Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 30th 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 24th to Saturday 29th 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 three new entrys, nine climbers and six non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. The Proclaimers – “King Of The Road”
Craig and Charlie remain on the chart for a seventh week as they fall four places with their “King Of The Road” comeback EP.
39. Blackbox – “Fantasy”
And Blackbox do for a tenth week as they also drop four places with their hugely successful cover of Earth Wind And Fire’s classic.
38. Julee Cruise – “Falling”
Notching up her tenth week is Julee Cruise with the theme from Twin Peaks, which is down seven places.
37. Dream Warriors – “My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style”
There are lots of rebounds this week, as always happens on the post-Christmas chart, the first is from the Dream Warriors who go back up four places with their second UK chart hit.
36. Orchestra On The Half Shell – “Turtle Rhapsody”
While a re entry from last week from the composers of the Turtle film this year, climbs two places to reach a new UK high!
35. Rod Stewart and Tina Turner – “It Takes Two”
Rod and Tina drop two places as it takes two to do so with their more successful cover of Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston’s 1966 original.
34. Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes – “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life”
Coming back to the UK chart after its original run three years ago is former Righteous Brother Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes’ Oscar winning hit from the film ‘Dirty Dancing’ as a new entry this week!
33. Shakin Stevens – “The Best Christmas Of Them All”
With Christmas done, all the festive songs are going down and Shakey is no exception, dropping fourteen places and right out of the top twenty.
32. George Michael – “Freedom (90)”
While George holds tight for a second week with the third single to come from this year’s “Listen Without Prejudice” album.
31. Paul Gascoigne – “Geordie Boys”
‘Gazza’ is going back up this week, three places for his “Gazza Rap”, which now reaches a new chart high, not previously attained.
30. The Carpenters – “Merry Christmas Darling”
The Carpenters Christmas offering is done for this year as they fall five places with their recording from twenty years ago.
29. Betty Boo – “24 Hours”
Going back up the chart, if only by one place, is Betty Boo with her third hit of this year, although her first not to make the upper half of the chart.
28. Dimples D – “Sucker DJ”
Staying put for a second week is Dimples D’s first UK top 40 entry, a remix of her 1983 single that failed to do anything first time around.
27. Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman – “Kinky Boots”
The Avengers are down three places with their reissued 1964 recording, prior to Blackman leaving the series for her co-starring role in the Bond film, ‘Goldfinger’.
26. Whitney Houston – “All The Man That I Need”
Whitney drops four places this week with the second single from her current alum that becomes her first to miss the top twenty since she made her debur five years ago!
25. C&C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams – “Gonna Make You Sweat”
Still making small climbs, four weeks on are C&C Music Factory with their US club chart hit, which is up another four places this week.
24. INXS – “Disappear”
While Australia’s INXS fall one place with their second single from the album “X”, now Platinum certified here!
23. Anthrax – “Got The Time”
There is a brand new entry this week from Anthrax who make their UK chart return for the first time in two years with the lead single to come from their fourth album, which is also a cover of a Joe Jackson song from 1979.
22. Yazoo – “Situation ’90”
Vince and Alison slip one place with the 1990 remix of their 1983 US dance chart number one single which has seen them back in the UK chart for the first time in six years.
21. Patsy Cline – “Crazy”
There are two joint highest climbers of five places this week and the first is from Patsy Cline with the reissue of her 1961 single that never quite made the chart here then. Doing much better now!
20. Twenty4Seven and Captain Hollywood – “Are You Dreaming?”
Twenty4Seven and Captain Hollywood are down three places this week, still in the top twenty now at number twenty(!)
19. Chris Isaak – “Wicked Game”
Chris Isaak rebounded the chart last week but falls eight places this week with his first UK hit and a song that is over a year old now.
18. Jive Bunny – “The Crazy Party Mixes”
Last week’s highest climber from Jive Bunny is down five places, having bagged ‘his’ third number one single at Christmas time last year.
17. Malandra Burrows – “Just This Side Of Love”
And also down is Emmerdale Farm actress Malandra Burrows with her debut single, dropping another three places this week.
16. Status Quo – “The Anniversary Waltz part two”
There’s another non-mover this week for Status Quo with the second part of their 25th anniversary celebrations, part one of which reached number two.
15. New Kids On The Block – “This One’s For The Children”
New Kids On The Block get a rebounder this week and the second of this weeks duo of joint highest climbers, up five places.
14. Blackbox – “The Total Mix”
Blackbox’s second top 40 single is also back up the chart having fallen last week, four places for them, with their megamix of all their singles.
13. The Righteous Brothers – “Unchained Melody”
Doing better than them is Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, who has THREE songs on the chart this week! We heard from him earlier with Jennifer Warnes and now his former number one, which is down just one place this week.
12. EMF – “Unbelievable”
Falling two places are EMF with their debut single, now with ten weeks on the chart, nine of which have been in the top twenty.
11. Seal – “Crazy”
Seal continues his climb of the chart with his debut solo single, up four this week and tantalisingly parking itself outside the top ten…
10. MC Hammer – “Pray”
Most of the top ten are dropping one place this week. Why? You’ll find out very soon! The first is MC Hammer with his third chart hit of this year.
9. Snap – “Mary Had A Little Boy”
Following him are Snap, also down one, with their fourth top ten hit out of four singles released this year in the UK.
8. Madonna – “Justify My Love”
And Madonna drops one place with the first new song from her now double Platinum certified best of, “The Immaculate Collection“.
7. The Farm – “All Together Now”
Keeping up the the Jones’ are The Farm, down one place, with their second top ten hit of the year, with their new album due for release by the end of January.
6. The Righteous Brothers – “You’ve Lost Theat Loving Feeling”
Here comes Bill for his third time this week, back with Andy for their second chart hit, which goes down three places.
5. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – “The Grease Megamix”
Those ‘Grease’ stars stay put for a second week with the megamix of best loved songs from the 1978 film.
4. Enigma – “Sadeness part one”
And also staying still for another week are Enigma, producer Michael Cretu and his wife Sandra, with their first release from this new project.
3. Cliff Richard – “Saviour’s Day”
One week was all he needed, but seven days on, Cliff of Christmas leaves the top spot with this year’s Christmas number one, down two places and back to where he was three weeks ago.
2. Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice Baby”
Staying still for a second week while all around him changes is Vanilla Ice with his former number one, which remains so popular he can’t retake pole position or begin the long descent.
1. Iron Maiden – “Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter”
The reason they are all going down is that this week’s highest new entry is straight into the top and it’s the return of Iron Maiden with a brand new song, their first for two years, with a new album coming next year…which is only two days away! But can they remain on top with their very first UK number one for a second week, or will someone else take or retake the highest position of all? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!