There are eight climbers in my September 2018 chart – and one of the biggest is the new, and 234th, number one. July’s Chartbuster and August’s highest new entry races up thirteen places to the top for 22-year-old singer/songwriter Angele van Laeken, as “Je Veux Tes Yeux” becomes the second song in French to reach pole position this year. The only other newcomer last time, the very belated second success for Brotherhood of Man, climbs fourteen places to number 26, making “Beautiful Lover” this month’s Rapid Riser – while there are an impressive eight brand new entries. The highest, arriving at number ten, is “Romantic” - last month’s Chartbuster, and potentially a second chart-topper, for Hooverphonic – while two others make their debuts inside the top twenty. Three decades ago, Man Two Man Meets Man Parrish peaked at number 25 with “Male Stripper” – but a remake of this by Purple Disco Machine, “Dished”, instantly improves on that by eight places. Three spots lower, number 20 is the entry position for one of the biggest selling, most streamed songs of 2018 – “One Kiss” by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa. It’s the third hit for the 34-year-old DJ and producer from Dumfries, Scotland, and the first not also involving Ellie Goulding. Perhaps an even more well known DJ, Avicii, gains a twelfth hit with “Without You”, one of his last releases before his death earlier this year. New at 31, it’s the second success in my chart featuring vocals by Sandro Cavazza – the first was “Beautiful Life”, one of two number ones by Lost Frequencies. The other, “Reality”, featured Janieck Devy – who now has a solo hit, “Does It Matter”, in at 36. Two of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest entries also sneak into the top forty – Belgium’s Sennek with “A Matter Of Time” at 38 and Moldova’s DoReDoS with “My Lucky Day” at 40 – while the final new entry is for someone who won the contest thirty-six years ago at the age of seventeen. Now a grandmother, but still releasing new albums almost every year, Nicole gets her thirty-second top forty entry. “Halt Dich Fest”, which only reached number 80 when originally released in 1998, now enters at number 36. Meanwhile, twenty-four tracks move down this month, including the longest laster from the Gilde Duo and the fastest faller by Ofenbach. “Muhle Im Schwarzwald” slides four places to number 19, making its fifteenth appearance, while “Be Mine” dives thirteen places to 39 after almost as long in the chart.
This month’s trawl through the archives for overlooked potential hits focuses once again on the year in which I originally discovered pop music – 1978. In the latter part of that year, Blondie, the Dooleys, the Motors, Olivia Newton-John and Dollar were doing well in the UK charts with “Picture This”, “A Rose Has To Die”, “Forget About You”, “Hopelessly Devoted To You” and “Shooting Star” respectively – and all of those now appear in the breakers for the first time, alongside five promising much more recent releases. Brazilian singer and producer MC Fioti has been charting all over the world with a variety of versions and remixes of “Bum Bum Tam Tam”, while the success of 53-year-old Dana Winner has been almost entirely in her Belgian homeland. Two out of her four previous breakers (and many, many single releases) have gone on to reach my top forty – and “Als Je Zingt”, a cover version of Tanita Tikaram’s “Good Tradition”, could become the third. “Faded”, “Alone” and “Sing Me To Sleep”, the three previous hits for Alan Walker were all former Chartbusters – but his latest offering is only the third highest new arrival in the breakers this time. That’s “Darkside”, featuring AU/RA and Tomine Harket. Just above that is the fifth breaker, and potentially the fifth hit, for Zedd – “Happy Now”, with vocals by American singer Elley Duhe. But the new Chartbuster, guaranteed to enter the top forty next time, will become the seventh hit for a 50-year-old DJ, remixer and producer from Turin, Italy. Two of the others, “Silence” and “The Summer Of Energy”, went all the way to number one in my chart much earlier this century – but, like all his other previous releases, did not dent the UK chart at all. However, this latest one, already topping the charts in some parts of continental Europe, has finally given him some significant success in the UK. Could the magic ingredient be the Lithuanian producer/remixer about which very little seems to be known? My Record of the Month for September 2018 is Dynoro and Gigi D’Agostino, with “In My Mind”.
