My 1989 Weekly Pop Charts

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1st Jan 1989

Pop (specifically Stock Aitken Waterman and assorted manufactured dance pop acts) reigned supreme in the charts, I was ticking along nicely working on Parks surveying and creating plans for contracts at Bournemouth Council in a great team of 4, but the year was one of ups and downs personally. I had family living with me, including nephew (4) and niece (6) but I also had no permanent job and it was now almost 9 years since I’d left College, or pretty much the whole of the 80’s with no career, while my brother’s coal-mine had closed and there were no jobs in Mansfield much, taxi driving that sort of thing mostly. A bit like 2014 then…

Kim Wilde, meanwhile got her 2nd chart-topper in 6 months. A sweet ballad, but not necessarily as good as her earlier hits but she deserved the comeback success. I saw her in concert a few years ago and she was deliciously fired-up and excited to be there. Kylie & Jason go top 3 with another sweet ballad, regarded as cheese by many, it’s got a great ol’ toon. Boy Meets Girl leap up into the 20, keeping up the sweet pop ballad (albeit uptempo in this case) and U2 finally crack the 20 too with the bluesy Angel of Harlem.

The usual Christmas slowdown, though, means few new entries, just Enya, Bobby Brown and old-timers Crosby Stills Nash & Young get an unexpected chart return with a catchy harmony track. Not quite Marrakesh Express or Heart Of Gold, admittedly, but decent enough. Some of the bigger UK chart hits of the day languish down the bottom end of my chart though and things were a bit stale generally.

1 ( 5 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
2 ( 2 ) KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Freiheit
3 ( 7 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan
4 ( 1 ) IMAGINE/ JEALOUS GUY/ HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) John Lennon / John & Yoko
5 ( 6 ) TWO HEARTS Phil Collins
6 ( 4 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
7 ( 3 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD ’88 Boney M
8 ( 8 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
9 ( 21 ) SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson
10 ( 15 ) BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry

11 ( 19 ) BURNING BRIDGES (ON AND OFF AND ON AGAIN) Status Quo
12 ( 12 ) TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly
13 ( 10 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
14 ( 41 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
15 ( 11 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
16 ( 33 ) ANGEL OF HARLEM U2
17 ( 24 ) GOOD LIFE Inner City
18 ( 9 ) WILD WILD WEST The Escape Club
19 ( 25 ) STOP Erasure
20 ( 17 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE ’88 Bill Withers

21 ( 23 ) YOU ARE THE ONE a-ha
22 ( 22 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
23 ( 16 ) RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
24 ( 14 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac
25 ( 30 ) LOCO IN ACAPULCO The Four Tops
26 ( 29 ) TAMA Mory Kante
27 ( 20 ) HEART OF STONE Bucks Fizz
28 ( 13 ) PHIL SPECTOR’S CHRISTMAS MIX The Ronettes, The Crystals and Darlene Love
29 ( 26 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Annie Lennox/ Al Green
30 ( 39 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many

31 ( 18 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea
32 ( 27 ) LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
33 ( 28 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
34 ( 40 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals
35 ( 35 ) LOVE HANGOVER ’88 Diana Ross
36 ( 31 ) CAT AMONGST THE PIGEONS Bros
37 ( 43 ) TIED UP Yello
38 ( 32 ) KISSING A FOOL George Michael
39 ( 53 ) TAKE ME TO YOUR HEART Rick Astley
40 ( 36 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

41 ( 34 ) KOKOMO The Beach Boys
42 ( 45 ) FINE TIME New Order
43 ( 37 ) SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Bomb The Bass
44 ( 42 ) REAL GONE KID Deacon Blue
45 ( 44 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
46 ( 50 ) DECEMBER ’63 (’88 REMIX) The Four Seasons
47 ( 47 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
48 ( 56 ) INTUITION ’88 David Grant
49 ( 48 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
50 ( NEW ) EVENING FALLS Enya

