george michael elton john 1991

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 1st December 1991

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 1st December 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 25th to Saturday 30th November 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 twelve new entrys, one re-entry, nine climbers and one non-mover! And it was announced like this…

40. Seal – “Killer”
There are a lot of new entry’s this week which means there are some former hits that are being pushed down quite severely. The first of these is Seal with his re-working of last year’s number one, which tumbles TWENTY FOUR places!

39. Kylie Minogue and Keith Washington – “If You Were With Me Now”
Dropping twenty places are Kylie Minogue and Keith Washington with their duet, which just manages to make it six weeks in the top 40.

38. Happy Mondays – “Judge Fudge”
Going down fourteen places are the Happy Mondays with their new entry from last week, which denies them of a top twenty hit this time around.

37. Sonia – “You To Me Are Everything”
Sonia’s cover of The Real Thing’s former number one is down twenty places and out of the top twenty in one go as well!

36. Right Said Fred – “Don’t Talk, Just Kiss”
Our first new entry is from Right Said Fred, back with the follow up to the biggest selling number two hit of the year and this time they’ve linked up with Jocelyn Brown who shares vocals on this one.

35. Enya – “How Can I Keep From Singing?”
Enya is back too, having left the chart last week, with the second single to come from her number one album, “Shepherd Moons”.

34. Queen – “The Show Must Go On”
Following the news of lead singer Freddie Mercury’s death last week, Queen are back in the chart with this song that left us two weeks ago, perhaps fittingly as well.

33. UK Mixmasters – “The Bare Necessities”
The UK Mixmasters made their chart debut earlier this year with a Bee Gees “Night Fever” megamix. The are inspired by the ‘Jungle Book’ this time as they gain a second chart entry with all the bare necessities necessary!

32. M People – “How Can I Love You More?”
M People‘s debut single drops down this week amid all the hubbub of new entry’s. Mike, Paul and Heather drops out of the top thirty by three places.

31. Jason Donovan – “The Joseph Megamix”
This year’s stage star has been none other than Jason Donovan as Joseph in his technicolour dreamcoat. He had a number one in June and he’s back with a mix of all the songs from the show, which is also his fourth top 40 hit of 1991.

30. Eric Clapton – “Wonderful Tonight (live)”
Eric Clapton’s live version of his 1977 hit entered the top thirty last week, but seven days on, he’s stays in the same spot, with a song from his live album, “24 Nights”.

29. Oceanic – “Wicked Love”
It’s not been a goog week for Oceanic with the follow up to their debut top three smash, which came on to the chart last week and falls four places in its second!

28. Martika – “Martika’s Kitchen”
One new entry from last week that is going up is Martika, letting us know that her kitchen is ‘hot’ as the temperature rises nine places this week!

27. Love Decade – “So Real”
Love Decade were last week’s highest climbers but that was the end of their glory for now as their debut hit single comes crashing down thirteen places!

26. Kenny Thomas – “Tender Love”
The last time Kenny Thomas was on the chart he was the highest climber in week two, and he’s done it again as his latest goes up twelve places, moving more than anyone else this week!

25. Prince – “Diamonds And Pearls”
Prince is back with the third single from his latest album and this time it’s with the title track to give him three UK top thirty hits so far form the album.

24. K-Klass – “Rhythm Is A Mystery”
In the big top twenty clearout this week, K-Klass are another band that suffer all the new entry’s to come. Their first top 40 hit is down thirteen places.

23. Extreme – “Hole Hearted”
So are Extreme with their latest, which was hoping for a top ten spot this week, but drops eleven places instead.

22. Kym Sims – “Too Blind To See It”
Chart debut time and American dance artist Kym Sims makes her UK chart debut this week with this track which is written and produced by Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley and has already topped the US dance chart and it top ten in the singles chart there.

21. Cliff Richard – “We Should Be Together”
Cliff Richard has bagged two of the past three year’s Christmas number one’s and here comes his entry for 1991 as he scores his latest top 40 hit with his 109th single release!

