Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 13th 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 7th to Saturday 12th 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 nine new entrys, sixteen climbers and one non-mover! And it was announced like this…
40. The Big Dish – “Miss America”
Scottish band The Big Dish formed in 1983 and released their first single in 1985. They have yet to make the top 40 but today, six years later, they make it with the first of this week’s new entry’s.
39. Yazoo – “Situation ’90”
Vince and Alison go down fourteen places with the 1990 reboot of their 1983 US dance chart topper.
38. Prefab Sprout – “Jordan – The EP”
One of last week’s new entry’s came from Prefab Sprout with an EP of all their non-charting singles from last year, which drops three places this week.
37. Chris Isaak – “Wicked Game”
Chris Isaak falls fifteen places in his tenth week on the UK chart with his very first chart hit and hopefully there will be more to come.
36. Will To Power – “I’m Not In Love”
Two years ago, US duo Will To Power reached the UK top ten with their version of “Baby I Love Your Way” and they make their return this week, this time with a cover of 10CC’s “I’m Not In Love”.
35. Orbital – “Satan”
Orbital are back for 1991 with this chart follow up to last year’s top twenty debut, “Chime”, both tracks feature on their self-titled debut album.
34. Oleta Adams – “Get Here”
Cast your minds back to November 1989 and this next lady featured on the Tears For Fears single “Woman In Chains”. Oleta Adams has actually been recording for nine years now but today she scores her first solo UK top 40 entry with a song originally recorded by Brenda Russell.
33. Anthrax – “Got The Time”
Anthrax take a big tumble of seventeen places this week with their first UK top twenty hit, now very much down and out.
32. David Lee Roth – “A Lil Ain’t Enough”
While Van Halen frontman Dave Lee Roth goes up eight places with his first solo UK chart hit following last week’s new entry.
31. Tongue’N’Cheek – “Forget Me Nots”
Tongue’N’Cheek are back with a new song and a new entry for 1991 having notched up two chart hits last year with “Tomorrow” and “Nobody”.
30. Twenty4Seven and Captain Hollywood – “Are You Dreaming?”
Nine weeks on and Twenty4Seven and Captain Hollywood ARE still dreaming but they do so nine places lower than seven days ago.
29. The Stranglers – “Always The Sun”
The Stranglers made a chart return with this 1986 top thirty hit, and with a climb of three places this week, they are one place higher than it originally peaked five years ago!
28. High – “Box Set Go”
Also on the up are High, climbing ‘higher’ than last week’s entry, eight places ‘higher’ in fact!
27. A Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It?”
After two years of releasing records, US hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest make their UK chart debut with this, their fourth single release. Can they make it? Yes, they can!
26. Soho – “Hippychick”
UK band Soho make their chart debut this week with this new entry that samples The Smiths song “How Soon Is Now?” and having formed three years ago, finally make the top 40.
25. Belinda Carlisle – “Summer Rain” Belinda Carlisle‘s sixth single from here 1989 album “Runaway Horses” made the chart last week and she gets a big climb of fourteen places, making the song the third highest charting from the album, so far…
24. Madonna – “Justify My Love” Madonna‘s new track from her enormously successful hits album “The Immaculate Collection” is down thirteen this week as the album remains on top for an incredible nine weeks!
23. Blackbox – “The Total Mix”
They rebounded the chart last week, but Blackbox’s hits megamix is down eleven places and leaves the top twenty after a month’s residency.
22. Sting – “All This Time”
Sting got a new entry last week and is up four places, looking for another top twenty hit next week, his second of this new decade.
21. Ralph Tresvant – “Sensitivity”
Former US boy band New Edition has already given Bobby Brown a successful solo career and now one of his band mates, Ralph Tresvant gets a big new entry with his debut single, which has already gone top five in America.
20. Bananarama – “Preacher Man” Bananarama are back in the upper half of the chart for the first time in nearly two years as they go up nine places with their brand new release, which is proving more successful than the last one.
19. The Righteous Brothers – “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”
Bill and Bobby are down to one song on the chart this week as we say goodbye to “Unchained Melody”. Their second recent re-release is down twelve places and out of the top ten this week.
18. Alexander O’Neal – “All True Man”
Alexander O’Neal came back to the chart last week with brand new music and he’s up six places and back into the top twenty for the first time in over two years.
17. Snap – “Mary Had A Little Boy”
The Christmas songs are either gone or falling and Snap leave the top ten this week with theirs, down eight places.
16. MC Hammer – “Pray”
Also down eight is MC Hammer having peaked last week with his third UK chart hit and third to make the top ten.
15. Pop Will Eat Itself – “X, Y and Zee”
Pop Will Eat Itself got a big new entry last week and their first top twenty hit with this new song, which is up three places, seven days on.
14. Patsy Cline – “Crazy”
One of two songs with the same title on this weeks chart and the first comes from Patsy Cline with her 29 year old recording that is a non*mover on this week’s chart.
13. Whitney Houston – “All The Man That I Need”
Two weeks ago, Whitney’s latest release failed to make the top twenty and was sinking, but she recovered last week and she’s up again this week, four places higher!
12. Robert Palmer – “Mercy Mercy Me”
Robert Palmer’s continued UK chart success…continues this week as he returns to the top twenty in fine style, up eighteen places, which makes him this week’s highest climber!
11. Off-shore – “I Can’t Take The Power”
And it’s been a good week for Off-shore, who made their chart debut last week and get a solid climb of sixteen places to land just outside the top ten.
10. Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes – “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life”
For the second time, Bill and Jennifer’s Oscar winning duet from ‘Dirty Dancing’ goes top ten in the UK. Last week’s highest climber moves up three places as a result of the film being shown on TV for the first time.
9. Iron Maiden – “Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter”
It’s all change at the top as Iron Maiden drop eight places with their two week chart topper that opened this year’s charts.
8. The Farm – “All Together Now”
The Farm go back down this week, two places for them in their sixth week inside the top ten.
7. Jesus Jones – “International Bright Young Thing”
While last week’s highest new entry from Jesus Jones is up eight places and it gets the boys from Bradford On Avon their very first top ten hit!
6. Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice Baby”
Still going strong is former chart topper Vanilla Ice, who leaves the top five this week for the very first time and down just one place.
5. The KLF – “3am Eternal” The KLF are back with the follow up to “What Time Is Love?” and they bag this week’s highest new entry, ironically at the peak position their former hit attained. Can they make an improvement on that next week?
4. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – “The Grease Megamix”
“The Grease Megamix” is down one place this week, still top five thanks to producers Phil Harding and Ian Curnow.
3. C&C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams – “Gonna Make You Sweat”
Six weeks on and C&C Music Factory are still climbing, this week it’s up seven places and into the top three with their US dance chart number one.
2. Seal – “Crazy”
The other “Crazy” is from Seal and he’s up too, six weeks on, two more places and eyeing up his second number one following on from “Killer” last year.
1. Enigma – “Sadeness part one”
So we have a new number one and up one place goes producer Michael Cretu and his wife Sandra with their debut single, together with a few monks, to claim this week’s chart topper. But can they stay there for a second, or will Seal, C&C Music Factory, The KLF or someone else put an end to all hope? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!