1991 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.
The 1991 Hottest 100 of All Time was the very first countdown of any format to release the names of the tracks which made the positions #101 - 200. These are also added here, seperate from the other data.

Release Dates In Countdown Order - Tracks #1 - 100
# Title Artist Date Album
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana 10/09/1991 Nevermind
2 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 18/04/1980 Single Only
3 Lithium Nirvana 24/09/1991 Nevermind
4 Throw Your Arms Around Me Hunters & Collectors 7/04/1986 Human Frailty
5 Tomorrow, Wendy Andy Prieboy 10/07/1990 ...Upon My Wicked Son
6 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 28/01/1985 Single Only
7 Fools Gold The Stone Roses 13/03/1989 Single Only
8 A Forest The Cure 28/03/1980 Seventeen Seconds
9 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes April 1983 Violent Femmes
10 Blue Monday New Order 7/03/1983 Single Only
11 Just Like Heaven The Cure 25/05/1987 Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
12 It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) R.E.M. 1/09/1987 Document
13 Uncertain Smile The The 12/08/1982 Soul Mining
14 The Ship Song Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 12/03/1990 The Good Son
15 Been Caught Stealing Jane's Addiction 21/08/1990 Ritual de lo Habitual
16 She Sells Sanctuary (Long Version) The Cult 17/05/1985 Single Only
17 Jane Says Jane's Addiction 23/08/1988 Nothing's Shocking
18 Add It Up Violent Femmes April 1983 Violent Femmes
19 Wuthering Heights Kate Bush 6/01/1978 The Kick Inside
20 Lock It Falling Joys 1/11/1990 Wish List
21 Kiss Off Violent Femmes April 1983 Violent Femmes
22 Sexuality Billy Bragg 17/09/1991 Don't Try This At Home
23 That's Entertainment The Jam 28/11/1980 Sound Affects
24 Bizarre Love Triangle New Order 29/09/1986 Brotherhood
25 Anarchy In The U.K. Sex Pistols 26/11/1976 Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
26 Holiday In Cambodia Dead Kennedys May 1980 Single Only
27 Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses 21/07/1987 Appetite For Destruction
28 Debaser Pixies 18/04/1989 Doolittle
29 This Charming Man The Smiths 31/10/1983 Single Only
30 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 8/11/1971 Led Zeppelin IV
31 Under The Milky Way The Church 16/02/1988 Starfish
32 Losing My Religion R.E.M. 19/02/1991 Out Of Time
33 Hieronymus Clouds November 1991 Penny Century
34 D.C. Died Pretty August 1991 Doughboy Hollow
35 Primary The Cure 20/03/1981 Faith
36 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out The Smiths 16/06/1986 The Queen Is Dead
37 Close To Me The Cure 26/08/1985 The Head On The Door
38 Shivers The Boys Next Door May 1979 Door, Door
39 Give It Away Red Hot Chili Peppers 24/09/1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik
40 The One I Love  R.E.M. 1/09/1987 Document
41 That Ain't Bad Ratcat 23/12/1990 Tingles EP
42 Troy Sinéad O'Connor 4/11/1987 The Lion And The Cobra
43 Boys Don't Cry The Cure 15/06/1979 Single Only
44 Lullaby The Cure 10/04/1989 Disintegration
45 Talking To A Stranger Hunters & Collectors 26/07/1982 Hunters & Collectors
46 Birdhouse In Your Soul They Might Be Giants 5/01/1990 Flood
47 Aloha Steve And Danno Radio Birdman 1978 Single Only
48 In Between Days The Cure 15/07/1985 The Head On The Door
49 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 31/10/1975 A Night At The Opera
50 Song To The Siren This Mortal Coil 1/09/1983 It'll End In Tears
51 Trust Tall Tales And True April 1989 Shiver
52 Wide Open Road The Triffids February 1986 Born Sandy Devotional
53 Betty's Worry Or The Slab Hunters & Collectors 6/08/1984 The Jaws Of Life
54 Tainted Love Soft Cell 7/07/1981 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
55 True Faith New Order 20/07/1987 Substance
56 Kool Thing Sonic Youth 26/06/1990 Goo
57 Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards Billy Bragg 20/09/1988 Workers Playtime
58 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 12/09/1975 Wish You Were Here
59 The End The Doors 4/01/1967 The Doors
60 Enter Sandman Metallica 29/07/1991 Metallica
61 All Along The Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience 21/09/1968 Electric Ladyland
62 Orange Crush R.E.M. 7/11/1988 Green
63 The Unforgiven Metallica 12/08/1991 Metallica
64 Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack 11/02/1991 Blue Lines
65 Fall On Me R.E.M. 28/07/1986 Lifes Rich Pageant
66 Down In Splendour Straitjacket Fits August 1990 Melt
67 4PM Clouds April 1991 Loot EP
68 Pictures Of You The Cure 1/05/1989 Disintegration
69 Labour Of Love Frente! 1991 Whirled EP
70 The Unguarded Moment The Church 13/04/1981 Of Skins And Heart
71 Grey Cell Green Ned's Atomic Dustbin 14/05/1991 God Fodder
72 Bigmouth Strikes Again The Smiths 19/05/1986 The Queen Is Dead
73 Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd 30/11/1979 The Wall
74 The Lovecats The Cure 30/09/1983 Japanese Whispers
75 Levi Stubbs' Tears Billy Bragg September 1986 Talking With The Taxman About Poetry
76 Come As You Are Nirvana 24/09/1991 Nevermind
77 Rock Lobster The B-52's April 1978 The B-52's
78 L.A. Woman The Doors 19/04/1971 L.A. Woman
79 Freak Scene Dinosaur Jr. 31/10/1988 Bug
80 Surfers Of The Mind Def FX June 1991 Water EP
81 She Bangs The Drums The Stone Roses 13/03/1989 The Stone Roses
82 Vapour Trail Ride 15/10/1990 Nowhere
83 Treaty Yothu Yindi 14/07/1991 Tribal Voice
84 Another Girl, Another Planet The Only Ones April 1978 The Only Ones
85 Anything, Anything (I'll Give You) Dramarama November 1985 Cinéma Vérité
86 The Size Of A Cow The Wonder Stuff 25/06/1991 Never Loved Elvis
87 Sympathy For The Devil The Rolling Stones 6/12/1968 Beggars Banquet
88 The Mercy Seat Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 23/05/1988 Tender Prey
89 One Metallica 25/08/1988 ...And Justice For All
90 Soon My Bloody Valentine 4/11/1991 Loveless
91 Monkey Gone To Heaven Pixies 20/03/1989 Doolittle
92 Bring The Noise Public Enemy 6/11/1987 It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
93 Dear God XTC 27/10/1986 Skylarking
94 Wave Of Mutilation Pixies 20/03/1989 Doolittle
95 Info Freako Jesus Jones February 1989 Liquidizer
96 Cattle And Cane The Go-Betweens February 1983 Before Hollywood
97 London Calling The Clash 7/12/1979 London Calling
98 Bad U2 1/10/1984 The Unforgettable Fire
99 Deanna Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 5/09/1988 Tender Prey
100 Cream Prince And The New Power Generation 9/09/1991 Diamonds And Pearls

