80s Top 10 Sales- Week By Week- 1984-1985

1ST DECEMBER

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It ended up being a bit of a tussle in the end but Jim Diamond sees himself top the UK chart this week with “I Should Have Known Better” though it sold just 67,000 copies, just over 1,000 sales clear of Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For You” which had a bit of a sales push at the week end thanks to TOTP but didn’t have enough propulsion to get a fourth week.

[video=youtube;jvSy3JBCW54]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvSy3JBCW54[/video]

(clip includes a top 10 countdown)

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Promoted as their “third No 1 single” Frankie Goes To Hollywood didn’t quite manage to carry off the boast and end up debuting at No 3 with “The Power Of Love”. It was doubtless hampered also by the success of “Welcome To The Pleasuredome” which of course made No 1 last month, the nativity based promo was directed by Godley & Crème and also comes with a 12” mix in which the group parody DJ Mike Smith’s banning of “Relax” at the start of the year. The song sold just 60,000 last week which is a marked comedown from the 206,000 opening of their last single “Two Tribes” but it’s early doors for the single and with Christmas soon here it could easily become the third million seller of the year from the group.

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His “Greatest Hits” album gets a new peak this week moving 10-9 and Shakin Stevens now has his 12th top 10 hit of the 80s with “Teardrops” as it flies 24-7 (45,000) a track which owes a little bit of help from Hank Marvin on Guitar. Shaky is still second only to Madness in terms of top 10 singles (14 to 12) and in terms of sales he isn’t far off the 5 million mark now and closing fast having sold roughly 3 times as many singles in 1984 as the Nutty boys.

There’s no other new entries in the top 10 but that doesn’t mean that there’s any lack of movement, most notably Nik Kershaw who continues to rise 5-4 (49,000) and is matched by the Eurythmics who slink 7-6 (46,000) yet Chicago get stuck in the mire at No 8 (44,000). Moving towards the exit are Limahl 4-5 (47,000), Duran Duran 3-9 (44,000) and Billy Ocean 6-10 (38,000)

Just as I was running down the runners and riders for the Christmas chart topper last week Bob Geldof made the announcement about Band Aid which has been all over the press all week. The track “Do They Know It’s Christmas” was recorded on Sunday just gone and naturally the papers were full of pictures of the stars involved arriving at the studio which amounts to a who’s who of the charts of 1984. The bookies have closed the books on bets for Band Aid such is their confidence that the song will be at No 1 on Christmas Day, the song will be issued to radio’s by midweek and in the shops next week which should make next week do or die for FGTH in terms of getting that record equalling third No 1 from their first releases.
 
[video=youtube;wIkkUvth_VY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIkkUvth_VY[/video]

Crying out- Shaky at No 7

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W/e 01 December 1984 - I was shocked that Frankie goes to Hollywood's "The power of love" did not debut at number one - instead we have the eye-eye-eye song from Jim diamond at number one…it was a what the… moment for this 15 year old at the time!
 
8TH DECEMBER

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It has the hallmark of the quiet before the storm but the charts are in the pre Christmas lull at present which is good news for Frankie as “The Power Of Love” soars majestically 3-1 to become their third No 1 from their first three releases and in the process they equal a 21 year old record held by Gerry & The Pacemakers. The band have sold over 3 million records in just a year which is impressive by any standard and are already one of the top 10 best selling acts of the decade marking 1984 as an exceptional year for the scouse band. The song ascends to No 1 on a sale of 83,000 and had no trouble deposing Jim Diamond to No 2 (59,000), Diamond’s plea to the UK public to buy Band Aid and replace him at the top appears to have happened a week too early- be careful what you wish for.

[video=youtube;N1pY74nWTg4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1pY74nWTg4[/video]

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Written by John David (who also wrote “She Means Nothing To Me” for Cliff Richard & Phil Everly) Alvin Stardust has had a good 1984 as well. His last single “I Feel like Buddy Holly” made No 7 and now “I Won’t Run Away” follows suit climbing 11-7 (39,000) to give him a festive hit.

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Speaking of people who have a good 1984 one of them must be Nile Rogers who of course has steered both Sister Sledge and Duran Duran into the top 10 this year and now adds Madonna to the list with the rather controversial track “Like A Virgin”. She’s had a good start to her career scoring the No 6 hit “Holiday” back in February and whilst “Lucky Star” (No 14) and “Borderline” (No 56) haven’t struck gold, her new single from her second album seems to have turned around her chart fortunes, it’s already top 10 Stateside and now jets 27-8 (37,000) here. Naturally mid America has been outraged by the song and the singers writhing around the stage at the recent MTV Music awards didn't help to silence the critics and she proves a hit at least with the public.

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One of the big hits of Christmas this year is expected to be “We All Stand Together” which is proving to be the more critically acclaimed film for Paul McCartney this year. It is taken from
The film “Rupert And The Frog Song” and has the backing vocals of the King’s singers of St Paul’s Cathedral who are credited as the Frog Chorus all of which should make it a hit with the kids this Christmas. It arrives 39-9 (36,000) and should be in the festive top 5.

Nik Kershaw can’t stop climbing as again he climbs a spot 4-3 (46,000) though he drops sales wise, and the Eurythmics are on his tail moving 6-4 (43,000) though again they attracted fewer buyers than last week. Ditto to Shaky who advances 7-5 on paper but he lose sales at 43,000 and two definite slackers are former chart topper Chaka Khan 2-6 (42,000) and Limahl 5-10 (34,000).

