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush

61 ( 23 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
62 ( NEW ) DISTANT LAND (DA DOO BOM BOM) Radio Earth
63 ( 58 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
64 ( NEW ) DIRTY LOOKS Diana Ross
65 ( 56 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
66 ( 64 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
68 ( 55 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
69 ( NEW ) YEARS GO BY Stan Campbell
70 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( 66 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
72 ( NEW ) LET’S GO Wang Chung
73 ( 46 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
74 ( NEW ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
75 ( NEW ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
2 LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
3 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Mama Cass

 

16th June 1987

It’s all about the 60’s as Tom Jones childhood fave goes to the very top (as it would have done back in the day if I’d been charting), his first chart-topper either way 19 years since debuting. Quite the wait. Just to keep the 60’s vogue going, all my fave oldies of that week are from the 60’s – Andy and Walker Brothers have both gone on to top my charts in later decades, when I changed the rules to allow album tracks that had never charted (eg on Greatest Hits that were in the UK album charts) and re-issues of singles once again.

Prince has a massive climb to 3 as a posthumous album of original versions of gifted songs are forced out of his locked vault, most of them not as good as the covers, oddly. Sometimes other acts can find the magic and focus on it more than the writer can! ABC get their first top 10 in 3 years, Pet Shop Boys make it 100% top 10 to date (these days it’s about 198% as they rarely fail with official singles, but tend to get loads of album tracks that also go top 10), and Jody watley gets her first top 10 since Shalamar’s last goodie in 1983, but she makes it 8 years in top 10 span.

In at 16 it’s George Michael, and I had to buy the single to bloody get to hear it thanks to the BBC banning it – ridiculous of course, it’s mild compared to the stuff in the charts these days when blatant sexual references and swearwords are obligatory, albeit usually bleeped on the radio (wouldn’t want to lose cash income for “artistic integrity” would we…). I’m not a prude, I swear all the time, and when it’s got an artistic purpose (like I Want Your Sex did, at least in the video), fine. Mostly it’s just superfluous and pointless though.

A huge climb For Curiosity into the 20, with Janet not far behind, in fact lots of top 40 climbers as there is a sudden massive drop to some tracks as I realise they are pretty naff (Star Trekkin, Live Springsteen) so fingers-crossed the penny drops on Whitney next week! In at 36 another decent single from a slagged-off album, and a rather disappointing Glass Spider tour that I saw, Time Will Crawl – and it did! At 44, Shaky does Glitter: somehow think that’s never going to happen ever again, anyone covering Gary Glitter. Gary Numan is back with Radio Heart again, just look at the Gary’s around in those days before one of them killed the name stone dead. Alexander O’Neal keep sup the classic run of Jam & Lewis singles with Fake, The Christians return with another social commentary song, always good, and it’s Chris Montez with Let’s Dance. Rea! I mean Rea. Not the same song. Unfortunately.

1 ( 3 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
2 ( 1 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
3 ( 38 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
4 ( 6 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
5 ( 4 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
6 ( 11 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
7 ( 2 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
8 ( 20 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
9 ( 18 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 17 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley

11 ( 15 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
12 ( 9 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
13 ( 5 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
14 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 7 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
16 ( NEW ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
17 ( 21 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
18 ( 8 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
19 ( 10 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
20 ( 67 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat

21 ( 47 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
22 ( 16 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
23 ( 19 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
24 ( 24 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
25 ( 12 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
26 ( 13 ) SHAME OMD
27 ( 31 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
28 ( 28 ) ALONE Heart
29 ( 29 ) DEAR GOD XTC
30 ( 36 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega

31 ( 40 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
32 ( 50 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
33 ( 42 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
34 ( 23 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
35 ( 34 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
36 ( NEW ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
37 ( 41 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
38 ( 43 ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
39 ( 60 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
40 ( 48 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure

41 ( 22 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
42 ( 32 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
43 ( 37 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
44 ( NEW ) A LITTLE BOOGIE WOOGIE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( 58 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
46 ( 39 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
47 ( RE ) GET READY Carol Hitchcock
48 ( 74 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
49 ( 46 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
50 ( NEW ) LONDON TIMES Radio Heart & Gary Numan

51 ( 35 ) JACK MIX II Mirage
52 ( 33 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
53 ( 49 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
54 ( 27 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
55 ( 62 ) DISTANT LAND (DA DOO BOM BOM) Radio Earth
56 ( 26 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
57 ( 30 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
58 ( NEW ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal
59 ( 25 ) STAR TREKKIN’ The Firm
60 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY IT FEELS Two Nations

61 ( 69 ) YEARS GO BY Stan Campbell
62 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP ME NOW Samantha Fox
63 ( 59 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
64 ( NEW ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
65 ( 63 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
66 ( NEW ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
67 ( RE ) I’M BAD LL Cool J
68 ( 66 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
69 ( 65 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
70 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( 75 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
72 ( 71 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
73 ( NEW ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
74 ( NEW ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds
75 ( NEW ) RED HOT Princess

Playlist oldies of the week
1 ALMOST THERE Andy Williams
2 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers
3 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark

23rd June 1987

It’s U2 back up on top for a second week at 1, as Pet Shop Boys go up to 2 with It’s A Sin, Curiosity get a first top 10 with Misfit at 6, Herb Alpert gets his 4th top 10 19 years after his first, Janet Jackson gets a 3rd with a 4th a whisker away, and XTC get a second 8 years on from their debut hit Making Plans For Nigel, the flop Dear God.

Bowie has a big climb into the 20 with Time Will Crawl by virtue of this being the week I saw his Glass Spider Tour at Wembley where he heavily plugged the new album, along with loads of dancers, climbing up ropes, swinging from bars, hoisting left right and centre in front of a massive actual glass spider all lit up. Sadly I was sat right at the back of the stadium, there was a delay in the sound, and I felt totally removed from the experience. I came to the conclusion, reinforced the next time I saw him, that Bowie was most definitely not a Stadium act – Stadium acts need to get throbbing excitement going on, U2 being a prime example, they command totally, as does Madonna. Being cerebral doesn’t work at that scale. My top rated track of the night? Not anywhere near my fave Bowie track, but Modern Love worked best. Thumping Chic rhythms, says it all. Day In Day Out? Not so much.

Cliff is back with a decent new album, and a catchy first single in My Pretty One at 31, Errol Brown debuts with his solo single now that Hot Chocolate’s record of 14 consecutive years of hit singles is history, yet still not as big as their oldie remixes, sadly, as I loved Errol in his heyday. King Sun D Moet gets a second entry, lower down, Echo & The Bunnymen keep the run going, Atlantic Starr return as Always, a-ha do the Bond theme well and sneak in, shaken not stirred, and The Whispers are back 7 years after And The Beat Goes On debuted, and 6 years since they last charted.

1 ( 2 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
2 ( 9 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
4 ( 1 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
5 ( 6 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
6 ( 20 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
7 ( 11 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
8 ( 8 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
9 ( 4 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
10 ( 29 ) DEAR GOD XTC

11 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
12 ( 21 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
13 ( 12 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
14 ( 16 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
15 ( 36 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
16 ( 15 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
17 ( 17 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
18 ( 13 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
19 ( 10 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
20 ( 7 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex

21 ( 30 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
22 ( 24 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
23 ( 5 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
24 ( 33 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
25 ( 22 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
26 ( 32 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
27 ( 18 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
28 ( 28 ) ALONE Heart
29 ( 39 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
30 ( 37 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George

31 ( NEW ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
32 ( 19 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
33 ( 48 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
34 ( NEW ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
35 ( 58 ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal
36 ( 40 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
37 ( 23 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
38 ( 66 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
39 ( 73 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
40 ( 34 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna

41 ( 26 ) SHAME OMD
42 ( 25 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
43 ( 50 ) LONDON TIMES Radio Heart & Gary Numan
44 ( 44 ) A LITTLE BOOGIE WOOGIE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( 45 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
46 ( 35 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
47 ( 55 ) DISTANT LAND (DA DOO BOM BOM) Radio Earth
48 ( 64 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
49 ( 43 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
50 ( 62 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP ME NOW Samantha Fox

51 ( 49 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
52 ( 75 ) RED HOT Princess
53 ( 31 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
54 ( 27 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
55 ( 42 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
56 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( NEW ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
58 ( 46 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
59 ( NEW ) THE GAME Echo & The Bunnymen
60 ( 60 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT FEELS Two Nations

61 ( 61 ) YEARS GO BY Stan Campbell
62 ( 47 ) GET READY Carol Hitchcock
63 ( 38 ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
64 ( 67 ) I’M BAD LL Cool J
65 ( NEW ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
66 ( 74 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds
67 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( 63 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
69 ( NEW ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
70 ( 65 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael

71 ( 71 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
72 ( 69 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
73 ( 68 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) ROCKSTEADY The Whispers
75 ( 72 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party

Oldies Playlist
1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 MODERN LOVE (Live At Wembley) David Bowie
3 I JUST WANT TO STAY HERE Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme

30th June 1987

It’s a first week on top for the epic sounds of It’s A Sin, Pet Shop Boys’ 4th chart-topper, and the 3rd in a row. In at 2 it’s the 3rd reissued oldie smash for the late Jackie Wilson, as Higher And Higher is back at a new peak of 2: the US hit record was already two years old when it made the UK charts in the Summer of ’69, and it featured in my first batch of actual charts aged 11 years old. Then it was a double-A reissued hit again in the Summer of ’75, when I was 17 – and here I was in my late 20’s and it was a hit yet again – so essentially the first record to chart for me in 3 decades.

Herb Alpert gets his 3rd top 5, Bowie’s list of top 5’s runs to 15 years, and Janet J gets two consecutive top 10’s. Cliff has a big top 20 climb, and Jive Talking is back – another Summer Of ’75 track: only it’s not The Bee Gees, it’s George Michael, his second cousin, Andros Georgiou ,Nick Heyward & Mick Talbot (of Style Council), and it’s in at 13. George’s ex-Wham! backing singers are up to 17, Pepsi & Shirley, his previous Wham! singer Dee C. Lee having run off with Paul Weller, also of Style Council. I enjoy a good link.

Roger Daltrey’s back for a chart run of 14 years solo, 18 years including the Who. Who’s That Girl? Madonna’s back with her latest film theme. No, nobody went to see it, but the record was good. Lone Justice return with the fab Shelter, Robbie Nevil grabs a 3rd, the Nana’s come back with a blisteringly good SAW track, I Heard A Rumour, soul vets recently in the charts both return: Percy Sledge & Ben E. King, Hue & Cry debut, The Mac are looking at Seven Wonders an 19 years of hits, and if you wanted to Catch The Cure you should have been watching the Glasto coverage last night when they closed the festival a mere 32 years later….

1 ( 2 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
2 ( NEW ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
3 ( 1 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
4 ( 7 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
5 ( 15 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
6 ( 6 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
7 ( 8 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
8 ( 5 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
9 ( 4 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
10 ( 12 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson

11 ( 3 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
12 ( 31 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
13 ( NEW ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High featuring George Michael
14 ( 11 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 13 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
16 ( 17 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
17 ( 24 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
18 ( 10 ) DEAR GOD XTC
19 ( 22 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
20 ( 26 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol

21 ( 9 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
22 ( 33 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
23 ( 29 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
24 ( 16 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
25 ( 39 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
26 ( 28 ) ALONE Heart
27 ( 18 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
28 ( 20 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
29 ( 19 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
30 ( 35 ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal

31 ( 21 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
32 ( 38 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
33 ( 34 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
34 ( NEW ) HEARTS ON FIRE Roger Daltrey
35 ( NEW ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
36 ( 25 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
37 ( 65 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
38 ( NEW ) SHELTER Lone Justice
39 ( 14 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
40 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett

41 ( NEW ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
42 ( 27 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
43 ( 45 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
44 ( NEW ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
45 ( 40 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
46 ( 23 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
47 ( 48 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
48 ( 57 ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
49 ( NEW ) COVER ME Percy Sledge
50 ( 66 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds

51 ( 52 ) RED HOT Princess
52 ( 51 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
53 ( 59 ) THE GAME Echo & The Bunnymen
54 ( 32 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
55 ( 37 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
56 ( NEW ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
57 ( 41 ) SHAME OMD
58 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
59 ( 49 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
60 ( NEW ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 69 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
62 ( 46 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
63 ( 73 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
64 ( NEW ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
65 ( 30 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
66 ( 36 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
67 ( 71 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
68 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( NEW ) HEAD TO TOE Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
70 ( 58 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned

71 ( NEW ) CATCH The Cure
72 ( 55 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
73 ( NEW ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
74 ( 43 ) LONDON TIMES Radio Heart & Gary Numan
75 ( NEW ) SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME Ben E. King

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 I WANT TO STAY HERE Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme
2 PILLOW TALK Sylvia
3 PANINARO Pet Shop Boys

Advertisements

My May 1987 Charts

5th May 1987

It’s a 17-place climb to claim a first chart-topper for Crowded House and their gorgeous Don’t Dream It’s Over, beating I Got You’s peak of 2 in 1980 for Split-Enz, as the Finn Brothers used to be known (more or less), and keeping Living In A Box off the top spot to boot. Ben E. King gets a second oldies top 10 with a 26 year-old track, this time the fabulous Spanish Harlem which had gone top 5 for Aretha Franklin in 1971, the later of many 60’s covers of the song. The Damned get a second top 10 with the 1968 Love classic, and the highest actual new song is from Jesus And Mary Chain and the trippy-goth of April Skies at 27, sort of melodic distorted metal a la The Velvet Underground.

Tom Jones leapfrogs a pair of footballers as both climb fast into the 20, Tom having been there many times before in the 60’s and early 70’s, but rarely since, Kiss being the most recent career-resurrecting instance. Falco has a massive climb for his 3rd hit – one I’ve forgotten, but obviously liked being Emotional about it. Level 42 also climb high into the 40 along with Elvis’ reactivated Bossa Nova Baby, and a chart debut for the tongue-in-cheek Glam-metal Zodiac Mindwarp at 38 as he’s a Prime Mover.

It’s a huge influx of new entries lower down, Europe are back, The Cult get a 3rd or 4th, Westworld follow-up, Swing Out Sister make it a hat-trick, The Armoury Show is another I’ve entirely forgotten, Jody Watley gets a solo comeback having left Shalamar never to return and Looking For A New Love. A clutch of covers then pop up, The Mint Juleps doing Robert Palmer’s fab 1978 Every Kinda People, Gary Moore getting an 8th year of hits with his Easybeats cover (aka Flash & The Pan in later years, and the older-brother/producer of AC/DC’s Young brothers), Toyah does Martha & The Muffins, and David Essex returns after a few years away with a Welsh 112-year-old song. Not the oldest song to chart ever, but it’s up there in the list. David thus gets a 14-year run of hits since Rock On. Finally, two more solo hits for Paul King and Debbie Harry, Paul on his way to becoming an early VJ on satellite music stations when his music career stalls shortly after this, and Debbie carrying on where Blondie left off, for 9 years of charting, 6 years of solo hits, and another 30 years of both still to come. Legend!

1 ( 18 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
2 ( 4 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
3 ( 1 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
4 ( 6 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 3 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
6 ( 7 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
7 ( 5 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
8 ( NEW ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
9 ( 15 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
10 ( 2 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert

11 ( 19 ) SHAME OMD
12 ( 20 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
13 ( 17 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
14 ( 28 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
15 ( 40 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
16 ( 8 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
17 ( 33 ) DIAMOND LIGHTS Glen & Chris
18 ( 10 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
19 ( 29 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
20 ( 9 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals

21 ( 13 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
22 ( 12 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
23 ( 16 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
24 ( 11 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
25 ( 27 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
26 ( 21 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
27 ( NEW ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
28 ( 38 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
29 ( 14 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
30 ( 39 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths

31 ( 75 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
32 ( 36 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
33 ( 46 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
34 ( 70 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
35 ( 41 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
36 ( 23 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie
37 ( 69 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
38 ( NEW ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
39 ( 22 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
40 ( 50 ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything

41 ( 30 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
42 ( 37 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
43 ( 34 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
44 ( 32 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
45 ( 24 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
46 ( 25 ) IRISH ROVER The Pogues & The Dubliners
47 ( 42 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
48 ( 51 ) WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Bon Jovi
49 ( 35 ) NO LIES The SOS Band
50 ( 26 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson

51 ( 45 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
52 ( NEW ) CARRIE Europe
53 ( 60 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny
54 ( 48 ) STILL IN LOVE Jaki Graham
55 ( 44 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 52 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
58 ( 68 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
59 ( 59 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Slade
60 ( NEW ) L’L DEVIL The Cult

61 ( 74 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
62 ( 31 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
63 ( NEW ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
64 ( NEW ) TWILIGHT WORLD Swing Out Sister
65 ( NEW ) NEW YORK CITY The Armoury Show
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 65 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
68 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
69 ( NEW ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE The Mint Juleps
70 ( NEW ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore

71 ( NEW ) IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry
72 ( NEW ) I KNOW Paul King
73 ( 57 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
74 ( NEW ) MYFANWY David Essex
75 ( NEW ) ECHO BEACH Toyah

5th May
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
2 SO THIS IS ROMANCE Linx
3 I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees

12th May 1987

It’s swap around in the top 2, as Living In A Box edge out Crowded House after just one week on top, and T.Rex get another posthumous remix at 3. I’m not sure that Marc Bolan would have approved of his fan club updates, but it gives the brilliant Get It On more chart points/”sales” for the all-time charts. Zodiac Mindwarp (great name!) leaps up to 6 and is indeed the prime mover inside the 40 in a quiet week. OMD get yet another top 10, 7 years-worth and counting, and Johnny Hates Jazz get a first.

Jesus & Mary Chain go top 20, Elvis gets a Bossa Nova Baby Fun In Acapulco boost from the Tube I think, and Sly & Robbie Boops up to 19. Big jumps into the 40 for Mint Juleps, The Cult & Robbie Nevil, while Carly Simon gets another top 40 new entry, and The Housemartins come over all excited about it. Darn the lower end lots of minor entries for long-running acts & a re-record for Johnny Clegg of his 1983 minor hit.

1 ( 2 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
2 ( 1 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
3 ( NEW ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
4 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 3 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
6 ( 38 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
7 ( 11 ) SHAME OMD
8 ( 9 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
9 ( 12 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
10 ( 6 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship

11 ( 8 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
12 ( 13 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
13 ( 5 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
14 ( 27 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
15 ( 15 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
16 ( 7 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
17 ( 10 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
18 ( 37 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
19 ( 41 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
20 ( 25 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior

21 ( 14 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
22 ( 19 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
23 ( 33 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
24 ( 31 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
25 ( 30 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
26 ( 40 ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything
27 ( 28 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
28 ( 18 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
29 ( 20 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
30 ( 23 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson

31 ( 32 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
32 ( 16 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
33 ( 17 ) DIAMOND LIGHTS Glen & Chris
34 ( 34 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
35 ( 69 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE The Mint Juleps
36 ( 60 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
37 ( 21 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
38 ( NEW ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
39 ( 58 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
40 ( NEW ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins

41 ( 24 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
42 ( 26 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
43 ( 22 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
44 ( 61 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
45 ( 29 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
46 ( 42 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
47 ( 53 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny
48 ( 43 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
49 ( 39 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
50 ( 44 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol

51 ( 47 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
52 ( 52 ) CARRIE Europe
53 ( 63 ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
54 ( 36 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie
55 ( 51 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 71 ) IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry
58 ( 55 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
59 ( 64 ) TWILIGHT WORLD Swing Out Sister
60 ( 35 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure

61 ( 45 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
62 ( 68 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
63 ( 57 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
64 ( NEW ) STONE LOVE Kool And The Gang
65 ( 49 ) NO LIES The SOS Band
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 70 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
68 ( 67 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
69 ( 73 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
70 ( NEW ) WATCHDOGS UB40

71 ( NEW ) STRANGE LOVE Depeche Mode
72 ( 59 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Slade
73 ( NEW ) SCATTERLINGS OF AFRICA Johnny Clegg
74 ( NEW ) LOVE AND MONEY Love And Money
75 ( NEW ) MEET EL PRESIDENTE Duran Duran

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 DOWNTOWN Petula Clark
2 WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg
3 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray

19th May 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for Living In A Box presiding over a quiet top 10, just Fleetwood Mac and Tom Jones adding to their tallies both running at 19 years to date. Robbie Nevil & The Housemartins both leap into the 20, and Jody Watley, Westworld, Cameo, Spear Of Destiny & Debbie Harry all go up into the 40 while new Act are snobbish about being highest at 31 – essentially Claudia Brucken from Propaganda and Thomas Leer, still on the ZTT label – and The Fall cover R.Dean Taylor’s classic 1967 single which was a big Northern Soul hit in 1974 in the UK in at 35.

Lots of new acts lower down debuting, plus Springsteen charting with an inferior live cover of his epic Spectoresque 1975 top 20 single and future chart-topper, Born To Run. It’s criminal that this charted in the UK and the original never has gotten higher than 76. Some people prefer this version, of course, but not me, the majesty and excitement of the original was the single track that propelled Bruce into stardom. Little Steven (Van Zandt) also enters, at 70, sometime member of Bruce’s E-Street Band when not making political solo music statements.

Age Of Chance, Georgia Satellites, Suzanne Vega and Whitney Houston all return with follow-ups at the tail-end of my chart – but which will go on to become bigger chart hits? Well, Whitney will, even though I’m fed up to the teeth of hearing it these days over the years. Everytime it comes on the radio or TV I want to change channels.