Notes

  • #4: 'Throw Your Arms Around Me' - Hunters & Collectors: Originally released as a live single in 1984, but re-recorded for their 1986 album 'Human Frailty'.
  • #16: '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.
  • #26: '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.
  • #69: 'Labour Of Love' - Frente!: Originally released as part of the 'Whirled' EP in 1991, it was later released on the album 'Marvin The Album' in 1992 and as an EP in its own right in 1994.
Release Dates In Countdown Order - Tracks #101 - 200
# Title Artist Date Album
101 Right Here, Right Now Jesus Jones 11/09/1990 Doubt
102 Rush Big Audio Dynamite II 16/06/1991 The Globe
103 Birthday The Sugarcubes 19/10/1987 Life's Too Good
104 Reptile The Church 16/02/1988 Starfish
105 Cloud Factory Clouds October 1990 Clouds EP
106 Lovesong The Cure 1/05/1989 Disintegration
107 Benchtop Melanie Oxley & Chris Abrahams December 1990 Resisitng Calm EP
108 I'm Too Sexy Right Said Fred 15/07/1991 Up
109 Move Any Mountain The Shamen 22/10/1991 Single Only
110 This Is The Day The The September 1983 Soul Mining
111 Dirty Boots Sonic Youth 26/06/1990 Goo
112 Black Or White Michael Jackson 11/11/1991 Dangerous
113 With Or Without You U2 9/03/1987 The Joshua Tree
114 Why Can't I Be You? The Cure 6/04/1987 Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
115 Greetings To The New Brunette Billy Bragg September 1986 Talking With The Taxman About Poetry
116 Always On My Mind Pet Shop Boys 30/11/1987 Introspective
117 Here Comes Your Man Pixies 20/03/1989 Doolittle
118 Lovesick Gang Starr 15/01/1991 Step In The Arena
119 Stand R.E.M. 7/11/1988 Green
120 Three Days Jane's Addiction 2/08/1990 Ritual de lo Habitual
121 Imagine John Lennon 9/09/1971 Imagine
122 Riders On The Storm The Doors 19/04/1971 L.A. Woman
123 Say Goodbye Hunters & Collectors 7/04/1986 Human Frailty
124 You Can't Always Get What You Want The Rolling Stones 4/07/1969 Let It Bleed
125 Planet Of Sound Pixies 28/05/1991 Trompe Le Monde
126 A New England Billy Bragg May 1983 Life's A Riot With Spy vs. Spy
127 Atmosphere Joy Division 2/09/1980 Single Only
128 Rise Public Image Ltd 21/01/1986 Album
129 Should I Stay Or Should I Go? The Clash 14/05/1982 Combat Rock
130 Teen Age Riot Sonic Youth 11/10/1988 Daydream Nation
131 More The Sisters Of Mercy 1/10/1990 Vision Thing
132 Kiss Prince And The Revolution 5/02/1986 Parade
133 Suedehead Morrissey 15/02/1988 Viva Hate
134 Unfamiliar Ride 4/03/1991 Today Forever EP
135 Peace Frog The Doors 1/02/1970 Morrison Hotel
136 Wise Up Sucker! Pop Will Eat Itself 1/04/1989 This Is The Day...This Is The Hour...This Is This!
137 Real Real Real Jesus Jones 11/09/1990 Doubt
138 Gett Off Prince And The New Power Generation 7/06/1991 Diamonds And Pearls
139 Fields Of Joy Lenny Kravitz 2/04/1991 Mama Said
140 Like A Daydream Ride 12/04/1990 Play EP
141 Just Can't Get Enough Depeche Mode 7/09/1981 Speak & Spell
142 Mysterious Ways U2 18/11/1991 Achtung Baby
143 Power And The Passion Midnight Oil November 1982 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
144 Pride (In The Name Of Love) U2 4/09/1984 The Unforgettable Fire
145 Golden Brown The Stranglers 9/11/1981 La Folie
146 Temptation New Order 10/05/1982 1981-1982 EP
147 Everybody Moves Died Pretty 1989 Single Only
148 Love Rears Its Ugly Head Living Colour 20/08/1990 Time's Up
