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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 8th May 1988

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 8th 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 2nd to Saturday 7th 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 ten new entry’s, eleven climbers and NO non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Heart – “What About Love?”
Heart are back with a new entry, already, with the follow up to their big top ten hits “Never” and “These Dreams” and their fifth UK top 40 hit.

39. Billy Ocean – “Calypso Crazy”
Also back with the follow up to an even bigger top ten hit at the beginning of this year, is Billy Ocean with the second track from his current album, “Tear Down These Walls”, to make the top 40.

38. Ofra Haza – “Im Nin’Alu”
Here’s a new entry and a UK chart debut for Israeli singer Ofra Haza, who has been recording since 1974. This song dates back to 1978 and has already been a big hit in her home land, but thanks to a remix from Played In Full, it breaks into the UK chart, ten years on!

37. Debbie Gibson – “Out Of The Blue”
Returning to the UK chart for a third time is Debbie Gibson with the follow up to “Only In My Dreams” and the song that is the title track of her debut album.

36. The Primitives – “Out Of Reach”
Going down eleven places this week are The Primitives, who haven’t been able to match the success of their top five hit, “Crash”.

35. Poison – “Nothin’ But A Good Time”
US rock band Poison haven been recording since 1983, but today they score their very first UK top 40 hit with this new entry, that is the lead single from their forthcoming second studio album, that’s due out in two weeks time.

34. Pebbles – “Girlfriend”
US singer Pebbles recently scored her first UK chart hit with this song and went top ten, but she’s down thirteen with it this week.

33. Aztec Camera – “Somewhere In My Heart”
Roddy Frame’s Aztec Camera made a return to the top 40 two months ago with “How Men Are” and here’s the follow up, which is a new entry this week, the second song from their current album, “Love”, to do so.

32. Brenda Russell – “Piano In The Dark”
Sadly after five weeks of climbing the chart, Brenda Russell goes backwards, nine places this week, with her UK top 40 debut.

31. Belinda Carlisle – “Circle In The Sand”
Belinda Carlisle is back, however. She’s scored two top ten hits from her album “Heaven On Earth” this year, so could this new entry give her a third…?

30. Jermaine Stewart – “Get Lucky”
Poor Jermaine Stewart. He continues to be ‘unlucky’ as he leaves the top twenty this week with a drop of eleven places.

29. Climie Fisher – “Love Changes Everything”
Simon and Rob follow him with a big fall of sixteen places with their second top ten hit of this year.

28. Prefab Sprout – “The King of Rock And Roll”
Prefab Sprout returned to the chart last week after a gap of three years and go up eleven places this week, back into the top thirty, where they finished up in 1985 with “When Love Breaks Down”.

27. Joyce Sims – “Walk Away”
Although Joyce Sims won’t be matching the success of her last single, as she goes down three places this week with the follow up to “Come Into My Life”.

26. Derek B – “Bad Young Brother”
Aiming to match the success of his last single, “Goodgroove”, is Derek B who is up ten places this week with its follow up.

25. The Christians – “Born Again”
While The Christians move up just one more spot this week with their second top 40 hit of this year.

24. Patrick Swayze and Wendy Fraser – “She’s Like The Wind”
Dirty dancers Patrick Swayze and Wendy Fraser leave the top twenty this week with a fall of just four places with their contribution to the million selling soundtrack album.

23. The Adventures – “Broken Land”
The Adventures have another good week with their first UK top 40 single, which moves up seven places. The song is taken from their second album, “The Sea Of Love”, which is out here, next week.

22. Magnum – “Start Talking Love”
Also on the up are Magnum, who scored their second top 40 entry last week and also rise up seven places this week.

21. Fleetwood Mac – “Everywhere”
Fleetwood Mac have been ‘everywhere’ with the latest track from their current album, “Tango In The Night”, which is down five places this week.

20. James Brown – “The Payback Mix – Part One”
After two weeks that have taken him back into the UK top twenty, James Brown is down eight places this week with his 1974 remix.

19. George Michael – “One More Try”
Going down ten places is George Michael with the latest single to come from his debut album, “Faith”.

18. Pet Shop Boys – “Heart”
While Chris and Neil exit the top ten with a drop of eleven places with their former number one, their fourth to do so in this country.

17. Will Downing – “A Love Supreme”
Also taking a descent is Will Downing but with his UK chart debut, which regresses three places from its peak last week.

16. Narada – “Divine Emotions”
Producer and songwriter Narada (Michael Walden) is back in the UK top twenty for the first time in nine years this week with a climb of six places.

15. Kylie Minogue – “Got To Be Certain”
Neighbours’ star Kylie Minogue currently holds the title of having the year’s biggest seller so far. It left us two weeks ago, but she’s back with a follow up which gives her a big new entry this week.

14. Pat and Mick – “Let’s All Chant”
Here’s another Stock Aitken Waterman production but one which is going down, alas, for Pat Sharpe and Mick Brown, three places, with their first UK recording together in support of Help A London Child.

13. Liverpool FC – “The Anfield Rap”
Here’s one for all you football fans! The Liverpool team have hung their boots up and exchanged them for microphones as they land themselves a big new entry this week off the pitch!

12. Star Turn On 45 Pints – “Pump Up The Bitter”
And what’s better than watching the game with a few pints…but 45?! Last week’s highest climber from Star Turn On is up three more places this week.

11. Natalie Cole – “Pink Cadillac”
Coming in on top of them is Natalie Cole with her first UK top ten hit, that slips out this week with a drop of five places.

10. The Jackson 5 – “I Want You Back ’88”
The Jackson’s go down two places, back to where they were two weeks ago with the ’88 reboot of their 1969 debut single, which made No.2 back then.

9. Prince – “Alphabet Street”
Prince returned to the chart last week with a brand new song that’s the first track to come from his new album, expected in a few weeks time. Meantime, he’s up nine places this week with it.

8. Hazell Dean – “Who’s Leaving Who?”
After two weeks on hold in the top five, Hazell Dean drops four places with her biggest hit since “Whatever I Do, Wherever I Go”, back in 1984.

7. Danny Wilson – “Mary’s Prayer”
Also going down four places out of the top five are Danny Wilson with their year-old song that’s finally peaked for them and now with a staggering EIGHTEEN weeks inside the UK top 75!

6. Bananarama – “I Want You Back”
There are still two “I Want You Back’s” in the UK top ten and both are original numbers, the highest is still from Bananarama, even if they slip one place this week out of the top five.

5. Wet Wet Wet – “With A Little Help From My Friends”
Wet Wet Wet are back in a big way this week with their fifth single and also a great cover of The Beatles 1967 classic that’s been recorded especially for Childline…and of the many we’ve already featured, it’s this weeks highest new entry!

4. Harry Enfield – “Loadsamoney”
Comedian Harry Enfield crossed over from the TV last week with his character Loadsamoney into the charts and with a rise of thirteen places, he can lay claim to being this weeks highest climber!

3. New Order – “Blue Monday ’88”
Another ’88 remix in the UK top ten was last week’s highest new entry from New Order, returning after a five year absence, reworked, and doing well with a climb of seven places this week.

2. S-Express – “Theme From S-Express”
After two weeks on top, Mark Moore and the S-Expressers are down one place and off the top with their debut single that still remains on top of the dance chart!

1. Fairground Attraction – “Perfect”
What could be more ‘perfect’ when your debut single goes right to the top? Well, S-Express knew all about that two weeks ago and now so do Fairground Attraction who move up one place to claim to become this weeks new number one! But can they stay there, or will New Order, Harry Enfield or even Wet Wet Wet deny them of a second week? There’s only one way to find out…

Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!

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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!