Top 100 Hits of 1992


Nirvana Was Number One in 1991 and 1992

Nirvana lead the pack with the same #1 song for 1992 as it was for 1991... "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was a high powered, grunge anthem that rocked the alternative rock music genre in 1991. The song was released as a single in late 1991 and became a huge hit not only on the alternative rock charts, but also on the mainstream Top 40 charts. The record was huge and it put Nirvana on the map in 1992. They enjoyed huge success until 1994, when their lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain suddenly died.

1992 was turning point for me where I mostly abandoned top 40 music due to the influx of rap and hip-hop music that would dominate top 40 for the next 30 years. Billboard's major changes to how the Hot 100 was calculated favored a lot of rap and went beyond listing traditional single releases. Music was changing away from rock and I did not like it.

Going forward most of the songs that I tracked from 1992 throughout that decade and into the next, are in the alternative rock genre. This Top 100 chart is the first of several.

Rank                     TitleArtist
1Smells Like Teen SpiritNirvana
3Friday I'm in LoveThe Cure
4Everybody HurtsR.E.M.
5Layla (Live Unplugged)Eric Clapton
6Carribean BlueEnya
7Constant Cravingk.d. Lang
8Breaking the GirlRed Hot Chili Peppers
9These Are Days10,000 Maniacs
10This Used to Be My PlaygroundMadonna
11Man on the MoonR.E.M.
12Justified and AncientThe KLF
13Runaway TrainSoul Asylum
14My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)En Vogue
15Mary Quaint in BlueThe Dylans
16Tears in HeavenEric Clapton
17Under the BridgeRed Hot Chili Peppers
19Tell It Like It T-I-IsThe B-52s
20End of the RoadBoyz II Men
21Bohemian RhapsodyQueen
22What Girls WantMaterial Issue
23Damn I Wish I Was Your LoverSophie B. Hawkins
24Free Your MindEn Vogue
25StayShakespears Sister
26Into The FireSarah MacLachlan
27The OneElton John
28Noah's Dove10,000 Maniacs
29Black or WhiteMichael Jackson
30Hot Pants ExplosionThe B-52s
31All I WantToad the Wet Sprocket
32All 4 LoveColor Me Badd
33Come As You AreNirvana
34It's A Shame About RayThe Lemondheads
35Somebody to ShoveSoul Asylum
36Good StuffThe B-52s
37I Can't Make You Love MeBonnie Raitt
38I've Been WaitingMatthew Sweet
39Candy Everybody Wants10,000 Maniacs
40Margot Known As MissyThe Judybats
41Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)Cracker
42Mysterious WaysU2
43EverythingMaterial Issue
44A Letter to EliseThe Cure
45Little Miss Can't Be WrongSpin Doctors
46Born of FrustrationJames
47Divine ThingSoup Dragons
48The Life of RileyLightning Seeds
49Digging in the DirtPeter Gabriel
50Don't You Think I KnowMaterial Issue
51Face to FaceSiouxsie and the Banshees
52Doing the UnstuckThe Cure
53Happy Birthday to MeCracker
54We Hate It When Our Friends Become SuccessfulMorrissey
55HighThe Cure
56I Can't DanceGenesis
57Don't Let the Sun Go Down on MeGeorge Michael and Elton John
58Set Adrift on Memory BlissP.M. Dawn
59Even Better Than The Real ThingU2
60HaloThe Cure
62Diamonds and PearlsPrince and The New Power Generation
63She's Sad She SaidThe Judybats
64Jack Ass GingerPoi Dog Pondering
65TennesseeArrested Development
66WhyAnnie Lennox
67Ballad of Peter PumpkinheadXTC
68HazardRichard Marx
69November RainGuns N' Roses
70Sure ThingThe Darling Buds
71Jump AroundHouse of Pain
72How Do You Talk to an AngelThe Heights
73Remember the TimeMichael Jackson
74I'd Die Without YouP.M. Dawn
75Rhythm Is a DancerSnap!
76Walk on the WaterToad the Wet Sprocket
77Would?Alice in Chains
78Make It HappenMariah Carey
79Good for MeAmy Grant
80To Be with YouMr. Big
81I'm Too SexyRight Said Fred
82BlackPearl Jam
84I Will Remember YouAmy Grant
85Achy Breaky HeartBilly Ray Cyrus
86I'll Be ThereMariah Carey
88Someday?Concrete Blonde
89I Love Your SmileShanice
90LacklusterPoi Dog Pondering
91Do I Have to Say the Words?Bryan Adams
92Take This HeartRichard Marx
93Too FunkyGeorge Michael
94Have You Ever Needed Someone So BadDef Leppard
95Beauty and the BeastCeline Dion and Peabo Bryson
96The Way I Feel About YouKaryn White
97In the ClosetMichael Jackson
98JumpKris Kross
99100%Sonic Youth
100Let's Get RockedDef Leppard

Songs listed in green type were on alternative rock chart only.

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