Thursday, 13 August 2020

Top of the Pops, 13th August 2020

As the wave of Taylor Swift that hit last week subsides, most other tracks bob back up a few places. For Top of the Pops, that means we get a high class week with several top ten tracks featured, including long-running hits from Regard and RAYE, AJ Tracey and the dashing Chris Brown. The Harry Styles track even scales a new peak, once again, after six months on the list. Is it impossible that it could eventually make number one?

We've got chart breakers from Miss 2019 Billie Eilish and Bewdley's own Becky Hill, and the infectiously delighted Joel Corry and MNEK make it three weeks at the top.

Debuts: None

Becky Hill vs Sigala - Heaven On My Mind

Up 6 to number 17

Billie Eilish - My Future

Highest New Entry - In at number 7

Regard ft. RAYE - Secrets

Up 5 to number 6

DJ Khaled ft. Drake - Greece

Up 3 to number 9

AJ Tracey ft. Mabel - West Ten

Up 4 to number 5

Chris Brown ft. Young Thug - Go Crazy

Up 4 to number 10

Harry Styles - Watermelon Sugar

Up 3 to number 4

Joel Corry ft. MNEK - Head & Heart

Third week at number 1

PRESENTERS: Rose Elinor Dougall and Gwenno Saunders

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Top of the Pops, 6th August 2020

Taylor Swift's album arrives, placing three new songs in the upper reaches and pushing most other tracks down accordingly, which means opportunities for a couple of climbers in the lower reaches: Tom Walker and Dua Lipa are both delighted to appear. Taylor herself brings us an impassioned remote rendition of Cardigan.

Swifty doesn't have the highest new entry, though. That honour goes to men of the moment Nathan Dawe and KSI, who appear in split screen. Friends of the show Little Mix also place well with their newest release, and MNEK and Joel Corry hold on at number 1.

Debuts: None

Topic ft. A7S - Breaking Me

Up 2 to number 18

Little Mix - Holiday

In at number 17

Tom Walker - Wait For You

Up 7 to number 47

Nathan Dawe ft. KSI - Lighter

Highest New Entry - In at number 4

Dua Lipa - Hallucinate

Up 16 to number 49

Jubel ft. Neimy - Dancing In The Moonlight

Up 5 to number 16

Taylor Swift - Cardigan

In at number 6

Joel Corry ft. MNEK - Head and Heart

Second week at number 1

PRESENTER: Heidi Range, from the 'Another Place' art installation on the Crosby shore

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Top of the Pops, 30th July 2020

This week is all about the feelgood hit of the summer from Joel Corry and MNEK, which skips up the final two places to give both performers a well deserved first number 1. They even breathe an infectious vivacity into the now terribly familiar TOTP Zoom team-up.

There are other chart stories here, though, notably from Drake, who has a ton of songs on the top 40 and performs three of them here. AJ Tracey and Harry Styles both scale new peaks this week, Sam Fischer is on the rise once again, and there's a slightly unexpected appearance from Digga D.

Debuts: None

Tion Wayne, Dutchavelli and Stormzy - I Dunno

Up 3 to number 15

DJ Khaled ft. Drake - Greece / Popstar

Highest New Entry - In at number 8 / In at number 11

Sam Fischer - This City

Up 2 to number 17

Harry Styles - Watermelon Sugar

Up 1 to number 5

Digga D - Woi

Up 1 to number 28

AJ Tracey ft. Mabel - West Ten

Up 1 to number 6

Headie One ft. Drake - Only You Freestyle

In at number 9

Joel Corry ft. MNEK - Head and Heart

Up 2 to number 1

PRESENTER: JB Gill

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Top of the Pops, 23rd July 2020

It's quite a quiet chart week this week, though there is interest in the shape of new hits from Halsey (and in memory of Juice WRLD), D-Block Europe and Bewdley's own Becky Hill. We also have classy returning performances from Ava Max and RAYE, and a second look at that new TikTok-type version of Dancing In The Moonlight.

Jason Derulo racks up a third week at number one, this time performing an acoustic version of Savage Love without young Jawsh for a bit of variety.