1 ( 1 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
2 ( 2 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
3 ( 3 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
4 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 6 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
6 ( 9 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
7 ( 7 ) SHAME OMD
8 ( 5 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
9 ( 12 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 15 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones

11 ( 8 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
12 ( 10 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
13 ( 16 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
14 ( 14 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
15 ( 11 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
16 ( 20 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
17 ( 19 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
18 ( 13 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
19 ( 39 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
20 ( 40 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins

21 ( 27 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
22 ( 23 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
23 ( 36 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
24 ( 17 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
25 ( 31 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
26 ( 35 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
27 ( 62 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
28 ( 44 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
29 ( 53 ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
30 ( 18 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley

31 ( NEW ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
32 ( 34 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
33 ( 38 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
34 ( 30 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
35 ( NEW ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE The Fall
36 ( 32 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
37 ( 22 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
38 ( 57 ) IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry
39 ( 24 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
40 ( 47 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny

41 ( 21 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
42 ( 28 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
43 ( 59 ) TWILIGHT WORLD Swing Out Sister
44 ( 26 ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything
45 ( 37 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
46 ( 52 ) CARRIE Europe
47 ( 25 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
48 ( 29 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
49 ( 64 ) STONE LOVE Kool And The Gang
50 ( 43 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby

51 ( 49 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
52 ( 46 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
53 ( 48 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
54 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
55 ( 51 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
56 ( 63 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
57 ( 50 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
58 ( 45 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
59 ( 55 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
60 ( 75 ) MEET EL PRESIDENTE Duran Duran

61 ( 71 ) STRANGE LOVE Depeche Mode
62 ( 41 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
63 ( 69 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
64 ( 58 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
65 ( 70 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
66 ( NEW ) HEY LOVE King Sun-D Moet
67 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
69 ( NEW ) WHAT’S MY SCENE Hoodoo Gurus
70 ( NEW ) BITTER FRUIT Little Steven

71 ( 68 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
72 ( NEW ) BATTLESHIP CHAINS The Georgia Satellites
73 ( NEW ) WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD NOISE Age Of Chance
74 ( NEW ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
75 ( NEW ) LUKA Suzanne Vega

Playlist oldies of the week
1 WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg
2 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON Frida
3 SUMMERTIME Fun Boy Three

26th May 1987

It’s back in the glam nostalgia groove again as T.Rex get a second chart-topper remix of the year, and again with a track that missed out topping my chart first-time round, the brilliant Get It On (Bang A Gong), a decade since Marc Bolan’s very untimely death. That’s their 8th chart-topper. No messing about from U2 this time, it’s straight in at 20 with one of their greatest records, from their greatest album The Joshua Tree. Act shoot up 20 places to 11, and UB40 have a massive top 40 climb.

Bruce Willis is back with another soul classic, this time The Drifters 1964 hit, but recorded with The Temptations on assist, giving them 19 years of chart action. War are also back 11 years on with a remix of Low Rider, Broken English debut with the goodie Coming On Strong, the best Rolling Stones record since Undercover Of The Night 4 years earlier. OK it’s not them, but it’s a great reminder of what they ought to sound like. In at 39, it’s a welcome return to form for the fab ABC, and When Smokey Sings – an ode to Mr. Robinson. Paul Carrack extends his chart run to 13 years (How Long? Yes 1974. Ace!) doing a decent cover of The Searchers best record (probably) When You Walk In The Room, a song from my childhood that I always liked.

Run DMC find it tricky, but they finally get into my chart, and Herb Alpert extends his run to 19 years too with his 2nd dance workout of the year, this one with Ms. Jackson on vocal assist – only fair since he signed her to his label. Diamonds is a goodie. Marillion and Simply Red sneak in with lesser tracks, Boys Don’t Cry follow-up (just about), and Go West scrape in at 75 as the hits start to run out. For 3 years or so.

1 ( 3 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
2 ( 1 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
3 ( 2 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
4 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 5 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
6 ( 7 ) SHAME OMD
7 ( 6 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
8 ( 8 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
9 ( 9 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 12 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship

11 ( 31 ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
12 ( 10 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
13 ( 13 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
14 ( 11 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
15 ( 21 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
16 ( 17 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
17 ( 20 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
18 ( 28 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
19 ( 25 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
20 ( NEW ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2

21 ( 26 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
22 ( 74 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
23 ( 23 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
24 ( 18 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
25 ( 15 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
26 ( 16 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
27 ( 27 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
28 ( 14 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
29 ( 33 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
30 ( NEW ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations

31 ( 35 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE The Fall
32 ( 32 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
33 ( 19 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
34 ( 65 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
35 ( NEW ) LOW RIDER (REMIX) War
36 ( 24 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
37 ( NEW ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
38 ( 46 ) CARRIE Europe
39 ( NEW ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
40 ( 34 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson

41 ( 68 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
42 ( 22 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
43 ( 29 ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
44 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
45 ( 36 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
46 ( 37 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
47 ( 30 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
48 ( 54 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
49 ( 63 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
50 ( RE ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner

51 ( 40 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny
52 ( 72 ) BATTLESHIP CHAINS The Georgia Satellites
53 ( 42 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
54 ( 45 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
55 ( 53 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
56 ( 73 ) WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD NOISE Age Of Chance
57 ( 75 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
58 ( 55 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
59 ( 39 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
60 ( 52 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians

61 ( 51 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
62 ( 59 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
64 ( 64 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
65 ( 56 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
66 ( NEW ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
67 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( RE ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
69 ( 58 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
70 ( 57 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol

71 ( 71 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
72 ( NEW ) INCOMMUNICADO Marillion
73 ( NEW ) INFIDELITY Simply Red
74 ( NEW ) WHO THE AM DAM DO YOU THINK YOU AM Boys Don’t Cry
75 ( NEW ) I WANT TO HEAR IT FROM YOU Go West

Oldies Playlist
1 STONED LOVE The Supremes
2 DOWNTOWN Petula Clark
3 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10cc

My January-April 2019 Charts

image-23

Gran Canaria, Las Palmas view (& a mate)

28th April 2019

It’s a first week on top for Raleigh Ritchie aka Jacob Anderson, Grey Worm in Game Of Thrones – I’m expecting him to get killed off when I see the latest episode, along with loads of fave regulars. I could do with Time In A Tree, though the White Walkers did kill off the magic tree north of the wall. Regardless it’s a great song with hints of the 30’s about it. Talking about fantasy, I just caught the fab Avengers: Endgame and the song played over the end credits dates back to 1945 – and it’s in at 15, the wonderful big band sounds of Harry James and 50’s hitmaker Kitty Kallen. It’s Been A Long, Long Time isn’t the oldest recording to enter my charts, not chronologically at any rate, but it is the oldest recording to wait to enter my chart at 74 years, 13 years before I was born.

Talking of 60-year-old’s, Madonna gets a 7th number 2 with newie Medellin – she is more likely top top my chart than peak at 2, so we’ll see next week if that happens! It’s 35 years since Holiday hit my top 5. Billie Eilsh gets her first top 10, 10cc go top 20 45 years late, John Newman and Mark Ronson both get big leaps into the 30, and also from Avengers: Endgame in at 52 after a gap of 47 years since it went top 10 for me as a 14-year-old into superhero comics and records with a sci-fi theme, and so it’s perfectly fair that that should be reflected in movies catching up with my tastes at long last, I had to wait 6 years for a decent superhero film, and well into the next century for a great one.

Taylor Swift is back dragging in Brendon Urie to give her comeback track a bit of oomph, Springsteen is back 44 years since Born To Run made my top 20, and he’s opted for an Eric Morecombe catchphrase, Hello Sunshine. Sort of. Jack Savoretti can’t be bothered waiting for each single to have a decent run before bunging out the next one these days, Macklemore & Fall Out Boy’s Patrick give good support to Martin Garrix, P!nk gets a 3rd album track, this time with Chris Stapleton getting his 2nd chart entry, and Florence returns with a Game Of Thrones song after the floppiness of her recent single which didn’t grab me much, joining Grey Worm on top, and the theme tune going up a few places. Shame! (rings bell). Shame! (rings bell). Shame! (rings bell)….

1 17 1 2 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 193000
2 14 2 2 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 144000
3 5 3 8 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 376100
4 1 1 5 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 687000
5 6 5 8 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 229500
6 4 1 8 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 660000
7 13 7 8 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 181600
8 8 6 8 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 400000
9 3 3 5 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 298000
10 2 1 5 JACKIE Scott Walker 507000

11 7 7 8 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 184850
12 20 12 2 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 55000
13 10 1 10 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 603800
14 15 14 6 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 126000
15 NEW 15 1 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 27000
16 16 16 4 STRETCH Louise 74000
17 18 17 3 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey 64500
18 30 18 8 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 95700
19 29 19 2 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 39200
20 22 20 6 PATIENCE Tame Impala 107400

21 25 21 3 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 56000
22 12 9 8 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 246750
23 11 2 7 SPARROW Emeli Sande 422250
24 19 10 11 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 325000
25 21 3 11 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 554600
26 26 2 11 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 562000
27 27 27 3 HUSTLE P!nk 54800
28 56 28 2 FEELINGS John Newman 28900
29 65 29 2 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 25200
30 34 30 8 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 109200

31 9 9 5 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 129100
32 32 32 4 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 65850
33 55 33 3 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 35600
34 68 34 2 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 24000
35 42 35 5 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 60250
36 36 36 3 DRUM Noa Kirel 52100
37 44 37 5 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 53550
38 38 38 3 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 46700
39 49 39 2 YOU AND I LEON 29200
40 23 1 8 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 513250

41 28 28 8 CASIO Jungle 120000
42 24 10 8 LIFTED Parker Bossley 182450
43 33 1 9 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 417450
44 39 39 8 THE BIRD SYML 87500
45 37 13 8 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 174200
46 61 46 3 SHOW ME ABC 26650
47 50 47 8 SO AM I Ava Max 73500
48 40 40 7 HURRICANES Dido 80650
49 70 49 2 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 18100
50 60 50 2 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 22000

51 51 51 4 COOL The Jonas Brothers 41850
52 NEW 52 1 SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP The Kinks 11500
53 NEW 53 1 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 11250
54 35 13 8 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 155100
55 59 55 2 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 20900
56 57 56 4 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 33000
57 41 14 10 WALK ME HOME P!nk 179900
58 67 58 2 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 16800
59 46 14 11 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 193200
60 NEW 60 1 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 10000

61 48 5 8 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 220400
62 74 62 3 DATE STAMP ABC 17800
63 43 33 6 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 74850
64 52 2 14 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 463900
65 69 65 2 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 13200
66 NEW 66 1 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 6800
67 64 64 4 JUST YOU AND I Tom Walker 25300
68 NEW 68 1 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 6400
69 NEW 69 1 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SUMMER DAYS Martin Garrix featuring Macklemore & Patrick Stump pf Fall Out Boy 6000

71 NEW 71 1 LOVE ME ANYWAY P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton 5800
72 NEW 72 1 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 5600
73 73 73 3 MIRACLE Alan Parsons featuring Jason Mraz 15800
74 47 21 9 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 147350
75 NEW 75 1 LE FREAK (12” MIX) Chic 5000

DROP OUTS
31 19 6 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 101350
45 45 4 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 48200
53 53 4 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 38050
54 54 2 PUMPED UP KICKS (883500) Foster The People 21000
58 39 6 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 72750
62 62 5 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 31600
63 63 2 TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder 13200
66 1 10 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 542850
71 63 5 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 31200
72 3 14 STARTED OUT Georgia 478800
75 75 1 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (826750) Fatboy Slim 5000

 

 

21st April 2019

It’s back on top for The Walker Brothers for a second week this year, and an 8th week in total. Bananarama get their first top 10 since they covered Moves Like Jagger in 2012 and highest-placed track since Love Don’t Live Here/The Runner (yes I was still listing double A’s together then) peaked at 6 in 2010. Mabel finally cracks the top 10, emulating her mum and uncle, and the highest new entry is a new musical direction for 60-year-old Madonna, still not giving a toss what people think she should do, quite rightly. In at 14 for Medellin and a joint effort with Maluma for some Columbian chart action that isn’t Shakira.

Raleigh Ritchie returns after 3 years away, and grabs his 3rd chart entry and equal-highest chart peak in one fell swoop since Bloodsports also peaked at 17. Better known as Grey Worm in Game Of Thrones these days, I just found out a bit late, as he was a recording artist before he was an actor for me – I didn’t start GOT until 2 years ago and didn’t make the connection. He has a great voice, singing and talking. The old-time samples add to the sad-mood of Time In A Tree. Dennis LLoyd meanwhile debuts at 20. Nevermind the name, it’s a pseudonym just like Raleigh Ritchie is, only RR is British and DL is Israeli.

At 29, Lil Nas X debuts, and drags along Billy Ray Cyrus for some country/urban crossover action, BRC of course more famous for his charting daughters these days, both have had a much better career in terms of recordings, but here you go, an unlikely return after 27 years away or so, and it’s way better than Achy Breaky Bloody Heart. Talking of Game Of Thrones, the theme tune finally charts, John Newman makes a comeback after a couple of years away for a 6-year run of entries, Mark Ronson is back again, this time with Lykke Li who charted in 2014 with Gunshot, Kacey Musgraves gets another entry, while former chart-toppers The Veronicas are also back after not following up their 2014 number one You Ruin Me, but get a 3rd entry 10 years since their debut.

1 2 1 4 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 625000
2 1 1 4 JACKIE Scott Walker 465000
3 4 3 4 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 253000
4 3 1 7 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 605000
5 6 5 7 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 291100
6 14 6 7 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 169500
7 16 7 7 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 147850
8 8 6 7 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 352000
9 15 9 4 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 111200
10 5 1 9 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 571800

11 7 2 6 SPARROW Emeli Sande 403000
12 9 9 7 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 227250
13 17 13 7 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 131600
14 NEW 14 1 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 29000
15 18 15 5 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 97000
16 27 16 3 STRETCH Louise 49000
17 NEW 17 1 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 23000
18 22 18 2 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey 41500
19 12 10 10 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 306000
20 NEW 20 1 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 20000

21 11 3 10 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 535850
22 24 22 5 PATIENCE Tame Impala 87400
23 13 1 7 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 496250
24 10 10 7 LIFTED Parker Bossley 168700
25 35 25 2 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 36250
26 20 2 10 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 543500
27 30 27 2 HUSTLE P!nk 36400
28 29 28 7 CASIO Jungle 106000
29 NEW 29 1 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 18200
30 38 30 6 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 73700

31 19 19 6 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 101350
32 40 32 3 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 48050
33 26 1 8 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 403950
34 36 34 7 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 91200
35 21 13 7 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 144100
36 37 36 2 DRUM Noa Kirel 34700
37 23 13 7 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 161200
38 48 38 2 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 29500
39 44 39 7 THE BIRD SYML 74250
40 47 40 6 HURRICANES Dido 68350

41 28 14 9 WALK ME HOME P!nk 169500
42 49 42 4 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 42750
43 33 33 5 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 67650
44 50 44 4 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 36250
45 45 45 4 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 48200
46 25 14 10 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 183100
47 31 21 8 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 142150
48 34 5 7 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 212900
49 NEW 49 1 YOU AND I LEON 12100
50 54 50 7 SO AM I Ava Max 61000

51 53 51 3 COOL The Jonas Brothers 30100
52 41 2 13 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 456800
53 55 53 4 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 38050
54 60 54 2 PUMPED UP KICKS Foster The People 21000
55 64 55 2 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 17900
56 NEW 56 1 FEELINGS John Newman 10600
57 65 57 3 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 22400
58 42 39 6 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 72750
59 NEW 59 1 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 10100
60 NEW 60 1 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts 10000

61 68 61 2 SHOW ME ABC 13900
62 67 62 5 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 31600
63 70 63 2 TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder 13200
64 69 64 3 JUST YOU AND I Tom Walker 18700
65 NEW 65 1 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 7000
66 51 1 10 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 542850
67 NEW 67 1 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 6600
68 NEW 68 1 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 6400
69 NEW 69 1 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 6200
70 NEW 70 1 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 6000

71 71 63 5 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 31200
72 59 3 14 STARTED OUT Georgia 478800
73 75 73 2 MIRACLE Alan Parsons featuring Jason Mraz 10400
74 74 74 2 DATE STAMP ABC 10400
75 NEW 75 1 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Fatboy Slim 5000

DROP OUTS
32 32 2 YEKE YEKE (818450) Mory Kante 35600
39 39 5 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 58800
43 25 5 WATERFALLS TLC 78550
46 6 9 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 306950
52 29 6 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 94600
56 18 9 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 157150
57 57 3 MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM (550100) The Beat 27700
58 35 6 LO/HI The Black Keys 79300
61 30 6 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 82700
62 9 10 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 265800
63 1 16 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 629600
66 46 7 DOVE Pillar Point 69200
72 29 8 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 88150
73 17 11 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 177400

 

 

14th April 2019

It’s a first week on top for Jackie, the late Scott Walker’s brilliant dramatic and naughty solo track from 1968, banned on the radio way back and written by the great Jacques Brel, a French star who could pen a great song at the drop of a hat back in the 60’s. It’s the second time on top, for a second week, both in the 21st century, being as it predated my charts by a couple of months, and was ineligible when I went mad on it in 1976/77 and beyond. Rock The Boat goes top 5 for a second time, thanks to Record Store Day releases (with more waiting to chart), Olly Murs gets another top 20, helped by Niles Rodgers who can claim a sweet 41-year chart-span as a result since Dance Dance Dance went top 10 in my first year at Uni, ah memories of recording onto cassette so I could play them when my room-mates were out or in – I like an audience for my music taste laugh.gif

Talking of oldies Baron Samedi gets top 20 some 45 years late (and outdoing the single off the album Silly Love) for 10cc, Morrissey has a second chart cover, the highly-unlikely version of Mozza crooning Laura Nyro’s Wedding Bell Blues, as hit for the The 5th Dimension in 1969, lo those 50 years back. Still a great song and a nice version at 22. P!nk also has 2 on the charts as she hustles her way into the 30, just behind Louise who leaps above her with a great comeback single, one of her best efforts.

The late Avicii gets a posthumous chart entry (a growing club at the moment) with Aloe Blacc helping on SOS, 6 years for Avicii, 8 years for Aloe. Foster The People started selling downloads again on the back of articles stating how they are shifting streaming “sales” in bucketloads to become the biggest track of 2011 since streaming started despite peaking at 18 in the UK charts. It topped my charts back then, so good to see the world catch up with me…. laugh.gif Tame Impala get a second charter, and ABC get two Lexicon Of Love debuts 37-years late. To be frank every track on the classic album is a gem, and Martin Fry is still fab in concert (which I saw last week).

Finally an advert is popularizing Together In Electric Dreams again, so I might as well chart it again, and Alan Parsons is back after a gap of at least 35 years, I’d say. Apart from being an Austin Powers gag, Alan was a music engineer on Abbey Road (The Beatles) and Dark Side Of The Moon (Pink Floyd) just to namedrop 2 classics, before producing brilliant hit records from the likes of Pilot, The Hollies, Al Stewart in the 70’s just ahead of his 80’s Alan Parsons Project hits like Eye In The Sky. A bit of a veteran then! Jason Mraz lends a vocal hand, 11 years since make It Mine debuted.

1 2 1 3 JACKIE Scott Walker 350000
2 1 1 3 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 455000
3 3 1 6 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 540000
4 6 4 3 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 168000
5 5 1 8 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 529800
6 7 6 6 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 231100
7 4 2 5 SPARROW Emeli Sande 366000
8 8 6 6 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 304000
9 10 9 6 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 182250
10 15 10 6 LIFTED Parker Bossley 149700

11 11 3 9 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 516100
12 12 10 9 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 285000
13 9 1 6 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 477000
14 16 14 6 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 114500
15 18 15 3 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 66200
16 17 16 6 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 97850
17 20 17 6 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 99600
18 28 18 4 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 70000
19 23 19 5 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 83450
20 19 2 9 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 525000

21 13 13 6 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 126600
22 NEW 22 1 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey 19500
23 31 13 6 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 143900
24 29 24 4 PATIENCE Tame Impala 67900
25 14 14 9 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 170350
26 21 1 7 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 386250
27 72 27 2 STRETCH Louise 24000
28 22 14 8 WALK ME HOME P!nk 155500
29 30 29 6 CASIO Jungle 87700
30 NEW 30 1 HUSTLE P!nk 18000

31 26 21 7 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 129650
32 32 32 2 YEKE YEKE Mory Kante 35600
33 33 33 4 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 54150
34 24 5 6 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 200600
35 NEW 35 1 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 17500
36 38 36 6 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 73600
37 NEW 37 1 DRUM Noa Kirel 17300
38 45 38 5 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 55700
39 41 39 5 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 58800
40 44 40 2 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 30250

41 27 2 12 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 445300
42 39 39 5 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 62550
43 25 25 5 WATERFALLS TLC 78550
44 52 44 6 THE BIRD SYML 57150
45 49 45 3 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 35200
46 34 6 9 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 306950
47 48 47 5 HURRICANES Dido 51350
48 NEW 48 1 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 12300
49 59 49 3 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 29000
50 70 50 3 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 23000

51 43 1 9 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 536050
52 36 29 6 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 94600
53 64 53 2 COOL The Jonas Brothers 18350
54 57 54 6 SO AM I Ava Max 49000
55 60 55 3 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 26800
56 42 18 9 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 157150
57 58 57 3 MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat 27700
58 35 35 6 LO/HI The Black Keys 79300
59 51 3 13 STARTED OUT Georgia 473200
60 NEW 60 1 PUMPED UP KICKS Foster The People 10000

61 37 30 6 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 82700
62 47 9 10 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 265800
63 56 1 16 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 629600
64 NEW 64 1 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 7100
65 75 65 2 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 12000
66 46 46 7 DOVE Pillar Point 69200
67 67 67 4 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 24200
68 NEW 68 1 SHOW ME ABC 6400
69 73 69 2 JUST YOU AND I Tom Walker 11600
70 NEW 70 1 TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder 6000

71 63 63 4 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 25400
72 54 29 8 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 88150
73 55 17 11 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 177400
74 NEW 74 1 DATE STAMP ABC 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MIRACLE Alan Parsons featuring Jason Mraz 5000

DROP OUTS
40 40 4 CLOCKWORK CREEP 10cc 60100
50 50 4 CONNECTION Elastica 47500
53 10 6 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 143350
61 46 6 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 55400
62 20 10 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 153400
65 13 10 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 181700
66 7 11 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 252350
68 68 3 NO SOUL/ NO CONTROL Suzi Quatro 18600
69 62 4 ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Garbage 27200
71 71 2 EXPERIMENT IV (EXTENDED MIX) Kate Bush 11200
74 74 1 BRONTOSAURUS The Move 5200

 

 

7th April 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Walker Brothers, as the late great Scott challenges himself at 2 with the epic drama of Jackie. Mostly a quiet week chartwise as Ive not been able to listen to new music much. Mory Kante’s super 1988 number 2 is back yet again, Yeke Yeke is still a great dance track, in at 32, as the highest new track is at 44 for Vargas & Lagola, a bit selfish of them. The Jonas Brothers get a second chart entry, they are Cool with being at 10, and entering at 64 – wouldn’t have predicted that a decade ago! Back in the mid-90’s Eternal managed half a dozen top 40 entries in my charts, but they rarely troubled the top end of my lists, being as they weren’t good enough for that – eventually Louise bailed out for a pop career of about half a dozen years of just over half a dozen top 40 entries, including one biggie with her cover of Stuck In The Middle With You. Well, she’s back after a gap of 16 years! In at 72, it’s a bit of a stretch. Tom Walker gets a 3rd entry, Anderson .Paak a second, and The Move aka Roy Wood & future ELO, enter at 74 with the 49-year-old Brontosaurus. We’ve got Bones, the Son Of Man is also listed, so we just need T.Rex for a themed chart.

