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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1990.

Contents

Events

Bands formed

Bands disbanded

Albums released

Contents: TopJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember

January

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Flood They Might Be Giants -
15 Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic The Sundays UK
Porcelain Julia Fordham -
16 The Hit List Joan Jett Covers album
Deep Peter Murphy US
Desert Wind Ofra Haza -
Flood They Might Be Giants US
23 Stick It to Ya Slaughter -
29 A Bit of What You Fancy The Quireboys UK
30 Hats The Blue Nile US
Riverside Luka Bloom -
The Sweet Keeper Tanita Tikaram US

February

Day Album Artist Notes
6 Manners & Physique Adam Ant -
12 Chill Out The KLF -
Stay Sick The Cramps -
Pale Toad the Wet Sprocket -
13 Shake Your Money Maker The Black Crowes debut
Just Say Ozzy Ozzy Osbourne US; Live
The Beautiful South The Beautiful South US
Chance The Rave-Ups -
Sack Full of Silver Thin White Rope -
19 Extricate The Fall -
Heading for Tomorrow Gamma Ray -
20 The Language of Life Everything but the Girl -
Dark at the End of the Tunnel Oingo Boingo -
This Should Move Ya Mantronix US
Carved in Sand Mission UK US
22 Submarine Bells The Chills -
Gold Afternoon Fix The Church -
The Caution Horses Cowboy Junkies -
Damn Yankees Damn Yankees -
25 Blue Sky Mining Midnight Oil -
27 Highwayman 2 The Highwaymen -
Here in the Real World Alan Jackson -
28 Ah Via Musicom Eric Johnson -
? Frizzle Fry Primus Debut

March

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Poison Bell Biv DeVoe -
5 Happiness The Beloved US
6 New Funky Nation Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. -
Third World Warrior Kris Kristofferson -
Birds of Passage Bel Canto US
House of Love House of Love US
7 Head Like A Hole Nine Inch Nails EP
12 Beg to Differ Prong -
Resistance Borghesia -
Slave to the Thrill Hurricane -
Counterpoint In the Nursery -
13 Spiritual Healing Death -
Kid 'n Play's Funhouse Kid 'n Play -
Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em MC Hammer -
Pretty Woman soundtrack Various Artists -
16 Eye Robyn Hitchcock US
19 Violator Depeche Mode -
Manic Nirvana Robert Plant -
Blacks' Magic Salt-N-Pepa -
My Romance Carly Simon Covers album
20 Swagger Blue Aeroplanes US
Changesbowie David Bowie Compilation
Lloyd Cole Lloyd Cole US
Showtime Nitzer Ebb US
Extricate The Fall US
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got Sinéad O'Connor -
Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy -
23 Recycler ZZ Top -
26 Sex Packets Digital Underground -
Unison Celine Dion Canada
Brigade Heart -
Still Got the Blues Gary Moore -
The Best of Van Morrison Van Morrison UK
27 Livin' Like Hustlers Above the Law -
Forever Everlasting Everlast -
Social Distortion Social Distortion -
29 Representing the Mambo Little Feat -

April

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Up in It The Afghan Whigs -
2 Bulkhead Severed Heads -
3 Born to Sing En Vogue -
Lloyd Cole Lloyd Cole -
Cloudcuckooland Lightning Seeds -
Read My Lips Jimmy Somerville -
Chemicrazy That Petrol Emotion -
10 Laura Branigan Laura Branigan -
Act III Death Angel -
Behind the Mask Fleetwood Mac -
Days of Open Hand Suzanne Vega -
Peace Anything Box -
11 Vanity/Nemesis Celtic Frost -
Songs for Drella Lou Reed and John Cale -
16 Hammerheart Bathory -
17 The Good Son Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds -
Johnny Gill Johnny Gill -
Live on Broadway Barry Manilow Live
People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm A Tribe Called Quest -
Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic The Sundays US
The Myth of Rock Consolidated -
23 Life Inspiral Carpets -
Let Them Eat Bingo Beats International US
Slam Big Dipper -
Metaphysical Graffiti The Dead Milkmen -
24 Goodbye Jumbo World Party -
Ghost Nation Hunters & Collectors -
30 The Internationale Billy Bragg Mini-LP
? Glider My Bloody Valentine EP
39/Smooth Green Day -

