Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 18th March 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 March 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 three non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. The Beloved – “Your Love Takes Me Higher”
We start with a new entry and the return of The Beloved, after two top 40 hits, here comes their third, which is in fact a re-release of the single that preceded “The Sun Rising” last year. It failed then, but not so second time around.
39. The Stone Roses – “Elephant Stone”
The Stone Roses go down fourteen this week with, to date, their second UK top ten hit and their fourth top 40 entry overall.
38. Richard Marx – “Too Late To Say Goodbye”
Richard Marx was a man who had one of last years biggest sellers with “Right Here Waiting”. He doesn’t have to wait any longer for another UK top 40 hit with this new entry today.
37. Wet Wet Wet – “Hold Back The River”
The Wets drop six places this week with the third single from their current album of the same name and the first of their singles not to reach the top thirty.
36. Jam Tronik – “Another Day In Paradise”
Here’s an interesting new entry from UK dance group Jam Tronik with a dance version of Phil Collins hit from last October and the lead single from his enormously successful triple Platinum certified album “…But Seriously”.
35. Rod Stewart – “Downtown Train”
Rod Stewart boards that “Downtown Train” perhaps for the last time this week as he falls sixteen places with his biggest hit for four years.
34. De La Soul featuring Queen Latifah – “Mama Gave Birth To The Soul Children”
De La Soul are back on the UK chart for the fifth time in just over a year, this time with a UK top 40 debutant, rapper Queen Latifah for this new entry.
33. Heart – “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You”
Making their return to the UK top 40 for the first time in two years are Heart with a new entry and the lead single from their forthcoming tenth studio album.
32. Jimmy Somerville – “Read My Lips (Enough Is Enough)”
Former Communard and Bronski Beater Jimmy Somerville made his third solo return to the chart last week and goes up eight places this week.
31. Fish – “A Gentleman’s Excuse Me”
So did former Marillion singer Fish, but he’s going the other way with a drop of one place with the third single to come from his debut solo album.
30. Bros – “Madly In Love”
Well it’s not been a good week for Matt and Luke who fall sixteen places with their latest single, which also becomes their first not to reach the top ten since the first release of “I Owe You Nothing” back in 1987.
29. Gloria Estefan – “Here We Are”
Gloria Estefan is also falling but only six places for her with the fourth single from last years double Platinum certified album “Cuts Both Ways”.
28. Orbital – “Chime”
There’s a new entry and a chart debut next for British group Chime with their very first single. They take their name from the London orbital motorway, the M25!
27. The Mission – “Deliverance”
Staying exactly where they landed last week are The Mission with the second single from their current third studio album, “Carved In Sand”.
26. Technotronic – “Get Up”
While Technotronic go down eleven places and out of the top twenty with their second UK smash hit single.
25. The Stone Roses – “Made Of Stone”
The second Stone Roses song on this weeks chart was a new entry last week but it’s down five places this week.
24. Ram Jam – “Black Betty ’90”
As are Ram Jam with the Ben Liebrand reboot of their 1977 top ten hit, which is down seven this week.
23. Shakin’ Stevens – “I Might”
Taking a smaller step back is Shakey, who loses three places this week with his biggest chart hit for just over two years.
22. Blackbox – “I Don’t Know Anybody Else”
And following him out of the top twenty are Blackbox who drop nine places with the follow up to last year’s biggest seller.
21. Big Fun – “Handful Of Promises”
Big Fun returned to the top 40 for the third time last week and go up eight places this week, hoping to enter the top twenty next week.
20. Depeche Mode – “Enjoy The Silence”
With their biggest hit for six years, Depeche Mode are down six places this week and their new album, “Violator“, is out tomorrow!
19. E-zee Possee – “Everything Starts With An E”
Remember how I said E-zee Possee released this song last year and it was a flop? Well last week they got it into the top 40 and take it fifteen places higher, into the top twenty this week!
18. Innocence – “Natural Thing”
Innocence are next with their debut single which has gone top twenty but drops back two places this week.
17. They Might Be Giants – “Birdhouse In Your Soul”
While the duo that call themselves They Might Be Giants are also debuting on the UK chart one place above them but rising seventeen spots to be this weeks highest climber.
16. Primal Scream – “Loaded”
Also with their debut top 40 hit are Primal Scream who are up eight places this week and also into the top twenty for the first time.
15. The Inspiral Carpets – “This Is How It Feels”
And keeping with the first timers, UK band The Inspiral Carpets made their top 40 debut last week and get a climb of seven places this week.
14. The 49ers – “Don’t You Love Me?”
Making their chart return last week were The 49ers with the follow up to the massive “Touch Me”, which is up fourteen places this week.
13. Sinead O’Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U”
Sinead O’Connor’s former four week chart topper is out of the top ten this week with a drop of four places.
12. Snap – “The Power”
While this week’s highest new entry comes from German dance act Snap with their debut single that’s already gone top ten in most of mainland Europe and with this powerful debut, it could do the same here.
11. JT and The Big Family – “Moments In Soul”
JT and his Big Family are down four this week with their UK chart debut and out of the top ten at the same time.
10. Guru Josh – “Infinity (1990’s, Time For The Guru)”
‘Guru Josh’ is still about, welcoming in the new decade and he’s still top ten but after two weeks at the bottom of the top five, he’s down five places to prop up the bottom of the big ten.
9. Various Artists – “The Brits 1990”
Sinking seven places is the collective megamix of Brit nominated dace artists that’s been in second place for two weeks now.
8. Michael Bolton – “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?”
While Michael Bolton has been in third place for three weeks. Not any longer. He’s dropping five places with his UK top 40 debut.
7. David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer – “Lily Was Here”
Going up three places this week are Eurythmic Dave Stewart and Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer with the title song from last year’s film of the same name.
6. Candy Flip – “Strawberry Fields Forever”
British duo Candy Flip made their very first appearance on the UK chart last week with this cover of The Beatles classic and they’re up twelve places, taking the song back into the top ten for the first time in twenty three years.
5. New Kids On The Block – “I’ll Be Loving You Forever”
New Kids On The Block made their third appearance on last weeks chart and go up six places this week, looking for that third number one in a row.
4. Jive Bunny – “That Sounds Good To Me”
Last week’s highest new entry was from Jive Bunny who wanted his fourth straight chart topper. Alas, ‘he’s’ not going to get it this week as he remains exactly where he came in for a second week.
3. Erasure – “Blue Savannah”
It’s another great week for Vince and Andy who go up five more places with the third single from their current album, “Wild!“, which now becomes their highest charted single since the “Crackers International” EP at the end of 1988.
2. The B-52’s – “Love Shack”
Taking their already biggest UK hit up four places this week are The B-52’s. This song reached No.3 in America last Summer, so they’ve already bettered that here now and it could go even further…!
1. Beats International – “Dub Be Good To Me”
But it’s not enough to knock Beats International off the top for a fourth week. Norman Cook, Lindy Layton and co. are still “boss walkin'” at the top of the pile and wanting a fifth week. Unless The B-52’s, Erasure or New Kids On The Block can stop them. There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!