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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 16th December 1986

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Tuesday 16th 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 10th to Monday 15th 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 four new entrys, fourteen climbers and one non-mover! And it was announced like this…

40. Paul Simon – “The Boy In The Bubble”
Paul Simon comes back for the first of just four new entries this week with the next helping from his “Graceland” album.

39. The Bangles – “Walk Like A Egyptian”
Continuing to walk like Egyptians are The Bangles, now with three months on the chart with this single, which falls eight places.

38. Spitting Image – “Santa Claus Is On The Dole”
Also back for a second helping are the Spitting Image gang, who follow their earlier number one with some festive cheer!

37. Gary Moore – “Over The Hills And Far Away”
Gary Moore makes his first appearance of 1986 and only just makes it with this brand new song that forms the lead single of his next album, due next year.

36. The Pretenders – “Hymn To Her”
The Pretenders released their new album recently and they got a top ten hit from it. Will it be two in a row with this week’s highest new entry…?

35. Spandau Ballet – “Through The Barricades”
Spandau Ballet come crashing through the barricades and also continue to crash out of the top 40, this week missing it but down seven places.

34. Paul McCartney – “One Love Remains”
Going the other way is Paul McCartney with the second single from his new album, which is called “Press To Play”, and he goes up five places with it.

33. Cliff Richard and Sarah Brightman – “All I Ask Of You”
For their eleventh week on the chart, Cliff Richard and Sarah Brightman record a non-mover with their duet from The Phantom Of The Opera.

32. Bruce Springsteen – “War”
While Bruce Springsteen takes his war down nine places after raging for a month with us. The track comes from his first live album released last month.

31. Five Star – “If I Say Yes”
Five Star make it five weeks on the chart this time as their fifth single of this year drops five places! What about that!

30. Elkie Brooks – “No More The Fool”
Elkie Brooks makes good on her return to the top 40 with a climb of eight places in her second week with her first chart hit since 1982.

29. Cameo – “Candy”
No top ten hit this time for Cameo as the follow up to “Word Up”, which was a non-mover last week, drops back two places.

28. Eurythmics – “The Miracle Of Love”
The Eurythmics were also non-movers last week, but unlike Cameo, they recommence their climb, up one place, with the follow up to “Thorn In My Side”.

27. Ray Moore – “O’My Father Had A Rabbit”
This year’s Christmas curio comes from TV presenter Ray Moore with this tale of rabbits and something else. He climbs eight places with it none the less!

26. Red Box – “For America”
For America Red Box have been flying the flag for two months now, but they leave the top twenty this week, down six places.

25. Status Quo – “Dreamin'”
Just one record from Status Quo on the top 40 this week and it’s the new entry from last week that remains, going up nine places.

24. Mel and Kim – “Showing Out (Get Fresh For The Weekend)”
The weekend is nearly over for sisters Mel and Kim as their debut single leaves the upper half of the chart, down six this week.

23. Anita Baker – “Sweet Love”
Falling just one place this week is Anita Baker with her very first UK hit single that crashed out of the top twenty this time last week.

22. Kim Wilde – “You Keep Me Hanging On”
Down and out this week comes Kim Wilde with her version of The Supremes hit that falls seven places after two months on the chart.

21. George Benson – “Shiver”
George Benson made it there last week with this track, but after just seven days, he shivers and drops out, down two places with it.

20. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – “Because Of You”
Making a welcome return to the top twenty for the first time in three years are Dexy’s Midnight Runners with a climb of five places.

19. Swing Out Sister – “Breakout”
While Swing Out Sister go seven places the other way with their very first hit single, now with eight weeks on the top 40.

18. Roger Whittaker and Des O’Connor – “The Skye Boat Song”
The Skye boat also sails in the same direction for Roger Whittaker and Des O’Connor as they go down five this week.

17. Jaki Graham – “Step Right Up”
Continuing to step right up is Jaki Graham as her latest hit single moves into the top twenty after four weeks on the chart, up four places.

16. Genesis – “Land Of Confusion”
No confusion with Genesis as they go up one this week with the fourth single from this years studio album, “Invisible Touch”.

15. The Gap Band – “Big Fun”
The Gap Band are certainly having big fun with their brand new single, which puts them back in the top twenty with a climb of fifteen places that is also this weeks highest!

14. Debbie Harry – “French Kissin’ In The USA”
Blondie’s Debbie Harry left the top ten last week with her biggest solo hit here in the UK and she drops another three places this week.

13. Nick Kamen – “Each Time You Break My Heart”
Down and out this week is model Nick Kamen with his debut single, which leaves the top ten and drops by four places.

12. Alison Moyet – “Is This Love?”
The brand new song from Alison Moyet gets some more confirmation of the question she asks with a climb of twelve places.

11. Berlin – “Take My Breath Away”
And making a bold departure from the top ten is the former number one from Berlin, aircraft now down on the ground and the single down six places on the chart!

10. a-ha – “Cry Wolf”
a-ha are back in the top ten for the second time with the second single from their second album! The follow up to “I’ve Been Losing You” climbs six places this week.

9. Bon Jovi – “Livin’ On A Prayer”
Bon Jovi are still living on a prayer and also living in the UK top ten for another week. Their second hit here drops two places.

8. The Communards – “So Cold The Night”
The Communards go up two places this week. If they are to win another number one, they are taking their time after a month on the chart.

7. Gregory Abbott – “Shake You Down”
Gregory Abbott has been shaking up with his debut single, which seems to have peaked as he does go down one place this week.

6. Oran ‘Juice’ Jones – “The Rain”
Also going down, like the title of his single, is Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, who bows out of the top five, down two places.

5. Erasure – “Sometimes”
The got so close but the first top 40 single from the duo Erasure steps back three and away from the top spot. But it was a good effort.

4. Madonna – “Open Your Heart”
Edging close is Madonna. She was last week’s highest new entry, and the follow up to her two previous number ones goes up four places to give her five top five hits this year!

3. Europe – “The Final Countdown”
All change at the top as Swedish rockers Europe end their two week stay at the top and go down two places. The final countdown has come to the end.

2. Jackie Wilson – “Reet Petite”
Last week’s enormous highest climber came from the late Jackie Wilson with this re-issue of his 1957 single that makes more good progress this week with a climb of twelve places.

1. The Housemartins – “Caravan Of Love”
But it’s congratulations to The Housemartins. Their third top 40 single becomes their very first number one as they go up two places to claim the top spot! But can they keep it, or will Jackie Wilson or Madonna steal it from them? 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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