May

Day Album Artist Notes
1 When the Storm Comes Down Flotsam and Jetsam -
Charmed Life Billy Idol -
The Winding Sheet Mark Lanegan -
2 Son of Albert Andrew Ridgeley -
5 Now That's What I Call Music 17 Various Artists UK; Compilation
8 Shut Up and Dance Paula Abdul Remix album
Greatest Hits The Bangles Greatest Hits
Young Lions Adrian Belew
Tattooed Millionaire Bruce Dickinson -
Eclipse Yngwie Malmsteen US
Wilson Phillips Wilson Phillips -
11 Screaming Life/Fopp Soundgarden Compilation
14 DAAS Icon Doug Anthony All Stars -
15 Lock up the Wolves Dio -
Reflections of Passion Yanni Compilation
Ten Y&T -
A Round and a Bout Squeeze US, live
16 AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted Ice Cube -
21 Vol. II: 1990 - A New Decade Soul II Soul -
22 I'm Breathless Madonna -
Packed! The Pretenders -
25 Hell to Pay Jeff Healey Canada
Mecca Age of Chance US
29 Bloodletting Concrete Blonde -
I Want Too Much A House US
Meet John Doe John Doe -
Katydids Katydids US
31 Scumdogs of the Universe GWAR -
All the Stuff (And More!) Volume 1 Ramones Compilation
All the Stuff (And More!) Volume 2 Ramones Compilation
? Droolian Julian Cope -

June

Day Album Artist Notes
4 Manscape Wire US
5 Step by Step New Kids on the Block -
10 The Stranglers US
7 Sumerian Cry Tiamat -
11 Live It Up Crosby, Stills & Nash -
A Catholic Education Teenage Fanclub -
Utd. State 90 808 State -
12 Holy Water Bad Company -
Mariah Carey Mariah Carey -
I'll Give All My Love to You Keith Sweat -
1,2,3,4 Propaganda US
14 Amarok Mike Oldfield -
18 Alias Alias -
19 Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em Eric B. & Rakim -
A Night on the Town Bruce Hornsby and the Range -
Colour The Christians US
The Internationale Billy Bragg US
This Time Around Green on Red -
Home Hothouse Flowers US
21 Black Angels Kronos Quartet -
22 New Art Riot Manic Street Preachers EP
25 Deicide Deicide -
Livonia His Name Is Alive -
Sudden Stop Colin James Canada
Reputation Dusty Springfield -
26 Real Men... Wear Black Cameo -
Danzig II: Lucifuge Danzig -
After The Rain Nelson -
Goo Sonic Youth -
Kiss of Life Gene Loves Jezebel -
30 Biohazard Biohazard -
? Midnight Stroll Robert Cray -
Gold Mother James -

July

Day Album Artist Notes
1 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours Green Day -
2 Smooth Noodle Maps Devo -
Armchair Theatre Jeff Lynne Solo debut
3 Seven Turns The Allman Brothers Band -
Lofty's Roach Souffle Harry Connick, Jr. -
We Are in Love Harry Connick, Jr. -
The Hard Way Steve Earle -
Spirits Dancing in the Flesh Santana -
Lights...Camera...Revolution! Suicidal Tendencies -
10 Flesh and Blood Poison -
Brick by Brick Iggy Pop -
Pandemonium The Time -
Live and Direct Adamski US
Stray Aztec Camera US
13 Naked Thunder Ian Gillan -
Banned in the U.S.A. 2 Live Crew -
Live'r Than God Thee Hypnotics US
16 Tales from the Twilight World Blind Guardian -
19 Apple Mother Love Bone -
Lovegod The Soup Dragons -
24 Un-Led-Ed Dread Zeppelin -
Take a Look Around Master Ace -
Cowboys from Hell Pantera -
In the Heart of the Young Winger -
30 Joy Rides for Shut-Ins Cavedogs -