51 ( 49 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
52 ( 70 ) JOHN KETTLEY IS A WEATHERMAN Tribe Of Toffs
53 ( 38 ) MISTLETOE AND WINE Cliff Richard
54 ( 67 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR BODY Bobby McFerrin
55 ( 54 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
56 ( 51 ) WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND (PURE ENERGY) Information Society
57 ( 57 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
58 ( 46 ) ORINOCO FLOW Enya
59 ( 72 ) I LIVE FOR YOUR LOVE Natalie Cole
60 ( 55 ) JE NE SAIS PAS POURQUOI Kylie Minogue

61 ( 61 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
62 ( 58 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT (MENDOHLSON MIX) INXS
63 ( 59 ) LOVELY DAY (SUNSHINE MIX) Bill Withers
64 ( 64 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
65 ( 66 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
66 ( 68 ) THE CHRISTMAS SONG Alexander O’Neal
67 ( 63 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds
68 ( NEW ) AMERICAN DREAM Crosby Stills And Nash
69 ( 60 ) BORN TO BE MY BABY Bon Jovi
70 ( 69 ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael

71 ( 65 ) LET’S STICK TOGETHER ’88 Bryan Ferry
72 ( 52 ) NATHAN JONES Bananarama
73 ( 75 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
74 ( 74 ) TRUE LOVE Shakin’ Stevens
75 ( NEW ) MY PREROGATIVE Bobby Brown

8th JAN 1989

2nd week for Kim on top, Fleetwood Mac go back up and the late Roy Orbison gets a Top 10, incredibly his first since I started my charts. Certainly not his last, though, even though he died a few weeks earlier. Yello shoot up into the 20 with one of their characteristically quirky EDM singles (as they would call it these days), while CSN&Y join them. They all also had enjoyed solo hits and various combinations thereof, and scored hits as parts of bands like The Hollies.

Highest new entry the forgotten Brother Beyond hit Be My Twin, just ahead of Marc Almond’s well-remembered cover of (and duet with) Gene Pitney. I loved the original, this version wasn’t bad. A lack of new singles equals lots of re-entries including the fab Proclaimers minor hit, and American hit The Flame from returning band Cheap Trick 10 years on from their first hit I Want You To Want Me.

1 ( 1 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
2 ( 3 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan
3 ( 24 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 2 ) KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Freiheit
5 ( 14 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
6 ( 9 ) SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson
7 ( 8 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 6 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
9 ( 10 ) BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry
10 ( 22 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison

11 ( 4 ) IMAGINE/ JEALOUS GUY/ HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) John Lennon / John & Yoko
12 ( 17 ) GOOD LIFE Inner City
13 ( 5 ) TWO HEARTS Phil Collins
14 ( 37 ) TIED UP Yello
15 ( 11 ) BURNING BRIDGES (ON AND OFF AND ON AGAIN) Status Quo
16 ( 19 ) STOP Erasure
17 ( 12 ) TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly
18 ( 7 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD ’88 Boney M
19 ( 13 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
20 ( 68 ) AMERICAN DREAM Crosby Stills Nash & Young

21 ( NEW ) BE MY TWIN Brother Beyond
22 ( 16 ) ANGEL OF HARLEM U2
23 ( 30 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
24 ( 25 ) LOCO IN ACAPULCO The Four Tops
25 ( 21 ) YOU ARE THE ONE a-ha
26 ( 20 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE ’88 Bill Withers
27 ( 34 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals
28 ( 15 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
29 ( 18 ) WILD WILD WEST The Escape Club
30 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Marc Almond and Gene Pitney

31 ( 23 ) RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
32 ( RE ) SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers
33 ( 39 ) TAKE ME TO YOUR HEART Rick Astley
34 ( 26 ) TAMA Mory Kante
35 ( 27 ) HEART OF STONE Bucks Fizz
36 ( 42 ) FINE TIME New Order
37 ( 32 ) LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
38 ( 33 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
39 ( 50 ) EVENING FALLS Enya
40 ( 40 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

