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post Nov 25 2015, 09:47 PM
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I'm being even more self-indulgent than usual by starting a list of tracks old and new (mostly very old!) that have made my charts, and been given "sales" weighted according to actual sales in the Uk for one chart week in 1976. These are now as good as any, thanks to streaming doing the same these days for the UK singles chart!

So anyways, there have been 718 "million" sellers up to this week, and another 82 that have come very close, which were too good to ignore. Obviously I love the vast majority of these records, so I won't go into too much detail (I'm still posting old charts for that), and chart positions are pointless since most hit 1, and the few that didn't hit 2 or 3, so just the year and the "sales"..

THE TOP 800

800. SHAME - Eurythmics (1988) - 953,700



Eurythmics forgotten record, a gorgeous flop that missed the UK top 40, and one that had a fantastic colourful hippie-era Second Summer Of Love video. Which is entirely absent from youtube, so just the audio sadly. First of 3 or 4 for Annie Lennox....


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post Nov 25 2015, 09:53 PM
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799. SHORLEY WALL - Ooberman (1998) 954,300




A 90's flop championed by Mark Ratcliffe & Marc Riley, and one I loved so much I decided to share it with Buzzjack Song Competition (and gave me a chance to re-chart it), where it dropped to the bottom of the sea as quickly as the girl in the video. I still think it's charming and ethereal...[size="3"][/size]
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post Nov 25 2015, 10:00 PM
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798. A HARD DAY'S NIGHT - The Beatles (1964) 956,650



The film theme chart-topper from the band that changed everything for pop music. The first of many from the greatest group in pop history, and one I went to see at the cinema aged 7, oh how we loved all four Beatles. Ringo quipped, after a long recording day, that it had been a hard day's night. John & Paul liked it so much they wrote a song round it...
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post Nov 25 2015, 10:06 PM
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797. (I NEVER PROMISED YOU A) ROSE GARDEN - Lynn Anderson (1971) 956,700



A great country music classic, as sampled in the 80's substantially for the fun I Beg Your Pardon (Kon Kan) which contributed to it's chart points along with a re-entry in 2015 following her death. Ah, good ol' country music, love it...
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post Nov 25 2015, 10:11 PM
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796. FANTASY - Mariah Carey (1995) 957,300



Once in a while Ol' Mariah (I Call The Wind Mariah) comes up with a doozie to make up for the criminally awful covers she releases, and this Tom Tom Club-sampling goodie was one of 'em. Pure joy. First of 2 for Ms. Carey...
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post Nov 27 2015, 04:04 PM
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795. EVERYWHERE - Fleetwood Mac (1988) 957,750



First of 4 for the fabulous Mac, plus one solo to come. This was one was Christine McVie's tunefully gorgeous single off Tango In The Night, a terrific album, and I recently saw the classic line-up all on one stage together, and they was fab. Still, even after all these years, and frankly I was a child when I first liked them!
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794. MAKE IT WITH YOU - Let Loose (1996) 958,050



Let Loose had a decent run of pleasant singles in the mid-90's without ever doing anything extra special. This was the closest they came, a decent cover of Bread's 1970 superior original. Bread were under-rated, as proven by the amount of big covers of their songs by other acts. Nik Kershaw wrote and produced for Let Loose, and he was very good in concert t'other week, 2015, 31 years after first seeing him live.
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793. WHEN YOU'RE GONE - Bryan Adams featuring Melanie C (1998) 958100



One of two for Canadian Rocker Bryan, drafting in Spice Girl Mel for a poprock duet that works well. It's one of Bry's best records, he's always good live too, and shockingly although Melanie C also has another on the list, not one of the Spice Girls biggest and best are on the chart. Oops!
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post Nov 27 2015, 04:23 PM
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792. STARLIGHT - The Supermen Lovers featuring Mani Hoffman (2002) 958,650



First 21st Century track on the list, a fab dance anthem from the days when I was clubbing every weekend, and this was one of the best of that period, amusing video, catchy as hell. I'm always going to like anything called starlight or superman though...
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791. YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE - Gerry & The Pacemakers (1963) 959,300



