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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1990.

This year was the peak of cassette sales in the United States, with sales declining year on year since then.[1]

Specific locations[edit]

Specific genres[edit]

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Also in 1990[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]

January–March[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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8 Scumdogs of the Universe GWAR -
15 Flood They Might Be Giants -
Reading, Writing and Arithmetic The Sundays UK
16 The Hit List Joan Jett Covers album
Pale Toad the Wet Sprocket -
RVS III Ricky Van Shelton -
23 Lone Wolf Hank Williams, Jr. -
Missing Links Volume Two The Monkees Rarities compilation
Stick It to Ya Slaughter Debut
29 A Bit of What You Fancy The Quireboys Debut
Cloudcuckooland Lightning Seeds -
Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors Fish -
30 Riverside Luka Bloom -
The Sweet Keeper Tanita Tikaram US
? The Best of Van Morrison Van Morrison Compilation
Colour The Christians US
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5 Chill Out The KLF -
Lost Paradise Paradise Lost Debut
7 Frizzle Fry Primus Debut
9 Blue Sky Mining Midnight Oil -
12 Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em MC Hammer US
Stay Sick! The Cramps -
13 Chance The Rave-Ups -
Shake Your Money Maker The Black Crowes Debut
Welcome to the Beautiful South The Beautiful South US
16 Spiritual Healing Death -
17 Heritage Earth, Wind & Fire -
19 Up to No Good Peter Wolf -
20 Carved in Sand Mission UK US
Dark at the End of the Tunnel Oingo Boingo -
The Language of Life Everything but the Girl -
This Should Move Ya Mantronix US
21 Heading for Tomorrow Gamma Ray -
Same Place the Fly Got Smashed Guided by Voices -
22 Blackout in the Red Room Love/Hate -
Damn Yankees Damn Yankees -
Gold Afternoon Fix The Church -
Submarine Bells The Chills -
27 Highwayman 2 The Highwaymen -
28 Ah Via Musicom Eric Johnson -
The Privilege of Power Riot -
? Travel-Log J.J. Cale -
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1 The Caution Horses Cowboy Junkies -
Poison Bell Biv DeVoe Debut
5 Backstreet Symphony Thunder Debut
Happiness The Beloved US
New Funky Nation Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. -
6 Birds of Passage Bel Canto US
Third World Warrior Kris Kristofferson -
9 House Party Various Artists Soundtrack
12 I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got Sinéad O'Connor -
Beg to Differ Prong -
Eye Robyn Hitchcock US
Resistance Borghesia -
13 Funhouse Kid 'n Play -
My Romance Carly Simon Covers album
Pretty Woman Various Artists Soundtrack
16 Here at the Home Tribe -
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
17 Just Say Ozzy Ozzy Osbourne US; Live
19 Blacks' Magic Salt-N-Pepa -
Manic Nirvana Robert Plant -
Violator Depeche Mode -
20 Changesbowie David Bowie Compilation
Extricate The Fall US
Showtime Nitzer Ebb US
Swagger Blue Aeroplanes US
26 Brigade Heart -
Mental Floss for the Globe Urban Dance Squad US
Paintings in Yellow Sandra -
Sex Packets Digital Underground Debut
Still Got the Blues Gary Moore -
27 Livin' Like Hustlers Above the Law -
Forever Everlasting Everlast Debut
A View from 3rd Street Jude Cole -
Social Distortion Social Distortion -
29 Representing the Mambo Little Feat -
? Join Together The Who Live box set
Manners & Physique Adam Ant -

