Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 3rd February 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 28th January to Saturday 2nd February 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 seven new entrys, thirteen climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. Mariah Carey – “Someday”
She has two US chart toppers and a two million selling debut album but Mariah Carey doesn’t seem to be doing very well here. Her latest song entered last week and falls two places on this weeks chart.
39. Free – “All Right Now”
Our first new entry could be called a re-entry from UK band Free with a re-issue of their 1970 No.2 hit which comes back to the chart twenty one years later.
38. Jimmy Barnes and INXS – “Good Times”
INXS are back, this time with fellow Aussie rock singer Jimmy Barnes with a song from the soundtrack of a new film called ‘The Lost Boys’ and in doing so, Jimmy registers his very first UK chart entry.
37. The Railway Children – “Every Beat Of The Heart”
Registering their very first chart hit are UK band The Railway Children, who have been recording and releasing since 1986, but today, five years on, they enter the top 40 singles chart at last.
36. Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice Baby”
He still has two songs on the chart with a new entry last week – where will that be this week? But for now, Vanilla Ice‘s former number one is down ten places in its twelfth week on the top 40.
35. Little Angels – “Boneyard”
Little Angels returned to the chart for the first time this year last week, but unlike previous occasions, they go down in week two by two places.
34. Tongue’N’Cheek – “Forget Me Nots”
Also going down are Tongue’N’Cheek, in their fourth week and by five places, with their first chart entry of this year.
33. Whitney Houston – “All The Man That I Need”
Eight weeks on an Whitney’s latest is still with us, having taken some time to find its feet and making the top twenty. This week she goes down eleven places.
32. Jimmy Somerville and Bronski Beat – “Smalltown Boy”
It’s the song that made him famous, now Jimmy Somerville brings his 1984 hit back to the chart in remixed form which will also feature on a new best of collection he has coming out soon.
31. John Travolta and Olivia Newton John – “Grease Megamix”
The “Grease Megamix” is down eight places this week in its eighth week on the chart, courtesy of remixers Phil Harding and Ian Curnow.
30. Chris Isaak – “Blue Hotel”
Chris Isaak is back with a new entry and the follow up to his first UK chart hit, “Wicked Game”. Can he take this one into the top ten as well…?
29. The Farm – “All Together Now”
Amazingly The Farm have been around for ten weeks now with this, their biggest hit to date. This week they drop eight places, however.
28. Belinda Carlisle – “Summer Rain”
Belinda Carlisle has been on the chart for five weeks with her fifth top 40 hit from her nearly two year old album, “Runaway Horses”. This week she falls four places.
27. Mark Summers – “Summer’s Magic”
Mark Summers’ new version of The Magic Roundabout theme takes a bigger step up this week, eight places and into the top thirty.
26. Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes – “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life”
While those Dirty Dancers Medley and Warnes drop ten places with the ‘second coming’ of their 1987 Oscar winning theme song.
25. Gloria Estefan – “Coming Out Of The Dark”
Good news for Gloria Estefan, she fell last week after entering the chart but rebounds four places and this time much higher than she’s ever been with her new single!
24. Kenny Thomas – “Outstanding”
Chart newcomer Kenny Thomas is on the up again. Three weeks in for him too and he’s up seven places with this re-released single from last year.
23. The UK Mixmasters – “The Night Fever Megamix”
‘Grease’ is down and nearly out but ‘Night Fever’ lives, following the films hit mix of songs entry last week, The UK Mixmasters climb thirteen places.
22. The Source featuring Candy Staton – “You Got The Love”
The Source‘s remixed and re-released single from 1986 finally entered the chart last week and they go up ten places with singer Candy Staton in tow.
21. Kim Appleby – “G.L.A.D.”
We welcome Kim Appleby back to the chart with this new entry, the follow up to her debut “Don’t Worry” last year, which proved a big hit. So Kim’s hoping for at least a second top ten hit with this one.
20. Ralph Tresvant – “Sensitivity”
Poor Ralph Tresvant, he wanted to be the next Bobby Brown with his debut solo song, but in dropping two places, he hasn’t quite got off to the same start as his former band mate.
19. Off-Shore – “I Can’t Take The Power”
Off-shore’s debut single is sinking too, down seven places, although they at least can say they reached the top ten.
18. A Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It?”
No, you can’t any more! After such a good start, A Tribe Called Quest go backwards by three places and back to where they were two weeks ago!
17. New Kids On The Block – “Games”
New Kids On The Block are back for 1991 and after eight UK top ten hits since November 1989, they’re are hoping for a ninth with this one, which is this week’s highest new entry.
16. Robert Palmer – “Mercy Mercy Me”
Descending gracefully is Robert Palmer with his latest two in one song, which falls three places this week.
15. Oleta Adams – “Get Here”
Moving up five more is US singer Oleta Adams with her Brenda Russell written song, which is currently top five Stateside.
14. C&C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams – “Gonna Make You Sweat”
Nine weeks on the chart now for producers Clivilles and Cole along with singer Freedom Williams with their first UK top 40 entry, which leaves the top ten, down four places.
13. Enigma – “Sadeness part one”
Also leaving the top ten, where they’ve been for seven weeks, are former chart toppers Enigma (Michael and Sandra Cretu), falling seven this week.
12. Queen – “Innuendo”
And saying a big goodbye to the top ten after just two weeks are Queen with their former number one, which slides ten places.
11. Seal – “Crazy”
Just one “Crazy” left on the chart now and it belongs to Seal, who is bypassed by Queen as he leaves the top ten and down six places, now with ten weeks on the chart.
10. Vanilla Ice – “Play That Funky Music”
The Ice Man‘s second chart hit was a new entry last week and he’s up seven places which puts him back in the UK top ten for a second time out of two singles released!
9. Rick Astley – “Cry For Help”
Poor Rick Astley. His chart return after two years away stormed into the top ten last week with all the hope of another top five hit, but sadly slips back two places, seven days later.
8. Soho – “Hippychick”
After two weeks of being the highest climber, Soho do nothing at all, remaining where they landed this time last week with their Grace Jones sampled top 40 debut.
7. Kylie Minogue – “What Do I Have To Do?”
Last week’s second highest new entry was from Kylie Minogue, albeit outside the top ten. She will be pleased with a climb of four places, which means that all of her singles have at least made the ten best sellers.
6. EMF – “I Believe”
Two places above her was last week’s highest new entry from EMF, returning with the follow up to “Unbelievable” but with a climb of just two this week, it puts them just one above Kylie.
5. Praise – “Only You”
Regular Kylie backing singer at PWL, Miriam Stockley, gives lead vocals to this TV commercial and it put her and the group Praise into the charts last week. With a shot of fourteen places, they are this weeks sole highest climber!
4. Nomad featuring MC Mikee Freedom – “Devotion”
Nomad made their top 40 debut last week finally and go up ten places to get into the top five in week two.
3. 2 In A Room – “Wiggle It”
Moving up one place into the top three are hip hop duo 2 In A Room with their first UK chart hit, edging closer to the top spot.
2. The Simpsons – “Do The Bartman”
And edging closer still are the family Simpson with 10yo Bart on lead vocals singing his ‘Bartman’ and up one more place in the process.
1. The KLF – “3am Eternal”
But that means for a second week, Britain’s best performing song is from The KLF who remain on top and in doing so, double the time they last spend at number one back in 1988! Can they triple that next week or will The Simpsons, 2 In A Room, Nomad or Praise ‘wiggle’ their way in and ‘wiggle’ The KLF out? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!