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> 90s Top 10 Sales- Week By Week- 1991, In conjunction with TOTP
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post May 8 2021, 04:29 PM
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Yes it's back, the title says it all, a thread designed to "best guess" the sales week by week for 1991. 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. Here's the links to to the 90s threads if this isn't your year!

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In doing this I've tried to take into account TOTP performances and other factors which may have effected 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 (eventually). So sit back and enjoy the one and only

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post May 8 2021, 06:42 PM
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Looking forward to discussing another year!
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post May 8 2021, 07:34 PM
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but wait what about the last one from 1990, we're still missing that one, right?
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post May 8 2021, 07:39 PM
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Yes this Friday
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Looking forward to following this again Gezza and the Story Of 1991 will be fascinating with the old sets and presenters we are familiar with move into the history books as TOTP gets taken over by a radical producer!
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post May 18 2021, 10:34 PM
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Ready for all things KLF *.*
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post May 21 2021, 04:38 PM
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12TH JANUARY




The first chart of the year is traditionally one that sees not much action at all and 1991 is not upsetting that trend. Iron Maiden’s smash and grab on the No 1 spot sees “Bring Your Daughter….To The Slaughter” retain the pole position though sales are off 29% to 29,000 and the song almost certainly won’t be No 1 next week.





Naturally sales are off all around with all tracks except two recording a decrease, and those two are new entries to the big 10. First up is Seal who you may recall as the vocalist on Adamski’s “Killer”, he’s gone to solo and enrolled Trevor Horn to produce his debut solo single “Crazy” which deals with the rather weighty topic of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Tiananmen Square and the major world events of the last few years. Whilst Adamski’s career seems to have slipped in reverse with his last single “Flashback Jack” faltering at No 46 it seems that Seal may end as the bigger act as “Crazy” moves 11-4 (19,000). In less glamorous news that’s the first time that a top 4 single has sold under the 20,000 mark certainly since 1980- a note of things to come?





With a name taken from their initials, Robert Clivilles and David Cole are C & C Music Factory who together with Freedom Williams are responsible for one of the hottest dance records around, “Gonna Make You Sweat”. It also features the vocals of Martha Wash on the chorus though she’s uncredited and doesn’t appear in the promo a fact which is becoming a regular occurrence after the singer was similarly slighted on all Black Box’s 1990 hits though not “Ride On Time” which of course was rather “forgetful” to Loleatta Holloway. Regardless the track soars 25-10 (13,000)



Everything is in the mire this week, so though Enigma climb 4-2 (25,000) sales are actually off by a quarter, similarly John Travolta & Olivia Newton John move 5-3 (24,000) but with a decrease of 22% in sales, The Farm rebound 7-6 (16,000) but are hit by a 30% sales loss, and MC Hammer climbs 10-8 (14,000) but even he’s down by 17%. Some real losers are Vanilla Ice who drops 2-5 (19,000), the Righteous Brothers who dip 6-7 (15,000) and Snap! who hold at No 9 (14,000) but there should be a heap of new entries next week when 1991 really starts. Incidentally The Righteous Brothers pass New Kids On The Block as the biggest selling singles act of the 90s so far and it took just 2 singles!


1- BRING YOUR DAUGHTER TO THE SLAUGHTER- Iron Maiden (29,000)
2- SADNESS PART ONE- Enigma (25,000)
3- THE GREASE MEGAMIX- John Travolta & Olivia Newton- John (24,000)
4- CRAZY- Seal (19,000)
5- ICE ICE BABY- Vanilla Ice (19,000)
6- ALL TOGETHER NOW- The Farm (16,000)
7- YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING/ EBB TIDE- Righteous Brothers (15,000)
8- PRAY- MC Hammer (14,000)
9- MARY HAD A LITTLE BOY- Snap! (14,000)
10- GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT (EVERYBODY DANCE NOW)- C & C Music Factory (13,000)


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post May 21 2021, 04:44 PM
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Are they not showing the review of 1991 first or have I missed it?
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post May 21 2021, 05:15 PM
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Not being shown until the autumn apparently. Presumably held up by Covid?
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QUOTE(Gezza @ May 21 2021, 06:15 PM) *
Not being shown until the autumn apparently. Presumably held up by Covid?

