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post Dec 11 2018, 10:37 AM
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9th December 2018


It's been a 2-month climb, but Alan Walker gets his 2nd chart-topper almost 3 years since Faded topped for 4 weeks, and just ahead of a new entry, from yet another Royal Philharmonic Orchestral track. It's a wonder they get time to perform in concert these days! Goodbye To Love, though, was scored by Richard Carpenter so fair enough, and this is not only their greatest record with that epic guitar extended outro, it's the track on the new album that is least mucked about with, giving it a first chart appearance since it topped my charts 46 years ago. I loved it then, I love it now, I've never stopped loving it.

It's a huge leap for Don Diablo into the top 5, a first for him in the top 10, and an 8th for Emeli Sande (including a number one) since her first in 2011. Great vibes to it, and nothing like any other dance-based track around, which is quite a miracle in these identikit-chartpop times. The Fizz grab another top 10, giving them a sweet 37 years of 'em, give or take a Bucks. The Fizz also have the biggest new xmas track at 17, as loads of fave oldies return lower down, most notably Kate Bush who has been getting some radio play for December Will Be Magic Again with the release of her remastered works, and which gives me an excuse to chart it again for the first time in 38 years.

We sadly lost the amiable Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks fame this week, which has spear-headed a mini-invasion of his best singles, topped by an unreleased mash-up of Abba's 1979 Does Your Mother Know and his 1981 Homosapien solo single. Both used the same rhythms so they work really well together, hence Does The Homosapien Know in at 13, and Buzzcocks best single Everybody's happy Nowadays at 18. I was going to chart a Four Seasons mini-invasion as I saw the truly legendary 84-year-old Frankie Valli in concert this week - he was fabulous, still got the voice, a great backing band and backing singers, and so many hits half of them had to be dropped. Jersey Boys had brought him a whole new audience, totally deserved for his final tour. The oldest act I've ever seen sing live, but maybe if xmas gets less busy for new tracks there'll be space for some Four Seasons showstoppers like Who Loves You and Beggin'.

Coldplay are back with 2 tracks using a pseudonym, E-Lo aided by Pharrell Williams, both of them extending long chart runs from 2000 and 2003 respectively. X-Factor has as usual chosen an already-covered classic oldie to ruin, so in protest Frankie Goes To Hollywood's original The Power Of Love is selling on itunes as well, and I've charted the only great version of it again. Morrissey does a cover! Quite rare, and it's a good choice - The Pretenders 1982 Back On The Chain Gang, Chrissie Hynde's tribute to bandmates who died within 2 days of each other that year. The original line-up I'd seen in concert only a year before, rocking it big-time. So, even when Morrissey picks a cover it's dark!



1 2 1 8 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 629500
2 NEW 2 1 GOODBYE TO LOVE The Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 115000
3 1 1 3 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 305000
4 4 4 8 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 326000
5 58 5 2 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 70200
6 6 6 5 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 217800
7 3 1 5 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 645000
8 10 8 3 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 111000
9 5 1 6 SHADOWS Black Atlass 550000
10 12 10 4 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 117500

11 7 7 6 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 231000
12 9 9 3 RISE Raaginder 103000
13 NEW 13 1 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 32000
14 18 14 2 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 51000
15 17 15 3 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 69000
16 26 16 3 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 56000
17 23 17 4 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 77850
18 NEW 18 1 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 22000
19 14 4 9 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 331500
20 11 3 5 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 257000

21 8 2 4 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 297750
22 13 13 6 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 126400
23 19 8 8 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 216100
24 21 3 9 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 298450
25 27 25 5 39 Queen 90050
26 29 26 5 ALGORITHM Muse 82500
27 28 27 4 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 59800
28 30 28 7 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 98750
29 16 12 6 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 161700
30 31 30 5 JAPAN Plastician 77500

31 15 10 5 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 137900
32 44 32 2 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 31050
33 39 33 3 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 48050
34 24 1 11 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 637600
35 20 20 6 LOVE Boyzone 101050
36 22 14 5 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 103000
37 45 37 5 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 56700
38 25 25 7 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 106750
39 42 39 5 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 65900
40 40 40 5 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 62050

41 35 2 12 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 576900
42 33 33 9 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 132350
43 46 43 3 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 38250
44 NEW 44 1 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 13250
45 55 45 3 SAIL AWOLNATION 29400
46 53 46 3 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 31200
47 47 1 25 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1953650
48 54 48 5 MAPACHE Cari Cari 51600
49 62 49 2 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 19500
50 36 36 5 SHELTER Monkey Safari 59600

51 51 51 4 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 39300
52 NEW 52 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 11500
53 32 12 9 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 184400
54 37 37 6 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 73400
55 56 55 4 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 38000
56 57 56 3 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 28100
57 NEW 57 1 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 10400
58 NEW 58 1 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 10200
59 63 59 4 OOH LA LA The Faces 29700
60 64 60 2 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 17100

