|1||1||11||Woodpeckers from Space||–||Café Society|
|2||2||15||The Lost Opera||–||Kimera & The Operaiders|
|3||3||13||You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul||–||Modern Talking|
|5||5||20||Ring of Ice||–||Jennifer Rush|
|6||7||9||Lover Come Back to Me||–||Dead or Alive|
|7||6||12||A View to a Kill||–||Duran Duran|
|8||8||18||We are the World||–||USA for Africa|
|10||9||17||The Heat is On||–||Glenn Frey|
|11||14||9||I was Born to Love You||–||Freddie Mercury|
|12||15||7||I Wanna Rock||–||Twisted Sister|
|13||11||16||I’m on Fire||–||Bruce Springsteen|
|14||12||19||I Know Him So Well||–||Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson|
|16||17||10||So Far Away||–||Dire Straits|
|17||13||18||Rhythm of the Night||–||DeBarge|
|18||21||5||Crazy for You||–||Madonna|
|19||23||4||Crazy in the Night (Barking At Airplanes)||–||Kim Carnes|
|20||20||8||Don’t You (Forget About Me)||–||Simple Minds|
|21||16||12||Everybody Wants to Rule the World||–||Tears for Fears|
|23||25||5||We Close Our Eyes||–||Go West|
|24||19||16||Some Like it Hot||–||Power Station|
|25||22||16||Can’t Fight This Feeling||–||REO Speedwagon|
|26||29||3||The Power of Love||–||Jennifer Rush|
|27||28||4||Slave to Love||–||Bryan Ferry|
|28||30||2||Live is Life||–||Opus|
|29||24||23||Breaking Up My Heart||–||Shakin’ Stevens|
|30||New||1||Turn Up the Radio||–||Autograph|
Café Society’s ‘Woodpeckers From Space’ enjoyed a second week at 1 while Kimera’s ‘The Lost Opera’ sat at 2 for those 2 weeks. The songs at 3, 4 and 5 were also unchanged giving us the 34th time (excluding when the whole chart was frozen) where the top 5 songs were unchanged.
Kim Carnes’ ‘Crazy in the Night (Barking At Airplanes)’ and Sister Sledge’s ‘Frankie’ shared the climber of the week award as they both moved up 4 to land at 19 and 22 respectively. They were the only star raters this week. Within the top 20 we saw 3 songs climb 3 places to be the climbers within that part of the chart. These 3 were Freddie Mercury’s ‘I Was Born To Love You’, Twisted Sister’s ‘I Wanna Rock’ and Belouis Some’s ‘Imagination’ which moved up to 11, 12 and 15 respectively.
The faller of the week award was shared between Shakin’ Stevens’ ‘Breaking Up My Heart’, The Power Station’s ‘Some Like It Hot’ and Tears For Fears’ ‘Everybody Want To Rule The World’ which all fell 5 places and landed at 29, 24 and 21 respectively. Within the top 20 the faller was DeBarge’s ‘Rhythm Of The Night’ which dropped 4 from 13 to 17.
‘Some Like It Hot’ and ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ were the only 2 songs falling out of the top 20 and they were replaced by 2 crazy’s, namely Kim Carnes ‘Crazy In The Night’ and Madonna’s ‘Crazy For You’, which were the 4th and 5th songs to chart with the word ‘crazy’ in the title (previous 3 being Geli & Billy’s ‘Hazy Hazy (Crazy, Crazy), Queen’s ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ and Shakin’ Stevens’ ‘You Drive Me Crazy’). There would only be 1 more ‘crazy’ song to come.
The lyrics of Paul Young’s ‘Every Time you Go Away’ goes ‘Every Time you go away/you take a little piece of me’, but this time when he went away he took his whole self as the departure of his song from the chart meant the end of his SA chart career. ‘Every Time You Go Away’ managed 3 weeks and peaked at 27. He had managed 4 hits, of which only 1 made the top 20 and that was ‘Love Of The Common People’ which got to 8. His weeks total was 35.
The new entry was ‘Turn Up The Radio’ by American rock band Autograph. Apparently the band had to fight to get the song included on their debut album ‘Sign In Please’ as the record label thought it wouldn’t have commercial appeal. The song turned out to be their only US Hot 100 hit to date, going to 29 there. You could say that it is Autograph’s signature tune (sorry). Apart from its American success, it seems SA was the only other place they had chart action, making the main SA charts this week and getting to 13 on the Radio 5 ones, but failing to get onto the 702 or Capital 604 ones. Autograph would break up in 1988 and then reformed for a bit in 2013.
The number of hits in the top 30 by US acts now equalled those by acts from the UK with both accounting for 13 hits each. The Brits had led the way for 8 weeks and 9 weeks back the nations were level.
Shakin’ Stevens saw his weeks count tick over to 80 and he sat 36th overall for weeks. He was the highest placed on this list of all the acts on our chart this week.
Simple Minds’ ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ spent a 3rd straight week at 20 and it was the 6th song to manage this.
Last week Dire Straits’ ‘So Far Away’ equalled the record to date for consecutive weeks climbing just 1 place. The previous songs to do this were Marbles’ ‘Only One Woman’, Geraldine’s ‘Have I Told You Lately That I Love You’ and Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson’s ‘The Girl Is Mine’. This week Dire Straits set a new record of 4 weeks in a row moving up 1 place as it climbed from 17 to 16. In total it had seen six (non-consecutive) 1 place climbs and was just off the record of 7 which Yazoo’s ‘Don’t Go’ and John Waites’ ‘Missing You’ had managed.
You may have noticed that the songs in positions 10 to 15 all began with the letter ‘I’. This was only the second time we had seen 5 songs in adjacent positions all start with the same letter (this excludes punctuation and the word ‘The’). The only other time we had seen this was on 10 June 1977 when the songs in positions 14 through to 19 all began with the letter ‘S’.
The number of songs that had topped the UK and/or the US charts dropped from the record high to date of 11 to 10 with ‘Everytime You Go Away’, a US number 1, having departed.
Jennifer Rush’s ‘Ring Of Ice’ became the 120th song to spend at least 20 weeks in the charts.