01 12 06 THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush ## 06 08 03 CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross 08 17 02 MANIC MONDAY Bangles 09 10 02 BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking ## 13 21 02 WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits 14 14 04 MEDLEY 1985 - Village People 22 24 02 DESTINY Jennifer Rush 27 23 07 VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR Buggles 33 36 02 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Sandra 34 34 05 HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Bonnie Tyler 37 25 06 SPANISH EDDIE Laura Branigan 40 40 09 TARZAN BOY Baltimora 47 35 07 (I'LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA / PARTY GAMES Sandra ## 49 39 06 TAKE ON ME A-ha
Thanks again Benny - and most of those ones are still often played on the radio nowadays, thirty-two years on. I wonder if many rather more current hits will continue to be heard as much in decades ahead . . . . .
Now, it's time to look back on a much less impressive year than 1986, revisiting a twelve-month period from the rather more recent past. 2015 is that year - and the number of tracks I liked and bought reduced considerably from the eighty-six featured from 2014 last month. Just thirty-one 2015 releases reached my monthly top forty . . . nineteen more didn't make it through the breakers . . . and there were only four others that I bought that I didn't regard as quite good enough to list there. So, a total of a mere fifty-four. And here they are !
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Years And Years had previously gone a bit nearer to my top forty with their feature on "Sunlight" by The Magician, but nothing else of theirs has impressed me since "King".
Such a success in various continental charts, I was surprised that the Imany track did nothing at all in the UK. It managed, however, to spend sixteen weeks in the top 100 in Ireland - but only reached a peak of number 54 there.
CZB wrote:Such a success in various continental charts, I was surprised that the Imany track did nothing at all in the UK. It managed, however, to spend sixteen weeks in the top 100 in Ireland - but only reached a peak of number 54 there.
Yes, that surprised me as well, I was so sure that it would become huge in the UK!
It is unusual, but not completely unprecedented, for singles to reach number one in my top forty more than a decade after their original release. Vicky Leandros was the first to achieve this, as her 1972 Eurovision winner “Apres Toi” became my number one in April 1983. Then, in December 1994, Luv’ went to the top with “Ooh Yes I Do” from 1979. Kimera had her second and third number ones with “Opera Express” and “Marching Forever” in 1995 and 1996, just over ten years after they were recorded - and in February 1997, Arabesque topped the chart with their 1981 single “In For A Penny”. Four months later, the new number one was “Minuetto Allegretto” by the Wombles – twenty-three years after it was first released ! BZN couldn’t quite match that delay with their 1990 album track “Goodbye” - which was released as their final single seventeen years later, and entered my top forty at number one in June 2007 – but my new, and 232nd, number one sets a new record for the track that took the longest to reach the top. Thirty-eight years on from its first release in 1980, my new number one was March’s Chartbuster and April’s highest (indeed, only) new entry. Climbing seven places to pole position is the Italian chamber orchestra Rondo Veneziano, with “San Marco”. That’s one of just eight climbers this month – and three more of the biggest are also back-catalogue tracks. Raffaella Carra and Champagne move up six places each to 11 and 15 with “Fatalita” and “Rock And Roll Star” respectively, while the Rapid Riser comes from Chas and Dave. “One Fing ‘N’ Anuvver” ascends eight places to number 26. Still climbing in their eleventh appearance, from nine to eight, are the Gilde Duo with “Muhle Im Schwarzwald” – and Kesha moves back up one spot to 13 with “Praying”. Meanwhile, Fatima Yahama reaches the top ten with “Araya”, up six places to number nine – and Ed Sheeran could be a challenger for next month’s number one. His massive sales and streaming success “Perfect” rises from six to three. Another challenger might be the second success for Dua Lipa – last month’s Chartbuster “Homesick” is the higher by far of two brand new entries. It arrives at number 14, while the Seekers sneak in at number forty with “The Carnival Is Over”. Their time in the top forty is over for Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn” and Brotherhood Of Man’s “Oh Boy” – but another very old song remains the longest laster for the Mixtures. “The Pushbike Song” falls two places to number 39, in its fifteenth month. Twenty-two other hits are on the way down this time – the fastest faller is the former number one from Earl, “Tongue Tied”, which dives seven places to number 27 – and there are seven non-movers.
One of the most successful hit-makers ever in my chart – even though all of his breakers were in the present decade – was Avicii. Tim Bergling, born in Stockholm, Sweden on 8th September 1989 went on to become one of the world’s most famous DJs and record producers – but had various health problems and difficulties coping with the pressures of his career. Following his death this month at the age of twenty-eight, his family issued a statement suggesting that he may have committed suicide: “He really fought a battle with thoughts about the meaning of life and happiness. Now he could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace." All fifteen of his previous breakers return – including the very first one, “Bromance” (credited to “Tim Berg”) and “Blessed” (by “Tom Hangs featuring Shermanology”). Several of the others were downloaded, streamed and purchased millions of times – including “Hey Brother”, “Levels” and “Wake Me Up”, which are among those currently making the most impressive re-entries in official charts around the world. All five mentioned so far reached my top five – as did “Addicted To You”, “I Could Be The One”, “Last Dance”, “Waiting For Love” and the number one “Collide / Fade Into Darkness / Penguin”. “Silhouettes” peaked at number 17, while “For A Better Day”, “The Nights”, “Without You” and “You Make Me” didn’t reach the top forty – but may yet do so. Meanwhile, there are just two brand new breakers this month, neither of them sung in English. Twenty-two-year-old Belgian singer and pianist Angèle Van Laeken is doing well in the charts of her homeland with “Je Veux Tes Yeux” – but the new Chartbuster, guaranteed to enter my top forty next time, is a collaboration between a Dutch group and a Belgian vocalist. Although it has not yet travelled elsewhere, it seems quite likely that it will be one of the most successful hits of this year in both Holland and Belgium, having spent ten weeks at number one in the former and six weeks at number one in the latter. My Record of the Month for May 2018 is Bløf featuring Geike Arnaert, and “Zoutelande”.
03 06 03 PERFECT Ed Sheeran 32 30 10 STORY OF A HEART Steps 33 31 12 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps
TOP 40 BREAKERS:
02 [ 08 ] MUSIC John Miles 05 [ 09 ] DESENCHANTEE Mylene Farmer 08 [ 15 ] DA DOO RON RON Crystals 10 [ 12 ] ST. ELMO'S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr 12 [ 00 ] COLLIDE / FADE INTO DARKNESS / PENGUIN (Leona Lewis and) Avicii ## 14 [ 00 ] LEVELS Avicii 19 [ 22 ] I LOVE TO LOVE Tina Charles 20 [ 25 ] ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan 25 [ 00 ] LAST DANCE Avicii 26 [ 00 ] HEY BROTHER Avicii 29 [ 00 ] WAKE ME UP Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc ## 35 [ 39 ] BE MY BABY Ronettes
While you and many other forum members have been charting his songs for quite some time, I didn't think he would ever come up with anything that impressed me - until this one ! It has really been growing on me in recent weeks/months. If it goes on to reach number one, it would be only the tenth UK chart-topper to get there on my chart too in nearly forty years . . . . .
heppolo wrote:01 08 02 SAN MARCO Rondo Veneziano
Oh, I remember this, it's now used so often in various ceremonies or official public meetings.
Interesting - I didn't know that . . . . .
cheapthrills wrote:What caused the resurgence for your #1?
. . . . . indeed, I wasn't aware of it at all until I discovered it quite by chance a couple of months ago, and felt that it was so much better than what I was hearing in the various current charts around Europe !
cheapthrills wrote:What's the difference between breakers and your top 40?
The top 40 is the main chart, and the breakers are the tracks that could be on the way there in the months ahead - the forty highest new arrivals, climbers or non-movers between 41 and 125. As soon as anything in that range moves down, it's excluded from the breakers. This is based pretty much on the Dutch "Tipparade" or the Belgian "Ultratip".
Benny wrote:12 [ 00 ] COLLIDE / FADE INTO DARKNESS / PENGUIN (Leona Lewis and) Avicii ## 14 [ 00 ] LEVELS Avicii 25 [ 00 ] LAST DANCE Avicii 26 [ 00 ] HEY BROTHER Avicii 29 [ 00 ] WAKE ME UP Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc ## I like all these!
cheapthrills wrote:I am very saddened by Avicii's death as well. I have been enjoy listening to his songs.
And the same seems to be true for many others buying and streaming music across the continent. Although the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK have chart rules preventing too many back catalogue re-entries - in the Netherlands, only the one most popular release in the chart week following the death is allowed to re-enter ("Wake Me Up") . . . . . in Belgium, no release more than two years old is allowed into the official chart . . . . . and in the UK, no more than three simultaneous hits are allowed for the same lead artist - his songs are certainly dominating the others. Six of the top forty in Denmark, nine of the top 100 in Switzerland, fourteen of the top 100 in Ireland, seven of the top 100 in Germany, seven of the top 100 in Italy - and I expect similar results elsewhere too.
