Hottest 100, 1993 Volume 1
# Title Artist Time Country
1 Asshole Denis Leary 4:26 USA
2 Creep Radiohead 3:56 England
3 Linger The Cranberries 4:35 Ireland
4 No Rain Blind Melon 3:37 USA
5 Cannonball The Breeders 3:34 USA
6 Killing In The Name Rage Against The Machine 5:14 USA
7 Lemon U2 6:58 Ireland
8 Go Pearl Jam 3:13 USA
9 The Honeymoon Is Over The Cruel Sea 3:07 Australia
10 Stone Me Into The Groove Atomic Swing 4:04 Sweden
11 Everybody Hurts R.E.M. 5:20 USA
12 Plush Stone Temple Pilots 5:14 USA
13 Soul To Squeeze Red Hot Chili Peppers 4:53 USA
14 I Held Her In My Arms Violent Femmes 3:01 USA
15 Wild America Iggy Pop 5:45 USA
16 Sister Havana Urge Overkill 3:50 USA
17 Hits From The Bong Cypress Hill 2:41 USA
18 Go West Pet Shop Boys 5:03 England
19 Trout (feat. Michael Stipe) Neneh Cherry 5:04 Sweden
20 Heart-Shaped Box Nirvana 4:41 USA
21 Black Stick The Cruel Sea 4:59 Australia
22 The Ship Song (Live) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4:23 Australia
23 Human Behaviour Björk 4:12 Iceland
24 What's Up? 4 Non Blondes 4:56 USA
25 Feed The Tree Belly 3:29 USA
26 Somewhere Efua 4:24 England
27 Sober Tool 5:07 USA
28 Are You Gonna Go My Way Lenny Kravitz 3:32 USA
29 All That She Wants Ace Of Base 3:33 Sweden
30 Constant Craving k.d. lang 4:38 Canada
31 Numb U2 4:21 Ireland
32 Jessie Paw 3:15 USA
33 Pets Porno For Pyros 3:37 USA
34 Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) Us3 4:39 England
35 Shoop Salt-N-Pepa 4:09 USA
36 The Right Time Hoodoo Gurus 3:54 Australia
37 My Sister The Juliana Hatfield Three 3:24 USA
38 Get Me Dinosaur Jr. 5:52 USA
39 Friday I'm In Love The Cure 3:37 England
40 Push Th' Little Daisies Ween 2:50 USA
41 World Turning (Räwak Mix) Yothu Yindi 3:53 Australia
42 Dreams Gabrielle 3:45 England
43 Cherub Rock The Smashing Pumpkins 4:58 USA
44 Juice The Headless Chickens 4:02 New Zealand
45 Start Choppin' Dinosaur Jr. 5:40 USA
46 Detachable Penis King Missile 3:22 USA
47 Tease Me Chaka Demus & Pliers 4:06 Jamaica
48 Night Of The Wolverine I Dave Graney 'N' The Coral Snakes 4:46 Australia
49 Bi Living Colour 4:46 USA
50 Adam's Ribs You Am I 3:55 Australia
51 Would? Alice in Chains 3:29 USA
52 Runaway Train Soul Asylum 4:27 USA
53 Taillights Fade Buffalo Tom 3:45 USA
54 Holy Grail Hunters & Collectors 3:47 Australia
55 Alive And Brilliant Deborah Conway 4:05 Australia
56 Can You Forgive Her? Pet Shop Boys 3:54 England
57 Choppers (Koppelman Mix) Headless Chickens 3:34 New Zealand
58 Jesus Was Way Cool King Missile 2:42 USA
59 You're Just Too Hip Baby Dave Graney 'N' The Coral Snakes 4:17 Australia
60 Distant Sun Crowded House 3:50 Australia
61 Last Train (Master Mix) (With Paul Kelly) Christine Anu 4:26 Australia
62 Easy Faith No More 3:07 USA
63 Scratch My Back The Sharp 3:19 Australia
64 Nearly Lost You Screaming Trees 4:07 USA
65 Regret New Order 4:08 England
66 Something Good Utah Saints 5:57 England
67 Boom Shack-A-Lak Apache Indian 3:50 England
68 Mr. Vain Culture Beat 5:37 Germany
69 Animal Nitrate Suede 3:26 England
70 Sleepy Head (Serene Machine) Ed Kuepper 4:00 Australia
71 Nothingness (Colour Mix) Living Colour 3:50 USA
72 Baby, You Got In The Way Barefoot 3:51 Australia
73 Mr. Wendal Arrested Development 4:08 USA
74 Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) Sub Sub 5:15 England
75 The Drowners Suede 4:10 England
76 Before Caligula 3:20 Australia
77 Lost The Badloves 3:33 Australia
78 Deep East 17 4:07 England
79 Mrs. Robinson The Lemonheads 3:46 USA
80 Rooster Alice In Chains 6:15 USA
81 Insane In The Brain Cypress Hill 3:29 USA
82 Green Limousine The Badloves 3:48 Australia
83 Your Eyes (Shaggy Mix) Underground Lovers 4:38 Australia
84 Bullet In The Head Rage Against The Machine 5:09 USA
85 Three Little Pigs Green Jellÿ 4:38 USA
86 World New Order 4:44 England
87 Do It Swoop 4:33 Australia
88 Dixie Drug Store Grant Lee Buffalo 5:08 USA
89 Aboriginal Woman Mixed Relations 3:15 Australia
90 For Tomorrow Blur 4:21 England
91 Happy Birthday Helen Things Of Stone And Wood 3:49 Australia
92 I Feel You Depeche Mode 4:36 England
93 Man On The Moon R.E.M. 5:14 USA
94 Sweat (A La La La La Long) Inner Circle 3:46 Jamaica
95 Delivery Man The Cruel Sea 5:08 Australia
96 Candy Everybody Wants 10,000 Maniacs 3:08 USA
97 Rubberband Girl Kate Bush 4:45 England
98 Freedom Kev Carmody 6:51 Australia
99 Ebeneezer Goode The Shamen 3:52 Scotland
100 Gloria (feat. John Lee Hooker) Van Morrison 5:20 Ireland

