Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 16th June 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 10th to Saturday 15th June 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 nine new entrys, eleven climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. Primal Scream – “Higher Than The Sun”
Primal Scream can already boast of two top 40 hits last year as they prepare to release an album in a few months time. Here comes number three as they gain a new entry this week.
39. Harry Connick Jnr. – “It Had To Be You”
After a burst of energy last week going up, singer and actor Harry Connick Jnr. reverses back this week with a fall of seven places.
38. The KLF – “Last Train To Transcentral”
The KLF‘s train had been taking a slow departure out of Transcentral station over the last four weeks but with a slide of twenty places, they are definitely out of here.
37. Chesney Hawkes – “I’m A Man Not A Boy”
Debut chart topping new star Chesney Hawkes is back with the follow up to his five week number one, with another track from the soundtrack to the film ‘Buddy’.
36. PM Dawn – “A Watchers Point Of View”
US R&B group PM Dawn formed three years ago but as yet they’ve not had any success commercially on either side of the Atlantic. That all changes as their second official single makes its debut over on this side.
35. MC Hammer – “Yo Sweetness”
The Hammer leaves the top twenty, down eighteen places this week with his lowest charting UK single thus far.
34. Marillion – “Cover My Eyes”
While rockers Marillion entered the chart last week but fail to do anything in week two with this non-mover.
33. Cubic 22 – “Night In Motion”
A number of chart debuts this week and Belgium producers Peter Ramson and Danny Van Wauwe are another. They call themselves Cubic 22 and this is their debut single.
32. Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – “Sheriff Fatman”
Closer to home, another debut are this duo from London who started recording in 1988 but until today, have failed to reach the top 40. Single number six does so and in fact it is a re-release of their second single from late 1989, which comes from their debut album, “101 Damnations”.
31. Skid Row – “Monkey Business”
Not so good for last week’s highest new entry from Skid Row, which actually goes down twelve places, seven days on from their big entrance!
30. Soft Cell – “Tainted Love ’91”
The new 1991 recording of Soft Cell’s former number one is down sixteen places this week while the duo of Almond and Ball have a best of out called “Memorabilia – The Singles”.
29. Omar – “There’s Nothing Like This”
The new chart stars keep coming and this time it’s back to the UK for singer Omar Lye-Fook, who released this single and his debut album last year, but without much luck. One year on and he’s already bettering himself with his top 40 debut.
28. Technotronic – “Move That Body”
Technotronic’s latest effort just missed the top ten but has been on the chart for five weeks now, although they go down thirteen places.
27. Driza Bone – “Real Love”
Driza Bone is producer and DJ Vincent Garcia who has already worked with a number of artists in the US as well as DJing. This is his first commercial recording and it enters the UK top 40 six days after its release!
26. Cathy Dennis – “Touch Me (All Night Long)”
Cathy Dennis‘ first solo top 40 single has been on the chart for eight weeks now while her debut album has already been top three. She falls ten places on this week’s chart.
25. Massive Attack – “Safe From Harm”
Britain’s Massive Attack brought their follow up to “Unfinished Sympathy” to the chart last week and take a big step of twelve places up this week.
24. Kirsty MacColl – “Walking Down Madison”
No top twenty hit for Kirsty MacColl this time, unlike her cover of The Kinks’ “Days” in 1989. She slips back one place after a month on the chart.
23. Gloria Estefan – “Remember Me With Love”
And the same goes for last week’s highest climber from Gloria Estefan, which retreats one place lower than her biggest leap this time last week.
22. Paula Abdul – “Rush Rush”
No chart debut for Paula Abdul as she makes her UK chart return this week with new music and a new album on the horizon. This is her first entry since “Knocked Out” last Summer.
21. Pet Shop Boys – “Jealousy”
The fourth single from the Pet Shop Boys current album takes a tumble of nine places this week, the second single from the album not to make the top ten.
