Kylie 1988

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 28th February 1988

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 28th February 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 22nd to Saturday 27th February 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 nine new entry’s, twelve climbers and five non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Afrika Bambaataa featuring UB40 – “Reckless”
We start with a new entry from Lance Taylor who goes by the name of Afrika Bambaataa who teams up with UB40 for what becomes only his second top 40 hit. His last was “Renegades Of Funk” back in 1983.

39. Deacon Blue – “Dignity”
Deacon Blue are still hanging in there with ‘dignity’, but falling seven places this week with their highest charted single so far.

38. Eighth Wonder – “I’m Not Scared”
There’s another new entry and a top 40 debut for a band who are fronted by actress Patsy Kensit. They’ve been recording for two years but today, they get their first taste of chart glory with a song that’s written and produced by the Pet Shop Boys.

37. Aswad – “Don’t Turn Around”
And there’s another new entry and a top 40 debut, this time for a group that have been recording and releasing records since 1976! This song was previously record by Tina Turner two years ago as a B side to her single “Typical Male” as is written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren, who had one of last year’s biggest sellers, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now“.

36. The Communards – “For A Friend”
Richard and Jimmy are back with a new entry and the follow up to their huge hit “Never Can Say Goodbye” and the third single from the album “Red”.

35. Heart – “Never/These Dreams”
Heart are also back on the chart with a double A side, both songs from which are over two years old but failed to make the chart here then. Today, they’ve already bettered that with this new entry.

34. Sinead O’Connor – “Mandinka”
Sinead O’Connor’s top 40 debut made the top twenty a few weeks ago but she’s been in reverse ever since. She’s down eleven this week and it could well be her last with this song.

33. Aztec Camera – “How Men Are”
Roddy Frame who performs as Aztec Camera was last on the top 40 back in 1984 with “All I Need Is Everything”, today he’s back with the second single to come from his current album, “Love”, and scores the first chart hit in doing do.

32. Johnny Hates Jazz – “Heart Of Gold”
And there’s another new entry from Johnny Hates Jazz with the fourth single to come from their recent number one album, “Turn Back The Clock”, which follows the title track into the top 40.

31. Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle – “Never Knew Love Like This”
After two weeks of doing nothing, Alexander and Cherrelle are down five this week with their second duet to chart here in the UK.

30. George Harrison – “When We Was Fab”
He went up last week but ex-Beatle George Harrison goes down this week, five places with the follow up to his top two smash hit “I Got My Mind Set On You”.

29. Echo and The Bunnymen – “People Are Strange”
Not so for Echo and The Bunnymen, they were a new entry last week and climb four places this week.

28. Taja Sevelle – “Love Is Contagious”
In a week of chart debuts, here comes another one, this time from 26 year old American singer Taja Sevelle with her debut single that has already done far better here with this new entry that it has performed in America, where it stalled at No.62 last year.

27. Jack’n’Chill – “The Jack That House Built”
Jack and Chill are down nine this week and out of the top twenty for the first time in six weeks with their UK chart debut.

26. Debbie Gibson – “Shake Your Love”
While Debbie Gibson is down thirteen places with her second UK chart hit, which is currently her biggest.

25. Michael Jackson – “Man In The Mirror”
Slipping back four places this week is Michael Jackson with the fourth single from his “Bad” album and the first not to make the UK top twenty.

24. T’Pau – “Valentine”
T’Pau were a big hit over valentine’s but now that’s all over, they’re sliding nine places and out of the top twenty with their third big hit in six months.

23. Elton John – “Candle In The Wind ’88”
And down seven this week goes Elton John with the live version of his 1972 single that’s been much more successful second time around.

22. Was Not Was – “Spy In The House Of Love”
Was Not Was went up to No.21 two weeks ago and dropped one place last week with their latest single. This week they drop no further and get a non-mover.

21. Bros – “When Will I Be Famous?”
Matt, Luke and Craig are down ten this week and out of the top twenty for the first time in seven weeks with their top 40 debut.

