Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 5th May 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 29th April to Saturday 4th May 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 three non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. The Clash – “Rock The Casbah”
The Clash’s former 1982 release has fared much better this time, even if it didn’t top the chart as “Should I Stay” did. This week they are down fourteen places.
39. Wilson Phillips – “You’re In Love”
Wilson Phillips come back to the UK chart for the first time this year after two top 40 songs last year including their top ten hit, “Hold On”.
38. The Mock Turtles – “Can You Dig It?”
The Mock Turtles are still chartwise eight weeks on with their biggest hit yet, which drops sixteen places this week.
37. The Farm – “Don’t Let Me Down”
You have let them down, as The Farm’s new entry from last week slips back one place just seven days after its arrival!
36. The Almighty – “Devil’s Toy”
The Almighty come back for a second taste of top 40 success with a new entry, the follow up to January’s “Free’n’Easy”.
35. Bananarama – “Long Train Running” Bananarama‘s train has kept in the station for the past two weeks, but they now begin the journey home as their cover of The Doobie Brothers classic falls five places.
34. Amy Grant – “Baby Baby”
There’s a new entry and a UK chart debut next for American singer Amy Grant, who has been recording since the 1970’s and already built up an impressive run of singles and albums Stateside. This is the first single to come from her ninth studio album, “Heart In Motion”, which was released in America two months ago.
33. Gloria Estefan – “Seal Our Fate” Gloria Estefan moves downwards this week with the second single from her current album, as she falls nine places.
32. Lonnie Gordon – “Gonna Catch You”
Going the other way is Lonnie Gordon with her second top 40 single, as she climbs eight places, not the big leap she took last time in week two when she was the highest, shooting up twenty two places.
31. N-Joi – “Anthem”
N-Joi’s biggest hit to date has been top ten and been on the top 40 for six. They leave the upper half of the chart this week, down fourteen places.
30. Samantha Janus – “A Message To Your Heart”
Last year it was unknown Emma, this year another new singer, Samantha Janus will fly the flog for the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest. Will she win? She’s doing much better than her predecessor last year with this new entry already!
29. The Wedding Present – “Dalliance”
The Wedding Present come back with a new entry this week, their first of 1991 and the lead single from their upcoming third album, that’s due next month.
28. Rod Stewart – “Rhythm Of My Heart”
Rod Stewart leaves the top twenty for the very first time this week with his biggest hit in six years as he drops eight places.
27. T99 – “Anasthasia”
There’s another new entry next and a chart debut for Belgian band T99, who have been together since 1988 and already released a number of tracks but finally make the UK top 40 this week with the lead single from what will be their debut album, currently in production.
26. Roxette – “Fading Like A Flower”
One out and one in for Per and Marie as they quickly follow the lead single from their current album, “Joyride” with single number two and this is also this week’s highest new entry as well!
25. Dannii Minogue – “Love And Kisses” Dannii Minogue leaves the top twenty this week, having been there for over a month now as she falls seven places with her debut single.
24. Michael Bolton – “Love Is A Wonderful Thing” Michael Bolton continues his climb up the chart with his third single to make the UK top 40. This week he’s up seven places.
23. EMF – “Children”
After just one week in the upper half of the chart, EMF come back down and out with their third single, which slips back four places.
22. Roachford – “Get Ready”
Chart stars of 1989 Roachford made their return four weeks ago and are still moving in the most favourable direction. up. Edging closer to the top twenty, they climb seven more places.
21. Gary Clail – “Human Nature” Gary Clail‘s first top 40 charting song made a steady climb for four weeks until he made the top ten. Two weeks on and he’s down six places and out of the upper tier.
20. The Wonder Stuff – “Size Of A Cow”
The Wonder Stuff’s biggest single yet can now boast of a full month on the chart as they take a gentle drop of four places this week.
19. Madonna – “Rescue Me”
One spot above them is Madonna, not stranger to top ten hits. Her latest is down six while “The Immaculate Collection” notches up 25 weeks on the album chart.
18. The Simpsons – “Deep Deep Trouble”
The family Simpson’s latest single from their debut album, “The Simpsons Sing The Blues” is also going down six places this week.
17. Frances Nero – “Footsteps Following Me”
Frances Nero moves into the top twenty this week with her first recording for over 23 years, which continues to climb ever higher, six more to be precise.
16. Nomad – “Just A Groove”
Nomad return to the top twenty for a second time this year with the follow up to “Devotion”, which climbs nine places.
15. Beverely Craven – “Promise Me”
There are two joint highest climber of eighteen places this week and chart newcomer Beverely Craven is one of them as she powers into the top twenty with her re-released debut single from last year.
14. Quadrophonia – “Quadrophonia”
Meanwhile, last week’s highest climber from Quadrophonia, make no further advances as they are a non-mover on this weeks chart.
13. The Waterboys – “The Whole Of The Moon”
The Waterboys are out of the top ten after a month’s residency as they fall five places with their re-issued single from six years ago.
12. Seal – “Future Love” EP Seal‘s follow up to “Crazy” is an EP and it made its debut last week. He’s looking for a second or third (depending on how you count) top ten hit next week as he moves up nine places in anticipation.
11. De La Soul – “Ring Ring Ring”
One week was all De La Soul got this time round as their latest and newest song slips back one place and out!
10. Blur – “There’s No Other Way”
Taking their place and doing a swap are British band Blur who climb one place with their first top 40 hit, into the top ten.
9. James – “Sit Down”
Still going strong on the top ten are James with their biggest hit thus far, which falls five places and out of the top five this week.
8. Electronic – “Get The Message”
The now duo Electronic of Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner go up one place with their second single and the first to come from this projects debut album which is on the way soon.
7. Cathy Dennis – “Touch Me (All Night Long)”
Last time Cathy Dennis was in the chart, she reached No.15 with D-Mob back in 1989. She’s surpassed that in week two with her first solo single, which rockets into the top ten, up eighteen places, to take the title of this week’s other joint highest!
6. Vic Reeves and The Roman Numerals – “Born Free”
Comedian Vic Reeves with his musical accompaniment are a non-mover this week with their version of the Oscar winning theme from the 1966 film of the same name parked outside the top five for a second week.
5. Chesney Hawkes – “The Only And Only”
Former chart topper Chesney Hawkes can now boast of two months in the top five, five of which were spent on top. This week he goes down three places.
4. Zucchero and Paul Young – “Senza Una Donna”
Six weeks on and Zucchero and Paul Young are still climbing as they move into the top five, up three places, this week.
3. OMD – “Sailing On The Seven Seas”
And that goes for OMD, who also maintain six weeks on the chart and climb ever higher with their best chart position now for ten years! A climb of two places equals that of “Souvenir” back in 1981.
2. The KLF – “Last Train To Transcentral”
Last week’s highest new entry was from The KLF with the third top ten hit in a row in the last eight months. This week they continue to eye up another number one as they move up one place.
1. Cher – “The Shoop Shoop Song”
But for this week, it’s a second week on top for Cher’s first solo UK chart topper ever from the film ‘Mermaids’. But…with competition from The KLF, OMD, Zucchero and Paul, can she keep it for a third? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!