1990 Hottest 100 Of All Time Release Dates

This list compiles the dates for when each track that appeared in the Hottest 100 was released, and the name of the accompanying album or other applicable media format it was released on. It should be noted that the release dates listed are the earliest date at which the track in question was first released. This may mean it differs from the official release date of its accompanying album. In many cases, a track can be released months, or even years prior to its accompanying album. This may be due to a song being released as a single first, or being picked up and popularised by a radio station prior to an official release. Regardless, every date listed here has been thoroughly researched and checked to ensure its accuracy.


Release Dates In Countdown Order

This list simply shows the original order of the Hottest 100 with its release date and album information added alongside.

Release Dates In Countdown Order
# Title Artist Date Album
1 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 18/04/1980 Single Only
2 Throw Your Arms Around Me Hunters & Collectors 7/04/1986 Human Frailty
3 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 28/01/1985 Single Only
4 Uncertain Smile The The 12/08/1982 Soul Mining
5 Blue Monday New Order 7/03/1983 Single Only
6 Fools Gold The Stone Roses 13/03/1989 Single Only
7 This Charming Man The Smiths 31/10/1983 Single Only
8 Rock Lobster The B-52's April 1978 The B-52's
9 It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) R.E.M. 1/09/1987 Document
10 That's Entertainment The Jam 28/11/1980 Sound Affects
11 A Forest The Cure 28/03/1980 Seventeen Seconds
12 Holiday In Cambodia Dead Kennedys May 1980 Single Only
13 Troy Sinéad O'Connor 4/11/1987 The Lion And The Cobra
14 Under The Milky Way The Church 16/02/1988 Starfish
15 Shivers The Boys Next Door May 1979 Door, Door
16 Birthday The Sugarcubes 19/10/1987 Life's Too Good
17 Wuthering Heights Kate Bush 6/01/1978 The Kick Inside
18 Debaser Pixies 18/04/1989 Doolittle
19 Primary The Cure 20/03/1981 Faith
20 Anarchy In The U.K. Sex Pistols 26/11/1976 Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
21 Bizarre Love Triangle New Order 29/09/1986 Brotherhood
22 She Sells Sanctuary (Long Version) The Cult 17/05/1985 Single Only
23 Boys Don't Cry The Cure 15/06/1979 Single Only
24 Ride On Time Black Box 19/07/1989 Dreamland
25 Just Like Heaven The Cure 25/05/1987 Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
26 Betty's Worry Or The Slab Hunters & Collectors 6/08/1984 The Jaws Of Life
27 Cattle And Cane The Go-Betweens February 1983 Before Hollywood
28 London Calling The Clash 7/12/1979 London Calling
29 Fight The Power Public Enemy June 1989 Fear Of A Black Planet
30 Another Girl, Another Planet The Only Ones April 1978 The Only Ones
31 Song To The Siren This Mortal Coil 1/09/1983 It'll End In Tears
32 Talking To A Stranger Hunters & Collectors 26/07/1982 Hunters & Collectors
33 Fuck Tha Police N.W.A. 8/08/1988 Straight Outta Compton
34 Monkey Gone To Heaven Pixies 20/03/1989 Doolittle
35 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 12/09/1975 Wish You Were Here
36 Buffalo Stance Neneh Cherry 28/11/1988 Raw Like Sushi
37 Sign O' The Times Prince 18/02/1987 Sign "☮" The Times
38 Tainted Love Soft Cell 7/07/1981 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
39 Kiss Prince And The Revolution 5/02/1986 Parade
40 Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) Soul II Soul 10/04/1989 Club Classics Vol. One
41 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes April 1983 Violent Femmes
42 Respect Aretha Franklin 10/03/1967 I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You
