Top 102 Albums of 1993

Top 102 Albums of 1993I was perusing the spirit of radio site when I stumbled upon the Top 102 Albums of 1993 according to CFNY a.k.a. 102.1 The Edge.

Through the years I've shared a number of CFNY lists, all of which can be found at https://www.torontomike.com/cfny_edge_102/, but this 1993 list caught my eye for a few reasons:

  1. In 1993 I was almost never without a radio and listened to a shitload of CFNY
  2. Most of this list are albums I owned and loved
  3. Terrestrial radio in this city used to play some pretty sweet stuff, aforementioned bias aside

Here's the list:

  1. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
  2. Nirvana - In Utero
  3. Depeche Mode - Songs Of Faith And Devotion
  4. Pearl Jam - Vs.
  5. New Order - Republic
  6. Radiohead - Pablo Honey
  7. Breeders - Last Splash
  8. Catherine Wheel - Chrome
  9. U2 - Zooropa
  10. Porno For Pyros - Porno For Pyros
  11. James - Laid
  12. Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstacy
  13. Bjork - Debut
  14. Pet Shop Boys - Very
  15. Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
  16. Suede - Suede
  17. The The - Dusk
  18. Juliana Hatfield Three - Become What You Are
  19. The Cranberries - Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't I?
  20. Lemonheads - Come On Feel The Lemonheads
  21. P.J. Harvey - Rid Of Me
  22. Stone Temple Pilots - Core
  23. Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish
  24. Doughboys - Crush
  25. Adorable - Against Perfection
  26. Belly - Star
  27. Tea Party - Splendor Solis
  28. Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way?
  29. hHead - Fireman
  30. Tool - Undertow
  31. Kate Bush - The Red Shoes
  32. I Mother Earth - Dig
  33. Dinosaur Jr- Where You Been
  34. Jane Siberry - When I Was A Boy
  35. Various - 1993 CFNY New Music Search
  36. Tragically Hip - Fully Completely
  37. Blind Lemon - Blind Lemon
  38. Verve - A Storm In Heaven
  39. Frank Black - Frank Black
  40. Trash Can Sinatras - I've Seen Everything
  41. Midnight Oil - Earth And Sun And Moon
  42. 13 Engines - Perpetual Motion Machine
  43. Dead Can Dance - Into The Labyrinth
  44. Curve - Cuckoo
  45. Revolting Cocks - Linger Ficken' Good & Other...
  46. Swervedriver - Mescalhead
  47. Eric's Trip - Love Tara
  48. Wonder Stuff - Construction For The Modern Idiot
  49. Primus - Pork Soda
  50. R.E.M - Automatic For The People
  51. Concrete Blonde - Mexican Moon
  52. Front 242 - :06:21:03:11 Up Evil
  53. Matthew Sweet - Altered Beast
  54. Urge Overkill - Saturation
  55. Cocteau Twins - Four Calendar Cafe
  56. Soul Asylum - Grave Dancer's Union
  57. Spirit Of The West - Faithlift
  58. World Party - Bang!
  59. Cracker - Kerosene Hat
  60. New Fast Automatic Daffodils - Body Exit Mind
  61. Odds - Bedbugs
  62. (missing)
  63. Jesus Jones - Perverse
  64. Beloved - Conscience
  65. Cranes - Jewel
  66. The Watchmen - McLaren Furnace Room
  67. The Fall - Infotainment Scan
  68. Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - Sport Fishin'
  69. Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Are You Normal?
  70. Hothouse Flowers - Songs From The Rain
  71. Mystery Machine - Glazed
  72. INXS - Full Moon Dirty Heart
  73. Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Don't Know How To Party
  74. Hunters & Collectors - Cut
  75. House Of Love - Audience With The Mind
  76. Daniel Lanois - For The Love Of Wynona
  77. Tears For Fears - Elemental
  78. Acid Test - Drop
  79. Sting - Ten Summoner's Tales
  80. Paul Weller - Wildwood
  81. Stereo MCs - Connected
  82. Ocean Blue - Beneath The Rhythm And Sound
  83. Revolver - Cold Water Flat
  84. Rose Chronicles - Dead And Gone To Heaven
  85. Waterboys - Dream Harder
  86. Machines Of Loving Grace - Concentration
  87. Bad Religion - Recipe For Hate
  88. Crash Test Dummies - God Shuffled His Feet
  89. Peter Gabriel - Us
  90. Cowboy Junkies - Pale Sun, Crescent Moon
  91. UB40 - Promises & Lies
  92. Crash Vegas - Stone
  93. Dada - Puzzle
  94. Teenage Fanclub - Thirteen
  95. Moxy Fruvous - Bargainville
  96. Mae Moore - Bohemia
  97. Various - Stone Free
  98. Buffalo Tom - Big Red Letter Day
  99. Various - Sweet Relief
  100. Rymes With Orange - Peel
  101. Redd Kross - Phaseshifter
  102. Pursuit Of Happiness - The Downward Road

Almost twenty years later, the station continues to play tunes from a few of these albums, mainly those from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Radiohead and STP, but they haven't played New Order in quite some time...


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anonymous

WHO CARES??

May 15, 2012 @ 7:02 PM

Roshan

I can't believe that Aerosmith's Get A Grip is not on that list. It should be top 10 - come on!

May 15, 2012 @ 11:11 PM

Rosie

Revelatory. It appears I stopped liking music after 1993.

3, 5, 12, 13, 14, 31 & 36... OMG!

May 16, 2012 @ 12:26 AM

Ryan G

It's sad the station chooses to ignore the music that made it such a great force in radio many years ago.

Every once in a while you'll hear The Clash, Sex Pistols, or a punk or rock based classic that was only spun on cfny way back when, but you'll never hear The Smiths, New Order or The Cure since it ventures too far into New Wave territory, which I suppose Management feels dates the sound of the station, alienating the key early 20's demo. You can imagine that same demo relating more to a tired old Bob Marley song, than to Depeche Mode, James or even the great Stone Roses, unfortunately.

I would listen to the station regularly if I could hear good new music mixed in with everything from the back library, similar to what 100.5 The Peak does in Vancouver.

But then again, I'm not Edge's demo anymore, and I don't matter.

May 16, 2012 @ 7:48 AM

Rob

What a great list. I love how broad it is. Nirvana, Cowboy Junkies, Mae Moore, STP, Peter Gabriel. It is all over the place...in a very good way.
But, whats with number 62? Whats missing? How did it get missed?

May 16, 2012 @ 9:52 AM

Douglas

Rob makes a great point noting the broadness of the music on the list. All through my lifetime, in whatever city I have been in, there has been a selection of "Top 30" ("Top 40" in the U.S.) stations to listen to. That is still true in Toronto today. If you want a broader playlist, though, that is much more of a challenge on terrestrial radio these days, especially if the station is owned and operated by a larger broadcasting/media company.

In Canada, I don't count Evanov or Newcap as "larger". That probably explains why Live105 Halifax (Evanov) and Live88-5 Ottawa (Newcap) are decent. I'll toss Harvard's x929 (Calgary) in there, too. And, truthfully, Rogers' Sonic1029 in Edmonton is listenable, certainly more than our local offering.

At the moment, I am streaming Tijuana/San Diego's 91X. Since I am in front of a computer, I get to listen to something not local. I like having alternatives for my alternative radio.

May 16, 2012 @ 11:48 AM

MrFascination

James - Laid - Still Has One Of The Best Lyric Lines In History ;)

May 16, 2012 @ 5:10 PM

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