Yazz 1988

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 28th August 1988

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 28th  August 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 22nd to Saturday 27th August 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, twelve climbers and four non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. The Commodores – “Easy”
The Commodores make a return to the UK chart with their 1977 top ten hit, that’s been reissued as part of a new greatest hits compilation that’s coming out soon.

39. The Primitives – “Way Behind Me”
The Primitives are back for a third time this year with the new entry, which follows on from “Out Of Reach” and their top five hit, “Crash”.

38. All About Eve – “Martha’s Harbour”
We go from one British and to another with a ‘crash’ as All About Eve plummet twenty four places this week with their biggest hit yet.

37. Funky Worm – “Hustle (To The Music)”
Joining them with a big fall are Funky Work, who also leave the top twenty this week, going down with the music, eighteen places.

36. Natalie Cole – “Jump Start”
Natalie Cole is going the other way with last weeks new entry from her current album, “Everlasting”, going up three places.

35. Europe – “Superstitious”
Any hopes of another chart topper from Europe appear to be lost already as their ‘comeback’ single, which was a new entry last week actually drops back one place!

34. The Proclaimers – “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
Remember Charlie and Craig? Yes those two who wrote “A Letter From America”. Well, they’re back with only their second top 40 chart entry, which is also the first from a new album they having coming out soon.

33. Marc Almond – “Tears Run Rings”
Also making a chart comeback is former Soft Cell singer Marc Almond with a brand new song and his first solo chart entry since “Stories Of Johnnie” back in 1985.

32. Bill Medley – “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
The man who sang half of the Oscar winning song from ‘Dirty Dancing’ is back, this time on his own and with a cover of a song made famous by British group The Hollies’ in 1969, which made the UK/US top ten back then…

31. The Four Tops – “Reach Out, I’ll Be There ’88”
Talking of classics, The Four Tops’ remixed version of their 1966 chart topper has been around for seven weeks now and is down a whopping eighteen places as it leaves the top twenty this week.

30. Mory Kante – “Yeke Yeke”
Slipping back one place this week is Mory Kante with his first UK chart hit, which has so far topped the chart in five countries across the world.

29. Donny Osmond – “Soldier Of Love”
Donny Osmond came back to the UK top 40 for the first time in fourteen years, last week and goes up four places on this weeks chart.

28. The Hollies – “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
You’ve heard the cover, now here’s the original! The Hollies 1969 UK No.3 hit comes back to the UK chart after nineteen years away, having been used recently in a beer commercial! Who will win the battle and be the heaviest? The Hollies or Bill…?

27. S-Express – “Superfly Guy”
There are big changes in the upper half of the chart this week with many casualties, S-Express are among them, as they fall sixteen places with their second release.

26. UB40 – “Where Did I Go Wrong?”
Going up ten this week are UB40 with the latest single to come from their self-titled eighth studio album.

25. Spagna – “Every Girl And Boy”
Also up this week after a new entry last week is Spagna, and she’s taking every girl and boy with her, twelve places higher than before.

24. Guns’N’Roses – “Sweet Child O’Mine”
The former US chart topper from Guns’N’Roses stays very still this week here, as the band’s first UK chart hit is a non-mover.

23. Iron Maiden – “The Evil That Men Do”
More rock now from British band Iron Maiden as they join the list of victims suffering a big decline, as they leave the top ten with a drop of fourteen places.

22. Chris Rea – “On The Beach ’88”
And after scoring his first top 40 success with this song, Chris Rea is down ten places and out of the top twenty this week.

21. Big Country – “King Of Emotion”
That extends to Big Country and their chart comeback single, a former highest new entry two weeks ago, which slides five places and out.

20. Metallica – “Harvester Of Sorrow”
US rock band Metallica have been together for five years and released three studio albums, but with no singles chart success on either side of the Atlantic. The UK is the first to change that as they break our chart for the very first time with this first taster of their upcoming fourth album.

19. Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine – “Anything For You”
Something a little quieter from The States next from Gloria Estefan and her band as they move up six places and back into the UK top twenty for the first time in three years.

18. Level 42 – “Heaven In My Hands”
There’s another big new entry for Level 42 next with a brand new single that comes from a new album, their eighth overall, that brings them back to the top twenty for the first time in two years.

17. Status Quo – “Running All Over The World”
The Quo’s reworking of their 1977 hit, “Rocking”, for Sport Aid is a non-mover this week, staying quite still and not moving a muscle(!)

16. Robbie Robertson – “Somewhere Down That Crazy River”
Slipping back one place is The Band’s former frontman Robbie Robertson with his debut solo single, which is currently top ten in Belgium and The Netherlands.

15. Jane Wiedlin – “Rush Hour”
Jane Wiedlin is still caught in the ‘rush hour’ with her first solo UK chart hit and she’s up again this week, six places and into the top twenty.

14. Yello – “The Race”
Boris and Dieter are also newcomers to the UK top 40 and gained their very first new entry last week, which ‘races’ past Jane and up seventeen places this week to be the highest climber of all!

13. Kim Wilde – “You Came”
Kim Wilde‘s latest single has become one of her biggest ever, it’s also the second track to come from her top ten album, “Close” and it’s down five places and out of the top ten this week.

12. a-ha – “Touchy”
a-ha ‘touched’ down in the chart again last week with the latest single from “Stay On These Roads” and return to the top half of the UK singles chart with a move of fourteen places this week.

11. Tanita Tikaram – “Good Tradition”
Britain’s Tanita Tikaram’s debut single entered the top ten last week but sadly she drops out seven days on, down just one place.

10. Fairground Attraction – “Find My Love”
After two weeks on hold, Fairground Attraction are down three places with their second single and the follow up to “Perfect”.

9. Phil Collins – “Groovy Kind Of Love”
This weeks highest new entry see’s the return of Phil Collins, this time with a cover of a Carole Bayer-Sager/Toni Wine song from 1965 that was a big hit for The Mindbenders that year. The song comes from a new film which Phil not only stars in but also provides the music to, both new and old!

8. B.V.S.M.P. – “I Need You”
US band B.V.S.M.P. are down three this week with their debut single, which has still yet to chart Stateside.

7. Womack and Womack – “Teardrops”
Last week’s highest climber from Womack and Womack is up eleven more places and into the UK top ten for the very first time for this pair.

6. Bomb The Bass – “Don’t Make Me Wait”
While last week’s highest new entry from Tim Simenon with the follow up to his January debut, is up fourteen places and back into the top ten for him.

5. Julio Iglesias and Stevie Wonder – “My Love”
Julio and Stevie are up one this week and into the top five with their hugely successful duet, now both their biggest UK hit for some years.

4. Breathe – “Hands To Heaven”
There’s no change for Breathe this week as they stay where they ascended to last week with their first top 40 entry after two years of trying.

3. Kylie Minogue – “The Locomotion”
While Kylie has been No.2 for four weeks, that all changes this week as she drops one place with her cover of Little Eva’s 1962 original. She stays at the top of the album chart, however.

2. Brother Beyond – “The Harder I Try”
There’s a Stock Aitken Waterman swap in the top three as Brother Beyond go above Kylie to take second place with their first top 40 hit.

1. Yazz and The Plastic Population – “The Only Way Is Up”
But nothing can stop Yazz and the Plastic Populus as they take the top spot for a fifth week! Can they maintain this success with a sixth or will Brother Beyond try harder still or even Julio and Stevie take their love to the top? 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!