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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 30th August 1987

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 30th 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 24th to Saturday 29th 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 six new entrys, nine climbers and six non-mover! And it was announced like this…

40. WASP – “Scream Until You Like It”
WASP are an American heavy metal group who have been recording since 1984 but have yet to achieve a UK top 40 entry. That ends today as this track from their third studio album, finally does!


39. Metallica – “The $5.98” EP
From one heavy metal band to another and Metallica are down ten places this week with their UK charting debut, after just three weeks.

38. Jonathan Butler – “Lies”
There’s another chart first, this time for South African born R&B songwriter Jonathan Butler, who gains a new entry with the lead single from his fourth studio album, due out here soon.


37. The Jesus and Mary Chain – “Happy When It Rains”
The Jesus and Mary Chain win a fourth week on the top 40 with their latest, which drops just four places this week.

36. Atlantic Starr – “Always”
While still going strong, now with twelve weeks on the chart, are Atlantic Starr as they fall nine places with one of this years biggest sellers.

35. MARRS – “Pump Up The Volume”
MARRS are a trio of London based producers and DJ’s who have joined forces to create this addictive dance number and in doing so, they enter the top 40 for the very first time this week.

34. Johnny Hates Jazz – “I Don’t Want To Be A Hero”
Coming back to the top 40 are Johnny Hates Jazz with a new entry and the follow up to their top five smash three months ago. The boys are currently completing work on their first album, which should be out by the end of the year.

33. Stock Aitken Waterman – “Roadblock”
Producers Stock Aitken Waterman have been rather busy of late and they still have three singles of their own on the chart this week, this one is their own and it’s down twelve places.

32. The Temptations – “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”
Sadly also going down with their re-released 1972 hit are The Temptations who drop back one place after three weeks on the chart.

31. Heart – “Alone”
Heart‘s biggest UK chart hit has now been around for ten weeks and they stay inside the top 40, but are seven places lower.

30. The Cult – “Wild Flower”
Perhaps a bit of a better week for The Cult this week as their latest, which dropped last week, doesn’t do so and instead becomes a non-mover!

29. Bon Jovi – “Never Say Goodbye”
Going down three places, however, are Bon Jovi with the third single from their latest album, which has been on the UK chart for a month now.

28. Sherrick – “Just Call”
Sherrick’s debut single is also down three places here this week as he prepares to release his debut album, which has been produced with Michael Stokes, the man behind the likes of Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight!

27. The Housemartins – “Me And The Farmer”
The Housemartins are back with a new entry this week, the follow up to “Five Get Over Excited” and the second to come from their second studio album, “The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death”.


26. Madonna – “Who’s That Girl?”
Madonna‘s former number one leaves the top twenty this week, down six places as she registers two whole months on the UK chart.

25. The Smiths – “Girlfriend In A Coma”
The Smiths do the same as the latest single from their album, “Strangeways, Here We Come”, goes down nine places.

24. Hue and Cry – “Labour Of Love”
The Kane brothers, Hue and Cry, follow suit with a fall of seven places with their very first top 40 hit single.

23. Los Lobos – “La Bamba”
And another former number one leaving the upper half of the chart comes from Los Lobos with the title track from the movie of the same name, which is down eight places.

22. Depeche Mode – “Never Let Me Down Again”
Depeche Mode are set to release their new album at the end of this month and have already treated us with the lead single, “Strangelove”. Here is another and it becomes this week’s highest new entry!

21. Squeeze – “Hourglass”
It’s been a very good week for Squeeze with their very first top 40 hit for six years, which makes a big climb of fourteen places in its second week on the chart.

20. LeVert – “Casanova”
American group LeVert made the UK top 40 for the very first time last week and also have an excellent second as they too make a climb of fourteen places.

19. New Order – “True Faith”
New Order’s best of, “Substance”, is out tomorrow as the lead single from it leaves the top ten, down twelve places.

18. Then Jerico – “The Motive”
British band Then Jerico continue to improve on their already best chart placing with a climb of five places into the top twenty.

17. Def Leppard – “Animal”
While British rock band Def Leppard are down eight places with their very first top 40 charting single.

16. Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram – “Somewhere Out There”
American singers Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram are down six places and out of the top ten with their duet from the film ‘An American Tail’.

15. Cliff Richard – “Some People”
Overtaking them is Cliff Richard with his second new single before releasing a new album in just a couple of weeks time. In week two, he goes up seven places.

14. Whitney Houston – “Didn’t We Almost Have It All?”
No such fun for Whitney Houston with her second single from her new album, which is a non-mover for a second week.

13. Five Star – “Whenever You’re Ready”
And even worse news for Five Star with their brand new recording, which actually drops back two places and is denied a top ten position!

12. Wax – “Bridge To Your Heart”
In a week of non-movers, the Wax boys also suffer the humiliation of moving nowhere with their first top 40 hit, remaining where they ascended to seven days ago.

11. Prince – “U Got The Look”
Prince and Sheena Easton do, however, make further progress with their duet, which is up two more places after a month on the chart.

10. Pseudo Echo – “Funky Town”
Pseudo Echo‘s cover of Lipps Inc.s classic came into the top ten last week as they neared the original’s chart position, but take two steps back this week.

9. T’Pau – “Heart And Soul”
British band T’Pau came into the top 40 for the very first time last week with this track, which has already gone top five in America. They shoot up nineteen places this week and are the highest climber of all!


8. Black – “Wonderful Life”
From this week’s to last week’s and Black are back in the top ten for a second time this year with another good climb this week of ten places.

7. Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett – “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”
The former number one from Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett is down four this week as they leave the top five with five weeks on the chart.

6. Spagna – “Call Me”
Italian singer Spagna almost made it to the top two weeks ago but had a big fall seven days ago. She takes a more gentle descent of one place this week.

5. Wet Wet Wet – “Sweet Little Mystery”
On the up are Wet Wet Wet with their second single, which by going up one place, means they have bettered their previous chart position!

4. Sinitta – “Toy Boy”
Sinitta‘s second top 40 single is proving another big hit for her, even if she remains a non-mover for the third consecutive week!

3. The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys – “Wipeout”
last week’s highest new entry was from hip hop duo The Fat Boys who joined forces with veterans The Beach Boys for this remake, which powers into the top ten with a climb of sixteen places.

2. Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield – “What Have I Done To Deserve This?”
The joint collaboration between the Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield made it this far last week and that’s where they remain for a second week, in second place.

1. Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up”
Which means for the second week running the Stock Aitken Waterman produced debut for 21 year old Rick Astley stays at the very top of the pile. Can he make it three in a row for a hattrick or will The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys or maybe Wet Wet Wet take his place? 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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