Top Grossing Film: T2
My Favourite Film: T2
What. A. Year. The top 3 highest grossing movies in the US among my top favourite movies, with T2 maybe being my favourite movie of all time and Beauty And The Beast being my favourite Disney movie ever. There’s a bunch of other classics this year too but Arnie, Eddie, Linda, Robert and co are never going to be topped.
Biggest Selling Song: Everything I Do By Bryan Adams
My Favourite Song: November Rain by Guns N Roses
As cheesy as it is, I do love Everything I Do – especially the long version. I should pick something else though so lets go with Axl’s epic.
Biggest Selling Album: Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey
My Favourite Album: Nevermind By Nirvana
What. A. Year. My winner could have been either of the Use Your Illusions, Metallica’s Black Album, Dangerous, Hey Stoopid, and several others come close. But my winner has to be Nevermind – the so called album of a generation ‘nevermind’ the album of the year.
My Favourite Book: Ringu by Koji Suzuki
It’s a different kind of horror from the one on screen, but clinically delivered.
Top Grossing Film: Aladdin.
My Favourite Film: Fire Walk With Me
Unlike most years in this era there isn’t one film which leaps out as my absolute favourite – there are four or five which I could choose between, followed by a larger group of almosts. There are a lot of interesting horror movies this year, plenty of comedies and action hits, but for now I’ll go with Lynch’s masterpiece.
Biggest Selling Song: I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
My Favourite Song: Winter by Tori Amos
Biggest Selling Album: Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus
My Favourite Album: Generation Terrorists by Manic Street Preachers
Well, we also had Little Earthquakes, Dirt, and a few other near shots.
My Favourite Book: Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
Top Grossing Film: Jurassic Park
My Favourite Film: Jurassic Park
Another terrific year for action movies, with a host that I hold dear, but those dinosaurs stand tall above them all. There are a few close runners so stay tuned for when I eventually reach the 90s in my Oscars posts.
Biggest Selling Song: I’d Do Anything For Love by Meat Loaf
My Favourite Song: Life Becoming A Landslide by Manic Street Preachers
My favourite Manics song is obviously my favourite song of the year.
Biggest Selling Album: The Bodyguard soundtrack
My Favourite Album: In Utero by Nirvana
Also efforts from Radiohead, Manics, and others but In Utero stands alone in it’s bleak rage.
My Favourite Book: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides.
My most easily recalled memory of this is that I read most of it on the toilet.
Top Grossing Film: The Lion King
My Favourite Film: Dumb And Dumber
One of my favourite years in the history of cinema, there is any number of personal favourites I could choose from as winner. Comedy has been a bit light in my choices so far though, so I’ll go with The Farrelly Brother’s finest film.
Biggest Selling Song: Streets Of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen
My Favourite Song: Lost For Words by Pink Floyd
There’s a bunch I could choose from any of the albums below, and a host of other singles, but I thought I’d mix it up a little with Floyd’s last great song.
Biggest Selling Album: The Lion King soundtrack
My Favourite Album: The Holy Bible by Manic Street Preachers
Classics from Portishead, Nirvana, Oasis, Jeff Buckley and others but they all hold their heads in shame as they bow to the terrible majesty of The Holy Bible
My Favourite Book: Insomnia by Stephen King
Top Grossing Film: Toy Story
My Favourite Film: Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead
It was almost going to be Goldeneye but then I remembered Denver came out in 1995 and not 1996. It’s a perfect movie.
Biggest Selling Song: Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio
My Favourite Song: In Motion # 2 by The Gathering
I could have picked something from Jagged Little Pill but in the end I’ve gone for this Anneke era Gathering special.
Biggest Selling Album: Cracked Read View by Hootie And The Blowfish
My Favourite Album: The Bends by Radiohead
Brit-pop, general Indie music, and pop-punk albums were hitting their commercial and critical stride, while metal was roaring back to power in Europe. Only one winner here though. Michael Jackson and Alanis Morissette also sold a few copies of their respective albums.
My Favourite Book: Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Top Grossing Film: Independence Day
My Favourite Film: Scream
A few standouts and personal favourites this year, but Stabby Joe and co remains a landmark in horror.
Biggest Selling Song: Macarena by Los Del Rio
My Favourite Song: Darling One by Susannah Hoffs
Biggest Selling Album: Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
My Favourite Album: Everything Must Go by Manic Street Preachers
Not a lot to choose from this year, actually.
My Favourite Book: Desperation by Stephen King
Top Grossing Film: Titanic
My Favourite Film: The Fifth Element
Not a great year for huge personal favorites but a few make the grade with Luc Besson’s genre collapsing tale taking the top spot.
Biggest Selling Song: Candle In The Wind by Elton John
My Favourite Song: Sonnet by The Verve
Lovely lovely lovely
Biggest Selling Album: Spice by The Spice Girls
My Favourite Album: OK Computer by Radiohead
My Favourite Book: In The Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami
Top Grossing Film: Armageddon
My Favourite Film: Ring
A pretty crappy year for personal favourites, but there are a bunch of smaller, forgotten movies that I love. Japan’s Ring is peerless though.
Biggest Selling Song: My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
My Favourite Song: Ready For Drowning by Manic Street Preachers
Another one of my absolute favourite Manics songs.
Biggest Selling Album: Titanic Soundtrack
My Favourite Album: How To Measure A Planet?
Only a few possibilities for me this year, but with one sure winner. How To Measure A Planet? is album everyone should, nay, must hear.
My Favourite Book: Loop by Koji Suzuki
Next time around I’ll let you in on my picks from the new decade/year/millennium! Down boy!