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  • Irish Album Charts From The 90s

    In the early 1990s RTE radio changed the format of it's weekly chart show. Instead of a 2 hour countdown of the Top 30 singles they had a 2 part programme with part 1 looking at the Top 20 albums and the singles chart reduced to the second hour. I recently got a scanner and have dug out the original handwritten copies of the charts from this time and over the course of this thread I will post the scans of as many of the album charts as I can.

    From memory the first of these new look shows was in September 1990 and the first charts I can find are from a few weeks later. After the one chart from October they seem to be pretty much all there from the last week in November onwards though there are 2 noticeable gaps in my collection.

    1. mid Sept 91 to the end of November 91

    It's entirely possible that these have been filed elsewhere and I may well be able to track them down at a later stage.

    2. 26/01/92, 02/02/92, 09/02/92 and 16/02/92

    During this period there was a strike at RTE and the chart show wasn't broadcast. I do have a partial chart for 16/02/92 based on the last week info on the chart from 23/02/92.

    I hope to post one or two scans each night. These will be in date order as far as possible.

    PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR CHART RUNS FOR SPECIFIC ARTISTS / ALBUMS OR FOR INFO OUTSIDE THE TOP 20. EVERYTHING I HAVE WILL BE POSTED HERE.

    The charts are Top 20s up to November 1996 when I was able to get the Top 30 from Aertel, the Irish teletext service. As the charts from January 2000 onwards are already available online I will stop at the end of 1999.

    At the end of many of the early charts you'll notice 2 or 3 cryptic clues. This was a competition which ran every week with the clues being given out one at a time during the show. The answer was usually relating to an artist / song from the singles chart of that particular week.

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    The Megadeth album at 18 was Rust In Peace
    The Tina Turner album at 19 was Simply The Best

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    • #3


      The Van Morrison album at 13 was Enlightenment. Real Real Gone was the single.

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      • #4
        Wow - I Just Can Say That!

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        • #5
          wow! corious

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          • #6
            Thanks Shaky, great thread!

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            • #7
              Happy for this thread!

              Others Top 10, are (here and there) on old Billboard issues, avalaible on the net.
              Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                  • #10
                    Have had a rethink on this! As the charts are only Top 20s it will be just as easy to create a database and just post the charts here. I have been storing the scans on a free website which I set up but there are limits to the amount that it will allow...

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                    • #11
                      Shakyfan, tell me please are you going to post your notes here or somewhere else? These statistics are really interesting!

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                      • #12
                        Will be back in a couple of days! Just started posting them elsewhere and will have caught up by tomorrow evening...

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                        • #13
                          16th December 1990

                          01 01 Elton John - Very Best of....
                          08 02 The 3 Tenors - In Concert
                          04 03 Mary Black - Best of...
                          Ne 04 Various - The Hit Pack
                          09 05 Father Brian D'Arcy - Give Up Yer Aul Sins
                          11 06 Phil Collins - Serious Hits (Live)
                          02 07 Various - Now 18
                          06 08 Paul Simon - Rhythm of The Saints
                          13 09 Status Quo - Rockin' All Over The Years
                          10 10 Phil Coulter - Collection

                          05 11 Madonna - The Immaculate Collection
                          25 12 Joe Dolan - Greatest Hits
                          7 13 Liam Reilly - Throwing Caution To The Wind
                          28 14 Jimmy Somerville - Singles Collection
                          15 15 Jive Bunny - It's Party Time
                          17 16 Technotronic - Trip On This
                          12 17 Jason Donovan - Between The Lines
                          16 18 Various - Greatest Love
                          03 19 Kylie Minogue - Rhythm of Love
                          21 20 Bee Gees - Best of...

