The Top 50 of 1994

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Ace Of Base The Sign 10
Warren G & Nate Dogg Regulate 9
The Prodigy No Good (Start The Dance) 6
Bruce Springsteen Streets Of Philadelphia 5
Corona The Rhythm Of The Night 4
Dawn Penn You Don't Love Me (No, No, No) 4
Baby D Let Me Be Your Fantasy 4
Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories Stay (I Missed You) 3
Prince The Most Beautiful Girl In The World 2
Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntman I Like To Move It 2
CJ Lewis Sweets For My Sweet 1
Louis Armstrong We Have All The Time In The World 1
Mariah Carey Without You 1
East 17 It's Alright 1
Stiltskin Inside 1
K7 Come Baby Come 1
Toni Braxton Breathe Again 1
Whigfield Saturday Night 1
Doop Doop 1
Take That Sure 0
Aswad Shine 0
Chaka Demus & Pliers featuring Jack Radics & Taxi Gang Twist And Shout 0
D:Ream Things Can Only Get Better 0
MC Sar And) The Real McCoy Another Night 0
Bon Jovi Always 0
Pato Banton Baby Come Back 0
Maxx Get-A-Way 0
Crash Test Dummies Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm 0
Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting All For Love 0
R Kelly She's Got That Vibe 0
Boyz II Men I'll Make Love To You 0
All-4-One I Swear 0
Celine Dion Think Twice 0
East 17 Around The World 0
Take That Everything Changes 0
Youssou N'Dour featuring Neneh Cherry 7 Seconds 0
Enigma Return To Innocence 0
China Black Searching 0
Tony Di Bart The Real Thing 0
Big Mountain Baby I Love Your Way 0
Grid Swamp Thing 0
East 17 Stay Another Day 0
Wet Wet Wet Love Is All Around 0
Red Dragon With Brian & Tony Gold Compliments On Your Kiss 0
The BC-52s (Meet) The Flintstones 0
Michelle Gayle Sweetness 0
Manchester United Football Squad Come On You Reds 0
Cyndi Lauper Hey Now (Girls Just Want To Have Fun) 0
Let Loose Crazy For You 0
Snap! featuring Summer Welcome To Tomorrow 0


Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 08:58 (thirteen years ago) link

The Top 5 is horrible, but it gets better. Voted Prince (or "symbol") with what proved to be his last great moment for a long while.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 08:59 (thirteen years ago) link

Giddi-ya da da?

Mark G, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 09:03 (thirteen years ago) link

i swear most of these came out in 93??

the next grozart, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 09:07 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm voting for K7 though - a massively underrated party-hop track. Could've been as big as Jump Around.

the next grozart, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 09:08 (thirteen years ago) link

'regulate' duh

maxx's 'get-a-way' is v underrated as far as early 90s dance bobbins goes. love that toni braxton track too, and seem to still remember every line of the lisa loeb

lex pretend, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 09:08 (thirteen years ago) link

why, Geit? why?

(voted Dawn Penn, btw.)

I’ll leave the 'song' dissection to G*** and his 'disciples' (Ioannis), Tuesday, 30 September 2008 09:08 (thirteen years ago) link

OH SHIT i didn't see 'she's got that vibe'!!!!!!!!!! fuck, that would've got my vote actually. VIIIIIIBE

any answers which are not 'she's got that vibe' or 'regulate' = pitiable and wrong

lex pretend, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 09:09 (thirteen years ago) link

hzhz--*Geir, rather.

xp

I’ll leave the 'song' dissection to G*** and his 'disciples' (Ioannis), Tuesday, 30 September 2008 09:10 (thirteen years ago) link

It would be a bit weird if I had voted for rap. :)
"Regulate" is not at all bad though. Although it sank abit for me when I realized the catchy parts were originally from a Michael McDonald song.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 09:14 (thirteen years ago) link

lisa loeb, zero contest

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"Regulate" for me too.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 09:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Bit of a let-down after 1993's list. On first reading, I thought I was going to have to vote for 'Come On You Reds'. 'Regulate' and 'Streets of Philadelphia' are both good, but it's 'Let Me Be Your Fantasy' by a mile

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 10:02 (thirteen years ago) link

1. Reel 2 Real
2. Prodigy
3. G & Dogg
4. Dawn Penn
5. Corona

They're a '90s odd couple. And an odds-on choice for laughs. (blueski), Tuesday, 30 September 2008 10:29 (thirteen years ago) link

god, that list brings back so many horrible memories, only half of them musical.

sad that the best song in that list predates all of the others by 25 years. louis by a long, long shot.

runners up, lagging way behind: r. kelly, lisa loeb.

m the g, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 10:36 (thirteen years ago) link

Voting for Louis is surely a hueg copout but on that logic you could say much the same re Dawn Penn I guess

The Slash My Father Wrote (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 30 September 2008 10:38 (thirteen years ago) link

I always thought of 1994 as a step in the right direction. The quality of albums in 1994 considered incredibly from what used to be before. But the singles list here isn't particularly impressive (not that the ones from 90-93 had impressed me either)

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 10:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Grid Swamp Thing

I remember reading something about a TV-advertised ragga compilation that included this track but I've never been able to find proof :(

The Slash My Father Wrote (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 30 September 2008 10:40 (thirteen years ago) link

XXP The Dawn Penn one was a new and "modern" mix though, wasn't it?

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 10:40 (thirteen years ago) link

it sure sounded new.

