Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 16th July 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 10th to Saturday 15th July 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 four new entry’s, fifteen climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Guns’N’Roses – “Sweet Child O’Mine”
They’ve still got two UK top 40 entries, this week the LA rock band’s former drops eight places and gains an eighth week. Just!

39. Eartha Kitt with Bronski Beat – “Cha Cha Heels”
Here’s an interesting combination, Bronski Beat are back in the top 40 (less Jimmy Somerville) for the first time in three years and join forces with the inimitable Eartha Kitt, who was last in the top 40 five years ago!

38. The Bangles – “Be With You”
Despite a big drop last week, The Bangles are clinging on for another week, falling three places with the follow up to “Eternal Flame”.

37. Madonna – “Express Yourself”
And so is Madonna, also falling three places in her eighth week with the second single from “Like A Prayer“.

36. Doug Lazy – “Let It Roll”
Here’s a chart debut now for US hip-hop producer Doug Lazy with his debut single that’s already doing big business on the Dance chart across ther Atlantic.

35. D-Mob – “It Is Time To Get Funky”
Danny Poku aka Dancin’ Danny D and The Mob fall five this week in their eighth week on the top 40 with their second single.

34. U2 – “All I Want Is You”
While Bono and Co. fall eleven places with their fourth chart hit from the “Rattle And Hum” album in ten months.

33. Donna Allen – “Joy And Pain”
Donna Allen has been with us for seven weeks and reached the top ten with her ‘comeback’ single, she’s down nine this week with another single lined up to follow very soon.

32. The Cult – “Ciao Baby”
The Cult are back with a new entry, the follow up to “Firewoman” back in March and the second single to come from their latest album “Sonic Temple”.

31. Jive Bunny – “Swing The Mood”
Here’s a novel idea. Take some 50’s and 60’s classics, add a dance beat and release it all as a single…with a cartoon bunny at the helm! Hmm…whatever, it’s this week’s highest new entry! “C’mon everybody”!

30. Jason Donovan – “Sealed With A Kiss”
The former number one from Jason Donovan is down nine places this week, the fourth single from his debut album “Ten Good Reasons“.

29. Norman Cook – “Won’t Talk About It”
Fomer Housemartin Norman Cook climbs two this week with his UK solo chart debut, he’s made the top 40 on seven previous occasions with that group.

28. Sinitta – “Right Back Where We Started From”
Sinitta falls eight places this week and out of the top twenty with her biggest chart hit since “Toy Boy” nearly two years ago.

27. The Blow Monkeys – “Choice”
The Blow Monkeys returned to the chart last week and get a big boost of thirteen places this week with their third top 40 hit of this year.

26. M – “Pop Muzik ’89”
Robin Scott aka M, however, falls nine this week with the remix of his 1979 global smash hit that didn’t quite emulate the success of the original.

25. LA Mix featuring Jazzi P – “Get Loose”
LA Mix and rapper Jazzi P continue their climb of the UK chart, they add another four places this week in the right direction.

24. Cyndi Lauper – “I Drove All Night”
As Cyndi drops nine places and out of the top twenty with her version of the late Roy Orbison’s 1987 recording, which incidentally, has yet to be released!

23. Danny Wilson – “Second Summer Of Love”
Scottish band Danny Wilson are up four places this week with their second top 40 hit of their career so far.

22. Double Trouble and The Rebel MC – “Just Keep Rockin'”
But Double Trouble and their fellow Londoner The Rebel MC fall six places this week and out of the top twenty for the first time in seven weeks.

21. Queen – “Breakthru”
Queen are also falling, down eight for them this week with the second single from their recent number one album “The Miracle”.

20. Simply Red – “A New Flame”
Simply Red returned last week with the third single from their current chart topping album and get a big climb of thirteen places this week to score their third consecutive top twenty hit from it.

19. Guns’N’Roses – “Paradise City”
While the other G’N’R single on the chart slips five places this week, the fourth hit from their current album “Appetite For Destruction”.

18. De La Soul – “Say No, Go”
It’s a great week for De La Soul, they climb five places and into the top twenty for the first time, surpassing “Me, Myself And I”, which reached No.22 back in April.

17. Waterfront – “Cry”
And it’s the same for these two young men from Cardiff who climb eight places this week and score a top twenty hit with their first UK single, which has broken the top ten in America! Let’s hope they can repeat that success here!

16. Monie Love – “Grandpa’s Party”
Monie Love also continues to ascend the chart, she’s up three more places this week with a song that’s already her biggest hit so far.

15. Kirsty MacColl – “Days”
And Kirsty MacColl has another excellent week, climbing thirteen places and back into the top twenty for the first time since “Fairytale Of New York” back in December 1987.

14. Prince – “Batdance”
Prince drops four places this week and out of the top ten with the theme song from the new ‘Batman’ film, which Prince performs many of the songs on the soundtrack for.

13. Michael Jackson – “Liberian Girl”
Jacko climbs five places this week, having gained a new entry last week with the NINTH track to come from his 1987 studio album “Bad”.

12. A Guy Called Gerald – “Voodoo Ray”
Gerald Simpson aka A Guy Called Gerald freezes this week just where he landed last week with his UK chart debut, which he has released independently.

11. Karyn White – “Superwoman”
As does Karyn White with her UK chart debut, a song which she took to No.8 in the US last December, the second of three top ten hits she’s already achieved there.

10. Gladys Knight – “Licence To Kill”
Gladys Knight falls three places this week with the theme song from the current James Bond film that’s also easing off at the box office with a number of big films released this week.

9. Gloria Estefan – “Don’t Wanna Lose You”
Gloria came back last week with this first new track from a brand new album and gets this week’s highest climb of twenty one places to score her fifth UK top ten hit.

8. The Beautiful South – “Song For Whoever”
Norman Cook’s former bandmates are going in the opposite direction to him this week, falling four places with their hugely successful debut single.

7. Pet Shop Boys – “It’s Alright”
After two weeks at No.5, Chris and Neil drop two places with the third top ten hit from their current album “Introspective”.

6. Chaka Khan – “Ain’t Nobody ’89”
Chaka sticks, however, for a second week just outside the top five with this re-working of her 1983 hit that made No.8 back then.

5. Bette Midler – “Wind Beneath My Wings”
Last week’s highest climber goes up another four places this week for Bette Midler with a song she’s already taken to number one in America. Can she do the same here…?

4. Bobby Brown – “On Our Own”
Bobby Brown was last week’s highest new entry, he climbs four this week and gets his highest UK chart placing so far, two more than “My Prerogative” and “Every Little Step” achieved!

3. Soul II Soul – “Back To Life”
Time has, however, run out for Jazzie B and Co. after four weeks on top, they fall two places this week with by far, their fourth and biggest single from their debut album “Club Classics Vol.1”.

2. The London Boys – “London Nights”
Dennis and Edem get some better news, after two weeks in third place, they climb one more place with their second UK chart hit, which is already their biggest!

1. Sonia – “You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You”
Which means the 18 year old singer from Liverpool goes up one more place with her debut single to claim this week’s brand new number one and a staggering sixth UK chart topper this year for producers Stock Aitken Waterman! If you want to see if she can make it a second, you’ll have to come back next week to find out!

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