List of UK top 10 singles in 1990

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New Kids on the Block band members Donnie Wahlberg (l) and Jordan Knight (r), pictured at the 1990 Grammy Awards. The band had seven top-ten entries in the UK in 1990, including the number-one single "Hangin' Tough".

The UK Singles Chart is one of many music charts compiled by the Official Charts Company that calculates the best-selling singles of the week in the United Kingdom.[1] Before 2004, the chart was only based on the sales of physical singles with airplay figures and digital downloads excluded from the official chart. This list shows singles that peaked in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart during 1990, as well as songs which peaked in 1989 and 1991 but were in the top 10 in 1990. The entry date is when the song appeared in the top 10 for the first time.

140 singles were in the top ten in 1990. American boyband New Kids on the Block had the most top ten singles in 1990 with seven. "Hangin' Tough" reached number-one, where it remained for two weeks, and a further three weeks in the top ten. Other entries included "Step by Step" (number 2), "Tonight" (3) and "Cover Girl" (4). Former Neighbours actress Kylie Minogue had three top ten singles in 1990. "Tears on My Pillow" spent one week at number-one in January; "Better the Devil You Know" (2) and "Step Back in Time" (4) also reached the top ten. Madonna continued her success from the 1980s with four more top ten hits in 1990. "Vogue" was the highest entry, peaking at number-one for 1 week in April; "Dear Jessie", "Hanky Panky" and "Justify My Love" were the other singles to reach the top 10. Rapper and DJ MC Hammer had three top-ten entries, including his biggest hit and signature song, "U Can't Touch This", which peaked at number 3 in August. Adamski, Betty Boo, Cliff Richard, Happy Mondays, Snap! and The Stone Roses were among the other artists who had multiple top ten singles in 1990.

The Righteous Brothers had the best-selling single of the year with a reissue of their 1965 hit "Unchained Melody", which spent 9 weeks in the top 10, including 4 weeks at the top spot, and sold 840,000 copies afters its appearance on the soundtrack of the film Ghost. "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor was the second best-selling single of 1990, selling 600,000 and being certified platinum by the BPI. Songs by Elton John, Beats International, Englandneworder and Vanilla Ice were also in the top ten best-selling singles of the year.

Top-ten singles[edit]

