Best 90s Music For Weddings: The Top 1993 Songs Playlist
Most all of the content created for this blog over the years has been created by inspiration. Perhaps I've come in contact with a concept or viewpoint pertaining to wedding DJing that I believe needed another angle? Maybe it was one of my incredible clients who had such a gorgeous event that I just had to write about? You don't have to spend too much time on this blog to realize that music is my life. My life revolves around music, as it should for most all professional wedding DJs. Inspiration for this post came from an innocent view of a reel on Instagram. While I'm not incredibly active on social media, I do check out some of the reels and stories and the one I saw to inspire me for this post instantly took me back 30 years to the year 1993. Ace Of Base, which burst onto the scene in the late summer of 1993 was probably one of the biggest musical groups to emerge from Sweden since ABBA. "All That She Wants" would be released late in the summer of 1993 and become one of their signature songs. Hearing this song "inspired" me to take a deeper look into 1993. When I took a look back at 1993, there was so much going in the world of music. The research I've put into this post was a quick reminder how much was going on in the world of music in the early 90s. For the millenial who might have been rolling around the floor as a toddler, you might remember some of these songs.
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"Faithful" | Go West
Go West was a pop duo that emerged from England back in the 80s. "Faithful" would be the follow-up to their 1990 smash hit in 1990, "King Of Wishful Thinking". "Faithful" was a catchy song that was released at the end of 1992 and would peak at #3 on the adult contemporary charts. "Faithful" is a catchy tune to add into your cocktail hour. It's always a good idea to be "faithful" :)
This signature song by Sting was one of the most beautiful songs from 1993. Released in the summer of 1993, "Fields Of Gold" would peak at #2 on the adult contemporary chart. The song has been a favorite for father / daughter song, and also appears on The Best Mix Of Dinner Music playlist as well.
"What Is Love" | Haddaway
Ah yes! The third song on this playlist of the Best Songs from 1993 features a song you can dance to. Haddway is a Eurodance group from Trinidad that played a huge role in the golden era of dance music that took place from the late 80s to the mid 90s. If you like this song, imagine it all over the radio! Imagine this song all over the radio in 1993 as well as over high energy dance songs. This is where music was in the early 90s. "What Is Love" would peak at #9 on the Hot 100 in the fall of 1993. If you are a fan of Saturday Night Live, be sure to look up the Roxbury skits on You Tube.
"Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" | Digable Planets
This track reminds me of a great radio station that used to exist in Charleston, SC in the early 90s: Fly 94. Fly 94 played all of the high energy dance songs and R&B of the ealry 90s. "Rebirth Of Slick" (Cool Like Dat) would peak at #15 on the Hot 100, but make it all the way to Number 1 on the Hot Rap Singles chart.
"That's What Love Can Do" | Boy Krazy
Who doesn't like an all girl group? I love them. Girl groups were a trend that began in the 80s and continued into the 90s. "That's What Can Love Do" began to be played in night clubs at the end of 1992. The song eventually peaked at #2 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.
"Boom! Shake The Room" | DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
If you are a huge fan of music, you might notice that this song samples "Funky Worm" by the Ohio Players in 1973. Released in the summer of 1993, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince would peak at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Hopefully the wedding DJ you decide to hire will "shake the room" with some of the best music of the 90s.
"Insane In The Brain" | Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill released their album "Black Sunday" in the spring of 1993. "Insane In The Brain" was the first single to be released from the record and would break into the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 during the summer of 1993. The song would peak at #1 on the rap chart.
"7" | Prince & The New Power Generation
It still pains me to this day that Prince is no longer with us. Back in the early 90s, Prince dropped his stage name and became the "artist formerly known as....." Love Symbol was the 14th album released by Prince in the fall of 1992, and "7" was the third single to be released from the album. "7" would peak at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Are you a Prince fan and looking for some of the Most Popular Songs for your wedding playlist? <---CLICK HERE
"All That She Wants" | Ace Of Base
Ah yes! This is the song that inspired this post! Back in the late summer and early fall of 1993, I began to hear this song for the first time on the radio. Ace Of Base emerged as one of the biggest acts to come out of Sweden since ABBA. "All That She Wants" was a mixture of reggae and pop that became one of the biggest songs of 1993. The song would peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1993.
