I still hear "Part Time Lover" on the radio sometimes, "I Just Called To Say I Love You" maybe not quite so much . . . . . although I wonder if very many of the biggest sales and streaming successes in the charts of 2018 will continue to be played thirty or forty years later ! Returning now to another pretty dreadful month of the current year :
There are two non-movers in the penultimate chart of 2018 – and they’re right at the top, as Hooverphonic remain in pole position for a second month with “Romantic” and Angele’s former chart-topper “Je Veux Tes Yeux” stays in the runner-up spot. Completing a top three consisting entirely of former Chartbusters – for the third time this year, as it also happened in January and February – Dynoro and Gigi D’Agostino move up five places to number three with the Europe-wide smash “In My Mind”. The first success for the young Lithuanian and the eighth for the older Italian, it could give the latter his fourth number one – after “Silence”, “The Summer Of Energy” and “Soleado”. But there are two other strong contenders climbing into the top five – Purple Disco Machine with “Dished (Male Stripper)" advance five places to number four, while Zedd and Elley Duhe have this month’s Rapid Riser, racing up nineteen places to number five. “Happy Now” becomes the fifth consecutive top five hit for the Russian/German DJ, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter – each of them involving a different female singer! So far, however, the only one of the five who has reached my top forty without Zedd’s help is Hayley Williams – she peaked at number 22 with her group Paramore, and “Still Into You”. Seven other climbers this month include two battling to become the next single to reach my top ten more than forty years after their original release – Brotherhood Of Man are up from 20 to 14 with “Beautiful Lover”, and Henry Mancini goes from 15 to 11 with “The Pink Panther”. Nicole and Avicii featuring Sandro Cavazza continue to move closer to the top twenty with “Halt Dich Fest” and “Without You” respectively, and MC Fioti climbs five places to 35 - while Janieck and Sennek only manage one-place gains in their third appearances, with “Does It Matter” and “A Matter Of Time” landing at 30 and 32. Meanwhile, twenty-five hits are descending – including the longest laster from the Gilde Duo and the fastest faller by Axwell ^ Ingrosso. “Muhle Im Schwarzwald” slides from 29 to 33 in its seventeenth month in the top forty, while “More Than You Know” dives seven places to 39 in its fourteenth.
Three songs move into the top forty from the breakers – and the highest is the fourth consecutive Chartbuster for the 21-year-old DJ and record producer Alan Walker. “Faded” reached number one, while “Sing Me To Sleep” and “Alone” both ground to a halt at number 11. Now “Darkside”, featuring AU/RA and Tomine Harket, arrives at number 15. New at 38 is the third hit for Belgian singer Dana Winner – almost twenty-five years after the first! “De Oude Man En De Zee” peaked at number four at the beginning of 1994, while “Het Dorp” reached number 14 at the beginning of 2007 – and is now finally followed up by “Als Je Zingt”, a cover version of Tanita Tikaram’s “Good Tradition”. And a song that originally failed to make it through the breakers, only going as high as number 96 in 1998, now enters my top forty at number 31. That’s “Flugzeuge Im Bauch” by Oliver Alexander Reinhard Petszokat – or, as he is mercifully abbreviated, Oli P. Meanwhile, my search for undiscovered potential hits from years gone by focuses this time on 2001 – with Creamy’s version of “Never Ending Story”, Reamonn featuring Xavier Naidoo’s take on “Jeanny” and Atomic Kitten’s recording of “Eternal Flame” possibly being about to bring back into my chart songs that originally did well for Limahl, Falco and the Bangles. There’s also an instrumental by Yiruma, “River Flows In You” that I only found much more recently . . . . . the ninth single by pop duo Alisha’s Attic, which surprisingly failed to match the success of any of the other eight, “Pretender Got My Heart” . . . . . and “Wonderful Dream (Holidays Are Coming)” by Melanie Thornton, which has re-entered the German charts every year since her death at the age of thirty-four, less than a month after its original release. Returning to the breakers following the death this month of Montserrat Cabelle at the age of 85 is her duet with Freddie Mercury, “Barcelona” – but, in yet another desperately poor month for new music, there are just two impressive recent songs. Angele has followed up “Je Veux Tes Yeux” with “La Thune” – but the Chartbuster, guaranteed to be a new entry in December’s top forty, comes from someone from the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, who was previously a professional surfer with a first name, Paul – but is now a DJ and producer known only by his surname. My Record of the Month for November 2018 is Fisher, and “Losing It”.
