Thirty years ago: UK top 40 singles chart for Sunday 11th December 1988
from records kept by Christopher Smith
So this was the chart that Radio 1 DJ Bruno Brookes broadcast from 5-7pm with data from the GALLUP computer based on record sales from Monday 5th to midnight on Saturday 10th December 1988.
This is how the charts USED to look with new entries, climbers and non-movers, all based solely on record purchases.
This week, thirty years ago, there were five new entry’s, one re-entry, eleven climbers and four non-movers. And it was announced like this…
40. The Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra – “Minnie The Moocher”
New entry this week for this Caribbean style version of Cab Calloway’s 1931 classic “Hi De Ho”.
39. The Pasedenas – “Enchanted Lady”
Down seven this week for The Pasedenas and three weeks on the chart with their third UK single release.
38. Annie Lennox and Al Green – “Put A Little Love In Your Heart”
New entry for Annie and Al with this version of Jackie De Shannon’s 1969 hit that’s taken from Bill Murray’s latest film ‘Scrooged’.
37. Yazz – “Stand Up For Your Love Rights”
Yazz falls eight places this week with her debut solo hit single from this year.
36. Shakin’ Stevens – “True Love”
Shakey’s back with a new entry and his version of Cole Porter’s 1956 hit that’s taken from his current album “A Whole Lotta Shakey”.
35. Kylie Minogue – “Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi”
After nine weeks in the top 40, Kylie falls eight places this week. “Kylie” falls one places this week to No.3 on the album chart.
34. The Travelling Wilbury’s – “Handle With Care”
A re-entry this week after the sad and sudden death of Roy Orbison on Monday and a song that peaked at No.21 just four weeks ago.
33. Salt’N’Pepa – “Twist And Shout”
Down fourteen places this week for the duo from New York with their third top 40 hit this year.
32. Deacon Blue – “Real Gone Kid”
Down eleven this week for Ricky Ross and the band from Glasgow with their first top ten hit of their career.
31. Neneh Cherry – “Buffalo Stance”
New entry for this London rapper and singer with her debut single and she’s been recording her debut album that’s due for release next year.
30. Alexander O’Neal – “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)”
A new entry last week and up ten places this week for Alexander. Is he still in the running for Christmas number one though?
29. Londonbeat – “9am”
Another of last weeks new entry’s and climbing nine places this week for the NY/London group of guys with their debut single.
28. Kim Wilde – “Four Letter Word”
And another of last weeks new entry’s is up six places for Kim with her third top 30 hit single this year.
27. The Beach Boys – “Kokamo”
The Beach Boys fall two places this week with their song from the film ‘Cocktail’.
26. George Michael – “Kissing A Fool”
After a climb last week, George falls back eight places this week with the sixth single from his “Faith” album.
25. a-ha – “You Are The One”
Another new entry last week and up three places for the boys from Norway with their fourth top 30 hit of the year.
24. Hithouse – “Jack To The Sound Of The Underground”
Down eight places as well this week for this dance chart and club chart smash hit.
23. The Four Tops – “Loco In Acapulco”
And another new entry last week climbing six places for The Four Tops with a song from the ‘Buster‘ soundtrack.
22. Bon Jovi – “Born To Be My Baby”
A good week also for Jon, Richie and the band as they go up nine places with their second top 30 hit of the year.
21. Inxs – “Need You Tonight”
And down seven this week for the boys from Australia. “Kick” is No.18 on this weeks album chart.
20. Stakka – “Stakka Humanoid”
Down three places this week after three weeks of climbing for this dance chart and club hit.
19. Pet Shop Boys – “Left To My Own Devices”
Chris and Neil fall eight places this week. “Introspective” is back in the top 10 on the album chart though.
18. Tiffany – “Radio Romance”
After two weeks at No.13, Tiffany drops five places with the second single from her new album “Hold An Old Friends Hand”.
17. Chris de Burgh – “Missing You”
Down seven this week for Chris with this track from his album “Flying Colours” that is No.24 on the album chart.
16. Bananarama – “Nathan Jones”
Down one place this week for Sara, Keren and Jacqui and they are No.8 on the album chart with their “Greatest Hits Collection“.
15. New Order – “Fine Time”
One of last weeks new entry’s goes up eight places this week with their second top 20 hit of this year.
14. Bomb The Bass feat. Maureen – “Say A Little Prayer”
Last week it fell two places and this week it falls another two for Tim Simenon and his vocalist Maureen.
13. Petula Clark – “Downtown ’88”
And another good week for Petula who is up eleven places and edging closer to her previous chart high of No.2 with this song.
12. Robin Beck – “The First Time”
Former number one Robin is down seven this week with the Coca-Cola advert song after three weeks on top.
11. Michael Jackson – “Smooth Criminal”
And Michael falls two places this week and out of the top ten with his five chart hit of the year.
10. U2 – “Angel of Harlem”
This weeks highest new entry is the second single from their number one album “Rattle And Hum”, and U2 get their second top ten hit of this year.
9. Status Quo – “Burning Bridges (On And Off And On Again)”
Last weeks highest climber is up another eleven places this week and gives the group their second top ten hit of the year.
8. Rick Astley – “Take Me To Your Heart”
Rick gets a non mover this week and is down one place to No.9 on the album chart this week.
7. Phil Collins – “Two Hearts”
Down one place for Phil and the second single from the film ‘Buster‘ on this weeks top 40.
6. Inner City – “Good Life”
This weeks highest climber is up sixteen places for this duo from Detriot and their second UK top ten hit of the year.
5. Bros – “Cat Among The Pigeons”
Down just one place this week for Matt, Luke and Craig with what was their bid for the Christmas number one this year.
4. Erasure – “Crackers International EP”
Big new entry last week and up three places this week for Andy and Vince with their second top five hit now of 1988.
3. Angry Anderson – “Suddenly”
The Neighbours wedding theme holds on for a second week in the top three and has now sold over 250,000 copies!
2. Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan – “Especially For You”
Last weeks highest new entry stays exactly where it came in for this week, but can they make it number one in two weeks time…?
1. Cliff Richard – “Mistletoe And Wine”
So cliff gets a second week at the top and his “Private Collection” is up to No.2 on the album chart. Can he get a third week or will Kylie and Jason topple him for Christmas…come back in seven days time to find out!