My 1994 Charts – April

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Oh bedroom wall old college artwork and pop culture stuff, plus a bamboo artwork I bought in Singapore Harbour in 1971

3rd April 1994

2 weeks on top for Alison Moyet, keeping off the Bee Gees from the top, with Pet Shop Boys up to 5, both with gorgeous ballads, two of the loveliest releases in their careers in both cases. Meanwhile, Springsteen pops back in the Top 10 with one of his greatest ballads, and Tori Amos does the same with her best, and Jimmy Cliff takes Johnny Nash’s I Can See Clearly back into the top 10 22 years on (and 5 years on from the last time it was in there).

Highest new entry, The Proclaimers know What Makes You Cry at 15, and Madonna remembers at 16, presumably not the Coasters 1950’s re-issue at 26 though, as she’s the same age as me, and FAR too young to recall the fifties. At 33? Mmmmm. Or 4 times that, as the impressively deep-voiced Crash Test Dummies get a welcome quirky ballad into the charts. It’s sort of more folk than rock, whereas Pink Floyd at 35 is more Prog than rock, and Pulp at 65 more Britpop than rock trying to remember the first time. A low-key arrival for one of the great 90’s bands there.

1 ( 1 ) WHISPERING YOUR NAME Alison Moyet
2 ( 4 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
3 ( 2 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
4 ( 3 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
5 ( 9 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 5 ) ROCKS Primal Scream
7 ( 13 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
8 ( 14 ) PRETTY GOOD YEAR Tori Amos
9 ( 8 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
10 ( 15 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW Jimmy Cliff

11 ( 6 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
12 ( 10 ) WORLD IN YOUR HANDS Culture Beat
13 ( 20 ) RENAISSANCE M People
14 ( 7 ) LINGER The Cranberries
15 ( NEW ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
16 ( 34 ) I’LL REMEMBER Madonna
17 ( 22 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE World’s Apart
18 ( 18 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Blur
19 ( 11 ) THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME THE CLOSER I GET Morrissey
20 ( 31 ) I BELIEVE Marcella Detroit

21 ( 33 ) I LIKE 2 MOVE IT Reel 2 Real
22 ( 12 ) MOVE ON BABY Cappella
23 ( 26 ) HOT LOVE NOW The Wonder Stuff
24 ( 23 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
25 ( 21 ) ANOTHER SAD LOVE SONG (REMIX) Toni Braxton
26 ( NEW ) SORRY BUT I’M GONNA HAVE TO PASS The Coasters
27 ( 25 ) LOVER Joe Roberts
28 ( 40 ) KEEP GIVIN’ ME LOVE Ce Ce Peniston
29 ( 38 ) C’EST LA VIE UB40
30 ( 16 ) LOSER Beck

31 ( 19 ) DOOP Doop
32 ( 17 ) LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE Nat ‘King’ Cole
33 ( NEW ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
34 ( 29 ) FOREVER NOW Level 42
35 ( NEW ) TAKE IT BACK Pink Floyd
36 ( 46 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
37 ( 27 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
38 ( NEW ) I WAS RIGHT AND YOU WERE WRONG Deacon Blue
39 ( 60 ) SOMEBODY TO SHOVE Soul Asylum
40 ( 57 ) I BELIEVE Sounds Of Blackness

41 ( 35 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
42 ( 41 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
43 ( 24 ) SWEET LULLABY Deep Forest
44 ( 32 ) GOOD AS GOLD (STUPID AS MUD) The Beautiful South
45 ( 42 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
46 ( 39 ) WHY? D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
47 ( 28 ) WHATTA MAN Salt ‘n’ Pepa and En Vogue
48 ( 63 ) SAY SOMETHING James
49 ( 55 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE Bitty McLean
50 ( 30 ) GLAM ROCK COPS Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine

51 ( 51 ) SHAPES THAT GO TOGETHER a-ha
52 ( 50 ) DRY COUNTY Bon Jovi
53 ( 36 ) THE WAY YOU WORK IT EYC
54 ( 37 ) I WANT YOU The Inspiral Carpets and Mark E. Smith
55 ( 54 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
56 ( 53 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
57 ( 49 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (REMIX) D:Ream
58 ( 43 ) SO IN LOVE WITH YOU Texas
59 ( 52 ) SULKY GIRL Elvis Costello
60 ( 59 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex

61 ( 47 ) SLEEPING IN MY CAR Roxette
62 ( 45 ) I’M IN A PHILLY MOOD Daryl Hall
63 ( NEW ) ROCK MY HEART Haddaway
64 ( 62 ) I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO THIS KIND OF THING Pet Shop Boys
65 ( NEW ) DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME Pulp
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
68 ( 44 ) UPTIGHT Shara Nelson
69 ( NEW ) HAVE MERCY Yazz
70 ( 65 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ 93 The Doobie Brothers

71 ( NEW ) LOOK WHO’S TALKING Dr. Alban
72 ( 71 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
73 ( NEW ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R Kelly
74 ( NEW ) FOUND OUT ABOUT YOU Gin Blossoms
75 ( NEW ) THE RED SHOES Kate Bush

10th April 1994

The Bee Gees get 3 in a row chart-toppers, consistency they never had at any chart period in their career previously, though apart from 7 number ones to date they also had 2 written for Yvonne Elliman, and at least 6 number 2’s including the very first John Chart in 1968. Madonna gets another Top 10, though during a period for her when she failed to go top 10 as often as she went top 10. Blur return to the top 10 with the fab Girls And Boys, kick-starting their classic period.

