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Your personal #1 hits through the years

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by Mvnl, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. Mvnl

    Mvnl Staff Member

    I know some on here actually keep up their personal weekly singles/song charts and I often wish I could do the same just cause it would be fun to look back on later.
    I've also done too many attempts of making playlists for each year/decade and always struggle on where to draw the line (qualitywise).

    And then I got the idea of doing a playlist of every single song that would have been number one on my personal charts, if I'd actually made them. Which sounds a lot more vague and hard than it actually is cause we all know those songs that overshadow anything else released that week/month/year, that made you rush out to get the album, etcetera.

    So I made a start with mine (also did seperate lists for each decade)
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7ffXVoqQKuqYtrZicSkBmv

    As a starting point I just put on about 5 songs that came to mind first, then kept refreshing Spotify's 'recommended songs' and added ones that fitted the bill.
    Once I'm done I intend to put it all in chronological order. Also looking forward to finding out which artists/eras had the most #1s for me.

    I'm only slightly struggling with:
    - songs that were obviously a #1 for me at the time which I've completely gone off (still chose to include those)
    - songs that feel like huge moments in hindsight (I Want It That Way, Rhythm Is A Dancer..) where I just wasn't particularly invested in them when they came out. I even recall Sound Of The Underground and No Good Advice just being 'one of the many songs on the radio I liked' instead of properly standing out. But I hate rewriting history, so in case of doubt I don't include it.
    - everything from the early 90s and earlier. I can guess 'had I been paying attention' a Like A Prayer would be a no-brainer for a #1, but I was not consciously listening to music yet at the time so it feels like a guessing game.

    Would quite like to see other people's attempts and lists because I think it could be a nice reflection of music/your taste through the years?
     
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  2. Mvnl

    Mvnl Staff Member

    I completed the 00s portion chronologically.. it's quite a ride and at times oddly affecting to see/hear certain songs together. I'm not sure what 2002/03/04 did to hurt me but they were years where apparently few songs properly stuck with me. Perhaps cause it was the start of the download days and pre-iTunes?

    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6pMyef0iKqH6kezvzV8kct?si=T7KJoARPQGGq8erBiDK2PQ

    The list:
    22-01 Backstreet Boys - Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely
    - 12-02 Wow! - The Night Before You Came
    11-03 Jessica Simpson - I Wanna Love You Forever
    11-03 Linda - No Goodbyes
    20-03 Precious - Rewind
    01-04 Melanie - Never Be The Same Again
    03-04 Steps - Deeper Shade Of Blue
    08-04 Scooch - More Than I Needed To Know
    29-04 Britney Spears - Oops!... I Did It Again
    29-04 Aqua - Around The World
    10-06 Anastacia - I'm Outta Love
    24-06 Jessica Simpson - I Think I'm In Love
    24-06 Krezip - I Would Stay
    01-07 Kylie Minogue - Spinning Around
    03-07 Steps - Summer Of Love
    08-07 The Corrs - Breathless
    29-07 Cleopatra - Come And Get Me
    12-08 Britney Spears - Lucky
    02-09 Samantha Mumba - Gotta Tell You
    23-09 Sonique - Sky
    14-10 Sugababes - Overload
    16-10 Steps - Stomp
    - 21-10 Follow That Dream - Follow That Dream
    18-11 Destiny's Child - Independent Women Part 1
    25-11 Leann Rimes - Can't Fight The Moonlight
    23-12 A*Teens - Upside Down

