Our survey (which is going up a little early this morning because I’m off work) now takes us to 1993. With Whitney carrying over, we have 11 songs at the top of the chart this year, including the longest song to ever reach #1 (and that in its short version), the only song from a Disney animated movie to reach #1 (though note that the version that charted is not the one sung by the actors in the movie, but the R&B version that played over the end credits), and what I believe is the last time a song originally recorded by Elvis made it to #1. An interesting year, for sure.
Absolutely the first year since this poll started – 1955! – when I can’t vote, because I’ve never heard of 90% of the songs (and 50% of the artists), and the other 10% I despise.
I find this pretty amazing! I was living in urban California that year (not some jungle in Mexico – that would be 1998), and I was in my early twenties, so you’d think I’d have been congnizant of some of this stuff. Nope. Nada. Where were all these people that liked these songs? The list is as foreign to me as, say, the top ten cricket players of Sri Lanka.
I can name and hum the biggest hits of 1720 Germany more readily than pick almost any of these songs out of a lineup.
This is really showing the divide between pop and alternative/college rock – 1993 was an absolutely amazing year for the latter category. For one thing, it will always immediately ping for me as the year that the Afghan Whigs’ Gentlemen came out, which is the album I’ve listened to the most in my lifetime and the only cassette I’ve ever worn out.
Check out the list of all albums from 1993 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_in_music#Albums_released . PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me came out that year, Depeche Mode’s Songs of Faith and Devotion, Tool’s Undertow, Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville, Fugazi’s In On the Kill Taker, Bjork’s Debut, etc. etc. – it’s one classic alternative album after another. That world was on fire in 1993!
Then you look at the options on this poll and deflate.
I was tempted to vote for I Will Always Love You because Whitney is that good. But in the end I went with A Whole New World, because it was a good song in a sea of meh. Rule of thumb: If I had to search YouTube to see if I remember it, I can’t vote for it.
I remember the Meat Loaf song, but not particularly fondly. And I cannot take an artist seriously if the New York Times feels obligated to refer to him as “Mr. Loaf”.
SWV = Sisters With Voices. 3rd tier R&B girl group, piggybacking their name off of N.W.A. I seem to recall they had a reality show a few years ago following their attempts at a comeback or just surviving as a 3rd-tier group - the show didn’t do well, IIRC.
Wow. I was 39, and my year was split between Florence and Columbia, SC, and Bristol, VA/TN. And I recognize three of the songs (the Meat Loaf, UB40, and Whitney numbers).
As I said in the 1992 thread, Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You” AFAIAC finally displaced “MacArthur Park” as the worst popular song ever, though it would soon be dethroned in turn by “My Heart Will Go On.” So I got to choose between Meat Loaf and UB40, and I went with UB40, even though in my case, they were off by a year.
I’m surprised that none of the Counting Crows songs got to #1, because 1993 was their big year, and I would have voted for them in a heartbeat. Ah well, I’ve been here before and I deserve a little more, but as usual, I’m not gonna get it.
I was in love with a girl in high school and then I found out that her favorite song was the (then currently #1) smash hit “Informer.” It was the first sign that something was deeply, disturbingly wrong with her.
I’ll hold my nose and vote for the Meat Loaf, as at least the song is kind of funny. The UB40 song was from the soundtrack for “Sliver,” a whole movie built around the promise of seeing Sharon Stone naked for a few seconds. Also it starred Billy Baldwin. Every time I think of that song I see the music video in my mind. Fuck UB40.
People who hate posting, but love voting in polls, love Mr. Loaf. I also quite like Mr. Loaf; while the song was definitely overplayed at the time, I still like it. UB40 would be the runner up. I’m pleased to see not a single vote for Whitney Houston; when she busts into that “IIIIIIIIIIIeeIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIeeIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIeeIIIIIIII willalwayslove YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUooUUUUUUUooUUUUUUUU”, I go hunting for my icepick so I can self-administer the Trotsky Maneuver. Yech. shudder