Top 100 of 1991 (100 to 61) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3diMZj0CA1s , using the top 100 chart that ARIA published at the time, rather than the different (and contentious) 61-100 segment of the chart published in the other annual chart of the 1990s thread here.
Thanks brosa0. Being born in '78, I probably don't know a lot of the top 50 of earlier years, but know most of the bigger hits (if not by artist/title, when i hear them). That being said, I discovered a few songs I didn't know that I like when compiling the '79 one, so (eventually) I'll no doubt do a few earlier years from the 70s.
At the moment, I'm more focused on doing the lower half of the top 100 for the years from the early 90s, and I want to do the same for the other 80s years (1988 won't be happening though unless I can get a full top 100 for the year from ARIA, if one exists) but that may change. Last edited:
I've made this since I can't get an ARIA top 100 singles chart for 1988. Surprisingly, only 3 singles made the ARIA top 50 that didn't make the AMR top 50 of the year; but then I guess they were using the same data for almost half of the year. That being said, there are a couple of big differences between the two charts.
I enjoyed watching these clips. Trip down memory lane for sure. Random question, in your 50-100 snippets you have some songs which have been played on Rage. When are these from? I was really surprised to see Toni Pearen's In Your Room as one of these songs. Rage has a very Triple J feel so most songs either fall in this bracket or in the big clasic bracket like Wannabe. In Your Room doesn't really belong in either so really surprised it got played as it's a song that fizzled out and not to really be heard again.
^ K8, all of the digital TV rage-sourced clips I've used have been aired since mid-2008. I have used 1 or 2 analogue signal DVD Recorder recordings from rage where the original aspect ration was preserved (e.g. Blue Boy's 'Remember Me') rather than the enlarged to appear 16:9 ratio used on the digital station. I've also resorted to using a couple of VHS recordings from rage I had where I had no other/better source of the clip to use (e.g. Gloria Estefan 'Turn the Beat Around', Screaming Jets 'Helping Hand', Quad City DJ's 'C'Mon N' Ride It (The Train)' - the YouTube uploads of the latter all appear to be cropped so as to appear widescreen; personally I hate when uploaders do that!), though re-did the audio with mp3 for these tracks so it sounds better.
My recording of Toni Pearen's 'In Your Room' is from a 2009 'Let's Dance' special (videos with choreography) that aired on rage. They also aired the video again in June this year, as part of a 90s special.
I agree that rage is (unfortunately, IMO) much more heavily focused on Triple J 'alternative'-type music; some of which I like, but not wall-to-wall every week. I thought that, from around 2008, rage seemed more open to including some more retro pop/dance in their playlist, and from memory, someone suggested to them (on the old rage website guestbook) that Toni Pearen song for the Let's Dance special. They've also aired Toni Pearen's 'I Want You' in 2010 as part of a Wild Card special, which I uploaded here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mHs3KbN2lM . I also uploaded 'In Your Room' here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN2fxxbdeNU .
If you didn't know already, Monday night (technically Tuesday morning) on ABC, rage air a Vault episode each week. This always has some theme to it. Often it also plays alternative stuff, but some rare dance/pop clips have also been shown on occasion. They often play some clips that haven't aired in many years/ever on rage, too. The playlists aren't usually posted on the website, but the moderator of the rage facebook page posts the playlist there every Monday, usually before noon. I also post it in this thread on the Countdown Memories forum:
I compiled a video for singles that peaked within the top 10 during the 80s, but missed the end of year top 100 charts - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqQBgJSirr0 . Also included, towards the end, are singles peaking at #11 during the 80s that missed the end of year charts. Last edited:
Glad you like, DaveNT. I will probably do a similar video for 90s top 10 hits that missed the end of year charts at some point. I started compiling a list when I put together the 80s one, and already there were 10-11 songs from 1990-1991 alone! I just hope I didn't miss any from the 80's. I overlooked Eurogliders and Prince when I first made the video, and had to re-do it.
I look forward to seeing the 90's video. I was too young to appreciate 80's music and don't enjoy it as much as the 90's.
I just watched the 2002 top 50 and what an awesome countdown that was. I miss the days when most songs made the one countdown. I find it hard to tell the years apart these days.
The 2003 countdown doesn't sit well with me. I believe some songs that probably would have placed in the top 10 were deleted early so it's not an easy countdown to rate highly and enjoy when you factor that into it. Both Justin Timberlake songs were deleted and they probably would both have been in the top 20 so I find 2003 not a true indication of what the chart realistically should look like.
I guess it depends on what era you grew up in, but I'm largely doing these 2000-5 rage top 50 chart videos I acquired recently to 'complete the set'. But I don't know half of the songs from about 2003 onwards; that's how much I'd tuned out of chart music/radio etc. by that point. Although there are individual tracks I like from later annual top 50 charts (I still love Shakira's 'Whenever Wherever', for example), 2000 was really the last one for me that had a fair amount of songs I thought were OK. I definitely prefer the 80s and early 90s charts to what came afterwards.
