This week in 1990
1 Sacrifice/Healing Hands Elton John
2 Nessun Dorma Luciano Pavarotti
3 It Must Have Been Love Roxette
4 Mona Craig McLachlan and Check 1-2
5 Oops Up Snap!
6 World In Motion Englandneworder
7 Close To You Maxi Priest
8 Hold On Wilson Phillips
9 U Can't Touch This MC Hammer
10 The Only Rhyme That Bites MC Tunes vs 808 State
Hard to believe that 'Sacrifice' was Elton John's first solo number one in his home country, over two decades into a stellar career. The song had originally been released the previous year, but stalled at number 55 in the UK and 18 in the US. BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Wright began playing it in the early months of 1990, and more radio stations followed suit. It was re-released as a double-A side single and reached number one, staying on top for five weeks. It stalled at 2 in Ireland, held off the top by the Rep. Of Ireland Squad's 'Put 'Em Under Pressure', an Irish No. 1 for 13 consecutive weeks.