Songs peaking at #5, UK edition: 1993-1996

To think Blur’ ambisexual roundelay stands as their monument should upset no one. Like the Notorious BIG and Toni Braxton, the British quartet brought healthy sex back into pop music in a decade that had shown itself rather demure for many reasons, one of which was peak AIDS diagnoses.

Etta James’ ranking does not reflect my feelings about the song or her artistry.

The Hague

Green Jelly – Three Little Pigs
Zig and Zag – Them Girls, Them Girls
The Course – Ready Or Not
911 – Party People…Friday Night


Blur – Charmless Man
Oasis – Live Forever
Paul Weller – Peacock Suit
Livin’ Joy – Don’t Stop Movin’
Culture Beat – Anything
Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman – I Like To Move It
Boyz II Men – I’ll Make Love to You
Ocean Colour Scene – Travellers Tune
Louise – Undivided Love
Michael Jackson – HIStory
Supergrass – Going Out
Metallica – Until It Sleeps
Texas – Black Eyed Boy
Celine Dion – Because You Loved Me

Sound, Solid

Radiohead – Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Depeche Mode – It’s No Good
Tina Turner – Goldeneye
Michael Jackson – Ghosts
Mark Morrison – Horny
OMC – How Bizarre
M People – Renaissance
Daft Punk – Around the World
Louise – Naked
Gabrielle – Give Me a Little More Time

Good to Great

Blur – Girls and Boys
Nirvana – Heart-Shaped Box
Blur – On Your Own
Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
The Beautiful South – Rotterdam
Aretha Franklin featuring Lisa Fischer – A Deeper Love
Etta James – Just Want to Make Love to You

6 thoughts on “Songs peaking at #5, UK edition: 1993-1996

  1. What made you downgrade one of few Oasis good melodies? Not that I’m in the mood to defend them! Just curiosity.

  2. “Live Forever” and “Goldeneye” only got to number 10; also you’ve included 1997 songs here.

    “Them Girls, Them Girls”, as you no doubt discovered, was a novelty hit “by” a couple of TV puppets originating in Ireland, where they’d had a number of similar hits before they were known in Britain, and who by this time were omnipresent on a youth-orientated UK TV breakfast show. Must baffle anyone anywhere else in the world, pretty much.

    The Culture Beat song is very special for me for personal reasons; the first time I was ever up in the small hours and in a desperately bleak mood. Probably the only other song here that has a comparable emotional impact on me, then and (in my head) now, is the Manics.

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