Shakespeare’s Sister – Smiths

This track by the Smiths spent three weeks in the UK top 40 in 1985.

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Thirty years ago this week, Shakespeare’s sister by the Smiths reached its highest position of number 26 in the UK singles chart, having entered the top 40 the previous week at number 29. After one week at its peak position, the song fell to number 38 for a final week in the top 40.

Shakespeare’s sister was released on the Rough Trade record label. It was the sixth UK top 40 hit for the Smiths.

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UK singles chart for the week ending 6 April 1985

  1. Easy loverPhilip Bailey (duet with Phil Collins)

  2. Welcome to the pleasuredomeFrankie Goes To Hollywood

  3. Pie JesuSarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston

  4. That ole devil called loveAlison Moyet

  5. Everybody wants to rule the worldTears For Fears

  6. We close our eyesGo West

  7. Every time you go awayPaul Young

  8. Do what you doJermaine Jackson

  9. Wide boyNik Kershaw

  10. Kiss meStephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy


  1. Cover meBruce Springsteen


  1. Shakespeare’s sisterSmiths

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