1991 in music

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  • List of notable events in music that took place in the year 1991.

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    The year 1991 is the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough.[1] Nirvana's Nevermind, led by the surprise hit single "Smells Like Teen Spirit", becomes the most popular U.S. album of the year. Followed immediately by other grunge bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, in 1992 by Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots, grunge dominates the U.S. charts for the next few years. Its success effectively ended the reign of the glam metal and other hard rock groups that enjoyed massive success in the 1980s like Mötley Crüe, Poison, Warrant, Cinderella, and Ratt whose sales and critical viability were beginning to decline for about two years previously. Even so, the rock band Guns N' Roses's popularity flourishes with the release of their albums Use Your Illusion I & Use Your Illusion II, both selling over 15 million copies each. Def Leppard's next album Adrenalize, released in March 1992, would go on to reach multi-platinum status and prove to be the last major commercial success for 1980s hair metal. A Tribe Called Quest's Low End Theory is released this year; it would go on to be considered one of the best hip hop albums of the 1990s. A Tribe Called Quest, along with De La Soul, Dream Warriors, Gang Starr and the Poor Righteous Teachers, help define what comes to be known as alternative rap with important releases this year.

    On 24 November, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury died. Mercury was at home in London on 24 November, due to AIDS complications. Rumors had been circulating that Mercury had AIDS and he confirmed it to the press a day before his death,[2] but the death comes as a shock to millions of fans and the music industry. The remaining members of Queen form the Mercury Phoenix Trust and the following year, a tribute concert is staged in Wembley Stadium. A sell-out crowd in attendance witness the three surviving members reuniting to play along with performances by the likes of David Bowie, Elton John, Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Metallica, Annie Lennox, and George Michael.

    Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes to number one for the second time in the U.K., which is one of the few times a single has gone to number one in the same version more than once (another example is Chubby Checkers' "The Twist," which was No. 1 in 1960 & 1962). It is also the only time a single has gone to number one more than once on the UK Christmas charts. It has now spent a total of 14 weeks on top of the UK charts.

    During the year, Billboard Magazine started using Nielsen Soundscan for its sales source for the music charts. Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data for Nielsen on March 1, 1991. The May 25 issue of Billboard published Billboard 200 and Country Album charts based on SoundScan "piece count data," and the first Hot 100 chart to debut with the system was released on November 30, 1991. Previously, Billboard tracked sales by calling stores across the U.S. and asking about sales – a method that was inherently error-prone and open to outright fraud. Indeed, while transitioning from the calling to tracking methods, the airplay and sales charts (already monitored by Nielsen) and the Hot 100 (then still using the calling system) often did not match (for instance Paula Abdul's "Promise of a New Day" and Roxette's "Fading Like a Flower" reached much higher Hot 100 peaks than their actual sales and airplay would have allowed them to). Although most record company executives conceded that the new method was far more accurate than the old, the chart's volatility and its geographical balance initially caused deep concern, before the change and the market shifts it brought about were accepted across the industry. Tower Records, the country's second-largest retail chain, was originally not included in the sample because its stores are equipped with different technology to measure sales. At first, some industry executives complained that the new system — which relied on high-tech sales measurement rather than store employee estimates — was based on an inadequate sample, one that favored established and mainstream acts over newcomers.

    1991 is also the year CCM, or contemporary Christian music, reaches a new peak. Amy Grant, who had already crossed back and forth between CCM and Contemporary Pop in the mid-80s, achieves her first solo No. 1 hit on the pop charts with the hit single "Baby Baby," becoming the first single by a CCM artist to reach No. 1 (despite the fact the song was a pop song and was void of any Christian references). Another single, "That's What Love Is For," would also top the charts, this time in the Adult Contemporary field. Meanwhile, Grant's album Heart In Motion reaches No. 11 on the pop chart and No. 1 on the Christian chart despite its non-religious objective, and quickly becomes a best-seller. Another CCM crossover artist in 1991 is Michael W. Smith, who achieves a Top Ten pop hit with his single "Place In This World." The subsequent album, Go West Young Man, is also a hit. Jon Gibson's hit "Jesus Loves Ya" still holds the record as the longest playing hit single in Christian music history. The track spent eleven weeks at No. 1 and became the top selling CCM single of 1991.[3] Only three artists received more airplay on Christian radio stations in that year other than Gibson; Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and BeBe & CeCe Winans.

