1994 in British music

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This is a summary of 1994 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.

Summary[edit]

The first number 1 single of the year was the 700th since charts began, a reggae version of "Twist and Shout" by Chaka Demus & Pliers. The next month saw Mariah Carey get her first (and, to date, only) solo UK number 1 with "Without You", after having 8 previous chart-toppers in the United States. Coincidentally, "Without You" did not top the US Billboard Hot 100.

In late May, Wet Wet Wet reached number 1 with "Love Is All Around", from the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. It would remain at number 1 for fifteen weeks, the second longest consecutive run at No. 1 ever in the UK Singles Chart, and become the biggest selling single of the year. When Danish singer Whigfield replaced it in September with "Saturday Night", she became the first ever act to enter the UK singles chart at No.1 with their debut single.

Manchester rockers Oasis found their success on their debut album, Definitely Maybe, which shot to number No. 1 on its first week out in September.

December saw the debut of Boyzone to the charts, with a No. 2 cover of The Osmonds 1974 No. 1 "Love Me For a Reason". They would go on to have another fifteen singles, six reaching No. 1 and the rest reaching the top five, as well as four No. 1 albums.

Aside from Wet Wet Wet and Whigfield, the only other million selling single this year came from Céline Dion, with "Think Twice" (though it wouldn't reach number 1 until 1995). In all, 15 singles topped the chart this year, the second lowest number for any year in the decade.

1994 also saw a first for Prince, who scored his only UK No.1 single with "The Most Beautiful Girl in the world"

This was the year when Karl Jenkins, soon to be the UK's favourite classical composer,[1] launched his crossover project, Adiemus, with the album, Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary. Popularized through its use in TV commercials, the title track became known to classical and popular music fans alike. It also made the name of vocalist Miriam Stockley.

Another British composer, Stephen Warbeck, won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play, awarded for achievements in Broadway theatre; the award was made for his music for a production of An Inspector Calls.

A record was broken in 1994 for the longest song to become a UK top 10 hit when Bon Jovi released the single "Dry County" in March, when it peaked at #9. The song was 9 minutes and 52 seconds long.

Charts[edit]

Number-one singles[edit]

Chart date
(week ending)
Song Artist(s)
1 January "Mr. Blobby" Mr. Blobby
8 January "Twist and Shout" Chaka Demus & Pliers featuring Jack Radics & Taxi Gang
15 January
22 January "Things Can Only Get Better" D:Ream
29 January
5 February
12 February
19 February "Without You" Mariah Carey
26 February
5 March
12 March
19 March "Doop" Doop
26 March
2 April
9 April "Everything Changes" Take That
16 April
23 April "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" Prince
30 April
7 May "The Real Thing " Tony Di Bart
14 May "Inside" Stiltskin
21 May "Come on You Reds" Manchester United Football Squad
28 May
4 June "Love Is All Around" Wet Wet Wet
11 June
18 June
25 June
2 July
9 July
16 July
23 July
30 July
6 August
13 August
20 August
27 August
3 September
10 September
17 September "Saturday Night" Whigfield
24 September
1 October
8 October
15 October "Sure" Take That
22 October
29 October "Baby Come Back" Pato Banton
5 November
12 November
19 November
26 November "Let Me Be Your Fantasy" Baby D
3 December
10 December "Stay Another Day" East 17
17 December
24 December
31 December

Number-one albums[edit]

Chart date
(week ending)
Album Artist
1 January Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell Meat Loaf
8 January Everything Changes Take That
15 January So Far So Good Bryan Adams
22 January One Woman: The Ultimate Collection Diana Ross
29 January Tease Me Chaka Demus & Pliers
5 February
12 February Under the Pink Tori Amos
19 February The Cross of Changes Enigma
26 February Music Box Mariah Carey
5 March
12 March
19 March
26 March Vauxhall and I Morrissey
2 April Music Box Mariah Carey
9 April The Division Bell Pink Floyd
16 April
23 April
30 April
7 May Parklife Blur
14 May Our Town - The Greatest Hits Deacon Blue
21 May
28 May I Say I Say I Say Erasure
4 June Seal Seal
11 June
18 June Real Things 2 Unlimited
25 June Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? The Cranberries
2 July Happy Nation Ace of Base
9 July
16 July Music for the Jilted Generation The Prodigy
23 July Voodoo Lounge The Rolling Stones
30 July End of Part One: Their Greatest Hits Wet Wet Wet
6 August
13 August
20 August
27 August Come Prince
3 September End of Part One: Their Greatest Hits Wet Wet Wet
10 September Definitely Maybe Oasis
17 September The Three Tenors In Concert 1994 José Carreras, Plácido Domingo & Luciano Pavarotti with Orchestra Conducted by Zubin Mehta
24 September From the Cradle Eric Clapton
1 October Songs Luther Vandross
8 October Monster R.E.M.
15 October
22 October Cross Road Bon Jovi
29 October
5 November
12 November MTV Unplugged in New York Nirvana
19 November Cross Road Bon Jovi
26 November
3 December Carry on up the Charts The Beautiful South
10 December Live at the BBC The Beatles
17 December Carry on up the Charts The Beautiful South
24 December
31 December