41 ( 38 ) KISSING A FOOL George Michael
42 ( 29 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Annie Lennox/ Al Green
43 ( 36 ) CAT AMONGST THE PIGEONS Bros
44 ( 41 ) KOKOMO The Beach Boys
45 ( 31 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea
46 ( 45 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
47 ( 28 ) PHIL SPECTOR’S CHRISTMAS MIX The Ronettes, The Crystals and Darlene Love
48 ( 47 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
49 ( RE ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY/ FREEBIRD Will To Power
50 ( 49 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys

51 ( RE ) ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE Monthy Python
52 ( 46 ) DECEMBER ’63 (’88 REMIX) The Four Seasons
53 ( 51 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
54 ( 54 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR BODY Bobby McFerrin
55 ( 55 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
56 ( 56 ) WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND (PURE ENERGY) Information Society
57 ( 57 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
58 ( 35 ) LOVE HANGOVER ’88 Diana Ross
59 ( 61 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) THE FLAME Cheap Trick

61 ( 44 ) REAL GONE KID Deacon Blue
62 ( 60 ) JE NE SAIS PAS POURQUOI Kylie Minogue
63 ( 63 ) LOVELY DAY (SUNSHINE MIX) Bill Withers
64 ( NEW ) IF LOVE WAS A TRAIN Michelle-Shocked
65 ( 65 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
66 ( 64 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
67 ( 72 ) NATHAN JONES Bananarama
68 ( 67 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds
69 ( 62 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT (MENDOHLSON MIX) INXS
70 ( 70 ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael

71 ( 73 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
72 ( NEW ) ALL SHE WANTS IS Duran Duran
73 ( NEW ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Mica Paris and Will Downing
74 ( NEW ) LOVE GOES UP AND DOWN Errol Brown
75 ( NEW ) LOVE LIKE A RIVER Climie Fisher

15th JAN 1989

Inner City groove into the Top 10 with the new sound of dance music, and Robert Howard (Blow Monkeys) duets on a dance stomper with Kim Mazelle for a new entry low down. Gene Pitney joins Roy Orbison in the Top 10, so two 60’s vocal & song writing legends at once, hooray!, and The Four Tops legendary Levi Stubbs makes it a trio of all-time great singers in the Top 20.

Sheena Easton makes it 9 years of hits, and Mike Rutherford and Paul Carrack make it 15 years (with Genesis, Ace in 1974 and Mike + The Mechanics in 1989), and a few more poppier new entries spring-clean the charts a bit, though not much of great excitement generally.

1 ( 1 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
2 ( 5 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
3 ( 10 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
4 ( 2 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan
5 ( 3 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac
6 ( 12 ) GOOD LIFE Inner City
7 ( 4 ) KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Freiheit
8 ( 7 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
9 ( 8 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
10 ( 30 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Marc Almond and Gene Pitney

11 ( 9 ) BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry
12 ( 14 ) TIED UP Yello
13 ( 6 ) SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson
14 ( 20 ) AMERICAN DREAM Crosby Stills Nash & Young
15 ( 21 ) BE MY TWIN Brother Beyond
16 ( 16 ) STOP Erasure
17 ( 11 ) IMAGINE/ JEALOUS GUY/ HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) John Lennon / John & Yoko
18 ( 13 ) TWO HEARTS Phil Collins
19 ( 19 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
20 ( 24 ) LOCO IN ACAPULCO The Four Tops

21 ( RE ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
22 ( 32 ) SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers
23 ( 27 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals
24 ( 17 ) TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly
25 ( 15 ) BURNING BRIDGES (ON AND OFF AND ON AGAIN) Status Quo
26 ( 33 ) TAKE ME TO YOUR HEART Rick Astley
27 ( 18 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD ’88 Boney M
28 ( 36 ) FINE TIME New Order
29 ( 22 ) ANGEL OF HARLEM U2
30 ( 26 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE ’88 Bill Withers

