|1||1||13||La Bamba||–||Los Lobos|
|2||2||10||Funky Town||–||Pseudo Echo|
|3||3||15||It’s a Sin||–||Pet Shop Boys|
|4||5||9||Never Gonna Give You Up||–||Rick Astley|
|5||4||8||You Win Again||–||Bee Gees|
|7||7||10||Wishing Well (A Tone Poem)||–||Terence Trent D’Arby|
|9||10||14||Who’s That Girl||–||Madonna|
|10||14||5||My Pretty One||–||Cliff Richard|
|11||11||16||I Just Can’t Stop Loving You||–||Michael Jackson|
|13||13||19||Let’s Dance||–||Chris Rea|
|15||28||4||Paper in Fire||–||John Cougar|
|17||17||9||Jet Airliner||–||Modern Talking|
|19||27||3||Mary’s Prayer||–||Danny Wilson|
|20||24||3||Mony Mony||–||Billy Idol|
|21||25||3||Heart and Soul||–||T’Pau|
|22||29||2||Causing a Commotion||–||Madonna|
|23||19||7||Never Let Me Down Again||–||Depeche Mode|
|25||RE||3||Persona Non Grata||–||Gino Vannelli|
|26||21||14||Seven Wonders||–||Fleetwood Mac|
|27||20||28||I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)||–||Whitney Houston|
|28||22||6||Scales of Justice||–||Living in a Box|
|30||30||2||What Have I Done to Deserve This||–||Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield|
Los Lobos’ ‘La Bamba’ became the 45th song to manage 7 weeks at number 1 as it continued to hold off the challenge from Pseudo Echo’s ‘Funky Town’ which spent a 3rd week at number 2. The Pet Shop Boys’ ‘It’s A Sin’ still lurked in the top 3, sitting at number 3 for a 3rd week.
John Cougar Mellencamp’s ‘Paper In Fire’ set the all time record climb for a song that had previously picked up a biggest faller award as it jump back up 13 places from 28 to 15 this week. It had been the faller of the week the previous week and the climber the week before that and was the 7th song to have 3 consecutive weeks alternating between climber and faller. It was the 18th song overall to climb 13 or more in a week and the 9th to climb 11 or more in 1987, a new record for a calendar year.
There were 5 other star raters and these were Cliff Richard’s ‘My Pretty One’ (up 4 from 14 to 10), Danny Wilson’s ‘Mary’s Prayer’ (up 8 from 27 to 19), Billy Idol’s ‘Mony Mony’ (up 4 from 24 to 20), T’Pau’s ‘Heart And Soul’ (up 4 from 25 to 21) and Madonna’s ‘Causing A Commotion’ (up 7 from 29 to 23). It was Cliff Richard’s 24th star rater climb, but he still sat 3rd overall with Abba on 28 and The Bee Gees on 31 above him. Madonna joined Elton John and Tom Jones 1 behind Cliff on 23. ‘Mary’s Prayer’ and ‘Mony Mony’, along with ‘Paper In Fire’, were the three new entries into the top 20. ‘My Pretty One’ was the climber within the top 20. ‘Mary’s Prayer’ had the honour of being the 3,000th song to have a star rater climb.
Depeche Mode’s ‘Strangelove’ became the 17th song to drop 11 or more in a week as it fell 11 places from 18 to 29. It was joined in leaving the top 20 by Depeche Mode’s other hit, ‘Never Let Me Down Again’ and Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’. Depeche Mode were the 5th act to see 2 songs leave the top 20 in the same week with Connie Francis, Four Jacks & A Jill, Mac Davis and Modern Talking being the others to have suffered this fate. ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ had been the oldest in the top 20 last week and this honour now fell to Chris Rea’s ‘Let’s Dance’ which had been in that part of the chart for 19 weeks.
‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ did become the oldest in the top 30 (sitting on 28 weeks) as the previous oldest, Starship’s ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’, was 1 of 2 songs leaving the charts. Last week it had been the climber of the week and was the 9th song to pick up a climber award and the 6th to climb 5 or more in its last week on the chart. In total it spent 31 weeks on the charts and peaked at 3. This ended the band’s SA chart career. They had managed 3 hits, spent 68 weeks in the charts and sat at 1 for 2 weeks with ‘We Built This City’. This set a new record for weeks for an act managing 3 hits, going past the 59 weeks that Paul Simon had managed.
Also going was Bananarama’s ‘I Heard A Rumour’ which managed 6 weeks and a peak of 23. It was the first of their 5 hits so far not to make the top 10. They had 1 more hit to come.
We saw George Michael’s 5th solo hit make our charts in the form of the title track of his album ‘Faith’. His previous hit, ‘I Want Your Sex’ had not performed all that well, only peaking at 23 so he would have been hoping for a better showing from ‘Faith’. George wrote and produced the track which would go to the top of the charts in Australia, Belgium, Canada, The Netherlands, New Zealand, and the US and would go on to be ranked the biggest single of 1988 in the US. In the UK it would spend 2 weeks at 2, stuck behind The Bee Gees’ ‘You Win Again’ (our number 5 hit this week) and would peak at 8 in Zimbabwe. On the local radio stations it had a clean sweep of number 1’s going to the top of the Radio 5, Capital 604 and Radio 702 charts.
Gina Vannelli’s ‘Persona Non Grata’ became the 71st song to re-enter the charts and it was the first by a Canadian act to do so. This was the 11th re-entry we had seen in 1987 and this was the second most we had seen in a calendar year with the 13 we saw in 1972 being the record.
Madonna moved into tied 1st place for weeks on the charts by a female act. Her total was now 136 and she joined Barbara Ray in 11th place overall. However, Madonna still had a bit to go to catch up to Barbara for top 20 weeks as she was on 99 top 20 weeks (and sitting 24th overall) while Barbara Ray was on 129 weeks.
For a 3rd week running we saw at least 1 act with songs sitting in adjacent positions in the charts as Michael Jackson sat at 11 and 12 with ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’ and ‘Bad’ respectively. This was only the 2nd run of 3 weeks with an act having songs sitting next to each other. The previous run of 3 weeks would go on to become a 5 week run.
Viktor Lazlo helped moved the Belgian acts on to 41 top 20 weeks in the charts and this moved them level with the Austrians. The two nations sat tied 19th overall on that list.