Wednesday, 19 December 2018

This Week In 1993: December 19, 1993

I know I've been a bit rough on 1993 from time to time over the past 12 months as I've recapped each week's ARIA singles chart from that year (links to all previous posts at the bottom of this one). But there was also a lot of great pop music that came out that year.

These two new entries would end up as the top 2 by late February 1994

In fact, the new entries on the final chart for 1993 were a pretty good batch of tunes as far as I was concerned, with one of the three new pop/dance tracks going all the way to number 1.

ARIA Top 50 Singles and Albums Chart - week ending December 19, 1993

The number 1 single this week in 1993 was one of the reasons I wasn't so mad on what was otherwise happening on the ARIA chart that year. The torturous "Please Forgive Me" by Bryan Adams continued to rule the roost for a fourth week.

Off The Chart
Number 100 "Just Kickin' It" by Xscape
Peak: number 54
It almost topped the US chart, but this Jermaine Dupri-produced debut single by the all-girl R&B quartet has to settle for almost making the top 50.

Number 96 "Let It Snow" by Boyz II Men featuring Brian McKnight
Peak: number 96
Despite calling their 1994 album II, 1993's Christmas Interpretations was actually the male vocal group's second album, and this original song - not a remake of "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" - was the only single lifted from it.

Number 95 "All Apologies / Rape Me" by Nirvana
Peak: number 58
As In Utero dropped out of the albums top 50 this week after only 12 weeks - it would be back to hover around the 30s and 40s in early 1994 - this double A-side release was a surpising chart miss.

Number 92 "Remixed Prayers" by Madonna
Peak: number 92
One of a slew of CD singles made available in Australia to coincide with The Girlie Show World Tour coming our way, this EP of mixes of "Like A Prayer" and "Express Yourself" made a brief visit to the top 100.

Number 84 "Really Doe" by Ice Cube
Peak: number 59
An improvement on the chart position of his previous top 100 appearance, this lead single from fourth album Lethal Injection would be the highest the former NWA member would reach locally.

Number 76 "Gone Too Soon" by Michael Jackson
Peak: number 76
Nine singles was one too many, with this final cut from Dangerous getting nowhere near the top 50. The song, released on World AIDS Day (December 1), was dedicated to the late Ryan White, who'd been expelled from school after contracting HIV/AIDS during treatment for hemophilia and passed away in 1990, aged 18.

New Entries
Number 46 "Slave To The Music" by Twenty 4 Seven featuring Stay-C & Nance
Peak: number 2
Back in 1989, this Dutch dance act's debut single, "I Can't Stand It", had been at the forefront of the he raps, she sings Eurodance explosion that would be emulated for years to come and reached the top 10 across Europe. In Australia, success didn't come for Twenty 4 Seven until their second line-up emerged in late 1993 with "Slave To The Music". Although undeniably infectious, it's actually not a song I was that into at the time - something about it felt too simple and cutesy, especially compared to harder tracks from the likes of 2 Unlimited and Culture Beat. Still, I'd rather this than yet another reggae or grunge hit.

Number 44 "Feels Like Heaven" by Urban Cookie Collective
Peak: number 10
"The Key: The Secret" was still at its peak position of number 4 this week in 1993, and this second hit from British dance act Urban Cookie Collective joined it on the top 50 on its was to also reach the top 10. Featuring a very similar bouncy keyboard riff to its predecessor, "Feels Like Heaven" felt more like a pop song than a club track, but in this case the transition to something a little softer worked well.

Number 41 "Give It Up" by Cut 'n' Move
Peak: number 1
A decade earlier, KC & The Sunshine Band had proved their longevity beyond the disco era when their original version of "Give It Up" returned them to the Australian top 3. Ten years on and Danish group Cut 'n' Move revived the song for their second album, Peace, Love & Harmony, and achieved something the original hadn't - reaching number 1 locally with this cover, which stands up very well alongside KC's version. Although almost one-hit wonders in Australia, Cut 'n' Move had actually already scored two big hits at home in Denmark before "Give It Up".

Annual Chart

ARIA Top 50 Singles and Albums Chart for 1993

The next 50:

51.    "Rump Shaker" by Wreckx-N-Effect
52.    "I Want You" by Toni Pearen
53.    "Lemon" by U2
54.    "Believe" by Lenny Kravitz
55.    "Jump!" by The Movement
56.    "West End Girls" by East 17
57.    "Tribal Dance" by 2 Unlimited
58.    "You Were There" by Southern Sons
59.    "Mr Wendal" by Arrested Development
60.    "If I Had No Loot" by Tony! Toni! TonĂ©!
61.    "I'm Every Woman" by Whitney Houston
62.    "Funky Junky" by Peter Andre
63.    "In The Still Of The Nite (I'll Remember)" by Boyz II Men
64.    "Gangsta" by Bell Biv DeVoe
65.    "You're So Vain" by Chocolate Starfish
66.    "Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)" by Sub Sub featuring Melanie Williams
67.    "In These Arms" by Bon Jovi
68.    "Happy Birthday Helen" by Things Of Stone & Wood
69.    "Shoop" by Salt 'n' Pepa
70.    "Have I Told You Lately" by Rod Stewart
71.    "Go West" by Pet Shop Boys
72.    "Holy Grail" by Hunters & Collectors
73.    "Would I Lie To You?" by Charles & Eddie
74.    "Tequila" by A.L.T. & The Lost Civilisation
75.    "Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time" by John Farnham
76.    "Wherever I May Roam" by Metallica
77.    "Never Miss Your Water" by Diesel
78.    "What Is Love" by Haddaway
79.    "Big Gun" by AC/DC
80.    "If" by Janet Jackson
81.    "Almost Unreal" by Roxette
82.    "Push Th' Little Dasies" by Ween
83.    "The Weight" by Jimmy Barnes / The Badloves
84.    "She Kissed Me" by Terence Trent D'Arby
85.    "No Rain" by Blind Melon
86.    "Somebody Dance With Me" by DJ BoBo
87.    "Accidently Kelly Street" by frente!
88.    "Bad Boys" by Inner Circle
89.    "Got To Get It" by Culture Beat
90.    "Sweet Lullaby" by Deep Forest
91.    "Creep" by Radiohead
92.    "Can You Forgive Her?" by Pet Shop Boys
93.    "Right Here (Human Nature Remix)" by SWV
94.    "Open Your Mind" by Usura
95.    "Shivers" by The Screaming Jets
96.    "Come Undone" by Duran Duran
97.    "Jump Around" by House Of Pain
98.    "In Your Room" by Toni Pearen
99.    "Looking Through Patient Eyes" by P.M. Dawn
100.  "Sleeping Satellite" by Tasmin Archer

Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1993:

Next time: 1994 gets off to a bang with a big new hit from three former chart-toppers.

ARIA Top 50 Singles Charts - 1993

Jan 10 II Jan 17 II Jan 24 II Jan 31 II Feb 7 II Feb 14 II Feb 21 II Feb 28 II Mar 7 II Mar 14 II Mar 21 II Mar 28 II Apr 4 II Apr 11 II Apr 18 II Apr 25 II May 2 II May 9 II May 16 II May 23 II May 30 II Jun 6 II Jun 13 II Jun 20 II Jun 27 II Jul 4 II Jul 11 II Jul18 II Jul 25 II Aug 1 II Aug 8 II Aug 15 II Aug 22 II Aug 29 II Sep 5 II Sep 12 II Sep 19 II Sep 26 II Oct 3 II Oct 10 II Oct 17 II Oct 24 II Oct 31 II Nov 7 II Nov 14 II Nov 21 II Nov 28 II Dec 5 II Dec 12 II Dec 19

Back to: Dec 12, 1993 <<<<<<<<<<<<<  GO  >>>>>>>>>>>>> Forward to: Jan 9, 1994


  1. I probably haven't listened to the Xscape track since it was in the lower region of the top 60 on rage, and certainly haven't seen the video since then. They're all dressed like tomboys - interesting. Everything about it screams '90s'.

    Wow, that's interesting that Nirvana performed 'Rape Me' on Saturday Night Live. That probably wouldn't be allowed now. I remember reading about the song, but haven't heard it until now. To my surprise, I like it - or at least this SNL rendition.

    I don't think I've actually heard the (regular) 12" version of 'Like a Prayer' before.

    Technically, 'Will You Be There' also missed the top 50 in 1993; only entering it after his death.

    'Slave To the Music', 'Feels Like Heaven' and 'Give It Up' were a great trio of dance-pop hits to end '93, leading me to hope that the charts would be better in '94. Of the three, I like 'Feels Like Heaven' best.

    As usual, the end of year chart contains a few questionable inclusions, with Inner Circle's 'Bad Boys', peaking at only #25, being the stand-out one, I think. Though 'Open Your Mind' peaked lower, it at least hung around for ages, making its inclusion seem plausible.

    1. Oops, yes - I remembered to put the correct 1993 peak for Will You Be There a few months back and then promptly forgot about that fact for this post. Amended!

  2. Some things I will remember about the chart music of 1993:

    * More 'grunge' bands (Stone Temple Pilots, Urge Overkill, Radiohead, The Breeders)

    * 'He raps/she sings' Eurodance (2 Unlimited, AB Logic, Culture Beat, Twenty 4 Seven)

    * More rap and hip-hop in the top 50 (Naughty By Nature, Cypress Hill, Wreckx-N-Effect, Bell Biv DeVoe)

    * RAVE against the machine (The Shamen, Urban Cookie Collective, The Movement, USURA)

    * A song with 17 uses of the 'F-word' getting to the top 10, albeit in radio edit (Killing In The Name)

    * One of the best music videos of the early '90s (Digging In The Dirt)

    and of course

    * Going to see Wayne's World II (party on) in the cinemas while my sister was seeing Beethoven's 2nd (blech)

  3. Thankyou for all your great blogs. 1993 wasn't the greatest year for pop music, and I was busy most of the year with my final year at medical school. But there were still some great hits. I especially loved Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through (Meat Loaf), Relight My Fire (Take That featuring Lulu), the Whitney Houston songs from The Bodyguard, the Are You Gonna Go My Way album (Lenny Kravitz), Rain (Madonna), Love Song For A Vampire/Little Bird (Annie Lennox), the Cut N Move cover of Give It Up, Sleeping Satellite (Tasmin Archer), the Five Live EP by George Michael, the whole Janet album, Gotta Get It Right (Lena Fiagbe) - a UK Top 20 hit, Walking In My Shoes (Depeche Mode), Lemon (Perfecto remix) by U2, the album Language by NZ singer Annie Crummer, Moments Of Pleasure (Kate Bush) and A Whole New World from the Aladdin movie.


    From Jeremy Buddle