    01-01 Steps - It's The Way You Make Me Feel
    09-02 K3 - Tele-Romeo
    24-02 Gigi D'Agostino - La Passion
    24-02 Nelly Furtado - I'm Like A Bird
    17-03 Ebonique - So Much Love
    17-03 Westlife - I Lay My Love On You
    21-03 A*Teens - Halfway Around The World
    14-04 Starmaker - Damn (I Think I Love You)
    14-04 Destiny's Child - Survivor
    23-04 S Club 7 - Don't Stop Movin'
    28-04 Eve - Who's That Girl
    19-05 Birgit - Few Like You
    19-05 Sita & Bart - I Was Made To Love You
    - 19-05 Rhona - Satisfied
    19-05 Geri Halliwell - It's Raining Men
    26-05 K-otic - I Can't Explain
    28-05 Steps - Here And Now
    06 PYT Same Ol Same Ol
    11-06 Mis-teeq - All I Want
    23-06 Jessica Simpson - Irresistible
    30-06 Wyclef Jean - Perfect Gentleman
    30-06 Janet Jackson - Someone To Call My Lover
    21-07 Destiny's Child - Bootylicious
    21-07 Jennifer Lopez - Ain't It Funny
    04-08 Westlife - When You're Looking Like That
    08-09 Blu Cantrell - Hit 'em Up Style (Oops!)
    15-09 Alcazar - Crying At The Discotheque
    15-09 Lasgo - Something
    22-09 Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head
    24-09 Nicole Kidman & Ewan McGregor - Come What May
    24-09 Steps - Chain Reaction
    20-10 Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Take Me Home
    17-11 Jessica Simpson - A Little Bit
    17-11 Anastacia - Paid My Dues
    17-11 Sita - Happy
    24-11 Georgina - Yo Quiero Bailar
    01-12 Kate Winslet - What If
    08-12 Riva - Who Do You Love Now?

    12-01 Britney Spears - Overprotected
    19-01 Pink - Get The Party Started
    26-01 DJ Sammy ft. Do - Heaven
    09-02 Shakira - Whenever Wherever
    23-02 Westlife - World Of Our Own
    16-03 Anastacia - One Day In Your Life
    -- 04 Jaybeez - It's Ok
    -- 27-04 Dennington - Twisted
    18-05 Pink - Don't Let Me Get Me
    -- 31-05 Karen Mulder - I Am What I Am
    01-06 K-otic - Falling
    08-06 Sugababes - Freak Like Me
    08-06 Liberty X - Just A Little
    20-07 David Guetta - Love Don't Let Me Go
    24-08 K-otic - I Surrender
    31-08 Avril Lavigne - Complicated
    07-09 Sugababes - Round Round
    5-10 Pink - Just Like A Pill
    5-10 T.a.t.u. - All The Things She Said
    02-11 Madonna - Die Another Day
    11-11 H & Claire - All Out Of Love

    08-03 Atomic Kitten - Be With You
    29-03 Jamai - Step Right Up
    05-04 Liberty X - Being Nobody
    19-04 Madonna - American Life
    26-04 Kelly Rowland - Can't Nobody
    07-06 Sertab - Every Way That I Can
    14-06 Christina Aguilera - Fighter
    21-06 K3 - Oya Lé Lé
    28-06 Stacie Orrico - Stuck
    05-07 Beyoncé - Crazy In Love
    12-07 Bertine Zetlitz - Girl Like You
    09-08 Nodesha - Get It While It's Hot
    -- 16-08 Amy Studt - Misfit
    09-08 Jewel - Intuition
    08-09 Lisa Scott-Lee - Too Far Gone
    08-09 Lene - It's Your Duty
    11-10 Delta Goodrem - Lost Without You
    18-10 Sugababes - Hole In The Head
    08-11 Robbie Williams - Sexed Up
    06-12 Black Eyed Peas - Shut Up
    13-12 Madonna - Nothing Fails
    27-12 Delta Goodrem - Not Me, Not I
    -- 12 - Paul Johnson - Doo Wap

