1995 in British music

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This is a summary of 1995 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.

Summary[edit]

1995 saw a number of changes occur. Céline Dion's "Think Twice", which was released in October 1994 yet took until the end of January to reach the top, was the first UK number 1 single not to be available on vinyl in any form.

Around the middle of the year, the way singles entered the chart started to change. Instead of entering low and climbing up to their peak, singles would now usually enter at their peak, and then fall down the chart. In May, Robson & Jerome became the first British act to reach number 1 with "Unchained Melody", after having sung the song on the ITV programme Soldier Soldier. In May, music featured in an advertising campaign for Guinness reached number 2 – mambo tune "Guaglione" by Pérez Prado was a massive hit and the advert featured on an accompanying screensaver.

This was also the year which saw Britpop at its most popular. A highly publicised chart battle in August saw Oasis and Blur battling it out for the number 1 position, having both released their singles on the same day. Blur won the singles battle, with "Country House" beating Oasis' "Roll with It" to the top spot, but Oasis, with (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, would go on to greatly outsell Blur's album, the album of which would eventually become the second biggest album in the UK. After a decade in the business Pulp secured a first number one album while Britpop elder statesman Paul Weller also benefited from a return to popular and critical favour.

Singles that went on to sell over a million copies were Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise", the first rap single to sell over a million in the UK, both of Robson & Jerome's songs ("Unchained Melody" / "White Cliffs of Dover", the biggest selling single of the year, and "I Believe" / "Up on the Roof") and Michael Jackson's "Earth Song". In addition, a second remix of New Order's "Blue Monday" (reaching number 17) pushed sales of that song over a million as well.

In all, there were 17 number one singles in 1995. As the 1990s continued the amount started to increase, and there wouldn't be a total as low as 1995's.

Composer Michael Tippett celebrated his ninetieth birthday on 2 January. the occasion was marked by special events in Britain, Canada and the US, including the premiere of his final work, The Rose Lake. A collection of his essays, Tippett on Music, was published in the same year. The other most notable British classical composer of the year was Karl Jenkins, whose album Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary was released in September to become a huge hit, thanks to the music's exposure in television advertisements.

Charts[edit]

Number-one singles[edit]

Issue Date Song Artist(s) Sales
1 January "Stay Another Day" East 17
8 January "Cotton Eye Joe" Rednex 60,000
15 January 85,000
22 January 70,000
29 January "Think Twice" Céline Dion 74,000
5 February 80,000
12 February 86,000
19 February 154,000
26 February 141,000
5 March 120,000
12 March 50,000
19 March "Love Can Build a Bridge" Cher, Chrissie Hynde and
Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton
150,000
26 March "Don't Stop (Wiggle Wiggle)" The Outhere Brothers 90,000
2 April "Back for Good" Take That 346,000
9 April 185,000
16 April 140,000
23 April 85,000
30 April "Some Might Say" Oasis 138,000
7 May "Dreamer" Livin' Joy 106,000
14 May "Unchained Melody /
White Cliffs of Dover"
Robson & Jerome 314,000
21 May 460,000
28 May 320,000
4 June 210,000
11 June 145,000
18 June 90,000
25 June 73,000
2 July "Boom Boom Boom" The Outhere Brothers 62,000
9 July 74,000
16 July 77,000
23 July 65,000
30 July "Never Forget" Take That 115,000
6 August 86,000
13 August 54,000
20 August "Country House" Blur 274,000
27 August 135,000
3 September "You Are Not Alone" Michael Jackson 83,000
10 September 100,000
17 September "Boombastic" Shaggy 93,000
24 September "Fairground" Simply Red 211,000
1 October 142,000
8 October 129,000
15 October 96,000
22 October "Gangsta's Paradise" Coolio featuring LV 107,000
29 October 166,000
5 November "I Believe / Up on the Roof" Robson & Jerome 258,000
12 November 224,000
19 November 118,000
26 November 80,000
3 December "Earth Song" Michael Jackson 116,467
10 December 149,549
17 December 150,739
24 December 261,851
31 December 55,000

Number-one albums[edit]

Issue Date Song Artist(s)
1 January Carry on up the Charts The Beautiful South
8 January
15 January
22 January The Colour of My Love Céline Dion
29 January
5 February
12 February
19 February
26 February
5 March Greatest Hits Bruce Springsteen
12 March Medusa Annie Lennox
19 March Elastica Elastica
26 March The Colour of My Love Céline Dion
2 April Wake Up! The Boo Radleys
9 April Greatest Hits Bruce Springsteen
16 April Picture This Wet Wet Wet
23 April
30 April
7 May Nobody Else Take That
14 May
21 May Stanley Road Paul Weller
28 May Singles Alison Moyet
4 June Pulse Pink Floyd
11 June
18 June HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I Michael Jackson
25 June These Days Bon Jovi
2 July
9 July
16 July
23 July I Should Coco Supergrass
30 July
6 August
13 August It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah Black Grape
20 August
27 August Said and Done Boyzone
3 September The Charlatans The Charlatans
10 September Zeitgeist The Levellers
17 September The Great Escape Blur
24 September
1 October Daydream Mariah Carey
8 October (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Oasis
15 October Life Simply Red
22 October
29 October
5 November Different Class Pulp
12 November Made in Heaven Queen
19 November Robson & Jerome Robson & Jerome
26 November
3 December
10 December
17 December
24 December
31 December

