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1993 in music

This is a summary of significant events in music in 1993.

Events



January

February

March

April

May

June

July

  • European singers Björk and Svetlana join together for the From Iceland To Moldova Tour. Both girls toured to the United States, UK, France, Japan and elsewhere.
  • July 17 - SWV's single "Weak" peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts. It lasted seven weeks on the chart.

August

September

October

November

Undated

Bands formed

Bands disbanded

Bands reformed

Albums released

January

Day Album Artist Notes
11 The Way We Walk, Volume Two: The Longs Genesis Live
12 No Cure for Cancer Denis Leary -
Blue Funk Heavy D & the Boyz -
19 The Wheel Roseanne Cash -
The Juliet Letters Elvis Costello and The Brodsky Quartet -
Amon, Feasting the Beast Deicide Compilation
12 Inches of Snow Snow -
25 The Collection Kenny G Compilation
Barry Live in Britain Barry Manilow Live
26 Live at the Royal Albert Hall Emerson, Lake & Palmer Live
Let's Knife Shonen Knife -

February

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Objection Overruled Accept -
Off the Ground Paul McCartney -
2 Star Belly -
In God We Trust Brand Nubian -
3 Earth 2 Earth -
9 Where You Been Dinosaur Jr -
Spilt Milk Jellyfish -
15 Serenades Anathema -
16 Tabula Rasa Einstürzende Neubauten -
Sarsippius' Ark Infectious Grooves -
Body Exit Mind New Fast Automatic Daffodils -
Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. 2Pac -
19 Happy Nation Ace of Base Europe only
22 New Wave The Auteurs -
Pablo Honey Radiohead -
23 Hard Workin' Man Brooks & Dunn -
Duran Duran ("The Wedding Album") Duran Duran -
Mr. Machinery Operator fIREHOSE -
Scenes from the Second Storey The God Machine -
Superstar Car Wash Goo Goo Dolls -
Joey Lawrence Joey Lawrence -
19 Naughty III Naughty by Nature -
Live: Right Here, Right Now Van Halen 2x CD, Live

March

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? The Cranberries -
9 Animals with Human Intelligence Enuff Z'nuff -
Are You Gonna Go My Way Lenny Kravitz -
The Best of Van Morrison Volume Two Van Morrison Compilation
So Tough Saint Etienne -
Music 311 -
15 Coverdale-Page Coverdale-Page -
16 The Polyfuze Method Kid Rock -
I Hear Black Overkill -
22 Songs of Faith and Devotion Depeche Mode -
A Real Live One Iron Maiden Live
Space Age Batchelor Pad Music Stereolab EP
23 This Time Dwight Yoakam -
25 Peligro Shakira -
29 Suede Suede -
30 Bacdafucup Onyx -
? The Artistry of Michael Bolotin Michael Bolton -

April

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Now That's What I Call Music! 24 Various Artists Compilation
6 Black Tie White Noise David Bowie -
Superjudge Monster Magnet -
Edge of Thorns Savatage -
Undertow Tool -
In My Time Yanni -
12 In Concert/MTV Plugged Bruce Springsteen Live
13 San Francisco Days Chris Isaak -
Today's Active Lifestyles Polvo -
20 Get a Grip Aerosmith -
Dive Sarah Brightman -
Jerky Boys Jerky Boys -
Toby Keith Toby Keith -
Earth and Sun and Moon Midnight Oil -
Pork Soda Primus -
Shania Twain Shania Twain -
26 The Infotainment Scan The Fall -
27 Exposed Vince Neil -
Porno for Pyros Porno for Pyros -

