Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 26th 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 20th to Saturday 25th 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 eight new entry’s, twelve climbers and two non-movers. And it was announced like this…
40. Vixen – “Cryin'”
We begin with a new entry from this US all female rock group with the second single from their debut album that becomes their first UK top 40 hit!
39. Roachford – “Cuddly Toy”
Down thirteen places this week for Andrew Roachford & Co. but look out for their next single coming very soon!
38. Sheena Easton – “The Lover In Me”
Sheena is also dropping thirteen places this week but gets a new entry at No.30 on this weeks album chart!
37. Fine Young Cannibals – “She Drives Me Crazy”
And FYC are falling fifteen places this week after nine weeks on the top 40.
36. Simply Red – “It’s Only Love”
And Mick Hucknell & Co. are also falling, twelve for them but they remain on top of the album chart for a second week.
35. Samantha Fox – “I Only Wanna Be With You”
Sam’s also falling, down seventeen places in fact, and out of the top twenty this week.
34. Paula Abdul – “Straight Up”
Here’s a new entry though and a UK chart debut for dancer and singer Paula Abdul with the first track from her debut album “Forever Your Girl” that’s already been out in America for seven months!
33. Womack And Womack – “Celebrate The World”
And another new entry, this time for a third time in six months for Cecil and Linda Womack with another track from their “Conscience”.
32. The Reynolds Girls – “I’d Rather Jack”
And another UK chart debut now for two sisters from Liverpool under the guiding arms of Stock, Aitken and Waterman and they would ‘rather jack’ than Fleetwood Mac! Best of luck with that!
31. Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians – “What I Am”
Edie and the band climb just one place this week with their first UK top 40 entry from their second studio album.
30. Donna Summer – “This Time I Know It’s For Real”
And it’s a welcome return to the UK chart after two years for disco queen Donna Summer with a little help from those clever boys at PWL, and claiming her 24th UK top 40 hit!
29. Style Council – “Promised Land”
Paul and Mick sadly drop two places this week after three weeks on the chart.
28. WASP – “Mean Man”
LA heavy metal group WASP get a new entry this week with the third single from their fourth studio album “The Headless Children”.
27. Roy Orbison – “You Got It”
And down goes Roy, sixteen places this week, he’s also falling on the album chart to No.8 and No.12 respectivly.
26. Deacon Blue – “Wages Day”
And its welcome back to Ricky Ross and the gang with the second single from their forthcoming second studio album “When The World Knows Your Name”.
25. Ten City – “That’s The Way Love Is”
Down six places and out of the top twenty this week for Ten City with their biggest UK single to date.
24. Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle – “Wait”
And after five weeks in the top twenty, ‘Dr.’ Robert and Kym fall seven places this week with their duet that’s been bigger than anything The Blow Monkey’s have yet achieved!
23. Depeche Mode – “Everything Counts ’89”
It’s a good week for Depeche Mode, new on last week and up eleven places this week with this live version of their 1983 classic.
22. Mike and The Mechanics – “The Living Years”
And it’s down fifteen places and out of both the top ten and the top twenty this week for Mike and the gang.
21. Tone Loc – “Wild Thing”
But it’s up nice places this week for rapper Tone Loc with his UK chart debut.
20. Dusty Springfield – “Nothing Has Been Proved”
Dusty’s back in the top twenty! She’s up eight places this week with a song from the soundtrack of the film ‘Scandal’ all about the Profumo affair.
19. Def Leppard – “Rocket”
But down four places go the rockers from Sheffield but “Hysteria” climbs one place on the album chart to No.7.
18. Yazz – “Fine Time”
And after two weeks in the top ten, Yazz falls nine places this week and slips down to No.9 on the album chart.
17. Living In A Box – “Blow The House Down”
But after a return to the chart last week, Richard, Marcus and Tich go up fourteen places this week and get their highest UK chart placing since their debut back in early 1987!
16. Tyree – “Turn Up The Bass”
But this week’s highest climber beats that with leap of seventeen places to get Tyree Cooper his first UK top twenty entry.
15. Hue And Cry – “Looking For Linda”
Pat and Greg continue their search, five weeks on and they go up one place this week as they look for Linda!
14. Poison – “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”
As do Poison, they continue to climb, up six places this week with the third single from their second studio album.
13. Holly Johnson – “Love Train”
Holly’s still riding the “Love Train”, but he’s down five this week and out of the top ten.
12. Gene Pitney and Marc Almond – “Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart”
As are former chart toppers Marc and gene, down nine this week and also exiting the top ten.
11. Rick Astley – “Hold Me In Your Arms”
And after just one week of top ten action, Rick slips back one place to where he was two weeks ago with the title track of his latest album, which is up one on the album chart this week to No.22.
10. Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine – “Can’t Stay Away From You”
It’s been a good week for Gloria, she’s up thirteen places this week and gets her third top ten hit from the album “Anything For You” which stays at No.2 on the album chart.
9. Jason Donovan – “Too Many Broken Hearts”
And this week’s highest new entry is the return of Jason, after his massive chart topper with Kylie, with his second solo single straight into the top ten.
8. Texas – “I Don’t Want A Lover”
And Texas too continue to ascend the chart, up a further five places this week and into the top ten.
7. Bobby Brown – “My Prerogative”
But after two weeks at No.6, Bobby falls one place this week with his UK chart debut.
6. S-Express – “Hey Music Lover”
Last week’s highest climber continues to climb for Mark Moore and Co., up eight this week and into the top ten for the third time for them.
5. Bananarama and Lananeeneenoonoo – “Help”
And up too for last week’s second highest new entry, seven places for the Rama’s with French and Saunders, and Kathy Burke with this year’s official Comic Relief single.
4. Sam Brown – “Stop”
Sam continues to edge closer to the top with her debut single, up one place this week for her.
3. Michael Ball – “Love Changes Everything”
But down one place this week is Michael with his theme from the musical Aspects Of Love.
2. Michael Jackson – “Leave Me Alone”
The other Michael is going in the opposite direction, last week’s highest new entry is up two places this week and gives MJ his fifth top three hit from the “Bad” album!
1. Simple Minds – “Ballad Of The Streets” EP
And so Jim Kerr and the band from Glasgow get a second week on top with their brand new EP that features the song “Belfast Child”. Can they make it three, come back next week to find out!