Pet Shop Boys' U.K. and U.S. Pop Chart History

Singles

Single

UK
Release

UK
Peak

UK Weeks
Charted

US
Release

US
Peak

US Weeks
Charted

West End Girls (initial release)

Apr '84

121

?

Apr '84

--

--

Opportunities (initial release)

Jul '85

116

?

Jul '85

--

--

West End Girls

Oct '85

1

17

Feb '86

1

20

Love Comes Quickly

Feb '86

19

9

Aug '86

62

8

Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)

May '86

11

8

May '86

10

16

Suburbia

Sep '86

8

9

Nov '86

70

10

It's a Sin

Jun '87

1

11

Aug '87

9

19

What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Aug '87

2

9

Dec '87

2

18

Rent

Oct '87

8

10

--

--

--

Always on My Mind

Nov '87

1

14

Mar '88

4

15

Heart

Mar '88

1

10

--

--

--

Domino Dancing

Sep '88

7

11

Sep '88

18

14

Left to My Own Devices

Nov '88

4

8

Jan '89

84

3

It's Alright

Jun '89

5

8

--

--

--

So Hard

Sep '90

4

6

Oct '90

62

8

Being Boring

Nov '90

20

8

--

--

--

How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?

Mar '91 1

4

8

Feb '91

93

3

Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)

May '91

72

7

Jealousy

May '91

12

5

--

--

--

DJ Culture

Oct '91

13

5

Oct '91

--

--

DJ Culturemix (DJ Culture remix)

Nov '91

40

2

--

--

--

Was It Worth It?

Dec '91

24

4

Dec '91

--

--

Can You Forgive Her?

May '93

7

7

May '93

109 2

7

Go West

Sep '93

2

9

Sep '93

106

11

I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing

Nov '93

13

7

Jan '94

--

--

Liberation

Apr '94

14

5

-

--

--

Absolutely Fabulous

May '94

6

7

--

--

--

Yesterday, When I Was Mad

Aug '94

13

4

Dec '94

--

--

Paninaro '95

Jul '95

15

7

Aug '95

--

--

Before

Apr '96

7

8

Jun '96

107

4

Se A Vida É (That's the Way Life Is)

Aug '96

8

8

Apr '97 3

--

--

Single-Bilingual

Nov '96

14

6

--

--

--

A Red Letter Day

Mar '97

9

4

Oct '97 4

--

--

To Step Aside

--

--

--

Apr '97 3

--

--

Somewhere

Jun '97

9

5

Oct '97 4

125

1

I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More

Jul '99

15

5

May '00

(66) 5

--

New York City Boy

Sep '99

14

7

Nov '99

(53) 5

--

You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk

Jan '00

8

4

--

--

--

Break 4 Love

-- 6

--

--

Sep '01

(51) 5

--

Home and Dry

Mar '02

14

8

--

--

--

I Get Along

Jul '02

18

3

--

--

--

Miracles

Nov '03

10

4

--

--

--

Flamboyant

Mar '04

12

4

--

--

--

I'm with Stupid

May '06

8

4

--

-- 7

--

Minimal

July '06

19

3

--

-- 7

--

Numb

Oct '06

23

3

--

--

--

She's Madonna (with Robbie Williams)

Mar '07

16

3

--

--

--

Integral

Oct '07

197 8

1

--

--

--

Love etc.

Mar '09

14

4

Mar '09

(2) 9

--

Did You See Me Coming?

Jun '09

21

3

--

-- 7

--

Beautiful People

--

--

--

Oct '09

(7) 9

--

All Over the World / 10
It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas

Dec '09

40

2

--

--

--

Together

Nov '10

58

1

Apr '11

(20) 9

--

Winner

Jul '12 11

86

1

Jul '12

(17) 9

--

Leaving

Oct '12

44

1

Oct '12

--

--

Memory of the Future

Dec '12

11112

1

Dec '12

--

--

Axis

Apr '13

19613

1

Apr '13

--

--

Vocal

Jun '13

--14

--

Jun '13

--

--

Love Is a Bourgeois Construct

Sep '13

105

1

Sep '13

--

--

Thursday

Nov '13

61

1

--

--

--

The Pop Kids Mar '16

12815

1

--

--

--

Twenty-something Jun '16

--16

--

--

--

--

Say It to Me Sep '16

--16

--

--

--

--

Undertow Apr '17

--16

--

--

--

--

1In the U.K., "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?" and "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You" were combined as a "double single," although the latter garnered more airplay and is commonly considered the "primary" single, if not the "A-side."