April–June[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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2 Bulkhead Severed Heads -
Unison Celine Dion Canada
3 Born to Sing En Vogue -
Chemicrazy That Petrol Emotion -
Lloyd Cole Lloyd Cole -
Read My Lips Jimmy Somerville -
9 Behind the Mask Fleetwood Mac -
10 Act III Death Angel -
Days of Open Hand Suzanne Vega -
Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy -
Laura Branigan Laura Branigan -
Peace Anything Box -
People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm A Tribe Called Quest Debut
11 Songs for Drella Lou Reed and John Cale -
Vanity/Nemesis Celtic Frost -
13 39/Smooth Green Day Debut
16 Hammerheart Bathory -
Spanking Machine Babes in Toyland -
17 The Good Son Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds -
Johnny Gill Johnny Gill -
Last Decade Dead Century Warrior Soul Debut
Live on Broadway Barry Manilow Live
The Myth of Rock Consolidated -
Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic The Sundays US
19 Repeater Fugazi US
23 Let Them Eat Bingo Beats International US
Life Inspiral Carpets -
Metaphysical Graffiti The Dead Milkmen -
Slam Big Dipper -
Everybody Knows Sonia -
Now That's What I Call Music 17 Various Artists UK; compilation
24 Goodbye Jumbo World Party -
30 Charmed Life Billy Idol -
? Lovegod The Soup Dragons -
Up in It The Afghan Whigs -
Closer to the Flame Dave Edmunds -
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1 When the Storm Comes Down Flotsam and Jetsam -
The Winding Sheet Mark Lanegan -
8 Eclipse Yngwie Malmsteen US
Greatest Hits The Bangles Compilation
The Revival Tony! Toni! Toné! -
Shut Up and Dance Paula Abdul Remix album
Tattooed Millionaire Bruce Dickinson -
Wilson Phillips Wilson Phillips -
Young Lions Adrian Belew -
10 Steelheart Steelheart -
11 Screaming Life/Fopp Soundgarden Compilation
14 Circle of One Oleta Adams -
Love Moves Kim Wilde -
Packed! The Pretenders -
DAAS Icon Doug Anthony All Stars -
15 Corruption in Tokyo Element Ethan Japan; live
Livin' It Up George Strait -
Lock up the Wolves Dio -
Reflections of Passion Yanni Compilation
A Round and a Bout Squeeze US; live
Ten Y&T -
18 AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted Ice Cube Solo debut
20 Años Luis Miguel -
21 Vol. II: 1990 – A New Decade Soul II Soul -
22 I'm Breathless Madonna Soundtrack
Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em Eric B. & Rakim -
Son of Albert Andrew Ridgeley -
25 The Ghost in Science Susumu Hirasawa Japan
Mecca Age of Chance US
29 Natural History: The Very Best of Talk Talk Talk Talk Compilation
Hell to Pay Jeff Healey Canada
Bloodletting Concrete Blonde -
I Want Too Much A House US
Katydids Katydids US
Meet John Doe John Doe -
Pod The Breeders -
30 Tangled Jane Wiedlin -
31 All the Stuff (And More!) Volume 1 Ramones Compilation
All the Stuff (And More!) Volume 2 Ramones Compilation
? Amarok Mike Oldfield -
Joe Cocker Live Joe Cocker Live
The Internationale Billy Bragg Mini-LP
Manscape Wire US
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1 The Word as Law Neurosis -
4 10 The Stranglers US
Gold Mother James -
Left Hand Path Entombed Debut
5 Step by Step New Kids on the Block -
7 Sumerian Cry Tiamat -
11 Real Men... Wear Black Cameo -
A Catholic Education Teenage Fanclub -
Sings Cole Porter Dionne Warwick Cover
Utd. State 90 808 State -
12 Armchair Theatre Jeff Lynne Solo debut
Compositions Anita Baker -
En las Buenas... y en las Malas José José -
Holy Water Bad Company -
I'll Give All My Love to You Keith Sweat -
Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Debut
15 Sudden Stop Colin James Canada
18 Alias Alias -
Past to Present 1977-1990 Toto Compilation+ 4 new tracks
Turtle Soup The Mock Turtles UK
19 This Time Around Green on Red -
20 Beyond Belief Petra -
21 No Depression Uncle Tupelo Debut
25 New Art Riot Manic Street Preachers EP
Deicide Deicide -
Livonia His Name Is Alive -
Reputation Dusty Springfield -
26 After the Rain Nelson -
Danzig II: Lucifuge Danzig -
Goo Sonic Youth -
Kiss of Life Gene Loves Jezebel -
Live It Up Crosby, Stills & Nash -
29 Black Angels Kronos Quartet -
? Biohazard Biohazard -
Busted Cheap Trick -
Midnight Stroll Robert Cray -

