“Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” is a song by American hip-hop group P.M. Dawn. It was released in October 1991 as the second single from their debut album Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience. Writing credit is given to Attrell Cordes (Prince Be of P.M. Dawn) and Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet, as the song is built around samples of their 1983 hit “True”. The song also samples the drumbeat from The Soul Searchers’ “Ashley’s Roachclip”.
This song was the group’s first (and only) number-one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, and also reached number 3 in the United Kingdom. It ranks number 81 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. The song was the first number one song after the debut of the Nielsen SoundScan system, which monitored airplay and sales more closely than before, when Billboard had to rely on manual sales reports and airplay data. According to the test charts of the SoundScan system, “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” was at number one for at least three weeks, but officially has a one-week reign at number one.
A slower, ballad version of the song was remade by the Backstreet Boys, and recorded on their second international album Backstreet’s Back, and released on their U.S. debut album.
“When a Man Loves a Woman” is a song written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright and first recorded by Percy Sledge in 1966 at Norala Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama. It made number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts. Singer and actress Bette Midler covered the song and had a Top 40 hit with her version in 1980. In 1991, Michael Bolton recorded the song and his version peaked at number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles chart.
“Cream” is a song by Prince and The New Power Generation, from the 1991 album Diamonds and Pearls. Prince states that he wrote the song while standing in front of a mirror.
The single’s B-side, “Horny Pony”, a rap song which was replaced on Diamonds and Pearls at the last minute by “Gett Off”, was re-used from the “Gett Off” single. “Cream” was also released as a maxi-single EP with remixes and songs/raps loosely based on “Cream”. The EP was notable for including several prank telephone conversations.
In the UK, “Gangster Glam” was an additional B-side on the 12″/CD maxi single. In Japan, an EP was released with the tracks from the US maxi single, and four tracks from the US “Gett Off” maxi single. “Cream” was Prince’s fifth and last number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and was Prince’s only Hot 100 number-one single that was not associated with a movie. The song was featured in an episode of the BBC Two comedy Rev.
“Romantic” is a song by American singer Karyn White from her second studio album Ritual of Love (1991). It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 2, 1991, making it her biggest hit to date. “Romantic” was also White’s fourth number-one on the Hot Black Singles chart.
Released – August 23, 1991
Genre – New jack swing
Length – 4:07
Label – Warner Bros.
Writer(s) – Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis Karyn White
Producer(s) – Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
“Emotions” is a song by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey. It was written and produced by Carey, David Cole and Robert Clivillés of the C+C Music Factory, and recorded for Carey’s second album of the same name (1991). It was released as the album’s first single on August 13, 1991 by Columbia Records. The disco song has its protagonist going through a variety of emotions, from high to low, up to the point where she declares “you got me feeling emotions”. Musically, it was borrowed heavily from 1970s disco, and flaunted Carey’s upper range and extensive use of the whistle register.
“Good Vibrations” is a song by American group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. It was released in July 1991 as the lead single from their debut album Music for the People. The song became a number-one hit in the United States, Sweden and Switzerland. The single spent twenty weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, its last week rising 40 positions to number 27, but dropped out the following week.
“Good Vibrations” was written by Amir Quadeer Shakir, aka “M.C. Spice”, a good friend of Donnie Wahlberg, Mark Wahlberg, and Dan Hartman. Quadeer also wrote and produced Wildside for Mark Wahlberg’s debut LP as well as three other songs. M.C. Spice is featured on the song “Peace” with Mark and the crew and has contributed to the Wahlberg’s second LP. The song featured a sample of Loleatta Holloway singing “Love Sensation”, written by Dan Hartman. Holloway made an appearance performing the chorus in the music video.
“I Adore Mi Amor” is the title of a number-one R&B single by group Color Me Badd, released as the second single from their debut album C.M.B. The hit song spent one week at number-one on the US R&B chart. It was also number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of September 21, 1991 for two weeks and spent 20 weeks overall in the list. It also ended the year at number 18 on the annual recap for 1991. In 1992, saxophonist Najee covered the song from the album “Just an Illusion.”
“The Promise of a New Day” is the second single (and lead-off track) from American artist Paula Abdul’s album Spellbound. The song was written by Peter Lord and V. Jeffrey Smith. The single was released to radio while the hit “Rush Rush” was still at the top of radio airplay and the pop charts.
The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 14, 1991, becoming Abdul’s sixth chart-topping single, and her last #1 hit to date.
The video for the song was recorded in front of a green screen in Hawaii. However, since Abdul was unable to film the clip due to other commitments, she shot the necessary scenes elsewhere, which were then edited into the video. Production took place during the week of July 8, 1991.
The video caused controversy when originally aired mainly because it appeared to make Abdul look taller and thinner than she actually was. However, on Pop Up Video, VH1 (and Abdul in a filmed segment) secured that the clip had been edited in such a way as to make the dancers appear closer together.
“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” is a song by Canadian singer and songwriter Bryan Adams. Written by Adams, Michael Kamen and Robert John “Mutt” Lange, featured on two albums simultaneously on its release, the soundtrack album from the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and on Adams’ sixth studio solo album Waking Up the Neighbours (1991). The song was an enormous chart success internationally, particularly in the United Kingdom, where it spent sixteen consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart (the longest in British chart history), seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and nine weeks atop the Canadian Singles Chart in Adams’s native Canada. Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song for 1991. It was a number one hit on many charts and went on to sell more than 15 million copies worldwide, making it Adams’ most successful song and one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Adams, Kamen and Lange won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television at the Grammy Awards of 1992, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song but lost to “Beauty and the Beast”. Subsequently, the song has been covered by hundreds of singers and artists around the world.
“Unbelievable” is a song written and recorded by British band EMF, originally appearing on their debut album Schubert Dip. It was released as a single in the UK in 1990, peaking in the UK Singles Chart at number three on 1 December 1990. It was the 32nd best-selling single of 1990 in the UK. In the United States, it hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on 20 July 1991.
The song contains samples of US comedian Andrew Dice Clay throughout the track, including the loud exclamation of “oh!” at the start of each chorus along with the words “it’s unbelievable” spoken during the bridge. The track was produced by Ralph Jezzard.
In the UK (where the band hailed from), the B-side of the single was a track called “EMF” which included the refrain: “E! Ecstasy! M! Motherfucker, motherfucker! F! From us to you….”
“Unbelievable” also samples the word “One” that comes in the refrain “Ya Kid K is the one”, from the song “Spin That Wheel” by Eurodance act Hi-Tek 3 featuring Ya Kid K. Hi-Tek 3 is a side project from the successful dance act Technotronic.