1992 in British music

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This is a summary of 1992 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.

Summary[edit]

1992 was a bleak time for the UK Singles Chart, with sales at a very low level. Due to several long chart runs, only 12 singles topped the chart this year (not counting the Queen single, which was a holdover from Christmas 1991), the lowest number since 1962, which also saw 12. In addition, none of them only lasted a week – all lasted at least two, the first time this had happened since 1971.

In the album charts Simply Red had continued success with Stars which would prove to be the second best selling album of the 90's and the best of 91 and 92. Although none of its singles reached no.1, title track Stars peaked at no.8 with all others making the top 40.

Shakespears Sister's hit "Stay" was the longest chart topper of 1992, holding onto the No 1 slot for 8 weeks.

The year saw the start of the ABBA revival, though, with Erasure grabbing the top spot for five weeks in June with their Abba-esque EP, which featured covers of ABBA songs. This was followed by ABBA tribute band Björn Again releasing Erasure-ish in October, which featured covers of Erasure songs. This reached number 25. ABBA's ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits album reached No. 1 for a week in September.

September also saw The Shamen attract controversy with the rave song "Ebeneezer Goode", which, though apparently a song about a fictional character, contained many jokey allusions to the drug Ecstasy, including the chorus "Eezer Goode, Eezer Goode, he's Ebeneezer Goode" (which sounded like "E's are good, E's are good", 'E' being a slang term for Ecstasy). The controversy ensured the song reached number 1 and stayed there for four weeks.

The biggest selling single of the year, and also the only one to sell over a million, was Whitney Houston's cover of "I Will Always Love You", taken from the film The Bodyguard. Originally charting in November, the song hit number 1 later that month, and stayed there until February next year.

The Wedding Present shared the record with Elvis Presley for most UK Top 30 hits in a year (12), by releasing limited edition, 10,000 only 7" singles every month from January to December, out of this they achieved their first (and only) ever top ten single, "Come Play With Me" in May of that year.

In the field of classical music, British composer John Palmer won the City of Lucerne Cultural Prize for Music. New classical works by British composers included the Flute Concerto by William Mathias and the String Quartet No. 1 by Mathias's former pupil John Pickard.

Events[edit]

Charts[edit]

Number-one singles[edit]

Chart date
(week ending)
Song Artist(s)
4 January "Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are the Days of Our Lives" Queen
11 January
18 January
25 January "Goodnight Girl" Wet Wet Wet
1 February
8 February
15 February
22 February "Stay" Shakespear's Sister
29 February
7 March
14 March
21 March
28 March
4 April
11 April
18 April "Deeply Dippy" Right Said Fred
25 April
2 May
9 May "Please Don't Go" K.W.S.
16 May
23 May
30 May
6 June
13 June Abba-esque Erasure
20 June
27 June
4 July
11 July
18 July "Ain't No Doubt" Jimmy Nail
25 July
1 August
8 August "Rhythm Is a Dancer" Snap!
15 August
22 August
29 August
5 September
12 September
19 September "Ebeneezer Goode" The Shamen
26 September
3 October
10 October
17 October "Sleeping Satellite" Tasmin Archer
24 October
31 October "End of the Road" Boyz II Men
7 November
14 November
21 November "Would I Lie to You?" Charles and Eddie
28 November
5 December "I Will Always Love You" Whitney Houston
12 December
19 December
26 December

Number-one albums[edit]

Chart date
(week ending)
Album Artist(s)
4 January Stars Simply Red
11 January
18 January
25 January
1 February
8 February High on the Happy Side Wet Wet Wet
15 February
22 February Stars Simply Red
29 February
7 March
14 March Divine Madness Madness
21 March
28 March
4 April Human Touch Bruce Springsteen
11 April Adrenalize Def Leppard
18 April Diva Annie Lennox
25 April Up Right Said Fred
2 May Wish The Cure
9 May Stars Simply Red
16 May 1992 - The Love Album Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine
23 May Fear of the Dark Iron Maiden
30 May Michael Ball Michael Ball
6 June Back to Front Lionel Richie
13 June
20 June
27 June
4 July
11 July
18 July U.F.Orb The Orb
25 July The Greatest Hits: 1966–1992 Neil Diamond
1 August
8 August
15 August Welcome to Wherever You Are INXS
22 August We Can't Dance Genesis
29 August Best...I The Smiths
5 September Greatest Hits Kylie Minogue
12 September Tubular Bells II Mike Oldfield
19 September
26 September The Best of Belinda, Volume 1 Belinda Carlisle
3 October ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA
10 October Automatic for the People R.E.M.
17 October Love Symbol Prince
24 October Glittering Prize 81/92 Simple Minds
31 October
7 November
14 November Keep the Faith Bon Jovi
21 November Greatest Hits: 1965–1992 Cher
28 November Pop! - the First 20 Hits Erasure
5 December
12 December Greatest Hits: 1965–1992 Cher
19 December
26 December

