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The Fly – U2

  • First Appearance: November 9, 1991
  • Weeks on the Chart: 11 (non-consecutive)
  • Album: Achtung Baby
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? No.
  • Have I actually heard this song before? No.

The Fly was at the top of the chart for two weeks, while Mysterious Ways (Yes, Yes), topped the chart for nine weeks, spanning 1991 and 1992.

This album is very good. And it’s one of these albums that’s so good, and so popular that I don’t know what I can say about it. It’s certainly worth a listen, because there are a lot of tracks on the album that were not widely played after the early 90s and this was my first listen to it. So I was pleasantly surprised by a bunch of very good U2 songs I’d never heard before.

The Fly was not my favorite song on the album, but it was really surrounded by delightful songs.

Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinéad O’Connor

  • First Appearance: March 31, 1990
  • Weeks on the Chart: 1
  • Album: I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? Yes
  • Have I actually heard this song before? Yes.

This was the first of two songs from this album to make it to the list. The second is “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” which also popped up for one week starting May 12.

My enduring memory of Sinéad O’Connor will always be watching Michael Ian Black talk about seeing her tear up a picture of the Pope on shows like I Love the 90s. Of course I’ve heard the song, and remember the music video, but the main memory is of other people remembering her.

This album feels a little all over the place. There are some tracks with very traditional Irish influence, others that are backed by crunchy guitars and have very traditional pop vocals. All-in-all it feels a little anodyne. Nothing really elicits an emotion from me, which is honestly a little disappointing. I expected more from something which such a cultural impact.

There has yet to be an American band or artist featured on this blog, and the first appearance of one isn’t until July 14, 1990.