10 [ 13 ] ONLY YOU Flying Pickets 12 [ 31 ] BETTER BEST FORGOTTEN Steps 14 [ 14 ] THEN HE KISSED ME Crystals 19 [ 37 ] FLUGZEUGE IM BAUCH Oli P 24 [ 24 ] BE MY BABY Ronettes 26 [ 29 ] BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder 27 [ 34 ] FLASHDANCE (WHAT A FEELING) Irene Cara 39 [ 00 ] HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
What a lovely song by Olivia Newton-John, I re-discovered it a few weeks ago!
Benny wrote: HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
What a lovely song by Olivia Newton-John, I re-discovered it a few weeks ago!
Thanks again, Benny - this is the seventh breaker for her, four of the others having reached the top forty:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN in CZB'S Top 40 ------- As at August 2018 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 01 0813 06 08 1978 11 SUMMER NIGHTS (with John Travolta) 02 1166 09 08 1990 30 THE GREASE MEGAMIX (with John Travolta) 03 2202 19 04 1978 34 A LITTLE MORE LOVE 04 2371 34 03 1980 52 XANADU (with Electric Light Orchestra) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Now, there were an unusually high number of new entries in this month's chart - eight - but, in years gone by, there were occasions on which many more than that arrived all at once ! And an example can be seen in the first retro chart for September - going back to when I was twenty-two old, beginning my second year of full-time work, and also studying hard for the first of my professional exams. Meanwhile, I discovered a lot of impressive new singles, many of them from the charts of continental Europe. Thirty-two years ago, this is the music I was enjoying:
03 02 07 BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking ## 09 11 05 IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS Bangles 19 08 04 JUST LIKE THAT Gemini ## 22 ---- 01 THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe 23 ---- 01 TI SENTO Matia Bazar 27 36 03 CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgeway 35 13 11 THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush ## 49 42 03 LIVE TO TELL Madonna
'Live to Tell' is beautiful, one of Madonna's best! What was her most successful song on your chart?
Thanks again, Benny - perhaps surprisingly, "Live To Tell" was one of Madonna's least successful hits on my chart. Generally her later works, and some of the less successful songs in the UK, fared better. Here's the full ranking of her twenty-nine chart entries:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MADONNA in CZB'S Top 40 ------- As at September 2018 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 01 0580 04 08 1994 10 TAKE A BOW 02 0722 06 08 1989 23 DEAR JESSIE 03 0754 04 08 2009 17 CELEBRATION 04 0760 06 08 2005 15 SORRY 05 0865 06 08 2005 19 HUNG UP 06 0929 07 08 2008 26 GIVE IT 2 ME 07 0942 04 11 2014 29 GHOSTTOWN 08 0987 07 14 2014 31 LIVING FOR LOVE 09 0994 10 09 2000 28 WHAT IT FEELS LIKE FOR A GIRL 10 1029 07 07 1995 25 VERAS / YOU'LL SEE
11 1176 19 09 1990 31 HANKY PANKY 12 1285 06 08 1998 22 THE POWER OF GOODBYE 13 1370 10 07 1998 25 LITTLE STAR 14 1436 14 06 2012 26 GIRL GONE WILD 15 1439 16 09 2005 34 JUMP 16 1499 13 08 2003 34 HOLLYWOOD 17 1502 14 06 2008 37 MILES AWAY 18 1538 09 06 2005 36 GET TOGETHER 19 1629 09 04 1999 28 BEAUTIFUL STRANGER
20 1669 17 06 2011 44 GIVE ME ALL YOUR LUVIN' (with M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj) 21 1875 20 04 1994 50 HUMAN NATURE 22 2034 20 03 1996 58 DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA 23 2055 27 08 2003 44 NOTHING FAILS 24 2383 23 04 1998 43 NOTHING REALLY MATTERS 25 2515 35 04 2000 75 AMAZING 26 2582 36 03 2003 54 LOVE PROFUSION 27 2627 42 03 1986 85 LIVE TO TELL 28 2702 39 03 1998 49 FROZEN 29 2710 40 03 1992 62 THIS USED TO BE MY PLAYGROUND ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
CZB wrote:Thanks again, Benny - perhaps surprisingly, "Live To Tell" was one of Madonna's least successful hits on my chart. Generally her later works, and some of the less successful songs in the UK, fared better.