20. Erasure – “Ship Of Fools”
Andy and Vince are back on the chart with this week’s highest new entry, straight into the top twenty. The song is the first to come from their third studio album that’s out next month and their first top 40 entry since “The Circus” last Autumn.

19. Derek B – “Goodgroove”
Derek B made his UK chart debut last week and has had a fantastic week with a big climb of fifteen places into the top twenty.

18. The Mission – “Tower Of Strength”
Dropping six places this week are The Mission with a song that fell just one place short of their previous singles chart high.

17. Belinda Carlisle – “I Get Weak”
Having a really great week is Belinda Carlisle, she’s back in the UK top twenty for the second time with a massive climb of twenty two places, which is, of course, this weeks biggest jump!

16. Mel And Kim – “That’s The Way It Is”
Following her are Mel and Kim Appleby who were also new on last week with this brand new track and they’re up eight places and back into the top twenty as well.

15. The Primitives – “Crash”
Another big climber this week are British group The Primitives, who debuted on the top 40 last week and go up fifteen places this week.

14. Eddie Cochran – “C’mon Everybody”
Eddie Cochran continues his climb up the chart for the second time in thirty years with this song, he’s up five this week, closing in on his previous high of No.6, back in October 1958.

13. The Sisters Of Mercy – “Dominion”
The Sisters Of Mercy got a big new entry on the chart last week and go up four places this week with the follow up to last year’s top ten hit, “This Corrosion”.

12. The Bangles – “Hazy Shade Of Winter”
Up too, again, for The Bangles this week, eight places for them with their cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1966 single that failed to chart over here, although it made No.13 in America at the time.

11. Jermaine Stewart – “Say It Again”
Sadly time has run out for Jermaine Stewart, after six weeks of good progress, he’s down four places and out of the top ten, having not succeeded in equalling “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off”, which went to No.2 here three years ago.

10. Tiffany – “I Think We’re Alone Now”
Former chart topper Tiffany is down five places in her seventh week inside the UK top ten, one of two females artists on this week chart who can claim both a UK and a US chart topping single recently.

9. Coldcut featuring Yazz and The Plastic Population – “Doctorin’ The House”
One of last week’s joint highest climbers came from Coldcut with Yazz and her gang with their equally collective debut single, that rises one more place seven days on.

8. Eddy Grant – “Gimme Hope Jo’anna”
While Eddy Grant freezes this week with his first top ten entry for five years, moving absolutely nowhere at all.

7. Vanessa Paradis – “Joe Le Taxi”
Last week’s other highest climber came from France’s Vanessa Paradis with her former eleven week chart topper there, that’s up seven this week and into the UK top ten, surely now a big contender for a British number one…?

6. Taylor Dayne – “Tell It To My Heart”
Sliding slowly downwards is Taylor Dayne, two places for her this week, with her debut hit that’s been much bigger here than it was in her home country.

5. Morrissey – “Suedehead”
Last week’s highest new entry saw former Smith’s leading man Morrissey make his chart debut with his first solo single, which is up one this week and into the top five.

4. Rick Astley – “Together Forever”
Rick Astley was the second of last week’s two top ten entries with the fourth single to come from his debut album “Whenever You Need Somebody“. He goes up five places and into the top five, his fourth consecutive out of four singles released.

3. Billy Ocean – “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car”
Billy Ocean gets a non-mover this week with his biggest UK chart single since “When The Going Gets Tough,
The Tough Get Going”, over two years ago.

2. Bomb The Bass – “Beat Dis”
And so is DJ and producer Tim Simenon (Bomb The Bass), with his debut single not moving a muscle at all this week.

1. Kylie Minogue – “I Should Be So Lucky”
Which means the 19 year old actress from down under remains on top for a third week with her debut single also. Can Kylie Minogue make it a fourth in a row or can Bomb The Bass, Billy, Rick or someone else stop her? 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!