43 Lullaby The Cure 10/04/1989 Disintegration
44 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out The Smiths 16/06/1986 The Queen Is Dead
45 Info Freako Jesus Jones February 1989 Liquidizer
46 The One I Love  R.E.M. 1/09/1987 Document
47 Everybody Moves Died Pretty 1989 Single Only
48 Dancing Queen ABBA 16/08/1976 Arrival
49 Wide Open Road The Triffids February 1986 Born Sandy Devotional
50 'Heroes' David Bowie 23/09/1977 "Heroes"
51 She Bangs The Drums The Stone Roses 13/03/1989 The Stone Roses
52 The End The Doors 4/01/1967 The Doors
53 Bigmouth Strikes Again The Smiths 19/05/1986 The Queen Is Dead
54 Aloha Steve And Danno Radio Birdman 1978 Single Only
55 Here Comes Your Man Pixies 20/03/1989 Doolittle
56 Can't Be Sure The Sundays 30/01/1989 Reading, Writing, And Arithmetic
57 The Unguarded Moment The Church 13/04/1981 Of Skins And Heart
58 Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards Billy Bragg 20/09/1988 Workers Playtime
59 Greetings To The New Brunette Billy Bragg September 1986 Talking With The Taxman About Poetry
60 Deanna Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 5/09/1988 Tender Prey
61 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 8/11/1971 Led Zeppelin IV
62 L.A. Woman The Doors 19/04/1971 L.A. Woman
63 Alison Elvis Costello 21/05/1977 My Aim Is True
64 Love Song Simple Minds 1/08/1981 Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call
65 Temptation New Order 10/05/1982 1981-1982 EP
66 Imagine John Lennon 9/09/1971 Imagine
67 The Lovecats The Cure 30/09/1983 Japanese Whispers
68 True Faith New Order 20/07/1987 Substance
69 Nothing Compares 2 U Sinéad O'Connor 8/01/1990 I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
70 Wise Up Sucker! Pop Will Eat Itself 1/04/1989 This Is The Day...This Is The Hour...This Is This!
71 Say Goodbye Hunters & Collectors 7/04/1986 Human Frailty
72 In Between Days The Cure 15/07/1985 The Head On The Door
73 I Want You Elvis Costello & The Attractions 15/09/1986 Blood & Chocolate
74 Freak Scene Dinosaur Jr. 31/10/1988 Bug
75 Forbidden Colours Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvian 2/09/1983 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Soundtrack)
76 God Is A Bullet Concrete Blonde 11/01/1989 Free
77 Sympathy For The Devil The Rolling Stones 6/12/1968 Beggars Banquet
78 Fall On Me R.E.M. 28/07/1986 Lifes Rich Pageant
79 Once In A Lifetime Talking Heads 8/10/1981 Remain In Light
80 Into The Groove Madonna 29/03/1985 Like A Virgin
81 Street Tuff (Scar Mix) Double Trouble & The Rebel MC 8/05/1990 Rebel Music
82 Levi Stubbs' Tears Billy Bragg September 1986 Talking With The Taxman About Poetry
83 All Along The Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience 21/09/1968 Electric Ladyland
84 Atmosphere Joy Division 2/09/1980 Single Only
85 Bye Bye Pride The Go-Betweens June 1987 Tallulah
86 Eternally Yours Laughing Clowns April 1984 Law Of Nature
87 Add It Up Violent Femmes April 1983 Violent Femmes
88 Love Shack The B-52's 27/06/1989 Cosmic Thing
89 Teen Age Riot Sonic Youth 11/10/1988 Daydream Nation
90 Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye 30/09/1982 Midnight Love
91 Say No Go De La Soul 3/03/1989 3 Feet High And Rising
92 Reptile The Church 16/02/1988 Starfish
93 Trust Tall Tales And True April 1989 Shiver
94 This Is The Day The The September 1983 Soul Mining
95 Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd 30/11/1979 The Wall
96 Happy Birthday Concrete Blonde 11/01/1989 Free
97 Roam The B-52's 27/06/1989 Cosmic Thing
98 Walk On The Wild Side Lou Reed 8/11/1972 Transformer
99 Orange Crush R.E.M. 7/11/1988 Green
100 Just Can't Get Enough Depeche Mode 7/09/1981 Speak & Spell

