What was in the charts when you joined up?

Driving home this morning, I heard David Bowie's "lets dance" on the radio and had a nostalgic moment on the A1.

So, with that in mind, what music was in the charts when you joined up? What was playing in the erection section at the bop, and what music brings back a nostalgic lump in the front of your trousers, bring back memories of quick shags and frustrated nights, whilst in training?

Here is my list, from Feb '83

1 Too shy Kajagoogoo
2 Down under Men At Work
3 Sign of the times Belle Stars
4 Change Tears For Fears
5 Up where we belong Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
6 Electric avenue Eddy Grant
7 Wham rap Wham!
8 Gloria Laura Branigan
9 Billie Jean Michael Jackson
10 Oh Diane Fleetwood mac
11 You can't hurry love Phil Collins
12 Africa Toto
13 The cutter Echo & the Bunnymen
14 The story of the blues Wah!
15 Last night a D.J. saved my life Indeep
16 New year's day U2
17 Never gonna give you up Musical Youth
18 Christian China Crisis
19 Steppin' out Joe Jackson
20 The tunnel of love Fun Boy Three
From September 1985:

1 Dancing in the street David Bowie & Mick Jagger
2 Holding out for a hero Bonnie Tyler
3 Tarzan boy Baltimora
4 I got you babe UB 40 Feat. Chrissie Hynde
5 Part time lover Stevie Wonder
6 Body and soul Mai Tai
7 Into the groove Madonna
8 Knock on wood/Light my fire Amii Stewart
9 Drive Cars
10 Lavender Marillion
11 Running up that hill Kate Bush
12 Say I'm your no.1 Princess
13 If I was Midge Ure
14 Angel Madonna
15 Alone without you King
16 The power of love Huey Lewis & the News
17 Money for nothing Dire Straits
18 Lean on me(Ah-Li-Ayo) Red Box
19 Body rock Maria Videl
20 I can dream about you Dan Hartman
Same old buoys, lighthouses, and hazards to shipping. :roll:
Popular songs were rated on the sales of sheet music. :lol:
"The charts" weren't established until November '52. 8)

From 1st August 1978

No 1 The Boomtown Rats - I don't like mondays

Other people around

Gary Numan, Cliff Richard, Tubeway Army, Anita ward, Blondie, The Police, Pink Floyd etc.

It was also the year that Led Zep played their last concert at Knebworth.

The Number 1 album was "the best disco album in the world" by various artists.

Jamie Cullum was born and Sid Vicous died aged 21.


November 1973 top ten in reverse order

10. Yesterday Once More - Carpenters
9. My Love - Paul McCartney & Wings
8. Papa Was A Rolling Stone - Temptations
7. Daniel - Elton John
6. Midnight Train To Georgia - Gladys Knight
& The Pips
5. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life -
Stevie Wonder
4. Sing - Carpenters
3. Touch Me In The Morning - Diana Ross
2. You're So Vain - Carly Simon
1. Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack
some shite in this 2007

1. Take That - 'Shine'
2. Gwen Stefani Ft Akon - 'The Sweet Escape'
3. Kaiser Chiefs - 'Ruby'
4. Justin Timberlake - 'What Goes Around Comes Around'
5. Fray - 'How To Save A Life'
6. Mika - 'Grace Kelly'
7. Camille Jones/fedde Le Grande - 'The Creeps'
8. Kelis feat Cee Lo - 'Lil Star'
9. The Gossip - 'Standing In The Way Of Control'
10. Nelly Furtado - 'Say It Right


Lantern Swinger
StixJimboRM said:
January 1990

UK ~ Top Singles

Position / Title / Artist

01. Hangin' Tough - New Kids On The Block
02. Get A Life - Soul 11 Soul
03. When You Came Back To Me - Jason Donavon
04. Touch Me - 49ers
05. Got To Get - Ron n Raz Ft. Leila K
06. Got To Have Your Love - Mantronix Ft. Wondress
07. Tears On My Pillow - Kylie Minogue
08. The Magic Number - De La Soul
09. Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid 2
10. Dear Jessie - Madonna

what a load of old tripe!
feckin ell its a wonder u didnt join the foriegn legion having 2 listen to that crock of shite


War Hero
Book Reviewer
October 1986

1. True Blue - Madonna
2. Rain Or Shine - Five Star
3. Dont Leave Me This Way - Communards
4. You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
5. Every Loser Wins - Nick Berry
6. In The Army Now - Status Quo
7. Word Up - Cameo
8. Thorn In My Side - Eurythmics
9. Suburbia - Pet Shop Boys
10. I've Been Losing You - A-Ha


Book Reviewer
January 1960

28 Cliff Richard & The Drifters Living Doll (re-entry) Jan 1960
1 Michael Holliday Starry Eyed Jan 1960
3 Freddy Cannon Way Down Yonder In New Orleans Jan 1960
17 Drifters Dance With Me Jan 1960
26 Johnnie Ray I'll Never Fall In Love Again (re-entry) Jan 1960
26 Jerry Lordan I'll Stay Single Jan 1960
21 Gene Vincent Wild Cat Jan 1960
28 Wink Martindale Deck Of Cards (re-entry) Jan 1960
14 Cliff Richard & The Shadows Expresso Bongo EP Jan 1960 Notes
30 Ricky Nelson I Wanna Be Loved Jan 1960
19 Little Tony Too Good Jan 1960
29 Bill Forbes Too Young Jan 1960
27 Crickets When You Ask About Love Jan 1960
1 Anthony Newley Why Jan 1960
28 Eddie Cochran Hallelujah I Love Her So Jan 1960
30 Bobby Darin Mack The Knife (re-entry) Jan 1960
1 Adam Faith Poor Me Jan 1960
4 Craig Douglas Pretty Blue Eyes Jan 1960
5 Mr Acker Bilk & The Paramount Jazz Band Summer Set Jan 1960
26 Maureen Evans The Big Hurt Jan 1960
2 Cliff Richard & The Shadows A Voice In The Wilderness Jan 1960 Notes
20 Frankie Avalon Why Jan 1960
19 Marty Robbins El Paso Jan 1960
11 Platters Harbour Lights Jan 1960
8 Bobby Darin La Mer (Beyond The Sea) Jan 1960
12 Johnny Mathis Misty Jan 1960
25 Frankie Vaughan What More Do You Want Jan 1960


War Hero
Jeez, Janner, my Mum was preggers with me when you joined!

Feb 81, dunno if it was in the "Hit Parade" but Woman by John Lennon was forever on the JukeBox in Raleigh Automat.

Another maudlin song forever being played in the Raleigh cafe thingy - and probably still is to this day: "Sloop John B" - Beach Boys. I'd bet most of us that joined in the 80's onwards endured that one.


Book Reviewer
Top poular tunes of 1951.....
Too Young.... Nat King Cole
Cry..... Johnny Ray.
Because of You... Tony Bennett.
Jezebel.... Frankie Laine.
Be My Love... Mario Lanza.
How High The Moon... Les Paul & Mary Ford.

Those were the days.


War Hero
(granny) said:
Top poular tunes of 1951.....
Too Young.... Nat King Cole
Cry..... Johnny Ray.
Because of You... Tony Bennett.
Jezebel.... Frankie Laine.
Be My Love... Mario Lanza.
How High The Moon... Les Paul & Mary Ford.

Those were the days.
...Mary Hopkins
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