20. Michael Bolton – “When A Man Loves A Woman”
Michael Bolton‘s version of Percy Sledge’s 1966/1987 chart hit has been making good progress for three weeks now, but he took takes a knock and a fall, out of the top ten, down twelve places.

19. Bassheads – “Is There Anybody Out There?”
As do the Bassheads, who still want to know is there really is anybody out there, especially out of the top ten for the very first time, down twelve places…

18. Tina Turner – “Way Of The World”
Tina Turner gracefully steps back five places with her latest new recording that comes from “Simply The Best”, which is up one place on the album chart to No.6.

17. Salt’N’Pepa – “You Showed Me”
Back in the top twenty for the third time this year are Salt’N’Pepa with their latest, which is up five places, the pair’s best chart run here to date.

16. Shades Of Rhythm – “Extasy”
Also going up in their second week are Shades Of Rhythm with their biggest chart hit to date, which climbs just two places.

15. Erasure – “Am I Right?”
Vince and Andy return with the third and latest single from this year’s number one album, “Chorus“. The follow up to the title track and “Love To Hate You” is a big new entry this week.

14. Brian May – “Driven By You”
Driven by a recent car commercial comes an even bigger new entry from Queen’s Brian may this week, which actually gives the guitarist his very first UK top 40 hit single as a solo artist!

13. Kate Bush – “Rocket Man”
Above him comes another new entry and it’s a return to the chart for Kate Bush, following Oleta Adams with her recording of an Elton John classic, which was a number two hit in 1972 for Elton. The song comes from the same album as Oleta’s version of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”, “Two Rooms: Celebrating The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin”.

12. 2 Unlimited – “Get Ready For This”
2 Unlimited have been resident in the top ten for two whole months with their debut release, but are so no longer as they exist, down seven places.

11. Simply Red – “Stars”
The first release from Simply Red’s latest album of the same name peaked at number eleven, two months ago. The title track climbs nine places this week to equal that, but can they shake off the curse of number eleven and take this one into the top ten next week…?

10. Bizarre Inc. – “Playing With Knives”
Bizarre Inc.’s first top ten hit remains so, but down six places this week as they leave the top five after just one week.

9. James – “Sound”
James got one of last week’s highest new entry’s and they make a return to the top ten this week for the second time this year, with a climb of six places.

8. Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff – “Dizzy”
The former number one from Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff has been clinging onto second place for the last two weeks, but they too suffer a defeat with a drop of six places.

7. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
American rock band Nirvana came onto the UK chart for the very first time last week and will enjoy being two places higher in week two.

6. Altern 8 – “Activ 8”
Also leaving the top five this week are Altern 8 with their biggest success so far, which slips back three places from the number three position.

5. The KLF featuring Tammy Wynette – “Justified And Ancient”
The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu have left us with their most recent track but return as The KLF once more and this time with Country singing star Tammy Wynette for this big new entry, that gives the lady her first UK chart hit since 1968!

4. Diana Ross – “When You Tell Me That You Love Me”
There’s another big American female singer next and it’s Diana Ross, who scored her first UK top ten hit in six years last week. The song is up six places this week to take her into the top five.

3. East Side Beat – “Ride Like The Wind”
Diana wasn’t the biggest new entry last week, but East Side Beat were with the cover of a Christopher Cross song from 1980, which moves up three places, seven days later.

2. Michael Jackson – “Black Or White”
All change at the top as Michael Jackson’s two week number one goes down one place to make way for someone else. His new album, “Dangerous”, also drops off the top spot this week and down to number two.

1. George Michael and Elton John – “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”
So once again the highest new entry goes straight into the top of the chart and it’s the second version of this song to chart this year, an Elton original from 1974, which he has re-recorded with George Michael at Wembly Arena earlier this year. But can they keep the top spot, or will East Side Beat, Diana Ross or The KLF and Tammy take it from them? There’s only one way to find out…

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