Post by raliverpool on Sept 24, 2020 19:17:19 GMT 1
I'll throw my hat into the ring, but I've lost count of the number of Top Ten's I've come across with 9 good to classic songs with one turd stinking up the joint ....
1 (1) Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Two Tribes 2 (5) Neil - Hole In My Shoes 3 (2) Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax 4 (3) Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time 5 (8) Prince - When Doves Cry 6 (10) Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It 7 (4) Nik Kershaw - I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me 8 (9) Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel - White Lines (Don't Do It) 9 (7) Pointer Sisters - Jump (For My Love) 10 (14) The Bluebells - Young At Heart
At #1 the Trevor Horn produced song that was the zeitgeist with regards USA v USSR Nuclear War fears, with a fab Godley & Creme video which would cause "Gammon & Woke snowflakes" on both sides to send OfCom into meltdown if shown today.
At #2 A brilliant comedy cover of the Traffic original, featuring the superb backing music of Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin (who knew a thing or two about updating 1960s songs and making them better than the original). Enabling Nigel Planer to put in a couple of memorable TOTP performances.
At #3 To this day this banned at the time hedonistic NRG track sounds brilliant. But we were living in Thatcher's Britain where homosexuality was still a no no.
#4, #5 & #6 Three of the greatest USA #1s of the decade if not of all time.
#7 Sure it is not as good as The Riddle or Wouldn't It Be Good, but it is a glorious catchy feel good pop song.
#8 This legendary anti-drug funk hip hop song so was strong even Duran Duran could not destroy it on their career savaging Thank You covers album.
#9 The US vocal group's uptempo synth Dance pop classic, which remains the one Girls Aloud single cover that they did not ruin.
#10 This joyful Scottish folk pop classic (a recover of the 1983 Bananarama album cut) only peaked at #8 at the time, it had to wait until the quality of chart music was far inferior to reach UK #1 in 1993. Plus it's video features actors Stratford Johns (Z Cars & Softly Softly) and Molly Weir (Rentaghost); & Clare Grogan (Gregory's Girl) which scores high on the Vas approval ratings).
PS. If you prefer you can have the following week with Alison Moyet's debut single "Love Resurrection" replacing the Pointer Sisters.
I will see you and raise you the chart from 26th June 1966
1 (2) Beatles - Paperback Writer 2 (1) Frank Sinatra - Strangers In The Night 3 (3) Mamas & Papas - Monday Monday 4 (5) Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman 5 (14) Kinks - Sunny Afternoon 6 (7) Animals - Don't Bring Me Down 7 (11) Cilla Black - Don't Answer Me 8 (12) Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep - Mountain High 9 (4) Merseys - Sorrow 10 (10) Yardbirds - Over Under Sideways Down
Post by Earl Purple on Sept 25, 2020 9:43:24 GMT 1
I'd agree that 11 February 1989 is a pretty strong top 10, not sure if that's the week Smurfie had in mind (more likely the week before as he probably prefers Kylie & Jason and Erasure to Morrissey and Bobby Brown)
I don't think that last top 10 has all brilliant songs. Engelbert Humperdinck??
Not keen on that Beach Boys cover either. The Tremeloes and Mamas And Papas are also both covers too, although I do quite like them, and the Dubliners is too, it's not their song, although maybe they made it famous here. (Skinny Lister's "Forty Pound Wedding" has exactly the same melody).
Post by vastarin er on Nov 10, 2020 21:40:18 GMT 1
Hump had a tremendous voice and a tremendous charisma. I've also got a sneaking regard for him given he was shlepping up and down the pubs and clubs for years without a break - then Dickie Valentine fell ill before a performance for Sunday Night At The London Palladium, he stepped in last minute and no prep, and voom.
I'm actually finding a few in the supposed deadlands of the seventies, although that's thanks to glam rock. End of May 1973:
1. Wizzard - See My Baby Jive
2. Suzi Quatro - Can The Can
3. Perry Como - And I Love You So (even if you don't like the song, it's such a warm voice)
4. Medicine Head - One And One Is One
5. Sweet - Hell Raiser
6. Dawn - Tie A Yellow Ribbon (iconic, if overplayed)
7. Stevie Wonder - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
8. Deodato - Also Sprach Zarathustra (the 2001 theme)
9. Nazareth - Broken Down Angel
10. Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side (and guess what prompted me finding this top 10)
Post by vastarin er on Nov 24, 2020 16:30:28 GMT 1
It seems to be a lot easier to find 100% brilliant top tens in the late sixties. From April 1968 onwards there are few duff top 10 tracks. Take w/e 14 September...
1. Beatles - Hey Jude
2. Mary Hopkin - Those Were The Days
3. Bee Gees - I've Gotta Get A Message To You
4. Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer
5. Beach Boys - Do It Again
6. Casuals - Jesamine
7. Johnny Nash - Hold Me Tight
8. Canned Heat - On The Road Again
9. Union Gap - Lady Willpower
10. Herb Alpert - This Guy's In Love With You
Not just 10 terrific singles, but four (maybe five if you count Alpert) legendary artists, one with a cult following, a quirky folk tune out of nowhere, and one of the great forgotten hits by near-one hit wonders.
Post by Earl Purple on Nov 24, 2020 17:19:28 GMT 1
From 1976 - maybe not the best year for music certainly as the year went on, but in April it hit a peak. Not 100% sure about the number one though.
1(1) Brotherhood Of Man - Save Your Kisses For Me 2(2) Barry White - You See The Trouble With Me 3(4) John Miles - Music 4(14) Abba - Fernando 5(3) Billy Ocean - Love Really Hurts Without You 6(11) 10cc - I'm Mandy Fly Me 7(18) Hank Mizell - Jungle Rock 8(7) Elton John - Pinball Wizard 9(8) Beatles - Yesterday 10(25) Diana Ross - Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To).
the following week we also got "Girls Girls Girls" by Sailor although we lost Billy Ocean and the Beatles.
Pinball Wizard a cover of a Who song from 1969.
But even older is Yesterday by the Beatles, a classic from 1965 never released as a single in the UK at the time.
However that isn't the oldest song in the chart, Hank Mizell's song was recorded in the late 50s and finally got to chart nearly 2 decades later.
The songs at #3, #6 and #4 though are total classics of their time. And also number 5, 10 and 2.
My celebrity crushes : Monika Sedziuviene, Kristina Ivanova (YVA).
In my head I like to imagine LastDreamer in the land of Lithuania right now with a suitcase of simcards, a box of chocolates and a wedding ring. It would be a great base for an epic Eurovision fan fiction.