Jason Donovan

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 12th March 1989

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 12th March 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 March 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 six new entry’s, eleven climbers and three non-movers. And it was announced like this…

40. Holly Johnson – “Love Train”
Holly clings on to another week in the top 40, but he’s down fourteen places in his ninth week in total.

39. Gene Pitney and Marc Almond – “Something’s Gotten Hold On My Heart”
Sliding nineteen places this week are former chart toppers Gene and Marc, also looking like their on the way out after ten weeks.

38. The Four Tops – “Indestructible”
But back after their sunny escapades in Acapulco are The Four Tops, with a new entry with the title track from their current album.

37. New Model Army – “Vagabonds”
New on last week and the Sheffield quartet climb four places this week with the second track from their new album “Thunder and Consolation”.

36. Kim Wilde – “Love In The Natural Way”
And look at this, Kim gets a new entry with the FIFTH single from her album “Close” and gets a fifth straight UK top 40 hit!

35. Tone Loc – “Wild Thing”
But falling ten places this week is NY rapper Tone Loc with his first UK top 40 entry.

34. Hue And Cry – “Looking For Linda”
Pat and Greg follow him, down eleven places this week and potentially looking for Linda elsewhere next week.

33. Rick Astley – “Hold Me In Your Arms”
Rick’s also dropping fourteen places this week and out of the top twenty for him.

32. Kon Kan – “I Beg Your Pardon”
New entry time, and a debut release for this Canadian production duo who score their first UK top 40 hit in doing so. Welcome!

31. Elvis Costello – “Veronica”
Another of last week’s newcomers is Elvis C. who climbs seven places this week with the first single from his new album “Spike”.

30. Vixen – “Cryin'”
But down go the US female rockers this week, three places after just one week of progression.

29. The Wonder Stuff – “Who Want’s To Be The Disco King?”
And also falling is last week’s highest new entry, one place in fact for the foursome from Stourbridge.

28. Alyson Williams – “Sleep Talk”
Two joint highest climbers again this week, the first is Alyson with her UK chart debut, up eleven places and into the top thirty for her.

27. WASP – “Mean Man”
But going in the opposite direction is WASP, down six places, again after just one week of ascending the chart.

26. Bobby Brown – “My Prerogative”
And down twelve places goes Bobby Brown with his first UK solo chart hit and he’s dropping to No.6 on the album chart this week.

25. Chanelle – “One Man”
The other joint highest climber of eleven places is another lady with her UK chart debut, Chanelle.

24. Depeche Mode – “Everything Counts ’89”
Falling two places this week are Depeche Mode with the live version of their 1983 No.6 hit.

23. Fuzzbox – “International Rescue”
A new entry last week and Fuzzbox climb seven places this week with their second UK chart single but already their most successful!

22. New Order – “Round And Round”
Also new on last week and up ten places are New Order, the album “Technique” is up to No.21 this week.

21. Guns’N’Roses – “Paradise City”
A new entry for Axel Rose and his band next, following their top thirty hit “Welcome To The Jungle” last October.

20. Deacon Blue – “Wages Day”
Down two places go Deacon Blue this week with the second single from their forthcoming second studio album.

19. Womack and Womack – “Celebrate The World”
They make way for Cecil and Linda Womack who climb five places and into the top twenty for the second time in six months!

18. Poison – “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”
Sadly after four weeks of climbing, Poison drop five places this week with their biggest UK hit so far.

17. Dusty Springfield – “Nothing Has Been Proved”
And Dusty falls one place this week with her first top twenty hit since “What Have I Done To Deserve This?” in 1987.

16. Tyree – “Turn Up The Bass”
Also falling is Tyree Cooper, four places for him this week having been the highest climber two weeks ago.

15. Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin'”
A new entry and a UK chart debut now for Jazzi B and his collective after three single releases they finally get a chart hit!

14. Texas – “I Don’t Want A Lover”
Down five places this week and out of the top ten go Texas who are fronted by singer Sharleen Spiteri.

13. Simple Minds – “Ballad Of The Streets” EP
And also falling out of the top ten are former chart toppers Simple Minds, down seven places this week.

12. The Reynolds Girls – “I’d Rather Jack”
But proving a big success already are these two sisters with their debut single which climbs five places this week.

11. Michael Jackson – “Leave Me Alone”
And slipping out of the top ten as well this week is MJ, down six places. “Bad”, however, is up ten places to No.11 on the album chart!

10. Living In A Box – “Blow The House Down”
Have Richard, Marcus and Tich run out of puff? They stick just where they were last week but getting a second week of top ten action.

9. S-Express – “Hey Music Lover”
Mark Moore and his crew drop two places this week with their third top ten hit so far.

8. Michael Ball – “Love Changes Everything”
And after three weeks in the top three, Michael falls six places this week with his first showing on the UK chart.

7. Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine – “Can’t Stay Away From You”
Meanwhile, Gloria and the gang move up one place and in doing so, get their highest charting single from the “Anything For You” album, which stays at No.2 for a third week.

6. Paula Abdul – “Straight Up”
One of last week’s highest climbers moves up a further nine places this week for Paula who gets her first UK top ten hit.

5. Sam Brown – “Stop”
But Sam is falling one place this week after two weeks at number four and she’s moves up to fourth place on this week’s album chart!

4. Donna Summer – “This Time I Know It’s For Real”
And last week’s other high mover climbs a further seven places this week for Donna, who claims her first top five placing for ten years!

3. Bananarama and Lananeeneenoonoo – “Help”
Sara, Keren and Jacqui, and French, Saunders and Burke hold fire for a second week in the top three with this year’s Comic Relief single.

2. Madonna – “Like A Prayer”
She’s back! This week’s highest new entry sees the welcome return of Madonna who gets her highest UK chart placing since “Who’s That Girl?” in the Summer of 1987, with the title track from her forthcoming fourth studio album.

1. Jason Donovan – “Too Many Broken Hearts”
But Jason has sold more than Madonna this week, he gets a second week on top, outselling the rest of the pack, but can he do the same next week…come back to find out!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!