1992 in Rock & Roll History:

Responding to environmentalists, major record labels agree to phase out the CD longbox. The film "Singles" is released with a soundtrack that helps promote the Seattle grunge sound. Prince changes his name to an unpronounceable symbol. Sinead O'Connor rips up a picture of the pope on Saturday Night Live. Bassist Bill Wyman leaves the Rolling Stones.

Top 40 Singles of 1992

  1   Whitney Houston
       I Will Always Love You
  2   Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
  3   Boyz II Men - End of the Road
  4   Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven
  5   Mr Big - To Be With You
  6   Kris Kross - Jump
  7   Snap - Rhythm is a Dancer
  8   Red Hot Chili Peppers
       Under the Bridge
  9   U2 - One
10   Vanessa Williams
       Save the Best For Last
11   Madonna
       This Used to Be My Playground
12   George Michael & Elton John          Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me
13   Mariah Carey - I'll Be There
14   Billy Ray Cyrus - Achy Breaky Heart
15   Bobby Brown - Humpin' Around
16   Inner Circle
       Sweat (A La La La La Song)
17   Michael Jackson
       Remember the Time
18   Shakespear's Sister - Stay
19   Charles & Eddie -Would I Lie to You?
20   Guns n' Roses - November Rain
21   En Vogue - All My Lovin'
       (You're Never Gonna Get It)
22   Jon Secada - Just Another Day
23   Elton John - The One
24   Shanice - I Love Your Smile
25   Sir Mix-a-Lot - Baby Got Back
26   Ce Ce Peniston - Finally
27   Madonna - Erotica
28   KLF - Justified & Ancient
29   Tom Cochrane - Life is a Highway
30   Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite
31   Patty Smyth & Don Henley                Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough
32   Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson            Beauty & the Beast
33   House of Pain - Jump Around
34   Bruce Springsteen - Human Touch
35   Michael Jackson - Heal the World
36   Richard Marx - Hazard
37   Guns n' Roses
       Knockin' On Heaven's Door
38   Dr Alban - It's My Life
39   Sophie B Hawkins
       Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover
40   Pearl Jam - Jeremy 

Top 50 Albums of 1992

  1   REM - Automatic For The People
  2   Eric Clapton - Unplugged
  3   Abba - Gold, Greatest Hits
  4   Garth Brooks - Ropin' the Wind
  5   Def Leppard - Adrenalize
  6   Billy Ray Cyrus - Some Gave All
  7   Peter Gabriel - Us
  8   Elton John - The One
  9   Black Crowes - The Southern                      Harmony & Musical Companion
10   Annie Lennox - Diva
11   Bruce Springsteen - Human Touch
12   Madonna - Erotica
13   Dr Dre - The Chronic
14   The Cure - Wish
15   Lionel Richie - Back To Front
16   Bon Jovi - Keep The Faith
17   ZZ Top - ZZ Top's Greatest Hits
18   Prince - [Love Symbol]
19   Roxette - Tourism
20   Neil Young - Harvest Moon
21   Faith No More - Angel Dust
22   Vangelis - 1492
       Conquest of Paradise
23   Michael Bolton - Timeless (Classics)
24   kd Lang - Ingenue
25   Bruce Springsteen - Lucky Town
26   Sade - Love Deluxe
27   Kris Kross - Totally Krossed Out
28   Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction
29   Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted
30   Arrested Development - 3 Years, 5             Months & 2 Days In The Life Of
31   Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
32   INXS
       Welcome To Wherever You Are
33   Boyz II Men - Cooleyhighharmony
34   Alice In Chains - Dirt
35   The Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
36   Mariah Carey - MTV Unplugged
37   Ice Cube - The Predator
38   AC/DC - AC/DC Live
39   Simple Minds - Glittering Prize
40   Queen - Live At Wembley '86
41   Garth Brooks - The Chase
42   Original Soundtrack - Wayne's World
43   Joe Cocker - The Best Of 
44   Leonard Cohen - The Future
45   The Lemonheads
       It's A Shame About Ray
46   Right Said Fred - Up
47   Freddie Mercury
       The Freddie Mercury Album
48   Extreme - III - Sides To Every Story
49   Neil Diamond
       The Greatest Hits 1966-1992
50   En Vogue - Funky Divas

All chart information above is from Tsort and uses a formula based on splitting the world into four regions based on sales, the USA (about 35%), other English speaking countries (about 20%), the rest of Europe (about 25%) and the rest of the world (about 20%).  We feel this is the best methodology available to show the global impact of a song or album. More detailed chart info is available on the Tsort website. Actual US & UK charts are linked at the bottom of each year timeline on this site.

