#ThrowbackTunesday – Episode 4

Welcome one and all to this week’s #ThrowbackTunesday! It’s our weekly series where we bring you five songs that were huge hits on the UK charts in five given milestones from the last 25 years in this week – with a little Spotify playlist for good measure too.

So without any further ado, it’s time to see which songs we’re rewinding back to this week…

  • 1993: Duran Duran – Ordinary World
  • 1998: Catatonia – Mulder & Scully
  • 2003: Lemon Jelly – Nice Weather For Ducks
  • 2008: David Jordan – Sun Goes Down
  • 2013: Lawson – Learn To Love Again

    And our favourite song from this week’s #ThrowbackTunesday playlist is…

    • ARTIST: Duran Duran
    • SONG: Ordinary World
    • ALBUM: Duran Duran – The Wedding Album

    It’s easy to forget now, but Simon Le Bon and chums were still enjoying brief flurries of success between their acrimonious split with original members Roger and Andy Taylor in 1986 and their comeback in the early 00s.

    Following the dismal failure of their 1990 album Liberty – it failed to produce any top 40 hits here in the UK or Stateside – the first single from their second self titled album (often referred to as ‘The Wedding Album’ because of its use of a wedding photo on the artwork) was to secure them their biggest hit since their 80s heyday.

    A poignant, wistful rock ballad about moving on from a doomed relationship, ‘Ordinary World’ proved so popular after a leak to radio stations in the US that it’s original release date was bought forward to the beginning of 1993. The result was a huge #6 smash here, and a top 3 over in the States.

    And as if to prove the endurance and legacy of the song, a year later in 1994, it won Simon Le Bon an Ivor Novello award for songwriting, and he performed a duet version with Luciano Pavarotti at a War Child benefit concert, whilst seven years later, in September 2000, dance duo Aurora and vocalist Naimee Coleman took an updated version of the song into the top 5.

    Check out the full playlist here, and let us know what your favourite hit from the past is this week on our Twitter with the hashtag #ThrowbackTunesday!

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