Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 17th 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 11th to Saturday 16th 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 seven new entry’s, twelve climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. Bon Jovi – “Living In Sin”
Our first song is a new entry and a return for Bon Jovi with the FIFTH single to come from last year’s “New Jersey” album!
39. The Beautiful South – “I’ll Sail This Ship Alone”
There’s another new entry, this time for the third time this year, for The Beautiful South with a track that comes from their recently released debut album, “Welcome To The Beautiful South”.
38. Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston – “Comment Te Dire Adieu”
Jimmy and June are still with us on the chart, but fall ten places this week with their ‘collective’ debut single.
37. Inner City – “What’cha Gonna Do With My Lovin’?”
As are Kevin Saunderson and Paris Grey who drop eleven this week having spent six weeks in total this time with their fifth UK top 40 hit.
36. The 49ers – “Touch Me”
There’s a brand new entry for Italian dance group the 49ers now fronted by singer Ann-Marie Smith, who get a taste of UK chart action with their first hit which is also flying up the charts all across Europe.
35. Kylie Minogue – “Never Too Late”
Kylie‘s been around for eight weeks now with the third single from “Enjoy Yourself” (which is down one place to No.4), but she’s slips just five places this week and remains in the top 40.
34. All About Eve – “December”
All About Eve are back with a new entry, their second of this year and the follow up to “Road To Your Soul” back in September.
33. The Christians – “Words”
There’s a welcome return to the UK chart for The Christians with this new entry and the first single to come from their forthcoming second album that’s due out next year.
32. Sonia – “Listen To Your Heart”
Sonia made her return to the chart last week and climbs five places with her third single to be released overall.
31. Duran Duran – “Burning The Ground”
As did Duran Duran, who also go up five places this week, with a brand new track that comes from their current greatest hits compilation entitled “Decade”, which sits at No.26 this week.
30. FPI Project – “Going Back To My Roots”
Another one of last week’s new entries was from FPI Project with their UK chart debut, this week they climb ten places with that debut.
29. Lisa Stansfield – “All Around The World”
Former chart topper Lisa Stansfield is still about, she slips eight places this week with the biggest single yet from her debut album “Affection”, which is at No.7 this week.
28. Simple Minds – “Amsterdam EP”
It’s been a great year for Simple Minds with a number one single and album, “Street Fighting Years”, from which their fourth single comes from but is down nine places this week.
27. Phil Collins – “Another Day In Paradise”
And so has Phil Collins, his album “…But Seriously” remains top of the pile for a fourth week while the single from that album falls five places this week.
26. Silver Bullet – “20 Seconds To Comply”
New last week was Silver Bullet with his second top 40 hit which now becomes his biggest so far as it climbs nine places this week.
25. De La Soul – “The Magic Number”
De La Soul are back with their fourth single to be released in the UK and with this new entry, it becomes their fourth to chart in the top 40.
24. The Stones Roses – “Fools Gold”
But it’s down seven this week and out of the top twenty for The Stones Roses with their biggest hit so far.
23. Wet Wet Wet – “Broke Away”
Climbing one this week are Wet Wet Wet with the second single to come from “Holding Back The River”, which is back up the album chart to No.8 this week.
22. Erasure – “You Surround Me”
Sadly Vince and Andy go the other way, down seven for them with the second single to come from “Wild!” and Vince’s “attempt” at a Bond song!
21. UB40 – “Homely Girl”
Down also for UB40, nine for them and also out of the top twenty, while their new album “Labour Of Love II” is down to No.16 this week.
20. Cliff Richard and Van Morrison – “Whenever God Shines His Light”
Cliff and Van are up five this week and into the top twenty, challenging to be Christmas number one this year for the second year in a row. Will they make it…?
19. Alexander O’Neal – “The Hit Mix”
After a big climb last week, Alexander O’Neal rises just one place this week with the mix of all his biggest hits from the past two years.
18. Sydney Youngblood – “Sit And Wait”
But down goes Sydney Youngblood after climbing for just one week, with his second UK chart hit that appears not to of followed the success of “If Only I Could”!
17. Big Fun – “Can’t Shake The Feeling”
Down also for Big Fun with their second top 40 single, six places for them this week and expect an album from them in the new year.
16. Latino Rave – “Deep Heat ’89”
Still climbing, however, are Latino Rave with their megamix of this year’s biggest dance anthems, up two more places for them.
15. Dusty Springfield – “In Private”
As Dusty Springfield goes back one place with her second song to be produced by the Pet Shop Boys this year and she also has an album waiting for release early next year.
14. Rob’n’Raz featuring Leila K – “Got To Get”
Time has run out, however, for Rob and Raz and Leila K as they also slip one place this week with their UK chart debut.
13. Electronic – “Getting Away With It”
Making way for them are new ‘super group’ Electronic who debuted last week on the chart and go up ten places this week.
12. Bros – “Sister”
Matt and Luke have had an excellent week, they were new on last week as well and by ascending twenty places, they are this weeks highest climber, the first time since “I Owe You Nothing” they have actually gone up the week after entry on the chart!
11. Jeff Wayne – “Eve Of The War ’89”
Falling five places and out of the top ten this week is Jeff Wayne with the reboot of his 1978 classic, narrated by the late Richard Burton.
10. New Kids On The Block – “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”
Another former number one falling this week is from The New Kids, down six places in their seventh week inside the top 10.
9. Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville – “Don’t Know Much”
Following them are Linda and Aaron with their US/UK No.2 smash hit, but dropping just two places here this week.
8. Tina Turner – “I Don’t Wanna Lose You”
Tina Turner stays on in the same position this week with the second single from “Foreign Affair”, which is up to No.3 on the album chart.
7. Madonna – “Dear Jessie”
Last week’s second highest new entry was from Madonna with the fourth single from “Like A Prayer“, this week she is up two places.
6. Andy Stewart – “Donald Where’s Your Troosers?”
While last week’s highest climber from Andy Stewart is up another four places, far higher than its original 1961 chart placing.
5. Kaoma – “Lambada”
Kaoma dropped one place last week, but refuse to go any lower, or indeed any higher as they remain on hold for another week. propping the rest of the top five up.
4. Soul II Soul – “Get A Life”
While Kaoma do that, there’s lots of change going on above them, firstly Soul II Soul are down one place this week with their brand new track, after just one week of progress.
3. Jason Donovan – “When You Come Back To Me”
So is Jason Donovan, he went up to second place last week but drops back into third this week with his brand new single, following the success of his previous five all from his album “Ten Good Reasons“.
2. Jive Bunny – “Let’s Party”
There is also movement at the top as last week’s number one from Jive Bunny is down one place also after just one week. ‘His’ album remains at No.2 on this weeks album chart also.
1. Band Aid II – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
So we have a new number one and for the second week, the highest new entry is straight into the top of the chart, this time it’s from Band Aid II raising more money for Africa and there’s some new faces behind this reboot of the 1984 smash. Stock Aitken Waterman are behind it’s production, while familiar faces such as Kylie, Jason, Bros, Lisa Stansfield, Cliff Richard and Wet Wet Wet are among the new stars lining up to donate their time for a good cause. Watch out for Bananarama though, they are the only act from the original song to perform on this new version! So can it stay at the top for a second week and become the Christmas number one or will someone else take that much sought after place from them? Come back on Christmas Eve to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!