10 07 09 PERFECT Ed Sheeran 11 15 05 THE PINK PANTHER THEME Henry Mancini 31 ---- 01 FLUGZEUGE IM BAUCH Oli P 40 39 14 A FIFTH OF BEETHOVEN Walter Murphy
TOP 40 BREAKERS:
08 [ 08 ] ONLY YOU Flying Pickets 12 [ 15 ] BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder 13 [ 28 ] HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John 15 [ 19 ] FLASHDANCE (WHAT A FEELING) Irene Cara 20 [ 20 ] ANNIE'S SONG James Galway
The remake of Herbert Grönemeyer's 'Flugzeuge im Bauch' was one of the biggest selling singles of the 90s in Germany, how come that it appears now on your chart?
Benny wrote:The remake of Herbert Grönemeyer's 'Flugzeuge im Bauch' was one of the biggest selling singles of the 90s in Germany, how come that it appears now on your chart?
. . . . . while I'm still searching through my record and CD collection for tracks that may not have reached their full potential at the time of original release, I have heard this particular one a few times on the radio this month. Both the Swiss and Austrian weekly chart shows now regularly feature tracks that were number one several years ago - the former four-hour programme on Sundays includes an old number one towards the beginning of almost every hour, since reducing the coverage of the current chart from a top forty to a top thirty - while the latter three-hour top forty show on Friday evenings is increasingly playing the occasional old number one instead of the German rap that dominates to a greater extent than ever before, and which I guess they don't want to inflict too much of on their listeners ! So Oli P's hit has been played because it's exactly twenty years ago that it was number one in those countries - as well as Germany, of course. I recall that I was able to see the German versions of "Top Of The Pops" - on which it would have appeared many times - back at that time on satellite television. I believe that was on RTL Television, and later on there were repeats on Super-RTL.
Now, another retro monthly chart - and going back a long way, to when I was seventeen years old - as indeed was the German singer who was about to win the next Eurovision Song Contest, one of whose earlier singles I had recently heard on a German radio station ! It was among this month's new entries, the others being hits here in the UK. Two of the others were medleys - joining four others already in my top thirty. Yes, this was the year unlike any other in which the charts of the UK, Ireland - and to some extent other parts of Europe too - were over-run with medleys including a disco beat, as many other acts followed on from the success of Stars On 45 (billed as "Star Sound" in the UK). It could only be . . . . . 1981 !
Thanks again, Benny - "Stars On 45 Volume 3" was rather less successful than the first two both in my chart and in the sales charts of the UK and elsewhere. In contrast with the well known hits of the Beatles and Abba, that was just a collection of somewhat unconnected instrumental intro's. Later there was some sales success for a medley of Stevie Wonder songs - but it wasn't until 1983 that their medley of Andrews Sisters wartime songs became a massive hit in the Netherlands and Belgium. That did nothing at all in the UK, however - and not much in other countries either. In Germany, it peaked at number 35.
Now, the next extended revisit to a much more recent year - this time, 2007 . . . . .
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16 05 10 ABOUT YOU NOW Sugababes 17 06 10 MR ROCK AND ROLL Amy MacDonald 42 20 07 THIS IS THE LIFE Amy MacDonald 51 21 05 LOVE SONG Sara Bareilles 53 23 04 THE SWEETEST ASS IN THE WORLD Alex C featuring Y-ass 67 65 ---- APOLOGIZE Timbaland presents OneRepublic 69 80 ---- POISON PRINCE Amy MacDonald
Benny wrote:17 06 10 MR ROCK AND ROLL Amy MacDonald 42 20 07 THIS IS THE LIFE Amy MacDonald 69 80 ---- POISON PRINCE Amy MacDonald
The Amy MacDonald songs are my favourites
Thanks again, Benny - I don't hear "Mr Rock And Roll" very much on the radio nowadays, and "Poison Prince" not at all ! But "This Is The Life" still seems to get plenty of airplay. Although not a big hit in her UK homeland, it went on to spend a vast number of weeks in the Europarade, as it made its way into the charts of continental Europe very slowly. I remember that it wasn't until several months after its original release that it got to number one in Austria, and it took something like a year before it went to the top three in Spain, having reached similar peaks almost everywhere else along the way . . . . .
