Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 26th 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 20th to Saturday 25th 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 five new entries, fifteen climbers and one non-mover! And it was announced like this…
40. The Farm – “Groovy Train”
British band The Farm have been recording since 1983 but have yet to achieve a top 40 hit. The 90’s appear to be much kinder than the 80’s, as the band get their first new entry ever with the first track to come from their forthcoming second album.
39. Talk Talk – “Life’s What You Make It”
Talk Talk registered their highest chart position yet with their 1983 single “It’s My Life” a few months ago, so they thought they would try with their other top 40 hit next! “Life’s What You Make It” was released in 1985 and previously made it to No.16, so let’s see how far this one goes…
38. Elton John – “Sacrifice”
Thirteen weeks on and former chart topper Elton John is down fourteen places in what looks like his last week on the top 40 with this second release for the song.
37. Wilson Phillips – “Release Me”
No top ten follow up hit for Wilson Phillips as their second US chart topper drops back one place over here this week.
36. Technotronic – “Rockin’ Over The Beat”
And Technotronic go down eleven places this week with their fourth UK chart hit, twelve months on from their debut.
35. LFO – “LFO”
There are still two self-titled, debut hits on the chart this week. LFO’s is down nine places, eight weeks since they joined us.
34. Loose Ends – “Don’t Be A Fool”
There’s a new entry and a chart comeback next for Loose Ends with a brand new track and his first UK top 40 entry since “Slow Down” back in 1986.
33. Tina Turner – “Look Me In The Heart” Tina Turner is down two places with her fourth single from the “Foreign Affair” album and rumour has it that she’s recording with Rod Stewart at present for release later in the year!
32. Craig McLachlan and Check 1-2 – “Amanda”
Having spent half the amount of time on the chart with this follow up that their debut single, “Mona“, Craig and Check 1-2 are down eleven places this week.
31. Whitesnake – “Now You’re Gone”
While veteran rockers Whitesnake returned to the chart last week with this brand new song, that’s up eight places seven days on.
30. The Human League – “Heart Like A Wheel”
The Human League were one of last week’s joint highest climbers, but seven days on, they slip back one place with their brand new single!
29. Anthrax – “In My World”
US heavy metal band Anthrax are back with another new entry from their current album, “Persistence Of Time”, their fifth release since their debut back in 1983.
28. Tricky Disco – “Tricky Disco”
So the other self-titled debut single is also down this week, Tricky Disco leave the upper half of the chart with a fall of eight places.
27. Primal Scream – “Come Together”
Primal Scream were the highest new entry two weeks ago, they went down last week but bounce back up one place on this weeks chart!
26. Madonna – “Hanky Panky”
While Madonna slaps and spanks her way down seven places with the follow up to April’s four week chart topper, “Vogue“.
25. Aswad – “Next To You”
Chart returnees Aswad got their first new entry of the 1990’s last week and make a respectable climb of thirteen places this week.
24. Sonia – “End Of The World”
As does Sonia, with her version of Skeeter Davis’ 1962 US No.2 hit, the fifth single to come from her debut album and she is also up thirteen places.
22. Lindy Layton – “Silly Games”
Keeping on the subject of cover versions, Lindy Layton‘s first solo release is up one place this week, which features the lady who sang the original, Janet Kay.
21. Sting – “Englishman In New York”
Not such good news for Sting, who is down six places with the remixed version of his 1988 single that never reached the top 40, but has still done far better this time around.
20. Go West – “King Of Wishful Thinking”
Last week Go West made a return to the top twenty for the first time in five years. They’re still here, but down two places with their contribution to the ‘Pretty Woman’ soundtrack.
19. Together – “Hardcore Uproar”
And down too for Together after two weeks as a non-mover with their first chart hit, which slides seven places.
18. Jon Bon Jovi – “Blaze Of Glory”
Keeping with the sliders, Jon Bon Jovi’s debut solo release was also a non-mover last week and he drops just five places with the main song from the film, ‘Young Guns 2’.
17. Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid – “I’m Free”
Dropping seven places out of the top ten are the Soup Dragons with their debut single, a cover of the Rolling Stones 1965 song.
16. Mariah Carey – “Vision Of Love”
Moving into the top twenty and going the other way is US singer Mariah Carey, up six this week, with her former number one and she’s now preparing to release the follow up next month.
15. MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This”
After nine weeks of yo-yoing up and down the top ten, MC Hammer is out this week with his debut single, which is down eight places.
14. The Steve Miller Band – “The Joker”
The Steve Miller Band have benefitted from this 1973 hit being used in the latest Levi advert as they storm up twenty places to be this weeks highest climber.
13. Deee-lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”
And so are Deee-Lite, who made their chart debut last week with this 60’s-esque dancefloor hit, which is up nineteen places, that’s currently number one on the US dance chart and now top ten there.
12. Partners In Kryme – “Turtle Power”
Well, turtle power is definitely wearing off as Partners In Kryme’s former number one takes a big fall of nine places out of the top three this week.
11. The KLF – “What Time Is Love?” The KLF already know about having a number one. Theirs was two years ago and their second chart entry is on the climb again this week, five places higher than previously.
10. Cliff Richard – “Silhouettes”
Cliff is back in the top ten, up seven places this week with his new, live track, which is also his 105th single release!
9. Blue Pearl – “Naked In The Rain”
Blue Pearl go down four this week with their debut release, which has been in the top ten for two months now!
8. Jive Bunny – “Can Can You Party”
While Jive Bunny is up six places with ‘his’ fifth single release that now becomes ‘his’ fifth consecutive top ten hit.
7. Roxette – “Listen To Your Heart”
Dropping back one this week are Per and Marie with their third UK top ten hit, which has been a number one in America recently.
6. George Michael – “Praying For Time”
Last week’s highest new entry saw the return of George Michael with brand new material from his upcoming, second album. This week, he’s up two places with that new song.
5. DNA and Suzanne Vega – “Tom’s Diner”
Having spent three weeks in second place, it’s time for DNA and Suzanne Vega to make a move, the only trouble is, it’s down three places.
4. Betty Boo – “Where Are You Baby?”
It’s been another good week for Betty Boo who now claims her highest singles chart position with her second solo release, which is up five places and into the top five for the very first time!
3. New Kids On The Block – “Tonight”
The latest and second single from New Kids On The Block‘s latest album is proving a big silent hit here, five weeks on and it’s still climbing, up another one place again this week.
2. Deacon Blue – “Four Bacharach and David Songs” EP
And now able to claim their biggest UK chart hit yet are Deacon Blue, who made a return last week with this collection of Burt Bacharach and Hal David classic, which goes up nine places, six higher than “Real Gone Kid” achieved back in October 1988.
1. Bombalurina – “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”
Which means for a second week Bombalurina aka Timmy Mallett and co. are Britain’s biggest seller with their new version of Brian Hyland’s 1960 hit. But there’s lots of competition to stop them getting a third week. So can Deacon Blue, New Kids On The Block or Betty Boo push them aside? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!