Top Ten Tunes- 1994

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1994.

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 1993

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Police chase OJ Simpson and his driver on the 91 Freeway in California

In 1994, British Coal confirm the closure of 4 more pits, Stephen Milligan, a Conservative MP, is found dead at home, his death was due to autoerotic asphyxiation, police in Gloucester begin excavations at 25 Cromwell Road- the home of Fred & Rosemary West– they were later convicted of the murder of 12 young women, the IRA release three successful mortar attacks at Heathrow airport, women are ordained as priests in England for the first time, Ayrton Senna dies at 34 when he crashes at the San Marino Grand Prix, the Channel Tunnel officially opens, Love is All Around by Wet Wet Wet remains at number one in the charts for 15 weeks– the longest a British act has ever consecutively stayed at no.1, leader of the Labour party- John Smith dies unexpectedly of a heart attack, Tony Blair wins the Labour party leadership election, the IRA declares a ceasefire, the first UK National Lottery takes place, 0.5% of the UK population now have access to the internet, new Sunday trading laws allow shops to open on a Sunday in the UK, intermittent civil wars take place in Rwanda after the assignation of President Habyarimana, Nelson Mandela becomes president of South Africa, Brazil wins 1994 World Cup in America, OJ Simpson flees police in his car, Lisa Marie Presley marries Michael Jackson and Kurt Cobain commits suicide. The films Pulp Fiction, Four Weddings and a Funeral and the Shawshank Redemption are all released. I turn 18 years old and I guess, I officially became an adult (still waiting to actually become one though).

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Oh my God, this has to be another of my favourite years this week. There were so many good tunes this year and I had to narrow this list down from about 30 songs. It was quite the impossible task. Regulars such as Blur, Tori and Kylie appear again, but there’s quite a few first appearances too. Here’s my 10 favourite songs from 1994 in no particular order.

1. Sure Shot by Beastie Boys

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2. Loser by Beck

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3. Creep by TLC

4. Babies by Pulp

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5. Supersonic by Oasis

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6. Girls & Boys by Blur

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7. Confide in Me by Kylie Minogue

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8. Cornflake Girl by Tori Amos

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9. Stay Another Day by East 17 (this song was released around the time I split up with a boyfriend, so it had me crying every time I heard it. Years down the line I found out that Tony Mortimer wrote it about his brother’s death, so now I still have problems listening to it without feeling emotional. On a lighter note, the video is worth watching just for the lads’ earnest performance in it)

10. Disarm by Smashing Pumpkins

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Whilst Tori and Kylie are close runners up, it’s the Smashing Pumpkins* that are my favourites this week. Which is yours?

See you next week for 1995!

*I chose the Smashing Pumpkins as not only is it a fantastic song, but it also profoundly reminds me of a friend who I sadly lost in 1994 around the time of the song’s release. I just wanted to mention this as a loving tribute to her.

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53 comments

  1. Ritu · 26 Days Ago

    TCL bring back memories! And Blur!!!

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    • thebeasley · 26 Days Ago

      I loved TLC. That whole album was great. Also, I’ll always be a Blurette rather than an Oasisette (I just made those words up).

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      • Ritu · 26 Days Ago

        You just like me… making words up🤣 even my 10 year old is a tlc-er!!!! Blurette. Yup love It! Though Wonderwall was good…

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      • thebeasley · 26 Days Ago

        Haha. Excellent- I need to get mine into them. Oh yes Wonderwall was another good one of theirs.

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      • Ritu · 26 Days Ago

        Since the kids were little I used the 3 hour trip to Brum to see my parents as a time to educate them in real music! From my bollywood and bhangra classics, to disco, pop, r’n’b and swing. Even Chuck a bit of Kenyan music, the Rat Pack and other likes from my rather eclectic collection of likes!!!!
        Now, at 10 and 12, they are trying to educate Me!!!!!
        But at least there is an awareness of the good stuff too!

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      • thebeasley · 26 Days Ago

        Oh very good. I love it. A musical education is definitely essential for our kids (whether they like it or not ha). I’ve been making mine listen to these playlists every week and she’s really getting into them 😍

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      • Ritu · 26 Days Ago

        You’re providing a great service for our future generations!!!!!! These classics need to live on!!!!

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  2. Phil Taylor · 26 Days Ago

    All great artists. I guess I’d have to go with Beck as my favorite among the bunch.

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    • thebeasley · 26 Days Ago

      Such a cool track- great choice!

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      • Phil Taylor · 26 Days Ago

        He’s still making good new music. Just heard a new song by him recently.

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      • thebeasley · 26 Days Ago

        Yes his new album last year was brilliant. That’s quite a talent- to still be producing good music for almost 25 years.

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  3. awkward brown guy · 26 Days Ago

    What a great, nostalgic idea 🙂

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  4. Liz Flynn · 26 Days Ago

    This is totally my era of songs. I was 14/ 15 in 1994 and remember these songs from my school disco.

