Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 6th May 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 30th April to Saturday 5th May 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 thirteen new entries, seven climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. Emma – “Give A Little Love Back To The World”
We start this weeks chart with a new entry and this year’s entry into the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s sung by 25 year old Emma Booth and written by Eurovision veteran Paul Curtis and it’s already beaten last year’s offering, which didn’t even make the top 40!
39. Motley Crue – “Without You”
The Motley Crue are back on the UK chart with a new entry, the third single to come from their current album, “Dr. Feelgood”, but the first to chart here. It’s also their first top 40 entry for three years!
38. The B-52s’s – “Love Shack”
Looks like time is running out if you’re waiting by the painted sign at the side of the road as The B-52’s slide seventeen places this week with their biggest UK chart hit so far.
37. Sonia – “Counting Every Minute”
Taking an even bigger hike is Sonia with the fourth single to come from her new debut album, “Everybody Knows”, down twenty this week and right out of the top twenty and top thirty!
36. Propaganda – “Heaven Give Me Words”
Propaganda made a return to the UK chart after an absence of five years last week and are up three places this week.
35. James – “How Was It For You?”
Here’s a new entry and a chart debut for British band James who have been recording since 1982 but this week, at last, score their very first top 40 hit with a track that comes from their forthcoming third studio album, “Gold Mother”.
34. Paul Young – “Softly Whispering I Love You”
Meanwhile, Paul Young has been no stranger to the top 40 for nearly a decade now and he returns to the chart for the first time in this new decade with a new entry and the lead single from a new album which is due out next month, his fourth studio release.
33. Sam Brown – “Kissing Gate”
Sam Brown is back too! After two big singles last year, including the top five hit “Stop”, Sam gets her third UK top 40 new entry with this track which features on her current second album, “April Moon”.
32. The Pasadenas – “Love Thing”
And in a week of chart returns, The Pasadenas are back as well! Remember them with hits likes “Tribute” and “Riding On A Train”? Well, this is the first track to come from their long awaited second studio album, the follow up to their top three debut, “To Whom It May Concern”.
31. Pat and Mick – “Use It Up And Wear It Out”
Unfortunately Pat Sharpe and Mick Brown haven’t matched the success of their two previous hits, as this year’s charity offering takes a tumble of nine places.
30. Jesus Jones – “Real Real Real”
After five weeks of great progress with their top 40 debut, British band Jesus Jones leave the top twenty with a drop of eleven places this week.
29. Lisa Stansfield – “What Did I Do To You?”
But making her fourth solo return to the chart this week is Lisa Stansfield with another track from her debut album, “Affection”, and her second of this year, following on from “Live Together” back in January.
28. BBG – “Snappiness”
BBG moved into the top thirty last week and that’s where they stay with a non-mover this week.
27. Tongue’n’Cheek – “Tomorrow”
Tongue’n’Cheek moved into the top twenty last week and by falling seven places, leave it this week!
26. Bruce Dickinson – “Tattooed Millionaire”
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson was last week’s highest climber with his debut solo single leaping into the top twenty, but he’s going backwards this week by eight places.
25. Thunder – “Backstreet Symphony”
Thunder return to the chart this week with their second top 40 new entry and with it, they’ve already beaten “Dirty Love’s” chart high at the beginning of the year!
24. Sinitta – “Hitchin’ A Ride”
Going up two places this week is Sinitta with her version of Vanity Fare’s 1969 top twenty hit and, hopefully, she can take her remake there next week…?
23. The Blues Brothers – “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love”
Going down nine this week and leaving the top twenty are The Blues Brothers with their version from the 1980 movie soundtrack of the same name.
22. Michael Bolton – “How Can We Be Lovers?”
Michael Bolton made his second ever appearance on the UK chart last week with the follow up to “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?” and is up sixteen places with it this week.