    17-01 Sugababes - Too Lost In You
    20-03 Anastacia - Left Outside Alone
    17-04 Narcotic Thrust - I Like It
    -- 01-05 Candee Jay - If I Were You
    10-05 Joss Stone - Super Duper Lovin'
    12-06 Milk Inc - I Don't Care
    28-06 Girls Aloud - The Show
    10-07 Blue - Bubblin'
    13-09 Girls Aloud - Love Machine
    18-09 Joss Stone - You Had Me
    30-10 Destiny's Child - Lose My Breath
    06-11 Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For?
    27-11 Anouk - Girl
    25-12 Raffish - Plaything


    12-03 Elize - Automatic
    14-05 The Game - Hate It Or Love It
    21-05 Black Eyed Peas - Don't Phunk With My Heart
    11-06 Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
    11-06 Infernal - Paris To Berlin
    -- 04-07 Rachel Stevens - So Good
    01-08 Melanie C - Better Alone
    20-08 Elize - I'm No Latino
    27-08 Black Eyed Peas - Don't Lie
    03-09 Pussycat Dolls - Don't Cha
    -- 10-09 Aukje & Marieke - Be Where You Wanna Be
    24-09 T.a.t.u. - All About Us
    26-09 Toni Braxton - Trippin'
    01-10 Faith Evans - Mesmerized
    01-10 Sugababes - Push The Button
    -- 03-10 Rachel Stevens - I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)
    8-10 Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
    29-10 Kus - Topje Van Mijn Zus
    12-11 Madonna - Hung Up
    14-11 Girls Aloud - Biology
    03-12 Pussycat Dolls - Stickwitu
    12-12 Westlife ft. Diana Ross - When You Tell Me That You Love Me

    07-01 Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You
    -- 04-02 Basto - Rock With You
    25-02 Madonna - Sorry
    04-03 Meck - Thunder In My Heart Again
    13-03 Girls Aloud - Whole Lotta History
    18-03 Raffaela - Right Here Right Now
    18-03 Sugababes - Red Dress
    18-03 Pink - Stupid Girls
    01-04 Katerine - Here Come All The Boys
    22-04 Rihanna - SOS
    06-05 Young Divas - This Time I Know It's For Real
    September - Satellites
    13-05 Marco Borsato - Rood
    14-05 Daz Sampson - Teenage Life
    20-05 Kate Ryan - Je T'adore
    03-06 Robbie Williams - Sin Sin Sin
    10-06 Elize - Into Your System
    17-06 K3 - Ya Ya Yippee
    19-06 Liberty X - X
    29-06 Jessica Simpson - A Public Affair
    03-07 The Pipettes - Pull Shapes
    15-07 Marie Serneholt - That's The Way My Heart Goes
    15-07 Rogue Traders - Voodoo Child
    15-07 Paris Hilton - Stars Are Blind
    15-07 Guillermo & Tropical Danny - Toppertje!
    15-08 Dreamgirls - One Night Only
    26-08 Pink - U + Ur Hand
    02-09 Cascada - Everytime We Touch
    02-09 Kus - Kus Gaat Los
    09-09 James Morrison - You Give Me Something
    11-09 Jamelia - Something About You
    16-09 The Veronicas - 4ever
    21-10 Ilse DeLange - The Lonely One
    23-10 Girls Aloud - Something Kinda Oooh
    28-10 Pussycat Dolls - I Don't Need A Man
    4-11 Christina Aguilera - Hurt
    11-11 Young Divas - Happenin' All Over Again
    -- 11-11 Sugababes - Easy
    18-11 Robbie Williams - Lovelight
    22-11 BWO - Chariots Of Fire
    12 Reina - On My Own
    04-12 The Sounds - Tony The Beat
    09-12 Booty Luv - Boogie 2Nite
    16-12 James Morrison - Wonderful World
    18-12 Girls Aloud - I Think We're Alone Now