1 1 1 2 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 340000
2 4 2 2 JACKIE Scott Walker 180000
3 3 1 5 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 455000
4 2 2 4 SPARROW Emeli Sande 316000
5 5 1 7 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 469800
6 8 6 2 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 103000
7 10 6 5 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 176100
8 6 6 5 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 256000
9 7 1 5 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 445000
10 12 10 5 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 137250

11 9 3 8 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 479100
12 11 10 8 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 250000
13 15 13 5 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 106850
14 19 14 8 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 151600
15 17 15 5 LIFTED Parker Bossley 107500
16 22 16 5 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 85500
17 23 17 5 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 72850
18 38 18 2 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 39200
19 13 2 8 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 505000
20 25 20 5 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 76600

21 16 1 6 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 367750
22 18 14 7 WALK ME HOME P!nk 137200
23 28 23 4 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 62450
24 14 5 5 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 183000
25 26 25 4 WATERFALLS TLC 65050
26 21 21 6 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 111750
27 27 2 11 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 431300
28 34 28 3 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs 48000
29 33 29 3 PATIENCE Tame Impala 48900
30 35 30 5 CASIO Jungle 69500

31 20 13 5 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 124900
32 NEW 32 1 YEKE YEKE Mory Kante 17800
33 46 33 3 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 36450
34 24 6 8 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 294200
35 36 35 5 LO/HI The Black Keys 69100
36 29 29 5 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 83100
37 30 30 5 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 77200
38 43 38 5 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 56200
39 45 39 4 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 48800
40 40 40 4 CLOCKWORK CREEP 10cc 60100

41 49 41 4 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 41700
42 32 18 8 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 146550
43 37 1 8 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 524300
44 NEW 44 1 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 13250
45 54 45 4 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 38500
46 52 46 6 DOVE Pillar Point 62400
47 31 9 9 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 258400
48 53 48 4 HURRICANES Dido 38850
49 59 49 2 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 22200
50 50 50 4 CONNECTION Elastica 47500

51 42 3 12 STARTED OUT Georgia 463100
52 55 52 5 THE BIRD SYML 43900
53 39 10 6 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 143350
54 44 29 7 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 82550
55 47 17 10 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 172000
56 48 1 15 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 622400
57 60 57 5 SO AM I Ava Max 38000
58 64 58 2 MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat 17300
59 66 59 2 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 16900
60 70 60 2 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 16000

61 51 46 6 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 55400
62 41 20 10 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 153400
63 65 63 3 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 19600
64 NEW 64 1 COOL The Jonas Brothers 7100
65 57 13 10 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 181700
66 56 7 11 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 252350
67 71 67 3 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 17600
68 68 68 3 NO SOUL/ NO CONTROL Suzi Quatro 18600
69 62 62 4 ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Garbage 27200
70 75 70 2 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 11000

71 73 71 2 EXPERIMENT IV (EXTENDED MIX) Kate Bush 11200
72 NEW 72 1 STRETCH Louise 5600
73 NEW 73 1 JUST YOU AND I Tom Walker 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BRONTOSAURUS The Move 5200
75 NEW 75 1 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 5000

DROP OUTS
58 58 4 BUTTERFLY LOONA 34600
61 40 4 LEARN TO LET GO Welshly Arms 52750
63 63 4 ME QUEDO CONTIGO Rosalia 25800
67 67 4 NEW HOUSE Rex Orange County 24400
69 5 11 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 305700
72 4 14 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 442650
74 19 7 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 103750

31st March 2019

It’s a 6th week (in total) on top for the Walker Brothers 1966 classic Four Seasons cover, the third time it has topped my chart as an oldie – The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore is the jewel in the crown of the great back catalogue of Scott Walker and his magnificent voice, and quirky, dramatic, often-banned solo career outside the more widely-loved (in the UK) Walker Brothers career. An American who was bigger in Europe, and more influenced by Europe, his death this week was a loss to me, hence the entries lower down, including the naughty Jackie, later covered well by Marc Almond, in at 4, having topped my charts before, as has Make It Easy On Yourself. With the loss of Ranking Roger from The Beat, and oldies from cinema and elsewhere there is only one new entry this week, at 75! That’ll be Marshmello and CHVRCHES then!

Number 2 in 1974, The Hues Corporation disco classic is back after a key moment in the movie Fishermen’s Friends, about the Cornish band of singing Fishermen (in the album chart again this week) – Rock The Boat, err well, it’s about the sea, I suppose, in at 8, Jack Savoretti gets another top 20, Tame Impala & Olly Murs go top 40, Will Young has a big climb, and that’s about it for the new stuff. Kate Bush pops in with a remix from her 4-track CD which I’ve bought, and the reason there’s not much new stuff is I’ve been to Liverpool to see friends and to revisit the much-changed city centre since the days of my childhood, teens and 20’s (my grandma lived there, and so did I back in 1966, the year The Walker Brothers topped the UK charts as it does this week). Beatles songs everywhere you go, quite rightly, in The Cavern, museums, bars, River Mersey seafront…. Just be thankful I didn;t re-chart them too! laugh.gif

1 NEW 1 1 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 170000
2 2 2 3 SPARROW Emeli Sande 251000
3 1 1 4 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 370000
4 NEW 4 1 JACKIE Scott Walker 65000
5 3 1 6 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 409800
6 7 6 4 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 208000
7 4 1 4 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 400000
8 NEW 8 1 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 48000
9 5 3 7 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 442100
10 6 6 4 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 126100

11 10 10 7 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 215000
12 15 12 4 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 95250
13 11 2 7 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 484000
14 8 5 4 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 164000
15 24 15 4 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 74850
16 9 1 5 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 348000
17 17 17 4 LIFTED Parker Bossley 80500
18 14 14 6 WALK ME HOME P!nk 117700
19 19 19 7 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 122600
20 13 13 4 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 107000

21 23 21 5 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 93250
22 28 22 4 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 60500
23 26 23 4 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 49850
24 12 6 7 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 276600
25 34 25 4 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 56600
26 33 26 3 WATERFALLS TLC 46300
27 21 2 10 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 412900
28 35 28 3 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 43200
29 30 29 4 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 65700
30 36 30 4 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 59900

31 16 9 8 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 245900
32 25 18 7 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 132800
33 45 33 2 PATIENCE Tame Impala 30700
34 49 34 2 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs 29700
35 40 35 4 CASIO Jungle 51500
36 38 36 4 LO/HI The Black Keys 51600
37 22 1 7 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 510800
38 NEW 38 1 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 17200
39 18 10 5 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 132100
40 41 40 3 CLOCKWORK CREEP 10cc 43100

41 20 20 9 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 146000
42 27 3 11 STARTED OUT Georgia 451350
43 47 43 4 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 39000
44 29 29 6 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 71550
45 48 45 3 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 31700
46 70 46 2 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 18750
47 32 17 9 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 161200
48 31 1 14 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 611800
49 56 49 3 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 27700
50 50 50 3 CONNECTION Elastica 35500

51 46 46 5 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 47900
52 52 52 5 DOVE Pillar Point 49650
53 59 53 3 HURRICANES Dido 26550
54 61 54 3 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 25500
55 60 55 4 THE BIRD SYML 32400
56 44 7 10 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 245550
57 43 13 9 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 174700
58 58 58 4 BUTTERFLY LOONA 34600
59 NEW 59 1 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 10100
60 66 60 4 SO AM I Ava Max 27600

61 53 40 4 LEARN TO LET GO Welshly Arms 52750
62 65 62 3 ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Garbage 21000
63 67 63 4 ME QUEDO CONTIGO Rosalia 25800
64 NEW 64 1 MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat 7100
65 73 65 2 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 12400
66 NEW 66 1 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 6800
67 69 67 4 NEW HOUSE Rex Orange County 24400
68 71 68 2 NO SOUL/ NO CONTROL Suzi Quatro 12200
69 51 5 11 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 305700
70 NEW 70 1 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 6000

71 74 71 2 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 11000
72 57 4 14 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 442650
73 NEW 73 1 EXPERIMENT IV (EXTENDED MIX) Kate Bush 5400
74 42 19 7 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 103750
75 NEW 75 1 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 5000

DROP OUTS
37 4 4 FIRESTARTER (433750) The Prodigy 147300
39 14 4 LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT (450350) Talk Talk 81700
54 5 9 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 309750
55 38 6 PRETEND CNCO 81550
62 43 6 HEAL ME Grace Carter 63000
63 1 18 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 877350
64 15 10 GIVE YOU UP Dido 160900
68 37 6 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 71750
72 4 9 JUICE Lizzo 317800
75 1 40 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2082500

25th March 2019

It’s a first week on top for yet another act to debut in 2009, following Paloma Faith, this time Empire Of The Sun and Chrysalis. They’ve come close 3 or 4 times, but previous highest peak slot was 2 for the Aussies. Well, I say first number one – actually Nick Littlemore hit the top as Pnau in 2012 along with Elton John on Sad, while Luke Steele almost topped my charts 18 years ago in The Sleepy Jackson and their Good Dancers.

Emeli Sande gets her second biggest hit (behind chart-topper Hurts) at 2, while her Sparrow is joined by a rat in the top – Rat City at 6. What with Cat in there too it’s a Jungle at the top. Mabel has a huge climb into the 30, the third family Cherry to do that, the Nanas are back in the 30 for a tasty 37th year. Go back to 1982, ask me what are the chances I would still be charting new Bananarama records in 2019, and I would have said, pretty much zero. Pretty much are though!

4 10cc album tracks climb, TLC are back in the 40 for the first time since it topped in 1995, Jungle get a 2nd simultaneous top 40, and Billie Eilish gets a 3rd of the year. New entries from Tame Impala, keeping them coming fresh off their top 10 collab, Olly Murs keeping the pop run going in my charts even if he’s not a UK chart regular anymore (I’ve always been much more faithful to acts than the ever-trend-chasing chart-mirroring average teen), Will Young is back knocking on 17 years since his early bland Evergreen and 15 years since he topped my chart with Friday’s Child. Sting & Shaggy are also back with another collab, Shaggy makes it 26 years, Sting solo 36 years, and with The Police 40 years. So a total of 66 years charting.

Bananarama 37 years? That’s nothing. Back when I was 15 Suzi Quatro joined RAK records in the UK, Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman churned out glam rock stompers for The Sweet, Mud and many others including Suzi, who was pretty much the first female rocker to top the charts with Can The Can & Devil Gate Drive. So, Suzi is back with a new album collaboration with her son, and gets the first 2 tracks off it into my charts. Not too far from Glam Rock, it’s fair to say. So, 46 years later and she still charts, and still has never topped my charts. Outrageous! That must be the longest chart career of anyone who has never had a number one for me, despite having at least 3 that deserved to, her last serious effort was in 2011 when she went top 10 with a great cover of Goldfrapp’s Strict Machine.

1 4 1 3 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 285000
2 19 2 2 SPARROW Emeli Sande 136000
3 1 1 5 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 349800
4 2 1 3 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 350000
5 3 3 6 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 397100
6 28 6 3 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 84100
7 6 6 3 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 153000
8 5 5 3 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 135000
9 8 1 4 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 323000
10 11 10 6 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 179000

11 7 2 6 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 452000
12 9 6 6 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 257600
13 13 13 3 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 87000
14 16 14 5 WALK ME HOME P!nk 95700
15 20 15 3 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 60250
16 12 9 7 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 228000
17 18 17 3 LIFTED Parker Bossley 57500
18 10 10 4 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 115000
19 23 19 6 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 101600
20 29 20 8 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 132000

21 21 2 9 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 394500
22 15 1 6 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 493500
23 25 23 4 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 73500
24 34 24 3 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 47850
25 22 18 6 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 115000
26 64 26 3 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 30600
27 24 3 10 STARTED OUT Georgia 437600
28 48 28 3 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 41000
29 36 29 5 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 58300
30 35 30 3 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 47500

31 26 1 13 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 599500
32 32 17 8 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 148700
33 59 33 2 WATERFALLS TLC 27800
34 46 34 3 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 37850
35 62 35 2 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 24900
36 39 36 3 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 41900
37 17 4 4 FIRESTARTER The Prodigy 147300
38 56 38 3 LO/HI The Black Keys 34200
39 14 14 4 LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk 81700
40 57 40 3 CASIO Jungle 34000

41 49 41 2 CLOCKWORK CREEP 10cc 26100
42 27 19 6 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 98550
43 31 13 8 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 164300
44 33 7 9 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 234950
45 NEW 45 1 PATIENCE Tame Impala 13000
46 60 46 4 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 36150
47 66 47 3 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 25500
48 68 48 2 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 18700
49 NEW 49 1 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs 12100
50 52 50 2 CONNECTION Elastica 23500

51 37 5 10 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 299500
52 53 52 4 DOVE Pillar Point 38150
53 40 40 3 LEARN TO LET GO Welshly Arms 45250
54 30 5 9 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 309750
55 38 38 6 PRETEND CNCO 81550
56 75 56 2 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 15600
57 41 4 13 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 437050
58 63 58 3 BUTTERFLY LOONA 24400
59 74 59 2 HURRICANES Dido 15300
60 69 60 3 THE BIRD SYML 21600

61 65 61 2 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 14500
62 43 43 6 HEAL ME Grace Carter 63000
63 50 1 18 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 877350
64 44 15 10 GIVE YOU UP Dido 160900
65 67 65 2 ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Garbage 13600
66 72 66 3 SO AM I Ava Max 17600
67 70 67 3 ME QUEDO CONTIGO Rosalia 18600
68 42 37 6 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 71750
69 71 69 3 NEW HOUSE Rex Orange County 17800
70 NEW 70 1 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NO SOUL/ NO CONTROL Suzi Quatro 5800
72 45 4 9 JUICE Lizzo 317800
73 NEW 73 1 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 5400
74 NEW 74 1 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 5200
75 73 1 40 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2082500

DROP OUTS
47 9 7 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 160550
51 25 5 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 83950
54 24 7 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 108450
55 55 2 MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 21400
58 13 9 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 175850
61 1 22 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 1040050

 

17th March 2019

It’s a first week on top for Paloma faith’s Your Ex, 10 years on from New York becoming her first chart-topper, with 2 others and a guest spot with Sigma making 5 in total. 10CC (sort of) get another top 5 to belatedly add to their 49-year total (sort of) incorporating their 1970 hit Neanderthal Man. Emeli Sande gets the highest new entry, 8 years on from debut Heaven, as Sparrow flies into the top 20, fluttering in between high climbs for Parker Bossley and Jonas Brothers. Rat City go top 30, as a handful of tracks from 10CC’s first two albums enter my charts for the first time, following seeing them in concert: Those were two of my key albums of the 70’s, I adored them at the time, but didn;t allow album tracks in my charts at the time, so justice at last!

1995 chart-topper Waterfalls brings TLC back, Elastica’s pounding Connection is back, and Garbage’s Top 5 Only Happen When It Rains pours in, all thanks to Captain Marvel, while Dido gets another track entering, and Rozes returns.

1 4 1 4 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 264800
2 1 1 2 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 285000
3 3 3 5 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 337100
4 7 4 2 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 115000
5 15 5 2 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 87000
6 8 6 2 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 103000
7 2 2 5 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 415000
8 5 1 3 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 278000
9 6 6 5 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 222600
10 14 10 3 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 93000

11 12 11 5 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 137000
12 9 9 6 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 203000
13 17 13 2 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 55000
14 30 14 3 LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk 64600
15 11 1 5 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 474000
16 22 16 4 WALK ME HOME P!nk 66700
17 10 4 3 FIRESTARTER The Prodigy 130000
18 47 18 2 LIFTED Parker Bossley 34500
19 NEW 19 1 SPARROW Emeli Sande 21000
20 44 20 2 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 33250

21 13 2 8 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 374750
22 18 18 5 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 96250
23 25 23 5 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 80600
24 16 3 9 STARTED OUT Georgia 419200
25 27 25 3 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 54250
26 20 1 12 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 581600
27 19 19 5 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 84800
28 55 28 2 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 29100
29 34 29 7 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 112000
30 21 5 8 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 298750

31 26 13 7 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 150800
32 28 17 7 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 130900
33 24 7 8 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 221700
34 53 34 2 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 28850
35 50 35 2 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 29500
36 49 36 4 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 40100
37 23 5 9 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 287750
38 38 38 5 PRETEND CNCO 70750
39 62 39 2 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 24500
40 40 40 2 LEARN TO LET GO Welshly Arms 34000

41 31 4 12 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 426650
42 37 37 5 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 65350
43 46 43 5 HEAL ME Grace Carter 55600
44 33 15 9 GIVE YOU UP Dido 153800
45 29 4 8 JUICE Lizzo 312200
46 61 46 2 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 20250
47 32 9 7 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 160550
48 57 48 2 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 22700
49 NEW 49 1 CLOCKWORK CREEP 10cc 12100
50 41 1 17 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 870150

51 35 25 5 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 83950
52 NEW 52 1 CONNECTION Elastica 11500
53 58 53 3 DOVE Pillar Point 26650
54 36 24 7 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 108450
55 56 55 2 MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 21400
56 68 56 2 LO/HI The Black Keys 17000
57 67 57 2 CASIO Jungle 17000
58 43 13 9 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 175850
59 NEW 59 1 WATERFALLS TLC 10100
60 66 60 3 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 23400

61 54 1 22 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 1040050
62 NEW 62 1 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 7400
63 65 63 2 BUTTERFLY LOONA 14200
64 75 64 2 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 12100
65 NEW 65 1 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 7000
66 69 66 2 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 13000
67 NEW 67 1 ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Garbage 6600
68 NEW 68 1 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 6400
69 73 69 2 THE BIRD SYML 11600
70 70 70 2 ME QUEDO CONTIGO Rosalia 12000

71 71 71 2 NEW HOUSE Rex Orange County 11600
72 74 72 2 SO AM I Ava Max 10800
73 72 1 39 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2077500
74 NEW 74 1 HURRICANES Dido 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 5000

DROP OUTS
39 39 3 FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees 42350
42 1 15 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 1004600
45 24 12 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 181100
48 33 6 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 85750
51 6 12 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 316100
52 30 5 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 64900
59 1 14 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1105400
60 60 3 YOUR AUNTY GRIZELDA The Monkees 23200
63 5 10 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 286750
64 25 9 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 134250

 

10th March 2019

It’s a new entry at for for Morrissey’s cover of Roy Orbison’s classic chart-topper, It’s Over, aided and abetted (without credit) by LP. I never knew he had the vocal croon in him, but it’s an emotive song and he does a jolly good job, even if he is a miserable sod generally. That means: his first top 3 since 2004’s The First Of The Gang To Die, and his first-ever solo chart-topper after 31 years of trying, AND outdoing near-misses from the Smiths (This Charming Man & How Soon Is Now). Long overdue, and LP gets a second top 10 to boot.

