Yazz 1988

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 21st August 1988

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 21st  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 15th to Saturday 20th 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, thirteen climbers and four non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Aztec Camera – “Working In A Goldmine”
Aztec Camera went up last week with their follow up to “Somewhere In My Heart”, but drop down this week, nine places and nearly out!

39. Natalie Cole – “Jump Start”
Natalie Cole is back, however, with her third UK top 40 entry of 1988 and the latest single to come from her current album, “Everlasting”.

38. Debbie Gibson – “Foolish Beat”
Fellow American Debbie Gibson topped the US chart with this song earlier this year, the youngest female singer to do so. Here, it went top ten recently, but is down sixteen places this week.

37. Spagna – “Every Girl And Boy”
Spagna is back in the UK chart! After her massive No.2 hit last Summer, “Call Me”, the Italian singer returns with this new offering taken from her next album, that’s out next month.

36. UB40 – “Where Did I Go Wrong?”
Having got out of ‘bed’ with Chrissie Hynde from their most recent top ten hit, UB40 are back on their own with another track from their last, self-titled album.

35. Climie Fisher – “I Won’t Bleed For You”
Rob and Simon have had a great year so far with two top ten hits and a further top thirty single. Here comes number four as they bag another new entry from their debut album, “Everything”.

34. Europe – “Superstitious”
They topped the chart two years ago with “The Final Countdown” and were last UK top 40 with “Carrie” a year ago, now Europe are back with a brand new single and a new album coming very soon!

33. Donny Osmond – “Soldier Of Love”
Here’s someone we haven’t seen for fourteen, yes 14 years! Donny Osmond was 17 years old when he last charted with “Where Did All The Good Times Go?” back in 1974. He released a brand new album last year, but this week, the third single from that album makes it to the UK top 40!

32. Everything But The Girl – “I Don’t Want To Talk About It”
Ben and Tracey have been on the chart for eight weeks now with their version of the Rod Stewart hit, which has been their biggest to date. It’s down twelve places this week.

31. Yello – “The Race”
Dieter Meier and Boris Blank are Yello and despite recording together since the beginning of this decade, have never had a UK chart hit single. That all changes today as the lead single from their upcoming sixth studio album, finally gives them a long overdue new entry!

30. Mac Band featuring The McCampbell Brothers – “Roses Are Red”
The Mac Band and the McCampbell Brothers take their joint UK chart debut out of the top twenty for the first time in nine weeks as they go down twelve places.

29. Mory Kante – “Yeke Yeke”
While Mory Kante’s chart debut, which was brand new last week, is up ten places. The song is also rising high all over Europe and its even hit the US dance chart!

28. Van Halen – “When It’s Love”
Van Halen’s chart return and the first single to come from their new album, “OU812”, is a non-mover this week.

27. Glenn Medeiros – “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”
Former chart topper, Glenn Medeiros is down fifteen this week and out of the top twenty for the first time in three months!

26. a-ha – “Touchy”
The boys from Norway are back with another single from their current album, “Stay On These Roads”. This new entry is the follow up to “The Blood That Moves The Body”, back in May.

25. Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine – “Anything For You”
Gloria Estefan and her band came back to the UK chart last week for the first time in two years with the title track of her latest album. It’s been a good seven days for them as they climb nine places.

24. Guns’N’Roses – “Sweet Child O’Mine”
While American rockers Guns’N’Roses are up eleven with their first UK chart hit, which has already been a number one across the Atlantic.

23. Transvision Vamp – “I Want Your Love”
British band Transvision Vamp know all about success with their first top 40 hit, having been top five recently. This week they drop nine places and out of the upper half of the chart.

22. Salt-N’Pepa – “Push It”
Following them are Salt’N’Pepa with their first UK chart hit single, which follows The Vamp as it leaves the top twenty, down six places.

21. Jane Wiedlin – “Rush Hour”
Former Go-Go Jane Wiedlin became the second member of the band to have a solo UK chart hit last week and ‘rushes’ to join her bandmate Belinda Carlisle as she takes the fast lane, seventeen places higher!

20. Bomb The Bass – “Don’t Make Me Wait”
Tim Simenon is back in the chart with the follow up to his debut back in January, “Beat Dis”. That song went to No.2 so he will be looking to at least equal that, particularly as he is this weeks highest new entry!

19. Funky Worm – “Hustle (To The Music)”
Funky Worm have been a non-mover for two weeks but they are no longer as they ‘hustle’ on down six places.

18. Womack and Womack – “Teardrops”
Cecil and Linda Womack registered their first UK chart hit for four years last week with this new track that is this weeks highest climber, soaring up nineteen places and into the top twenty.

17. Status Quo – “Running All Over The World”
While The Quo brought their 1977 hit back to the chart, slightly reworked and all for charity, and they are up thirteen this week.

16. Big Country – “King Of Emotion”
Last week’s highest new entry saw the return of Big Country with the lead single from a new album that’s out next month. This week, they are up eight places to give them their eighth UK top twenty hit!

15. Robbie Robertson – “Somewhere Down That Crazy River”
The Band’s Robbie Robertson continues to make great progress with his debut solo single, which is up seven this week and also into the upper half of the UK singles chart.

14. All About Eve – “Martha’s Harbour”
British band All About Eve scored their first top ten hit last week but it was for one week only as they fall four places.

13. The Four Tops – “Reach Out I’ll be There ’88”
The Four Tops didn’t quite make the top ten this time around with their 1966 chart topper. This new remixed version is down two places, having been a non-mover for the last two weeks.

12. Chris Rea – “On The Beach ’88”
Another 1988 remixed song comes from Chris Rea and he was last week’s highest climber. He continues to enjoy the beach and all it offers, seven places higher this week.

11. S-Express – “Superfly Guy”
S-Express leave the top ten this week, down just two places, with their second release, which has also been their second top five smash.

10. Tanita Tikaram – “Good Tradition”
British singer/songwriter Tanita Tikaram can celebrate this week as her debut single enters to the top ten with a climb five places!

9. Iron Maiden – “The Evil That Men Do”
While Iron Maiden go down four places with their second top five hit of this year, both of which come from their chart topping album, “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”.

8. Kim Wilde – “You Came”
Kim Wilde‘s latest album has become her highest charting since her own debut back in 1981. The second single from which is also now one of her biggest hits despite it dropping four places this week.

7. Fairground Attraction – “Find My Love”
Former chart toppers Fairground Attraction move no further forward or back this week as their follow up remains just as it was last week.

6. Julio Iglesias and Stevie Wonder – “My Love”
While Julio and Stevie go up and over them with a climb of eleven places to put Stevie back in the UK top ten for the first time in three years and Julio for the first time in seven!

5. B.V.S.M.P. – “I Need You”
The debut single from B.V.S.M.P. has done far better here than in their home country, it peaked last week in the top three but slips back two this week.

4. Breathe – “Hands To Heaven”
Overtaking them are British band Breathe with a song they released last year that failed to reach the top 40. This time around it’s way surpassing its initial performance and climbs two places into the top five this week.

3. Brother Beyond – “The Harder I Try”
Two of the top three this week are from Stock Aitken Waterman, the first comes from Brother Beyond with their first top 40 success, which is up five places, also doing much better than any of their previous releases.

2. Kylie Minogue – “The Locomotion”
Amazingly, Kylie Minogue holds on to second place for a fourth week with her version of Little Eva’s 1962 original while her debut LP climbs back up to number one on this weeks album chart.

1. Yazz and The Plastic Population – “The Only Way Is Up”
Which means that no one has been able to shift Yazz and the gang off the top for a fourth week and the biggest seller of all. Can they made it five in a row, ow will Brother Beyond, Breathe or even Julio and Stevie stop them in their tracks? 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!