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Songs of the Year: 1990

1990 is here. Grunge is coming. But for now, here’s MC Hammer!

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The year is 1990. A new decade is here. And all of us agree, it’s one of the weakest years in the history of popular music, at least for albums. Sandwiched between the indie/alternative paradise that was 1989–not to mention a great year for older artists making a comeback–and grunge’s ascent in 1991. 1990 did have a strong metal contingent thanks to Megadeth, Trouble, Judas Priest and company, but on the charts it was soft adult contemporary pop and MC Hammer.

The top five songs of the year were Hold On by Wilson Phillips, It Must Have Been Love by Roxette, Nothing Compares 2 U from Sinéad O’Connor, Poison from Bel Bid Devoe and Madonna’s Vogue.

Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em spent 21 non-consecutive weeks as the top selling album, which is just insane, eventually selling over 18,000,000 copies. Replacing it at the top, To the Extreme from Vanilla Ice.

1991 can’t come soon enough.

THE RULES: It’s a simple concept. We pick five of our favorite songs that made the Billboard Top 100 (established in 1958) during any time that year. We also select five “wildcards” that can be any songs released as a single or on an album or EP that year. Finally, we also pick our “worst” song of the year, just for fun.

We started in 1958 and we’re going until we run out of years.

Standings So Far …

I Wanna Be Adored by the Stone Roses beat out Bobby Dylan and the Pixies in a tough three-way battle for the top song of 1989. 1990 pits two hard rock/metal/pre-grunge classics from Kramzer and Joe going up against a sort of novelty pick from Jason.

Joe: 16
Jason: 12.5
Kramzer: 9.5

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Which Was the Best Song of 1990?

  • Birdhouse in Your Soul by They Might Be Giants (47%, 101 Votes)
  • Man in the Box by Alice in Chains (27%, 57 Votes)
  • Epic by Faith No More (26%, 55 Votes)

Total Voters: 213

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1. Adamski/Seal – Killer https://youtu.be/LtYujyhvIyQ
2. Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGxNyY0UjoU
3. Julee Cruise/David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti – Falling https://youtu.be/EIUeZ4OqLXU
4. Paul Simon – The Obvious Child https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HKNAhAxMAk
5. Elton John – Sacrifice (so good, it was a massive hit again in 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrLkTZrPZA4
6. Eurythmics – Angel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp3QYkuqON8
7. Madonna – Vogue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuJQSAiODqI
8. AC/DC – Thunderstruck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2AC41dglnM
9. Deee-Lite – Groove Is in the Heart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etviGf1uWlg
10. Alannah Myles – Black Velvet (Kramzer is SO WRONG here) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkXNEmtf9tk

WORST: Digital Underground – The Humpty Dance

overall, this year SUCKED (besides some good ones here and there – too much hair metal and really cheesy ballads and bad rap and dance songs) and is the reason why we needed a change. Grunge is right around the corner…

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Dan O

My favorite songs of 1990
Rank-Title-Artist
1. BABY, IT’S TONIGHT – JUDE COLE
2. BLOODLETTING (THE VAMPIRE SONG) – CONCRETE BLONDE
3. HARD TO HANDLE – BLACK CROWES
4. LOVE IS – ALANNAH MYLES
5. ROAM – B-52’S
6. I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU – HOUSE OF LOVE
7. ENJOY THE SILENCE – DEPECHE MODE
8. SUICIDE BLONDE – INXS
9. CLIFFS OF DOVER – ERIC JOHNSON
10. POLICY OF TRUTH – DEPECHE MODE
11. BLACK VELVET – ALANNAH MYLES
12. DANGEROUS – ROXETTE
13. TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT – SEDUCTION
14. ROOM AT THE TOP – ADAM ANT
15. HIPPYCHICK – SOHO
16. TIME FOR LETTING GO – JUDE COLE
17. ANYTHING I WANT – KEVIN PAIGE
18. EXPRESSION – SALT-N-PEPA
19. FREE FALLIN’ – TOM PETTY
20. VISION OF LOVE – MARIAH CAREY
21. ESCAPADE – JANET JACKSON
22. IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE – ROXETTE
23. DARKENING OF THE LIGHT – CONCRETE BLONDE
24. I WANNA BE ADORED – STONE ROSES
25. COME BACK TO ME – JANET JACKSON
26. JEALOUS AGAIN – BLACK CROWES
27. BLACK CAT – JANET JACKSON
28. FIRST TRUE LOVE – TIANA
29. CRADLE OF LOVE – BILLY IDOL
30. PUMP UP THE JAM – TECHNOTRONIC FEATURING FELLY
31. WORLD IN MY EYES – DEPECHE MODE
32. GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE – MANTRONIX
33. KICKSTART MY HEART – MOTLEY CRUE
34. DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE – JANE CHILD
35. STRANDED – HEART
36. JANIE’S GOT A GUN – AEROSMITH
37. LIES – EN VOGUE
38. OASIS – SHADOWFAX
39. HEAD ON – JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
40. HEARTBEAT – SEDUCTION

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