US and UK #1 Singles and Albums Charts are linked at the bottom of each yearly timeline.
Feb '92
Welsh band Manic Street Preachers sign to Columbia - Sony and release their debut album - Generation Terrorists #13 UK. (more)
Ex-Bananarama singer Siobhan Fahey's duo, Shakespears Sister, scores a UK #1 single, #4 US, with "Stay" from their second album - Hormonally Yours. (more)
Jan '92
Feb '92
Burlington, VT based jam band Phish release their their fourth album - A Picture of Nectar, but fail to chart. (more) 
Feb '92
The rock oriented comedy film Wayne's World is released. The soundtrack album featuring mainly 70's classic rock hits #1 in the US in April. (more)
Feb '92
Maryland based singer/songwriter Tori Amos releases her solo debut album Little Earthquakes on Atlantic and charts at #54 US, #14 UK. (more)
Feb '92
Texas heavy metal band Pantera release their sixth album, Vulgar Display Of Power which charts at #44 US, #64 UK. (more)
Feb '92
Nirvana's Kurt Cobain marries Hole's lead singer Courtney Love in Hawaii. (more)
Feb '92
UK duo, Right Said Fred, go to #1 US, #2 UK with the single "I'm Too Sexy". (more)
Feb '92
Atlanta, GA trio TLC score three US Top Ten hits off their debut album, including #2 US with "Baby-Baby-Baby". (more) 
Mar '92
New York City heavy metal band White Zombie release their debut album which goes to #26 US following extensive touring and MTV play for single "Thunder Kiss '65". (more)
Mar '92
Oakland, CA female vocal group En Vogue break into the US and UK Top Ten with their second album, Funky Divas. The single "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" goes to #2 US, #4 UK. (more)
Mar '92
Greek New Age keyboardist Yanni breaks big with his 8th album Dare to Dream #32 US and a sold out US tour.  (more)
Mar '92
13 and 14 year old Atlanta rappers Chris Kelly and Chris Smith debut album as Kriss Kross hits #1, along with their #1 US, #2 UK single "Jump". (more)
Mar '92
Bruce Springsteen
releases two albums on the same day. Both become top five albums with Human Touch reaching #2 US, #1 UK and Lucky Town #3 US. (more)
The Cure's ninth album, Wish, debuts at #1 UK, and #2 US led by hit single "Friday I'm In Love". (more)
Apr '92
Apr '92
UK singer David Bowie marries Somali super model Iman in Switzerland. (more) 
Apr '92
Stockton, CA indie band Pavement release their debut album Slanted and Enchanted which fails to chart in the US, but reaches #72 UK. (more)
Annie Lennox, formerly of the Eurythmics, releases her debut solo album Diva which goes to #1 UK, #23 US. (more)
Apr '92
Apr '92
NYC hip hop group The Beastie Boys release their third album, Check Your Head, which reaches #10 US. (more)
May '92
Atlanta rock band The Black Crowes second album, The Southern Harmony Music Companion, goes to #1 US, #2 UK. (more)
May '92
Singer Bruce Dickinson departs following the release of Iron Maiden's ninth album Fear of the Dark #1 UK, #12 US. (more)
Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus releases his debut album and crosses over to the Pop Charts with #5 US single "Achy Breaky Heart". (more)
May '92
Boston indie band, The Lemonheads, hit #68 US, #33 UK with their fifth album - It's A Shame About Ray and their single, a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson". (more) 
Jun '92
Jun '92
New York City alternative metal band Helmet release their major label debut, Meantime, on Interscope. The album reaches #68 US. (more)
Jun '92
The soundtrack to the movie Singles is released featuring Seattle bands Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Soundgarden and Mother Love Bone. The album makes the Top Ten before the movie is even released. (more)
New York native Mary J. Blige releases her debut album - What's the 411? on Uptown Records. The album goes to #6 US, #53 UK. (more)
Jul '92
Jul '92
After meeting at the 1989 Soul Train Awards, Whitney Houston marries Bobby Brown.