    The massive success of Garth Brooks in this year sets the stage for the mid-1990s influx of pop-oriented country musicians. In addition, several soon-to-be pivotal bands form or release debuts, including Dave Matthews Band, Live, Phish, Spin Doctors and stoner metal (Kyuss, Sleep, The Obsessed). Massive Attack's Blue Lines, while unique at the time, pioneers the sound that would eventually become known as trip hop. Entombed's Clandestine and Dismember's Like an Ever Flowing Stream are early releases from the Scandinavian metal scene. On the other side of the Atlantic, New York death metal band Suffocation release their debut full-length Effigy of the Forgotten, often considered one of the most influential extreme metal albums ever recorded. Trance music rises to prominence in the underground dance scene of Frankfurt, Germany, pioneered by such producers as Dance 2 Trance and Resistance D. U2 release their seventh album Achtung Baby, considered by many of their fans to be their best album. Metallica also release their most commercially successful self-titled album, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers break through to the mainstream with their critically and commercially acclaimed Blood Sugar Sex Magik. R.E.M. release their massive commercial breakthrough album Out of Time. 1991 also brought us the revolutionary Sailing the Seas of Cheese, the first release of a Primus album on a major label. When it came to music, 1991 was one of the most successful years of the 1990s.

    January–March

    April–June

    July–September

    October–December

    Also in 1991

    Bands formed

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    Albums released

    January – March

    Date Album Artist Notes
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    1 This Year's Girl Pizzicato Five -
    8 Fly Me Courageous Drivin N Cryin -
    9 The Singles Collection The Specials Compilation
    15 Eight Track Stomp Chickasaw Mudd Puppies -
    Quik Is the Name DJ Quik Debut
    Step In the Arena Gang Starr -
    16 2nd Wind Todd Rundgren -
    Native Son Judybats -
    21 1916 Motörhead -
    22 The Soul Cages Sting -
    24 Tyranny (For You) Front 242 US
    29 Candy Carol Book of Love -
    Divinyls Divinyls -
    Doubt Jesus Jones -
    Glad 'N Greasy Beat Farmers -
    Mo' Ritmo Gerardo Debut
    Party Mix!/Mesopotamia The B-52's Re-issue with remixes
    When You're a Boy Susanna Hoffs -
    Uncle Anesthesia Screaming Trees -
    ? Into the Light Gloria Estefan -
    A Little Ain't Enough David Lee Roth -
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    4 Solid Ball of Rock Saxon -
    5 Innuendo Queen -
    International Pop Overthrow Material Issue -
    9 Fellow Hoodlums Deacon Blue -
    10 Recurring Spacemen 3 US
    11 Coolin' at the Playground Ya Know! Another Bad Creation Debut
    12 The Hollow Men The Hollow Men US
    Marc Cohn Marc Cohn -
    Saigon Kick Saigon Kick -
    14 Cooleyhighharmony Boyz II Men Debut
    18 Heaven's Open Mike Oldfield -
    19 Green Mind Dinosaur Jr. -
    Ink The Fixx -
    Night Ride Home Joni Mitchell -
    The Name Above the Title John Wesley Harding -
    Road Apples The Tragically Hip US
    20 The Last Days of Pompeii Nova Mob -
    Piouhgd Butthole Surfers -
    26 Hooked Great White -
    ? Different World Uriah Heep -
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    4 Peggy Suicide Julian Cope UK; 7 May in US; Double Album
    The White Room The KLF -
    Ex:el 808 State -
    5 Dollars & Sex The Escape Club -
    New Jack City Various Artists Soundtrack
    Heart in Motion Amy Grant -
    Kill Uncle Morrissey -
    Time for a Witness The Feelies -
    Truly Blessed Teddy Pendergrass -
    6 Extremely Live Vanilla Ice Live
    12 Cereal Killers Too Much Joy -
    Live Hardcore Worldwide Boogie Down Productions Live
    Everybody's Angel Tanita Tikaram -
    Free Rick Astley -
    Mind Funk Mind Funk -
    Out of Time R.E.M. -
    Outland Gary Numan US
    The Real Ramona Throwing Muses -
    Freakshow BulletBoys -
    Unreal World The Godfathers US
    18 Capitol Collectors Series Jo Stafford -
    Greatest Hits Eurythmics US
    19 Chill of an Early Fall George Strait -
    Make Way for the Motherlode Yo-Yo -
    Prince of the Deep Water The Blessing -
    Bag-a-Trix Whodini -
    21 Checkin' Out the Ghosts Kim Carnes Japan
    26 Black and White The BoDeans -
    The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 Bob Dylan Box Set
    The Human Factor Metal Church -
    Lean Into It Mr. Big -
    No Warning Dave Wakeling US
    Places I Have Never Been Willie Nile -
    Ribbed NOFX -
    Strength Enuff Z'nuff -
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II The Secret of the Ooze: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
    Vagabond Heart Rod Stewart -
    27 Good-bye My Loneliness Zard -
    Spiderland Slint -
    28 Joyride Roxette -
    ? Outland Gary Numan -

