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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 18th February 1990

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 18th February 1990

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 12th to Saturday 17th February 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 seven new entry’s, twelve climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Jimmy Somerville – “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”
It’s Jimmy Somerville‘s second and by far his most successful solo single yet, but after seven weeks on the chart, he’s down ten places to the very edge of the top 40.

39. New Kids On The Block – “Hangin’ Tough”
And with eight weeks on the chart, New Kids On The Block are down thirteen places with their former number one, the lowest a NKOTB single has even been on the UK chart!

38. Renegade Soundwave – “Probably A Robbery”
Climbing one place this week for Renegade Soundwave with their UK top 40 debut that was a new entry last week.

37. Shakin’ Stevens – “I Might”
Shakey is back on the chart with a new entry, his first since “Love Attack” last Spring and the second new track that will feature on a new album he has coming out very soon.

36. Jamie J. Morgan – “Walk On The Wild Side”
There’s another new entry and this time a top 40 first for singer Jamie Morgan. This is his second single released and it’s a cover of Lou Reed’s 1972 classic.

35. Gino Latino – “Welcome”
Falling twelve this week is Gino Latino with his second top 40 hit, now in its sixth week and looking like his last for now.

34. The Wedding Present – “Brassneck”
They were new last week but The Wedding Present are down ten places this week with their second single to make the UK top 40.

33. Electribe 101 – “Talking With Myself”
Electribe 101 are back on the UK top 40 for a second time with this new entry that is the follow up to last years “Tell Me When the Fever Ended”, which peaked one place higher than this song enters. Can they equal or better that this time around?

32. Thunder – “Dirty Love”
Making their top 40 debut last week were British rock group Thunder, who move up eight places this week with the second track from their forthcoming debut album, “Backstreet Symphony”.

31. Ram Jam – “Black Betty”
Ram Jam are back on the UK singles chart for the first time in thirteen years with a new remix of their 1977 classic “Black Betty”, which made No.7 the last time around. This new remix comes courtesy of Ben Leibrand, who also oversaw Jeff Wayne’s top five hit, “Eve Of The War” two months ago.

30. Halo James – “Could’ve Told You So”
After reaching the top ten with their first top 40 hit a few weeks ago, Halo James are slipping backwards, twelve places for them this week.

29. Aerosmith – “Dude Looks Like A Lady”
Aerosmith are back with the follow up to last Autumn’s big hit “Love In An Elevator”. This is actually a re-release of a 1985 single that failed to make the top 40 first time around, so they’ve already beaten that with this new entry!

28. Eric Clapton – “Bad Love”
Eric Clapton is down three places this week with his “Bad Love”, the first single to come from his current album, “Journeyman”.

27. Guru Josh – “Infinity (1990’s, Time For The Guru)”
There’s a new entry and a chart debut for Channel Islands-born artist Paul Walden under his stage name of ‘Guru Josh’ with his debut single and showing he’s ready for the 90’s!

26. And Why Not? – “The Face”
Birmingham’s And Why Not? reached the top twenty for the first time a few weeks ago but they leave the upper half of the chart this week with a fall of ten places.

25. The Beloved – “Hello”
Following them are The Beloved who also got their first top twenty hit last week, but slip back six places and out this week.

24. Chris Rea – “Tell Me There’s A Heaven”
Chris Rea followed up his top ten hit “The Road To Hell” last week and climbs eleven places this week, both tracks of course come from his recent number one album, “The Road To Hell”.

23. Skid Row – “18 And Life”
Another group who made the top twenty for the first time are Skid Row, but are also out this week with a fall of ten places.

22. Adam Ant – “Room At The Top”
But it has been a good week for Adam Ant with his first solo chart hit for five years, he’s up sixteen places with the lead single from his new album that’s due out in a months time.

21. Janet Jackson – “Come Back To Me”
Janet Jackson returned to the top twenty for the first time in three years last week, but slips back one place and out this week with the third single to come from “Rhythm Nation 1814“.

20. Del Amitri – “Nothing Ever Happens”
Staying in the upper half of the chart but falling six places this week are Del Amitri with their UK top 40 debut.

19. Cliff Richard – “Stronger Than That”
While Cliff is back with this week’s highest new entry, his 105th UK chart single and the fourth to come from his current album, “Stronger”, released last Autumn.

18. The 49ers – “Touch Me”
They’ve been on the chart now for ten weeks but The 49ers show now major signs of leaving just yet as they go down six this week.

17. The Stranglers – “96 Tears”
And it’s a welcome back to the top twenty for The Stranglers this week with a climb of fourteen places, their first for just over two years, since “All Day And All Of The Night” back in January 1988.

16. Rod Stewart – “Downtown Train”
Making his first appearance in the top twenty for the first time in six years is Rod Stewart with a climb of five places this week, his last was “Every Beat Of My Heart” back in 1984.

15. Kylie Minogue – “Tears On My Pillow”
Down six this week and leaving the top ten is former chart topper Kylie Minogue with the song from her film ‘The Delinquents’ and the fourth single from her “Enjoy Yourself” album.

14. Yell – “Instant Replay”
Just behind her is another Stock Aitken Waterman produced cover version from new duo Yell, they drop just three places this week.

13. Tina Turner – “Steamy Windows”
Tina Turner is going in the opposite direction following her new entry last week, she’s up fourteen places with the third single from her number one album of last year, “Foreign Affair”.

12. Mantronix – “Got To Have Your Love”
Kurtis Mantronik and Wondress have graced the top ten as well as the UK dance chart for the past six weeks, but are down four and out this week.

11. Cher – “Just Like Jessie James”
Still on the climb, however, is Cher, up four this week to sit outside the top ten where her last single, “If I Could Turn Back Time“, reached. Can she make it two in a row next week…?

10. Lisa Stansfield – “Live Together”
Lisa Stansfield is a non-mover this week with her second top ten hit, staying right where she landed this time last week.

9. Phil Collins – “I Wish It Would Rain Down”
And after two weeks on hold himself, Phil Collins moves down two places this week with his second top ten hit also of the last four months.

8. Sybil – “Walk On By”
Sybil reached her highest UK chart position last week with this cover of Dionne Warwick‘s 1964 classic but slips back two this week.

7. Lonnie Gordon – “Happenin’ All Over Again”
Following her is Stock Aitken Waterman newcomer Lonnie Gordon who has spent two weeks stuck at No.4 but she does so no longer with a fall of three places.

6. Depeche Mode – “Enjoy The Silence”
Depeche Mode are back in the UK top ten for the first time in six years with a climb of eleven places this week, it’s their highest chart placing since “Master And Servant” back in 1984.

5. Michael Bolton – “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?”
But enjoying a far healthier ascent is Michael Bolton with his first UK top 40 hit. His former US chart topper is up seventeen places this week, the highest climber and looking a very strong contender to top the chart this side of the Atlantic.

4. Blackbox – “I Don’t Know Anybody Else”
Last week’s highest new entry from Blackbox is up one place this week, it is of course, their follow up to last year’s biggest seller, “Ride On Time”.

3. Technotronic – “Get Up”
And once again, they’ve been thwarted, two weeks spent in second place and this week Technotronic slip back one place to where they came in three weeks ago.

2. Beats International – “Dub Be Good To Me”
Last week’s highest climber from the new group formed by former Housemartin Norman Cook along with singe Lindy Layton is up another one place this week. Can they go another one next week…?

1. Sinead O’Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U”
Which means for a fourth week, Sinead O’Connor remains on top with her Prince-written biggest hit so far. But can she make it five or can Beats International, Blackbox, Michael Bolton or someone else stop her? 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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