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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 7th January 1990

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 7th January 1990

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 1st to Saturday 6th January 1990.

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, fourteen climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. The Stone Roses – “Fools Gold”
The Stone Roses are still going stong in their eighth week on the top 40 with their biggest single yet, it is down five places, however, just managing to cling in there!

39. Martika – “More Than You Know”
Martika is back with a new entry, her third on the top 40 since her debut, “Toy Soldiers”, late last Summer and the follow up to “I Feel The Earth Move”, both top ten hits, can she make it a hattrick?

38. Wet Wet Wet – “Broke Away”
They’ve been floating around for six weeks now, but The Wets are down nine places this week with the second single to come from “Holding Back The River”, which sticks at No.9 on the album chart this week.

37. Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville – “Don’t Know Much”
Notching up their tenth week, although falling fifteen places, are Linda and Aaron with their transatlantic super hit, one of the biggest sellers of last year.

36. Megadeth – “No More Mr. Nice Guy”
Our second new entry marks a UK top 40 debut for this American metal band, that have been recording since 1985, but as we turn into a new decade that all changes.

35. Lil Louis – “I Called You”
Making his chart return is Lil Louis with a new entry and the follow up to last Summer’s massive dance hit “French Kiss”, which reached No.2 on the singles chart.

34. Dusty Springfield – “In Private”
After a big drop last week, Dusty remains in the top 40 by clipping just three places this week with her Pet Shop Boys produced single that comes from her new album “Reputation”, which is out in three week’s time.

33. Neneh Cherry – “Inner City Mama”
Two weeks ago Neneh Cherry was the highest new entry, last week she went down, this week she’s going up, four places, with the fifth single to come from her debut album “Raw Like Sushi“.

32. Jeff Wayne – “Eve Of The War ’89”
Not so much luck for Jeff Wayne, who clocks up his eighth week on the chart by falling fifteen places with the Ben Leibrand remix of his 1978 soundtrack classic.

31. The Christians – “Words”
And The Christians drop three places this week with their comeback single, which comes from their second album, due out at the end of this month.

30. Halo James – “Could’ve Told You So”
Here’s another top 40 debut from British group Halo James, who’s debut single “Wanted” just missed the chart at the end of the 80’s. No so its follow up, a new entry at the beginning of the 90’s!

29. Tina Turner – “I Don’t Wanna Lose You”
Tina Turner notched up two top ten hits last year from her chart topping album “Foreign Affair”. The most recent of those drops seven places this week, while the album goes up to No.5!

28. Bros – “Sister”
Matt and Luke achieved three top ten hits last year from their second album “The Time”, this one was top ten Christmas week, but falls fourteen places this week.

27. Erasure – “You Surround Me”
While Vince and Andy drop six places this week with the second single from their chart topping album “Wild!“.

26. New Kids On The Block – “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”
They were last weeks highest new entry and also achieved two top ten hits as well. Not so this week as New Kids On The Block‘s November chart topper is down sixteen places this week. Their debut album “Hangin’ Tough” is up to No.6 on the album chart this week and we’ll hear what happens to last week’s new entry a little later on.

25. Fish – “Big Wedge”
Fish made his chart return last week with the second single to come from a forthcoming debut solo album, this week he’s up one place with that single.

24. Jimmy Somerville – “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”
No messing about for Jimmy Somerville, just two weeks after his duet with June Miles-Kingston left the top 40, he returns with a new entry and a cover of Sylvester’s 1978 disco classic.

23. Sydney Youngblood – “Sit And Wait”
Back down and out of the top twenty for Sydney Youngblood after his rebound last week, he drops four places with his second top 40 chart hit.

22. The Happy Mondays – “Madchester EP”
The Happy Mondays were a re-entry on the chart last week having spent five weeks previously in the top 40 in November and December, this week, incredibly, they go up ten places! The EP previously peaked at No.19, can they take it further a second time around…?

