Today in Music: They Topped the Swedish Singles Chart in 1993

20 years have passed since 1993! Jurassic Park was the top grossing movie, but there was always a fresh singles chart – every week. Check out the top five tracks on the Swedish singles chart in 1993 on WelcheMusic’s Chart Rewind:

5. Twenty 4 Seven feat. Stay-C and Nance – Slave to the Music

Dutch group Twenty 4 Seven was created by the producer Ruud van Rijen back in 1989. They debuted with ‘I Can’t Stand It’ that very year, ultimately racking up no less than 15 singles and four albums. ‘Slave to the Music’ was their biggest singles, lifted off the sophomore set carrying the same name. The track was written by Twenty 4 Seven with van Riijen as co-writer and producer. Twenty 4 Seven continued to release music until 2007 when ‘Like Flames’ was released – a cover of US new wave group Berlin most famous for ‘Take My Breath Away.’  Time for a comeback? Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a good version of the original video, explaining why Li-Ann is the featured artist in this version.

4. 4 Non Blondes – What’s Up?

‘What’s Up?’ was unquestionably the biggest hit for the San Francisco rock group 4 Non Blondes. Included on the debut album Bigger, Better, Faster, More!, the track was written by singer Linda Perry. It topped the Swedish singles chart for 4 weeks, was a runner-up in the UK and missed out the top ten in the US (it peaked at No.14). While 4 Non Blondes might not be around, Linda Perry is a successful songwriter haven penned hits such as ‘Get the Party Started’ (P!nk), ‘Beautiful’ (Christina Aguilera) and ‘What You Waiting For?’ (Gwen Stefani).

3. Pet Shop Boys – Go West

Peaking at No.2, ‘Go West’ was originally a hit for the Village People in 1979. It was written by Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo, Victor Willis, while Morali helmed production. The track was chosen when the Pet Shop Boys performed on an AIDS charity event at the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester. Following the success of ‘Can You Forgive Her?,’ ‘Go West’ was the second single off Very. The set spawned no less than five hit singles!

2. Soul Asylum – Runaway Train

A giant hit back in 1993, amassing no less than 23 weeks Soul Asylum’s ‘Runaway Train’ missed out on the top position.  It was written by lead singer David Pirner and produced by Michael Beinhorn (of Hole and Marilyn Manson fame). The fourth single off the album Grave Dancers Union, the track was awarded a Grammy for Best Rock Song in 1994. Focusing on missing children, the video was adapted to different markets showing pictures of children that had disappeared. Soul Asylum released their tenth album last year named Delayed Reaction.

1. Freddie Mercury – Living on My Own

Topping the Swedish singles chart for 5 weeks, ‘Living on My Own’ became an enormous hit in its remixed version by No More Brothers. The track was originally produced by German producer Mack and written by Freddie Mercury. It topped the charts in several markets, including the UK, France, Norway and Italy. The footage in the video is taken from Freddie Mecury’s 39th birthday. The song was originally featured on Mercury’s debut solo album Mr. Bad Guy (1985), peaking at No.50 in the UK upon its single release that year. Returning to the charts 8 years later, this was Freddie Mercury’s first and sole UK No.1 as a solo artist.




Swede Brings Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera to US Top 10

Adam Levine is back with Maroon 5

CHART SPOTLIGHT. Kudos to Shellback, the Karlshamn son who graced us with super hits like P!nk’s “So What,” Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” and Adam Lambert’s “Whataya Want from Me.” Since his debut with Britney Spears’ “If U Seek Amy” back in 2008, the songwriter/producer have successfully collaborated with geniuses such as Max Martin.

His latest achievement is Maroon 5’s “Moves Likes Jagger.” It’s the group’s first top ten hit sin 2007’s “Makes Me Wonder,” and has so far peaked at No.8. A duet with Christina Aguilera, the track has already become a WelcheMusic favourite! Hopefully, it will continue to climb and become one of the biggest ever for the band.

 → Check out the video to ‘Moves Like Jagger’ and listen of the new remixes

Glee Cast Covers “Raise Your Glass”

CHART SPOTLIGHT. Check out the latest Billboard story, and listen to the latest Glee installment. The Warbles will sing P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass” on the upcoming episode to be aired on Mar.15. The Dalton Academy Warblers has performed everything from Destiny’s Child to Katy Perry during the recent weeks. Their rendition of Perry’s “Teenage Dream” rendered them a  No.1 hit on the digital chart.

Back to “Raise Your Glass,” the track was a US No.1 upon its release. The track was written by P!nk, Max Martin and our absolute favorite Shellback and  released last October. It was featured on the singer’s Greatest Hits…So Far!!! set.

“Raise Your Glass” peaked at No.15 on the Swedish singles tally.

(Update 13/3): This week, The Glee Cast bows at No.37 on the UK singles chart with their rendition of Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister.” The original version peaked at No.18 in the UK, while reaching No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Shellback Contributes with Three Tracks on New Britney Set

CHART SPOTLIGHT. The world is counting down to the new Britney Spears set Femme Fatale, which is slated for release on March 25.  WelcheMusic is really proud of fellow Swede Shellback, who contributed on no less than three tracks on the upcoming set. Née Karl Johan Schuster in 1985, producer Shellback is a prolific musician. He penned/produced recent hits such as “Fuckin’ Perfect” (P!nk), “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” (Usher) and “Whataya Want from Me” (Adam Lambert/P!nk).

WelcheMusic covered Shellback when he placed “Raise Your Glass” on the charts back in December last year. Shellback has a background from local rock bands such as Skörda and Blinded Colony. He joined the Maratone production studio in 2007 with nestor Max Martin. Shellback’s breakthrough came with “If U Seek Amy,” Britney’s 2008 hit.

On Femme Fatale, Shellback wrote “I Wanna Go” and “Up and Down” with Max Martin and Savan Kotecha, “Criminal” with Tiffany Amber and Max Martin. Note that “Up and Down” is a bonus track.

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