Whitney 1987

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 31st May 1987

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 31st 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 25th to Saturday 30th 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 eight new entrys, thirteen climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Boy George – “Keep Me In Mind”
The Boy, George is back with the follow up to his chart topper from three months ago and the second taster of his forthcoming new solo album.

39. Chris Rea – “Let’s Dance”
Chris Rea has a new album coming out next month and this is the lead single from it, which gives him his first top 40 chart entry since “Stainsby Girls”, two years ago.

38. Spear Of Destiny – “Never Take Me Alive”
Two months on the top 40 for Spear Of Destiny with their very first bonafide hit single and they fall seventeen places with it this week.

37. ABC – “When Smokey Sings”
ABC are back for 1987 with new music and this track, which is written in tribute to the singer Smokey Robinson, gives them their first top 40 entry since “Be Near Me” in 1985.

36. Bruce Willis – “Under The Boardwalk”
Actor Bruce Willis made it to the top ten earlier this year with his debut single, “Respect Yourself”, he follows that with a cover of The Drifters 1964 hit, which only made No.45 here, so already, Bruce’s is doing so much better!

35. Madonna – “La Isla Bonita”
Madonna‘s former number one can claim ten whole weeks on the chart now, even if she sinks eleven places, the fifth from her “True Blue” album.

34. Tom Jones – “It’s Not Unusual”
Not only has Tom Jones had his biggest chart hit single for nearly twenty years recently, but now his first top 40 hit that topped the chart back in 1964, makes a return in support of that!

33. Zodiac Mindwarp and The Love Reaction – “Prime Mover”
Not such a ‘prime move’ this week for Zodiac Mindwarp and The Love Reaction, who take a massive tumble of fifteen places, right out of the top twenty!

32. The Cult – “Lil’ Devil”
Following them are The Cult, who also leave the upper half of the chart, this time only by twelve places.

31. Simply Red – “Infidelity”
The second single from Simply Red’s new album, “Men And Women”, came onto the chart last week and goes up three places, this week.

30. Whitesnake – “Is This Love?”
British rockers Whitesnake get a new entry this week with the second single from their self-titled eighth album and the follow up to “Still Of The Night”.

29. Gary Moore – “Friday On My Mind”
The latest single from Gary Moore’s album, “Wild Frontiers”, is down this week, three places lower that its climb last week.

28. Sly and Robbie – “Boops (Here To Go)”
Sly and Robbie’s biggest chart hit has been around for two months now and has taken slow places up and down the chart. This week they fall nine.

27. Run DMC – “It’s Tricky”
Run DMC scored their first UK chart hit with “Walk This Way” last year. Here comes the follow up as their second, and the third to come from their current album, “Raising Hell”.

26. Kim Wilde and Junior Giscombe – “Another Step (Closer To You)”
Kim Wilde‘s latest single from the album of the same name leaves the top twenty this week, down nine places in its ninth week.

25. Five Star – “The Slightest Touch”
Following her are Five Star, down just three places, with the latest release from the “Silk And Steel” album. Will there be more…?

24. Jody Watley – “Looking For A New Love”
US singer Jody Watley has been top ten in her home country with her debut single, which made it to the UK chart this time last week. She goes up seven places with it in week two.

23. Suzanne Vega – “Luka”
The second single from Suzanne Vega’s latest album made it to the top 40, unlike the first, last week and she improves on that with a climb of ten places.

22. John Farnham – “You’re The Voice”
Australia’s John Farnham makes another climb in week three with his very first UK chart hit, which is up six more places here, having become his third number one there, late last year.

21. Bruce Springsteen – “Born To Run (Live)”
The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, took the live version of his 1975 single that gave him his first US chart hit, to the UK top twenty last week, but sadly he leaves with a fall of five places.

20. Living In A Box – “Living In A Box”
Living In A Box‘s debut single falls six places this week, top twenty for two whole months now for the band on the chart.

19. Fleetwood Mac – “Big Love”
And it’s eight weeks too for Fleetwood Mac with the first single from their brand new album, “Tango In The Night”, which goes down seven this week.

18. Samantha Fox – “Nothings Gonna Stop Me Now”
Everyone’s favourite ‘newspaper’ model is back in the top twenty for the first time since “Do Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me)?” last year. Her new collaboration with producers Stock Aitken Waterman shoots up nineteen places this week and is one of two joint highest climbers!

17. Cameo – “Back And Forth”
They’ve done the forth, now Cameo have to contend with the back park as their latest descends six places.

16. The Beastie Boys – “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”
Here comes the other joint highest climber of nineteen places, which comes from The Beastie Boys, who are back in the top twenty for the second time this year.

15. Labi Siffre – “(Something Inside) So Strong”
Labi Siffre’s best selling hit in the UK for nearly two decades has now spent two months with us as well, but he is six places lower than last week.

14. Judy Boucher – “Can’t Be With You Tonight”
And leaving the top ten for the first time in two months is Judy Boucher’s first UK charting single, which is also down six places.

13. U2 – “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
U2 are back with the second single from the album, “The Joshua Tree”, this week and in doing so, bag the highest new entry!

12. Marillion – “Incommunicado”
Rockers Marillion were the highest new entry three weeks ago but failed in move a muscle on last week’s chart. That means going down and they do by six places.

11. The Housemartins – “Five Get Over Excited”
The Housemartins continue to edge closer to another top ten hit as they climb two more places this week with the follow up to “Caravan Of Love”.

10. Pepsi and Shirlie – “Goodbye Stranger”
Pepsi and Shirlie are back in the top ten for the second time this year and they storm up seventeen places in their second week on the chart, looking as though they could at least equal their top two position yet again.

9. Tom Jones – “A Boy From Nowhere”
You heard him earlier with his former 1964 chart topper, now Tom Jones’ latest hit single remains top ten but goes down five places.

8. Donna Allen – “Serious”
US singer Donna Allen continues to make big moves with her debut single, which goes up seven places and into the big ten here in the UK.

7. Erasure – “Victim Of Love”
Vince and Andy‘s third single from their new album, “The Circus”, was last week’s highest new entry and they get a second top ten hit this week with a climb of sixteen places.

6. Wet Wet Wet – “Wishing I Was Lucky”
Scottish newcomers Wet Wet Wet remain lucky in their fifth week on the chart as they move ever higher up with their debut single, which is four places better off than last week.

5. Johnny Hates Jazz – “Shattered Dreams”
Wet Wet Wet came into the chart with Johnny Hates Jazz and they’re back together again with the latter holding on for a third successive week in the same position!

4. Mirage – “Jack Mix II”
Mirage’s “Jack Mix II” is doing much better than part one as they move up into the UK top five with a climb of three places.

3. Johnny Logan – “Hold Me Now”
This year’s Eurovision winner, Johnny Logan shot up the chart last week and was the highest climber in fact. He remains so for a second week as the third best seller in the UK.

2. Starship – “Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now”
It’s all change at the top as the number one for the last four weeks from Starship, the shop window ‘Mannequin’ and songwriters Albert Hammond and Diane Warren, is down one place.

1. Whitney Houston – “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”
Making way for Whitney Houston, who changes places with Starship to win her second UK chart topper with the lead single from her imminent second studio album. Will she keep it for a second, or will Mirage or Wet Wet Wet nab their first number one? There’s only one way to find out…

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