Number-one compilation albums[edit]

Chart date
(week ending)
Album
12 February Sweet Soul Harmonies
19 February Dance Hits '94 Volume 1
26 February
5 March
12 March Soul Devotion
19 March
26 March
2 April
9 April Now 27
16 April
23 April
30 April
7 May Dance Zone Level One
14 May
21 May
28 May
4 June Energy Rush – Xtermin8
11 June Dance Hits '94 Volume 2
18 June Pure Moods
25 June
2 July Now Dance Summer 94
9 July
16 July Dance Zone Level 2
23 July
30 July It's the Ultimate Dance Album
6 August
13 August Now 28
20 August
27 August
3 September
10 September
17 September The Best Rock Album in the World...Ever!
24 September
1 October
8 October Dance Zone Level 3
15 October Now 1994
22 October
29 October
5 November
12 November The Best Rock Album in the World...Ever!
19 November The Love Album
26 November Now 29
3 December
10 December
17 December
24 December
31 December

Year-end charts[edit]

Best-selling singles[edit]

[2]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
1 "Love Is All Around" Wet Wet Wet 1
2 "Saturday Night" Whigfield 1
3 "Stay Another Day" East 17 1
4 "Baby Come Back" Banton, PatoPato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell of UB40 1
5 "I Swear" All-4-One 2
6 "Without You" Carey, MariahMariah Carey 1
7 "Always" Bon Jovi 2
8 "Crazy for You" Let Loose 2
9 "Things Can Only Get Better" (D:Reamix) D:Ream 1
10 "Doop" Doop 1
11 "The Sign" Ace of Base 2
12 "Come On You Reds" Manchester United Football Squad, TheThe Manchester United Football Squad 1
13 "The Rhythm of the Night" (Rapino Brothers Radio Version) Corona 2
14 "All I Want for Christmas Is You" Carey, MariahMariah Carey 2
15 "I Like to Move It" Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntman 5
16 "7 Seconds" N'Dour, YoussouYoussou N'Dour and Neneh Cherry 3
17 "Swamp Thing" Grid, TheThe Grid 3
18 "Let Me Be Your Fantasy" Baby D 1
19 "Love Me for a Reason" Boyzone 3[a]
20 "Everything Changes" Take That 1
21 "(Meet) The Flintstones" BC-52's, TheThe BC-52's 3
22 "Streets of Philadelphia" Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen 2
23 "Inside" Stiltskin 1
24 "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" Prince 1
25 "Searching" China Black 4
26 "Crocodile Shoes" Nail, JimmyJimmy Nail 4
27 "Compliments on Your Kiss" Red Dragon with Brian and Tony Gold 2
28 "Return to Innocence" Enigma 3
29 "We Have All the Time in the World" Armstrong, LouisLouis Armstrong 3
30 "Baby, I Love Your Way" Big Mountain 2
31 "Another Night" (MC Sar &) The Real McCoy 2
32 "The Real Thing" Di Bart, TonyTony Di Bart 1
33 "Breathe Again" Braxton, ToniToni Braxton 2
34 "Think Twice" Dion, CelineCeline Dion 5[b]
35 "Regulate" G, WarrenWarren G and Nate Dogg 5
36 "Sweetness" Gayle, MichelleMichelle Gayle 4
37 "All for Love" Adams, BryanBryan Adams/Rod Stewart/Sting 2
38 "Hey Now (Girls Just Want to Have Fun)" Lauper, CyndiCyndi Lauper 4
39 "Around the World" East 17 3
40 "Stay (I Missed You)" Loeb, LisaLisa Loeb and Nine Stories 6
41 "Sweets for My Sweet" Lewis, C.J.C.J. Lewis 3
42 "Sure" Take That 1
43 "I'll Make Love to You" Boyz II Men 5
44 "Endless Love" Vandross, LutherLuther Vandross and Mariah Carey 3
45 "Cotton Eye Joe" Rednex 5[c]
46 "Power Rangers" Mighty Morph'n Power Rangers, TheThe Mighty Morph'n Power Rangers 3
47 "Shine" Aswad 5
48 "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" Crash Test Dummies 2
49 "No Good (Start the Dance)" Prodigy, TheThe Prodigy 4
50 "Get-A-Way" Maxx 4

