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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 20th May 1990

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 20th 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 14th to Saturday 19th 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 seven new entries, twelve climbers and six non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Plus One featuring Sirron – “It’s Happening”
Plus One are a new production duo of Dexter and Samuel Roberts who team up with singer Sirron for their debut release which is a new entry on the top 40 this week.

39. Emma – “Give A Little Love Back To The World”
Sadly, Emma’s Eurovision is over and it looks like her time on the chart is coming to and end as well with a fall of six places this week.

38. Bizz Nizz – “Don’t Miss The Partyline”
Messrs. DeCoster and Wilde have been around for nine weeks now and with a fall of fourteen places, it looks like their last for now.

37. Gary Moore – “Still Got The Blues (For You)”
Gary Moore is back on the UK top 40 for the first time since last January with this new entry which is the second single to come from his current album of the same name.

36. Jane Child – “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love”
Jane Child is a US singer who debuted last year with this song and took it to No.2 in her home country. Now it’s out here too and she’s looking to follow Alannah Myles up the UK chart. She starts off well with her UK top 40 debut new entry.

35. Talk Talk – “It’s My Life ’90”
Talk Talk are back with, perhaps, they’re best known hit that was originally released in 1984 and then again in 1985, both times missing the top 40. Not so their third attempt, which finally see’s the songs debut on the chart and their first entry since “Life’s What You Make It” in 1986!

34. Little Angels and The Big Bad Horns – “Radical Your Lover”
Little Angels made their chart debut last week with this track which goes up two places this week.

33. Betty Boo – “Doin’ The Do”
Alison Clarkson aka Betty Boo made her chart debut last year with the Beatmasters on their top ten smash “Hey DJ (I Can Dance To The Music You’re Playing)” and now she’s back, on her own, with her first solo single that gives her a chart entry all by herself.

32. Movement 98 featuring Carroll Thompson – “Joy And Heartbreak”
Movement 98 is UK DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold who teams up with British singer Carroll Thompson for their joint single release and their joint chart debut at the same time.

31. Natalie Cole – “Wild Women Do”
While Natalie Cole goes down eight places this week with her first top 40 hit since “Miss You Like Crazy” twelve months ago.

30. Hothouse Flowers – “Give It Up”
Hothouse Flowers returned to the top 40 last week two years since their first and last. But this week they climb just one place.

29. The Happy Mondays – “Step On”
The Happy Mondays leave the top twenty this week, where they’ve been for the past seven weeks, with a drop of eleven places.

28. The Wonder Stuff – “Circlesquare”
And so do The Wonder Stuff, who go down eight places this week after two weeks in the top twenty.

27. Lisa Stansfield – “What Did I Do To You?”
Lisa Stansfield is also down too, two places in fact, with the fourth single to come from her debut album, “Affection”, which becomes the first not to make the top twenty.

26. Phil Collins – “Something Happened On The Way To Heaven”
Phil Collins is down seven this week with the third single from his latest, uber-Platinum selling album, “…But Seriously”.

25. Was Not Was – “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone”
Was Not Was are back this week with their first UK top 40 showing for over two years with a cover of The Undisputed Truth’s 1972 classic that mis also this week’s highest new entry!

24. Sam Brown – “Kissing Gate”
Sam Brown continues to climb the chart, up five this week with her first top 40 entry for just twelve months,

23. The Eurythmics – “Angel”
Annie and Dave returned to the chart last week with the third single from their recent, chart topping album, “We Too Are One”, which is up four places this week.

22. The Pasadenas – “Love Thing”
Going nowhere this week are The Pasadenas with their chart comeback after two years away, which stays in the same place for a second week.

21. Paul Young – “Softly Whispering I Love You”
As so does Paul Young, who was last week’s highest climber, annoyingly not gaining entry into the top twenty where he hasn’t had a hit since 1985.

20. The B-52’s – “Roam”
The B-52’s returned to the chart last week with the follow up to their massive hit “Love Shack” and are on course for a second successive hit with the first of this week’s joint highest climbers, which is up eighteen places.

19. The Family Stand – “Ghetto Heaven”
Graciously descending the chart are The Family Stand with their Jazzie B mixed debut, which is down just two places this week.

18. Heart – “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You”
As do Heart with their big chart comeback, which is down three places this week, taken from their new album, “Brigade”.

17. Snap – “The Power”
Following Heart are former chart toppers Snap with their first release, which drops four places this week.

16. Depeche Mode – “Policy Of Truth”
Meanwhile, Depeche Mode returned to the chart last week with the third single to come from their current album, “Violator“, which is up twelve places this week.

15. UB40 – “Kingston Town”
Hanging around for nine weeks now are UB40 with the second, and so far, biggest hit from “Labour Of Love II”, which is down three places this week.

14. Soul II Soul – “A Dream’s A Dream”
Jazzie B returns with his second influenced top twenty hit with his group Soul II Soul, which drops five places and out of the top ten.

13. Alannah Myles – “Black Velvet”
While with eleven weeks on the chart is former US chart topper Alannah Myles, who also leaves the top ten with a fall of five places.

12. Don Pablo’s Animals – “Venus”
Italian group Don Pablo’s Animals are the latest act to cover Shocking Blue’s 1969 tribute to the ‘goddess on a mountain top’ and have a great week as they join the B-52’s with a equally matched climb of eighteen places.

11. Michael Bolton – “How Can We Be Lovers?”
Michael Bolton is still advancing with his second UK chart hit, up three more places this week and heading for the top ten, where his last one ended up.

10. Mantronix – “Take Your Time”
Mantronix and Wondress go up one place this week and into the top ten for the second time this year with the follow up to “Got To Have Your Love”.

9. Beats International – “Won’t Talk About It”
Also up one this week are Beats International with their second top ten hit of this year and still doing much better than this song did twelve months ago.

8. Madonna – “Vogue”
Madonna is down two this week with her former four week chart topper, now in its eighth week on the chart and eighth week in the top ten.

7. Paula Abdul and The Wild Pair – “Opposites Attract”
Also down two this week is Paula Abdul with her biggest UK chart hit so far, which has been her fourth number one in America.

6. The Chimes – “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
The Chimes made a big entry on the top 40 last week, the highest in fact, with their cover over U2’s 1987 hit, which oddly peaked at No.6. Well, they go up ten places this week to now match that UK chart position!

5. En Vogue – “Hold On”
Moving up two places with their debut single are En Vogue and into the UK top five, looking to at least match the No.2 position this reached in America earlier this year.

4. New Kids On The Block – “Cover Girl”
There’s no movement from hereon in as New Kids On The Block stay the same for a second week with the latest track from their hit album, “Hangin’ Tough”.

3. The Adventures Of Stevie V – “Dirty Cash”
And that goes for Stevie V and the gang, who also go nowhere after they dropped back a place last week.

2. Kylie Minogue – “Better The Devil You Know”
Kylie Minogue also remains in second place this week for a second week with her brand new track that will probably be the first to feature on her next album, which, rumour has it, she’s started recording!

1. Adamski – “Killer”
Which means Adamski and Seal get a third week on top with his Adamski’s second single and Seal’s chart debut. Can they stay there for a fourth, or will Kylie, En Vogue or The Chimes make that leap to the top? There’s only one way to find out…

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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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