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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 14th August 1988

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 14th  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 8th to Saturday 13th 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 seven new entry’s, twelve climbers and four non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Five Star – “Rock My World”
It hasn’t been a very good week for Five Star at all. Not only are they down twelve places, but they’re back to where they started three weeks ago!

39. Mory Kanke – “Yeke Yeke”
Mory Kanke comes from Guinea and has been recording since 1981. He already has five studio albums to his name but so far no hit singles. That all changes today as he wins his first new entry on the UK chart.

38. Jane Wiedlin – “Rush Hour”
Jane Wiedlin is one of four ladies that make up the US punk band the Go Go’s. They have had moderate success here but will be best known for her bandmate Belinda Carlisle, who has had a hugely successful year here so far. Now Jane jumps on the bandwagon and joins Belinda as a UK top 40 singles hitmaker!

37. Womack and Womack – “Teardrops”
Cecil and Linda Womack last had a UK chart hit back in 1984 with “Good Times”, they’ve released two albums since then and have a new one coming out here very soon. This is the lead single and it brings them back to the UK top 40 for the first time in four years.

36. Matt Bianco – “Don’t Blame It On The Girl/Wap Bam Boogie”
Matt Bianco has had an exceptional chart run of three months with this song, which is his biggest to date and is also down eleven places this week.

35. Guns’N’Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
American rock band Guns’N’Roses started out three years ago and have already had five top five hits there including this one, which topped the chart earlier this year. Now the UK gets to hear from them as they make their chart debut this side of the Atlantic.

34. Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine – “Anything For You”
We haven’t seen Gloria Estefan and her band for two years now since they last charted with “Bad Boy”. Their current album of the same name was released last year but until now, they’ve had no chart successes here. Today, the group make their comeback with this new entry.

33. Def Leppard – “Love Bites”
British rockers Def Leppard are down twelve places this week with their third chart hit of this year.

32. Julia Fordham – “Happy Ever After”
It’s the title of her first UK chart entry, but I’m sure Julia Fordham will be less than happy to know that she’s down five places this week.

31. Aztec Camera – “Working In A Goldmine”
While ‘working in a goldmine’ obviously pays dividends for Aztec Camera, who were a new entry last week and are up three places this week.

30. Status Quo – “Running All Over The World”
The Quo are back with a new entry, which is more of a re-entry as they bring their 1977 chart hit back to the top 40 in support of Sport Aid to help famine relief in Africa.

29. Mica Paris and Courtney Pine – “Like Dreamers Do”
Mica Paris and Courtney Pine go backwards this week as they drop three places with her second and his first top 40 hit.

28. Van Halen – “When It’s Love”
As veteran rockers Van Halen climb ten places with their brand new tune, which was a new entry last week.

27. Michael Jackson – “Dirty Diana”
Jacko is down eleven this week with his latest offering from the “Bad” album, and there’s another one on the way as we speak!

26. Pat Benetar – “All Fired Up”
Pat Benetar leaves the top twenty this week with a drop of six places with her biggest chart hit in five years.

25. Siouxsie and The Banshees – “Peek A Boo”
As do Siouxsie and The Banshees, who go down seven places with their brand new offering which comes from their new album that’s out at the beginning of September.

24. Big Country – “King Of Emotion”
Big Country are back in the top 40 this week with a brand new song, their first for three years and the first from a new album they have coming out next month. And it’s also this weeks highest new entry.

23. Voice Of The Beehive – “I Say Nothing”
Voice Of The Beehive were hoping for a second top twenty hit this week, but it’s not to be as they slip back one place.

22. Robbie Robertson – “Somewhere Down The Crazy River”
The Band’s lead singer Robbie Robertson made his solo chart debut last week and his first UK hit for eighteen years. He’s had a good seven days as he goes up thirteen places.

21. Debbie Gibson – “Foolish Beat”
Debbie Gibson is down just two places this we4ek with her fourth UK chart hit of this year and in doing so, she leaves the top twenty.

