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1993 Was The Best Year...Ever!

1993 Was The Best Year In The World Ever! A Retro lookback at pop culture

Last time out we looked at why 1992 was the best year ever, but what about the following year, 1993? We think that 1993 has a case, and could be called the best year ever!If you love retro stuff as much as we do, you'll love looking back at the 90's, it was an incredible decade.

Why you ask? Here's the many reasons why 1993 was the best year of all time.

Music In 1993

It would be the year that Take That made a name for themselves, scoring 3 number one hits in the process. Euro pop was continuing to make inroads into the chart, with 2 Unlimited Ace Of Base and Culture Beat proving to be popular in the hit parade.

It was the first time we saw Shaggy, The Fresh Prince came through and we had novelty in the form of MR Blobby.

Here's the best number 1 tracks in the UK in 1993

  • 2 Unlimited - No Limit
  • Shaggy - Oh Carolina
  • Ace Of Base - All That She Wants
  • Gabrielle - Dreams
  • Take That - Pray
  • Culture Beat - MR Vain
  • Take That Featuring Lulu - Relight My Fire
  • Meatloaf - I Would Do Anything For Love
  • MR Blobby - Mr Blobby

Film

Film in 1993 brought us some really funny comedy movies, along with some action packed blockbusters. Here's a look at some of the best films from the year.

Jurassic Park 1993

Jurassic Park

A legendary film which started the franchise, Jurassic Park was epic. The sounds, the graphics, it was all brought together beautifully by director Steven Spielberg. A film we won't forget, and after watching in the cinema, one we couldn't even if we tried!

Mrs Doubtfire Film

Mrs. Doubtfire

The story about a family of a man and wife with three kids, who go through a separation. It sounds like it may be boring, but in fact it's not, it's hilarious, because this is Mrs Doubtfire.

Played brilliantly by Robin Williams, nobody else could pull of this kind of humour. Everything about the film is great, and one which is still relevantly funny today.

Cool Runnings

Cool Runnings

For the light hearted comedy along with a heart warming story, we must be talking about Cool Runnings. A team of athletes represent Jamaica in the Winter (Yes, Winter) Olympics in the bobsled event with no funding.

Other Films In 1993

Here's a shortlist of the other films which we were watching back in 1993.

  • Schindlers List
  • Groundhog Day
  • Dazed And Confused
  • Philadelphia
  • Wayne's World 2
  • Sleepless In Seattle
  • Free Willy

 Those were the best films of the year! Did we miss any? Let us know.

TV

The TV in 1993 was brilliant, coming on the back of the previous years in the 90's. We saw the introduction to so many cartoons and kids programmes, with CITV the home to ITV, and CBBC showing on BBC . Remember when we only had 2 hours of kids shows to watch? This was the time, unless you had cable or satellite TV.

Here's some of the shows we watched back in 93.

The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer

The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer

If the comedy in 1993 belonged to one duo, it was probably Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer was a sketch show from the pair which was funny, but perhaps overshadowed from what came a few years later.

Dale's Supermarket Sweep

Supermarket Sweep

Hosted by Dale Winton, 1993 saw the UK's version of Supermarket Sweep, also known as Dale's Supermarket Sweep. Known for Dale's terrible jackets, It even came with it's very own catchphrase:

The next time you're at the checkout and you hear the beep.. Think of the fun you could be having on Supermarket Sweep.

Sooty And Co

Sooty And Co.

There was Sue, Sweep and later little cousin scampy, but the star of the show was Sooty. Sue spoke, Sweep just squeaked and Sooty would whisper into ears, usually Matthew Corbetts.

Other Great TV Shows From 1993

  • Games World
  • Eurotrash
  • Cracker
  • Peak Practice
  • Saturday Disney
  • ZZZap!
  • Wizadora
  • Tots TV
  • Goodnight Sweetheart
  • The X-Files

Computer Games

In 1993 we saw what would be the first real attempt at the games makers try to get 3d graphics into our homes, or in the arcades at least. There was polygon graphics, which look terrible today, but were the building blocks into what followed.

The 3DO was launched by Panasonic, Goldstar and Sanyo, and Atari released the Jaguar, what they billed as the first 64-bit machine. Amiga also launched something new, the CD32. All of these machines would turn out to be flops, and couldn't compete with the Sega and Nintendo dominance.

Ridge Racer

Ridge Racer

It was the ultimate racing game, and one you could only play in the arcades in 1993. Ridge Racer had epic graphics for it's day, and with multi player options, it was such a good laugh in the arcades with your mates.

Daytona USA

Daytona USA

The big rival to Ridge Racer was Daytona USA, by Sega. It would later be released for home consoles, but once again this was to be enjoyed with your mates down the arcades.

Virtua Fighter

Virtua Fighter

While Street Fighter was still ever popular, a new contender was emerging with the new polygon tech. Virtua Fighter changed the game for fighting beat-em-up games, with 3D style fighting in the arcades.

FIFA International Soccer

FIFA International Soccer

Right at the back end of 1993 FIFA International Soccer was released, and as we now know, achieved domination in the world of football games. Before it we had a choice of side scrolling games or top down view, FIFA changed that with it's isometric angle. It was a joy to play, and we all loved it.

With the addition of 3D and polygon style graphics, 93 was a pretty big year. Nintendo had their special SFX chip which was used for Star Wing, and the first Doom was released.

Here's a run down of other great games which made it a great year.

  • Super Mario All Stars
  • Syndicate
  • Doom
  • Mortal Kombat 2
  • NBA Jam
  • Disney's Aladdin

Football In '93

No international football to look back on in the Summer of '93, but as we covered in the 1992 post, it was the start of the first ever Premier League season, which as we know ended in '93 with Man United winning the title.

The FA Cup was won by Arsenal against Sheffield Wednesday, who took it all the way to a replay at Wembley and even into extra time, where they lost 2-1.

The League Cup was again contested by Arsenal and Sheff Weds, with the same scoreline, 2-1 to the Arsenal.

Marseille won the European Cup, beating Milan 1-0, but had it's controversy when it emerged they fixed a Ligue 1 match so they could win the domestic title quicker to have more time for the European Cup final. They were not allowed to defend their title, stripped of the Ligue 1 title and also relegated to the 2nd tier.

Football In '93

The winners of the Uefa Cup were Juventus, beating Borussia Dortmund 6-1 on aggregate in the final.

The Cup Winners Cup was won by Parma, beating Royal Antwerp 3-1 in the final.

That's our roundup of the year which was 1993. Was it better than '92? Or was 1994 which was to follow, even better?

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