Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 3rd December 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 27th November to Saturday 2nd December 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, eight climbers and five non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. Prince and Sheena Easton – “The Arms Of Orion”
Prince and Sheena are down thirteen this week with their duet from the ‘Batman’ soundtrack, the third single to be released from the number one album.
39. Wet Wet Wet – “Broke Away”
The Wets are back with a second single from their current album “Holding Back The River”, “Broke Away” follows on from “Sweet Surrender”, which returned them to the chart in September.
38. Alexander O’Neal – “The Hitmix”
And there’s a new entry from Alexander O’Neal, who was last on the chart a year ago with “The Christmas Song”, this time he brings all of his recent chart hits together on one track!
37. Double Trouble and The Rebel MC – “Streets Tuff”
Double Trouble are down fifteen places this week, and after two and a half months on the chart, it looks like their last.
36. The Mixmaster – “Grand Piano”
DJ Gino Latino follows, but he is down twenty places with his dance anthem that’s been a big hit all over Europe this Autumn.
35. Cliff Richard and Van Morrison – “Whenever God Shines His Light”
Cliff makes his return to the chart after just two weeks absence, this time he joins forces with Irish singer Van Morrison, who gets his first UK top 40 entry. Both of them vying for the Christmas number one this year, with Cliff aiming for a second after last year’s “Mistletoe And Wine”.
34. D-Mob featuring Cathy Dennis – “C’mon Get My Love”
D-mob and Cathy fall seventeen this week and out of the top twenty with their current collaboration and Danny D is looking to work with Cathy again very soon, apparently!
33. Jive Bunny – “That’s What I Like”
Former chart topper Jive Bunny is down fifteen places this week with ‘his’ second number one of this year and look out, as he releases ‘his’ bid for Christmas number one tomorrow!
32. Bobby Brown – “Roni”
Bobby is down eleven this week with his fifth UK top 40 hit of this year, and he’s probably going to take a rest now after such a busy year!
31. Milli Vanilli – “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You”
Rob and Fab are also down, sixteen places for them and out of the top twenty, their third UK top 40 hit of the past twelve months.
30. Andy Stewart – “Donald Where’s Your Troosers?”
There’s a new entry for Scottish singer Andy Stewart, who makes his first appearance on the UK top 40 for twenty one years, but technically with a re-entry of his 1961 release that peaked at No.37 – so he’s beaten that already!
29. Tears For Fears with Oleta Adams – “Woman In Chains”
Roland, Kurt and Oleta fall three places with their ‘duet’, the second single from “The Seeds Of Love” album, which is up one place to No.18 this week.
28. The Happy Mondays – “Madchester EP”
After one week in the top twenty, The Happy Mondays drop nine places with their EP that features Kirsty MacColl on the song “Hallelujah”.
27. Sydney Youngblood – “Sit And Wait”
Sydney Youngblood is back with us after just two weeks away, he gets a new entry with the follow up to his massive hit “If Only I Could”, which spent eleven weeks in the top 40.
26. Martika – “I Feel The Earth Move”
Martika still feels the earth moving but it does so thirteen places lower than last week!
25. Kate Bush – “This Woman’s Work”
Kate Bush scored last week’s highest new entry and goes up five places this week as a result.
24. Kylie Minogue – “Never Too Late”
While Kylie Minogue is down thirteen this week and out of the top twenty. Her album “Enjoy Yourself” is a non-mover at No.3, her eighth week in the top three on the album chart.
23. Gloria Estefan – “Get On Your Feet”
Going nowhere is Gloria Estefan, she remains in place for a second week, while her album “Cuts Both Ways” drops to No.22.
22. Latino Rave – “Deep Heat ’89”
The production team behind many dance compilation albums released this year have mashed some of the year’s biggest dance hits into one track and it made an appearance on the top 40 last week, this week it goes up fourteen places.
21. Queen – “The Miracle”
Queen made a return to the charts this year with their album “The Miracle” and get a new entry this week with the title track of that album, their fifth top 40 showing of 1989 since “I Want It All” back in April.
20. Fine Young Cannibals – “I’m Not The Man I Used To Be”
FYC are a non-mover this week, their fourth chart hit of 1989 remains in the top twenty for a second week.
19. Dusty Springfield – “In Private”
Dusty Springfield is celebrating, however, she made her return to the single chart last week and climbs fifteen places and back into the top twenty for the second time this year!
18. Simple Minds – “Amsterdam EP”
Returning to the chart for the fourth time this year are Simple Minds with a live EP of songs from their number one album “Street Fighting Years”.
17. Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston – “Comment te dire adieu”
While Jimmy and June slip three places this week with Jimmy’s debut solo single away from any other band’s he has been with.
16. Erasure – “You Surround Me”
Andy and Vince are back with the second single from their recent number one album “Wild!” and get a new entry with the follow up to “Drama” back in September.
15. Inner City – “What’cha Gonna Do With My Lovin’?”
As Kevin and Paris fall three places with their third chart hit of 1989 and their second highest, after “Ain’t Nobody Better” reached the top ten in April.
14. Rob’n’Raz featuring Leila K – “Got To Get”
Rob’n’Raz together with 18 year old singer Leila K made their UK chart debut last week with this ‘highly memorable’ number and get a big push of eighteen places forward this week!
13. 808 State – “Pacific State”
As 808 State drop three places and out of the top ten with their UK chart debut.
12. Phil Collins – “Another Day In Paradise”
Phil is down seven this week and also out of the top ten, but his album, “…But Seriously”, remains at number one for a second week.
11. Tina Turner – “I Don’t Wanna Lose You”
In the week she celebrated her 50th birthday, Tina Turner can also celebrate being this week’s highest climber, as she rises a more than respectable twenty two places with the second single from her number one album “Foreign Affair”. Happy birthday Tina!
10. Lisa Stansfield – “All Around The World”
Lisa Stansfield‘s former chart topper is down seven places this week, her sixth week int he top ten, her album “Affection”, which went in at No.2 last week, is down to No.4 this week.
9. The Stone Roses – “Fools Gold”
While The Stone Roses drop just one place this week with their second top 40 hit and their first top ten showing.
8. Big Fun – “Can’t Shake The Feeling”
Taking The Stone Roses place are Big Fun, who returned to the top ten last week and go up one this week.
7. Jason Donovan – “When You Come Back To Me”
Jason‘s back in the chart with a brand new song and a big new entry, his fifth of this year having already scored three chart toppers and, currently, the best selling album of the year, “Ten Good Reasons“!
6. UB40 – “Homely Girl”
UB40 move nowhere this week as they remain just where they ascended to last week. Their new album “Labour Of Love II” is out tomorrow.
5. Soul II Soul – “Get A Life”
Jazzie B and Soul II Soul have had an amazing year with one of the biggest selling singles (“Back To Life”) earlier this summer and with this brand new track, they score this week’s highest new entry.
4. Kaoma – “Lambada”
The “Lambada” continues to reel everyone in, Kaoma climb another three places this week and into the top five for their highly energetic dance anthem.
3. Jeff Wayne – “Eve Of The War ’89”
And last week’s highest climber from Jeff Wayne is up one more place this week, thanks to producer and remixer Ben Liebrand.
2. Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville – “Don’t Know Much”
Linda and Aaron stay put in second place for a second week with their huge duet, equalling their highest chart position Stateside.
1. New Kids On The Block – “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”
Which means New Kids On The Block remain on top for a third week and their album “Hangin’ Tough” is new in at No.8 on this week’s album chart! Can they remain for a fourth week or can Jeff Wayne, Kaoma, Soul II Soul or someone else knock them off? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!