21. Bizz Nizz – “Don’t Miss The Partyline”
While Messrs. Wilde and DeCoster aka Bizz Nizz are down eight this week with their first top 40 hit together that’s been a recent top five hit on the dance chart.
20. The Wonder Stuff – “Circlesquare”
The Wonder Stuff are back with a big new entry that becomes only their second top twenty hit following “Don’t Let Me Down Gently” last September.
19. Mantronix – “Take Your Time”
Kurtis Mantronik is also back on the chart with his second new entry of 1990 and once again, he’s joined by singer Wondress, aiming for another big hit to follow “Got To Have Your Love” back in January.
18. Beats International – “Won’t Talk About It”
Lots of new entry’s this week including former chart toppers Beats International with this new entry which is actually a re-entry and re-release. The song was first released last June and reached No.29 then, so already former Housemartin Norman Cook has bettered that.
17. Natalie Cole – “Wild Women Do”
Natalie Cole declares that “Wild Women Do”, but sadly she does so one place lower than last week. The song features on the soundtrack of a new film that’s coming out here soon called ‘Pretty Woman’.
16. Morrissey – “November Spawned A Monster”
Morrissey was last week’s second highest new entry but he’s falling back four places this week. Should of released it in November!
15. Phil Collins – “Something Happened On The Way To Heaven”
Meanwhile, Phil Collins stays the same as last week with the third single from his phenomenally successful current album, “…But Seriously”.
14. En Vogue – “Hold On”
US trio En Vogue made their UK chart debut last week and become this week’s highest climber, up nineteen places. The song has already peaked at No.2 Stateside, so how far will they go over here??
13. The Happy Mondays – “Step on”
The Happy Mondays are still with us six weeks on and dropping just two places this week with their second, and by far, their biggest chart hit to date.
12. The Family Stand – “Ghetto Heaven”
Also falling two this week and out of the top ten are The Family Stand with their Jazzie B mixed debut single. More from him in a bit.
11. Heart – “All I Wanna Do is Make Love To You”
And also down two places and leaving the top ten this week are Heart with their biggest hit since “Never/These Dreams” just over two years ago.
10. Snap – “The Power”
Snap are down three places this week with their former number one, now in its seventh week inside the top ten but looking like its last.
9. UB40 – “Kingston Town”
UB40 are down three this week. It’s their fifth week in the top ten and their biggest release, so far, from their current album, “Labour Of Love II”.
8. New Kids On The Block – “Cover Girl”
The new entry’s keep coming with New Kids On The Block back after two weeks away with their fourth UK top ten hit in six months. How far will this one go…?
7. Alannah Myles – “Black Velvet”
While former second placer Alannah Myles goes down four this week with her first UK top 40 hit and her former US chart topper from last June.
6. Soul II Soul – “A Dream’s A Dream”
Soul II Soul were last week’s highest new entry and at the same time got their fourth consecutive top ten hit. This week, they go up two places. The last three all went top five, so Jazzie B is hoping this one will next week.
5. Kylie Minogue – “Better The Devil You Know”
This week’s highest new entry see’s the return of Kylie Minogue with a brand new track for the new decade and the follow up to her number one in January, “Tears On My Pillow”. Will this give her a fifth UK chart topper? It’s already her tenth single released and her tenth to make the top five!
4. Madonna – “Vogue”
It’s all change at the top as the number one for the last four weeks from Madonna goes down three places to where she came in six weeks ago!
3. Paula Abdul and The Wild Pair – “Opposites Attract”
And Paula Abdul is also down too with her biggest UK hit so far, one place from second to third.
2. The Adventures of Stevie V – “Dirty Cash”
Doing so much better second time around is Steve Vincent and his crew who move up three places this week, eight months on from its first release here.
1. Adamski – “Killer”
Which means we have a new number one this week and it’s well done to Adam Tinley and Seal who move up three places to claim their very first chart topper. But can they stay there for a second week with big competition coming from Stevie V and Kylie. Who will win? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!