1991 in British music

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This is a summary of 1991 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.

Summary[edit]

Like 1990, this year saw 17 songs at number 1. The first number 1 of the year surprisingly came from heavy metal band Iron Maiden, scoring their first and only number one "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter" which stayed at the top for 2 weeks. The next number one was a track right at the opposite end of the musical spectrum – Enigma, with the calm and hypnotic "Sadness Part 1". Known as "Sadeness Part 1" almost everywhere else with its strong references to Marquis De Sade, Enigma redefined the new age, chill out genre. German producer Michael Cretu mixed repeated trance-like dance beats with gregorian chants and whispered, erotic vocals provided by his wife, Sandra, who was also a popular artist in her own right at the same time throughout most of Europe, but never managed to crack the UK market. Enigma's debut concept album MCMXC ad also went straight to the top of the UK Album Chart in January.

In the album charts Simply Red entered with stars which would prove to be the second best selling album of the 90's and the best of 91 and 92. Although non-of its single reached no.1, title track stars did make the top ten.

February saw The Simpsons (specifically Bart) reach No. 1 with "Do the Bartman",[1] from the album The Simpsons Sing the Blues which reached #6. The show had premiered on UK screens on the satellite channel Sky One in 1990, though it wouldn't premiere on terrestrial TV until 1996, on BBC One. The family became the first cartoon characters to hit No. 1 since The Archies did so in 1969, with "Sugar Sugar", and the follow-up ("Deep, Deep Trouble") also did well, peaking at No. 7 in April.

In March, The Clash received their first number 1 with "Should I Stay or Should I Go", after being used in a commercial for Levi's. A month later, Cher scored her first UK solo No. 1 with "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)", taken from the film Mermaids.

Bryan Adams also reached No. 1 for the first time in July with "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", from the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Breaking the record held since 1955, it stayed there for sixteen consecutive weeks, a record that remains to this day. It also became the biggest selling single of the year, selling over a million copies.

The Christmas number one single this year was Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody", re-issued after the death of Freddie Mercury in November, coupled with "These Are the Days of Our Lives". As "Bohemian Rhapsody" had previously hit the top in 1975 (also becoming the Christmas number one) it became the first song ever, not counting re-entries, to hit number 1 twice.

The death of Joy Finzi, who had founded the Finzi Trust in 1969 to commemorate her husband Gerald, was one of the most notable events on the classical music scene. Harrison Birtwistle's opera, Gawain, with a libretto by David Harsent, was performed for the first time on 30 May at the Royal Opera House.

Events[edit]

Publications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Number-one singles[edit]

Chart date
(week ending)
Song Artist(s)
5 January "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter" Iron Maiden
12 January
19 January "Sadness (Part I)" Enigma
26 January "Innuendo" Queen
2 February "3 a.m. Eternal" The KLF
9 February
16 February "Do the Bartman" The Simpsons
23 February
2 March
9 March "Should I Stay or Should I Go" The Clash
16 March
23 March "The Stonk" Hale and Pace
30 March "The One and Only" Chesney Hawkes
6 April
13 April
20 April
27 April
4 May "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" Cher
11 May
18 May
25 May
1 June
8 June "I Wanna Sex You Up" Color Me Badd
15 June
22 June
29 June "Any Dream Will Do" Jason Donovan
6 July
13 July "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" Bryan Adams
20 July
27 July
3 August
10 August
17 August
24 August
31 August
7 September
14 September
21 September
28 September
5 October
12 October
19 October
26 October
2 November "The Fly" U2
9 November "Dizzy" Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff
16 November
23 November "Black or White" Michael Jackson
30 November
7 December "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me" George Michael and Elton John
14 December
21 December "Bohemian Rhapsody /
These Are the Days of Our Lives"
Queen
28 December

Number-one albums[edit]