    April – June

    Date Album Artist Notes
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    1 School of Fish School of Fish -
    2 Arise Sepultura -
    Mama Said Lenny Kravitz -
    Mane Attraction White Lion -
    Word of Mouth Mike + The Mechanics -
    6 Alanis Alanis Morissette Debut
    Now! That's What I Call Music 19 Various Artists Compilation
    8 Flashpoint The Rolling Stones Live +2 new studio tracks
    Real Life Simple Minds -
    9 The Ghosts That Haunt Me Crash Test Dummies -
    L'Autre... Mylène Farmer -
    15 Brotherhood The Doobie Brothers -
    One from the Vault Grateful Dead Live
    The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld The Orb -
    16 Auberge Chris Rea -
    The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life Frank Zappa 2 discs; Live
    Ripe Banderas US
    Temple of the Dog Temple of the Dog -
    The Way to Salvation King Missile -
    22 Hoodoo Alison Moyet -
    Shift-Work The Fall -
    23 13 Engines 13 Engines US
    And Now the Legacy Begins Dream Warriors US
    Flyin' the Flannel Firehose -
    Kinky Hoodoo Gurus US
    Ordinary Average Guy Joe Walsh -
    The Reality of My Surroundings Fishbone -
    Time, Love & Tenderness Michael Bolton -
    26 Power of Love Luther Vandross -
    27 True Love Pat Benatar -
    30 Birdland Birdland US
    Laughter & Lust Joe Jackson -
    Fred Schneider Fred Schneider Re-issue
    Spartacus The Farm Debut
    Union Yes -
    Why Do Birds Sing? Violent Femmes -
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    2 Blessed Are the Sick Morbid Angel -
    5 Sugar Tax Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark -
    7 5,000,000 Dread Zeppelin -
    Terminator X & The Valley of the Jeep Beets Terminator X -
    The Best of The Waterboys 81–90 The Waterboys US
    Hard at Play Huey Lewis and the News -
    Peggy Suicide Julian Cope US
    Star Time James Brown Box Set
    9 Ex:el 808 State -
    13 De La Soul Is Dead De La Soul -
    Pop Life Bananarama UK
    Positively Phranc Phranc -
    14 Don't Rock the Jukebox Alan Jackson -
    God Fodder Ned's Atomic Dustbin -
    Mighty Like a Rose Elvis Costello -
    O.G. Original Gangster Ice-T -
    Sailing the Seas of Cheese Primus -
    Schubert Dip EMF -
    Spellbound Paula Abdul -
    What Comes Around Goes Around Tuff -
    Yerself Is Steam Mercury Rev -
    17 Whispers Thomas Anders -
    20 Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) Paul McCartney Live acoustic
    21 Pink Bubbles Go Ape Helloween -
    Slinky Milltown Brothers US
    25 Virtual Rabbit Susumu Hirasawa -
    28 Electronic Electronic -
    Forever My Lady Jodeci Debut
    Gish The Smashing Pumpkins Debut
    Jungle Fever Stevie Wonder Soundtrack
    Like an Ever Flowing Stream Dismember -
    Never Loved Elvis The Wonder Stuff -
    Niggaz4Life N.W.A -
    ? Grippe Jawbox -
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    1 The Tea Party The Tea Party Debut
    3 Love and Kisses Dannii Minogue UK
    4 Back on the Bus, Y'all Indigo Girls -
    Funke, Funke Wisdom Kool Moe Dee -
    Make a Jazz Noise Here Frank Zappa -
    7 Seal Seal Debut
    Dance to the Holy Man The Silencers US
    The Forest David Byrne -
    Love Hurts Cher -
    Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 Lynyrd Skynyrd -
    Prime of My Life Phyllis Hyman -
    Superstition Siouxsie and the Banshees -
    Space I'm In The Candyskins US
    Sugar Tax Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark US
    Unforgettable... with Love Natalie Cole -
    Warm Your Heart Aaron Neville -
    11 The Mix Kraftwerk -
    Slave to the Grind Skid Row -
    14 Slow, Deep and Hard Type O Negative -
    Unusual Heat Foreigner -
    You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 4 Frank Zappa 2 discs; Live
    16 The Globe Big Audio Dynamite II -
    18 Derelicts of Dialect 3rd Bass -
    For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge Van Halen -
    Turtle Soup The Mock Turtles US
    24 Baby Yello -
    Holidays in Eden Marillion -
    25 All Souled Out Pete Rock & CL Smooth EP
    Attack of the Killer B's Anthrax Rarities album
    Electric Landlady Kirsty MacColl -
    Fireball Zone Ric Ocasek -
    Hollywood Vampires L.A. Guns -
    Luck of the Draw Bonnie Raitt -
    Surprise Crystal Waters -

