"Informer" is a 1993 single by Toronto reggae musician Snow, featuring MC Shan as guest artist and producer, from his debut album 12 Inches of Snow. The single was released shortly before Snow was imprisoned for a year on an assault charge. Upon his release from prison, it became a chart topping hit, spending seven consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was his biggest hit in the UK, where it reached #2, behind two different number one singles.
In the song, the narrator is apparently being accused of participating in a homicide near his home, but claims he was somewhere else when it happened and that the police informant who gave his name in is deliberately trying to wreck his life and career goals, disrupting his personal life.
No one has ever worked out what Snow says in the breakdown in the middle eight with the most popular estimate as "Come with a nice young lady, intelligent? yes, she gentle and Irie", which refers to positive emotions or feelings, or anything that is good. Specifically it refers to high emotions and peaceful vibrations".
"Informer" was 39th on VH1's list of the "50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs... Ever". , but won a Juno Award for Best Reggae Recording in 1994. It reached 40th on MuchMoreMusic's list of the top "50 Guilty Pleasures" and was 84th on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the '90s."
|Austria||Gold||July 16, 1993||15,000|
|UK||Silver||April 1, 1993||200,000|
|U.S.||Platinum||March 16, 1993||1,000,000|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||24|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales||3|
|U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles||5|
|U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40||5|
|U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream||12|
|U.S. ARC Weekly Top 40||1|
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||1|
|Austrian Singles Chart||2|
|Dutch Singles Chart||2|
|French SNEP Singles Chart||3|
|German Singles Chart||1|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
|New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart||1|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||1|
|Swedish Singles Chart||1|
|Swiss Singles Chart||1|
|UK Singles Chart||2|
|United World Chart||1|
|End of year chart (1993)||Position|
|Australian Singles Chart||6|
|Austrian Singles Chart||9|
|Swiss Singles Chart||14|