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Old 11-06-2022, 10:33 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Hi Lisna. This came about when I was doing my "Memory Lane" thread. I came across this link Official Charts which describes itself thus: The Official UK Top 40 chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company, based on official sales of sales of downloads, CD, vinyl, audio streams and video streams. The Top 40 is broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV, the full Top 100 is published exclusively on OfficialCharts.com.

Once I realised I could select any year, any week and see the full chart for that week, I thought this would be a cool thing to do. Also gives me a chance to listen to current chart music, something I haven't done since I had no choice and that was all I had access to.


I knew you'd be on about the sixties. But you see, I don't like the sixties and I hate the fifties, and anyway it's not called "Trollheart's Chart Sixty or Seventy"...

Yeah, I might do my own random review of the Billboard charts from 1962-1971 if anyone happens to be interested- so there!

By the way, if the recent Billboard chart is any indication, I wouldn't hold too much stock in the recent charts. Taylor Swift owns the top ten songs on Billboard this week. When was the last time anyone here heard a Taylor Swift song on the radio?
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Old 11-07-2022, 08:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Slipping back to the twentieth century now, what was at number 33 on this week, thirty years ago in 1992? This.

Title: “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough”
Artist: Patty Smyth/Don Henley
Nationality: American
Genre: Rock
Written by: Patty Smyth, Glen Burtnick
Original release date: August 1992
Highest chart position: 22 (2 in Ireland, 1 in USA)
Progress, if any, at that time: Descending
From the album: Patty Smyth
What do I know about this artist? Not very much about Smyth, plenty about Henley, being a big Eagles fan and also a fan of his solo work.
What do I think of this single? Love it and it brings back some really nice memories. The duet between the two works excellently and I like the acoustic guitars.
What have I learned about this single? Well this is one I actually owned. I do love my ballads, and once Henley is involved, count me in. Seems it was the most successful single in Canada that year, and was a sort of reciprocation by Smyth for having worked on two of Henley’s albums.
My rating: A+++
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Old 11-17-2022, 07:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Another ten years back in time, to one of my favourite years, and forty years ago in 1982 the end of October saw this at number 33


Title: “Do it to the Music”
Artist: Raw Silk
Nationality: American
Genre: Dance, Funk
Written by: Bert Reid, Ron Dean Miller
Original release date: All I can find is that it came out in 1982
Highest chart position: 18 (5 on the US Dance Chart)
Progress, if any, at that time: Descending
From the album: N/A
What do I know about this artist? Absolutely nothing; think I may have heard the name somewhere but not sure.
What do I think of this single? It’s a pleasant dance number which reminds me a little of the late seventies funk and soul from the likes of Earth Wind & Fire and Imagination. Funky.
What have I learned about this single? Not a single (sorry) thing
My rating: A

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Old 11-20-2022, 06:09 AM   #14 (permalink)
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And finally, completing our first fifty-year journey back through the charts, what was at number 33 half a century ago (feel really old now!) on this week in 1972?


Title: “Mama Weer All Crazee Now”
Artist: Slade
Nationality: English
Genre: Rock
Written by: Noddy Holder, Jim Lea
Original release date: August 25 1972
Highest chart position: 1
Progress, if any, at that time: Descending
From the album: Slayed?
What do I know about this artist? Ah, Slade! They may not have been the greatest band but they sure were honest, and who doesn’t know “Merry Christmas Everybody”, by which the band have attained immortality and everyone knows Noddy’s joyous yell “It’s CHRISSSSSSST-MAAAAASSS!” But back in the day Slade were the original “bovver boys” (bovver being a phonetic way to write bother, meaning they were trouble) and did in fact attract the feared skinhead crowd. They certainly had a mass of hits, six of which went to the top and seventeen of which were top twenty singles, and are fondly remembered by many rock artists as an influence.
What do I think of this single? Ah it’s Slade, it’s mad, it’s basic, it’s honest, it’s fun. How can you not like it! Good old seventies. As was said of probably many bands, we shall not see their like again.
What have I learned about this single? It was Slade’s first number one, quickly followed by the classic “Cum On Feel the Noize” (no I don’t know why they wrote everything phonetically like that; maybe they were afraid their fans couldn’t spell? Probably a marketing ploy though) and started their idea of writing the audience into the songs by providing lines they could sing along with at the concerts. Originally supposed to have been titled “My, My, Weer All Crazee Now”, it was changed when, at a listening session, the producer thought he heard “Mama” and Noddy and the lads thought, much better. And so a legend was born.
My rating: A+++
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Old 11-20-2022, 07:07 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Of course it was a marketing ploy, you twit!

Great band though.
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Okay, before we go any further let’s do this. What is at the very top of the chart now, (when this was written; could be different now, if so, suck it) and what was it like going back fifty years?


Right now, we have this, spending its second and possibly moving into its third week at the top.

