UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 31st July 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 25th to Saturday 30th July 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 five new entry’s, thirteen climbers and NO non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. Five Star – “Rock My World”
Five Star are back with a new entry, their second of this year and the second to come from their new album, that’s called “Rock The World”, and it’s out next month.
39. Tanita Tikaram – “Good Tradition”
Our next new entry is a chart debut and British singer/songwriter Tanita Tikaram’s first single release and she’s made it on to the chart that counts! The song is the first taste of her debut album that will be coming out later this year.
38. Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers – “Tomorrow People”
Ziggy Marley and his gang have been on the top 4 for six weeks now with their debut release and go down fourteen places this week.
37. Breathe – “Hands To Heaven”
Here comes another top 40 debut and not for want of trying! British three piece Breathe have been recording and releasing records for two years now but without much success. That all changes this week with this song that is now with this song that was first released last year and was already their FIFTH single. Welcome boys.
36. Sabrina – “Boys (Summertime Love)”
Sabrina has now had success with this song in every country in Europe and also further afield now that the song has been a hit here this year. She falls eleven places though this week.
35. Steven Dante – “I’m Too Scared”
Steven Dante could of been too scared as she drops back one places this week with his latest chart entry, his second on the top 40.
34. Brother Beyond – “The Harder I Try”
New entry and new faces once more, this time courtesy of Stock Aitken Waterman, with their latest ‘find’, these four British lads who make the top 40 finally with their fifth single, having released their first back in 1986.
33. Eighth Wonder – “Cross My Heart”
Patsy Kensit and her band Eighth Wonder leave the top twenty this week with a drop of fourteen places and we hope to see them back again very soon.
32. Wee Papa Girl Rappers – “Heat It Up”
Going down eleven this week are the Wee Papa Girl Rappers with their first chart hit, having been a non-mover just outside the top twenty for the past two weeks.
31. The Pasadenas – “Tribute”
And after ten weeks with us with their debut single, The Pasadenas also leave the top twenty with a fall of eleven places.
30. Julia Fordham – “Happy Ever After”
Julia Fordham made her top 40 debut last week and she moves into the top thirty this week with a climb of nine places.
29. Mica Paris and Courtney Pine – “Like Dreamers Do”
While Mica Paris came back for a second time with her second single along with Courtney Pine and together they go up eleven places.
28. Alexander O’Neal – “(What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me?”
Dropping one place is Alexander O’Neal with the latest single from his smash hit album, “Hearsay”, only one of which, so far, has made the top ten.
27. Shakin’ Stevens – “Feel The Need In Me”
Also slipping one place is Shakey with his latest new song, his first original recording since “Breaking Up My Heart” back in 1985.
26. UB40 and Chrissie Hynde – “Breakfast In Bed”
UB40 and Pretender Chrissie Hynde are down nine this week and out of the top twenty, where they’ve been for the last six weeks.
25. Voice Of The Beehive – “I Say Nothing”
British/American quartet Voice Of The Beehive returned to the top 40 for a second time last week and go up twelve places with the latest single to come from their debut album, “Let It Bee”.
24. Matt Bianco – “Don’t Blame It On That Girl/Wap Bam Boogie”
Just as Matt Bianco leaves the top twenty after eight weeks there with his biggest hit to date, which is down six places.
23. Bros – “I Owe You Nothing”
Former chart toppers Bros are also down six this week with their biggest hit yet, by far and the third track from their debut album, “Push”.
22. All About Eve – “Martha’s Harbour”
It’s been a great week for All About Eve as their third top 40 entry makes a big climb of fourteen places, now their highest charted position.
21. The Fat Boys and Chubby Checker – “The Twist”
The Fat Boys and Chubby Checker take the reworked version of his 28 year old hit down eight this week and out of the upper half of the chart.
20. George Michael – “Monkey”
George Michael is still top twenty with his “Monkey”, down six places this week, while the song has just given him a fifth solo number one on the other side of the Atlantic!