20. Everything But The Girl – “I Don’t Want To Talk About It”
Ben and Tracey go down eight this week with their first top twenty hit, which has been in the upper half of the chart for five weeks now.

19. Chris Rea – “On The Beach ’88”
The title track of Chris Rea’s 1986 album made it’s first appearance on the top 40 last week, albeit in remix form, and it’s obviously what the track needed as it shoots up seventeen places to be this week’s highest climber.

18. Mac Band featuring The McCampbell Brothers – “Roses Are Red”
Still going strong ten weeks later are the Mac Band and the McCampbell Brothers, eight of which have been inside the upper half of the chart. This week they all go down four places.

17. Julio Iglesias and Stevie Wonder – “My Love”
Superstar singers Julio Iglesias and Stevie Wonder came into the chart last week and have clearly made quite an impression as they climb sixteen places and into the top twenty.

16. Salt’N’Pepa – “Push It”
Salt’N’Pepa’s first UK chart hit has been a bigger success here than it has been in their home country, even if they go down seven places this week.

15. Tanita Tikaram – “Good Tradition”
Someone else with a debut single is Britain’s Tanita Tikaram, but she’s enjoying upwardly movement this week as she enters the top twenty, moving eight places higher.

14. Transvision Vamp – “I Want Your Love”
Transvision Vamp leave the top ten this week, down four places, with their top 40 first. Their debut album is coming out at the beginning of October and it’s called “Pop Art”.

13. Funky Worm – “Hustle (To The Music)”
Funky Worm slither no where this week, as they remain a non-mover for a second week, continuing to “Hustle” to their music.

12. Glenn Medeiros – “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”
Glenn Medeiros‘ former chart topping debut is out of the top ten this week as he drops five places, the first time in nine weeks he’s been this low!

11. The Four Tops – “Reach Out I’ll Be There ’88”
The Four Tops’ new version of their 1966 chart topper was hoping to follow the original in to the top ten this week, but does not progress any further than the same position it attained this time, last week.

10. All About Eve – “Martha’s Harbour”
All About Eve celebrated last week as they got their first top twenty hit, this week they can carry on celebrating as they go up five places and into the top ten for the first time!

9. S-Express – “Superfly Guy”
S-Express went top five for the second time this year last week but come back down again, four places in fact with the follow up to their own “Theme” which was a number one back in April.

8. Brother Beyond – “The Harder I Try”
Chart newbies Brother Beyond have certainly benefited from Stock Aitken Waterman‘s assistance lately, they’ve got their first top 40 entry and with a climb of sixteen places, they’re now top ten!

7. Fairground Attraction – “Find My Love”
Climbing one place this week are former chart toppers Fairground Attraction with their second top ten hit out of two singles released.

6. Breathe – “Hands To Heaven”
UK band Breathe have taken two years to finally get a top 40 hit and last week they were the highest climbers. This week they continue their battle as they move into the top ten with a climb of eleven places.

5. Iron Maiden – “The Evil That Men Do”
While last week’s highest new entry came from Iron Maiden with their second top ten hit of the year, which moves into the top five this week with a climb of one place.

4. Kim Wilde – “You Came”
It’s down one this week for Kim Wilde with her biggest hit for two years, the second track from her new and top ten hit album, “Close“.

3. B.V.S.M.P. – “I Need You”
Doing a swap with Kim are B.V.S.M.P. who move up one place into third position on the UK chart with their debut single.

2. Kylie Minogue – “The Locomotion”
Kylie Minogue is not letting go of second place, however, as she stays put for a third week with her cover of Little Eva’s 1962 classic and the third top two hit to come from her debut album, single called “Kylie“.

1. Yazz and The Plastic Population – “The Only Way Is Up”
Which also means that for a third week, Yazz and her Plastic entourage stay at the very top of the lot as the UK’s best seller! But can they stay there for a fourth week, or will B.V.S.M.P., Iron Maiden or someone else take that away 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!