Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 4th November 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 29th October to Saturday 3rd November 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 nine new entries, twelve climbers and four non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. Poison – “Something To Believe In”
Three weeks in and Poison are still top 40 here in the UK, but down five places with their lowest charting single here so far.
39. NWA – “100 Miles And Running”
NWA are back, however, with a new entry and their second UK top 40 hit following on from “Express Yourself” earlier this year.
38. Nightmares On Wax – “Aftermath”
Making his UK chart debut this week is George Evelyn who prefers to be called Nightmares On Wax. He’s been recording for twelve months and this is his second single release.
37. Public Image Limited – “Don’t Ask Me”
Down six this week are Public Image Limited with this new track from their current best of compilation.
36. Megabass – “Time To Make The Floor Burn”
Martin Smith and Darren Ash call themselves Megabass and they are also a chart newcomer this week with their very first single which is a new entry!
35. Soup Dragons – “Mother Universe”
The Soup Dragons are down eight places with their second top 40 hit of this year which features on their current album, “Lovegod”.
34. Innocence – “Let’s Push It”
A band with their debut album out now is Innocence, while the third single from that album goes down five places this week.
33. Prince – “New Power Generation”
Prince’s latest album “Graffiti Bridge” was released two months ago and he’s already had a top ten hit from it. The follow up track is a new entry this week.
32. Northside – “My Rising Star”
British band Northside made their chart debut last week with their ‘rising star’, which rises up just one place seven days on.
31. Blue Pearl – “Little Brother”
One of the Summers biggest hits came from Blue Pearl who returned last week with this follow up, which is up nine places.
30. Del Amitri – “Spit In The Rain”
Del Amitri have made a quite yet distinguished debut this year with two chart hits to their name and their first album, from which comes a third single and a third new entry into the top 40.
29. 808 State – “Cubik”
808 State go it alone next for the first time in twelve months and their debut “Pacific State” last November. Since then they’ve teamed up with MC Rhymes for two top twenty hits but this week return for this new entry on their own.
28. Jimmy Somerville – “To Love Somebody” Jimmy Somerville makes a third chart return of this year with another track from his debut album, “Read My Lips”, which is cover of the Bee Gees 1967 hit.
27. Twenty4Seven featuring Captain Hollywood – “I Can’t Stand It”
Twenty4Seven and Captain Hollywood have been top twenty for the past six weeks but obviously ‘can’t stand it’ any longer as they fall ten places and out.
26. Aztec Camera – “Good Morning Britain”
Also down and out of the top twenty with their brand new tune, which comes from their latest album, “Stray”, are Aztec Camera, down six for them.
25. EMF – “Unbelievable”
Adding to this weeks chart newcomers are UK band EMF, who are from Gloucestershire and formed last year. This is their debut single and it gets an impressive debut new entry position.
24. Londonbeat – “I’ve Been Thinking About You”
Leaving the top twenty after seven weeks are Londonbeat with only their second but biggest UK top 40 hit, which falls ten places.
23. George Michael – “Waiting For That Day”
George is up again this week, three places for him, with the second track to come from his new album, “Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1”.
22. Jason Donovan – “I’m Doing Fine” Jason Donovan was ‘doing fine’ as last week’s highest climber, he’s up again this week, but only by one place. Can he make the top twenty where all of his previous singles have gone?
21. Technotronic – “Megamix”
Technotronic are down nine places and out of the top twenty with their megamix for four singles, all of which have been hits here in the last twelve months.
20. The LA’s – “There She Goes”
The LA’s finally entered the chart last week with their 1988 single and this time around they really mean business. With a climb of nineteen places, they go straight into the top twenty and are also this week’s highest!
19. a-ha – “Crying In The Rain”
After two weeks as a non mover, a-ha fall six places with their cover of The Everly Brothers 1962 hit, which comes from their new album, out now.
18. Roxette – “Dressed For Success” Per and Marie enter the UK top twenty for a fourth time this week as they go up four places with another track from last year’s “Look Sharp” album.
17. Bobby Vinton – “Blue Velvet”
Meanwhile Bobby Vinton leaves the top ten with his old song, down seven places this week for the 55 year old.
16. Status Quo – “The Anniversary Waltz Part One”
The Quo are down eight places and out of the top ten with their 25th anniversary ‘mash up’ of hits including “Great Balls Of Fire”!
15. Paul Simon – “The Obvious Child”
Paul Simon went top twenty for the first time in four years last week and he continues to progress further, up three more positions this week.
14. Happy Mondays – “Kinky Afro”
The Happy Mondays are down seven this week and out of the top ten with their latest which comes from their new album, “Pills ‘n’ Thrills And Bellyaches”, out tomorrow.
13. The Cure – “Close To Me”
The Cure brought this old song back to the chart last week but much higher than it reached first time around and they go up two places with it this week.
12. Rita MacNeill – “Working Man”
Canada’s Rita MacNeill was edging close to the top ten last week but she’s slipped back one place, right back to where she was two weeks ago.
11. Paul Gascoigne and Lindisfarne – “Fog On The Tyne”
You’ve had the England football team and Luciana Pavarotti this Summer for the world cup, now we get to hear from our star player! Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne teams up with folk band Lindisfarne for their very first UK chart hit since 1978 which is also this weeks highest new entry!
10. Robert Palmer and UB40 – “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”
Robert Palmer is back in the top ten for the first time in two years, while UB40 return for the second time this year with their new collaboration, which is up nine places.
9. Blackbox – “Fantasy”
Last week Blackbox made a chart entry with this cover of Earth Wind & Fire’s “Fantasy”, which previously made No.14 back in 1978. With a climb of twelve places and into the top ten this week, Blackbox now claim the best performing version of this song.
8. Maria McKee – “Show Me Heaven”
Still going strong and now with two months in the top ten, Maria McKee‘s former chart topper is down four places this week.
7. Whitney Houston – “I’m You Baby Tonight”
The ‘Baby’s’ are close by, Robert still stays he’ll be your baby tonight, while Whitney very definitely IS your baby tonight, even if she’s two places lower than last week.
6. Belinda Carlisle – “(We Want) The Same Thing”
Fellow American Belinda Carlisle‘s second UK top ten hit from the “Runaway Horses” album is a non mover this week. The song is also her fifth to make to top ten over here since “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” at the end of 1987.
5. Kim Appleby – “Don’t Worry” Kim Appleby made a more than welcome return to the chart last week after an absence of two and a half years with her debut solo recording, which is up eleven places to put her back in the top five for the first time since “Respectable” in early 1987.
4. Kylie Minogue – “Step Back In Time”
Her former Stock Aitken Waterman pal Kylie is just above her, she was last week’s highest new entry and goes up five places this week to win her eleventh consecutive top five hit here in the UK!
3. Berlin – “Take My Breath Away”
Tom Cruise still has two UK top ten hits from his films. The earlier of the two, Berlin‘s former 1986 chart topper is a non-mover this week, remaining in the top three.
2. The Beautiful South – “A Little Time”
They were knocked off the top last week but The Beautiful South are still selling well, enough to keep them in second place for a second week.
1. The Righteous Brothers – “Unchained Melody”
Which means for a second week, Bill and Bobby remain the UK’s biggest seller thanks to the number film at the moment, ‘Ghost’. But can they keep it for a third week or will Kylie, Kim Appleby or someone else rob them of that? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!