    27-01 Fergie - Fergalicious
    03-02 Mason vs Princess Superstar - Perfect (Exceeder)
    -- 12-02 Emma Bunton - All I Need To Know
    19-02 Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Catch You
    24-02 Gwen Stefani ft. Akon - The Sweet Escape
    03-03 Freemasons - Rain Down Love
    12-03 Girls Aloud vs Sugababes - Walk This Way
    12-03 Pink - Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)
    19-05 Booty Luv - Shine
    26-05 Rihanna ft. Jay-Z - Umbrella
    02-06 Kelly Clarkson - Never Again
    30-06 Gwen Stefani - 4 In The Morning
    07-07 Avril Lavigne - When You're Gone
    14-07 Mika - Relax (Take It Easy)
    14-07 Natasha Bedingfield - Soulmate
    23-07 Groove Armada ft. Mutya - Song For Mutya
    28-08 Krezip - Play This Game With Me
    06-08 Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Today The Sun's On Us
    31-08 Girls Aloud - Sexy! No No No
    15-09 Delta Goodrem - In This Life
    20-10 Sugababes - About You Now
    20-10 Britney Spears - Gimme More
    20-10 Alicia Keys - No One
    12-11 KT Tunstall - Saving My Face
    17-11 September - Cry For You
    17-11 Kylie Minogue - 2 Hearts
    17-11 Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music
    26-11 Girls Aloud - Call The Shots

    15-01 Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful Of Sunshine
    29-01 Danity Kane - Damaged
    -- 16-02 Bodyrox ft. Luciana - What Planet You On?
    23-02 Kylie Minogue - In My Arms
    08-03 Duffy - Mercy
    14-03 Girls Aloud - Can't Speak French
    05-04 Amy Macdonald - This Is The Life
    19-04 Estelle ft. Kanye West - American Boy
    03-05 Alphabeat - Fascination
    03-05 Usher - Love In This Club
    05-05 Will.I.Am ft. Cheryl - Heartbreaker
    07-06 Monique Smit - Blijf Je Vanavond
    14-06 Maroon 5 ft. Rihanna - If I Never See Your Face Again
    16-06 Weezer - Pork And Beans
    19-07 Ne-Yo - Closer
    27-07 The Saturdays - If This Is Love
    02-08 Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
    16-08 Delta Goodrem - I Can't Break It To My Heart
    16-08 Lady Gaga - Just Dance
    23-08 The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name
    25-08 Alphabeat - Boyfriend
    25-08 Little Jackie - The World Should Revolve Around Me
    13-09 Pink - So What
    27-09 Ilse DeLange - So Incredible
    -- 07-10 Christina Milian - Us Against The World
    15-10 Girls Aloud - The Promise
    18-10 Britney Spears - Womanizer
    10-11 Alesha Dixon - The Boy Does Nothing
    15-11 Lady Linn & Her Magnificent 7 - Love Affair
    22-11 Katy Perry - Hot 'N Cold
    --24-11 Same Difference - We R One
    27-12 Pink - Sober

    12-01 Girls Aloud - The Loving Kind
    24-01 Lily Allen - The Fear
    24-01 Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You
    07-02 Nikki - What Did I Do
    27-02 Leki & The Sweet Mints - Love Me Another Day
    27-04 Girls Aloud - Untouchable
    09-05 David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland - When Love Takes Over
    19-05 Glee Cast - Don't Stop Believin'
    23-05 Noisettes - Don't Upset The Rhytm (Go Baby Go)
    27-05 BWO - Right Here Right Now
    -- 12-06 Jameerah - All Eyes On Me
    27-06 Freemasons ft. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)
    31-07 Madonna - Celebration
    11-08 Kelly Clarkson - Already Gone
    17-08 Annie - Songs Remind Me Of You
    30-08 Sugababes - Get Sexy
    31-08 Booty Luv - Say It
    06-09 Mini Viva - Left My Heart In Tokyo
    - 09 Queen Latifah - Cue The Rain
    - 28-09 Natalie Imbruglia - Want
    04-10 The Saturdays - Forever Is Over
    10-10 K3 - MaMaSé!
    12-10 Alexandra Burke - Bad Boys
    25-10 Melanie Fiona - Monday Morning
    30-10 Cheryl Cole - Fight For This Love
    07-11 Black Eyed Peas - Meet Me Halfway
    08-11 Sugababes - About A Girl
    17-11 Alicia Keys - Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
    21-11 Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
    12-12 Keri Hilson - I Like
    - 14-12 Mini Viva - I Wish
     