                          23rd December 1990

                          01 01 Elton John - Very Best of....
                          02 02 The 3 Tenors - In Concert
                          11 03 Madonna - The Immaculate Collection
                          07 04 Various - Now 18
                          06 05 Phil Collins - Serious Hits (Live)
                          05 06 Father Brian D'Arcy - Give Up Yer Aul Sins
                          03 07 Mary Black - Best of...
                          04 08 Various - The Hit Pack
                          12 09 Joe Dolan - Greatest Hits
                          08 10 Paul Simon - Rhythm of The Saints

                          25 11 New Kids On The Block - Step By Step
                          23 12 Michael Bolton - Soul Provider
                          21 13 Carpenters - Only Yesterday
                          16 14 Technotronic - Trip On This
                          09 15 Status Quo - Rockin' All Over The Years
                          30 16 John McNally - Christmas With...
                          18 17 Various - Greatest Love
                          20 18 Bee Gees - Best of...
                          14 19 Jimmy Somerville - Singles Collection
                          24 20 Frank McNamara - In A Sentimental Mood

                          There was no new chart on 30th December - the usual policy was to play through the number 1s of the previous 12 months

                          30th December 1990

                          01 01 Elton John - Very Best of....
                          02 02 The 3 Tenors - In Concert
                          03 03 Madonna - The Immaculate Collection
                          04 04 Various - Now 18
                          05 05 Phil Collins - Serious Hits (Live)
                          06 06 Father Brian D'Arcy - Give Up Yer Aul Sins
                          07 07 Mary Black - Best of...
                          08 08 Various - The Hit Pack
                          09 09 Joe Dolan - Greatest Hits
                          10 10 Paul Simon - Rhythm of The Saints

                          11 11 New Kids On The Block - Step By Step
                          12 12 Michael Bolton - Soul Provider
                          13 13 Carpenters - Only Yesterday
                          14 14 Technotronic - Trip On This
                          15 15 Status Quo - Rockin' All Over The Years
                          16 16 John McNally - Christmas With...
                          17 17 Various - Greatest Love
                          18 18 Bee Gees - Best of...
                          19 19 Jimmy Somerville - Singles Collection
                          20 20 Frank McNamara - In A Sentimental Mood

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                          • #14
                            Kylie had quite the tumble - 3-19!

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                            • #15
                              ...and into 1991

                              6th January 1991

                              01 01 Elton John - Very Best of....
                              02 02 The 3 Tenors - In Concert
                              04 03 Various - Now 18
                              05 04 Phil Collins - Serious Hits (Live)
                              12 05 Michael Bolton - Soul Provider
                              06 06 Father Brian D'Arcy - Give Up Yer Aul Sins
                              03 07 Madonna - The Immaculate Collection
                              07 08 Mary Black - Best of...
                              08 09 Various - The Hit Pack
                              11 10 New Kids On The Block - Step By Step

                              09 11 Joe Dolan - Greatest Hits
                              19 12 Jimmy Somerville - Singles Collection
                              13 13 Carpenters - Only Yesterday
                              14 14 Technotronic - Trip On This
                              10 15 Paul Simon - Rhythm of The Saints
                              23 16 Various - 60 No 1s of The 60s
                              21 17 George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1
                              16 18 John McNally - Christmas With...
                              15 19 Status Quo - Rockin' All Over The Years
                              18 20 Bee Gees - Best of...

                              13th January 1991

                              03 01 Various - Now 18
                              05 02 Michael Bolton - Soul Provider
                              04 03 Phil Collins - Serious Hits (Live)
                              02 04 The 3 Tenors - In Concert
                              01 05 Elton John - Very Best of....
                              10 06 New Kids On The Block - Step By Step
                              06 07 Father Brian D'Arcy - Give Up Yer Aul Sins
                              13 08 Carpenters - Only Yesterday
                              14 09 Technotronic - Trip On This
                              16 10 Various - 60 No 1s of The 60s

                              15 11 Paul Simon - Rhythm of The Saints
                              12 12 Jimmy Somerville - Singles Collection
                              17 13 George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1
                              08 14 Mary Black - Best of...
                              07 15 Madonna - The Immaculate Collection
                              18 16 John McNally - Christmas With...
                              11 17 Joe Dolan - Greatest Hits
                              Ne 18 Simpsons - ... Sing The Blues
                              22 19 Cliff Richard - From A Distance: The Event
                              Re 20 AC/DC - Razor's Edge

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                              • #16
                                Back again! A full month's worth tonight.......