Year-end charts[edit]

Best-selling singles[edit]

[2]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
Estimated
sales[3]
1 "I Will Always Love You" Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston 1 1,000,000+
2 "Rhythm Is a Dancer" Snap! 1 675,000
3 "Would I Lie To You?" Charles and Eddie 1 600,000
4 "Stay" Shakespears Sister 1
5 "Please Don't Go"/"Game Boy" KWS 1
6 "End of the Road" Boyz II Men 1
7 Abba-esque (EP) Erasure 1
8 "Ain't No Doubt" Nail, JimmyJimmy Nail 1
9 "Heal the World" Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson 2
10 "Goodnight Girl" Wet Wet Wet 1
11 "Baker Street" Undercover 2
12 "Deeply Dippy" Right Said Fred 1
13 "Ebeneezer Goode" Shamen, TheThe Shamen 1
14 "Hazard" Marx, RichardRichard Marx 3
15 "Bohemian Rhapsody"/"These Are the Days of Our Lives" Queen 1
16 "Sleeping Satellite" Archer, TasminTasmin Archer 1
17 "The Best Things in Life Are Free" Vandross, LutherLuther Vandross and Janet Jackson with
special guests BBD and Ralph Tresvant
2
18 "It's My Life" Dr. Alban 2
19 "Just Another Day" Secada, JonJon Secada 5
20 "On a Ragga Tip" SL2 2
21 "Achy Breaky Heart" Cyrus, Billy RayBilly Ray Cyrus 3
22 "My Girl" Temptations, TheThe Temptations 2
23 "People Everyday" Arrested Development 2
24 "I Love Your Smile" (remix) Shanice 2
25 "Jump" Kris Kross 2
26 "Twilight Zone" 2 Unlimited 2
27 "Sesame's Treet" Smart E's 2
28 "I'm Doing Fine Now" Pasadenas, TheThe Pasadenas 4
29 "I'm Gonna Get You" Bizarre Inc featuring Angie Brown 3
30 "Barcelona" Mercury, FreddieFreddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé 2
31 "To Be with You" Mr. Big 3
32 "My Destiny" Richie, LionelLionel Richie 7
33 "Don't You Want Me" Felix 6
34 "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" Guns N' Roses 2
35 "Heartbeat" Berry, NickNick Berry 2
36 "Something Good" Utah Saints 4
37 "Could It Be Magic" Take That 3
38 "I Wonder Why" Stigers, CurtisCurtis Stigers 5
39 "Everything About You" Ugly Kid Joe 3
40 "I'll Be There" Carey, MariahMariah Carey featuring Trey Lorenz 2
41 "Temptation" (Brothers in Rhythm Remix) Heaven 17 4
42 "This Used to Be My Playground" Madonna 3
43 "Out of Space" Prodigy, TheThe Prodigy 5
44 "Shake Your Head" Was (Not Was) 4
45 "Too Much Love Will Kill You" May, BrianBrian May 5
46 "Everybody in the Place" Prodigy, TheThe Prodigy 2
47 "Slam Jam" WWF Superstars, TheThe WWF Superstars 2
48 "Finally" Peniston, CeCeCeCe Peniston 2
49 "Never Let Her Slip Away" Undercover 5
50 "Give Me Just a Little More Time" Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue 2

Best-selling albums[edit]