2"Can You Forgive Her?" and the other songs that peaked in the hundreds in the U.S. appeared on the Billboard "Bubbling Under" chart. For instance, #9 on the "Bubbling Under" chart is the equivalent of #109 by "Hot 100" standards.

3In the U.S., "Se A Vida É" and "To Step Aside" were combined as a "double single."

4In the U.S., "A Red Letter Day" and "Somewhere" were combined as a "double single." But Billboard chart rules somehow determined that only "Somewhere" would receive "credit" for its chart placement.

5Sales only. Because of a near-total lack of radio airplay, "I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More," "New York City Boy," and "Break 4 Love" failed to hit the U.S. "Hot 100" pop chart (in Billboard magazine) despite their sales figures.

6"Break 4 Love" was released in the U.K. in March 2002 as a bonus track on the "Home and Dry" CD single, but since it wasn't the "A-side" it didn't chart as a single in the U.K.

7Released only as "promo singles" in the U.S., aimed primarily at dance clubs.

8Released only as a promo and digital (downloadable) single in the U.K. with minimal promotion, accounting for its extremely low chart placement. As stated in the February 2008 issue of the PSB Fan Club magazine Literally, "'Integral' was not, the Pet Shop Boys would like to emphasize, released as a proper Pet Shop Boys single…." So even its inclusion in this list is questionable.

9Physical single sales only. Like several previous singles (see Note 5 above), "Love etc." failed to hit the Billboard "Hot 100" pop chart because it had virtually no radio airplay and comparatively few digital sales (compared to those that did make the "Hot 100")—in its case despite being the second-best-selling physical-format single in the U.S. for one week. Hardly seem fair, does it? Subsequently, "Beautiful People," "Together," and "Winner" also made it onto the physical-sales-only chart.

10The Christmas EP released for the 2009 holiday season featured five tracks. Of these, the new versions of "All Over the World" and "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas" received the most attention and U.K. airplay, thereby essentially serving as a double-sided single.

11Released as a standalone digital single (iTunes and Amazon) in early July 2012, but failed to chart at that time. When it was released as a CD single and "digital bundle" with bonus tracks in early August 2012, it hit #86. But it's perhaps worth noting that, at the same time, it hit #1 on Amazon.UK's own singles chart.

12Released as a single on December 31, 2012, so its actual chart debut occurred during the first week of 2013.

13Released only as a digital single on April 30, 2013.

14Released as a digital single, but failed to chart; subsequently released as a physical single (CD and 12-inch vinyl) but its length—with a large number of remixes—rendered it ineligible for the U.K. singles chart.

15Released as both a digital and physical single, but failed to make the final Top 100 despite it having appeared at #62 on the tentative "midweek chart"—which, unfortunately, doesn't count. The chart rules had been revised, however, to include digital streaming; apparently "The Pop Kids" would have hit #44 in a chart based on physical and digital sales as opposed to streaming, and #1 based strictly on physical sales. It also reached #30 on the airplay chart.

16"Twenty-something," despite not appearing on the overall U.K. singles chart, hit #1 on the chart for physical singles sales (CD and vinyl) and #80 for all sales (CD, vinyl, and downloads). By the same token, "Say It to Me" also hit #1 on the U.K. physical singles chart but, again, failed to appear on the overall singles chart, and "Undertow" peaked at #14 for physical singles sales without appearing on the overall singles chart. All this underscores how streaming has become far more important to the overall singles chart than sales.

