Wet Wet Wet 1988

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 29th May 1988

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 29th May 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 23rd to Saturday 28th May 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, thirteen climbers and seven non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Bananarama – “I Want You Back”
The new look Bananarama are hanging on in there, just, this week, their ninth on the top 40, but down nineteen places.

39. James Brown – “I’m Real”
James Brown doesn’t want about for a follow up chart hit! Just seven days ago he was on his way out with “The Payback Mix”, now he’s back with a new entry and a brand new recording, the first to come from a new album he’s launching next month.

38. Kim Wilde – “Hey Mister Heartache”
Someone else who has a new album coming out next month is Kim Wilde and this is also her first release from it, which slides seven places this week and back to where she came in three weeks ago!

37. Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson – “Get It”
Now here’s a combination for you! Stevie Wonder is back in the UK chart and he’s joined by Michael Jackson for this superstar joint chart entry.

36. Fields Of The Nephilim – “Moonchild”
Fields Of The Nephilim and an English band who formed in 1986 and have achieved three top two hits on the Indie singles chart since then. Their latest is currently number one, their second and for the very first time, it crosses over to the top 40 to give them their very first chart entry.

35. Danny Wilson – “Mary’s Prayer”
Fifteen months after its release, Danny Wilson’s first chart hit is on its way out, but not before breaking the top three and going down fifteen places this week.

34. Status Quo – “Who Gets The Love?”
Status Quo returned to the chart for the second time this year with the second single to come from their current album, “Ain’t Complaining”, but sadly, they move neither up nor down this week.

33. Derek B – “Bad Young Brother”
Derek B knows all about being a non-mover, that’s how he’s been for the past two weeks, but no more as he drops seventeen places this week with his second UK chart hit this year.

32. Maxi Priest – “Wild World”
We welcome back Maxi Priest, last with us seven months ago with “Some Guys Have All the Luck” and now back with a cover of Cat Stevens’ 1970 release, that gives him only his second top 40 entry.

31. Samantha Fox – “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)”
Samantha Fox got her first top 40 entry of 1988 last week after a hugely successful 1987 with hits like “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now”. Her latest is up two places this week.

30. Harry Enfield – “Loadsamoney”
Harry Enfield was in the top three, briefly, just a couple of weeks ago, now he’s down eighteen places, with his debut single release.

29. The Style Council – “Life At A Top People’s Health Farm”
Also going down this week are The Style Council, following last week’s new entry, they go back one place.

28. Alexander O’Neal – “The Lovers”
One of last week’s new entry’s doing much better, however, is from Alexander O’Neal, who is up ten places with the fourth single from his album, “Hearsay”.

27. Voice Of The Beehive – “Don’t Call Me Baby”
That goes for chart newcomers Voice Of The Beehive, who go up nine places with their very first UK top 40 hit that comes from their debut album, “Let It Bee”, which was released last year.

26. Climie Fisher – “This Is Me”
Not doing so well this week are Simon and Rob, who hoped for a third consecutive top ten hit in a row, but can only be disappointed as they slide back four places.

25. Five Star – “Another Weekend”
They’re back! The biggest group of the past four years are back in the top 40 with a brand new single, the first to come from their planned fourth studio album and their first chart entry since “Somewhere Somebody” last November.

24. Brass Construction – “Movin’ 1988”
Brass Construction came back to the UK chart last week, twelve years after they debuted with this song and get a strong climb of sixteen places this week to land just one place lower that the original peaked at in 1976. Can they ‘move’ higher next week…?

23. Tiffany – “I Saw Him Standing There”
Tiffany doesn’t waste time either. She’s throwing those singles out, her third of this year and her third new entry is another cover version, this time of The Beatles 1963 song that was only released in America and reached No.14 there. She’s already beaten that as this recording made No.7 just last month Stateside.

22. The Timelords – “Doctorin’ The Tardis”
No, Doctor Who hasn’t released a single, but two producers better known to their families as Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty who have previously recorded under the name of The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu(!) They’ve had success on the Indie chart already, but this week their score not only their first singles chart success, but also this week’s highest new entry!

