1991 in music

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January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Also in 1991[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Bands reformed[edit]

Albums released[edit]

January – March[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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1 This Year's Girl Pizzicato Five -
8 Fly Me Courageous Drivin N Cryin -
9 The Singles Collection The Specials Compilation
15 A Different Kind of Weather The Dream Academy US
Eight Track Stomp Chickasaw Mudd Puppies -
A Little Ain't Enough David Lee Roth -
Quik Is the Name DJ Quik Debut
Step In the Arena Gang Starr -
16 2nd Wind Todd Rundgren -
Native Son Judybats -
21 1916 Motörhead -
22 Chagall Guevara Chagall Guevara -
Cure for Sanity Pop Will Eat Itself US
The Soul Cages Sting -
25 Into the Light Gloria Estefan -
29 Candy Carol Book of Love -
Divinyls Divinyls -
Doubt Jesus Jones -
Glad 'N Greasy Beat Farmers -
Mo' Ritmo Gerardo Debut
Party Mix!/Mesopotamia The B-52's Re-issue with remixes
Tyranny (For You) Front 242 US
When You're a Boy Susanna Hoffs -
Uncle Anesthesia Screaming Trees -
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5 Innuendo Queen -
International Pop Overthrow Material Issue -
9 Fellow Hoodlums Deacon Blue -
10 Recurring Spacemen 3 US
11 Coolin' at the Playground Ya Know! Another Bad Creation -
12 The Best of A Flock of Seagulls A Flock of Seagulls -
Coming Down Daniel Ash -
Greatest Hits 1977–1990 The Stranglers US
The Hollow Men The Hollow Men US
Strange Cargo William Orbit US
14 Cooleyhighharmony Boyz II Men Debut
19 Green Mind Dinosaur Jr. -
Ink The Fixx -
Night Ride Home Joni Mitchell -
The Name Above the Title John Wesley Harding -
Road Apples The Tragically Hip US
20 The Last Days of Pompeii Nova Mob -
Piouhgd Butthole Surfers -
21 Marc Cohn Marc Cohn -
25 Recurring Spacemen 3 -
26 Hooked Great White -
30 Something Carter USM -
Different World Uriah Heep -
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4 Peggy Suicide Julian Cope UK; 7 May in US; Double Album
The White Room The KLF -
5 Dollars & Sex The Escape Club -
New Jack City Various Artists Soundtrack
Heart in Motion Amy Grant -
Kill Uncle Morrissey -
Time for a Witness The Feelies -
Truly Blessed Teddy Pendergrass -
6 Extremely Live Vanilla Ice Live
12 Cereal Killers Too Much Joy -
Live Hardcore Worldwide Boogie Down Productions Live
Everybody's Angel Tanita Tikaram -
Free Rick Astley -
Mind Funk Mind Funk -
Out of Time R.E.M. -
Outland Gary Numan US
The Real Ramona Throwing Muses -
Unreal World The Godfathers US
19 Chill of an Early Fall George Strait -
Make Way for the Motherlode Yo-Yo -
Prince of the Deep Water The Blessing -
Bag-a-Trix Whodini -
26 Black and White The BoDeans -
The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 Bob Dylan Box Set
The Human Factor Metal Church -
Lean Into It Mr. Big -
No Warning Dave Wakeling US
Places I Have Never Been Willie Nile -
Ribbed NOFX -
Strength Enuff Z'nuff -
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II The Secret of the Ooze: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
Vagabond Heart Rod Stewart -
27 Good-bye My Loneliness Zard -
Spiderland Slint -
28 Joyride Roxette -
? Outland Gary Numan -