Now, the first retro monthly chart for May - and, thirty-five years ago, I was eighteen years old and had just recently begun to listen regularly to the Dutch chart shows on Hilversum-3. As I was hearing so many great new tracks there, I decided to extend my chart from a top forty to a top fifty. This was, therefore, the longest chart to date - containing the singles I was enjoying all the way back in May 1983 . . . . .
Thanks again, Benny - it was indeed, and even though both "Juliet" and "Puttin' On The Ritz" were featured on "Top Of The Pops" in the UK as part of brief features on the Europarade, Taco's biggest success did even less here. As part of a double single with "Singin' In The Rain", it only spent one week in the UK top 100, at number 98 . . . . .
Now, it's time to look back on another much less impressive year than 1983, revisiting a twelve-month period from the very recent past. A month ago, I was only able to list fifty-four worthy tracks from 2015 - and the decline has just continued, with only forty-four from 2016. That includes ten tracks that appeared in the breakers but didn't go on into the top forty, and three others that I didn't even rate highly enough to list in the breakers - while there were exactly the same number of top forty hits from 2016 as there were in 2015, thirty-one. It's bizarre now to think that, in several of the 1980's years, there were almost a hundred singles charting ! Anyway, ten of those hits are still in my current top forty - so, unfortunately, this is not a finalised 2016 ranking yet. However, "Katchi" by Ofenbach is probably the only one likely to rise significantly from the position it currently occupies. All of the others are in the bottom half of May's chart, and are unlikely to add many more points before dropping out, even though the slow rate of movement at the moment may mean that it takes a while for them all to disappear. I will post an updated list for 2016 at some point after this has happened - but, for now, this is the way that depressingly poor year for music looks for me . . . . .
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CZB wrote:Thanks again, Benny - it was indeed, and even though both "Juliet" and "Puttin' On The Ritz" were featured on "Top Of The Pops" in the UK as part of brief features on the Europarade, Taco's biggest success did even less here. As part of a double single with "Singin' In The Rain", it only spent one week in the UK top 100, at number 98 . . . . .
I had no idea that 'Puttin' On The Ritz' flopped in the UK as well! But it was a hit in the US, in contrast to 'Juliet'.
2016 was one of my least favourite years ever in music. 'Rockabye' is by far the best song for me from your chart.
Thanks again, Benny - I felt "Rockabye" was somewhat better without Sean Paul rather than with him - but only one radio station that I regularly listened to agreed with me, as they always played the version with only Anne-Marie instead of the one everybody else was clearly preferring ! Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, the no-rap version hasn't been made available either on a single or on any compilation album . . . . .
Now, all the way back to a month in which there were an impressive eleven new entries - following a more enjoyable Eurovision Song Contest than those of most recent years. Twenty-eight years ago, I was twenty-five, and about to be sent to work in London for six months - and this was the music I was listening to in May 1990 :
14 ---- 01 WHAT'S A WOMAN? Vaya Con Dios 17 10 04 NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri ## 20 16 06 DEAR JESSIE Madonna 22 30 03 BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure 36 ---- 01 BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue 39 31 08 LAMBADA Kaoma ## 41 43 03 WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys 46 41 03 TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART Bonnie Tyler
Great to see Del Amitri, sadly they are quite forgotten nowadays! Did they have other entries on your chart?
Thanks again for the comments, Benny and cheapthrills . . . . .
Benny wrote:Great to see Del Amitri, sadly they are quite forgotten nowadays! Did they have other entries on your chart?
I was just thinking that all of their UK hits were probably in the previous century - but, checking just now, I see that the last one was in 2002. Eighteen in total there, but three of them didn't reach the top forty. And "Nothing Ever Happens" was the biggest - but the only one that entered my chart!
cheapthrills wrote:Oh dear, what happened? It sounds like the music wasn't correct the first time?
The music is very good, but the vocals are iffy. With better vocals, that would have been fire.
