George Aretha 1987

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 1st February 1987

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 1st February 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 26th to Saturday 31st 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 seven new entrys, thirteen climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Berlin – “You Don’t Know”
They’re not gonna get another number one like this! Having entered the chart last week, Berlin actually fall one place and nearly out!

39. China Crisis – “Best Kept Secret”
And that goes for China Crisis’ chart return, which was also a new entry last week and is down three places.

38. Carly Simon – “Coming Around Again”
Someone else who makes a chart comeback this week is Carly Simon with this new song that gives her, her first UK hit since “Kissing With Confidence” in 1983.

37. Billy Ocean – “Love Is Forever”
Love may be forever but not Billy Ocean‘s latest song, which is down three places after three weeks on the chart.

36. The Damned – “Gigolo”
The Damned get a new entry this week with the second single to come from their current album, “Anything”, the follow up to the title track back in October.

35. Kool And The Gang – “Victory”
Victory has been had for Kool And The Gang as they follow so many this week in a downward spiral, dropping five places.

34. The Style Council – “It Didn’t Matter”
Taking a bigger hike are The Style Council, down fifteen places and out of the top twenty with their newest track.

33. Timbuk 3 – “The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades”
US rock band Timbuk 3 have been together since 1983 but released their debut album and this single Stateside last year. They’ve made an impact here in the UK now as they make their first appearance on our chart today.

32. The Ward Brothers – “Cross That Bridge”
Making their debut last week were The Ward Brothers and unlike their fellow chart entrants, they make a climb of three places seven days later.

31. Julian Cope – “Trampoline”
He’s been stagnant for three weeks ever since he joined us but finally this week, Julian Cope is on the move and it’s a positive one too, up two places!

30. Freeez – “IOU”
Freeez were a non-mover last week but their move this week is going down, seven places.

29. Siouxsie And The Banshees – “This Wheel’s On Fire”
Siouxsie And The Banshees cover of Bob Dylan’s 1967 original has been on the chart for a month now but leaves the top twenty this week, down eleven places.

28. Europe – “Rock The Night”
Europe are back! This new entry is their follow up to last year’s chart topper “The Final Countdown” and gives them a second UK top 40 hit.

27. Rosie Vela – “Magic Smile”
US model and actress Rosie Vela brought her debut single to the UK chart last week and she’s up two places, making gentle progress.

26. Iggy Pop – “Real Wild Child”
Meanwhile Iggy Pop’s first UK chart hit is down nine this week and out of the upper half of the chart.

25. Man 2 Man Meets Man Parrish – “Male Stripper”
US group Man 2 Man formed in 1975 and have been enjoying club chart success Stateside for some time now. This song was released last year but only got to No.64 but not today as a re-issue finds them top 40 for the very first time.

24. Five Star – “Stay Out Of My Life”
Five Star bag a new entry above them with the fifth single to come from last year’s “Strong As Steel” album. Three of those have gone top ten and the other top twenty, so can they repeat that with yet another…?

23. Eric Clapton – “Behind The Mask”
Eric Clapton is still moving in the right direction with the first single to chart from his album, “August”. This week he goes up five places.

22. The Mission – “Wasteland”
Leaving the top twenty are The Mission with their latest offering, down nine places having been on the chart for a month now.

21. Dead Or Alive – “Something In My House”
And following them are Dead Or Alive, down seven places, with their highest charting song since “Lover Come Back To Me” in 1985.

20. Raze – “Jack The Groove”
Let’s get back to some ‘jacking’ with Raze first who made the top twenty last week but do nothing else with it, other than to stay still for a second week.

19. Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman – “The Music Of The Night”
Actors Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman brought the second song from The Phantom Of The Opera soundtrack to the chart last week and rise up five places seven days on.

18. The Pretenders – “Hymn To Her”
Taking a slower descent than last week are The Pretenders with their latest release, dropping just two on this weeks chart.

17. The Gap Band – “Big Fun”
But down six this week are The Gap Band with their highest charting hit here in the UK so far.

16. Vesta Williams – “One Bitten Twice Shy”
It didn’t look like Vesta Williams was going to do much more after just a climb of one last week but she’s proven us wrong with an entry into the UK top twenty and a climb of nine places to take her there!

15. UB40 – “Rat In My Kitchen”
Dropping three this week are UB40 with the title track of their current album and their highest charting single since the lead track, “Sing Our Own Song”, last year.

14. Hot Chocolate – “You Sexy Thing”
Hot Chocolate continue to ascent with their re-issued 1975 hit, which comes back to the top twenty this week, up seven places.

13. Jackie Wilson – “Reet Petite”
Leaving the top ten is former chart topper Jackie Wilson, down seven places with last year’s Christmas number one finally making the top spot 29 years after its initial release.

12. The Smiths – “Shoplifters Of The World Unite”
This week’s highest new entry sees the return of The Smiths with another new track, the follow up to last year’s “Ask” and “Panic”, with the prospect of a new album later this year.

11. The Blow Monkey’s – “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way”
From the highest new entry to the highest climber next and shooting up sixteen places are The Blow Monkey’s with their newest tune, which actually goes one place higher than their previous chart best, “Digging Your Scene” from early last year!

10. Alison Moyet – “Is This Love?”
Alison Moyet‘s brand new song is down six this week, but remains in the top ten for a eighth week all told.

9. Swing Out Sister – “Surrender”
They went down last week but sales are holding up as Swing Out Sister stay still, moving no where at all this week.

8. Elkie Brooks – “No More The Fool”
Dropping out of the top five after three weeks is Elkie Brooks with her biggest hit of this decade so far, she’s down three places.

7. Taffy – “I Love My Radio”
Taffy is making yet more progress. Up into the top twenty on last weeks chart and into the top ten, up eight places, this week.

6. Robbie Nevil – “C’est La Vie”
Robbie Nevil’s debut single has made the top three but he sinks down three spots this week and out.

5. Curiosity Killed The Cat – “Down To Earth”
UK band Curiosity Killed The Cat finally made the top 40 with their second ever single a few weeks ago and made the top ten last week. They are up three more places this week into the top five.

4. Randy Crawford – “Almaz”
Also going great guns is Randy Crawford, she’s up six and into the top five, back where she last was seven years ago with “One Day I’ll Fly Away”.

3. Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – “Jack Your Body”
There is change at the top as Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley’s two week chart topper is down two places and is no longer the biggest seller.

2. Pepsi And Shirlie – “Heartache”
Jumping over him is last week’s highest climber from former Wham singers Pepsi and Shirlie, whi are up five places with their debut single and into second place!

1. George Michael and Aretha Franklin – “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”
And keeping with the Wham theme, former Wham frontman George Michael and Aretha Franklin’s highest new entry from last week is up one place to become the UK’s new best seller, giving George his third UK solo chart topper and Aretha her very first UK number one! But can they hold on to it for a second week or will Pepsi and Shirlie, Randy Crawford and Curiosity Killed The Cat deny them of that? There’s only one way to find out…

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!