Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 9th December 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 3rd to Saturday 8th December 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, thirteen climbers and one non-mover! And it was announced like this…
40. C&C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams – “Gonna Make You Sweat”
Producers Robert Clivillés and David Cole have been working together for ten years now in the New York clubs and have already produced songs for Marsha Wash and Whitney Houston. Now they’re bringing their own music to the masses and this one has already topped the US singles chart. It makes its UK chart debut here today.
39. Orchestra On The Half Shell – “Turtle Rhapsody”
If you thought we were done with turtle power for this year, think again, there’s more! Orchestra On The Half Shell are composers John Du Prez and David Frank who worked on the film’s soundtrack and their bring more turtle music to the UK chart with this new entry.
38. Paul McCartney – “All My Trails”
Macca brought the second track from his latest live album to the chart last week but falls three places, seven days on.
37. Innocence – “A Matter Of Fact”
While coming back for their fourth chart entry are Innocence with this track from their debut album, “Belief”, that was released this Summer.
36. Megabass – “Time To Make The Floor Burn”
Six weeks on and Megabass’ chart debut is still with us but down fifteen places this week.
35. Status Quo – “The Anniversary Waltz part two”
Status Quo recently won their biggest and highest chart hit for four years with part one of their 25 years in music celebration, so its stands to reason that part two was going to follow. And here it is!
34. Shakin’ Stevens – “The Best Christmas Of Them All”
Five years ago, Shakey got the top spot on Christmas day and he’s going for it again this year with this new entry. Can he make it all the way though with three weeks to go…?
33. Paul Gascoigne and Lindisfarne – “Fog On The Tyne”
‘Gazza’ and Lindisfarne drop ten places this week and with six weeks on the chart, it could be their last…
32. Seal – “Crazy” Seal sang on one of this year’s biggest sellers, “Killer” and now he’s a known name, he’s launching his own solo career with the first single to come from an album he’s been recording that’s due out next year.
31. The Carpenters – “Merry Christmas Darling”
It’s been twelve years since The Carpenters were last in the UK top 40 with “Sweet Sweet Smile”. This is a track from their 1970 album, “Christmas Portrait” and it gives them a new entry this week.
30. George Michael – “Freedom (90)”
George Michael comes back quickly with the third single to come from his latest album, “Listen Without Prejudice”. This is titled “Freedom” and just so you don’t confuse it with the Wham! hit of the same name, they’ve put a ’90’ in brackets at the end!
29. Robert Palmer and UB40 – “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”
Robert Palmer and UB40 leave the top twenty this week, down twelve places, with their hugely successful collaboration which has returned them both to the top ten.
28. Bombalurina – “Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat” Timmy Mallett and his ladies aka Bombalurina also leave the top twenty after two weeks, down nine places, with the follow up to one of this year’s number ones.
27. Enigma – “Sadeness part one”
Status Quo have had a part one and now a part two so German producer Michael Cretu brings the first part of his ‘sadeness’ to the chart with this new entry in which he enlists the vocals of his wife, 80’s chart star Sandra, who has never had a UK top 40 hit of her own!
26. The Proclaimers – “King Of The Road”
Lots of songs leaving the top twenty this weeks and that includes Craig and Charlie, who fall twelve places with their ‘comeback’ single.
25. Betty Boo – “24 Hours”
Going the other way is Betty Boo, with her third chart hit of this year, which climbs two places this week.
24. INXS – “Disappear”
The second single from INXS’ latest album, “X”, made a low chart debut last week but makes up for that this week, rising sixteen places, to make it the highest climber!
23. Jimmy Somerville – “To Love Somebody”
Down eight places this week for Jimmy Somerville, completing twelve months of cover versions from his album, “Read My Lips” and his fifth solo hit since “Comment te dire adieu”, last October.
22. Blackbox – “Total Mix”
Blackbox are one of two artists with two songs on the chart this week. Their first is a new entry and a Technotronic style megamix of all their chart hits since “Ride On Time”, last Summer.