Kylie Minogue (pictured in 2008) had 3 top ten singles in 1990, including the number-one single "Tears on My Pillow."
MC Hammer (pictured in 2008) had three top ten hits in 1990, including the number 3 single "U Can't Touch This".
Madonna had four top ten entries in 1990.
Paula Abdul reached number 2 in April with "Opposites Attract".
Michael Bolton had two top ten entries in 1990. His cover of "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" peaked at number 3 in February.
Symbol Meaning
Single peaked in 1989 but charted in 1990.
Single released in 1990 but peaked in 1991.
(#) Year-end top ten single position and rank
Entered The date that the song first appeared in the chart.
Peak Highest position that the song reached in the UK Singles Chart.
Entered
(week ending)
Weeks in top 10 Single Artist Peak Peak reached Weeks at peak
Singles in 1989
26 November 1989 7 "Lambada" ‡ Kaoma 4 3 December 1989 1
3 December 1989 7 "Get a Life" ‡ Soul II Soul 3 10 December 1989 3
3 December 1989 7 "When You Come Back to Me" ‡ Donovan, JasonJason Donovan 2 10 December 1989 3
10 December 1989 5 "Dear Jessie" ‡ Madonna 5 24 December 1989 3
17 December 1989 4 "Do They Know It's Christmas?" ‡ Band Aid II 1 17 December 1989 3
31 December 1989 5 "Hangin' Tough" New Kids on the Block 1 7 January 1990 2
31 December 1989 2 "The Magic Number"/"Buddy" De La Soul 7 7 January 1990 1
Singles in 1990
7 January 1990 5 "Touch Me" 49ers 3 14 January 1990 1
7 January 1990 3 "Got to Get" Rob'n'Raz featuring Leila K 8 7 January 1990 2
7 January 1990 1 "Listen to Your Heart" Sonia 10 7 January 1990 1
14 January 1990 5 "Tears on My Pillow" Kylie Minogue 1 21 January 1
14 January 1990 5 "Got to Have Your Love" Mantronix 4 14 January 1990 2
14 January 1990 3 "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" Jimmy Somerville 5 14 January 1990 1
14 January 1990 2 "Put Your Hands Together" D Mob featuring Nuff Juice 7 14 January 1990 1
14 January 1990 2 "Going Back to My Roots" / "Rich in Paradise" FPI Project 9 21 January 1990 1
21 January 1990 8 "Nothing Compares 2 U" (#2) Sinéad O'Connor 1 28 January 1990 4
21 January 1990 3 "Could Have Told You So" Halo James 6 28 January 1990 2
28 January 1990 6 "Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)" Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K 2 4 February 1990 2
28 January 1990 4 "Happenin' All Over Again" Lonnie Gordon 4 4 February 1990 2
28 January 1990 4 "I Wish It Would Rain Down" Phil Collins 7 4 February 1990 2
4 February 1990 3 "Walk On By" Sybil 6 11 February 1990 1
4 February 1990 1 "Instant Replay" Yell! 10 4 February 1990 1
11 February 1990 8 "Dub Be Good to Me" (#7) Beats International featuring Lindy Layton 1 25 February 1990 4
11 February 1990 4 "I Don't Know Anybody Else" Black Box 4 18 February 1990 1
11 February 1990 2 "Live Together" Lisa Stansfield 10 11 February 1990 2
18 February 1990 6 "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" Michael Bolton 3 25 February 1990 3
18 February 1990 3 "Enjoy the Silence" Depeche Mode 6 18 February 1990 3
25 February 1990 4 "The Brits 1990 Dance Medley" Various Artists 2 4 March 1990 2
25 February 1990 2 "Elephant Stone" Stone Roses, TheThe Stone Roses 8 25 February 1990 1
25 February 1990 4 "Infinity (1990s... Time for the Guru)" Guru Josh 5 4 March 1990 2
25 February 1990 1 "Downtown Train" Rod Stewart 10 25 February 1990 1
4 March 1990 2 "Moments in Soul" JT & the Big Family 7 11 March 1990 1
11 March 1990 3 "That Sounds Good to Me" Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers 4 11 March 1990 2
11 March 1990 6 "Love Shack" B-52's, TheThe B-52's 2 18 March 1990 3
11 March 1990 4 "Blue Savannah" Erasure 3 18 March 1990 1
11 March 1990 3 "Lily Was Here" David A. Stewart featuring Candy Dulfer 6 18 March 1990 1
18 March 1990 3 "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" New Kids on the Block 5 18 March 1990 1
18 March 1990 4 "Strawberry Fields Forever" Candy Flip 2 25 March 1990 3
25 March 1990 7 "The Power" (#10) Snap! 1 25 March 1990 2
25 March 1990 3 "Birdhouse in Your Soul" They Might Be Giants 6 1 April 1990 1
1 April 1990 9 "Vogue" (#8) Madonna 1 8 April 1990 4
1 April 1990 4 "Don't Miss the Party Line" Bizz Nizz 7 8 April 1990 2
1 April 1990 3 "Hang on to Your Love" Jason Donovan 8 8 April 1990 1
8 April 1990 6 "Black Velvet" Alannah Myles 2 15 April 1990 2
8 April 1990 5 "Kingston Town" UB40 4 8 April 1990 2
