Top Ten Tunes- 1993

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1993.

For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992

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In 1993, James Bulger a 2-year-old is murdered by two 10-year-old boys, unemployment reaches 3,000,000, IRA bombs are planted and explode at gas holders in Warrington, the IRA bomb Warrington again this time in the town centre and kill a 3-year-old and a 12-year-old and injure 50, black London teenager Stephen Lawrence is stabbed to death in London in a racially motivated attack, massive IRA bombs explode in London destroying a medieval church, badly damaging the NatWest tower and Liverpool Street tube station and killing one person, the government declare the end of the recession, the Queen opens Buckingham Palace to the public for the first time, Bill Clinton becomes the president of the United States, Islamic Fundamentalists bomb the World Trade Centre killing 6 and injuring over a thousand, tennis player Monica Seles is stabbed by a spectator– an obsessed Steffi Graff fan, Slovakia gains independence when Czechoslovakia divides into Slovakia and the Czech Republic, the films Schindler’s List, Groundhog Day, Jurassic Park and Mrs Doubtfire were all released and I turned 17-years-old.

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1993 is another fantastic year for music. And oh yes, there’s Blur again, there’s REM again and there’s Queen Bjork again. Here, in no particular order are the top ten tunes from 1993 (Spotify playlist at the end).

1. Jump Around by House of Pain

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2. Cannonball by the Breeders

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3. Stutter by Elastica

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And as a bonus, here’s a photo of peak Justine (Elastica) and Damon (Blur). Gawd bless ’em.

4. Regret by New Order

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5. It Was a Good Day by Ice Cube

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6. Venus as a Boy by Bjork

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7. Animal Nitrate by Suede

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8. For Tomorrow by Blur

9. La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh) by Manic Street Preachers

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10. Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.

Tell me fam, which is your favourite from this week’s list? For me, it’s the Breeders. Oh, but also, try and keep me off the dance floor when House of Pain come on.

See you next week for 1994!

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44 comments

  1. Ritu · March 23

    Am moving the tunes!!!!

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    • thebeasley · March 23

      Honestly, the 90s was so fantastic for music. I’ve just started preparing the Noughties posts and the music does not even slightly compare.

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  2. rachaelstray · March 23

    Jump Around and Everybody Hurts are still top tunes!

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  3. anhistorianabouttown · March 23

    Jump Around, the ultimate Friday afternoon song!!

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  4. I’ve got the Breeders playing in my head! Love your Friday Top Ten!!

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  5. Em Linthorpe · March 23

    Venus as a Boy, please and thank you. I’ve not seen that Justine/Damon pic before, haha, absolute goals x

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    • thebeasley · March 23

      Haha ace, isn’t it? Bless them- the Britpop King & Queen. Yes excellent choice with Bjork. Love that song (and her).

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  6. Losing the Plot · March 23

    I remember bouncing to Jump Around and wondering if collectively we were going to go through the floor – you could really feel the building move!

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    • thebeasley · March 23

      Yes! Whenever that song came on it would guarantee every single person would get on the dance floor. Am so surprised the floor didn’t just give way!

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      • Losing the Plot · March 23

        There was one club in particular, Brown’s in Coventry, the dance floor was upstairs, but was just floorboards. It was hectic, I think they had to stop playing that tune because dust would come down and cover the peeps & their drinks below.

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      • thebeasley · March 23

        Oh my god- sounds precarious!

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      • Losing the Plot · March 23

        it really was, you could feel everything moving

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  7. willowdot21 · March 23

    It has to be REM, with Bjork as a close second 💜

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    • thebeasley · March 24

      They’re both such beautiful songs, aren’t they?

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      • willowdot21 · March 24

        Yes so full of empathy and feeling 💜

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      • willowdot21 · March 24

        Best ever Bjork? I think Human Behaviour. 💜 REM ?… Again I love Smile Happy People

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      • thebeasley · March 24

        Oh gosh sooooo hard to choose my favourite Björk. I almost put Human Behaviour in this list, but changed to Venus at the last minute! My favourite album of Björk is Homogenic, but I’d have to think long & hard about my all time favourite track of hers. R.E.M. would be Losing My Religion for me.

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      • willowdot21 · March 24

        Yes that one is Sooo deep, Loosing my religion, but Smily Happy has many memories 😶 Homogenic is my favourite too I played it to death when I first got the CD. … favourite tracks are always hard to pick 💜

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      • thebeasley · March 24

        I absolutely love Bjork. I’m thinking Hyperballed might be one of my favourites 👍🏻

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      • willowdot21 · March 24

        Oh! Yes the lyrics are so sad, a brilliant song about feeling depressed or having a mental illness… She is just an amazing poet!

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      • thebeasley · March 24

        She really is. Each of her albums are like a musical adventure.

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      • willowdot21 · March 24

        They are indeed and her concerts

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  8. a mindful traveler · March 24

    Groundhog Day was such a classic 90’s movie. Xx

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  9. mydangblog · March 24

    For me, it will always be New Order. Regret is one of my favourite songs.

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  10. angelanoelauthor · March 24

    At the risk of irony, I have to say I saw Groundhog Day over and over again in the 90s. The character arc for Bill Murray struck me. If we all could do the same day over and over again, what would I do? What would I learn? Inevitably, I would wish I’d offered more present kindness, found more connection, worried less, gave more. Now I want to watch that movie all over again!
    I know it’s not music related–but that movie just struck me based on my current mood. And I couldn’t help wanting to share.

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    • thebeasley · March 24

      I love your thoughts on it, Angela! It’s one of my favourite films, so your comment is really interesting. I often wonder this. How would I have done things differently if I could do this day all over again? I think the answer would mostly be: spend less time on my phone (and inevitably then be more productive) and worry less about others are thinking of me. It was just a fantastic idea for a film. It also has that Sliding Doors element to it too, which I also often wonder about.

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      • angelanoelauthor · March 24

        I know! Sliding Doors is another good one (I cut my hair like Gwenyth in that film–couldn’t help it).
        I wish I could always keep in mind the question of, “In this moment, am I doing the thing that serves my purpose/goal/life/love best?” But, I fail all the time. It’s a glimpse rather than a conscious omni-present thought.
        One thing though–I do remember seeing the HUGE table full of food from Groundhog Day. I was both horrified and jealous. I’m sure poor Andie McDowell thought the same!

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      • thebeasley · March 25

        Oh yes. I was mainly jealous haha x

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  11. middleagedwarrior · March 24

    Ooooohh tough one. Nice to see those edgier songs coming out. Was always a real lover of Blur and the gorgeous Damon. (Age has not been kind) it’s going to have to be Bjork, Jump around – weeeeooooo!! Weeeeeooooo!! – and REM

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    • thebeasley · March 25

      3 fantastic songs. Oh yes I loved Damon too, but think I loved Alex James just that little bit more.

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  12. My Mashed Up Life · March 25

    It just has to be Jump Around…. to be honest, I really can’t remember some of these songs!

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    • thebeasley · March 25

      I’m thinking this might be a year I’ve picked slightly more obscure tunes. I was very much obsessed with any band that the NME wrote about back then.

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      • My Mashed Up Life · March 25

        Ha ha ha! I had the New Order single, Regret, and the Bjork album, but didn’t actually own anything else from this list. However, just because your choices are bit lesser known doesn’t mean they’re not good, and they obviously have significance for you.

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