149 Sign O' The Times Prince 18/02/1987 Sign "☮" The Times
150 Ana Ng They Might Be Giants 25/09/1988 Lincoln
151 Soul Eater Clouds April 1991 Penny Century
152 There's No Other Way Blur 15/04/1991 Leisure 
153 Caught In My Shadow The Wonder Stuff 25/06/1991 Never Loved Elvis
154 I Want You Elvis Costello & The Attractions 15/09/1986 Blood & Chocolate
155 You Could Be Mine Guns N' Roses 8/07/1991 Use Your Illusion II
156 Psycho Killer Talking Heads 16/09/1977 Talking Heads: 77
157 Rock The Casbah The Clash 14/05/1982 Combat Rock
158 Fight The Power Public Enemy June 1989 Fear Of A Black Planet
159 Enjoy The Silence Depeche Mode 5/02/1990 Violator
160 Circlesquare The Wonder Stuff May 1990 Single Only
161 Wicked Game Chris Isaak 6/06/1989 Heart Shaped World
162 'Heroes' David Bowie 23/09/1977 "Heroes"
163 People Are Strange The Doors 25/09/1967 Strange Days
164 Wild Flower The Cult 4/06/1987 Electric
165 Nothing Compares 2 U Sinéad O'Connor 8/01/1990 I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
166 She Talks To Angels The Black Crowes 24/01/1990 Shake Your Money Maker
167 Going Underground The Jam 10/03/1980 Single Only
168 Bela Lugosi's Dead Bauhaus 6/09/1979 Single Only
169 When Doves Cry Prince And The Revolution 16/05/1984 Purple Rain
170 Into The Groove Madonna 29/03/1985 Like A Virgin
171 God Is A Bullet Concrete Blonde 11/01/1989 Free
172 Head On The Jesus And Mary Chain 1/09/1989 Automatic
173 I Wanna Be Adored The Stone Roses 13/03/1989 The Stone Roses
174 Suck My Kiss Red Hot Chili Peppers 24/09/1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik
175 Bye Bye Pride The Go-Betweens June 1987 Tallulah
176 Roadhouse Blues The Doors 1/02/1970 Morrison Hotel
177 You Are The Everything R.E.M. 7/11/1988 Green
178 Def.Con.One Pop Will Eat Itself 1/07/1988 This Is The Day...This Is The Hour...This Is This!
179 The Fly U2 21/10/1991 Achtung Baby
180 The Globe Big Audio Dynamite II 16/06/1991 The Globe
181 Bob's Yer Uncle Happy Mondays 27/11/1990 Pills 'n' Thrills And Bellyaches
182 Eternally Yours Laughing Clowns April 1984 Law Of Nature
183 Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely Hüsker Dü 1/04/1986 Candy Apple Grey
184 From A Million Miles Single Gun Theory 27/09/1991 Millions, Like Stars In My Hands, Daggers In My Heart, Wage War
185 Rush You Baby Animals 1/09/1991 Baby Animals
186 Being Boring Pet Shop Boys 22/10/1990 Behaviour
187 Too Drunk To Fuck Dead Kennedys May 1981 Single Only
188 Fairytale Of New York The Pogues November 1987 If I Should Fall From Grace With God
189 World Leader Pretend R.E.M. 7/11/1988 Green
190 Blush The Hummingbirds 3/09/1989 loveBUZZ
191 Unbelieveable EMF 4/09/1990 Schubert Dip
192 Human Nature (On The Mix) Gary Clail & On-U Sound System 1991  The Emotional Hooligan 
193 The Weeping Song Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 17/04/1990 The Good Son
194 Lifeboat Tall Tales And True 1991 Revenge!
195 Higher Ground Red Hot Chili Peppers 8/04/1989 Mother's Milk
196 Tomorrow, Wendy Concrete Blonde 29/05/1990 Bloodletting
197 Alison Elvis Costello 21/05/1977 My Aim Is True
198 Forbidden Colours Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvian 2/09/1983 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Soundtrack)
199 Purple Haze The Jimi Hendrix Experience 17/03/1967 Single Only
200 Love Removal Machine The Cult 16/02/1987 Electric