19. Pat Benetar – “All Fired Up”
Pat Benetar is back in the UK top twenty this week as she moves up four places. She was last this high up with “Love Is A Battlefield” back in 1983!
18. Tracy Chapman – “Fast Car”
Another American female singer, Tracy Chapman, continues to reverse her “Fast Car”, which comes from her chart topping debut album, down six this week.
17. Funky Worm – “Hustle (To The Music)”
There are two joint highest climbers this week, both leaping eighteen places and the first of them is from Funky Worm with their chart debut which ‘hustles’ into the top twenty.
16. Siouxsie and The Banshees – “Peek A Boo”
It’s also been a great week for Siouxsie and her Banshees who climb fourteen places to register their first top twenty hit since “This Wheel’s on Fire” in January last year.
15. Def Leppard – “Love Bites”
Love may bite, particularly if you’re a def leppard and you’ve already has five hits from a multi-million selling album, so don’t be too disheartened of you fall four places with that latest release!
14. Fairground Attraction – “Find My Love”
Fairground Attraction have already made big moves before and got a number one, can they do it a second time? Well, as this weeks other highest climber of eighteen places, they’re making all the right moves.
13. Debbie Gibson – “Foolish Beat”
Debbie Gibson was hoping for her first UK number one, as this song had already topped the US chart, but after two weeks on standby, she leaves the top ten with a drop of four places.
12. The Four Tops – “Reach Out, I’ll Be There ’88”
Last week’s highest climber, the remixed hit from The Four Tops, is up three more places. The song went to number one back in 1966, so they’re closing in…
11. Mac Band featuring The McCampbell Brothers – “Roses Are Red”
The Mac Band and The McCampbell Brothers have enjoyed their first UK top ten hit in recent weeks and having been a non-mover for the last two, leave the big ten, down three places.
10. Michael Jackson – “Dirty Diana”
After two weeks as a non-mover in third place, Jacko is down six this week with the latest single from his globally humongous selling album, “Bad”.
9. Transvision Vamp – “I Want Your Love”
Also sliding after two weeks on hold are Transvision Vamp, down four places, with their very first chart hit, that comes from their first album called “Pop Art”.
8. Everything But The Girl – “I Don’t Want To Talk About It”
And following them are Ben and Tracey better known as Everything But The Girl, both going down five places with their biggest chart hit to date.
7. B.V.S.M.P. – “I Need You”
Last week’s highest new entry came from a new US boy band called B.V.S.M.P. and they’ve capitalised on that in the last seven days as they take their debut single up fifteen places and into the UK top ten.
6. S-Express – “Superfly Guy”
S-Express say that the “Superfly Guy” will take you higher and he’s doing that for S-Express this week, with a climb of one place.
5. Salt’n’Pepa – “Push It”
Cheryl and Sandra have been in second place for the last two weeks with their UK chart debut, but are so no longer as they drop three places.
4. Kim Wilde – “You Came”
While Kim Wilde moves up two and into the top five with the second single to come from her new album, “Close“, which also gives her, her highest solo chart hit since “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” back in 1986.
3. Glenn Medeiros – “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”
It’s all change at the top as Glenn Medeiros leaves the number one position he’s held for the past four weeks and drops two places, but still far more successful than when it was released in America last February.
2. Kylie Minogue – “The Locomotion”
Kylie Minogue is back and bags this weeks highest new entry, straight into second place, which gives her three consecutive top two hits from three releases! The song is a cover of Little Eva’s 1962 hit that also serves as Kylie’s debut release in Australia last year and sent SEVEN weeks at the top. Can she make that a second number one here next week…?
1. Yazz and The Plastic Population – “The Only Way Is Up”
Yazz has been very positive about her first solo single, so much in fact that it’s paid off! The only way has been up and with a climb of nine places, it’s taken her to the very top of the chart as this weeks new number one! But can she stay there, or will “The Locomotion” shunt her out of the way? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!