Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 16th 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 10th to Saturday 15th 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 five new entries, fourteen climbers and one non-mover! And it was announced like this…
40. Robert Palmer and UB40 – “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”
Eight weeks on the chart now for Robert and UB40 with their former top ten hit and down eleven places for them this week.
39. The Sisters Of Mercy – “Doctor Jeep”
The Sisters Of Mercy are back with our first new entry this week, the second single to come from their new album, “Vision Thing” and the follow up to September’s “More”.
38. Innocence – “A Matter Of Fact”
While Innocence, who were new on last week, drop back one place seven days later with their fourth chart entry of this year.
37. Jimmy Somerville – “To Love Somebody”
Jimmy is down fourteen places with his version of “To Love Somebody”, clocking up eight weeks on the top 40 altogether.
36. Patsy Cline – “Crazy”
American singer Patsy Cline hasn’t has a UK chart hit since her death in 1963 and amazingly, this former US top ten hit from 1961, never charted here at all first time around. That all changes today with this new entry, 29 years later!
35. The Proclaimers – “King Of The Road”
Craig and Charlie remain with us, down nine places this week, with their version of Roger Miller’s 1965 song which topped both the US and the UK singles chart.
34. Dream Warriors – “My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style”
The Dream Warriors are down thirteen with their second UK top 40 hit of this year, which has also been a top twenty hit in Sweden and Switzerland!
33. Blackbox – “Fantasy”
Blackbox charted with two songs last week and still have two this week. Their eight week long lasting version of “Fantasy” comes first, also down thirteen places.
32. Rod Stewart and Tina Turner – “It Takes Two”
And just for the hattrick, Rod and Tina go down thirteen places with their cover of Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston’s 1966 single, which, unlike that original, went top ten over here.
31. C&C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams – “Gonna Make You Sweat”
C&C Music Factory made their UK chart debut last week with this US dance chart smash and climb nine this week, along with 24 year old rapper Freedom Williams.
30. Julee Cruise – “Falling”
Julee Cruise shot up the chart just a couple of weeks ago with her debut single but comes ‘falling’ down, fourteen places and out of the top twenty this week.
29. Betty Boo – “24 Hours”
Also falling is Betty Boo, down four places, with the latest single from her debut album, “Boomania”, and the first not to make the top ten.
28. George Michael – “Freedom (90)”
George Michael’s third single from his latest album entered the chart last week and climbs two this week – his own ‘freedom’!
27. Whitney Houston – “All The Man That I Need”
Returning with the second single from her current album is Whitney with this new entry which follows the title track, “I’m Your Baby Tonight”, which left us only three weeks ago.
26. The Carpenters – “Merry Christmas Darling”
The Carpenters returned to the chart for the first time in more than a decade last week with this track from their 1970 seasonal album, which goes up five places this week.
25. Jive Bunny – “The Crazy Party Mixes”
Twelve months ago, Jive Bunny was at number one with ‘his’ third consecutive chart topper, “Let’s Party”. This year ‘his’ offering is some crazy party mixes, which make for a seventh chart entry for the team.
24. Shakin Stevens – “The Best Christmas Of Them All”
Former Christmas chart topper Shakey entered with his seasonal offering this year seven days ago and shoots up ten places on this weeks chart, but it’s not enough to put him in the running for the top spot this year alas.
23. Seal – “Crazy”
Adamski’s singer Seal was also a new entrant last week with his first solo single and he climbs nine places with it this week.
22. Dimples D – “Sucker DJ”
Dimples D suckers the DJ no more as she leaves the upper half of the chart, down five places, with the remix of her original 1983 single.
21. INXS – “Disappear”
last week’s highest climber came from INXS with the second single from their current album, and they move a further three places higher with it this week, just edging the top twenty.
20. Status Quo – “The Anniversary Waltz part two”
Going big guns with the follow up to part one a few months ago, The Quo rise fifteen places and back into the top twenty for the second time this year.
19. Twenty4Seven and Captain Hollywood – “Are You Dreaming?”
While Twenty4Seven and Captain Hollywood slip back one place with their second chart hit of this year, but are they still dreaming…?(!)
18. Yazoo – “Situation ’90”
Vince and Alison are also sliding, five places for them, with the new remix of their 1984 single.
17. Kim Appleby – “Don’t Worry”
And after six weeks inside the top ten, Kim Appleby drops out and down ten places with her debut solo single.
16. Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman – “Kinky Boots”
Those 60’s Avengers also leave the top ten this week with their 1964 recording, which is down eight places.
15. Blackbox – “The Total Mix”
But going the other way is Blackbox’s second single on the chart, which is a mash up of all their chart hits and it’s up seven places.
14. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – “The Grease Megamix”
In another mash up of old hits, ‘Grease’ stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John return to the chart for the first time since 1978 with a collection of all the big numbers from that film and bag this week’s highest new entry!
13. New Kids On The Block – “This One’s For The Children”
After just one week in the UK top ten with their ninth entry, New Kids On The Block drop out and backwards by four places.
12. Chris Isaak – “Wicked Game”
Also leaving the top ten is Chris Isaak after one week with his UK chart debut, which falls two places and out.
11. Malandra Burrows – “Just This Side Of Love”
Still climbing is Emmerdale Farm actress Malandra Burrows with her debut single, which is up four places. Can she go top ten next week…?
10. MC Hammer – “Pray”
MC Gammer moves up one place and into the top ten this week, the third of his three singles released here in the UK to do so.
9. The Righteous Brothers – “Unchained Melody”
The other act to have two songs on the chart this week is Bill and Bobby, their former number one is down four places but remains top ten for an eighth week.
8. Snap – “Mary Had A Little Boy”
Also going top ten for a fourth time this year are Snap with their ‘amended’ version of “Mary Had A Little Lamb”, which is up four places.
7. EMF – “Unbelievable”
EMF have been top ten for six weeks now and drop back just one place this week with their debut single. They are putting the finishing touches to their debut album, which should be out early next year.
6. Enigma – “Sadness part one”
Michael Cretu’s musical project Enigma, together with his wife Sandra‘s vocals, made its debut here last week and with a massive leap of twenty one places, becomes this weeks’s highest climber.
5. The Farm – “All Together Now”
The Farm went top five last week with their second chart single. They remain so for a second week, but do drop down one place.
4. The Righteous Brothers – “You’ve Lost The Loving Feeling”
Meanwhile, Bill and Bobby are back with their second offering, last week’s highest new entry, which is up nine places and gives the duo two top ten hits in the same week!
3. Madonna – “Justify My Love”
Madonna‘s newest offering from her chart topping mega hit album, “The Immaculate Collection“, slips down one place this week.
2. Cliff Richard – “Saviour’s Day”
Swapping places with her is Cliff with his seasonal offering, which moves up one place, now his highest charting single since “The Best Of Me” last Summer. But can he go one step further and win the biggest prize of all next week…?
1. Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice Baby”
But for a fourth week, Robert Van Winkle aka Vanilla Ice stays top of the lot with the biggest seller still in the UK. Can he make it five and bag the Christmas number one or will Cliff reign his Christmas crown, or perhaps Bill and Bobby will get their second number one of the year…It’s all to play for and there’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!