31 ( 23 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
32 ( 28 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
33 ( 49 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY/ FREEBIRD Will To Power
34 ( 31 ) RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
35 ( 29 ) WILD WILD WEST The Escape Club
36 ( 40 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
37 ( NEW ) THE LOVER IN ME Sheena Easton
38 ( 38 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
39 ( 37 ) LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
40 ( 51 ) ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE Monthy Python

41 ( 35 ) HEART OF STONE Bucks Fizz
42 ( 25 ) YOU ARE THE ONE a-ha
43 ( 41 ) KISSING A FOOL George Michael
44 ( NEW ) THE LIVING YEARS Mike + The Mechanics
45 ( NEW ) TELL ME WHY Nick Heyward
46 ( 48 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 46 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
48 ( 50 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
49 ( 60 ) THE FLAME Cheap Trick
50 ( NEW ) CUDDLY TOY Roachford

51 ( 34 ) TAMA Mory Kante
52 ( 45 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea
53 ( 42 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Annie Lennox/ Al Green
54 ( 53 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
55 ( 52 ) DECEMBER ’63 (’88 REMIX) The Four Seasons
56 ( 59 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
57 ( 55 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
58 ( 57 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
59 ( RE ) MY PREROGATIVE Bobby Brown
60 ( 44 ) KOKOMO The Beach Boys

61 ( 73 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Mica Paris and Will Downing
62 ( 62 ) JE NE SAIS PAS POURQUOI Kylie Minogue
63 ( 63 ) LOVELY DAY (SUNSHINE MIX) Bill Withers
64 ( 64 ) IF LOVE WAS A TRAIN Michelle-Shocked
65 ( 65 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
66 ( 56 ) WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND (PURE ENERGY) Information Society
67 ( 66 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
68 ( 72 ) ALL SHE WANTS IS Duran Duran
69 ( NEW ) CELEBRATION (1988 REMIX) Kool And The Gang
70 ( 71 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

71 ( NEW ) LOVE GROOVE Squeezebrain and the Machine featuring J.J. Jones
72 ( 68 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds
73 ( NEW ) HIT THE GROUND The Darling Buds
74 ( NEW ) CATHEDRAL SONG Tanita Tikaram
75 ( NEW ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle

22nd JAN 1989

Roy Orbison gets his first number one, posthumously, with more than a little help from Jeff Lynne (who has had 13 number ones with ELO). In fine voice, he becomes to date the third act to get a posthumous number one with new or current material , Mama Cass Elliot and John Lennon previously doing the same. Fine Young Cannibals meanwhile rocket into the Top 5 with a great single, soon to be huge in the States, and Frankie’s Holly Johnson gets an instant Top 20 new entry.

Roachford rocks upwards to 21, The Stranglers re-do an early punk single, Mica Paris and Will Downing cover Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway’s soul classic, Duran Duran whisper up my chart, and Bobby Brown asserts it’s his Prerogative, all grown up since his New Edition days. At least physically grown-up, that is.

1 ( 3 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
2 ( 2 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
3 ( 1 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
4 ( 6 ) GOOD LIFE Inner City
5 ( 23 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals
6 ( 5 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac
7 ( 21 ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
8 ( 10 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Marc Almond and Gene Pitney
9 ( 14 ) AMERICAN DREAM Crosby Stills Nash & Young
10 ( 15 ) BE MY TWIN Brother Beyond

11 ( 11 ) BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry
12 ( 4 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan
13 ( 8 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 9 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
15 ( 75 ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle
16 ( 7 ) KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Freiheit
17 ( NEW ) LOVE TRAIN Holly Johnson
18 ( 12 ) TIED UP Yello
19 ( 13 ) SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson
20 ( 16 ) STOP Erasure