May

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Republic New Order -
4 Thousand Roads David Crosby -
Which Doobie U B? Funkdoobiest -
Rid of Me PJ Harvey -
SlaughtaHouse Masta Ace -
Down with the King Run-D.M.C. -
10 Modern Life is Rubbish Blur -
Rancid Rancid -
11 Whatever Aimee Mann Debut
Out of Body The Hooters -
17 Emergency on Planet Earth Jamiroquai Debut, UK
18 janet. Janet Jackson US
Alive III Kiss Live
24 More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits ABBA Greatest Hits
25 Sound of White Noise Anthrax -
Give a Monkey a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe Fishbone -
Me Amarás Ricky Martin -
31 The Daily Grind No Use for a Name EP

June

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Gravity's Rainbow Pat Benatar -
Boces Mercury Rev -
Souvlaki Slowdive -
14 Shots to the Dome LL Cool J -
4 Pottymouth Bratmobile -
7 There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You Palace Brothers -
8 Too Long in Exile Van Morrison -
Last Action Hero soundtrack Various Artists -
11 Mood Swings Harem Scarem -
14 Mi Tierra Gloria Estefan -
19 Crazy Legs Jeff Beck -
21 Gold Against the Soul Manic Street Preachers -
22 Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid Collective Soul -
It Won't Be the Last Billy Ray Cyrus -
Transmissions from the Satellite Heart The Flaming Lips -
Experience the Divine Bette Midler Greatest Hits
Covenant Morbid Angel -
Exile in Guyville Liz Phair -
Here's to New Dreams Raven-Symoné -
Elemental Tears for Fears -
24 Audience with the Mind The House of Love -
25 Mortal Kombat II: Music from the Arcade Game Soundtrack Dan Forden limited-time offer
28 Insanity and Genius Gamma Ray -
Live & Loud Ozzy Osbourne Live
29 Back to Broadway Barbra Streisand -
30 Individual Thought Patterns Death -
In on the Kill Taker Fugazi -

July

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Walthamstow East 17 Debut
5 Julius Caesar Smog -
6 No World Order TR-i (Todd Rundgren) -
Zooropa U2 -
10 Yoreru Omoi Zard -
13 Debut Björk -
Altered Beast Matthew Sweet -
19 Debravation Deborah Harry UK
20 The Anthology Bachman-Turner Overdrive Compilation
Candlebox Candlebox -
Black Sunday Cypress Hill -
Picture of Health The Headstones -
Bargainville Moxy Früvous -
26 The Battle Rages On Deep Purple -
27 Siamese Dream The Smashing Pumpkins -
Fake Train Unwound -
Represent Fat Joe -
? Tindersticks Tindersticks -

August

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Now That's What I Call Music! 25 Various Artists Compilation
3 Voice of Jamaica Buju Banton -
Tuesday Night Music Club Sheryl Crow -
10 Emergency on Planet Earth Jamiroquai US
River of Dreams Billy Joel -
16 Breaking Things ALL -
17 Rise Bad Brains -
Over My Heart Laura Branigan -
Bloody Kisses Type O Negative -
24 Set the World on Fire Annihilator -
Kerosene Hat Cracker -
Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements Stereolab -
30 Tales of Ephidrina Amorphous Androgynous -
Unknown Road Pennywise -
31 Last Splash The Breeders -
In Pieces Garth Brooks -
Music Box Mariah Carey -
Earth Vs The Wildhearts The Wildhearts -

September

Day Album Artist Notes
1 One Night in Time Donovan -
Shinola Energy Orchard -
2 Chaos A.D. Sepultura -
10 Icky Mettle Archers of Loaf -
14 August and Everything After Counting Crows -
Focus Cynic -
Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell Meat Loaf -
20 The Problem With Me Seam -
21 Recipe for Hate Bad Religion -
Show The Cure Live
Yes I Am Melissa Etheridge -
Concentration Machines of Loving Grace -
Houdini The Melvins -
In Utero Nirvana -
Face the Heat Scorpions -
22 Double Easy - The U.S. Singles Happy Mondays US-only Compilation
28 Morbid Florist Anal Cunt -
Body & Soul Rick Astley -
Live Seeds Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Live
Cowgirl's Prayer Emmylou Harris -
Return of the Boom Bap KRS-One -
Icon Paradise Lost -
They're All Gonna Laugh at You! Adam Sandler -
93 'til Infinity Souls of Mischief -
Faithlift Spirit of the West -