Top 20 for Prince, after crawling up slowly, to join the many ballads in the upper echelons, while Tony Di Bart brings his huge dance hit in at 17, the highest new entry. A sudden leap from a-ha to 20, 9 years on and still going strong, and 60’s goodie Sweets For My Sweet gets the reggae treatment from CJ Lewis at 24, while Bitty McLean is at 27 with 50’s classic Dedicated To The One I Love, also reggae-fied. Fun enough, though neither are as good as previous hit versions.

Hung Up and Always go Top 40. Madonna is 7, Bon Jovi 37 – but these songs aren’t their famous hits, they are new entries from Paul Weller and Erasure. I need youtube reminders, though I recall Erasure being a goodie. Other than that there’s a major classic entering in the 70’s. Not Take That’s huge hit, no, it’s The Pretenders brilliant I’ll Stand By You. So good even a pedestrian version by Girls Aloud went to number one over a decade later.

 

1 ( 2 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
2 ( 5 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 4 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
4 ( 1 ) WHISPERING YOUR NAME Alison Moyet
5 ( 3 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
6 ( 7 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
7 ( 16 ) I’LL REMEMBER Madonna
8 ( 6 ) ROCKS Primal Scream
9 ( 9 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
10 ( 18 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Blur

11 ( 15 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
12 ( 11 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
13 ( 12 ) WORLD IN YOUR HANDS Culture Beat
14 ( 17 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE World’s Apart
15 ( 36 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
16 ( 8 ) PRETTY GOOD YEAR Tori Amos
17 ( NEW ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart
18 ( 33 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
19 ( 21 ) I LIKE 2 MOVE IT Reel 2 Real
20 ( 51 ) SHAPES THAT GO TOGETHER a-ha

21 ( 26 ) SORRY BUT I’M GONNA HAVE TO PASS The Coasters
22 ( 10 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW Jimmy Cliff
23 ( 13 ) RENAISSANCE M People
24 ( NEW ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
25 ( 61 ) SLEEPING IN MY CAR Roxette
26 ( 14 ) LINGER The Cranberries
27 ( 49 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE Bitty McLean
28 ( 28 ) KEEP GIVIN’ ME LOVE Ce Ce Peniston
29 ( 25 ) ANOTHER SAD LOVE SONG (REMIX) Toni Braxton
30 ( 19 ) THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME THE CLOSER I GET Morrissey

31 ( 24 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
32 ( 20 ) I BELIEVE Marcella Detroit
33 ( 27 ) LOVER Joe Roberts
34 ( 23 ) HOT LOVE NOW The Wonder Stuff
35 ( 74 ) FOUND OUT ABOUT YOU Gin Blossoms
36 ( 29 ) C’EST LA VIE UB40
37 ( 52 ) DRY COUNTY Bon Jovi
38 ( NEW ) HUNG UP Paul Weller
39 ( 31 ) DOOP Doop
40 ( NEW ) ALWAYS Erasure

41 ( 34 ) FOREVER NOW Level 42
42 ( 48 ) SAY SOMETHING James
43 ( 42 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
44 ( 32 ) LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE Nat ‘King’ Cole
45 ( NEW ) HI DE HO K7 & The Swing Kids
46 ( 41 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
47 ( 45 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
48 ( 22 ) MOVE ON BABY Cappella
49 ( 63 ) ROCK MY HEART Haddaway
50 ( 69 ) HAVE MERCY Yazz

51 ( 30 ) LOSER Beck
52 ( 35 ) TAKE IT BACK Pink Floyd
53 ( 43 ) SWEET LULLABY Deep Forest
54 ( NEW ) SON OF A GUN JX
55 ( 38 ) I WAS RIGHT AND YOU WERE WRONG Deacon Blue
56 ( 39 ) SOMEBODY TO SHOVE Soul Asylum
57 ( 55 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
58 ( NEW ) SHINE ON Degrees Of Motion
59 ( 46 ) WHY? D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
60 ( 60 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex

61 ( 56 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
62 ( NEW ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree
63 ( 37 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
64 ( 75 ) THE RED SHOES Kate Bush
65 ( NEW ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
66 ( NEW ) HOW GEE Black Machine
67 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
69 ( 64 ) I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO THIS KIND OF THING Pet Shop Boys
70 ( 40 ) I BELIEVE Sounds Of Blackness

