Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 28th 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 22nd to Saturday 27th 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 eight new entry’s, fourteen climbers and one non-mover! And it was announced like this…

40. The Beatmasters featuring Merlin – “Who’s In The House?”
The Beatmasters fall fifteen places this week but hold on for a seventh week in the top 40.

39. Vixen – “Love Made Me”
Our first new entry see’s the return of US rock band Vixen with the follow up to “Cryin'” back in February.

38. Holly Johnson – “Americanos”
Holly falls fourteen places this week in his tenth week on the chart and the second single from his debut album “Blast“.

37. Stevie Nicks – “Room On Fire”
And Stevie Nicks is down fifteen places and looks like her last week of top 40 action, having been with us for the past five weeks.

36. Fields Of The Nephilim – “Psychonaut”
‘The Fields’ were new last week but fall one place this week with only their second UK top 40 entry.

35. The Beautiful South – “Song For Whoever”
Here’s a new entry and a UK chart debut for a new band formed by former Housemartin’s Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway joined by singer Briana Corrigan with their debut release!

34. Tom Petty – “I Won’t Back Down”
Tom Petty is back in the UK top 40, last time it was with The Travelling Wilburys in December with “Handle With Care”, now he’s back on his own with his first solo top 40 entry since “American Girl” back in 1977!

33. The Jacksons – “Nothin’ (That Compares 2 U)”
The Jacksons less Michael came back to the UK chart last week, this week they are up four places with the first track from their new album “2300 Jackson Street”.

32. ABC – “One Better World”
As were ABC, who climb eight places this week with the first single from their new album that is called “Up”!

31. Midnight Oil – “Beds Are Burning”
Going in the opposite direction are Midnight Oil, down fourteen places and now with eight weeks to their name on the top 40.

30. Paula Abdul – “Forever Your Girl”
Paula Abdul is back with a new entry and the title track of her debut album, the follow up to the hugely successful “Straight Up” that left us just three weeks ago.

29. Paul McCartney – “My Brave Face”
After just one week in the top twenty, Paul McCartney falls eleven places with the first single from his new album called “Flowers In The Dirt”.

28. Robert Palmer – “Change His Ways”
Robert Palmer continues to climb steadily, he’s up another three places this week and into the top thirty.

27. The Bangles – “Eternal Flame”
The former number one from The Bangles is down sixteen places this week and out of the top twenty for the first time in eleven weeks!

26. Debbie Gibson – “Electric Youth”
And down goes Debbie Gibson too, eleven places for her and also out of the top twenty this week.

25. D-Mob – “It Is Time To Get Funky”
Dancin’ Danny D is back in the chart with a new entry this week and the follow up to his top three hit “We Call It Acieed” back in October last year.

24. Fuzzbox – “Pink Sunshine”
Its been a good week for Fuzzbox this week, they made a return to the chart last week and climb nine places this week.

23. WASP – “The Real Me”
So did WASP, they are up four places this week. Can they beat “Mean Man” which reached No.21 back in March?!

22. Cyndi Lauper – “I Drove All Night”
And its been a great week for Cyndi Lauper, she was one of last week’s new recruits and this week climbs fourteen places with the first single from her forthcoming third studio album.

21. Stefan Dennis – “Don’t It Make You Feel Good?”
But sadly after five weeks of climbing, Neighbours star Stefan Dennis falls five places and out of the top twenty.

20. Double Trouble and The Rebel MC – “Just Keep Rockin'”
This week’s highest climber is up eighteen places for Double Trouble with their UK chart debut and not doing too bad so far.

19. Sinitta – “Right Back Where We Started From”
Sinitta is back for 1989 with a big new entry and her first release since “I Don’t Believe In Miracles” back in September last year. The song was originally recorded by Maxine Nightingale in 1975.

18. Queen – “I Want It All”
Queen fall nine places this week but get the highest new entry on the album chart straight in at No.1 with “The Miracle”.

17. Chaka Khan – “I’m Every Woman ’89”
Chaka Khan falls seven this week and out of the top ten with the lead single from her new remix album “Life Is A Dance: The Remix Project”.

16. Deacon Blue – “Fergus Sings The Blues”
And so do Deacon Blue, down two for them this week with the third single from their number one album “When The World Knows Your Name”.

15. Sam Brown – “Can I Get A Witness?”
Sam Brown continues to climb, up six for her and into the top twenty for the second time this year.

14. Guns’N’Roses – “Sweet Child O’Mine”
Guns’N’Roses are back – again – with this new entry and a song that was last on the UK chart in September when it reached No.32. Its done a bit better this time around!

13. Tone Loc – “Funky Cold Medina”
Its been a good week for Tone Loc, he was new last week and climbs thirteen places this week and back into the top twenty for the second time this year.

12. Roxette – “The Look”
But after five weeks of moving from No.40 into the top ten, Roxette drop five places with their UK chart debut.

11. Cappella – “Helyom Halib”
Cappella are still going strong, however, up one for them this week and up to No.2 on this week’s dance chart!

10. Madonna – “Express Yourself”
This week’s highest new entry is from Madonna, back with the second single from her current chart topping album “Like A Prayer“.

9. Bobby Brown – “Every Little Step”
Bobby slips three places this week with the third single from his debut album “Don’t Be Cruel” having equaled “My Prerogative” last week.

8. Edelweiss – “Bring Me Edelweiss”
German-Austrian trio Edelweiss peaked last week as they drop three places this week with their UK chart debut that samples ABBA’s “SOS”.

7. Donna Summer – “I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt”
Donna Summer was last week’s highest new entry, this week she’s back in the top ten with a climb of twelve places with the second single from her current album “Another Place And Time“.

6. The London Boys – “Requiem”
Dennis and Edem AKA The London Boys have been sitting comfortably in fourth position for the past three weeks but fall two places this week with their UK chart debut.

5. Neneh Cherry – “Manchild”
But Neneh Cherry is back in the top five for the second time, she’s up three places this week with the second single from her debut album “Raw Like Sushi”.

4. Kylie Minogue – “Hand On Your Heart”
And after two weeks in second place, Kylie drops two this week but with a month now in the top five with her first new material of 1989.

3. Lynne Hamilton – “On The Inside”
Doing really well is Lynne Hamilton with the theme song from the Australian TV series Prisoner: Cell Block H which climbs another ten places this week.

2. Natalie Cole – “Miss You Like Crazy”
As is Natalie Cole, who moves up one place with the song that is already her biggest and most successful UK chart hit of her career so far!

1. Hillsborough – “Ferry Across The Mersey”
Which means the charity record in aid of the Hillsborough football disaster remains number one for a third week. Can the Stock Aitken Waterman produced record make it four? You will have to come back next week to find out!

Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!

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