So 1984 comes to an end and for the first time ever the charts are actually run for the full 52 weeks and published here for your pleasure, all made possible of course thanks to the computerisation of the charts by Gallup.
No change at the top as “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” completes a month on top though it’s sales are, understandably well down but a cool 306,000 copies were purchased last week including over 100,000 in the feeding frenzy of Christmas Eve which is covered by this chart. That brings the total to 2,143,000 after 4 weeks, an unthinkable tally in that period just months ago.
In any other year the achievements of Wham!’s “Last Christmas/ Everything She Wants” would have been notable but it had exceptional competition this year. It stays at No 2 for a fourth week behind Band Aid but still managed to post a six figure sales haul, just, at 104,000 which puts its own monthly tally at 835,000, now officially the best-selling No 2 hit of the 80s
Paul McCartney holds for a third week at No 3 though he dips below the 100,000 mark at 93,000 and a total that is just shy of half a million outstripping both “Pipes Of Peace” and “No More Lonely Nights” with only “Ebony & Ivory” ahead of it in terms of his solo work.
Madonna and Toy Dolls exchange places as they clock in with sales of 79,000 and 77,000 respectively and outside the top 5 there are climbers, Ray Parker Jr moves 7-6 (59,000) and Tears For Fears jump 10-8 (48,000), Those that stick, Paul Young at No 9 (47,000) and those that fall, Frankie goes To Hollywood 6-7 (56,000).
Then of course there is one new song in the big 10, it’s been three years since their last 40 hit “Waiting For A Girl like You” but Foreigner end the barren spell with their new single “I Want To Know What Love Is” which climbs 11-10 (43,000) and is the lead single from their fifth album “Agent Provocateur”. Despite a long history this is only the group’s forth trip into the top 40.