There are three non-movers in my new chart this month – and those are the top three, as neither “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man or “Katchi” from Ofenbach vs Nick Waterhouse can overtake French singer Louane. She stays at number one for a third month with “Si T’etais La”. Perhaps the strongest challenger to replace that next time is the one and only new entry – last month’s Chartbuster, unusually, was an instrumental originally recorded almost thirty years ago, and now Rondo Veneziano arrive at number eight with “San Marco”. That instantly becomes their biggest hit - because their only previous one, “La Serenissima”, peaked at number eighteen. An even older recording is the joint highest of ten climbers this time – Champagne move up from 28 to 21 with “Rock And Roll Star”, sharing the title of Rapid Riser with Ed Sheeran. He ascends into the top ten, going from 13 to six with the song that recently topped the charts in many different countries, “Perfect”. And, bizarrely, three releases from the 1970s which made belated debuts in my top forty in March 2017 are all still around to become the joint longest lasters. Falling just one place each, those are “The Pushbike Song” by the Mixtures at 37, “Oh Boy” from Brotherhood Of Man at 39, and Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn” at 40. Twenty-three other tracks on the way down include Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello with “Bad Things”, this month’s fastest faller – that dives eight places to number 29.
As the existence of recent releases that have the potential to become future hits becomes as much of a problem as their availability in physical formats – even in countries in which these still remain relatively popular – this month’s search through the archives focuses on a period just before I was born. Seven singles from the early 1960s now have their chances of entering my top forty in the months ahead. Three of them are instrumentals – the theme for the “Pink Panther” films by Henry Mancini, the signature tune from the police drama series “Z Cars” from Johnny Keating, and the rock version of a Tschaikovsky composition from B. Bumble and the Stingers, “Nut Rocker”. They are joined by girl groups the Ronettes and the Crystals, with “Then He Kissed Me” and “Be My Baby” respectively – two songs which previously reached my chart together as a medley by Rachel Sweet – and two further releases that might be described as “novelty” in nature. From Benny Hill, there’s “Pepys’ Diary”, and from the Singing Nun, “Dominique”. However, guaranteed a place in my top forty next month as the new Chartbuster is a song from an album released last year that may or may not be an official single – as it is currently charting in some countries only, alongside another track from the same album that seems to have received much greater promotion and attracted much more airplay, despite its lyrics being unnecessarily crude. Proving that she is capable of much more pleasant songs without the need for vulgarity, the 22-year-old London-born singer-songwriter and model who recently won two “Brit Awards” for being the year’s best “British Female Solo Act” and “British Breakthrough Act” is about to have her second hit in my top forty. The first was “Be The One”, which spent eleven months there and peaked at number nine. My Record of the Month for April 2018 is Dua Lipa, with “Homesick”.
30 29 09 STORY OF A HEART Steps 31 30 11 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps
TOP 40 BREAKERS:
03 [ 06 ] GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Sailor 04 [ 04 ] BACARDI FEELING Kate Yanai 05 [ 05 ] ELLA ELLE L'A France Gall 07 [ 08 ] DREAMS Cranberries 08 [ 09 ] MUSIC John Miles 09 [ 13 ] DESENCHANTEE Mylene Farmer 11 [ 27 ] EVERY TIME Munchener Freiheit 12 [ 12 ] ST. ELMO'S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr 14 [ 35 ] THE CARNIVAL IS OVER Seekers 15 [ 40 ] DA DOO RON RON Crystals 22 [ 22 ] I LOVE TO LOVE Tina Charles 23 [ 24 ] LOSING MY RELIGION R.E.M. 24 [ 26 ] THE BEST Tina Turner 25 [ 28 ] ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan 26 [ 31 ] I'M ON FIRE - 5,000 Volts 39 [ 00 ] BE MY BABY Ronettes 40 [ 00 ] THEN HE KISSED ME Crystals
Thanks again, Benny - I think some of these are more likely to make it into the top forty than the more recent releases that are also there !
Now, just one retro monthly chart for April - but the chart of the year 2015 is also on the way, a little later in the month. When I was twenty-one years old, in my first year of the seven I spent in full-time employment, this was the music I was enjoying from the wide range of charts from all around Europe I was tuning into, and from singles released a few years earlier that I had only recently managed to obtain :
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: