Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 24th September 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 18th to Saturday 23rd September 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 eight new entry’s, nine climbers and four non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. Living In A Box – “Room In Your Heart”
Richard, Marcus and Tich are back with a new entry and their third top 40 showing of 1989, the follow up to “Gatecrashing” back in June and taken from their current, second album of the same name.
39. Debbie Gibson – “We Could Be Together”
Debbie Gibson falls thirteen places this week with her third chart entry of this year. This one has racked up six weeks on top 40.
38. Bobby Brown – “Rock Wit’cha”
Getting his FIFTH top 40 entry of the year is Bobby Brown, he follows up “On Our Own”, “Every Little Step”, “Don’t Be Cruel” and “My Prerogative” with this latest release from his album “Don’t Be Cruel”.
37. All About Eve – “Road To Your Soul”
There’s a new entry and a chart return for All About Eve, their first top 40 entry since “What Kind Of Fool?” this time last year and the lead single from their forthcoming second studio album.
36. Alice Cooper – “Poison”
Taking a dip of thirteen places this week is Alice Cooper, now in his tenth week on the chart and looking like his last, for now.
35. Cher – “If I Could Turn Back Time”
Cher makes a welcome return to the UK chart this week with this brand new offering from the pen of Diane Warren, it’s her first top 40 showing since “I Found Someone” back at the beginning of last year.
34. Karyn White – “Secret Rendezvous”
Karyn White made her chart return last week and climbs six places this week with a song she took to No.6 in America earlier this year, her third consectutive top ten hit there!
33. Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston – “It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be”
Aretha and Whitney fall back four places this week with their ‘duet’, after just one week’s progress and their third week on the top 40.
32. The Cure – “Love Song”
Also down this week are The Cure, twelve places for them, with the follow up to “Lullaby” back in May.
31. Cliff Richard – “I Just Don’t Have The Heart”
Also falling is Cliff, with his Stock Aitken Waterman penned and produced number, he’s down thirteen and out of both the top twenty and top thirty in doing so!
30. WASP – “Forever Free”
WASP are down five places with their third top thirty hit of this year, all taken from their top ten album “The Headless Children”.
29. Billy Joel – “We Didn’t Start The Fire”
Billy Joel is back with this new entry and gets his first top 40 placing since “Leave A Tender Moment Alone” back in 1984. The song is taken from a brand new album that’s due out next month.
28. Deacon Blue – “Love And Regret”
Ricky Ross and Co. get a non-mover this week with their former new entry from last week and their third chart hit of 1989.
27. Curiosity Killed The Cat – “Name And Number”
Having a good week, however, are Curiosity Killed The Cat after making their return last week, they climb twelve places with the first track to come from their new, second album that’s out at the end of next month.
26. Prince – “Partyman”
Prince falls eleven this week with his second chart hit of this year from the most recent smash hit movie ‘Batman’.
25. Janet Jackson – “Miss You Much”
And Janet falls back three places to where she was two weeks ago with the first single from her album “Rhythm Nation 1814” that enters the album chart at No.4 this week!
24. The Beatmasters and Betty Boo – “”Hey DJ I Can’t Dance To The Music You’re Playing”
The Beatmasters and Betty Boo are down nine places this week and in doing so, leave the top twenty for the first time in six weeks.
23. Gloria Estefan – “Oye Mi Canto”
Gloria Estefan has a good week, she was new last week and moves up seven places this week with the second single to come from “Cuts Both Ways”, which is back up one place to No.3 on the album chart!
22. S-Express – “Mantra For A State Of Mind”
Also climbing, two places this week, is Mark Moore’s S-Express with their latest, brand new offering and their fourth top 40 entry since their debut “Theme From S-Express” last March.
21. Big Fun – “Blame It On The Boogie”
Jason, Mark and Phil continue to descend the chart, nine places for them this week and out of the top twenty for the first time since the beginning of August.
20. The Wonder Stuff – “Don’t Let Me Down Gently”
Last week’s highest new entry falls one place, but The Wonder Stuff remain in the top twenty, just.
19. Depeche Mode – “Personal Jesus”
Depeche Mode fall five this week with their new track, with a new album set for release early next year.
18. Starlight – “Numero Uno”
Also down five are Starlight – the same team behind last week’s number one “Ride On Time”. Can they retain that ‘numero uno’ spot this week…?
17. The London Boys – “Harlem Desire”
Dennis and Edem had last week’s highest climb of sixteen places and move up another four this week and into the top twenty for the third time this year.
16. Jason Donovan – “Everyday”
Jason is down eight this week and out of the top ten with the fifth single to come from his debut album “Ten Good Reasons“.
15. Jive Bunny – “Swing The Mood”
Taking a slower descent is Jive Bunny, four places for ‘him’ this week with his former five week chart topper, now the biggest seller of the year…so far!
14. Wet Wet Wet – “Sweet Surrender”
Wet Wet Wet make a chart return with a big new entry and the first new material from their much anticipated upcoming second album that’s out next month. The boys were last with us of course in June last year with their number one “With A Little Help From My Friends”.
13. Aerosmith – “Love In An Elevator”
Aerosmith continue to make good progress, they climb another four places this week with their first UK top 40 entry ever!
12. Kate Bush – “The Sensual World”
And there’s a big return this week for Kate Bush, back after three years absence from the chart with the first taste of her brand new album with the same title that’s out in three weeks time.
11. Alyson Williams – “I Need Your Loving”
She’s having a great year so far with three chart hits and a Gold certified debut album, but this week Alyson Williams slips one place and out of the top ten. For now, anyway.
10. Tears For Fears – “Sowing The Seeds Of Love”
Kurt and Roland drop just one place this week with the lead single and title track from their new album which is out tomorrow!
9. The Beautiful South – “You Keep It All In”
The Beautiful South made their comeback last week with their second single and by moving up twenty two places, secure this week’s highest climb and back into the top ten at the same time!
8. Damian – “The Time Warp”
After two weeks doing the time warp at number seven, Damian drops one place with his hands on his hips and in his third week in the top ten.
7. Madonna – “Cherish”
Madonna slides four places this week with her third chart hit of this year from the album “Like A Prayer“, the song is currently No.2 in America.
6. Erasure – “Drama”
This week’s highest new entry sees the return of Vince and Andy to the chart after their huge Christmas release “Crackers International EP” and the first track from their forthcoming fourth studio album.
5. Tina Turner – “The Best”
Tina freezes for a second week with her new single, but does the very best on the album chart, where she gets this weeks highest new entry straight into the top and wins her first UK chart topper there!
4. Sydney Youngblood – “If Only I Could”
Sydney Youngblood continues his rise to the top, climbing two more places this week with his UK chart debut and now a top five hit.
3. Technotronic – “Pump Up The Jam”
As do Technotronic who move up another single place this week and remain at No.2 on the dance chart at the same time.
2. Richard Marx – “Right Here Waiting”
Former US chart topper Richard Marx stays put for a second week in second place here in the UK, his album “Repeat Offender” is in at No.30 on the album chart.
1. Blackbox – “Ride On Time”
Which means for a fourth week, Blackbox secure the top spot and for a third week on the dance chart, the twentieth country where this song has made the top five! Can they join Jive Bunny and get a fifth week or will Technotronic, Sydney Youngblood or someone else strop them, there’s only one way to find out…