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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 7th January 1986

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Tuesday 7th January 1986

So this was the chart that Radio 1 DJ Richard Skinner broadcast from 5-7pm with data from the GALLUP computer based on record sales from Wednesday 1st to Monday 6th January 1986.

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, fifteen climbers and one non-mover! And it was announced like this…

40. UB40 – “Don’t Break My Heart”
After three whole months on the chart, UB40 go down sixteen places and nearly drop out completely with their former top three smash.

39. Eurythmics – “It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)”
Dave and Annie enter 1986 with a new entry and a fourth top 40 hit from their most recent album, “Be Yourself Tonight”.


38. Doug E Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew – “The Show”
After ten weeks, Doug E Fresh and his Get Fresh Crew slide sixteen places with their former top ten hit and their very first here in the UK.

37. Talking Heads – “Road To Nowhere”
The only road Talking Heads are going down is the road out of the top 40 as their long standing chart hit slips another six places closer to oblivion.

36. The Concept – “Mr. DJ”
The Concept, however, are on the up with their new entry from last week, which is three places better off in week two.

35. Fine Young Cannibals – “Suspicious Minds”
The Fine Young Cannibals are back with a new entry for a new year and this time it’s with a cover of a song made famous by Elvis in 1969. That went to No.2 here, so can the trio go that one step more…?

34. King – “Torture”
UK Band King are also opening 1986 with a new entry and it’s with the third single to come from their second album, “Bitter Sweet”. The song marks their sixth appearance in the top 40 since “Love And Pride”, two years ago.


33. Jennifer Rush – “The Power Of Love”
The power in the former number one from Jennifer Rush knows no bounds as this week she goes back up the chart, two places higher than this time last week!

32. a-ha – “Take On Me”
The boys from Norway still have two songs on the chart and their first is also going back up this week, only by one spot. Will that be the same for song number two?

31. Mr. Mister – “Broken Wings”
American band Mr. Mister have been together in some form since 1982 and have released a few singles and one album. Their second is out now and this is the lead single, which has already topped the US chart last year and becomes their first UK top 40 entry for the beginning of a new year.

30. Dire Straits – “Walk Of Life”
Dire Straits are no strangers to the top 40 as they gain a new entry this week with another song from their multi Platinum selling album, “Brothers In Arms”.

29. Princess – “After The Love Has Gone”
Britain’s ‘Princess‘ slips one place this week with her latest offering, still yet to make the top spot she sang about in her first chart hit.

28. Cameo – “She’s Strange”
Cameo are also going down this week with their latest single, which is two places worse off that they were seven days ago.

27. Full Force – “Alice, I Want You Just For Me”
Full Force are doing much better this week, and without Lisa Lisa and The Cult Jam’s help with their first UK top 40 hit on their own, which is up nine places.

26. Feargal Sharkey – “You Little Thief”
Feargal Sharkey is back with the follow up to his number one from last year, “A Good Heart”, and he means business a second time around as this song is also this week’s highest new entry!


25. Aretha Franklin – “Who’s Zooming Who?”
Aretha Franklin is enjoying a great week on the chart as her latest is zooming up thirteen places. The lady scored her first top ten hit last year since 1968 with Annie Lennox, who makes her return at No.39 this week.

24. Feargal Sharkey – “A Good Heart”
And here comes that number one from Feargal Sharkey, only two places above this week’s highest entry, and down seven places to leave the top twenty for the first time in two months.

23. Jennifer Rush – “Ring Of Ice”
There are a number of artists with two songs on the chart still and Jennifer is one of them. The follow up to her huge number one moves up six places this week, hoping for at least a top twenty spot next.

22. Lionel Richie – “Say You, Say Me”
It’s down and out of the upper half of the chart this week for Lionel Richie with his latest top ten hit, which is six places down on last week’s position.

21. Level 42 – “Leaving Me Now”
Not so for Level 42, as the second single from “World Machine” goes up two more places to take them within sight of the top twenty…

20. Sting – “Russians”
Sting moves into the top twenty this week with the fourth track from the “The Dream Of The Blue Turtles”, up five places to become the first single from the album to make it this far.

19. Go West – “Don’t Look Down – “The Sequel”
Go West‘s latest says not to look down, but that’s just what they do, one place lower than at the end of 1985 and with two months on the chart now.

18. Paul McCartney – “Spies Like Us”
The title song from the recent film of the same name from Paul McCartney is also falling this week, down five places, having peaked seven days ago.

17. Amazulu – “Don’t You Just Know It”
And it looks like Amazulu peaked too last week, as their latest chart hit drops two places, after seven weeks of steady progress.

16. Dee C. Lee – “See The Day”
Dee C. Lee’s top three smash leaves the top ten this week as she falls six places with one of the biggest sellers from last year that makes it into 1986.

15. Starship – “We Built This City”
American group Starship took this song to number one at home last year, but with a fall of three places, they fall short of the top ten here.

14. Wham – “Last Christmas”
With Christmas over and done with, expect all the festive songs to be making a sharp exit and that’s what Wham’s contender for the top spot does, down eight places and out.

13. Band Aid – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
Following them is the re-issued former Christmas number one from 1984 from Band Aid, which leaves the top five, down nine places.

12. Elton John – “Wrap Her Up”
Taking over from Christmas is Elton John with his latest that improves upon last weeks position by another seven places.

11. Phil Collins and Marylin Martin – “Separate Lives”
Clocking up two months in the chart are Phil Collins and Marylin Martin with their duet, which slips out of the top ten, two places lower this week.

10. Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle – “Saturday Love”
American singers Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle enjoy a great week three as their duet climbs eleven places to bring the two into the UK top ten for the very first time.

9. Wham – “I’m Your Man”
The second single from George and Andrew in the chart, and a former number one, stays top ten this week, but falls one place.

8. Aled Jones – “Walking In The Air”
Aled Jones’ recording from The Snowman TV animation is down three places this week as he comes down from the air to terra ferma.

7. Sophia George – “Girlie, Girlie”
Meanwhile, moving into the top ten this week for the very first time is Jamaican singer Sophie George, as her biggest hit to date goes up seven places.

6. Madonna – “Dress You Up”
The latest single from Madonna‘s “Like A Virgin” album continues to make small progress as she climbs one more place with it.

5. a-ha – “The Sun Always Shines On TV”
a-ha‘s second chart showing is the follow up to their global debut smash and it looks like following suit as they make a whopping climb of twenty two places to be this week’s highest of all!


4. Bronski Beat – “Hit That Perfect Beat”
Also on the up this week, but not by so many places, are Bronski Beat, who come into the top ten, up seven places, their third single now to do so.

3. Shakin Stevens – “Merry Christmas Everyone”
It’s all change at the top as Shakin Stevens Christmas number one goes down two places to make way for some less festive sounds for another year!

2. Whitney Houston – “Saving All My Love For You”
American singer Whitney Houston remains in second place this week with her debut chart topper, while others change positions above and below her.

1. Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls”
Which means we have a new number on in 1986 and it’s congratulations to Chris and Neil of the Pet Shop Boys, who take their debut single up two places to the very top of the chart, having tried for more than a year with this song! But can they keep it, or will Whitney, Bronski Beat or a-ha knock them off straight away? 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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