Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 6th January 1991
So this was the chart that Radio 1 DJ Mark Goodier broadcast from 4:30-7pm with data from the GALLUP computer based on record sales from Monday 31st December 1990 to Saturday 5th January 1991.
This is how the charts USED to look with new entries, climbers and non-movers, all based solely on record purchases.
This week, thirty years ago, there were twelve new entrys, eleven climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. David Lee Roth – “A Lil Ain’t Enough”
Van Halen singer Dave Lee Roth is back for 1991 with a brand new single and the first to come from a new album that’s out very soon. It’s his first UK top 40 entry since “Just Like Paradise” back in 1988.
39. Belinda Carlisle – “Summer Rain”
Also back but after a shorter period is Belinda Carlisle with the fifth single to come from her 1989 album, “Runaway Horses“. This one is the follow up to her top ten hit “(We Want) The Same Thing” back in October.
38. New Kids On The Block – “This One’s For The Children”
In a dramatic reversal, one of last week’s joint highest climbers from New Kids On The Block goes back down the chart by twenty three places!
37. Paul Gascoigne – “Geordie Boys”
With a small climb last week, Gazza drops six places with his second chart entry. Will there be any more…?
36. The High – “Box Set Go”
Manchester band The High formed in 1989 and have been trying for a hit ever since. This song was their debut single released a year ago but failed to make it. Second time lucky as they are a new entry this week.
35. Prefab Sprout – “Jordan” EP
Prefab Sprout haven’t had a top 40 hit since “The King Of Rock And Roll” in 1988. This new EP brings together all their singles released last year, which didn’t quite make it then, but collectively, they do now!
34. Malandra Burrows – “Just This Side Of Love”
Emmerdale Farm actress has been on the chart for six weeks with her debut single, which drops seventeen places this week.
33. Jive Bunny – “The Crazy Party Mixes”
Lots of big fallers this week including Jive Bunny who is down fifteen places with ‘his’ Christmas collection of party mixes.
32. The Stranglers – “Always The Sun”
The Stranglers get a new entry with a remix of their 1986 top thirty hit which comes from a new best of they have coming out later this month.
31. The Righteous Brothers – “Unchained Melody”
After eleven weeks in the top twenty, Bill and Bobby are down eighteen places with their former number one and last year’s biggest selling single.
30. Robert Palmer – “Mercy Mercy Me”
Lots of new entry’s this week and they continue with Robert Palmer back with his first of 1991 and the follow up to his massive top ten hit with UB40 just two months ago.
29. Bananarama – “Preacher Man”
Also back are Sara, Keren and Jacqui with a new entry and the follow up to last Summer’s top thirty single, “Only Your Love”. The song is also producer by Youth and the girls are putting the finishing touches to a new album which should be out this Spring.
28. INXS – “Disappear”
Moving in small paces everytime are INXS with the second single from the “X” album, which is down four places this week.
27. Off-shore – “I Can’t Take The Power”
UK producers and DJ’s Off-shore make their chart debut next with their very first single release which enters top thirty this week.
26. Sting – “All This Time”
Sting has a new entry and the follow up to last Summer’s big remix hit, “Englishman In New York”. Can he go top twenty with this one?
25. Yazoo – “Situation ’90”
Vince and Alison are down three places with the 1990 remix of their 1983 US dance chart number one hit.
24. Alexander O’Neal – “All True Man”
Coming back to the chart with his first new material for more than three years is Alexander O’Neal. This is the first single from his forthcoming album, the follow up to his enormously successful “Hearsay”.
23. EMF – “Unbelievable”
Clocking up ten weeks on the chart now are EMF with their debut hit, which leaves the upper half of the chart for the first time since they came in and down eleven places.
22. Chris Isaak – “Wicked Game”
Chris Issak has seven weeks on the chart with his UK top 40 debut, which is down three places and out off the top twenty.
21. Twenty4Seven and Captain Hollywood – “Are You Dreaming?”
Twenty4Seven and Captain Hollywood have been around for eight weeks with the follow up to their top ten hit “I Can’t Stand It”, which slips just one place this week.
20. Cliff Richard – “Saviour’s Day”
Cliff’s Christmas number one drops seventeen places this week and right out of the top three, were it was seven days ago!
19. Status Quo – “The Anniversary Waltz part two”
The Quo are down three places having peaked for two weeks with the second part of their 1990 25th anniversary celebrations.
18. Pop Will Eat Itself – “X, Y And Zee”
Pop Will Eat Itself get a big new entry this week and in doing so, claim their first UK top twenty hit having tried three times so far!
17. Whitney Houston – “All The Man That I Need”
Whitney thought she had peaked two weeks ago as she fell last week with the second single from her latest album, but rebounds the chart and climbs nine places!
16. Anthrax – “Got The Time”
One of last week’s three new entry’s came from Anthrax and they go up seven places and like Pop Will Eat Itself, they too score their very first UK top twenty hit.
15. Jesus Jones – “International Bright Young Thing”
Jesus Jones have so far clocked up two top 40 hit singles in the last year and this is their biggest to date. It’s also this week’s highest new entry!
14. Pasty Cline – “Crazy”
Last week’s other joint highest climber from Patsy Cline goes the other way to the New Kids, up seven places, ever outdoing it’s performance 29 years after it was first released.
13. Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes – “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life”
Righteous Brother Bill’s second chart entry is his 1987 duet with Jennifer Warnes from ‘Dirty Dancing’ which came back to the chart last week and with a huge boost of twenty one places, becomes this week’s highest climber of all.
12. Blackbox – “Total Mix”
Another song rebounding the chart and to a new high is the megamix from Blackbox, which is up two places, now their only song on the top 40 as we say goodbye to “Fantasy”.
11. Madonna – “Justify My Love”
Madonna is out of the top ten, down three places, with one of the new tracks on her still number one album, “The Immaculate Collection“.
10. C&C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams – “Gonna Make You Sweat”
US producers Cliviles and Cole have so far taken tentative steps with their first UK chart hit. No so this week as they leap fifteen places and into the UK top ten with their US dance chart number one.
9. Snap – “Mary Had A Little Boy”
Snap remain top ten for a fifth week and also a non-mover with their fourth UK chart hit, now nearly twelve months since they made it to No.1 with “The Power”.
8. MC Hammer – “Pray”
MC Hammer is back up the chart this week and to a new high as well. He climbs two places with his third single and third UK top ten hit.
7. The Righteous Brothers – “You’ve Lost The Loving Feeling”
Bill Medley’s third chart entry is back with his old mate Bobby Hadfield as they fall one place with the follow up to “Unchained Melody”.
6. The Farm – “All Together Now”
Tha Farm’s biggest hit so far is back up the chart this week, just one place, but it stays top ten for a fifth consecutive week.
5. Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice Baby”
Having clung onto second place for two weeks, Vanilla Ice‘s former number one is down three places, now with two whole months in the top ten.
4. Seal – “Crazy”
Seal‘s debut solo single is up seven this week and into the top five, back where he was with Adamski last May, when he topped the chart, can he do the same now?
3. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – “Grease Megamix”
Having halted for two weeks, the stars of ‘Grease’ move up two places with the help of Phil Harding and Ian Curnow, better known for their work with Stock Aitken Waterman.
2. Enigma – “Sadeness part one”
Another song that was a non-mover last week was producer Michael Cretu’s new project, Enigma. He is also up two places this week with his wide, Sandra, on vocals.
1. Iron Maiden – “Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter”
But none of them are able to shift last week’s highest new entry from Iron Maiden, who stay top for a second week with their first UK number one. Can they make it three or will Enigma, Travolta and Newton-John or Seal de-throne them? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!