1993 in Rock & Roll History:

The US Postal Service issues a stamp featuring Elvis Presley. Michael Jackson plays the Super Bowl half time show. Whitney Houston's single "I Will Always Love You" spends 14 weeks at #1, setting a new record. MTV Latin America is launched. Janet Jackson becomes the first female artist to debut at #1 in the US with her second album "Janet". Pearl Jam's second album "Vs" debuts at #1. Michael Jackson is accused of child molestation for the first time.

Top 40 Singles of 1992
Worldwide:

  1   UB40 - I Can't Help Falling in Love             With You
  2   Meatloaf - I'd Do Anything For Love            (But I Won't Do That)
  3   Snow - Informer
  4   Ace of Base - All That She Wants
  5   Janet Jackson
      That's the Way Love Goes
  6   Bryan Adams - Please Forgive Me
  7   Four Non Blondes - What's Up?
  8   Culture Beat - Mr Vain
  9   Haddaway - What is Love?
10   Billy Joel - The River of Dreams
11   Mariah Carey - Dreamlover
12   Soul Asylum - Runaway Train
13   DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince        Boom! Shake the Room
14   Duran Duran - Ordinary World
15   Mariah Carey - Hero
16   The Proclaimers
        I'm Gonna Be (500 miles)
17   2 Unlimited - No Limit
18   REM - Everybody Hurts
19   The Pet Shop Boys - Go West
20   Freddie Mercury - Living On My Own
21   Janet Jackson - Again
22   The Spin Doctors - Two Princes
23   Regina Belle & Peabo Bryson          A Whole New World
24   Rod Stewart - Have I Told You Lately
25   Shaggy - Oh Carolina
26   Whitney Houston - I Have Nothing
27   Sting - If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
28   Aerosmith - Cryin'
29   Ugly Kid Joe - Cat's in the Cradle
30   Robin S - Show Me Love
31   Whitney Houston - I'm Every Woman
32   Radiohead - Creep
33   Bon Jovi - Bed of Roses
34   Silk - Freak Me
35   Captain Hollywood Project               More & More
36   US3 - Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)
37   Lenny Kravitz
       Are You Gonna Go My Way?
38   Blind Melon - No Rain
39   Gabrielle - Dreams
40   Aerosmith - Livin' On the Edge

Top 50 Albums of 1993
Worldwide:

1   Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard
  2   Mariah Carey - Music Box
  3   Nirvana - In Utero
  4   Pearl Jam - Vs
  5   U2 - Zooropa
  6   Meatloaf - Bat Out Of Hell II
  7   Bryan Adams - So Far So Good
  8   Janet Jackson - Janet
  9   Aerosmith - Get A Grip
10   Depeche Mode
       Songs Of Faith & Devotion
11   The Smashing Pumpkins                  Siamese Dream
12   Billy Joel - River Of Dreams
13   Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle
14   Lenny Kravitz
       Are You Gonna Go My Way
15   Kenny G - Breathless
16   Sting - Ten Summoner's Tales
17   The Pet Shop Boys - Very
18   The Spin Doctors
       Pocket Full Of Kryptonite
19   Four Non Blondes
       Bigger, Better, Faster, More!
20   Bjork - Debut
21   Rage Against The Machine               Rage Against The Machine
22   Phil Collins - Both Sides
23   Ace of Base - Happy Nation
24   UB40 - Promises & Lies
25   Garth Brooks - In Pieces
26   Guns n' Roses
       The Spaghetti Incident
27   Cypress Hill - Black Sunday
28   Stone Temple Pilots - Core
29   Suede - Suede
30   Michael Bolton - The One Thing
31   Rod Stewart - Unplugged
32   The Doors - The Best Of The Doors
33   The Cranberries - Everybody Else Is          Doing It, So Why Can't We?
34   Barbra Streisand -Back To Broadway
35   Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers       Greatest Hits
36   New Order - Republic
37   Soul Asylum - Grave Dancers Union
38   Donald Fagen - Kamakiriad
39   Wu-Tang Clan
       Enter the Wu-Tang, 36 Chambers
40   PJ Harvey - Rid of Me
41   Tina Turner
       What's Love Got To Do With It
42   Mick Jagger - Wandering Spirit
43   Elton John - Duets
44   Soundtrack - Sleepless In Seattle
45   The Breeders - Last Splash
46   Blind Melon - Blind Melon
47   Frank Sinatra - Duets
48   Eros Ramazzotti - Tutte storie
49   Paul McCartney - Off The Ground
50   Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville  


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.
Jan '93
80's megastars Duran Duran make a comeback with the single "Ordinary World" which charts at #3 US, #6 UK. (more)
UK band The The debut at #2 on the UK charts with their fifth
Jan '93
UK rock band The The 1993
album Dusk. The album yields three UK Top 40 singles including "Dogs of Lust". (more)
UK rock band Duran Duran in 1993
Feb '93
UK rock band Radiohead 1993
Oxford, UK band Radiohead release their debut album Pablo Honey and score a hit single with the song "Creep" #7 UK, #34 US. (more)
Alternative rock band Belly in 1993
Boston, MA band Belly release their debut album Star which goes to #2 UK led by the single "Feed the Tree" #40 UK, #95 US.
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Feb '93
Feb '93
Alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr. Start Choppin
Amherst, MA band Dinosaur Jr. go Top Ten UK, Top 50 US with their fifth album Where You Been, led by the single "Start Choppin". (more)
American rock band 311
Omaha, NE band 311 sign with Capricorn Records and release their major label debut album along with the single "Do You Right". (more)

Feb '93
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Whitney Houston's cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" becomes  the longest running #1 single to date in the US with 14 weeks at the top. (more)
Mar '93
Mar '93
UK band Depeche Mode release their eighth album, Songs of Faith and Devotion. The album hits #1 in both the US and UK. (more)
Mar '93
London, UK band Suede releases their debut album which enters the UK charts at #1, becoming the fastest selling debut album in UK history. (more)
Mar '93
Limerick, Ireland band, The Cranberries, release their debut album and the single "Linger" goes to #8 US, #14 UK. (more)
Mar '93
So Tough, the second album from UK band Saint Etienne breaks into the UK Top Ten at #7. (more) 
Are You Gonna Go My Way, the third album from American rocker Lenny Kravitz goes to #1 UK, #12 US. (more) 
Mar '93
An album collaboration between Whitesnake singer David Coverdale and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page results in a #4 UK, #5 US album. (more) 
Apr '93
Los Angeles alternative metal band Tool release their debut album, Undertow, which slowly climbs to #50 US. (more)
Berkeley, CA band, Counting Crows, score a #5 US hit single with "Mr. Jones" from their debut album - August and Everything After #4 US, #16 UK. (more)
Apr '93
Apr '93
Aerosmith's 11th album, Get A Grip, is their first to reach #1 US, #2 UK. The single "Cryin" goes to #11 US, #17 UK. (more)
Apr '93
May '93
Queens, NY comedy duo, The Jerky Boys, release their debut album of prank phone calls #7 US. (more)
The sixth album from UK band, New Order, goes to #1 UK, #11 US led by the single "Regret". (more)
Eurodance artist Haddaway goes to #2 UK, #11 US with his single "What Is Love" from his debut album. (more)
May '93
May '93
UK singer PJ Harvey's second album, Rid of Me, on Island Records goes to #3 UK, but only #158 US. (more)
May '93
May '93
Janet Jackson's fifth album Janet is released and debuts at #1 US, #1 UK. The album generates six top ten singles in the US including "That's The Way Love Goes" which tops the charts for eight weeks. (more)
Swedish group, Ace of Base, go to #1 UK, #2 US with the single "All That She Wants" from their debut album Happy Nation. (more)
West coast hip hop artist Tupac Shakur's single "I Get Around" goes to #11 US from his second album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. (more)
Jun '93
Jun '93
After moving to major label Geffen, Chicago band Urge Overkill release their fourth album "Saturation" which does well on MTV and Modern Rock Radio. (more)
Jun '93
Jun '93
The debut album from Altanta, GA rock band Collective Soul, is released. The single "Shine" goes to #11 US and pushes the album to #15 US. (more)
Chicago singer - songwriter Liz Phair releases her critically acclaimed debut album Exile in Guyville on Matador Records. (more)
Jun '93
Oklahoma City, OK alternative band The Flaming Lips release
their sixth album Transmissions From The Satellite Heart. Over a year later the single "She Don't Use Jelly" becomes a minor hit after being shown on MTV's Beavis & Butthead. (more)
Jul '93
Jul '93
Jul '93
Black Sunday, the second album by California rap group Cypress Hill, debuts at #1 US, #13 UK led by the single "Insane In The Brain". (more)
Seattle, WA band Candlebox release their debut album which goes Top Ten in the US, led by the hit single "Far Behind".
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Siamese Dream, the second album by Chicago band Smashing Pumpkins goes Top Ten in the US and UK. (more)
After being overheard singing while pumping gas in her home state of Maryland, Toni Braxton is signed to LaFace Records. Her
Jul '93
debut album goes  to  #1 US, #4 UK led by the Top Ten singles "Another Sad Love Song" and "Breathe Again". (more)
Jul '93
Icelandic singer/songwriter Bjork releases her second album Debut, which climbs to #3 UK, #61 US and includes the singles "Violently Happy" and "Human Behavior". (more)
Aug '93
Boston singer/songwriter Juliana Hatfield's second solo album since leaving the Blake Babies produces the single "Spin the Bottle" which cracks the US Top 40. (more)
Aug '93
Richmond, VA band Cracker's second album, Kerosene Hat, is released and rises to #59 US on the strength of the single "Low". (more)
Aug '93
Aug '93
Mariah Carey's third album Music Box is her second to top the charts (#1 US and UK) and spawns two #1 singles "Dreamlover" and "Hero". (more)
Kennett, MO native Sheryl Crow releases her debut album Tuesday Night Music Club. After a slow start the single "All I Wanna Do" hits #2 US in 1994, pushing the album to #3 US. (more)
Aug '93
The Breeders, led by former Pixie Kim Deal, hit #33 US with their second album Last Splash and the single "Cannonball". (more)
Sep '93
Kansas singer songwriter Melissa Etheridge's fourth album, Yes I Am, generates her first US Top Ten single with "I'm The Only One" along with "Come To My Window". (more)
Sep '93
Seattle grunge pioneers Nirvana release their third album, In Utero, which debuts at #1 US and also hits #1 in the UK. (more)
Sep '93
Laid is the fifth album from Manchester UK band James and is produced by Brian Eno. In addition to UK success #3, the album charts at #72 US. (more)
Oct '93
Seattle rock band Pearl Jam release their second album Vs., which debuts at #1 US, #2 UK and sells 950 000 copies in one week. (more)
Sep '93
Santa Monica, CA dream pop band Mazzy Star release their second album and have a #44 US hit single with "Fade Into You". (more)
Oct '93
"Whoomp! There It Is" a single from Miami bass group Tag Team goes to #2 US, beating the sound alike song "Whoot There It Is" by 95 South which peaks at #11 US. (more)
Oct '93
Canadian band Crash Test Dummies release their second album and score a worldwide hit in early 1994 with the single "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" #4 US, #2 UK. (more)
Oct '93
Queens, NY trio Salt-n-Pepa's fourth album, Very Neccesary, is released and climbs to #4 US, led by two US Top Five singles "Whatta Man" #7 UK and "Shoop". (more)
Oct '93
Olympia, WA riot grrrl band Bikini Kill release their debut album Pussy Whipped and single "Rebel Girl". (more)
Nov '93
Staten Island, NY hip-hop band, Wu-Tang Clan,  release their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) #41 US, #77 UK. (more)
Nov '93
Long Beach, CA rapper Snoop Dogg enters the US charts at #1 with his debut album Doggystyle #38 UK, which sells a million copies in it's first week of release. (more)
Nov '93
Nov '93
Dec '93
Nirvana plays and records their MTV Unplugged concert in New York and are joined for two songs by The Meat Puppets. The show would be released as an album in 1994. (more)
Ice Cube releases his fourth album Lethal Injection which debuts at #5 on the US charts and reaches #52 UK.
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Queens, NY Hip Hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, go Top Ten US with their third album
Midnight Marauders featuring the single "Award Tour". (more)
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