Fair enough, at least we get the shows in the meantime!
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Wow sales are low. Dread to think what it will be next week :/

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post May 21 2021, 07:36 PM
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1991 *.*

Going to really enjoy this year- by the way, missed this in 1990 but sad that while Vanilla Ice was at number 1 LL Cool J was peaking at #41 with the iconic (don't call it a comeback!) “Mama Said Knock You Out”. sad.gif
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QUOTE(Doctor Blind @ May 21 2021, 08:36 PM) *
1991 *.*

Going to really enjoy this year- by the way, missed this in 1990 but sad that while Vanilla Ice was at number 1 LL Cool J was peaking at #41 with the iconic (don't call it a comeback!) “Mama Said Knock You Out”. sad.gif


He already had a top 40 hit back in 1987/88 if I remember rightly?!
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Next week sees one of my favourite chart toppers of the entire decade wub.gif
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I remember that week in 91 with the super low sales and Iron Maiden releasing and getting the #1
good newies from Seal and C&C Music Factory
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A bigger surprise than Iron Maiden hitting number 1 is staying there. 😮
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'Crazy' is an absolute tune.
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I agree! I'm slightly surprised that it wasn't as big a hit as I assumed it was, I think it peaks next week if I remember correctly and it was clearly not really selling that well if it didn't make #1 in this sales climate.
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I was expecting Enigma to be no.1 that week. I had forgotten that Iron Maiden held on for a second week.

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19TH JANUARY



Sales are much better this week though hardly stellar, but that means we have a new No 1 and Germany’s Enigma can celebrate as “Sadness Part One” makes its expected rise 2-1 but it sold a measly 40,000 to take the crown, that’s even less than the 45,000 posted by “Hangin Tough” this time last year! Seal is the new challenger, “Crazy” threatens 4-2 (34,000) and could take any advantage of an Enigma slip next week, but watch out also for C & C Music Factory, they power 10-3 (27,000) and stand an outside chance of taking pole position.







Rapidly gaining a devoted fanbase The KLF struck gold last year with “What Time Is Love” which peaked at No 5, it was a reworking of an earlier 12” single, and in much the same way they’ve reworked a further old 12” only track “3AM Eternal”, another song which failed to impact the charts when issued this time in May 1989. It’s been substantively retweaked for a mainstream release and finds itself debuting instantly at No 5 (22,000) to become a second top 5 hit on the trot, this version contains a rap by Ricardo Da Force and vocals by Maxine Harvey, and judging by the reworkings we should see a pop version of “Kylie Said To Jason” as their next single- that should be something of an event.






Indie band Jesus Jones are another act that grown steadily with their first 3 singles just missing the top 40 before “Real Real Real” made No 19 last May. They’ve taken advantage of the new year sales slump to release new single “International Bright Young Thing” which has easily and quickly become their biggest hit as it rises 15-7 (19,000) following a TOTP slot. You can pick up their second album “Doubt” next month which will feature their last three singles.





Following on from the terrestrial TV first showing of “Dirty Dancing” on New Year’s Day we’ve got the re-issue of “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” from Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes, it was only a hit three years ago when it peaked at No 6 but is back again moving 13-10 (17,000) For Medley it marks his third top 10 appearance in just two months after the two recent Righteous Brothers singles.



John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John drop back 3-4 (27,000) whilst Vanilla Ice continues to fade 5-6 (19,000), The Farm collapse 6-8 (18,000) but the big news of the week comes from the outgoing chart topper by Iron Maiden who experience the biggest drop from the No 1 position in 7 years. That was delivered by The Flying Pickets who fell 1-10 in January 1984, now “Bring Your Daughter….To The Slaughter” plummets 1-9 (18,000) and has only sold 88,000 copies in total so far, unless its fall isn’t arrested soon it may fail to trouble even the 100,000 mark, a feat not seen yet by a chart topper since 1980.

1- SADNESS PART ONE- Enigma (40,000)
2- CRAZY- Seal (34,000)
3- GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT (EVERYBODY DANCE NOW)- C & C Music Factory (27,000)
4- THE GREASE MEGAMIX- John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (27,000)
5- 3 AM ETERNAL- The KLF (22,000)
6- ICE ICE BABY- Vanilla Ice (19,000)
7- INTERNATIONAL BRIGHT YOUNG THING- Jesus Jones (19,000)
8- ALL TOGETHER NOW- The Farm (18,000)
9- BRING YOUR DAUGHTER TO THE SLAUGHTER- Iron Maiden (18,000)
10- (I’VE HAD) THE TIME OF MY LIFE- Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (17,000)


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