Admit

As predicted a week ago, this week sees Melodifestivalens participant Wiktoria storm to the top spot with her cheerful tune called ‘As I Lay Me Down’. She actually progressed to the Final round in Sweden which will take place on the 11th of March in Stockholm to chose their representative for this years Eurovision Song Contest. And not only I like it, Sweden does to, as Wiktoria entered the Swedish Top 20 this week as well! I must admit it has been a while since ESC songs were so predominant in the Top 20.

Not only did Wiktoria climbed to victory this week, but you can also see Italy’s Francesco Gabbani gain an astonishing 15 places to an impressive 3rd position with ‘Occidentalis Karma’ currently a big front runner to do well in Kiev!

We also have Norway’s country/folk group Rune Rudberg Band entering at a respectable 7th position with ‘Run Run Away’ being another potential candidate to represent their country in the Ukraine!

Next weeks chart update will be actually coming from Hawaii, as I embark on a little vacation to Oahu. Perhaps there will be some Polynesian inspired tunes? Who knows!

27/02-05/03/2017

Rank

Last Week

Artist(s)/Band(s) Song Title

Weeks

1

NEW

Wiktoria As I Lay Me Down

1

2

1

Saraha Kizunguzungu

9

3

18

Francesco Gabbani Occidentalis Karma

2

4

4

Ace Wilder Wild Child

5

5

2

Alma Requiem

4

6

NEW

Rune Rudberg Band Run Run Away

1

7

3

Mirela Spain

4

8

5

Ed Sheeran Castle On The Hill

8

9

6

The Gipsy Kings Baila Me

6

10

7

Krista Siegfrids Better On My Own

6

11

8

The BBC BBC News Countdown (Regions)

7

12

11

Justin Timberlake Can’t Stop The Feeling

9

13

9

Alan Walker Alone

2

14

14

Rainey Qualley Me And Johnny Cash

9

15

13

One Direction I Would

5

16

NEW

BQL Heart Of Gold

1

17

10

Little Mix Your Love

3

18

17

Charli XCX & Lil Yachty After The Afterparty

3

19

19

Sigala & Digital Farm Animals Only One

3

20

20

Luminate Heal This Home

3

 

This song has big potential to enter next weeks charts, and brings me back to 2001 when a well known Nana Mouskouri stormed to success with the original ‘Guten Morgen Sonnenschein’! What a great remix though!

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Different

I have decided, that I shall present you tonight a somewhat different look into chart entries from previous years! It is however kind of related to my evening at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park yesterday here in London. Me and my work colleagues were invited to actually see a few rooms and suites so we can get a better understanding for the property and be more proactive in promoting it to our clients. It is a five star luxury hotel directly opposite of the capitals famous Hyde Park and I was lucky enough to get to see the Royal Suite. I am still amazed about the size and style of this magnificent room (well flat!) and if no one of the sales reps would have been in there with us I probably would have been lost. Seriously, it is that big. If I ever win the lottery I might treat myself to one night there. However that lottery win has to be a very big one!!!

Another personal highlight from my point of view I would like to share is that I was able to impress the reps and a few colleagues with my (geeky) knowledge about the Eurovision Song Contest, the Olympic Games & Italian Geography! So this is what todays chart entries will be relating to and hence why the difference compared to the past few months. I do hope you’re enjoying them as much as I do and as usual, feel free to leave any feedback either via email or as a comment below this article!

On the 10th of September back in 2007 ‘One Moment In Time’ by Whitney Houston first appeared in Enrico’s Hitlist! This song is in relation to my Olympic Games knowledge I’ve demonstrated last night. Always been fascinated by the Summer edition, I seem to have memorised where the biggest sport event has been staged since their revitalisation in Athens/Greece back in 1896! This song became the official theme for the Summer Olympics in Seoul/South Korea in 1988 and discovering this particular performance by one of the greatest singers of all time at the Grammy’s in 1989 catapulted her into my charts. I am still getting goose bumps watching it and would rank it as one of the best live performances of any song I have ever seen! Even though it has only spent 11 weeks in the Top 20, it still managed to become Whitney’s second most successful tune by scoring 166 points in total. This leaves her at this stage in time on Rank 264 in the All Time list.

Two years before that – I am referring to 1986 – ‘Bello E Impossible’ was released by Italian pop sensation Gianna Nannini. It debuted in Enrico’s Hitlist at Number 1 on the 13th of October back in 2008 and managed to stay in the Top 20 the same amount of time, as ‘One Moment In Time’ by Whitney Houston did: 11 weeks. It was however ranked slightly higher a few times and  therefore accumulated 192 points which gives her rank 209 in the All Time Charts as of today. This reference today comes from last nights knowledge about Italians participation in the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) and a few details about the geography of this southern European country. Not only did I manage to impress one of the reps by knowing that Italy won this prestigious contest twice so far back in 1964 and 1990, I also almost lectured about the San Remo Music Festival and cities near the Cinque Terre region, such as Bordighera, Imperia and Genoa! Another fact I revealed was that even though only coming 3rd in the ESC in 1958 ‘Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu’ by Italian representative Domenico Modugno was a massive worldwide hit better known as Volare (famously covered by the Gipsy Kings). It is one of the most popular Eurovision Songs of all time which also stayed at the helm of the US Billboard Hot 100 for an impressive five weeks. Anyway, since it hasn’t made an appearance in Enrico’s Hitlist – neither as the original or the cover version – this means, that I won’t share it tonight and instead you have to be satisfied with Gianna Nannini.

