CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 7th August 1988

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 7th  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 1st to Saturday 6th 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 six new entry’s, fourteen climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Alexander O’Neal – “(What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me?”
Alexander O’Neal is down twelve this week with the latest track from his album, “Hearsay”, which now has two Platinum discs to its name!

39. Shakin Stevens – “Feel The Need In Me”
Shakey and Alexander have been following each other around and they continue to do so as Shakey also drops twelve places this week.

38. Van Halen – “When It’s Love”
US rockers Van Halen are back on the UK chart for the first time in just over two years with a brand new that comes from their forthcoming eighth studio album.

37. UB40 and Chrissie Hynde – “Breakfast In Bed”
UB40 and Pretender Chrissie Hynde have been enjoying ‘breakfast in bed’ together for the past nine weeks but it may be coming to and end as they fall eleven places this week.

36. Chris Rea – “On The Beach”
Chris Rea was last on the chart with “Let’s Dance” last year, but this song was the title track of his 1985 album, which back then, missed the top 40. The song has undergone some reproduction courtesy of Jon Kelly and it finally makes it mark.

35. Robbie Robertson – “Somewhere Down The Crazy River”
Robbie Robertson was the lead singer of The Band, whose biggest UK chart hit was “Rag Mama Rag” back in 1970. He’s how ready to release his debut solo album and this is the first track from that album and it returns him to the UK top 40 for the first time in eighteen years!

34. Aztec Camera – “Working In A Goldmine”
It’s been a great year for Aztec Camera so far with a top three hit three months ago and an earlier top thirty hit. Now they add a third chart entry to that tally with the fourth single to come from their “Love” album.

33. Julio Iglesias and Stevie Wonder – “My Love”
Stevie Wonder was a small chart hit with Michael Jackson earlier this year, he’s back with Julio Iglesias this time for this duet that’s already more successful than the former with this new entry.

32. George Michael – “Monkey”
George Michael is down twelve this week and out of the top twenty with his ‘monkey’, hanging out together in the lower section of the chart!

31. Bros – “I Owe You Nothing”
Bros‘ former chart topper is down eight places this week, now in its eleventh week on the top 40 and still, by far, their biggest hit so far.

30. Tracy Chapman – “Fast Car”
Tracy Chapman has recently seen her debut album top the chart and her first single go top five here, even though she is down twelve places this week.

29. The Fat Boys and Chubby Checker – “The Twist”
The Fat Boys and Chubby Checker take his 28 year old reworked dance classic down eight places this week, the lowest they’ve been with this number so far.

28. Five Star – “Rock My World”
Five Star made their second appearance of 1988 last week with the second new song from their forthcoming new album, which is up twelve places this week.

27. Julia Fordham – “Happy Ever After”
Julia Fordham is up three this week with her first chart hit, which is taken from her self-titled debut album, that’s out now.

26. Mica Paris and Courtney Pine – “Like Dreamers Do”
Someone else with a debut album out soon is Mica Paris and the second single from that album, with Courtney Pine, is also up three this week.

25. Matt Bianco – “Don’t Blame It On That Girl/Wap Bam Boogie”
Matt Bianco is still going strong after ten weeks on the chart, so much so, he drops just one place this week!

24. Brother Beyond – “The Harder I Try”
The latest Stock Aitken Waterman act to hit the chart are Brother Beyond and their first PWL single came in last week and is up ten places, seven days later.

23. Tanita Tikaram – “Good Tradition”
Making an even bigger stride is another debutante, Tanita Tikaram, who spreads her ‘good tradition’ sixteen places higher this week.

22. Voice Of The Beehive – “I Say Nothing”
Voice Of The Beehive have had one top twenty hit so far and are looking for a second next week as they edge three places closer this week.

21. Def Leppard – “Love Bites”
The sixth single from Def Leppard’s massive “Hysteria” album is down six this week and leaves the top twenty.

20. Pat Benetar – “All Fired Up”
Pat Benetar was “All Fired Up” for the UK top twenty last week for only the second time in her career, but slips back one place this week.

19. Debbie Gibson – “Foolish Beat”
While fellow American Debbie Gibson is down six this week with her former US number one and her second UK top ten hit.

18. Siouxsie and The Banshees – “Peek A Boo”
Siouxsie and The Banshees got their fifth top twenty hit last week with the first single from their new album that’s out next month, but sadly fall two places this week.

17. Breathe – “Hands To Heaven”
Breathe have been trying to get a hit for two years now and have already released this single before, last week they successfully made the top 40 and more successfully storm up twenty places to be this weeks highest climber!

16. Michael Jackson – “Dirty Diana”
Jacko is down six places and out of the top ten this week with the fifth single to come from his “Bad” album, which is now triple Platinum certified here!

15. All About Eve – “Martha’s Harbour”
All About Eve’s last two releases were top thirty hits, their third now becomes their first to make the top twenty as they climb seven places in seven days.

14. Mac Band and The McCampbell Brothers – “Roses Are Red”
Eight weeks on and the Mac Band and the McCampbell brother first chart hit is still top twenty and drops just three places this week.

13. Funky Worm – “Hustle (To The Music)”
One of last week’s joint highest climbers came from Funky Worm with their chart debut, which is up four this week.

12. Everything But The Girl – “I Don’t Want To Talk About It”
Ben and Tracey are down four this week with their biggest release to date and the second time a version of this song has been top three in the UK.

11. The Four Tops – “Reach Out I’ll Be There”
The Four Tops are still making progress with the reboot of their 1966 classic which parks itself outside the top ten, one place higher that last week.

10. Transvision Vamp – “I Want Your Love”
Transvision Vamp cling on to the top ten for another week, taking their first and biggest chart hit down just one place lower than last week.

9. Salt’N’Pepa – “Push It”
While Salt’N’Pepa fall four places this week with their UK top 40 debut, now in its sixth week inside the top ten.

8. Fairground Attraction – “Find My Love”
Fairground Attraction have already had one top ten hit this year, it also went to number one, and they can now boast of a second top ten hit as “Find My Love”, ‘finds’ its way into the big ten with a climb of six places.

7. Glenn Medeiros – “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”
Glenn Medeiros‘ former chart topper is down four this week. He entered the chart two months ago aged 17 and he has recently turned 18 and he’s still top ten!

6. Iron Maiden – “The Evil That Men Do”
Iron Maiden are back in the chart with the follow up to “Can I Play With Madness?” back in April, which was that week’s highest new entry and they do the same again with this one!

5. S-Express – “Superfly Guy”
S-Express have been taking small, one place steps for a few weeks now and continue to do so this week as they enter the top five for a second time this year.

4. B.V.S.M.P. – “I Need You”
Leap-frogging them all are B.V.S.M.P., who take their debut single into the top five, up three places this week.

3. Kim Wilde – “You Came”
Also on the up still is Kim Wilde, who enters the top three for only the third time in her UK chart career with a climb of one place while her new album, “Close“, is out in two weeks time.

2. Kylie Minogue – “The Locomotion”
One lady who has an album out, her debut in fact, is Kylie Minogue and the third single from that album was last week’s highest new entry, which remains just where it came in seven days ago, but still her third straight top two hit here in a row!

1. Yazz and The Plastic Population – “The Only Way Is Up”
Which means for a second week, Yazz and her plastic gang stay on top of the pile as the UK’s biggest seller. But can she and they make it a third, or will Kim Wilde or B.V.S.M.P. claim their very first UK chart topper? There’s only one way to find out…

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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!