|1||2||12||Self Control||–||Laura Branigan|
|2||1||17||I Want to Break Free||–||Queen|
|3||3||15||To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before||–||Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson|
|4||7||7||Manuel Goodbye||–||Audrey Landers|
|5||5||7||Sad Songs (Say so Much)||–||Elton John|
|8||8||17||Big in Japan||–||Alphaville|
|9||9||12||Colour My Love||–||Fun Fun|
|10||15||8||Oh Sherrie||–||Steve Perry|
|11||17||6||Two Tribes||–||Frankie Goes to Hollywood|
|13||18||5||Dancing in the Dark||–||Bruce Springsteen|
|15||22||3||What’s Love Got to do with It||–||Tina Turner|
|16||10||17||Catch Me (I’m Falling in Love)||–||Marsha Raven|
|17||12||16||Why Don’t We Spend the Night||–||Joe Fagin|
|18||13||11||The Runner||–||Manfred Mann’s Earth Band|
|19||14||11||Wouldn’t it be Good||–||Nik Kershaw|
|20||23||4||When Doves Cry||–||Prince|
|21||29||4||Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go||–||Wham!|
|22||16||14||Robert de Niro’s Waiting||–||Bananarama|
|23||21||17||Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)||–||Phil Collins|
|24||25||6||Somebody to Love||–||Café Society|
|25||24||9||Here We Are||–||Face to Face|
|26||27||5||Time After Time||–||Cyndi Lauper|
|27||28||2||We will Make Love||–||Vangie Coker|
|28||30||2||Boys do Fall in Love||–||Robin Gibb|
|29||New||1||High on Emotion||–||Chris de Burgh|
|30||New||1||Jump (for My Love)||–||Pointer Sisters|
After 7 weeks at 1, Queen’s ‘I Want To Break Free’ broke free of the demands of being the nation’s favourite song and handed the mantle to Laura Branigan’s ‘Self Control’ which moved up from 2 to take the top spot, swapping places with the Queen hit. It was over a year since we last had a hit by a solo female act as our number 1 hit and that was Irene Cara’s ‘Flashdance…What A Feeling’ which spent its last week at 1 on 19 August 1983
Wham!’s ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ climbed 8 places from 29 to 21 to be the biggest climber in the chart and gave the band their second such award. They had picked up 1 with ‘Club Tropicana’. Inside the top 20 it was Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Two Tribes’ which took the climber award as it moved up 6 from 17 to 11.
The other star rater climbs were a 5 place climb by Steve Perry’s ‘Oh Sherrie’ which moved up from 15 to 10, a 5 place climb from Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing In The Dark’ (up from 18 to 13), a 5 place climb by The Art Company’s ‘Susanna’ (from 19 to 14) and a 7 place jump by Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ (up from 22 to 15). Steve Perry’s climb meant that he had now out-peaked the hits he had as a member of Journey as their best peak was 12 which ‘Wheel In The Sky’ managed.
There were 2 songs that shared the faller of the week award, one managed it in the top 20 and the other needed the help of positions 21 to 30. The top 20 faller was Marsha Ravens’ ‘Catch Me (I’m Falling In Love)’ which dropped 6 from 10 to 16. Bananarama’s ‘Robert De Niro’s’ Waiting’ also fell 6, but it dropped out of the top 20 as it moved from 16 to 22.
Hazell Dean’s ‘Searchin’ joined ‘Robert De Niro’s Waiting’ in leaving the top 20 while ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ (mentioned above as a star rater) and Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’ were the top 20 new entries.
The Klaxons’ ‘Clap Clap Sound’ was still the oldest in both the top 20 and the top 30 with 24 weeks in the former and 26 weeks in the latter. It was the 13th song to clock up at least 26 weeks in the chart.
There were 2 songs that left the top 30 this week, the first of these was Eddy Grant’s ‘Romancing The Stone’ which managed 8 weeks and peaked at 20. This ended his SA chart career with 5 hits to his name, a total of 69 weeks and 1 number 1 (‘I Don’t Want To Dance’) which spent 8 weeks at 1.
We also bid farewell to Hazell Dean’s ‘Searchin’ which became the 4th song to leave the charts from within the top 20, spending its last week at number 20. It lasted 15 weeks and peaked at 14. There was more to come from her.
Chris de Burgh saw the 23rd biggest gap to date between hits as his ‘High On Emotion’ entered the charts 385 weeks after ‘Just Another Poor Boy’ departed. This would be the biggest gap an Irish act would ever see and was currently the 2nd biggest gap for an act from the non-big 3 nations behind Jamaica’s’ Jimmy Cliff who took a break for 733 weeks. It would ultimately be the 4th biggest gap for a non-big 3 act. De Burgh would see 2 number 12 peaks with the song (in Austria and Germany) and 2 number 44 peaks (in the UK and the US) but the best peak on a national chart that I can find was in France where it got to number 4. It also made it to 5 in Switzerland. Locally it would top the Radio 702 charts and in keeping with the theme of peaking at the same position on national charts, it made it to 4 on the Capital 604 and Radio 5 ones. The song was covered by a guy called Thomas Falke (or possibly 2 guys called Thomas Banglter and Fred Falke going under the name Thomas Falke) in 2005 going under the name ‘High Again (High On Emotion)’ and then in 2017 by Andrew Spencer and Marc Kiss. Both covers were club dance versions.
The second new entry was by The Pointer Sister who had last been seen on our charts with ‘Slow Hand’ which got to number 10 for them. Their new one was ‘Jump (For My Love)’. It was the 3rd song (and would be the last) to chart with the word ‘Jump’ in the title. The previous 2 being Mungo Jerry’s ‘Baby Jump’ and Van Halen’s ‘Jump’. We had also seen The Rolling Stones’ ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ if you want to include that too. Richard Perry who produced the song nearly offered it to Julio Iglesias while working with the latter on his ‘1100 Bel Air Place’ album, but it would become a global hit for the Pointer Sisters doing particularly well in Belgium (#3), Ireland (#2), New Zealand (#3) and the US (#3). It would make it to 6 in the UK and make it to 9 on the Radio 702 charts and 7 on the Capital 604 ones. In 2003 Girls Aloud recorded a version for the film ‘Love Actually’ which made it to number 2 in the UK and Ireland.
We still had the 7 songs with ‘Love’ or a derivative thereof in the title in the top 20 and the arrival of ‘Jump (For My Love)’ made it a new record of 8 ‘Love’ songs in the charts.
The difference between acts from the US and those for the UK for weeks in the charts dropped below 200 for the first time in 295 weeks. It was last below 200 on 19 January 1979 and dropped to 199 this week with the Americans on 7,015 and the Brits on 6,816.
Irene Cara became the 67th act and the 10th woman to accumulate 60 weeks in the charts while we saw Elton John move in to tied 12th place on the overall weeks count list, his 126 equalling Michael Jackson’s effort. A bit further down the list we saw Queen move 1 week ahead of Leo Sayer as they ticked on to 109. They sat 19th overall while Sayer dropped into 20th place.