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 6* 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 4* 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.
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