Starship 1987

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 17th May 1987

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 17th May 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 11th to Saturday 16th May 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 six new entrys, ten climbers and four non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Mel and Kim – “Respectable”
The Appleby sisters are down fifteen this week, in their twelfth week on the chart with the second and by far, best seller yet.

39. UB40 – “Watchdogs”
The latest single from UB40’s album of last year made the chart last week but climbs only one place seven days later.

38. Glenn and Chris – “Diamond Lights”
We shall here from the full team a bit later but for now, Spurs players Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle go down fifteen places with their ‘duet’.

37. The Damned – “Alone Again Or…”
After a climb last week, The Damned are down, ten places with their latest track from “Anything”.

36. Sybil – “Let Yourself Go”
And sadly for Sybil she’s also going down, four places, with her very first UK top 40 single that will feature on her first album coming out very soon.

35. Gary Moore – “Friday On My Mind”
Gary Moore is back with a new entry this week, the fourth single from his “Wild Frontier” album and the follow up to February’s title track.

34. Club Nouveau – “Lean On Me”
Ten weeks on the chart now for Club Nouveau’s version of Bill Withers 1972 hit as they move downwards, seventeen places this week.

33. Terence Trent D’Arby – “If You Let Me Stay”
Also going down, but only thirteen places, as well as leaving the top twenty is Terence Trent D’Arby with his debut single.

32. John Farnham – “You’re The Voice”
It only took twenty years, but last week Australian singer John Farnham finally made the UK singles chart with this song that goes up seven places, seven days later.

31. The Fall – “There’s A Ghost In My House”
Not such good news for last week’s highest new entry from The Fall, the actually do ‘fall’ in weeks two, one place lower than they came in!

30. Robbie Nevil – “Dominoes”
Also falling is Robbie Nevil with his second single, down four places and it doesn’t look like another top ten hit this time around.

29. Level 42 – “To Be With You Again”
Level 42’s second single from their current seventh studio album is down fourteen places this week and out of the upper half of the chart.

28. The Housemartins – “Five Get Over Excited”
The Housemartins are back for 1987 following their big number one of last year and they get a new entry, their fourth in the top 40, today.

27. Europe – “Carrie”
One of last week’s many non-movers to go up the chart comes back down and this time it’s Europe who were hoping for a second top twenty hit here but sadly not as they descend five places.

26. Donna Allen – “Serious”
Meanwhile US singer Donna Allen made her UK chart debut last week with this top ten hit in her home country and she’s heading that way here with a climb of seven places.

25. Johnny Logan – “Hold Me Now”
Yes it’s Eurovision time once more and here comes this year’s Irish entry from singer Johnny Logan who returns to the UK top 40 for only the second time ever, he was last with us back in 1980 with “What’s Another Year?”, oddly also a Eurovision entry and a winner!

24. The Jesus and Mary Chain – “April Skies”
The Jesus and Mary Chain’s first top 40 single leaves the top ten this week, down fourteen places as they prepare to release a new album later this year.

23. Bruce Springsteen – “Born To Run (Live)”
The Boss, Mr Bruce Springsteen, is back on the UK chart with this new entry and a live version of his 1975 UK hit, which only got to No.93 here so already, he’s bettered that position today.

22. Carey Johnson – “Real Fashion Reggae Style”
Carey Johnson’s battle with UK chart positions has been short lived. One week in the top twenty and he’s out and down three places.

21. Mirage – “Jack Mix II”
There are two joint highest climbers this week of seventeen places and this is one of them from producers Mirage with the second part of their ‘jack mix’.

20. Depeche Mode – “Strangelove”
Depeche Mode‘s brand new single looks like it has peaked as they drop back four places this week, with their new album now in the final stages of production.

19. Zodic Mindwarp and The Love Reaction – “Prime Mover”
Zodic Mindwarp and The Love Reaction were THE prime movers last week with the highest climber and they ‘move’ into the top twenty this week, up a further five places.

18. Tottenham Hotspur FC – “Hot Shot Tottenham”
Glenn and Chris are back with the full squad this time for their FA Cup anthem for 1987 and rise seventeen places which makes then this week’s other joint highest!

17. Madonna – “La Isla Bonita”
Madonna‘s former number one is out of the top ten this week and down ten places as she clocks up two months on the chart with this one.

16. Spear Of Destiny – “Never Take Me Alive”
After six weeks of steady upwardly moves, Spear Of Destiny begin the long descent back down the chart as they fall two places.

15. Five Star – “The Slightest Touch”
Five Star are the third of this week’s acts to leave the top ten as their latest drops seven places and out.

14. Wet Wet Wet – “Wishing I Was Lucky”
Scottish newcomers Wet Wet Wet continue to be lucky as their debut single registers four weeks on the chart and is up seven places and into the top twenty.

13. The Cult – “Lil’ Devil”
The Cult were ready for a top ten hit this week but they haven’t quite made it as their current single falls back two places.

12. Sly and Robbie – “Boops (Here To Go)”
As were Lowell “Sly” Dunbar and Robert “Robbie” Shakespeare with their biggest UK chart hit so far, although they are a non-mover, so perhaps that’s a good thing. isn’t it?

11. Cameo – “Back And Forth”
Lepa frogging them are Cameo who do want another top ten hit, as they go up two places hoping for a second to follow “Word Up” last year.

10. Whitney Houston – “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”
Whitney Houston is back with new music and a big new entry this week. This is the first single that will come from her second studio album, coming out next month and it’s her first UK chart hit since “The Greatest Love Of All”, early last year.

9. Fleetwood Mac – “Big Love”
Fleetwood Mac have an album out now, “Tango In The Night” and it’s been top five for all of the five weeks it’s been on the chart. The lead track remains a non-mover too this week on the singles chart.

8. Kim Wilde and Junior Giscombe – “Another Step (Closer To You)”
Kim Wilde‘s latest album came out in November and the second single has been holding on for two weeks outside the top five. Not any longer, as she falls two places.

7. Living In A Box – “Living In A Box”
Living In A Box‘s self titled debut single finally made a move last week into the top five, but after just seven days, they pop back out and down two places also.

6. Marillion – “Incommunicado”
This week’s highest new entry comes from Marillion who make their first chart appearance for two years and with a brand new album on the way, this gives them their third ever UK top ten hit.

5. Johnny Hates Jazz – “Shattered Dreams”
It’s been another great week for newcomers Johnny Hates Jazz, which climb ever higher and into the top five with a big move of thirteen places.

4. Labi Siffre – “(Something Inside) So Strong”
Labi Siffre’s first and biggest UK chart hit stays top five for a second week and stays in the same spot too as he is a non-mover.

3. Judy Boucher – “Can’t Be With You Tonight”
She’s been holding on to second place for four weeks now but finally Judy Boucher gives it up and drops back one place with her first UK chart hit.

2. Tom Jones – “A Boy From Nowhere”
Doing a swap with her is Tom Jones with his biggest hit for sixteen years, which now climbs up one place. Can he go one further and claim his first number one for twenty one years…?

1. Starship – “Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now”
Not this week as Starship hold on to the top spot for a third week with their ‘plastic’ love anthem from the film ‘Mannequin’, which has so far been a number one in four other counties around the world. Can they make it a full month though, or will Tom, Johnny Hates Jazz or Marillion knock them off the shelf? 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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