Title: “Anti-hero”
Artist: Taylor Swift
Nationality: American
Genre: Pop Rock/Synth-pop
Written by: Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff
Original release date: October 21 2022
Progress to the top: Straight in
Weeks spent at number one: to date: 2
From the album: Midnights
What do I know about this artist? I’ve heard about her of course; the one song I did hear surprised me as I quite liked it, but I am probably the last person on Earth unfamiliar with her song catalogue, and that surely includes as-yet-undiscovered tribes in the Peruvian rain forests.
What do I think of this single? It’s a lot better than I had expected it to be, to be fair. This is the second Taylor Swift song I’ve listened to and I’ve been pretty impressed both times. Not saying I’d become a fan but this is not bad and I can see why it did so well.
What have I learned about this single? I’ve learned it smashed all records, becoming the biggest download debut on Spotify. I’ve learned both her album and single debuted at number one on both sides of the water, and that she surpassed Miley Cyrus as being previously the only female artist to achieve this. The song seems to be less the vacuous pop song about how great the singer is, or about her fans (disclaimer: I have no idea if Taylor Swift sings about these things or if her lyrics are deeper and more meaningful - I’m thinking Ariana Grande’s “Break Up With Your Boyfriend - I’m Bored” as an example, but I don’t know if she’s like that) and more about examining her own life and the things she doesn’t like about it, or that she has had to struggle with. On the face of it, just reading about it, it seems to be a pretty brave and personal song.
My rating: A+
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Does she still have the ten top songs?
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Not on the official chart website, which gives the current top ten as
10. "Calm Down" by Rema
9. "Rocket Science" by Clavish ft. D-Block Europe
8. "Hide and Seek" by Stormzy
7. "Rich Flex" by Drake and 21 Savage
6. "Psycho" by Anne Marie and Aitch
5. "Messy in Heaven" by Venbee and Goddard
4. "Miss You" by Oliver Tree and Robin Schultz
3. "Made You Look" by Meghan Trainor
2. "Unholy" by Sam Smith and Kim Petras

and yes, she's still there, for the sixth week running it would seem.
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Old 12-11-2022, 06:14 AM   #19 (permalink)
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But what was number one ten years ago, you say? Well, I say. Maybe you say, I don’t know. But I do. Say, that is. And at the top spot at the end of October 2012 was

Title: “Beneath Your Beautiful”
Artist: Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande
Nationality: British (English and Scottish)
Genre: R&B
Written by: Timothy McKenzie (Labrinth), Adele, Emeli Sande, Mike Posner
Original release date: October 18 2012
Progress to the top: Hmm, very confusing. Says it was released in 2011 and only got to no. 200, but then contradicts that, saying it was released in 2012 and seems to have made a very quick rise to the top. Well, looking at the chart I can see it was 85 the previous week, so it actually barrelled up the chart leaping an enormous 84 places in one week! And then it only stayed there one week, already dropping to number 2 the very next week. Ah, the fickle chart single buyers!
Weeks spent at number one: 1
From the album: Electronic Earth by Labrinth and also Our Version of Events (as a bonus track) by Sande
What do I know about this artist? Nuffin
What do I think of this single? A gorgeous soft love ballad with a kind of bittersweet feel and some really nice orchestration. Very nice indeed.
What have I learned about this single? Like a proper grammar Nazi, I wondered if there was an apostrophe missing, or if this was somehow a sort of “beneath your beauty” idea. Seems it’s the former, and it’s done on purpose to annoy people like me, so **** that guy. I wonder if he actually knew he was making a mistake, deliberate or not, and whether he just then used this “I don’t care/I did it on purpose” to cover his lack of knowledge of English grammar? Either way, he’s a prick. No, scratch that: he’s having a laugh now that I’ve listened to the song. It is “let me see beneath your beautiful/beneath your mask”. It’s the possessive, so he’s writing it correctly, but just ****ing people around. All right then, he’s not a prick, I take that back.
My rating: A++
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Old 12-14-2022, 08:47 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Keeping in the twenty-first century - just - what were the sheep buying and sending to number one in 2002? You wot mate?

Title: “Heaven”
Artist: DJ Sammy and Yanou featuring Do
Nationality: Spanish/German/Dutch
Genre: Dance
Written by: Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance
Original release date: November 21 2001
Progress to the top: Seems to have been a re-entry in November, having originally charted at the end of August. Barely though: it got to 92 and fell to 96 the next week. Then it began a slow climb in October, though again nothing much. 76 dropping to 91 where it held for two weeks and then clawed its way up to 84 the next week and then for some reason rocketed to number 1 the week after that. Weird. And again, after all that hard slog, spent one week at number one.
Weeks spent at number one: 1, I just told you!
From the album: Heaven
What do I know about this artist? Nada
What do I think of this single? Well it’s a dance cover of Bryan Adams’s ballad off his classic smash album Reckless, and I guess it’s interesting to see how he danced it up. It’s not too bad to be honest; didn’t change that much of the song but just put a eurodance/trance beat behind it. The vocalist (called Do, apparently) does a very good job, and yeah, it’s not bad. Is it number one material? ****ed if I know, but someone thought so, and so it is.
What have I learned about this single? Not too much, though I see Adams performed it live with Do, so he must have been happy with the result. Jim Vallance was not available for comment.
My rating: A

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