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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 20th December 1987

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 20th 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 14th to Saturday 19th December 1987.

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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, fourteen climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Heart – “There’s The Girl”
Heart are this week’s first new entry, surprisingly, for the Christmas chart. The band have been in the UK top 40 three times this year and here is their fourth.

39. Five Star – “Somewhere Somebody”
Going down thirteen places are Five Star with their fourth single of this year and the third to come from their current album, “Between The Lines”.

38. Anthrax – “I’m The Man”
Taking a bigger tumble of fifteen places are Anthrax with their very fist UK top twenty hit, which is actually an EP of songs from their album, “Among The Living”.

37. Climie Fisher – “Rise To The Occasion”
Our second new entry this week is a top 40 debut for British duo Simon Climie and Rob Fisher, which tried with this song earlier in the year but without much joy and on second release, it makes the all important part of the chart.

36. Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes – “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life”
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes have had the time of their lives for eight weeks now, but the dirty dance is over as they fall seven places.

35. Cutting Crew – “I’ve Been In Love Before”
Seven weeks on the chart this time for Cutting Crew with their one and only top 40 entry of this year, which is also down seven places.

34. Maxi Priest – “Some Guys Have All The Luck”
And they may as well be joined by some more as Maxi Priest is also going down seven places with his most successful cover of The Persuaders 1970’s recording to date.

33. Kiss – “Reason To Live”
The follow up to Kiss’ top five smash entered the chart last week and it too moves seven places, but in an upwardly direction.

32. The Hooters – “Satellite”
The Hooters first chart hit for five years has notched up five weeks in the top 40 now but is down eight places. The song comes from their third studio album called “One Way Home”.

31. Cher – “I Found Someone”
Cher has been absent from the UK top 40 for six years now as she has been mostly concentrating on her film career. She has released a brand new album, however, and this is the lead single which gives Cher only her second chart hit here of this decade.

30. The Smiths – “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me”
The Smiths are going up this week with the latest track to be released from this years “Stangeways Here We Come Album”. It’s four places higher than its entry of last week.

29. Nina Simone – “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
Going back up the chart this week is Nina Simone with her near-thirty year old recording, which records two months on the chart and climbs four places.

28. Krush – “House Arrest”
Mark Gamble, Cassius Campbell, Mark Brydon and Robert Gordon along with singer Ruth Joy make up the dance act Krush. This is their debut single and it’s also this week’s highest new entry!

27. Sinitta – “GTO”
Sinitta drove her big red GTO into the top 40 last week and continues to press her foot on the accelerator as she speeds up ten places and into the top thirty.

26. The Communards – “Never Can Say Goodbye”
Going the other way are The Communards with their version of the Jackson 5/Gloria Gaynor 70’s hit, which reaches eight weeks and falls eight places.

25. The Christians – “Ideal World”
In an ideal world, The Christians would like their latest single to be a success, and it certainly is this week as they are the highest climbers, going up fourteen places!

24. Wally Jump Junior and The Criminal Element – “Tighten Up”
Also enjoying a good second week are Wally Jump Junior and The Criminal Element with their very first UK chart hit, which is up twelve places.

23. Level 42 – “Children Say”
After a big climb last week, the fourth single from Level 42’s album this year steps back one place and it could be the first not to make the upper half of the chart.

22. Whitney Houston – “So Emotional”
Whitney has been there with all three singles from her most recent album and this one was a top ten hit. She leaves that section of the chart, down six places.

21. Paul McCartney – “Once Upon A Long Ago”
Following her is Paul McCartney with his latest top ten hit, which is down seven places and comes from his latest best of album, “All The Best”!

20. New Order – “Touched By The Hand Of God”
New Order brought new music to the chart last week as part of the soundtrack to a new film they have contributed to. For Christmas, they move up into the top twenty, by five places.

19. Jellybean – “Jingo”
Also coming into the upper half of the chart is Jellybean with one of two songs he has now in the UK top twenty. This one was also a new entry last week and it’s up eleven places.

18. George Harrison – “Got My Mind Set On You”
While his former Beatle pal leaves the top twenty, George Harrison stays here for an eighth week with one of the biggest sellers of this year and he falls just five places.

17. Alexander O’Neal – “Criticize”
With six weeks in the top twenty, Alexander O’Neal‘s biggest UK hit so far also remains, but drops six places, the second single to come from his second studio album.

16. The Proclaimers – “Letter From America”
The Proclaimers are still awaiting that letter to be posted from over the pond and it’s been six weeks now for them as they go down four places.

15. Johnny Hates Jazz – “Turn Back The Clock”
There’s nothing to report for Johnny Hates Jazz this week as their latest becomes a non-mover one more having done so only two weeks ago.

14. Madonna – “The Look Of Love”
Meanwhile, Madonna gets just one week in the top ten with her latest offering from the “Who’s That Girl?” soundtrack, which leaves and falls five places.

13. Wet Wet Wet – “Angel Eyes”
Eyeing up a third top ten hit are Wet Wet Wet this week as their third single moves into the top twenty, up eight places and hopes for another boost next week.

12. Jellybean featuring Elisa Fiorillo – “Who Found Who?”
It’s Jellybean again and this time he has a singer with him, Elisa Fiorillo, as they as who found who somewhere outside the top ten and down two places…

11. Simply Red – “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”
Simply Red’s cover of the old Cole Porter penned song was last week’s highest climber and they continue to enjoy good sales with another climb of six places to bring them within sight of the top ten this time next week.

10. Shakin Stevens – “What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?”
Shakey stays in the top ten with his cover version and the most successful so far from his album of covers, which is down three places.

9. T’Pau – “China In Your Hand”
T’Pau‘s former five week number one is down four places after a big knock off the top last week and makes it two whole months inside the top ten.

8. Belinda Carlisle – “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”
UK top 40 newcomer Belinda Carlisle was last week’s highest new entry with the first single to come from her second solo studio album. This week she ‘goes’ up eleven places and into the top ten for the very first time.

7. Nat ‘King’ Cole – “When I Fall In Love”
The man who has the most recognisable version of this song, Nat ‘King’ Cole, us up thirteen places, one of two versions of this song not in the UK top ten!

6. Michael Jackson – “The Way You Make Me Feel”
Michael Jackson is out of the top three with the third single from the “Bad” album, which also falls three places.

5. Alison Moyet – “Love Letters”
Also going down, but just one place, is Alison Moyet with her version of Ketty Lester’s 1960’s chart hit, which stays top five for a second week.

4. Rick Astley – “When I Fall In Love”
Here comes the other version of “When I Fall In Love“, this one is from Rick Astley, now with only one song in the top 40, and this new recording is down two places and out of the running for the Christmas number one.

3. Mel and Kim – “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”
Mel (Smith) and Kim (Wilde) were hoping to take their Comic Relief charity single to the top spot for Christmas but with a climb of three places, they fall just short of their goal.

Which means there are just two records left…

2. The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl – “Fairytale Of New York”
The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl enjoy another good week with a climb of six places this time, but only one less than they would have wished for this year, which makes them the runner up for the coveted prize of all!

1. Pet Shop Boys – “Always On My Mind”
Taking that prize and being crowned Christmas chart toppers of 1987 are Chris and Neil aka the Pet Shop Boys as their second number one of this year stays on top for a second week! Well done boys! How about a third, or will The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, Mel and Kim or someone else deny them of that? 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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