Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 23rd 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 17th to Saturday 22nd 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 eleven new entries, ten climbers and one non-mover! And it was announced like this…
40. Hi Tek 3 featuring Ya Kid K – “Spin That Wheel”
There’s a new entry from Hi Tek 3 first with their first UK hit which comes from the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ film and it features a young lady who is no stranger to the chart, Technotronic’s Ya Kid K.
39. The Adventures Of Stevie V – “Body Language”
Steve Vincent and the crew are back with a new entry this week, the follow up to their massive chart hit “Dirty Cash”, this Spring.
38. Thunder – “She’s So Fine”
Also back are Thunder with a song that was first released last year but did nothing then. They’ve had three top 40 hits since then, so now it makes four from their debut album, “Back Street Symphony”.
37. DNA – “La Serinissima”
After two weeks of one-place climbs, DNA fall three with their now only top 40 entry as “Tom’s Diner” leaves us this week.
36. The Chimes – “Heaven”
In a week of returns, The Chimes are back with their debut single from last year which did not chart back then. Having had a big top ten hit with their U2 cover, it’s second time lucky for this original recording.
35. Jason Donovan – “Rhythm Of The Rain”
The rhythm of Jason Donovan‘s rain goes down his window pane and so does his version of The Cascades 1963 hit, which is eleven places lower than last week.
34. Ride – “Fall” EP
Ride are back with another EP which gives them their second new entry of this year, the follow up to their “Play” EP back in May.
33. Faith No More – “Epic”
Faith No More bettered themselves with this song last week when it went top thirty, sadly they drop back again this week, eight places.
32. S-Express – “Nothing To Lose”
Mark Moore’s S-Express new tune is a non-mover this week, now their second release not to make the top twenty. They last had a top ten hit in March last year with “Hey Music Lover”.
31. Status Quo – “The Anniversary Waltz”
The Quo are back and they have a best of coming out soon to celebrate twenty five years in the music business and this is a collection of some of their biggest hits all in one song!
30. New Kids On The Block – “Tonight”
Nine weeks on and New Kids On The Block are still with us, their longest chart stay since “Hangin’ Tough” at the beginning of this year. This week they drop ten places with the second single to come from their current album, “Step By Step”.
29. The Wedding Present – “Three Songs ” EP
Making a chart return this week are the Wedding Present with a brand new EP of tunes. This is their second time in the top 40, their first was with “Kennedy” last year.
28. Depeche Mode – “World In My Eyes”
While Depeche Mode get a new entry with the fourth single to come from this years album, “Violator“, their third chart hit of this year from the album.
27. Loose Ends – “Don’t Be A Fool”
Loose End’s biggest UK hit to date leaves the top twenty this week, down ten places.
26. Caron Wheeler – “Livin’ In The Light”
And so does former Soul II Soul singer Caron Wheeler, who is eight places worse off this week with her debut solo release.
25. Janet Jackson – “Black Cat”
After two weeks stuck in a rut, Janet Jackson‘s biggest hit from the “Rhythm Nation 1814” album is down ten places.
24. Megadeth – “Holy Wars”
US band Megadeth return to the chart this week for a second time this year, but with a brand new recording that is the lead single from their upcoming fourth studio album.
23. Betty Boo – “Where Are You Baby?”
Betty Boo is out of the upper half of the chart this week as she falls ten places with her second solo top ten hit of this year.
22. The Stone Roses – “Fools Gold”
Surprisingly, The Stone Roses continue to climb with last years top ten hit, ten months on and seven days later, they are up one more place this week.
21. Monie Love – “It’s A Shame”
Last year, Monie Love scored a top twenty hit with “Grandpa’s Party” and with a climb of fourteen places this week, she’s hoping for a second in seven days time…!
20. Bombalurina – “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”
Former chart topper Timmy Mallett and the girls are down thirteen this week, out of the top ten, but with a follow up coming very soon!
19. MC Tunes vs 808 State – “Tunes Splits The Atom”
While MC Tunes and 808 State are back in the top twenty this week for the second time, up twelve places with their second collaboration of this year.
18. INXS – “Suicide Blonde”
INXS’ new album, “X”, is out tomorrow, meantime the lead single is down seven places this week. The group still have only achieved one UK top ten hit so far, “Need You Tonight” back in October 1988.
17. Mariah Carey – “Vision Of Love”
Also down seven this week and out of the top ten as well is Mariah Carey with her debut single, which topped the US chart and her second, “Love Takes Time” is already there now.
16. Bobby Vinton – “Blue Velvet”
Twenty seven years ago, Bobby Vinton recorded his version of Tony Bennett’s 1951 single and took it to the top of the US chart. It was never released here but thanks to a TV commercial it’s finally made it and is a big new entry this week for the 55 year old.
15. The Cure – “Never Enough”
The Cure are back with a brand new song that features on a new remix album that’s out in a month or so. It’s their first top twenty hit since “Lovesong” last August and it’s also this week’s highest new entry!
14. Deacon Blue – “Four Bacharach And David Songs” EP
All change in the top ten this week as the clearout continues with Deacon Blue down nine places with their Burt Bacharach and Hal David EP of recordings.
13. AC/DC – “Thunderstruck”
AC/DC returned to the chart last week after a two year gap with this band new single, which is up three places this week.
12. The Charlatans – “Then”
As did The Charlatans with their second top 40 hit of this year, which climbs seven places and looking to match their earlier top ten hit “The Only One I Know” next week.
11. Twenty4Seven featuring Captain Hollywood – “I Can’t Stand It”
But rising much higher than both of those are chart newcomers Twenty4Seven and Captain Hollywood, who debuted last week, and with a climb of seventeen places, makes them this week’s highest.
10. Adamski – “The Space Jungle”
Adamski is down two this week with his ode to Elvis, “The Space Jungle” is “All Shook Up” and top ten for a third week at least.
9. Bassomatic – “Fascinating Rhythm”
Bassomatic have been climbing from the very bottom of the chart for four weeks now and this week they enter the top ten, up five more places.
8. Snap – “The Cult Of Snap”
I said last week, will Snap get a third top ten hit, and I was right! With a climb of thirteen places, they bag their third consecutive song out of three singles released!
7. The KLF – “What Time Is Love?”
The KLF drop one more place this week with their correctly titled group name, now with two months on the chart, four of those in the top ten.
6. The Farm – “Groovy Train”
The Farm continue to take the “Groovy Train” ever higher. This week they are up three places with their very first top 40 hit.
5. Iron Maiden – “Holy Smoke”
Last week’s highest new entry, the brand new single from Iron Maiden, is down two places, pending release of their new album, which is coming very soon.
4. Londonbeat – “I’ve Been Thinking About You”
Last week Londonbeat scored their second UK top twenty hit, this week they get thier very first top ten hit as they go up eight places.
3. Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”
After two weeks in second place and having been denied the top slot, Deee-Lite drop one place with their debut single, which has now been a top ten success in twenty countries worldwide!
2. Steve Miller Band – “The Joker”
And after two weeks on top, Steve Miller Band’s 1973 US chart topper is off the top of the UK singles chart, down one place.
1. Maria McKee – “Show Me Heaven”
And so last weeks highest climber, Maria McKee, takes pole position along with Tom Cruise as she goes from fourth to first and wins her first UK chart topper with the big love song from ‘Days Of Thunder’, just as Berlin did four years ago with “Take My Breath Away” from ‘Top Gun’. Can she last a second, however, or will Londonbeat, The Farm or someone else overtake her? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!