Q101’s Top 101 Songs of 1993

Q101 Playlist – Top 101 Songs Of 1993

Let’s take a trip in the “way back machine”, shall we? All the way back to 1993! It was a glorious time to be alive. Dinosaurs were back from the dead, soccer players were eating each other and the FBI was hot on the trail of little green men. How can you NOT love 1993?

Steven Spielberg ruled the box office with his smash hit Jurassic Park and moviegoers everywhere learned just how deadly extinct dinosaurs could be. Those who couldn’t get a ticket to Jurassic Park were sure to check out the ‘taste good’ movie of the year: Alive. Whether you were a dinosaur or a Brazilian soccer player, human flesh was all the rage in ’93. But let’s not forget the movie with the million dollar question: Would you let you wife sleep with another man for $1 million bucks? Demi Moore, Woody Harrrelson, and a wrinkly Robert Redford got down and dirty in Indecent Proposal.

On the small screen, 1993 saw the debut of two of the FBI’s most famous agents, Mulder and Scully. One a believer and the other a skeptic, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully made the X-Files must see TV for anyone interested in ghosts, aliens, monsters and the paranormal. Meanwhile, Martin Lawrence was making a name for himself and making everyone else laugh with his hit sitcom Martin and we all got a taste of life in the old frontier courtesy of that sexy Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

If grunge wasn’t your thing, 1993 was the year for you. Most of the country was wearing flannels as Dr Dre and Snoop dog were taking the rap world by storm. And aging rockers Aerosmith were enjoying a resurgence of popularity courtesy of their hot young video star Alicia Silverstone who starred in 3 of their videos that year.

But not everything was a hit in 1993. There were a few misses, too. The United States screwed up big time when it mishandled that little situation in Waco, Texas. Crystal Pepsi debuted and promptly sank faster than the Titanic, and John Wayne Bobbit woke up one morning to find himself half the man he used to be.

All this, plus Beavis and Butthead! The Fugitive! Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! Girls in bee costumes! And a lost dude named “Waldo.” .

You’ll find our top 101 list, the music videos and then, all the ingredients that made 1993 a year to remember.

TOP 101 OF 1993 ON Q101
1. Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
2. Blind Melon – No Rain
3. Radiohead – Creep
4. The Cranberries – Linger
5. The Smashing Pumpkins – Today
6. Soul Asylum – Runaway Train
7. Pearl Jam – Daughter
8. Gin Blossoms – Hey Jealousy
9. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Soul to Squeeze
10. Duran Duran – Ordinary World
11. The Breeders – Cannonball
12. Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box
13. 4 Non Blondes – What’s Up
14. Tears for Fears – Break It Down Again
15. Porno for Pyros – Pets
16. Cracker – Low
17. Spin Doctors – Two Princes
18. New Order – Regret
19. U2 – Numb
20. The Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm
21. Ace of Base – All That She Wants
22. Pearl Jam – Black
23. Depeche Mode – I Feel You
24. Belly – Feed the Tree
25. Alice in Chains – Rooster
26. Stereo MC’s – Connected
27. Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way
28. Sting – Fields of Gold
29. The Lemonheads – Mrs. Robinson
30. R.E.M. – Man on the Moon
31. The Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock
32. Bj�rk – Human Behaviour
33. Duran Duran – Come Undone
34. The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
35. Soul Asylum – Black Gold
36. Juliana Hatfield 3 – My Sister
37. UB40 – Can’t Help Falling in Love
38. Cypress Hill – Insane in the Brain
39. 10,000 Maniacs – These Are Days
40. U2 – Lemon
41. Peter Gabriel – Come Talk To Me
42. The Cranberries – Dreams
43. dada – Dizz Knee Land
44. Screaming Trees – Nearly Lost You
45. R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts
46. Sugar – Helpless
47. Depeche Mode – Walking In My Shoes
48. Gin Blossoms – Found Out About You
49. Arrested Development – Mr. Wendal
50. Stone Temple Pilots – Sex Type Thing
51. The Lemonheads – Into Your Arms
52. King Missile – Detachable Penis
53. 10,000 Maniacs – Candy Everybody Wants
54. Matthew Sweet – The Ugly Truth
55. Midnight Oil – Truganini
56. Tool – Sober
57. Sting – If I Ever Lose My Faith In You
58. Machines of Loving Grace – Butterfly Wings
59. Blind Melon – Tones of Home
60. Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name
61. The Cure – Purple Haze
62. Pearl Jam – Go
63. Wailing Souls – Shark Attack
64. Radiohead – Stop Whispering
65. Morrissey – We Hate it When Our Friends Become Successful
66. Gin Blossoms – Mrs. Rita
67. Soup Dragons – Divine Thing
68. Nirvana – Rape Me
69. Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Saturday Night
70. The Pogues – Tuesday Morning
71. New Order – World (The Price of Love)
72. Buffalo Tom – Sodajerk
73. Shaggy – Oh Carolina
74. White Zombie – Thunderkiss ’65
75. Paul Westerberg – World Class Fad
76. The Posies – Dream All Day
77. U2 – Stay (Faraway So Close)
78. Dig – Believe
79. Matthew Sweet – I’ve Been Waiting
80. Pearl Jam – Crazy Mary
81. Suede – Metal Mickey
82. 311 – Do You Right
83. Depeche Mode – Condemnation
84. The Lemonheads – It’s a Shame About Ray
85. Lenny Kravitz – Believe
86. Nirvana – Verse Chorus Verse
87. Belly – Slow Dog
88. R.E.M. – The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
89. Pet Shop Boys – Can You Forgive Her?
90. 10,000 Maniacs – Because the Night
91. Sugar – If I Can’t Change Your Mind
92. Alice in Chains – Angry Chair
93. The The – Slow Emotion Replay
94. Beck – Loser
95. Duran Duran – Too Much Information
96. Frank Black – Hang on to Your Ego
97. Soul Asylum – Sexual Healing
98. Stone Temple Pilots – Wicked Garden
99. Cranes – Everywhere
100. Dinosaur Jr. – Start Choppin
101. Belly – Gepetto

Top Alternative Albums

  • Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkins
  • vs. – Pearl Jam
  • Zooropa – U2
  • Earth and Sun and Moon – Midnight Oil
  • Go Slow DOwn – BoDeans
  • Perfectly Good Guitar – John Hiatt
  • 14 Songs – Paul Westerberg
  • Saturation – Urge Overkill
  • Altered Beast – Matthew Sweet
  • Exile In Guyville – Liz Phair
  • In Utero – Nirvana
  • sister sweetly – Big Head Todd & The Monsters
  • Ten Summoner’s Tales – Sting
  • Human Wheels – John Mellencamp
  • New Miserable Experience – Gin Blossoms
  • Yes I Am – Melissa Etheridge
  • star – Belly
  • Kerosene Hat – Cracker
  • San Francisco Days – Chris Isaak
  • MTV Unplugged – 10,000 Maniacs
  • Dusk – The The
  • Bang! – World Party
  • Taxi – Bryan Ferry
  • Feels Like Rain – Buddy Guy
  • Songs of Faith and Devotion – Depeche Mode
  • Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
  • Elemental – Tears For Fears
  • pain makes you beautiful – The Judybats
  • Last Splash – The Breeders

Top Concerts

  • Midnight Oil, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, Hothouse Flowers @ World Music Theatre
  • Peter Gabriel @ Rosemont Horizon
  • Matthew Sweet, Belly, The Jayhawks @ Grant Park
  • Grateful Dead/Sting @ Soldier Field
  • Christmas Is For Kids Concert: BoDeans, Lowen & Navarro @ Aragon Ballroom
  • Paul Westerberg @ Metro
  • Depeche Mode @ Rosemont Horizon
  • Smashing Pumpkins @ Metro
  • 10,000 Maniacs/World Party @ Poplar Creek

Best Local Groups/Artists

  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • Urge Overkill
  • Liz Phair
  • Bad Examples

Best Music Clubs

  • Metro
  • Park West
  • Fitzgerald’s
  • Lounge Ax
  • China Club

1. Rhythm Is A Dancer – Snap!
2. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
3. Bad Boys (from “Cops”) – Inner Circle
4. Ditty – Paperboy
5. All That She Wants – Ace Of Base
6. Mr. Wendel – Arrested Development
7. Ordinary World – Duran Duran
8. Informer – Snow
9. Show Me Love – Robin S
10. Whoomp! (There It Is) – Tag Team

Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
Get a Grip – Aerosmith
Janet- Janet Jackson
Music Box – Mariah Carey
Plush – Stone Temple Pilots
Ten – Pearl Jam

Album of the Year: The Bodyguard—Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston
Best New Artist: Toni Braxton
Best Pop Duo or Group: “A Whole New World” (Theme From Aladdin), Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
Best Pop Female Vocal: “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston
Best Pop Male Vocal: “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” Sting
Best Rock Duo or Group: “Livin’ on the Edge,” Aerosmith
Best Rock Solo: “I’d Do Anything for Love” (But I Won’t Do That), Meat Loaf
Best Rock Song: “Runaway Train,”
Record of the Year: “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston
Song of the Year: “A Whole New World” (Theme From Aladdin)

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Blind Melon – No Rain


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MTV Shows


1. Jurassic Park Uni. $357,067,947
2. Mrs. Doubtfire Fox $219,195,243
3. The Fugitive WB $183,875,760
4. The Firm Par. $158,348,367
5. Sleepless in Seattle TriS $126,680,884
6. Indecent Proposal Par. $106,614,059
7. In the Line of Fire Col. $102,314,823
8. The Pelican Brief WB $100,768,056
9. Schindler’s List Uni. $96,065,768
10. Cliffhanger TriS $84,049,211

Demolition Man / Falling Down / Philadelphia / Rising Sun / Schindler’s List / Philadelphia
Shadowlands / Sliver / Sniper / The Age Of Innocence / The Crush / The Dark Half / The Piano
The Remains of the Day / The Secret Garden