October

Day Album Artist Notes
4 Wolverine Blues Entombed -
5 Gentlemen The Afghan Whigs -
Steppin' Out Tony Bennett Fred Astaire Tribute
The Body-Hat Syndrome Digital Underground -
Laid James -
So Tonight That I Might See Mazzy Star -
Alapalooza "Weird Al" Yankovic -
8 A Bigger Piece of Sky Robert Earl Keen -
11 I'm Alive Jackson Browne -
Imaginary Friend Th' Faith Healers -
12 Hey Man, Smell My Finger George Clinton -
Take Me as I Am Faith Hill -
Angst KMFDM -
Aurora Gory Alice Letters To Cleo -
Very Necessary Salt-N-Pepa -
18 Heartwork Carcass -
Together Alone Crowded House -
A Real Dead One Iron Maiden Live
19 Enta da Stage Black Moon -
Mexican Moon Concrete Blonde -
4-Track Demos PJ Harvey Demos
Vs. Pearl Jam -
Counterparts Rush -
Inhaler Tad -
22 Fumbling Towards Ecstasy Sarah McLachlan -
26 Paris The Cure Live
World Gone Wrong Bob Dylan -
Five Dollar Bob's Mock Cooter Stew Mudhoney EP
Born to Choose Various Artists -
God Shuffled His Feet Crash Test Dummies -
When My Heart Finds Christmas Harry Connick, Jr. -

November

Day Album Artist Notes
1 The Red Shoes Kate Bush -
2 So Far So Good Bryan Adams Compilation
Find Your Way Gabrielle -
Duets Frank Sinatra -
The Yellow Shark Frank Zappa -
3 Angels Cry Angra -
8 Live at Donington Iron Maiden Live
9 Both Sides Phil Collins -
The Colour of My Love Celine Dion North America
Love Tara Eric's Trip -
Poetenes Evangelium Morten Harket -
Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest -
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Wu-Tang Clan -
16 Deluxe Better Than Ezra Swell Records; re-issued on Elektra in 1995
The One Thing Michael Bolton -
The Singles Collection David Bowie Compilation
Desire Walks On Heart -
Black Reign Queen Latifah -
Romulus Hunt: A Family Opera Carly Simon -
Straight Up Sewaside Das EFX -
18 Montage Kenny G Compilation
21 Dreams Never Die Tiffany -
22 Nightcap Jethro Tull UK; archive recordings
23 The Sign Ace of Base North American/Japanese version of Happy Nation
"The Spaghetti Incident?" Guns N' Roses Covers album
Duets Elton John -
Live Shit: Binge & Purge Metallica Live
Gypsy Bette Midler Soundtrack
Doggystyle Snoop Doggy Dogg -
Squint Steve Taylor -
Haddaway Haddaway -
26 Live MCMXCIII The Velvet Underground Live
29 Bastards Motörhead -
? Freedom Yothu Yindi -

December

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Dubnobasswithmyheadman Underworld -
6 Songs of Faith and Devotion Live Depeche Mode Live
The Cross of Changes Enigma -
7 Lethal Injection Ice Cube -
8 Charlie Hunter Trio Charlie Hunter Trio -
9 Pop Smear The Verve Pipe -
21 Diary of a Mad Band Jodeci -
31 Now That's What I Call Music! 26 Various Artists Compilation
? The Buddha of Suburbia David Bowie Soundtrack

