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post Sep 27 2020, 06:01 PM
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the title says it all, a thread designed to "best guess" the sales week by week for 1990 which I'll post in conjunction with the TOTP episodes which are coming up on BBC4. We'll count down all the sounds of the year and hopefully generate a few "almost forgotten gems" along the way. As always thanks go to MFR, Vas tariner, Youtube, Wikipedia, MW, popscene, James Masterton, Discogs, and a few other sources who have helped over the years.


In doing this I've tried to take into account TOTP performances and other factors which may have affected sales and chart positions throughout the decade.

The format will be the same every week with TOTP performances where available for those songs new to the top 10. So sit back and enjoy every top 10 hit of the 90s (Hopefully).
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post Sep 27 2020, 06:13 PM
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Looking forward to this! Glad 1990 will finally be on BBC4 after a two month delay.
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post Sep 27 2020, 06:17 PM
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Yes "Story of" on 02.10 then first episode on 09.10- whoo-hoo!
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post Sep 27 2020, 07:43 PM
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About time! laugh.gif
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post Sep 27 2020, 07:51 PM
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Here for this - most of the Top 40 charts from the 1990s are on Mixcloud so it would be great to link up to those too if possible !
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post Sep 28 2020, 06:42 AM
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Wow. What an undertaking. This should be some sort of historical record - an authority or resource on 90s music.

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Wow, I am very much interested in this. Excellent idea Gezza.
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post Oct 7 2020, 06:38 PM
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So......are we ready for 1990?

First chart posted tomorrow
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post Oct 7 2020, 06:48 PM
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QUOTE(Gezza @ Oct 7 2020, 07:38 PM) *
So......are we ready for 1990?

First chart posted tomorrow

Been ready for 7 hours and 15 days!
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this is gonna be great!
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post Oct 8 2020, 07:23 PM
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6TH JANUARY



So the 80s come to an end and perhaps fittingly the producers that will probably come to be remembered as one of the symbols of them, S/A/W, can claim production rights over both of the top 2 tracks. Band Aid II’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” sees the decade out with its third week at the top but it’s sales are well down by 67% in fact to just 59,000 which is enough to clear the 400,000 mark and make the song the 9th biggest hit of the year, it will be a nice boost to the Band Aid cause but one has to suspect it is not the kind of figures that Geldof or S/A/W would be hoping for. Jason Donovan rebounds up 3-2 (34,000) despite a 52% sales cut in his own right, he has the compensation of his album “Ten Good Reasons” overtaking Simply Red at the death to become the biggest album of the year, and the single passes the 250,000 mark making 1989 a year to remember for him. In total the producers have been responsible(either directly or by virtue of PWL) for at least two of the top 5 in 17 weeks of 1989 and had at least 1 track in the top 10 for 43 out of 52 chart weeks throughout the year- a statistic which tells of their true domination over the field.




Everything is down this week as you’d expect but the sales slashes are alarming and we reach new lows needed to make the top 10 in dramatic fashion, the top 5 consist of a boomeranging Soul II Soul 6-3 (31,000 – 47%), Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers slip 2-4 (28,000 – 75%) and Madonna remains static at No 5 (27,000 – 55%). No reprieve further down for Andy Stewart who feels the chill 4-6 (27,000 – 57%) while Kaoma hold No 7 (26,000 – 49%).



Some new arrivals for the new year though! De La Soul are another act that consistently received a lot of press and critical acclaim throughout the year selling over a quarter a million copies of their debut album “3 Feet High & Rising” and generating four singles which have all outpeaked the previous one. “Me Myself & I” (No 22), “Say No Go” (No 18), and “Eye Know” (No 14) started the trend but now “Buddy/ The Magic Number” has gone far better climbing 13- 8 (18,000) this week, it features a sample for the US Kids show “Schoolhouse Rock” among other tracks which gives the hip hop group looking a good bet to be big in the 90s.





