You've read the weekly columns, so now enjoy the full-length year by year chart history books.
The Chart Watch UK - Hits Of ... books are a lovingly crafted encyclopedic account of all the artists and hits to reach the UK Top 40 during each particular year. Artist by artist and single by single, the annual story of pop music is told in the same manner which has kept weekly readers of the column enthralled for over two decades.
Chart Watch UK - Hits of 1989
So did I want to spend Sunday morning reading about every Top 40 hit from 1989? Turns out I did. Great work from @ChartUpdate - A Guy Called Gerald, Roachford, the Beautiful South, the folly of ‘Bros In 2 Summer’, Cliff Richard’s 100th single. Very good! pic.twitter.com/J4UDEpJEgA— bob stanley (@rocking_bob) May 26, 2019
In the latest volume to be published, read the stories behind the biggest hits of the final year of the 1980s. Find out how Madonna upset an entire nation with her video, but kept her sponsorship money anyway; just why The Bangles fell apart mere months after their biggest ever worldwide hit; why did Black Box change the voice on their smash hit record even while it was enjoying a lengthy run at the top of the charts; and how two men from South Yorkshire accidentally stumbled on a merchandising goldmine by licking a medley of other people's hits into shape.
It is the year of Kylie and Jason; of Black Box, Starlight and Mixmaster (all the same person); the year which gave us Lisa Stansfield but also Sonia; and the year that the Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses shared a Top Of The Pops stage and ushered in a brand new musical era.
Absolutely thrilled to have this new towering piece of work in my life and on my music reference book shelf right now— Lee Thompson (@leethommo) May 12, 2019
A breakdown of every 1989 UK Top 40 hit by @ChartUpdate
If you love facts, stats and trivia, you need this in your life too.
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Chart Watch UK - Hits of 1988
Newly revised, updated and republished is the original volume in the series. Through the artists and hits of the year, relive what would turn out to be a pivotal year in pop music history. Find out how a song sung by a whore in a TV musical became Cliff's biggest hit of the decade; how a charity performance by a soap opera actress turned her into one of the biggest stars on the planet; discover the identity of the man who links Bomb The Bass with S-Express; and which track had no video so had to use a slowed down 20 second clip of someone else's.
I love that someone has written this, published it and it’s in my life pic.twitter.com/xrLbBpqU9q— Russell Parsons (@RussellParsons) June 3, 2019
It was the year that Britain went House and then Acid; the year a former model recorded her version of a forgotten soul hit and spent the entire summer at the top of the charts; the year which saw no less than songs from the 1960s reach Number One; the year two former Go-Go's had their biggest solo hits; how a technical error meant All About Eve sat around in silence in live TV; and the year that Loadsamoney, Star Turn and even John Kettley meant that novelty comedy records had their finest ever hour.
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