August

Day Album Artist Notes
6 Live at the China Club Dramarama -
7 Blaze of Glory Jon Bon Jovi Young Guns II soundtrack
Pornograffiti Extreme -
Bellybutton Jellyfish -
World Clique Deee-Lite -
Enchanted Marc Almond US
Head Down Moev US
Lovegod Soup Dragons US
13 Bossanova Pixies -
14 Cleopatra Grip The Heart Throbs US
Bossanova Pixies US
16 100 Miles and Runnin' N.W.A. EP
17 Eaten Back To Life Cannibal Corpse -
20 Tyr Black Sabbath -
Liberty Duran Duran -
Graffiti Bridge Prince Soundtrack
21 Facelift Alice in Chains -
Persistence of Time Anthrax -
FireHouse FireHouse -
Ritual de lo Habitual Jane's Addiction -
Detonator Ratt -
Against the Law Stryper -
Short Dog's in the House Too Short -
27 No Fences Garth Brooks -
Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J -
Blue Sunshine The Glove US
Otis Mojo Nixon -
28 Up from the Ashes Don Dokken -
The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken REO Speedwagon -
Time's Up Living Colour -
To The Extreme Vanilla Ice -
In a Priest Driven Ambulance Flaming Lips -

September

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Painkiller Judas Priest -
Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 George Michael UK
4 The Wild Places Dan Fogelberg -
Rumor Has It Reba McEntire -
In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up Ministry Live
Empire Queensrÿche -
And the Horse They Rode in On Soul Asylum -
1978-1990 Go-Betweens US
Gold Mother James US
& Love for All The Lilac Time US
9 Two Fires Jimmy Barnes -
10 Boomania Betty Boo -
Under the Red Sky Bob Dylan -
11 Soundtrack from Twin Peaks Angelo Badalamenti Soundtrack
Unison Celine Dion US
Cherry Pie Warrant -
Ragged Glory Neil Young and Crazy Horse -
Glider My Bloody Valentine US
Dear 23 The Posies -
Dave Stewart and the Spiritual Cowboys Dave Stewart and the Spiritual Cowboys US
12 Never, Neverland Annihilator -
14 Armed Audio Warfare Meat Beat Manifesto US
16 Exitos de Gloria Estefan Gloria Estefan US; Compilation
17 Heaven or Las Vegas Cocteau Twins -
Room to Roam The Waterboys -
The Wall Live in Berlin Roger Waters UK; Live
18 The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition Derek and the Dominos Remix + unreleased material
Heaven or Las Vegas Cocteau Twins US
Red Moon The Call -
Collected Works Hunters & Collectors US
Romantic? The Human League US
19 Cause of Death Obituary -
21 The Razors Edge AC/DC -
Nomads Indians Saints Indigo Girls -
X INXS -
Some People's Lives Bette Midler -
Lawn Boy Phish -
24 Rust in Peace Megadeth -
Themes - Volume 1: March 79 - April 82 Simple Minds Box Set
Souls of Black Testament -
Rag and Bone Buffet: Rare Cuts and Leftovers XTC Rarities compilation
Experience Mary's Danish
25 Without a Net Grateful Dead Live
All Shook Down The Replacements -
Have You Seen Me Lately Carly Simon -
Themes - Volume 2: August 82 - April 85 Simple Minds Box Set
Superchunk Superchunk -
Family Style The Vaughan Brothers (Stevie Ray and Jimmie) -
An Emotional Fish An Emotional Fish US
Wild & Lonely The Associates US
Nomads Indians Saints Indigo Girls US
X INXS US
Come Together Primal Scream US EP
Third Eye Redd Kross -

