Band Aid 1989

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 31st December 1989

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 31st 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 25th to Saturday 30th 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 six new entry’s, one re-entry, twelve climbers and four non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Cliff Richard and Van Morrison – “Whenever God Shines His Light”
We start the final chart of 1989 with Cliff and Van dropping a massive twenty places with their collaboration, Van’s first UK top 40 entry but Cliff’s 104th!

39. UB40 – “Homely Girl”
And down thirteen places go UB40 with their biggest hit since “Breakfast In Bed” with Chrissy Hynde at the beginning of 1988.

38. The Beautiful South – “I’ll Sail This Ship Alone”
The Beautiful South are also down, seven places for them after just one week of ascending the chart with their third single of this year.

37 Neneh Cherry – “Inner City Mama”
Last week‘s highest new entry is also going down this week for Neneh Cherry, three places for her with the fifth single to come from her debut album “Raw Like Sushi“.

36. D-Mob – “Put Your Hands Together”
Not going down but back for a fourth time on the UK top 40 is Danny D and his mob with a brand new entry and his follow up to “C’mon Get My Love” back in October.

35. The Stone Roses – “Fools Gold”
The Stone Roses have had a great 1989, making their debut on the chart earlier this year. This is the biggest success of the year, a former top ten hit that does fall six places this week.

34. Lisa Stansfield – “All Around The World”
Having an even better year is Lisa Stansfield, who made her debut in the Spring with Coldcut, then charted this Summer with her first solo top 40 hit. The successor topped the chart for two weeks last month and after eleven weeks, it’s still with us, falling just two places, with her debut album “Affection” going up this week to No.6.

33. Mantronix – “Got To Have Your Love”
Kurtis Mantronik is a NY DJ, remixer and producer who has already had much success over the Atlantic with three albums and numerous dance chart number one’s. Now he brings that success to the UK with the lead single from his forthcoming fourth studio album, “This Should Move Ya”.

32. The Happy Mondays – “Madchester EP”
Proving they’re not done yet, The Happy Mondays are BACK with a re-entry this week, having left the chart three weeks ago! Keep an eye on this lot next year!

31. Dusty Springfield – “In Private”
Dusty is down sixteen places this week and out of the top twenty with her latest Pet Shop Boys produced single that will feature on her brand new album, “Reputation”, which will be out early in the new year.

30. Deacon Blue – “Queen Of The New Year”
It’s been the best year yet for Deacon Blue, who are back with their fourth new entry of 1989, the follow up to “Love And Regret” back in September, all from the Scottish group who topped the album chart back in March with “When The World Knows Your Name”.

29. Wet Wet Wet – “Broke Away”
Another Scottish band who are used to success are Wet Wet Wet, they made their return to the chart with “Sweet Surrender” in September and followed that with their second album “Holding Back The River” (No.9 this week) and this second single, which is down ten places this week.

28. The Christians – “Words”
The Christians were last week‘s highest climbers, but are down ten this week and out of the top twenty. Their second album is called “Colours” and it’s out in two weeks time.

27. Alexander O’Neal – “The Hit Mix”
Alexander falls three places this week with his hit mix, while his 1987 album “Hearsay” finally leaves the top 75 after an incredible 100 weeks there!

26. Fish – “Big Wedge”
Marillion’s lead singer Fish made his solo debut this Autumn with the single “State Of Mind” and returns today with its follow up as a new entry. He is currently putting the finishing touches to an album, which should be out at the end of January.

25. FPI Project – “Going Back To My Roots”
The FPI Project are still making advances though as they go up three places this week with their cover of Lamont Dozier’s 1977 hit.

24. The Quireboys – “Hey You”
There’s a new entry for The Quireboys, who get their second UK top 40 hit now with the follow up to “7 o’Clock” earlier this year, and they too have an album (their debut) coming out at the end of next month.

23. The 49ers – “Touch Me”
Climbing four places this week are The 49ers with their UK chart debut, which goes up to No.3 on this week’s dance chart.

22. Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville – “Don’t Know Much”
Linda and Aaron have been top ten for the last seven weeks with their massive UK/US top two hit, but suffer a drop of thirteen places this week and leave both the big ten and the top twenty at the same time.

21. Erasure – “You Surround Me”
While Vince and Andy are going back up the chart, a reversal of two places for them this week, with the second single to come from their number one album “Wild!“.

20. Sonia – “Listen To Your Heart”
Sonia has a great week, she’s up ten places and back in the top twenty for a third time this year, and becomes the weeks highest climber!

19. Sydney Youngblood – “Sit And Wait”
There are a number of songs going back up the chart this week, Sydney Youngblood is one of them, he reverses two places and goes back into the top twenty after two weeks away.

18. Silver Bullet – “20 Seconds To Comply”
Silver Bullet isn’t going back up, he continues his climb, up seven places and into the top twenty for the first time.

17. Jeff Wayne – “Ever Of The War ’89”
While Jeff Wayne slips just one place this week with his remixed ‘anthem’ from the “War Of The Worlds” soundtrack.

16. Tina Turner – “I Don’t Wanna Lose You”
Tina Turner is down eight, however, after three weeks in the top ten, with the second single to come from “Foreign Affair” and her second top ten hit of 1989.

15. Big Fun – “Can’t Shake The Feeling”
Big Fun are back in the top twenty – again, as they boomerang back up the chart seven places with their second UK chart hit of this year, produced by Stock Aitken Waterman.

14. Bros – “Sister”
As Matt and Luke fall four places with their third top ten entry of this year, taken from their current album, “The Time”.

13. Electronic – “Getting Away With It”
Down one this week go Sumner, Marr and Tennant with their debut single, which has now been on the chart for six weeks.

12. Latino Rave – “Deep Heat ’89”
Still climbing after six weeks are DJ’s Latino Rave with their megamix of the best dance anthems of this year, up five more places.

11. Rob’n’Raz featuring Leila K – “Got To Get”
But Rob and Raz with 18 year old singer Leila K stay put this week with their UK chart debut, stubbornly moving nowhere as they try to gain entry into the top ten!

10. New Kids On The Block – “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”
Going back up the chart four places and back into the top ten this week are New Kids On The Block with their former number one single.

9. New Kids On The Block – “Hangin’ Tough”
It maybe because…their back again just one place above with this week’s highest new entry! Their second single released in the UK has already topped the US singles chart last year, and like their previous entry, comes from the album of the same name!

8. De La Soul – “The Magic Number”
Also on the climb this week are De La Soul, up five places with their fourth UK single release, which now becomes their first top ten hit over here.

7. Kaoma – “Lambada”
Still sticking around and proving a huge hit in their sixth week inside the top ten over here are Kaoma, who stick exactly where they landed last week.

6. Andy Stewart – “Donald Where’s Your Troosers?”
While Andy Stewart drops back two places to where he was two weeks ago, with by far his biggest UK chart hit of all time. Not bad for a song that’s 28 years old!

5. Madonna – “Dear Jessie”
Madonna is a non-mover this week with her fourth top five hit to come from this year’s chart topping album, “Like A Prayer“.

4. Jive Bunny – “Let’s Party”
Last week‘s Christmas chart runner up from Jive Bunny is down two places this week, the rabbit’s third UK number one out of three singles released so far!

3. Soul II Soul – “Get A Life”
And back up the chart go Soul II Soul, a re-climb of three places for Jazzie B and Co., back to where they were three weeks ago with their third top five hit of this year.

2. Jason Donovan – “When You Come Back To Me”
Also going back up to where he was three weeks ago is Jason Donovan, his fifth top two hit of this year, but a brand new song that doesn’t feature of this year’s biggest selling album, “Ten Good Reasons“.

1. Band Aid II – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
Jason’s number two, but he’s also number one this week, as he performs on this new version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?“, which remains at the top for a third week, having already been Christmas number one last week. Can this re-worked version of the 1984 classic by Stock Aitken Waterman remain for a fourth week, or can someone else like Soul II Soul, De La Soul or even Jason himself deny them of that. There’s only one way 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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