Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 17th 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 11th to Saturday 16th 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 six new entrys, fourteen climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. Ralph Tresvant – “Sensitivity”
Seven weeks on and Ralph Tresvant’s debut song is just about hanging in there, down ten places, however, this week.
39. A Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It?”
A Tribe Called Quest’s first UK chart hit has been around for six week and takes a big drop of seventeen on this weeks top 40.
38. The Milltown Brothers – “Which Way Should I Jump?”
The Milltown Brothers debut last week with this first entry but seven days later, appear not to want to move upwards or downwards.
37. Robert Palmer – “Mercy Mercy Me”
Robert Palmer’s latest is down fourteen this week, another track from the album “Don’t Explain”, which is his first to go top ten in six years.
36. Mark Summers – “Summer’s Magic”
The Magic Roundabout stopped last week and it’s going backwards this week as Mark Summers falls nine places.
35. Stevie B – “Because I Love You (The Postman Song)”
Our first new entry is from American singer Stevie B (not Stevie V) who has been recording since 1987 but without much success. He got to No.15 in his home country last year with “Love And Emotion” and this is the follow up, which debuts here in the UK this week.
34. The Mixmasters – “The Night Fever Megamix”
The Mixmasters 70’s disco mix is down nine places this week after just four weeks on the top 40.
33. Joey B Ellis and Tynetta Hare – “Go For It”
Joey B Ellis is an American rapper and together with singer Tynetta Hare, they make their UK chart debut this week with their first collaboration.
32. Julian Cope – “Beautiful Love”
Julian Cope got his first top 40 entry for three years last week with this new track and he’s up seven places, seven days on with it.
31. George Michael – “Heal The Pain”
Going up nine places is George Michael with the latest single from his current album, “Listen Without Prejudice”.
30. Living Colour – “Love Rears Its Ugly Head”
Living Colour made their top 40 debut last week with this second track from their upcoming second album and they are up three places on this weeks chart.
29. C&C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams – “Gonna Make You Sweat”
C&C Music Factory leave the top twenty this week, down ten places, with their first UK chart hit, now with eleven weeks to their name.
28. Xpansions – “Move Your Body”
British dance act Xpansions released this track last year but without any success. But with some heavy promotion in the clubs, it gets a revival and finally a top 40 entry!
27. Enigma – “Sadeness part one”
The former number one from Enigma is down seven this week, its first time out of the top twenty for more than two months.
26. Morrissey – “Our Frank”
Morrissey is back for 1991 with a new entry, his eighth solo single and his eighth to chart top 40, although this is his lowest entry to date.
25. DJ H featuring Stefy – “Think About…”
DJ H and singer Stefy brought this track to the chart for the first time last week and move in an upwardly direction by seven places in week two.
24. The Railway Children – “Every Beat Of The Heart”
No, not Edith Nesbitt’s children of the much loved book mand film, the band The Railway Children mark another great week on the chart as they climb a further four places.
23. Chris Rea – “Auberge”
Chris Rea brought new music to the chart last week, the lead single from his forthcoming eleventh studio album and but going up thirteen places, he is this week’s highest climber!
22. Thunder – “Love Walked In”
Thunder are back with a big new entry this week, this fifth single from last year’s “Backstreet Symphony” album, which gives them five UK top 40 hits and this becomes the highest charting of all!
21. MC Hammer – “Here’s Comes The Hammer”
Yes indeed, here comes MC Hammer with this week’s highest new entry and his fourth UK chart hit to date, also from an album released last year, “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em”.
20. New Kids On The Block – “Games”
Poor New Kids On The Block, not only down six places this week, but this becomes their very first single not to make the UK top ten!
19. Rick Astley – “Cry For Help”
Can you hear Rick Astley‘s cry for help? His chart comeback is down eight places with his new album now just a month away from release.
18. Jimmy Barnes and INXS – “Good Times”
The good times keep coming for Australia’s Jimmy Barnes and INXS as they move into the top twenty, up six places with this big collaboration.
17. Chris Isaak – “Blue Hotel”
Following them is Chris Isaak with what becomes his second UK top twenty hit as he ascents another four places. Top ten next…?
16. Seal – “Crazy”
Seal‘s debut solo single has been a huge success, now with three whole months on the chart and just dropping one place lower than this time last week!
15. Soho – “Hippychick”
Soho finally made the top 40 after two years of trying with this reissued track and went top ten with it. They leave this week, down six places.
14. Vanilla Ice – “Play That Funky Music”
Dropping one place this week is Vanilla Ice with his second UK hit single from his debut album, “To The Extreme”, which has now gone four times Platinum Stateside!
13. Kenny Thomas – “Outstanding”
Kenny Thomas is still going great guns with his first top 40 entry, which has been around for six weeks now and is up five more places this week.
12. EMF – “I Believe”
Whether they believe it or not, EMF are out of the top ten this week, down four places with their second ever single release.
11. Free – “All Right Now”
While last week’s highest climber from Free is up six more places to park itself outside the top ten, where it peaked twenty years ago. Will they…won’t they…
10. Kim Appleby – “G.L.A.D.”
Kim Appleby was ‘glad’ to be back in the top ten last week with her second solo single but remains in the same spot for a second week.
9. 808 State – “In Yer Face”
808 State return to the top ten this week. Last week’s highest new entry is up seven places, their first since “The Only Rhyme That Bites” with MC Rhymes last year.
8. The Source featuring Candi Staton – “You Got The Love”
The Source take their four year old song into the top ten this week with climb of four places, which gives singer Candi Staton her first UK top ten hit since “Nights On Broadway” back in 1977.
7. Kylie Minogue – “What Do I Have To Do?”
She’s used to stepping back in time, now Kylie steps back one place with her latest single, back to where she was two weeks ago and if that’s it, this will be her first not to make the UK top five.
6. 2 In A Room – “Wiggle It”
Also down are 2 In A Room just creeping out of the top five this week, also down one place.
5. Praise – “Only You”
And that also goes for Praise and singer Miriam Stockley, who stay top five but slipping one chart position.
4. Oleta Adams – “Get Here”
Jumping over them all is Oleta Adams who makes her UK top five debut with this former Brenda Russell song, which has been a constant for six weeks now and is up three places this week.
3. The KLF – “3am Eternal”
Former chart toppers The KLF gingerly drop one more place this week with their second number one and look out for their new album coming in three weeks time.
2. Nomad featuring MC Mikee Freedom – “Devotion”
Swapping places with The KLF are Nomad with this re-released song, one of many on this weeks chart, which now positions itself to challenge for the top next week…
1. The Simpsons – “Do The Bartman”
Not this week though as 10 year old Bart Simpson remains top of the pile for a second week with his first number one from the TV cartoon of his family’s name. But can he continue to persuade us to ‘do the Bartman’ or will Nomad or Oleta Adams claim their first chart topper this time next week? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!