Elton John 1990

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 15th July 1990

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 15th 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 9th to Saturday 14th 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 six new entries, thirteen climbers and one non-mover! And it was announced like this…

40. Big Fun and Sonia – “You’ve Got A Friend”
Big Fun and Sonia take a big tumble of twenty one places this week with their Childline single that just barely manages a fifth week in the top 40.

39. Bell Biv Devoe – “Poison”
Meanwhile, we welcome for the first time, Bell Biv Devoe, three former members of Bobby Brown’s old group, New Edition, who enter the UK chart with their debut single, which has already done top three in America. Will it do the same here…?

38. Jason Donovan – “Another Night”
Jason Donovan is down fifteen this week with the third single to come from his latest album, “Between The Lines”.

37. LFO – “LFO”
There’s a chart debut also this week for British band LFO with their self-titled debut single. LFO are Gez Varley and Mark Bell, who have been working together for two years and are now ready to show us what they can do.

36. Thunder – “Gimme Some Loving”
Thunder returned to the chart last week for a third time this year and are up two places this week.

35. Chad Jackson – “Here The Drummer Get Wicked”
Eight weeks on and Chad Jackson’s chart debut is still top 40 but going down eleven places in what is possibly his last for now.

34. The Rolling Stones – “Almost Here You Sigh”
Going down one this week are The Rolling Stones with the latest single to come from last year’s album, “Steel Wheels”.

33. Gun – “Shame On You”
Another band who released an album last year are Gun and who also made their debut last year. This is their second top 40 entry and it goes up two places this week.

32. Paul Young – “Oh Girl”
While Paul Young is up seven this week with his second chart entry of this year and the second single to come from his brand new album, “Other Voices”.

31. Dream Warriors – “Wash Your Face In My Sink”
There’s another new entry and a chart debut now for Canadian group the Dream Warriors, with their debut release which has yet to chart anywhere else in the world.

30. Bob Geldof – “Song Of Great Indifference”
Former Boomtown Rat Bob Geldof leaves the top twenty this week with a drop of thirteen places but his new album is out tomorrow!

29. Massivo featuring Tracy – “Loving You”
Massivo have finished their climbing with their debut effort that features singer Tracy Ackerman with a fall of four places this week.

28. Paula Abdul – “Knocked Out”
Paula Abdul is back, however, with a new entry and a song from her debut album last year that failed to make the UK top 40 when released then. Better luck this time around!

27. Inspiral Carpets – “She Comes In The Fall”
The Inspiral Carpets are up two this week with their second top 40 hit that comes from their debut album, that was released back in April and is now top ten.

26. Adamski – “Killer”
Adamski‘s former chart topper has finally left the top twenty, after fourteen weeks there, with a fall of eight this week.

25. Janet Jackson – “Alright”
Also leaving the upper half of the chart after just one week is Janet Jackson with her latest single from “Rhythm Nation 1814“, which is down five places.

24. Betty Boo – “Doin’ The Do”
As is Betty Boo, who does her ‘do’ eight places lower and out of the top twenty having spent the last eight weeks there.

23. Double Trouble – “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”
Double Trouble’s first two releases went to No.11 and No.3 respectively but their third falls two places this week and does not make the upper half of the chart. Could it be they need The Rebel MC after all?(!)

22. Maureen – “Thinking About You”
Maureen is down eight this week with her cover of Sister Sledge’s 1983 hit, that is also her very first single.

21. Diana Ross – “I’m Still Waiting ’90”
Last week’s highest climber from Diana Ross is up one place this week, her first chart hit of her third decade in music.

20. MC Tunes vs 808 State – “The Only Rhyme That Bites”
The first of the MC’s this week clings on to the top twenty with 808 State in tow and are down eight places.

19. Poison – “Unskinny Bop”
Poison are also down, four places for them with their third UK top twenty hit, which hasn’t beaten their best so far, “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”.

18. River City People – “California Dreaming”
River City People have a great week with a climb of nine places with their Mamas and Papas cover version that now gives them their first top twenty success!

17. Blue Pearl – “Naked In The Rain”
Blue Pearl are another group who are celebrating their first top twenty hit and are celebrating even more, as they are this weeks highest climber of seventeen places!

16. Wilson Phillips – “Hold On”
The former US chart topping debut from the three ladies known as Wilson Phillips is down five here this week and the girls have already followed that with a second number one, which will be the next single out here very soon!

15. Technotronic – “Rockin’ Over The Beat”
Technotronic score their fourth UK top twenty hit this week with a climb of eleven places, the only country where they have done better is Australia where they can boast of two number one’s to date!

14. Madonna – “Hanky Panky”
Madonna is back with a big new entry and the second new track to come from the soundtrack to her film, ‘Dick Tracy’ and, of course, the follow up to her big chart topper, “Vogue“.

13. The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid – “I’m Free”
The Rolling Stones may be down this week but one of their earlier hits, which has been refreshed by newcomers the Soup Dragons, is enjoying a renaissance with a big climb of fifteen places this week.

12. Glenn Medeiros and Bobby Brown – “She Ain’t Worth it”
Bobby Brown has just one song in the chart this week and it’s his pairing with Glenn Medeiros, which is up just one place.

11. Maxi Priest – “Close To You”
Maxi Priest leaves the top ten this week with a drop of two places with a song that is currently number one across the Atlantic!

10. EnglandNewOrder – “World In Motion”
The England football team are on their way home but still remain top ten this week along with New Order, two places lower than before and in their eighth week.

9. Snap – “Oops Up”
Snap, however, go back up! “Oops Up” IS up one place, taking advantage of the dying football fever now it’s all over!

8. The Stones Roses – “One Love”
Not such good news for last week’s highest new entry from The Stone Roses, which falls four places. This is a new track too that is their first new music since their debut album which came out last year.

7. MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This”
Hammer time now. MC Hammer drops back one place this week having peaked much higher over here than this song did in The States back in March.

6. Roxette – “It Must Have Been Love”
Roxette also fall one place this week and out of the top five with their biggest hit yet. Not bad for a now three year old song!

5. FAB featuring MC Parker – “Thunderbirds Are Go”
MC Parker is the highest of the MC’s on this weeks chart as he say FAB along with International Rescue moving up two places and into the top five.

4. Partners In Kryme – “Turtle Power”
Moving on from one childrens show to another, there’s a live action film of the cartoon Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles coming out soon and it has it’s own theme song to go with it courtesy of US rap duo Partners In Kryme and they get off to a great start as they are this weeks highest new entry.

3. Luciano Pavarotti – “Nessun Dorma”
Having spent three weeks in second place, opera star Luciano Pavarotti drops back one place with his recording or Puccini’s ‘Turadot’ number.

2. Craig McLachlan and Check 1-2 – “Mona”
Taking his place is Ramsay Street’s latest star to have a big UK chart hit. Henry Ramsay himself and his group move up one place. Can they do the same next week??

1. Elton John – “Sacrifice”
But holding on to the top spot for a fifth week, the longest chart topper since Blackbox’s “Ride On Time” last September, is Elton John with his biggest hit since 1976. But can he do a Blackbox and make it a sixth, or will Craig and Check 1-2 or the Partners In Kryme topple him? 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!