Jackie Wilson

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 4th January 1987

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 4th January 1987

So this was the chart that Radio 1 DJ Bruno Brookes broadcast from 5-7pm with data from the GALLUP computer based on record sales from Monday 29th December 1986 to Saturday 3rd January 1987.

This is how the charts USED to look with new entries, climbers and non-movers, all based solely on record purchases.
This week there were four new entrys, eleven climbers and six non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Red Box – “For America”
Red Box are down three places this week, but it’s their twelfth week all told on the top 40 with their second chart hit to date.

39. Anita Baker – “Sweet Love”
Also down three and in her tenth week on the chart is Anita Baker with her first UK hit single, which has gone top ten in America.

38. Swing Out Sister – “Surrender”
Swing Out Sister are back following their huge hit “Breakout”, this time they are ‘surrendering’ with the first of this year’s new entry’s.

37. Cliff Richard and Sarah Brightman – “All I Ask Of You”
Cliff and Sarah’s Christmas effort is down seven this week, but has now registered fourteen weeks on the chart!

36. Iggy Pop – “Real Wild Child”
James Newell Osterberg Jr. has been making music for seventeen years now but he’s never had a UK chart hit on his own. That all changes today with this new entry, which is the second single from his current album, “Blah, Blah, Blah”.


35. The Bangles – “Walk Like An Egyptian”
Going back up the chart are The Bangles, by three places, with their biggest UK hit so far, which has now outsold “Manic Monday”, even though that charted higher.

34. Cameo – “Candy”
Cameo are also rebounding the chart this week, although they just go up one place with the follow up to “Word Up”.

33. Spitting Image – “Santa Clause Is On The Dole”
The Spitting Image team go down eleven with their humorous addition to this year’s Christmas chart which didn’t quite make it to the top!

32. Robbie Nevil – “C’est La Vie”
There’s a chart debut next with a debut single from US songwriter Robbie Nevil who has already taken this song to No.2 Stateside in November. How far will he go here…?


31. Paul Simon – “The Boy In The Bubble”
Another chart rebounder is Paul Simon with the latest track from his hugely successful “Graceland” album, which is up one place.

30. George Benson – “Shiver”
George Benson drops just two places this week with his most recent top twenty hit from the album “While The City Sleeps…”.

29. Five Star – “If I Say Yes”
Going back up this week are Five Star, now with eight weeks on the chart and five places higher than they dropped to last week.

28. Mel and Kim – “Showing Out (Get Fresh For The Weekend)”
Mel and Kim are down just one place with their debut single, which has now been on the top 40 for fourteen weeks!

27. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – “Because Of You”
Dexy and the band are down eleven places with their latest, stand alone single release.

26. Kim Wilde – “You Keep Me Hanging On”
While Kim Wilde notches up three whole months on the chart this week with her cover of The Supremes classic, which stays put for a second week in the same spot.

25. The Eurythmics – “The Miracle Of Love”
While Annie and Dave fall two places with their latest, which has missed the top twenty by the looks of things.

24. Lionel Richie – “Ballerina Girl”
Lionel is up nine this week with the fourth single to come from his multi-Platinum album, “Dancing On The Ceiling”.

23. Swing Out Sister – “Breakout”
They are back at No.38 with the follow up to this huge top five hit, which is now twelve weeks on the chart, but Swing Out Sister still only fall two places this week.

22. Debbie Harry – “French Kissing In The USA”
As Debbie Harry leaves the top twenty with her first solo chart hit in the UK, which falls three places.

21. Nick Kamen – “Each Time You Break My Heart”
Nick Kamen‘s debut single is also out of the upper half of the chart, down just one place and now in its tenth week.

20. Gary Moore – “Over The Hills And Far Away”
There are two joint highest climbers both of eleven places this week and Gary Moore is one of them as he moves up into the top twenty.

19. The Pretenders – “Hymn To Her”
Also moving up into the top twenty are The Pretenders, up six places with the second single from their latest album, “Get Close”.

18. Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – “Jack Your Body”
This week’s highest new entry is from US producer and DJ Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, who was responsible for last year’s US club chart hit “I Can’t Turn Around”. He’s on his own now and gets his first UK chart hit and in a big way too!


17. Status Quo – “Dreamin'”
The Quo drop two places this week with the fourth single from last year’s “In the Army Now” album.

16. Berlin – “Take My Breath Away”
And dropping just three places with their former number one are Berlin, now with three months on the UK chart and you can expect a follow up to this very soon.

15. Jaki Graham – “Step Right Up”
Jaki Graham continues to climb the chart and it’s been a long slow climb for her with this one, which moves up another two places this week.

14. Genesis – “Land Of Confusion”
Genesis are sticking tight this week as a non-mover with the third track from their now, double Platinum selling album, “Invisible Touch”.

13. Bon Jovi – “Living On A Prayer”
Bon Jovi are out of the top ten this week, down three places with their biggest UK hit and their former US number one.

12. The Communards – “So Cold The Night”
Richard and Jimmy are down one this week with their latest top ten hit, their second in under twelve months here.

11. Elkie Brooks – “No More The Fool”
The other joint highest climber of eleven places come from Elkie Brooks, who moves so close to the top ten with what is now her biggest hit since “Sunshine After the Rain” in 1977.


10. Gregory Abbott – “Shake You Down”
Gregory Abbott is still in the top ten but down one place and now with a full month inside the top ten.

9. The Gap Band – “Big Fun”
The Gap Band move up three places into the top ten this week, their first time since “Oops Up Side Your Head” back in 1980!

8. Oran ‘Juice’ Jones – “The Rain”
While The ‘Juice’ man is down two with his very first UK top ten hit and his first to chart over here.

7. Erasure – “Sometimes”
Andy and Vince are still going strong in the top ten with their biggest hit to date and they are a non-mover in what is their twelfth week on the top 40.

6. Madonna – “Open Your Heart”
Madonna’s latest single from the “True Blue” album drops two places from its peak position here last week. It made No.2 over in America.

5. a-ha – “Cry Wolf”
And there is a non-mover for the boys from Norway this week as their latest offering from “Scoundrel Days” stays top five but goes no further.

4. Europe – “The Final Countdown”
Europe’s former number one is slowly descending the chart, down one place and now with three complete months on the UK top 40.

3. Alison Moyet – “Is This Love?”
‘Alf’ Moyet has a great week as she moves up into the top three, five places higher, with her first new offering from her next studio album, which she has nearly finished recording.

2. The Housemartins – “Caravan Of Love”
There are two former chart toppers in the top five this week and The Housemartins are the second of them, but stay the same as last week, propping up all below and one above them.

1. Jackie Wilson – “Reet Petite”
Which means for a second week, the Christmas number one of last year from the late Jackie Wilson stays number one and is the first of this new year. But can he make it a third, or will Alison Moyet nab her first chart topper or perhaps even The Housemartins reclaim the top spot? There’s only one way to find out…

Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!

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