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 times! 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!
ArtistTitleMade Number 1Kylie Minogue & Jason DonovanEspecially for YouJanuary 7 1989Marc Almond with Gene PitneySomething’s Gotten Hold of My HeartJanuary 28 1989Simple MindsBelfast ChildFebruary 25 1989Jason DonovanToo Many Broken HeartsMarch 11 1989MadonnaLike a PrayerMarch 25 1989The BanglesEternal FlameApril 15 1989Kylie MinogueHand on Your HeartMay 13 1989The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden, Stock Aitken WatermanFerry Cross the MerseyMay 20 1989Jason DonovanSealed With A KissJune 10 1989Soul II Soul featuring Caron WheelerBack To Life (How Ever Do You Want Me)June 24 1989SoniaYou’ll Never Stop Me Loving YouJuly 22 1989Jive Bunny & The MastermixersSwing The MoodAugust 5 1989Black BoxRide On TimeSeptember 9 1989Jive Bunny & The MastermixersThat’s What I LikeOctober 21 1989Lisa StansfieldAll Around the WorldNovember 11 1989New Kids on the BlockYou Got It (The Right Stuff)November 25 1989Jive Bunny & the MastermixersLet’s PartyDecember 16 1989Band Aid IIDo They Know It’s Christmas?December 23 1989