21. Deacon Blue – “Queen Of The New Year”
Moving on up as well are Deacon Blue who were new on last week and rise nine places with the fifth top 40 single to come from last year’s number one album “When The World Knows Your Name”.

20. The Quireboys – “Hey You”
Also new on last week were The Quireboys, who climb four places and get their first UK top twenty placing in the process!

19. Jive Bunny – “Let’s Party”
Jive Bunny‘s third consecutive number one single spent Christmas stuck behind Band Aid II in second place, but Christmas is over so it’s hardly surprising that the single is down fifteen places this week, while ‘his’ album is down one to No.3 on the album chart.

18. Andy Stewart – “Donald Where’s Your Troosers?”
Another big Christmas hit on the downward spiral is 56 year old Andy Stewart with his 28 year old hit, down twelve places this week.

17. The Mission – “Butterfly On A Wheel”
The Mission are back with a brand new single for the 1990’s. This is the first taste of their forthcoming fourth studio album. For now it’s their third time in the top twenty and it’s also this weeks highest new entry!

16. D-Mob – “Put Your Hands Together”
Also back in the top twenty, for the fourth time, is Dancin’ Danny D and his mob. They were a new entry last week and go up a very healthy twenty places this week.

15. Electronic – “Getting Away With It”
Still gracefully descending the chart are Electronic, down two this week, having now spent a whole month inside the top twenty.

14. FPI Project – “Going Back To My Roots”
Another group that have been hanging around for some time are FPI Project, they keep going up and this week it’s the biggest climb yet of eleven places with their version of Lamont Dozier’s 1977 original.

13. Latino Rave – “Deep Heat ’89”
Time has finally run out for Latino Rave, however, who drop one place after eight weeks on the chart with their mash up of the biggest dance anthems of last year.

12. Mantronix – “Got To Have Your Love”
Going the other way is Kurtis Mantronik and singer Wondress who were a new entry last week and by zooming up twenty one places, he, she and they are this week’s highest climber!

11. Silver Bullet – “20 Seconds To Comply”
Also still ascending is Silver Bullet. He’s been about for six weeks now and improves his position by another seven places this week.

10. Sonia – “Listen To Your Heart”
Sonia is back in the top ten! Last week’s highest climber is up another ten places and gives the 18 year old her second UK top ten hit after her debut chart topper, “You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You”.

9. Kaoma – “Lambada”
Kaoma are still going strong in the top ten seven weeks on. They are down two places, however, in their ninth week on the top 40.

8. Rob’n’Raz featuring Leila K – “Got To Get”
But after five weeks of moving up and down, Rob and Raz and Leila K finally break into the top ten as they go up three places this week!

7. De La Soul – “The Magic Number”
Gaining a second week of top ten action are De La Soul, who go up just one place this week with their biggest single yet.

6. The 49ers – “Touch Me”
It’s been a great week for The 49ers, who climb a very respectable seventeen places and straight into the top ten after spending the past four weeks on a slow ascent in the lower half of the chart.

5. Madonna – “Dear Jessie”
While Madonna refuses to move for a third consecutive week with her fourth straight top five hit from last year’s “Like A Prayer” album.

4. Band Aid II – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
It’s all change at the top as the number one record of the past three weeks is down three places, but still raising much needed aid for those in Africa, thanks to Stock Aitken Waterman‘s production this time around.

3. Soul II Soul – “Get A Life”
Jazzie B and Soul II Soul went back up the chart last week to their previous peak two weeks earlier, they remain exactly there for a second week, with a new album coming this Spring.

2. Jason Donovan – “When You Come Back To Me”
And so does the man who had last year’s biggest selling album, Jason Donovan. His fifth top two hit in twelve months stays right where it landed last week.

1. New Kids On The Block – “Hangin’ Tough”
Which means we have a new number one and last week’s highest new entry is up eight places to win The New Kids their second UK chart topper with their second single released! Chasing after Jive Bunny‘s record of three, but can they make it a second week or will Jason, The 49ers or someone else stop them? 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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