1992 Number One Songs UK
There were fewer 1992 number one songs in the UK than usual, with only 13 acts making it to the top spot that year. One UK number 1 of 1992 managed an impressive 8 weeks at the top, yet it’s a track barely heard these days. While that’s half the time Bryan Adams spent in pole position during 1991, it’s still almost two months out of 12.
So what did the third year of the 1990s have in store for the UK music scene? The tune at the top at the start – and one of the biggest 1992 hit songs – charted because we’d lost a British music icon in late 1991.
There were of course some 1992 one hit wonders – in fact I’m surprised how much such artists and bands dominated the music charts of the 80s and 90s. At least when it comes to singles sales. There were a few 1992 dance hits in the UK too, marking a clear shift away from the style of the 80s and into the music of the 90s.
Apparently singles sales were low in 1992 – the year I sat my A-levels before setting off to study at Salford University in the autumn. For my part, I don’t think I owned any of these 1992 songs on vinyl, cassette or CD – either in single or album form. So I must have unwittingly contributed to those poor sales!
As for now, I do have the first number one song in 1992 on one of my CDs. The last one, meanwhile, came from a film my best pal at uni watched repeatedly, even during our third year in 1994-5. In 1992, female singers didn’t come any bigger than the artist behind that title track. Nor did 1992 love songs, for that matter.
Did you own, or even like, any of these 1992 top songs? Let’s find out…
The 13 1992 number one songs in the UK
3 weeks at number one in January 1992
Wet Wet Wet – Goodnight Girl
4 weeks at number one in January & February 1992
Shakespear’s Sister – Stay
8 weeks at number one in February, March & April 1992
Right Said Fred – Deeply Dippy
3 weeks at number one in April & May 1992
KWS – Please Don’t Go
5 weeks at number one in May & June 1992
Erasure – Abbe-esque
5 weeks at number one in June & July 1992
Jimmy Nail – Ain’t No Doubt
3 weeks at number one in July & August 1992
Snap – Rhythm Is A Dancer
6 weeks at number one in August & September 1992
The Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode
4 weeks at number one in September & October 1992
Tasmin Archer – Sleeping Satellite
2 weeks at number one in October 1992
Boyz II Men – End Of The Road
3 weeks at number one in October & November 1992
Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You?
2 weeks at number one in November 1992
Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
4 weeks at number one in December 1992
What do you think of the 1992 number one songs in the UK?
There you are – that’s every number 1 song in 1992 here in the UK. For me, this year really marks a shift away from the music of the 80s, though that’s still evident in the form of hits from the likes of Wet Wet Wet, Erasure and Whitney Houston.
The tracks from The Shamen and Snap reflect the 90s scene most for me, reflecting the dance vibe of the decade.
If I had to pick a favourite number one song of 1992, it would be a toss-up between Queen and The Shamen. What do you say?
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