I'm doing a 2004 top 50 video now. The 2003 one in particular I thought was bad. 2004 is a marginal improvement, but only just. And yes, local record companies were very deletion trigger-happy around this time, resulting in some low (or outside the top 50) placings for #1 singles. The 2004 chart I have is the first (analogue TV) DVD Recorder-sourced one, so will be a bit better quality, picture-wise. The 2005 top 50 (the last annual chart rage aired) I have, which I haven't looked at yet, is VHS sourced though, I believe.
I've also done 1978 and 1979 top 100 videos, embedded above. I didn't know a fair few songs from these, but found several 'new' (for me) ones I liked. I'm planning to do a 1977 (before I was born) top 100 video, too, but many of those will be TV performance videos, as music videos for all single releases, even big hits, wasn't yet quite standard by that point.
I may also do a top 100 of 2000 (100 to 51) video at some point. I don't think I will for later years, though.
In general, the 90s chart videos I've uploaded get more views than the 80s ones, which get more views than the 70s ones. I guess that may be due to younger people, who have greater nostalgia for/grew up in the 90s than the 80s, in general being more computer-savvy/watch more YouTube than people born earlier. Last edited:
It's a shame so many good songs land in the 51-60 range and often songs that were deleted because more often than not these songs rate as some of the most memorable for the year and not just locally.
2000 - Try Again, All The Small Things, Beautiful Day, Independent Woman, Lady, The Real Slim Shady 2001 - Survivor, All For You, Hit Em Up Styles, One More Time, Independent Woman, 7 Days, Fallin, I'm Real, Love Don't Cost A Thing 2002 - Family Affair, By The Way, Cherry Lips, Always On Time 2003 - Miss Independent, Breathe, Cry Me A River, My Neck My Back, Slow 2004 - The Reason, Push Up, This Love, Naughty Girl, Pieces Of Me, Summer Rain, American Idiot, Somebody To Love
^ I agree with you that many of the best chart songs of the year fall within the lower half of the top 100. It was great when rage were airing the top 60, between September 1990 and March 1994 (minus a 3-month stint in March-June 1991).
Wow, Gloria Estefan did well to make the top 100 year end for 1994 if she was only at #50 and with less than two months of sales.
I always found the 1994 year end questionable.
Give It Up came in at #13 and Slave to The Music came in at #12 yet they were out at the same time and Give It Up was the four week #1 holder. I think Slave To The Music had an extra week in the top 50 from memory.
Please Forgive Me coming ahead of both these songs and in at #8 and Boom Shake The Room coming in at #36 when it was #1 dethroned it from the #1 spot in January.
Always coming in at #3 ahead of Tomorrow which was at #1 for weeks and coming in at #9 and when you factor in that Turn The Beat Around can rank in at #90 and #1 songs like All I Wanna Do and Zombie rank at only #34 and #38 respectively makes you wonder.
Furthermore, no All I Want For Christmas yet the 1995 featured Joy To The World which peaked at only #33 in that top 100 year end. I often wondered if All I Want For Christmas contributed to that one.
If I remember correctly this was also the year end Pearl Jam ranked at #51 with a song that didn't do too well.
I think, like in most years, it seems, sales are greater towards the end of the year, which is why Gloria made the annual chart for '94. Though that doesn't fit 'Zombie' or, especially, 'All I Wanna Do', which had more weeks of sales than 'Zombie'.
I agree that many, if not all of the 90s ARIA annual chars seem dodgy.
What I'd love to know is... the annual charts were supposedly compiled from a specific date (e.g. December 16 the previous year) to a specific date (e.g. December 15 the year of the annual chart). How does the record company, whose figures the end of year charts are based on, know which sales occurred for specific releases on e.g. December 15 vs. December 16 of the previous year?
I also didn't like when ARIA switched the period their annual charts covered from starting on January 1 back to mid-December of the previous year. It resulted in too many hangover singles from the previous year making the chart, or being placed much higher than they should have been. 'All That She Wants' making the end of year chart for '94, even in the 70s, seems a bit questionable. Likewise with 'All I Wanna Do' being placed similarly on the '95 chart.
Someone, maybe it was you, mentioned in a thread here that 'Joy To the World' actually counted sales for 'All I Want For Christmas' on the '95 end of year chart. I had actually never heard Mariah's version of 'Joy To the World' until compiling this video. Surely a #33 peaking single in December making the chart has to be suspect, if any of the singles peaking higher, even as low as #32, from that week's chart don't also make the annual chart.
Yes, 'Animal' was somehow #51 for 1994, which I think is the most questionable end of year chart placing for the entire decade.
Re: the above, was the data used to compile the EOY's the same as the data used for the weekly charts? I seem to recall reading something about some of the EOY's in the 90's being calculated on the basis of units shipped to retailers minus units returned (which would favour songs towards the end of the year as they would still be on the shelves, even if not sold), whereas the weekly charts were done according to sales.