April – June[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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1 School of Fish School of Fish -
2 Word of Mouth Mike + The Mechanics -
2 Arise Sepultura -
Mama Said Lenny Kravitz -
Mane Attraction White Lion -
6 Alanis Alanis Morissette Debut
Now! That's What I Call Music 19 Various Artists Compilation
8 Flashpoint The Rolling Stones Live +2 new studio tracks
Real Life Simple Minds -
9 The Ghosts That Haunt Me Crash Test Dummies -
L'Autre... Mylène Farmer -
15 Brotherhood The Doobie Brothers -
The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld The Orb -
16 Auberge Chris Rea -
The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life Frank Zappa 2 discs; Live
Ripe Banderas US
Temple of the Dog Temple of the Dog -
The Way to Salvation King Missile -
22 Hoodoo Alison Moyet -
Shift-Work The Fall -
23 13 Engines 13 Engines US
And Now the Legacy Begins Dream Warriors US
Flyin' the Flannel Firehose -
Kinky Hoodoo Gurus US
Ordinary Average Guy Joe Walsh -
The Reality of My Surroundings Fishbone -
Time, Love & Tenderness Michael Bolton -
26 Power of Love Luther Vandross -
27 True Love Pat Benatar -
30 Birdland Birdland US
Laughter & Lust Joe Jackson -
Fred Schneider Fred Schneider Re-issue
Spartacus The Farm Debut
Union Yes -
Why Do Birds Sing? Violent Femmes -
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3 Grippe Jawbox -
7 5,000,000 Dread Zeppelin -
Terminator X & The Valley of the Jeep Beets Terminator X -
The Best of The Waterboys 81–90 The Waterboys US
Hard at Play Huey Lewis and the News -
Peggy Suicide Julian Cope US
Star Time James Brown Box Set
9 Ex:el 808 State -
13 De La Soul Is Dead De La Soul -
Pop Life Bananarama UK
Positively Phranc Phranc -
14 Don't Rock the Jukebox Alan Jackson -
God Fodder Ned's Atomic Dustbin -
Mighty Like a Rose Elvis Costello -
O.G. Original Gangster Ice-T -
Sailing the Seas of Cheese Primus -
Schubert Dip EMF -
Spellbound Paula Abdul -
Yerself Is Steam Mercury Rev -
17 Whispers Thomas Anders -
20 Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) Paul McCartney Live acoustic
21 Pink Bubbles Go Ape Helloween -
Slinky Milltown Brothers US
25 Virtual Rabbit Susumu Hirasawa -
28 Electronic Electronic -
Forever My Lady Jodeci Debut
Gish The Smashing Pumpkins Debut
Greatest Hits Eurythmics US
Music From the Movie Jungle Fever Stevie Wonder Soundtrack
Like an Ever Flowing Stream Dismember -
Niggaz4Life N.W.A -
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3 Love and Kisses Dannii Minogue UK
4 Back on the Bus, Y'all Indigo Girls -
Funke, Funke Wisdom Kool Moe Dee -
Make a Jazz Noise Here Frank Zappa -
11 Dance to the Holy Man The Silencers US
The Forest David Byrne -
Love Hurts Cher -
Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 Lynyrd Skynyrd -
Prime of My Life Phyllis Hyman -
Seal Seal Debut
Slave to the Grind Skid Row -
Superstition Siouxsie and the Banshees -
Space I'm In The Candyskins US
Sugar Tax Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark US
Unforgettable... with Love Natalie Cole -
Warm Your Heart Aaron Neville -
14 Slow, Deep and Hard Type O Negative -
Unusual Heat Foreigner -
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 4 Frank Zappa 2 discs; Live
16 The Globe Big Audio Dynamite II -
18 Derelicts of Dialect 3rd Bass -
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge Van Halen -
Turtle Soup The Mock Turtles US
24 Baby Yello -
Holidays in Eden Marillion -
25 All Souled Out Pete Rock & CL Smooth EP
Attack of the Killer B's Anthrax Rarities album
Electric Landlady Kirsty MacColl -
Fireball Zone Ric Ocasek -
Hollywood Vampires L.A. Guns -
Luck of the Draw Bonnie Raitt -
Surprise Crystal Waters -
? Never Loved Elvis The Wonder Stuff -
The Mix Kraftwerk -
The Tea Party The Tea Party Debut

July – September[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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1 13-Point Program to Destroy America The Nation of Ulysses -
1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours Green Day Compilation
Butchered at Birth Cannibal Corpse -
Pure Poverty Poor Righteous Teachers -
This Is an EP Release Digital Underground EP
Victory Gardens John & Mary US
We Can't Be Stopped Geto Boys -
2 A Future Without a Past... Leaders of the New School -
Different Lifestyles BeBe & CeCe Winans -
Hey Stoopid Alice Cooper -
Into the Great Wide Open Tom Petty -
Peaceful Journey Heavy D & the Boyz -
The Ruler's Back Slick Rick -
Shades of Two Worlds The Allman Brothers Band -
Trisha Yearwood Trisha Yearwood -
Woodface Crowded House -
3 Am I Cool or What? Various Artists Soundtrack
5 Blessed Are the Sick Morbid Angel -
9 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey: Music from the Motion Picture Various Artists Soundtrack
Boyz N the Hood soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
James James US
Rag and Bone Buffet: Rare Cuts and Leftovers XTC -
Watershed Grant McLennan US
15 Babyteeth Therapy? -
16 Amen Salif Keita -
Vocally Pimpin' Above the Law (group) -
Biscuits Living Colour EP
Straight Checkn 'Em Compton's Most Wanted -
22 Frequencies LFO Debut
23 Breaking Atoms Main Source -
Circa Mary's Danish -
Emotional Hooligan Gary Clail US
Homebase DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince -
João João Gilberto -
Music for the People Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch -
Play Squeeze -
30 Widespread Panic Widespread Panic -
World Outside The Psychedelic Furs -
31 Day 1 Robbie Nevil -
? Steady Diet of Nothing Fugazi -
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3 To Mother Babes in Toyland EP
5 Brainstorm Young MC -
6 Ask the Ages Sonny Sharrock -
1000 Smiling Knuckles Skin Yard -
Blue Lines Massive Attack -
Harem Scarem Harem Scarem -
Madra Miranda Sex Garden -
Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience P.M. Dawn
Perspex Island Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians -
12 Metallica ("The Black Album") Metallica -
13 Brand New Man Brooks & Dunn Debut
Cypress Hill Cypress Hill Debut
Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle Debut
16 III Sebadoh
20 The Comfort Zone Vanessa L. Williams -
Help Yourself Julian Lennon US
Honey Lingers Voice of the Beehive US
Little Magnets Versus the Bubble of Babble Transvision Vamp -
Notorious Joan Jett and the Blackhearts -
Pocket Full of Kryptonite Spin Doctors -
26 Leisure Blur Debut
27 Altered State Altered State Debut
Backlash Bad English -
Big Shot in the Dark Timbuk3 -
fear Toad the Wet Sprocket -
The Fire Inside Bob Seger -
Abort Tribe -
The Prodigal Stranger Procol Harum -
Ten Pearl Jam Debut
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2 Guaranteed Level 42 -
Just for a Day Slowdive -
Tin Machine II Tin Machine -
3 Horrorscope Overkill -
Mistaken Identity Donna Summer -
Nature of a Sista Queen Latifah -
Naughty by Nature Naughty by Nature -
Ratt & Roll 81–91 Ratt Greatest Hits
Roll the Bones Rush -
Travelers and Thieves Blues Traveler -
10 Blow Up The Smithereens -
Catfish Rising Jethro Tull -
On Every Street Dire Straits -
Psychotic Supper Tesla -
Ropin' the Wind Garth Brooks -
Showstoppers Barry Manilow -
Solace Sarah McLachlan -
16 Laughing Stock Talk Talk -
17 Act Like You Know MC Lyte -
Best O' Boingo Oingo Boingo -
Don't Try This at Home Billy Bragg -
Emotions Mariah Carey -
No More Tears Ozzy Osbourne -
Pretty on the Inside Hole -
Still Feel Gone Uncle Tupelo -
Use Your Illusion I Guns N' Roses -
Use Your Illusion II Guns N' Roses -
18 C.M.B. Color Me Badd -
19 Live Train to Heartbreak Station Cinderella Live
Mad Mad World Tom Cochrane Canada; released in US in Feb '92
20 The Pod Ween -
23 Prisoners in Paradise Europe -
Screamadelica Primal Scream
Shake Me Up Little Feat -
Sigh No More Gamma Ray -
Trompe le Monde Pixies -
Waking Up the Neighbours Bryan Adams Canada; released 24 Sep in US
Wretch Kyuss -
24 Blood Sugar Sex Magik Red Hot Chili Peppers -
Ceremony The Cult -
Face the Nation Kid 'n Play -
Hymns to the Silence Van Morrison -
The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest -
Nevermind Nirvana -
Prove You Wrong Prong
Rock the House Live! Heart Live
Rock 'til You Drop Status Quo -
Queer Thompson Twins -
30 Ebbhead Nitzer Ebb -
Raise Swervedriver -
Stars Simply Red -
Storyville Robbie Robertson -

October – December[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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1 Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black Public Enemy -
Diamonds and Pearls Prince & The New Power Generation -
For My Broken Heart Reba McEntire -
The Greatest Hits Cheap Trick Greatest Hits
Scamboogery Scatterbrain -
3 Mr. Scarface Is Back Scarface Solo Debut
Everclear American Music Club -
4 Miscellaneous T They Might Be Giants B-Sides & Remixes
Streets: A Rock Opera Savatage -
8 Badmotorfinger Soundgarden -
Cool as Ice Vanilla Ice -
Whenever We Wanted John Mellencamp -
9 The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move...It's the Infectious Grooves Infectious Grooves -
11 Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio Paul McCartney -
14 Let's Get to It Kylie Minogue -
Live Your Life Be Free Belinda Carlisle -
15 As Ugly as They Wanna Be Ugly Kid Joe -
Chorus Erasure -
Mr. Bad Example Warren Zevon -
Private Line Gerald LeVert -
Vinyl Dramarama -
17 The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth Skyclad -
19 Decade of Decadence Mötley Crüe Compilation
22 Effigy of the Forgotten Suffocation -
Girlfriend Matthew Sweet -
Human Death -
I Wish My Brother George Was Here Del tha Funkee Homosapien Debut
Pennywise Pennywise -
Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin Various Artists Tribute album
Weld Neil Young Live; initially packaged with Arc CD
A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing Black Sheep Debut
28 Greatest Hits II Queen Compilation
Rush Street Richard Marx -
29 Death Certificate Ice Cube -
Organized Konfusion Organized Konfusion Debut
Prince of Darkness Big Daddy Kane -
Too Legit to Quit Hammer -
30 Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious Carcass -
No Pocky for Kitty Superchunk -
For Keeps The Field Mice -
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1 Beauty and the Beast: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists -
Infrared Roses Grateful Dead Live Compilation
Night of the Stormrider Iced Earth UK
4 Bandwagonesque Teenage Fanclub -
Loveless My Bloody Valentine -
Shepherd Moons Enya -
5 Concert in the Park Paul Simon Live
6 The Sky Is Crying Stevie Ray Vaughan Recorded 1984–'89
6 Ricky Martin Ricky Martin -
10 Sadisfaction Gregorian -
11 Bitterblue Bonnie Tyler
Essential Divinyls Greatest Hits
Live Baby Live INXS Live
Wall of Hits Slade Compilation
We Can't Dance Genesis -
12 80–85 Bad Religion Compilation
Clandestine Entombed -
For the Boys Bette Midler Soundtrack
In Celebration of Life Yanni -
Real Love Lisa Stansfield -
Swallow This Live Poison 2 discs; Live
2Pacalypse Now 2Pac Debut
18 Now That's What I Call Music! 20 Various Artists Compilation
19 Achtung Baby U2 -
Beckology Jeff Beck Box Set
Cool Hand Lōc Tone Lōc -
Inner Child Shanice -
Pandora's Box Aerosmith Box Set
Romance Luis Miguel -
T.E.V.I.N. Tevin Campbell Debut
26 Dangerous Michael Jackson -
Hook: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack John Williams -
Keep It Comin' Keith Sweat -
? No Jive Nazareth -
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3 Affairs of the Heart Jody Watley -
6 Forest of Equilibrium Cathedral -
10 Until the End of the World soundtrack Various Artists -
15 V Legião Urbana -
25 Mō Sagasanai Zard -
31 Juice Various Artists Soundtrack
Mental Jewelry Live Debut
? Spine of God Monster Magnet -