CZB wrote:But "This Is The Life" still seems to get plenty of airplay. Although not a big hit in her UK homeland, it went on to spend a vast number of weeks in the Europarade, as it made its way into the charts of continental Europe very slowly. I remember that it wasn't until several months after its original release that it got to number one in Austria, and it took something like a year before it went to the top three in Spain, having reached similar peaks almost everywhere else along the way . . . . .
Yes, 'This is a Life' remained on the European charts for a very long time, climbing slowly but steadily. In Germany, it stayed in the charts for 56 weeks, peaking at number 2.
Now, the second monthly retro chart for November covers my favourite hits from exactly thirty years ago - the more well-known of which can also be seen in my votes in the Retro forum ! While most of these were hits somewhere at the time, many of them weren't successful in the UK, America or the other major countries included there. And, curiously, the highest new entry, coming in at number one, wouldn't be a top three hit in the UK until the following year - in a longer single version that had originally been released in Australia ten years earlier. But I had recently obtained the original version, the theme from a television drama serial that had ended in 1986 after nearly seven hundred episodes, on an album containing several dozen original tv themes. Thirty years later, it's still the shortest song ever to top my chart ! .
04 25 02 TWIST IN MY SOBRIETY Tanita Tikaram [Rapid Riser] 06 06 04 THE LOCOMOTION Kylie Minogue 16 10 07 ELLA ELLE L'A France Gall 22 ---- 01 KOKOMO The Beach Boys 29 38 02 ONE MOMENT IN TIME Whitney Houston 37 21 05 PERFECT Fairground Attraction 43 23 07 GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue ## 49 ---- 01 RING RING Abba 50 ---- 01 ORINOCO FLOW Enya
I like all these, especially Whitney's epic 'One Moment in Time', 'Ella elle l'a' from the late France Gall and Tanita Tikaram's twist in sobriety.
Thanks again, Benny - "Twist In My Sobriety" was on its way to becoming the second of four number ones on my chart for Tanita Tikaram. It's the only one of the four I ever hear on the radio nowadays - probably because, although not a big success in the UK charts, it did much better in parts of continental Europe.
I have to pick my faves from the November 2018 chart as i'm not really familiar with the songs on the retro charts...
But on the latest current chart there's a lot i like:
05 24 02 HAPPY NOW Zedd and Elley Duhe [Rapid Riser] 09 06 07 HOMESICK Dua Lipa ## 10 07 09 PERFECT Ed Sheeran 13 12 03 ONE KISS Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa 15 ---- 01 DARKSIDE Alan Walker, AU/RA and Tomine Harket [Highest New Entry] ## 21 18 10 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk ## 24 27 03 WITHOUT YOU Avicii featuring Sandro Cavazza 31 ---- 01 FLUGZEUGE IM BAUCH Oli P ---> very surprising appearance! 32 33 03 A MATTER OF TIME Sennek
And from the breakers: 04 [ 06 ] WHEN WE'RE OLD Ieva Zasimauskaite 05 [ 07 ] LA FORZA Elina Nechayeva ---> one of THE highlights of 2018 for me 35 [ 00 ] WONDERFUL DREAM (HOLIDAYS ARE COMING) Melanie Thornton
Also interesting to see that one: 22 19 09 HERE'S TO LOVE Jasper Steverlinck ##
I have to admit i'm not familiar with Jasper at all but one of my favorite bands (Within Temptation) just released a new single featuring him and it's really good!
In other news, your personal charts will compete on the UKMIX :: Personal Chart of the Year 2018 countdown. If you also like to vote for your favorite personal charts, please click on this link. The voting period ends on the 7th December.
Thanks for commenting, Tansike - I will try to submit a vote for the favourite personal charts this week. I hadn't heard of Jasper Steverlinck's collaboration with Within Temptation - he is probably best known in his Belgian homeland for a cover version of David Bowie's "Life On Mars" which was a massive hit there in 2003. It wasn't really until last year that he resumed his solo work, having done all kinds of other things in between (and, it seems, being quite ill for a while) and returned to the top ten with "Here's To You".
