For the first time, Peel's favourite band made number one. Top act was the Wedding Present, with six entries in the chart, including one in the top 10.
There's even a tiny smidgeon of dance music to add a slight element of variety to what is, again, a pretty predictable chart. Yet, in one way, it was the most controversial to date, if controversy can truly be said to exist between two bands who may or may not have been aware of the tight tussle at the top of the Festive Fifty, and may actually not have cared. Did we get the right number one? Another close finish led to the second placed record being denied top spot by what Peel called a "slightly soiled" voting form. (Whitby, M., The Festive Fifty (Nevin Publishing, 2007), p. 31.
All of the shows are available in complete recordings. Substantial parts of them are also available in the 'Festive 50's' folder of IAP's Tapes: the relevant files are identified on the date pages, and are of extremely high quality.
A dedicated torrent labelled 'John Peel - Festive Fifty (1990)' contains all the countdowns edited together in one file.
The torrent 'John Peel Torrent Compilation 2' contains the same material as the latter, but divided into 50 files.
↑'Nothing Special' is actually a song by My Dad Is Dead from their 1990 LP 'Shine(r)'. The version voted into the Festive Fifty is actually from an unusual split 7" by Bastro and MDiD. On it they recorded each other's songs: My Dad is Dead recorded a Bastro 'medley.'