21. Dream Warriors – “My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style”
The final song to leave the upper half of the chart this week comes from the Dream Warriors, their second of two songs released this year, which is down five places.
20. Blackbox – “Fantasy”
Blackbox are back with their second entry of this week, their version of “Fantasy”, which drops out of the top ten and down ten places.
19. Rod Stewart and Tina Turner – “It Takes Two”
Also leaving the top ten and with another cover version are Rod and Tina, down twelve places this week.
18. Twenty4Seven and Captain Hollywood – “Are You Dreaming?”
But it’s been a good week for Twenty4Seven and Captain Hollywood with their second chart hit to date, which climbs seven places into the top twenty. Can they take it top ten next week for two in a row?
17. Dimples D – “Sucker DJ”
Also on the up is the remix of Dimples D’s 1983 song, doing much better now and one place higher than last week.
16. Julee Cruise – “Falling”
Doing exactly what the song title says, Julee Cruise IS falling, eight places and out of the top ten this week with the theme from Twin Peaks.
15. Malandra Burrows – “Just This Side Of Love”
Emmerdale Farm actress Malandra Burrows made her music debut last week with her very first single and climbs fourteen places into the top twenty with it this week.
14. Yazoo – “Situation ’90”
While Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet’s seven year old song got a facelift and a re-release, which sees them back in the top twenty this week, up eight places.
13. The Righteous Brothers – “You’ve Lost The Loving Feeling”
The other act with two songs on the chart are Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, who have already had a huge chart topper with a 25 year old hit, now they come back with a re-issue of their 1964 number one which is this weeks highest new entry. Can they do the same again and return this 26 year old sing to the top…?
12. Snap – “Mary Had A Little Boy”
Snap got their fourth chart hit of this year with this slightly revised version of the children’s nursery rhyme last week and go up twelve places to claim their fourth top twenty hit in a row.
11. MC Hammer – “Pray”
Also coming back to the chart last week was Hammer with his third release, which is up nine places and he will want a third top ten hit next week…
10. Chris Isaak – “Wicked Game”
Last week’s highest climber from Chris Isaak moves up one more place and into the UK top ten this week. The song is taken from the film ‘Wild At Heart’ and Isaak’s 1989 album, “Heart Shaped World”.
9. New Kids On The Block – “This One’s For The Children”
Also moving up into the top ten are New Kids On The Block, four places for them, which means that all nine of their UK single releases have now charted top ten!
8. Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman – “Kinky Boots”
Going down are The Avengers John Steed and Cathy Gale with their kooky 1964 recording having made the top five last week, they sink three, seven days on.
7. Kim Appleby – “Don’t Worry” Kim Appleby has now registered six weeks in the top ten with her debut solo single and it’s still going strong, even though she falls three places this week.
6. EMF – “Unbelievable”
Also going down are EMF with their first single, which has been top three for two weeks but also drops three places.
5. The Righteous Brothers – “Unchained Melody”
Bill and Andy have got their second highest new entry of the year this week while their former number one is down three places, perhaps to be replaced by their new one on a week or two…?
4. The Farm – “All Together Now”
The Farm returned with a big new entry last week and climb eight places to out do their first chart hit, taking the follow up to “Groovy Train” into the top five.
3. Cliff Richard – “Saviour’s Day”
Up three places for last week’s highest new entry from Cliff with his Christmas single this year, his best since “Mistletoe And Wine” two years ago. Will he be crowned king of Christmas in two weeks time though?
2. Madonna – “Justify My Love”
Another big new entry last week came from Madonna, who scores her thirteenth top two position this week with a climb of seven places with one of the new songs from her number one album, “The Immaculate Collection“.
1. Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice Baby”
But out selling them all for a third week is Vanilla Ice, who remains the biggest seller in the UK. But can he keep it for a fourth, or will Madonna, Cliff, The Farm or even The Righteous Brothers’ new entry knock him off? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!