July–September[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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2 Flesh & Blood Poison -
Smooth Noodle Maps Devo -
3 The Hard Way Steve Earle -
Lights...Camera...Revolution! Suicidal Tendencies -
Lofty's Roach Souffle Harry Connick, Jr. -
Seven Turns The Allman Brothers Band -
Spirits Dancing in the Flesh Santana -
We Are in Love Harry Connick, Jr. -
10 Brick by Brick Iggy Pop -
Live and Direct Adamski US
Pandemonium The Time -
Stray Aztec Camera US
13 Live'r Than God Thee Hypnotics US
16 Naked Thunder Ian Gillan -
Tales from the Twilight World Blind Guardian -
Bad of the Heart George Lamond Debut
17 Edutainment Boogie Down Productions -
19 Apple Mother Love Bone -
23 Slave to the Thrill Hurricane -
24 Banned in the U.S.A. 2 Live Crew -
Cowboys from Hell Pantera -
Goodnight L.A. Magnum -
In the Heart of the Young Winger -
Take a Look Around Master Ace -
Un-Led-Ed Dread Zeppelin -
30 Joy Rides for Shut-Ins Cavedogs -
31 Hell Is for Wimps Newsboys -
? Harmony Corruption Napalm Death -
Smile Ride US
Ichabod and I The Boo Radleys -
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7 Blaze of Glory Jon Bon Jovi Young Guns II soundtrack
Brother's Keeper The Neville Brothers -
Bellybutton Jellyfish -
Enchanted Marc Almond US
Head Down Moev US
Pornograffitti Extreme -
World Clique Deee-Lite -
13 Bossanova Pixies -
14 100 Miles and Runnin' N.W.A EP
Cleopatra Grip The Heart Throbs US
Pump Up the Volume Various Artists US; soundtrack
15 Louder Than Love TKA -
17 Eaten Back To Life Cannibal Corpse -
20 FireHouse FireHouse -
Liberty Duran Duran -
Peace of Mind Breathe -
Tyr Black Sabbath -
21 Against the Law Stryper -
Detonator Ratt -
Facelift Alice in Chains -
Graffiti Bridge Prince Soundtrack
Persistence of Time Anthrax -
Ritual de lo Habitual Jane's Addiction -
27 No Fences Garth Brooks -
Otis Mojo Nixon -
28 Time's Up Living Colour -
31 The Party The Party Debut
So Much 2 Say Take 6 -
? The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken REO Speedwagon -
Caustic Grip Front Line Assembly -
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3 Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 George Michael UK
4 Chronicles Rush Compilation
& Love for All The Lilac Time US
1978–1990 Go-Betweens US; compilation
And the Horse They Rode in On Soul Asylum -
Empire Queensrÿche -
In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up Ministry Live
The Neighborhood Los Lobos -
The Rembrandts The Rembrandts -
Rumor Has It Reba McEntire -
The Wild Places Dan Fogelberg -
7 The Cactus Revisited 3rd Bass Remix
Two Fires Jimmy Barnes -
10 To The Extreme Vanilla Ice -
Boomania Betty Boo -
Ragged Glory Neil Young and Crazy Horse -
11 Cherry Pie Warrant -
Under the Red Sky Bob Dylan -
Dave Stewart and the Spiritual Cowboys Dave Stewart and The Spiritual Cowboys US
Dear 23 The Posies -
Glider My Bloody Valentine EP; US
Short Dog's in the House Too Short -
Soundtrack from Twin Peaks Angelo Badalamenti Soundtrack
Unison Celine Dion US
Home For Christmas Dolly Parton -
12 Never, Neverland Annihilator -
14 Painkiller Judas Priest -
Armed Audio Warfare Meat Beat Manifesto US
Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J -
17 Romantic? The Human League -
Heaven or Las Vegas Cocteau Twins -
Room to Roam The Waterboys -
The Wall Live in Berlin Roger Waters UK; live
18 Collected Works Hunters & Collectors US
In a Priest Driven Ambulance Flaming Lips -
The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition Derek and the Dominos Remix + unreleased material
Minnie 'n Me: Songs Just for Girls Christa Larson -
Red Moon The Call -
19 Cause of Death Obituary -
21 Lawn Boy Phish -
Nomads Indians Saints Indigo Girls -
24 The Razors Edge AC/DC -
Some People's Lives Bette Midler -
Experience Mary's Danish -
Rag and Bone Buffet: Rare Cuts and Leftovers XTC Rarities compilation
Rust in Peace Megadeth -
Themes – Volume 1: March 79 – April 82 Simple Minds Box set
25 All Shook Down The Replacements -
An Emotional Fish An Emotional Fish US
Family Style The Vaughan Brothers (Stevie Ray and Jimmie) -
Have You Seen Me Lately Carly Simon -
Superchunk Superchunk -
Themes – Volume 2: August 82 – April 85 Simple Minds Box set
Third Eye Redd Kross -
Wild & Lonely The Associates US
Without a Net Grateful Dead Live
X INXS -
Hi-Five Hi-Five -
? In the Blood Londonbeat -
It's... Madness Madness US;Compilation
Nu Thang dc Talk -
Passion and Warfare Steve Vai -

