Set Adrift on Memory Bliss
|"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"|
|Single by P.M. Dawn|
|from the album Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience|
|B-side||"For the Love of Peace"|
|Released||October 5, 1991|
|Format||CD maxi, 7" single, 12" single|
|Label||Gee Street, Island|
|P.M. Dawn singles chronology|
"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" is a song by American hip-hop group P.M. Dawn. It was released in October 1991 as the second single from their debut album Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience. Writing credit is given to Attrell Cordes (Prince Be of P.M. Dawn) and Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet, as the song is built around samples of their 1983 hit "True," as well as samples from The Soul Searchers' "Ashley's Roachclip." The main drumbeat also samples from Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid in Full".
This song was the group's first (and only) number-one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, and also reached number 3 in the United Kingdom. It ranks number 81 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. The song was the first number one song after the debut of the Nielsen SoundScan system, which monitored airplay and sales more closely than before, when Billboard had to rely on humans to report sales and airplay data. According to the test charts of the SoundScan system, "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" was at number one for at least three weeks, but officially has a one-week reign at number one.
Spandau Ballet lead singer Tony Hadley made a cameo in the video to this song, appearing near the end of the video.
Charts and sales
End of year charts
"All 4 Love" by Color Me Badd
|New Zealand RIANZ number-one single
October 18, 1991 – October 25, 1991 (2 weeks)
"The Fly" by U2
"When a Man Loves a Woman" by Michael Bolton
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
November 30, 1991 (1 week)
"Black or White" by Michael Jackson
- UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
- "Australian-charts.com – PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
- "Austriancharts.at – PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- "Ultratop.be – PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
- Canadian dance peak
- "Lescharts.com – PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" (in French). Les classement single.
- "Chartverfulgong > PM Dawn > Set Adrift On Memory Bliss – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
- Italian Single Chart Hit parade Italia (Retrieved June 1, 2008)
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – PM Dawn search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
- "Charts.org.nz – PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss". Top 40 Singles.
- "Swedishcharts.com – PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss". Singles Top 60.
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- Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved September 11, 2008)
- "Single top 100 over 1991" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2010-07-30.
- U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved September 11, 2008)