    July – September

    Date Album Artist Notes
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    1 13-Point Program to Destroy America The Nation of Ulysses -
    1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours Green Day Compilation
    Butchered at Birth Cannibal Corpse -
    This Is an EP Release Digital Underground EP
    Pure Poverty Poor Righteous Teachers -
    Victory Gardens John & Mary US
    2 Different Lifestyles BeBe & CeCe Winans -
    Hey Stoopid Alice Cooper -
    Into the Great Wide Open Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -
    Peaceful Journey Heavy D & the Boyz -
    The Ruler's Back Slick Rick -
    Shades of Two Worlds The Allman Brothers Band -
    Trisha Yearwood Trisha Yearwood -
    We Can't Be Stopped Geto Boys -
    Woodface Crowded House -
    3 Am I Cool or What? Various Artists Soundtrack
    9 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey: Music from the Motion Picture Various Artists Soundtrack
    Boyz n the Hood Various Artists Soundtrack
    James James US
    15 Babyteeth Therapy? -
    16 Vocally Pimpin' Above the Law -
    Biscuits Living Colour EP
    Straight Checkn 'Em Compton's Most Wanted -
    22 Frequencies LFO Debut
    23 Breaking Atoms Main Source -
    Circa Mary's Danish -
    Emotional Hooligan Gary Clail US
    Homebase DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince -
    João João Gilberto -
    Music for the People Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch -
    Play Squeeze -
    30 A Future Without a Past... Leaders of the New School -
    Day 1 Robbie Nevil -
    I Need a Haircut Biz Markie -
    Widespread Panic Widespread Panic -
    World Outside The Psychedelic Furs -
    ? Steady Diet of Nothing Fugazi -
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    3 To Mother Babes in Toyland EP
    5 Brainstorm Young MC -
    6 Ask the Ages Sonny Sharrock -
    1000 Smiling Knuckles Skin Yard -
    Blue Lines Massive Attack -
    Harem Scarem Harem Scarem -
    Madra Miranda Sex Garden -
    Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience P.M. Dawn -
    Perspex Island Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians -
    12 Metallica Metallica -
    13 Brand New Man Brooks & Dunn Debut
    Cypress Hill Cypress Hill Debut
    Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle Debut
    16 III Sebadoh -
    20 The Comfort Zone Vanessa L. Williams -
    Help Yourself Julian Lennon US
    Honey Lingers Voice of the Beehive US
    Little Magnets Versus the Bubble of Babble Transvision Vamp -
    Notorious Joan Jett and the Blackhearts -
    Pocket Full of Kryptonite Spin Doctors -
    26 Leisure Blur Debut
    27 Altered State Altered State Debut
    Backlash Bad English -
    Big Shot in the Dark Timbuk3 -
    fear Toad the Wet Sprocket -
    The Fire Inside Bob Seger -
    Abort Tribe -
    The Prodigal Stranger Procol Harum -
    Ten Pearl Jam Debut
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    2 Guaranteed Level 42 -
    Just for a Day Slowdive -
    Tin Machine II Tin Machine -
    3 Horrorscope Overkill -
    Mistaken Identity Donna Summer -
    Nature of a Sista Queen Latifah -
    Naughty by Nature Naughty by Nature -
    Ratt & Roll 81–91 Ratt Greatest Hits
    Roll the Bones Rush -
    Travelers and Thieves Blues Traveler -
    10 Blow Up The Smithereens -
    Catfish Rising Jethro Tull -
    On Every Street Dire Straits -
    Psychotic Supper Tesla -
    Ropin' the Wind Garth Brooks -
    Showstoppers Barry Manilow -
    Solace Sarah McLachlan -
    16 Foxbase Alpha Saint Etienne [9]
    Laughing Stock Talk Talk -
    17 Act Like You Know MC Lyte -
    Best O' Boingo Oingo Boingo -
    Don't Try This at Home Billy Bragg -
    Emotions Mariah Carey -
    No More Tears Ozzy Osbourne -
    Pretty on the Inside Hole -
    Still Feel Gone Uncle Tupelo -
    Use Your Illusion I Guns N' Roses -
    Use Your Illusion II Guns N' Roses -
    18 C.M.B. Color Me Badd -
    19 Live Train to Heartbreak Station Cinderella Live
    Mad Mad World Tom Cochrane Canada; released in US in Feb '92
    20 The Pod Ween -
    23 Prisoners in Paradise Europe -
    Screamadelica Primal Scream -
    Shake Me Up Little Feat -
    Sigh No More Gamma Ray -
    Trompe le Monde Pixies -
    Waking Up the Neighbours Bryan Adams Canada; released 24 Sep in US
    Wretch Kyuss -
    24 Blood Sugar Sex Magik Red Hot Chili Peppers -
    Ceremony The Cult -
    Face the Nation Kid 'n Play -
    Hymns to the Silence Van Morrison -
    The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest -
    Nevermind Nirvana -
    Prove You Wrong Prong -
    Rock the House Live! Heart Live
    Rock 'til You Drop Status Quo -
    Queer Thompson Twins -
    30 Ebbhead Nitzer Ebb -
    Orbital Orbital Debut[9]
    Raise Swervedriver -
    Stars Simply Red -
    Storyville Robbie Robertson -