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  3. I turned my list of the #1s on my personal chart into a variety of things:

    1) iTunes Playlist (originally covered 1984-1992, but now goes back to 1980 since we've been creating Retrocharts for 1980-83). Once I properly add all my music from 1993 and beyond to my iTunes library, I'll add the #1s from those years to this Playlist.

    2) Blog - the amazinglyfewdiscothequesprovidejukeboxes project, which includes amongst other things a full re-run through all my personal #1s since Jan 7th 1984. Restored artwork and associated ramblings/reminiscing included!

    3) CDR-s. Again a work-in-progress.

    The temptation with revisiting personal charts is to indulge in revisionism. There are countless times where the single which actually made my #1 that week is no longer anywhere near my favourite record of that period. Loads of songs from 1985, for example, didn't make my #1 when they would do so, were I to compile them now with hindsight.

    In the Retrocharts, I've been encouraged by @Hairycub1969 to apply some of this revisionism to the charts I'll be submitting from 1984 onwards, but I haven't decided yet. I may try it out privately and see whether I like the results, or enjoy the process.!
     
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  4. Mvnl

    Mvnl Staff Member

    With me everything feels like potential revisionism. I'm right now going through the 10s and there's half the songs on that list a year compared to the 00s. Maybe I have less obvious big songs, maybe I'm not being strict enough with earlier years because of nostalgia. The idea of going with 'what would have been number one' made for a very decent playlist though. I might do a broader version of it adding some songs that 'might not have made number 1 but definitely top 3' now I set the base with a chronological playlist
     
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  5. I'll post some Yearly lists of my #1s, copied from the Excel spreadsheets, and see how we go!

    1984

    7 1 1984 WHAT IS LOVE? HOWARD JONES
    14 1 1984 WHAT IS LOVE? HOWARD JONES
    21 1 1984 WHAT IS LOVE? HOWARD JONES
    28 1 1984 RELAX FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
    4 2 1984 RELAX FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
    11 2 1984 DOCTOR! DOCTOR! THOMPSON TWINS
    18 2 1984 DOCTOR! DOCTOR! THOMPSON TWINS
    25 2 1984 RADIO GA GA QUEEN
    3 3 1984 HIDE AND SEEK HOWARD JONES
    10 3 1984 HIDE AND SEEK HOWARD JONES
    17 3 1984 HIDE AND SEEK HOWARD JONES
    24 3 1984 THE LION'S MOUTH KAJAGOOGOO
    31 3 1984 IT'S A MIRACLE CULTURE CLUB
    7 4 1984 PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE DEPECHE MODE
    14 4 1984 YOU TAKE ME UP THOMPSON TWINS
    21 4 1984 P.Y.T. (PRETTY YOUNG THING) MICHAEL JACKSON
    28 4 1984 WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) SCRITTI POLITTI
    5 5 1984 DANCING GIRLS NIK KERSHAW
    12 5 1984 DON'T TELL ME BLANCMANGE
    19 5 1984 DON'T TELL ME BLANCMANGE
    26 5 1984 THE REFLEX DURAN DURAN
    2 6 1984 PEARL IN THE SHELL HOWARD JONES
    9 6 1984 PEARL IN THE SHELL HOWARD JONES
    16 6 1984 TWO TRIBES FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
    23 6 1984 TWO TRIBES FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
    30 6 1984 TWO TRIBES FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
    7 7 1984 TWO TRIBES FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
    14 7 1984 TWO TRIBES FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
    21 7 1984 WHEN DOVES CRY PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION
    28 7 1984 WHEN DOVES CRY PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION
    4 8 1984 THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME BLANCMANGE
    11 8 1984 THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME BLANCMANGE
    18 8 1984 LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL HOWARD JONES
    25 8 1984 CARELESS WHISPER GEORGE MICHAEL
    1 9 1984 MOTHERS TALK TEARS FOR FEARS
    8 9 1984 MOTHERS TALK TEARS FOR FEARS
    15 9 1984 MADAM BUTTERFLY MALCOLM McLAREN
    22 9 1984 MADAM BUTTERFLY MALCOLM McLAREN
    29 9 1984 MADAM BUTTERFLY MALCOLM McLAREN
    6 10 1984 MASTER AND SERVANT DEPECHE MODE
    13 10 1984 APOLLO 9 ADAM ANT
    20 10 1984 APOLLO 9 ADAM ANT
    27 10 1984 APOLLO 9 ADAM ANT
    3 11 1984 THIS IS MINE HEAVEN 17
    10 11 1984 THIS IS MINE HEAVEN 17
    17 11 1984 SEXCRIME (NINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR) EURYTHMICS
    24 11 1984 SEXCRIME (NINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR) EURYTHMICS
    1 12 1984 LET IT ALL BLOW THE DAZZ BAND
    8 12 1984 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME THOMPSON TWINS
    15 12 1984 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME THOMPSON TWINS
    22 12 1984 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME THOMPSON TWINS
    29 12 1984 LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS WHAM!

