Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 17th March 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 March 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, fifteen climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. The KLF – “3am Eternal”
Holding on for a tenth week on the chart are The KLF with their former number one, down thirteen places this week.
39. The Mock Turtles – “Can You Dig It?”
We’ve had “Can You Kick It?” recently now “Can You Dig It?” And that’s good for British band The Mock Turtles, who after trying for six years, get their first top 40 entry!
38. Soft Cell – “Say Hello Wave Goodbye ’91”
Soft Cell are back in the chart for the first time since 1984 and with a new remix of their 1982 top three hit, which will feature on a new best of coming out very soon.
37. LL Cool J – “Around The Way Girl”
LL Cool J’s first top 40 showing for three years was doing well last week, but seven days on, he falls back one place.
36. Jive Bunny – “Over To You John”
No keeping this rabbit down ‘his’ hole as Jive Bunny returns for 1991 with ‘his’ latest mash up of hits, which gives ‘him’ an eighth chart entry!
35. Warrant – “Cherry Pie”
US band Warrant made their UK chart debut last week with this number, which climbs four places on this weeks chart.
34. Jane’s Addiction – “Been Caught Stealing”
Here’s another US rock band that make their chart debut over here this week, Jane’s Addiction have already had two numbers one’s on the US alternative chart and now they make their mainstream chart entrance here with the second single from their second album.
33. Mantronix – “Don’t Go Messin’ With My Heart”
Kurtis Mantronik, without Wondress this time, is down five places with his latest and his first not to make the top twenty this decade.
32. Scritti Politti and Shabba Ranks – “She’s A Woman”
Scritti Politti make a chart comeback, three years after “Oh Patti” and this time they bring with them a US rapper Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon aka Shabba Ranks, who makes his UK chart debut, three years after making his first record.
31. Oleta Adams – “Get Here” Oleta Adams falls fifteen places this week and right out of the top twenty with her biggest hit yet, now with ten weeks on the chart.
30. The Charlatans – “Over Rising”
Also leaving the top twenty are The Charlatans with their latest hit, which is also down fifteen places.
29. Definition Of Sound – “Wear Your Love Like Heaven”
Definition of Sound came to the chart for the first time last week with their second single, which is up eleven places today.
28. Joey B Ellis and Tynetta Hare – “Go For It”
While US chart stars Joey B Ellis and Tynetta Hare drop seven with their joint first go, having been top twenty two weeks ago.
27. Jesus Loves You – “Bow Down Mister” Boy George, or should we say ‘Jesus Loves You’, continues to pray well, as his latest offering is up another five places on top of last weeks climb of five and into the top thirty.
26. Megadeth – “Hanger 18”
Megadeth are also up with their latest and newest tune, four places for them on this week chart.
25. Ride – “Today Forever” EP
Not so good for last week’s highest new entry from Ride, which gave them their biggest chart position yet as they fall eleven places!
24. Free – “All Right Now”
Free’s reissue of their 1977 hit is down thirteen places, but it’s all right now in their seventh week on the chart.
23. Feargal Sharkey – “I’ve Got News For You”
It’s been a good week for Feargal Sharkey with his first chart hit for five years, which makes a big leap of fifteen places with a new album coming in a few weeks time.
22. Queen – “I’m Going Slightly Mad”
Another of last week’s new entry’s going up is from Queen with the follow up to their number one in January, which is up two places.
21. Jesus Jones – “Who? Where? Why?”
Also on the up are Jesus Jones, now four weeks on the chart and moving up two places with the top twenty in sight for next week…
20. Banderas – “This Is Your Life”
Sally and Caroline Banderas, this is indeed your life and your debut single, which breaks the top twenty this week with a climb of six places.
19. REM – “Losing My Religion”
US band REM made their very first appearance in the UK top twenty last week but fail to capitalise on it, with a non-mover.
18. Nomad featuring MC Mikee Freedom – “Devotion”
Nomad leave the top ten this week, down eight places, with their chart debut and a former top two hit.
17. Happy Mondays – “Loose Fit”
The Happy Mondays are back in the top twenty, where they like to be, and where all of their previous singles have gone, as they rise up eight places on last weeks new entry.
16. Massive Attack – “Unfinished Sympathy”
Massive Attack and singer Shara Nelson‘s first chart outing has come to an end as they fall back three places with this big dance chart hit.
15. Living Colour – “Love Rears Its Ugly Head”
Also coming to an end are Living Colour with their first hit which, after six weeks of climbing, is also down three places.
14. Madonna – “Crazy For You”
Down ten places from the top five is Madonna with her reissued 1985 ballad, which features on her massive global hits album, “The Immaculate Collection“.
13. Simple Minds – “Let There Be Love”
Simple Minds come back to the chart for the 1990’s with a new album soon and this is the lead single, which gives them their first new entry since the “Amsterdam” EP in November 1989.
12. The Bee Gees – “Secret Love”
Last week’s highest climber from the Gibb brothers is up ten more places this week, giving them their biggest hit since the number one, “You Win Again”, in 1987.
11. The Simpsons – “Do The Bartman”
After two weeks in third place, the former number one from The Simpsons is down eight places and out of the top ten this week.
10. Xpansions – “Move Your Body”
Xpansions were also a non-mover on last weeks chart but do so this week, in a downwardly direction as they fall three places.
9. The Source featuring Candi Staton – “You Got The Love”
The Source and Candi Staton go down four places with their remixed and reissued 1986 track, which has been top ten for five weeks now.
8. Quartz introducing Dina Carroll – “It’s Too Late”
Another dance act and female singer pairing of Quartz and Dina Carroll next, who are up one place with their version of Carole King’s 1971 hit.
7. Pet Shop Boys – “Where The Streets Have No Name/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”
This week’s highest new entry sees the return of Chris and Neil to the top ten for the first time since last September, this time with a joined together offering of U2’s “Where The Streets Have No Name” and Andy Williams’ “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”.
6. Stevie B – “Because I Love You”
American singer Stevie B is currently number one in his home country, over here, he moves nowhere for a second week outside the top five.
5. Chesney Hawkes – “The One And Only”
Moving up into the top five is Chesney Hawkes with his debut single, now in week three and up thirteen places.
4. Roxette – “Joyride”
Making their return to the top five for the first time since “It Must Have Been Love” are Per and Maria, who go up four places this week.
3. Rod Stewart – “Rhythm Of My Heart”
It’s been another good week for Rod Stewart, who got a big chart entry last week and powers into the top three as this week’s highest climber, up seventeen places!
2. The Clash – “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?”
It’s all change at the top as The Clash drop one place from being Britain’s biggest seller for the past two weeks.
1. Hale and Pace – “The Stonk”
Swapping places with them are comedians Gareth Hale and Norman Pace with this years Comic Relief single, which now becomes only the second to do so since Cliff Richard and the Young Ones in 1986. But can they stay for a second week with competition from Rod Stewart, Roxette and Chesney Hawkes? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!