"What's Up" | 4 Non Blondes
Alternative rock was huge in 1993 and 4 Non Blondes would release their signature song in March of 1993. The song was the second single from their album Bigger Better Faster More! and would peak at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Hip Hop Hooray" | Naughty By Nature
The early 90s was an amazing period for hip-hop and R&B. I believe that Naughty By Nature was featured on my post about The Best Songs From 1991 For Your Wedding Playlist --- If you don't see it there, you may end up getting lost on that post as I truly believe that 1991 was one of the best years of 90s music. "Hip Hop Hooray" was released in December 1992 and would peak at #1 on the Hot R&B / rap chart, and manage #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) | Meatloaf
Sometimes things happen that are so random you have to do a double-take. What do I mean by this? I would certainly call Meatloaf making a comeback in the early 90s when alternative and rap were reigning supreme. And what made this feat even more outrageous is the radio edit was still just over 5 minutes long. If you are really hard core, the album version of this song is at just over 12 minutes!. Either way, Meatloaf is a classic example where lightning strikes twice for an artist. In the fall of 1993, you could not turn the radio on without hearing this song. "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) would peak at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Ordinary World" | Duran Duran
If you are a fan of 80s music, you were probably pleasantly surprised that Duran Duran would make a comeback in the early 90s. At the very end of 1992, Duran Duran released a self-titled album, which for me as a professional wedding DJ is perfect because it became known as The Wedding Album. "Ordinary World" was the first single to be released from the record and would peak at #1 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.
"Have I Told You Lately" | Rod Stewart
If you are enjoying this blog post about the Best Songs From 1993, you might check out other portions of my blog. When you explore other sections of my blog, you might discover some of my other posts about 80s music. You'll probably discover that I feel that "Have I Told You Lately" is one of the most beautiful love songs ever written. Originally released by Van Morrison in the summer of 1989, Rod Stewart would cover the song very nicely in 1993 and score a Top 5 hit. For more of the Best Love Songs From The 80s For Your Wedding Playlist <----CLICK HERE
"Two Princes" | The Spin Doctors
Who could possibly forget the Spin Doctors? I still frequently listen to their album Pocketful of Kryptonite. The album was originally released in 1991, but did not gain too much traction until "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" was released in 1992. "Two Princes" was the second single to be released from the record and would peak at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) | The Proclaimers
The Proclaimers were a duo from Scotland who would release their album Sunshine on Leath in 1988. In 1993, "Im Gonna Be (500 Miles) would be featured in the movie Benny & Joon. The song would make it all the way to #3 on the Hot 100 chart. 30 years later, I am still getting a lot of requests for this song!
"Baby I'm Yours" | Shai
In the early 90s, there were so many R&B groups releasing music and gaining radio airplay. Shai was an R&B quartet that was formed on the Howard University campus. "Baby I'm Yours" was the third single to be released from their album If I Ever Fall In Love. The song would peak at #10 on the Hot 100 chart.
"The River Of Dreams" | Billy Joel
I would have to say that the summer of 1993 was definitely the summer of Billy Joel. Remembering back I don't think I could turn the radio on without hearing "The River Of Dreams". The title track of the album was the first single to be released and would become a #3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Rhythm Is A Dancer" | SNAP
Musical groups like SNAP were all over the radio in the early 90s during what I like to call one of The Greatest Eras In Dance Music. <-CLICK HERE to be taken back to one of the greatest eras in dance music. "Rhythm Is A Dancer" would eventually peak at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)" | Peabo Bryson & Patti Labelle
Aladdin was one of the biggest movies to be released in the fall of 1992. "A Whole New World" would become a signature song from the movie. Peabo Bryson's and Patti Labelle's version would peak at #1 in March of 1993. For more of the Best Soft Rock Songs From the 90s For Your Wedding Playlist <----CLICK HERE
"Show Me Love" | Robin S
"Show Me Love" was another club masterpiece released during one of the greatest eras of dance music in history. You'll want to discover my double post series about this era in dance music. I've got a link to one of the posts up above at the 'Rhythm Is A Dancer" mention. "Show Me Love" would peak at #5 on the Hot 100 chart and hit #1 on the Dance Club chart in 1993.