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  5. I am picking Oasis for this week. Love this series of posts!!

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    • thebeasley · 26 Days Ago

      Ooh very good. I’m never sure how popular Oasis were in America, but am guessing they must’ve had a little bit of success?

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  7. middleagedwarrior · 26 Days Ago

    Oh dear another very tricky one – this was a great year and I remember it vividly. Got to be Blur and Kylie for me – two great songs, and I remember getting drunk and sweaty at night clubs listening to them. Happy times.

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    • thebeasley · 26 Days Ago

      Aah excellent! I think you and me both go drunk & sweaty in nightclubs listening to these.

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  8. willowdot21 · 26 Days Ago

    Omg again so hard! Well Supersonic by Oasis, because my middle lad adored and still does Oasis and he still sends me links accompied by listen to this!… Tori Amos love love. But Zombie by the Cranberries stands out for me from that year.

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    • thebeasley · 26 Days Ago

      Oh Zombie very almost made my list, but just not quite. Oasis & Tori are very good choices.

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  9. My Mashed Up Life · 26 Days Ago

    ’94 was a great year for music….very hard to pick just one from your playlist, but Blur’s Girls and Boys reminds me of many fun nights out down the pub, so I’ll go with that one!

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    • thebeasley · 26 Days Ago

      Such a good year! Yes I remember drunkenly belting it out down the pub too. It was designed for that ha.

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  10. A Brummie Home and Abroad · 26 Days Ago

    That Smashing Pumpkins track is fab! Cornflake Girl reminds me of my aborted time at 6th Form college, but Pulp wins it for me (although Have You Seen Her Lately from the same album is my all time favourite Pulp track 😉 )

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    • thebeasley · 26 Days Ago

      Oh that His ‘n’ Hers album was soooo good. I think their best. Babies is one of my all time favourite songs.

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  11. Em Linthorpe · 26 Days Ago

    Finding it hard to pick between Pulp and Kylie. His n Hers I played over and over….but Confide in Me was just beautiful, and still is ❤ I can't recall that exact Smashing Pumpkins song, so will go and listen to it now (perhaps I will remember it when I hear it)…I'm sorry to hear about the loss of a friend but I hope the song still brings you the good times 🙂 x

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    • thebeasley · 26 Days Ago

      Yes! His ‘n’ Hers was so very wonderful. Agree that Confide in Me is stunning. One of the most underrated songs ever. Thanks love. I still very much enjoy that song. Thankfully I can listen to it now without crying and appreciate it for its merit.

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  12. angelanoelauthor · 26 Days Ago

    Girls and Boys!! I played all of the songs, and though Cornflake Girl is lovely, there’s just something about that Blur one that just got me going this morning. Love the playlist–even more so that my husband came out of the bedroom at 7am and says, “What, you rockin out out here or what?”

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    • thebeasley · 25 Days Ago

      Haha this is so pleasing to hear! I love the idea of you rocking out to my playlists first thing in the morning. Girls & Boys is a fantastic track to get yourself up & going. I have a lot of fondness for it.

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  13. fancypaperblog · 25 Days Ago

    My 18 year old students had never heard of The Smashing Pumpkins. I had to put Hopkins aside to educate them.

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  14. Denzil · 25 Days Ago

    I was never able to choose between Blur and Oasis then, so there’s no chance I can now. That photo of a zillion cops “chasing” OJ is hilarious!

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    • thebeasley · 25 Days Ago

      Ha oh I could easily (I was a Blur loyalist, but like the odd Oasis track). I know haha- it’s quite the photo isn’t it?!

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  15. gemmaorton · 25 Days Ago

    My youth! Love these posts 😃

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  16. Judy E Martin · 25 Days Ago

    I know the Blur and East 17 tunes. but the 90s was not a very familiar decade music-wise to me! 🙂

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  17. Too many favs here…Blur (always beat Oasis for me), Pulp and East 17….this last song transports me back to working nights – a full 7 stretch – at Charing Cross over Christmas. The song was number 1 so was played regularly in the early hours, keeping us company as patients slept and the rest of the world partied!! Sharing to facebook x

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    • thebeasley · 25 Days Ago

      Thank you SO much. Yes Blur always beat Oasis for me too. I read that Damon was the “thinking woman’s bit of chocolate” haha. So naturally, I assumed that me a thinking woman 😄 aah yes I remember East 17 being no.1 at Christmas. Your night shifts back then sound somewhat gruelling.

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  18. Unbound Roots · 25 Days Ago

    What a huge year for the music industry! Not only in terms of music, but the lives of musicians. TLC and Beastie Boys were two of my absolute favs. I love reading your posts and reminiscing of years gone by. Thanks for always bringing those memories back. 🙂

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  20. aClockworkGeek · 15 Days Ago

    Memory lane!!🤘🤘

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