10. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
- #3 for 1 Weeks in 1993 (August)
- Best higher charting song: Whoomp! There It Is - Tag Team
- Worst higher charting song: Can't Help Falling in Love - UB40
- Top 100 #3 Hits 1955-2002 Rank: #28
Everything about this song is wrong. It was recorded in the 80s and shows it with its relentless optimism that feels weird after Nirvana. Wrong. It plays as straight pop in a time of increasing genre division. It's not R&B, modern rock, mainstream rock and hell no, not country. Wrong. The lyrics are sometimes indecipherable because there are from non-American English speakers. Other than Celine Dion, no one was allowed in at this time. Wrong! Furthermore, movie hits were certainly de rigeur, but Benny & Joon? Really? Wrong. So there must something about this song, something about this song's staying power. Its call and response; its steady strumbeat guitars; its brogue. That all makes it something awesome that can succeed despite landing amid a time when eveything was wrong. Right?
Coming up: #9 - "No football hero or smooth Don Juan"