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.