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1992

Top Adult Contemporary Songs of 1992
by Alex Cosper

WHITNEY HOUSTON - I Will Always Love You
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - Under The Bridge
U2 - One
BOYZ II MEN - End Of The Road
MARIAH CAREY - I'll Be There
VANESSA WILLIAMS - Save The Best For Last
ERIC CLAPTON - Tears In Heaven
CELINE DION - If You Asked Me To
MR. BIG - To Be With You
GEORGE MICHAEL & ELTON JOHN - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

1992 Top Pop Hits
1992 Top Albums
1992 Top Ballads/Adult Contemporary
1992 Top Country Hits
1992 Top Dance Hits
1992 Top Modern/Alternative Hits
1992 Top R&B Hits
1992 Top Rock Hits

More Adult Contemporary Songs of 1992:

ANNIE LENNOX - Why
MICHAEL JACKSON - Remember The Time
THE CURE - Friday I'm In Love
K.D. LANG - Constant Craving
SADE - No Ordinary Love
MADONNA - This Used To Be My Playground
DURAN DURAN - Ordinary World
WILSON PHILLIPS - You Won't See Me Cry
MARIAH CAREY - Make It Happen
TASMIN ARCHER - Sleeping Satellite
MICHAEL JACKSON - Heal The World
RESTLESS HEART - When She Cries
BRYAN ADAMS - Do I Have To Speak The Words?
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Human Touch
JON SECADA - Just Another Day
GUNS N' ROSES - November Rain
MICHAEL BOLTON - Missing You Now
LIONEL RICHIE - My Destiny
SHAKESPEAR'S SISTER - Stay
LIONEL RICHIE - Do It To Me
ERIC CLAPTON - Layla (unplugged)
PATTY SMYTH & DON HENLEY - Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough
ATLANTIC STARR - Masterpiece
CURTIS STIGERS - You're All That Matters To Me
SOHIA B. HAWKINS - Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
TOAD THE WET SPROCKET - All I Want
GENESIS - I Can't Dance
MICHAEL JACKSON - In The Closet
BOY GEORGE - The Crying Game
CELINE DION & PEABO BRYSON - Beauty and the Beast
ANNIE LENNOX - Walking On Broken Glass
ELTON JOHN - The Last Song
RICHARD MARX - Hazard
MICHAEL BOLTON - To Love Somebody
BRYAN ADAMS - Do I Have To Say The Words
ELTON JOHN - The One
MICHAEL BOLTON featuring KENNY G - Missing You Now
GENESIS - No Son of Mine
JON SECADA - Do You Believe In Us
BRYAN ADAMS - Thought I'd Died and Gone To Heaven
GENESIS - Hold On My Heart
SARAH McLACHLAN - Into The Fire
GO WEST - Faithful
RICHARD MARX - Take This Heart
MICHAEL BOLTON - Missing You Now






By 1992 the concept of love ballads had become completely exploited as a commercial art form. One of the artists who had over-commercialized love songs was Michael Bolton with his over-the-top vocal style. It was almost as if lyrics and melody no longer mattered as long as the singer screamed with emotion. It was this style, along with the more bland background presentation that began to dominate adult contemporary playlists. Celine Dion ultimately became the female version of the screaming balladeer.

It's important to remember, however, that the radical changes in pop music were not due to market command. It has always been a common misconception that whatever is high on the charts is a reflection of the "people's choice." For the most part, high chart positions have been a result of substantial radio airplay, which doesn't always correspond with sales. Usually sustained popularity of artists such as Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, do in fact parallel sales. But just because a song gets played in high rotation doesn't mean it's popular. It could be for promotional reasons or interests within the radio programming team, perhaps to corner the market for a certain sound.

The pop music scene had suffered signifcant image blows in the early part of the 90s due to the revelations that certain artists like Milli Vanilli were not even the singers on their recordings. In other words, the public image didn't match the studio personnel sometimes. It was also revealed that several pop stars did not sing live in concert and that they were merely lypsincing to a backing track. Another complaint was that pop music was becoming too slick and over-produced.





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