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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 30th September 1990

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 30th September 1990

So this was the chart that Radio 1 DJ Mark Goodier broadcast from 5-7pm with data from the GALLUP computer based on record sales from Monday 24th to Saturday 29th 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 seven new entries, thirteen climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Janet Jackson – “Black Cat”
Five weeks on and Janet Jackson‘s “Black Cat” is down fifteen places, the sixth single from the “Rhythm Nation 1814” album and the highest charted here in the UK.

39. Criminal Element Orchestra – “Everybody”
Our first new entry is a chart comeback for Criminal Element Orchestra – which is actually producer Arthur Baker, last on the chart with Al Green last year with “The Message Is Love” and last charting with CEO back in 1987 with “”Tighten Up (I Just Can’t Stop Dancin’)”, which made No.24.

38. Ride – “Fall” EP
Ride made their second chart appearance last week with another Ep, but sadly they drop back four places this week.

37. Jesus Jones – “Right Here, Right Now”
Also making a chart comeback are Jesus Jones with this new entry, the follow up to their April top thirty hit, “Real Real Real” and the second single from their second album that’s currently in production.

36. Betty Boo – “Where Are You Baby?”
Nine weeks on the chart now for Betty Boo with her highest charted hit yet, which is down thirteen this week. Her debut album is out next month!

35. The Stone Roses – “Fools Gold”
Time has run out for The Stone Roses again with this song, which also drops thirteen places this week, now with a total of nine weeks on the top 40, including its first run last year.

34. Thunder – “She’s So Fine”
Meanwhile, Thunder made a chart return last week with this new track, which goes up four places. The song is their fourth top 40 hit in nine months.

33. Bombalurina – “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”
The former number one from Timmy Mallett is down thirteen places this week and out of the top twenty, with eleven weeks now on the chart.

32. Megadeth – “Holy Wars”
Not such a good week for Megadeth with their brand new single which was new on last week, it’s down eight places after just seven days on the chart.

31. The Adventures of Stevie V – “Body Language”
Steve Vincent and co. got their second UK top 40 entry last week with the follow up to “Dirty Cash”, which climbs eight places this week.

30. The Beautiful South – “A Little Time”
The Beautiful South are back with a brand new single and the lead track from their upcoming second album, the follow on from last year’s “Welcome To…”.

29. Neneh Cherry – “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
Also back is Neneh Cherry with this cover of Cole Porter’s 1936 track, which has also been done by The Four Seasons and Frank Sinatra. This is Neneh’s first chart appearance since “Inner City Mama” at the end of last year.

28. The Chimes – “Heaven”
Twelve months ago, The Chimes failed to chart with this track. But after their top ten hit in June, it finally made an appearance last week. Good news, as seven days later, “Heaven” is up eight places.

27. INXS – “Suicide Blonde”
The lead single from INXS’ new album “X” is down nine this week, while the album itself debuts at No.2 this week.

26. Deacon Blue – “Four Bacharach And David Songs” EP
Deacon Blue’s biggest hit or hits yet are down eight places this week and out of the top twenty for the very first time.

25. The Wedding Present – “Three Songs” EP
Lots of EP’s on the chart this week and here’s another from The Wedding Present, who were new last week and go up four places a week later.

24. Hi Tek 3 featuring Ya Kid K – “Spin That Wheel”
Hi Tek 3 joined forces with Technotronic’s Ya Kid K for this number, the second UK chart hit from the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’ film, which flies up sixteen places this week.

23. Iron Maiden – “Holy Smoke”
Megadeth have “Holy Wars” while Iron Maiden have “Holy Smoke”, but drop a ‘holy’ whopping eighteen places this week, right out of the top five!

22. Mariah Carey – “Vision of Love”
US chart newbie Mariah Carey is out of the top twenty with her debut single, down five this week, while her second single, “Love Takes Time”, is currently flying up the US singles chart as we speak.