8 April 1990 3 "Step On" Happy Mondays 5 8 April 1990 1
15 April 1990 6 "Opposites Attract" Paula Abdul with The Wild Pair 2 29 April 1990 1
15 April 1990 3 "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You" Heart 8 15 April 1990 2
22 April 1990 8 "Killer" (#5) Adamski 1 6 May 1990 4
22 April 1990 2 "Ghetto Heaven" The Family Stand 10 22 April 1990 2
29 April 1990 6 "Dirty Cash" Adventures of Stevie V, TheThe Adventures of Stevie V 2 6 May 1990 1
29 April 1990 3 "A Dream's A Dream" Soul II Soul 6 6 May 1990 1
6 May 1990 5 "Better the Devil You Know" Kylie Minogue 2 13 May 1990 2
6 May 1990 3 "Cover Girl" New Kids on the Block 4 13 May 1990 2
13 May 1990 5 "Hold On" En Vogue 5 20 May 1990 2
13 May 1990 2 "Won't Talk About It" Beats International 9 20 May 1990 1
20 May 1990 3 "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" Chimes, TheThe Chimes 6 20 May 1990 2
20 May 1990 1 "Take Your Time" Mantronix featuring Wondress 10 20 May 1990 1
27 May 1990 8 "World In Motion" (#9) Englandneworder 1 3 June 1990 2
27 May 1990 3 "Venus" Don Pablo's Animals 4 3 June 1990 1
27 May 1990 1 "How Can We Be Lovers?" Michael Bolton 10 27 May 1990 1
3 June 1990 4 "Hear the Drummer (Get Wicked)" Chad Jackson 3 3 June 1990 2
3 June 1990 4 "Doin' the Do" Betty Boo 7 10 June 1990 2
3 June 1990 3 "The Only One I Know" Charlatans, TheThe Charlatans 9 10 June 1990 1
10 June 1990 2 "Step by Step" New Kids on the Block 2 10 June 1990 1
10 June 1990 9 "Sacrifice" / "Healing Hands" (#3) Elton John 1 17 June 1990 5
10 June 1990 8 "It Must Have Been Love" Roxette 3 24 June 1990 2
10 June 1990 4 "Hold On" Wilson Phillips 6 24 June 1
17 June 1990 5 "Nessun Dorma" Luciano Pavarotti 2 24 June 1990 3[2]
17 June 1990 5 "Ooops Up" Snap! 5 24 June 1990 2
24 June 1990 6 "Mona" Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2 2 15 July 1990 1
24 June 1990 3 "Close to You" Maxi Priest 7 1 July 1990 1
1 July 1990 8 "U Can't Touch This" MC Hammer 3 5 August 1990 1
1 July 1990 1 "The Only Rhyme That Bites" MC Tunes vs 808 State 10 1 July 1990 1
8 July 1990 2 "One Love" Stone Roses, TheThe Stone Roses 4 8 July 1990 1
8 July 1990 3 "Thunderbirds Are Go" FAB featuring MC Parker 5 15 July 1990 1
15 July 1990 6 "Turtle Power" Partners in Kryme 1 22 July 1990 4
22 July 1990 4 "Hanky Panky" Madonna 2 29 July 1990 1
22 July 1990 7 "Naked in the Rain" Blue Pearl 4 5 August 1990 2
22 July 1990 3 "Rockin' Over the Beat" Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K 9 22 July 1990 2
22 July 1990 5 "I'm Free" Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid 5 5 August 1990 1
29 July 1990 5 "Tom's Diner" DNA featuring Suzanne Vega 2 5 August 1990 3
5 August 1990 2 "Thieves in the Temple" Prince 7 5 August 1990 1
5 August 1990 6 "Tonight" New Kids on the Block 3 26 August 1990 1
12 August 1990 6 "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny" Bombalurina 1 19 August 1990 3
12 August 1990 3 "Listen to Your Heart" / "Dangerous" Roxette 6 19 August 1990 1
19 August 1990 3 "Praying for Time" George Michael 6 26 August 1990 1
19 August 1990 4 "Where Are You Baby?" Betty Boo 3 2 September 1990 1
26 August 1990 4 "Four Bacharach & David Songs (EP)" Deacon Blue 2 26 August 1990 2
26 August 1990 1 "Can Can You Party" Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers 8 26 August 1990 1
26 August 1990 1 "Silhouettes" Cliff Richard 10 26 August 1990 1
2 September 1990 5 "Groove Is In The Heart" / "What Is Love" Deee-Lite 2 9 September 1990 2
2 September 1990 5 "The Joker" Steve Miller Band, TheThe Steve Miller Band 1 9 September 1990 2
2 September 1990 4 "What Time Is Love?" KLF featuring The Children of the Revolution 5 9 September 1990 1
2 September 1990 2 "Rhythm of the Rain" Jason Donovan 9 2 September 1990 1
9 September 1990 3 "The Space Jungle" Adamski 7 9 September 1990 1
9 September 1990 2 "Vision of Love" Mariah Carey 9 9 September 1990 1
16 September 1990 2 "Holy Smoke" Iron Maiden 3 16 September 1990 1
16 September 1990 8 "Show Me Heaven" (#6) Maria McKee 1 23 September 1990 4
16 September 1990 3 "Groovy Train" Farm, TheThe Farm 6 23 September 1990 1
23 September 1990 5 "I've Been Thinking About You" Londonbeat 2 30 September 1990 1
23 September 1990 1 "Cult of Snap" Snap! 8 23 September 1990 1
23 September 1990 3 "Fascinating Rhythm" Bassomatic 9 23 September 1990 2
30 September 1990 5 "Blue Velvet" Bobby Vinton 2 7 October 1990 1