21 ( 50 ) CUDDLY TOY Roachford
22 ( 19 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
23 ( 20 ) LOCO IN ACAPULCO The Four Tops
24 ( 18 ) TWO HEARTS Phil Collins
25 ( 22 ) SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers
26 ( 17 ) IMAGINE/ JEALOUS GUY/ HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) John Lennon / John & Yoko
27 ( 37 ) THE LOVER IN ME Sheena Easton
28 ( 45 ) TELL ME WHY Nick Heyward
29 ( NEW ) GRIP ’89 The Stranglers
30 ( 68 ) ALL SHE WANTS IS Duran Duran

31 ( 61 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Mica Paris and Will Downing
32 ( 24 ) TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly
33 ( 33 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY/ FREEBIRD Will To Power
34 ( 59 ) MY PREROGATIVE Bobby Brown
35 ( 30 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE ’88 Bill Withers
36 ( 36 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
37 ( 32 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
38 ( 34 ) RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
39 ( 27 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD ’88 Boney M
40 ( NEW ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze

41 ( 25 ) BURNING BRIDGES (ON AND OFF AND ON AGAIN) Status Quo
42 ( 38 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
43 ( 39 ) LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
44 ( 35 ) WILD WILD WEST The Escape Club
45 ( 64 ) IF LOVE WAS A TRAIN Michelle-Shocked
46 ( 46 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 48 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
48 ( 47 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
49 ( NEW ) GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
50 ( 41 ) HEART OF STONE Bucks Fizz

51 ( 43 ) KISSING A FOOL George Michael
52 ( 31 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
53 ( 26 ) TAKE ME TO YOUR HEART Rick Astley
54 ( 29 ) ANGEL OF HARLEM U2
55 ( 54 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
56 ( 56 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
57 ( 28 ) FINE TIME New Order
58 ( 58 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
59 ( 57 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
60 ( RE ) LOVE LIKE A RIVER Climie Fisher

61 ( 71 ) LOVE GROOVE Squeezebrain and the Machine featuring J.J. Jones
62 ( 44 ) THE LIVING YEARS Mike + The Mechanics
63 ( 55 ) DECEMBER ’63 (’88 REMIX) The Four Seasons
64 ( NEW ) NOW YOU’RE GONE Black
65 ( RE ) I LIVE FOR YOUR LOVE Natalie Cole
66 ( 65 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
67 ( 67 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
68 ( NEW ) FISHERMAN’S BLUES The Waterboys
69 ( 63 ) LOVELY DAY (SUNSHINE MIX) Bill Withers
70 ( 70 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

71 ( NEW ) FINE TIME Yazz
72 ( NEW ) RESPECT Adeva
73 ( 66 ) WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND (PURE ENERGY) Information Society
74 ( 62 ) JE NE SAIS PAS POURQUOI Kylie Minogue
75 ( NEW ) 5 O’CLOCK WORLD Julian Cope

29th JAN 1989

2nd week at 1 for Roy, Mac at 2, Doctor Robert at 6 (giving him 3 Top 10’s including Blow Monkeys), and highest new entry is yet another dance remix of a 70’s classic – this time Bryan Ferry’s cover of the Everley Brothers from 1976 which hit my Top 10 first-time round. Back in a few months after debuting, Joe Brown’s daughter is back with the song that should have been big in 1988, Stop. Still the best song named Stop (beating Erasure’s attempt lower down and The Spice Girls pop effort in the 90’s), Sam gives a great soulful performance of a great song.

Also back with an early 80’s chart hit (at least in the US and mine) Journey’s plaintiff Who’s Crying Now. Journey of course, made much more of a comeback re-entry splash 20 years later… Other oldies? Sam Fox covers Dusty and makes the Bay City Rollers version look decent and Georgia Satellites cover Swinging Blue Jean’s 60’s childhood fave. Simply Red, Ten City and Then Jerico add a bit of much-needed new life into the chart.

