The most notable thing about this week’s singles chart is the sheer lack of overall notability. For completely brand new arrivals we are limited to yet another Central Cee track, Straight Back To It entering at No.25, and as teased last week the Becky Hill/Galantis collaboration Run which squeaks in at No.34.
But the chart itself is far from static, and it means a large number of up and coming hits actually have time to breathe, have time to develop and tell their own stories. Climbing the tables and into people’s hearts in a distinctly old school kind of way.
So that’s the stuff we should actually celebrate. After four weeks on the singles chart and four straight climbs, Where Did You Go from Jax Jones and MNEK is knocking on the glass ceiling at No.11. Meanwhile faith in George Ezra’s Anyone For You has been duly rewarded as this finally sparks properly into life with a climb to No.16 in its fifth week of life.
Let’s not forget also The Motto from Tiesto and Ava Max, one of those hits which has almost risen without trace, having been a mid-table classic for most of the year so far. First released in early November it was one of a number of lower-level hits that went missing over Christmas only to reassert itself once the new year arrived. Now nine weeks into its second proper chart run it is on the verge of breaking properly into the Top 20, climbing this week back to the No.19 it first scaled a fortnight ago. A fine example of a long-term hit single that perhaps struggles for visibility in a world (like this one) that focuses far too much on the Top 10.