UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 6th December 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 30th November to Saturday 5th December 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 three non-mover! And it was announced like this…
40. Glen Goldsmith – “I Won’t Cry” Glen Goldsmith‘s debut single has made a small dent in the top 40 having been with us for three weeks and after two of them spent in the same position, he falls six places.
39. Bananarama – “Love In The First Degree” Much more successful has been the latest Bananarama single, which notches up ten weeks on the chart this week as it drops fourteen places.
38. Def Leppard – “Hysteria” Def Leppard have achieved two top twenty hits from the album that bears the same name as this single, but the title track itself does not follow suit as it goes down twelve places this week.
37. Barry White – “Sho’ You Right” Barry White’s latest from his new album has performed reasonably better although he takes a big slide of twenty places in his sixth week on the chart.
36. Level 42 – “Children Say” Level 42’s album this year, “Running In The Family”, has produced three chart hits and they close the year off with a fourth and a new entry this week.
35. Mirage – “Jack Mix IV” Producer Mirage have made the top 40 twice this year with two of the four parts of their “Jack Mix”. This one is down sixteen places after six weeks on the chart.
34. Donna Summer – “Dinner With Gershwin” Donna Summer made her top twenty return after four years without recently. The song in question is down this week, fourteen places.
33. Simply Red – “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” Simply Red are another band who have had a new album out this year and see the fourth single from it enter the chart this week, a cover of an Ella Fitzgerald song from 1956, written by Cole Porter.
32. Wet Wet Wet – “Angel Eyes” Scottish band Wet Wet Wet have made their debut this year with two top ten singles and a Platinum selling album. This is the third single from it and they will be hoping for a third big hit from that album in due course…
31. Blue Mercedes – “I Want To Be Your Property” Sadly, David and Duncan of Blue Mercedes debut with this first single a few weeks ago and were hoping for a much bigger hit as they take a big step backwards of eight places this week.
30. Prince – “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” The latest single from Prince’s 1987 album, “Sign O’The Times”, went up last week but slips back one place on this week’s top 40.
29. The Tams – “There Ain’t Nothing Like Shaggin'” The Tams first chart hit of the 1980’s became their second highest placed last week, but is also down this week, eight places.
28. Nina Simone – “My Baby Just Cares For Me” From the 1960’s we go back to the 1950’s as Nina Simone’s 1956 recording of this 1930’s written song finally became a hit here only four weeks ago. She leaves the top twenty, down seventeen places.
27. Johnny Hates Jazz – “Turn Back The Clock” Any hopes of a third top twenty hit from Johnny Hates Jazz seem to have been dashed this week as their latest is a non-mover after three weeks on the chart.
26. Whitesnake – “Here I Go Again” Christmas music begins to take over the upper half of the chart from now on as we have a number of big droppers out of the top twenty and that starts with Whitesnake down sixteen places.
25. Cutting Crew – “I’ve Been In Love Before” Cutting Crew may have been in love before but their message, whilst getting through last week, seems to have fallen on deaf ears as they drop back one place.
24. Rick Astley – “Whenever You Need Somebody” Rick Astley‘s second single is the title track of his number one debut album and a recycled Stock Aitken Waterman song from two years ago. It’s also another one that leaves the top ten and the top twenty, down sixteen places.
23. Five Star – “Somewhere Somebody” Going the other way are Five Star with their latest release and third single from the “Between The Lines” album, which climbs thirteen places.
22. The Hooters – “Satellite” The Hooters are having none of it and in fact can’t make up their mind what to do amid all this chaos as their latest remains in the same spot for a second week.
21. Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes – “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” The big final number from ‘Dirty Dancing’ comes from Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes and they were having the time of their lives in the top ten until this week when they suffer a fall of twelve places.
20. Anthrax – “I’m The Man” Heavy metal band Anthrax pump their message across as their latest release flies up the chart fifteen places and into the UK top twenty.
19. The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl – “Fairytale Of New York” Also flying up the chart are last week’s Christmas new entries. The first of them comes from Irish band, The Pogues and guest singer Kirsty MacColl, who leap twenty one places in their second week, but it’s not the highest!
18. Boy George – “To Be Reborn” Boy George got his second highest charting single of the year last week with this track, but that’s as far as it goes as he falls five places this week.
17. The Housemartins – “Build” That also goes for The Housemartins with their latest single, which drops back just two places having peaked seven days ago.
16. Maxi Priest – “Some Guys Have All The Luck” Maxi Priest already has the highest charting version of this song out of the three released this decade. He’s been a non-mover for two weeks now but goes down four places now.
15. Madonna – “The Look Of Love” Madonna is back with a new entry this week and it’s a third to come from this year’s film, ‘Who’s That Girl?’ and its soundtrack album.
14. The Communards – “Never Can Say Goodbye” The Communards may never be able to say goodbye, but they say goodbye to the top ten this week, down nine places with their version of The Jackson‘s and Gloria Gaynor’s 1970 chart hit.
13. Mel and Kim – “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” This year’s Comic Relief recording comes courtesy of Mel (Smith) and Kim (Wilde). It’s a reworking of the old Brenda Lee festive classic and is this week’s highest climber, going up a MASSIVE twenty six places!
12. Whitney Houston – “So Emotional” Whitney’s latest single from her number one album of this year is down six places and out of the top ten this week.
11. Jellybean featuring Elisa Fiorillo – “Who Found Who?” Jellybean‘s latest single has now done better than his first with Steven Dante. He and singer Elisa Fiorillo are up seven places this week, two places higher than he reached with the former.
10. Paul McCartney – “Once Upon A Long Ago” Paul McCartney returns to a changed top ten this week with his latest song and hopes to be the Christmas number one this year, as he is four places higher than last week.
9. Alison Moyet – “Love Letters” Alison Moyet is also back for the third time this year and she joins The Pogues with a big climber this week of twenty one places with her version of Ketty Lester’s song, which also made the top ten back in 1963.
8. Alexander O’Neal – “Criticize” Alexander O’Neal found no criticism last week about being top five for the very first time, but no doubt he will this week as he drops out and down four places.
7. George Harrison – “Got My Mind Set On You” Also dropping out after a whole month in the number two spot is George Harrison with his biggest hit for seventeen years, which finally moves and down five places.
6. The Proclaimers – “Letter From America” Also going down are Craig and Charlie Reid with their debut top 40 hit, which made the top three last week and falls three places this week.
5. Shakin’ Stevens – “What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?” There are a number of cover versions in the top ten this week and Shakey is one of them. He was the highest climber last week and continues in that same direction, up two more places and into the top five.
4. Pet Shop Boys – “Always On My Mind” And here comes another one! A big new entry from Chris and Neil this week, but not the highest, with a cover of a song by Mark James that was first recorded by the lady behind the number thirteen original that was made famous by Elvis Presley later on in 1972.
3. Michael Jackson – “The Way You Make Me Feel” Something new and original now and Jacko is back in the top five with his highest new entry of last week, which zooms up thirteen places to give him three hits in a row from the “Bad” album.
2. Rick Astley – “When I Fall In Love” Back to the covers and it’s a cover that gives us this week’s highest new entry and the second chart entry for Rick Astley this week. He’s recorded the old Doris Day song from 1952 that was a much bigger hit for Nat ‘King’ Cole four years later.
1. T’Pau – “China In Your Hand” But making it FIVE weeks on top of the 40 are T’Pau this week! Now one of the year’s biggest sellers and longest stays at number one. BUT…can they make it a sixth, or will Rick Astley, Michael Jackson, the Pet Shop Boys, Shakey or anyone else stop them? There’s only one exciting way to find out…
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