Rick astley 1987

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 23rd August 1987

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 23rd August 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 17th to Saturday 22nd August 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 five new entrys, eleven climbers and one non-mover! And it was announced like this…

40. Bruce Willis – “Under The Boardwalk”
Bruce Willis hangs on for a thirteenth week with his cover of The Drifters classic, which is down just four places.

39. Motley Crue – “Girls Girls Girls”
Rock band Motley Crue’s first UK chart entry is down nine places as they prepare to leave the top 40, five weeks after they arrived.

38. Luther Vandross – “I Really Didn’t Mean it”
Luther Vandross’ highest charting singe from the “Give Me The Reason” album makes it seven weeks on the chart as he falls seven places.

37. Bananarama – “I Heard A Rumour”
As do the Bananarama girls with their Stock Aitken Waterman collaboration, which is down nine places.

36. Boogie Box High – “Jive Talkin'”
The all star recording of the Bee Gees disco fever classic make it two whole months on the chart but is down ten places.

35. Squeeze – “Hourglass”
Squeeze are back in the top 40 with a brand new entry and the first new music from their upcoming new album, which gives them their biggest chart placing since “Labelled With Love” in 1981.


34. LeVert – “Casanova”
LeVert are an American R&B group who formed in 1983 and enjoyed a number one on that chart with “(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind” last year. They gain their first ever UK chart his this week with this new entry, which has already made the top five back home.

33. The Jesus and Mary Chain – “Happy When It Rains”
British group The Jesus and Mary Chain miss the top twenty this time with their latest, which falls back eight places.

32. Kim Wilde – “Say You Really Want Me”
And so does Kim Wilde, who leaves the top thirty, down two places, with her latest single to come from the “Another Step” album.

31. The Temptations – “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”
The Temptations re-released 1972 UK number one came back to the UK chart last week and enjoys a good second week with a climb of nine places.

30. The Cult – “Wild flower”
The Cult came on to the top 40 last week with their latest tune, but don’t enjoy a better second week as they fall six places with it.

29. Metallica – “The $5.98” EP
And it’s the same for US heavy metal band Metallica with their first UK top 40 charting single, an EP in fact, which drops two places, seven days on.

28. T’Pau – “Heart And Soul”
Closer to home, British band T’Pau formed last year and released their debut single earlier this year, which didn’t chart. The follow up, however, does, as they gain a new entry on the top 40 for the very first time.


27. Atlantic Starr – “Always”
Atlantic Starr are still going, ‘always’, with their biggest UK chart hit to date, but leave the top twenty, where they’ve been for the past nine weeks, down ten places.

26. Bon Jovi – “Never Say Goodbye”
Missing the upper half of the chart this time are Bon Jovi, so near and yet so far, as they come down five places.

25. Sherrick – “Just Call”
And that applies to Sherrick with his debut single, which drops back two places, having been a climber for the last two weeks.

24. Heart – “Alone”
US rock band Heart come out of the upper half of the chart with their best seller here, which is down ten places.

23. Then Jerico – “The Motive”
One band who are having a better week are newcomers Then Jerico with their first top 40 charting single, which climbs thirteen places in its second week.

22. Cliff Richard – “Some People”
Cliff Richard comes back with the follow up to his recent top ten hit with the second single to feature on his new studio album, that’s out in a few weeks time and gets a big new entry.

21. Stock Aitken Waterman – “Roadblock”
Just four Stock Aitken Waterman produced songs on the chart this week as the boys own recording leaves the upper half of the chart, down five places.

20. Madonna – “Who’s That Girl?”
Madonna‘s former number one gets a seventh week in the UK top twenty as she falls five places with the title song from her latest film.

19. The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys – “Wipeout”
This week’s highest new entry is a joint venture between The Fat Boys, a hip hop duo from New York and chart veterans The Beach Boys, with a cover of The Surfaris 1963 song which made the top five here. Let’s see how well this new version does…

18. Black – “Wonderful Life”
Black are back in the top twenty for the second time this year with another of his re-issues, and with a leap of fifteen places, he is also this weeks highest climber!


17. Hue and Cry – “Labour Of Love”
Brothers Pat and Greg Kane aka Hue and Cry‘s first top 40 charting single is down five places this week, now with six weeks in the upper half of the chart.

16. The Smiths – “Girlfriend In A Coma”
The Smiths’ entered the chart last week with the third single from their latest album, but seven days on, it’s down three places.

15. Los Lobos – “La Bamba”
There’s another former number one in the section of the chart and it comes from Los Lobos, who leave the top ten, down eight places, with their former two week chart topper.

14. Whitney Houston – “Didn’t We Almost Have It All?”
The follow up to Whitney’s former two week number one came into the chart last week and goes up eight places. It’s the second single from her aptly titled second album, “Whitney”.

13. Prince – “U Got The Look”
Last week’s highest climber was from Prince with Scottish singer Sheena Easton in tow, and they go six places better off than they were with another climb.

12. Wax – “Bridge To Your Heart”
Also going up again this week are the duo of Wax with their first top 40 single, which climbs eight more places as they eye up the top ten…

11. Five Star – “Whenever You’re Ready”
Brand new Five Star music came to the top 40 last week as they prepare to release another studio album of songs. The first to be taken from that album is up seven places from the group who have already had two top ten hits this year.

10. Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram – “Somewhere Out There”
Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram’s first UK top ten hit has made it this far with four weeks of solid climbing, but it’s over now as they fall back two places.

9. Def Leppard – “Animal”
And so too had British band Def Leppard with their very first top 40 single, which slides back three places, as the lead single from their brand new album called “Hysteria”.

8. Pseudo Echo – “Funky Town”
Coming into the top ten this week are Australian band Pseudo Echo with their cover of Lipps Inc’s chart hit from 1980. That peaked at No.2 here and with a climb of three places, they are now only six places short of equaling it.

7. New Order – “True Faith”
New Order’s brand new track is down two places this week as they release a best of collection titled “Substance” tomorrow.

6. Wet Wet Wet – “Sweet Little Mystery”
Scottish band Wet Wet Wet are back where they were with their very first single only three months ago as they go up three places with the follow up.

5. Spagna – “Call Me”
No number one for Italy’s Spagna as her chart topper single in her home country goes down three places here in the UK.

4. Sinitta – “Toy Boy”
Holding on strong for a second week in the same spot is Sinitta with her second UK top ten hit single, written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman.

3. Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett – “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”
There is charge at the top as the number one record for the last two weeks from Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett is down two places to make way for someone else…

2. Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield – “What Have I Done To Deserve This?”
It’s been a good week for last week’s highest new entry from Chris and Neil and 60’s singing star Dusty Springfield, who climb eight places to challenge for their second number one of the year and what could be Dusty’s first since “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” back in 1966!

1. Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up”
But for this week we have a new number one and it’s Stock Aitken Waterman protege Rick Astley with his debut single, which rises two places to be this week’s best seller in the UK. Congratulations Rick! But can he keep it, or will the Pet Shop Boys and Dusty deny him of a second? There’s only one way to find out…

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