New Kids On The Block have two top 10 singles this week, the first group since Wham! to manage the feat four years ago, their US chart topper “Hangin’ Tough” made No 52 on first release but since their last single “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” made No 1 it’s been given another twirl and debuts straight into the charts at No 9 (13,000). Yes that’s right a mere 13,000 is enough to grab the top 10 slot this week, a record low!, their returning chart topper “You Got It” bounces 14-10 (13,000) but even that lost over half its sales from last week. Donny Wahlberg takes over on main vocal duties and there is every chance that it could benefit from the low sales climate to rise substantively next week, it’s a rather ignominious way to end the 80s at any rate. See you in the 90s!




1- DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS- Band Aid II (59,000)
2- WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME- Jason Donovan (34,000)
3- GET A LIFE- Soul II Soul (31,000)
4- LET’S PARTY- Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers (28,000)
5- DEAR JESSIE- Madonna (27,000)
6- DONALD WHERE’S YOUR TROUSERS- Andy Stewart (27,000)
7- LAMBADA- Kaoma (26,000)
8- THE MAGIC NUMBER- De La Soul (18,000)
9- HANGIN TOUGH- New Kids On The Block (13,000)
10- YOU GOT IT (THE RIGHT STUFF)- New Kids On The Block (13,000)


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This is when I was really getting into music, my interests gradually increasing during 1989 in particular. I remember really wishing that Jason Donovan would get the #1 this week but unfortunately he couldn't manage it - I was a big fan of his and Kylie at this point and When You Come Back To Me was my favourite song of his.

I was also really obsessed with Dear Jessie too as a kid. I loved the almost Beatles-esque nature of it as it reminded me of the music my dad listened to (he'd given me his copy of the blue album to play on my first record player), plus it ignited my love for Madonna which still exists today wub.gif
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Looking forward to watching the 90s TOTP repeats *.* I wasn't born until '97 so sadly no anecdotes to offer, but I look forward to everyone else's!

It took me years to realise that there was even an '89 version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' - the original and 2004 versions were always on the musical channels but never that one. Not complaining as it's my least favourite incarnation of it. 1984 > 2014 > 2004 > 1989 but the original is way ahead in first.
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post Oct 8 2020, 08:59 PM
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were the low sales cos it's post xmas-week?
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post Oct 8 2020, 09:10 PM
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In part. But also it was the sign of things to come with 7" single sales declining and cd singles still in their infancy. Overall sales had been declining since 1984 for singles.
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Here is the Top 40 chart from this week, broadcast on 31st December 1989: https://www.mixcloud.com/1869300/uk-top-40-...-december-1989/

Yeah I cannot stand the Band Aid II version. Lower down on the chart this week there are some great tracks- Mantronix with “Got To Have Your Love” a new entry at number 33, and Rob 'n' Raz stuck at 11 with “Got To Get”. The first 'dance #1 of the 1990s' because there were no dance songs in the Top 10 this week... something that would change very soon!
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post Oct 9 2020, 06:56 AM
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^thanks for the link, listening now... they're only playing the newies so far and skipping all there songs going down

too bad about 7" sales, I always did prefer them to CD singles myself
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post Oct 9 2020, 07:03 AM
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QUOTE(Doctor Blind @ Oct 8 2020, 10:14 PM) *
Rob 'n' Raz stuck at 11 with “Got To Get”. The first 'dance #1 of the 1990s' because there were no dance songs in the Top 10 this week... something that would change very soon!



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On the top 10

I was into the charts at this stage for 2 and a half years so it was serious business by this point.
I think Jason's song was the only one I liked and is probably my favourite of his, still.
Dear Jessie is sweet, now that I listen back to it

I often wondered why Soul II Soul took 6 months to follow up Back To Life.

I need to listen to the De La Soul album.

I'm daunted by the prospect of commenting on this thread, as it's revealed - God know what kept you going while you were constructing it, Gezza, ohmy.gif


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post Oct 9 2020, 09:21 AM
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Haha. It's called being a chat obsessive and wallowing in nostalgia. I'll post another week tonight so they're up before the episodes tonight
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