Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 27th 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 21st to Saturday 26th 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, ten climbers and NO non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. Thin Lizzy – “Dedication”
Veteran US rockers Thin Lizzy made their return to the UK chart last week with this brand new number, but seven days on, they go down five places.
39. MC Hammer – “Pray”
Going down even further is MC Hammer, seventeen places in fact, in his ninth week on the top 40.
38. Mariah Carey – “Someday”
Mariah Carey is back with a new entry. Her last single, the former US number one “Love Takes Time” only made it as far as No.32, so where will this one go…?
37. Alexander O’Neal – “All True Man”
And down goes Alexander O’Neal after just four weeks on the chart with his brand new single, falling twelve this week, as his new album of the same name is out next month.
36. The UK Mixmasters – “The Night Fever Megamix”
You’ve heard the Grease megamix, now here’s a megamix of the songs from ‘Saturday Night Fever’ courtesy of the UK master mixers, better known as Nigel Wright!
35. Mark Summers – “Summer’s Magic”
DJ and producer Mark Summers is also mixing some old school themes with his Magic Roundabout techno version which came on to the chart last week, but climbs just one place, this.
34. Will To Power – “I’m Not In Love”
It doesn’t look like Will To Power will get another big chart hit with their latest cover version, which is down five this week.
33. Little Angels – “Boneyard”
The Little Angels are back after two top thirty hits last year and with this new entry, it makes three in a row for them.
32. The Source featuring Candi Staton – “You Got The Love”
More remixing now from UK trio The Source, who are Anthony Stephens, Arnecia Michelle Harris and John Bellamy, who wrote this song back in 1986 for US singer Candi Staton. It wasn’t a hit then, but with some reprogramming, it finally gains a top 40 entry.
31. Kenny Thomas – “Outstanding”
Another artist having better luck second time around is Kenny Thomas, who made his debut last week and goes up two places on this weeks chart.
30. Gloria Estefan – “Coming Out Of The Dark”
Not such a good week for Gloria Estefan, whose new single is down two places, seven days after it entered the chart! Gloria has five UK top ten hits to her name, but it doesn’t look like this one is going to make it.
29. Tongue’n’Cheek – “Forget Me Nots”
And also going down are Tongue’n’Cheek with their third top 40 chart entry, slipping three places this week.
28. Patsy Cline – “Crazy”
There are still two very different songs with the same title, “Crazy”, on the chart. The lowest and oldest by far of those comes from Patsy Cline, who is down eight places this week.
27. Bananarama – “Preacher Man”
Bananarama released their first single ten years ago this year. That one didn’t chart at all, but their latest has, even though it’s down six places.
26. Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice Baby”
The former four week chart topper from Vanilla Ice leaves the top twenty this week, down thirteen places, but I have a funny feeling we may hear from him a bit later on…(!)
25. Jesus Jones – “International Bright Young Thing”
Also leaving the top twenty this week with their biggest hit yet are Jesus Jones, down ten places. Their new album, “Doubt”, is out tomorrow, however.
24. Belinda Carlisle – “Summer Rain”
The rain falls down in Belinda Carlisle‘s Summer, and so does her song of the same name, which falls back one place on this weeks chart.
23. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – “The Grease Megamix”
The other 70’s musical hitmix from ‘Grease’ stars John and Olivia takes a hefty drop of thirteen places and leaves the top ten in doing so.
22. Whitney Houston – “All The Man That I Need”
Taking a more leisurely pace is Whitney Houston, as she has done for the past seven weeks, with her latest, which is down just five.
21. The Farm – “All Together Now”
And down go The Farm by nine places this week and leave the upper half of the chart for the very first time since they came in back at the end of November.
20. Oleta Adams – “Get Here”
The last time Oleta Adams was in the UK chart, she made it to No.26. Today, she scores her very first top twenty hit, with a climb of seven places. And she’s done it all on her own this time!
19. Praise – “Only You”
UK producers Praise make their chart debut with this song that features singer Miriam Stockley, better known for her work as a backing singer on many Stock Aitken Waterman songs.
18. Ralph Tresvant – “Sensitivity”
Former New Edition member Ralph Tresvant is taking small steps with his debut solo release, which is up just one place on this weeks chart.
17. Vanilla Ice – “Play That Funky Music”
I said Mr. Van Winkle would be back, and here he is with the follow up to his worldwide chart topper, a cover of Wild Cherry’s 1976 hit, which was actually first released back in 1989. It’s already top five in America, so will he take this version all the way to the top…?
16. Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes – “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life”
The ‘Dirty Dancing’ duo of Medley and Warnes leave the top ten this week, down eight places, with their chart revisited 1987 Oscar winner.
15. A Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It?”
A Tribe Called Quest keep climbing the UK chart with their first showing here, up three places this week, while the song goes top ten on the US Rap chart!
14. Nomad featuring MC Mikee Freedom – “(I Wanna Give You) Devotion”
There are a few chart debuts again this week and British group Nomad are one of them with a big new entry with this song that was released last year, but didn’t do so well, but with a re-release, it finally makes it, along with singer, Sharon D. Clarke.
13. Robert Palmer – “Mercy Mercy Me”
Robert Palmer’s latest offering mixes “Mercy Mercy Me” with the old Marvin Gaye song, “I Want You”. He’s been top ten with it, but is so no longer with a fall of four places.
12. Off-Shore – “I Can’t Take The Power”
And that goes for Off-Shore’s debut single, which made it to the big ten but slips out again this week, down five places.
11. Kylie Minogue – “What Do I Have To Do?”
Kylie Minogue is back in 1991 with this new entry, not the highest and also her first not to debut in the top ten since “Never Too Late” in 1989. It’s the third single to come from her current album, “Rhythm Of Love“, released in November.
10. C&C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams – “Gonna Make You Sweat”
C&C Music Factory are down five places this week, now with two months on the chart and top ten for a third week.
9. EMF – “I Believe”
The EMF lads are back with the follow up to their hugely successful debut single, “Unbelievable”. This time they ‘believe’ and in doing so, they are this week’s highest new entry!
8. Soho – “Hippychick”
Soho continue their rise to stardom and become a rarity on the UK chart as they were last week’s highest climber and continue with that title this week, moving up eight places and into the top ten. But they are not alone…
7. Rick Astley – “Cry For Help”
Rick Astley‘s back in the top ten. His new song, his first for nearly two years, is up seven places, which means all eight of his UK singles have now made the top ten.
6. Enigma – “Sadeness part one”
Former one week chart toppers Enigma are down three this week and out of the top five, where Michael Cretu and wife Sandra have been for six weeks now.
5. Seal – “Crazy”
The other “Crazy” on the chart is a new composition from Seal and he’s been around for two months as well. He drops just one place this week, remaining top five.
4. 2 In A Room – “Wiggle It”
US duo 2 In A Room made an impressive chart debut last week and move up two places, seven days on, with their former US dance chart number one.
3. The Simpsons – “Do The Bartman”
…The family Simpson crossed over from TV to the music charts last week with this first offering and they join Soho buy going up eight places to be this week’s other joint highest climber.
2. Queen – “Innuendo”
But it’s all over for last week’s highest new entry from Queen, which came in on top and drops one place off the top this week.
1. The KLF – “3am Eternal”
Which means we have a new number one and it’s back to the top for The KLF, up one place from last week to give Messrs. Drummond and Cauty their second chart topper to date. Remember, their first was back in 1988 with “Doctorin’ The Tardis”! We’ve had three different number ones in as many weeks now, so can they stop it from being four, or will The Simpsons, 2 In A Room or someone else stop them? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!