Now - this was a rather better month for new music than most others this year. It's been a while since there have been as many high debuts in the breakers, which look very likely to advance into the top forty in the months ahead. Here's my final monthly chart of 2018 :
The only non-mover in my last monthly chart of 2018 is the number one – so it’s a third month at the top for Hooverphonic, with “Romantic”. The rest of the top five shift around slightly – the former number one from Angele, “Je Veux Tes Yeux”, is one of twenty-four hits moving down, as it slides from two to five, while the three tracks just below that last time each advance one place. “Happy Now” goes from five to four for Zedd and Elley Duhe, “Dished (Male Stripper)” by Purple Disco Machine rises from four to three, and one of the biggest European hits of 2018 reaches the runner-up spot for Dynoro and Gigi D’Agostino – “In My Mind”. Five of the other eight climbers this month jointly share the title of Rapid Riser, each of them moving up five places. Those are the “Pink Panther Theme” from Henry Mancini, “Halt Dich Fest” by Nicole, “Flugzeuge Im Bauch” from Oli P, “Bum Bum Tam Tam” by DJ Fioti and “Als Je Zingt” from Dana Winner – now respectively at six, 18, 26, 30 and 33. Two tracks share the less desirable honour of being the fastest fallers this time, as Janieck and Sennek dive six places each in their fourth appearances, landing at 36 and 38 with “Does It Matter” and “A Matter Of Time” – while the Gilde Duo remain in my top forty with “Mühle Im Schwarzwald”. Falling just one place to number 34, this month’s longest laster is only the sixth instrumental ever to stay in the chart for as many as eighteen months ! It remains to be seen whether any of this month’s new entries could go on to have such longevity – and three of them have certainly taken a long time to become hits. Both “Pretender Got My Heart” and “Wonderful Dream (Holidays Are Coming)” were released in 2001, but only arrive now at 35 and 37 for Alisha’s Attic and the late Melanie Thornton – while it was forty years ago that Olivia Newton-John was near or at the top of the charts all over Europe with “Hopelessly Devoted To You”. That now sneaks in at number forty – whereas last month’s Chartbuster from Fisher comes straight in at number 13. Could “Losing It” be a future number one ?
As the festive season approaches once again, my search for previously under-rated singles to belatedly include in the breakers concentrates this time on this particular time of the year. Coldplay, Dustin The Turkey, Audrey Hannah, Papermoon, Blümchen and Gabriella Cilmi could all finally be chartbound with “Christmas Lights”, “Christmas Tree”, “It’s December (And I’ll Be Missing You)”, “On The Day Before Christmas”, “Unterm Weihnachtsbaum” and “Warm This Winter”. And it has been a good month for promising new releases. Sofi Tukker, the New York City duo consisting of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, could have a future hit with “Best Friend”, featuring Nervo, the Knocks and Ailsa Ueno – while Robyn has returned after a long absence with “Missing U”. It’s the sixth breaker for the 39-year-old from Stockholm, Sweden – and four of the other five have gone on into the top forty, the most successful being “Indestructible”. Robin Schulz has also had four previous successes – collaborating with different artists of all of them, but always reaching the top five. The vocals on his latest single, “Speechless”, are provided by 20-year-old Erika Sirola from Finland. Could this go on to become as successful as his works with Francesco Yates, Ilsey, Jasmine Thompson and Lilly Wood And The Prick ? Hooverphonic have followed up “Romantic” with “Uptight”, which could easily double their presence in the chart next time by becoming their twelfth hit – while it would be surprising indeed if Clean Bandit with Marina and Luis Fonsi failed to enter the first top forty of 2019 with “Baby”. Arriving at number 69 in the extended chart, and very narrowly missing out on being this month’s Chartbuster, the collaboration would be the first success for the forty-year-old Puerto Rican who achieved worldwide chart domination with “Despacito”, and the seventh for both the electronic, dance and classical music band from Cambridge, England and the 33-year-old singer/songwriter from Brynmawr, Wales. But guaranteed a space there is a 24-year-old singer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The success of her first single, released earlier this year, was only in the Romanian airplay chart, where it reached number 38 – but her latest quickly raced to the top of the sales and streaming charts of all the Scandinavian countries. It’s now at number one in Germany and Belgium, and appears to be on its way there in several other places too. My Record of the Month for December 2018 is Ava Max, and “Sweet But Psycho”.
26 31 02 FLUGZEUGE IM BAUCH Oli P [Rapid Riser] 40 ---- 01 HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
TOP 40 BREAKERS:
01 [ 00 ] SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max [Chartbuster] ## 03 [ 00 ] BABY Clean Bandit with Marina and Luis Fonsi 12 [ 12 ] BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder 13 [ 15 ] FLASHDANCE (WHAT A FEELING) Irene Cara 20 [ 20 ] ANNIE'S SONG James Galway 34 [ 40 ] BARCELONA Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe
It's not easy to find good current songs, but two of the new breakers are not bad at all, namely 'Sweet Like Psycho' and 'Baby'.
