1993 in British music

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This is a summary of 1993 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.

Summary[edit]

15 songs reached the number 1 spot this year. Compared to 1992, there was an improvement to singles sales, with sales rising year on year for the first time since 1989. However, none of the singles released this year were million sellers, the first instance of this happening since 1990. The only song to sell over a million in 1993 was one from the previous year, Whitney Houston's cover of "I Will Always Love You". It managed to sell sufficiently well enough to make its way onto the top 10 of both 1992 and 1993.

March saw The Bluebells reach number 1 with "Young at Heart", a song that had previously made number 8 in 1984. It was re-issued after appearing in an advert for Volkswagen, and the band reformed to promote the song.

Take That got their first #1 in July, with "Pray". Debuting in 1991 with the #38 hit "Promises", they would go on to score another seven number 1s before splitting in 1996. "Pray" was followed by Freddie Mercury scoring a posthumous number 1 with a remixed version of "Living on My Own", the original version of which made number 50 in 1985, making it the first remix of a previously charted single to reach number 1.

The biggest selling single of the year came from Meat Loaf, who hit #1 for seven weeks from October with "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)". It came from the album Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, also the biggest selling of the year.

Finally, as usual, December saw the Christmas number one single. Meat Loaf's successor at number 1 was Mr. Blobby, a popular character on the BBC One show Noel's House Party, with "Mr. Blobby" (the first ever eponymously titled number 1 single). In the final week before Christmas he was knocked off by Take That's "Babe", making Mr. Blobby the first one-week #1 since U2's "The Fly" in November 1991, and making Take That the first act to have three singles in a row all enter at #1. However, the following week (Christmas week) saw Mr. Blobby climb back up to the top, the first time this had happened since January 1969, and officially become this year's Christmas number 1.

In the classical world, the British composer Michael Nyman enjoyed great success with his soundtrack for the film The Piano, which brought him an Ivor Novello Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and American Film Institute award; the album sold over three million copies. Veteran Welsh composer Daniel Jones died. A less well-known composer, Peter Reynolds, won notoriety when his three-minute work Sands of Time was performed in Cardiff city centre; it is listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's shortest opera.

Events[edit]

Charts[edit]

Number-one singles[edit]

Issue Date Song Artist(s)
3 January "I Will Always Love You" Whitney Houston
10 January
17 January
24 January
31 January
7 February "No Limit" 2 Unlimited
14 February
21 February
28 February
7 March
14 March "Oh Carolina" Shaggy
21 March
28 March "Young at Heart" The Bluebells
4 April
11 April
18 April
25 April Five Live George Michael and Queen
with Lisa Stansfield
2 May
9 May
16 May "All That She Wants" Ace of Base
23 May
30 May
6 June "(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You" UB40
13 June
20 June "Dreams" Gabrielle
27 June
4 July
11 July "Pray" Take That
18 July
25 July
1 August
8 August "Living on My Own" Freddie Mercury
15 August
22 August "Mr Vain" Culture Beat
29 August
5 September
12 September
19 September "Boom! Shake the Room" DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
26 September
3 October "Relight My Fire" Take That featuring Lulu
10 October
17 October "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" Meat Loaf
24 October
31 October
7 November
14 November
21 November
28 November
5 December "Mr. Blobby" Mr. Blobby
12 December "Babe" Take That
19 December "Mr. Blobby" Mr. Blobby
26 December

Number-one albums[edit]

Issue Date Title Artist(s)
3 January Greatest Hits: 1965-1992 Cher
10 January
17 January Live/The Way We Walk, Volume Two: The Longs Genesis
24 January
31 January Jam Little Angels
7 February Pure Cult The Cult
14 February Words of Love Buddy Holly & The Crickets
21 February Walthamstow East 17
28 February Diva Annie Lennox
7 March Are You Gonna Go My Way Lenny Kravitz
14 March
21 March Their Greatest Hits Hot Chocolate
28 March Songs of Faith and Devotion Depeche Mode
4 April Suede Suede
11 April Black Tie White Noise David Bowie
18 April Automatic for the People R.E.M.
25 April Cliff Richard - The Album Cliff Richard
2 May Automatic for the People R.E.M.
9 May Republic New Order
16 May Automatic for the People R.E.M.
23 May janet. Janet Jackson
30 May
6 June No Limits 2 Unlimited
13 June What's Love Got to Do with It Tina Turner
20 June Emergency on Planet Earth Jamiroquai
27 June
4 July
11 July Zooropa U2
18 July Promises and Lies UB40
25 July
1 August
8 August
15 August
22 August
29 August
5 September Music Box Mariah Carey
12 September Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell Meat Loaf
19 September In Utero Nirvana
26 September Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell Meat Loaf
3 October Very Pet Shop Boys
10 October Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell Meat Loaf
17 October Everything Changes Take That
24 October Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell Meat Loaf
31 October
7 November
14 November Both Sides Phil Collins
21 November Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell Meat Loaf
28 November
5 December
12 December
19 December
26 December

End of Year Charts[edit]

Top 50 Singles of 1993[edit]

Position Song Title Artist Sales Highest Position
1 I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) Meat Loaf 718,000 1
2 (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You UB40 606,000 1
3 All That She Wants Ace of Base 604,000 1
4 No Limit 2 Unlimited 532,000 1
5 Dreams Gabrielle 513,000 1
6 Mr Blobby Mr Blobby 510,000 1
7 Oh Carolina Shaggy 460,000 1
8 What is Love Haddaway 450,000 2
9 Mr Vain Culture Beat 410,000 1
10 I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston 380,000 1
11 Five Live (EP) George Michael & Queen featuring Lisa Stansfield 375,000 1
12 Young at Heart The Bluebells 370,000 1
13 Tease Me Chaka Demus and Pliers 360,000 3
14 Boom! Shake the Room Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince 345,000 1
15 Please Forgive Me Bryan Adams 344,000 2
16 Informer Snow 335,000 2
17 Pray Take That 330,000 1
18 Sweat (A La La La La Long) Inner Circle 327,000 3
19 Living on My Own Freddie Mercury 323,000 1
20 What's Up? 4 Non Blondes 319,000 2
21 Babe Take That 315,000 1
22 The Key The Secret Urban Cookie Collective 310,000 2
23 Don't Be a Stranger Dina Carroll 305,000 3
24 It Keeps Rainin' (Tears From My Eyes) Bitty McLean 290,000 2
25 Two Princes Spin Doctors 285,000 3
26 Little Bird/Love Song for a Vampire Annie Lennox 270,000 3
27 The River of Dreams Billy Joel 250,000 3
28 Relight My Fire Take That featuring Lulu 245,000 1
29 The Love I Lost West End featuring Sybil 230,000 3
30 True Love Elton John & Kiki Dee 222,000 2
31 Give It Up The Good Men 220,000 5
32 Right Here SWV 207,000 3
33 Mr. Loverman Shabba Ranks 204,000 3
34 Moving on Up M People 201,000 2
35 Exterminate! Snap! featuring Niki Haris 200,000 2
36 U Got 2 Let the Music Cappella 199,000 2
37 For Whom the Bell Tolls Bee Gees 197,000 4
38 Deep East 17 196,000 5
39 When I'm Good and Ready Sybil 195,000 5
40 Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) Sub Sub featuring Melanie Williams 190,000 3
41 Go West Pet Shop Boys 2
42 Give In To Me Michael Jackson 2
43 She Don't Let Nobody Chaka Demus & Pliers 4
44 That's The Way Love Goes Janet Jackson 2
45 Tribal Dance 2 Unlimited 4
46 One night in heaven M People 6
47 Show Me Love Robin S 6
48 Everybody Hurts REM 7
49 I'm Every Woman Whitney Houston 4
50 Stay Eternal 4

Top 10 albums[edit]

Position Song Title Artist Sales Highest Position
1 Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell Meat Loaf 1
2 Automatic for the People R.E.M. 1
3 Everything Changes Take That 1
4 So Close Dina Carroll 2
5 So Far So Good Bryan Adams 1
6 One Woman: The Ultimate Collection Diana Ross 1
7 Promises and Lies UB40 1
8 Both Sides Phil Collins 1
9 Zooropa U2 1
10 Music Box Mariah Carey 1

Music awards[edit]

BRIT Awards[edit]

The 1993 BRIT Awards winners were:

Mercury Music Prize[edit]

The 1993 Mercury Music Prize was awarded to Suede - Suede.

Classical Music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Deaths[edit]

External links[edit]

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