That's quite a surprise! I prefer her 80s and 90s songs to her later songs, though their are a few exceptions.
I like most of the songs from your list:
01 0580 04 08 1994 10 TAKE A BOW 03 0754 04 08 2009 17 CELEBRATION 05 0865 06 08 2005 19 HUNG UP 07 0942 04 11 2014 29 GHOSTTOWN 10 1029 07 07 1995 25 VERAS / YOU'LL SEE 12 1285 06 08 1998 22 THE POWER OF GOODBYE 14 1436 14 06 2012 26 GIRL GONE WILD 16 1499 13 08 2003 34 HOLLYWOOD 17 1502 14 06 2008 37 MILES AWAY 21 1875 20 04 1994 50 HUMAN NATURE 22 2034 20 03 1996 58 DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA 23 2055 27 08 2003 44 NOTHING FAILS 24 2383 23 04 1998 43 NOTHING REALLY MATTERS 27 2627 42 03 1986 85 LIVE TO TELL 28 2702 39 03 1998 49 FROZEN 29 2710 40 03 1992 62 THIS USED TO BE MY PLAYGROUND
Thanks again, Benny - looking back, I didn't really rate much of Madonna's earliest work at all. "Live To Tell" was actually the first of her singles to reach my chart - and "Dear Jessie" was the second, more than three years later. Of the eleven singles in between them, only "Like A Prayer" was a breaker - and of the ten that came before "Live To Tell", the only one I bought was "Material Girl" !
Now, this month's "recent" retro year was one in which Madonna "celebrated" her joint highest peak on my chart. Since I posted this annual list the first time, only Agnes Obel has added a new hit - and it went all the way to number one! - and the Asteroids Galaxy Tour had a belated breaker (when their album was eventually released on vinyl!). So there's very little change to the hits and breakers - but I've added in all of my other purchases from the year in question. Once again, in many cases I'm now thinking, "why did I buy this?" - although if my recent difficulties in finding impressive new releases continue, some of them could be brought into the breakers in the months and years ahead. Nine years ago, this is the music I was enjoying . . . . .
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CZB'S TRACKS OF 2009 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
01 03 10 STEREO LOVE Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina ## 02 01 11 A NIGHT LIKE THIS Caro Emerald ## 07 02 09 BAD ROMANCE Lady GaGa 11 01 09 ALEJANDRO (DON'T CALL MY NAME) Lady GaGa 17 04 08 CELEBRATION Madonna 27 08 09 FIREFLIES Owl City 30 07 07 HOLLYWOOD Marina and the Diamonds 32 06 07 SHE WOLF / LOBA Shakira 50 21 06 BULLETPROOF La Roux 65 38 03 NEED YOU NOW Lady Antebellum 67 62 ---- YOUR LOVE IS MY DRUG Ke$ha 77 83 ---- MY LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU Kelly Clarkson 82 89 ---- LOVE ETC. Pet Shop Boys 84 91 ---- DIRTY TALK Wynter Gordon 89 95 ---- EVACUATE THE DANCEFLOOR Cascada 90 96 ---- TIK TOK Ke$ha 94 101 -- FAIRYTALE Alexander Rybak 98 102 -- RUSSIAN ROULETTE Rihanna 104 110 - HEY, SOUL SISTER Train 107 112 - TI SENTO Scooter 113 120 - BAD BOYS Alexandra Burke featuring Pitbull
I like all these!
CZB wrote:113 120 - BAD BOYS Alexandra Burke featuring Pitbull
Wasn't Flo Rida the featured rapper on this and not Pitbull?
CZB wrote:113 120 - BAD BOYS Alexandra Burke featuring Pitbull
Wasn't Flo Rida the featured rapper on this and not Pitbull?