October

Day Album Artist Notes
1 No Prayer for the Dying Iron Maiden -
2 New Inside Tiffany -
Crawdaddy Darling Buds US
Jordan: The Comeback Prefab Sprout US
Rubyaiyat: Elektra's 40th Anniversary Various Artists -
Room to Roam Waterboys US
5 This Is Our Music Galaxie 500 -
8 Enlightenment Van Morrison UK
Themes - Volume 3: September 85 - June 87 Simple Minds Box Set
Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band Ringo Starr Live
9 Change of Season Hall & Oates -
Shooting Straight in the Dark Mary Chapin Carpenter -
Chronicles Rush 2-disc compilation
Themes - Volume 4: February 89 - May 90 Simple Minds Box Set
Seasons in the Abyss Slayer -
Edge of the Century Styx -
Girls, Girls, Girls Elvis Costello -
FUN '90 Mekons -
The Greatest Hits, So Far Public Image Ltd. -
15 Nowhere Ride -
16 Hold Me Up Goo Goo Dolls -
Brand New Dance Emmylou Harris -
Private Times...and the Whole 9! Al B. Sure! -
Wrong Way Up Brian Eno and John Cale US
Hindu Love Gods Hindu Love Gods -
Hack Information Society -
Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982–1983 10,000 Maniacs -
Smile Ride US
22 Behaviour Pet Shop Boys -
The Rhythm of the Saints Paul Simon -
23 Slaves & Masters Deep Purple -
Faith Hope Love King's X -
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Box Set
Mercurochrome Buck Pets -
Some Friendly The Charlatans UK US
458489 The Fall US
Billy's Live Bait The Gear Daddies -
Life Inspiral Carpets US
29 Choke The Beautiful South
Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 Traveling Wilburys -
30 Taste of Chocolate Big Daddy Kane -
Feeding Frenzy: Jimmy Buffett Live! Jimmy Buffett Live
Interiors Roseanne Cash -
Lennon John Lennon Box Set
Red Hot + Blue Various Artists Cole Porter tribute
Heart Still Beating Roxy Music Live
Too Dark Park Skinny Puppy -
If There Was a Way Dwight Yoakam -
Behavior Pet Shop Boys US
Natural History Talk Talk US
31 Raygun . . . Naked Raygun Naked Raygun -
? Dannii Dannii Minogue Australia, debut

November

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Kool-Aid Big Audio Dynamite II -
5 Serious Hits... Live! Phil Collins Live
Mixed Up The Cure UK; Remix album
Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches Happy Mondays UK
Tripping the Live Fantastic Paul McCartney Live
Don't Explain Robert Palmer UK
6 Put Yourself in My Shoes Clint Black -
I'm Your Baby Tonight Whitney Houston -
Coma of Souls Kreator -
Crazy World Scorpions -
Stick It Live Slaughter Live EP
Refugees of the Heart Steve Winwood -
Birdbrain Buffalo Tom -
A Brief History of the Twentieth Century Gang of Four -
Somewhere Soon The High US
Syntonic Kon Kan US
Bona Drag Morrissey US
Hell's Ditch Pogues US
The Dancing Years Shriekback -
Cake Trashcan Sinatras US
8 Casino Blue Rodeo -
12 Rhythm of Love Kylie Minogue -
13 Anything Is Possible Debbie Gibson -
The Immaculate Collection Madonna Greatest Hits
Vision Thing The Sisters of Mercy -
Five Man Acoustical Jam Tesla Live
Standards The Alarm US
Choke The Beautiful South US
Blast the Human Flower Danielle Dax US
Reverberations Echo and the Bunnymen US
Gala Lush US
15 Naïve KMFDM -
20 Heartbreak Station Cinderella -
Shaking the Tree Peter Gabriel Greatest Hits
Back from Hell Run-D.M.C. -
This Is a Collective Consolidated EP
23 Against the Grain Bad Religion -
26 A Social Grace Psychotic Waltz -
27 Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches Happy Mondays US
? Rising Donovan Live

December

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Now! That's What I Call Music 18 Various Artists UK; Compilation
3 MCMXC a.D. Enigma -
4 One for All Brand Nubian -
The Simpsons Sing the Blues The Simpsons -
Home Alone Soundtrack John Williams -
Grains of Sand The Mission UK US
8 Mermaids soundtrack Various Artists US; Soundtrack
10 Live at Hammersmith '84 Jethro Tull Live
11 Dr. Adamski's Musical Pharmacy Adamski US
Greatest Hits Devo -
Greatest Misses Devo -
The Raw and the Remix Fine Young Cannibals -
13 Gonna Make You Sweat C+C Music Factory -
29 99% Meat Beat Manifesto -

Release Date Unknown

Biggest hit singles

The following songs achieved the highest positions in the charts of 1990.[1]

# Artist Title Year Country of origin Chart Entries
1 Sinéad O'Connor Nothing Compares 2 U 1990 Republic of Ireland UK 1 - January 1990; US Billboard 1 of 1990; Netherlands 1 - January 1990; Sweden 1 - February 1990; Austria 1 - March 1990; Switzerland 1 - February 1990; Norway 1 - February 1990; Poland 1 - March 1990; Germany 1 - February 1990; Éire 1 - January 1990; New Zealand 1 for five weeks, April 1990; Australia 1 for eight weeks, May 1990; KROQ 1 of 1990; Australia 3 of 1990; US Cash Box 4 of 1990; Italy 8 of 1990; Europe 8 of the 1990s; Rate Your Music 9 of 1990; Germany 19 of the 1990s; Poland 59 of all time; Belgium 90 of all time; Acclaimed 113; OzNet 138;Rolling Stone 162; WXPN 661.
2 Madonna Vogue 1990 United States UK 1 - Apr 1990, US BB 1 of 1990, US CashBox 1 of 1990, Sweden 1 - Apr 1990, Norway 1 - Apr 1990, Poland 1 - Apr 1990, New Zealand 1 for 4 weeks May 1990, Australia 1 for 4 weeks Aug 1990, Holland 2 - Apr 1990, Switzerland 2 - Apr 1990, Italy 5 of 1990, Germany 4 - Apr 1990, France 7 - Apr 1990, Austria 7 - May 1990, POP 7 of 1990, US BB 8 of 1990, RYM 8 of 1990, Australia 10 of 1990, Global 33 (5 M sold) - 1990, Party 181 of 2007, Germany 230 of the 1990s, Acclaimed 521, OzNet 881
3 Vanilla Ice Ice Ice Baby 1990 United States UK 1 - Nov 1990, US BB 1 of 1990, Holland 1 - Nov 1990, Éire 1 - Dec 1990, New Zealand 1 for 7 weeks Dec 1990, Australia 1 for 3 weeks Apr 1991, Sweden 2 - Nov 1990, Switzerland 2 - Nov 1990, Norway 2 - Dec 1990, Germany 2 - Jan 1991, Austria 3 - Nov 1990, US BB 4 of 1990, POP 4 of 1990, France 5 - Dec 1990, Australia 15 of 1991, US CashBox 21 of 1990, Party 42 of 2007, Italy 65 of 1991, Germany 82 of the 1990s, RYM 188 of 1990
4 MC Hammer U Can't Touch This 1990 United States Holland 1 - Jul 1990, Sweden 1 - Aug 1990, Australia 1 of 1990, New Zealand 1 for 6 weeks Jul 1990, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Oct 1990, Switzerland 2 - Jul 1990, UK 3 - Jun 1990, Germany 3 - Jul 1990, US BB 5 of 1990, Austria 5 - Aug 1990, POP 5 of 1990, France 6 - Jun 1990, Norway 6 - Aug 1990, US BB 8 of 1990, Scrobulate 18 of rap, US CashBox 39 of 1990, RYM 63 of 1990, Germany 147 of the 1990s, RIAA 201, Party 214 of 1999, Acclaimed 1797
5 Roxette It Must Have Been Love 1990 Sweden US Bullfrog 1 - Apr 1990 (25 weeks), US BB 1 of 1990, Switzerland 1 - Jun 1990, Norway 1 - Jun 1990, Poland 1 - Jun 1990, Australia 1 for 2 weeks Oct 1990, Japan (Tokyo) 2 - May 1990, UK 3 - Jun 1990, Holland 3 - Jun 1990, Sweden 3 - Dec 1987, Austria 4 - Jul 1990, Germany 4 - Jun 1990, US CashBox 6 of 1990, France 8 - May 1990, Australia 8 of 1990, Brazil 12 of 1990, US Gold (cerified by RIAA in Jun 1990), POP 30 of 1990, Italy 48 of 1990, Europe 52 of the 1990s, Japan (Osaku) 64 of 1990, Germany 119 of the 1990s, OzNet 716

Top hits on record

Charts

Other significant singles

Published popular music

Most critically acclaimed songs of 1990

This info is taken from AcclaimedMusic.net [2]

  1. "Nothing Compares 2 U", Sinéad O'Connor
  2. "Groove Is in the Heart", Deee-Lite
  3. "There She Goes", The LAs
  4. "Step On", Happy Mondays
  5. "Loaded", Primal Scream
  6. "Friends in Low Places" Garth Brooks
  7. "Vogue", Madonna
  8. "Mama Said Knock You Out", LL Cool J
  9. "Being Boring", Pet Shop Boys
  10. "The Humpty Dance", Digital Underground

Classical music

Opera

Musical theater

Computer and video game music

Awards

Glenn Gould Prize

Music festivals

  • In Australia, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival is founded by Michael Easton and Len Vorster.

Births

Deaths

See also

References








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