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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 27th May 1990

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 27th 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 21st to Saturday 26th 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 ten new entries, ten climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. D-Shake – “Yaaah”
We start with a new entry and a chart debut from D-Shake, who is known to his friends and family as Dutch producer Alex Cortiz, and who makes his first appearance on our top 40 today.

39. Paul Young – “Softly Whispering I Love You”
After two weeks doing noting just outside the top twenty, former highest climber Paul Young slides down eighteen places this week.

38. Roxette – “It Must Have Been Love”
Roxette are back in the UK top 40 after more than a year since their debut with “The Look” last April. This song was originally released in 1987 and is also featured on the ‘Pretty Woman’ soundtrack along with Natalie Cole’s recent hit, “Wild Women Do”.

37. The Family Stand – “Ghetto Heaven”
Another song falling eighteen places this week is The Family Stand’s debut, with a total of ten weeks on the UK singles chart.

36. Wilson Phillips – “Hold On”
Here comes another new entry and a chart debut from this North American trio who have already topped the US chart a few months ago with this, their debut single. Will they be able to replicate that success over here? We shall see…

35. The Mission – “Into The Blue”
The Mission are no strangers to the UK chart having notched up seven top 40 entry’s since 1986 and here comes the eighth, the third single to come from their current album, “Carved In Sand” and the follow up to “Deliverance” back in March.

34. Soul II Soul – “A Dream’s A Dream”
Jazzie B has two songs in the lower section of this week’s chart, The Family Stand and this, his own, which falls twenty places.

33. The Eurythmics – “Angel”
Also going down, but not so far are Dave and Annie, with their latest single dropping ten places this week.

32. Hothouse Flowers – “Give It Up”
And also taking a downward direction this week are Hothouse Flowers with only their second UK top 40 hit, two places lower than last week.

31. Gary Moore – “Still Got The Blues (For You)”
Bucking that trend is Gary Moore who was a new entry last week and goes up six places this week with the title track of his latest album.

30. Snap – “The Power”
Former chart toppers Snap leave the top twenty for the first time this week as they drop thirteen places, eleven weeks after they joined us just outside the top ten.

29. Heart – “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You”
Going down eleven places this week are Heart with their newest track, that has been their first UK top 40 hit for two years.

28. UB40 – “Kingston Town”
It’s become their biggest chart hit since “Sing Our Own Song” back in 1986, but UB40 are also down this week, thirteen places and out of the top twenty.

27. Movement 98 featuring Carroll Thompson – “Joy And Heartbreak”
Chart newcomers Movement 98 and singer Carroll Thompson go up five places this week with their equally collaborative debut single.

26. NWA – “Express Yourself”
NWA are a US hip hop trio who have been recording since 1987 but, up till now, have had little success. That all changes with this new entry, which is the third to come from their debut long player, “Straight Outta Compton”.

25. Jane Child – “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love”
The former US chart smash hit from Jane Child made its debut here last week and makes excellent progress this week with a climb of eleven places.

24. The Charlatans – “The Only One I Know”
More new music now, this time from British band The Charlatans, who formed in 1988 and released their debut single earlier this year, although without much success. The follow up does much better as they make their top 40 debut with this big new entry.

23. Sam Brown – “Kissing Gate”
Sam Brown has been on the top 40 three times now since January last year and her latest is up one more place this week.

22. Blackbox – “Everybody Everybody”
Blackbox make their third return to the UK chart this week with a new entry that follows “I Don’t Know Anybody Else” and last year’s biggest seller, “Ride On Time”.

21. Alannah Myles – “Black Velvet”
She’s been with us for ten weeks now, but former US chart topper Alannah Myles drops eight places and out of the top twenty this week with her UK top 40 debut.

20. Talk Talk – “It’s My Life”
Talk Talk have tried three times to get this song into the top 40 and last week they succeeded, so they will be delighted to learn that this week the song goes up fifteen places and into the top twenty!

19. Erasure – “Star”
Andy and Vince are back in the chart with the fourth single to come from last year’s chart topping album, “Wild!” and the follow up to their big top three hit, “Blue Savannah”.

18. Depeche Mode – “Policy Of Truth”
Vince’s former group Depeche Mode scored the third top twenty hit from their current album, “Violator“, last week but sadly drop back two places this week.

17. The B-52’s – “Roam”
One of last week’s joint high climbers saw The B-52’s make their second chart appearance of this year. This week they are up three places.

16. Mantronix – “Take Your Time”
Not such good news for Kurtis Mantronik or Wondress who go down six places, after just one week inside the top ten.

15. Betty Boo – “Doin’ The Do”
Nine months ago Betty Boo was the highest climber along with The Beatmasters with the song “Hey DJ…”, she replicates that with her second top 40 appearance this week as she powers up eighteen places with her first solo chart hit.

14. Paula Abdul and The Wild Pair – “Opposites Attract”
Paula Abdul leaves the top ten this week with a fall of seven places with her biggest UK chart hit so far.

13. Was Not Was – “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”
Last week’s highest new entry came from Was Not Was who go up twelve places this week and get their best chart position since “Walk The Dinosaur” back in 1987.

12. Chad Jackson – “Here The Drummer Get Wicked”
Mark Chadwick prefers to call himself ‘Chad Jackson’. He used that name to win the DMC Word Championship in 1987, but only released his debut single earlier this year. His follow up is a mash of samples including Soul II Soul and Kool and The Gang and it gets him a big new chart entry and debut this week.

11. Beats International – “Won’t Talk About It”
Norman Cook’s Beats International have recently scored their second top ten hit of 1990 as well as their number one, “Dub Be Good To Me”. Their follow up is down two this week and out.

10. Michael Bolton – “How Can We Be Lovers?”
After five weeks of climbing, Michael Bolton is back in the UK top ten for the second time this year as he goes up one place this week.

9. Madonna – “Vogue”
While Madonna goes down one place this week with her former four week chart topper, now in its ninth week on the chart, all of which have been spent in the top ten!

8. New Kids On The Block – “Cover Girl”
The New Kids have been frozen for the past two weeks inside the top five, but are so no longer, with a fall of four places, they’re out.

7. Don Pablo’s Animals – “Venus”
Venus” is back in the UK top ten for the first time in four years and more annoyingly, for Bananarama, one place higher than their version reached back in 1986, as Don Pablo, who was last week’s other joint highest clumber, moves up five this week.

6. The Chimes – “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
Going nowhere this week are The Chimes with their cover of U2’s 1987 hit, which stays put for a second week and also in the same position that the original attained three years ago,

5. En Vogue – “Hold On”
En Vogue are also moving nowhere this week with their debut single, which peaked at No.2 Stateside, earlier this year.

4. The Adventures Of Stevie V – “Dirty Cash”
Steve Vincent and his crew have had much better success with this song second time around, even if they drop one place this week, while still remaining in the top five.

3. Kylie Minogue – “Better The Devil You Know”
Also dropping one place is Kylie Minogue‘s latest smash after spending two weeks in second position, becoming her fifth UK release to peak at No.2 and her tenth top five placing out of ten singles released!

2. EnglandNewOrder – “World In Motion”
It’s World Cup time as the England football squad team up with New order for this year’s ‘call to arms’ and by doing so, they score this week’s highest new entry.

1. Adamski – “Killer”
Which means Adamski and Seal are still the best selling record in the UK for a fourth consecutive week and the fourth song this year to hold the top spot for that long. But can they make it a fifth, or will EnglandNewOrder or someone else topple them? 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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