There are 24 new entries this week in a massive clear-out of my chart, there are some classic oldies stacked up flying in circles waiting for a gap too, cos I’ve been to see Captain Marvel & it’s 1995 nostalgia-fest of indie tracks, and fab 10cc in Concert (headed by Graham Gouldman) some 37 years since I last saw them – Eric Stewart was still in the band then, but Godley & Creme were long-departed. Amazingly, the rest of the 1982 line-up are still playing, with the addition of new vocalist Hornal, who enters with his co-write with Graham & featuring Kevin Godley to boot – so it’s basically a 10cc track, both in style and substance. The concert started with a 2006 track that escaped me at the time by GG/06 – Gouldman/Godley, a sample of Hotlegs 1970 Neanderthal Man – who were 10cc minus Gouldman – and a great storyline telling the 10cc story. So all 4 members feature on it, making it the first new original-line-up track since 1976 and in at 15. Graham Gouldman wrote Bus Stop for The Hollies in 1966, a teenage songwriter, and appropriately they enter at 69 with a track featured on Netflix’ The Umbrella Academy, 1964’s We’re Through, a goodie I have never really noticed before, but which vaguely sounds familiar (I was watching pop shows on TV in those days).

Empire Of The Sun enter at 7 with a spruced-up ten-year-old unreleased track (I think!), their highest-charting since the same-period top 3’s We Are The People & Walking On A Dream. Cat Pierce debuts at 8 with another TV feature, very Lana Del Ray-ish and cool, and Paloma Faith vaults up to 4, her biggest for 2 years, and keeps her run of top 5 singles at 11 years and counting. Pink rockets into the 30, Welshly Arms debut at 40, and the Jonas Brothers get a second hit 11 years late. They previously charted SOS at 75 for one week, and bust that comprehensively now they are all growed up and have charted solo and in DNCE in the interim with some great singles. That has to be the longest ever wait for a follow-up chart feature for an act that peaked at 75!

Jack Savoretti is back again before he’s even left, Bananarama get a second entry of the year 38 years on, Sophie Ellis-Bextor orchestrates her 2001 chart-topper for some clubbing nostalgia for me (a big track when I was out every weekend in Southampton), Gabrielle also returns fairly quickly with her comeback 27 years on, Billie Eilish gets a 3rd as the previous 2 drop out, Jungle chart a second track, SYML gets that follow-up entry, as does Ava Max, and Mabel pops in some 30 years after her mum first popped in my charts – that’s be Neneh Cherry then…

1 NEW 1 1 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 170000
2 2 2 4 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 365000
3 3 3 4 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 252100
4 35 4 3 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 94800
5 1 1 2 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 230000
6 6 6 4 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 177600
7 NEW 7 1 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 50000
8 NEW 8 1 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 48000
9 10 9 5 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 168000
10 4 4 2 FIRESTARTER The Prodigy 107000

11 5 1 4 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 437000
12 13 12 4 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 100000
13 7 2 7 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 355000
14 18 14 2 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 51000
15 NEW 15 1 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 27000
16 8 3 8 STARTED OUT Georgia 400200
17 NEW 17 1 NEVER COMIN’ DOWN Keith Urban 23000
18 19 18 4 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 76750
19 20 19 4 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 66400
20 12 1 11 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 563100

21 9 5 7 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 280750
22 49 22 3 WALK ME HOME P!nk 41700
23 11 5 8 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 270450
24 15 7 7 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 204000
25 29 25 4 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 61350
26 16 13 6 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 132900
27 39 27 2 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 35500
28 17 17 6 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 113100
29 14 4 7 JUICE Lizzo 299200
30 34 30 2 LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk 35600

31 23 4 11 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 412650
32 22 9 6 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 148050
33 21 15 8 GIVE YOU UP Dido 140550
34 36 34 6 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 93800
35 25 25 4 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 72200
36 24 24 6 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 97450
37 40 37 4 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 51600
38 38 38 4 PRETEND CNCO 53550
39 42 39 3 FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees 42350
40 NEW 40 1 LEARN TO LET GO Welshly Arms 17000

41 27 1 16 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 858150
42 28 1 15 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 1004600
43 26 13 8 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 165650
44 NEW 44 1 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 13250
45 31 24 12 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 181100
46 48 46 4 HEAL ME Grace Carter 42100
47 NEW 47 1 LIFTED Parker Bossley 12500
48 33 33 6 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 85750
49 72 49 3 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 22700
50 NEW 50 1 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 12000

51 32 6 12 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 316100
52 30 30 5 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 64900
53 NEW 53 1 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 11250
54 47 1 21 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 1032550
55 NEW 55 1 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 10800
56 NEW 56 1 MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 10600
57 NEW 57 1 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 10400
58 74 58 2 DOVE Pillar Point 15400
59 44 1 14 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1105400
60 62 60 3 YOUR AUNTY GRIZELDA The Monkees 23200

61 NEW 61 1 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 7500
62 NEW 62 1 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 7400
63 43 5 10 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 286750
64 41 25 9 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 134250
65 NEW 65 1 BUTTERFLY LOONA 7000
66 67 66 2 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 13400
67 NEW 67 1 CASIO Jungle 6600
68 NEW 68 1 LO/HI The Black Keys 6400
69 NEW 69 1 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 6200
70 NEW 70 1 ME QUEDO CONTIGO Rosalia 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NEW HOUSE Rex Orange County 5800
72 65 1 38 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2072100
73 NEW 73 1 THE BIRD SYML 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SO AM I Ava Max 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 5000

DROP OUT
37 2 8 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 335200
45 26 4 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 67500
46 15 9 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 181150
50 5 10 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 317250
51 37 8 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 104550
52 28 6 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 87800
53 1 8 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 647900
54 19 8 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 140800
55 47 5 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 52150
56 10 9 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 178050
57 16 10 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 157000
58 20 10 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 164600
59 59 6 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 40400
60 6 17 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 500500
61 61 2 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 14300
63 49 5 TOKYO White Lies 45200
64 64 4 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 24500
66 6 13 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 324850
68 7 16 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 324350
69 69 4 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 24400
70 1 18 SHADOWS Black Atlass 826100
71 71 1 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany 5800
73 73 1 TODAY Talk Talk 5400
75 75 1 BREATHE The Prodigy 5000

3rd March 2019

It’s straight in at 1 for 1978 Eurodisco obscure goodie American Generation, giving The Ritchie Family a belated chart-topper 40 years after it peaked around 40 places lower, and thanks to my rediscovering it and entering it into the BJSC. I’ve gone slightly mad on it’s hooks and retro-charm! The sisters first charted in 1975 for me, then hit my top 10 with The Best Disco In Town in 1976, and have had to wait a whopping 44 years to get that chart-topper.

This week I’ve been on holiday in Gran Canaria, and haven’t had any time to listen to new music, or current music for the most part, so mostly oldies enter my charts. I was at the airport when I heard the sad news about the death of Keith Flint, hence his greatest moment back in my top 5 23 years on, on top of the loss of Talk Talk mainman Mark Hollis, which has also brought their best tracks back in my chart for the 3rd time in the case of chart-topper It’s My Life, and twice top tenner Life’s What You Make It.

1 NEW 1 1 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 170000
2 2 2 3 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 250000
3 4 3 3 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 167100
4 NEW 4 1 FIRESTARTER The Prodigy 65000
5 1 1 3 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 400000
6 7 6 3 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 122600
7 3 2 6 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 323000
8 6 3 7 STARTED OUT Georgia 375200
9 10 5 6 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 261000
10 12 10 4 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 123000

11 5 5 7 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 251200
12 8 1 10 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 543100
13 18 13 3 TALK Khalid 65000
14 9 4 6 JUICE Lizzo 281000
15 11 7 6 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 185000
16 13 13 5 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 114400
17 17 17 5 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 94800
18 NEW 18 1 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 22000
19 19 19 3 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 54750
20 30 20 3 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 45400

21 15 15 7 GIVE YOU UP Dido 122850
22 14 9 5 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 130250
23 16 4 10 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 394750
24 25 24 5 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 80050
25 27 25 3 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 54700
26 26 13 7 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 152150
27 21 1 15 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 844150
28 22 1 14 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 990850
29 34 29 3 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 42600
30 40 30 4 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 53400

31 31 24 11 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 168100
32 32 6 11 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 304350
33 33 33 5 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 73450
34 NEW 34 1 LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk 17600
35 48 35 2 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 29800
36 38 36 5 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 76200
37 20 2 8 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 335200
38 46 38 3 PRETEND CNCO 36350
39 NEW 39 1 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 17100
40 50 40 3 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 34300

41 28 25 8 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 127150
42 52 42 2 FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees 25250
43 29 5 9 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 279550
44 41 1 13 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1095300
45 32 26 4 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 67500
46 31 15 9 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 181150
47 45 1 20 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 1021550
48 53 48 3 HEAL ME Grace Carter 29350
49 59 49 2 WALK ME HOME P!nk 22200
50 39 5 10 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 317250

51 37 37 8 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 104550
52 35 28 6 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 87800
53 36 1 8 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 647900
54 42 19 8 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 140800
55 47 47 5 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 52150
56 51 10 9 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 178050
57 43 16 10 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 157000
58 44 20 10 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 164600
59 64 59 6 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 40400
60 54 6 17 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 500500

61 66 61 2 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 14300
62 71 62 2 YOUR AUNTY GRIZELDA The Monkees 13200
63 49 49 5 TOKYO White Lies 45200
64 68 64 4 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 24500
65 65 1 37 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2066500
66 57 6 13 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 324850
67 NEW 67 1 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 6600
68 58 7 16 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 324350
69 69 69 4 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 24400
70 60 1 18 SHADOWS Black Atlass 826100

71 NEW 71 1 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany 5800
72 75 72 2 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 10600
73 NEW 73 1 TODAY Talk Talk 5400
74 NEW 74 1 DOVE Pillar Point 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BREATHE The Prodigy 5000

DROP OUTS
55 14 7 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 127350
56 48 5 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 52050
61 36 7 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 95850
62 25 7 WITHOUT ME Halsey 75700
63 28 6 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 80000
67 46 6 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 57950
70 35 8 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 89500
72 29 9 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 115400
73 29 9 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 110150
74 7 17 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 470000

 

 

24th February 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for the symphonic Killing Moon, just holding off Zedd grabbing his first chart-topper, and Katy Perry her 4th, so she has to make do with equalling 2008’s Hot ‘n’ Cold instead at 2. There’s big climb to 4 for Jungle, their highest chart position to date, and Bob Sinclar to 7, beating his peak of 9 in 2006 with World Hold On. Robbie of course has never stopped having top 10’s in 26 years, with Take That or solo.

Khalid gets his 2nd top 20 of the year already, and Sigrid gets her second ever with big climbs. CHVRCHES grab a top 30 with a hfty move upwards, boyband Why Don’t We go Bieber-soundalike and do it quite well into the 40, Pet Shop Boys get a 5th top 40 of the week, while highest new entry is from paloma’s deluxe version, of the album which thankfully I didn’t buy or I would have been pissed off at belated tracks being released.

The Monkees get 2 new (old) entries following the death of Peter Tork – For Pete’s Sake is the closing credits song to the ground-breaking 60’s TV show, written by Peter, and Your Aunty Grizelda is a Peter-sung quirky track which in the UK was the soundtrack to a sequence in the horror parody episode I Was A Teenage Monster. For some reason the UK totally messed around with the songs in UK-screened episodes, but in this case it worked much better than the US original. I recorded the episode on reel-to-reel tape back in the day, and was most disappointed to find the US box set has a lot of wrong songs in the wrong episodes (for my boyhood memories).

P!nk gets a BRITS boost this week and wham! she’s back in chart fashion, while never dropping out of being in chart fashion in my charts – some of the last album’s tracks were well-worthy of single release and counted in these charts – whcih is what really counts tongue.gif

1 1 1 2 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 340000
2 20 2 2 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 135000
3 2 2 5 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 273000
4 39 4 2 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 82100
5 8 5 6 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 214200
6 3 3 6 STARTED OUT Georgia 327200
7 34 7 2 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 67600
8 4 1 9 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 508100
9 6 4 5 JUICE Lizzo 252000
10 5 5 5 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 216000

11 7 7 5 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 158000
12 16 12 3 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 81000
13 13 13 4 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 89400
14 9 9 4 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 110750
15 17 15 6 GIVE YOU UP Dido 103100
16 11 4 9 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 375500
17 19 17 4 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 71800
18 54 18 2 TALK Khalid 33000
19 46 19 2 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 33750
20 10 2 7 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 317900

21 12 1 14 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 825750
22 15 1 13 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 972550
23 14 6 9 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 268750
24 24 24 9 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 132300
25 30 25 4 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 61050
26 18 13 6 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 133650
27 27 27 2 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 36800
28 25 25 7 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 113150
29 21 5 8 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 266050
30 62 30 2 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 25400

31 22 15 8 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 168400
32 26 26 3 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 54500
33 33 33 4 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 55750
34 66 34 2 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 24400
35 28 28 5 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 76300
36 23 1 7 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 636650
37 37 37 7 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 92800
38 38 38 4 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 58800
39 31 5 9 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 305250
40 50 40 3 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 35400

41 32 1 12 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1082050
42 29 19 7 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 129800
43 35 16 9 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 146600
44 36 20 9 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 154400
45 44 1 19 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 1009050
46 68 46 2 PRETEND CNCO 19150
47 51 47 4 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 41350
48 NEW 48 1 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 12300
49 55 49 4 TOKYO White Lies 38000
50 74 50 2 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 17300

51 40 10 8 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 167450
52 NEW 52 1 FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees 11500
53 71 53 2 HEAL ME Grace Carter 17050
54 49 6 16 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 490500
55 41 14 7 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 127350
56 48 48 5 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 52050
57 47 6 12 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 318050
58 52 7 15 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 317950
59 NEW 59 1 WALK ME HOME P!nk 10100
60 53 1 17 SHADOWS Black Atlass 820100

61 45 36 7 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 95850
62 42 25 7 WITHOUT ME Halsey 75700
63 43 28 6 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 80000
64 70 64 5 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 30300
65 65 1 36 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2059500
66 NEW 66 1 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 6800
67 60 46 6 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 57950
68 72 68 3 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 17400
69 69 69 3 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 18200
70 57 35 8 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 89500

71 NEW 71 1 YOUR AUNTY GRIZELDA The Monkees 5800
72 58 29 9 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 115400
73 56 29 9 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 110150
74 63 7 17 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 470000
75 NEW 75 1 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 5000

DROP OUTS
59 43 7 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 77000
61 48 3 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 32100
64 20 7 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 102150
67 3 12 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 488000
73 1 13 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 636050
75 9 13 RISE Raaginder 246050

 

 

17th February 2019

It’s a new entry and first week on top for a symphonic version of Echo & The Bunnymen’s stunningly great 1984 The Killing Moon, as effectively showcased in the cult movie Donnie Darko. I got the Symphonic 80’s album as a CD prezzie, and this was the remaining stand-out version I’d not charted – It originally peaked at 2 in my charts, and the revamp isn’t quite as good as the original, but the record has severely under-performed in my charts compared to how I feel about it these days (“absolute classic”) so an excuse to chart it is welcome by me. By way of compensation there has been a massive clear-out of oldies from my charts and lots of new stuff.

Dua Lipa gets her 2nd number 2, equalling Be The One, and falling short of chart-topper Hotter Than Hell. Zedd’s back in the top 20 after his top 20 with Liam Payne in 2017, and Katy Perry is guesting, and back in the top 20 since her swathe of 2017 chart peaks, including a number one with Chained To The Rhythm. The Chainsmokers drag along 5 Seconds Of Summer for another top 40 before the last one has left the 20, while Bob Sinclar gives Robbie Williams his 2nd top 40 guest spot of the year, Robbie’s span of hits a surprising 23 years since he gained his Freedom from Take That, or 27 years including the lads.

Jungle are back with another top 40, Sigrid pops back with a 3rd, Khalid gets a 2nd in the chart, CHVRCHES are back with another, Kelsea Ballerini gets a 2nd on the chart, and CNCO and Grace Carter both follow-up recent chart action.

1 NEW 1 1 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 170000
2 10 2 4 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 188000
3 3 3 5 STARTED OUT Georgia 272200
4 1 1 8 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 460100
5 9 5 4 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 174000
6 4 4 4 JUICE Lizzo 207000
7 12 7 4 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 121000
8 8 8 5 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 154200
9 16 9 3 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 81750
10 2 2 6 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 297900

11 14 4 8 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 350500
12 6 1 13 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 806000
13 20 13 3 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 57400
14 11 6 8 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 249500
15 7 1 12 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 953050
16 19 16 2 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 46000
17 17 17 5 GIVE YOU UP Dido 76100
18 13 13 5 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 115150
19 38 19 3 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 48800
20 NEW 20 1 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 20000

21 15 5 7 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 247850
22 18 15 7 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 150500
23 5 1 6 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 619250
24 27 24 8 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 113300
25 30 25 6 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 94850
26 29 26 2 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 36700
27 NEW 27 1 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 18400
28 31 28 4 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 58800
29 23 19 6 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 116050
30 35 30 3 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 42300

31 21 5 8 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 288150
32 26 1 11 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1068050
33 42 33 3 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 38050
34 NEW 34 1 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 17600
35 22 16 8 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 133100
36 33 20 8 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 141150
37 37 37 6 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 75500
38 40 38 3 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 41600
39 NEW 39 1 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 17100
40 34 10 7 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 155700

41 24 14 6 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 116550
42 25 25 6 WITHOUT ME Halsey 68300
43 28 28 5 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 72800
44 32 1 18 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 996050
45 36 36 6 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 88350
46 NEW 46 1 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 12750
47 39 6 11 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 307650
48 51 48 4 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 41450
49 43 6 15 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 479500
50 68 50 2 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 18400

51 60 51 3 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 28850
52 45 7 14 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 307750
53 46 1 16 SHADOWS Black Atlass 810100
54 NEW 54 1 TALK Khalid 11000
55 59 55 3 TOKYO White Lies 25900
56 41 29 8 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 104750
57 44 35 7 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 83500
58 47 29 8 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 109800
59 49 43 7 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 77000
60 50 46 5 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 51350

61 48 48 3 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 32100
62 NEW 62 1 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 7400
63 56 7 16 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 464800
64 53 20 7 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 102150
65 62 1 35 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2052500
66 NEW 66 1 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 6800
67 55 3 12 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 488000
68 NEW 68 1 PRETEND CNCO 6400
69 71 69 2 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 12000
70 70 70 4 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 23200

71 NEW 71 1 HEAL ME Grace Carter 5800
72 73 72 2 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 11000
73 57 1 13 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 636050
74 NEW 74 1 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 5200
75 69 9 13 RISE Raaginder 246050

DROP OUTS
52 9 6 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN (401250) Tom Jones 138900
54 54 4 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 35700
58 58 3 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 25800
61 49 4 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 37050
63 30 7 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 80850
64 64 4 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 25100
65 15 12 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 215250
66 66 4 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 25200
67 67 5 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 30200
72 1 14 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 818800
74 24 11 DREAM ON Aerosmith 141200
75 5 12 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 254550

 

 

10th February 2019

It’s a first week on top for Bobbie Gentry’s fabulously moody Sermon, from 1967 the song, giving Mercury Rev a second chart-topper just over 17 years since the last one, the gorgeous The Dark Is Rising. Margo Price gets her first doing a pretty good job of competing with the much-missed Bobbie Gentry (missed as in she stopped her music career over 40 years ago). That keeps the Pet Shop Boys 1990 album track at 2 in a week when they release an EP of political or social commentary tracks, called Agenda – as in commenting on those with agendas, while having an agenda (but a worthy one, being as I agree with every word of every song). All four enter my charts, giving Chris n Neil 6 tracks in my chart. The highest new entry is What Are We Going To Do About The Rich at 19 – tax ’em heavily and force ’em to reveal all their interests worldwide, I say! Give Stupidity A Chance is an ode to Trump, or Brexit, or anything really that puts opinion, hatred and lies over facts, and is quite amusing and as clever as always. The Forgotten Child is clearly about the thousands of illegal immigrant children that have gone missing under Trump. Nobody knows where they are, and if they are even alive.

Jack Savoretti gets a 4th top 10 in 4 years, Dua Lipa a 7th, huge climbs for Tommy Trash & The Chemical Brothers into the 20 as I’m clearly in a mood for clubbing. Yola, Galantis & The Revivalists get big climbs into the 40, and the only new track that doesn’t feature “Pet” in the name is from Marina getting a follow-up to her Clean Bandit collab, her 9th chart entry in 9 years, including a top 10 in Prima Donna in 2012.

This week I finally got to see Tears For Fears in concert for the first time – they were still fab, Curt still looking good, and a back catalogue of hits to impress. If I don’t get many new entries again next week I may have to rechart Head Over Heels which under-performed in my charts! When I heard it in Donnie Darko I realised the error of my ways. Alison Moyet supported, but Ive seen her headline already with a much bigger setlist. I have to say there can be few touring acts that can start a set with a huge classic on the scale of Everybody Wants To Rule The World.