30 September 1990 3 "So Hard" Pet Shop Boys 4 30 September 1990 1
30 September 1990 5 "The Anniversary Waltz: Part One" Status Quo 2 14 October 1990 1
30 September 1990 3 "I Can't Stand It!" Twenty 4 Seven featuring Captain Hollywood 7 30 September 1990 3
7 October 1990 3 "Megamix" Technotronic 6 7 October 1990 2
7 October 1990 2 "Have You Seen Her" MC Hammer 8 7 October 1990 1
7 October 1990 7 "A Little Time" Beautiful South, TheThe Beautiful South 1 21 October 1990 1
14 October 1990 1 "Let's Try It Again" / "(Didn't I) Blow Your Mind This Time" New Kids on the Block 8 14 October 1990 1
21 October 1990 9 "Unchained Melody" (#1) Righteous Brothers, TheThe Righteous Brothers 1 28 October 1990 4
21 October 1990 2 "Kinky Afro" Happy Mondays 5 21 October 1990 1
21 October 1990 4 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" Whitney Houston 5 28 October 1990 1
21 October 1990 4 "Take My Breath Away" [A] Berlin 3 28 October 1990 2
28 October 1990 3 "(We Want) The Same Thing" Belinda Carlisle 6 28 October 1990 2
28 October 1990 3 "Step Back in Time" Kylie Minogue 4 4 November 1990 1
4 November 1990 6 "Don't Worry" Kim Appleby 2 18 November 1990 1
4 November 1990 5 "Fantasy" Black Box 5 11 November 1990 1
4 November 1990 4 "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" Robert Palmer and UB40 6 11 November 1990 1
11 November 1990 2 "Fog on the Tyne (Revisited)" Gazza and Lindisfarne 2 11 November 1990 1
18 November 1990 9 "Ice Ice Baby" (#4) Vanilla Ice 1 25 November 1990 4
18 November 1990 5 "Unbelievable" EMF 3 25 November 1990 2
18 November 1990 2 "To Love Somebody" Jimmy Somerville 8 18 November 1990 1
18 November 1990 1 "Cubik" / "Olympic" 808 State 10 18 November 1990 1
25 November 1990 2 "It Takes Two" Rod Stewart and Tina Turner 5 25 November 1990 1
25 November 1990 2 "Falling" Julee Cruise 7 25 November 1990 1
25 November 1990 1 "King of the Road" Proclaimers, TheThe Proclaimers 9 25 November 1990 1
2 December 1990 2 "Kinky Boots" [B] Patrick MacNee and Honor Blackman 5 2 December 1990 1
2 December 1990 5 "Saviour's Day" Cliff Richard 1 23 December 1990 1
2 December 1990 5 "Justify My Love" Madonna 2 9 December 1990 1
9 December 1990 6 "All Together Now" Farm, TheThe Farm 4 9 December 1990 1
9 December 1990 1 "This One's for the Children" New Kids on the Block 9 9 December 1
9 December 1990 1 "Wicked Game" Chris Isaak 10 9 December 1990 1
16 December 1990 4 "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" [C] Righteous Brothers, TheThe Righteous Brothers 3 23 December 1990 1
16 December 1990 7 "Sadeness (Part I)" ♦ Enigma 1 13 January 1991 1
16 December 1990 4 "Mary Had a Little Boy" Snap! 8 16 December 1990 2
16 December 1990 4 "Pray" ♦ MC Hammer 8 6 January 1991 1
23 December 1990 5 "The Grease Megamix" ♦ John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John 3 6 January 1991 1
30 December 1990 3 "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter" Iron Maiden 1 30 December 1990 2

Entries by artist[edit]

The following table shows artists who achieved three or more top 10 entries in 1990, including songs that reached their peak in 1989 or 1991. The figures include both main artists and featured artists, while appearances on ensemble charity records are also counted for each artist.

Cliff Richard had three top-ten singles in 1990.
Artist Number of Top 10 singles
New Kids on the Block 7
Kylie Minogue 4 [D]
Madonna 4
Snap! 4
Technotronic 4 [D]
Cliff Richard 3 [D]
Jason Donovan 3 [D]
Jimmy Somerville 3 [D]
MC Hammer 3

Notes[edit]

  • a "Take My Breath Away" first reached number-one in November 1986 after the release of Top Gun. It was re-released in 1990 when the film premiered on British television and the song was also used in a commercial for the Peugeot 405.
  • b "Kinky Boots" first released in 1964 but failed to chart.
  • c "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" previously charted at number-one in 1965, number 10 in 1969, number 42 in 1977 and number 87 in 1988.
  • d Figure includes appearance on Band Aid II song "Do They Know It's Christmas?".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official UK Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Pavarotti back in singles chart". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 9 September 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 

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