This Week In 1993: February 14, 1993
Yep, here I go again. This week's ARIA top 50 from 1993 allows me to once again talk about my favourite chart topic: one-hit wonders. Both of the new entries on the chart are the second hits by acts frequently considered to have only been successful once.
In one case, I'll concede it's fair enough to disregard the relatively minor follow-up to 1992's highest-selling single, but in the other case, a second top 5 smash should not be written out of the history books.
The song that made history for Whitney Houston in the US was still number 1 in Australia this week in 1993. "I Will Always Love You" spent its ninth straight week on top.
Off The Chart
Peak: number 56
The Sydney rap outfit's second single in a row to peak in the 50s switched things up with a jazzy feel. It'd be their final single before they split in 1994, with two members going on to form Renegade Funktrain.
Number 96 "Stand" by Poison
Peak: number 80
In the three years since their last studio album, grunge had taken and Poison's brand of hair metal - given a gospel twist on this lead single from Native Tongue - was on the outs.
Number 95 "Dogs Of Lust" by The The
Peak: number 70
Here's another under-performing lead single - this time from The The's fourth album, Dusk. Like the Poison track, it'd be the last appearance by the band on the ARIA top 100.
Number 89 Rain In Spain by Reckless Hearts
Peak: number 89
Featuring lead track "This Town", this EP was the first - and only - chart appearance by Tasmania's Reckless Hearts. It sounds like the kind of thing that might've done better a few years earlier.
Number 79 "I'm Raving" by L.A. Style
Peak: number 65
Ten months after "James Brown Is Dead" shot up the Australian chart, follow-up "I'm Raving", which I greatly preferred, had to settle for a much more modest peak.
Number 73 "Just Like A Man" by Del Amitri
Peak: number 73
Yet another once successful rock band registering its final top 100 single, Scotland's Del Amitri got no further with this third single from Change Everything.
Number 72 "Phorever People" by The Shamen
Peak: number 63
The success of "Ebeneezer Goode" couldn't quite turn previous single "L.S.I." into a hit and it didn't help this follow-up, either. In the UK, "Phorever People" was the dance act's fifth top 10 single in a row - a tally including "Boss Drum", which Australia skipped for the time being.
Number 46 "Could've Been Me" by Billy Ray Cyrus
Peak: number 43
I know I'm fussy about one-hit wonders and that not everyone agrees with my rule that any performer who sneaks into the top 50 with a second single is automatically disqualified from being one, but hey, go write your own blog and make up whatever rules you like. As much as I would like for it not to be the case, the man behind the blight that was "Achy Breaky Heart" did manage a second top 50 appearance with this pretty straightforward country tune. Written from the perspective of a man whose former girlfriend is getting married, "Could've Been Me" likely would've come nowhere near the top 50 had it not followed 1992's highest-selling single - and its stay was brief, spending four weeks in the 40s.
EDIT: All of this is moot now Billy Ray has had a second chart-topper alongside Lil Nas X on the remix of "Old Town Road" in 2019.
Peak: number 3
On the other end of the spectrum, the second single by Sonia Dada, who were only ever popular here and in New Zealand, was a major hit. But, of course, many people only remember "You Don't Treat Me No Good". That debut single still hadn't reached number 1 yet, but it was joined on the chart this week in 1993 by "You Ain't Thinking (About Me)", with the two songs soon to become simultaneous top 5 hits.
Part of the appeal of this follow-up was that one of its bonus tracks was the dance remix of "You Don't Treat..." that had been on high rotation on the radio, but "You Ain't Thinking..." was a strong enough song in its own right, with a catchy hook and a soulful blues feel that was unlike anything else on the chart. Sonia Dada's singles chart double-up also pushed their self-titled album to a seven-week stay inside the ARIA albums top 5, but then just as quickly as they'd risen to prominence, they disappeared from view, never to return to either top 50 again.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1993:
Next week: six new entries, including an a cappella hit, a former UK chart-topper and the only top 50 single from a seminal American alternative rock band.