I still check the Top 100 singles every Friday night, out of habit rather than interest. The vinyl singles chart is much more interesting and there’s been some astonishing number 1’s on that down the years.
Today, to my astonishment, there’s a good record n the Top 100, a re-entry at no. 73 for my favourite song of all time, Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’. It’s charted in the top 20 three times before, reaching its highest ever position of no. 13 the first time, and no. 19 twice afterwards.
And on the Vinyl Top 40 it’s number 1, leaping from last week’s no. 36.
And blimey but it’s a Joy Division top 3, with ‘Atmosphere’ as a New Entry at no. 2 and ‘Transmission’ a New Entry at no. 3. The only three singles Joy Division ever-released, a Top Three. Who on even the strongest drugs would ever have imagined that in 1979?
I haven’t had so much glee with the Charts since ‘Atmosphere’ went to no 1. in New Zealand.