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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 18th September 1988

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 18th September 1988

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 12th to Saturday 17th September 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 nine new entry’s, eleven climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. The Wonder Stuff – “It’s Yer Money I’m After Baby”
The Wonder Stuff are a British band who have been recording for two years now and so far released an EP and three singles. None of them have made it this far, so today, the band score their first top 40 entry!

39. Guns’N’Roses – “Sweet Child O’Mine”
The former US number one from Guns’N’Roses has debuted here and been on the chart six weeks now, but it drops nine places this week.

38. Bill Medley – “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
Former Oscar winning duetter Bill Medley is still feeling the ‘heaviness’ of there being two versions of the same song on the chart, he falls eleven this week.

37. Alexander O’Neal – “Fake ’88”
Alexander O’Neal is back with another track from last year’s “Hearsay” album, this time it’s a remix of last Summer’s first single, which got to No.33 back then, so let’s see if he can better that thirteen months on…

36. Level 42 – “Heaven In My Hands”
Level 42 have a new album coming out but the lead single hasn’t been a terrific success. Four weeks on and it’s down fifteen places.

35. B.V.S.M.P. – “I Need You”
While notching up ten weeks on the UK chart are new group B.V.S.M.P. with their debut single, which is down just eleven places.

34. Belinda Carlisle – “World Without You”
Belinda Carlisle entered the chart last week with the second single from her current album to be written by Diane Warren. She’s up five places with it this week.

33. Hazell Dean – “Turn It Into Love”
Hazell Dean is back for a third time this year with a new entry and a song that features on Kylie Minogue’s debut album! I guess you can do that when you’re Stock Aitken Waterman(!)

32. Bruce Springsteen – “Spare Parts”
Also back with a new entry is ‘The Boss’ with another track from “Tunnel Of Love”, the follow up to “Tougher Than The Rest”.

31. Bananarama – “Love, Truth And Honesty”
Also making a chart return is the new look Bananarama, who are bringing out a best of in a few weeks time, seven years after they released their first single. This one is a brand new recording and it come courtesy of those boys at PWL again!

30. Transvision Vamp – “Revolution Baby”
Transvision Vamp‘s second top 40 entry is up seven places this week, their debut album, “Pop Art”, is out next week.

29. Spagna – “Every Girl And Boy”
Not such good new for Spagna. Her new single is down six places, the first to come from her second album, this is out now.

28. Marc Almond – “Tears Run Rings”
Marc Almond has a new album coming out and this is also the lead single from the album, which drops back to places this week, back to where he was two weeks ago.

27. a-ha – “Touchy”
a-ha leave the top twenty this week, down eight places with the fourth single to come from their current album, “Stay On These Roads”.

26. Kylie Minogue – “The Locomotion”
Also down eight places is Kylie Minogue with her version of Little Eva’s 1962 hit, the third single from her debut album, which falls off the top and down one place this week.

25. Breathe – “Hands To Heaven”
Breathe‘s first UK top 40 hit is down nine places this week and out of the top twenty for the first time in seven weeks.

24. Whitney Houston – “One Moment In Time”
Whitney is back! The official anthem of this year’s Olympic Games gives Whitney her fourth new entry of this year and first new recording since her studio album of last year.

23. Julio Iglesias and Stevie Wonder – “My Love”
Julio and Stevie have gained a big hit with this song, much bigger than back over the Atlantic. This week they go down twelve places.

22. Salt’N’Pepa – “Shake Your Thang”
Salt’N’Pepa were hoping to at least match their top two hit with this follow up, but with a non-mover this week, it doesn’t look like that will happen…

21. Coldcut featuring Junior Reid – “Stop This Crazy Thing”
Jumping over them are Coldcut with their second hit of this year, which goes four places higher than last week.

20. The Pasadenas – “Riding On A Train”
The Pasadenas came back to the chart for a second time last week with the follow up to their top five hit “Tribute”. They return to the top twenty this week with a climb of nine places.

19. Michael Jackson – “Another Part Of Me”
Jacko is down four this week with the latest single from his “Bad” album. Of the previous six, only one has failed to make the UK top twenty.

18. Bon Jovi – “Bad Medicine”
Bon Jovi are back in the UK chart with a brand new single and big new entry. It’s the first track to come from their new album that’s out next month and their first chart showing here since “Never Say Goodbye” last Summer.

17. Jane Wiedlin – “Rush Hour”
Sadly Jane Wiedlin has give up on the ‘rush hour’ and has turned round to go back home. She’s down five places this week, with her former band mate Belinda on the up.

16. Rick Astley – “She Wants To Dance With Me”
Rick Astley is back with a brand new single! After four top three hits from his first album, we have a taster of what’s to come with the follow up and a song Rick himself wrote as well!

15. The Commodores – “Easy”
Lionel Ritchie and the rest of The Commodores are still climbing with the re-issue of their 1977 hit, which is up two more places this week.

14. Bomb The Bass – “Don’t Make Me Wait”
While Tim Simenon aka Bomb The Bass leaves the top ten, down five places, with his second chart hit.

13. Brother Beyond – “The Harder I Try”
There are SEVEN, yes, 7 Stock Aitken Waterman songs on the chart this week and for the past three, this one has been the biggest. No longer, as Brother Beyond also leave the top ten with a drop of eight places.

12. The Proclaimers – “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
Craig and Charlie continue to climb ever upwards, this week their second top 40 hit is up two places, with their new album, “Sunshine On Leith”, out now.

11. Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine – “Anything For You”
Last week Gloria Estefan and the band scored their first top ten hit for four years, but, alas, they drop back one place this week and out.

10. Yazz and The Plastic Population – “The Only Way Is Up”
The former number one from Yazz and the gang is still top ten this week but down three places, two months after entering and five spent on top.

9. Pet Shop Boys – “Domino Dancing”
Chris and Neil have had two number one’s this year and are back with a brand new album very soon. This is the lead single from that album and could very well give them a third consecutive chart topper, particularly as they are this week’s highest new entry!

8. Inner City – “Big Fun”
Kevin and Paris are doing ‘big’ business with their debut single Stateside in the clubs and have now infiltrated the UK top ten singles chart this week with a climb of twelve places, which is the highest of all.

7. Yello – “The Race”
‘The race’ is not over yet, Boris and Dieter are out of the pits and off again as they bounce back up one place to where they were two weeks ago!

6. Bros – “I Quit”
No such luck for last week’s highest new entry, which actually drops two places for the boys from London, although it still means they’ve had four top five hits in a row this year.

5. Jason Donovan – “Nothing Can Divide Us”
Meanwhile, last week’s highest climber from Jason Donovan moves up eight places to put him in the top ten and the highest of all the Stock Aitken Waterman singles on this weeks chart!

4. Bill Withers – “Lovely Day ’88”
It sure is a ‘lovely day’ for Bill Withers this week and he continues to climb higher with the new remix of his 1977, which is up two places and into the UK top five for the very first time ever.

3. Womack and Womack – “Teardrops”
Cecil and Linda Womack bagged their biggest UK chart hit to date last week moving into the top three, but that’s where they stay as a non-mover seven days on.

2. Phil Collins – “Groovy Kind Of Love”
It’s all change at the top, after two weeks there with the first single to come from his new movie, ‘Buster‘, Phil Collins drops one place and let’s someone else have a go.

1. The Hollies – “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
That someone is The Hollies, who finally get this song to the very top of the UK singles chart, nineteen years after it was first released. But can they hold on to it for a second or can Bill Withers, Jason Donovan or even Phil Collins bounce back and take it from them? There’s only one way to find out…

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!