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Morrissey in the UK Charts
Last Update
: 8th July 2015


Let's face it: for Morrissey, the UK charts are the ones which really count - and not just for him. In the other main 'markets' (USA, Germany, Japan), the singles never had a great impact. Today the single charts must not be taken serious anymore - Morrissey did top the US single charts in 2006 with You Have Killed Me and sold just 3.160 units in that week!

In general, all charts were more important in, lets say, 1988 as they are today and you had to sell more copies to get into the Top 10. From April 2006, digital downloads do also count for the ranking in the single charts and since the 90s radio play does also. Meanwhile even Streaming numbers count. The physical single is indeed dead more or less, though its a shame, and a variety of singles formats on Vinyl, MC, CD, DVD, USB couldn't stop this.

To cut a (very) long story short: charts do tell - and always have told - much more about marketing strategy than about the artistic value of the disc or the artist. They do not longer have any importance - in 2014, Morrissey did release his first ever download only 'singles'. If he gives in, we can declare the 'single format' dead.

 

Singles

TitleLabel / Companytaken from the albumweeks in charts

highest rank

Release dateSleeve
SuedeheadHis Masters Voice / EMI'Viva Hate'6 wks# 5Feb 1988Suedehead
Everyday Is Like SundayHis Masters Voice / EMI'Viva Hate'6 wks# 9Jun 1988Everyday Is Like Sunday
The Last Of The Famous International PlayboysHis Masters Voice / EMIstand-alone single5 wks# 6Feb 1989TLOTFIP
Interesting DrugHis Masters Voice / EMIstand-alone single4 wks# 9Apr 1989Interesting Drug
Ouija Board, Ouija BoardHis Masters Voice / EMIstand-alone single4 wks# 18Nov 1989Ouija Board
November Spawned A MonsterHis Masters Voice / EMIstand-alone single4 wks# 12Apr 1990November Spawned A Monster
Piccadilly PalareHis Masters Voice / EMI'Bona Drag'2 wks# 18Oct 1990Picadilly Palare
Our FrankHis Masters Voice / EMI'Kill Uncle'3 wks# 26Feb 1991Our Frank
Sing Your LifeHis Masters Voice / EMI'Kill Uncle'2 wks# 33Apr 1991Sing Your Life
Pregnant For The Last TimeHis Masters Voice / EMIstand-alone single4 wks# 25Jul 1991Pregnant For The Last Time
My Love LifeHis Masters Voice / EMIstand-alone single2 wks# 29Oct 1991My Love LIfe
We Hate It When Our Friends Become SuccessfulHis Masters Voice / EMI'Your Arsenal'3 wks# 17May 1992WHIWOFBS
You're The One For Me, FattyHis Masters Voice / EMI'Your Arsenal'3 wks# 19Jul 1992You're The One For Me, Fatty
Certain People I KnowHis Masters Voice / EMI'Your Arsenal'4 wks# 35Dec 1992Certain People I Know
The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I GetParlophone / EMI'Vauxhall And I'3 wks# 8Mar 1994TMYIMTCIG
Hold On To Your FriendsParlophone / EMI'Vauxhall And I'2 wks# 47Jun 1994Hold On To Your Friends
InterludeParlophone / EMIstand-alone single2 wks# 25Aug 1994Interlude
BoxersParlophone / EMI'World Of Morrissey'3 wks# 23Jan 1995Boxers
Dagenham DaveRCA Victor / BMG'Southpaw Grammar'2 wks# 26Aug 1995Dagenham Dave
The Boy RacerRCA Victor / BMG'Southpaw Grammar'2 wks# 36Nov 1995The Boy Racer
SunnyParlophone / EMIstand-alone single2 wks# 42Dec 1995Sunny
Alma MattersIsland / PolyGram'Maladjusted'3 wks# 16Jul 1997Alma Matters
Roy's KeenIsland / PolyGram'Maladjusted'1 wk# 42Oct 1997Roys Keen
Satan Rejected My SoulIsland / PolyGram'Maladjusted'2 wks# 39Dec 1997Satan Rejected My Soul
Irish Blood, English HeartAttack / Sanctuary'You Are The Quarry'5 wks# 3May 2004Irish Blood, English Heart
First Of The Gang To DieAttack / Sanctuary'You Are The Quarry'7 wks# 6Jul 2004 FOTGTD
Let Me Kiss YouAttack / Sanctuary'You Are The Quarry'3 wks# 8Oct 2004 Let Me Kiss You
I Have Forgiven JesusAttack / Sanctuary'You Are The Quarry'5 wks# 10Dec 2004 I Have Forgiven Jesus
Redondo Beach / There Is A Light That Never Goes OutAttack / Sanctuary'Live At Earls Court'4 wks# 11Mar 2005 Redondo Beach
You Have Killed MeAttack / Sanctuary'Ringleader Of The Tormentors'4 wks# 3Mar 2006 You Have Killed Me
The Youngest Was The Most LovedAttack / Sanctuary'Ringleader Of The Tormentors'2 wks# 14Jun 2006 TYWTML
In The Future When All's WellAttack / Sanctuary'Ringleader Of The Tormentors' 2 wks# 17Aug 2006 In The Future When All's Well
I Just Want To See The Boy HappyAttack / Sanctuary'Ringleader Of The Tormentors' 2 wks# 16Dec 2006 I Just Want To See The Boy Happy
That's How People Grow UpDecca / Universal'Greatest Hits'2 wks # 14 Feb 2008 That's How People Grow Up
All You Need Is MeDecca / Universal'Greatest Hits'1 wk # 24June 2008
I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris Polydor / Universal'Years Of Refusal'2 wks# 21Feb 2009 I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris (Single)
Something Is Squeezing My Skull Polydor / Universal'Years Of Refusal'1 wk# 46May 2009 Something Is Squeezing My Skull CD1
Everyday Is Like Sunday Major Minor / EMI'Bona Drag 20th Anniversary'1 wk# 42Oct 2010 Everyday Is Like Sunday
Glamorous Glue Major Minor / EMI'Very Best Of Morrissey'1 wk# 69Apr 2011
Suedehead (Mael Mix) Major Minor / EMIstand-alone single RSD 2012dncApr 2012
The Last Of The Famous International Playboys Parlophone / EMIstand-alone singledncApr 2013
Satellite Of Love (Live) Parlophone / Warnerstand-alone singledncJan 2014
World Peace Is None Of Your Business Harvest / Universal'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'1 wk# 83May 2014
Istanbul Harvest / Universal'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'dncMay 2014
Earth Is The Loneliest Planet Harvest / Universal'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'dncJun 2014
The Bullfighter Dies Harvest / Universal'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'dncJun 2014
Kiss Me A Lotno label'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'dncMar 2015

 

Albums

TitleLabel / Company

type of album

weeks in charts

highest rank

Release dateSleeve
Viva HateHis Masters Voice / EMIStudio Album20 wks# 1Mar 1988Viva Hate
Bona DragHis Masters Voice / EMICompilation4 wks# 9Oct 1990Bona Drag
Kill UncleHis Masters Voice / EMIStudio Album4 wks# 8Mar 1991Kill Uncle
Your ArsenalHis Masters Voice / EMIStudio Album5 wks# 4Aug 1992Your Arsenal
Beethoven Was DeafHis Masters Voice / EMILive Album2 wks# 13May 1993Beethoven Was Deaf
Vauxhall And IParlophone / EMIStudio Album5 wks# 1Mar 1994Vauxhall And I
World Of MorrisseyParlophone / EMICompilation2 wks# 15Feb 1995World Of Morrissey
Southpaw GrammarRCA Victor / BMGStudio Album3 wks# 4Sep 1995Southpaw Grammar
MaladjustedIsland / PolyGramStudio Album3 wks# 8Aug 1997Maladjusted
Suedehead - The Best Of MorrisseyEMICompilation9 wks# 25Sep 1997Suedehead - The Best Of Morrissey
You Are The QuarryAttack / SanctuaryStudio Album18 wks# 2May 2004You Are The Quarry
Live At Earls CourtAttack / SanctuaryLive Album2 wks# 18Apr 2005Live At Earls Court
Ringleader Of The TormentorsAttack / SanctuaryStudio Album10 wks# 1Apr 2006Ringleader Of The Tormentors
Greatest HitsDecca / UniversalCompilation3 wks # 5Feb 2008Greatest Hits
Years Of Refusal Polydor / UniversalStudio Album4 wks # 3Feb 2009
Southpaw Grammar (Legacy Edition) RCA / SonyCompilation1 wk # 63 May 2009 Southpaw Grammar (2009)
Maladjusted (Expanded Edition) Polydor / UniversalCompilation1 wk # 103 May 2009 Maladjusted
Swords Polydor / UniversalCompilation1 wk # 55 Oct 2009
Bona Drag (20th Anniversary Edition) Major Minor / EMICompilation1 wk # 67 Oct 2010
Very Best Of Morrissey Major Minor / EMICompilation1 wk # 80 Apr 2011
Viva Hate (Special Edition)) Liberty / EMICompilation dnc Apr 2012
Kill Uncle (Remastered Edition) Parlophone / EMICompilation dnc Apr 2013
Your Arsenal (Definitive Master) Parlophone / WarnerCompilation1 wk # 49 Feb 2014
Vauxhall And I (20th Anniversary Definitive Remaster) Parlophone / WarnerCompilation1 wk # 63 Jun 2014
World Peace Is None Of Your Business Harvest / Universal Studio Album2 wks # 2 July 2014

 

Main Sources:
Martin C. Strong: The Great Rock Discography, 7th Edition 2004, Cannongate Books (UK)
David Roberts (Editor): British Hit Singles, 16th Edition 2003, Guinness Books (UK)
Martin Roach: The Virgin Book of British Hit Singles, 2008, Virgin Books (UK)
Martin Roach: The Virgin Book of British Hit Albums, 2009, Virgin Books (UK)

various online Information, e.g. current UK charts
own archive

Thanks to Malcolm Kelly

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