Pick of the Year: 1993

‘What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain’ ― Maya Angelou (1993)

Dad’s ‘Pick of the Year’ tapes were always a firm family favourite where he would make a compilation cassette of his favourite songs form that year. He stopped in 1992 however, when music got a bit too modern for him. It’s something over the years I’ve tried to carry on, and did for a while but, no one listens to CDs anymore and they don’t have the same impact as mp3 playlists. I’ve often thought about restarting it all from 1982 on my blog though just so I have somewhere to put them all for prosperity sake.


The first rule of POTY is DON’T TALK ABOUT PICK OF THE YEAR, sorry, that’s the illegal underground fight club i’m part of.

The first rule of POTY is that you can only pick songs that charted in the top 75 in the UK. The second rule of POTY is that you can only pick enough songs that would fit onto an old C120 cassette (between 30-40 tracks). The final rule, one which I’ve imposed myself, is that you must include that year’s Christmas number 1 (highlighted in green)

  1. DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince – Boom! Shake the Room
  2. Hadaway – What Is Love
  3. 2 Unlimited – No Limit
  4. Soul Asylum – Runaway Train
  5. Ugly Kid Joe – Cats in the Cradle
  6. Maria Carey – Hero
  7. Michael Jackson – Give In To Me
  8. Gabrielle – Dreams
  9. M People – Moving On Up
  10. REM – Everybody Hurts
  11. Shaggy – Oh Carolina
  12. Bryan Adams – Please Forgive Me
  13. Freddie Mercury – Living On My Own
  14. Ace of Base – All That She Wants
  15. Sub Sub – Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use)
  16. Billy Joel – River of Dreams
  17. Take That – Pray
  18. Bon Jovi – In These Arms
  19. Louchie Lou & Michie One – Shout
  20. Snow – Informer
  21. Inner Circle – Sweat
  22. Clture Beat – Mr Vain
  23. Urban Cookie Collective – The Key, The Secret
  24. Take That – Why Can’t I Wake Up With You
  25. Meatloaf – I’d Do Anything For Love
  26. Eternal – Stay
  27. Take That – Babe
  28.  4 Non Blondes – What’s Up
  29. Spin Doctors – Two Princes
  30. East 17 – It’s Alright
  31. Duran Duran – Ordinary World
  32. Mr Blobby – Mr Blobby
  33. Shabba Ranks – Mr Loverman
  34. House of Pain – Jump Around
  35. Bluebells – Young at Heart
  36. Salt n Pepa – Whatta Man
  37. Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Sting – All For Love
  38. Maxx – Get Away
  39. Let Loose – Crazy for You

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