21. Depeche Mode – “World In My Eyes”
Depeche Mode’s fourth single from the “Violator” album comes a year after the first, “Personal Jesus” and was new on the chart last week and climbs seven places, seven days on.

20. AC/DC – “Thunderstruck”
Australian group AC/DC are down seven places this week with their new tune, which comes from their brand new album, “The Razors Edge”.

19. MC Hammer – “Have You Seen Her?”
The Hammer is back! MC returns to the UK chart following his huge debut with “U Can’t Touch This”, this time with a cover of The Chi-Lites 1971 hit, which made No.3 over here back then. Can MC take this any higher…?

18. MC Tunes vs 808 State – “Tunes Splits The Atom”
Speaking of MC’s, there’s another on this weeks chart, MC Tunes who with 808 State goes up just one more place with their second collaboration.

17. Adamski – “The Space Jungle”
Adamski leaves the top ten this week with his Elvis sampled song, which drops seven places and out.

16. Monie Love – “It’s A Shame”
Well, I questioned if Monie Love would get a second top twenty hit last week and she had, with a climb of five places, she equals her highest charted single so far, “Grandpa’s Party”, achieved last year.

15. The Charlatans – “Then”
The Charlatans were hoping for a second top ten hit this week, but falling back three places will not take them there this time around.

14. The KLF – “What Time Is Love?”
Down and out of the top ten this week for The KLF, seven places lower than last week with their first hit in their own name.

13. The Cure – “Never Enough”
Last week’s highest new entry from The Cure is up two this week, the first track from a new remix album they have coming out very soon.

12. Technotronic – “Megamix”
Ya Kid K made a big leap on this weeks chart earlier and here are her regular chums back with a higher placed entry and a new one at that, a megamix of all Technotronic’s hits from the past twelve months!

11. Snap – “The Cult Of Snap”
Snap bagged their third top ten hit last week but drop back and out this week, down three places with their ‘cult’ classic.

10. The Farm – “Groovy Train”
The Farm are down four places with their very first UK top 40 hit, the first new material to come from an album they are currently recording for release nearly next year.

9. Bassomatic – “Fascinating Rhythm”
Bassomatic still have a “Fascinating Rhythm”, it stays top ten this week, but it goes nowhere, remaining very still in the same spot.

8. Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”
Deee-Lite are down five places with their first UK chart hit, now with six weeks inside the top ten.

7. Twenty4Seven and Captain Hollywood Project – “I Can’t Stand It”
While last week’s highest climber from Dutch/German dance group Twenty4Seven along with Captain Hollywood enter the top ten, up four places.

6. Steve Miller Band – “The Joker”
Former chart toppers Steve Miller Band are down four places and back to the position they were the week before they claimed the number one spot, only just!

5. Status Quo – “The Anniversary Waltz Part One”
Status Quo haven’t had a top five hit for two years, not since “Burning Bridges” in December 1988, but they’re back and with a massive jump of TWENTY SIX places, makes them by far, this weeks highest climber!

4. Pet Shop Boys – “So Hard”
The Pet Shop Boys are back with a brand new tune which comes in as this weeks highest new entry. It’s the first to come from their new, fourth studio album, due out next month and it’s co-produced with “Axel F” creator Harold Faltermeyer!

3. Bobby Vinton – “Blue Velvet”
At twenty seven years of age, Bobby Vinton’s “Blue Velvet” finally turned up on the UK chart last week thanks to a television commercial. He blasts his way into the top three this week as he goes up thirteen places.

2. Londonbeat – “I’ve Been Thinking About You”
It’s already their biggest UK hit so far and this week Londonbeat are up a further two places and looking like they want to go further…!

1. Maria McKee – “Show Me Heaven”
…but not for now, as Maria McKee‘s ode to Tom Cruise and his ‘Days Of Thunder’ stays top of the chart for a second week. Oddly, this song has not been a great success Stateside, where it was released in June and has only made it as far as No.28 there. Can she make a third week on top here or will Londonbeat, Bobby Vinton, Pet Shop Boys or even Status Quo stop her? There’s only one way to find out…

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!