Hottest 100 Of All Time, 1990 Volume 2
# Title Artist Time Year Country
1 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 3:28 1980 England
2 Throw Your Arms Around Me Hunters & Collectors 3:53 1986 Australia
3 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 6:49 1985 England
4 Uncertain Smile The The 6:52 1982 England
5 Blue Monday New Order 7:28 1983 England
6 Fools Gold The Stone Roses 9:55 1989 England
7 This Charming Man The Smiths 2:45 1983 England
8 Rock Lobster The B-52's 4:54 1978 USA
9 It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) R.E.M. 4:07 1987 USA
10 That's Entertainment The Jam 3:37 1980 England
11 A Forest The Cure 5:55 1980 England
12 Holiday In Cambodia Dead Kennedys 3:44 1980 USA
13 Troy Sinéad O'Connor 6:35 1987 Ireland
14 Under The Milky Way The Church 4:59 1988 Australia
15 Shivers The Boys Next Door 4:34 1979 Australia
16 Birthday The Sugarcubes 3:59 1987 Iceland
17 Wuthering Heights Kate Bush 4:30 1978 England
18 Debaser Pixies 2:53 1989 USA
19 Primary The Cure 3:40 1981 England
20 Anarchy In The U.K. Sex Pistols 3:31 1976 England
21 Bizarre Love Triangle New Order 3:45 1986 England
22 She Sells Sanctuary The Cult 4:23 1985 England
23 Boys Don't Cry The Cure 2:35 1979 England
24 Ride On Time Black Box 4:34 1989 Italy
25 Just Like Heaven The Cure 3:33 1987 England
26 Betty's Worry Or The Slab Hunters & Collectors 3:59 1984 Australia
27 Cattle And Cane The Go-Betweens 4:23 1983 Australia
28 London Calling The Clash 3:20 1979 England
29 Fight The Power Public Enemy 5:29 1989 USA
30 Another Girl, Another Planet The Only Ones 3:03 1978 England
31 Song To The Siren This Mortal Coil 3:31 1983 England
32 Talking To A Stranger Hunters & Collectors 7:31 1982 Australia
33 Fuck Tha Police N.W.A 5:46 1988 USA
34 Monkey Gone To Heaven Pixies 2:58 1989 USA
35 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 5:35 1975 England
36 Buffalo Stance Neneh Cherry 5:42 1988 Sweden
37 Sign O' The Times Prince 4:57 1987 USA
38 Tainted Love Soft Cell 2:42 1981 England
39 Kiss Prince & The Revolution 3:38 1986 USA
40 Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) Soul II Soul 3:46 1989 England
41 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes 2:24 1983 USA
42 Respect Aretha Franklin 2:29 1967 USA
43 Lullaby The Cure 4:13 1989 England
44 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out The Smiths 4:05 1986 England
45 Info Freako Jesus Jones 2:50 1989 England
46 The One I Love R.E.M. 3:18 1987 USA
47 Everybody Moves Died Pretty 4:45 1989 Australia
48 Dancing Queen ABBA 3:53 1976 Sweden
49 Wide Open Road The Triffids 4:09 1986 Australia
50 Heroes David Bowie 6:10 1977 England
51 She Bangs The Drums The Stone Roses 3:52 1989 England
52 The End The Doors 11:39 1967 USA
53 Bigmouth Strikes Again The Smiths 3:13 1986 England
54 Aloha Steve And Danno Radio Birdman 3:58 1978 Australia
55 Here Comes Your Man Pixies 3:22 1989 USA
56 Can't Be Sure The Sundays 3:24 1989 England
57 The Unguarded Moment The Church 4:14 1981 Australia
58 Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards Billy Bragg 4:37 1988 England
59 Greetings To The New Brunette Billy Bragg 3:32 1986 England
60 Deanna Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 3:46 1988 Australia
61 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 8:03 1971 England
62 L.A. Woman The Doors 8:00 1971 USA
63 Alison Elvis Costello 3:26 1977 England
64 Love Song Simple Minds 3:53 1981 Scotland
65 Temptation New Order 8:57 1982 England
66 Imagine John Lennon 3:02 1971 England
67 The Lovecats The Cure 3:40 1983 England
68 True Faith New Order 4:13 1987 England
69 Nothing Compares 2 U Sinéad O'Connor 5:11 1990 Ireland
70 Wise Up! Sucker Pop Will Eat Itself 3:16 1989 England
71 Say Goodbye Hunters & Collectors 3:51 1986 Australia
72 In Between Days The Cure 2:57 1985 England
73 I Want You Elvis Costello & The Attractions 6:45 1986 England
74 Freak Scene Dinosaur Jr. 3:37 1988 USA
75 Forbidden Colours Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvian 4:43 1983 Japan
76 God Is A Bullet Concrete Blonde 4:25 1989 USA
77 Sympathy For The Devil The Rolling Stones 6:18 1968 England
78 Fall On Me R.E.M. 2:50 1986 USA
79 Once In A Lifetime Talking Heads 4:23 1980 USA
80 Into The Groove Madonna 4:45 1985 USA
81 Street Tuff (Scar Mix) Double Trouble & The Rebel Mc 3:29 1990 England
82 Levi Stubbs' Tears Billy Bragg 3:32 1986 England
83 All Along The Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience 4:01 1968 England
84 Atmosphere Joy Division 4:11 1980 England
85 Bye Bye Pride The Go-Betweens 4:08 1987 Australia
86 Eternally Yours Laughing Clowns 5:11 1984 Australia
87 Add It Up Violent Femmes 4:44 1983 USA
88 Love Shack The B-52's 5:22 1989 USA
89 Teen Age Riot Sonic Youth 6:59 1988 USA
90 Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye 4:00 1982 USA
91 Say No Go De La Soul 4:20 1989 USA
92 Reptile The Church 4:57 1988 Australia
93 Trust Tall Tales And True 3:32 1989 Australia
94 This Is The Day The The 5:01 1983 England
95 Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd 6:22 1979 England
96 Happy Birthday Concrete Blonde 2:22 1989 USA
97 Roam The B-52's 4:55 1989 USA
98 Walk On The Wild Side Lou Reed 4:15 1972 USA
99 Orange Crush R.E.M. 3:54 1988 USA
100 Just Can't Get Enough Depeche Mode 3:45 1981 England