And to keep tradition alive and because I’m in such a good mood I also like to present a song which entered my Top 20 twelve years ago! On the 9th of April 2001 Dutch female pop group Luv appeared with their mega(!) hit single from 1978 ‘You’re the Greatest Lover’. It is one of the songs I have always heard in the radio and fancied but never actually got hold off until that particular day in April! It speaks volumes for how much I liked it, as it went on to spend 19 weeks at the Number 1 spot. It has also reached the Top 20 for 143 (!!!) weeks in total which makes it the longest chart sitter so far. From 2001 until 2005 and M People’s ‘One Night in Heaven’ it has dominated Enrico’s Hitlist having scored so far an astonishing 2109 points in total! But long are those days gone as it ‘only’ occupies position Number 4 in the All Time Rankings. Nevertheless it is a tune which still gets me into one of those happy cheerful moods. And with that I shall leave you for this evening until the next release of Enrico’s Top 20!

Wonder

It is April already, can you believe it? I hope you all had a great Easter!! I had a ‘short’ long weekend. I am only saying this because technically Good Friday and Easter Monday are bank holidays over here which means I would have had four days off (including the weekend obviously), but given my job which is the joy of coordinating travel arrangements for several continental European countries has limited those down to only three. I am still not sure why Spain has to work on Easter Monday though, being one of the stronger catholic countries. I’m not religious so I don’t really mind, but it still makes me wonder. Anyway – I think I did make the most of my three days off:

On Friday I did a spontaneous field trip to the coast and visited Southend-On-Sea. Not having left the big city of London in a few months generated the urge in me to escape it for a few hours at least and smell some fresh air. And yes it was very fresh air indeed and being on the coast makes the strong wind blowing in from the sea even more colder! However, I did have a fantastic time by walking down the longest pleasure pier in the world! Bloody 2.16km long and me being silly I paid one pound for walking both ways. I have to point out again that it is 2.16km long, which means it is a very long way! They even have a railway operating on there and you can do a one way walk and one way rail journey. I did survive the strenuous exercise in the cold wind and treated myself afterwards to one of the best Fish & Chips I’ve ever had and a pint of Carlsberg!

Saturday saw me witnessing my first ever football match at the Emirates Stadium here in the UK capital. And I almost got there late because I thought I’d forgotten to lock the door at home and went back again only to find out I did lock the door. Clumsy Enrico strikes again. The game itself was great and I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere. Arsenal ended up winning (perhaps because I was there to secretly support them) with 4 goals to 1 against Reading. I still think that the atmosphere at the Olympic Games swimming finals last year was at least ten times better, but that’s perhaps because I’m much more into swimming than I am into football!

But where are my manners?! You are probably bored to death with my personal stories and wondering where my fantastic look backs of previous chart entries are!

First one up entered Enrico’s Hitlist on the 3rd of April back in 2006! Kelly Clarkson only managed to stay in the Top 20 for 4 weeks, but still managed to score 98 points with this special Chris Cox Remix version of ‘Walk Away’! And I do think that rank 491 is still a respectable All Time position for her second most successful song! I liked this version, because it is a bit faster than the original track. What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Almost a year earlier before Kelly Clarksons entry Swedish pop/trance band Rednex made a small ‘comeback’ with their 1994 world wide hit single ‘Cotton Eye Joe’. I mean small, because the song only scored 11 points in total whilst lasting for two weeks in the Top 20, which means All Time Rank 1500! But since it’s been such a great classic I do like to share this funny song & video with which gets everyone into a great mood and probably up to dance – guaranteed!! Would you have guessed that the song reached position 25 in the US Billboard Hot 100?!

Ok I have one more and I will go to bed tonight with listening to the magic song ‘Sweet Little Mystery’ by Scottish Band Wet Wet Wet. Released in 1987, it had a minor impact in the UK, Irish and French charts and for some reason I only discovered this song 20 years later, on the 2nd of April 2007 to be precise. Out of the three song choices today it is the highest ranked one occupying Rank 260 of Enrico’s All Time Hitlist! And since its first appearance it has accumulated 167 points during it’s 10 week stay. I couldn’t find the music video which was filmed in Gambia, so you have to suffer with this one and be forced to sing along, which I’m almost confident you will!

Five Stars

Don’t expect too much today – I am pretty tired and since I am becoming busier studying I don’t have much time anymore to draft nice articles whilst on the tube to and from swim training – so thanks for understanding!

