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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 2nd December 1986

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Tuesday 2nd December 1986

So this was the chart that Radio 1 DJ Bruno Brookes broadcast from 4pm-7pm with data from the GALLUP computer based on record sales from Wednesday 26th November to Monday 1st December 1986.

This is how the charts USED to look with new entries, climbers and non-movers, all based solely on record purchases.
This week, thirty years ago, there were five new entrys, fifteen climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Jackie Wilson – “Reet Petite”
It could be said that our first new entry this week is a re-entry as Jackie Wilson’s debut single from 1957 make a reappearance on the UK top 40!

39. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – “Because Of You”
Entering with something new are Dexy’s Midnight Runners, who haven’t been seen since 1983. This is a brand new song from them, their last album was released just last year.

38. Glass Tiger – “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)”
Will we forget Glass Tiger when they’ve gone? The Canadian band go down nine places this week and it could be their last for now…

37. Ultravox – “All Fall Down”
Also going down is last week’s highest climber from Ultravox. The second single from their new album falls seven places.

36. Status Quo – “In The Army Now”
Ten weeks on and Status Quo remain in the army and in the top 40, but only just as the title track of their latest album goes down twelve places.

35. Cutting Crew – “I’ve Been In Love Before”
And there will be no second top ten hit for Cutting Crew as the follow up to “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight” falls four places.

34. Simple Minds – “Ghostdancing”
All change up above this week as more continue to drop down. Simple Minds are next, their latest top twenty hit is down eighteen places.

33. Iron Maiden – “Stranger In A Strange Land”
And for the second time this year, Iron Maiden won’t be scoring a top twenty hit as their latest descends eleven places.

32. Alison Moyet – “Is This Love?”
Time for something new now and Alison Moyet is back with some brand new music and this is the first single to come from her next album which should be out next year sometime.

31. Cliff Richard and Sarah Brightman – “All I Ask Of You”
Cliff takes to the stage with Sarah Brightman for this Andrew Lloyd-Webber number, which notches up ten weeks on the chart but goes down eleven places.

30. Madness – “(Waiting For) The Ghost Train”
Simple Minds prefer ghostdancing while Madness would rather wait for the ghost train. Either way, they are both going down and Madness by seven places this week.

29. Eurythmics – “The Miracle Of Love”
Annie and Dave of the Eurythmics celebrate the miracle of love with their latest single and it does well with a climb of nine places in their second week.

28. a-ha – “Cry Wolf”
a-ha come back with the second cut from their current album, “Scoundrel Days”. This is the follow up to “I’ve Been Losing You” and the trio will be hoping for another top ten hit to join their five others here in the UK.

27. Cameo – “Candy”
Sweeties from Cameo arrived back on the top 40 last week and they have a much better week two as the song climbs twelve places.

26. Jaki Graham – “Step Right Up”
…which is exactly what Jaki Graham does with her third chart hit of this year, which joins Cameo in the top thirty, nine places higher.

25. Shakin’ Stevens – “Because I Love You”
The new single from Shakin’ Stevens leaves the top twenty, down seven this week. Shaky of course was heading for the Christmas number one slot this time last year.

24. Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush – “Don’t Give Up”
With no plans to give up just yet are Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush with their first duet together, which also departs the upper half of the top 40, down twelve places.

23. The Housemartins – “Caravan Of Love”
Back for a third time this year are The Housemartins. They’ve had one top ten and one top twenty hit, so where will this week’s highest new entry get them…?!

22. The Bangles – “Walk Like An Egyptian”
Now with three months on the UK top 40, The Bangles walk right out of the top twenty with the third single to come from their album “Different Light”, which drops eight places.

21. George Benson – “Shiver”
George Benson hasn’t been this high in the UK for over two years with a single, but with a climb of thirteen places, he’s put himself back in the spotlight.

20. Genesis – “Land Of Confusion”
Making their return to the top twenty this week are Genesis with the fourth single from the “Invisible Touch” album that goes up one place.

19. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “Warriors (Of The Wasteland)”
Going nowhere at all are Frankie Goes To Hollywood with the second single from their latest album, which is a non-mover.

18. Bruce Springsteen – “War”
The new live version of “War” from Bruce Springsteen makes its debut in the UK top twenty this week, up nine places.

17. Spandau Ballet – “Through The Barricades”
Meanwhile, Spandau Ballet are going down six places with their biggest hit for over two years and the second single from their album of the same name.

16. Five Star – “If I Say Yes”
Five Star have so far achieved three top ten hits from their latest album, but number four falls short as they drop back one places this week.

15. Gregory Abbott – “Shake You Down”
The debut single from New York singer Gregory Abbott really finds it feel in week two with a burst of eighteen places, which makes it the highest climber!

14. The Communards – “So Cold The Night”
And on their way to another chart topper, hopefully, are The Communards with their new entry from last week, which is twelve places higher.

13. Anita Baker – “Sweet Love”
UK top 40 newcomer Anita Baker is full of sweet love but she puts it on pause for a second week in the same spot as a non-mover.

12. Oran ‘Juice’ Jones – “The Rain”
The rain pours down, but not for Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, who was last week’s highest new entry and thunders up thirteen places in his second!

11. Red Box – “For America”
Slipping out of the top ten this week after two weeks as a non-mover are Red Box with their second big hit single, down one place.

10. Roger Whittaker and Des O’Connor – “The Sky Boat Song”
The Skye boat sails into the top ten this week for Roger Whittaker and Des O’Connor as their duet climbs seven places, making this Des’ first since “1–2–3 O’Leary” in 1968!

9. Mel and Kim – “Showing Out (Get Fresh For The Weekend)”
Another duo next and this time it’s the Appleby sisters with their debut single, which falls five places out of the top five.

8. Debbie Harry – “French Kissin’ In The USA”
…is what Debbie Harry does and she does it even more so this week as the song goes up one place. Debbie has a new solo album called “Rockbird” out now.

7. Kim Wilde – “You Keep Me Hanging On”
Kim Wilde‘s cover of The Supremes 60’s hit is down four this week to number seven in her seventh week. Her new album is called “Another Step” and it too is out now.

6. Swing Out Sister – “Breakout”
Swing Out Sister ‘break out’ of the top five this week. They went down one last week and they do the same again this week!

5. Nick Kamen – “Each Time You Break My Heart”
While model turned singer Nick Kamen goes the opposite way with his debut single, which is up three to arrive inside the top five.

4. Bon Jovi – “Livin’ On A Prayer”
American rockers Bon Jovi – who are lead by lead singer Jon Bon Jovi – also take up a place in the UK top five as their second hit here climbs two places.

3. Erasure – “Sometimes”
And closer to home, Vince and Andy of Erasure also make a move into the top five with this track, which is four places higher than it was.

2. Berlin – “Take My Breath Away”
We have movement at the top as well as Berlin‘s four week chart topper finally ceases to be top gun and drops back one place.

1. Europe – “The Final Countdown”
Taking their place is the continent you will find Berlin situated in and Swedish rockers Europe, who go up one to claim this week’s new number one with their very first top 40 hit single here! But can they maintain it for a second week, or will Erasure, Bon Jovi, Nick Kamen or someone else put a swift end to their reign? There is only one way to find out…

Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!

Follow the latest ‘rewind’ chart below or click here to read about previous weeks.