Debuts: None

Ava Max - Kings and Queens

Up 1 to number 21

Halsey - Life's A Mess

High Climber - Up 55 to number 11

Jubel ft. Neimy - Dancing In The Moonlight

Up 4 to number 22

D-Block Europe - Plain Jane

In at number 30

Chris Brown ft. Young Thug - Go Crazy

Up 2 to number 25

Becky Hill vs Sigala - Heaven On My Mind

Up 9 to number 31

Regard ft. RAYE - Secrets

Up 2 to number 8

Jason Derulo - Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat)

Third week at number 1

PRESENTERS: Tom Baker and David Tennant in a quarry

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Top of the Pops, 16th July 2020

We're swamped with new entries this week, mostly from the world of rap, both British and US, but also including the third banger from Joel Corry - it's starting to look like the first one wasn't a fluke. Ty Dolla $ign and co make the most impressive use of the multi-way Zoom functionality, with an unexpected TOTP debut from FKA Twigs.

The chart story of the week has to be the late Pop Smoke, whose album places three hits in the top 40 and one in the top ten. Jason and Jawsh hang on for a second week at the top.

Debuts: FKA Twigs, OFB

Ty Dolla $ign ft. Kanye West, FKA Twigs and Skrillex - Ego Death

In at number 34

Joel Corry ft. MNEK - Head & Heart

In at number 15

Deno ft. OFB - Circles

In at number 36

Jack Harlow - Whats Poppin

High Climber - Up 28 to number 29

Digga D - Woi

In at number 24

AJ Tracey ft. Mabel - West Ten

Highest New Entry - In at number 7

Tribute To Pop Smoke - The Woo / For The Night / Mood Swings

In at number 9

Jawsh 685 vs Jason Derulo - Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat)

Second week at number 1

PRESENTER: Kimberley Walsh (on her sofa)

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Top of the Pops, 9th July 2020

Congratulations to Jawsh 685, who leaps the last three places to take the top spot - with a little help from friend of the show Jason Derulo, of course. There's also a big new entry from K-pop maestros BlackPink, and a surprising leap for Jubel.

A couple of exclusives to mention: Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber perform their lockdown anthem live down the actual telephone, and the legendary Sweet Female Attitude and Sugababes give Nathan Dawes the day off and give us a sweet blend of their own takes on Flowers instead.

Debuts: Jubel, Neimy

Ava Max - Kings and Queens

Up 2 to number 19

BlackPink - How You Like That

Highest New Entry - In at number 20

Jubel ft. Neimy - Dancing In The Moonlight

High Climber - Up 26 to number 27

Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber - Stuck With U

Up 2 to number 17

The Weeknd - Blinding Lights

Long Runner - Up 2 to number 12 after 31 weeks

RAYE vs Regard - Secrets

Up 3 to number 7

Sweet Female Attitude and the Sugababes - Flowers

Up 3 to number 14

Jawsh 685 vs Jason Derulo - Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat)

Up 3 to number 1

PRESENTER: James Masterton

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Top of the Pops, 2nd July 2020

DaBaby and Roddy Ricch have no mountains left to climb, but plenty of other milestones are being reached: Drake and Giveon and Hosh and 1979 all finally get on the show after weeks bouncing around the lower reaches of the chart, and the indestructible Harry Styles finally makes the top ten with Watermelon Sugar. He performs with a string quartet to celebrate.

The highest new entry comes from M Huncho and Dutchavelli, continuing the strong britrap showing in lockdown. Meanwhile Tones & I is back once again, Topic storms the top three, and Surf Mesa pop in as well.

Debuts: Hosh, 1979, Jalja, Giveon

Hosh and 1979 ft. Jalja - Midnight (The Hanging Tree)

High Climber - Up 11 to number 34

Drake ft. Giveon - Chicago Freestyle

Up 4 to number 28

Surf Mesa ft. Emilee - ILY (I Love You Baby)

Up 5 to number 22

M Huncho and Dutchavelli - Burning

Highest New Entry - In at number 13

Tones & I - Dance Monkey

Long Runner - Up 2 to number 26 after 47 weeks

Topic ft. A7S - Breaking Me

Up 1 to number 3

Harry Styles - Watermelon Sugar

Up 4 to number 7

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch - Rockstar

Sixth week at number 1

PRESENTERS: Some gleeful Liverpool FC supporters