CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 6th May 1986

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Tuesday 6th May 1986

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 Wednesday 30th April to Monday 5th May.

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

40. Doctor and The Medics – “Spirit In The Sky”
We kick off with a new entry this week and a new version of Norman Greenbaum’s number one from 1970 with British band Doctor and The Medics, who also score their very first top 40 hit.

39. Kate Bush – “The Big Sky”
Kate Bush also gets a new entry with another track from her “Hounds Of Love” album and the follow up to the title track in January.

38. ZZ Top – “Rough Boy”
The new entries keep coming with ZZ Top also back in the UK top 40 for the first time in a year and another track from their album, “Afterburner”.

37. Matchroom Mob with Chas and Dave – “Snooker Loopy”
And there’s a new entry for Chas and Dave this week with the ‘Matchroom Mob’ with their ode to the game on the green table, which brings them back to the top 40 for the first time in four years.

36. a-ha – “Train Of Thought”
a-ha go down fifteen places this week, six weeks after their train departed, the third single from their debut album, “Hunting High And Low”.

35. The B-52’s – “Rock Lobster”
Returning to the UK top 40 for the first time in eight years are American band, The B-52’s, and it’s with a re-issue of their debut single, which was also the last time they made it this far!

34. Force MD’s – “Tender Love”
The Force MD’s made it to the UK top 40 for the first time last week with this track and it goes up three places in its second week.

33. Maxi Priest – “Strollin’ On”
Strollin’ backwards this week is Maxi Priest with his very first top 40 entry, having been a non-mover for the past two weeks.

32. It’s Immaterial – “Driving Away From Home”
It could be immaterial, but It’s Immaterial’s first chart hit falls ten places this week, having been in the top 40 for a month.

31. Suzanne Vega – “Marlene On The Wall”
Suzanne Vega registers a fifth week with this re-issue of an earlier release, which has done much better second time around, even if it falls eight places.

30. Depeche Mode – “A Question Of Lust”
Depeche Mode go down two places this week with the follow up to “Stripped” after a climb of just one place last week.

29. Hear’N’Aid – “Stars”
And the rock charity single from Hear’N’Aid also goes down, three places in its third week on the UK singles chart.

28. The Real Thing – “You To Me Are Everything ’86”
The Real Thing leave the top twenty this week for the first time in two months. The remix of their 1976 number one is down eight places.

27. Billy Ocean – “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)”
Going the other way is Billy Ocean, even if it’s just to more places with the follow up to his four weeks chart topper from earlier this year.

26. Dire Straits – “Your Latest Trick”
Dire Straits enjoy a much better second week with the follow up to the song that came second to Billy Ocean as they climb thirteen places.

25. Sam Cooke – “Wonderful World”
The late Sam Cooke leaves the top twenty this week, but the song registers two whole months on the UK chart this time, down seven places.

24. Samantha Fox – “Touch Me (I Want Your Body)”
Following him is Samantha Fox, also with two months on the chart with her first hit single, down ten places and out of the upper half of the top 40.

23. The Cure – “Boys Don’t Cry”
The Cure came back to the top 40 last week with this new version of one of their very first recordings, which goes up twelve places.

22. Van Halen – “Why Can’t This Be Love?”
van Halen keep on climbing with their latest number, up eight more places for them with their biggest hit here for three years.

21. Cliff Richard and The Young Ones – “Living Doll”
The former number one from Cliff and comedians The Young Ones departs the top twenty in its eighth week on the chart as it falls eight places.

20. Simple Minds – “All The Things She Said”
Meantime, Simple Minds continue a more elegant decline as their latest remains in the top twenty for a fifth week, down five places.

19. The SOS Band – “The Finest”
Having spent three weeks in the same spot, there is movement for The SOS Band at last, and it’s downwardly, two places in fact.

18. Joyce Sims – “All And All”
Continued good news for Joyce Sims’ debut single, which moves into the upper section of the UK singles chart this week as she rises seven places higher.

17. Atlantic Starr – “Secret Lovers”
Atlantic Starr are another band like Simple Minds who are taking only small steps backward on the chart and the accumulate ten weeks now and only one place lower.

16. Princess – “I’ll Keep On Loving You”
The second single from Princess has been climbing for the past two weeks and this is her third and it takes her into the top twenty, up eight places.

15. Peter Gabriel – “Sledgehammer”
There are two songs that take a much bigger climb, however, two joint highest climbers this week and the first is the brand new single from Peter Gabriel, which is up fifteen places, video and all!

14. Big Country – “Look Away”
Probably best to ‘look away’, Big Country as your latest and newest single leaves the top ten with a fall of six places.

13. Aurra – “You And Me Tonight”
Also suffering a regression are Aurra, who took their first hit to within a few places of the top ten, but drop back one spot this week.

12. Grange Hill Cast – “Just Say No”
The cast of fictional school Grange Hill have been propping up the bottom of the top five for the last two weeks, but no longer as school is out and so is their single, down seven places.

11. Spitting Image – “The Chicken Song”
The makers of puppet show Spitting Image have taken their music which usually accompanies the end of each episode to the record stores and this is the result, this week’s highest new entry!

10. Whitney Houston – “The Greatest Love Of All”
Whitney Houston moved into the top ten last week with the third top ten hit here from her debut album, but the track is a non-mover and goes no further.

9. Queen – “A Kind Of Magic”
Queen have been in the top ten for seven weeks now with their brand new song which is also the title track of their new album due in a few months. It falls three more places this week.

8. Marvin Gaye – “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”
Last week’s highest climber was this re-issue from Marvin Gaye and the grapevine takes him into the top ten this week, up three more.

7. Five Star – “Can’t Wait Another Minute”
Five Star were hoping for another climb this week, but instead they are a non-mover with their second single to make it this far.

6. George Michael – “A Different Corner”
There is all change in the top five this week as the number one of the last three weeks from George Michael comes crashing down five places!

5. Janet Jackson – “What Have You Done For Me Lately?”
Also going down is Janet Jackson with her very first UK chart hit, slipping back two places but staying in the top five.

4. Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald – “On My Own”
American singers Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald were last weeks highest new entry with this duet and they join Peter Gabriel as this week’s other joint highest climber of fifteen places.

3. Level 42 – “Lessons Of Love”
Level 42 continue to earn high marks with their brand new track, which moves into the big three with a climb of six places.

2. Madonna – “Live To Tell”
And moving up two places is Madonna with her brand new recording, the first from a new album that she is putting the finishing touches to.

1. Falco – “Rock Me Amadeus”
Falco has done it! The European mainland chart topper of the last six months goes up one place this week to become Britain’s new number one! But can he rock the sound of Wolfgang Amadeus for a second or will Madonna, Level 42 or Patti and Michael oust him out? 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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