Thanks for all the comments!
04wayne wrote:Great to see Celine, CZB! Have you heard the album?
I generally buy singles whenever possible - but, as the only two copies of "Le Miracle" as a single on ebay are currently priced at several hundreds of pounds each (presumably they are very rare!) I bought the album instead (£7.19 from WOWHD, formerly CD WOW). I think the only other track I have heard is "Parler A Mon Pere" - both were featured in the Swiss chart show on DRS-3 Radio in recent weeks.
04wayne wrote:Le Miracle was my #1 last week!
I noticed that, when I was collecting in the top fives for the most recent UKmixParade! Unfortunately, it didn't make an entry - as your chart for that week wasn't posted until after the beginning of the next one, and later that week it was back down to number three.....
Thirty years ago? How old are you?
There was a clue at the beginning of my previous post - "When I first compiled my monthly chart, at the age of fifteen, thirty-three years ago.....
joel77m77 wrote:WOW, congrats on keeping to making your chart for 33 years.
Thanks! When I first started, I think I considered doing it weekly, but realised that it would be annoying if I had to miss a week from time to time due to study, or later work, commitments or other reasons - and that the limited number of records I was buying meant that it probably wouldn't change much from week to week anyway. Monthly meant there would be no gaps!
Recently, I have been giving some thought as to whether, at this point (the end of 2012 / four hundred months) I should change the format, rules or methodology of my charts at all. One option I even considered was stopping entirely - as I suspected that it would be becoming more difficult / impossible to source the tracks I liked on physical formats - vinyl ideally, or at least CD - and this problem is likely to worsen as time goes on!
The quality of new music is, arguably, also on the decline - which has meant that there is a chance that in some months there will be very
few new breakers. Although the eligibility of old hits and former breakers to return has enabled some newer releases not to hang around for quite so long, I thought about reducing the length of the chart and/or the breakers. On the other hand, the existing approach has worked well enough without change since the beginning of 1994 - when I allowed tracks that were available on CD only, not on vinyl, to enter the top forty for the first time, subject to slight restrictions on position and movement. But, since then, less than a hundred have charted on CD only.....so I think I have decided to retain the current format and rules for the foreseeable future.
Previously, I have revealed more of my favourites from decades gone by - posting top hundreds of each year up to and including 2009, and I've also combined several of these into charts of five-year periods. All of these can be found earlier in this thread - and there's a full index in the very first post! However, up until now, I have avoided posting any kind of "all-time" chart - mainly as it would only ever be up-to-date for one month, as the points scored by each track in each new month's top forty would gradually move them upwards, as everything else slides slowly downwards to accommodate them!
December, though, is traditionally a month for lengthier countdowns here in the Personal Charts forum - and, to celebrate reaching this four-hundred charts landmark, just this once, I'm going to gradually count down my top four hundred
of all time throughout the month. I've worked out that I need to set aside an hour a day to have a reasonable chance of getting to the end without delaying the first new chart of 2013 - which hopefully I can fit around other commitments such as work (which, all being well, I expect to do for just one
day in December) and the UKmixParade
of 2012, for which I need to start combining well over three thousand top fives in about a week's time! So I plan to post a new instalment at midnight every day if at all possible - starting now!
I can reveal in advance that the top 400 includes one track from 1966, one from 1968, and at least one track from every year from 1971 to 2012.....and, although I'm unfortunately not going to have time to include the full chart-runs, I'm noting as usual for each one their peak position, the total number of months they spent in my top forty, and their place in the appropriate annual chart (so it can be seen even from an early stage how many hits are still to come from each year!)
So, let's make a start - and, as there are some unusually long
tracks right at the bottom of the top 400 (two are close to five and a half minutes each!) this initial hour covers just the first fifteen hits - a typical mix of the very well known and the almost completely unknown! ( Although, as I've mentioned before, almost all have been sales successes somewhere
---- CZB'S TOP 400 OF ALL TIME (As At December 2012) - Part One ----
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 400 12 15 1996 07 VAMONOS (HEY CHICA ARE YOU READY?) Garcia
399 09 16 1983 24 ICH HAB' DICH DOCH LIEB Nicole and Trio
398 08 11 1990 12 HOW TO DANCE Bingo Boys and Princessa
397 07 08 1986 23 MIDNIGHT LADY Chris Norman
396 04 09 2006 14 NEW YORK NEW YORK Moby and Debbie Harry
395 04 10 2002 10 OVERLOAD Voodoo and Serano
394 04 12 1980 08 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN Frank Kelly
393 03 09 2008 09 WARWICK AVENUE Duffy
392 03 09 1990 11 PROMISE ME Beverley Craven
391 03 09 2006 13 LOST Roger Sanchez
390 03 11 2004 17 THEY Jem
389 03 12 1997 05 MY HEART WILL GO ON Celine Dion
388 02 07 1994 08 COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
387 02 10 2005 07 SPREAD MY WINGS Leki
386 01 09 2011 12 THE EDGE OF GLORY Lady GaGa