Issue Date Album Artist(s)
6 January The Immaculate Collection Madonna
13 January
20 January MCMXC a.D. Enigma
27 January The Soul Cages Sting
3 February Doubt Jesus Jones
10 February Innuendo Queen
17 February
24 February Circle of One Oleta Adams
3 March Auberge Chris Rea
10 March Spartacus The Farm
17 March Out of Time R.E.M.
24 March Greatest Hits Eurythmics
31 March
7 April
14 April
21 April
28 April
5 May
12 May
19 May
26 May Seal Seal
2 June
9 June
16 June Greatest Hits Eurythmics
23 June Love Hurts Cher
30 June
7 July
14 July
21 July
28 July
4 August Essential Pavarotti II Luciano Pavarotti
11 August
18 August Metallica Metallica
25 August Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat London Stage Cast
1 September
8 September From Time to Time - The Singles Collection Paul Young
15 September On Every Street Dire Straits
22 September Use Your Illusion II Guns N' Roses
29 September Waking up the Neighbours Bryan Adams
6 October Stars Simply Red
13 October
20 October Chorus Erasure
27 October Stars Simply Red
3 November Greatest Hits II Queen
10 November Shepherd Moons Enya
17 November We Can't Dance Genesis
24 November Dangerous Michael Jackson
1 December Greatest Hits II Queen
8 December
15 December
22 December
29 December Stars Simply Red

End of Year Charts[edit]

Top 50 Singles of 1991[edit]

Position Song Title Artist Sales Highest Position
1 (Everything I Do) I Do It For You Bryan Adams 1
2 Bohemian Rhapsody/These Are the Days of Our Lives Queen 1
3 It's in His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song) Cher 1
4 I'm Too Sexy Right Said Fred 2
5 Do the Bartman Simpsons 1
6 Any Dream Will Do Jason Donovan 1
7 The One and Only Chesney Hawkes 1
8 Dizzy Vic Reeves/Wonder Stuff 1
9 Insanity Oceanic 3
10 I Wanna Sex You Up Color Me Badd 1
11 Get Ready for This 2 Unlimited 2
12 3am Eternal The KLF & Children of the Revolution 1
13 Black or White Michael Jackson 1
14 Let's Talk About Sex Salt-N-Pepa 2
15 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me George Michael & Elton John 1
16 More Than Words Extreme 2
17 When You Tell Me That You Love Me Diana Ross 2
18 Sunshine on a Rainy Day Zoe 4
19 Should I Stay or Should I Go Clash 1
20 Sit Down James 2
21 Wind of Change Scorpions 2
22 The Stonk Hale & Pace and the Stonkers 1
23 (I Wanna Give You) Devotion Nomad feat MC Mikee Freedom 2
24 Now That We've Found Love Heavy D & the Boyz 2
25 Baby Baby Amy Grant 2
26 Charly Prodigy 3
27 Justified and Ancient The KLF featuring Tammy Wynette 2
28 World in Union Kiri Te Kanawa 4
29 Promise Me Beverley Craven 3
30 Last Train to Trancentral The KLF & Children of the Revolution 2
31 You Got the Love Source featuring Candi Staton 4
32 Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee) Crystal Waters 2
33 Thinking About Your Love Kenny Thomas 4
34 Rhythm of My Heart Rod Stewart 3
35 Set Adrift on Memory Bliss PM Dawn 3
36 Love to Hate You Erasure 4
37 Sadeness Part 1 Enigma 1
38 Crazy Seal 2
39 Move Any Mountain Shamen 4
40 Everybody's Free (To Feel Good) Rozalla 6
41 Joyride Roxette 4
42 You Could Be Mine Guns N' Roses 3
43 Wiggle It 2 in a Room 3
44 Chorus Erasure 3
45 The Whole of the Moon The Waterboys 3
46 Things That Make You Go Hmmm... C&C Music Factory 4
47 Get Here Oleta Adams 4
48 Rush Rush Paula Abdul 6
49 Do You Want Me Salt-n-Pepa 5
50 Activ-8 (Come Wiv Me) Altern-8 3

Top 10 albums[edit]

Position Album Title Artist Sales Highest Position
1 Stars Simply Red
2 Greatest Hits Eurythmics
3 Greatest Hits II Queen
4 Dangerous Michael Jackson
5 Love Hurts Cher
6 Out of Time R.E.M.
7 Time, Love & Tenderness Michael Bolton
8 The Immaculate Collection Madonna
9 From Time to Time - The Singles Collection Paul Young
10 The Best Tina Turner

Classical music[edit]

Music awards[edit]

BRIT Awards[edit]

The 1991 BRIT Awards winners were:

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The official UK charts company". Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  2. ^ Moura Lympany (1991). Moura Lympany. Her Autobiography. Peter Owen. ISBN 0-7206-0824-4. 
  3. ^ Jones, Nicholas (2013). "Formal archetypes, revered masters and singing nightingales: Tippett's string quartets". In Gloag, Kenneth and Jones, Nicholas. The Cambridge Companion to Michael Tippett. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 206–28. ISBN 978-1-107-60613-5

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