Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 19th 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 13th to Saturday 18th 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 eight new entries, twelve climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. Wet Wet Wet – “Stay With Me Heartache”
The Wets are down ten this week with their latest single to come from last year’s “Holding Back The River” album.
39. Whitesnake – “Now You’re Gone”
British rockers Whitesnake are back with a new entry, their second of this year, with the follow up to “The Deeper The Love” back in March.
38. Aswad – “Next To You”
There are a number of chart comebacks this week and they begin with Aswad with a new entry, their first top 40 hit since “On And On” last July. The song is the first to come from a new album they are releasing next month.
37. Sonia – “End Of The World”
Making her third appearance this year is Sonia, who we last saw with Big Fun a couple of months ago. This time she’s back on her own with a cover of Skeeter Davis’ 1962 release, which went top twenty back then, so Sonia will be hoping to at least better that this time.
36. Wilson Phillips – “Release Me”
Wilson Phillips followed up their top ten debut last week with this track, which has already given them a second US number one. Over here, it’s up just three places this week.
35. River City People – “California Dreaming”
Going down fifteen this week are the River City People with their first chart hit, which has been with us for eight weeks now and has meant that the Mamas and Papas classic has been in the UK chart in three consecutive decades now.
34. The Steve Miller Band – “The Joker”
This chart comeback has been eight years in the making, but the song is actually a re-entry for Steve Miller Band, who originally released this back in 1973. Thanks to the current Levi jeans commercial, it’s back and puts the group back in the UK chart for the first time since 1982.
33. Bell Biv Devoe – “Poison”
Going down twelve this week are Bell Biv Devoe with their debut single, which has been around for seven weeks now.
32. Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”
Making their chart debut just above them are this three-piece group, Deee-Lite, who have been performing together for four years but have only recently started to put what’s in their heart, into practice! It;s resulted in this new entry for them this week.
31. Tina Turner – “Look Me In The Heart” Tina Turner returned last week with the fourth single from her massively successful album, “Foreign Affair”. She’s up three places with it this week.
30. Hothouse Flowers – “I Can See Clearly Now”
Hothouse Flowers got their highest chart hit last week in two years, but come down again, seven places, seven days on.
29. The Human League – “Heart Like A Wheel”
The Human League returned to the chart last week for the first time in four years with this new track from a brand new album they have out soon. This wee k they go up nine places and are one of two joint high climbers.
28. Primal Scream – “Come Together”
Meanwhile, last weeks highest new entry from Primal Scream hasn’t done very well as it’s actually down two places!
27. Prince – “Thieves In The Temple”
Prince’s latest and newest single is from a new album that’s out tomorrow. It leaves both the top ten and the top twenty this week, down seventeen places.
26. LFO – “LFO”
Down ten this week are LFO with their self-titled debut single which leaves the top twenty after four weeks.
25. Technotronic – “Rockin’ Over The Beat”
Technotronic are also down ten this week with their fourth UK chart hit, twelve months on since “Pump Up The Jam” made its debut here.
24. Elton John – “Sacrifice”
Elton John is out of the top twenty for the first time in eleven weeks as he falls thirteen places with his former five week chart topper.
23. Lindy Layton – “Silly Games”
Someone else who’s had a chart topper this year is Lindy Layton as part of Beats International. last week she came back to the chart on her own with this cover, which is up six places.
22. Mariah Carey – “Vision Of Love”
US singer Mariah Carey debuted here last week, two months after she took this song to the top of the chart there. This week, here, she’s up five places.
21. Craig McLachlan and Check 1-2 – “Amanda”
Sadly, Craig McLachlan doesn’t look like he will follow his debut, “Mona“, into the top ten as he drops back two places this week and out of the top half of the chart.
20. Tricky Disco – “Tricky Disco”
Here comes the other self-titled song on this weeks chart for Tricky Disco, also going down, six places for them.
19. Madonna – “Hanky Panky”
While Madonna slides eleven places and out of the top ten with her latest offering from the ‘Dick Tracy’ film soundtrack.
18. Go West – “King Of Wishful Thinking” Go West are back in the top twenty for the first time in five years. Their latest and now the only track left on the top 40 from the ‘Pretty Woman’ soundtrack is up six places this week.
17. Cliff Richard – “Silhouettes”
Cliff Richard is back with a big new entry this week with a brand new song that’s also recorded live and will feature on a new live album her has coming out later this year.
16. The KLF – “What Time Is Love?”
This weeks other joint highest climber of nine places comes from The KLF, with their first chart hit under their correct name, but their second top twenty hit overall.
15. Sting – “Englishman In New York”
Sting is also up, three places for him, with the remixed version of his 1988 single that continues to outperform the original week on week.
14. Jive Bunny – “Can Can You Party” Jive Bunny is also back in the charts with this new entry, ‘his’ fifth overall and ‘his’ follow up to “That Sounds Good To Me” back in March. Incidentally, this is also the first not to go straight into the top ten since “Swing The Mood” last July.
13. Jon Bon Jovi – “Blaze Of Glory”
Jon Bon Jovi’s debut solo single from the film ‘Young Guns 2’ makes no move whatsoever this week, as he stays completely still in the same place for a second week.
12. Together – “Hardcoar Uproar”
And that also goes for Together, who are a non-mover for a second week with their debut single.
11. Deacon Blue – “Four Bacharach And David Songs” EP
Here’s a big chart comeback this week for Deacon Blue with a collection of Burt Bacharach and Hal David classics, lead by “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”, which gives them a big chart entry and their first of this new decade.
10. Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid – “I’m Free”
The Soup Dragons are still top ten for a fifth week, but drop three places, with their ‘updated’ version of the Rolling Stones 1965 hit.
9. Betty Boo – “Where Are You Baby?”
Last week’s highest climber from Betty Boo is up eight places this week, which puts her back in the top ten for a second time out of two singles released and a third if you count The Beatmasters song which she debuted on last year.
8. George Michael – “Praying For Time”
In a week of comebacks, the biggest and highest comes from George Michael with this brand new track, his first chart entry since “Kissing A Fool” back in 1988 and the first taste of his new album, that’s out this Autumn, the follow up to his multi-Platinum debut, “Faith”.
7. MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This”
MC Hammer has been going up and down in the top ten for eight weeks now with his debut single. It’s down two this week and seems to be kicking around much longer here than it did Stateside back in March.
6. Roxette – “Listen To Your Heart”
Both Roxette and Craig McLachlan have only one song left in the top 40 this week, Craig’s gone down but Roxette are up three places with their third UK top ten hit in twelve months.
5. Blue Pearl – “Naked In The Rain”
Having been a non-mover for two weeks, Blue Pearl slip back once place this week, but remain in the top five for a third week.
4. New Kids On The Block – “Tonight” The New Kids latest release continues to do well here as it’s on the climb for third week, moving up two places and into the top five, their fifth UK single to do so.
3. Partners In Kryme – “Turtle Power”
It’s all change at the top this week as the turtles are no longer in power! Partners In Kryme drop two places having been at number one for the last four weeks.
2. DNA and Suzanne Vega – “Tom’s Diner”
While there’s change all around, DNA stay totally still for a third week in a row with their reproduction of Suzanne Vega’s track from her 1987 album, “Solitude Standing”.
1. Bombalurina – “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”
So we have a new number one and it’s that kids TV presenter Timmy Mallett who takes Brian Hyland’s 1960 US chart topper, finally to the top of the UK chart, 30 years after it reached No.8 here and nabs his first chart topper with his debut release! But can he stay there for a second week or will New Kids On The Block continue their ascent and bag a third chart topper? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!