One reason for me being tired though is that I probably still feel all the wine I drank on Monday evening. Me and a few colleagues were invited by ‘The Landmark’ which is a 5 Star luxury hotel in the city of London near Marylebone station. I do think that before I passed out – in one of the biggest beds I ever slept and rooms I ever stayed in – I must have had at least two bottles of red wine all by myself. But I just couldn’t say no to that especially since it was free. And please don’t tell me you would have said no!

One thing however I’d like to happily announce today is that I had a view from someone in China on my blog which is pretty awesome! The asian powerhouse obviously has no problem with me reporting about music, charts, travelling, Eurovision etc. and therefore hasn’t censored or even blocked (yet) this lovely website. I wonder if they would if I’d post some half naked pictures of some photo shoots I previously did! Maybe I’ll change my header picture to the Great Wall of China again to which I’ve been to last November to please the worlds most populous country.

Since it is going to be Valentines Day tomorrow I have decided to look back at few songs which have entered my charts on that particular day. First one up is ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ (how fittingly) by the Supremes which entered Enrico’s Top 20 back in 2011. All Time Rank 687 means at the moment the song scored 68 points and has spent 5 weeks in total in the charts. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a proper video, but it’s more about the song anyway 😉

 

Second one up for this week has been ‘slightly’ more successful compared to ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’. Since it entered the charts on the 14th of February in 2005 ‘One Night In Heaven’ by M People has scored a massive 2127 points having spent 95 weeks in Enrico’s Hitlist. It is currently ranked All Time Number 3 but out of 282 Number 1’s it is the one which has spent the longest time at the top spot since its first appearance. 21 weeks speaks volumes for it’s popularity in my charts. Needless to mention that it was song of the year in 2005. One of my favourite moments – and you probably going to laugh about it – was when this great tune was played in one of London’s most famous night clubs called Heaven! Got it?! And on this note I’ll leave you with this massive hit and guess see you around on Sunday when Week 7 is going to be published. Thanks for your continuous support. Enrico x

When

When did it all start – I am assuming – is probably one of those questions in people’s mind when it comes to Enrico’s Hitlist.

Well, I was still reliving the Sydney Olympics in fall and winter time back in 2000 by simply watching the thrilling swimming semi-finals and finals every single day and in those days I had swim stats, charts and even spread sheets about my own little ‘career’, dreaming of breaking the minute barrier over 100m Freestyle hence why fascination for lists etc.

To get away from the damn TV, me and my cousin came together one weekend, recapping the most liked songs from that particular week and decided to do  a kind of chart presentation a la Top of the Pops. You probably should know, that before I started Enrico’s Hitlist I was pretty happy with continuously listening to just one single song. So the idea behind doing this chart thing was to listen to more music and open up my stubborn mind to more styles, genres, artists etc. I guess you get the idea!

And here is a fun blast from the past. In 1994 me and a few mates from my local swim team were on a bus ride to a pretty big competition in Germany’s capital Berlin and back then most people only had a cassette player, including me. After a while the cassette swapping had started but I was happy to keep listening to mine and wasn’t really keen on giving it away, but eventually had to give in and give it to one of my friends. I’ve clearly warned him that the cassette would be only playing one single song all over gain but he shrugged it off, didn’t believe me and insisted that he’d like to listen to it plus demanded the cassette. After about ten minutes the cassette was back in my possession, as no one else was now brave enough (unlike me) and listening to Whigfield’s debut single – and European chart breaker – ‘Saturday night’ over and over again. I still don’t understand why and how he got bored having listened to the song only three times.

Don’t worry those days are mostly over and the cassette since then has been replaced with discman’s, iPod’s, iPhone’s et cetera to ensure I have a bigger music selection in case anyone ever wants to listen to my music again. Mind you it was pretty tough to get this one record playing over and over again onto one cassette! At least I didn’t have to worry too much about a song description or cover for the cassette and to be honest in most cases I didn’t even bother.

Long story short. My cousin was fed up with this song repetition and in the last weeks of 2000 we finally started our own Hitlist’s to become a regularity. Every weekend (mostly Sunday’s) we would now meet up either at his or my place as we only lived roughly a kilometre apart from each other which was handy as we started presenting each other our latest discoveries especially if there was a new chart topper!

As this incredible Olympic year came to an end I decided to actually document those lists and wrote down my charts and had the crazy thought about this continuation project called Enrico’s Hitlist. The idea was born and it officially started with the first week in 2001

The first number one hit in my charts was obviously still relating to the Sydney Olympics as I was still glued to the TV watching swimming more or less every day and Australian’s Vanessa Amorosi’s ‘Absolutely Everybody’ stormed to the top of the charts by becoming a massive success that year. However, works out that my cousin wasn’t as eager as I was. I think he gave up with his project just after a couple of weeks. On the other hand I am proud to say I’m still going and that I’m now in my 13th consecutive year.

And as for this current week, there are already new entries lined up to enter my Top 20! Week 2 will be out on Sunday again.

Until then I shall revive ‘Absolutely Everybody’ and ‘Saturday Night’ again for you. And please don’t giggle too much about having those songs on constant repeat and most of you probably will try to dance again to Whigfield’s smash-hit! Enjoy and thanks for all your support and feedback!