Notes

  • #2: 'Throw Your Arms Around Me' - Hunters & Collectors: Originally released as a live single in 1984, but re-recorded for their 1986 album 'Human Frailty'.
  • #12: 'Holiday In Cambodia' - Dead Kennedys: Originally released in May 1980 as a single, but re-recorded for the album 'Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables' later in the year.
  • #22: 'She Sells Sanctuary (Long Version)' - The Cult: Originally released as a B-side to the song 'She Sells Sanctuary'. The original version was released on the album 'Love' that same year.
  • #80: 'Into The Groove' - Madonna: Originally featured in the film 'Desperately Seeking Susuan', the song was released on a reissue of Madonna's second album 'Like A Virgin' tha same year.


Release Dates By Date

This list sorts all the tracks that reached the Hottest 100 in order of their release dates.

1967

1967 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
52 The End The Doors 4/01/1967 The Doors
1967 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
42 Respect Aretha Franklin 10/03/1967 I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You
1968

1968 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
83 All Along The Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience 21/09/1968 Electric Ladyland
1968 - December
# Title Artist Date Album
77 Sympathy For The Devil The Rolling Stones 6/12/1968 Beggars Banquet
1971

1971 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
62 L.A. Woman The Doors 19/04/1971 L.A. Woman
1971 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
66 Imagine John Lennon 9/09/1971 Imagine
1971 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
61 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 8/11/1971 Led Zeppelin IV
1972

1972 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
98 Walk On The Wild Side Lou Reed 8/11/1972 Transformer
1975

1975 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
35 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 12/09/1975 Wish You Were Here
1976

1976 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
48 Dancing Queen ABBA 16/08/1976 Arrival
1976 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
20 Anarchy In The U.K. Sex Pistols 26/11/1976 Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
1977

1977 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
63 Alison Elvis Costello 21/05/1977 My Aim Is True
1977 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
50 'Heroes' David Bowie 23/09/1977 "Heroes"
1978

Exact Dates Unknown
# Title Artist Date Album
54 Aloha Steve And Danno Radio Birdman 1978 Single Only
1978 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
17 Wuthering Heights Kate Bush 6/01/1978 The Kick Inside
1978 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
8 Rock Lobster The B-52's April 1978 The B-52's
30 Another Girl, Another Planet The Only Ones April 1978 The Only Ones
1979

1979 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
15 Shivers The Boys Next Door May 1979 Door, Door
1979 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
23 Boys Don't Cry The Cure 15/06/1979 Single Only
1979 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
95 Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd 30/11/1979 The Wall
1979 - December
# Title Artist Date Album
28 London Calling The Clash 7/12/1979 London Calling
1980

1980 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
11 A Forest The Cure 28/03/1980 Seventeen Seconds
1980 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
1 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 18/04/1980 Single Only
1980 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
12 Holiday In Cambodia Dead Kennedys May 1980 Single Only

Notes

  • #12: 'Holiday In Cambodia' - Dead Kennedys: Originally released in May 1980 as a single, but re-recorded for the album 'Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables' later in the year.
1980 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
84 Atmosphere Joy Division 2/09/1980 Single Only
1980 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
10 That's Entertainment The Jam 28/11/1980 Sound Affects
1981

1981 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
19 Primary The Cure 20/03/1981 Faith
1981 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
57 The Unguarded Moment The Church 13/04/1981 Of Skins And Heart
1981 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
38 Tainted Love Soft Cell 7/07/1981 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
1981 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
64 Love Song Simple Minds 1/08/1981 Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call
1981 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
100 Just Can't Get Enough Depeche Mode 7/09/1981 Speak & Spell
1981 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
79 Once In A Lifetime Talking Heads 8/10/1981 Remain In Light
1982

1982 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
65 Temptation New Order 10/05/1982 1981-1982 EP
1982 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
32 Talking To A Stranger Hunters & Collectors 26/07/1982 Hunters & Collectors
1982 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
4 Uncertain Smile The The 12/08/1982 Soul Mining
1982 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
90 Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye 30/09/1982 Midnight Love
1983

1983 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
27 Cattle And Cane The Go-Betweens February 1983 Before Hollywood
1983 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
5 Blue Monday New Order 7/03/1983 Single Only
1983 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
41 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes April 1983 Violent Femmes
87 Add It Up Violent Femmes April 1983 Violent Femmes
1983 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
94 This Is The Day The The September 1983 Soul Mining
31 Song To The Siren This Mortal Coil 1/09/1983 It'll End In Tears
75 Forbidden Colours Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvian 2/09/1983 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Soundtrack)
66 The Lovecats The Cure 30/09/1983 Japanese Whispers
1983 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
7 This Charming Man The Smiths 31/10/1983 Single Only
1984

1984 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
86 Eternally Yours Laughing Clowns April 1984 Law Of Nature
1984 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
26 Betty's Worry Or The Slab Hunters & Collectors 6/08/1984 The Jaws Of Life
1985

1985 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
3 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 28/01/1985 Single Only
1985 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
80 Into The Groove Madonna 12/11/1984 Like A Virgin

Notes

  • #80: 'Into The Groove' - Madonna: Originally featured in the film 'Desperately Seeking Susuan', the song was released on a reissue of Madonna's second album 'Like A Virgin' tha same year.
1985 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
35 She Sells Sanctuary (Long Version) The Cult 17/05/1985 Single Only

Notes

  • #35: 'She Sells Sanctuary (Long Version)' - The Cult: Originally released as a B-side to the song 'She Sells Sanctuary'. The original version was released on the album 'Love' that same year.
1985 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
72 In Between Days The Cure 15/07/1985 The Head On The Door
1986

1986 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
49 Wide Open Road The Triffids February 1986 Born Sandy Devotional
39 Kiss Prince And The Revolution 5/02/1986 Parade
1986 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
2 Throw Your Arms Around Me Hunters & Collectors 7/04/1986 Human Frailty
71 Say Goodbye Hunters & Collectors 7/04/1986 Human Frailty

Notes

  • #2: 'Throw Your Arms Around Me' - Hunters & Collectors: Originally released as a live single in 1984, but re-recorded for their 1986 album 'Human Frailty'.
1986 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
53 Bigmouth Strikes Again The Smiths 19/05/1986 The Queen Is Dead
1986 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
44 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out The Smiths 16/06/1986 The Queen Is Dead
1986 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
78 Fall On Me R.E.M. 28/07/1986 Lifes Rich Pageant
1986 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
59 Greetings To The New Brunette Billy Bragg September 1986 Talking With The Taxman About Poetry
82 Levi Stubbs' Tears Billy Bragg September 1986 Talking With The Taxman About Poetry
73 I Want You Elvis Costello & The Attractions 15/09/1986 Blood & Chocolate
21 Bizarre Love Triangle New Order 29/09/1986 Brotherhood
1987

1987 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
37 Sign O' The Times Prince 18/02/1987 Sign "☮" The Times
1987 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
25 Just Like Heaven The Cure 25/05/1987 Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
1987 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
85 Bye Bye Pride The Go-Betweens June 1987 Tallulah
1987 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
68 True Faith New Order 20/07/1987 Substance
1987 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
9 It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) R.E.M. 1/09/1987 Document
46 The One I Love  R.E.M. 1/09/1987 Document
1987 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
16 Birthday The Sugarcubes 19/10/1987 Life's Too Good
1987 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
13 Troy Sinéad O'Connor 4/11/1987 The Lion And The Cobra
1988

1988 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
14 Under The Milky Way The Church 16/02/1988 Starfish
92 Reptile The Church 16/02/1988 Starfish
1988 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
33 Fuck Tha Police N.W.A. 8/08/1988 Straight Outta Compton
1988 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
60 Deanna Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 5/09/1988 Tender Prey
58 Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards Billy Bragg 20/09/1988 Workers Playtime
1988 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
89 Teen Age Riot Sonic Youth 11/10/1988 Daydream Nation
74 Freak Scene Dinosaur Jr. 31/10/1988 Bug
1988 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
99 Orange Crush R.E.M. 7/11/1988 Green
36 Buffalo Stance Neneh Cherry 28/11/1988 Raw Like Sushi
1989

Exact Dates Unknown
# Title Artist Date Album
47 Everybody Moves Died Pretty 1989 Single Only
1989 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
76 God Is A Bullet Concrete Blonde 11/01/1989 Free
96 Happy Birthday Concrete Blonde 11/01/1989 Free
56 Can't Be Sure The Sundays 30/01/1989 Reading, Writing, And Arithmetic
1989 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
45 Info Freako Jesus Jones February 1989 Liquidizer
1989 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
91 Say No Go De La Soul 3/03/1989 3 Feet High And Rising
6 Fools Gold The Stone Roses 13/03/1989 Single Only
51 She Bangs The Drums The Stone Roses 13/03/1989 The Stone Roses
34 Monkey Gone To Heaven Pixies 20/03/1989 Doolittle
55 Here Comes Your Man Pixies 20/03/1989 Doolittle
1989 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
93 Trust Tall Tales And True April 1989 Shiver
70 Wise Up Sucker! Pop Will Eat Itself 1/04/1989 This Is The Day...This Is The Hour...This Is This!
40 Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) Soul II Soul 10/04/1989 Club Classics Vol. One
43 Lullaby The Cure 10/04/1989 Disintegration
18 Debaser Pixies 18/04/1989 Doolittle
1989 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
29 Fight The Power Public Enemy June 1989 Fear Of A Black Planet
88 Love Shack The B-52's 27/06/1989 Cosmic Thing
97 Roam The B-52's 27/06/1989 Cosmic Thing
1989 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
24 Ride On Time Black Box 19/07/1989 Dreamland
1990

1990 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
69 Nothing Compares 2 U Sinéad O'Connor 8/01/1990 I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
1990 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
81 Street Tuff (Scar Mix) Double Trouble & The Rebel MC 8/05/1990 Rebel Music


Facts

  • 2 of the songs that charted in the Hottest 100 of All Time for 1990 were released within the year of the countdown. However, since it is an All Time countdown , this is not particularly unusual.
  • The most common months for a song to be released were March and April 1989, which each had 5 songs enter the countdown.
  • The earlist track released was The Doors' 'The End', which was released on January 4th, 1967.
  • The most recent track to have made the countdown was Double Trouble & The Rebel MC's 'Street Tuff (Scar Mix)', which was released on May 8th, 1990.


Adjusted Countdown

This list is an adjusted version of the 1990 Hottest 100 of All Time countdown.
This shows what the countdown would have looked like if only songs from 1990 were allowed to chart.

Adjusted Countdown
# Title Artist Date Original
1 Nothing Compares 2 U Sinéad O'Connor 8/01/1990 69
2 Street Tuff (Scar Mix) Double Trouble & The Rebel MC 8/05/1990 81



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