71 ( NEW ) BROTHER SISTER Urban Species
72 ( NEW ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
73 ( NEW ) I’LL WAIT Taylor Dayne
74 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING CHANGES Take That
75 ( NEW ) ONLY TO BE WITH YOU Roachford

17th April 1994

2 weeks for the Bee Gees holding off Pet Shop Boys from the top, and Brooce hits 4, his highest chart position to date. Crash Test Dummies bring their quirky Canadian folkrock up to 7. Mmmmmmm folkalicious! Erasure’s sweet Always shoots to 12, and Terrorvision are the highest new entry at 25 – Oblivion! Good name for a rollercoaster that…

Kate’s up to 27, keeping her Top 40 run going with one of her less commercial singles, Taylor Dayne’s back 7 years on from her debut Top 40 hit at 34, and The Pretenders extend their run of new hits in the 40 to 15 years. Others: Bob Geldof is Crazy at 52, 17 years on from the Boomtown Rats debut; Frank Sinatra’s My Way just won’t go away 25 years on from starting it’s looooong run. I don’t see it charting again though; Celine Dion has been misled. When I was 12 I was sure it was a verb, not a noun. I misle, you misle, we misle and I have been misled (pronounced My-Zelled). I read a lot more words than people used in conversation in those days. I wish Celine had pronounced it My-Selled, allowing for the accent; and lastly Tina Turner is back with her cover of her cover with Ike of Creedence’s 1969 Top 10.

1 ( 1 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
2 ( 2 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
4 ( 6 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
5 ( 5 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
6 ( 4 ) WHISPERING YOUR NAME Alison Moyet
7 ( 17 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
8 ( 23 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
9 ( 16 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart
10 ( 14 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince

11 ( 11 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
12 ( 40 ) ALWAYS Erasure
13 ( 12 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
14 ( 7 ) I’LL REMEMBER Madonna
15 ( 9 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
16 ( 8 ) ROCKS Primal Scream
17 ( 29 ) ANOTHER SAD LOVE SONG (REMIX) Toni Braxton
18 ( 20 ) SORRY BUT I’M GONNA HAVE TO PASS The Coasters
19 ( 13 ) WORLD IN YOUR HANDS Culture Beat
20 ( 28 ) KEEP GIVIN’ ME LOVE Ce Ce Peniston

21 ( 10 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Blur
22 ( 27 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE Bitty McLean
23 ( 19 ) SHAPES THAT GO TOGETHER a-ha
24 ( 15 ) PRETTY GOOD YEAR Tori Amos
25 ( NEW ) OBLIVION Terrorvision
26 ( 18 ) I LIKE 2 MOVE IT Reel 2 Real
27 ( 64 ) THE RED SHOES Kate Bush
28 ( 62 ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree
29 ( 38 ) HUNG UP Paul Weller
30 ( 49 ) ROCK MY HEART Haddaway

31 ( 21 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW Jimmy Cliff
32 ( 35 ) FOUND OUT ABOUT YOU Gin Blossoms
33 ( 31 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
34 ( 73 ) I’LL WAIT Taylor Dayne
35 ( NEW ) 100% PURE LOVE Crystal Waters
36 ( 22 ) RENAISSANCE M People
37 ( 42 ) SAY SOMETHING James
38 ( 26 ) LINGER The Cranberries
39 ( 25 ) SLEEPING IN MY CAR Roxette
40 ( 72 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders

41 ( 39 ) DOOP Doop
42 ( 33 ) LOVER Joe Roberts
43 ( 66 ) HOW GEE Black Machine
44 ( 14 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE World’s Apart
45 ( 43 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
46 ( 54 ) SON OF A GUN JX
47 ( 65 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
48 ( 46 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
49 ( 32 ) I BELIEVE Marcella Detroit
50 ( 47 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen

51 ( 36 ) C’EST LA VIE UB40
52 ( NEW ) CRAZY Bob Geldof
53 ( 30 ) THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME THE CLOSER I GET Morrissey
54 ( NEW ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
55 ( 75 ) ONLY TO BE WITH YOU Roachford
56 ( 71 ) BROTHER SISTER Urban Species
57 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Rockmelons
58 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( 41 ) FOREVER NOW Level 42
60 ( NEW ) LONELY SYMPHONY Frances Ruffelle

61 ( 60 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
62 ( 61 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) BACK IN MY LIFE Joe Roberts
64 ( 53 ) SWEET LULLABY Deep Forest
65 ( NEW ) MISLED Celine Dion
66 ( NEW ) LET THE MUSIC LIFT YOU UP Loveland vs Darlene Lewis
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
69 ( NEW ) ALL OVER YOU Level 42
70 ( NEW ) GOTTA LOTTA LOVE Ice T

71 ( 74 ) EVERYTHING CHANGES Take That
72 ( NEW ) WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE BEAUTIFUL Lena Fiagbe
73 ( NEW ) LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR Honky
74 ( 45 ) HI DE HO K7 & The Swing Kids
75 ( NEW ) PROUD MARY Tina Turner

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