1 ( 1 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
2 ( 6 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 2 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
4 ( 4 ) GOOD LIFE Inner City
5 ( 5 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals
6 ( 15 ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle
7 ( 7 ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
8 ( 3 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
9 ( 10 ) BE MY TWIN Brother Beyond
10 ( 17 ) LOVE TRAIN Holly Johnson

11 ( 8 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Marc Almond and Gene Pitney
12 ( 27 ) THE LOVER IN ME Sheena Easton
13 ( 13 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 11 ) BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry
15 ( NEW ) THE PRICE OF LOVE ’89 Bryan Ferry
16 ( 9 ) AMERICAN DREAM Crosby Stills Nash & Young
17 ( 14 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
18 ( 30 ) ALL SHE WANTS IS Duran Duran
19 ( 12 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan
20 ( 21 ) CUDDLY TOY Roachford

21 ( 16 ) KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Freiheit
22 ( 40 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
23 ( 31 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Mica Paris and Will Downing
24 ( 19 ) SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson
25 ( 22 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
26 ( 29 ) GRIP ’89 The Stranglers
27 ( 28 ) TELL ME WHY Nick Heyward
28 ( NEW ) STOP Sam Brown
29 ( 24 ) TWO HEARTS Phil Collins
30 ( NEW ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Simply Red

31 ( NEW ) WHO’S CRYING NOW Journey
32 ( 34 ) MY PREROGATIVE Bobby Brown
33 ( 18 ) TIED UP Yello
34 ( 26 ) IMAGINE/ JEALOUS GUY/ HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) John Lennon / John & Yoko
35 ( 25 ) SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers
36 ( NEW ) BIG AREA Then Jerico
37 ( 20 ) STOP Erasure
38 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Ten City
39 ( 32 ) TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly
40 ( 36 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

41 ( 49 ) GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
42 ( 33 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY/ FREEBIRD Will To Power
43 ( 23 ) LOCO IN ACAPULCO The Four Tops
44 ( 42 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
45 ( 43 ) LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
46 ( 35 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE ’88 Bill Withers
47 ( 46 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
48 ( 47 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
49 ( 37 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
50 ( 48 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

51 ( 71 ) FINE TIME Yazz
52 ( 38 ) RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
53 ( 39 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD ’88 Boney M
54 ( 72 ) RESPECT Adeva
55 ( 56 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
56 ( 55 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
57 ( 44 ) WILD WILD WEST The Escape Club
58 ( 50 ) HEART OF STONE Bucks Fizz
59 ( 59 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
60 ( 58 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield

61 ( 62 ) THE LIVING YEARS Mike + The Mechanics
62 ( 64 ) NOW YOU’RE GONE Black
63 ( 65 ) I LIVE FOR YOUR LOVE Natalie Cole
64 ( 68 ) FISHERMAN’S BLUES The Waterboys
65 ( 75 ) 5 O’CLOCK WORLD Julian Cope
66 ( 51 ) KISSING A FOOL George Michael
67 ( 66 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 67 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
69 ( 63 ) DECEMBER ’63 (’88 REMIX) The Four Seasons
70 ( 45 ) IF LOVE WAS A TRAIN Michelle-Shocked

71 ( 70 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
72 ( NEW ) SKIN I’M IN Cameo
73 ( NEW ) I ONLY WANNA BE WITH YOU Samantha Fox
74 ( 69 ) LOVELY DAY (SUNSHINE MIX) Bill Withers
75 ( NEW ) HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE Georgia Satellites

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2 thoughts on “My 1989 Weekly Pop Charts

  1. Hi, John!
    What a great Top 2 singles from Kim Wilde and Freiheit! I remember myself being a huge fan of these two records (especially the latest one). BTW i always thought that “Four Letter Word” title sounds a bit… provocative. We all know what they usually mean under FLW… Lot of other favourites of mine in these January charts: Roy Orbison (i’m glad it made No.1 in your Chart), Boy Meets Girl, Inner City, Neneh Cherry, FYC, Roachford and many other.

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