Welcome to the third page of music videos from the nineties
The lead single from Michael Jackson's eighth studio album shot to No.1 in the UK on 17th November 1991, just six days after it's release, and spent two weeks at the top and selling 13 million copies worldwide. The song's main lyrics were written by Michael, with the rap lyrics being written by Bill Bottrell who also co-produced the song with Michael.
Dangerous was MJ's first album release with Sony, and although it was hugely successful achieving 6x Platinum (7x Platinum in America), this was still not as successful as Thriller which achieved an incredible 29x Platinum in the U.S.
A further eight songs were released as singles from the album, with seven of these reaching the Top Ten in the UK during 1992 and 1993. However, in the U.S. the songs weren't as well-received, with just Black Or White being the only chart-topper, and Jam and Heal The World only just scraping into the Top 30. The previous album, Bad, produced five American No.1's.
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Released on 31st August 1992, Sleeping Satellite reached #1 on 11th October and spent two weeks at the top of the UK singles chart. The song was a global hit and was lifted from Tasmin Archer's aptly-titled and successful debut album Great Expectations, which reached #8. I say aptly-titled, because the English singer was getting a lot of media attention and was expected to become very successful.
However, although her next three single releases from the album all made it into the Top 40, she quickly faded into oblivion after this, with her next album, Bloon, not being released until 1996 and failing to chart.
The three singles released from Great Expectations were; In Your Care (reached #16), Lords Of The New Church (#26) and Arienne (#30). The 1994 EP Shipbuilding (which didn't feature on the album) also just made it into the Top 40, peaking at #40, making this Tasmin Archer's last Top 40 hit. Still, at least the girl had one successful album and a high quality No.1 single, which is something to be proud of.
Fairground spent four weeks at the top of the UK singles chart from 24th September 1995. The video features Mick Hucknall driving to Blackpool Pleasure Beach at night, which has been invaded by his friends despite being closed. Lifted from the album Life, the song was written and partly produced by Mick Hucknall. Stewart Levine also had a hand in producing the song.
Life is an upbeat album with mature lyrics and quite a diverse range of songs. The soul is lightweight, but the use of urban beats help to make this a very enjoyable, uplifting album to listen to. Using a sample of The Goodmen's Give It Up, Fairground was certainly the most modern track that Simply Red had released as a single, and it became their only No.1. Whether this style of music realises the full potential of Mick Hucknall's vocals is a debatable point, and I personally don't think the album is as good as Stars. But I admire the band for trying out something different and they certainly sound like they they had a lot of fun in the process.
The debut single and title track from Britney Spears' debut album reached No.1 in the British singles chart on 21st Feb 1999, and remained there for two weeks. In fact, the song topped the charts in every European country that it charted in. The video features Britney's iconic schoolgirl look, and singing the lyrics "hit me baby one more time" wearing a school uniform was guaranteed to cause controversy.
The song itself received much praise from the critics, and was described by many as being a well-composed pop song with a great hook that will be remembered for some time to come.
Britney's debut album sold 28 million units worldwide and achieved multi-Platinum in many countires. It remains the American pop star's biggest-selling album. A further three singles were released from the album in the UK; Sometimes (#3), (You Drive Me) Crazy (#5) and Born To Make You Happy (#1). The final single From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart was never released in the UK, although it still reached #178 in the singles chart due to imported versions.
Released in April 1990, Better The Devil You Know went on to reach No.2 in the British charts on 19th May, being held off the top spot by Adamski and Seal with Killer, which was enjoying its third week at the top.
The catchy-pop album was generally more grown-up than her previous work, and Kylie had more of a hand in the songwriting. However, she still hadn't taken full control of the songs and Stock, Aitken & Waterman were still heavily involved in the production, although even this sounded more mature than on the previous chart-topping album Enjoy Yourself.
During the 90s, the pop star's new image didn't really help her to achieve the success she had experienced with her last album, which had reached 4x Platinum in the UK. Rhythm Of Love did acheive Platinum, reaching #9 in the album charts, but the following three album releases only achieved Gold or Silver.
It was during the 2000's that Kylie started to experience bigger success, with all five of her album releases achieving Platinum. In 2001 the Australian singer reached the peak of her career with the Fever album which achieved 5x Platinum any sold over 1.6 million copies in the UK alone. It also reached #3 in the U.S.
This top quality tune was the lead single from U2's seventh and most successful studio album, Achtung Baby. The song topped the UK charts for one week on 27th Oct 1991, only to be knocked off the top spot by comedian Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff with Dizzy.
The Fly saw U2 leaving their 80s sound well and truly behind them, and reinventing themsleves with trendy industrial beats and distorted vocals, and topped the charts in many countries.
Achtung Baby was released a month later on 19th November and went on to sell around 18 million copies worldwide. A further four singles were released from the album; Mysterious Things, One, Even Better Than The Real Thing and Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses. The album is a bit of a masterpiece, with no fillers and a diverse range of songs. It features intelligent music from a band at the peak of their career. This is electro-rock at its finest!