    October – December

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    1 Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black Public Enemy -
    Diamonds and Pearls Prince & The New Power Generation -
    For My Broken Heart Reba McEntire -
    The Greatest Hits Cheap Trick Greatest Hits
    Scamboogery Scatterbrain -
    3 Mr. Scarface Is Back Scarface Solo Debut
    Everclear American Music Club -
    4 Miscellaneous T They Might Be Giants B-Sides & Remixes
    Streets: A Rock Opera Savatage -
    8 Badmotorfinger Soundgarden -
    Cool as Ice Vanilla Ice -
    Whenever We Wanted John Mellencamp -
    9 The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move...It's the Infectious Grooves Infectious Grooves -
    11 Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio Paul McCartney -
    14 Let's Get to It Kylie Minogue -
    Live Your Life Be Free Belinda Carlisle -
    15 As Ugly as They Wanna Be Ugly Kid Joe -
    Chorus Erasure -
    Mr. Bad Example Warren Zevon -
    Private Line Gerald LeVert -
    Vinyl Dramarama -
    17 The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth Skyclad -
    19 Decade of Decadence Mötley Crüe Compilation
    22 Effigy of the Forgotten Suffocation -
    Girlfriend Matthew Sweet -
    Human Death -
    I Wish My Brother George Was Here Del tha Funkee Homosapien Debut
    Pennywise Pennywise -
    Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin Various Artists Tribute album
    Weld Neil Young Live; initially packaged with Arc CD
    A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing Black Sheep Debut
    28 Greatest Hits II Queen Compilation
    Rush Street Richard Marx -
    29 Death Certificate Ice Cube -
    Organized Konfusion Organized Konfusion Debut
    Prince of Darkness Big Daddy Kane -
    Too Legit to Quit Hammer -
    30 Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious Carcass -
    No Pocky for Kitty Superchunk -
    ? For Keeps The Field Mice -
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    1 Beauty and the Beast: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists -
    Infrared Roses Grateful Dead Live Compilation
    Night of the Stormrider Iced Earth UK
    4 Bandwagonesque Teenage Fanclub -
    Loveless My Bloody Valentine -
    Shepherd Moons Enya -
    5 Paul Simon's Concert in the Park Paul Simon Live
    6 The Sky Is Crying Stevie Ray Vaughan Recorded 1984–'89
    6 Ricky Martin Ricky Martin -
    10 Sadisfaction Gregorian -
    11 Bitterblue Bonnie Tyler -
    Essential Divinyls Greatest Hits
    Live Baby Live INXS Live
    Wall of Hits Slade Compilation
    We Can't Dance Genesis -
    12 80–85 Bad Religion Compilation
    Clandestine Entombed -
    For the Boys Bette Midler Soundtrack
    In Celebration of Life Yanni -
    Real Love Lisa Stansfield -
    Swallow This Live Poison 2 discs; Live
    2Pacalypse Now 2Pac Debut
    18 Now That's What I Call Music! 20 Various Artists Compilation
    19 Achtung Baby U2 -
    Beckology Jeff Beck Box Set
    Cool Hand Lōc Tone Lōc -
    Inner Child Shanice -
    Pandora's Box Aerosmith Box Set
    Romance Luis Miguel -
    T.E.V.I.N. Tevin Campbell Debut
    26 Dangerous Michael Jackson -
    Hook: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack John Williams -
    Keep It Comin' Keith Sweat -
    ? No Jive Nazareth -
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    3 Affairs of the Heart Jody Watley -
    6 Forest of Equilibrium Cathedral -
    10 Until the End of the World Various Artists -
    15 V Legião Urbana -
    25 Mō Sagasanai Zard -
    31 Juice Various Artists Soundtrack
    Mental Jewelry Live Debut
    ? Spine of God Monster Magnet -

    Release date unknown

    Biggest hit singles

    The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1991.

    # Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
    1 Bryan Adams (Everything I Do) I Do it For You 1991 Canada UK 1 – Jun 1991, US BB 1 of 1991, US CashBox 1 of 1991, Holland 1 – Jul 1991, Sweden 1 – Aug 1991, Austria 1 – Aug 1991, Switzerland 1 – Jul 1991, Norway 1 – Jul 1991, Poland 1 – Jul 1991, Germany 1 – Jan 1992, Éire 1 – Jul 1991, New Zealand 1 for 8 weeks Aug 1991, Australia 1 for 11 weeks Oct 1991, US BB 3 of 1991, Australia 3 of 1991, POP 3 of 1991, Europe 5 of the 1990s, TOTP 6, Global 7 (10 M sold) – 1991, Italy 9 of 1991, Germany 9 of the 1990s, Scrobulate 30 of ballad, Virgin 60, Party 70 of 2007, RYM 73 of 1991, Poland 96 of all time, OzNet 121, Belgium 150 of all time
    2 Michael Jackson Black or White 1991 United States UK 1 – Nov 1991, US BB 1 of 1991, Sweden 1 – Nov 1991, Switzerland 1 – Nov 1991, Norway 1 – Nov 1991, Poland 1 – Nov 1991, Éire 1 – Nov 1991, New Zealand 1 for 8 weeks Nov 1991, Australia 1 for 8 weeks Feb 1992, Austria 2 – Nov 1991, Germany 2 – Jan 1992, Holland 3 – Nov 1991, Italy 3 of 1991, US BB 19 of 1991, POP 19 of 1991, Australia 24 of 1992, US CashBox 29 of 1992, RYM 96 of 1991, Germany 115 of the 1990s
    3 Roxette Joyride 1991 Sweden US BB 1 of 1991, Holland 1 – Mar 1991, Sweden 1 – Mar 1991, Austria 1 – Mar 1991, Switzerland 1 – Mar 1991, Norway 1 – Mar 1991, Germany 1 – Mar 1991, Australia 1 for 3 weeks Jul 1991, Poland 3 – Apr 1991, UK 4 – Mar 1991, France 7 – Apr 1991, Australia 13 of 1991, Italy 24 of 1991, Germany 24 of the 1990s, US CashBox 33 of 1991, US BB 35 of 1991, POP 37 of 1991
    4 Scorpions Wind of Change 1991 Germany Holland 1 – Apr 1991, Sweden 1 – Mar 1991, Austria 1 – Jun 1991, Switzerland 1 – Feb 1991, Norway 1 – Apr 1991, Poland 1 – Mar 1991, Germany 1 of the 1990s, Germany 1 – Apr 1991, UK 2 – Sep 1991, US BB 4 of 1991, Scrobulate 9 of ballad, France 10 – Dec 1990, US BB 24 of 1991, Europe 26 of the 1990s, POP 26 of 1991, RYM 142 of 1990