61 NEW 61 1 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 7500
62 34 7 9 GRAVITY Paul Weller 283550
63 NEW 63 1 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 7200
64 71 64 2 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 12900
65 72 65 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 12600
66 67 66 4 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 26400
67 NEW 67 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 6600
68 73 68 2 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 11800
69 NEW 69 1 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 6200
70 70 70 2 ABOVE THE LAW The O’Jays 12000

71 NEW 71 1 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 5800
72 74 72 2 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 10800
73 NEW 73 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 5200
75 75 75 2 DREAM ON Aerosmith 10000


DROP OUTS
38 2 10 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 439450
41 36 6 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 84800
43 25 6 VENOM Eminem 86250
48 3 10 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 421850
49 49 5 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 42300
50 15 7 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 131700
52 1 9 SHE Charles Aznavour 515900
59 59 4 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 31500
60 5 8 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 279500
61 61 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 15000
65 57 4 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 37700
66 66 3 PURE SHORES All Saints 18000
68 68 2 MANIAC The Beat featuring Ranking Roger 12400
69 69 4 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 21800
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post Dec 12 2018, 01:45 PM
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John, what the numbers you always add in the end (behind the name of act) for each song in your chart ?

In 2017 "Dancing In The Rain" was my favourite song from all new releases.
"Don't Start Without Me" have a very good chances for top 5 result in 2018.

Every their single (after comeback) was my # 1, so Bucks Fizz probably to double the number of # 1 hits in my chart.


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Hi John!

Great to see Diamond Heart finally crack the top spot, it's still climbing in my chart as well biggrin.gif I guess it's the sort of song that takes a while to really get you.

Nice to see some Los Unidades enter, both Timbuktu and E-Lo are so different from modern mainstream music but at the same time so good and refreshing! Hope they can do something officially.

Some Christmas songs making an appearance as well, Stop the Cavalry is a great Christmas song and has grown on me over the years.

Great chart biggrin.gif
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post Dec 15 2018, 06:40 PM
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QUOTE(Good Old Days @ Dec 12 2018, 01:45 PM) *
John, what the numbers you always add in the end (behind the name of act) for each song in your chart ?

In 2017 "Dancing In The Rain" was my favourite song from all new releases.
"Don't Start Without Me" have a very good chances for top 5 result in 2018.

Every their single (after comeback) was my # 1, so Bucks Fizz probably to double the number of # 1 hits in my chart.

Hi Alex thanks for the heads up for the fizz single it's a great Xmas single that deserves airplay but is getting nothing sadly. I never expected them to comeback and didn't expect them to do it with 80s pop style!
The numbers after songs are sales in my charts based on some sales in the UK charts I got hold of for the top 50 in 1976 when Fernando was on top. I evened them to round the numbers off and used them as the basis for all my chart sales before and since. So a number one gets 170,000 and a number 20 gets 20,000 and so on. I really dislike points of 75 to 1 for allocating popularity as it favours long chart runs rather than those I passionately love for awhile against tracks I merely like a lot over a long period but am never passionate about smile.gif
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post Dec 15 2018, 06:47 PM
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QUOTE(PeteLeftLeeds @ Dec 15 2018, 06:07 PM) *
Hi John!

Great to see Diamond Heart finally crack the top spot, it's still climbing in my chart as well biggrin.gif I guess it's the sort of song that takes a while to really get you.

Nice to see some Los Unidades enter, both Timbuktu and E-Lo are so different from modern mainstream music but at the same time so good and refreshing! Hope they can do something officially.

Some Christmas songs making an appearance as well, Stop the Cavalry is a great Christmas song and has grown on me over the years.

Great chart biggrin.gif

Hi Pete! Glad you're loving diamond heart too very much a grower and one that still sounds fresh 2 months later heart.gif

I echo your hopes for los unidades the charts need a bit more variety musically!

I'm feeling a bit Christmassey at the mo as I'm getting away for a week so there may even be more Xmas songs next week as New tracks dry up at this time of year laugh.gif

Cheers
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post Dec 16 2018, 06:56 PM
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QUOTE(Popchartfreak @ Dec 15 2018, 06:40 PM) *
The numbers after songs are sales in my charts based on some sales in the UK charts I got hold of for the top 50 in 1976 when Fernando was on top. I evened them to round the numbers off and used them as the basis for all my chart sales before and since. So a number one gets 170,000 and a number 20 gets 20,000 and so on. I really dislike points of 75 to 1 for allocating popularity as it favours long chart runs rather than those I passionately love for awhile against tracks I merely like a lot over a long period but am never passionate about smile.gif

Possibly I will steal your idea with "virtual sales" for my retro charts. smile.gif
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QUOTE(Good Old Days @ Dec 16 2018, 06:56 PM) *
Possibly I will steal your idea with "virtual sales" for my retro charts. smile.gif


Feel free Alex, and if you want a list of the figures I use I can post them after xmas smile.gif Or you can make up ones that suit you better, it's good either way! biggrin.gif
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post Dec 16 2018, 09:19 PM
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Hello John!
Sorry to not comment on your chart, had so much things going on.
Really like the big gain for "Survive" and "Nothing Breaks Like A Heart"!
I also like the debuts for "E-Lo" and "Driving Home For Christmas"!
Great chart!
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