Rick Astley 1987

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 20th September 1987

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 20th September 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 14th to Saturday 19th September 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 four new entrys, thirteen climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram – “Somewhere Out There”
Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram make it a whole three months in the UK top 40 with the theme from the film, ‘An American Tail’, which falls eight places this week.

39. Heart – “Who Will You Run To?”
Having been “Alone” in the UK singles chart with their biggest hit here so far, Heart make a return with the follow this week and are our first new entry.


38. Pseudo Echo – “Funky Town”
Australian band Pseudo Echo keep in the UK chart for an eleventh week as they fall eleven places with their cover of Lipps Inc’s classic.

37. Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett – “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”
Making eight weeks on the chart are former chart toppers Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett with the lead single from his current number one album, which is down seven this week.

36. Whitney Houston – “Didn’t We Almost Have It All?”
Whitney has been around for six weeks this time with the follow up to her number one smash this Summer. This one is down eight places this week.

35. David Bowie – “Never Let Me Down”
The title track from David Bowie’s current album asks you not to let him down, but the single is going down, one place this week.

34. Shakin’ Stevens – “Come See About Me”
Skakey is back with another track from his upcoming new album, the follow up to “A Little Boogie Woogie” is a new entry this week.

33. Abigail Mead and Nigel Goulding – “Full Metal Jacket”
Vivian Kubrick, the daughter of film maker Stanley has written the music to his latest film of the same name and she gets a new entry along with fellow composer Nigel Goulding this week.


32. Then Jerico – “The Motive”
Then Jerico are down ten places with their very first top 40 hit and I’m sure there will be more to follow from their debut album, “First”.

31. ABC – “The Night You Murdered Love”
ABC are no strangers to the chart, now with six years of singles behind them and their latest came into the top 40 last week and climbs eight places, this week.

30. Prince – “U Got The Look”
Prince and Sheena Easton are down seven this week with their joint effort from his current album, “Sign O’The Times”.

29. Spagna – “Call Me”
Spagna clocks up three months on the UK chart with her very first top 40 single, which is down eight places.

28. The Housemartins – “Me And The Farmer”
The Housemartins latest from their second studio album leaves the top twenty as they go down eleven places after a month on the chart.

27. Squeeze – “Hourglass”
That also goes for Squeeze with their biggest charting single for six years, which can double The Housemartins time on the chart as they fall eight places.

26. Gary Numan – “Cars (E Reg Model)”
With his tribute to the new registration plate out, Gary Numan’s reworked former chart hit is up nine places in its second week.

25. Luther Vandross – “Stop For Love”
Her may stop for love, but Luther Vandross’ latest single has stopped climbing as he slips back one place this week.

24. Wax – “Bridge To Your Heart”
Wax have spent six weeks in the top twenty with their very first hit single, but they leave it this week, down eight places.

23. The Communards – “Tomorrow”
Richard and Jimmy climb two more places with their brand new single, the firs tot come from their upcoming second studio album together.

22. Chic – “Jack Le Freak”
Chic made a chart return with this old classic last week, which has been altered and re-recorded for 1987 and in doing so, they go up eleven places.

21. Wet Wet Wet – “Sweet Little Mystery”
Wet Wet Wet’s debut album is out next week and it already features two top ten hits. This one is down seven places and out of the upper half of the chart.

20. Def Leppard – “Pur Some Sugar On Me”
Def Leppard’s first UK top 40 hit has left the chart now but their follow up moves up eleven places to return them to the top twenty.

19. Jan Hammer – “Crockett’s Theme”
Also returning to the top twenty is composer Jan Hammer with another track from the Miami Vice TV series. This one is up seventeen places and it’s the higher climber of all this week.

18. Jonathan Butler – “Lies”
Jonathan Butler’s first UK chart hit came into the top twenty last week but he is a non-mover, remaining just where he ascended to.

17. Black – “Wonderful Life”
It has been a wonderful life for singer ‘Black’ this year with two re-issued singles finally making the chart. This one is down four places this week.

16. LL Cool J – “I Need Love”
US rapper and producer LL Cool J made his UK top 40 debut last week with this song and moves up ten places into the upper tier of the chart this week.

15. Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield – “What Have I Done To Deserve This?”
The Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield are down seven places and out of the top ten with their smash hit collaboration this week.

14. Sinitta – “Toy Boy”
And so is Sinitta with her second chart hit and second chart smash, which has been in there for the last seven weeks but falls four places.

13. U2 – “Where The Streets Have No Name”
U2 are also sliding down with the latest single to come from “The Joshua Tree” which is eight places lower than it was last week.

12. LeVert – “Casanova”
There ‘s a refreshed top ten this week as the exits continue with US vocal group LeVert also leaving, down three places with their first UK chart hit.

11. Johnny Hates Jazz – “I Don’t Want To Be A Hero”
They may not wish to be heroes but Johnny Hates Jazz are edging ever closer to their second top ten hit this week as they are up four more places.

10. Level 42 – “It’s Over”
Level 42 tip themselves into the top ten with a climb of one place this week, giving them a second single from their current album to make it this far.

9. Karel Fialka – “Hey Matthew”
Karel Fialka is having another good week with his debut single, which also enters the top ten with another big climb of eleven places.

8. House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House – “House Nation”
Joining them are House Master Boyz and The Rude Boy Of House, last week’s highest climbers, who go up four places this week.

7. The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys – “Wipeout”
Some more boys now, some old and some new as The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys drop down four places with their remake of the old Surfaris hit.

6. T’Pau – “Heart And Soul”
Dropping back down two places to where they were two weeks ago are British band T’Pau with their first UK chart hit, which seems to of peaked in the same spot it did across the Atlantic!

5. Michael Jackson – “Bad”
MJ has clocked up eight weeks with his former number one from his number one album and makes a second appearance with the title track of that album, which is this week’s highest new entry!


4. Madonna – “Causing A Commotion”
From this week’s to last week’s as Madonna climbs three places with the second single to come from the soundtrack of her film, ‘Who’s The Girl?’.

3. Cliff Richard – “Some People”
It’s been another great week for Cliff Richard, four weeks climbing and he’s still going, with a move upwards of three and into the top three.

2. MARRS – “Pump Up The Volume”
There’s a non-mover for producers MARRS in second place this week with their debut single, which is number one on the dance chart now.

1. Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up”
And there’s a non-mover too at the very top, for the fifth week, as Lancashire’s Rick Astley continues to be the UK’s biggest seller with his debut single! So…can he make it a sixth, or will Cliff, Madonna or Michael Jackson stop him in his tracks? 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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