1 5 1 7 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 395100
2 4 2 5 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 255900
3 7 3 4 STARTED OUT Georgia 187200
4 6 4 3 JUICE Lizzo 152000
5 2 1 5 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 600000
6 3 1 12 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 771000
7 1 1 11 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 926050
8 18 8 4 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 106200
9 10 9 3 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 114000
10 23 10 3 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 73000

11 11 6 7 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 220500
12 17 12 3 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 71000
13 13 13 4 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 93150
14 8 4 7 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 313500
15 9 5 6 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 228100
16 51 16 2 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 36750
17 20 17 3 GIVE YOU UP Dido 53100
18 15 15 6 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 131000
19 NEW 19 1 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 21000
20 73 20 2 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 25400

21 12 5 7 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 270250
22 16 16 7 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 115600
23 19 19 5 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 97850
24 14 14 5 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 102550
25 26 25 5 WITHOUT ME Halsey 54550
26 21 1 10 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1050250
27 30 27 7 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 94300
28 28 28 4 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 59300
29 NEW 29 1 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 18200
30 32 30 5 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 76100

31 36 31 3 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 40500
32 22 1 17 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 982800
33 25 20 7 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 123750
34 24 10 6 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 138700
35 71 35 2 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 24300
36 39 36 5 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 75350
37 40 37 5 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 58200
38 56 38 2 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 27800
39 27 6 10 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 295150
40 62 40 2 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 24400

41 29 29 7 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 94150
42 67 42 2 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 20350
43 37 6 14 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 467400
44 35 35 6 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 73100
45 33 7 13 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 296250
46 34 1 15 SHADOWS Black Atlass 798850
47 38 29 7 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 99600
48 48 48 2 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 24600
49 43 43 6 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 66900
50 46 46 4 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 41350

51 55 51 3 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 29150
52 31 9 6 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 138900
53 42 20 6 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 95050
54 54 54 4 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 35700
55 45 3 11 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 481400
56 44 7 15 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 457600
57 47 1 12 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 630650
58 58 58 3 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 25800
59 75 59 2 TOKYO White Lies 15100
60 64 60 2 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 17100

61 49 49 4 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 37050
62 60 1 34 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2045500
63 50 30 7 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 80850
64 65 64 4 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 25100
65 57 15 12 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 215250
66 66 66 4 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 25200
67 68 67 5 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 30200
68 NEW 68 1 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 6400
69 59 9 12 RISE Raaginder 241050
70 72 70 3 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 17200

71 NEW 71 1 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 5800
72 63 1 14 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 818800
73 NEW 73 1 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 5400
74 52 24 11 DREAM ON Aerosmith 141200
75 53 5 12 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 254550

DROP OUTS
41 31 5 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 80250
61 32 6 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 79650
69 50 5 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 41100
70 39 6 COO COO COO Santigold 70550
74 18 6 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 90450

 

 

3rd February 2019

It’s a first week on top for Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus after a 10-week wait: it’s Mark Ronson’s second chart-topper, 2014 with Bruno Mars his last one, and MIley Cyrus’ first. Pet Shop Boys meanwhile add to their mighty long list of top 5’s with a great track off Behaviour. Big climbs for Ten Tonnes, Dido, Dua Lipa & Solomon Burke. New entries from OneRepublic and Galantis adding to their chart tallies, The O’My’s return with the same song they got into the top 3 last year, The Revivalists get a second chart entry, ditto Fleur East, and The Chemical Brothers extend their chart entries another year, to 24 years.

1 2 1 10 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 876050
2 1 1 4 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 540000
3 3 1 11 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 716000
4 12 4 4 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 140900
5 8 5 6 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 225100
6 13 6 2 JUICE Lizzo 87000
7 10 7 3 STARTED OUT Georgia 102200
8 4 4 6 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 284500
9 5 5 5 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 201100
10 15 10 2 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 69000

11 6 6 6 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 183500
12 7 5 6 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 250500
13 25 13 3 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 61150
14 23 14 4 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 83550
15 18 15 5 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 109000
16 24 16 6 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 96100
17 45 17 2 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 36000
18 26 18 3 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 58200
19 19 19 4 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 78600
20 59 20 2 GIVE YOU UP Dido 30100

21 11 1 9 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1031750
22 14 1 16 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 965000
23 51 23 2 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 31000
24 16 10 5 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 121100
25 20 20 6 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 106050
26 37 26 4 WITHOUT ME Halsey 54550
27 17 6 9 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 278050
28 39 28 3 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 41000
29 33 29 6 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 80150
30 30 30 6 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 75900

31 9 9 5 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 127400
32 36 32 4 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 58100
33 21 7 12 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 283250
34 22 1 14 SHADOWS Black Atlass 786100
35 38 35 5 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 59850
36 74 36 2 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 22600
37 32 6 13 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 453900
38 29 29 6 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 87100
39 40 39 4 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 57950
40 58 40 4 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 40900

41 31 31 5 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 80250
42 28 20 5 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 83800
43 49 43 5 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 54800
44 35 7 14 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 447000
45 27 3 10 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 470600
46 55 46 3 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 29350
47 41 1 11 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 620250
48 NEW 48 1 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 12300
49 53 49 3 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 29550
50 42 30 6 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 73650

51 NEW 51 1 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 11750
52 34 24 10 DREAM ON Aerosmith 136000
53 43 5 11 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 249550
54 64 54 3 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 24700
55 67 55 2 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 17400
56 NEW 56 1 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 10600
57 47 15 11 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 208250
58 73 58 2 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 15600
59 54 9 11 RISE Raaginder 234850
60 60 1 33 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2038100

61 46 32 6 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 79650
62 NEW 62 1 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 7400
63 52 1 13 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 813200
64 NEW 64 1 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 7100
65 70 65 3 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 18000
66 68 66 3 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 18400
67 NEW 67 1 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 6600
68 69 68 4 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 23600
69 50 50 5 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 41100
70 48 39 6 COO COO COO Santigold 70550

71 NEW 71 1 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 5800
72 72 72 2 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 11200
73 NEW 73 1 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 5400
74 44 18 6 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 90450
75 NEW 75 1 TOKYO White Lies 5000

DROP OUTS
56 56 5 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 40000
57 32 11 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 122200
61 4 15 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 503000
62 3 12 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 361500
63 63 4 EVERLASTING Take That 27200
65 65 3 LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd 19200
66 19 9 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 135150
71 13 13 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 235000
75 75 1 SMOOTH Santana featuring Rob Thomas 5000

 

 

27th January 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Pet Shop Boys great 1992 single Jealousy, presiding over a shuffling top 10, with Mark Ronson yet again being denied the top spot due to oldies. Tom Jones The Voice-pushed itunes charting oldie is peaking at 9 for thee second time this century – it last did it in 2003, and charted again in 2011 – had I been charting in 1967 it would have gone top 10 then too, and again in 1969 when it became a US hit (had I been aware of it). Georgia rockets to 10 from 58, one I’d missed late last year, followed closely by the highest new entries from Lizzo, and SHAED, the former on Radio 1 & 2 playlists, the latter an Apple Music advert.

Big climbs for The Specials back in the top 30 for at least the 10th time, or 20th counting Fun Boy Three and solo projects, Halsey finally cracks the 40 with her current smash, and Charlotte Gainsbourg does it on her second chart feature, a mere 44 years since her mum & dad were dropping having topped my chart over the new year 1974/75 with a very naughty banned record that I bought. Dua Lipa’s back, so many hits so little time for a breather in between, and Dido returns for the first time in years, extending her run to 19 years solo. Both Dua and Dido have topped my charts previously. Trevor Horn does a mellow version of his own production for Grace Jones – this time with Rumer – and at the bottom end, 4 tracks boosted by TV adverts, singing comps and stuff, all in the itunes charts. Only Solomon Burke has never charted before (a 1962 oldie featured in Dirty Dancing) and only Smooth has topped my charts before.

1 1 1 3 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 425000
2 3 2 9 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 706050
3 2 1 10 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 631000
4 6 4 5 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 236500
5 7 5 4 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 156100
6 8 6 5 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 146500
7 5 5 5 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 215500
8 9 8 5 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 165100
9 15 9 4 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 109500
10 58 10 2 STARTED OUT Georgia 52200

11 4 1 8 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1012000
12 17 12 3 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 75900
13 NEW 13 1 JUICE Lizzo 32000
14 11 1 15 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 945500
15 NEW 15 1 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 27000
16 10 10 4 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 102100
17 12 6 8 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 259650
18 19 18 4 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 82000
19 27 19 3 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 57600
20 26 20 5 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 87300

21 14 7 11 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 265550
22 16 1 13 SHADOWS Black Atlass 768500
23 28 23 3 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 54550
24 29 24 5 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 71100
25 57 25 2 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 29150
26 33 26 2 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 36200
27 13 3 9 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 457600
28 20 20 4 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 70050
29 36 29 5 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 69900
30 35 30 5 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 57900

31 31 31 4 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 66250
32 22 6 12 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 436600
33 40 33 5 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 61950
34 24 24 9 DREAM ON Aerosmith 124500
35 23 7 13 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 433750
36 37 36 3 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 40300
37 53 37 3 WITHOUT ME Halsey 36050
38 46 38 4 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 42350
39 72 39 2 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 22700
40 44 40 3 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 40850

41 21 1 10 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 607750
42 30 30 5 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 61650
43 18 5 10 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 238300
44 25 18 5 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 85250
45 NEW 45 1 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 13000
46 32 32 5 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 72150
47 34 15 10 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 197850
48 39 39 5 COO COO COO Santigold 64550
49 52 49 4 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 41300
50 55 50 4 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 34900

51 NEW 51 1 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 11750
52 41 1 12 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 806000
53 69 53 2 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 17450
54 43 9 10 RISE Raaginder 224750
55 71 55 2 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 16600
56 56 56 5 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 40000
57 38 32 11 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 122200
58 64 58 3 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 23900
59 NEW 59 1 GIVE YOU UP Dido 10100
60 60 1 32 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2028100

61 47 4 15 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 503000
62 54 3 12 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 361500
63 65 63 4 EVERLASTING Take That 27200
64 67 64 2 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 13700
65 68 65 3 LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd 19200
66 45 19 9 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 135150
67 NEW 67 1 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 6600
68 74 68 2 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 11600
69 70 69 3 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 17200
70 75 70 2 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 11000

71 48 13 13 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 235000
72 NEW 72 1 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 5400
74 NEW 74 1 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SMOOTH Santana featuring Rob Thomas 5000

DROP OUTS

42 7 7 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 227750
49 28 10 OOH LA LA The Faces 118600
50 50 3 TRIP A LITTLE LIGHT FANTASTIC Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathaneal Saleh & Leeries 28650
51 8 9 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 237750
59 33 7 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 86900
61 61 3 HAPPY NOW Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza 19300
62 37 9 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 114500
63 63 4 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 27600
66 4 15 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 418450
73 25 13 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 184200

 

 

20th January 2019

It’s a first week on top for 1991 top 10 track Jealousy, a classic orchestral ballad that grows, and grows with time, and with prestige, for me. With such a vast quality back catalogue, it’s no surprise that reissues give me a chance to let under-appreciated gems from Pet Shop Boys do better, and this one deserved better at the time. In terms of decades, all-time faves, it’s Beatles for the 60’s, Abba for the 70’s, Pet Shop Boys for the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and most likely the 10’s too, though it’s a bit early to judge yet, but I hear new music is on the way once the 2-year-tour is done (I saw it 3 times).

Tame Impala get a 4th top 10 and 6th top 20, Mercury Rev a 3rd top 10 18 years since the last one, Wicked games topped my chart in 1990 for Chris Issak and returns for REIGN to the top 10, and Mary Poppins pops in to my top 10. Superfragilisticexpialidocious! Highest new entry is Jack Savoretti, his 8th chart feature, and it’s a very welcome & unlikely return to The Specials (well, the Fun Boy Two plus a Special, really) for the first time in 34 years with new material, though Terry Hall chartered in the interim with Colourfield and topped my charts with The Lightning Seeds’ Sense in 1992, as well as Fun Boy Three’s Our Lips Are Sealed in 1983 and Special’s Ghost Town in 1981. Fun Boy Three had 2 hits with Bananarama, and kick-started their career, so it’s bizarre they also return this week after reuniting for a tour – and then just the 2 long-serving Keren and Sarah doing the new album yet again, sadly. The ‘Nanas have been away for 7 years, though they grabbed 7 21st century chart entries to add to their oodles in the 80’s and 90’s.

James Morrison has been MIA from my charts since 2011, but gets his 7th entry 8 years on, along with Joss Stone getting an 11th (ignoring charity combos) and her first since 2012. James has 13 years of charting, Joss 15 years and she’s barely over 30! Charlotte Gainsbourg gets a second chart entry – which is one more than her chart-topping parents ever managed! Je T’Aime! Carly Rae returns for a 6th on the list, and The Killers keep that run going with a political statement 15 years on from debut, and 14 years on from topping my chart. Brandon Flowers has topped more times solo, though, and they have a very long run of hits over a decade and a half.

1 3 1 2 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 255000
2 1 1 9 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 546000
3 4 2 8 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 591050
4 2 1 7 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 975000
5 8 5 4 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 165500
6 6 6 4 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 171500
7 14 7 3 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 96100
8 27 8 4 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 91500
9 12 9 4 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 117100
10 16 10 3 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 77100

11 7 1 14 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 916500
12 9 6 7 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 236650
13 10 3 8 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 439200
14 11 7 10 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 245800
15 20 15 3 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 64500
16 15 1 12 SHADOWS Black Atlass 749000
17 31 17 2 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 40900
18 5 5 9 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 224800
19 21 19 3 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 60000
20 23 20 3 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 51750

21 13 1 9 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 593750
22 22 6 11 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 418800
23 17 7 12 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 416250
24 24 24 8 DREAM ON Aerosmith 106900
25 18 18 4 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 72000
26 26 26 4 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 67300
27 29 27 2 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 36600
28 40 28 2 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 35300
29 37 29 4 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 52100
30 39 30 4 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 47900

31 38 31 3 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 48350
32 36 32 4 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 59400
33 NEW 33 1 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 17700
34 30 15 9 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 185350
35 54 35 4 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 39900
36 50 36 4 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 51700
37 72 37 2 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 22900
38 43 32 10 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 111800
39 46 39 4 COO COO COO Santigold 52250
40 44 40 4 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 44250

41 25 1 11 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 794500
42 19 7 7 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 227750
43 33 9 9 RISE Raaginder 213750
44 56 44 2 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 23850
45 34 19 8 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 128350
46 63 46 3 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 25150
47 35 4 14 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 495500
48 41 13 12 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 229200
49 28 28 10 OOH LA LA The Faces 118600
50 53 50 3 TRIP A LITTLE LIGHT FANTASTIC Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathaneal Saleh & Leeries 28650

51 32 8 9 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 237750
52 58 52 3 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 29200
53 61 53 2 WITHOUT ME Halsey 18750
54 47 3 11 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 354100
55 64 55 3 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 22900
56 62 56 4 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 29400
57 NEW 57 1 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 10400
58 NEW 58 1 STARTED OUT Georgia 10200
59 45 33 7 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 86900
60 59 1 31 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2018100

61 69 61 3 HAPPY NOW Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza 19300
62 48 37 9 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 114500
63 66 63 4 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 27600
64 67 64 2 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 13700
65 65 65 3 EVERLASTING Take That 20000
66 55 4 15 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 418450
67 NEW 67 1 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 6600
68 71 68 2 LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd 12200
69 NEW 69 1 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 6200
70 75 70 2 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 11000

71 NEW 71 1 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 5600
73 57 25 13 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 184200
74 NEW 74 1 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 5000

DROP OUTS
42 4 7 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 233750
49 18 5 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 83150
51 10 9 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 222750
52 5 9 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 245100
60 28 6 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 91900
68 30 10 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 138350
70 33 7 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 79550
73 8 13 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 282850
74 1 16 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 694750

 

 

13th January 2019

It’s a first week on top, and a first chart-topper for Chainsmokers, and also for Kelsea Ballerini. Having fallen short with all of their previous huge hits, they do with a track that is mysteriously not doing that well – I guess that Chainsmokers sound has been passed over now in favour of poppier stuff, which is a shame, cos it’s very good. Pet Shop Boys’ Jealousy (and also My October Symphony) charted last year in the UK albums on the revamp of Behaviour, and as neither version has previously charted, they do now that I’ve finally played the deluxe CD I bought then. This means Jealousy goes top 10 for the second time, the single orchestral version having previously done it in 1991, but never as high as the new peak of 3, one of their very first songs written in the early 80’s, it still sounds fab in concert.

The Love Affair never charted in 1968 for me – it was a few months too early for my charting starting – but it would very easily have been top 5, so better late than never! The new version of Wicked Games leaps into the 20, though she’s going to have to go some to top Chris Isaak’s 1990 chart-topper, and the Mary Poppins returns film intro shoots up to 16 cos it’s just fab. Tom Jones goes top 20 with that song for the 2nd time, Backstreet Boys get their biggest chart action since 2001 as No Place shoots into the 30, and highest new track comes from Lana Del Ray going all moody and interesting, just how I like her, at 29.

Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man do a collab that sounds good at 40, Westlife join the 90’s boybands clogging up my charts in a way I could never have predicted 20 years ago, with their first entry in 8 years and highest charting in a decade – not that they actually ever had that many chart high: 4 top 10’s and 2 other top 20’s is the current total, pretty much all the non-ballads. Halsey has finally entered my charts after slipping by me, despite being a huge worldwide hit, it has grown on me as I hear it here and there. Sam Smith is back, ditto The Weeknd, and sneaking in it’s The Seachers, a big band of the 60’s who just kept going and touring for 55 years while not ever troubling the singles chart beyond the 60’s, and only the occasional hits album package to keep them being noticed. Now they have finally called it a day and had anpther chart album to say goodvbye with – hits of course. When I was quite literally 6 years old and mad on pop chart hits and popstars, the record of theirs I was maddest on was Don’t Throw Your Love Away, a tuneful cover of an American Orlons B side. I loved, and still love, a good melody, as proven by spine-tingling swooning at some of Lloyd-Webber’s best in Phantom Of The Opera which I saw in London on saturday.

1 3 1 8 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 431000
2 1 1 6 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 910000
3 NEW 3 1 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 85000
4 2 2 7 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 506050
5 14 5 8 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 202800
6 8 6 3 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 116500
7 5 1 13 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 879500
8 9 8 3 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 105500
9 6 6 6 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 201650
10 4 3 7 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 407200

11 7 7 9 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 216800
12 16 12 3 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 72100
13 10 1 8 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 574000
14 39 14 2 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 46100
15 12 1 11 SHADOWS Black Atlass 724000
16 59 16 2 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 35100
17 13 7 11 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 397000
18 20 18 3 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 53250
19 11 7 6 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 214000
20 35 20 2 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 37500

21 23 21 2 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 39000
22 17 6 10 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 399300
23 47 23 2 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 31750
24 27 24 7 DREAM ON Aerosmith 87900
25 21 1 10 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 780500
26 37 26 3 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 48800
27 34 27 3 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 43500
28 31 28 9 OOH LA LA The Faces 106500
29 NEW 29 1 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 18200
30 30 15 8 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 167750

31 NEW 31 1 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 17900
32 29 8 8 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 226000
33 28 9 8 RISE Raaginder 200250
34 19 19 7 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 115350
35 22 4 13 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 483000
36 40 36 3 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 41600
37 60 37 3 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 33900
38 44 38 2 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 30450
39 62 39 3 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 29900
40 NEW 40 1 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 17000

41 24 13 11 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 216900
42 15 4 7 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 233750
43 32 32 9 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 94600
44 65 44 3 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 27250
45 33 33 6 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 76800
46 50 46 3 COO COO COO Santigold 35150
47 38 3 10 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 343100
48 49 37 8 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 107100
49 18 18 5 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 83150
50 52 50 3 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 34300

51 26 10 9 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 222750
52 25 5 9 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 245100
53 73 53 2 TRIP A LITTLE LIGHT FANTASTIC Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathaneal Saleh & Leeries 16650
54 71 54 3 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 22400
55 42 4 14 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 411650
56 NEW 56 1 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 10600
57 41 25 12 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 178800
58 61 58 2 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 17700
59 57 1 30 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2008100
60 36 28 6 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 91900

61 NEW 61 1 WITHOUT ME Halsey 7500
62 68 62 3 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 18800
63 74 63 2 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 12400
64 75 64 2 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 12100
65 70 65 2 EVERLASTING Take That 13000
66 66 66 3 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 20400
67 NEW 67 1 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 6600
68 43 30 10 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 138350
69 72 69 2 HAPPY NOW Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza 11800
70 46 33 7 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 79550

71 NEW 71 1 LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd 5800
72 NEW 72 1 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 5600
73 53 8 13 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 282850
74 58 1 16 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 694750
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 5000

DROP OUTS
45 26 9 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 133700
48 29 9 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 122700
51 20 9 ALGORITHM Muse 149650
54 2 8 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 352050
55 55 6 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 45900
56 56 6 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 47100
63 38 7 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 90150
64 3 13 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 354900
67 2 16 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 613900
69 12 10 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 211500

 

 

 

6th January 2019

It’s a 6th total week on top for the Carpenters, as the new year brings fresh music, fresh climbs, and oldies dropping, xmas songs exiting again. Camelphat get a 2nd top 10, Alan Walker joins himself in the top 10, his 4th, and Albin Lee Meldau his first. Mercury Rev get a 4th top 20, Monkees an umpteenth, depending on how EP’s count, and Robbie gets yet another top 20 as he also brings in a low-key lead track off his fansite only 3rd album. What with Take That, Boyzone, Backstreet Boys, it’s quite the 90’s boyband theme.

Andy Burrows is the highest new entry, he’s previously topped my chart twice, once with Razorlight, once with I Am Arrows, and gone top 10 solo a few times too. Tom Jones did a flawless off-the-cuff vocal performance on The Voice, with the son of Lonnie Donegan, writer of I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, Tom’s fab 1967 hit ballad – and has sold loads on itunes as a result. So an excuse to make my charts for the 3rd time then, as I loved it when I was 9 years old and I wasn’t quite charting at the time, or else it would have been 4th time round. Other oldies in: lead vocalist of Marmalade Dean Ford died this week, sadly, so Reflections Of My Life is also back, their best record of many minor gems, and also the Captain (Daryl Dragon) of Captain & Tennille has died, so Neil Sedaka’s 1976 song top 5 hit for them (in my charts and the USA, but not the UK) is back in.

A Chris Isaac moody cover is in for RAIGN, Backstreet Boys get a swift 2nd entry on their latest comeback, and Mary Poppins Returns with the 2 best songs from the new fab movie. It’s underperforming at the box office and charts, but I see a future children’s classic there.

