Official Top 40 best-selling songs of 1989

Hits from Black Box, Jive Bunny and Jason Donovan were among 1989's best-sellers.

1989 saw 18 songs reach the summit of the Official Singles Chart, and the biggest of them all was Ride On Time by Black Box.

The Italo-house group topped the chart for six weeks with their breakout hit, scoring 849,000 sales to become the year's best-selling song, according to Official Charts Company data and revealed on Channel 5's Britain's Favourite 80s Songs.

The dance hit was surrounded in controversy; the first version on the track used a vocal sample from the 1980 single Love Sensation by Loleatta Holloway, which had not been cleared. Legal action swiftly followed, and the single was reissued with rerecorded vocals long-rumoured to be by then-unknown Heather Small, who later found fame as the frontwoman of M People. As if that wasn't awkward enough, for its music video and television appearances, Black Box hired model Katrin Quinol to mime the vocals.

The other sound that dominated 1989 came from Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers, a Rotherham-based pop collective fronted by an animated rabbit who reworked old songs into dance hits. The first, Swing the Mood, spent five weeks at Number 1 and was the second best-seller of the year with 820,000 sales. Two more chart-toppers followed that year, That's What I Like and festive song Let's Party.

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The UK's third best-seller of 1989 was Eternal Flame by The Bangles (491k), the US pop-rock group's first and only Number 1, followed by Jason Donovan's Too Many Broken Hearts at 4 (450k), and Soul II Soul's summer smash Back To Life at 5 (447k). 

Other big Number 1s in 1989 that make the end-of-year chart include Band Aid II's Do They Know It's Christmas? - a new version of the festive charity single helmed by producers of the moment Stock Aitken Waterman - at Number 9, while Kylie Minogue's chart-topping Hand On Your Heart completes the Top 10. 

Official Top 40 best-selling songs of 1989 

  TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 RIDE ON TIME BLACK BOX 1
2 SWING THE MOOD JIVE BUNNY & THE MASTERMIXERS 1
3 ETERNAL FLAME BANGLES 1
4 TOO MANY BROKEN HEARTS JASON DONOVAN 1
5 BACK TO LIFE SOUL II SOUL FT. CARON WHEELER 1
6 SOMETHING'S GOTTON HOLD OF MY HEART MARC ALMOND FT GENE PITNEY 1
7 THAT'S WHAT I LIKE JIVE BUNNY & THE MASTERMIXERS 1
8 PUMP UP THE JAM TECHNOTRONIC FT FELLY 2
9 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS ? BAND AID II 1
10 HAND ON YOUR HEART KYLIE MINOGUE 1
11 LIKE A PRAYER MADONNA 1
12 ALL AROUND THE WORLD LISA STANSFIELD 1
13 IF ONLY I COULD SYDNEY YOUNGBLOOD 3
14 LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING MICHAEL BALL 2
15 GIRL I'M GONNA MISS YOU MILLI VANILLI 2
16 YOU'LL NEVER STOP ME LOVING YOU SONIA 1
17 YOU GOT IT (THE RIGHT STUFF) NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK 1
18 THE LIVING YEARS MIKE & THE MECHANICS 2
19 FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY GERRY MARSDEN, PAUL MCCARTNEY, HOLLY JOHNSON AND THE CHRISTIANS 1
20 MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY NATALIE COLE 2
21 WOULDN'T CHANGE A THING KYLIE MINOGUE 2
22 THIS TIME I KNOW IT'S FOR REAL DONNA SUMMER 3
23 DON'T KNOW MUCH LINDA RONSTADT/AARON NEVILLE 2
24 LET'S PARTY JIVE BUNNY & THE MASTERMIXERS 1
25 STREET TUFF REBEL MC & DOUBLE TROUBLE 3
26 BELFAST CHILD SIMPLE MINDS 1
27 REQUIEM LONDON BOYS 4
28 FRENCH KISS LIL LOUIS 2
29 SEALED WITH A KISS JASON DONOVAN 1
30 RIGHT HERE WAITING RICHARD MARX 2
31 STRAIGHT UP PAULA ABDUL 3
32 ESPECIALLY FOR YOU KYLIE MINOGUE & JASON DONOVAN 1
33 YOU GOT IT ROY ORBISON 3
34 LAMBADA KAOMA 4
35 HELP BANANARAMA/LANANEENEENOONOO 3
36 STOP SAM BROWN 4
37 WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME JASON DONOVAN 2
38 IF YOU DON'T KNOW ME BY NOW SIMPLY RED 2
39 LONDON NIGHTS LONDON BOYS 2
40 POISON ALICE COOPER 2

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