                                20th January 1991

                                01 01 Various - Now 18
                                02 02 Michael Bolton - Soul Provider
                                05 03 Elton John - Very Best of....
                                03 04 Phil Collins - Serious Hits (Live)
                                15 05 Madonna - The Immaculate Collection
                                12 06 Jimmy Somerville - Singles Collection
                                07 07 Father Brian D'Arcy - Give Up Yer Aul Sins
                                06 08 New Kids On The Block - Step By Step
                                04 09 The 3 Tenors - In Concert
                                13 10 George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1

                                10 11 Various - 60 No 1s of The 60s
                                14 12 Mary Black - Best of...
                                18 13 Simpsons - ... Sing The Blues
                                09 14 Technotronic - Trip On This
                                11 15 Paul Simon - Rhythm of The Saints
                                08 16 Carpenters - Only Yesterday
                                19 17 Cliff Richard - From A Distance
                                ?? 18 Vanilla Ice - To The Extreme
                                ?? 19 MC Hammer - Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em
                                20 20 AC/DC - Razor's Edge

                                27th January 1991

                                Ne 01 Sting - Soul Cages
                                13 02 Simpsons - ... Sing The Blues
                                03 03 Elton John - Very Best of....
                                22 04 Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
                                10 05 George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1
                                05 06 Madonna - The Immaculate Collection
                                12 07 Mary Black - Best of...
                                04 08 Phil Collins - Serious Hits (Live)
                                01 09 Various - Now 18
                                18 10 Vanilla Ice - To The Extreme

                                Ne 11 Various - Thinking of You
                                19 12 MC Hammer - Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em
                                09 13 The 3 Tenors - In Concert
                                21 14 Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
                                Ne 15 Enigma - MCMXC AD
                                06 16 Jimmy Somerville - Singles Collection
                                02 17 Michael Bolton - Soul Provider
                                30 18 David Lee Roth - A Little Ain't Enough
                                14 19 Technotronic - Trip On This
                                16 20 Carpenters - Only Yesterday

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                                  3rd February 1991

                                  01 01 Sting - Soul Cages
                                  04 02 Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
                                  02 03 Simpsons - ... Sing The Blues
                                  15 04 Enigma - MCMXC AD
                                  05 05 George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1
                                  03 06 Elton John - Very Best of....
                                  10 07 Vanilla Ice - To The Extreme
                                  12 08 MC Hammer - Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em
                                  13 09 The 3 Tenors - In Concert
                                  07 10 Mary Black - Best of...

                                  11 11 Various - Thinking of You
                                  24 12 Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler - Neck & Neck
                                  18 13 David Lee Roth - A Little Ain't Enough
                                  08 14 Phil Collins - Serious Hits (Live)
                                  16 15 Jimmy Somerville - Singles Collection
                                  Ne 16 OST - Lost Boys
                                  27 17 Softi & Moore - Orchestra
                                  Re 18 Something Happens - Stuck Together With God's Glue
                                  17 19 Michael Bolton - Soul Provider
                                  Re 20 Sinead O'Connor - I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

                                  10th February 1991

                                  Ne 01 Thin Lizzy - Dedication
                                  Ne 02 Gloria Estefan - Into The Light
                                  01 03 Sting - Soul Cages
                                  Ne 04 Queen - Innuendo
                                  03 05 Simpsons - ... Sing The Blues
                                  04 06 Enigma - MCMXC AD
                                  05 07 George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1
                                  10 08 Mary Black - Best of...
                                  02 09 Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
                                  19 10 Michael Bolton - Soul Provider

                                  07 11 Vanilla Ice - To The Extreme
                                  11 12 Various - Thinking of You
                                  08 13 MC Hammer - Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em
                                  Ne 14 Various - Missing You 2
                                  12 15 Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler - Neck & Neck
                                  06 16 Elton John - Very Best of....
                                  16 17 OST - Lost Boys
                                  09 18 The 3 Tenors - In Concert
                                  Ne 19 Tanita Tikaram - Everybody's Angel
                                  25 20 Black Box - Dreamland

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                                    17th February 1991

