Elton John 1990

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 8th July 1990

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 8th July 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 2nd to Saturday 7th July 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 three non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Bruce Dickinson – “All The Young Dudes”
Iron Maiden Bruce Dickinson’s second solo chart outing ends here this week, with a drop of fourteen places.

39. Paul Young – “Oh Girl”
Meantime, Paul Young is back with a new entry and the follow up to “Softly Whispering I Love You”, both of which come from his new album, “Other Voices”.

38. Thunder – “Gimme Some Lovin'”
Also back are rock group Thunder, with their third consecutive top 40 entry and the fourth track to be lifted from their debut album, “Back Street Symphony”

37. Yazz – “Treat Me Good”
Yazz is down thirteen this week with her big comeback single. Expect a new album from her later in the year, the follow up to her debut, which has now sold over 600,000 copies!

36. Bobby Brown – “The Freestyle Megamix”
The only act with two songs on this weeks chart is still Bobby Brown. His own megamix of hits is down fourteen places, while his pairing with Glenn Medeiros will be up a little later.

35. Gun – “Shame On You”
Gun make a second appearance on the UK top 40 this week with this new entry, the fifth single to come from their debut album, “Taking On The World”, but only their second showing since their debut, “Better Days”, last June.

34. Blue Pearl – “Naked In The Rain”
Here’s a new entry and a chart debut for British dance act Blue Pearl, who are fronted by singer Durga McBroom and backed up with producer Martin Glover, better known as Youth.

33. The Rolling Stones – “Almost Hear You Sigh”
The Stones’ are down two places this week with the second top 40 hit to come from their current album, “Steel Wheels”.

32. James – “Come Home”
Another British band James, are one place higher but going nowhere, as they get a non mover this week with their second top 40 hit ever.

31. The Charlatans – “The Only One I Know”
While another British band pile on top of them in the shape of The Charlatans with their chart debut, which is down eleven places.

30. New Kids On The Block – “Step By Step”
The New Kids are down seven this week with the first single to come from their new, third album of the same name.

29. The Inspiral Carpets – “Show Comes In The Fall”
The Inspiral Carpets are up one this week with their second top 40 hit, now in it’s third week on the chart.

28. The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid – “I’m Free”
The Soup Dragons are a Scottish band that formed in 1985 and have released a number of singles and three albums, none of which have done much at all. But cover an old Rolling Stones 1965 hit and guess what, they get their very first top 40 new entry!

27. River City People – “California Dreaming”
River City People made their chart debut last week after a number of false starts, also with a cover version, and find themselves going up eight places this week.

26. Technotronic – “Rockin’ Over The Beat”
Coming back for a fourth time are Technotronic with a new entry and the follow up to “This Beat Is…” back in April, which gives them four UK top 40 hits in ten months!

25. Massivo featuring Tracy – “Loving You”
Massivo and singer Tracy Ackerman go up two more places this week with their first chart hit, now in its fourth week.

24. Chad Jackson – “Here The Drummer Get Wicked”
Chad Jackson takes a tumble of ten places this week and out of the top twenty for the very first time for his debut single.

23. Jason Donovan – “Another Night”
Also leaving the top twenty is Jason Donovan, down five places, with what becomes his first single not to make the UK top ten!

22. Diana Ross – “I’m Still Waiting”
Diana Ross returned her 1971 hit to the chart last week thanks to a new mix from Phill Chill and by moving up eleven places, she becomes this week’s highest climber.

21. Double Trouble – “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”
Double Trouble edge closer to the top twenty, where their last two releases ended up, with a climb of four this week.

20. Janet Jackson – “Alright”
Janet Jackson takes the fifth single from her current album “Rhythm Nation 1814” up nine this week and into the top twenty, the third single from the album to do so.

19. Big Fun and Sonia – “You’ve Got A Friend”
The Childline single from Big Fun and Sonia is down three places this week, but stays in the top twenty for a fourth week.

18. Adamski – “Killer”
Going the other way, quite amazingly, are Adamski and Seal with their former chart topper, which actually goes back up two places this week!

17. Bob Geldof – “Great Song Of Indifference”
Not such good news for Bob Geldof who goes down two places with his first solo hit single for a number of years and the lead single from his new album called “The Vegetarians Of Love”.

16. Betty Boo – “Doin’ The Do”
Betty Boo continues to ‘do’ the do, eight weeks on and still in the top twenty, and also down three places this week.

15. Poison – “Unskinny Bop”
Poison continue to climb the chart, up two places this week, now one shy of “Your Mama Don’t Dance” and two short of their highest UK hit to date, “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”.

14. Maureen – “Thinking Of You”
Maureen has been making good progress for four weeks with her debut single, a cover of the Sister Sledge hit, but alas, she goes back three places this week.

13. Glenn Medeiros and Bobby Brown – “She Ain’t Worth It”
Here’s Bobby again along with Glenn Medeiros, who were last week’s highest climber and both go up eight this week into the top twenty. It’s Bobby’s second in just three weeks and Glenn’s second ever in two years!

12. MC Tunes vs 808 State – “The Only Rhyme That Bites”
The lowest of the three MC’s on the chart this week is MC Tunes who with 808 State leave the top ten after just one week, with a fall of two places.

11. Wilson Phillips – “Hold On”
Wilson Phillips’ former US chart topper is also out of the UK top ten this week, down three places for the trio who have just released their self-titled debut album here.

10. Snap – “Oops Up”
Snap are down five places this week with their sampled version of The Gap Band’s classic tune, which did go one place higher than that achieved here!

9. Maxi Priest – “Close To You”
Also going down is Maxi Priest, two places for him with only his second UK top ten hit, which is currently top five in America.

8. EnglandNewOrder – “World In Motion”
With football fever ebbing away, the official anthem and former number one from the England squad and New Order drops two places this week.

7. FAB featuring MC Parker – “Thunderbirds Are Go”
Last week’s highest new entry came from Lady Penelope’s butler, now a bonafide MC himself, and he take the Thurderbirds theme into the top ten with a climb of five this week.

6. MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This”
MC number two coming up, America’s MC Hammer is up three places this week, now two higher that this song reached Stateside a couple of months ago.

5. Roxette – “It Must Have Been Love”
After two weeks in the top three, Roxette are down two places this week with their biggest hit yet that comes from the soundtrack to ‘Pretty Woman’.

4. The Stone Roses – “One Love”
The Stone Roses are back and bag this weeks highest new entry with a brand new track that doesn’t feature on their debut album, from which their three top 40 hits come from.

3. Craig McLachlan and Check 1-2 – “Mona”
There are just two Neighbours left on the chart this week and Henry is the best seller of all, Craig McLachlan and his band are up one more places this week and into the top three.

2. Luciano Pavarotti – “Nessun Dorma”
England may be out of the World Cup, but Luciano Pavarotti’s pitch anthem is still going strong, even if it holds on to second place for a third week.

1. Elton John – “Sacrifice”
Which means for a fourth week, Elton John holds on to the top spot with his biggest hit now for fourteen years. Can he make it a fifth or can Craig McLachlan and The Stones Roses both claim their first UK chart topper? 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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