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 21st to Saturday 26th 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 three new entrys, thirteen climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. George Benson – “20/20” 20 plus 20 equals 40 and that’s where George Benson stays for a second week as a non-mover, unable to advance any further.
39. Toy Dolls – “Nellie The Elephant” The Toy Dolls stay inside the top 40 for an eleventh week with their twist on the classic children’s song, which is seven places lower.
38. The Pointer Sisters – “Neutron Dance” All of The Pointer Sisters go down five places with their neutron dance, having joined the chart just three weeks ago.
37. ZZ Top – “Sharp Dressed Man” While ZZ Top drop twelve places with the re-issue of this track from their “Eliminator” album, which featured the single “Give Me All Your Lovin'”.
36. Big Sound Authority – “This House (Is Where Your Love Stands)” Our first new entry this week is a debut single and a chart debut for British band Big Sound Authority, who formed in 1983 but have been recording and promoting in readiness for this moment.
35. Bronski Beat – “It Ain’t Necessarily So” The latest single from Bronski Beat manages a ninth week on the chart as they go down twelve places with the third single to come from “The Age Of Consent”.
34. Bucks Fizz – “I Hear Talk” Poor Bucks Fizz. A chart entry three weeks ago and a non-mover last week and that’s all they achieve again with three weeks now in the same position!
33. Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus – “We All Stand Together” Standing with his frog chorus is Paul McCartney after eleven weeks, they all walk hand in hand down the chart, six places lower this week.
32. The Commodores – “Nightshift” We welcome back The Commodores to the UK top 40 this week with a brand new song and minus Lionel Richie among their ranks. This is the first single to come from a new album that will be out very soon.
31. The Colourfield – “Thinking Of You” Only three new entries this week and this is the highest of them from UK band The Colourfield, who finally make it with their third single. Their debut was released last Summer.
30. Cashmere – “Can I?” Cashmere remain top thirty this week but down one place with their first UK top 40 hit. The song comes from their debut album, “Philly World”.
29. Big Country – “Just A Shadow” And also going down are Big Country with their latest single, which falls three places after three weeks on the chart.
28. Sal Solo – “San Damiano” Former highest climber Sal Solo leaves the top twenty this week with his biggest hit, which drops nine places in its ninth week on release.
27. Smiley Culture – “Police Officer” Running away from the police officer is Smiley Culture, who also tries to hide outside the top twenty as he goes down twelve places.
26. Paul Young – “Everything Must Change” Paul Young had a change of environment last week out of the top ten and he leaves the top twenty this week, also down twelve places.
25. Pat Benetar – “We Belong” Pat Benetar, meanwhile, goes the other way with her very first UK top 40 charting single. Week two finds her up six places.
24. Imagination – “Thank You My Love” Imagination must have stopped thanking their love as their latest single steps back two places this week. The band are currently recording their next album.
23. The Limit – “Say Yeah” The Limit seem to have reached the limit as they depart the upper half of the chart and down six places with their first UK hit.
22. Kirsty MacColl – “A New England” Good news for Kirsty MacColl as her search for or not for a New England takes her sixteen places up the UK chart in week two!
21. The Art Of Noise – “Close (To The Edit)” And going up nine places are producers The Art Of Noise with their very first chart hit single as they park just outside the upper tier.
20. Ray Parker Jnr. – “Ghostbusters” Ray Parker Jnr. is tackling his ghosts for a 20th week on the UK singles chart and he’s still top twenty! This week the songs falls four places.
19. Phil Collins – “Sussudio” Good news for Phil Collins, his brand new song, the first from his next album, climbs a very healthy seventeen places to be this week’s highest!
18. Bryan Adams – “Run To You” While last week’s highest new entry from Canadian singer Bryan Adams moves into the top twenty, up ten places. This is Bryan’s very first UK hit single!
17. Band Aid – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The former Christmas number one from Band Aid departs the top ten and down eight places this week, the song’s eighth week on the chart.
16. Billy Ocean – “Loverboy” As predicted, Billy Ocean returns to the upper half of the char6t this week with his latest release, which goes up eight places.
15. Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five – “Step Off” With the longest name on the top 40 this week, Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five continue a slow decline, this week going down four places.
14. Chaka Khan – “This Is My Night” This continues to be Chaka Khan’s night and day and her week as the follow up to “I Feel For You” goes up four places.
13. Amii Stewart – “Friends” Going the other way is the current song from Amii Stewart, which drops back one place this week. It’s Ammi’s highest charting single here since “Light My Fire” in 1979.
12. James Ingram and Michael McDonald – “Yah Mo Be There” The pairing of James Ingram and Michael McDonald pays off again as their song from 1983 finally gets somewhere here in the UK and goes up nine places.
11. Wham – “Last Christmas” Wham, for once, are on top of the song that topped the chart this Christmas. Their double A sider with “Everything She Wants” also leaves the top ten this week, but down just three places.
10. Bruce Springsteen – “Dancing In The Dark” Bruce Springsteen entered the top twenty last week with his brand new song and he goes up ten places and into the top ten this week.
9. Madonna – “Like A Virgin” The title track of Madonna‘s new album falls two places this week having spent nine weeks in the UK top ten so far…
8. Russ Abbot – “Atmosphere” Comedian Russ Abbot goes up two places this week with his very first single to make the top 40. Russ can be seen on TV in his show Russ Abbot’s Madhouse.
7. Strawberry Switchblade – “Since Yesterday” Nothing sweet or fruity for Strawberry Switchblade this week as they drop out of the top five and down two places with their debut single.
6. Ashford and Simpson – “Solid” Putting in another solid performance this week are husband and wife Ashford and Simpson who arrive in the UK top ten, up seven places.
5. Tears For Fears – “Shout” No shouting this week, just tears for Tears For Fears as their current release falls back one place and back to where they were two weeks ago.
4. King – “Love And Pride” Coming in above them is last week’s highest climber from King as they take much pride in going up two places with the second launch of their debut single.
3. Prince – “1999” Prince is still outranking King but for how much longer? His double A sider with “Little Red Corvette” drops down one place this week.
2. Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson – “I Know Him So Well” Swapping places with Prince are Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson with their song from the musical Chess, which goes up one place.
1. Foreigner – “I Want To Know What Love Is” Knowing what love is and also being the UK’s biggest seller for a third week running are Foreigner, who stay on top of the lot. Can they make it a fourth, or will Elaine and Barbara or King, or someone else put an end to 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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