    Most of these I am still very happy with, and would still have at #1 at some point. The two main exceptions are PYT, which is a nice track but I've no idea why I liked it more than any other record that week, and Apollo 9. I was a massive Adam Ant fan growing up, but it hasn't aged well. However, it was genuinely my favourite single at the time - I remember my Mum surprising me with it when I'd come home one Saturday after falling out with a friend of mine, and how thrilled I was. I went straight up to my room, stuck the single on the turntable and played it repeatedly!

    So even if I'd put several other singles from Oct 1984 above it now, I have that association with it so don't mind it being there for posterity.
     
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  6. Mvnl

    Mvnl Staff Member

    I guess a big difference between me choosing which songs had 'number 1 impact' and your actual charts is there are bound to be weeks where there's no songs that would be number 1 on any other week. Also weeks where there's multiple songs that would hit #1 on any other week.
    I deliberately ignored release dates and 'oh only 1 song could have been number 1' with mine, assuming one of the two would have taken the spot a week later. But it remains a guessing job with no actual files.
     
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  7. Let me look through my 1984 files and see what other singles could/would have been #1s (as I think I misunderstood the idea!)...
     
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  8. Mvnl

    Mvnl Staff Member

    I don't think you did. Cause you actually have your charts. And I have to go by 'imagining which songs would have been' because there's no way to rewind.
    But yeah, you might find some songs that felt like number 1's that just got unlucky?
     
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  9. Jan / Feb 1984: Speed Your Love To Me, Here Comes The Rain Again, The Killing Moon

    Most of my favourite stuff from this period eventually topped my proper chart...Relax, Doctor Doctor, Radio Gaga...

    Feb / March 1984: The Nine Lives Of Dr Mabuse, Ain't Nobody, Such A Shame

    The Propaganda one is closest to being an actual #1 for me, as I used to scribble down multiple work-in-progress charts in my school notebooks, and that was on top at one stage but not in the finished version.
     
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  10. April / May 1984: I Want To Break Free, Sneaking Out The Back Door / Matt's Mood, Thieves Like Us, The Lebanon, Turn Your Back On Me

    Again, a couple of these were leading the way on my scribbled charts but never ended up #1. Queen were head-to-head with Scritti Politti's WoodBeez but lost out. Thieves Like Us was one I got into a bit too late in his chart run, by the time I actually bought it on 12" there was a new HoJo single and The Reflex was around.
     
