Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 12th February 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 6th to Saturday 11th February 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 seven new entry’s, eleven climbers and two non-movers. And it was announced like this…

40. Tone Loc – “Wild Thing”
We begin with a new entry from this US rapper and producer with his second only single release but getting his first UK top 40 hit with this track.

39. Inner City – “Good Life”
Down a further nine places this week for Kevin and Paris and their eleventh week on the top 40 but looks like their last…

38. Pop Will Eat Itself – “Can U Dig It?”
Another new entry and a debut on the top 40 for this UK band with their sixth single release and the second from their third studio album.

37. Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians – “What Am I?”
Another new entry, this time from a folk group from Texas who have been recording for three years but score their first UK top 40 chart hit today.

36. Boy Meets Girl – “Waiting For A Star To Fall”
George and Shannon are down nine places this week and after eight weeks on, it could be their last.

35. Milli Vanilli – “Baby Don’t Forget My Number”
And also going in the wrong direction are Rob and Fab, who fall thirteen places this week with their second UK chart hit.

34. Debbie Gibson – “Lost In Your Eyes”
She climbed two places last week and Debbie Gibson does the same again this week with the first single from her forthcoming second album.

33. Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine – “Can’t Stay Away From You”
Gloria is back for the fourth time since August last year with the fifth single from her number one album which has now gone double Platinum here in the UK!

32. Style Council – “Promised Land”
And Mick and Paul are back in the UK top 40 with this new entry and the fourth single from their “Confessions of a Pop Group” album.

31. Raze – “Break 4 Love”
After two weeks of going nowhere, Raze drop three places this week but remain in the top five on the dance chart.

30. Brother Beyond – “Be My Twin”
And down too go Nathan, Carl, Steve and David, nine places this week in fact.

29. S-Express – “Hey Music Lover”
Mark Moore is back for 1989 with this new entry and getting his third UK top 40 hit and expect an album next month that will include “Superfly Guy” and the “Theme From S-Express”!

28. Neneh Cherry – “Buffalo Stance”
Neneh drops just four places this week and gets a tenth week on the top 40.

27. Will To Power – “Freebird/Baby I Love Your Way”
As do Will To Power who fall eight places this week and out of the top twenty.

26. Erasure – “Crackers International” EP
Vince and Andy are following them, they are down nine places this week with their biggest hit so far.

25. Adeva – “Respect”
And after three weeks in the top twenty, Adeva falls seven places and out this week.

24. Poison – “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”
A new entry last week and Poison climb nine places this week and already it’s their highest UK chart placing, beating “Nothin’ But A Good Time” last April!

23. Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan – “Especially For You”
Former number one’s Kylie and Jason fall seven places this week and out of the top twenty but look out, Jason has a new single out in two weeks time!

22. Then Jerico – “Big Area”
Down too go Then Jerico, eight places this week with the lead single from the album of the same name that is out tomorrow!

21. Texas – I Don’t Want A Lover”
It’s a good week for Texas, new on last week and up eleven places this week with their debut single release.

20. Def Leppard – “Rocket”
And it’s also a good week for these English rockers, another of last weeks new entry’s and also climbing eleven places giving them their fifth top twenty hit from the “Hysteria” album!

19. Fine Young Cannibals – “She Drives Me Crazy”
But down nine places go FYC and out of the top ten, BUT…”The Raw And The Cooked” is straight into number one on this weeks album chart!

18. Hue And Cry – “Looking For Linda”
Pat and Greg continue to climb, five places this week as they go “Looking For Linda” in the top twenty!

17. Sam Brown – “Stop”
But this week’s highest climber and new on last week shoots up twenty places for Sam with her debut single release.

16. Samantha Fox – “I Only Wanna Be With You”
Another Sam on the climb is Sam Fox, up another four places this week with her cover of Dusty Springfield’s 1964 smash hit.

15. Sheena Easton – “The Lover In Me”
Not deciding what she wants to do, Sheena holds firm for a second week at No.15

14. Simply Red – “It’s Only Love”
But falling one place this week is Mick Hucknall with the lead single from his third studio album “A New Flame” due in three weeks time.

13. Roachford – “Cuddly Toy”
And also falling, this time eight places and out of the top ten is Andrew Roachford and his band with their debut top 40 hit.

12. Ten City – “That’s The Way Love Is”
Another song falling out og the top ten after two weeks at No.8 and down four places this week is Ten City.

11. Rick Astley – “Hold Me In Your Arms”
But Rick gets a big boost after his new entry last week, up fifteen places and scores his seventh top twenty hit. The album of the same name is up nine places on this week’s album chart to No.19.

10. Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle – “Wait”
We start the biggest ten with a drop of three places for ‘Dr.’ Robert and US singer Kym after five weeks of climbing up the chart.

9. Yazz – “Fine Time”
But last week’s highest climber is up another two places this week and gives Yazz her third consecutive top ten hit in six months.

8. Morrisey – “Last Of The Famous International Playboys”
Unfortunately last week’s highest new entry cannot do the same, down two places for Morrisey this week.

7. Roy Orbison – “You Got It”
And does goes Roy this week, four places and out of the top five. His album “Mystery Girl” holds fast at No.2 on the album chart, however.

6. Bobby Brown – “My Prerogative”
Bobby’s still on the up though, up three places this week with his debut single release. His album “Don’t Be Cruel” is out next week.

5. Holly Johnson – “Love Train”
Not so good for Holly though, he slips one place this week with his debut solo single but getting a third week of top five action.

4. Mike and The Mechanics – “The Living Years”
And after three weeks at No.2, Mike Rutherford and his group fall two places this week. They also fall three on the album chart this week to No.7.

3. Michael Ball – “Love Changes Everything”
Michael has had another good week, however, up nine places this week with this song from his current musical ‘Aspects Of Love’.

2. Simple Minds – “Ballad Of The Streets” EP
This week’s highest new entry is a welcome return to the chart for Simple Minds with a brand new collection of songs and scoring not only their biggest hit for three years but their highest ever UK chart position as well!

1. Gene Pitney and Marc Almond – “Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart”
Which all means Marc and Gene get a fourth week on top with the biggest selling single of this year so far! Can they make it a fifth, you will have to come back next week to find out!

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

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