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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 4th September 1988

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 4th 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 29th August to Saturday 3rd 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 seven new entry’s, thirteen climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Chris Rea – “On The Beach ’88”
Now that Summer’s over, Chris Rea leaves the beach behind, and so do we, as he slides eighteen places this week!

39. Donny Osmond – “Soldier Of Love”
Also going down is Donny Osmond with his big comeback, which drops ten places, still his biggest solo hit here since 1974!

38. Natalie Cole – “Jump Start”
Natalie Cole needs a ‘jump start’ as the latest single from her album “Everlasting”, drops back two places this week.

37. Jason Donovan – “Nothing Can Divide Us”
You’ve had Charlene, well now here comes her on screen Neighbours boyfriend Scott Robinson. Australian actor Jason Donovan is the man from next door who’s been to see Stock Aitken Waterman and gets his first new entry on the UK singles chart with his debut single!

36. Salt’N’Pepa – “Shake Your Thang”
Salt and Pepa are back, having already achieved a top two hit a couple of months ago and only leaving us last week, they return with this follow up, hoping to make it to the top this time around.

35. S-Express – “Superfly Guy”
S-Express have been around for eight weeks with the follow up to the debut chart topper, which drops eight places this week.

34. Big Country – “King Of Emotion”
While Scotland’s Big Country go down thirteen places with their big comeback single, but watch out for a new album that’s coming in three weeks time.

33. Coldcut featuring Junior Reid – “Stop This Crazy Thing”
Coldcut’s former pal Yazz has been on top for five weeks now, hoping for a sixth, but the producers she debuted with back in January are back with Junior Reid this time as they get their second new entry of this year.

32. Metallica – “Harvester Of Sorrow”
Metallica made a grand entrance on the UK chart last week, straight into the top twenty, but seven days on, they fall twelve places and out!

31. Inner City – “Big Fun”
Here comes a UK chart debut for US producer Kevin Saunderson and his singer Paris Grey, who are known as Inner City and have already taken the US clubs by storm with their debut track, which now filter through this side of the Atlantic.

30. Status Quo – “Running All Over The World”
After running nowhere for the past two weeks, The Quo go down thirteen places with their reworked 1977 hit for Sport Aid.

29. Robbie Robertson – “Somewhere Down The Crazy River”
And also going down this week is Robbie Robertson with his debut solo single, which also leaves the top twenty by thirteen places.

28. Marc Almond – “Tears Run Rings”
Marc Almond’s new single is up five places this week and into the top thirty, in anticipation of his forthcoming new album, due out later this month.

27. UB40 – “Where Did I Go Wrong?”
After a burst of energy last week, UB40 slip back one place with the latest release from their eighth studio album.

26. Anthrax – “Make Me Laugh”
US rock group Anthrax get their second new entry on the UK top 40 ever this week with a new song that is the lead single from their forthcoming fourth album.

25. Bill Medley – “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
The first of the two “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’s” on the UK chart comes from Bill Medley with his cover, which moves up seven places this week.

24. Guns’N’Roses – “Sweet Child O’Mine”
Guns’N’Roses first UK chart hit has been a non-mover for the past two weeks and remains so for a third week in exactly the same spot!

23. Spagna – “Every Girl And Boy”
While they are overtaken by Spagna, who leap frog’s two places with her second UK top 40 hit, which features on her new, second studio album, “You Are My Energy”.

22. Kim Wilde – “You Came”
Kim Wilde‘s biggest hit for two years leaves the top twenty this week, falling nine places, while “Close” remains top twenty on the album chart.

21. Bill Withers – “Lovely Day ’88”
Bill Withers 1977 top ten hit is back with us as a big new entry this week, thanks to a new remix from a Dutch producer called Ben Liebrand.

20. The Commodores – “Easy”
The Commodores brought their 1977 UK top ten hit back to the chart last week as part of a new best of they have coming out and it looks set to following its first release as it shoots up twenty places into the top twenty!

19. The Proclaimers – “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
Not doing too bad either are Craig and Charlie with their second top twenty hit, which came in last week and powers up fifteen places seven days later.

18. Fairground Attraction – “Find My Love”
This is Fairground Attraction’s second chart hit, its also been their second top ten hit, but leaves that part of the chart with a fall of eight places.

17. Tanita Tikaram – “Good Tradition”
Also going down is Tanita Tikaram with her debut single, which drops six this week, and watch out for her first album coming soon.

16. Michael Jackson – “Another Part Of Me”
This week’s highest new entry comes from Jacko with yet another track from his massive album, “Bad”. This one is the fourth so far this year and follows on from “Dirty Diana” two months ago.

15. Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine – “Anything For You”
Still climbing with their biggest hit for over two years is Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine, up four this week, with the title track of their current album, which is out now.

14. B.V.S.M.P. – “I Need You”
B.V.S.M.P. leave the top ten this week after six weeks there with their debut single, which is down six places.

13. Jane Wiedlin – “Rush Hour”
Jane Wiedlin stays in the fast lane, although she’s slowing down this week, up just two places, with her first solo UK chart hit.

12. Level 42 – “Heaven In My Hands”
Level 42 made a chart return last week with this brand new track from their upcoming album coming later this month. The single is up six places this week.

11. a-ha – “Touchy”
While the Norwegian’s, a-ha, pop up one more spot this week with the latest single from their current album, “Stay On These Roads”.

10. Breathe – “Hand To Heaven”
After two weeks on hold, Breathe go down six places with their first top 40 chart hit, that comes from their debut album, “All That Jazz”, released last year.

9. Kylie Minogue – “The Locomotion”
Kylie is also down six places this week with her latest smash hit, a cover of Little Eva’s 1962 song, that was a number one back home in Australia last year.

8. Yello – “The Race”
Boris and Dieter have been together for eight years and have only just scored their first UK chart hit. last week they were the highest climber and this week they head into the top ten, UP six places.

7. Julio Iglesias and Stevie Wonder – “My Love”
Julio and Stevie wanted a number one this week with their smash hit duet, but have to be disappointed as they drop back two places.

6. Bomb The Bass – “Don’t Make Me Wait”
As did Tim Simenon with his second single. His first went to number two and it doesn’t look like he’s going to make it with this one, which is a non-mover this week.

5. The Hollies – “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
Bill Medley may be doing well with his cover version but the original shows how it’s done properly as The Hollies return to the UK top five for the first time in nineteen years with a massive leap of twenty three places to be this weeks highest climber!

4. Womack and Womack – “Teardrops”
Cecil and Linda continue to improve on their already biggest charting UK hit which moves up three this week and into the top five.

3. Yazz and The Plastic Population – “The Only Way Is Up”
Time for a change, after five weeks on top, Yazz and The Plastic Gang descend the chart graciously, two places lower to allow for someone else to be the best selling single.

2. Brother Beyond – “The Harder I Try”
There are three Stock Aitken Waterman songs on this weeks chart and this is still the highest of them all as Brother Beyond stay as the second biggest seller in the UK for a second week running.

1. Phil Collins – “Groovy Kind Of Love”
Which means last week’s highest new entry rockets up eight places to give Phil Collins his third solo chart topper this decade. And it looks good for the film from which it comes, ‘Buster‘, when it hits the cinema’s in just a few months time. But Phil has stiff competition if he wants to stay on top for a second week from Womack and Womack and The Hollies. What will happen? 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!