"Dazzey Duks" | Duice
If you don't know what Duice is referring to when they sing about Dazzey Duks, I invite you to find some episodes of the Dukes Of Hazard and learn who Daisy Duke is and what she looked so good wearing. :) You couldn't go to a night club in 1993 without hearing "Dazzey Duks". Released in March of 1993, "Dazzey Duks" would peak at #12 on the Hot 100 chart.
"In The Still Of The Nite (I'll Remember)" | Boys II Men
In 1993, Boys II Men would cover the classic "In The Still Of The Nite" for use in a TV miniseries about The Jackson family. Their version of this classic song would peak at #3 on the Hot 100 chart in January of 1993.
"Informer" | Snow
And now we've reached the one-hit wonder portion of this look back at the Best Songs of 1993. Snow was from Canada and released a song that combined reggae and hip-hop. "Informer" became one of the most popular songs of 1993 after spending 7 straight weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. For more of the Best 90s One Hit Wonders For Your Wedding Playlist <----CLICK HERE
"Dreamlover" | Mariah Carey
By the summer of 1993, Mariah Carey was only 3 years into her amazing career. In the fall of 1993, she'd release her Christmas classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You". "Dreamlover" was the first single to be released from her album Music Box in July 1993. Like most everything that Mariah Carey would release in her career, Dreamlover would make it all the way to #1 on the Hot 100 and spend 8 weeks at the top.
"Whoomp! There It Is" | Tag Team
Tag Team were a rap duo who'd release a song in the spring / summer of 1993 that would instantly become a nightclub classic. "Whoomp! There It Is" would become one of the great one-hit wonders of the 90s and make it to #1 on the Hot R&B and peak at #2 on the Hot 100 chart.
"(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You" | UB40
Originally recorded by Elvis Presely in 1961, UB40 would cover the song which would appear in the movie Sliver in 1993. "(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You" was released in May 1993 and become one of the most popular songs of the summer of 1993. The song peaked at #1 on the Hot 100 chart for 7 consecutive weeks.
"The Right Kind Of Love" | Jeremy Jordan
If you are a fan of 90s music and pop culture, you've probably heard of this song. You cannot be a fan of 90s pop culture without binging on Beverly Hills 90210. I mean yours truly certainly did his share of binging on this top TV show of the 90s. Believe it or not but TV shows used to be so popular that they would release soundtracks. "The Right Kind Of Love" was released in the latter part of 1992 and would peak at #14 on the Hot 100 in the spring of 1993.
"Can't Get Enough Of Your Love" | Taylor Dayne
Taylor Dayne was one of the sexiest women in music during the 80s. Who am I kidding, she STILL is one of the sexiest women I follow on Instagram and is still actively touring. She was still going strong on the radio as the 80s turned into the 90s. Her cover of this Barry White classic was just as sexy as she is. :) "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love" would peak at #1 on the Hot Dance Club chart in the summer of 1993. If you'd like to see my take on Ladies Of The 80s For Your Wedding Playlist <---CLICK HERE
"By The Time This Night Is Over" | Kenny G with Peabo Bryson
And we wrap up this look back at some of the Best Songs From 1993 For Your Wedding Playlist with a jazz / soft rock song from Kenny G. Peabo Bryson would team up with Kenny G on this track, which would break into the Top 30 during the summer of 1993.
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