Thursday, 5 April 2018

Top of the Pops, 5th April 2018

At last, they've done it. Assisted by the accelerated chart ratio, Rudimental and friends make the one small step up to number 1, appearing with a carnival-type performance and big grins on their faces.

Aside from that it's mostly a rundown of faves from the last few weeks, the exception being the suspiciously smooth Shawn Mendes, in at number 13. Of note are the double-header marking the release of George Ezra's album, and the way Florida Georgia Line seem to be becoming unlikely TOTP regulars.

Debuts: None.

Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same

Up 1 to number 18

Shawn Mendes - In My Blood

Highest New Entry - In at number 13

B Young - Jumanji

Up 1 to number 14

Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be

Up 1 to number 11

Jax Jones ft. Ina Wroldsen - Breathe

Up 1 to number 16

Post Malone - Psycho

Up 2 to number 6

George Ezra - Paradise / Pretty Shining People

Up 3 to number 2 / In at number 54

Rudimental ft. Jess Glynne and Dan Caplen

Up 1 to number 1

PRESENTER: Kimberley Walsh

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Top of the Pops, 29th March 2018

The highest new entry this week is a novelty single: Lil Dicky and the dashing Chris Brown turn TOTP Thursday into Freaky Friday. Also making chart inroads are XXXtentacion, Khalid and Normani (of Fifth Harmony, or possibly ex-Fifth Harmony), and the indestructible Sigala.

We have a couple of special exclusives, too. Florida Georgia Line are back with a solo rendition of Let Me Go, their Hailee Steinfeld co-credit, and Maren Morris leaves the DJs at home to bring us an acoustic version of The Middle.

PS If you're wondering where Rudimental have got to, the problem is that they've been a non-mover for weeks and weeks, stuck behind Drake. Apart from the number 1 we only feature chart climbers, so they haven't been on much. Sorry, hat guy, but those are the rules.

Debuts: Lil Dicky.

Florida Georgia Line - Let Me Go

Up 1 to number 32

XXXtentacion - Sad! / Moonlight

Up 8 to number 20 / In at number 31

Maren Morris - The Middle

Up 1 to number 10

Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown - Freaky Friday

Highest New Entry - In at number 16

Khalid and Normani - Love Lies

Up 6 to number 24

From The Vault: Christina Perri - A Thousand Years

Back in at number 58

Sigala ft. Paloma Faith - Lullaby

Up 6 to number 13

Drake - God's Plan

Ninth week at number 1

PRESENTERS: Dappy and Fazer

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Top of the Pops, 22nd March 2018

I don't think anyone could have predicted the success of the Greatest Showman soundtrack, but here it is, the biggest movie chart phenomenon since Frozen - and This Is Me is still in the top ten, which Let It Go never quite managed. Keala Settle appears once again to belt it out.

Elsewhere we have the second TOTP appearance this year for the unlikely Florida Georgia Line, a welcome reappearance by the girl band M.O., and the return of Years & Years. Various other popular hits of the day complete the line-up.

Debuts: Lotto Boyzz.

Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be

Up 13 to number 20

George Ezra - Paradise

Up 7 to number 12

Keala Settle - This Is Me

Up 1 to number 6

M.O. ft. Lotto Boyzz and Mr Eazi - Bad Vibe

High Climber - Up 23 to number 27

Anne-Marie - Friends

Up 1 to number 4

B Young - Jumanji

Up 1 to number 14

Years and Years - Sanctify

In at number 25

Drake - God's Plan

Eighth week at number 1

PRESENTER: Clara Amfo

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Top of the Pops, 15th March 2018

Half of this week's TOTP is a sampler of most of the biggest hits of the moment: Portugal The Man, Jax Jones, Justin Timberlake, and needless to say, Drake. But there are also exciting new hits from Zedd, Paloma Faith and TOTP debutant XXXtentacion. The oddball is Stormzy's Blinded By Your Grace from before Christmas, which provides a nice break from the madness.

Debuts: Maren Morris, Grey, XXXtentacion.

Portugal The Man - Feel It Still

Up 2 to number 4

XXXtentacion - Sad! / Changes

Highest New Entry - In at number 26 / In at number 71

Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton - Say Something

Up 1 to number 9

Zedd ft. Maren Morris and Grey - The Middle

High Climber - Up 13 to number 18

Jax Jones ft. Ina Wroldsen - Breathe

Up 1 to number 12

Sigala ft. Paloma Faith - Lullaby

Up 11 to number 21

Stormzy ft. MNEK - Blinded By Your Grace pt 2

Up 6 to number 29

Drake - God's Plan

Seventh week at number 1

PRESENTER: James Masterton

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Top of the Pops, 8th March 2018

Several new songs storm the charts this week, mingling with the ever-present Drake, Not3s and Mabel. Most impressive are Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign, but there's also room for strong chart charges by 5 Seconds of Summer, Ed Sheeran, and a TOTP mainstay of a couple of years ago, George Ezra. Anne-Marie and B Young round out a diverse and riveting show.

Debuts: None.

5 Seconds Of Summer - Want You Back

In at number 22

Marshmello ft. Anne-Marie - Friends

Up 4 to number 5

Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign - Psycho

Highest New Entry - In at number 4

George Ezra - Paradise

High Climber - Up 15 to number 30

B Young - Jumanji

Up 6 to number 19

Ed Sheeran - Supermarket Flowers

Back in at number 29

Not3s ft. Mabel - My Lover

Up 1 to number 17

Drake with Blocboy JB - God's Plan / Look Alive

Sixth week at number 1 / Up 3 to number 18

PRESENTER: Duffy

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Top of the Pops, 1st March 2018

Finally, Justin Timberlake's new hit has climbed high enough to get the guy featured, along with featuree Chris Stapleton of course. There's also fresh material from Khalid and Bazzi, but a slow-moving chart means that the rest of the show consists of reprises: Portugal The Man, Kendrick Lamar, and friends of the show Dua Lipa, Mabel and Not3s. Drake's number 1 run looks set to stretch out and out.

Debuts: Normani (as solo), Chris Stapleton.

Portugal The Man - Feel It Still

Up 2 to number 4

Bazzi - Mine

High Climber - Up 10 to number 27

Kendrick Lamar ft. SZA - All The Stars

Up 6 to number 5

Mabel ft. Not3s - Fine Line

Up 1 to number 16

Dua Lipa - IDGAF

Up 1 to number 3

Khalid and Normani - Love Lies

Highest New Entry - In at number 51

Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton - Say Something

Up 5 to number 22

Drake - God's Plan

Fifth week at number 1

PRESENTER: JB Gill

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Top of the Pops, 22nd February 2018

Grime and film continue to be the twin sounds of 2018: this week it's Kojo Funds representing the former, and Liam and Rita for the latter - though they only get through a verse and a chorus before Rita barges Liam off the stage and launches into a spirited rendition of the far superior Anywhere.

We also have the quietly very successful song from Jax Jones and Ina Wroldsen, the rather blunt new lyric from Anne-Marie, and a whole bunch of people crammed on to the stage with Hailee Steinfeld. Drake looks very cool at number 1 (and number 23 too).

Debuts: Florida Georgia Line, Andrew Watt, Blocboy JB.

Liam Payne and Rita Ora - For You (Fifty Shades Freed) / Anywhere

Up 10 to number 8 / Up 1 to number 31

Hailee Steinfeld vs Alesso ft. Florida Georgia Line and Andrew Watt - Let Me Go

Up 9 to number 30

Anne-Marie - Friends

Highest New Entry - In at number 19

Kojo Funds ft. RAYE - Check

Up 1 to number 32

Dua Lipa - New Rules

Up 2 to number 34

Jax Jones ft. Ina Wroldsen - Breathe

Up 1 to number 10

Blocboy JB ft. Drake - Look Alive

In at number 23

Drake - God's Plan

Fourth week at number 1

PRESENTER: Dannii Minogue