Peak UK Chart Position: #1 in September 1994.
For the first time in chart history on 11th September 1994, an act debuted at number one with their first single. That was Denmark’s Sannie Carlson, better known as Whigfield, whose track “Saturday Night” had already taken most of Europe by storm.
Wet Wet Wet had already spent fifteen weeks at number one, one week shy of Bryan Adams’ record. Their “Love Is All Around” was deleted (i.e. no more copies were pressed*) on September 5th – which resulted in a rush to buy it, and sales increasing by 60% to 104,000 for that week. “Saturday Night”, however, shifted 150,000 copies, knocking the Wets down to number two. Whigfield ultimately spent a total of four weeks at the top, selling 680,000 in that time – and overall a staggering 1.18 million.
Subsequent singles “Another Day” and (the excellent) “Think Of You” both got to number seven, before the disappointing ballad “Close To You” (#13) and the unwarranted cover of “Last Christmas” (#21).
She’ll always be best remembered for this track though, and most people will always remember the dance – the dance that Whigfield herself refused to do, as you can clearly see on this performance taken from the Take That-hosted Christmas Top of the Pops from 1994.
(* Despite the deletion of “Love Is All Around”, it still spent a further 26 weeks in the top 100. There must have been a lot of copies in circulation! )