Ah . . . . . you're right, of course ! It looks as if this must have been wrong in some, most or all of my files ever since its release - I'll need to make the necessary corrections at some point.
I suppose this also reveals that I sometimes find it difficult to tell the difference between featured rappers - and, more often than not, I rather feel that the songs would be better without them . . . . .
Now, here's the second monthly retro chart for September - and the first one, just over a year since I had begun compiling a monthly chart, in which there was a new entry at number one. I was sixteen years old, in my first month in the sixth form at school, and only studying subjects I actually wanted to ! Another improvement was that all the school bullies and disruptive elements had finally left, hopefully finding other outlets for their thuggish tendencies. And I was enjoying the chart show of the UK on Sunday afternoons - while the Irish one was temporarily off air, but was about to return! Thirty-eight years ago - before, I suspect the vast majority of UKmix members were born ! - this was the music I was listening to . . . . .
09 13 05 WHAT'S ANOTHER YEAR? Johnny Logan 13 09 12 IF I SAID YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL BODY Bellamy Brothers ## 14 21 02 FEELS LIKE I'M IN LOVE Kelly Marie 23 18 09 COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers 29 ---- 01 D.I.S.C.O. Ottawan
I like all these, especially Johnny Logan's ESC winner. Did his other ESC winner, 'Hold Me Now' from 1987, also enter your chart?
I wonder why they didn't manage to at least score a minor hit in the U.S.
I've never really followed the US charts at all - I did try briefly, probably at around the time Ottawan were having massive success in the UK and most of Europe. But it seemed to be a different genre of music that was finding favour there - not the kind that I really liked. I don't think much Euro pop or Euro dance was ever finding its way there - certainly nowhere near the top end.
Benny wrote:I like all these, especially Johnny Logan's ESC winner. Did his other ESC winner, 'Hold Me Now' from 1987, also enter your chart?
It did - but only for one month, and during the period in which my chart was a top fifty ! "Hold Me Now" was at number 45 in my chart of August 1987 - much less successful than "What's Another Year", which stayed in for nine months and peaked at number nine.
Although I don't think any of them travelled any further than Ireland, he had nine other top thirty hits there. The only one I believe I'd have the slightest chance of recognising if I heard it again now would be his cover version of one of 10cc's biggest successes - "I'm Not In Love".
CZB wrote:Although I don't think any of them travelled any further than Ireland, he had nine other top thirty hits there. The only one I believe I'd have the slightest chance of recognising if I heard it again now would be his cover version of one of 10cc's biggest successes - "I'm Not In Love".
Interesting, I always thought that he was a two-hit wonder!
There are fourteen climbers in this month’s chart – the greatest number for more than a year – and the Rapid Riser is the brand new, and 235th, number one. Although there is a different lead vocalist, with Luka Cruysberghs having replaced Noemie Wolfs, it’s the second chart-topper for Belgian group Hooverphonic, who were previously in pole position back in June 2011 with “Anger Never Dies”. “Romantic” races up nine places to the top – while three of the other upwardly mobile hits this time advance eight places each. Henry Mancini’s theme from the “Pink Panther” movies becomes the latest release from the 1960s to reach the top twenty, more than fifty years after it was recorded, as it moves from 23 to 15 – but the other two big movers are much more recent releases. Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa go from 20 to 12 with their worldwide smash “One Kiss” - and Purple Disco Machine’s remake of Man Two Man Meets Man Parrish’s “Male Stripper” zooms from 17 to number nine. “Dished” isn’t the only new arrival in the top ten, however - as the most impressive of this month’s three brand new entries makes its debut one place higher for Dynoro and Gigi D’Agostino. Also spending a fortnight so far at number eight in the UK, “in My Mind” is the first ever hit there for the young Lithuanian producer and much older Italian DJ, singer and remixer – although the latter has had six previous successes in my top forty, including number ones with “Silence” and “The Summer Of Energy”.
