Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 2nd September 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 27th August to Saturday 1st September 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 four non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. Wilson Phillips – “Release Me”
The former US number one from Wilson Phillips, their second single to do so, is down three here this week, having not quite made it that far!
39. Cocteau Twins – “Iceblink Luck”
The Cocteau Twins are back in the UK top 40 for the first time in six years with this new track that features on their upcoming, seventh studio album.
38. Bassomatic – “Fascinating Rhythm”
There’s a new entry and a chart debut next for UK dance group Bassomatic, headed by producer William Orbit, who score their first top 40 hit with their second single.
37. Madonna – “Hanky Panky”
Madonna is down eleven this week with her thigh-slapping, song of naughtiness from the ‘Dick Tracey’ soundtrack, now in its eighth week on the chart.
36. DNA – “La Serenissima”
Producers DNA have scored their first chart hit recently with Suzanne Vega and spent three weeks at No.2. Here they come, all on their own with their first top 40 hit in their own right.
35. Faith No More – “Epic”
There’s a re-entry next for Faith No More, who were only on the chart with this song back in January! Now they are back, so let’s see if this time they beat their top thirty high of eight months ago!
34. New Model Army – “Get Me Out”
Also back in the top 40 but after a bit longer, are New Model Army, who return for the first time this year with a brand new single that will feature on their next album, due out later this month.
33. Whitesnake – “Now You’re Gone”
Whitesnake go down two places with the fourth release to come from last year’s “Slip Of The Tongue” album.
32. Janet Jackson – “Black Cat”
Janet Jackson is certainly getting her money’s worth out of last years “Rhythm Nation 1814” album, here comes single number six and the fourth of this year, following on from “Alright”.
31. Talk Talk – “Life’s What You Make It”
Talk Talk brought another of their older hits back to the chart last week and go up eight places this week. The song originally reached No.16 back in 1985.
30. Primal Scream – “Come Together”
Primal Scream have been yo yo-ing for four weeks now, this week they go down three places, so lets see if they go back up again next week…
29. Caron Wheeler – “Livin’ In The Light”
Soul II Soul‘s Caron Wheeler enters the chart for the first time on her own this week with her debut single, having previously achieved two top five hits and, of course, a number one last year.
28. The Farm – “Groovy Train”
UK band The Farm made their chart debut last week and are up twelve places this week and into the top thirty.
27. Sting – “Englishman In New York”
Sting is down six places with the Ben Liebrand remix of his 1988 single, now five weeks on the chart and still doing much better than its first time on release.
26. Together – “Hardcoar Uproar”
Together leave the top twenty this week as they drop seven places with their first top 40 entry.
25. Lindy Layton – “Silly Games”
Also going down is Lindy Layton with her cover of Janey Kay’s 1979 hit, three places lower this week for Lindy, having scored a number one earlier this year with Beats International.
24. Aswad – “Next To You”
Aswad‘s steady climb of the chart with their new single continues this week as they improve on last weeks position by one more place.
23. Adamski – “The Space Jungle”
It’s been an amazing year for Adam Tinley so far with his debut single charting in January then a four week chart topper in May, which is the third biggest seller so far. His new track makes its appearance this week and is also the highest new entry of them all!
22. Jon Bon Jovi – “Blaze Of Glory”
Jon Bon Jovi is down four and out of the top twenty this week with his first solo single away from the rest of the band.
21. Loose Ends – “Don’t Be A Fool”
Loose Ends got their first UK chart hit for four years last week when they entered the chart, this week, they’re up thirteen places to sit down just outside the top twenty.
20. Go West – “King Of Wishful Thinking”
Go West slipped back two last week with their offering for the film ‘Pretty Woman’, this week they stay put, still top twenty, but at least not out.
19. Sonia – “End Of The World”
Meanwhile, Sonia is back in the top twenty with a climb of five places. This now means all five singles from her debut album have reached the upper half of the chart and interestingly, she is one place off Skeeter Davis’ chart high with the original, 28 years ago!
18. MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This”
MC Hammer slowly descends the chart with his debut single, which really has been better received here than back in The States. The song is down three this week.
17. Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid – “I’m Free”
The Soup Dragons have also scored a big hit with their first top 40 single, a cover of The Rolling Stones 1960’s number, and this week they are a non-mover, stopping their previous week’s descent, at least for the time being.
16. Partners In Kryme – “Turtle Power”
The former number one from the Partners In Kyrme is down just four this week as the ninja turtles go back to the sewer having spent the Summer very much at street level.
15. DNA and Suzanne Vega – “Tom’s Diner”
DNA’s second chart entry is their big remix of Suzanne Vega’s 1987 single, which take a big tumble this week of ten places and out of the top five.
14. Mariah Carey – “Vision Of Love”
American singer Mariah Carey is slowly making progress here with her debut single and former Stateside chart topper, which goes up just two places this week on this side of the Atlantic.
13. Roxette – “Listen To Your Heart”
Per and Marie are out of the top ten this week as they fall six places with their second major chart hit of this year, which is also another former US chart topper.
12. Cliff Richard – “Silhouettes”
Also leaving the top ten after just one week is Cliff, down two places, with his first live single to come from a new live album due out very soon.
11. Jive Bunny – “Can Can You Party”
And that also extends to Jive Bunny, who is down three places and out with ‘his’ fifth single, twelve months on from his debut which topped the chart for five weeks last Summer.
10. George Michael – “Praying For Time”
Not such a good week for George Michael’s brand new song that actually goes down four places, failing to make even the top five!
9. Jason Donovan – “Rhythm Of The Rain”
While last week’s highest new entry becomes this week’s highest climber! Jason Donovan is back in the top ten for the first time since March with his cover of The Cascades 1963 hit, which is up fourteen places.
8. Blue Pearl – “Naked In The Rain”
Keeping with the rainy theme, Blue Pearl still dance naked in their rain and do so going back up one place this week!
7. The KLF – “What Time Is Love?”
The KLF are back in the top ten for the first time in more than two years as they take their second hit single up three places.
6. Steve Miller Band – “The Joker”
Seventeen years since it was last in the chart, Steve Miller Band play their joker into the UK top ten. Last week’s highest climber is up eight more places.
5. New Kids On The Block – “Tonight”
After five weeks on slow, one step climbing, New Kids On The Block slip back three places, but remain in the top five for a fifth week.
4. Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”
While chart newcomers Deee-Lite enter the top ten with a climb of nine places, having just been pipped at the post for last week’s highest by Steve Miller Band.
3. Betty Boo – “Where Are You Baby?”
Betty Boo‘s biggest chart hit to date is still climbing, up one more place for her this week and in to the top three.
2. Deacon Blue – “Four Bacharach and David Songs” EP
Scotland’s Deacon Blue scored their biggest hit last week with this EP of Burt Bacharach and Hal David classics, which goes no further forward and no further backwards seven days on.
1. Bombalurina – “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”
Which means for a third week, Timmy Mallett and those Bombalurina’s stay top of the pile with their remake of the Brian Hyland classic from 30 years ago. Can they stay in their yellow polka dot bikini’s for a fourth week, or will Betty Boo or even Deee-Lite claim their first chart topper? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!