                                    01 01 Thin Lizzy - Dedication
                                    02 02 Gloria Estefan - Into The Light
                                    04 03 Queen - Innuendo
                                    Ne 04 Jose Carreras - The Essential
                                    05 05 Simpsons - ... Sing The Blues
                                    07 06 George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1
                                    06 07 Enigma - MCMXC AD
                                    09 08 Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
                                    08 09 Mary Black - Best of...
                                    10 10 Michael Bolton - Soul Provider

                                    14 11 Various - Missing You 2
                                    Ne 12 Various - Awesome!
                                    03 13 Sting - Soul Cages
                                    16 14 Elton John - Very Best of....
                                    15 15 Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler - Neck & Neck
                                    11 16 Vanilla Ice - To The Extreme
                                    19 17 Tanita Tikaram - Everybody's Angel
                                    13 18 MC Hammer - Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em
                                    20 19 Black Box - Dreamland
                                    18 20 The 3 Tenors - In Concert

                                    24th February 1991

                                    01 01 Thin Lizzy - Dedication
                                    02 02 Gloria Estefan - Into The Light
                                    03 03 Queen - Innuendo
                                    04 04 Jose Carreras - The Essential
                                    06 05 George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1
                                    05 06 Simpsons - ... Sing The Blues
                                    Ne 07 New Kids On The Block - No More Games
                                    07 08 Enigma - MCMXC AD
                                    12 09 Various - Awesome!
                                    11 10 Various - Missing You 2

                                    10 11 Michael Bolton - Soul Provider
                                    17 12 Tanita Tikaram - Everybody's Angel
                                    09 13 Mary Black - Best of...
                                    08 14 Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
                                    19 15 Black Box - Dreamland
                                    Re 16 OST - Grease
                                    21 17 Faith No More - Live At Brixton Academy
                                    23 18 Whitney Houston - I'm Your Baby Tonight
                                    14 19 Elton John - Very Best of....
                                    Ne 20 OST - Pretty Woman

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                                    • #19
                                      3rd March 1991

                                      Ne 01 Chris Rea - Auberge
                                      01 02 Thin Lizzy - Dedication
                                      04 03 Jose Carreras - The Essential
                                      05 04 George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1
                                      06 05 Simpsons - ... Sing The Blues
                                      07 06 New Kids On The Block - No More Games
                                      09 07 Various - Awesome!
                                      16 08 OST - Grease
                                      14 09 Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
                                      08 10 Enigma - MCMXC AD

                                      13 11 Mary Black - Best of...
                                      Ne 12 Rick Astley - Free
                                      02 13 Gloria Estefan - Into The Light
                                      20 14 OST - Pretty Woman
                                      Ne 15 Sandy Kelly - You Need A Friend
                                      19 16 Elton John - Very Best of....
                                      24 17 Nigel Kennedy - Four Seasons
                                      Ne 18 Patsy Cline - Sweet Dreams
                                      27 19 OST - Lost Boys
                                      Re 20 Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever

                                      18 Patsy Cline - Sweet Dreams. My written copy of this chart has no title given for this position. Looking at the UK charts for that week there were 2 Patsy Cline albums listed one at 18 and the other at 55. I'm assuming this one is the higher placed of the 2.

                                      10th March 1991

                                      01 01 Chris Rea - Auberge
                                      02 02 Thin Lizzy - Dedication
                                      05 03 Simpsons - ... Sing The Blues
                                      04 04 George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1
                                      Ne 05 Finbar Wright - Because
                                      09 06 Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
                                      06 07 New Kids On The Block - No More Games
                                      Ne 08 Morrissey - Kill Uncle
                                      Ne 09 The Farm - Spartacus
                                      08 10 OST - Grease

                                      15 11 Sandy Kelly - You Need A Friend
                                      13 12 Gloria Estefan - Into The Light
                                      Ne 13 Joan Armatrading - Very Best of....
                                      12 14 Rick Astley - Free
                                      11 15 Mary Black - Best of...
                                      Ne 16 Debbie Harry - Complete Picture
                                      14 17 OST - Pretty Woman
                                      10 18 Enigma - MCMXC AD
                                      16 19 Elton John - Very Best of....
                                      07 20 Various - Awesome!