End of Year Charts[edit]

Top 50 Singles of 1995[edit]

Position Song Title Artist Sales Highest Position
1 Unchained Melody/White Cliffs of Dover Robson & Jerome 1,844,000 1
2 Gangsta's Paradise Coolio featuring L.V. 1,110,000 1
3 I Believe/Up on the Roof Robson & Jerome 1,049,000 1
4 Back for Good Take That 960,000 1
5 Think Twice Céline Dion 928,000 1
6 Earth Song Michael Jackson 802,000 1
7 Fairground Simply Red 782,000 1
8 You Are Not Alone Michael Jackson 714,000 1
9 Missing Everything but the Girl 696,000 3
10 Wonderwall Oasis 665,000 2
11 Boom Boom Boom Outhere Brothers 652,000 1
12 Country House Blur 642,000 1
13 Father and Son Boyzone 620,000 2
14 Don't Stop (Wiggle Wiggle) Outhere Brothers 617,000 1
15 Boombastic Shaggy 557,000 1
16 Cotton Eye Joe Rednex 512,000 1
17 Set You Free N-Trance 503,000 2
18 Living Next Door to Alice Smokie featuring Roy Chubby Brown 495,000 3
19 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me U2 471,000 2
20 Roll with It Oasis 456,000 2
21 Guaglione Perez 'Prez' Prado & his Orchestra 445,000 2
22 I'll Be There for You The Rembrandts 421,000 3
23 Two Can Play That Game Bobby Brown 413,000 3
24 Here Comes The Hotstepper Ini Kamoze 407,000 4
25 Shy Guy Diana King 405,000 2
26 It's Oh So Quiet Björk 404,000 4
27 Never Forget Take That 403,000 1
28 Don't Give Me Your Life Alex Party 395,000 2
29 Waterfalls TLC 355,000 4
30 Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop) Scatman John 352,000 2
31 Some Might Say Oasis 346,000 1
32 You'll See Madonna 342,000 5
33 Thunder East 17 339,000 4
34 Stayin' Alive N-Trance featuring Ricardo da Force 335,000 2
35 I'd Lie for You (And That's the Truth) Meat Loaf 334,000 2
36 Common People Pulp 326,000 2
37 Fantasy Mariah Carey 323,000 4
38 I've Got a Little Something For You MN8 317,000 2
39 Kiss From A Rose/I'm Alive Seal 310,000 4
40 Dreamer Livin' Joy 303,000 1
41 Alright Supergrass 2
42 A Girl Like You Edwyn Collins 4
43 (Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime) I Need Your Loving Baby D 3
44 No More I Love You's Annie Lennox 2
45 Love Can Build A Bridge Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry 1
46 I Luv U Baby Original 2
47 Total Eclipse of the Heart Nicki French 5
48 The Bomb (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind) The Bucketheads 5
49 When Love & Hate Collide Def Leppard 2
50 Chains Tina Arena 6

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Top 10 albums[edit]

Position Album Title Artist Sales Highest Position
1 Robson & Jerome Robson & Jerome 2,040,000 1
2 (What's The Story) Morning Glory? Oasis 1,863,000 1
3 The Colour Of My Love Celine Dion 1,690,000 1
4 Life Simply Red 1,460,000 1
5 HIStory Michael Jackson 1,430,000 1
6 Stanley Road Paul Weller 1,280,000 1
7 Made In Heaven Queen 1,120,000 1
8 The Great Escape Blur 1,030,000 1
9 Picture This Wet Wet Wet 960,000 1
10 Different Class Pulp 940,000 1

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Music awards[edit]

BRIT Awards[edit]

The 1995 BRIT Awards winners were:

Mercury Music Prize[edit]

The 1995 Mercury Music Prize was awarded to Portishead - Dummy.

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Simmonds, Jeremy. The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches. Chicago Review Press, 2008. ISBN 1-55652-754-3, ISBN 978-1-55652-754-8
  2. ^ "The Grim Reaper's Greatest Hits". Rockmine.com. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  3. ^ 'Christopher Shaw' by David Drew, in Musical Times, July 1963
  4. ^ Halligan, Benjamin. Michael Reeves, Manchester University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-7190-6351-5
  5. ^ GRO Register of Deaths: NOV 1995 B28C 156 WYCOMBE - Marti Caine, DoB = 26 Jan 1945 aged 50
  6. ^ OBITUARY: Alan Hull – People, News – The Independent

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