Sonia 1989

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 23rd July 1989

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 23rd 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 17th to Saturday 22nd 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 ten new entry’s, seven climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Wendy And Lisa – “Satisfaction”
LA duo Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman have released five songs to date but none of them have broken the UK top 40. Until now. They get a new entry and a UK chart debut with the third single to come from their current album “Fruit At The Bottom”.

39. The Cult – “Ciao Baby”
Sadly after last week’s new entry, The Cult fall seven places with their second top 40 entry of this year.

38. Jason Donovan – “Sealed With A Kiss”
Jason falls eight places this week and with eight weeks on the chart, it’s looking like the last for his third number one to come from his album “Ten Good Reasons“.

37. Paul McCartney – “This One”
Macca is back with a new entry, the follow up to “My Brace Face” two months ago and the second single from his current album “Flowers In The Dirt”.

36. The Stone Roses – “She Bangs The Drums”
Here’s a UK chart debut for a group that have been releasing singles for four years now but with no success. This is the second to be taken from their self-titled debut album which was released three months ago.

35. Gun – “Better Days”
There’s another chart debut for this Scottish rock band with their debut single which becomes their first of hopefully many top 40 entries from now on.

34. Alice Cooper – “Poison”
Making a return to the top 40 is US rocker Alice Cooper for the first time since 1973 with the lead single from his forthcoming twelfth studio album “Trash”!

33. The Primitives – “Sick Of It”
As are The Primitives who get a new entry with the second release from their new album “Pure”, which gives them their fourth consecutive top 40 hit since “Crash” back in early 1988.

32. Eartha Kitt and Bronksi Beat – “Cha Cha Heels”
Bronski Beat came back to the top 40 last week bringing legendary performer Eartha Kitt with them and they climb seven places this week. Incidentally, Eartha first charted in the UK with “Santa Baby” back in 1953!

31. Guns’N’Roses – “Patience”
Axel Rose and Co. fall twleve this week with their third top 40 hit in as many months and after four weeks with two songs floating around, this is their only entry now!

30. Norman Cook – “Won’t Talk About It”
After three weeks of steady climbing, former Housemartin Norman Cook drops back one place this week with his solo UK chart debut.

29. Double Trouble and The Rebel MC – “Just Keep Rockin'”
And after ten weeks on the chart with their debut, Double Trouble and their mate The Rebel MC fall seven places this week.

28. Inner City – “Do You Love What You Feel?”
Paris Grey and Kevin Saunderson are back this week for the fourth time with a new entry and the follow up to “Ain’t Nobody Better” back in April. Can they make it four straight top ten hits in a row…?

27. Doug Lazy – “Let It Roll”
Doug Lazy was new on last week and he climbs nine places this week with his acidhouse-rap anthem.

26. Danny Wilson – “Second Summer Of Love”
Sadly though Danny Wilson are going in the opposite direction, down three this week for them with only their second UK top 40 hit.

25. LA Mix featuring Jazzi P – “Get Loose”
As LA Mix and rapper Jazzi P hold fire for a second week with their UK chart debut, neither moving up nor down!

24. Prince – “Batdance”
Prince falls ten this week with the title theme song from the current ‘Batman’ movie, the soundtrack album is, however, spending this week on top of the album chart!

23. Simple Minds – “Kick It In”
Jim Kerr and the band are back with a new entry and the third single to come from their recent number one album “Street Fighting Years”.

22. The Blow Monkeys – “Choice”
And it’s been another good week for The Blow Monkeys, up five more places with the third release from their current album “Whoops! There Goes the Neighbourhood”.

21. Monie Love – “Grandpa’s Party”
Having achieved her first top twenty hit last week, Simone Johnson aka Monie Love falls back five places this week and out.

20. De La Soul – “Say No, Go”
Also falling this week are De La Soul with their first top twenty entry, two places for them, but they remain, just.

19. The Beautiful South – “Song For Whoever”
Norman Cook’s former band mates drop eleven places this week and out of the top ten with their first single, which has done much better than the man at No.30!

18. Waterfront – “Cry”
And slipping one place this week are Waterfront with their first top 40 chart hit, which reached the top ten in America.

17. Simply Red – “A New Flame”
Mick Hucknell and the Red are on the climb still, however, up three places for them this week with the title track of their recent number one album.

16. Michael Jackson – “Liberian Girl”
Jacco is still charting with singles from his two year old “Bad” album, but the ninth and latest is down three places this week.

15. A Guy Called Gerald – “Voodoo Ray”
And after two weeks at No.12, Gerald Simpson also falls three places this week with a hugely successful single that’s been independently released.

14. Kirsty MacColl – “Days”
Kirsty has a good week though, she’s up one place with her version of The Kinks 1968 No.12 single, two places behind where the original peaked.

13. Gladys Knight – “Licence To Kill”
Meanwhile, Gladys Knight falls three places and out of the top ten with the title song from the most recent James Bond film that doesn’t seem to of been as successful as ‘The Living Daylights’ at the box office.

12. Pet Shop Boys – “It’s Alright”
Chris and Neil are down too, five places for them and out of the top ten with the third single from “Introspective”, which is now double Platinum certified!

11. Karyn White – “Superwoman”
Karyn White still continues to budge, she’s staying put for a third week outside the top ten with her first UK chart hit which reached No.8 in the US last year.

10. Lil Louis – “French Kiss”
We start the top ten with a big new entry from Chicago born producer Marvin Burns aka Lil Louis who’s been a big club star for over two years now but breaks out for the first time commercially with this irritatingly catchy number.

9. Soul II Soul – “Back To Life”
The former four week chart topper from Jazzie B and Co. falls six places this week in its seventh and probably last week in the top ten.

8. Bette Midler – “Wind Beneath My Wings”
And Bette Midler falls three this week with her former highest climber and US chart topper, which comes from her latest hit movie ‘Beaches’.

7. Chaka Khan – “Ain’t Nobody ’89”
Chaka’s down one this week with the remix of her 1983 top ten hit that’s done much better than the original did this time around.

6. Gloria Estefan – “Don’t Wanna Lose You”
Gloria Estefan was last week’s highest climber, she moves up another three spots this week to get her highest charted UK single since “Dr. Beat” back in 1984!

5. Bobby Brown – “On Our Own”
But Bobby Brown goes down one this week with his third top ten hit of 1989 which comes from the soundtrack to the latest ‘Ghostbusters’ film.

4. The London Boys – “London Nights”
Dennis and Edem claimed a new career high last week as they moved into second place, alas, they fall two places this week with their biggest seller yet.

3. Jive Bunny – “Swing The Mood”
The 50’s and the 60’s were back with a big bang last week when this cartoon rabbit scored the highest new entry on the chart. He breaks all records this week as he becomes the highest climber, up an incredible TWENTY EIGHT places and brings those decades biggest hits with him!

2. Bros – “Too Much”
Bros are back! Now down to the twin brothers duo of Matt and Luke, they score this week’s highest new entry and get their fifth UK top two hit in doing so! Look out for their forthcoming new album very soon!

1. Sonia – “You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You”
Which means 18 year old Sonia and Stock Aitken Waterman remain on top for a second week with her debut single and their sixth chart topper this year. Can she keep Bros or even Jive Bunny from knocking her off next week…you’ll have to come back in seven days to find out!

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

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Written by Christopher Smith

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!
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