Jul '92
Los Angeles thrash metal band Megadeth hit #2 US, #5 UK with their fifth album Countdown to Extinction. (more)
Jul '92
Sonic Youth's seventh album Dirty is released, breaking into the UK Top Ten,  but only reaching #83 in the US. (more) 
Aug '92
Kennesaw, GA hard rock band Jackyl release their self titled debut album #76 US featuring a chainsaw solo on the single "The Lumberjack". (more) 
Aug '92
Tempe, AZ band the Gin Blossom's release their second album New Miserable Experience. Almost a year later the album breaks into the US Top 40 along with the single "Hey Jealousy". (more) 
Aug '92
Aug '92
Bobby Brown's third album Bobby is released and goes to #2 US, #11 UK, led by the #3 US, #19 UK single "Humpin' Around". (more)
Eric Clapton releases his Unplugged album. The single "Tears in Heaven", about the death of his son, goes to #2 US. The album hits #1 US, #2 UK. (more)
Sep '92
Blind Melon release their self titled debut album, which sells poorly until the single "No Rain" starts getting heavy MTV Rotation almost a year later. The album peaks at #3 US, #53 UK. (more)

Seattle band  Screaming Trees release their sixth album Sweet Oblivion. The single "Nearly Lost You" gets heavy play after being included on the Singles Soundtrack. (more)
Sep '92
Sep '92
German Eurodance project Snap! have a #1 UK, #5 US hit single with "Rythym is a Dancer". (more)
Sep '92
score a #11 US, #7 UK hit with their cover of Harry Chapin's "Cats in the Cradle". (more)
California hard rockers, Ugly Kid Joe, release their debut album America's Least Wanted and
Sep '92
UK band The Shamen top the UK charts for four weeks with  the single "Ebeneezer Goode" containing a controversial chorus sounding like "E's are good" in reference to ecstasy. (more)
Sep '92
San Diego, California band, Stone Temple Pilots, release their debut album Core which goes to #3 US, #27 UK led by lead single "Plush". (more)  

Oct '92
Oct '92
Halifax, Nova Scotia natives Sloan release their debut album Smeared and tour with Sonic Youth. (more)
REM's eigth album Automatic For The People goes to #2 US, #1 UK led by the subdued single "Everybody Hurts". (more) 
Minneapolis, MN band Soul Asylum break into the big time with their sixth album Grave Dancers Union, #11 US, #27 UK led by the single "Runaway Train" #5 US, #7 UK. (more)
Oct '92
Oct '92
Prince releases his 14th studio album with a symbol instead of a title. The album goes to #1 UK, #5 US. (more)

Oct '92
Madonna releases her fifth album Erotica #2 US & UK to coincide with the release of her photo book Sex. The single "Erotica" peaks at #3 in the US & UK. (more)
Oct '92
During a television performance on Saturday Night Live in the US, Sinead O'Connor rips up picture of the Pope. (more)
"End of the Road" by Boyz II Men posts a 12th consecutive week at #1 in the US charts, ending a 36-year record previously held by Elvis Presley. (more) 
Oct '92
Nov '92
Nov '92
Dec '92
Dr. Dre, formerly of NWA, releases his debut solo album which goes on to hit #3 US, #43 UK. (more)
Los Angeles band Rage Against The Machine release their debut album which charts at #45 US, #17 UK. (more)
The Bodyguard soundtrack featuring Whitney Houston is released and is the first album to sell one million copies in a single week. (more) 
Major record labels agree to phase out the cardboard packaging known as the CD long box to address environmental concerns. 
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