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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 20th May 1986

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Tuesday 20th 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 14th to Monday 19th May 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 nine new entrys, twelve climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Mantronix – “Bassline”
We kick off this week with a new entry and a UK chart debut for NY producer Kurtis Mantronik who brings his dance music from American clubland over here and breaks the commercial sales chart.

39. Freddie Mercury – “Time”
Queen’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury, has found ‘time’ to record some solo tracks alongside the new Queen album that’s due out very soon. This gives him two songs on the chart today and a new entry.

38. Miami Sound Machine – “Bad Boy”
Also back with a new entry are the Miami Sound Machine with singer Gloria Estefan on board for this first UK top 40 showing since “Dr. Beat”, two years ago.

37. The Real Thing – “Can’t Get By Without You ’86”
And flushed with the success of the recent remix of their number one “You To Me Are Everything“, The Real Thing thought they would try with the other big hit of theirs, which comes fresh faced to the top 40 since it’s original release in 1976.

36. Atlantic Starr – “Secret Lovers”
Atlantic Starr have been far from secret lovers on the UK top 40 as they’ve now been with us for ten whole weeks! The song is down twelve places, however.

35. Nu Shooz – “I Can’t Wait”
Nu Shooz are an American vocal group who formed in 1984 and originally put this song out last year but without much success at all. Second time around and with a remix, they finally do it, the song is also climbing high back home too!

34. Rod Stewart – “Love Touch”
The new entries keep coming as Rod Stewart makes his chart return with a new album coming out very soon. This is the lead track and it puts him back in the top 40 for the first time in two years!

33. Big Country – “Look Away”
Big Country have a new album out much sooner than that and this is their lead single, which has been on the chart for seven weeks now and is down twelve places.

32. Dire Straits – “Your Latest Track”
Dire Straits’ most recent trick was to not move at all for two weeks with their latest offering. They do this week and it’s down six places!

31. The Bangles – “If She Knew What She Wants”
Doing the opposite are The Bangles with the follow up to their recent number two hit, which moves up five places in its second week.

30. Ca$hflow – “Mine All Mine”
Ca$hflow are a US R&B group who formed last year and have already released one single. This is their second and it brings them to the UK top 40 for the very first time.

29. Force MD’s – “Tender Love”
That happened to Force MD’s four weeks ago with this track, which has been slowly climbing ever since. Sadly for them it goes down six places this week.

28. Pete Wylie – “Sinful”
Pete Wylie is enjoying a good second week with this track which came onto the chart seven days ago as it goes up eleven places.

27. AC/DC – “Who Made Who?”
Australian rockers AC/DC have a new album coming out soon and released this song as the first taste of that which is also used in a new film called ‘Maximum Overdrive’. The song is their highest showing here since “Nervous Shakedown” in 1983.

26. Queen – “A Kind Of Magic”
Here comes Freddie again, this time with his band mates in tow as the title track of their new album leaves the upper half of the chart, down eleven places.

25. The Cure – “Boys Don’t Cry”
And also going down are The Cure with this re-issue of one of their very first singles, which slips three places, still much higher than it first did seven years ago.

24. Princess – “I’ll Keep On Loving You”
Princess was hoping for at least another top ten hit with the follow up to “Say I’m Your Number One” but is hasn’t been the case as the song leaves the top twenty, down five places.

23. ZZ Top – “Rough Boy”
ZZ Top climb higher still in their third week on the chart with this song, which us up six more places now their best for two years.

22. Aurra – “You And Me Tonight”
Aurra have been in the upper half of the UK chart for a month now with this song, but are no longer as it leaves and falls four places.

21. George Michael – “A Different Corner”
Also down and out is George Michael with his former number one which slides nine places this week having been in the top 40 for two months.

20. Jaki Graham – “Set Me Free”
Jaki Graham has a good week with her brand new single. She returns to the top twenty as the song shoots up fifteen places.

19. Simply Red – “Holding Back The Years”
Simply Red are this weeks highest new entry with only their second single to make it this far, the last being “Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)”, and a re-issue from last year as the track fell short of the top 40.

18. Marvin Gaye – “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”
Marvin Gaye’s classic single is going down this week, nine places.so whatever was heard through the grapevine, it wasn’t another weeks in the top ten!

17. Joyce Sims – “All And All”
Also going down is American singer Joyce Sims with her debut single, just one place back from where she ascended this time last week.

16. Robert Palmer – “Addicted To Love”
Robert Palmer released his album “Riptide” last year and two singles, none of which did anything spectacular so he must have been pleased when this release made the top 40 last week. He will be even more pleased to learn that the song rockets up eighteen places in week two to become the highest climber!

15. Janet Jackson – “What Have You Done For Me Lately?”
Michael’s younger sister Janet Jackson has been in the top ten for a month now with her very first UK chart hit, which leaves and falls nine places this week.

14. Five Star – “Can’t Wait Another Minute”
Five Star are also exiting the top ten with their second single to get that far. They take a much gracious drop of four places.

13. Billy Ocean – “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)”
Billy Ocean‘s follow up to his four weeks chart topper this year continues to climb the chart ever more. Four weeks on and it’s up just one more place.

12. The B-52’s – “Rock Lobster”
Just two weeks of climbing take The B-52’s one place higher than Billy and with eight more places to their name with this re-released song from 1979.

11. Whitney Houston – “The Greatest Love Of All”
The third single from Whitney Houston’s debut album to make the UK top ten has peaked, it would seem, as it drops out, down three places.

10. Madonna – “Live To Tell”
Madonna‘s new single is down five this week, the songs fifth week on the chart as it returns to the position to came in at.

9. Status Quo – “Rollin’ Home”
The new single from Status Quo come into the chart last week and it was the highest new entry and enjoys a superb second week as it flies into the top ten, up sixteen places.

8. Van Halen – “What Can’t This Be Love?”
Van Halen have been climbing with this song for a whole month now right from the very bottom of the top 40 and now make it into the top ten as it goes up five places.

7. Falco – “Rock Me Amadeus”
The former, brief, number one from Falco drops three places. The song has been in the UK top ten now for two whole months.

6. Matchroom Mob with Chas and Dave – “Snooker Loopy”
Moving up the board and potting as many balls as they can are the ‘Matchroom Mob’ with Chas and Dave, last week’s highest climbers, who score a five this week!

5. Doctor and The Medics – “Spirit In The Sky”
Also scoring high are Doctor and The Medics for the very first time on the top 40. Their cover of Norman Greenbaum’s 60’s hit enters the top ten up twelve places.

4. Peter Gabriel – “Sledgehammer”
Peter Gabriel digs in further with his sledgehammer as the song with perhaps the most accomplished video on the chart is three places higher than last week.

3. Level 42 – “Lessons In Love”
Meanwhile, Level 42’s lesson in love is to keep things steady and not rock the boat at all. That’s what they do for a third consecutive week!

2. Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald – “On My Own”
Holding their own for a second week in the number two spot are Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald with their duet, which is also a non-mover.

1. Spitting Image – “The Chicken Song”
And that also goes for the song at number one, for a second week it’s Spitting Image who hold that chicken in that air as the biggest seller of them all. Can they make it three in a row, or will Peter Gabriel, Doctor and The Medics or someone else knock em off? 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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