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1991.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Bryan Adams (Everything I Do) I Do it For You 1991 Canada UK 1 – Jun 1991, US BB 1 of 1991, US CashBox 1 of 1991, Holland 1 – Jul 1991, Sweden 1 – Aug 1991, Austria 1 – Aug 1991, Switzerland 1 – Jul 1991, Norway 1 – Jul 1991, Poland 1 – Jul 1991, Germany 1 – Jan 1992, Éire 1 – Jul 1991, New Zealand 1 for 8 weeks Aug 1991, Australia 1 for 11 weeks Oct 1991, US BB 3 of 1991, Australia 3 of 1991, POP 3 of 1991, Europe 5 of the 1990s, TOTP 6, Global 7 (10 M sold) – 1991, Italy 9 of 1991, Germany 9 of the 1990s, Scrobulate 30 of ballad, Virgin 60, Party 70 of 2007, RYM 73 of 1991, Poland 96 of all time, OzNet 121, Belgium 150 of all time
2 Michael Jackson Black Or White 1991 United States UK 1 – Nov 1991, US BB 1 of 1991, Sweden 1 – Nov 1991, Switzerland 1 – Nov 1991, Norway 1 – Nov 1991, Poland 1 – Nov 1991, Éire 1 – Nov 1991, New Zealand 1 for 8 weeks Nov 1991, Australia 1 for 8 weeks Feb 1992, Austria 2 – Nov 1991, Germany 2 – Jan 1992, Holland 3 – Nov 1991, Italy 3 of 1991, US BB 19 of 1991, POP 19 of 1991, Australia 24 of 1992, US CashBox 29 of 1992, RYM 96 of 1991, Germany 115 of the 1990s
3 Roxette Joyride 1991 Sweden US BB 1 of 1991, Holland 1 – Mar 1991, Sweden 1 – Mar 1991, Austria 1 – Mar 1991, Switzerland 1 – Mar 1991, Norway 1 – Mar 1991, Germany 1 – Mar 1991, Australia 1 for 3 weeks Jul 1991, Poland 3 – Apr 1991, UK 4 – Mar 1991, France 7 – Apr 1991, Australia 13 of 1991, Italy 24 of 1991, Germany 24 of the 1990s, US CashBox 33 of 1991, US BB 35 of 1991, POP 37 of 1991
4 Scorpions Wind of Change 1991 Germany Holland 1 – Apr 1991, Sweden 1 – Mar 1991, Austria 1 – Jun 1991, Switzerland 1 – Feb 1991, Norway 1 – Apr 1991, Poland 1 – Mar 1991, Germany 1 of the 1990s, Germany 1 – Apr 1991, UK 2 – Sep 1991, US BB 4 of 1991, Scrobulate 9 of ballad, France 10 – Dec 1990, US BB 24 of 1991, Europe 26 of the 1990s, POP 26 of 1991, RYM 142 of 1990
5 R.E.M. Losing My Religion 1991 United States Holland 1 – Mar 1991, Poland 1 – Apr 1991, Europe 1 of the 1990s, US BB 4 of 1991, Norway 4 – Jun 1991, Sweden 5 – Mar 1991, RYM 5 of 1991, Austria 7 – Aug 1991, Switzerland 11 – Oct 1991, Belgium 12 of all time, UK 19 – Mar 1991, US BB 28 of 1991, Virgin 30, US CashBox 39 of 1991, 39 in 2FM list, Poland 44 of all time, Acclaimed 44, POP 61 of 1991, Scrobulate 69 of rock, Italy 70 of 1991, OzNet 90, WXPN 106, RIAA 143, Rolling Stone 169

Top hits[edit]

Top ten best albums of the year[edit]

All albums have been named albums of the year for their hits in the charts.[5]

  1. NirvanaNevermind
  2. Pearl JamTen
  3. My Bloody ValentineLoveless
  4. U2Achtung Baby
  5. Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magik
  6. MetallicaMetallica
  7. Primal ScreamScreamadelica
  8. SlintSpiderland
  9. A Tribe Called QuestThe Low End Theory
  10. Massive AttackBlue Lines
  11. Talk Talk - Laughing Stock

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times
  2. ^ http://www.spinner.com/2009/11/10/freakiest-concert-moments/
  3. ^ RIAA.com Diamond Certified Albums
  4. ^ "Top Pop Catalog". Billboard. Archived from the original on 4 April 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Best albums of 1991". besteveralbums. 2005. Retrieved 31 December 2011.