[4]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
1 Stars Simply Red 1
2 Back to Front Richie, LionelLionel Richie 1
3 Greatest Hits: 1965–1992 Cher 1
4 Glittering Prize 81/92 Simple Minds 1
5 Dangerous Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson 4[a]
6 Diva Lennox, AnnieAnnie Lennox 1
7 Timeless: The Classics Bolton, MichaelMichael Bolton 3
8 Divine Madness Madness 1
9 We Can't Dance Genesis 2[b]
10 Up Right Said Fred 1
11 Pop!: The First 20 Hits Erasure 1
12 Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA 1
13 Greatest Hits Estefan, GloriaGloria Estefan 2
14 Hormonally Yours Shakespears Sister 3
15 High on the Happy Side Wet Wet Wet 1
16 Real Love Stansfield, LisaLisa Stansfield 3
17 Automatic for the People R.E.M. 1
18 The Way We Walk, Volume One: The Shorts Genesis 3
19 Greatest Hits II Queen 2[c]
20 Nevermind Nirvana 7
21 Simply the Best Turner, TinaTina Turner 2
22 Tubular Bells II Oldfield, MikeMike Oldfield 1
23 Curtis Stigers Stigers, CurtisCurtis Stigers 7
24 The Commitments Original Soundtrack Various Artists 8[d]
25 Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82–92) Tears for Fears 2
26 Boss Drum Shamen, TheThe Shamen 3
27 Erotica Madonna 2
28 The Best of Belinda, Volume 1 Carlisle, BelindaBelinda Carlisle 1
29 The Freddie Mercury Album Mercury, FreddieFreddie Mercury 4
30 The Greatest Hits: 1966–1992 Diamond, NeilNeil Diamond 1
31 Achtung Baby U2 8[e]
32 Take That and Party Take That 3
33 Diamonds and Pearls Prince and the New Power Generation 8[f]
34 Greatest Hits Queen 6[g]
35 Adrenalize Def Leppard 1
36 Shepherd Moons Enya 12[h]
37 Woodface Crowded House 6
38 Use Your Illusion II Guns N' Roses 10[i]
39 Waking Up the Neighbours Adams, BryanBryan Adams 11[j]
40 Out of Time R.E.M. 13[k]
41 Michael Crawford Performs Andrew Lloyd Webber Crawford, MichaelMichael Crawford 7
42 Use Your Illusion I Guns N' Roses 18[l]
43 The Force Behind the Power Ross, DianaDiana Ross 15[m]
44 The One John, EltonElton John 2
45 This Thing Called Love: The Greatest Hits of Alexander O'Neal O'Neal, AlexanderAlexander O'Neal 4
46 Legend Marley, BobBob Marley and the Wailers 18[n]
47 Keep the Faith Bon Jovi 1
48 Symbol Prince and the New Power Generation 1
49 Seal Seal 5[o]
50 Time, Love & Tenderness Bolton, MichaelMichael Bolton 6[p]

Notes:

  1. ^ Reached number 1 in 1991
  2. ^ Reached number 1 in 1991
  3. ^ Reached number 1 in 1991
  4. ^ Reached number 4 in 1991
  5. ^ Reached number 2 in 1991
  6. ^ Reached number 2 in 1991
  7. ^ Reached number 1 in 1981
  8. ^ Reached number 1 in 1991
  9. ^ Reached number 1 in 1991
  10. ^ Reached number 1 in 1991
  11. ^ Reached number 1 in 1991
  12. ^ Reached number 2 in 1991
  13. ^ Reached number 11 in 1991
  14. ^ Reached number 1 in 1984
  15. ^ Reached number 1 in 1991
  16. ^ Reached number 3 in 1991

Music awards[edit]

BRIT Awards[edit]

The 1992 BRIT Awards winners were:

Mercury Music Prize[edit]

The 1992 Mercury Music Prize was awarded to Primal ScreamScreamadelica.

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Film and Incidental music[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Live Journal
  2. ^ "Year End Charts: Top Singles". Music Week: 8. 16 January 1993. 
  3. ^ Jones, Alan (16 January 1993). "Best Sellers". Music Week: 9. 
  4. ^ "Year End Charts: Top Albums". Music Week: 10. 16 January 1993. 
  5. ^ The Stephen Oliver Archive at the British Library
  6. ^ Henri Temianka Is Dead at 85; Violinist and Founder of Quartet - New York Times