Sale figures in July 1991 must have been pretty strong after looking at the chart run of Read My lips by Melissa.
Coming in at #6 on the year end chart with 2 weeks at #1 and not a mammoth chart run in the top 10 is questionable imo. It is a catchy song but a bit on the crappy side and it's popularity and its appeal was probably due to who she was more so than the song itself.
I actually had never heard of Melissa before 'Read My Lips' (I didn't watch E-Street), but liked the song and bought the cassingle. It has aged badly and sounds very dated now, though. But it still has a certain appeal.
^ You are correct about Cliff Richard. Ha ha. Thanks for picking that up. Damn, I made a boo-boo. I was quite tired when finishing this video (this was already my second upload of it, after realising I left the title screen out for U2's 'Who's Gonna Ride...' on my first upload attempt), so that is my excuse. Also, I tuned out of the charts really by/during 1999, so I didn't know off-hand that 'The Millennium Prayer' made it (I don't think I've even heard the whole song). I'll have to amend it and re-upload, as I hate inaccuracies.
I also debated whether or not to include 'Will 2K', as, technically, it didn't reach the top 10 until the first chart survey of 2000. But that was based on a week that split sales between 1999 and 2000, so I included it.
I won't be doing one of these videos for the 2000s, since I lost all interest in the current chart by then, and would be unfamiliar with a lot of big hits from the 2000s.
It is funny that U2 had 4 singles appear in this list. I guess many of their 90s singles appealed mainly to already-fans though, so had a less-broad reach. Also, it doesn't help that two were released only a few weeks before Christmas, and another was a VHS single in limited print. 'Stay' not making the top 100 for 1994 is a bit questionable, though, considering it spent 3 weeks in the top 5 and 4 in the top 10, and it wasn't in January, a typically low-sales period.
But there are some very questionable inclusions/omissions in several of the 90s ARIA end of year charts (Pearl Jam's 'Animal' at #51 for 1994 despite only peaking at #30 and having a typical/brief chart run for a #30-peaking single must be the biggest WTF moment ever in ARIA chart history). It's interesting how there were no top 10 misses for two years once electronic point of sale tracking came into being in March 1997; although ARIA based their end of year chart on sales figures supplied by record companies rather than retail sails figures. Last edited:
Is it just me or do most of the songs from 1991 and 1992 seem like they were bigger than they actually were?
It Takes Two was always on the radio and with two solid and well known artists you would think it would have done a bit better. I believe this was also parodied on Fast Forward which in itself shows it was pretty well known and popular.
I love Dirty Cash. Such a great tune. Early 1991 songs didn't do very well on the year end chart.
Maybe it was the compilation CD's I had back then as Here We Go, I Just Wanna B With U, Strike It Up and Love The One You're With were from the same CD, also called Here We Go. I remember we bought it because it had The Horses on it.
Shiny Happy People also feels like it was bigger for some reason.
People are still Having Sex also seemed bigger. I do recall Rage showing the video at first but then it wasn't shown anymore.
Roxette's songs also seemed like they were bigger. Spending My Time, Kingston Town, Lovesick and It's Only Natural were all on the same 100% Hits CD so maybe that was just overplayed.
But then I also think Live Your Life Be Free was a biggish enough hit.
One Word was flogged on the radio and I thought was much bigger. Same with Diamonds and Pearls and I Think I Love You.
Skin to Skin and Man Alive also feel like they were big hits but this could have been a case of watching Rage, followed by Video Smash Hits and then Video Hits to see how all the songs ranked differently. Same could be said for Why which I thought at the time was a crossdresser in the film clip.
I also remember back then being amazed that What Kind of Fool didn't make the top 10 and still thought it was a big hit.
Ebeneezer Goode made the 1993 year end didn't it so should that be featured in this?
Love Junk, Adamm's Groove, Don't Talk Just Kiss and Too Much Love Can Kill You are all Cringy songs. Warm It Up Kris is terrible too.
'Ebeneezer Goode' didn't actually make the ARIA top 100 singles of 1993 annual chart. I too thought it might have, but checked with the ARIA Report when compiling this - though I also made a video for #100 to 61 of the 1993 end of year chart last year (the rage top 60 of 1993 video I uploaded before that covers #60 to 1), and didn't recall including it in that.
I remember someone commenting on this forum about the 1992 end of year chart that it's as though the first quarter of the year doesn't exist. Presumably, for whatever reason (recession comes to mind), there were lower than normal sales for the first few months of '92, which would explain why e.g. 'Rocket Man' and 'Finally' are placed at #100 and #99 respectively on the end of year chart despite peaking within the top 10.
I agree that 'Shiny Happy People' feels like it was a bigger hit; perhaps due to the airplay it received.
I plan to make more of these 'top 20' videos. Last edited: