Beautiful South 1990

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 21st October 1990

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 21st October 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 15th to Saturday 20th October 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 NO non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Steve Miller Band – “The Joker”
Ten weeks on and the former chart topper from Steve Milelr Band is still with us. Just. Down eleven places this week.

39. Morrissey – “Picadilly Palare”
Morrissey got a top twenty new entry last week with this new track, but slides a whopping twenty one places with it this week!

38. The Chimes – “Heaven”
Also down this week, but not so much, are The Chimes with their second top 40 hit of this year, down thirteen places.

37. Janet Jackson – “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”
Our first new entry this week comes from Janet Jackson with the SEVENTH single to come from her “Rhythm Nation 1814” album, the first, “Miss You Much”, arrived last August!

36. Poison – “Something To Believe In”
Poison are back with a new entry this week, their second of 1990, the follow up to “Unskinny Bop” and the second single to come from their album, “Flesh And Blood”.

35. Jason Donovan – “I’m Doing Fine”
Jason Donovan is also back with another new entry, his fourth of this year and the fifth single to come from his most recent album, “Between The Lines”.

34. Tina Turner – “Be Tender With Me Baby”
Tina Turner is down six places with her fifth single from last year’s album, “Foreign Affair”.

33. Elton John – “You Gotta Love Someone”
Elton John returns to the chart this week with the follow up to one of this year’s biggest sellers, “Sacrifice”.

32. George Michael – “Waiting For That Day”
And so does George Michael withe the second single from his recent number one album, the follow up to “Praying For Time”.

31. Roxette – “Dressed For Success”
And there’s a new entry for Roxette with another track from last year’s “Look Sharp” album that didn’t do so well first time around, but makes the top 40 now, as did their previous hit, “Listen To Your Heart”.

30. The Farm – “Groovy Train”
The Farm are down nine places this week with their first chart hit and expect another one to come very soon!

29. Paul McCartney – “Birthday”
Paul McCartney rises one place this week with the first track from a forthcoming live album, one of two artists who are releasing next month.

28. Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”
Still way ahead of Steve Miller Band this week are Deee-Lite, who also, curiously, fall eleven places with their former number two hit!

27. The Sisters Of Mercy – “More”
After such a good boost last week with this brand new tune, The Sisters Of Mercy are down thirteen places and out of the top twenty.

26. Soup Dragons – “Mother Universe”
Going the other way are the Soup Dragons with their second chart hit of this year, which was new last week and is up eight places this week.

25. Innocence – “Let’s Push It”
As are Innocence, who also climb eight places with their third top 40 hit since “Natural Thing” back in March.

24. Bassomatic – “Fascinating Rhythm”
Down eleven places are Bassomatic with their first chart hit, now with two months on the top 40.

23. Paul Simon – “The Obvious Child”
Paul Simon made his first chart appearance last week after three years absence with a brand new track from his forthcoming album, which soars seventeen places seven days on.

22. Public Image Limited – “Don’t Ask Me”
Also making a chart return last week were Public Image Limited with a brand new song that is also a big climber this week, up thirteen places.

21. Pet Shop Boys – “So Hard”
Their new album is out tomorrow, but for now Chris and Neil leave the top ten and the top twenty with the lead single, which is down twelve places.

20. Hi Tek 3 featuring Ya Kid K – “Spin That Wheel”
Hi Tek 3 and Ya Kid K have run out of turtle power this week, after a month of going up, their joint collaboration is down five places.

19. Aztec Camera – “Good Morning Britain”
Aztec Camera are back in the UK top twenty for the first time in over two years as they climb four places with their brand new offering.

18. Monie Love – “It’s A Shame”
Monie Love scored her biggest UK chart hit last week with this remake of The Spinners 1970 hit, but slips back six places this week.

17. Cliff Richard – “From A Distance”
Cliff’s 106th UK single was looking promising for the top ten this week, but it’s not to be as he also falls back six places.

16. New Kids On The Block – “Let’s Try It Again”
Last week New Kids On The Block scored their seven UK top ten hit with this third offering from their current album, “Step By Step”, but leave this week, eight places lower than they were previous.

15. MC Hammer – “Have You Seen Her?”
Also out of the top ten is MC Hammer, down five places with his second UK chart hit, which comes from his third studio album, “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em”.

14. Belinda Carlisle – “(We Want) The Same Thing”
Belinda Carlisle is back in the top twenty as she rises twelve places with fifth single from her “Runaway Horses” album.

13. a-ha – “Crying In The Rain”
a-ha are also up, six places for them with the first single from their new album, “East of the Sun, West of the Moon”, which is out here in two weeks time.

12. Rita MacNeill – “Working Man”
Last weeks highest climber from Canadian singer Rita MacNeill comes into the UK top twenty this week, up twelve places.

11. Twenty4Seven featuring Captain Hollywood – “I Can’t Stand It”
Twenty4Seven and Captain Hollywood can’t stand it in the top ten any longer, they’ve been stuck in the same position for three weeks now, but drop down four places, ironically, back to where they were four weeks ago!

10. Londonbeat – “I’ve Been Thinking About You”
Londonbeat are still top ten this week but down five places with their biggest UK chart hit to date.

9. Technotronic – “Megamix”
And so are Technotronic, who have been in the same position for the past two weeks, they fall three places this week.

8. Berlin – “Take My Breath Away”
Four years ago Berlin registered their only UK chart hit when this song from the film ‘Top Gun’ went to number one in November 1986, and they’re back for a second shot as the group power up nineteen places to become this week’s highest climber and one of two Tom Cruise songs in the UK top ten!

7. Whitney Houston – “I’m Your Baby Tonight”
Last week’s highest new entry saw the return of Whitney Houston to the chart with her first new material for more than two years, this week she’s up nine places and looking to bag her fourth chart topper perhaps next week…!

6. Bobby Vinton – “Blue Velvet”
Bobby Vinton takes his 27 year old single down three this week and out of the top five. The song never charted here in the UK back in 1963, so he’s probably a very happy man now!

5. The Happy Mondays – “Kinky Afro”
The Happy Mondays made their third chart return last week with this track which storms up fifteen places to put them back in the top five for a second time.

4. Status Quo – “The Anniversary Waltz Part One”
Status Quo were hoping for a number one this week but it’s not to be as they drop back two places with the 25th anniversary collection of some of their biggest songs.

3. The Righteous Brothers – “Unchained Melody”
This week’s highest new entry is another old song that comes back to the UK chart for the first time since 1965 thanks to the new Patrick Swayze film, ‘Ghost’. It made No.14 back then so it’s already beaten it’s previous high in one week!

2. Maria McKee – “Show Me Heaven”
The second Tom Cruise related song comes from Maria McKee from his latest film, ‘Days Of Thunder’, she’s been number one for the last four weeks but is so no more as she leaves the top, down one place.

1. The Beautiful South – “A Little Time”
So we have a new number one and it’s congratulations to The Beautiful South who move up three places to win their first ever chart topper! But can they keep it, or will The Righteous Brothers, The Happy Mondays or Whitney deny them of a second week? There’s only 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!