Albums

Album

UK
Release

UK
Peak

UK Weeks
Charted

US
Release

US
Peak

US Weeks
Charted

Please

Apr '86

3

82

Apr '86

7

31

Disco

Nov '86

15

72

Nov '86

95

12

Actually

Sep '87

2

60

Sep '87

25

45

Introspective

Oct '88

2

39

Oct '88

34

22

Behaviour

Nov '90

2

14

Nov '90

45

25

Discography

Nov '91

3

45

Nov '91

111

14

Very

Oct '93

1

26

Oct '93

20

17

Disco 2

Sep '94

6

5

Sep '94

75

3

Alternative

Aug '95

2

5

Sep '95

103

2

Bilingual

Sep '96

4

11

Sep '96

39

6

Nightlife

Oct '99

7

4*

Nov '99

84

3

Release

Apr '02

7

5*

May '02

73

2

Disco 3

Feb '03

36

1

Feb '03

188

1

PopArt

Nov '03

18 17

18

Oct '06

-- 18

--

Battleship Potemkin

Sep '05

97

1

--

--

--

Fundamental

May '06

5

5*

Jun '06

150

1

Concrete

Oct '06

61

1

--

--

--

Disco 4

Oct '07

-- 19

--

--

--

--

Yes

Mar '09

4

5

Apr '09

32

2

Pandemonium (CD/DVD)

Feb '10

29

2

Mar '10

-- 20

--

Ultimate

Nov '10

27

4

--

--

--

The Most Incredible Thing

Mar '11

57

1

Mar '11

--

--

Format

Feb '12

26

1

--

--

--

Elysium

Sep '12

9

3

Sep '12

44

1

Electric

Jul '13

3

5

Jul '13

26

2

Super

Apr '16

3

3

Apr '16

58

1

*Includes one additional week on the U.K. album chart as a result of the 2017 reissues.

17PopArt peaked at #30 during its original 2003 run on the U.K. album chart. But in the wake of the Pet Shop Boys' hits-medley performance at the 2009 Brits Awards show and their "Outstanding Contribution to Music" award, PopArt re-entered the chart in late February 09 at #19 and the following week hit a new peak of #18.

18PopArt didn't even make it onto Billboard's 200-position primary album chart, although it did hit #19 on the "Dance/Electronic Albums" chart. It sold fewer than 1,000 copies during its first week of U.S. release, and after nearly a month it had still sold only a little over 3,000. But that's hardly unexpected. After all, most American fans—both dedicated and more casual—who wanted to get PopArt would surely have bought it as an import during the nearly three years between its release in most of the rest of the world and in the United States. I don't pretend to comprehend the rationale behind such an ill-conceived and ill-fated belated release.

19Since Disco 4 consists of tracks by various artists—the common thread being that they were all remixed by PSB—UK chart rules dictated that it couldn't place on the primary album chart, but qualified only for the Compilation and Dance album charts, where it peaked at #15 and #3, respectively.

20Pandemonium didn't hit Billboard's 200-position primary album chart, but it did reach #8 on the "Dance/Electronic Albums" chart.

Charted UK/US Singles by Other Artists that PSB Wrote and/or Produced

Single

UK
Peak

US
Peak

I'm Not Scared
   Eighth Wonder (PSB: writers)

7

--

Losing My Mind
   Liza Minnelli (PSB: producers)

6

--

Don't Drop Bombs
   Liza Minnelli (PSB: writers/producers; Neil: support vocalist)

46

--

So Sorry, I Said
   Liza Minnelli (PSB: writers/producers)

62

--

Love Pains
   Liza Minnelli (PSB: producers)

41

--

Nothing Has Been Proved
   Dusty Springfield (PSB: writers/producers; Neil: support vocalist)

16

--

In Private
   Dusty Springfield (PSB: writers/producers)

14

--

Love Is Everywhere
   Cicero (PSB: producers)

19

--

That Loving Feeling
   Cicero (PSB: producers)

46

--

Getting Away with It
   Electronic (Neil: co-writer/support vocalist)

12

38

Disappointed
   Electronic (Neil: co-writer/lead vocalist)

6

--

The Crying Game
   Boy George (PSB: producers; Neil: support vocalist)

22

15

Hallo Spaceboy
   David Bowie (PSB: co-producers; Neil: support vocalist)

12

--

Jack and Jill Party
   Pete Burns (PSB: co-writers/producers)

75

--

The Loving Kind
   Girls Aloud (PSB: co-writers)

10

--

Charted Albums by Other Artists Produced by PSB or Otherwise Strongly Associated with Them

Album

UK
Peak

US
Peak

Results
   Liza Minelli (PSB: producers)

6

128

Reputation
   Dusty Springfield (PSB: co-producers)

18

--

Closer to Heaven
   Original cast (PSB: songwriters/co-producers)

107

--

Release the Stars
   Rufus Wainwright (Neil: executive producer*)
   *Neil's role as "executive producer" was primarily just advisory in nature.

2

23