James Masterton's Chart Watch UK

An online fixture for a quarter of a century, James Masterton's weekly insight into the UK charts is required reading for music fans across the globe.


Hello, I'm James Masterton. Since 1992 I've been writing a weekly guide and analysis to the UK charts. Dedicated to telling the story behind each hit, putting chart moves and records in their full context, this has been essential reading for music fans since the very earliest days of the internet. Each week in Chart Watch UK I'll tell you the full story behind this week's UK charts. Who is Number One, and why? What are this week's biggest new entries? And who is this Drake guy anyway?


First posted back in the days of text-based newsgroups, the column has appeared in several online publications during its lifetime.

November 1992 - June 1995 : Posted to usenet, mainly rec.music.misc and rec.music.info

July 1995 - December 2003 : Dotmusic.com

January 2004 - April 2008 : Yahoo! Launch UK

May 2008 - September 2011 : Yahoo! Music UK & Ireland

November 2011 - May 2016 : Top40.About.com

June 2016 - date : chart-watch.uk

For the first time you can now read as close to a complete set of weekly columns as possible, most of these unavailable and unread since their original week of publication. After over a year of work the archive is finally complete, a vast resource of almost 1300 articles representing the complete history of popular music over the last two and a half decades. Just select the year you want to browse from the menu at the top of each page.

Chart Watch UK is only made possible thanks to the weekly support of you, the reader, but particularly the site's patrons who generously contribute to its upkeep.

Grateful thanks then to: Carlbob, Mark Holling, Mark Wardle, Michael Duffy, James Russell, Jeremy Ives and Paul Scaife. Plus a great many others who have contributed in the past.

For the price of no more than a cup of coffee each month, your name could join them and help me to take this site to an even wider audience than ever before. If you don't fancy committing to a regular payment, then you can always make a one-off gift to show your appreciation. Or alternatively, just click away and enjoy a wander through the hits of this week and those of the years gone by.