|1||1||11||Up Where We Belong||–||Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes|
|2||2||8||Billie Jean||–||Michael Jackson|
|3||6||5||Total Eclipse of the Heart||–||Bonnie Tyler|
|4||5||6||A Winter’s Tale||–||David Essex|
|5||4||11||Dirty Laundry||–||Don Henley|
|6||3||9||Saddle Up||–||David Christie|
|7||15||4||Let’s Dance||–||David Bowie|
|8||12||3||Der Kommisar||–||After the Fire|
|9||11||5||Electric Avenue||–||Eddy Grant|
|10||8||9||Living on the Ceiling||–||Blancmange|
|11||7||15||Mad World||–||Tears for Fears|
|13||9||16||Talk Talk||–||Talk Talk|
|14||14||10||You Can’t Hurry Love||–||Phil Collins|
|15||New||1||Sweet Dreams (are Made of This)||–||Eurythmics|
|16||16||5||Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life||–||Margino|
|18||13||14||Feel so Strong||–||Steve Kekana and PJ Powers with Hotline|
|19||20||2||I Loved ’em Everyone||–||Billy Forrest|
|Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life||–||Indeep|
|She Blinded Me With Science||–||Thomas Dolby|
|Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)||–||Journey|
|Old Flames||–||Foster & Allen|
|Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)||–||A Flock Of Seagulls|
|Another Shore||–||Karl Kikillus|
|Get The Balance Right||–||Depeche Mode|
‘Up Where We Belong’ by Joe Coker and Jennifer Warnes enjoyed a 5th week at the top of the charts keeping Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ at bay for a 3rd week as the latter had been at 2 for that period. Other pressure came in the form of Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ which climbed 3 from 6 to 3. Joe Cocker’s part in the number 1 hit brought the weeks at 1 total for UK acts to 300. The Brits were 53 behind the US acts for this stat.
Climber of the week went to David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ which moved up 8 from 15 to 7. It was his 3rd time with the award. Bowie had seen a 9 place climb with ‘Sorrow’ which was his best climb in a week so far.
After The Fire’s ‘Der Kommissar’ and Styx’s ‘Mr Roboto’ were the other star raters this week with the former climbing 4 from 12 to 8 and the latter moving up 7 from 19 to 12.
Lloyd Ross’ ‘Vyfster’ took the faller of the week award with a 10 place drop from 10 to 20. It was sitting on 19 weeks and had been the oldest on the charts for 4 weeks.
There was only 1 song leaving the charts this week and that was Manuel & Dee’s ‘Save Your Love’. It had only lasted 2 weeks in the top 20 and both of them were spent at number 18. It would be the only SA chart hit for both Manuel (Escorcio) and Dee (Miller). Its departure left us with 4 local hits in the charts (‘Last Night A Deejay Saved My Life’, ‘Feel So Strong’, ‘I Loved ‘Em Everyone’ and ‘Vyfster’).
The new entry was ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’, a chart debut for UK band The Eurythmics. Comprising Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart (no relation to Dave Stewart who had a hit with ‘It’s My Party’ in duet with Barbara Gaskin back in 1981), the duo had been in a band called The Catch which became The Tourists. The Tourists had 5 UK chart hits with 1979’s ‘I Only Want To Be With You’ being their best performer, getting to number 4 there. ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’ would top the charts in Canada, France and the US as well as getting to 2 on the UK ones. It would top all 3 of the local radio charts (Radio 5, Capital 604 and Radio 702). In 1996 American rock outfit Marilyn Manson recorded a cover of the song which got to 28 in Australia and 50 in New Zealand.
The gap between the number of hits we had seen by American acts and those we had seen by UK acts was now 46 with the former on 661 and the latter on 615. This was the lowest it had been for 159 weeks as it was last this low back on 2 May 1980.
Bonnie Tyler became the 80th act to reach 50 weeks in the charts. She was the 13th woman to manage this. She also became the 68th act to reach 600 points (11th woman) while Michael Jackson became the 39th act to reach 800 points.
While Margino’s ‘Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life’ was sitting at 16 this week, the original by Indeep was knocking on the top 20 door as it was the official bubble this week. However, this would be the last ever top 20 broadcast and before you start panicking and saying that I have kept on going on about the charts ending in 1989, they did as next week we would see the charts expanded to a top 30.