    5 R.E.M. Losing My Religion 1991 United States Holland 1 – Mar 1991, Poland 1 – Apr 1991, Europe 1 of the 1990s, US BB 4 of 1991, Norway 4 – Jun 1991, Sweden 5 – Mar 1991, RYM 5 of 1991, Austria 7 – Aug 1991, Switzerland 11 – Oct 1991, Belgium 12 of all time, UK 19 – Mar 1991, US BB 28 of 1991, Virgin 30, US CashBox 39 of 1991, 39 in 2FM list, Poland 44 of all time, Acclaimed 44, POP 61 of 1991, Scrobulate 69 of rock, Italy 70 of 1991, OzNet 90, WXPN 106, RIAA 143, Rolling Stone 169

    Top hits

    Top best albums of the year

    All albums have been named albums of the year for their hits in the charts.[10]

    1. Michael JacksonDangerous
    2. NirvanaNevermind
    3. Pearl JamTen
    4. My Bloody ValentineLoveless
    5. U2Achtung Baby
    6. Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magik
    7. MetallicaMetallica
    8. Primal ScreamScreamadelica
    9. SlintSpiderland
    10. A Tribe Called QuestThe Low End Theory
    11. Massive AttackBlue Lines
    12. Talk TalkLaughing Stock

    Published popular music

    Classical music

    Opera

    Jazz

    Musical theater

    Musical films

    Births

    Deaths

    Awards

    See also

    References

    1. ^ CNN, By Mark Morgenstein,. "'Nevermind,' never again? – CNN". CNN. Retrieved 2018-06-10. 
    2. ^ Myers, Paul (1991-11-25). "Queen star dies after Aids statement". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-06-10. 
    3. ^ Love Education, 1997-06-05, ASIN B000008P2A 
    4. ^ Randall Rothenberg (21 March 1991). "Michael Jackson Gets Thriller of Deal To Stay With Sony" – via NYTimes.com. 
    5. ^ Inc., Slacker,. "Slacker Radio Featured". Slacker Radio. 
    6. ^ RIAA.com Diamond Certified Albums Archived 18 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
    7. ^ "Top Pop Catalog". Billboard. Archived from the original on 4 April 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2009. 
    8. ^ Holston, Mark (September 1, 1995). "Ageless Romance with Bolero". Américas. Organization of American States. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
    9. ^ a b Richards, Sam (16 September 2016). "Was September 1991 the best month ever for albums?". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
    10. ^ "Best albums of 1991". besteveralbums. 2005. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
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