Thanks again, Benny. I think it's starting to look as if "Baby" isn't going to achieve the success it deserves, at least in the UK - while "Sweet But Psycho" is going from strength to strength everywhere. It was even the best-seller in the UK last week, but could not be number one overall because Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" is so strong on streaming . . . . .
Now, back to a time when the music in the charts of the UK and continental Europe was so much better than it is in 2018. Thirty-three years ago, these were my favourites:
04 04 03 (I'LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra ## 06 15 02 THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush ## 13 17 08 ALL AT ONCE Whitney Houston 14 13 05 TARZAN BOY Baltimora 16 43 02 SPANISH EDDIE Laura Branigan [Rapid Riser] 20 38 02 TAKE ON ME Aha 30 41 03 VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR Buggles 46 46 09 YOU'RE MY HEART, YOU'RE MY SOUL Modern Talking 47 ---- 01 HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Bonnie Tyler 50 ---- 01 RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Benny wrote:04 04 03 (I'LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra ##
I like all these, especially 'Maria Madgalena'
Thanks again, Benny - "Maria Magdalena" didn't improve on its entry position of number four in my chart, but scored well in its three months there and four further months descending - it's currently at 404 on my overall ranking. In the UK, it was released twice as a single, but performed miserably both times - going no higher than 91, then 87 in the top 100 here . . . . .
Now, (a little later than) half way through the month, time to revisit a year from earlier this century when I was finding a lot to like in the charts of the UK and continental Europe. Happily, I was also able to buy them very easily and cheaply on CD singles - plus, as often as not, a little less easily and more expensively on vinyl! Who would have thought back then that the former format would have virtually disappeared by 2018, along with the quality of almost all the most listened-to music? This is what I purchased and enjoyed twelve years ago . . . . .
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04 02 10 I DON'T FEEL LIKE DANCING Scissor Sisters 15 02 14 LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME Sylver 17 06 10 HURT Christina Aguilera 25 05 08 ALL GOOD THINGS (COME TO AN END) Nelly Furtado 36 02 08 HIPS DON'T LIE Shakira 49 22 07 UNFAITHFUL Rihanna 59 70 ---- IT'S ALL COMING BACK TO ME NOW Meat Loaf featuring Marion Raven 79 107 -- YOUNG FOLKS Peter, Bjorn and John featuring Victoria Bergsmann 130 -- --- THAT'S THE WAY MY HEART GOES Marie Serneholt xx
Not a big fan of 2006 but I like all the songs above. Did Céline Dion's version of 'It's All Coming Back...' enter your charts?
Benny wrote:59 70 ---- IT'S ALL COMING BACK TO ME NOW Meat Loaf featuring Marion Raven
Did Céline Dion's version of 'It's All Coming Back...' enter your charts?
It also reached the breakers without going on to enter the top forty - falling seven places shorter than the Meat Loaf version, with a number 77 peak. There were a lot of her other releases that I preferred ;
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CELINE DION in CZB'S Chart ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 01 09 12 ( #08 of 2001 ) I'M ALIVE 02 03 12 ( #05 of 1997 ) MY HEART WILL GO ON 03 18 08 ( #40 of 1990 ) WHERE DOES MY HEART BEAT NOW? 04 15 05 ( #43 of 1995 ) IF THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES / POUR QUE TU M'AIMES ENCORE ## 05 10 06 ( #27 of 1999 ) THAT'S THE WAY IT IS 06 18 06 ( #41 of 1994 ) THINK TWICE 07 13 05 ( #39 of 2012 ) LE MIRACLE ## 08 18 04 ( #44 of 1993 ) THE POWER OF LOVE ## 09 29 03 ( #74 of 1996 ) BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME 10 39 03 ( #70 of 1988 ) NE PARTEZ PAS SANS MOI / HAND IN HAND 11 49 04 ( #69 of 1991 ) BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (with Peabo Bryson) 12 64 --- ( #56 of 1998 ) IMMORTALITY (with the Bee Gees) 13 66 --- ( #74 of 1991 ) ZIGGY (Un Garçon Pas Comme les Autres) 14 77 --- ( #93 of 1996 ) IT'S ALL COMING BACK TO ME NOW 15 97 - ( #105 of 1996 ) FALLING INTO YOU ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~