Billboard #1 Hits: #717: ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’- Sinead O’Connor. April 21, 1990. #1 for 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’- Sinead O’Connor
- Record Company- Ension/ Chrysalis
- Genre: Pop Rock
- Written by Prince
- Time: 5:10
- B-side: ‘ Jump In The River’
- Album-I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and West Germany.
Sinead O’Connor was born in Dublin in 1966. She would qualify as a one-hit wonder in the US- this was her only Top 40 hit- and what a hit it was- 4 weeks at #1 and a #1 hit in over a dozen countries throughout the world. I know a number of people have a strong dislike for her due to some of her public statements and behavior–but no one can deny that this woman has one of the great voices- and she can sing. Its too bad all the personal issues has gotten in the way. She is still out there -with a new memoir -and a new upcoming album coming out in the future. As far as this song- written by some fella named Prince–I haven’t looked it over but It has to be a strong contender for my favorite song from that year. I remember getting a new car the month this came out-and the first album I played in it was I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. Great album.
Clearly a talented singer, but like many before her, extremely troubled by personal demons. It seems the demons may have won in the end. The SNL pope picture stunt didn’t endear her to the masses in America, although in Northern Ireland, she was a hit for that alone. I never got the shaved head thing, did anyone? She had her moment in the sun, and that’s more than most.
I was also thinking of Dolores O’Riordan.
Yes, another casualty of the business. She was a huge talent but plagued by bi-polar problems that weren’t diagnosed until later in her life. I liked her early work with The Cranberries.
I loved both women’s voices. O’Conner is my age. I wanted to cry when O’Riordan drown. THAT reminded me of Houston.
Another one of the very few that improve the source material. As in Joe Cockers ‘Little Help From My Friends’, and rare is the time that can be said of the Beatles.
My #2 favorite song of the 90s, after R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion”.
She is something. I could have cared less about her pronouncements.
she’s brilliant. Lots of her other material is superb, too.
Nobody can top her cover of the song. I like Prince’s original, and I *love* Chris Cornell’s cover of it, but she owns this song. I have admired Sinead for awhile, for speaking plain even when she knew it would cost her. When I learned some about her growing up years, I understood more of why she is such a rebel and admire her even more. Will definitely plan on reading her memoir. Hans, I like your connection with the song. There are worse things than being associated with buying a new car 🙂