|2||4||9||A Different Corner||–||George Michael|
|3||1||16||Rock Me Amadeus||–||Falco|
|4||3||12||Love Missile F1-11||–||Sigue Sigue Sputnik|
|5||5||19||(I’ll Never Be) Maria Magdalena||–||Sandra|
|6||6||13||Chain Reaction||–||Diana Ross|
|7||9||8||Addicted to Love||–||Robert Palmer|
|8||13||7||Dance with Me||–||Alphaville|
|9||8||14||Here Comes the Man||–||Boom Boom Room|
|10||14||7||Absolute Beginners||–||David Bowie|
|11||16||12||In the Heat of the Night||–||Sandra|
|12||7||18||Conga||–||Miami Sound Machine|
|13||10||5||On My Own||–||Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald|
|14||15||21||A Good Heart||–||Feargal Sharkey|
|15||11||19||Walk of Life||–||Dire Straits|
|17||23||3||A Kind of Magic||–||Queen|
|18||18||6||There’ll be Sad Songs (to Make You Cry)||–||Billy Ocean|
|19||26||4||Let’s Go All the Way||–||Sly Fox|
|20||24||2||Brother Louie||–||Modern Talking|
|21||29||2||A Love Bizarre||–||Sheila E|
|23||17||11||Target Practice||–||Belouis Some|
|24||21||21||When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going||–||Billy Ocean|
|25||New||1||Look Away||–||Big Country|
|26||27||5||If You Leave||–||Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark|
|28||28||6||Move Away||–||Culture Club|
|29||New||1||Touch Me (I Want Your Body)||–||Samantha Fox|
After 9 weeks of Rocking Amadeus, we finally saw a new number 1 as The Bangles’ ‘Manic Monday’ knocked the Falco hit from the top spot. ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ would be the only hit by an Austrian act to top our charts. It dropped to 3 with George Michael’s ‘A Different Corner’ moving up from 4 to 2 to take the place vacated by the new number 1.
Sheila E’s ‘A Love Bizarre’ took the climber of the week award with an 8 place jump from 29 to 21. This was the biggest climb so far by a song where Price had writing credits. It would be equalled, but not beaten. Inside the top 20 Alphaville’s ‘Dance With Me’ and Sandra’s ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ both moved up 5 to be the climbers within the top 20. This was the first time we had seen 2 top 20 biggest climbers from the same non-big 3 nation in the same week.
The other star raters this week were David Bowie’s ‘Absolute Beginners’ (up 4 from 14 to 10), Queen’s ‘A Kind Of Magic’ (up 6 from 23 to 17), Sly Fox’s ‘Let’s Go All The Way’ (up 7 from 26 to 19) and Modern Talking’s ‘Brother Louie’ (up 4 from 24 to 20). All, apart from ‘Absolute Beginners’, were new entries into the top 20.
Starship became the first act to see a fall of 10 or more places twice. They had seen it with their previous hit, ‘We Built This City’ and this week they took the biggest faller award as ‘Sara’ fell 10 from 20 to 30. In total we had seen a drop of 10 or more 40 times. Miami Sound Machine’s ‘Conga’ was the faller within the top 20 as it dropped 5 from 7 to 12. Apart from ‘Sara’, we also saw The Matterhorn Project’s ‘Moo’ and Belouis Some’s ‘Target Practice’ drop out of the top 20.
Feargal Sharkey’s ‘A Good Heart’ spent a second week as the oldest in the top 20 as it moved on to 19 weeks in that part of the chart. It also became the oldest in the top 30 but shared the title with Billy Ocean’s ‘When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going’ with both songs having been in the charts for 21 weeks.
The reason those 2 songs became the oldest was because last week’s oldest, the Pet Shop Boys’ ‘West End Girls’, was 1 of 2 songs to depart the chart this week. It had seen a run of 22 weeks in the charts and peaked at 2. We were not done with them though as they would return to the charts shortly.
Also going was Colonel Abrams’ ‘Trapped’ which spent 18 weeks in the top 30 and peaked at 4. This would be his only contribution to our charts.
Big Country had seen 7 hits make the UK charts (the first 5 making the top 20 and the other 2 making the top 30) before ‘Look Away’ came along. However, it would give them their first hit on our charts as it was the first new entry this week. It restored them to the UK top 10 and, peaking at 7, remains their highest showing on those charts. Taken from their 3rd album, ‘The Seer’, it would top the Irish charts and go top 10 in Finland (#7). It would make all 3 of the local radio charts, peaking at 2 on Radio 702, 3 on Radio 5 and 15 on Capital 604.
The second new entry was ‘Touch Me (I Want To Feel Your Body)’ by Samantha Fox. Samantha had made a name for herself as a topless model, posing for page 3 of The Sun newspaper in the UK. The song would be a big hit, topping the charts in Australia, Canada, Finland, Greece, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland. It would get to 3 in the UK and 4 in US shifting over a quarter of a million units in both France and the UK. In 2004 Fox teamed up with a Swedish singer called Gunther (who also recorded a song called ‘I’m Not Justin Bieber, Bitch’) to re-record the song. That version did well in the Scandinavian charts, topping the Swedish ones and going to 3 in Finland, 7 in Norway and 12 in Denmark. Despite doing well around the world, Samantha’s version would not make any of the local radio charts.
After dropping below 15 hits in the charts for 2 weeks, the Brits were back up to accounting for at least half the chart as they now had 15 of the top 30. The gap between the total number of hits by Brits and those by US acts was down to 7 with the former on 766 and the latter on 773. We had to go back to 31 January 1975 to see the last time this gap was a low as this.
Sandra saw her weeks count reach 30 and she was yet to have a faller of the week. She was the 35th act to see a run of 30 weeks with no biggest faller.
Queen moved level with Michael Jackson for weeks on the chart as the 2 acts had both clocked up 126 and sat tied 13th overall. Diana Ross, meanwhile, moved into the top 20 of the list with her 108 weeks putting her tied 20th with Leo Sayer. Queen also saw their top 20 points total move past the 1,400 mark and they sat 12th overall for top 20 points.