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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 9th December 1986

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Tuesday 9th December 1986

So this was the chart that Radio 1 DJ Bruno Brookes broadcast from 5pm-7pm with data from the GALLUP computer based on record sales from Wednesday 3rd to Monday 8th 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 six new entrys, twelve climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Status Quo – “In The Army Now”
Status Quo remain in the army now perhaps for one more week as their biggest hit in many years wins an eleventh week with a drop of just four places.

39. Paul McCartney – “Only Love Remains”
Paul McCartney is out first new entry of this week with the follow up to his top thirty hit “Press”. Can this one put him any higher…?

38. Elkie Brooks – “No More The Fool”
It’s been four years since Elkie Brooks was last in the top 40 with her version of “Nights In White Satin”, but this time she’s back with something original and a new album too!

37. Shakin’ Stevens – “Because I Love You”
Shaky goes down twelve places this week with the first single from his next album, which is still being recorded and will see the light of day next year.

36. Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush – “Don’t Give Up”
Still not giving up are Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush with their duet also going down twelve this week having been with us for seven weeks now.

35. Ray Moore – “O’ My Father Had a Rabbit”
You can tell it’s getting close to Christmas when these kind of songs start creeping into the chart! Broadcaster Ray Moore from Radio 2 lands a new entry with this, this week!

34. Status Quo – “Dreamin'”
The Quo are back! Already. Without losing rank, here comes the follow up to the song at No.40 and the next single from the album of the same name!

33. Cliff Richard and Sarah Brightman – “All I Ask Of You”
Still going strong and with ten weeks on the chart now are Cliff Richard and Sarah Brightman with this Andrew Lloyd-Webber song that is down just two on last week.

32. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “Warriors (Of The Wasteland)”
Taking a bigger fall are Frankie Goes To Hollywood, their latest single leaves the top twenty and goes down thirteen places.

31. The Bangles – “Walk Like A Egyptian”
The Bangles prefer to walk. They have been for eleven weeks now as their second big UK chart hit is down nine places.

30. The Gap Band – “Big Fun”
It’s been nearly three years but The Gap Band make their return to the UK top 40 this week with something new and a new album, that is their eighth out here early next year.

29. Eurythmics – “The Miracle Of Love”
The miracle of love still enthralls the Eurythmics, but having ascended to this spot last week, that’s as far as the miracle will take them.

28. Spandau Ballet – “Through The Barricades”
Spandau Ballet still walk through the barricades with their first top ten hit for over two years, but the song leaves the upper half of the chart and goes down eleven places.

27. Cameo – “Candy”
The sweet candy that Cameo have brought to the UK chart seem to have run out as like the Eurythmics, they too are non-movers this week.

26. Five Star – “If I Say Yes”
The first single from Five Star not to make the top ten for 1986 descends further as they leave the top twenty, down ten places.

25. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – “Because Of You”
It’s a good week for Dexy’s Midnight Runners with their brand new single. Week two finds them fourteen places up on their entry position.

24. Alison Moyet – “Is This Love?”
Alison Moyet asks the question and we say YES! Her brand new single strides up eight places in her second week on the chart.

23. Bruce Springsteen – “War”
Bruce Springsteen’s war was short. After one week in the upper half of the top 40, the live version of this track falls five places.

22. Anita Baker – “Sweet Love”
And also out is American singer Anita Baker’s very first UK chart hit single, which had been a non-mover the past two weeks and now goes down nine places.

21. Jaki Graham – “Step Right Up”
Going the other way again this week is Jaki Graham, who steps right up another five places with her third chart hit of 1986.

20. Red Box – “For America”
Red Box do it for America for perhaps one last week in the top twenty as their latest goes down nine places now with seven weeks in total on the chart.

19. George Benson – “Shiver”
Moving into the top twenty is George Benson with his latest single, which is up two places, which makes this his best seller since “In Your Eyes” in 1983.

18. Mel and Kim – “Showing Out (Get Fresh For The Weekend)”
Mel and Kim‘s weekend is over and so is their time in the top ten as their debut single drops nine places after two months on the chart.

17. Genesis – “Land Of Confusion”
The latest cut from the “Invisible Touch” album from Genesis continues to progress. This week it’s up three places.

16. a-ha – “Cry Wolf”
a-ha cry wolf and it’s working as the second single from their latest album climbs twelve places in its second week on the UK top 40.

15. Kim Wilde – “You Keep Me Hanging On”
Kim Wilde is not kept hanging on any longer in the top ten with this Supremes cover, which has been resident for six weeks, but falls eight this week.

14. Jackie Wilson – “Reet Petite”
29 years after it was first release, the late Jackie Wilson made a return to the top 40 last week with this song and is by far this week’s highest climber with an enormous shift of twenty six places!

13. Roger Whittaker and Des O’Connor – “The Skye Boat Song”
The Skye boat is coming back to the mainland this week for Roger Whittaker and Des O’Connor as it sails out of the top ten and down three places.

12. Swing Out Sister – “Breakout”
And also breaking out of the top ten with their very first chart hit are Swing Out Sister, after five weeks there, the song goes down six places this week.

11. Debbie Harry – “French Kissin’ In The USA”
Many newcomers to this weeks top ten as Debbie Harry makes way for one more with her first solo top ten hit here, which slips out and down three places.

10. The Communards – “So Cold The Night”
In our new look top ten this week, The Communards climb four places to make the follow up to “Don’t Leave Me This Way” their second and first self-penned hit!

9. Nick Kamen – “Each Time You Break My Heart”
Nick Kamen‘s washing machine has come to the end of its cycle as his debut single peaks and falls back four places.

8. Madonna – “Open Your Heart”
Our highest new entry this week is much higher than all of the others and it comes from Madonna with the fourth single from her best selling “True Blue” album.

7. Bon Jovi – “Livin’ On A Prayer”
Also peaking this week with their best selling single yet in the UK are American band Bon Jovi, who fall back three places.

6. Gregory Abbott – “Shake You Down”
The debut single from Gregory Abbott continues to out better itself each week as he moves into the UK top ten, up nine this week.

5. Berlin – “Take My Breath Away”
The former number one from Berlin falls three places this week. The song has been in the top 40 for two months now and is already one of the biggest sellers of this year.

4. Oran ‘Juice’ Jones – “The Rain”
The rain does anything but pour for Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, who was last week’s highest climber, as he drips up a further eight places.

3. The Housemartins – “Caravan Of Love”
Back in the top five this week for the second time this year are The Housemartins. Their third top 40 hit storms up twenty places in its second week on the chart.

2. Erasure – “Sometimes”
The first single from duo Erasure to make the top 40 is having a great time as they go up one this week, now one away from the top spot…

1. Europe – “The Final Countdown”
…which is held for a second week running by UK chart newcomers Europe with their rock anthem to beat all rock anthems. Can the Swedish band stay on top for next week’s final countdown, or will Erasure, The Housemartins or Oran ‘Juice’ Jones make their claim? 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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