Facts for 1990

The 1990 Hottest 100 of All Time was the second annual Hottest 100 of All Time countdown.

The Countdown

The countdown took place in 1990 and featured a mixture of 63 different artists.

At #16, The Sugarcubes charted with their track 'Birthday'. The song was an English version of their song 'Ammæli', which translates as 'Birthday' in Icelandic. The original version was released the year before in Iceland only, and as such, is credited to 'Sykurmolarnir'; the English equivalent of 'The Sugarcubes'

At #36, Neneh Cherry charted with her song 'Buffalo Stance'. The song was a reworking of an earlier remix of the Morgan-McVey song 'Looking Good Diving' by The Wild Bunch entitled 'Looking Good Diving With The Wild Bunch'. Neneh Cherry recruited Tim Simenon, better known as Bomb The Bass, to help with the reworking of the song. Bomb The Bass would later feature at #13 in the 1994 countdown with the song 'Bug Powder Dust', 13 positions higher than Cherry's collaboration with Youssou N'Dour entitled '7 Seconds'.

The appearance of N.W.A.'s 'Fuck Tha Police' at #33 may stem from a controversial episode at Triple J in 1989. At the time, Triple J were the only radio station in the world playing the song, and has been doing so for approximately 6 months. However, a couple of politicians and the Western Australian police noticed, and ABC management, bowing to the pressure, banned the track. After an executive producer at the station was subsequently suspended, the entire Triple J staff went on strike while airing N.W.A.'s 'Express Yourself' on a continuous loop for 24 hours, playing it approximately 360 times.