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  11. May / June 1984: Dazzle, Absolute, Smalltown Boy, Only When You Leave

    Most of these had the misfortune to be up against Two Tribes by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Nothing else stood a chance for about 6 weeks.
     
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  12. June 1984: Breakin (There's No Stopping Us), Jump (For My Love), Change Of Heart

    Now these were all tracks which I got very excited about on pretty much first listen, and were a sign that I was getting into more electro/club type pop. Actually, I've missed out Just Be Good To Me by the SOS Band for earlier in 1984, which is a stone cold classic and would destroy all the competition if I were compiling my chart these days.
     
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  13. Mvnl

    Mvnl Staff Member

    I genuinely wish I had the dedication and files you have to do this.
    All I can go by is playcounts on Last.fm, memories and CD-R's from the early 00s that kinda show how much I was into certain songs
     
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  14. July / August 1984: Tour De France, Tinseltown In The Rain

    That summer was a strange time, perhaps I suffered from FGTH fever, but not a lot of truly amazing singles seemed to be around in late July or early August. Funnily enough, the one single that stands out is one I barely acknowledged at the time, by my favourite-band-in-5-years-time The Blue Nile!
     
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  15. September 1984: Pride (In The Name Of Love), Blue Jean, Drive, Gimme All Your Lovin, No More Lonely Nights

    This seems to be the point at which my revisionist tastes start to kick in. Loads of classic AOR or mature pop that I liked at the time, but not as much as I do now. Blue Jean was a #11 on release, Drive went top 10, as did ZZ Top. The McCartney song, I now realise, is an absolute masterpiece and easily a career highlight but the 13yr-old me didn't really see it that way...I charted it at #11.
     
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  16. October 1984: Shout To The Top, Out Of Touch, I Feel For You, Hard Habit To Break, One Night In Bangkok, How To Be A Millionaire

    And again. I can't believe I didn't have I Feel For You at #1, but put Apollo 9 and Let It All Blow at the summit! Style Council singles always did well for me (top 5 nearly every time), but Out Of Touch was a flop on my Top 40 (a major regret). Likewise the Chicago song, which kind of falls into the same "makes sense as a grown-up" category as No More Lonely Nights. The Murray Head single was another scribbled-in temporary #1 which never officially made it, while I loved the ABC single enough to buy the 7" but not to chart higher than #4.
     
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  17. Mvnl

    Mvnl Staff Member

    I love reading these, yet wish I had more of a connection to the songs myself so it spoke to me more?
    But I see thought processes I've had myself compiling my lists. There's songs that deserved number 1 but realistically? No it wasn't one back then.
     
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  18. November 1984: The Riddle, The Power Of Love, I Want To Know What Love Is

    The Nik Kershaw track was on my favourite album that month, so I feel less guilty about not having it at #1 back then. Not sure why the 3rd FGTH single didn't top my chart...I'd have though everything they did would have automatically gone to #1. Weird. I think I was disappointed with the album so much I'd gone off them a bit (it still made #2). The Foreigner classic was a ballad, and a bit grown-up again, so see Macca and Chicago. I did end up buying the Foreigner album two months later, albeit for the next single That Was Yesterday (which ironically will turn up on my 1985 list of these should-have-beens).
     
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  19. Apologies if I'm spamming the thread a bit. I know what you mean about having a connection to things....that's why I decided to add write-ups for my #1s on the blog, because plain lists don't really say that much. I think people like to get more insight into why you like a song, or charted a song, and the context behind it all.
     
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  20. Mvnl

    Mvnl Staff Member

    Oh definitely!

    I do feel I might give my list a little revision cause certain songs (like Sound Of The Underground and No Good Advice) stood the test of time so greatly they deserve their spot more than certain songs I was obsessing over at the time that I don't even want to hear anymore. I think with regards to compiling year (play)lists going with number ones is a good starting point for where the bar is. But some songs that didn't make my list right now are actually above the bar?
     
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