Hits of 1990

Twenty years on and we’re looking at some of the hits of 1990. Music commentator, Glenn A. Baker joins us in the studio, revisiting the hits that kicked off the 90’s.

Mark Williams - Show No Mercy

  • This single was taken from the 1990 album Mark Williams ZNZ by Mark Williams
  • Proving to be the most successful Australian song of his career it reached No.9 on the Australian charts
  • It also went platinum and as a result was selected as the song to commence the 1990 New South Wales Rugby League grand final
  • The music video which accompanied the song was also heavily played in Australia
  • The song persists today as a song which is not only inspirational but one which is also used as a motivational anthem by many

Madonna - Vogue

  • Released on March 20, 1990
  • This was Madonna’s most successful, highest-selling single worldwide
  • Worldwide, the song was the biggest hit single in her career reaching No. one in over thirty countries and selling over six million copies until 2005 when "Hung Up" topped the charts of over 45 countries and sold nine million copies
  • It also became Madonna's first multi-platinum certified single in the U.S.
  • The song made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in its sixth week on the chart

MC Hammer - U can’t touch this

  • This was MC Hammer's biggest hit
  • It is from the album 'Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'em' which sold more than 10 million copies
  • It secured the Grammy Awards for Best R&B; Song and Best Rap Solo Performance in 1
  • The single peaked at # 1 in Australia
  • During 2008, it was ranked number 26 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop and number 16 on the same network's list of 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s

Roxette - It must have been love

  • The song performed by Swedish pop duo, Roxette
  • Becoming an international hit in the summer of 1990, the lyrics actually refer to a lonely winter's day after the break-up of a relationship
  • One of their best-selling releases, the single was certified gold in a number of countries
  • It later became Roxette's second of three No. 1 singles in Australia, spending two weeks at the top spot in July 1990

B-52 - Love Shack

  • The single was the band's biggest hit song and first seller of over one million copies
  • It was also the band's first song to reach the Billboard Top 40 charts
  • It peaked at number three, also reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart
  • It was also number one for eight weeks in Australia and also number one on the Modern Rock Tracks
  • It was named as one of the 365 Songs of the Century in 2001
  • The video for the song received an award from MTV as the Best Group Video, and was named the Best Single of 1989 by Rolling Stone

Hold on - Wilson Phillips

  • Released in 1990
  • The song won the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for 1990
  • It became Wilson Phillips' first number one single
  • It reached the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 on June 9, 1990

Blaze of Glory - Jon Bon Jovi

  • A song by Jon Bon Jovi which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1990
  • It is his only chart-topper away from his band Bon Jovi
  • It first appeared in the motion picture Young Guns II, for which it was originally recorded
  • It later appeared as the title track on his solo album Blaze of Glory

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