The most recent track to appear in the countdown was Double Trouble & The Rebel MC's 'Street Tuff (Scar Mix)' at #81, which was released on May 8th, 1990. In fact, if the countdown had followed the rules of later, yearly countdowns, and allowed only songs released in that year, the only songs from the countdown to have made the list would have been Double Trouble & The Rebel MC's 'Street Tuff (Scar Mix)' and Sinéad O'Connor's 'Nothing Compares 2 U'.

Artists Featured

The Cure were undoubtedly the best performing band, with 7 tracks, their highest reaching #11.
Johnny Marr appeared 5 times, 4 with The Smiths and once with Billy Bragg. Hunters & Collectors, New Order, R.E.M. and The Smiths made the list 4 times, while The B-52's, Billy Bragg, The Church and the Pixies made the list 3 times. 11 other artists appeared twice.

Artists With Multiple Entries

7 Tracks
  • The Cure (11, 19, 23, 25, 43, 66, 72)
6 Tracks
  • Peter Hook (1, 5, 21, 65, 68, 84)
    (Twice with Joy Division and four times with New Order)
  • Stephen Morris (1, 5, 21, 65, 68, 84)
    (Twice with Joy Division and four times with New Order)
  • Bernard Sumner (1, 5, 21, 65, 68, 84)
    (Twice with Joy Division and four times with New Order)
5 Tracks
  • Johnny Marr (3, 7, 44, 53, 59)
    (Four times with The Smiths and once with Billy Bragg)
4 Tracks
  • Hunters & Collectors (2, 26, 32, 71)
  • New Order (5, 21, 65, 68)
  • R.E.M. (9, 36, 78, 99)
  • The Smiths (3, 7, 44, 53)
3 Tracks
  • The B-52's (8, 88, 97)
  • Billy Bragg (58, 59, 82)
  • The Church (14, 57. 92)
  • Pixies (18, 34, 55)
2 Tracks
  • Concrete Blonde (76, 96)
  • The Doors (52, 62)
  • Elvis Costello (63, 73)
  • The Go-Betweens (27, 85)
  • Joy Division (1, 84)
  • Pink Floyd (35, 95)
  • Prince (37, 39)
  • Sinéad O'Connor (13, 69)
  • The Stone Roses (6, 51)
  • The The (4, 94)
  • Violent Femmes (41, 87)

Countries Featured


The 1990 Hottest 100 of All Time featured artists from 9 countries, including 47 from England, 29 from the USA and 16 from Australia.

A Note

It should be noted that The Jimi Hendrix Experience, who appear at #83 are listed as an English band. While many people would cite them as American band due to Hendrix's nationality, they are listed as English due to forming in London, and the fact that the other two-thirds of the band were English citizens.


Countries Represented in the 1990 Countdown


Flag Country Entries
Australia 16
England 47
Iceland 1
Ireland 2
Italy 1
Japan 1
Scotland 1
Sweden 2
USA 29

Years Of Song Release

The 1990 Hottest 100 of All Time featured tracks from 1967 until 1990, with 1989 being the best represented year, at 19 tracks.

Entries By Year

1960s - 4 Tracks
  • 1967: (2 tracks)
  • 1968: (2 tracks)
  • 1969: -
1970s - 17 Tracks
  • 1970: -
  • 1971: (3 tracks)
  • 1972: (1 track)
  • 1973: -
  • 1974: -
  • 1975: (1 track)
  • 1976: (2 tracks)
  • 1977: (2 tracks)
  • 1978: (4 tracks)
  • 1979: (4 tracks)
1980s - 77 Tracks
  • 1980: (6 tracks)
  • 1981: (5 tracks)
  • 1982: (4 tracks)
  • 1983: (9 tracks)
  • 1984: (2 tracks)
  • 1985: (4 tracks)
  • 1986: (11 tracks)
  • 1987: (8 tracks)
  • 1988: (9 tracks)
  • 1989: (19 tracks)
1990s - 2 Tracks
  • 1990: (2 track)




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