Facts for 1993

The 1993 Hottest 100 was the first annual Hottest 100 countdown since the change of the format which allowed only songs from the previous year to be voted for.

The Countdown

The countdown took place in January of 1994 and featured a mixture of 84 different artists, currently the third highest amount of artists in a countdown to date. According to the liner notes of the corresponding CD release, 50,000 votes were counted in the countdown.

Denis Leary becomes the first artist to achieve the #1 position with no other songs in the countdown. Other artists to achieve this feat are The Cranberries in 1994, Spiderbait in 1996, Augie March in 2006, and The Rubens in 2015. Additionally, Leary is one of the few #1 placegetters to be a solo performer. In addition to Leary, Alex Lloyd (2001), Bernard Fanning (2005), Vance Joy (2013), and Chet Faker (2013) also topped the chart as a solo performer.

At #37, The Juliana Hatfield Three charted with their song 'My Sister'. The song includes the line "I miss my sister, why'd she go? She's the one who would have taken me to my first all-ages show. It was the Violent Femmes and The Del Fuegos, before they had a record out, before they went gold and started to grow."
The Violent Femmes charted at #14 with their re-recording of their 1986 song 'I Held Her In My Arms', and Adam Roth, bass player for The Del Fuegos, charted at #1 as the bass player on Denis Leary's 'Asshole.'

At #93, R.E.M. featured with their song 'Man On The Moon', which is an homage to the late comedian Andy Kaufman. In 1999, a biopic of Kaufman named after R.E.M.'s song was released, with R.E.M. composing the music for the soundtrack. The soundtrack features 'Man On The Moon' in addition to another song written about Kaufman called 'The Great Beyond', which also featured in the 2000 countdown, reaching #55. Near the end of 'The Great Beyond', lyrics to 'Man On The Moon' can be heard, albeit very faintly.

At #100, Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker charted with their version of 'Gloria'. The song is a partial cover due to being originally written by Morrison in 1963 and performed by his band Them in 1964.

John Lee Hooker's appearance at #100 makes him the oldest person to appear in a countdown. At the time of the countdown, he was 76 years old.

1993 is, so far, one of only 2 countdowns to not feature 2 or more entries by a single artist in the top 20. The only other countdown to do this is 2007.

The countdown also features the moderately rare distinction of having no artists reach consecutive entries. This has also happened in 1996, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Artists Featured


The Cruel Sea were the best performing band of the countdown, achieving 3 entries, their highest reaching number 9.
16 other artists managed to achieve 2 entries.

Artists With Multiple Entries

3 Tracks
  • The Cruel Sea (9, 21, 95)
2 Tracks
  • The Badloves (77, 82)
  • Cypress Hill (17, 81)
  • Dave Graney 'n' The Coral Snakes (48, 59)
  • Dinosaur Jr. (38, 45)
  • Headless Chickens (44, 57)
  • King Missile (46, 58)
  • Living Colour (49, 71)
  • New Order (65, 86)
  • Pet Shop Boys (18, 56)
  • R.E.M. (11, 93)
  • Rage Against The Machine (6, 84)
  • Suede (69, 75)
  • U2 (7, 31)

  • Danny Carey (27, 85)
    (Once with Tool and once with Green Jellÿ)
  • Juliana Hatfield (37, 79)
    (Once with The Juliana Hatfield Three and once with The Lemonheads)
  • Kate Bush (66, 97)
    (Once as a solo artist and sampled once by Utah Saints)
  • Maynard James Keenan (27, 85)
    (Once with Tool and once with Green Jellÿ)
  • Michael Stipe (19, 93)
    (Once with Neneh Cherry and once with R.E.M)

Countries Featured


The 1993 Hottest 100 featured artists from 11 countries, including 43 from the USA, 24 from Australia and 18 from England.

Jamaica featured twice in the countdown, which is, to date, a record that still stands.
Ireland's 4 tracks is their equal highest achievement, alongside the 1996 countdown.

A Couple Of Notes

‘Trout’, at #19, was a collaboration between Neneh Cherry and Michael Stipe (of the band R.E.M, so who also charted), who are Swedish and American, respectively. However, the track is counted as a Swedish entry for simplicity.

‘Gloria’, at #100, was a collaboration between Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker, who are Irish and American, respectively. However, the track is counted as an Irish entry for simplicity.


Countries Represented in the 1993 Countdown


Flag Country Entries
Australia 24
Canada 1
England 18
Germany 1
Iceland 1
Ireland 4
Jamaica 2
New Zealand 2
Scotland 1
Sweden 3
USA 43



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