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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 24th December 1989

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 24th December 1989

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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 18th to Saturday 23rd December 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 three new entry’s, fourteen climbers and seven non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. All About Eve – “December”
All About Eve gained a new entry last week but they fall six places this week with their second UK top 40 hit of this year.

39. Rock Aid Armenia – “Smoke On The Water”
Our first new entry is this charity record in support of the earthquake in Armenia last year and includes the likes of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, Bryan Adams, David Gilmour, Queen’s Brian May and many others with this cover of Deep Purple’s 1973 chart hit.

38. Belinda Carlisle – “La Luna”
Belinda Carlisle is back in the top 40 with a new entry, her follow up to “Leave A Light On” and the second single to come from her latest album, “Runaway Horses“.

37. Simple Minds – “Amsterdam EP”
Jim Kerr and The Minds are down nine places this week with this live EP from their recent tour of their number one album “Street Fighting Years”.

36. Duran Duran – “Burning The Ground”
And Duran Duran are down five places, back in fact to where they came in two weeks ago with this new track from their current best of album, “Decade”!

35. Bon Jovi – “Living In Sin”
Meanwhile, Jon, Richie and The Jovi are up five places after their new entry last week with their fourth top 40 hit of this year and the fifth to come from their 1988 album “New Jersey”.

34. Neneh Cherry – “Inner City Mama”
Making her fourth return to the top 40 this year is Neneh Cherry with the fourth single to come from her debut album “Raw Like Sushi“, and she is also this week’s highest new entry!

33. Phil Collins – “Another Day In Paradise”
Phil is down six this week, but he does win the Christmas number one album, as he stays top of the pile for a fifth consecutive week!

32. Lisa Stansfield – “All Around The World”
Still sticking close to Phil is Lisa Stansfield who falls three places with her biggest hit yet, from her debut album “Affection”, which is down to No.9 this week.

31. The Beautiful South – “I’ll Sail This Ship Alone”
It’s been a great year for the new group The Beautiful South with two top ten hits and a top two debut album, the third single from which debuted on the chart last week and is up eight places this week.

30. Sonia – “Listen To Your Heart”
Sonia‘s up two this week with her third chart hit of the year, she’s currently recording for her debut album that will be out next Spring.

29. The Stones Roses – “Fools Gold”
The Stone Roses have made the top 40 twice this year, but this song is by far their biggest, making the top ten last month. It’s down five places this week.

28. FPI Project – “Going Back To My Roots”
Moving up two places this week are FPI Project with their cover of Lamont Dozier’s 1977 and previously twice covered classic.

27. The 49ers – “Touch Me”
Making their UK chart debut last week were The 49ers who are up nine places this week into the top thirty and already top five on the dance chart.

26. UB40 – “Homely Girl”
Down five, however, are UB40 with the first single to come from their latest album “Labour Of Love II”, which moves up two places this week to No.14.

25. Silver Bullet – “20 Seconds To Comply”
UK rapper Silver Bullet is still moving in the right direction, he’s up one this week with his second and biggest UK chart hit so far.

24. Alexander O’Neal – “The Hit Mix”
But moving on down five places and out of the top twenty is Alexander with his mix of hits. Incidentally, his album “Hearsay” has now racked up 100 weeks on the album chart!

23. Erasure – “You Surround Me”
Vince and Andy are down one place this week with their latest chart hit from their chart topping album “Wild!“, that’s up to No.15 on the album chart this week.

22. Big Fun – “Can’t Shake The Feeling”
Big Fun move out of the top twenty as they fall five places with their second top 40 entry of the year, the follow up to “Blame It On The Boogie”.

21. Sydney Youngblood – “Sit And Wait”
As does Sydney Youngblood, who falls three places with his second UK top 40 entry of the year, which comes from his debut album “Feeling Free”, which is up eight places to No.55 this week!

20. Cliff Richard and Van Morrison – “Whenever God Shines His Light”
Cliff and Van are out of the running for Christmas number one this year as they stay put, a second week inside the top twenty and a second week in the same place.

19. Wet Wet Wet – “Broke Away”
Climbing four places and into the top twenty are Wet Wet Wet for a second time this year, their album “Holding Back The River” is up four places to No.4.

18. The Christians – “Words”
The Christians made their return to the chart with new music last week and by going up fifteen places, they are this week’s highest climber! They were, of course, last on the chart just over a year ago with “Harvest For The World”.

17. Latino Rave – “Deep Heat ’89”
Falling one place are DJ’s Latino Rave with a megamix from their “Deep Heat” series of dance music albums, that covers the biggest dance anthems of this year.

16. Jeff Wayne – “Eve Of The War ’89”
The other ’89 titled song is from Jeff Wayne with the remix from his soundtrack album “War Of The Worlds”, which is down five places this week.

15. Dusty Springfield – “In Private”
Going nowhere is Dusty Springfield as she remains exactly where she landed this time last week with her Pet Shop Boys written and produced number.

14. New Kids On The Block – “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”
Former chart toppers New Kids On The Block are down four and leave the top ten, where they’ve been for the past six weeks with their UK debut single.

13. De La Soul – “The Magic Number”
But climbing twelve places this week are De La Soul after their fourth new entry of this year, and in doing so, they claim their highest UK charted position yet!

12. Electronic – “Getting Away With It”
Also on the up are ‘super group’ Electronic. Messrs. Tennant, Sumner and Marr are up one place with their ‘side project’s debut single. Let’s hope there will be more to come!

11. Rob’n’Raz featuring Leila K – “Got To Get”
And rebounding the chart after a fall last week are Rob and Raz with Leila K, who move up three places, two places higher than their previous best, two weeks ago!

10. Bros – “Sister”
Matt and Luke were last weeks highest climber, they continue their climb, up two places this week and into the top ten, their eighth consecutive since “When Will I Be Famous?” at the beginning of last year.

9. Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville – “Don’t Know Much”
Linda and Aaron are still going strong, even if they are a non-mover this week, they remain in the top ten for a seventh week.

8. Tina Turner – “I Don’t Wanna Lose You”
And it’s the same for Tina Turner, who stays put for another week, not moving a muscle in either direction.

7. Kaoma – “Lambada”
There is movement from Kaoma, however, down two places this week, having been in the top five for the past three weeks.

6. Soul II Soul – “Get A Life”
And Jazzie B and his Soul II Soul collective are also falling two places and out of the top five with their third chart hit of 1989.

5. Madonna – “Dear Jessie”
They’re all moving to make way for Madonna who is up two places and in doing so, she gets her fourth consecutive top five hit single from her “Like A Prayer” album!

4. Andy Stewart – “Donald Where’s Your Troosers?”
Andy Stewart follows Madonna as he climbs two places as well, into the top five, now his highest charting single in the UK ever! Not bad for a song that’s now 28 years old!

3. Jason Donovan – “When You Come Back To Me”
Jason Donovan clings on in the top three, moving nowhere though this week, with his fifth UK chart hit of this year, the man who also, currently, has the biggest selling album of the year too with “Ten Good Reasons“.

So there are just two records left. Who is number two…

2. Jive Bunny – “Let’s Party”
It’s the rabbit! Holding on for a second week having been ousted from the top last week, Jive Bunny is second on the singles chart as well as the album chart, as ‘his’ debut album holds firm at No.2.

It’s Christmas number one time!

1. Band Aid II – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
Which means the charity song produced by Stock Aitken Waterman is this year’s Christmas number one and for the second time, the same song tops the UK singles chart at Christmas, having already done so five years ago. It’s all for a good cause so keep supporting them and come back next week to see if they can stay there for a third week…


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