UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 6th January 1985
So this was the chart that Radio 1 DJ Richard Skinner broadcast from 5pm-7pm with data from the GALLUP computer based on record sales from Monday 31st December 1984 to Saturday 5th January 1985.
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, one re-entry, thirteen climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. Russ Abbot – “Atmosphere” We start the first chart of 1985 with a new entry, one of a handful and it comes from comedian Russ Abbot with his third single that also becomes his first top 40 entry!
39. Amii Stewart – “Friends” Next up is American singer Amii Stewart with a new entry and it’s her first to make it this far since “My Guy” in 1980.
38. The Dazz Band – “Let It All Blow” Still surviving are fellow Americans The Dazz Band, eleven weeks on their very first UK top 40 hit remains a non-mover.
37. The Limit – “Say Yeah” There is a new entry and another UK chart debut for Dutch producers The Limit. This is their fourth release and it’s already been a top ten smash on the US Dance chart.
36. The Human League – “Louise” The Human League are still with Louise and nine weeks on they are also top 40 with this hit, which drops nine places too.
35. Imagination – “Thank You My Love” Imagination are back for 1985 with this new entry and a new album on the way. This is the group’s first real hit since “Looking At Midnight” two years ago.
34. Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson – “I Know Him So Well” Stage stars Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson get together for this new entry, which is written by ABBA’s Benny and Bjorn and Tim Rice and comes from the musical Chess.
33. ZZ Top – “Sharp Dressed Man” There’s a chart re-entry next for ZZ Top as the second single from their 1983 album “Eliminator” makes a return to the UK top 40!
32. Strawberry Switchblade – “Since Yesterday” Just above them is this week’s highest new entry and it’s a top 40 debut for Scottish duo Strawberry Switchblade with their second single to be released.
31. Gary Glitter – “Another Rock And Roll Christmas” With Christmas out of the way, the festive songs are a falling and Gary Glitter slides a whopping nineteen places with his!
30. Alvin Stardust – “I Won’t Run Away” Alvin Stardust has been in the top 40 with this song for three months now and he remains so, but down eight places.
29. Black Lace – “Agadoo” Black Lace turned up again at the end of last year’s with this former chart smash and find themselves three places higher in week two.
28. Jim Diamond – “I Should Have Known Better” Like Alvin Stardust, Jim Diamond also registers three months in the top 40 with this song, which leaves the top twenty, down nine places.
27. Shakin’ Stevens – “Teardrops” Teardrops fall as does Shakin’ Stevens’ latest single of the same name. He marks his two month anniversary down seven places.
26. Council Collective – “Soul Deep” The Council Collective aka The Style Council go up two places this week with their ‘side project’. They boys have a new album planned later this year under their real name.
25. Chaka Khan – “I Feel For You” Chaka Khan still feels for you and with three months in the UK top 40, she still feels for us, even if the song goes down four places this week.
24. Stevie Wonder – “I Just Called To Say I Love You” Stevie Wonder’s former number one lingers on still and it’s only down one place as he enters another year just calling to say…!
23. Duran Duran – “The Wild Boys” The wild boys, Duran Duran, remain on the chart for an eleventh week and not only that, the song goes back up three places!
22. Eurythmics – “Sex Crime (Nineteen Eighty Four)” The Eurythmics crime was from last year so they can only expect their latest song going down in 1985, which is does and by five places.
21. Alison Moyet – “Invisible” Alison Moyet does anything but stay invisible as her latest climbs four places to park itself just outside the upper half of the chart.
20. Spandau Ballet – “Round And Round” The first top twenty of 1985 kicks off with Spandau Ballet going down two places with the fourth single from their “Parade” album.
19. Bronski Beat – “It Ain’t Necessarily So” Finding themselves back in the top twenty are Bronski Beat with their latest, which has taken its time but finally makes it with a climb of five places.
18. Black Lace – “Do The Conga” Here come Black Lace again not only doing the Agadoo but also the Conga. Their most recent release stays above the former but falls five places.
17. Sal Solo – “San Damiano” Launching himself into the upper half of the chart is Chris Stevens aka Sal Solo, who blasts up twenty places to be this week’s highest climber!
16. Murray Head – “One Night In Bangkok” One night in Bangkok is enough for Murray Head, who drops back one place with his stellar hit that’s been on the chart for ten weeks now.
15. Smiley Culture – “Police Officer” Smiley Culture are also benefitting from the post-Christmas culture as they take a nearly but not quite highest climb of nineteen places.
14. Nik Kershaw – “The Riddle” Notching up nine weeks is Nik Kershaw with his latest which stays top twenty but drops three places having left the top ten seven days earlier.
13. Thompson Twins – “Lay Your Hands On Me” The Thompson Twins continue to climb the chart slowly with their latest offering. Will it make the top ten? It’s three away now and with a climb og three places this week.
12. Kool and The Gang – “Fresh” Kool and The Gang stay fresh and keep refreshing their chart positions as the weeks go by, They move up two more this week and are two away from the big ten.
11. Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five – “Step Off” Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five are another outfit that are making their mark in the first week of 1985. They go up nineteen places and nearly straight into the top ten!
10. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “The Power Of Love” There are a few Christmasy songs still high up and Frankie Goes To Hollywood are still in the top ten with their third number one of last year, which does go down three places.
9. Paul Young – “Everything Must Change” Everything must change, apparently, but Paul Young does the exact opposite and spends a second week in the same place!
8. Ray Parker Jnr. – “Ghostbusters” Ray Parker Jnr.’s hit theme from one of the biggest movies of last year is still top ten but he is moving about and down two places.
7. Tears For Fears – “Shout” Tears For Fears do have something to shout about this week as they go up on place to number seven in their seventh week on the top 40.
6. Toy Dolls – “Nellie The Elephant” The Toy Dolls pack their bags and say goodby to the top five this week as their children’s favourite drops down one place.
5. Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus – “We All Stand Together” Dropping down two this week is Paul McCartney with his Frog Chorus, they all stand together for an eighth week on the chart.
4. Foreigner – “I Want To Know What Love Is…” US band Foreigner continue the climb with their biggest hit here to date and this week they move into the top five, up six places.
3. Madonna – “Like A Virgin” The title track from Madonna‘s new album remains in the top five, she goes up one place with her last single release of last year.
2. Wham – “Last Christmas” Still holding on in second place are the Wham boys, even with Christmas now gone, they don’t seem to want to go anywhere else.
1. Band Aid – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” And neither do Band Aid with their Christmas number one, which stays at the top for a fifth week and becomes the first number one of 1985. Can they make it a sixth, or will Wham, Madonna or Foreigner manage to outsell this charity record? 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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