October–December[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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1 No Prayer for the Dying Iron Maiden -
Better Off Dead Sodom -
Hell's Ditch The Pogues -
Dannii Dannii Minogue -
Go West Young Man Michael W. Smith -
The La's The La's -
Exitos de Gloria Estefan Gloria Estefan Compilation
2 Crawdaddy Darling Buds US
Jordan: The Comeback Prefab Sprout US
New Inside Tiffany -
Room to Roam Waterboys US
Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary Various Artists Compilation
5 This Is Our Music Galaxie 500 -
Wrong Way Up Brian Eno and John Cale -
8 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Boxed Set
Enlightenment Van Morrison UK
Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band Ringo Starr Live
Themes – Volume 3: September 85 – June 87 Simple Minds Box set
9 Change of Season Hall & Oates -
Edge of the Century Styx -
FUN '90 Mekons EP
Girls, Girls, Girls Elvis Costello Compilation
The Greatest Hits, So Far Public Image Ltd. Compilation
Seasons in the Abyss Slayer -
Shooting Straight in the Dark Mary Chapin Carpenter -
Souls of Black Testament -
Themes – Volume 4: February 89 – May 90 Simple Minds Box set
15 Remasters Led Zeppelin Compilation
The Rhythm of the Saints Paul Simon -
Bona Drag Morrissey Compilation
Nowhere Ride -
16 Back from Hell Run-D.M.C. -
Brand New Dance Emmylou Harris -
Hack Information Society -
Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982–1983 10,000 Maniacs Compilation
Hindu Love Gods Hindu Love Gods -
Hold Me Up Goo Goo Dolls -
Private Times...and the Whole 9! Al B. Sure! -
Recycler ZZ Top -
The Geto Boys Geto Boys Remix
22 Behaviour Pet Shop Boys -
Heart Still Beating Roxy Music Live
Vision Thing The Sisters of Mercy -
Cure for Sanity Pop Will Eat Itself -
Kool-Aid Big Audio Dynamite II -
23 458489 The Fall US; compilation
Billy's Live Bait Gear Daddies -
Circle Slide The Choir -
Faith Hope Love King's X -
Life Inspiral Carpets US
Slaves & Masters Deep Purple -
Some Friendly The Charlatans US
29 Choke The Beautiful South UK
Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 Traveling Wilburys -
30 Down To Earth Monie Love -
Ghost of a Dog Edie Brickell & New Bohemians -
If There Was a Way Dwight Yoakam -
Interiors Rosanne Cash -
Lennon John Lennon Box set
Red Hot + Blue Various Artists Cole Porter tribute
Taste of Chocolate Big Daddy Kane -
This Christmas Patti LaBelle Christmas
Too Dark Park Skinny Puppy -
31 Raygun... Naked Raygun Naked Raygun -
? Up from the Ashes Don Dokken -
Gling-Gló Björk Guðmundsdóttir & tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar -
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5 Don't Explain Robert Palmer UK
Mixed Up The Cure UK; Remix album
Serious Hits... Live! Phil Collins Live
Tripping the Live Fantastic Paul McCartney Live
Refugees of the Heart Steve Winwood -
Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches Happy Mondays -
6 Birdbrain Buffalo Tom -
A Brief History of the Twentieth Century Gang of Four Compilation
Cake The Trash Can Sinatras US
Coma of Souls Kreator -
Crazy World Scorpions -
The Dancing Years Shriekback -
I'm Your Baby Tonight Whitney Houston -
Put Yourself in My Shoes Clint Black -
Somewhere Soon The High US
Stick It Live Slaughter Live EP
Syntonic Kon Kan US
8 To Be Continued Elton John Box set + 4 new tracks
12 Ven Conmigo Selena -
Rhythm of Love Kylie Minogue -
13 Mermaids soundtrack Various Artists US; soundtrack
Anything Is Possible Debbie Gibson -
Blast the Human Flower Danielle Dax US
Five Man Acoustical Jam Tesla Live
Gala Lush US
The Immaculate Collection Madonna Greatest hits + 2 new tracks
Reverberation Echo and the Bunnymen US
Standards The Alarm US; Compilation
15 Naïve KMFDM -
16 GodWeenSatan: The Oneness Ween Debut
19 Shaking the Tree Peter Gabriel Compilation
20 Casino Blue Rodeo -
Ferociously Stoned Cherry Poppin' Daddies Debut
Heartbreak Station Cinderella -
This Is a Collective Consolidated EP
23 Against the Grain Bad Religion -
26 A Social Grace Psychotic Waltz -
27 Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast Kid Rock Debut
Ralph Tresvant Ralph Tresvant Solo debut
Rising Donovan Live
Now! That's What I Call Music 18 Various Artists UK; compilation
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3 MCMXC a.D. Enigma Debut
4 Grains of Sand The Mission UK US
Home Alone John Williams Soundtrack
One for All Brand Nubian -
The Simpsons Sing the Blues The Simpsons -
10 Live at Hammersmith '84 Jethro Tull Live
11 Devo's Greatest Hits Devo Compilation
Devo's Greatest Misses Devo Compilation
Dr. Adamski's Musical Pharmacy Adamski US
The Raw and the Remix Fine Young Cannibals Remixes and alternate versions
18 Gonna Make You Sweat C+C Music Factory -
Business as Usual EPMD -
99% Meat Beat Manifesto -
? Obey the Time The Durutti Column -

Release date unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest positions in the charts of 1990.[5]

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Sinéad O'Connor Nothing Compares 2 U 1990 Republic of Ireland UK 1 – January 1990; US Billboard 1 of 1990; Netherlands 1 – January 1990; Sweden 1 – February 1990; Austria 1 – March 1990; Switzerland 1 – February 1990; Norway 1 – February 1990; Poland 1 – March 1990; Germany 1 – February 1990; Republic of Ireland 1 – January 1990; New Zealand 1 for five weeks, April 1990; Australia 1 for eight weeks, May 1990; KROQ-FM 1 of 1990; Australia 3 of 1990; US Cash Box 4 of 1990; Italy 8 of 1990; Europe 8 of the 1990s; Rate Your Music 9 of 1990; Germany 19 of the 1990s; Poland 59 of all time; Belgium 90 of all time; Acclaimed 113; OzNet 138;Rolling Stone 162; WXPN 661.
2 Madonna Vogue 1990 United States UK 1 – Apr 1990, US BB 1 of 1990, US CashBox 1 of 1990, Sweden 1 – Apr 1990, Norway 1 – Apr 1990, Poland 1 – Apr 1990, New Zealand 1 for 4 weeks May 1990, Australia 1 for 4 weeks Aug 1990, Netherlands 2 – Apr 1990, Switzerland 2 – Apr 1990, Italy 5 of 1990, Germany 4 – Apr 1990, France 7 – Apr 1990, Austria 7 – May 1990, POP 7 of 1990, US BB 8 of 1990, RYM 8 of 1990, Australia 10 of 1990, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1990, Party 181 of 2007, Germany 230 of the 1990s, Acclaimed 521, OzNet 881
3 Vanilla Ice Ice Ice Baby 1990 United States UK 1 – Nov 1990, US BB 1 of 1990, Netherlands 1 – Nov 1990, Republic of Ireland 1 – Dec 1990, New Zealand 1 for 7 weeks Dec 1990, Australia 1 for 3 weeks Apr 1991, Sweden 2 – Nov 1990, Switzerland 2 – Nov 1990, Norway 2 – Dec 1990, Germany 2 – Jan 1991, Austria 3 – Nov 1990, US BB 4 of 1990, POP 4 of 1990, France 5 – Dec 1990, Australia 15 of 1991, US CashBox 21 of 1990, Party 42 of 2007, Italy 65 of 1991, Germany 82 of the 1990s, RYM 188 of 1990
4 MC Hammer U Can't Touch This 1990 United States Netherlands 1 – Jul 1990, Sweden 1 – Aug 1990, Australia 1 of 1990, New Zealand 1 for 6 weeks Jul 1990, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Oct 1990, Switzerland 2 – Jul 1990, UK 3 – Jun 1990, Germany 3 – Jul 1990, US BB 5 of 1990, Austria 5 – Aug 1990, POP 5 of 1990, France 6 – Jun 1990, Norway 6 – Aug 1990, US BB 8 of 1990, Scrobulate 18 of rap, US CashBox 39 of 1990, RYM 63 of 1990, Germany 147 of the 1990s, RIAA 201, Party 214 of 1999, Acclaimed 1797
5 Roxette It Must Have Been Love 1990 Sweden US Bullfrog 1 – Apr 1990 (25 weeks), US BB 1 of 1990, Switzerland 1 – Jun 1990, Norway 1 – Jun 1990, Poland 1 – Jun 1990, Australia 1 for 2 weeks Oct 1990, Japan (Tokyo) 2 – May 1990, UK 3 – Jun 1990, Netherlands 3 – Jun 1990, Sweden 3 – Dec 1987, Austria 4 – Jul 1990, Germany 4 – Jun 1990, US CashBox 6 of 1990, France 8 – May 1990, Australia 8 of 1990, Brazil 12 of 1990, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jun 1990), POP 30 of 1990, Italy 48 of 1990, Europe 52 of the 1990s, Japan (Osaku) 64 of 1990, Germany 119 of the 1990s, OzNet 716

Top 40 chart hit singles[edit]

Song title Artist(s) Release date(s) US UK Highest chart position Other Chart Performance(s)
"A Dream's a Dream" Soul II Soul April 1990 86 6 1 (Greece) See chart performance entry
"À toutes les filles..." Félix Gray & Didier Barbelivien May 1990 n/a n/a 1 (France, Belgium) See chart performance entry
"After the Rain" Nelson October 1990 6 n/a 6 (United States) 39 (US Billboard Album Rock Tracks)
"All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You" Heart March 1990 2 8 1 (Australia, Canada) See chart performance entry
"All or Nothing" Milli Vanilli January 1990 4 74 1 (New Zealand) See chart performance entry
"All Together Now" The Farm November 1990 n/a 4 4 (United Kingdom) See chart performance entry
"Alors regarde" Patrick Bruel September 1990 n/a n/a 3 (France) 14 (Québec) - 16 (Europe [European Airplay Top 50]) - 20 (Europe [Eurochart Hot 100])
"Alright" Janet Jackson March 1990 4 20 4 (Netherlands, United States) See chart performance entry
"The Anniversary Waltz" (Part One) Status Quo September 1990 n/a 2 2 (United Kingdom) 3 (Ireland) - 5 (Netherlands) - 9 (Austria) - 12 (Switzerland) - 13 (Belgium) - 17 (Germany) - 104 (Australia)
"The Anniversary Waltz" (Part Two) Status Quo December 1990 n/a 16 16 (United Kingdom) 14 (Ireland) - 33 (Belgium) - 66 (Netherlands)
"Are You Dreaming?" Twenty 4 Seven November 1990 n/a 17 4 (Switzerland) See chart performance entry
"Around the Way Girl" LL Cool J November 1990 9 n/a 9 (United States) 1 (U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Songs) - 5 (U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs) - 7 (U.S. Billboard Dance Club SOngs) - 27 (New Zealand) - 45 (Australia)
"Avant de partir" Roch Voisine July 1990 n/a n/a 7 (France) 12 (Québec) - 34 (Europe)
"Candy" Iggy Pop September 1990 28 67 9 (Australia) See chart performance entry
"The Dance" Garth Brooks April 1990 n/a 36 3 (Ireland) 1 (Canada Country Tracks, U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs) - 31 (Scotland) - 89 (Europ)
"Freedom! '90" George Michael October 1990 8 28 1 (Canada, Zimbababwe) See chart performance entry
"Groove Is in the Heart" Deee-Lite August 1990 4 2 1 (Australia) See chart performance entry
"Hold On" Wilson Phillips February 1990 1 6 1 (United States) See chart performance entry
"You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" Jimmy Somerville 1989 - - - See chart performance entry

