Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 15th 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 9th to Saturday 14th December 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, eight climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…
40. Enya – “How Can I Keep From Singing?”
The second single from Enya‘s current chart topping album, “Shepherd Moons”, is down eight places this week, after three weeks on the top 40.
39. Bizarre Inc. – “Playing With Knives”
Also down, but seventeen places, are Bizarre Inc. with their highest charting single to date, which has now been on the chart for two whole months.
38. Deacon Blue – “Cover From The Sky”
Deacon Blue are also dropping having only arrived last week. Their latest is down seven places, the third of four singles to make the top 40.
37. Kenny Thomas – “Tender Love”
The latest from Kenny Thomas‘ Gold certified debut album is down eight places this week with a month inside the top 40.
36. Tina Turner – “Way Of The World”
And with five weeks on the UK chart, Tina Turner is down twelve places with the first new song from her epic best of…”Simply The Best”.
35. Lisa Stansfield – “All Woman”
Lisa Stansfield released her second album, “Real Love”, two months ago and it already features one top ten hit with “Change”. Here comes the second single as one of this weeks few new entries.
34. 2 Unlimited – “Get Ready For This”
Ray and Anita have now been on the UK top 40 for three months with this debut, which slowly descends the chart, this week by thirteen places.
33. Prince – “Diamonds And Pearls”
The title track of Prince’s current album with his band, The New Power Generation, is down seven places, having entered three weeks ago.
32. Simon and Garfunkel – “Hazy Shade Of Winter”
Last week Simon and Garfunkel returned to the UK singles chart with this old song of theirs from 1966, and is out first climber this week, going up two places.
31. Erasure – “Am I Right?”
Are Vince and Andy right? The latest single from the “Chorus” album is the first not to make the top ten and continues to plummet, down thirteen places and out of the top twenty.
30. Cathy Dennis – “Everybody Move”
The fourth single from Cathy Dennis this year and from her debut album came onto the chart last week and she can feel safe at least as she moves into the top thirty, up seven places.
29. Queen – “The Show Must Go On”
The most recent single from Queen’s last studio album together, “Innuendo”, is down two places this week, a fitting title for the legacy of Freddie Mercury, their lead singer.
28. James – “Sound”
James’s latest ‘sound’ leaves the top twenty this week as they fall twelve places with the first helping of new music from the band.
27. Digital Orgasm – “Running Out Of Time”
There are two joint highest climbers this week of nine places and top 40 debuters Digital Orgasm are one of them. In their second week, they run further than all but one other song does.
26. Human Resource – “The Complete Dominator”
Human Resource get a new entry this week and its with a remix of their earlier chart entry this year, which only made it to No.36 back then!
25. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Rock group Nirvana leave the top ten this week with their very first UK top 40 hit as they fall fifteen places with a song that has gone top ten in over twenty countries now.
24. Pet Shop Boys – “Was It Worth It?”
Chris and Neil are back with a new entry this week and it’s with another new one from their current best of album, “Discography”, which features all their hits since “West End Girls”, back in 1985.
23. Altern 8 – “Activ 8”
Altern 8’s latest chart hit is down twelve places and out of the upper half of the chart this week. The band are currently working on their first album, which is due to come out next year sometime.
22. Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff – “Dizzy”
The former number one from Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff has never been outside the top twenty since it joined the chart nine weeks ago, but with a drop of eight places, they do just that this week.
21. U2 – “Mysterious Ways”
Also going down are U2, the band Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff knocked off the top spot only a few weeks ago, with the second single from “Achtung Baby”, which is also down eight places.
20. Jason Donovan – “Joseph Megamix”
Jason Donovan comes back to the top twenty this week and for the fourth time this year with his megamix of songs from his stage shows, that is up five places.
19. Martika – “Martika’s Kitchen”
Also making her return to the UK top twenty is Martika, still in her kitchen, but up four places, making this her fifth single to get this far!
18. Kate Bush – “Rocket Man”
Coming back down to earth, however, is Kate Bush, with her recording of Elton John’s 1970’s hit, that missed the top ten on this occasion as she is down six places.
17. Salt’N’Pepa – “You Showed Me”
Also down, two places, are Salt’N’Pepa with their third UK chart hit this year, which doesn’t become their third top ten hit alas.
16. Hammer – “Addams Groove”
Hammer is back, and not an MC in sight, as the American rapper returns to the UK charts with a big new entry and the official theme from a new live action film of the old classic, the Addams Family.