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    by Tue March 30th, 2010, 21:44

    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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    by Tue March 30th, 2010, 21:47



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

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    by Tue March 30th, 2010, 21:48



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

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    by Wed March 31st, 2010, 11:46

    Happy for this thread!

    Others Top 10, are (here and there) on old Billboard issues, avalaible on the net.
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    by Sat April 3rd, 2010, 14:46

    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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    by Sat April 10th, 2010, 19:58

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

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    by Sat April 10th, 2010, 21:33

    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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    by Mon April 12th, 2010, 21:02

    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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    by Mon April 12th, 2010, 21:03

    Kylie had quite the tumble - 3-19!

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    by Tue April 13th, 2010, 19:53

    ...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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    by Tue April 27th, 2010, 19:12

    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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    by Wed April 28th, 2010, 21:02

    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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    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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    by Mon May 31st, 2010, 16:44

    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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    by Sun April 22nd, 2012, 23:18

    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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    by Mon April 23rd, 2012, 18:42

    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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    by Wed July 6th, 2016, 18:09

    Any idea where if anywhere the album charts were published before 1992?
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