Best-selling albums[edit]

[3]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
1 Cross Road: The Best of Bon Jovi Bon Jovi 1
2 Carry On up the Charts: The Best of the Beautiful South Beautiful South, TheThe Beautiful South 1
3 Music Box Carey, MariahMariah Carey 1
4 Always & Forever Eternal 3[d]
5 The Division Bell Pink Floyd 1
6 End of Part One: Their Greatest Hits Wet Wet Wet 1
7 Monster R.E.M. 1
8 Parklife Blur 1
9 Live at the BBC Beatles, TheThe Beatles 1
10 Steam East 17 3
11 The Three Tenors in Concert 1994 Carreras, JoséJosé Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti,
orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta
1
12 Crocodile Shoes Nail, JimmyJimmy Nail 2
13 Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994 Sting 2
14 The Cross of Changes Enigma 1
15 The Hit List Richard, CliffCliff Richard 3
16 12 Deadly Cyns... and Then Some Lauper, CyndiCyndi Lauper 2
17 Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? Cranberries, TheThe Cranberries 1
18 Our Town – The Greatest Hits Deacon Blue 1
19 Happy Nation Ace of Base 1
20 Elegant Slumming M People 4[e]
21 Definitely Maybe Oasis 1
22 Everything Changes Take That 1
23 One Woman: The Ultimate Collection Ross, DianaDiana Ross 1
24 Bedtime Stories Madonna 2
25 Bizarre Fruit M People 4[f]
26 Crazy Iglesias, JulioJulio Iglesias 6
27 Labour of Love Volumes I and II UB40 5
28 Music for the Jilted Generation Prodigy, TheThe Prodigy 1
29 The Greatest Hits INXS 3
30 Debut Björk 3
31 MTV Unplugged in New York Nirvana 1
32 The Essential Collection Presley, ElvisElvis Presley 6
33 The Best of Chris Rea Rea, ChrisChris Rea 3
34 No Need to Argue Cranberries, TheThe Cranberries 2
35 Brother Sister Brand New Heavies, TheThe Brand New Heavies 4
36 Songs Vandross, LutherLuther Vandross 1
37 Seal Seal 1
38 Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell Meat Loaf 4[g]
39 (the best of) New Order New Order 4
40 The Best of Sade Sade 6
41 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me Estefan, GloriaGloria Estefan 5
42 So Close Carroll, DinaDina Carroll 2
43 D:Ream On Vol. 1 D:Ream 5
44 Big Ones Aerosmith 7
45 So Far So Good Adams, BryanBryan Adams 1
46 Psyche – The Album PJ & Duncan 5
47 Tease Me Demus & Pliers, ChakaChaka Demus & Pliers 1
48 Under the Pink Amos, ToriTori Amos 1
49 Toni Braxton Braxton, ToniToni Braxton 4
50 God Shuffled His Feet Crash Test Dummies 2

Best-selling compilation albums[edit]

[4]

No. Title Peak
position
1 Now 29 1
2 Now 28 1
3 The Best Rock Album in the World... Ever! 1
4 The Love Album 1
5 Pure Moods 1
6 Now 27 1
7 Now That's What I Call Music! 1994 1
8 Dance Zone '94 2
9 The Very Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber 3
10 Four Weddings and a Funeral Original Soundtrack 5

Notes:

  1. ^ Reached number 2 in 1995
  2. ^ Reached number 1 in 1995
  3. ^ Reached number 1 in 1995
  4. ^ Reached number 2 in 1995
  5. ^ Reached number 2 in 1993
  6. ^ Reached number 3 in 1996 as the reissued Bizarre Fruit II
  7. ^ Reached number 1 in 1993

Classical music: new works[edit]

Opera[edit]

Film and Incidental music[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Music awards[edit]

BRIT Awards[edit]

The 1994 BRIT Awards winners were:

Mercury Music Prize[edit]

The 1994 Mercury Music Prize was awarded to M PeopleElegant Slumming.

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Classic FM: Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man (‘Mass for Peace’). Accessed 7 June 2014
  2. ^ "Top 100 Singles 1994". Music Week: 9. 14 January 1995. 
  3. ^ "Top 100 Albums 1994". Music Week: 11. 14 January 1995. 
  4. ^ "Top 50 Compilations of 1994". Music Week: 10. 14 January 1995. 
  5. ^ Independent obituary. Accessed 7 June 2014

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