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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 29th July 1990

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 29th 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 23rd to Saturday 28th 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 nine new entries, twelve climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Hothouse Flowers – “I Can See Clearly Now”
Hothouse flowers are back for a second time this year with the follow up to “Give It Up” and the second track to come from their new album, “Home”.

39. Paul Young – “Oh Girl”
Paul Young also has a new album out and this is also the second single from that album, which unfortunately slides fourteen places this week.

38. Diana Ross – “I’m Still Standing ’90”
Taking a much bigger fall is Diana Ross with the new remix of her 1971 chart topper, which is down sixteen places.

37. Poison – “Unskinny Bop”
Poison are down thirteen places with their first UK chart hit of the 1990’s and the lead single from their third studio album.

36. Craig McLachlan and Check 1-2 – “Amanda”
Not content with having a song in the top ten, Craig ‘Henry Ramsay’ McLachlan is really going for it with this new entry, the follow up to “Mona” and another girls name titled track!

35. The Jungle Brothers – “Doin’ Our Own Dang”
The Jungle Brothers were new to the chart last week with their second single of 1990, which is up five places seven days on.

34. Wilson Phillips – “Hold On”
Former US chart toppers Wilson Phillips have been with us for eleven weeks now but take a tumble of fourteen places, perhaps in readiness for their follow up, which has already been number one across the Atlantic!

33. Sinaed O’Connor – “The Emperor’s New Clothes”
This years biggest selling single artist, Sinaed O’Connor, came back last week with the follow up to her four week chart topper but fails to replicate that as it reverses two places.

32. Paula Abdul – “Knocked Out”
Also going down is Paula Abdul with the follow up to her top three hit from April, which misses the top twenty and goes down eleven places this week.

31. Maxi Priest – “Close To You”
Another US chart topping artist in this part of the chart is our own Maxi Priest, who falls sixteen places and leaves the top twenty after seven weeks in the upper half of the chart.

30. Luciano Pavarotti – “Nessun Dorma”
Pavarotti’s unofficial football anthem for this year’s World Cup continues to slide heavily, leaving the top twenty with a fall of thirteen this week.

29. ZZ Top – “Doubleback”
Going the other way are ZZ Top with their first UK chart hit for four years, which is up five places, their highest placing since “Rough Boy” in 1986.

28. EnglandNewOrder – “World In Motion”
The England football team’s official anthem and a former number one, is also out of the top twenty this week, down ten places.

27. Bananarama – “Only Your Love”
Bananarama made a chart return last week with a brand new record, the first to come from a new album they are recording and it’s up six places this week.

26. Phil Collins – “That’s Just The Way it Is”
Phil Collins’ most recent album, “…But Seriously”, is now quad Platinum certified here and already features three top twenty hits, could this new entry become the fourth next week?

25. Bombalurina – “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”
KIds TV presenter Timmy Mallet makes his debut on the UK singles chart next under his new guise as ‘Bombalurina‘ and covers Brian Hyland’s 1960 US number one and UK top ten hit for his first offering. Let’s see if he can take this new version any higher than No.8, thirty years ago…

24. Together – “Hardcore Uproar”
There’s another new entry and a chart debut next for UK electro group Together with their debut single make a very fine debut just one week on from its release.

23. Duran Duran – “Violence of Summer”
And we continue the run of new entry’s with the return of Duran Duran to the chart for the first time this decade with a brand new song that serves as the lead single from their forthcoming sixth studio album.

22. Tricky Disco – “Tricky Disco”
One of two songs with the same name as the group on this weeks chart is also one of this week’s joint highest climbers of ten places, the first is from Tricky Disco with their debut single.

21. Little Angels – “She’s A Little Angel”
Little Angels made their UK top 40 debut earlier this year with “Radical Your Lover”, well, here comes the follow up and it’s entered much higher than its predecessor peaked at back in April.

20. Bell Biv Devoe – “Poison”
The former members of New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe, are in the UK top 20 now with their debut single, which is up nine places this week.

19. The Stone Roses – “One Love”
While The Stone Roses go down five with their latest and newest single track following up from their debut album that was released last year.

18. Glenn Medeiros and Bobby Brown – “She Ain’t Worth It”
Bobby Brown’s former band mates are now top 20 while he remains so with Glenn Medeiros, but after two weeks as a non-mover, they both go down six places.

17. New Kids On The Block – “Tonight”
New Kids On The Block are back AGAIN with another new single, the follow up to “Step By Step” and another new track from their album of the same name.

16. Dream Warriors – “Wash Your Face In My Sink”
The Dream Warriors are up again this week, three more places with their chart debut, which has, so far, only caught on here in the UK!

15. Snap – “Oops Up”
Snap are down four this week with their cover of The Gap Band’s 1979 classic that’s been a top ten success in over twenty counties for them.

14. LFO – “LFO”
The other self-titled song moves into the top twenty this week for LFO as they go up nine places with their first UK chart hit, which was also last week’s highest climber.

13. River City People – “California Dreaming”
It’s been a good wee for the River City People with their version of the Mama’s and Pap’s classic, which is up three places this week.

12. FAB featuring MC Parker – “Thunderbirds Are Go”
There are just two MC’s left on the chart after MC Rhymes has now gone and one of the remaining two is out of the top ten, down six places for Butler Parker and his Gerry Anderson TV programme mix of tunes.

11. Prince – “Thieves In The Temple”
Prince is back on the chart with a brand new song, the follow up to his Batman soundtrack last year and the first to come from a new studio album he has coming out later next month and this is the highest new entry of all this week!

10. Roxette – “It Must Have Been Love”
Eight weeks on and Roxette are still top ten with their offering to the film ‘Pretty Woman’, which is down three places, but far, their biggest UK hit to date.

9. Technotronic – “Rockin’ Over The Beat”
Technotronic have also had two UK top ten hits so far and this is became their third last week, when it climbed into the big ten. Alas, it goes nowhere at all this week, staying totally motionless for a second week.

8. Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid – “I’m Free”
The Soup Dragons continue to take their Rolling Stones cover debut single up ever higher, two more places for them this week.

7. Craig McLachlan and Check 1-2 – “Mona”
Henry’s back for a second time this week. He and Check 1-2 had a new entry earlier and this is their second and biggest hit so far, which is down four places.

6. Blue Pearl – “Naked In The Rain”
It’s been another hot Summer again so far but Blue Pearl still dream of some rain and also the prospect of dancing naked in it! They continue to hope two places higher than last week…

5. MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This”
MC Hammer went top five last week with his UK chart debut and that’s where he stays, at the bottom of this part of the chart, still out performing this song’s US run earlier this year.

4. Elton John – “Sacrifice”
Now the year’s second biggest seller and still refusing to drop by any major steps, Elton John stays top five with a fall of two places with his former five week chart topper.

3. DNA featuring Suzanne Vega – “Tom’s Diner”
DNA’s remix of Suzanne Vega’s 1987 single was last week’s highest new entry and a climb of ten this week makes it the other joint highest mover on this weeks chart.

2. Madonna – “Hanky Panky”
Madonna‘s has a good week, moving into second place with the second single from the ‘Dick Tracy‘ soundtrack, up two places. Can she bag a second number one from the film next week??

1. Partners In Kryme – “Turtle Power”
Not this week, however, as the Partners In Kryme and their reptilian pals stay top for a second week with the title song from the ‘mutant’ film of the same name. But can they keep hold for a third week or will Madonna, DNA and Suzanne Vega or someone else put an end to T.U.R.T.L.E. power? 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!