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> Official Top 10s of Each Year in the 90s, Ranked and Reviewed by Me.
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Colm
post Sep 13 2020, 10:04 AM
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So, in an exercise that I haven't fully thought through, I am going to start with 1990, rank the official Top 10 of the year and then review them, worst to best according to my opinion. I'll proceed through the 1990s in a manner and speed at which I cannot confirm at this point.

I'm hoping that some of you have forgotten that some of these songs actually made the Top 10 best sellers and will be prompted into commenting in bafflement at how the hell some of these songs sold so much.


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post Sep 13 2020, 05:34 PM
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Let's get this under way.

10th place - Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby
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None of these songs need introduction. 1990 was the only year in the 90s where the complete top 10 were number 1s. Also unusual, was that the standard in the Top 10 of the year was very consistent. Only Ice Ice Baby is objectionable but of course people will have their own favourites.
I'm sure some of you love this song. I dont. I dont hate it either. He never really covered himself in glory through his short chart career. This finished as the 4th best seller of the year and was still in the top 2 as the year closed.


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I love this idea, and 1990 is a really strong year to start with as a lot of the big number 1 hits were great singles.

The “Under Pressure” bassline is the only redeemable aspect of this track and even that wears thin after about thirty seconds. I preferred “U Can’t Touch This” which was more fun and interesting at least (I think this was quite high in the chart of 1990 as well despite only peaking at #5).

I guess the biggest injustice here was that an actually GOOD hip hop song “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J was languishing at #41 the week this first hit #1 and sank without a trace. : (
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post Sep 13 2020, 08:11 PM
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not the biggest fan of Vanilla Ice biggrin.gif at least the UK was smart enough not to buy his album, think it was like 16 weeks at #1 in the US
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QUOTE(Doctor Blind @ Sep 13 2020, 07:03 PM) *
I love this idea, and 1990 is a really strong year to start with as a lot of the big number 1 hits were great singles.

The “Under Pressure” bassline is the only redeemable aspect of this track and even that wears thin after about thirty seconds. I preferred “U Can’t Touch This” which was more fun and interesting at least (I think this was quite high in the chart of 1990 as well despite only peaking at #5).

I guess the biggest injustice here was that an actually GOOD hip hop song “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J was languishing at #41 the week this first hit #1 and sank without a trace. : (



U Can't Touch This was 15th best selling single of 1990, and the third biggest seller not to get to number 1. The highest selling non-number 1 was Nessun Dorma (11th of the year) and the 2nd was It Must have Been Love (14th of the year).

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post Sep 13 2020, 09:29 PM
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Picking the 9th best of the top 10 is so tricky that I will have to listen to a few of the songs instead of going from memory.
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9th place - Beats International - Dub Be Good to Me

6.0



There really is very little to separate 9, 8, 7 and 6 in my ranking. On another day the order might be different. Back in 1990, Dub Be Good to Me was my favourite of the same 4. This was a breath of fresh air back then. There was very little of this sort of music in the charts. Norman Cook was able to strike gold so many times during the decade. Like a lot of his work, this was a sample heavy affair.

It managed 4 weeks at number 1, quite a common occurrence in 1990, which had eight four-weeker number 1s. Only one of them, Partners In Kryme/Turtle Power, failed to be one of the best selling 10 singles of the year.


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A lot of the brilliance of this track is owed to the original by SOS Band but it does what all great cover versions do, it completely transforms it. Norman Cook replaces the original deep and funky bassline with the one from “Guns Of Brixton” by the Clash to change the mood of the track to great effect.

Professor Green can do one.
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8th place - Snap! - The Power

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A band that came to dominate the dance scene in 1990 and it all started with this. Another patchwork of samples that seemed to utterly work. In a week where the industry expected B52s' Love Shack to reach number 1, Snap came from outside the top 10 to land at the top.


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QUOTE(Doctor Blind @ Sep 13 2020, 11:09 PM) *
A lot of the brilliance of this track is owed to the original by SOS Band but it does what all great cover versions do, it completely transforms it. Norman Cook replaces the original deep and funky bassline with the one from “Guns Of Brixton” by the Clash to change the mood of the track to great effect.

Professor Green can do one.



That was the genius of Norman Cook - he mostly just needed two elements that no one else would dream of putting together and made magic with them.
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I mean, they just ripped off the original version they created with Chill Rob G and replaced him with Turbo B so it is hard to love Snap!'s "version" (that and Turbo B turned out to be a massive homophobe), but I did love the follow-up “Rhythm Is A Dancer” which I guess we'll visit later, itself very nearly becoming the best selling single of 1992 (until the last week of the year...)

“The Power” is also the only song in the 1990s to jump from outside the Top 10 to number 1 (if you discount entries at number 1).
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I didn't know it was the only one that happened in 90s. I knew Glenn Mardeiros had gone from 11 to 1 in 1988. I couldn't find a list sad.gif
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It looks like my reviews are going to just be a few lines each.
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So far I agree with the order of tracks smile.gif Maybe I'm just more easily pleased, but I like 'em all laugh.gif
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7th place - Madonna - Vodgue

6.5




I always thought this was really over-rated. I prefer the music to Madonna's vocals. It has grown on my over the decades. It's slick and full of ideas. It finished as the 8th best seller.

It was produced by Shep Pettibone who worked with basically every 80s act
He remix list is impressive
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shep_Pettibone


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6th place - Englandneworder

6.7




I have mixed feelings about this - as do many New Order fans. The chorus is too sugary for me, but the piano break before John Barnes comes in pushes it up this list.

A purely instrumental would be great.


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Having listened to the remaining 5 today I can honestly say I never appreciated how damn good these songs were back then.

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Three great tracks already.
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surprised Vogue is so low ohmy.gif
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I think Vogue is fantastic, one of my two favourites from the top 10 of 1990. I love Madonna's vocals and lyrics for it too, they suit the production so well. In fact, I'd say it's one of the most complete packages a single has ever had, everything about it is very well stylised from the clicks to the name checking to the video tone and choreography.
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