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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 16th September 1990

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 16th 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 10th to Saturday 15th 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, nine climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. River City People – “(What’s Wrong With) Dreaming?”
River City People are back, this time with one of their own songs, originally released last year and finally, second time around, makes the top 40.

39. DNA and Suzanne Vega – “Tom’s Diner”
DNA still have two songs on the chart this week, their huge hit with Suzanne Vega has been around now for over two months now and falls fourteen places.

38. The Quireboys – “There She Goes Again”
Not such a good week for The Quireboys who gained a new entry last week only to drop down one place this week!

37. Jive Bunny – “Can Can You Party”
Jive Bunny takes a much bigger hit this week, dropping sixteen places with ‘his’ fifth UK chart hit that will appear on ‘his’ second album, “It’s Party Time”.

36. Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid – “I’m Free”
The Soup Dragons debut single, a cover of the Rolling Stones 1965 song, has been a big success for them, a top five and with eleven weeks on the top 40. The song falls twelve places this week.

35. Monie Love – “It’s A Shame (My Sister)”
Monie Love returns to the top 40 this week with a new entry which samples Stevie Wonder’s 1970 hit, “It’s A Shame” and is her first chart hit since “Grandpa’s Party” last Summer.

34. DNA – “La Serinissima”
DNA’s second chart entry went up one place last week and it does the same thing seven days on.

33. Cliff Richard – “Silhouettes”
Cliff’s first live single to come from a new album he has out later this year is out of the top twenty this week as it drops fourteen places.

32. S-Express – “Nothing To Lose”
S-Express made their chart return last week for the first time this new decade and go up eight places this week.

31. MC Tunes vs 808 State – “Tunes Splits The Atom”
MC Tunes and 808 State make a chart return together following their top ten hit “The Only Rhyme That Bites” three months ago with this new entry.

30. Roxette – “Listen To Your Heart”
Per and Marie are down ten places this week with their second top ten hit from last years album, “Look Sharpe”.

29. George Michael – “Praying For Time”
The first single from George Michael’s number one album “Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1” takes a big hit this week as it slides seventeen places.

28. Twenty4Seven featuring Captain Hollywood – “I Can’t Stand It”
Here’s a new entry and a UK chart debut for Dutch producers Twenty4Seven and German dancer and rapper Captain Hollywood who team up for what becomes thier first hit single.

27. Talk Talk – “Life’s What You Make It”
Talk Talk are down four places with the re-release of their 1985 single, which made the top twenty back then.

26. Blue Pearl – “Naked In The Rain”
Three months and counting now for Blue Pearl on the chart as they only just leave the top twenty this week, down nine places with their debut single.

25. Faith No More – “Epic”
While Faith No More continue to be ‘epic’ with the re-issue of their January single, which continues to climb ever higher than it reached back then, up four more places this week.

24. Jason Donovan – “Rhythm Of The Rain”
Jason Donovan‘s cover of The Cascades 1963 hit crashes out of the top ten this week and falls fourteen places.

23. The Stone Roses – “Fool’s Gold”
But The Stones Roses re-entry last week of their top ten hit from less than twelve months ago shoots up nine places. This is the second re-entry from the band this year.

22. Sonia – “End Of The World”
Sonia may sing of the end of the world, but it’s the end of her time in the top twenty as she falls four places, having been unable to advance any higher than Skeeter Davis did with the original version of this song back in 1962.

21. Snap – “Cult Of Snap”
Snap are back with a new entry, this time it’s one of theirs’s and it gives them three UK chart hits now. Can it give them three top ten hits? Let’s see what happens…

20. New Kids On The Block – “Tonight”
Tonight…The New Kids go down twelve places and out of the top ten, where they’ve been for seven weeks now with their biggest hit since January.

19. The Charlatans – “Then”
British band The Charlatans get a big new entry, their second, following on from their debut top ten hit “The Only One I Know” earlier this year.

18. Caron Wheeler – “Livin’ In The Light”
Soul II Soul singer Caron Wheeler got her first solo top twenty his last week when she made a big climb into the upper half of the chart, sadly this week, she slips back four places.

17. Loose Ends – “Don’t Be A Fool”
And that also goes for Loose End’s biggest chart hit to date, which is also down four places this week.

16. AC/DC – “Thunderstruck”
Veteran Australian rockers AC/DC are back in the UK chart for the first time in more than two years with a brand new album on the way and from it, this is the lead single that gives them a big new entry.

15. Janet Jackson – “Black Cat”
One of last week’s joint highest climbers gave Janet Jackson her biggest hit yet from the “Rhythm Nation 1814” album, this week she stays still as a non-mover.

14. Bassomatic – “Fascinating Rhythm”
UK dance group Bassomatic continue to scale the UK chart with big moves, this week they are up eight places with their debut hit.

13. Betty Boo – “Where Are You Baby?”
Betty Boo seaches for her ‘baby’ outside the top ten this week for the first time in four weeks, down seven places for Alison Clarkson.

12. Londonbeat – “I’ve Been Thinking About You”
Londonbeat got their first UK chart hit for nearly two years when they entered last week with this new tune. This week they bag their biggest with a climb of fifteen places, into the top twenty and seven places higher than they reached in December 1988.

11. INXS – “Suicide Blonde”
Last week’s highest new entry from our second Australian band, INXS, is up five places, the lead single from their new album that’s coming out in two weeks time.

10. Mariah Carey – “Vision Of Love”
Mariah Carey‘s ascent of the UK singles chart appears to have come to an end as she drops back one place this week.

9. The Farm – “Groovy Train”
While Janet Jackson doesn’t move at all, last week’s other joint highest climber, The Farm, are up two places and into the top ten for the first time.

8. Adamski – “The Space Jungle”
Adamski’s third single came flinging into the top ten last week and like Mariah Carey, falls back one place seven days later.

7. Bombalurina – “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”
The former number one from Timmy Mallett and co is down four this week, now with two months on the chart, seven weeks of those spend in the top ten.

6. The KLF – “What Time Is Love?”
The KLF we hoping to be a contender for the number one slot this week, but like so many of their top ten peers, they too drop one place this week.

5. Deacon Blue – “Four Bacharach And David Songs” EP
Down one place too are Deacon Blue with their four-track EP, their biggest UK hit to date. The band are currently in the studio writing new material due to ‘air’ next year.

4. Maria McKee – “Show Me Heaven”
US singer Maria McKee made her UK chart debut last week with this song that comes from the new Tom Cruise film, ‘Days Of Thunder’ and the power of the movies s very evident as she storms up twenty two places to be this weeks highest climber by far!

3. Iron Maiden – “Holy Smoke”
The Maiden are back in the UK chart for the first time in two years with some brand new music, the first single of which lands top three and is this week’s highest new entry.

2. Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”
After such an intense chart battle last week for the top slot, it looks like Deee-Lite have to settle for second place yet again, unable to progress any higher.

1. Steve Miller Band – “The Joker”
So that means the 1973 single from Steve Miller Band, re-invented for a jeans commercial in the 1990’s stays top for a second week. But can he hold on to it next week or will Iron Maiden, Maria MacKee or someone else deny him that privilege? There’s only one way to find out…

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