Thursday, January 11, 2007

Chart of 1991

And here's some of the songs that made 1991...

Shaman - Move Any Mountain

Amazing club song from the Scottish electro dance act. The guy with the long hair in the vid is Will Sinnott, who died during the making of the video clip by jumping off some rocks into the sea in Tenerife.

Enigma - Sadness (Part 1)

Number 1 hit for the Romanian and German new-age dance act. This is one of the most sexual songs I've ever heard and is taken from the ground breaking album MCMXC AD.

PM Dawn - Set Adrift On Memory Bliss

This was a big hit for the American brothers who rap over a sample of True by Spandau Ballet.

Amy Grant - Baby Baby

The Christian singer originally wrote this for her 6 month old daughter Millie, but it proved such a success it was a given a general release and made it to number 2.

Hale and Pace & The Stonkers - The Stonk

The song that went hand-in-hand with Comic Relief in 1991. It's really a terrible song, but was one of the biggest hits of the year!!!

James - Sit Down

Breakthrough hit of the Mancunian group reaching number 2. They were one of the proponents of the Madchester music scene of the early '90's.

Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Re-release of the 1982 hit from this mega punk / ska band. The song made number 1 in 1991 on the back of a Levi's advert.

Extreme - More Than Words

An American death metal band wrote one of the most intricate and lyrical love songs of the decade. This is amongst my favourite songs of all time.

Salt-N-Pepper - Let's Talk About Sex

Controversial hit song that didn't really do that well in the USA due to lack of airplay, but in Europe it was massive. It reached number 2 in the UK and was the first American rap song to get to number 1 in Germany.

2 Unlimited - Get Ready For This

The Dutch eurotechno group took the European charts by storm with this, their d├ębut release.

Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff - Dizzy

Another song that brings back loads of memories. Unfortunately the sound quality on this vid is terrible, but it was the only version I could find.

Chesney Hawkes - The One And Only

Number 1 for one hit wonder Chesney. This song was taken from the film Buddy's Song. Chesney still tours with his band, but only really does student gigs!

Right Said Fred - I'm Too Sexy

Massive tongue-in-cheek euro dance song about a vain male model. This was only kept from the number 1 spot by Bryan Adams' (see below).

Cher - The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)

Number 1 for 6 weeks in the UK, but only reaching number 33 in her native America. The video features a very young Christina Ricci.

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

This was re-released in 1991 following the death of Freddie Mercury from AIDS. It was the second biggest selling single of the year.

Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You

Well what to be said of this song? It spent a huge 16 unbroken weeks at the top of the UK chart. However if you think that's a long time, it was at number 1 in Canada for an amazing 39 weeks!! It's one of the best selling singles ever in the whole world. Apart from number 1 in the UK and Canada, it reached the top spot in the USA, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand. It charted in the top 10 in every country in which it was released. It obviously gave a massive boost to the film Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, but the film's producers didn't really like the song and tried to get Adams to change it, but he resolutely refused. That's why the song's stuck right at the end as the credits roll. I guess he had the last laugh though!

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