ARIA Charts Throwback: 5 May 1991
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 5 May 1991

May 2, 2019

You’ll love the hits of May 1991 and that ain’t bad.

When 1991 began its fifth month, the ARIA Albums Chart saw the likes of the Eurythmics, Roxette, The Screaming Jets, R.E.M., Hoodoo Gurus, Daryl Braithwaite and more holding the top positions.

At the start of the month, a Sydney trio would begin a brief but prosperous period at the top of the Singles and Albums charts.

10. Seal - Crazy

English singer-songwriter Seal made his debut on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Crazy’ hit #9 in April 1991. Coming from the album Seal (#22 Jun. ’91), the single was also a Top Ten hit in the US and UK. Seal later hit #1 with ‘Kiss From A Rose’ (#1 Aug. ’95).

9. Southern Sons - Hold Me In Your Arms

Melbourne band Southern Sons took out the second of their three Top Ten entries on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Hold Me In Your Arms’ peaked at #9 in April 1991. It was the second Top Ten from the group’s self-titled debut album (#5 Apr. ’91) after ‘Heart in Danger’ (#5 Nov. ’90).

8. EMF - Unbelievable

British indie dance band EMF scored their only Top Ten entry on the ARIA Singles Chart with ‘Unbelievable’. The track peaked at #8 for four weeks in May and June 1991. Their only other Singles Chart entry was with ‘Children’ (#49 Sept. ’91). Both tracks came from the group’s debut album, Schubert Dip (#44 Jun. ’91).

7. Julee Cruise - Falling

American singer-songwriter Julee Cruise spent one week at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart in April 1991 with the track ‘Falling’. The song served as the theme tune to the TV series Twin Peaks, whose soundtrack was #1 on the Albums Chart in the same week ‘Falling’ was #1.

6. Ratcat - Don't Go Now

After hitting #1 in May 1991 with the EP Tingles, Sydney band Ratcat hit #1 again, this time with ‘Don’t Go Now’. The single came from Ratcat’s second album, Blind Love, which spent the first of its three-week stay at the top of the Albums Chart in the same week ‘Don’t Go Now’ was #1 on the Singles Chart. Following ‘Don’t Go Now’, Ratcat would have three more Top 50 entries, the last being with ‘Holiday’ (#41 Nov. ’92).

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

Originally a hit in 1964 for American artist Betty Everett, Cher recorded a version of ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)’ for the soundtrack to the film Mermaids, in which she starred alongside Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci. The track peaked at #4 and would be Cher’s last Top Ten until ‘Believe’ (#1 Jan. ’99).

4. The Screaming Jets - Better

Newcastle rockers The Screaming Jets scored their biggest chart hit when ‘Better’ peaked at #4 in May 1991. This was the second single released from the band’s debut album, All For One (#2 May ’91). It later landed at #20 on the 1991 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart.

3. Daryl Braithwaite - The Horses

Written by Rickie Lee Jones and Steely Dan’s Walker Becker and originally released by Jones on her 1989 album, Flying Cowboys, ‘The Horses’ found its biggest success when Daryl Braithwaite’s version topped the ARIA Singles Chart for two weeks in May 1991. Braithwaite’s second solo #1 single on the Australian charts (the first was ‘You’re My World’ in 1974), ‘The Horses’ was #4 on the 1991 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart.

2. Roxette - Joyride

Swedish duo Roxette scored their third #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Joyride’ spent three weeks in the top spot in April 1991. The title track of Roxette’s third album (#2 Apr. ’91) was #9 on the 1991 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart. Roxette also hit #1 with ‘The Look’ (#1 Jun. ’89) and ‘It Must Have Been Love’ (#1 Jul. ’90).

1. Ratcat - Tingles

The first of Ratcat’s two #1s on the ARIA Singles Chart came the six-track Tingles EP topped the chart for two consecutive weeks in May 1991. Released in October 1990 and featuring the track ‘That Ain’t Bad’, the EP debuted in the top 50 at #50 in December 1990. It hit #1 for the first time in its 20th week in the top 50. Tingles spent 14 weeks in the top ten and 24 weeks in the top 50. Receiving a Platinum accreditation, Tingles was #2 on the 1991 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart.