Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 12th August 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 6th to Saturday 11th August 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, fifteen climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. Lenny Kravitz – “Let Love Rule”
American singer Lenny Kravitz made his UK chart debut last week with this song, but seven days on, it drops one place.
39. Wilson Phillips – “Release Me”
Back on the UK chart for a second time are Wilson Phillps, who follow up their recent top ten hit with their second single, which has already topped the US chart. How far will they go here…?
38. The Human League – “Heart Like A Wheel”
Making their chart comeback are the Human League for the first time this decade and the first time since “Human” back in 1986. The song is the first to come from a new album they are releasing at the end of this month.
37. Tongue’N’Cheek – “Nobody”
Tongue’N’Cheek made a second return to the chart last week with the follow up to “Tomorrow” and unlike Lenny Kravitz, go up one place this week.
36. The Jungle Brothers – “Doin’ Our Own Dang”
While after three weeks, The Jungle Brothers take a tumble of three places with their second release of this year.
35. UB40 – “Wear You To The Ball”
UB40 have had two top ten hits from their current album, “Labour Of Love II”, the third single from the album came in last week and goes up one place seven days on.
34. Tina Turner – “Look Me In The Heart” Tina Turner‘s most recent album, “Foreign Affair”, is now double Platinum certified and contains three UK chart hits. Here comes the fourth, which is a new entry this week.
33. Craig McLachlan and Check 1-2 – “Mona”
Henry has been the only ‘Neighbour’ left on the UK chart for the past few weeks with his debut single and with two still on the chart, his biggest, so far, is down a hefty twenty places this week.
32. Duran Duran – “Violence of Summer”
Also taking a tumble are Duran Duran with their brand new track, which entered the top twenty last week and slides twelve places, after just three weeks on the chart!
31. Snap – “Oops Up”
Meanwhile, Snap fall just nine this week with the follow up to their chart topping debut. And it probably won’t be too long before the next one arrives…!
30. Wet Wet Wet – “Stay With Me Heartache”
The fourth single from Wet Wet Wet’s most recent album is up seven places this week to give them four top 30 hits from the album.
29. Lindy Layton – “Silly Games”
Beats International singer Lindy Layton has already topped the chart this year now she’s back with her first solo single, which is a cover of Janet Kay’s 1979 No.2, who also features on this new version.
28. Roxette – “It Must Have Been Love” Roxette are still the only other act to have two songs in the top 40. Their biggest UK chart hit and also one of two songs from the film ‘Pretty Woman’ is down ten places this week.
27. Mariah Carey – “Vision Of Love”
20 year old US singer Mariah Carey released this, her debut single, Stateside two months ago and it went to number one. Now she’s debuting here in the UK and will want to replicate that success on both sides of the Atlantic. Let’s see what happens in the new few weeks…
26. Primal Scream – “Come Together”
Primal Scream are back for a second time this year with the follow up to “Loaded” and the second taster of a new album they are currently recording. They are also this week’s highest new entry!
25. The KLF – “What Time Is Love?”
The KLF ‘returned’ to the chart last week in their correct guise, two years after they had reached the very top. This week, that ‘follow up’ climbs nine places.
24. Go West – “King Of Wishful Thinking”
The second ‘Pretty Woman’ feature song comes from Go West who made a chart return last week after more than four years and can feel pleased with a big climb of sixteen places this week.
23. Hothouse Flowers – “I Can See Clearly Now”
Hothouse Flowers keep moving upwards, their second chart entry of this year has now surpassed their previous offering and is up six more places this week.
22. Dream Warriors – “Wash Your Face In My Sink”
The Dream Warriors are out of the top twenty, after two weeks as a non-mover, they go down six places with their UK top 40 debut.
21. Bell Biv Devoe – “Poison”
As do Bell Biv Devoe, who drop two places with their debut single, which went top three in America earlier this year.
20. River City People – “California Dreaming”
The River City People are still top twenty with their version of the Mamas and Papas 1968 hit, which is also their first top 40 success and falls six places this week.
19. Craig McLachlan and Check 1-2 – “Amanda”
Craig and his band are back again for their second serving, which enters the top twenty this week with a climb of four places.
18. Sting – “Englishman In New York”
Sting returned to the chart for the first time in five years last week with this song, that was originally released in 1988. Thanks to a Ben Liebrand remix, he brought it into the top 40 and goes up eight places seven days later.
17. Betty Boo – “Where Are You Baby?”
Also new last week was Betty Boo with the follow up to her debut top ten solo hit “Doin’ The Do”. That song and her previous entry with the Beatmasters were both the highest climber in their second week on the chart and Betty continues that tradition this week with a hattrick as she goes up eighteen places and back into the top twenty.
16. LFO – “LFO”
One of two self-titled singles on this weeks chart comes from LFO who have been around for five weeks now, but go down three places this week.
15. Technotronic – “Rockin’ Over The Beat”
Technotronic are down five places and out of the top ten this week with their fourth chart hit and third to make the big ten.
14. Tricky Disco – “Tricky Disco”
The other self-titled song on the chart this week goes the other way to LFO as Tricky Disco climb one place with their introductory offer.
13. Jon Bon Jovi – “Blaze Of Glory”
Jon Bon Jovi, naked of his usually band, entered the chart last week with this song that comes from the soundtrack of ‘Young Guns 2’ and he isn’t doing too bad alone as he climbs eleven places.
12. Together – “Hardcore Uproar”
Together are still moving on up with their debut single, which is five places higher than it was this time last week.
11. Elton John – “Sacrifice”
After nine weeks in the top ten and five of those at number one, Elton John is out as he falls two places with his biggest seller since “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” back in 1976.
10. Prince – “Thieves In The Temple”
Prince drops three places this week with his brand new tune. His new album, “Graffiti Bridge, is out next week, however.
9. Roxette – “Listen To Your Heart”
Last week’s highest new entry from Roxette, their second song on the chart, is up twelve places and it puts the back in the top ten after an absence of two weeks.
8. Madonna – “Hanky Panky”
After a big fall from second place last week, Madonna drops two this week, with her second new song from the ‘Dick Tracey’ soundtrack.
7. Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid – “I’m Free”
Time though has run out for the Soup Dragons with their Rolling Stones cover, which falls two places this week and out of the top five.
6. New Kids On The Block – “Tonight”
While New Kids On The Block continue to climb the chart with the second single from their current album, “Step By Step”, which is up two places.
5. MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This”
MC Hammer is now the only MC on the chart and after climbing into the top three last week, he falls back two places. But based on the last six weeks, he could go back up again next week…
4. Blue Pearl – “Naked In The Rain”
Remaining in the top five and not moving an inch are Blue Pearl with their debut single, which is currently number one on the dance chart.
3. Bombalurina – “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”
Kids TV presenter Timmy Mallett was last week’s highest climber with his Brian Hyland cover and take a climb of eight this week, into the top three, which now means this song has charted higher than the original did in 1960.
2. DNA and Suzanne Vega – “Tom’s Diner”
Holding on for a second week in second place are DNA with their reproduced Suzanne Vega song, eight years after it was first written and three years from when it was first released.
1. Partners In Kryme – “Turtle Power”
Which means there is no change at the top for a fourth week as those teenage mutant ninja turtles continue to dominate with turtle ‘power’ at the very top. But will they make it a fifth week, or can Bombalurina, New Kids On The Block or someone else stop them? There’ only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!