Aswad 1988

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 20th March 1988

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 20th March 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 14th to Saturday 19th March 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, fifteen climbers and no non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Jellybean featuring Adele Bertei – “Just A Mirage”
Jellybean is back on the UK chart following his previous hits “Who Found Who?” and “Jingo”. This time he’s enlisted the help of singer Adele Bertei in the hope he can get a fourth top twenty hit here.

39. Derek G – “Goodgroove”
It looks like this is the last we’ll see of Derek B’s “Goodgroove” with a drop of fifteen places this week.

38. The Bangles – “Hazy Shade Of Winter”
And The Bangles take their version of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1966 classic out with a fall of seventeen places.

37. Status Quo – “Ain’t Complaining”
There’s a new entry for The Quo who are back on the UK chart for the first time in three years with a brand new song which will feature on a new album they’re currently putting the finishing touches to.

36. Taylor Dayne – “Tell It To My Heart”
US newcomer to the UK chart Taylor Dayne is down thirteen this week with her debut hit which went top three here. Let’s hope we haven’t heard the last from her…

35. Aztec Camera – “How Men Are”
And down nine this week for Aztec Camera with the second single from their current album, “Love”.

34. Taylor Dayne – “Prove Your Love”
What did I tell you?! Here comes Taylor again with a new entry and her second UK chart hit that’s currently waiting just outside the US top ten. Can she better her first hit with this track or even better the US chart position of “Tell It To My Heart” again? Let’s see…

33. Glen Goldsmith – “Dreaming”
Glen Goldsmith is back on the chart with a new entry and the follow up to his two previous singles “What You See Is What You Get” and “I Won’t Cry” and he is currently finishing off his debut album which will be out in the next few months.

32. Magnum – “Days Of No Trust”
Magnum came on the the chart last week with this new song that goes absolutely nowhere this week, which could be neither a good thing or otherwise!

31. David Lee Roth – “Just Like Paradise”
It’s definitely a bad week for DLR with a drop of four places with the first UK top 40 hit from his current album, “Skyscraper”.

30. Eddy Grant – “Gimme Hope Jo’anna”
Eddy Grant is down sixteen this week with the lead single from his new album, “Fire Under Rock”, which is out now.

29. The Clash – “I Fought The Law”
The Clash returned to the chart last week with their 1979 single that didn’t do too well first time around. No so the second time, as they go up eleven places this week.

28. Mel and Kim – “That’s The Way It Is”
Mel and Kim are still hanging on but suffer another big drop, this week of thirteen places, with their brand new Stock Aitken Waterman written single.

27. Keith Sweat – “I Want Her”
Keith Sweat still wants her. So bad he’s up four more places this week with his debut single that’s gone top five Stateside.

26. Climie Fisher – “Love Changes Everything”
Simon and Rob came back to the chart for the second time last week with their current single that’s up twelve places this week.

25. Wet Wet Wet – “Temptation”
As did The Wets with their fourth single from their debut album “Popped In Souled Out”, which goes up eleven places.

24. Johnny Hates Jazz – “Heart Of Gold”
Unfortunately, Johnny Hates Jazz are going the other way with their third single release which drops back five places.

23. Bomb The Bass – “Beat Dis”
Falling much farther is DJ and producer Tim Simenon with his former top two debut single which is down fifteen this week and completely out of both the top ten and the top twenty.

22. Debbie Gibson – “Only In My Dreams”
But it has been a great week for Debbie Gibson who climbs fifteen places with her second UK top 40 single and looking for a second top ten hit at the same time, next week perhaps…?

21. Billy Ocean – “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car”
Dropping eleven places this week is Billy Ocean with his biggest hit since “When The Going Get’s Tough” and his sixth top ten hit overall.

20. Coldcut featuring Yazz and The Plastic Population – “Doctorin’ The House”
Also leaving the top ten this week are Coldcut, Yazz and all the Plastic people with their collective debut single which is also down eleven places.

19. Eric B and Rakim – “I Know You Got Soul”
And falling six places are Eric B and his pal Rakim with their UK top 40 debut which was the highest new entry just two weeks ago.

18. a-ha – “Stay On These Roads”
a-ha are back on the UK chart with a brand new entry and the first single to come from their forthcoming third studio album of the same name. It’s Morten, Pal and Mags’ first release since their Bond song “The Living Daylights” last Summer.

17. Afrika Bambaataa and UB40 – “Reckless”
Still going well on the chart after four weeks is Afrika Bambaataa and his pals UB40 who creep up another one place this week.

16. Simon Harris – “Bass (How Low Can You Go?)”
DJ and producer Simon Harris made his chart debut last week with this song which shoots up thirteen places this week straight into the top twenty.

15. Whitney Houston – “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?”
Whitney is also on the up, just one place, however, with the third single to come from her current album, just titled “Whitney” this time around.

14. Sinitta – “Cross My Broken Heart”
Sinitta is back in the top twenty for the fourth time in her career following her new entry last week with this brand new song from Stock Aitken Waterman, which rockets up sixteen places and one higher than her last single, “G.T.O.” reached.

13. Eighth Wonder – “I’m Not Scared”
Patsy Kensit with her brother Jamie form half of Eighth Wonder, who released the song “Stay With Me” in 1985. That failed to chart here in the UK. Not so this new Pet Shop Boys produced number, which after four weeks in the top 40, is up seven more places.

12. Taja Sevelle – “Love Is Contagious”
US singer Taja Sevelle won her first global top ten placing last week with her debut single which has done so much better here than at home. Sadly, she drops out this week with a fall of five places.

11. Rick Astley – “Together Forever”
While Rick Astley takes an ever bigger dive of nine places, having stayed in second place for two weeks, and leaves the top ten altogether!

10. Belinda Carlisle – “I Get Weak”
Belinda Carlisle is back in the UK top ten for a second time with a climb of just one place this week, her fifth inside the top 40 with the second single from her current album, “Heaven On Earth”.

9. Erasure – “Ship Of Fools”
Andy and Vince get a second week in the top ten with their brand new song this week, but are down three places.

8. Heart – “Never/These Dreams”
While Heart return to the UK top ten for a second time with a climb of four places, looking to better “Alone’s” top three spot twelve months ago.

7. The Primitives – “Crash”
Not such a good week for The Primitives with their top 40 debut which slides back two places and out of the top five.

6. Vanessa Paradis – “Joe Le Taxi”
And the same goes for Vanessa Paradis with her former eleven week chart topper in her home country, which stopped two places shy of the top as this week she’s down three places.

5. Tiffany – “Could’ve Been”
It’s been a great week for Tiffany. She’s back in the top ten with a leap of seventeen places, making her this week’s highest climber and aiming for a second number one in three months!

4. Iron Maiden – “Can I Play With Madness?”
This weeks highest new entry comes from Iron Maiden back with a brand new single and at the same time, bag their highest ever UK chart placing. The song is the first cut from their forthcoming seventh studio album, conveniently titled “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”!

3. Kylie Minogue – “I Should Be So Lucky”
It’s all change at the top as the young lady who has held the number one position for the past five weeks is down two places with her Stock Aitken Waterman written UK debut single.

2. Bros – “Drop The Boy”
Matt, Luke and Craig came back to the chart with last week’s highest new entry, which shoots up fifteen places this week to equal their previous chart high back in January. Can they go one better next week…?

1. Aswad – “Don’t Turn Around”
So we have a new number one and with a climb of three places, Aswad take their very first UK top 40 single to the very top of the chart. But can they keep it there for a second week or will Bros or Iron Maiden claim their first number one or Tiffany her second? 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!