1995 in Rock & Roll History:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland, Ohio. Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia dies. Britpop makes an impact. Tupac Shakur gets married and scores a number one album while serving time in prison. The chart success of punk rock continues with strong sales for Rancid's third album, while grunge rock declines.

Top 40 Singles of 1995

  1   Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise
  2   Mariah Carey - Fantasy
  3   TLC - Waterfalls
  4   Bryan Adams - Have You Ever Really          Loved a Woman?
  5   Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men - One              Sweet Day
  6   Seal - Kiss From a Rose
  7   Take That - Back For Good
  8   Shaggy - Boombastic
  9   Michael Jackson - You Are Not Alone
10   Madonna - Take a Bow
11   Ini Kamoze - Here Comes the                     Hotstepper
12   Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson -        Scream
13   Scatman John - Scatman (Ski-Ba-              Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)
14   U2 - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill        Me
15   TLC - Creep
16   Whitney Houston - Exhale (Shoop              Shoop)
17   Diana King - Shy Guy
18   Mariah Carey - All I Want For                     Christmas is You
19   La Bouche - Be My Lover
20   The Rembrandts - I'll Be There For             You
21   Vanessa Williams - Colors of the Wind
22   Nicki French - Total Eclipse of the               Heart
23   Simply Red - Fairground
24   Annie Lennox - No More 'I Love Yous'
25   N-Trance & Ricardo Da Force -         Stayin' Alive
26   Celine Dion - Think Twice
27   The Outhere Brothers - Boom Boom           Boom
28   Michael Jackson - Earth Song
29   Montell Jordan - This is How We Do It
30   Sheryl Crow - Strong Enough
31   Madonna - You'll See
32   MC Sar & The Real McCoy - Run                Away
33   Janet Jackson - Runaway
34   Blur - Country House
35   Dionne Farris - I Know
36   Des'ree - You Gotta Be
37   Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
38   The Beatles - Free As a Bird
39   TLC - Red Light Special
40   Bon Jovi - This Ain't a Love Song

Top 50 Albums of 1995

1   Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
  2   Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning             Glory?
  3   Mariah Carey - Daydream
  4   Michael Jackson - History - Past,               Present & Future, Book 1
  5   The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon              Collie & The Infinite Sadness
  6   Pink Floyd - P.U.L.S.E.
  7   Hootie & The Blowfish - Cracked                Rear View
  8   The Beatles - Anthology 1
  9   Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits
10   Bon Jovi - These Days
11   Live - Throwing Copper
12   Radiohead - The Bends
13   TLC - Crazysexycool
14   Queen - Made In Heaven
15   Pulp - Different Class
16   Annie Lennox - Medusa
17   Red Hot Chili Peppers - One Hot                Minute
18   Garth Brooks - The Hits
19   Madonna - Something To Remember
20   Enya - The Memory Of Trees
21   Offspring - Smash
22   AC/DC - Ballbreaker
23   Bjork - Post
24   Simply Red - Life
25   Soundtrack - Dangerous Minds
26   Shania Twain - The Woman In Me
27   Garbage - Garbage
28   The Rolling Stones - Stripped
29   Elton John - Made In England
30   Elton John - Love Songs
31   Take That - Nobody Else
32   Blur - The Great Escape
33   Michael Bolton - Greatest Hits
34   Janet Jackson - Design Of A                       Decade, 1986-1996
35   PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love
36   Van Halen - Balance
37   2Pac - Me Against The World
38   Bone Thugs-n-Harmony - E 1999                 Eternal
39   Bruce Springsteen - The Ghost Of               Tom Joad
40   Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise
41   Tricky - Maxinquaye
42   The Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters
43   R Kelly - R Kelly
44   Elastica - Elastica
45   Tracy Chapman - New Beginning
46   Genius/GZA - Liquid Swords
47   The Presidents of The USA - The                Presidents Of The United States Of            America
48   Selena - Dreaming Of You
49   Supergrass - I Should Coco
50   Lenny Kravitz - Circus