Next week will see both Band Aid and Wham! Enter the top 10 doubtless and if the shipping figures are to be believed with very healthy sales indeed, yes Christmas arrives with a bang- see you in 7 days.
 
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Feeling shiny and new- Madonna at No 8
 
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A frog in his throat- Paul McCartney at No 4

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W/e 01 December 1984 - I was shocked that Frankie goes to Hollywood's "The power of love" did not debut at number one - instead we have the eye-eye-eye song from Jim diamond at number one…it was a what the… moment for this 15 year old at the time!

I fucking hated it then, and I still don't like it now!
 
Jim Diamond I'm afraid always used to unnerve me somewhat. What's with the licking of the finger 'chalk it up' hand signal he does both at the end of the video AND that TOTP performance?

Forget the likes of Frankie, Wham or Band Aid. Madonna in the pink wig was the topic of conversation at school the next day. So job done for her!
 
15TH DECEMBER

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It’s been a record breaking week this year with all the headlines going to Band Aid whose “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” has introduced the world to the concept of the charity record. Stemming from a report on the BBC by Michael Buerk about the current famine in Ethiopia back in October, it spurred Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to combine their talents and enlist the help of the biggest pop stars of 1984 onto one track which was recorded given to radio and made available in the shops all in just a week. Special note should be made of Paula Yates (Geldof’s wife) who was the connection between Geldof and Ure after Ultravox guested on “The Tube” shortly after the news feature. Such was the demand for the track that the media has hyped up the release with Radio 1 playing it on the hour and a record 750,000 copies being shipped to store in preparation for the Christmas rush. The track is retailing at £1.35 plus VAT (basically cost only) and the paying of VAT has been a bone of contention between Geldof and the Government with neither side backing down at present, Geldof also managed to harrang BBC1 into showing the video after TOTP in its entirety, again a first! The result of this media frenzy and festive goodwill? An amazing tally of 639,000 copies have been bought, by far the highest weekly tally of the decade and puts Band Aid as the 7th biggest seller of the year after 6 days on sale. Astounding.

[video=youtube;bjQzJAKxTrE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjQzJAKxTrE[/video]

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That might make you feel slightly bad for Wham! Who were one of the favourites for the Christmas No 1 single before the announcement of Band Aid, their double A-Side “Last Christmas/ Everything She Wants” couldn’t compete with Band Aid though of course it isn’t all bad news for Michael who appears on that track too, kind of holding himself off the top spot. Wham! Have announced that proceeds from this single will similarly go to the Band Aid cause and that the current AA side “Everything She Wants” will be issued with a promo and remixes once Christmas is done to help generate further sales (and maybe a shot at the No 1 slot after all?) It also sold better than any Wham! Single in its first week and in any other week of the year the 348,000 copies it sold would have earned it the No 1 spot, that sales tally meaning that the top 2 alone sold almost a million copies between them!

Naturally Frankie Goes To Hollywood get ousted 1-3 in wake of Band Aid and Wham! But even they share in the bonaza as their sales increase 32% week on week to 109,000 copies which is the normal bounce one would expect a new chart topper to get. Frankie, along with David Bowie, are the two notable absences from the Band Aid track as they were unavailable for the recording though both send messages on the b-side of the track and Bowie presents the promo. After three weeks “The Power Of Love” has sold 252,000 copies- not bad but no million seller- have the group reached saturation point?

Also showing marked improvements this week are Paul McCartney 9-4 (87,000) and Madonna 8-5 (76,000), McCartney now has four top 5 singles in a row, something he’s not done since his Beatles days, but for Madonna it’s her first top 5 single.

The lower half of the top 10 is nowhere near as exciting as it consists of 5 fallers, Jim Diamond drops 2-6 (48,000), Shakin Stevens dips 5-7 (46,000), Nik Kershaw slips 3-8 (36,000), Eurythmics trip 4-9 (35,000) and Alvin Stardust topples 7-10 (32,000)
 
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If only they'd have released last Christmas and not this one...- Wham! NEW at No 2

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w/e 15th December 1984 - I purchased the Band Aid single that first week and my sister purchased the Wham! Double AA side.
"Last Christmas" is STILL my all time favourite Christmas song! It's such a beautiful pop song!
 
Some catching up to do:

W/e 1st Dec 1984 and peaking at number 12 are The Dazz Band and "Let it all blow":

[video=youtube;Z8RdWlMQRxE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8RdWlMQRxE[/video]
 
Peaking at number 23 are Matt Bianco and "Half a minute":

[video=youtube;8UkwbdBdzIM]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UkwbdBdzIM[/video]
 
Peaking at number 25 is Nick Heyward and "Warning sign":

[video=youtube;BDiJsvS2CSw]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDiJsvS2CSw[/video]
 
Moving on to w/e 8th Dec 1984 and peaking at number 13 are The Human League and "Louise":

[video=youtube;XIPNBIwqZNY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIPNBIwqZNY[/video]
 
Peaking at number 21 are The Kane Gang and "Respect yourself":

[video=youtube;lGffrSPt5k0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGffrSPt5k0[/video]
 
Peaking at number 25 is Tina Turner and "Private Dancer" which was penned by Mark Knofler (Dire Straits):

[video=youtube;d4QnalIHlVc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4QnalIHlVc[/video]
 
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