The Joker

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 9th September 1990

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 9th 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 3rd to Saturday 8th 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 six new entries, fifteen climbers and NO non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. S-Express – “Nothing To Lose”
Mark Moore’s S-Express are back in the UK chart for the first time this new decade, with a brand new tune, their first top 40 hit since “Mantra For A State Of Mind”, exactly a year ago.

39. New Model Army – “Get Me Out”
One of last week’s new entry’s came from New Model Army who made their chart return, but sadly, this week they drop five places.

38. Cocteau Twins – “Iceblink Luck”
While another new entry from last week, the Cocteau Twins, go the other way, even if it is just one place higher!

37. The Quireboys – “There She Goes Again”
There’s a new entry for The Quireboys with their third UK chart hit of this year, all from their debut album, “A Bit Of What You Fancy”.

36. Lindy Layton – “Silly Games”
Former Beats International singer Lindy Layton is down eleven this week with her first solo single, which has been on the chart for six weeks now.

35. DNA – “La Serenissima”
Just as DNA take their own single up one place, following last week’s new entry, which is one of two entry’s they feature on.

34. Aswad – “Next To You”
Time has run out for Aswad with their new single, which goes down ten places. Their new album of the same name, is out now.

33. MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This”
Fourteen weeks on the UK chart and MC Hammer still asks you not to touch ‘this’, he does so out of the top twenty and down fifteen places this week.

32. The Stone Roses – “Fool’s Gold”
Oddly, The Stone Roses hit from November last year is back in the chart this week as a re-entry, nine months after leaving us!

31. Jon Bon Jovi – “Blaze Of Glory”
Jon Bon Jovi is down nine this week with his first solo single, that comes from the new ‘Young Guns’ film soundtrack.

30. Partners In Kryme – “Turtle Power”
With those teenage mutant hero or ninja turtles back underground, the former number one from Partners In Kryme also goes down fourteen places this week.

29. Faith No More – “Epic”
Faith No More’s re-entry of their January hit is up six places this week and into the top thirty, much higher than it reached eight months ago.

28. Go West – “King Of Wishful Thinking”
Go West‘s first chart hit for five years is out of the upper half of the chart with a drop of eight places this week.

27. Londonbeat – “I’ve Been Thinking About You”
Making a return to the UK top 40 for the first time in nearly two years are American vocal quartet Londonbeat with a brand new song that features on a new album they have coming out. We last saw these boys back in December 1988 with “9am”.

26. Maria McKee – “Show Me Heaven”
Making her very first appearance on the UK singles chart is American singer and songwriter Maria McKee, who formerly performed with the band Lone Justice. This song also features on the brand new Tom Cruise film, ‘Days Of Thunder’.

25. DNA and Suzanne Vega – “Tom’s Diner”
DNA are back with their massive reproduced hit with Suzanne Vega, which is down ten places and out of the top twenty for the very first time.

24. Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid – “I’m Free”
Notching up ten weeks on the chart this week are the Soup Dragons with their very first hit single, which also leaves the top twenty with a drop of seven places.

23. Talk Talk – “Life’s What You Make It”
Talk Talk continue to climb with their second chart return of an earlier 80’s hit, which is up eight places this week.

22. Bassomatic – “Fascinating Rhythm”
UK dance act Bassomatic made their debut on the chart last week with this track, which shoots up sixteen places, seven days on.

21. Jive Bunny – “Can Can You Party”
Jive Bunny is down ten places and out of the upper half of the chart with ‘his’ fifth single of classic 50’s and 60’s songs all mashed up into one twisting tune.

20. Roxette – “Listen To Your Heart”
Per and Marie are down seven this week with their former US number one, their second chart topper of this year there.

19. Cliff Richard – “Silhouettes”
And the same goes for Cliff, who also sinks seven places with his brand new live track, one of many to feature on a new album that will be out next month.

18. Sonia – “End Of The World”
Sonia climbs one place this week with her cover of Skeeter Davis’ 1962 hit, into the same position that Davis peaked back then! Can she take her version higher next week…?

17. Blue Pearl – “Naked In The Rain”
Blue Pearl leave the top ten this week, down nine places, still dancing naked in the rain, and now with three months on the chart.

16. INXS – “Suicide Blonde”
INXS are back in the UK chart with a brand new track that is the lead single of their upcoming new album, due out next month. This is their first showing of the new decade and their first UK top 40 hit since “Mystify” last April and is also this weeks highest new entry!

15. Janet Jackson – “Black Cat”
New last week was Janet Jackson with the sixth single from her “Rhythm Nation 1814” album, which now becomes the highest charted here with a jump of seventeen places this week, one of two songs to make such a move.

14. Caron Wheeler – “Livin’ In The Light”
Soul II Soul singer Caron Wheeler made her solo chart debut last week and looks set to follow her two previous top five hits last year as she leaps fifteen places this week.

13. Loose Ends – “Don’t Be A Fool”
Loose Ends continue to climb the chart with their first hit for four years, which now becomes their biggest hit since “Hangin’ On A String”, back in 1985, as it climbs eight more places.

12. George Michael – “Praying For Time”
George Michael’s brand new tune leaves the top ten this week, down two places, while his new album, “Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1” goes straight in at No.1 on this weeks album chart!

11. The Farm – “Groovy Train”
This week’s other joint highest climber of seventeen places comes from UK band The Farm’s first chart hit, which catapults them into the top twenty to land just outside the top ten!

10. Jason Donovan – “Rhythm Of The Rain”
Last week’s highest climber from Jason Donovan, his version of The Cascades 1963 hit, is down one this week, but remains in the top ten.

9. Mariah Carey – “Vision Of Love”
Former US chart topper Mariah Carey has been slowly moving towards that mark here over the past five weeks. This week she enters the UK top ten with a climb of five places.

8. New Kids On The Block – “Tonight”
This is now New Kids On The Block‘s best seller since “Hangin’ Tough” at the beginning of this year, it’s been in the top ten now for six weeks and drops just three places this week.

7. Adamski – “The Space Jungle”
Adamski was last week’s highest new entry and he rockets back into the top ten for a second time this week, up sixteen places.

6. Betty Boo – “Where Are You Baby?”
Betty Boo‘s biggest hit yet is out of the top three as she falls three places, with her debut album due out next month.

5. The KLF – “What Time Is Love?”
Just like Mariah Carey, The KLF have slowly been making progress for five weeks as well, this week they rise another two places higher than before.

4. Deacon Blue – “Four Bacharach And David Songs” EP
Having registered their biggest hit to date and spent the last two weeks in second place, Deacon Blue go down two places with their four favourite songs from Burt and Hal.

3. Bombalurina – “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”
It’s all change on top as Timmy Mallett/Bombalurina also drop two places with their now former three weeks chart topper.

2. Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”
The contest for the new number one this week has been close. Very close in fact. Sales have been identical, but as Deee-Lite climb two places, they are the ones that don’t quite make it to the top, alas.

1. Steve Miller Band – “The Joker”
Which means with a climb of five places, Steve Miller Band’s 1973 release finally makes it to the top of the UK chart, sixteen years after its first release and all thanks to that jeans ad! But Can they stay there for a second week or will Deee-Lite usurp them and claim what they want so badly? There’s only one way to find out…

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