So, now we’re getting to the end of the 80’s. Is there a detectable decline in the music standards? Oh, I certainly think so, look at who’s the number 1 UK single at the beginning of 1989. Bland, safe, boring, soulless, a TV tie-in… eurgh!
But then look which single follows Jason and Kylie to the number 1 spot. One of the all time greats, and a stalwart of 1980’s music, Marc Almond. But later in the year, Jason makes it back to the top, as does Sonia, and as does the truly awful Jive Bunny and The Mastermixers. Not once, but three time! As Tom Baker would surely say, Britain, Britian, Britain??!!
But the accolade, UK top single of the year, (and one of the UK top singles ever!) belongs, in my humble opinion to Soul II Soul and Caron Wheeler with Back to Life (However Do You Want Me). Quite simply stunning. Just don’t mention that rabbit!
|Artist||Title||Topped out on|
|Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan||Especially for You||January 7 1989|
|Marc Almond with Gene Pitney||Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart||January 28 1989|
|Simple Minds||Belfast Child||February 25 1989|
|Jason Donovan||Too Many Broken Hearts||March 11 1989|
|Madonna||Like a Prayer||March 25 1989|
|The Bangles||Eternal Flame||April 15 1989|
|Kylie Minogue||Hand on Your Heart||May 13 1989|
|The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden, Stock Aitken Waterman||Ferry Cross the Mersey||May 20 1989|
|Jason Donovan||Sealed With A Kiss||June 10 1989|
|Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler||Back To Life (How Ever Do You Want Me)||June 24 1989|
|Sonia||You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You||July 22 1989|
|Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers||Swing The Mood||August 5 1989|
|Black Box||Ride On Time||September 9 1989|
|Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers||That’s What I Like||October 21 1989|
|Lisa Stansfield||All Around the World||November 11 1989|
|New Kids on the Block||You Got It (The Right Stuff)||November 25 1989|
|Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers||Let’s Party||December 16 1989|
|Band Aid II||Do They Know It’s Christmas?||December 23 1989|