Notes

  • #170: '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 - Tracks #1 - 100

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

1967

1967 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
59 The End The Doors 4/01/1967 The Doors
1968

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

1971 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
78 L.A. Woman The Doors 19/04/1971 L.A. Woman
1971 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
30 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 8/11/1971 Led Zeppelin IV
1975

1975 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
58 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 12/09/1975 Wish You Were Here
1975 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
49 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 31/10/1975 A Night At The Opera
1976

1976 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
25 Anarchy In The U.K. Sex Pistols 26/11/1976 Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
1978

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

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

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

Notes

  • #26: '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 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
23 That's Entertainment The Jam 28/11/1980 Sound Affects
1981

1981 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
35 Primary The Cure 20/03/1981 Faith
1981 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
70 The Unguarded Moment The Church 13/04/1981 Of Skins And Heart
1981 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
54 Tainted Love Soft Cell 7/07/1981 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
1982

1982 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
45 Talking To A Stranger Hunters & Collectors 26/07/1982 Hunters & Collectors
1982 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
13 Uncertain Smile The The 12/08/1982 Soul Mining
1983

1983 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
96 Cattle And Cane The Go-Betweens February 1983 Before Hollywood
1983 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
10 Blue Monday New Order 7/03/1983 Single Only
1983 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
9 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes April 1983 Violent Femmes
18 Add It Up Violent Femmes April 1983 Violent Femmes
21 Kiss Off Violent Femmes April 1983 Violent Femmes
1983 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
50 Song To The Siren This Mortal Coil 1/09/1983 It'll End In Tears
74 The Lovecats The Cure 30/09/1983 Japanese Whispers
1983 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
29 This Charming Man The Smiths 31/10/1983 Single Only
1984

1984 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
53 Betty's Worry Or The Slab Hunters & Collectors 6/08/1984 The Jaws Of Life
1984 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
98 Bad U2 1/10/1984 The Unforgettable Fire
1985

1985 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
6 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 28/01/1985 Single Only
1985 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
16 She Sells Sanctuary (Long Version) The Cult 17/05/1985 Single Only

