Official Chart Flashback 1989: Kylie Minogue lands her third UK Number 1 single with Hand On Your Heart

Plus look back and listen the UK Top 40 this week from 28 years ago, including classics by Queen, Chaka Khan and Roxette.

Kylie’s first year of pop success saw a run of hits that many artists could only dream of achieving. From her very first chart-topper I Should Be So Lucky spending five weeks at Number 1 in early 1988 to her scoring a second, this time with Jason Donovan in the first week in 1989, with Especially For You, Kylie quickly positioned herself as a chart force to be reckoned with.

Within the space of a year she'd landed five Top 2 hits in a row, four from her hit debut album, also handily titled Kylie. But now it was time for that 'difficult second album'. Could Kylie deliver?

Hand On Your Heart was another single continuing what was to become a great Kylie tradition of entering the Official Singles Chart at Number 2. Fans waited eagerly to see whether Kylie could move up one to take the top spot – the memories of The Loco-Motion’s stalled attempt from summer 1988 still fresh in their minds. They needn’t have worried.

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The original multi track reel for Hand On Your Heart, and the three other tracks recorded in the same session, plus the original single cover in the UK.

Two weeks after its release, Hand On Your Heart climbed to Number 1, ending The Bangles' four-week reign at the top. Hand On Your Heart spent just one week at the summit, toppled by charity record Ferry Cross The Mersey, by the Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden and Kylie’s very own producers Stock Aitken Waterman. 

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To date, Hand On Your Heart has sold over 488,000 copies. And it's still getting some love - last week 34 people downloaded it in the UK. 

Elsewhere in the Top 40 this week in 1989, Queen were the week's highest new entry at Number 3 with I Want It All, earning them a 17th Top 10 single, and a remix/re-release of Chaka Khan's I'm Every Women reached a new all-time chart peak at Number 8.

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Further down, Roxette's debut single The Look was up 12 places to 14 (it was reach the Top 10 the following week), and Diana Ross' Workin' Overtime climbed 10 places to Number 32 to become her 41st UK Top 40 hit.  

Check out the full Top 100 Official Singles Chart from this week in 1989

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Jack James


It's such a shame that Phil Collins Against All Odds and Another Day In Paradise never reached #1.


Wayne Kelly


It would have been No 1 the week before had Cassette Singles been included and because of that they were included in future charts ... before they were well and truly superseded by CD singles... then downloads... then streams!


Jason Lindley


Kylie would have been the first female singer to debut a single at no 1, 11,000 cassettes were ineligible for the chart due to the price they were selling at from my memory. Without these included Bangles were ahead by 1,600 sales.


Damian Sean


you meaning cassingle debut at no 1, yes.? as i'm sure you know Kylie's first single did go no 1, for 5 weeks no less,selling over a million copies in the UK. on the depressing side though, I should be so lucky is 30 next year.alas though,yes, my mate and i were listing kylie tracks last night and they're age, getting Our age in perspective,as for the bangles,? that Eternal Flame of 89 didn't end up so Eternal it seems
probably still singing, Walk like an Egyptian and time after time in some welsh valleys working mens club,maybe like i heard of Jason Donovan last in llanelli rygby club..! now Sonia..! that's enough to make anyone aged from back then..! i'm digressing.. the Bangles.? where are they now? or are they doing a cure, living stateside,1 album a year to keep the pennies rolling in,if anything like the cure,they never need a hit again..? as for our Kyle's, it's inevitable she'll be back,her name is aboriginal for boomerang, they tend to always come back..! and with K30 next year it might be even more inevitable..???