Release Date Unknown

Biggest hit singles

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1993.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Meatloaf I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) 1993 UK 1 - Oct 1993, US BB 1 of 1993, Holland 1 - Oct 1993, Austria 1 - Nov 1993, Switzerland 1 - Nov 1993, Norway 1 - Oct 1993, Germany 1 - Jan 1994, Éire 1 - Oct 1993, New Zealand 1 for 5 weeks Sep 1993, Australia 1 for 8 weeks Dec 1993, Sweden 2 - Oct 1993, Poland 5 - Nov 1993, Australia 5 of 1993, France 10 - Sep 1993, US BB 15 of 1993, Europe 20 of the 1990s, Germany 28 of the 1990s, US CashBox 32 of 1994, POP 34 of 1993, Belgium 210 of all time, OzNet 375
2 UB40 I Can't Help Falling in Love With You 1993 UK 1 - May 1993, US BB 1 of 1993, US CashBox 1 of 1993, Holland 1 - May 1993, Sweden 1 - Jun 1993, Austria 1 - Jul 1993, New Zealand 1 for 11 weeks Jun 1993, Australia 1 for 7 weeks Oct 1993, Switzerland 2 - Jun 1993, Germany 2 - Jun 1993, Australia 3 of 1993, Norway 4 - Jun 1993, US BB 6 of 1993, POP 6 of 1993, France 10 - May 1993, Poland 12 - Aug 1993, Scrobulate 48 of reggae, Germany 85 of the 1990s, Italy 88 of 1993, OzNet 836
3 Four Non Blondes What's Up? 1993 Holland 1 - Jul 1993, Sweden 1 - Aug 1993, Austria 1 - Aug 1993, Switzerland 1 - Jul 1993, Norway 1 - Jul 1993, Poland 1 - Jul 1993, Germany 1 - Jul 1993, Éire 1 - Jul 1993, UK 2 - Jun 1993, Italy 8 of 1993, Australia 10 of 1993, US BB 14 of 1993, Germany 17 of the 1990s, US BB 31 of 1993, Scrobulate 46 of 90s, US CashBox 50 of 1993, RYM 61 of 1993, Europe 62 of the 1990s, POP 67 of 1993, Belgium 209 of all time
4 Snow Informer 1993 US BB 1 of 1993, Sweden 1 - Mar 1993, Switzerland 1 - Apr 1993, Norway 1 - Apr 1993, Germany 1 - Apr 1993, Éire 1 - Apr 1993, New Zealand 1 for 3 weeks May 1993, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Sep 1993, UK 2 - Mar 1993, Holland 2 - Mar 1993, Austria 3 - May 1993, Australia 6 of 1993, US CashBox 9 of 1993, US BB 13 of 1993, POP 51 of 1993, Germany 52 of the 1990s, Italy 68 of 1993
5 Haddaway What is Love? 1993 US BB 1 of 1993, Holland 1 - Apr 1993, France 1 - Apr 1993, Austria 1 - May 1993, Switzerland 1 - Apr 1993, Norway 1 - Apr 1993, Éire 1 - Jul 1993, POP 1 of 1993, UK 2 - Jun 1993, Sweden 2 - Mar 1993, Germany 2 - Mar 1993, Scrobulate 4 of 90s, Italy 5 of 1993, Germany 10 of the 1990s, US BB 11 of 1993, RYM 154 of 1993

Top 5 Albums Of 1993

According To Acclaimed Music.net

1. Nirvana - In Utero

2. Björk - Debut

3. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream

4. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

5. Liz Phair - Exile In Guyville

Top hits

Top Ten Selling Albums of the Year

  1. The Bodyguard - Whitney Houston
  2. Breathless - Kenny G
  3. Unplugged- Eric Clapton
  4. janet. - Janet Jackson
  5. Some Gave All - Billy Ray Cyrus
  6. The Chronic - Dr. Dre
  7. Pocket Full Of Kryptonite - Spin Doctors
  8. Ten - Pearl Jam
  9. The Chase - Garth Brooks
  10. Core - Stone Temple Pilots

Classical music

Opera

Musical theater

Deaths

Awards

Filmfare Awards

Grammy Awards

Country Music Association Awards

Eurovision Song Contest

Mercury Music Prize

Charts

KROQ

Triple J Hottest 100

Other Notable Singles Released

See also

References

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