Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 27th August 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 21st to Saturday 26th August 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 five new entry’s, fifteen climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Fuzzbox – “Self”
Fuzzbox are down fourteen places this week with their third top 40 hit of this year, from their album “Big Bang”.

39. Bros – “Too Much”
While Matt and Luke fall twelve with their first top 40 hit as a duo and the first taster of their forthcoming album.

38. The Lightning Seeds – “Pure”
Ian Broudie and The Seeds fall thirteen this week with their debut single but hopefully not their last top 40 showing.

37. Manic MC – “Mental”
After just one week of progress, Manic MC drop back seven places with their UK chart debut.

36. Aswad – “On And On”
Aswad slip just four places in their fifth week on the chart and their second top 40 hit of this year.

35. Janet Jackson – “Miss You Much”
Our first new entry is a chart return for Janet Jackson with a brand new single from a new album she has coming out next month!

34. Fine Young Cannibals – “Don’t Look Back”
FYC made their third chart appearance of 1989 last week and climb three places this week, their sixth top 40 hit since their first “Johnny Come Home” back in 1985.

33. Bobby Brown – “On Our Own”
Bobby Brown has already notched up four top 40 hits this year, his latest falls eleven places after eight weeks on the chart.

32. Richard Marx – “Right Here Waiting”
Here’s another new entry and a top 40 debut for this American singer, who’s been releasing singles for two years but as yet has failed to make the UK chart, despite having five consecutive top 5 hits over the Atlantic!

31. Tina Turner – “The Best”
And there’s another new entry, this time a chart return from Tina Turner with a brand new single taken from her forthcoming seventh solo studio album, “Foreign Affair”.

30. The Eurythmics – “Revival”
New on last week and The Eurythmics continue their ‘revival’ by jumping ten places this week into the top thirty.

29. Malcolm McLaren – “Something’s Jumping In Your Shirt”
As was Malcolm McLaren who climbs five places and beats “Waltz Darling”‘s chart high in June by two places!

28. Jody Watley with Eric B. and Rakim – “Friends”
Sadly, Jody, Eric and Rakim don’t do so well this week as they fall seven places with their ‘friendly’ collaboration.

27. Debbie Gibson – “We Could Be Together”
It’s a good week for Debbie Gibson, however, she climbs twelve places with her second top 40 hit of this year, taken from her latest album “Electric Youth”.

26. Guns’N’Roses – “Night Train”
Back for their fourth UK chart entry this year are G’N’R with this new entry and the follow up to “Patience” back in July.

25. Neneh Cherry – “Kisses On The Wind”
Neneh Cherry sadly drops five places this week and out of the top twenty with the third single to come from her debut album “Raw Like Sushi”.

24. Sonia – “You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You”
The former debut number one from Sonia is down eight this week and out of the top twenty for the first time in nine weeks!

23. Gloria Estefan – “Don’t Wanna Lose You”
And Gloria Estefan also falls eight places this week with the lead single from her new LP “Cuts Both Ways”, which remains at the top of the pile on this weeks album chart.

22. Then Jerico – “Sugar Box”
Then Jerico continue to do good business with their latest single from “Big Area”, it’s up another two places this week.

21. Damian – “The Time Warp”
Damian finally got a top 40 entry with his version of “The Time Warp” last week, and gets this weeks highest climber of fourteen places with it!

20. Donna Summer – “Love’s About To Change My Heart”
Donna Summer is back in the top twenty, she climbs eight places this week having made her third chart return of the year from her current album “Another Place And Time“.

19. Redhead Kingpin and The FBI – “Do The Right Thing”
Down five this week go Redhead and The FBI, their third week inside the top twenty.

18. Bon Jovi – “Lay Your Hands On Me”
Bon Jovi made their third chart appearance of this year last week and climb five places this week, their fourth hit from their number one album “New Jersey”.

17. Adeva – “Warning”
Adeva climbs one this week with her second top twenty hit and her third overall since her chart debut back in January.

16. Queen – “The Invisible Man”
Queen go backwards this week, four places for them with the third single from “The Miracle”.

15. Lisa Stansfield – “This Is The Right Time”
And so does Lisa Stansfield, two places for her, with her chart debut. Lisa is currently putting the finishing touches to her first album that will be out later this year.

14. Liza Minnelli – “Losing My Mind”
Liza is also falling, seven for her and out of the top ten with her Pet Shop Boys produced single, the first to come from her new album that is called “Results”.

13. Shakespear’s Sister – “You’re History”
And Siobhan and Marcella also drop out of the top ten, only by four places, their new album “Sacred heart” goes in at No.9 on this week’s album chart!

12. Alyson Williams – “I Need Your Loving”
It’s been another good week for Alyson Williams, she goes up seven places and in doing so, gets her highest placed UK chart hit so far!

11. Starlight – “Numero Uno”
Last week’s highest climber continues to rise to that elusive ‘numero uno’ by another six places, courtesy of the same team behind Blackbox, who we shall meet very soon.

10. Kylie Minogue – “Wouldn’t Change A Thing”
Kylie gets a fifth week in the top ten but she’s falling four places with her second new track this year, as we edge closer to the release of a brand new album – her first, incidentally, remains on the album chart now in its 60th week!

9. Tears For Fears – “Sowing The Seeds Of Love”
Roland and Curt are back after a three year absence and get this weeks highest new entry with a brand new song taken from their forthcoming third studio album of the same name.

8. Lil Louis – “French Kiss”
Falling four this week is Lil Louis with his surprise global club and chart hit of this Summer.

7. The Beatmasters featuring Betty Boo – “Hey DJ I Can’t Dance To That Music You’re Playing”
The Beatmasters and Betty Boo continue their climb, up another four this week to score The Beatmasters their third UK top ten hit so far.

6. Big Fun – “Blame It On The Boogie”
Big Fun get some good news this week, after two weeks of going nowhere, they rise by two places with their debut single and in doing so, beat The Jackson’s 1978 original which peaked at No.8 in the UK!

5. Martika – “Toy Soldiers”
Speaking of going nowhere, Martika does just that for a THIRD consecutive week with her former US chart topper and her first appearance on the UK singles chart!

4. Alice Cooper – “Poison”
Alice Cooper slips back two places this week, back to where he was two weeks ago with his biggest UK chart hit for seventeen years.

3. Cliff Richard – “I Just Don’t Have The Heart”
Last week’s highest new entry was Cliff and by rising seven places this week, it gives him his third consecutive top three hit in nine months with his 101st UK single release!

2. Blackbox – “Ride On Time”
They’re just outside the top ten this week with “Numero Uno” and Daniele Davoli, Valerio Semplici, and Mirko Limoni’s second UK chart entry climbs another step closer to that spot this week.

1. Jive Bunny – “Swing The Mood”
Which means they’ve done it – Jive Bunny become the first act in twelve months to win a fifth week at the top of the UK singles chart (Yazz was the last), which is now the biggest seller of the year…so far! Well done, but can they make it a sixth, or could Blackbox, Cliff or perhaps Tears For Fears knock them off, to find out, you know what to do…!

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

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chart rewind

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