The street urchin footage on here is pretty much my childhood in Mansfield and Liverpool (when not on RAF camps), and Gerry was very much a kiddie fave, especially in home-town Liverpool. He struck gold though with this cover of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Carousel musical standard, and grabbed the definitive version, much re-charted and covered, for football-related events. If you don't get tingles down your spine for that rousing finale you need to replace your emotion chip, it's faulty.
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790. BAD ROMANCE - Lady Gaga (2009) 959.350


The first of 5 for La Gaga, this one was huge Christmas 2009 in the holiday club I was popping to in Gran Canaria, and Gaga looked like she was going to dominate Pop Music Future. It's very very catchy, though not one of my top 5 Gaga's these days, and this video version is annoyingly not the single version. Hey ho.
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789. SINGLE - BILINGUAL - Pet Shop Boys (1996) 959,400



Since they first popped up in 1985, Pet Shop Boys have been my major love, never let me down, and everything they do is quality, lyrically and musically, and versatile much. This is the first of oodles and oodles, coming from their latino-drums-dance-inspired mid 90's period, and it's fab, even though not widely remembered these days.
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788. HERE I GO AGAIN - Archie Bell And The Drells (1969) 959,900



Northern Soul was super-cool in the UK in 1972, when this became a UK chart hit, though the US release was 1969. Recently used in advert, it gave me an excuse to rechart it and combined the sales enough to hit the 800. I just love the fast 60's soul beats, and the great melody.
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787. HEARTACHE AVENUE - The Maisonettes (1982) 959,950



Talking of Northern Soul...here's an 80's pop hit that sounded like it was 60's soul, courtesy of ex-City Boy (5-7-0-5) member, and much played by Steve Wright on Radio 1, back when he was the fresh cutting edge of popular DJ broadcasting in the UK. He still plays much the same tracks he played in early 1983 when this was big and fab. Still sounds out of time in a good way.
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786. MY OH MY - Slade (1983) 960,700



First of 2 for Slade, under-represented a bit for their early Glam Rock fabness, but by the time this was kept off the top by some Flying Pickets at Christmas 1983 (this is much better, a rousing singalong anthem) Slade had been re-born following a storming live set at Reading in 1980, and stayed good to the end, till Noddy packed it all in never to return. Oh Nod, why oh why!?
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785. SOLDIERS - Abba (1981) 961,050



Album track off the oh-so-sad final Abba LP The Visitors, this would have made a better single than Head Over Heels in 1982, wistful, gorgeous guitar and charted in the 21st century when I changed my chart rules to allow album tracks. I had to exclude them during Abba's reign or else they would have had most of the entire top 20 for every new release, much as streaming now permits big acts to do. It's good enough for Bieber and co nowadays to tenuously invade the singles charts, it's good enough for Abba! First of very many Abba tracks...
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784. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS - Foreigner (1984) 961,150



Starting like a follow-up to typically 80's soft-rock ballad Waiting For A Girl Like You, the second-half brings in a gospel choir and raises it's game, bungs in The Thompson Twins, and the coup de grace, Dreamgirls star Jennifer Holliday has the spine-tingling vocal guest finale along with band singer Lou Gramm. A chart-topper everywhere...
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783. THIS TIME I KNOW IT'S FOR REAL - Donna Summer (1989) 961,450



Donna Summer's comeback to the big time, courtesy of Stock, Aitken & Waterman, and a pure pop gem with a bloody brilliant melody and vocal performance from Donna, taken for granted by music critics for far too long. She had to die to get some respect. First of 2 for Donna, no prizes for guessing the other one, but don't expect it any time soon...
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782. EMPIRE STATE OF MIND - Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys (2009) 962,000



The original video seems not to be available, annoyingly, and it was the original version I love most - Alicia Keys equally big solo version was good, and I included it's chart points with this one, just because. Alicia's only showing, but Jay-Z has at least one other with his missus to come.
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post Nov 28 2015, 10:24 AM
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781. ALANE - Wes (1998) 962,700



This Cameroon-musician African-rhythmed dance track came out of nowhere, and disappeared quickly into obscurity after charting in Europe. I liked it a lot for sounding different, I like world music, and anything out of the current-chart-fashion. Not an easy one to sing along to but it's sweet and doesn't deserve obscurity.
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