                                      17th March 1991

                                      01 01 Chris Rea - Auberge
                                      Ne 02 REM - Out of Time
                                      03 03 Simpsons - ... Sing The Blues
                                      02 04 Thin Lizzy - Dedication
                                      05 05 Finbar Wright - Because
                                      04 06 George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1
                                      09 07 The Farm - Spartacus
                                      11 08 Sandy Kelly - You Need A Friend
                                      13 09 Joan Armatrading - Very Best of....
                                      08 10 Morrissey - Kill Uncle

                                      06 11 Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
                                      16 12 Debbie Harry - Complete Picture
                                      12 13 Gloria Estefan - Into The Light
                                      14 14 Rick Astley - Free
                                      15 15 Mary Black - Best of...
                                      Ne 16 Oleta Adams - Circle of One
                                      20 17 Various - Awesome!
                                      17 18 OST - Pretty Woman
                                      ?? 19 Free - Best of...
                                      Ne 20 Gay Byrne & Friends - Oklahoma

                                      19 Free - Best of... Announced as a climber on the chart show - not known how many places it had climbed

                                      24th March 1991

                                      02 01 REM - Out of Time
                                      Ne 02 Paul Brady - Trick Or Treat
                                      Ne 03 Eurythmics - Greatest Hits
                                      03 04 Simpsons - ... Sing The Blues
                                      05 05 Finbar Wright - Because
                                      09 06 Joan Armatrading - Very Best of....
                                      07 07 The Farm - Spartacus
                                      06 08 George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1
                                      10 09 Morrissey - Kill Uncle
                                      04 10 Thin Lizzy - Dedication

                                      11 11 Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
                                      08 12 Sandy Kelly - You Need A Friend
                                      12 13 Debbie Harry - Complete Picture
                                      13 14 Gloria Estefan - Into The Light
                                      01 15 Chris Rea - Auberge
                                      16 16 Oleta Adams - Circle of One
                                      17 17 Various - Awesome!
                                      20 18 Gay Byrne & Friends - Oklahoma
                                      Ne 19 Various - Unchained Melodies
                                      18 20 OST - Pretty Woman

                                      31st March 1991

                                      02 01 Paul Brady - Trick Or Treat
                                      01 02 REM - Out of Time
                                      03 03 Eurythmics - Greatest Hits
                                      Ne 04 Various - Now 19
                                      Ne 05 OST - The Doors
                                      04 06 Simpsons - ... Sing The Blues
                                      Ne 07 Rod Stewart - Vagabond Heart
                                      Ne 08 Nigel Kennedy - Branhs Violin Concerto
                                      06 09 Joan Armatrading - Very Best of....
                                      08 10 George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1

                                      07 11 The Farm - Spartacus
                                      19 12 Various - Unchained Melodies
                                      12 13 Sandy Kelly - You Need A Friend
                                      05 14 Finbar Wright - Because
                                      17 15 Various - Awesome!
                                      11 16 Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
                                      13 17 Debbie Harry - Complete Picture
                                      20 18 OST - Pretty Woman
                                      Ne 19 Jose Carreras - Hollywood Golden Memories
                                      18 20 Gay Byrne & Friends - Oklahoma

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                                      • #20
                                        Thanks, Shaky, very interesting thread!!!
                                        Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                                        • #21
                                          Will re-commence the posting shortly! Meanwhile I've found the audio of the chart rundowns (albums and singles) from 16th December 1990

                                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwNHrWpm_ko

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                                          • #22
                                            BUMP


                                            Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                                            • #23
                                              Shakyfan, do you think you could continue posting the 1991 Irish album charts? I'd really like to see how Love Hurts by Cher did in Ireland! Thanks!

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                                              • #24
                                                Good news and bad news!

                                                I have found the spreadsheet I was using and it has actually been done up to the end of 1991. And just last night I found the folder I was working from which has all the charts to the end of June 1992 (minus those mentioned earlier). The bad news is that I appear to have put the folder with the remaining charts somewhere else and I'm not too sure where that somewhere was. I will post what I've got and hopefully the others will turn up....

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                                                • #25
                                                  Any idea where if anywhere the album charts were published before 1992?
                                                  The 65th Beatle

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