Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 21st 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 15th to Saturday 20th 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 four non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. ABC – “One Better World”
Our first new entry is a welcome return of ABC to the UK top 40 after an absence of two years with the lead single from their forthcoming fifth studio album.

39. Public Image Limited – “Disappointed”
But one of last week’s new entrys, which was also a return to the chart, falls one place this week for PIL.

38. Double Trouble and The Rebel MC – “Just Keep Rockin'”
Here’s another new entry and a UK chart debut for these UK dance producers who team up with fellow Londoner Michael West aka The Rebel MC.

37. The Jackson’s – “Nothin’ (That Compares 2 U)”
The Jackson’s – less Michael – are back in the UK chart with this new entry and their first new material for five years which is taken from a new album that’s coming out in just a few weeks time.

36. Cyndi Lauper – “I Drove All Night”
And here’s Cyndi Lauper back in the UK chart for the first time since “Ture Colors” three years ago, with a new entry and a track that was previously recorded by Roy Orbison two years ago!

35. Fields Of The Nephilim – “Psychonaut”
There’s another new entry for this English group who get their second top 40 hit following on from “Moonchild” last June.

34. Bon Jovi – “I’ll Be There For You”
Bon Jovi fall ten places this week with their third UK chart hit from their current album “New Jersey”.

33. Fuzzbox – “Pink Sunshine”
And Fuzzbox are back after a five week absence with a new entry and their second top 40 hit of the year so far.

32. Yazz – “Where Has All The Love Gone?”
Yazz drops thirteen places this week with her fourth chart hit in ten months, all from her debut album “Wanted”.

31. Robert Palmer – “Change His Ways”
Going in the other direction is Robert Palmer who was new last week and climbs four places this week.

30. Poison – “Ye Mama Don’t Dance”
And Poison fall twelve places this week with their second UK top 40 hit of this year so far.

29. Shakin’ Stevens – “Love Attack”
Shakey slips one place this week after a climb of eight places last week.

28. Simply Red – “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”
And Simply Red are down thirteen places and out of the top twenty having registered seven weeks there.

27. WASP – “The Real Me”
WASP are back for a second time this year, this follow up to “Mean Man” is another new entry on this weeks chart.

26. Tone Loc – “Funky Cold Medina”
As is Tone Loc who debuted back in January with “Wild Thing” and returns with its follow up and a new entry this week.

25. The Beatmasters featuring Merlin – “Who’s In The House?”
The Beatmasters fall thirteen places and out of the top twenty this week with their third top 40 hit so far.

24. Holly Johnson – “Americanos”
And Holly falls eleven places this week with the second single from his recent number one album “Blast“.

23. Hue And Cry – “Violently”
Sadly for Pat and Greg, they fall two places this week after just one week’s progress with their second top 40 hit of this year.

22. Stevie Nicks – “Rooms On Fire”
Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks is also falling, six places for her with her first solo UK chart hit of her career.

21. Sam Brown – “Can I Get A Witness?”
Its been a good week for Sam Brown, she was new last week and climbs ten places this week with her second top 40 entry of this year and her career so far.

20. Transvision Vamp – “Baby I Don’t Care”
Wendy James and the boys are down nine places this week but get an eighth week in the top twenty.

19. Donna Summer – “I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt”
This week’s highest new entry see’s the return of Donna Summer after just two weeks away from the singles chart, with the second release from her current album “Another Place And Time“.

18. Paul McCartney – “My Brave Face”
Paul was new last week and climbs four this week to get his first top twenty hit since “Once Upon A Long Ago” two years ago.

17. Midnight Oil – “Beds Are Burning”
Down eight this week and out of the top ten go Australian band Midnight Oil with their UK chart debut.

16. Stefan Dennis – “Don’t It Make You Feel Good?”
But still climbing is Neighbours’ Paul Robinson, up one this week for Stefan, also from Australia and also with his first UK chart hit.

15. Debbie Gibson – “Electric Youth”
Slipping back one place is Debbie Gibson, back to where she was two weeks ago in fact, the album of the same name is at No.40 on this week’s album chart.

14. Deacon Blue – “Fergus Sings The Blues”
Its been a good week for Ricky Ross and Co, new on last week and they go up eleven places this week to claim their third UK top twenty hit with the album “When The World Knows Your Name” up to No.6 on the album chart!

13. Lynne Hamilton – “On The Inside”
British singer Lynne was new last week too, she gets a big boost of seventeen places this week with the theme from Australian TV series Prisoner: Cell Block H.

12. Cappella – “Helyom Halib”
And last week’s highest climber goes up eleven more places this week for Cappella who sit at No.2 on this week’s dance chart.

11. The Bangles – “Eternal Flame”
But former chart toppers The Bangles fall four places and out of the top ten having spent seven weeks there including four on top.

10. Chaka Khan – “I’m Every Woman ’89”
We start the top ten with Chaka Khan falling two places this week after being stuck at No.8 for the past two weeks.

9. Queen – “I Want It All”
Queen are down four this week with the lead single from their brand new album “The Miracle” and that’s out tomorrow!

8. Neneh Cherry – “Manchild”
Its been a very good week for Neneh Cherry, however, she is the highest climber, up eighteen places this week and back into the top ten for the second time with her second release!

7. Roxette – “The Look”
Still advancing are Per and Marie with their former US chart topper, up three more places for them this week. Can they go all the way here…?

6. Bobby Brown – “Every Little Step”
And Bobby is back in the top ten as well, he was new on last week and climbs fourteen places this week to equal the same position “My Prerogative” made back in January.

5. Edelweiss – “Bring Me Edelweiss”
Those German-Austrian dancers are still going strong, up one more place for them again this week.

4. The London Boys – “Requiem”
Dennis and Edem stay put though for a third week, however, neither wanting to go up or down!

3. Natalie Cole – “Miss You Like Crazy”
As does Natalie Cole for a second week, she ain’t moving either with her biggest and highest UK chart hit of her career so far!

2. Kylie Minogue – “Hand On Your Heart”
And so is Kylie, her former number one remains in second place for a second week, still selling by the bucket load as is her album “Kylie” which is at No.24 on this weeks album chart!

1. Hillsborough – “Ferry Across The Mersey”
Which means the single launched in aid of the Hillsborough stadium disaster gets a second week on top for Holly Johnson, The Christians, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden and Stock Aitken Waterman. Can they make it three weeks, come back in seven days time to find out!

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