This week in… 1999

I thought I’d try something fun here on the site. A look back to this week in a year gone by. This time I focus on the chart as it was on August 7th, 1999.

The top 3

3 – Dutch dance music act Alice Deejay start us off this week. “Better Off Alone” had debuted at 4 the week earlier, and climbed one place this week.

Fun fact: “Alice Deejay” was a project combining many Dutch dance music DJ’s. Although, Judith Pronk was the recogniseable face of the act the likes of Wessel van Diepen and Pronti and Kalmani were the driving force in the background. Since Alice Deejay, Judith Pronk has gone on to work elsewhere in the creative industries. You can find her on instagram here.

2 – Although Ricky Martin had already entered the top 30 in the UK before this point (Un, Dos, Tres (Maria) most notably in 1997. See the Spanish language video here) “Livin’ La Vida Loca” really took him to the next level of stardom with his debut number one. This week the track had slipped to number two.

Fun fact: This remains Ricky Martin’s only UK chart topping single. He’s entered the top 10 on three further occasions. Most recently in 2001 with “Nobody Wants To Be Lonely”, a duet with Christina Aguilera.

1Ronan Keating, best known, at the time, for being one fifth of Boyzone, headed to the top of the chart with his first solo outing. “When You Say Nothing At All” came from the soundtrack of the film Notting Hill and remained at the top of the charts for two week. This was it’s debut week.

Fun fact: The song had already been recorded, and successful for Keith Whitley and Alison Krauss. Although Ronan’s version was it’s first real UK success.

See more of the chart from 1999 on page 2.