Perfect (Fairground Attraction song)

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Single by Fairground Attraction
from the album The First of a Million Kisses
Released 28 March 1988
Format CD single, cassette single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded January 1988
Genre Soft rock, folk pop
Length 4:50
Label RCA
Writer(s) Mark E. Nevin
Producer(s) Fairground Attraction
Fairground Attraction singles chronology
- "Perfect"
Find My Love

"Perfect" is a song by British band Fairground Attraction, which was released as a single on 28 March 1988. The words and music of the song are written by Mark Nevin.

The single reached number one on 14 May 1988[1] on the UK Singles Chart, where it stayed for one week,[2] and stayed in the chart for a total of thirteen weeks. It also reached number one in South Africa as well as in Australia for three weeks in August and September 1988. In the UK, it was released as a 7" single, 12" single, cassette single and CD single. The song was included on the band's first album, The First of a Million Kisses, released later the same year. A copy of the song using another singer was used in television advertising for Asda in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was re-released as a single in 1993 after it had reappeared on the compilation album Celtic Heart.

The song achieved crossover onto the US Hot Country Singles, peaking at number 85 in two weeks. It also reached number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] Additionally, the song reached number 23 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, the song's only Top 40 entry on any Billboard chart.[4]

"Perfect" won the award for British Single at the 1989 Brit Awards.

It was the last number-one single on the NME singles chart, on 14 May 1988.


Original release[edit]

  1. "Perfect"
  2. "Falling Backwards"
  3. "Mythology"
  4. "Mystery Train"

Celtic Heart release[edit]

  1. "Perfect"
  2. "Walking after Midnight"
  3. "You Send Me"
  4. "Captured" (Brian Kennedy solo track)


Chart Peak position
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 1
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 1
Australia (ARIA)[6] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 4
US Billboard Hot 100 80

Baillie & the Boys rendition[edit]

Single by Baillie & the Boys
from the album The Lights of Home
B-side "Lovin' by Numbers"
Released April 14, 1990
Genre Country
Label RCA
Writer(s) Mark E. Nevin
Producer(s) Kyle Lehning
Baillie & the Boys singles chronology
"I Can't Turn the Tide"
"Fool Such as I"

American country music group Baillie & the Boys released their version in April 1990 as the first single from the album The Lights of Home. The song reached #23 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 16
US Country Songs (Billboard) 23


  1. ^ "The Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 488. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 141. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  4. ^ "Allmusic: Fairground Attraction - Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  5. ^ "Chart Track: Week 12, 1988". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved Jun 28, 2015.
  6. ^ " > Discography Fairground Attraction". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 37. 
  8. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1258." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. 23 June 1990. Retrieved 23 August 2013.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Theme from S'Express" by S'Express
UK number-one single
8–14 May 1988
Succeeded by
"With a Little Help from My Friends" by Wet Wet Wet