1 1 1 5 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 795000
2 2 2 6 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 441050
3 7 3 7 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 261000
4 3 3 6 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 365200
5 5 1 12 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 829500
6 8 6 5 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 156650
7 15 7 8 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 179800
8 43 8 2 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 61500
9 47 9 2 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 57500
10 6 1 7 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 542000

11 13 7 5 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 193000
12 9 1 10 SHADOWS Black Atlass 69700
13 11 7 10 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 374000
14 16 14 7 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 142800
15 4 4 6 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 220000
16 49 16 2 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 37100
17 10 6 9 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 379800
18 23 18 4 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 71050
19 20 19 6 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 97750
20 53 20 2 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 31250

21 17 1 9 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 761750
22 12 4 12 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 465500
23 NEW 23 1 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 19250
24 24 13 10 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 202900
25 14 5 8 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 233600
26 19 10 8 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 211000
27 34 27 6 DREAM ON Aerosmith 68900
28 22 9 7 RISE Raaginder 182550
29 18 8 7 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 208200
30 21 15 7 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 149750

31 40 31 8 OOH LA LA The Faces 88200
32 32 32 8 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 81100
33 35 33 5 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 63800
34 61 34 2 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 25100
35 NEW 35 1 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 17500
36 28 28 5 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 81900
37 45 37 2 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 30300
38 27 3 9 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 330600
39 NEW 39 1 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 17100
40 63 40 2 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 24200

41 25 25 11 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 168400
42 31 4 13 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 400850
43 30 30 9 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 127950
44 NEW 44 1 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 13250
45 26 26 9 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 133700
46 33 33 6 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 73550
47 NEW 47 1 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 12500
48 29 29 9 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 122700
49 37 37 7 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 94800
50 57 50 2 COO COO COO Santigold 22400

51 36 20 9 ALGORITHM Muse 149650
52 55 52 2 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 22300
53 41 8 12 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 277450
54 46 2 8 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 352050
55 58 55 6 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 45900
56 59 56 6 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 47100
57 56 1 29 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1998000
58 51 1 15 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 689550
59 NEW 59 1 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 10100
60 67 60 2 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 16600

61 NEW 61 1 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 7500
62 73 62 2 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 12800
63 38 38 7 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 90150
64 42 3 13 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 354900
65 65 65 2 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 14000
66 66 66 2 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 13600
67 64 2 16 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 613900
68 75 68 2 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 11400
69 48 12 10 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 211500
70 NEW 70 1 EVERLASTING Take That 6000

71 72 71 2 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 11400
72 NEW 72 1 HAPPY NOW Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza 5600
73 NEW 73 1 TRIP A LITTLE LIGHT FANTASTIC Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathaneal Saleh & Leeries 5400
74 NEW 74 1 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 5000

DROP OUTS
39 22 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 66400
44 25 10 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 150850
50 18 4 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 71650
52 52 4 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 40600
54 54 5 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 44300
60 45 7 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 74050
62 35 3 A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh 31100
68 40 2 MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD Boney M 23400
69 20 9 LOVE Boyzone 131350
70 46 7 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 66750
71 53 6 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 52650
74 41 6 SAIL AWOLNATION 60100

My Retro March 1968 Charts

2nd March 1968

It’s a first week on top for Love, the great obscure classic Alone Again Or, better known by The Damned, and a track I didn’t know till 30 years later, beating out classics galore. Dave Dee, Union Gap, Monkees, Tom Jones, Otis Redding, Nancy & Lee, Beatles (most of them), Moody Blues, Four Tops, Scott Walker, for example all topped my charts as oldies in later decades. Highest new entry, of only 3, the lowest since I started doing these retro 1967/8 charts – which gives me a break to let records try to reach a decent chart position as they deserve – is The Monkees yet again, straight in with Valleri, a terrific record, and the final hit that was well worth being a bigger hit than it was. Their previous single peaks at 50, it’s a Nilsson Beatles-ish song (as Harry’s tended to be at this time) and it’s sweet – but it’s not in the same league as Valleri.

Jimmy Ruffin’s 1970 UK hit I’ll Say Forever My Love, joins the club of 70’s soul hits that were actually 1968 US hits, and a goodie it is too, nicely dramatic and stringstastic. Pet Clark leaps into the 30, as does Sandie Shaw more modestly into the 40, neither of them tracks I noticed particularly at the time. Tom Rush jumps nicely, and the final new entry is Bob Dylan, with a song I associate more with UB40 and Robert Palmer. It’s actually quite restrained and tuneful, gasp!

1 ( 2 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
2 ( 1 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 ( 5 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
4 ( NEW ) VALLERI The Monkees
5 ( 3 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
6 ( 9 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
7 ( 10 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
8 ( 4 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
9 ( 6 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
10 ( 7 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding

11 ( 8 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
12 ( 15 ) LITTLE GREEN APPLES Roger Miller
13 ( 11 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
14 ( 16 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
15 ( 14 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
16 ( 13 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
17 ( 22 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
18 ( 27 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
19 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
20 ( 20 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons

21 ( 17 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
22 ( 18 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
23 ( 19 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
24 ( NEW ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
25 ( 21 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
26 ( 31 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
27 ( 23 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
28 ( 24 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
29 ( 36 ) MY GIRL Otis Redding
30 ( 47 ) KISS ME GOODBYE Petula Clark

31 ( 26 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
32 ( 29 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
33 ( 33 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
34 ( 30 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
35 ( 25 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
36 ( 32 ) FIRE BRIGADE The Move
37 ( 41 ) CINDERELLA ROCKEFELLA Esther & Abi Ofarim
38 ( 28 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
39 ( 34 ) A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE The Balloon Farm
40 ( 49 ) TODAY Sandie Shaw

41 ( 39 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
42 ( 37 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
43 ( 52 ) JENNIFER JUNIPER Donovan
44 ( 35 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
45 ( 38 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
46 ( 43 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
47 ( 42 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
48 ( 44 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
49 ( 66 ) NO REGRETS Tom Rush
50 ( 56 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE Sun Dragon

51 ( 45 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
52 ( 48 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
53 ( 51 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
54 ( 58 ) SCARBOROUGH FAIR (CANTICLE) Simon & Garfunkel
55 ( 57 ) WE’RE A WINNER The Impressions
56 ( 59 ) IN THE HEAT OF THE MORNING David Bowie
57 ( 46 ) GUITAR MAN Elvis Presley
58 ( 60 ) SOUL COAXING (AME CALINE) Raymond Lefevre & His Orchestra
59 ( 54 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
60 ( 75 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

61 ( 64 ) THE RADIO SONG The Parade
62 ( 62 ) SKY PILOT Eric Burden & The Animals
63 ( 63 ) COUNTRY GIRL – CITY MAN Billy Vera & Judy Clay
64 ( 40 ) TRY IT Ohio Express
65 ( 68 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Gladys Knight & The Pips
66 ( 67 ) SWEET INSPIRATION The Sweet Inspirations
67 ( 53 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
68 ( NEW ) I’LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT Bob Dylan
69 ( 70 ) LOVE IS BLUE Jeff Beck
70 ( 61 ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell

71 ( 71 ) IF YOU CAN WAIT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
72 ( 55 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
73 ( 73 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS The Formations
74 ( 50 ) CUDDLY TOY The Monkees
75 ( 65 ) ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Anita Harris

 

9th march 1968

It’s a 3rd slightly-Spanish/acoustic guitar riffed chart-topper as The Monkees final classic single tops my chart, Boyce & Hart’s Valleri making it a 6th. Don Partridge one-man-bands it onto every TV show at the time, and it still sounds charming up to 8, Jimmy Ruffin and Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell both have some Motown climbing, along with The Four Tops cover of If I Were A Carpenter and Diana Ross & The Supremes under-rated Forever Came Today both entering.

Highest new entry is also another cover of a 1967 top 10 original – Andy Williams glorious cover of Frankie Valli’s classic Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. Not quite up to the brilliant campness of the U2 mash-up by the Pet Shop Boys, but up there. Cilla is back with a song written by Paul McCartney for her new TV show to kick of a variety show career. I wonder if that will be a success, hmmm.

In at 65, another childhood fave debuts, Ray Stevens was a bit of a hero with his novelty records and his straight country/gospel ballads – possibly the odd mix is why he’s not critically-appreciated, Gitarzan is not necessarily going to get music critics excited – but he had 3 chart-topping singles in my of-the-time 70’s charts. Unwind is a decent song written by Ray for his first serious album, and a minor US hit ahead of a run of bigger hits. The Paper Dolls enter with a MaCaulay/MacLeod song I loved at the time – sadly the girls missed out on the lined-up follow-up – Build Me Up Buttercup – owing to a studio recording mix-up. Oops!

1 ( 4 ) VALLERI The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 ( 3 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
4 ( 1 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
5 ( 7 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
6 ( 6 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
7 ( 5 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
8 ( 17 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
9 ( 9 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
10 ( 10 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding

11 ( 24 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 18 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
13 ( 11 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
14 ( 8 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
15 ( 13 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
16 ( 20 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
17 ( 15 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
18 ( 16 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
19 ( 12 ) LITTLE GREEN APPLES Roger Miller
20 ( 26 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu

21 ( 14 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
22 ( NEW ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
23 ( 60 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
24 ( 19 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
25 ( 22 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
26 ( 23 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
27 ( 29 ) MY GIRL Otis Redding
28 ( 30 ) KISS ME GOODBYE Petula Clark
29 ( 25 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
30 ( 21 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo

31 ( 27 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
32 ( 28 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
33 ( 37 ) CINDERELLA ROCKEFELLA Esther & Abi Ofarim
34 ( 49 ) NO REGRETS Tom Rush
35 ( NEW ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black
36 ( 32 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
37 ( 43 ) JENNIFER JUNIPER Donovan
38 ( 34 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
39 ( 31 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
40 ( 54 ) SCARBOROUGH FAIR (CANTICLE) Simon & Garfunkel

41 ( 36 ) FIRE BRIGADE The Move
42 ( 41 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
43 ( 33 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
44 ( 35 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
45 ( 39 ) A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE The Balloon Farm
46 ( 42 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
47 ( NEW ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
48 ( 38 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
49 ( 40 ) TODAY Sandie Shaw
50 ( 46 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt

51 ( 44 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
52 ( 56 ) IN THE HEAT OF THE MORNING David Bowie
53 ( 45 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
54 ( 48 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
55 ( 58 ) SOUL COAXING (AME CALINE) Raymond Lefevre & His Orchestra
56 ( 53 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
57 ( 62 ) SKY PILOT Eric Burden & The Animals
58 ( 47 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
59 ( 52 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
60 ( 68 ) I’LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT Bob Dylan

61 ( 61 ) THE RADIO SONG The Parade
62 ( NEW ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
63 ( 59 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
64 ( 51 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
65 ( NEW ) UNWIND Ray Stevens
66 ( 73 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS The Formations
67 ( 71 ) IF YOU CAN WANT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
68 ( NEW ) SOMETHING HERE IN MY HEART The Paper Dolls
69 ( 55 ) WE’RE A WINNER The Impressions
70 ( 63 ) COUNTRY GIRL – CITY MAN Billy Vera & Judy Clay

71 ( 50 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE Sun Dragon
72 ( 66 ) SWEET INSPIRATION The Sweet Inspirations
73 ( 69 ) LOVE IS BLUE Jeff Beck
74 ( NEW ) SIT WITH THE GURU The Strawberry Alarm Clock
75 ( NEW ) IF I ONLY HAD TIME John Rawles

 

16th March 1968

It’s a first week on top for The Union Gap and the powerful vocals of Gary Puckett with the rather classic Young Girl, heading a classic top 5 and a brilliant obscure song from the first Nancy & Lee album on release this month – Sundown, Sundown is classic Lee Hazelwood, but just to show they can cover others songs, they also have the definitive version of Elusive Dreams enter at 24, the 1967 entry for Tammy Wynette & David Houston. So with 3 in the top 30, that puts Nancy’s solo Lee Hazelwood song, 100 Years, into the shade at 66.

The Beatles are back with new song Lady Madonna, fab of course, but not quite as fab as every single since Eleanor Rigby started the classic run, while the B Side from George sneaks in at 70. Bobby Goldsboro’s Honey is in at 13 – very much a marmite track this one, either touchingly sad, or nauseatingly cheesy, what with lush string arrangements, Bobby’s emotional delivery and especially the lyrics. The song hit 2 in the UK again in 1975 around the time a classmate was killed in a motorbike accident, so I’m emotionally leaning towards the former as it deals with tragic early loss. It topped my chart that Spring.

Honeybus, a tuneful fave of the time, pops in with I Can’t Let Maggie Go, Cliff’s Congratulations (he was officially robbed!) Eurovision perennial enters, and Robert John debuts with a sweet soul number. Who he? He had a hit US cover of The Lion Sleeps Tonight in 1972 which I rather liked, his vocals tending towards the Frankie Valli-style, and best of all a UK hit (as well as a huge summer of 79 radio biggie while I was touring the South West USA) with the fab Sad Eyes. So 11 years of waiting for that UK hit…

Leonard Cohen gets another cheerful entry with his early classic, Suzanne, Solomon Burke avoids getting sued by the estate of the late Sam Cooke by virtue of the court case establishing copying a previous record’s style meant getting done for royalties hadn’t been set (see Blurred Lines/Got To Give It Up), The Bee Gees get an obscure new entry, Elvis has given up Returning To Sender and taken on the job of the US Male himself, while The Intruders get another early chart entry 6 years ahead of UK success.

1 ( 3 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
2 ( 1 ) VALLERI The Monkees
3 ( 2 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 5 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
5 ( 6 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
6 ( NEW ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
7 ( 4 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
8 ( NEW ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
9 ( 7 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
10 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

11 ( 9 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
12 ( 10 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
13 ( NEW ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
14 ( 13 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
15 ( 22 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
16 ( 20 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
17 ( 8 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
18 ( 12 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
19 ( 15 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
20 ( 23 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

21 ( 17 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
22 ( 18 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
23 ( 14 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
24 ( NEW ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
25 ( 16 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
26 ( 28 ) KISS ME GOODBYE Petula Clark
27 ( 19 ) LITTLE GREEN APPLES Roger Miller
28 ( 25 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
29 ( 24 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
30 ( 21 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann

31 ( 26 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
32 ( 35 ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black
33 ( 29 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
34 ( 31 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
35 ( 32 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
36 ( 27 ) MY GIRL Otis Redding
37 ( 30 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
38 ( 62 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
39 ( 36 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
40 ( 47 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes

41 ( 34 ) NO REGRETS Tom Rush
42 ( 38 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
43 ( 33 ) CINDERELLA ROCKEFELLA Esther & Abi Ofarim
44 ( 40 ) SCARBOROUGH FAIR (CANTICLE) Simon & Garfunkel
45 ( 42 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
46 ( 37 ) JENNIFER JUNIPER Donovan
47 ( 39 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
48 ( NEW ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus
49 ( 46 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
50 ( 65 ) UNWIND Ray Stevens

51 ( NEW ) CONGRATULATIONS Cliff Richard
52 ( 60 ) I’LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT Bob Dylan
53 ( 61 ) THE RADIO SONG The Parade
54 ( 50 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
55 ( 68 ) SOMETHING HERE IN MY HEART The Paper Dolls
56 ( NEW ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
57 ( 44 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
58 ( 66 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS The Formations
59 ( 56 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
60 ( 54 ) ONE Harry Nilsson

61 ( 41 ) FIRE BRIGADE The Move
62 ( 67 ) IF YOU CAN WANT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
63 ( 51 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
64 ( 74 ) SIT WITH THE GURU The Strawberry Alarm Clock
65 ( 52 ) IN THE HEAT OF THE MORNING David Bowie
66 ( NEW ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra
67 ( 63 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
68 ( 75 ) IF I ONLY HAD TIME John Rawles
69 ( 48 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
70 ( NEW ) THE INNER LIGHT The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) SUZANNE Leonard Cohen
72 ( NEW ) PARTY PEOPLE Solomon Burke
73 ( NEW ) AND THE SUN WILL SHINE The Bee Gees
74 ( NEW ) U.S. MALE Elvis Presley
75 ( NEW ) COWBOYS TO GIRLS The Intruders

 

23rd March 1968

It’s a first week on top for The Voice in one of his biggest Foghorn performances, melodrama with a capital M. Tom Jones would certainly have topped my chart in 1965 (had I been charting) and It’s Not Unusual did eventually top my chart on its UK reissue in 1987, as did Delilah in the 90’s. Green Green Grass Of Home and What’s New Pussycat would also have been big as they were both kiddie faves too. Delilah is also on the 16 Big Hits album I keep mentioning, and replaces another track on top from it, as the 13th of the 16 tracks enters as highest newie at 25 for Four Jacks & A Jill, and the worldwide hit (except the UK) Master Jack. I’d never heard of it till dad bought the album, and rather liked it. It’s still sweet.

There’s a Motown invasion of the top 20, not to mention a Nancy & Lee invasion, and Aretha launches straight into the 40 with a great ballad new to me, the way better B Side of the track not in my chart, backed with amazing vocals from Whitney Houston’s mom Cissy, who’s Sweet Inspirations just dropped out of my chart. Another very familiar Hollies hit pops in, and 2 songs better known to me in covers: Cook & Greenaways hit machine song for Dorian Gray, Neil Diamond’s future UB40 monster, and also Archie Bell & The Drells Tighten Up, a band I went huge on 1972 when Here I Go Again was just fabulous. 

1 ( 4 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
2 ( 2 ) VALLERI The Monkees
3 ( 3 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 6 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 1 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
6 ( 8 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
7 ( 13 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
8 ( 5 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
9 ( 7 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
10 ( 15 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams

11 ( 9 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
12 ( 16 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
13 ( 11 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
14 ( 12 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
15 ( 10 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
16 ( 20 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
17 ( 38 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
18 ( 40 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
19 ( 14 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
20 ( 24 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

21 ( 19 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
22 ( 17 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
23 ( 21 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
24 ( 22 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
25 ( NEW ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
26 ( 18 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
27 ( 32 ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black
28 ( 30 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
29 ( 28 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
30 ( 23 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills

31 ( 29 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
32 ( 27 ) LITTLE GREEN APPLES Roger Miller
33 ( 25 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
34 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
35 ( 31 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
36 ( 33 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
37 ( 34 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
38 ( 35 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
39 ( 50 ) UNWIND Ray Stevens
40 ( 48 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus

41 ( 26 ) KISS ME GOODBYE Petula Clark
42 ( 39 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
43 ( 37 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
44 ( 55 ) SOMETHING HERE IN MY HEART The Paper Dolls
45 ( 42 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
46 ( 58 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS The Formations
47 ( 51 ) CONGRATULATIONS Cliff Richard
48 ( 52 ) I’LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT Bob Dylan
49 ( 53 ) THE RADIO SONG The Parade
50 ( 56 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John

51 ( 45 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
52 ( 36 ) MY GIRL Otis Redding
53 ( 41 ) NO REGRETS Tom Rush
54 ( 49 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
55 ( NEW ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND Dorian Gray
56 ( NEW ) JENNIFER ECCLES The Hollies
57 ( 62 ) IF YOU CAN WANT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
58 ( 54 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
59 ( 47 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
60 ( 44 ) SCARBOROUGH FAIR (CANTICLE) Simon & Garfunkel

61 ( 68 ) IF I ONLY HAD TIME John Rowles
62 ( 73 ) AND THE SUN WILL SHINE The Bee Gees
63 ( 66 ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra
64 ( 64 ) SIT WITH THE GURU The Strawberry Alarm Clock
65 ( 59 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
66 ( 46 ) JENNIFER JUNIPER Donovan
67 ( 60 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
68 ( 71 ) SUZANNE Leonard Cohen
69 ( 70 ) THE INNER LIGHT The Beatles
70 ( 72 ) PARTY PEOPLE Solomon Burke

71 ( 74 ) U.S. MALE Elvis Presley
72 ( 67 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
73 ( NEW ) RED RED WINE Neil Diamond
74 ( NEW ) (YOU KEEP ME) HANGIN’ ON Joe Simon
75 ( NEW ) TIGHTEN UP Archie Bell & The Drells

30th March 1968

It’s a first week on top for the second Number One of 1968 for Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood, and Nancy’s 5th in total. Sundown Sundown was not a single, which is rather a bad record company decision considering it’s as good as anything Lee Hazelwood ever created. Boo!

The Four Tops get yet another top 10, very much the default position for the Tops in my charts during 1966-68, and Young Girl drops a bit in the week that NME named it one of the 10 most-unplayable tracks in 2018, on a par with Gary Glitter and The Rolling Stones Some Girls album. Nonsense of course, the man clearly says the girl has put on make-up, hidden her age, and looked much older leading him on, and soon as he finds out he says she should p*ss off back to her mother “before things go too far”, so not actually guilty of anything – which is more than Bill Wyman, the still-played Jerry Lee Lewis and the still-played R. Kelly can say with their 14/15-year-old partners/wives.

In at 11, it’s Tommy James classic Mony Mony, the 14th of the 16 Big Hits album tracks I keep mentioning, so good Billy idol covered it in 1987 and it charted in my 1975 charts on reissue to boot. His best record to date, still exciting played loud. In at 15, the first of 2 album tracks from Glen Campbell’s latest album of mostly covers – his fab version of the already fab Bob Lind, & Val Doonican, sublime song Elusive Butterfly. Another Singapore radio track we recorded on reel-to-reel – frankly anything Glen Campbell was recorded right off in our household, including his version of The Impossible Dream, a right theatrical stormer from Man Of La Mancha, better known by Jack Jones or Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine.