Notes

  • #16: '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
48 In Between Days The Cure 15/07/1985 The Head On The Door
1985 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
37 Close To Me The Cure 26/08/1985 The Head On The Door
1985 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
85 Anything, Anything (I'll Give You) Dramarama November 1985 Cinéma Vérité
1986

1986 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
52 Wide Open Road The Triffids February 1986 Born Sandy Devotional
1986 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
4 Throw Your Arms Around Me Hunters & Collectors 7/04/1986 Human Frailty

Notes

  • #4: '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
72 Bigmouth Strikes Again The Smiths 19/05/1986 The Queen Is Dead
1986 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
36 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out The Smiths 16/06/1986 The Queen Is Dead
1986 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
65 Fall On Me R.E.M. 28/07/1986 Lifes Rich Pageant
1986 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
75 Levi Stubbs' Tears Billy Bragg September 1986 Talking With The Taxman About Poetry
24 Bizarre Love Triangle New Order 29/09/1986 Brotherhood
1986 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
93 Dear God XTC 27/10/1986 Skylarking
1987

1987 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
11 Just Like Heaven The Cure 25/05/1987 Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
1987 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
55 True Faith New Order 20/07/1987 Substance
27 Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses 21/07/1987 Appetite For Destruction
1987 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
12 It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) R.E.M. 1/09/1987 Document
40 The One I Love  R.E.M. 1/09/1987 Document
1987 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
42 Troy Sinéad O'Connor 4/11/1987 The Lion And The Cobra
92 Bring The Noise Public Enemy 6/11/1987 It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
1988

1988 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
31 Under The Milky Way The Church 16/02/1988 Starfish
1988 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
88 The Mercy Seat Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 23/05/1988 Tender Prey
1988 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
17 Jane Says Jane's Addiction 23/08/1988 Nothing's Shocking
89 One Metallica 25/08/1988 ...And Justice For All
1988 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
99 Deanna Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 5/09/1988 Tender Prey
57 Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards Billy Bragg 20/09/1988 Workers Playtime
1988 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
79 Freak Scene Dinosaur Jr. 31/10/1988 Bug
1988 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
62 Orange Crush R.E.M. 7/11/1988 Green
1989

1989 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
95 Info Freako Jesus Jones February 1989 Liquidizer
1989 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
7 Fools Gold The Stone Roses 13/03/1989 Single Only
81 She Bangs The Drums The Stone Roses 13/03/1989 The Stone Roses
91 Monkey Gone To Heaven Pixies 20/03/1989 Doolittle
94 Wave Of Mutilation Pixies 20/03/1989 Doolittle
1989 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
51 Trust Tall Tales And True April 1989 Shiver
44 Lullaby The Cure 10/04/1989 Disintegration
28 Debaser Pixies 18/04/1989 Doolittle
1989 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
68 Pictures Of You The Cure 1/05/1989 Disintegration
1990

1990 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
46 Birdhouse In Your Soul They Might Be Giants 5/01/1990 Flood
1990 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
14 The Ship Song Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 12/03/1990 The Good Son
1990 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
56 Kool Thing Sonic Youth 26/06/1990 Goo
1990 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
5 Tomorrow, Wendy Andy Prieboy 10/07/1990 ...Upon My Wicked Son
1990 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
66 Down In Splendour Straitjacket Fits August 1990 Melt
15 Been Caught Stealing Jane's Addiction 21/08/1990 Ritual de lo Habitual
1990 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
82 Vapour Trail Ride 15/10/1990 Nowhere
1990 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
20 Lock It Falling Joys 1/11/1990 Wish List
1990 - December
# Title Artist Date Album
41 That Ain't Bad Ratcat 23/12/1990 Tingles EP
1991

Exact Dates Unknown
# Title Artist Date Album
69 Labour Of Love Frente! 1991 Whirled EP
1991 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
64 Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack 11/02/1991 Blue Lines
32 Losing My Religion R.E.M. 19/02/1991 Out Of Time
1991 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
67 4PM Clouds April 1991 Loot EP
1991 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
71 Grey Cell Green Ned's Atomic Dustbin 14/05/1991 God Fodder
1991 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
80 Surfers Of The Mind Def FX June 1991 Water EP
86 The Size Of A Cow The Wonder Stuff 25/06/1991 Never Loved Elvis
1991 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
83 Treaty Yothu Yindi 14/07/1991 Tribal Voice
60 Enter Sandman Metallica 29/07/1991 Metallica
1991 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
34 D.C. Died Pretty August 1991 Doughboy Hollow
63 The Unforgiven Metallica 12/08/1991 Metallica
1991 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
100 Cream Prince And The New Power Generation 9/09/1991 Diamonds And Pearls
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana 10/09/1991 Nevermind
22 Sexuality Billy Bragg 17/09/1991 Don't Try This At Home
3 Lithium Nirvana 24/09/1991 Nevermind
39 Give It Away Red Hot Chili Peppers 24/09/1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik
76 Come As You Are Nirvana 24/09/1991 Nevermind
1991 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
33 Hieronymus Clouds November 1991 Penny Century
90 Soon My Bloody Valentine 4/11/1991 Loveless

Notes

  • #69: 'Labour Of Love' - Frente!: Originally released as part of the 'Whirled' EP in 1991, it was later released on the album 'Marvin The Album' in 1992 and as an EP in its own right in 1994.


Release Dates By Date - Tracks #101 -200

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

1967

1967 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
199 Purple Haze The Jimi Hendrix Experience 17/03/1967 Single Only
1967 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
163 People Are Strange The Doors 25/09/1967 Strange Days
1969

1969 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
124 You Can't Always Get What You Want The Rolling Stones 4/07/1969 Let It Bleed
1970

1970 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
135 Peace Frog The Doors 1/02/1970 Morrison Hotel
176 Roadhouse Blues The Doors 1/02/1970 Morrison Hotel
1971

1971 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
122 Riders On The Storm The Doors 19/04/1971 L.A. Woman
1971 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
121 Imagine John Lennon 9/09/1971 Imagine
1977

1977 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
197 Alison Elvis Costello 21/05/1977 My Aim Is True
1977 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
156 Psycho Killer Talking Heads 16/09/1977 Talking Heads: 77
162 'Heroes' David Bowie 23/09/1977 "Heroes"
1979

1979 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
168 Bela Lugosi's Dead Bauhaus 6/09/1979 Single Only
1980

1980 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
167 Going Underground The Jam 10/03/1980 Single Only
1980 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
127 Atmosphere Joy Division 2/09/1980 Single Only
1981

1981 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
187 Too Drunk To Fuck Dead Kennedys May 1981 Single Only
1981 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
141 Just Can't Get Enough Depeche Mode 7/09/1981 Speak & Spell
1981 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
145 Golden Brown The Stranglers 9/11/1981 La Folie
1982

1982 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
146 Temptation New Order 10/05/1982 1981-1982 EP
129 Should I Stay Or Should I Go? The Clash 14/05/1982 Combat Rock
157 Rock The Casbah The Clash 14/05/1982 Combat Rock
1982 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
143 Power And The Passion Midnight Oil November 1982 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
1983

1983 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
126 A New England Billy Bragg May 1983 Life's A Riot With Spy vs. Spy
1983 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
110 This Is The Day The The September 1983 Soul Mining
198 Forbidden Colours Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvian 2/09/1983 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Soundtrack)
1984

1984 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
182 Eternally Yours Laughing Clowns April 1984 Law Of Nature
1984 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
169 When Doves Cry Prince And The Revolution 16/05/1984 Purple Rain
1984 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
144 Pride (In The Name Of Love) U2 4/09/1984 The Unforgettable Fire
1985

1985 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
170 Into The Groove Madonna 12/11/1984 Like A Virgin

Notes

  • #170: '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.
1986

1986 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
128 Rise Public Image Ltd 21/01/1986 Album
1986 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
132 Kiss Prince And The Revolution 5/02/1986 Parade
1986 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
183 Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely Hüsker Dü 1/04/1986 Candy Apple Grey
123 Say Goodbye Hunters & Collectors 7/04/1986 Human Frailty
1986 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
115 Greetings To The New Brunette Billy Bragg September 1986 Talking With The Taxman About Poetry
154 I Want You Elvis Costello & The Attractions 15/09/1986 Blood & Chocolate
1987

1987 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
200 Love Removal Machine The Cult 16/02/1987 Electric
149 Sign O' The Times Prince 18/02/1987 Sign "☮" The Times
1987 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
113 With Or Without You U2 9/03/1987 The Joshua Tree
1987 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
114 Why Can't I Be You? The Cure 6/04/1987 Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
1987 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
175 Bye Bye Pride The Go-Betweens June 1987 Tallulah
164 Wild Flower The Cult 4/06/1987 Electric
1987 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
103 Birthday The Sugarcubes 19/10/1987 Life's Too Good
1987 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
188 Fairytale Of New York The Pogues November 1987 If I Should Fall From Grace With God
116 Always On My Mind Pet Shop Boys 30/11/1987 Introspective
1988

1988 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
133 Suedehead Morrissey 15/02/1988 Viva Hate
104 Reptile The Church 16/02/1988 Starfish
1988 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
178 Def.Con.One Pop Will Eat Itself 1/07/1988 This Is The Day...This Is The Hour...This Is This!
1988 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
150 Ana Ng They Might Be Giants 25/09/1988 Lincoln
1988 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
130 Teen Age Riot Sonic Youth 11/10/1988 Daydream Nation
1988 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
119 Stand R.E.M. 7/11/1988 Green
177 You Are The Everything R.E.M. 7/11/1988 Green
189 World Leader Pretend R.E.M. 7/11/1988 Green
1989

Exact Dates Unknown
# Title Artist Date Album
147 Everybody Moves Died Pretty 1989 Single Only
1989 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
171 God Is A Bullet Concrete Blonde 11/01/1989 Free
1989 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
173 I Wanna Be Adored The Stone Roses 13/03/1989 The Stone Roses
117 Here Comes Your Man Pixies 20/03/1989 Doolittle
1989 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
136 Wise Up Sucker! Pop Will Eat Itself 1/04/1989 This Is The Day...This Is The Hour...This Is This!
195 Higher Ground Red Hot Chili Peppers 8/04/1989 Mother's Milk
1989 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
106 Lovesong The Cure 1/05/1989 Disintegration
1989 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
158 Fight The Power Public Enemy June 1989 Fear Of A Black Planet
161 Wicked Game Chris Isaak 6/06/1989 Heart Shaped World
1989 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
172 Head On The Jesus And Mary Chain 1/09/1989 Automatic
190 Blush The Hummingbirds 3/09/1989 loveBUZZ
1990

1990 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
165 Nothing Compares 2 U Sinéad O'Connor 8/01/1990 I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
166 She Talks To Angels The Black Crowes 24/01/1990 Shake Your Money Maker
1990 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
159 Enjoy The Silence Depeche Mode 5/02/1990 Violator
1990 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
140 Like A Daydream Ride 12/04/1990 Play EP
193 The Weeping Song Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 17/04/1990 The Good Son
1990 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
160 Circlesquare The Wonder Stuff May 1990 Single Only
196 Tomorrow, Wendy Concrete Blonde 29/05/1990 Bloodletting
1990 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
111 Dirty Boots Sonic Youth 26/06/1990 Goo
1990 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
120 Three Days Jane's Addiction 2/08/1990 Ritual de lo Habitual
148 Love Rears Its Ugly Head Living Colour 20/08/1990 Time's Up
1990 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
191 Unbelieveable EMF 4/09/1990 Schubert Dip
101 Right Here, Right Now Jesus Jones 11/09/1990 Doubt
137 Real Real Real Jesus Jones 11/09/1990 Doubt
1990 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
105 Cloud Factory Clouds October 1990 Clouds EP
131 More The Sisters Of Mercy 1/10/1990 Vision Thing
186 Being Boring Pet Shop Boys 22/10/1990 Behaviour
1990 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
181 Bob's Yer Uncle Happy Mondays 27/11/1990 Pills 'n' Thrills And Bellyaches
1990 - December
# Title Artist Date Album
107 Benchtop Melanie Oxley & Chris Abrahams December 1990 Resisitng Calm EP
1991

Exact Dates Unknown
# Title Artist Date Album
192 Human Nature (On The Mix) Gary Clail & On-U Sound System 1991  The Emotional Hooligan 
194 Lifeboat Tall Tales And True 1991 Revenge!
1991 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
118 Lovesick Gang Starr 15/01/1991 Step In The Arena
1991 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
134 Unfamiliar Ride 4/03/1991 Today Forever EP
1991 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
151 Soul Eater Clouds April 1991 Penny Century
139 Fields Of Joy Lenny Kravitz 2/04/1991 Mama Said
152 There's No Other Way Blur 15/04/1991 Leisure 
1991 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
125 Planet Of Sound Pixies 28/05/1991 Trompe Le Monde
1991 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
138 Gett Off Prince And The New Power Generation 7/06/1991 Diamonds And Pearls
102 Rush Big Audio Dynamite II 16/06/1991 The Globe
180 The Globe Big Audio Dynamite II 16/06/1991 The Globe
153 Caught In My Shadow The Wonder Stuff 25/06/1991 Never Loved Elvis
1991 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
155 You Could Be Mine Guns N' Roses 8/07/1991 Use Your Illusion II
108 I'm Too Sexy Right Said Fred 15/07/1991 Up
1991 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
185 Rush You Baby Animals 1/09/1991 Baby Animals
174 Suck My Kiss Red Hot Chili Peppers 24/09/1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik
184 From A Million Miles Single Gun Theory 27/09/1991 Millions, Like Stars In My Hands, Daggers In My Heart, Wage War
1991 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
179 The Fly U2 21/10/1991 Achtung Baby
109 Move Any Mountain The Shamen 22/10/1991 Single Only
1991 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
112 Black Or White Michael Jackson 11/11/1991 Dangerous
142 Mysterious Ways U2 18/11/1991 Achtung Baby


Facts

  • 19 of the songs that charted in the Hottest 100 of All Time for 1991 were released within the year of the countdown. However, since it is an All Time countdown, this is not particularly an unusually low number.
    Whereas in the tracks that made positions #101-200, there were 21 songs actually released in 1991 that charted.
  • The most common months for a song to be released were March 1989 and September 1991, which each had 6 of the 200 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 U2's 'Mysterious Ways', which was released on November 18th, 1991.


Adjusted Countdown

These lists are adjusted versions of the 1991 Hottest 100 of All Time countdown.
This shows what the countdown would have looked like if only songs from 1991 were allowed to chart.

Adjusted Countdown - #1 - #100
# Title Artist Date Original
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana 10/09/1991 1
2 Lithium Nirvana 24/09/1991 3
3 Sexuality Billy Bragg 17/09/1991 22
4 Losing My Religion R.E.M. 19/02/1991 32
5 Hieronymus Clouds November 1991 33
6 D.C. Died Pretty August 1991 34
7 Give It Away Red Hot Chili Peppers 24/09/1991 39
8 Enter Sandman Metallica 29/07/1991 60
9 The Unforgiven Metallica 12/08/1991 63
10 Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack 11/02/1991 64
11 4PM Clouds April 1991 67
12 Labour Of Love Frente! 1991 69
13 Grey Cell Green Ned's Atomic Dustbin 14/05/1991 71
14 Come As You Are Nirvana 24/09/1991 76
15 Surfers Of The Mind Def FX June 1991 80
16 Treaty Yothu Yindi 14/07/1991 83
17 The Size Of A Cow The Wonder Stuff 25/06/1991 86
18 Soon My Bloody Valentine 4/11/1991 90
19 Cream Prince And The New Power Generation 9/09/1991 100
Adjusted Countdown - #101 - #200
# Title Artist Date Original
101 Rush Big Audio Dynamite II 16/06/1991 102
102 I'm Too Sexy Right Said Fred 15/07/1991 108
103 Move Any Mountain The Shamen 22/10/1991 109
104 Black Or White Michael Jackson 11/11/1991 112
105 Lovesick Gang Starr 15/01/1991 118
106 Planet Of Sound Pixies 28/05/1991 125
107 Unfamiliar Ride 4/03/1991 134
108 Gett Off Prince And The New Power Generation 7/06/1991 138
109 Fields Of Joy Lenny Kravitz 2/04/1991 139
110 Mysterious Ways U2 18/11/1991 142
111 Soul Eater Clouds April 1991 151
112 There's No Other Way Blur 15/04/1991 152
113 Caught In My Shadow The Wonder Stuff 25/06/1991 153
114 You Could Be Mine Guns N' Roses 8/07/1991 155
115 Suck My Kiss Red Hot Chili Peppers 24/09/1991 174
116 The Fly U2 21/10/1991 179
117 The Globe Big Audio Dynamite II 16/06/1991 180
118 From A Million Miles Single Gun Theory 27/09/1991 184
119 Rush You Baby Animals 1/09/1991 185
120 Human Nature (On The Mix) Gary Clail & On-U Sound System 1991 192
121 Lifeboat Tall Tales And True 1991 194



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