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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 27th May 1986

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Tuesday 27th 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 21st to Monday 26th 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 six new entrys, fourteen climbers and four non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Aurra – “You And Me Tonight”
Aurra amass seven weeks on the chart with their first hit single that goes down eighteen places and nearly out altogether.

39. Princess – “I’ll Keep On Loving You”
Princess clocks up the same amount of time on the chart with her second single that drops fifteen places as they make way for a new match of chart newcomers this week.

38. The Communards – “Disenchanted”
That starts with Richard and Jimmy of The Communards back with the follow up to last year’s debut single, “You Are My World” and they are putting the final touches to the first album which will be out in a couple of months time.

37. The Cure – “Boys Don’t Cry”
The Cure are down twelve places this week with this re-issue of an earlier recording, and with five weeks in the top 40, far exceeding the original’s performance.

36. George Michael – “A Different Corner”
The former number one from George Michael is down fifteen this week. No plans yet from George for a solo album, but it could happen…

35. Falco – “Vienna Calling”
Falco goes for double with this new entry that swiftly follows his recent number one, which we will hear from a bit later on.

34. Mantronix – “Bassline”
DJ and producer Kurtis Mantronik found his way to the UK singles chart for the first time last week and moves up six places in his second.

33. Freddie Mercury – “Time”
As did Freddie Mercury with this solo recording, his band Queen having left the chart this week with “A Kind Of Magic”. On his own, he goes up six places.

32. Marvin Gaye – “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”
The re-released Marvin Gaye hit from 1968 has spent six weeks in the top 40 this time, but it could be the last as it leaves the upper half of the chart and drops fourteen places.

31. Janet Jackson – “What Have You Done For Me Lately?”
A number of sharp falling singles this week and Janet Jackson is another of them as her very first UK chart hit also leaves the top twenty and falls sixteen places.

30. ZZ Top – “Rough Boy”
Not falling too far but still going down are ZZ Top with their first hit here for a few years as it is seven places lower than it peaked last week.

29. Pet Shop Boys – “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)”
This is what Chris and Neil of the Pet Shop Boys hope to do and they score a third top 40 entry this week with the follow up to “Love Comes Quickly”.

28. The Smiths – “Big Mouth Strikes Again”
There’s a new entry for The Smiths this week with the second track to come from their current album, “The Queen Is Dead” and the follow up to last year’s “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side”.

27. Rod Stewart – “Love Touch”
Rod Stewart returned to the chart last week with new music and a new album on the way. The first taste of that album enjoys a good second week as it climbs seven places.

26. Miami Sound Machine – “Bad Boy”
The Miami Sound Machine with Gloria Estefan on lead vocals also scored a new entry last week with their first hit here for two years. They also have a good second week and go up twelve places.

25. Genesis – “Invisible Touch”
Genesis have been recording a new album for the past year and they are about to let us all hear it. This is the lead single and title track fo that album and it brings them back to the top 40 for the first time since “That’s All” in 1983!

24. Whitney Houston – “The Greatest Love Of All”
Whitney Houston is another of this week’s big droppers as her latest single left the top ten last week and falls thirteen this.

23. Joyce Sims – “All And All”
Fellow American Joyce Sims leaves the top twenty having been there for three weeks with her very first release, which is down six places in week six.

22. The Real Thing – “Can’t Get By Without You ’86”
The Real Thing aim for another top ten hit at least with their other big hit of 1976 which came onto the chart in remixed form seven days ago and shoots up fifteen places to become this week’s highest!

21. Nu Shooz – “I Can’t Wait”
Nu Shooz come in a close second for this week’s highest climber. Their debut of last week is up fourteen to sit just outside the top twenty.

20. Pete Wylie – “Sinful”
Pete Wylie has another good week. His solo single moves into the top twenty going up eight places in his third week on the chart.

19. Five Star – “Can’t Wait Another Minute”
Many of the top twenty from the last few weeks have taken a big exit as they make way for new blood but not Five Star, their latest is down just five places as the song reaches two whole months in the top 40.

18. Ca$hflow – “Mine All Mine”
Ca$hflow turned up on the chart for the first time last week with this double A side single and they come into the upper half of the UK chart with a climb of twelve places.

17. Madonna – “Live To Tell”
Madonna will release her new album in America next week. It’s called “True Blue” and this is the first single from it. Six weeks in and it leaves the UK top ten, down seven places.

16. AC/DC – “Who Made Who?”
Australian rock band AC/DC were one of last week’s new entries with this track and they are one of the new intake in the UK top twenty this week as the song moves up eleven places.

15. Falco – “Rock Me Amadeus”
Here come Falco again! His former number one is down eight places this week as it moves over to let his new entry at No.35 to potentially take over…

14. The B-52’s – “Rock Lobster”
The B-52’s lobster is on re-release and it’s performed much better here second time around although it misses a top ten position and crawls back two places.

13. Tear For Fears – “Everybody Wants To Run The World”
Kurt and Roland are back this year with a new version of their smash hit “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” from last year that is raising funds for Sport Aid. They bring the song back to the top 40 as this week’s highest new entry!

12. Billy Ocean – “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)”
Billy Ocean keep going…six weeks on and the follow up to “When The Going Gets Tough…” is still climbing the chart, up by another spot, just as it did this time seven days ago.

11. Status Quo – “Rollin’ Home”
The Quo shot into the top ten last week with the latest cut from their brand new album which will be out in a couple of months but after just one week, they slip out, down two places.

10. Robert Palmer – “Addicted To Love”
We start the top ten with last week’s highest climber from Robert Palmer going up six places and this becomes the singer’s very first top ten hit since his debuted back in 1974!

9. Jaki Graham – “Set Me Free”
Joining his is Jaki Graham, who was one of last week’s big movers and she returns to the top ten for the first time since “Round And Round” last year as she climbs a further eleven places.

8. Van Halen – “Why Can’t This Be Love?”
There are changes all around them this week but Van Halen remain just where they ascended to this time seven days ago with their biggest UK hit for three years.

7. Matchroom Mob and Chas and Dave – “Snooker Loopy”
The ‘Matchroom Mob’ but better assigned to Chas and Dave have potted all the balls they can as their top ten move of last week results in a drop of one place.

6. Simply Red – “Holding Back The Years”
Simply Red were last week’s highest new entry with this re-issue of a track that came out last year but failed to find a big audience. Second time around it does as they go up thirteen places to win the band fronted by Mick Hucknall their very first top ten entry!

5. Level 42 – “Lessons In Love”
Level 42’s lesson in love for the past three weeks is to do nothing and stay as you are. Things take a turn for the worse as this week’s lesson sees them fall back two places!

4. Peter Gabriel – “Sledgehammer”
…which is what Peter Gabriel does this week as his ‘sledgehammer’ picks and hacks away at very little, remaining in the same place it has so far peaked.

3. Doctor and The Medics – “Spirit In The Sky”
Back in 1970, Norman Greenbaum topped the chart with the original version of this song, so can Doctor and The Medics do the same with their cover? Four weeks in and they move up two more places, just two away from their goal.

2. Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald – “On My Own”
There’s now movement at all for a third week in the runner up spot for Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald with their duet clinging on, not quite making it but also not giving anyone else the change to be so close and yet so far away…

1. Spitting Image – “The Chicken Song”
And that goes for the Spitting Image team for a third week also as they remain the biggest seller of all. Can they make it a full month on top or will Doctor and The Medics, Simply Red or someone called Keith end their reign? 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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