21. Rod Stewart – “Lost In You”
Rod Stewart made his return to the chart last week with a brand new track and is up nine places this week, ready to return, hopefully, to the top twenty in seven days from now.

20. Narada – “Divine Emotions”
After scoring his first UK top ten hit in ten years recently, Narada (Michael Walden) goes down eleven places and out.

19. Debbie Gibson – “Out Of The Blue”
Going nowhere is Debbie Gibson, who is a non-mover this week with the third single to come from her debut album of the same name.

18. Aswad – “Give A Little Love”
Aswad came back to the top 40 for a second time with last week’s highest new entry, which climbs seven places this week to put them back in the top twenty for the second time this year.

17. S-Express – “Theme From S-Express”
Mark Moore and Co. take their former number one out of the top ten this week with a fall of seven places.

16. Ofra Haza – “Im Nin’Alu”
While Ofra Haza, who has achieved three weeks of solid ascent, falls back one place this week, with her UK chart debut.

15. Heart – “What About Love?”
And it’s the same for Heart as they slip back one place with the follow up to their top ten smashes “Never” and “These Dreams”.

14. Desireless – “Voyage Voyage ’88”
After two previous attempts at getting a UK hit out of this song, France’s Desireless finally entered the top 40 last week and can also boast of being this week’s highest climber of twenty one places!

13. Scritti Politti – “Oh Patti (Don’t Feel Sorry For Lover Boy)”
Scritti Politti continue to advance their biggest hit in three years, with a climb of five places this week. The band have achieved two top ten hits to date, could this be the third next week…?

12. Liverpool FC – “The Anfield Rap”
This year’s FA Cup losers, Liverpool, have ‘scored’ a big top three hit in the first division of the UK music charts, but slide down the table eight places this week.

11. Hothouse Flowers – “Don’t Go”
Liverpoool overtake chart newcomers Hothouse Flowers, who took their UK chart debut upto the gates of the top ten last week, and that’s where they stay this week.

10. Whitney Houston – “Love Will Save The Day”
Whitney is back in the top ten this week following her new entry seven days ago, up seventeen places with the fifth single to come from her “Whitney” album and now the third to make the UK top ten.

9. New Order – “Blue Monday ’88”
Going down four this week are New Order with the higher charting version of their 1983 hit, remixed and rebooted for 1988.

8. Mica Paris – “My One Temptation”
Having another superb week again is Mica Paris with her debut single climbing nine places and into the top ten in just three weeks!

7. Prefab Sprout – “The King Of Rock And Roll”
Holding on for a second week with their first top ten hit are Prefab Sprout, neither jumping frog over anyone above or below them.

6. LA Mix – “Check This Out”
LA Mix were last week’s highest climbers and enter the UK top ten for the very first time this week by going up seven places.

5. Aztec Camera – “Somewhwere In My Heart”
Roddy Frame’s Aztec Camera continue their assault of the singles chart, already with their biggest chart hit to date, which climbs three places this week.

4. Belinda Carlisle – “Circle In The Sand”
Belinda Carlisle is on the up, two places for her this week, with her third UK top ten hit and now her second highest. Can she take this one all the way for a second time this year…?

3. Fairground Attraction – “Perfect”
Former chart toppers Fairground Attraction went from second to third place last week and there they remain, still performing stronger than all those below.

2. Kylie Minogue – “Got To Be Certain”
While Neighbours star Kylie Minogue went up into second position last week and there she will remain for another seven days, with her second UK single release, one place lower than her first one attained.

1. Wet Wet Wet – “With A Little Help From My Friends”
Which means for a third week, Wet Wet Wet stay top of the pile with their Childline supporting single, that was written and recorded by The Beatles for their album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. Can they make it four weeks in a row, or will Belinda, Aztec Camera or even LA Mix knock them off? 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!