Best Actor: Tom Hanks: Philadelphia
Best Actress: Holly Hunter: The Piano
Best Director: Steven Spielberg: Schindler’s List
Best Picture: Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen, Branko Lustig: Schindler’s List (DVD)
Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones: The Fugitive
Best Supporting Actress: Anna Paquin: The Piano

Home Improvement / 60 Minutes / Seinfeld / Roseanne / Grace Under Fire / These Friends Of Mine
Frasier / Coach / NFL Monday Night Football / Murder She Wrote / Murphy Brown / Thunder Alley
The CBS Monday Night Movie / 20/20 / Love & War / Primetime Live / Wings / NYPD Blue
Homicide: Life On The Streets / Northern Exposure

Best Drama – Picket Fences (CBS)
Best Actor – Dennis Franz, NYPD Blue
Best Actress – Sela Ward, Sisters
Supporting Actor – Fyvush Finkel, Picket Fences
Supporting Actress – Leigh Taylor-Young, Picket Fences

Best Comedy – Frasier (NBC)
Best Actor – Kelsey Grammer, Frasier
Best Actress – Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown
Supporting Actor – Michael Richards, Seinfeld
Supporting Actress – Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne
Best Variety- Late Show With David Letterman (CBS)

Kentucky Derby Winner: Sea Hero Jockey: J. Bailey Trainer: M. Miller

Superbowl XXVIII : DALLAS 30 – Buffalo 13

Pro MVP: Emmitt Smith, Dallas, RB

College Football: Florida St.

Heisman Trophy: Charlie Ward, Florida St., QB

Rose Bowl: Wisconsin 21, UCLA 16
Orange Bowl: Florida St. 18, Nebraska 16
Cotton Bowl: Notre Dame 24, Texas A&M 21
Sugar Bowl: Florida 41, West Va. 7

NBA Championship
Winner: CHICAGO 4-2 (WWLWLW) – Coach: Phil Jackson
Opposing Team: Phoenix – Coach: Paul Westphal

NBA MVP: Charles Barkley, Phoenix, F Ave Score: 25.6

NCAA National Champions: North Carolina 34-4 – Coach: Dean Smith

World Series
Winner: Toronto 4-2 (WLWWLW) – Coach: Cito Gaston
Opposing Team: PHILA. PHILLIES – Coach: Jim Fregosi

National League
MVP: Barry Bonds, SF – OF
Rookie of the Year: Mike Piazza, LA – 1B

American League
MVP: Frank Thomas, Chi – 1B
Rookie of the Year: Tim Salmon, Cal – OF

Bill Clinton Becomes 42nd President

Car Bomb Explodes In World Trade Center

Two LA Police Officers Are Convicted Of Violating Rodney Kings Civil Rights

Bush And Yeltson Sign “Start II ” Treaty

Cult Leader David Koresh And Davidian Compound Members Defy Authorities, 80 Die In Compound Fire In Waco Texas

23 UN Peace Keepers Killed By Somalia Warlord

Clinton Orders 15,000 Troops To Somalia

Menendez Brothers Go On Trial For Murder Of Parents

Hillary Clinton named Chair of Health Reform Task Force

David Letterman debuts on CBS after leaving NBC

“Don’t’ ask, don’t tell” is adopted by military to deal with Gays

Brady Bill is passed mandating waiting period to buy guns

FBI arrests 8 Muslim extremists for plotting terrorist attacks on NYC

Chicago Bulls “threepeat” win third straight title

Jurassic Park becomes highest grossing movie of all time

Died; Audrey Hepburn, Aurthur Ash, Ramond Burr, Dizzy Gillespie

Intel’s “Pentium Processor ” unveiled

NASA discovers a comet shaped like a chain of pearls will impact on Jupiter in 1994, which starts the “What if that was Earth” buzz.

98 million watched the last episode of Cheers; ads were $650,000 for 30 seconds

The Ford Taurus tops the Honda Accord in total car sales.

What’s in: torn clothing, Snapple’s exotic flavors, the new 29 cent Elvis Presley stamp, Mortal Kombat video game and Joey Buttafuoco jokes.

Video CD and Talking Barney are new.

TV’s graphic prime-time show, NYPD Blue, is immediately controversial.

Sears ends its mail-order catalog business.

Michael Jackson tells that his lightened skin color is due to a rare skin disease on the Oprah Winfrey show.

President: Bill Clinton
Vice President: Al Gore

Population: 257,746,103
Life expectancy: 75.5 years

High: 3,799
Low: 3,355

Federal spending: $1408.68 billion
Federal debt: $4351.4 billion
Inflation: 2.9%
Consumer Price Index: 144.5
Unemployment: 7.5%

Cost of a new home: $147,700.00
Cost of a new car: $
Median Household Income: $31,241.00
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.29
Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $1.11
Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.87
Cost of a gallon of Milk: $2.86

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