ARIA Charts Throwback: 7 July 1991
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 7 July 1991

July 4, 2019

I got chills, they're multiplyin' and I'm losin' control. Maybe the hits of July 1991 will help?

As July 1991 kicked off, the ARIA Albums Chart found the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Paula Abdul, Skid Row, Van Halen, James Reyne, R.E.M., Ratcat, Daryl Braithwaite and more sitting in the high positions.

During the same time, a reworking of some movie classics became one of the most unlikely hits of the year.

10. Roxette - Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)

Roxette’s seventh and final Top Ten entry on the ARIA Singles Chart came when ‘Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave)’ hit #7 in June 1991. It was the second single released from the album Joyride (#2 Apr. ’91) after its title track (#1 Apr. ’91).

9. Sheena Easton - What Comes Naturally

Scottish singer Sheena Easton made her first appearance in the ARIA Top 50 since 1984 when ‘What Comes Naturally’ peaked at #4 in June 1991. Before that, she charted with the track ‘Strut’ (#13 Mar. ’85).

8. Amy Grant - Baby Baby

American singer-songwriter Amy Grant scored her only appearance in the ARIA Top Ten when ‘Baby Baby’ landed at #5 in June 1991. Lifted from Grant’s eighth album, Heart In Motion (#14 Sept. ’91), the single spent two weeks at #1 in the US.

7. Kylie Minogue - Shocked

‘Shocked’ became the third Top Ten single from Kylie Minogue’s album Rhythm Of Love (#10 Mar ’91) when it peaked at #7 in July 1991. Other hits from the album included ‘Better The Devil You Know’ (#4 Jun. ’90) and ‘Step Back in Time’ (#5 Dec. ’90).

6. Rod Stewart - Rhythm Of My Heart

Peaking at #3 in Australia, ‘Rhythm Of My Heart’ was also a Top Ten hit for Rod Stewart in the US, UK and New Zealand, as well as a #1 in Canada and Ireland. The single’s parent album, Vagabond Heart spent a week at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in July 1991, becoming Stewart’s first #1 album in Australia since 1978.

5. The KLF - Last Train To Trancentral

British duo The KLF took out the second of their three Top Ten entries on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Last Train To Trancentral’ hit #5 in July 1991. They peaked at #3 with both ‘3 a.m. Eternal’ (#3 May ’91) and ‘Justified & Ancient’ (#3 Feb. ’92).

4. De La Soul - Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)

Hip hop group De La Soul scored their highest peak on the ARIA Singles Chart when they hit #4 in July 1991 with ‘Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)’. The single came from the trio’s second LP, De La Soul Is Dead (#12 Jul. ’91).

3. Melissa - Read My Lips

The debut single from E Street star turned singer Melissa Tkautz became her first (and to date only) #1 on the ARIA Charts when it spent two consecutive weeks in the top spot in July 1991. The first single released from Tkautz’ debut album Fresh (#15 Jun. ’92), ‘Read My Lips’ debuted at #41 in June. It was #1 for the first time in its sixth week in the top 50. In total, ‘Read My Lips’ spent 11 weeks in the top ten 18 weeks in the top 50. It was accredited Platinum and was #6 on the 1991 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart.

2. Paula Abdul - Rush Rush

The first single released from Paula Abdul’s second album, Spellbound (#3 Jul. ’91), ‘Rush Rush’ became the American artist’s second Top Ten entry in Australia when it reached #2 in July 1991. Abdul previously topped the Singles Chart with ‘Opposites Attract’ (#1 Apr. ’90). She last hit the Top Ten with ‘My Love Is For Real’ (#7 Jul. ’95).

1. Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta - Grease Megamix

Issued to celebrate the release of beloved musical comedy Grease on video, the ‘Grease Megamix’ spent five straight weeks at #1 in June/July 1991 and was #3 on the 1991 End Of Year Singles Chart. The Grease soundtrack topped the Albums Chart for three weeks in June/July 1991, the second of three times it has topped the charts in Australia.