The Russian/German DJ, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Anton Zaslavski has never reached number one in my chart – but has come pretty close with all four of his previous hits. For that is Zedd, who previously peaked at number two with “Clarity”, number three with “Stay The Night”, number four with “Break Free”, and most recently number four again with “I Want You To Know”. I’m not sure whether he operates a deliberate policy of only working once with any female vocalist, but all of these featured different singers – Jameela Jamil-lookalike Foxes, Paramore’s Hayley Williams, accolade-gathering Ariana Grande, and dance pop singer/actress Selena Gomez. His fifth hit, Happy Now”, is new at number 24, and features a much less well-known performer - singer/songwriter Elley Duhé, who was born in Alabama in 1992 but is now based in Los Angeles. That has already reached the top ten in the Netherlands, and is ascending the charts in other countries too – while an unusual release by Brazilian singer and producer MC Fioti, which has already had major success in France and Spain, sneaks in at 40. "Bum Bum Tam Tam" samples a Bach composition, “Partita In A Minor”, adding such truly inspring lyrics as:
Vai com o bum bum tam tam, Vem com o bum bum tam tam Vai mexe o bum bum tam tam, Vem desce o bum bum tam tam Vai mexe o bum bum tam tam, Vem desce o bum bum, Vai com o bum bum Vem com o bum bum (com o bum bum, com o bum bum)
Meanwhile, the Gilde Duo needed no lyrics at all to spend sixteen months in my top forty – they arrived in July 2017, then climbed in twelve consecutive months to an eventual peak of number six, But “Muhle Im Schwarzwald” is now making a much quicker descent - diving ten places to number 29, that’s the fastest faller as well as the longest laster, among twenty-three hits on the way down this time. And it’s a most disappointing month for new music – with absolutely no eligible potential hits arriving in the breakers. The only track appearing there for the first time is a previously overlooked release from 1982, “Margate”. This was only a minor hit in the UK for pop rock/folk duo Chas and Dave – and returning alongside it are their six former successes in my top forty. Any or all of “In Sickness And In Health”, “Rabbit”, “Snooker Loopy”, “Wish I Could Write A Love Song”, “When Two Worlds Collide” and their biggest seller “Ain’t No Pleasing You” could re-enter the chart in the months ahead, following the sad death in the last fortnight of Chas Hodges, at the age of 74. But guaranteed a place in the next top forty is the highest climber into the top 100 of the extended chart. Moving from 101 to 61 on its way to becoming his fourth consecutive hit, and indeed his fourth consecutive Chartbuster, my Record of the Month for October 2018 features AU/RA and Tomine Harket. It’s Alan Walker, with “Darkside”.
08 [ 10 ] ONLY YOU Flying Pickets 13 [ 19 ] FLUGZEUGE IM BAUCH Oli P 15 [ 26 ] BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder 19 [ 27 ] FLASHDANCE (WHAT A FEELING) Irene Cara 20 [ 23 ] ANNIE'S SONG James Galway 21 [ 24 ] BE MY BABY Ronettes 28 [ 39 ] HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
I've completely lost interest in current music, that's why I only like the older songs
Thanks again, Benny - yes, the state of current music just seems to be becoming more and more desperate. Nothing at all "new" impressed me last month, and there's nothing yet this month either. Such a decline since the retro years - of which this is the first for October. Twenty-eight years ago, I was entering the second half of a six-month secondment to London, and enjoying these hits from the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and other parts of continental Europe :
Now, halfway through another month, time for a trip to the (relatively) recent past as I update and expand a full annual chart. Continuing to move back one year every month, it's now 2008 - and I must admit that it doesn't feel like ten years since some of these were in my chart (plus, in most cases, sales and downloads charts around Europe). Of course, several stuck around until 2009 or even later, but still . . . . . Only one new hit and one new breaker from 2008 have arrived since I previously covered this year - but, as with other more recent years already featured, there were several other CD single purchases that I haven't mentioned before. And, as it becomes more and more difficult to find promising newer releases to include in the breakers nowadays, perhaps some of them will still get there in the months and years ahead !
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CZB'S TRACKS OF 2008 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
01 01 05 HIJO DE LA LUNA Mecano ## 03 02 06 WHAT'S A WOMAN? Vaya Con Dios 05 10 03 TONIGHT New Kids On The Block 09 21 02 SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee 14 06 06 BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue 19 ---- 01 A LITTLE TIME The Beautiful South [Strongest Starter] ## 27 ---- 01 RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Jason Donovan 35 Re 08 FROM A DISTANCE Nanci Griffith 43 41 03 RELEASE ME Wilson Phillips 45 Re 03 OHNE DICH (SCHLAF' ICH HEUT NACHT NICHT EIN) Munchener Freiheit 49 44 02 ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
'Hijo de la luna' is my favourite Spanish song ever!
05 01 11 POKER FACE Lady GaGa 07 01 10 ELLA ELLE L'A Kate Ryan 09 03 09 WARWICK AVENUE Duffy 12 06 09 RELEASE ME Agnes ## 14 05 09 JUNGLE DRUM Emiliana Torrini 19 04 09 PJANOO Eric Prydz 22 03 08 HUMAN Killers 37 14 06 MILES AWAY Madonna 58 40 03 KIDS Mgmt 74 92 ---- DISCO LIES Moby 122 --- - FORGIVE ME Leona Lewis ++ xx
'Pjanoo' is the track, man, this is among the dance anthems of 2008. Wonderful entries are 'Listen To The Voice Inside', 'Skankin', 'Live Your Life', 'Feel the Rush', 'Unforgivable', 'Forgive Me'. I like most of Gaga's songs here, except 'Lovegame' (this hit is great the way it is sung), in their remix versions, the original ones are way too boring.
Benny wrote:05 10 03 TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
Several of the singles you picked out from October 1990 were, for me, by one-hit wonders - perhaps surprisingly, including this one ! Although New Kids On The Block had many other successes in the charts of the UK, Germany and elsewhere, "Tonight" was the only one that ever impressed me. It was on its way to a peak of number two, and a very good 160 in my all-time list.
Benny wrote:37 14 06 MILES AWAY Madonna
It's a real mystery to me how this flopped so badly in the UK - after over sixty hits, all of them reaching the top twenty, this could only get to number 39 even though it seemed to be well up to the standard of those that had made the top ten a few months or a couple of years earlier . . . . .
Top10 wrote:'Pjanoo' is the track, man, this is among the dance anthems of 2008. Wonderful entries are 'Listen To The Voice Inside', 'Skankin', 'Live Your Life', 'Feel the Rush', 'Unforgivable', 'Forgive Me'.
I suspect that some of the later ones you mentioned are relatively less well known on UKMix - and indeed in the UK, where they weren't hits ! But "Pjanoo" certainly did deservedly well - number two in the UK, some good peaks elsewhere too.
heppolo wrote:68 80 ---- C'EST BEAU LA BOURGEOISIE Discobitch
Oh, I have vivid memories of this. It's nice.
I discovered this one in the Belgian Ultratop 50, during its first year on MNM radio. I was a little surprised when it turned out to be the biggest selling hit of 2009 there that didn't reach number one - I thought that was more likely to be Paul and Fritz Kalkbrenner's "Sky And Sand". However, they were side by side at eight and nine in that country's chart of the year :
Back now to a much better time for music, thirty-four years ago. I was twenty years old, beginning my final year at university, and enjoying the hits from the charts of the UK, Ireland, the Netherland and other parts of Europe. Especially . . . . . these !
06 02 05 TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper 08 05 09 GUARDIAN ANGEL / JENSEITS VON EDEN / LA VALLE DELL'EDEN Nino De Angelo 17 29 02 THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba 18 17 03 THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange 21 21 12 JAPANESE BOY Aneka 31 40 02 CASSANDRA Abba 32 ---- 01 I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder [Strongest Starter] ## 43 ---- 01 NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl 44 44 20 JUST AN ILLUSION - BZN [Longest Laster]
I like all these! The Italian version of 'Guardian Angel' is definitely my favourite one.