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99.9F - Suzanne Vega.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 8, 1992 (1992-09-08)
StudioDreamland (Bearsville, New York), The Sound Factory (Los Angeles), The Magic Shop (New York City)
GenreAlternative rock, folk rock
ProducerMitchell Froom
Suzanne Vega chronology
Days of Open Hand
Nine Objects of Desire
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA[2]
The Daily Vault Music ReviewsA[3]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[5]

99.9F° (Ninety-Nine Point Nine Fahrenheit Degrees) is the fourth album by American singer and songwriter Suzanne Vega. Released in 1992, the album marked a significant departure for Vega, as she embraced a more electronic, experimental sound. It peaked at No. 86 on Billboard magazine's album chart and was Vega's fourth Top 20 album in the U.K. The single "Blood Makes Noise" reached No.1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart.

The album was certified gold (500,000 copies sold) by the RIAA in October 1997. It was certified silver in the UK (60,000 copies sold) by the BPI in March 1993.

99.9F° was the first of two of Vega's albums to be produced by Mitchell Froom, whom she later married.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Suzanne Vega except where noted.

1."Rock in This Pocket (Song of David)"3:20
2."Blood Makes Noise"2:28
3."In Liverpool"4:40
5."Blood Sings"3:17
6."Fat Man and Dancing Girl" (Vega/Froom)2:19
7."(If You Were) In My Movie"3:05
8."As a Child"2:55
9."Bad Wisdom"3:23
10."When Heroes Go Down"1:54
11."As Girls Go"3:27
12."Song of Sand" (Vega/Nils Petter Molvær)3:28
13."Private Goes Public" (European and Japanese bonus track)1:57


Additional personnel


  • Ronald K. Fierstein – executive producer
  • Tchad Blake – engineer, mixing
  • Len Peltier, Suzanne Vega – art direction


Chart (1992) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 56
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[7] 70
German Albums (Media Control)[8] 27
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 38
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 45
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 20
US Billboard 200[13] 86


Year Single Chart Peak position
1992 "99.9 F°" UK Singles (Official Chart Company)[14] 46
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[15] 13
"Blood Makes Noise" Canada Top Singles (RPM)[16] 63
New Zealand (RIANZ)[17] 42
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 60
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[15] 1
"In Liverpool" UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 52
1993 "When Heroes Go Down" UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 58

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] Gold 500,000^
Worldwide 650,000[20]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  16. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". RPM. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  17. ^ "SUZANNE VEGA - BLOOD MAKES NOISE (SONG)". Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Suzanne Vega – 99.9F°". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type 99.9F° in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Suzanne Vega – 99.9F°". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  20. ^ Boehm, Mike (26 November 1996). "In the Thick of It : Motherhood Has Changed Singer-Songwriter Suzanne Vega's Approach to Work--and Life". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 September 2019.