Thirty years ago: UK top 40 singles chart for Sunday 25th September 1988

from records kept by Christopher Smith 

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 19th to midnight on Saturday 24th September 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, ten climbers and five non-movers. And it was announced like this…

40. Kylie Minogue – “The Locomotion”
Week nine on the chart and down from No.26 the previous week. This was the songs final week on the top 40.

39. Breathe – “Hands To Heaven”
Week ten and down from No.25 on the previous week. This too was the last week on the top 40 for what would be this groups biggest single.

38. Sinitta – “I Don’t Believe In Miracles”
New entry for Sinitta and one of SIX Stock Aitken Waterman songs on this week’s chart!

37. T’Pau – “Secret Garden”
Another new entry and the first single from T’Pau’s second studio album “Rage”.

36. Mark Almond – “Tears Run Rings”
Week four for Marc and a fall from No.28 on last week’s chart.

35. Belinda Carlisle – “World Without You”
Belinda slips one place with the fourth single from “Heaven On Earth” in its third and final week on the top 40.

34. Wee Papa Girl Rappers – “Wee Rule”
Remember these two?! This was their debut single release.

33. Julio Iglesias and Stevie Wonder – “My Love”
Enrique’s dad and Stevie had a big hit with this song, but falling 10 places, this would be it’s last week on the top 40.

32. Bruce Springsteen – “Spare Parts”
A non-mover from last week from the fifth single from his “Tunnel Of Love” album.

31. Michael Jackson – “Another Part Of Me”
Down from No.19 and week 7 on the top 40 for this “Bad” track!

30. Transvision Vamp – “Revolution Baby”
Another non-mover and the follow up to their big Summer hit “I Want Your Love”.

29. Hazell Dean – “Turn It Into Love”
Hazell moves up 4 places this week with her version of a track from Kylie’s debut album!

28. Bananarama – “Love, Truth And Honesty”
The new song from the new look Nana’s climbs 3 places this week.

27. Coldcut – “Stop This Crazy Thing”
Coldcut fall from No.21 last week with their follow up to “Doctorin’ The House”.

26. Jane Wiedlin – “Rush Hour”
Go-Go’s singer Jane is still above her bandmate Belinda but falling from No.17 last week.

25. Bobby McFerrin – “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”
A new entry now for American singer Bobby who scores his first UK chart entry with this number!

24. Alexander O’Neal – “Fake ‘88”
Alexander is up twelve places from No.36 with this remixed track from his 1987 album “Hearsay”.

23. Brother Beyond – “The Harder I Try”
The boys fall ten places this week, but it’s still week 8 on the chart.

22. Salt’n’Pepa – “Shake Your Thang”
A non-mover for a third week for Salt’n’Pepa and the follow up to their massive single “Push It”.

21. Bomb The Bass – “Don’t Make Me Wait”
Tim Simenon aka Bomb The Bass slips 7 places this week with his follow up to “Beat Dis”.

20. Duran Duran – “I Don’t Want Your Love”
DD are back with their first single from the forthcoming “Big Thing” album.

19. Erasure – “A Little Respect”
Another new entry from Vince and Andy and the third single from their No.1 album “The Innocents”.

18. The Commodores – “Easy”
Lionel and Co. fall 3 places this week with this re-release of their 1977 hit.

17. Bon Jovi – “Bad Medicine”
Jon and the band climb one place this week having been a new entry last week.

16. Yazz and The Plastic Population – “The Only Way Is Up”
The former five-week chart topper falls 6 places this week, but with 10 weeks on the chart, I’m sure no one is that bothered?!

15. Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine – “Anything For You”
Down 4 from No.11 this week and the UK’s delayed reaction to her 1987 studio album of the same name!

14. Bros – “I Quit”
Week 3 and down 8 places for the fourth single from “Push”.

13. The Pasadenas – “Riding On A Train”
The UK group climb 7 places this week with their second single release.

12. Yello – “The Race”
Dieter and Boris fall 5 this week with their catchy instrumental that’s been used in many a film!

11. The Proclaimers – “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)”
Charlie and Craig climb one place this week with this track from their “Sunshine On Leith” album.

10. Rick Astley – “She Wants To Dance With Me”
Rick is up 6 from last week’s new entry with the first new single from his second studio album that was to follow.

9. Inner City – “Big Fun”
This debut house/dance/club anthem drops one place this week but is still top of the dance chart.

8. Whitney Houston – “One Moment In Time”
Whitney takes the official song of the 1988 Olympic Games up thirteen places this week and is the highest climber!

7. Pet Shop Boys – “Domino Dancing”
A climb of two for Neil and Chris from last week’s highest new entry at No.9.

6. Jason Donovan – “Nothing Can Divide Us”
Jason slips one place this week with his debut single, that peaked at No.5 last week.

5. Bill Withers – “Lovely Day ‘88”
Another remixed ‘oldie’ on this week’s chart, Bill falls one place as well from No.4 last week.

4. Womack and Womack – “Teardrops”
Another one falling one place, having just spent two weeks at No.3.

3. U2 – “Desire”
The reason why everyone’s shifting down, U2 are back with this new single and the highest new entry this week!

2. Phil Collins – “Groovy Kind Of Love”
Phil hold still for a second week at No.2 having already been a former chart topper from his film ‘Buster’.

1. The Hollies – “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
Nineteen years after its original release, The Hollies spend a second week on top thanks to the Miller beer commercial!

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