Chart rewind

PLAYLIST: The Chart Rewind

What is The Chart Rewind?

Remember when the charts were good? When the top 40 was based on record sales alone? A time before the internet existed and streaming meant going for a dip in your local river? Well the Chart Rewind is just that. If I could turn back time, 30 years maybe…well that’s what we here at talkaboutpopmusic.com do every Sunday evening!

The UK top 40 best selling singles, counted down in reverse order from 40 to No.1. With videos to accompany all the new entries, the highest climber and, of course, that week’s biggest seller of all, the number one! And if that wasn’t enough, there’s our Chart Rewind Spotify playlist for you to enjoy for the next seven days and relive a time gone by when we bought 7 inches, 12 inches, cassettes and, if you were rich enough, a CD single of your favourite song!

Our database currently covers 1988, 1989 and 1990, but we intend to add future and past years in the coming months as well as keeping up with the top 40 itself, as it was, exactly 30 years previously. The chart post and playlist are published every Sunday evening at 6:45pm GMT and it’s hardly surprising that this creates enormous interest from all retro chart fans of the 1980’s and 90’s.

So step back in time, turn back the clock, time after time every week with us and sing along to all those songs you remember, the one’s you’d forgotten and maybe the one’s you’d really rather wish hadn’t happened at all. Oh, and you don’t even need to press pause, we’ve done that for you!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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