I’ll leave the 'song' dissection to G*** and his 'disciples' (Ioannis), Tuesday, 30 September 2008 10:54 (thirteen years ago) link

Regulate or Baby D.

chap, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 12:00 (thirteen years ago) link

jeans ad stiltskin for me, springsteen and louis close after

darraghmac, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 12:07 (thirteen years ago) link

Heh, I remember that Stiltskin tune prompting much music press excitement when the ad appeared ("these could be the new smashing pumpkins!") - which faded quickly when they actually saw the guy

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 12:21 (thirteen years ago) link

No Genesis-related love from Hongro tho?

The Slash My Father Wrote (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 30 September 2008 12:31 (thirteen years ago) link

1. Lisa Loeb - Stay

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50. East 17 - Stay Another Day (worst song of this, possibly any other year)

Phil Will, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 12:49 (thirteen years ago) link

I have such fond memories of 1994 that even the worst song on this list seems okay to me, except D:Ream which is just cringeworthy now but for 1997 reasons.

There's a pretty huge gulf between No Good/Regulate/Baby D and everything else though. Went for No Good in the end.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 12:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Grid Swamp Thing

I remember reading something about a TV-advertised ragga compilation that included this track but I've never been able to find proof :(

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aye it's me (onimo), Tuesday, 30 September 2008 13:52 (thirteen years ago) link

well it does have that little "well alright watch out" vocal snippet in caribbean accent plus another similar one (could never make out the words)

They're a '90s odd couple. And an odds-on choice for laughs. (blueski), Tuesday, 30 September 2008 13:59 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 9 October 2008 23:01 (thirteen years ago) link

No Genesis-related love from Hongro tho?

Stiltskin, you mean? :)

Well, the song is OK, and Ray Wilson's voice fits better for that style than it ever did as a Genesis singer. But best of these 50? Oh no! :)

Geir Hongro, Friday, 10 October 2008 00:04 (thirteen years ago) link

GOLD: DOOP
SILVER: MMM MMM MMM MMM
BRONZE: THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER

Eazy, Friday, 10 October 2008 05:26 (thirteen years ago) link

For your consideration...DOOP

Eazy, Friday, 10 October 2008 14:49 (thirteen years ago) link

POOP MORE LIKE

Annoying Display Name (blueski), Friday, 10 October 2008 14:53 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh these are all cringe-inducing. I'm so glad I was too young for music those days (but then... 1999 was far worse)

Moka, Friday, 10 October 2008 22:42 (thirteen years ago) link

wow every single one of these songs is unlistenable crap

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 10 October 2008 22:45 (thirteen years ago) link

its kind of a breathtaking mountain of shittiness

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 10 October 2008 22:45 (thirteen years ago) link

All 50 of them? Unless you only like really extreme avant garde stuff, noise or extreme metal, I cannot quite see how all 50 of these songs would be cringe-inducing

Geir Hongro, Friday, 10 October 2008 22:46 (thirteen years ago) link

lolz remember when Nirvana changed everything?

I was in college at this point, listening almost exclusively to indie rock, hip hop, and various British stuff so yr analysis is (shockingly!) once again completely wrong

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 10 October 2008 22:48 (thirteen years ago) link

I mean I guess I gotta give it to Regulate, altho I certainly didn't like it at the time.

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 10 October 2008 22:48 (thirteen years ago) link

I also find that this is not the strongest list of songs there is (as my original comment also indicates), but there is always something good in the hitlists. At least in the British ones, which are usually more musically eclectic than the Billboard ones (all AOR in 1980, all R&B today)

Geir Hongro, Friday, 10 October 2008 22:50 (thirteen years ago) link

oh is this a British list? that would explain a lot.

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 10 October 2008 22:56 (thirteen years ago) link

nice photo though.

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 10 October 2008 22:56 (thirteen years ago) link

Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntman I Like To Move It

anyone who doesnt vote this is a sucker

joe 40oz (deej), Friday, 10 October 2008 22:57 (thirteen years ago) link

They just sound so.... dated. I know a huge number of chart hits never age particulary well, but this ones... There's too much ugly synth-work and rubbish production. Pretty sure that asides 'dawn penn' and 'louis armstrong' I would surely skip every single one of these after the 15 second mark... yet, those two sound completely out of place with the rest of the list... I wasn't even aware this were from 1994.

Moka, Friday, 10 October 2008 22:59 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 10 October 2008 23:01 (thirteen years ago) link

oh fuck off

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 10 October 2008 23:02 (thirteen years ago) link

That's a damn good top 5!

Tuomas, Friday, 10 October 2008 23:12 (thirteen years ago) link

Doop doop doobah doobah doo doo doo

Eazy, Friday, 10 October 2008 23:13 (thirteen years ago) link

http://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/715485.jpg

Eazy, Friday, 10 October 2008 23:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Sweden's answer to Modern Talking in getting more votes than ILM favourite Nate Dogg shocka. :)

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 11 October 2008 00:41 (thirteen years ago) link

shakey mo, official parade rainer onner.

ian, Saturday, 11 October 2008 03:33 (thirteen years ago) link

ten years pass...

The video for the brian Adams/sting/rod 3 musketeers song is pretty funny

brimstead, Monday, 18 March 2019 00:48 (three years ago) link

funnier than the song

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 18 March 2019 00:49 (three years ago) link

Amazing how much better nearly all this stuff is compared to the ~90 percent garbage of 89-92. Even some of the no-votes stuff like Real McCoy, Maxx, Enigma and The Grid is great.

Siegbran, Monday, 18 March 2019 08:33 (three years ago) link

Indeed. I actually wouldn't mind hearing some of these again.

pomenitul, Monday, 18 March 2019 08:40 (three years ago) link

no way cantaloop is meh, alfred. otherwise solid.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 18 March 2019 18:58 (three years ago) link

Ace of Bass almost single-handedly drove me away from pop radio in '94.

zama roma ding dong (Eric H.), Monday, 18 March 2019 19:14 (three years ago) link


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