Other chart hit singles[edit]

Notable singles[edit]

Song title Artist(s) Release date(s) Other Chart Performance(s)
"100 Miles and Runnin'" N.W.A 1990 2 (U.S Billboard Hot Rap Songs) - 32 (New Zealand) - 33 (Australia) - 51 (U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks)
"Being Boring" Pet Shop Boys November 1990 See chart performance entry
"Blue Savannah" Erasure January 1990 See chart performance entry
"Blue Sky Mine" Midnight Oil February 1990 See chart performance entry
"Birdhouse in Your Soul" They Might Be Giants January 1990 3 (U.S. Billboard Alternative Airplay) - 6 (UK Singles Chart) - 12 (Ireland) - 125 (Australia)
"Can I Kick It?" A Tribe Called Quest October 1990 See chart performance entry
"De-Luxe" Lush March 1990 14 (U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs)
"Dig for Fire" Pixies October 1990 11 (US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks) - 62 (UK Singles Chart)
"Dub Be Good to Me" Beats International January 1990 See chart performance entry
"Enjoy the Silence" Depeche Mode February 1990 See chart performance entry
"Hello" The Beloved January 1990 See Chart Performance Entry
"Heaven or Las Vegas" Cocteau Twins September 1990 9 (U.S. Billboard Alternative Airplay)
"Heavenly Pop Hit" The Chills March 1990 2 (New Zealand) - 17 (U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs) - 97 (UK Singles Chart) - 118 (Australia)
"Here's Where the Story Ends" The Sundays January 1990 1 (U.S. Billboard Alternative Airplay)
"Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" Megadeth September 1990 See chart performance entry
"Iceblink Luck" Cocteau Twins August 1990 38 (UK Singles Chart)
"Joey" Concrete Blonde May 1990 See chart performance entry
"Killer" b/w "Bass Line Changed My Life" Adamski featuring Seal March 1990 See chart performance entry
"Kool Thing" Sonic Youth June 1990 7 (U.S. Billboard Alternative Airplay) - 24 (Ireland) - 81 (UK Singles Chart)
"Metropolis" The Church February 1990 1 (U.S. Billboard Alternative Airplay) - 11 (U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock) - 19 (Australia) - 41 (New Zealand)
"Never Enough" The Cure September 1990 See chart performance entry
"Nothing Compares 2 U" Sinéad O'Connor January 1990 See chart performance entry
"Pictures of You" The Cure March 1990 See chart performance entry
"Policy of Truth" Depeche Mode May 1990 See chart performance entry
"Shine On" (re-record) The House of Love January 1990 20 (UK Single Charts)
"The Ship Song" Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds March 1990 84 (UK Singles Chart)
"Soon" b/w "Glider" My Bloody Valentine April 1990 41 (UK Singles Chart)
"One Love" The Stone Roses July 1990 See chart performance entry
"Took the Children Away" Archie Roach September 1990 n/a
"Velouria" Pixies July 1990 4 (US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks) - 28 (UK Singles Chart)
"The Only One I Know" The Charlatans May 1990 See chart performance entry
"The Weeping Song" Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds September 1990 n/a

Other notable singles[edit]

Top singles of 1990[edit]

Other significant singles[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Top ten best albums of the year[edit]

All albums have been named albums of the year for their hits in the charts.[6]

  1. Depeche ModeViolator
  2. PixiesBossanova
  3. MegadethRust in Peace
  4. Jane's AddictionRitual de lo Habitual
  5. Cocteau TwinsHeaven Or Las Vegas
  6. RideNowhere
  7. Public EnemyFear of a Black Planet
  8. Happy MondaysPills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches
  9. Sonic YouthGoo
  10. The La'sThe La's

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Jazz[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Awards[edit]

Glenn Gould Prize[edit]

Music festivals[edit]

Births[edit]

Unknown:

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. Sales Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on January 12, 2016.
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