Moving from a year packed with great music, as 1966 was, to any year is going to be difficult – even moving to a whole decade – so don’t be too hard on the Nineties, will you?
Your favourite chart-topping singles from the decade that gave us boy bands, girl bands and Beatles cover bands performing original music today, please. They can come from any country and any chart, but they must have reached No 1.
Here’s Jimmy Nail and the grammatically-incorrect ‘Ain’t No Doubt’. It spent three weeks atop the UK Top 40 in July 1992, and Guy Pratt had quite a lot to do with it.
I’ll just list five.
I should point out that the reduction from my usual roll of ten has nothing to do with the most commercially-successful songs of the Nineties being a bit naff on the whole and not wanting to admit to liking them, less still buying them and still knowing most of the words to them. It’s because I’m told that I list too many and therefore make it difficult for others to think of different ones to add. Honest.
The following tracks topped the UK singles chart. The ones I haven’t listed can be found here, should you find them useful. Re-releases from previous, and perhaps better, decades are not included (sorry, Righteous Brothers); neither is ‘Turtle Power’ by Partners in Kryme, The Simpsons’ ‘Do The Bartman’ or Mr Blobby’s eponymous, Meatloaf-mashing festive ditty.
– Adamski, ‘Killer’
– Blur, ‘Beetlebum’
– Michael Jackson, ‘Earth Song’
– No Doubt, ‘Don’t Speak’
– The Verve, ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’