What was in the charts when you joined up?

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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)

  4. 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.


  5. 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
  6. Theres some good ones in there but, boy, there is some shite too. :lol:
  7. 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
  8. feckin ell its a wonder u didnt join the foriegn legion having 2 listen to that crock of shite
  9. I remember 'singing' that, accompanied by the juke box, to a whore in a bar in Malaga.

    You had to be there I suppose.
  10. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator 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
  11. janner

    janner War Hero 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
  12. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    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.
  13. (granny)

    (granny) 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.
  14. 1060?

    I thought that era was more King Canute with 'Seaside Shuffle' and Harold Godwinson's famous 'Eye Level' :lol:

  15. 1060 - popular song at the time was "serfs up".

    Ain't the beach boys been around for a long, long time!
  16. biggus d

    It can't have been 1060, that was just before the Battle of Hastings!
  17. Could.

    Alfred had a navy of sorts :p
  18. Guzzler

    I've only just read your post further up and couldn't stop laughing :lol: :lol: :lol:
  19. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    ...Mary Hopkins

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