20. Rebel MC feat. Tenor Fly and Barrington Levy – “Tribal Base”
The Rebel MC is back in the top twenty, this time on his own but with two new friends, as all three make a big impression in week two with a climb of fifteen places.
19. Extreme – “Get The Funk Out”
Making their debut in the UK top twenty are US band Extreme who came on to the top 40 last week for the very first time and move up seven places, seven days on.
18. Kylie Minogue – “Shocked”
The DNA remix of Kylie‘s latest single from the “Rhythm Of Love” album leaves the top ten with a drop of nine places, and it’s over a year now since the lead single from the album, “Better The Devil You Know”, was in the chart.
17. Crystal Waters – “Gypsy Woman”
Kylie and Crystal Waters have been keeping together for two weeks now and do so for a third as the latter also falls nine places and out of the top ten.
16. Madonna – “Holiday”
Madonna‘s second ‘holiday’ in the top ten with this former 1985 hit is over as she slides eleven places and lower than her re-entrance two weeks ago.
15. LaTour – “People Are Still Having Sex”
…they obviously are as DJ and producer ‘LaTour’ takes his quite bluntly titled debut up nine places this week!
14. Lenny Kravitz – “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over”
Also enjoying a good second week is US singer and guitarist Lenny Kravitz with his second UK charting single, which flies up fourteen places.
13. The Divinyls – “I Touch Myself”
A high climber, though not the highest, from last week was Australian band The Divinyls with their first UK charting hit, which continues to ascend, another seven places higher than last week.
12. Rod Stewart – “Motown Song”
Rod Stewart’s follow up to his big top three hit of three months ago is heading the same way as he returns to the upper half of the chart, up fifteen places.
11. The Doors – “Light My Fire”
Coming back the other way are The Doors who go down four places with the re-release of their 1967 single, which didn’t make the top 40 back then, but has done infinitely better second time around.
10. Sonia – “Only Fools (Never Fall In Love)”
A month on and Sonia is still climbing. She’s up one place this week which gives her her first top ten hit since “Listen To Your Heart” at the end of December 1989.
9. REM – “Shiny Happy People”
No long shiny and definitely not happy as REM’s biggest UK chart hit so far falls back three places, after five weeks on consistent progress.
8. Beverley Craven – “Promise Me”
Also moving downwards is Beverely Craven with her debut single, which finally leaves the top five by four places.
7. Bette Midler – “From A Distance”
The last time Bette Midler was in the UK chart she was the highest climber in her second week. She’s done it again two years later with an eighteen place rise and also betters Cliff’s chart position with the same song just months apart!
6. Salt’N’Pepa – “Do You Want Me?”
It’s also a good week for Salt’N’Pepa which are up seven more places to give them their first top ten hit in the UK since “Twist And Shout” in November 1988.
5. Kenny Thomas – “Thinking About Your Love”
And that also goes for Kenny Thomas with his very first top ten hit which is up five more places and into the top five.
4. Cher – “The Shoop Shoop Song”
Cher’s former five week chart topper continues a very slow and dignified descent from the top as she moves down another single chart position, now with ten weeks inside the top five!
3. Amy Grant – “Baby Baby”
Amy Grant‘s dreams of having a joint US/UK number one appear to be over as her former chart topper in her home country is also down one place this week.
2. Jason Donovan – “Any Dream Will Do”
They all move aside for Jason Donovan, who only left us two weeks ago with his newest song. Now he’s back with a song from his new musical, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, written by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and it’s also this weeks highest new entry, which gives Jason his first top ten single since “Rhythm Of The Rain” last year.
1. Color Me Badd – “I Wanna Sex You Up”
Which means for a third week, Color Me Badd take first prize as Britain’s biggest seller. But can they make it four in a row, or will Jason nab his fourth chart topper or even Kenny Thomas, his first? There’s only one way to find out…
Make sure you come back in seven days time for next weeks chart!