Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 14th May 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 8th to Saturday 13th May 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, eleven climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. De La Soul – “Me, Myself And I”
We begin with a fall of fifteen places for De La Soul with their UK chart debut having spent six weeks in the top 40.
39. Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin'”
Meanwhile in their tenth week, Jazzie B and Co. drop nine places, but they have another single lined up to be released in three weeks time!
38. Public Image Limited – “Disappointed”
Our first new entry see’s a return of this London group with the first single from their upcoming fifth studio album and their first UK top 40 hit since “Rise” in 1986.
37. Inner City – “Ain’t Nobody Better”
Kevin and Paris fall eighteen places this week and out of the top twenty after just five weeks on the chart.
36. Metallica – “One”
And following them are Metallica who fall sixteen places with their highest charted single yet.
35. Robert Palmer – “Change His Ways”
Robert Palmer is back, he gets a new entry with the follow up to his big hit of last November, “She Makes My Day”.
34. Alyson Williams – “My Love Is So Raw”
Alyson Williams was new last week and goes up five places this week with her second UK chart entry so far.
33. Kon Kan – “I Beg Your Pardon”
The Canadian duo fall ten places this week with their UK chart debut, which has now spent ten weeks on the top 40!
32. Diana Ross – “Working Overtime”
And Diana Ross was new on last week, but she only climbs one place this week with the lead single from her latest album.
31. Sam Brown – “Can I Get A Witness?”
Sam Brown is back as well with a new entry and the follow up to her big top five hit “Stop” back in February.
30. Lynne Hamilton – “On The Inside”
There’s another new entry, this time for English singer Lynne Hamilton with the theme song from the Australian TV series Prisoner: Cell Block H, that she originally released in 1979 at took to No.4 ‘Down Under’.
29. Swing Out Sister – “You On My Mind”
After rebounding last week, Swing Out Sister fall one place this week, their album “Kaleidoscope World” gets a new entry at No.9 on the album chart this week, however!
28. Shakin’ Stevens – “Love Attack”
Shakey has had a good week, new on last week and he’s goes up eight places and into the top thirty for the second time in five months.
27. Fine Young Cannibals – “Good Thing”
Just as FYC fall ten places and out of the top twenty with their second UK chart hit of this year.
26. Neneh Cherry – “Manchild”
Neneh Cherry is back with her second single and gets a new entry this week with the follow up to “Buffalo Stance” which made No.3 back in January.
25. Deacon Blue – “Fergus Sings The Blues”
And Deacon Blue are back with the follow up to “Wages Day” and the third single to be lifted from their recent number one album “When The World Knows Your Name”.
24. Bon Jovi – “I’ll Be There For You”
After two weeks at No.18, Jon and the gang fall six places and out of the top twenty this week.
23. Cappella – “Helyom Halib”
This week’s highest climber was a new entry last week and is up fifteen places this week for this dance outfit, that also enter the top five on this weeks dance chart.
22. Paul McCartney – “My Brave Face”
Paul McCartney is back in the UK chart with a new entry and the first single to be taken from his new album “Flowers In The Dirt” that’s out next month.
21. Hue And Cry – “Violently”
Greg and Pat were new last week and they go up eight places this week and hoping to break into the top twenty next week for the second time this year.
20. Bobby Brown – “Every Little Step”
Bobby gets a big new entry this week with his third single of this year so far taken from his debut album “Don’t Be Cruel”.
19. Yazz – “Where Has All The Love Gone?”
Yazz slips three places this week with the fourth single from her debut album “Wanted”.
18. Poison – “Ye Mama Don’t Dance”
And Poison fall five this week having equaled “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” last week.
17. Stefan Dennis – “Don’t It Make You Feel Good?”
Neighbours star Stefan Dennis goes up five this week and into the top twenty with his debut release.
16. Stevie Nicks – “Rooms On Fire”
As does Stevie Nicks with her first UK chart entry, although she’s been here nine times before with Fleetwood Mac!
15. Simply Red – “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”
Mick Hucknell and The Red fall just three this week with their biggest hit since “Holding Back The Years” three years ago.
14. Debbie Gibson – “Electric Youth”
Debbie’s up one place this week with her biggest UK chart hit since “Foolish Beat” last Summer.
13. Holly Johnson – “Americanos”
Holly falls three places this week and out of the top ten, his album “Blast” slips one place to No.6 on the album chart.
12. The Beatmasters featuring Merlin – “Who’s In The House?”
The Beatmasters drop one this week, they maintain a top five position on the dance chart though.
11. Transvision Vamp – “Baby I Don’t Care”
While Transvision Vamp fall two places this week and out of the top ten for them for now.
10. Roxette – “The Look”
Per and Marie go up four places this week and into the top ten with their former US chart topper, going good now here for them!
9. Midnight Oil – “Beds Are Burning”
After five weeks of progress, however, Midnight Oil drop three places this week with their first UK chart hit.
8. Chaka Khan – “I’m Every Woman ’89”
Chaka Khan gets a non-mover this week, she stays exactly where she landed this time last week.
7. The Bangles – “Eternal Flame”
Former number one from The Bangles falls five places this week, it’s the biggest seller now this year so far.
6. Edelweiss – “Bring Me Edelweiss”
Last week’s highest climber is up one more place for this Austro-German dance outfit.
5. Queen – “I Want It All”
And last week’s highest new entry is down two places this week for Queen with the lead single from the new album that’s out in two weeks time.
4. The London Boys – “Requiem”
Dennis and Edem have neither done good or bad this week as they stay put just where they were last week with their UK chart debut.
3. Natalie Cole – “Miss You Like Crazy”
But it is a good week for Natalie Cole, not only is she up two more places on the singles chart, her new album “Good To Be Back” is in at No.10 on the album chart!
2. Kylie Minogue – “Hand On Your Heart”
Sadly last week’s new number one falls one place this week for Kylie, but sales remain very strong for the first new material from Kylie in 1989, let’s hope she can regain the top spot next week!
1. Hillsborough – “Ferry Across The Mersey”
This week’s highest new entry is straight into the top of the chart. It has been produced and released by Stock Aitken Waterman in the wake of the horrific football deaths that occurred two weeks ago at Sheffield’s Hillsborough football ground, with all the proceeds going to those affected. The song was originally released by Gerry and The Pacemakers in 1964, this version has been recorded by Holly Johnson, The Christians, Paul McCartney and Gerry himself, and is the first song to debut at number one since “Let It Be” in February 1987, which was also produced by Stock Aitken Waterman! Can it make a second week on top, there’s only one way to find out…