Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 15th January 1989

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 9th to Saturday 14th January 1989.

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, fifteen climbers and three non-movers. And it was announced like this…

40. Gary Moore – “After The War”
We start with a new entry and a return to the chart for Gary with the lead single from his forthcoming ninth studio album of the same name.

39. Londonbeat – “9am”
Down thirteen this week for Londonbeat and after seven weeks on, it looks like their last too.

38. Bobby Brown – “My Prerogative”
Another new entry and a debut for Bobby who was formerly with he group New Edition who had a UK No.1 with “Candy Girl” back in 1983.

37. Raze – “Break 4 Love”
Another new entry and a return to the chart for Vaughan Mason aka Raze who last saw UK top 40 action in 1986 with “Jack The Groove”.

36. Royal House – “Yeah Buddy”
A new entry last week and a climb of three places this week for this group with their second UK top 40 single in four months.

35. Cliff Richard – “Mistletoe And Wine”
Former Christmas number one Cliff falls seventeen places this week and most likely will be gone altogether next week.

34. Level 42 – “Tracie”
A new entry for the group from the Isle Of Wight with the follow up to “Take A Look” back in October. The album “Staring At The Sun” has now gone Gold certified in the UK!

33. Ten City – “That’s The Way Love Is”
A new entry now for this trio from New York with their third single release and the follow up to “Devotion” last Summer.

32. Michael Jackson – “Smooth Criminal”
And a fall of twelve places this week for MJ with the seventh single from his multi-Platinum album “Bad”. Will there be an eighth…?

31. New Model Army – “Stupid Questions”
And a new entry for this group from Bradford with their first release from their new, fourth studio album and getting their first UK top 40 hit for four years as well!

30. Natalie Cole – “I Live For Your Love”
After four weeks of yo-yoing backwards and forwards from No.40 and No.34, Natalie climbs a further four places this week and into the top thirty!

29. The Darling Buds – “Hit The Ground”
One of last weeks many new entry’s is up four places this week for this South Wales band with the third single from their forthcoming debut album “Pop Said…”

28. Will Downing and Mica Paris – “Where Is The Love?”
A new entry now for Mica who returns for the fourth time in eleven months with her version of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s 1972 classic that made No.29 in the UK.

27. Brother Beyond – “Be My Twin”
And a return also for this foursome with their third UK top thirty single in six months and the follow up to “He Ain’t No Competition” which reached No.6 in October.

26. Climie Fisher – “Love Like A River”
Sadly after a big climb last week, Simon and Rob slip four places this week with the first single from their new album “Coming In For The Kill”.

25. Rick Astley – “Take Me To Your Heart”
Still going strong, Rick drops just two places this week and gets a ninth week on the top 40!

24. Adeva – “Respect”
Another new entry from last week and New Jersey’s Patricia Daniels aka Adeva is up fifteen places this week with her UK chart debut.

23. The Cookie Crew – “Born This Way”
And another of last weeks new ‘intake’ goes up six places this week for the girls from Clapham, London.

22. Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle – “Wait”
The Blow Monkey’s Dr. Robert and Indiana born singer Kym joined us last week as well and are rewarded with a big climb of sixteen places this week.

21. Holly Johnson – “Love Train”
And this week’s highest new entry comes courtesy of former Frankie Goes To Hollywood singer Holly with his debut solo single and expect an album from Holly in just a couple of months too!

20. a-ha – “You Are The One”
After five weeks of climbing, Morton, Mags and Pal are off in the other direction now, down seven places this week.

19. Milli Vanilli – “Baby Don’t Forget My Number”
But it’s been a good week for Rob and Fab, a new entry last week and up thirteen places this week and into the top twenty for the second time in their career so far!

18. Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine – “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”
But after a good few weeks for Gloria and the gang, they fall two places this week with a song that was originally released in July 1987!

17. Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock – “Get On The Dance Floor”
One of last week’s new entry’s as well having a great second week, these two shoot up thirteen places as well this week.

16. Freiheit – “Keeping The Dream Alive”
But the German band and dropping back two this week in their fourth week of top twenty action.

15. Angry Anderson – “Suddenly”
One of last year’s biggest sellers drops out of the top ten this week as the Neighbours wedding theme falls ten places in its ninth week overall on the top 40.

14. The Four Tops – “Loco In Acapulco”
And after two weeks at No.7, The Four Tops fall seven places this week and out of the top ten.

13. Duran Duran – “All She Wants Is”
And following them is Simon and the band down four places this week after just one week of climbing.

12. Kim Wilde – “Four Letter Word”
And Kim is joining them, after six weeks of continuous climbing, she drops six places this week with her third consecutive top ten hit of the last seven months.

11. Roachford – “Cuddly Toy”
But here is this weeks highest climber, up twenty places for this group from London with their debut single and one to certainly watch out for in 1989.

10. Gene Pitney and Marc Almond – “Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart”
We start the ten with a climb of nine places for Gene and Marc from last week’s new entry and looking to beat the No.5 placing of Gene’s original.

9. Boy Meets Girl – “Waiting For A Star To Fall”
Another good week for George and Shannon, up three places this week and into the top ten with the theme from ‘Three Men And A Little Lady’.

8. Inner City – “Good Life”
But Kevin and Paris fall four places and out of the top five with their biggest UK chart hit to date.

7. Roy Orbison – “You Got It”
And it’s a good week for the late Roy Orbison, a new entry last week and a big climb of seventeen places this week, which gives him his first UK top ten hit for twenty three years!

6. Will To Power – “Freebird/Baby I Love Your Way”
Last week’s highest climber of am enormous twenty nine places is up a further four this week from this group from Miami, Florida.

5. Fine Young Cannibals – “She Drives Me Crazy”
And another good week for Roland, Andy and David, up a further three places this week and into the top five for the first time ever in their career!

4. Mike and The Mechanics – “The Living Years”
And last weeks highest new entry goes up seventeen places this week to give this group their biggest UK chart hit so far as well!

3. Neneh Cherry – “Buffalo Stance”
But Neneh is on hold this week, getting a second week in the top three but neither moving up nor down.

2. Erasure – “Crackers International” EP
As do Andy and Vince, who get a third week here at number two with what is now their biggest hit so far of their career!

1. Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan – “Especially For You”
So Jason and Kylie remain on top for a third week with the biggest selling single of 1989 so far! Can they make it four? There is only one way to find out…!

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

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