Cher Mermaids

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 12th May 1991

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 12th 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 6th to Saturday 11th 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 ten new entrys, eight climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. EMF – “Children”
EMF’s latest single has spent just four weeks on the chart and it looks like its last as they fall seventeen places.

39. The Wedding Present – “Dalliance”
Also going down, having been new on last week, are The Wedding Present, as they drop ten places with their newest release.

38. Gary Clail – “Human Nature”
Gary Clail‘s first top 40 single has been around for two months now and made the top ten. Like EMF, he too falls seventeen places but we hope to see him again…

37. The Wonder Stuff – “The Size Of A Cow”
The Wonder Stuff’s highest charted single takes the same tumble in places as they leave the top twenty, six weeks after they joined us.

36. Paul Weller Movement – “Into Tomorrow”
Former Jam and Style Council member Paul Weller is going solo now and he launches that new phase of his career with this new line up titled ‘The Paul Weller Movement’. This is their first single and it puts Paul back in the top 40 for the first time since early 1988.

35. REM – “Shiny Happy People”
REM are back with the follow up to their ‘consistent’ top twenty hit, “Losing My Religion”. This time they rope in Kate of the B52’s on guest vocals for the second single off their current album, “Out Of Time”.

34. Flowered Up – “Take It”
There’s a new entry and a chart debut next for British band Flowered Up who formed in 1989 and have released two previous singles. This is their third and it makes the top 40 for them at last.

33. Lonnie Gordon – “Gonna Catch You”
It looks like to won’t happen all over again for Lonnie Gordon as her second top 40 charting single drops back one place this week.

32. Madonna – “Rescue Me”
Madonna‘s latest new track from “The Immaculate Collection” is down thirteen places, which takes her out of the upper half of the chart this week.

31. T’Pau – “Whenever You Need Me”
We welcome back T’Pau to the top 40 with a brand new album on the way and a new entry to kick that off today! We last saw the Shrewsbury quintet in April 1989 with “Only The Lonely”.

30. Samantha Janus – “A Message To Your Heart”
It’s not looking good for this year’s Eurovision entry from newcomer Samanatha Janus as her new entry last week does absolutely nothing in week two as she is a non-mover.

29. Wilson Phillips – “You’re In Love”
Three sisters who are doing something in week two are Wilson Phillips with their latest single, which moves up ten places and into the top thirty.

28. Roachford – “Get Ready”
Hopes of a top twenty hit are sadly over for Roachford this time as they go back six places, after five weeks of steady climbing.

27. Color Me Badd – “I Wanna Sex You Up”
Here’s another chart debut for this US trio of young men with their debut single, which is currently top ten Stateside and hoping now to do the same here. Only time will tell…

26. Amy Grant – “Baby Baby”
Fellow American Amy Grant made her UK chart debut finally last week, with this track from her ninth studio album. She goes up eight places this week with a song that’s already topped the chart over there.

25. Jason Donovan – “RSVP”
Jason Donovan is back for 1991 with new music and gains a chart entry with a noticeable change in sound for him since last year’s “Between The Lines” album and the five top thirty charting singles from it.

24. The Waterboys – “The Whole Of The Moon”
The Waterboys re-issued 1985 single has performed far better second time around, having reached the top three to give the band their biggest chart hit to date. This week they fall eleven places.

23. Michael Bolton – “Love Is A Wonderful Thing”
Michael Bolton is still on the up although it’s just one more place this week with his newest single which comes from his new album, “Time, Love And Tenderness”, which is out now.

22. Quadrophonia – “Quadrophonia”
Former highest climber Quadrophonia have been stuck in the same place for the past two weeks. Not any longer as they go down eight places and out of the top twenty.

21. Dannii Minogue – “Success”
We loose Dannii Minogue‘s debut single this week but gain its follow up in place of! She hurtles back with single number two and, as the title suggests, she’s hoping for more top ten ‘success’ with this one as well!

20. New Kids On The Block – “Call It What You Want”
In a bumper week of new entry’s, we continue with the return of New Kids On The Block and the second single to come from their remix album, “No More Games”, which gives them an eleventh UK top twenty hit!

19. James – “Sit Down”
James leave the top ten with a fall of ten places with their biggest hit yet, now with a full two months on the chart.

18. Frances Nero – “Footsteps Following Me”
And Frances Nero slips back one place with her new recording, but wins a second week inside the top twenty.

17. Nomad – “Just A Groove”
Following her, also down one place, are Nomad with their second chart hit, which doesn’t look as if it will go quite as far as “Devotion” did.

16. De La Soul – “Ring Ring Ring”
Down five places this week for De La Soul with their latest new track, which will feature on their new album, “De La Soul Is Dead”, out in two weeks time.

15. Vic Reeves and The Roman Numerals – “Born Free”
Vic Reeves is free of the chart position he’s been holding on to for the past two weeks as he leaves the top ten, down nine places.

14. T99 – “Anasthasia”
Producers T99 made their chart debut last week and enjoy an impressive climb of thirteen places a week later to move into the top twenty.

13. Seal – “Future Love” EP
No top ten hit this time for Seal as his extended play drops back one place, with his debut album due out at the end of this month.

12. Roxette – “Fading Like A Flower”
Good news, however, for Per and Marie, they were last week’s highest new entry with the second single from “Joyride” and with a climb of fourteen places, it makes them this week’s highest!

11. Chesney Hawkes – “The One And Only”
The former number one from Chesney Hawkes leaves the top ten for the first time in more than two months as he goes down six places this week.

10. Soft Cell – “Tainted Love ’91”
We’re not finished with the new entry’s just yet as Soft Cell bring a new version of their 1981 chart topper back to the top 40, which follows on from their earlier reboot of “Say hello, Wave Goodbye”.

9. Electronic – “Get The Message”
The new duo line up of Electronic are going back one place this week, back to where they were two weeks ago with their debut album coming in three weeks time.

8. Blur – “There’s No Other Way”
UK band Blur continue to make progress with their very first top 40 single, which climbs two places this week, continuing to do much better than their debut release last year.

7. Zucchero and Paul Young – “Senza Una Donna”
Sadly, it’s all over for Zucchero and Paul Young, after six weeks of climbing upwards, they go downwards and they drop out of the top five by three places.

6. Beverely Craven – “Promise Me”
One of last week’s joint highest climbers came from chart newbie Beverely Craven with her very first single. This week she moves into the top ten, up nine places.

5. Cathy Dennis – “Touch Me (All Night Long)”
While the other one, from Cathy Dennis, stays top ten for a second week as she moves her version of Fonda Rae‘s former recording into the top five, up two places.

4. OMD – “Sailing On The Seven Seas”
The wind is blowing the sails on OMD’s boat back to port this week as they slip back one place with their brand new single.

3. Crystal Waters – “Gypsy Woman”
Making way for this week’s highest new entry and an impressive debut from US singer Crystal Waters, who is currently number one on the dance chart over there with this, her debut single, which now crashes straight into the top three of the UK sales chart!

2. The KLF – “Last Train To Transcentral”
The KLF were hoping to take their train to the top this week, just as they did back in January, but alas, it’s still in transcentral station, as they remain in second place for a second week.

1. Cher – “The Shoop Shoop Song”
Which means for a third week running, Cher stays top of the pile with her song from the movie ‘Mermaids’ as she remains Britain’s biggest seller. But can she make it a fourth, or will Crystal Waters, Cathy Dennis or Beverely Craven stop her? There’s only one way to find out…

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