In at 45, it’s a belated UK 1978 novelty hit which I found amusing, and unusually one that bears repeat plays before the novelty wears off – it’s quite a clever loving-pastiche of the crooner-era records, and was a minor US and Australian hit in 1968, Loving You Has Made Me Bananas from Guy Marks, who popped up on Top Of The Pops in 1978 a decade late to the party. Laura Nyro’s second album is out, with a future-single stand-out track on hold till September, and her single-only Robert Kennedy-inspired single-only June track anthem yet to come, so that leaves the best two other tracks to enter my charts, Eli’s Coming a future hit for Three Dog Night, serial covers band, a sort of Showaddywaddy without the nostalgia. And the fun.

Fab Gene Pitney back as always with class, an obscure soul goodies, an MOR track, and a Stevie Wonder minor hit make up the other newies.

1 ( 4 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
2 ( 2 ) VALLERI The Monkees
3 ( 3 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 6 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
5 ( 1 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
6 ( 7 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
7 ( 11 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
8 ( 5 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
9 ( 8 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
10 ( 17 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops

11 ( NEW ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
12 ( 10 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
13 ( 9 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
14 ( 18 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
15 ( NEW ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
16 ( 25 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
17 ( 20 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
18 ( 14 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
19 ( 13 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
20 ( 12 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu

21 ( 15 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
22 ( 16 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
23 ( 19 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
24 ( 34 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
25 ( 21 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
26 ( 27 ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black
27 ( 23 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
28 ( 24 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
29 ( 39 ) UNWIND Ray Stevens
30 ( 40 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus

31 ( 22 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
32 ( 50 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
33 ( 29 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
34 ( 30 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
35 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
36 ( 26 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
37 ( 46 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS The Formations
38 ( 44 ) SOMETHING HERE IN MY HEART The Paper Dolls
39 ( 55 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND Dorian Gray
40 ( 33 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons

41 ( 35 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
42 ( 36 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
43 ( 37 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
44 ( 38 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
45 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks
46 ( 47 ) CONGRATULATIONS Cliff Richard
47 ( 42 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
48 ( 28 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
49 ( 32 ) LITTLE GREEN APPLES Roger Miller
50 ( 56 ) JENNIFER ECCLES The Hollies

51 ( 45 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
52 ( 57 ) IF YOU CAN WANT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
53 ( NEW ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro
54 ( 51 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
55 ( 43 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
56 ( 48 ) I’LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT Bob Dylan
57 ( 61 ) IF I ONLY HAD TIME John Rowles
58 ( 54 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
59 ( 62 ) AND THE SUN WILL SHINE The Bee Gees
60 ( 63 ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra

61 ( NEW ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
62 ( 64 ) SIT WITH THE GURU The Strawberry Alarm Clock
63 ( 58 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
64 ( NEW ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Glen Campbell
65 ( 68 ) SUZANNE Leonard Cohen
66 ( NEW ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW ABOUT ME? Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
67 ( 41 ) KISS ME GOODBYE Petula Clark
68 ( 74 ) (YOU KEEP ME) HANGIN’ ON Joe Simon
69 ( 65 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
70 ( NEW ) ELI’S COMING Laura Nyro

71 ( 49 ) THE RADIO SONG The Parade
72 ( 73 ) RED RED WINE Neil Diamond
73 ( 59 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
74 ( NEW ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
75 ( NEW ) SHOO-BE-DOO-BE-DOO-DA-DAY Stevie Wonder

My Retro February 1968 Charts

3rd february 1968

It’s a first week on top for the then-recently-late Otis Redding’s classic, talk about going out on top. One that popped “back” into my charts in 1974 and again topping in the 21st Century – actually 1974 was it’s debut as I didn’t start my actual charting till later in 1968 and these are what I like now. I will post a comparison chart when I get to my actual UK-top-30-based-only charts versus what I like now – I’m enjoying discovering stuff new to me and seeing how my tastes have changed with age.

In at 9, highest new entry is the loveable Louis Armstrong and his optimistic sentimental heart-tugger. It actually works best when shown against images of what a horrible world it can be thanks to Man. A big leap for The Delfonics, much more cult these days than in those days, and the chirpy melodic Cowsills is one I would have gone mad on as a kiddie, had I ever heard it. Reparata’s ship leaps into the 30, as befits one I actually WAS mad on (but then I was rather mad on lots of pop songs), and Madeline Bell’s I’m Gonna Make You Love Me enters at 34, I didn’t know the song till the Diana & co version, but I picked it up on a “1968 Chartbusters” LP around 1976 along with some other fab tracks still to chart. I love Madeline and Blue Mink, very under-rated.

The Fire Brigade brings teenage hero Roy Wood back into the charts, and Don Partridge was huge for 12 months on TV at the time, debuting with Rosie. Sandie Shaw is back again, ditto The Monkees with a Nilsson song, Gladys Knight, & Curtis Mayfield aka The Impressions doing an early Move On Up hook. Leonard Cohen sneaks in, he last charted with new material last year, pretty much 50 years give or take with whole decades missed out (70’s) and covers in between. The Pretty Things pop in with an obscurity, after the buzz had gone, but it’s good.

1 ( 7 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
2 ( 1 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
3 ( 3 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
4 ( 2 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
5 ( 4 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
6 ( 8 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
7 ( 5 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
8 ( 6 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
9 ( NEW ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
10 ( 9 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops

11 ( 11 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
12 ( 12 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
13 ( 18 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
14 ( 22 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
15 ( 10 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
16 ( 43 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
17 ( 15 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
18 ( 20 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
19 ( 30 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
20 ( 16 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles

21 ( 14 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
22 ( 23 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
23 ( 25 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
24 ( 17 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
25 ( 13 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
26 ( 26 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
27 ( 21 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
28 ( 19 ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
29 ( 47 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
30 ( 36 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann

31 ( 24 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
32 ( 34 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
33 ( 29 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
34 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
35 ( 38 ) ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Anita Harris
36 ( 40 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
37 ( 28 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
38 ( 27 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed
39 ( 32 ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
40 ( 35 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers

41 ( 37 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
42 ( 48 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
43 ( 33 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
44 ( 31 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
45 ( NEW ) FIRE BRIGADE The Move
46 ( 41 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
47 ( NEW ) ROSIE Don Partridge
48 ( 53 ) GUITAR MAN Elvis Presley
49 ( 39 ) YOU Marvin Gaye
50 ( 52 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations

51 ( 42 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
52 ( 57 ) THAT’S ALL RIGHT Brenda Lee
53 ( 60 ) A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE The Balloon Farm
54 ( 44 ) THERE IS The Dells
55 ( 62 ) SIMON SAYS 1910 Fruitgum Company
56 ( 65 ) TRY IT Ohio Express
57 ( 46 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
58 ( 49 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
59 ( 51 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
60 ( 56 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan

61 ( 63 ) CARPET MAN The 5th Dimension
62 ( 50 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South
63 ( 45 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Al Wilson
64 ( 68 ) DEAR DELILAH Grapefruit
65 ( 55 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
66 ( 58 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
67 ( 71 ) JUST DROPPED IN (TO SEE WHAT CONDITION MY CONDITION WAS IN) Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
68 ( NEW ) TODAY Sandie Shaw
69 ( NEW ) TALKING ABOUT THE GOOD TIMES The Pretty Things
70 ( 54 ) AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET Engelbert Humperdinck

71 ( NEW ) CUDDLY TOY The Monkees
72 ( 61 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
73 ( NEW ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Gladys Knight & The Pips
74 ( NEW ) WE’RE A WINNER The Impressions
75 ( NEW ) SISTERS OF MERCY Leonard Cohen

 

10th February 1967

It’s straight in at 1 for one of yet 2 more tracks from my dad’s vinyl (Australian)16 Big Hits album, and a major classic to any kids catching Dave Dee on Top Of The Pops with the Spanish sounds of The Legend Of Xanadu and his whip and leather trousers. I was SO happy to catch Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich reunited for one last tour a year or two before Dave’s sad passing, such a great under-rated back-catalogue of singles – and this one isn’t even the jewel in the crown for me, though it’s close. The other track on the album was also a UK chart-topper – but not until October! The Good The Bad & The Ugly is the second Hugo Montenegro cover of a Spaghetti western classic theme, and it will appear again later in the year when I start showcasing my charts as they were then (I started in September) but in the meantime I’m carrying on doing charts as if there was streaming in 1967 – as in, available everywhere in the world at the same time, and everything eligible to chart.

Talking of which, the Love classic flop (later covered in 1987 by The Damned very well) Alone Again Or was released in January and since it never charted is entering here and now at 3, in case no-one else picks up on it as a Bubbling Under or whatever. It’s a work of genius, understated, moody and flamenco-ish to boot. The Delfonics go top 10 for the first time (I was out the country in 1971 when it charted in the UK, so I didn’t get to hear it till a year or so later, post-chart-run) with the fab future much-sampled and Swing Out Sister hit covered, La La Means I Love You. At 10, The Cowsills get a second top 10 – not bad for a melodic pop ditty I’d never heard until a few weeks ago, but which I’m currently obsessed by on my car CD.

Had I been charting in Feb 1968 the record most-likely to have topped my chart enters at 52, Esther & Abi Ofarim – I was a huge fan of Morticia-like Esther and the song. My love hasn’t stayed over the years, but it’s sweet enough in an oddball fashion. O.C. Smith is another US (minor) hit I associate with being bigger later in the year, but at the time I totally thought it was a Tramp – a stick and rolled-up hanging bag, top-hat-wearing moth-eaten be-suited Hobo. How naive I was! I always wondered what Hickory Holler was doing hanging around with a Tramp! O.C had to wait 9 years for another hit.

Otis gets knocked off the top spot, but posthumously covers the Temptations classic to great effect, new in, Pet Clark has a melodic minor one I actually do know, and ditto Sky Pilot, but the rest of the new entries are all new to me. Billy Vera & Judy Clay get a second entry with a good country-soul blend, Bowie improves on The Laughing Gnome and somehow I have managed to never hear this one in my life! Who Knew! Raymond Levere, is lush and instrumental and very 1968, but nice, and that’s all folks!

1 ( NEW ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( 1 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
3 ( NEW ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
4 ( 2 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 9 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
6 ( 3 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
7 ( 5 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
8 ( 16 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
9 ( 4 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
10 ( 19 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills

11 ( 7 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
12 ( 6 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
13 ( 8 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
14 ( 11 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
15 ( 10 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
16 ( NEW ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
17 ( 12 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
18 ( 14 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
19 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
20 ( 23 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell

21 ( 17 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
22 ( 22 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
23 ( 13 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
24 ( 20 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
25 ( 15 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
26 ( 29 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
27 ( 18 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
28 ( 30 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
29 ( 27 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
30 ( 36 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits

31 ( 25 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
32 ( 24 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
33 ( 21 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
34 ( 31 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
35 ( 26 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
36 ( 33 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
37 ( 32 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
38 ( 42 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
39 ( 45 ) FIRE BRIGADE The Move
40 ( 47 ) ROSIE Don Partridge

41 ( 35 ) ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Anita Harris
42 ( 28 ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
43 ( 48 ) GUITAR MAN Elvis Presley
44 ( 50 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations
45 ( 41 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
46 ( 53 ) A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE The Balloon Farm
47 ( 56 ) TRY IT Ohio Express
48 ( 46 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
49 ( 37 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
50 ( 52 ) THAT’S ALL RIGHT Brenda Lee

51 ( 40 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
52 ( NEW ) CINDERELLA ROCKEFELLA Esther & Abi Ofarim
53 ( 38 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed
54 ( 55 ) SIMON SAYS 1910 Fruitgum Company
55 ( NEW ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
56 ( 39 ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
57 ( 69 ) TALKING ABOUT THE GOOD TIMES The Pretty Things
58 ( 43 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
59 ( NEW ) MY GIRL Otis Redding
60 ( 61 ) CARPET MAN The 5th Dimension

61 ( 51 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
62 ( 71 ) CUDDLY TOY The Monkees
63 ( 68 ) TODAY Sandie Shaw
64 ( 64 ) DEAR DELILAH Grapefruit
65 ( NEW ) KISS ME GOODBYE Petula Clark
66 ( 74 ) WE’RE A WINNER The Impressions
67 ( 67 ) JUST DROPPED IN (TO SEE WHAT CONDITION MY CONDITION WAS IN) Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
68 ( 44 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
69 ( NEW ) IN THE HEAT OF THE MORNING David Bowie
70 ( NEW ) SOUL COAXING (AME CALINE) Raymond Lefevre & His Orchestra

71 ( 49 ) YOU Marvin Gaye
72 ( NEW ) COUNTRY GIRL – CITY MAN Billy Vera & Judy Clay
73 ( 73 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Gladys Knight & The Pips
74 ( 54 ) THERE IS The Dells
75 ( NEW ) SKY PILOT Eric Burden & The Animals

 

17th February 1968

2 weeks on top for the epic Xanadu, keeping the almost-as-epic Love at 2, and the gorgeously sentimental Louis at 3. Highest new entry is a second top 10 for Gary Puckett, Union Gap and their ever-changing credits, in at 9 for Young Girl, back in 1974 the record voted the UK’s fave oldie, which triggered a reissue hit and a number one in my charts of the time. yet again another “16 Big Hits” Aussie compilation track, so another song that remained a key dramatic pop track throughout the early 70’s. It also offers reasonable advice to wannabe popstars when faced with too-young fans who look older than they are. R. Kelly clearly never listened to it.

Hugo M goes top 10 8 months earlier than he actually did in my charts of late ’68, the cool Roger Miller brings his Little Green Apples in at 23, a subtle and classy track still, and deserves to be better known. Deep Purple (sort of) enter with a cover of Green Tambourine one spot behind the original, and Donovan simpers about Jennifer Juniper whimsically, while Simon & Garfunkel are back with a 2-year-old folk album track, from Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme, which inspired The Herbs. Sort of.

In at 67, an obscure band with an obscure pop song, quite decent though, although the melody is more than a little bit like I Can Hear Music, the future Beach Boys hit as done originally by The Ronettes and purely by co-incidence one of the musicians on The Ronettes and other Phil Spector productions (along with other musician mates who helped on The Parade tracks such as Hal Blaine), Jerry Riopelle, co-wrote and sang on this along with actor friend Murray MacLeod, and co-written help from Stuart Margolin – later better known as the wonderful Angel in The Rockford Files. I had never heard the song before this week.

Future Walker Brothers 1976 hit debuts for Tom Rush, No Regrets from me cos it’s a great song, though the biggest version was Midge Ure’s 1982 release. I think I’d plump for the Walker Brothers though, on balance. The Sweet Inspirations, Elvis’ backing band, are back giving Whitney Houston’s mum and early chart appearance. That leaves Smokey Robinson and Ray Charles to add to their tally of chart hits, both building up nicely during 1967.

1 ( 1 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( 3 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
3 ( 5 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
4 ( 4 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 2 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
6 ( 8 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
7 ( 6 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
8 ( 10 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
9 ( NEW ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
10 ( 16 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus

11 ( 7 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
12 ( 11 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
13 ( 9 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
14 ( 14 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
15 ( 13 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
16 ( 12 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
17 ( 19 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
18 ( 15 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
19 ( 20 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
20 ( 17 ) JACKIE Scott Walker

21 ( 18 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
22 ( 26 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
23 ( NEW ) LITTLE GREEN APPLES Roger Miller
24 ( 28 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
25 ( 21 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
26 ( 24 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
27 ( 22 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
28 ( 40 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
29 ( 27 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
30 ( 30 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits

31 ( 23 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
32 ( 25 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
33 ( 29 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
34 ( 38 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
35 ( 39 ) FIRE BRIGADE The Move
36 ( 34 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
37 ( 46 ) A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE The Balloon Farm
38 ( 31 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
39 ( 36 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
40 ( 43 ) GUITAR MAN Elvis Presley

41 ( 32 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
42 ( 33 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
43 ( 35 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
44 ( 47 ) TRY IT Ohio Express
45 ( 55 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
46 ( 59 ) MY GIRL Otis Redding
47 ( 45 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
48 ( 52 ) CINDERELLA ROCKEFELLA Esther & Abi Ofarim
49 ( 37 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
50 ( 48 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell

51 ( 41 ) ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Anita Harris
52 ( 42 ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
53 ( 63 ) TODAY Sandie Shaw
54 ( 62 ) CUDDLY TOY The Monkees
55 ( 65 ) KISS ME GOODBYE Petula Clark
56 ( 49 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
57 ( 51 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
58 ( NEW ) GREEN TAMBOURINE Sun Dragon
59 ( NEW ) JENNIFER JUNIPER Donovan
60 ( 67 ) JUST DROPPED IN (TO SEE WHAT CONDITION MY CONDITION WAS IN) Kenny Rogers & The First Edition

61 ( NEW ) SCARBOROUGH FAIR (CANTICLE) Simon & Garfunkel
62 ( 54 ) SIMON SAYS 1910 Fruitgum Company
63 ( 70 ) SOUL COAXING (AME CALINE) Raymond Lefevre & His Orchestra
64 ( 66 ) WE’RE A WINNER The Impressions
65 ( 75 ) SKY PILOT Eric Burden & The Animals
66 ( 69 ) IN THE HEAT OF THE MORNING David Bowie
67 ( NEW ) THE RADIO SONG The Parade
68 ( 50 ) THAT’S ALL RIGHT Brenda Lee
69 ( 44 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations
70 ( 72 ) COUNTRY GIRL – CITY MAN Billy Vera & Judy Clay

71 ( NEW ) NO REGRETS Tom Rush
72 ( 73 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Gladys Knight & The Pips
73 ( NEW ) SWEET INSPIRATION The Sweet Inspirations
74 ( NEW ) IF YOU CAN WAIT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
75 ( NEW ) THAT’S A LIE Ray Charles

 

24th February 1968

It’s Xanadu for 3 weeks still holding off Love, for a very Spanish-flavoured top 2. There will be Portuguese-flavoured later in the year. The Delfonics hit 3 with the lush La-La beating Naughty Boy and Sam Smith’s La La La by decades and Massiels’ La La La La La La by months. It’s a great track, it works without the vocals as an instrumental, but the lyrics and vocals are the icing on the cake. The Cowsills continues to be a new obsession making it another top 5, I shouldnt love it in theory, but I do. Highest new entry is the melodramatic murdersong genius that is Delilah, and another 16 Big Hits key track that got played over and over through to 1971. people often seemed to be murdering in the 60’s, when they weren’t dying in motorbike crashes, lyric-wise. I can’t imagine these days the likes of Ed Sheeran getting all bitter and twisted by love, too busy simpering.

O.C. Smith’s ode to his fictional late mom (another 60’s theme) leaps into the 30, as Lulu leaps back into the 40 with Me The Peaceful Heart, one of my kiddie faves, tuneful pop with half of Led Zeppelin on it. Honest! Written by Tony Hazzard, of Ha ha Said The Clown and future fave Fox On The Run for Manfred Mann. Manfred going top 20 with Mighty Quinn, another Bob Dylan hit cover that is better than Dylan’s version. Pretty much most Dylan covers in fact, bar Like A Rolling Stone, Knocking On Heaven’s Door and Lay Lady Lay. Maybe.

Jeff Beck, another Micky Most act (see Lulu, Donovan etc etc), gets the 3rd hit version of Love Is Blue, and another future 1971 Northern Soul hit (see Delfonics) enters for The Formations, At The Top Of The Stairs being one I never got to hear in the 70’s. Marvin & Tammi get another duo entry, keeping a continuous presence on my charts that I never anticipated – I hadn’t realised just how often they charted in the USA at the time.

1 ( 1 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( 2 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
3 ( 6 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
4 ( 8 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
5 ( 9 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
6 ( 3 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
7 ( 5 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
8 ( 4 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
9 ( 10 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
10 ( NEW ) DELILAH Tom Jones

11 ( 7 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
12 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
13 ( 11 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
14 ( 12 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
15 ( 23 ) LITTLE GREEN APPLES Roger Miller
16 ( 24 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
17 ( 16 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
18 ( 14 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
19 ( 13 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
20 ( 22 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons

21 ( 15 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
22 ( 28 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
23 ( 18 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
24 ( 20 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
25 ( 19 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
26 ( 21 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
27 ( 45 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
28 ( 30 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
29 ( 25 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
30 ( 26 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles

31 ( NEW ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
32 ( 35 ) FIRE BRIGADE The Move
33 ( 34 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
34 ( 37 ) A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE The Balloon Farm
35 ( 29 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
36 ( 46 ) MY GIRL Otis Redding
37 ( 33 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
38 ( 27 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
39 ( 36 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
40 ( 44 ) TRY IT Ohio Express

41 ( 48 ) CINDERELLA ROCKEFELLA Esther & Abi Ofarim
42 ( 32 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
43 ( 39 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
44 ( 38 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
45 ( 31 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
46 ( 40 ) GUITAR MAN Elvis Presley
47 ( 55 ) KISS ME GOODBYE Petula Clark
48 ( 41 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
49 ( 53 ) TODAY Sandie Shaw
50 ( 54 ) CUDDLY TOY The Monkees

51 ( 47 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
52 ( 59 ) JENNIFER JUNIPER Donovan
53 ( 42 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
54 ( 50 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
55 ( 43 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
56 ( 58 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE Sun Dragon
57 ( 64 ) WE’RE A WINNER The Impressions
58 ( 61 ) SCARBOROUGH FAIR (CANTICLE) Simon & Garfunkel
59 ( 66 ) IN THE HEAT OF THE MORNING David Bowie
60 ( 63 ) SOUL COAXING (AME CALINE) Raymond Lefevre & His Orchestra

61 ( 52 ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
62 ( 65 ) SKY PILOT Eric Burden & The Animals
63 ( 70 ) COUNTRY GIRL – CITY MAN Billy Vera & Judy Clay
64 ( 67 ) THE RADIO SONG The Parade
65 ( 51 ) ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Anita Harris
66 ( 71 ) NO REGRETS Tom Rush
67 ( 73 ) SWEET INSPIRATION The Sweet Inspirations
68 ( 72 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Gladys Knight & The Pips
69 ( 57 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
70 ( NEW ) LOVE IS BLUE Jeff Beck

71 ( 74 ) IF YOU CAN WAIT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
72 ( 56 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
73 ( NEW ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS The Formations
74 ( 75 ) THAT’S A LIE Ray Charles
75 ( NEW ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

My August 1970 Charts

4th August 1970

3 weeks for Cliff on top, and Elvis is on his heels at 2, how appropriate since Cliff modeled himself on early Elvis! Marmalade go for a 4th top 5, a melancholy Rainbow, and The Archies get a 5th Top 10 with a record that still has never been officially released in either the UK or the USA. Smokey Robinson gets a top ten song about tears, no not The Tracks Of My, this time it’s the equally classic Of A Clown.