Probably not surprisingly, the vocals are better on the studio version released on the single! I think what happened was that the singers couldn't hear the backing track starting - and either weren't sure of the right point to begin singing, or realised that they weren't in the correct position in their stage routine when that moment came. But I believe another of the strengths of that song was its enormous instrumental intro - a full quarter of its length, forty-five seconds. Apparently no other Eurovision entry prior to this one had done this - although since then that record has been broken by the Slovenia song from 2009. Theirs had no singing at all for more than the first sixty seconds:
There are four non-movers in this month’s chart – and they include the instrumental “San Marco”, which spends a second month at number one for Rondo Veneziano. That’s one of twelve tracks in the top forty that originated in previous decades, although only one of the others is in the top ten – and it’s another instrumental. Still climbing in its twelfth appearance, “Muhle Im Schwarzwald” goes from eight to seven for the Gilde Duo – but two of the other eight upwardly mobile hits look like much stronger challengers to take over at the top next time. Ed Sheeran advances one place to number two with “Perfect”, while Dua Lipa achieves her biggest success so far in my chart with “Homesick”. Racing up eleven places to number three, that’s the joint Rapid Riser – also up eleven, to number 29, are the Seekers with “The Carnival Is Over”. Twenty-four tracks on the way down include “The Pushbike Song”, sliding one place to number 40 for the Mixtures, and the former number one by Blanche. “City Lights” is the fastest faller, diving eleven places to number 31. And there are three new entries. “Nut Rocker” by B Bumble and the Stingers, a number one hit in the UK in 1962 arrives at number 36, and six places higher is a release that came close to the top twenty ten years later – “Flirt” by Jonathan King. Successful much more recently in the Netherlands and Belgium – it was at number one for several weeks in both of these countries earlier this year – “Zoutelande” makes its debut at number 15 for Bløf featuring Geike Arnaert.
It is forty years since I first listened to a chart show on the radio. That was the Radio One Top Twenty, presented by Simon Bates – and ten hits from Spring 1978 now appear in the top forty breakers for the first time. Only three of the acts involved have already had other hits – Blondie, Brotherhood Of Man, and John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. “(I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear”, “Beautiful Lover” and “You’re The One That I Want” could become their fifth, second and third top forty entries in the months ahead. Another duet that might be chartbound is “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” from Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams – while one-hit wonders in the UK James Galway and Richard Myhill may also be belatedly successful with “Annie’s Song” and “It Takes Two To Tango” respectively. And there’s Andrew Gold with “Never Let Her Slip Away”, Lindisfarne with “Run For Home”, Manhattan Transfer with “On A Little Street In Singapore” and Showaddywaddy with “A Little Bit Of Soap”. Meanwhile, while most of the returning breakers by Avicii following his death last month move closer to the top forty again, there are no even slightly impressive recent releases that I have heard this month. Therefore, the new Chartbuster has to be the only climber into the 41-100 range from below it. Moving up from 102 to 90, but now guaranteed a place in next month’s top forty, is the most recent, and fifth, number one in his Belgian homeland for 24-year-old DJ and record producer Felix De Laet. My Record of the Month for June 2018 is Lost Frequencies and Zonderling, with “Crazy”.
29 40 02 THE CARNIVAL IS OVER Seekers [Rapid Riser] 37 32 11 STORY OF A HEART Steps 38 33 13 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps
TOP 40 BREAKERS:
02 [ 02 ] MUSIC John Miles 06 [ 12 ] COLLIDE / FADE INTO DARKNESS / PENGUIN (Leona Lewis and) Avicii ## 08 [ 14 ] LEVELS Avicii 10 [ 29 ] WAKE ME UP Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc ## 11 [ 26 ] HEY BROTHER Avicii 20 [ 20 ] ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan 22 [ 25 ] LAST DANCE Avicii 25 [ 35 ] BE MY BABY Ronettes 30 [ 36 ] THEN HE KISSED ME Crystals 35 [ 00 ] NEVER LET HER SLIP AWAY Andrew Gold 40 [ 00 ] YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
All my favourites are older songs except for the two Steps tunes. Did the dance remake of 'Never Let Her Slip Away' by Undercover enter your chart in 1992?
Thanks again, Benny. A lot of dance remakes made it into my charts in the 1990s and (especially) in the 2000s - but none by Undercover. Apart from "Never Let Her Slip Away", the only other big success I remembered them having in the UK was "Baker Street", a cover of another major 1978 hit - but, looking at their back catalogue just now, I see that they released several other versions of 1970s and early 1980s songs too.
Now, a retro chart from thirty-one years ago, and a month in which there were nine new entries - not an unusually high number back then ! I was twenty-three, in my second year of full-time work, and enjoying these tracks from the charts of all over Europe - including quite a few hits of earlier years that I was belatedly obtaining from contacts there discovered in adverts in "Record Collector".