Anthony's year suggestion was 1995, so here are my top ten favourite tracks of the year...
Common People - Pulp
"You will never understand / How it feels to live your life / With no meaning or control / And with nowhere left to go." - Pulp providing the anthem for poor kids everywhere. I used to worry that I was going to end up living out the verse:
"Never live like common people / Never do what common people do / Never fail like common people / Never watch your life slide out of view / And then dance and drink and screw / Because there's nothing else to do."
Now I just wish I had!
Kiss From a Rose - Seal
Like a lot of the songs on this list, 1995's Kiss From a Rose was actually a re-release. It had hit #20 in 1994 but, with the boost of inclusion on the Batman Forever soundtrack, in '95 it peaked at #4 in the UK as well as making #1 in the USA and Australia.
Sunshine After The Rain - Berri
It wasn't until I started collating this post that I realised the original track was by Ellie Greenwich, and was released way back in 1968. Elkie Brooks covered it in 1977, then Berri gave it her own spin in 1994, reaching #26 in the UK. She re-released it in 1995, this time around getting it to peak at #4.
Boombastic - Shaggy
After It Wasn't Me came out I bought Shaggy's back catalogue. I'm not embarrassed. Much.
Don't Stop (Wiggle Wiggle) - The Outhere Brothers
This Outhere Brothers track was a #1 hit in the UK, Ireland, and Spain, and made the top ten in Australia, Belgium, Italy, and the Netherlands. The video is really cool too, especially considering how much time it would have taken to edit back in '95.
Search For The Hero - M People
#9 hit from the incomparable M People.
Wonderwall - Oasis
It's so overplayed that my first reaction is always, ugh. Then I actually listen to it and remember all over again what a great track it actually is.
Right In The Night - Jam & Spoon
Originally a #31 hit in the UK, the track was re-released in 1995 and made it to #10.
Baby Baby - Corona
Another song I never realised was a cover; originally a 1991 hit for Joy & Joyce, Italian band Corona got it to #5 on the UK charts in early 1995.
Boom Boom Boom - The Outhere Brothers
I think this is the first time I've had two tracks by the same act on one of these lists but, how can anything beat Boom Boom Boom? Because when you think 1995 Eurodance, your mind inevitably goes straight to an American house duo. (Clean version below, original on Youtube.)
What was your favourite hit of 1995? Let me know in the comments. :)
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