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.
Jan '95
California R&B singer Montell Jordan releases his single "This Is How We Do It" which tops the charts for seven weeks in the US, #11 UK. (more)
Feb '95
Feb '95
Feb '95
Elektra records re-releases the independent album Deluxe by New Orleans band Better Than Ezra. The album and the single "Good" break into the US Top 40. (more)
Mar '95
Feb '95
Tupac Shakur becomes the first artist to have a number one US album, Me Against The World, while in prison.  (more)
Swedish band, Rednex, score a #1 UK, #25 US novelty hit with the single "Cotton Eye Joe". (more)
Mar '95
Mar '95
Mar '95
UK band Radiohead release their second album, The Bends, which breaks into the UK Top Ten, #8 UK, #88 US. (more)
UK band Elastica top the UK charts with their self-titled debut album and reach #66 US. (more)
Mar '95
Britpop band Sleeper release their debut album Sleeper. The single "Inbetweener" reaches #16 UK. (more)
Mar '95
Australian teenage group Silverchair release their debut album Frogstomp and reach #1 Aus, #9 US. (more)
Mar '95
Mar '95
Former Wu Tang member Ol' Dirty Bastard releases his solo debut, Return to the 36 Chambers, and goes to #7 US. (more)
Mar '95
Wilco, composed of former members of country rock band Uncle Tupelo, release their debut album A.M. but achieve limited sales. (more)
Apr '95
NYC heavy metal band White Zombie break into the US Top Ten with their fourth album, Astro-Creep: 2000. (more)
Apr '95
Apr '95
German industrial band KMFDM release their eighth album Nihil and have a successful single with "Juke Joint Jezebel". (more)
May '95
Oxford, UK band Supergrass release their debut album, I Should CoCo, which goes to #1 UK led by singles "Caught By The Fuzz" and "Alright". (more)
May '95
Portland, OR alternative band Everclear find success with their second album, Sparkle and Fade, and the single "Santa Monica" #29 US, #40 UK. (more)
May '95
May '95
Jun '95
After a four year absence, Paula Abdul releases her third album, Head Over Heels. The album fails to match previous sales peaking at #18 US, #61 UK. (more)
San Francisco, CA band Primus go Top Ten in the US for the second time with their fourth album, Tales From The Punchbowl. (more)
Swedish band Rednex
Montell Jordan
Better Than Ezra
PJ Harvey album To Bring You My Love
PJ Harvey's third album, To Bring You My Love (#12 UK, #38 US) is released to critical acclaim. The single "Down By The Water" receives extensive MTV play. (more)
Shania Twain, country album The Woman In Me
2Pac Shakur album Me Against The World
Canadian country singer Shania Twain releases her second album, The Woman In Me, which goes to #1 US, #7 UK. (more)
Alternative rock band Radiohead album The Bends
Rock band Collective Soul
Stockbridge, GA band Collective Soul release their second album and score two Top Twenty hits in the US with "December" and "The World I Know". (more)
Britpop band Elastica 1995
Britpop band Sleeper 1995
Rock band Blessid Union of Souls
Silverchair rock band
Ohio band Blessid Union of Souls release their debut album, Home, and score a US Top Ten hit with the single "I Believe". (more)
country rock band Wilco
Ol' Dirty Bastard
Alternative rock band The Boo Radleys
Industrial rock band KMFDM album Nihil
Heavy metal band White Zombie
Supergrass UK rock band
UK alternative band, The Boo Radley's, score a Top Ten single and a number one album in the UK with Wake Up! (more)
Paul Weller album Stanley Road
Alternative rock band Everclear
Former Jam and Style Council frontman, Paul Weller, has a number one UK solo album with Stanley Road. (more)
Paula Abdul
Alannis Morrisette album Jagged Little Pill
Electronic rock Chemical Brothers
Riot grrrl rock band Sleater Kinney
Natalie Merchant
Gov't Mule rock band
Jun '95
Jun '95
Allman Brothers spinoff band, Gov't Mule, release their self-titled debut album which fails to chart. (more)
Former child actress, Alannis Morrisette, hits the jackpot with her third album, Jagged Little Pill, which goes to #1 US and UK. (more)
Jun '95
Olympia, WA riot grrrl band, Sleater Kinney, release their self-titled debut album. (more)
Jun '95
UK electronic duo The Chemical Brothers release their debut album, Exit Planet Dust, and break into the UK Top Ten. (more)
Jun '95
Bjork's third solo album, Post, goes to #2 UK, #32 US and features UK #2 single "Army of Me". (more)
Jun '95
After leaving 10,000 Maniacs, vocalist Natalie Merchant's debut solo album Tigerlily generates a US Top Ten single with the song "Carnival". (more)
Bon Jovi
Jun '95
Bon Jovi's sixth album, These Days, does better internationally than in the US, going to #1 UK, #9 US. (more) 
TLC single Waterfalls
Foo Fighters debut album
Jamaican rapper Shaggy
Presidents of the USA
Jul '95
Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl switches to guitar and vocals on the debut album from the Foo Fighters #3 UK, #23 US. (more)
The members of TLC file for bankruptcy citing debts of $3.5 million at the same time their single "Waterfalls" is at #1 in the US for seven weeks. (more)
Jul '95
Jul '95
Jamaican rapper, Shaggy, goes to #1 UK, #3 US with his single"Boombastic". (more)
Jul '95
The debut album from Seattle alternative band The Presidents of the United States of America is released and reaches #6 US, led by the single "Lump". (more)
311 single Down
Jul '95
Omaha, Nebraska alternative band, 311, break into the mainstream (#12 US) with their third album and the single "Down". (more)
Seal hit single Kiss From A Rose
punk rock band Rancid
Garbage debut album
blues album Kenny Wayne Shepherd
The Corrs
Jerry Garcia
Bones Thugs-n-Harmony
UK R&B singer, Seal, goes to #1 US, #4 UK with "Kiss From A Rose" when the year old song is featured in the Batman Forever soundtrack. (more)
Aug '95
Aug '95
California punk/ska band Rancid release their third album …And Out Come the Wolves on Epitapth following a major label bidding war. (more)
Aug '95
Garbage, a band from Madison, WI with Scottish lead singer, Shirley Manson, release their debut album which eventually reaches #6 UK, #20 US. (more)
Aug '95
Dundalk, Ireland brother/sisters folk band, The Corrs, release their debut album which goes to #2 UK, #131 US. (more)
The debut album from 17-year-old bluesman and Shreveport, LA native, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, is released. (more)
Aug '95
Aug '95
Cleveland Hip-Hop group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony go to #1 US with their second album E.1999 Eternal, led by the #1 single "Tha Crossroads". (more)
Aug '95
Jerry Garcia, guitarist and founding member of the Grateful Dead dies of a drug related heart attack at age 53. (more)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame building
Sep '95
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum opens in Cleveland, Ohio. (more)
metal band the Deftones
Mariah Carey single Fantasy
No Doubt album Tragic Kingdom
UK rock band Oasis
Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon
Alternative band Pulp album Different Class
Chicago rock band Smashing Pumpkins
Rapper Coolio number one hit Gangsta's Paradise
Grunge rock band Alice in Chains
The Beatles single Free As A Bird
Mariah Carey's fifth album, Daydream, is released and goes to #1 US & UK, generating three US #1 singles including "Fantasy" and "One Sweet Day". (more)
Oct '95
Oct '95
Manchester, UK band Oasis release their second album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? The album becomes the third best selling album ever in the UK. (more)
Oct '95
UK band Pulp release their fifth album, Different Class, which goes to #1 UK. The album generates two UK top ten singles, "Common People" and "Disco 2000". (more)
Oct '95
Sacramento, CA  Alt Metal band the Deftones release their debut album Adrenaline. (more)
Chicago rock band Smashing Pumpkins release the double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, which debuts at #1 in the US, #4 UK. (more)
Oct '95
Oct '95
Blind Melon lead singer Shannon Hoon dies of a cocaine overdose. (more)
Oct '95
No Doubt release their third album Tragic Kingdom which goes to #1 US, #3 UK led by the single "Don't Speak". (more)
Nov '95
Coolio scores a #1 US hit with the single "Gangsta's Paradise" from his second album after the song is used on the soundtrack of the film Dangerous Minds. (more)
Seattle rock band Alice in Chains hit number one US with their third album. This would be their last album with singer Layne Staley. (more)
Nov '95
Dec '95
all contribute to a studio version of John Lennon's 1977 demo track. (more)
The Beatles release the single "Free As A Bird" their first new song in 20 years. The three surviving Beatles
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