Motown labelmates The Jackson 5, the hottest pop group around, enter at 13 with a third hit The Love You Save, a big improvement on ABC for me. They were the darlings of US variety shows of the time, not least the Ed Sullivan Show, which we had on TV in Singapore, albeit a while later. Look at the clip and marvel at Michael’s precociousness as performer. Fab. The other new record is at 20, Fairweather’s Natural Sinner. I’ve added it in retroactively as I didn’t hear it until 1975 while Andy Fairweather-Low was undergoing a solo career revival, having already had the hit pop group success with Amen Corner, including topping my charts in 1969 with Half As Nice. Not his finest hour, in all honesty.

1 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 2 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 12 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
6 ( 5 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 13 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
8 ( 14 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 8 ) LOLA The Kinks
10 ( 10 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

11 ( 9 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 6 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( NEW ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
14 ( 17 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
15 ( 16 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
16 ( 15 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
17 ( 19 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
18 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( 20 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
20 ( NEW ) NATURAL SINNER Fairweather


Talking of Ed Sullivan. As I’ve said before, in many ways my TV world of the 60’s and early 70’s was much more American than British, and that held true especially in Singapore – there were UK shows but they tended to be the sci-fi shows like Doctor Who and UFO, which was the latest, most exciting. mind-blowing show for me to get hooked on. Gerry Anderson had gone into live action TV, keeping the model-making for the space-age vehicles and flying saucers, as we called them in those days. I loved it. I also loved American variety shows like Ed Sullivan, though he was very, very dull. He also regularly had an awful cute mime mouse on far too often (once was more than enough, never mind 50 times in 8 years) Topo Gigio. If I’ve repeated myself here, apologies, just take it as a warning as it’s still on youtube! Avoid!

11th August 1970

A second number one from The Archies, Love Vibrations was featured on Archie’s Funhouse, an hour-long mix of songs and sketches and short stories, with a supposed live audience of kids. See lower down for more info! On an otherwise still-dull chart, Smokey Robinson goes top 5, Jackson 5 top 10, both Motown, and there are 2 new entries, both songs Tom Jones has recorded. Just as well as his version of I (Who Have Nothing) is in at 16, a terrific dramatic ballad, with The Voice on fine form. Shirley Bassey had the UK 1963 hit version (produced by George Martin) but this was a cover of Ben E. King’s US original English-language version of an Italian hit 1961 song by Joe Sentieri.

At 20, is another cover by Three Dog Night, this time Randy Newman’s Mama Told Me Not To Come, typically lyrically quirky and interesting and 2 or 3 decades before he became a big-deal movie composer for Pixar and others. I’d prefer to hear Randy, but this passed the time till Tom Jones covered it for his Reloaded album with Stereophonics.
1 ( 7 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
2 ( 2 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 5 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
5 ( 8 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
7 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
8 ( 6 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
9 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
10 ( 13 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5

11 ( 9 ) LOLA The Kinks
12 ( 10 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
13 ( 14 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
14 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 16 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
16 ( NEW ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
17 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
18 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( 17 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Three Dog Night


Archie’s Funhouse and Love Vibrations: I’ve bought the series DVD in haze of rose-tinted bliss, and it’s excruciating to sit through – except for the songs. I enjoyed the Archie comics, but I loved the cartoon band pop to bits and recorded this direct off the TV at the time, tinny and all from a hand microphone onto my mid-60’s reel-to-reel (well, technically dad’s recorder but my need was greater and I acquired it pretty much so I could record every song I loved from that moment on. That was a LOT of songs and a lot of blank reel-to-reel tapes for me to save up to buy for the next 20 years. I’m obviously biased but I still love this song, written by one Neil Brian Goldberg, a songwriter who never made it but who impacted me and I hope other young kids of the time.

What happened was that music maestro and Archies producer/songwriter Jeff Barry was moving on (he of hit songwriting married couple Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich, many a legendary song like Be My Baby, Da Do Ron Ron, Leader Of The Pack, River Deep Mountain High, and of course Sugar Sugar also for the Archies without Ellie). He took on Neil who ignored instructions to dumb down the hit machine and aim for 7-year-olds – instead his subject matter for songs was the world, the environment, civil rights, fairly serious topics for kiddie-pop. I noticed. I also noticed the promo cartoon videos to accompany and the fab tunes still sung by Ron Dante. Only 4 of the dozens of songs ever made it to limited release and none are available to buy to this day, including this one. So this will be the only chart it has ever appeared in. Boo! Hiss! It’s sweet (or twee), ever-so-slightly hippie psychedelic and melodic bubblegum.

18th August 1970

It’s Elvis on top, with his second number one in just over a year, following on from In The Ghetto. The Wonder Of You was originally a 1959 hit for Ray Peterson, but Elvis notched up the drama, now entering his Las Vegas phase and it was essentially Showbiz City from here on. I was still mad on Elvis and it would be another 2 years before the increasingly naff singles caused me to lose my love – in retrospect it all started here, really, give or take, as Parody Elvis killed off Gospel Elvis. These days, The Wonder Of You is nowhere near the top of my list of classic Presley.

Cat Stevens gets to 2, just ahead of a new entry for a new act, Bread. Bread was essentially David Gates, a great songwriter with an angelic sweet vocal, which I loved, but which provoked the same reaction amongst musos as The Carpenters – sweet equals sickly in their eyes, totally unable to appreciate the song quality. Make It With You is gorgeous, and was covered in the 90’s by Let Loose, to reasonable effect.

In at 5, one of my all-time fave bands of the 70’s debut – Hot Chocolate, fresh off The Beatles Apple label, and now with Micky Most’s RAK Records, loved that yacht logo on the vinyl. Errol Brown led the mixed race combo, in itself a statement at that time, and Errol and bandmate Tony Wilson showed they were nifty songwriters pretty much immediately (writing for other acts like Mary Hopkin). The organ and strings riffs of Love Is Life and that shuffling percussive rhythm were irresistible to me, and that soaring melody just fabulous. Still love it to bits.

Also in, at 19, Andy Williams is back with It’s So Easy, my top-rated crooner of the time. Andy was never bad, and I loved that he covered current hits on his show and albums. Just look at him singing this bouncy joyous pop ditty live – effortless and stylish.

1 ( 2 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
2 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
3 ( NEW ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 7 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
5 ( NEW ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

6 ( 1 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
7 ( 4 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
8 ( 6 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 5 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
10 ( 8 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry

11 ( 10 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
12 ( 9 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 11 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 13 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
15 ( 16 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones

16 ( 19 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
17 ( 15 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
18 ( 14 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( NEW ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
20 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free

Back in Singapore, time for some end-of-holiday musings and summary: the long summer holiday from school was pretty literal there, hot days, comics, music, TV, swimming pool, beach, catching fish for my tank, and yet more comics. I was getting a pretty good set of new Action Comics by this time, as well as back issues of Adventure Comics, all featuring my beloved Legion Of Super-Heroes (and Superboy and Superman). I can’t understate how shaky and sweaty I would get when I came across a new issue – the surge of excitement overcame everything else. I had to have them, no matter what. By this time I was off on longer bus journeys, to Katong and Siglap bookstores and roadside kiosks, to Changi Village second-hand bookstores, and to Singapore City plush department stores newsagent sections (with grown-ups, that one, it was just that bit too daunting to go into the city on my own). Just as well I didn’t always tell where I’d been (I used to say Bedok, near where we first lived, and bring back fish from the tropical fish store for the tank as proof). Ah happy days, and I even got friend Dale to accompany me too, eventually – his parents also didn’t know. Given the red-flag bombs left locally aimed at us kids, as I’ve already said, I had to get my priorities right. I knew the risks, took no chances straying from the main bus route and the shops, and I wouldn’t have trusted strangers, but those comics were meant for me, I had to have them! I still have them….

I noticed by now that the comics I brought over from the UK were getting a bit brown and stained round the edges, so hot and humid was it, constantly. I had moth balls in the draw I kept them in, but that didn’t stop it. The expensive new ones needed to be kept as mint as possible in my obsessive eyes. I came up with a solution. Bread rolls. Or rather the bags the rolls came in, labelled with Bakers logos and so on, but otherwise transparent – I washed them out, dried them off for a day or two, and stored my comics in them one in each bag. Then inside a larger bag. It worked – they are still inside the same bags 46 years later, fairly airtight and stacked in my childhood wooden box. Some might call that anal retentive and they’d be right. But my comics are still near mint and worth a bob or two now.

25th August 1970

School hols nearly over, and it’s a reggae new entry at 1 for Desmond Dekker, finally getting the top spot after peaking at with Israelites the previous year. Written by Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, You Can Get It If You Really Want was a fab melodic pop groove released on the super-cool reggae label Trojan. Back in 1970, though, Desmond was the big reggae star. Hot Chocolate go up to 2 with the fantastic Love Is Life, and Marmalade hold at 3 with the lovely Rainbow. New at 11, a future Kylie cover, the soulful funk of Chairmen Of The Board, starting their string of hits with one of their great singles, Give Me Just A Little More Time. Lead singer General Johnson had a terrific voice, and the creative team was ex-Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland on their new Invictus record label. Funkier, but still fab.

1 ( NEW ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 5 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 1 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 2 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
6 ( 6 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
7 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
8 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 10 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
10 ( 9 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( NEW ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
12 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 11 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
15 ( 15 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
16 ( 14 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
17 ( 19 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
18 ( 16 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
19 ( 18 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 20 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free


Back in the tropics, what kind of games were popular in our house? I got a fab game called Battling Tops for christmas which dad and his RAF mates also pissed themselves over – it was like an old amphitheatre but curved. Basically you wrapped up to 4 spinning tops in nylon rope, placed them in the 4 starter blocks at 90 degrees around the arena, and pulled hard. They then went mad, spinning towards each other and colliding, and the winner was the one who didn’t get chucked out the arena and who spun the longest.

The grown-ups were big on Canasta, very much a social thing among young married couples, or a ladies-only bit of fun – I still adore card games but they seem to be a thing of the past generally these days. Anyway, I watched avidly behind each grown-up watching how they played till I picked it up, and eventually I got to play too. Yay!

The other big social do, again for couples, but also men’s beer-drinking gatherings at our house (cos we had a dartboard) was darts. Mum and dad went onto the main RAF camp for nights out (we stayed on our own, brother & I, locked indoors with neighbours opposite keeping an eye on the house), I was quite sensible from an early age, these days you’d be done for child abandonment but at 12 or 13 years old I certainly didn’t feel I needed a baby sitter to control my younger brother and a bit of squabbling now and then. Anyway, they won loads of team darts awards, albeit some as runners-up (still have the little wooden plaques and cups) and I got to play darts as much as I wanted. Never did get great at it, though, preferred DC Comics and pop music and American TV.

Other board games: Monopoly (of course), Careers, Scrabble, Mouse Trap, and minor ones like draughts, snakes and ladders, ludo and so on. My big new board game, though, was Chess. I joined the chess club at Seletar Secondary Modern in my first year, and liked it, and ended up getting my own super-funky magnetic chess board (still have it) which I took to my new upcoming school, where I basically spent breaks with the other nerds playing chess. Yes my days of hanging about with the cool kids running round school playgrounds and playing fields were over, the new RAF Changi Grammar School was a whole different ball game, so to speak, and I pretty quickly got labelled a “swot” which was the social kiss of death for any shy boy. To be continued in September, and day one at school…

 

My 1970 Charts – May

Me and choc ice and beach

Me and choc ice and beach

youtubers click here


5th May 1970

2 weeks for The Beatles on top as The Long And Winding Road winds on, but in at 2 it’s an instant fave from Christie, Yellow River being a sort of poppier version of Creedence Clearwater Revival, and a very catchy song indeed and often played on Singapore radio. Once upon a time it was very well-known, these days it’s fallen a bit out of favour, but for me it has such strong nostalgia associating with great Singapore days that I still have great fondness for it.

Julie Felix, If I Could, goes top 10, and there is only one more new entry, The Moody Blues have a Question at 18. My question is, why I never rated it enormously when I finally got to hear it once or twice (not a radio fave in Singapore), but it’s grown on me over the years as I got more familiar with it’s Alone Again Or vibe, like most of the Moody’s songs having finally got to see them in concert recently. Still good!

1 ( 1 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
3 ( 3 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
4 ( 2 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
5 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 4 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
7 ( 7 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
8 ( 19 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
9 ( 6 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
10 ( 11 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones

11 ( 9 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
12 ( 10 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
13 ( 14 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
14 ( 13 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
15 ( 18 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
16 ( 12 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
17 ( 16 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
18 ( NEW ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
19 ( 17 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 15 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink

In world events the Kent University, Ohio shooting of students by troopers shocked the world. The Vietnam War and other such student protests, such as environmentalism, were not looked on kindly by the establishment. The very famous photo of a victim with a woman kneeling over his body affected me, and if anything made me even more anti-violence, pro-peace, and pro-environment, pro-equal-rights and many other pro’s. It all seemed very simple and logical to this 12-year-old that some things were just plain wrong, and using deadly force against students was one of them. Vietnam was a lot closer to home in Singapore, and always loomed large on the news.

At the RAF cinema, which was always a bit behind the times, we weren’t yet watching the big movies A Man Called Horse, but mum and dad went to see when they got hold of a copy, very much in line with the mood of the times as Native Americans were no longer just baddie injuns for cowboys to shoot dead at every opportunity in the movies. The Aristocats also came out, but for some reason we never got to see that one, leaving a Disney hole in my childhood experiences, ditto Bedknobs And Broomsticks. After that, there was only really the next animated movie (Robin Hood) before I stopped altogether until Robin Williams voiced Aladdin 20 years later.


12th May 1970

Yellow River gets it’s first week at number one, fab! Tom Jones is up to 9, keeping his run of top 10 singles of at least one a year intact, and it’s the dramatic Daughter Of Darkness. New at 3, though, it’s a record I was insanely mad on, Honey Come Back was a huge hit for Glen Campbell and even though in retrospect it’s not his best single by any means, it was sweetly touching, tuneful and popular, and I just became obsessed by the hook and by Glen Campbell. Some of mum and dad’s friends had an album by Glen with it on, so I got to hear it when we went round, and this became the album I most wanted for Christmas, so I could get my own copy of the single. When they bought me an Australian mash-up of tracks from his previous two albums I was disappointed to say the least (they couldn’t find a copy), though I’m glad they did as This Is Glen Campbell had Wichita Lineman, Galveston, By The Time I Get To Phoenix and was a bloody timelessly brilliant album – even if I’m probably one of few to own an existing copy of those track-listings.

In at 18, Up The Ladder To The Roof, and The Supremes return without Diana Ross. I’ll be honest, I saw the split as a good thing, Diana Ross solo records were fantastic, and the new Supremes line-up was also fantastic, both were releasing terrific singles throughout the early 70’s. Sadly, public perception is that the Supremes dies without Diana Ross, but that’s not true, they had some classic singles to come, easily among the best, and the new girls (along with Mary Wilson) were great singers – Jean Terrell and Cindy Birdsong. This again was a single I barely heard at all at the time, and didn’t pick up on properly until 1975 on “5 Years Ago” charts on the radio in the UK. I won’t mention the host DJ. He’s already poisoned enough childhood memories for a generation.

1 ( 2 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
2 ( 1 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
3 ( NEW ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
4 ( 3 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
5 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 8 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
7 ( 6 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
8 ( 4 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
9 ( 10 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
10 ( 7 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 9 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
12 ( 15 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
13 ( 11 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
14 ( 18 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
15 ( 12 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
16 ( 13 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
17 ( 14 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
18 ( NEW ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
19 ( 16 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
20 ( 19 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin


19th May 1970

Glen Campbell gets his first number one, Honey Come Back, the only record in the summer of ’70 that I was more mad on is in at 3, Ray Stevens Everything Is Beautiful. Ray up to this point was largely known for novelty hits in the States, but was little-known in the UK even though some of them were rather amusing, such as Gitarzan. He also had dabbled with some straight songs though, like Mr. Businessman, but this gospel-flavoured kiddie-chorused, religious-tinted ballad propelled him into the big league. These days it’s seen as too saccharine to get much airplay, but I care not a jot – for some years into the late 70’s this was my all-time favourite record: the kids chorus start gave me goosebumps, the positive sentiment registered strongly with me, and the big choir finish was music to my ears. Plus it was a big family fave in Singapore, and I just hear it blaring out from the house one exotic sunny tropical morning into the street and garden as dad turned it up loud on the radio. Bliss!

In at 8 another Singapore fave, but one that left me frustrated: Butterscotch and Don’t You Know, one of those White Plains soundalike pop bands featuring songwriters Arnold, Martin and Morrow – who went on to write for Guys And Dolls, Barry Manilow, and others. It had a great tune, but I woke up one morning while dreaming of this song I’d never heard in my life before, as far as I was aware, only to go into the living room and switch the radio on and hear it suddenly coming out of the speakers. Now either I am psychic (nah, just perceptive) or I guess someone in a neighbouring house must have put the radio on accidentally loudly which interrupted my dream enough to wake me up, and I just managed to catch half of it on the radio. Or did I, doo doo doo doo Twilight Zone! Anyway, I sang the tune to myself for weeks and months afterwards but I never did get to hear it again, despite loving it, until I found a copy of the single in 1975, second-hand. Hooray! OK it was dated by then, but still pleasant.

At 15, The Jackson 5 have a soundalike, much-less-good, follow-up to I Want You Back, my least-fave of all their early singles, but hey-ho, still good and marvel at young Michael. In at 18, an instrumental novelty (sort of) the fab Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe, a cover of a Wind featuring Tony Orlando B side (without Tony Orlando), Elton John was involved, Dick James music was involved, and Elton John band musicians were involved. You might say it was Elton John’s breakthrough (on the other tracks which he wrote – his piano was re-recorded for the A side). You might not. I say yes, as Reg was busy singing Top Of The Pops cover album tracks of current hits at the time. Anyway it still sounds great fun and quirky. Finally, at 20, Marvin Gaye is back with a cover of Dion’s recent US hit Abraham Martin And John, done in a soul-style rather than folk-style, a tribute of course to Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr and John Kennedy, violently murdered American political leaders.

1 ( 3 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
2 ( 2 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
3 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
4 ( 1 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
5 ( 4 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana

6 ( 6 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
7 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
9 ( 9 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
10 ( 7 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum

11 ( 8 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
12 ( 12 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
13 ( 14 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
14 ( 10 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
15 ( NEW ) ABC The Jackson 5

16 ( 18 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
17 ( 15 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
18 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
19 ( 16 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
20 ( NEW ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye

me wallowing beach near Changi 1970ish

me wallowing beach near Changi 1970ish


26th May 1970

2 weeks for Glen and his Honey on top. Sweet! The Jackson 5 make it 2 consecutive top 10’s, Mr Bloe grooves his way to 10, and The Beach Boys enter at 15 with an old Lead Belly blues song from 1940, Cottonfields being a rather different harmony version and pretty much drawing to a close the Beach Boys classic Capitol years and the hits after an awesome 8 year run. Ahead lay a succession of comebacks over nearly 45 years, some better than others, some solo, some collaborations, some new stuff, some covers, and even after the deaths of 2 of the Wilson Brothers. Not quite as great as the 60’s classics, but never bad.

1 ( 1 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
2 ( 3 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
3 ( 2 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
4 ( 4 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
5 ( 8 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
6 ( 5 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
7 ( 7 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 15 ) ABC The Jackson 5
9 ( 6 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
10 ( 18 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe

11 ( 9 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
12 ( 10 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
13 ( 13 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
14 ( 11 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
15 ( NEW ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
16 ( 12 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
17 ( 20 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye
18 ( 14 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
19 ( 16 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
20 ( 17 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder

In Singapore, the end of term wasn’t far off and English was all about preparing for the end of term play. Mum had to get involved in making a middle-eastern Sinbad-type-frock-smock for me to stand on stage looking and feeling stupid, chanting some lines as part of a chorus, and a couple on my own. Mum and dad travelled over to RAF Seletar one evening to watch it, and I’m sure mum was proud as punch she never criticised only encouraged school stuff I did. It was my first taste of being on stage in front of an audience, a very shy boy, and I made sure it was the last time for another 16 years! My next audience of adoring fans was on national Radio One on the Roadshow in Bournemouth. May as well look an idiot in front of as many folk as possible if you’re going to do it…!