It is 1981 and the pop charts mean something.
The hit parade – as our parents call it to our groans and rolling eyes is important.
Everybody knows what’s number one.
Everybody can name the top 10 at the very least.
We know the new entries and what’s slipping down the rankings.
And now it’s gone.
I’m calling it.
And it’s all Ed Sheeran’s fault.
As I write this the midweek chart rankings have just been released and Ed Sheeran has nine – count ‘em nine! – songs in the top 10.